NORTON COUNTY, KS
NORTON COUNTY, KANSAS
LOFGREEN, Ada Blanch (Porter)
Funeral services Saturday for Ada Lofgreen
Ada Blanche Lofgreen, Norton, died Feb. 16 at the Andbe Home at the age of 96. Services will be held Saturday, Feb 19, 2 p.m. at Endfield Funeral Home, Norton, with Roger Hasselquist officiating. Interment will be in the Norton Cemetery. Memorials have been established to the Christian Church or the Andbe Home. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 3 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to service time.
She was born March 29, 1897 at Oronaque, the daughter of Jacob Garmon and Nancy Adeline McMullen Porter. She grew to womanhood in that community, attended Dist. #40 school and graduated from Norton High School in 1915.
She married Burdge Lofgreen Nov. 9 1915 at Oberlin. They made their home in Fruita, Colo. Before moving to the Lofgreen family farm on the Kansas-Nebraska State line. They moved to Beaver City Neb in 1945. Burdge passed away in 1989 . She then moved to the Norton Manor. She was a member of the Christian Church and the OES in Beaver City. Survivors include three sons, Dr. Victor E. Lofgreen, Hastings, Neb.; Volney and wife Mary Lofgreen, Grand Island, Neb. And Denzel and wife Ruth Lofgreen, Norton. 13 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; other relatives and many friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, husband, 10 brothers, three sisters and one great-grandchild.
Submitters note: Well known as Blanch, she was actually predeceased by 9 brothers and was the last surviving child of 13. [Source: Norton Daily Telegraph (Norton, Kansas), 16 December 1985. Submitted by D. Lofgreen.]
LOGFREEN, Victor Eugene
Services here on Friday for Dr. Victor Lofgreen
Dr. Victor Eugene Lofgreen, D.D.S., Hastings Nebr, former Norton (KS) community resident, died July 26 at his home at the age of 79.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 30, at Enfield Funeral Home in Norton with Jeff Nielsen officiating. Volney Lofgreen will give the Eulogy. Interment will be in the Norton Cemetery. A memorial has been established to the Mary Lanning Hospice, Hastings, Neb. Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Victor was born November 7, 1919 in Norton, the son of Burdge and Ada Blanch Porter Lofgreen. He grew to manhood in the Norton community, attended Dry Creek Rural grade school and graduated from Norton High School. He served as a pilot during World War II, flying the Burma Hump in the Air Transport Command.
Following the war he graduated from the University of Nebraska with his doctorate degree in Dentistry. He married Phyllis Ann Miler and to this union six children were born. He made is home in Lincoln, Neb. Where he practiced dentistry for 20 years, and then moved to Hastings where he practiced for 21 years. On June 15, 1996 Victor and Mary Jane Trusdale Duis were married in Lincoln, and made their home in Hastings.
He was a member of the American Dental Association, the Association of Institutional Dentistry, the American Legion and the V.F.W. He taught Periodontal Dentistry at the University of Nebraska and Dental Hygiene at the Central Community College in Hastings.
He also greatly enjoyed flying and was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Young Eagles Flight Group.
Survivors include: his wife, Mary Jane Lofgreen of the home in Hastings; six children and their families; two step children and families; two brothers, Volney and wife Mary Lofgreen of Grand Island, Neb and Denzel and wife Ruth Lofgreen of Norton.; eight grandchildren, four step grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Submitters notes: Names of living children have been deleted. After the war, Victor graduated from Kearney State Teacher’s College (now University of Nebraska at Kearney) with a degree in Science Education, before attending the University of Nebraska School of Dentistry.
[Source: Norton Daily Telegraph (Norton, Kansas), July 28, 1999. Submitted by D. Lofgreen.]
LEHMAN, Adin Floyd
Adin F. Lehman Funeral Services Friday at 2:00 p.m.
Adin F. Lehman, 73, passed away Tuesday night at the Norton County Hospital. Funeral services will be Friday at 2: 00 p.m. at the Methodist church.
Survivors include his wife, Lela, of the home, two sons: Captain Carl Lehman of Lowry A.F.B. Colorado and Craig Lehman of the K.U. Medical Center. The Cutting Eckhart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
A complete obituary will appear in another issue.
[Source: The Lenora News (Lenora, Kansas), April 27, 1966. Contributed by Bev Sidman.]
Adin Floyd Lehman was born in Humboldt, Kansas, April 8, 1893 and passed away at the Norton County Hospital on April 26, 1977 after a year's illness at the age of 73 years and 18 days.
He attended Emporia State Teachers College, earning the B.S. and M.S. degrees. Later he attended the University of Chicago for five quarters for advanced educational work. He served as principal or superintendent of schools for nearly 40 years in 6 different Kansas school systems, retiring in 1963.
He was a member of various educational organizations, the Blue Lodge of Lenora, and was a thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of Minza Shrine at Pittsburg, Kansas. He was a lifetime member of the Methodist Church.
Besides his wife, Mrs. Lela Lehman of Lenora, Kansas, his survivors include two sons: Dr. Carl Lehman, Captain, USAF of Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, Colorado and Craig Lehman, a student at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.
Services for Mr. Lehman were conducted Friday, April 29, 1966 at 2:00 p.m. at the Lenora Methodist Church with the Rev. J. Oscar Brown in charge. Mrs. Frame Belden was the organist. Burial followed in the Lenora South Cemetery where the Lenora Masonic Lodge conducted graveside services. Waymen Delp acted as Lecturer. The casket bearers were Alva Nelson, Koester Arnold, Albert Georgeson, Bill Heitman, John Niehaus and Gene David. The Cutting-Eckhart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
[Source: The Lenora News (Lenora, Kansas), May 4, 1966. Contributed by Bev Sidman.]
Former Norton Resident Dies
Francis Maxwell of Cheyenne, Wyo., former Norton resident, died Friday morning at Cheyenne. Mr. Maxwell suffered a stroke while enroute to his home from work and lived but a short time. He was employed as a tower supervisor with the Union Pacific Railroad in Cheyenne. Funeral services and burial will probably be in Cheyenne, the Maxwell home for many years. Mr. Maxwell was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Andy Maxwell of Dellvale and Norton. His grandparents were among the first homesteaders here.
Mr. Maxwell is survived by his wife, Elvina and one sister, Mrs. Leeta Maxwell Bancroft. He was predeceased by his parents and one sister. They are buried at Norton Cemetery.
News of Mr. Maxwell’s death was received by Mrs. Ida M. Walker, a close friend of the family.
Submitters notes: Francis Maxwell’s first wife was Carrie Samina Porter of Dellvale, and they were divorced after 1930. Neither Francis Nor "Mina" had children.
[Source: Norton Daily Telegraph (Norton, Kansas), March 7, 1959. Submitted by D. Lofgreen.]
MAXWELL, Samina "Mina" (Porter)
Services Saturday for Mina Maxwell (Porter)
Samina "Mina" Maxwell, Norton, died March 14 at the Norton County Hospital at the age of 90.
Services will be held Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m. at the Enfield Funeral Home, Norton, with Darel Boston officiating. Interment will be in the Oronoque Cemetery. A memorial has been established to the Christian Church. Friends may call at the Funeral Home Friday until service time.
Mina was born Nov 4, 1894 at Oronoque, the daughter of Jacob Graham* and Nancy Adeline McMullen Porter. She grew to womanhood in that community, attended District 40 grade school and graduated from Norton High School with the class of 1914. She taught school at Oronoque before her marriage.
She was united in marriage to Francis Maxwell in Norton in 1916. Following their marriage they made their home in Cheyenne, Wyo. She later was employed in Washington, D.C. with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 1967 she retired and moved back to Norton.
*Submitters note: Samina's father was Jacob *Garman (not Graham) Porter. She was the 11th of 13 children of Jacob and Addie Porter. Survived by sister, Ada Blanch Porter Lofgreen of Norton.
[Source: Norton Daily Telegraph (Norton, Kansas), 16 December 1985. Submitted by D. Lofgreen.]
Every business in town was closed to show him [John McManis] respect and one of the largest concourses of friends that was ever in Lenora followed the remains to the Pleasant Hill Cemetery were laid to rest.
[Note: Pleasant Hill was the original name of Lenora South Cemetery.]
[Source: Clipping from unknown newspaper, Lenora Cemetery Association records.]
Suicide at Lenora
John McManis, of Lenora, committed suicide by cutting his throat with a razor, about 2 o’clock Saturday morning. He leaves a wife and four children. Mr. McManis was a respected citizen, a member of the M. E. Church and marshal of the city of Lenora.
The cause for the act as we learn it is about as follows: It seems that McManis had charge of a certain part of the arrangements for Decoration Day, and in this capacity called on a young lady of Lenora to assist in some part of the program for that occasion. Finding the girl at home alone he made certain base proposals to her which the girl indignantly spurned and defended her honor with all her strength when he attempted to use force. She finally escaped from the house and told the story to a neighbor, who advised her to say nothing about the matter until her father came home. The story leaked out however, and McManis, finding concealment no longer possible, committed the act recorded above.
The following is a copy of a letter found in his pocket:
My dear wife and boys:
I do this because I cannot live to see you disgraced. May God protect and save us all. As my last statement, I say to you all and to the world, I am not guilty. Good bye dear wife. I think it better to die than to see my family disgraced. This is why I do this. Again and for the last time, I say. Dear Wife, Good Bye, That girl is the cause.
[Source: Kirwin Chief (Kirwin, Kansas), undated clipping. Submitted by Barbara Bowman.
Cecil McMullen, well-known and highly respected former businessman, city official, U.S. Postmaster and farmer in Norton died today, December 10, at the Norton County Hospital at the age of 78.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. at the Enfield Funeral Home with Darel Boston Officiating. The Norton 100F Lodge will conduct graveside services at the funeral home. Interment will be at the Norton Cemetery with military graveside services by the Harmonson-Redd American Legion Post #63. Memorials have been established to the Norton Christian Church and the Andbe Home.
Cecil James Wilson McMullen was born May 2, 1907 in Harper County, Okla. The son of Frank and Lina Ethel Wilson McMullen. The family moved to Norton in 1916. Cecil attended the Norton schools and graduated from NCHS in 1926. He attended and graduated from Kansas State College, Manhattan, with an electrical engineering degree in 1930. He was a member of the Reserve Officers Training class.
He was united in marriage with Margareta CeDoris Conard at Norton on August 6, 1938. In World War II he entered the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant. While in service he studied at MIT and Harvard Universities. He received his honorable discharge in June 1946. He was City Engineer in Norton until later becoming the Norton Co-op service station manager. He later served as Postmaster at the Norton Post Office for a number of years until retiring on June 19, 1973. He entered the Andbe Home in July of this year.
Cecil was a member of the Norton Christian Church. He served on the Credit Union Board, the Extension Council Board, the Norton County Co-op Board. He was a Boy Scout Leader, a Community 4-H Leader and served on the 4-H Building Board. Cecil also served from 1946-1976 as a Norton City fireman.
He was a supporter of the Norton County Fair where he served as Poultry and Fair Produce Superintendent for a number of years. He served with the Army National Guard and was called into active duty in 1961 during the Cuban Crisis. He was a member of the Norton 100F Lodge No.157 and the Norton Rebekah Lodge No 342.
Survivors include his wife, CeDoris, of the home; two sons and three daughters, and their families; two sisters-in-law, Helen McMullen, Norton and Geraldine McMullen, Rancho Mirhee, Calif.
He was predeceased by his parents, one sister, Carmel Lockard; two brothers. Fa? and Daniel; and one grandson.
[Source: Norton Daily Telegraph (Norton, Kansas), Dec. 10, 1985. Submitted by D. Lofgreen.]
PORTER, Clarence C.
Clarence Porter Fruita Resident Died Friday Night
Clarence C. Porter, 49, resident of Fruita for the past nine years, died last night about midnight at his home. At his bedside were his wife and three children of Fruita and five brothers and one sister who had traveled here from various other states to be with him.
Clarence C. Porter was born in Oronoque, Kan., Oct 28, 1885. He was married in 1912, and moved later to Sadalia, Colo. He and his family moved to Fruita nine years ago and for the past several years he had been employed by the county highway department.
Surviving are his widow and three children, Inez, Vivian and Clarence, all of Fruita; five brothers, Manuel and Pearl of Idaho, Galen of Kansas City, Walter and Reynolds of Kansas and a sister, Mrs. Loffgreen, of Norton, Kansas.
No definite arrangements have yet been made. The body is at the Starks' funeral home.
[Source: The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction, Colorado), 18 May 1935, page 3. Submitted by D. Lofgreen.]
Services for Clarence C. Porter of Fruita, who died Friday night, will be held Monday afternoon at Stark's Chapel in Fruita at 2 o'clock. Mr. Porter had been employed by the county highway department. Surviving are his widow and three children and five brothers and one sister, all of whom were with him at the end.
[Source: The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction, Colorado), 19 May 1935, page 16. Submitted by D. Lofgreen.]
The funeral of C. C. Porter was held Monday afternoon with Rev. Elder preaching the sermon and bringing in his message comfort to the bereaved relatives. The Congregational Church was filled to capacity with friends. The Odd Fellows were in charge of the arrangements and a large delegation from the I. O. O. F. and Rebekahs was in attendance. A profusions of beautiful flowers attested to the regard and respect in which Mr. Porter and his family are held in the community. Students from the high school were present to show their sympathy to the son, who is a school mate. The Nicholls quartet sang two numbers, accompanied by Miss Edith Nicholls, and Mrs. George Standifird rendered a solo, accompanied by Mrs. Lee Warner. A long procession of friends followed the remains to Elmwood cemetery, where the Odd Fellows held the funeral services of the order. The pallbearers were Hugh Starks, Oscar Hassell, T. W. James, Clyde Scoles, Tom Sanders, and Wynn Weckel, members of the local lodge. The flower bearers were selected from the Rebeckah lodge and were Mrs. H. A. Poland, Mrs. Lulu Hill, Mrs. John Thorpe, Mrs. George Gosnell, and Mrs. M. Fromm.
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Starks, Mr. and Mrs. Leland Garling of Grand Junction and Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Vorhees of Palisade attended the funeral of C. C. Porter on Monday afternoon. [Source: The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction, Colorado), 21 May 1935, page 7. Submitted by D. Lofgreen.]
Submitters note: These obituaries state that Clarence Cleveland "Cleve" Porter had 5 surviving brothers and one surviving sister. These listed 5 brothers and sister were in attendance at his death, but two more brothers (Burr Newton and Samuel Andrew of California) and one additional sister (Carrie Samina Porter Maxwell of Washington DC) were also surviving. Also note that the widow's name (Edith Elizabeth Pederson Porter) was not mentioned in any of the three articles.
PORTER, Jacob Reynolds
J. R. Porter, 76, a longtime resident of the Dellvale community until he moved to Stafford a few years ago to live with a daughter, died this morning at the Stafford Hospital.
Porter had resided with his daughter, Mrs. Gene Field.
Funeral services have been tentatively set at Norton Monday at 2 p.m. at the Scott-Barntley funeral Home.
He was predeceased by his wife. Other survivors include another daughter, Mrs. Bob Gates of Selden, a brother W.S. (Walter Scott) Porter of Dellvale, and two sisters, Mrs. Burdge (Ada Blanch) Lofgreen of Beaver City and Mrs. Mina (Carrie Samina) Maxwell of Washington D.C.
Interment: Oronoque Cemetery, rural Norton County, Kansas [Source: Norton Daily Telegraph (Norton, Kansas), Dec. 16, 1961. Submitted by Deb. Lofgreen.]
Submitters notes: Jacob's wife was Amy Fought (1896-1932) Pre-deceased by his parents Jacob Garman Porter and Nancy Adeline McMullen; his wife, Amy Fought; seven brothers; Manuel, Samuel, Clarence, Burr, Pearl, Jessie, and Gaylon; and two sisters, Anna and Gracie.
PORTER, Roy Gaylon
Former Dellvale Resident Dies of Rare Blood Disease
Roy Gaylon Porter, 48, ill since March 10 with a rare blood disease, succumbed Sunday afternoon in a hospital at Garden City. Funeral services will be held in Garden City Wednesday afternoon with burial in the cemetery there.
Mr. Porter was born May 19, 1901, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jake Porter, near Dellvale. He attended the rural schools in that community and graduated from NCHS. He later attended and graduated from Kansas State College with an engineer’s degree. Mr. Porter was employed for years by the state highway and was division engineer at Topeka and Garden City. For the past few years he had been employed as an engineer for the Gross Construction Co.
Surviving are his wife, one son, Phillip, and a daughter Nancy, all of Garden City; three brothers J.R. and W.S. Porter of Dellvale, and B.N. Porter of Oakland, CA; and two sisters, Mrs. Burdge Lofgreen of Beaver City Nebr. and Mina Maxwell of Garden City. He was predeceased by two brothers, Pearl Porter of Beaver City and S.A. Porter of Chico Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. Porter and Mrs. Lofgreen had just returned Friday night from Garden City where they had been with him for a few days. J.R. and W.S. Porter and Mrs. Lofgreen will go to Garden City for the funeral services.
[Source: Norton Daily Telegraph (Norton, Kansas), Apr 4, 1950. Submitted by D. Lofgreen.]
PORTER, Walter Scott
Walter Scott Porter, 77, of six miles west and four south of Norton, died suddenly at his home of a heart attack at 7:45 o’clock last night. He had been feeling quite good, and had been out working around his farm when he came into the house and complained of not feeling good. He died shortly afterwards.
Mr. Porter was born at Oronoque, March 17, 1890, son of Jacob G. and Nancy Adeline McMullen Porter. He attended Oronoque schools and lived in the Oronoque community all his life, on the same farm home which was his parents’ farm. He was married Sept 19, 1915 to Ella Steel, who survives. He engaged in farming and attended the Christian Church.
Besides his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Cleo (Loehe) Stephen of Edmond and two sons, Dr. Melvin A. Porter of Big Springs, Texas and Leland C Porter of Denver.
Also surviving are nine grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Nina Maxwell* of Norton and Mrs. Burdge Lofgreen** of Beaver City, Nebr. He was predeceased by his parents, two sons, Ulvin who died in 1940 and Jerry who died in 1945, and six brothers, Pearl R., Jacob R., Sam A., Burr N. Cleve Manuel, and Gaylon.
Funeral services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at the Scott-Brantley Funeral Home with Darel Boston, minister of the Norton Christian Church, officiating. Burial will be at the Norton Cemetery. [Source: Norton Daily Telegraph (Norton, Kansas), Sept. 26, 1967. Submitted by D. Lofgreen.]
Submitters notes: *Nina was Carrie Samina Porter Maxwell and **Mrs. Burdge Lofgreen was Ada Blanch Porter Lofgreen.
SMITH, Chester E.
Chester Eugene Smith, son of Owen and Ermina (Rose) Smith was born June 5, 1870 at Carthage New York and passed away at his home northwest of Logan, Kansas on May 15, 1948 at the age of 77.
He came with his parents to Nebraska at the age of four and when 8 years old the family moved to Kansas and located 8 miles north west of Logan where he remained until death called him.
On November 2,1904 he was married to Ella Shinn. Of this union four children were born, all of whom are living.
Mr. Smith was a farmer, having taken an active part in his work untol health failed him two years ago. He was patient and considerate of others, never complaining during his long illness; being always a kind husband and father.
Surviving Mr. Smith is his wife,Ella; two daughters- Mrs Thelma Snyder and Leola Smith both of Fremont Ohio, and two sons, Dale who is a patient of Criles Veteran Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio and Glenn of the home; three grand chrildren, a brother, Phillip of Seattle, Wa and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held in Asbury Methodist Church, Logan under the ministry of Rev. W. Long.
[Submitter: Cathy Snyder]
WALKER, Ardith Randolph
Ardith Walker Laid To Rest Sunday
Funeral services were held at the Lenora Church of God, Monday at 2:00 p.m., with Rev. L. M. Lewis, former pastor of the church, officiating. The casket bearers were Millard Russ, Jim Williams, Sam Williams, Alvin Perkins, Arthur Wells and Cleo Shepard. Mr. And Mrs. Charles Lindenman, accompanied by Mrs. M. M. Leidig sang, "Beyond the Sunset", "In the Land Where They Never Grow Old" and "Beckoning Hands". The V.F.W. was in charge of the graveside service.
Ardith Randolph Walker, son of Charley and Emma Walker, was born July 24, 1923, in Lenora, and departed this life September 6, 1950 at the V.A. Hospital at Hot Springs, S.D. He was 27 years, 1 month and 13 days old.
He was married to Viola Wederski on November 13, 1949, in Lenora. He served three years in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army during World War II on a hospital ship, the Dogwood. He crossed the Atlantic Ocean seven times and the Pacific twice.
He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, Mrs. Viola Walker of Lenora; his parents, Mr. And Mrs. Charley Walker; four brothers and three sisters. Warren Walker and family of Anderson, Calif.; Lawrence Walker and family; Marvin Walker; Vance Walker and family; Mrs. Norma May and daughter all of Lenora; Mrs. Rose Smith and family of Osborne and Mrs. Bessie Mayers and family of Woodland, Wash. Twelve nieces and nephews and three great nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
[Source: The Lenora News (Lenora, Kansas), Sept. 16, 1950. Contributed by Bev Sidman.]
HOOPER, Albert William
Albert Hooper Rites Sunday
Albert Hooper, who was injured in an accident when his tractor and oneway left the road on the old No. 9 highway about two miles west of Lenora, Thursday, at approximately 5 a.m., passed away in the early morning hours Friday at the Norton County Hospital. Albert was on his way to work when the accident occurred.
Services were held for Albert at the Congregational Church, Sunday, May 30. Rev. O.T. Meador preached the sermon and the V.F.W. was in charge of the memorial services.
Mrs. O.T. Meador and Miss Eunice Gearhart sang the hymns "Sunrise" and "The Unclouded Day". Miss Norma Palmer was the organist. Flower arrangement was by Mrs. C.G. Youngs and Mrs. J.A. Schoen.
Albert was carried to his last resting place in the Lenora South Cemetery by Joe Allen, Aaron Goble, Karl Haferland, Fred Nelson, Lewis Shoemaker and Forrest Mendel
The Cutting Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.
The Life of Albert Hooper
Albert Williams Hooper was born July 3, 1921, at Lenora, Kan. He departed from life in the Norton Hospital May 28, 1948, at the age of 26 years, 10 months and 26 days from injuries suffered in a tractor accident.
Albert moved to Joplin, Mo., with his folks at the age of 12 where he spent his boyhood. In the summer of 1938 they moved back to Lenora.
In October, 1942, Albert joined the armed services of his country and spent three years overseas. He was with the 753rd Tank Battalion which served under General Patch at the Casino, Italian beachhead, and under General Patton at the Battle of the Bulge. Albert wasn't much to talk about his war experiences but we know that he carried out his duties as a real soldier should and won many friends while in the army. He received his honorable discharge in September, 1945.
May 12, 1946, he was united in marriage to Phyllis Beck of Ogden, Utah. They moved to their home in Lenora and for the last two years Albert was a successful farmer.
Albert or "Hoop" as he was called by his many friends, will always be remembered for his jolly ways and his ability to get along with people. He was always a friend to everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him.
He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Phyllis of Lenora, his mother, Mrs. Florence Jones of Fayetteville, Ark., his sister, Mrs. Janey Little and husband, Everett and three children, Albert Byron, Sharron Sue and Everett, Jr., of Garden City, Kan., and aunt, Mrs. Thomas Kirk of Walteria, Calif and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Albert L. Hooper, who died September 30, 1938.
Card of Thanks
We wish to thank all our friends for the acts of kindness and sincere thoughts; also for the floral tributes at the death of our loved one.
Mrs. Phyllis Hooper
Mrs. Florence Jones
Mr. and Mrs. Everett Little
[Source: The Lenora News (Lenora, Kansas), June 2, 1948. Contributed by Bev Sidman.]
Frances Viola Sweet
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Monday afternoon for Frances Viola Sweet, who died at her home on Stockade Beaver Creek Saturday at the age of nearly 79 years. Rev. Wm. L. Wade officated at the rites and burial was made in the Greenwood cemetery by the side of her husband.
Many beautiful floral pieces bore their silent messages of sympathy and condolences from relatives and friends. The musical selections were presented by a quartette composed of O. C. kerney, Gordon Haecox, Pansy Coates and Bernice Bettis, who sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and Beautiful Isle of Somewhere."
Casket beareres were Herbert Musgrave, Harold Mahnke, Frank Fawcett, Glenn Crawford, Clifford Schulze and Fred Fawcett.
Frances Viola Johnstone, daughter of Rev. Levi and Frances Johnstone, was born July 11, 1860 at Quaker City, Ohio, and departed this life at the home of her daughter Della, on Beaver Creek, at the age of 78 years, 10 months and 29 days. When a small child she was baptized in her fathers's church. In April 1861, the family moved to Chelsea, Iowa, where she spent her childhood. The family then moved to a farm near Norton KS, where she was married to Wesley P. Hannum in 1876. Two children were born to this union, Bessie and Junior. In 1891 she was separated from Mr. Hannum and came to Newcastle.
On March 8, 1892, she was united in marriage to Thomas P. Sweet and moved to Stockade Beaver Creek where she spent the most of her remaining years. To this union were bon three children, Stella, Fred, and Della.
Mrs. Sweet was a devoted wife and mother, a kind and helpful neighbor, always being ready to lend a helping hand to those she could aid in any way. She leaves to mourn her loss four children, Bessie Baker of Los Angeles, CA; Stella Mann, Della Bowles and Fred of Newcastle; six grand children, Earl LaFors, Clarice Steele, Floyd Sweet, Lloyd Bowles, Merriet and Darlene Mann. Three great granchildren, Paul, Betty and Robert Steele, besides several other relatives and many friends. Mr. Sweet preceded her in death in 1924.
Sedgwick Funeral Home had charges. [Unknown Newspaper, April 1939 - Sub. by Eileen Kasal Kozman]