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Henry Booth

The Western Star, September 6, 1957.

Henry Booth Dies in Greensburg Hospital

Had Been Resident of the Wilmore Community 70 Years

Henry Booth, who had lived more than 70 years in the community north of Wilmore, passed away last Saturday in the hospital in Greensburg after an illness of only about a week. His death was entirely unexpected.

Funeral services were held in the Methodist Christian church in Wilmore Tuesday, September 3, at 2:30 p.m. and were in charge of the pasture, Rev. A. Wayne Riggs. Walter Smith sang "My God and I" and "The Lord's Prayer." Mrs. Carl Olson was the accompanist.

Pallbearers were Lester, Donald, Ivan, Fred and Donald Lester Booth and Homer Ring. Interment was in the Wilmore cemetery.


Henry Booth, son of Samuel and Christina Baird Booth, was born October 2, 1880, at Morris, Ill., and passed away August 31, 1957, in the Kiowa County Memorial Hospital at Greensburg at the age of 76 years, 10 months and 29 days.

At the age of six he came with his parents to Kansas where his father homesteaded north of Wilmore in Kiowa county. In 1917 he moved with his wife and oldest daughter to a ranch adjoining the original home site. There he continued to reside until his death.

On January 14, 1916, he was united in marriage with Miss Bessie Jane Bell at Newton, Kans. To this union were born two daughters and three sons: Florence Bell, Helen Mae, John Robert, Charles Henry and George Wayne.

He was preceded in death by his wife, who passed away December 25, 1938, and George Wayne, who passed away September 5, 1930.

He is survived by two daughters, Florence Booth, of the home and Mrs. Helen Metzger of Wilmore, and two sons, John Booth, of Coldwater, and Charles Booth, of the home; three grandchildren, Nancy Ann, Mary Jane and Charles Henry Metzger; three brothers, James, Samuel and Robert; three sisters, Mrs. Belle Wright, Mrs. Christina Griffith and Mrs. Hattie Wood, and by a number of nieces and nephews.

In 1917 both he and his wife united with the Wilmore Christian church.

Mr. Booth had always been interested in farming and ranching and took great pride in his cattle. As a young man he worked for several years on the Robbins Ranch at Belvidere.

He was a well respected citizen of his community and was well-known in both Kiowa and Comanche counties in which he had a wide circle of friends. He will long be remembered for his jovial mood and his jovial moods. _______________ (Illegible) philosophy of life. He enjoyed being with people and spent many happy hours visiting with them. He was always pleasant and cheerful and even during his short illness there was no word of complaint.

His grandchildren were a source of joy to him and he always looked forward to their visits in his home.

His sudden passing came as an unexpected and saddening shock, not only to his immediate family, but also to his relatives and friends.

Also see:

The BOOTH Descendants of The Bairds of Lanarkshire in Comanche and Kiowa Counties, Kansas.

Samuel & Christina (Baird) Booth, parents of Henry Booth.

August Alva Metzger, husband of Helen Mae Booth; son-in-law of Henry and Bessie Booth.

Thanks to Shirley Brier for finding, transcribing and contributing the above news article to this web site!

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