Butler  County,  Kansas


Mrs. Emma Tucker Amberg, 82, of 0117 Park, Winfield, died July 8, in Edgetown Manor. She was born April 11, 1891, in Payne County, Oklahoma to Abraham and Minnie Dunagan Myers. She grew up in Bloomington Township. Her husband Albert Amberg, died in 1967.
She was a beauty operator for many years, and formerly operated a shop in Douglass. She was a member of the United Methodist Church.

She is survived by two sons, Gerald M. Tucker, of Houston, Texas, Lloyd B. Tucker Jr. of San Francisco, California; two sisters, Mrs. Bill (Lenora) Clay, Arkansas city; Mrs. Glen (Estelle) Edgar of Wichita; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. July 11, in Winfield.

Burial was in Douglass Cemetery. (Douglass Tribune, July 12, 1973)


Funeral services were held January 2, 1973, at 2 p.m. at the Hilyard Funeral Home in Douglass, for Neil Basket. The Rev. Mark Hicks, Central Church of Christ, Wichita, Kansas officiated. Mrs. C. A. Ogg played the organ solos, Beyond the Sunset and Nearer My God to Thee. Bearers were J. L. Taylor, Richard Taylor, W. A. Graves, Milton Woody, Loren Burns and Vernon Wallade. Interment was in Douglass Cemetery; Hilyard Funeral Home had charge.

Besides his widow, he is survived by a son, Neil Baskett, and two daughters, Mrs. Velma Kingsley and Mrs. Doris Berger all of Wichita; three brothers, Thoams, San bernadino, California, John, Palestine, Texas, and DeWitt, San Rafael, California; also nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A brother, Steve, preceded him in death.

Neil Groomer Baskett was born November 11, 1897 in Douglass, Kansas and died December 30, 1972 in Wichita, Kansas at the age of 75. He attended schools in Douglass, graduated from High school in 1918. He was in the army briefly at the close of World War I. He married Flossie Mae Darter on June 16, 1920.

He attended Pittsburg State Teachers College, and after graduation from there, taught manual training in Emporia High School. The Basketts moved to Wichita where Neil was employed at Travel Air Co., and later with Sedgwick County Engineering Department. The Basketts next moved to Chanute, Kansas where Neil was superintendent of W. P. A. construction for six counties from 1935 to 1941. The family then moved again to Wichita, where he was employed with the Boeing Co. He held positions in inspection, engineering and methods and retired in 1965. Since then, he had worked part time with Color King in picture framing, and specialities.

Never idle, Baskett was an accomplished craftsman and hobbiest in many fields. Among his hobbies were weaving, knitting, lapidary, electro-plating, woodworking and clock making.

Baskett was a member of the University Christian Church. Baskett was a good husband, father and neighbor. His passing is deeply felt by many. (Douglass Tribune, Janu8ary 11, 1973)


Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Hilyard Funeral Home at Douglass for M. Raymond Baum, 69, of Douglass, who died Wednesday in Wesley Medical Center at Wichita. The Rev. C. W. Rees of Wichita will conduct the services. Interment will be in the Douglass Cemetery.

M. Raymond Baum was born May 16, 1903 at Douglass, the son of Manford and Minnie Baum. He was married to Lenora Fischer on Sept. 3, 1927.

He was a long time grocer at Douglass, having owned a business there from 1927 until 1964.

An infant son preceded him in death.

Survivors include his widow; two sons, Byron and Albert, both of Douglass and the daughters. Mrs. Marlyn Schlieker of Douglass and Mrs. Parker of Douglass and Mrs. Patricia Fisch of Yukon, Okla. (Douglass Tribune, February 1, 1973)


Graveside services for Elmer W. Fisher, Lamesa, Texas; former area resident and oil field pumper, were held Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in the Douglass Cemetery. He died Monday, August 27.

Fisher was married to Georgia Owen, who preceded him in death in August 1937. Four children were born to their union. One son, Walter Harold, died at 3 months of age.

Two sons, William of New York City, and Charles of Fort Smith, Arkansas and a daughter, Mrs. Winnona Ingold, Fort Lee, Virginia, survive.

A sister, Mrs. Emma Gutheridge, also survive. (Douglass Tribune, September 6, 1973)


Graveside service for Mrs. Charles (Roxy) Fox were held Saturday morning, September 1, at 11:00 a.m. in the Douglass Cemetery. Alden Pitts, pastor of the Rose Hill Friends Church, officiated.

Mrs. Fox was born August 23, 1892 in Las Animas, Colorado to John and Penelope De Vore. She moved to Douglass in 1941 from Arkansas City, Kansas.

Survivors include her husband, of the home, one son, Celestine (Bud) Fox of Wichita; two daughters, Mrs. Herbert (Ferrol) Coppock of Cherokee, Oklahoma and Mrs. Leslie (Phyllis) Meredith of Iola, Kansas, two sisters, Mrs. Roy Corn of Arkansas City and Mrs. Ed Ramsey of Winfield.

Ten grandchildren, Brent, Melody and Eric Coppock; Catherine, Carlene, Casandra and Crandall Meredith; and Alice, Kevin and Amy Fox, also survive.

Honorary casket bearers were: Cecil DeVore, Paul Lawrence, Virgil Townley, Howard Finch, Jasper DeVore and Woodrow Scheffe.

A book fund has been established at the Douglass Public Library.

Hilyard Smith Funeral Home had charge. (Douglass Tribune, September 6, 1973)


Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Douglass United Methodist Church for Lena C. Gilmer, 82, of Douglass, who died Tuesday at the Highland Manor nursing home at Winfield. The Rev. B. E. Faulkner, pastor of the United Methodist Church, will conduct the services. Interment will be in the Douglass Cemetery.

Miss Gilmer was born April 9, 1891, the daughter of Marcell and Sally Browning) Gilmer. She was a member of the Douglass United Methodist Church and the Order of Eastern Star.

Survivors include a brother, Jim Gilmer of Udall and two sisters, Mrs. Roy Beightol of Atlanta and Mrs. Howard Hayter of Abindon, Va. (Douglass Tribune, December 28, 1973)


Mrs. C. Ella Glaves, 85, Douglass, died Thursday at the Walnut Valley Nursing home in Augusta. Funeral services are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Douglass United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at the Douglass Cemetery.

Born March 31, 1887 in Ohio, Mrs. Glaves was a member of the Douglass United Methodist church. Her husband Everett and a son, Lloyd, preceded her in death.

Survivors include one son, Robert of Gallup, New Mexico; two daughters, Mrs. Vida O'Donnell of Augusta and Mrs. Dorothy Wilson of Wichita. Nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren also survive.

Hilyard Funeral Home in Douglass is in charge of the arrangements. (Douglass Tribune, February 16, 1973)


J. Agnes Gresham died in Newton Memorial Hospital, Winfield, Kansas on August 11, 1973 at 8:00 p.m. following a brief illness.
She was 79 years, 7 months and 11 days old. She had not been in the best of health for some time.

She was born December 30, 1892, to Robert and Roxie Orell, near Rose Hill, Kansas, and lived near there until she moved with her parents to their home on South Maple in Douglass. She was a member of the United Methodist Churh, a charter member of the Philathea Sunday School class, and a graduate of Douglass high school. She worked as an assistant to Dr. C. A. Ogg and to Dr. G. G. Whitley. She was married to Richard Oliver Gresham, who died in 1949. She was the youngest of three children, the older two, Charles Orell and Ella Webster, having preceded her in death.

She is survived by nephews Harold Orell of Mulvane and Guy Webster of Wichita, and a niece, Frances Weiler of Arkansas City, and other relatives.

Funeral services were held Monday, August 13 at 10 a.m. at Hilyard-Smith Funeral Home, the Rev. B. E. Faulkner officiating.

Music was provided by soloist Miss Roberta Davies, accompanied by Mrs. C. A. Ogg, who served as organist.

Bearers were Fred Rowe, Herman Ogg, Lawrence Redford, Paul Bare, Seth Rutherford and Onon Vandergriff.

Interment was in Douglass Cemetery. (Douglass Tribune, Thursday, August 16, 1973)


Charles Lawrence Houser was born to Samuel Augustus and Carrie Houser on September 20, 1901 in Decatur, Illinois. He departed this life on February 14, 1973 at 71 years of age at the Augusta Medical Complex in Augusta, Kansas.

He came to Kansas in 1906 from Decatur and settled in Smileyberg. He attended the Waverly School.

He farmed all his life, and worked at Boeing in Wichita for 20 years.

On August 20, 1927 he married Mina Colvin at El Dorado, Kansas. To this union were born four daughters, Opal Mae, who preceded him in death; Mrs. Randall (Donna) Cox; Mrs. Leonard (Inez) Kaylor, both of Douglass; Mrs. Harland (Ivy) Maltbie, Amorita, Oklahoma.

He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Young and Alta Houser of Douglass; one brother, Ora L. Houser of El Dorado and eleven grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 17 at 2 p.m. in the Douglass Christian Church. Officiating clergy were Rev. Darrel Hoffmaster and Rev. Marvin Williams. Mrs. J. A. Perisho sang "Beyond the Sunset" and "How Great Thou Art," accompanied by Mrs. J. C. Seal, organist.

Bearers were Marvin Jenkinson, Floyd Potts, Edward Weishaar, Johnny Knollenberg, M. D. McFaddin and Gerald Brown.
Interment in Douglass Cemetery; Hilyard Funeral Home in charge. (Douglass Tribune, February 22, 1973)


Funeral services were held at the Arkansas City Episcopal Church at 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon for Donald E. Jones, 46, of Arkansas City who died Sunday. Interment was in the Douglass cemetery.

Jones has been co-owner of the Crest Petroleum Co., at Arkansas City for the past 23 years.

Survivors include his widow, Betty Joyce (Clay); two sons, Craig Jones of Wellington and Clay Jones of Lawrence, his mother, Mrs. Gladys Jones of Augusta, three brothers, Eldon and Keith Jones, both of Augusta and Dwayne Jones of Newkirk, Oklahoma and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Charles Wiseman of Augusta. Mrs. Mattie Clay, Douglass, is his mother-in-law. (Douglass Tribune, April 5, 1973)


Mrs. Gerhard (Mabel) Knollenberg, Winfield, passed away Monday September 3. Funeral services will be today at 2 p.m. in the First Christian Church. Interment will be in the Douglass Cemetery.

Mrs. Knollenberg was born March 16, 1896, in Douglass, Kansas, the daughter of Joseph and sara Rosenberry. She married Gerhard Knollenberg on December 24, 1914.

She was a member of the First Christian Church of Douglass, but has lived in Winfield the last 15 years.

Survivors other than her widower include a daughter, Mrs. Vergie Watt of Winfield, two brothers, Dr. W. W. Rosenberry of Riverside, California, and Joe Rosenberry of Winfield, two sisters, Mrs. Wilda Berg, Douglass and Mrs. Flossie Pendergraft of Winfield, one grandson and three great grandchildren.

Hilyard Smith Funeral Home in charge. (Douglass Tribune, September 6, 1973)


Robert H. Mathis died at his home in Douglass on July 2, 1973. He was born November 27, 1897 in Peoria, Illinois, to John I. and Fanny January Mathias. The family moved to Enid, Oklahoma while Robert was young and settled in Wichita in 1903. Robert was a salesman for some years, working for the capper Publishing Company and then for the Wichita Eagle and Beacon for 14 years.

He married Mabel Joy Barr in 1933.

He is survived by his wife Mable, a son, Robert L. and a daughter, Mrs. Betty Thames, both of Albuquerque, New Mexico; two sisters, Mrs. Jim Woods and Mrs. Bob Garrett, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a.m. July 5 in Hilyard Smith Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. B. E. Faulkner of the Douglass United Methodist Church. Interment was in Douglass cemetery. (Douglass Tribune, July 12, 1973)


Mrs. Leon (Ora Mae) Phillips, 94, died at Wesley Medical Center February 23, 1973.

The daughter of David and Elizabeth Duncan was born at Coles County, Illinois, March 2, 1878. She was married to Leon Phillips on April 22, 1911. He preceded her in death on November 12, 1953.

They lived in the Douglass and Leon communities.

She has resided with her daughter, Mrs. Hunter (Ruth) Schrimshaw of Wichita, Kansas for the past several years.

Also another daughter survives her, Mrs. Harlan (Mae) Buss, Willimington, Delaware; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at Hilyard Funeral Home at 2 o'clock p.m. Monday, Feburary 26, 1973, Rev. C. M. Nutter, El Dorado, Kansas, officiating.

Organ soloes, "In the Garden," and "Beyond the Sunset," were played by Mrs. C. A. Ogg.

Bearers were Roy Phillips, Donald Phillips, Lyle Elder, Frank Swain, Austin Melton and Bob Boggs.

Interment was in Douglass Cemetery. Hilyard Funeral Home in charge. (Douglass Tribune, March 1, 1973)


Dora Arena Ray, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. G. Ray, passed away at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas, Saturday, April 28, 1973.

She was born at Glasco, Cloud County, Kansas, on January 24, 1889. Her parents, with their six children, moved to Butler County near Douglass in 1898.

After graduating from Kansas Teachers College at Emporia, she taught many years in Butler and Sedgwick County schools.
Upon retiring from teaching, she spent the remainder of her life in Wichita.

She was a long time member of the Metropolitan Baptist Church, where she faithfully attended as long as her health permitted.
Preceding her in death were her parents, three sisters, Mrs. Lillian Smith, Mrs. Zella Naden, Miss Orlye Ray and one brother, Byron Ray.

Surviving her is one sister, Mrs. Ella Myers of Castle Rock, Colorado.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 1, 1973, at Douglass Baptist Church, Rev. Jesse Vardaman officiating. Mrs. J. A. Perisho sang, "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," How Great Thou Art," accompanied by Mrs. J. C. Seal.

Bearers were Marshall Williams, Richard Williams, Brown King, Vernon Peterson, Deloss Myers and Joe Hall. Interment was in the Douglass Cemetery. (Douglass Tribune, May 18, 1973)


Funeral services will be held at the Hilyard Smith Funeral Home at Douglass cemetery.

William Dale Waber was born August 1, 1918, at Elwell, Mich., the son of William A. and Elwa (Meddler) Waber. He was married to Kathleen Sheets on April 26, 1965.

He was a security officer for Pinkerton, Inc. at Wichita.

Survivors include his widow; a son, Larry Waber of California; two daughters, Debbie Waber, of California and Mrs. Judith Anderson of Sault Sainte Marie, Mich., and a sister, Mrs. Betty Graham of St. Louis, MIch. (Douglass Tribune, November 14, 1973)


Brandy Lynn Wade, 4 months, died at Osteopathic Hospital December 2, 1972. She was the daughter of Brent and Sheryl Wade, and was born July 28, 1972.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by one sister, Sherri Lorraine, and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Verne Wade of Douglass, and Mr. and Mrs. Don Shepard of Kansas City, Kansas; two great-grandmothers, Mrs. Nina Wade of Douglass, and Mrs. H. Dunmeir of Kansas City, and a great grandfather.

Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 3, with Rev. B. E. Faulkner officiating.

Hilyard Funeral Home was in charge. (Douglass Tribune, December 7, 1972)


Funeral services will be held at the Douglas United Methodist church at 2:30 Friday afternoon for Mrs. Frank (Leah) Wakefield, 87. She died Tuesday at the Colonial Manor nursing home at Douglass. The Rev. B. E. Faulkner will conduct the services. Interment will be in the Douglass Cemetery.

Mrs. Wakefield was born at Douglass on Feb. 25, 1885, the daughter of John and Ella (Clay) White. She was married to Ralph Rowe in 1901 and he preceded her in death in 1907. She was married to Frank Wakefield on Feb. 11, 1911 and he died Feb. 22, 1962.

She had lived her entire lifetime in the Douglass community and was a member of the United Methodist church at Douglass. She was a charter member of the WSCS of the United Methodist Church and a member of Philathea class of the church. She was also a member of Woodbine chapter, Order of Eastern Star.

Survivors include a son, Fred Rowe of Dexter; a daughter, Mrs. Frances Rutherford of Douglass; a brother, Clarence White of Doublass, four grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. (Douglass Tribune, February 15, 1973)


Funeral services will be held at the Douglass Church of Christ at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon for Ronald Lloyd Ward, 42 of Hurricane, W. Va. He died Sunday at Winston - Salem, N. c. Bill Freeze will conduct the services. Interment will be in the Douglass Cemetery.
Survivors include his widow, Millie Jo; two daughters, Jolene and Susan, both of the home; his mother, Mrs. Mildred Glaves of Douglass and a brother, Robert Ward of Hermosa Beach, Calif. (Douglass Tribune, April 3, 1973)

Ronald Lloyd Ward, 42, died Sunday, April 1, 1973, at Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The son of Robert F. Ward and Mildred Maness ward was born at Healdton, Oklahoma June 14, 1930.

He was married to Millie Joe Glaves and to this union three children were born. The son James Ronald preceded him in death August 21, 1972, as did his father, Robert F. Ward, April 1963.

He was superintendent of the pipe division of B. F. Shaw Co.

Survivors are his wife, Millie Jo; two daughters, Jolene and Susan of Hurricane, West Virgniia; his mother, Mrs. Mildred Glaves, Douglass, Kansas; one brother Robert, Formosa Beach, California.

Funeral services were held at Douglass Church of Christ Thursday, April 5, at 2 p.m. Bill Freeze officiating.

The songs "How Great Thou Art," and "In the Garden," were sung by the church group. Bearers were Alvin darter, Leroy Dennis, Eldon White, Jim Spencer, Bill Cooley and Everett Bloom.

Interment in Douglass Cemetery. (Douglass Tribune, April 12, 1973)


Funeral services will be held at the Hilyard Funeral Home at Douglass at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon for Mrs. Beulah Waver, 74, who died Wednesday at the Augusta Medical Complex. Interment will be in the Douglass Cemetery.

Mrs. Weaver was born July 29, 1898 in Kansas, the daughter of Charles and Bertha Koons. She was married to Dyke Weaver on Dec. 23, 1915. He preceded her in death on Sept. 2, 1955.

Survivors include a son, Robert Weaver of Douglass, a daughter, Mrs. Virginia Trebbe of Route 2, Augusta; and three sisters, Mrs. Ethel Gallegly of Oklahoma City, Mrs. Ruth Dolan of Manitou Springs, Colo., and Mrs. Lula Grow of El Dorado. (Douglass Tribune, February 1, 1973)


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