Brungardt, Isadore C., 88, retired Union Pacific Railroad section foreman, died Thursday, Aug. 11, 1994. Service 10:30 a.m. today, Christ the King Catholic Church.

Survivors: wife, Helen; daughter, Mary Jean Blagrave of Liberal; five stepsons, four stepdaughters, sisters, Helen Hesher of Great Bend, Regina Spencer of Ellsworth, Katherine Miller of Salina, Emma Kahler of Arlington Heights, Ill., two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. Memorial has been established with Trego County Lemke Memorial Hospital. Schmitt Funeral Home. (The Wichita Eagle, August 13, 1994)


Katherine Malsom, 92, Collyer, died Monday, May 23, 2005 at Trego County Lemke Memorial Hospital, Wakeeney.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael Catholic Church, Collyer, burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Schmitt Funeral Home, Quinter. A wake service will be at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. (The Hays Daily News, May 27, 2005)


Collyer - Lance Timothy Miller, 21, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2008. He was born Nov. 14, 1986, in Quinter to Timothy Miller and Ann Henrickson. He was a college student in the nursing program at Brown Mackie College in Salina.

Survivors include his parents, Tim and Ann of Collyer, brothers, Chad and Eric, both of Collyer and grandmothers, Betty Miller, of Hays and Freda Henrickson of Ellis. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Frank Miller and Jakie Henrickson.

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at St. Michael Catholic Church, Collyer. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the church with a vigil at 7 p.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church or Gove County Medical Center, in care of Schmitt Funeral Home, 901 S. Main, Quinter 67752.


Wakeeney - Eleanora Anna Marie Mohr, 72, died May 16, 2005, at Hays Medical Center.

Survivors include: a daughter, Julie Bretton, Hutchinson; and a sister Mary Lantz, Hays.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Collyer, with Fathers Donald F. Pfannenstiel and Basil Torrez presiding.

Schmitt Funeral Home, Wakeeney is in charge of arrangements. (The Hutchinson News, May 19, 2005)


August George Moos, of WaKeeney township, passed away at his home last Tuesday evening from a heart attack at the age of 54 years. Mr. Moos attended the stock sale in the afternoon and returned home on account of feeling ill; he passed away a short time later.

Funeral services will be held at St. Michael's Church in Collyer at 10:00 a.m. on Friday morning, February 17th and burial will be in the St. Michael Cemetery. (Western Kansas World, February 16, 1950, page 1)


Schreiner, Edwin W., 84, of Overland Park, formerly of Hays and Collyer, former dairy and I. G. A. Grocery Store owner, died Saturday, May 18, 2002. Vigil service 7 p.m.; rosary 7:15 pm. Monday, Hays Memorial Chapel; service 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

Survivors: wife, Albertina; sons, Gene of Overland Park, Roger of West Chester, Pa., Len of Seattle, Wash.; daughter, Darlene Kaska of Brighton, Colo., brothers, William, Albert, Dan, Joe, Herb, sisters, Irene, Oliva, Helen, Adeline; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Memorials established with Alzheimer's Association, Heartland chapter, 3846 W. 75th street, Prairie Village, KS 66208 and capuchin Friars of Hays. (The Wichita Eagle, May 19, 2002)


Collyer - Spies, Barbara G., 97, retired Co-Op IGA employee, died Sunday, March 30, 2003. Service 10 a.m. Thursday, St. Michael Catholic Church.

Survivors: sons, Harold of Yuba City, Ca., John of Wichita, daughter, Dorothy Balluch of Ellsworth; 13 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren. Schmitt Funeral Home. Quinter. (The Wichita Eagle, April 1, 2003)


Alyce Belle Ziegler of Fruita, a homemaker, died Thursday at Family Health Nursing Home. She was 70.

Services were Saturday at McLean Funeral Home in Fruita. Interment was in St. Michael's Cemetery in Collyer, Kan.

She was born Alyce Belle Hockman on May 24, 1930 in Wakeeney, Kan. On July 18, 1949, she married Martin V. Ziegler. He preceded her in death.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Church. Her interests included needlepoint, crafts and crossword puzzles.

She is survived by three son, Donald, Fruita, Martin, Stafford, Kan., and Jeff, Denver; three daughters, Monica Munroe, Arvada, Joni, Livermore, calif., and Jodi Speegel, Arvada; three brothers, Dennis Hockman, Grand Junction, Lewis Hockman, Rockledge, Fla.,. and Bill Hockman, Tyler, Texas; three sisters, Ardith Gerdsen, Fruita, Joyce Linna, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Ada Hockman, Highland, calif. And nine grandchildren.

Contibutions may be made to Family Health West Nursing Home, Main Street Project, P.O. Box 130, Fruita, CO. 81521. (The Denver Post Corp., August 2, 2000)


Wakeeney - Arthur "Art" Ziegler, 91, Wakeeney, died Friday, Dec, 9, 2005.

Mr. Ziegler was born July 20, 1914 in Collyer. He was a farmer and stockman.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Augusta, in 2004; a son, Lawrence M. and a daughter, Julia "Judy" Ziegler.

Survivors include two daughters, Joan Berens of Wakeeney and Martha Leibham of Quinter; nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Michael Catholic Church, Collyer. Burial will be in St. Michael Catholic Church Cemetery, Collyer.

A wake will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at Schmitt Funeral Home, 336 N. 12th, Wakeeney, 67672. (The Salina Journal, December 10, 2005)


Francis Hays was born in Scotland in 1842 and died at his home six miles west of Minneapolis on Weds. May 18, 1921. Mr. Hays had been sick for eight or nine weeks with kidney trouble which resulted in his death. He was married to Jeanette Duncan in Scotland, Mrs. Hays dying seventeen years ago last February.

Mrs. & Mrs. Hays came from Scotland to the United States settling first in Illinois. The family left Illinois and came to Kansas in the fall of 1876 and settled on a homestead six miles west of Minneapolis which place had been his home since that time.

In 1904, Mrs. Hays was united in marriage to Margaret McLaughlin of Delphos.

The deceased was a member of the M. E. Church at Ada and was hightly respected by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, four children, Francis Hayes of Virgil, Ks, Mrs. Agnes Hoard of Miltonvale, Mrs. M. J. Bachelor of Flemington, Mo., and Wm. R. Hayes of Minneapolis, 27 grandchildren and 7 grgrandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. C. E. Tinker of Minneapolis of the Ada M. E. church at the family home Saturday morning at ten o'clock. Internment was made in the Ada cemetery. (Submitted by Ann Baughman)


Death of Mrs. Flansburgh

Word has been received by friends here of the death of Mrs. Edith Lynn Flansburgh at Santa Fe, New Mexico, on December 7, 1949 and burial in the Fairview Cemetery at Santa Fe.

Mrs. Flansburgh will be remembered here as the wife of J. D. Lynn; the family made their home here for several years until Mr. Lynn passed away. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Courtney. (Western Kansas World, Janaury 5, 1950, page 1)


Esther Estella Deina, daughter of Henry and Magdalena Dietz, was born Dec. 21, 1922, in Trego County, Kansas and baptised on Jan. 14, 1923 in Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church at Trego Center, where she also was confirmed on March 21, 1937. She was married in California to Herman Deines of WaKeeney, Kansas. One child was born to this union, Stanley Herman, who is now six years old. Her husband died in the last world war on Dec. 12, 1944. Since 1946 she and her son made their home in Olympia, Washington, where she died on Dec. 24, 1949 after an illness of several months.

Her nearest relatives, mourning her death: her 6-year-old son; her parents, her brothers, Howard of Lenora, Kansas, Milton of WaKeeney, Kansas, Alfred of Olympia, Washington, and Dwayne of WaKenney, Kansas; and two sisters, Mrs. Martha Young of Van Nuyoe, California and Mrs. C. S. Bickerstaff of Parkersburg, West Virginia.

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 1:15 o'clock at the home of her husband's father, J. George Deines and at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Trego Center at two o'clock with the Rev. F. H. Vetter of WaKeeney, Kansas and the Rev. Rudolph Moehring officiating. A host of relatives and friends attended the funeral. Interment was made at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery. (Wester Kansas World, January 5, 1950, page 1)


Death of Mrs. Thiel

Mrs. Ludmilla Thiel, an early day resident of Collyer, passed away last Saturday night at the age of 80 years from a heart attack at her home.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday morning at St. Michael's Church in Collyer with Fr. Carl Engbarth and Fr. Kneipp officiating. Burial was in the St. Michael Cemetery. (Western Kansas World, January 19, 1950, page 1)


In Happy Township, where Ada Griffith had lived most of her life, her family and friends were saddened by her sudden passing January twenty-sixth.

Ada Law was born November twenty-fifth, 1894, to Alvin and ?ka Law, pioneer residents of Graham county. Her early life was spent at the family home south of Hill City. She attended and was graduated from the Graham county public schools. Afterward she attended school in Manhattan and Hays and was graduated from the Hays State College in 1919 with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Education. She was a member of the Sigma Alpha Iota Musical Sorority.

She liked music. It was her major interest in school and after graduation she taught this subject at the Hill City High School and in Smith Center and Burr Oak schools. She had a sweet voice and participated in many programs in her time and school life.

Anxious to further her musical education she went to Chicago and entered the American Conservatory of Music and graduated with degree of Bachelor of Music in 1925. Thereafter she taught music in the Chicago school system until 1931 when she returned to Graham county to be married.

Ada Law and Fred Griffith were married in the Prairie Home church August 15, 1931, and lived within the sight of this church and were a part of its activities all their married life.

One son, Charles, was born to them. Charles is a senior in the Hill City High School.

In addition to her husband and son, she leaves to mourn; her two sisters, Mrs. Clara Rice of Hill City, Irma Law of Topeka and four brothers, Bert, Lloyd and Frank Law of Hill City and Ed Law of Hays.

There has always been a close family tie and Ada was always a leader in all the family reunions.

Fred and Ada and their son had just completed a new home, one they had spent many months planning. It was a source of comfort and pleasure which she had only a brief time to enjoy.

Funeral services were held at the Prairie Home church with Rev. Paul Brooks and Rev. H. P. Woertendyke officiating. Interment was in the Prairie Home Cemetery. (Western Kansas World, February 2, 1950, pages 1 & 4)


Harry M. Thomas, an early day resident of Collyer township, passed away at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Bromfield in WaKeeney last Monday afternoon, following a heart attack.

Mr. Thomas, who was '79 years old made his home with the Broomfield family for the past two and a half years and had been in failing health for several months. He made his home in Collyer for several years where he engaged in business.

Date for the funeral service will be made on the arrival of his relatives.

He was born at St. Thomas, Pennsylvania on February 6, 1871, to Mr. and Mrs. Stacy Thomas and came with them to Ellsworth, Kansas, in his early childhood, coming to Collyer in later years.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 1919, one son, Monroe, in 1903 and one daughter, Faye in 1939.

Surviving are two sons; Stacy and John Thomas of Twin Falls, Idaho and daughters, Mrs. Eva Douglas of Junction City, Mrs. Ruth Walker of Evansville, Indiana, Mrs. Elva Clark of Enid, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Rena Toburen of Manhattan; one brother, Joe Thomas of Ellsworth; and one sister, Emma Wade, of Genesco, eighteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held this afternoon, Thursday at the Methodist church at Collyer with Rev. Paul Brooks officiating. Burial was in the Collyer Cemetery. (Western Kansas World, February 2, 1950, page 4)


Joe Power, who has been in faililng health from heart trouble for several months, passed away last Saturday, January 28th at the St. Anthony Hospital in Hays where he was taken a few days previously for treatment.

Mr. Power was an early day resident of Collyer township and for several years had made his home at the South Hotel Staatz in WaKeeney. He was born March 29, 1870 and was nearly 80 years old.

Funeral services were Wednesday morning at St. Michael's Church in Collyer with the Rev. Fr. Kneipp officiating, and burial was in the St. Michael's Cemetery.

An obituary will be published next week. (Western Kansas World, February 2, 1950, page 1)

Joseph Power, the son of James and Sarah Power, was born March 29, 1870 in Industry, Illinois and passed away January 28, 1950 at 9:00 p.m. at the St. Anthony's Hospital, Hays, Kansas at the age of 79 years, 10 months and 1 day.

Joseph spent his younger days training and working with race horses in Nebraska, later coming to Collyer where he and his brother Ed, did threshing for several years until his brother, Ed, passed away. He then went back to working with race horses.

He training race horses for Mr. Kelly and Mr. Day of WaKeeney. He was a great lover of horses and often spoke of one of his own race horses, Minnie Napoleon. He traveled to near-by Fairs and took part in the races with his horses. He raced many races at our County Fair until his health and age cuased him to retire from the track.

He made many acquaintances with horse men, one in particular he always spoke of was Dr. J. D. Davis, of Ellis, Kansas, who also knows horses.

Preceeding him in death were his father, James; his mother, Sarah; three brothers, William Power of Kansas City, Robert Power of Moberly, Mo., and Ed Power of Collyer, Kansas; two sisters, Emma Merurn of Emporia, Kans., and Rose Sellers of WaKeeney.

Joseph is survived by his brother, Henry J. Power and wife, Bertha of Collyer one brother-in-law, A. C. Sellers of WaKeeney five nieces one great niece, one great great niece, five nephews and three great nephews.

The funeral services were held by the officiating clergyman, Fr. Kneipp, Wednesday, February 1st, at 9:00 a.m. at the St. Michaels Church, Collyer, Kansaas interment in the St. Michael's cemetery. (Western Kansas World, February 9, 1950, page 1)


Mrs. Nick K. Dreiling, was born January 10, 1885 at Rio de Janerio, Brazil, the daughter of John and Margaret Stadelman and died Tuesday, January 17, 1950, at the age of 65 years and seven days. She came to America in 1890 with her parents and the family settled at Victoria. She was united in marriage on May 24, 1903 to Nick K. Dreiling and ten children were born to this union. Their eldest son, Joseph, died in infancy.

Mrs. Dreiling is survived by her husband, six sons, three daughters, two sisters, four brothers, 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The children are C. J. Dreiling and S. N. Dreiling of Ogallah; Mrs. Alex Dechant, Denver; Edd and Henry Dreiling, Ellis; Mrs. Joe Piefer, Ft. Collins; Alvin Dreiling, Ellsworth; Alfred Dreiling, Los Angeles, Calif., and Mrs. Wm. Forrstall, Minneapolis, Kans.

Funeral services were held in the St. Mary's Church in Ellis on Thursday morning and burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery. (Western Kansas World, February 2, 1950, page 1)


Mrs. Jessie F. Taylor of Lincoln, California, died in the Highland hospital at Auburn, California on January 17, 1950, of a heart attackand complications. She had been in failing health for several months.

Jessie Fremont Shepherd was born January 27, 1862, near Otego, New York. At the age of sixteen she moved with her parents and two sisters to Ellis, Kansas, then a truly pioneer town, only a few years past Indian attacks. Here her parents took over the management of the historic Kansas House hotel for several years. She taught in the Ellis schools where the late Walter Chrysler was her pupil.

In 1882 she married Carver W. Taylor, an engineer on the Union Pacific railroad. Left a widow with three small children, she moved to the ranch of her parents, six miles west of Ellis. Here her children were educated and here she taught in the schools of the county until her children were ready for high school. She then moved temporarily to Hays, Kansas, where they received their high school education.

In 1905 the family moved to Topeka, Kansas, where her daughters completed their education at Washburn College, and she took up practical nursing, in which occupation she was engaged for several years. From 1913 to 1921 the family lived in the Ozark country near Berryville, Arkansas. After the death of her mother, Mrs. Mille Shepherd, and her sister, Mrs. Mary Leonard, she and her older sister, Miss Eva Shepherd, followed the children to California, where she became a companion to Mrs. Sara Plant of Saratoga, California, where she lived for many years with her many friends and interests.

In her last years she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Elsa Walker of Decoto, California, where she took an active part in the social life of the town until her eighty-fourth year.

During her entire life she was an ardent lover of education and was a student of world events and literature as long as she lived. Her recreations were gardening and flowers and the theatre, and she also kept up a large correspondence with many friends and relatives in several states.

Interment took place in the Lincoln Cemetery on Friday, January 20, at two o'clock. (Western Kansas World, February 9, 1950, page 1)


Death of Mrs. Ira Cruson

Mrs. Brent Marquand received word of the death of her aunt, Mrs. Iva Cruson, of Lebanon, Oregon, on January 27th. Mrs. Cruson was 80 years old in December. She was a pioneer in this community, having come here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Musgrave in 1879. Mr. and Mrs. Cruson went to Oregon to live 39 years ago. Their former home was south of Ogallah where Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Loflin now have their home. Mr. Cruson is living at Lebanon, Oregon. (Western Kansas World, February 23, 1950, page 1)


Lee Christ Weeks was born March 21, 1868 near Jefferson in Green County, Iowa. He departed this life Nov. 20, 1924, at his home near Ransom, Kansas at the age of 56 years 8 months 29 days. He came with his parents to Russell County, Kansas August 9, 1878 and being one of the early settlers they endured many hardships. His parents homesteaded in Fairfield Township where he grew to manhood. He was married Jan. 1, 1886 to Jessie Wood. To this union six children were born, one having preceded him in death.

On August first 1921 he left Russell County going to Trego County where he and his family have resided until the time of his death. He is survived by his wife and five children, Ralph, Elmer, Vera, Ira, and Carl all of whom were with him at the time of his death except Elmer who was at Mountainair, New Mexico.The deceased was a member of the Friends church at Shannon.

Those left to morn his loss besides his family are two sisters and two brothers, Carrie Parker, Esther Meharg, George H. Weeks all of Bunker Hill and Burr H. Weeks of Brownell, Kansas and a host of relatives and friends. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Wright and Rev. Kivett Sunday morning from the Shannon Church and interment was in the Cross Plains Cemetery. The text of the sermon was taken from the fifteenth chapter of 1st Corinthians. Card of Thanks-We the family and relatives wish to extend out thanks for the kindness shown in the this time of our bereavement. (The Bunker Hill Advertiser-November 27, 1924, submitted by Kyle M. Condon)


Ina, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Aylworth, died on Tuesday last, in her eighth year, of typhoid-malarial fever, The funeral was preached by Rev. Mr. Walker at the First Baptist church Wednesday forenoon. The remains were buried in the Wa-Keeney cemetery after the funeral. A large concourse of friends followed the remains their final resting place. The grief-stricken parents have the sympathy of our people in their great affliction. ["Western Kansas World, WaKeeney, Oct 13, 1888, submitted by K. T.]


Mr. C. Bollman died Wednesday morning at his home three and a half miles north of this place, in his 71st year. The day before his death he sank into unconsciousness, and seemed to die free from pain. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Mr. Mahaddie at the residence on Thursday, at 10 o'clock. The burial took place on the same day in the Wa-Keeney cemetery. (Source: Trego County Tracings - Edited by the Western Kansas World's - Traveling Canvasser and Correspondent - Ogallah, Aug 5-8, 1887. Transcribed by Kathy Haggerty)


Roy Marquand, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charley Marquand of Ogallah, passed away at his home last Monday after several months of failing health, at the age of 30 years.

Funeral services were conducted from the Methodist church in Ogallah on Wednesday afternoon with Rev. Paul Cobb officiating and burial was in the Ogallah Cemetery. (Western Kansas World, March 30, 1950, page 1)

Roy LaVerne Marquand was born September 11, 1919 at Ogallah, Kansas and passed away March 27, 1950, age the age of 30 years, 6 months and 16 days. He had been an invalid almost all of his life and cuold not enjoy the things in life that other children could.

He was a member of the First Methodist Church of Ogallah, Kansas. He leaves to mourn his passing his father, mother and four brothers: Claude, Lee, Ira and Clarence. (Western Kanas World, April 6,1 950, page 1)

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