SAMUEL E. BLACK
El Dorado Republican, Thursday, Sept. 28,
1916, Pg. 1
Vol. XXIV, No. 184
TELLS OF DEATH OF
BLACK IN CALIFORNIA
A telegram this morning to several
different friends from Miss Grace Black, Long Beach, Calif. stated that her
father, Judge Samuel E. Black had suffered a third stroke of apoplexy,
Wednesday, September 28, and had died at noon of that same day at their hotel,
On November 3, 1915, Judge Black
had a second and severe stroke of apoplexy, which rendered him more or less
helpless. He gradually grew some better and on July 1 of the past summer
Mrs. Black their daughter, Grace, and a trained nurse, Miss Burcham, took him to
California in hopes of his receiving benefit, but if any result was felt it was
but slight. He was, however, perfectly comfortable and the last stroke
came without any special warning. The family will arrive here with the
body on the Santa Fe Saturday, September 30, and the funeral will take place
from the Presbyterian church, Rev. J. Q. Durfey, officiating. Interment
will be made in Belle Vista cemetery.
Samuel E. Black was a native of
Illinois, and was born in Greenville, Bond country, 74 years ago, where he was
educated and reared. In 1864 he enetered the army, serving until the close
of the war. He took up the study of law in his native town, and was
admitted to the bar in Cowley county March 28, 1873. He came to Kansas
October 29, 1872, and his residence in El Dorado dates from October 29, 1872.
On April 30, 1874, he was appointed probate judge of Butler county by Governor
Thomas A. Osborn, after which he was elected to the same office three
consecutive terms. Judge Black was numbered among the leading lights of
the Butler county bar in the early days. He was a member of the I. O. O.
F. He was married in Milwaukee, Wis., to Miss Fannie L. DeGrasse, a woman
of rare musical talent and education.
In the death of Judge Black the
town that has known and loved him feels a real grief and while the end was
ultimately expected yet it was hoped against hope that the change would restore
him to his normal state. For more that forty years the judge had lived
among us a honorable upright Godfearing neighbor, loving life. What more
can be said of any man? His life was an open book to be seen by all men.
He loved his family above all else and for them would sacrifice all of his own
comforts. He was a good business man as the comfortable income attests.
A man devoted to his church, never failing to go to the services, in fact one of
the familiar pictures of the writer’s life is the often meeting of the judge
and his well beloved wife going arm in arm to the church of their choice, many
Wednesday evenings as well as to the Sunday services. He has lived the
good life and has gone to his reward well loved and sorely missed.