W. C. NEWKIRK
South Kansas Tribune, Wednesday, April 11, 1900, Pg. 3:
W. C. Newkirk, an old and prominent resident of Louisburg township, died at Elk City on Monday, the result of paralysis. He was a clever neighbor and a good citizen.
From Cutlerís History of Kansas, 1883:Newkirk, W. C. Bio
W. C. NEWKIRK, farmer, P. O. Elk City, was born in Jackson County, Ind., March 26, 1838. He was raised a farmer; enlisted October 9, 1861, in Company G, Fiftieth Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He served in the Army of Tennessee and took part in all the battles of his regiment. He was a private, Corporal, Sergeant and then Orderly Sergeant. He was promoted Second Lieutenant of his company in the fall of 1863, First Lieutenant six months thereafter, and Captain, February, 1865, having re-enlisted as a veteran. He returned to Indiana and engaged in farming. In 1871 he came to Kansas and settled in Louisburg Township, Montgomery County. Here he has been engaged in farming and stock raising ever since. He is a member of the G. A. R. He was married August 20, 1864, at Bedford, Ind., to Miss Sarah B. Reynolds, of Lawrence County, Ind. They have seven children, Thomas R., William T., Frederic R., James L., Robert L., Alonzo and Sylvia Belle.
Contributed by Mrs. Maryann Johnson a Civil war researcher and a volunteer in the Kansas Room of the Independence Public Library, Independence, Kansas.