Hutchinson News, Thursday, Aug. 17, 1899,
Vol. XXVIII, No. 5
ASHER IS DEAD.
One of the Best Known Ministers in the
Rev. Noah Archer, for many years
one of the leading ministers of the Methodist Episcopal church in Kansas, died
at his home in Hutchinson on Ninth avenue at 10 o’clock Sunday evening.
He had been an invalid for several years and was confined to his bed for the
past three months. Rev. Asher was deeply loved by the members of his
various congregations, by his neighbors, and by all who came in contact with him
as a pastor and a man. His life was rich in good works. He was an earnest
and untiring servant of the Master, and clung to his life work even after his
health and strength had left him.
He was a native of Ohio and was
born in 1846. Patriotism was a strong part of his nature as a boy and at
the age of 17 he enlisted to serve his country in the 128th Indiana regiment.
He was in thirteen battles, and through the Atlanta, Franklin and Nashville
campaigns. He received a common school education and later attended two
years at Hedding college at Abington, Ill., afterwards teaching school for
several years in Illinois and Missouri. In 1872 he removed to Kansas and
joined the South Kansas M. E. conference. In his chosen work he was
blessed with success. While in the South Kansas conference he was pastor
at Girard, La Cygne, Hutchinson, Newton, Belle Plain, again in Hutchinson,
Lyons, Canton, Marion, Hadley Chapel at Hutchinson and Augusta. After his
first appointment at Hutchinson he served as presiding elder of the Newton
district. During his stay at Augusta his health was completely broken down
and he was superannuated in March last, and was brought to his home in
Hutchinson, when he gradually grew weaker until the end. Rev. Asher was
married in 1871, to Mary R. Wyatt in Henderson county, Illinois, and leaves a
wife and five children. The hundreds of friends in Kansas will deeply
mourn his loss, and many will with the remembrance of him, realize that they are
better and truer because of his teachings. He lived a pure, earnest and
studious life, leaving the world better than he found it.
Funeral of Rev. Asher.
The funeral of the late Rev. Noah Asher was held from the First M. E. Church in this city Tuesday morning under the direction of the Knights Templar. Elder George W. Howes of Newton, assisted by Rev. J. W. Anderson of Halstead, had charge of the service. The funeral was attended by the Knights Templar and G. A. R., and a large number of friends of the deceased. The burial occurred at the Eastside cemetery.