ASHLOCK, O. T.
O. T. Ashlock, of Turner, Kas., died Tuesday evening,
May 26, being nearly 90 years of age. He was a cousin of S. C. Ashlock who died Tuesday, May 19. Seven children
survive him. (Olathe Register, May 28, 1914)
ASHLOCK, S. C.
S. C. Ashlock, was born July 1, 1835 in Green County,
Illinois, and died May 19, 1914 at the home of his son Oscar near De Soto where they had taken him on Sunday thinking
that the ride might help him. But the inexorable reaper visited the home last Tuesday morning and took him from
our midst one well respected by all. Mr. Ashlock lived in Johnson County 57 years, was as well liked as he was
known. His kind, quiet disposition endeared him to young as well as old. He was a good neighbor and friend to all.
It was little wonder when that the sad news cast a gloom over all. Though suffering for months from a lingering
sickness he never complained and was not confined entirely to his bed. Daily, during his sickness, his friends
inquired anxiously concerning his health and hoped to the end he might survive the last attack. But alas, Providience
willed otherwise, but his memory shall live. Death may hide away our friends beneath the sod but his spirit shall
remain with us. Our departed friend lived a good honest life, may he rest in peace. To the bereaved family and
relatives, especially the two daughters, who could not be here on account of sickness, we extend our heartfelt
Mr. and Mrs. Ashlock were married 57 years on February
4, 1914. To this union were born 12 children, four dying in infancy and one daughter Olive proceeded him just 5
weeks and 6 days. He leaves five daughters and two sons. They are Oscar of De Soto, Kas., James of Loring, Kas.,
Nellie Leveridge, Olathe, Kas., Grace of Ledgwick, Kas., Ethel Kirkpatrick of Rosedale., Kas., Laura Burge of Dallas,
Oregon and Nettie Miller of Anadraka, Okla. Early in life he was a member of the Baptist Church and Thursday, May
21, his funeral was held in Olathe at the Baptist Church, at 1:30 by Rev. J. O. Harvey. The body was laid to rest
in the Olathe cemetery. (Olathe Register, May 28, 1914)
George Collins, one of the oldest and most respected
residents of Johnson County, died Sunday morning, May 12, about 9 o'clock at the family home south of Grange Hall.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at 1 o'clock
from the home and were conducted by the Rev. Steiner, a former pastor of the Congregational Church of Olathe. One
of the largest crowds ever in attendance in that county followed the body to the Olathe Cemetery. Although Mr.
Collins had been an invalid for several years, his death came suddenly. He was sitting in his chair, his wife left
the room for a few minutes and when she returned he was dead. For almost 60 years Mr. Collins has resided on the
farm where the end came Sunday. He was one of the most loved and respected farmers of Johnson County. He was a
good husband and father, and a kind neighbor. Few men leave behind them as large a host of sincere friends to mourn
their departure. Mr. Collins helped organize the Grange and has been an active member for many years. Mr. George
Collins, was born in Lexington, Ky., April 6, 1832. From there he went to Missouri where he lived with his parents
for a few years before coming to Johnson County in 1855. He was united in marriage with Miss Lucy Stevenson March
29, 1873. To this union were born three children who are left to mourn his loss. They are, Mrs. Will Holmquist
of Johnson County, Mr. Kenneth and Dudley Collins who live at home. (Olathe Register, May 28, 1914)
DAVIS, MYRNA E.
Myrna E. Davis, daughter of J. J. Davis, 716 West
Elm street, died of Bright's disease May 21, aged 36 years. The funeral was held at the home May 23 and the body
shipped to Kansas City, Mo., for burial in the Elmwood Cemetery. The Davis family has moved here from Kansas city
recently. (Olathe Register, May 28, 1914)
Robert Ellis, died at the home of his sister, Mrs.
E. F. Nerhood on North Cherry, Tuesday, May 12th, aged 86 years. Mr. Ellis has made his home with his son-in-law
John Lyons on South Chestnut for 14 years and had gone to the home of his sister for a few days visit, when he
was taken ill with acute indigestion. Funeral services will be held from the Nehrhood home, Thursday afternoon
at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. C. B. Zook. (Olathe Register, May 4, 19140
HOUTS, MRS. WM.
The death of Mrs. Wm. Houte occurred last Friday
in Topeka. She was buried at Edgerton Sunday, a funeral service being held at the Presbyterian Church, conducted
by Rev. Swogger. She lived in Edgerton years ago for quite a number of years. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. John
Dickson and Mrs. Newby. She was related to many prominent McCamish Township families among them the DeTars, Reeds,
Perkins, Griers, and others. (Olathe Register, May 28, 1914)
Mr. John McKaughan died last Thursday at his home in Edgerton. Funeral service was held Saturday at the Presbyterian
Church and the interment made in the cemetery there. Mr. McKaughn has been a resident of McCamish Township for
the past forty years, and was a very successful farmer, being held in the highest esteem by all his acquaintances.
By hard work and careful managements, he accumulated not a little wealth, retired from the farm and moved into
Edgerton, where he was made a director of the Edgerton State Bank. He leaves a wife and ten children. (Olathe Register,
May 28, 1914)
MR. & MRS.
Mr. and Mrs. Absolem Myers were killed by a southbound Frisco passenger train, the Oklahoma Express at the dangerous
Pleasant View crossing Sunday morning at 11:15 as they were driving home after a visit with their son, Alfred,
who lives at Shawnee. They were watching as an approaching Strang car and did not see the train until it was upon
them. Mr. Myers made a frantic effort to whip his horse off the track, but in vain. The Strang Line, the Frisco
and the road are parallel until Pleasant View is reached when the road crosses both at an angle.
Mr. Myers looked up as the fast train approached the buggy, snatched out the whip to urge the horse, but he was
too late. As he looked up to see how close the train was getting it struck the buggy between the wheels raising
it on the pilot. The horse was killed and fell off by the side of the track but the aged couple crushed to death
by the first shock, were raised by the huge engine and held against the boiler until the engine was stopped at
the next crossing, a quarter mile down the grade. The conductor of the Strang car, C. C. Morris, conductors, John
Gillispie, motorman; saw the accident. They say that the buggy was crushed. The car was backed down the line until
the train was reached. Here Mr. and Mrs. Myers bodies were removed. The buggy was broken into kindling wood.
R. W. McElroy, section foreman, also saw the terrible tragedy. He says that a stranger stopped them and talked
to them between the Strang Line tracks and the Frisco right of way. The stranger looked around after the Frisco
train had passed by like an angel of death and inquired of McElroy. Where did that buggy and those people go? He
did not know that an accident had taken place.
The bodies were placed on board the baggage car and brought to Olathe. At the Frisco depot the identity of the
couple was first known by a bank book bearing the name, A. Myers was found in the dead man's pocket. The word passed
rapidly and the bodies were identified by their son-in-law Ernet J. Vigour. The fact that Mr. Myers had his beard
shaved off recently made identification more slow.
Mr. and Mrs. Myers, 67 and 64 years of age respectively were old and respected citizens of Olathe and Johnson county.
They had managed a dairy on the east suburbs of Olathe until last fall when they moved to Olathe.
They are survived by nine children. They are: Percy Meyers and Arthur Meyers of Olathe, Alfred Meyers of Kansas
City, Miss Orell Meyers of Hagerman, N.M.; Mrs. Harry Vigour of New York City, Mrs. E. J. Vigour of Olathe, Kas.;
Mrs. B. F. Gehman Hagerman, and Mrs. A. Creasey of Landing, Idaho, and Mrs. Chas. Stretcher of Peabody, Kas. All
of the children will be here for the funeral. Funeral services will be held at the Methodist Church Friday Morning
at 10:30 o'clock. (Olathe Register, May 4, 1914)
Thomas Paul, 65 years of age, died at the county infirmary Saturday, May 9, of heart trouble. The funeral was held
Monday and burial made in the Olathe Cemetery. (Olathe Register, May 4, 1914)
A. D. Walmesley, one of the early settlers of Johnson county, died at his home in Argentine, Friday, May 8. The
body was brought to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jones at Morse where the funeral was held Saturday. Burial was
made in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Mr. Walmsley was well known in this country years ago and has many relatives.
(Olathe Register, May 4, 1914)
Mrs. Sarah Lydia Bradshaw, aged 79 years, died at her home in Lenexa April 7. The funeral was held at the Lenexa
M. E. Church at 2 o'clock Thursday. Burial was made in the Lenexa cemetery. (Olathe Register, April 16, 1914)
William Porter Breckenridge was born November 4, 1859, in Livingston County, Illinois. At ten years of age he with
his father's family moved to Jackson county, Missouri. Two years later he came to Johnson County, Kansas where
he had since lived. In early life he united with the Methodist church. In 1886 he was united in marriage with Charlotte
Divelbiss. 5 children were born to this union, two of whom died in infancy. This noble wife was taken away on March
13, 1895, leaving him with three little ones. His whole life was saddened by this great loss. A man of few words
and retiring disposition, he bore his sorrow through the lonely years with Christian patience and fortitude. For
more than a year he had been an invalid, becoming entirely helpless of the past few months. Death came to his relief
April 30, 1914, at the age of 54 years, five months and 26 days. Three children survive him; a daughter, Mrs. J.
O. Reddinger; and two sons, Elmore Wright and John Porter; one brother, and four sisters, all honest and highly
respected people. The funeral service was held at the Morse church Friday at 2 p.m. more people attending than
could get into the church. Rev. Zook conducted the service. Interment was in the Morse Cemetery. (Olathe Register,
May 7, 1914)
Little Katherine Bernice Burdett, the 7 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Burdette, residing 2 miles
north of town, died Friday, April 24. The funeral was held Saturday conducted by the Rev. C. B. Zook and burial
made in the Olathe Cemetery. (Olathe Register, April 30, 1914)
John Everett, an old and highly respected citizen of Richland Township, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs.
Addie Fruit, near Antioch, Wednesday, April 22. Funeral services were held from the Antioch Baptist Church Friday,
April 24, conducted by Rev. Stevens, and burial made in the Antioch cemetery. Mr.Everett was a veteran, 83 years
old, and had lived in that vicinity many years. (Olathe Register, May 7, 1914)
Mrs. Sarah Hadley, grandmother of Bert Rogers, died at North Salem, Ind., Sunday at the remarkable age of 91 years.
Mr. Rogers decided that it was too late to attend the funeral which was announced for 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon.
However, on reconsidering and consultation of time tables, he found that by leaving here at 4:21 he could arrive
at North Salem in time to be present at the funeral. (Olathe Register, May 7, 1914)
Mary E. Holmes was born in Nashville, Tenn., November 3, 1848, and died near Stanley, Kas., April 13, 1914, aged
65 years and 5 months and 10 days. She moved with her parents to Hickman's Mills, Jackson County, Mo., in 1854.
In 1862, she was married to W. A. Spivy. To this union was born one son, W. A. Spivy of Olathe, Kansas.
She was married to W. L. Hays in 1868. Mr. Hays preceded her to the great Beyond in 1896. To this union was born
six sons and one daughter. The sons, John H. of Elgin, Texas, J. Milton, S. Frank and W. Marshall of Stanley, Kas.,
and R. Edward of Kansas City, Mo., and Alfred, deceased and the daughter, Mrs. Giva Lucas of Bigheart, Okla. All
the living children were at the funeral.
Mrs. Hays left four brother, Richard Holmes, Santa Fe., Mo., Joseph Holmes, Stanley, Kas., Urial and Hilman Holmes
of Hickman's Mills, Mo., and one sister, Mrs. Dick McAllister of Olathe, Kansas.
The deceased left thirteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mother Hays was a devoted mother to the children, a kind neighbor and friend and will be greatly missed by the
children and her many friends and relatives. Rev. Zook of Olathe preached her funeral at Santa Fe Church and her
remains were placed beside her husband's in the McPherson Cemetery near Martin City, Mo. (Olathe Register, April
MRS. L. S.
W. A. White: Mrs. L. S. Herbert, died yesterday in Hiawatha. She was the mother of a whole house full of beautiful
girls who grew into noble women, and one handsome son, who grew into a strong, kindly man known all over Kansas
- Ewing Herbert, of the Hiawatha World. Mrs. Herbert was an exceptional woman. She was a gentle as the south wind,
and as sweet yet in her was the strength of iron. She ruled with a velvet covered rod a rather sturdy masculine
assertive but infinitely loving man who was the father of her children and she ruled undisputed in every great
crisis. She kept her little flock together, gave them an education, taught them by precept and example God's great
truths of life, and left unto her children and her children's children and their children, the beneficent influence
of a patient, kind and loving life. It is given to but few of us in this world to leave such a heritage to mankind
as this modest old lady has left at the end of her long and beautiful life. (Olathe Register, April 30, 1914)
The funeral of Mrs. Nancy Johnson was conducted in the Baptist Church at Lenexa at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon. While
Mrs. Johnson has been ailing for years, she had been seriously ill for only two weeks with pneumonia fever.
Mrs. Johnson was born in Knox County, Tenn., September 22, 1843. In 1877 she was married to Thomas Johnson and
moved to Shawnee, Kas., in 1820, from which time the family has lived in Kansas. In 1864 she made a profession
of Christ and became a member of the Baptist Church. Death came Thursday morning, April 3, 1914. She is survived
by her husband and three children, Mary Magdalena Nelson, John M. and George W. Johnson. Services were conducted
by Pastor O. d. McClung and burial was in Lenexa Cemetery. (Olathe Register, April 16, 1914)
SARAH A. (KEEFER)
Sarah A. Kennedy, 71 years of age, wife of Jefferson Kennedy of Stanley, died Friday, April 24, after a lingering
illness. These kindly old people were married several years ago, each having a family of children and lived happily
together. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at the M. E. Church at Stanley, and burial made in the Stanley
cemetery. (Olathe Register, April 30, 1914)
Sarah A. Keefer, was born in Lancanster County, Pa., on the 30th day of May, 1842, and died at her home in Stanley,
Kas., April 24, 1914. When 7 years old her parents moved to Columbia City, Indiana, where she grew to womanhood
and where her early life was passed. She came to Johnson County, Kansas. In 1871 where she has since resided with
the exception of a few years in Wallace County. About 35 years ago she united with the M. E. Church at Tomahawk.
At that time Tomahawk being an appointment on the Lenexa Circuit. Later when the congregation at Tomahawk abandoned,
she united with the M. E. church (South) of Bellview, she lived a devoted Christian life, always faithful in service
for her Lord and Master. Her deeds of charity were many. Of such a one it may truly be said: "They rest from
their labors" and their works do follow them.
For the past 10 years she has resided in Stanley. Although her health not permitting her to attend church services
regularly, she was intensely interested in all branches of church work and in all things for the good of the community
and the uplift of humanity.
She as an honored and helpful member of the Ladies' Aid of the M. P. Church of Stanley and we will sadly miss her
in our work. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother, true friend and kind neighbor.
Besides her husband, Jefferson Kennedy, she leaves three children, Will Dunham of Bonita, Mrs. Hal Flanner of Bellview
and Mrs. Grace Winnie of Cleborne, Texas, fifteen grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her
death. Funeral services were conducted at the M. P. church Sunday afternoon by Rev. J. P. Snare and the remains
laid to rest in Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Floral tributes were both numerous and beautiful. (Olathe Register, May
Sarah J. Mathis, 66 years of age, died suddenly, Saturday, April 25, of heart failure. The funeral was held at
the Stanley Presbyterian church Tuesday afternoon, April 28. Burial was made in the Pleasant Hill cemetery. She
leaves a husband and a family to mourn her loss. (Olathe Register, April 30, 1914)
Louis Miller, died Sunday, April 19 at his home about seven miles north west of Gardner. At the time of his death
he was in his sixty-third year. The funeral was held at the home Wednesday, April 22, and burial was in the Clearwater
Cemetery. Mr. Miller was one of the early settlers of the county having lived in that locality more than 40 years.
He was a good man, upright honorable and kind. Mr. Miller leaves surviving a wife, daughter and three sons. The
daughter, Miss Anna, is a student at the State Normal at Emporia. Of the sons, Frank lives at Gardner, J. A. lives
at Minneapolis, Kas., and a son at Rulo, Neb. (Olathe Register, April 30, 1914)