James H. Cox and William M. Cox

BELLE PLAINE NEWS Mar. 18, 1915

BROTHERS DIE SAME WEEK.

J. H. Cox, a prominent farmer of Palestine township died Wednesday evening, aged 77 years. He was a brother to William Cox, who died in Wichita, Tuesday and was buried here yesterday, and an uncle of Chas. W. Cox of this city. A sister, Mrs Minerva Bear of Bearsdale, Ill., who was called here to attend the funeral of her brother William Cox is now the last surviving member of her family of brothers and sisters. She will remain to attend the funeral of the second brother who died this week.

The funeral of J.H. Cox will be held at the home in Palestine township Sunday afternoon. J.H. Cox was ten years the senior of his brother William. He was one of the wealthiest of Sumner county's farmer's owning 400 acres of rich Ninnescah bottom land.

The surviving children are Mrs. Link Barner, Mrs. O.R. Smith, Mrs. Myrtle Fisher and J. S. Cox, all living in the vicinity of Belle Plaine.

Both William and J. H. Cox were well known in Wellington and had many friends here. William Cox was for many years a prominent business man of this city, engaged in the manufacture of pop with his son Chas. W. Cox. He later moved his business to Wichita. J. H. Cox was a frequent visitor in Wellington during his many years'residence in the county.

FUNERAL OF WILLIAM COX

The funeral of William Cox was held Thursday. Services were held in Wichita, conducted by Rev. McFadden and the body was brought to Wellington over the Rock Island in the afternoon. The body was taken directly to the cemetary where short services were held, conducted by Rev. D.H. Switzer. The pallbearers were, N.E. Whitesides, W.A. Carrington, Chas. Minor, Frank Kramer, C.C. Shawver and Sam McKowan.

Among the floral offerings was a beautiful piece from the Elk's Lodge.

The relatives who accompanied the body to Wellington were, the widow and daughter, Lelia, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. W. Cox, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Cox of Wichita, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Pepperdine of Herington, Mrs. Lou Beard of Kansas City, Mrs. Minerva Bear of Bearsdale, Ill., John Cox of Milton and Miss Lucille Cox of Wellington.


WELLINGTON JOURNAL(March 12th) and WELLINGTON MONITOR Mar. 17, 1915

MANY DEATHS IN THE PAST WEEK.
Several Elderly Residents Lay Down Life's Burdens
Two Brothers on Successive Days

The death of William Cox, former resident of this city which took place last Tuesday at his home in Wichita, was followed the day after by the demise of his brother, J. H. Cox, and early settler of the county, who passed away at 7 o'clock Wednesday evening in Palestine township. William Cox was sixty-six years of age and his bother, seventy-seven.

William Cox, who is survived by his sons Charles, of this city, and Will, of Wichita, came to this county in 1883 from Decatur, Illinois. He spent a year or two farming in Palestine township and then moved to the new town of Argonia, where he resided a year before moving to this city, early in 1886. Here he engaged in business, first as the proprieter of the old Pennsylvania house, now destroyed; which stood a short distance south of the court house, and later engaged with his sons in the making of pop and other summer drinks. About the year 1896, having lost his wife, he returned to Illinois, but from there after a stay of three years, he moved back to Wichita, and in partnership with his son Will established the Cox Bottling Works. This business he gave up a few years ago on account of ill health.

Mr. Cox was taken with his last sickness in the latter part of January and failed steadily until the end. The funeral was held at 1:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the chapel of the Wichita Undertaking company, with serviced conducted by Rev. McFadden, of the M.E. Church. The body was then brought to this city on the 4:30 Rock Island train, and taken from the depot direct to Prairie Lawn cemetery, where a brief service was held at the grave by Rev. D.H. Switzer. There were many floral offerings, among them an exquisite design from the Elks lodge.

The following relatives accompanied the remains from Wichita: The widow and daughter, Miss Leila Cox; Mr. and Mrs. Chas.Cox and Mr. and Mrs Elmer Cox , of this city; Mr. and Mrs. Will Cox, of Wichita; Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Pepperdine, of Herington; Mrs. Lou Beard, of Kansas City; Mrs. Minerva Bear, of Bearsdale, Illinois;, John Cox, of Milton, and Miss Lucille Cox of, Wellington.

J.H. Cox, or Henry Cox as he was best known, was born in Decatur, Illinois, March 16, 1838 ,and came to this county forty-one years ago. He was a successful farmer and added to his original holdings until at death he was the owner of 400 acres of fine Ninnescah valley bottom land. His surviving children are: Mrs O. R. Smith, Mrs. Link Barner, Mrs. Myrtle Fisher and J. S. Cox, all living in the vicinity of Belle Plaine.

Mr. Cox's death followed a short illness. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from Palestine church, with burial in the Belle Plaine cemetary.

Submitted by Nancy Willis