OBITUARIES FOR GRAHAM COUNTY, KANSAS
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MANAUGH, JOSEPHINE E.
A Graham county resident for the past 61 years, Mrs. Josephine E. Manaugh, of Hill City, died late Saturday evening at the Graham County Hospital, Hill City, at the age of 90.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Spencer Chapel, Hill City, with burial at the Hill City Cemetery.
Rev. Leslie Andrews, pastor of the Wakeeney Methodist Church, will officiate.
Friends may call at the funeral home until service time.
Her husband, Willis, died in 1958.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Dorsey (Mollie) Roberts, Hill City; Mrs. Clifford (Grace) Roberts, McDonald; a son, Frank, Hollywood, Fla. (The Hays Daily News, November 2, 1967, page 7)
McDOWALL, S. D.
Died: -- At the home of his daughter Mrs. J. W. Merwin on Rock Creek, S. D. McDowall, aged 84 years and 3 months. He was born at Newton Stewart, Wightonshire, Scotland, February 22, 1812, came ot the U. S. when 12 years old, was married in Decall [sic] county, Ill., July 4, 1836, to Miss D. P. Harris. United with the M.E. church in 1841 of which he has ever since been a member. Seven children survive him. (Source: The People's Reveille, (Hill City, Kansas), 1896. Contribued by Jan Beecher)
Lightning struck the house of Eli McHenry, Ellsworth on the 21st. McHenry, Frank Brown and Edward Grimes were killed. Grimes was formerly a resident of this county. (The Hill City Reveille, July 25, 1895)
McVEY, GEORGE W. MRS.
The funeral was held at the Methodist Church here for Mrs. George W. McVey, 94, who died at her home after suffering injuries in a fall.
The Rev. Robert Jeffries officated at the services. Burial was in Hill City Cemetery.
Mrs. McVey came to Graham county with her husband in 1881. Survivors include these sons and daughters: James and Mrs. Ruth Korb, Hill City; Mrs. Nellie Kuska, Colby and George, Butte, Mont. (Salina Journal, December 6, 1953, page 24)
MERWIN, JAMES D.
James D. Merwin, Candidate For Governor Two Years Ago, Is Dead.
Attorney James D. Merwin, who was a candidate for governor of Colorado on the Populist ticket in 1904, died from acute pneumonia at his residence, 1324 Washington Avenue, last evening. Mr. Merwin was taken sick Wednesday afternoon while preparing a case in his office, room 620, Kittredge building, that he intended to argue before the Supreme Court today, and he decided to go home. He went to bed at 5 o'clock and a physician was called, who diagnosed his sickness as pneumonia. Twenty-four hours later the patient died.
Mr. Merwin was unmarried, and leaves a mother and two brothers, who reside at Hilltop, Kan. A sister lives at Pagosa Springs, Colo.
Mr. Merwin came to Denver from his Kansas home twenty years ago, and after amassing a small competence by hard work, entered Boulder University law school, from which he graduated in 1894. He immediately began the practice of his profession in Denver, and had built up a lucrative clientage. He was active in politics, and was regarded as one of the mainstays of the Populist party in this state.
Mr. Merwin was also prominent in fraternal circles, being a member of Boulder Lodge No. 112, Odd Fellows, and Harmony encampment No. 45, Woodmen of the World.
The funeral arrangements will not be perfected until relatives are heard from, but it is expected that interment will be at Hilltop, Kan. (Source: Rocky Mountain News, (Denver, Colorado), 16 April 1906, Page 9. Contribued by Jan Beecher)
Joseph, the little son of Sam Merwin and wife died Dec. 20. He was born Sept. 20, 1907. Death was the result of brain fever. All was done that could be done for the little sufferer but without avail. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Harper and interment made in the Rock Creek cemetery. (Source: The People's Reveille, (Hill City, Kansas), 24 December 1908, Contributed by Jan Beecher)
MILDREXTER, FRANK MRS.
Funeral services were held here for Mrs. Frank Mildrexter, 71, who died at her home after a long illness.
Mrs. Mildrexter was born near Prairie Home and had lived in Graham county nearly all her life. She was graduated from Colorado college at Greeley. She taught domestic science at Norton High school.
Survivors include the widower, Frank; her mother, Mrs. Linda McVey, Hill City; two sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Nellie Kuska, Colby; George McVey, Butte, Mont., and James O. McVey and Mrs. Ruth Korb, Hill City. (Salina Journal, June 7, 1953, page 25)
Henry Miller, 61, died May 5, of pneumonia at his home in Hill City township. He was a native of Scotland and was brought to the U.S. by his parents when he was two years old. (The Hill City Reveille, May 11, 1894)
Funeral services for Wilbur Mock, who died Thursday will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hill City Methodist Church with Rev. Clark Devore officiating. Burial will be in Hill City Cemetery. (Hutchinson News Herald, February 26, 1955, page 22)
MOOR, W. Z.
W. Z. Moor, Morland, buried his 7 week old baby Sunday. The baby had meningitis. (The Hill City Reveille, July 25, 1895)
MOWERY, W. E. DR.
Dr. W.E. Mowery Dies
Dr. W.E. Mowery, Sr., will be remembered by the old settlers of Graham county as one of the leading physicians in Hill City in the pioneer days. Tuesday night a message was received by the Geo. Moore family relatvies, in the west part of the county and friends in Hill City that he had been called to his reward and that funeral services and interment made at Salina Thursday at 2 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. Bert Williamson of Norton and Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Wimsatt of Hill City left for that city Wednesday to attend the obsequies the following day in honor of the ties of friendship that exists among the pioneers. (The Hill City Times, July 3, 1930, transcribed by Jim Laird)
NELSON, J. C.
J. C. Nelson, formerly of Solomon township, died May 14 at Laclede, Pottawatomie county, Kansas. (The Hill City Reville, June 1, 1894)
Last Sunday, December 29, 1895, Michael O'Conner of Bogue committed suicide. (The Hill City Reveille, January 2, 1896)
OTTA, DEBRA JOANN
The funeral for Debra Joann Otta, 13 Hill City will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Hill City Christian Church, the Revs. A. J. Ives, Allen Musbach and Leonne Worcester officiating.
Debra died Saturday at Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital, WaKeeney of injuries suffered Friday night in a highway crash near WaKeeney. Another girl Amber "Bobbie" Coffman, 3, Mission, also was fatally injured in the 2 vehicle crash on US-283 about 4-1/2 miles north of Wakeeney.
Debra was the 2nd crash victim in her family. Her father, Lionel Otta was killed June 9, 1965, in an auto mishap.
Debra's mother, Mrs. Paul Keith, 33, driver of a car which was in a collision with a van driven by Robert Coffman, 33, Mission, was listed in fair condition at St. Francis Hospital, Wichita. She was to leave the hospital's intensive care ward Monday, the hospital said.
Coffman remains in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Hadley Regional Medical Center at Hays.
At the hospital in WaKeeney, all in satisfactory condition, were 2 other children of Mrs. Keith, Gary Otta, 14 and Carl, ? Keith 4, Coffman's wife, Patricia, 30, and her brother, Larry VanVleet, 19, Lebanon, Neb.
Wendi, 5 year old daughter of the Coffman's is at Hadley in good condition.
Besides her mother Debra is survived by her stepfather, Paul Keith, 3 brothers, Larry, Gary, and Danny Otta, all of the home, and a half-brother, Carl Keith, her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Jones, Hill City and Mr. and Mrs. Herschel Otta, Morland.
Burial will be in a Hill City Cemetery. The Spencer Funeral Home, Hill City is in charge. (Salina Journal, April 15, 1974)
I. N. Owens received word that his father, John Owens, had been killed by a train. He was a pioneer resident of Nodaway County, having come there in the '40's. He lived near Quitman. (The Hill City Reveille, July 18, 1895)
I. N. Owen's baby died last night of summer complaint. (The Hill City Reveille, August 10, 1894)
Aaron Padgett, an old resident of Graham county, died recently at the Soldier's Home in Ohio. (The Hill City Reveille, December 26, 1895)
PARKER, MARY L.
Mrs. Mary Parker of Hill City Dies - Mrs. Mary L. Parker, 83, mother of Justice Jay S. Parker of the Kansas Supreme Court died Monday at a nursing home in Osborne.
She had been in ill health several years.
Mrs. Parker was the widow of the late Dr. Ivan B. Paker, for many years a physician here.
Besides Justice Parker, she is survived by three other sons and a daughter. They are Dr. David Parker, Tonganoxie, and Ivan B. Parker Jr., Bryan B. Parker and Mrs. Mary Rush, all of Hill City.
Other survivors include two sisters and a brother, Dr. Lottie Law of Hill City and Mrs. Nettie Bell and Dr. Mark Findley of California.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Methodist Church here. (Kansas Whip, March 21, 1953, page 5)
Frank Patterson, father of Mrs. Shoup of Graham County, died Tuesday at Clyde, Cloud County, Kansas. (The Hill City Reveille, February 23, 1894)
PERKINS, ELSIE MAE
Elsie Mae Perkins, 86, died Wednesday, Dec. 18,  at Graham County Hospital.
She was born Jan. 5, 1905, in Mitchell County, to Peter and Florence Martin Wright. She married Thomas E. Perkins Dec. 24, 1923 in Stockton, Kansas. He died Feb. 12, 1973. She was a homemaker and farmer. She was a member of the Pollyann Club and a longtime area resident.
Survivors include three sons, Sheridan H. and Alvin G. both of Augusta, and Sherral C. Lenora; a daughter, Bonnie Teter, Augusta; a sister, Elzadia Crider, Horton; 23 grandchildren, 34 great- grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Carmond Edgington. Services were 1 p.m. Friday at Spencer Chapel with the Rev. Kelvin Heitmann officiating; burial in South Star Cemetery, rural Graham County. (Source: The Hill City Times (Hill City, Kansas). Submitted by Arletta Wilson)
PERKINS, THOMAS E.
Thomas E. Perkins, 75, Penokee, passed away Monday morning, February 12,  at his farm home north of Penokee, of an apparent heart attack. He had lived on the same farm all of his married life. He was born September 28, 1897 in Kirwin, Kansas.
Funeral services will be today, Thursday, February 15, at 1 p.m. at the Spencer Chapel in Hill City with the Rev. Delbert L. Honn of the Graham County United Methodist Parish officiating.
Casketbearers will be: Sherdian H., Sherral C., Alvin G., and Sherdian E. Perkins, and Clifford E., Dennis L. and Marvin B. Edgington. Interment will be in the South Star Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Elsie Mae, of the home; three sons, Sherdian H. of Wichita; Sherral C., of Penokee; and Alvin G., Augusta; 2 daughters: Mrs. Carmond Edgington, Wichita; and Mrs. Bonnie Teter, Billings, Montana; 22 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are 3 sisters; Oletha Cary, Ft. Lipton, Colorado: Myrtle Bennett, Kirwin; and Alice Johnson,Phillipsburg. and one sister-in-law Mrs. Maude Perkins, Beverly. (Source: The Hill City Times (Hill City, Kansas). Submitted by Arletta Wilson)
PLANTE, EDMOND F.
Edmond F. Plante, 51, died unexpectedly Tuesday at the Rush Hotel in Hill City where he had been living.
Dr. Carl Kobler, deputy district coroner, said it appeared Plante died of natural causes, but said he was awaiting the outcome of pathology reports before making a final ruling.
Survivors include his wife, Agnes, Colby; three daughters, Mrs. Dough (Josephine) Patton, Kimball, Neb.; Belinda, Roberta, both at home in Colby; two sons, George, Chris, both at home in Colby; mother, Mrs. Mary Plante, Plainville; five sisters, Mrs. delia Bellerive, Damar; Mrs. Alfred Desaire, Damar; Mrs. Toby Hamel, Colby; Mrs. Sam Arnold, Colby; Mrs. Aldamor Trembly, Plainville; four brothers, Joseph Plainville; Edward, Damar; Leo, Hill City; Hubert, Denver; one grandchild.
Services will be at 9 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph's Church, Damar, Rev. P. O. Bergeron will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Rosary services will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday at Spencer Chapel, Hill City. Friends may call at the funeral home from 8 p.m. today until service time. (The Hays Daily News, July 26, 1967, page 6)
Mrs. Pretzel, wife of the depot agent at Lenora and daughter of our neighbor, G. C. Goddard, has died. (The Hill City Reveille, August 29, 1895)
PREWITT, JOHN ATKINSON
John Atkinson Prewitt, 8 month old son of H. R. Prewitt, died August 14. His mother died in the early winter when he was only a few days old. Burial in the family graveyeard. Montgomery County Times, Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. (The Hill City Reveille, August 24, 1894)
PRITCHARD, LAURA BELLE
Laura Belle Pritchard, 26, daughter of Major Levi and Anna Prtichard died this morning of consumption. She was born in DeKalb county, Missouri and came to Graham county with her parents in 1878. (The Hill City Reveille, November 9, 1894)
RAWSON, J. W. MRS.
Mrs. J. W. Rawson died at her home southwest of Morland November 30. She accidentally took poison instead of medicine. Burial in Museum Cemetery near Skelton, Sheridan County. (The Hill City Reveille, December 6, 1894)
ROBINSON, MAUD ANN
Maud Ann, 2 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Robinson, died last Monday. (The Hill City Reveille, August 3, 1894)
ROSE, GEORGE V.
George V. Rose, 57, Hill City, died Wednesday at Hadley Memorial Hospital, Hays.
Born Aug. 29, 1911 at LaCygne, he lived at Lindsborg many years before moving to Hill City 18 months ago. He was an employee of the Texas Oil co., 32 years.
Mr. Rose was a member of the United Methodist church, Hill City.
Survivors include the widow, Nadine, of the home; a daughter, Mrs. Linda Pankratz, Denver, Colo., a son, Roger, Cambridge, Mass., his father, William, LaCygne, a sister, Mrs. Pauline Rossman, Paola; two brothers, Lawrence, Garden City and William Jr., Ottawa; his step-mother and two half-sisters.
The funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Coughlin funeral chapel, Wellsville. (Salina Journal, September 15, 1968, page 29)
Fireman is Killed
On May 18, James Rubison [sic-Ruberson] fireman on train No. 6 over on the Rock Island was killed and many passengers injured or shaken up when passenger trains No. 39, west bound and No. 6 east bound, crashed in a head-on collision in a fog at Selden, Kansas. The trains were to pass at Selden, but No 39, due to a heavy fog, ran past the station and crashed into No. 6 at the west end of the yards.
Three cars of strawberries, forming an express shipment on No. 39 were telescoped, probably resulting in the saving of many lives. No other cars were derailed.
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Sears of Colby who were passengers on No. 39 were bruised some.
Mr. Rubison lived at Phillipsburg, Kansas, but was brot [sic] to this county by his son, Rex Rubison and buried in the Rock Creek cemetery on Tuesday of this week.
The Monitor joins with the many friends in extending sympathy to the bereaved family. (The Morland Monitor, May 24, 1923, submitted by Jan Beecher)
SAMUELS, JOHN REV.
Rev. John Samuels, 74, died December 5. Buried on the farm in Wind Horse Township. (The Hill City Reveille, December 5, 1895)
Mrs. Annie Schnebley, wife of T. J. Schnebley and daughter of John Jackson of Hill City, died last Friday of typhoid-malarial fever. (The Hill City Reveille, October 3, 1895)
Son of Matt Scott, Pioneer township, died Saturday of spinal disease. (The Hill City Reveille, April 20, 1894)
SCRANTON, HEMAN O.
Heman O. Scranton, Hill City, died Sunday at the Graham County Hospital. He was 89.
A retired farmer he had lived in the Beverly community near Lincoln before moving to Hill City five years ago.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Spencer Chapel, Hill City. Burial will be in the Lincoln cemetery.
Rev. Victor V. Victoria, Presbyterian church will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home until service time.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Mrs. Lottie A. Scranton, Hill City; several nieces and nephews. The Hays Daily News, December 28, 1964, page 5)
SMITH, H. C.
H.C. Smith Is Dead.
H.C. Smith of Emporia, who has been seriously sick for the past two months, died at St. Mary's hospital. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the First Presbyterian church. Rev. W. S. Dando, pastor of the church, conducted the services. Masons and Knights Templar conducted the lodge services. The casket was open for friends Sunday afternoon from 1 to 5 o'clock at the Roberts Blue chapel.
Harry C. Smith was the oldest practicing doctor of optometry in Emporia. He was a prominent member of the Masonic divisions, Knights Templar and Emporia Council No. 7 was active in Boy Scout work, being vice presidnet of the Emporia Scout Council and chairman of the Scout Court of Honor. He was a member of the Kiwanis club.
Mr. Smith was born June 5, 1872 at Mount Vernon,
Ohio. He was married to Edna Coffin, June 2, 1897, at Tama, Iowa. In 1906, Mr. and Mrs. Smith moved to Hill City,
Kansas, from Omaha, Neb. They lived here until 1914 when they moved to Emporia. Mr. Smith was a member of the Presbyterian
church. He became interested in the Boy Scout work in Emporia soon after moving here and had been active in the
boys' work since then. Mr. Smith is survived by his widow; one son, Harry, of the home; six daughters, Mrs. Homer
Charles, of Bartlesville, Okla.; Mrs. Clarence Gordon, of Neosho Falls; Meredith Smith of Oklahoma City; Edna,
Marian and Patricia Smith, of the home; four brothers, O.H. Smith of Hunter, Mo.; C.P. Smith of Topeka; B.F. Smith
of Hill City; and W.B. Smith of Minden, Neb. Emporia Gazette.
The little child of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Stewart died Saturday and was buried in the Hill City Cemetery. (The Hill City Reveille, February 21, 1895)
STITES, WILLIAM FRANKLIN
William Franklin Stites was born April 28, 1859, near the town of Farlinville, Linn County, Kansas. He departed this life November 18, 1932, at the age of seventy-three years, six months and twenty days.
At the age of twenty-four years he was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Ida B. Griffith. To this union were born four children: Charles, Earl, Clara and Myrl. Of these children, Earl and clara have passed to the Great Beyond.
In the year 1908 the family removed from Linn county to the southern part of Graham county, Kansas.
In the years following the residence here in Graham county, Brother Frank Stites endeared himself to all with whom he came in contact by the practice of exemplification of the true Christian spirit as taught by the doctrines of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he had been a constant and active member since the age of sixteen.
He was a man ready to serve his community in any capacity for the common good of all and his absence from midst will be felt by all who have enjoyed his acquaintance.
Besides the immediate family, other relatives surviving are Wallace and John Stites, of Linn County, Martin Stites and Mrs. John Griffith of Graham county.
Funeral services were conduted Sunday afternoon at Priaire Home church with Rev. I. T. Allen officiating. (The Hill City Times, Thursday, November 24, 1932, transcribed by Jim Laird)
STOBER, G. W.
G.W. Stober, one of the pioneers and leading busines men of Morland since the founding of that city, passed away at a Kansas City hospital last Friday and services were conducted and interment made in the cemetery in the city of his boyhood home in Iowa. (The Reveille New Era, January 16, 1930, transcribed by Jim Laird)
SUMMERS, SISTER ELIZABETH
Sister Elizabeth Summers, 92, died January 22. She was born in Macon County, New York. Burial in Turner graveyard. (The Hill City Reveille, January 26, 1894)
Infant Son Dies William Super, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Max Super, of Gettysburg township was born Friday, November 27th and was buried in the Rock Creek cemetery the following day. (Source: The Hill City Times, (Hill City, Kansas), 3 December 1931.Contribued by Jan Beecher)
James Suplee, son of William Suplee, who lived in Happy Township, but has moved to Iowa died. (The Hill City Reveille, February 9, 1894)
TAYLOR, EARL G.
Funeral services were held this morning at Spencer Chapel, Hill City, for Earl G. Taylor, a Hill City man who died Sunday at a Hill City Hospital at the age of 80.
Rev. Jack Harris, Methodist Church, officiated. Millbrook Masonic Lodge No. 281 conducted graveside services at the Hill City Cemetery.
Taylor's survivors include his widow, Mabel; two sons, Dr. Burtis taylor, Arcadia, Calif.; Dr. Forrest Taylor, Denver; a sister, Mrs. Pearl McKinney, San Diego, Calif., four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. (The Hays Daily News, July 6, 1965, page 6)
Mrs. Martha Thompson died last Monday at her son-in-law's, Z. T. Simpson of Happy Township. Burial in Mort Cemetery. (The Hill City Reveille, April 18, 1895)
Oscar Tolbert, a colored man something over 60 died the 16th. Burial in the cemetery west of Bogue. He was one of the original settlers of Graham county in 1877 and had been selected Justice of the Peace twice. (The Hill City Reveille, September 21, 1894)
TREVARTON, KENNETH J.
Funeral services for Kenneth J. Trevarton, 48, 2081 Norton, will be Monday at 2 p.m. at the Iron River Methodist Church, Iron River, Mich.
Mr. Trevarton, who died Thursday was in Western Kansas inspecting post offices and had checked into a motel in Hill City.
Rush Smith funeral home, 401 W. Iron, is handling local arrangements. Burial will be in Iron River.
The family suggests memorials to the University United Methodist Church, salina and the Kansas Heart association. (Salina Journal, March 23, 1969, page 35)
TURNER, NEVILLE C.
Neville C. Turner, one of the earliest settlers as a young in Allodium township, passed away at their farm home Wednesday of last week and following the obsequies was interred in the south cemetery at Lenora, Friday. (The Hill City Times, Thursday, July 28, 1932, transcribed by Jim Laird)
TURNER, S. G.
S. G. Turner, 75, died January 27 at his home in Leland. Burial in the family graveyaerd beside his wife who died some years ago. (The Hill City Reveille, February 2, 1894)
URQUHART, A. D.
An old soldier by the name of Urquhart, who was living with his son-in-law George Tatum, in the west part of the county, dropped dead one day last week. (The Hill City Reveille, September 5, 1895)
A. D. Urquhart, 65, died August 29 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Tatum. (The Hill City Reveille, September 12, 1895)
Mrs. Alsine Vesper, wife of L. W. Vesper, Morlan township, died Monday, age about 60. Burial in Turner Cemetery. (The Hill City Reveille, February 23, 1894)
WALKER, F. L. REV.
Rev. F. L. Walker, 57, died of pneumonia at his home in Garnett, Kansas, January 24. He was born April 25, 1838 near Dexter, Michigan. He left Wakeeny just over three years ago. (The Hill City Reveille, January 2, 1896)
Effo White, 4 month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. m. White, Indiana township died of brain fever Tuesday. (The Hill City Reveille, August 17, 1894)
WHITE, HAYS B.
Hays B. White, 75, former congressman from the Kansas sixth district, died as his home at Mankato, at 9 o'clock September 27th. Stricken twice with paralysis, at Washington, he had been long ill, but the immediate cause of dath was given as acute diabetes.
In 1888 Mr. White was elected to the Kansas house. Two years later he went to the state senate, serving two terms. He was mayor of Mankato in 1914 and while mayor, was appointed state tax commissioner. Three years later he resigned that position to become a candidate for congress. Mr. White served in the national congress from 1919 to 1929. (The Hill City Times, October 9, 1930, transcribed by Jim Laird)