Clay Co., KS AHGP-Clay County Sentinel 1889-1891

Clay County Sentinel Newspaper Extracts
May 1889-Jan. 1891
Morganville, KS


May 30, 1889

Died: May 29, 1889 at her home in Mulberry Township, Lila, aged 28, wife of A. B. Foster. Mrs. Foster had a presentiment that she would die if she ever had the measles and had taken precautions to avoid exposure. A few weeks ago two of her children came down with the disease and from that time until her death she talked to them and told them she was going to die and leave them and said though she would not be with them she would see all their actions and watch over them. On Saturday the 25th, she was taken with the disease and everything seem favorable in her symptoms, yet she clung to the belief that she would die, and on the morning of the 28th she departed this life. Mrs. Foster was an exemplaray Christian and leaves a husband and four children, besides a host of friends to mourn her sudden and untimely death. Rev. A. G. Sawin conducted the funeral ceremonies at the family residence and the remains were followed to their final resting place by a large cortege of sympathising friends and neighbors. Mr. Foster and family have the sympathy of the entire community.

Born to M/M Otis Cooper, a daughter

Born to M/M Ferdinand Schwab on the 3rd, a boy.


July 25, 1889

Obituary--Died at his residence one and one half miles south of this city, Sunday, July 20, Ruben Smith age 64 years 4 month and 23 days. Deceased was an old resident of Clay County have resided here since '76 and was well known and respected by all. The remains were followed to their final resting place by a large cortege of sympathising friends and neighbors.

Died: At the residence of C. E. Geare (Geer) in Mulberry Tw., Saturday last Miss Anna Burtou, age 26 years. The funeral took place at Clifton Sunday and the remains were sent to her former home, Galena, Illinois.

Died: Saturday 19 inst. James, son of Mr. and Mrs. Irving Wright, age 4 months and 22 days. The remains were entered in the Sherman cemetery Monday.


Aug. 8, 1889

Born to M/M J. J. Ward last Sunday, a boy.


Aug. 15, 1889

Chapman Creek--A little child of Mr. Warner's which has been sick for a week or more was burined last Saturday.

Born to M/M C. D. Thompson on Friday evening last a 12lb girl.


Aug 22, 1889

Died: At her residence in Sherman Twp., Tuesday, Aug. 20, 1889, Elizabeth L. Kiser, in her 76th year. The subject of this sketch was born in Fayette Co., Ohio, Sept. 5, 1813 where she lived until her 15th year, when she removed to Vermillion Ill, where she was married to Andrew J. Kiser. From Ill, she removed to Mo., where in 1847 her husband ided. She came to Kansas in the spring of 1861 to the homestead where she died. On the death of her son's wife, Mrs. Kiser assumed charge of his six small children. The oldest was but 14 years of age and the youngest but three weeks old. During the winter of 1869 Mrs. Kiser was stricken with paralysis, and from that time had been rapidly failing, and has been almost helpless for the past five years. Mrs. Kiser had one child, a son, who lives in Greenwood Co., 13 grandchildren and 9 great-granbdchildren.

The sad, but not unexpected news of the death of Mrs. Richard Palmer reached this city Monday. Mrs. Palmer was one of the pioneers of this county, having come here at an early day with her husband and settled on a claim 5 miles north of this city where she has since resided. The blow, though expected, falls none the less heavily on the husband and six children, who mourn their loss.


Sept 12, 1889

Born to M/M R. P. Hanson, on Saturday, Sept. 7, two girls combined weight 15 lbs. All are doing well except R. P.


Sept 19, 1889

Born to M/M Christ Hanson, this morning, a fine ten pound boy. All doing well.


Dec. 19, 1889

Mrs. August Petermeyer is very low with lung fever.

Mrs. August Petermeyer died this (Thursday) morning.

A little child of Lula Dugger's was found dead in its bed this morning. It had been complaining in the night, but the parents did not consider the ailment serious. We have been unable to learn the full particulars.

Born: to M/M Wesley Stoneback on the 12th, a girl of the usual size and weight.

Born: to M/M Velt Stewart on the 11th, a girl. Mother and child doing nicely; Velt a little dangerous.

Will Stoneback was twenty-one years old last Friday, and in the evening a large circle of his friends called at his home to assist him in celebrating the event. A beautiful supper was served early in the evening, followed by music, games and charades. Diverse useful and valuable presents were left as a token of best wishes and esteem. After wishing Will a career of success and honor, the guests dispersed about 11 o'clock carrying with them th recollections of an evening well spent.


Dec. 26, 1889

Mulberry Creek--We all went through a season of deep mourning over the loss of one of the most beloved and esteemed young women of this locality. Mrs. Cordelia (Paronto) Petermeyer, wife of August Petermeyer, died of heart disease, after a short illness of about two weeks. The host of mourners at her grave testified most impressively of the position occupied by that young lady in society circles, and the deep-felt sorrow and the many eyes bedimmed with tears manifested clearly that the very large gathering at the funeral was far from being a mere formal affair but was called out by the truest feelings of love and sincere friendship toward the deceased lady. May the Lord be gracious and console the bereaved and deeply mourning young widower, and may there spring from the grave of our dearly beloved young friend many spiritual convertions of young people, called by the parting words of the lady on her death bed.


Jan 30, 1890

Died: of heart disease complicated by lagrippe, Jan. 27, at 2 o'clock a.m., Mrs. Fred Affolter, age 62 years, of Bloom Twp.

Married: By Judge Woods, Jan. 27, John Peterson and Miss Jennie Sweet, both of Sherman township. Both parties in this happy contract are will known in this part of the country, the groom having resided here since childhood, and the bride coming here with her parents from New York about five years ago.

Born: to M/M Slipsager on the 27th inst, a girl.

Last Wednesday Judge Woods spoke the marvelous and magical words which linked the lives of William Smith and Miss Ethel Goings in the holy bonds of wedlock.

Born: to M/M J. H. Morgan, on the 25th inst., a boy. Joe now has a trio of boys and his happiness can better be imagined than described.


Feb. 6, 1890

Mr. Lebeda Matson and Miss Emma G. Gress were untied in wedlock by Rev. Lippe, Thursday, Jan. 30 at the residence of the bride. A large circle of friends stood ready to congratulate the young couple.


Feb. 13, 1890 Obituary--J. D. Schooley received a dispatch from Wichita Monday, announcing the death of Mrs. C. E. Schooley, that morning. Mrs. Schooley in company with her husband went from this placve to that city last summer, since which time she had gradually grown worse. The immediate cause of death was quick consumption complicated with grippe. Deceased has redised near this city for about five years and was universially respected and loved. Though constantly tortured by disease and paon, her christian spirit shone forth in an unclouded hue.


Feb. 20 1890 (From the Wichita Eagle)

Died--February 10, 1890, at the residence of her brother, T. J. Marlow, Fletcher Block; Honora M., beloved wife of Charles E. Schooley, aged 35 years, 9 months and 12 days. Funeral services at St. John's Episcopal church Tuesday, February 11, at 3 p.m.

The Portrait and Biographical Album of Washington, Clay and Cloud (sic) counties has been delivered to subscribers in this county during the past week. The work is a gem from beginning to end. The biographies of old settlers, the portraits and the mechanical work, is of the very highest grade.


Feb. 27, 1890

Died: Sunday, 24th of la grippe, the infant daughter of M/M Chris Slipsager. The funeral services were held at the house Tuesday at 11 o'clock, and the remains entered in the Swede cemetery. The bereaved parents have the tender sympathies of a large circle of sympathising friends.


March 20, 1890

IN MEMORIAL--Died: March 14, 1890 at Morganville, Ks, Levi H. Rairdin Mr. Rardin was born July 1, 1842, in Washington county, Ohio. He lived with his parents on a farm until nineteen years of age when he enlisted in Battery K, 1st Ohio Light Artillery, commanded by Capt. Lewis Heckman. He was enrolled on the first day of December 1861, to serve three years. He was in twenty one regular engagements, the last one being Gettysburg. From Gettysburg he was taken to the hospital where he remained about six months. He received an honorable discharge, at Nashville, Tennesee, the 16th day of January 1865. In October, 1867 he was married to Miss Sarah S. Thomas, at Plymoth, Ohio. Like many young people, Mr. and Mrs. Rairden had a desire to "go west" and in 1871 came to Pottawatomie county, Kansas, where they lived until 1881, when they removed to Morganville. He became a member of the M.E. church in 1866. From this date to his death, he was a consistent member, and the first to give his hand to organize a church at St. George, Kansas. He was a charter member of Camp. No. 1197 Modern Woodmen of American, which was instituted at Morganville last fall, in which he carried $2,000 life insurance. He took great interest in these Lodges and was always ready to work for "good of the order." He came to his sad end while earnestly engaged in honest toil, and leaves a wife and three daughters, the oldest, Luella, being married; the others, Hattie and Nettie, are living with their mother. The attachment between father and family was strong and lasting while in their household; each was a necessity to the other. This sorrow stricken family misses him, and will continue to miss him, until Time, the great healer of all sorrow, shall remove the heavy burden that has crushed their wounded hearts. He was an honest man, kind hearted and generous. He is gone, but memories of him remain enshrined in the hearts of his many friends. Thus, last Sunday, we laid away to his last, long sleep, an honest, industrious and moral man; a good, quiet and useful citizen; a kind husband and affectionate father; abrave soldier and a true neighbor. He sleeps beneath the prairie sod as sweetly as though humane life had never known a sorrow or care.[transcriber's note: the surname was spelled various ways in the newspaper and I tried to include all these variations in the obit above]

A Girl Killed by the Cars At Clay Center--A seven year old daughter of E. C. Wilson's was killed on the Union Pacific track near her home in Clay Center, Wednesday. Her neck was broken and the body was in no way mangled, there bing only a slight bruise on the side of the nose. It is supposed she was standing just to one side of the track and probably thought she was out of reach of the cars. Mr. Wilson had started to Denver that morning and cautioned his wife not to let any of the children get hurt. He was telegraphed and returned on the evening train.

Born: to M/M Phil Clampitt, on the 17th inst., a boy. Phil is happy and will name the boy St. Patrick.


March 27, 1890

Died: of meningitis, Monday the 24th inst., at his home two miles north of this city, Fred Casselman. Deceased was born in St. Joe county, Michigan on the 15th of September, 1869, where he lived until seven years of age. He had made this city his home for the last three years and was known as a hard-working, temperate and industrious young man.


April 3, 1890

Mr. and Mrs. John Petermeyer started on a trip through western Kansas, for the benefit of Mr. P.'s health and to visit relatives.

Born: To M/M George Rankin on the 29th ult., a fine boy. All are doing well with the exception of George.

There was a quiet wedding at D. N. Thompson's last Thursday. Mr. Calwell, of Clay Center, and Miss Bunker, a sister of Mrs. D. N. Thompson, were united in the holy bond of matrimony by Rev. Collins, of Clay Center.

Ferdinand Petermeyer is his name and he lives in Bloom township and possesses, in common with that branch of creation called man, a love for hunting. Be possessed with those inclinations, he could not resist the temptation last week, on discovering a flock of fine geese not far from his home, to gather up the shot gun and make an effort to kill one of them. Well, the boys who were watching him say he crawled for half a mile on his hands and knees, but we have it from authentic authority that it was only 80 rods. Nevertheless, he got within shooting distance of the geese, took aim, fired, and killed a goose. He was a little surprised that the flock did not fly, but as they did not, he let them have the other barrell and over went another goose. Still they did not offer to fly, and he came to the conclusion that he would try the revolver on them. After emptying six chambers of that weapon without exciting the geese in any way, he made up his mind to drive the whole flock home. This he did not do however, as upon a more close investigation he found they were Rev. Schorer's tame geese. His feelings can be more easily imagined than described, but we learn the fortunate hunter has geese for his dinner Sunday, and that Rev. Schorer aided in the carving.


April 10, 1890

Married: on Tuesday, April 1, 1890, at the residence of Wilson Rodgers, in Bloom Twp. Clay County Kansas b Rev. S. M. Stevenson, Mr. John Chessnut of Clay Center, and Miss Rachel A. Rodgers, of Sparta, Illinois. Miss Lida Rodgers, of Illinois, sister of the bride, was present, also about 40 friends and relatives.


April 16, 1890

Mr. Gaston's daughter, Nellie, was united in the bonds of holy matrimony to a Mr. Frazier, Thursday evening. The happy couple have our best wishes.

Died: Wednesday morning April 15 infant son of Mr. and Mrs. George Rankin. The child has been an intense sufferer during the past two weeks. The disease, lung fever, seemed beyond the reach of medical skill. The funeral was held from the home at 10 o'clock this morning and the remains laid to rest in Mr. Eddy's yard beside the graves of Millie Eddy and Bessie Scott. Rev. Cocks preached the funeral sermon. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

April 24, 1890

Born: to M/M John Z. Miller of Bloom, on Friday the 18th, inst., a girl. John Z. dislikes boys anyway and always did.

Died: Monday the 21st, of lung fever, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Schwab. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon and the remains interred in the Lincoln cemetery.


May 1, 1890

The Sentinel recieved the following: "Born, to M/M Arthur McArthur, Sunday, April 27, 1890, a daughter, Ardinella, Clay Center."


May 8, 1890

Mrs. B. Small, daughter of Samuel Smith, died of quick consumption at the residence of her parents in Blaine April 25. She was attacked by la grippe last winter which threw her into the consumption. The funeral was held at the house Friday at 2 p.m. Rev Caldwell officiating. Mrs. Small leaves a husband and two small children besides a host of friends to mourn her loss. Mr. Small has the sympathy of all in his affliction.

Died: of diptheria, at her grandmother's home in Denver, Colorado, at 6:00, Saturday the 4th inst., Maud Ellen Thompson. Deceased would have been nine years old the 24th of July next. She had just recovered from a severe attack of the measles when diptheria set in and all human skill was of no avail. She was conscious to the last and recognized that there was little hopes of her recovery. Mrs. Thompson returned, accompanied by her mother, with the remains on the Tuesday evening train and they were followed to the Sherman cemetery and there laid to rest beside her father. Little Maud was a bright, intelligent child and a general favorite among both old and young. The funeral services were held at the M.E. church Wednesday evening, Rev. Knowlton officiating.


May 24, 1890

A ten year old son of Nathaniel Chase of Clay Center was smothered to death in a bin of shelled corn at Wilder Bros. elevator, in that city, Saturday. Corn was being discharged through a chute from the bottom of the bin to a car. The little fellow was drawn by the current to the bottom and was dead before rescued.


May 30, 1890

Mr. John Ritter and Miss Tillie Wangerine, both of Vining, were united ion marriage in the M. E. church at Clifton Thursday last. Mr. Ritter has been emplyed as clerk in Wangerine and Co.'s store in Vining for about six years. He is a temperate, industrious and honorable young man. The bride is a sister of A. Wangerine.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ June 6, 1890

Born: on Saturday evening the 30th ult. to Mr. and Mrs. Sam Crawford, a boy.

Born: to M/M Robert Rounds on Saturday the 31st, ult., a boy. Mother and child are doing very well.


June 19, 1890

We acknowlege the receipt of a very handsome invitation to be present at the marriage of Mary E. Schaffner to Dick Roenigk at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Schaffner, in Bloom Twp., Wednesday afternoon, June 25th, at 4 o'clock.

Born: to M/M Will Carls, of Bloom, on Wednesday the 11th inst., a girl.


June 26, 1890

Born: to M/M Charles Anderson of this city on Sunday the 22nd inst. a girl.

Born: to M/M Halverson on Wednesday the 18 inst., a boy.


July 10, 1890

Born: to M/M J. J. Ward, on Saturday, July 6, a son. J. J. is considered out of danger.

Word has come to this city from Pueblo that Thomas Riasum and Miss Anna Clampitt were married in that city on the 28th ult. Both young people are well known in this locality.


July 24, 1890

Married: at the residence of the bride's parents in this city Wednesday the 23 inst., at 9 o'clock a.m., Miss Nora Scott to Mr. George Robinson, of Lawrence Kansas. Rev. Cocks officiating.

A Tin Wedding Anniversary--On the 17th day of July 1880 Mr. P. O. Lakin and Miss Lottie Good were united in marriage. Last Thursday night being the tenth anniversary of the happy event, about twenty five of their friends came down upon them to assist in making the event memorable. The affair was a complete surprise to Mr. and Mrs. Lakin but they soon adjusted themselves to circumstances. The guests brought a bountiful supply of eatables and at the proper hour the tables were spread and all partook thereof. The presents were numerous, useful and contained about as much real value as can be wrapped up in tin ware.

Judson Armstrong and Miss Belle Dugger were united in marriage today at Clay Center by Judge Wood.

The Sentinel acknowledges the receipt of a handsome invitation from Mr. and Mrs. Fredric von der Lippe to be present at the marriage of their daughter, Clara, to August Petermeyer at the Presbyterian church in Bloom twp., Thursday, July 31, 1890.


Aug. 7, 1890

Petermeyer-Lippe: On Thursday, July 31st, at the German Presbyterian church in Bloom township, Mr. August Petermeyer and Miss Clara Lippe exchanged their wedding vows. Rev. Lippe, father of the bride, officiated, assisted by Rev. Perring of Clay Center. After they many invited friends had gathered at the church, the organist began playing Mendelssohn's Wedding March, and presently in marched groomsman and bridesmaid--Mr. Fred Lippe and Miss Anna Schorer--follwed by the bride and groom. After the ceremony, some fatherly advice, and congratulations, the wedding party departed for the parsonage--followed in a short time by invited guests-- where a most elegant repast was in wait. The young people were invited to stay after supper and spend the evening and merrily was the time spent till ten o'clock, when all departed for their homes, wishing the happy couple a long and blissful life, and feeling confindent that their wishes would be realized. [transcriber's note: and the inevitable shivaree followed:] The boys of this neighborhood entertained August Petermeyer and his new bride at the residence of Rev. Lippe, the bride's parents, with guns, anvils, bells, old tin cans, and various other musical instruments, there were about fifty in attendance.


Aug. 14, 1890

Mr. Lawson, one of the old pioneer settlers of Bloom twp., died at his home Monday. The funeral took place Tuesday and the remains were followed to their final rest in Bloom cemetery by a large concourse of relative and friends.


August 21, 1890

Born: to M/M Newt C. Johnston, of Lawrence, at D. M. Eddy's, in this city on the 15th inst., a daughter. We understand Mr. Johnson will leave the mail and enter the infantry service for a few weeks.

Born: to M/m William F. Murphy, on the evening of the 26th, a daughter. All concerned doing well.


Sept. 4, 1890

The marriage of Miss Mary Crawford to W. F. O'Harro is announced to take place at the residence of the bride's parents, Thursday, the 11th, at 8 o'clock p.m.


Oct 16, 1890

A very quiet wedding took place in this city Sunday morning at 10 o'clock in which Mr. L. L. Spencer, of Jacksonville, Ill,. and Miss Clara Conkright, of this city, were the contracting parties. The ceremony took place at the residence of the bride's parents, J. C. Conkright, the bride's father, officiating. Immediately after the ceremony the family sat down to a wedding breakfast. At 11:30 the bride and groom boarded the train for their future home in Jacksonville, Ill. Mr. Spencer is a telegraph operator and has the appearance of a gentle man of refinement. The bride has been well known in this city for a number of years and has many friends who regret her departure.


Dec. 3, 1890

Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock Justice Conkright spoke the words which bound together Dave Bodine and Amanda Coultice. The ceremony was performed at the home of Maurince Bodine and only a few of the intimate friends were present. We extend congratulations.


Jan. 8, 1891

Tuesday morning at ten o'clock the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Healy departed this life after a long continured and painful illness. The little one's brief life here on earth was scarcely more than a struggle with the disease to which it finally succumbed.

Born--to M/M Ferdinand Schwab of Bloom, Dec. 29, an 11 lb. boy.

Married: Thursday, Jan. 1st, 1891 in the residence of the bride's parents in Clay Center, Miss Anna Howland and Mr. Ira Bodine of this city. The newly married couple are well known in this city.

From a Pueblo, Colo. paper: Last evening, Mr. James Rice, a well known business man of this city, was united in marriage to Miss Jennie Clampitt, only intimate friends being present. Mr. Rice has a great many friends in Pueblo, and the bride is a well known resident of Morganville, Kansas. May they live long and prosper.

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