Marguerite C. Campbell, 85, died June 3, 1992, in Delmar Gardens of Overland Park, where she lived. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church of WaKeeney, Kan.; burial in the WaKeeney Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the Koster Chapel, Oakley, Kan. The family suggests contributions to the church. Mrs. Campbell was born in Ogallah, Kan., and lived in WaKeeney before moving to Grinnell, Kan., in 1942. She returne d to WaKeeney in 1980; moved to Liberal, Kan., in 1982; and moved to this area in 1986. She was a member of the church and the Order of the Eastern Star. Survivors include three sons, Dean Campbell, Columbus, Ga., Craig Campbell, Kansas City, and Delbe rt Campbell, Overland Park; a daughter, Nira Jones, Tyrone, Okla.; two brothers, Ralph Clark, WaKeeney, and Raymond Clark, Millbrae, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
(Kansas City Star ~ Friday ~ June 5, 1992)


Leonard Ray Zahn, "Lynnie Ray," 54, passed away Nov. 2, 2013, at Kansas Surgery and Recovery Center, Wichita. He was born in WaKeeney, Kan., Dec. 5, 1958, the son of Leonard Otto and Kaylene (Hunter) Zahn. 

He was a mechanic for 41 years, starting at Kilpatrick Auto Salvage, then working for Mike's Auto Service and Mohr Auto Service, before opening his own shop, Lynn's Repair. He was a member of Mitchell Chapel United Methodist Church, the Loyal Order of the Moose #982 and the Wednesday Night Guys Night Club. 

On Dec. 12, 1976, he married Mary Pacheco. He then married Janice Cole Feb. 17, 1990, in Hutchinson. He is survived by his wife of 23 years; children, Leonard Ray Zahn Jr., of Columbus, Ga., Karla Dill and Shelby Zahn, both of Wichita, Gabriel Zahn of Hutchinson; stepdaughters, Jenice Story and Tina Romesburg of Hutchinson, Kathryn Palacio of St. Louis, Mo.; his mother, Kaylene Zahn of Hutchinson; siblings, Brenda Ray, Kevin Zahn, and Janice Dawson, all of Hutchinson, Melvin Zahn of Wakeeney, and Stacy Zahn of Eudora; grandchildren, Austin, Chance, Lakin, Dakota, Savanna, Hunter, Laura and Christine; and a great-granddaughter, Katailina. He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard Otto Zahn. 

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Mitchell Chapel United Methodist Church, with Pastor Teresa Wynn presiding. In honor of Leonard, we encourage everyone attending to wear their overalls and white shirts. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Thursday, with family to receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Elliott Chapel, Hutchinson. Burial will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at WaKeeney Cemetery, WaKeeney, Kan. Memorials may be made to the Leonard Zahn Memorial Fund, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501. Please visit to leave a personal message for Leonard's family. You will be loved and missed by all. We love you very much.
(Hutchinson News ~ Tuesday ~ November 5, 2013)


Fern L. Heskett, recently of the Chase County Health and Rehabilitation Center in Cottonwood Falls, died Thursday, Aug. 18, 

2005, at Newman Regional Health, Emporia. 

The service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the WaKeeney Cemetery, WaKeeney. The Rev. Nancy Glasco of WaKeeney Presbyterian Church will officiate. 

Friends may visit from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Memorial contributions to Cottonwood Falls First Presbyterian Church (USA) may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry St., Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. 

The daughter of Ray J. and Viola Staatz Shaw, she was born Nov. 2, 1913, in WaKeeney. She married Nov. 27, 1948 in El Dorado. He died in 1996. 

She worked many years as a beautician. She had lived in Wichita and Emporia before moving to Cottonwood Falls. 

Mrs. Heskett was a member of the Sharon Baptist Church in Wichita and a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Quinter. 

She is survived by a daughter, Myrna Mayo of Elmdale; a brother, Dean Shaw of Grainfield; four grandsons; and six great-grandchildren. 

Six brothers, Harold Shaw, Howard Shaw, Robert Shaw, Horace Shaw, Ray Shaw, and Curtis Shaw, died earlier.
(Emporia Gazette ~ Saturday ~ August 20, 2005)


Constance M. "Connie" Wagoner, 74, Ellis, died Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. 

She was born Jan. 30, 1941, in Ness City to Fred and Emma (Fercking) Coker. She was a 1959 graduate of Ness City High School and a 1962 graduate of Dominican School of Nursing in Great Bend. 

She married Otto E. Wagoner on April 28, 1962. She was a registered nurse for Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital in WaKeeney. She was a nurse at Hadley Regional Medical Center in Hays for a number of years before transferring back to Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital to work as the hospital administrator for approximately eight years. She was employed as a Medicare surveyor for the state of Kansas until her retirement in 1999 due to health reasons. 

She was a past member of the Eta Nu Chapter of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority. 

She was an avid seamstress, especially of baby quilts, and a passionate reader, with a special love of history. 

Survivors include her husband, Ellis; a daughter, Gerri Truan and husband, Rich, Gorham; three sisters, Arlene Cline and husband, John, WaKeeney, Frona Nikkel, McPherson, and Linda Chambers, Fort Bragg, Calif.; and a grandson, Nevin Truan, Gorham. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, Bill, Wesley, LaVern, Tom, Terry and Gary; and three sisters, Freda Mae Coker, Henrietta Wilkison and Irma Morath. 

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in WaKeeney Cemetery. 

Keithley Funeral Chapel, 400 E. 17th, Ellis, KS 67637, is in charge of arrangements. 

Memorials are suggested to Ellis Public Library. 

Condolences can be left by guestbook at or emailed to
(Hays Daily News ~ Wednesday ~ February 25, 2015)


The nine-day-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Smith, of near Courtland, was buried in the Trego cemetery Thursday afternoon.
(Republic City News ~ Thursday ~ September 11, 1930)


RANSOM --- John Fred Kraft, 82, died Jan. 4, 1988, at Trigg Memorial Hospital, Tucumcari, N.M.  Born June 2, 1905, in Russia, he married Martha Schneider July 27, 1930, at Trego Center.  She died Oct. 9, 1985.  A carpenter, he was a resident of Random since 1918, and returned to Tucumcari in 1986.

He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Augusta.

Survivors:  sons, Delbert, Tucumcari, N.M., Delmar, Atlanta; daughters, Violet Mai, Russell, Ruby Allen, Tucumcari, N.M., Evelyn Carr, Los Alamos, N.M., Karen Small, Augusta; sister, Mary Boxberger, Russell; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, the Rev. Stanley Larson.  Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Trego Center.  Friends may call all day today and u ntil service time Thursday at the funeral home.  Memorials may go to Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Trego Center.
(Hutchinson News ~ January 6, 1988)


Loren Richard Dietz, 51, formerly of 121 Taylor, Pratt, died May 5, 1996, at Golden Plains Health Care Center, Hutchinson.

He was born Sept. 28, 1944, at Hoisington, the son of Luther and Tabea Fabrizius Dietz.  A Hutchinson resident since 1995, moving from Pratt, he was a meat inspector for the state of Kansas.

He was a member of zion Lutheran Church, Hutchinson.

Survivors include:  two sons, Justin, Pratt, and Jody, WaKeeney; a daughter, Jaime, Dietz, Pratt; fahter and stepmother, Luther and Freda, 805 East 11th; and three sisters, Gaylene Zehr, Rockwell City, Iowa, LaDonna Steinberg, Manson, Iowa, and Shari Brosz, O'Neill, Neb.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Johnson  & Sons Chapel, Hutchinson, with Pastor Robert Albin presiding.  A second service will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Zion Lutheran Church, Rural Route 2, WaKeeney, with Pastor Jon Anderson presiding.  Friends may call from noon to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Trego Center Cemetery, rural WaKeeney.

Memorials may be sent to the Iuka Methodist Church, Iuka, or to the Zion Lutheran Church, Hutchinson, both in care of the funeral home.
(Hutchinson News ~ May 7, 1996)


DIED --- June 26, 1894, Mabel Emily Musgrave, aged 6 years, 2 months and 5 days, youngest daughter of Joshua and Emily Musgrave.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. T. H. James and the remains were interred in Ogallah cemetery June 27.
(Western Kansas World ~ WaKeeney, Kansas ~ Saturday ~ June 30, 1894 ~ Page 3)


Died, Sunday, June 24, 1894, at the home of his eldest daughter, Miss Ollie Musgrave, in Ogallah township, William Jeffers, of consumption, in the 40th year of his age.

Mr. Jeffers was a Christian man, was perfectly resigned and said he felt prepared to go and hoped to meet his loved ones who had gone before.

Mr. Jeffers was born October 11, 1854, was married June 11, 1874, to Missouri Watt, who died August 19, 1884, leaving deceased with five little children, three boys and two girls, the youngest of which followed its mother in September.

He lived in Illinois and followed school teaching for a livelihood, but was in very poor health.  He came to Kansas in 1892 and seemed to improve for awhile.  He went back to Illinois and began to grow worse.  Last fall he moved to Oklahoma, from thence to Colorado and finally came back to Kansas about a month ago.

Deceased was a member of the Christian (or New Light) church.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. F. H. James, and the remains interred in Ogallah cemetery.
(Western Kansas World ~ WaKeeney, Kansas ~ Saturday ~ June 30, 1894 ~ Page 3)


DIED --- At his residence, on Big creek Ogallah township, Sunday morning, Mr. Jno. McNaughton, aged 65 years.  Our informant supposes old age to have been the cause of his death, he having been sick but a few hours.  Mr. McNaughton wsa an old settler, and one of the kindest-hearted men we ever knew.
(Western Kansas World ~ WaKeeney, Kansas ~ Saturday ~ October 15, 1887 ~ Page 7)


Salina --- Jack A. Keena, 55, died of a heart attack at 3 a.m. Wednesday at his home here.  Mr. Keena was a garage owner in Hutchinson until he joined the navy in World War 2.

Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the University Methodist church, Salina.  Burial will be at the Ogallah cemetery.

Mr. Keena was born May 27, 1894, in Eagle Grove, Ia.  In Hutchison he owned and operated a garage at 123 South Walnut.  He was married in 1943 to Jessie Dargabel of Kilcreggan, Scotland.  They have lived in Salina the past four years.

Survivors are his widow, his mother, Mrs. Estella Hoffman, Salina; three daughters, Mrs. Lester Wright, Seattle, Wash., Mrs. P. D. Cline, Wichita, and Mrs. E. R. Hlem, 328 West Sherman, Hutchinson; a son, Jimmie J., Salina; and a sister, Mrs. Leona Oldham, Hays.
(Hutchinson News ~ Thursday ~ July 7, 1949 ~ Page 3)



Funeral services for Samuel B. Ridgeway of 24 East 15th street will be held from the Trinity Methodist church tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with Rev. A. E. Henry in charge.  The body will be taken overland to Ellis where a service will be conducted Saturday at 2 o'clock.  Interment will be in Ogallah cemetery.

Relatives here for the funeral include the daughter, Mrs. Norman P. Farr, Mr. Farr and son of Tulsa, Okla.; three brothers, Frances Ridgeway, Charles Ridgeway and R. B. Ridgeway and two sisters, Mrs. Will Clark and Mrs. Zelia Coffer, their wives and husbands all of Ellis and a niece of Mrs. Ridgeway and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Fay Shellman of Santa Rosa, Mo.
(Hutchinson News ~ Thursday ~ October 4, 1928 ~ Page 2)


Died - Elizabeth Mendell was born at Milton, Ohio county, Indiana, July 6, 1848, where she spent her early childhood. She moved to Aurora, Indiana, and in June 1869, she was united in marriage to Theodore Courtney, of Winchester, Indiana. In March 1879, she moved to Trego County, which place has since been her home until a year ago, when she went to Topeka.

Last Saturday afternoon word was received announcing the death of Mrs. Theodore Courtney at her home in Topeka. The news was a shock both to relatives and friends as she had been in her usual health up to the time of her death which came very suddenly and seemingly without premonition; the cause is said to have been heart failure. She has long been a resident of Trego county, having lived near Banner for a number of years. After a reasonably long, busy and useful life she died as she lived - honored, trusted and loved. She reared her own monument while she lived in the hearts of all who knew her. Her christian life was beautiful from its beginning to its close and through all the vicissitudes and sorrows that she met in the way, her faith in God never wavered and her lived was so lived that all had confidence in the profession which she made. She was the mother of quite a large family, six of whom survive her, and it would be a vain attempt to measure the loss of a mother to her children, for outside of heaven there is no love like mother-love. She leaves a faithful loving husband to whom she has been an affectionate companion and true help meet during many years of both sunshine and shadow and to him her loss is inestimable, but as he too is going down the western slope toward the sun-set glory, he has an earnest hope founded on the Eternal Rock of Ages and knows in  God's own time he shall meet her again.

On Tuesday the funeral was held at Collyer. A large number of sympathizing friends from Wa-Keeney, Banner and Collyer attended the service which was conducted by Rev. Green, pastor of the M.E. Church of this city, the deceased being a member of this church. The floral tributes were numerous and beautiful and in its perhaps fitting to mention here that the class in the M.E.S.S. of this place, of which Miss Alma Courtney was formerly a member, sent for a floral tribute which failed to arrive in time for the funeral, but the spirit of the deed was not lost even though the flowers did not come in time to be used. The body was laid to rest in the Collyer cemetery. Thus closed the life of one who being dead yet speaketh.
Western Kansas World, 9 Oct 1910 (Wakeeney, Kan) - transcribed by J.S.



"Another comrade has closed his term of service.  After work well done, another soul has earned his charge.  He has gone to report to the grand commander of us all."  The thought expressed in these sentences from the burial ritual of the American Legion was uppermost in the minds of the hundreds of friends and former associates and comrades of the Moore brothers, Eddie and Day as they were affectionately and familiarly called, who assembled in WaKeeney Sunday afternoon to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed heroes of the World war whose remains had arrived two days previous from France where the young men had lost their lives in the Argonne forest and where the bodies had lain in Flanders Field since their death in September 1918.

The funeral was in charge of WaKeeney Lodge A. F. & A. M. of which the brothers were members, having joined a short time previous to departing for the war, but the bodies were given both Masonic and military burial.  The bodies arrived here in charge of Sargeant Abernathy, of Camp Grant, III.  They were met by a guard from the American Legion and escorted to the S. J. Straw funeral home where they remained until Sunday.  The funeral service was held at the east side of the courthouse.  The pleasant weather thus making it possible for the immense crowd to be taken care of.  There were a little over one hundred members of the Masonic order and nearly as many members of the American Legion present.  The pall bearers were Masons who were also members of the American Legion and as many of them as possible were from the same companies and divisions as the Moore brothers.  The songs were sung by Neil Ufford, Earl Campbell and Albert Acre, Legion boys.  Ufford and Acre were members of the same company as Ed Moore.  Miss Milderd Roloson played the piano.

The steps at the east entrance to the courthouse were arranged as a platform for the speakers and the singers.  A bank of evergreen, asparagus and flowers was formed before which the caskets, each covered with the Stars and Stripes, were placed.  The floral decorations were bountiful and beautiful and revealed the high esteem in which the brothers and the family were held by the people of Trego county.  The eulogies were delivered by the Rev. S. L. Allison and Rev. W. R. Woodward.  Rev. Allison was pastor of the Presbyterian church here for many years and at the time the Moore brothers became members of that church.  The Rev. Woodward was pastor of the Methodist church here for two years and at the time the Moore brothers left for the war.  Both speakers were personally acquainted with the dead soldiers and in their eulogies they not only told of the qualities of bravery and good citizenship of the dead heroes but of the soldiers who had gone with them to offer their life as a sacrifice if need be.  They also emphasized the necessity of loyalty to our country and to its laws and that no nation will be destroyed by enemies from without but that the destruction will come through the enemies within.  They also emphasized the idea that it is love for justice, love for our fellowmen in distress, coupled with the teachings of the lowly Nazarine that will make a nation great and powerful rather than its adherence to militarism and the thought that might makes right.  They reviewed briefly the history of our nation from its founding on the doctrine that all men are created equal with certain inalien-rights among which are life, liberty and pursuits of happiness and how, in defense of that great principle the nation has engaged in war at different times and that these principles might be assured to the nation of the world this country entered the world war.  The nation will remain great as long as its citizens will stand for the principles upon which it was founded.

At the cemetery the Masonic burial ceremony was used, the salute of twenty-one guns was fired, taps were sounded and the remains were lowered into the graves.

Edmund Ephriam Moore was born December 6, 1894, and died on September 28, 1918.  He was a member of Co. M. 137 Infantry.  Both boys were born in WaKeeney, Kansas, and were sons of Thomas r. and Nettie L. Moore, pioneer settlers of this city.  They were both educated in the city grade schools and were graduates of Trego County High School.  Both voluntarily offered their services to their country soon after war was declared and both trained for service at Camp Donovan, Oklahoma.  They went to France in the spring of 1918 and both lost their lives in the Argonne drive.  They are survived by their mother, Mrs. Nettie L. Moore and their sister, Mrs. Georgia Fuller, who now make their home in California.  They are also survived by an aunt, Mrs. Lee Monroe, of Topeka, and an uncle, D. A. Borah, of Grinnell, besides a number of cousins, who were present at the funeral.
(Western Kansas World ~ August 25, 1921 ~ Page 1)


Died, at 7 o'clock p.m., July 15, 1899, Edwin C. Guilbert, youngest son of James R. and Jennie A. Guilbert.

On Sunday morning sympathizing friends and neighbors gathered at the house and funeral services were held at 11 o'clock.  Rev. I. M. Waldrop preached the sermon, using for his text, John XI:11, "Our Friend Lazarus Sleepeth."

After the services closed, the body was taken to Collyer cemetery, where it was laid in the grave, there to await the resurrection from the dead.

The subject of this sketch was 13 years of age.  Was born in Greenwood county, Kansas, April 10, 1886.  Edwin was a good boy, loved by all who knew him, moral, intelligent, just and truthful, during every monent of his short life among us, he has left us a righteous example.  "Suffer the children to come unto me, for of such, is the Kingdom of Heaven."   Let us follow that example, that's where he is, after awhile, we may be also.

"Some time" we say and turn our eyes
Toward the far hills of Paradise,
Some day, some time, a sweet new rest
Shall blossom, flower-lilke in each breast.
Some time, some day, our eyes shall see
The faces kept in memory;
Some day their hands shall clasp our hands,
Just over in the morning lands.
Some day our ears shall hear the song
Of triumph over sin and wrong.
Some time, some time, but ah! not yet
Still we will wait and not forget,
That "some time all these things shall bee,
And rest be given to you and me."
So let us wait, though years move slow,
That glad "some time" will come, we know.

This community was greatly shocked and saddened last Sunday morning to hear of the death of Edwin Guilbert, an exceptionally bright and manly young fellow, the pride and idol of the family, possessed from early childhood of an exceptionally lovable and refined nature, he won and retained the friendship of all who knew him.

This was the third case of severe sickness in the family within a few months.  His oldest brother having just been seemingl brought back from death's door.  They were full of joy for his recovery and bright hope for little Edwin, thinking he was doing well as was possible.  His sudden call was the greater shock.

The sorrowing ones have the heartfelt sympathy of all.  May He who alone knows the anguish of their hearts comfort them.


We wish through the columns of the World to express our gratitude and extend our thanks to the many friends of Banner who so kindly assisted us during the illness and death of our son, Edwin.  We wish also to thank the friends of Collyer and the comrades of Collyer Post G.A.R., for their kindness and sympathy during this hour of deepest sorrow.

(Western Kansas World ~ July 22, 1899 ~ Page 1)


We are again called upon to make mention of the death of one of the pioneer settlers of this county, Mrs. Anna Ehrichs, whose death occurred Thursday morning, September 25, at the home of her son, Herman, near Collyer.  Mrs. Ehrichs had been in gradually failing health for several months and her death is the result of old age with a complication of disease.  She was born in Germany, February 20, 1839, her maiden name being Anna Kalkbrenner.  She came to the United States with her parents when twenty-eight years of age locating in Chicago.  Four years later she was united in marriage to Henry Ehrichs.  They came to Trego county in 1879 and this has been her home ever since.  Since the death of her husband in 1893, Mrs. Ehrichs had made her home with her son, Herman.  She was 80 years, seven months and five days old at her death.  She is survived by one son and two daughters and six grandchildren.  The funeral services were conducted Friday, September 26th, from her late home and burial took place in the Collyer cemetery.  The Rev. Burkhart, pastor of the Lutheran church of WaKeeney, conducted the services.  A large concourse of sorrowing friends attended the services and conducted the body fo the cemetery.  Many of these friends by intimate acquaintance with the deceased had learned to love her and truly sympathize with the bereaved in the loss of their mother.  The surviving children desire us to express their thanks to the kind friends and neighbors who assisted them and sympathized with them during their hours of great sadness.
(Western Kansas World ~ October 2, 1919 ~ Page 1)


The sudden death Tuesday morning of Mrs. August Tegtmeyer at her home in this city brought deep sorrow to the member of the family and to her many old friends.  Monday forenoon she was assisting her husband with some work about the place when she complained of a severe headace and went into the house.  She grew rapidly worse but with the assistance of her daughter, Mrs. (unreadable), she got into bed.  Mr. Tegtmeyer was summoned into the house and a call was sent for the physician.  There was a gradually decline and death claimed her at about 1 o'clock Tuesday morning, the cause being apoplexy.

Wilhelmine Mary Henriette Wolf was born in Cook County, Ill., on January 9, 1860, and was married to August Tegtmeyer at Cullmann, Ala., February 11, 1881.  To them eight children were born most of whom are living.  She came to Trego county with her husband in 1892 and located on a farm west of town.  Later they moved to WaKeeney and this has been their home since.  She was a faithful member of the Evangelical Lutheran church all her life.  The funeral services will be conducted at the church in this city tomorrow, Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock by the Rev. Burkart, pastor the church, and the body will be buried in WaKeeney Cemetery.

Mrs. Tegtmeyer was a reserved but kindly disposition woman who held her friends after she had gained them and they learned to love her by associating with her.  Her death is a severe shock to the husband and children who survive her and to them is extended the sincere sympathy of many friends.
(Western Kansas World ~ October 2, 1919 ~ Page 1)


On Wednesday, May 1st, Mrs. John H. Briggs died at her home in Collyer after a long and painful illness.  Mrs. Briggs was born at Muscotin, Iowa, March 31st, 1867.  On November 7th, 1889, she was united in marriage to John H. Briggs, of Collyer.  Five children, three daughters and two sons were born of this union, all of whom with their father survive her death.  Mrs. Briggs was endowed with such qualities of heart as made her a host of friends many of whom staid with her during her last sickness and ministered with loving care to all of her needs.  On Friday, May 3rd, the funeral was held at Collyer and the body was laid to rest in the Collyer cemetery.  The family have the sympathy of their friends in their hour of trial and sorrow.


We desire to thus publicly express our sincere thanks tot he kind friends and neighbors for their many acts of benevolence and devotion during the illness and death of our beloved wife and mother.

John H. Briggs,
Mina Briggs,
Ed. J. Briggs,
George Briggs,
Madie Briggs,
Anna Briggs.
(Western Kansas World ~ May 9, 1918 ~ Page 1)


James Edward Power, who had been a resident of Collyer township since 1879, died September 28 after a lingering illness, resulting from a cold contracted last winter.  The funeral services were conducted from the Catholic church at Collyer, the Rev. Drierling officiating, and the body was buried in the Catholic cemetery.  He was well known in that vicinity and was known as a kind, reliable man of a pleasant disposition who had many friends.  He was born in Illinois in 1860 and was 57 years old at the time of his death.  He is survived by four brothers, Joe and Henry at Collyer, Will of Kansas City, and Robert, of Moberly, Mo., and by two sisters, Mrs. Merwin, of Emporia, and Mrs. A. C. Sellers, of WaKeeney.


We wish in this way to sincerely thank all those kind friends and neighbors who assisted us and sympathized with us during the sickness and death of our beloved brother, Edward Power.

His Brothers and Sisters
(Western Kansas World ~ October 4, 1917 ~ Page 1)


Mrs. Ferdinand Hartzfield died at her home north of Collyer, September 29th, at the age of 79 years.  She was born in Germany and was married there in 1863.  She and her husband came to Chicago in 1966 and in 1877 the family came to Trego county and located five miles north of Collyer.  She has been a life long member of the Lutheran church but there being no church of that denomination at Collyer the funeral services were conducted from the Baptist church by the Rev. Dodge and the body buried in the Collyer cemetery.  She was noted for her kind disposition and many acts of friendship and love in the time of trouble.  She is survived by her husband and four daughters to whom many friends extend sincere sympathy.
(Western Kansas World ~ October 4, 1917 ~ Page 1)


Sarah E. Yates was born at Benson, Vermont, November 9, 1824, and died at Wa-Keeney, Kansas, August 14, 1909, aged almost 85 years.  She was the third child and second daughter of Sireno and Tirzah (Whiton) Burke, there being five sisters and four brothers in the family.  Two brothers and one sister, and many other relatives, who are still living in Ohio where the family moved in 1835.  Fore more than twenty years she was a school teacher and was considered an attractive and accomplished young lady.  From her savings she purchased a farm and persisted in living on it and personally managing her property, and later became part owner and associate editor of The Enterprise, a newspaper published at Nevada, Ohio, and was a charter member of the Lutheran church established at that place.  Selling her farm and newspaper interests soon after the civil war, she moved to Riley county, Kansas, where she purchased a farm and was later married to John Yates.  She was also owner of the Riley waterworks at one time and had a hardware store at that place.  She sold her farm there, and camet o Trego county about four years ago and bought the Anna Evans farm where Mr. Yates died two years oater, after which she lived in Wa-Keeney.  Mrs. Yates was possessed of acute business instincts and was very careful and methodical in all her dealings.  Contrary to the impressions of those who knew her she was much given to quiet charity. During the war she was a contributor to the Ladies Auxiliary and to the Sanitary Commission.  She was interested in missionary work, and being an ardent temperance advocate she continued her contributions to the W.C.T.U. up to within a short time of her death, as shown by the memoranda she left behind.  Her manner of lfie was of her own chosing, and not from lack of friends or means.  She has gone to her reward.  Perhaps it will not be less than accorded to a Carnegie or a Rockefeller.
(Western Kansas World ~ August 28, 1909 ~ Page 1)


Schmitt Funeral Home – WaKeeney

(December 17, 1944 - November 02, 2017)

Donald “Don” Mosher, age 72, of WaKeeney, passed away Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Trego County Lemke Memorial Hospital, WaKeeney.

He was born December 17, 1944 in Concordia, Kansas to George Howard and Mary Louise (Roe) Mosher.

Don was a 1963 graduate of Clifton High School.  He went on to serve our country in the U.S. Air Force for eight years.  He then returned back to Kansas to help farm with his father-in-law in Trego County.

On May 29, 1966, Don was united in marriage to Anita Kay Mollenkamp at the United Methodist Church in WaKeeney.  To this union two children were born.  They enjoyed 51 years of marriage together.  Don continued farming and ranching, as well as driving the school bus for Trego United School District 208 for over 35 years, at which time he retired.  He was an avid outdoorsman.  He loved to hunt and fish.  He and Anita were known to travel around in their RV, going to events like the Kansas State Fair, which they attended annually.  He also loved NASCAR, having attended races on a regular basis.  A hobby Don was known for was his collection of John Deere tractors, both large and small.  He loved learning about history and was oftentimes found reading up on historical events.  Don loved his family; he looked forward to anything family, whether it be a reunion or just a get together.  He will be dearly missed by many.

Survivors include his wife, Anita of the family home in WaKeeney; a daughter, Michele and husband Darcy O’Toole of Ness City, Kansas; grandchildren, Emily and Patrick O’Toole of Ness City; brother, Mark Mosher and wife Glennifer of Phoenix; sister, Marilyn “Joyce” Bogart of Concordia; and his faithful dog companions, Casper and Rusty.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Michael.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at the WaKeeney United Methodist Church.  Burial will be in the Arnold Cemetery, Arnold, Kansas.  Visitation will be Monday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home in WaKeeney.

Memorial contributions are suggested to WaKeeney Public Library or Trego Hospital Endowment Foundation.  Contributions made to the organization may be sent to Schmitt Funeral Home, 336 North 12th, WaKeeney, KS  67672.
(Submitted by Maurene Miller)


Harriet Elizabeth Hotchkiss, daughter of Wm. S. and Sarah A. Hotchkiss, was born near West Jersey, Illinois, May 14, 1847 and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Yoder, at Ellis, Kansas, Monday, Sept. 1, 1913, at the age of 66 years, 3 months and 16 days.

On the 22nd of October 1868 she was married to Peter McCormick and to this union five children were born, viz; Frank, Mary A., Minnie, Elizabeth and John.  In the fall of 1886, she, with her mother and her children located near WaKeeney.  Here her children grew to maturity and as they were all married and had moved away, she, with her mother, moved to WaKeeney in the spring of 1904 and here she has since made her home.  Her health had been failing for sometime and in the fore part of July she went to the home of her daughter, Mrs. David Yoder, at Ellis, Kansas.  Her strength failed rapidly and realizing that the end of life was near she expressed a desire to see her son in Montana and her brother living in Illinois whom she had not seen in several years.  They came at once and were here to help cheer and comfort her during the few remaining days of her life.

In early life she put her trust in the Lord and joined the M. E. church at West Jersey, Ill., and on moving to Kansas she transferred her membership to the M. E. church at WaKeeney and was a faithful and consistent member to the end.  She leaves three children, Frank, living near WaKeeney, Mrs. Elizabeth Yoder, of Ellis, and John, of Valiers, Mont., twelve grandchildren and one brother, Arthur W. Hotchkiss of Toulon, Ill., and numerus friends to mourn her loss.  The funeral services were conducted from the M. E. church Wednesday by Rev. Reed and burial in WaKeeney cemetery.  The ceremony at the grave being conducted by the Eastern Star of which she was a member.
(WaKeeney Tregnian ~ Thursday ~ September 4, 1913 ~ Page 2)

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