John Quincy Adams, of Neosho Falls, died Friday night last, and it is supposed he committed suicide.
(The Iola Register ~ February 20, 1880 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)



Oil Inspector Bauersfeld Shoots Himself at Leroy

Yates Center, Kan., March 11 - F. S. Bauersfeld, deputy coal oil inspector under Dr. Wharton, shot and killed himself at Leroy this afternoon. This is the result of a quarrel he had with W. O. Decker last Sunday, in which he cut the latter quite seriously in the neck. Mr. Bauersfeld left Yates Center at noon today for Leroy and no one had the least intimation that he contemplated self-destruction. Dr. Wharton had given him an order to go to Fort Scott to inspect some oil. The deceased has a brother in business here with whom he had been staying this week. Mr. Bauersfeld was well known in the county and until his trouble last Sunday was regarded as happy and contended.

Another Account

Burlington, Kan., March 11 - A telegram from Leroy to the coroner says that F. S. Bauersfeld of that place, deputy oil inspector under Dr. Wharton, and who had assaulted and nearly killed Dr. Decker with a knife last Sunday, was found dead in his office this afternoon with a bullet in his brain, holding a pistol in his hand. He had been drinking very heavily for some time, and this coupled with the deadly assault upon Decker and his insane jealousy of his wife, caused him to commit the rash act. Decker, his victim, is still lying in a very critical condition. (Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital, March 15, 1898, Page 5)



A pathetic story comes from Yates Center of a man who  made a life long sacrifice for the woman he loved, with a fidelity and self abnegation rarely met with in real life.  The man's name is Leonard B. Bleeker.  He died at Yates Center last week leaving a statement that he had a wife and family living who supposed he had been killed in the Civil war.  As his wife had married again he did not let her know of his existence.  Although he was entitled to a pension he never applied for one, for fear it would reveal his identity.

When Bleeker entered the army he left his wife and children in Michigan.  After much hard service he was captued and confined for eighteen months in Andersonville prison.  In order to escape punishment for an effort to escape Bleeker exchanged names and military designations with a dying comrade and he was reported dead to the War department.

Bleeker's wife being officially notified of his death, married again and when the soldier returned at the close of the war he found another man in his place.  He left the neighborhood without making his identity known and never returned.  Even in his last statement he refused to give the names of persons or places.
(The Iola Register ~ July 14, 1899)


Died, at Neosho Falls, Kansas, Nov. 6, 1890, Mrs. Mary Brengle in the 70th year of her age.  Mrs. Brengle was one of the old settlers of this part of Kansas.  Her husband, Mr. Thomas Brengle, was a Union soldier during the war of the rebellion and died at Fort Leavenworth during the war.  Mrs. Brengle had many friends in and around Iola.
(The Iola Register ~ November 14, 1890 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)



YATES CENTER, Kan. --- Hugh R. Campbell, 84, lifetime area resident and owner of H. R. Campbell and Sons Funeral Home, died Saturday.  Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Yates Center Christian Church.

Campbell founded the funeral home in 1927.

He was past master of Gilead chapter of Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include his widow, Reta; two sons, Dale, Yates Center, and Francis, Eureka, Kan.; and two brothers, Ray Rhea, Wichita, and Irvin, Iola, Kan.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Sunday ~ October 19, 1969)


By a private letter from Mr. Burns at Yates Center, we learned Tuesday that Gen. Dexter E. Clapp died at that place at 6:30 a.m. of that day.  He was buried with Masonic honors the following day.  Gen. Clapp has long been a prominent citizen of that county and was universally respected throughout this portion of the State.
(The Iola Register ~ June 23, 1882)


Benjamin F. Clayton 1832-1884

 Benjamin Clayton was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, June 11, 1832 and died in his home in Yates Center, Kansas, October 16, 1884; at the age of 52 years, 4 months, and 1 day. Mr. Clayton was enrolled as a private in Co. D. 58th Indiana volunteers, December 5, 1861 and honorably discharged at Savannah, GA, December 31, 1864. He came to Kansas sixteen years ago last September. After spending some time in Franklin and Coffey counties he located in Woodson at Neosho Falls, but on the founding of Yates Center, he was among the first to locate here, where he has since been one of the enterprising men of our city. He was widely known as the proprietor of the "Old Reliable" livery stable, and was always found at his post of duty, ready to oblige his many customers until a few months since when failing health obliged him to take rest. During the past summer, he in company with his family, spent some time at Eureka Springs, Arkansas, afterward making a trip to Iowa, and later to Burlington where Mr. Clayton received medical treatment. But, medical aid was unavailing and he returned to his home to die. As a businessman, Mr. Clayton was enterprising and in social life pleasant and agreeable. His sufferings were protracted and severe, but he was conscious except at brief intervals until the last two hours. Many friends visited him daily during his last weeks and the funeral procession was perhaps the largest ever formed in Yates Center. Religious services and memorial address by Rev. J.C.Hall in the M.E. Church. The burying occurred in the Kalida Cemetery under direction of the I.O.O.F., attended by the Woodson Post of G.A.R. Submitted by: Jeanne Bedwell


Eugene Collins, of Yates Center, died of hydrophobia lately, nine months after he was bitten by a dog supposed to be mad.
(The Iola Register ~ November 9, 1883)



Silas Dace of Fontana, Falls Under Wheels at Yates Center

Yates Center, Kan., June 13 - Silas Dace, aged about 29 years, was killed here at 6 o'clock tonight by a west bound freight train. Dace was riding on the side of the train, and was knocked off by the coal chutes and dragged under the train, breaking his spine, left arm and horribly mangling his body. He was picked up and placed in the Missouri Pacific baggage room and afterwards taken to the Railroad hotel, where he died about 7:30. Dace's home is at Fontana, Kan., and he was on his way to Toronto, Kan. He was well dressed and had money. (The Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital, June 15, 1900, page 8)


Sir James Edgar, speaker of the house of Commons, died at Toronto, Kan. (Mexa Evening Ledger, August 8, 1899, submitted by Tina Easley)


Lota Louise Old, second daughter of Henry E. and Bertha Ellen Randall Old, was born Jan. 6, 1905 on a farm near Burt, Kan. in Woodson County, and passed away Oct. 11, 1985 in the Coffeyville Regional Medical Center at the age of 80 years nine months and five days.

She grew up and attended school in Woodson County and was graduated with a fine arts degree from the University of Kansas. She taught art in Austin, Minn. And Fredonia and Independence, Kansas school systems. She also was employed by Boeing Aircraft Co. and the Kansas Social Rehabilitation Service in Wichita prior to her retirement. She has lived at 414 Ohio, in Coffeyville, since her retirement.

In 1940, she was united in marriage to William D. Faurot who preceded her in death in 1956.

She is survived by three sisters, Oma L. Caldwell of Chanute, Edna O. Thompson, and Fern Old both of Coffeyville, a nephew and two nieces, and a host of other relatives also survive.

Services in her memory were held Saturday, Oct. 12, 1985 at 10:30 a.m. at the Yates Center Cemetery, with Rev. Carl Ellis of the United Methodist Church in charge. Burial was in the Yates Center Cemetery. Campbell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. (The Yates Center NEWS; Thursday, October 24, 1985)



San Francisco, Cal., June 17 - Private Orville R. Knight, company F, Twentieth Kansas volunteers, died at the field hospital today of pneumonia. He was from Fort Scott. His remains with those of Private Albert Fergus of Yates Center, who also died of the same disease, will probably be sent to their former homes for burial. (Morning World-Herald, June 18, 1898, page 9)

Yates Center, Kan., June 21 - The first funeral of the present war in this county occurred here this afternoon. Albert Fergus, a private in Co. E, Twentieth Kansas volunteers, died at Camp Merritt on the 16th, and his body was shipped home for burial. The funeral, under the auspices of the G. A. R. assisted by the W. R. C., and Sons of Veterans, was held at the M. E. Church. The body was met at the Santa Fe depot by the G. A. R., and Sons of Veterans. The mayor of the city had issued a proclamation closing the business houses. All the flags of the city were hung at half mast, and long before the hour appointed for the services every available lack of space in the church was occupied. Hundreds stood in the yard and at the windows unable to gain admission. The funeral sermon was preached by Senator Lamb, and was one of the best and most appropriate addresses of the kind ever given in the city. The G. A. R. services at the grave were solomn and impressive. It was by far the largest funeral that ever occurred in Yates Center.

Private Fergus was a mere boy, less than 18 years old, but had the true grit of a man and soldier. His father served three years and eight months in an Illinois regiment during the late war, and is a respected citizen of Yates Center. (The Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital, June 24, 1898, page 3)


Services for Dave H. Fritts, 82, who died Saturday, December 3, 1966, of a heart attack were at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Baird-Campbell Funeral Home.

Burial was in the Toronto Cemetery.

Born in Chase County, Kansas, he moved to Greenwood County as a young man and farmed until he moved to Eureka in 1946. he was a member of the Methodist Church.

Survivors include his widow Nina; a son, Bruce of Neal; two stepsons, Edgar Strimple, Eureka, Glenn Wilch, El Monte, Calif.; and two stepdaughters, Mrs. Mable Ward, Eureka, and Mrs. Ethyl Jarrell, Everton, Mo., Eureka Herlad.

Mr. Fritts was the father-in-law of Mrs. Ruby Fritts and a former resident of the Toronto community many years ago. (Yates Center, December 8, 1966)


George W. Fry [1860-1885]

The death of George W. Fry occurred last Monday night about twelve o'clock. Thus the hand of death has once more stolen from us one of our most worthy citizens, a young man bright with prospects and sterling worth. He was born in Delaware County, Ohio in 1860 and came to Kansas in 1871 and removed to Yates Center with his parents soon after its location. He engaged in the newspaper business about six years and was for several years connected with the News, but for the past year or more has been identified with his brother, James B. Fry in the real estate business. He was an honored member of both the Odd Fellows and the K. of P. Lodges. George, as he was usually called, was a young man whom all could respect and his death will leave an aching void in the hearts of all those who knew him. He lived not for himself alone, but as his many acts of kindness bear witness, was one who delighted in aiding his fellowmen to lead a pleasant and happy life. He was a son-in-law of the late Benjamin F. Clayton, who but recently passed from this earthly sphere and the blows falls doubly severe upon his bereaved wife. How true the words, "in the midst of life we are in death." It seems sad to have to give up all ones bright hopes and prospects this early in life but we can do nothing but bow in humble submission to the will of divine providence. Mr. Fry was an ardent friend to the temperance cause, ever putting forth an effort to suppress the great evil. He was one of the charter members of the Good Templars and aided and helped to advance the movement whenever it was in his power to do so. He leaves a wife and two little children and a large circle of friends and relatives to morn their loss. The wife and little ones have the sincere sympathy of the entire community in their sad affliction. The funeral services were held yesterday at 10 o'clock a.m. in the M.E. church under the auspices of the Odd Fellows, assisted by the Knights of Pythias. Rev. J. C. Hull conducted the funeral services. Submitted by: Jeanne Bedwell

Taken from the Toronto newspaper in Woodson County, Kansas dated August 11, 1932


Obit: Born in New Jersey in 1804 son of Charles and Matilda Gaskill. Samuel and Mariah Gaskill moved to Southern Kansas in 1863 where they were early settlers. Then months later the same year Samuel was stricken with fever and died, And still in the prime of his years having never been sick up to that time. HIs widow survided him a great many years and was 91 when she died. She spent her declining years in the home of her son William, who became well known in the that section of Kansas as a horse dealer. After reaching his majority age in Medina Co Ohio He Married Maria A Sears born in Pa 1802. Samuel was a Blacksmith by trade many sons and Daughtars. (Submitted from a Ohio Newspaper by John Ziegler)


Mrs. A. H. Gillis, a former resident on the Kansas side, died at Yates Center, Kas., today. She was the wife of A. H. Gillis, receiver of the Yates Center National Bank and formerly superintendent of parks on the Kansas side. She is survived by her husband and two children. (Kansas City Star, March 7, 1916, page 3)


Yates Center, Kan., March 26 - Wm. Gilloby, a young man 18 years old, living seven miles from here, accidentally shot himself through the side with a double barrel shotgun loaded with buckshot and died an hour later. The shot almost tore his body in two at the waist. (The Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital, March 29, 1898, page 2)


Walter Goodrich, aged 18 years, son of C. H. Goodrich, cashier of the Neosho Falls bank, was drowned the other evening in the Neosho river at that place while bathing.
(Leavenworth Advocate ~ Saturday ~ July 6, 1889)


Col. N. S. Goss died at Neosho Falls on Tuesday of heart disease.  He was a modest, manly gentleman and his death is a loss to Kansas.  The monument he leaves is a magnificent collection of birds which he several years ago donated to the State.
(The Iola Register ~ March 13, 1891 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)



Yates Center, Kan. --- Services for Mrs. Lena (Loehr) Halfmann, 86, retired cook who died Wednesday, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church here.  Burial will be in Ost, Kan., Cemetery.

Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph's Church.

Born at Cheney, Mrs. Halfmann moved here in 1903.  She was a member of Altar Society of St. Joseph's Church.

Her husband, Anthony, preceded her in death.

Survivors include three sons, Frank Loehr, Wichita, William Loehr, Belton, Mo., and Al Loehr, Yates Center; two daughters, Mrs. Christiana Steffens, Conway Springs, Kan., and Mrs. Gertrude Halfmann, Yates Center, two brothers, Leo Hamersky, Wichita, and Alfonse Hamersky, Cheney, and three sisters, Mrs. Hattie Ewertz, Keenesburg, Colo., and Mrs. Lizzie Conrady and Mrs. Gertie Schober, both of Garden Plain, Kan.

Smith Funeral Home has charge.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Saturday ~ April 5, 1969)


Ross Albert Jolly, son of William and Mary Jolly was born May 17, 1887, in Benton, Arkansas. He died at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Wichita, Kansas, June 19,1966.

He was married on May 9, 1934, to Nellie Louise Hamilton, who preceded him in death on April 25, 1964.

Mr. Jolly enlisted in the U.S. Army on June 28, 1913, at the age of 26. He served first at Fort Logan, Colorado. He saw action against Mexican bandits in 1916 near Satruo, Mexico. He re-enlisted June 28, 1917 and was commissioned first Sergeant on November 1, 1918. He was furloughed to the Army Reserve on February 17, 1919 and was discharged June 27, 1920. During World War I, he was assigned to the training of recruits at Camp Lee, Virginia.

Prior to and after his marriage, he was engaged in farming in the Ward School community, moving to California in 1936, he and his wife returned to Toronto in 1939.

He was a faithful member of Toronto Post 325, the American Legion and the Veterans of World War I.

He is survived by his sister, Mrs. Nellie Chapman, Sacramento, Calif.; three nieces, Mrs. Rose Stuber, Fall River, Kans., Mrs. Mary Hart, Sacramento, and Mrs. Lucretia Waite, Sacramento; a grand-niece, Mrs. Amy Rogers, Toronto; his step-daughter, Mrs. DelMonte Powelle, Manhattan; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Mr. Jolly’s capacity for friendship will be long remembered.

Services in memory of Mr. Jolly were conducted from the First Methodist Church Toronoto on June 21, 1966, officiated by Rev. George Almquist Soloist was R.F. Schaechtele, accompanied by Mrs. Kenneth Baker. Pallbearers were Lee Moon, Jim Adamson, Frank McCurdy, Ray Bogle, Dale Chilcott and Ed Ward. Honorary pallbearers were, Oscar Nihiser, Max Goodwin, Clarence Wheeler, Grover Todd, Lester Ward and Charles Barker. Interment was in Toronto Cemetery. (Toronto Republican; June 23, 1966; Submitted by: Judy Mayfield)


The following was taken from a Toronto, Kansas newspaper dated August 29, 1929

S. H. Kindblade Killed

S.H. Kindblade was fatally injured Monday morning when he was struck by a south bound Santa Fe freight train near his home a mile south of Toronto. The accident occurred at a grade crossing, as Mr. Kindblade was walking from his home to a field across the tracks and it is thought that as his hearing has been impaired for many years, he failed to hear the train bell and whistle.

Although suffering several deep scalp wounds, a fractured hip, fractured left leg and the loss of two fingers from his left hand, he lived about twelve hours after the accident occurred. He never completely regained consciousness.

He is survived by his wife and four children: Mrs. Emily Shaffer of Kansas City, Mo., Mrs. Fred Brown of Stafford; Oscar Kindblade of Toronto and Fred Kindblade of Wichita.

Funeral services were held here Wednesday afternoon and interment was in the East Side cemetery.

These are excerpts from his obituary:

Samuel H. Kindblade was born October 19, 1844 and died August 26, 1929. Age at the time of death- 82 years. In June 1874 he was united in marriage to Susan A. Walter of Ringgold county, near Caledonia, Iowa. To this union six children were born, four boys and two girls, two of whom preceded him in death a number of years now.

In early life he devoted his life to teaching school. Later he was a carpenter and farmer.He had made his home in the vicinity of Toronto since 1884.

Until his hearing was impaired he, with his wife, regularly attended the Christian church. Interment was in the Toronto cemetery.

Submitted by L Morgan


Susan Freed Walter, daughter of Abraham and Martha (Freed) Walter was born near Dayton, Ohio, August 26, 1852 and departed this life August 4, 1932 at her home in Toronto, Kansas lacking but a few days of being 80 years of age.

When but a small girl her parents moved to Calendonia, Iowa and she grew to womanhood. On June 18, 1874 she was united in marriage to Samuel H. Kindblade of Calendonia, Iowa.

In 1884, she came with her husband and three children to Toronto, Kansas. Here, three other children were born.

When a young woman, she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Christian church in Toronto. As long as health and circumstances permitted she was an active worker and during her whole life found her greatest joy and comfort in the Word of God and her Christian faith. She was a quiet, home loving person, and always took a keen delight in her family, her flowers and the outdoor world.

Two children and her husband preceded her in death. Those remaining to mourn her departure are: Mrs. Emily Shaffer of Kansas City, Mo., Oscar Kindblade of the home in Toronto, Kansas; Mrs. Pearl Brown of Stafford, Kansas; and Fred Kindblade of Wichita, Kansas. She also leaves eight grandchildren, besides a great number of devoted and appreciative friends and neighbors. Funeral services were held in the home Saturday afternoon, August 6, after which the remains were interred in the East Side cemetery, Toronto. Paul M. Padden was director of the services

Submitted by L. Morgan



Yates Center --- Julius Marhenke, of Eureka was killed and two men were seriously hurt when Marhenke sent his automobile off a bridge east of here into Cherry creek.
(Meade County News ~ August 25, 1910)


ELMER M'INTYRE, private, Co. E., Neosho Falls, died of disease August 24, '98.
(The Iola Register ~ November 10, 1899 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


Mrs. N. V. Moore Dead

The many Iola friends of Rev. and Mrs. N. V. Moore will be sorry to learn of the death of Mrs. Moore at Moran Sunday.  The remains were taken to Yates Center last evening for burial.  Rev. and Mrs. Moore came to Iola over a year ago and built a home in the east part of town, but Mrs. Moore's health was so poor that they were compelled to leave.  A long trip through Arizona proved temporarily beneficial, but the disease was not to be shaken and Mrs. Moore gradually grew worse until the sad end Sunday.  Rev. Moore has the sincere sympathy of a host of friends in his bereavement.
(The Iola Register ~ August 26, 1898)



YATES CENTER, Kan. --- Services for Mrs. Mary O'Donnell, 91, lifetime area resident who died Saturday, will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church of which she was a member.

She was the wife of retired Yates Center banker W. J. O'Donnell.

Other survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Helene Schnell, Yates Center, and Mrs. Marie Brewer, Wichita; two brothers, Edward A. Eisenbart, Meade, Kan., and Albert E. Eisenbart, Golden City, Mo.; and two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Goloby, Okmulgee, Okla., and Mrs. Clara Gregg, Yates Center.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Monday ~ January 8, 1968) 



YATES CENTER, KAN. --- William J. O'Donnell, 91, former director of the State Exchange Bank, died Saturday in an Allen County, Kan., hospital.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church.  Rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Smith Funeral Home.

He was born in Paola, Kan., and came to Yates Center with his family in 1905.  Joining the State Exchange Bank in 1909 as assistant cashier, he later served as president and chairman of the board.

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Helene Schnell, Yates Center, and Mrs. Marie Brewer, Wichita.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Sunday ~ September 18, 1969)



Teacher-Merchant Dies Saturday

Chester R. Old, 80, former rural school teacher and grocerman, died Saturday, February 26, 1966, at the Hill Crest Nursing Home. Mr. Old had been in failing health for some time.

He is survived by his widow; two daughters, Mrs. Reginald Webber, of Yates Center and Mrs. Lloyd Barham of Newton; and a son, Lynndel Old of Garden City; also a sister, Mrs. Alta Mulsow of Yates Center.

Services in his memory were held Monday from the First Christian Church with burial in Yates Center Cemetery. An obituary appears elsewhere in this issue. (The Yates Center NEWS; Thursday, March 3, 1966)


Death of Henry Peters.

A gloom of sadness pervaded the town Monday morning when it was announced that commissioner Henry Peters, of Eminence township, had died at 10 o’clock the night before, from injuries received by a horse falling on him Wednesday evening of last week.

Henry Peters, son of Christoph and Louisa Peters, was born at Mecklephurgh, Germany, Aug. 11, 1847, died at his home, two miles west of Rose, Kansas, Sept. 6, 1896, aged 49 years and 25 days. When Henry was 8 years old his father, with his family, in the act of emigrating to America in 1853, died on board the vessel and was buried at sea. The widow and four children reached their destination at Orchard Grove, Lake county, Ind. In this boyhood days he had the advantage of a common school education. At the age of 16 he felt the inspiration of a young patriot and enlisted in the 12th Ind. Cal. Of the Western Department, and served his country well till the close of the war. In 1866 he worked his way through from Indiana to Woodson county, by driving a team for Mr. Allen Hale, with whom he made his home for a few years, working as a farm hand among the neighbors, always finding employment, and saving his hard earnings. In 1867, he responded to the call to go on the plains to fight Indians, under the gallant General Custer where he served as a brave soldier for seven months through a hard winter. At the age of 25, in March, 1870, he was married to Miss Charlotte Patterson, and settled on the quarter section adjoining Allen Hale. With his little savings he built a small house of two rooms, planted trees and shrubbery about it and began to develop his life’s plans in breaking up the prairie and putting it to crop, and soon met misfortune in the failure of crops, but by the perseverance characteristic of his ancestors, he succeeded little by little, investing his spare money in calves and pigs, so that within 10 years he had a good home and was looking out for more land, having planned to build a commodious house in 1880, and in 1881 as the acne of their expectations of a comfortable home and surroundings were reached, the dark cloud, before which all humanity trembles, gathered over the home and his faithful bosom companion was stricken by death’s relentless hand, leaving four boys and one girl to his care. Now, more than ever, he attended strictly to business. In the fall of 1885, he was married to Miss Catherine Williams, daughter of Dad Williams of Buffalo, who, by the counsels of a good mother and a kindly disposition, was so well fitted to become the mother of these children. Mr. Peters then began anew to enlarge his plans for life, buying more cattle and more land, working full hours with his hired help and growing up boys, until at death he owned three quarter sections in a body, 50 or more acres in the townsite of Rose, and had cattle, horses and other availabilities to leave his family in comfortable circumstances. On Sept. 3 he was riding a horse after some cattle and by some misstep fell on him, inflicting internal injuries from which he died Sept. 6. He grew in the same ratio in the respect and esteem of the citizens of the county, who honored him at the last election with the office of county commissioner. A final proof of his standing was the largest funeral gathering ever met at the Brush school house, where his remains rest beside his wife. He leaves one boy and one girl with his widow and family to cherish his memory. Mr. Peters never made profession of religion, time and again, as he was approached on the subject, his answer was, “when I get ready,” over and over again, “when I get ready.” He died as he lived. He was a K. of P. at Buffalo and a G. A. R. at Yates Center. The K P’s honored his burial with their ritual and songs. Sept. 8, the funeral sermon was preached by Rev. C. H. Grainley, pastor of the M. E. church at Buffalo, from the text, “Prepare to meet they God,” assisted by Rev. G. H. Lamb of the Christian church, and Rev. A. Hale of the Baptist church.

As stated above, Mr. Peters was a member of the board of county commissioners and his record as a public officer is above reproach. His work characterized by fairness and impartiality. In his death the county loses an honored citizen, and the bereaved family a kind and indulgent husband and father. (The Yates Center News, September 11, 1896, page 5, submitted by Neva Abbott)


A Founder of Yates Center Dead

Yates Center, Kas., Jan. 23 - Maj. Thomas W. Plummer, Civil War veteran and pioneer resident of Kansas, died at his home today after an illness of several months. Major Plummer was an officer in a Wisconsin regiment. He came to Woodson County, Kansas in 1875. He was one of the founders of Yates Center and had always been a leader in business life here. (Kansas City Star, January 24, 1915, page 3A, section 1, submitted by Peggy Thompson)


YATES CENTER, Kan. --- Services for Mrs. Mary Matilda Reep, 85, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Zion United Methodist Church.  She died Monday in a Kansas City hospital.

Born in Coffey County, Kan., she lived in Yates Center more than 45 years.  Her husband, Otto S., died in 1952.

Survivors include a son, John E., Wichita; a daughter, Mrs. Elma Greer, Kansas City, Kan., and a brother, Otto Weide, Vinita, Okla.

Smith Funeral Home has charge.

A memorial has been established with Zion Methodist Church.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Thursday ~ October 2, 1969)


Christian E. Schoelkoph, an old resident of Kansas City and a large property owner, died unexpectedly early this morning in the caboose of a freight train near Yates Center, Kan.

Mr. Schoelkoph, who was about 70 years old, lived in the Victoria hotel. He left the hotel last night, but did not give his destination. It was learned this morning that he had boarded a Missouri Pacific train for Yates Center. He was carried past the town. To return he attempted to board a freight train.

He had to run to get the train and when he climbed on board he was exhausted. A few minutes later he died. The body will be brought to Kansas City tonight and the funeral will be held in the Grand Avenue Methodist church of which he was a member. The time had not been set this afternoon.

Mr. Schoelkoph has no surviving relatives so far as is known except a brother, Henry Schoelkoph, who is a wholesale grocer in Chicago, and a sister who lives in Goettingen, Germany. He was a close friend of Mayor Beardsley, who is one of his executors.

Mr. Schoelkoph was born in Goettingen, Germany and emigrated to the United States when he was 16 years old. He had no money and he knew no English. But he rapidly accumulated savings. He came to Kansas City twenty-two years ago and went into the real estate business. At the time of his death he was the owner of the Arlington building at the corner of Tenth and Walnut streets of the Kemper building at Eighth and Delaware and of other large holdings of real estate in Kansas City, in Kansas, Illinois, Missouri and Indiana.

He was a contributor to all good causes and at one time gave to the Ladies Foreign Missionary society a large tract of land on East Fifteenth street. Many other contributions were made by him secretly. He would simply sign the letter accompanying the contribution "from a friend." Sometimes the letter would not be signed.
Mr. Schoelkoph was the owner of the Kensington addition at the end of the old Fifteenth street car line. The street car company wanted a right of way and certain concession from him. He granted them on the written agreement that all cars run over the line should bear the name of the addition. That is the reason the word "Kensington" appears in small letters on all Fifteenth street cars. (The Kansas City Star, October 11, 1906, page 1)



Yates Center News:

William Henry Slavens, only child of Reuben and Martha Slavens, was born at Portland Mills, in Putman county, Ind., Aug. 1, 1849, and grew to manhood in that county.  He attended Asbury (now Dupaw) University, at Greencastle, Ind., during the years 1867 and 1868.  He came to Kansas in 1869 and settled in Neosho Falls, then the county seat of Woodson county, and commenced the practice of law, and was admitted to the bar the same year.  In 1871 and 1872 he edited and published the Neosho Falls Advertiser, and ten years later was editor of the Yates Center News.  He was elected county attorney of Woodson county in 1874, and at the close of his term of office moved to Allen county, and was there elected county attorney in 1878, but resigned before his term of office expired and moved to Yates Center.  He was elected to the office of representative in the State legislature of 1884, and re-elected in 1886 and served with distinction in the regular sessions 1885 and 1887 and in the special session of 1886.

Mr. Slavens received the solid vote of Woodson county for the Republican nomination for congress in the convention of 1888 that nominated the successor to Hon. Thos. Ryan.  In 1892 he formed a law partnership with G. H. Lamb at Yates Center, which partnership continued until the fall of 1895, when Mr. Slavens moved to Kansas City, Kansas, and there engaged in the practice of law.  On March 10, 1897, he moved to No. 227 West 11th St., Kansas City, Mo., where he died at 4:40 a.m., Friday, April 2, 1897 of heart failure.

Mr. Slavens was married to Miss Mary Olive Jones, April 28, 1872, and to them were born two children, Jessie and Queen.  The motehr and children survive to mourn the loss of a kind, indulgent and loving husband and father.  He was a member of the M. E. Church, and had for many years been a prominent Mason and Odd Fellow.  He also held membership in the Northwestern Legion of Honor, and the knights and Ladies of Security, in each of the latter he carried $1,000 life insurance.  Mr. Slavens was an able lawyer and had a wide range of experience in the practice of his profession.  He practiced law at Neosho Falls, Defiance, Burlington, Humboldt, Iola, Yates Center and Armourdale, and in each of these fields he was very successful.

"Billie," for by such name he was best known among his friends, was big-hearted, kind, genial and generous, and "to know him was to love him."  He had been in poor health for some time, but his death was unexpected and a great shock to his family and friends.  There was no warning of the approach of death, just a few gasps for breath and the heart ceased to do its accustomed work and all was over.  His last illness did not last to exceed 10 minutes.

His remains were brought to Yates Center and laid by the side of his father and mother in the Yates Center cemetery, under the rites and ceremonies of the A. F. & A. M.  At his special request Elder G. H. Lamb, his former law partner, read the 22nd Chapter of Revelation and conducted brief religious services at the grave.  His family will remain in Kansas City but they carry with them the love and sympathy of his many friends and neighbors in this county.
(The Iola Register ~ April 16, 1897)


Suanne "Annie" Dalanah West, daughter of Sarah and Asa West, was born December 28, 1869, at Decatur, Illinois, and departed this life, January 10, 1941, at Toronto, Kansas, at the age of seventy-one years. Her father preceded her in death when she was only five years of age.

She moved to Kansas with her mother of step-father, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Taylor, in the year of 1879, living near the former settlement of Twin Falls. Later the family moved to Eureka.\

She was married to Alfred Gulick of Eureka, December 22, 1888.

They both became members and active workers in the early Christian Church of Eureka. She continued to be a willing worker in the cause of Christ as long as her health permitted and lived a life of service to everyone she came in contact with.

To this union eight children were born, three of whom, with their father, preceded her in death.

They moved to a farm near Cleo Springs. Okla., in the winter of 1902, where she cared for her father-in-law and her mother-in-law until their deaths. They returned to Kansas in November, 1916, and lived in and near Eureka the remainder of her life.

Out of a large family, she leaves one sister, Mrs. Mary Linder, of Erie, Kansas, one step-sister, Mrs. Sadie Cochran of El Dorado, Kansa, and one brother, William West of Kansas City, Mo., to mourn her passing.

Also surviving are three sons, Jesse and Ray Gulick of Toronto, and Francis Gulick of Eureka; and two daughters, Ms. Mattie Webster of Toronto, and Mrs. Bernadine Conn of Eureka. She is survived by twenty-four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral service, conducted by Rev. Bert V. Sutton of the Christian Church in Eureka, was held from the Baird Funeral Home here at 2:20 p.m., Monday January 13. Interment was in the Greenwood Cemetery.

Out-of-town relatives who attended the funeral were; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Krob and children, Winnie Faye and Vernon Lee, Mrs. Dollie Sackett, Miss Ellen Gulick, Mr. and Mrs. John Gullick, all of Aline, Okla.: Mr. and Mrs. Felix Linder of Erie; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. West and son, Jessie West, all of Kansas City; Mrs. Bessie Cochran and son of Wichita; Mr. and Mrs. John Lake of Haven, Kansas; Mrs. Lizzie Hayes and Cecil Linder of Beloit; Mrs. O. C. Webster and daughter, Evelyn, of Toronto. (Taken from The Eureka Herald, January 16, 1941 Page 1, Submitted by Debbie Snyder)



Iola, Kansas, Sept. 15 --- Abner Yates, the founder of Yates Center, Kansas, died yesterday in this city.  In 1875 he purchased a section of land which afterwards was made the townsite of Yates Center.  He was a brother of Robert Yates, the war governor of Illinois.
(Barton County Democrat ~ September 16, 1904)


Prof. J. J. McBride, of Neosho Falls, died at Toronto last Saturday evening from recent injuries received by falling from the second story window of a hotel.
(The Iola Register ~ October 30, 1885)


Mrs. J. L. Martin, of Yates Center, died Sunday, January 13, after only a few days' illness.  She was helping care for Mr. Martin who was been in a very serious condition for the past ten days, and whose death is expected at any time.  Mr. Martin is well known, having spent several years in the Kansas state senate from the Allen and Woodson county district.
(Iola Register ~ January 14, 1929)


Dr. George W. Lee, well known Yates Center resident, died Saturday evening at 9 o'clock at St. Francis hospital, Wichita, where he was taken Saturday morning.  His death came after an illness of only two weeks.

His only daughter, Mrs. Lawton Bennett, of Ottawa, Kan., passed away only two weeks ago after  brief illness.

Dr. Lee leaves his wife and two sons, Thomas, of Independence, Kan., and Dr. George R. Lee, who practiced medicine with his father in Yates Center.  He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Thomas Eades, Toronto, Kans.
(Iola Register ~ January 14, 1929)


Opal V. Powers, 71, of 401 S. Third, died Saturday, March 26, at Countryside Estates Nursing Home.

She was born July 16, 1911, in Geneva, to Scott and Pearl (Crocker) Reiter.  She married Oscar L. Powers on June 19, 1930.  They made their home in Iola.  Mr. Powers died Oct. 28, 1972.

Mrs. Powers was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a son, Frank Powers, Longmont, Colo.; a daughter, Judy Littlepage, Warsaw, Ill.; three brothers, Frank Reiter and John Reiter, both of Colony, and Forrest Reiter, Iola; five sisters, Gladys Sherwood, Yates Center, Ethel Beckman of Colony, Bessie Dorsey of Paul, Idaho, Mary Jones of Rupert, Idaho, and Frances Decker, Iola; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.  A son, Jack, died previously.

The funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Waugh-Yokum Chapel.  The Rev. Arthur Mia will officiate.  Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.  Waugh-Yokum and Friskel Memorial Chapels are in charge of arrangements.
(Iola Register ~ March 28, 1983)


Yates Center --- Louise A. Umholtz, rural Yates Center, died yesterday, March 27, after sufering a heart attack while attending services at the New York Valley Church of God.  She was 79.

She was born Jan. 4, 1904, in Zimmerdale, Kan., the daughter of John P. and Margaret (Molzen) Deschner.  On Aug. 7, 1924, she married Harry S. Umholtz.  They lived on a farm south of Hesston until 1943 when they moved to a farm southeast of Yates Center.  Mr. Umholtz died Sept. 16, 1969.

Survivors include four sons, Harold of Parsons, Ross D. of LaHarpe, John E. of Yates Center and Earl L., Udall; four daughters, Alice Grisier of Yates Center, Wilma Strawder of Wichita; Norma Jean Nebergall of Newton, and Dorothy Nichol, Anthony; two brothers, Lester Deschner of Wichita and Irvin Deschner of Topeka; a sister, Mabel Schellenberger, Hesston; 26 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Campbell Funeral Hom in Yates Center.  George Leonard will officiate.  Graveside services will be 2:45 p.m. in the Zimmerdale Cemetery at Zimmerdale.

The family suggests memroials to the Heart Fund.
(Iola Register ~ March 28, 1983)


Chester A. Taylor, 92, of Route 4, Yates Center, died Monday evening at his home.  He was a retired farmer.

He was born July 18, 1889, in Laurel County, Ky.  He was united in marriage to Pharby Sasser in 1907.  The Taylors moved to Nebraska in 1917 and then to Oklahoma in 1929.  In 1932 they moved to Colony and in 1942 to Yates Center.  Mrs. Taylor died July 27, 1960.

Taylor was a member of the First Baptist Church in Yates Center.

Survivors include three sons, Chester B. Taylor of rural Iola, Elmer Taylor of Pittsburg and Duane Taylor, rural Yates Center; five daughters, Mable Colton, Lucy Carnes and Chelcie Vincent, all of yates Center, Jeraldine White of Rehobeth Beach, Dec., and Pauline Gowing, Troy, Mich.; 21 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.  Four brothers, three sisters, and an infant child died previously.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday in the Campbell Funeral Home in Yates Center.  The Rev. David Marsh will officiate.  Interment will be in the Yates Center Cemetery.
(Iola Register ~ November 24, 1981)


Walter J. Beine, 79, of Yates Center, died Saturday, May 31, at the Autumn Manor in Yates Center.

He was born April 28, 1901, in Yates Center, the son of August H. and Caroline Beerman Beine and lived most of his life in that area.  For a number of years he owned and operated the Yates Center Elevator, retiring in 1977.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce, all of Yates Center.

In 1936 he was united in marriage to Jeanette Trusler in Colorado.  She survives as do three daughters, Anne Schoeder of Wichita, Sister Melba Beine of Arlington, Va., and Caryl Hines of Topeka; two brothers, Emil Beine of Yates Center and Henry Beine of Hatton, N.D.; a sister, Clara Mentzer of Rosemead, Calif. and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Presbyterian Church in Yates Center with the Rev. David Marsh officiating.  Burial will be in the Yates Center Cemetery under the direction of the Campbell Funeral Home of Yates Center.

A memorial in his name has been established with the Presbyterian Church, Yates Center.
(Iola Register ~ June 2, 1980)


Mrs. William Almond

Marcella M. Almond, 72, of Yates Center died Monday, May 19, at the Allen County Hospital.

She was born April 22, 1908, in Humboldt.  She was a retired cook and a member of the First Christian Church in Yates Center.

On July 10, 1926, she was united in marriage to William R. Almond in Iola.  He survives as do a daughter, Shirley Adams of Colony; two brothers, Marcus Kilby of Yates Center and Lawrence Kilby of Charlotte, N.C.; a sister, Helen Taulbee of Yates Center; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Campbell Funeral Home in Yates Center.  The Rev. Robert Seals will officate.  Interment will be in the Yates Center Cemetery.
(Iola Register ~ May 20, 1980)


Fred T. Coffield, 78, of rural Yates Center died Tuesday, April 10 at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.

He was born Sept. 13, 1901 in Colony and lived most of his life in the Iola and Yates Center areas.

He was a retired farmer and had served as Woodson County Commissioner in 1954 and 1958.  He also worked many years with his father at the Coffield Monument Works in Yates Center.

On Sept. 13, 1945 he was married to Melba Frevert in Topeka.

Survivors include two sons, Kenneth of Huntsville, Ala., and Glenn of Iola; one daughter, Mrs. Winifred Mabee of Dallas; two sisters, Eunice Wheeland of Yates Center and Mrs. Beulah Foster of Rose; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 13 at the First Christian Church in Yates Center with the Rev. Bob Seals officiating.

Burial will be in the Yates Center Cemetery.

A memorial in his name has been established for the First Christian Church in Yates Center.
(Iola Register ~ April 11, 1979)


James Fred Rhodes, 81, Yates Center, a lifetime resident of Allen and Woodson counties, died  yesterday morning, December 15.  Mr. Rhodes had been a resident of Yates Center since 1947.

He was born December 8, 1893, in Mendola, Missouri.  In July of 1919 he was married to Mary Ellen Allman.  She and a son, Howard G. Rhodes, preceded him in death.

Survivors include a sister, Hazel Dunn, Mood, Utah; a brother, Joseph Rhodes, Englewood, California; a daughter, Mrs. Ronnie Acton; six sons, James F. Rhodes, Jr., Aztec, Missouri; Lyle Dean Rhodes, West Palm Beach, Florida, Tommy K. Rhodes and Richard A. Rhodes, Cherryvale, Harold B. Rhodes, Eureka, Illinois, and Larry H. Rhodes, Mulvane; 19 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral Services will be at the Campbell Chapel, Yates Center, at 2 p.m. Thursday.  Burial will be in the Yates Center Cemetery.
(Iola Register ~ December 16, 1974)


Irvin C. Weide, 70, Yates Center, died Saturday, December 14, at the Allen County Hospital.

Mr. Weide was born September 17, 1904, in Woodson County, north of Yates Center.  He attended the Woodson County schools and was graduated from high school in 1923.  He then went to Porterville, California, where he worked.  In 1924 he returned to Kansas and was employed by Woodson County as a road maintenance operator, driving two teams of horses and grading the unsurfaced road of present U.S. 75 until it was hard-surfaced.  He then joined the family in dairy farming until his retirement.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Senior Citizens for Older Americans.

He is survived by three brothers, Boyd Weide, Austin, Texas, Chester Weide and Alan Weide, both of Lindsborg; three sisters, Edna Richert, Globe, Arizona, Wilma J. Terhune, Austin, Texas and Doris Gorden, Iola.

Funeral services will be at the United Methodist Church in Yates Center tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.  Burial will be in the Yates Center Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial gifts be sent to the American Cancer Society.
(Iola Register ~ December 16, 1974)


Mrs. Walter Spencer

Mrs. Walter Spencer, formerly of Yates Center, died Saturday morning in Wichita where she had been in a rest home.  She was a sister-in-law of Mrs. Scott Spencer, The Meadows, and an aunt of the late Dr. Harold F. Spencer.  She is survived by two sons, Hayward Spencer, Wichita, and Warren Spencer, Coompton, Calif., and three grandchildren.  Mrs. Scott Spencer, Mrs. Harold Spencer, Miss Sharon and John Spencer will attend funeral services to be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Presbyterian Church in Yates Center.
(Emporia Gazette ~ December 16, 1963)


Harry Covert Dies At Yates Center Home

Yates Center, Kas., Jan. 31 --- Harry K. Covert, 68, co-publisher of the Yates Center News, died of a heart attack yesterday.

Covert, a self-taught printer, had been active in the newspaper business since he started a paper while in high school at LeRoy, Kas., where he was born.

He was associated with his father in publishing the LeRoy Comment until 1911.  In 1921 he bought the Stockton, Kas., Review and later combined it with the Rooks County Record.

He sold this property in 1936 and bought the Woodson County Post in Yates Center, later combining it with the Yate Center News.  His daughter-in-law, Mrs. Franston M. Covert, was co-publisher.

His wife, Mary, survives.
(Hutchinson News Herald ~ February 1, 1953)


John O. Weide, 67, Route 1, Yates Center, died Saturday, March 21, at the Allen County Hospital.

He was born Aug. 20, 1913, in Yates Center, the son of Herman and Esther (Catlin) Weide.

Mr. Weide was retired after having been employed as section foreman for the Missouri-Pacific Railroad for over 30 years.  He was a Veteran of World War II and a member of the VFW of Chanute.

On April 1, 1939, he was united in marriage to Martha Ibbetson of Wichita.  She survives as do a son, John O. Weide, Jr., of Tempe, Ariz.; a daughter, Vickie Pickering of Clovis, N.M.; a brother, Lewis Weide of Wichita; two sisters, Hazel Weide and Esther Weide, both of Topeka; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Campbell Funeral Home in Yates Center.  The Rev. Robert Seals will officiate.  Burial will be in the Kalida Cemetery southeast of Yates Center.
(Iola Register ~ March 23, 1981)


Mrs. Opal Reno, 67, of Yates Center, died yesterday, September 9 at the Allen County Hospital.

She was a retired clerk in a grocery-variety store in Yates Center and a lifetime resident of the community.

Survivors include a son, Benton, of Pittsburg; two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Stuart of Yates Center and Mrs. Beverlee Ray of LeRoy; one brother, Earl Brooks, Shawnee Mission; two sisters, Mrs. Doris Blohm of Escondido, California and Miss Wilma Brook of Wichita; 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Romona Walters and her husband Ray who died in 1970.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 11, at the Campbell Funeral Home in Yates Center.
(Iola Register ~ September 10, 1976)


Mrs. Clyde Hill

Mrs. Mildred Hill of Yates Center died yesterday afternoon at the Allen County Hospital of heart disease.  She had been a patient since July 4 and had been in ill health for some time.

Mrs. Hill was the wife of Clyde Hill, Yates Center attorney, who is a member of Gov. Robert Bennett's staff in Topeka and was a state representative for many years before retiring prior to the last session.

She was a life-long resident of Yates Center, being born there April 17, 1909.  She was a member of the Eastern Star and the Episcopal Church there.  She and Mr. Hill were married June 9, 1951.

Mrs. Hill served as a legal secretary in his office there for many years.

In addition to Mr. Hill, she is survived by a daughter from a previous marriage, Mrs. Marion Vaughn of Lawrence.

The funeral will be held at the Episcopal Church at 11 a.m. Thursday.  Burial will be at the Yates Center Cemetery.  The family suggests memorials to the Heart Fund.
(Iola Register ~ July 16, 1975)


Mrs. Taylor H. Stoddard

Lola Edna Stoddard, 76, Yates Center, died yesterday morning at the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Mrs. Stoddard was born September 28, 1890, at Liberty, Nebraska.

She was married to Taylor H. Stoddard February 13, 1919, and they farmed in the Yates Center area until 1923 when they moved to Iola where they operated a jewelry store for 18 years.  In 1942 they moved to Wichita and then to Yates Center in 1972.

Survivors include her widower of the home; a son, Howard Stoddard, Wichita; three daughters, Mrs. Winifred Cation, Wichita, Mrs. Ruth Baxter, South Bend, Indiana, and Mrs. Lovana Snodgrass, Iola; a brother, Leon Jarrett, Yates Center; a sister, Mrs. Selma Randall, Yates Center; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Campbell Funeral Home in Yates Center.  Burial will be in the Yates Center Cemetery.

Memorial contributions for Mrs. Stoddard may be sent to the funeral home.  The memorials recipient will be designated later by the family.
(Iola Register ~ August 16, 1974)


Yates Center --- Harry Theobald, 88, Yates Center, died Monday at the Manhattan Memorial hospital.

Mr. Theobald was born Oct. 30, 1884, in Mason City, Ill.  He farmed near Yates Center for 50 years.  He had lived recently in a Manhattan nursing home.

Survivors are 3 daughters, Mrs. Trula Wagner, 904 W. South, Salina; Cleo Theobald, San Diego, Calif., and Mrs. Lavonne Cool, Manhattan; 2 sons, Haven and Harry, Jr., both of Yates Center; a sister, Mrs. Mattie Harper, Thermopolis, Wyo.; 3 brothers, Robert, Canada; Carl, Beaver City, Neb., and Albert, Hastings, Neb., and 15 grandchildren.

The funeral will be announced by the Campbell Funeral Home, Yates Center.
(Salina Journal ~ August 29, 1972)


A former Hutchinson resident, Mrs. Clara Mathews, 85, of Yates Center, died Tuesday night at Yates Center after a short illness.  Born Oct. 2, 1880 at Bloomington, Ill., she lived in Hutchinson 31 years before moving to Yates Center three years ago.

Survivors:  Daughters, Mrs. Everett Hayes, 22 Faircrest; Mrs. R. B. Whittaker, Independence; sons, Carl S. Tyler, Tex.; Clarence L., yates Cener; brother, Earl Baldwin, Fremont, Neb.

Funeral:  10 a.m. Monday, Campbell Chapel, Yates Center.  Burial:  Yates Center Cemetery.
(Hutchinson News ~ July 14, 1966)


Halstead --- Bonnie Lynn Pickle, 10-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Lavern Pickle, Yates Center, died Sunday morning at St. Joseph's Hospital in Wichita.

Survivors are the parents; a brother; maternal and grandparents.  Funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Methodist Church, Halstead, with burial in Halstead Cemetery.
(Hutchinson News ~ May 8, 1961)


Bethy Irene Diver, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Everet Diver, Yates Center, died yesterday at the home of her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Chambers, Piqua.  She was born Aug. 11, 1959, at the Allen County Hospital.

She is survived by her parents, three brothers of the home; her maternal grandparents; her paternal grandfather, L. H. Diver, Yates Center; three great grandmothers, Dr. Alice McCoy, Burlington; Mrs. Ida Grizzle, Iola, and Mrs. Anna Diver, Yates Center.

Services will be conducted by the Rev. Gerald Kelly at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the First Baptist Church, Yates Center.  Burial will be at Highland Cemetery, Iola.
(Iola Register ~ September 29, 1959)


William Driskill Dies at Age of 63

William Driskill, Yates Center, died yesterday afternoon at the Allen County Hospital.  He formerly lived at Neosho Falls.

Mr. Driskill, 63, was born at Lamoni, Ia., coming to Woodson county as a young man.  He was a cobbler by trade and at various times operated shops in Neosho Falls, Yates Center, LeRoy and other nearby communities.  During his adult life he also lived for some years in Iowa.  He was a member of the Baptist Church.

His survivors include his widow; three sons, William of Perry, ia., Mack of Chanute and Starl Driskill, Richmond, Mo.; two daughters, Mrs. Ernest Ruzicka, Springfield, Mo., and Mrs. Eugene Rush, El Dorado; a sister, Mrs. George Moore, Humboldt; five brothers, Jesse and Harry of Yates Center, Nelson of Leon, Ia., Dewey of Des Moines and Everett Driskill, Mason City, Ia.; and eight grandchildren.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Methodist Church at Neosho Falls.  The body will be taken to Mt. Ayr, Ia., for burial.
(Iola Register ~ February 5, 1954)


Victim Of Crash Is Dead

Mrs. Velda E. Robinson, 30, Yates Center, died early this morning at the Allen County Hospital of injuries suffered late Tuesday evening when the car she was driving careened off a railroad overpass south of Yates Center on US 75.

Mrs. Robinson, a housewife and native of Yates Center, was a member of the Christian Church there.

Survivors include a daughter, Dixie Lee, 9; six brothers, Vern, Richard, and Leland Douglas, all of Yates Center, Dale Douglas, Jr., serving with the armed forcesin Korea, Raymond Douglas, serving with the air force in California, and Merle Douglas of Kingman, and one sister, Mrs. Norma Makepeace, Burlington.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed.
(Iola Register ~ December 16, 1953)


Yates Center City Official Dies

Fred Sieker, water superintendent of Yates Center, died unexpectedly there at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Sieker, who was engaged in supervising a ditch being dug near Yates Center High at the time of his death, was the water superintendent for over 26 years.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 9:30 a.m. in the Yates Center Methodist Church.
(Iola Register ~ June 19, 1953)


Yates Center Woman Dies Here

Mrs. Nadine Ray Davidson, of Yates Center, died at the Newman Memorial County hospital at 11:45 o'clock Monday morning.  Mrs. DAvidson was born March 31, 1916, in Yates Center.  She is survived by her husband and father of Yates Center.  Funeral arrangements have not been announced.
(Emporia Gazette ~ August 5, 1947)


Mrs. Glen Harding

Yates Center --- Clara B. Harding, 81, Yates Center, died Oct. 12, 1983, at Coffey County Hospital in Burlington.  Born Clara McDaniel Feb. 14, 1902, in Woodson County, she married Glen harding Dec. 31, 1921, at Iola.  He died March 31, 1982.

She was a housewife and a life-long resident of Woodson County.

Survivors:  sons, Franklin, Raytown, Mo., Kenneth, RFD 4; daughters, Donna Riley, Wichita, Lorraine Dutro, Why, Ariz.; sister, Phebie Triemer, Humboldt; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Campbell Funeral Home, Yates Center; Pastor Bert Williams and the Rev. I. D. Rayborn.  Burial at Sira Cemetery northwest of Yates Center.
(Hutchinson News ~ October 14, 1983)


Mrs. William T. Kipp

Mrs. Olive M. Kipp, 72, of Yates Center, died Wednesday, August 11, at the Methodist Medical Center in At. Joseph, Missouri.  She had been in failing health.

Mrs. Kipp was born January 28, 1904, in Rosedale, Kansas.

She was married to Willam T. Kipp on April 21, 1945 in Great Bend, Kansas.  After their marriage, the family lived in Russell and Ellinwood, Kansas.

In 1962, they  moved to Piqua and later that year moved to Iola.  The family lived in Iola until last year when they moved to Humboldt and then to Yates Center.

Mrs. Kipp was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Yates Center.

Survivors inlcude her husband, William T., of the home; one son, Leroy H. Clark of St. Joseph; a step-son, Theodore Kipp of Ellinwood; a step-daughter, Agnes Kipp of Great Bend, and one brother, Ernie Slavin of Chicago.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 13 at the St. John Catholic Church of Iola with the Rev. Francis Wasigner as celebrant of the funeral mass.  A rosary will be recited tonight, Thursday, at 8 o'clock at the Friskel-Kinser Chapel.

Burial will be in the St. Martin Cemetery of Piqua.
(Iola Register ~ August 12, 1976)


Florian A. Leis, 62, Yates Center, died Wednesday, May 9, at the St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.

Mr. Leis was born February 11, 1911, at Tipton, Missouri.

He had farmed in the Yates Center area since 1947.  He had been a director of the Yates Center Co-op and had been active in 4-H work.

Mr. Leis was a member of the Catholic Church.

Survivors include his widow, Dorothy of the home; eight daughters, Mary Frances King of Garden City, Jean Temming, Wichita, Kathleen Reichenberger, Colwich, Virginia Biggs, Manhattan, Theresa Henkle, Enid, Oklahoma, Cyrilla Cooper, Chanute, Arlene Ling, Iola, and Mercedes Leis, Yates Center; four sons, John Leis, Victor Leis, Wendell Leis and Steven Leis all of Yates Center; five sisters, Mrs. Alma Toon, Wichita, Dorothy Leis, Mrs. Fred Senter, Clearwater, Mrs. Winifred Doffing, Wichita, and Mrs. Connie Sommerhauser, Mulvane, and 20 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Yates Center.  Burial will be in the Yates Center Cemetery.  Rosary will be at 8 o'clock tomorrow night at the Smith Funeral Home in Yates Center.
(Iola Register ~ May 10, 1973)


Neil L. Toedman, 62, a former resident of Yates Center, died Thursday at Topeka where he had made his home in recent months.

Mr. Toedman was born in Woodson County and lived there his entire life until moving to Topeka.  During World War II he was director of the Office of Defense Transportation, and he served as state Director of Revenue from 1955 to 1957.  He was a member of the Methodist Church and the Iola Elks Lodge.

Survivors inlcude his wife, Marjorie, of the home; a son, Gordon, of Topeka; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Johnson-Smith Funeral Home in Yates Center with the Rev. Dow Pingston officiating.  Burial will be at Yates Center.
(Iola Register ~ July 10, 1964)


Lloyd E. Cantrell, 54, a native of Yates Center, died unexpectedly yesterday at Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Death was attributed to heart disease.

Mr. Cantrell was born in Woodson County and grew to manhood there.  He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. V. S. Cantrell and was married to Lucille Fry of Yates Center.  For the past 15 years he has been a federal aviation inspector making his home at 215 Boice Road, Cedar Rapids.

He leaves his wife of the home; two brothers, Lynn and Loren Cantrell, Yates Center; and two sisters, Mrs. Nelson Davidson, Iola, and Mrs. R. M. Lamb, Wichita.

Services will be conducted by the Rev. Alvin Whittemore at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Johnson Chapel, Yates Center.  Burial will be at the Yates Center Cemetery.
(Iola Register ~ November 15, 1961)


August W. Benteman of Yates Center died at the Allen County Hospital here yesterday evening of injuries suffered about 4 p.m. when his tractor overturned on Highway 54 about a mile east of Yates Center.

As far as known, no other vehicle was involved in the accident.  A number of Iolans returning from a trip to Toronto were the first persons to reach the scene after the tractor overturned.

They first noticed smoke rising at the edge of the road, then later came upon the tractor, its motor still running and its wheels spinning.

They found Benteman lying beside the tractor.  He became only partly conscious while they were there, awaiting the arrival of an ambulance.  He died about an hour after arriving at the hospital, having suffered chest injuries.

George Stratton and Dwight McCarty were among the Iolans who found Benteman.

Benteman, who age was about 72, was returning to his home with the tractor, from Yates Center.  He lives four and one-half miles east of Yates Center.

It was believed that he may have suffered some sort of seizure or blacked out.

The tractor had veered to the left side of the road before overturning.

Benteman was a native of Germany and had lived in Woodson County about 50 years.

His wife, Frances Benteman, and a son, Larry, a Yates Center High School senior, survive him. 

The funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Yates Center Evangelical-United Brethren Church, of which Mr. Benteman was a member.  Burial will be in the Yates Center Cemetery.

The Johnson Funeral Home of Yates Center is assisting in the services.
(Iola Register ~ April 20, 1960)


Clark W. Hollinger, 83, Yates Center, died yesterday, March 11, at the Allen County Hospital.

Mr. Hollinger, a retired Moorman Feed Company salesman, had been a resident of Yates Center for 50 years.

Survivors include Mrs. Cecile Hollinger; a son, Clark W. Hollinger, Jr., Yates Center; a daughter, Mrs. Marcella Norris, El Dorado; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Campbell Funeral Home in Yates Center.  Burial will be in the Yates Center Cemetery.  Masonic services at the cemetery will be conducted by Gilead Masonic Lodge No. 144, AF&AM.
(Iola Register ~ March 12, 1976)


Harold Warren Galemore, 29, of Yates Center, died yesterday at the Allen County Hospital after a long illness.

Born. Aug. 26, 1935 at Humboldt, Mr. Galemore was married to Thelma G. Brown of Moran on Feb. 6, 1957.  They moved to Yates Center in 1962 from Hutchinson.  A son preceded him in death.  mr. Galemore was a member of the Baptist Church in Hutchinson.

Survivors include his widow of the home; three daughters, Donna sue, Debra Jean and Myrna Lynn, all of the home; two step-sons, Gary and Joe Garrison, both of the home; his mother and step-father, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Darling of Yates Center; four brothers, John Galemore of Chanute, Leon station in Georgia with the U.S. Army, and Dale and Donald, both of Yates Center; and three sisters, Mrs. Betty Wrestler of Humboldt, Mrs. Barbara Enright of El Dorado, and Donna Kay Galemore of Yates Center.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Johnson-Smith Funeral Home in Yates Center with the Rev. William Reade officiating.  Burial will be in Kearn Cemetery near Humboldt.
(Iola Register ~ March 30, 1965)


Earl R. Schornick, 67, Route 2, Yates Center, died yesterday, March 11, at the Allen County Hospital.

Mr. Schornick, a farmer, was born and raised in Woodson County and spent his life in the communities around Piqua and northeast of Yates Center.

Survivors include his widow Irene, of the home; a son, Robert Schornick of the home; three brothers, Roy Schornick, Pittsburg, and Milton Schornick and Bill Schornick, both of Yates Center; and two sisters, Mrs. Anna Christy and Mrs. Clara Light, both of Yates Center.

Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at the United Methodist Church in Yates Center.  The Rev. Gene Taylor will officiate.  Burial will be in the Yates Center Cemetery.  The Campbell Funeral Home, Yates Center, is in charge of arrangements.
(Iola Register ~ March 12, 1974)


Obituary:  George H. Dannat was born in Troy, N. Y., Jan. 12, 1838 and departed this life May 13, 1902.  He was married to Miss Annie Sponable in Michigan in 1865, who died September 1870.  This union as blessed with four sons, three of them still living.  Charles W., Willard H. and Walter M. of Montana.  In '74 he married Frances A. Bronson of the same state.  She died in '82.  To them was born one son, John A., now living in Montana.  In '77 he came to Kansas residing near Neosho Falls for the past eighteen years.  Nov. 20 he married Helen Jarvis of Oswego, Kansas, who still survives him and resides in this city.  Mr. Dannat enlisted with the Michigan volunteers August '62.  Served three years when he was honorably discharged.  He was a faithful Christian from youth.  The body was sent from Osawatomie and arrived Thursday morning.  The body was laid to rest in the Cedarvale cemetery in the afternoon.  Mr. Dannat has a large circle of friends who join in sympathy with his wife and sons in their sad bereavement.
(Iola Register ~ Tuesday ~ May 20, 1902 ~ Page 4)


The sad news of the death of Mrs. Will Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Grubbs, was a shock to her many friends and relatives Wednesday afternoon about 4 o'clock.  Mrs. Jones had only been sick about a week and on the day of her death was not thought to be so seriously ill.  She was born Dec. 9, 1870, and was married to Mr. William Jones August 1, 1888.  She leaves a husband and seven children, father, mother, and two brothers to mourn the loss of a loving wife, mother and a daughter.  The bereaved relatives have the sympathy of the entire community.  Services in her memory were held at the residence Thursday 2 p.m.  Interment made in the Cedarvale cemetery.
(Iola Register ~ Friday ~ July 25, 1902 ~ Page 2)


Obituary:  Mrs. Edna (McMillin) Jasper, daughter of Mrs. Rene Bryant, died at her home in Indian Territory, April 23.  Married March 28th, a bride of three weeks and five days.  The family and the young husband have the deepest sympathy of the entire community.  Rev. Sister Tessa of Missouri, conducted the services.  Interment was made in Cedarvale cemetery at 6 o'clock Sunday evening, April 26, 1903.
(Iola Register ~ Wednesday ~ April 29, 1903 ~ Page 3)


Miss Mary Frame died at her home near Vernon April 25.  Funeral was held at the M.E. church Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock.  Services conducted by Rev. Patterson and Rev. Thurston.  Miss Frame has been an invalid for some length of time and came home only a short time ago from a hospital in Kansas City.  She leaves two brothers here and a married sister in Scotland, to mourn her loss, and a large circle of friends join in their sad bereavement.  Remains were interred in Cedarvale cemetery.
(Iola Register ~ Wednesday ~ April 29, 1903 ~ Page 3)


Died --- At his home and son-in-law's, Charles Broughton, two miles west and one and one-half miles south of town, Mr. Thomas McCullough, aged 90 years, September 8, of cancer on his face.  He was born in Ireland, of Scotch descent; came to this country with wife and one child.  He was the father of eight children, five of whom survive him, three sons and two daughters:  Mrs. Dell Kent, Mrs. Chas. Boughton, Alec, John and Will.  Mr. McCullough has been an invalid for years.  The relatives have the sympathy of the entire community.  Services were conducted at house by the Congregationalist minister and interment was made in Cedarvale cemetery Friday.
(Iola Register ~ Friday ~ September 18, 1903 ~ Page 4)

KING,  B. H.

B. King, of south and west of town, died Saturday after only a short illness.  He was taken suddenly sick Friday morning and Drs. Slavens and Jones were summoned, but medical skill could do no good.  The cause was appendicitis.  Mr. King leaves a wife and three daughters---Mrs. McDaniels, Mrs. C. Apple and Mrs. Smyth---and a large circle of friends to mourn his loss.  The community joins in their sad bereavement.  The funeral service was conducted at the house on Sunday afternoon by Rev. Edwards.  Interment in the Cedarvale cemetery.
(Iola Register ~ Thursday ~ March 17, 1904 ~ Page 6)


Died.  Mr. Water Inness died in the hospital at Osawatomie March 30.  The body was received here Thursday noon and laid to rest in the Cedarvale cemetery.  Services were held at the Inness home.  The family have the sympathy of a host of friends in this community.
(Iola Register ~ Friday ~ April 8, 1904 ~ Page 3)


Neosho Falls Post:  A telegram from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Tuesday announced the death of George Highbargin and that parties would leave with the body Tuesday evening for Neosho Falls where interment will be made in Cedarvale cemetery.  The body will probably arrive Thursday but we have no definite information on that point.
(Iola Register ~ Friday ~ October 14, 1910 ~ Page 3)


Mr. Walter Dersham died at his home three miles south of Neosho Falls, Sunday.  The funeral was held Tuesday.  Interment in Cedarvale Cemetery.
(Iola Register ~ Thursday ~ March 23, 1922 ~ Page 2)


Fredonia – Margaret Henson, 90, a lifelong resident of Wilson County died Friday. 

Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Carlisle Cemetery near Toronto Lake with Carl Thornton, officiating, under the direction of the Timmons Funeral Home of Fredonia. 

Friends may call at the funeral from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and the family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Memorials are suggested to the Fredonia Regional Health Care Foundation, the First Christian Church in Fredonia and Harry Hynes Hospice. 

Mrs. Henson was born Aug. 20, 1919 in Wilson County to Ernest Earl and Josephine (Cox) Thomas. 

She graduated from Fredonia High School. 

On March 12, 1941, in Independence, she married George W. Henson. He died in 1993. 

Margaret worked at the Toronto Post Office, Toronto Locker Plant and assisted with the election boards in Fredonia. 

Survivors include one daughter, Mary Ann, of rural Fredonia; three grandsons, three great-grandchildren; one step-grandson and four step-great-grandsons. (Newspaper Unknown, died, February 12, 2010, transcribed by FOFG) 


Fredonia – Glenn Albert Lawrence, 84, of Fredonia and formerly of Toronto, died Wednesday at Beverly Healthcare Center. 

Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Toronto United Methodist church with burial in Toronto Cemetery. 

Friends may call at Timmons Funeral Home from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, with the family receiving friends from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Memorials are suggested to the Toronto United Methodist Church and they may be left with the funeral home. 

Mr. Lawrence was born Dec. 14, 1920 in rural Toronto to Bill and Harriet (Pratt) Lawrence. 

He served in the U. S. Army Air Force during World War II and was employed as a scale house operator by Archer Daniels Midland for 24 years. 

On Oct. 1, 1942 in Victoria, Texas, he married Wilma Bennett, and she survives. 

Mr. Lawrence was a member of the Toronto United Methodist Church, the American Legion and the Toronto and Fredonia Senior Citizens Centers. 

Other survivors include two daughters, Mary Underwood, Fredonia and Connie Carter, Wichita; a son, David Lawrence, Independence; two sisters, Dorothy Taylor, Wichita; and Juanita Earl, Abilene, Texas; a brother, Earl Lawrence, Dalton, Ga.; 13 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. (Newspaper Unknown, died May 4, 2005, transcribed by FOFG) 


Fredonia – Wilma Marion (Bennett) Lawrence, 85, a longtime resident of Toronto, died Sunday at the Golden Living Center in Fredonia. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Toronto United Methodist Church, and burial will be in the Toronto Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Timmons Funeral Home in Fredonia. 

Mrs. Lawrence was born July 21, 1923 in Pawnee Rock, the daughter of Arthur R. and Nellie D. (Phillips) Bennett. 

She married Glenn Albert Lawrence on Oct. 1, 1942 in Victoria, Texas, and he died May 4, 2005. 

Mrs. Lawrence was the head cook of Toronto schools for many years. 

She was a member of the Toronto United Methodist Church and the American legion Auxiliary and she was actively involved in the Toronto Senior Center. 

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Underwood of Fredonia and Connie Carter, of Wichita; a son, David Lawrence, of Independence; a sister, Arlene Hopper of Eureka; 1? Grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. 

Contributions can be made to the Larry Lawrence Memorial Scholarship at the Toronto United Methodist Church. (Newspaper Unknown, died April 5, 2009, transcribed by FOFG)


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