WILLIAM W. SCOTT GRAVESTONE PHOTO
Died: July 16, 1911
The funeral of W. W. Scott was held yesterday afternoon from the Presbyterian church in charge of Rev. L. M. Wiles of the Christian church. The beautiful burial service of the I. O. O. F. of which order Mr. Scott was for many years an active member, was also given at the church by the officers and members of Burlington Lodge No. 29. There was a large attendance and the service was an impressive one. There were many lovely floral offerings. The internment was in Graceland cemetery, the pall bearers being J. M. Lane, Henry Ela, L. R. Grimes, H. B. Cheney, W. H. Dinsmore and J. R. South.
William Walter Scott was born in New York City, April 11, 1843, and when a young man came west teaming across the plains of Kansas, to the mountains of Colorado. He was working as a teamster when the war broke out, when he returned to Kansas and enlisted in the 5th Kansas cavalry, the company in which many Burlington men served. At the end of his enlistment, he re-enlisted, or “veteraned” as the old soldiers called it, and served for some time in the regular army. After being discharged from the army he came to Burlington and located in the Union Hall neighborhood east of town. He was married there December 24, 1870 to Miss Adella Graves, her father a U.B. minister, officiating. To this union were born three daughters, Eva, Abbie and Ethel. Eva, who married to O. O. Outcalt, died about ten years ago. Abbie, who married B. F. Greene, is here for the funeral. Ethel is now Mrs. O. E. Erickson and she has been here helping care for her father considerable of the time lately. Mr. Scott has been in poor health for about three years and for more than a year has been practically an invalid, being confined to his home most of the time. After trying various means to obtain relief he went to the hospital at Kansas City last week, realizing that it was his only chance and that it was not a real good chance. Before going he made arrangements with Mr. Sanders, the undertaker, in case he did not recover. He died Sunday evening of pneumonia after having been operated upon. His body was brought home Monday night.
W. W. Scott was for many years prominent in Coffey county affairs. He served two terms as sheriff and a number of terms as undersheriff. He also served as city assessor for a number of years and held other offices. When in his prime he knew practically every man in the county and almost all of them were his friends. As an officer he was faithful to his duty and in friendship he was always true. He was a member of the G. A. R., I. O. O. F., and M. W. A.
To the widow, who is worn out with the loving care she always gave Mr. Scott during his long illness, and to the two daughters, the sympathy of the entire community is extended.