REEL #M869/KSHS Microfilm Collection

The Medicine Lodge Cresset (meaning "bright light") was a weekly newspaper, published in Medicine Lodge beginning early in 1879. At the time this reel begins, Friday, January 4, 1895, L.M. Axline was the publisher. Local news included coverage from the surrounding communities, as well as Medicine Lodge. The information has been copied as accurately as possible, but errors may still occur. Minor printing errors have been corrected, but otherwise the information is presented as it originally appeared. Please consult the individual reels to verify an item. I do not have any further information about these individuals or families. Contributed by Ellen Knowles Bisson (thebissons@worldnet.att.net.)

Jan 10, 1896

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Born: Dr. S. Kociell reports a fine boy baby born to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Martin on Thursday of last week, the 2nd.

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Born: On Sunday last, the 5th, a boy baby of regulation weight was born to Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Wooliomes, of Sharon township. Dr. T.W. Davis acted as master of ceremonies and at last accounts had Mr. Wooliomes out of danger. Mother and child doing nicely.

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Born: Some weeks since, a little girl baby was born to Hon. and Mrs. Chester I. Long, at Washington. The child was very weak and fragile and for a time its life was despaired of, but at last accounts it was growing stronger and it was thought it would live. We have heretofore refrained from mentioning the birth on account of the serious complications, but now feel justified in extending congratulations.

Jan 17, 1896

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Ellis, a son - Dr. Davis, attending physician. Mother and child doing well. [Sharon news]

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Birthday: Last Tuesday was Mrs. W.M. Cass ' birthday and her friends, to the number of fifteen, gave her quite a surprise. They brought in well filled baskets and boxes until there was enough to eat and to spare. [Cedar news]

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Marriage License: Herbert C. Ross and Elnora Graham, both of eastern Barber, we understand, were granted a license to wed on Tuesday, the 14th, by the Probate Judge.

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Birthday: Saturday last, January 11th, was the eighth anniversary of the birth of Rachel Nixon, and she celebrated it by entertaining a number of her school mates during the afternoon.

Jan 24, 1896

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Birthday: A surprise party was given Miss Lizzie Lake last Saturday night by the school children, it being Miss Lizzie's 16th birthday. Games of various kinds were played until a late hour. All seemed to enjoy themselves. [Lake City news] [Note: Might have been Miss Lake's 18th birthday because the number is partially obscured.]

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Born: Dr. Moore reports a 10 pound girl baby born to Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Kinkaid on Wednesday, the 22nd. [See Feb 14, 1896 for the death of Mrs. Kinkaid.]

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Marriage License: Probate Judge Funk issued a marriage license on Wednesday, the 22nd, to Edward Solf, of Oklahoma, and Miss Ethel A. Bernard, of this county. We extend congratulations.

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Married: "Happily Married" - At the residence of the bride's parents, in this city, on Wednesday evening, January 22nd, 1896, Mr. L.A. Eby to Miss Minnie M. Minick, Rev. R.B. Engle officiating. The wedding was a very quiet affair, only a few of the immediate relatives and friends of the contracting parties being present. After the ceremony, the reception of congratulations and the wedding supper, the bride and groom repaired to the cosy home they groom had provided on Washington avenue and Cherry street. L.A. Eby has lived in Medicine Lodge for a number of years and is at present of the firm of L.A. Eby & Co., general merchandise dealers. He is a courteous, obliging young man of good habits and impulses and we can see no reason why he should not make a model husband. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Minick and the twin sister of Mrs. C.C. Painter. Her home has been in this city for a number of years and she has won a large circle of friends by her kindly manner and cheerful disposition. All who know Mr. and Mrs. Eby like them. Their circle of friends is only limited by their circle of acquaintances. The Cresset takes pleasure in extending congratulations and best wishes. List of presents: Rocking chair, Mr. and Mrs. A. Schmidt; platform rocker, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Youmans; book stand, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Walstad and Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Painter; set of knives and forks, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Youmans; butter knife, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Williams; set of irons, parents of the bride; coffee pot, Waldron Chase; toothpick holder, Frances Margaret Axline; set of glassware, Miss Lillie Murphy; oil painting, Miss Florence Williams; glass dishes, Masters Charles and Raymond Schmidt. And on Feb 7, 1896, pg 3, col 4, from the Kiowa Journal: Mr. L.A. Eby and Miss Minnie Minick were married last Wednesday evening at the home of the bride's parents in Medicine Lodge, at 7 o'clock. Rev. Engle officiating. Both are among Barber county's leading society people and have a host of friends in Kiowa whom we join in extending best wishes.

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Adoption: Mr. and Mrs. S.P. Coan have adopted a nice little girl baby that was born on New Year's Day - lucky for the baby.

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Marriage License: Probate Judge Funk issued a marriage license on Tuesday, the 7th, for the marriage of Jesse C. Watkins, of Oklahoma, aged 22 years, to Mary A. Millsap, of Kiowa, this county, aged 20.

Jan 31, 1896

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Died: On Friday morning at about 8 o'clock, January 24, 1896, at her home in the northeast part of Barber county, Mrs. W.S. Austin passed away from this earth after an illness of less than eight days. Pneumonia was the cause of her death. Mrs. Austin was about 61 or 62 years of age, and leaves three sons, one daughter (Mrs. Jas. Bird), an aged husband and many friends to mourn her loss. She lived an exemplary life and her family is respected by all who know them because of her great care in teaching them to follow Truth and Honor. She was always ready and willing to help those in need and sickness. The funeral was preached at the family residence by Rev. Benefield, of Kingman county, at 10 o'clock Sunday morning, to a large number of sympathizing friends, but owing to the inclemency of the weather, many did not get to pay their last respects to the dead. The bereaved husband and children have the heartfelt sympathy of all. The body was laid to rest in the Bross cemetery. [Memorial poem, signed by E.J.W. follows.]

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Born: Davis was in Sharon on Monday doing business and I learned from him that there was recently born unto Martin Farley and wife a girl of regulation weight. [Sharon news]

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Born: Dr. W.H. Moore reports a sweet little girl baby born to Mr. and Mrs. J.W. McDaniel on Friday of last week, the 24th. [See Jun 26, 1896 for death of this baby.]

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Born: Mr. and Mrs. Harry Stone are the proud and happy parents of a plump, handsome girl baby. The little lady arrived on Thursday of last week, the 23rd. Dr. W.H. Moore will report the increase in population to the health officer.

Feb 7, 1896

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Born: A fine boy baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Curtis, of this township, on Saturday, January 25th. We are a little late in announcing the arrival of the young man, but that makes him nonetheless healthy or his cries for McKinley less lusty.

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Died: Thornton, the four year old son of Mr. and Mrs. A.S. McClearey, died at their home in Kansas City, Mo., on January 27th, 1896, after an illness of only three hours. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of their many friends in this county. They still have three children.

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Born: Dr. T.W. Davis, of Sharon, reports a fine eight pound boy born to Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Story on Wednesday of last week, the 29th.

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Anniversary: Sunday, February 2nd, 1896, was the twenty-fifth or silver anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. L.T. Williams. They celebrated it in a quiet way by having all of their children home to dinner and holding a general family reunion. That they may enjoy twenty-five and more of wedded happiness is the sincere wish of the Cresset.

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Died: Rebecca Jane Wiley, wife of Joseph Wiley, died at the Wiley farm, about a mile and a half south of this city, on Tuesday, the 4th day of February, 1896, of lung trouble with other complications. The remains were laid at rest in the cemetery near this city on the 5th. Mrs. Wiley's maiden name was Wilson. She was born in Defiance county, Ohio. On Thanksgiving day, 1864, she was married to Jos. Wiley in that county. Mr. and Mrs. Wiley came to Kansas in 1871 and to Barber county in 83. Mrs. Wiley united with the Christian church in 1861 and has since been a member of that organization. At the time of her death, she was aged 51 years, 10 months and 4 days. She leaves a sorrowing husband and six children. Three of the children are married. She was sick for about five weeks. The family have the sympathy of all.

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Died: Kiowa Journal - The body of Wash Phillips was shipped Tuesday via [Missouri Pacific] for burial at his old home, Eldorado Springs, Missouri. The remains were accompanied by his wife and brother.

Feb 14, 1896

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Born: Mr. and Mrs. Sam Smith are the proud parents of a fine boy. [Mingona news]

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Died: This community was shocked to hear of the sudden death of Ellen Strickland, wife of Thos. Strickland, formerly of Barber county, but later a resident of the Strip. Mrs. Strickland's death occurred on the 4th and was caused by a lung fever. She was a kind neighbor, a loving wife and mother and a faithful woman. She leaves a husband and seven children to mourn her untimely death. [Mingona news]

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Birthday: Schuyler Matthews celebrated his 8th birthday on Wednesday, the 12th, by inviting a number of his boy friends to a party after school hours. Games and a supper made the time pass pleasantly for the young gentlemen. The boys in attendance were Jerry Gano, Chester Updegraff, Troy Stockstill, Harry Kritzmire, Guilford Davis, Barney Bristow, Harry Nixon, Ralph Burnett and Roger Axline.

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Died: Emma, wife of Thos. Kinkaid, died at the farm a few miles southeast of this city on Tuesday, February 11th, 1896, and was buried in the city cemetery on Wednesday. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Engle, of the M.E. church, assisted by Rev. Ingle, the Christian evangelist. Mrs. Kinkaid's illness dates from the birth of her girl baby about a month ago. At times since that she was thought to be improving, but death finally claimed her. She was born in Miami county, Kansas, about 36 years ago. She married Mr. Kinkaid some 16 or 17 years ago. She leaves a husband and five children. The oldest child is a boy about 14 years of age and the youngest is the little baby. Her mother, Mrs. Hunt, of Osawatomie, Kansas, arrived before the death of her daughter. Mr. Kinkaid and family have the sympathy of all.

Feb 21, 1896

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Birthday - A few nights ago quite a number of the friends of Wilber Hewitt gave him an agreeable surprise, it being his 21st birthday. Ladies present were Misses Lelia Teagle, Nellie Rogers, Mattie Reed and Sadie Moomau. Among the boys were Messrs. Dave McNabb, John Schuler, George Newman, Victor Sleeper and Walter and Fred Moomau, besides the members of the family. Supper was served at 11 o'clock, consisting of oysters and crackers, two kinds of cake, pie, apples and coffee. All seemed to enjoy themselves and returned home before 12 o'clock, not intruding on the Sabbath. [Mumford news]

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Married: L.F. Pearson, formerly of this county but now U.S. Indian agent for the Pottowatomie Indians in northeast Kansas, was married to Miss Sadie M. Cooper, of Hoyt, Kans., at the Throop hotel in Topeka on Wednesday, February 12th, 1896. Mr. and Mrs. Pearson will make their home at Hoyt. We extend congratulations.

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Died: Mrs. A.B. Albee, well and favorably known in this county, died at her home near Al-lu-we, I.T., on Wednesday of last week, the 12th. Mrs. Albee was a woman of fifty some years and was always noted for her womanly ways and kindly bearing. She leaves a husband and two daughters. Death has laid a heavy hand on the Albee family since their removal to the Indian country. Something like a year ago, J.W. Frye, a son-in-law, died, and now Mrs. Albee has been called. We understand Mr. Albee is not well. The many friends of the family in this county sympathize with the stricken family. And Feb 28, 1896, pg 3, col 3: The maiden name of Mrs. A.B. Albee, whom we mentioned last week as having died near Al-lu-we, I.T., on the 12th, after an illness of ten weeks, was Anna Thompson. She was born in New York. She removed when 15 years of age, with her parents to Illinois. She was married to A.B. Albee on March 16th, 1870. The union was blessed by two children, Mabel and Myra, who survive her. She also leaves her father and mother, who reside at Aurora, Ill., and a loving, kind and faithful husband. Her age was 44 years, 5 months and 5 days. Mrs. Albee was loved and respected by all who knew her in this county.

Feb 28, 1896

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Birthday: Thursday night, the 20th, quite a number of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Cooke's friends dropped in as a surprise on W.H.C., it being his 45th birthday. Games were played until a late hour. A lap supper was spread by Mrs. Cooke and the party broke up. All left feeling glad to be there and wishing Harry many birthdays yet to come. [Lake City news]

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Birthday: Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Butcher gave a dinner last Sunday in honor of their daughter Emily's 17th birthday. [Sun City news]

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Born: To Cornelius Starkey and wife, a daughter, on the 19th. [Sharon news]

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Died: Roy Orville, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence E. Thompson, died on Thursday night of last week, the 20th, at 12:00 o'clock midnight and was buried in the city cemetery on Friday. He was their second son and was aged 2 years, 6 months and 2 days. He was sick for some time before he died. pg 3, col 5

Married: A marriage license was issued yesterday to Henry C. Dobbs, of this county, and Lucy McCracken, of Cowley county. Henry C. is a brother to Bruce and Jim and has rented Bruce's farm for the coming year. The bride arrived on the 1:16 afternoon train yesterday and was met at the depot by the groom. Together they proceeded to the court house and Judge Funk pronounced the words that made them man and wife. They at once proceeded to their home just northeast of town. We welcome this couple and wish them every happiness and success.

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Died: It becomes our sad duty to chronicle the death of Mrs. W.L. Bragg. Her spirit took its flight on Monday morning at 2 o'clock. She was not a strong woman, but was ambitious and energetic and usually recovered rapidly from sickness. On Sunday a doctor was called although against her wishes. Dr. Moore reached her as the flame of life was then almost burned out. The funeral occurred on Tuesday, Rev. R.B. Engle, of this city, officiating. The remains of the fond wife and loving mother were laid at rest in the little cemetery on Mule creek near the home. She leaves a husband and four children - two boys and two girls. The boys are aged 18 and 16 and the girls 12 and 10. Mrs. Bragg was only 37 years of age. She was born in Virginia. She was a noble woman.

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Married: J. Hugh Woodward and Miss Sallie Collins were married in this city on Wednesday morning, February 26th, 1896, at the office of the Probate Judge, Judge Funk tying the nuptial knot with silver chains. Only a few of the relations and immediate friends of the contracting parties were present. The happy couple took dinner at the home of the bride's parents and then went to Sharon to visit the bride's twin sister, Mrs. R.R. Froman. They will make their home at Woodward, O.T. Hugh Woodward, the groom, is a son of Uncle Dick Woodward and wife. He is one of the best fellows in the world - straightforward and manly. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Collins and is a very estimable young lady. We take pleasure in extending congratulations and best wishes.

Mar 6, 1896

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Died: Miss Edna Mansfield 's little three year old boy died Monday morning of heart disease. She has never been healthy. [Hazelton news]

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Died: Mr. Ford, living south of Corwin, died Sunday of heart disease. He was over 75 years old, had never been sick any in his life, and died without a moment's warning. He was setting in his chair talking not over a half minute before he died.

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Died: Kiowa Review - Josie, wife of Geo. E. Bacon of this city departed this life Saturday morning, February 29th, after a short illness, aged 20 years. As she remarked to her friends, she was going to take care of her baby who had crossed the river only a few short days before her. The sorrowing husband left Saturday afternoon for Paris, Ill., with her remains at which place she will be buried. Mr. Bacon has the sympathy of all.

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Died: The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John Cullison died on Thursday of last week.

Mar 13, 1896

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Born: Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Ogden, of Eagle township, are the proud parents of twin babies - a king and a queen. Dr. S. Kociell was the physician in attendance.

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Married: On Wednesday, the 11th, Probate Judge Funk issued a marriage license to John A. Wheat and Miss Mary Oleson, both of this county, and we presume they are married by this time and that congratulations are due. The groom is a son of J.Q. Wheat and is an industrious and manly young man. The bride is a daughter of A. Oleson and is qualified in every way to make a husband a helpmate. We extend hearty congratulations. And on March 27, 1896, pg 3, col 1: We erred recently in stating that Mary Oleson, who married J.A. Wheat, was a daughter of A. Oleson. She is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Oleson.

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Married: Mr. William H. Huffaker and Miss India Rhoderick were united in matrimony on the 5th. They are both well respected and we wish them a long and happy life of usefulness. [Sharon news]

Mar 20, 1896

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Birthday: Monday, the 16th, was the 9th anniversary of Ralph Knee's birth and the event was celebrated by a number of his schoolmates gathering at the residence of his parents and having a "party" from four until six. Thirty-four children attended and they had a nice time.

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Born: Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Murphy are the proud parents of a beautiful girl baby born Sunday, the 15th.

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Died: "An Old Settler Dead" - Mrs. Elizabeth Fishburn died at the residence of her son, J.V. Fishburn, this city, on Wednesday of last week, the 11th, of lung fever and was buried in the cemetery at Sun City beside her husband, on Friday, the 12th. Services were conducted by Revs. Adams and Owens and the funeral was largely attended. Mrs. Fishburn was born in county Durham, England, March 30, 1817, and was there married to Mr. Fishburn. In 1862, Mr. F. came to America and in 1865, Mrs. F. and the children followed, coming direct to Lawrence, Kans. On March 16, 1873, the Fishburn family arrived at the old Griffith ranch, near where Sun City now stands and took up land. In 1885, Mr. Fishburn died. Mrs. Fishburn leaves five children, out of fourteen born to her - J.V. and Lizzie of this city; William of Cheyenne, O.T.; Mrs. Rose Bennett, of Bridgeport, O.T.; and Mrs. Jennie Nurse of Free Water, Oregon. Mrs. Fishburn was a hard working Christian woman. Her lines were not cast in pleasant places, but she always did her duty as a wife, mother and neighbor and was respected by all who knew her. Peace to her ashes.

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Died: Dr. and Mrs. Dunnington lost a child last week. It died at birth. Also, J.B. and Mrs. Routhroff lost a child at birth. Neither of them lived but a very few moments. [Hazelton news]

Mar 27, 1896

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Married: David Kinney and Miss Katie Lowry were united in marriage Wednesday by Probate Judge Funk. The groom is a prosperous farmer from the Strip, while the bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.R. Lowry of this township. We extend congratulations [Mingona news] And also pg 3, col 1: Probate Judge Funk issued a license to and married David F. Kinney to Anna C. Lowry, at his office in the court house, on Wednesday, March 25th, 1896. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.R. Lowry. Judge Funk says they made a very handsome young couple. The Cresset extends its best.

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Born: A nice boy baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. S.J. Adams on Tuesday, the 24th.

Apr 3, 1896

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Born: To Abner and Laura A. Sullivan on the night of March 30th, a girl baby of regulation weight, at the residence of Grandpa and Grandma Romig. The young lady already shows a partiality for her Grandpa.

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Born: Mr. and Mrs. John MacGregor welcomed a girl baby at their house on Friday, the 27th of March.

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Born: Twin girl babies were born to Mr. and Mrs. Peter Durst at their home in Oklahoma on Monday, March 23rd, 1896.

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Married: On March 12th, J.D. Gibson was married to Miss Dora Coffman, at the residence of the bride's parents near Byron, Oklahoma. The bride and groom practically grew up in this county and their many friends will wish them every joy and success. The groom is a son of J.P. Gibson, while the bride is a daughter of the Mr. Coffman that at one time ran the Elm Creek Roller Mills. We understand J.D. has rented a farm in Kingman county and will start into business in a businesslike way.

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Died: "Killed Accidentally" - From I.N. Vannaman, who was up from Moore township on Tuesday, we learned of a very sad case of fratricide that occurred in that township on Sunday. Fred Humphrey, who is a blacksmith at Kiowa, has a farm 8 miles northwest of Kiowa where his family resides. Mr. Humphrey has several children, among them William and Fritz. William, the oldest boy, is 16 or 17 years of age while Fritz is only 3 or 4 and is one of twins - a boy and a girl. On Sunday last, William was out with his shotgun some little distance from the house and the children were near him. One report is that in picking up the gun from the ground it was accidentally discharged and the shot struck Fritz in the side of the head and killed him almost instantly. The remains of the little fellow were laid in the grave on Tuesday. The family are almost heart broken.

Apr 10, 1896

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Born: A twelve pound boy baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. Harve Winkler on Saturday morning, the 4th. Dr. W.H. Moore.

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Married: Samuel Busey and Miss Mary Jacobs were recently married at Kansas City. Both parties formerly resided in this county. The bride is a niece of Mr. and Mrs. T.A. McClearey of this city.

Apr 17, 1896

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Married: On Monday of last week, the 6th, P.T. Ewell, of Kiowa, obtained a marriage license for A. Dorsey Singleton, aged 31 and Miss Clara B. Streeter, aged 24 and requested the Probate Judge to keep the names secret until the marriage. Judge Funk was as close as an oyster until this week and then secrecy was no longer necessary. The couple were married on Wednesday, the 15th. We extend our best.

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Married: Elisha R. James and Mary E. Powers, aged respectively 54 and 28 years, both of Cameron, Harper county, applied for a license before Probate Judge Funk on Saturday last, the 11th, and were married the same day.

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Died: Medicine Lodge was surprised and shocked on Saturday morning last to learn that W.H. Sparks, Clerk of the district court, had died suddenly at his home in this city of paralysis of the heart, at 1:30 o'clock that morning. Mr. Sparks had not been well for some time, being troubled with shortness of breath at the least exertion and consequently unable to do as much work as he desired. The writer talked with him a number of times regarding his ailment, and on Thursday of last week, two days before his death, he expressed himself as dreading the hot weather of summer, and said if he did not improve soon would go to Kansas City and consult the best physician he could ind and see if he could not obtain relief. William H. Sparks was born in Lafayette county, Mo., and was a little over 45 years of age at the time of his death. He was married to Miss Eliza E. Campbell in Lafayette county, Oct. 17, 1871. He first removed to Colorado and then came to Barber county early in the 80s. About ten years ago, he removed to eastern Kansas and resided for a time, but soon came back to Barber. He leaves a wife and three children, Clarence L., Florence A., and William H., Jr., all of whom are grown. Wm. H. was the eldest child of R.M. and M.C. Sparks, and was one of twelve children. One sister died in infancy, and his father died at his home near this city some three years ago. [See Barber County Index Reel #806, at Apr 19, 1893 for Richard M. Sparks' Apr 17, 1893 obituary.] The family are located as follows: Mother Sparks resides on the homestead east of Medicine Lodge; Mrs. Lulu White, in California; Mrs. Mittie Wainscott, at Nevada, Mo.; Mrs. Stella Rogers, at Kearney, Neb.; Mrs. Ethel Doran, at Woodward, O.T.; C.C., A.G., H.H. and D.C. Sparks, at Kansas City, Mo.; Guy and Lail Sparks in this county. Mr. Sparks was a man that was friendly and approachable, without officiousness and inclined to be conservative in business and other affairs. He was a member of the Workmen and Woodmen, both life insurance orders, and took quite an interest in lodge affairs. As a result, his family will received $2,000 from the Workmen, and $2,000 from the Woodmen. William H. Sparks was elected clerk of the district court of Barber county in the election of 1894, as a Populist, after having served as Aug. Schmidt's deputy in the same office for two years. He was one of the most accommodating officers about the court house, and often placed us under obligations for favors and accommodations. The funeral occurred from the Presbyterian church on Sunday, the 12th, at 4 o'clock p.m., under the direction of Fidelity Lodge, No. 80, A.O.U.W., and Sylvan Camp, No. 1131, M.W.A. The funeral sermon was by Elder T.H. Murray, of the Christian church, assisted by Revs. W.A. Cain and A.A. Parker, of the Baptist and M.E. churches. The attendance was among the greatest of any in the history of the county, though the weather was inclement. William H. Sparks was a man who saw his full share of trouble and adversities, but he was known as a good neighbor, a kind husband, an indulgent, loving father and a steadfast friend. Peace to his ashes. The soil that he loved covers his clay. He is gone whence he can never return, and let us hope that when the shades of the evening of life draw about us all, that Henry will be with his loved one and his friends. [Followed by memorial resolutions from Sylvan Camp and Fidelity Lodges.]

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Died: H.M. Buck was born in Vermont December 22, 1829. Died April 10, 1896. Was married to Miss Fannie A. Fisher, of Boston, Mass., October 4, 1851. Settled in Wisconsin and a few years later in Freemont county, Iowa, from which point he moved about fifteen years ago to his present home, two miles north of Lake City, Barber county, Kansas. His wife, four sons and two daughters survive him. His death leaves a vacancy in the community hard to fill. Having reached the age when men give up active labor unless compelled to toil, he was still ambitious and energetic, and few men surpassed him in strength. A fall from the top of a load of grain about two weeks ago injured his spine, causing sensory paralysis and death came without severe pain at last. He retained his reason and cheerfulness to the end. He leaves a large estate having about 1,200 acres of land in the home ranch, unencumbered and well stocked with cattle and horses, in all of which he took great pleasure and pride. He loved its shady groves, its flowing streams, made friends of his animals and to them he was a welcome visitor. Timid animals and innocent children were attracted to and had confidence in him, while no one was more brave nor fearless of the frowns of vicious man or beast. He possessed a mind stored with practical knowledge and of an enquiring nature, which made it a feast to converse with him. His creed was to do right. The golden rule governed his actions. His honor was never questioned. He encouraged both public and private enterprise. He was patriotic and always ready to speak a good word for his country's resources. With instruments of his own construction he surveyed and built an irrigating ditch, over hills and valleys, a year ago that would have taxed the mind of a skilled civil engineer. His comfortable home was well provided and prodigious in hospitality. Rich and poor received the same cordial treatment and care. The widow and six children are each highly respectable citizens. The eldest son has conducted a drug store in Lake City for the past ten years, during which time he has filled public offices of trust and honor and has had the full confidence of all and no enemies. The eldest daughter is the wife of F.A. Lewis, who has twice been elected clerk of Barber county, and has filled it with universal satisfaction, being among the most highly respected families of Medicine Lodge. The second son, Ed, had the universal friendship of all cattlemen in the early times in Barber county and is now conducting a ranch in Chautauqua county, and is a successful and excellent citizen. The second daughter is the wife of Attorney H.A. Noah, of Alva, O.T., who has filled the position of clerk in the territorial senate, and he and his wife, Hattie, are loved and respected by all who know them. The third boy, Frank, is living at Lake City and was married a short time ago to Miss Hattie Brown, of Pretty Prairie. He is a young man of excellent habits and respected by all. The youngest son, almost 20 years of age, is at home with his mother. He is a general favorite in society and a faithful and kind son and brother. Thus, the deceased could close his eyes on the world with but few regrets, having reared an exceptionally respectable family to manhood and womanhood and leaving a well provided home. The head and ripest grain is gathered home. He was buried Sunday, the 12th, in the Lake City cemetery. Services at the residence. A large concourse of friends and relatives were present in spite of a heavy rain to show a last tribute of respect to the deceased and extend sincere sympathy to the bereaved family, and we turned from the grave saying: "A faithful husband, a tender father, a true friend, an honorable man, a worthy citizen has been buried there. We miss him." What better epitaph could shine out over a grave. Signed: A FRIEND.

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Died: A number of years ago, Miss Minnie Reynolds, oldest daughter of Mrs. Wm. Carroll, was married to Edward N. Lineburg, in this city. They now live in St. Paul, Minn. Among their children was a son, Earnest, a bright little boy about five years of age. On Sunday, April 5th, Earnest, in company with a playmate, was attracted away from home by the excitement caused by a runaway team. The little fellows then visited a high bluff to get some bright colored sands. Along the edge of the bluff ran a dangerous path. In attempting to walk along this path, Earnest stumbled and fell to a stone paved alley-way 65 feet below. The little fellow's head was crushed and he was otherwise bruised and broken, so that he died in a few minutes after. Mr. Lineburg is employed in a railway freight office in St. Paul. The many friends of Mrs. Carroll and Mr. and Mrs. Lineburg will sympathize with them.

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Married: Miss Becca McElwain formerly of this county and sister to L.S. McElwain, of Deerhead township, was married to R.E. Lahey, of Webster county, West Va., some four or five weeks ago. Miss McElwain was highly esteemed in this county for her many ladylike qualities and the Cresset joins her many friends in wishing her every joy and happiness. May she and her husband live long and prosper and may she persuade her husband to remove to Barber county, Kansas.

Apr 24, 1896

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Birthday: Grandma Osborne 's 93rd anniversary took place at her son's, Dr. J.K. Osborne, on April 15th, 1896. Besides the Dr. and family, his brother, C.W. Osborne and family and Thomas Brewer and family were also present. a family reunion supper was prepared by the two Mrs. Osbornes. Grandma not being able to walk, was conveyed to the table and took her supper with her two sons and families, Tom Brewer and family, two grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She enjoyed the social gathering very much. [Eagle news]

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Married: F.R. Hayes, of this city, was married at Hazelton, to Miss Minnie Morgan, of Cedar township, on Sunday last, the 19th, Rev. Kirkpatrick officiating. The newly married couple came to this city and will make their home here for the present at least. Both Mr. and Mrs. Hayes are well known in the county as successful school teachers. The Cresset is glad to congratulate this couple.

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Died: "Waldron Chase 's Father Dead" - The following from the Manchester (N.H.) Daily Mirror and American, of April 16, 1896, gives an account of the death of Wm. C. Chase, father of our townsman, Waldron Chase. Waldron Chase and daughter Amy arrived at Manchester on Thursday of last week, the day after the death of Mr. Chase, Sr.: "William C. Chase died Wednesday morning at his home, 274 Central street. He had been ill for a long time and had suffered a great deal. Tuesday, those that gathered about him thought he had improved and were more hopeful, but it was only the precursor of the end and at 5 o'clock in the morning he passed quietly away. Mr. Chase was a man highly esteemed by a large circle of friends. He was second hand in the cloth room of the Manchester Mills where he had been employed for years. He was born in Lyme, August 10, 1827, and for the past forty-five years had been a resident of this city. He was a member of the Universalist church. Those who survive are a wife, one son, Waldron Chase, of Medicine Lodge, Kan., one sister, Mrs. Julia A. Mead, of Bradford, two brothers, Asa P., of Bradford, and Lewis K. Chase, of Willis, Kan. The funeral of William C. Chase will be held at the residence, 274 Central street, Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m."

May 1, 1896

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Noble Madden, a daughter, the 28th. Mother and child doing well. Dr. Osborne in attendance. [Eagle news]

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Died: Mrs. Fremont Brewer, of Independence, Kas., died on the 6th. She leaves many friends in Eagle to mourn her departure. A husband and six children survive her. She was from Athens county, Ohio. Age 37 years. [Eagle news]

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Born: Mr. and Mrs. Willis Burket are the happy parents of a girl baby born the 18th. [Cedar news]

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Married: Mrs. Burket gave a dinner on the 16th in honor of her son, G.L., who was married to Miss Anderson at Byron, O.T., on April 15th. A good number of Joe's acquaintances were present and we know his friends all wish him and his wife a successful and happy life. [Cedar news]

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Birthday: Thursday of last week, April 23rd, was the 82nd anniversary of the birth of Free Sexton, an early settler in Barber county and postmaster at Sexton, in Eagle township. Mr. Sexton and his wife, the latter 81 years of age, live all alone and attempt to do a little farming and care for a little bunch of stock. This spring, Mr. Sexton's neighbors decided to help him out. Learning the date his birthday occurred, they selected that day. Early in the morning the neighbors began gathering at the Sexton homestead. Among those present were G.W. Frisby, John T. Mcgrath and family, R.H. Clay and wife, Chas. Campbell and wife, D.S. Angell and family, L.S. McElwain and family, L. Ott and his mother, Mrs. A. Ott, and his sisters Misses Anna and Mary Ott, Jas. Ogden and Mr. Asher. The men brought teams, listers, plows, harrows, seed corn, cane and Kaffir corn, while the ladies brought provisions, smiles and good cheer generally. In a short time, 25 horses were at work and before supper time, Mr. Sexton had 25 acres of crop in the ground in good shape. The dinner is said to have been splendid and there was not only enough to feed the multitude, but sufficient left over to last Grandpa and Grandma Sexton several days. We are glad to chronicle such happenings and they speak well for our county. Free Sexton is a worthy man and connected with his early life is an incident that makes the action of his neighbors especially appropriate. He has always lived on the frontier and as a consequence has done more or less Indian fighting. Years ago, while on a campaign against Indians, Mr. Sexton claims that he was through this county. He says he cannot be mistaken as he and his companions camped for several days at what is now known as Lockard grove on Mule creek, to rest their tired animals and themselves and wash their shirts in the limpid waters of the Little Mule. Should Mr. Sexton not be mistaken about the matter, he is probably the first white man that is alive today to tread the soil of old Barber.

May 8, 1896

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Married: The Alva Pioneer says that J.W. Taul and Miss Kate Lammiman were married in that city on April 27th by the Probate Judge.

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Birthday: Monday, the 4th, was the 40th anniversary of B.S. Kauffman's birth. Mrs. Kauffman and the children decided it would be a nice scheme to give him a little surprise birthday party. Accordingly, ice cream, cake, etc., were provided and Mr. and Mrs. A. Schmidt, Mr. and Mrs. A. Langhorst, Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Glasier, Misses Irma Evans and Florence Williams, and Prof. C.G. Messerley were invited to assist. The arrangements worked to a charm and B.S. was not only surprised, but enjoyed a very pleasant evening along with his surprisers. May he live to celebrate his 80th natal day.

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Died: A telegram was received at this point Wednesday announcing the death of Miss Leona Thomas, at Chicago, that day, May the 6th. She was a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. F. Thomas, of Enon, and sister to Mrs. B.E. Wadsworth, of this community. She was about 28 years old, was well known in this county and had a host of friends. The remains are expected to arrive today for burial in the city cemetery. And on May 15, pg 3, col 4: The remains of Miss Leona Thomas arrived from Chicago on Saturday last, shortly after one o'clock. They were removed to the residence of T.L. Lindley where a short service was conducted by Rev. A.A. Parker and Elder T.H. Murray and the corpse viewed by the sorrowing relations and friends. The body was laid to rest in the city cemetery. Leona Thomas was born at Iowa Point, Kas., April 16th, 1867, died in Chicago, May 6th, 1896, of quick consumption, and was buried at Medicine Lodge on April 9th. Her sorrowing parents and sisters have the sympathy of all.

May 15, 1896

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Reeves, a boy baby on Monday, the 11th. Dr. Moore in attendance.

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Born: Mr. and Mrs. Will Maddox are rejoicing over the advent of a 10 lb. boy in their family Wednesday, April 29.

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Died: G.M. Ashley, formerly of this county, died at Alva, on May 10th, and the remains were shipped to this place and interred in the city cemetery on Monday, the 11th. Mr. Ashley was born in Crittenden county, Ky., April 3rd, 1838. He was related to the Keys of Elm Mills township, this county.

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Born: Dr. W.H. Moore, on Tuesday, the 19th, said: "Report a ten pound McKinley boy born to Mr. and Mrs. Sam'l Stewart this morning. He is a nice baby."

May 29, 1896

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Engaged: Cards are out announcing the marriage of Harriet May Jackson to Dr. Henry J. Ravold, at the residence of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. Wisner, the Spring Brooks Ranch, in Sharon township, this county, on Wednesday, the 3rd day of June, 1896. Miss Jackson lived in this county for several years before attending medical college and entering the practice of her profession at Kansas City, and has a large circle of admiring friends. She was very enthusiastic in the work she had decided upon, but it seems that Cupid has been up to some of those sly tricks for which he is such a noted character and Dr. Harriet M. Jackson has consented to form a co-partnership with another M.D. that is not altogether professional. Dr. and Mrs. Ravold will make their home at St. Joseph, Mo. [See June 5, 1896 for further details of this wedding.]

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Died: A card just received from Henry Durst brings the sad news of the death of his son, John, on Monday, May 25th, at 6 o'clock a.m. He had been sick for a long time with consumption and his death was not altogether unexpected. John was born in Decatur, Ala., on Oct. 28, 1877. His father writes that his death was easy and resigned to God's will. John had many friends among the young people of this vicinity who will regret his untimely death.

Jun 5, 1896

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Married: Harry C. Barrol was married to Miss Louella Bone at Wichita, on Tuesday, the 2nd. Mr. Barrol is a nephew of E.P. Caruthers and several years ago was a bookkeeper in the First National Bank, this city. He went from this city to Ashland and worked in a bank. It was in that city he met the young lady he has made his wife. He went from Ashland to Spokane, Wash., and engaged in the stock brokerage business and made money so rapidly that he is on the verge of millionairdom.

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Married: The event of the season for eastern Barber county took place Wednesday, June 3, 1896, at Spring Brooks ranch, owned and stocked by Dr. Henry Wisner. Many neighbors and friends had been invited to witness the marriage of their daughter, Dr. Harriet May Jackson, to Dr. Henry Jacques Ravold, of St. Joseph, Mo. The marriage ceremony was pronounced by Rev. W.A. Cain, pastor of the Baptist Church of Medicine Lodge. Dr. Ravold, who is a young physician of high standing in his profession in St. Joseph, spent a week on the ranch before the wedding, horseback riding and playing cowboy, following a large herd of Texas steers from Sharon to the ranch. The Doctor has not only shown good taste and judgment in the prize he has won, but has so captured the friendship of those whom he has met that all seem inclined to forgive him for this free-booting expedition. Dr. Jackson needs no words of praise from me; her success as a rising young physician, both in Kansas City and in Barber county, is deservedly complimented. The bride's trousseau was of the latest style and just lovely. Many valuable and expensive presents were being received. Drs. Mr. and Mrs. Ravold took the east bound train for St. Louis and further east to spend their honeymoon, and expect to be at home in St. Joseph soon. Many good wishes from sincere friends follow them. Signed: X.

Jun 12, 1896

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Born: A nice girl baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. D.R. Lawry on Sunday, the 7th. Dr. Moore, medical director. [See Apr 16, 1897 for death of this baby.]

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Born: Dr. Moore reports a ten pound, bright baby girl born to Mr. and Mrs. Ben Gibbons on Thursday of last week, the 4th.

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Married: Loren H. McMellan and Miss Jennie E. Barker, both of Hazelton, were married at the Central Hotel, this city, on Thursday (yesterday), June 11th, 1896, by Rev. W.A. Cain, pastor of the Baptist church.

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Birthday: Wednesday, the 10th, was the 20th anniversary of Charley Gaddie's birth and over twenty of his young friends gathered at the Gaddie home in Nippewalla township on Tuesday evening, the 9th, and celebrated the event. A more than ordinary pleasant time was had. Charley is the oldest son of County Clerk Gaddie.

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Married: Henry T. Warrenstaff and Miss Minnie Marsh, both of Lake City township, were married at the residence of the bride's mother on Tuesday, June 9th, 1896, by Rev. W.A. Cain, pastor of the Baptist church, this city. The bride and groom are well known all over the western portion of the county and their many friends will join us in wishing them much happiness and prosperity.

Jun 19, 1896

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Died: Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Perry lost their infant child by cholera infantum last Saturday.

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Born: A boy baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Fuller on Sunday, the 14th. Dr. Cushenbery in attendance.

Jun 26, 1896

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Married: Wm. Garrison and Miss Belle Lasswell, both of Sharon township, were married on Sunday evening last, June 21, 1896. The groom is a nephew of Hon. Wm. Garrison, while the bride is a daughter of Uncle Ben Lasswell. They make a very estimable young couple and have the respect and best wishes of the people of Sharon valley. The Cresset extends its best congratulations.

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Married: At the residence of the bride's parents in St. Louis, on Thursday afternoon, June 18th, 1896, Mr. Frank John, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Miss Minnie Drysdale, of St. Louis. Both bride and groom were formerly of this city. Mr. John is the son of ex-Mayor T.B. John, and Miss Minnie is the second daughter of James E. Drysdale, who removed from Lexington to St. Louis two years ago. The groom is a stead, industrious, successful young business man and has many friends here. The bride is also well known here and has the love and respect of all who know her. They arrived her yesterday morning, to make a short visit to relatives and friends. They will also visit Kansas City, Kiowa, Kan., and the mountain scenery near Denver before going to their home at Cheyenne. The Intelligencer extends its best wishes to them and wishes them health, happiness and prosperity. Lexington (Mo.) Intelligencer. [See May 7, 1897, pg 3, col 6 for the death of Mrs. Minnie John.]

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Died: Ruby Belle McDaniel, aged 4 months and 27 days, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. McDaniel of this city, died early Sunday morning, the 21st. The funeral was held from the residence in the afternoon at 3 o'clock, conducted by Rev. J.C. Berger of the Presbyterian church. Mr. and Mrs. McDaniel have the sympathy of all in their bereavement. [See Jan 31, 1896 for birth of this baby, on the 24th.]

July - Dec 1896

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