Clay Co., KS AHGP-Obituaries "B"

Clay County Obits "B"

If you have any obituaries published before 1923 that you would like to contribute to the page, please send them to me and I will add them. Obituaries published after 1922 will be abstracted to avoid copyright violations. All obits below are abstracted from the Clay Center Dispatch, unless otherwise noted. Other obituaries may be found in extractions from the Wakefield (part 1), Wakefield (part 2), Industry and Morganville newspapers found elsewhere on this site.

News was received here last week of the death of William Bach at Arnett, Oklahoma. The deceased was a brother of August Bach of this place and was an old settler here. (Longford Leader, Dec. 24, 1914)

Armelda Celena Baker, 96, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2003 in Clay Center; born May 2, 1907, at Cloud County, the daughter Henry and Amanda (Clark) Christie; married Edward Baker on October 31, 1931; he preceded her in death on Nov. 7, 1984; also preceded by two sisters and one brother; survivors include two sons, Edward and wife Shirley Baker, Plano, Tex., and Robert Baker, Bull Head City, Ariz.; one grandchild; and two great grandchildren; inurnment in Greenwood Cemetery

BAKER, EMILY JANE (Walker) – Died, April 21, of heart trouble, in Oak Hill, Mrs. Emily Baker. Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church at ten o’clock and the remains were buried in the Idana cemetery. She leaves a husband, son and daughter, six sisters, four brothers and an aged mother to mourn her loss. Services were conducted by Rev. McKay Sunday and were attended by a large number of friends who sincerely mourn the death of a good woman. (Times – Clay Center, KS – April 27, 1905)

Gladys M. Baker, 65, of Longford, died Friday, March 27, 1970 at her home. A life-long resident of the Longford community, she was born there April 12, 1904. Survivors include her husband, Arthur; a daughter, Ardes (Mrs. Raymond) Bull of Clay Center; her mother, Nellie Hauserman of Morganville, and her brother, Charles Hauserman of Longford. Burial was Monday, March 30, in the Rose Meron cemetery.

Lois Margaret Baker; born Jan. 3, 1914 at Ottawa County, KS., the daughter of Theodore and Pearl (Locke) Mitchell; died March 11, 2004; March 5, 1936 she married Raymond H. Baker at Phillipsburg, KS; preceded in death by her husband Raymond June 6, 1957, and an infant son in 1943; survived by daughter, two grandsons; four step grandchildren; and two great granddaughters; burial Mt. Liberty Cemetery, west of Oak Hill

Adah Adele Baity, 86, died Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at Scottsdale, Ariz.; born Dec. 30, 1920, at Geary County, the daughter of Fred A. and Lillian (Kregar) Sherbert; married Robert W. Baity on April 23, 1941, at Waukegan, Ill.; he preceded her in death on May 9, 1988; also preceded in death by two brothers; survived by two daughters, Laura Russell of Boulder, Colo. and Jane Hammond of Phoenix, Ariz.; one son, Robert Baity and wife Jo Anne of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; one sister, Josephine Heid of Denver, Colo.; eight grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren; burial in Madura Cemetery

E. R. Bane was called to Hutchinson Monday morning was by the death of his mother. He returned on Thursday. (Longford Leader, Dec. 3, 1914)

Moses Henry Banister, a Clay Center resident for some time, departed this life Sunday afternoon, Dec. 23, 1917, after an illness, his age being seventy five years at the time of his death. Mr. Banister was born in Cincinnati, O., and was united in marriage to Miss Orilla Dart, April 15, 1875. He went into the Union army at the age of nineteen years and was a good soldier until the time of his discharge. He has lived in the state of Kansas for the past twenty five years and in passing from this life leaves to mourn his departure, besides the surviving wife, the following children: Mrs. Maude Delp, Mrs. Pearl Reed, and Mrs. Stella Hawley, all of Clay Center; Date Banister of Kansas City, Kansas; Mrs. Eulah Casterline of Omaha, Neb.; Earl Banister, in the service and stationed at Ft. D. A. Russell, Wyoming; Miss Lola Banister of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Mrs. Ida Wilbert of Belleville, Kansas; and Miss Violet Banister, of the home in Clay Center, Kansas. The funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Dec. 24, at the family home, conducted by J. Ashton Davies, of the M. E. church. Music was furnished for the service by a quartette composed of Mrs. Glenn Adams, Mrs. Wayne Randall, Miss Florence Funnell and Miss Jessie Trowbridge. Burial was made in Greenwood cemetery. (Dec. 27, 1917, Clay Center Dispatch)

INDUSTRY: Charley Bass received the sad news that his brother living in Indiana, Ben Bass, had passed away Friday and would be buried on Sunday. Ben's wife, Mary, was buried just three weeks ago Sunday. (Longford Leader, Nov. 7, 1912)

Anna Mae Bauer, 69, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007, at Sterling, Colo.; born May 31, 1938, at Clay Center, the daughter of Gustaf and June Anna (Johnson) Lyon; married Gene Bauer on May 13, 1961, at Clay Center; was preceded in death by two brothers, Ronald Lyon and Alden Lyon and one sister, Elaine Reed; survived by her husband, Gene Bauer of Sterling, Colo.; two daughters, Amy Gepner and husband Scott of Wichita and Meg Adams and husband Brian of Abilene; one brother, Lavern Lyon and wife Elaine of Salina; one sister-in-law, Jean Lyon of Salina; her mother-in-law, Irene Bauer of Clay Center; and four grandchildren; she was cremated.

Helen Viola Beach, 87, died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007, at Clay Center; born Aug. 18, 1919, at Irving, the daughter of Henry C. and Myrtle (Wilbern) Wilson; married Oren Beach on July 4, 1942, at Holton; he preceded her in death on Aug. 13, 1995; also preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters; survived by two daughters, Molly Hibbard of Clay Center and Linda Rader and husband Eric of Cheyenne, Wyo.; three grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren; burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Clay Center.

BEESLEY, DOROTHY I. (Crow) -- Mrs. Marvin (Dorothy) Beesley, 68, of 112 9th, Clay Center, died Wednesday morning at the Minneapolis Hospital. She was born Oct. 5, 1909 at Bennington, the daughter of William and Alma Crow. She had lived in Clay County the past 25 years. The survivors are her husband, Marvin Beesley of the home; a daughter, Virginia K. Henry of Topeka; a son, Charles L. Peterson of Salina; three brothers, Carroll Crow of Seymour, Mo.; Raymond Crow of Wells and Charles Crow of Hutchinson; a sister, Donna Giersch of Tescott; four grandchildren. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Neill-Schwensen Chapel, with the Rev. Calvin Hartman officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (Clay Center Dispatch – Clay Center, KS – Feb. 23, 1978)

Martha Mae Beeson born March 8, 1915 in Clifton, Ks. to Joe and Ina Peterson Johnson; died August 27, 2003 in Clay Center; married Wayne Beeson on Aug. 10, 1932; he passed away July 7, 1979; also preceded by a son, Donald, one grandson, one sister and one brother; survived by a son and a daughter, a daughter in law, two sisters, a brother, seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; burial at Pleasant View Cemetery, Vining, Kansas

Charles Edward Becotte, 91, died Tuesday, March 21, 2006 in Clifton; born July 20, 1914, at Vining, to Joseph F. and Laura (Baltazor) Becotte; married Edith Cornell on Jan. 8, 1939; preceded in death by his wife, Edith in 2002; and by two sisters and one brother; survivors include nieces and nephews; burial at the Clifton I.O.O.F. Cemetery

Mark Behrends, 40, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2006, in Clay Center; born Aug. 2, 1966, at Washington, Kan., the son of Ron and Patricia (Wollenberg) Behrends; preceded in death by his mother; survivors include his father, Ron Behrends of Manhattan; two sisters, Collen Behrends of Ottawa and Barb Brown and husband Jerry of Abilene; two brothers, Randy Behrends of Overland Park and Joel Behrends and wife Steffani of Olathe; burial in Greenwood Cemetery.

A little four year old girl of Ben Beougher, living 3 miles east and 1 mile south of Clifton, drowned in a small creek near home, last Sunday (July 22nd). The burial took place Monday following. The child accidently tumbled into the water, and was dead when found. All efforts to restore life availed nothing. (Wakefield Advertiser, July 25, 1888)

George Bender, a farmer living over the line in Clay county, aged 73, died yesterday and will be buried Sunday at 10 a. m. from Mayfield cburch. Interment at Athelstane, (Abilene Weekly Chronicle, Sept. 28, 1893)

Lucile Grace Bender born Oct. 31, 1909, at Clay County, the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Armstrong) McCune; died Nov. 16, 2003; married Raymond B. Bender on May 2, 1928 who preceded her in death on January 25, 1992; also preceded by two brothers; survived by daughter and one grandchild; burial at Prairie Dale Cemetery, Talmage

Raymond Bender, 86, died Saturday, Jan. 25, 1992; services Tuesday, United Methodist Church, Longford; survived by wife, Lucile; daughter, Doris Keim of Mulvane; one grandchild. (abstract, Wichita Eagle, Jan. 27, 1992)

John D. Benfer born July 11, 1918, the son of Edwin Denton and Christina Elizabeth (Bach) Benfer; died Oct. 12, 1999, at Salina; married Letha Plock Feb. 16, 1941; preceded in death by a brother, sister and grandson; survived by his wife, four sons, two daughters, three sisters, 16 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; burial in Swartwood Cemetery

Pawnee Courier-Dispatch, Aug. 24, 1911

Death of Mrs. Bengree

Mrs. Mary Bengree died Monday morning, Aug. 21, at the home of her son, A. L. Boatright, in this city, of paralysis. Mrs. Bengree was born November 21, 1840. One son and three daughters survive her.

Funeral services were held at the residence Wednesday morning at nine o'clock, conducted by Rev. Atkins of the Christian church and the body was taken to Ralston for burial. Mrs. Bengree was stricken with paralysis some time ago, and her death was not unexpected, though none the less sorrowful.

Lawrence E. "Bud" Benson, 79, died Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at Clay Center; born Nov. 29, 1926 at Herington to Charles E. and Amelia (Knaak) Benson; married Verda Jane Deines on July 9, 1944; preceded in death by his wife, Verda Jane in 1997; one sister; and one brother; survivors include two sons, Larry and wife Terry Benson; Mike and wife Jane Benson, all of Overland Park; one sister, Louise Stadalman of Clay Center; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; burial at the Sunset Cemetery in Herington.

Mrs. Martha Benson, mother of Rev. L. A. Benson of the Republican City church, died Friday morning at her home in Sparta, Illinois. Mr. Benson was called to Illinois last week by the serious illness, so he was with her when death came. Mrs. Benson had never been a resident of this county, but, having visited here several times, was well known to many residents of the community. (Clay Center Times, Nov. 6, 1913)

Fred Berger, who resided at 413 East 1st St. in Abilene, died at his home on Sunday morning. His wife and daughter Clara survived, as well as a niece, Mrs. L. N. Latimer of Longford. Funeral services were Monday. (Longford Leader, Dec. 3, 1914)

The funeral of Mrs. Magdalena Berger, who died Tuesday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. N. Latimer, in Industry, was held today.
Magdalena Shari was born in Canton Bern, Switzerland, in 1834 and was the last of ten children to depart this life. She was married to Rudolph Berger in 1859, in the city of Bern, to which union were born two children, Marie and Lena, Marie having passed from this life in advance of her mother. They came to America in 1868, and in 1869 to Kansas, and settled on a farm four miles east of Longford, where they resided until 1904, when they moved into town. Here they resided until the death of Mr. Berger in 1914. Mrs. Berger then made her home with her daughter, Mrs. L. N. Latimer, and died at her daughter's home in Industry. (Longford Leader, March 9, 1916)

Rudolph Berger was born in Canton Bern, Switzerland, Jan. 21, 1833. He was married to Magdalena Shari at Bern, Switzerland in 1860. To this unions were born two daughters, one of whom, Mrs. Mary Latimer, was called from earth January 8, 1903. In 1879 Mr. Berger moved with his family to America, shortly afterward settling on a homestead in Clay County, where he lived until 1904 when he moved to Longford where he has since resided. He has always been much interested in civic conditions around him, serving in former years very efficiently as trustee of Athelstane township and as county clerk. He was active in furthering those thing that tended to the betterment and improvement of the farming and commercial interests of the county. He was a charter stockholder of the Citizens State Bank of Longford. On Saturday, Oct. 3, 1914 at 7:15 a.m. he departed this life, leaving to mourn his loss, an aged wife, one daughter, Mrs. L. N. Latimer of this city, a brother, Fred Berger of Abilene, 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held from the United Evangelical church on Sunday afternoon, with burial in Athelstane Cemetery. (Longford Leader, Oct. 8, 1914)

Wanda Berniece Berggren, 79, Clay Center, died Friday, July 11; born Oct. 28, 1917 in Clay County; married Albin Berggren on Oct. 23, 1941; he preceded her in death on Dec. 19, 1996; survived by daughter, Carol Graham, Clay Center; son, Duane Berggren, Monte Vista, Col.; a sister, LaVone Erickson, Clay Center; and nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; burial in Greenwood Cemetery.(abstract, Manhattan Mercury, July 13, 1997)

Betty Olsen Bergren was born in Switzerland September 12, 1844 and died at her home in Industry, Monday, December 30, 1912. She was 68 years, 3 months and 18 days old. In July 1871 she was united in marriage to Peter Bergren in Chicago, and to this union were born nine children, three of which survive her. The family moved to Industry 29 years ago and have been residents of that community ever since. She was a faithful worker in the Evangelical church of which she had been a member for the past 19 years and her work will long be remembered. She leaves three children, Charley, Anna and Ernest, and a host of friends to mourn her death. Funeral services were held at the church Tuesday afternoon and interment was made in the Greenridge cemetery. (Longford Leader, Jan. 2, 1913)

Bonnie Belle Bertsch, 82, died Wednesday, March 8, 2006, in Clay Center; born July 29, 1923, at Green, the daughter of William and Pearl (Weller) Clark; married Donald Bertsch Jan. 10, 1940; he preceded her in death March 26, 1993; also preceded in death by two brothers, Warren and Rollo Clark. ; survivors include three daughters, Linda Hawk and husband Michael of Wichita, Pamela Sanneman and husband Donn of Clay Center and Sheree Dockins and husband Russel of Manhattan; one sister, LaDonna Lippe and husband Duane of Morganville; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson; burial in Greenwood Cemetery

Obituary: Republican Paper in Clay Center December 20, 1906 "BERRIER–Mrs. Catherine Berrier died Tuesday, December 18th at 7 o'clock A.M. at the home of her son Fred Berrier five miles east of Clay Center. Her death was due to a general decline, had been down sick for a month. Funeral occurred Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the U.B. church in Highland township. Rev. Pontius of Green officiating. The remains were laid to rest in the German cemetery. The deceased was about eighty years old. March 1844 she was married to William Berrier, Nine children survive her. They are George of Blue Rapids, Frank of Broughton, Mrs. Belle Hill of this city, Mrs. Martha Sigler of Industry, Wilson and Mrs. Margaret Dow of McPherson, Mrs. Anna Ady of Missouri and James and Fred. Mr. Berrier died nearly five years ago. The deceased has lived in this community some twenty-six years and had many friends who will greatly mourn her departure. She was always a one of the most contented of women, and was beloved by all who knew her. She was one of the best of mothers and lived a sincere Christian life. The relatives have the sincere sympathy of all their friends. "

"BERRIER-Frank Berrier was born near Blain, Perry County, PA, October 23, 1852 and passed away at his home near Broughton, KS March 9, 1929 at 3:15 am at the age of 87, 1 month and 16 days. He was the second son of William and Catherine Berrier who passed away many years ago. With his parents he moved to La Salle County IL in the year 1868 where he grew up to manhood moving to Hastings, NE in 1879 and remaining only a year, coming from there to Clay County, KS in May 1880. He was united in marriage to LILLY S. OGDEN of Clay County October 25, 1882. To this union seven children were born. Two daughters preceded him to the heavenly land, Lillian in 1896 and Miss Bessie in 1911. His wife, three daughters, two sons, one grandson, one daughter-in-law and two sons-in-law survive him. The daughters are Mrs. Myrtle Hemphill, Mrs. Mildred Carlson and Miss Florence Berrier, all of Broughton. The sons are Ernest and Laurence Berrier, also of Broughton. There are also living four brothers and three sisters, named: Fred Berrier, Wilson and James Berrier of Clay Center. George Berrier of Blue Rapids, Mrs. Mattie Sigler of Industry, Mrs. Maggie Dow of Pomona, CA and Mrs. Annie Ady of Waneta, NE. Mr. Berrier has been a great sufferer for more than two years from that dread disease, cancer, but he bore his affliction with great patience and was always cheerful. He was of a great genial disposition and made many friends wherever he lived. He was a good neighbor, a kind husband and indulgent father and was highly respected by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed, not only by his family, but by a large circle of friends. He was baptized in the Lutheran church in his childhood but made no public profession of faith in Christ. The writer had several talks with him a short time before his death and he professed his faith in Jesus Christ and said that he was ready to go. This brings great comfort to the surviving family. The funeral services were conducted at his home at 10 o'clock and at the Broughton church at 11 o'clock, Friday morning March 12th. His paster, reverend CB Young officiated, internment was made in the Clay Center Cemetery. unknown paper and date

"BERRIER - How quickly the men and women of the older generation are passing. they who endured and overcame the obstacles which beset the early settlers, and lived to see better times, and now their children and grandchildren must carry on the work they started. George Berrier, who came with other members of the Berrier family to Clay county, Kansas, in 1880, ended his earthly pilgrimage July 1, 1931, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. C. Bomar, in Clay Center, at the age of 81 years, 7 months and 7 days. He was born in Perry county Pennsylvania, on November 24, 1849, and was the eldest of a family of five sons and four daughters. His parents, two brothers and one sister preceded him in entering into their final rest. The youngest brother, Fred Berrier, passed away just five weeks ago. On July 4, 1876, Mr. Berrier was united in marriage with Eunice L. Blanchard, and to this union four children were born, one of whom did not survive the period of infancy. He was well known years ago in the Four Mile and Republican City neighborhood and treasured in his memory the associations he had enjoyed with the splendid men and women of that vicinity, many of whom have also been summoned from this life in recent years. About thirty years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Berrier moved to Blue Rapids, where Mr. Berrier conducted a bakery for some time. More recently he has devoted his time to gardening and delighted to work around his little plot of land near the Blue river. He was rather an unusual character in Blue Rapids, where he made his home so long, and he was affectionately known as "Dad" Berrier by all his friends and the townspeople. He was kind to everyone and strictly honest. He was a quiet man and preferred to live simply in his own home, although he came over to Clay Center to visit in the Bomar home and with his brothers and sisters. Mrs. Bomar was very kind and thoughtful of her father, making frequent trips to Blue Rapids to see that he was alright. He accompanied her to Clay Center Sunday, June 26, but they did not realize the end was so near. He had failed rapidly in the last few weeks, and was called away suddenly Wednesday morning, July 1 at 2:30 o'clock, the result of heart failure. Mr. Berrier was christened in the Presbyterian faith in Pennsylvania and gave evidence that he was considering deeper things in his later days. He was reading the 101st Psalm in the old family Bible just a few days before his death. Mr. Berrier had passed his four score years and he rests from his labors. The surviving relatives are his wife and daughter, Blanche of Los Angeles, CA, one son, W. S. Berrier of Peace Valley, MO, and daughter, Mrs. Olive Bomar of Clay Center; two brothers, Wilson Berrier of Clay Center, and James Berrier of Iowa; three sisters, Mrs. Wm. Sigler of Industry, Mrs. Richard Dow of California and Mrs. Anne Ady of Nebraska. Six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday morning at 10 o'clock at Schwensen Chapel with Dr. L. A. Benson officiating. Mrs. Wilber Neil and Mrs. A. C. Humfeld, with Mrs. V. R. Vergades as accompanist sang two beautiful selections, "The Land Where We Never Grow Old," and "Rock of Ages." Mrs. Neil sang a solo, "When I Get to the End of the Way". The pall bearers were Evans Donley, J. E. Keith, J. W. Chestnut, James Hanna, David Tolles and Wm. Worthington. Burial was made in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery. Friends and relatives came to pay their final respects and the floral offerings were further expressions of regard." unknown paper and date

"BERRIER - A life of self-sacrifice and generous service was completed when Mrs. Eunice L. Berrier passed peacefully into eternal sleep in the early hours of the morning of December 29, 1942. Mrs. Berrier's life journey took her from the scene of her birth and childhood in Illinois to Kansas, then to California, and eventually she came back to the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. C. Bomar, in Clay Center, Kansas, to spend her last days. On January 30, 1855, in Marseilles, Illinois, a daughter, Eunice Lois, was born to Sylvester and Phoebe Thorpe Blanchard. She grew to womanhood there, received her education and entered into the activities of the community. On July 4, 1876, she was united in marriage with George Berrier. Later the Berriers heard the call of the West and they came to Kansas, arriving in Clay Center in March, 1886. As pioneers in this community they knew the hardships and shared in the events that contributed to the building of this state and early history of the nation. Mr. and Mrs. Berrier were the parents of four children, William S., now of Wolf Point, Mont.; Olive, now Mrs. E. C. Bomar of Clay Center; Blanche Vera, who died in August, 1938 in California, and a son who died in infancy. Many years ago, Mrs. Berrier declared her faith in Christ and united with the First Methodist church in this city. She was also one of the oldest members of Clay Center Chapter No. 180 of the Eastern Star, and served as Worthy Matron of Elnora Chapter of Blue Rapids during her residence there. Always resourceful and kind, Mrs. Berrier was equal to every occasion and she was every ready to help others. Her home was never too crowded to take in one more, and she was interested in everyone who came, especially young people. She went to California some years ago to live with her daughter, Mrs. Blanche Schweitzer, and after her death stayed on with her son-in-law at Tajunga. Wishing to spend the holidays with her daughter and family, Mrs. Berrier made the long journey from California to Clay Center, arriving here Tuesday morning, December 23rd. She anticipated an extended visit here, but death intervened after a few days' illness. Her age was 86 years, 10 months and 29 days. Mr. Berrier died several years ago. Surviving members of the family are, her daughter, Mrs. Olive Bomar of Clay Center; the son, Wm. S. Berrier of Wolf Point, Mont.; one brother, Dr. Eugene Blanchard, of Chicago, Illinois; six grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, one great, great grandchild, other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, December 31st, at 2 o'clock at the Mert Schwensen chapel in Clay Center, with the Rev. L. F. Arend of the First Methodist church in charge. Mrs. Berrier chose the text used at her mother's funeral for her own obsequies, Psalms 17:15. Mrs. Wilber Neil sang, "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," "Good Night Here and Good Morning There" and "Blest Be The Tie That Binds." Mrs. Andrew Carlson was the accompanist. The Eastern Star conducted their ritualistic service. Burial was made in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Exeter township. The body bearers were Elmer Rose, Dr. W. H. Kerby, Oscar Obenland, Wilber Neil, Harry Adamson and Don Wilson. The presence of relatives and friends and the beautiful flowers betokened respect and sympathy." unknown paper and date

"JAMES BERRIER passed away Wednesday night, December 1, 1937, at his home at the corner of Fifth and Bridge Streets. He had been in failing health for some time but his condition was not considered critical until two weeks before the end came. Mr. Berrier was one of a family of five sons and four daughters, in the home of William and Catherine Berrier. He was born in April, 1863 in Perry County, Pennsylvania. When he was a boy 11 years old, he moved with his parents to Illinois, where they lived for several years. In 1880 the Berriers came to Kansas, and located on a farm in Highland Township where the children grew to maturity. In the fall of 1884, James Berrier and Miss Mary Hamm were united in marriage in Clay Center. They lived in this vicinity until 1887, when they went to Missouri and later to Iowa, where they lived for a number of years. Mr. Berrier returned to Clay Center several times and after the death of his wife he came back here to stay, in about 1930. In his active years, Mr. Berrier was a farmer, but he has worked at odd jobs in recent years. He lived with a man companion in the south part of town the past six months. He was jolly and friendly with his neighbors. He leaves four sons, Arch, Rollie and William of Iowa, and Orville of Minneapolis, Minnesota, also two sisters, Mrs. Martha Sigler of Industry, Mrs. Annie Young of Gothenberg, Nebraska, one brother, Wilson Berrier of Clay Center, and several nieces and nephews. A daughter died in infancy. Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon at the Peterson Chapel with Rev. L. F. Arend of the First M.E. church in charge. Harold Crawford, with Mrs. Nora Neal Carlson as accompanist, sang "Abide With Me" and "Rock of Ages". Burial was made in the Berrier family plot in the Ebenezer cemetery east of this city. The body bearers were Ernest Berrier, Ira VanVoltenberg, Bluford Hemphill, William Hill, Guy and Vernon Lee." unknown paper and date

"BERRIER – In her allotted span of four score, six years and six months. Mrs. Lily Berrier used her God given talents wisely and, although she spent her days quietly, she leaves a record worthy of emulation. Her life story is written as follows: Mrs. Lily Susann Berrier was born in Cape May, New Jersey on October 20, 1864 and passed away in the Clay Center Hospital after a short illness, on Sunday, November 26, 1950, at about 11:15 in the forenoon, at the age of 86 years, 1 month and 6 days. Mrs. Berrier was one of a family of 8 daughters and 1 son, born to William and Deborah Stiles Ogden. At an early age she came with her parents to Kansas were they settled on a homestead east of Clay Center, Kansas and just one mile south of the Ebenezer Methodist Church. There she grew to womanhood and was united in the bonds of holy matrimony with Frank Berrier, October 25, 1882. To this union five daughters and two sons were born. Two daughters, Bessie and Lillian preceded their parents in death. Mr. Berrier died on March 10th, 1920. Following his passing, Mrs. Berrier moved to Clay Center, where she lived several years. About two years ago she moved to Broughton where she has enjoyed the friendship and the kindness of her friends. Despite her age, she preferred to live alone and enjoyed the privacy and independence of such a life. Mrs. Berrier was a pioneer mother who believed sincerely in God and evidenced that belief by a life long membership in the Methodist Church. She loved to do whatever she could for her Lord. When a young woman she served as Sunday school superintendent and taught a Sunday school class as long as her health permitted. She loved to go to the house of God when ever services were held. She lead prayer meeting only last August 24th in a very fine way. Mrs. Berrier was an energetic and kindly soul who loved to help others. "The law kindness was every on her tongue". She was an original thinker who refused to let someone else to do her thinking for her. She was devoted to her family and loved every one of them dearly. Those left to cherish her memory are; Ernest Berrier, Mrs. George (Myrtle) Hemphill of Broughton community; Mrs. Emil (Mildred) Carlson of Clay Center, Kansas; Mrs. Chester (Florence) Albritton of Childress, Texas, and Lawrence Berrier of Agenda, Kansas, and their companions. She leaves two sisters; Mrs. John (Bessie) Shaw of Hugo, Colorado and Mrs. Frank (Hattie) Cutting of Lenora, Kansas. Also ten grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, besides many nieces and nephews and three brothers-in-law; Charles Sherbert of Wakefield; Edgar Jevons of Limon, Colorado, and John Shaw of Hugo, Colorado; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Martha Sigler of Industry and Mrs. Fred Berrier of Clay Center. She also had a host of friends who will mourn here departure. Funeral services were held at the Mert-Schwensen Chapel in Clay Center, and at the Broughton Methodist Church Tuesday afternoon, November 28th, at 2 o'clock, in charge of her pasture the Rev. W. Ralph Long, Broughton. The hymns, "Sweetly Resting," "Beyond the Sunset," and "Rock of Ages" was sung by a mixed quartet consisting of Mrs. Roy Laflin, Mrs. Pearl Hemphill, Paul Chapman and Mervin Arnett. Miss Shirley Mosburg accompanied them. Pallbearers were Bluford Hemphill, Marshall Carlson, Calvin Berrier, Joe Haney, Maurice Hinds and Herbert Woellhof. The presence of many relatives and friends and the beautiful flowers were symbols of regard and sympathy" unknown paper and date

Funeral Notice for Mrs. Mary Berrier, Wed. December 16, 1931 from Congregational Church:
"Funeral services were conducted at the Congregational Church Wednesday afternoon for Mrs. Mary Berrier, a former resident of Nashua, who died at the Sartori Hospital, Cedar Falls, December 7th. The service was in charge by the pastor, Rev. William Kent. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Berrier came from Kansas to Chickasaw County about forty years ago, making her home in Nashua for many years, later going to Charles City to live with Mrs. Nettie Hamm, and about two years ago she went to Cedar Falls. She was a woman of kindly ways, an indulgent and loving mother, and will be missed by those near and dear to her. She was 72 years of age. Surviving are four sons: Rollie, Cedar Falls, Orville, Minneapolis, Archie, Waterloo, and Will, Nashua."

December 9, 1931
"Mrs. Mary Berrier, for many years a resident of Nashua, but recently of Cedar Falls, passed away Monday night, about 9:30, death being due to cancer, from which she had been critically ill for some time and for several weeks she had been a patient in Sartori Hospital, where her death occurred. The body will be brought to Nashua and services will be held at the Congregational Church at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday. Internment in Oak Hill Cemetery."
Cemetery Records: Chenoweth & Son Funeral Home, Nashua, IA Shows Mary's death and indicates death in Cedar Falls, IA at age 73 years. It also shows that siblings are: James, Ada, Fannie & Jesse. Chickasaw County Genealogical Society, New Hampton, IA Oak Hill Cemetery, Nashua, Iowa: Block 17, Grave 7

Obituary: The Clay Center, Kansas Times April 24, 1902
William Berrier, Cloi Sells, David Rock and Mrs. Josephine Called.
Wm. Berrier was born August 22, 1826 in Perry County, Penn., and died April 18, 1902, aged 75 years 7 months and 26 days. He was married to Catherine Barrick March 1, 1849, the first of last month being the 53rd anniversary of their wedding. He was the father of 12 children, two of whom died in infancy and one in early childhood. He leaves his aged wife, 5 sons, 4 daughters, 30 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren to mourn his departure. Father Berrier moved from Pennsylvania to La Salle County, IL. in 1869, and from there he came to Clay County in February 1880 and purchased the farm on which he has lived ever since. He was a kind husband, an indulgent father, and a good neighbor, always desiring to live in peace with every one. He lived to see all his children grown to manhood and womanhood. Father Berrier has been a victim of diabetes for two and a half years, and had been blind for nearly two years. He wasted away from a large strong man to almost nothing. He was only confined to his bed for six days. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Reynolds assisted by Elder Smith at the Highland church Sunday morning at 11 o'clock. There were four sons and two daughters-in-law, nine grand children and two great grandchildren at the funeral. One daughter in Nebraska and one in McPherson, Kansas. And one son in Iowa being unable to get there. He was laid to rest in the German Cemetery. A very large number of friends and acquaintances were in attendance. The family wish to extent their grateful thanks to the friends and neighbors who have shown so much kindness to them in their bereavement." Ref: The Perry Historians: William appears on the 1837, 1838, 1839 & 1840 Toboyne Twp., Perry Co., PA Pauper Children List along with his brothers; Henry and George A.

"BERRIER, Life came to a peaceful close for Wilson Berrier, long time resident of Clay county at 10 o'clock in the evening of Tuesday, October 4, at the home of his niece and husband, Mr. And Mrs. E. C. Bomar, 614 Court Street, who had kindly cared for him in his declining years. A quiet, reserved man, he did not enter into public life, but he had a friendly greeting for those he knew, and he was always interested in events of his home community, the state and nation. His life story is written as follows: Wilson Berrier, son of William and Catherine Berrier, was born in Pennsylvania July 11, 1861 and came to Kansas with his parents in 1880 living most of his life on a farm in Highland township. He passed away in Clay Center, Kansas, October 4, 1949 at the age of 88 years 2 months and 23 days. Wilse as he was familiarly known was a quiet person and had never married. He always enjoyed visiting with his relatives and old time friends. He leaves an aged sister, Mrs. Martha Sigler of Industry, Kansas, two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Frank Berrier of Broughton, Kansas and Mrs. Fred Berrier of Clay Center, Kansas, a number of nieces and nephews and many friends. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Mert Schwensen Chapel, with the Rev. James B. Carr of the Christian church officiating. Mrs. Floss Robinette and Mrs. Jack George, with Mrs. E. C. Dudley as accompanist, sang "The Old Rugged Cross", "Good Night Here, Good Morning Up There" and "Does Jesus Care." Burial was made in the Ebenezer Cemetery. The body bearers were Ernest Berrier, Lawrence Berrier, Bluford Hemphill, Wayne Carlson, Leo Berrier, and Ray Bomar. Relatives and long time friends and neighbors joined in honoring the memory of the deceased, and the floral offerings were further expressions of respect." unknown paper and date

Edward Betts passed away at his home on Sunday morning at two o'clock with his loved ones around him. He leaves a wife, five children, mother and sister besides a host of friends and other relatives to mourn his loss. He was 46 years, 2 months and 21 days old at the time of his death. Everything that loving hads could do was done for him but to no avail. We deeply sympathize with the dear ones in this their sad hour. He was laid away in the Greenridge cemetery, where his father is also sleeping. (Longford Leader, May 14, 1914)

Word has just been received of the death of P. J. Bickford, which occurred at his home in Madeline, California, on September 27, 1916. Mr. Bickford was well known throughout this vicinity as an early day resident. He leaves one daughter, Mrs. Sam Gasswint, of this place, and one son, Charles Bickford, of Winnipeg, Canada. (Longford Leader, Oct. 5, 1916)

Chapman--Funeral services for Mrs. William Bielefeld, 47, late resident near Wakefield, will be held here Thursday at the Lutheran church. Burial will be in the Abilene cemetery. Mrs. Bielefeld died early Sunday at the Junction City hospital, where she had been a patient four days. She was born in North Vernon, Ind., March 1, 1904, and spent most of her life in the Clay Center area. She is survived by her husband; four daughters, Mrs. Earl Winteroth, Chapman; Mrs. Glen Schroeder, Abilene; Jean and Mary Lou Bielefeld of the home, two sons, Gerald, Junction City, and Donald of the home. ( Salina Journal, Thursday, Feb. 8, 1951)

Mae Corrine Bigler, 83, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2006, in Clay Center; born April 24, 1923, at Burr Oak, the daughter of Edmond and Nora (Mailen) Talbot; married Jacob Bigler Feb. 12, 1942; he preceded her in death Oct. 10, 1969; also preceded in death by a daughter, Connie Riley; survivors include three sons, Jacob Bigler Jr. and wife Sharon of Wichita, Bruce Bigler and wife Joyce of Perry and James Bigler and wife Yolanda of Van Nuys, Calif.; one daughter, LaNora Eshleman and husband John of Salina; two sisters, Dorothy Brown of Clay Center and Bernadette Hahn of Clay Center; ten grandchildren; and eight great- grandchildren; burial in Greenwood Cemetery

This neighborhood was shocked to hear of the death of Clarence Bilger, the two year old son of John Bilger of Harlem, Mont., who was burn to death in a barn. No other particulars of the tragedy have reached us. The parents were unable to come and the little casket was shipped here and laid to rest in the Athelstane cemetery on Sunday afternoon. (Longford Leader, Aug. 9, 1917)

Ben H. Blanken, 79, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006, in Leonardville; he attended Clay County schools and married Cheryl Hodges on Feb. 13, 1960; preceded in death in death by one son, David William, two sisters and one brother; survived by his wife, Cheryl Blanken of Clay Center; two daughters, Sheila and husband Gail Fisher of Wichita; and Denise and husband Mitch McMahan of Clay Center; one son, Robert and wife Stephanie Blanken of Topeka; and four grandchildren; burial in Greenwood Cemetery.

Fred H. Bletscher, 79, died Thursday at an Abilene nursing home. He was born Aug. 2, 1897 near Industry and was a life-long Clay County resident. He was a retired farmer. Mr. Bletscher is survived by his wife, Nettie; two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Tyrell and Mrs. Gladys Shivers, both of Wakefield; six sisters, Mrs. Barbara Peatling of Waterville, Mrs. Katherine Martin of Wymore, Neb., Mrs. Sophia Elsasser of Clay Center, Mrs. Christine Cohrs of Junction City, Mrs. Margaret Sheedy of Abilene and Mrs. Mina Martin of Clay Center; seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild. The funeral will be at 1:30 Monday at the All-Faith chapel in Abilene, with burial in the Greenridge Cemetery. unknown paper, Sunday, June 19, 1977.

Alvin Blevins, 79, died Wednesday, April 5, 2006, in Clay Center; born Aug. 22, 1926, at Stapleton, Neb., the son of Frank and Opal (Jenkins) Blevins; married Goldie Benjamin Dec. 7, 1946; preceded in death by one son, Jeffery Blevins, two brothers and one sister; survivors include his wife Goldie Blevins of Clay Center; one son, Steve Blevins and wife Barbara of Clay Center; one sister, Dorothy Dirksen of Overland Park; two brothers, Melvin Blevins of Liberty, Mo. and Everett Blevins of North Platte, Neb.; two grandchildren; and four step great- grandchildren; burial in Greenwood Cemetery

Wesley Dominick Blomberg, 17, of Wichita, died Saturday, March 12, 1994; survivors, father and stepmother, George and Karen Blomberg of Clay Center; mother and stepfather, Rose and Bill George of Wichita; brothers, George, Sean Buser, both of Wichita, Andy Pederson of Hiawatha, Brian Pederson of Lawrence; sisters, Donna Bryant of Miltonvale, Dana Budke of Beloit; grandparents, Clinton and Lenora Jensen of Miltonvale, Oliver and Bernice Blomberg, Maurice and Esther Yarrow, all of Clay Center, Harold George of Wichita; great-grandmother, Ruth Williams of Houston. (abstract, Wichita Eagle, Mar. 15, 1994)

David L. Blomberg, 90, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007, at Clay Center; born Mar. 9, 1917, in Clay County, the son of Wesley and Mabel (Nelson) Blomberg; married Lela Sanders Apr. 6, 1940 and she preceded him in death on Jan. 14, 1985; married Violet Beals-Hughes on Feb. 11, 1995 and she survives; preceded in death by a son, Melvin Blomberg and two brothers; survived by his wife, Violet Blomberg of Wakefield; one sister Myrtle Baxter of Clay Center; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild; burial at Swedish Pleasant Hill Cemetery

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Blue:-William Blue, an early pioneer of Clay county and one of the very well known residents of this community, died Sunday night, March 21st, (1915, per death certificate), at the home of his son-in-law, B.D. Spiers, in the neighborhood of Broughton. Mr. Blue was one of those settlers who endured the hardships and privations of the early days, told of before, occupying a position secondary to no man in that respect.
Mr. Blue was born in Fayette county, Ohio, February 25, 1827, to Barnet and Elizabeth Blue, and lived with his parents until a youth of eighteen years. He was ambitious, so bagan a driving cattle from Ohio to Philadelphia to do something for himself. Subsequently he engaged in flat-boating on the Ohio and lower Mississippi rivers and was thus occupied until late in the summer of 1871. (error) He finally decided to come father west and coming to Kansas arrived in Leavenworth in august of that year, in the employ of United States government quartermaster`s department. For the next two years he followed freighting and scouting on the plains, frequently being on the trail of indians in the solitudes of that wild country. He also wended his way among the Rocky Mountains and finally reached the Pacific slope, where he spent two years in mining.
At last Mr. Blue decided to return to the haunts of civilization, so made his way by the water route to New York City and then to his old hime in Ohio. Desirious of establishing a home for himself he was married February 15, 1853 to Hannah Ann Stratton, who preceded Mr. Blue in death a number of years ago. The young people commenced the journey of life together on a farm in Miami county, Ind., where they lived until 1864. Then selling out they removed to Grant county Wisconsin, and later were residents of Minnesota and Iowa. Mr. Blue was not yet satisified, so in 1867 returned to Kansas, settling on a farm in the vivicity of Lawrence. The grasshoppers soon drove him from those quarters and next he located in Plattsburgh, Mo. where he did freighting for two years.
Mr. Blue again became a resident of Kansas in 1869 and continued to be a Kansan for the rest of his days. He settled in Union township and had the honor of putting up the first dwelling between the Republican river and Chapman creek, on the high prairir land, where he held the fort against droughts, grasshoppers, hard times and other drawbacks. Many and great where the changes which he witnessed since his first venture into the west, where he took up a tract of wild land , upon which he labored early and late in the construction of a homestead, placing himself in the later years among the well-to-do farmers of Clay county. He numbered with the oldest settlers of this community and besides the immediate relatives he has numerous friends to grieve because of his death.
Mr Blue spent the last days of his live in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Spiers, and when he passed away had reached the age of ninety years and twenty-five days. He was ill less than two days, death being due to old age. He leaves to mourn his death five children: Cassius M. Blue of Port Wayne, Ind: Rollin S. Blue of Rutland Vt: Mrs. Nora Spiers of Broughton, Ks: Mrs, Margaret Flinn of Conversae Ind: Mrs Junia Hosley of Zurich, Ks. There is also surviving twenty-two grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.
Short funeral services were held at the Spiers home Monday afternoon and other services were held at the Broughton church conducted by Rev. Bohne? ??? was made in the Broughton ???

Mrs. E. E. (Christina) Boden, a well-known former Clay county resident, passed away Saturday night at a hospital in Chicago, as the result of street car accident, which befell her the previous day. The Boden family have been making their late home in Chicago and on Friday of last week Mrs. Boden was struck by a street car while out on the street. She was immediately taken to a hospital in that city, but passed away the next day as a result of the injuries she obtained. Mrs. Boden was a native of Ore Dahlbyn, Sweden, and came to the United States with her parents in the year of 1870. For many years she was a resident of the Morganville neighborhood, just the last few years of her life being spent elsewhere. From Morganville the family moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, and just a few years ago moved to Chicago to reside. The family have many friends in this county who will be grieved to hear of Mrs. Boden's sudden and unexpected death. She was sixty [Illinois death records say fifty-six] years of age and leaves surviving a husband and the following children: Will, Fred and Axel Berggren of Morganville; Art Berggren of Manhattan; Mrs. Blaine Miller of Salina; Mrs. Albert Johnson of Lincoln, Neb.; Mrs. Lee Allen of Eskridge; and Mrs. E. J. Palmore of Manhattan. The body was brought to Morganville Monday morning and on Wednesday morning at 9:00 o'clock the services were held at the Swedish Lutheran church. Burial was made in the nearby cemetery. (Clay County Times, Aug. 4, 1914)

Harry Gay Bonney, the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. James Bonney of Lamar, Missouri, died last Sunday morning of scarlet fever. Burial was made at Lamar Sunday afternoon, no funeral services being held. Mrs. Bonney used to live in Clay county, in the Clifton and Clay Center communities, and will be remembered as Lola VanScoyoc before her marriage to Mr. Bonney. (CC Times, Feb. 5, 1914)

Died, in the limits of the Chapman creek Brethren church, Kans., Nov. 14, 1896, Freddy Bosch, aged 12 years, 2 months and 8 days, blown off a horse. Services by Bro. Ben. Forney. --By Annie M. Basehore (Gospel Messenger)

Oliver and Isabel Marty and Mrs. Hurley Fox attended the funeral of Miss Amy Bottomly at Oak Hill Friday afternoon. (Longford Leader, April 23, 1914)

Charles Bouldin was called from his earthly home last Monday evening and passed quietly into the Great Beyond. He has been a patient sufferer this summer, a part of which was he spent in a hospital in Kansas City seeking relief. His daughter, Miss Laura Bouldin, who is a trained nurse, had been with him almost constantly, but his condition grew steadily worse until last Monday night when the end came. Charles P. Bouldin was born in Henry County, Virginia, on September 27, 1857. He died at his home northwest of Longford on August 31, 1914, at the age of 56 years, 11 months and 4 days. He came to Kansas in 1867 and was married to Miss Stella Blake on January 27, 1879. To this union were born five children. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife and four children, three daughters and a son, also two sisters, Miss Annie Bouldin of Oak Hill and Mrs. J. H. Wade of Los Angeles, California, and one brother, W. R. Bouldin of Channing, Texas. Funeral services were held the home on Wednesday morning and interment was in the cemetery at Oak Hill, with the I.O.O.F. in charge. (Longford Leader, Sept. 3, 1914) INDUSTRY--We were very sorry to hear of the death of Mr. Bowser's little boy of blood poisoning on Sunday. (Longford Leader, Jun. 25, 1914)

INDUSTRY--We were very sorry to hear of the death of Mr. Bowser's little boy of blood poisoning on Sunday. (Longford Leader, Jun. 25, 1914)

Doris Irene Brenner, 87, died Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at Clay Center; born June 25, 1919, at Morganville, the daughter of August and Anna (Lippe) Kolling; married Arnold H. Brenner on February 19, 1939 and he preceded her in death on August 25, 1995; also preceded in death by one sister; survived by three daughters, Anita P. and husband Alan Chleborad, Wheatridge, Colo., Heather Brenda Collins, Mountain View, Calif., Colleen L. Barclay, Kansas City, Mo.; one son, August F. and wife Susan Brenner, Hillsborough, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; burial in Bloom Cemetery, Clay County.

Gailen Ray Braden, 80, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, at Manhattan; born Aug. 11, 1927, at Ogden, the son of James Wesley and Olive May (Reed) Braden; married Dixie Chapman on Dec. 24, 1949; preceded in death by one brother; survived by his wife Dixie Braden of Manhattan; three sons, Jerry Braden and wife Deb of Manhattan, Dennis Braden and wife Joni of Manhattan and Rick Braden and wife Doretta of Topeka; one daughter, Teresa Spellman and husband Mark of Clay Center; one brother, Jim Braden and wife Margie of Clay Center; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; inurnment will be in Highland Cemetery, Wakefield.

Ann M. Branfort, 92, died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007, at Clay Center; born Sept. 17, 1914, in Clay County, the daughter of Andrew and Ann (Warner) Anderson; married Elwood Branfort on April 3, 1936; preceded in death by one brother; survived by her husband, Elwood Branfort of Clay Center; one son, Ron Branfort and wife Twila of Wamego; one daughter, Karen Williams and husband Tom of Benton; six grandchildren; and 15 great- grandchildren; burial in Greenwood Cemetery.

Elwood Branfort, 96, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2008, at Clay Center; born July 30, 1911, in Clay County, the son of Ray and Jessie (Lamb) Branfort; married Ann Anderson on April 3, 1936; she preceded him in death on Aug. 4, 2007; also preceded in death by one sister; survived by one son, Ron Branfort and wife Twila of Milford; one daughter, Karen Williams and husband Thomas of Benton; six grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren; burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Clay Center.

A young man named Emos Brechbill living near Buckeye was found dead in his own farm yard about seven o'clock. He had gone out to do the chores as usual and when he did not come to the house when his wife thought she should go out to see what he was doing. She found him unconscious lying on the ground. He was bleeding freely from the nose and a large lump on the back of his head gave evidence that he had suffered a heavy blow. The skin was not broken and it was impossible to tell what kind of blow he had received. It was the opinion of friends and family that the young man was murdered but there was no evidence to justify such a suspicion. Later, after a careful examination, it was determined that death was due to the kick of a cow. Emos Brechbill was a young man not yet twenty one years of age and had been married a little over a year. (Longford Leader, Oct. 30, 1913)

Marie L. Brighton, 96, died Thursday, April 13, 2006, at Junction City; born Jan. 22, 1910, the daughter of Nels and Josephine (Parrack) Nelson; married Ivan J. Brighton Oct. 15, 1932, at Milford; he preceded her in death March 1, 1997; also preceded in death by three brothers, Raymond, Earl and Floyd Nelson; one sister, Eva Wohler; and one grandson, Gregory Barclay; survivors include two daughters, Therisha Hudson of Junction City and Janice Barclay and husband DeForrest of Wakefield; one sister, Jane Shaver of Waterville; two sister-in-laws, Rose Nelson of Wakefield and Lola Brighton of Junction City; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; interment at the Milford Cemetery

BRIGHTWEISER, MARY ANN (Scott) Mrs. Brightweiser. Mrs. Mary Ann Brightweiser, 90, 1314 Third Street, died at Medford Manor Sunday night. She was born March 19,1881 at Atchison, the daughter of Clara and Walter B. Scott. She had lived most of her life in Clay County. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and the Navy Mothers Club No. 189. The survivors are her children, Mrs. Arvin Berg, Russellville, Ark., Lloyd and Marion Brightweiser, Omaha, Neb., Mrs. Warren (Marcene) Charpie, Clay Center and Mrs. Joseph (Dorothy) Kepadio, Scranton, Pa.; a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her husband, Earl, died in 1962. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2p.m. in the Neill-Schwensen Chapel, with the Rev. David Caldwell officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home this evening from 7 to 8:30. (Clay Center Dispatch – Clay Center, KS – July 6, 1971)

Donna Lee Brown, 78, died Monday, April 17, 2006, at Clay Center; born Aug. 9, 1927, at Idana, the daughter of LeRoy and Thelma (Gonser) Bloom; married Bernard Brownie Brown Nov. 10, 1946; he preceded her in death Oct. 2, 2002; also preceded in death by one brother and one sister; survivors include two daughters, Claudia Williams of Clay Center and Lorria Graham and husband Robert of Clay Center; one son, Bryce Brown and wife Carolyn of Rifle, Colo.; one stepdaughter, Carol Sutter and husband Don of Oakhill; two sisters, Jean Hatfield of Clay Center and Cheryl Lonergan of Burbank, Ill.; two brothers, Neb Bloom of Clay Center and Larry Bloom of Mesa, Ariz.; burial in Greenwood Cemetery.

Sylvia M. Brown, 87, Clay Center died Aug. 28, 1997 in Clay Center; born April 22, 1910 in Clay Center; married James A. Brown in 1929; he preceded her in death in 1983; preceded in death by one grandson; survived by six sons, James F. Brown, of Clay County, Carol Brown, Wichita, Bobby Brown, Manhattan, Paul Brown and Donald Brown, both of Clay Center, and Dan Brown, Dubois, Neb. Other survivors include one sister, Dorothy Burgin, Shell Knob, Mo.; a brother, Levi Lake, Wakefield; and 13 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 2 great great-grandchildren; burial in the Republican City Cemetery. (abstract, Manhattan Mercury, Aug. 31, 1997)

Thomas W. Brown, 84, died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006, at Clay Center; born July 22, 1922, at Cleborn, the son of Mervin and Elizabeth (Arnold) Brown; raised by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Thurlow; He married Rosetta Roberts Feb. 14, 1943, at Clay Center; preceded in death by his wife in 2001, three brothers and two sisters; survived by two daughters, Ronda Mall of Eagle, Neb. and Rosann Brown of Eagle, Neb.; one brother, Fred Brown of Holton; one sister-in-law, Barbara Roberts of Clay Center; one brother- in-law, Lowell Roberts and wife Betty of Clay Center; and two grandchildren; burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Clay Center.

Louisa Jane Smith was born in Greene Co., Pa., Feb. 20, 1851, and died at her home near Boyero, Colo., Jan. 17, 1917, being at the time of her death sixty five years, ten months and twenty two days old. She was married to J. H. Brown on May 2, 1877, at Waynesburg, Pa. The family moved to Clay county, Kans., in Dec. 1885, and lived there until May, 1907, when they came to the present home in Colorado, hoping that the change might benefit Mrs. Brown's failing health. Her death came as a peaceful sleep, following an attack of the grippe, from which she was unable to rally. Interment was made in the Boyero cemetery. She is survived by her husband, one son, Charles L. of Washington, a daughter, Mrs. W. J. McCully Jr., of Clay Center, five grandchildren, three sisters and two brothers. One sister who lived in Virginia preceded her about a month ago. ( CC Times, Jan. 25, 1917)

Virgil Brown, 85, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006 in Clay Center; born June 23, 1921, at Clay Center to Herman Edward and Pearl Edith (Owen) Brown; married Madeleine Henderson on January 4, 1953 in Rice, Kansas; preceded in death by two daughters, one sister and one grandchild; survived by his wife, Madeleine Brown, of the home; two sons, Terry Brown and Paul Brown, both of Kannapolis, Kans.; two daughters, Nancy and husband Kelly Carter of Wellington, Kans.; and Connie Brown of Holton, Kans.; three grandchildren, two step grandchildren; two great grandchildren and 5 step great grandchildren; burial in Greenwood Cemetery.

Thomas H. Bruce, a well known resident of Clay Center, died Saturday afternoon at the home of his brother, R. A. Bruce, one and a half miles east of this city. Mr. Bruce had been ill for some time, but it was not known that his condition might be a serious one until he was taken from his rooms at Clay Center to the country home of his brother about a week ago. Death came as a surprise to his friends in the community. The deceased was borin in the state of Kentucky and came to Clay County in an early day. He lived here for many years and at his death attained the age of sixty six years, seven months and seventeen days. The funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, at the R. A. Bruce residence, conducted by George F. Armington of the congregational church. Burial was made in Greenwood cemetery. Mr. Bruce's sister, Mrs. Baldwin of Richmond, Kansas, was among the out of town guests. (Clay Center Times, Nov. 13, 1913)

Lorraine D. Brunell, 84, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008, at Washington, Kan.; born Jan. 17, 1924, in Clay County, the daughter of Earl and Grace (Peterson) Beeson; married Edward Brunell on Dec. 16, 1944; he preceded her in death on Dec. 5, 1974; also preceded in death by one sister; survived by one daughter, Linda Alexander and husband David of Kerrville, Tex.; one son, Robert Brunell and wife Pat of Corona, Calif.; two sisters, Earline Sterling of Clay Center and Wanona McKnights of Dequincy, La.; one brother, Dwight Beeson of Washington, Kan.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; burial in Pleasant View Cemetery, Vining.

Katherine Helena Rundle Brunswick; born Jan. 12, 1910, at Clifton, the daughter of Frank E. & Nellie E. Gray Rundle ; died Nov. 29, 2003; married William F. Brunswick; he preceded her in death April 27, 1976; also preceded in death by three sisters, Ada Carlisle, Fern Woodward and Ernestine Sump; survived by daughter, one son, six grandchildren; four great grandchildren; two great great granddaughters; and one brother; burial at Greenwood Cemetery, Clay Center.

The remains of William T. Bryant were brought to Clay county this week for burial, the burial being made at Wakefield last Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. The death of Mr. Bryant occurred at Los Angeles, California, last week, and the body was shipped at once to Wakefield, where services were held Wednesday at the W. P. Gates home. The deceased is the father of Martha Steffen and besides Mrs. Steffen leaves to mourn his death a wife, two daughters and one son. He had a host of friends in the Wakefield community. (CC Times Jan. 15, 1914)

Vardie L. Buck, 86, died Aug. 23, 1999, in Garden City; born May 17, 1913, at Industry, the daughter of Ira T. and Permilia H. Bates Downs; a resident of Wichita County since 1917, she was a school librarian for the Wichita County School District, retiring in 1993 and belonged to First Presbyterian Church, the Wichita County EHU, Order of Eastern Star, and was a 4-H leader for many years, all at Leoti; May 1, 1946, she married Roy Buck at Leoti; he died Sept. 25, 1972; survived by three daughters, Karen Summers, Garden City, Bernice Eglitis, Kansas City, Mo., and Royalene Wagner, Lincoln, Neb.; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; preceded in death by a daughter; five brothers; and a sister. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, Leoti. Burial will be in Leoti Cemetery (abstract Hutchinson News, undated)

Warren J. Buck, 37, laborer, died Saturday; services in Wichita; survivors include parents, Robert and Waleta Buck of Clay Center; brothers, Ronald of Whitewater, Robert Jr., Terry, both of Clay Center, Clinton of Wichita; sister, Margaret Barnhart of Concordia; half sister, Carol Sutter of Longford; grandparents, Alma Buck, Warren Faidley, both of Clay Center. (abstract, Wichita Eagle, Jan. 31, 1986)

Leland E. Buckley, 56, died Friday in his Cawker City home. He had been ill for several months. He was born Jan. 30, 1920 at Clyde, and lived most of his life in Concordia and Clay Center, recently moving to Cawker City. Funeral will be held Monday at the Neill-Schwensen funeral home, Clay Center, with burial in the Pleasant View cemetery, Ames. A welder by trade, he was also a WWII and Korean veteran and a member of the Clay Center Christian church. He is survived by his wife, Geneva (Wood) Buckley, his mother, Ella Buckley of Clay Center, and two sisters, Mrs. Florence Summers of Robinson Kans. and Mrs. Mildred Smith, Mulvan.

W. Keith Bulk, 59, died Sunday, April 6, 2008, at Manhattan; born Dec. 6, 1948, at Clay Center, the son of Walter and Esther (Dreier) Bulk; preceded in death by his parents; survived by one sister, Lynette Hoffman of Manhattan; burial in the Bala Cemetery

Frank Bryce Bumsted; born June 1, 1934 at Clay Center, the son of Roy Earl and Ethyl Margaret (Williams) Bumsted; died Feb. 23, 2004; married Donna "Pat" Barnes Jan. 1, 1981 at Medford, Okla.; survived by wife, two sons, one daughter, one sister, and seven grandchildren; burial at Greenwood Cemetery, Clay Center

Dolores Marie Burdick (Cavin) died Monday, Feb. 20, 2006 in Wichita; born June 12, 1920, in Clay County; survivors include her husband Hugh Burdick; three sons; one daughter; one sister, Rosalee Mayer of Denver; two brothers, Lyman Cavin and Jim Cavin of Wichita; three grandchildren; and one great- grandchild; burial at the Hebron Cemetery near Clay Center

Hugh D. Burdick, 89, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2007, in Wichita; preceded in death by his wife, Delores "Dee" Marie (Cavin) Burdick; survived by three sons, Brian Burdick, Alan Burdick and Larry Burdick; one daughter, Karen Burdick; and three grandchildren; burial in Hebron Cemetery

Helen M. Burger, 78, died Saturday, April 29, 2006, at Clay Center; born Oct. 20, 1927, in Clay County, the daughter of Oscar and Laura (Fox) Beichter; married Clarence Burger April 13, 1952; preceded in death by a brother and a sister; survivors include her husband, Clarence Burger of Clay Center; three sons, Tim Burger and wife Kathy of Clay Center, Jay Burger of Manhattan and Scott Burger of Kansas City, Kan.; one daughter, Sheila Frihart and husband Doug of Manhattan; and four grandchildren; burial in Greenwood Cemetery

Dorothy Mae Burk born Jan. 10, 1900, in Salina, the daughter of Joseph and Laura (Baltazor) Becotte; died Nov. 30, 1999; preceded in death by a brother and a sister; survived by a son, a brother and two grandsons; burial will be in Clifton IOOF Cemetery

Aldo Denison Burkman, 88, died Tuesday, May 6, 2008, at Clay Center; born June 27, 1919, at Randolph, the son of Enfred and Esther (Denison) Burkman; married Lela Fronce on July 24, 1940; preceded in death by two brothers, one sister and an infant son; survived by his wife, Lela Burkman of Clay Center; two daughters, Mary Sue Wade and husband Jim of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Judy Williams and husband Mike of Clay Center; one son, Gene Burkman and wife Jane of Loveland, Colo.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; burial in Greenwood Cemetery

Lela A. Burkman, 87, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2008 at Clay Center; born April 18, 1921, at Garrison, the daughter of Charley and Bessie Mae (Lutz) Fronce; married Aldo Burkman on July 24, 1940 and he preceded her in death on May 6, 2008; also preceded by an infant son and one sister; survived by two daughters, Judy and husband Mike Williams of Clay Center, and Mary Sue and husband Jim Wade of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one son, Gene and wife Jane Burkman of Loveland, Colo; six grandchildren and six great- grandchildren; burial in Greenwood Cemetery

Helen Burris, 44, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007, at Clay Center; born April 7, 1963, at Cherry Point, N.C., the daughter of Carl Sr. and Barbara (Hunt) Burris; survived by her fiance, Dennis Halapasky of Clay Center; her father, Carl Burris Sr. of Clay Center; her mother, Barbara Hunt of Clay Center; one grandfather, Rex Hunt Sr. of Dwight; two brothers, Carl Burris Jr. of Seligman, Mo. and Mike Burris of Bella Vista, Ark.; and two sisters, Marjorie Brown of Clay Center and Tina Gosson of Clay Center; burial at the Dwight Cemetery.

Edgar Butler passed away Friday morning at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. Butler, at the age of thrity years. At the time of his death he was superintendent and a teacher of the Mount Olive Sunday School. He was loved and respected by all who knew him and will be sadly missedin the community as well as the home. He leaves to mourn his loss his parents and two sisters. He was sick only 10 days with pneumonia. (Longford Leader, April 8, 1915)

Brett R. Byarlay, 40, died Tuesday, June 27, 2006, in Hampton, Va; born April 27, 1966, at Clay Center, the son of Philip and Barbara (Hagenmaier) Byarlay; survivors include his parents, Phil and Barbara Byarlay of Randolph; four brothers, Stephen Byarlay of Albuquerque, N.M., Doug Byarlay and wife Jennifer of Randolph, Paul Byarlay and wife Glynda of Olsburg and Kirk Byarlay and wife Sharon of Solomon; and one sister, Karen Carter and husband Barry of Manhattan; burial in the May Day Cemetery northeast of Green

Mrs. Mary Byke, mother of Mrs. John Karr and grandmother of Mrs. M. W. Harner of this city, passed away last Thursday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Karr, being at the time of her death eighty years of age. Mrs. Byke resided in Clay Center for about two months only, coming to this city make her home with Mrs. Karr, who herself recently came to Clay Center and Erected a home on fifth Street, north of the Harner home. The body was shipped to Howard, Kansas where the deceased resided before coming to Clay Center, the shipment being made from Clay Center on Friday morning. Funeral services were held and burial was made at that place. (CC Times Mar. 12, 1914)