Arthur Armbrust Sr., 87, retired Ellsworth farmer, rancher; helped start Smoky Hill Electric Cooperative, former Kansas Electric Cooperative Board member. Heart attack, Tuesday in Ellsworth. (USA Today, March 24, 1989, page 9A)


John E. Billing, 40, data processing manager, former Mineola and Ellsworth resident, died Tuesday, May 10, 1988. Service 2 p.m. Friday, First Presbyterian Church, Ellsworth.

Survivors: wife, Jan; son, Sam, daughters, Erin, Megan all at home, mother, Martha Taylor, sister, Jean Anne Wise, both Ventura, Calif. Memorials have been established with First Presbyterian Church organ fund and the Center for Basic Cancer Research at Kansas State University, Manhattan. Grubb-Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth. (The Wichita Eagle, May 12, 1988, page 9A)


Alice B. Fisher, 78, of 414 Cherry St., died Thursday at home after a short illness.

A native of Ellsworth, Kansas, Mrs. Fisher lived in Syracuse 45 years. She was formerly a cook at City Hospital.

Surviving are a granddaughter, Linda Fisher, two grandsons, Webster M. Fisher III and William P. Fisher, all of Washington D. C. and a close friend, Mary George.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Garland Brothers Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oakwood-Morningside Cemetery.

Calling hours are 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday. (The Syracuse Herald American, October 18, 1987, Page C4)


Earl E. Frank, 102, retired dirt and cement contractor, died Friday, Sept. 1, 1989. Service 10 a.m. Tuesday, Swaim Funeral Home.

Survivors: granddaughter, Sherry Resor of Dodge City; one great niece, three great-grandchildren. Memorial has been established with the Kansas Eye Bank. (The Wichita Eagle, September 3, 1989, page 2B)


Mabel W. Harris, 89, 1515 Port Malabar Road, Palm Bay, died Thursday. Born in Ellsworth County, Kans., she moved to Palm Bay from Kansas in 1980. She was a homemaker. Survivors: son, Ralph P., Satellite Beach, daughter, Dorothy H. Pate, Jacksonville, brother, Edmond Shannon, Russell, Kan., sisters, Florence Easterly, Russell, Dorothy Wilcox, Fresno, Calif., two grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild. Florida Memorial Home, north of Melbourne. (The Orlando Sentinel, March 1, 1988, page B4)


William L. Morganfield, 82, retired car dealership owner, died Monday, July 17, 1989. Services 2 p.m. today, First Presbyterian Church, 5:30 p.m. Ellsworth (Kan) Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors: wife, Ruby, son, Kenneth of Kansas City, Kan., daughter, Shirley of Rapid City, S. D.; one grandchild, one great-grandchild. Memorials have been established with First Presbyterian Church and the Geary Community Healthcare Foundation. Johnson Funeral Chapel. (The Wichita Eagle, July 20, 1989, page 2D)


Art C. Sr., age 82, died November 27 at his home. He was born June 20, 1900 in Ellsworth, Kansas. He was a member of the Myrtle Lodge and the Shrine. He has been flying Trenton race Pigeons since 1927. He is survived by his wife, Carrie of 50 years; 1 son and daughter-in-law, Art Jr. & Mary Louise; 2 granddaughters, Karen & Barbara, 2 great-granddaughters, Sally & Laurie, brother, George of Grove, Ok., a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Services will be held at 12 noon Tuesday at the Guardian West Funeral Home. (The Daily Oklahoman, November 29, 1982)


James H. Novak, 68, retired Novak IGA owner, died Tuesday, March 29, 1988. Service 10 a.m. Friday, Grubb-Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth.

Survivors: wife, Iris; sons, Tom of Concord, Calif., Roger of Ellsworth, sisters, Leona Sparks of Wichita, Marvel Nelson; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Memorials have been established with First United Methodist Church, Ellsworth, and Kansas State University Cancer Research. (The Wichita Eagle, March 31, 1988, page 8A)


Services will be held today for Charles B. Rogers, a native Kansan whose paintings of rural Kansas and the American West won him international acclaim.

Rogers died Thursday at the age of 76 in a Salina hospital after a battle with leukemia.

Rogers, known as "the Kansan," has had his works shown in Pairs, London, Tokyo, Mexico City, Japan and across the United States.

Rogers was best known as a painter of the American West. At the Rogers House, his museum in Ellsworth are displayed many of the works that won him more than 130 awards over the years. (San Francisco Chronicle, December 12, 1987, page C11)


ELLSWORTH --- Dane Scott Slechta, 2-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Nick Slechta, died here early Wednesday morning following a sudden illness. He was born July 25, 1954, at Salina.

Survivors are the parents and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Scheidt.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the St. Bernard Catholic Church here with Rev. Thomas Lonergan officiating. Burial will be in the Ellsworth Cemetery.
(Hutchinson News ~ April 11, 1957 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


C. C. Sprigg, county clerk of Ellsworth county, Kansas died suddenly at 111 East Fifth street, Kansas City, yesterday. Sprigg had been "doing" the town and his death was undoubtedly due to unusual indulgence in drink. As stated, deceased was county clerk of Ellsworth county and has held the position for years. When Fort Harker was occupied as a military post, he was Major Henry Inman's quartermaster clerk, and in that capacity as well as county clerk was a thorough business man, and thoroughly trusted. His demise and particularly in the way it has occurred will be the cause of great grief to friends and many relatives. (The Daily Globe, Wednesday, November 29, 1882)


Hooyrood, KS --- John A. Dolecek, 84, long time resident of this community, died in his home at 1 p.m. Sunday. He is survived by his widow; a daughter, Mrs. Richard Linke, Hollyrood; and two sons, Al and Bill, both of Clalifornia. (Hutchinson News-Herald Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas Monday, June 8, 1953 page – 10 *** column – 8 submitted by Rose Stout)


Holyrood, KS --- Charles Ames, 68, retired farmer, died Saturday afternoon in Ellsworth Hospital. He was born July 22, 1894, in Claflin, and had lived in Holyrood 37 years. He married Helen Horejsi June 20, 1917

Member: Holyrood Masonic Lodge.

Survivors: the widow; brothers, Chester, Claflin, Arthur G., Great Bend, and John, Lafayette, Calif.; sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Sharp, 1113 East A. Hutchinson; and Mrs. Gladys Caler, Geneseo.

Funeral 2 p.m. Tuesday, Grubb Funeral Home, Ellsworth, Rev. Thomas J. Dry. Burial: in St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Cemetery, Holyrood. (Hutchinson News Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas Sunday, February 10, 1963 page – 3 *** column – 7 submitted by Rose Stout)


Mr. Arnold, a prominent business man of Ellsworth and a brother in law of Simon Rothschild, died on Friday evening last, at his home in that city. The funeral was held Sunday, the remains being sent to Kansas City for interment, Mr. Rothschild accompanying them. Mrs. Rothschild returned from Ellsworth this noon. (The Abilene Reflector, May 5, 1887)


LORRAINE — Jean M. Stallo, 64, Lorraine, died Friday, Feb. 3, 1995, at Asbury-Salina Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Stallo was born Jean M. Mathews on Sept. 20, 1930, at Merkel, Texas, and was a resident of Lorraine since 1968, moving from Odessa, Texas. She was a homemaker and a member of the Odessa Order of Eastern Star and Ellsworth County Council on Aging.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry of the home; a son, Joel of Nashville, Tenn.; two daughters, Jana Hulse of Olathe and Jerie Wilkens of Ellsworth; a brother, Roy Mathews of Sunnyvale, Calif.; a sister, Avalene Price of Kerrville, Texas; and six grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, the Rev. Monty Loudenslager officiating. Burial will be in Lorraine Baptist Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Ellsworth County Council on Aging. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, 307 N. Lincoln, Ellsworth 67439. (Salina Journal, February 4, 1995, submitted by Maurene Richard Miller)


ELLSWORTH - The funeral for Mrs. Margaret D. (Morrison) Wilson, 63, Ellsworth, will be at 2 pm Saturday at the First Methodist Church, the Rev. Robert Grout officiating. Burial will be in the Ellsworth cemetery.

Mrs. Wilson died Thursday at the Ellsworth hospital. She had lived in Ellsworth the last 40 years. She was born Nov. 3, 1904 in Kennebunk, Me. She was a member of the First Methodist Church, the PEO and AAUW.  

Surviving are the widower John, of the home: a son, Norman D., Rochester, Minn., and four grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Grubb funeral home. The casket will not be open at the church. The family suggests memorials to the First Methodist Church. (Salina Journal, December 29, 1967, submitted by Maurene Richard Miller)




John C. Hagan, a prominent business man of Ellsworth, committed suicide by shooting himself with a revolver, the ball entering near the navel, passing through the body.  Unrequited love is supposed to be the cause, superinducing a fit of lemancholy.
(Belleville Telescope ~ November 30, 1882 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)






Fagan, Formerly of Ellsworth, Commits Suicide at Enid, O. T.


Enid, O. T., Dec. 1 --- Benjamin FAgan senior, a real estate and loan broker, committed suicide by shooting.  He formerly resided at Ellsworth, Kansas, was prominent in G.A.R. circles and was a delegate to the last national encampment.
(Wichita Beacon ~ December 1, 1902 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)






Salina, June 8 --- Two suicides by shooting occurred in Ellsworth county yesterday.  Thomas Lavitt, 65, killed himself at the home of his sister at Wilson.  Financial losses are believed to have caused the act.  Fred Willinger, 45, shot himself at his home at Kanopolis.  He left a note saying that the breaking up of his home was the cause.
(Lawrence Daily Journal-World ~ June 9, 1922 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)




Mrs. James Leith, of Ellsworth, committed suicide last Saturday morning by shooting herself through the head with a 22-caliber revolver.  Mrs. Leith was the daughter of M. V. Baker, a wealthy farmer about four miles north of Ellsworth.  Domestic troubles was the probable cause of the act as she now has a suit for divorce pending against her husband.  She leaves two small children.
(Winfield Tribune ~ October 30, 1903 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)




Robert E. Tanton, a well-to-do farmer, living three miles north of Ellsworth, committed suicide with carbolic acid.  He came here thirty-five years ago, and has a large family of grown children.  He was 65 years old.  No cause of his suicide is known.
(Wichita Daily Eagle ~ April 26, 1912 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)




Hannah Wells, daughter of J. F. Wells, of Thompson creek, Ellsworth conty, committed suicide by taking strychnine.  A young man to whom she had become attached, spoke slightly of her character and should could not live under the mortification.
(The Weekly Commonwealth ~ Topeka, KS ~ September 7, 1876 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)






Mrs. William Irwin, of Freeport, Ill., who was visiting her father at Wilson, Ellsworth county, committed suicide the other day ina sudden freak brought on by insanity.  She had been carefully watched for some time, but her attendant, for a few minutes left her when the unfortunate woman seized a gasoline can, rushed to the cellar, saturated her clothing an fired it.  She was burned to death.
(The Cheney Sentinel ~ Cheney, KS ~ June 13, 1895 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)






Ellsworth, Kan., Aug. 9 --- An unusually distressing suicide, by reason of the victim, John Eagleton, being a comparatively young man with a young family about him, occurred at his residence on the Gibon farm, east of Kanopolis.  Eagleton was in Ellsworth during the day, transacting business and leasing the farm on which he lived for another year.  After returning to his home, nothing apparently differnt in his demeanor, as far as is now known, he lay down upon a lounge to rest.  After a short time he arose and said he would go to milk the cows, but soon returned, saying that it was yet too early, and again lay down.  He called his little boy to him, asked him to kiss him, after which he placed a revolver to his temple just as his wife entered the room.  She screamed and ran to restrain his hand, but too late, the fatal bullet had done its mission.  The wife took up her infant child, one month old, and ran for assistance.  Death resulted instantly.  No cause is known for the rash act.  Eagleton was a man of very bright intellect and cheerful disposition.  He was a native of Massachusetts and held a very lucrative position in Boston for many years as a diamond expert.  He had traveled extensively throughout the west, and at one time held large mining interests.
(The Atchison Champion ~ August 11, 1898 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)




Committed Suicide Through Despondency


Kanopolis, Kan., Sept. 7 --- James Dalgity, one of the oldest settlers of Ellsworth county, committed suicide at his home in Carneiro by cutting the main artery of the left arm.  Despondency is attributed as the cause.
(The Osage Co. Chronicle ~ Burlingame, KS ~ September 9, 1901 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)






Salina, Kan., Sept. 29 --- Joseph Neuman, for thirty years a farmer near Black Wolf in Ellsworth county, committed suicide yesterday by shooting himself in the heart with a twenty-two calibre rifle.  He leaves a wife and eight children.  He has been despondent for some time.
(Topeka Daily Capital ~ September 30, 1911 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)






Salina, Kan., Dec. 1 --- Matt Hedrick, aged 45 years, a former well known cigar manufacturer of this city, committed suicide at Ellsworth last night by shooting himself in the head.
(Topeka Daily Capital ~ December 2, 1902 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)






University Chemists Analyze Stomach of Ellsworth Man




Half Filled Bottle of Strychnine Was Found In His Pocket


Lead to Belief that He Had Taken Own Life---Stomach Sent to the University for Examination


The chemists at the University have been busy for the past few days testing the contents of the stomach of Charles Zaloudek, an Ellsworth citizen who was found dead last Monday in his garage.  The coroner's jury at Ellsworth was unable to determine the cause of the man's death so sent the stomach to the University to be tested.  Professor F. B. Dains, of the department of organic chemistry, has been conducting the analysis.  He has sent his report to Ellsworth.


Officially it has not been given out that poison was found in the stomach, but it is known that there was strychnine present.  This in a way confirms the suicide theory which has been held by the coroner at Ellsworth.


The Ellsworth Reporter tells of the death and of the finding of a bottle of strychnine two-thirds empty in the pocket of the dead man's coat.  This with other evidence brought out at the coroner's inquest indicated that the cause of the death was suicide.  The Reporter further says that the man had frequently threatened to take his life.


The report which was sent out by the University chemists is a confirmation of the suspicion of the coroner's jury at Ellsworth.
(Lawrence Daily Journal-World ~ March 12, 1912 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)






Great Bend, Kan., Feb. 21 --- Word was received here that Frank Hesch, one of the well known farmers of the neighborhood northeast of Claflin, and on the county line, had committed suicide by hanging.  Despondency is the only known cause.  Hesch was about 50 years of age, was a wealthy bachelor, and was given to fits of despondency at times.  He spent Thurday night at the home of his brother, Henry, playing cards, and that evening started home to attend to his chores, and promised to return after they were done.  When he failed to return a trip was made to find him and his body was found hanging from a rope tied to the rafters of the barn.  The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Holyrood.
(Wichita Daily Eagle ~ Wednesday ~ February 22, 1911 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)






Ellsworth, Kan., Aug. 18 --- Frank Bocchi, aged 25 years and unmarried, was killed in the Crystal salt mine at Kanapolis.  The men were at work blasting out salt and had just dislodged a huge block weighing a number of tons.  While they were at work clearing away the smaller pieces, preparatory to breaking up the big chunk, the great mass fell over on them, and Bocchi was caught and crushed to death.


Bocchi's head and side were crushed, and he died instantly.


The body was sent to Kansas City, where the dead man has relatives.


The Crystal mine is a comparatively new one, and it ha had an unfortunate record.  About a year ago a man was killed in it when the cage dropped.

(Wichita Daily Eagle ~ Thursday ~ August 19, 1909 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)






Anna Landa was born in Bohemia July 19, 1838, and died in Barton County, Kansas, March 9, 1914, aged 75 years, 7 months and 11 days.  She was married to Frank Houska in 1860 to which union was born four sons and four daughters, Mrs. Tony Oberg, of Cleveland, Ohio, Mrs. J. W. Tuska, Oak Park, Ill., Frank Houska, Jr., Wilson, Kansas, Joe Houska, deceased, Mrs. Anna Davidson, Dubuque, Kansas, John Houska, Palacky, Kansas, Chas. Houska, Palacky, Kansas, Mrs. Hatti eSultz, Claflin, Kansas.  They came to America in 1868 and made their home in Chicago until 1880 when they came to Kansas, settling on Blood creek where they have since lived.  Besides her husband and children she leaves 22 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.  The funeral was at the home at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning and the interment at Palacky cemetery. --- From Claflin Clarion.
(The Hoisington Dispatch ~ Thursday ~ March 19, 1914 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)






E. H. Blazek, father of Joe, Ed and Emil Blazek who live north of Claflin died at the hospital at Hays City Oct. 21 after a short illness with typhoid fever.


Funeral services were held Sunday, Rev. Kehr being in charge, and burial was in the Palacky cemetery.  The funeral was held from the undertaker rooms in Wilson and the sermon was delivered at the cemetery.


Egnae H. Blazek was born in Bohemia on May 13, 1857.  In 1883 he came to America and settled in Iowa.  After living there for three years, he was married October 28, 1886, to Miss Frona Kralik, at Omaha.  They lived in Nebraska for a short time and then moved to Barton county.  They lived 9 miles north of Claflin for three years and then moved again to Gove county where they lived since that time.


Four children were born to their union, Joseph, Emil and Ed, who live north of Claflin, and Frank who has been living with his parents at Gove City. ---From the Clarion.
(Hoisington Dispatch ~ Thursday ~ November 8, 1917 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)






Mitchell, July 10 --- Mrs. E. J. Reents, wife of Postmaster Reents of this place, who died Monday after an hour's illness, will be buried tomorrow.  A funeral service will be held here at the Mitchell Methodist church tomorrow at 1 o'clock and then the funeral party will motor to Holyrood where a short service will be held and burial will be made in the Holyrood cemetery.


Mrs. Reents was a native of Illinois.  She and her husband were early settlers in the Holyrood community many years ago and moved nine years ago to Mitchell where they have since resided.


She is survived by her husband, two daughters, and six sons.  They are Mrs. Henry Nagel of Holyrood and Mrs. Prentiss Cain of Mitchell, and Herman Reents, editor of the Bushton Newston, Bushton; Henry Reents, Talmage; Augusta Reents, Saxman; Arthur and Elmer Reents, Mitchell and Alfred Reents who lives in Oregon.
(Hutchinson News ~ July 10, 1929 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)






Mrs. Jennie Pasek died at her home, 112 West, Monday after a long illness.  She had lived in Emporia 11 years.


Mrs. Pasek was born in Brandon county, Kansas, in 1889, and lived in Holyrood until coming to Emporia 11 years ago.  She is survived by Mr. Pasek, a furniture dealer; one daughter, Miss Georgia Pasek; one son, Alfred Pasek, both of Emporia, and her mother, Mrs. F. Zajie, of Holyrood.


She also is survived by four sisters, Mrs. B. L. Enoch of Winfield; Mrs. George Smischney, of Ellsworth; Mrs. J. C. Bird, of Larned, and Mrs. Frank Horejsi, of Holyrood and three brothers, Adolph Zajie, of Holyrood; Emil Zajie of Geneso and Frank Zajie, of Miami, Okla.


Short funeral services will be held at the Dumm chapel at 12:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, and burial services will be held in Holyrood Thursday afternoon.
(Emporia Gazette ~ August 4, 1925 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


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