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WADE, John

WADE, John John Wade Dead John Wade, the oldest inhabitant of Fostoria, died on yesterday morning and the funeral was held at the M. E. church there today at 11 a. m. Rev. W. H. Brown preached the sermon. An obituary will be pubilshed next week. Source: Westmoreland Reporter, Westmoreland, Pottawatomie County, Kansas September 16, 1909 page 1 Obituary of John Wade John Wade died at his home in Fostoria Wednesday September 15. He was born July 10, 1832 and was therefore 77 years, two months and five days old. He enlisted in a Pennsylvania regiment during the Civil war and served three years. He came to Kansas in 1872 and settled upon a farm which he resided until about nine years ago when he moved to Fostoria. He was converted and joined the Baptist church in 1873. The funeral sevices were held at the M. E. church in Fostoria at 2 p. m. Thursday, September 16 and were conducted by Rev. W. H. Brown of Westmoreland. Interment was in the Adams Peak cemetery. An aged wife and for sons and a daughter mourn his death. Source: Westmoreland Reporter, Westmoreland, Pottawatomie County, Kansas September 23, 1909 page 8 Submitted by: Patrica Riebel
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WAGONER, W. R.

Wamego people were greatly shocked Tuesday morning to learn of the death of W.R. Wagoner. Thursday, July 17, Mr. Wagoner was helping the threshers and became overheated. But he was apparently better, and was so reported in town Monday night. But death came suddenly Monday night and at a time when he and his family thought he was about recovered. Walter Richard Wagoner was born at Homer, Michigan, March 17, 1870; died at his home near Wamego, Kansas, July 28, 1924; aged 54 years, 4 months, and 11 days. He was ill only about ten days, and his sudden death came as a great surprise to his family and many friends. He came to Kansas in December, 1889 and has lived around Wamego and Alma all of the time he has been a resident of the state. On March 27th, 1895, he was united in marriage to Miss Eva Sebring, of Halifax, Kansas. To this union six children were born; Olan P. Wagoner, of Wamego: Mrs. Roy C. Wilkerson, of Abilene; Leo C. Wagoner, of Battle Creek, Michigan; Mrs. William D. Kohler, of Westmoreland; Walter L. Wagoner, of Wamego; William M. Wagoner, of Wamego. Three brothers and three sisters also survive him. Mr. Wagoner was a man of splendid character and kindly disposition. He was honored and respected by all who know him. He was tenderly and affectionately devoted to his home and loved ones. There he will be missed most. His voice is hushed in silence and his footfall will be heard on the floor no more. He will also be greatly missed among his fraternity brethren. He was a member of Wamego Lodge No. 80, I.O.O.F. of which he was Past Grand, also a member of Unity Rebecca Lodge No. 232, Wamego Encampment No. 36, and the M.W.A. He was a friendly brother, and was always affable and agreeable. He held his friends in the highest esteem, and always held himself in readiness to do anything he could to befriend and accomodate them. His home was open to hospitality, and no one was ever turned away without his favor if it was possible for him to grant it. Because of these fine and splendid qualities, he was held in high esteem by his friends. His presence and counsel in fraternal organizations of which he was a member will be greatly missed and lamented. He met his end quietly and peacefully, undisturbed and unafraid. May he rest in peace. Besides his children and relatives mentioned above, he leaves other relatives and a host of friends to mourn his untimely departure. Funeral services were held in the Methodist church in Wamego Thursday afternoon at two o'clock conducted by the Rev. L.B. Pruitt, pastor of the church. The members of the Odd Fellows Lodge attended in a body, and had charge of the services at the grave. Burial was made in the family lot in the cemetery at Wamego. Source: Newsclipping from unknown newspaper. Submitted by: Pat Nowicki
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WALKER, Emma Mrs.

Mrs. Emma Walker Funeral services for Mrs. Emma R. Walker, 95, of Manhattan, who died there Monday, will be held 1:30 pm Thursday in the Burliew-Cowan funeral home there, with burial in Manhattan’s Sunset cemetery. Mrs. Walker was born October 4, 1859, in Dawagiac, Mich., and moved to Manhattan 32 years ago from Westmoreland. She was a member of the Aggieville Grange there. She is survived by a son, Ross of Talmadge, and a daughter, Mrs. Ida Tibbetts of Manhattan. Source: Collected by my gggrandmother, Johanna Tieking and her daughter. Submitted by: Bev Bird
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WARD, Fenn

Highland - Fenn Ward, 90, Highland, died Friday at a St. Joseph, Mo., hospital. He was born March 17, 1892, at Wheaton, the son of James and Martha Ingalsbe Ward. Mr. Ward was a mail carrier for 35 years, first at Wheaton and later from 1933 until he retired at Highland. He was a member of Highland United Methodist Presbyterian Church, a 50-year member of Smithton Lodge No 1, AF&AM, member of Vanderslice Chapter No. 452 of the Order of Eastern Star and Kiwanis, all of highland. He also was a member of Northeast Kansas Historical Society. His first wife, Mrs. Sadie Brown Ward, died in 1972. He later married Lillian Tellefson in 1979. She survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Beulah Stutz, Aurora, Colo, and Mrs. Kathryn Boyle, Wichita; a sister, Mrs. Clara Dixon, Topeka; and nine grandchildren. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Highland United Methodist Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery. Mr. Ward will lie in state from 9 a.m. today until 9 a.m. Monday at Highland Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be mae to Highland Community College or Highland United Methodist Presbyterian Church. Source: Unknown Submitted by: Richard
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WARREN, Charles Albert

Charles Albert Warren was born at Loganport, Indiana, April 1, 1854. When he was three years old he moved with his parents to Washington, Iowa where the remaining years of his childhood, and his youth were spent. February 13, 1877 he was united in marriage with Mary Ellen Risinger. The following year they moved to Kansas to the Wamego community. To this union twelve children were born, four of whom preceded their father in death. Mr. Warren has been a resident of Wamego during the past fifteen years. Previously, he spent most of his active life as a farmer in the Wamego community. He united with the Wamego Methodist church in 1893 and during the fifty years that have passed since he has been an active member. He was very devotedin his attendance of both the Sunday School and church services. The Bible was a familiar book to him. Many passages of the Scriptures he knew so well he often quoted them without an error. Besides his many friends, he leaves as his loved ones who will greatly miss him: his life companion, Mrs. Mary Warren of the home; six daughters: Mrs. Nellie Lambert, Manhattan; Mrs. Alta Russell, Topeka; Mrs. Edna Duncan, Topeka; Mrs. Minnie Hill, Kansas City, Mo.; Mrs. Helen Thurman, San Bernardino, Calif.; Mrs. Bulah Lindahl, Chicago, Ill. Two sons: Guy Warren, Grand Junction, Colo.; Sprague Warren, Topeka; 27 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren. Twelve of the grandsons are now in military service for their country. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 4, 3 p.m. at the Stewart Funeral Home, with the Rev. H.T. Vigour in charge of the services Source: Newspaper clipping without name of paper – Thursday, May 6, 1943 Submitted by: Elizabeth Warren
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WATTS, Joseph H.

JOSEPH H. WATTS One of the men who has been prominently identified with Kansas History since the pioneer days is Joseph H. Watts. He is one of those typical Englishmen who take the world as it comes, and make the best of everything. He came to Kansas in an early day, settling first over on Clear Creek but eventually locating on a splendid farm--his present home--in the English Ridge settlement. Here Uncle Joe, as he is commonly called, is surrounded by everything necessary to make life comfortable and prosperous. He keeps the best of everything that the market desires, and is one of the biggest hearted men in the country. Progressive, genial and liberal, he is always doing good to somebody. No man in the country enjoys the respect and confidence of the people more fully than he, and his large beautiful and well cultivated farm is headquarters for all that need aid and friendly counsel. He has a most estimable wife, and a family of bright and accomplished children. OBITUARIES Joseph Hiram Watts was born June 3, 1832, died Sunday, December 13, 1914, age 82 years, 6 months, and 10 days. He was born in Catcit Birtle, Somersetshire, England. He came to America in 1846 and located in Illinois. He was married to Lucy Shove at Waukegan, Illinois, August 22, 1857. They moved from there to Iowa and lived a short time, then moved to Clear Fork, Kansas, where they made their home until 1868 when they moved to English Ridge where they lived until the spring of 1911 when becoming feeble with age they went to live with their daughter, Elsie, where he resided until his death. He leaves to mourn his departure a wife and six children: Grace Lawton of Arapaho, Oklahoma, P.S. Watts of Fort Bragg, California, Maud Smith of Helix, Oregon, Elizabeth Loughmiller of Hillis, Kansas, Elsie Kroth and Fred Watts of this place, all of Texas, and a great many other relatives and friends. He was kind and loving husband and father and always delighted in helping the poor and unfortunate. The funeral was held on Sunday afternoon with a short service at the home and sermon by Rev. Raymond at the church and burial in the Bucks Grove Cemetary. One unusual thing about his life, Mr. Watts was born on Sunday, his golden wedding was on Sunday, he died on Sunday and was buried on Sunday. Source: Havensville Torchlight, Havensville, Kansas--date unknown. Submitted by: M. Togin (Lawton) Cassell Additional information submitted : _______________________________ 1880 US Census Pottawatomie County, Kansas
Joseph Watts W M 47 farmer England
Lucy W F 45 wife England
Grace W F 12 dau Kansas
Paul W M 10 son Kansas
Maud W F 8 dau Kansas
Bessie W F 5 dau Kansas
Elsie W F 3 dau Kansas
John Collman W M 24 farm labor Iowa
Clara Tidy W F 30 Niece England
This is for my great-great grandmother, Lucy Shove Watts.
M. Togin (Lawton) Cassell
48 Wine Press Way, Napa, CA 94558
e-mail: ToginC@aol.com

According to the Shove bible, the family left England on March 25, 1854 and arrived in New York on May 3, 1854.
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WATTS, Lucy Shove

Obituary: Lucy Shove Watts died March 2, 1919, Havensville, Kansas Lucy Shove was born December 26, 1835 at Horley, Surrey, England, died March 2, 1919, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elsie Kroth, where she had made her home for the last eight years. At the time of her death, she was 83 years, 2 months and 6 days old. She was confirmed in the Church of England when a girl and was a Christian all her life, and a good wife, a loving mother, and never complained during all the years of her illness. She came from England with her parents when 18 years of age and lived in Illinois until her marriage with Joseph Hiram Watts, August 22, 1857. They went to Iowa where they lived eight years. From there to Clear Fork, Kansas, and two years later to English Ridge, where they lived until 1911. When becoming feeble with age, they went to live with their daughter, Mrs. Elsie Kroth. She was preceded by her husband who died December 13, 1914. She leaves to mourn her departure six children: Mrs. Grace Lawton, and Mrs. Maud Watts Smith of Arapaho, Oklahoma. P.S. Watts, Fred Watts, Mrs. Bessie Loughmiller, and Mrs. Kroth of this place, all of whom were present. She also leaves 18 grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Mary Ellis, of Topeka, Kansas, 2 brothers, George and Jesse Shove of this place, also many other friends and relatives. Funeral services were held at Bucks Grove Church Wednesday, March 5, conducted by Rev. Charles E. Tanner. Interment was made in Bucks Grove Cemetary. The children of Mrs. Lucy Watts wish to express their thanks to their neighbors and friends for their kindness in the late breavement. Source: Unknown. Submitted by: M. Togin (Lawton) Cassell (NOTE from submitter - According to the Shove Bible, the family left England on March 25, 1854 and arrived in New York on May 3, 1854.)
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WELSH, Bridgett Giblin

"Bridgett Giblin Welsh" (died Jan 5, 1923). She was born in the Half Parish of Calgarugy County, Tipperary, Ireland in 1841 where she grew to womanhood. In 1858 she and her two sisters came to America, first locating at East Rutland, Vermont. On Aug 18, 1865, she was married to Miles Welsh where the family resided till 1870. She, her husband and family moved to Akron, Ohio where they made their home until April 1876. They moved to Kansas locating near (Butler City) now Blaine, Kansas. She resided there till her death Jan. 5th, 1923 9:00 am. To this union were born 7 children, 2 dying in infancy. Those living are John W. Welsh of Weskan, Ks.; Mary A. Moss, James M., Michael J. Welsh of Frankfort, Ks., and Katie Foley of Sharon Springs, Ks.. All children were present for the funeral. Services were conducted by Rev. Father Mc Namara of Blaine, Ks. on Jan 6th, 1923 at 9:30 am and she was laid to rest in the what is now St. Bridgett Cemetery, Blaine, Ks. The deceased was a quiet unassuming woman, quite in her faith, devoted to her family, raised them to be usefull men & women. She endured many hardships and privitations like other settlers in the early days in Kansas, but endowed with that will and determination to brave the hardships of the times and always hopeful that the future would bring it's rewards. she made the best of what was at hand. Submitted by: Virgil D. Miller
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WELSH, Miles

"Miles Welsh" son of James Walsh (Welsh), was born in Leitrim County, Ireland Dec15, 1833. His parish was Innus Mc Graw, Ireland. He was married to Bridget Giblin in Aug 18 1865, at St. Peters Church in Rutland, Vermont. He supposedly came to NY on the "Mayflower" in April 1866 through the port of Castle Garden, NY. From New York he moved to Vermont, then to Akron, Ohio with Ox and wagon, then on to Frankfort, Kansas, 1876. They settled on a peice of school land located 2 miles north of (Butler City) now Blaine, Ks. Later he homesteaded 80 acres 5 miles west of Blaine (Potowatomie Co.) and later bought 80 acres, 5 miles west of Blaine and lived there until 1923 after Bridget's death. Miles was moved to Sharon Springs, Ks. by Mrs and Mr. Jefferson Lee (Katie) Foley where he made his home until his death March 3, 1926. Miles was returned to Blaine and buried in the Catholic Cemetery, Blaine, Ks. along side of his wife Bridget Welsh. Mr Welsh lived a faithful Catholic all of his life. He left three sons, Michael, James, John, two daughters Mrs Mary Moss, of Frankfort and Catherine (Katie) Foley of Sharon Springs, Ks. Submitted by: Virgil D. Miller
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WELTER, William Jackson

William Jackson Welter William Jackson Welter died at his home in the Pleasant Run neighborhood Monday at 11 1.m., April 1, 1946. While he had been in failing health for several years, there seemed to be no noticeable change in his condition until Sunday evening, March 31, when he had a severe heart attack, followed by another one early the next morning which proved to be fatal. He was the son of Nicholas and Nancy Welter and was born only a few miles from where he died on the farm where his parents homesteaded in the early fifties. He, with a twin sister, Mary Ellen, was born on June 27, 1873, and at the time of his death, was 72 years, 9 months, and 4 days old. Mary Ellen preceded him in death 24 years ago. He was married to Kate Weber on October 5, 1898, and to this union three children were born, Wilson, and later twin sons who died in infancy. On March 12, 1928, Mrs. Welter passed on. On September 23, 1931, he was married to Stella May Dixon of Wamego and since that time they have made their home on their farm in the Pleasant Run community. He leaves to mourn his loss, his devoted wife, Stella May; one son, Wilson, of Wamego; two sisters, Mrs. Barbara Pierce, Scranton, and Mrs. Margaret Ziegenhirt, Linn; and two brothers, R. P. and Edward, both of Westmoreland; and one grandchild, Ruby Welter. He joined the Pleasant Run Methodist church in his early life and has always exemplified its principles and teachings in his simple every day and unpretentious life, but was deeply interested and always gave his earnest support to the upbuilding of his church and all other community interests and never missed an opportunity to lend a helping hand or do a kind deed to anyone in need. He shall be missed by many. Funeral services were held at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon at the Pleasant Run church, with Rev. A. L. Wright in charge. Interment was in Jenkins cemetery. Source: Collected by my gggrandmother, Johanna Tieking and her daughter. Submitted by: Bev Bird
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WELTER, Mrs. Wm.

Obituary of Mrs. Wm. Welter Mrs. William Welter died at her home in the Pleasant Run neighborhood, March 12, 1928. She was born near Myers Valley on May 5, 1876, and was at the time of her death 51 years, 9 months and 27 days of age. On October 5, 1898, she married William Welter. To this union were born three children, Wilson, who lives with his father, then came the twins for a short visit of a few hours and departed to be with the angels above. After years of patient suffering, death came to relieve the body and free the spirit of Mrs. Welter. Those who preceded her in death are her parents, and her brothers and sisters, Lena, John, Adeline, William, Henry and Louis Weber Mrs. Lucy Funk, and Mrs. Lillie Mayer. She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband, a son, Wilson, two sisters, Mrs. Hattie King, of Blue Springs, Nebraska, Mrs. Lillie Allwardt of Topeka, tow brothers, Frank and Charley, of Myers Valley, south of Westmoreland, and other relatives and friends. In young life, Mrs. Welter answered the call of Christian service and responsibility. She has now answered the second call to come home and rest from labor and all affliction. The funeral services were held at the Pleasant Run M. E. church, March 15, at 2 p.m., and were conducted by the pastor, Rev. W. L. Dillon, The pall bearers were Charles A. Barr, J. B. Bradshaw, Carroll Barr, Guy McLaughlin, Lester Campbell, and Chas. Pinick. Interment was in the Jenkins cemetery. Source: Collected by my gggrandmother, Johanna Tieking and her daughter. Submitted by: Bev Bird
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WERNING, Andrew A.

Werning Funeral Services Friday Funeral services for Andrew A. Werning, 82, who died here Wednesday morning, will be at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon at the Ryan chapel. Werning, a resident here fore the past nine years, died at the home of Mrs. Frank Jolley, 701 Osage, after suffering a stroke about a week ago. He had been at the Jolley home for six days. Mr. Werning was born in Germany May 7, 1858. At the age of eight years he came with his parents to the United States and settled first in South Carolina and later came to Kansas. In February, 1886, he was married to Maggie Huthzel, who died in 1919. Survivors include a son, Neil, El Centro, Calif.; a brother, Garret Werning, and a sister, Mrs. J. B. Falkenrich, both of Manhattan. Mr. Werning had resided the past nine years with a niece, Mrs. Homer Hofmann, route one. Interment will be in Sunset cemetery. Source: Collected by my gggrandmother, Johanna Tieking and her daughter. Submitted by: Bev Bird
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Young, Mrs. Jane (Newsom)

Mrs. Jane Young living one half mile northeast of town died on Thursday, Nov. 27th. Funeral was held at the church Friday at 2 p.m. Mrs. Young had been a great sufferer for the past two months. The family have the sympathy of all. Submitted by: Cyndy
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Young, Philo

Garrison Died-On New Year's morning, Philo Young, aged 78 years and 8 months. Mr. Young was born in New York State, and at an early age moved to Indiana, where he grew to manhood. He was twice married, his first wife was Emma Peterson, who died in 1870, of this marriage there are three children living. His second wife was a Mrs Jane Cassiday, who died about six years ago. Of this marriage there are two children, Flora and Benjamin. Mr. Young came to Kansas nineteen years ago and for the past fifteen years has lived near Garrison. He was a cripple for many years and for the past year has been a great sufferer, but now he is at rest; his spirit has gone to his God who gave it. He has left his poor crippled body and gone where the Lord will give him a new body free of pain and suffering. Rev. Kulpe of Manhattan, preached a very appropriate and feeling sermon after which the body was followed to the cemetery around the hill and laid to rest beside his wife. B.P. Young, who is in the employ of the U.P.R.R. Company at Ellis, Kansas, came home Friday morning before his father died, and after the funeral went to Leavenworth for a few days, returning here Saturday, and will return to his work at Ellis Monday morning. Source: Westmoreland Recorder, Thursday, January 13, 1898 Submitted by: Cyndy
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