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Lincoln County Obituaries

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Mr. W. R. Anderson died suddenly at his home south of Beverly, Dec. 5th. He was a good citizen and an exemplary Christian gentleman. He was an old Union soldier and was buried by the G.A.R. of Beverly, in the Monro Cemetery. The services were held in the Monro school house and were conducted by Rev. Brown, on the 7th at 2 p.m. (Saline County Journal, Dec. 18, 1890)

Mrs. Bell, of Beverly, mother of Mrs. J. H. Tracy, died last Monday at the home of her daughter, at Beverly. She was buried Tuesday by the side of her husband, in the cemetery north of Beverly, Rev. Brown conducting the services. The sympathy of the many friends of the bereaved is extended to them. (Saline County Journal, Feb. 5, 1891)

Joseph Manville Chamberlain was born August 2nd, 1857 in Indiana and moved when a small boy with his parents to New Boston, Illinois where he grew to manhood, was married to Miss Flora Lewis Dec. 29, 1877. To this union were born six children, four girls and two boys, one girl and one boy died in infancy. He came to Kansas and settled on a farm in this county in 1879 when neighbors were far apart and advantages were not what they are now, but by hard work and good management, succeeded in getting to where he could retire from active farm labor a few years ago.

He was converted and united with the Methodist church in Beverly in 1887. Was always interested in schools and anything that was for the betterment of the community especially was he interested in helping where it would do the most good but not to make a big showing.

He departed this life Feb. 20th, 1916 at his home in Beverly, Ks. And leaves to mourn his loss his aged mother, three sisters, two brothers, his wife and four children, they are Manville Chamberlain, Mrs. Homer Helffrich, Mrs. A. F. Cassell and Mrs. Owen Harr besides a host of old friends and neighbors.

Funeral Services were held at the house at 2 p.m. Feb. 23rd, conducted by Rev. Greene assist by Rev. Huhn, his old pastor, and the remains were laid to rest in the Beverly cemetery.

Card of Thanks: We desire to thank the many friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted us during the sickness and death of our beloved husband and father, also for the many beautiful flowers -- Mrs. Flora Chamberlain and Children (The Beverly Tribune, Thursday, March 2, 1916)
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State Fish and Game Warden Succumbs to Attack of Heart Disease
Prof. Dyche Led Expedition Which Rescued Lieut. Peary in 1895— Educated at K. U.

Lewis Lindsay Dyche, Kansas’ greatest naturalist, Arctic explorer and professor of systematic zoology and taxidermy at the University of Kansas, died at Stormont hospital, Topeka, recently after a brief illness. Heart disease was the cause of his death. Professor Dyche, who was state and fish game warden, about two weeks ago was bitten by a Gila monster, but the physicians in attendance at the time of his death say this was not in any degree responsible for his demise.

The news of Professor Dyche’s death reached the state house just as member of the legislature and state officers were leaving and expressions of sorrow were universal.

“It is a great loss to the state,” said Former Governor E. W. Hoch, and the sentiment was everywhere reechoed.

Professor Dyche had been in ill health for a number of weeks. He underwent an examination at the Rosedale hospital a few weeks ago and was warned that he had a weak heart. He continued at work and was at the state house when the legislature convened.

His wife and four children had been summoned from Lawrence and were at his bedside when the end came.

Professor Dyche was born at Berkley Springs, W. Va., on March 20, 1857. He came to Kansas as a young man and received his education at the University of Kansas, at which institution he was awarded the degrees of B.S., B.A., A.M. and M.S. In 1885, soon after his graduation he became an instructor at Kansas University and held successively the chair of comparative anatomy, zoology, curator of the museum of natural history and professor of systematic zoology and taxidermy. In 1911 he was appointed state fish and game warden by Governor Stubbs, but continued to hold his university professorship. He was reappointed by Governor Hodges in 1913 for a four years’ term. Under his direction the great fish hatchery at Pratt, on which more then $100,000 has been expended, has been built up.

It was as a naturalist and big game hunter that Professor Dyche won his greatest distinction. He made many expeditions in all parts of North American, including Mexico, Alaska, Labrador and Greenland. He led the expedition that left Gloucester, Mass., on May 16, 1895, and resulted in the rescue of Lieutenant Robert E. Peary and his party on the Western coast of Greenland. (The Beverly Tribune, Thursday, Jan. 28, 1915)
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J. Earl Evans, editor of the Scottsville Advance, died last Thursday after having been ill for sometime with typhoid fever and rheumatism. He leaves a wife and child. For the last three years he has also been postmaster at that place. Earl was a fine young man. The advance is to be discontinued for a time at least, unless different arrangements are made before this week’s publication. (The Beverly Tribune, Thursday, Feb. 19, 1914)
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Samuel A. Greene was born August 10th, 1836, at Otto, Cattaraugus County, N.Y. where he spent his boyhood days. He began teaching school early in life in Cattaraugus County. Afterward coming west he taught in Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska.

At the age of twenty-five years he was converted, joined the M. E. Church and commenced preaching as a local preacher. In 1868 he joined the Kansas conference.

In 1872 he married Sarah McPeek, to which union one son was born who lives to mourn the loss of a kind and loving father.

In 1883, when Kansas was divided into four conferences, he became a charter member of the Northwest conference. In 1886 he was appointed presiding elder of the Norton district, serving four years. In 1893, on account of ill health he retired from the regular ministry and came to his farm where he has since resided.

Since 1911 he was an invalid, gradually failing until he passed away, March 18th, 1916, at the age of 79 years, 7 months and 5 days.

The funeral service was held Saturday afternoon at the M. E. Church. The sermon was given by Dist. Supt. Stevens, Rev. Kuhn of Salina and Rev. Bradbury of Lincoln also assisted in the services. “Asleep in Jesus” was beautifully sung by Miss Mae Greene. Interment was made in Beverly cemetery.

Card of Thanks: We wish to thank the friends and for the music and flowers and for their deep sympathy kind assistance in laying to rest our beloved husband and father. The appreciation and gratitude of our hearts is so great that God alone can repay them. May God bless them--Sarah E. Greene, B. J. Greene and Family. (The Beverly Tribune, Thursday, March 23, 1916)
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SARAH E. GREEN--A worthy wife and loving mother make our happy home, and when God calls her to her heavenly home her good example of kind words and deeds still lives as a great argument for the truth of Christianity and to guide us in the right way.

Sarah E. McPeek was born Aug. 3, 1846, and rested from her labors Aug. 14, 1922, aged 76 years and 11 days. Before her marriage to Samuel A. Greene she was a school teacher and held a life certificate till the last. She made a very good helpmeet for Bro. Greene, who 45 years ago was one of our pioneer missionaries, and his wife shared his hardships and cheered and helped him in his work. Today people seek for a preacher with a good wife, who is half the battle won. Bro. Greene was called home six years ago.

The last few days of the life of deceased were spent in the Asbury hospital in Salina. She seemed to know she would never recover here, so she made all the plans for her funeral, which was held last Friday at the home of her son, Ben Greene, at Beverly and at the Methodist Church. People were so very kind and sent in so many beautiful flowers to cheer her dear ones.

Mrs. Greene’s brother and wife came a long distance to comfort and Oscar Ramsey, a brother-in-law of Ben Greene, came from Concordia. But Christ, the Great Physician, comes too, and by him “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

Many old friends and neighbors came. Bro. Bradbury, an old circuit rider, with Rev. Greene, assisted her pastor, Rev. Benson, in the service. Burial was in the Beverly Cemetery. (Lincoln Sentinel, 24 August 1922)
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Mrs. Mary A. Hedrick, consort of Thomas R. Hedrick, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Isaac DeGraff, the 4th inst. She was 70 years old and had been a life-long Christian. The funeral obsequies took place at Beverly, the 7th, at 11 a.m. (Saline County Journal, Dec. 18, 1890)

The infant daughter of Capt. D. W. Henderson and S. J. Henderson, aged nine days, died at Lincoln Center, Lincoln county, on the 9th inst. (Saline County Journal, June 20, 1872)

Barbara Ann Sedwick was born in Butler County, Pa., Nov. 23, 1838; died near Beverly, Kans. Apr. 14th 1914, at the age of 80 years, 4 months and 22 days. She was married March 4th 1851 to R. A. Hazlett. To this union were born five children, three of whom are living: Mrs. T. W. Wakeflied, Beverly Kansas; J. H. Hazlett, Redvale, Colorado; G. C. Hazlett, Grenola, Kansas. The other two lived to be over 21 years of age. She was the last one of a large family.

Early in life she joined the Methodist church and has always led a consistent Christian life. She was always kind to others and tried to help in any way she could.

Speak of her lovingly;
Life was her aim,
So would we think of her
Ever the same.
Henceforth, her work well done,
Sweetly at rest.
She will live evermore
Blest with the blest.

(The Beverly Tribune, Thursday, April 23, 1914)
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Susan Elizabeth Sidebottom, was born at Stubenville, Ohio, May 4th, 1832, where she lived most all her life.

She was married to S. L. Sharp Oct. 31, 1848, to this union were born eight children, three only of which survive her, Mrs. J. A. Manly of this place, Will Sharp of New Philadelphia, Ohio, and W. G. Sharp of Bellaire, Ohio.

Three years ago, she came to Kansas to spend the remainder of her days with her folks here.

Her sickness was not long nor was it very painful and was always characterized by the same patience and endurance which was so prominent during her life.

The body will be taken to Stubenville, Ohio where her husband is buried, having departed from this life 12 years before.

G. A. Manly will accompany the body and look after the interment there with her son.

She leaves a host of friends besides relatives who will mourn the sweet old lady who lived among them during the past few years.

There will be funeral services here at 12:30 at the Methodist church.

CARD OF THANKS -- We wish to thank the many kind friends who assisted us in the sickness and death of our dear mother and grandmother and for the flowers that were given.

Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Manly
Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Bloomheart
Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Lessenden
(The Beverly Tribune, Thursday, January 15, 1914)

On account of the funeral of Mrs. Sharp being at the time the paper was published last week, some of the things were overlooked in the obituary and the funeral was said to be at the church when it was to be at the house. The writer of the obituary left out the important fact that Mrs. Sharp was a Christian and church worker and a Sunday school teacher all during her younger days.
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E. T. Skinner was born at Des Moines, Ia., Sept. 2, 1859. Died at his winter home in Manhattan Kans., Dec. 29, 1913. The funeral services were held at the M. E. church in Beverly, January 1, 1914, and interment made in the Monroe cemetery. Obituary next week. (The Beverly Tribune, Thursday, January 1, 1914)
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E. T. Skinner, a retired banker of Beverly, died at his winter home on Fremont Street at noon today. Death was sudden, due to heart failure. The body will be sent to Beverly for burial.
Mr. Skinner leaves a family of seven children, six boys and one girl. The family has been spending the winters here in order that the children might enjoy the educational advantages of Manhattan.–Manhattan Nationalist. (The Beverly Tribune, Thursday, January 1, 1914)
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Obituary – Everton Thomas Skinner was born in Des Moines, Iowa, Sept. 2, 1859, and came with his parents to Lincoln County in 1866, at the age of seven years and attended the first school in Lincoln County which was taught by his mother in a dugout on what is now the F. C. Lang farm.

He united with the Methodist Episcopal Church at the age of seventeen, and continued in active relation to the Church until his death, living a consistent Christian life and serving the Church in an official capacity during nearly all his life.

Before his marriage he taught school ten years and spent three years in the Rocky Mountains.

On March 5, 1890, he was married to Myrtle Blount of Lincoln County. To this union were born seven children – six sons and one daughter.

He attended the State Normal School in 1887-8, returning to Beverly to engage in the mercantile business which he conducted for thirteen years. He then engaged in the banking business for eight years, helping to organize the Farmers National Bank of Lincoln, of which he was the president. He served also as cashier and director of the Beverly State Bank.

He was a member of the Kansas Legislature in 1905-1907 and the special session of 1908. While a member of the Legislature he introduced a bill appropriating $5000 towards the erection of a monument on Beecher Island in commemoration of the battle between the Indians and the Forsythe Scouts. Although the appropriation was reduced to $2500, the bill was passed. Colorado appropriated the same amount and on the anniversary of the battle, the monument was unveiled and the graves of the scouts so long neglected, were marked. Thus a son of a man who wore the Blue and the nephew of a man who followed Forsythe in honoring our fallen heroes will himself occupy a place in our memories.

He lived in Beverly twenty-five years and during all these years he was closely identified with the business and social life of the community, and was held in such esteem that he was sought by all for advice and sympathy. During the hard times in Kansas he helped many men to withstand the tide of misfortune.

For about fifteen months he had been compelled on account of sickness to withdraw from some of the active duties of life but his recovery seemed assured when the community was shocked by the news of his sudden death at his winter home in Manhattan, Kansas, Dec. 29, 1913.

Funeral services were held in the M. E. church at Beverly in the presence of a congregation which exceeded the capacity of the church and the many expressions of sorrow and sympathy were evidence of the esteem in which the departed one was held.

The pastor was assisted in the service by the Rev. J. H. Kuhn, a former pastor who read Ps. 23 and John 14-1-3. The sermon was preached from Rev. 14: 13, “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord form henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works may follow them.”

If Mr. Skinner’s life could be characterized by one word, that word would be success. He had those qualities which whether in business, in the school room or in our legislative halls, gave to his work permanency. In his church relations he was a man who did not boast of his piety, but quietly and systematically performed his religious duties. A man upon whom the church could depend. Yet with his many other duties he did not neglect the home, and the social educational, and religious interests of his family were his special care.

The church and the whole community mourn his loss, together with his wife and children Harry, Mae, Emmett, Howard, Elmo, Paul and, Theodore, his grandson, Frederick E. Skinner all of Beverly, three brothers A. E. Skinner and C. D. Skinner of Boulder, Colo. And B. J. Skinner of Goodland, Kans., one sister, Nora Morton of Beverly and his step-mother, Sarah Skinner of Lincoln, Kans. But “we sorrow not as those who have no hope.”

Some glad morn not far away, just beyond this twilight dim, we shall greet the golden day with everlasting hymn.

Heart to heart and hand in hand Love shall clasp again her own in God’s sinless summer land, where goodbye is never known, fadeless blooms, Life’s healing tree:

Peaceful flows her silver stream, radiant shines her jasper sea; Glory crowned her mansions gleam.

Time spent on eternity: Angles guide our weary feet: Pearly gate wide open be: Father waits with welcome sweet.

Card of Thanks--We wish to express our sincere thanks for the beautiful floral offering, for the music and for every expression of help and sympathy, from our many friends in this great sorrow because of the death of our beloved husband and father.

Mrs. Myrtle Skinner, and children. (The Beverly Tribune, Thursday, January 8, 1914)

Mrs. Myrtle B. Skinner and little son Theodore and Miss Mae Skinner left Tuesday morning for Manhattan. (The Beverly Tribune, Thursday, January 15, 1914)
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Dwight Kirklan Stover was born near Beverly in Lincoln county Kans. Oct 7th 1909 died at Peabody in Marion Co., Kans Feb. 23rd 1914, aged 6 yrs, 4 mo. 16 ds. Dwight attended Sunday school in the morning was full of life and cheerfulness all day. At 8:30 o’clock in the evening, he was seized with a hard chill, pneumonia developed and at 5:30 Monday evening after intense suffering he was taken home to Jesus. He was loved by all who knew him and his cherry smile and happy little face will be missed by many.

He leaves to mourn his loss a father, mother, one sister and two brothers.

Funeral services were held at the First Christian church Feb. 27, 1914 by Rev. R. L. Hendrickson assisted by Rev. G. R. Hall. Interment made in Lincoln cemetery. (The Beverly Tribune, Thursday, Mar. 12, 1914)
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Death Comes Suddenly
This morning at 9:00 o’clock occurred the death of Mrs. Richard Thomas at her home at 910 West Walnut Street. She had not been strong for some time but her death was unexpected and was caused by a hemorrhage. She was born at Beverly and was age 32 years. For the past nine years Salina has been her home. Her maiden name was Miss Bessie Hall. Besides her husband she is survived by a daughter aged six years and a son aged eight years, her father and one brother. Her mother died two years ago. The body will be taken to Beverly Tuesday afternoon on the Lincoln branch train at 4:00 o’clock. -Salina Journal, Tuesday

Funeral Services were conducted from the home of the deceased’s father, at her request, Wednesday afternoon by Rev. Plantz and burial was made in the Monroe cemetery. The number of those who mourned with the bereaved ones, testified to the worth of Mrs. Thomas’ character and the life she led here from birth to womanhood. (The Beverly Tribune, Thursday, January 1, 1914)
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William VanCamp was born in Hamilton county, Ohio, Oct. 15, 1850, died January 3, 1914. When he was eighteen months old his parents moved to Rock Island county, Ill. At the age of fourteen he was converted and joined the Baptist church, being baptized in the Mississippi river, and has lived a Christian life ever since. When he was eighteen his parents moved to Cass county, Mo.

He was married March 6, 1872 to Miss Sarah Hendrix. To this union ten children were born, five boys, five girls, three boys passed away in infancy and one at eleven years of age. He leaves a wife, one son, five daughters and a host of friends to mourn his loss.

At the beginning of his last illness he woke his wife and told her he must go and leave her, he was going to die. He saw his parents and all the little ones that had passed before. Several times during his illness he would sing “Nearer My God to Thee“, and would lie and pray and shout half of his time.

A few weeks before his death his bodily suffering, through a complication of diseases, robbed him of his reason, and a short time ago he was taken to the hospital at Topeka for treatment where his death occurred. The remains arrived here Monday and the funeral services were held at the M. E. church Tuesday afternoon, in charge of Rev. Plantz. Commitment in the Beverly Cemetery.

Cart of Thanks - We desire to thank our friends and neighbors during the sickness and death of our beloved husband and father.

Mrs. Sarah VanCamp and Children

(The Beverly Tribune, Thursday, January 15, 1914)
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