Labette  County



Obit: Graple Alexander

Miss Graple Alexander, a former resident of Parsons, died Friday in a Topeka hospital where she underwent surgery for a brain tumor. She was 58 years old. Miss Alexander went to Topeka from Parsons 11 years ago and was employed as a social worker for the Shawnee County social welfare department. She was born on July 15, 1913, in Jackson, Tenn., and came to Parsons with her family at the age of three. She attended schools, being graduated from Parsons High School with the class of 1931. She was present for a reunion of the class held here on the 4th of July weekend. Miss Alexander was a member of the Washington Avenue United Methodist Church here. Her only immediate survivor is a cousin, Mary P. Barron of Wichita, also a former Parsons resident. Her body is being taken to Jackson, Tenn., for burial alongside her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Alexander. Services will be held there at 2 p.m. Monday at the Lanier Funeral Home. The Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home of Topeka was in charge of arrangements there. (Parsons Sun, submitted by Freda Webb)


At Parsons, Kansas, April 10, Edward Lewis Barnard, 67, a native of the state of New York, formerly a resident of Henry and one of its earlier settlers. (Henry Republican, April 29, 1880, submitted by Nancy Piper)


Mrs. Neva Baughman, 51, former Parsonian, died instantly in an automobile accident near Palmdale, Ca. yesterday morning.

Neva Agnes Hays was born at Brownell, Ks. on Jan. 16, 1904. She moved to Parsons with her parents while a small child and attended grade school here. She graduated from Oswego High School in 1924. She was married in 1935 to Milton E. Baughman, who survives.

In addition to living in Oswego, Mrs. Baughman lived for a short time in Bartlesville, Ok. She later returned to Parsons and lived for several years at 2318 Corning. For the past three years, she has lived in Palmdale.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Jacqueline Snyder and Colleen Baughman, both of Palmdale, a son, George Francis Baughman, Parsons, and a sister, Mrs. Gladys Windbigler, Parsons.

The body will be returned to Parsons Thursday. Services will be held Saturday with the Rev. Dwight Dussair officiating.

(Neva Hays was first married to George Edward England. Children: George Francis. Neva and George were later divorced) (Parsons Sun, November 14, 1955, submitted by Ann Baughman)


Funeral services for Earl E. Brooker, 49, of Cassoday, who died Friday were conducted this morning at the Kirby Funeral Home chapel. Mr. Brooker was principal of the Cassoday Grade School.

The Rev. Curtis Fulton, pastor of the Florence Methodist church, officiated. Mrs. Noble S. Fritsche sang “Going Home” and “Beneath the Cross of Jesus,” accompanied by Miss Dorothy Sandquist at the organ. Burial was in Memorial Lawn Cemetery at Parsons this afternoon with the Rev. Paul Hett officiating.

Mr. Brooker moved to Cassoday in August from Florence, where he was a teacher. He previously had taught at Caney, Kan., and at Warrenton, Mo. He was born at Healy, Kan. on April 4,1 918 and was married to June White at Parsons on Oct. 4, 1944. He held a degree from Kansas State College of Pittsburg and had done graduate work at the University of Missouri.

Mr. Brooker was a veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Florence Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge at Altoona, Kan., the Cassoday Lions Club, the Kansas State Teachers Association, the National Education Association, the Kansas Association of Elementary Principals, Butler County Teachers Association and the Leon Flint Hills Teachers Association.

Surviving are his wife; a son, Terry of the home; three daughters, Mrs. Judy Miller of Columbia, Mo., Pamela and Becky both of the home; his father, A. J. Brooker, of Fort Scott; five brothers, Clyde and Pat, both of Fort Scott, Bill of Coffeyville, George of Pittsburg, and Richard of Siloam Springs Ark., seven sisters, Mrs. Oral Lyons of Arco, Idaho, Mrs. Frieda Clark of Fulton, Kan., Mrs. Ellen Thiebaud of Parsons, Mrs. Virginia Dobyns of Mission, Kan., Mrs. Louise Rasmussen of South Gate, Calif., Mrs. Ruth Harrison of Kirkwood, Mo., and Mrs. Marilyn Minor of Fort Scott.

A memorial in Mr. Brooker’s name has been established with the Cassoday Methodist Church. (El Dorado Times, December 4, 1967)


Died Suddenly

George Camp died at his home, 1521 Morton Ave., this morning at half past 1 o'clock, after an illness of a few hours. He was around town yesterday as well as usual. After returning home last evening he complained to his wife that he was troubled with pain near his heart and he grew rapidly worse until the end came. He was one of the best known officers in the city and up until a few months ago was a Constable, which position he has held for years.

Mr. Camp came to Parsons 37 years ago from Illinois and has made this city his home since that time. He was a member of the GAR. He is survived by his wife and three daughters, Mrs. Dora Wayman and Mrs. Belle Bracken of Parsons, and Mrs. Bernice Ralston of Texas. He was 69 years of age.

The funeral will be held from the home at 2:30 pm Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. A. Staveley and will be under the auspices of Antietam Post No. 64, G. A. R., with pall bearers from both posts and internment in Oakwood cemetery.

(George T. Camp, born 1845 Ohio. Probably resided in Coles Co., Ill. before coming to Parsons. Listed 1880 cens. Parsons, Ks. with wife Angie. Children: Dora, Ida, Ella J., Nellie, Cordelia.) (Parsons Son, abt. 1914, submitted by Ann Baughman


Mrs. George W. England, 64, a resident of Labette county all her life except for a few years spent in Cherokee county, died at 8 o'clock this morning of a heart ailment, which had kept her bedridden for nearly three months.

Born on a farm nine miles northwest of here, she was educated in the schools of Labette county. She married George W. England Feb. 8, 1888 at the age of 15.

Ten children were born and eight survive, the other two having died in infancy. Mr. England also survives. The children are: Mrs. Jess Smith and Mrs. Elmer Allred, Weir; Mrs. Forrest Havel, McCune; Mrs. Ruth Karlen, Oswego; Ernest and Homer, Parsons; and George and Ross of Oswego. Two sisters are Mrs. George Watts and Mrs. George Lankard, both of California.

Mrs. England was a leader in the Baptist church and was president of the Ladies Aid Society at the time of her death. She served as a teacher of a women's class and as treasurer of the church.

Funeral arrangements are in charge of the McCasley Furniture and Undertaking Co. but the time and place for the services have not been set yet. (Oswego Paper, April 17, 1937, submitted by Ann Baughman)


George E. England, 83, 2816 Crawford, died at 11:45pm Thursday, Aug. 6, 1987 at the Labette Co. Medical Center. He had been hospitalized several times recently and was last admitted about three weeks ago.

He was born Jan. 10, 1904 near Labette City to George W. & Anna Haggard England. The family moved to Cherokee Co, and then when he was 9, they moved to Oswego. He grew up and attended schools there.

He served his apprenticeship as an electrician with the Katy railroad. He was an electrician at the Kansas Army Ordinance Plant when it was built in the early 1940's. He was superintendent and foremand for the Evans Electric Co. in Kansas City and Omaha, Ne. for many years. He also was employed by the former Hertwig Electric Co. of Coffeyville when the Labette Co. Medical Center was built. He served as an electrician during the construction of the dam on the Mississippi River at Keokuk, Ia.

He retired at age 62.

He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Other survivors include: a son by a former marriage, George England Baughman of Kansas City, Ks.; three grandsons; two great grandchildren; and two sisters, Anna Walters of Jenks, Ok., and Ruth Karlen of Springfield, Mo.

A son, three brothers and four sisters preceded him in death.

The service will be at 1:30 pm Monday at the Burris-Carson- Wall Funeral Home with the Rev. Roger Robertson officiating. Burial will be in Oswego cemetery. (Parsons Sun, August 1987, submitted by Ann Baughman)


George W. England, 79, a resident of Oswego for 65 years, died at Mercy hospital at 2:30 pm, yesterday.

He had been in declining health the past three years and had spent considerable time in hospitals at Oswego and Parsons. He came to Parsons just one year ago today to make his home with his son, Homer, 1924 Morgan.

Mr. England was born in Illinois on May 9 1866 and when quite small moved with his parents to Clinton, Mo. His mother died and he came to southeast Kansas in 1879 and was reared in the home of Mr. & Mrs. Henry Rinker (of Oswego).

He was a farmer and teamster in the Oswego community. He retired several years ago. He was married Feb. 5, 1888 (to Annie Zerelda Haggard) at Labette City. Mrs. England died April 17, 1937.

Survivors include four daughters; Mrs. Maude Smith, Tulsa, Ok; Mrs. Letha Allred, Weir; Mrs. Anna Hevel, Oswego; Mrs. Ruth Karlen, Hollis, Ok.; four sons, E. W., Homer, and Ross England, all of Parsons, and George E. England, Oswego; one sister, Mrs. Mary Heflin, Oswego; 14 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

He was a member of the Baptist church at Oswego where funeral services will be at 2 pm tomorrow. Burial will be in Oswego cemetery. (Parsons Sun, February 25, 1946, submitted by Ann Baughman)


Word was received today by the Martin Funeral Home of the death of Frank A. Hays, 65, former well-known Parsonian and Katy machinist, at 9 o'clock last night at his home in Bartlesville, Ok.

He had been in his usual health and had just returned to his home from an auto trip when he was stricken.

The funeral party will arrive in Parsons tomorrow. Funeral services will be at the Martin Funerl home at 2 p.m. Tuesday, conducted by Rev. A. L. Deever, pastor of the Evangelical United Brethren church. Burial will be in Oakwood.

Hays was born 1883 at Minneapolis, Ks. and grew to manhood in that community. He was married to Nora Butcher on Nov. 26, 1902 at Wakeeney.

The family moved to Parsons in 1911 and he secured employment as a machinist at the Katy shops. Later he established a private machine shop at his home, 2624 Stevens, which he operated until moving to Bartlesville in 1936. At Bartlesville he operated the Hays Machine and Electrical Works.

Survivors include the wife: two daughters, Mrs. Clark Windbigler and Mrs. Milton Baughman, both of Parsons; three grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Mabel Crough, Salina, Mrs. Edna Harmond, Oglethorpe, Fl., Mrs. Grace Butcher, Wakeeney, and Miss Lucy Hays, Topeka; and one brother, John Hays, Hamilton.

Friends may call at the funeral home.

(Frank Hays died Mar 5, 1948. Son of Archibald Hays and Emeline James.) (Parsons Sun, submitted by Ann Baughman)


Mrs. Nora Hays, 71, 2624 Stevens, died last night at her home.

Death was believed to have been about 6 p.m. following a heart attack. Relatives found her body in a chair early today. She lived alone.

Nora Butcher was born in Indianapolis, In. and came to Kansas with her parents when a child. The fa ily settled at Wakeeney where she attended school and grew to womanhood. She was married there on Nov. 26, 1902 to Frank Hays and then came to Parsons in 1911. They later moved to Bartlesville, Ok. where he died in 1948. Mrs. Hays returned to Parsons.

She was a member of the Evangelical United Brethren church.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Clark Windbigler, 214 No. 30th and Mrs. M. E. Baughman, Palmdale, Ca.; one sister, Mrs. Ann Epperly, Seminole, Ok.; two brothers, George Butcher, Wakeeney, and Henry Butcher, Hill City; three grandchildren and one greatgrandson.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete pending arrival of the daughter from California.

(Nora was born Jul 12, 1883 Minneapolis, Ottawa, Ks. Daughter of Charles Butcher and Sarah Doty.) (Parsons Sun, Submitted by Ann Baughman)


A Roscoe Lady Dead

Roscoe, July 18, (Special) - Mrs. F. H. Hooper died today at one o'clock. Friends at Parsons, Kansas were telegraphed for but failed to reach here before she died. (Aberdeen Daily News, July 19, 1887, Page 1)



CHERRYVALE - Alfred D. Hopkins, 59, a former resident of the Dennis and Parsons area died Aug 16, 1983 in Indonesia. He was employed by the Mobil Oil Corp. of Dallas. Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Harmony Grove Cemetery near Dennis, with the Rev. Sam Storkson, pastor of the Church of the Nazarene, officiating. Interment will be directed by the Darling and Burns Chapel. The casket has been closed. The family will receive friends at the chapel at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Alfred Dale Hopkins was born May 5, 1924 at Parsons to Alfred and Bessie (Bryson) Hopkins. He attended schools at Dennis and later graduated from Labette county Community College and Kansas State University. He served in the Armed Forces from 1943 until 1946. Mr. Hopkins started his career with Mobil in 1951 in Wichita and had served as pipeline manager for on-shore and off-shore drilling interests in Libya and Saudi Arabia. At the time of his death, he was manager of pipeline construction in Sumatra, Indonesia. He was a member of Highland Christian Church in Dallas, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and had been active in Boy Scout work for 20 years. In 1949 he was married to Helen Lutz, who survives. Also surviving are four sons, Howard, Robert and Jim, all of Dallas and Neil of Oklahoma City; his mother, Mrs. Bessie Hopkins of Parsons; and a brother, Wayne of Borger, Texas. (Independence Reporter, submitted by Freda Webb)


BORGER, TEX. Wayne F. Hopkins, 67, of Borger, Texas, died Monday, July 5, 1993 at Amarillo, Texas. He was born Sept 26, 1925 at Parsons to Alfred and Bessie (Bryson) Hopkins. He moved to Borger in 1952 from Pittsburg. Mr. Hopkins was employed at the Phillips Petroleum Co. polymer plant for 33 years, retiring in 1985. He was a member of the United Brethren Church in Dennis, Kan. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Forece. Survivors include his wife, Loyce of the home; a son, Sidney of Portland, Texas; two daughters, Pamela Vaculin of West Des Moines, Iowa, and Camille Hooper of Houston; and three grandchildren. A memorial service was today at the Fritch Church of the Nazarene, Fritch Texas. The Memorial Park Funeral Home of Amarillo had charge of arrangements. The family will be at the home of Jeanne Heit in Dennis Friday.

Private interment at the Harmony Grove Cemetery. (Submitted by Freda Webb)


James D. Jones, Former Chief of Police Dies

James D. Jones, Chief of Police in Parsons in 1905 and 1906 died late last night at his home at 310 So. 27th. Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3 pm at the home. Burial will be made in Oakwood Cemetery. Mr. Jones, who was a little over 80 years of age at the time of his death, came to Kansas in 1872 and located near Parsons. Before he became police chief, he served the county for a time as constable and deputy sheriff. He was forced to retire from active service about 20 years ago because of failing health.

He was born in Coles Co., Il. in 1847 and in 1863 he married Catherine Ann Phillips. Nine children were born, three of which preceeded him in death. (His parents were James D. Jones Sr. and Martha Peyton)

Surviving him are the widow; six children, Mrs. L. R. Shatzer, Mrs. P. J. Crow, and Mrs. J. D. Ott, all of Parsons; John H. Jones, Independence; Walter E. Jones, Kansas City, Mo.; and Fred D. Jones, Parsons, Ks.; 14 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.(Parsons Sun, 1928, submitted by Ann Baughman)


Overland Park, Ks. -- Lloyd W. Jones, 92 of Overland Park, a former Parsons resident, died early Monday morning Nov. 6, 1995 at the American Health-Care Center of Overland Park.

He was born April 1, 1903 at Severy, Ks. to Willam and Nellie Banta Jones. As a young child, he moved with his family to the Parsons and Dennis area. He spent his school years with his grandfather, James D. Jones, who was a former sherrif in the early 1900's. He attended schools in Parsons and received a law degree from the University of Oklahoma.

In 1923, he entered the Oklahoma Bar Association. He was member of the Kansas and Texas Bar associations, becoming a 50 year member of all three.

In 1924, he was employed in the claims department of the Katy Railroad. In 1946, he became the railroad's general attorney for Kansas. In 1957, he became the company's general attorney and moved to Dennison, Texas and then to Dallas in 1964. He retired in 1969 and lived in Dallas until returning to Parsons in 1982. He moved to Overland Park in 1989.

Mr. Jones was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Parsons. He had belonged to Rotary clubs in the various communities where he lived. He belonged to the Greater Dallas Rotary Chorus, which performed at International Rotary meetings.

He also was a Paul Harris Fellow.

Mr. Jones was a member of the Parsons Historical Society and had been active in the Republican party.

He married Edith Makemson, daughter of Charles T. & Anna Maher Makemson, on May 3, 1924 in Parsons. They were both descendants of early Labette and Neosho county pioneer families. She died May 8, 1963 at Parsons.

He married Doris Embry in July 1964 at Denison, Texas. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include a son and a daughter; six grandchildren; five grgrandchildren; and a half-sister, Gladys Poindexter of Trenton, Neb.

The service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home of Parsons with the Rev. J. C. Kelley, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. (Parsons Sun Newspaper, November 9, 1995, submitted by Ann Baughman)


Mrs. Lloyd W. Jones Dies at Parsons

Mrs. Lloyd W. Jones, 59, of Denison, Tx., wife of a general attorney for the Katy railroad, died at a Parsons, Ks. hospital Wednesday at 6:25 pm after more than six months of illiness.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 4 pm at the First Methodist Church in Parsons, with the Blossom Funeral Home in charge. Burial will be at Parsons- Oakwood Cemetery

Mrs. Jones was in the hospital here several times before she was taken to Parsons late last fall. The home here is at 1525 West Main.

The family came to Denison in 1957 when Katy offices were consolidated here. Mr. Jones was Katy attorney for Kansas at Parsons prior to that.

Formerly Edith Makemson, daughter of Charles Thomas and Anna Maher Makemson, was born at Neosho Co., Ks., June 8, 1903. She and Mr. Jones were married May 3, 1924 and lived at Muskogee, Oklahoma as well as Parsons before coming to Denison.

Mrs. Jones was a member of Waples Methodist Church here and was active in its WSCS work. She was a member of the Garden Clubs in both Denison and Parsons. Her husband is the newly elected president of the Rotary Club.

Aside from her husband, she is survived by one son in Illinois; a daughter in Kansas City, Ks.; her mother Mrs. Anna Makemson, Parsons; one brother, Howard Makemson, Neosho Co.; a sister, Mrs. Mildred Low, Coffeyville; and six grandchildren. (Denison Herald, May 9, 1963, Denison, Texas, submitted by Ann Baughman)


William S. Jones, aged 19 years, died yesterday at noon at the residence of his father, City Marshal J. C. Jones, 2112 Johnson Ave. His death was caused by typhoid-malarial fever, and came after an illness of two or three weeks. He was employed in the Katy store department at the time he was taken sick, but had only returned to this city about a month ago. He was married last October and his wife survives him. The funeral will be held from his father's residence this afternoon at 3 o'clock. (Parsons Daily Sun, August 7, 1903, submitted by Ann Baughman)




Murder committed at Katy oil house last evening

Body discovered at 10:50

Skull fractured, body dragged to to the Basement and the Building Set on Fire.

The most fiendish murder ever committed in Parsons, was commited last night, when Charles King, an Englishman, and foreman of the Katy oil house, his skull fractured, and a rope put around his neck and the body dragged into the basement, all turned out on one of the tanks and the building set on fire. The rope found around the dead man's neck was a bell cord cut from an engine standing in the yards.

Just what time the murder occurred is not known, but it is presumed that it happened about six o'clock. King worked from 7 o'clock in the evening, and one of the Katy employees says he saw King at ten minutes to six, and another says he saw him the last time about two minutes to 6.

Robbery was unquestionably the motive of the crime. King failed to go home to supper, and a telephone message started some of the railroad emplyees to looking for him. The fire was discovered about 8 o'clock but the fire department subdued the flames, and it was not until more than two hours after that time that the body was discovered in the basement of the oil house.

King had twenty-five dollars and the amount of his pay check in his possession at the time, and when the body was found one of the pockets had been turned inside out and the money was missing, showing that robbery was the motive of the crime.

Coroner Hamlin was summoned from Oswego and today a coroner's jury was impannelled and an inquest is being held at the office of Justice of the Peace D. A. Coate.

King came to Parsons when the Katy officers were removed to Parsons from Sedalia. Later he conducted a restaurant in this city. For the past fifteen years, he has been foreman of the oil house. He was a quiet, inoffensive citizen.

From the manner in which the murder was committed it is thought that the deed was committed by more than one man, and it is hoped that the murderer or murderers will be speedily brought to justice.

The coroner's jury adjourned to view the remains of the murdered man at the undertaking establishment of the Gregory-Kersey company. (Submitted by Ann Baughman)



J. M. Lollar, of Labette, agent for the M.K.T. at that place was found dead by Edgar Barrier, a grain buyer, when he entered the depot about 11:30 o'clock.

Mr. Lollar's death resulted from a heart attack. He went to his work in the morning in apparently good health, and had been handling the work of his office as usual during the morning. He sat at his desk to read the morning Republican and when found he still held the paper in his hands.

Mr. Lollar was 68 at his death. He had been agent in Chetopa a number of years and was transferred to Labette, where he has been agent the past six or seven years.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters, who live in Chetopa, and by a son who lives in Oswego. The body will be taken to Chetopa for burial. (Death notice of a Katy employee - from MKT Association News, October 1927, submitted by Ann Baughman)


Lightning Kills C. T. Makemson in Wheat Field

A bolt of lightning struck Charles T. Makemson, prominent farmer, five miles north of Parsons, at 9:30 this morning and killed him instantly.

Mr. Makemson and his son, Howard, 27, were shocking wheat in a field about half a mile from their home, desiring to get the wheat into shocks before an expected rain storm overtook them. It was cloudy and looked like rain but there was no warning of the lightning which struck the 56 year old farmer while he was working. His clothing was torn to shreds by the force of the bolt.

Howard, who was shocking wheat nearby, was untouched. He turned, saw the crumpled body of his father on the ground and ran to him. Dr. H. C. Markham was called but nothing could be done for Mr. Makemson.

Mr. Makemson was well known around Parsons. He was born in Morgan, Ky. in 1877 and came to Parsons 40 years ago. He enlisted in the Spanish-American war and on Aug. 19, 1902 married Anna Maher.

Besides his widow, he is survived by his son, Howard; three daughters, Mrs. Edith Jones, Oklahoma City, Mildred and Helen Makemson, Parsons, one sister, Mrs. Joe Hicks, Rt 1, Parsons and one brother, Lee Makemson, Ashland, Ky.

Mr. Makemson was a member of the Christian church.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

(He was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Parsons, Ks.) (Parsons Sun, June 14, 1934, submitted by Ann Baughman)


Obit: Pioneer Succumbs

Mrs. Sarah F. Makemson, 80, died Monday afternoon at 5 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John A. Campbell, 1521 Grand. She had been in failing health for some years.

The funeral will be held at the Martin funeral home at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. D. P. Neher of the Church of the Brethren at McCune. Interment will be in the Brethren cemetery three miles north of Parsons.

Mrs. Makemson came to Neosho county 60 years ago. Her father (Joseph Garber) located at Ladore where he established a wagon shop.
Mrs. Makemson is survived by her daughter, Mrs. John A. Campbell, with whom she had been liviing since the death of her husband, James Makemson, in 1909. Also three sisters, Mrs. Mary Woodie of Laurel Springs, Nc, Mrs. W. P. Thomasson, 1712 Broadway, and Mrs. W. W. Fields, 1630 Clark. A daughter Mrs. Cora Cornelius, died three months ago at Huntington Park, Ca.

Mrs. Makemson was a lifelong member of the Brethren church. (Parsons Sun, 1932, submitted by Ann Baughman)


Mrs. Phillips Dead: Came here in 1869

Mrs. Margaret (Salmans) Phillips, 89, died early Friday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. D. Harshfield, 2216 Belmont Ave. The funeral will be held from the First Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 pm, conducted by Rev. George W. Braden. Internment will be at Franklin cemetery, southeast of the city.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. J. D. Jones, Mrs. William D. Harshfield, both of Parsons, and Mrs. Ella Seals of Seattle, Wa. and two sons, John Phillips and Sherman Phillips, both of this city.

Mrs. Phillps is one of the real pioneers of Labette county, locating with her family on a farm new Contre (?) Chapel, six miles east of this city, in 1872 where she resided until her removal to Parsons in 1888. About 18 months ago Mrs. Phillips suffered an accident by being severely burned. It was thought for a time that it would prove fatal but she recovered and has been living with her daughter since that time.

She was a lifelong member of the Methodist church.

(Married to Eli Phillips. She was daughter of Levi Reed Salmans and Catherine Ann Rector. Born Feb 16, 1833 Guernsey Co., Oh.) (Parsons Daily Sun, April 21, 1922, submitted by Ann Baughman)



Washington, July 6 - Major George A. Reynolds of Parsons, Kansas, died in this city, this afternoon, after a brief illness. Major Reynolds was a prominent politician in his state, an ex-member of the democratic state central committee, and was at one time connected with the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad. (Milwaukee Journal of Commerce, July 7, 1880, page 3)


Frances June Thomas, was born to Clarence and Ethel Hamsher on August 5, 1931 in Parsons, Kansas, and died on November 29, 2003 at the age of 72.

She taught elementary school for over 20 years and continued to substitute teach even after retiring. She loved teaching children how to read. She was a docent at the Publishing Museum and volunteered her time to delivering mobile meals to shut-ins in Guthrie, Oklahoma. She also volunteered her time to Habitat for Humanity, helping build houses in Mexico and in Oklahoma. She participated in several Friendship Force trips, which included traveling to many countries, such as Cuba, Russia, China, Germany and France, and working in several orphanages while in Poland and Romania. She served on the Election Board and helped with many elections in town. She served on the Grand Jury in Oklahoma City for a year and felt this was a responsibility that every citizen should have. She showed her loved of reading by belonging to the Friends of the Library, and belonged to a reading club as well. She was devoted to her religion and her church and felt great comfort from them.

Her greatest enjoyment in life was being "Grandma Great". This was a title her great grandson, Tyler Porter, gave her when he was born and continued when her second great grandson, Noah Raza was born. They were the apples of her eye. Spending time with them was one of the most important things in her life.

She is survived by her children, Ann Bucci of Ortanna, Pennsylvania, Debra Thomas of Des Moines, Iowa, Carolyn Hall of Guthrie, Oklahoma, John Thomas of Des Moines, Iowa, and Nathan Thomas of Reading, Pennsylvania; her grandchildren, Laura Porter and Amy Hall of Guthrie, Oklahoma, Gwen Slaughter of New York, and Megan Slaughter of Wisconsin; and her great grandchildren, Tyler Porter and Noah Raza of Guthrie, Oklahoma; her sisters, Wilma Jean Correll, Ethel Fox; brothers, Robert, Bill, Carl and Eugene Hamsher. Her parents, two infant brothers, her sisters, Leona Herrin Ferguson, Florence McDill, Irene Caddo, and brother, John Hamsher precede her in death.

Services were held on Wednesday, December 3, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Presbyterian Church in Guthrie, Oklahoma with graveside services at Harmony Grove Cemetery in Parsons, Kansas at 4:00 p.m. (Obituary contributed by Lori Gilbert)


Mrs. Maria Ursula Walden died today at her home, 510 N. Central. She was 79 years old.

She was married at Weir in 1904 to John Asbury Walden, who preceded her in death. She came to Parsons from Weir in 1928.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Mary Ann Clark, Royal Oak, Mich., and Miss Mamie Walden, Osawatomie; and a sister, Mrs. Ann Daniel, Los Angeles.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Carson Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. James Thomas. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. (The Parsons Kansas Sun, December 9, 1959, submitted by Alice (Cain) Nance)


H. Lewis Dorsey, recently on the staff of the St. "Joseph Radical" died on consumption at his home in Parsons, Kansas, the 12, inst. Peace, peace, to his soul. (Wichita Searchlight, March 23, 1901, page 2)


Mrs. Amanda Bufor 72 years of age being sick 1 yr and 4 months died Feb. 9th. The memorial services were held at the Little Flock Baptist church Feb. 11th by Rev. J. A. Duncan assisted by Rev. Alfred Goodwin of the M. E. Church. (Wichita Searchlight, February 18, 1905, page 3)

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