DEATH OF A PIONEER
The funeral services over remains of John Hyland were conducted from S. J. Straw's undertaking rooms Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock by the Rev. Allison of the Presbyterian church and burial was in the WaKeeney cemetery. The death and burial of Mr. Hyland was especially sad from the fact his wife and other members of the family aare quite sick from typhoid fever and could not attend the services and from the fact that it marks the passing of another of the pioneer settlers of Trego county. John Hyland was born in Oswego, New York, July 14, 1848, and died in WaKeeney, Kansas, September 21st, 1913, from Typhoid fever. He is survived by a wife and five children. About thirty years ago he located on a homestead about two miles southeast of WaKeeney and made his home there until about a year ago when he sold out and after a trip to New York has since lived in WaKeeney. He was a man of quiet, unassuming disposition but made no intimate friends. However, he was honest in his dealings and leaves a good name with the pioneers of the county.
(WaKeeney Tregonian ~ Thursday ~ September 25, 1913 ~ Page 1)
Benjamin Sellers was born at Leeds, England, Nov. 8, 1833 and died at his home in Kansas City, Nov. 16, 1913, being 80 years and eight days old.
In 1865 he was united in marriage with Matilda Papps, of London, England and came to United States in 1866 and located in Illinois where their four children were born.
In 1880, Mr. Sellers and family came from Illinois and joined the pioneer colony of WaKeeney and this was their home until after the death of Mrs. Sellers in 1905 since which time he has lived in Kansas City. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. F. W. Fisher, of Manhattan, and three sons, Alfred, Charles and Albert of this vicinity. The body was brought to WaKeeney Monday and was buried in the WaKeeney Cemetery Tuesday beside that of his wife, the funeral service being conducted from the home of Chas. Sellers by the Rev. Allison.
In mentioning his death the Kansas City Times says: "Benjamin Sellers, for fourteen years the vallet of Gen. Tom Thumb, died at 9:50 o'clock Sunday morning at his home on Independence avenue. He had just passed his 80th birthday a week before. Mr. Sellers had in his possession many of the belongings of the famous dwarf and loved to get them out and tell of the times when he traveled over the world with his company. He made three trips to Europe with him and also traveled all over the United States in charge of the tiny wardrobe of the world's littlest man. One of his favorite stories was the account of the courtship between General Thumb and Lavinia Warren also a dwarf."
(WaKeeney Tregonian ~ Thursday ~ November 20, 1913 ~ Page 3)
Mention was made in this paper last week of the death of Mrs. Edith Broomfield, wife of Thomas Broomfield, which occurred Thursday, March 5th, and the high esteem in which she held by her friend and neighbors was demonstrated last Friday by the large number of them who attended the funeral services and followed the remains to their last resting place in the WaKeeney cemetery. The service was held in the Presbyterian church with the Rev. Allison in charge.
(WaKeeney Tregonian ~ Thursday ~ March 12, 1914 ~ Page 1)
Mrs. A. J. Wallis died Wednesday afternoon from paralysis and was buried in the WaKeeney cemetery. She was nearly 79 years old and is survived by her aged husband and an adopted son.
(WaKeeney Tregonian ~ Thursday ~ June 18, 1914 ~ Page 3)
HOWE, WILLIAM J.
William J. Howe was born at Tiskilwa, Illinois, July 11, 1874 and died at his home in Salida, Colorado, September 16, 1915, from the effects of typhoid fever; aged 41 years, 2 months and 5 days.
He came to Trego county with his parents in 1880 and lived here for twenty-nine years; living on a farm in the east part of the county and also in this city. In 1905 he came to WaKeeney and engaged in the furniture business with his father. After the death of his father in 1909, he sold out the business and went to Colorado, where he has since resided. In December 1901, he united in marriage with Ruth L. Hixson at Ogallah and to them four children were born, all of whom are living. He united with the Baptist church in this city thirteen years ago and was an excellent yung man of fine character and his death is justly mourned by his relatives and friends.
He is survived by his wife and children, mother, four brothers and one sister, to whom a large circle of friends extend sincere sympathy. The funeral services were conducted from the Baptist church in this city Monday, by Rev. Allison and the body was buried on the family lot in the WaKeeney cemetery.
(WaKeeney Tregonian ~ Thursday ~ September 23, 1915 ~ Page 4)