On Thursday morning of last week Dr. J. E. Sombart was taken sick at his home near Wilmore. His condition grew rapidly worse and on Sunday morning he was taken by special train to St. Francis Hospital in Wichita where, on Monday, he underwent an operation for appendicitis complicated with peritonitis. He never fully rallied from the operation and at 10 a.m. on Wednesday he passed away. His father, Julius Sombart, and his brother, Geo, H., were present at the time of death. The body was taken to Boonville, Mo., for burial.
Dr. Sombart was a pioneer settler in this county. He came here from Carthage, Mo., in 1884 or 1885 and began the practice of medicine. For several years he was engaged in the drug business in this city. He was well known all over this part of the state. As a physician he was, during the days of his active practice, very successful.
The Clark County Clipper (Ashland, Kansas), July 16, 1908.
Dr. John E. Sombart died at Wichita the 7th, after undergoing an operation for appendicitis. Dr. Sombart was tried in this city for the killing of one Mr. Murphy in Coldwater. He was acquitted. The killing of Murphy did more to divide the town of Coldwater than any other factor, and the town has never recovered from the effects.
Dr. J.E. SOMBART
"STATE vs. SOMBART", The Western Star, 21 June 1890.
The Not-So-Gay 90s by Evelyn Reed. An overview of the killings of Murphy by Sombart and Prichard by Miles, with the outcome of their trials.
SOLOMON W. MILES KILLS DR. G. W. PRICHARD The Western Star, May 10, 1890.
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