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Clay County Obituaries Jan.-Jun. 1890 Clay Center Times

Below are obituaries and death notices from from the Clay Center Times, Jan.-Jun. 1890.


Jan. 2, 1890

Charles Ettinger, of Fancy Creek, died last Friday (Dec. 27, 1889) at 2 p.m. of pneumonia.

Joe Spicer received the sad intelligence by wire of the death of his mother in Noank, CT, Tuesday (Dec. 31, 1889) morning.

Jan. 9, 1890

George Sell, the only son of the well known farmer by the same name a few miles north of town, died suddenly Tuesday morning.

Jan. 23, 1890

Mrs. C. W. Jordan, accompanied by her sister, Mrs. Anthony, left Sunday night for Toledo, Ohio, in response to a telegram announcing the death of their sister, Mrs. Bowman, who died suddenly in that city last Sabbath morning.

Richard Miller was called to Omaha Monday by the death of Mrs. Miller's mother. He will accompany the remains to Galena, Ill., for burial. [see obit below]

News reached this city a few days ago of the death in Kansas City of Mrs. Billy Nelson, who, with her husband, left this city about five years ago. She was Miss Carrie Erickson.

Jan. 30, 1890

Died, on Sunday, Jan. 26, `890, the infant son of Wm. Lawson, son in law of David Garvie, residing about five miles west of Industry.

"We tender all our friends our heartfelt thanks and gratitude for their many acts of kindness and sympathy to us during the illness and death of our beloved daughter, Margie." Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Carr

From the Galena (IL) Gazette: Mrs. Lucy Reed, formerly of East Galena, died in Omaha, Nebraska, on the 20th, inst., of old age and general debility. She was 79 years of age. The maiden name of the deceased was Lucy Dillon, and she was a cousin of John Dillon, the famous Irish agitator and friend of Parnell. She was born in Ireland in 1811 and came to America with her parents in 1815, and settled in Kentucky. In 1827 she was married to Mr. John Reed in St. Louis, and in 1828 they went to Galena, where Mrs. Reed lived for 55 years. Mr. Reed died in 1870 and in 1883 she went to Clay Center, Ks., and remained on year with her daughter, Mrs. Richard Miller, after which she made her home with another daughter, Mrs. D. J. Kelcher, of Omaha, where she died. She was the mother of 13 children, all of whom preceded her to the grave except Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Kelcher. The remains arrived in Galena accompanied by Mr. Miller of Kansas and Mr. Kelcher of Omaha, sons in law of Mrs. Reed. The funeral took place from the South Presbyterian Church and interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.

Feb. 6, 1890

While County Clerk Gear was prostrate with the grippe, the overwhelming news came to him of the sudden death of his mother from the same disease, at her home in Sheffield, Iowa. She was 71 years old, but comparatively hearty for one so aged.

A private telegram to The Times last Friday announced the death of Judge Spilman's eldest daughter, Katherine. She was just budding into womanhood and was spoken of by acquaintances as a very lovable girl. It will be remembered that she was seriously ill last November when court was in session in Clay Center.

Died, January 29th, of la grippe, at his home near Green, Jake Wykle. The funeral services were conducted at the family residence on Thursday, and the remains enterred in the Green cemetery. The deceased leaves a wife and ten children to mourn their loss. Thus ends an eventful and useful life. Mr. Wyke, although a tenant, was one of the energetic farmers of the community and was accumulating a home slowly. He was honored by all who knew him and made friends wherever he went.

Arthur Earnest Ijames/James/Iams, son of Alex Ijames, died Feb. 1, 1890 of inflammation of the bowels, age three years, eight months and five days. Services were held at the Idana M. E. church, by Rev. Boyd. Mr. and Mrs. Ijames have the sympathy of all in their sad affliction.

Gus Chapman started Wednesday night last to his old home in Groton, Connecticut. His wife received a telegram from him Saturday evening, saying that his father had died that morning. Bloom Twp--Old Mrs. Affolter died Tuesday evening.

Feb. 13, 1890

Died in this city, of consumption, Sunday, Feb. 9, 1890, at the residence of her son in law, Peter Roth, Mrs. Kandida Kripp, aged 80 years, 8 months and 3 days. The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the Catholic church. The remains were interred in Greenwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Josephine A. Wood, wife of B. F. Wood, died in Gill Twp. on the 4th. She leaves a husband and two children, and a mother who arrived here from Ohio to attend the funeral. She was preceded in death by three of her children. The deceased had been a sufferer for several years of asthma and consumption.

Died of la grippe after an illness of three weeks, Sarah, wife of William Gasswint, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Schiffman. The deceased was in her 23rd year and an estimable lady. She married her now bereaved husband on Jan. 9, 1889. The funeral services were held in Longford and the remains were interred in the cemetery at Oak Hill.

Feb. 27, 1890

The death of Miss Emma Hutcheson, of Bloom Twp., occurred at the residence of her mother Tuesday evening, and has cast a shadow of sorrow over her many acquaintances in and around this city. Miss Hutcheson was a most estimable young lady, just merging into full bloom of womanhood, when that dread malady, consumption, fastened itself upon her system and very quickly marked its victim with the inevitable ending on earth. The funeral services were held today from the late residence and the remains were interred in the Lincoln cemetery.

Died, at her residence near Green, Sunday, Feb. 23, Mrs. George Schurle, age 36 years. The funeral services were held Tuesday.

News reached here a short time ago of the death and burial in England of Charles Ingraham, who lived for about nine years in and around Wakefield. Old settlers speak of him in the very highest terms. The burial took place Feb. 15.

Clara Ruhl, daughter of J. A. and Emma B. Ruhl, died at the residence of her grandparents, Feb. 19, 1890, in the city of Clay Center. Funeral services were held at the Nixon school house, conducted by Rev. D. F. Honstedt, and burial was in the Pleasant Valley cemetery.

Mar. 6, 1890

Idana--"Resolutions by the W.T.C.U. on the death of Mrs. Hattie Thompson, Jan. 29, 1890, as evidence of the esteem with which she was held by our Union, and the testimony of her life, character and work among us.......that we tender our sympathy to the young husband, to the three little motherless children and the father, mother and dear friends." (no obit found)

Mar. 13, 1890

Wakefield--We are called upon this week to report the death of one of our most estimable ladies, from consumption, Mrs. N. F. Dodson, who departed this life Tuesday morning last. She has been a patient sufferer for a long time and the end was seen to be not so distant. The bereaved husband and family have the sympathy of all in this their sad loss. The funeral will take place Thursday afternoon.

Died in Exeter Twp., March 9, the wife of Benjamin Nocks. Deceased, whose maiden name was Cleveland, was born in Ohio in the year 1821 and was married to Benjamin Nocks in 1838. She leaves an aged husband, six sons and three daughters. Burial was in Pleasant Ridge cemetery.

Mar. 20, 1890

Grace Wilson, the nine year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Wilson, was struck by the engine of an extra freight train on the U.P. road shortly after noon yesterday and instantly killed. She was struck on the head and thrown some distance to the side of the road. Either from the force of the blow or the fall her neck was broken and death came instantly.

The shocking news came down from Morganville on the north wind Friday evening of the terrible death of one of the best known and best men of that little city. Passers by on the road leading north of town were shocked to find at Pete's creek crossing a team of horses on the earth bridge, a wagon in the water beneath, and partly under it, a man dead. The man proved to be L. H. Rairden, postmaster at Morganville. Mr. Rairden was about fifty years of age and only a short time ago joined the Modern Woodmen lodge and thereby insured his life for $2,000, which will in all probability be paid without unnecessary delay. He leaves a widow and two daughters, who are quite young ladies, to mourn, besides a large list of friends.

The remains of Miss Lora Singleton, niece of our worthy commissioner, S. R. Randall, were taken to Wilmington, Ill., Tuesday for burial. The grim destroyer, consumption, was the cause of her death. She had been visiting her uncle for several weeks before her death. The sympathy of all is with the bereaved ones.

Items from Fact: Rev. W. H. Knight received the sad intelligence of the death of his mother, Mar. 17th. Brother Knight has the sympathy of his many friends in this community.

Apr. 3, 1890

Wakefield--This week we are called upon to announce the death of another of our esteemed ladies, of consumption, after a long and painful illness, Mrs. Edward Jones, wife of one of our successful farmers and sheep raisers. Everything was done that could be done to prolong her life, but without avail, and on Sunday a little after noon her spirit took its flight to the mansion above. The funeral service was held at St. George's chapel on Tuesday and the remains interred in the cemetery at St. John's church. (and related) Mrs. J. L. Tallman of Junction City, Mrs. W. E. L. Gurner of Frankfort and Mrs. G. F. Guy of Riley have been staying with their mother during her sickness and death. Mr. Dick Jones, of Syracuse, NY, came up and was also here.

Apr. 10, 1890

Mrs. J. V. Farrington, a niece of Mrs. E. H. W. Bailey, died Thursday morning, April 3, at 9 a.m. Mr. and Mrs. Farrington came here some weeks ago from the east, thinking a change of climate and treatment would be a benefit to the invalid. For a time she seemed to gain strength, but a change for the worse set in and her system wasted away by disease and long suffering rapidly gave way to the inevitable. The funeral service occurred at the First M.E. church Friday, and her remains laid to rest in Greenwood cemetery.

Apr. 24, 1890

A nine months old child of Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Schwab, who live near Morganville, died of pneumonia on Monday, the 21st. Burial in Lincoln cemetery.

May 1, 1890

From Rogers, Arkansas, comes the startling news of the death of John H. Pinkerton. For a number of years Mr. Pinkerton was one of the foremost men in Clay County, as he previously had been in Waubaunsee and Riley counties. He was born in DeKalb county, Alabama, Jan. 20, 1835, died April 24, 1890 and was buried from the Christian church at Rogers, Arkansas, on April 26, 1890. He came to Kansas in 1858, driving an ox team from Tennessee to Manhattan, arriving in that city in February, 1859. A short time later he went to Waubausee county, where he lived for 17 years, engaged in farming and stock raising. For three years during the war, he was a member of Company K, 11th Kansas Cavalry. In 1866 he was elected sheriff and re-elected in 1868; elected to the legislature in 1870 and re-elected in 1872. In 1873 the township in which he resided was detached from Waubaunsee and attached to Riley county, and the following year he was again sent to the legislature from that county. Some time during the year 1875 he came to Clay county and engaged with considerable success in the real estate, loan and insurance business. From 1876 to 1880 he was mayor of Clay Center. Prosperity abided with him until the collapse of the boom in 1888, when he removed to Rogers in the hopes of retrieving broken fortunes. He leaves a wife and four children, all grown and all self sustaining, to mourn an unfortunate death.

May 8, 1890

At the Rock Island deport in this city on Tuesday last, Andrew Harrington of Galesburg, Ill., was stricken with paralysis of the heart and expired instantly. He had been late starting for the train, and started on the run to catch it. As he reached the platform he tottered and fell dead. Mr. Harrington was a stockholder in the Farmers & Merchants bank in this city and was in the habit of visiting twice a year. He leaves a wife and three grown sons, Robert of Chicago, S. B. of Burlington, Ia., and Andrew Jr. of Galesburg. The body will be taken to Galesburg for interment.

Mrs. M. J. Smith, of Exeter Twp., received the news of the death of a little grandson in Colorado, which occurred last week. The child and its mother, Mrs. C. Maher, had only left here a short time before, and the first communication since their going told of their bereavement.

Early this morning the news was brought into town that Allan Peabody had passed away from the effects of a second congestive chill. He was taken sick yesterday morning. Had he lived until July he would have been 74 years old. Mr. Peabody was a familiar figure to almost every person within a radius of 20 miles. His periodical excursions through the country as a phrenologist and his eccentricities of character made him known to many people in the surrounding counties. He was a soldier in the late war and the past year has drawn a pension for disabilities incurred while in service. The funeral will take place from the Republican City church.

The funeral services of William Funnell, sr., one of the pioneer settlers of Clifton, occurred last Sunday.

May 15, 1890

The funeral services of Mrs. Sarah Hart were held at Broughton on Sunday last, conducted by Rev. A. W. Kent.

May 22, 1890

Died, at Exeter Twp., Thursday, May 15, 1890, Mrs. Mary Parry, wife of Lewellyn Parry. The funeral took place Saturday from the North M.E. church, and the remains interred in the Exeter cemetery. She leaves a husband and a child, a boy four years old, to mourn her loss.

May 29, 1890

Oak Hill--Mr. Little, who recently bought the Read homestead in Chapman Twp., died the 26th inst., of heart disease. He was about seventy years old. The funeral services were held Tuesday at Bouldin schoolhouse, Rev. J. D. Parring officiating.

June 5, 1890
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Martin wish to tender their deep and heartfelt gratitude to all their neighbors and friends for the kindness and sympathy shown them in the great sorrow caused by the loss of their dear boy Bertie, and also to the Boys' Branch and his schoolmates for the respect and sympathy shown them.
Mr. Schrum, who was so badly crushed between his wagon and corn crib last week, died Saturday and was buried Sunday. A good man gone to his long rest under very sad circumstances.

June 26, 1890
Gertie Godbolt, a seven year old daughter of Mrs. Godbolt, died last Friday evening of complications arising from an attack of measles. The funeral occurred at the house Sunday at 1 p.m. and the remains were interred in Exeter cemetery.

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