JOHN E. HUMPHREY GRAVESTONE PHOTO
South Kansas Tribune, Wednesday, February 12, 1880, Pg. 3:
HUMPHREY. Died, at his motherís residence in this city, Feb. 25th, 1880, after a long continued illness, Mr. JOHN E. HUMPHREY, aged 39 years, 5 months and 13 days.
The deceased was an eminently worthy and patriotic citizen. His sobriety, honesty and general uprightness of character, won the respect and friendship of all who knew him, and those who knew him best, loved him most. He was born in Stark count, Ohio, in 1840, and in 1861 entered the Union army (Co. I, 19th Ohio Infantry); his younger brother, L. U. Humphrey, enlisted a few weeks later, they being the only two children of the widowed mother, still living. The deceased served in the army during the war with credit, and was struck with a ball at Shiloh, which glanced from his belt plate and was caught in his haversack; but the hardships, and exposures of the field and camp, seriously shattered his constitution, and hastened his death, which resulted more immediately from bronchitis, aggravated by a general weakness of his whole system. The deceased was not a member of any religious sect or denomination, but was a firm believer in the essential principles of Christianity, and lived and died accordingly. His death so deeply mourned by many, overwhelms with grief his surviving mother and brother, to whom his loss is great indeed.
Contributed by Mrs. Maryann Johnson a Civil war researcher and a volunteer in the Kansas Room of the Independence Public Library, Independence, Kansas