TREGO  COUNTY
 

OBITS 

REYNOLDS, CHILD

A small child of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Reynolds, of Big Creek valley, south of Ogallah, died last Sunday, and was buried on the home place on the day following.(Western Kansas World, July 16, 1887)

JOHNSON, DAUGHTER

Died, Saturday afternoon, July 9, of dysentery, at the residence of her parents, ten miles southeast of Wa-Keeney, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, aged about 5 years. The remains were buried on the Johnson place on Sunday.(Western Kansas World, July 16, 1887)

PEARSON, CHARLES HENRY RAYMOND

Charles Henry Raymond, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Pearson, died in this city last Monday morning, aged 19 mos. and 27 days. Cholera infantum was his ailment. he was a great sufferer. The remains were buried in the city cemetery Tuesday forenoon. (Western Kansas World, July 16, 1887)

BAKER, SON

The little son of Joseph E. Baker, of this city, died at Quinter last Saturday morning, aged 9 mos. and 17 days. The child had had dysentery, which was followed by brain fever. Funeral services were held at Quinter Saturday evening, and the burial took place in the Wa-Keeney cemetery Sunday forenoon.(Western Kansas World, July 16, 1887)

McMICHAEL, THOMAS H.

The Monster, Death, has been in our vicinity, and taken from our midst Thomas H., son of Mr. and Mrs. McMichael. He died, after a brief illness, on the morning of the 9th. There were no funeral services held on account of no minister being present. There were singing by the neighbors and prayer by D. F. Douglas. Services will be held some time in the future when convenient. The age of the deceased was 2 years, 9 mos. and 1 day. Thomas H. was a bright child, and much thought of by all who knew him and especially by his parents, who will deeply morn his loss, for the place which he occupied is vacant. But such is life. Today it is in full bloom, tomorrow it willb e cut down and is no more; but he shall come forth in the morning of the glorious resurrection in full bloom again. Interment at Wa-Keeney cemetery on the 10th. (Western Kansas World, July 16, 1887)

SCOTT,  RAYMOND

WaKeeney Man Killed In Wreck

Wakeeney --- Sixty-five-year-old Raymond Scott of WaKeeney was killed Monday afternoon when the car he was driving collided head-on with another vehicle at Cedar Bluff Reservoir in Trego County.

According to the Trego County Sheriff's Office, the crash occurred on a country road and may have been due, in part, to clouds of dust kicked up by other traffic, obstructing the driver's vision.

Michael Cline, the driver of the other car, and a passenger, Donald Ernest, both of Dodge City, escaped serious injury.  They were treated and released following the mishap.

Officers said the accident happened on the Cove Three road at Cedar Bluff.

Survivors include his wife, Faye, WaKeeney; a son, Joe Stephens, Monument; a daughter, Mrs. Ronald (Elizabeth) Horrell, Abilene, Tex.; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Hendricks Funeral Home in WaKeeney.  burial will be in WaKeeney Cemetery.  Friends may call from 2 p.m. Wednesday until services time at Hendricks.
(Hays Daily News ~ May 22, 1973)

GALLOWAY,  LEW  H.

WaKeeney --- Lew H. Galloway, 78, died Sunday afternoon at a WaKeeney Hospital after an 11 months' illness.  Mr. Galloway was born Sept. 4, 1883 in WaKeeney.  Mr. Galloway was a retired cattleman.  He was prominent in GOP politics in Kansas, having served as a president of Kansas Day, the State Board of Agriculture and was a member of the State Fair Board.  Mr. Galloway was a member of the Highway 40 Commission and a former officer of the Federal Land Bank.

Funeral was Tuesday at the Hendricks Chapel, Rev. Lawrence W. Thomas officiating.

Burial was in the WaKeeney Cemetery.
(Hutchinson News ~ February 6, 1962)

BURNHAM,  HARRY

HELD  BRIEF  SERVICES

Body of Harry Burnham Was Taken to WaKeeney

Brief funeral services for the late Harry E. Burnham, who was drowned Wednesday afternoon in the Kaw river, were held at the Lescher and Power Undertaking establishment yesterday afternoon.  Rev. W. A. Powell conducted the services and as many students attended as could enter the undertaking parlors.  The body was accompanied to the family home in WaKeeney by a sister and brother of the dead student.  The sister came from Manhattan yesterday and the brother from southern Kansas.

Dr. Powell, after expressing the grief felt by the community at the blotting out of so promising a life said that brief as it had been there was an example of fine endeavor and manly accomplishment in it.
(Lawrence Jeffersonian Gazette ~ June 11, 1913)

EHRICH,  HENRY

And Sudden Death

Perry --- Henry Ehrich, 33, WaKeeney, was killed last night when his car sideswiped a truckload of cattle driven by Elmer Freeman Junction City, east of here.  Enrich's wife and 3-year-old son were injured slightly.  The Ehrich's were enroute home from a business trip to Kansas City.
(Hutchinson News ~ August 18, 1936)

George Louis Nemechek

George Louis Nemechek was born July 7, 1923 on the family farm south of Ellis in Ellis County to Louis and Johanna (Gaschler) Nemechek. He passed away February 9, 1999 at Hays Medical Center, Hays, Kansas at 75 years, 7 months, 2 days.

He attended Walker School north of WaKeeney and graduated from Trego Community High School with the class of 1943. On August 25, 1943, he enlisted in the United States Army at Fort Logan, Colorado. He served his country during World War II and was honorably discharged December 1, 1945, at Chanute Field, Illinois.

On October 3, 1945, George was united in marriage with Nathalie O’Rourke in St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Ellis. She passed away April 18, 1995.

George was a wheat farmer and custom harvester. His friendly nature helped him make many friends over the years. He enjoyed bowling and NASCAR, and played his accordion with friends for a number of dances. George loved to spend time with his grandchildren.

George was a member of the Christ the King Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus #4113. He was also a member of American Legion Moore Post #197, and V.F.W. Randall Reid Post #3449, all of WaKeeney.

Survivors include two sons, Robert and wife Joann of McCook, Ne., and Francis of Lansing; four grandchildren, Kyle Level of Manhattan, Lora Eldred and husband Nathan of York, NE., and Craig and Tina Nemechek of McCook, Ne.; three brothers, William and wife Marjorie and Richard and wife Carole all of WaKeeney, and Doug of Colorado Springs, Co.; four sisters, Charlotte Albers and husband Clem of Grinnell, Darlene Tomanek and husband LaVerne, and Mary Jo McClanahan and husband Gary, all of WaKeeney, and Betty Lipp and husband Reginald of Collyer; his mother-in-law Elizabeth Elias and husband Lloyd of LaCrosse; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Robert.

A funeral mass was Friday, February 12, 1999 at the Christ the King Catholic Church, WaKeeney, with Father Donald F. Pfannenstiel and Father Joseph Scheetz officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. The family suggests memorials to the church, American Cancer Society or Multiple Sclerosis Society which may be left in care of the funeral home. (Western Kansas World - Feb 18, 1999, transcribed by Maurene Richard Miller)

ROBERTS,  MARY

Died --- At the home of her father, in Wallace, Kan., Tuesday evening, Mary, daughter of Perry and Annie Roberts.  Her remains were buried in the Ogallah cemetery on Thursday.  Mary was a bright little girl, four years old, loved by all who knew her.  Her parents have the sympathy of many friends in the Wallace and Ogallah communities.  Mrs. Roberts is a sister of Mrs. A. V. Hixson.
(Western Kansas World ~ Saturday ~ October 15, 1887 ~ Page 7)

LOFTHOUSE,  SON  OF  JOSEPH

Died --- On the 7 inst., the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lofthouse, aged 2 years and 6 months.  The remains were buried in the Ogallah cemetery.
(Western Kansas World ~ Saturday ~ July 14, 1888 ~ Page 7)

GEAR,  INFANT  SON

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Gear died last Saturday night and was buried in the Ogallah cemtery on Monday.  The indirect cause of his death was the influenza.  He was about five months old and had been sick a little over three weeks.  The sermon was preached at their house by Rev. H. H. Rogers.  This is particularly sad for the afflicted parents as they buried a ten-months-old baby last June.  They are comparatively strangers here, but have the sympathy of the community.
(Western Kansas Weekly ~ Saturday ~ March 8, 1890 ~ Page 5)

BURNS,  BESSIE

Bessie Burns, aged about 9 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Burns, of Ogallah, died rather suddenly last Monday morning and was buried in the WaKeeney cemetery on Tuesday.
(Western Kansas World ~ Saturday ~ March 11, 1893 ~ Page 4)

HARRISON,  DAVID

SHOOTING  AFFAIR

WaKeeney, Kans., April 28 --- Saturday evening, April 10, Wm. Olive, aged about 20 years, shot at Berrie's billiard hall in this city, David Harrison, aged about 21 years.  They were both cowboys and had been drinking.  Harrison was shot through the body, the ball entering just above the liver and injuring a lung.  His condition was critical until yesterday when he died.  He was buried today in the WaKeeney cemetery.

Olive had been at large for about ten days on a bond of $10,000.  Sheriff Baker has gone today to the ranch of Oliver's father, about fifteen miles southwest of here to arrest him on the charge of murder.
(Fort Scott Daily Monitor ~ Tuesday ~ April 27, 1886 ~ Page 1)

CUE,  EFFIE

MRS.  JOSEPHINE  CUE

Effie Reece was born in Benton county, Iowa, March 8, 1852 and departed from this life, April 24, 1920, being 68 years, 1 month and 16 days old.

She was united in marriage to Josephus Cue, May 16, 1870.  To this union were born two children Chas. E. and Elmer E.  They and their families were with her at the time of her death.

They came to Kansas in 1874, settling in Barton county, where they resided until the year 1909 whenthey came to Trego county and settled on a farm one mile west of WaKeeney where they lived at the time of her death.  She was a devoted wife and loving mother.  She leaves a husband, two sons and four grandchildren, besides two sisters, four brothers and a host of friends to mourn her loss.

Funeral services were held at the M.E. church, conducted by Rev. Mann and interment was made in WaKeeney cemetery.  The sincere sympathy is extended to the aged husband and surviving sons.
(Hoisington Dispatch ~ Thursday ~ May 13, 1920 ~ Page 1)

BUCK,  MRS.

Mrs. Buck, mother of Mrs. J. Britt died last Friday and was buried in the Wa-Keeney cemetery on Saturday.  The deceased was about 78 years of age and had been a patient sufferer for months.  She was a most estimable woman and respected by all who knew her.
(Western Kansas World ~ Saturday ~ October 8, 1892 ~ Page 4)

SIDLES,  BERTIE

Bertie Sidles, aged ten years, died Tuesday evening at the restaurant across Railroad avenue from the depo.  He had been sick for ten days.  We understand that typhoid fever was his ailment.  His father, who lives near Grinnell, was at his bedside the most of the week preceding the little one's death.  Rev. Mr. Brown preached the funeral at 3 o'clock on Wednesday, and the remains were then buried in the Wa-Keeney cemetery.  The Robinson family, with whom the child had been living, seem greatly affected at the loss of little Bertie.
(Western Kansas World ~ Saturday ~ November 17, 1888 ~ Page 7)

SWANSON, NETTIE

DEATH'S  DOINGS

Miss Nettie Swanson, of Gove county, died at the Commercial House, in this city, of pneumonia.  A short time before, she had the measles and then scarlet fever.  She had come here to nurse a sister, who was sick.  The sister recovered.  The remains of Nettie were buried in the Wa-Keeney cemetery last Saturday evening.
(Western Kansas World ~ Saturday ~ May 28, 1887 ~ Page 2)

ROBINSON,  ELEANOR

Died --- April 19th, at 3 o'clock A.M., Mrs. Eleanor Robinson aged nearly 71 years.  She was taken very ill about three months ago and it was thought from the beginning that she could not recover on account of her advanced age.  Mrs. Robinson was born in Belmont county, Ohio and came to Trego county about four years ago with her husband and children.  She has been a member of the Presbyterian church since girlhood, always lived a consistent Christian life, and when the summons came she was ready to go.  She was much loved by all who knew her.  Her sufferings at times were intense but she bore them with great patience.  Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church on sabbath by Rev. Brown and she was then laid away to rest in the Wa-Keeney cemetery.  The relatives desire to express their heartfelt thanks to the friends in Wa-Keeney for their sympathy and assistance.
(Western Kansas World ~ Saturday ~ April 26, 1890 ~ Page 4)

KILLAM,  MAY

Little May Killam, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Killam, died about 8 o'clock Tuesday evening.  She was about eight years old.  Her death was sudden.  She was not seriously ill for more than twenty-four hours.  Her remains were buried in the Wa-Keeney cemetery Thursday forenoon.  There is, aside from the death of this child, a sad feature in this affair.  Her father is in Montana, an beyond telegraphic communication.  He, under these circumstances, was perhaps not apprised by the death of his child until after her burial.
(Western Kansas World ~ Saturday ~ September 22, 1888 ~ Page 7)

HARRIS,  WILL

FORD  OVERTURN

Will Harris is Crushed Under the Car

WAKEENEY, Aug. 10 --- Will Harris, a soldier boy lost his life last Saturday at the noon hour by an overturned Ford.  While working with the Fred Naiman crew at the Clarence Repshire place, he had taken the car and drove to the house on an errand and on the return by some manner not known the car overturned and pinned him beneath, where his life was crushed out before help arrived.  He was about thirty years old.  Post Moore of the American Legion had charge of the funeral services which were held at 8:00 A.M. Wednesday, Rev. Grant Mann delivering the funeral sermon at the funeral home.  The burial was with full military honors and the interment in the WaKeeney cemetery.  Near relatives of the dead soldier could not be located.  He has rollver harvest work this year and is reported to have been a skilled rider and broncho buster.
(Salina Evening Journal ~ Tuesday ~ August 10, 1920 ~ Page 10)

MILLER,  N. B.

A peculiarly sad death occurred Thursday forenoon, about 9 o'clock.  We allude to that of N. B. Miller.  He died of malarial fever.  He had not yet reached the meridian of life, being only some twenty-eight or twenty-nine years of age.  The funeral was preached yesterday, at 2 o'clock, at the Baptist church by a minister from Quinter.  The remains were interred in the Wa-Keeney cemetery.  Mrs. Miller had been prostrated with malarial fever, and she was barely able to attend the funeral and burial of her husband.
(Western Kansas World ~ Saturday ~ November 3, 1888 ~ Page 7)

McKUNE,  SILAS

KILLED  IN  AUTO  ACCIDENT

First Trip in New Car Was Fatal to Its Owner

Russell, Nov. 16 --- A message this week to relatives here brought the news that Silas McKune had been instantly killed in an auto accident near his home, ten miles south of WaKeeney.  Mr. McKune had a few days before, disposted of his car and bought another.  He had driven the new machine only once or twice and was not familiar with the throttle which worked on the new car exactly opposite the old.  Mr. McKune and Robert McKinley started for a drive in the afternoon, and had gone only a short distance when Mr. McKune lost conrol of the machine by opening the throttle instead of, as he thought, closing it, judging from the torn up condition of the road, the auto must have gained a rapid rate of speed before it upset.

The young man, Robert McKinley, who was with him, says that Mr. McKune gave the machine a quick turn in order to keep it from running into a fence.  Mr. McKune was thrown out upon his head, his skull was crushed and it is thought that his neck was broken.  Robert McKinley was also injured but he will recover.  McKune lived here many years and his many friends are pained toh ear of his untimely death.  He leaves a wife and four children Robert McKune and Mrs. Will Zimmerman of Russell; Mrs. Ernest Smith of Trego county, and Mrs. C. R. Tichenor of Lucky Valley, Neb.  Funeral services were held Wednesday at 10 o'clock and interment made in the WaKeeney cemetery.
(Great Bend Tribune ~ Thursday ~ November 16, 1916 ~ Page 1)

McCOLLUM,  A. E.

SNOW  AT  WAKEENEY

A Trace Followed a Shower Yesterday---The McCollum Funeral

Wakeeney, Sept. 10 --- The body of A. E. McCollum, ex-chief of police of Topeka, whose death occurred there last Friday, were interred in the Wakeeney cemetery on Monday.  Short services at the grave were attended by a large concourse of relatives and former neighbors.  Twenty years ago Mr. McCollum was one of the leading school teachers of Trego county and a little later editor of the Omnierat, the organ of the fusion force in this county.  A sister, Mrs. C. D. Smith, is the present superitendent of public instruction, and a brother, D. E. McCollum, is the editor of the Lincoln Republican.
(Salina Evening Journal ~ Tuesday ~ September 10, 1907 ~ Page 1)

BRYANT,  C.  RAY

DEATH'S  DOING

C. Ray Bryabnt, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Bryant, who live six miles south of Wa-Keeney, died on Thursday of scarlet fever.    Little Ray was four years old the 8 of last October.  His death was a great shock to his parents.  He did not seem to be out of health until last Monday afternoon, when he gave slight evidences in that direction.  He was not prostrated until Tuesday morning.

The remains were buried yesterday in the Wa-Keeney cemetery.
(Western Kansas World ~ Saturday ~ April 9, 1887 ~ Page 7)

HOBBICK,  MARY  GERTRUDE

AT  REST

Died---Friday, December 22, 1893---Mrs. Mary Gertrude Hobbick.  The funeral services were held in the M.E. church at Wa-Keeney, on Saturday, December 23, Rev. Winterburn preaching the sermon, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Wa-Keeney cemetery.

The deceased was the wife of Charles Hobbick and daughter of Mr. and Mr. D. Pershing and had lived in Trego county nearly all her life.  She was a woman of most lovely disposition and possessed the highest esteem and regard of al who knew her.  She left a little boy about two years old.  The sympathies of the community are with the husband and child and other relatives in their sad bereavement.
(Western Kansas World ~ Saturday ~ December 30, 1893 ~ Page 4)

HAMM,  ETHEL  MAY

HAMM --- Ethel May Hamm, the 18-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Hamm, died at her home near Wakeeney, Kas., Sunday morning, Oct. 28.  It is very sad when one so young is called away yet a kind and wise Providence rules and over rules in the destiny of every human soul and this young life had doubtless filled its earthly mission.  On Monday the funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church and the body interred in the WaKeeney cemetery.---Trego County World.  The Hamms formerly lived northeast of Hiawatha.
(Brown County World ~ Friday ~ November 13, 1914 ~ Page 4)

McDONALD,  LOUIE

DEATH'S  DOINGS

DIED --- May 11, at the residence of W. A. Tichenor, five miels southwest of Wa-Keeney, Miss Louie McDonald, 19 years of age, this being her birthday.  The disease which carried her off was scarlet fever.  Miss McDonald was attacked by the fever one week ago last Monday.  She was the step-daughter of Mr. Tichenor and the daughter of his wife, Mrs. Nancy J. Tichenor.  The remains were buried on Thursday in the Wa-Keeney cemetery.

Mr. and Mrs. Tichenor hereby return thanks to their neighbors who have been so kind to them in their great affliction.

Plymouth, Ind., papers please copy.
(Western Kansas World ~ Saturday ~ May 14, 1887 ~ Page 6)

McCAY,  ARCHIBALD

Archibald McCay, of whose illness was made mention last week, died Monday evening, September 12th, at the age of 78 years.  He died at the residence of his nephew, W. G. Marshall, where he had lived  for a number of years.  The deceased was a soldier in the Mexican war, participating in numerous engagements.  He was of a singularly quiet and unobtrusive disposition, making but few acquaintances and seldom going away from his home, but those who knew him best greatly respected him for his sterling qualities.  He was a good man, and that tells the story of his whole life.  For several months he had been a patient sufferer, his afflictions at times very hard to bear, but he did it without repining and at last fell to sleep quietly and painlessly.  Funeral services were held at the house, on the day following his death, by Rev. Rich, and his remains were laid to rest in the Wa-Keeney cemetery.
(Western Kansas World ~ Saturday ~ September 17, 1892 ~ Page 4)

PORTER,  LILLIAN  FINLEY

DEATH'S  DOINGS

Lillian Finley Porter, only child of Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Porter, of this city, died on April 27.  She was born on May 3, 1887.  The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Mr. Brown, and the burial took place in the Wa-Keeney cemetery last Sabbath, at 2:30 p.m.

Lillian's loss fell heavily upon her devoted parents.

Mr. Porter's father, J. T. Porter, of Brewerton, Ala., happened to be visiting in the eastern portion of this state.  He was telegraphed to, and responded by arriving here last Saturday morning.  He started home Monday evening.

Mrs. Joseph Loranz, of Brewerton, Ala., arrived Saturday night, intending to remain with Mr. Porter's family about a week.  She is a sister of E. F. Porter's.

Mrs. W. B. Berry and her son Charles, of Clarinda, Iowa, mother and brother of Mrs. E. F. Porter, arrived in the city last Sunday morning, to attend the funeral of Lillian.  Charles started home on Tuesday.  Mrs. Berry intended to stay here a week or so longer.
(Western Kansas World ~ Saturday ~ May 5, 1888 ~ Page 7)

BOSTWICK,  E. M.

J. W. Burns is devoting some time to dressing the stone which is to be placed over the resting place of E. M. Bostwick.  Mr. Bostwick died several years ago.  His remains lie in the WaKeeney cemetery.  We are told that the Collyer Post, of which he was a member, will come down here in a body upon the occasion of the tombstone being placed in position.
(Western Kansas World ~ Saturday ~ September 8, 1888 ~ Page 7)

BOLLMAN,  MRS.

Mrs. Bollman, wife of C. B. Bollman, died at her home, three miles north of Wa-Keeney, Thursday night.  The funeral sermon was preached at the family residence on Friday, at 10 o'clock, and the remains were buried on the same day in the Wa-Keeney cemetery.  Mrs. Bollman, we understand, was about sixty years of age.  She was the mother of Mr. A. M. Stephenson, of this place.
(Western Kansas World ~ Saturday ~ July 30, 1887 ~ Page 2)

AMES,  FRANK

DEAD  IN  BED

Another Heart-Rending Case at the Grand Central

Yesterday morning Frank Ames, alias Geo. Fuller, was found dead in his bed at the Grand Central.  A coroner's inquest, involving a post mortem examination, was held yesterday.  Doctors Conger and Jones conducted the post mortem examination.  The coroner's jury decided that Ames had come to his death from the excessive use of alcoholic liquors, obtained in violation of law.

Ames reached Wa-Keeney day before yesterday.  He kept loaded to the muzzle with beer.  Some of the Beem outfit and Ames are said to have been spreeing until late Thursday night.  Ames had been eating very little for some time.  He was about thirty-two years of age and, with the exception of his stomach being somewhat inflamed, the doctors found his body to be in a healthy condition.  His friends have not come to claim the body, and it will be buried today in the Wa-Keeney cemetery.

Thirty dollars were found on the body of the dead man.
(Western Kansas World ~ Saturday ~ Apri 9, 1887 ~ Page 2)

BROWN,  MARY  C.

DEATH  OF  MRS.  MARY  C.  BROWN

Mrs. Mary Catherine Brown, wife of Rev. W. B. Brown, pastor of the Prebyterian church in this city, died yesterday, at 10:30 a.m., of puerperal fever.

The deceased was born at Oliver Springs, Tenn., Nov. 15, 1861, and was married Oct. 6, 1881.  She leaves four children motherless.  The youngest, a daughter, was born last Monday morning.

At the hour of our going to press, yesterday afternoon, the time for the burial had not been determined, nor was it yet known who would preach the funeral sermon.  The father of the deceased, who lives in Tennessee, at Oliver Springs, had been telegraphed that the body would be kept until Monday next if he could come.  A telegram of similar purport had also been sent to Mr. Brown's paretns, who live in Tennessee.  Responses had not been received from them.  The remains will be buried in the Wa-Keeney cemetery.

All that can be done to assuage the anguish of him who has so suddenly been deprived of the dearest of earthly compansions, our people are doing.
(Western Kansas World ~ Saturday ~ May 25, 1889 ~ Page 5)

BAKER,  MRS.  J. W.

Mrs. J. W. Baker, of Quinter, was buried in the Wa-Keeney cemetery Thursday morning.  The remains were brought down on the early morning train, and were immediately taken to the cemetery.  Mrs. Baker was well-known in Wa-Keeney, having resided here for a number of years, and was loved and respected by all who knew her.  We extend the sympathy of the community to the bereaved husband.
(Western Kansas World ~ Saturday ~ December 7, 1889 ~ Page 4)

RUYLE,  CHARLES

DIED

Near Wichita, Kansas, on Sunday August 31st, of inflamation of the bowels, Charles Ruyle, aged 42 years.

This was a peculiarly sad death.  The deceased lef this country about three weeks ago for Wichita where he expected to obtain employment during the winter and return here again in the spring.  But providence had decreed otherwise.  He was taken sick on the road nad stopping at a farm house was kindly received and cared for.  No attempt was made to communicate with his wife or friends here as he was not considered dangerously ill and the first knowledge of his sickness here was when a telegram was handed Mrs. Ruyle on Sunday evening conveying the sad news of his death.  C. J. Ferris was at once started for Wichita to bring home the body which he did returning Wednesday evening.  The funeral services took place on Thursday at the Methodist church and the remains were laid to rest in the Wa-Keeney cemetery.  Two brothers and the aged mother of the deceased arrived from Illinois in time for the last sad rites.

Charles Ruyle has been a resident of Trego county about four years and during that time had established a reputation for industry and integrity second to none.  His neighbors all speak of him in the highest terms and the large crowd who attended him to his long home, despite the rain, attest their sincerity.
(Western Kansas World ~ Saturday ~ September 6, 1890 ~ Page 4)

CROSBY,  SARAH

DEATH'S  DOINGS

Mrs. Sarah Crosby died at about 11 o'clock Thursday forenoon at the residence of her son, Geo. T. Galloway, in the Saline valley.  Mrs. Crosby had been ill several days.  We are not advised as to the nature of her ailment.  She was about 67 years of age.  She had made her home with her sone for about eight years.  Mrs. Crosby had been a member of the M.E. church for about fifty years.  Rev. M. S. McCoy preached the funeral sermon at the Galloway residence yesterday forenoon, at 10 o'clock.  A large procession accompanied the remains to the Wa-Keeney cemetery, where the burial took place yesterday, at about 1 o'clock.
((Western Kansas World ~ Saturday ~ August 3, 1889 ~ Page 4)

KELLY,  JAMES,  JR.

James Kelly, Jr., whose death we mentioned last week, was born in Rock Island, Ill., August 8, 1862.  He came to Trego county, Kansas, in the spring of 1879.  In the fall of 1882, he was marred to Miss Clemmie Bartlett, daughter of Justice S. T. Bartlett.  They had two children---a son and a daughter---both of whom are living.

Rev. Mr. Stayt delivered, at the residence of the parents of the deceased, some appropriate remakrs preceding the burial.  The burial took place in the Wa-Keeney cemetery on May 28, at 4 o'clock p.m.

The cause of Mr. Kelly's death was his being struck in the left groin by a base ball last October at the playgroundin Wa-Keeney.  He suffered intensely up to about three weeks before his death, when the suffering seemed to abate, and from then on it was light.  He died without a particle of apparent suffering---slept into eternity, as it were.  Unconscious though he was, in the last moments of his life, he raised a hand as if bidding friend adieu!

The following

RESOLUTIONS  OF  RESPECT

Have been handed us for publication:

WHEREAS, The Almighty in his providence has seen fit to call from our midst one of our most respected and honored brothers, James Kelly, Jr., therefore be it.

Resolved,  First---That Sanctuary of Assembly No. 3002, K. of L., do hereby tender their sincere and heartfelt sympathy to the wife, parents and relatives of the deceased brother in their bereavement.

Second---That the lodge room of this assembly be draped in mourning for thirty days in respect to the deceased brother.

Third---That the secretary of this assembly be instructed to tender a copy of these resolutions to the wife and parents of the deceased brother, and also cause the same to be published in the papers of this county.      W. B. KRITCHFIELD,
ELMER EDMENSON, Sec'y.       M.W.
(Western Kansas World ~ Saturday ~ June 5, 1886 ~ Page 6)

LEMON,  HARRY

Died---On December 10, 1885, at the residence of J. W. Wilkin, one mile south of Wa-Keeney, Harry Lemon, son of F. W. Lemon, aged about 10 years.

Harry had for some time been suffering with tonsilitis.  A short time prior to his death, his condition was supposed to be improving.  Finally his heart ceased to do its work.

The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church at 3 o'clock yesterday, the 11.  The remains were then interred in the Wa-Keeney cemetery.

To a sorrowing father, we extend our profound sympathy.
(Western Kansas World ~ Saturday ~ December 12, 1885 ~ Page 4)

LeFORT,  KENNETH  &  DARLENE

DEATHS  RULED  MURDER  SUICIDE

WAKEENEY (HNS) --- Trego County authorities have labeled as a murder-suicide the death of a 42-year-old WaKeeney woman and her former husband, whose bodies were found in different locations Sunday.

"It appears at this time we have a murder-suicide -- pending further investigation," said Roger Sells, Trego County Undersheriff.

Dead are Darlene Le Fort, 42, and Kenneth Le Fort, 46, both from WaKeeney.  The couple was recently divorced.

Both deaths were caused by shots from a small-caliber weapon, Sells said, but authorities have declined to release further details about the gun.  The incidents are thought to have happened sometime between 5 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

A passerby discovered Kenneth Le Fort's body shortly after his death and notified authorities, Sells said, "and we put two and two together."

Sells said authorities theorize that Kenneth Le Fort apparently entered his former wife's home while she was away and waited for her return.  When she entered the house alone, she was shot and killed, Sells said.

According to Sells, Le Fort then drove to a location on the outskirts of WaKeeney and apparently shot himself with the same weapon.

Autopsies are being performed Monday in Hays by Dr. Ward Newcomb, a deputy district coroner, and Dr. David Clark, the Trego County coroner.

The Le Forts are survived by a son, Rocky, of Utica, and a daughter, Debbie, of Belleville.
(Hutchinson News ~ Monday ~ August 6, 1979 ~ Page 19)

SANDSTOE,  WILLIAM  P.

LOSING  HIS  MIND,  HE  HANGS  HIMSELF

Topeka, June 4 --- Arthur W. Hubbard, 34, salesman, committed suicide here today by shooting himself.  In a note to his wife and six months old son, Hubbard said he was losing his mind.

Twelve hours previously William P. Sandstoe, 47, of WaKeeney, an inmate of the state hospital, hanged himself.
(Hutchinson News ~ June 4, 1927)

  
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