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William Baird Booth

The Western Star, June 14, 1957.

Death Comes to William B. Booth

He Had Lived in the Wilmore Community Since 1886

William B. Booth, well known retired farmer, who underwent a major operation in Wesley Hospital in Wichita Monday of last week, passed away on Sunday, June 9.

Funeral services were held in the Wilmore Baptist church Wednesday, June 12, at 2:00 p.m. and were in charge of the pastor, Rev. Ernest Lawrence, and Rev. Wayne Riggs, pastor of the Wilmore Methodist Christian church.

A mixed quartet composed of Gene Dorsey, Walter Smith, Mrs. F. H. Moberley and Mrs. Austin Cobb sang "When I Take My Vacation in Heaven," "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" and "Sometime We'll Understand," accompanied on the piano by Mrs. Frances Ridge.

The active pallbearers were Willis Swayze, Clifton Wood, Charles Booth, Ivan Booth, Lloyd Coles and Donald Booth. The honorary pallbearers were Tom Pepperd, Lew Baker, Ord Trummel, Alva Trummel, Lawrence York, Leo Thornberry, Rod Baker, Earl Ferrin, Josh Pendergraft, C. O. Masterson, H. R. Burnett, F. H. Moberley, Wm. Lytle, Lester Fry, Marvin Downing, Bernarr Seaman, Lee Elzea, Don Rush, Dewey Healan and Geo. Kennedy.

Interment was in the Wilmore cemetery.


William Baird Booth, son of Samuel and Christina Booth, was born September 18, 1875, at Morris, Ill., and departed this life in Wichita, Kans., June 7, 1957, at the age of 81 years, 8 months and 20 days.

Mr. Booth came with his parents to Kansas in 1886, the family settling on a farm in southern Kiowa county. On a farm near Wilmore Mr. Booth continued to live until his death.

He was united in marriage with Miss Lillie May Kluttz in Hazelton, Kans., March 27, 1902. They celebrated their 55th anniversary this spring.

To this union were born five children. Four children survive and one son, Harold, preceded him in death. The other four are: Mrs. Hazel Lawler of Thorp, Wash.; Mrs. Bertha Richardson, Wilmore; Mrs. Naomi Vardaman of Wichita and Fred Booth of Wilmore. He is also survived by six children and two great grandchildren, three sisters - Mrs. Christina Griffin and Mrs. Hattie Wood of Wilmore and Mrs. Belle Wright of Belvidere; four brothers - James Booth of Coldwater and Sam, Henry and Robert Booth of Wilmore.

One sister, Mary, and four brothers - Jimmie, Alexander, Fred and Joe - preceded him in death.

Bill, as he was known to his many friends, was converted during a meeting held by Rev. Bauer in 1918 and united with the First Baptist church in Wilmore.

He lived a long and useful life with much happiness along the way. He was a kind and loving husband and father. His grandchildren and great grandchildren were a great source of joy to him.

He liked to live by the side of the road and be a friend to man.

The Wilmore News, April 11, 1930.


Monday morning the barn on the Wm. Booth place north of town was completely destroyed by fire of unknown origin. The fire was discovered by some of the neighbors very early in the morning but they were in doubt as to what was burning and did not give the alarm at once. The Booth family was not around until after the alarm was turned in and by that time the fire had gained so much headway that nothing could be saved. The wind being in the northeast prevented the fire from spreading to the house. In addition to the barn itself, a new cow shed recently built, a Shetland pony belonging to Fred, all of the harness, some feed, some meat, seed corn and a number of other articles were destroyed by the fire. The loss is partly covered by insurance.

Burial Information:

BOOTH, Lillie Mae: May 3, 1884 - December 8, 1971
Note: Wife of William B. Booth. Their photo is on the stone. Born Lillie Mae Kluttz
Obituary: The Western Star, December 16, 1971.
Comanche County History, p. 271
Lot #185, Powell Township Cemetery, Wilmore, Comanche County, Kansas.

BOOTH, William B. : September 18, 1875 - June 9, 1957
Note : Husband of Lillie Mae Kluttz. William B. Booth was a son of Samuel and Christina (Baird) Booth
Comanche County History, p. 271
Lot #185, Powell Township Cemetery, Wilmore, Comanche County, Kansas.

Also see:

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

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

Automobile Accident Takes Two Wilmore Boys, The Clark County Clipper, 8 Aug 1929.

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