Doniphan  County



ELDER SNETHEN DEAD – A letter received in Troy from Mrs. Snethen, brings news that Elder William Snethen died at Council Bluffs, IA, about 11 o’clock, Tuesday. His death must have been sudden, as a letter we published from him last week, reported them as enjoying themselves. They had gone to Council Bluffs, several weeks ago, to visit their children. Mr. Snethen was somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 yrs. of age. Her was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, and served in the Rebellion. He was a preacher in that branch of the Christian Church commonly known as Newlights, and was a good man and citizen. We regret to learn of his death. (The Weekly Kansas Chief, Jan. 8, 1891, submitted by Ruth I. Stude)

Elder Snethen died Jan. 6, 1891, of malarial fever, at his youngest son’s home in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Ever since leaving the army, he had been afflicted with sciatic rheumatism and had also, for a long time, a heart trouble. He and Mrs. Snethen left home Dec. 15th, to pay his son a visit of a few weeks. On Christmas day there was a family reunion. Forty-two persons were present, all but three of them relatives.

It was his purpose to remove to Council Bluffs, and with that in view, went out the morning after Christmas to look for a suitable location. In the evening of the same day he was taken sick, and lingered twelve days, during which he suffered much. For three days and nights he had not slept. But from the first he was in a happy state of mind. He quoted a great deal of Scripture, prayed much, and sang more than he had ever been known to do. He was conscious to the end. His last words to his wife were: “My work is done. The last work I had to do, was to make a minister of you.”

The services were at the house, and were under the direction of the G.A.R Post. The sermon was by Elder C. Munroe of the Disciples’ Church, from Paul’s words: “I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith.” Also, from the words of John: “I go to prepare a place for you.” He was laid to rest in the beautiful Soldiers’ Cemetery. At Mrs. Snethen’s request, one of the Gospel Hymns, “Shall We Gather at the River?” was sung at the grave; and it was a remarkable coincidence, unknown to Mrs. Snethen till afterwards, that a colored woman who joined in the singing was one to take part in singing that same hymn at the grave of Mr. Snethen’s first wife, twenty years before.

Brother Snethen was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, near Dayton, Nov. 6, 1823. He had been the father of thirteen children. Seven are now living; six sons and one daughter. He was a member of the Christian denomination, sometimes know as New Lights, which is not to be confounded with the Campbelites. His father was a preacher before him, in Kentucky, and was called “The Barefooted Preacher.” He once allowed Alexander Campbell to preach in his house, when the latter was getting together his followers, about the year 1827.

The Christan Church (New Light) ante-dated the Campbelite Church several years, and had its origin in this way:

1st. The O’Kelly secession from the M.E. Church took place in 1793. His followers were first called Republican Methodists, but afterwards Christians.

2d A Baptist Church was formed in 1800, by Dr. Abner Jones, of Hartland, Vermont. He had many followers from the Baptists, Free Will Baptists, and others.

3d A body of Presbyterians of Kentucky and Tennessee seceded from the parent church, in 1801, and took the name of “Christian” in 1803. One of these bodies it is said, accidentally discovered one of the others, and upon finding that their views were very similar, exclaimed, “We have found a New Light.”

These three Societies united, and formed the Christian Church, often call New Lights. The denomination has a college in Lincoln Centre, Kansas, and several other educational institutions in different States. The writer remembers having heard Brother Snethen say that the first religious paper published in this country was published by their church. It was called The Herald of Gospel Liberty, and is still published at Dayton, Ohio, under the same name.

Brother Snethen preached 46 years, twenty-five years of that time in Kansas. He was associated with others in securing a charter in the state of Kansas under the name of “The Christian Church”, and his denomination is the only one so chartered. Their principles are as follows:

1. The Holy Bible our rule of faith, and
2. Christ the only head of the Church.
3. Christian character the only test of fellowship.
4. Individual interpretation of the Scripture the right and duty of all
5. The union of all followers of Christ, without controversy.

From the above, it appears that there is very little difference between them and the evangelical denominations. They are extremely liberal in their treatment of those who differ with them as to the mode of Baptism, receiving members from other churches without rebaptism, if the applicant is satisfied in his own conscience.

Many of the Quakers who do not believe in any kind of water baptism, but only in the baptism of the Holy Spirit, are members of this church.

Brother Snethen’s life was very exemplary. Many a pleasant chat have we had together at his house, on topics social and religious. He made a pleasant call, a few days before his departure for Iowa. He will be missed from this community by many friends.

“Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his.” -- H.N. Pond (The Weekly Kansas Chief, Jan. 22, 1891, submitted by Ruth I. Stude)


Allen Funeral Rites To Be Held Sunday

Oscar Allen, 72, died at 12:15 a.m. today at his home, 932 Atchison street.  Although he had suffered with a heart ailment five yars he was active and his deaht was unexpected.  Until 1953 Mr. Allen was employed at the Ed F. Mangelsdorf & Bro. Seed Co.  He was a former resident of the White Cloud community, moving here in 1944.

Brief services will be held at the Sawin & Dyer chapel at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.  The funeral will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the White Cloud Christian church.  The Rev. Harold Roberts, pastor of the First Christian church here will officiate at both services.  Burial will be in the White Cloud cemetery.

A son of James P. and Mary Elizabeth Allen, James Oscar Allen was born Dec. 9, 1884 in Baileyville.  The family later lived in Hiawatha.

July 19, 1911 Oscar Allen and Miss Cora Ramsdell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William F. Ramsdell of White Cloud were married.  They lived on a farm in the White Cloud vicinity and later in the town before moving to Atchison.  He was employed at the Ed F. Mangelsdorf & Bro. Seed Co. eight years.

Mr. Allen was a member of the White Cloud Christian church.

Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mr. O. B. (Flossie) Martin, Atchison, and Mrs. C. W. (Helen) Young, Albuquerque, N. M.; three sons, Howard Eugene Allen of the Farmington community.  James William allen, 720 R, and Carl Dean Allen of the home; two sisters, Mrs. Nancy Yarnell and Mrs. C. C. Alexnader, both of Nampa, Ida.; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
(Atchison Sunday Globe  ~ Oct. 25,1957)


Hugh Corcoran, age 73 died Saturday, September 11, 1954 in St. Joseph Missouri; he was born in Severance and lived there all his life, the son of Patrick Corcoran; survived by his wife, May; two nephews, T. J. Lyons, Wathena, and Roger Morley, Independence, KS; two nieces, Mrs. John Sheda, Severance and Mrs. Paul Hargis, Mission, and a great nephew, Larry Ebner, Kansas City; burial in St. Benedict's Cemetery (The Atchison Globe, Sept. 12, 1954)


Funeral of Margaret Elizabeth Price Dittemore

The funeral of Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Dittemore, age 81, was held on September 13, 1954. Burial was in the Mt. Olive Cemetery at Troy. She was born Nov. 10, 1872 near Sparks, and was one of nine daughters of Josiah D. and Elizabeth (Poulter) Price; On Sept. 6, 1891, she married Wiley H. Dittemore in St. Joe. He survives, along with three daughters, Mrs. H. D. Williams and Mrs. G. H. Johnson, both of Bendena, and Mrs. A. W. Denton, St. Joe; three sons, Homer P. Dittemore, St. Joe, and Earl C. and J. Marvin Dittemore of Atchison; two sisters, Mrs. Etta P. Graves, San Jose, Calif., and Miss Daisy B. Price, Troy; 19 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. (The Atchison Globe, Sept. 13, 1954)


Joseph Bede Emmerich, age 61, died Nov. 23, 1957 in Troy. He was born Aug. 7, 1896 in Bendena, the son of George and Anna (Hess) Emmerich; he married Anna Thurn, Aug. 5, 1924 in Bendena. She survives, along with two daughters, Mrs. Esther Newman, Stuttgart, Germany, and Mrs. Frances Ferrario, St. Louis; two brothers, Francis of Wadsworth and Albert of Nortonville; four grandchildren. Burial Nov. 25 at St. Charles Cemetery, Troy. (Atchison Sunday Globe, Nov. 24, 1957)


Calvin L. Eylar, age 68, died Nov. 6, 1944 in Lancaster. He was born April 15, 1878, at Bendena, to Aaron and Matilda Eylar. He married Ada Powell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Powell, at Bendena on April 22, 1913. Survived by his wife, two sons, Eugene S, of Lancaster and Merle D., of Atchison; a brother, Alfred, of Good Intent and six grandchildren. Preceded in death by a sister, Lydia Welk/Weik/Werk. Burial in Denton Cemetery. (Atchison Sunday Globe, Nov. 6, 1944)

The Atchison Globe, June 4, 1883
  Mr. David Frank, an old and respected citizen of Doniphan, died yesterday morning at 6 o'clock at the residence of George Brenner, his son in law, at the advanced age of 70 years. Mr. Frank had resided at Doniphan off and on since 1855, and was well known in this city. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 1 o'clock, under the auspices of the Masons, of which order he was an old and respected member. (The Atchison Globe, June 4, 1883)


Franklin L. Grover died Nov. 22 at his home near Bendena. He was born Feb. 17, 1885 near Huron, to William Riley and Caroline Clem Grover; he married Ida Gaul in 1907; preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Mrs. Bessie Buck, and a brother, Leslie; survived by his wife, Ida; two sons, Riley Franklin of Bendena and Leslie Franklin of Denton; two daughters, Mrs. C. A. (Gladys) Martin, and Mrs. Ralph "Gertrude" Oswald, Kansas City; two brothers, John of Atchison and W. O. of Bendena; a sister, Goldie Cummings of Huron and nine grandchildren. The funeral of Franklin L. Glover was Nov. 24, 1957; burial at the Mt. Olive Cemetery, Troy. (Atchison Sunday Globe, Nov. 24, 1957)


Mrs. Mary Leinbach, age 62 died Dec. 5, 1957 in Lebanon, Ore. She was a former resident of Troy. Survived by her husband, five daughters: Mrs. Florence Karn, Bendena; Mrs. Mildred Brown and Mrs. Betty Laughter, both of California, and Mrs. Frances Streaner and Mrs. Darlene Brechtel, both of Oregon; a son, William, of Lebanon, Ore.; and two sisters, Mrs. Ella McKittrick, Bendena, and Mrs. Roy Briggs, Troy. (Atchison Sunday Globe, Dec. 8, 1957)


The Atchison Globe, Feb. 27, 1879
Andrew Lloyd, the man who had both his legs cut off yesterday at Brenner, by an A & N freight train, died late in the afternoon of his injuries. (The Atchison Globe, Feb. 27, 1879)


Mrs. C. E. Lyness, age 71, died Dec. 5th at the U.S. Naval Academy. Born in Lone Tree, Ia., the daughter of Jacob and Anna Hildebrand; she married Charles Lyness in 1916; he preceded her in death. Survived by a son, Charles, of Annapolis, Md., two other sons and a daughter. She was a former resident of Troy. Funeral will be Monday, Dec. 9, 1957 in Troy, and burial will be in the Mt. Olive Cemetery. (Atchison Sunday Globe, Dec. 8, 1957)


George Meidinger, age 78, died today at his home in Doniphan. He was born in 1876 near Wathena; married Nelita North in Waisenburg Colo..; survived by his wife, an adopted daughter, Mrs. Floyd Chase of Doniphan, five grandchildren, Billy Lee, Diana, George, Joan and Gary Chase; four brothers, Otto M., of Atchison, Louis, of St. Joe, Henry, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Edward of Elwood. No burial information. (The Atchison Globe, Sept. 8, 1954)


Atchison Sunday Globe, Dec. 8, 1957 (abstract)
Mary O'Brien, age 76, died Dec. 6, 1957 in St. Joe. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Roundy of Doniphan and married Dennis O'Brien on Sept. 20, 1909. He survives, along with two brothers, Elmer Roundy of Wathena, and Dr. C. I. Roundy of St. Joe; three sisters, Mrs. L. C. Miller of near Doniphan, Mrs. Jack Garner of Kansas City, and Mrs. Dwight Sawyer, Los Angeles. Burial Mt. Calvary Cemetery. (Atchison Sunday Globe, Dec. 8, 1957)


Death of child of Charles Pape
The Atchison Globe, July 30, 1878
  The black and ominous cloud which gathered to the northwest this morning had blood in its eye. Near Norway, Doniphan County, the farm house of Charles Pape was blown down, and his young child killed. (The Atchison Globe, July 30, 1878)


Burial of Barbara Brenner Poirier

Mrs. Barbara Poirier, wife of Emil Poirier, and daughter of Jacob Brenner, died in St. Joe yesterday. The remains were taken to Doniphan today for burial. (The Atchison Globe, Jan. 2, 1882)


Death of Milton Saltzman
Great Bend Tribune, Sept. 8, 1964 (abstract)
Milton Saltzman, 29, of Bendena, died in an accident near Sparks. He drowned in a well he was rebuilding. (Great Bend Tribune, Sept. 8, 1964)


Death of Gunder Severtson

Gunder Severtson, age 77, died Feb. 2, 1957 in Topeka. He was a retired farmer from Moray and a native of Norway. Burial Feb. 4 at the Moray cemetery. Survived by a brother, Tillef Severtson of Norway. (Atchison Sunday Globe, Feb. 3, 1957)


Death of K. W. Stratton

K. W. Stratton, who has been suffering fourteen weeks from injuries received By being thrown from a wagon by a runaway team died at Doniphan this morning at 2 o'clock. (The Atchison Globe, August 29, 1883)


Death and Burial of John P. Stricker

John P. Stricker, 23, was killed in action and buried at sea in the South Pacific. He was born November 17, 1921 near Highland to Mr. and Mrs. John P. Stricker, Jr. He graduated from Bendena High School in 1940. Besides his parents he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Geraldine Hall, and an aunt, Mrs. Leroy Byers of Highland. (Atchison Daily Globe, May 28, 1945)


Mrs. Minnie A. Therman, age 75, died last night at the home of her son, near Doniphan. She was a lifelong resident of the county. She is survived by four sons: Arthur, of near Doniphan; William, North Kansas City; Oscar, of Cedarburg Wis.; Lothar, Hayburn, Idaho; a daughter, Mrs. Alvin Brown, St. Joe; two sisters, Mrs. Laura Trader and Mrs. Ida Therman, both of St. Joe; a brother, Adolph Gutzman, of Kansas City, Kas.; 15 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services were not set. (The Atchison Globe, July 6, 1954)


Death of Mrs. Petra Jensine Thomas

Mrs. Petra Jensine Thomas, age 81, died Oct. 18, 1957, at her home in Troy. Services were Oct. 20, at Mt. Olive Cemetery. (Atchison Sunday Globe, Oct. 20, 1957)


Death of General Alexander W. Doniphan

The Late General Doniphan; A Veteran of the Mexican War Who Died at Richmond, Mo.

The death of Gen. Alexander W. Doniphan, who was a veteran of the Mexican War, was recorded but a few days ago, taking place his home in Richmond, Mo. He was for many years a conspicuous figure. Born near Maysville, Ky., in July, 1808, of a revolutionary ancestry, he was graduated at the age of 19 from the Methodist college at Augusta, Ky. In 1829, after a due course of study, he was admitted to practice in the courts of Ohio and Kentucky. In 1830 he removed to Lexington, Mo., and thence to Liberty, then on the border of civilization, three years later. In 1836 he represented his county in the state legislature, and on two subsequent occasions was elected to the same position. In 1838 he was a brigadier general of the Missouri militia, and his brigade was sent to drive the Mormons out of the state [transcribers note: he refused to obey orders to execute Joseph Smith, leader of the Mormons]. He was prominent in Kansas in the days when ruffianism was rampant there. In 1846, when the governor of Missouri made a requisition for volunteers to join Gen. Kearny in his expedition to Mexico. Gen. Doniphan was made commander of the First regiment of Missouri Mounted volunteers, and with his regiment marched 900 miles across a treeless desert and over lofty mountains, dispersed the Mexican forces defending Santa Fe, entered that ancient capital and annexed all New Mexico to the United States. [transcriber's note; although a brigadier general in the Missouri militia, Doniphan's highest rank during the Mexican war was colonel] Late in September, Kearny started for California with several companies of dragoons, leaving Doniphan in command of New Mexico, with orders to reduce the Navajoes on the western slope of the Rocky mountains to submission. Crossing the mountains, Gen. Doniphan quickly subdued the Indians. On December 14 he started for central Mexico. The force passed through a desert in whose length of ninety miles neither wood nor water was to be found, and were about to go into camp on Christmas Day when the cry ran along the ranks that the enemy was in front. Doniphan quickly formed his line of battle and awaited the attack. The Mexicans charged, but in less than an hour they were in full retreat, leaving over 200 dead and wounded men men upon the field. Not a single Missourian was killed and only seven were wounded. On March 1 he took possession of Chihuahua. Learning that Gen. Wood was at Saltillo, 700 miles away, Doniphan set out for that place, and on May 21 bivouacked near the battlefield of Buena Vista. The war on that line being ended, Taylor ordered the Missourians to Brazos Santiago, where they embarked for New Orleans, and were mustered out of service. The regiment was welcomed home in a speech by Senator Benton and an enthusiastic popular demonstration.

Resuming the practice of his profession, Gen. Doniphan led a quiet life until 1861, when he was one of five from the border states, who, by special invitation, held an interview with President Lincoln to counsel and advise as to the best method of preserving peace, maintaining the Union and settling the difficulties that then environed the nation. He was the last of the five to "pass over to the other side". (Atchison Daily Globe, August 31, 1887)


At White Cloud, Kan., July 30, of congestion of the brain, Willie, 7 months 26 days, son of George L. and Jennie Biedleman and grandson to Loton. (Henry Republican, August 11, 1881)



Theodore J. Teufler, County Commissioner, Died Last Sunday Night

It was with the keenest regret that old residents of Doniphan County learned of the death of Theodore J. Teufler of Wolf River township on Sunday night, February 20th. He died about 10 o'clock p.m, and at his bedsides was his wife and two sons and numerous friends.

Mr. Teufler was born March 28, 1865, just at the close of the Civil war, on the very farm where he died, or a continued residence of nearly fifty-two years. This long residence in one place from boyhood to middle age is an indication of the steady and true character of the decresed. He was educated in the country schools of Doniphan county.

Theodore J. Teufler was married May 21, 1889, when twenty-four years old, to Miss Anna Mertz. Two boys and two girls were born to them. The girl twins died when about four months old. The sons surviving are Frank P. Teufler, a fireman on the Burlington out of St. Joseph, and Roy M. who has been farming with his father on his splendid farm in Wolf River township.

In 1908, Theodore Teufler was elected trustee from Wolf River township, and in 1910, he was appointed deputy county assessor. He always fulfilled the fondest hopes of his contituents when in public office, and was made several times to accept a public office whether it was his will or not. He did not neglect his public duties for the sake of his farm, and on the other hand, his farm and family never lacked his kindnes and care. He was a man who was thoroughtly capable of doing two things well, and in these days of hurry and worry and fast living, it is comfortable to reflect that a man could devote himself to only two things and make a success of them, instead of attempting scores of things and perhaps failing at all of them.

In 1912, Mr. Teufler was chosen assessor. This called for hard work and long hours, and Mr. Teufler did not shirk. He made one of the best records as county assessor that has ever been made by an incumbent of that office. The people approved of his efforts and the results which he attained to the extent that in 1914, he was elected county commissioner, and succeeded to the office on January 9, 1915. He made a fine man for the responsible position, which is no sinecure (sic), as many who have held the office have learned. He never failed in his duty and up to the time of his death was actively engaged in the work connected with his office. The cause of Mr. Teufler's death was Bright's disease.

The funeral services were conducted at the home of the deceased in Wolf River township, and burial was at the Denton cemetery one mile west of Denton. Many friends of the dead man followed the body to its final resting place, and paid a last token of respect to his early career. The deceased was the son of John and Mary D. Teufler, who settled on the old home place where Theodore was born and where he died. (The Troy Chief, February 1916, submitted by Sherry McCrann)


Theodore J. Teufler, a wealthy and progressive farmer of this section, and county commissioner for this district, died at his home three miles south west of Severance on the night of February 20, 1916, at the age of 51 years. He had been ailing for several weeks, suffering with a kidney trouble, which was the cause of his death. Theodore Teufler was born March 28, 1865, on the farm where he died. He received a common school education and made of himself a useful citizen. He has always been known as an industrious man, full of healthy energy, and was a mam of high personal qualities, honest, upright and sincere in all his dealings. His neighbors loved and respected him highly and his death will be keenly felt in that community. He faithfully performed the duties of county commissioner for his district. He has also served the county as assessor, and the township as trustee, and he served his school district as clerk for 27years. At the time of his death he was president of the A.H.T.A. He was married at Goff, Kansas, May 21, 1889, to Miss Anna Mertz. His wife, two children--Frank and Roy Teufler, one sister, Mrs. Anna Hetherington, of Everest, and one half brother, John Overman, survive him. His funeral which was held Tuesday, February 22, was largely attended. He was laid to rest in the Denton cemetery after services conducted at the home by Rev. C. C. Clampitt. (The Troy Chief, submitted by Sherry McCrann)


Noah Andrew Rittenhouse born Dec. 31, 1881, passed away at his home on Dec. 31, 1959. Mother and father was Casander Ware and Noah Andrew.He was born on the old Rittenhouse farm located West of Troy, KS in the Moray neighborhood. He lived on the farm until he moved to Oakley, KS in 1907. There he met and married Mary Belle Wise on Nov 12, 1913. In 1919 they moved back to Troy. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church. Died at the home without warning after doing chores in the evening with a sudden heart attack. Funeral services were held at the Christ Lutheran Church.

Father of Inez, Ruby, Noah, Mary Ruth, and Robert.
Info from: The Kansas Chief, Jan 7, 1960.

Submitted by Dennis Rittenhouse


C. W. Hargis died up on his farm near Troy, Doniphan county, last week. Mr. Hargis was an old timer in Kansas having come to this state in 1803. (Topeka Weekly Capital, February 22, 1894, page 10)


After an illness of several weeks, during which he was a great sufferer from heart disease, Noah Rittenhouse, one of the best known and most highly respected citizen of this community, passed away from earth on Monday morning between five and six o’clock. The announcement of his death caused many expressions of sorrow, for Mr. Rittenhouse was a man who had hosts of friends. As a citizen he was above reproach, as a neighbor he was ever ready to respond to the aid in cases of sickness or distress. Generous and charitable to the poor. Many can testify to his kindness liberality in relieving the destitute and caring for the needy. In his family a loving, tender husband and a kind father, ever seeking by precept and example to lead his sons and daughters in the paths of right. Honest and upright in his business dealings he was above all and beyond all a true, earnest Christian. Quiet and unassuming, for more than forty years his life has been one of practical efficient service in the cause of Christ. He lived a kindly life, at peace with God and man, and while there are many sad hearts that one so useful as he and one whose influence for good was so great, should be removed, we cannot doubt that it is well with him. Would there were more like him the world would be benefited and mankind lifted higher in the scale of purity and right living.

Noah Rittenhouse was born in Fayette county, Ohio, December 16, 1847; died at his home northeast of Severance, February 17, 1908; aged 60 years, 2 months and 1 day. He came to Doniphan county, Kansas, with his parents in 1865, and this has been his home ever since. In 1966 he was converted at a camp meeting and joined thee Methodist Episcopal church in Severance and has remained a follower of its teachings ever since. October 27, 1870, he was united in marriage to Miss. Cassandra Ware. Together they at once set up home on the farm and their lives have been spent. Five children were born to them. Annie, now Mrs. Guy Holbrook, of Oakley, Kansas, Evelyn, a teacher near Helton, Arthur, who is living at home, Noah, Jr., Whose home is near Oakley and Grace, who has been teaching in Arizona. All were home during their father’s last days except Miss. Grace who did not reach here until Monday.

Funeral services were held at the M. E. church in this city on Thursday, Rev. Byers conducting (unreadable) Interment was in Wolf River cemetery where the aged parents of both Mr. and Mrs. Rittenhouse and other relatives are resting in hope of (unreadable) and certain resurrection.

Resting in sickness and sorrow
All of life’s trials are o’er.
In the dawn of a blissful tomorrow,
To awake on a glorified shore.
The to hear the dear Father in Heaven,
Say, Good and faithful, thy work is well done;
Unto thee of my joy shall be given
Blessed peace and true rest thou hast won.
Written by Hatty Peeler
Severance News Editor
(Severance, February 1908, submitted by Dennis Rittenhouse)


Lived to a Ripe Age

In the death of Stephen Watson, who died in Wathena, Kans. Sunday, Jan. 29, 1911. Wichita loses an honored citizen and Kansas a loyal pioneer. The deceased was well and favorably known in this city where he had lived for a number years and where he with his beloved wife, who preceded him by two years to the land of bliss had reared a family of noble and honored sons and daughters.

Stephen Watson was born in Wilson county, Tenn. Dec. 25th 1826, died Jan. 29th 1911 and was therefore 84 years 1 month and 4 days old at the time of his death. His death was hastened by a fall which he sustained while visiting with his son in Wathena, Kansas. He came to this city in 1884 where he has since made his home. He confessed religion 16 years ago and was baptised and admitted to membership in the 2nd Baptist Church of this city by Rev. S. M. Hall. He survived by 8 children, 36 grandchildren and ?6 great-grandchildren and a large number of warm friends. (Wichita Searchlight, February 4, 1911, page 4)


Morgan Lee died at his residence in this Township, Tuesday morning, after a long illness of something of the nature of dyspepsia. He was buried today in the cemetery near the Junction with the beautiful rites of the Masonic fraternity. Mr. Lee was about 35 years of age, and was a son of David Lee one of the oldest citizens of the county, formerly County Commissioner. (The Weekly Kansas Chief, July 25, 1872)


Gored to Death by a Bull - Joseph D. Price, living on Rock Creek, in this County, three miles from Doniphan, met with a terrible death, on Monday morning last. He owned a large blooded bull, for which he had paid a large sum of money, but the animal was very vicious. On Monday morning, the bull attacked Mr. Price's boy, and the father got into the lot to save the boy, when the bull made for him and caught him against a bank, where he gored him until he was so badly hurt that he died shortly afterwards.

Mr. Price was a prominent farmer and a highly respected citizen, and was a cousin of Judge Price of this place. He leaves a wife and several children.(The Weekly Kansas Chief, August 1, 1872)


Died --- June 1st, 1898, at the age of 24 years, Harmon H Gronniger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gronniger, of Doniphan Co., Kan., at the home of his friend, John Burtling, six miles north of Haven, Kan. Heart trouble was the great alley of death. The deceased was taken very sudden only being sick a few days.

Something over three years ago Harmon Gronniger came here from his home in Doniphan Co. for his health and to look after his father’s land. It appears that his health was better, but during harvest he was so anxious to help that he over-worked himself, and became warm and excited which affected his heart and caused death. For three years past, three of the boys have been batching together, about four months ago two of the boys moved out and Mr. and Mrs. Will Collins moved in and were keeping house for Harmon. It seems hard that one in the pride of manhood should be claimed by death but our Redeemer has said that, “In the midst of life we are in death.” Harmon was a member of the Catholic church and his presence will indeed be missed there. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. He was a kind, industrious and prominent young man and will be greatly missed by his many friends here.

How often we think of the pleasant gatherings and socials we have had together. But that voice we have heard so many times is silent, never to be heard on earth again. But when we meet with him in the realms of glory we can sing with him throughout the ceaseless ages. “For if we suffer we shall also reign with him.” Though he be gone from us now we wait that day when we will meet to part no more.

His parents were sent for but arrived fifteen minutes after the spirit had taken its flight. He leaves a father, mother, sister and three brothers to mourn his loss. They have the sympathy of their many friends. His body was taken to his former home in Doniphan Co. for burial. A friend. (Haven Independent Haven, Reno County, Kansas July 16, 1898 page – front *** column – 2 submitted by Rose Stout)


DIED. In this place, on Friday night, the 12th inst., William H. Mauck, in the 36th year of his age.

The deceased was a native of Page County, Virginia, and had resided among us some three years. He was one of our best citizens, and died regretted by all. He died of Pneumonia, caused by taking cold just when recovering from an attack of the Measles. Mr. Mauck leaves a large family and many friends to mourn his loss. He was interred on Sunday last, with the honors of Odd Fellowship, of which Order he was a member. (White Cloud Kansas Chief, April 18, 1861)


DIED. In this place, on Wednesday night, July 29th, after a short illness, Mrs. Priscilla Utt, wife of John H. Utt, aged 41 years, 9 months, and 29 days. (White Cloud Kansas Chief, August 6, 1863)


DIED. In this place, on Monday, the 28th instant, after a lingering illness, Mrs. Julia Ann Grumley, wife of John Grumley, in the 51st year of her age. (White Cloud Kansas Chief, March 31, 1864)


DIED. In White Cloud, on Friday, the 6th inst., Mrs. Elizabeth Louisa Maquilken, wife of Samuel Maquilken, aged 21 years and 7 months. (White Cloud Kansas Chief, October 12, 1865)


DIED. In Hiawatha, Kansas, January 27th, 1864, Hetty May, youngest daughter of Jaried A. and Abbie B. Collar, of Wasioja, Minn., aged 3 years and 2 months. (White Cloud Kansas Chief, February 4, 1864)


Mrs. Orlevia Foster, sister of Mr. W. A. Springer of this city, died at her home in White Cloud, Kansas, on Sunday last. (The Holt County Sentinel, Friday, May 25, 1877, submitted byKathy McDaniel)


Fatal Runaway - St. Joseph, Mo., May 19 - Mrs. Charles Wakeman of Palermo, Kansas, was fatally injured in this city today by being thrown from a wagon by a runaway team. She has concussion of the brain and the right arm and leg are broken twice each and her left ear cut off. (Wichita Daily Eagle, May 20, 1886)


Class of 1859 - SAMUEL JOHNSON EDGERLY. Born, Dec. 18, 1831, in Pittsfield, N.H. Son of John and Sarah Jane (Bickford) Edgerly. Fitted at Exeter Academy. After graduation he taught for a year in St. Louis, when, with failing health, he removed to Highlands, Kansas, and engaged in farming and nursery business. In 1885 he removed to Riverside, California, afterwards to Anaheim, where he continued in agricultural pursuits. Died, July 5, 1898.

Married (1) in 1862, Carrie Bayless of Highlands, Kansas, who died in 1863; (2) in 1866, Sarah, daughter of William and Sarah Hunter of Highlands. Children: By second marriage, Nettie, Carrie Mary, John, Hellene, all living except John, who died in infancy. (Source is: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1898-1899, Hanover, N.H., Dartmouth Press, 1899. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.)


Harvey Rites At Troy Tomorow

Troy --- Mrs. Maude L. Harvey, 80, died Saturday night at her home near Troy.  She was born at Sparks and had lived in the Troy area many years.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Harman Mortuary in Troy with Elder William Twombley officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Olive cemetery at Troy.

Mrs. Harvey was a member of the United Methodist church.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Sue Larson, Troy, and Mrs. Maggie Carter, Horton, and nieces and nephews.
(Atchison Daily News ~ March 25, 1974)


The funeral of Samuel Meers, 63, who died very suddenly at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Robert Cummings, northeast of Troy, Monday evening, was held from the Methodist church here Wednesday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. Samuel Trombry of Fanning.  Mr. Meeks, the son of Nathaniel and Sarah Taylor-Meers was born five miles north of Troy in 1866.  In 1896 he married Miss Rosa Ann Blevins of Highland who survives him.  He lived in Doniphan county all his life until five years ago when he moved to Amazonia, Mo., the present home of the family.  Of their ten children, nine are living.  They are Mrs. Susie Layland, St. Joe.; Mrs. John C. Kotsch; Mrs. Edith Cowhick, Mrs. Robert Cummings, Troy; Charles Meers, Highland; Warren Meers, Meckling, S. D. and Gilbert, Lyle and Thomas of Amazonia.  He had two brothers, Thomas Meers of Davenport, Ia., and George of Troy, and one sister, Mrs. Lizie Sluss of Troy.  Burial was in Mount Olive cemetery.
(Atchison Daily Globe ~ July 11, 1929)



C. M. Finley, Troy, Kas., Dies In a St. Joseph, Mo., Hospital

St. Joseph, Mo., Jan. 27 --- C. M. Finley, 65 years old, Troy, Kas,. for whom radium seed was rushere here from New York last week to be used in conjunction with an opeartion died here yesterday at the Missouri Methodist hospital.

Mr. Finley, who owned several farms near Troy, leaves his widow, Mrs. Margaret Finley of Troy; two daughters, Mrs. Harry M. Thornton, Kansas City, and Mrs. P. M. Rhudy, Stanberry, Mo.; two brothers, E. J. Finley of Kansas City and C. K. Finley of Hiawatha, Kas., and two sisters, Mrs. C. C. Carrothers, Peabody, Kas., and Miss Cora Finley of Troy.  Funeral services will be at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow at Troy.
(Kansas City Star ~ January 27, 1928)


Mrs. J. S. Turpin, 63, died at her home seven miles northwest of Troy, Monday night.  The funeral was conducted from the L.D.S. church at Fanning by the Rev. Samuel Twombly Wednesday afternoon, and burial was in Fanning cemetery.  Mrs. Turpin was born in Germany and came to America when 20 years old.  She was married to Joe Beckman in St. Joseph in 1891.  He died in 1905, and in 1906 she married Shelby Turpin and moved to Doniphan county, Kas.  She is survived by her husband, Mr. Turpin; three sons, Elmer Beckman of Troublesome, Colo., and Michael Turpin of Troy; and one daughter, Mrs. Ruby Guy of Sparys; two sisters, Mrs. Christina Nesser of Sparks and Mrs. Barbara Ehlers of St. Joseph; and one brother, John Rich of St. Joseph.
(Atchison Daily Globe ~ April 16, 1931)


William M. Kelley, 63, died Tuesday afternoon, April 14, at the home of his sister, Mrs. Bridget Gallagher, at Fanning.  He was born near Fanning and had lived there all his life.  He never married.  Survivng are three sisters, Mrs. Gallagher, at whose home he died, Mrs. Katie Burke of Marsfield, Ore., Mrs. Mary Sparks of Sparks, and one brother, Anthony Kelley of Sparks.  The funeral was conducted at 10 o'clock Thursday morning from the Catholic church at Fanning by Rev. Lawrence Theis.
(Atchison Daily Globe ~ April 16, 1931)


Peter Dietrickson, who had lived in Doniphan county since 1863, died at his home here Wednesday morning, April 15, at 10 o'clock after a short illness.  He was born in Denmark in 1845 and was nearly 87 years old.  He came to America and to Doniphan county when he was 18 years old and lived southeast of Troy until 18 years ago, when he moved into town.  He was married to Matilda Johanson in 1873 in Geary.  She survives, as do six daughters, Mrs. Mary Rogers of Folsom, Calif.; Mrs. Kathreen Jensen of Berthour, Colo.; Mrs. Nellie Keller of Morland, Wyo.; Mrs. Anna (William) Franklin of Bendena; Mrs. Laura Ellis and Mrs. Ida Culp, both of Troy; two sons, Henry of Toledo, O., and Robert of Troy; and one elder brother, Erasmus Dietrickson of Severance.  The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Karr funeral home.  The Rev. J. W. Peterson of Bendena will have charge of the services.  Burial will be in Mt. Olive cemtery in Troy.
(Atchison Daily Globe ~ April 16, 1931)


Mrs. Mary Scholz, 87, Passes Away at Home

Mrs. Mary Scholz, 87, died at 4:30 o'clock this morning at her home in Doniphan.  She had been in failing health for some time, but her death was unexpected.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the St. John's Catholic church in Doniphan, and the rosary will be recited Sunday at 8 p.m. at the Harouff and Buis service chapel.  Burial will be in the Doniphan cemetery.

Mrs. Scholz was born July 25, 1858, at Lorraine, France, a daughter of John and Anna Regnary, and came to this country with her parents when she was a year old.  They settled on a farm north of Geary, and later moved west of Geary.

On July 29, 1880, Mrs. Scholz and Charles A. Scholz were united in marriage and began housekeeping on a farm northeast of Doniphan where they lived until they moved to Doniphan in 1915.  Mrs. Scholz died on December 30, 1932.

Mrs. Scholz was a communicant of the St. John's Catholic church at Doniphan, and was faithful in her church attendance until ill health prevented her from getting away from home.

Surviving are three daughters and a son, including Mrs. Emma Kurtz of Atchison, Mrs. N. J. Schaaf of Doniphan, C. J. Scholz of northeast of Doniphan and Margaret Scholz of the home; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A son, Ed Scholz, and two daughters, ida Scholz and Mary Scholz, preceded her in death.
(Atchison Daily Globe ~ January 12, 1946)


Funeral services for Dan Collins, 78, Troy, who died Tuesday in a St. Joe hospital, will be held at the Karr funeral home in Troy Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock.  The Rev. Louis Kirchner will officiate, and burial will be in Mt. Olive cemetery at Troy.  Surviving are four sons, Carl and roy, Gresham, Ore., Perry, Ada, Mich., and Leonard, Des Moines; two daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Norton and Mrs. Rose Carleton, both of Garvy, Calif.
(Atchison Daily Globe ~ September 29, 1949)


Funeral services were held this afternoon at the Troy Methodist church for Wilson J. Hutchinson, 50, Troy, who died while enroute to enter a St. Joe hospital Tuesday night.  The Rev. R. J. Zeidler officiated at the funeral.  Surviving are his wife, Hazel, and a daughter, Marilyn, both of Troy.  he was a veteran of World War I and a member of the Troy Methodist church.  Burial will be Friday at Alton, Ill.  Karr funeral home was in charge of arrangements at Troy.
(Atchison Daily Globe ~ September 29, 1949)


Heart Attack Fatal To Troy Druggist

A heart attack yesterday took the life of E. A. Sinclair, 65, well known druggist at Troy, in an ambulance enroute to a St. Joseph hospital.  He suffered the attack yesterday morning with no previous warning and failed rapidly until his death about 4 o'clock.

Mr. Sinclair was born in Troy in November, 1881, and spent his entire life there.  His father, Daniel Sinclair, established the Sinclair drug store there in 1873 and conducted it until his death in 1911.  E. A. Sinclair, who had been associated with his father in the business, took over the store upon the elder Sinclair's death.  he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Barbara Sinclair; a sister, Mrs. A. B. Zimmerman of Troy; a nephew, Albert Zimmerman, who was associated with him in the store.

Funeral services will be held at the Karr chapel in Troy at 2 p.m. Monday, the Rev. Clarence Harder, pastor of the Troy Methodist church, officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Olive cemetery there.
(Atchison Daily Globe ~ March 29, 1947)


Former Troy Resident Dies

Mrs. Emma Carpenter, 87, died Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Opal Turnbull at Three Rivers, Mich.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow in Troy with the Tibbetts mortuary in charge.  Burial will be in Mt. Olive cemetery, Troy.

Most of Mrs. Carpenter's lifetime was spent in Doniphan county.  Her husband, the late Samuel B. Carpenter, was a farmer.  After his retirement they lived in Troy several years.

She leaves her daughter; three sons, Fred Carpenter and Forest Carpenter, near Callian, Colo., and Sam Carpenter, Peyton, Colo.; two half-sisters, Mrs. Lena Davis, Atchison, and Mrs. cleora Hinske, Kansas City; a half-brother, Ed Griffin, Atchison, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
(Atchison Daily Globe ~ April 13, 1958)


8-1/2 Month Old Child Dies

Tamara Ruth, 8-1/2 - month - old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Winzer, route 2, died Friday at 10:35 p.m. at the Atchison hospital.  Her illness was described as malfunction of the liver.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Stanton chapel with the Rev. C. P. Dukelow officiating.  Burial will be at Mt. Olive cemetery at Troy.

Tamara Ruth was born in Atchison Jan. 24, this year.

In addition to her parents, she leaves the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Barker, Cummings, paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Winzer, route 2, and great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Miles Gilliland, Mrs. Olive Graves and Mrs. Nora Wood, all of Atchison.

Aaron Winzer, Everett Winzer, Jr., James L. Barker and Melvin E. Wehlgemuth will be pallbearers.
(Atchison Daily Globe ~ October 18, 1959)


Vernon Ruhnke Of Troy Succumbs

Vernon Rehnke, 39, farmer near Troy, died unexpectedly yesterday afternoon while helping his brother, Roy Ruhnke, south of Troy, build fence.  Death was due to a heart attack.

He was born near Breaner in Doniphan county June 5, 1916, a son of the late Albert and Pearl Benitz Ruhnke, and lived in that community all his life.  He was a member of Christ Lutheran church, south of Troy.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Esther Ruhnke, and small son, Dale, of the home; seven brothers, Roy, Arthur, Alto, Walter, Lloyd, Albert and Eldon, all of the Troy community, and two sisters, Mrs. Myrtle McBride, Atchison, and Mrs. Stella Mullins, Troy.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Christ Lutheran church south of Troy, the Rev. Alvin Lord officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Olive cemetery at Troy.  The Tibbetts funeral home at Troy is in charge of arrangements.
(Atchison Daily globe ~ April 17, 1956)


Samuel Flinn, 61 years old, died yesterday afternoon at Research Hospital.  Mr. Flinn had lived in Kansas City thirty years and resided at 3328 Wayne Avenue.  He was born at Iowa Point, Kas., and was assistant treasurer of the City Ice Company.  He was a member of White Cloud, Kas., Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite bodies here and Arrarat Shrine Temple in this city.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Francis Flinn; a daughter, Miss Mildred Flinn, and four sisters, Mrs. Minnie E. Venderslice, Miss Lavinia Flinn, both living at the St. Regis Hotel; Mrs. Mattie Westall, Thirty-third Street and Flora Avenue, and Mrs. Nellie Garlock, Stanley, Kas.  Funeral services and burial will be tomorrow morning in White Cloud, Kas., formerly the home of the family.
(Kansas City Star ~ August 3, 1919)


Mrs. nancy Banner Of White Cloud Dies

Funeral services for Mrs. Nancy E. Banner, 82, White Cloud, who died Wednesday at a Hiawatha hospital, will be Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the White Cloud Community church.  Burial will be at Olive Branch cemetery at White Cloud.

The casket will be taken from the Noll mortuary at Highland to the church an hour before the services.

Mrs. Banner was born at Steele City, Neb., and had lived in the White Cloud community 14 years.  She was a member of the White Cloud Community church.

She leaves her husband, Roger H. Banner of the home; two sons, Frank and Russell Hall, Los Angeles; a daughter, Mrs. William Stein, Los Angeles; a sister, Mrs. Sadie Christie, who lives in California, and a brother, Oakley Goldsbury, Steele City.
(Atchison Daily Globe ~ January 3, 1958)

SMITH,  ROY  K.  (DR.)

Smith Memorial Rites Held At White Cloud

Memorial services for Dr. Roy K. Smith, former head of the Kansas Tuberculosis sanitarium at Norton, who spent most of his medical career in Korea, were conducted yesterday at the Community church at White Cloud.

Dr. Smith, who died July 31, in Duarte, Calif., practice medicine in Korea, taught in medical schools there, was a government adviser, and frequently preached and taught Bible to Korean groups.

He was born in 1885 at Lincoln, Kas., and served his medical internship in Seoul after he was graduated from College of Emporia and the University of Kansas.

In 1942, he returned to this country and became head of the Tuberculosis sanitarium, and went back to Korea in 1946, as an adviser to the military government.  He became a member of the Veterans Administration hospital staff at Excelsior Springs in 1949, and remained until he retired last fall.

He and Mrs. Smith moved to Duarte after his retirement.

His grandfather, Alonzo P. Browning and Charles Smith were early day residents in Northeast Kansas.  His grandfather Browning used to haul supplies from White Cloud which were shipped there by boat during the early days of the state.

His sister, Grace, now deceased, was the wife of Dr. J. H. McGauhey, who practiced at White Cloud for many years.

Mrs. Smith was in Atchison yesterday and went to White Cloud for the services.  In addition to Mrs. Smith, he is survived by four sons, three of them doctors.
(Atchison Daily Globe ~ October 13, 1957)



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