W.A. Rankin

Memorial Library

502 Indiana

Neodesha, Kansas  66757

(620) 325-3275



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Obituary Index

Legend for Newspaper Names

(These codes are used in the index)

This index is the result of an on-going volunteer project which started by  converting eleven drawers of library cards, each containing obituary information, to an electronic database format and continues on an ongoing basis with current issues of the “Neodesha Derrick”.   As with all indexes, many human precautions have been taken to assure accuracy, but the originals should always be checked for verification.  Also, even as the data was being entered, omissions have been found.  It never hurts to ask.


Daily Sun

The obituaries cover a timeframe from a few from the 1870’s to the present.


As of February 2010 there are 16,917 names in the index.  These are not unique names as sometimes a person was listed one week as a “death notice” and the following week as a “report on the funeral”.  Also starting with the “Neodesha Derrick” in 1998 females are cross referenced with married and Maiden names.


Evening Register


Neodesha Derrick


Neodesha Daily Derrick


Neodesha Daily Sun


Neodesha Evening Register


Neodesha Free Press


Neodesha Register


Neodesha Sun


Neodesha Sun


Wilson County Sun

You will need a PDF Reader to view the indexes.


Please click on the letter(s) below for name ranges for the appropriate index.

 (The library staff and Board would like to thank the band of volunteers that spent many hours converting 11 drawers of library cards into this electronic index.)

























You can click on the Library hyperlink above (on the name) for more information about the Library, its genealogical holdings and about how to request lookups.


Index to

Wilson County, Kansas



This book is held at the W.A. Rankin Memorial Library, but has been scanned by Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.  Click on the link below to take you to their scanned version which has several viewing options.  Please note that the Library staff in Neodesha cannot give you any more detailed information on these marriages.  You will have to contact the Clerk of the District Court in Fredonia.  [Courthouse; c/o Clerk of Dist. Court; PO Box 246; Fredonia, KS 66736 – 620.378.4533]  Last I knew copies were $.50/page.



Index to the

Humphrey Post #145

Of the G.A.R.

Memorial Record Book

Neodesha, Kansas

(originally the Paul Clanton Post)

Organized January 9, 1883


Click Here to View the Index

In PDF format


Click here to see a sample page (William W. BASORE page 220)

Mr. Basore was the last surviving member of the post.

He died March 8, 1939 at the age of 92.


All pages from the index have been scanned in full color (PDF format) and when printed at 11” x 17” they are actual size and very suitable for framing.

Contact Gene Ewert for a copy and he will send you the pdf file via e-mail and suggest a $3 to $5 donation be sent to the library at the address above.

You will get the page(s) you request regardless of whether a donation is made or not. The volunteer has no way of tracking that.


Please include in your e-mail “Humphrey Post Page ____” and the name of the veteran.




Find-A-Grave Link

To Wilson County, Kansas



(click here)


Many of these records have good information, some with pictures of the actual stones and some with biographical information.  There are even some with “family links” between members of families no matter where they are buried if their record is on Find-A-Grave.  You can request of the “owner” of the record to add information you have about those listed and what links you might have knowledge of.



Kansas State Historical Society

List of Neodesha, Kansas

Newspapers in their collection

(click here)


Your library may be able to get these newspapers on microfilm through Interlibrary loan.

Check with your local librarian.

Find the paper you need from the indexes above and then look for that paper on the KSHS web-site.

Your librarian will need all the information listed on the row in the table for that particular microfilm, ESPECIALLY the Reel Number.


Here is a link to a Frisco Web-site maintained by the Springfield-Greene County (Missouri) Library.  There is all kinds of useful information available from this page for anyone that had a family member that was associated with the Frisco Railroad.  Two options from this link that could be extremely helpful and are easily searchable are the Employee Cards (like Social Security cards) and the Employee Magazines.  The cards are searchable by name and the Magazine is searchable by keyword (like “Neodesha” or a name). 

Entering a surname on the Card search, searches the cards for Frisco employees, their father and/or mother’s name!  Interestingly the cards I have looked at give the employee’s name and parents but not spouses.  The cards also show address, occupation, birth date, sex, signature and maybe death and/or retirement dates (look at the top of the card).  For most of them you can view the actual card!  Give it a shot! Click on the logo below.


Other Links

Neodesha City

Wilson County, Kansas Genealogy Links

Neodesha Alumni & History (Neody Grads)

Wilson County, Kansas (Kansas Trails)

1916 Neodesha City Directory

 Enter your Wilson County Town (i.e. Neodesha) in the “Hometown” box to get a list of all those in your hometown.  Of course you could also enter an individual name or even add your own hero off of this page.  KOAM & Fox 14.

Obituary Daily Times

Neodesha Derrick Entries

(these names are also in the above index)


For corrections, comments or additions to this page & indexes, please contact :

š Gene Ewert

(Gene is also a volunteer for Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness.)


Last updated: Saturday, September 17, 2011

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