Extracted Items From the "Clay County Democrat" and "Republican Valley Democrat" 1886-1889

Extracted Items From the "Clay County Democrat"
and
"Republican Valley Democrat" 1886-1889


The "Clay County Democrat" was a weekly paper published in Clay Center. It later absorbed another county paper and became the "Republican Valley Democrat". I've extracted birth, death and marriage notices, and included some school, club and church items below. This is another one of those databases where the search engine may not be much help--names were regularly misspelled.

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July 8, 1886

Born, to Mr. and Mrs. G. J. Richter, on July 5, a nine-pound son.

Born, on the 6th of July to Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Lowe of this city, a boy. Mother and child doing well, father will live.

MARRIED:
By Judge Allen, July 1, Andrew Harris and Louisa Geismann, both of Clay Center
By Judge Allen, July 3, Edgar Wilson, of Clay Co., and Fronie Williams, of Harrold, Texas
By Judge Allen, July 6, Christopher Maley and Alice Conwell, both of Clay Center


July 15, 1886

Born July 15, 1886, to Mr. and Mrs. D. Gingrich, a ten pound boy.

On last Monday evening D. D. G. P. Walter Pucky installed in due form the officers for the ensuing term, for Humane Encampment No. 34, I. O. O. F.; they were as follows: Albert Sohns, C. P.; Philip Rothman, S. W.; J. P. Redmond, J. W.; George Irons, Scribe. A very pleasant time was had.

Wednesday evening the following officers were duly installed for the ensuing term of Clay Lodge No. 115, I. O. O. F.: W. E. Dunaway, N. G.; F. P. Harkness, V. G.; George Irons, R. S.; W. E. Durand, P. S.; O. L. Slade, Treas. D. D. G. M. James Sterling conducted the installation in his usual happy manner.


Aug, 26, 1886

Mr. and Mrs. S. M. Hollis are the parents of a brand new girl, registered Aug. 24th, in the afternoon.

On the 24th inst an embryo voter put in an appearance at the home of Mr. J. W. Whitsett of Gill township. His first vote will be cast in 1907.

It cost Will Watrous a box of good cigars to celebrate the arrival of a nine-pound girl at his residence last Friday. Mother and daughter are doing fine.


Sept. 8, 1886

Born to Mrs. And Mrs. George Lemley, Sunday, Sept. 5, a son.


Sept. 23, 1886

Born to Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Kiser of this city, Tuesday, Sept. 21, a ten pound boy.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. William Carson, on Thursday evening, Sept. 16, a son. Both mother and child doing well.

Marriage Licenses
John A. Hanson and Melinda J. Darnell both of Clay Co., Sept. 16, 1886 Perry Ross and Gertrude Johnson, both of Washington Co., Sept. 16, 1886 Henry Strong of Davis Co., and Catherine Prollock of Clay Co., Sept. 18, 1886. George Thompson and Ida E. Rushton, both of Clay Co.,Sept. 18, 1886 David E. White of Clay Co., and Julia Thompson of Jackson Co. Sept. 20, 1886


Sept. 30, 1886

At Hagerstown, Maryland, on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 6:00 a.m. Mr. J. C. McCurdy jr., (son of our J. C. McCurdy, Esq.,) was married to Miss Ella Gallagher. The happy pair at one set for Philadelphia, their future home, and at 4:00 p.m. of the same day, Mr. McCurdy was sworn in as a clerk in the post office there.


Oct. 21, 1886

At the home of the bride’s parents in this city on the 20th instant, Mr. Clarence E. Welch, cashier of the bank of Eldora, Iowa was married to one of Clay Center’s brightest belles, Miss Ida Tucker.


Oct. 28, 1886

Mack King was buried at the Pleasant Valley cemetery last Sunday.


Nov. 4, 1886

Died, Saturday, Oct. 30th, Chas. Hilton, of Idana, Kas. The funeral was the following day.


Nov. 11, 1886

The funeral of the late J. W. Elson last Sunday was conducted by the orders of Workmen and Select Knights. He joined the A. O. U. W. Jan. 15, 1885. The funeral sermon was conducted by Dr. Griffiths, of Belleville. He was in his 22nd year, and leaves a young wife, his aged father and mother as chief mourners over his sudden demise.

Marriage announcement: Gertrude Smith and Dr. J. E. Sawtell, Nov. 10th, 1886 at the residence of Alexander Smith, Esq.


Nov. 17, 1886

Married on last Wednesday, at the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. Carie Hammond of Concordia to Miss Lena L. Smith. Father of the bride is A. G. Smith, Esq., of this city.

Mr. and Mrs. Eric Swenson’s infant daughter died of convulsions on Thursday of last week. It had been sick but a few days and was not thought to be seriously ill. The funeral took place on Saturday last. The parents have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community.


Nov. 25, 1886

Cards are out for the marriage of Em Vincent and Miss Hattie Smith. The ceremonies will take place at the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Smith, on the 15th day of December.

Matthew McGunnigle, of Blaine township, passed to his heavenly home on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1886, Services were held in the Idana Cemetery, Rev. McKittrick preaching the sermon. The remains were buried in the Idana Cemetery. He leaves a wife and twelve children to mourn his loss.


Dec. 9, 1886

Coronado Commandery No. 20 held its annual election Monday evening. Elected were the following officers: W. S. Beatty, E. C.; Wm. Sharpe, Gen; C. C. Coleman, Capt. Gen.; F. H. Head, Prelate; H. G. Higginbotham, Senior Warden; A. A. Godard, Junior Warden; L. McChesney, Treasurer; W. F. Carter, Recorder.


Dec. 16, 1886

Bethany Chapter, A. F. and A. M., elected officers last Saturday evening and elected the following gentlemen to preside over its destinies the coming twelve months: C. C. Colema, M.E.H.P.; U. H. Emich, K.; P. H. Head, S.; L. Eichengreen, sec.; N. Gollober, treas.

The following persons were elected officers of the K.O.T.M. for the upcoming year, at their regular meeting on Tuesday of this week: Past Commander, John H. Pinkerton; Commander, William P. Anthony; Lieut. Commander, G. E. Priest; Finance Keeper, R. E. Lowe; Record Keeper, W. E. Davies; Prelate, C. Walton; Sergeant, Sam Simpson; Master at Arms, Wm. L. Simpson; 1st Master of Guards, E. Barnes; 2nd Master of Guard, Newt Allen; Sentinel, Wm. Haney; Picket, G. F. Bowers


Dec. 23, 1886

Died, on Saturday evening, Dec. 18th, Willie, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Beck, at the age of 6 years, of membranous croup. The funeral took place today.

The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Beck, the only child left from three, died Wednesday evening at 8 o’clock, from membranous croup. The stricken parents have the sympathy of the entire city.

Died, in this city on Friday, Dec. 17, 1886, of heart disease, Mrs. Butler. Funeral services from the house Sunday, 1 p.m.

Died, at her residence in the Third Ward, Elizabeth, wife of R. H. Shivers, on Dec. 17, 1886 at 3:30 p.m., age 54 years. Mrs. Shivers had suffered for years of a cancer on her breast. She was a consistant and enthusiastic member of the Methodist church. A large number of friends of the family followed the remains to their last resting place in Greenwood cemetery.


Dec. 30, 1886

Miss Annie Swenson and C. Westling will take upon themselves the cares of married life on the first day of the year at 8:15 in the evening. The ceremonies will take place at the Swede Baptist church in this city.

From Oakland twp.: On last Wednesday evening, John Wheeler and Etta Nichols were united in wedlock and will travel the rough path of life in company.

From Oakland twp.: Charley Thomas and Miss Walters have joined their fortunes, the ceremony taking place on Saturday.

It is a mighty nice little girl who put in an appearance at Alex Campbell’s house on the 19th instant. A regular ten pounder.

Mr. and Mrs. R. Eggleston are rejoicing over a ten pound lump of feminimity that put in her appearance at the home on December 24th.

Mr. and Mrs. John Ritter of Wakefield welcomed a ten pound girley, born last Saturday, the 17th.

Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Hafner, of Gill twp., will change the monotony of things by coming up with a bouncing ten pound baby boy. (no date given)

Died, in this city, on Friday, Dec. 24, at 11:30 p.m., Charles Lyell, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Wickstrum, aged 10 months and 7 days. The funeral took place from the Presbyterian church.

Died, on Tuesday, Dec. 21st, of typhoid fever, Morris, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Riley A. Elkins, of Grant twp., aged 13 years. The many friends of the afflicted parents extend their heartfelt sympathy to them in their hour of deep affliction. Morris was a bright boy, and was regarded as one with great promise. The body of the blighted hope was laid away on Wednesday, attended to the cemetery by a concourse of sorrowing friends.

Died, Dec. 15, of typhoid fever, Dudley Hendrix. Mr. Hendrix was an industrial man and highly respected. The remains were interred at Madura on Saturday.

Died, in this city, of typhoid fever, at 5:30 a. m., Dec. 28, 1886, at the residence of F. W. Nelson, Miss Kate Nickelson, aged 28 years, seven months and 21 days. The funeral took place yesterday.

Mrs. Annie M. Ellis, beloved wife of J. D. Ellis, passed quietly and peacefully yesterday, Wednesday, Dec. 29, at her home on Dexter street, where she had been lying ill for four weeks. Her maiden name was Annie M. Weekly, born Nov. 20, 1847; was married to J. D. Ellis, Oct. 15, 1867; came to Kansas from Kentucky about eight years ago and settled on a farm in Oakland twp. The family have lived in this city for the past two years. She was the mother of three small children who mourn the loss of a kind and affectionate mother. She was a consistant member of the Christian church, a fond mother, affectionate wife, beloved sister and a dutiful daughter. Her parents and only sister were with her in her last hours, which was a great consolation. The funeral will take place from the Christian church at 11 a.m. Sunday, the pastor, Mr. Sellers, officiating


Jan. 6, 1887

Cards are out for the marriage of Peter Bisenius and Katie Engert, The ceremony will take place at the Catholic church at 10 a.m. Jan. 18th, 1887.

Married, on Thursday evening at 8 o’clock at the home of the bride’s parents near Green, Mr. Arnold Buchman, of this city, and Miss Lizzie Diehl.

At the residence of Judge Allen, January 2, 1887, Mr. John Geer and Miss Agnes Nelson were united in marriage. The happy couple left for a visit west the same evening, on a short wedding tour.

Mr. and Mrs. George Chesnut, Exeter, are now in a jolly mood over the advent of a gem in the shape of a baby girl at their home.

John Smith, of the Clay Center Nursery says it’s a boy, regulation weight and home grown.

Mr. and Mrs. Bert Tomlinson, Blaine, are in high feather over the birth of a nine pound girl.

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Muenzenmayer of the city, rejoice over the birth of a 14 ˝ pound boy, the event taking place Thursday, Dec. 30.

Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Stewart sees the above and comes to the front with an equal amount of genuine boy. Cam says he is to be president of the United States by and by.

Mr. and Mrs. C. Oberland are happy over the arrival of a spanking big boy who entered this world of trouble on the 6th inst.


Jan. 13, 1887

Died, Dec. 28, 1886, Virginia Marion Montgomery Wood, wife of George W. Wood, aged 36 years and ten months. Funeral Friday, Dec. 31, from the family residence.

Thursday, Jan. 6, three children of Mr. and Mrs. Limbrey, living one mile south and one mile west of Vining, were buried in one grave, having buried one on the fourth of January. Jennie, their oldest daughter, was the first that passed away on Jan. 1st at 11:45 p.m.; Lottie, aged 3 years, died Jan. 5th at 5 a.m.; Irene, aged 10 years, died the 5th at 9 a.m.; and Harry, aged 12 years, at 12:15 the same day, of a putrid sore throat, which proved malignant. The seventeen year old daughter is convalescing, and the little two year old son is still in a dangerous condition.


Mar. 3, 1887

Union Twp.—Congratulations to the happy pair that was joined together in the holy bonds of matrimony on last Tuesday, Feb. 22. Martin Hinds, the groom, is a highly esteemed young man of Union twp and the bride, Miss Clara Hapgood, is a young lady that any man would be proud to lead to the alter.


March 17, 1887

The residence of Mr. John Vogelmann will be the scene of a most event on the evening of Feb.29 instant, upon which occasion Mr. Henry Geismann, on of Idana’s worthy young men, will lead to the alter Miss Katie Vogelmann.

Married, at the residence of Mr. Richard H. Shivers, on the 10th inst, Robert M. Shivers and Amanda Jackson, both of Clay Center.

Born, March 12 to Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Loveland, a son

Died, March 12, August, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Garberding. Funeral March 14.


March 31, 1887

Mrs. Peter Walin died at her resident eight miles north of this city, March 23, 1887.

Mrs. Mary Holcomb, who died at Salina, Kas., March 24, 1887, was born in New York state, March 22, 1849. She was a graduate of the Ladies Female Seminary of Canandaigua, N. Y., and taught school in West Virginia, Ohio and N.Y. state, was married in Canandaigua in 1879 to W. E. Holcomb, a lawyer from Buffalo, N. Y., and resided in that city until she and her husband came to Clay Center in the fall of 1884. Her husband died soon after they came, since which she has lived with her father, Moses Twist, of this city. At the time of her death she was visiting her cousin, Mrs. Sampson, whose husband is editor and proprietor of the Salina Journal. Her remains were brought back on the noon train of the 25th and she was buried by the side of her husband in Greenwood cemetery. She was a member of the Episcopal church.

Grant Twp.—Our citizens were called to mourn the loss of our most venerable friend, Father E. P. Ingersoll, who died on Tuesday at 7 a.m. He had just completed and placed before the public a book entitled “Lost Isreal Found”


April 7, 1887

On Monday evening, about 9 o’clock, while in her room, Miss Ida Patterson dropped suddenly and without giving any signs of pain, expired. She had been in good health up to the time of her death, was just in the bloom of youth and it is a sad, sad record that she should be called to her Maker without a moment’s warning. Dr. G. P. Warner was brought in and declare heart disease to be the reason for her death.


April 14, 1887

Frank Walker, a young man in the prime of his life, died of pneumonia, Sunday evening.


April 21, 1887

Married, at the residence of the bride’s parents, in Blaine Twp, by J. R. Latimer, April 15, 1887, Mr. James Stewart and Miss Angie Millgan (Milligan?), all of Hebron, Clay County, Kas.

The residence of Mr. Charles Beck was the scene of joyous festivity this afternoon. The occasion which called for this happy gathering was the marriage of Miss Mary Lindgren to Mr. Thomas Nelson.

Grandmother Frazell, one of the oldest and most highly esteemed residents of this city, was buried in Greenwood cemetery Tuesday.


April 28, 1887

Mr. Stephen T. Impey, of Clay Center, Kansas, who came here a few days ago and married on of Richford’s fairest daughters, started on Monday evening for his home in the west with his charming young bride, Mrs. Aura (Mudgett) Impey.


May 12, 1887

Jack Adams, an old settler of Clay County, and a gentleman well known by everybody, died at his home in Gill Twp last Friday. Mr. Adams had just returned from Jonesville, North Carolina, where he had been visiting his mother and other relatives, and had married an estimable young lady and brought his new wife to Clay County with bright prospects for the future. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved young wife.


May 19, 1887

A very quiet wedding took play last Sunday evening at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. William Ryerson. The contracting parties were their eldest daughter, Miss Ora, and Mr. William Stepp, of Clifton, Kas. Rev. Mayor performed the ceremony, only the immediate families of the couple being present. Mr. Stepp is in the employ of the Union Pacific company in Vining, and is well spoken of. We extend hearty congratulations.

Charity items: Mr. Moline died last week after a long illness; Mr. Bushway was killed last week by a wheel running over him, on his way home from Clyde. His burial to be on the Monday following.


June 2, 1887

Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Bloss, last Friday, a nine-pound boy.


June 16, 1887

On Tuesday morning in Kansas City were married Miss Clara Hines of Solomon City, Idaho, to Mr. W. H. Achermann, of the Clark Medical Company now in this city.


June 30, 1887

Green—Mr. Cal. Baldwin and Miss Mell Layman were married on the 12th. We wish them much joy.


July 7, 1887

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bishoff had the misfortune to lose one of their twins, Eddie, aged six month, this morning. We sympathize with their loss.

Marriage Licenses: June 30: Chas. W. McBryer, 27 and Clara G. Kennedy, 20; July 2: Robert R. Flack, 23 and Lizzie Worley, 19; July 4: Edgar Somes, 27 and Mary Wallace, 17.


July 14, 1887

Holderness-McGunnigle: At 7:00 pm on Thursday, July 7, about fifty guest responded to the invitation to attend the marriage of Mr. E. J. Holderness and Miss Laura McGunnigle at the residence of the bride’s mother six miles west of this city. At 9 o’clock the groom stepped forward to claim his bride. The bride was dressed in a fine costume of pink satin and white lace, with the usual flowers adorning her hair and bosom. The groom wore the accustomed suit of black. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Schnacke, after which the guests were invited to the dining room and seated before an elegant supper. At this juncture the Idana Cornet Band made its appearance and played some very choice selections, which lent much to the enjoyment of the occasion.

Charity items: Sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Berry this morning, of Idana. She had been a sufferer for some time. True, oh how true, that death comes to all, both great and small.

On last Saturday morning, the sad intelligence was brought to the relatives and friends living in this city, of G. W. Mullen, that he had died the night before, about 10 o’clock, from congestion of the brain, caused by over work in the sun. He was forty-three years old and twice married. He leaves a wife and six children to mourn his untimely death. The funeral took place from his residence, a large concourse of friends and relatives accompanying the remains to the Idana cemetery where he was laid to rest. The bereaved family have our heartfelt sympathy.


July 21, 1887

Mrs. Emma Hathaway is happy over the advent of a pretty baby daughter.

Lizzie Fay, a little daughter of Dr. Blackwood, died Wednesday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Davis, of Oak Hill, buried two of their children last week. The doctor announced the disease diphtheria.

July Marriages: John H. Graham, 38, Keokuk, Iowa and Mrs. Carrie Potter, 32, Clay Center; Charles Mittle, 21, Clifton and Elma Flora, 17, Clifton; John C. Dennison, 23, Clay Center and Catherine R. Drake, 18, Clay Center; James B. Appleton, 22 of Clay Center and Corrie Kimbrough, 21, Clay Center.


July 28, 1887

The infant daughter of Mrs. Emma Hathaway died last Saturday.

George Bryant and Miss May Harnett, two young folks, were married last Friday.

Mr. A. E. Ryan, of this city, and Miss Emma Marley, of Green, were married last Wednesday night the Rev. J. T. Mayor, of the M. E. Church, at the residence of the groom’s mother, corner of Fourth and Clark streets.

“Dotty,” the nine month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fairchild, died of congestion of the brain last Sunday morning at 4 o’clock and was buried in Greenwood cemetery Monday afternoon, Elder Reed officiating.

Last Tuesday morning a telegram was received by the family of Mr. Charles Terbush, who resides at east Third street in this city, from Mr. Terbush at Concordia, stating that his eldest son, William S. Terbush, age 20, had been shot and killed at Concordia on Monday night between ten and eleven o’clock near the fair grounds at that city. A family living near the fair grounds heard three pistol shot, and found Will Terbush lying on the face in the middle of the road, dead. Young Terbush had been training horses and it is supposed that an attempt was made to rob him, and that making resistance, was shot in the breast. He had been seen earlier in the evening, arguing with an unknown Frenchman, over money. The decease, with the rest of his family, have been residents of Clay Center for three years, and have lived in Kansas for upwards of seventeen. Will was born in Michigan and at the time of his death was twenty years and one month old. He was a favorite among those of his age and his death has caused a pall of gloom over his entire circle of friends and acquaintances. His father, mother, sister and little brother have the profound sympathy of the entire community. The funeral services were conducted yesterday morning at 10 o’clock from the M. E. church.

Marriage Licenses: Edgar E. Barnes and Nettie H. Parker, both of Clay Center; Augustus E. Reyan and Femmie J. Worley, both of Clay Center; John W. McGafflick, Gove County, and Miss Emma E. Fellers, Osage County.


Aug. 4, 1887

Mrs. Ernest Pinkerton presented her husband with an eight-pound daughter Sunday night. Ernest is supremely happy.

The household of Mr. and Mrs. M. S. Tousey was gladdened by the advent of a baby girl.

Little Ida Keamer, aged three years, died last Friday.

A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Owyer.

Mr. F. E. Derr, the efficient secretary of the Young Men’s Christian Association of this city, was married on July 27th, to Miss Emma Escher, at the home of her parents, in Harlan, Iowa. They arrived here last Friday, and are occupying the residence of W. T. Bishop, on East Dexter street.

We are pained to make the announcement that Frank Frybarger, the eighteen-year-old son of Mr. L. J. Frybarger, who recently moved to Washington county, died Friday morning. His disease was typho-malarial fever. The funeral was held from the family residence in Lincoln Park.

Marriage Licenses--July 29th: James M. Greenwood, 29, and Miss Emily Morgan, 21, both of Clifton; George Walker, 21, and Miss Belle Logan, 19, both of Clay County; July 30: A. Brovilette, 44, and Alice Maley, 24, both of Clay Center; Aug. 2: William F. Davis, 22, of Rice County and Miss Ella B. Roach, Reno County.


August 11, 1887

Marriage Licenses—Frank H. Jenkins, 24, and Miss Etta M. Ford, 20, both of Clay Center; Carl Buback, 37, and Miss Katie Herman, 27, both of Clay Center; Frank Jones, 37, Washington County, and Miss Mary E. Taulman, 35, Clay County; Wilhelm Gepner, 37, and Miss Margarette Fieldbinder, 26, both of Clay County; Henry Gumley, 19, Morganville and Miss Daisy Kendall, 16, Clay County.

Mrs. H. S. Tillinghast died on Tuesday, Aug. 2, after a short illness. She was buried on the 3rd in the I.O.O.F. cemetery one mile north of Clifton. She was a member of the Riverdale Baptist church and well worthy of the respect and confidence of the community. She is survived by her husband, son and adopted daughter. A sister, Mrs. True, of Plano, Iowa traveled here for the funeral.


Aug. 25, 1887

A baby boy made his appearance at the home of J. J. Lane, Monday.

Charles Barker and Miss Tillie Hauserman, of this city, were married at Junction City on Tuesday.

Dr. Reynolds reports that Fred Allen and wife are rejoicing over the advent of a new baby boy at their house.

The following persons are recent accessions to the First Baptist church: Clara Morten, William Howard, George Conley, Edgar Brown, Clarence Riblet, Mrs. Schrouder.

From Oak Hill—Hiram Carrington tips his hat over to one side; it is a baby girl.


Sept. 8, 1887

Mrs. R. Iams gave birth to a son last Thursday.

Born, at Oakland, in this county, to John Gilliland and wife, a fine baby boy, on September 4, 1887, ten pounds solid weight. Mother and child doing well, Dr. Merritt in attendance.

Mrs. Catherine Gilbert, mother of Mrs. Ed Davis of this city, died at her residence in Red Cloud, Neb., last Monday after an illness of two weeks. Mrs. Gilbert was 64 years of age and was one of the early pioneers of Nebraska, having removed to this place thirty five years ago, when it was yet a territory. Mrs. Davis left for Red Cloud on Tuesday to attend the funeral.

Last Friday night at Pinkerton’s Hall a camp of Modern Woodmen of America was organized. Following are the officers: L. T. Frybarger, VC; F. E. Derr, Alternate;L. J. Warren, WA; W. E. Dixon, Clerk; S. C. Ham, Banker; W. A. Howard, Escort; U. S. Emick, Watchman; Robert Martin, Sentry; Drs. Warren, Morgan and Steadman, Physicians; J. W. Lowdermilk, F. J. Baker and E. A. Herring, Managers.

E. D. Rock, one of the progressive young farmers of the Riverdale community, died on Sunday, Sept. 4th, at 10 o’clock pm. It is reported that he died of cerebro-spinal meningitis. He leaves a wife and a child six or seven months old. He was married July 4, 1885. the family have the sympathy of the entire community.


Sept. 15, 1887

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Benton died last Sunday, and was buried Tuesday.

A ten-pound baby boy gladdened the hearts of Mr. and Mrs. Will Starr, last Saturday morning.

Mr. S. L. Coover amd Miss Annie E. Lancaster were married at the residence of the bride’s father in Riley County, on September 7th, the Rev. Dixon of Clay Center officiating.

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Hollis died last Friday night and was buried Sunday afternoon at three o’clock.


Sept. 22, 1887

Last Thursday evening, at the home of the bride’s parents, in this city, by Rev. Weekly, of Mendota, Ill., Mr. J. D. Wixom, and Miss Minnie Shaw were united in marriage.

Mr. Sam Allison rejoiced over the arrival of a handsome girl on Tuesday evening.

A baby boy was born in the household of Mrs. William Peer Sunday morning.

A colored woman, aged 22 years, by the name of Charity Buckner, died in this city Sunday night of malarial fever. She was buried Tuesday afternoon in Greenwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Nancy Gibson, living on East Court street, died last Saturday, aged 74 years. The funeral services were held Sunday, Elder Stone officiating. The deceased was a member of the Seventh Day Adventists.


Sept. 29, 1887

Marriage licenses: Cyrus Turner, 26, and Eleanor White, 16; William Bloom, 28 (?), and Rose Chatfield, 16; Charles McNeil, 26, and May Marshall, 20.

Married on Sabbath afternoon by Rev. Mr. Mayor, Edward Turner to Miss Nellie White, at the residence of the bride’s father, five miles north of this city. Mr. George White acted as best man, and Miss Lulu Register was the bridesmaid.

Last Thursday at the residence of Mr. Jas. Wood, nine miles northeast of this city, the ceremony which joined two loving couples, for better or worse, took place. Rev. Biddison there united in holy matrimony Mr. J. Bigler to Miss E. J. Moore, and Mr. C. R. Down to Miss Emma Anderson.


Oct. 6, 1887

Frank H. Head and Eula Stewart are to be made husband and wife on Oct. 12.

Mrs. Small, mother of Mrs. Dunaway, died last Friday morning. Her funeral took place Saturday afternoon.

Henry Mall, aged twenty years, and son of Jacob Mall of near Springfield, died Tuesday night in his residence in Grant twp, after an illness of several weeks. He had been convalescing from malarial fever, and was recovering nicely, but was stricken by heart disease. He was buried today.

Frank Williams is the happy father of a boy who arrived October 2nd, a ten a.m. Congratulations and cigars.

Last Monday morning at 9 o’clock, at the residence of the bride’s parents a half mile north of the city, Rev. Allen united in marriage, Mr. Frank Vanatta and Miss Carrie Schaubel. They left for Hutchinson, Kas., for a few days’ visit, and then to Ohio for the winter.

Mr. Fred Harriman, a young man twenty two years old, living with A. Watts, four miles northwest of this city, died last Saturday morning at two o’clock, of a chrinic disease of the bowels. His parents, who were with him at the time, accompanied his remains to their home, Buda, Ill., on the noon train Saturday.

Will Milligan rejoices over the arrival of a new convert at his house. It is a boy.


Oct. 13, 1887

John Ives and Lizzie M. Lawton, of Wakefield, were married Monday.

Leslie Baker and Nannie Miles, of Green, were licensed to marry Monday.

George W. Brown and Miss Lizzie McKeever, were married last Sunday.

Peter Roth and his estimable wife are rejoicing over the advent of a daughter of regulation weight. All doing well.

Mr. Frank W. Head, well known businessman of this city, and Miss Eulah Stewart, were married yesterday morning at the home of the bride’s parents, Rev. Phelps officiating. The couple took the noon train to Kansas City, and will return about Nov. 1st.


Oct. 20, 1887

Henry F. Williams and Minnie E. Heliot were married by Probate Judge Allen yesterday.

James L. Sayers, a young man who had been working on the Rock Island grade near this city, after a few day’s illness, died at Mrs. Kearn’s boarding house on Sixth Street last Friday night. He was said to have no relative or friends. All the money he had was $4.30. He was buried Saturday at the city’s expense.

Benny Kreeps died last Saturday afternoon, typhoid fever causing his death.


Oct. 27, 1887

Born to Mrs. Erickson, Sunday, a son.
Born to Mrs. Hay, last Saturday, a daughter.
Born to Mrs. Holmes last Saturday, a daughter.
Born to Mrs. Devins last Monday morning, a son, weight 10 ˝ pounds.
Born in Oakland, Clay County, on October 10th, a fine baby boy, to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Peterson.

Probate Judge Allen granted a marriage permit to Phillip A. Corke, of Sheridan County, and Miss Alice M. Jones, of this county.


Nov. 3, 1887

The infant child of Mr. A. H. Underhill died Sunday, Oct. 30th, at Bala.

Died, Miss Villie E. Hall, on Sunday, Oct. 30th, at Exeter. Burial Monday.

Died, at his late residence, near Springfield, on Saturday, Oct. 29th, of malaria, Mr. D. P. Call age 32 years.

Died, at Springfield, Kas., Oct. 17th, Mrs. Sarah Cain, age 75 years. And three days later, Oct. 20th, her husband, A. J. Cain. In death they were not separated.

Born, on Saturday morning, Oct. 29th, to Mr. and Mrs. D. G. Smith, a son.


Nov. 10, 1887

Died, in Exeter on Sunday, Oct. 30, Leslie Hill.

Died, near Wakefield, on the 8th inst, Mr. Jos. Hageman. Burial today. (another article says he died the 5th of typhoid malaria).

From Riverdale--Mort Reynolds went to Illinois some three weeks ago to see his father, the old gentleman was buried since, and Mort is expected back the first of the week.

Married, W. W. Vian and Letitia Thacher, both of Riley County.

Born, Nov. 4th, to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Davis of Exeter, a girl.
Born, Thursday, Nov. 3rd, to Dr. Biehl and wife, a daughter.
Born, on Tuesday last, to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond, a son.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cook of the Idana community, a fine baby.


Nov. 17, 1887

Mrs. Gabhart of Oak Hill died Nov. 10th; she was one of the old settlers, having lived here 22 years. She was 71 years old, and had been a devoted Christian from the time she was 18. Grandma Gabhart was loved by all who knew her, and she always had a kind word for all. I feel assured that their loss is her gain. Her funeral was preached by Elder Balon of Miltonvale at Oak Hill on the 20th of November. Her remains were laid away on the 11th, in the cemetery two miles south of Oak Hill.

Mr. Largen of Oak Hill died suddenly on the 5th, he was quite old had been feeble for a long time. He was a member of the German Baptist church. He leaves quite a family to mourn his loss.


Nov. 24, 1887

Mrs. Peter Bisenius presented her husband, the elongated Peter, a ten pound boy on Monday evening. Peter walks perfectly straight now and if asked how tall he is, he says “ten pounds.”

Mr. J. C. Cook, an old resident of this city, died at his late residence, last Monday. His friends had long known that consumption had set its deadly seal upon him, and that his death must soon come, but when it came it was none the less sad, He was buried on Wednesday, the sermon being preached at the Christian church. Mrs. Cook has the sincere sympathy of a large circle of friends in her great affliction.

Died, at his father’s home near Oak Hill, Nov. 20, at 12:20 pm, Robert K. Wade, aged 16 years, 7 months and 24 days. He died from a wound from a pistol shot at the hands of one Mr. Mull, on the 13th of October. He lived 38 days, suffering a greater part of the time the most intense agony; he told his parents and friends he would never get well, and spent what time he could in preparing his soul for its future; he was perfectly willing to die and begged all who came near him to meet him in heaven. He had five of the best physicians in the state, and his father, Dr. Wade, never left him for one hour. But, alas, the murderers had done their work all too well, and Robbie lies in the grave yard where winter winds and summer suns will disturb him no more.

This week the photographic business by H. J. Kalin, will be run under the name of Howard and Kalin, Mr. Kalin having taken as a partner Mr. C. R. Howard.

Died, at her home on the corner of 7th and McBratney streets in this city, on Monday evening, Mrs. John French, age 26 years. Funeral Wednesday afternoon.

Died, last evening at half past seven at the residence of John Livingstone, esq., on Court street near Eighth, Margaret Whistler, sister of Mrs. Livingstone, age 67 years. Funeral tomorrow.

Last evening at its regular meeting Clay Lodge No. 115 I. O. O. F. electing the following officer for the ensuing term: Noble Grand, Rezin Iams; Vice Grand, O. L. Slade; Recording Sec’y, H. W. Selts; Permanent Sec’y, W. E. Durant; Treasurer, Newton Allen.


Dec. 8, 1887

Born, to Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Pye on Dec. 2, a girl.
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. E. Mason of Morganville on Sabbath, Dec. 4, a son.
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hoover, on Saturday, Dec. 3rd, a son.

Married, in this city on Dec. 2nd, Mr. Olof Marburg to Miss Christina Hedblom, Rev. J. T. Mayor, officiating.

Died, at Topeka at the home of his brother, R. J. McIntyre, late of this city. He was buried at Topeka on Tuesday. The cause of his death was the wound inflicted by the Reeds in the fight which occurred some weeks since. The Reeds were released on bail and it is stated all have left for parts unknown to avoid proscecution for murder.

Oak Hill—Mr. Davis’ little boy died last week; Mr. Davis is in Colorado.


Dec. 15, 1887

Oakland Twp: Mrs. Spurgeon died last Wednesday after a long illness; she had been an invalid for years. She was 46 years of age, and was a devoted Christian woman. She leaves a husband and two daughters to mourn her loss. They have the sympathy of the entire community. Her remains were interred in the Pleasant Valley cemetery.

Obituary: Ruth D. Spurgeon was born March 2, 1841 in Henry county, Iowa and when quite young her parents both died, leaving her an orphan, but not without friends, as she found in the home of her aged grandparents a fond welcome, she was tenderly care for and brought up by a favorite aunt on the old homestead. At the age of 19 she was married to John A. Spurgeon, and a few years later moved to their home in Marshall county, Iowa, where they lived until their removal in 1883 to his present home in this county. She suffered from ill health for years, and on Dec. 7, at 4 a.m., God in his mercy saw fit to release her from her suffering. Her age was 46 years, 9 month and 5 days.


Dec. 22, 1887

Clay Center Twp: Mrs. Osh died last Saturday of malarial fever, and her remains were interred in the German settlement cemetery on Saturday, Rev. Feigenboum officiating.

Bloom twp: It’s a daughter at Robert McPeal’s.

The Master Mason Lodge A. F. & A. M., held its annual election last Saturday evening, and chose the following corps of officers for the ensuing year: W. M., U. H. Emick; S. O., F. H. Head; J. W., G. M. Stratton; Sec’y, F. H. Blake, Treas., L. McCord.


Dec. 29, 1887

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Baker on Monday, Dec. 26, a son
Born to Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Conover, Sunday eve, Dec. 25, a son.


Jan. 5, 1888

George Morgan is rejoicing the advent of a daughter at his home Sabbath last.




Jan 12, 1888

History of the Baptist Church in Clay Center (read at the reunion and roll call of the church on Dec. 2, 1887)

In the fall of 1860 twelve persons were dismissed from the fellowship of the Baptist church in Manhattan for the purpose of organizing a church in Clay Center—then a village of about 100 people. The following are the names of the constituent members: Mrs. B. B. Remington, Miss Mary Remington, Miss Hulda Remington, Miss Elizabeth Remington, Miss Minerva Remington, Miss Emma Remington, Judson Remington, Howard Remington, James E. Jones, Mrs. Myra Jones, J. L. Starkweather, Mrs. J. L. Starkweather. These twelve persons met at the Court House at Clay Center and organized the First Baptist Church of Clay Center. Rev. E. Gale was moderator of that council and Judson Remington clerk. Although the Methodists were the first on the ground to hold preaching services, the Baptists were the first to organize a church and dedicate a building. Rev. J. F. Rairden was the first regular pastor. He moved his family from Indiana to Peach Creek near Morganville sometime in ’70 and preached for the church until about the first of ’72. During this time services were held in the school house, court house and various homes of church members. A building was commenced during this time, A. F. Dexter and Capt. Morgan especially helping on this enterprise, giving over $1,000 each. Bro. Dexter also gave three lots on which the building was located. The walls were erected, and the roof put on in September ’71, but nothing more was done for over two years. It stood thus without windows, doors or plastering. Services were held in the church a few times in this condition. After nearly two years of preaching to the church, Rev. Rairden retired from his charge. On January 1, 1874 the Home Mission assumed the debt of the church and Ira A. Cain was called to preach. Even through the drought years the members finally completed the building of the church and it was dedicated in 1874 by Dr. Hardwicke. Rev. Cain resigned and on Nov. 1st, 1875, Rev. J. C. Cline was called to the pastorate. He was followed by Rev. Joel Reddick in 1877, and William Reed in 1878. When Mr. Reed retired in 1880, the church membership had climbed to 75 souls. Rev. L. H. Holt, of DeKalb Illinois, was called to the pastorate oversight of the church. Mr. Holt resigned in 1884, to assume pastoral charge and general management of “The Western Baptist.” Rev. W. Kay Lord served until 1885, when Rev. S. Waite Phelps was called to the church, and under his guidance the congregation has grown to about 220 members. While many Christians have nobly stood by the Clay Center church in trying times, we cannot refrain from naming Dr. J. B. Stewart, Deacons J. E. Jones and J. L. Starkweather as worthy of honorable mention for their unwavering devotion, ceaseless toil, and large sacrifice for our beloved church.


Jan. 19, 1888

William Goodwin, son of Samuel Goodwin of this city, died yesterday, aged 19 years. The funeral will take place tomorrow at 11 o’clock.

Mrs. Rebecca Morse died this morning of blood poisoning. Funeral Saturday at 2 o’clock.

One of the saddest instances of the relentless hand of death is the striking down in the prime of life Mr. John Dwyer. Scarcely could his friends and acquaintances believe this stubborn fact, when the news was announced this morning. The deceased was one of the best known men in the county. He was born in Patterson, New Jersey, thirty six years ago. When quite young he removed to New York city, where he resided until twenty years of age. Coming west at that time he cast his lot with the pioneers of Clay county, taking a homestead 14 miles north of here. He resided there until five years ago, when he moved to Clay Center and engaged in the loan and real estate business. Last Saturday he complained of feeling badly, but was at his office in the forenoon transacting business. In the afternoon he was somewhat worse and remained home, summoning medical aid. He seemed to be somewhat improved yesterday, and not until about 12 o’clock last night did his family realize his condition was critical. Death resulted at 9:15 this morning. The funeral will take place from the Baptist church on Sunday morning with burial in Greenwood cemetery.

Em. Vincent handed us a cigar on Tuesday afternoon with the startling announcement, “it is a boy, and it weighs nine pounds.”


Feb. 2, 1888

Died, Mrs. Chas. Westling, last Saturday evening, Jan. 28. Funeral services were held at the Baptist church, Monday, at 2 o’clock.


Feb. 9, 1888

Died, Eddy, the eight year old son of Oscar Thomas, of pneumonia on Saturday, Feb. 4. Interred Monday at Greenwood cemetery.

Died, at his home in Clay Center, Olof Wickman, on Feb. 2nd of consumption. Mr. Wickman was one of the pioneers of Clay County. Funeral services were held at the Swede M. E. church some few miles north of town on Saturday.

Died, at her residence in Blaine twp on Feb. 2, Mrs. A. C. Hoxie, age 76 years. Remains interred in Greenwood cemetery.

Lincoln Creek—Mr. and Mrs. Rutherford are rejoicing over the arrival of a girl.


Feb. 16, 1888

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Benton died Saturday evening. Funeral services at the residence of Rev. Schnacke’s Sunday afternoon.

A little child of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Atkinson, Dexter’s Addition, died on Saturday evening last, and was buried on Sunday following, Rev. Kester officiating.


Feb. 23, 1888

Married, March 1st, at the residence of the officiating clergy Rev. Phelps, Miss Mary Kay, of Clay County, to Mr. J. M. Wilson of Jackson, Decatur County. The couple will leave for their western Kansas home next week.

Mr. Thomas Coleman, a conductor on the Colorado railroad, who married a few weeks back Miss Minnie Ackley, a former resident of this place, was shot and fatally wounded at Redcliff Colorado last week. It seems a certain dentist of Redcliff had made some flippant remark concerning Mrs. Coleman, and the husband attempted to chastise the gentleman in a manner suitable to the offense, when the latter drew a pistol and fired at Coleman with the above result.

Died, at her home on Grant Avenue, on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1888, Mrs. Mary Jane Mussellman, of consumption, age 23 years. Deceased was born in Perry County, Ohio, January 1865, and was married to John Mussellman of this county, in 1880, who, along with three small children, is left to lament her untimely death. The services were held from the Baptist church on Thursday with burial in Greenwood cemetery.

Born on Sunday, Feb. 19, 1888 to Mr. and Mrs. F. A. McDonald of Wakefield, a boy.

Born on Thursday of last week to Mr. and Mrs. F. Chaplin of Wakefield, a daughter.


March 9, 1888

Died, a three year old son of P. P. Adams, Garfield twp, on Sunday last of diphtheria. Interment in Greenwood cemetery on Monday. The family have the sympathy of their many friends.

Died, at the residence of Mr. Aldrich at the corner of 9th and Blunt streets on Tuesday, Mrs. Chas. Aldrich, after a three weeks illness. The remains were taken to Abilene on Wednesday, where the funeral services were held with burial in the cemetery there on that day.

Madam Rumor says that two of our young people found a barrier in the way to happiness in the shape of the girl’s father, so last Saturday evening they transported themselves to Clyde, and there had the ceremony performed, which made Miss Lizzie Harkens, Mrs. Charles Driscoll.

Died, Mattie Davy, a ten year old colored girl, inst Monday.

Died, at Pueblo, Colorado, March 4, 1888, Libbie D., wife of A. L. Runyan, of quick consumption. Mr. Runyan’s many friends here regret his loss.

Athelstane--Mrs. John Harris died on March 1st, age 44 years, two days. Her illness was brief but very severe.


March 16, 1888

Died, March 2, 1888, Glenn Edwin Vincent, aged 1 month 15 days, infant son of E. E. and Hattie Vincent.

Bloom Twp—A nice little girl at Clell Walker’s.

Married, March 7, 1888, at the residence of the bride’s mother, Mr. James H. Alsop to Miss Effie M. Dunn.

Wakefield-Born, Saturday, March 3, 1888, to Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Kemph, a son.


March 23, 1888

Died, Elder Wm. Reed, this morning at 4 o’clock. Funeral services at M. E. church, Sunday at 11 o’clock. Further particulars next week.

Died, Mr. John L. McAllister, age 61, of blood poisoning on March 16. Deceased was born in Ohio, but had been a resident of this state for the last 20 years, and of this city since 1878. He had been a sufferer of heart disease for the last three years, having been confined to his bed for a considerable part of that time, until finally it developed into blood poisoning, the immediate cause as stated. Funeral services were held on Sunday forenoon by the I.O.O.F. of which order he had been a member.

Died, Mary A. McGaully, wife of Wm. McGaully, Chapman twp, on March 10, 1888, aged 20 years. Mrs. McGaully leaves a husband and eight children, one of which is a babe of six weeks.

Died, Mrs. Lou Selts, wife of Henry Selts, at their residence on Pomeroy street, near 5th, at 5 minutes to 7 o’clock, Tursday morning, March 22, of blood poisoning. The funeral services will be held from the Congregational church, Rev. Schnacke officiating, at 10 o’clock Saturday morning. Mrs. Selts was born July 24, 1868, at Wabash, Indiana. She was married to Henry Selts, Oct. 6 1887. Her death was a surprise to all, after just a few days illness. She leaves a husband of a few months, and many friends to mourn her passing.

Died, John Modine, of Sherman twp, of lung fever. Remains were interred at the cemetery near the Swede M. E. church, 6 miles north of the city.

Died, Arthur VanVoltenberg, on March 19th, of pneumonia, aged 50 years. Deceased was well known here having resided in this country for a number of years.

Died, E. H. Armstrong, of Morganville in this county, Thursday, after a protracted illness, aged 74.

Grant Twp—Our citizens are called to mourn the loss of N. H. Fee, who died Saturday night, aged 46 years. While a member of the 12th Indiana Cavalry, he contracted chronic diarrhea, which continued in an aggregated form until death came to his relief. He leaves behind a wife and six children to mourn his death as well as his many friends in the G.A.R.

Married, on Thursday evening, March 20th, 1888, by Rev. Schnacke at the Congregational church, Mr. J. C. Howard to Miss Charlotte Beals, both of this city.

Married, at St. George’s Chapel, Wakefield, by Rev. Bagwell, Mr. W. L. Gurner and Miss Jennie Jones, both of this county.


March 30, 1888

Died, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Burl Griffin, there two year old daughter, Sunday night at 8 o’clock.

Died, in Morgantown (sic) this county, on Saturday last, Mr. Benjamin VanAuston, of this city, aged 25 years. Funeral on Monday afternoon last.

Obituary of Rev. William Reed: William Reed was born in Manchester, England, Feb. 3, 1835. He was apprenticed to a carpenter and joiner and learned the trade. He married Miss Margaret Martin of Manchester on June 14, 1857, at which time they remained until 1865, when they removed to this country and resided in Boston. In 1873 he was ordained to be a minister of the gospel at Albion, Michigan, and was licensed to be a Baptist minister. He removed to this city ten years ago with his family and was pastor of the Baptist church for the last few years. He then joined the M. E. church, and continued holding services in the old M.E. church for some time, which he gave up because of his health. He was taken sick last October, and had been confined to his room up to the time of his death, March 23, at a few minutes to 4 o’clock a.m. His death was caused by paralysis of the heart. In his demise we are deprived of one of our best citizens who was always working for the best interests of our city. He leaves a wife and four children to mourn his loss. The funeral services took place from the M. E. church on Sunday at 11 o’clock and were exceedingly impressive, several ministers officiating.

Died, Wednesday of last week, between the hours of 5 and 6 p.m., Ewin Armstrong, at the ripe age of 75 years.

Marriage Licenses: March 21, August Schnider and Pauline Krause, both of Clay county. March 24, Domineck Benjamin and Hattie N. Meldfelt, both of Clay county.

Born, on March 22, 1888, in Oakland twp., to George Culbertson and wife, a son.

Married, at the bride’s residence in Riverdale, by the Rev. Sanin, March 22, 1888, Mr. E. C. Kirkpatrick and Miss Mabel Gear, both of Riverdale, this county.

Married, at the residence of the bride’s mother, March 25, 1888, by Justice Wolcott, Mr. A. (Amos) G. Ernst and Miss Anna L. Ford, both of Clay Center.


April 6, 1888

A three year old child of Frank Gill, West Dexter street, died of pneumonia at 9:30 yesterday morning. Funeral today.

The measles are making inroads into the family of Mr. G. F. Loveland. He and five of his children are now in a precarious condition, and one child buried this week from the effects of the disease.

Henry, the bright little three year old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Reed, died of diphtheria on Tuesday evening and was buried the following day. The little fellow had been suffering for some time the effects of the measles, and this left him ill prepared to fight the attack of the diphtheria. The blow is a sad one to the Reeds, who have another child in precarious condition with the measles. Funeral services were held by Mr. Collins of the M. E. church.


April 13, 1888

Died, in this city, April 11th, Harry, beloved son of Henry and Jennie Downing, aged 7 months.

Mrs. Elizabeth Ryan died at her home Friday evening last, of pneumonia. She had been sick but a short time but the dread disease had named her as a victim. Deceased was the widow of Rev. J. P. Ryan and was well known to many of the old settlers of Clay.The funeral took place Monday at the Methodist church.

Our friend J. H. Talkington received a long delayed letter from Mannington, W. Virginia, informing him of the death of his mother, on March 5, at the place. Mrs. Talkington was quite an aged lady, being born in 1802, and though it was not a great surprise to Mr. Talkingon, the news was none the less distressing to him.

From the Millbrook Democrat: W. H. Quinn of this city fell deal Friday afternoon last, just after leaving his shop on Franklin street. He was a carpenter by trade, and an industrious man who had no enemies. He had been a sufferer of heart disease, which caused his death, for some time. He was an unmarried man of about 40 years of age, and had two sisters, Mrs. D. J. Osborn and Mrs. Ed McNulty, living in this city. Mr. Quinn was born in Kokomo, Indiana on Nov. 3, 1848. In the spring of 1870 he moved to Clay county, with his parents, making that his home until January 1, 1880, when he came to Millbrook, where he resided until his death. He was buried at the Millbrook cemetery

Married, Mr. Gus Oberland and Miss Dora L. Theis, both of Clay County, on Sunday last.

Married, on March 28th, 1888, in Carthage, Missouri, Col. J. S. Walker of this city and Miss Dolly Patterson of Carthage.

Marriage Licenses: April 11—Bartley Van Campen and Lula Rosco, both of Vining; Oscar B. Feagans and Mary Bastian, both of Clay county.


April 20, 1888

A little child of Mr. and Mrs. Jonas Wickman died on Sunday last of measles. Funeral services were held from the Swede church on Tuesday and burial was in Greenwood cemetery.

Died at her home near Springfield, in this county, on April 14, 1888, Mrs. Josephine Scheinkoenig, wife of Frank Scheinkoenig, about 50 years. Deceased was born in Aschaffinburg, Bavaria, Sept. 17, 1838, her maiden name being Maidhof. She came to New York in 1854, and was married to Mr. Scheinkoenig in 1862, residing until 1878 in Pennsylvania, from which they removed to this county. She leaves a husband and a son. The funeral was held Monday, with burial in Greenwood cemetery.


April 27, 1888

A six month old child of A. Knauer of the north side died Wednesday evening of lung fever. Funeral this afternoon at 2 o’clock.

At the home of the bride in this city, Thursday, April 26, by the Rev. Collins, Mr. G. W. Whitsitt of Tribune, Kas., and Miss Ella Hagenbach of this city. The couple departed for their future home in Tribune the same day.

Dr. Blackwood and wife are rejoicing the arrival of a son on Tuesday.

Wakefield—Born on Friday, April 13, to Mr. and Mrs. George Pocock, a fine daughter.

Married, April 25, Frank Cox of Cloud county and Gertie Watson of Clay county, by Judge Allen at his residence.


May 4, 1888

An infant son of Mr. and Mrs. P. Kimbel, of the south side, died on Wednesday of pneumonia and was buried yesterday in Greenwood.

Mary, a one year old child of John Crosley of the south side, died on Monday last of pneumonia. The remains were interred the day following at Greenwood cemetery.

Married, at their home on Sherman street, this city, by James McCurdy, Justice of the Peace, Charles Bubeck and Catherine Shurtz, May 1, 1888.

In Memoriam—Clarence S. Reed, only child of Jesse and Maria Reed, formerly of Clay Center, Kas., died in Kingston, New Mexico, March 12, 1888, after a short illness of twenty-four hours, aged 3 years, 5 months and 23 days. Little Clarence was a sweet and loving child, and was deeply beloved by all who knew him. He bore his suffering with patiences and at intervals would say to his Ma, “I will be soon better.” He died with a peaceful look on his face.

Marriage Licenses—April 26: Gilbert L. Folsome, 24, and Annie M. Stewart, 25, both of Clifton; Martin M. Mullen, 21, and Laura C. Moore, 20, both of Clay county. (Married at Judge Allen’s residence the dame day. April 30th: Anson L. Mahan, 20, Clay Center and Ida May Stout, 19, Kimeo.


May 11, 1888

A farmer by the name of Nelson Johnson, living seven miles north of this city, was killed from the effects of blasting a log on Wednesday of this week. At first it was thought he only suffered two broken legs by the force of the explosion, but later became unconscious and could not be aroused, and died later that day. It is thought that he suffered a concussion of the brain and this led to his death.

Died, in the asylum at Topeka Thursday afternoon, Mr. Thomas Blair of Bloom twp. Mr. Blair’s insanity is thought to be the result of injuries suffered in a fall at Kansas City some years ago. He was highly esteemed by his neighbor, and an honest and hardworking me. His death is a great loss to his family and to his friends.

Died, on Thursday, April 26, 1888, the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. George Guy, Wakefield. Services were conducted by Rev. R. Kerr, on Friday afternoon.

Born, on Sunday, April 20, to Mr. and Mrs. Peter Koerner, twins. One of the children died, and was buried Monday.

Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Swezes, on April 20, 1888, a bouncing girl.

Married, John W. Harris and Annie R. Palmer, May 6th by Rev. Beegle.


May 18, 1888

Married, on Tuesday evening, May 15, by J. P. James C. McCurdy, at his residence corner Morgan avenue and Sherman street, Mr. Wallace Long and Miss Sarah Carter, all of this city.

Marriage licenses—May 16, Alexander Davis, 23,and Miss Annie Fife, 21, both of Oak Hill; May 17, William A. Robinson, 26 and Miss Mary McIntire, 19.


May 25, 1888

Died, at the residence of I. J. Impey, in this city, Monday afternoon, May 21, 1888, Mt. William J. Mayor, of disease of the kidneys. Mr. Mayor was an Englishman by birth, having come to Kansas in 1880, taking a homestead. He was aged about 40 years, and leaves a wife and three children, as well as a host of warm friends to mourn his death. Funeral on the Wednesday following his death, with a large concourse of friends and relatives following the body to its resting place in Greenwood cemetery.

Married, at the home of the bride near Springfield, Wednesday, May 23, by the Rev. Schnacke, John Coleman, of St. Louis, and Jessie C. Smith, of this county.


June 1, 1888

Died, of consumption, Mr. Wesley Fair, aged 54 years, of this city, at the Cottage House, May 27, 1888. Deceased was born in Canada in 1834, and lived several years in Michigan prior to 1869, at which time he removed to Clay county, and has since resided in Grant twp, some nine miles southwest of this city. He had been a sufferer for two years, but had only in the last two months been confined to his room. Mr. Fair leaves a daughter, Mrs. Lanning, of Phillips county, and many friends who learned to esteem and respect him highly. The remains were interred at Bala cemetery on Thursday.

Bloom Twp--Mr. Molines has a nice little daughter now at his house. All doing well.


June 15, 1888

Died, Mr. L. R. Gilman, age 65 years, died at his home on the Jewett place, just west of town, at 5 o’clock last evening. For several weeks the deceased had been a sufferer of liver troubles. He leaves a wife and son. The funeral will be held at the residence tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock, Rev. Phelps officiating.

The marriage of Mr. Thomas A. Cordry, of Cuba and Miss Allie Peckham, of this city, was performed at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. P. P. Kelive, by Rev. Lee of Manhattan on Wednesday morning. They will make their home in Cuba where Tom is in the newspaper business.


June 22, 1888

A telegram from Indiana announced that James Comingore (Teddy) is dead. Mrs. Comingore and child left on the first train afterward to attend the funeral.

Died, at their residence of Gifford street, Mrs. Warner, wife of Thomas Warner, at 4 o’clock p.m. Wednesday, June 21th. The funeral services will be held at their residence at 10 o’clock today, and the remains will be interred at the Greenwood cemetery.


June 29, 1888

Drowned, Harry (Harvey) Strobel, the eight year old boy who ran away from home last Thursday, son of A. J. Strobel of Exeter twp., found floating around in the eddy below the dam, by P. McFadden, who was fishing at that place. He brought the body ashore and it was taken to the undertaking establishment of Graham Bros. The remains were interred in the Exeter Cemetery on Sunday.


July 6, 1888

Born to Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Taylor on the 2nd, a son.

Mrs. Thomas Welsh, wife of the station agent at Idana, died last Saturday after a protracted illness of the dread disease consumption. Mrs. Welsh was an estimable woman, beloved by all who knew her, and her death is a sad blow not only to her family but to the community as well. Mrs. Welsh was about 40 years and leaves a husband and seven children. Interment on Sunday in the Shields graveyard west of Idana.


Republican Valley Democrat July 20, 1888

Born to Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Herring, on Tuesday last, an eight pound girl.

Died on the 18th inst, at Wakefield, Carl Lindner Ellenwood, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Ellenwood, age 4 years, 4 months, after a siege of malarial fever and cerebro-spinal meningitis. The remains were buried in the Madura cemetery on the 19th inst.


July 27, 1888

Aaron Dungan, who lived at Ft. Kearney, Neb., brother of our John B. Dungan, died suddenly at his home, June 12, ult. He was one of the first homesteaders to locate on that tract, when it was opened for homesteading, many years ago.

Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Sam Haws, Saturday, a boy.

At the Comstock Parlor, Sunday afternoon, by Rev. Schnacke of the Congregational church, Prof. August Moeller and Miss Jennie Knight were made man and wife.

At the palacial residence of the bride’s parents, east of the city, Sunday afternoon, Rev. Collins of the M. E. church, made John Carson and Miss Jennie Ryerson man and wife.

Died, Miss Christina Anderson, age 30, on Thursday last.

Died, at 2 o’clock a.m. July 27th, of typhoid fever, Ora Crabb, in his 18th year. Funeral at M. E. church tomorrow 11 a.m.

Died, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. I. T. Hubband of Union twp., Saturday.

Died, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. M. S. Salter, Tuesday.

Died, Bennie Russell (colored) age 2 years, of consumption, last Friday.


Aug. 3, 1888

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Gilbert, a ten pound boy, Saturday.

The home of Mr. Kester was made brighter on the 26th, ult, by the advent of a new young lady.

Died, the infant child of H. H. Robinson, Exeter, on Tuesday; funeral services Wednesday.

Died, infant girl of Mrs. Burnette’s Wednesday morning of cholera infantum.


Aug. 10, 1888

Died, on Tuesday, August 7, at the residence of his parents in Blaine twp., Lyle Chaplin Ross, aged 18 months and 11 days. The funeral was held at the Republican City church on Wednesday at 10 o’clock. This lovely little boy was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Ross, all who knew him mourn his death on account of his loving qualities as well of sympathy for the grief-stricken parents.


Aug. 17,1888

The George Sparks’ at Exeter welcomed a son.

Born, August 18 inst, to Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Smith, a daughter.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Smith, of Exeter, welcomed a son, Saturday last.


August 31, 1888

Our farmer friend, N. Z. McFadden, Oak Hill, reports the death of an old Kansan, Andrew Jackson Gabhart, somewhere in the Walla Walla valley, W. T., some days ago. No particulars given other than that he was sick no more than nine days, and was buried in the place where he died. “Father Gabhart,” as he was called by his many friends, came to Kansas in its territorial days, was a “Free State” man, at Lawrence at the time that Quantrill, the bloodiest murderer of his day, made his fiendish raid on that city. Mr. Gabhart settled in Clay County, where Oak Hill now is, in 1866. His wife died last year, and he, being lonely, went last spring to his son in W. T., where he died. Robust in health, energetic in business, open and frank in character, faithful to his friends, simple in manner, and undismayed by peril or disaster, he was a model type of the old settler that made Kansas great even in her infancy. He built the stone building now used as a jail in 1868. From the time it was instituted, he was an honored member of Clay Center Lodge, No. 134, A. F. & A. M.

At six o’clock last evening, in the home of the bride, Rev. Mr. Collins, of the First M. E. church, in his felicitous manner, solemnized the ordinance of marriage between Mr. P. B. Miller and Miss Mary E. White. The contracting parties are well known and highly esteemed by a host of friends. May they experience all the happiness in life that they deserve, and the Democrat wishes them felicity, unbroken and unlimited.


Sept. 7, 1888

Born, on Saturday night to Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Colbath, a son.

At his residence on 7th street, Rev. S. D. Stone said the few words which made Jasper D. Nealis of Pottawatomie county, and Clara Stoddard, of this city, one. There were a few invited guests and the affair was a very pleasant one for all concerned. Mr. Nealis has charge of the post office at St. George, but is also a farmer of that area. Miss Stoddard has many friends who regret her sudden flight, but congratulate Mr. Nealis in his prize. The couple left on Tuesday morning, with the sisters of the groom, to go to St. George where the couple will make their home.


Sept. 14, 1888

Obituary—Francis S. Weir, fourth son of David Weir of this county, was born in Indiana on the 8th day of September, 1858, and departed this life on August 12, 1888. His case was a novel one and was supposed to be acute inflammatory rheumatism, but further development and examination disclosed suppuration of the right elbow and knee joints. It is thought that the trouble arose from cold and a strain of the ligaments in the joints. His illness was long and painful, but it was borne with patience and fortitude.


September 21, 1888

Mr. Martin Bauers of Broughton reports the sudden death of Mr. Brooks, a brother of Mrs. Joseph Bradbury of Grant twp. Cause of death, a stroke of paralysis. The remains were buried in the Gatesville cemetery, Rev. Vincent officiating.

Raymond Lamb of Groton, Connecticut, father of Mr. N. T. Lamb of this city, died at his home on the 8th inst. About four years ago he visited this place for some time, in hopes of being bettered of a malady that had afflicted him for years, but finding that he got no better, returned to his home where he patiently suffered, and waited for the end.

It is with a deep sense of sorrow for the bereaved wife and mother that we chronicle the last of the saddest misfortunes that come to the heart and home of humanity. Mrs. George Taylor lost her husband about one year since. Now she is called to pass through the trial of burying a pair of twins and a little six year old girl within one week. How difficult it is to understand the ways of Providence, which we cannot question to be for the best.

Died, on the 18th inst, at the residence of J. A. Bauers, of cancer, Mr. Peter Laflin, aged 70 years, 2 months, and 12 days.

Obituary—Died of brain fever, at his residence in Grant twp., on Saturday 15th inst., William M. Huckstep, aged 35 years and 10 months. His remains were buried by a large concourse of friends in Greenwood cemetery last Sunday. William M. Huckstep was born in St. Louis Co., Mo., in 1852; he came to Kansas in 1868 with his father who was one of the first settlers in this county. His father died in 1874, leaving him to support the family, which he did until a few years ago. He was a hard working and industrious young man. He married Miss Rose Brooks, daughter of D. G. Brooks of this city. He leaves a wife and three children to mourn his loss.

Died, Nellie E. Wheeler, infant daughter of John and Etta Wheeler, aged 2 months and 3 days. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of all, in their sorrow.


September 28, 1888

Father Hemphill died this morning at 3 a.m. This closes a long and useful life. Funeral services Sunday, 2 o’clock p.m., all friends invited, especially the old settlers. Services conducted by Rev. Park, assisted by Rev. Underwood.

Married, at the home of the bride’s father, Mr. Thomas Warner, at the corner Seventh and Gifford streets, Saturday, September 22, 1888, by Judge Newton Allen, Mr. George Allen of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Miss Georgia Warner, of this city. Mr. Allen was former a resident of this city and is known as an industrious young man and is in every way worthy of the esteem in which he is held by those who know him. The bride is a most estimable young lady whose excellent qualities endear her to a host of friends. The couple returned to their home in Lincoln Saturday morning last.


Oct. 25, 1888

Williams-Isely Wedding—at the bride’s home in Idana, Mr. Williams of Kansas City and Miss Ida Isely, Tuesday evening, Oct. 23.

Redmond-Rothman Wedding—at the house of Philip Rothman, the bride’s father, on Wednesday, Oct. 24, by Rev. John S. Park, Mr. Joseph Redmond and Miss Mary C. Rothman. This joyous celebration drew many friends together, who enjoyed a pleasant evening. The bride was elegantly dressed in a surah silk and Joe beamed with happiness. It was a handsome couple who joined hands at the bridal altar to walk through life. We wish them all the happiness in a sacred relationship formed under such happy auspices.


Nov. 2, 1888

Oakland Twp.—Death has visited our valley and taken from us one of our choicest flowers. Miss Ella Kirkland died on the 27th of October of typhoid fever; her age was 15. She was loved by all her companions, and will be greatly missed. Her mother died when she was quite young; her father and brothers took care of her and she has been their housekeeper for a long time. They have the sympathy of all their friends in their sad bereavement. She was buried in the Pleasant Valley cemetery on the 28th.


Nov. 9, 1888

Died, Nov. 1, at the home of Vine Starr in the southeastern part of the city, Edward Badette, aged 33 years. The funeral took place from Mr. Starr’s home Saturday, Nov. 3 at 10:00 am. The remains were interred in Greenwood cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Underwood.

Marriage Licenses—Licenses have been issued to the following couples already this month: Nov. 1—Leonard S. Bolton, 46 and Miss May Studer, 18 Nov. 5-- Wm. Grundall and Mary Alquist Nov. 6—Otis P. Wingrove, 46 and Mary F. Ryan, 40. Nov. 7—Wm. Dunn, 20 and Ethel Perkins, age 15, of Clifton; John Lammey, 27 and Susan McGill, 15 Nov. 8—Geo. W. Cumley, 23 and Emma Kendall, 22, both of Morganville.

Death of Jesse D. Wixom—It is with the deepest appreciation that a mere acquaintance can feel for the sorrow of his bereaved relatives and his host of intimate friends, that we announce the death of Jesse D. Wixom, which occurred at his home in this city on Sabbath afternoon last. Everyone had a good word to say of Jesse Wixom and everybody seemed stunned at the announcement of his untimely death. He was a young man who struggled the way up from the bottom amid difficulties that few have been able to overcome. He had succeeded because he struggled hard and he deserved to succeed. J. D. Wixom was born in LaSalle Co., Ill., Jan. 15, 1865 and was brought to Kansas by his parents when 8 years of age, where he grew to manhood and has since resided. He was aged 23 years, 9 months of age at the time of his death. Mr. Wixom was married in the fall of 1887 to Miss Minnie Shaw, of this city, and their short wedded life had been just as happy as it was brief. Near its end, he repeatedly kissed his wife, assuring her that they should meet again, remarking on the shortness and happiness of their married life. A little child four months of age*, is left with the widowed mother. Mr. Wixom was a consistant Christian and assured his friends of his willingness to die, urging them to live so they might meet him again in Heaven. He was member of the Knights of Pythias in the honors of which he was buried. The funeral service was largely attended, and were conducted by the Rev. Schanacke at his late home on Tuesday, and the remains were buried in Greenwood cemetery. (*the infant was a boy named Elver)


Nov. 16, 1888

Marriage License: Pleasant Martin and Laura Palmateer (no date given)

Died, Nov. 7th, of congestion of the bowels, Margaret Herter, of this city, in her 58th year.

Died, Nov. 11, John Simpson, of old age and general debility, at his home near the High School, aged 77 years.

Died, Nov. 12, at his home in Hayes Twp., Mr. Chas. Gilbert, aged 66 years. Mr. Gilbert was one of the old settlers of Clay County, and was much esteemed by all who knew him. He was a stonecutter by trade and was the builder of the Presbyterian church, which remains a monument to his ability.

Died, on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Bonham Hotel, Mr. Henry Heath, aged 43 years, of consumption. Mr. Heath was the proprietor of the Bonham Hotel, having leased the same for a term of five years, coming from Logan, Iowa on March last. The remains were buried in Greenwood cemetery, but on receipt of a telegram from relatives the body was sent thither on the day following.


Nov. 23, 1888

Mr. James Hathaway died at his residence on Grant avenue near 8th street on Tuesday morning of this week (Nov. 21st) of paralysis. Mr. Hathaway was born in Worthington, Mass., Feb. 16, 1818, and was married to Miss Martha Van Bergen of Dalton, that state, in 1840. Three years after they moved to Geneva, Wisconsin, and in 1869 removed to Kansas where they have since resided. Mr. Hathaway was one of our oldest and most respected citizens, honored and esteemed by all who knew him. He has been a sufferer for many months past and his death has been expected. A wife and two daughters survive him. Funeral services were held Wednesday of this week and were conducted by honors of Free Masonry of which order he was a member in high standing. The remains were interred in Greenwood cemetery.

Marriage licenses: Nov. 19: Jos. Morrisette, 19, and Exilda Dandurand, age 21; Nov. 20, W. S. Berry, age 31, and Mildred A. Culbertson, age 21. All are residents of Clay County.


Nov. 30, 1888

Mr. Engbert, aged twenty-two, son of Andrew Engbert living near town, died on Monday last, and was buried the following Tuesday.

Gatesville News—We are called upon to report the sad and tragic death of Simon Y. E. Dixon, who was killed on Saturday night by a mad bull, while in the act of leading him to water. The horn of the animal penetrating the left temple, his nose was broken and otherwise badly bruised. He was buried on Monday at the Gatesville school house at 3 p.m., Phil Sheridan Post 88 sending a detail consisting of Comrades Drake, Hesser, Taylor, Fletcher, Wingrove, Johnson, Simpson, Rairden, Burnell, Smith and Humbent, assisted by Comrades from the Springfield Post under the command of Major Ingersoll, having conducted the services, the Rev. Vincent officiating. Comrade Dixon was a member of Post 88, G.A.R., having been a member of Co. I, 72nd Indiana volunteers, which was assigned to Wilder’s Brigade of mounted infantry. He returned after serving three years, and was badly crippled with rheumatism. He was pensioned a short time ago at $8 a month. He leaves a wife and six children to mourn his loss. His son Elwood who lives in Missouri being summoned by telegraph in time to attend his funeral. Mr. Dixon came here from Missouri about six years ago and settled where the family now reside.

WILBERT-BLUE MARRIAGE—At the residence of the bride’s uncle, this city, Sunday, Nov. 28, 1888, by his honor Judge Allen, Mr. Frank C. Wilbert, of Belleville, and Miss Myrtle M. Blue of Idana.

MARRIAGE LICENSES—Franklin C. Wilbert, 23, Belleville, and Myrtle M. Blue, 19 of Idana; George L. Derr, 27, of Washington Co., and Emma L. McGhie, 21, of Clay Co.; William S. Furrow, 31, of cloud Co., and Nannie E. Blair, 18, of Clay Co.


Dec. 7, 1888

Died, in this city, Dec. 5, Miss Aura Moore, aged 21 years and nine months, at the home of her parents on East Lincoln avenue, after an illness of several months. Buried at Greenwood cemetery this afternoon. Obituary next week.

Died, in Highland Twp., Dec. 3, Rosa Wagner, of malarial fever, aged 3 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. Wagner.

Died, in Blaine Twp., Dec. 2, Linda Steele, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. F. Steele.

MARRIAGE LICENSES—Henry Esmay, 23, and Irene Foster, 18, both of Wakefield, married Tuesday last by Rev. Hayes; Joseph Gibson, 27, and Catherine King, 31, married by Judge Allen on Dec. 3; Dec. 5, Peter Monahan, 50, and Saville Cox, 44; William Willhalf, 23, and his brother Jacob Willhalf, 36 to Rosine Friederich, 23 and Barbara Frienderich, 26, respectively. Married yesterday afternoon at the German M.E. church by the Rev. E. R. Menger.

Green News—Married Nov. 29, Mr. William Furrow and Miss Mamie Blair of this place; we join their friends in wishing them a happy life.

Green--Mr. Buels buried their second child last week. Truly they have our sympathy.

Green—J. King’s have the nicest little son, just three weeks old.

Divorce—Joseph Dakin from Clara Dakin, filed Dec. 8, 1888


Dec. 14, 1888

Mrs. John Smith died at her home on the north side on Tuesday afternoon last of typhoid fever, after an illness of five weeks. She leaves a husband and four children to mourn the untimely death of the young wife and mother, as well as a host of friends in this vicinity who extend their sincere sympathy to the bereaved family and regret the loss of their kind neighbor and friend. The funeral took place on Wednesday at Greenwood cemetery. The father and mother of Mr. Smith arrived on the evening train Wednesday, too late for the funeral services.

In Memoriam—Aura Moore, died on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 1888. She passed alone into death, entering the ceaseless sleep and serenity. And though the silence of her departure dwells within us, yet they can never write upon our hearts the word oblivion. And hand in hand with memory, the minds best attribute, will we often sojourn to the happy scenes of other days. For death hath, like a painter, touched with brilliant colors the virtues of her life. And every gentle act of hers shall still with us abide, until the grim-faced messenger shall clip the cord that unites matter unto life, and separates the two evermore. Aura, we can not call you back, or would we if we could, to this world of sin and sorrow, but we can, by living a true and righteous life, join you in Heaven. She leaves a loving mother and father to mourn her loss. Great sympathy is felt for the bereaved parents, who are left alone by the death of their only child.

Died, Dec. 10th, of malarial fever, Mary Heere, aged 6 years, daughter of Fritz Wagner, of Highland Twp.

Died, Daniel Sannenberg, aged 16 months, of croup; child of Mr. and Mrs. George Sanneberg of Wakefield.

William Schaubel, for a long time the sexton at Greenwood cemetery, died at his home on the north side, on Monday last, of consumption, aged 46. Funeral services Wednesday, interment in Greenwood cemetery.


Dec. 21, 1888

MARRIAGE LICENSES: Wednesday, Manuel Grayson, 39, and Mary Ferguson, 40, both of this city; Thursday, William Burnett, 25, and Miss Minnie Green, 18, both of Morganville; Monday, Daniel M. Arnold, Wyoming Territory, 26, and Emma Westlund, 20, Morganville; Tuesday, Thomas Edmonds, 30 and Inger E. Larson, 23, both of Clay County.

Martin Burch, of Wakefield, was seen on the streets early Monday morning with a box of fine cigars under his arm, and a broad smile on his phiz; of course he has the prettiest baby in town. May she grow up to be the pride and joy of your household, is the wish of your friends.


Dec. 28, 1888

An infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. S. Householder, died of bronchitis on Christmas.

Green—Married, Dec. 25, by Rev. Hacker; Joe Layman and Millie Barnes—we all wish them a happy life.

Green—Miss Minnie Hutchinson, of this place, who went to Montana last April in hopes of benefiting her health, being afflicted with that dread disease, consumption, died in the territory named, last week. Miss Hutchinson was much loved by here friends here and her death is received with sympathy of the entire community.

Green—Mr. and Mrs. McAuley and Mr. and Mrs. Anderson took the train to Johnson to attend the marriage ceremony of Mr. Breckinridge and Miss Emma McAuly, their daughter.


Jan. 4, 1889

MARRIAGE LICENSES—Dec. 27, 1888, John S. Robinett, 23, Dickinson Co., and Margaret Evans, 17, Clay Co.; Dec. 28, 1888, Henry E. Wideman, 24, and Effie Rooks, 17, both of Clay Co.; Dec. 29, 1888, William E. Blair, 21, and Minnie Kennedy, 19, both of this city—married Jan. 1 at the residence of the bride’s parents in Hayes Twp.; Dec. 29, 1888, Charles Mathies, 24, of Chillicothe, Illinois, and Carrie Wixom, 21, of this city—married Jan. 1 at the residence of the bride’s parents; Dec. 31, 1888, George M. Rankin, 27, Clay Co., and Mary E. Herron, 26, Pottawatomie Co.


Jan. 11, 1889

The following elected officers of the Modern Woodmen of America were installed on Saturday, Jan. 6, 1889: C. F. Conwell, V.C.; M. A. Jones, W.A.; C. W. Hesser, C.B.; Wm. Baird, sentry; Rob Martin, watchman; W. H. Cavan, clerk; Dr. Warren, physician.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Driscoll, on the south side, a boy, on the 4th inst.

Died, in Morganville, January 5, 1889, of cancer of the stomach, Mr. Robert Robertson, aged 54 years.

MARRIAGE LICENSES: Jan. 7, Wm. Gasswint, 32, and Sarah Schiffman, 21, both of Clay Co.; Jan. 7, John A Murdock, 45, and Rebecca Crammon, 38, both of Washington Co.; Jan. 8, Nicholas Schiltz of Clay Co. and Sellestine Wirtz, 19 of Washington Co.


Jan. 18, 1889

Mrs. Ferrell, wife of a prominent farmer of Blaine Twp., died on Tuesday of last week and was buried on the following Thursday.

Born—To Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Neal, on Jan. 12, 1889, a girl; to Mr. and Mrs. G. Carl, this city, Sunday, Jan. 13, 1889, a girl; to Mr. and Mrs. Feyanian McFadden, on Jan. 13, a regular boy; to Mr. and Mrs. S. M. Hollis, Jan. 9, 1889, a boy.


Jan. 25, 1889

Miss Fannie McDonald, daughter of Mr. Lou McDonald, died at home in Idana on Sunday last of typhoid, after an illness of about two weeks. Miss McDonald was a favorite of the younger portion of the community, who share in sorrow the grief of the father and the remaining sisters of their irreparable loss. The funeral was held on Monday, the day following her death and the remains interred in the cemetery at Idana.

Mrs. Katherine Wilder, mother of M. E. and A. S. Wilder, died in this city on Tuesday of this week, aged about 69 years. Mrs. Wilder, whose maiden name was Day, was born in Canada on Nov. 27, 1820. She survived her husband, who died in 1850, near 38 years. Mrs. Wilder had been a member of the M.E. church for many years, was a true, good woman, and was much loved by all who knew her. She leaves three children, Mrs. C. Stubbs, who lives near this city, and the aforementioned sons, who are in the coal business here. The funeral will take place on Friday at 11:00 a.m.

Eddie Eisley, a little eight year old son of T. Eisley of near Idana, died last Friday of fever. Some time ago he was injured about the head in an accident occasioned by a runaway team from which he never fully recovered, which may have been the cause of his death, his head being fractured and the bones were found to be sunken in against the brain. Eddie was a bright and interesting child and this is a hard blow to his parents who doted on the boy with more than usual attention.

Divorce granted—Mary Jackson vs. George Jackson. Plaintiff allowed to resume her maiden name of Mary Forsythe.

MARRIAGE LICENSES—Jan. 16, Elisha Weaver, 20 and Mollie Enochs, 18, both of this city—married Jan. 20th in Green; Jan. 19, Frederick W. Guy, 26, St. Marys and Agnes Jones, 26, Wakefield—married Jan. 25 in Wakefield; Jan. 19, Stephen Patnande, 40, Clay Co. and Ulale Richen, 32, Cloud Co.; Jan. 23, U. S. Ford, 20, and Minnie B. McGunnigle, 18, both of Clay Center—married same day at the residence of the bride’s mother.

Tabor—Died, at her home Tuesday evening, Mrs. Mary Ann McNeal, after a severe illness of Bright’s Disease. The family have the sympathy of their friends.

Death of Judge Markham—The startling and unexpected intelligence of the death of Judge Markham shocked the people of this city last evening. But few people knew of his illness and none considered it even alarming, even the members of his family were in no way apprehensive that the end was near, even to a few moments prior to his death which occurred at forty minutes past four on Thursday evening. The judge had been up several times during the day, and maintained perfect rationality to the end, and his life went out as calmly as the man “who wraps his cloak about him and lies down to pleasant dreams.” He was born near Albion, New York, July 5, 1833, from whence he moved to Dane County, Wisconsin, where he spent the greater portion of his life, coming to Clay County about eleven years ago, where he has since lived. He was at the time of his death serving as Police Judge of this city, the office he was elected to nearly two years ago. He was member of the I.O.O.F. of this city, which order was in charge of the funeral. He leaves a wife, who is a sister of Joseph Blount of this city, and a son, Claude Markham. He has no other near relatives in this place, but a host of friends will be pained to hear of his death, and unite with a bereft mother and son in their sorrow. The funeral will take place 11:00 Sunday from his late residence.

Married—at the residence of the bride’s parents, on Wednesday evening, Joshua Pumphrey and Miss Clara Hill, both of this city.


Feb. 1, 1889

There was born to Mr. and Mrs. Peoples (col.) on Monday twins, one of which died on the same day.

Charlie Taylor is one of the city’s few colored tradesmiths. He was for a long time employed in the shoe store of Moore, this city, as a mechanic in this line, but has now set up shop three doors east of People’s Bank. He is prepared to furnish boots and shoes to order; also repairing footwear neatly and cheaply. His card is located elsewhere in this column.

Mrs. Elizabeth Brooks died at her home on Clay Street on Monday last of rheumatism of the brain after an illness of about two weeks. She had been unconscious for a period of eight days prior to her death. Mrs. Brooks, whose maiden name was Lambkin, was born in Lincolnshire, England, in 1833, and had lived in this country for a considerable number of years. She is the mother of Mrs. William Huckstep, of this city, and besides leaves five children, all arrived at mature years. She was a consistent member of the Methodist church and was a consistent Christian and a good neighbor. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Collins on Wednesday, and the remains were interred in Greenwood cemetery.

A one year old child of Burl Griffin (colored) of this city, died Wednesday of consumption.

Mr. T. Tjallden died at the home of his son, J. P. Tjallden, in Hayes Twp. On Sunday last, Jan. 27. Mr. Tjallden came from Sweden some 19 years ago, from which time he has resided with his son, until his death.

MARRIAGE LICENSES—Jan 25, Edward Gerardy, 24, and Lissie Gross, 19; Jan. 26, Chas. G. Shivers, 25, and Lillie M. Lacey, 16; Jan. 26, John E. Stenstrom, 25, and Emma W. M. Nordquist, 16—married by Judge Woods; Jan 29, Henry S. Tillinghast, 44 and Edith Burton, 34; Jan. 30 Louis Woodruff, 21, Cloud Co., and Alice Jennings, Clay Co.

Divorce granted—Emma Hanlon vs. John Hanlon

Died, after a short illness at her residence in Wakefield, on the 28th inst, Mrs. R. H. Jones. Funeral services were held at the M.E. church on the 30th, Rev. Hoyes officiating. The family have the sympathy of the community in their affliction.

Mr. Joseph Starling was called by telegram on the 29th, inst, to the bedside of his son, Herbert, in Lamar, Colorado. Mr. Starling dispatches the sad news that his son was dead and he would arrive with the corpse on Friday morning. Funeral services will be held at the M.E. church in Wakefield on Friday. The deceased was a man of unblemished character, and won the confidence and esteem of all who knew him. In his death we have lost an honored and valuable member of this community.


Feb. 8, 1889

MARRIAGE LICENSES: Leonard Haden and Miss Ann Mayor of Oakland Twp.; William T. Moran of Clay County and Emma E. Walker of Butler County.

James Frazell, well known by the familiar title of “Uncle Jim,” was found dead in his bed at Garrison on Thursday morning. Heart disease was attributed as the cause of death. He had been in the hotel business for many years and was in charge of the Henry House and three others in this city, the latter still bearing the sign and being known as “Uncle Jim’s”. At the time of his death he was running the railway house at Garrison. He was aged about 53 years and was one of the pioneer settlers of Kansas and Clay County. His remains will be brought to this place for interment.

A private telegram received in this city announced the death of C. R. Barnes at Birmingham, Alabama at midnight, Wednesday. Mr. Barnes is well known here, having been a former resident and builder of the Quaker City Rolling Mills.


Feb. 15, 1889

A little eight month old child of Albert Wingrove, of this city, died on Monday of fever, and was interred on Tuesday afternoon.

Died at his home in Garrison, Kansas, on Thursday, Feb. 7, 1889, James A. D. Frazell, aged 62 years, 4 months and 20 days. He was born in New York state, Oct. 17, 1826, but moved when quite young to Ohio, where he grew to manhood. He afterward removed to Iowa, where he wooed and won his wife, in the person of Miss Cynthia A. Spurrier, who still survives him. With his wife he emigrated to Kansas in 1859, settling in Lynn County where he lived until the civil war. At the first call of the President for three months men, he enlisted in the 2nd Kansas Volunteer Calvary, in which he served until discharged. He again enlisted in the 12th Kansas Volunteers in which regiment he served until the end of the war. After the war he returned to Kansas and lived for a while in Washington County, and then Nebraska; he then took up a homestead in what was known as Fancy Creek. Here he lived among the varied scenes of pioneer life for many years. He was instrumental in establishing the post office in that place, acting as postmaster, one of his sons carrying the mails upon that line. In 1876 he moved to this place, entering the hotel business in what at that time was known as the Clay Center House. During his ten year stay in this city he also had charge of the Allaway House and Park House. In 1886 he left this place to take charge of a hotel at Garrison, where he remained until his death. His remains were brought to this place by special train on Sunday. The family was met at the station by a large concourse of friends, as well as the G.A.R., the order which had charge of the funeral. The funeral was held at the M.E. church, with burial in Greenwood cemetery. The deceased leaves a wife and four children, B. F., Francis P., Louella A., and Mollie L., all of whom reside at Garrison.


Feb. 22, 1889

Willie Rice, the eight year old son of William Rice (col.) of Gifford street, died on Wednesday evening last, and was buried today at two o’clock. Willie was a bright and interesting little boy, and his death falls heavily on the old colored man and his wife, who have endeared themselves to everybody by their simple-hearted and kind, unselfish ways.

Miss May Dunn, daughter of James Dunn of Exeter twp., died on Friday last of consumption. She was about 14 years of age and is the third member of the family that has fallen from the dread disease. They have the heartfelt sympathy of their neighbor in their sorrow.

A bright little five year old boy of Harvey Thompson’s of the south part of town, died on Tuesday last of the croup, and was buried on Wednesday. Neighbors and friends united in expressing sympathy for the bereaved family.


March 1, 1889

The report of an accidental shooting in which a young man lost his life comes from Green, some six miles north of this city. On Saturday last Mr. William Godwin, of that place, was out hunting and on his way home stopped at the house of a neighbor, one Mr. Jones, where he remained for a friendly chat. Previous to starting and while still in the act of talking he set the butt of the gun, a double-barrelled Fowling piece, on a chair, and to free one hand with which to get something out of his pocket, he placed the muzzle beneath his arm. The gun slipped and was discharged. The charge of shot entered his right side under the arm, making a fatal wound, one of the large arteries being severed, which he bled to death in a few minutes. Mr. Godwin was about 22 years of age, and unmarried. He was a general favorite in the neighborhood, and the sudden and tragic death has cast a gloom over the entire community. The funeral took place on Sunday, and the remains interred in the cemetery at Green.

With an reverend appreciation of the deep sorrow that has overtaken the bereaved family and friends that we record the untimely death of Miss Rose Grubs which occurred at her home in this city on Thursday evening after an illness of but a few days. Miss Grubs has for a number of months been a clerk in the Leeder dry goods house of this city and was one of the most trusted and efficient in this capacity, as well and a kind and exemplary young lady in all other respects. She was loved by all and her passing has left more aching hearts than those of her near relatives. She was about 24 years of age. The funeral will take place on Sunday morning at the M.E. church.

Married at the Catholic church at Fact by the Rev. Father Huffman, on Tuesday of this week, Mr. Ned Crimmins of Fact and Miss Flora McClelland of this city.

MARRIAGE LICENSES: Feb. 19, Michael E. Crimmins, 28 and Miss Flora McClellan, 25; Feb. 20, Velton A. Stewart, 30 and Miss Maggie Hammerli, 18; Feb. 21, William Avery, 24 and Miss Mary Cox, 19; Feb. 23, Frank D. Smith, 21 and Miss Lettie Maple, 18; Feb. 24, Lyman A. Barnes, 26 and Miss Aurilla Ogden, 18; Feb. 26, Wade A. Smith, 22 and Belle E. Cleveland, 18.


March 8, 1889

MARRIAGE LICENCES—Feb. 28: Mats Anderson, 28 and Christina Oleson, 28, both of Clay County; Feb. 28: R. H. Simmons, 28, and Addie M. Peterson, 17, both of Jewell County; Mar. 2: George B. Ashford, 44 and Catherine Higbie, both of Clay Center—married by Judge Woods; Mar. 5: Clinton D. Holt, 22 and Fannie A. Osborne, 22, both of Clay County; Arthur Adair, 55 and Eliza Crawford, 44, both of Clay County; Mar.6: John G. Miller, 22 and Annie L. D. Dirke, both of Clay County.

Died, at her home in Dighton, Lane Co., Kansas, Mrs. Rebecca Oxley, of consumption, aged 52 years. Mrs. Oxley was born in Ohio in 1836 where she grew to womanhood and was married to Mr. Robert Oxley in 1857, before removing to Kansas in 1872. She was for many years a resident of this place and was well known and universally respected for her quiet ways and genuine Christian character. She has been a member of the M.E. church since a small girl and was at the time of her death was associated with the membership of that church in this place. She was the mother of eight children, six of whom survive her, three living in this city. The eldest daughter is the wife of Mr. William Sharp of this city with whom the youngest daughter of the deceased Mrs. Oxley makes her home. She is also the mother of Mr. Oxley, pharmacy clerk with Gowenlock this city. The body was shipped to this place on Tuesday and the funeral ceremonies held at the M.E. church. Followed by a large concourse of friends and family, the remains were brought to Greenwood cemetery where they were interred.

Obituary—Another bud plucked in God’s own time; not ours. On Saturday, March 2, at half-past twelve o’clock, Ray, a bright little son of I. N. Macy, aged 7 years, six months and five days, was taken from earth as a cherished plant and transplanted in that better and heavenly soil to join the angelic host in praising God as none can upon earth. This short life, though full of sunshine, has been accompanied at times with affliction, and their excited anxieties in regard to his health has no doubt made the trial deeper and bereavement harder to bear by the parent and family, who have the heartfelt sympathy of their many friends. This is the fourth time they have been called to give back one of their little ones to the one that gave it, yet we trust, though heartrending the trial, they will remember that God’s grace is sufficient to enable us to remember yet another to the number of the glorified host.


March 15, 1889

Tabor—A bouncing boy at Mr. McLinsey’s.

At the residence of the bride’s parents in Broughton, on the 13th inst, T. S. Farquharson of Des Moines, Iowa and Annie L. Sanders of this city.

MARRIAGE LICENSES—Mar. 7: John Hammond, 33 and Julia O’Banion, 28 both of Clay County; Mar. 7: Gottfried Schwab, 25 and Rosette Hertig, 18, both of Clay County—married by Judge Woods; Mar. 7: William E. Wood, 29 and Anna L Bernsterne, 21, both of this county; Mar. 11: T. S. Farquaharson, 28, Des Moines, Iowa and Anna L. Sanders, 22 of Broughton; Mar. 11: Pirlie Hardesty, 22 and Edith Downs, 18, both of Industry; Mar. 12: Robert J. Hutchinson, 36, of Cloud County, and Jennie A. Thomas, 30 of Clay County.


March 22, 1889

We are sorry to announce the death of Mr. Joseph VanWay which occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. A. Wilson, about three miles out of town, on Sunday night last. Pleuro-pneumonia was the cause of his death, with which he was ailing for but a few days. He was aged about 58 years and leaves four daughters to mourn his sudden death. Another daughter, Mrs. D. C. Campbell, is from Abilene. The burial took place on Tuesday at the cemetery near his former home. A more detailed account will be given next week.

Married at their present home in this city, on Saturday last, at 11 a.m., by Rev. Bean of the Presbyterian church, Mr. Arthur McArthur and Miss Amanda Boatright, both of Clay County. The bride and groom are well known here, the groom being one of the most prominent and popular young men in this city, at present holding the office of city clerk, and the bride being one of the most estimable of young ladies. We join their many friends in wishing them all the best in their life together.

Married, on Wednesday of this week, March 20, 1889, at the home of H. H. Taylor, his beautiful and accomplished daughter, Miss Lavernia T. Taylor and Mr. Charles M. Sheldon, of Burlingame, Kansas. Mr. Sheldon is currently holding the position of president of the Bank of Burlingame, and is the son of Hon. O. H. Sheldon. After the ceremony the couple departed for their home in Burlingame where the best wishes of all follow them.

Broughton—There has been an increase in our burg by the shape of a little girl and her name is Blackburn and Joe has set up the cigars.

Broughton—We are sorrowed to state that Mr. P. Potter lost one of his boys last Wednesday and he was buried at Gatesville on Thursday. We did not learn the disease but heard he was sick for only a few days.

Tabor—A little daughter put in her appearance at Milt Walker’s yesterday morning, we congratulate them on their good luck.

Tabor—R. J. Hutchinson and Jennie Thomas were united in the holy bonds of matrimorny Thursday evening, at the residence of Wm. Blackwoods. A number of young folks were called together to witness the ceremony performed by the Rev. McKittrick of Idana. A pleasant time was had by all and they received some nice presents. The rattling of pans and shooting of guns was heard about 9 o’clock. They were invited in and got their treat and then went home.

Form the “Wakefield Advertiser” dated March 16: The startling information was received in the city this morning that Mrs. I. B. Smith, so well and favorably known, had died this morning of heart disease. From Mr. Smith we learned that on retiring last evening, the deceased stated that she felt better than she had for some time. About two o’clock Mr. Smith was awakened by a noise made by his wife, but when he spoke there was no answer. He shook her gently but there was no response. Supposing she fainted, he bathed her face, but she did not rally. He woke his boys and sent them to the neighbors to summon help. Dr. Hewitt came, but life had been extinct for about three hours before his arrival. The deceased’s age was 31 years, 11 months and 19 days. She leaves a heart-broken husband and four small children to survive her.


March 29, 1889

A quiet little wedding took place Saturday evening at the home of A. C. Devons, uncle of the groom. The contracting parties were Mr. Jacob Palmateer of Fancy Creek and Miss Lottie Lee of this city. The ceremony was performed by Judge Woods.

IN MEMORIAM—To the memory of Mr. VanWay who departed this life, Mar. 17, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. A. Wilson. The funeral services were performed by the Rev. Caldwell. He was laid to rest beside his wife and two children in the Wilson cemetery which was followed by a large concourse of sorrowing relatives. He leaves four daughters to mourn his loss: Mrs. D. C. Campbell of Abilene, and Mrs. J. P. Dungan, Mrs. W. A. Wilson and Miss A. C. VanWay of Clay Center. Mr. VanWay was formerly from Huron Co., Michigan and removed to this country in the year 1870 and in one year after was bereaved of his companion. He was an earnest Christian worker and a member of the Methodist church for thirty years and was always a kind and affectionate father.

MARRIAGE LICENSES—Mar. 16: Peter R. Forslund, 21, and Ida C. Hillstrom, 22; Mar. 23: Green Roush, 25 and Martha Reed, 18; March 23: Jacob Palmateer, 22, and Lottie Lee, 20; Mar. 25: Elmer VonTunglen, 25, and Maggie Schryver, 24; Mar. 25: Wm. J. Murphy, 24, and Etta L. Bell, 21; Mar. 26: Chas. Wickizer, 26, and Anna Hillam, 19; Mar. 26: Fred W. Naumann, 28, and Mina Gilchrist, 21; Mar. 27: Frank B. Stowe, 22 and Elizabeth Waymire, 19, both of Cloud County.

Tabor—A fine son at our Post master’s, Lewis Bagby, this week.

Form the “Wakefield Advertiser”---It becomes our sad duty to report the death of Mrs. Newton Male, which occurred Friday evening of this week. While shopping at W. Guy’s she was taken ill and invited to go to Mr. Guy’s home to rest until her son, Richard, arrived. When home Dr. Hewitt was summoned but he declared the attack to be fatal, and she became unconscious about midnight and remained so until God called her home. The deceased was highly esteemed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. She was a member of the Episcopal church and was an earnest Christian worker. In Sabbath School she particularly took an active interest and her loss there will be deeply felt.


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