ELLING ELLINGSON GRAVESTONE PHOTO
The Severyite, March 1, 1901, Pg. 8
Died Feb. 21, 1901
Son of Elling and Johnanna Ellingson was born in Endersegon, Norway, Feb. 4,
1846, and died at his home in this city Feb. 21, 1901, at 10:10 a.m. at the age
of 55 years and 17 days.
The funeral services were held at
11 a. m. last Saturday at the M. E. church. The remains were in charge of
the I. O. O. F. and G. A. R. three of each order acting as pall bearers.
At 11 o’clock the remains were taken to the church followed by the relatives
and orders. Rev. Bixby preached an appropriate and fitting sermon in
harmony with the life of a generous, honest, upright and public spirited man
such a life as the deceased lived whose good deeds in life will live on, though
he be dead. Following the sermon were the church services of the I. O. O.
F. after which the last look at the departed one the remains were taken to Twin
Groves cemetery followed by the relatives and a host of friends in carriages and
the Odd Fellows and most of the G. A. R. on foot. The burial services of
the two orders were held at the grave after which the people departed to their
homes, realizing that they had lost a good friend and our city one of its best
and most enterprising citizens, and whose memory will not soon be forgotten.
The deceased came to America in
1851 and in 1861 at the age of 16 years of age enlisted under the stars and
stripes, which he loved so well, in that famous “Eagle Regiment,” the 8th
Wisconsin. He served three years of the war and was wounded and honorably
discharged. He came to Kansas soon after and on Oct. 17, 1867, at
Burlingame, was united in marriage to Miss Mary Allison. To this union
three children were born, one of them, John Ellingson living southwest of Severy,
his wife and aged mother are left to mourn the loss of a loving father, husband
Soon after his marriage he removed
to this county, locating on a farm 12 north of Eureka. About ’70 he
moved to Eureka and went into the grocery business; a few years later he moved
to Old Charleston near what is now the city of Fall River, and in the late
‘70s removed to Severy and opened up the first store in the place and since
then this has been his home, a city that he has had a great deal in making it
the place that it is today, a place that he was always proud of, a place that is
proud that he was one of its citizens.
When the city was incorporated in
the spring of 1880, he was elected the first Mayor and has held the office at
different times since.
The deceased was a hard worker and
had acquired considerable property in the shape of farm lands and town property,
and at the time of his death had part of the material on hand and was soon going
to commence the erection of a fine ten room brick residence on his land just
east of Severy.
When a man, who has had such an
influence as Mr. Ellingson, passes away we cannot help but chronicle that event
with great sorrow.
True his presence will be missed
most within his own home, yet he has been brought into such close connection
with all in the community, through his long career as a business man, that all
regard him as in some way belonging to them and cherish the memory of him.
He was a man of indomitable energy
and push, throwing his whole soul into whatever he undertook. He was
possessed of that rare quality of tending strictly to his affairs and not
troubling other people. He believed that by filling to the full his
position as a business man and the community at large. His life was
honorable because it was useful and helpful and the example he has always given
is worthy of imitation by all.