Thomas County Obituaries
At the home of her father-in-law Enoch Baum
in Thomas County Kan. on the eve of May
5th, 1890, of that fell destroyer consumption, died
our beloved sister Laura Baum, aged 31 years
10 months and 8 days.
Sister Laura as she was called, was
born in Laport County, Indiana, and there
grew up to womanhood and was married
to our brother Monroe Baum in Valparaiso, Ind. June 8th, 1886 and in the same
year of their marriage moved to
Thomas County Kansas where they have
shared largely in bearing the burdens
incident to a pioneer life. Soon after coming to this new country early in the
spring of 1887 Sister Baum made a public confession of her faith in Christ as the
Saviour of poor sinners and was baptised
by the winter of this notice and was one
of the first 10 persons immersed in
Thomas County and she became one of
the charter members of the church of
Christ at LaPort. This name was given
by her dear husband in memory of their
eastern home. Sister Baum died as she
had lived a christian.
All who knew her loved her and confided in her. She was consistent and
ever faithful and patient though afflicted
with a painful and incurable disease
she bore her suffering with a forfeiture
born of her faith in her redeemer, Her
remains were followed by a large concourse of mourning and sorrowing relatives and friends to
the town of Rexford where the funeral was preached by
the writer assisted by Brother Hunt, a
Baptist minister of Missouri, after which
we laid her beside her infant daughter
born three days before the mothers death
and passed into the spirit land in a few
moments after its birth and was laid away in the beautiful cemetery near
(Thomas County Cat, 5-15-1890)
DIED. At Colby, Kansas, September 15, 1888, Cally Belle, infant daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Bayha, aged 1 mo.
and 19 days. (Thomas County Cat, 9-20-1888)
Died, Dec. 2nd, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Baldwin, whose home
is about fifteen miles northeast of Colby. The burial was in the cemetery
on last Saturday. (Thomas County Cat, 12-8-1887)
Helen, daughter of Will and Hannah
Brown, was born the 19th of March, 1886,
and went to the spirit world the 28th of
February, 1888, aged 1 year, 11 months
and 10 days. She was sick two weeks
with lung lever, gradually growing worse
until relieved by death. The funeral
services were held at the residence of
Mr. Ford, and was conducted by Rev. F.
M. Stewart, after which the remains
were interred in the Hawkeye Cemetery
on Wednesday afternoon, and was attended by a large concourse of friends and
neighbors. (Thomas County Cat, 4-5-1888)
Died, on Friday, July 18, of convulsions, Frank Albert, son of Charles
and Christianna Buschow, aged 1
month and 10 days.
The funeral took place Saturday morning July 19 at 10 o'clock
from the residence. Rev. J T. Shackleford conducting
the service. The parents have the sympathy of the entire community in this,
their sad hour of affliction. (Thomas County Cat, 7-24-1890)
Died. Infant son of Nathan Byars,
Monday, January 28th, 1889, of lung fever. The sympathy of neighbors and
friends is extended to the parents in the
loss of their little one.
(Thomas County Cat, 1-31-1889)
After seven months of the most severe
pain and suffering from a tumor, born
in the most patient manner, our beloved sister, Ellen V. Castor, wife of John
A. Castor, departed this life in the city
of Colby, on the Lord's day, June 29th,
1890, aged 53 years.
Sister Castor was born in Chester Co.,
Pa., and there grew up to womanhood,
and with her parents moved to Champaign county, Ohio, where soon after,
she was married to John A. Castor, remaining in Ohio until the spring of 1885,
when in company with her beloved and
now mourning husband, she came to
Thomas county, Kansas, and settled on
a homestead in the southwest part of the
county, where they have shared largely
in bearing the burdens and trials incident to pioneer life.
About five weeks ago sister Castor was
moved to Colby where she could have
medical treatment near at hand. All was
done for her that medical skill and sympathetic hands could do, but alas! she
left us and gone over the dark river to
join the swelling ranks of the redeemed
ones in shooting victory over the grim
monster, death, through our Lord Jesus
Christ. Sister Castor made profession of
her faith in Christ when in youth, and
united with the M. E. church, where she
has ever lived conscious of the divine favor. She leaves a sorrowing and grief
stricken husband in this county, and some
near relatives in Ohio, and many friends
in Colby to mourn her loss.
Her funeral was preached by the writer in the M. E. Church in the city of
Colby on Monday, June the 30th, at one
o'clock p. m., after which she was removed and followed by friends and
brethren to the Beulah cemetery near
the city, where we laid her body down in
the quiet grave to await the resurrection
morn. BY F.M. STEWART
(Thomas County Cat, 7-10-1890)
September 4th, 1888, at the residence of
Mr. Clark, of this city, his infant son,
Freddy Venice Clark, aged 5 months and
19 days. Funeral services will be held
it the M E church net Sabbath by
Rev. Ferguson. (Thomas County Cat, 9-6-1888)
Died. On Saturday, September 4th,
1837, at Colby, Kansas, in her 26th year,
Mrs. Levissa Elmeda Coffrin. The deceased was the wife of G. N. Coffrin,
Esq., of this city She was well known to many of our citizens, one and all
whom speak in highest terms of her lovable, gentle and ladylike qualities. Mrs.
Coffrin leaves surviving her husband and
an infant son. The remains were interred in Beulah cemetery on Sunday
last, attended by a concourse of sorrowing friends. (Thomas County Cat, 9-29-1887)
DIED, Mr. Alexander Colwes, at Colby,
Oct. 25th, in the 31st year or his age.
Mr. Colwes was born in Chicago, afterwards lived in Indianapolis, Indiana and
removed from Maryville, Mo., to Colby
last spring. His parents now live in
Mr. C. was a bricklayer by trade, and
a good workman. It is said that in early
years he was consecrated in baptism and
made a profession of religion. For years
he has been declining with that dread
disease consumption. He was patient
and uncomplaining in the midst of intense and prolonged suffering. He leaves
a wife and two small children to mourn
his loss. His remains were interred in
the cemetery at Colby. (Thomas County Cat, 11-4-1886)
Died, on Friday, Oct. 18, 1889, of lung fever, Effie May, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. E.
Coulter, aged 13 years, 8 months and 11 days. The funeral took place on Saturday, and the remains were
laid to rest in Beulah cemetery.
(Thomas County Cat, 10-24-1889)
Died, this morning about 11 o'clock, in this city, Garrett Dedrick, after an illness
of several weeks. The funeral will take place Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, under
the auspices of Rovohl post G.A.R. (Thomas County Cat, 2-20-1890)
DIED. On 20-8-5, Sunday, Sept. 15th,
of brain fever, Emma, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. H. E. Ehler, aged 1 year and
(Thomas County Cat, 9-19-1889)
FARRELL: Infant son of Mr.and Mrs.
Campbell Farrell, of this city, on Saturday, Sept. 15, 1888.
The funeral took place on Sunday last,
and was attended by a large number of
Colby people, who sympathize warmly
with the sorrowing parents.
(Thomas County Cat, 9-20-1888)
Died, John Finley, aged about 25
years, of typhoid fever, on his farm in
Wendell township, on Friday, June 22d,
1888. Deceased was well and favorably
known to many of our citizens, who regarded him highly as a young man of
strict integrity. He was ill for some time
previous to his death. His burial took
place on Saturday last amid a large concourse of his relatives and friends, the
remains being interred at Beulah cemetery. He leaves a young wife who has the sincere sympathy of many friends in
her great bereavement. (Thomas County Cat, 6-28-1888)
Mrs. Henry Franklin was born March
20, 1866, in Henry county, Indiana. She
united with the M.E. church when 14
years of age; removed to Sherman county, Kansas, with her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Calahan, in the fall of 1885; was
married to Henry Franklin Nov. 24. 1887;
removed with her husband to Thomas
county, same date; was taken sick with
scarlet rash about the first of April, 1888,
which terminated in quick consumption,
causing her death on the 24th day of February, 1889. The funeral services were
conducted at the house by J. P. Smith,
pastor M. E. church. She was buried at
Beulah cemetery, Colby, on Feb. 26, 1888,
at 3 o'clock p. m. (Thomas County Cat, 2-28-1888)
Alpha B. Harrison died at Q. W.
Thompson's, a friend of his, living at
Furnas county, Nebraska, November
Deceased was 19 years and 8 months
old, son of Joseph and Aricie Harris of
of Thomas county, Kansas. He died of
typhoid fever. For twenty-one days his
suffering was beyond description, but he
bore it like a soldier of the cross. At 8
o'clock on the 15th of November his dear
and loving father and mother saw him
for the last time. May it be
God's will that each one of us may
believe that we may meet him with our loved ones in Heaven. He leaves a large
circle of relatives and friends to mourn
his loss. He was a kind and loving son
and brother, and was liked by all who
knew him. (Thomas County Cat, 12-20-1888)
Died. Mrs. Emma Hershberger, wife
of John Hershberger, on Tuesday, Dec.
18, 1888, at her home, 5 miles northeast
The deceased lady was born in Berks
county, Pennsylvania, in 1847. She
moved to Jackson county, Iowa, in 1851
with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Levan,
Here in 1868 she married Mr.John Hershberger, and with him removed to Thomas
county two years ago. She leaves surviving her husband and three children.
She was the sister of Mrs. Samuel Yousse,
of this city, and leaves another sister and
brother at West Side, Iowa. Her remains
were interred in Beulah cemetery on
Wednesday amid a large concourse of
sorrowing friends, who earnestly sympathize with husband, children and
friends in their great affliction.
(Thomas County Cat, 12-20-1888)
HOGUE Emma, wife of E. P. Hogue,
at her home in the western part of the
county, on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 1888, aged
24 years, 4 months and 28 days.
Mrs. Hogue was well known and highly respected by Colby people as well as
in the immediate neighborhood in which
she lived, and her unexpected death
struck sorrow to their hearts. Thomas
county is full of sympathizing friends
for the bereaved husband.
(Thomas County Cat, 9-20-1888)
A sad accident happened near Quickville on last Tuesday
morning which resulted in the death of
Gilbert Holmes. Mr. Holmes had gone
out to catch a span of mules, which were
tied together, and getting on, the mule
threw him. In falling, he became entangled in the ropes, and the mules running
off, dragged him across the prairie in
such manner that he was fatally injured,
and died on that same evening. Prof.
Holmes was a married man, about 35
years old, and was highly esteemed for
his many fine qualities. He leaves a wife
and three small children to mourn his untimely and sad demise. The deceased
was a Free Mason, and his remains will
be interred by the order on Friday next
at the burial ground near Quickville. The
family have the sympathy of the entire
(Thomas County Cat, 8-23-1888)
DIED. Ralph, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Hoskins, in this city, on
April 20th. Little Ralph was only two years old, but he was the joy of
a household who deeply deplore his loss. The family have the heartfelt
sympathy of the entire community in their great loss.
(Thomas County Cat, 5-3-1888)
We are sorry to learn of the death of Mr. William Houck, living near the city,
and hope to give a full obituary in next week's paper. The funeral occurred
yesterday. (Thomas County Cat, 3-21-1889)
Miss Mattie J. Huey, youngest daughter
of Thomas Huey, departed this life
May 16, 1888.
She was born in Pottawatomie county,
August 12, 1868. She moved with her
parents to Thomas county on the first of
January, 1887, where she resided till her
death. She was an obedient daughter,
a kind sister, and was loved and esteemed by all who knew her. We can hardly
realize that she, who but a short time
ago, was the very picture of health in
the blooming youth, could, now be cut
down in her prime. She leaves father,
mother, two sisters, three brothers and
a multitude of friends to mourn her
departure. The services were conducted
by Rev. McKinney. The body was buried on her father's land, but her spirit
had flown to the one who gave it. (Thomas County Cat, 5-24-1888)
The infant son of W. H. Hull, who resides about twenty miles northwest of
Colby, died last Sunday of cholera infantum. Friends of the family deeply
sympathize with them in this, their hour of
sore bereavement. (Thomas County Cat, 8-22-1889)
Died: At her home in Colby, Thomas
county, Kansas, June 29, 1887. Mrs.
Lida (Siggins) Hyatt, in the twentieth
year of her age.
The subject of the above notice was
born in Philadelphia, Pa., Feb. 2nd, 1867.
Her parents afterwards removed to
Youngsville, Pa., where most of her life
was spent About one year ago she contracted a cold, by exposure, while
helping a neighboring family, made homeless by fire. This induced pulmonary
disease and quick consumption.
Miss Siggins came to Colby August 15,
1886, and became the happy wife of Mr.
Geo. Hyatt December 23d.
And now, she has gone! The rose has
faded; we shall see her smiling face no
more on earth. Only six months ago,
the union of hearts, the bond of wedlock, the closest of all earthly bonds.
Then the happy home; now rendered,
oh, so desolate.
"Here was the Law of Kindness."
She strove to make others happy. She
was patient in suffering, and uncomplaining. She died in the bloom of years. The
fragile flower has faded, but the fragrance of her kind words, her smiles, her
gentle winning ways remain to cheer us.
We cherish her memory. Her going
away has caused tears and heart-aches.
We tender our warmest sympathy for
the bereaved father and mother and
friends, hundreds of miles distant. Thus
we are united in sympathy with those
who mourn the loss of one who was beloved, and we hope to meet, where parting shall be no more.
(Thomas County Cat, 7-7-1887)
DIED. On Monday last, at 1 o'clock p.
m., at her home near Colby, Kansas,
Mary Jardine, wife of A. B Jardine.
The deceased was born at Streator,
LaSalle county, Illinois, on the 1st day
of May, 1851. She was married to A. B.
Jardine in that county in 1871, and removed with him to Thomas county early
in the year 1879, where they have ever
since resided. She leaves surviving her
seven children, the eldest of which is a
son 16 years old, and the youngest an infant daughter born on the 19th inst, Mrs.
Jardine was well known to our citizens
here, and respected by all. The husband
and family have the heartfelt sympathy
of the entire community in their great
bereavement The remains were interred
in Beulah Cemetery on Wednesday, Nov.
23d. (Thomas County Cat, 11-24-1887)
Our heart and hand reaches out in sympathy to Mr. A. B. Jardine and family, of this city, in the sad
bereavement of the death of his infant daughter, which occurred July 13, 1888.
(Thomas County Cat, 7-26-1888)
Died. In this city, at 2 o'clock a. m.,
Thursday, July 26, 1888, of dropsy of
the heart, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Johnson, wife of R. E. Johnson, Esq., of
the Union Pacific engineering department. The deceased lady was the daughter
of John Falck, Esq., of Lancaster, Penn.,
and at the time of her death was in her
33d year. She was married at Philadelphia, Penn., on January 2, 1887, to Mr.
Johnson, and resided formerly at Salina,
Kas., removing to Colby some time in
February last. During her residence
here, her many estimable qualities made
for her numerous warm and sincere
friends who sympathize deeply with her
husband in his great bereavement. Her
remains will be taken to Philadelphia, Penn., for interment, starting from Colby on Friday morning.
(Thomas County Cat, 7-26-1888)
The infant son of Milton Jones died July 9, 1889.
(Thomas County Cat, 7-18-1889)
The infant son of Randolph Jones died July 12, 1889, aged 1 year, 6 months,
at his home, of cholera infantum.
(Thomas County Cat, 7-18-1889)
KELLY / KELLEY
It gives us great pain to record the sad
news of the death of the little daughter
and only child of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Kelly,
who died on Tuesday last. Mr. and Mrs.
Kelly have the sympathy of the entire
community in the great bereavement.
(Thomas County Cat, 7-26-1888)
We are informed of the sad news of the
death of Mrs. Kuester, wife of Henry
Kuester, which occurred at their home,
northeast of Colby, on Sunday, June
24th. The deceased lady had been afflicted for some time past with that dread
disease, consumption, which finally
caused her death. The remains were interred in Beulah cemetery on Monday.
(Thomas County Cat, 6-28-1888)
Newton A. Lane a well known resident of Barrett Township died on February, 19th, at his home. Mr. Lane had
been sick for some two weeks with pneumonia. The deceased was highly regarded by his friends and neighbors, and his
death is deplored by all. The remains
were interred in Beulah cemetery on the
21st. inst. (Thomas County Cat, 2-23-1888)
Some months since Mr. George Lynde,
who was suffering from a large cancer
on his neck had the same removed, the
operation was performed by Drs. J. W.
Martin and V. C. Eddy and was very
successful. Mr. Lynde was about in a
short time after the operation and seemed
much better than for a long time. The
relief, however, proved only temporary,
as the tumor soon began to form again
and grew so rapidly that it became only
a question of days how long he might
survive unless something could be done
to stop its growth. At the urgent request
of Mr. Lynde and his friends, Drs. J. W.
Martin, Eddy and Edwards visited him at
his house north west of Colby on Thursday last and proceeded to the operation
of a removal of the tumor. The patient
was informed of the great and immediate
risk of the operation, but insisted if there
was any chance what ever that it be taken. The operation was then skillfully
performed but the interior tumors were
so numerous and so closely involved with
the jugular vein that the unfortunate
man never rallied--no evidence of re-action
of any kind being noticed.
Mr. George Lynde was a man highly
esteemed among his fellowmen, his influence being ever toward progress and
square dealing, and the county at large
will miss his great and active encouragement in all matters pertaining to the advancement of agriculture and stock raising in our midst.
Mr. Lynde was born in La Fayette Co.,
Wis., June 12, 1860, and from there went
to Richardson Co., Nebr., from whence
he removed to Thomas Co., Kans., in
the spring of 1885, and here has since resided. He leaves surviving him his wife
and three young children,, and aged
mother and four brothers Mr. Wm.
Lynde, living at Flagler, Colo., Warren
Lynde, living in Cass Co., Nebr.; Byron
Lynde, of Ellis Co., Kas, and Eugene
who resided with and took care of deceased in this county.
All of his brothers were in attendance
on the funeral which occurred on Friday
last amid a large concourse of sorrowing
friends. Services were held in the
Methodist church, Rev. L. D. Goodwin
officiating, interment taking place in
Beulah Cemetery.(Thomas County Cat, 4-4-1889)
DIED. At her home northeast of the
city August 19, 1890, Anne M., beloved
wife of Patrick McCue, aged 51 years.
10 months and 20 days.
The deceased was born in Dunrail,
county of Cork, Ireland, and her maiden
name was Anne M. Egan. At the age of
11 years she moved to this country with
her parents who settled in Philadelphia.
When she was 18 years of age she moved
to Springfield, Ill., where she was married August 26, 1862, to Patrick McCue.
They resided at Buffalo Hart, Ill., but
soon returned to Springfield and moved
thence to Chicago. From there they
went to Council Bluffs, Ia., and after
wards to Johnson county, Nebr., and
about five years ago came to Thomas
county, Kansas. She was a member of
the Catholic church and consistant in
her duties, "Doing unto others as she
would that the should do unto her."
She was a devoted wife, affectionate
mother and sincere friend.
A husband and four children are left
to mourn her loss three sons and one
daughter Thomas J., Joseph, May C.,
and Willie. The bereaved family has the
sympathy of friends and neighbors in
this their hour of sad affliction. Before
crossing the river of death, the departed
expressed her satisfaction at going and
said she was prepared to meet the blessed Savior whom she had faithfully served for many years.
The deceased came to her death from
blood poisoning and at the time Mr.
McCue was absent from home in Nebraska. The husband and father was most
deeply affected when he returned and
found that his loving companion for
years, had been laid to rest, to sleep the
The funeral took place August 22, the
remains being interred at Beulah cemetery.
(Thomas County Cat, 8-28-1890)
DIED: Mr. J. Macey, on Tuesday,
Jan, 8, 1889, at his home northeast of
Colby. Deceased was one of Thomas
county's oldest and most respected citizens. His remains were interred in Beulah Cemetery, on Wednesday, after an
impressive service at the M. E. Church
conducted by the Rev. Ferguson. Deceased leaves surviving him his widow
and several children who have the earnest sympathy of the entire community in
their great loss. (Thomas County Cat, 1-10-1889)
DIED, about one mile south of the
City on Thursday March 6th 1890 Albert,
son of Dr. Chas. and Mrs. Martin, aged
This bright little boy was taken some
time ago with LaGrippe which brought
on hooping cough and the severe strain
on the young and tender life resulted in
nervous prostration, causing death. Little
Albert was a joy of the household and
his taking away has robbed loving parents of a dear
treasure. The funeral
occurred on Friday morning from the
Baptist Church, Rev. Broadbridge officiating. A choir composed of Miss Eva
Bayha, Mrs. Van Metre, and Ike Crumley
sang appropriate selections.
(Thomas County Cat, 3-13-1890)
Died, Saturday, June 19, Walter, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. May, one and
one half miles northwest of Cumberland. The funeral took place Sunday at
4 p.m., Rev. Armstrong conducting the services.
(Thomas County Cat, 7-1-1886)
Died, in Wendell township, March
24, 1890, Mary Adeline, beloved wife of
I. W. Moore, aged 35 years, 2 months,
and 23 days.
The deceased was born December 29,
1854 in Gurnsey county Ohio and was
married to I. W. Moore July 22, 1875.
March 9, 1885 they came west and have
resided here ever since. The deceased
joined the M.E church in 1873 and was
a devoted christian, loving mother, faithful wife and kindhearted neighbor. She
leaves to mourn her loss a husband, three
children, father and mother, and twelve
sisters and brothers and many loving
friends. The remains were interred in
in Beulah cemetery Wednesday afternoon. The funeral was largely attended by sympathizing friends and devoted
relatives. (Thomas County Cat, 3-27-1890)
DIED: Five miles southwest of Colby, Sep. 16, 1889, Mary E. Newbury,
aged 19 years 10 months and 24 days.
The funeral took place from the residence on Tuesday afternoon and the remains were laid to rest m the Colby
cemetery. Rev. Goodwin, pastor of the
Baptist church, conducted the funeral
service. The attendance of friends was
The deceased was born in Ohio, Oct.
22, 1869, and in 1870 moved to Illinois
and from there to Kansas in 1879. She
was a good dutiful child to her parents
and was loved by everyone. In 1885 she
united with the United Brethren
church and two years later was
called upon to take charge of
the family by the death of her
mother. She lived a true christian life
and her exhortation in the last hours to
her father and brothers, proved the faith
which she had for the life which she
now enjoys in a brighter kingdom where
troubles and trials are unknown.
(Thomas County Cat, 9-19-1889)
Della, infant daughter of Adelbert and Elsie Nichols, died Dec. 17, 1889, at her
home in Wendell township, aged two months and 4 days.
(Thomas County Cat, 1-9-1890)
Clara A. Penshaw, wife of John Penshaw, daughter of Madison Bray,
residing 13 miles east of Colby, departed this
life July 8th, 1888, at 11 o'clock a. m..
leaving husband and infant daughter,
father, mother, three brothers and two
sisters to mourn her loss. She made ample preparation to meet her God, which is
great comfort to the bereaved parents
and friends. God be with her till we
meet again. (Thomas County Cat, 7-12-1888)
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Pickard, of Kingery township, last week lost their infant
son, Frank, age six weeks. The family have the sympathy of the entire
(Thomas County Cat, 9-23-1888)
We are extremely sorry to learn of the
sad bereavement in the family of Mr.
Thomas Reed, of Randall township. On
Tuesday last his infant daughter, aged
about two months, died. Mr. and Mrs.
Reed have our sincere sympathy in their
affliction. (Thomas County Cat, 8-23-1888)
On Monday March 10, 1890,
Gertrude Blanche, daughter of Leander
and Sarah Ricketts, aged 1 year, 7
months and 23 days.
The funeral occurred Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock from the Methodist
church and was largely attended. Rev.
Shackleford conducted an impressive
service. Beautiful flowers were placed
upon the casket by the hands of loving
friends. The pallbearers were Henry
Morrison, Frank Ginger, James Gurwell
and C. E. Dedrick.
(Thomas County Cat, 3-13-1890)
J. H. Schoonover, another beloved
veteran and pioneer of Thomas Co. Kas.
has gone over to join the swelling ranks
of the redeemed ones on the other side of
the dark river. After near four weeks
of excessive pain, borne in a most patient
manner, our beloved brother departed
this life October the 20th 1887 at his new
home in the township of Randall at the
age of 33 years and 6 months. He leaves
a wife and three children; father and
mother, three brothers and three sisters
and many other friends to mourn his
Brother Schoonover was born in Warren Co., Ohio, April 28th, 1849 and in the
year 1878, with father and mother, moved to Herman, Ills., and at this place he
made a public confession of his faith in
Christ and was immersed by brother L.
B. Myres. He was ever faithful and true
to the duties and covenants of the christian relations which he had chosen and
shared largely in the consciousness of divine approval. He, with his family and
father and mother, came to this county
at the beginning of the present year and
settled upon a homestead. No sooner
had he settled in this great west, in a
neighborhood of sod houses, than he was
found working for the Master, in the
way of gathering the little ones together
in the Sunday school to read from the
scriptures and to teach them to love and
obey the Savior. He was also an honor
ed member of the Masonic order. He.
was truly beloved by all that knew him.
(Thomas County Cat, 10-27-1887)
We learn that John C. Sharitt, who
lived on section 15, town 5, range 32, in
Rawlins county, died on Oct. 27th, of
typhoid fever. Mr. Sharitt was 32 years
of age at the time of his death, and highly esteemed by his neighbors. It is but
a short time since tho family were called
upon to mourn the death of his brother.
The remains were interred in Beulah
cemetery. (Thomas County Cat, 11-3-1887)
Died, at her home on sec. 2, twp. 6, rng. 36, Sunday, Aug. 11, 1889, of cholera
infantum, Dolly, daughter of Lawrence Shirer, aged 1 year and 6 months,
(Thomas County Cat, 8-15-1889)
Died, at Levant, Kansas, Thursday, Sept. 12, of congestion of the lungs, Sarah
Eugenia, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Spellman. [an article in the previous
week's paper stated she died on Sept. 13--was that her burial day?]
(Thomas County Cat, 9-26-1889)
STONE John M., infant son of Mr.
and Mrs. Stone, of 27-7-34, Thomas county, on Thursday. Sept. 13, 1888, of Cholera Infantum.
A large delegation of neighbors and
friends were in attendance on the funeral. The remains were interred in Beulah
Cemetery on Sunday last. The bereaved
parents have the condolence of the entire neighborhood.(Thomas County Cat, 9-20-1888)
Died: Bassa Stricklin, infant daughter
of Mr. E. and Mary Stricklin, on Sunday, July 10, 1887, in the township of
Rovohl, Thomas county, Kansas, aged
one year, four months and 21 days.
Dear little Bassa's death was caused
by a nail or screw accidently getting into
her throat, which caused almost instant
A gloom of sadness has fallen upon the
home of Brother and Sister Stricklin by
the sad and very sudden death of their
(Thomas County Cat, 7-21-1887)
On Monday morning at 9
o'clock March 10, 1890. Freddie, son of
Mr. and Mrs. James M. Summers, aged
5 years, 10 months and 23 days.
Though the sky may be clear to-day, it
may be cloudy to morrow was truly a
true saying in this case. On Friday little
Freddie was well, bright and playful
and even on Saturday, though he complained of the ear-ache, nothing of a serious nature was thought of it, but as the
day wore away the ear-ache developed into congestion of the brain
and on Monday morning he was
summoned to come up higher.
The briefness of his illness left the fond
patents unprepared for the terrible blow.
Kind neighbors have expressed their
sympathy and done all in their power to
alleviate the sorrow of the bereaved family. The funeral was largely attended on
Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock. Services
were conducted by Rev. Shackleford at
the residence and he read a portion of
the 10th chapter of 1st Corinthians but
selected his text from John's gospel. The
choir, composed of Mrs. C. M. Hovey,
Mrs. J. E. Compbell, Mrs. Geo. Patton,
Mrs. E. Van Metre, Mr. E. Van Metre and
Mr. E. P. Hovey, sang a few appropriate
(Thomas County Cat, 3-13-1890)
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2 o'clock
p.m., Elizabeth J., wife of Willis
Summers, departed this life aged 64 years.
The deceased has long been a sufferer
from dyspepsia, and for several months
past has been confined to her bed. The
best of medical skill being in attendance
at all time, her friends had long since
given her up, thinking that at any time
she might pass away. She was a very
patient sufferer and bore her illness with
out a murmur, knowing that in the end
all would be peace and joy, and that the
angel of God would carry her to a haven
of immortal rest where the loved ones
who had gone before would greet her
with happy smiles and welcome her to
that place where sickness aud sorrow
never come. Mrs. Summers leaves an
aged husband, four sons and one
daughter to mourn her loss, and who
have the sympathy or the entire community in this their hour of bereavement. The remains were interred in
Beulah cemetery yesterday afternoon
at 2 o'clock. (Thomas County Cat, 8-21-1890)
Thomas Thistlewaite, an old resident
of this county residing northwest of the
city some miles, died Tuesday morning
and will be buried today at noon in
Beulah cemetery. He was the father of
Mrs. G. W. Smith, formerly of this city.
The son Fred, of Beatrice, Nebraska, arrived yesterday to be present at the funeral. (Thomas County Cat, 5-29-1890)
Mrs. Luther B. Ticknor died at her
home near Colby, Kansas, in her 57th
year on the 28th of Jan. 1890, of congestion of the lungs.
Mrs. Ticknor came to this county with
her husband and family in the spring of
'85, from Chautauqua county, New York,
where she had lived for many years. She
was a faithful wife, loving mother, devoted christian, embracing the christian
faith in an early day. She was a kind
neighbor, ever willing to lend a helping
hand to the needy, although very frail
and sickly herself. She was conscious to
the last, begging of her friends not to
weep for her as she was going to a
brighter and better land than this, where
she had a father, mother, sister and an
infant son awaiting her. Mrs. Ticknor
was a model woman, loved and respected
not only by her family and relatives, but
by all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance. She leaves a husband, three
sons and a daughter to mourn her loss.
She is now at rest, and the long, weary
days of suffering are ended.
The latest sun has sunk at lost;
Her race entirely run.
Her strongest trials now are past;
Her triumph has begun.
(Thomas County Cat, 6-20-1890)
On last Sunday Mrs. Tucker, an aged
lady, mother of Mrs. L. S. Ball, living
northwest of the city, died. She was
buried on Tuesday from the Methodist
church in this city, the funeral sermon
being preached by Rev. L. D. Goodwin.
(Thomas County Cat, 1-31-1889)
John Williams, who lives in the eastern part of the county, on section 11-7-31,
lost his infant daughter, aged two months, by death last Sunday morning.
(Thomas County Cat, 9-15-1887)
Mrs. Wilson, living east of town, died the latter part of last week, and was buried in Beulah
Cemetery on Monday. The particulars we have been unable to learn.
(Thomas County Cat, 6-14-1886)
Died, at her home in Thomas county,
Kansas, Aug. 11, 1886, Lucy Ann Wisdom, wife of F. M. Wisdom, in
the 47th year of her age, leaving an affectionate
year of her age, leaving an affectionate
husband and six children to mourn her
untimely death, and among them an infant babe, six children having preceded
her in death. Lucy Ann Blakesly was
born March 12, 1849, in Appanoose county, Iowa, and was united in marriage to
F. M. Wisdom July 25, 1886. They lived
in Iowa 11 years, and since then have
lived in Decatur county, Kansas, until
the first of June, 1886, she coming with
her husband to Colby, Thomas county,
Kansas, and departed this life Aug. 11th,
1886. She looked at death with calmness.
She had nothing to fear. God was with
her. Angels waited to conduct her to
the regions of immortality, where she
was welcomed into the courts of Heaven
with the voice of redeemed spirits. Her
were laid to rest in the family
burying ground at Clayton, Decatur county, Kansas. Mr. Wisdom has the
heartfelt sympathy of the friends and
neighbors in his sad hour of bereavement.
(Thomas County Cat, 9-9-1886)
Died, on Wednesday night, Jan. 29, 1890, at 11 o'clock p.m., Martha, beloved wife of S. T. Wolf,
aged 37 years. The deceased has been a sufferer for several years, and is at last relieved of
the cares and anxieties of this life. She was born in Upshur county, W.V., April 16, 1853, and on Dec. 27, 1870,
she was married to S. T. Wolf, who with five children survive her. Six years ago consumption
laid hold upon her, and the family came to Merric county, Nebraska, where they resided one year,
and then came to Thomas County, Kansas. Her health did not improve and for the last three years
she has been confined most of the time to her bed. She was charitable, a devoted wife, loving
mother and sincere friend. The patience which she displayed during the years of her suffering
proved her faith in the Lord and belief that "all things work together for good to those who love
Him." A deep sympathy is expressed by friends of the family with the husband and children who are left to
mourn the loss of a true Christian wife and mother. The youngest child is 3 years of age, and the
names of the children are: Lloyd O., Clarence M., Roy J., Dessa V. and Floyd L. The funeral took
place on Friday at noon, and the remains were peacefully laid to rest in the Colby cemetery.
(Thomas County Cat, 2-6-1890)
Died: In Jewell county, Kansas, on
Tuesday, June 28th, of brain fever, Mrs.
Maggie Worcester, wife of Eugene P.
Worcester, of Burlington. Col.
Mrs. Worcester was in Jewell county
on a visit to her old home, and intended
leaving in a few days to join her husband. She was sick but one week, and her husband, though notified, did not arrive till
after death, owing to the irregularity of
the communications between Burlington
and the railroad, and a telegraph operator's blunder.
Mrs. Worcester came to Colby March
9, 1887, and both she and her husband
have a very large circle of friends here.
No one knowing Mrs. Worcester could
be otherwise than her friend, as she possessed that kind, sympathetic, winning
disposition, which drew all toward her
with whom she came in contact.
She was quite literary in her tastes, and
her home was filled with a large and
choice collection of books and pictures,
many of them received as prizes for essays and poems, written during her
school days, either as pupil or teacher.
The death of an infant son during her
residence in Colby took such a firm hold
upon her mind and heart, that she seem
ed unable to entirely shake off the gloom,
and her physicians say this was partly
the cause of her death. The inclination of her mind was shown during the
ravings of the fever, when she continually quoted passages of scripture, and the
most beautiful and refined quotations
from well known authors.
The people of Colby will join with Mr.
Worcester in his sorrow, for his wife
was endeared to them by more than ordinary ties of friendship.
She was 31 years of age. She leaves
one child eleven months old, whose loss
could not be told, losing as it docs at this
tender age, one of the most loving, tender and sympathetic of mothers.
(Thomas County Cat, 7-7-1887)
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