Kansas History and Heritage Project--Clay County Obituaries

Clay County Obituaries and Death Notices, 1882 Clay Center Times


The abstracts below are from Clay Center Times obituaries and death notices from 1882.

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Died, on Saturday last, at their residence in Bloom twp., Mrs. Hercule Aemeseger/Aemisegger. She died in giving birth to twins, both of which were dead. (CC Times, May 18, 1882)

Died, on Friday of last week [Dec. 22], Mrs. Eliza Babb, of Bloom township,in the 50th year of her age, after an illness of several weeks. Eliza Rhodes was born in Highland county, Ohio, and on the third day of December, 1856, she was united in marriage to Mr. Martin Babb. In 1871 they came to this county, with their family and took the homestead where they now reside. They made the trip from Ohio to this point in a wagon, and settled down with their all, to carve out a fortune from the raw prairie. They were workers, and by labor and careful management they built up a home equal to the best, and were just completing a new house. She raised a family of eight children, seven of whom now live to mourn her loss. She was a kind mother, a loving wife and a generous neighbor. The remains were laid to rest in the Bloom cemetery, next to those of her daughter, who preceded her mother in death three years before. (CC Times, Dec. 28, 1882)

On Saturday evening last, July 15th, William Bird and Robert Fleming, two men working in a wheat field were instantly killed by lightning. Both men were in the header box, on a wagon and were driving out of the field when they were overtaken by the storm and a bolt of lightning struck them on the head and came out at their feet, bursting their boots. Funeral services were held the next morning from the Exeter church, and both were buried in the Athelstane cemetery. Mr. Bird is an Englishman, and is highly spoken of as a man of industrious habits and a good citizen. He had made his home with Mr. Brown of Exeter township, until engaged to work in the "wheat section." His parents reside in the old country and this will be sad news to be borne across the waters to them in their old age. (CC Times, July 20, 1882)

Died, at his residence in this city, August 15th, 1882, Mr. Frederick Bixler, in the 65th year of his age. Mr. Bixler was born in Crumstadt, Hesse Darmstadt, Germany in the year 1817, and resided there through the years of his youth and up to manhood, and in 1842 was married to Mrs. Rothman; ten years later, in 1852, he started with his family for the new world, landing at New Orleans, making his first settlement in St. Clair county, Illinois, where he started a wagon and blacksmith shop, and carried on the business for a number of years. In 1864 he moved to Doniphan county, this state and started farming. In 1870 he moved to this county and settled on Lincoln creek and commenced farming. In 1877 his wife died and he removed to this city, where he resided up to the time of his death. He, in company with his son Louis, were engaged in erecting a fine business block on Fifth street, and they own considerable othe property in the city. His remains were laid beside those of his wife in the cemetery, and his mourning friends will long remember his many kind actions. (CC Times, Aug. 17, 1882)

During the thunderstorm of yesterday afternoon, the house of Olof Bjork, in Hayes township, was struck by lightning, and he was instantly killed. He was in the upper room of the house, and one of his sons with him; the lightning struck a dormitory window and entered the room, striking him on the head, passing down both sides and around his throat, burning his hair and whiskers off, and passing through the room. His son in the room with him was knocked senseless, but is slowly recovering. The funeral will take place Saturday, and the remains will be laid to rest in the Swede cemetery north of town. (CC Times, Aug. 3, 1882)

Mrs. William Black, of Exeter township, died very suddenly on Sunday evening last. The remais were brought to the city on Wednesday and the funeral services performed according to the rites of the Catholic church, ad her remains quietly laid away to rest in the cemetery north of the city. She leaves a husband, but no children, to mourn her loss. (CC Times, Nov. 23, 1882)

Died, on Monday last, at the residence of Mr. Joseph Bradbury, of Grant Twp., Mrs. Elizabeth Brooks, aged 73 years. Mrs. Brooks was the mother of Mrs. Bradbury, and has resided with her for the past six months. Some four weeks since, she fell and fractured the bones in her hips, from which she never recovered. Mr. Bradbury and wife left on Tuesday morning's train with the body, and wll take it to Bailis, Pike County, Illinois. It will be laid to rest by the side of her husband and two children. (CC Times, April 20, 1882)

Died on Sunday morning, Sept. 10th, 1882, Lillie Kate, only daughter of Russell and Marion G. Bradley, aged five years and six months. The funeral took place at the Methodist Episcopal church, Rev. E. Gill preaching the sermon. The remains were followed to the cemetery by a large concourse of relatives and friends. (CC Times, Sept. 14, 1882)

Died, Oct. 14th, at the residence of Davis Miller, in Bloom township, Clara Edith, daughter of M/M William Brie, aged 17 months and 20 days. (CC Times, Oct. 19, 1882)

Died, on Saturday morning, 22nd inst., the infant son of M/M J. P. Campbell. (CC Times, April 27, 1882)

Died, on the 25th, inst., the infant son of M/M Christian, of this city. (CC Times, Sept. 28, 1882)

John Driver [a previous article gave his name as Frank Driver], the young man who was injured at Dexter's mills a few days ago, died last night. His wounds were all healing nicely but he received some internal injuries that caused his death. (CC Times, Nov. 9, 1882)

The many friends of Mrs. Jennie Durrin, nee Miss Jennie Edgerton, will be pained to learn that after a lingering illness of several months she died June 15th, aged 22 years. Mrs. Durrin completed the high school course in Emporia two years ago, and afterward taught a year in the east Norman boarding hall, during which time she contracted a cold that ended up in consumption, and all efforts to restore her proved unavailing. One year ago today Miss Edgerton was married to R. Durrin, who at that time was engaged in crayon portrait work. They lived in Clay Center after their marriage, but when Mrs. Durrin became very low, she was taken to her parents' home in Emporia, where she died. Funeral from the parents' residence in Emporia on the 15th. (CC Times, June 22, 1882)

Exeter: On Saturday, May 6th, the youngest child of Mathew Durrin, aged about three years, died after a sickness of several weeks. (CC Times, May 11, 1882)

Died, of diphtheria, on Friday evening, Feb. 5th, a son of Riley and Lucinda Elkins, of Timber Creek, Clay County. The body was interred in the family burial ground. (CC Times, Feb. 16, 1882)

The family of H. Feldtman, of Bloom twp., has been visited the past week by death, and two of their children have been carried to their last home. On Thursday last one of his children died, and on Friday was followed to the tomb by a sympathizing neighborhood. Saturday morning another passed into the unknown hereafter, and on Sunday was buried in the cemetery on the farm of Mr. Tebbe. We understand that since writing the above that another child has passed into the great hereafter. His wife is also very low with the same disease, which has now be determined to be a malignat type of scarlet fever. Died, on the 23rd day of July, 1882, at the residence of her mother, Chateaugay, Frankling county, New York, Guana A., wife of Charles W. Fenton, in the 45th year of her age. The Fentons had been residents of this city for almost five years, and left last fall to visit her mother and friends in the east, thinking that a change might benefit her health. Consumption, that dreadful disease, carried her across the river into the great hereafter. (CC Times, Aug. 3, 1882)

On Saturday evening last, July 15th, William Bird and Robert Fleming, two men working in a wheat field were instantly killed by lightning. Both men were in the header box, on a wagon and were driving out of the field when they were overtaken by the storm and a bolt of lightning struck them on the head and came out at their feet, bursting their boots. Funeral services were held the next morning from the Exeter church, and both were buried in the Athelstane cemetery. Robert Fleming had formerly resided with a farmer southeast of Junction City, and was apparently without relatives in this country. (CC Times, July 20, 1882)

Died, Monday morning, Dec. 4th, Mabel, only child of J. M. and Ella Frank, aged five years. (CC Times, Dec. 7, 1882)

Died, on Wednesday last, Freddy, a son of Rev. E. Gill of this city. On Thursday the body was taken to Manhattan for burial. (CC Times, Oct. 19, 1882)

Christian Hagenbach died yesterday, March 22, at his home near this city. He was born in Germany, Sept. 27th, 1818, and came to the United States in 1842, making his first home in Pittsburg, Pa. In 1843 he emigrated to Ohio, and was married in April, 1844, to Elizabeth C. Meade. In the spring of 1871 he took a homestead on Lincoln creek in this county, and in the fall of the year moved his family here and commenced the improvement of the fine farm, where he resided until the day of his death. Funeral services were conducted by the German minister, Rev. Foreman, at the family residence, after which the body was carried to the cemetery near this city. The wife and children of the deceased have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community. He was the father of John and Mollie Hagenbach, both of whom are well known in this county, John so long connected with Cumming's livery stable and Mollie as a teacher in schools of this county. (CC Times, March 23, 1882)

On Friday last Mr. and Mrs. Hoover followed one of their little ones to the grave. (CC Times, March 30, 1882)

Died on Sunday last, a child of Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard, residing near the school house in this city. Funeral was on Monday, services conducted by Rev. Bowers of the Christian church. (CC Times, July 6, 1882)

Died, in Bloom township, Saturday last, Agnes, wife of Henry Hughes. The funeral took place on Sunday and a large concourse of sympathizing friends followed the remains to their last resting place. The was a loving wife, kind mother and generous neighbor, and was universally respected by all who knew her. A husband and five children are left to mourn her loss. (CC Times, Nov. 2, 1882)

Died on Friday, the 3rd inst., at her residence in Five Creeks township, Mrs. Hull, in the 59th year of her age. The deceased died very suddenly. She complained of not feeling well, and said she would lie down, and went into another room for that purpose. Some two hours afterward a family member went in to see how she was feeling, and found her dead. Mother Hull was one of our oldest and most esteemed citizens, having come here among the earliest settlers in this part of the county. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. J. Sherwood. The remains were followed to their last resting place in Five Creeks cemetery, on Sunday, by a large concourse of friends. Our hearts go out in sympathy for the daughters of the deceased, when the sad news shall reach them. (CC Times, Feb. 9, 1882)

Died, at Industry on Sunday last, Mrs. Ingram. The funeral took place on Tuesday. (CC Times, Feb. 9, 1882)

Died, August 31st, 1882, Mrs. [Gena] Jacobs, of Union township, of lung fever. (CC Times, Sept. 7, 1882)

Died June 28th, at the residence of S. L. Armstrong, in Hayes township, Mr. B. M. Johnson, of malarial fever, contracted in the Cherokee Nation, from which place he had but lately returned, having been with Mr. Armstrong's railroad party. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. L. H. Holt at the residence. (CC Times, June 29, 1882)

The infant child of C. A. Kendall died very suddenly on Monday last. It was taken sick on Sunday and on the day following passed over the river. (CC Times, Aug. 10, 1882)

On Tuesday evening last, Jerry Kiner, the proprietor of the "Exeter Villa" farm, died very suddenly. He was in his usual health, and went to his stable for the purpose of saddling a horse to visit some of his neighbors, but not making an appearance for some time, one of the family went to the stable to see what was the matter and found his laying there, unsensible. He was carried into the house and lived by a few hours. Apoplexy was supposed to be the cause of his death. (CC Times, Nov. 23, 1882)

Died, Oct. 20th, Franklin, infant son of Joseph and Sarah Lamport, aged 9 months. On the next day, Oct. 21st, Anna Bell, the youngest daughter, age four years, one month and four days, passed over the river to the great unknown shore. This is a sad affliction and the many friends of the parents will deeply sympathize with them. (CC Times, Nov. 2, 1882)

Died, on Sunday, August 27th, at Wakefield, Mr. Zachariah Loader, in the 32nd year of his age, of typhoid fever. He came to Kansas in 1870 and settled in Leavenworth county, and on the 12th day of September, 1872, he was married to Miss Alice Lacy, of that county. In 1874 he came to this county and settled on a farm in Athelstane township. Last spring he sold his place and went to Colorado and was there taken sick, and came home, arriving in Wakefield on the evening of the 8th of this month. He was a brother of John Loader, of this city, and a brother in law of the Lacys of this county. He leaves a wife and four young children to mourn his death. He was buried ina Athelstane cemetery on Monday, August 28th, a large funeral cortege being in attendance. (CC Times, Aug. 31, 1882)

On the 23rd inst., Mr. and Mrs. Loveland of our city were called upon to give up a fine child. Death knocked at their door. (CC Times, March 30, 1882)

Died, at the residence of her parents in the city, on Oct. 21st, Miss Altha McAllister, of typhoid malarial fever, after a very short illness. Her funeral took place on Monday and was attended by a large concourse of people. The parents return their thanks to the citizens and friends for their kindness and aympathy in their hour of affliction. (CC Times, Oct. 26, 1882)

Mr. McGregor, landlord of the Wakefield Hotel, died on Tuesday night last. The persons of the Clay Center Lodge went down on a train this morning and will take charge of the funeral arrangements, he being a member of that body. (CC Times, Nov. 30, 1882)

Mr. James Marks, of Mulberry township, died a week ago last Thursday, and was buried in the Riverdale cemetery. He came here four years ago and purchased the old homestead of H. H. Taylor, where he resided until the day of his death. He leaves a wife and three small children to mourn his loss. (CC Times, Dec. 7, 1882)

Died, on the 25th, inst., the infant child of M/M Mears. The funeral took place yesterday. (CC Times, July 27, 1882)

The funeral of Mrs. Eliza Miller was attended by a large cortege of sympathizing friends and neighbors. The departed, although not having resided among us a great while, had nevertheless endeared herself to all hearts with whom she came in contact. The remains were deposited in the Lincoln cemetery. (CC Times, March 16, 1882)

Nils Nelson's son died on Frida, 21st inst., age 24 years, at Black Hawk, Colorado. Mr. Nelson was in Chicago at the time, and left for the westbound train immediately. He will bring the body back to this county for burial. (CC Times, April 27, 1882)

The infant child of M/M W. E. Niles, of Hayes township, died yesterday. The family have the sympathy of their friends and neighbors in this hour of affliction. (CC Times, Oct. 12, 1882)

Clifton: A very sad accident occurred to a little girl by the name of Odgers, whose parents live five miles northwest of town. She was playing with a prairie fire, and her clothes caught, and before assistance could be rendered she was burned to death (CC Times, May 25, 1882) Died, on the 24th inst., in Sherman twp., William Olson. He was sick but five days, malaria being the cause of his demise. (CC Times, April 27, 1882)

William H. Perring, son of the Rev. J. D. Perring, formerly of this city, died Nov. 23rd in Blooming, Indiana at the age of 17 years, 3 months and 11 days. The Rev. Perring has a large circle of friends in this community, who exend to him their sympathy in his sad affliction. (CC Times, Dec. 7, 1882)

Died, in this city, April 17th, 1882, May, eldest daughter of Mr. J. H. Pinkerton, aged 13 years, 11 months, and 8 days, after a severe illness of short duration. The funeral took place on Sunday at the Christian church. The funeral train was remarkably large, there being over 40 carriages in the sad cortege. Miss May was a bright, handsome girl, loved and respected by all who knew her. (CC Times, April 20, 1882)

Died, at the residence of her son in this city, March 4th, 1882, Mrs. Catherine Pye, in the 91st year of her age. She was born in 1792, and married to John Pye, in Rockland county, New York, in 1816. In 1870 herself and husband came to this county, in company with their son, William C. Pye, and settled on Fancy Creek. In 1874 her husband died. Five years ago her son moved to Clay Center, where she resided until the day of her death. She was a member of the Dutch Reform church. The funeral was preached at the M.E. church, Rev. E. Gill making suitable and impressive remarks on the occasion. The body was then followed to the grave by a large cortege of friends and neighbor, and she was quietly laid to rest in our beautiful cemetery on the hill side. (CC Times, March 9, 1882)

Died, Dec. 25th, 1882, John Charles Riley, aged 18 years, four months and 29 days, oldest son of Mrs. Anna Donaldson. He was a dutiful son and kind brother, and passed through the dark vale with a firm and steadfast belief of a bright and radiant future. He was laid to rest in the Gatesville cemetery. (CC Times, Dec. 28, 1882)

James Risden, the postmaster at Athelstane, died on Monday last. He has resided in this county for the past ten years, and by industry and energy has made a fine farm and a comfortable home. He has been postmaster at Athelstane ever since the office was established. Being just, honest and upright in all his transactions, he was universally respected. He leaves a wife and four or five children who have the warmest sympathies of the entire community. (CC Times, Oct. 5, 1882)

Died, on Tuesday of this week, a young child of M/M O. B. Robbins of this city. The funeral services were held yesterday, Rev. William Read preaching the sermon. (CC Times, June 1, 1882)

Mrs. Robinson, wife of Homer Robinson, of Exeter township, departed this life last evening. The funeral will take place from the residence tomorrow. (CC Times, Dec. 21, 1882)

Died, on Sunday night last, the infant child of M/M Peter Roth, of this city. The funeral took place on Monday afternoon. (CC Times, July 20, 1882)

Died, on Friday, Jan. 28th, of scarlet fever, John, infant son of M/M Matt. Schiltz, of this city, age two years. The funeral took place from the family residence on Sunday. The body was taken to the Catholic cemetery on Pete's creek, for interment. A large concourse of friends accompanied the remains a short distance from the city. Death has lost its sting, the grave its victory. "Safe in the arms of Jesus" fitly described his home an resting place. (CC Times, Feb. 2, 1882)

Died, on Sunday morning, June 18th, Mrs. [Susannah] Simpson, in the the 76th year of her age, at the residence of her son, William Simpson, of this city. Some few days ago she had a stroke of paralysis, and had gradually declined until Sunday morning last, when she peacefully passed over the river. James Parker and wife, daughter and son in law and relatives of the deceased from Clayton Co., Iowa, arrived here a day or two before her death, and were among the grief stricken mourners that followed the remains to their last resting place. The funeral took place from the M.E. church on Monday. A large funeral cortege of friends and acquaintances followed the remains to the cemetery. Mrs. Simpson was loved and respected by all who knew her, and her loss will be sincerely mourned by them. She lived to raise and see settled comfortably in life a large family of sons and daughter that under her care and guardianship have grown up to be useful members of society, and it can well be said of her, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joys of thy Lord." (CC Times, June 22, 1882)

Died, on Sept. 30th, Alpha, only daughter of O. L and Lorinda Slade, of cholera infantum; aged 19 months and 22 days. The funeral took place on Sunday. (CC Times, Oct. 5, 1882)

Died, Mrs. Sarah E. Snethen, wife of William Snethen, of Goshen Twp., on Monday, May 29th, 1882, in the fifieth year of her age. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. William Dixon, of the Fancy Creek Baptist church. A large number of friends of the family followed the remains to their last resting place. The husband and family have the sympathy of the neighborhood. (CC Times, June 1, 1882)

On Thursday last, Louis, a young son, 14 years of age, of John Spence of Exeter township, died very suddenly. It was Thanksgiving day, and he enjoyed a hearty dinner with the rest of the family and was in usual spirits. At supper he felt a sudden pain in his side, and grew worse rapidly, and in a few hours breathed his last. We believe this is the second or third son Mr. Spence has lost in a similar way, consumption being the grand cause. The remains were followed to their last resting place in Exeter cemetery, by a large concourse of friends and family, and a procession of his school mates, both male and female. (CC Times, Dec. 7, 1882)

Died, on the 6th, inst., at the Park house in this city, Fanny, wife of the late George Spurrier. She was the mother of Mrs. J. A. D. Frazell, Frank, Joseph an Roland P. Spurrier. She moved to this county with her husband in 1870, from Boone county, Iowa, and settled on Fancy creek. She was removed from her home on Fancy creek to her daughter's, Mrs. Frazell, in this city, on the 16th of August last, and has been failing ever since. Grandmother Spurrier had lived to the ripe old age of 81 years; was a member of the United Brethren church; and was beloved by all who knew her. Her remains were taken to her old home on Fancy creek today, and gently laid beside those of her husband. Peace to her ashes. (CC Times, Nov. 9, 1882)

John Tiers, of Exeter township, has lost four children [Lottie, Bertie, Edward and Carrie] in the last week, and another is not expected to live. The cause of death was diptheria. This is a sore trial for the father and mother and the Times deeply sympathizes with them in this hour of affliction. Since writing the above we understand the other [Charles] has died. (CC Times, Sept. 28, 1882)

A little son of J. E. Tompkins of Exeter twp. died last week of scarlet fever. He was but four years of age. His childish prattle will me missed in the family circle. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Hicox, of Wakefield. (CC Times, March 30, 1882)

The youngest child of W. D. Vincent was buried today. (CC Times, July 20, 1882)

Died, on Tuesday of last week (Feb. 7?), a boy of Cyrus Underwood, of Grant Twp., two years of age. (CC Times, Feb. 16, 1882)

Mrs. Eric Weiberg, of Hayes Twp., died very suddenly week before last of malarial fever. She was sick but four days. She leaves three children to mourn her loss. A large concourse of friends attended the funeral, which was held at the Swede Methodist church. (CC Times, Feb. 23, 1882)







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