Funeral for Pioneer Resident Tuesday
Lewis F. Brost, 86, a pioneer resident of this
vicinity, died at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Mercy hospital where he had been
a patient since suffering a stroke of paralysis on May 15.
The son of John and Louisa Brost, he was born
August 27, 1859 near Clarington, Ohio. When he was ten years old his parents
and their six children came to Kansas, traveling from Clarington to St.
Louis by steamboat. They went by train to Ottawa where they bought a team
and wagon to make the trip to Neodesha, where they lived for a year on
a claim. The following year they moved to a claim they had purchased three
miles north of Independence, and there they lived in a log cabin, floored
There were a number of Osage Indians living
nearby, and one Indian family lived on the claim. The children of the two
families played together.
On February 10, 1892, Mr. Brost was married
to Mollie E. Chaney at Hermitage, Mo. They returned to Montgomery County
following their marriage and made their home on a farm in Sycamore Township.
They were the parents of six children.
With the exception of a few years spent in
Randolph County, Mo., and Miami County, Kansas, Mr. and Mrs. Brost had
lived continuously in Montgomery County. Mrs. Brost died March 4, 1940
and on April 20,1943, he was married to Mrs. Hazel Baccus of Howard.
During the long years of his active
life, Mr. Brost was a busy, energetic and successful man. He was a man
of the strictest integrity, courteous, with a fine loyalty to his friends
and high sense of duty to the community.
Surviving are his wife, two sons, Clarence
of Wichita, and Dean of rural Independence, one daughter, Mrs. Iva Brown,
of rural Independence, five grandchildren, Modena Brown, Verla Dean, Carol
Marie, and Robert Brost, all of Independence and Dale Brost of Tulsa. He
also leaves two great grandchildren, Daleina Joan and Charles Duane Brost;
one half brother, C. M. Jones and two half sisters, Mrs. Clara Featherngill,
both of Independence and Mrs. Wilhelmina Keyser of Florida, and a number
of nieces and nephews, One grandson, Byron Brown, lost his life May 25,
1943 while in the service of his country.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m.
at the chapel of the Webb Funeral home, and burial will be in the family
lot at Mt. Hope cemetery.
contributed by Andrea Kemp