Kansas History and Heritage Project--Clay County Obituaries

Clay County Obituaries/Death Record Abstracts, Clay Center Times


The abstracts below are from Clay Center Times obituaries and death notices from 1883.

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Jan. 4, 1883

Mrs. Anna Kipp, after a long and wasting illness, died at her residence in Grant twp. on the 29th ult., (Dec. 29, 1882) and was tenderly laid to rest on Sunday in the Gatesville cemetery. She was born June 17, 1819, in Montgomery county, N. Y., moved to Missouri in 1869, thence to Clay County, Kansas in 1870. She had the satisfaction of seeing six children grown to manhood and womanhood, five of whom are still residents of Clay County, and among her best citizens. We can but feel their loss is their faithful mother's gain, who has exchanged a bed of suffering for a home in Paradise.

Died, Dec. 29, 1882, Elizabeth J., infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Purchase of Highland twp. Funeral services by Rev. W. Dixon. The little sufferer has passed over the dark border and is now at rest with its Heavenly Father.



Jan. 11, 1883

Wednesday evening Mrs. Matilda Newell passed on to her sure reward at her home in Manhattan. This noble woman, whose maiden name was Lathrop, was born in New Lisbon, N. Y., June 14, 1806 and was therefore in her 77th year at the time of her death. She was married June 2, 1826, and seven children came to their home, three of whom survive, Mrs. George W. Higinbotham, Mr. E. W. Newell of Clay Center and Mrs. Nelson Ballard. Scott Newell was killed near Ft. Scott during the war. Grandmother Newell moved from New York to Manhattan about two years ago, so as to be with her daughters in Manhattan. She was sick but a few days.



Jan. 18, 1883

Mrs. C. Holzgang received this week the sad message from Europe, announcing the death of her dear mother, at Rorschach, Switzerland. We join Mrs. H.'s many friends in sympathizing with her in this irreparable loss.



Jan. 25, 1883

Died, on Monday night, Jan. 22, 1883, Olive, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee, aged 20 years. Her pallbearers, at her request, were her friends, Ida Ford, May McLaughlin, Mina Hosmer, Emma Dahl, Allie Dexter and Lizzie Rothman.

Died, Johnie, youngest child of Mr. Sidney A. Hammond, on Jan. 24th. He was a bright boy not quite two years old. But two weeks ago their other son Oran, aged three years, five months and nine days, died on Jan. 10th of membraneous croup.



Feb. 1, 1883

North Sherman News--A little child of Mr. Cooper died a few days ago.



Feb. 15, 1883

Died, near Clay Center, Feb. 12th, Montie Owen Richards, about two years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Richards. Funeral took place Feb. 13th at the house, conducted by Rev. L. H. Holt.

On last evening Mrs. F. V. Gay received news from Michigan of the death of her sister, Mrs. D. G. Smith at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Monroe, on Tuesday morning last. Our citizens will recollect Mrs. Smith as Anna Monro, one of the popular school teachers in our public schools and universally beloved by her pupils and friends. A little over a year ago she was married to Dan Smith of this city. Her health gradually failed her, and a few months since she went back to Michigan to stay with her mother. Her husband learned of the severity of her illness last week, and was with her when she died on the 11th.

Last Thursday night, near Muscotah, on the C. B. road, W. L. Kennedy, a former resident of Clifton, employed as a brakeman on the road, was knocked off the train by the bridge, and falling between the cars was instantly killed, his body being cut almost in two. His remains were taken up and placed in a casket, and last Saturday night arrived at Clifton, where the body was taken to the residence of Daniel Blosser, where it remained until Monday, when services were held at the M. E. church, and the remains interred in the Clifton cemetery. Mr. K. was a son in law of Mr. Joseph Blosser, and leaves a wife to mourn his loss.



Feb. 22, 1883

Gilbert Eib died Saturday evening last at his home in Clay Center township. He leaves a wife and several children that will miss him in the home circle. He was laid to rest in the cemetery north of the city.

A. B. Morrow, of this city, died on Wednesday evening, after a lingering illness of several months. He was an old soldier, late of Co. B, 12th Reg. Illinois Vol., and the G. A. R. post will have charge of the services tomorrow. The wife and mother is about to be confined in child bed, and they are utterly without means. This is a good cause for true charity.



March 1, 1883

Mrs. Bellows died this morning, and will be buried from the M.E. church tomorrow. Mr. Edward Burdette, who resided in the southeastern suburbs, died of lung fever this morning. Funeral at his late residence tomorrow.

Mrs. Catherine B. Pratt, mother of Mrs. J. W. Scott and Miss Georgia Pratt, compositors in the TIMES office and Mrs. A. N. Bradley and O. B. Robbins, of this city, and Mrs. W. A. Usher, of Beloit, died this morning, after a long illness of dropsy, watched over and tenderly cared for by her daughters. She was born in Westminster, Vt., and was a graduate of Mt. Holyoke Seminary in South Hadley, Mass. She was aged 65 years and 10 months.



March 8, 1883

Mrs. A. F. Dexter died at Colton, California on Saturday, March 3, 1883. Her husband arried at her bedside the day before her death. Emma A. P. Dexter was born to Henry and Phoebe Dunbar in Belfast, Maine, May 8, 1845 . The family moved to Tuolumne Co., California in 1857. There she married Alonzo Dexter on Sept. 30, 1862. The couple moved to Clay Center in 1874. She had suffered from consumption for many years, returning to California every so often for her health. Mrs. Dexter had lived in Clay County many years and well known by all old residents. Though her death was not unexpected she will be sincerely mourned by many friends. The funeral took place on March 4, from the home of her brother in Stockton, California.

P. P. Kehoe was called to Portsmouth, Ohio, last Sunday, by a telegram announcing the death of his mother, who has been sick for some time. It has been but a short time since he lost a brother. He is likely to be gone some time.



March 22, 1883

A letter from L. D. Clark, who started from this city to Missouri, about two weeks ago, conveys the sad information of the death of his son, Sidney. The party camped some fifteen miles west of Topeka, on the night of the 19th. Sidney went to sleep with the horses and took his gun along. In some manner it was discharged, the load entering the left side of his brain, causing instant death. He was buried in Kingsville, Shawnee county, the next day.



March 29, 1883

Died, at Industry, March 21, 1883, little Eva, daughter of H. A. Luke and wife, aged 2 months and 15 days. The funeral services were conducted by Mr. Wear of Wakefield.



April 5, 1883

J. Wesley Spence died March 30, 1883 at Palatka, Florida, where he had gone for his health. He was born in Cedar Co., Iowa and came to Kansas with his parents in June 1871. He was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. John Spence of Goshen Twp., and was a young man of business acumen and great potential. His brother, F. B. Spence, was with him at the time of his death, and will bring the remains back to this city for interment, if possible.



April 12, 1883

Died, March 24, Aggie Ellen, little daughter of James and Jennie McGinnis, of Garrison, aged 2 years, 1 month and 24 days.



April 19, 1883

Mrs. Sarah McLaughlin died of Bright's disease at her home, six miles east of town, yesterday, at the age of fifty-eight. She had long been suffering from her painful malady, and tried every known means to obtain relief. Her remains were interred in Greenwood cemetery today, Rev. S. D. Beegle conducting the funeral services.

Charles Mickelburg, one of the business men of the thriving town of Industry, died on Saturday afternoon last at the residence of William Taylor. His funeral took place on Monday, the services of the Presbyterian minister. He was a man of strict business habits and had a large circle of friends.



May 3, 1883

Mr. and Mrs. William Hanney wish to return their sincere thanks to their friends for kind attention during the sickness and after the death of their child.



May 10, 1883

Died, on May 2, 1883, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Knowles, of Oak Hill, aged 6 weeks.



May 24, 1883

Died, May 16, of pneumonia, Albert, youngest son of Louis and Rachel File, aged 1 year and 3 months.



May 31, 1883

Died, on May 30, 1883, after a lingering illness of several weeks, Emiline, wife of Julius Jackson. The funeral took place from the residence east of the Presbyterian church. She leaves four motherless children.

The body of Mrs. Harvey D. Towner arrived yesterday from Colorado, and was laid away to rest in our beautiful cemetery. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Keeler of Hayes twp., and for many years resided in our city.

The six year old son of Ed Caywood, of Vining, died last Saturday from an injury suffered when he got into an argument with another little boy. He was struck in the head with a piece of wire, the end of which penetrated his skull. The funeral took place on Sunday.



June 7, 1883

Died, of congestion of the brain, on May 18th, Hulda, daughter of William Gilbert and wife of Union twp., aged 16 years, 6 months. The funeal services were held by Rev. Cowell, at Hannable school house.



June 21, 1883

Died, on Tuesday, June 19, 1883, Claudie B., the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Pearson, of this city, in the 7th year of her age.



June 28, 1883

C. M. Fair just received news of the death of his youngest brother, Joseph, at the age of twenty three, after several weeks illness, at Lacon, Illinois. Mr. Fair has lost his father, mother, and two sisters, within a few years.



July 5, 1883

Died, Saturday morning last, Frank, second son of Mr. and Mrs. N. Schrader, of inflammation of the bowels, aged 16 years. He was taken sick Wednesday of last week. He was a bright, active young man, of industrious, steady habits and beloved by all his acquaintances. His helping hand and quiet, affectionate ways about home will be missed by his parents and brothers and sisters. The funeral took place from the M. E. church.



August 9, 1883

On Thursday, the 2nd day of August, Mr. Thomas M. Pratt died suddenly at his residence in the south part of the city, at the age of 77 years. He came to this state from Massachusetts ten years ago, and for the past three years has been a resident of this city. On the 1st day of March last his wife died, since which time he has failed rapidly. He leaves a family of six girls, all grown, and all married but one. The funeral took place from the M.E. church on Saturday.

Died, on Wednesday, August 8th, Axel Gustafson, aged 25 years, after a lingering illness of several months. He came to this city four years ago, direct from Sweden, and has been employed as a clerk in the New York store, where he made many warm friends. He leaves a wife and baby to mourn his loss.

Died, August 7, Florence Omah, daughter of J. A. and L. E. Clendenen; age two years and fifteen days; funeral from the M.E. church at Morganville.

Died, on the 6th, of consumption, wife of J. B. Dunn, of Blaine township.

Died, on the 4th, child of William Gepner, of Morganville.

Died, on the 1st, infant child of William Childers, of this city.

Died, on the 6th, after a severe illness of several weeks, son of Frank Parker, aged six years.

Died, on the 3rd, infant child of F. Walking.



Aug. 16, 1883

An infant child of Benjamin Woods and wife died Aug. 14th of cholera infantum.

John Sherwood died last Tuesday of Bright's disease. The funeral took place Wednesday.



Aug. 23, 1883

Died, of cholera infantum, on the 18th inst., the fifteen month old infant daughter of A. D. and Izetta Brill of Bloom Twp.

Died, in Bloom Twp. on the evening of the 19th inst., the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Sampson Riley, of cholera infantum.



Aug. 30, 1883

On Tuesday last the remains of Mrs. Lucy Burk were followed to the grave by a large concourse of friends and relatives. But a few months since she was a healthy and robust woman. From some cause she became insane and was sent to the asylum at Topeka. About ten days ago her friends brought her home, a mere wreck of her former self, being a skeleton. She became unmanageable and was sent back to Topeka, where she died a short itme after her arrival. The remains were sent to this city, arriving on Tuesday last, and taken to the residence of M. S. Wilder. She is beyond the vale of tears, and her troubles are at an end.

Died, on August 23rd, infant child of Edwin S. Beegle and wife.

George C. Munro, father of Mrs. F. V. Gay and father in law of Dan Smith, of this city, died at his home in Jonesville, Michigan on the 19th, at the age of 69 years. He immigrated to Michigan in 1834, and was the first president of Jonesville village, served three terms as county clerk, and was the Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor in 1858. Mr. Munro was the father of 14 children, nine of whom are still living.



Sept. 6, 1883

Rezin Iams, age 38, died Friday at his home in Highland twp.; cousin of Rezin Iams of this city.



Sept. 13, 1883

Died, on the 20th of August, in Kansas City, of typhoid malaria, George Taylor, in the 30th year of his age. The deceased was a brother of William Taylor, of Athelstane twp., and was engaged to be married within a short time.



Oct. 4, 1883

On Monday last, Robert Clark, one of the early settlers of Highland township, passed away at the age of 65 years, after an illness of about four weeks. He came to this country eleven years ago, from Wells County, Indiana, and settled on his claim in the above named township where he has since resided. He leaves a large family, several of whom are married, who will mourn the loss of a kind husband, father and adviser.



Oct. 11, 1883

A sad and pitiable accident happened at Walter Avery's, Monday morning. Mrs. Avery was washing and in turning the boiler to one side to put fuel in the stove, it was upset-the scalding contents deluging her little child, about 18 months, old clinging to her dress. A neighbor came at full speed for Dr. Blackwood, but he could do nothing to save the little one's life, and on Tuesday night it died, after suffering terribly.



Oct. 18, 1883

Eratus Dewey, an old resident of Clay county, died in Illinois last week. Mr. Dewer was a tinner and worked for Mr. Taylor at one time. He owned a farm a few miles east of this city.

The body of Julius Roenigk, who had been missing for three months since not arriving at Pueblo, Colorado as expected, was returned to this county yesterday, accompanied by his brother Richard Roenigk. He was robbed and murdered by persons unknown, and his body buried in the sand on Fountain Creek, about 14 miles from Colorado Springs. The funeral will be held today from the home of his mother, in Bloom twp., with burial in the Lincoln graveyard.



Oct. 25, 1883

Died, on the 13th inst., in Athelstane twp., Miss Amelia Arnold, age 28 years. From childhood she had been a sufferer from scrofula, being unable to walk for several years. This, with the effects of the climate, hastened her death. Quite a number of her friends (and she had many) followed her to her last resting place.



Nov. 1, 1883

Died, on Saturday, Oct. 20, the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Watrous. The funeral took place on the 21st, and the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery of this city.

Mrs. Martha Simpson, age 63 years, died Thursday last in Grant twp. She was born in Virginia, and in 1842 married J. H. Simpson in Putnam county, Indiana. They were early citizens of this county, settling here in 1858 on the homestead where they have lived since. She leaves a husband and five children to mourn her loss, three children having gone before her. Interment was in the Gatesville cemetery.



Nov. 15, 1883

Mrs. Emily Niles, who was buried yesterday, was one of the old settlers of Hayes twp. While on her way to divine service last week, she fell and broke her leg, which injury resulted in her death.



Nov. 22, 1883

When M. Basset and wife retired to bed last Saturday night, their little three months old baby appeared in good health, and had been playing and crowing all the evening. Early Sunday morning, when Mr. Basset rose to make the fire, he found the baby dead. The Bassets feel its death keenly as it was a bright little girl and had been healthy from its birth.

Death has again entered the home of W. E. Niles, who resides in Hayes twp., just north of the city. This time he took an old man, ripe for the sickle. G. Grovenberry, father of Mrs. Niles, passed yesterday into the unknown. Deceased came to the county in 1870, and was well known to all of our early settlers, and by them respected and esteemed.



Dec. 13, 1883

Hugh Hutchison, residing near Tabor post office, is reported very low with no hopes of his recovery. Some three months ago he was kicked by a horse, in Concordia, since which time he has been failing rapidly. LATER: We learn that Mr. Hutchison died early this morning; burial will be in Lincoln cemetery.

The wife of John Kiner, of Clay Center twp., died this morning in childbirth. The young husband has the sincere sympathy of his many friends.



Dec. 20, 1883

John Carr, colored, died Saturday afternoon from the effects of being struck in the head with a shovel by Robin Smith, also colored. Witnesses claim that Carr attacked Smith first, and Robin Smith defended himself with the shovel, warning Carr not to approach him again. Smith has always been a peaceable man, although one who never backed down from a challenge, and this occurance has cause great regret among both the colored citizens and the white people of this town who know Robin Smith. He has been bound over on a charge of first degree murder, and will probably be tried during the January term.



Dec. 27, 1883

Died, Dec. 24, after a lingering illness, Emma, wife of A. Hosmer, in her 51st year. Born in New York state, she came to Kansas in 1864, and has been a resident of Clay Center for the last two years. She leaves a husband and four children: Mrs. W. D. Vincent, Miss Mina, Henry and Archie, to mourn her death.





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