Ivan L. Akers, 75, was born near Harveyville, KS on July 11, 1920 and died May 12, 1996 at a hospital in Bend, OR.

His home was at John Day, OR, formerly his home was at Hagerman, Idaho. He ws the son of Russell and Mildred Butler Akers.
Ivan grew to manhood in the Harveyville and Eskridge communities. He attended rural schools near Harveyville until1934. He moved to Eskridge and attended Eskridge Grade and High schools.

He served in the Army during WWII attaining the rank of Pvt. First Class.

He was married to Wanda Calkins at Hagerman, Idaho in December 1941. To this union were born six children, Russell, Wallace, Orval, Hannah, Mildred and Anita. He ws dirovced, Wallace preceded his father in death in 1975. He also leaves several grandchildren and three sisters, Joan Mounkes, Emporia, Lois Krehbiel, Lake Wabaunsee and Norma Corpening, Eskridge and a number of relatives and friends.
Memorial services were held in John Day, Oregon May 15, 1996. Burial was in LaGrande, Oregon. Officiating at the graveside was V F W Post #4060. (Flint Hill Independent, Thursday, June 6, 1996)


Jessie Mae Bailey, 84, Topeka, died Monday, April 22, 1996 at a Topeka care home.

Mrs. Bailey was a retired employee of Colmery-O'Neil VA Medical Center. She was born Sept. 30, 1911 at Paxico the daughter of Robert and Mary Sullivan Scott.

She attended Paxico and Eskridge rural schools and farmed many years with her husband southeast of Eskridge before they moved to Topeka in 1952 Mrs. Bailey had been a member of Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church and of the Ladies Mission Circle at the Church.

She married Henry C. Bailey in Eskridge.

He preceded her in death. Survivors include a daughter, Marie Bailey, Topeka, and two sisters, Elnora Scott and Zelma Carter, both of Topeka.
Services were Thursday at Bowser-Johnson Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Topeka Cemetery. (Flint Hills Independent, Thursday, May 2, 1996)


Services for Roscoe Eldon Bridge, 79, Harveyville were at 10:00 a.m. March 21 at the Butler Funeral Home, Kansas City, KS. Burial was at Chapel Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Bridge died March 18, 1996 at the home of Frank and Reba Cooper. He was born at Eskridge, the son of Ervin and Ethel Cooper Bridge. He owned his own trucks for years. He was an over the road truck driver for Mid Admericdan Truck Line in Kansas City, MO for 18 years. He belonged to Local 41. He was an Army Veteran of World War II, having received a Victory Medal.

Surviving are four daughters, Patricia Michaels, Barbara Whittaker, Beverly Harris, all of Kansas City, KS, Margaret Averett Austin, Texas; a brother, Elvon (Jerry) Bridge; a sister, Marthette Kelman of Kansas City, KS, 18 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchilren, 3 great- great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Midland Hospice or American Cancer Society. (Flint Hills Independent, Thursday, March 28, 1996)


Walter G. Fink, Eskridge, died Saturday, March 23, 1996 at a Topeka Hospital wher ehe had been a patient a week.

He was born May 16, 1915, in Alma, the son of Gustave and Augusta Hinze Fink and attended schools near Alma. He was a farmer and lived in south western Wabaunsee County 15 years and later in the Mound City area. He worked for Shawnee Conty in the road sign and construction department several years before he retired in 1982. He lived in Eskridge since.

He was married to Bertha Koenig Dec. 15, 1941, in Lawrence. She preceded him in death. Survivors include two sons, Jack Fink, Eskridge and Jon Fink, Topeka, three brothers, Art Fink and August Fink, both in Alma, and Ed Fink, Beaverton, Ore., and three sisters, Matilda Buttonhoff, Alma, and Augusta Kobiski and Sophia Theel, both in Manhattan.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Peace United Church of Christ in Alma. Burial will be in Peace United Church Cemetery in Alma. Mr. Fink will lie in state from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Gentry Funeral Home in Alma. (Flint Hills Independent, Thursday, March 28, 1996)


Graveside services will be at 10 a.m Wednesday at Keene Cemetery west of Dover for Margaret I. "Marjorie" Hughes, 92, Topeka, who died Saturday, Frebruary 3, 1996 at Aldersgate Village in Topeka.

She was born September 3, 1903 in Clarinda, Iowa, the daughter of Samuel and Mary McCrory Brown, and spent many years in the Keene community west of Dover. She had taught in Wabaunsee County schools. She was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Eskridge where she was an elder and taught Sunday School.

She was married to Melvin Hughes December 3,1924, near Eskridge. He died May 3, 1974.

Survivors include two nieces, Doris Mynck, Rolla, Mo., and Mary Chelf Omaha, Neb., and two nephews, Willard Vausbinder, Northridge, CA., and Wendell Hughes, Overland Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Presbyterian Church in Eskridge or the Wabaunsee County Association for Retarded Citizens. (Flint Hills Independent, February 8, 1996)


Elizabeth A. Marrs was born on March 28, 1906 in Ewen, Michigan and died June 3, 1996 at the Boswell Hospital in Sun City, Arizona. She spent the last year of her life at the Camelot Campus of Care in Peoria, Arizona.

At an early age, Elizabeth moved to Kansas with her parents and spent her working life as a homemaker with her husband, Dale on a farm near Harveyville, Kansas. In 1975 Dale and Elizabeth retired and moved to Madison, Wisconsin. In 1983 they moved to Arizona, Elizabeth is survived by her husband, Dale Marrs, her daughter Myrna Bodine, son in law Merle Bodine one granddaughter Diana Lalor and husband John of Waunakee, Wisconsin and two great-grandchildren, Michelle and Eric Lalor.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Sunland Memorial Park and Mortuary, Sun City, AZ.

Interment will be Friday, June 7, 1996 at Sunland Memorial Park, Sun City, AZ. (Flint Hills Independent, Thursday, June 6, 1996)


Lake Wabaunsee - Gwendolene M. May, 83, Lake Wabaunsee, died Thursday, April 25, 1996 at a Topeka nursing home. Mrs. May served in the Rifle Corps during World War II.

She was born February 21, 1913 at Oakland the daughter of Virgil A. and Mabel E. Nichols Wilsey. She was graduated from Topeka High School in 1931.

Mrs. May was a member of Eskridge United Presbyterian Church and a 50 year member of the Beulah Chapter No. 34 of the Order of the Eastern Star at Topeka.

She married Lark D. May on Jan. 25, 1935 at Topeka. He survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Donald C. May, Topeka, and Kent M. May, Rogers, Ark.; a brother, Charles H. Willsey, Maple Hill, nine grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Services were Tuesday, April 30, 1996 at Penwell-Gabel Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eskridge United Presbyterian Church, 107 E. 2nd Ave. Eskridge, KS.66423 (Flint Hills Independent, Thursday, May 2, 1996)


Hilma Gladys Peart, 88, Harveyville, died August 16, 1993 at a Topeka hospital.

She was born May 13, 1905 on the family farm northwest of Harveyville, the daughter of Daniel and Esther Swanswon Masters. She grew up in Harveyville and was graduated in 1923 from Harveyville High School.. She later attended Kansas State Teachers College at Emporia. She was a dental assistant when she lived in Hugoton and also taught school.

Mrs. Peart was a member of St Paul's Episcopal Church at Maryville, MO, and an associate member of St Andrew's Episcopal Church in Emporia. She was a charter member and first noble grand of Rebekah Lodge No. 717 at Harveyville where she also was secretary many years. She was a member of and had held all office of Ladies Auxiliary Patriarch Militant No. 3 in Topeka.

She was a member of the former Harveyville Chapter No. 428 of the Order of Eastern Star and had served as worthy matron of the chapter. She currently was a 50 year member of the Corinthian Chapter No. 181 of the Star in Burlingame. She was a former member of Harveyville Grange and a current member of Fairplain Grange No. 1719 in Burlingame. She also was a member of Harveyville Civic Club and a memer and secretary of Osage City Country Club.

She was married to Robert Featherstone Peart June 14, 1930, at Alma. He died January 21, 1967.

Survivors include three sisters, Dorothy Sell, Platte City, Mo., Olive Gundy, Eureka and Doris Hicks, Minneapolis.

Services were August 19 at the Burlingame Federated Church. Burial was in Burlingame Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Carey Funeral Home of Burlingame was in charge of arrangements. (Flint Hills Independent, August 26, 1993)


Services were August 11 at The Eskridge United Methodist Church for F. Earl Robinson, 87, Eskridge, who died August7, 1993 at the Alma Manor.

Mr. Robinson was a farmer before he retired.

He was born February 16, 1906 in Industry in Clay County, the son of John Francis and Anna Louise Woodams Robinson.

He was married to Bessie Aletha McVaughn July 21, 1924, in Manchester. She died July 31, 1977.

Survivors include a daughter, Anna L. Forman, Anchorage, Alaska; two sons, Gerald E. Robinson, Rohnert Park, Calif., and Harold D.

obinson, Roswell, N.M.; a sister, Isabel Mellies, Clay Center; seven grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Burial was in the Eskridge Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alma Manor Employee Fund in Alma. (Flint Hills Independent, August 12, 1993)


Alma - Mass of Christian burial was at 10:30 am Wednesday at Holy Family Catholic Church here for Edgar Arthur Schutter, 90, Alma, who died Friday March 17, 1995 at a nursing home here.

He was born June 22, 1904, in Alma, the son of Joseph and Anna M. Rebiskie Schutter and attended school near Alma. He was a carpenter and auto mechanic. He earlier worked for South Branch Ranch on Kuenzil Creek near Alma.

Mr. Schutter was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Alma and Local No. 1445 of The Carpenters Union in Topeka.

He was married to Alfretta Lillie Stewart July 30, 1927. She survives.

Other survivors include seven sons, Robert L. Schutter and Joseph G. Schutter, Topeka, Dale A. Schutter, Alma, Edward J. Schutter, New Hope, Minn., Michael P. Schutter, Melbourn, Fla., Barney L. Schutter, Vancouver, Wash., and Phillip J. Schutter, Emporia and a daughter, Donna M Metzger, Cocoa Fla., a sister, Helen May Meyer, El Dorado Springs, Mo., 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Burial was in Holy Family Catholic Cemetery in Alma. Gentry Funeral Home in Alma was in charge of arrangements. (Flint Hills Independent, March 23, 1995)


Waldo R. Stevenson, 90 formerly of Eskridge, died Monday, March 13, 1995 at an Albuquerque, N.M. nursing home.

Mr. Stevenson farmed in the Eskridge area until 1986.

He was born November 30,1904 in Mankato, the son of Marion M & Laura E. McIntyre Stevenson. He was graduated from Clay County High School in 1923. He moved to Eskridge from Idiana in 1930 and had lived in Topeka from 1986 to 1989.

Mr. Stevenson was a member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Topeka, Wabaunsee County Farm Bureau and the County ASC Committee for more than 30 years.

He was married to Ethel L. Dunn on June 25, 1936, in Oskaloosa. She survives.

Other survivors include a daughter, Doris Spear, Scottsburg, Ore; three sons, Eugene Stevenson, Albuquerque, N.M., Duane Stevenson, Cupertino, Calif., and James Stevenson, Laurel, Mont.; a sister, Esther McKnight, Lenexa, 10 grandchildren and eight great-granchildren.
Services were Saturday, March 18th at the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Topeka. Burial was at the Reformed Presbyterian Cemetery in Winchester. Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, Topeka was in charge of the arrangements. (Flint Hills Independent, March 23, 1995)


S. Swenson, 59, formerly of Eskridge, died Wednesday, March 15, 1995 at a Reno, Nevada hospital.

Mr. Swenson was a maintenance worker at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento, Calif. He earlier retired from the Air Force in Sacramento after 20 years of service.

He was born November 27, 1935, at Alta Vista, the son of Ollie & Ethel Dewey Swenson. He was reared in the Chalk Community and was graduated from Eskridge High School.

Mr. Swenson was a member of the Eminence Lodge No. 205 AF&AM in Eskridge and the American Legion.

He was married to Carol Weekes on December 15, 1956, at Eskridge. She survives.

Other survivors include a daughter, Dana Soule', Sacramento, a son David Swenson, Sacramento; two sisters, Linda Pugh, Eskridge and Lorna Newby, Calhan, Colo., two brothers Dean Swenson, Eskridge, and Dale Swenson, Hannibal, Mo., and four grandchildren.

Services were Sunday,March 19th, at the United Methodist Church, Eskridge. Burial was in the Prairie View Cemetery, southeast of Alta Vista. Crable Funeral Chapel, Eskridge, was in charge of arrangements. (Flint Hills Independent, Thursday, March 23, 1995)


Maple Hill - William S. "Bill" Warren, 76, Maple Hill, died Sunday, February 4, 1996, at a nursing home in St. Mary's.

He was born March 5, 1919 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of William D. and Edna L. Reynolds Warren and spent his early life in Brooklyn. He lived in the Maple Hill community more than 60 years. He was a farmer and stockman. He was a receiving clerk in the storeroom at the Crosby Bros Department store in Topeka and later worked for St. Francis Hospital in Topeka. He retired in 1976.

Mr. Warren was a member of the Community Congregational Church and Kiwannis Club, both in Maple Hill, and was the historian for the Maple Hill Alumni Association.

A brother, Jack Warren, Maple Hill, survives.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Community Congregational Church in Maple Hill. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery. Mr. Warren will lie in state from 2-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Piper-Verschelden Funeral Home in St Marys where visitation will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Congregational Church in Maple Hill 66607. (Flinthills Independent, February 8, 1996)


Miss Letha L. Winston, 95, of Topeka, Kansas passed away August 5, 1993 at St. Mary's Manor where she had been a resident the past three months.

She was born September 2, 1897 near Keene, Kansas, the daughter of Doron and Clara Sawyer Winston.

She lived in the Keene community on a farm until later years when she moved to Topeka and lived with an aunt and then for several years with a nephew and his wife in Topeka.

Miss Winston was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Survivors include eight nieces and two nephews.

Funeral services were August 7 at the Parker-Price Mortuary, Topeka, with Pastor Charles Buursma officiating. Interment was in Keene Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the K State Cancer Research Center for Basic Cancer Research Division of Biology Ackert Hall Manhatten, KS 66506. (Flinthills Independent, August 12, 1993)


John Gardenhire died at his home Tuesday morning, December 17th, at 7 o'clock of double pneumonia. Age 50 years, 11 months, 30 days.

John was taken sick while at work, Friday, and was taken to his home where he grew steadily worse until the end.

The deceased was born December 18, 1878 at Carthage, Smith County,
Tennessee. He was a hard working, honest, and conscientious man and had many friends. He professed a hope in Christ in 1917 and joined the Methodist Church, in which he lived a constant christian life until his death.

He married Victoria Gray of Wabaunsee, February 28, 1919.

He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, three brothers: James, Budd, and Sam. One sister Mary Beard, all of Alma and a host of relatives and friends.

A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is still.
A place is vacant in the home,
Which can never be filled.

The funeral was held at the A.M. of Rev. A.G. Russell assisted by Rev. J.G. Moore of Topeka, and Rev. Colins, pastor of the church. Interment was made in Alma City Cemetery.

The pallbearers were nephews of the deceased, Samuel, Leslie, Walter, Frank, Lebanon, and Alex Gardenhire. (Alma Signal, December 19, 1929, submitted by unknown donor)


Michael Tracey Gardenhire infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John Gardenhire, died in their home northwest of Alma Monday night last of lagrippe. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of a large circle of friends of this, their sad affliction. (The Alma Signal, February 26, 1896, submitted by Unknown Donor)


Bowman H. Younker was born Dearborn Co. Indiana, May 17, 1834 and died at his home north of Eskridge Monday, March 5, age 89 years. He volunteered and was called to service July 10, 1861. He served in Co. D, 3rd Indiana Cavalry, and was with his company in the main battles of the Civil War. He was wounded on the third day of the battle of Gettysburg. He was discharged a sergeant of Captain John Spencer's Company August 31, 1864 at Indianapolis.

His early life was spent as a boatman on the Mississippi. On August 21, 1866, he was married to Agnes S. (Sharp) Henderson. They moved to Mission Creek in 1869 and lived on the farm he homesteaded continuously until six years ago. Since that time he has lived with his daughter, Mrs. Herb Smith.

Eight children were born to them, two dying in infancy and his oldest son, Jesse, died at Tonipah, Nevada in 1913. His wife departed from this life December 25, 1915.

He and his wife were always ready and willing to help and in the early pioneer days they found many opportunities to show their generosity.

He had been a member of the Methodist Church for 40 years. Four daughters and one son: Mrs. Stella Kemble, Mrs. Lizzie Sage, and Mrs. Grace Boler, all of near Dover, and Mrs. Euphemia Smith and William Younker of Mission Creek, are left to mourn his loss. All the children were present Sunday night and he told them goodbye about midnight, losing consciousness soon after and passing away in the early morning hours. He had been sick but a few days.

The death of "Uncle Bome" as we all called him, removed the last one of the older generation of the early settlers generation of the early settlers on Mission Creek. We do not believe there is one left between Eskridge and Dover. A few are still living but they have moved away from their early homes to other points. He is also the last one of the Civil War soldiers there.

Some of the earliest recollections of the editor are centered around "Uncle Bome" in those early days. In his younger years, he was a powerful man physically and few men were his equal in strength. He was a hard worker and a great story teller. We have sat fascinated by the hour at his tales of experiences on the Mississippi and in the Civil War. None of those pioneers had a bigger heart or were more honest with their fellow men than he.

The early day struggle with poverty, which we all endured, never dampened his enthusiasm nor left any bitterness in his heart and he was always the same free hearted friend and generous neighbor. Of men such as he was Kansas composed in those early years and to him and those like him does she own her present greatness.

He was elected as county commissioner in 1881 and was prominent in political affairs in those times. A few years ago he got his second eyesight and could read as well as a boy of 20, but he had grown quite deaf and it was rather hard to visit with him.
His funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the Smith home. Some of the old songs were sung, among them, "Tenting on the Old Camp Ground". There were many beautiful flowers, a short impressive talk by Reverend W. M. Randle of Dover, a long procession of cars to the cemetery below Keene where he was laid to rest. (Eskridge Independent, March 15, 1923, submitted by George Bowers)

Boman H. Younker Dead

Boman Younker, past 88 years old, Civil War veteran and old settler on Mission Creek, is dead. He passed away Monday morning (March 9, 1923) at 9 o'clock of the infirmities of old age. He would have been 89 years old May 17. He settled on a Mission creek farm in 1869 and had lived there every since.

The funeral was held Tuesday and burial was made in the Keene cemetery.

Uncle Bome, as he was familiarly known throughout this section, was a very interesting character and his life history would read like a fascinating book, were it printed. Next week the Independent hopes to present a full obituary.

He leaves four daughters and one son - Mrs. Frank Kemble, Mrs. James Sage, Mrs. George Boler, Mrs. Herb Smith and William Younker. One son, Jess, died eight years ago. Mrs. Younker died six years ago last December. (submitted by George Bowers)

Note from George Bowers: Boman H. Younker was my Great-Great Grandfather. His daughter, Euphemia Lemon (Younker) Smith was my Great Grandmother (she died when I was 10 years old). His granddaughter, Ruth Agnes (Smith) Peoples was my Grandmother and her daughter, Clarice Nadine (Peoples) Bowers was my mother. The house he died in on the Smith farm still stands about 8 miles north of Eskridge, just off of K-4 Highway.


Mrs. B. H. Younker Dead

Agnes S. Henderson was born December 5, 1842, at Athens, Bellmont county, Ohio, afterwards moving with her parents to Aurora, Indiana, at which place she was married to Boman H. Younker on August 20, 1866, moving to Kansas (Mission Creek, Wabaunsee Co.) in 1869, settling on a homestead where she lived until she died December 25, 1915. She was converted at the age of 15 and always lived a beautiful Christian life.

Those left to mourn her loss are three sisters one brother, Mrs. Lizzie Howlitt and Jess Henderson of Topeka, Kansas; Mrs. Sallie Stewart of Toronto, Canada; and Mrs. Mattie Wright of Keene, and the immediate family, husband, Boman H. Younker, and four daughters and one son, Mrs. Stella Kemble, Mrs. Lizzie Sage and Mrs. Grace Boler of Dover, Mrs. Euphemia Smith (Eskridge - Mission Creek) and William Younker of Grass Valley, California, and nephew George Henderson of Eskridge, whom they brought to Kansas with them and reared and loved as one of their own.

The funeral services were held from the home Sunday afternoon and were conducted by the Rev. Holcomb, of Dover. The remains were laid to rest in the Keene cemetery.

The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community. (Eskridge Star/Independent Newspaper, published approximately January 1,1916, submitted by George Bowers)

Note from George Bowers: Boman Younker's wife, Agnes Sharp (Henderson) Younker. The Henderson family of which she was a part, became prominent in the 1800's communities of both Eskridge and Alma in Wabaunsee County. Agnes's mother was Tabitha Henderson who eventually moved to Kansas/Wabaunsee County as a widow as well.


Benjamin Franklin Laird was born near Vermont, Illinois, on June 30, 1858, and died at the home of his son, William H. Laird, November 30, 1919, at the age of 69 years and five months.

During the past two weeks he had been visiting at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lon Peoples, and his son, William H. While he had not been feeling well, his relatives did not think the end was so near. Only a short time ago he was going around town seemingly as well as usual. He was very sick during the last week.

Mr. Laird had not been well since he was burned in a fire in May, 1918. At this time all the flesh was badly burned on both legs. It was about a year after this before he was able to walk around with the aid of two canes. Sometime before this his heart had been bad. He lived many months after the doctors thought the end was near.

Mr. Laird was the ninth child in a family of thirteen and he also had thirteen grandchildren. When he was but a small boy the family moved to a farm near Sidney, Ill. Here he grew to manhood and was married on January 1, 1874, to Miss Rachel A. Vanatta. From here they moved to a farm near Scribner, Nebr., where the three children were born. They are Mrs. Emma Heinlein of Ottawa, Kansas, Mrs. A.E. Peoples and William H. Laird of Eskridge. These children with their mother still survive. Later they moved to Kansas and located in Hodgman county, where they remained until the fall of 1893 when they moved to Wabaunsee county and located on a farm near Eskridge, and he still owned this farm at the time of his death. This was the family home until twelve years ago when he and his faithful wife moved to Eskridge to live a retired life the remainder of their days.

Mr. Laird was the kind of a man that is a great benefit to a community. Honest, generous, a good and kind neighbor. There was nothing too hard for him to do for his friends. He was a kind and loving husband and a most indulgent father. He will be sadly missed by the family and the community in general.

The funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Methodist church and were conducted by the Rev. John Cook, of Harveyville, an old time friend and neighbor of Mr. Laird. The remains were laid to rest in the Eskridge cemetery.

Relatives from out of town to attend the funeral were, J.C. Laird, of Norton, Kansas, F.M. Laird of Tabor, Iowa, and J.R. Laird of Canon City, Colo., all brothers. C.S. Laird, a nephew of Belpre, Kansas, Mr. and Mrs. E.N. Heinlein and son, Arlie, of Ottawa, Kansas. Two of his brothers, H.R. Laird of Kansas City and G.C. Laird of Kirksville, Mo., were unable to be here on account of poor health.

We join many friends in extending sympathy to the bereaved family. (Eskridge Tribune Star, December 11, 1919, submitted by George Bowers)

Note from George Bowers: This is an obituary of my Great-Great Grandfather, Benjamin Franklin Laird. He was a resident of Wilmington Township/Eskridge in the late 1800's and early 1900's. He had extensive land holdings there. He's buried in the Eskridge cemetery with a very large stone marker commemorating him and his wife, Rachel A. (Vanatta) Laird.


Hannibal Peoples, the subject of this notion was born March 6th, 1836 near Martinsville, Indiana, and died at the home of his son, H.C. Peoples, five and one-half miles south of here on Thursday evening, September 14, 1905. He moved to Madison county Iowa, in 1857 and married Miss Susan Groseclose in 1858, living there until 1878 when he came to Kansas settling in Osage county and after a stay of five years, he came to Wabaunsee county and has lived in this vicinity ever since.

Six children were born to the union mentioned: H.C. (H Clint Peoples), B.F. (Benjamin Franklin Peoples), John, A.E. (Alonzo Everett Peoples), Sadie and Lulu. John, Sadie, and Lulu died in infancy and the others and his widow are left to mourn his loss.

Seldom, indeed, does it happen that an individual passes to the Great Beyond with as many tried and true friend(s) as Hannibal had. We have known him many years and in all our intercourse with our fellow men, we have never heard an unkind word spoken of the deceased. Honesty, integrity, charity, kindness, Friendship, Love and Truth were a few of the many noble characteristics of this, our departed friend. His last illness had enfeebled him very much but he bore his burden to the very end of life with that same calm demeanor and bearing for which his entire life was so marked. He was ever known as one to whom the unfortunate could turn for a helping hand, without fear of being turned away empty. No language can express the far-reaching influences of such a life. There was no place in his life for graft, deception of falsehood. A kind and benevolent husband and a loving father has gone to his reward in the great unknown and the bereaved family have the sympathy of all. A large concourse of people assembled at the hour of Ten o'clock last Sabbath to assist the friends in their time of trouble. A short address was delivered by Rev. Wright of this place after which the I.O.O.F. lodge took charge. The body was buried in the Eskridge cemetery with fitting honors to the deceased, who had for many years been a member and with credit to the fraternity.

Many beautiful floral tributes covered the last house of the deceased; some had been brought by friends and some by the lodge, indicative of the high esteem in which he was held by his friends and acquaintances.

An honest man is gone. Peace to his ashes and let us hope that his reward in eternity is commesurate with the high standard attained by him in his dealings with his fellow men. (Eskridge Star, published around September 1905, submitted by George Bowers)

Note from George Bowers: Great-great-grandparents who lived and farmed in Wilmington Township, Wabaunsee County, Kansas in the late 1800's - early 1900's.


Susannah Groseclose was born March 2, 1837 near Bargersville, Ind. In 1848 she moved with her parents to a farm near Eddyville, Iowa. After living there for a year or two they moved to Madison county in the same state. She was united in marriage to Hannibal Peoples June 13, 1858. To them six children were born, four sons and two daughters. The two daughters and one son died in infancy.

She leaves to mourn her loss three sons, B.F. Peoples, Ellicott, Colo., H.C. Peoples and A.E. Peoples and family of Eskridge and two brothers, John Groseclose of Fremont, Nebr., and J.R. Groseclose of Okobojo, South Dakota, and a host of other relatives in many parts of the country.

In 1860, Hannibal Peoples and his young wife came to Kansas and located near Lecompton, but on account of the drouth of that year, they returned in the fall to their iowa home. In 1872 they again came to Kansas. After spending one summer in Topeka, they located on a farm near Dragoon creek south of Burlingame, where they lived until they came to this county in 1877. They lived in the present home of A.E. Peoples until 1904 when on account of the failing health of the husband, they went to live with their son, H.C. Peoples, where she has since made her home. The husband preceded her to the Great Beyond eight years ago. In her sixteenth year she united with the Christian church and to this faith she has always held.

Death came to death at 2 o'clock a.m. October 31 (1913) at the home of A.E. Peoples. The funeral services were held there by the Rev. W.H. Shumate and she was laid to rest in the Eskridge cemetery on the afternoon of Sunday, November 2.

Mrs. Peoples was a kind and affectionate wife and mother, and an obliging neighbor. As a Christian she was humble and considerate. The sorrowing relatives have the sympathy of the community in their bereavement. May God comfort and strengthen them for the burdens of life. (Eskridge Star, November 1913, submitted by George Bowers)

Note from George Bowers: Great-great-grandparents who lived and farmed in Wilmington Township, Wabaunsee County, Kansas in the late 1800's - early 1900's.


Euphemia L. Smith, daughter of Boman and Agnes Henderson Younker, was born October 7, 1881 and passed away December 1, 1960. She was 79 years, 1 month and 24 days old.

Mrs. Smith had lived all of her life in the Keene community north of Eskridge. She was born on the farm her father homesteaded which adjoins the Smith farm. She taught school three years, prior to her marriage, in the Walnut Grove and Bellview schools.

She was united in marriage to Herbert H. Smith on April 9, 1902. To this union were born two daughters, Mabel Smith of Lyons, Kansas and Mrs. Ruth Peoples of Eskridge.

Mrs. Smith was a loving wife and mother and lived a life of service to others. She was always on hand when there was sickness or need in the community. Her home was the center for all relatives.

Pheme is survived by her husband; two daughters; son-in-law, A. L. Peoples; one sister, Mrs. Grace Boler of Dover; four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; a number of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service for Mrs. Smith was at the Eskridge Methodist Church, at 10:30 Saturday morning, December 3, with the minister, Rev. Harold Cunard conducting the service. Mrs. Sylvia Simmons, organist, accompanied Mrs. Jerri Lu Lietz, who sang, "The Old Rugged Cross" and "We are going Down the Valley, One by One." Casket bearers were Dale Cook, Roy Robinson, Melvin Hughes, Clifford Gatrost, W. A. Robertson and Willard Kraus, Sr. Internment was in the Eskridge Cemetery, the Austin Funeral Home having charge of arrangements. (The Eskridge Independent, Vol. 43, No. 49, December 8, 1960, submitted by George Bowers)

Note from George Bowers: Euphemia L. Younker Smith was born and lived in Mission Creek Township, Wabaunsee County, Kansas. She was the daughter of pioneer farmers Boman and Agnes Younker. She was my Great Grandmother. I was 10 years old when she passed away in a Topeka Hospital in 1960


Topeka---Mrs. Ruth Wolfe Brethour, 72, of Maple Hill, Kan., died Thursday in a Topeka nursing home.  She was born near Admire, Kan., and lived in the Clay Center area before moving to Maple Hill in 1954.  She taught music in Clyde, Kan., and Boise, Idaho.  She was a member of the Congregational Church at Maple Hill.  She was a member of the Maple Hill Research Club and the American Association of University Women.  She was past president of the Kansas Cowbelles and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star No. 308 at Maple Hill.  She also was a member of the Kappa Mothers Club of Manhattan, Kan.  She leaves her husband, Raymond U. Brethour of the home; a daughter, Mrs. Matt Buchmann of 9527 Connell, Overland Park; two sons, John Brethour of Hays, Kan., and Dr. William Brethour of Wamego, Kan., and seven grandchildren.  Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Maple Hill Congregational Church, graveside services at 4 p.m. Monday at Greenwood Cemetery, Clay Center.  The family suggests memorial contributions to the Maple Hill Congregational Church.
(Kansas City Star ~ July 6, 1975 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


The sad news of the death of grandpa Olds reached us Saturday afternoon.  The remains were laid to rest in the Chalk cemetery.  A large crowd attended to pay their last respects to him.
(Alma Signal ~ Friday ~ July 17, 1908 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


John Olds died at the home of his niece Mrs. Venus Rowley Friday night and was buried at the Chalk cemetery Sunday morning.  His relatives have the sympathy of the entire community.
(Alma Enterprise ~ Friday ~ July 2, 1909 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


The infant baby of Mr. and Mrs. Will Hill died Sunday night of stomach trouble.  Funeral services were held at the Parkdale school house Tuesday morning conducted by Rev. Stevenson after which the body was laid to rest in the Chalk cemetery.  The sorrowing parents have the sympathy of all.
(Alma Enterprise ~ Friday ~ March 18, 1910 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


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