Gravestone of Arthur Thomas Wilmore
Lot # 136, Powell Township Cemetery, Wilmore, Comanche County, Kansas.
Photo by John Edward (Ed) Schrock.
Arthur Thomas Wilmore, first son of Tommy & Mattie Wilmore, was born in 02/07/1890 in Wilmore, Kansas. He married Mary Emeline Ray on 03/30/1912 in Wilmore, Kansas. He died 11/15/l9l8 in Salida, Colorado; he was living in Del Norte, Kansas. He is buried in Wilmore, Kansas.
Mary Emeline Ray was born 08/23/l888 in Burchard, Nebraska, to Willis Jackson Ray and Margueritte Alverna (Emery) Ray and died at Temple, Arizona on 09/27/1983. She is buried in San Diego, California at Greenwood Memorial Park. Arthur had to move away from Wilmore due to his asthma; he moved to Del Norte, Colorado, then went back to Wilmore and married Mary.
They had four children:
- Arthur Doane Wilmore was born 0l/08/l9l3 on a ranch outside of Del Norte, Colorado. He died 10/02/1999 at Great Bend, Barton County, KS. He is buried at Wilmore, Ks. In 1987, Doan Wilmore was the eldest living member of the Wilmore family and he took part with Dwight Pepperd, a descendant of
"Cap" Pepperd, in the re-enactment of the tossing of the coin to determine whose name the town would bear. He has one son, Arthur Dean Wilmore, born in Kansas.
- Doris Ann Wilmore born 04/13/l9l5 on ranch outside of Del Norte, Colo. Died (date unknown as of yet) at Lancaster, CA, and is buried there. She married Fred Houser, who is deceased and buried in Lancaster, CA They had two sons.
- Willis Thomas Wilmore born 09/l9/l9l6 in Del Norte, Colo. Died 09/26/1992, Yucaipa, San Bernadino, CA. His ashes were scattered. He married Vivian Lucille Casey in 1936 at Hutchison, Ks. She died 01/24/1998 at Yuciapa, CA. Her ashes were scatttered. They had three children: Willis Eugene "Gene" Wilmore, Bonnie LaVon Wilmore, and Lis DeeAnn Wilmore.
- Francis Ruth "Norma" Wilmore born 06/02/l9l8 in Del Norte, Colo. She married Elgin Ross Miller on 04/23/1938 in Hutchison, Kansas. They have three children: Doris Ann Miller, Karen Sue Miller, and Ronald Elgin Miller .
The Wilmore News, November 15, 1918.
Obituary: Thomas Arthur Wilmore
Last Friday evening the sad news came to relatives here that Arthur Wilmore had died at l:l8 p.m. that day at Salida, Colorado during a surgical operation.
He was 28 years, 9 months, and 8 days old.
He had spent his boyhood days and grew to youth in the village of Wilmore, Kansas, his father being the first postmaster at this place, and conducted a merchandise business in connection. As he grew to youth the deceased became afficted with asthma and while yet in his teens went to the higher altitude in Colorado. He continued to reside in that state until his death. He was converted and joined the First Baptist Church of Wilmore and remained a member until death. Year l9l5 he became a member of Del Norte Lodge No l05 A F & A M of which society he was an earnest and capable worker and was accordingly honored by being elected to some of the principal offices in that lodge.
He married Mary Ray on 03/20/l9l2. After their marriage they moved to a ranch near Del Norte where Arthur was associated with his father in the livestock business. Later they exchanged the ranch for a hardware business in Del Norte of which Arthur was the active head until his recent sickness compelled him to quit.
Deceased leaves his mother, Mrs. Thomas Wilmore of Del Norte & his brother, Ray, who is now in military service, his wife and four children.
Remains were brought to Wilmore arriving at 3:33 Wed. afternoon and interment was made in the Wilmore cemetery. The funeral was held immediately after the arrival of the body and was in charge of the masonic lodge of this place.
Thomas Jackson "Tommy" WILMORE & Some of His Descendants
Arthur Doane Wilmore, son of Arthur Thomas Wilmore.
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