Arabella Arble was born in Blair County, Pa. May 28, 1852. She was married to J. Porter at Grant, Ind., November 13, 1872. They moved to Pratt County in 1884. She died after a long illness on September 1, 1897. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery. (Pratt Union, 1897)


Lee Baker, the son of Green Baker, near Pratt, died in France October 29, according to a message received by the parents recently.  Nelford, a brother of Lee, died while in the army last April.
(Hays Free Press ~ December 5, 1918)



George Scott Barkhurst, the Rock Island conductor who was stricken with paralysis here last Wednesday evening as he was starting on his run with his train to Pratt, died last week at a local hospital where he had been taken, his age being 38 years, 10 months and 8 days.

His wife, who had been summoned to Pratt, was twelve hours on the road reaching his side on a slow drag freight.  The remains were taken to Pratt where funeral services were held, the body being then taken to Hutchinson where a brief funeral service was held Monday afternoon at the Presbyterian church.

Mr. Barkhurst is survived by his wife and son, George, of Pratt; his mother, Mrs. Lizzie Barkhurst, and sisters, Mrs. A. A. Garfield of Los Angeles, Mrs. J. H. Wortman, of Denver, Colo., and Mrs. Edith Randles and Miss Lucile Barkhurst, who live at home with the mother in Hutchinson.
(The Liberal Democrat ~ February 12, 1920)


Edith V. Barrett, 94, formerly of 716 East 3rd, died July 30, 1990, at Oakwood Villa Care Center, Hutchinson.

She was born March 15, 1896, at Heizer, the daughter of Sevier and Margaret Chasteen Hedrick. A resident of Hutchinson for 65 years, she was a homemaker.

She was a member of Bethany Church of the Nazarene, Hutchinson.

On Aug. 20, 1919, she married Virgil C. Barrett at Hutchinson. He died Aug 31, 1977.

Survivors include: two daughters, Virginia Canfield, 6609 East 4th, and Dorothy Hollingsworth, Oklahoma City; six grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Ayres – Calbeck Mortuary, Pratt, with the Rev. Ron Hansen presiding. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today, and until service time Thursday, at the mortuary. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Pratt.

Memorials may be sent to Home Health Service, Chase County Inc., in car of the mortuary. (Hutchinson News Hutchison, Reno County, Kansas Wednesday, August 1, 1990 page – 10 *** column – 1 submitted by Rose Stout)


Sarah K. wife of Kennaf Bell died at Preston July 5 1899 at the age of 64 years, 5 months, 16 days. Mrs. Bell was born to Mr. and Mrs. William King of Sudbury, Suffolk, England, February 19, 1835 and came to America in 1861. She married Mr. Bell in 1863. Her husband and three children remain. Burial in Haynesville Cemetery. (Pratt Union, 1899)


Mary C. Beucler died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Will Harrel last Sunday and was buried Monday. She was born in France, Sept. 6, 1811. She came with her parents to Baltimore, Maryland in 1831, where they lived for two years, then they moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where she married J. b. Beucler in 1833. She moved with her husband to New Boston, Iowa. She has been a citizen of Pratt eight years. She leaves six children, Fred P. beucler, Mrs. J. R. gray and Mrs. WIll Harrel of this city, Louis beucler, Sheldon, Neb., Dr. J. H. Beucler and Mrs. R. C. Hyde of Revere, Missouri. (Pratt Union, 1893)


Walter P. Blake, 77, retired teacher, died Friday, March 18, 1988. Service 10 a.m. Monday, Church of Christ, Pratt.

Survivors: wife, Bernice C.; sons, Larry of Borger, Texas, Don of Pratt; daughter, Shirley Charvat ofKansas City, Mo.; eight grandchildren; six great- grandchildren. Memorial has been established with the Maude Carpenter Childrens Home c/o Larrison Mortuary, Pratt. (The Wichita Eagle, March 19, 1988)


Mrs. Emmeline Bloxom, wife of Isaac Bloxom died on June 3, 1897, age 60 years, 4 months, 10 days. She was born in Ohio in 1837. She was married to Isaac Bloxom in Illinois in 1858. She is survived by her husband and six children. Burial in Cairo Cemetery. (Pratt Union, 1897)


Died - Boling - On Monday, July 29, 1878 after an illness of less than a week, Anna, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. U. O. Boling, of Pratt County, Kansas, in the twenty-seventh year of her age. (Hutchinson News (Weekly) Thursday, August 15, 1878 page 3, column 4, submitted by Rose Stout)

Miss Boling was well, and favorably known to many of our citizens among whom she had spent about a year. She was a consistent member of the Christian church for years, and was universally beloved by all who became acquainted with her. Death had no terrors for her and before her death she talked composedly of it and was happy in the faith of a true Christian woman. Many friends of hers in this commuity will join the bereaveds family in mourning for her. (Hutchinson News, Thursday, August 15, 1878, page 3, column 4, submitted by Rose Stout)


DIED FROM BURNS---W. J. Brewster, a business man of Pratt, died from the effect of burns received at a fire on December 5.
(Meade County News ~ December 24, 1903)


Victim of Paralysis

Preston, August 10. The community was saddened today by the death of Miss Fay Brown, 20-year-old daughter of Mt. And Mrs. Ray Brown of two miles northwest, who died Friday afternoon at 3:15 in a hospital in Hutchinson.

She had been ill only since July 29. The cause of her death was diagnosed as infantile paralysis.

Well known and liked in the community, she was central girl for the telephone company. She was graduated from Preston high school in 1938.

Surviving her are her parents, three brothers, Loren of Hutchison, Leslie and Woodrow of the home, and a sister, Mrs. Bill Cooper of Preston.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon with the Rev. Arthur Golden of the Church of Christ of Pratt in charge. Burial was made in the Haynesville cemetery. (Turon Press Turon, Reno County, Kansas Thursday, August 15, 1940 page – front *** column – 4 submitted by Rose Stout)


Mrs. Aaron Brown --- Pratt, KS – Nannie Bell Brown, 97, died May 29, 1984, at Pratt Regional Medical Center, after a short illness. Born Nannie Logsdon, Aug, 25, 1886, at Grenola, she married Aaron Brown at Sedan. He died Nov 30, 1952. She had been a longtime resident at Pratt.

She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene, Pratt.

Survivors: daughter, Wilma Gates, Pratt; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 23 great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Greenfield Cemetery, Grenola; the Rev. R. Edward. (Hutchinson News Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas Wednesday, May 30, 1984 page – 26 *** column – 4 submitted by Rose Stout)


We regret to announce the death of Miss Edith Bucklin, daughter of Geo. A. Bucklin, of Elm Mills tonwship.  She died in Pratt county, where she had been teaching school just west of Iuka.  Her death occurred on Thursday night February 2nd, after a protracted illness of 6 or 7 weeks with typhoid fever.  A telegram was sent to her brother George, who was attending school at Harper, and he came home Friday to attend the last sad rites of his sister.  Mr. Frank Proven and Miss Mamie Beaver, old time friends also went up from this city, to pay the last tribute of friendship.  The funeral took place Sunday at the Fairview school house, and the remains were laid to rest in the little "home of the sleeping" at Coates.

Miss Edith was one of our bright intelligent teachers, good and true, and beloved as well as admired by all who knew her.  We extend our sympathy to her sorrowing friends in this, their sad hour of bereavment.
(Barbour County Index ~ February 8, 1893)


Browning - Cecil R. Cable, 95, of rural Browning {Schuyler County, Illinois} died at 9:50 p.m. Monday, June 17, 1996, at Snyder's Vaughn-Haven in Rushville.

Born Dec. 27, 1900, in Sawyer, Kan., to Isaac and Etta Metzger Cable, he married Ruth S. Miller on Nov. 25, 1920, in Bader. She died Dec. 24, 1987.

He also was preceded in death by one son, Charles, two brothers and three sisters.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Gail (Erma) Geiman of Browning; four grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; three brothers, Lester of Clio, Mich., Ralph of Delphi, Ind., and Paul of Camden, Ind.; and two sisters, Emma Allen of Burton, Mich., and Anna Bell Cable of Camden.

He was a retired farmer and carpenter.

He was a member of Mud Valley German Baptist Church near Astoria, where services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday. Elders Orvel Gish and Arthur Cook will officiate. There will be no formal visitation. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Saturday at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. Burial will be in Mud Valley Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to his church. (Peoria Journal Star, Peoria, Il., June 19, 1996, page D8, submitted by Sara Hemp)


Andrew Cameron, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Martin. Mr. Cameron was born in Ireland. He died December 24, 1893, age 77 years, 3 months and burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. (Pratt Union, 1893)


Clarence Henry "Dan" Dancaster, 76, retired city of Pratt employee, died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 1988. Service 1 p.m. Saturday, Larrison Mortuary.

Survivors: wife, Fannie M. McGraw; son, Clarence Harley of Pratt; daughters, Mary Lou Bennett ofKansas City, Kan., Betty Clare Conn of Spring Hill; stepsons, Lewis Bateman of Wichita, Ted Bateman of Mishicot, Wis., Edward Bateman of Tulsa; stepdaughters, Louise Schnittker of Cunningham, Dorothy Enfield of Norton; brother, Harley Crouse of Osawatomie. Memorial has been established with the Pratt Regional Medical Center. (The Wichita Eagle, August 5, 1988)


Word was received in Liberal this week that Mrs. Blanch Dean, who worked until recently at the Annex and Harris cares, had committed suicide in Pratt Monday night.  A disappointed love affair is given as the principal cause, but no particulars have been learned.
(Liberal Democraft ~ January 21, 1916)



Hazel (Branson) Dietz, 91, homemaker, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 1989. Service 10 a.m. Friday, Greenlawn Cemetery, Pratt.

Survivors: son, Harland of Fort Worth; daughters, Patricia Tillery of Grand Island, Neb., Kathleen Emery of Topeka; brothers, Lester Branson of Manhattan, Farrel Branson of Golden, Colo., Sterling Branson of Redlands, Calif.; sisters, Aline Buck of Cerritos, Calif., Etta Baldwin of Albany, Ore.; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Memorial has been established with the Kansas Kidney Foundation. Ayres-Calbeck Mortuary, Pratt. (The Wichita Eagle, October 12, 1989)


John T. Dunlap was born in Ohio, October 22, 1843, died in Pratt Conty, Kansas June 1897 age 53 years, 7 months, 15 days. He was married to Miss Lou Paris who died in 1886. Four children were born to them, two of whom are living, Perry and Theodore. Mr. Dunlap married his second wife, Mrs. Mahala Bartlett, January 27, 1892, who also survives him. He also leaves an adopted daughter Blanche. (Pratt Union, 1897)


Died --- Edgar – On Saturday, March 8, 1879, in this city, of Pleuro-pneumonia, W. R. Edgar, aged thirty-one.

Mr. Edgar was born and raised in Illinois, and came to Kansas in 1877. He was a lawyer by profession and a graduate of Lincoln college and a thorough gentleman. He was not among us long but made hosts of friends who mourn his early death. Last year he was appointed by the governor probate judge of Pratt county. His death was not unexpected as he had been in poor health for some time. His remains were taken to Lincoln, Illinois, for interment. Mr. H. Musick accompanying them to Kansas City, where they were met by the father of Mr. Edgar. (Hutchinson News (Weekly)
Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas Thursday, March 13, 1879 page – 3 *** column – 4 submitted by Rose Stout)


Judge J. C. Ellis, of Pratt, died at his home last Saturday.  He had been in poor health for some time and just before his death made up his mind to try the fast cure.  He fasted 37 days and then began taking nourishment, but failed to improve and died Saturday.  Judge Ellis was at one time a resident of this county and filled the post of county attorney.  He was very eccentric, a good friend and a good hater.  He left this county about 15 years ago.
(The Kinsley Graphic ~ September 4, 1903)


Infant’s Body To Pratt.

Richard Alan, 7-day-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Enoch, 111 West 15th st., died early this morning at a local hospital. The body will be taken tomorrow to Pratt where a short service will be held at the grave. The baby is survived by his parents, a brother, Wilbur William and a sister, Martha. (Hutchinson Kansas News Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas Monday, February 22, 1937 page 8 *** column – 2 submitted by Rose Stout)


Mary Jane McGinley Fletcher was born March 31, 1850 in Adams Co., Ill. Died March 1, 1894 at her home in Pratt Co., Kansas. She was married at age 22 to Moses D. Fletcher, who survives her. They came to Barton Co., Kansas in 1873 when that county was first settled. They were also among the pioneers of Pratt Co. One son and five daughters also survive her. Funeral services were held at the Glendale schoolhouse on march 3rd. Burial in Saratoga Cemetery. (Pratt Union, 1894)


Mr. Alfred A. Fox, Sr., one of the pioneer colored farmers of Pratt county, Kansas, died at his home near Pratt last Sunday night.

Mr. Pratt came to Pratt county in 1884 and by hard work and thriftyness he had accumulated a fine farm, well stocked and well cultivated.

He learded cm.F;er? (SHRDLUU)

He leaves a wife six boys and three girls to mourn his loss.

Alfred A. Fox was born in Todd County, Kentucky, 66 years ago and lived in his native state till 1883 when he came west stopping at Newton, Kansas, where he lived for one year. From Newton he moved with his family to Pratt county when he remained till his death.

Besides his devoted wife he leaves the following children:

A. A. Fox, Jr., Wichita, J. R. Fox, Topeka; Geo. W.; M. W.; Frank and Earl Fox the latter four living in Pratt County. Mrs. Wm. Gossitt of Pratt and Miss Mattie Fox of Pratt.

Funeral was held in Pratt Tuesday attended by the family and hosts of warm friends. (Wichita Searchlight, March 18, 1905, page 2)


RUSTY NAIL CAUSED DEATH --- Clyde Frick, son of G. P. Frick, Rock Island engineer, died at Pratt recently from lockjaw caused by stepping on a rusty nail.
(The Hays Free Press ~ January 6, 1917)



Pratt, Kan., April 11 --- A little child of N. K. Fritz drank some carbolic acid this evening and died immediately.
(Wichita Daily Eagle ~ April 12, 1890)



Prominent Pratt Citizen Succumbs After Brief Illness

P. M. Gates died at his home on West First street at 7 o'clock last evening, after only a short illnesss.  He was taken sick very suddenly last Thursday between Pratt and Coats, while on the way to Barber county to the home of his brother-in-law, Robert Crane.  He suffered with a nervous breakdown, followed by complications of stomach disorders.  His children, Miss Althea Gates of Pratt, and Reverend Paul Gates and wife of Liberal, and Mr. and Mrs. Crane of Barber county, were with him at the time of death.  His only brother, J. E. Gates of Junction City, will arrive in the morning.  The funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 at the Baptist church, Rev. J. J. Griffin officiating.

Mr. Gates has been a resident of Pratt county for many years, having farmed Pratt county land for a number of years before he moved his family into town, where he became engaged in the tombstone business.  His daughter, Miss Althea, has been a teacher in the city schools for a number of years and his son, Rev. Paul Gates, is pastor of the Baptist church at Liberal, Kans.  Mrs. Gates' death occurred only a year and a half ago.---Pratt Daily Tribune, January 8, 1918
Rev. Gates' many friends in this city extend to him their heartfelt sympathy in this sad hour.
(Liberal Democrat ~ January 10, 1918)


Elizabeth Gazley was born October 14, 1803 in Trumansburg, New York. She married Airbert Gazley on April 7, 1827. They settled near Patriot, Indiana. In 1890 she came to Pratt to live with a granddaughter Mrs. Blanche Apt. Airbert Gazley died at Cincinnati, Ohio in May 1885. She was the mother of one son, Carter Gazley who survives her. She raised and cared for 10 children other than her own. (Pratt Union 1899)


Pratt (AP) - S. A. Gebhart, 71, publisher of the Pratt Union, a weekly newspaper, died Saturday after a long illness. He became publisher of the Union upon death of his father, S. P. Gebhart, in 1935.

He was born in Gray county, Ohio, July 2, 1877 and came to Sterling in 1885 and Pratt county in 1887.

He is survived by the widow and two daughters, Mrs. Esther Spicer of Pratt and Mrs. Kenneth Harrel of Preston. (Hutchinson News-Herald, January 2, 1949, page 17)


Anna Maria Gruver was born in Luzerne County, Pa., September 28, 1836 and died at Pratt, Kansas November 21, 1897, age 61 years, 1 month, 23 days. She was united in marriage with Aaron Briggs in 1854 and came to Pratt County in 1878. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery. (Pratt Union, 1897)


Jerry Harrel, an early settler of Pratt county, died at Liberal Monday. The interment was at Pratt.
(Wichita Daily Eagle ~ May 20, 1904)


Mrs. Robert Harrel, wife of a farmer living five miles from Pratt, cut her throat recently and died soon afterward.  She had been affected by the insanity of a sister in Iowa.
(Barton County Democrat ~ April 10, 1890)


Miss Louise Hedrick, born November 27, 1864 at New Castle, Indiana, died April 21, 1896 at Pratt, Kansas. She lived here with her mother Mrs. A. P. Hedrick. Louise was a leader in musical circles. She was a member of the Christian Church. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. (Pratt Union, 1896)


Roy Hogg died September 16, 1896 at his home in Pratt, Kansas. He was born April 1874 at Viola, Mercer Co., Ill. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery. (Pratt Union, 1896)


Pratt, KS -- Fay Hollond, 86, died July 30, 1990, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Emporia.

She was born Jan. 31, 1904, at Newton, Mo., the daughter of William W. and Margaret Wiseley Myers. A former resident of Pratt, she was a co-owner of a grocery store in Cullison with her husband, and was later a nurse’s assistant at Pratt County Hospital, retiring in 1976 after 24 years of service.

On Oct. 16, 1925, she married David J. Hollond at Mosquero, N.M. He died July 30, 1985.

Survivors include: a son, Bill, Emporia; a daughter, Joan Gregg, Indianapolis; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday ar Ayres – Calbeck Mortuary, Pratt, with the Rev. Ron Hansen presiding. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today, and until service time Thursday, at the mortuary. Burial will be in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Pratt.

Memorials may be sent to Home Health Service, Chase County Inc., in care of the mortuary. (Hutchinson News Hutchison, Reno County, Kansas Wednesday, August 1, 1990 page – 10 *** column – 1, submitted by Rose Stout)


The Drowning!

On last Friday evening about 6 o’clock the quietude of our little city was all at once disturbed by the report that Frank Hopper was drowned in Bob Turner’s pond and that help was wanted to get him out. There was soon a large crowd gathered at the pond, but the body was found and brought up by Dr. Lottridge before very many had yet arrived. Drs. Lottridge and Bills worked long and faithfully with the aid of a battery to resuscitate the body, using all their skill and exhausting all the means at hand and assisted by willing hands anxious to do every thing within their power to help them, but failed to see any time any symptoms of life, the deceased being dead when brought out of the water, having lain there for something near half an hour. The body was brought to town and a telegram sent to his home at Pratt Center. Two of his brothers arrived during the night and after the coroner’s jury, had examined the body they took charge of it and removed it to their home at Pratt Center.

Hopper had been in town since Tuesday and helped to load a car of hogs and one of cattle for his father who took them to Kansas City, Frank remaining at this place waiting for a telegram from his father whether to ship the rest of the cattle. On Friday evening he went to a large fishpond about a mile south-east of town and went in bathing with Bob Turner, Bill Turner and Enos Phares. According to the statement of those three persons, Hopper enjoyed himself very much and was an excellent swimmer. After being in the water for a half hour or so Phares and Bill Turner began to dress themselves when they noticed Hopper acting very strange and seemed to be going down and they called out to Bob Turner who started for him but failed to reach him before he sank out of sight. Turner then went down after him but says could not raise him and told the others to go for help. It is stated that the other two could not swim and Bob was unable to rescue him alone. But it is plain that all was excitement, for if all three had been cool and deliberate and worked together with presence of mind Hopper might have been saved as the water at that place was not seven feet deep, and only five or six feet either east or west it was not beyond their depth. It is thought that intoxicating liquor was probably the main cause of the drowning as Hopper was thought to be intoxicated that afternoon and an empty pint bottle was found in one of his pockets after his death. The jury after inspecting the body and making all needful inquiries and as thorough investigation as possible decided “that the deceased Frank Hopper came to his death by accidental drowning.” W. B. Hopper, the father of the deceased, who is a wealthy stock dealer of Pratt Center and a well-respected Christian gentleman, was present during part of the investigation by the coroners’ jury and made many warm friends and all unite in extending their sympathy to him and his family. (Sylvia Banner Sylvia, Reno County, Kansas
Friday, August 22, 1890 page – 4 *** column – 3 submitted by Rose Stout)


William B. Hopper, age 65, was born in middle Tennessee in February 1828. He died July 6, 1893. He was married in Tennessee. Then he and his wife moved to Arkansas, locating in Carroll County. At the breaking out of the Civil War they moved to Springfield, Missouri where Mr. Hopper had a government contract to furnish beef for the soldiers. At the close of the war, they moved to Saline County, Missouri whey they lived until 1883. In that year, they came to Pratt County, Kansas where he had led an active business life. Seven children survive. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery. (Pratt Union, 1893)


Died at her home in Coats, Kansas, Mrs. Eunice Jacks, April 5, 1898. She was born December 19, 1834 in Jasper County, Ind. At the age of 17, she was married to Josiah Hammond who died December 13, 1875. Six children were born of this union. C. F. Hammond, W. S. Hammond, Lizzie Vaughn, Della McCalla of Coats, Jennie Horney of Greensburg, and Henry Hammond who died in 1876. On November 14, 1877 she married J. W. Jacks in Indiana. They moved to Kiowa County, Kansas in 1884. In the spring of 1889 they moved to Coats where they have lived ever since, except for a short time in Wood County, Oklahoma. Buried in Coats Cemetery. (Pratt Union, 1898)


Miss Sue Jordan, of Sawyer, died November 25, 1897, age 40 years, 10 months, she was born in Logan County, Illinois and moved to Kansas in 1873. She taught school for many years. She is survived by her mother, five sisters and four brothers. Burial in Ellinwood Cemetery, east of Sawyer. (Pratt Union, 1897)


DIED---In Pratt county, Kansas, December 18, 1882, George M., youngest child of J. F. and M. J. Keyes, aged 1 year, 1 month, 3 weeks and two days.

Suck is life.  "To-day is and to-morrow is not."  'Tis said "death loves a shining mark," and with his "sickle keen" he has entered the human garden and laid low the budding charms of the most fondly cherished flower.  Even so is final mortal existence.  Our little ones are often taken and we are left ot mourn and sorrow.  But thanks be to Him who said, "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not for of such is the kingdome of heaven."  God grant that the afflicted parents may at last join their little George on the radiant shores of bliss and immortality, for "Hope looks beyond the bounds of time, When what we now deplore, Shall rise in full immortal prime, And bloom to fade no more."
(Barbour County Index ~ January 12, 1883)


Aaron J. Jim" Lane of Pratt had a passion for traveling, and he took his family all over the United States.

He was an adventurer," said his daughter, Cindy Lane of Sun Valley, Idaho. We did a lot of traveling. He loved to travel."

But he also loved Kansas and lived here all his life, she said. Kansas was his home, and he enjoyed coming back to it from vacations.

Mr. Lane died Tuesday at his home. He was 48.

He was born on Aug. 4, 1938, in Beloit and grew up in Belleville. He settled in Pratt in 1964. After Mr. Lane graduated from Beloit High School in 1956, he attended Kansas State University for one year.

He wanted to be a civil engineer," his daughter said. But he had to quit school in 1957 because his father died of cancer. He wanted to finish college, but he had to go back and help the family."

Mr. Lane was the oldest of five children.

From 1958 to 1964, he worked as a surveyor for the State Highway Commission, now the KansasDepartment of Transportation. In 1964, Mr. Lane began working for the Kansas Fish and Game Commission as an engineer- technician.

Walt Harrison, who recently retired as chief engineer of the Fish and Game Commission, said he knew Mr. Lane as a colleague and as a friend.
He was a real intense, dedicated person," Harrison said. He had worked for me for 23 years. He always did a very excellent job. He enjoyed the challenges of the job. There was something new in nearly every job."

Mr. Lane was also a licensed land surveyor. He served as secretary- treasurer and president of the Association of Conservation Engineers, a national organization.

Mr. Lane enjoyed fishing and camping. He bowled with a league in Pratt and he golfed, his daughter said.

He was pretty quiet," Cindy Lane said. He worked hard. He kept things to himself, and he helped people who needed help."

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Lane is survived by his wife, Sandra; one son, Jay of Pratt; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Doug Clarke of Belleville; one brother, John of San Diego; and three sisters, Katherine Carchidi of Prospect Park, Pa., Patricia Dutton of Herington, and Mary Jo Hawkinson of Manhattan.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Pratt. A memorial has been established with the Kansas Fish and Game Wildlife Fund. Arrangements are with the Larrison Mortuary of Pratt. (The Wichita Eagle, June 27, 1987)


James Mack, of Sawyer, died July 17, 1899 and was buried Wednesday at Nashville. He was born in 1827. He was making his home with his daughter Mrs. A. M. Gore and Mr. Gore at Sawyer. He was born in Scotland and came to America when a boy. Was a Civil War soldier. (Pratt Union 1899)


In Memory of Robert McDonald
Pratt, Kan., Sept. 28, 1908

Robert McDonald was born in Wilson county, Tennessee, in March, 1850, and died September 21, 1908, aged 58 years and 6 months.

He grew to manhood in his native state, united in marriage to Margaret Belle in the year 1869.

To this union two children were born.  In the year 1875 his wife died, himself and one child surviving her death.  He was again united in marriage to Betty Vaughn in the year 1879, two children being born to this union.  His wife died in the year 1895, leaving himself and two children.

Robert McDonald came to Pratt county in the year 1884 from Wilson county, Tennessee, being a resident of Pratt county 24 years.  He has ever proved himself an honorable and trustworthy citizen.  He professed a hope in Christ at an early age and as a Christian has ever been found at his post of duty and when the Death Angel entered he found a life well spent and the soul ready and willing to go from labor to reward.

He has resided for the past several years on his farm, a short distance south of Pratt.  He leaves one daughter and four grandchildren, one son-in-law, Mr. A. T. Bandy, and one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Emma McDonald, and a host of friends to mourn his absence.

(Wichita Searchlight ~ October 3, 1908)



Rev. W. B. McNutt, a Baptist minister who died in Pratt at the age of 79 years, had been engaged in active church work for half a century, and during his career as a minister had baptised over 3,000 persons.
(Phillipsburg Herald ~ August 30, 1902)


Henry Miller, died at his home in Pratt County, January 27, 1898, age 64 years, 7 months, 13 days. He was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1833 and came to America in 1867. He was married to Miss Emma Keller of Macoupin County, Illinois in 1872 where they lived until 1893 on March 7, when they moved to Sawyer, Pratt County, Kansas. Five children were born to them who with their mother survive him. He was a member of the Lutheran Church. He leaves two brothers and sisters in Germany, one brother in Missouri. Burial in Ellinwood Cemetery near Sawyer. (Pratt Union, 1898)



Pratt, Dec. 27 --- Frank E. Moore, a pioneer engineer on the Rock Island, died at his home in this city yesterday after an illness of long improved that he was able to take his run after being off duty for two years, but he contracted a cold which finally resulted in his death.  The funeral services will be held here Sunday.  Mr. Moore was married and leaves his wife and two sons.
(The Liberal Democrat ~ January 1, 1920)


Miss Mollie Moore, a sixteen-year-old daughter of James T. Moore, of Pratt County, died very suddenly recently.  The first symptom of disease was a small eruption upon the face, which rapidly developed into something like erysipelas, resulting in death in a few days.
(Dodge City Times ~ July 15, 1886)


Florence Mae Nighswonger, 78, homemaker, died Friday, Dec. 22, 1989. Service 2 p.m. Tuesday, First United Methodist Church, Pratt.
Survivors: son, Edward D. of Pinckney, Mich.; daughters, Beverly J. Svoboda of Pratt, Dorotha M. Loving of Kansas City, Mo.; brothers, Earl Bergman of Arkansas City, John Bergman of Ponca City; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Memorial has been established with Pratt Regional Medical Center Gifts and Bequests. Larrison Mortuary. (The Wichita Eagle, December 25, 1989)


Joseph Paya, a highly respected citizen of Naron Township died April 13, 1894. He was 46 years of age. He was a resident of this county for 13 years. He was a member of the 7th Illinois Cavalry during the Civil War. His wife and three children survive. Burial was at Prattsburg Cemetery. (Pratt Union, 1894)


Robert Powers, of Pratt, Kan., died suddenly, supposedly from having drank wood alcohol by mistake.
(Barton County Democrat ~ October 13, 1899)


William James Quinn, was born in Warren County, Illinois, March 24, 1841 and died in Pratt, Kansas February 11, 1899 age 57 years, 10 months, 17 days. He moved from Illinois to Iowa in 1856 and in 1861 enlisted in Co. E. 32nd Iowa Vol. Inf. and served until the close of the War. He was in Tyler prison 13 months and during the war received wounds from which he suffered until his death. He married Miss Cora A. Fobes on November 19, 1879 and in 1883 moved to Pratt County, Kansas. He is survived by his wife and three children. (Pratt Union, 1899)


Clyde L. Riffey, 68, farmer, died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 1988. Service 2 p.m. Thursday, Old German Baptist Church, Sawyer.
Survivors: wife, Catherine; sons, Larry of Pratt, Charles of Sawyer; daughters, Becky Thrasher of St. John, Cathy Dauner of Mankato; father, Charlie of Pratt; 13 grandchildren. Memorials have been established with the Kansas Wildlife Trust and Pratt Regional Medical Center Gifts and Bequests. Larrison Mortuary, Pratt. (The Wichita Eagle, November 2, 1988)


Carrie Emma Ross, daughter of W. J. and E. J. Barcus, waas born in Warren County, Iowa, October 3, 1867 and died at her homein Peston June 3,1899 age 31 years, 8 months, 27 days. On February 28, 1888 she was married to B. F. Ross at Ginde Rock, Neb. Mr. Ross and two small children survive. She was buried in Waynesville Cemetery Sunday afternoon July 2, 1899. (Pratt Union, 1899)


L. Gladys Scott, 86, of Kansas City, Mo., former Pratt resident, retired Pratt County probate and county judge, died Friday. Service 11 a.m. Monday, Greenlawn Cemetery, Pratt.

Survivor: niece, Joann Ryan of Prairie Village. Memorial has been established with Pratt First United Methodist Church. Larrison Mortuary, Pratt. Ira L. Filkel, 85, retired owner and operator of Ira's Safety Shop, died Thursday. Service 3 p.m. today, Ford-Wulf-Bruns Colonial Chapel.

Survivors: wife, Essie; daughters, Norma McHarter of Djakarta, Indonesia, Frances Barker of Coffeyville; brothers, Clair F., Clifford, both of Tulsa; sister, Opal Galloway of Kansas City, Mo.; eight grandchildren; 13 great- grandchildren.

Bertha May Steele, 71, retired registered nurse, died Friday. Service 2 p.m. Monday, First United Methodist Church.

Survivors: husband, Alva; son, Duane of Hutchinson; daughters, Carole Becker of Loveland, Colo., Marlene Richter of Bloomington, Ill., Donita Cohorst of Marysville; brothers, James Hosie, Dean Hosie, both of Abilene; sisters, Anne Tischhausser of Abilene, Velma Gordon of Durham; nine grandchildren. Memorials have been established with First United Methodist Church and Harvey County Heart Association. Kaufman Funeral Home. (The Wichita Eagle, March 9, 1985)


Clarence Simpson, a retired farmer, died unexpectedly at Pratt from heart disease recently.
(The Hays Free Press ~ December 25, 1919)


T. B. Simpson died December 9, 1895, after a lingering illness. He was born in Harrison County, Ohio, October 10, 1827. He was married to Miss Jane Patterson. To them were born two children. Willie died in infancy. J. W. is now living in McPherson County. The mother died and he was afterward married to Christian Jackman with whom he lived 14 years, who survives him. He moved to Ill. in 1850. In 1864 he enlisted in Co. C. Ill. Vol. Inf. and was its Sergeant. He was discharged Sept. 10, 1864 at the end of his enlistment. In 1865 he came to Atchinson county in 1869 to McPherson County and in 1883 to Pratt County. He served two terms in our State Legislature. He was a member of the Methodist Church. Buried at a cemtery at McPherson. (Pratt Union, 1895)


Preston Pioneer Died Monday

Funeral services for James M. Stalcup, 89, who passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Chester Hamm in Hutchinson Monday noon, were held yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the Preston Church of Christ, conducted by Vernie Love.

Mr. Stalcup, a pioneer of Haynesvill township, had been in poor health for many weeks. Interment was made in the Haynesvill cemetery. Foulk and Son, Turon, were in charge of funeral arrangements. His wife preceded him in death nine years ago.

Surviving him are two daughters, Mrs. Cyrus Duley and Mrs. Chester Hamm, Hutchinson; three sons, Clarence Stalcup of Pampa, Texas, Charles Stalcup of Preston, and Floyd Stalcup of Lansdown, Pa., and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. (Turon Press Turon, Reno County, Kansas Thursday, August 15, 1940 page – front *** column - 4 submitted by Rose Stout)


Sarah E. Stewart, wife of George W. Stewart, died at her home on Jackson St., May 28, 1893. Sarah E. Shaw, was born in Madison County, Ind., July 31, 1849, and became a Christian in 1866. She married George W. Stewart, November 28, 1869. Five children survive. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery. (Pratt Union, 1893)


Mrs. Elizabeth Sutton died March 8, 1898. She was born in Montgomery County, Indiana October 8, 1832, being 65 years and 5 months old at the time of her death. Her maiden name was Elizabeth Caster and she was married to G. W. Sutton June 9, 1853. Member of the Christian Church. (Pratt Union, 1898)


Alonzo Thompson was born October 13, 1846 in Coles County, Illinois. His age was 72 years, 6 months and 5 days, at the time of his death, April 18, 1919. In early childhood he united with the Baptist church and continued in this Faith. During the closing days of the Civil War he enlisted in the 143rd Illinois Volunteers infantry. He was married October 13, 1866 to Rebecca Perry of Morgan County, Indiana. When death separated them in this life on earth they had been married 52 years, 6 months and 15 days. Two years ago they celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Two daughters and five sons were born to them. The daughters died in early childhood. One son, Joseph Thompson, is believed to have perished in the San Francisco disaster in 1906. The other four sons are living: M.D. Thompson, Butte Montana, E.D. Thompson, Rochester, Ohio; A.R. Thompson, Haviland, Kansas; E.L. Thompson, Joliet, Illinois. Only one sister is living, Mrs. Mary E. Kite, Casey Illinois. Alonzo Thompson and his family lived in Illinois, Cole (sic) county until 1887, since then they lived at Colony Kansas until 1907, after that at Pratt, Kansas. -- A Friend.

[Iola (KS) Daily Register, 8 May 1919 - Submitted by K. Torp. Further info: Parents: William Thompson and Sarah Ann Hicks. Rebecca Thompson died in Lubbock County, TX in January 1930]


Pratt, Jan 25. -- Mrs. Rebecca Thompson, 89, who died at Lubbock, Tex, will be brought to Pratt for burial. She is survived by five sons: M. Dayton Thompson of this city; Eli D. thompson, Rochester, O.; Allie Thompson, Haviland; Earl L. Thompson, Lubbock, Tex., and Joe Thompson, address unknown. [Hutchinson News, 25 Jan 1930 - Submitted by K. Torp]


Mrs. Caroline Travis, pioneer of Pratt county and mother of Dell Travis, first state game warden of Kansas, died at Pratt recently.  Saratoga, now an expanse of cellar pits, was a flourishing city when she moved there, long before Pratt was dreamed of.  Mrs. Travis was a charter member of the First Baptist Church of Pratt.  She was 87 years of age.
(The Hays Free Press ~ November 14, 1918)


Robert Whitman, a pioneer of Pratt, died at his home in that city recently.  Mr. Whitman was one of the founders of Pratt, having been a resident for nearly thirty years.  He fought in the Civil War and on the plains against the Indians.
(The Liberal Democraft ~ April 18, 1913)


Corydon Barnes Williams, died February 20, 1898, at his home in this city. He was born January 18, 1819, near Raleigh, Yates County, North Carolina and was 79 years, 1 month, 2 days of age. He was a member of the Christian Church. Burial was in the Iuka Cemetery. His grandfather Warren Williams, was a native of Wales, who emigrated to America and settled in North Carolina where William Williams the father of Corydon was born. He was 9 years old when the family moved to Tennessee where they lived five years before moving to Missouri. Mr. Wiliams was a teacher of vocal music. He was married March 5, 1840 to Mary Ann Snediger. This union was blessed with a large family of children. He became a singing evangelist with Hiram Warner, a pioneer Christian evangelist. He has resided in Pratt County since 1884. In June 1892, his wife died. He afterwards married Mrs. Mary J. Ferguson with whom he lived the remainder of his life. Member of the Christian Church. (Pratt Union, 1898)

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