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Uniontown Telephone

Bourbon County’s Uniontown Telephone was a weekly newspaper, printed on Thursdays. These extracts have been copied as accurately as possible, but errors may still occur. Minor printing errors have been corrected, but otherwise the information is presented as it originally appeared. Please consult the individual reels to verify an item. I do not have any further information about these individuals or families. Contributed by Ellen Bisson (thebissons@worldnet.att.net)

Sept 24, 1885, pg 1, col 6

Died: In Uniontown, on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 2 o’clock p.m., little Alta, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Redick. The funeral took place at the residence of the parents, on Wednesday afternoon at 1 o’clock. The remains were buried in the Uniontown Cemetery. "She is an angel now, Where all is at peace."

Oct 22, 1885, pg 1, col 4

Born: On Wednesday morning, to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hahn, of this city, a daughter. Mother and child doing well.

Born: In this city, on last Wednesday morning, to Mr. and Mrs. David Falconer, a son. Mother and boy doing well.

Oct 22, 1885, pg 1, col 5

School Report: The following is a partial report of the Ozark School for the first month, ending Oct. 14th: Number enrolled, males - 17; females - 16; total 88. Average daily attendance: males - 11; females - 18; total 24. Those whose standing is 100 in deportment are Elmer Ralston, Aldie Mason, Rhoda Ralston, Minnie Noble, Finis Ralston, Besse Woods, Maud Woods, Lizzie Davis and May Ralston. Submitted by S. Jones, Teacher.

Oct 29, 1885, pg 1, col 5

Married: In Fort Scott, on the 21st last, by Judge O.A. Cheney, James Chamberlain, of this city, to Mrs. Winnie Chamberlain, of Barry, Ill. The happy couple will make this city their future home. May their journey through life be happy is the wise of the Telephone.

Nov 15, 1885, pg 1, col 4

Married: In Fort Scott on Oct. 28, by Judge O.A. Cheney, Mr. Sherman Ramsey to Miss Mary Wells, both of Uniontown. The Telephone wishes them a happy and prosperous life.

Nov 26, 1885, pg 1, col 5

Married: A very quiet and happy wedding took place at the residence of Squire Moore, in Uniontown, on Saturday evening, Nov. 21st. The contracting parties were Mr. James M. Shute and Miss Fannie E. Reynolds, two of Lakeside’s most popular young people. May happiness and prosperity attend them is the wish of all their friends.

Dec 3, 1885, pg 1, col 4

The iron for the new bridge across the Marmaton has arrived, and is on the grounds ready to be put up. A force of men is also in our city to do the work. This will be joyful news for the people living south of this city as they will no longer be water bound during wet weather.

Dec 10, 1885, pg 1, col 6

There was a very pleasant surprise party given to the editor of this paper [NB: Charles S. Clark was editor/publisher of the Uniontown Telephone] and his wife last Monday evening, that day being the third anniversary of their wedded life, as well as the birthday of ye editor. The affairs were managed by the Misses Nellie, Anna and Lou Sprague, and the surprise was complete. Among those present were W.H. Higley and wife, Dr. L.O. Cox and wife, James Patterson and wife, M.D. and Miss Lillie Elder, Mrs. T.L. Ledbrook, Lillie Ledbrook, Alice Smith, the three Misses Sprague, J.W. Moore and Frank Teague. Refreshments were spread and partaken of amid the choicest music, furnished by Messrs. Patterson and Teague. Several nice presents were made during the evening, all of which will be treasured in fond remembrance of the givers. It was altogether a pleasant evening to us, as we hope it was to all present.

Jan 7, 1886, pg 1

Col 4

Born: At Toronto, to Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Fellows, a son. Mrs. Fellows will be remembered as Laura Horton, formerly of this place.

Col 5

Dr. C.J. Halm went to the residence of E.R. Newton, southeast of Xenia, last Sunday and amputated the middle finger on the right hand of Eugene Newton. Mr. Newton, while out hunting about two weeks ago, had his shot gun accidentally discharge, the contents of the gun passing through his hand.

Jan 21, 1886, pg 1, col 6

Died: At her residence in this city, on Thursday morning, Jan. 14, 1886, of consumption, Mrs. Anna H. Konantz, wife of Geo. A. Konantz, age 23 years, 11 months and 12 days. Mrs. Konantz was born in the state of Indiana on the 2nd day of Feb. 1862, and was married to Geo. A. Konantz, in this state, on Feb. 17th, 1884. During her short stay in our midst, she gained the love and respect of all who knew her. Her sickness was of about one year’s duration, at the end of which time she passed into a peaceful slumber, to awake in a place of eternal rest. She joined the M.E. Church when about ten years of age, and has since been a consistent member and earnest worker, in her quiet, unassuming way, until her failing health called her from active service. The remains were taken to the residence of Mr. Arthur Hodgson, in Fort Scott, on Friday, Jan. 15th, and the services were conducted by Rev. W.C. Porter on Sunday morning, Jan. 17th, at 10 o’clock, after which the remains were interred in the Evergreen Cemetery.

Feb 11, 1886, pg 1, col 6

Died: At his home in this city, of a complication of diseases, on Sunday evening, Feb. 7, 1886, Steven Fields, age 70 years. Mr. Fields was born in November 1816, near Augusta, Maine, and was a consistent member of the M.E. Church for 35 years. He was one of the oldest, and most highly respected citizens of Uniontown and Bourbon County. The funeral took place on Monday, under the auspices of the G.A.R. of this place, of which he was an honored member. The remains were interred in the Uniontown Cemetery. He leaves a wife and one child in this city, who have the heartfelt sympathies of the whole community.

Feb 25, 1886, pg 1, col 6

Marriages:

On Thursday, Feb 18th, 1886, at the residence of Elder J.H. Greene, in Rockford, Valley, D.A. Roueth of Uniontown, to Miss Hattie McVey, of Redfield.

At the residence of L.M. Gudgell, in Rockford Valley, on Tuesday, Feb. 23, Charles Hill, of Pleasant Ridge, to Miss Nannie Lyons, of Rockford.

MR. EDITOR: At the residence of Abner Wilson, one and one-half miles southeast of Uniontown, on Thursday evening, Feb. 18th, a pleasant company of about forty couples gathered to witness the marriage of Mr. Andy Bowman to Miss Mary Wilson. The ceremony was performed by Elder J.H. Greene. After the ceremony and congratulations, the company sat down to a splendid repast, to which all did ample justice. The following is a list of the presents received: A sewing machine, Mr. D.J. Brown and wife; glass set, S.F. Bailey and wife; fruit dish, Grant Smith; pickle dish, Lillie Smith; lamp, James Falconer; glass pitcher, Mrs. Mollie Wren; bed comforter, W.I. Smith and wife; table cloth, David Falconer and wife; glass set, Ed Wilson; set of sauce dishes, Gracie Falconer; flour chest, Bert McGinley; bed comforter, Mr. Wyland and wife; metallic hair brush and comb, J.W. Moore. The happy couple have the best wishes of their many friends and especially of: ONE THAT WAS PRESENT.

Mar 11, 1886, pg 1, col 6

Born: On last Friday night, in this city, to Mr. and Mrs. S.L. Bryant, a son.

On Saturday morning last, in this city, to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Patterson, a daughter.

Mar 18, 1886, pg 1, col 6

Newton Johnson and family, old residents of this county, who have been in Iowa for the past seven years, have returned to Rockford Valley, and, we understand, will make this their future home.

Apr 8, 1886, pg 1, col 6

Died: At her home, in Rockford Valley, on Sunday night, April 4th, at 12 o’clock, Mrs. Odelia Mason, wife of W.L. Mason. The funeral services were held at their residence on Tuesday last, at 10 o’clock a.m. by Rev. D.C. Moore, and the remains were interred in the Mason Cemetery. The deceased was a young bride, having enjoyed about one year of wedded life. She leaves a host of loving friends to mourn her loss.

Apr 22, 1886, pg 1, col 6

Died: At her home, 5 miles south of Uniontown, on Tuesday morning, April 14th, 1886, at 7:30 o’clock, Mrs. Lucy K. West, wife of J.E. West. The funeral services were held at their residence on Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock, Rev. J.H. Green officiating. The remains were interred in the Rockford Cemetery.

May 13, 1886, pg 1, col 6

Married: At the residence of C.S. Steel; in this city, on Friday evening, May 7, by Robt. Moore, Mr. Thomas Macon to Miss Mattie French, of Uniontown. The happy couple will continue to make their home in this city. Tom is one of Uniontown’s best young men, and his bride one of our most popular young ladies. The Telephone joins with their many friends in wishing them happiness and success through life.

June 3, 1886, pg 1, col 6

Death: On Thursday evening, May 27th, at 3 o’clock, life left the body of our honored and esteemed citizen, Judge James F. Holt. His death was caused by a large and serious carbuncle, which confined him to his bed for several days prior to his death. It formed between his shoulders, and extended upward to the base of his brain. His funeral took place on Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock, at his residence, and his remains interred in the family burying ground, about four miles north of this city. There was a large concourse of people present to pay their last respects to their beloved and honored husband, father, brother, neighbor and friend. The funeral was conducted under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity, the deceased being an honored member of Excelsior Lodge, No. 115, of this city. The record of the past life of Judge Holt is such that those who he leaves behind may justly feel proud. He was a man of the strictest integrity, and enjoyed the confidence of all who knew him. He was a very prominent and influential man in politics, his integrity being his recommend to his people. He was a member of the Democratic party, to which he was much devoted. He leaves a large family to mourn his loss. The following facts were handed us regarding his former life: "Judge James F. Holt was a native of Tennessee. He was born on the 15th of April, 1819, making his age 67 years at the time of his death. At an early age he emigrated to the state of Indiana, where he grew to manhood, and where for ten consecutive years he held important public offices. In the year 1852 he went to Iowa, and later to Missouri. He came to Kansas in 1858. He purchased a piece of land from his brother William, had a post-office established, and was postmaster four years and a half, at which time the office was abolished. In 1862 he was elected county judge, and commissioner in 1865. He acted as township treasurer and clerk of the school board for a number of years. In 1858 he was one of only four Masons west of Fort Scott, and he is a charter member of Excelsior Lodge, No 115, of Uniontown."

Aug 5, 1886, pg 1, col 4

Death: News reached this city last week that Mr. Cowan Mitchell, one of Bourbon County’s earliest settlers, was dead. He has been living with his oldest daughter in Montana. Mr. Mitchell has been confined to his bed for thirty-five years prior to his death. From those who knew him, we learn that he was always esteemed as one of Bourbon County’s best citizens during his residence here.

Aug 19, 1886, pg 1, col 5

Death: At his residence, 3 miles west of Uniontown, on Thursday, August 12, at 4 o’clock a.m., James N. Crouch, age 57 years. Mr. Crouch was born in the state of Missouri, and moved to Hickory County, where he resided for a number of years. He left that state about 30 years ago, coming to Kansas and settling in this county on a farm near Xenia, where he resided until he removed about 12 years ago to the farm where he died. He leaves a second wife and seven children, six sons and one daughter, Mrs. W.F. Wells, of this city. Mr. Crouch was one of our best and most highly respected citizens, and had the well wishes of all who knew him. His remains were buried in the Uniontown Cemetery. The family have the sympathies of the entire community.

Sept 16, 1886, pg 1, col 4

Married: On Sept. 10th, about 2 miles west of this city, Geo. F. Drake to Miss Flora B. Simmons. The ceremony was performed in the woods by Squire Moore, of this city, and a picnic dinner given, there being over a hundred friends present. The occasion was made more interesting by it occurring on the 20th anniversary of the married life of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Simmons, the parents of the bride, and the 17th birthday of Miss Flora. They were in receipt of many nice presents. May their pathway through life be strewn with seeds of happiness, is the wish of the Telephone.

Oct 21, 1886, pg 1, col 3

Married: Mr. Hugh Ellis and Miss Charity Pitcher, of Redfield, were united in matrimony by Squire Moore, at his residence in this city, last Monday.

Nov 24, 1886, pg 1, col 4

Married: In Fort Scott, by Squire Hulbert, on Sunday, Nov. 21st, 1886, Mr. John Goff to Mrs. Ellen Winters, both of Arcadia, Kansas. The happy couple, accompanied by Squire Hulbert and wife, came to this city on the passenger train from the east on that day, and were met at the depot by a delegation of friends. The party then repaired to the residence of Mr. and Mrs. T.L. Ledbrook, where they were seated at a table well filled with edibles, excellent enough to make the mouth of an epicure water with delight. Among the friends present were: E.W. Hulbert and wife, of Fort Scott; H.R. Griffith and wife; T.L. Ledbrook and wife; Robt. Cisna and wife; C.S. Steel and wife; C.S. Clark and wife; and Mrs. Kate Sprague, all of Uniontown. The newly married couple left Monday evening for Arcadia, Kan., their future home, and carried with them the good wishes of their many friends in this city.

Jan 20, 1887, pg 1, col 5

Married: On Thursday, Jan. 13th, 1887, at the residence of the bride’s parents, in Rockford Valley, by Rev. D.C. Moore, Jas. Owings to Miss Lillie Anderson, both of this city. Mr. Owings is one of our most popular young men, and his fair bride one of Uniontown’s favorite young ladies. The happy couple have the best wishes of the whole community for their future prosperity and happy life, in which wish the Telephone. They were the recipients of a number of nice presents. They will occupy the residence of I.D. Marks, near the depot.



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