STEPHEN A. DEVER
The LeRoy Reporter, Dec. 8, 1916
A. Dever Dead.
Stephen A. Dever, one of the old time residents of LeRoy died suddenly at the home of his son Fred Dever in Osawatomie Monday morning. The cause of his death was probably either heart disease or acute indigestion. He had just arrived in Osawatomie from Kansas City, Missouri, where he had been spending a week at the home of his younger son Don Dever. Arriving in Osawatomie at about 12:30 a. m. Monday, he seemed in his usual good health although complaining some of being tired from his long day in Kansas City and the night ride. Soon after retiring he complained to Mrs. Dever of a pain in his abdomen and asked her to get some water so that he might take a little soda as he was often troubled with indigestion. He carried a small bottle of soda with him all the time.
He then complained feeling
faint and Fred being aroused, called a physician who came promptly and ordered a
hot-water bottle applied to the painful spot. This was done but gave him
no relief and suddenly, as he was sitting up in bed in the arms of Mrs. Dever
and Fred, he collapsed and died. This was about four o’clock. The
body was brought to LeRoy on the morning train Tuesday and burial was made in
the LeRoy cemetery. The funeral services were conducted at 4 o’clock
Tuesday afternoon at the residence and at the grave and were in charge of Neosho
Lodge No. 27, A. F. & A. M. with W. J. Armstrong of Burlington acting as
Worshipful Master. The full ceremony of the order was used.
The G. A. R. also gave their
burial service at the grave. Mr. Dever was an old soldier, having served
in the 5th Ohio Cavalry.
Stephen A. Dever was descended
from old French Hugenot stock. The family name was formerly spelled DeVere.
One of his ancestors was prominent in the Revolutionary War. He was born
in Beaver county, Pennsylvania March 29th, 1841 and had he lived to see his next
birthday would have been seventy-six years of age. He was the sixth child
in a family of thirteen, two of whom survive him---a brother and a sister.
The brother is Garret V. Dever of Kansas City, Missouri; the sister is Mrs. Lida
Eaton of Wellsville, Ohio. Mr. Dever was united in wedlock in 1868 to Miss
Eliza McLean who with their seven children and his many friends are left to morn
his death. The children are Miss Allie McKenzie of Parsons, Mrs. Florence
Fisher of Topeka, Mrs. Effie Withered of Newton, Mrs. Besse Sutton of Corwallis,
Washington, Fred Dever of Osawatomie, Mrs. Ila Hazen of LeRoy and Don Dever of
Kansas City, Missouri. All were present at the funeral except Mrs. Sutton.
Mr. Dever had the distinction of
having been in the employ of the Missouri Pacific railroad longer, probably than
any other man. He began as a car inspector in Kansas City, December 1,
1866 and worked until 1908 when he was compelled to resign on account of an
injury to his left eye. In his 42 years of service he held many important
positions in the car and bridge departments. In 1869 when the road changed
from narrow to standard gauge, the track was relaid between Atchison and St.
Louis in twenty-four hours. Mr. Dever had charge of changing the rails
between Pleasant Hill and Independence, Missouri. He was car inspector
here when he resigned.