Crites - Near Coldwater, Kansas, on Sunday, June 22, 1902, Eli Crites, aged 80 years, 3 months and 7 days.
Deceased was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, on March 15, 1822. While he was yet a young man his parents moved to Illinois. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Mr. Crites became a member of the Sixty-fifth Illinois Volunteer Infantry and served his country bravely and well, the entire term of his service being 3 years and 9 months.
After the war Mr. Crites moved to Kansas and continued to make this state his home. A wife and five children survive the deceased husband and father, and to them comes, at this time, the consciousness that, although the earthly life of the husband and father is ended, he lived an honest life and died a peaceful death. For many years he had been a member of the M. E. church and had lived at peace with God and with his fellowmen.
Funeral services were held at the home of Geo. Crites, where the deceased had been making his home. Rev. J. C. Fisher, of the M. E. church, had charge of the services. Burial took place in the Coldwater cemetery at 2 p.m. on Monday. A large number of the neighbors and friends of the deceased followed the remains to the cemetery and thus expressed, as best they could, their respect for the dead and their sympathy for the living who are in sorrow and bereavement at this time.
The Western Star, May 3, 1907.
MRS. MARY CRITES.
Born in Wooster, Ohio, on June 24, 1830, died at the home of her son, Lee Crites, in Comanche co., Kansas, on April 20, 1907, and was buried in the Coldwater cemetery on Sunday, April 21. Rev. W. L. Roberts of the Presbyterian church, conducting the funeral services. Mrs. Crites husband, Eli Crites, died in this county about four years ago. Deceased was a most estimable woman. She had seen and endured all the vicissitudes of pioneer life, yet she was always hopeful and cheerful. She lived a noble Christian life and died with her face Zionward. George and Lee Crites of this county are sons of the deceased.
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