Obituary: Milan Fay Mannering, son of Ezekial Jackson Mannering and Ida Elizabeth Mannering was born on a farm northwest of Smith Center, Kan., on April 13, 1887, and died in Smith Center, Kan., on August 16, 1959, at the age of 72 years, 4 months and 3 days. Milan lived all his life in the immediate vicinity of Smith Center and was known to almost every man and woman in Smith County.

He was united in marriage to Mary Velma Hardacre, a neighborhood girl, on December 29, 1909, and in this happy marriage was born five children, Letha Hannan of Garland, Tex., Geraldine Hill, Guy Mannering and Lucille Hooper, of Smith Center, Kan., and Mary Lou Gradwohl of Lincoln, Nebr. He is survived by his wife and children, seven grand-children, two great-grandchildren, two brothers, John D. Mannering and James B. Mannering and one sister, Mary Van Derryl.

Milan engaged in farming until the year 1946 when he moved to Smith Center and was employed as custodian at the Court house. While carrying on his duties as custodian, he also acted as Probate Judge Pro Tem and assistant clerk in a number of the other county offices. There was hardly a county office that "Jack" as he was familiarly known, could not serve and carry on in an able and efficient manner.

A simple recitation of dates cannot portray the real character and life of Milan Mannering. To us, whose privilege it is to write this sketch of his life, we would want the record to disclose that Milan had no known enemies, and that he was respected and loved by all who knew him; that within his family circle he was not only the father and husband, but was a companion to his wife and children, and because of his sense of humor, good nature and generous dis-position, nothing but happiness ever prevailed in his home. He was a man of good morals and was always found on the right side of any moral question. He did not profess that which he did not live, but he did live much better than he ever professed. He had a rugged honesty in all his dealings and enjoyed the trust and confidence of the entire community.

Milan Fay Mannering, devoted husband father, fine citizen, loyal friend and comrade, has gone the way of all the earth, down the long, long trail. He has paid the debt which all the sons and daughters of Adam owe to nature. After life's fitful fever he sleeps, and well. Peace to his ashes, rest to his soul. We all mourn his passing but glory in the thought that he left behind him a record which his family and his fellow citizens may ever point with pride. He was respected, loved and honored by all who knew him. What more can be said for anyone. (Smith County Pioneer - Thursday, August 20, 1959, submitted by Maurene Richard Miller)



Mrs. Mannering Sincere Friend to Everyone

The community was saddened Tuesday, Aug. 26, by the passing of Mrs. MilanMannering. Although she had been confined to a wheel chair for several years, she was very active keeping her hands busy crocheting and doing needle-work for her family and friends.

She was a sincere, kind person whom everyone instinctively loved and trusted.She was a true home-maker, devoted wife, and a wonderful mother.

Her grand-children were her greatest delight.

Mary Velma Hardacre was born in Smith Center on Feb. 13, 1887, and passed awayAug. 26, 1975, at the age of 88 years, 6 months and 13 days.

She was united in marriage to Milan F. Mannering on Dec. 29, 1909. He precededher in death Aug. 16, 1959.

Their union was blessed with five children, all of whom survive. They are Mrs.Letha Hannan of Garland, Texas; Mrs. Geraldine Hill, Guy Mannering and Mrs. Lucile Hooper of Smith Center, and Mrs. Mary Lou Chrisman of Lakewood, Colo. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and number relatives.

Like warm sunshine in our hearts is the memory of she who truly possessed abeautiful character. She was never known to make an unkind remark, but was always looking for the good in those with whom she came in contact. The Rainbow of Promise was created as a reminder that on earth all things beautiful fade, but life beyond the grave shall be eternal.

Memorial services were Friday, Aug. 29, at 10 a.m. at Simmons Chapel with Rev.Dale McCain officiated. Lawrence Kern sang "Precious Memories" and "How Great Thou Art" and was accompanied by Connie Jacobs.

Casket bearers were Jack Hannan, Keith Hooper, Don A. Hill, Ben Finch, Frank Arment, Dennis Mannering and David Mannering.
Interment was at Smith Center's Fairview cemetery. (Smith County Pioneer, August 30, 1975, submitted by Maurene Richard Miller)



Mrs. A. P. May, nearly 87 years old, pioneer lady of this place, died at the Funk Hospital in Smith Center, Monday afternoon.

Mrs. May had been in very poor health for several weeks, and about ten days ago, suffered the injury of a broken hip, in a fall at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Don Hardesty. The injury, combined with her weakened condition from illness, and her advanced age, proved too much for her to withstand.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the Methodist Church in Smith Center, and interment made in the Cora cemetery.

Mrs. Tressa May was born in the state of Ohio, July 20, 1840, and departed this life March 7th, 1927, at the hospital in Smith Center, Kansas, Age 86 years, 5 months and 7 days.

She is the last member of a large family to cross the stream of death. At the age of 17 years, she was united in Holy wedlock to Alexander P. May. To this union was born six children, four of whom survive her, two sons and two daughters, M. V. , Mrs. Lina May, James May and Mrs. Margaret Beah, all living in Smith county; two of the children having gone one before, one daughter in infancy, and Frank, who met death accidentally three years ago. There are 22 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren, and 8 great great grandchildren who mourn her loss, besides other near relatives and a host of friends.

Mrs. May lived in Smith county since 1886 and had her home in and near Kensington, during most of that time.

She united with the M. E. Church in early life and has been a faithful member of the Church in all her years. Her home was one in which prayer had a large place. The family altar was an institution that was given its rightful place in the home life; the Church was first and Jesus Christ was honored. She died in the faith of her early life, and joy of her life was in serving God.

The funeral was held in the Methodist Church of Smith Center. Burial was in the Cora cemetery. Rev. Roy Allsbury, pastor of the M. E. Church of Smith Center, assisting.

Five of her great grandsons, Claud and Elmer Herdesty, Melvin and Gerald Yenne, Verlin May, and one grandson, Floyd Beach, acted as pallbearers.

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



Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Meyers have the sympathy of their many friends in their bereavement in the loss of their infant baby, whose death occurred Tuesday night, following a brief illness.


We desire to express our thanks to the many friends of Kensington; the A. F. & A. M. Lodge and to Rev. Dixon, for their acts of kindness and assistance in our great bereavement.

Mrs. G. Broomer and Family

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


Orson Andrew Myers was born in Delaware County, Ohio, March 5, 1856, and departed this life December 19th., 1922, at the age of 66 years, 9 months and 14 days. In the year of 1858 he moved with his parents to Schuyler county, Missouri, where he grew to manhood.

Immediately after his marriage to Miss Eliza Langworthy November 16, 1879, they moved to Smith County, Kansas where they have since resided. To this union were born eight children, six boys and two girls, all of whom are living, Mrs. Anna Heilman of Kingsburg, California, Eli of Sheridan Lake, Colorado; Elmer of Wray, Colorado, Ellis of Bloomington, Nebraska, George of Kensington, Kansas, Mrs. Mary Hansen of Athol, Kansas, Joseph of Shambaugh, Iowa, and Wesley, who is living at home.

He leaves to mourn his departure besides his wife and children, Grandma Langworthy, eighteen grandchildren, two brothers, three sisters, and many other relatives and friends.

He converted in the year 1883 in Brother A. Miller's meeting, and was sanctified seventeen years later under the ministry of Bro. Aura Smith, at Reamsville, Kansas. To this life, he not only witnessed in word and deed but experienced saving grace and sanctifying power, in which his faith held firm in death.

Funeral services were conducted at the home at 11 a.m., December 21st., by Rev. E.D. Young. Interment was in Germantown Cemetery.

There's a home in the skies,
Where the weary will rest,
A glorious home in the land of the blest!
There tears will be wiped
From the sorrowful eye,
And the broken in heart will forget to sigh.


We wish to thank the friends and neighbors, who in any way assisted us during the sickness and death of our beloved husband and father.

Mrs. O. A. Myers and Children

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



Oren Norton, a young man about 25 years of age, committed suicide about eleven o'clock last Sunday night by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun. Oren was born and raised in this country, but the past two years had been farming in Jewell County, where he had raised good crops and seemed to be prospering. Sunday afternoon, in company with a sister who had been staying with him, he drove from Jewell County to the home of his mother, Mrs Tom Romju, who lives in the northeast part of the county. After leaving his sister at the mother's home, he got in his car and drove away. A short time afterwards his lifeless body was found in the car, about a half mile from the home.

The young man seemed to be extremely despondent because of disappointment in a love affair, which friends claim was the cause of the tragedy. Coroner E. A. Nelson was called and decided it was a case of suicide and an inquest was unnecessary. -- Phillips County Review



In the death yesterday afternoon of Mrs. W. L. Payne, at her home in this city, the community loses another of its aged, pioneer and well liked citizens

Her death followed a long siege of illness incidental to old age. During the past eight months she had endured much suffering, caused from an injury which left her an invalid.

Funeral services will be held from the M. E. Church, Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Interment will be in Olive Branch cemetery.

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



It was with much sadness and regret that our citizens learned Tuesday morning of the passing away of one of the city's finest and highly respects aged lady's, Mrs. L. Peters.

She had been ailing for about a week but her condition was not thought to be of a serious nature and her sudden death came as a great shock to her many relatives and friends.

To her the struggle and burden bearing of earth are ended, and we confidently trust that like one who awakes from a troubled dream she has awakened to see life's endless morning break and knows herself at home with the vast throng of loved ones, missed from earth, safe about her. Her home instincts were strong here in this fevered world of disappointment. Her affection for friends and kindred was tender and abiding.

Among us all she ranked always a woman of culture, refinement, sympathetic, a kind neighbor and a true friend, and withall a woman of heroic mould in bravely meeting the stern requirements and often the disappointments of life.

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

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


Mabel Price, a Helpful Neighbor, Friend to All“Mabel Fern was born to William and Myrtle Barratt on a farm in northeast White Rock township of Smith County on Dec. 2, 1809. She was the eldest of four daughters.“Mabel attended Lebanon High School and taught rural school for three years, then was employed in the Lebanon bank until her marriage to Steve Price on April 6, 1921.“Mabel and Steve had one son, Garnet. They farmed and lived in White Rock Township until 1928 when they moved to their own farm in Pawnee Township and resided there until retiring in 1971 and moving to Smith Center. “Mabel was a member of the Independence United Brethren Church, took part in neighborhood activities and was always ready to extend a helping hand.“In 1971, Steve and Mable celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. This was a special event, and she was always happiest when friends and neighbors gathered at their home.“After a period of failing health, Mabel passed away at her home on Aug. 10, 1978, at the age of 79 years, 8 months and 8 days.“She was preceded in death by her parents and by a sister.“She leaves to mourn her passing her husband Steve of the home in Smith Center, her son Garnet and wife Elizabeth and grandchildren, Terry, Gary, Larry and Lisa Price of the home in Westminster, Colo., and Judy Bencke of Bartlesville, Okla; also sisters Audrey Royce of Lebanon and Mildred Parker of Kearney, Neb..“Rev. A. E. Beardslee officiated memorial services at 23 p.m., Aug. 12 at Simmons Chapel. Music was “How Treat Thou Art” and “Beyond the Sunset,” with Dorothy Amen the organist.“Casket bearers were Terry Price, Gary Price, Larry Price, Clif Bencke, Jan Parker and Neil Parker. Interment was at Cedar Hill (Cora) Cemetery, Bellaire.”...Smith County Pioneer, Smith Center, Kan ..submitted by Elizabeth (Wehe) Price


Steve A Price, Longtime farmer in this County“Steve A Price was born to John Otis and Gertrude Price in White Rock township of Smith County on Jan 17, 1900. He is survived by an older brother, Harry, while a sister died in infancy.“He attended elementary school at Independence and then began farming. He loved horses and dogs and enjoyed training and grooming them.“Steve married Mabel Barratt on April 6, 1921, and they had one son, garnet. They lived on farms in White Rock township until 1928 and then bought their own farm in Pawnee Township where they lived until 1971. They then retired and moved to Smith Center. Steve thoroughly enjoyed his many friends and neighbors.“Steve and Mabel celebrated their golden anniversary in 1971. The gathering of friends and relatives for special events always was a happy occasion for him.“It had been a lonely life since Mabel passed away in 1978 but he enjoyed his son and wife and his grandchildren and quite recently a great-grandson. He visited them often in Colorado, even within the last month.“Steve died at home the morning of Sept. 5, 1981, at the age of 81 years, 7 months and 19 days. His health had been failing for some years.“Steve was preceded in death by his wife in 1978, by his parents and by the baby sister.“He leaves his son Garnet and wife Elizabeth of Westminster, Colo., and his five grandchildren, Terry and wife Robbie, Larry and wife, Christi, and Lisa of Westminster, Colo; Gary of Yuma, Colo., and Judy Bencke and husband Clif of Bartlesville, Okla. His latest joy was the great grandson Justin Glenn Price, son of Terry and Robbie. His brother Harry and wife Edie of Lebanon also survive.“Funeral services for Mr. Price were Sept. 7, 1981, at Simmons chapel in Smith Center with Rev. A.E. Beardslee officiating. Music was provided by Barbara Haresnape, organ soloist.“Casket bearers were Terry Price, Gary Price, Johnnie Snow, Neil Parker and Jan Parker. Interment was in Cedar Hill (Cora) Cemetery, Bellaire.”.....Smith County Pioneer, Smith Center, Kan.submitted by Elizabeth Wehe) Price


Delorse LaRee Rorabaugh Lived Life of Service “Delorse LaRee Rorabaugh died July 7, 1982, at the age of 47 years, after a sudden illness and medical care at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. She was born to Amasa and Pearl (Baumann) Smith on September 15, 1934, on their farm north of Kensington, Kansas.“She received her formal schooling at Kensington Public Schools. Delorse was a graduate of 1952, celebrating their 30-year anniversary this past May. She was active in music and other organizations as well as being scholastically outstanding and receiving the American Legion award her senior year.“On February 23, 1957, Delorse was united in marriage to Rodney Lee Rorabaugh. To this loving union were born four children, David, Chris, Lori and Jon. They made their home on a farm 2 miles west of Lebanon. She grew to love the country and nature around her, helping with the cattle and farming while keeping and enjoying her home.“As many know, she loved her family dearly and always did what she thought was best for them. She could be seen at ball games cheering or at a music program humming along for she always enjoyed the activities in which her children took part.“As her life showed, she loved her Lord first and above all things. Even at an early age, De, as many knew her, took an active part in the church. She taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, and was always ready to help out in any way. She was a member of Lebanon United Methodist Church and Custer Bible Study. She always looked forward to the day when she would see Jesus and is now rejoicing in heaven, continuing to serve the Master.“Delorse’s love for people touched many lives, for each and every person she met had their own special place in her heart. She let her faith and joy radiate to all those around. Although she will be greatly missed, the love that was sent from her heart will be here forever.“Preceding her in death was a sister, Thelma.“She is survived by her husband; three sons, David and wife, Cindy, of rural Lebanon; Chris of Manhattan, and Jon of the home; and her only daughter, Lori of the home; her parents of Smith Center; brother Henry Smith and wife Sharon of Franklin, Nebraska, and A.E. Smith and wife Sharie of Smith Center, Kansas; sisters Lucille and husband Buck Cromwell of Carlton; Evelyn and husband Don Smith; Carolyn and husband Jerry Underwood of Bennington, Kansas, and Margaret and husband Gerald Saathoff of Franklin, Nebraska; her father- and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Rorabaugh of Agra; 33 nieces and nephews, and a host of relatives and friends.“Funeral services for Delorse were July 10 at Simmons Chapel in Smith Center, Kansas, with Rev. Burnis Humphrey officiating. Music was by Marcia Grothaus and Jeff Haresnape with Barbara Haresnape as accompanist.“Pall bearers were Wayne Cromwell, Jim Cromwell, D. Kent Smith, Allen Smith, Rick Underwood and Jody Saathoff. Honorary bearers were Nolan Cromwell, Tracy Smith, Brad Smith, Daren Saathoff and Adam Smith.“Burial was in Price Cemetery, Lebanon.” ..from WEHE history submitted by Elizabeth (Wehe) Price ......from Baumann history; supplied by Karl Baumann


Kansas Woman Dies in Hastings Crash “Hastings, Neb...A Kansas woman was killed Friday in a traffic accident at the junction of U.S. 281 and North Kansas Avenue. “Audrey V. Royce, 82 of Lebanon, Kans. was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her husband Howard E. Royce when it was struck by a cement truck at 12:38 p.m. “Adams County Attorney Gary C. Anderberg pronounced Mrs. Royce dead at the scene. Her husband was admitted to Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital. Neither his condition nor his age were available. Seatbelts were in use in both vehicles, Anderberg said. “He said further information on the accident will not be released until he has reviewed police and sheriff’s reports. The death brings the number of people killed on Nebraska roads to 237, compared with 203 on this date a year ago” (Hastings Tribune, Hastings, Neb, November 1986)
Audrey Royce lived a busy business career “Audrey Vivian Barratt Royce of Lebanon was born May 2, 1904 in Smith County and died Oct. 31, 1986 at the age of 82 years, 5 months and 24 days. “Audrey was married to Howard E. Royce on March 7, 1926. She is survived by her husband Howard, sister Mildred Parker, a sister-in-law, three brothers-in-law, one daughter-in-law, three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. “She joined the Independence United Brethren Church at an early age and was with that church until moving to Lebanon, where she joined the Christian Church and enjoyed participating in the many activities of the church as long as health permitted. “After high school she worked at the Lockwood Printing Shop. The couple lived on a farm after marriage, where she helped with all of the farm chores. Later they moved to Lebanon and she worked part-time in Bowers grocery store. “She and her husband owned and operated grocery stores in Almena and Burr Oak. At one time she was in charge of the dining room at the Boys Industrial School in Kearney, Neb. After retirement, they moved back to Lebanon. “Audrey, with Howard, spent her life taking care of other people, seeing sisters through high school, and taking care of parents and relatives. Audrey’s mother (Myrtle Barratt-Lowery) lived with them for 28 years. “Her hobbies included making, repairing and dressing dolls. She enjoyed her scrapbooks and woodmaking with her jig saw. “As her niece by marriage said so often: “Audrey is a special person.” “Laura Beth Fricker and Rick Rehmert, both of Lebanon, officiated at funeral services on Nov. 3 at Simmons Chapel, Smith Center. The pall bearers were Leonard Purrinton, Joellis Parker, Norris Maydew, Kenneth Kennedy, Randall LaDow and Ed Shively. Burial was at Cedar Hill (Cora) Cemetery, rural Bellaire.” (Smith County Pioneer, Smith Center, KS) ..submitted by Elizabeth (Wehe) Price


Howard Emerson Royce was born at Lebanon, Kansas on August 6, 1903 to Frank and Anna (Remmington) Royce. He died on October 20, 1996 at the Community Care Center in Smith Center, Kansas, at the age of 93.

Howard joined the Independence United Brethren Church at an early age and was with that church until moving to Lebanon when he joined the Christian Church. He was an active member as long as his health permitted.

Howard met and married Audrey Barratt on March 7, 1926, at Lebanon, Kansas. They then lived on a farm located north of Lebanon from 1925 to 1928, and then moved to Lebanon in June of 1929. Howard worked for Earl Bower in a grocery store for nine years.

In 1938 they moved to Smith Center where he worked as a meat cutter for Chot Burr in the grocery store for four years. They put in their own grocery store in Almena, Kansas in 1942. Howard and Audrey came back to Smith County again in 1943 to farm south of the Independence Church. They were there for seven years.

In 1950, they bought a store in Burr Oak, which they operated until 1960 at which time they moved back to Lebanon where Howard sold Beltone Hearing Aids until he retired.

In October of 1979, they sold their home on Walnut Street in Lebanon and moved to Cedars of Lebanon where Howard lived until moving to Community Care in Smith Center. Howard and Audrey spent their life taking care of other people and seeing sisters through high school and taking care of parents and relatives. Audrey's mother lived with them for 28 years.

Preceding Howard in death were his wife of 60 years, Audrey, on October 31, 1986; his parents, Frank and Anna; one brother, Carl Royce; and one sister, Hazel Langdon.

Survivors include one sister, Irene Purinton and husband, Leonard, of Collyer, Kansas; sister-in-law, Mildred Parker and husband Joellis of Kearney, Nebraska; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 22, 1996, at 2:00 p.m. in Simmons Chapel, Smith Center, with Rev. Les Ellis offficiating. Norris Maydew, soloist, sang "How Great Thou Art" adn "Whispering Hope," accompanied by Laura Fricker.

Casket bearers were Lynn Thompson, Wayne Purinton, Jan Parker, Randall LaDow, Ed Purinton and Neal Parker. Burial was in Cedar Hill (Cora) Cemetery. (Lebanon Times, October 31, 1996, submitted by L. Krahn)


“Amasa E. Smith Loved to Care For the Farm“In the year of 1898, on Jan 3 on a homestead in Cherokee, Okla; a son was born to Henry and Carrie Smith and was given the name of Amasa Eddie Smith. After the death of his father, when he was less than 9 months old, the family returned to Smith County, to be near his father’s and mother’s family and made their home northeast of Kensington.“On Dec. 20, 1922, he was united in marriage to Pearl Baumann and they continued to reside at the same homestead with his mother and brother. To this union eight children came to bless this household, two sons and six daughters.“After many years of farming, in 1943, the family moved to Kensington but Amasa continued his daily trips to the farm to care for the land and animals he loved to tend.“His greatest love was for Christ and the concern he always had for his family. They attended the Beulah Church and later the Methodist Church in Kensington. He always looked forward to any of his family coming to see him and always had a word of cheer for each one.“On Dec. 20, 1982, he and Pearl celebrated their 60 years of married life at their home on West New York Street in Smith Center. He died July 6, 1983 at Smith County Memorial Hospital at the age of 85 years.“He was preceded in death by parents, brother Bill, two daughters, Thelma and Delorse and a grandson Kelvin Lee Cromwell.“He is survived by his wife, Pearl of Smith Center; two sons Henry and wife Sharon of Franklin, Neb.; A.E. and wife Sharie of Smith Center; four daughters Lucille and husband William Cromwell of Carlton; Evelyn and husband Donald of Loveland, Colo.; Carolyn and husband Jerry Underwood of Bennington; Margaret and husband Gerald Saathoff of Franklin, Neb.; son-in-law Rodney Rorabaugh of Lebanon; 27 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and host of other relatives and friends.“Funeral services were July 9 at Simmons Chapel in Kensington with Rev. Dale McCain officiating. Music was by Sherry Newbrey, vocal soloist, and Juanita Hein, accompanist.“Pall bearers were Wayne Cromwell, Kent Smith, Allen Smith, Rich Underwood, David Rorabaugh, Jody Saathoff and Adam Smith. Burial was in Germantown Cemetery, Kensington.” (Smith County Pioneer, July 14, 1983...submitted by Elizabeth (Wehe) Price)


Donald Smith, WW II Veteran and Businessman“Donald L. “Don” Smith was born Nov. 6, 1926, at Smith Center to John Jacob and L. Grace Foster Smith. He died Sept. 19, 1992, after an accident at his residence in Loveland, Colo.“He was raised in Smith Center and attended school there. He was baptized into the Catholic faith. Don chose to bypass his senior year in high school and answer the call to serve his country in World War II. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy Seabees in 1944 and was discharged in July 1946 in Norman, Okla.“In 1947 he married Evelyn Smith of Kensington. To this union were born three children, Connie, Kent, and Karen. For 11 years, Don worked in the oil fields as a driller or roughneck for Laura Jane Oil Co. of Wichita. He also worked for Beatrice Foods in Kansas and Colorado. He worked for Coors Porcelain Plant in Golden, Colo., for 18 years and for Eastman Kodak Company at Windsor for four years in maintenance. He loved to work with anything mechanical, especially his automobiles. “At Smith Center, Don and Evelyn owned and operated the Smith’s Center Motel and the Eatin''’ Inn Restaurant from 1983 to 1990. He returned to Loveland, Colo., in October 1991, where he and his wife made their home.“He was a lifetime member of the VFW, DAV, and American Legion.“Don is survived by his wife, Evelyn; a son, D. Kent Smith of Loveland, Colo., and Kathryn Lyon and family; two daughters, Connie Corbett and husband Bill of Loveland, and Karen deMars and husband Rocky of Loveland; seven grandchildren, Lorin Corbett and wife Jennifer of Hays, Cassandra Depperschmidt and husband Reese of Loveland, Justin Corbett, Erica Corbett, Brent Smith, Adele Smith and Lacy deMars all of Loveland.“He is also survived by his brothers-in-law, A.E. Smith and wife, Sheri of Smith Center, Gerald Saathoff of Franklin, Nebr, and Rodney Rorabaugh; sisters-in-law, Lucille Cromwell and husband Buck of Carlton, KS, Carolyn Underwood and husband Jerry of Bennington, Kans., and Sharon Smith of Lincoln, Neb.“He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Lyle John Smith, who gave his life in the Korea Conflict; sisters-in-law Margaret and Delorse; and brother-in-law Henry.“Funeral services were Sept 23, 1992, at 10:00 a.m. at Simmons Chapel, Smith Center, with Rev. Dale McCain officiating. John Nelson was the soloist with Dorothy Nelson the accompanist“Casket bearers were Allen Smith, Adam Smith, Dave Rorabaugh, Wayne Cromwell, Rick Underwood and Jodie Saathoff. Military grave side services were conducted by the Fred Marran American Legion Post 166, Kensington. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery, Smith Center.“Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.” ....Smith County Pioneer Sept. 24-1992 from WEHE history...submitted by Elizabeth (Wehe) Price


“Pearl Smith Devoted Life to God, Family“Pearl Thelma Smith was born Oct 2, 1904 to Michael and Carrie Joy Baumann on a farm in northern Smith County. She died March 11, 1992, at the age of 87 at Smith County Memorial Hospital. She had been a resident the past six years at Prairie Haven Home in Kensington. “On Dec. 20, 1922, she was united in marriage to Amasa E. Smith. They made their home on a farm north of Kensington, where they resided until they moved to Kensington in 1943.“Eight children came to bless this household -- two sons and six daughters. Her greatest love was for Christ and the love and concerns of her family. They attended the Beulah Church and later the Methodist Church in Kensington, where she served as Sunday School superintendent and MYF sponsor. She was a member of Calvary Temple in Denver, where they attended faithfully during their 12 years of residence in Aurora.“On Dec 20, 1982, she and Amasa celebrated 60 years of married life.“She was preceded in death by her husband, Amasa (1983); three daughters, Thelma (1936), Delorse (1982) and Margaret (1987); son Henry (1985); grandson Kelvin Lee Cromwell (1954); her parents, two brothers and a sister.“She is survived by three daughters, Lucille Cromwell and husband William of Carlton, Kan., Evelyn Smith and husband Donald of Loveland, Colo., and Carolyn Underwood and husband Jerry of Bennington; a son A. E. Smith and wife Sharie of Smith Center; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Smith, wife of Henry , of Lincoln, Neb.; two sons-in-law, Rodney Rorabaugh, husband of Delorse, of Kansas City, Kan., and Gerald Saathoff, husband of Margaret, of Franklin, Neb.; 27 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren; two brothers, Karl Baumann of LeMoyne, Neb., and Ralph Baumann of Kensington; two sisters, Clara Marran of Franklin, Neb., and Edna Panter of Greeley, Colo.; other relatives and friends.“The funeral service was March 14 at Simmons Chapel in Kensington with Rev. Dale McCain officiating. Music was by Willian Robbins, Susan Goosie and Ruth Wolf.“Pall bearers were Wayne Cromwell, Kent Smith, Allen Smith, Rick Underwood, David Rorabaugh, Jody Saathoff and Adam Smith. Burial was at Germantown Cemetery, Kensington.:....(Smith County Pioneer, March 1992 submitted by Elizabeth (Wehe) Price)


“OBITUARY - Smith“Thelma Ileen, daughter of Amasa E. and Pearl Smith, was born July 2, 1926, near Kensington and passed away at the Smith Center hospital on Wednesday morning, May 6, 1936 at the age of nine years, ten months and four days. “Thelma was a patient sufferer as well as a kind and loving daughter. In her passing she leaves her parents, three sisters, Lucile Maxine, Evelyn Josephine, and Delores LaRee; one brother, Henry Michael; two grandmothers, one grandfather, five uncles, three aunts and many other relatives and friends.“Four of her uncles acted as pallbearers: William Smith, George Baumann, Phillip Baumann, and Ralph Baumann; and to carry the flowers: Vilta Brunson, Stella Brunnson, Leona Walker, Donald Rice, Duwane Brunson and Jack Smith“The following lines were written by Thelma’s mother: “Put away those little dresses That our darling used to wear, She will need them on earth never, She has climbed the golden stair, Oh, how I miss you darling, How I long for one sweet kiss; But she is with the happy angels In the land of perfect bliss.”Funeral services were conducted on Thursday, May 7, from the Beulah church in charge of Rev. W. Carle Greene of Kensington. Interment in the Germantown cemetery.” ...Smith County Pioneer...from WEHE history..submitted by Elizabeth (Wehe) Price



Mrs. Daisy Stone, a resident of Smith Center from some 45 years, died at Carpenter Manor July 15 after a long period of failing health. Memorial Services were held Saturday, July 17, at 2 pm. from Simmons chapel with the Rev. Gilbert Peters officiating.

Irene McNerney and Betty Chandler were vocalists accompanied by Vi Rush.

F.H. Relihan, Ted Relihan, Chet Bonecutter and John Bonecutter were honorary pallbearers. Active bearers were Terry Relihan, Vaughn McColey, Eldon Stein, Linton Lull, Julius Tillman and George Turner. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery.

OBITUARY: Mrs. Daisy A. Stone daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Fisher Achenbach was born at Avoca, Kans. October 3, 1887 and died at Carpenter Manor in Smith Center , Kansas July 15, 1965.

Mrs Stone graduated from the Soldier Kansas high school. She became a milliner and came from Wichita to Smith Center to work for the late Agnes Morris.

She was married to Ed V. Stone of Smith Center, in Topeka, May 5, 1920. To this union were born two children, William Robert and Barbara.

Mr. Stone, a Smith Center businessman, died May 13, 1935 and Mrs. Stone added to her other duties by accepting employment with Kansas Power Co. for several years. Later she was employed by the J. M. McDonald Co. in Smith Center.

Mrs. Stone was always a gay, happy person with a sunny disposition. Never letting adversity discourage her, and always looking for the bright side in problems and difficulties.

She was an active member of the Methodist church in Smith Center for many years. She was also a member of the local P.E.O. chapter.

After a period of failing health she became a resident of Carpenters Manor in February 1964 and remained there for the rest of her life.

She was survived by her children, William Robert of Dallas,Texas and Barbara (Mrs. John) Holtz of Bethesda, Md and six grandchildren, Brian, Jane and Karen Holtz and Pamela, Linda and Wendy Stone; and by a sister-in-law and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gehrt of Topeka.

Preceding her in death where her husband, parents and three brothers. (Transcribed by Judy Kinney from the collection of her Great Aunt Clara Diercks Finton. Hand written at top of obit is "1965")


ADAM WEHE, NATIVE OF GERMANY, LAID TO REST JULY 17“Adam Wehe, oldest son of Christian and Philippine (nee Bossert) Wehe, was born in Sandhofen, Mannheim, Germany, Dec. 31, 1884. He was baptized as a small child, and confirmed his faith at the age of 14 years in the Lutheran church.“Adam was joined in marriage on July 6, 1911, to Elizabeth Thomas of Lampertheim, Germany. They had planned to be married at the home of his uncle, but because of commitments for working in the harvest in Kansas, they had to take the boat to New York before the wedding. When they arrived in New York, they were married in the City Hall. Their union was blessed with four children. On July 6, 1963, they had been married 52 years.“Adam and Lizzie made their home on farms in Smith County, Kansas, most of their married life. They came first to an uncle, George Wehe, near Reamsville. On April 14, 1959, he had to give up farm life on account of ill health, and move to Kensington. During the years following, Adam’s health gradually failed. He passed away suddenly on the morning of July 14, 1963,at the age of 78 years, 6 months and 14 days. He was a faithful member of the Lutheran church, and a sincere Christian, during his entire life.“He leaves to mourn his passing: his wife, Lizzie, of Kensington; four sisters, Philippine Sponagel, Suzanne Filsinger, Elsie Gaar and Erna Groessle, and one brother, Jacob Wehe all of Germany; three daughters, Mrs. Erna Ferguson of Kensington, Mrs. Elsie Fiene of Smith Center, and Mrs. Helen Williams of Reseda, Calif.; one son Maynard Wehe of Kensington; 10 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. His parents, one sister and one brother preceded him death.“Funeral services were held from St. John Lutheran church, Kensington, Wednesday July 17, with the Rev. John L. Minneman officiating. A quartet composed of Leland Miller, Paul Beckman, Burton Badenhop and Albert Loreen sang at the service, with Nada Loreen as accompanist. Casket bearers were Harvey Rathert, Albert Rathert, Francis Wachs, Bill Wachs, Bill Madison and Carl Molzahn. Flower bearers were Selma Rathert, Verda Rathert, Alma Wachs,Louise Wachs and Hertha Molzahn. He was laid to rest in Germantown cemetery.” (Obituary from Smith County Pioneer, July 1963, submitted by Elizabeth (Wehe) Price)


MRS. ANNA WEHE WAS DEVOTED TO FAMILY FRIENDS“Anna Katherine Kaltwasser, youngest daughter of Johannes and Sophie (Lampert) Kaltwasser, was born Jan 31, 1891, in Hochstadten-Auerbach, Hesse, Germany.“Anna was baptized as a small child and was confirmed on May 5, 1905 in Auerbach. On Jan 31, 1920, she was married to Peter Wehe in the same church.“Anna and her husband and small daughter, Irma, came to Smith County on Nov. 25, 1922. Here she learned to speak English and upon completion of necessary requirements, became an American citizen.“Anna and her husband farmed until 1959, then moved to Kensington. Her husband Peter passed away July 12, 1962. In 1964 she went to make her home with her sister-in-law, Lizzie Wehe, a time filled with many pleasant memories.“Because of a stroke in February 1977, she made her home at Long Term Care in Smith Center, always appreciating the good care she received there. It was there that she passed away Jan. 17, 1979.“Anna was a member of Zion Lutheran Church north of Athol for many years, and later at First St. John Lutheran Church in Kensington. She was a devoted wife and mother, enjoying the company of her family. She loved doing for them and for others.“Anna leaves a daughter, Irma Kirkendall, and husband, Elvin of Olympia, Wash.; son Wayne and wife Trula Beth, of Smith Center; seven grandchildren; Karen Winterburn and husband Douglas of Seattle, Wash.; Dennis Kirkendall of Olympia, Wash.; Cindy, Lynette, Judy, Colleen, and Kent Wehe of Smith Center; two great grandchildren, Myra and Forrest Winterburn, of Seattle, Wash.; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Lizzie Wehe of Kensington and other relatives and friends.“Anna was preceded in death by her husband, Peter; infant son Ernest Lawrence; her parents; two brothers; and a sister.“Rev. Jerome Peck officiated memorial services at 2 p.m.Jan 19 at Simmons Chapel, Kensington.Deana Levin was soloist and Ruth Levin the accompanist.“Casket bearers were Claude Fiene, ElDean Holthus, Ralph Baumann, Phil Baumann, Francis Gaines and Royce Levin. Interment was at Germantown Cemetery north of Kensington.” (obituary from Smith County Pioneer. Jan 25, 1979 submitted by Elizabeth (Wehe) Price)


ELIZABETH WEHE WAS DEVOTED TO FAMILY, CHURCH“Elizabeth (Thomas) Wehe was born April 8, 1892, at Lampertheim, Germany, the oldest of three children born to Martin Thomas and Elizabeth Rupp Thomas. She died on Nov. 11, 1982 at the age of 90 years.“Lizzie was baptized as a child on April 18, 1892 and confirmed May 6, 1906. Lizzie was married to Adam Wehe on July 6, 1911, in New York City, and they came to Smith County where they lived on a farm north of Kensington most of their lives. They had four children.“In 1959, because of failing health, they moved to Kensington where they lived together until Adam passed away in 1963. She continued to live in Kensington until her health failed. In June 1981 she moved to the Long Term Care Unit at Smith Center.“Lizzie was a devoted member of St. John Lutheran Church. She loved her church, family and friends. Lizzie enjoyed making quilts, and also the ladies sewing group of the church. She always was ready to lend a helping hand when needed.“Lizzie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a sister, a brother, one grandson and one great-granddaughter and two sons-in-law.“She is survived by her children, Erna Ferguson, Maynard Wehe and wife Bonnie, Elsie Fiene and husband Ivan, all of Kensington and Helen Williams of Reseda, Calif.; 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.“Funeral services were Nov. 13 at St. John Lutheran Church in Kensington with Pastor David Sites officiating. Ruth Bienhoff was the organist.“Casket bearers were Ed Bole, Doc Grauerholz, Wayne Wehe, Roy Ferguson, Albert Rathert, and Louie Molzahn. Interment was in German-town Cemetery, Kensington.” (Obituary from Smith County Pioneer, November 1982, submitted by Elizabeth (Wehe) Price)


Ernest Wehe: “Ernest Wehe, the youngest child of George and Emma Wehe, was born north of Reamsville, Kansas, October 2, 1904. As an infant he was baptized by Lutheran parents. After moving to Smith Center, he and his family joined the Methodist Church which he attended faithfully. “He grew up and attended the rural school near by. Because of the infirmities of an aged father, it was decided that he should discontinue formal education and assist with the farm and ranch work. Ernest, with a brilliant mind, was able to acquire an education which he applied during his lifetime and was considered a successful businessman. With his development of Wehe Wholesale his business contacts with companies distant and near were highly respected. During his illness of recent months, he received much correspondence and many telephone calls besides visits of local friends, who wished him a speedy recovery and a continuation of their friendship formed. “After his children finished college with several degrees and settled in their own vocations, Ernest became interested in the welfare of young men. Having lived through adverse economic conditions himself, he derived much satisfaction from helping young men with integrity to get established in a business of their own. Their success and their expressions of gratitude were what made his life worthwhile. “On June 3, 1925, he was married to Elsie Gardner and to this union three children were born and his great desire for them was to get a good education. “Ernest will be sadly missed by his wife, Elsie, of the home and three children: Elizabeth (Mrs. Garnet Price) of Westminster, Colo; Elwyn Wehe of Blanca, Colo. and Moyne (Mrs. James Browne) Bellevue, Washington ; also eleven grandchildren and a mother-in-law (Mrs. Bessie Gardner) who will miss his visits and concern for their welfare. Ernest is also survived by his sister, Augusta Noyce, of Norwalk, Conn. “Mr. Wehe died at his home east of Smith Center on March 6, 1971 following a long illness. “Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.” (Smith County Pioneer - March 1971 submitted by Elizabeth (Wehe) Price)


GEORGE WEHE: George Wehe was born June 8, 1851, in Sandhofen, Germany., the second son of Johannes and Sophia (Heckman) Wehe. His youth was spent in Germany and was a very happy one, the memories of which were always dear to him. He was a faithful son and much loved by his father. His mother was his guide and counselor - the prayers and stories of life which she taught him stayed with him throughout his life which ended March 22, 1925. At the age of twety-nine he bade his father and mother goodbye and came to a new land to learn its habits and customs. He first settled in Illinois, then moved to Thayer County, Nebraska. In 1892 he came to Smith County and bought the farm which has ever since been his home. Like all immigrants he found the struggle for life's necessities a hard one but he struck to the soil and demanded that it give him those things necessary for a happy life. On July 29, 1888, he was married to Emma Rehwoldt...He loved her with an undying devotion. Four children came to bless this home. Walter, Bessie, Gussie and Ernest, each one equally precious. After they came, his one and only thought was to provide for them well. He wanted them to be strong, God-fearing men and women, always on the side of honesty and truth. His favorite Bible passage was the twenty-third Psalm, which he learned at his mother's knee. During the last days of illness some one asked him if he would like to have them offer a prayer for him. His answer was, "My record is made. My life has been lived and no prayer can change it, my Mother taught me the stories of life and from her I learned to trust in God for strength. I have tried to live up to it as best I can and if I have or have not God alone can judge. When I had troubles and sorrow, I needed to pray and often I would stop my team and kneel behind my plow and pray for strength. But now I have lived my life. I am ready to go, my Lord awaits." Our father is not dead, he is only away. His memory will live with us through the years as his mother's had lived with him. "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away"..from obituary notice. (WEHE family history by Elizabeth (Wehe) Price)


Lois Elsie Wehe“Elsie Wehe was an active citizen in Smith County“Services for Lois Elsie (Gardner) Wehe were Aug. 19, 1996, at Simmons Chapel in Smith Center. Pastor James Johnson, a grandson-in-law, of United for Christ Community Church of Blanca, Colo. officiated.“Elsie was born Jan. 25, 1903, the third of eight children of Charles Edward and Anna Bessie Gardner. She lived her entire life in Smith County.“Elsie graduated from Smith Center High School, attended Normal Training classes in Emporia, and taught country schools for three years, one of which was near Burlington, Colo.“While teaching at the Wehe school north of Reamsville, she was courted by a young farmer, Ernest Wehe, whose farm was adjacent to the school ground. She and Ernest were married on June 3, 1925. They lived on the Wehe homestead until 1942, when they moved onto a small acreage one-half mile east of Smith Center.“To them were born three children, Elizabeth Ann, Ernest Elwyn, and Moyne Wyllean, all of whom attended the Wehe country school. In their children, they instilled strong moral, spiritual and educational values.“The family faithfully attended the Ash Grove Church where Elsie taught children Sunday School classes. After moving to Smith Center, they joined the Presbyterian Church and later transferred to Smith Center Methodist Church.“Elsie was actively involved with her children in 4-H activities. After her children were married, she was active in the local garden club, Home Demonstration Unit and community Worthwhile Club, and she attended Sunday School and church as long as she was able.“She was a dedicated bookkeeper for the Wehe Wholesale until her husband Ernest’s death on March 6, 1971. After his death, she continued to live in her rural home, where her joy was caring for her flowers, her lawn and her home. When she broke her leg in October 1991, she moved to Community Care and lived there until her death. She never complained and was always appreciative of her care givers.“One of Elsie’s hobbies was reading. She kept current on local and national news and farm prices through reading local newspapers and current magazines.“Through the years, she spent many evening hours, doing handiwork, needle work and crocheting. Her flowers and handiwork were prize-winning entries in the Smith County Fair.“Survivors are the children, Elizabeth (Garnet) Price of Westminster, Colo.; Elwyn (Virginia) Wehe of Alamosa, Colo.; and Moyne (Jim) Browne of Ferndale Wash.; 11 grandchildren and their spouses and 24 great-grandchildren.“Other survivors are an older brother, Carl Gardner of Smith Center, and younger brother, Loren Gardner of Yuma, Colo., and a large number of nieces, nephews and cousins.“Burial was at Fairview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Smith Center Public Library, c/o Pat Traffas.“Those attending the service from a distance, besides the children listed above, were: Jim and Helen Johnson, Megan and Christopher of West Cliff and Blanca, Colo.; Gary and Valerie Price, Michelle and Matthew of Julesburg, Colo.; Lynn and Marge Gardner of Kearney, Neb.; and Virginia Robertson of Russell.” (Smith County Pioneer, August 22, 1996submitted by Elizabeth (Wehe) Price)


“PETE” WEHE LOVED HIS ADOPTED LAND, PROSPERED IN U.S.A. “After being ill since last August, Pete Wehe, of Kensington passed away at the Phillips County Rest Home at Phillipsburg, Kansas. The doctors in Concordia, Smith Center and Phillipsburg hospitals did everything possible but nothing could be done to extend the life, which had lived well and given generously.“Pete, as he was known, was born March 19,1891, at Mannheim, Scharof, Germany, the son of Christian and Phillipine (Bossert) Wehe. Still living are two brothers, Adam of Kensington, and Jacob and four sisters, Erna, Phillipine, Susanna and Elsie, all of Germany. He came to America in 1909 and spent three years with his uncle, George Wehe. In 1912 he returned to Germany for a visit. He was detained and pressed into the German army, where he served during World War I.“In 1922 he again returned to Smith County, Kansas with his wife and small daughter, Irma. He immediately became an American citizen. He worked hard and prospered. He gave all the credit for his success to his newly adopted country. He was a farmer by profession but craftsmanship was his hobby. He gave to his family and numerous friends many artistic creations of his own design.“The immediate family bereaved of husband and father are his wife, Anna, a daughter, Irma Kirkendall and husband, Elvin, of Olympia, Washington, and a son, Wayne and wife, Trula Beth, of Smith Center. There are also four grandchildren, Karen and Dennis Kirkendall and Cindy and Lynette Wehe. An infant son, Ernest Lawrence, preceded his father in death in 1928.“The memorial services were held at the First St. John Lutheran church in Kensington, July 16. Pete had been a member of this church many years and gave of his gifts and talents to its support. The Rev. Dennis Hill gave a consoling and beautiful memorial sermon. Mrs. Waldean Meyer sang the hymns, some of which Pete himself had chosen to be used for his service. Mrs. Irwin Rietzke was pianist. Burial was in the Germantown cemetery.” (obituary from Smith County Pioneer submitted by Elizabeth (Wehe) Price)



Henry Voss, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Voss, of Dispatch, passed away at the home Sunday morning, following a short illness. He was 24 years of age. Funeral services were held at Dispatch Tuesday afternoon. A complete obituary notice will appear in next week's issue. 
(Downs News and Downs Times ~ February 16, 1922 ~ Submitted by Julie Schadek)


Harry H. Woolley was born in Clay county, Kansas on May 17, 1871. At the age of 15 he came to Osborne county with his mother, Mrs. S.A. Woolley, where he has lived ever since. On August 30, 1899, he was married to Annie B. Rochford of Osborne. To this union were born three children: Bertha, Raymond and Donald, all of whom are still alive. After a brief illness he died at his home at February 16th, 1923, at the age of 51 years and 9 months. He is survived by his wife and three children, his mother, two sisters - Mrs. W.L. McFarland and Mrs. J.A. McFarland and three brothers, George, Arthur and Sam, all of Osborne.

Mr. Woolley had been in the best of health up until quite recently, when he contracted a severe case of the prevailing epidemic, influenza. His condition did not improve as relatives and friends had hoped, and on the date above mentioned he passed away to the arms of his Maker. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church at Osborne on Sunday afternoon at 11 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Dudwig Thomsen, pastor of the Congregational church. The I.O.O.F. lodge attended in a body as did the twenty-four employes of the firm of which Mr. Woolley was the head. Six employes of the firm acted as pallbearers.

Mr. Woolley had been connected with the implement business in Osborne county for nearly twenty years, was a man of strict integrity, and numbered his friends by his acquaintance.
(The News and Times (Downs) ~ February 22, 1923 ~ Submitted by Juile Schadek)


Phoebe Lucetta Attwood was born in Washington county, Ia., February 28th 1863 and departed this life on Feburary 23rd 1923 at the age of 59 years, 11 months and 23 days. She moved with her parents to Seward county, Neb., when she was 11 years old and from there they moved to Smith county, Kans., in 1878, where she spent the rest of her sojourn. She was united in marriage to Joesph F. Warner March 5th, 1882. To this union was born eight children - five girls and three boys, all of whom are living. They are: Rozetta Sealock of Loveland, Colorado; Lizzie V. Abbott of Smith Center, Kans.; Carrie M. Gerard and Nancy A. Schoen of Downs, Kansas; Lolo V. Workman of Glen Elder, Kans., Scott a Warner of Wellington, Colo; Orhe F. Warner and Thomas E. Warner of Portis, Kans. All the children but three were at their mother's bedside until the close. She leaves to mourn her loss  besides the husband and eight children, nineteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild, two sisters and two brothers. One brother and one sister preceded her in death. Besides, she leaves a host of friends to mourn her loss. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. N.J. Gilbert, assisted by the Revs. C.W. Long of Osborne and George Grothaus of Smith Center, at the New Eden Free Methodist church on February 26th at 1 p.m. and she was laid to rest at the Sweet Home cemetery.
(The News and Times (Downs) ~ March 8, 1923 ~ Submitted by Julie Schadek)


Juanita Rose Smith, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Smith, passed away at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hull, in Corinth township early Tuesday morning after an illness of but a few days. Little Juanita was born at Cedar Kans, on July 16th 1921, being at the age of 1 year, 7 months and 20 days when called into the arms of her Master. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. A.S. Hale of the Methodist church and interment was made in the Corinth cemetery. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the entire community in the loss of their darling baby.
(The News and Times (Downs) ~ March 8, 1923 ~ Submitted by Julie Schadek)


CONCORDIA - Ella G. Perfect, 80, Concordia, died Friday, Feb. 20, at St. Joseph Hospital, Concordia. Mrs. Perfect was born April 7, 1906, in Smith County and had lived in Concordia since 1949. She was a homemaker and a member of the Methodist Church of Concordia.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Floyd Santrock, and by her second husband, Floyd Perfect, who died in 1971.

Survivors include a son, Ike Santrock of Concordia; a stepdaughter, Darlene Fidler of Alamo, Nev.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home in Concordia, the Rev. Don Blanton officiating. Burial will be in the OliveBranch Cemetery at Kensington. Visitation will be after 9 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
(Salina Journal ~ Sunday ~ February 22, 1987 ~ Submitted by Maurene Miller)



SMITH  CENTER, Kan. --- Services for Miss Rhonda Jo Moser, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Moser, will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Simmons Mortuary.  She died Thursday in a one-car accident northwest of Red Cloud, Neb.

She was born in Smith Center.

Survivors include two brothers, David, Denver, and Troy, at home; a sister, Mrs. Vickie Styles, Salina, and grandmother, Mrs. Georgia Jones, Smith Center.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Sunday ~ December 26, 1971 ~ Page 8C)

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