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)


Mr. Newman, father-in-law of G. H. Root near Ellsworth, committed suicide by shooting himself through the abdomen.  He suffered for quite awhile before he died.  He has threatened to take his life a number of times, but the boys always hid the shells.  Last week he went to town and bought a box of shells and Friday he committed the deed.  His remains were laid to rest in the Ellsworth cemetery Saturday.
(Great Bend Weekly Tribune ~ Friday ~ October 13, 1911)






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)






ELLSWORTH, Oct. 13 --- Mrs. Mary Vanek died at her home north of Ellsworth, at the age of 94 years.  Funeral services were held at St. Bernard's Catholic church Friday morning at 9:30 o'clock conducted by Father James Bradley.  Interment was in Ellsworth cemetery.
(Salina Evening Journal ~ Friday ~ October 13, 1922)




Cap. Geo. Jones, late of Co. B 16th O Infantry regiment, died at Kanopolis, recently, and was buried in the Ellsworth cemetery.  A number of old soldiers attended the funeral and Comrade Rev. Grabe, officiated.  He was 46 years of age, and his home was Cleveland, Ohio.

(Dighton Herald ~ Thursday ~ August 26, 1886 ~ Page 3)






BROOKVILLE, Kan., Aug. 30 --- Chester John Gregory, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Gregory of near Ellsworth, died at the hospital in Ellsworth at the age of 14 years and 10 months.


The cause of Chester's death was a gun shot wound through the lungs which he received on Friday, August 16, while at play with an older brother.


The funeral services were held from the Presbyterian church in Ellsworth on Sunday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. J. R. Tercy, the pallbearers being chosen from the student body of the Ellsworth High school.  Burial was made in the Ellsworth cemetery.
(Salina Evening Journal ~ Friday ~ August 30, 1918 ~ Page 3)






Lee Wilson, 15 Years Old, Struck By Lightning Bolt While Riding After Cows


Ellsworth, Kan., July 10 --- Lee Wilson, fifteen year old son of Mr. and Mrs. James Wilson living in the west part of the city, was struck and instantly killed by lightning at the Pflughoeft farm two miles south of town yesterday.  The funeral will be held Sunday and burial will be in the Ellsworth cemetery.


That he might earn pocket money to spend during school Lee hired out to Charles Pflughoeft during harvest to assist about the house and started to work Thursday afternoon.  Thinking the storm over early this morning he saddled up a horse and rode out to the pasture to bring up the cows.
(Salina Evening Journal ~ Saturday ~ July 10, 1915 ~ Page 6)




Mr. J. L. Dick was in Brookville the first of this week assisting in the disinterment of his son, Roger.  The remains were brought to Ellsworth Wednesday and placed in the Ellsworth cemetery.
(Salina Daily Republican-Journal ~ Saturday ~ January 30, 1897)






Mrs. Ball of Ellsworth Is Dead At Bickerdyke Home


Had She Lived a Few Weeks Longer She Would Have Been 101 Years of Age--Born in Virginia


Ellsworth, Kan., Mar. 19 --- Mrs. Elizabeth F. Ball died here yesterday at the Bickerdyke home, south of Ellsworth.  If she had lived until May 22 she would have been 101 years old.  Her death was caused by a hemorrhage of the brain.


Mrs. Ball was born in Kanawa county, Virginia, now a portion of West Virginia, May 22, 1807.  While yet a child she moved with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Littlepage to near Bloomington, Ohio.  She was married there to Edward Brake.  Two children, a son and a daughter, were born to this union.  The son served in the union army in the civil war.  In 1872 he disappeared and has never since been heard from and is believed to be dead.  The daughter was formerly in the Bickerdyke home here with her mother, but left in 1902, going to Parsons, where she died.


The aged woman did not remember the date of her first husband's death.  She was married to a Mr. Ball in 1843 at Clinton, Iowa.  Two daughters were born to this union.  One of these now lives at Gas city and the other at Pittsburg, Kan.  Both were at their mother's bedside when she died.  Her ambition was to live the full one hundred years.  She did, and the past five or six months, owing to failing health and eyesight she has expressed herself as ready and willing to pass the life beyond.  The funeral was held at 2:30 o'clock today and burial was in the Bickerdyke home plat of Ellsworth cemetery.
(Salina Evening Journal ~ Thursday ~ March 19, 1908 Page 2)




Olen Gay the eleven year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gay died Friday morning in the Ellsworth hospital.  Death was due to appendicitis following an operation.  Funeral services were held Saturday morning at 10:30 by the Rev. Anderson.  Burial was in Ellsworth cemetery.
(Salina Daily Union ~ Tuesday ~ October 30, 1917 ~ Page 6)






Ellsworth, Nov. 21 --- Mrs. Mary G. Cunningham aged 74, died of hemorrhage of the brain at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Thomas E. Holt, Tuesday morning.  She was the wife of P. S. Cunningham, who survives her.  They moved to this county in November, 1870, settling on Clear Creek.  At that time there were only three or four families in that neighborhood.  They continued to live there until the fall of 1901, when they moved into town, where they have resided since.  Deceased leaves one son, E. C. Cunningham of Langley and four daughters, two of whom were at her bedside.  The daughters are Mrs. Frank Steers and Mrs. Roscoe Alton, East Woodstock, Conn.; Mrs. Chas. Robinson and Mrs. T. E. Holt, Ellsworth.  The funeral will be held Thursday at 2 o'clock, from the Presbyterian church and interment made in the Ellsworth cemetery, Rev. Allen conducting the services.
(Salina Evening Journal ~ Thursday ~ November 21, 1907 ~ Page 7)




The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Dearsmith died at their home on Wednesday morning at 8 o'clock.  Funeral was conducted by Father Luckey on Friday, with burial in the Ellsworth cemetery.
(Salina Evening Journal ~ Monday ~ March 25, 1912 ~ Page 3)




Mrs. E. S. Root, mother of E. S. Root who lives west of Brookville, died at her home in Ellsworth last Sunday.  The funeral was conducted from the home by Dr. Morrow of Salina and burial made in the Ellsworth cemetery.
(Salina Daily Union ~ Friday ~ June 28, 1918 ~ Page 7)






Ellsworth, Aug. 8 --- Mrs. Bridget Spicer, an old Ellsworth county settler, died at the Ellsworth hospital Thursday at an advanced age.  She leaves a number of children.  Funeral services will be held at the Catholic church and burial will be made in the Ellsworth cemetery.
(Salina Evening Journal ~ Friday ~ August 8, 1913 ~ Page 6)




Miss Anita M. Moffett aged 23 years died March 13 and was buried from the Methodist church on the 15 of March in the Kanopolis cemetery.  Reverends Brown and Humphrey officiating.
(Salina Evening Journal ~ Monday ~ March 25, 1912 ~ Page 3)






Kanopolis Woman Well Known in Salina


Mrs. Elizabeth Barrowman Cowie, widow of the late James Cowie, Sr., died at her home in Kanopolis Saturday evening, August 9, at the age of 73 years, 10 months and 19 days.


Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday morning, August 12, at 11 o'clock, and were conducted by the Rev. J. R. Terry.  Burial was in the Kanopolis cemetery.


Mrs. Cowie was a native of Scotland, having been born at Greenend.---Ellsworth Messenger.
(Salina Evening Journal ~ Friday ~ August 15, 1913 ~ Page 6)




Mrs. Elmer Nelson died Wednesday morning of heart troubles.  She was 54 years old.  She leaves a husband and four children to mourn her death.  Funeral services were held at the M.E. church, conducted by the Rev. L. E. Laybourn.  Burial was in Kanopolis cemetery.
(Salina Daily Union ~ Monday ~ February 18, 1918 ~ Page 8)






As Result of a Fight at Kanopolis Last Friday


Speaking of the shooting at Kanopolis last week, the Ellsworth Reporter says:


Kanopolis was the scene of another shooting scrope last Friday evening about 8 o'clock in which one man, a Mexican, was killed and another, a Greek, received a slight scalp wound.  The Mexican was shot in the groin.  He was brought to Ellsworth late Friday night, and died there Saturday afternoon at 5 o'clock.  The funeral services were held at Kanopolis Monday morning at 11 o'clock and the body was buried in the Kanopolis cemetery.  The deceased's name was Bonifacio Flores, and his age is given as 24 years.  He leaves a wife and two children.


It is said that the Mexican colony at Kanopolis are arming themselves and are quietly awaiting their time to avenge the death of one of their countrymen on the rest of the Greeks working at the salt mines.

(Salina Evening Journal ~ Friday ~ January 9, 1914 ~ Page 6)




Kanopolis --- Last rites for William Veitch, 77, who helped pioneer the first salt mine here, were held at Ellsworth.  Burial was in Kanopolis cemetery.  Mr. Veitch came to Kanopolis 41 year ago.  He was general manager of the old Crystal Salt company, later the Morton Salt company.  He retired in 1947.


Mr. Veitch served as Ellsworth county Republican chairman, was a member of the Kanopolis city council serveral years, and also served as mayor.


He was one of the original stockholders in the Kanopolis State bank, and was still its president at the time of his death.  Mr. Veitch was a Masonic member.


He was born in Mercer, Pa., Nov. 31, 1874, and went to Glenrock, Wyo., as a small boy.  He was married Nov. 9, 1904, to Margaret Morgan.


Surviving is the widow and four sons and daughters:  Archie M. Veitch, Chicago; Mrs. Ross Hederstedt, William J. Veitch, Salina; Robert C. Veitch, Sheridan, Wyo.


Three sisters:  Mrs. Jack Lynch, Mrs. Thomas Fiddes, Mrs. Thomas Wilson, all of Casper, Wyo.; one brother, Robert J. Veitch, Detroit, Mich.

(Salina Journal ~ December 16, 1951 ~ Page 9 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)




KANOPOLIS --- Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Gillen, 77, died Friday at her home here.


Born in Meriden, Conn., she had lived in Kanopolis since childhood.


Mrs. Gillen is survived by six daughters, Mrs. George Young, Salina; Mrs. Arthur Lemmons, Kanopolis; Mrs. Hester Hill, Norwalk, Calif.; Mrs. E. B. Dohner, Mill Valley, Calif.; Mrs. Julius Freelander, Kansas City, Mo., and Mrs. George McKamy, Dallas, Tex.; three sons, Edward Drennen, with the Red Cross en route to Japan; Eugene Drennen, with the U.S. Air Force in Newfoundland, and Warren Drennen, Salina.


Other survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Harry Thomas, Clark, S.D., Mrs. Margaret Broyles, Wichita, 24 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren.


The funeral will be in the Roman Catholic Church, Kanopolis at 9 a.m. Monday, with the Rev. Ignatius Manzo officiating.


Burial will be in the Kanopolis cemetery.


A rosary service will be in the family home at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.  Friends may call at the family home after 1 p.m. Sunday.
(Salina Journal ~ May 22, 1955 ~ Page 21 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)




ELLSWORTH --- The funeral of Mrs. Eugenia Nelson, 69, will be at the Grubb Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Tuesday, the Rev. Henry Anderson officiating.  Burial will be in Kanopolis Cemetery.


Mrs. Nelson died Saturday night in the Larned Hospital after four years of failing health.  Born in Sweden June 11, 1886, she came to Kanopolis in 1910.  Her husband died in 1950.


Mrs. Nelson was a member of the Presbyterian Church.


Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Eugene Furby, Greensboro, S.C., Mrs. Henry Zavesky, Ellsworth, and Mrs. George Tibbets, Salina and one sister, Mrs. Regena Isaacson, Kanopolis.

(Salina Journal ~ October 17, 1955 ~ Page 17 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)




KANOPOLIS --- The funeral for John W. Merrill, 31, will be at the Grubb Funeral Home, Ellsworth, at 2 p.m. Thursday, the Rev. John Kejr officiating.  Burial will be in Kanopolis cemetery.


Mr. Merrill was found shot in his home Monday.  He died shortly afterward  in Ellsworth County Hospital.


Coroner Dan Urbanck ruled the death a suicide, according to the Ellsworth County sheriff's office.  Mr. Merrill was shot with a .22 rifle.


Surviving are the widow, Eileen; four daughters, Delores, Marjorie, Dorothy and Ruth Ann; one son, Donald; the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Merrill, Kanopolis; three brothers, Douglas and Everett, Kanopolis, and Talmage, Sterling, Colo., and one sister, Mrs. Delores Young, Oscada, Mich.
(Salina Journal ~ January 18, 1956 ~ Page 20 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)




ELLSWORTH --- Charles Rhinehart, 88, died at Ellsworth Hospital Tuesday.  He was born in Vernon County, Wis., July 8, 1867.  He had lived in Kanopolis the past 40 years.


Survivors include two sons, Wiley, Los Angeles; Glenn, Kanopolis; one daughter, Mrs. Tressie Linn, Kanopolis; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two brothers, James, Puente, Calif., and I. A. Janesville, Wis., and one sister, Mrs. Effie Jenson, Fresno, Calif.


The funeral will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Grubb Funeral Home, Ellsworth, the Rev. B. A. Scherr, Salina, officiating.  Burial will be in Kanopolis cemetery.
(Salina Journal ~ April 18, 1956 ~ Page 20 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)




ELLSWORTH --- The funeral for Mrs. Emma Wild, 69, Ellsworth, will be Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Grubb funeral home.  The Rev. W. R. Garrad will officiate.


Mrs. Wild died Thursday at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.


She was born in Ellsworth County, Jan. 18, 1887.


She is survived by three sons, Clarence, Ellsworth; Raymond, Honolulu, T. H., and Wilbur, Ellsworth; two daughters, Mrs. Julia Essick, Kanopolis, and Mrs. Anna Woolly, Riverside, Calif.; two brothers, Fred and William Nienke, Ellsworth; three sisters, Anna Nienke, Ellsworth; Mrs. Clara Choitz, Ellsworth, and Mrs. Minnie Haase, Kanoplis, and eight grandchildren.


Burial will be in the Ellsworth cemetery.
(Salina Journal ~ June 3, 1956 ~ Page 24 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)




ELLSWORTH --- William Hodgden, 71, a retired laborer, died Friday at his home here.


He was born in Ellsworth Feb. 5, 1885, and was a life-long resident of this community.


Survivors include the widow; one brother, Merrill, Ellsworth; four step-daughters and 12 step-grandchildren.


The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Grubb Funeral Home.


Burial will be in the Kanopolis cemetery.


Friends may call at the funeral home.
(Salina Journal ~ July 29, 1956 ~ Page 20 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


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