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)


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