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Death Notice -- Thursday, November 16, 1978
PIEDMONT, Kan. -- Orvel Richardson, 83, retired farmer, died Tuesday. Service 2 p.m. Saturday, Piedmont United Methodist Church. Survivors: son, Cecil of Haysville; daughters, Viola Chinn, Marie Baughman, both of Wichita; brother Jesse of Howard, Kan.; sisters, Ida Babb of Holly Hill Fla., Elsie Shumard of Lincoln, Neb.

OBITUARY--Found in Greenwood County Historical Society records.
Newspaper not listed.

Orvel Richardson, son of Julia and Henry Richardson, was born September 21, 1895 in DeValls Bluff, Ark. and died in Wichita, November 14, 1978 at the age of 83 years, 1 month and 22 days.

At the age of four he came to Greenwood County with his parents. When he was 14 they moved to a farm in Elk County. He started working out as a farm hand for a small wage. He grew up in the Western Park community and was a member of this church.

September 18, 1917 he enlisted in the army at Howard. He was sent to Fort Riley in the 140th Infantry Division and served his country for two years. He was wounded in France in the Argonne offensive. He was then returned to the States and given an honorable discharge. He was a member of the America Legion, Carter-Rader Post 149, Howard.

After returning from service he settled on a farm south of Piedmont and was married to Gladys Moore, who preceded him in death January 15, 1926. They had three children, one son, Cecil, of Haysville and two daughters, Viola Chinn and Marie Baughman, both of Wichita.

He is survived by one brother, Jesse Richardson, of Howard and two sisters, Ida Babb of Holly Hill, Fla. and Elsie Shumard of Lincoln, Neb. His father, mother and 12 brothers and sisters preceded him in death. He leaves his three children, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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Julia F. Burgess was born at Racine Wisconsin, October 14, 1856, and passed from this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Gertie Friend, 6 miles north of Howard, Kansas, at 9:50 p.m., March 9, 1928, age 71 years, 4 months and 24 days.

When a child she moved with her parents to Gage County, Nebraska, settling on a farm 5 miles southeast of DeWitt. On October 14, 1870, she was united in marriage to Mr. Henry Richardson of DeWitt, Nebraska. To this union was born 16 children, nine boys and seven girls, four of whom with her husband have passed on, Pearl, Ralph and Daisy, passing on in infancy, Mrs. Jean Walker of Beatrice, Nebraska, on June 3, 1926; her husband going on June 13, 1914. Those living are: Willis of Cobbin, Wis.; Lewis of Lannigan, MO.; Arthur of Myrtle Creek, Oregon; Walter of Ft. Cobb, Okla.; Edgar, Henry Orvel and Jessie of Piedmont, Kansas; Mrs. Elsie Shumard, of DeWitt, Nebr.; Mrs. Chloe Morgan, Mrs. Ida Babb and Mrs. Gertie Friend of Howard, Kansas. Besides her children she leaves one brother, Wm. Burgess of DeWitt, Nebr.; and one sister, Mrs. Ludencia Quackenbush of Beatrice, Nebr, and a host of friends to mourn her loss.

She spent her early life in Gage County, Nebr., moving to Prairie County, Arkansas in 1894 and from there to Elk County, Kansas in 1899, where she resided until her departure for her Eternal home. In her early youth she was baptized and became a member of the Christian church, later affiliating with the Church of God and was a devoted member until the end came.

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Henry Richardson was born January 8, 1847, in London, England, and died at his home in Elk County, near Howard, Kansas, June 13, 1914, aged 67 years, 5 months and 5 days. Funeral services and interment at Fairview on Paw Paw at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning. Services conducted by Rev. Weir of Baptist church at Howard.

He came to America with his parents at the age of 5 years and located in Chicago, Ill., removed to Earlville, Iowa, at the age of 18 removed from there to DeWitt, Nebr., in 1867 taking a homestead there where he lived for 27 years, then removed to DeValls Bluff, Arkansas, coming from there to Greenwood County Kansas in 1899, where he resided until last spring, when he removed to Elk County.

He was married to Julia Burgess October 14, 1870. To this union were born 16 children, three of whom have preceded him. The others were all present at the funeral except Willis Richardson and Mrs. Elsie Shumard of DeWitt, Nebr., Mrs. Jean Walker of Beatrice, Nebr., and Lewis Richardson of Liberal, MO.

Mr. Richardson taught school in his youth but has been a farmer since marriage excepting four years when he was an implement dealer in DeWitt, Nebr. He was a good father, a loving husband and was respected by all who knew him. He leaves a wife, 13 children and 4 brothers to mourn his loss besides a host of other relatives and friends.

Note: Birth Record from England shows that Henry Richardson was born on January 8, 1846 (not 1847). Henry was first buried in Fairview Cemetery in Paw Paw Township, Elk County, Kansas, near where he lived. Later he was moved to the cemetery at Piedmont, Greenwood County, Kansas.

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James N. Foster
OBITUARY--Death of James N. Foster
James N. Foster, residing north of Severy, died last Monday, after an illness of some length. Funeral services were conducted last Tuesday at the home of the deceased, Rev. Bixby officiating. Interment was in Twin Groves Cemetery. Mr. Foster was born April 13, 1846 at Cole, Missouri, and was married in 1874. Mr. Foster and family removed to Severy in 1902 and have since made this their home. Mr. Foster was a kind and loving husband and father and a good neighbor. A wife, five children and a large circle of friends hold the memory of him as a precious legacy.

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Chetopa Advance, Thursday, June 29, 1950
Elnora Reader Foster
Mrs. Elnora Reader Foster was born June 2, 1857 at Peoria, Ill. She passed away at her home near Chetopa June 23, 1950 aged 93 years and 21 days. With her parents she moved to Clinton, Mo., where she grew to womanhood. March 17, 1874 she was united in marriage to James N. Foster and to this union were born five children, three of whom preceded her in death. The family lived for some years in Nebraska, moving to Severy, Kansas in 1902. While residing there her husband passed away in 1904.

The family came to this vicinity in 1909, where she had since resided. She leaves to mourn her passing her daughter, Nora and son Preston Foster of the home, 8 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, besides other relatives and many friends. The funeral was conducted from the Miller Chapel with Rev. W. M. Rogers in charge and burial was in the Severy, KS Cemetery by the side of her husband. Rev. Rogers had been her Pastor some 40 or more years ago.

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Chetopa Advance, Thursday, April 28, 1960
Miss Nora Dell Foster, 74, of Chetopa died Tuesday in Oswego Hospital after becoming a patient there earlier in the day. She was born on Nov. 19, 1885 at Clinton, Mo., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James N. Foster. She and her parents once lived on a farm west of Chetopa. She and a brother, Burl, continued to live there after the death of their parents. They moved to Chetopa about three years ago. Miss Foster was a member of the Methodist Church at Severy. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Miller Funeral Home conducted by the Rev. J. W. White. Burial will be at Severy.

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Chetopa Advance, Thursday, May 1, 1975
Services for Burl P. Foster, 82, a semi-retired farmer in this area, were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19 at the Sperry Funeral Home in Chetopa. The Rev. Ed. Rice conducted the rites and burial was at 2 p.m. in South Lawn Cemetery near Severy. Mr. Foster died late Wednesday in the V. A. Hospital in Muskogee, Okla., after an extended illness. He was born in Henry County, Mo., on December 28, 1892 to James and Elnora Reader Foster and went to Nebraska with his family in his childhood. He moved to Severy, served in World War I and had lived in the Chetopa area for the past 50 or more years. His only survivors are nieces and nephews.

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Winfield (Kan.) Daily Courier, Fri., Oct. 15, 1999
Marvin Lee Stewart, 82, a longtime resident of the Howard and Severy area, died Oct. 13, 1999, at Medicalodge of Eureka. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in South Lawn Cemetery in Severy with the Rev. Tony Pameticky officiating.

A memorial has been established with St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905. Contributions may be left a Zimmerman Funeral Home. Stewart joined his father in raising cattle and farming near Severy until serving with the United States Army for 46 months in the European Theatre as a member of the 36th Division of the 636th Tank Destroyer Reconnaissance Unit. he then resumed farming with this father and brother in the Severy community.

On Nov. 21, 1946, he married Louise Davis at Fredonia. In 1948, they brought a farm near Howard, and he raised cattle and farmed in partnership there with his son billy. Stewart was a member of the Kansas State Grange and the Severy Co-op Association. Survivors include his son, Billy Stewart, Severy; two grandchildren, three step-granddaughters and seven step great-grandchildren. His wife and a son, Harold, preceded him in death.

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Harold Lee Stewart was born June 27, 1949 to Marvin and Louise Davis Stewart of rural Severy, and died November 11, 1979 at the Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka. His mother preceded him in death in 1971.

Harold attended school at Fiat. He grew up on the family farm, enjoying riding his pony and helping with the farm work. He enjoyed good music. He loved his brother, Bill--his family was his life. His father was his constant companion for the last eight years of his life. He was a quiet person, who was easily pleased.

Survivors include his father, brother, two uncles, Francis Stewart and Lester Davis, other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held November 13 at the Forsberg Funeral Home, Severy. The Rev. Toni Pameticky officiated. Interment was in South Lawn Cemetery, Severy.

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Winfield Daily Courier, Thursday, January 22, 1998
Francis Stewart
SEVERY - Francis Louis Stewart, 77, of rural Severy, died Jan. 17, 1998, at his home. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in South Lawn Cemetery at Severy. Pastor Alan Hunter will officiate. A memorial has been established with St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905. Contributions can be made through Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.

Stewart was born Jan. 8, 1921, southeast of Severy, to John Douglas and Edith (Phroehl) Stewart. He attended Pleasant Plain rural school and grew up in the Severy area. Stewart took care of his parents before they died and lived his entire life on the farm where he was born. Survivors include a brother, Marvin L. Stewart, Howard; a nephew, Billy L. Stewart, Severy; a great-nephew and a great-niece.

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