About September 1 our Christian brother and neighbor, B. Gaisford, received word that his son, Ulysses, was quite sick from a second attack of mountain fever, and at once started west to care for him, and if practicable, bring him home.

Brother Gaisford, finding his son able to be moved, returned to Wa-Keeney with him, where he was met by Sister Gaisford, and they remained for about two weeks in Wa-Keeney with their son, under treatment by Dr. A. B. Jones, of this place.  When the young man had sufficiently improved, he was removed to the home of his parents, about one mile from town, where he continued to improve till he wa judged to be out of danger, and went to remain awhile with his uncle, Mr. Theodore Courtney, neart Hackberry creek.  During the time the parents were in town caring for their son, the weather was cold and rainy, and the younger children at home were attacked with colds, as also the eldest daughter, Miss Vida, whose health was undoubtedly undermined by too severe study during the county normal institute, she having lost fifteen pounds in weight in the four weeks of the normal's continuance.  Thus all of the children were weakened, and rendered susceptible to the influence of a poisoned atmosphere; and soon after the son, with the fever still upon him, was taken home, alarming symptoms manufested themselves in other members of the family, especially in Vida; and, after a serious illness of typhoid pneumonia, she died, Monday night, October 5, 1885, and was buried in the Wa-Keeney cemetery, very many of our citizens by their presence and otherwise expressing their sympathy for the stricken family.

Most of the remaining children at home are more or less unwell, Master Cecil quite seriously so.

Truly, it has been a summer of heavy affliction for this family; and, they always having merited and received the respect and esteem of this community, will, we trust, now receive, as they deserve, its hearty and practical sympathy.   ---J. A. Stayt
(Western Kansas World ~ Wakeeney, KS ~ Saturday ~ October 10, 1885 ~ Page 5)


OGALLAH -- Leo Mattke, 77, Ogallah, died Wednesday, May 3, 2006. 

Mr. Mattke was born Aug. 20, 1928, in rural Ogallah. He was a farmer and dairyman. 

He was preceded in death by a son, Rex, in 1970. 

Survivors include his wife, Darlene, of Ogallah; a son, Ed of Ogallah; a daughter, Marcia Hayes of Smithville, Mo.; four brothers, Jourdan of WaKeeney, James of West Plains, Mo., Clifford of Independence, Mo., and Frank of Andover; six grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granchild. 

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Ogallah Christian Church. Burial will be in Ogallah Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to Leo Mattke Memorial Fund, in care of Schmitt Funeral Home, 336 N. 12th, WaKeeney 67672. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends.
(Salina Journal ~ Friday ~ May 5, 2006)


OGALLAH -- Helen Marie Morton, 96, Ogallah, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007. 

Mrs. Morton was born Helen Marie Schuman on Nov. 14, 1911, near Ogallah. She was a homemaker. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray, in 1989; a son, Paul; and a daughter, Patricia Schierkolk. 

Survivors include a son, Royce of Ellis; a sister, Ida Hinshaw of Montana; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. 

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Ogallah Christian Church, Ogallah. Interment will be in Ogallah Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to the church, in care of Schmitt Funeral Home, 336 N. 12th, WaKeeney 67672. 

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
(Salina Journal ~ Friday ~ November 30, 2007)


Merle A. Sherfick, 78, WaKeeney, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital, WaKeeney. 

He was born Nov. 10, 1931, in rural Trego County to Walter and Neva (Morton) Sherfick. 

He married Velma (Keller) Sherfick on Feb. 21, 1957. He was a farmer. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. 

Survivors include his wife, of the home; a brother, Morton Sherfick, Ogallah; and three sisters, Loretta Tow, Louisburg, Virginia Hafliger, WaKeeney, and Jane Norseen, Gothenburg, Neb. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Ogallah Christian Church; burial in Ogallah Cemetery, with military honors by Fort Riley Color Guard. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Schmitt Funeral Home, WaKeeney. 

Memorials are suggested to Ogallah Friendly Dozen for Cemetery Fund or Ogallah Christian Church in care of the funeral home. 

Condolences can be sent to the family at
(Hays Daily News ~ Wednesday ~ February 24, 2010)


Darlene A. Mattke, 82, WaKeeney, died Sunday, May 11, 2014, at Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital, WaKeeney. 

She was born June 25, 1931, in Hays to Loyd and Viola (Hillman) Powers. 

She married Leo A. Mattke on Feb. 15, 1948, in Ogallah. He preceded her in death. 

Survivors include a son, Ed Mattke, Ogallah; a daughter, Marcia Hayes, Smithville, Mo.; six grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by a son, Rex. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Ogallah Christian Church; burial in Ogallah Cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Schmitt Funeral Home, WaKeeney. 

Memorials are suggested to Ogallah Christian Church or Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital Long Term Care in care of funeral home. 

Condolences can be sent to the family at
(Hays Daily News ~ Tuesday ~ May 13, 2014)


The critical condition of the health of Eric Lindberg of Ogallah had been known by his friends for some time and when his death was announced Friday morning, March 30, 1917, it caused no surprise but cast sorrow and gloom over each of them.

Mr. Lindberg was born in Lindsberg, Sweden, February 6, 1862, and came to this country in 1882, coming direct to Ogallah where he made his home with his uncle, C. J. Anderson, until his marriage.

He was married to Louisa Israelson at Ogallah, on May 30, 1891, and to them six children were born, four of whom are now living.  Mrs. Lindberg died in 1902.  He was married the second time on April 25, 1906, to Miss Hattie Countryman and to them one daughter was born who with her mother survive him.

Mr. Lindberg spent most of his life on the farm but of late years he has been a successful merchant at Ogallah.  His character as a man and as a business man was beyond reproach and as he professed to be a christian and a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ he made his life tally with his profession.  He was a consistent member of the Methodist church and was also a member of the Ogallah Holiness association since its organization.  His friends say of him "he was a true christian, a loyal friend, a true brother, and will be greatly missed.  He died triumphant in the faith."

His death was caused from cancer of the stomach, and the funeral services were held at Ogallah, Sunday, April 1st, and were conducted by the Rev. Woodward.  The body was buried in the Ogallah cemetery.

The surviving members of the family have the sincere sympathy of the entire community in the loss of their husband and father, and high esteem in which Mr. Lindberg was held was attested by the large number who attended the funeral and the many beautiful floral offerings.


We desire to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to all those who so kindly assisted us and sympathized with us in the loss of our beloved father, husband and brother.

Mrs. Harriet Lindbrg and Family
Albert Lindberg and Family
(Western Kansas World ~ WaKeeney, KS ~ April 7, 1917)



Jessie Belle Cotton was born in east Trego county, Kansas, January 5th, 1886.  Died at Lamar, Mo., December 24, 1918, aged 32 years, 11 molnths and 19 days.

Jessie grew to womanhood in this community and by her kind and loving disposition she won the love and esteem of all who knew her.  Early in life she joined the Methodist church and has always lived a life that will bring everlasting peace to her in that land to which she has gone.  She was married to Walter Milburn Musgrave, March 22, 1910.  To them one child was born, Lola Madine, July 6, 1918.  After their marriage Walter and Jessie lived on a farm in east Trego county until August, 1918, when they moved to Lamar, Mo., where they lived until her death and where Walter is still unable to leave the house from a long illness of six weeks.

Funeral services were held at the home at 4:30 o'clock December 25, after which her mother and sister, Lizzie Wurst, returned with the body to Ogallah, Kansas, where services were conducted by the Rev. Broadfoot and the remains were laid to rest in the Ogallah cemetery.  She leaves to mourn her death her husband and baby, a mother, Mrs. Lidy Cotton, a father, John Cotton, a brother, Russell Cotton, and many other relatives and friends.


We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to all the kind neighbors and friends who so kindly aided us during the burial of our darling wife and relative, Mrs. Walter Musgrave.  It is indeed sad to lose one so dear and loved as Jessie, but since it must be so we can only say, "God's will be done."
Walter Musgrave & Relatives
(Western Kansas World ~ WaKeeney, KS ~ January 9, 1919)


Robert Stephenson Musgrave died at Excelsior Springs, Mo., April 14th, wehre he had gone for the benefit of his health which had been failing for the past year.  He was born at Gardner, Grundy county, Ill., March 25, 1869, making him at the time of his death 40 years and 20 days old.  January 2, 1897, he was united in marriage to Miss Edna Smith of Trinidad, Col.  To this union four children were born, three of whom are living, Robert, Minnie and Ruth.

For a number of years, Mr. Musgrave has lived in Trego county and in that time made many warm friends.  He was very industrious and honest in his dealings with his fellow men and his integrity and many sterling qualities won for him a high place in the estimation of those with whom he came in contact and he will be greatly missed by the community.

In childhood he was baptized in the Episcopal church and has ever adhered to his early teachings throughout life.

He leaves a wife, three children, a father and mother, two sisters and seven brothers to mourn his loss.  He was a kind, loving husband, father, son and brother.

Last Sunday afternoon, April 18, the funeral was held at Ogallah, conducted by Rev. Bowen of Ellis.  The Woodmen, both of Ellis and Wa-Keeney, also attended.  The interment was made in the Ogallah cemetery.  The World extends sympathy to those who are thus sadly bereaved.


We wish to thank our friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted us during the illness and death of our beloved husband, father and son.

Mrs. Edna Musgrave and children
Mr. and Mrs. Josh Musgrave
Mr. and Mrs. John Musgrave
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Musgrave
Mr. and Mrs. J. Musgrave, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Musgrave
Mrs. J. D. Landers
Mrs. O. A. Cruson
Mr. Walter Musgrave
Mr. and Mrs. Chester Mason
(Western Kansas World ~  WaKeeney, KS ~ April 24, 1909)



Martha Vanhorn was born September 1, 1854, in Benton county, Indiana.  She was married March 7, 1872 to Alexander Wingerd.

She died, at home south of Ogallah, October 20, at 7 o'clock p.m., aged 55 years, 1 month and 20 days.

She leaves her husband and 4 children, two boys and two girls.  W. A. Wingerd of Ellis, Kansas, Estella G. White, of Brownell, Kansas, Alice Hindmarsh, of Canton, Kansas, and A. V. Wingerd of Scott City, Kansas.

Mrs. Wingerd was a member of the Methodist Church since her fifteenth year.

She was buried from the Methodist church, Ogallah, Kans., Saturday the 23 inst. at 10:30 o'clock and interment made in the Ogallah cemetery.

The pastor, W. E. Scott, conducted the funeral, speaking from John 14:1-4, "Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in Me.  In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also."  These were doubtless favorite words of Sister Wingerd for comfort while she lived and it is the best message she can leave to surviving friends.
(Western Kansas World ~ Wakeeney, KS ~ October 30, 1909)


John W. Reynolds was born April 3, 1852, in Defiance county, Ohio.  He was married October 24, 1878, to Mary E. Fullerton.  To this union were born six children, five of whom and the mother survive him.  Mr. Reynolds also has three brothers living, one of which was present at the funeral.

Our friend moved to this county in February 1879, and made this his home until his death, which occurred at the home October 29th.

The funeral services was held in the Methodist Episcopal church at Ogallah, and the body laid to rest in the Ogallah cemetery.

At Mr. Reynold's request, made a short time before his death, Rev. T. J. Nixon, of Orion, Kansas, an old friend and neighbor, was called to preach his funeral sermon.  The text was part of the 8th verse of the 21st chapter of Jeremiah, "Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death."  Mr. Nixon made a most stirring appeal to the assembled friends to choose life rather than death.


We wish to express our thanks to the neighbors and kind friends who assisted us so willingly and tenderly during the illness and death of our beloved husband, father and brother.

Mrs. M. E. Reynolds and family
Mr. James A. Reynolds.
(Western Kansas World ~ WaKeeney, KS ~ November 6, 1909)


DIED:  Seth Samuel Philpot died at Ogallah, Kans., at the age of 16 months with whooping cough, at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.  Funeral services were held at the M. E. church in Ogallah, Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock and interment was made in the Ogallah cemetery.  The many friends of the bereaved parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Philpot, will sympathize with them in this their sad hour of affliction.
(Western Kansas World ~ WaKeeney, KS ~ April 30, 1910)


Sad, indeed, is the death of the mother of the family but doubly sad was the death of Mrs. Chas. Lofstead of Ogallah township, which occurred Wednesday morning, February 4th.  While her loved ones mourn the loss of a true friend, wife and mother, it is extremely sad for the husband who is left without a companion and for the eight children who are left without the loving care of a mother to pilot them over the beginning of the voyage over the sea of life.

Her maiden name was Bertha Alice Jeffers.  She was born in Illinois and had she lived four days longer she would have been forty years old.  Her mother died when she was a little girl.  She came to this county with her father and other members of the family when she was thirteen years of age.  She was marired to Chas. Lofstead in Wa-Keeney, September 29, 1901.  To them eight children were born, six boys and two girls, who with their father survive her.  She is also survived by one sister, Mrs. George Musgrave.  The oldest of her children is a son who is seventeen years old and the youngest is a daughter nearly two years old.  The cause of her death was pneumonia following influenza.

The funeral services were held last Friday and the body buried in the Ogallah cemetery, the Rev. Wade, of Wa-Keeney conducting the services.  For many years Mrs. Lofstead had lived a sincere, consistent christian life and was a member of the Methodist church at Ogallah.  This true christian living endeared her the more deeply to the members of her family and while they greatly miss her from the home they rejoice in the belief that she has gone to be with her Saviour in the blessed immortality.

Mr. Lofstead and family wishes The World to publicly express their thanks to the many kind friends who aided and sympathized with them in their sorrow and during their illness.  He also says that the children are now able to be up and around the house.
(Western Kansas World ~ WaKeeney, KS ~ February 12, 1920)


David James Lewis was born on March 17, 1887, at Coal Creek, Colo., and died at the hospital in Hays, on August 2, 1919.  When 12 years of age he came to the home of Robert Musgrave and made his home with the Musgrave family until the time of his death.  He was baptised in the Episcopal church in infancy and always held to that faith.  Mr. Lewis was honest and honorable in his life and a good citizen.  He suffered much but bore his suffering bravely and patiently and said just before passing away that he was ready to meet his God.

The funeral services were conducted Monday by Rev. C. R. Wade, of WaKeeney, and he was laid to rest in the Ogallah cemetery.
(Western Kansas World ~ WaKeeney, KS ~ August 7, 1919)


The friends of D. P. Reade, of Ogallah township, throughout Trego county will be shocked to learn of his sudden death from the effects of influenza which occurred Tuesday night at a hospital in Kansas City.  The body was brought back to Ogallah Wednesday night and will be buried in Wa-Keeney Cemetery this afternoon.  Mr. Reade and family have been residents of Trego county for many years and there are a host of friends throughout the county who extend sincere sympathy to the bereaved members of the family.
(Western Kansas World ~ WaKeeney, KS ~ February 12, 1920)


The home of Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Tawney, near Ogallah, was deeply saddened Monday by the death of their little nine year old daughter, Mildred Edith, from pneumonia following influenza.  A short funeral service was held at the home Wednesday forenoon and the body was buried in the Ogallah cemetery.  The services were under the direction of the Rev. Wade, pastor of the Methodist church of Wa-Keeney who spoke kindly and sympathetic words to the bereaved friends and loved ones.  Her untimely death is mourned by her father and mother, two brothers and two sisters.  A large circle of kind friends extend sympathy to the bereaved loved ones.
(Western Kansas World ~ WaKeeney, KS ~ February 12, 1920)

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