RAWLINS COUNTY, KANSAS
Topeka, Kan., June 10 - Word was received in this city this morning of the death of C. P. Dewey of Manhatten, in Wheeling, West Virginia.
Mr. Dewey is rated as a two time millionaire. He has extensive iron mine interests in West Virginia, ice and rental incomes in Chicago, a 100,000 acre ranch in Rawlins County, Kansas and over 11,000 acres in Riley and Geary counties, in this state. In Manhattan he owns much town property including the electric light plant and telephone system. Another enterprise of Mr. Dewey's is the Beach hotel at Eureka Lake. He came to Kansas 20 years ago from Chicago. He leaves a wife and son, Chauncey Dewey. (Colorado Springs Gazette, Saturday, June 11, 1904, page 1)
Grandma Edie Burned to Death - Atwood, Kan., Dec. 1 - Grandma Edie, mother of Mrs. F. W. Brown of Celia township, aged about 80 years and residing with the Brown family, was so badly burned on last Friday evening that she died the next day and was buried here yesterday. It is supposed that her clothing caught fire from the stove in her room and when found was lying on the floor with her clothing ablaze. (Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital, Friday, December 4, 1896, page 2)
Atwood, Kas., March 20 - Judge A. C. T. Geiger this morning received word that his father who lived at Tipton, IA., had died last night. He left immediately for that place. The Hon. W. B. Ingersoll of Bird City was then chosen by the members of the bar to act as judge pro tem and then regular business of the court will be attended to as far as possible. Arrangements have been made to have Judge Chas. Smetz of the Thirty-fourth district come here as soon as possible to attend to the business.
The news of Mr. Geiger's death was very sudden and much sympathy was expressed by the members of the bar for the judge. (Topeka Weekly Capital, Thursday, March 22, 1894, page 1)
DIED- Wednesday, January 20th, 1892, of enlargement of the heart, Mrs. Mary Hiltabidel, aged 49 years, of Driftwood township.
Mrs. D. B. Hotchkiss, wife of one of Atwood's most prominent merchants, died suddenly yesterday. The funeral was held today. (Topeka Weekly Capital, January 7, 1898, page 2, typed as was in paper)
Leon J. Lippold, 55, Atwood, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000 at his home.
Brantley Funeral Home, Atwood is handling arrangements. (Salina Journal, March 9, 2000, page 11)
Verle O. "Mac" McClellan, 79, Atwood, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000 at Hays Medical Center.
Brantley Funeral Home, Atwood, is handling arrangements.(Salina Journal, March 9, 2000, page 11)
Laura E. Palmer, 88, Atwood, died Sunday, March 5, 2000, at Lincoln, Neb.
Mrs. Palmer was born Laura E. Purvis on July 20, 1911 at Chardon in Rawlins County. She was a homemaker and a farm wife and later worked at Palmer Glass Co., Atwood, for many years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and Order of the Eastern Star, Radiant Chapter 229 both at Atwood.
Her husband, Carl, died in 1968.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Hilt of St. Francis and Ava Schaefer of Felton, Calif., a son, Ken of Concord, N. H.; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church, Atwood, the Rev. Wayne Stephens officiating, with a service by Order of the Eastern Star. Radiant Chapter 229, Atwood. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Atwood.
Memorials may be made to the church choir or Atwood Library.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at Williams Funeral Home, 109 N. Second, Atwood 67730, and after noon Friday at the church. (Salina Journal, March 9, 2000, page 11)
C. C. Pearson ex-sheriff of Rawlins County, was thrown from a wagon at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon sustaining partial dislocation of the neck and two fearful gashes in the face, one extending across the face beneath the nose and the other down the right cheek, from which effect he died at 12 o'clock today. No one witnessed the accident and it is not known if he suffered the injury in the fall or was kicked by the horse. Mr. Pearson is an old-time cattle man and is well known from the north range of Montana to Texas, his native state. In the year 1879, when the settlement of this territory drove out the cattle men and their herds, Mr. Pearson decided to cast his lot among the settlers. He enjoyed the friendship and esteem of all who knew him. He was a popular member of the Masons and Woodmen, and was buried under the auspices of the former at 3 o'clock this afternoon. He leaves a wife and five small children who will receive an insurance of $2,000 from the Modern Woodmen. (Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital, Tuesday, September 6, 1898, page 7)
Alyce A. Ribordy, 79, Atwood, died Wednesday, Dec. 10,1997 at Rawlins County Health Centery, Atwood.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Rev. Damian Richards officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Atwood.
A parish wake and rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Williams Funeral Home, Atwood.
Memorials may be made to Rawlins County Health Center, Atwood. (Salina Journal, December 11, 1997, page 7)
The funeral of J. F. Sedgwick was held yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the home of his sister, Mrs. H. H. White, 915 Rural Street. The services were conducted by Rev. Lucas of the Christian Church and Rev. Sauerber of the First Presbyterian Church. Rev. Lucas chose his text from Acts i:3 "To whom also He showed Himself alive, after His passion, by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God."
His words after the reading of the text were based on the resurrection of Christ, and of those who follow and believe on Him. The choir composed of J. T. Burton, Achsah Harris, Nettie TenEyck, and H. M. Means furnished the singing. The pallbearers were H. O. Frantz, Wm. Martindale, J. C. Jones, C. W. Cleaver, L. B. Kellogg and D. W. Eastman.
Mr. Sedgwick was born in Montgomery County, Ill., in 1854 and was therefore, at the time of his death in his 42nd year. His late home was in McDonald, Rawlins County, Kas., where he was engaged in the general merchandise business. He was interested for a number of years in newspaper work and was editor of the Times at Lincoln, Illinois, for a number of years. For some time past he was a prominent member of the Kansas Republican State Central Committee and was an active and energetic worker. Last fall he was taken sick with an attack of la grippe which settled on his lungs and from which he never recovered. He gradually grew worse and went to Colorado for relief. Quick consumption developed, which resulted in his death. He was a single man. He leaves a widowed mother, Mrs. Polly sedgwick, who makes her home in this city with her daughter, Mrs. H. H. White. He was a brother to T. N. Sedgwick, district attorney for the M. K. & T. railway and J. T. Sedgwick of Kansas City. (Emporia Gazette, Monday, June 15, 1896, page 4)
Rawlins Coal Prospector Dies
Special to the Capital - Atwood, Kan., Dec. 30 - Richard J. Stephenson, who settled in this county in 1879, died at his home in Blakeman last evening. He was the only man who ever prospected coal in this county. (Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital, Friday, January 1, 1897, page 3)
Fred Streller was born in Zorndorf, Austria Hungary, July 1st, 1851 and passed away this life 10 p.m. August 25th 1917 being 66 years, 1 month and 25 days at time of death.
The deceased came to this country in April 1887, over thirty years ago and settled on a claim in Rawlins County, Kansas where he like many others passed thru all the hardships and conflicts of pioneer life, enduring all with kindly patience as a loving father and husband.
The latter years of his life he lived in Kingman, Kansas coming from there to Noble county just two years ago. He bought a farm six miles northeast of Perry which he improved nicely and just as he was ready to enjoy the fruits of his years of labor he was taken ill gradually growing worse, patiently enduring much suffering until the end came Saturday.
He leaves to mourn his loss a loving and faithful wife and seven children, John of Nashville, Kans., Paul of Santa Bara, Calif., Fred of Augusta; Mrs. Katye Cooper of Wichita and Joe, Anna and Margaret of Perry.
May he rest in peace. (Perry Republican, Thursday, August 30, 1917, page 8)
Thomas- At his residence in Driftwood township, on Saturday, July 6th, 1889, of ulceration of the stomach, J.B. Thomas, aged 79 years, 3 monthsand 7 days.
Lillian O. Widner, 90, Atwood, died Tuesday, Dec. 9,1997, at the Good Samaritan Center, Atwood.
Mrs. Widner was born Lillian O. Brown on dec. 7, 1907, at St. Louis moved to Atwood in 1909 an returned to Atwood in 1983. She was a registered nurse at the tuberculosis sanitarium in Norton; worked in civil service at the Bureau of Indian Affairs with the Navajos at a hospital in Albuquerque, N. M., with tribes in Oklahoma and the Hopis in Phoenix. In 1943, she joined the Army Air Corps and served in New Mexico and Arizona station hospital and received the rank of first lieutenant. She worked at the Colby hospital, in Oklahoma and 16 years at Excelsior Springs, Mo. She was a part time nurse and did private duty nursing in Atwood.
She was a member of Christian Church Disciples of Christ, Christian Women's Fellowship, Rebekah Lodge 331, Sam Hubbard American Legion Auxillary Post 46 serving as chaplain, Business and Professional Women and Home and Fireside Extension, all of Atwood.
Her husband, Roy died in 1971.
Survivors include a stepson J. D. Widner of St. Joseph, Mo.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Brantley Funeral Chapel, Atwood, the Rev. James Larson officiating and with concluding rites by Sam Hubbard American Legion Auxillary Post 46.
Burial will be in Atwood Fairview Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Lillian Widner Nursing Scholarship Fund.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the chapel, 215 S. Fourth, Atwood 67730. (Salina Journal, December 11, 1997, page 7)
Leander Lincoln Morgan was born in Washington County, Iowa in 1859 and passed away at his home near Chardon, Kansas on August 4, 1933. Had he lived until August 9, he would have been 74 years old.
He grew to manhood at Washington, Iowa at the home of his parents, J. B. and Sarah Morgan.
He was united in marriage with Anna Stover at Red Oak, Iowa, May 8, 1883. To this union were born eleven children, all living except the oldest daughter, Mrs. Neva Mothershead who preceded her father in death, having died in 1908.
He is survived by his wife, three daughters and seven sons all of whom were present at the funeral: Mrs. Ella McKenna, New York City; Mrs. Ollie Kiley, Chardon, Kansas; Mrs. Vernie Enstrom, Grand Junction, Colorado; J. B. Morgan, Brush Colo.; and Rolla, Carl, Dewey, Alfred, Joseph, Vergil, all of Chardon; two sisters, Mrs. Ann Looney, Washington, Iowa, and Mrs. Maggie Cooper, Garnet, Kansas; one brother, F. N. Morgan of Chardon.
Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Morgan were among the earliest pioneers, coming to Kansas in 1885 and settling on the homestead which still remains the family home. They met all the hardships and disadvantages of early days with courage, looking forward to better days.
There were no religious privileges at that time but meetings were soon held in his father's sod house. They were continued later in the Chardon school house where he and his wife were both converted under the preaching of Elder Ridnour. They were immersed by him at their own home, in the water tank which served as a place of immersion for many of the old settlers.
He was always interested in religious work, especially the Sunday School where he always taught a class and led the singing.
He became ill July 14, in Colorado Springs where he had gone to join his wife for a short vacation. They returned home immediately. He grew steadily worse and was confined to his bed the last week of his illness.
Funeral services were held at the Morgan home August 7 at 4 o'clock with Rev. J. A. Plantz officiating, assisted by Rev. Berry. Burial was in the Chardon Cemetery. (Citizen Patriot, Atwood Kansas, August 17, 1933)
Her husband, Cpl. Leewayne Cart, 22, had just returned that day from Vietnam, where he had been on combat duty with the Marine Corps. He had been wounded in action there.
The Highway Patrol said his car hit a pole and a concrete culvert. The couple was taken first to Oberlin Hospital and later to Ft. Riley.
A homemaker, she was a member of the United Methodist Church of Atwood, Rebekah Lodge No. 331, the Eastern Star and the Union Extension Homemakers Unit, all of Atwood.
Survivors: husband of the home; daughters, Cindy J. Thomas, Houston, Jacquelin K. Thomas, Gaithersburg, Md.; exchange student daughter, Edhelena Bravo, Colby; son, Daniel E. McDonald; and one grandchild.
Funerail will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church in Atwood. Burial will be in Atwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Brantley-Leinwetter Funeral Home in Atwood and until service time Thursday at the church. Memorials may go to the Rebekah-Odd Fellows Care Home in South Hutchinson and may be made directly to the home or through the Osenbaugh Funeral Home in Hutchinson, which is in charge of local arrangements.
Survivors are the widow, Mary Belle; a daughter, Mrs. W. V. Showalter, Hastings, Neb.; two sisters, Mrs. F. C. Wiley and Louina Morphy, both of Salt Lake City; his mother, Mrs. Sophia Morphy, Atwood; a step-son, Gerald Stone, Chicago; and one grandchild.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at DeVorss-Gard Chapel, Wichita, Rev. Glenn E. Mathew officiating. There will be another service at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Leinwetter Chapel, Atwood, with burial in Atwood Cemetery.
Mr. Greason had been an active Republican in Rawlins county and held the post of county clerk since 1938 except during the war years of 1941-45 when his mother filled his job. He had been re-elected to another term last week.
Born May 2, 1906, he was a lifetime resident of Atwood and had been announcer of sporting events for many years. He held the high school basketball scoring record at Atwood with an average of 21 points per game. He attended Washburn university and took courses from the University of Wisconsin. He served on tax panels for county clerks' schools at the University of Kansas.
Mr. Greason was president of the Kansas Officials' council and a member of the American Legion, Odd Fellows, Masonic lodge, the Rotary club and the United Methodist Church at Atwood.
Survivors include 3 brothers, James D. and John F., both of Atwood, and Ross S., Libby, Mont.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church, the Rev. Paul Irwin officiating. Burial will be in Atwood cemetery. Arrangements are by the Leinwetter funeral home, Atwood.
Mrs. Kesselring died Thursday at the Good Samaritan Home here after a long illness.
Mrs. Kesselring taught school in Rawlins county for four years. She was a former clerk of the district court and was postmaster here for 28 years.
She was a member of the Business and Professional Women's club and the Chamber of Commerce.
Survivors include the widower, Bert; two brothers and one sister.
Survivors include his wife, Irene of the home; a son, Bill of Holton; a daughter, Viola Castens of Atwood; a brother, Tom of Atwood; two sister, Anna Rummel of Atwood and Emma Schiessler of Brackettville, Texas; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Williams Funeral Home Chapel, Atwood, the Rev. Charles Wretling officiating. Burial will be in the Atwood Cemetery with an Odd-fellows service.
Memorials may be made to the Rawlins County Hospital or the Good Samaritan Center, Atwood.
Visitation will be after 8 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Survivors include two brothers, Tom and William J. of Atwood; and two sisters, Anna Rummel of Atwood and Emma Schiessler of Backetville, Texas.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Williams Funeral Chapel, Atwood, the Rev. Charles Wretling officiating. Burial will be in the Atwood Cemetery with a service by the Rebekah Lodge.
Memorials may be made to the Rawlins County Hospital or the Rawlins County Ambulance Fund.
Visitations will be from 8 a.m. today until the service Saturday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Sawer died Monday, Feb. 24, 1992, at the Good Samaritan Center, Atwood.
She was born Ethel Clarissa Adkins on Jan. 14, 1901, at Speed and had been an Atwood resident since 1946. She worked for the Airline Cafe, Bob Bethell's Cafe, Williams Department Store and Palmer Glass Shop, all of Atwood. She served two terms from 1959 to 1964 as Rawlins County treasurer and was deputy treasurer when she retired. She was selected as the 1982 Business Woman of the Year by the Business and Professional Woman.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Order of Eastern Star Radiant Chapter 229, the Rebekah Lodge 331, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Fireside Extension Homemakers Unit and the Women's Society for Christian Service, all of Atwood. She was chosen Mother of the Year by the Rebekah Lodge.
Her husband, William "Bunny," died in 1987.
Survivors include two daughters, Gladys Steele of Cope, Colo., and Irene Hardman of Commerce City, Colo.; a son, Robert Coop of Commerce City; a sister, Rosie Bolliger of Norton; 10 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-granchildren.
The casket will remain closed at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Atwood Good Samaritan Center.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Thursday and from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the Williams Funeral Home, Atwood.
In 1959, Hazel and her daughters, moved to Belleville. She worked as a waitress for 15 yearsat Kravmore Dinner Bell. She was a member of Eagles Lodge.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Hartman.
She is survived by Edward Klima; four daughters, Mary Ann Muth, Barbara, Loretta and Linda Horvath; her father, Raymond Hartman; one granddaughter and two brothers, Wilbur Hartman and Orville Hartman.
Services were held in Belleville on Tuesday, April 27 at 1:30 p.m. at the Bachelor-Faulkner-Dart funeral home with Rev. Larry Dutton officiating.
On Wednesday, April 28, at w p.m. services were held at the United Methodist church of Atwood.
Burial was at Atwood cemetery.
Mrs. Jensen died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 1990, at the St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Topeka.
She was born Blanche M. Yeo on Sept. 21, 1910, in southwest Rawlins county and had lived most of her life at Atwood. She taught school for three years and was a homemaker. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Atwood, United Methodist Women, Extension Homemakers Unit Homebuilders, Rebekah Lodge No. 331 and Kansas Retired Teachers Association. She was a 4-H leader for many years.
Survivors include her husband, Francis R. of Atwood; five daughters, Elta Marlor of Saskatoon, Canada, Margaret Townsend of Des Moines, Iowa, Reta Caldwell of Beloit, Ardis Peterson of Junction City and Lois Waldo of Topeka; a sister, Eva Jeffries of Atwood; 12 grandchildren; a step-grandchild; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the church.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Brantley Funeral Home, Atwood, and after noon Saturday at the church.
Survivors include his wife, Bessie Ann of the home; a brother, Albert of Atwood; and a sister, Etta Ohlson of Trenton, Neb.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Williams Funeral Home Chapel, Atwood, the Rev. Delbert Stanton officiating. Burial will be in Atwood Cemetery with military rites by the American Legion.
Memorials may be made to Lions Sight and Hearing Funds.
Visitation will be after noon today and until the service Thursday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Vieux died Jan. 29, 1994, at Lantern Park Manor, Colby. She was born Nov. 6, 1911, at Greensburg, the daughter of A. E. and Vesta Lyons McKinley. A Colby resident since 1986, moving from Atwood, she was a librarian, retiring in 1977.
Mrs. Vieux was a member of First Christian Church, taught Sunday school, served as church organist, and conducted Bible study groups, all at Atwood. She was a member of P.E.O., Delta gamma sorority, and Atwood Women's Club, serving as president from 1943 to 1944.
In 1938, she married Lloyd H. Vieux. He died Jan. 11, 1961.
Memorials to the Atwood City Library, in care of Brantley Funeral Home, Atwood.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Odd Fellows Lodge No. 338, Masonic Lodge No. 164 and the Lions Club, all of Atwood, the Isis Shrine of Salina and the York Rite.
His daughter, Ruth Marlene Edwards, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife, Maude, who lives in a rest home in Memphis, Tenn.; a daughter, Marian Lucille Dirks of Ludell; a half-brother, Jesse Paul Fiken of Haysville; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church, the Rev. Joseph Cunningham officiating. Burial will be in the Atwood Cemetery with Masonic and Odd Fellow graveside rites.
Memorials may be made to the church.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the Brantley-Leinwetter Funeral Home, Atwood, and at the church thursday until the service.
Dr. Warta was born at Ellsworth and was an Atwood civic and community leader.
Surviving are the widow, Doris; a daughter, Mrs. Kristen Schissler, Atwod; 2 sons, Mark and Alan, of the home; his mother, Mrs. A. J. Warta, Ellsworth, and a granddaughter. The widow is the daughter of Mrs. A. H. Shull, 324 W. Beloit, Salina, and the late Dr. Shull.
The Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Schandler's chapel, Atwood. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary cemetery, Atwood.
The family suggests memorials to the Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Ia.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at United Methodist Church, Atwood, the Rev. Vernon Maelzer officiating. Burial will be in Atwood Fairview Cemetery with rites by Rebekah Lodge 331 of Atwood.
Memorials may be made to Rebekah Lodge 331, Atwood, or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Monday at Brantley Funeral Home, 215 S. Fourth, Atwood 67730, and after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the church.
His wife, Agnes, died in 1981.
Survivors include two daughters, Virginia Sue Tartaglione of Fountain, Colo., and Mary Emma Hurley of Willcottville, Ind.; four sons, David A. of Manhattan, Coy C. of Harrogate, Tenn., John W. of Atwood and Darrell L. of McCook, Neb.; 19 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bantley Funeral Chapel, Atwood, the Rev. Vernon Maelzer officiating. Burial will be at Atwood Fairview Cemetery with rites by Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge 331.
Memorials may be made to the Lake Atwood Fund or Atwood Second Century Fund.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and before the service Saturday t the funeral home, 215 S. Fourth, Atwood 67730.
A granddaughter preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby of Atwood; two sons, Lawrence of Beverly Hills, Calif., and Conrad "Skip" of Atwood; a daughter, Caroline Peterson of Atwood; several grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Williams Funeral Home Chapel, 109 N. Second, Atwood 67730, the Rev. Vernon Maelzer officiating. Burial will be in Atwood Fairview Cemetery with Masonic rites.
Memorials may be made to Atwood Good Samaritan Center or Atwood Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include her husband, Harry A., Jr., of the home; a son, Tab Alan of Pensacola, Fla.; two daughters, Victoria A. Ruda and Charlene K. Bearley, both of Atwood; three brothers, Roy Seybold of Louisville, Ky., Delbert Seybold of Trenton, Neb., and Francis Seybold of Phoenix; and seven grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, Atwood, the Rev. Delbert Stanton officiating. Burail will be in Atwood Fairview Cemetery with rites by the Order of the Eastern Star.
Memorials may be made to the Atwood City Library.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at Brantley Funeral Home, 215 S. Fourth, Atwood 67730, and after 9 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
Mr. Schnee was born Jan. 30, 1911, at Athol and lived most of his life in Rawlins County. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was a prisoner of war in Germany and Italy. He was awarded two Purple Heaert medals and a Bronze Star. He was a farmer.
He was preceded in death by a son, Albert; two daughters, Waunetta May Schrader and Darlene Larson; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Survivors include his wife, Myrna of Trenton; three sons, Patrick of Manhattan, Michael of Atwood and Jerry of Topeka; four daughters, Patsy June Koerperich of Topeka, Pamela Sue Redding of Arnegard, N.D., Elizabeth Edna Enfield of Atwood and Judith Ann Redding of Minot, N.D.; a brother, Ed of San Francisco; 30 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Brantley Funeral Chapel, Atwood, the Rev. James Larson officiating. Burial will be in Atwood Fairview Cemetery with military rites by Sam Hubbard American Legion Post 46.
Memorials may be made to Second Century Fund of Atwood.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Sunday at the funeral home, 215 S. Fourth, Atwood 67730.
HANGS HIMSELF IN BUGGY SHED
Atwood, Kan., April 2 --- Hanging to a rafter in a buggy shed with a noose around his neck, Frank Dockal was found dead by Mr. Horinek, on whose farm the tragedy occurred. The body was still warm when found and from all appearances the rope had slipped, probably due to the man's struggles while choking, for the body when found was partly touching the ground. Dockal had no relatives in the country near where he lived. He recently came to work for Mr. Horinek from Omaha. Dockal seemed to be in his usual good spirits the days he killed himself and no reason is known why he should commit suicide. His body was interred in the Atwood cemetery.
FISHING, SHE LIFTS BODY OF DEAD MAN TO SURFACE
Woman Sees Human Hand on Hook and Discovery of Missing Man, Believed Despondent, Follows
THEN WOMAN LIKE, FAINTS
Atwood, Kans., April 4 --- While Mrs. John Leitner who lives on the Robert Sparks place about three miles east of Ludell, was fishing in Beaver creek her fish hook caught what at first appeared to be an old coat but after some pulling at the fish line a man's hand was pulled out of the water.
Frightened, she ran to the house, told her husband what she had seen and fainted.
The coroner and sheriff were notified by telephone and went to the creek where they removed the body of a man from the creek. There was about eighteen inches of water in the creek and a revolver with two empty and three loaded shells was found in his clothes. There were also some scraps of paper in the pockets but the action of the water had obliterated all the writing thereon.
JUG AND VIAL FOUND
A jug was found down the creek a few yards but the nature of the contents has not been determined. There was also a small vial in the pockets of his coat.
The body was removed to the undertaking rooms of Coroner Reeves at Atwood and several persons from Ludell and Atwood endeavored to identify it. It had probably been in the water two or three months and the features of the face were not discernable as most of the flesh had sluffed away.
By most of those who viewed the body it was thought to be that of John Rauthwarter, a Hungarian who disappeared 3 months ago. The clothing worn was similar to that usually worn by him and the size of the man also corresponded. The teeth indicated it to be the body of an old man.
DISCOURAGED BY ADVERSES
Rauthwarter lived alone and had met with reverses and was discouraged, having bought land on the Perkins estate and lost several crops. He had told persons near Ludell that he would take his own life rather than go to the county poor house. The body was interred in the Atwood cemetery and the coroner's inquest adjourned indefinitely, not having finished taking all the testimony.
As yet nothing definite has been brought out by the evidence.
The Atwood Citizen-Patriot in its last issue publishes the following obituary of Martin Hasty, for many years a citizen of Pottawatomie county and probate judge of this county from 1896 to 1900:
"Martin Hasty was born November 4, 1841, in Washington county, Iowa, and departed this life in Atwood, Kansas, May 23, 1921, aged 79 years, 6 months and 19 days.
"In early life he united with the Congregational church at Wheaton, Kansas, and was ever a faithful and devloted member, being deacon emeritus of the Atwood church at the time of his death.
"October 4, 1864, he was united in marriage with Melissa Sulgrove, who preceded him on to the Sunshine land April 20, 1918.
"To this union no children were born but their hungry hears opened their doors to a boy of about two years of age who had lost his mother. No parents ever lavished upon an own son more love, care, affection and Christian training than they gave to this boy.
He, in turn, was a true son, giving all the love to aunty and uncle a boy could bestow upon his father and mother. This foster son, Mr. Edward Egelston, whose name is familiar to all of our citizens, is an official in the Congregational church and one of our most respected citizens and business men. He with his large family, mourn the departure of Uncle.
"He also is survived by one brother, Charles Hasty of Green Acres, Wash., and a sister, "Mrs. Baum, of the same place, and Mrs. Wright, another sister, of Bedford, Iowa.
"The funeral was held in the Congregational church Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., Rev. W. T. Snyder, pastor, preaching the sermon from the test, 'We are of good courage, I say, and are willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be at home with the Lord.'----II Cor. 5:8. A select choir under the direction of Mrs. Miller rendered four beautiful songs.
"Interment was made in the Atwood cemetery beside his faithful companion. The Masonic lodge, of which he was an honorable member, conducted the beautiful service beside the open grave. There we leave the remains of Uncle Hasty to await the trumpet of God."
LEITNER, STELLA F.
ALMA, Neb. --- Stella F. Leitner, 97, Alma, formerly of Herndon, Kan., died Saturday, March 11, 2006.
Mrs. Leitner was born Stella F. Lippold on Oct. 10, 1908, in St. Mary's Iowa. She worked in a variety of businesses in Atwood, Kan., Herndon and Oberlin, Kan.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis, in 1991; a son, Dennis; and two daughters, Mardell and Diane.
Survivors include three sons, Marvin of Denver, Larry of Modesto, Calif., and Ronald of Sheridan, Wyo.; four daughters, Carol Ann Leitner of Denver; Arlene Swallows of Chattanooga, Tenn., Joyce Spittler of Kalama, Wash., and Linda Carey of Republican City; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Assumption Catholic Church, Herndon. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Herndon.
A vigil and rosary will be at 5:30 Wednesday at the church.
Memorials in her name will be designated at a later date.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Williams Funeral Home, 109 N. Second, Atwood 67730, and after 4:30 p.m. at the church.
PETTERA, JOHN J.
LUDELL --- John J. Pettera, 81, Ludell, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2003.
Mr. Pettera was born Oct. 22, 1921, at Herndon. He was a farmer-stockman.
Survivors include his wife, Patsy of Ludell; three sons, Randy and Jim of McCook, Neb., and John, Jr.; two daughters, Kathy Larkin of Denver and Mary Zogelman of Florence; three sisters, Caroline Pettera, Marie Roy and Veronica Olson; and 10 grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Atwood. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Herndon, with military honors by Rawlins County Boys Post 1368.
A parish vigil and rosary will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at Williams Funeral Home, 109 N. Second, Atwood 67730.
Memorials have been established in his name.
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