Clay County Obituaries Jan.-Jun. 1890 Clay Center Times
Below are obituaries and death notices from from the Clay Center Times, Jan.-Jun. 1890.
Jan. 2, 1890
Charles Ettinger, of Fancy Creek, died last Friday (Dec. 27, 1889) at 2 p.m. of pneumonia.
Joe Spicer received the sad intelligence by wire of the death of his mother in Noank, CT,
Tuesday (Dec. 31, 1889) morning.
Jan. 9, 1890
George Sell, the only son of the well known farmer by the same name a few
miles north of town, died suddenly Tuesday morning.
Jan. 23, 1890
Mrs. C. W. Jordan, accompanied by her sister, Mrs. Anthony, left Sunday night
for Toledo, Ohio, in response to a telegram announcing the death of their sister,
Mrs. Bowman, who died suddenly in that city last Sabbath morning.
Richard Miller was called to Omaha Monday by the death of Mrs. Miller's mother.
He will accompany the remains to Galena, Ill., for burial. [see obit below]
News reached this city a few days ago of the death in Kansas City of Mrs. Billy
Nelson, who, with her husband, left this city about five years ago. She was
Miss Carrie Erickson.
Jan. 30, 1890
Died, on Sunday, Jan. 26, `890, the infant son of Wm. Lawson, son in law of David
Garvie, residing about five miles west of Industry.
"We tender all our friends our heartfelt thanks and gratitude for their many
acts of kindness and sympathy to us during the illness and death of our beloved
daughter, Margie." Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Carr
From the Galena (IL) Gazette: Mrs. Lucy Reed, formerly of East Galena,
died in Omaha, Nebraska, on the 20th, inst., of old age and general debility.
She was 79 years of age. The maiden name of the deceased was Lucy Dillon, and
she was a cousin of John Dillon, the famous Irish agitator and friend of Parnell.
She was born in Ireland in 1811 and came to America with her parents in 1815, and
settled in Kentucky. In 1827 she was married to Mr. John Reed in St. Louis,
and in 1828 they went to Galena, where Mrs. Reed lived for 55 years. Mr. Reed
died in 1870 and in 1883 she went to Clay Center, Ks., and remained on year with her
daughter, Mrs. Richard Miller, after which she made her home with another
daughter, Mrs. D. J. Kelcher, of Omaha, where she died. She was the mother of
13 children, all of whom preceded her to the grave except Mrs. Miller and Mrs.
Kelcher. The remains arrived in Galena accompanied by Mr. Miller of Kansas and
Mr. Kelcher of Omaha, sons in law of Mrs. Reed. The funeral took place from the
South Presbyterian Church and interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Feb. 6, 1890
While County Clerk Gear was prostrate with the grippe, the overwhelming news
came to him of the sudden death of his mother from the same disease, at her
home in Sheffield, Iowa. She was 71 years old, but comparatively hearty for
one so aged.
A private telegram to The Times last Friday announced the death of
Judge Spilman's eldest daughter, Katherine. She was just budding into womanhood
and was spoken of by acquaintances as a very lovable girl. It will be
remembered that she was seriously ill last November when court was in session
in Clay Center.
Died, January 29th, of la grippe, at his home near Green, Jake Wykle. The
funeral services were conducted at the family residence on Thursday, and
the remains enterred in the Green cemetery. The deceased leaves a wife and
ten children to mourn their loss. Thus ends an eventful and useful life. Mr.
Wyke, although a tenant, was one of the energetic farmers of the community and was
accumulating a home slowly. He was honored by all who knew him and made friends
wherever he went.
Arthur Earnest Ijames/James/Iams, son of Alex Ijames, died Feb. 1, 1890 of
inflammation of the bowels, age three years, eight months and five days.
Services were held at the Idana M. E. church, by Rev. Boyd. Mr. and Mrs. Ijames
have the sympathy of all in their sad affliction.
Gus Chapman started Wednesday night last to his old home in Groton, Connecticut.
His wife received a telegram from him Saturday evening, saying that his father
had died that morning.
Bloom Twp--Old Mrs. Affolter died Tuesday evening.
Feb. 13, 1890
Died in this city, of consumption, Sunday, Feb. 9, 1890, at the residence of
her son in law, Peter Roth, Mrs. Kandida Kripp, aged 80 years, 8 months and 3
days. The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the Catholic
church. The remains were interred in Greenwood Cemetery.
Mrs. Josephine A. Wood, wife of B. F. Wood, died in Gill Twp. on the 4th. She leaves
a husband and two children, and a mother who arrived here from Ohio to attend
the funeral. She was preceded in death by three of her children. The deceased
had been a sufferer for several years of asthma and consumption.
Died of la grippe after an illness of three weeks, Sarah, wife of William
Gasswint, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Schiffman. The deceased was in her
23rd year and an estimable lady. She married her now bereaved husband on Jan. 9,
1889. The funeral services were held in Longford and the remains were interred
in the cemetery at Oak Hill.
Feb. 27, 1890
The death of Miss Emma Hutcheson, of Bloom Twp., occurred at the residence of
her mother Tuesday evening, and has cast a shadow of sorrow over her many
acquaintances in and around this city. Miss Hutcheson was a most estimable young
lady, just merging into full bloom of womanhood, when that dread malady,
consumption, fastened itself upon her system and very quickly marked its
victim with the inevitable ending on earth. The funeral services were held
today from the late residence and the remains were interred in the Lincoln
Died, at her residence near Green, Sunday, Feb. 23, Mrs. George Schurle, age
36 years. The funeral services were held Tuesday.
News reached here a short time ago of the death and burial in England of
Charles Ingraham, who lived for about nine years in and around Wakefield.
Old settlers speak of him in the very highest terms. The burial took place Feb.
Clara Ruhl, daughter of J. A. and Emma B. Ruhl, died at the residence of her
grandparents, Feb. 19, 1890, in the city of Clay Center. Funeral services were
held at the Nixon school house, conducted by Rev. D. F. Honstedt, and burial
was in the Pleasant Valley cemetery.
Mar. 6, 1890
Idana--"Resolutions by the W.T.C.U. on the death of Mrs. Hattie
Thompson, Jan. 29, 1890, as evidence of the esteem with which
she was held by our Union, and the testimony of her life,
character and work among us.......that we tender our sympathy
to the young husband, to the three little motherless children
and the father, mother and dear friends." (no obit found)
Mar. 13, 1890
Wakefield--We are called upon this week to report the death
of one of our most estimable ladies, from consumption, Mrs.
N. F. Dodson, who departed this life Tuesday morning last.
She has been a patient sufferer for a long time and the end
was seen to be not so distant. The bereaved husband and family
have the sympathy of all in this their sad loss. The funeral
will take place Thursday afternoon.
Died in Exeter Twp., March 9, the wife of Benjamin Nocks.
Deceased, whose maiden name was Cleveland, was born in Ohio in
the year 1821 and was married to Benjamin Nocks in 1838. She
leaves an aged husband, six sons and three daughters. Burial
was in Pleasant Ridge cemetery.
Mar. 20, 1890
Grace Wilson, the nine year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. C.
Wilson, was struck by the engine of an extra freight train on
the U.P. road shortly after noon yesterday and instantly killed.
She was struck on the head and thrown some distance to the side
of the road. Either from the force of the blow or the fall
her neck was broken and death came instantly.
The shocking news came down from Morganville on the north wind
Friday evening of the terrible death of one of the best known
and best men of that little city. Passers by on the road leading
north of town were shocked to find at Pete's creek crossing a
team of horses on the earth bridge, a wagon in the water beneath,
and partly under it, a man dead. The man proved to be L. H.
Rairden, postmaster at Morganville. Mr. Rairden was about fifty
years of age and only a short time ago joined the Modern Woodmen
lodge and thereby insured his life for $2,000, which will in all
probability be paid without unnecessary delay. He leaves a
widow and two daughters, who are quite young ladies, to mourn,
besides a large list of friends.
The remains of Miss Lora Singleton, niece of our worthy
commissioner, S. R. Randall, were taken to Wilmington, Ill.,
Tuesday for burial. The grim destroyer, consumption, was the
cause of her death. She had been visiting her uncle for
several weeks before her death. The sympathy of all is with
the bereaved ones.
Items from Fact: Rev. W. H. Knight received the sad intelligence
of the death of his mother, Mar. 17th. Brother Knight has the
sympathy of his many friends in this community.
Apr. 3, 1890
Wakefield--This week we are called upon to announce the death
of another of our esteemed ladies, of consumption, after a long
and painful illness, Mrs. Edward Jones, wife of one of our
successful farmers and sheep raisers. Everything was done that
could be done to prolong her life, but without avail, and on
Sunday a little after noon her spirit took its flight to the
mansion above. The funeral service was held at St. George's
chapel on Tuesday and the remains interred in the cemetery
at St. John's church. (and related) Mrs. J. L. Tallman of Junction
City, Mrs. W. E. L. Gurner of Frankfort and Mrs. G. F. Guy of
Riley have been staying with their mother during her sickness
and death. Mr. Dick Jones, of Syracuse, NY, came up and was
Apr. 10, 1890
Mrs. J. V. Farrington, a niece of Mrs. E. H. W. Bailey, died
Thursday morning, April 3, at 9 a.m. Mr. and Mrs. Farrington
came here some weeks ago from the east, thinking a change of
climate and treatment would be a benefit to the invalid. For
a time she seemed to gain strength, but a change for the worse
set in and her system wasted away by disease and long suffering
rapidly gave way to the inevitable. The funeral service occurred
at the First M.E. church Friday, and her remains laid to rest
in Greenwood cemetery.
Apr. 24, 1890
A nine months old child of Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Schwab,
who live near Morganville, died of pneumonia on Monday, the 21st.
Burial in Lincoln cemetery.
May 1, 1890
From Rogers, Arkansas, comes the startling news of the death
of John H. Pinkerton. For a number of years Mr. Pinkerton
was one of the foremost men in Clay County, as he previously
had been in Waubaunsee and Riley counties. He was born in
DeKalb county, Alabama, Jan. 20, 1835, died April 24, 1890 and was
buried from the Christian church at Rogers, Arkansas, on
April 26, 1890. He came to Kansas in 1858, driving an ox team
from Tennessee to Manhattan, arriving in that city in
February, 1859. A short time later he went to Waubausee county,
where he lived for 17 years, engaged in farming and stock
raising. For three years during the war, he was a member of
Company K, 11th Kansas Cavalry. In 1866 he was elected sheriff
and re-elected in 1868; elected to the legislature in 1870 and
re-elected in 1872. In 1873 the township in which he resided
was detached from Waubaunsee and attached to Riley county, and
the following year he was again sent to the legislature from
that county. Some time during the year 1875 he came to Clay
county and engaged with considerable success in the real estate,
loan and insurance business. From 1876 to 1880 he was mayor
of Clay Center. Prosperity abided with him until the collapse
of the boom in 1888, when he removed to Rogers in the hopes
of retrieving broken fortunes. He leaves a wife and four
children, all grown and all self sustaining, to mourn an
May 8, 1890
At the Rock Island deport in this city on Tuesday last,
Andrew Harrington of Galesburg, Ill., was stricken with
paralysis of the heart and expired instantly. He had been
late starting for the train, and started on the run to catch it.
As he reached the platform he tottered and fell dead. Mr.
Harrington was a stockholder in the Farmers & Merchants bank
in this city and was in the habit of visiting twice a year.
He leaves a wife and three grown sons, Robert of Chicago, S. B.
of Burlington, Ia., and Andrew Jr. of Galesburg. The body will
be taken to Galesburg for interment.
Mrs. M. J. Smith, of Exeter Twp., received the news of the
death of a little grandson in Colorado, which occurred last
week. The child and its mother, Mrs. C. Maher, had only left
here a short time before, and the first communication since
their going told of their bereavement.
Early this morning the news was brought into town that Allan
Peabody had passed away from the effects of a second congestive
chill. He was taken sick yesterday morning. Had he lived until
July he would have been 74 years old. Mr. Peabody was a
familiar figure to almost every person within a radius of 20
miles. His periodical excursions through the country as a
phrenologist and his eccentricities of character made him known
to many people in the surrounding counties. He was a soldier
in the late war and the past year has drawn a pension for
disabilities incurred while in service. The funeral will take
place from the Republican City church.
The funeral services of William Funnell, sr., one of the pioneer
settlers of Clifton, occurred last Sunday.
May 15, 1890
The funeral services of Mrs. Sarah Hart were held at Broughton
on Sunday last, conducted by Rev. A. W. Kent.
May 22, 1890
Died, at Exeter Twp., Thursday, May 15, 1890, Mrs. Mary Parry,
wife of Lewellyn Parry. The funeral took place Saturday from
the North M.E. church, and the remains interred in the Exeter
cemetery. She leaves a husband and a child, a boy four years
old, to mourn her loss.
May 29, 1890
Oak Hill--Mr. Little, who recently bought the Read homestead in
died the 26th inst., of heart disease. He was about seventy
years old. The funeral services were held Tuesday at Bouldin
schoolhouse, Rev. J. D. Parring officiating.
June 5, 1890
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Martin wish to tender their deep and
heartfelt gratitude to all their neighbors and friends for
the kindness and sympathy shown them in the great sorrow
caused by the loss of their dear boy Bertie, and also to the
Boys' Branch and his schoolmates for the respect and sympathy
Mr. Schrum, who was so badly crushed between his wagon and
corn crib last week, died Saturday and was buried Sunday.
A good man gone to his long rest under very sad circumstances.
June 26, 1890
Gertie Godbolt, a seven year old daughter of Mrs. Godbolt,
died last Friday evening of complications arising from an
attack of measles. The funeral occurred at the house Sunday
at 1 p.m. and the remains were interred in Exeter cemetery.
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