OSBORNE - Addle M. Bader, 78, died Saturday, May 10, at Parkview Manor in Osborne. Mrs. Bader was born Dec. 13, 1907, at Reamsville. She was a homemaker, a member of the St. Aloysius Catholic Church, the St. Aloysius Catholic Church Altar Society, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and the Silver Leaf Club, all of Osborne.

Her husband, Fred Bader, died Jan. 12, 1985.

Survivors include two daughters, Wanda Alflen of Sterling, Colo., and Pat Kunish of Strasburg, Colo.; two sons, Elmer of Olathe and Robert of Great Bend; two sisters, Ona Turner of Bellevue, Wash., and Velma Smith of Piano, Texas; 17 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Osborne, the Rev. John Lahey officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Tipton. A rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Clark-Gashaw Mortuary in Osborne. The family suggests memorials be made to the American Heart Fund. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Clark-Gashaw Mortuary. (Salina Journal, May 12, 1986, submitted by Maurene Richard Miller)


"A Final Thirty, Written To The Career Of Pioneer Writer; Leonard J. Baker"

The funeral of leonard J. Baker, was held Saturday, at two o'clock p.m. in Simmons Chapel, with the Reverand Willian J. Brown officiating. Eula Gilpin and Irene Mcnerney were vocalists with Bertha Pounds accompanying. interment was in Cedar Hill (Cora) Cemetary with Bernal Nickols,Dick Mountford,Elmo Bennet,Louis Cambridge,Lewis Shields, and Glen Eller as pallbearers. Graveside military services were conducted by Kingsburry chase post 1141 VFW and U.S. Center post 220 of the American Legion. Obituary: Leonard J. Baker, eldest son of Edward M. Baker and Sadie Eliza Baker, was born April 4,1893, in sod dugout near Davenport Community,Smith County, Kansas; and was called to his eternal reward on March 29,1960, while a patent in the Veterans Administration Hospital, in Grand Island, Nebraska. He was 66 years old,one month, and 23 days old. Throughout his formative years, Leonard labord on his fathers farm in the Davenport community. Even at this early age the sights and sounds of man and nature were being catalogued in his fertile, poetic mind. At the age of 24, the tranquility of farm life was shattered when Mr. Baker's beloved America was plunged into the holocaust of WWl, and he answered his country's call. After brif traning in the United States, he embarked for France and spent the remainder of the war on or near the front lines. He was discharged from the service at the age of 26, but throughout the remainder of his life he never forgot the comradeship that was forged in the white heat of battle. He became a champion for veterans rights led him to become a charter member of Kingsbury-Chase Post 1141, VFW. He was also a member of U.S. post 220 of the American Legion and at the time of his death, publicity chairman for Kansas Sixth District, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr.Baker was also an ordained Methodist minister. On December 22, 1922, Mr. Baker married Ila L. Fletcher of Buffalo, SC. To this union, nine children were born. To the people of Smith County, Mr.Baker became and always remain the beloved "Honey Hill Harpist" of the Smith County Pioneer. For over 50 years a weekly column bearing Mr.Baker's by-line appeared in the Smith County newspaper through the "Honey Hill Harpist". He chronicled the events of the great and near great of the community. His column contained warmth,passion,humor and when Mr.Baker determined an injustice was being done, he would strike hard with the printed word at the perpetrater of the injustice. Many, many times his love of children bubbled to the surface as he recorde interesting and amusing anecdotes about the children of the community, and especially of his grandchildren, whom he loved very much. Mr. Baker was an avid reader, and through his many hours spent in reading he gained a prodigious fund of knowledge,which he shared in the form of an almost endless flow of words from his talented pen. Mr. Baker's aptitude for coining descriptive phrases became a by-word in his community. Mr. Baker was also a political and editorial writer for the Omaha World Herald, Omaha, Nebraska; the Topeka Daily Capitol, Topeka, Kansas; The Wichita Beacon, Wichita, Kansas; and The Kansas City Times, Kansas City, Kansas.

Leonard J. Baker, has gone to his reward; left to mourn his passing are his wife, Ila, his children Clyde L., with the U.S. Army in France, Charles R., of Smith Center, Kansas; John E.; of Bloomington, Nebraska; William R., With the U.S. Army in Germany; Lucille Wood, Omaha, Nebraska; Louise Shively, Farmingdale, New Jersey; Lovie Helsel, Smith Center; Kansas; and Luther Baker, with the U.S. Army in Texas. Also, His brothers, James and Ted; his sisters, Ina, Mary and Mildred; his grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and many hundrends of friends and admirers nationwide. He was preceded in death, by his parents, brother Ray,brother Charles, sister Louella, and his son, Laddie Leonard. Mr. Baker lived his life an artist, and familiarly bearing a condersume cross-that of an artist. (Smith County Pioneer, Smith Center, June 7, 1960, submitted by Dayna Baker)



Memorial services for Mrs. Maude B. Ball were held Saturday July 17, at 10:30 a.m. from Simons Chapel in Kensington with the Rev. Franklin Witter officiating. Vocalists were Mrs. Ivan Levin and Mrs. Wayne Schoeni accompanied by Mrs. Wilbur Davis.

Pallbearers were Gerald Gibson, Guy Gibson, Jr., Clarence Smith, Willis Pierce, Chester Schoeni, and Arthur Grauerholz. Interment was in the Olive Branch Cemetery.

OBITUARY: Effe Maude Ball, daughter of Charles W. and Amanda A. Bowen, was born December 8, 1881 in Wayne Kansas. When but a few weeks of age, she with her parents and one brother came by covered wagon to Kensington. It is here that Maude received her education in the Kensington school. While quite young she was united with the Kensington First Christian church and remained an active member as long as her health permitted.

On October 3, 1903 she was united in marriage to Clarence A. Ball and they established their home in Kensington. To this union were born one daughter, Theo Bernice Smith. For a number of years Maude worked as a clerk in the Woods store in Kensington and also as a local telephone operator. Her husband, Gus, as he was always known passed away in September 1943 and Maude continued to make her home in Kensington. She spent much time with her flowers and garden which she greatly enjoyed. Due to failing health she had been a resident of Carpenter Manor in Smith Center for the past 17 months and it was there on July 15, 1965 that she quietly passed away at the age of 83 years, 7 months, and 7 days.

She was a devoted wife and mother and though her family was small, she especially enjoyed being with them and took great pleasure in her granddaughter and great grandson.

Maude was proceeded in death by her husband and her parents, also six sisters and two brothers.

Survivors include one daughter, Theo Smith, and husband Jess of Kensington, one granddaughter, Le Ann Smith and husband Duane and great grandson Kenton of Smith Center; two sisters Mrs. Guy Gibson and husband of Kensington and Mrs. Maude B. Ward of Inglewood, Calif.; also four sisters-in-law Mrs Marie Bowen of Pierre, S. D., Mrs. John Maulsby and husband and Mrs. Hallie Ball of Grand Island, Nebr., and Mrs. Jessie Hobbs of Hollywood, Calif. and several nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Out of town relatives and friends who attended the services were Mr. and Mrs. Duane Smith and Kenton and Mrs. Ray Carpenter of Smith Center; Mrs. R. L Hale and Mrs Gerald Gibson of Denver, Co lo., Mr. and Mrs. Guy Gibson, Jar., of Topeka; Mr. and Mrs John Maulsby, Mrs. Verniece Zachry, Mrs. Hallie Ball and Mrs John Casey of Grand Island, Nebr.

Transcribed by Judy Kinney from the collection of her Great Aunt Clara Diercks Finton. Handwritten at the top of obit is the year "1965"


Emma Myrtle (Quinn)(Barratt) Lowery“Emma Myrtle Quinn, daughter of Margaret Jane Murray Quinn and Leonidas Quinn, was born August 3, 1877, near Plattsmouth, Nebraska, and came with her parents to Smith County, Kansas, in January of 1888.“She was united in marriage to Wm. Barratt at the home of her parents February 23, 1897, by Rev. Charles Lee.“To this union was born four daughters: Mabel (Mrs. Steve Price) of Smith Center, Kansas; Audrey (Mrs. Howard Royce) of Lebanon, Kansas; Beatrice (Mrs. F.N. Brown) of Payette, Idaho and Mildred (Mrs. Joellis Parker) of Kearney, Nebraska.“They made their home on a farm until, due to health problems, they moved to Lebanon on November 7, 1940. Her husband passed away January 24, 1941. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Mrs. Hettie McCaulley and Mrs. Josephine Robert, and one brother, William Quinn.“She was married to F. M. Lowery on May 31, 1941, and assisted him in the furniture and undertaking business in Lebanon until his death January 14, 1948. She stayed on as hostess of the funeral home in Lebanon until it closed in 1949, when she went to make her home with her daughter, Audrey.“Myrtle was a member of the Independence Church until she transferred to the Christian Church after moving to Lebanon.“She remained active and well until she was stricken with a severe heart attack January 19, 1975, and passed away at the Smith County Hospital January 21, 1975, at the age of 97 years, 5 months and 18 days.“Besides the immediate family, she leaves six grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. Also two stepdaughters, Mrs. Lean Renken and Mrs. Minnie Olliff.“Memorial services were conducted at the Simmons Chapel, Smith Center, Kansas, by Rev. Merle Jordan on Friday, January 24.“Music was provided by Dorothy Jennings and Lavona Stanley accompanied by Gladys Kennedy.[Laid to rest in Cedar Hill (Cora) Cemetery, Bellaire, Kansas.[Casket bearers were Garnet Price, Terry Price, Gary Price, Larry Price, Jan Parker and Neal Parker.]..submitted by Elizabeth (Wehe) Price


Passing of William Barratt: ”In passing of William Barratt, the community loses another highly respected citizen. Only recently Mr. and Mrs. Barratt moved from the old home farm to Lebanon that he might take life a little easier and give more care to his physical condition, but the call from the unseen world, “from whence no weary traveler has even yet returned” cam and he responded, just as all must do sooner or later. Mr. Barratt was a quiet industrious (sp), dependable citizen and was highly esteemed by those who knew him.“William Barratt was born February 6, 1868, in DeWitt, Nebr., and died January 24, 1941, at his Lebanon home at the age of 72 years, 11 months and 18 days. He came to Smith County, Kansas, in 1893 and located on a farm a few miles north of Lebanon. Here he lived continuously until he moved to Lebanon last November. He was united in marriage to Myrtle E. Quinn, February 24, 1897. To this happy union came four daughters to bless and brighten their home. They are Mrs. Mable Price of Lebanon, Mrs. Audrey Royce of Smith Center, Mrs. Beatrice Brown of Caldwell, Idaho, and Mrs. Mildred Parker of Superior, Nebr. When a child he deceased was christened in the Episcopal church, and later was confirmed in the same church. More than twenty years ago he united or transferred (sp) his membership to the United Brethren class at Independence, a country church near their home. Mr. Barratt was also a member of the I.O.O.F lodge at Salem, and greatly enjoyed the fellowship of that organization.“Mr. Barratt was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and sister, who died in infancy, and one sister, Mrs. Ella Coke, in March 1931. He leaves his companion with whom he had traveled life’s highway for nearly forty-eight years, the four daughters mentioned above, two brother, Robert of DeWitt, Nebr., and George of Monteca, Calif., four grandchildren, Garnet Price, Harold Royce, Patty Lee Brown, Billie Glen Brown, other more distant relatives and many loyal friends, all who will miss his kindly face.“Funeral services were conducted in the Independence church, Sunday, January 26 at 2:00 p.m. by Minister L. B. Tremain. Special numbers were rendered by a quartet consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Burl Munsell and Mr. and Mrs. Ray McCord, and Mrs. Dorothy Amen at the piano. Burial was in the Cora (Cedar Hill) Cemetery. ” submitted by Elizabeth (Wehe) Price


“Mrs. Phil Baumann Was Beloved Wife, Mother, Neighbor“Mrs Alice Maxine Tucker Baumann passed away in the Franklin County Memorial hospital in Franklin, Nebr., August 22 (1961). Memorial services were conducted from the Hutchins Funeral home in Franklin Thursday, August 24, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Richard W. Dinsdale officiating.“Les Goldsbury and Delmar Yelken were vocalists with Mrs. Frank T. Helken as accompanist.“Burial was in Germantown cemetery with Roy Bales, Dean Steinkruger, Bill Fruhlin, Jim Wilsman, Jim Cary and Lloyd Naden as pallbearers. Flower attendants were Arlene Bohm, Karen Pierce, Sonja Burian, Joan Grauerholz, Marjorie Kuhlmann and June Beckmann.“Mrs. Baumann lived in Smith Center for several years and she attended high school here. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. George Tucker of this city. She was known and loved by many people who are deeply sympathetic for her husband and family in her untimely death.“Obituary: Alice Maxine Tucker (Baumann), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George R. Tucker, was born February 11, 1919, at Athol, Kans. She passed away to her eternal home on August 22, 1961, at the Franklin County Memorial hospital at the age of 42 years, 6 months and 11 days.“The first six years of her life were spent in or near Athol after which time the family moved to a farm near Reamsville where she lived and attended school. She attended high school in Smith Center, Kans.“She was married to Lloyd VanSkiver in December 1936. To this union two children were born; Donald (Denver, Colo.) and Barbara (Mrs. Lynn O’Leary) of St. Frances, Kan.“In January of 1946 she was married to Philip Baumann. They made their home on a farm in German township north of Kensington. To this union three children were born: Lanny Ross, Errol Allen and Linda Dianne.“Maxine took an active part in the V.F.W. Auxiliary of which she was a member in Franklin, Nebr. As a young woman, Maxine was a friendly, cheerful person who had a smile for everyone. She will always be remembered for her willingness and desire to help others. Always foremost in her mind were the needs of others, even after her health failed. She first became ill in September 1960 and she has failed ever since. She was the example of courage and strength in suffering. The confession of her faith in God was a real witness for the Lord Jesus to all who stood at her bedside.“Left to mourn her untimely death are her husband, Philip Baumann, and their children, Lanny, Errol and Dianne of the home; a son and daughter by a former marriage, Donald Vankiver of Denver, Colo., and Barbara of St. Francis; her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. George Tucker of Smith Center; her brothers, Rex J. Tucker of Topeka; Ralph D. Tucker of Long Beach, VanSkiver, and Roger W. Tucker of Saratoga Springs, N.Y; a sister Mrs. Chas. Cole (Marjorie) of Smith Center; her husband’s brothers and sisters, other relatives and many, many friends.” .......Smith County Pioneer, August 31, 1961from WEHE history..submitted by Elizabeth (Wehe) Price


“Fine Pioneer Woman Answers Final SummonsMrs. Mike Baumann Services Held Saturday“Frances Ivy Caroline Joy youngest daughter of William Wallace and Sarah Isabelle Joy, was born near Reamsville, Kansas, on August 22, 1880. She departed this life at her home in German township on May 10, 1951, at the age of 70 years, 8 months and 18 days.“She was one of a family of seven children, five of which have preceded her in death. On April 7, 1898 she was united in marriage with Mike Baumann at the home of her parents by the Reverend Bennett. After their marriage the young couple settled on the farm which Mr. Baumann had previously acquired. To this happy union were born 8 children, four sons and four daughters. They endured the hardships of pioneer life common to the early settlers, living in a sod house the first five years of their married life. These years, however, were some of the happiest days of their life. Soon they moved into a three-room frame house. This same house still remained a part of the home where she spent the remainder of her life. Her family was always her greatest concern. Since she was a great lover of the outdoors, she spent many of her hours in the flower garden. She enjoyed fine livestock, good farming and other interesting facts common to farm life.“She and her husband enjoyed 53 years of married life together. On April 7, 1948, they observed their golden wedding anniversary. Mrs. Baumann often expressed a desire to become a member of the church and thus confess her Christian faith.“She leaves to mourn, her faithful husband, four sons; George of Nevada, Mo.; Phil of Bloomington, Nebr.; Karl of Lemoyne, Nebr.; and Ralph of Smith Center, Kansas; four daughters, Anna ,Mrs. Fred Norton, of Alma, Nebr.; Pearl, Mrs. Amasa Smith, of Kensington; Clara, Mrs. Roy Marran, of Franklin; Edna, Mrs. A.J. Panter, of Athol; one brother O. C. Joy of Florence, Oregon; 26 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren, Donald and Barbara VanSkiver; 11 great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.“The final rites were held Saturday, May 12, with services at the home at 1:00 p.m. and from Pleasant Green Lutheran church nine miles north and two west of Kensington at 2:00 p.m. Rev. A. Eggerling was in charge.“The pallbearers were Dean Schenk, Harold Schenk, Alfred Booton, Merlin Bates, Guy Rogers and Claude Clemons.“Hymns were sung by the Yelken Brothers Quartet of Macon. Nebr.“Flowers girls were Delores Smith, Carol Gering, Lela Mae Norton, Carolyn Smith, Colleen Marran, Barbara VanSkiver, Carolyn Baumann, Margaret Smith, Patsy Westcot, Evelyn Smith and Bonnie Wehe.“Interment was in Germantown cemetery.” (Smith County Pioneer. May 17, 1951..... submitted by Elizabeth (Wehe) Price)


Lanny Baumann Dies in Vietnam“Army Specialist 5 Lanny R. Baumann, son of Phillip F. Baumann of rural Bloomington, Nebraska, was killed last Monday, July 28, near Fay Nink, South Vietnam relatives have been informed.“Lanny was clearing an air-craft zone when a grenade dropped into a box of claymore mines, detonating the box.“He graduated from the Kensington, Kansas, high school in 1965 and attended Kansas State University at Manhattan.“He was inducted into the United States Army on February 29, 1968, at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He arrived in Vietnam, December 9, 1968.“Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 6, at Franklin, Nebraska with burial in the Germantown Cemetery.“He was preceded in death by his mother. He is survived by his father, Phillip; his brother, Errol; his sister, Linda of Bloomington; his his half brother, Donald VanSkiver of Lakewood, Colorado; half-sister, Barbara O”Leary of St. Francis, Kansas; and his grandparents, Mr and Mrs. George Tucker of Smith Center, Kansas.”“Flower girls were Miss Pam Worman, Mrs. Rita Wickers, Miss Janice Schenk, Mrs. Barbara Wilsman, Mrs. Marjorie DuPy, Mrs. Lynn Meyer.“Pallbearers were James Wilsman, Michael Naden, Norbert Wagoner, Roderick Seeman, Curtis Beach, Terrance Nich.“Honorary pallbearers were Roy Bales, Dean Steinkruger, James Wilsman, Sr., Everett McDowell, Maynard Wehe, J.S. Wagoner.” ..contributed by Cora BaumannSP5 LANNY ROSS BAUMANN“SP5 Lanny Ross Baumann, son of Phillip and Maxine Baumann, was born May 28, 1947, at Smith Center, Kansas, and passed away near Tay Nink, South Vietnam on July 28, 1969, at the age of 22 years and 2 months.“Lanny grew to manhood on a farm northeast of Kensington, Kansas, and attended grade and high school at Kensington, Kansas, graduating with the senior class of 1965.“He attended Kansas University at Manhattan, Kansas, before entering military service. He was inducted into the United States Army on February 29, 1968. Upon completing basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, he was transferred to Fort Polk, Louisiana. From there he was assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia. He left the States December 9, 1968, for Vietnam where he met his death on July 28, 1969. “Lanny enjoyed the outdoor life. He enjoyed all sports especially hunting and boating. He enjoyed being with his family and many friends, and was thoughtful of their needs, and looked forward with eager expectation to the time when he could return home.“Services were held at the United Methodist Church in Franklin, Nebraska, Wednesday, August 6, 1969, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Gerald Preuss officiating.“Music was furnished by Mrs. Waldene Meyer with Mrs. Jake Huisman accompanist.“Pallbearers were James Wilsman, Michael Naden, Norbert Wagoner, Roderick Seeman, Curtis Beach, Terrance Nech.“Interment was in Germantown Cemetery. Hutchins Funeral Home of Franklin, Nebraska, was in charge of arrangements.” .....from Baumann history; supplied by Karl Baumannfrom WEHE history by Elizabeth (Wehe) Price


Death Claims Grand Adopted Citizen - Michael Baumann services held Friday, December 17“After several months of suffering from an incurable affliction, death claimed Michael Baumann, Dec. 15. Mr.Baumann who adopted this country in preference to his native land, lived up to the traditions of his people and, by thrift and hard work, became one of the successful farmers of the county.“Michael Baumann was born July 6, 1874 of Anna Wehe and Phillip Baumann of Altrip, Baden, Germany, and passed from this life, Wednesday, December 15, 1954 at the home of his daughter, Edna in Athol, Kansas. He spent his childhood days in Altrip and was baptized and confirmed there in the Lutheran church in 1888. “In 1891, at the age of 16, he came to America and resided for a short time with an uncle in Thayer County, Nebraska. Later they moved to Smith County, Kansas. In 1897 he moved to a farm in German township where he resided until the last two months of his life.“He married Caroline Joy April 7, 1898, with whom he enjoyed 53 years of wedded happiness. His wife preceded him in death by three years.“Mr. Baumann was a very self-sufficient person. Farming was his profession and he took great pride in keeping his farm in good condition.“Mr. Baumann had been ill for almost a year before departing this life. He leaves to mourn his passing 8 children: Anna Norton, Alma, Nebr.; George Baumann, Nevada, Mo.; Pearl Smith, Kensington; Clara Marran, Franklin, Nebr.; Edna Panter, Athol; Phil Baumann, Bloomington, Nebr.; Karl Baumann, Lemoyne, Nebr.; and Ralph Baumann, Smith Center; 30 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 4 sisters in Germany; Graetcha Rutz, Dena Pffermann, Lena Bossert and Bincha Snyder. “Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock, December 17, 1954 at Pleasant Green Lutheran church. Burial was in the Germantown Cemetery.” (Smith County Pioneer....December, 1954) submitted by Elizabeth (Wehe) Price)


Phillip (Fredrick) Baumann Rites Held“Services for Phillip Frederick Baumann, 75, brother of Karl Baumann of LeMoyne, were held Tuesday, June 13, 1988, in Kensington, Kan.“Mr. Baumann died Saturday, June 10, at the Grand Island Veterans Hospital.“Services were held from the First St. John Lutheran Church in Kensington with the Rev. David Hutson as officiant. Interment was in the Germantown Cemetery at Kensington. “A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society.“He was born Oct. 20, 1913, on a farm 15 miles northeast of Kensington, the son of Michael and Carrie Baumann. He attended Pleasant Ridge School Dist. 93 not far from the family home.“He served in the armed forces during World War II from March 9, 1942, to April 11, 1944, with the First Armored Division. He looked forward to the annual reunions.“On Jan. 3, 1946, he married Maxine Tucker Vankiver. “He was a member of the First St. John Lutheran Church of Kensington. He was a life member of the Paul Hart American Legion Post 145 of Bloomington, Neb. He held numerous offices in both organizations. “On Nov. 8, 1974, Gov. Wendell H. Ford of Kentucky bestowed on him the title of Kentucky Colonel“He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Maxine, a son Lanny, a brother George and sister Anna Norton.“Survivors include a son and wife, Errol and Marla of Kensington; a daughter Linda and husband Dennis of Smith Center; two brothers, Karl and wife Cora Baumann of LeMoyne and Ralph and wife Esterbelle Baumann of Kensington; sisters; Pearl Smith of Prairie Haven, Kans., Edna Panter and husband A.J. of Greeley, Colo.,and Clara Marran of Franklin, Neb., and Lulu Baumann of Eldorado Springs, Mo.; seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.” ..contributed by Carol Baumann from WEHE history by Elizabeth (Wehe) Price


Charles Edward Bennett was born July 31st, 1880 at Mechanicsburg, Boone County, Indiana, and it was there he grew to young manhood. He came to Kensington, Kansas, at the age of seventeen years, near which place he had since resided until his death which occurred December 20th, 1922, following an eight day illness, at the age of 33 years, 4 months, and 20 days.

He was married to Miss Alta Hall March 8th, 1913, and to this union, was born three children, Vernon Edward, Mary Vivian, and Pearl Elizabeth. Besides his wife and children he leaves a father, S. W. Bennett, three sisters, Mrs Carrie B. Wills and Mrs. Elsie Essex of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Mrs. Ruth Doughty of Mechanichsburg, Indiana; and one brother Bruce Bennett of Colorado Springs, and many other relatives and friends to mourn his untimely death.

He was always a kind and loving husband and father, and a good neighbor, liked by everyone.

The funeral was conducted from the home by the Rev. Dixon, pastor of the Methodist Church in Kensington, and interment was in the Stone cemetery.


We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to the many friends for their acts of kindness and assistance tendered us in our bereavement in the loss of our beloved husband, father and son.

Mrs. C. E. Bennett and Children
S. W. Bennett

(Transcribed by Judy Kinney from the collection of Clara Diercks Finton)


Elmer Best, born October 29, 1887, born at Edmond, Kans., died in Gaylord, Kans., June 11, 1896. Parents: Lucy Shepard and Frank Best. (Source: "The descendants of Thomas Durfee of Portsmouth, R.I." By William Field Reed, 1900, submitted by K. Torp)


Ralph Best, born June 16, 1889 at Edmond, Kans.; died at Smith Center, Kans., December 30, 1901. Parents: Lucy Shepard and Frank Best. (Source: "The descendants of Thomas Durfee of Portsmouth, R.I." By William Field Reed, 1900
submitted by K. Torp)


Leona Ella Sophie Bienhoff, daughter of Henry and Sophie Heise-Bienhoff, was born on the 28th day of April, 1915, and died on the 18th day of February, 1925, at the age of 9 years, 9 months and 20 days.

Little Leonna was a lifelong sufferer, but she never complained of her hard lot. She received the best of care and doctors in nearly every part of the United States were consulted in regard to her ailment, but always without result.

Twice during her lifetime, her mother was compelled to undergo two operations and during those times, little Leona was taken care of by her grandmother, Mrs. E. H. Bienhoff.

The mortal remains were laid to rest in St. John's Lutheran cemetery last Friday, February 20th., Rev. Chr. Bunge officiating.

There's a rest for little children
Above the bright blue sky,
For those who love the Savior,
And Abba, Father, cry;
A rest from every turmoil,
From sin and danger free
Where every little pilgrim
Shall rest eternally.

(Transcribed by Judy Kinney on May 29, 2008 from the obituary collection of Clara Diercks Finton, her great Aunt)


Mrs. Wilhelmina Henrietta Berke nee Bierman, was born on the 2nd day of February , 1858, in Germany. Soon after her birth she was baptized and later on instructed in the Way of Salvation after which she was confirmed.

On the 5th day of January 1880 she was married to Carl Berke. This union was blessed with four daughters. in the year 1887, she with her husband and family came to America and settled near Kirwin, Phillips County, Kansas. In the year 1894, they moved to a farm one-half mile south of Kensington. On the 3rd day of September, 1896, Mr. Berke died leaving his widow and four daughters to mourn his death. Until five years ago Mrs. Berke lived on the farm and then made her home with her daughters in this city. She passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Dierckhoff, on the 25th day of January, at the age 63 years, 11 months and 23 days.

She leaves to mourn her death, her four daughters, Miss Mayilda Berke, Mrs. Henry Dierckhoff, Mrs. E. J. Dettmer and Mrs Arthur Dierckhoff, four grandchildren, one brother, and a host of other relatives and friends.

The Saints of God, their wanderings done,
No more their weary course they run,
No more they faint, no more they fall,
No foes oppress, no fears appall.
O happy saints, forever blest,
In that dear home how sweet your rest.

Funeral services were conducted at the home Friday afternoon at two o'clock by Rev. Bunge. Interment was in the Olive Branch cemetery. (Transcribed by Judy Kinney from the collection of her Great Aunt Clara Diercks Finton)


Mrs. Ettje Marie Bienhoff nee Aden, was born on the 27th day of October, 1868, in Golden, Illinois. Her parents were Hinrich Menne Aden and Ettja Marie, nee Leners. In early infancy she was received as a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church by Holy Baptism. After she had reached the age of discretion she was instructed in the Way of Salvation and renewed her baptismal covenant on the 6th day of April 1884, on which day she was confirmed by the Rev. G. Eisele.

On the 17th day of January 1887, she was united in marriage to E. M. Bienhoff by the Rev. Louis von Rague of Quincy, Illinois. For a number of years the family made their home near Goodland, Kansas. Later, They made their home on the farm two miles south of this city where they resided until a few years ago when they made move to Kensington. But city life was not satisfactory to them, and shortly before Christmas of last year, they moved back to the farm. But it was not given her to remain there for any length of time. For some time she had been troubled by gall-stones. Finally, an operation was considered the only remedy. So on last Wednesday evening she went to the Norton hospital with her husband, where she underwent an operation Saturday morning. After the operation, she was considered on the road to recovery, but God willed it otherwise. Last Monday morning, she breathed her last and fell asleep in Him whom she always had loved and confessed as her Savior.

She leaves to mourn her death her husband, E. HO. Bienhoff; three sons, Henry, Renke and Albert; four daughters, Mrs. Fred Schroeder of Athol, Mrs. Wm. Jenlken of Franklin, Nebraska, and Gertrude and Freda, who are still at home; besides a number of grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Beinhoff reached the age of 58 years, 4 months and 10 days. She was laid to rest in St. John's Lutheran cemetery this afternoon, her pastor, Rev. Chr. Bunge, officiating.

Who are these like stars appearing,
These, before God's throne who stand?
Each a golden crown is wearing;
Who are all this glorious band?
Alleluia! hark they sing,
Praising loud their heavenly King.
These are those whose hearts were riven,
Sore with woe and anguish tried.
Who in prayer full oft have striven
With the God they glorified;
Now, their painful conflict o'er,
God bid them weep no more.

(Transcribed by Judy Kinney on May 29, 2008 from the obituary collection of Clara Diercks Finton)



News was received Tuesday evening of the death at St. Mary's Hospital in Kansas City, that afternoon of Arthur Billings who was taken to that place last Thursday night where he planned to undergo an operation. He was taken sick about two weeks ago and his condition became such that it was decided that an operation was necessary. He left for Kansas City Thursday night with the intention of undergoing the ordeal but upon his arrival there the specialist pronounced his case in such condition that an operation would be of no avail.

Art was one of our most industrious young men, for the past several years being employed at the Ford Garage, and his death is keenly felt by his many friends.

The remains were returned to this place last night where burial will be made. At the time of going to press funeral arrangements have not been completed. (Transcribed by Judy Kinney from the collection of Clara Diercks Flinton, a life long resident of the Kensington, Kansas area.)

At the close of the year 1886, December 30, the home of Mr and Mrs. Daniel Billings was made happy by the arrival of their first born son, Arthur Edward Billings. Later, two other sons, Walter and Herbert, were welcomed to this home. The family grew up together in Kansas and Iowa.

After reaching manhood Arthur spent some time in the state of Washington. He later returned to Kansas and settled in Kensington where he accepted the position of mechanic in the Ford Garage. While in this employment during the ministry of Bro McDonald , Arthur was received into the Church. It was also in Kansas that he met and won the heart of Miss Thistle Elizabeth Long to whom he was happily married May 16, 1918. Thus for a period of three years , ten months and twenty-five days they enjoyed each others companionship.

Arthur was taken ill about two week ago and was taken to Kansas City for an operation, however, when he arrived in Kansas City he was advised that an operation would be of no avail. After much intense suffering he quietly passed away in St. Mary's Hospital at 4:15 in the afternoon, April 11, 1922.

Arthur leaves two brothers, Walter and Herbert, one sister-in-law, Mrs. Walter Billings; three uncles, Joe, Will and Ed Billings and William Champeny and an aunt, Mrs. Susan Bride. The relatives of Mrs. Billings are her mother, Mrs. Long, two brothers Phil and Ray Long; uncle and aunt Mr. and Mrs Loren Fairbank of Hastings, Nebr., and Mrs. Mina Ward of Bloomington, Nebr.

He serves his country best
Who lives pure life and death righteous deed;
Who walks straight paths, however others stray,
And leaves his all and uppermost bequest
A stainless record which all men may read.
This is the better way.
No drop but serves the slowly lifting tide.
No dew but has an errand to some flower
No smallest star but sheds some helpful ray;
And man by man, each helping all the rest,
Makes the firm bulwark of the country's power.
There is no better way.

Funeral services were held at the Christian Church Friday afternoon at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. Bowles. Interment was made in the Germantown Cemetery. (Transcribed by Judy Kinney from the collection of her Great Aunt Clara Diercks Finton)


Henry Borgman, an old and respected citizen of Gaylord, Smith county, died of cancer Wednesday night. (Topeka Weekly Capital, February 22, 1894, page 10)


Chauncey Bronson was born in Livingston county, New York, on February 17th, 1841, and departed this life on December 20th, 1926, at the age of 85 years, 10 months and 3 days.

He came to Fayette county, Iowa, with his parents in 1856, where on November 23rd, he was united in marriage to Ann Obenchain. Eight children were born to this union: of which two sons have proceeded him in death.

In 1873 he, with his family, came to Smith County, Kansas, and located on a homestead in Cedar township, where he lived continuously until the time of his death. It was on this homestead that the brave couple shared together the sorrows and joys so familiar to the early pioneers of Kansas. Their union was indeed a happy one until on January 2, 1911, Death called the loving wife home. Since that time Grandpa Bronson has remained on the old home place, sharing his home life with his son Warren and family, who gave him every possible comfort and happiness during his latter years.

"Grandpa" Bronson, as he was familiarly know to everyone in this community was a character loved and trusted by all. Since the early pioneer days he has been a friend in need to all neighbors and friends. His sunny disposition, with always a jovial greeting for everyone, backed by a trustworthy character, won for him a place in this community where his influence will be felt long after he is gone.

He will be sadly missed by his family of children to whom he was always a loving, influential father; and by his children and great grandchildren, in whom he was always tenderly interested. The children who survive are: Mrs. Lucy Nelson, of Tygh Valley, Oregon; Mrs. Martha Swarts, Hudson, Colorado; Mrs. Mary Rice, Franklin, Nebraska; and W. E. Bronson, Mrs. Josie Grauerholz and Warren Bronson, of Kensington, Kansas. Besides these, he leaves 36 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren, many other relatives and a host of neighbors and friends, who mourn his passing.

"A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.

But sister, brothers,
Friends and loved ones,
This earth is not our abiding home.
But may we all be reunited
Around our Father's throne."


To all our friends and neighbors who have so generously given us their help and comfort in this, our great loss, we wish to extend our most sincere thanks. Your comforting words, your deeds of kindness and floral offerings are greatly appreciated and will never be forgotten. The Children

Submitted by Judy Kinney from the collection of her Great Aunt Clara Diercks Finton.


Last Friday afternoon this community was shocked to learn that the little daughter of August Brunow and wife had been run over by a truck upon which a stationary engine had been mounted and that the unfortunate accident had resulted in the death of the child.

Little Aleen Marie Brunow was born on the 31st day of January, 1920. Soon after her birth she was baptized and received into the Lutheran Church. She died in the grace of his baptismal covenant on the 22nd day of July 1921, at the age of one year , five months, and twenty-one days. She was laid to rest in the Germantown Cemetery last Sunday afternoon, funeral services being conducted by Rev. Chr. Bunge. A host of relatives and friends had assembled to accompany the remains of this little child to their last resting place where she sleeps to await the resurrection morn.

She leaves to mourn her untimely death, her parents, a brother, grandparents and a host of other relatives.

There is a rest for little children
Above the bright blue sky,
For those who love the Savior,
And, Abba, Father, cry;
A rest from every turmoil,
From sin and danger free,
Where every little pilgrim
Shall rest eternally.

There's a home for little children
Above the bright blue sky.
Where Jesus reigns in glory,
A home of [peace and joy;No home on earth is like it,
Nor can with it compare;
For every one is happy,
Nor could be happier there.

There's a crown for little children
Above the bright blue sky;
And all who look for Jesus
Shall wear it by and by;
A crown of brightest glory,
Which He will then bestow
On all who love the Savior,
And walk with Him below.

There is no death in heaven;
For they who gain that shore
Have won their immortality,
And they can die no more.


We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to relatives, friends and neighbors who so kindly extended their sympathy by word, help and floral offerings in our bereavement suffered by the death of our dear loved daughter and sister.

Mr. and Mrs. August Brunow and Edwin

(Transcribed by Judy Kinney from the collection of her Great Aunt Clara Diercks Finton)



In the death early Friday morning of Fritz Brunow, this vicinity lost one of its most highly respected and well liked citizens. His illness extended over a period of two years in which time all means at command were resorted to in hopes that relief might be obtained, but all to no avail.

Fritz Gustav Brunow was born October 17th, 1883 in Bloomington, Nebraska. While still a boy, he came with his parents to Kansas, settling four miles north of Kensington. Here he grew to manhood.

On October 17th, 1906, he was united in marriage to Bertha Brandes. During the first years of their married lie they resided with his parents, later settling in their present home, two miles west of Kensington.

In October, 1925, he contracted a severe cold and attack of influenze. This developed into complications causing a lingering illness of a year and a half. Though he railed from time to time, he continued growing weaker. He fell asleep in Jesus, January 14th, 1927, attaining an age of 43 years, 2 months, and 27 days. During his lingering illness, he remained ever cheerful, patient and hopeful willingly going the way in which the Lord led him. He was well cared for by his ever faithful wife whose thoughts were continual by intent upon his comfort and well being.

With the death of Mr. Brunow, it may well be said that one of the faithful and quiet souls of the land has passed away.

Fritz Gustav Brunow is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bertha Brandes Brunow; two sons, John, a member of the Senior class of the Kensington high school, and Henry, who is this year completing the seventh grade; his mother, Mrs. Albert Brunow; one brother, August, and one sister, Mrs. Henry Dettmer, all of Kensington, Kansas.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday, January 16th, at 1:30 from the home, and at 2:30 from the First Lutheran Church. Interment was made at the Germantown Cemetery.

Asleep in Jesus, Oh, how sweet
To be for such a slumber meet;
With holy confidence to sing
That death has lost its venomed sting.

Asleep in Jesus, peaceful rest,
Whose waking is supremely blessed;
No fear, no woe shall dim that hour
That manifests the Savior's power.

(Transcribed by Judy Kinney from the collection of her Great Aunt, Clara Diercks Finton)


Frederick William Calkin was born November 5th, 1848, in Hancock County, Illinois, and departed this life on February 25th, 1927, at his home in Athol, Kansas, having arrived at the age of 78 years, 3 months and 20 days.

He was rejected for service in the Union army in the Civil war because of his youth and smallness of stature, but belonged to the Home Guards and saw service at that time.

He spent his youth on the farm but soon after the war went west, into western Iowa and on becoming of age moved into Nebraska where he homesteaded but remained there only a few years, selling his homestead and returning to Illinois where he married Sarah E. Spiegel in 1873. He then again moved west to Iowa and lived there until the Spring of 1886, when he came to Smith county, Kansas, where he continued to reside until his death.

His immediate family consisted of his wife, who died January 25, 1925 and four children, Chas. C. Calkin of Kingman, Kansas, Mabel C. Albright of Athol, Frances E. Wood of Kensington, and Martin F. Calkin of Athol, all of whom survive.

By general occupation, he was a farmer, but in early life he learned the trade of carpenter and pursued the two occupations together until almost the end of his life. He was a tireless worker and the works of his labor will stand as a monument to his usefulness on earth long after those who knew him in life have passed away.

In early life he became a Christian, and his labors, both in and for the Church, were constant and enduring. On coming to Kansas he found that church organizations were scattered and few and with other pioneers of the same mind, he set out to create a religious life for the community, the result being the organization of a non-sectarian Sunday School at Highland in the Spring of 1887. From this start developed the United Bretheran Church at that point, with which he remained, transferring his membership to Athol on moving there in 1910.

After the loss of his wife on January 25, 1925, he has rapidly failed and his greatest desire has been to go to be with her. His illness was short; he recognized his summons at the beginning and was ready.

Funeral services were held at the U. B. Church at Athol, Kansas, Sunday, February 27th., and the body was laid to rest by the side of his faithful wife, in the Fairview Cemetery.

Those from a distance, who attended the funeral, were Wm Little and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Heisel of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Mrs H. K. Knox, Mrs. L. Knox, A. Calkin and L. Calkin of Clearfield, Iowa; Mrs. J. C. Gordon of St. Joseph, Mo.; Ed sorrels and F. Steffle or Norton; Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Garrett and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Garrett, and Ellis Lester of Franklin, Nebraska.

Mr. Calkin never grew old; he loved children and was always singing the old songs he loved so well:

"I have heard of a land,
On a faraway strand;
In the Bible the story is told --
Where cares never come,
Never darkness nor gloom,
And no one can ever grow old."


For the kindly assistance and the sympathy extended during our recent sorrow in the death of our dear father, we extend our sincere thanks.

Mabel C. Albright
Frances C. Woods
Chas. C. Calkin
Martin F. Calkin

Transcribed by Judy Kinney from the collection of her Great Aunt Clara Diercks Finton.


SMITH CENTER --- William J. Cameron, 93, Smith Center, died Sunday at the Good Samaritan Home, Ellsworth.

Born in Iowa on Dec. 13, 1865, Mr. Cameron had been a resident of Smith Center for about 75 years.  He was a retired carpenter.

Survivors include two sons, A. B., Hutchinson, and Ted E., Denver; one brother, Charles, Smith Center, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Simmons Funeral Home, Smith Center, with the Rev. James L. Andrews in charge.

Burial will be in the Smith Center cemetery.
(Salina Journal ~ June 29, 1959 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


John Chor was born March 15th, 1853, at O'Follon, St. Clara County, Illinois, and it was there that he grew to manhood. He came to Kansas in 1887, since which time he had an active part in settling and development of this country.

He was married to Miss Riy Strohm August 22nd, 1894, and to this union were born four children, Catherine, Mabel, George, and Lena, all of whom survive, except the latter who died in infancy.

Besides the companion, two daughters and son, deceased is survived by two brothers, two sisters, two grandchildren and many other relatives who mourn his passing away.

Mr. Chor was received into the Lutheran Evangelical Church at the age of twenty five years. He was a man well thought of in his community, a man of many friends and no enemies, a good neighbor and highly esteemed by all who knew him.

Mr. Chor's illness had been of long standing and of a nature to baffle the skill of medical science. Everything that could be done to stay the disease and prolong life, was done. His death occurred about noon, Monday, December 4th, 1922.


We desire to express our thanks and appreciation to our many friends and neighbors for their acts of kindness and assistance in our bereavement in the death of our beloved husband and father.

Mrs. John Chor and Children

Submitted by Judy Kinney from the collection of her Great Aunt Clara Diercks Finton.


This vicinity suffers the loss of another one of its pioneer citizens this week in the passing away of John Chor Sr., at his home five miles southeast of this city, Monday morning.

Mr. Chor was stricken several months ago with an illness that gave him much concern and he went to Rochester, Minnesota, to the Mayo Bros. Hospital, early in the year to consult the noted specialists of that place regarding his ailment. But the dreaded ailment had gained such headway that the efforts of these famous specialists proved of only temporary benefit and he has been gradually declining since that time.

Deceased was one of our highly respected citizens and his death is keenly felt by his neighbors and many friends.

Funeral services were conducted from the home yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment was in Olive Branch cemetery.

Submitted by Judy Kinney from the collection of her Great Aunt Clara Diercks Finton.


Laura Edmonds was born in Page County, Iowa, May 17th, 1859. Her father enlisted in the Civil War and was among those who never returned. Her mother died leaving her an orphan at the age of eight years. one of a family of five children.

She was married to Samuel Clark on August 22 nd, 1878, and to this union one son was born, Carl Clark, of Selden, Kansas, who was with her in her last illness. She, with her family came to Smith County in the fall of 1894, living on a farm south of Kensington, moving to this city about eighteen years ago, which has since been her home.

From her home in this city, she passed to her heavenly home early in the morning of January 11th, 1922, at the age of 62 years, 7 months and 24 days.

She was united with M. E. Church at this place fourteen years ago and has been a faithful and earnest worker in the Masters vineyard. In all the Church and Aid work, as long as she was able to attend, she was in her place, and when no longer able to attend, helping to plan and holding steady and cheerful in her devotion to the end.

She often expressed her faith, readiness and willingness to go when the Master should call. (We can almost see her slip her hands in His.)

She leaves to mourn her departure her companion; her son, Carl, wife and two grandsons; one brother Thomas Edmonds of Los Angeles, California; a number of other relatives and a host of friends and neighbors, who feel their loss and sympathize with her bereaved family.

Weep not that her toils are over,
Weep not that her race is won,
God grant we may rest as calmly,
When our work like hers, is done.

Till then we yield with gladness,
Our loved one to Him to keep,
And rejoice in the sweet assurance,
He giveth his faithful one sleep.

Funeral services were conducted from the M. E. Church Friday afternoon at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. Dixon. Interment was in the Olive Branch cemetery.


We wish to extend our sincere thanks for the many expressions of sympathy and acts of kindness bestowed during the sickness and death of our dear wife and mother, and especially to the Ladies Aid and others for the beautiful floral offerings.

Samuel Clark
Carl Clark

Submitted by Judy Kinney from the collection of her Great Aunt Clara Diercks Finton.


Youth Dies in Boat

Palacios, Matagorda Co Texas Dec 12

The body of Roy Clark, a young man 21 years of age. was recovered from a skiff in East Bay this morning, the rescuers reaching the scene Just In time to give his father a chance for his life. The two men left Saturday morning for a fishing trip, using a small skiff. The stiff norther which sprang up late in the afternoon made the water too rough for them to attempt navigation, and to hold the skiff to the wind, it was anchored. During the night the wind became colder, while rain squalls were frequent. This was too much for the young man and he died from exposure two hours before the rescuing party reached him. The father was rescued more dead than alive, and tonight his chances are considered about even. The young man will be buried by the Masons today. Both father and son were recent arrivals, having settled here about two months ago. They came from Athol, Kan. (13 Dec 1909; Paper: Dallas Morning News - submitted by B. Ziegenmeyer)



Our citizens received the news yesterday morning with the deepest regret, of the passing away of Mrs. Samuel Clark, pioneer and estimable lady, at her home in this city, following a severe illness of several weeks.

Deceased was one of the very popular and highly esteemed lady's of this city and was an active church worker in whose circles her good and kind deeds will be greatly missed.

Mrs. Clark was one of our pioneer citizens and has won a large circle of close friends who extend their heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved companion and son in their great loss.

In the presence of much sorrow, how cold and impatient are words and how doubly deep would be the grief over the grave did not the rainbow of Christian hope span the dark gulf between time and eternity, and such pure, bright lives inspire the belief that there is a better world beyond, where filled from the corroding cares of earth, the good and true are reunited "after life's fitful fever."

Funeral services will be conducted at the M. E. Church tomorrow (Friday) afternoon at two o'clock. Interment will be in Olive Branch cemetery.

Submitted by Judy Kinney from the collection of her Great Aunt Clara Diercks Finton.


“Little Kelvin Lee Cromwell came into this world March 5, 1954 to make his home with his parents William E. and Lucille Cromwell. After his brief stay at the Smith Center Memorial Hospital, he came to his rural home to spend eight blessed weeks with those who so dearly loved him. His two brothers Wayne and Jimmy; two sisters Sharon and Mary Ann were so proud of their new brother. The happy hours will never be forgotten. His illness was very sudden. The family physician was consulted at once for Kelvin Lee, but nothing wrong could be found. Then in a short time he passed away while in route to the doctor the second time.“Kelvin Lee’s passing was April 29, 1954. He lived with us one month and 24 days. Besides his family, he leaves to mourn his passing four grandparents, Mr and Mrs. B.D. Cromwell, Luray, Ks; Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Smith, Kensington, KS; two Great grandparents, Mike Baumann, Bloomington, NE; Dora Bronson, Natona, KS; five aunts, four uncles - Mr & Mrs. Donald L. Smith, Arkansas City, KS., Mr. and Mrs. Dale Mott, Pratt, KS., Henry, Delorse, Carolyn, Margaret, A.E. Smith, Kensington; and many other relatives and friends.“Words cannot express our thoughts or our emotions. Although Kelvin Lee is gone from us for a little while, there will always be a warm tender spot in our hearts full of blessed memories that made our lives so bright.”....Lucille Cromwell ..from WEHE family history....submitted by Elizabeth (Wehe) Price


Lucille Cromwell:Lucille M. Cromwell, age 88, passed away on April 22, (2008) in Trego County Lemke Memorial Hospital, WaKeeney. (KS).Lucille was born on June 26, 1924 in Smith County to Amasa Smith and Pearl Thelma (Baumann) Smith. Lucille was a long term care social activities director and retired in 1989. She married William E. Cromwell on June 14, 1944, in Kensington (KS). William passed away on Feb. 5, 2004.She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William “Buck” Cromwell, infant son, Kelvin Cromwell; a brother Henry Smith; and three sisters, Thelma Smith, Delores Rorabaugh and Margaret Saathoff.She is survived by her sons; Wayne Cromwell, Abilene, James A. Cromwell, Carlton and Nolan Cromwell, College Station, Tex.; daughters, Sharon Marsh, Ellsworth, Mary Vogts, Moundridge; Korene Triplett, Logan; Darlene Tillitson, Ransom and Vae Nihas, WaKeeney.; brother, A. E. Smith of Holly Lake, Tex.; two sisters, Evelyn Smith of Loveland, Colo. and Carolyn Underwood of Bennington, 22 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.Memorial services were held at the First United Methodist Church in WaKeeney on Saturday, April 26 at 10:a.m. She was laid to rest in the Germantown Cemetery in Kensington ( Smith County, KS) at 2 p.m. Visitation was held from 8:30 a.m. until service on Saturday at the First United Methodist Church.In lieu of flowers memorials suggested to the Trego County Lemke Memorial Hospital Long Term Care and can be sent in care of the Schmitt Funeral Home, 336 N 123th Wakeeney, KS. 67672..from WEHE family history, submitted by Elizabeth (Wehe) Price..Smith County Pioneer, May 1, 2008


Maud Fern Cromwell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Cromwell, was born near Waterville, in Washington County, Kansas, January 31st, 1882, passed away at the home of her sister, Mrs. Ola Reneberg, at Kensington, Kansas, November 8th, 1924, at the age of 42 years, 9 month and 8 days. She was one of a family of ten children, namely, Laura Bell, Eva Ella, Oliver Rome, Maud Fern, James Bertran, Mabel Beatrice, Flossie, Joseph Van, David Glen and Roy Ray. Two sisters have proceeded her in death, Mrs. Bell Terry of Chicago, Illinois, on September 1, 1905 and Mabel Beatrice, on March 14, 1889, at the tender age of two years. The mother and father and remaining sisters and brothers survive her and all were present at the funeral.

Maud was a kind and loving daughter, sister, and friend; she was of a sweet and sunny disposition and loved by all who knew her. It was her aim in life to do good and to make those about her happy -- never thinking of self, but rather of those about her. She graduated from Circleville high school and completed her schooling at the University at Holton, Kansas. She as very successful in her school work having taught in the Shawnee county schools for fifteen years. About two years ago she was compelled to give up her school work on account of failing health. During her sickness she was always patient and hopeful. All that medical skill and loving hands could do was rendered, but the disease being of an incurable nature, all was of no avail. So with her unfaltering faith in the Master upon whom she had always leaned, she passed to her reward, closing her brief mission in the early morning.

Somebody knows when your heart aches,
And everything seems to go wrong;
Somebody knows when the shadows
Need chasing away with a song.

Somebody knows when your lonely,
Tired, discouraged and blue;
Somebody wants you to know Him,
And know that He dearly loves you.

Funeral services were from the Penwall Chapel, Tuesday, Nov. 11th, at one o'clock, conducted by Rev. Buckner of the First Christian Church of Topeka. Burial was in the family lot at Mt. Hope cemetery.

Submitted by Judy Kinney from the collection of her Great Aunt Clara Diercks Finton.


William Cromwell veteran of WWII, elevator manager.William “Buck” Ezekiel Cromwell, 80, died Feb. 5, 2004, at Trego-Lemke Memorial Hospital, WaKeeney. He was born Feb. 23, 1923 in Russell County (KS) to Billy D. and Melissa (Horton) Cromwell.Buck served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was a member of VFW Post 7972 in Ransom and was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Carlton.On June 14, 1944, William and Lucille M. Smith were married in Kensington. Buck was employed by, and managed numerous grain elevators in the commuinities of Athol, Logan, Lenora, Ransom and WaKeeney.He was preceded in death by infant son Kelvin and sister Viola MottThe survivors include his wife Lucille of the home; three sons, Wayne and wife Linda of Abilene; James A. and wife Mary of Carlton, and Nolan and wife Mary of Seattle, Wash.; five daughters, Sharon Marsh and husband Jerry of Ellsworth, Mary Vogts of Moundridge, Korene Triplett and husband Rick of Logan; Darlene Tillitson and husband Larry of Ransom and Vae Nilhas and husband John of Ellis; 22 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Dale Mott of Greensburg; and an aunt, Goldie Horton of Zook. A memorial service is scheduled Feb. 14th at the United Methodist Church, WaKeeney, Smith County Pioneer, February 12, 2004..from WEHE history ..submitted by Elizabeth (Wehe) Price


Cedarville Globe:  Geo. W. Cruse, an old soldier who has been sick for some time past and staying with Mr. Pierce in Dorr township died and was laid to rest in the Leasburg cemetery.  Mr. Cruse has been a sufferer for many year from a disease contracted while in the army, but by some technicality failed in securing a pension.
(Kinsley Mercury ~ Thursday ~ May 2, 1889 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)



This section lost another of its mighty fine and aged pioneer lady 's in the death last Monday morning of Mrs. Samuel Cubitt at her home in this city.

Mrs. Cubitt had been in fast declining health for the past several months and her condition grew constantly weaker up to the end, it appearing that medical services proved of no value in coping with her condition, and her passing away, while keenly felt by her many friends was uun whollyunexpected.

Her many friends enter into tenderest sympathy with the companion who iis leftto mourn her passing away and the companionship of a most noble woman.

As her life was a blessing and benefaction to all within the sphere of its influence so is the death of such a one, a public misfortune, as well as an iirreparable lossto the home circle made desolate by her departure. It is difficult to pay a fitting tribute to the memory of so a noble woman--one whose every day life was embellished by the most charming aandlovable attributes of her sex. AA perfectlady at all times--under all circumstances, she seemed born to inspire the love and respect of all who were so fortunate as to be acquainted with her. No one was more willing to and the suffering, cheer the sustain the weak, and to throw over the ffrailtiesof our race the mantle of CChristiancharity, and when sickness and death came to her, as it comes to all, neighbors and friends vied with each other in acts of loving kindness and tender solicitude, and many were the willing hands and hearts ready to assist him upon whom rested the heavy responsibility o attempting to fight back the ravages of disease, to avert the inevitable, and in whom were united the devotion of a friend, the untiring skill and care of the physician, but love and skill were equally of no avail. The great destroyer had placed his signet on her brow and today, these who loved her living, mourn her dead.

Ellen Stokes was born in London, England, May 23rd, 1849, was married to Samuel Cubitt in London in the year 1870. They came to America in 1872 and have resided in Smith County Kansas, for many years. She united with the M. E. Churc h in an early day when they worshiped in a _od church, known as the Ohio M. E.Church, a few miles north of Kensington. She spent her ceclining years with her devoted companion in this city. She waited through her afliction clearly contemplating her heavenly home, her trusted fixed in her Lord.

Funeral services were from the M. E Chruch Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock conducted _________ Dixon. Interment was ________ town cemetery. (Transcribed by Judy Kinnery from the collect of her Great Aunt Clara Diercks Finton. Please not a small corner piece of this obit was missing. The missing portions are designated by underscoring)



Memorial services for Bertha Faye Currey, who died Jan. 18, 1966, were held from Simmons Chapel in Kensington, Kansas, Friday, Jan 21 at 2 p.m. with the Reverend Franklin Witter officiating. Interment was in Cedar cemetery.

Music was furnished by Marjorie Meyer and Lorene Witter, accompanied by Gladys Davis. Honorary pallbearers were J. S. Wagner, Raymond Thomm, Olin Snair, Raymond Hagman and Wilson Nonamaker. Active bearers were George Oliva, Lawrence Reynolds, Alvin Grauerholz, Paul Claudell, Rex Bierman and Glen McCormick.

Obituary: Bertha Faye, only daughter of Ernest L. and Rose Smith, was born in Smith County near Kensington, Kansas, December 8, 1908, and passed away suddenly on January 18, 1966 at the age of 57 years 1 month and 10 days. Her death was attributed to a coronary attack.

She attended Fort Hays State College and Boulder University in preparation for her teaching career, which she followed for nearly 18 years.

On December 30, 1945, she was united in marriage to James H. Currey. They established their home on the Currey farm near Claudell and lived there their entire married life. To this union was born one daughter, Diana June.

Bertha united with the First Christian church in Kensington at an early age and was a teacher in Sunday school for a number of years. She was a Past Worthy Matron of Athena Chapter 440 Order of the Eastern Star, Kensington. At the time of her death, she was a member of the Board of Education of Kensington schools, a position she had held for a number of years. She was also a member of the 4-C unit in the community where she resided.

Bertha was one of high ideals and advocated everything that was noble and good in the community, and was always concerned with the interest of her family and home, She took great pride in her flowers, yard and garden.

She is survived by her husband, James, and Daughter Diana of the home; two brothers, Clarence A and Jess A. Smith, Kensington and several nieces and nephews, many close relatives and a host of friends.

The following is a favorite poem.

Though you are gone, you shall ever be close and near, through the years to me. I shall hear your voice in the wild birds song. In the silvery brooks that flows along. It shall come with breezes .... remainder of article is missing.

Submitted by Judy Kinney from the collection of her Great Aunt Clara Diercks Finton.



Mrs. James Currey, the former Bertha Faye Smith, 57, of the Claudell vicinity, died unexpectedly Tuesday night, apparently from a coronary attack. The Curreys were on their way to Kensington to attend the basketball tournament. She was driving. Suddenly she complained about a pain in her chest and stopped the car. Mr. Currey took over the wheel and drove to Kensington where she was dead on arrival at the office of Dr. B. Hartman.

Mrs. Currey, a former teacher, was a member of the school board at Kensington. She and Mr. Currey where the parents of one daughter Diane of the home.

Memorial services will be held tomorrow (Friday) from Simmons chapel in Kensington at 2 p.m. Burial will be at Cedar.

Submitted by Judy Kinney fro the collection of her Great Aunt Clara Diercks Finton.


Emma Francis Weaver, better known as Dee Weaver, was born in Madison County, Kentucky, January 17, 1871 and died at her home near Cope, Colorado, January 20, 1924. AT the age of seven years she came west with her parents Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Weaver and lived for six years near Pawnee, Nebraska from which place they came to Smith County in 1884 and lived on a farm in the Crystal Plains community until 1909 when the family moved to Smith Center.

She was married to Derth Furgeson August 1, 1917 and her home has been on a farm near Cope since that time.

Mrs. Ferguson united with the Christian church at an early age and remained a consistent and honored member throughout her life. She was devoted to her parents and especially to her mother who went to her reward September 29 last year, after being a helpless invalid for many years and whom she faithfully cared for throughout most of her illness. She has had her aged father with her since the death of the mother and wife.

Mrs. Ferguson leaves to mourn her departure, her husband, father, one sister, Mrs. Nannie Thompson of Smith Center and three brothers, Andrew of Boulder, Colo., Ed of Otego and George of Smith Center. Funeral services were held in the Christian church here, Wednesday, January 23 at one o'clock. Rev. J. B. Franklin officiating with the Rev. R. A. Allen of the Dewey church assisting. Burial was in the Crystal Plains cemetery.

Transcribed by Judy Kinney from the collection of her Great Aunt Clara Diercks Finton.



The Kensington community was shocked last Wednesday Jan. 31 when word came of the sudden death of Glenn Ferguson at his home, north of Kensington. Memorial services were held from Simmons Chapel in Kensington Saturday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. Interment was in Germantown cemetery.


Glenn Ferguson, prominent north of Kensington Farmer, died of a massive heart attack in the yard of his home Jan. 31. Death struck without warning as MR. Ferguson was leaving his farm work to go to the house for dinner.

Glenn Arthur Ferguson was born Dec. 11, 1908, to George and Nellie Ferguson on a farm one mile south of Pleasant Green Lutheran church. He received his schooling in the Norton school.

Sept. 14, 1932, he was united in marriage to Miss Erna Wehe. To this union were born three sons: Roy, who resides near the parental home; Raymond with the military in Okinawa; and Larry, who died at the age of 14.

Glenn received Christian baptism in St. John Lutheran Church of Kensington on March 28, 1937. He and his wife farmed and resided north west of Kensington their entire lives and it was on the home place that he died unexpectedly Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the age of 64 years and one month.

Besides his son Larry, Mr. Ferguson was preceded in death by his father, brother George, and sister Beatrice. Left to mourn his death is his wife Erna, his mother Nellie, sons Roy and wife Helen and Raymond and wife Charlene, five grandchildren Kerry, Connie, Steve, Teresa and Terry; three brothers: Ross, Ivan and Reed, Kensington; a sister, Thelma King, Basalt, Co.., and a host of friends.

Memorial services were Saturday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m. from Simmons Chapel in Kensington with the Rev. Virgil Anderson officiating. Ernest Beckmann and Don Wiens sang the hymns and were accompanied by Ruth Bienhoff.

Casket bearers were Louie Molzahn, Francis Wachs, Royce Levin, Eldon Rietzke, Leland Wangerin and Wayne Ratliff. Interment was in Germantown Cemetery, Kensington.

Transcribed by Judy Kinney from the collection of her Great Aunt Clara Diercks Finton.


Ida May Knight Hartman, daughter of Reverend and Mrs. James Knight, was born in Coffey County, Kansas, December 1, 1863 and died in Lebanon, Kansas, August 18, 1919. Age 55 years, 8 months and 17 days. At an early age she moved with her parents to Lebanon which has been her home almost continually since.

On December 25, 1886 [in Smith County, Kansas], she was married to Jonas Hartman and to this union was born three children, Gertie, dying in infancy, Ruby, dying at the age of 11 months, and Minnie. She leaves to mourn her loss a loving faithful husband, one daughter, Mrs. Ray [Minnie Adaline Hartman] Myers of Lebanon, and seven brothers and sisters. They are: Mrs. Will [Minnie] Edmonds of McLouth, Kansas, Mrs. Will [Margaret] Hall of Allerton, Iowa, Mrs. Elmer [Belle] Simons of Cowles, Nebraska, James Knight of Dexter, New Mexico, Ed Knight of Basehor, Kansas, John Knight of Riverton, Nebraska, and Allie Knight of Nortonville, Kansas.

At sixteen years of age she was converted and joined the United Brethren Church. She was ever a willing worker and retained her membership at the time of her death. After an illness lasting ten weeks, she called her loved ones to her side and in a calm steady voice charged them one by one to meet her in heaven. A short time later a smile was seen to spread over her face and in her own way said, “Dear Jesus, I will soon be home with thee.” Life failed rapidly and at 11:30 p.m. took its departure. Funeral services were held at the Highland Church, Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Reverend Grimes and Reverend Hampshire. The body was interred in the cemetery three miles south of the church [in Pleasant Plains Cemetery].

Card of Thanks-

We extend our heartfelt thanks to the many kind friends who so kindly assisted us in the sickness and burial of our wife and mother. We also thank you for the floral offerings. -- Jonas Hartman and Mrs. Ray Myers. (The Lebanon Times, Lebanon, Kansas, August 22, 1919 submitted by Lowell Ben Krahn)


At the home of Joseph and Catherine Hartman in Johnson County, Iowa, on October 31, 1862, occurred the birth of Jonas D. Hartman, one of a family of eight children. After an eventful career of 90 years, less 16 days, that boy, many times in later years referred to as Uncle Jonas, on October 15, 1952, passed away at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joe McCracken in Red Cloud, Nebraska.

When four years of age, he, with the family, moved to Tama County, near by, and when 10 years of age, they came with an emigrant train to Smith County, Kansas, locating near Old Salem. That general vicinity was destined to be intimately acquainted with him all the days of his life.

On December 25, 1886, he was united in marriage to Ida May Knight and the marriage of this pioneer couple was a happy one. To them were born three children, Ruby, dying at the age of eleven months, and Gertie, dying in infancy. The other daughter, Minnie, now Mrs. Ray Myers of Lebanon, Kansas, survives. Elmer Myers, grandson, died at 3 years of age. The wife and mother passed away on August 18, 1919. There are many nephews and nieces, and relatives by marriage with whom the son said “he seemed more like a father.” And the endearing term “Uncle Jonas” survived to many of his neighbors for more than forty years.

At the age of 16, he united with the United Brethren Church and remained a member until the day of his death, being with the Independence group, northwest of Lebanon. His faith was constant with him throughout life. For many years he was Sunday School superintendent, as well as other positions in church work. Until his health failed he was always in attendance in person and with his ability.

A farmer, he spent several years in eastern Kansas with his family, but returned to the land of his choice in Smith County. He saw the vanishing prairies and with it the wild life, even the buffalo. He saw, following his example, the infiltration of new people, new life from the East. It may be said he with hundreds of thousands like him conquered the West. He loved it, lived from it, and for it. Carrying mail on the routes out of Lebanon, he gave to the patrons the same thoughtful honest service. His route was part of him, farm life.

Honest and religious? No question of it. A good citizen? The bulwark of good citizenship in America came from stock similar to him. A good neighbor? Persons who knew him will give you the answer as to his living in their midst for 80 years. Attesting to these facts and as to his qualifications as a father, are the daughter and her husband, who, as previously stated, survive.

Funeral services were held from the Methodist Church in Lebanon Saturday afternoon, with the Reverend Loren Silsby, in charge. The Reverend Harry Riley, pastor of that church, assisted. Burial was in the family lot in Pleasant Plain Cemetery north of Lebanon.

Card of Thanks-

We wish to thank our friends for the cheer, aid, remembrances in cards, letters and flowers during the long decline in health and subsequent death and burial of our father, Jonas D. Hartman.

Ray and Minnie Myers
(The Lebanon Times, Lebanon, Kansas, October 23, 1952, submitted by Lowell Ben Krahn)


SMITH CENTER --- The funeral for Clifford Hays, 65, Gaylord, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Gaylord Community Church, the Rev. Vern Rushing officiating.  Burial will be in the Gaylord cemetery.

Mr. Hays died Saturday morning at the Smith County Memorial hospital.  He was a longtime resident of Gaylord and ran the Grisier and Hays grocery store for 47 years.  He retired 2 years ago.

Surviving are the widow, Harriet; a son, im Muck, and a daughter, Mrs. Kendall Nichols, all of Gaylord, and a sister, Mrs. Bessie Fahrnbruch, Lincoln, Neb.

Mr. Hays ill lie in state from 9 a.m. Tuesday at the church.  Friends may call at the Simmons funeral home, Smith Center.
(Salina Journal ~ July 24, 1977 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


Eva Johnson, daughter of Lewis and Susan Cass Jenkinson, was born October 3, 1899, at Gaylord, and died January 7, 1993, at Heartland Care Center in Belleville, at the age of 93 years, three months and four days.

She attended local country schools, graduating at the age of 16 from Gaylord High School.  She attended one year of college at Kansas Wesleyan.

She was united in marriage to Al Kohlenberg and to this union one son was born.

During the war they moved to California where Mrs. Johnson worked at the naval base in San Francisco, Calif.

Later she was united in marriage to Ed Johnson.  She moved back to Belleville in 1978.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Paul Eugene, her husband, Ed Johnson in 1976, and four brothers.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held January 9 at the Bachelor-Faulkner-Dart Memorial Chapel in Belleville, conducted by Rev. Garth Barber.  Graveside services were conducted at the Gaylord Cemetery.
(Belleville Telescope ~ Thursday ~ January 14, 1993 ~ Page 16)



Word was received here Tuesday morning of the death of a former well-known Kensington lady, Mrs. Mary Keef on Sunday, at Nevada, Missouri, where she had been making her home with a sister the past several months.

The remains were brought back to this city arriving here yesterday morning and taken to the Roy Keef home south of this city, where funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. today. Burial will be in Olive Branch cemetery.

Transcribed by Judy Kinney from the collection of her Great Aunt Clara Diercks Finton.

Mary E. Files was born June 16th, 1851, at Glenwood, Iowa and passed away at Nevada, Missouri, March 6, 1922, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hattie Dodd.

Deceased was united in marriage to Frank Keef on October 5th, 1876, at Glenwood, Iowa. Mr. Koef's death occurred on June 16th, 1920.

Mrs. Keof was a pioneer resident of this place, residing here until a little over a year ago when she located at Salina where she made her home until a few months ago when she went to Nevada, Missouri, to remain with her daughter and where her death occurred.

She leaves to mourn her passing away, six children, Mrs. Hattie Dodd of Nevada, Mo.; Roy of this place; Fred and Rolla of Salina, Kansas; Walter of Glen Elder, Kansas; and Mrs, Bessie Muxlow of Sterling, Colorado; one sister, Annie, of Bronson, Kansas.

She was a member of the M. E. Church of this city and was an active worker of the organization.

Her body was returned to this place and taken to the old home three miles south, where funeral services were conducted by Rev, Dixon, Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Interment was in Olive Branch cemetery.

Transcribed by Judy Kinney from the collection of her Great Aunt Clara Diercks Finton.

Note: The married name of this individual was spelled 3 different ways in the article, Keef, Keof, and Koef.



At about midnight last night, this city was deprived of one of its popular and prominent citizens, when death claimed H. F. Kienzle.

Deceased had been in very poor health for the past five months, but during the last two weeks his condition appeared much improved, and the seriousness of his condition was not realized until only a short time before the final summons.

"Bud" has been connected with Kensington business circles the past twenty years, and in addition has always been active in the development and advancement of the city and community, serving as mayor of Kensington for two terms and also being a member of the school board for several years.

At the time of going to press, no arrangements have been completed as to the time of holding the funeral services.

Transcribed by Judy Kinney from the collection of her Great Aunt Clara Diercks Finton.

Henry F. Kienzle was born in Trenton, Ohio, November 10th, 1858, died at his home in Kensington, September 3rd, 1924, age 65 years, 9 months, 23 days. He was the eldest of ten children of Mr. and Mrs. John Martin Kienzle. His childhood was spent at his home in Ohio.

At the age of sixteen years her learned the bakers' trade, which occupation he followed until the time of his illness, the latter part of March, since which time he had been unable to attend to any of his work.

He was a resident of Ohio for a number of years. From there he moved to Illinois where he was engaged in business in various locations. In May 1901, he located in Tiskilwa, Illinois, engaging in the bakery and restaurant business for three years, and while there he was united in marriage to Miss Lillian L. Penny, on July 11th, 1903. To this union there was born seven children, Edna Lucille, Ruth Etta, Grace Elma, John Harlan, Martha Eleanor, Leroy Granville, Virginia Rosa, all of whom are living at home.

Mr. Kienzle came to Kensington in August 1908, engaging in the restaurant and bakery business, where he became known as an enterprising and constructive citizen -- giving always, his support to such interests that make a better society.

He leaves, besides his wife and children to mourn his passing, three brothers and one sister, John S. or Springfield, Illinois, Jack M of St. Louis, Mo., Elizabeth and Charles A. of Syracuse, New York.

Bro. Kienzle was a member of the Masonic Blue Lodge, Royal Arch at Kirwin, Knights Templar at Phillipsburg, the Temple of the Ancient Order of the Mystic Shrine at Salina, Kansas.

A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.

God, in his wisdom, has recalled,
The boon his love has given,
And though the body moulders here
The soul is safe in Heaven.

Funeral services were held from the home Saturday morning at ten o'clock, in charge of the Masonic order. Interment was in the Olive Branch cemetery.

Transcribed by Judy Kinney from the collection of her Great Aunt Clara Diercks Finton.


SMITH CENTER --- Henry C. Kuhlmann, 100, Smith Center, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1996, at Smith Center Community Care.

Mr. Kuhlmann was born Dec. 5, 1895, at Hardy, Neb., and was a lifelong resident of Smith County.  He had been a farmer and was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Athol.

His wife, Emma, died in 1988.

Survivors include two sons, Bernard of Lebanon and LaVern of Athol; a daughter, Vanora Lehmann of Gaylord; 19 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at St. John Lutheran Church, Athol, Pastor Katherine Yarnell officiating.  burial will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the church.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at Simmons Chapel, 116 W. First, Smith Center 66967, and an hour before the service Friday at the church.
(Salina Journal ~ November 14, 1996 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)



Mrs. Thistle Bare received word of the death of Mrs. Phillip (Hulda) Long, Jewell, Kans., at the Mitchell county hospital in Beloit Thursday morning Feb. 1. Funeral services were held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Jewell Assembly of God church, with the Rev. Judith Creighton officiating. Burial was in the Jewell cemetery.

She was born Oct. 6, 1906 in Phillips county. Her husband passed away in 1969. Surviving are 3 sons, Ronald, Donald, and Darwin all of Jewell; 7 daughters, Mrs. Virginia Dix, Marshall, Mo.; Mrs. Carol Gordine, McCook, Neb., Mrs. Marlene McCue, Hoxie, Kans., Mrs. Sharon Beckley, Littleton, Colo., Mrs. Phyllis Gates, Mrs. Joy Hancock and Mrs. Betty Zade, all of Mankato.


SMITH CENTER --- Elvin E. "Jiggs" Lyon, 62 Smith Center, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1996, at Smith County Memorial Hospital, Smith Center.

Mr. Lyon was born May 19, 1934, at Smith Center and was a lifelong resident of the area.  He was a farmer and a member of Reamsville United Methodist Church, rural Smith Center.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte of the home; six sons, Donald Sindt of Lincoln, Neb., Rock Lyon of Gloucester, Va., Norbert Benoit of Smith Center, Wyatt Lyon of Phillipsburg, Shannon Sindt of Duran, Okla., and Clay Lyon of Smith Center; four daughters, Denise Mannion of Osborne, Lucinda Johnson of Wichita, Christine Sisneros of Lillteton, Colo., and Rhonda Frank of Salina; a brother, Melvin of Smitih Center; two sisters, Erma Lanus of Smith Center and June Thomas of Palo Alto, Calif.; 24 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Simmons Chapel, Smith Center, The Rev. Doug Donovan officiating.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Smith Center.

Memorials may be made to Smith County Area Hospice.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the chapel, 116 W. First, Smith Center 66967.
(Salina Journal ~ November 14, 1996 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)



Hurt Head While Unloading Springs At Central Branch Shops, Atchison

Thursday morning James T. Brittain was hurt in the head while unloading railway car springs at the Central Branch shops. Friday afternoon he suffered a hemorrhage of the brain. Saturday, at noon, he died.

James t. Brittain was a nice man, and his tragic death is causing great regret among his many friends. The accident that resulted fatally took place about 11 o'clock Thursday morning. When a board, being used in unloading the car springs, suddenly slipped, it struck or jerked Mr. Brittain, and threw him backwards. He struck the ground on his back, and the back of his head hit the frozen earth with great force. However, only a slight scalp wound was noticeable on his head after the accident. Shortly after he suffered an attack of excruciating pain in his head Friday afternoon, he became unconscious. He died ten minutes after 12 o'clock Saturday noon. He was 68 years old. the Brittain home is at 1421 Commercial street.

Mr. Brittain was married at Troy, Kansas, forty years ago, where he lived for the next twenty years, when he moved with his wife and family to Western Kansas. They lived on a farm near Cedar, Kansas until four years ago, when the family moved to Atchison.

Surviving him are his wife and six children, who are Oscar Brittain of Mutual, Oklahoma; Joseph Brittain of Cedar, Kansas; John Brittain of Burr Oak, Kansas; Lee Brittain of Downs, Kansas; Mrs. W.G. Gibbs of Saloam Springs, Arkansas; and Mrs. C.L. Bliss of Concordia, Kansas. He is also survived by three brothers and two sisters, none of whom live in Atchison.

The funeral was held from the Baptist church at 3 o'clock Monday afternoon, the Rev. W.O. Shank officiating. Monday evening the body was taken to Alton, Kansas, for burial beside the bodies of her parents and four of his children. - Atchison Globe.
(The News and Times (Downs) ~ February 22, 1923 ~ Submitted by Julie Schadek)


Died, at Harlan, Kansas, Oct. 1, 1897, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. H. J. French.  The deceased, Charles Malvin French, was born at Harlan, Kansas, October 1, 1896.  All his life he has not enjoyed the best of health and after four days of intense suffering his little life is ended.  Hs is now beyond this vale of tears and pain in the Paradise of God.  Let us so live as to meet him in the blissfull beyond.  Parted here but meet again upon the ever green shore in the sweet by and by.

Funeral services  held Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m., at the Methodist church conducted by Rev. G. G. Kessel of Lebanon.
(Smith County Pioneer ~ Thursday ~ October 14, 1897 ~ Page 1)


George M. Carter, who lives eleven miles southeast of this city in Crystal Plains township, was struck by lightning Tuesday and killed.  He was living in a sod house, where he was at the time the bolt struck him.  About seven months ago he was married to Miss Lillie Alexander, who is thus suddenly left a widow.  Mr. Carter was a hard working young man and highly respected in that community.
(Smith County Pioneer  Thursday ~ July 30, 1896 ~ Page 3)


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