Kansas History and Heritage Project--Clay County Obituaries

Clay County Obituaries and Death Notices, 1881 Clay Center Times

The abstracts below are from Clay Center Times obituaries and death notices from 1881.


Departed this life in peace, Mrs. Anna Spence at Mr. Edward Roberts near Kimeo, Jan. 12, 1881 (Jan. 17, 1881)

Died, on Thursday last at 4 o'clock p.m., Mrs. Ella Carr at her home in this city. The deceased was born in Providence, R. I., May 8, 1857, and leaves a husband and two little daughters to mourn her untimely loss. The funeral services were held on the following day and the remains buried in the City Cemetery. (Mar. 3, 1881)

Died, Feb. 25th, J. K. Merrick of cancer of the stomach. He was one of the earliest settlers of Bloom township. (Mar. 24, 1881)

Mr. Ballard of Clifton township, on the Parallel, died on Saturday a week ago, 70 years of age. He died just eleven years from the day he took his homestead. (Apr. 21, 1881)

Mrs. E. H. Wyatt received a telegraph on Saturday of the death of her only brother, residing in Bloomington, Ill. (Apr. 21, 1881)

The wife of John Martin, a daughter of Mr. S. L. Stratton, died on the 19th inst. at her residence in Union twp. She leaves a family and a large circle of friends to mourn her death. Mr. Martin has been quite sick since his wife's death. (May 26, 1881)

Mr. Valentine of our city died on Tuesday of this week. (May 26, 1881)

Mrs. Downs of Hayes twp. died of cancer, on Tuesday night at 12 o'clock. (May 26, 1881)

The daughter of Mr. Hill, residing two miles north of town, was buried on Tuesday. (May 26, 1881)

Died, on the 31st ult., Stewart L., infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Bonham. This little child was born Dec. 15, 1880 and was a joy in the household. Taken ill two weeks ago, he was an object of special parental and medical solicitude and care, but all in vain. (June 2, 1881)

Died of diphtheria May 23, 1881, Cora M. Hill, youngest child and daughter of Amos and Hannah Hill, after suffering an illness of seventeen days. Cora was well known and loved by all her friends. She told her parents that she "was not afraid to go where Jesus is." (June 2, 1881)

Died of cancer of the stomach, on the 6th inst., Mr. Joseph Bauers, aged 60 years. Mr. Bauers was born in Bavaria and came to this country in 1846, stopping for three and a half years in Ulster Co., N. Y., then moving to Jo Daviess Co., Ill., where he resided for 17 years. In 1868 he sold out there, came to Kansas, and purchased the farm where he spent the remainder of his life. Mr. Bauers began life in this country without means, but by hard work, prudence and economy accumulated a handsome property and leaves his family well provided for. The funeral services were held at the Catholic church yesterday, Father Loevering conducting the services. (June 9, 1881)

The mother of William Sharpe, the druggist, died at his residence in this city on Monday morning last, of cancer of the stomach. Her remains were taken to Parkerville, this state, for interment. (June 16, 1881)

Died on the 17th inst., Louisa Kate Miller, a daughter of Charles Miller, a brother of Col. M. M. Miller at whose house she has resided for some time past, and where she died, aged 7 years. Cause of death, diphtheria. She was a bright child and her death will be mourned by her family and friends. (June 23, 1881)

Died, in Goshen township, Clay county, Ks., July 9th, 1881, at the residence of her grandfather, John H. Clark, of cerebro-spinal meningitis, Alice Margaret, eldest daughter of Frank A. and Emma Root, aged 12 years, 2 months, and 2 days. (July 14, 1881)

O. G. Gage [note: another item gave his name as Stage], a man who was found south of town last week suffering an attack of apoplexy, died Monday morning at the poor farm. He was from Wolcott, N. Y. and had a brother and a sister in Huron, Wayne Co., N. Y. (Aug. 18, 1881)

Died, Aug. 23, 1881, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Talkington. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of a host of friends. (Aug. 25, 1881)

Died, August 27, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Shockley. (Sept. 1, 1881)

Died, Miss Grace Attwood, of Mulberry twp., on Thursday last, of typhoid fever, at 17 years. Miss Atwood was a bright, intelligent young lady, an ornament to society and a large circle of warm friends mourn her loss. (Sept. 29, 1881)

Died, Sept. 23, 1881, in Athelstane twp., "Charles St. John" infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Gibbs. The child was born on the 28th of August, 1881. His stay in this troublesome world was but short. He goes to a better land. (Sept. 29, 1881)

Died, on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 1881, Maud, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Truman, aged 11 years. She was taken with diphtheria last Friday and yesterday her body was consigned to the grave. (Oct. 13, 1881)

Mr. S. E. Lindsey, formerly a butcher of our city, died Tuesday last. The Odd Fellows attended the funeral yesterday. Funeral services by Rev. E. Gill at the M. E. church. The sympathy of our citizens are with the weeping wife and fatherless children. (Oct. 13, 1881)

Mr. James Dunn, father in law of Mr. J. W. Crooks, died on the 27th. He was probably the oldest citizen in Bloom twp. (Nov. 10, 1881)

On Friday evening last, the wife of Oliver Smith, of this city, died very suddenly. She had been sick with malarial for two or three weeks, and seem to be getting better, but on Friday she complained of being quite sick and fell to the floor, dead. The funeral took place last Sunday, a host of friends following the remains to their last resting place. (Nov. 24, 1881)

A child of Mr. Kiner died last week of diphtheria; three more of the children of this family are sick with the disease. (Nov. 24, 1881)

Died, on Thursday, Nov. 24th, 1881, Elna, daughter of N. Nelson, age 18 (13?) years and 11 months. Funeral at the Baptist church on Friday. Miss Elna was a young lady of great promise and beloved by a large circle of friends. Her fond parents deeply feel their loss and have the heartfelt sympathy of this community. (Dec. 1, 1881)

Died on Tuesday, the 29th of November, Frank, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Enoch Cummings, after an illness of six weeks. The little sufferer was first taken with diphtheria, but had apparently recovered, when he was taken down with membranous croup and in spite of the skill and care of parents and physicians, he passed to the other shore. We deeply sympathize with the fond parents in their day of trial. (Dec. 1, 1881)

Died on Friday, Dec. 2, 1881, Mother Fairchild, at her home in Vining, aged about 80 years. The funeral took place on Sunday. She was the mother of Mrs. William Foley, Mrs. Griffin, Mrs. J. S. Haynes and Charley Fairchild. (Dec. 8, 1881)

Another child of the Kiner family, Daniel, the youngest, died at the residence of Mr. Anthony on Sunday last. This is the third child they have lost in a short time. The entire family have been sick for weeks, but Mrs. Anthony informs us that they are all now in a way to recover. (Dec. 15, 1881)

Exeter Twp. has suffered an epidemic of diphtheria in recent weeks. Miss Lillian Kiner, one of the loveliest young women in the township, was a victim, as well as the beautiful and intelligent daughters of William Milroy, over by Hebron. Many others are still suffering. (Dec. 22, 1881)

Died, on Wednesday of last week, John Champion, one of the oldest settlers of Union township. Funeral services were at the house on Thursday, conducted by the pastor of the M. E. church at Wakefield. A large concourse of friends followed the remains to the Madura Cemetery. He was a kind father, loving husband and generous neighbor. Peace be to his ashes. (Dec. 29, 1881)

Died, Mary Shockley, daughter of J. G. and E. C. Shockley, Dec. 22, 1881. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Wm. Dixon, at the Baptist church, two miles north of Green. Many friends of the deceased were in attendance. (Dec. 29, 1881)

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