HIRAM GOULD SKINNER GRAVESTONE PHOTO
The Miami Republican, April 16, 1915, Pg. 1
Died: April 12, 1915
The announcement of the sudden illness and death of our esteemed citizen, Hiram G. Skinner, was a shock to the family and friends and to the community. He was in his usual health and about town Saturday, and at 9:30 o’clock that evening was taken violently ill at his home on west Peoria street. His physician was called, but his condition became critical and his death occurred at 5:30 o’clock Monday evening, April 12, 1915, the result of pancreatitis.
Hiram Gould Skinner was born at Vernon, Indiana, February 10, 1844. He grew to manhood there and at the breaking out of the civil war enlisted in December, 1861, and served three years in Co. I, 52d Indiana volunteers. He was a cooper by trade, and after the war followed that occupation until coming to Kansas in 1867, when he engaged in farming in Stanton-twp., this county, and in Anderson co. He was married in Stanton December 26, 1869, to his surviving wife, who was Miss Pocahontas Mitchell, daughter of Dr. Mitchell then a practicing physician in Stanton. Twenty-two years ago Mr. Skinner moved his family to Paola and they made this their permanent home.
“High,” as everyone called him was a good citizen, honorable in all things and was held in great regard by everyone. For several years he filled the office of city marshal and night marshal, and whenever a special police was needed he was the first to be called upon. He possessed a fine character, and when not attending to his business affairs was usually found at his home with his wife, who will sadly miss him. With his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. G. L. Wilson and Mrs. J. H. Cooper of Pittsburg, Pa., and a half brother, Perry Skinner of Kincaid, Kas. His daughters and Mr. Wilson arrived here Tuesday evening, to attend the funeral. Mr. Skinner was a member of McCaslin Post G. A. R.
The funeral services, conducted by Rev. G. W. Braden, pastor of the Methodist church, assisted by Rev. O. B. Thurston of the Congregational church, were held at the Methodist church Thursday at 2:30 p. m. Burial in Elmwood cemetery, was in charge of McCaslin Post.