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Sedgwick County Obituaries

The startling and sad news was received yesterday in the city that Mr. Milburn M. Alexander had died yesterday morning at 4 o'clock at his home in Wellington, of Bright's disease of the kidneys, after many hours of th most excruciating pain. Mr. Alexander was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. D. P. Alexander, of this city, and a brother-in-law of Judge T. B. Wall. He leaves a wife and one child to mourn his untimely loss. He was thirty-three years old and bid fair for a long life. Milburn M. Alexander was well known to all of the older residents of this city not only, but to the entire country. For years he was the head of the firm of Alexander Brothers, who did a large mercantile business in this city, and the announcement of his sudden and unexpected death will cause a feeling of general regret and sympathy for the widow and son, for the father, mother, brothers and sister. The body was brought up from Wellington last evening and will be buried this after noon in Highland cemetery, the services to be held at the residence of his parents at 3 o'clock, at the corner of Fourth avenue and Pine street. To the mother who stands over the unresponding cold form of her first born, what can we say? Nothing which can lift the weight of sorrow which presses upon a heart which in all the years of her younger motherhood went out in love and solicitude for that, for her dear boy. Oh this life, its lights and shadows, its smiles and tears, its griefs, heart-aches, and at last and at the end the sodden earth whose darkness receives and hides all. The echoes of the soul alone tell, the light of the heart's abiding faith alone discovers the happiness and the home beyond. (Wichita Eagle, Nov. 17, 1887)

The funeral of William Bowman, late member of Arkansas Valley lodge, No. 21, A. F. & A. M. took place Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church. The funeral was ably preached by Rev. H. F. Frazie, pastor. The funeral was conducted under the auspices of the Arkansas Valley lodge, and were very impressive. The remains were interred at Maple Grove cemetery. (Wichita Searchlight, April 6, 1909)

Sarah Carter was born in West Virginia, Dec. 23, 1827, died March 15, 1909. Early in life she professed a hope in Christ and for more than fifty years she led a devout Christian life. In 1844 she moved to Jackson county, Ohio, and met and was married to Henry Carter, in Pike county, Ohio. Thirteen children blessed their home. With her husband she came to Sedgwick county in 1887, where she had since resided. She was a member of the Second Baptist church of this city. She is survived by ten children--the residence of two of them is unknown. Those known are: James Carter, of Kenton, Ohio; John Carter, of Columbus, Ohio; Mrs. Millie Knapper of Mt. Sterling, Ohio; William Carter, Willis Carter, Mrs. Hattie Hurst, Cora Carter and Julia Carter all of this county and city. She also leaves about 20 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the Second Baptist church, Saturday afternoon, March 20 at 2:30. Interment will be in the family lot in Maple Grove cemetery beside the body of her husband and son. (Wichita Searchlight, March 20, 1909)

Mrs. Harriet Gardner who had been seriously ill for about two weeks with spinal and other complicated ailments, and had borne it all with Christian fortitude, was compelled to surrender all that was mortal to the grim monster death last Tuesday. Mrs. Gardner was 65 years of age. She was born in Green county, Alabama and was the mother of 12 children, although but one now living, Mr. James Gardner, 1234 North Wichita. She had been a resident here for a little over four years. She was a member of the Tabernacle church and died in the triumph of her faith. The funeral service was conducted Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. R. M. Contee of Kansas City officiating, assisted by Rev. Van Lue and other local pastors. A large host of friends of the family were present and manifested their earnest sympathy for the bereaved son and grandchildren. After a touching tribute to her life and character, her remains were borne to Maple Grove cemetery followed by a host of friends. (National Reflector, July 24, 1897)

Yesterday afternoon Mr. Fred Heimple died suddenly near his residence, on the corner of South Water and Gilbert streets, of brain disease. Although his death was sudden it was not unexpected, as he had been suffering from a serious brain trouble for four mouths past. About 3:30 yesterday afternoon he became delirious and insisted on going to the shed to see that his buggy was not in the water. His wife followed in a few minutes but only in time to see him breathe his last. As he died he fell against a stauntion from which was suspended a rope halter, and this led to the rumor that he had suicided. Several physicians examined the body and found no evidences of suicide, and they say his physical condition could satisfactorily account for his death at any moment. He would have been 50 years of age on the 12th of December; was born in Ger many, and came to Wichita about three years ago. He leaves a wife and six children to mourn their loss. His sickness was aggravated by financial troubles, although his present circumstances are supposed to be quite easy. He was a member of the A. O. U. W., and is spoken of by his acquaintances as a thoroughly honest and upright man. The funeral will take place from the residence on Wednesday, and this morning, as a matter of form, the coroner will hold an inquest. (Wichita Eagle, Dec. 10, 1889)

The remains of Willie Kesthe, son of Harry Kesthe, were yesterday buried in the city cemetery. Funeral services were held at the rooms of Mr. Kesthe in the Morris block, which were attended by a number of friends. (Wichita Eagle, May 11, 1889)

The remains of Mr. William Lentz, who was killed near Cheney on Sunday, will be shipped east for interment. It seems that his wagon at the time of the accident was loaded with shelled corn and as one of the front wheels struck a stone in the road he was pitched off to one side under the wheels. It was after this that the mules started to run, which gave rise to the sup position that his death resulted from driving an unmanageable team. (Wichita Eagle, Jan. 22, 1890)

The funeral of Mr. Nelson McClees took place yesterday after loon from the residence on Emporia avenue at two o'clock. In spite of the cold weather there was a large attendance of the oldest citizens to witness the last sad rites bestowed upon their fellow townsman. A goodly number attended the remains to the cemetery. Short services were held at the house by the Rev. R. T. Savin and also at the grave. (Wichita Eagle, Jan. 22, 1890)

The sad news reached us that on Sunday morning at 10 o'clock a valuable citizen and a man in the full flush of the prime of life was stricken down by the grim destroyer of hopes, asperations and all human calculations. W. P. Miller had been for the past ten months engaged with the Wichita Wholesale Grocery Co., as traveling salesman. Some six weeks ago he contracted a severe and heavy cold. He continued however, at his duties, though feeling very badly until three weeks ago when he gave up and went home. He was nursed for a few days, when growing restless and anxious about his business he went to the store and then started over his route on one of his regular trips. He was gone about three or four days when he was compelled to return to his home. Again he reported to the house for duty, but was remanded back to his home where he took his bed which he never left again. The cold which he first contracted gave place to some affection of the stomach which baffled the skill of the physicians. An autopsy was held upon the body soon after death, with what result is not as yet known. The body is being held awaiting the arrival of the father of the deceased from Leadville, Colo., who it is learned has been snowbound en route. If the father does not arrive by this afternoon the body will be buried, at least temporarily, in the city cemetery. The deceased had been married but about a year and leaves a wife and infant child. (Wichita Eagle, Feb. 17, 1885)

The funeral services of Samuel L. Smith were held at St. Mary's Baptist church Monday afternoon, Rev. S. B. Butler in the absense of Rev. Douglas conducted the services, assisted by Rev. Wm. Thompson. Mr. Smith was a veteran of the Civil War and leaves a wife, 9 children and 16 grandchildren to mourn his demise. The remains were interred in Maple Grove cemetery. (Wichita Protest, August 27, 1920)

The funeral of Daniel D. Stoner will take place to-day, at 2 o'clock, from the parlors of Dunbar's undertaking rooms, No. 235 North Main street, under the auspices of Lodge No. 22, A. O. N. W. Members of the order and friends of the family are requested to be present. (Wichita Eagle, Dec. 10, 1889)

On Sunday morning the 3-year-old daughter of Mr. C.F. Sullivan, 230 North Lawrence avenue, died. Funeral services were held at the residence at 3 p. m. yesterday, attended by quite a number of friends of the family. (Wichita Eagle, Dec. 10, 1889)

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