Conrad Emery, aged 87 years and 29 days, died on Tuesday of last week at the home of Mrs. Emery's sister, Mrs. W. J. Ray, in Wilmore. He had been in failing health for two months or more. Mr. Emery was a Civil War veteran. He was a member of the Third Iowa Cavalry and was a good soldier. During his entire life he was always true to his ideals and to his convictions of duty to his family and the community in which he lived - all of which made him a good citizen and neighbor. For a little over 10 years Mr. and Mrs. Emery had made their home near Sitka, in Clark county. The near relatives who survive are his wife and two daughters - Mrs. L. A. Burch of Gardner, Colo., and Mrs. H. B. Fry of Ashland. Burial was made in the Coldwater cemetery on Thursday afternoon, following appropriate funeral services which were conducted from the Wilmore Baptist church and which were in charge of the pastor, Rev. R. I. Meigs.
Grandpa Emery, died at the home of W. J. Ray in Wilmore on Tuesday, February 14, 1922. Mr. Emery had been in feeble health for the past few months and for the past two weeks had been confined to his bed. About two weeks ago he fell in his room and struck his head on the wall which seemed to cause partial paralysis of the right side, which probably hastened his death.
Conrad Emery was born in Stark county, Illinois, on January 16, 1836; died in Wilmore, Kansas, on February 14, 1922, aged 87 years, 29 days. In early manhood he came to what was then "the west" and settled in Clark county, Iowa. In the eighties he moved to Pawnee county, Nebraska, and later to Linn county, Kansas. About ten years ago he came to Clark county and purchased land near Sitka. Since that time he and his wife had been making their home on the H. B. Fry farm, Mrs. Fry being their youngest daughter. At the time of his death Mr. and Mrs. Emery were visiting at the home of Mrs. Emery's sister, Mrs. W. J. Ray, in Wilmore.
In 1857 the deceased was united in marriage to Sarah E. Griggs of Maryette, Ohio, and to this union five children were born, two sons and three daughters. He is survived by his faithful wife and his two younger daughters, Mrs. L. A. Burch of Gardiner, Colorado, and Mrs. H. B. Fry of Ashland, Kansas. The oldest son, James, died at the age of seven years while Mr. Emery was serving as a cavalryman in the Civil War. The youngest son died at the age of five years. The second child and older daughter, Margarette Alverna, died nine years ago, February 1, 1913, and is buried in the Coldwater cemetery.
Mr. Emery heard the call of his country in the second year of the Civil War. At this time they were beginning to draft men for the service and he said he would rather volunteer his services than be drafted. Leaving his wife, who was ill, and a baby only none months he volunteered and became a member of the 3rd Iowa cavalry, where he won for himself favor among his commanders, although he never sought to be an officer. When he enlisted he had a good start in life in a financial way, but when he came back after the war it was all devastated. During his absence his faithful and capable wife did her part by teaching school, thus making a living for her two children. Such are some of the hardships of our grandparents.
The deceased was a man who possessed a strong will power and a remarkable character, never in his whole life having indulged in any evil habits which would be harmful to health or character, all of which no doubt contributed to the good health which he always enjoyed and to the ripe old age he had attained at the time of his death.
The funeral services were conducted from the Baptist church in Wilmore, Thursday afternoon and interment was made in the Coldwater cemetery by the side of the grave of his oldest daughter. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. R. L. Meigs, Pastor of the Wilmore Baptist church. A large number of relatives and friends and neighbors from both Clark and Comanche counties attended the funeral to pay their last respects to an honored citizen and Civil War veteran.
We extend our warmest sympathy to the bereaved wife and children.
Gravestone for Conrad and Sarah Emery
Crown Hill Cemetery, Comanche County, Kansas.
Photo by Bobbi (Hackney) Huck.
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