Kansas teacher Elizabeth Cary married Edgar R. Begole cmcq in 1939, and his profession swept her into the drama of World War II and a Japanese internment camp in the Philippines.

One of about 3,000 Caucasians in the Philippines rounded up by the Japanese in 1942, she and her husband and 1-year-old son, Michael, were imprisoned on the campus of the University of Santa Thomas in Manila for three years.

They were among the survivors when the Allied liberation came Feb. 2, 1945.

Mrs. Begole died Sunday in a local nursing home. She was 87. She and her husband had been living in Richmond since about 1988.

Their son, Michael Begole of Richmond, said she was a native of Leoti, Kan., and a graduate ofKansas State Teachers College. Her husband, a chemical engineer, left for a job in the Philippines soon after they were married. She followed a year later. They were living on Luzon Island and had welcomed a baby son when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

When the Japanese occupied the Philippines, they took all personal possessions and money from Caucasian prisoners and moved them to the Santa Thomas campus, Michael Begole said.

The Begole family lived with "minimal sanitation and where the only medication available was aspirin, and that was in short supply," Michael Begole said. "You made do with what you had. There was malnutrition. The adults tried to make sure the children got enough to eat."

When the camp was liberated. Mrs. Begole weighed 80 pounds, he said.

"Although there was no systematic brutalization as at some camps," Michael Begole said, "my dad was taken once to witness an execution of three prisoners, young men, who were caught climbing back into camp. They were beheaded. He didn't know if he also was to be executed."

After the camp was liberated, the Navy was refusing to take the freed prisoners back home on its boats because they were civilians, Michael Begole said. "General [Douglas] MacArthur said he would personally pay for the Navy to take them because they were our people."

Eventually, the survivors steamed to San Francisco at government expense on Army, Navy and Coast Guard ships. They were given two changes of clothing by the American Red Cross and rail tickets to the stations nearest their homes.

Mrs. Begole spent the rest of her life as a mother, housewife and sometime-substitute teacher. She and her family lived in Iran (where they adopted an orphaned girl), Libya, Indonesia, Canada and Texas before coming to Richmond.

Mrs. Begole was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Glen Allen.

Survivors, besides her husband and son, include a daughter, Dr. Mary Begole of Vancouver, Canada.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete.

The family suggests that memorial gifts be made to the Christ Church Episcopal Church Building Fund, 5000 Pouncey Tract Road, Glen Allen, Va. 223060. (Richmond Times - Dispatch (VA), August 24, 1998)


Walton W. Childs, 80, of Aurora died Nov. 14. Services were Nov. 18. Mr. Childs was born in Leoti, Kan., on Aug. 23, 1919. He married Mildred Fay Jennings, 1990. He served in the Army during World War II. He was a member of Veteran's of Foreign Wars Post 4815 and Masons. Survivors include his wife; daughters Dinah Wright of Ohio, Rosemary Janas of Kansas and Sharon Fischer of Arizona; sisters Lorene Harvey and Rose Peters, both of Kansas, Hattie Minnick of California; three stepchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren (Rocky Mountain News, November 20, 1999, page 14B)


The family of Darrell V. Downs regretfully announces his passing. Born December 20, 1933 in Leoti, Kansas, went to be with his Lord and Savior on August 13, 1998. Darrell, a veteran of the Korean War, pursued a career in law enforcement. In 1986, he retired as Chief of Police for the City of Warr Acres. He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two sisters. He will be dearly missed by his wife Janice of 27 years, their children, Shelly, Glenn, Sheryl, Lori, Julie; a brother, Glenn, and a sister, Shirley. His twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild will always remember their "Papaw." Services, Gene Adams Funeral Service, Tuesday, August 18, 1998, 10:30 a.m., interment, Bethany Cemetery. (The Daily Oklahoman, August 17, 1998, page 18)


Leoti Buttolph Gasal, 95, Overland Park, KS, died Sunday, February 7, 1999 at The Forum, Overland Park. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 10, at Mt. Moriah & Freeman Chapel, 10507 Holmes Rd., Kansas City, MO., burial in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Friends may call 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at the chapel.

Mrs. Gasal was born October 1, 1903, in Pilot Mount, IA. She was one of seven children and attended the University of Northern Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell A. Gasal, in 1990.

They lived in southern California for nearly 40 years. She was a member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Redondo Beach, CA., and the Eastern Star. Survivors include a son, James R. Gasal and his wife, Elizabeth; a grandson, David F. Gasal and his wife, Sarah; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Ann Gasal; two great-granddaughters, Lucy and Molly Gasal; and two sisters, Phyllis Dillavou, Dewey, AZ., and Aletha Haseltine, Satellite Beach, FL. Arrangements: Mt. Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home. (The Kansas City Star, Monday, February 8, 1999)


Donna B. Harris, 75, Garnett, Kan., formerly of Kansas City, died Dec. 26, 1994 at a hospital in Garnett. Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church of Garnett; cremation. Mrs. Harris was born in Leoti, Kans., and lived in Kansas City before moving to Garnett 48 years ago. She formerly worked for Commerce Bank in Kansas City. She was a member of Anderson County Economic Development, Garnett. She was a member of the church.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. C. B. Harris Jr., of the home; a son, C. B. Harris III, Effingham, Kan., two daughters, Cathy Johnson, Westminister, Colo., and Sara Sack, Parsons, Kan.; a brother, Glendon Rewerts, Leoti, and seven grandchildren. Arrangements: Farris-Feuerborn, Garnett. (Kansas City Star, Wednesday, December 28, 1994)


Albert Hoisington's father was a newspaperman; other relatives published the weekly Enterprise Journal. So it surprised no one that he bought that paper and ran it for 43 years.

But his real interest was the daily lives of Enterprise citizens, an avocation well served by his vocation, said his son, Sam, who carries on the tradition as a pressman for the Salina Journal.

"He would like to be remembered as a person who enjoyed people, in particular visiting with people and sharing their thoughts. He had a genuine care for other people. He enjoyed laughing with them," Sam Hoisington said.

And every week for more than four decades, his newspaper gave him an excuse to visit with people, inquire about their families and their businesses.

Mr. Hoisington, 79, of Enterprise, died Saturday.

He was born April 22, 1906, in Leoti to Roy Hoisington and the former Margaret Riley. The family moved to Enterprise in 1912.

He attended Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina for a year and then returned to Enterprise. He worked as a pressman and printer for Shadinger Printers in nearby Abilene.

He married Aileon Chandler on Nov. 6, 1927.

When he bought the Journal in 1936, he prided himself on crafting news stories and injecting a sense of community togetherness into what he wrote. "He genuinely wanted to do something right, where it would read well for whatever organization" the interview's subject was representing, his son said.

He was a volunteer fireman for 15 years and played trumpet with city bands in Enterprise and Abilene. He was a member of the Kiwanis, Lions and Commercial clubs, a life member of the Enterprise Mason Lodge and was a 32nd Degree Mason in the Salina Consistory.
He also served on the governor's advsiory board on printing in state colleges. In his spare time, he played golf and bowled.

In 1979, he sold the newspaper to the Junction City Union, but he continued to write articles as a contributing editor until his retirement in 1982.
His wife died on Aug. 18, 1981.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Enterprise United Methodist Church under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Abilene.

Survivors include his sons, Albert J. of Warrensburg, Mo., Richard C. of Chapman, John R. of Goddard, Samuel K. of Enterprise, Thomas J. of Lawrence; a daughter, Janice Marie Frey of Liberal; brothers, Duane of Florence, Ala.; Roy of Hollandale, Fla., Robert of Omaha; sister, Mildred Hobson of Wichita; and 19 grandchildren.

A memorial has been established with the United Methodist Church. (The Wichita Eagle, October 7, 1985)


Jay, Doris Jean, 70, retired cook, died Saturday Nov. 6, 1999. Service 2 p.m. Tuesday, Leoti United Methodist Church.Survivors: son, Ron of Paxton, Neb.; daughter, Terryl Henderson of Dodge City; brother, Kenneth Smith of Copperas Grove, Texas; sister, Dorothy Allen of Dodge City; six grandchildren; five great- grandchildren. Memorials have been established with Horizons Mental Health and Arrowhead West Endowment Fund. Larrison Mortuary. (Wichita Eagle, November 8, 1999, page 10A)


Bernard ''Bernie'' V. McDonnell, 87, Lee's Summit, MO, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 1998, at John Knox Care Center. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at McGilley State Line Chapel, 12301 State Line Rd.; burial in Mount Moriah Cemetery.

Friends may call 7-8 p.m. Friday at the chapel, where a rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m.

Mr. McDonnell was born November 25, 1910, in Leoti, KS. He lived in the Kansas City area for most of his life. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and worked for Kansas City Power & Light for 50 years. He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church, Kansas City, MO, and VFW Jack Ray Post 5789, Lee's Summit. He was preceded in death by his wife, Naomi McDonnell, in January, 1997, four brothers, and two sisters. He is survived by a sister, Agnes Turner, Lee's Summit, MO, and many nieces and nephews. He was loved and will be greatly missed. (Arrangements: McGilley State Line Chapel) (Kansas City Star, April 10, 1998, page C4)


Leoti --- Rosendo Perez, Sr., 80, died July 23, 1994, at Wichita County Hospital, Leoti.

He was born April 20, 1914, at Kennedy, Texas, the son of Cipriano and Antonia Perez.  A Leoti resident since 1961, he was a retired house painter.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Leoti.

On Sept. 24, 1941, he married tomasa Zuniga at Kennedy, Texas.  She survives.

Other survivors include:  four sons, Rosendo, Jr., and Noe, both of Garden City, Ovidio Oakley, and Wilfidio, Salina; a daughter, Viola Glanville, Hoisington; 19 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church, Leoti, with the Rev. Glenn Fogo presiding.  Friends may call until service time at Price & Sons Funeral Home, Leoti.  Burial will be in the Leoti Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the Leoti Emergency Medical Technicians or to the church, both in care of the funeral home.
(Hutchinson NEws ~ July 25, 1994 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


Quezada, Retha L. Moody, 60, of Watonga, Okla., formerly of Garden City and Leoti, waitress, died Thursday, June 10, 1999. Service 10:30 a.m. today, Wichita County Cemetery, Leoti.

Survivors: sons, Clifton Smith of Oklahoma, Michael Kirk of Dallas, Randal Lee of Garden City; daughters, Delinna Smith of Scott City, Julie Ann and Sherry Lynn, address unknown, Thomasiana Hoffman of Dallas, Miketo Kirk of Watonga, Moninie Ramirez of Kansas City; sisters, Betty Smith of Scott City, Iva Hoffman of Holcomb; 18 grandchildren. Garnand Funeral Home. (Wichita Eagle, June 16, 1999, page 12A)


Jeremy Christian Raynes, 16, rural Leoti, Kan., formerly of this area, was pronounced dead Feb. 29, 1992, at a hospital in Leoti. He was born in WaKeeney, Kan., and lived in this area before moving to Wichita County, Kan., in 1991. Jeremy was a junior at Wichita County High School, Leoti. He played on its football and basketball teams and was a member of its W Club, band, jazz ensemble, choir and scholar bowl team. He was a member of the Leoti Presbyterian Church and vice president of its youth group. He was a past member of the Full Faith Church of Love, Shawnee. He was a student member of the Kansas Band Directors Association and a member of the Kansas Music Educators Association district band, the Kansas State Lions Club band and the Leoti Community Choir.

Survivors include his parents, Clint Raynes and Jeannette Evans Raynes, a brother, Jeffrey Raynes, and a sister, Amy Raynes, all of the home; his paternal grandfather, A.L. Raynes, Great Bend, Kan.; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Murray Evans of Bethlehem, Pa.; a paternal great-grandmother, Stella Roush, Chanute, Kan.; and a maternal great-grandmother, Jeannette Casaccio, Bethlehem, Pa.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the high school auditorium; graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Great Bend Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to the Jeremy Raynes music scholarship fund.

One-car accident kills Kansas teen

LEOTI, Kan. - A former Kansas City area teen-ager was fatally injured Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle accident northwest of Leoti.
According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report, 16-year-old Jeremy C. Raynes of rural Leoti was driving on a county road when the car went into a ditch. The car rolled over once, ejected Jeremy and landed on him. He was taken to the Wichita County Hospital in Leoti, where he was pronounced dead. (Kansas City Star, March 3, 1992, page B5)


Leoti --- Frances Rodriquez Gonzales Rodriquez, 73, died Sept. 17, 1988, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita.  Born Frances R. Gonzales March 9, 1915, Pasadena, Calif., she married Antonio Rodriquez in 1957 at Mendota, Calif.  She was a homemaker and a resident of Leoti since 1963.

She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Leoti.

Survivors: husband, of the home; sons, Joseph Agguire, Rudy Agguire, both of Tennessee, Frank Agguire, San Jose, Calif., Mike Gonzales, Perryton, Texas, Charles Gonzales, Wichita; daughters, Lupe Mosqueda, San Jose, Lori Williams, Sacramento, Calif.; brother, three sisters, all of California, 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be 11:30 a.m. Monday at Leoti Cemetery, Leoti, Father David Dougherty.  Burial will be at Leoti Cemetery.  Price and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
(Hutchinson News ~ September 19, 1988)


Hazel M. Roessner, 77, Shawnee, died Oct. 21, 1991 at the Olathe Medical Center. She was born in Monett, Mo., and lived in this area most of her life. Mrs. Roessner was a machine operator for the Stuart Hall Co. Inc for 15 years, retiring in 1974. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Kansas City, Kan. Survivors include a son, Paul Macku Jr., of the home; two daughters, Billie L. Biel, Leoti, Kan., and Hazel M. Vallis, Kansas City, Kan.; two brothers, Clifford Eugene Russell, Trumansburg, N. Y,. and Charles Edward Russell, Salinas, Calif., two sisters, Betty Scott, White Swan, Wash., and Edith Kitchell, Ovalo, Texas; seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church; burial in Maple Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Maple Hill Chapel, where the rosary will be said at 7 p.m. The family suggests contributions to the church. (Kansas City Star, Wednesday, October 23, 1991)


Charlie Sowers, 60, of Wheat Ridge died Feb. 15 in Denver. Services were Feb. 20. Mr. Sowers was born in Leoti, Kan., on May 16, 1936. He married Rose Lee McNabb-Osborne, 1963. He was a custom-home builder and real estate broker. He was a member of the Elks. Survivors include his wife; sons Charles Osborne of Montana, Robert Osborne of Frederick; sister Audrey Huber of Kansas; brothers Stan of California, Sid and Randy, both of Kansas; six grandchildren; a great-grandson. (Rocky Mountain News, March 9, 1997, page 10B)


Hazel Mae Vallis, 59, Kansas City, Kan., died May 25, 1993 at the home. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Maple Hill Cemetery; cremation. Mrs. Vallis was a lifelong area resident. She was a Catholic. Survivors include a brother, Paul Macku Jr., Shawnee and a sister, Billie L. Biel, Leoti, Kan. (Kansas City Star, Thursday, May 27, 1993)


Frank Whitham, a horse breeder and banker, died on Wednesday in the crash of his private plane near Goodland in western Kansas. He was 62.

Mr. Whitham, whose mare Bayakoa twice won the Breeders' Cup Distaff, died along with his pilot and co-pilot. They were en route to Mr. Whitham's ranch in northern Montana.

The plane carrying Mr. Whitham, Wilford (Bud) Palen, 65, the pilot and Bill Tucker, 47, the co-pilot, went down after radioing that it had missed the Goodland airport and was flying on to McCook, Neb., the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Mr. Whitham was chairman of Western State Bank in Garden City, Kan., First State Bank in Leoti, Kan., and First National Bank in Lamar, Colo.

Mr. Whitham lived in Leoti; Mr. Tucker and Mr. Palen were from Scott City, Kan., where the flight originated.

Bayakoa, Mr. Whitham's best-known horse, had her most famous success in the Breeders' Cup Distaff in 1990, in which Go For Wand, a 3-year-old filly, broke a leg and had to be destroyed.

Bayakoa also won the Breeder's Cup Distaff in 1989 and received the Eclipse Award for best older female in 1990. Bayakoa ended her career with 21 wins out of 39 races from 1986 to 1991 and earned $2.8 million. (New York Times, December 18, 1993, page 24)


Death of Earl Robinson

News of the death of Earl Robinson, of Leoti, Kan., has been received in Emporia.  Mr. Robinson was the son of Mrs. Jessie Gray Robinson who lived in Emporia until several years ago.
(Emporia Gazette ~ December 17, 1920)


Theodore E. Dirnfeld, 64 years, died last night at the home of his nephew, William Smith, 523 Seventh Ave. east.  The body will be shipped to Leoti, the former home, where services will be held.
(Hutchinson News ~ November 6, 1926)


Leoti --- Funeral for Fred W. Wilken, 78, will be 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at United Methodist Church in Leoti, the Rev. Glenn Fogo officiating.  Burial will be at Leoti Cemetery.

Mr. Wilken died October 29, 1994, at Scott County Hospital in Scott City.

Born April 1, 1916, in Franklin County, Neb., he was the son of William F. and Grace Pollman Wilken.  A resident of Wichita County since 1946, moving from Kearny County, he was a farmer/stockman.

Mr. Wilken was a member of the First Christian Church, Scott City, and was a lifetime member of the B.P.O. Elks Lodge 1404, Garden City.  He was a member of the Kansas Livestock Association, National Cattlemans Association, and was a past Wichita County commissioner.

On Aug. 24, 1940, he married Alda Crozler at Scott City.  She survives.

Other survivors are four sons, Fred D. Wilken, Derby, Edward W. Wilken, Modoc, Garret L. Wilken and Carey J. Wilken, both of Scott City; three daughters, Louetta L. Staab, Phoenix, Barbara J. Miller, Scott City, and Karen Sue Lindsay, Luray; five brothers, Heye Wilken and Irvin Wilken, both of Leoti, Herman Wilken, Salem, Ore., Henry Wilken, Austin, Texas, and George Wilken, Mountain Hope, Ark.; 16 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Friends may call until 9 tonight at Price and Sons Funeral Home, Leoti.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to the Leoti Emergency Medical Technicians, in care of the funeral home.
(Garden City Telegram ~ October 31, 1994)


Leoti --- Beulah Reynolds, 98, Leoti resident since 1943, died Oct. 29, 1994, at Golden Acres Nursing Home in Leoti.

Born June 12, 1896, in Hickory County, she was the daughter of Jasper N. and Josephine C. Low Nelson.

Mrs. Reynolds, a homemaker, was a member of Church of Christ, Scott City, and the Order of the Eastern Star, Garden City.

She married Henry Reynolds on Sept. 25, 1919, in Oklahoma.  He died Nov. 12, 1972, at Leoti.

Survivors are a nephew, Van Nelson, Brush, Colo.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Price and Sons Funeral Home, Leoti, the Rev. Glenn Fogo officiating.  Burial will be at Leoti Cemetery.

Friends may call until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are to the Golden Acres Nursing Home, in care of the home.
(Garden City Telegram ~ October 31, 1994)


Leoti --- Esther J. Baker, 87, died Oct. 28, 1994, at the Hamilton County Extended Car Facility in Syracuse.

She was born Nov. 28, 1906, in Finney County, the daughter of George and Emma Finkenbinder Armantrout.  A Leoti resident since 1947, she was a homemaker.

Mrs. Baker was a member of Prairie View Church of the Brethren at Friend, First Presbyterian Church of Leoti, and the Atkinson Senior Citizens Center of Leoti.

She married Franklin H. Baker on July 24, 1922, at Ness City.  He died Feb. 2, 1962, at Leoti.

Survivors are a son, Donald, Deerfield, Ill.; two daughters, Dorothy Thrasher, Tribune, and Marjorie Kuhn, Carson City, Nev.; a sister, Beulah Buerkle, Holcomb; nine grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church, Leoti, the Rev. Jeff Wilson officiating.  Burial will be at Prairie View Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Friend.

Friends may call until service time at Price and Sons Funeral Home, Leoti.

Memorials are to the Leoti Emergency Medical Tehcnicians, in care of the funeral home.
(Garden City Telgram ~ October 31, 1994)


Marienthal --- Herman F. Baker, 70, died March 4, 1989, at Scott County Hospital, Scott City.  Born July 9, 1918, at Marienthal, he married Henrietta Graff Nov. 3, 1954, at Marienthal.  A farmer, he was a lifetime resident of Marienthal.

He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus, both of Marienthal, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6752, Leoti.  He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors:  wife, of the home; sons, Dannel and Galen, both of Marienthal, Terry, Goodland; daughters, Mary Kay Baker, Wichita, Dina Lockwood, Manhattan, Claudine Baker, Hays; brother, Sylvester, Marienthal; sister, Marie Nordenjold, Saginaw, Mich.; and one grandchild.

Rosary will be 7:30 p.m. today at St. Mary Catholic Church, Marienthal.  Funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church, Monsignor Steve Rief and Father Frank Lubeley.  Burial will be St. Mary Cemetery, Marienthal, with military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post No. 6752, Leoti.  Friends may call unti service time at Price and Sons Funeral Home, Leoti.  Memorials may go to the Herman Baker Memorial Fund.
(Hutchinson News ~ March 7, 1989)


Mrs. Leonard Kessler

Marienthal --- Loretta A. Kessler, 74, died Oct. 7, 1985, at her home at Marienthal.  Born Loretta Kreutzer June 16, 1911, at Liebenthal, she married Alfonse Gerstberger Oct. 9, 1928, at Marienthal.  He died Oct. 7, 1947.  She then married Leonard Kessler May 25, 1950, at Marienthal.  He died Aug. 31, 1960.  She was a resident of Marienthal since 1921.

She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Daughters of the Isabella and Altar Society, all of Marienthal.

Survivors:  son, Jerry Gerstberger, Overland Park; daughters, Berniece Berning, Marienthal, Jola Kraus, Garden City, Shirley Kuriyama, Guymon, Okla., Lillian Akagi, Johnson; brothers, Alf Kreutzer, Scott City, Kernie Kreutzer, Leoti, Jerome Kreutzer, Uma, Ariz.; sisters, Bertha Werth, Park, Ann Kreutzer, Park, Mary Bauck, Leoti, Ida Biel, Leoti, Lydia Schaenberger, Collyer; 21 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Marienthal, Monsignor Stee IRief.  Burial will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Marienthal.  Friends may call until service time at the Weinmann-Price Funeral Home, Leoti.  Memorials to the church organ fund.
(Hutchinson News ~ October 9, 1985)



Sad Fate of Geo. Edwards

One of the saddest accidents that has occured in this county, up to this time, was the shooting of Geo. Edwards by Ed Rhodes, last Saturday morning, which resulted in his death that night.  Mr. Edwards was, we believe, the first settler in Wichita county, having been attracted by the rich pasturage, he being engaged extensively in the stock business.  Unlike the average ranchmen who endeavor to save their range by discouraging the settlement of the country, when he saw the settlers coming in he met them half way, being always ready to give advice or assistance when called upon.  He was one of those open-handed, warm-hearted men so frequntly met with on the plains, gentle as a lamb or courageous as a lion, as surrounding circumstances might warrant.  He would risk his life to protect the right or avenge a wrong, and despised the merest semblance of fraud and deceit.  All through the recent county seat troubles he was a tireless worker for what he considered to be the side of right, and as every one well knows his efforts were very effective.  The friends of Leoti were friends of Geo. Edwards, and even the enemies of Leoti were admirers of his manliness.  He was nearly forty years of age, with physical constitution and powers of endurance known only to those who have spent a lifetime on the frontier, and would no doubt have lived to enjoy a ripe old age but for the accident which resulted in his death and a great shock to our citizens.  Having no family or relatives in this country, his remains were taken charge of by his brother Masons, by whom he was held in high esteem, and interred in the Leoti cemetery on Monday.  The young man at whose hands Mr. Edwards met his death has been nearly distracted since the event, but the statement of his victim when first shot, and thorough investigation since, show conclusively that it was but the result of making a plaything of a dangerous weapon, the last harm never having been intended.---Leoti Standard, 14.

We had heard of Mr. Edward's sad death before going to press with our last week's edition.  It is our choice to await the receipt of a Leoti paper, in order to give a faithful report of the occurrence.  Mr. Edwards had for years been a World subscriber.  He was known by many of our citizens.  He was one of the most peaceably-inclined men, but brave as a lion.  He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, and it is our understanding that he contributed one hundred dollars in aid of the Masonic order in Wa-Keeney when it was being instituted.  We loved Geo. Edwards, because he was very nearly our ideal of what a frontiersman should be.
(Western Kanas World ~ Saturday ~ April 23, 1887 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


The followng, announcing the death of Mrs. Wilcox is from the Leoti Standard.  Mrs. Wilcox will be remembered as a former citizen of Wa-Keeney:

Our citizens were surprised and pained to learn, Saturday, that the good wife of Dr. Wilcox had died at an early hour that morning, at their farm home several miles southwest of town.  Sunday morning funeral services were held at the residence, conducted by Rev. W. G. Cook, after which the remains were brought in to the Leoti cemetery, for interment.  The afflicted faily have the deep sympathy of this community.

Sobrina Muscott was born in Huron county, Ohio, Dec. 29th, 1833.  She was converted to Christ at the age of 15 years, and joined the Congregational church.  October 13th, 1855, she was married to H. R Wilcox, after which she joined the Baptist church, of which organization she was a consistent, conscientious member until her death.  She leaves a husband and four daughters to mourn her loss.
(Western Kansas World ~ Saturday ~ January 27, 1894 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)



Had Been in Poor Health for Several Months Past

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Millman and sons Victor and Robert have returned from Leoti, Kansas, where they were called by the illness and death of Mrs. Millman's mother, Mrs. Frances S. Garnes.

Mrs. Garnes had been in poor health for several months and Mrs. Millman and the boys returned but a few weeks ago from a visit with her.  The family hastened to her bedside in answer to a message stating that she was very low, arriving there Tueday night.  She passed away the next morning.

Funeral services were held at the home Friday afternoon and she was laid to rest in the Leoti cemetery beside her husband who died in 1915.

The many Liberal friends of Mrs. Millman extend kindly sympathy.
(Liberal Democrat ~ Thursday ~ August 1, 1918 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


McDermott:  ---  Carrie May Heuson was born near Broughton September 1, 1877, and died at Leoti, Kan., December 31, 1918, at the age of 41 years and 4 months.  On April 20, 1897, she was united in marriage with Thos. McDermott in Clay Center and to this union six children were born---John, Gladys, Tudor, Laura, Robert and Frances.  Gladys preceded her mother in death four year ago.  Mrs. McDermott had not been well for the past six months, but her condition was not considered serious.  She was taken to a hospital in Great Bend six weeks ago and returned home December 29.  She grew steadily worse and passed away December 31.  She was a true wife, a loving and devoted mother and a loyal friend and her early death is indeed sad.  Besides her husband and children Mrs. McDermott leaves to mourn her departure, her father, Nat Heuson, of Broughton; four brothers, Joe, Henry, Frank and William of Broughton; five sisters, Mrs. H. L. Clark, Mrs. W. D. Haws, Mrs. J. A. Worley and Mrs. T. J. Tempero of Broughton and Mrs. Norman Steinbruck of Milford, besides a host of friends here and at Leoti, where the McDermotts have lived for the past fifteen years.

Funeral services were held by Rev. Davis at the Leoti cemetery, where burial took place.
(The Times ~ Clay Center, KS ~ Thursday ~ January 16, 1919 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)



Anthony Neyer, Crazed by Conversion, Frozen While Wandering About in Storm

F. W. Knapp, deputy United States marshal, says that the finding of the body of Anthony Neyer, three miles north of Healey, Lane county, Kan., on last Wednesday, closed one of the saddest epochs ever written in western Kansas history.

Mr. Neyer was a young farmer living near Carwood in the north part of Wichita county.  He was a young man of good habit and was highly esteemed by all who knew him.  Last winter during a series of Free Methodist revival meetings, which were held in that neighborhood, he was converted and became so greatly excited on the subject of religion that his mind became unbalanced and for a time he was desperately vicious.  He would jump through windows of his room, tear the furniture to pieces and strip the clothing from off his body.  It took three strong men to keep him under control day and night, yet all of this time he was shouting praises to God and preaching salvation.  He would neither eat nor sleep, saying that God would provide for his strength and maintenance.  Through the kindness of the neighbors who took turns in caring for him, he was kept at home for a couple of weeks in order to ascertain whether his affliction was only temporary or permanent and just at the time when the probate judge was to hold his inquisition, he showed marked signs of improvement and the inquisition was postponed to await further developments.  His improvement continued until he had quite regained his former strengh and health and was regarded as being over the trouble entirely.

To the surprise and sorrow of his many friends, however, on last Sunday morning his horse was found at a neighbor's house, saddled and bridled with its head drawn as far to the side as it was possible to draw it and the bridle reins securely tied to the saddle girth.  After he had thus tied the animal he had brutally beaten its brains out with a fence post and left it dead.  Upon this discovery the county was carefully and thoroughly scoured for him but to no avail, and it was not until Wednesday that he was found nearly fifty miles away from home.  When found his body, which was entirely stripped of clothing, lay face downward and had many cuts and bruises upon it, supposed to have been inflicted by barbed wire fences.

He stopped at a farm house just south of Healey for supper on last Monday evening and when he left that place he was properly clad.  It is supposed that he froze to death Monday night.  When his clothe were found his Bible lay beneath them.

His body was taken home and amid a most touching ceremony, interred in the Carwood cemetery.
(Topeka Daily Capital ~ Sunday ~ March 23, 1902 ~ Page 3)


SELKIRK --- Funeral for Leon B. Amerman, 88, will be 2 p.m. Friday at West Bethany Free Methodist Church in northwest Wichita County with the Rev. Hendrick Smidderks officiating.  Burial will be at Selkirk Cemetery.

Mr. Amerman died Monday, April 22, 1996, at Davis, Calif.

He was born Dec. 14, 1907, at Kingman, the son of Charles and Bertha Blake Amerman.  On Nov. 14, 1937, he married Laura V. Reimer at Tribune.  She died May 22, 1992.

Mr. Amerman, a retired farmer, had been a western Kansas resident since 1930.  He was a member of Partridge Community Church.

He is survived by a son, Larry, of Davis; two daughters, Lo Retta Riddlough, Leoti, and Leona Amerman, San Diego; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be at Price and Sons Funeral Home, Leoti, until service time Friday.  Memorials are to West Bethany Free Methodist Church or the American Heart Association, both in care of the funeral home.
(Garden City Telegram ~ April 25, 1996)

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