E. E. Pounds, one of Coldwater's best known citizens, passed away at 3:40 o'clock last Monday morning following an illness of only three days. Bright's disease was the cause of his death.
Funeral services were held in the Christian church in this city at 4 p.m. on Tuesday and were in charge of the pastor, George Brown, who brought a comforting message. There were many floral offerings. Mr. and Mrs. Lee Roy Cline sang "Jesus Is Always There," Mrs. Ross Beeley sang "Beyond the Sunset" and Rev. and Mrs. Oliver Matthew sang "Good Night and Good Morning." The accompanist was Mrs. Jessie Robertson.
Burial was in Crown Hill cemetery. The active pall bearers were Merle T. Butcher of Kingman, Merel Haun, John Schenk, Walter Thompson, Reece Harris, Roy Burkhall, Phy Ellis and Earl Crowe. The honorary pall bearers were Geo. H. Helton, Frank Dodson, Martin Zerby, Earl O'Connell, Earl Martin, Don Rush and J. M. Cline.
Mr. Pounds served for a number of years as director of the Board of Education in Coldwater and was a public spirited and stalwart citizen of the highest type.
Erra E. Pounds, son of Thomas and Rebecca Pounds, was born on a farm near Dundee, Ohio, April 1, 1874, and passed away at Coldwater, Kans., October 13, 1947, at the age of 78 years, 6 months and 12 days.
He acquired his education in the public schools of Dundee, walking from his parents' farm home a mile or so distant. After his graduation from high school, and his marriage, he continued to live on the farm place, where he farmed and dealt in livestock.
On March 26, 1896, he was united in marriage with Clara Cummings of Walhonding, Ohio. Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Pounds: Donna, Jay, Thelma, Thomas, Ivor, Ruth and Samuel E., the latter preceding him in death.
Because of open saloons and the liquor traffic in Ohio, Mr. Pounds decided to move to Kansas where he thought it a better environment in which to rear his children. The family moved to Harper, Kans., in the fall of 1907 and the following spring to Comanche county, where Mr. Pounds purchased a farm home in the New Home community. There the family lived until some of the children were of high school age, when they moved to Coldwater, and have since resided in their present home. Mr. Pounds has for the past 39 years have engaged in the farming and livestock business in this part of the country.
When a young man, he united with the Christian church of Dundee, Ohio, and has since lived a life of Christian service for his church and community.
A year ago last March their many friends and children joined with Mr. and Mrs. Pounds in celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary, which expression of friendship was a great satisfaction to Mr. Pounds.
He is survived by his wife, six children; Mrs. Donna Zentmire of Redlands, Calif., Mrs. Thelma Swarner of Hutchinson, Kans., Thomas M. Pounds of Cedarvale, New Mexico, Ivor Pounds of Ashland, Oregon, and Jay B. Pounds and Mrs. Ruth Smith of Coldwater, Kans.; also by seven grandchildren and a host of friends. The sorrowing relatives have the sympathy of all.
"Last Sunday, April 1, was the birthday anniversary of E. E. Pounds of this city, and in honor of the occasion Mrs. Pounds planned a little surprise for her husband in the way of a birthday dinner. The day was a most enjoyable one for all present. besides the Pounds family, those present were Alva Swarmer and family, Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Repogle and two children and Mr. and Mrs. Will McCrary." - News Item, The Western Star, April 6, 1923.
The obituary gave his name as "Erra", however, that may have been a typographical error. It is possible his name may have been "Ezra".
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