Harvey  County,  Kansas


Mrs. Lucy Amos, wife of Engineer H. Y. Amos, died last night at 10:45 of consumption.  Funeral services will be held at the home on West Fourth street, to be conducted by the Rev. E. C. Beach of the M.E. church, of which the deceased was a member.  She was thirty-two years old.  She leaves a husband and three sons to mourn her death.  The remains will be shipped tomorrow to Knoxville, Iowa, to be interred by the side of her relatives.
(Evening Kansan-Republican ~ Newton, KS ~ Monday ~ April 3, 1899 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)



Mrs. Bartlett, an aged lady, died Saturday noon of dropsy at her home near Walton.  She has been a resident of Harvey county for years, her home before going to Walton being west of Newton.  Her husband was killed on the railroad at Walton a few years ago.
(Evening Kansan-Republican (Newton, KS) ~ Monday ~ April 3, 1899 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)




Mrs. Catherine Keefe died Saturday evening at her home at 611 East Fourth street.  The cause of her death was pneumonia.  She was sixty-nine years of age and had lived in this county a number of years.  She leaves several sons and daughters.  The funeral was held this afternoon at 2 o'clock, the services being conducted in the Catholic church by Father Weirsma.
(Evening Kansan-Republican ~ Newton, KS ~ Monday ~ April 3, 1899 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


Died at her home, 611 East Fourth street, Saturday, April 1, Mrs. Catherine Keefe, aged 68 years.  Deceased was the relict of the late Daniel Keefe, who died in Newton November 20, 1888.  The deceased was born in Ireland and came to this country with her husband in 1852, and settled in Wisconsin, where they remained till the spring of 1878, from whence they moved to Harvey county, Kansas and settled in Pleasant township.  Subsequently moved to Newton, where they remained till the time of their death.  Mrs. Keefe was the mother of a large family.  Four died years ago.  those surviving are James H. Keefe, of Darlington, Wisconsin, John, Dennis, William, Hannah, Mrs. J. McCabe, Mrs. Thomas Mitchel, of Newton, and Mrs. Lincoln, of La Junta, Colorado.


The deceased was a long and patient sufferer and bore up under the trying ordeal with Christian patience and fortitude and when her time had come she passed away calmly and peacefully to the great beyond to receive the rewards of a well spent life here below and to meet the loved ones gone before.


The burial services were held from the Catholic church at 2 o'clock Monday, April 3, Rev. Father Wiersma officiating.  After short services, Father Wiersma in a few words paid a high tribute to the life and character of deceased.


After the services at the church, the remains were followed to the Catholic cemetery by a sorrowing family and sympathizing friends, and laid to rest by the side of her husband and two children gone before.
(Evening Kansan-Republican ~ Newton, KS ~ April 8, 1899 ~ Saturday ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


Herman B. Regier

NEWTON - Herman B. Regier, 80, died Sept. 27, 1998, at HCA Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.

He was born Dec 3, 1917, at Newton, the son of Ben C. and Agatha Andres Regier. He was a farmer and stockman. He belonged to First Mennonite Church, Newton.

On May 17, 1945, he married Elsie Harder at Whitewater. She survives.

Other survivors include: a son, James, Derby, a daughter, Karen Frans, Newton; a brother, Edwin, Newton; two sisters, Clara Schmidt, Goessel, and Anna Harder, Whitewater, six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at First Mennonite Church, Newton, with the Rev. Clarence Rempel presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at Petersen Funeral Home, Newton. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Newton.

Memorials may be sent to the First Mennonite Church Caring Fund in care of the funeral home. (Hutchinson News, Wednesday, September 30, 1998, submitted by Maurene Richard Miller)




Mrs. McArthur, wife of Rev. J. M. McArthur, died at Walton Saturday evening.  The funeral was held at 1 o'clock this afternoon at that place.  Dr. Strong of Sterling was sent for to conduct the services.


Rev. Mr. McArthur resigned his pastorate at Clarinda, Iowa, to come south on account of his wife's health.  The family was visiting with his brother, S. R. McArthur.  It will be remembered that the little daughter died there a few weeks ago.
(Evening Kansan-Republican ~ Newton, KS ~ Monday ~ April 3, 1899 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)






Mrs. John Early died yesterday noon at the home of her father, A. C. Royston, seven miles north of the city. She has been a sufferer for the last five years, death having been expected many times during that period. Short services will be held at the Royston home tomorrow afternoon at one o'clock.  At three o'clock. Rev. E. C. Beach will conduct services in the M.E. Church.


Nellie Z. Royston was born in Bushnell, Ill., November 1, 1870.  She came to Kansas with her parents in 1876.  On September 24, 1891, she was married to John Early.  Her home has since been in Newton with the exception of one year spent in the Strip.  Two children, Margaret aged six and Astor aged four, with the father, mourn the death of a loved one.  She was a member of the Methodist church and a woman esteemed by all who knew her.  The bereaved ones have the sympathy of all in this dark hour.
(Evening Kansan-Republican ~ Newton, KS ~ Thursday ~ April 6, 1899 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)




Josephus Ballard died last night at 10 o'clock at his home southeast of the city.  Grip and old age was the cause of his death.  The funeral was held this afternoon at 8 o'clock, the services being conducted at the home of Rev. G. W. Howes.


He was born Sept. 29, 1884.  For the last quarter of a century he had been a resident of Harvey county.  For twenty-one years, his home was fourteen miles northwest of Newton.  He was classed among the influential citizens of his neighborhood.  He died last night, the 10th, just one year and one day after the death of his wife.  He leaves eight children, five sons and three daughters.  Five live in this county, two in Oklahoma and one, a daughter, in Portland, Oregon.  All except the last named, were present at the funeral.
(Evening Kansan-Republican ~ Newton, KS ~ Tuesday ~ April 11, 1899)






Last evening at 7:10, at the home of A. McKnight on West First street, Ed Kirk died, of consumption.  The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 at the Christian church, the services to be conducted by Rev. W. A. Elliott.


Edward Kirk was born in Trenton, Mo., just twenty-eight years ago yesterday.  At the age of thirteen he began the trade of a machinist when his father was master mechanic at Emporia.  He soon developed into a first class workman.  About eight years ago, he entered the firing service and worked here, where he was known as one of the most trustworthy men in the service of the Santa Fe.  Over a year ago, his health begun to fail, but he continued his work bravely.  Finally he had to seek another climate, and went to resorts in Colorado and New Mexico.  Last July he was allowed his disability claim of $1500 in the B. of L. F., of which he was a member.  The order will attend the funeral tomorrow.  His mother died several years ago.  His father and two brothers are now in Jimulco, Old Mexico, and cannot be here for the funeral.  His brother Earl of Arkansas City was with him when the end came.


Personally, Ed was a fine young man. He had a signal disposition, an even temper and always hopeful.  But a few days ago, he told the writer he had nothing but a little throat trouble, and would be all right as soon as warm weather came.  In his social circle, he was a shining light, and friends once made were invariably kept.  It was a pleasure to know him, and his untimely death will be truly mourned.
(Evening Kansan-Republican ~ Newton, KS ~ Thursday ~ April 13, 1899)




McPHERSON -- Monte Lamarr Tatro, 57, died Wednesday (April 22, 1998) at his residence.


He was born Feb. 22, 1941, in Newton to W. C. "Peanuts" Tatro and Gladys Marie (Rogers) Tatro.  He married Donna Prouty Sept. 14, 1963, in Hesston.  She survives of McPherson.


He moved from Moundridge to McPherson and was a resident for 16 years.  He was a former employee of Hesston Corporation, Bradbury Corporation and pharmaceutical assistant at Sanof Winthrop.  He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Moundridge and was a United States Army veteran.


Other survivors include:  one son, Matt Tatro of Hutchinson; one daughter, Wendy Ratzlaff of McPherson; one brother, Denny Tatro of Claremore, Okla.; and two sisters, Phyllis Fleming of Northville, Mich., and Vicky Weber of Fair Oak Ranch, Texas.


Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church in Moundridge with Pastor Susan Wickiser officiating.  There was a cremation.


Memorial have been established with United Methodist Youth or the Chemotherapy Unit at Memorial Hospital in care of Harder-Kaufman Funeral Home in Moundridge.
(Newton Kansan ~ April 23, 1998 ~ Submitted by Maurene Richard Miller)




Funeral services for Mrs. Eleanor Wuertz, who passed away Tuesday night at a Wichita hospital, will be conducted Friday at the Methodist Church.


Mrs. Wuertz was born in Canada, Kansas on February 28, 1879.


Her husband, Alfred Wuertz, preceded her in death in 1939.  Mrs. Wuertz resided on a farm 4-1/2 miles south of Halstead until 1940 when she moved to Wichita.  Following a two months residence there, she returned to Halstead.  She remained in Halstead until September of 1947 when she again went to Wichita to make her home.


In addition to a son, Arlie Siebert, Mrs. Wuertz is survived by the following brothers and sisters:  Louis Bluhm, Wichita; Aaron Bluhm, Hillsboro; Mrs. Minnie Biesemeyer, Salix, Iowa; Mrs. Emma Wymer, Lyons; and Mrs. Loruma Kanwischer of Waterville, Minnesota.


Interment will be in the mausoleum at Halstead.  Gordon Mortuary of Wichita will be in charge.
(Halstead Independent ~ February 25, 1949 ~ Submitted by Maurene Richard Miller)






HAVEN -- Edna Mabel Cofer, 94, died Dec. 15, 1986, at Presbyterian Manor, Newton.  Born Edna Mabel Atteberry June 1, 1892, at Elkland, Mo., she married Marion H. Cofer March 2, 1916, at Elkland, Mo.  He died Nov. 19, 1971.  She was a resident of the Newton area most of her life.


She was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church, Newton.


Survivors:  son, Don K., Kansa City, Mo.; daughters, Jean A. Potter, Burrton, Marian Roth, Columbia, Ill.; even grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.


Funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Cantwell-VanCampen Chapel, Haven, the Rev. Robert W. Walter.  Entombment will be in Halstead Mausoleum.  Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the chapel.  Memorials may go to the Presbyterian Manor, Newton, or to Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, rural Haven.
(Hutchinson News ~ December 17, 1986 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)






Mrs. Margaret Schmitt, the wife of a prominent German farmer residing in Macon township died this morning at 10 o'clock.  The cause of death was cancer from which she had been suffering for several months.  Mrs. Schmitt was born in Germany fifty-four years ago.  She with her husband came to America and settled in Harvey county several years ago.  The husband and five children are left to mourn the loss of a devoted wife and mother.  The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock from the family home and at 3 o'clock services at the Mennonite church at Halstead.  Interment in Halstead cemetery.
(Evening Kansan-Republican ~ Newton, KS ~ Wednesday ~ April 29, 1903 ~ Page 1)




The death of Charley Jackson which occurred at the family home Sunday afternoon came as a shock to this neighborhood.  While it was generally known that he was in poor health and that recovery was doubtful, yet no one thought the end so near.  The immediate cause of death seems to have been a complication of diseases.  The deceased was a product of this townhip, having been born here in 1879.  He had drawn to him a large circle of friends who sincerely mourn his untimely demise and extend heartfelt sympathy for the mother, father and sister who survive him.  The funeral services were from the Zion Evangelical church Tuesday afternoon, Rev. D. E. Votaw officiating.  Interment was in the Halstead cemetery.  A very large line of carriages filled with sympathizers followed the remains to their final resting place, feeling that after all but very little had or could be done to heal the wound in the hearts of the bereaved family.
(Evening Kansan-Republican ~ Newton, KS ~ Wednesday ~ November 28, 1900)




In death of Mr. Spore which occured last Friday night, this vicinity loses an old and highly respected citizen.  The funeral which was held Sunday afternoon was largely attended.  A large and varied assortment of choice flowers (the gift of friends) covered the casket.  Over sixty carriages followed the remains to their last resting place in the Halstead cemetery.
(Evening Kansan-Republican ~ Newton, KS ~ Thursday ~ May 17, 1900)




August Myers, aged 24, died Saturday afternoon at the residence of his brother-in-law, W. A. Barkemyer.  Deceased was a resident of Halstead.  He came here about six weeks ago to take the place of Newton Milling and Elevator company's second miller, who was sick.  He was taken ill about ten days ago of typhoid pneumonia.  Deceased's sister, who lives in New York City, has been telegraphed, and it is expected that she will arrive in time to attend the funeral which will be held Wednesday.  The remains will be buried in the Halstead cemetery.
(Newton Daily Republican ~ Monday ~ December 6, 1886 ~ Page 4)






Mr. James Trego, aged 85 years, born in Pennsylvania, August 2, 1808, died this morning at his home in Halstead, of paralysis.  Mr. Trego settled in Haltead in April of '79.  He was sick for a long time, being stricken with paralysis last November, and being at the point of death a number of times since; his death coming when least expected.  He leaves a son, S. H. Trego, and a daughter, Mrs. Dr. Blackfan, to mourn his death, besides a large host of friends who always had a warm place in their hearts for Grandpa Trego.  The funeral will take place tomorrow from the Presbyterian church at 2 o'clock, and he will be laid to rest in the Halstead cemetery.
(Evening Kansan ~ Newton, KS ~ Monday ~ April 17, 1893 ~ Page 4)




The funeral service of Floyd Morris who passed away December 5, at the hospital in Halstead, was held this afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the city hall in Halstead.  Interment took place in the Halstead cemetery.
(Evening Kansan Republican ~ Newton, KS ~ Friday ~ December 8, 1922 ~ Page 3)






Mrs. Mary Ruth, wife of Henry G. Ruth, passed away at her home in Halstead, Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, aged 72 years and 25 days.  Mrs. Ruth had been in ill health for a number of months.  She is survived by her husband and five children, Arnold H., of Pullman, Wash.; Henry G., Jr., Rockyford, Colo.; Elmer, Halstead and Alma K., and Edna, who are at home.


The funeral services will be held at the First Mennonite church in Halstead Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock.  Interment will be in Halstead cemetery.


Mrs. Ruth was one of the pioneer women of Harvey county, having come with her husband about forty years ago, locating on a homestead in Garden township, where they continued until a few years ago, when they retired and moved to Halstead.  Mr. Ruth was for many years the Garden township correspondent for the Kansan, and since moving to Halstead has continued to send in items of news from his vicinity.
(Evening Kansan-Republican ~ Newton, KS ~ Monday ~ November 13, 1922 ~ Page 7)




Earl Edward, aged three years, six months and eight days, and son of Mr. and Mrs. Owen Jenkins, residing four miles west of Hesston, passed away Monday night about ten o'clock, of diphtheria, at the home.


There will be private funeral services and burial at the Halstead cemetery Wednesday morning at ten o'clock.


It is stated that the mother and two other children of the family have the disease, but are thought to be getting along nicely at this time.


So far as has been reported there are no other cases of diphtheria in the neighborhood or elsewhere in the county.
(Evening Kansan-Republican ~ Newton, KS ~ Tuesday ~ August 29, 1922)




Death called Mrs. Mary Topham this morning at seven o'clock following an illness of two weeks caused by a stroke.  She died at Bethel Hospital where she had been brought from her home with her son John Topham who lives on Hesston rural route No. 1, three and a half miles southwest of Hesston.


Mrs. Topham was aged seventy three years, two months and eleven days at the time of her death, as she was born in Ireland May 13, 1843 and died July 24, 1922.


The family home was for years in Garden township and old residents in the county well remember the father who died nineteen years ago.  Of late years Mrs. Topham ha made her home with her son, John.  Her other children are:  Mrs. Howard Truax of Peabody, Mrs. W. L. Stucky of Wichita, Mrs. Roscoe Thomas of California, Mrs. Ed Hughes of Halstead, Mrs. Floyd Hughes of Branson, Colorado, Mrs. Clarence Dent of Shawnee, Oklahoma, D. J. Topham of Wichita, one step daughter, Mrs. Jennie Gavin of St. Louis.  Thirty-three grandchildren are numbered among the family circle.  One brother Simon Howe of Carbondale, Kansas survives her.


As a young girl she united with the Methodist church and at the time of her death carried her membership in the First Methodist church at Halstead.  It is there that the funeral service will be held Wednesday afternoon at two-o'clock, Rev. Herbert of that church officiating.  Burial will be in Halstead cemetery by the side of her husband.  The relatives and friends will meet at the Sprinker Chapel at 12:30 Wednesday to accompany the funeral party to Halstead.
(Evening Kansan-Republican ~ Monday ~ July 24, 1922 ~ Page 7)






The following article concerning Mrs. N. L. Hinshaw who passed away at her home in Halstead, February 26, was taken from the Haltead Independent:


Mrs. N. L. Hinshaw closed this earthly existence at the family home on Sunday, February 26, at noon after an illness which had kept her confined to her bed or an invalid for more than a year.


Mrs Hinshaw was a real pioneer of Kansas, having filed on the eighty acres directly north of Halstead Cemetery shortly after arriving here with her parents, the late J. C. and Mrs. Walker.  The requirements of the homestead law were met with during the first few years and upon her marriage the farm thus secured became the new family home and so conitnued until coming to town.


The deceased was a woman of high mental attinment and in the early days took an important part in the social life of the community, such as there was in the ten treeless prairies and the occasional sod house.  It was by the perseverance and pluck of such women as Mrs. Hinshaw, in upholding the possibilities of the country and making the best of the pioneer hardships, that this country owes the present state of development.  Much praise is due to those in her class and she is about the last to be with us.


Alice Jane Walker was born in Highland county, Ohio, June 25, 1851, and died in Halstead, Kansas, February 26, 1922.  She came to Kansas with her parents in January 1871 and to Harvey county in December of the same year where she has since made her home.  In 1872, '73 and '74 she was employed in teaching school, having taught the first school in Halstead.


On December 31, 1874 she was united in marriage to N. L. Hinshaw and to this union eight children were born, four of whom preceded their mother to the great beyond.  Those survving are Mrs. Ola Murry of Burrton, Mrs. Mollie Gram and Orris L. Hinshaw of Halstead, and Clyde C. Hinshaw of San Francisco.  She also leaves a sister, Mrs. Laura Phillipi of Milan, Kansas, and other relatives, as well as numerous friends who sympathize with the mourning family.


Mrs. Hinshaw and family have resided in Halstead since 1894.  She was President of the Cemetery association for several years and a charter member of the Rebekah Lodge I.O.O.F. and was a member of the M.E. church in Ohio, but united with the Society of Friends after her marriage.  After moving to town she again transferred to the M.E. Church.


Mrs. Hinshaw was held  in high esteem by all who enjoyed her acquaintance.  Her happy disposition and general good nature was such that she was the very life of the circle in which she moved, before declining health had depressed her spirits.  As a neighbor and a friend in the time of sickness she was ever ready to lend a helping hand to relieve distress or to wipe away a tear when death had entered the home of a friend.  Her many kindly acts in this regard are cherished by many who have in year past come under her ministrations.  She was indeed a good woman and the world and this community is the better for her having taken an important part in the character building of our people.


She was a kind and loving mother, a devoted helpmate in a home which had beamed with happiness for forty-seven years and while those who lived closer to her in the every day life will miss her the most, her passing away at the alloted age of three score years and ten, will be sincerely deplored by those of our citizens who really knew the good and pure motives which prompted her in every day life.


The funeral will be held from the Cheatum Chapel on Tuesday afternoon and despite the severity of the weather there was a good attendance.  The services were conducted by Rev. P. C. Herbert of the Methodist church, assisted by Rev. P. J. Clark of the Presbyterian church.


Burial took place at the Halstead cemetery.


The county offices at Newton were closed for the afternoon and all of the officials were in attendance at the funeral, as a tribute of respect to the departed and to Mr. Hinshaw, who is serving the people of the county as Clerk of the District Court.
(Evening Kansan-Republican ~ Friday ~ March 3, 1922 ~ Page 5)




Word was received here today of the death of Mrs. Catherine Thomas, formerly of this county, which occurred at the home of relatives in Las Animas, Colo., this morning.  Mrs. Thomas had many friends here.  She was one of the pioneers of Garden township.  A son, Dave Thomas, now resides in Halstead township.


The body will be brought to Halstead Sunday night and funeral services will be held in that city Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock.  Interment will take place in the Halstead cemetery.


Miss Jennis Thomas, a daughter of the deceased, died at Las Animas last September and was brought to Halstead for burial.
(Evening Kansan-Republican ~ Newton, KS ~ Saturday ~ January 21, 1922)




Miss Katherine Berger received the sad news of the death of her brother, who was accidentally killed last Thursday by being caught in the fly wheel of an engine he was working with.  His home was in California.  The body was shipped to Halstead arriving there Sunday.  The funeral was held Monday afternoon, interment being made in the Halstead cemetery.  The family has the sympathy of all in this sad bereavement.
(Evening Kansan-Republican ~ Thursday ~ December 29, 1921 ~ Page 4)




The funeral of U. B. Remer, well known horseman, who was instantly killed by a west bound freight train at the Main street crossing Saturday evening, was held Tuesday afternoon, and interment was made in the Halstead cemetery.  Mr. remer was born in New York, and was 66 years, 10, months and 25 days of age at the time of his untimely death.
(evening Kansan-Republican ~ Thursday ~ September 29, 1921 ~ Page 3)




Miss Jennie Thomas of Las Animas, Colo., who died several days ago, was brought here for burial.  Interment took place Wednesday afternoon in the Halstead cemetery.  She leaves her aged mother, five brothers, and one sister, Chester, Evan, Charley and Arthur all in Colorado and David who lives in Halstead township north of town, and Mrs. Charles Hassinger of Las Animas.  Miss Jennie came to this state with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Thomas, in 1872.  Her father was a Civil war soldier and took a homestead in this township.
(Evening Kansan-Republican ~ Thursday ~ September 29, 1921 ~ Page 3)






HALSTEAD -- Mrs. Elizabeth V. Koehn, 77, died Thursday at the Halstead Hospital after a short illness.  Born March 7, 1894, in Halstead, she was married to Cornelius C. Koehn Sept. 14, 1912, in Newton.  He died Nov. 20, 1956.  She was a lifetime Halstead resident.


She was a member of the Grace Mennonite Church, Halstead.


Survivor include a son: Dale, Newton; daughters: Mrs. Cornelius Cotton, Independence; Mrs. Vivian Roberts, Macksville; Mrs. lucille Jantz and Mrs. Vada Crain, Halstead; Mrs. Joyce Dent, Newton; brothers: Abe and Nathan Schmidt, Halstead; Daniel and Adam Schmidt.  Mentezuma; Norman Schmidt, Ingalls; Melvin Schmidt, Rich Hill, Mo.; Lewellyn Schmidt, Bernetta Schmidt, Mrs. Lorene Koehn, Mrs. Osie Koehn and Mrs. Katherine Buller, Halstead; Mrs. Eva Jantz, Lan Junta, Colo.; Mrs. June Becker, Rich Hill, Mo.; Mrs. Alma Jean Yost, Wilmore; 30 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren.


Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church; Rev. Kenneth Smith and Rev. Carl Dirks.  Burial will bein Halstead Cemetery.  Friends may call from 2 p.m. Sunday until service time at the Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.
(Hutchinson News ~ September 18, 1971)




HALSTEAD -- Leon N. Moody, 80, formerly of Halstead, died Friday at Retirement Acres, Altmont, after a long illness.  Born April 28, 1891, in Geary County, he married Pearl E. Showalter Dec. 29, 1916, in Halstead.  She died June 28, 1968.  He was a retired teacher in Holland, Mich.  He lived in Altamont since 1968.


He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church, Halstead; retired mayor, Halstead; Masonic Lodge; Saladin Temple, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Scottich Rite, Topeka; honorary president of Rotary Club, Holland, Mich.


Survivors include sons: James, Altamont; Donald, Plainwell, Mich.; Richard, Vincennes, Ind.; Lawrence, Berrien Springs, Mich.; Paul, Evington, Va.; daughters:  Mrs. James Rogers, Raleight, N.C.; Mrs. Gerhardt Talvenheimo, Yardley, Pa.; brother: Halford, Wichita; sister: Mrs. Dan Spencer, Junction City; 23 grandchildren.


Funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Kaufman Chapel, Halstead; Rev. Harley Pryor.  Burial will be in the Halstead Cemetery.  Friends may call from 2 p.m. Monday until service time at the funeral home.
(Hutchinson News ~ September 18, 1971)






HALSTEAD -- Mrs. Anna Becker, 57, of Halstead died Tuesday at the Halstead Hospital after a long illness.  Born Dec. 14, 1912, at Burrton, she was married to Rev. Paul W. Becker July 22, 1951, at Halstead; Mervin, Sedgwick; ary in Mexico and Haiti and had lived here most of her life.


She was a member of the Grace Church of God in Christ Mennonite, Halstead.


Survivors include the widower; sons: Allen and Dean, Halstead; Melvin, Sedgwick; daughters: Mrs. Irene Giesbrecht, Tribune; Rosalee Becker and Mrs. Stella Becker, Halstead; Mrs. Norma Klassen, Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada; parents: Mr. and Mrs. Simmon D. Koehn, Halstead; brothers: Leo Koehn, Sam Koehn, Ervin Koehn and Walter Koehn, all of Halstead; Frank Koehn, Hutchinson; Elmer, Charlottesville, Va.; sisters: Mrs. Elizabeth Koehn and Mrs. Johanna Aermendariz, Halstead; Mrs. Mary Koehn and Mrs. Julia Becker, Balva; 17 grandchildren.


Funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the church; Rev. Carl Dirks, Rev. Kenneth Smith and Rev. Arnold Wiggers.  Burial will be in Halstead Cemetery.  Friends may call after 11 a.m. Friday at the Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

(Hutchinson News ~ August 26, 1970)




HALSTEAD -- Mrs. Frances Ann Pepper, 33, of Wichita, a former Halstead resident, died Tuesday at the Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, after an automobile accident.  Born Sept. 26, 1936, at Emporia, she had been a counselor for the Focus Employment Service and had moved here from Halstead in 1967.


She was a member of the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Wichita.


Survivors include sons: David, Timothy and Christopher, all of the home; daughters: Michelle and Joni, of the home; parents: Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Hill, Halstead; brothers: Gerald, Liberal; Denis, Topeka; Donald, San Francisco, Calif.; Michael, Halstead; sisters: Mary Hill, Kansas City; Kathleen and Rita, Halstead.


Funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Halstead; Father Paul O. Smith.  Burial will be in Halstead Cemetery.  Friends may call after 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.  Rosary will be 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Halstead.
(Hutchinson News ~ August 26, 1970)






Word was received in Emporia today that Jack DuFriend, Newton policeman and formerly night policeman at Emporia, died suddenly in the office of the chief of police at Newton, Saturday evening.  DuFriend was on the night force in Emporia for 18 months about five years ago.
(Emporia Gazette ~ November 26, 1928)




Albert Harmon Dufriend, 44, a former Lyon county special officer, died Saturday night in Newton.  He was assistant chief of the Newton police force.  He died of hemorrhage of the lungs after suffering for some time with asthma.  Funeral services were held November 28 in Newton and interment was made in Walton cemetery.  Mrs. Dufriend and six children survive.
(Emporia Gazette ~ December 4, 1928)




Hall, Michael, 18-month-old son of Tina Redman of Newton and Bill Hall of Wichita, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 1994.  Service 1:30 p.m. today, Petersen Funeral Home, Newton.


Other survivors: grandparents, Stephen and Mary Lou Griswold of Illinois.  Memorials have been established with Newton Medical Center pediatrics department and HCA Wesley Medical Center pediatrics intensive care unit.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Friday ~ February 4, 1994)






Halstead --- Leo V. O'Rourke, Wakeeney, a patient in the psychiatric section of the Halstead hospital, committed suicide in his room by tearing a strip from a bedspread and fashioning a noose.


The patient knotted one end around his neck and tied the other end to a steam pipe over the bed, according to the report to Dr. M. C. Martin, Harvey county coroner.


O'Rourke also attempted to slash his wrists with a piece from a broken water glass and succeeded in producing a cut, but there was surprisingly little loss of blood.


Investigation disclosed O'Rourke had asked a nurse for a bed pan and requested she close the door.


A short while later the nurse entered the room.  She found him in a sitting position on the edge of the bed with the noose around his neck.

(Hutchinson News Herald ~ Friday ~ June 7, 1946 ~ Page 3)






Newton --- Mrs. Blanche A. Thomas, 63, Newton, was found dead in a local hotel room late Wednesday night seven hours after she left her husband in the Santa Fe station to go to the station rest room.






Halstead, Kan., April 11 --- Stanley Widney, 38, pharmacist at the Halstead hospital, was found in the laboratory shot through the head late yesterday.  He died in a few hours.  Authorities who investigated said they believed he committed suicide but were unable to ascribe a motive.

(Hutchinson News ~ Tuesday ~ April 11, 1933 ~ Page 3 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)






HALSTEAD, Kan. --- The body of a 72-year-old woman was recovered from the Little Arkansas River Sunday night.  Police found the woman's shoes and her tracks leading to the water, and Harvey County Sheriff Deputy Richard Asmussen said the woman had apparently committed suicide.
(Great Bend Daily Tribune ~ Monday ~ July 19, 1965)





HALSTEAD --- The drowning of a 72-year-old Halstead woman in the Little Arkansas River Sunday has been listed as a suicide, according to District Coroner Carl Tompkins of Newton.


The body of Mrs. Julia Sicklebower was found at 10:45 p.m. Sunday about a half mile downstream from where her car and shoes were found at a bridge a half mile east of Halstead on 6th Street.  The body was found caught in some brush in about seven feet of water.


Dr. Tompkins said he arrived at the suicide conclusion by means of evidence at the scene of the drowning and by some vague references the woman made to relatives over the past year that she was considering suicide.


There were no witnesses when the woman entered the water.  Harvey County sheriff's officers were called bout 7:30 p.m. Sunday when a passerby noticed the car parked near the bridge and the woman's shoes near the water.


The sheriff's office, Highway Patrol, rescue squads of the Wichita and Newton Fire Depts., and Civil Defense worker joined in the search, wading the river until the body was found.



HALSTEAD --- Mrs. Julia E. Sicklebower, 68, died Sunday of suicide by drowning in the Little Arkansas River near Halstead, Dr. Carl Tompkins, the district coroner ruled.  Born Jan. 27, 1897 in Wanoka, Okla., she married E. J. Sicklebower in 1922.  He died in 1949.  A retired teacher coming from Wichita, she had been a Halstead resident since 1950.


Member:  First Presbyterian Church, OES, AAUW, Contract Bridge Club, Friday Study Club, all of Halstead.


There are no immediate survivors.

(Hutchinson News ~ Tuesday ~ July 20, 1965)





Liquor at the Party, Halstead Nurse Intoxicated, Attempts Suicide


Halstead, Aug. 15 --- Rebuked because it was alleged she had indulged in liquor and had been seen in a highly intoxicated condition, and warned that the hospital would not tolerate drinking among the nurses, Miss Ella Shankle, 22, a student nurse at Halstead hospital, took poison to kill herself.


She is reported in a critical condition.  She took bi-chloride of mercury tablets.


Miss Shankle's home is at Springdale, Ark.  She had been connected with the hospital as a student nurse for a little over 1-1/2 years.


According to the hospital authorities the nurse returned from a visit at a Halstead home in an intoxicated condition.  She admitted to Miss Bertha Baumgartner, superintendent of the hospital, that she indulged in some home brew liquor, and also had drank some grape wine, which intoxicated her, and that this was the second offense.


She was warned that it was a serious offense, and that the hospital could not tolerate it.  She worried over this, and soon after, in remorse, took the poison.


She wrote a farewell letter to the other nurses in the hospital in which she said:  "I know I can never be forgiven for what I have done."


She took fifteen grains of the deadly poison.  She was discovered by the nurses in convulsions.


An inquisition was conducted by the county authorities which developed that Miss Shankle had been at a party at the home of Chas. Randall where she drank the liquor, it was testified.  A witness testified that "some amber colored liquid" was brought to the party from Wichita by Dr. H. H. Olson and Miss Freda Rosensteel, a graduate nurse, and aso that there was wine in the Randall home.  The sheriff found four gallons of the wine.


The case has been reported to the attorney general and the federal prohibition office by the hospital authorities.

(Hutchinson News ~ Thursday ~ August 15, 1929 ~ Page 7)




State Takes Hand in Case at Halstead, Kas., Hospital


Topeka, Aug. 21 ---- An investigation of the attempted suicide of Miss Ella Shankle, 22, Springdale, Ark., at the Halstead hospital several weeks ago, was ordered today by William A. Smith, attorney general.  Miss Shankle was a student nurse at the hospital.


The investigation was ordered at the request of hospital authorities, who expressed dissatisfaction with the results of an inquiry conducted by J. Sidney Nye, Harvey County Attorney.  The girl was stated to have attempted suicide with poison after drinking intoxicating liquor.


Robert O. Mason, assistant attorney general, was detailed to make the investigation.

(Atchison Daily Globe ~ Wednesday ~ August 21, 1929 ~ Page 1)




Attorney General Will continue Investigation of Nurse's Death


Topeka, Aug. 22 -- William A. Smith, attorney general, announced today his investigation would continue into the suicide of Miss Ella Shankle, Halstead hospital nurse, who died yesterday of poisoning.


M. C. Martin, Harvey county coroner, declared last night after an investigation the woman had committed suicide and no inquest was necessary.  Reports of a drinking party in which the young woman was alleged to have participated shortly before her suicide attempt two weeks ago, coupled with the lack of an apparent motive for her successful attempt to end her life, led to the local investigation.


The attorney general said J. Sidney Nye, Harvey county attorney, would be called to Topeka for questioning in connection with the case.  An investigation was ordered by the attorney general at the request of hospital authorities.

(Atchison Daily Globe ~ Thursday ~ August 22, 1929 ~ Page 1)




Topeka, Aug. 23 --- Asserting there was nothing that could be done, William A. Smith, attorney general, today announced he would drop his investigation of the suicide of Miss Ella Shankle, 22, Pine Bluffs, Ark., student nurse at the Halstead hospital who died, Wednesday, of poisoning.


This announcement was made by the atorney general after a conference with J. Sidney Nye, Harvey county attorney.


Mr. Smith said remorse apparently was one of the reasons for the girl's suicide, and that she was depressed mentally as a result of being "snubbed" by other girls in the training school.  The county coroner previously had found the young woman died from effects of poison swallowed August 8, and that wine she consumed three days previously had nothing to do with her death.


The attorney general said the girl had drank only a half glass of wine, and that she became ill as a result of the wine and food which she had eaten.

(Hutchinson News ~ Friday ~ August 23, 1929 ~ Page 8)





Halstead, Apr 9 --- Despondent over ill health, G. W. Wilbur shot himself to death last night by shooting himself in the mouth with a .410 gauge shotgun.  The man left his home in a despondent mood and went to the river near his house.  The wife heard the gun report and immediately summoned neighbors.  Death was instantaneous.

(Hutchinson News ~ Tuesday ~ April 9, 1929 ~ Page 11)




Mrs. J. M. Bachman, 58 years old, wife of an old settler of Halstead, committed suicide by jumping into the Little Arkansas River above the dam in the little public park.  Despondency over fancied family troubles was given as the cause of her act in a note left pinned to her husband's coat.

(Republic City News ~ June 5, 1913 ~ Page 7)






Halstead --- Martin C. Safe, 59, a pasterer and stonemason here was found dead in his garage, a suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning.


He had closed the garage door tightly, and started the motor of his car, then seated himself behind the exhaust pipe of the car.


Mrs. Safe said he had not een well for several weeks, and it as not unusual for him to get up in the night and walk around.  She said he left the house about 4 a.m.  She thought he was taking one of the usual walks.  When he did not return, his body was found.


Surviving are the widow, and a step-son, Wm. Klein, of Wichita.  A sister, Mrs. Fred Stewart, lives in Newton, and a brother, Jacob Safe, in Highland, Calif.

(Hutchinson News Herald ~ April 23, 1945 ~ Page 11)






NEWTON -- A 73-year-old retired Halstead butcher, Frederick Hoffer, hung himself with strips from a mattress cover Monday night at the Harvey County jail, according to the sheriff's office here.  Harvey County Coroner Carl O. Tompkins ruled the death a suicide.


Hoffer had been arrested early Sunday morning in Halstead and charged with being drunk, officers said, and was to have been returned to Halstead Monday night to be tried on the charge.

(Hutchinson News ~ Wednesday ~ February 27, 1963 ~ Page 3)


HALSTEAD --- Frederick Hoffer, 73, retired Halstead butcher, died of strangulation Monday night at the Harvey County jail.  County Coroner Carl O. Tompkins ruled the death a suicide.  Born: Feb. 22, 1800 in Kastovio, Russia.  Hoffer had been a resident of the Halstead community since 1910.  Married: Sept. 24, 1922, to Lydia Smith.


Survivors: The widow; sons, Fred, Jr., Halstead; Leonard, Newton; daughters, Mrs. Richard Brown, Seattle, Wash.; Marie, of the home; Mrs. Harold Wagenman, Modesto, Calif.; brother, Jacob, of Germany; seven grandchildren.
(Hutchinson News ~ Wednesday ~ February 27, 1963 ~ Page 3)




HALSTEAD -- Ethel Philbrick, 81, died at her home in Halstead unexpectedly Tuesday morning.  Born Jan. 3, 1883 at Halstead, she lived here all her life.  She worked as a secretary with the Hertzler Clinic in Halstead before her retirement.


Member:  Methodist Church, Halstead:  WSCS.


Survivor:  Sister, Eva Philbrick, Halstead.


Funeral:  2 p.m. Thursday, at the church; Rev. James L. Andrews.  Burial: Halstead Cemetery.  Casket will not be opened at the church.  Call:  1 p.m. Wednesday until 11 a.m. Thursday, Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

(Hutchinson News ~ December 23, 1964 ~ Page 3)






Hit  On  Bike


HALSTEAD -- The Halstead man hit from behind by a car while riding his bicycle near here Sunday died shortly after midnight Sunday in the Halstead Hospital.


Ernest R. Hill, Jr., 20, was taken to the hospital in ciritcal condition about 8:30 p.m.  He suffered severe head injuries.


Hill and his brother, Denis, had been riding bicycles on a county road about a half mile from town when the car came up behind them in the dark.


According to Trooper Don Dody, Hill had been riding in the middle of the road, his brother on the edge.  Seconds before the car slammed into the back of the bicycle, the brother had yelled at Hill to pull over.


The driver, Thomas Tate, 16, of Halstead, told the trooper her didn't see a thing until he was upon the two bicycle riders. Neither of the bikes had lights and the brother were wearing dark clothing.


The car struck Hill's bicycle, throwing him onto the car.  He was carried 40 feet down the road before the driver could stop.

(Hutchinson News ~ May 31, 1966)






HALSTEAD -- Carl Seiler, 57, and his wife Marjorie, rural Halstead, were killed instantly at 9:05 p.m. Saturday when their car was struck by the westbound Santa Fe Chief.


The collision occurred in Halstead, at a crossing by the Co-Op elevator, two blocks west of Main street.  Police Chief H. J. Minor said limited visibility may have caused the accident.


Harvey County Sheriff Weldon Morford said fog had reduced visibility to about 150 feet.  He said the crew said the train was traveling 79 miles an hour and estimated the car was going 15 miles an hour when the train struck it dead center, on the crossing.


Morford quoted the engineer as saying the car did not appear to slow down as it approached the crossing, which is not protected by a crossing gate.  The familiar X-crossing mark denotes the grade crossing.


The engineer said he saw the car headlights only about four car-lengths ahead and had no time to apply his brakes.  The car was carried 220 feet west and hurled 50 feet north of the tracks by the impact.  The train was delayed until 10:20 pm.  The couple lived on a farm 3-1/2 miles north and 1/2 mile west of here.


Carl Seiler was born April 19, 1901, in Halstead.  Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Katie Seiler; brothers Albert and Willard, Halstead; sisters Mrs. Ross Challans and Mrs. A. B. Mayfield, Halstead.


Mrs. Marjorie Seiler was born Oct. 16, 1901.  Her survivors include brothers Lloyd Holle, Beloit, Floyd, Sedgwick, Carl, Hesston, and Arthur, Great Bend; a sister Mrs. George Cadwell, Halstead.


In addition, the couple is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Michael Dreese, Wichita, and Mrs. Lee White, McPherson.


Funeral for both will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in Halstead Methodist Church, Rev. H. G. Feldman officiating.  Burial will be in Halstead Cemetery.

(Hutchinson News ~ Monday ~ February 3, 1958 ~ Page 1)






Herman F. Langowsky Met Accidental Death at Strong City --- His Relatives Live Here


Herman F. Langowsky, a Santa Fe brakeman, 22 years old, was killed by a Santa Fe passenger train at Strong City Wednesday night.  The news that he had been killed was received in this city late yesterday by his cousin, Jacob Langowsky, owner of the Waldorf cafe.  Mr. Langowsky went to Strong City last night and took the body to Newton, his former home.  The funeral will be held there Sunday morning.


Mr. Langowsky was switching in the Santa Fe yards at Strong City at the time of the accident.  He was in the act of crossing the track when he was struck by the mail care of a passing passenger train.  One leg was severered, and his head and neck was crushed.


He is survived by his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Langowsky, of Newton; two sisters, Lizzie Langowsky, of Newton and Kate Langowsky of Los Angeles, Cal., two brothers, Paul Langowsky, of Barstow, Cal., and Jacob Langowsky, owner of the Imperial Cafe, of this city; and a cousin, J. D. Langowsky, of the Waldorf Cafe, this city.  All the near relatives will attend the funeral.
(Wichita Beacon ~ Date of Death: December 23, 1908)


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