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McClean. Albert

Funeral services of Al McClean, of Strong City, were held at 2:00 o'clock Monday afternoon, Feb. 29th. following his death which occurred at his home in Strong City the preceeding Saturday.

The funeral services were conducted from the Colored Baptist church with Rev. C. 0. Marshal, of Emporia, preaching the sermon. Interment was then made in the Strong City Cemetery.

Mr McClean had been in failing health for nearly u year. His condition had been critical for several weeks prior to his death. Mr. McClean was one of the best known and respected men of his city. He was born at Nashville, Tenn., October 18th., 1861 but he lived in this county and Kansas the greater part of his life. He was engaged in the stone quarrying business practically ever since he came to Strong City, and he was very familiar with this business and was one of the best posted quarrymen of the county.

Mr. McClean came from Tennessee to Kansas when a young man in his "twenties." He was married to Miss Lizzle Williams in 1887. They were the parents of four children, two of whom are still living. They are Mrs. Clarence Ridley, of Strong City, and Mrs. Nettie Carson. He is also survived by his widow and leaves six brothers and sisters. Mr. McClean was a member of Mt. Lebanon Lodge No. 16 and of the Neomia Chapter 0. E. S. No. 13 of Emporia. He also belonged to the Shrine Lodge at Topeka.


A splendid tribute to the memory of AI McLean, who died at his home in Strong City last week, was paid by Dudley Doolittle in a letter to Mrs. McLean who has given The News permission to reprint it. The letter follows:

"Dear Mrs. McLean:

"For many years I have known your husband and considered him one of my genuine friends. The colored race has never produced his superior, and no man, white or black, has left a finer name for honesty and integrity. We cannot afford to lose men like Al McLean; their influence for better understanding and for good make them valuable citizens. Men like Booker T. Washington and a few others have become more prominent and better known throughout the world perhaps, but none was a better example of what a negro should be than your honored husband. I mean exactly this. And there are many fine traits we white people may copy with honor and profit to ourselves and our country in the example of Al McLean.

"Except for a very important legal engagement at Independence, Kansas,---the same one that prevents my speaking at the Washington ceremonies in Strong, Monday night--I would like to give myself The privilege of being present at the funeral services and paying my personal respects to the memory of a valued man who has passed on to his Creator, our God before whom there is no creed, race nor color.



Chase County Leader News, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, Feb 29, 1932.


Worked in the Stone Quarries at Strong City for Good Number of Years.

Albert McLean of Strong City died Saturday morning at his home after an illness of about a year. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Second Baptist church at Strong City and interment was in the Strong City cemetery.

Rev. Charles 0. Marshall of Emporia conducted the services. Mrs. W . E. Williams of Newton sang several songs, and the St. John lodge of Emporia conducted the services at the cemetery.

Albert McLean was born October 18, 1861, at Nashville, Tenn. He came to Kansas in the early 80s, first locating in Topeka where he was employed at the state house. Later he came at Strong City and. remained here until his death, He was a member of M. Lebanon lodge, No. 18 A. F. and A. M , the Neomia, chapter, O. E. S., No. 13, of Emporia and the Shrine lodge at Topeka.

He was engaged as a stone worker for many years after coming to Strong City; and he continued working at the quarry until but 14 months ago when his health failed.

He was married in 1887 to Lizzie Williams and to this union four children were born, two of whom, Mrs. Clarence Ridley of Strong City and Mrs. Nettie Carson of Emporia, survive. He is survived also by Mrs. McLean; four brothers, two sisters, three grandchildren, and a host of friends.

Chase County News, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, Mar 2 1932.

Chase County Death Notices and Obituaries,
compiled and abstracted from the Chase County Courant and Chase County Leader Newspapers
by your Chase County Host, Lorna Marvin.
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Lorna Marvin

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