SEDGWICK COUNTY, KANSAS

OBITS

GRUBE, ALPHA MARIE

Mrs. Alpha Marie Grube, 69, of 517 S. Elizabeth, retired nurse, died Tuesday.

Born in Johnson, Mo., she moved to Wichita in 1947 from Baxter Springs, Kan. Her husband, Arvel A., died in 1967.

Survivors include three sons, Eugene, Wichita, Wayne, Joplin, Mo., and Harold, Fort Worth, Tex.; two daughters, Mrs. Imogene Jones, Wichita, and Mrs. Maxine Tadlock, Fayetteville, N.C.; and five sisters, Mrs. Mildred Shields and Mrs. Geneva Carter of Wichita, Mrs. Doris Lortz, Jefferson City, Mo., Mrs. Nadine Johnson, Huntington Park, Calif., and Mrs. Jewell Shepherd, Lakewood, Calif.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Wednesday ~ March 11, 1970 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

ATCHISON, STEVEN B.

THURSDAY RITES SET FOR ACCIDENT VICTIM

Services for Steven B. Atchison, 15, of 2621 Jeanette, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Atchison and a student at Marshal Junior High School, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Downing Mortuary Downtown. Burial will be in Old MIssion Cemetery.

Dr. Robert Daniels, district coroner, said Steven was hanged accidentally while experimenting with a noose made of belts on a closet door at about 2:30 p.m. Monday. He was found by a sister.

He lived all his life in Wichita.

Survivors include his three sisters, Susan, Patricia and Cynthia, of the home; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Wright, Salina, Kan., Mrs. Guy Crossfield, Wichita, and Charles W. Atchison, Anthony, Kan.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Wednesday ~ March 11, 1970 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

WICKHAM, CHARLES L.

Charles Laurence Wickham, 80, of 4659 S. Meridian, retired farmer, died Tuesday. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Downing Mortuary Downtown. Burial will be in Oatville Cemetery.

He lived most of his life in Wichita.

His wife, Julia, died in 1954.

Survivors include a son, Robert H., and daughter, Mrs. Richard Mills of Wichita, and a brother, Bill, Kansas City.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Wednesday ~ March 11, 1970 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

KINCAID, IVA P.

Services for Mrs. Iva P. Kincaid, 73, of 426 W. 43rd N., will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Quiring Mortuary. Burial will be in Wichita Park Cemetery. She died Monday.

Born in Hiawatha, Kan., she moved to Wichita in 1922 from Salina, Kan.

Survivors include her widower, George T.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Wednesday ~ March 11, 1970 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

SHANLEY, FRANCES E.

Mrs. Frances E. Shanley, 69, of 1121 Lilac Lane, retired PBX operator for Mid-Kansas Savings & Loan, died Tuesday. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Flanagan-Hunt Mortuary. Burial will be iin Calvary Cemetery.

Born in Newton, Kan., she moved to Wichita in 1906.

Survivors include her widower, Vincent.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Wednesday ~ March 11, 1970 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

MORGAN, CLAUDE O.

CLAUDE MORGAN, 67, AUCTIONEER, DIES

Claude O. Morgan, 67, of 4441 S. Hydraulic, auctioneer, died Tuesday. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Broadway Mortuary. Burial will be in Lakeview Gardens Cemetery.

Born in Brookville, Kan., he came here in 1928 from Newton, Kan.

Survivors include his widow, Imogene.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Wednesday ~ March 11, 1970 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

THURMAN, BENJAMIN J.

Benjamin J. Thurman, age 62, of Los Angeles, California, formerly of 1217 N. Spruce, passed away Tuesday. Funeral services from the 11th Street Church of Christ, Wed., at 10 a.m. Brother Paul Jones, officiating. Interment in Maple Grove Cemetery.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Wednesday ~ March 11, 1970 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

ERARD, LULU WHITNEY

Lulu Whitney Erard, age 82, of 1009 Irving, passed away March 9th. Funeral services will be conducted in The Rock Garden Chapel of the Culbertson Mortuary, 115 S. Seneca, at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Jesse Vardaman, of The Metropolitan Baptist Church, will officiate. Interment in Wichita Park Cemetery. A Memorial has been established with The American Heart Fund in her name and Memory. Parking for friends west of the mortuary.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Wednesday ~ March 11, 1970 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

VAN AUSDELL, JOHN E.

John E. Van Ausdell, age 82, 834 Nims, passed away Sunday, March 8, in Oregon. Services will be from the DeVorss-Rotz Chapel Friday, March 13, at 10 a.m. with Dr. W. E. Thorn officiating. Interment in White Chapel Memorial Gardens.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Wednesday ~ March 11, 1970 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

BISSANZT, ALBERTINA

PASSING AWAY OF MRS. JACOB BISSANZT

Early Settler of Wichita Died Yesterday

LIVED HERE 33 YEARS

Funeral Will Be Held Monday Afternoon at 1:30


A mantle of sadness was cast over Wichita yesterday morning when it was announced that Mrs. Albertina Bisantz, wife of Jacob Bissantz, had passed away at her home at 303 North Water street. Mrs. Bissantz's death was due to asthma, from which she had been a sufferer for many months. Death came at 5 o'clock yesterday morning. Mrs. Bissantz was 58 years of age.

Mr. and Mrs. Bissantz came to Wichita from St. Louis when Wichita was a very small village. Mr. Bissantz operated the first restaurant in Wichita and later was proprietor of the first hardware business in the city. They have been here since 1872, and Mrs. Bissantz was known well and favorably by a large circle of friends.

Albertina Kammerer was born in Germany in January, 1846. She came to this country when quite young with her parents. In 1869, she was married to Jacob Bissantz in St. Louis. They soon left St. Louis and came to Kansas, locating in Wichita in 1872.

Besides her husband, three daughters and one son are left to mourn her death. They are Mrs. Amelia Wolfe, of 301 North Water street; Mrs. Lena Ludwigs of Springfield, Mo.; Miss Albertina Bissantz and Oscar Bissantz. The children were all at her bedside when death came. Two brothers survive Mrs. Bissantz, August Kammerer of this city, and Adolph Kammerer of Harrison, Ark. the latter is expected to arrive today to attend the funeral.

Mrs. Bissantz was an earnest Christian woman and her good deeds and charitable acts were many. She was a member of the German Lutheran church of this city and lived a conscientous Christian life. Besides being an active church worker, Mrs. Bissantz was also a prominent member of several of the German societies of Wichita.

Mrs. Bissantz had been in poor health for the past three years. Thie death of her son Robert by the accidental discharge of a gun three years ago saddened her life to such an extent that she never fully recovered.

The funeral services will be held from the family home on Monday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Feldman, of the German Lutheran church. The body will be laid to rest in the family lot in Maple Grove cemetery.

The deepest sympathy is extended to the relatives of the deceased by countless friends.
(Wichita Daily Eagle ~ Sunday ~ February 12, 1905 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

RICHARDS, JULIA MUNGER

DAUGHTER OF MAN WHO BUILT FIRST CABIN HERE DIES

Mrs. Julia Munger Richards Succumbs Thursday at Age of 87

CAME HERE IN 1878


Mrs. Julia Munger Richards, 87 years old, daughter of D. S. Munger, founder of Wichita, died at 8 o'clock Thursday morning at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Dedrick, 357 South Rutan avenue.

In 1878, Julia Munger, then 35 years old, accompanied her mother, Mrs. Julia Munger, to Wichita from Canton, Mo., where the family had settled in 1850.

Built First Cabin

Her father built the first house on the site of Wichita in 1868. The typical prairie cabin stood above Murdock avenue on Waco avenue. It has been partially rebuilt and is now a curiosity in Riverside park.

Mr. Munger died January 29, 1879. Three months before his family came to live with him after an absence of almost two decades, for Mr. Munger had settled in Topeka in 1860, eight years before he founded Wichita.

Mrs. Richards had been a member of the Disciples' church since 1872. She was a charter member of the Central Church of Christ and was an honorary member of the Hypatia club.

Mrs. Richards is survived by two daughters, Mrs. M. J. Casey, 319 South Chautauqua avenue, and Mrs. Dedrick; two sons, William B. Richards, Canton, Mo., and George F. Richard, 107 North Main street, and two sisters, Mrs. Mollie E. Foter, Jenks, Okla., and another who lives in Orleans, Ind.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Gill Funeral home, the Rev. Dr. Walter Soctt Priest officiating. Burial will be in Highland cemetery.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Saturday ~ January 7, 1922 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

MUNGER, DARIUS S.

ONE OF THE EARLIEST PIONEERS GONE

Mr. D. S. Munger, one of the earliest of the pioneer's of this county, died on Friday th 5th of December, 1879, and was buried Sunday. The funeral services were held at the M. E. Church, and were conducted by Rev. J. S. Colton, of the Episcopal church, assisted by Rev. J. Kirby, of the M. E. church. The church was densly crowded by our citizens to pay the last respects to all that was earthly of the old pioneer. We publish below a short speech of the deceased which formed a part of the funeral sermon delivered by Mr. Colton. Mr. Munger, at the time of his death, was aged 67 years, three months and fifteen days:

Darius S. Munger was born in Chautauqua Co., N.Y., August 12, 1812. He removed to Chicago in 1835, then to Wisconsin in 1837; to Ohio in 1848; to Missouri in 1850; came to Topeka, Kansas, in 1860; to Wichita, May, 1868, and took up a claim, being thus one of the earliest settlers. Mr. Munger built the first house properly, so called, in Wichita, namely the log house which was also the first hotel in the place, known as the Munger House. It may be added, that the first service of the Episcopal church held in Wichita, was held in the loft of this house by the Rt. Rev. Thos. II, Vall, D. D. The whole work of preparing the material for building, was done by Mr. Munger himself. For lath, he cut young willows, and shaped them for his purpose with a pocket knife. His other tools were few and simple. He burnt the first lime used or burnt in Wichita, and made his own mortar, as also is good cement for the chimney. This interesting house forms a part of the present residence of Mr. Wm. C. Woodman; the builder of the new house, with a regard for the past which is unfortunately not so common as it should be, has preserved the old house as nearly in its original state as was possible.

Upon his arrival in Wichita, Mr. Munger lived in a tent.

The deceased held several offices. Mr. D. B. Emmert, in his sketch of the history of Wichita, prefixed to the directory for 1878, states that Sedgwick county having been attached to Butler for judicial purposes, Mr. Munger was appointed Justice of the Peace. In May, 1870, he was appointed postmaster, vice M. B. Kellogg resigned. In 1878 he was elected police judge by a very flattering vote, and held this office up to the time of his death.

When the Osage Reservation was finally thrown open to settlements in 1869, Mr. Munger entered the first quarter section in the "twenty mile strip." He also took the first lot of declaration statements over to the land office, at Humboldt, of which Mr. Emmerts was Receiver. This fact I have myself also heard the deceased relate in giving reminiscences of early days of Wichita. Mr. Munger made the first plat of this city, which they lay north of Central avenue near the banks of the Little river.

One more item of this personal history, derived from the sketch above mentioned has a peculiar interest. Some question as to the boundaries of claims filed by Mr. Munger and Mr. Grifienstein, having arisen, it was settled by a friendly conference between the two, and in Mr. Emmert's words: "they agreed that they would all united in launching their ship under the name of Wichita." And so, we add, the foundations of our busy city were laid with peace and good will between neighbor and neighbor for their corner stone. As our pioneers began so may we who follow them over continue to do amid sharp rivalries of our young West and our youngest community. For a number of years Mr. Munger suffered severely at times from a spinal affection, which at last caused or hastened his death.

When taken with his sickness he struggled against it to the utmost beyond the limits of prudence. He could not reconcile himself to giving up his wonted activities, while yet his bodily strength would permit him to be at his office, and otherwise exert himself. But he, as we all must, sooner or later, was forced to succumb to the paralyzing hand of death, and cease his activities. Often unconscious, or partially so, whenever such was not the case, he took pleasure in seeing and greetings friends and acquaintances, inquiring even for those whom he had heard spoken of as being sick.

Affectionately cared for during his illness by the loving hands of her whom forty-five years ago, God gave him for his life companion, to whom his thoughts constantly turned at this time, his strength gradually wore away, until on Friday last, he quietly passed away from among us. By a singular coincidence, he was born on a Friday, taken sick on a Friday and died on a Friday.
(Wichita Weekly Beacon ~ December 10, 1879 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

MUNGER, JULIA PHELPS

MOTHER MUNGER DEAD

Word came to the city yesterday of the death of Mrs. J. P. Munger, who died the evening before at Newton. The funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock p.m. today at the Episcopal church, Rev. Von Herrlich conducting the obsequies, assisted by Rev. Sims. No further particulars are obtainable.

Mrs. Munger was the oldest woman resident of the city, her husband, some years deceased, coming here from Topeka in 1869, if we remember correctly. Her husband was one of the original owners of the town site, and the present Woodman homestead includes what was the Munger house. Mrs. Munger was a gentle, sweet mother, a most dutiful wife, and a sincere Christian whose life equalled her profession. What more could be said in praise of any one. Life's duties all conscientiously discharged, tired and worn by the exactions of many years, away from the scenes of early womanhood, she will be buried today beside the dust of him who fell at her side ere she was ready to give over the strife which earth holds for all its children. Rest her body, at peace be her spirit.

"Why should we sorrow for the dead?
Our life on earth is but a spirit;
They tread the path that all must tread,
They die the common death of man."
(
Wichita Daily Eagle ~ Tuesday ~ March 20, 1894 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

MRS. MUNGER'S FUNERAL

Mrs. Julia P. Munger was buried yesterday afternoon. In addition to the facts given yesterday touching her life, we omitted to say that she had been ailing for some time, although she celebratrated her eightieth birthday at her daughters, Mrs. G. P. Watson of Newton and on the 10th last. Her husband, D. S. Munger, died in the city in 1879. Mrs. Munger was born in Springfield, Mass. She was buried from St. John's church. Five children survive to mourn the loss of the devoted mother. They are Mrs. Julia Richard, Wichita; Mrs. Melissa Williams, Dover, O.T. ; Mrs. Amelia Austin, New Albany, Ind.; C. P. Munger, Orleans, Ind., and Mrs. G. P. Watson, Newton.
(Wichita Daily Eagle ~ Wednesday ~ March 21, 1894 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

WELCH, CHARLES E.

Services for Charles E. Welch, 65, of 1704 E. 23rd N., who died Sunday, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Gill Mortuary. Burial will be in Wichita Park Cemetery.
(Wichita Eagle ~ December 25, 1963 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

ANDERSON, LILLIE

Services for Mrs. Lillie R. Anderson, 86, of 1229 N. St. Francis, who died Monday, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Downing Mortuary.

Burial will be in Wichita Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Anderson was born Aug. 14, 1877, in Liberty, Kan. She was a Christian Scientist.

Survivors include three sons, Glen, Emporia, Kan.; Clifford, Coffeyville, Kan., and Earl W. Park Ridge, Ill.; and a daughter, Mrs. Marie Webb, 1538 N. Emporia; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
(Wichita Eagle ~ December 25, 1963 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

SLICKER, ALICE

Services for Mrs. Alice Slicker, 85, of 403 N. Rutan, who died Tuesday, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Downing Mortuary. Burial will be in Wichita Park Cemetery.
(Wichita Eagle ~ December 25, 1963 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

RHODES, MARY D.

Mrs. Mary D. Rhodes, 81, of 239 Greenwood, died Wednesday at St. Joseph Hospital and Rehabilitation Center.

Born Aug. 8, 1882, in Oberlin, Kan., Mrs. Rhodes came to Wichita two years ago from Cairo, Kan. She lived with a daughter, Mrs. Margaret Adams. Her husband, Frank, died in 1956.

Survivors include two other daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Barker, Canadian, Tex., and Mrs. Ruth Whistler, Independence, Kan.; six sons, Robert, Lawrence, Kan.; George, Little River Kan.; Hubert, Idaho Falls, Idaho; Harold, Wellington, Kan.; Lawrence, 2738 Greenwood, Kenneth, 436 N. Spruce; three sisters living in Ohio; 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

DeVorss-Gard Mortuary has charge.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Thursday ~ December 26, 1963 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

THORNTON, ELMER

Funeral services for Elmer S. Thornton, 72, of 621 S. Ash, who died Tuesday, will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Downing Mortuary.

Masonic graveside services will be conducted in Wichita Park Cemetery.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Thursday ~ December 26, 1963 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

SAMORES, PABLO

Pablo Samores, 68, of 1022 S. Washington, died Wednesday.

He was born Jan. 10, 1892, in Jalisco, Mexico.

He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.

Survivors include his widow, Gararda; two sons, Jose B., at home, and Manual C., 2237 Jackson; four daughters, Mrs. Gabriel Aguilera, Kansas City, Kan., Mrs. Dan H. Ramirez, 602 Marlboro, Mrs. Paul Javregui, Wellington, Kan., Mrs. Carlos Mora, 1725 S. Santa Fe; and 15 grandchildren.

The Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Lahey Mortuary. Services will be at 9 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church with burial in Calvary cemetery.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Thursday ~ December 26, 1963 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

ALLEN, DAMON

Allen, Damon, 15, Derby High School student, died Friday, July 2, 1993, of injuries from an automobile accident. Service 2 p.m .today, Gloria Del Lutheran Church, Wichita.

Survivors: parents, Dell and Joyce Allen of Derby; sister, Melanie Allen of the home; grandparents, Fred and Cora Bey of Alpena, Mich. Memorial has been established with Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Mulvane. Smith Mortuary.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Wednesday ~ July 7, 1993 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

YORK, LEIGHTON E.

York, Leighton E., 72, formerly of Wichita, retired Boeing Wichita tool and production planning engineer, former AVCO Aerostructures tool and production planning engineer/cost estimator, and Argonia, Milan and Oxford IGA stores owner and operator, died Monday, July 5, 1993. Service 2 p.m. Thursday, Webb Mortuary, Clearwater.

Survivors: companion, Bea Wittorf; sons, Leighton of Honolulu, Greg, of Wichita; daughters, Marcia Nester of Goddard, Diana Peters of Clearwater, Pam York or Knoxville, Tenn.; stepson, Mike York of Clearwater; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Wednesday ~ July 7, 1993 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

YORK, LEIGHTON E.

York, Leighton E., 72, formerly of Wichita, retired Boeing Wichita tool and production planning engineer, former AVCO Aerostructures tool and production planning engineer/cost estimator, and Argonia, Milan and Oxford IGA stores owner and operator, died Monday, July 5, 1993. Service 2 p.m. Thursday, Webb Mortuary, Clearwater.

Survivors: companion, Bea Wittorf; sons, Leighton of Honolulu, Greg of Wichita; daughters, Marcia Nester of Goddard, Diana Peters of Clearwater, Pam York of Knoxville, Tenn.; stepson, Mike York of Clearwater; five grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
(Wichita Eagle ~ July 7, 1993 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

JOHNSON, GEORGE ~ CARMELITA ~ JAMES ~ GEORGE, JR.

GARDEN PLAIN --- Funeral service for four members of the George Johnson family, Goddard, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church here.

George Johnson, 27, his wife, Carmelita, 29, and two sons, James, 4, and George, Jr., 2-1/2 months, died in an auto accident west of Garden Plain Monday night.

Mr. Johnson, a boiler maker, had lived in the Goddard community the past eight years.

Burial will be at Garden Plain.
(Hutchinson News ~ April 11, 1957 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

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