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Miami County Obituaries
1924


 

Obituary of Frances Heinrichs. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, p 1, 8 Aug 1924, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Frances Heinrichs, 11 years old, and Raymond Heinrichs, 9 years old, the daughter and son of Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Heinrichs, of 509 West Shawnee, Paola, Kansas, were drowned in Bull Creek, near "Ben's Hole," on the Theodore Broadman land, Wednesday afternoon about 4:00 o'clock.

Mrs. Heinrichs had planned to go fishing and the children, in company with Raymond Miller, a neighbor boy, had preveded her some little time to seine minnows. They were in the habit of swimming near the riffle, and on account of the heavy rain of the night before, the creek was swollen, and the children evidently failed to sense the danger of the high water for their clothes were found upon the bank, just as they were accustomed to leave them on former occasions when they went swimming.

Raymond Miller, realizing that the current was much stronger than usual, got out of the water and dressed. He then saw the children struggling, and ran for help. By the time Mrs. Heinrichs reached the creek bank, the children were drowned. A search was immediately made for the bodies. Raymond was able to tell just about where he had seen the girl, and after about twenty minutes search, her body was found by James Price, who lives north of town. On account of darkness, the search for the boy's body had to be given up until morning, when it was found about 600 yards below the upper waters of Ben's hole. The death is particularly sad, because they are the only children of the parents. Mr. Heinrichs is a painter, who has been employed this season by William H. Marcham. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at the Lutheran church and burial will be in the Paola cemetery."


 

Obituary of Harvey Newton. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, p 5, 8 Aug 1924, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Harvey Newton died at the home of his step-son, John Taggart, 509 East Piankishaw street, Sunday, August 3rd, in his 72nd year. Born in Geneva, Penn., January 10th, 1853. Besides his wife, he leaves one daughter, Mrs. Jennie Deere, Chattanooga, Tenn., who, with her two children, George and Evelyn, were here at the time of his death. Funeral services were conducted on the 5th inst., at the home by Rev. Daniels, and the body was taken to Independence, Kansas for burial."


 

Obituary of Susanna (Bates) [Kree] Darner. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, p 5, 8 Aug 1924 , transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Mrs. Susanna Darner, widow of the late Austin Darner, died at the home of her son, Robert Cree, 305 North Silver St., Sunday, August 3rd, 1924, in her 85th year, after being bedfast for four weeks. On July 7th, Mrs. Darner fell and broke her hip, from which she never recovered. Everything that loving hands could do was done, but to no avail. She was the daughter of the late Simon and Mary Ann Bates and was born near Muncie, Indiana, July 5th, 1840. She was married to Marquis D. Cree, in 1865, and the family came to Kansas in 1886. Later, on April 15, 1904, she was married to Austin Darner, who died January 10, 1909. When they came to Kansas, they settled on a farm just north of Paola where Mrs. Darner lived until 1913, when she moved to town and made her home with her son. She is survived by two sons, Robert Cree, of this city, and O. S. Cree, of Kansas City, Kansas; ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. N. E. Harrold, this city, nieces and nephew, and a host of friends. Two children, Melinda Jane and William, died when small. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church, Tuesday, the 5th inst., at 2:30 p.m., conducted by Rev. E. M. Daniels. Interment was in the Paola cemetery. Out-of-town relatives here for the funeral were: Mrs. S. L. Bates, Mrs. Lillie Howard and Mrs. Lola Shidler, all of Kansas City, Mo.; Bertha Fowler, Mrs. Albert Bates, Mr. and Mrs. William Cree, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Cree, all of Kansas City, Kansas."


 

Death Notice - Dorothy Helen Edgell. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 8 Aug 1924, p 5, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Dorothy Helen Edgell, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Edgell, 608 West Peoria, died Tuesday morning, August 5th, 1924, aged 3 days. Burial was in the Paola cemetery"


 

Obituary of Mary J. Gibson. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 15 Aug 1924, p 4, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Mrs. Mary J. Gibson died at her home, 403 South Silver Street, Paola, August 10th, 1924, in her 81st year. Born in Washington Court House, Ohio, May 1, 1844, she was married to James Gibson on December 3, 1863. Mrs. Gibson is survived by one son, Charles Gibson, with whom she made her home. She also leaves three granddaughters, Mrs. C. Wolff, Myrtle Gibson, Hazel Gibson, and one great grandson, Norman G. Wolff. The deceased had been a resident of Miami county for forty years, and did her share in the upbuilding of the county and state. She was a member of the Baptist church for over fifty years. Funeral services were held from the home Tuesday, August 12th, at 2:30 o'clock conducted by Rev. H. S. Thornhill, and interment was in the Paola cemetery."


 

Obituary of Robert Swearingen. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 15 Aug 1924, p 4, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Robert Swearingen died at Ottawa, Kansas, August 8th, 1924, in his 65th year, as a result of a stroke of paralysis. Born in Brown county, Ohio, July 12, 1860, he was married to Kate L. Botts, and the family came to Kansas about thirty-three years ago, settling near Eden Chapel, where they resided until about five years ago, when Mr. Swearingen's health became poor and the family moved to Ottawa, Kansas. Mr. Swearingen was a farmer, an upright and industrous man and was loving and kind to his wife and large family of children, who are left to mourn his death. Besides the wife, he is survived by two sons, Lee Swearingen, Wellsville, Kansas; Frank Swearingen, Ottawa, and five daughters, Mrs. Otis Elliott, Ottawa; Mrs. Oscar Graham, Ottawa; Mrs. Britton Powell, Ottawa; Mrs. Walton Marley, Gardner, Kansas; and Mrs. A. M. Mack, Clinton, Oklahoma. The funeral services were held on Sunday, August 10th, at Eden Chapel church, conducted by Rev. E. M. Daniels, of the Paola M. E. church. Interment was in the Scott's Valley cemetery."


 

Obituary of James Donald Kaiser. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 22 Aug 1924, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"James Donald Kaiser, aged 12 days, died Thursday, August 14th. Besides his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Kaiser, he is survived by one brother, Edward Kaiser Jr. Burial was on Friday, services being conducted by Rev. Father A. J. Domann."


 

Obituary of Louisa (Wagoner) Eaton. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 29 Aug 1924, p 1, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"The death of Mrs. Louisa Eaton, widow of the late P. C. Eaton, at her old home, in Hillsdale last week, takes from us a character whose light will never depart and whose excellence of mind and heart are stamped upon the memory of every survivor of Miami county's pioneers. Her charms came not from riches, but from the goodness of her heart. Her example must live forever because it is the reflection from a life brightened by Christian virtues.

When the village of Hillsdale was new, Mrs. Eaton came as a young bride, whose husband soon after the war, came from the East to cast his fortunes with the West. He had been a soldier and his fortune was his good record, and his small savings. Children came to bless their home and death came to take them, only one surviving, C. C. Eaton, who is to-day one of our honored and substantial citizens. "Lead Kindly Light" was the hymn that moved the soul of good Lou Eaton. Charity in her was neither dress nor jewels, but a quality of character that, like the sunshine, was a daily crown. The few old settlers of Miami county, living to-day, who knew Mrs. Eaton, will join sincerely in this appreciation of her earthly greatness. Nobility of action, sincerity in prayer, and industry were the striking traits of her make up. She will be missed and mourned because there is such a thing as lasting love for the noble dead.

Miss Wagoner was her maiden name, and the old Indian trading point of Miami Village, northeast of what is now Fontana, was the place of her girlhood days. There she became the wife of Phineas Capen Eaton, and they took up living in the town of Tontzville, then flourishing in Marysville township, this county. Soon they moved their little store to the railroad station of Columbia, now Hillsdale, and there she lived ever after - wife, mother, sister of tender mercies, and a moral guide, whose helping hand went out to everybody. From the age of fourteen until August 20th, 1924, a period of sixty-seven years, she was the light of home under her parent roof, the ministering angel around her own hearthstone, and the noble inspiration of the homes around. Sacred is the ground touched by her bare feet, and holy the example she set to the world."


 

Obituary of Samuel Foster March. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 29 Aug 1924, p 1, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"The pioneer of Miami county educators, Dr. Samuel Foster March, died in the city, on Friday, the 22nd inst., at the home of his niece, Mrs. Albert C. Riddlebarger. He began teaching in January, 1869, and before he went East to attend a medical school he was foremost among the rural teachers. In 1880, he was elected county superintendent of public instruction, a position he held with honor to himself and credit to the schools, until January, 1883.

Sam March was a man of honor, and truth counted in his makeup. He was good for the sake of doing right and his example was most useful to the younger teachers of this county. After being graduated from a medical school, he took up his profession and made a splendid showing as a physician of scientific mind and moral bent. Kansas City, Kansas, was the scene of his labors, where his two sons now reside. His visits to Paola were looked forward to by old settlers, because he was universally loved."


Obituary of Samuel Foster March. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 29 Aug 1924, p 5, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Dr. Samuel Foster March died suddenly at the home of his niece, Mrs. Albert C. Riddlebarger, 510 West Peoria street, Paola, Friday night. Dr. Marsh, whose home was in Kansas City, Kansas, came to Paola about three weeks ago to visit. Friday evening he was up town to hear the band concert, and on going home, retired about ten o'clock, and died about twelve o'clock from heart disease. Dr. Marsh was the youngest son of Abigail Wentworth and Stephen March. He was born March 29th, 1850, in Salem, Ohio, and came to Miami county in 1868, from Illinois. Here he was married on July 14, 1884, to Miss Johanna Cortelyou, and two years later the family moved to Kansas City, Kansas, where Mrs. March died in November, 1917. Dr. March was a member of Veritas Lodge No. 247, I.O.O.F, of Kansas City, Kansas, of which he was Past Noble Grand. He is survived by two sons, Harvey March, 1221 Garfield, Kansas City, Kansas, with whom he made his home, and Clement March, Kansas City, also two nieces Mrs. Albert C. Riddlebarger, and Miss Effie March, of Paola. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Western Highland Presbyterian church, in Kansas City, Kansas, and burial was in the Mount Hope cemetery."


 

Obituary of Mary Ann (Stoker) Mason. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 29 Aug 1924, p 5, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Mary Ann Mason, wife of George W. Mason, died at her home in Louisburg, on Sunday, August 24, 1924, in her 75th year. Born near Rushville, Illinois, August 12, 1850, her maiden name was Mary Ann Stoker, and she came with her parents to Miami county, Kansas in 1857. In 1873 she was married to George W. Mason. She is survived by her husband, two sons, Edward, of Louisburg, and Ray, of Hugoton, Kansas: and two daughters, Alda, at home, and Mrs. Lulu Davis, of Iola, Kansas. Also one grandson, Stanley Davis, at Louisburg. The deceased was a member of the Methodist church, of Louisburg, from which the funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon, the 26th inst., conducted by Rev. A. J. Cutrell. Interment was in the Louisburg cemetery."


 

Obituary of James Harrison Wheeler. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 29 Aug 1924, p 5, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"James Harrison Wheeler died at his home in Ocheltree, Kansas, Saturday, August 23rd, 1924, in his 84th year, from heart disease and dropsy. Born in Indiana, December 29, 1840, he came to Kansas about fifty years ago. He was a veteran of the Civil War. Mrs. Wheeler died about twenty years ago. Mr. Wheeler is survived by two daughters, Jessie, of Ocheltree, Kansas, and Bertie, of Monett, Mo., and one son, George of Hillsdale; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was well known in Miami and Johnson counties, as he made his home with Mr. and Mrs. George McRoberts, part of the time, since the death of his wife. Burial was in the Spring Hill cemetery on Monday, and the pallbearers were old soldiers."


 

Obituary of Herman Schroeder. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 29 Aug 1924, p 5, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Herman Schroeder, son of Fred Schroeder, of Paola, died at his home, in Lincoln, Mo., August 27th, 1924, in his 49th year. He leaves a wife and three children. His uncle, Henry Schroeder, resides on his farm, 4 miles southeast of Paola. Funeral will be to-morrow, with the Lutheran services. Burial will be in Lincoln."


 

Obituary of Harry Boyles. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 29 Aug 1924, p 5, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Harry Boyles died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Boyles, Wednesday, in his ninth year. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon, in the Osage Valley school house. Burial in the Osawatomie cemetery."


 

Obituary of John Joseph Gritter. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 5 Sep 1924, p 5, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"John Joseph Gritter died at his home in Wea township, Miami county, Kansas, August 26th, 1924, in his 81st year, of dropsy and heart disease. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bridget Gritter, and two children, the daughter, Mary E. Gritter, wife of B. W. Seck, resides near the Gritter homestead and Bert Gritter lives in Paola. There are five granddaughters and other relatives. Born in Canton, St. Gallen, Switzerland, November 8th, 1843, he was the survivor of a family of twelve children. When 17, he learned the carpenter trade and ten years later left Hamburg, Germany, for America. The sailing vessel was ninety days at sea and he arrived in New York City, January 6, 1870. In 1871 he settled in Kansas City, Missouri. There he helped to build the first stock yards. The following fall he came to the place where he resided ever after, continuing his carpenter work. Many houses of what use to be known as Germantown, were erected by him. On May 28, 1876, he was married to Bridget Kelly, of Wea, Kansas, and the couple lived near Olathe, for awhile, and later moved back to Miami county. Funeral services were held at Holy Rosary Church, Wea, Kansas, August 28th, conducted by Rev. Father Friesberg, and burial was in the graveyard close to the church."


 

Obituary of Livonia Wrage. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 5 Sep 1924, p 5, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Mrs. Livonia Wrage died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sherman Phifer, of Paola, on September 2nd, 1924, in her 76th year, after an illness of two years. Mrs. Wrage was the widow of Jacob Wrage, who died twenty years ago. She was born in Princeton, Iowa, and was married to Jacob Wrage in 1872. In 1878, they moved to Kansas, on a homestead, where they lived until his death. She then lived with her children. She is survived by three daughters, and one son, Mrs. J. P. Madron, McCook, Neb.; Mrs. H. P. Haworth, Denver, Colo.; John Wrage, Topeka, Kans., and Mrs. Mary Phifer, with whom she made her home the past five years. She also leaves 19 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Services were conducted by Rev. Dillon, of Plum Creek. Burial was in the Paola cemetery, Thursday."


 

Obituary of Geneva L. (Randall) Maloney. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 5 Sep 1924, p 5, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

The Western Spirit, Paola, Miami Co., Kansas, Friday, September 5, 1924, page 5:

"Mrs. Geneva L. Randall Maloney, wife of Gus T. Maloney, died at Saint Mary's hospital, Monday, September 1, 1924, in her 27th year. Born in Olathe, Kansas, on October 21, 1897, she always made her home there. She was graduated from the Olathe high school in 1916, and was later married to Mr. Gus T. Maloney, who, with the small daughter, Marian Lee, survives. She also is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Randall, of Olathe; two brothers, Clarence Randall, of Miami, Florida; and Edwin Randall, Olathe; one sister, Florence Slichter, of St. Louis. Of a sweet and loving disposition, Mrs. Maloney won a place in the hearts of all who knew her, and she leaves a host of friends, besides the relatives, to mourn her premature death. Funeral services were held at St. Paul's church, of Olathe, Wednesday, September 3rd, at 10 o'clock a.m. and interment was in the Olathe cemetery."


 

Obituary of Eugenia A. (Wheeler) Stewart. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 5 Sep 1924, p 5, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Mrs. Eugenia A. Wheeler Stewart, wife of Flavius Stewart, died at her home south of Paola, Thursday, September 4, 1924, in her 74th year. Born in Genoa, Illinois, on October 23rd, 1850, she came to Kansas in 1859, and, in 1871 was married to Flavius Stewart, who survives. She is also survived by four sons, Robert C. Stewart, Paola; Chas. Stewart, Bronson, Kansas; Fred Stewart, Mapleton, Kansas, and Dr. I. E. Stewart, of Osawatomie, Kansas, and three daughters, Mrs. M. E. Maier, Paola; Mrs. E. S. Fleming, Paola: Mrs. J. E. Phelps, Kansas City, Mo. The Stewarts and lived near Paola for many years and besides the relatives, Mrs. Stewart leaves a host of friends to mourn her death. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 6th, at 2:00 o'clock p.m. from the home, conducted by Rev. H. S. Thornhill, and interment will be in the Paola cemetery."


 

Obituary of Henry Rice. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 5 Sep 1924, p 5, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Henry Rice, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Rice, died at Wagstaff, Tuesday, September 2nd, 1924. Burial was on the 3rd inst."


 

Obituary of Julia Ann McGaw. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 19 Sep 1924, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Mrs. Julia Ann McGaw, widow of the late Lewis Cass McGaw, died on Monday morning, September 15, 1924, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. N. Teghtmeyer, 1042 South Main, Ottawa, Kansas, in her 77th year, death being caused by heart asthma. Born in Newville, Pennsylvania, September 18, 1847, she was married to Lewis C. McGaw, who died April 6, 1918. The McGaw family lived in Paola until the death of Mr. McGaw, when Mrs. McGaw went to Ottawa to make her home. She had been in failing health a number of years, but was seriously ill only a few days. There are four daughters and two sons surviving: Mrs. Lulu Koons, Paola; Mrs. C. N. Teghtmeyer, Ottawa; Mrs. Fred Wells, Kansas City, and Mrs. Clyde McCullough, LaCygne; George C. McGaw, Osawatomie; Emmett McGaw, Kansas City. One sister, Mrs. F. E. Doelhousen, of Tidioute, Pa. Also, there are ten grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock, from the Teghtmeyer home, conducted by Rev. J. G. Olmstead, of the First Christian church. Interment was in the Paola cemetery."


 

Obituary of Alex Carnes. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 19 Sep 1924, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Alex Carnes died the 9th inst., at Fall River, Kansas, in his 71st year, leaving a wife and daughter. He spent his early years in Miami county, and was married to Lila Ivy, sister of Samuel Ivy, in May, 1871. The funeral was held last Wednesday and burial was in the home town. Some eight years after his marriage, he moved to Fall River and there resided ever since. He was a half-brother of Jasper Morris, of 3939 Genesee, Kansas City, Missouri."


 

Obituary of Jacob Reimal. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 3 Oct 1924, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Jacob Reimal died at his home, No. 5 West Ottawa, on Wednesday, October 1st, 1924, in his 76th year. Born near Columbus, Ohio, December 25th, 1848, Mr. Reimal grew to adulthood in his native state. There he joined the Union Army and served to the close of the war in Company A., 192nd Ohio Regiment, Volunteer Infantry. After coming to Kansas, he lived a short time near Gardner, and later, settled on a farm near Hillsdale, Kansas, where he was married to Maggie Poteet, and lived until about five years ago, when his health began to break and moved to Paola. Besides his wife, he is survived by seven children: Jasper Poteet, Paola; Troy Poteet, Hillsdale; Mrs. John Masters, Olathe; Mrs. Edna McArthur, Centerville; Miss Louise Reimal, Kansas City, and Joe and Jake Reimal, of Centerville; also a sister, Mrs. Katie Smith of Columbus, Ohio; and one brother, John Reimal, of Kansas City. Funeral services will be conducted today (Friday) from the Presbyterian church, at 2:00 o'clock, by Rev. J. Jas. DePree."


 

Obituary of Alexander Hodges. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 3 Oct 1924, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Alexander Hodges died September 27th, 1924, at his home, 2400 East 11th St., Kansas City, Mo., in his 65th year. He had been in failing health for a couple of years and recently was stricken with paralysis. He leaves his wife, a daughter and two sons. The daughter, Miss Lorean Hodges, is a teacher in New Mexico. Alex and Gregory are attending school in Lawrence, Kansas. Besides these there is a sister, Mrs. Susie Middlemass, wife of Thomas B. Middlemass, of this county, also three brothers, Thomas and Henry Hodges, of Paola and William Hodges, of Osawatomie. Born in Meredosia, Illinois, May 4th, 1860, Alexander came with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Levi Hodges to Miami county over fifty years ago. His first work outside of the home was as a teacher, following his profession in Miami and Johnson counties in this he was very successful. He was married to Miss Lucy McCarthy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Owen McCarthy, of this county, and after retiring from the school room engaged in the telephone and electric light business; also he was one of the promoters of the gas company that for awhile supplied Paola. He got the first telephone franchise in Paola and later the first electric light franchise. Associated with his was his brother, Henry Hodges. The light business was sold to Mr. W. H. Moorehouse and the telephone company to the W. W. Warren Company, at Emporia. Shortly after the sale of these two properties, Mr. Hodges, with his family, moved to Kansas City, Missouri. Burial was in Paola on Tuesday, September 31, 1924. Services were conducted by Rev. Father Domann at the Catholic church and interment was in the Catholic cemetery, east of town."


 

Obituary of Emma Josephine (Morgan) Beeson. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 3 Oct 1924, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Mrs. Emma Josephine Beeson died at her home, 502 West Peoria street, on Monday, September 29. She was born near Ft. Scott, Kansas, on August 24th, 1860, and was married on August 24th, 1876. She is survived by her husband, V. W. Beeson, two daughters, Mrs. I. R. Raines, of Shenandoah, Iowa, and Mrs. Butler Hart, of Santa Ana, California, and five sons, S. A. Beeson, of Casper, Wyoming; R. O. Beeson, of Fort Dodge, Iowa; Walter Beeson, of Rawlins, Wyoming; J. O. Beeson, Oxnard, California, and Robert Beeson, of Paola. She also leaves her mother, Mrs. Sarah Ann Willis, of Ventura, California, and one brother, O. C. Morgan, of Pacific Beach, California, and a half sister, Miss Florence Willis, and a half brother, James Willis, of Ventura, California. Funeral services were conducted from the Baptist church, Thursday, October 2nd, by Reverend Thornhill, and burial was in the Paola cemetery."


 

Obituary of Thomas B. Robinson. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 3 Oct 1924, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Thomas B. Robinson, died very suddenly at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. F. Blanton, of Miami, Florida, Saturday, September 27th, 1924, in his 84th year. Born November 15, 1840, in Carrollton, Illinois, he was married to Mary Mason, the young couple came to Kansas, settling in Spring Hill, which has always been Mr. Robinson's home. Mrs. Robinson died in 1883. To this union were born five sons and one daughter, two of whom are still surviving, John Robinson, of Spring Hill, and Mrs. Minnie Johnson, of Las Cruces, New Mexico. In 1885 he was married to Frances Victoria Rhodes, who died August 27, 1924. They were the parents of one son and five daughters, and the five daughters are surviving: Mrs. Vernon T. Nicholson, Spring Hill; Mrs. Clarence Thomas, Burley, Idaho; Mrs. George Quesenberry, Las Cruces, New Mexico; Mrs. W. F. Blanton, Miami, Florida; Mrs. Robert Moreland, Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Robinson was a charter member of the Spring Hill Masonic lodge, which was organized in 1867, and his death takes the last one of the charter members. He also was a charter member of the Spring Hill Banking Company, organized in 1889, a member of the Methodist church, and served as a sergeant in the 133rd Illinois Infantry. The body was brought to Spring Hill and funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, from the Methodist church, conducted by Dr. P. V. Roberts, of Baldwin, Kansas. Interment was in the Spring Hill cemetery."


 

Obituary of Fred E. Miller. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 3 Oct 1924, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Fred E. Miller died in Kansas City, Missouri, Tuesday, September 23, 1924, in his 54th year and the body was brought to Paola, Sunday, September 27th, where the funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 P.M., from the Presbyterian church, conducted by Rev. E. M. Daniels, of the Methodist church. Mr. Miller is survived by two children, Mrs. Clarence Parker and Perry Miller, both of Kansas City, Missouri; four half brothers, Joseph Miller and William A. Miller, both of Paola; Edward Miller, of Long Beach, California, and D. A. Miller, Wichita, Kansas; also two half sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Smith, of Compton, California; and Mrs. Belle Roberts, Wichita, Kansas. Interment was in the Paola cemetery."


 

Obituary of Wilhelmina (Boehse) Schulz. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 10 Oct 1924, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Wilhelmina Schulz, wife of Mr. August Schulz, died on Friday, October 3rd, 1924, in her 66th year. Born in Posen, Germany, January 5th, 1859, her maiden name was Wilhelmina Boehse, and she came to America when she was 25 years old, arriving here May 20th, 1884. On March 3, 1887, she was married to August Schulz, who, with the two sons and daughter, survive. Ewaldt Schulz and Avanda Schulz are at home and Adolph, who, with his wife, resides on the old Dick Lennox farm, near the home place. Mrs. Schulz is also survived by one grandson, Robert G. Schulz; two sisters, Mrs. Fritz Alpert, in Paola township; Mrs. Emilie Aporius, of Germany, and one brother, Adolph Boehse, also of Germany. Mrs. Schulz had been a member of the Lutheran church all her life. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. F. Droegemueller from the Lutheran church, of Block, and interment was in the Block cemetery"


 

Obituary of Augustus Eugene Dodds. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 10 Oct 1924, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Augustus Eugene Dodds died at the County Home, Sunday, October 5th, 1924, in his 58th year. Mr. Dodds had been in failing health for several years, but had only been seriously ill about ten days. Born in Champaign, Illinois, in August, 1867, he came to Kansas when just about five years of age. His parents being dead, the late Thomas H. Oldham, father of W. T. Oldham, of this city, went to Illinois and brought him here, taking care and educating him until he grew to manhood. When a young man, he began teaching school and for many years was a teacher in Miami county. About the year 1901 he taught one term of school in the Philippine Islands. He is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Clara E. Bennett, Alexander, Ohio; Mrs. Laura E. Newton, Urbana, Illinois, and Mrs. Nettie Soule, Phoenix, Ariz. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the grave and interment was in the McNelley cemetery."


 

Obituary of Metha (Kettler) Tinken. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 17 Oct 1924, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Metha Tinken, wife of Henry Tinken, died at the Christian Church hospital, at Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, October 8th, 1924, in her 30th year, following an operation for appendicitis, on Monday. Born near Block, Kansas, September 14th, 1895, she was married to Henry Tinken on September 15th, 1915, and they had always made their home near Block. She is survived by her husband, two small daughters, Hilda and Mildred; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Kettler; five sisters, Mrs. Adolph Schulz, Mrs. Joe Prothe, Marie, Lena and Clara Kettler; and three brothers, Fred, John and Herman Kettler. The funeral services were held on Friday, from the Lutheran church, of Block, conducted by Reverend Droegemueller and Rev. Dierks, of Kansas City. Interment was in the Block cemetery."


 

Obituary of G. L. Ackerly. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 31 Oct 1924, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"G. L. Ackerly died at his home, on East Brown Avenue, Osawatomie, Sunday, October 26th, 1924, in his 89th year. Born in Germany December 31, 1835, he came to America when fourteen years old, settling in Peru, Indiana. In 1855, he moved to Kansas and located on a farm, 2 1/2 miles northwest of Osawatomie. He was married to Miss Elizabeth Ann Goodrich, in 1859, and following her death in 1902, Mr. Ackerly moved to Osawatomie, where he made his home till the time of his death. He is survived by a son, John D. Ackerly, of Osawatomie, and two daughters, Mrs. A. F. Carmean, of Carthage, Missouri, and Mrs. B. S. Bachman, of Paola. Funeral services were conducted on the 28th inst., from the Presbyterian church, Osawatomie, by Reverend Rogers and Reverend Daniels, of Paola. Burial was in the Stanton cemetery."


 

Obituary of Eugene Inman. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 31 Oct 1924, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Eugene Inman, aged 72 years, died at his home in Osawatomie, Kansas, Sunday morning, October 26, 1924. He had been in poor health a number or years, but was not taken to his bed until a few weeks ago. Mr. Inman had been a resident of Osawatomie four years, moving there from a farm near Waverly Kansas, in 1920. Besides his widow, the decedent is survived by nine children. William lives in Oklahoma; David, Peter and sister, Anna, at Bucklin, Kansas; Elmer Inman and Mrs. Della Swank are residents of Buffalo, Oklahoma; Joseph is on a farm, near Waverly, and Mrs. Fannie Latimer and Mrs. Florence Bussell live in Osawatomie. Will and Zack Inman, brothers of the deceased, reside in the state of Washington, and another brother, Israel, is in California. Mr. Inman leaves two sisters - Mrs. Caleb Cook, of Seattle, Washington, and Mrs. Ida Ranney, widow of the late J. P. Ranney of Osawatomie township. Burial took place in the Paola cemetery last Wednesday afternoon."


 

Obituary of Clyde Wesley Drake. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 21 Nov 1924, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Clyde Wesley Drake died November 12, 1924, at the Soldier's Home, Leavenworth, Kansas, of tuberculosis. Clyde was the son of Mrs. Josie Drake, and was born on September 14, 1903, near Osawatomie. In 1920, he joined the army and was sent to the Hawaiian Islands, where he is in training for a year, being honorably discharged in December, 1921. On September 30, 1922, he was married to Miss Pauline Lanning, who, with one son, Claude Louis, survives; also he leaves his mother, Mrs. Josie Drake; three sisters, Mrs. H. S. Cundiff, Mrs. Lee Sharp and Miss Blanche Drake, all of Osawatomie."


 

Obituary of Francis John Strausbaugh. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 21 Nov 1924, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Francis John Strausbaugh, 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. James Strausbaugh, died at his home, Friday morning, November 21st, 1924, after a short illness, of diabetes.

Born in Wichita, Kansas, April 3rd, 1909, he came to Paola with his parents, when three years of age. When old enough to attend school, he went to St. Patrick's Parochial school, where he was graduated from the eighth grade last year. In September of this year, he took up his duties as a Freshman in the Paola high school, and had made a good record winning the esteem of his teachers and fellow students by his good behavior and gentlemanly ways. Eager to learn, he applied himself diligently in the schoolroom, and was, therefore, a good student.

Besides his parents, he leaves three sisters and two brothers to mourn his premature death, Agnes, Catherine, Bernadette, William and Laurence Strausbaugh.

Funeral services were conducted at Holy Trinity church, at 9:00 o'clock, Monday, November 24th, by Reverend Father A. J. Domann, and the burial was in Holy Cross cemetery."


 

Murder of Gladys Work. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 5 Dec 1924, p 1, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Through the courtesy of The Kansas City Journal-Post, who loaned us the mats, we herewith reproduce photographs of the principals in the recent murder committed Sunday night, November 30th, or early on the morning of December 1st, 1 1/2 miles south of Paola, on a small tract of land, known as the old Eisele place, in a two-room house, west of the South bridge. Mrs. Gladys Work, age 26, was killed with a blunt instrument, and her 20 months-old son, Bedford, still lives with a fractured skull and his side paralyzed. Earl Work, the husband, received scalp wounds. He was later arrested, charged with first degree murder, and bond set at $5,000, in default of which the accused man was placed in jail to await his preliminary trial which takes place Monday, December 15, before Judge E. H. Wilson, Justice of the Peace.

No. 1 - The Work Home, where crime was committed. No. 2 - Mrs. Work, the slain woman. No. 3 - Bedford Work. Lower left - Earl Work, the husband. Arrow points to room where body was found, on a bed near the window."

Note: Earl Work originally claimed that someone had entered his house and attacked his wife, his son and himself. The police say that Earl killed his wife with an ax.


 

Obituary of Emil Schuman. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 19 Dec 1924, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Mr. Emil Schuman died suddenly at the home of his sister, Mrs. Thomas J. Meuser, 609 East Peoria street, Paola, Kansas, Friday, the 12th inst. He had been complaining for two weeks of severe pains about his heart and the attacks kept him awake, several nights, so, on retiring Thursday night, he requested his sister not to wake him if he got to sleep. About ten o'clock Friday morning, Mrs. Meuser knocked on his door and got no response. She told her husband about it and they entered his room through the window, going by the porch roof. Because the door wouldn't stay closed, he had gotten into the habit of locking it. The arrival of physicians satisfied the family that he had been dead for several hours.

The funeral was held Saturday at the Meuser home, services being conducted by Rev. J. Jas. DePree and Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Meuser took the body to Madison, Indiana, for burial, leaving Paola on the north-bound Missouri Pacific in the evening.

John Nicholas Emil Schumann was born at White Oaks, Ohio, January 18, 1852, so he was in his 73rd year. His boyhood was spent in Ohio and Indiana and he was graduated from a carpenter shop where he served as apprentice for three years. This was in 1865. Coming to Paola in 1905, Mr. Schulman bought what was then known as the Price corner now the Schumann block, and also bought the old Ahrens store structure where to-day the Empress Theatre stands. Also, he built many houses and at his death owned different properties here. He was seclusive in his habits, but congenial with all he happened to meet. In short he was a bachelor gentleman who attended to his own affairs, gave liberally to the poor, paid taxes without complaint and stood erect as an average American citizen. His business here was handled and will be handled by his nephew, Charles T. Meuser, attorney-at-law. Paola laments his death and will cherish his memory."


 

Obituary of Eliza (Beets) Harbison. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 10 Mar 2009. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 19 Dec 1924, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Mrs. Aaron Harbison Dead. - Living alone, by choice, Mrs. Eliza Harbison, widow of the late Aaron Harbison, died alone, December 16th, 1924, in her home, about 10 miles northwest of Paola, in Richland township. She was in her 76th year, and, like many another aged one, preferred the solitude of a home, undisturbed. Only last month she spent a few weeks with her brother, H. P. Beets, in Marysville township, and he urged her to stay, or let someone live with her. She has two dutiful sons, and each tried to have the mother live with him, but she continued her quiet hours in the old homestead, where her husband died long ago.

One son, Don Harbison, resides in Ottawa, where he is a successful business man, and the other, Joseph Harbison, lives on his farm, about two miles north of his mother's place. A surviving sister, Mrs. Fanny Lynn, lives, with her husband, in Lawrence, Kansas. A son born to Mr. and Mrs. Harbison, and two daughters, died when young - Grover, Ida and Emma.

Born near Hickman's Mills, Cass county, Mo., February 3rd, 1849, Eliza Beets came with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Beets, to Miami county, while it was yet called Lykins, and did as frontier girls did - made the best of it amidst the hardships and joys of pioneer life. She improved every chance of schooling, and, when 23 years old, became the wife of Aaron Harbison. This was in 1872, on July 4th.

Coming from a family of high worth and good name, she lived that Eliza Beets was hailed as a worthy girl, and later, as wife and mother, she added to the strength and virtues of the Harbisons, another substantial family.

The funeral was held yesterday, December 18th, 1924, and the body was laid beside the grave of her husband after befitting ceremonies. The attendance was large and deep sympathy was extended to the many relatives."


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