June N. Oliver 1922 - 2005

June Nelson Oliver, 83, Chanute, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2005, at her home.
She was born May 21, 1922, on a farm near Vilas, the daughter of Gus S. and Anna P. Nelson. She graduated from Vilas High School and received her teaching certificate from Pittsburg State Teachers College.
She taught school near Altoona and later worked as a claims processor for American State Insurance Company, retiring in 1995 after 24 years of service.
She was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church.
On June 2, 1942, she married Harold Weis. They later divorced. On Oct. 8, 1967, she married Elmer J. Oliver. He preceded her in death.
Survivors include a son, Jerry E. Weis, Kansas City, Mo.; three stepsons, Robert Oliver, Lawrence, Raymond Oliver, Warsaw, Mo., and Richard Oliver, Chanute; a stepdaughter, Judy Ulshafer, Harrison, Ark.; a sister, Jean Doudna, Chanute; and 16 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, G.E. "Bud" Nelson, and an infant sister, Vera Louise Nelson.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at Otterbein United Methodist Church, led by Pastor Steven Churchill. Burial will be in Vilas Bethel Cemetery west of Chanute.
The family will receive friends from 7 - 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, where memorials to Safari Museum or Chanute Library may be left.
Penwell-Gabel Gibson Chapel, Chanute, is in charge of arrangements. 08/09/2005; 11:56:59 AM
(The Chanute Tribune, August 9, 2005, submitted by Neil Hanson)

Eleanor Faye Russell
1934 - 2011 Humboldt


Eleanor Russell, 77, Humboldt, died Sunday, May 1, 2011 at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute.
Eleanor was born in rural Allen Country on Feb. 11, 1934, the daughter of Roy and Gladys Wright Riley. She graduated from Humboldt High School in 1952.
Eleanor worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone for several years as an operator in Humboldt. She spent most of her life as a homemaker.
She was a member of the Humboldt United Methodist Church.
Eleanor is survived by her husband, Howard Russell, of the home; one son, David Russell, Chanute; one daughter, Susan and husband Pat Ellis, Humboldt; one grandson, Riley Ellis; and one brother, Dennis Riley, Dallas, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 6 at United Methodist Church in Humboldt. There will be a private family burial following the service.
She will be in-State on Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. at the Penwell-Gabel Humboldt Chapel.
(The Chanute Tribune, May 4, 2011, submitted by Neil Hanson)


A former Chanute resident, Alma J. Larson, 87, died Sunday in the McPherson hospital after two years of illness.

After attendance at Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, she taught school. She graduated from Chanute Business College and was employed as a secretary for several firms, the last being Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Okla.

She was a former member of Vilas Bethel Lutheran Church.

Survivors include a sister Mrs. E. R. Danielson, Lindsborg, and a brother, Oscar Larson, R 1, Vilas. She was preceded in death by a sister and seven brothers.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Vilas Bethel Lutheran Church with the Rev. E. R. Danielson, Lindsborg, a retired missionary from Africa, officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery. (Source Unknown, October 1973, submitted by Neil Hanson)


Oscar R. Larson, 94, died today, Dec 10, 1990 at the home of his niece, Helen Larson, 105 S Plummer. He had been in poor health.

On July 16, 1919, he was married to Myrtle Nelson in the Nelson home in Vilas. She preceded him in death on Dec. 17, 1968.

He was a lifelong resident of the Vilas area. He was a veteran of World War I. He was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church, Vilas, and Farm Bureau.

Survivors include a son, Milton Larson, R.2; a sister Lillian Danielson, Lindsborg. He was preceded in death by six brothers and two sisters.

Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Bethel Lutheran Church, the Rev. Charles Ledin officiating. Burial is in Vilas Cemetery. Memorials to Bethel Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society are suggested. Gibsob-Kock-Friskel Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (The Chanute Tribune, December 10, 1990, submitted by Neil Hanson)


Milton Rudolph Larson, 83, Chanute, died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute.

He was born March 28, 1920 in Vilas, the son of Oscar and Myrtle Nelson Larson.

He graduated from Vilas High School and Chanute Junior College.

He worked for Boeing Aircraft Company, Wichita, as a machinist, retiring with 40 years of service. He then moved back to the Vilas area to farm with his father.

He was a lifelong member of the Vilas Bethel Lutheran Church.

He was a coin collector and enjoyed watching basketball.

On Sept. 18, 1955 he married Virginia Elinor Coleman in Vilas. She died in 2001.

Survivors include a cousin, Helen Larson, Chanute, with whom he lived; two aunts and several other cousins.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, at Gibson-Koch-Friskel Chapel. Burial will follow in Vilas Cemetery. Visitation is from 1 - 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial in his name may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Gibson-Koch-Friskel Chapel, Chanute, is in charge of arrangements. (The Chanute Tribune, November 2003, submitted by Neil Hanson)


Helen Marie Larson, 87, Chanute, died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2005, at her home.

She was born May 22, 1918, on Sunny Hill Farm in rural Vilas, the daughter of Gustaf M. and Anna Hanson Larson. She attended school in Lindsborg, graduating from Lindsborg High School in 1935. She earned her RN degree from Trinity Lutheran Hospital, Kansas City, in 1940.

She moved to Chanute in 1951 and worked for 37 years as a nurse for Dr. Abbuehl and Dr. Ashley. She also worked at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center for seven years before retiring.

She was a member of Vilas Bethel Lutheran Church.

Survivors include eight nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Lewis and Albert Larson, and a sister, Harriet Larson.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, at the funeral home, led by the Rev. J. Rolland Christenson. Burial will be in Vilas Bethel Cemetery on west 21st St.

The family will receive friends from 6 - 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, where memorials to Trinity Lutheran Hospital Nursing Center may be left.

Penwell-Gabel Gibson Chapel, Chanute, is in charge of arrangements. (The Chanute Tribune, October 14, 2005, submitted by Neil Hanson)


Erie, Kan., April 8 --- A young man named Grant Cummings, while out hunting yesterday in the woods about a mile from town, found the body of an infant child nailed up in a box which had been placed in a hollow stump and covered with rubbish.  It is not known who the mother of the child is, but it is supposed that the child is illegitimate and that its unknown mother disposed of it in this mannter to hide her shame.  The coroner is now investigating the matter.
(Topeka Daily Capital ~ Saturday ~ April 9, 1887 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


Mrs. Bertha Wiggins died at the home of her brother-in-law, Ariel Mendenhall, southeast of Humboldt, last Saturday morning after a few days' sickness.  We understand that her death was the result of hiccoughs.  She was burid Sunday in the Chanute cemetery.
(Humboldt Union ~ Saturday ~ August 26, 1899 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


The body of Myrtle Frances Phillips arrived from Kansas City Friday evening of last week and funeral services were held at the Cottage Hotel Saturday morning, conducted by Rev. Hensley of the Christian church.  Interment in the Chanute cemetery.  Miss Phillips was visiting in Kansas City when she took sick and died quite suddenly from attack of peretonitis.  She had many friends in Humboldt who are grieved at this taking away of a young life, and who extend sympathy to the bereaved relatives.
(Humboldt Union ~ Saturday ~ March 12, 1904 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


The funeral over the remains of Mrs. Alma Peters-Potters was held at Chanute Wednesday and burial was in the Chanute cemetery.  Mrs. Potters formerly lived in this city and has many friends who will regret to learn of her death.
(Garnett Journal ~ Friday ~ February 21, 1908 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

ELSTON,  L. E.  (MRS.)

The body of Mrs. L. E. Elston, who died at Avant, Okla., was interred in the Chanute cemetery Friday.  She was reared in the Chanute vicinity, was 35 years old and leaves four children.
(CoffeyVille Daily Journal ~ Friday ~ August 8, 1913 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)



Mrs. James Wilson received a message from Chanute this morning stating that Mrs. D. P. Durning had died at her home in that city at 5:30 a.m.  Mr. and Mrs. Durning formerly resided in Humboldt and have many friends here.  Mrs. Durning has been sick a long time with a cancer in her side.  Funeral arrangements are not entirely completed but burial will be made in Chanute cemetery some time Saturday.  Mr. Durning is also quite low with paralysis.
(Humboldt Union ~ Thursday ~ August 14, 1913 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


Glen Orvil, the infant son that came to brighten the home of Mr. and Mrs. Swank for a few months, was taken away Thursday.  The funeral services were conducted at the home, interment was made in the Chanute cemetery.  Rev. Lawelling, of Humboldt, had charge of the services.  The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the community.
(Iola Register ~ Friday ~ September 12, 1913 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)



Glenn Dutch, who for nearly six months was an intense sufferer from a complication of diseases, died last Thursday at the age of 32.  During the major part of his illness he was at his father's house in Chanute.  Hs is survived by his wife, formerly Miss Anna Peterson, one son aged three years, his parents, one brother and a large circle of friends who mourn his early departure.  Glenn was a noble Christian young man.  About five years ago he gave his heart to God and joined the Evangelical Church at Ridge where he remained a faithful member until death released him.  His genial and pleasant dispostion won him many friends, as was attested by the large number attending the funeral.  The services were held at the M.E. Church at Chanute Saturday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. Nannings of Humboldt and interment was in the Chanute cemetery.
(Humboldt  Union ~ Thursday ~ May 14, 1914 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


The body of Mrs. Mary Johnston was brought home from Topeka Friday, where she was taken two weeks ago and underwent an operation.  The funeral services were held at the Evangelical church Sunday, Rev. Nanninga officiating.  Burial was in the Chanute cemetery.
(Humboldt Union ~ Thursday ~ September 24, 1914 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


Mrs. Geo. Carl was called to Chanute Thursday by the serious illness of her sister, Mrs. Addie Craig.  Mrs. Craig departed this life Saturday morning, leaving to mourn her loss a husband and four children and a large circle of relatives and friends.  Services were held at the Baptist church Sunday afternoon and she was laid to rest in the Chanute cemetery.  We extend our sympathy to the bereaved family.
(Humboldt Union ~ Thursday ~ September 28, 1916 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


Francis Loraine Martin was born to Mr. and Mrs. James Martin on August 6, 1917, and died June 15, 1918, at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bud Mathew, where the mother had come to visit.  Funeral services were held at the home of her grandparents Sunday, June 16, at 10 a.m., conducted by Rev. Wilson of Chanute.  The little body was laid to rest in the Chanute cemetery.  Everything was done that loving hands could do, but our Heavenly Father sent the death angel to carry her away to be a better world beyond.  Francis was only permitted to bloom in this home ten months and nine days.  She leaves to mourn her loss, father and mother, one sister and one brother, besides hosts of other relatives and friends.  The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the entire community.
(Chanute Daily Tribune ~ Thursday ~ June 20, 1918 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)



End Cam Suddenly Early Friday Evening

Chanute Pioneer, 77 Years Old, Had Long Been Identifeid With Newspaper Work in the State

Chanute, June 13 --- J. M. Cavaness, veteran Kansas newspaper man and one of the best known writers of the state, died at his home here at 8 o'clock tonight, following two months' sickness.  His death was due to old age and a complication of diseases.  He was 77 years old.

Mr. Cavaness was born in Monorovia, Ind., and came to Kansas in April, 1856, with his parents.  They left their Indiana home in 1854 but stopped in Howard county Missouri, for several months, visiting relatives.  Two sisters of Mr. Cavaness' mother married Sash Carson, a brother of Kit Carson, and Hamilton Carson, a half-brother of the Famous scout.  The family first settled at Lawrence.  In 1859 the family moved to Baldwin, and that fall J. M. Cavaness entered Baker university, which had been started a year before.  At the celebration of the sixty-first anniversary of the founding of Baker, last spring.  Mr. Cavaness was one of the speakers.  He was among the first graduates from the institution.

In 1869, Col. J. W. Horner, under whom Mr. Cavaness had graduated from Baker, and A. C. Corey bought the Baldwin newspaper and moved it to Chetopa, establishing the Chetopa Advance.  When Mr. Corey retired a year later Mr. CAvaness was presented with a half interest in the paper.  Later he purchased it, and continued its operation until the paper was sold in 1899.

The next year he became associated with Capt. George Dewey in the publication of the Chanute Tribune.  Mr. Cavaness conducted the Tribune until 1903, when he turned it over to his sons, Wilfred and Herbert, the present owners.  Since his retirement Mr. Cavaness had devoted most of his time to writing, and was the author of several volumes of verse.  For several years he wrote a short poem for every issue of the Kansas City Journal.

Mr. Cavaness married Miss Mary I. Swallow, of Garnett, March 4, 1873.  They were the parents of three children, Wilfred and Herbert and Mrs. J. Luther Taylor, of Pittsburg, Kan.  The three children, with Mrs. Cavaness, survive.

Funeral services will be held at the First Methodist church in Chanute at 2:30 o'clock Monday afternoon, with the sermon by Dr. Samuel A. Lough, president of Baker university.  Burial will be in the Chanute cemetery.
Topeka Daily Capital ~ Saturday ~ June 14, 1919 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)



Funeral services for George Northrup, Santa Fe engineer, who was killed east of this city in the train wreck last week, were held yesterday afternoon from the Methodist Church in Chanute with burial in the Chanute cemetery.  The Masonic fraternity assistd with the services.
(Evening Star ~ Independence, KS ~ Tuesday ~ January 13, 1920 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)



Mrs. Eleanor Frye was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, May 4th, 1862, died January 28th, 1922, aged 59 years, 7 months and 28 days.  She moved to Kansas in 1869 and was raised around Erie, Kansas.  She was married to Scott Lutz, January 2, 1883.  To this union four children were born, Grace M. McCrory, who died in 1907, Ethel M. Miller of Dearing, Jos. H. Lutz of Wilson, Okla., and Lena Hertweck of Dearing, Kansas.  There are two grandchildren, Helen L. McCrory and Junior Hertweck.  Scott Lutz died April 20th, 1998.  Mrs. Frye was again married in 1903 to Harry Frye, who died in May 1913.  She united with the United Brethren church in Chanute, Kansas in 1910, of which she has been a consistent member up to the time of her death.  She moved to Dearing in 1915, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hertweck, Saturday, January 18, 1922.  She leaves to mourn her loss, besides the foregoing named ones, two brothers and six sisters, and a host of friends and neighbors in Dearing who had learned to love her.  The funeral was held in the United Brethren church in Dearing, Sunday at 10 a.m., conducted by the pastor, Rev. E. H. Free, and interment was made in the Chanute cemetery.  Impressive music was rendered during the service by a quintette composed of Dr. Pearn and wife, Mrs. Runyan, and Rev. E. H. Free and wife---Contributed.
(Coffeyville Daily Journal ~ Monday ~ January 30, 1922 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)



The meeting Tuesday was saddened by the death of its president, T. B. Maloney.  Mr. Maloney died on Thursday of last week and was buried in the Chanute cemetery on Saturday afternoon.  This as well as all organizations that have for their object the betterment of mankind has ost a true friend and worker.
(Chanute Daily Tribune ~ Thursday ~ December 21, 1922 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


Clarence, the two-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Mat Phillips fell into a kettle of boiling soap Tuesday morning and died of the effects Wednesday morning.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Wilson at the house Thursday at 10 a.m.  The remains were laid to rest in the Chanute cemetery.
(Chanute Times ~ October 27, 1905 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


Mrs. Drollinger, the aged mother of Eli and William Drollinger died last week, after a short illness.  Deceased was about 78 years of age and blind.  The remains were interred in Chanute cemetery, Monday of last week.  The above should have appeared in the last week's issue, but was overlooked.
(Chanute Times ~ August 13, 1897 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


The little infant son of Mr. and Mrs. August Myer, Jr., who was born last Friday morning, died the same day in the afternoon.  Interment was held in the Chanute cemetery.  It being an infant had but few of life's sorrows to know.  Yes that young child has departed for fair lands above and dwelleth with our Father whom we all should love.  Although it seems hard for small children leave us so soon.  We should be happy to know that childrens paths with flowers are strewn.  May we meet such dear little children in heaven and dwell in eternity with him who our lives has given.
(Chanute Times ~ March 23, 1906 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


Bertha Bair, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Bair, died at the residence of her sister, Mrs. Mendenhall, near Humboldt Saturday and was buried in Elmwood cemetery Sunday afternoon under the auspices of the Eastern Star, of which deceased was a member.
(Chanute Times ~ August 25, 1899 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


Mamie Ethel Caldwell died July 29, 1902, at the home of her parents, about two miles southwest of Union Valley Free Baptist church.

Since coming into the neighborhood last spring she had, by her noble character and loving ways, won the love and esteem of all.  She gave her heart to God about three years ago at ta meeting held in the M.E. church in Indianola, Iowa, and was faithful until death.

Mamie was just merging into the bloom of life.  She would have been 15 years old on the 14th of next October.  O how sad will the home be!  But the blessed assurance of a reunion that death can never severe helps to soothe the aching heart.  The bereaved have the sympathy of all.

The funeral services were conducted by the writer on July 30th in the Union Valley Free Baptist church at 3:00 p.m.  The body was laid to rest in the Chanute cemetery in a beautiful casket covered with lovely flowers---tokens of love and esteem---six young ladies bearing the casket to its resting place.

The bereaved wish to express their gratitude to the neighbors for the generosity and kindness so freely manifested in their sad loss.
(Chanute Times ~ August 8, 1902 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)



J. L. Orr died at 8:30 Saturday evening at his home 438 W. Elm after having been in poor health for over a year.  The funeral services were conducted at the house at 2:30 last Monday by Rev. H. G. Mathis of Clay Center, a former pastor of the Chanute Presbyterian church.  Mr. Orr is survived by his wife and five children, Walter S. Orr of Wichita, J. L. Orr, Jr., of Independence, Ira Orr, Mrs. Lillie Smith, Mrs. Junie Glaze of Chanute all of whom were present for the funeral.

Mr. Orr was born at Sweetwater, Tenn., and was 64 years 10 months and 1 day old at the time of his death.  He came to Kansas in September 1868 and settled on a farm four miles west of Chanute where he lived until he moved into town twelve years ago.  He has been a member of the Methodist church since he was 21 years old, and was also a member of the Sons and Daughters of Justice.

Mr. Orr taught the first school which was held in the northwest part of Tioga township.  It was a subscription school and taught for only a few months.
(Chanute Times ~ February 16, 1912 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)



It is seldom that we are called upon to chronicle the death of any person that seems sadder than the death of Frederick M. Dryden of Urbana who died at that place on January 10.  Fred was the son of Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Dryden of that place.  He was a young man of sterling worth and good character, and at the early age of 30 was called on to surrender his young life to HIm who gave it.

Mr. Drygen served in the regular army of his country for nine years and only came home at the earnest solicitation of his mother, about a year ago.  He was in the Santiago campaign and came out of that trying ordeal without sickness or a wound.  He came home last year, expecting to complete a course in civil engineering and again join the service, but sickness intervened and he bowed to the inevitable.

Dr. A. F. Neeley attended him during his last illness and pronounced his disease congestion of the stomach and kidneys.

He was born in Labette county, Kansas in 1871 and buried in Elmwood cemetery, Chanute, January 12.

The funeral oration was delivered, at his request, by J. M. Dunsmore of Thayer.

Mr. Dryden did not live long in this world but he played his part well while here.  An earnest ambitious young man, he shirked no duty and slighted no task.

Taken in the full strength of his young manhood, it is hard for his parents and relatives to give him up.  But who can say it is not better so, who knows the sufferings and sorrows this cold world might have had in store for him had he lived?  Now he is at rest.  No winter's blast will chill his slumbers or summer's storm disturb his rest.

The hot tears of loving ones will moisten his grave and bright flowers will bloom and the blithesome lark will sing o'er his grave but the fearless spirit has gone to Him who doeth all things well.
(Chanute Times ~ January 18, 1901 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


Mrs. Claud Gibson passed away quietly in spite of all care and medical treatment of the best of physicians.  She was well known and always loving, kind and affectionate to all who knew her.  She leaves a husband and little daughter and many friends to mourn her departure.  The remains were laid to rest in the Elmwood cemetery at Chanute Monday afternoon.
(Chanute Times ~ April 27, 1906 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


John B. Allen, youngest child of Jacob and Rhoda Allen, was born near Lamoni, Iowa, September 4, 1870.  His parents were early residents of that vicinity.  He was married, January 1, 1895, to Miss Lucy A. Ewing, at Davis City, Iowa and to this union were born three children, the eldest a boy, dying at Davis City at the age of  years, the other two, girls, who with their mother survive him.

He resided on his father's farm, where he was born until 1904 when he removed to Cherryvale, Kansas, where he has since resided.  About three years ago he was run over by a loaded wagon, the wheels passing over his back.  Soon after his limbs began to be paralyzed and he gradually grew worse until death ended his sufferings on Oct. 19, 1916.  While he made no profession of religion he was always ready to help anyone in times of sickness or trouble.  His funeral was from his home, the services being conducted by the Christian preacher of Cherryvale, Kansas, after which his body was brought to Chanute, Kansas, interment being in Elmwood cemetery.  His brothers, William and George Allen of Iowa, attended his funeral.  The many beautiful flowers presented showed the esteem in which he was held.
(Leon Reporter ~ October 26, 1916 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


DIED:---At the residence of his son-in-law, A. S. Brichler, near Vilas, Kansas, Wednesday morning, June 15th, 1898, Phillip Ware, aged 52 years.  Mr. Ware had long been a sufferer from cancer of the face and for many months his death has been daily expected.  Mr. Ware was a soldier in the war of the rebellion and had an excellent soldier record.  He came to Wilson Co. in an early day and has since resided on a farm in Colfax Twp., where he has a large circle of friends who sympathize with the family of the deceased in their bereavement.  The remains were laid to rest in Elmwood cemetery, Chanute, Kansas, Wednesday afternoon.
(Chanute Times ~ June 17, 1898 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)



Word has been received in Tulsa of the death, September 3, at Mont Calme sanatarium, Manitour, Colo., of Mrs. Bertha Nolan Steed, wife of John P. Steed of Chanute, Kan.  Mrs. Steed, who was 38 years old, had spent most of her life in the oil country, where she and her husband both became widely known.  She is survived by her husband and a daughter, Margaret, both of Chanute, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Nolan of Indianapolis, Ind.; and two brothers, James D. Nolan of Indianapolis and Michael H. Nolan of Tulsa.  Funeral services were held Friday at St. Patrick Catholic church, Chanute, with burial in the Catholic cemetery at Chanute.
(Morning Tulsa Daily World ~ September 10, 1922 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Pearson who live four miles east of Chanute, wa buried in Elmwood cemetery Monday afternoon.
(Chanute Times ~ April 14, 1911 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


Died Tuesday night at his residence in Fourth ward, after a short illness, Thad Stevens aged about 53 years.  Mr. Stevens had only been living in town a short time having removed from his farm to his late residence some time last fall.  He leaves a wife and seven children, besides two sisters, one a Mrs. J. C. Lance, of Sedan, and the other Mrs. K. Balch of near Earlton.  He was buried yesterday in Elmwood cemetery.
(Chanute Times ~ January 15, 1897 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


Mrs. Susan E. Reeves, who has been an invalid for the past year, died last Monday afternoon.  The funeral was held at the residence on West Main street Wednesday morning, Rev. Coker officiating, and the remains buried in the Congregational cemetery, northwest of Chanute.

Mrs. Reeves was a good and highly respected old lady, and an old settler in this community.  She leaves a family of four grown-up children.  H. L. Reeves, Mrs. Hattie Irvin, T. A. Reeves and Mrs. Alice Brewster.
(Chanute Times ~ May 15, 1903 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


John Herbert Johnson died at his father's home in Chanute Thursday evening, May 9th.  He was born in Sweden March 12, 1868 and came to this country with his parents when two years old, settling on the old homestead west of town.  His parents and a sister and two brothers are still living.  Funeral services were held at the Swedish church conducted by Rev. A. Largerquist assisted by Rev. Gray.  The remains were buried in the Swede Center cemetery.
(Chanute Times ~ May 15, 1903 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


Quite a number of the people from Earlton and vicinity attended the funeral service of Mr. Philip Malone, last Saturday, and also followed the remains to its last resting place in the Catholic cemeteyr at Chanute.  This was a sad blow to Mr. Malone's family, as Philip was an exemplery young man.
(Chanute Times ~ April 29, 1904 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)



Robert J. Barkley, whose body was found floating in the Neosho river, was buried in Elmwood cemetery at Chanute with high Masonic honors.  He was drowned while trying to make a trip down the river ina canoe to a camping party.  He was a prominent business man of Chanute and a pioneer of the town.
(Baxter Springs News ~ July 13, 1905 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


The Webb City Sentinel says of the killing of Wm. L. Smith on Sunday afternoon at about 3 o'clock.  "He was at the crusher rolls and fell off a timber laid across the rolls, a distance of about 15 feet, striking an iron quarter box, cutting through the frontal bone and crushing the skull.  His death was instant.  He resided with his family consisting of a wife and two sons, on North Hall street where the funeral was conducted at 3 o'clock by the Rev. T. M. Alton and the remains shipped to Chanute for interment."  The remains arrived here Tuesday and the funeral took place at the Leanna cemetery, northeast of Chanute.  Mr. Smith was well known in this city, having resided many years on a farm near town and he was highly esteemed for his many noble qualities of character and heart.  Deceased was the father of Miss Fannie Smith and Mrs. Ziller Justice of this city.
(Chanute Times ~ June 18, 1897 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


Tad Limbocker, a Neosho county farmer who attempted to kill himself by driving  a large spike into his head January 21, died at a state hospital for insane last Saturday as a result of injuries inflicted in the attempt to suicide.  The day previous to his attempted self destruction he tried to kill his wife but she escaped and informed the officers who took him to the Neosho county poor farm, where he tried to take his own life.  A son lives in Colorado.
(Coffeyville Daily Journal ~ Monday ~ March 5, 1917 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


Fredonia -- Helen Virginia Bass, 98, of Chanute, died there Tuesday.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Timmons Funeral Chapel in Fredonia with the Rev. Gene Benefiel of the Christian Church officiating.  Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. in Fort Scott National Cemetery.

Mrs. Bass was born April 10, 1911 in Fort Scott, the daughter of James McKee and Frances (Dodge) Beck.  She grew up in Fort Scott and Joplin, Mo.

She married Perl Bass in 1939 and he also preceded her in death.  Following his death, Mrs. Bass moved from Weir to Fredonia and then to Chanute.

Survivors include two daughters, Patsy Neuenschwander of Fredonia, and Janet Wigleswroth, of Fairway; six grandchildren; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Memorial can be made to the Fredonia Flag Fund or to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice.  (The Monument Shop, Coffeyville, Kansas, Card ID 1732, date of death January 12, 2010, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)


Tracy L. Runnion, 33, Chanute, died Saturday April 19 at his home of natural causes.

He was born March 10, 1970, in Norton. He graduated from Norton High School in May of 1989. He received three bachelor's degrees from Kansas State University in Art Education, Art Therapy and Psychology. From 1995 to 1996 he was a Methodist minister in Haddam. He then taught school in Rose Hill for three years. He moved to Chanute from Wichita in July 2001. He taught technology at the Chanute High School from August 2001 until May 2002. He then became a Crisis Case Manager for SEK Mental Health Center in Chanute.

On June 26, 1999, he married Micki Wargo at Norton. She survives.

Other survivors include his three children, Rachel, Shelby and Jesse, all of the home; his parents, Gary and Clara Williams, Norton; one sister, Stacy Salmon, Topeka; his grandmother; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was a member of the Westview Southern Baptist Church, Chanute, and Westside Freewill Baptist Church, Wichita.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Westview Southern Baptist Church with Rev. Bill Peters officiating. Interment will take place in Neosho County Memorial Park Cemetery on West 21st St., Chanute. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Westview Southern Baptist Church.

A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Methodist Church in Norton.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Tracy L. Runnion Scholarship Fund and may be left in care of Gibson-Koch-Friskel Chapel, 16 N. Forest, Chanute, 66720.
(Manhattan Mercury ~ April 22, 2003 ~ Submitted by Maurene Richard Miller)


Erie – Anita B. Craig, 94, of Erie, died Tuesday at the Prairie Mission Retirement Village in St. Paul.

Services will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Federated Church, Erie. Burial will follow in the East Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Pierce-Carson Wall Funeral Home, Erie.

Memorials are suggested to the Erie Federated Church Elevator Fund and may be left with the funeral home.

Mrs. Craig was born Jan. 1, 1915, near Erie, to Walter and Hallie (Walker) Beard. She grew up on the family farm and attended country schools and Erie High School where she graduated in 1931 at the age of 16.

On Dec. 24, 1932 in Erie, she married Roy E. Craig, and they later divorced.

She worked for the Rationing Board during World War II and then for the United States Department of Agriculture at Erie as a clerk until she retired in 1976. She resided at the Neosho County Jail while her husband served as sheriff and cook for the prisoners. She later worked at the City Clerk’s office in Erie. She retired from the city at the age of 75.

She was a member of the Federated Church at Erie where she helped with funeral dinners, served on the memorial board and worked briefly as the church secretary. She was also a member of the George L. Hendricks Post No. 102 American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and an honorary member o the Erie Chapter No. 136, O. E. S.

Survivors include one son, John Craig, Independence; one daughter, Louise Niles, Erie; one sister, Willa Yockey, Erie; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. (The Monument Shop, Coffeyville, Kansas, Card ID No. 1280, date of death June 23, 2009)


Gerald Gene Edwards, 67, of Pittsburg, Kansas, formerly of Erie, Kansas, died at 7:10 a.m. Thursday,  November 17, 2011 in the Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg where he entered November 10.

He was born November 25, 1943 in Erie, a son of Cecil and Geraldine (Prickett) Edwards.

He grew up and attended school in Erie and graduated from Erie High School.

He worked for various construction companies and retired from Schueck Steel Company in Little Rock, Arkansas in 2009.

He enjoyed his family, fishing, singing and playing the guitar, and playing golf.

He was a member of the Erie Masonic Lodge No. 76 of Erie.

Edwards and wife came …….Goodlettsville, Tennessee; a daughter, Angel Edwards of Mediapolis, Iowa; his mother, Geraldine Edwards of Pittsburg; sisters, Phyllis Merell of Pittsburg, Pat McGuire of Pittsburg, Joyce Honeycutt of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma and Donna Fields of Claremore, Oklahoma; grandchildren James Michael Edwards, Kayla Deann Edwards, Lana Evan Millar and Taylor Nathaniel Edwards.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sunset Amber Edwards, his father, Cecil Edwards, a brother, Bill Edwards, and sisters Frances Galvin and Glenna Klenklen.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the First Christian Church in Erie with Rev. Paul Elliott officiating. Burial will be in East Hill Cemetery at Erie with Masonic Rites given by the Erie Masonic Lodge No. 76.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Friday at the Pierce-Carson-Wall Funeral Home where his friends may call after 2:00 p.m. Friday.

Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or the Mirza Shrine and these may be left at the Pierce-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 303 N. Grant Street, Erie, 66733. (The Monument Shop, Coffeyville, Kansas, Card ID No. 3319, date of death November 17, 2011, typed as was on the card, appears it was missing a section)


Sibil O. Gildart, 88, of Thayer, died Wednesday (June 21, 1989) in St. John's Hospital in Tulsa.

Mrs. Gildart was born Oct. 9, 1900, in Republic, Mo. to Bert and Dora (Blaker) Jones.

Oct. 16, 1918, she married Charley Francis Gildart in Elk Falls.  Mr. Gildart preceded her in death in March 1959.

Mrs. Gildart was a homemaker and a member of the Methodist Church.

Survivors include five sons, Paul and Ralph, both of the home, Dale and Neil, both of Thayer, and Roy of Neodesha; seven daughters, Reve' Wallace of Shallow Water, Doris Engstrom of Sepulveda, Calif., Erma Gough of Erie, Lena Mae Pippin and Norma Stell, both of Oklahoma City, Frances Wedan of Denver and Nelda Beaman of Copan; a sister, Ruth Edwards of Neodesha; 26 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Loran Fawcett Funeral Home with burial in Thayer Cemetery.  The casket will be closed at 8 p.m. Friday.
(Unknown Newspaper ~ Date of Death--July 21, 1989)


Ola Inez Hoefle, 96, 1116 S. Evergreen, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 1989, at Bethesda Nursing Center.

The daughter of Charles and Mary Gillman, she was born July 24, 1892, at Moline.  She was a homemaker and had lived in this area since 1910.

On June 21, 1911, she was married to Alof A. Anderson in Erie.  He died Aug. 29, 1945.  She married Chalres Hoefle May 20, 1947, IN Eureka.  He preceded her in death April 15, 1963.

She was a member of Thayer Christian Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Eva Emerick, Sacramento, CAlif., and Inez Appling, 1116 S. Evergreen; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.  She was the last of 10 children and was also preceded in death by a son.

A prayer service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Johnson Chapel, the Rev. Jeff Davis officiating.  Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemtery in Galesburg.  Johnson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
(Unknown Newspaper)


THAYER --- Samuel W. "Bill" Hibbs, 83, died about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, 1989, at his home on Rt. 1, Thayer.  He had been in failing health since May.

He was born May 23, 1906, at Elsmore to Jess and Iva (Marsh) Hibbs.  He moved with his family to Erie, where he grew up and attended schools.  He farmed and then was employed at the Kansas Ordnance Plant for about eight years.  He moved to Oregon and was a heavy equipment operator and then owned and operated a used furniture store for atime, later selling the store and returning to the area Thayer to retire.

He was first married to Rosa Hamilton.  They later were divorced.  He and Grace (Ashlock) Burns were married Jan. 27, 1978, at Miami, Okla.  In 1984, they moved to the Galesburg area, later running to rural Thayer.  She survives of the home.

Hibbs' hobby was horse pulling and he was a member of the Draft Horse Pullers Association.
(Unknown Newspaper ~ Date of Death--Nov. 4, 1989)


NEODESHA --- L. Marie Harvey, 81, of Neodesha, died Tuesday at her home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Neodesha Nazarene church, with burial in Neodesha Cemetery.  Rev. Carl Soliday will officiate.  Loran Fawcett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born June 12, 1908, in rural Neodesha to Amos and Grace Neer.

She married Frank Harvey on June 2, 1927, in Independence.  He died in July, 1966.  She was a lifelong resident of Neodesha and a member of the Nazarene church.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Judson (Barbara) Jones, Manhattan, and Mrs. Elvin Jabben, Independence; two sisters, Ruth Fear, Wapato, Wash., and Mrs. Raymond (Lorene) Boyer, Galena, Mo.; three granchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorials may go to the Neodesha Nazarene Church.
(Unknown Newspaper ~ Date of Death--Nov. 7, 1989)


COLORADO  SPRINGS,  Colo. --- Ernest M. Griggs, 73, died Friday, May 12, 1989, at Colonial Columns nursing home, Colorado Springs, Colo.  He had been in failing health for several years.  He had lived most of his life in Erie and had lived in Parsons before moving to Colorado about four years ago.

He was born Dec. 12, 1915, in Parsons to Florence and Lewis Griggs.  He was employed by the city of Erie as a night patrolman.  He was last employed by Power Flame of Parsons.

He is survived by his wife, Ila of Colorado Springs, and several nieces and nephews.

Two sisters, Lois and Inez, preceded him in death.


Helen (Clark) Cleaver, 86, retired Neosho County register of deeds office deputy and clerk, died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1998. Service 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Federated Church.

Survivors: son, Clark, daughter, Jan Thomas, both of Erie; three grandchildren. Memorials have been established with Federated Church and Erie Historical Society. (Newspaper Unknown, transcribed by FOFG)


Paul Coover, 69 of 17375 Rooks Road, Erie, died at 9:36 p.m. Wednesday at Freeman Hospital, Joplin.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis of the home.

The service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Christian Church of Erie with the Revs. Jere Wells and Tim Moses officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Pierce-Carson-Wall Funeral Home of Erie. The family suggests memorials to the Erie Ambulance Fund.

Further obituary details and arrangements will be announced. (Newspaper Unknown, born Nov. 14, 1928; died Mar. 18, 1998, transcribed by FOFG


Ruby J. Fronk, 74, 1411 S. Katy, died suddenly Monday, Nov. 30, at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.

The daughter of Robert A. and Bertha Luker Ramsey; she was born March 20, 1913 in Rogers, Ark.

On Sept. 1, 1931, she was married to Morgan M. Murrah in Chanute.  He preceded her in death on July 31, 1966.  She was then married to Wlter B. Fronk on Dec. 24, 1969 in Miami, Okla.

A resident of the area since 1918, she was a homemaker and a member of the VFW and American Legion auxiliaries.

Survivors include her husband Walter, of the home; one son, Robert M. Murrah, Nashville, Tenn.; three daughters, Delores Jean Webb, Wichita, Shirley Hosfelt, 1707 S. Ashby, and Glenda Sue Smith, Sacramento, Calif.; one step-daughter, Earlene Morris, Dewey, Okla.; one brother, Robert Ramsey, 215 S. Allen; two sisters, Irene White, 1426 S. Edith, and Ova Hoepker, 108 S. Wilson; seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, one step-great-grandchild.  She was preceded in death by one brother.

Service is scheduled for Thurday at 11 a.m. from the Johnson Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Larry Buss officiating.  Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the (incomplete obit).
(Unknown Newspaper ~ Date of Death: Nov. 30, 1987 ~ Submitted by OFOFG-AW)


Ruby May Andrews, 71, formerly of 1126 S. Washington, died Saturday, Oct. 1, at Bethesda Nursing Center.  She had been in failing health for eight weeks.

The daughter of Bird S. and Anna Schegle Tribble, shew as born Sept. 8, 1917 at Augusta.  She was married to John Burwell in May of 1935.  He preceded her in death in 1964.  She later married Wayne Andrews, who preceded her in death in 1973.

A resident of Chanute for five yeras, she was retired as a neon sign glass blower.  She owned a shop in Chanute, later at Humboldt, Stevens Neon Signs at Manhattan and finally at Wichita.

Survivors include two daughters, Joann Tasche, 201 N. Evergreen, Nancy Bammes, Manhattan; one son, John D. Burwell, Wichita; two sisters, Pearl Bucannon, Peabody, Grace Meeker, Newton; 10 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by an infant brother.

The body was cremated and a family memorial service is to be scheduled at a later date.  Johnson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
(Unknown Newspaper ~ Date of Death: Oct. 1, 1988 ~ Submitted by OFOFG-AW)



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