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Melissa McConnell Adkins

Melissa M. McConnell, daughter of Asa and Virginia McConnell, was born near Kirksville, Mo., January 7, 1858 and died at her home northeast of Norcatur, Kansas, March 11, 1939, aged 81 years, 2 months and 4 days

She was married to George W. Adkins on October 27, 1878, and moved to northwest Norton County in 1885, where she resided until her death.  The husband passed away July 13, 1915.  Mrs. Adkins was a member of the United Brethren Church.

Two children were born and survive the mother and father, Dawson R. Adkins of Wilsonville, Nebr., and Mrs. Blanche Temple of Norcatur, Kansas.  Besides the two children, she is survived by nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren, one brother Riley McConnell of Wilsonville, Nebr., and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was a most kind, and loving wife and mother, never complaining and ever patient until the end, though she suffered, and she had been in failing health for several years, becoming seriously ill only two weeks before her death.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. N. H. Giesler of the Norcatur M.E. Church on Monday, March 13, at the Scott Funeral Home, Norton, and burial made beside the husband in the Colony, Maple Grove Cemetery.
 Norcatur Dispatch, 23 March 1939 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


Pioneer Lady Passes [Nellie Albin]

Mrs. Nellie May Albin, 76, old time settler in the Colony country, northeast of Norcatur, died early Monday morning of pneumonia, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Chas. Cheesman, 13 miles northwest of Norton.  Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon from the Church of the Brethren, Colony, and buried near in the Maple Grove Cemetery, beside her husband, who died in 1920.

She settled in the Colony in 1887, with husband and family.  She leaves 4 sons and four daughters: Russell Albin, Gibbon, Nebr.; Ernest Albin, Quinter, Ks.; Bertha Albin, Belle Glade, Florida; Chas. Albin, of Ottumwa, Ia.; Mrs. Edith Applegate of Devizes, Ks.; Earl Albin, Norcatur, Ks.; Mrs. Chas. Cheesman and Mrs. Guy Ankerman of near Norton, Ks.  A brother survives, as do 34 grandchildren.
Norcatur Dispatch, 22 Nov 1934 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


Obituary [Oscar C. Albin]

Oscar C. Albin  was born in Clark county, Ohio, October 9, 1848, and died at his home in Norton County, Kansas, September 16, 1920, aged 73 years, 11 months and 7 days.  He was married to Nellie M. Sprung, July 6, 1876, in Republic county, Kansas, and came to Norton county the same year, where he resided until his death, with the exception of one year which was spent in California.  He became a member of the Church of the Brethren in 1879, and lived a faithful member, loyal to God and his church.

During his long illness he spent much of his time reading the Bible, which told him much of the beautiful world to which he was going, and of the happy home awaiting him over there.

He leaves a wife, four sons and four daughters, all of whom were present at his funeral.  Three brothers, one sister, 23 grandchildren, one great grandchild, and a host of friends and neighbors to mourn his death.  One son and one daughter preceded him in death. Funeral services were conducted September 19th by Rev. John Garber, of Portis, Kansas, from Job 17: 22 and interment in the Maple Grove Cemetery.
Norcatur Dispatch, 23 or 30 Sept 1920 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


Obituary of Mrs. G. W. Bishop

Annie List was born in Adams County, Pennsylvania, May 18, 1854; died at her home in the Colony, Norton County, Kansas Nov. 5, 1923, aged 69 years, 5 months and 25 days.  In her youth she went with her grandparents to Illinois then to Story County, Iowa, and was married to George W. Bishop September 20, 1874.  With her husband she came to Norton County, Kansas in 1880, and lived in the Colony with her husband and family until her death.  When 15 years old she united with the Winebrenarian church, but in May 1882, she was baptized into the Church of the Brethren, the church of her husband's choice and there remained a good Christian worker until death and had the pleasure of seeing nearly all of her children come into the church, as well as some of her grandchildren, while she yet lived.

Mrs. Bishop was a noble woman, a most loving, devoted wife and kind affectionate mother, a helpful, willing neighbor, and dutiful, cheerful woman in every way.  One of the pleasures of her life was that her children all had located near her home and were ever near to visit the mother's home.  She was a highly respected woman, and all who knew her loved her for her splendid womanly, christian qualifications.  Her illness was of short duration, and her children were at the home to render every aid possible for her recovery, and the home now broken has a void that can never be filled again. 

Mrs. Bishop leaves to mourn her death, a husband, one daughter, Mrs. Minnie Deeter, three sons, Frank, Arthur and Clarence all of Norcatur and community, eleven grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Abe Zone of Oakhill, Kansas, Mrs. C. O. Bender, Miltonvale, Kansas and Mrs. Sylvester Crum of Panhandle, Texas, unnumbered friends throughout the county.

Funeral services were conducted from the Maple Grove Church, the sermon being preached by Elder John H. Oxley, assisted by A. J. Wertenberger, after which she was laid to rest in the Maple Grove cemetery.

Relatives of the deceased [came] from a distance to attend the funeral.  Some were Clarence Clark, a nephew from Miltonvale, and a niece, Mrs. Mollie Frist, of Belleville, Kans.
unidentified newspaper, possibly Norcatur Dispatch, 15 November 1923 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


Obituary [George Wilson Bishop]

George Wilson Bishop was born in Michigan, February 1, 1856, and died at his home near Norcatur, Kansas, June 17, 1928, aged 72 years, 4 months and 16 days.

Briefly that is a sketch of a human life - he was born, he lived and he died.

But that is not a history of the life of Mr. Bishop, for while he lived he was a useful instrument in the hands of his Creator, and passed not away leaving nothing of his life to mark the progress of a human soul on his Master's earthly habitation.

When but 16 years of age he turned his face westward with his parents to seek a new home in the pioneering of a new state, in Story County, Iowa, and from the home of his birthplace he rode a horse to the new home beyond the Father of Waters.

It was here he met, wooed and won the heart of Miss Annie List, to whom he was married on September 20, 1874.  She became his helpmate and companion and remained a loyal faithful wife and mother of their four children until her death, which occured [sic] in the home where he passed away, November 6, 1923.

Mr. Bishop and family went down into Missouri from Iowa, made their home there a short time, and then again turning their faces to the West journey overland to the raw, unsettled lands and located in the Colony, in Northwest Norton County, Kansas, where for half a century he saw the sun rise and set over his home, with the exception of a short time that he and his family had dwelt in California.

Mr. Bishop located the home on a claim in '78 and '79, and then brought the family to the new home in 1880.  Being privileged by the Angel of Death to remain a bit longer than others of those who settled in the community at or near the time he located there, the passing of Mr. Bishop removes from our midst the oldest settler of the Colony.

He was a pioneer in every sense of the word.  But one house stood on the prairies between his home and the town of Norton in that early day.  Living in a small sod house he began the building of a community, and thru all the years intervening until his death, he was a factor in the upbuilding of the community, the church, school and social life.

He never knew what selfishness meant.  Unnumbered times he sacrificed his time and toil to assist a neighbor, to apply his skill at the bedside of a sick neighbor, a father, mother, or child.  In the early day of his eventful pioneering career, he was called time and again into every home of the community, far and far, to render valuable assistance, in various forms and ways, and his skilful, active mind and hand, always brought a blessing to those he assisted.  In that day he built many a coffin for those of his neighbors who lost a loved one, and who were unable to purchase, or secure a casket elsewhere.

The nearest railroad station was at Logan, Kansas, many miles away in those days of slow travel.  The lumber in the mail building of the home in which he spent a greater portion of his life was brought overland from far away Bloomington, Nebraska.

He knew every phase of pioneering - its every pulse beat - he and his endured the hardships that fell to his lot in a  way that few of this day can understand.  But persistency, pluck and determination won, and he accumulated a happy home, raised a family, and lived to see them located in homes of their own, and all near to the old home.

After the death of his companion in 1923, he remained on the old home farm, and on April 25, 1925 he was again married to Mrs. Mary Jarbo, of Quinter, Kansas, who survives, and who was a helpful, loving wife, companion and mother to the children.  It was with the wife that he was talking in a conversing way, when without warning he sank down, became unconscious, and remained so until the Death Angel sought him twenty-four hours later.

Four children, Mrs. Minnie Deeter of Norcatur, Kansas, Frank, Arthur and Clarence, all living on adjoining farms of the old home, survive.  There are 12 grandchildren and seven stepsons and daughters that survive to mourn his passing.

One brother, deceased, and a sister, Mrs. Isaac French of Colo, Iowa, were with Mr. Bishop the only descendants of a hardy family.  J. E. Adams a nephew, of Hays, Kansas, also survives.

Mr. Bishop soon after his early marriage united with the Church of the Brethren, and during the years of his life he was an important factor in the church, always dependable, always helpful, and always working, faithful to his trust, and a student of the bible in a heart searching way.

Geo. W. Bishop was a man that earned his reward, and a man that no community can afford to lose, yet it is comforting to know that his home shall ever be among the blest, and that no more will he pioneer into unknown, untried lands, but shall be among the inhabitants of the Master of Heaven and Earth, happy and content evermore.

Funeral services were conducted June 19th at the Community Church of the Brethren, by Elders A. J. Wertenberger of Norcatur, and J. R. Garber of Portis, Kansas, the sermon being preached by the latter, a former neighbor and also an early day settler in the Colony.

Interment was made there in the Maple Grove Cemetery, beside the wife and the mother of his children.
Norcatur Dispatch, 28 June 1928 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


Darrel Thomas Bryant

Darrel Thomas Bryant was born Nov. 4, 1910, and died Sept. 11, 1914, at his parents' home in the Colony, aged 3 years 10 mo 7 da.  The child had taken sick but a few days when death called, and medical assistance and all that loving hands could do did not avail, and the sorrowing parents, J. S. Bryant and wife, are mourning the loss of the dear one today.  The funeral service was conducted from the Brethren Church on Saturday afternoon, by A. J. Wertenberger, amid a large congregation of sympathizing friends and neighbors.  The remains were laid to rest in the Maple Grove cemetery.

In the home the parents, two brothers and three sisters Caryl and Ivan, Mina, Mary and Enid, mourn the loss of the little son and brother, while the grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, to whom his baby sweetness had so endeared him, are filled with regret at the going out of the little life.

May the dear Father help the sorrowing ones, in their hours of loneliness, until they remember the only comfort and sweetness added to their lives by his short stay in the home.
Norcatur Dispatch, 17 Sept 1914 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


Obituary of Mrs. Bryant [Ida Amelia West Bryant]

Ida Amelia West was born in Carroll County, Indiana, June 4, 1872, the daughter of Thomas W. and Mary J. Collins West, and died at her home in the Colony neighborhood, northeast of Norcatur, December 13, 1942, aged 70 years, 6 months 9 days.

She came to Norton County with her parents in 1883 receiving her education in the public schools and later taught in the rural schools of the county.  On March 5, 1897, she was married to John S. Bryant at Norton, Kansas.  The first year of their married life was spent on a farm near Carleton, Nebraska.  They came back then to the home neighborhood and lived here continuously since that time.

She is survived by her husband, a sister, four daughters, and two sons, fourteen grandchildren and other relatives and friends.  The children are Carl Bryant, Norton,  Mrs. Ernest Wendel, Norcatur; Mrs. S. E. Ervin, Norton; Mrs. Wallace Best, Bertrand, Nebraska; Ivan Bryant, Norcatur; and Mrs. Loren Hicks, Lynwood, California.  One son, Darrel, died in 1914 at the age of three.

Mrs. Bryant was one of a family of six children, of whom the youngest, Mrs. W. O. Haney, of Seattle, Washington, survives.  Mrs. Haney has been with Mr. and Mrs. Bryant much of the time until about a year ago when she went to Seattle to be with her son and family.  Neither Mrs. Haney nor Mrs. Hicks were able to come here for the funeral services.

Mrs. Bryant was a member of the Brethren Church, a loving and devoted mother and trusted friend.  For several years she had been an invalid, and was rarely able to leave her home, but enjoyed radio, plants, and the visits and letters from friends and the companionship of her family. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon from the Methodist Church at Norton, sermon by Rev. D. W. Ester the Methodist minister at Norcatur, assisted by Rev. L. C. Gale, the Methodist minister at Norton, burial service by the Scott Funeral Home.  Interment was made in the Maple Grove Cemetery, in the Colony.
Norcatur Dispatch, 24 Dec 1942 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


Obituary, Frank Coler

Frank Coler was born August 25, 1872, at Suffield, Portage County, Ohio, and departed this life at the home of his brother, Rush Coler, and wife, at Norton, Kansas, February 15, 1934.

When a small boy he came with his parents to Norton County, and lived in the Colony district, where he grew to manhood and received his education in the rural school quite near to the home.  Norton County remained his home for many, many years.

In 1910 he was united in marriage to Miss Luella Walton, at Wilsonville, Nebr., and to this union six children were born, one passing to the great beyond in infancy, and the five remaining, with the mother, are Perry, Bruce, Velma and Dale of Wilsonville, and Mrs. Charlotte Myers, of Hendley, Nebr.

He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Cora Garber, of Portland, Oregon, two brothers, Perry of Alamo, Texas, and Rush, of Norton, Kansas.

When but a young man Mr. Coler united with the Church of the Brethren, the church in his community, and was later ordained into the ministry, and throughout his life prized highly that relationship of the ministry and the church.  Later, after living at Wilsonville, Nebr., he transferred his membership to the M. E. Church, there.

Funeral services were held from the church near his old boyhood home, the Church of the Brethren, in the Colony, February 16, sermon by Rev. Carlton of the Norton M. E. Church, and burial made in the Maple Grove cemetery near, beside the father and mother, who were pioneers of the new country where they built a home and raised their family.
Norcatur Dispatch, 22 Feb 1934 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


Obituary [Matilda Charlotte Cook Coler]

Matilda Charlotte Cook was born November 6, 1845, Portage County, Ohio.  Died July 28, 1929, age 83 years, 8 months and 22 days.  She was united in marriage to Anthony Coler, September 1, 1867, at Akron, Ohio.

To this union were born six children, Cora E. Garber of Freewater, Oregon; Jennie V. who died in 1885; Frank Coler of Denver, Colorado; Perry Coler of Alamo, Texas; Rush Coler of Norton, Kansas; Nellie M. who also died in 1885.

She is also survived by one brother, A. J. Cook of North Canton, Ohio, one sister, Rachel Sethman of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and fourteen grandchildren.

In 1883 the family moved from Mogadore, Ohio, to the homestead in Norton County, Kansas, of which county she has since been a resident.

Her husband preceded her in death 35 years ago last March.

She united with the M. E. Church at Akron, Ohio, in early girlhood, later uniting with the Church of the Brethren of which she has always been a faithful member.

Her passing closes the "Book of Life" of one of the early settlers of Norton County.

The funeral services were held at the Church of the Brethren in the Maple Grove Colony, July 30, the sermon preached by Rev. Carleton of Norton, assisted by A. J. Wertenberger, of Norcatur.  Burial in the Colony cemetery beside the husband, whose funeral was the first held in the church building, some thirty five years previous.
Norcatur Dispatch, 08 Aug 1929 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


Obituary [Pearl Reed Deeter]

Pearl E. Reed was born October 4, 1877, in Warren county, Ohio; was married to Perry B. Deeter, May 7, 1898, in Norton county, Kansas, and died at her home three miles of Norcatur, November 15, 1912, aged 35 years 1 month and 11 days.

A husband and five children, Cleta age 14, Harold age 12, Clifford age 9, Ralph age 7 and Mildred almost 5, are left to mourn the loss of a devoted wife and mother, whose every thought and action was for the welfare and upbuilding of the home.

Others to mourn her loss, near and dear, are a father, three sisters and three brothers, namely, George W. Reed, of Norton; Mrs. Nellie Rockelman of Lakeview, Mich.; Mrs. Edith Dopps of Independence, Kansas; Mrs. Maggie Thompson, Wilsonville, Nebr.; Chas Reed and Hal Reed, Worden, Mont.; and Frank Reed, Evansville, Wyo.

Interment in Maple Grove Cemetery, Norton county.
unidentified newspaper, probably Norcatur, 21 Nov 1912 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


Perry B. Deeter

Perry Boy Deeter, son of Cornelius H. and Sophronia Ward Deeter, was born September 8, 1874 in Miami County, Ohio and passed away at his home east of Norcatur on February 10, 1947, at the age of 72 years, 5 months and 2 days.

When a lad of 13 years he came with his parents to Norton county which had been his home ever since.  On May 7, 1898, he was united in marriage to Pearl E. Reed at Norton, who preceded him in death of November 15, 1912.  To this union five children were born: Cleta Wertenberger and C. Harold Deeter of Norcatur, Kansas; Clifford K. of Modesto, Calif; Ralph R. of Leavenworth and Mildred Clark of Sebastapol, Calif.  On February 27, 1927 he was married to Eva Ward Holsinger at Portis.

Those surviving besides the above named children are: his wife, one stepdaughter, Melva Deeter, 19 grandchildren, one great grand-daughter, three sisters, Mrs. Rosa Towslee and Miss Clara Deeter of Norcatur and Mrs. Nina Nilson of Kansas City, Mo; three brothers, S. K. Deeter of Calvert, Kansas; Rev. W. R. Deeter of Udell, Iowa and W. K. Deeter of Independence, Mo; neices [sic], nephews, cousins and a host of friends.  His parents, one sister, Mrs. Lina Erwin and one brother, J. W.  Deeter, preceded him in death.

He was baptised at Portis, Kansas by his brother, Rev. W. R. Deeter, in the faith of the Church of the Brethern.  He attended Sunday School and church at the Methodist Church at Norcatur as long as his health permitted.  He was a member of the board of commissioners when the present court house was built and also spent many years as a member of the township and school boards.  His entire life was spent on the farm, for the past ten years he has been unable to work and the past three months were spent upon a bed of illness.  Through all of his sickness he was patient and thoughtful of others.

In his passing we lose a true and faithful husband, father and friend.

Funeral services were held at the Norcatur Methodist Church Wednesday, February 12, with Rev. Walter Berg in charge.  Burial was made in the Colony cemetery.

The family wishes to thank all the neighbors and friends who assisted and who expressed their sympathy in many ways.  Also for the beautiful flowers on the occasion of the death of our loved one.  The family of PERRY DEETER.
unidentified newspaper, probably Norcatur, 13 February 1947 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


Perry Deeter, 72, Is Laid To Rest

Rites Wednesday Afternoon For Well Known Resident - Stricken 10 Years Ago

Perry B. Deeter, 72, well known farmer of northeast of Norcatur, and a resident of that community for the past 59 years, died at the family home near east of Norcatur Monday morning.  His last illness extended over a period of three months, but  he had been in poor health since he suffered a stroke just ten years ago.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in the Methodist church here, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Walter Berg.  Burial was made in the Colony cemetery.

Mr. Deeter was born September 8, 1874 in Miami county, Ohio, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius H. Deeter.  He was 13 years of age when the family moved to Kansas and located in Norton county, northeast of Norcatur, where he was a successful farmer until his health broke and he was compelled to retire from active labor.

He was married at Norton on May 7, 1898, to Pearl E. Reed, whose death occurred on November 15, 1912.  On February 27, 1927, he was married to Eva Ward Holsinger, who survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Cleta Wertenberger of Norcatur and Mildred Clark of Sebastopol, Calif.; a step-daughter, Melva Deeter of the home; three sons, Harold Deeter of Norcatur; Clifford Deeter of Modesto, Calif.; and Ralph Deeter of Leavenworth, Kansas; 19 grandchildren; one great grandchild; three sisters, Mrs. Rosa Towslee and Clara Deeter of Norcatur and Nina Nelson of Kansas City, Mo.; and three brothers, Simon K. Deeter of Calvert,  W. R. Deeter of Udell, Iowa and W. K. Deeter of Independence, Mo.

Mr. Deeter was predeceased by a sister, Mrs. Joe Ervin and a brother, Jess W. Deeter, editor of the Norcatur Dispatch for many years.
Norcatur Dispatch, 13 February 1947 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


Obituary [Sophronia S. Ward Deeter]

Sophronia S. Ward was born in Hocking County, Ohio, May 8th, 1847 and died at her home in Norton County May 13, 1909, aged 62 years and five days.

When 8 years of age, she moved with her parents to Miama County, Ohio, where on February 5, 1867 she was married to Cornelius H. Deeter.  In August 1887, with her husband and family they moved to Norton Co., on the farm where her last days were spent. Nine children were born, all of whom survive her and were at her bedside when death claimed her.  While yet in girlhood she united with the Brethern [sic] Church, and remained a steadfast loyal worker for the Church and the Master, and the last years of her life she never missed an opportunity to be present at all church gatherings, and died with that peace of mind and conviction that, "all is well.:"

Funeral services and burial took place at the Maple Grove Church, Friday, May 14th, the sermon being preached by her old admired pastor, Rev. Watson, now of Beaver City, Neb., and assisted by her loved home pastor, Rev. Whitted.  Many friends and neighbors were unable to be present on account of the inclemency of the weather, yet the church building was filled to hear the pastor's text: "Home Builders" 2nd Kings 2: part of 6-7-8 verses, and pay their last tribute to a good neighbor, a loving mother, and a saintly Christian woman.
Norcatur Register, 21 May 1909 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


Obituary E. L. Ervin

Elmer L. Ervin was born in Stark County, Ohio, July 3, 1853 and died at his home in the Colony, May 3, 1922, aged 68 years, 10 months.

With his parents he moved to Auburn, Ind., and then to Illinois, and from there to Falls City, Nebr.  At Falls City he was married to Sarah J. Nedrow and to this union there were born seven children, Joseph C., Frank W., Elmer Guy, Kate May, Fanny Mabel, Mary Lodema and Sadie.

They moved to Norton County, Kansas, arriving August 24, 1885, settled in the Colony and  there resided until his death.  His wife departed this life July 11, 1891, and on June 1, 1892 Mr. Ervin was married to Mahala Shuey, and to this union were born four children, one dying in infancy.  One daughter, Velma Ruth died November 12, 1909, and two sons Wilbur L., and Stephen E., survive the father.  He leaves an affectionate wife, five sons, four daughters, numerous relatives and friends.

While at Falls City he united with the Brethern [sic] Church and later transferred his membership to the church near his home the Maple Grove Brethern [sic] Church, and remained a member until his death.

The funeral service was conducted by A. J. Wertenberger, at the Maple Grove Church and burial in the cemetery there, on May 4th.  A large crowd was present to pay their last tribute of respect to an early settler and respected citizen of the community.
Norcatur Dispatch, 11 May 1922 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


Obituary, Mrs. J. C. Ervin

Linnie, daughter of Cornelius H. and Sophronia Deeter, was born near Pleasant Hill, Ohio, September 3, 1878, and died at her home at Maple Grove, in Norton County, Kansas, the early morning of August 20, 1934.  Had life been extended to her four more days she would have been 56 years of age.

When nine years of age she came with her parents to Norton County, Kansas, and the community of the Colony had been her home continuously until her death.

she was married on November 11, 1898, to Joseph C. Ervin, and to this union four children were born: Myron of Norton, Kansas; Merl, Mrs. Marie Barnhart and Elmer, all of Norcatur, Kansas.  The husband, four children and four grandchildren survive.

Mrs. Ervin was a home-loving wife, and mother, and did her share to build a home and raise her family, and while she had known for many months that her affliction would prove fatal sooner or later, yet she went about her duties of the home with great presence of mind, planning and working for the comfort of her husband and her loved ones.  She suffered greatly during the last days, but as the hour of her going came near she became quite and then passed gently, and peacefully to the world beyond.

She was baptized into the Christian faith by her pastor brother, Rev. W. R. Deeter, Dec. 26, 1922.  She was the first of a family of nine children to break the family circle of brothers and sisters and to depart this life.

She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge of Norcatur, Kansas.

Besides her immediate family she leaves to mourn her departure, five brothers - Simon K., Perry B., Jesse W., of Norcatur, Kansas; Warren K. of Kansas City, and Watson R. Deeter of Carleton, Nebr.  Three sisters, Rosa E. Towslee and Clara Deeter of Norcatur, and Mrs. Nina I. Nilson, of Kansas City, Mo.

Funeral services were conducted from the Maple Grove Church of the Brethren, Colony, and burial was made in the Maple Grove Cemetery, within sight, and a short distance from her home, where she had long lived with her husband and family.  Rev. I. W. Torrance, pastor of the Community M. E. Church, at Norcatur, conducted the last burial rites of the departed, assisted at the grave by members of the Rebekah organization.

Two brothers, Warren and Watson, and one sister, Nina I. Nilson were unable to be present for the funeral.

The big dirt storm interrupted the last burial rites of the Mrs. J. C. Ervin funeral, Friday, in the Colony.
unidentified newspaper, probably Norcatur, 06 Sept 1934  (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


Obituary, Mrs. E. L. Ervin

Mahala Shuey, daughter of Silas and Maria Shuey, was born in Polk County, Iowa, February 16, 1858, and died at her home in the Colony, April 3, 1934, at the age of 76 years, 1 month and 17 days.  She was married to Elmer L. Ervin, January 1, 1892.  To this union four children were born.  Three sons and one daughter, Wilbur, Stephen, Velma, and an infant son, the latter two preceding her to the great beyond.

In addition to rearing her own family, she was a loving mother to six step-children, and also nurtured the lives of two neices [sic], Zella and Rose Shuey, who loved her as their own mother.

Mrs. Ervin was a faithful wife and mother, always doing good deeds; greatly interested in the welfare of the loved ones over whom she presided as a mother.

The husband and father died May 3, 1922 and thereafter the elder son Wilbur, was a constant companion to his mother, doing all that human power could do, to make her comfortable and happy.

For several years her affliction had greatly hindered her active life, but through all, Wilbur patiently and tenderly cared for her until the Master called her home.

She was a loyal member of the Brethren Church for many years.

Left to mourn her loss are the two sons; Wilbur L., of the home, Stephen E., living near; four grand-children, Otis, Lorraine, Donna Beth and Dean Ervin.  The step-children, Joseph C. Ervin, Norcatur, Kansas; Franklin W. Ervin, Riverton, Wyo.; Elmer Guy Ervin, Denver, Colo.; Kate M. Bishop, Oronoque, Kansas; Fannie M. Pratt, Arminto, Wyo.; Lodema Clark, Norcatur, Kansas; Sadie Whelden, Simpson, Colo; the two loving neices [sic], Mrs. Zella Fields, Denver, Colo. and Mrs. Rose Carey, Grant, Nebr.; other relatives and many friends.

The funeral services were conducted from the Maple Grove Church of the Brethren, Colony, adjoining her home, and burial made in the Maple Grove Cemetery 1 1/2 miles from the old home.

Rev. W. R. Deeter of the Brethren Church, former pastor of the Church at Maple Grove, now of Carleton, Nebr., preached the funeral sermon and had charge of the last rights of the former neighbor.
unidentified newspaper, probably Norcatur, 12 April 1934  (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


[Mrs. John Flickinger]

Mrs. John Flickinger died at her home in the Colony, early Sunday morning, after a short illness.  She was the wife of the aged John Flickinger, an early settler in that part of the country and well known throughout the county.  Funeral services and burial took place at Maple Grove on Monday.  The husband survives the faithful wife, as also do three daughters, Mesdames Asa Blickenstaff, L. T. Emery, of Denver, and Chas. Schrock, of Grand Junction, Colo.  The Dispatch extends sympathy to the bereaved ones, along with a host of friends and neighbors.
Norcatur Dispatch, 19ll  (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


Obituary [ K. Heckman]

Word was received in Norcatur, Saturday that our old time citizen, K. Heckman, had dropped dead on the streets of Beaver City.  Mrs. C. R. Moore and Mrs. J. M. Shuey, daughters of the deceased, accompanied by their husbands drove over to Beaver City, Sunday, and with many mourners drove to the Maple Grove Cemetery, in the Colony, on Wednesday, where the first wife and son, John, are buried.  On Thursday the funeral services and the burial took place, attended by a very large concourse of people.  Mr. Heckman was known by almost every one the country over, and at one time, owned real estate in Norcatur to a large extent.  Of late years, Mr. Heckman had invested his capital in property at Beaver City, and it was there that relentless time snapped the earthly current of his life and carried him to the great beyond.
Norcatur Register, 19 March 1909 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


Obituary [Chester G. Holsinger]

Chester G. Holsinger was born at Rockwell City, Norton county, Kans., August 28th, 1882, died July 11, 1911, at his home in Grand Island, Nebr., aged 28 years, 10 months and 13 days.  He united with the Christian church in Norcatur about five years ago, and has since been a faithful and active worker both in the church and Sunday School. Afflicted for many years, yet he fought the hard battle of life bravely and cheerfully, falling at his post like a true soldier of the Cross.  He leaves, besides his aged parents, two brothers and two sisters, to mourn his untimely loss.  Burial took place in Maple Grove Cemetery near Norcatur.
Norcatur Dispatch, 18 July 1911 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


Obituary S. R. Holsinger

Simon R. Holsinger was born at Morrison Cove, Blair County Penn., June 29, 1835, and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Edith Deeter, at Norcatur, Kansas December 12, 1922, aged 87 years, 5 months and 15 days. In 1856 he moved to Ogle County, Illinois, and in February 1861 was married at Forreston, Ills., to Caroline Saterlee, to which union 12 children were born - 7 girls and 5 boys - all of whom, with the wife and mother, have passed to the other world, with the exception of two, Mrs. Gertie Reager and Mrs. Edith Deeter, both of Norcatur, Kansas.  There are also 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren left to mourn his going away.

After residing 18 years at Forreston he moved with his family to Wisconsin, and after a year there moved back to Illinois and after a period of 5 years there, moved to Fillmore County, Nebraska, where he resided 6 1/2 years, then moved to Rockwell City, Norton County, Kansas, since known as the Colony.  He was among the first settlers there and built the first frame house in that community.  After residing there 19 years they moved to Gove County, Kansas, and after a time moved to Norcatur, where he made his home the past few years, since the death of his wife and companion in January 11, 1916, he had lived with his surviving children.

Mr. Holsinger began teaching school in 1855, and during his teaching experience taught 46 terms of school.  For a number of years he canvassed much of Kansas and Nebraska territory for the sale of books and bibles.  At the age of 24 he became a member of the Brethren Church and was a charter member of that church in the Colony, and during the years of his life he retained a deep, reverent affection for his Divine Maker

He was the last surviving member of a family of eleven children.  The funeral services were held December 13th from the M. E. Church, preached by Bethel Cook, assisted by Rev. Groseclose, pastors in the town of his residence, and interment in the Maple Grove Cemetery, in the Colony, beside his wife and children who had passed over the borderland in previous years.
Norcatur Dispatch, 21 December 1922 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


Obituary [Winfield Scott Holsinger]

Winfield Scott Holsinger was born at Mt. Morris, Ill., on July 26, 1867, and died at his home in Norcatur, Kansas, March 17, 1919. When quite young he moved with his parents from Illinois to Fillmore County, Nebraska, where they lived until 1879, when they moved to Maple Grove Colony, in Norton County, Kansas.  With the exception of a few years he has lived in Norcatur and near vicinity since that time.  While living in the Colony he was united with the Brethren Church which for many years had a thriving congregation at that place.  For years his father was absent from the home for weeks at a time, and Scott was left to look after the farm and care for his mother and younger brothers and sisters, which he did with loving cheerfulness and devotion.  He made bright the last few years of his mother's life by his devoted care and thoughtfulness of her comfort.  He was an industrious, hard working man, generous to a fault, and while he suffered for years with an affliction brought to him through accidental blood poisoning, he seldom or never complained of his hard lot, and up until a few days before his last serious illness, when he gradually suffered greater pain and misery, he never uttered a word of complaint and bore it all with enduring patience.

Funeral services were conducted from the M. E. Church, Norcatur, on the afternoon of March 18, 1919, the Rev. V. V. Whitsitt pastor, assisted by Rev. Groseclose of the Lutheran Church officiating.  Burial took place in the Maple Grove Cemetery, beside his mother, brother and sisters, who had gone on before.

He leaves an aged father, S. R. Holsinger, two sisters, Mrs. W. W. Reager and Mrs. J. W. Deeter, one brother Ray R. Holsinger, all of Norcatur, Kansas, to mourn his passing.
Norcatur Dispatch, 27 March 1919 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


Obituary [Ephriam Hoppes]

Ephriam Hoppes was born on the 18th day of December, 1845, in Madison county, Indiana, and died on the 27th day of August, 1916 at the Soldiers' Home, Leavenworth, Kansas.  He came west with his parents at the age of five years to Richardson county, Nebraska, and moved to Norton county, Kansas in the spring of 1886, where he lived for a number of years.  He was married to Martha Helling, December 4, 1874.  To this union ten children were born.  He leaves to mourn his loss a wife, four sons: Henry, Daniel, James and Manley, and two daughters, Mary DePuy and Sarah Shirley.

The funeral was preached by Rev. A. J. Wertenberger, and interment was made in the Maple Grove Cemetery in the Colony.

Mr. Hoppes was a kind and loving husband, a fond parent and was highly respected by all his friends and neighbors.
Norcatur Dispatch, 14 September 1916 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


Martha C. Hoppes

Martha C. Helling, a daughter of James Dedrich and Mary Alice Helling was born at Falls City, Nebr., August 16, 1856.  It was said that she had been looking forth to the call and passed away restfully at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sadie Shirley, near Norcatur, December 18, 1937 at the age of 79 years, 4 months and 2 days.  She was united in marriage to Ephriam Hoppes at Falls City, Nebraska, March 4, 1874.  Their home was blessed with a family of ten children, five of whom survive, Henry of Lyle, Kansas; Dan of Alliance, Nebr.; Jim of Farnam, Nebr.; and Sadie Shirley of Norcatur, Ks.  Her husband preceded her in death Aug. 27, 1916.  Dedrich, Joe and Sydney Mable passed away in infancy.  Cass passed away in young manhood and Manley, a world war veteran, lost his life by drowning.

Mother Hoppes came with the family from Falls City in the spring of 1885 to a homestead northeast of Norcatur in the Colony.  In 1925 she moved to Farnam, Nebr., where she made her home until August 9, 1937 when she came to live with her daughter Sadie.

Through her illness she was quite patient and determined not to be a burden to anyone.  Gospel hymns were among her treasures of the soul which she enjoyed singing with the radio. Her request was that "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," be sung at this service, which she realized could be soon.  She united with the Brethren Church in the Colony in 1892.

Memories of her virtues will be cherished by her five children, twenty grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, together with many friends.

The funeral services were conducted on Monday afternoon from the Community M. E. Church, sermon by Rev. R. R. Pfeiffer of the Lutheran Church, and burial made beside the husband at the Maple Grove Church, Colony, near where many years of her life was passed.
Norcatur Dispatch, 16 Dec 1937 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


[Daniel Joseph]

Daniel Joseph died at Clayton, Ks. Feb. 5, 1904, age 78 years, 6 mos, 7 days.  He leaves several children.

Funeral services were held at the Colony, by Rev. Garber, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Maple Grove Cemetery.
Norcatur Dispatch, 12 Feb 1904, page 6 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


Fred Kingham
April 26, 1938 - Sept. 11, 2006

Fred Kingham, 68, died at his rural Norton County home, Sept. 11.

Mr. Kingham was born April 26, 1938, to Orson O. and Katherine Fern (Scott) Kingham. He attended rural schools, and in 1956 he joined the U.S. Navy and served aboard the U.S.S. Courtney DE 1021 for four years.  In 1958 he and Karolyn Kay Wentz were married.  He was a former contractor, trucker, and a free spirit who loved life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Orine Kingham and Abby Sauer, and three brothers, Albert Kingham and two infants.

Survivors include: his wife Karolyn of the home; two sons, Fredrick Kingham, Ingalls, and Jason Kingham, Norton; three daughters, Wanda Nuzum, Norton, Teresa Austin, Hugoton and Twila Kingham, Parsons; two brothers, John Kingham of Norton and Orson Kingham, Las Vegas, Nev.; four sisters, Vera John, Los Vegas, Clara Linza, Salida, Colo., Rena Sinclair, Loveland, Colo., and Katherine Donaldson, Clifton, Colo.; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 pm Thursday at the Maple Grove Church of the Brethren.  A private, family inurnment will be held at the Maple Grove Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in his name.  Contributions to the Fred Kingham Memorial Fund may be sent in care of Enfield Funeral Home, 215 W. Main, Norton, Kan. 67654.
Norton Telegram, 19 Sept 2006, p. 2


Obituary [Albert Krier]

Albert Lewis Krier was born in the Colony, September 19, 1897, and died at the Norton Hospital, Monday, August 29, 1921, aged 23 years, 11 mo. and 19 days.  He was buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery Tuesday, August 30, the funeral service being conducted by Rev. Dodds of Reager.  The dear ones left to mourn his loss are a father and a mother, three brothers, Leonard, Charley and Ray, and two sisters, Florence and Ethel; all but two were present at the funeral.  With the exception of three years the young man had lived his life in the Colony community with his parents.
Norcatur Dispatch, 01 September 1921 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


Obituary [Mary Ann Speece Krier]

Mary Ann Speece was born in the Province of Hesse, Dermstadt [sic], near the city of Worms, Germany. She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Amanda Rogers, at Norcatur, Kansas, August 5, 1920.  She came with her parents to America in 1846 and settled in Pennsylvania, and later went to Ohio, then Indiana and Illinois, and west to Nebraska, and finally settled in Norton county, Kansas in the Colony, where they made their home for many years, the husband passing away while living there, a number of years ago, both having been among the early settlers of the Colony, coming there in1885. She was married to John Henry Krier, and to this union six children were born, five of whom survive the mother, they being: Frank Krier, Wheeler, Kansas, Henry Krier, Mena, Ark., Mrs. Emma Nesbit, Douglas, Nebr., Mrs. Maggie Burnham, Fulton, Wyo., and Mrs. Amanda Rogers, Norcatur, Kan.

Mrs. Krier had been of the Catholic faith in early life, but became a member of the Presbyterian faith later and about 15 years ago became a member of the Christian Church.  She had been in failing health the past few years, and had to be cared for as an invalid much of the time, and her daughter and husband gave her every attention and done all for her comfort that loving hands could do.  She was about 88 years of age, as near as records could convey.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Bethel Cook of the Federated Church, Friday afternoon, August 6th, and her body was laid beside that of her husband in the Maple Grove Cemetery, in the Colony.
Norcatur Dispatch, 12 Aug 1920 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


Obituary of C. R. Moore

Charles Robert Moore was born in Williams County, Ohio, April 7, 1857, and died at Hoxie, Kansas, March 2, 1919, age 61 years, 10 months and 25 days.

February 28, 1886 he was united in marriage to Etta Heckman, of Rockwell City, Norton County, Kansas.  To this union nine children were born, three of whom died in infancy.  Four girls, Mrs. Maud Reynolds, of Kanorado, Kansas, Mrs. Mabel Pumphery, of Oregon, Sylvia and Goldie, Hoxie; John Moore of Oberlin, and Prof. Josef. Moore of Hoxie, Kansas. One brother, three sisters and seven grandchildren are left to mourn his loss.

Mr. Moore was an early settler on a farm in the Colony, and at one time moved to Norcatur to manage an implement store for Marsh & Kimmel, and after a time again went back to the farm there.  Some years later he moved with his family to a farm southwest of Norcatur and then in the spring of 1906 he moved to Norcatur where he purchased the Commercial Livery and feed barn, and operated the same until burned out in January, 1915.

His wife died while living in Norcatur, several years ago, and the fall of 1917 he with his son, Josef, and two youngest daughters moved to Hoxie, where the son was teaching and the daughters entered high school.

He was taken suddenly ill with a stroke of appoplexy [sic] and quietly and gently slept until death came, a few hours after taking ill.

In early life he united with the Brethern [sic] Church, and after moving to Norcatur, transferred his membership and united with the Christian church and he lived a good life daily.

The remains were brought from Hoxie to Reager, where the body was taken from the train and to the Maple Grove Brethern [sic] Church in the Colony and the funeral service held there, conducted by Rev. A. J. Wertenberger, of the church of the Brethern [sic], and burial beside his wife in the cemetery there.
Norcatur Dispatch 13 March 1919 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


Mrs. C. R. Moore, Dead

The news of Mrs. Moore's death came as a shock to most people in Norcatur Tuesday evening, as but few people had known of her illness.  she had been seen up town a few days before, and it could hardly be realized that she had passed away after such a short period of illness.  Death came Tuesday evening, shortly after five o'clock all the children being present, the married girls, Mrs. Reynolds of Kanorado, and Mrs. Pumphery of Oakley, having just arrived a few hours before in response to telegrams.  A sister, Mrs. Delia Shuey, of Norton, was also present.  The two brothers, Frank Heckman, Portland, Oregon and Charley Heckman, Denver were notified early Tuesday of their sisters low condition, as also was a sister, Mrs. Lillie Saylor, Shelleville, Calif.  As this is being set the Denver brother is expected to come, the other two being unable to get here for the funeral, which at this time no definite arrangements have been made, though it is expected that the funeral will be held on Thursday in town and burial in the Mapel [sic] Grove Cemetery, in the Colony.
Norcatur Dispatch, 26 Aug 1915 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


Great Sorrow Felt [Etta Heckman Moore]

The impressive funeral services of Mrs. C. R. Moore were held on the afternoon of Thursday, last week, at the Christian church, the sermon being preached by Rev. A. W. Henry, text being 2 Cor. 5:1, after which all that was mortal of that good wife and mother was conveyed to the Silent City, the Maple Grove Cemetery, Colony, nine miles northeast of town, where she now rests in peace to await the resurrection morn.

The deceased was the mother of nine children, three of whom died in infancy.

She ran the journey of life in 53 years.  It was a path marked with sunshine, good deeds, kindness and cheer, and her love as a mother was deep, devotional and sacred.

Etta Heckman was born at Hanna Station, Ind., Nov 4, 1862.  In early childhood she moved with her parents to Illinois and in 1884 came to Norton County, Kansas, where in February 1886 she was married to Chas. R. Moore.

Mrs. Moore united in early life with the Brethern [sic] Church.  Later when coming to Norcatur, she united with the Christian Church of which she remained a faithful member until her death.  She was sick bur a few days when the death messenger called and died peacefully on August 25th, 1915.

She leaves a husband, two sons, four daughter, two brothers, two sisters and hosts of friends to mourn her departure.
Norcatur Dispatch, 02 Sept 1915 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


[Lallie Mae Taylor Preston]

The last rites for Mrs. O. W. Preston, of Norton, formerly of the Colony, was held Friday afternoon, burial being made in the Maple Grove cemetery in the Colony.  She passed away after an extended illness at the Norton hospital on Wednesday morning.  Services were held from the Norton Methodist Church Friday afternoon.

Lallie Mae Taylor was born May 1, 1870 in Anderson County, Kansas and came to the Colony community in 1893, where she taught school for some time and was married to O. W. Preston a pioneer farmer there, on February 14, 1896.  After living there for 30 years they moved to Norton in 1926 where they resided since.

She leaves to mourn, her husband, one daughter Mrs. Everett Ankenman of Delvale, Kansas, three sons, George and Clifford Preston of the Colony, and Lyle of Missouri; two step-daughters, Mrs. Ina New and Mrs. Iva Stapp of Norcatur, and three sisters, Mrs. Martha Morgan of Ft. Collins, Colo., Mrs. Susie Zentner of Topeka, Kansas and Mrs. Grace Bartlett of Richmond, Kansas.
Norcatur Dispatch, 15 October 1942 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


George W. Reed

George W. Reed was born June 30, 1851, in Springboro, Ohio, and passed from this life at his home in Wilsonville, Nebraska, November 26, 1936, aged eighty five years, four months and twenty six days.

He was married to Sarah Pugh on September 24, 1873. There were born to this union eight children, Charles O.; Pearl E.; Nellie S.; Frank E.; Benjamin F.; Myrtle E.; Mary M.; and George H.  The mother of these passed away September 17, 1889.  In 1890 he was married to Maggie Pugh, who preceded him in death January 11, 1922, at their home in Wilsonville.  There are living at this time three sons and one daughter, Charles O., of Wilsonville; Frank E. of Frazer, Colorado; Mary M. Shaw of Calvert, Kansas and George H. of Olathe, Colorado.

There are living to mourn his death, besides these mentioned, two aged sisters living in Ohio; twenty-one grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren, besides a great host of fellow townsmen and friends.

After spending his early manhood in Ohio he moved with his wife and four children to Falls City Nebraska in 1883.  During his residence at Falls City four children were born and their mother died.  In 1891 he moved with his second wife and children to Norton County Kansas, where he continued to have his home, with the exception one year spent back in Ohio, and until he moved to Wilsonville in 1913, where he had resided continuously until the time of his death.

He was brought up in a Methodist Episcopal home.  In early manhood he together with his wife united with the Brethren Church which he retained his membership until death.

Mr. Reed was beloved by all who know him.  He was industrious, honest and possessed a sense of honor.  He was devoted to his home and family.  He was a good neighbor and a friend of man. He found great pleasure as well as recreation in his garden and flowers.  He hated a weed whether in his lawn or in society.

The community has lost a citizen who was inspired by a high sense of civic pride; one deeply concerned for its welfare and improvement.  A land mark has been removed from our midst.  He will be missed for many years to come.  He is richer, but we are much poorer for his going.

Funeral services were conducted from the M. E. Church, Sunday afternoon, at Wilsonville, Nebr., sermon by Rev. Foster, assisted by Dr. Murphy.  The burial took place following in the Maple Grove Cemetery, in the Colony, Norton County, Kansas, near his old pioneer home, and beside his wife who was buried there in1922.

A large concourse of old neighbors and friends not able to attend the service in Wilsonville, awaited the arrival of the funeral cortege at the cemetery where the casket was uncovered for a last look on an old neighbor and friend.

A large number of Norcatur and Colony people, attended the service at Wilsonville.  Mr. Reed operated a restaurant in Norcatur for some months during the war period and was widely acquainted here.
Norcatur Dispatch, 03 Dec 1936 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


Rites For Mrs. Adella Shuey Held Saturday

Funeral services were conducted at Norton on Saturday afternoon for Mrs. Adella R. Shuey, 77, wife of James M. Shuey, Civil war veteran and for a number of years a resident of Norcatur, and the Colony community.  Mrs. Shuey died at her home at Norton at 12:30 the morning of August 25.  She had been in poor health for some time, but had been seriously ill but about one week.  The funeral was conducted from the Church of Christ of which she had been a member, by Rev. Stephen J. Epler, and burial made in the Colony, Maple Grove Cemetery, beside the husband, who passed away December 16, 1930.

Mrs. Shuey was born December 7, 1860 at Elkhart, Ind., and was married in Illinois December 25, 1876 to Samuel E. Replogle, and in 1882 they moved to Kansas.  Later in 1891, she came to Norton County and war married to Mr. Shuey the same year.  Her parents, Rev. K. Heckman and wife, were pioneer residents of the county, and later lived in Norcatur for a long period.  Her brother John, Frank and Charley Heckman were also residents of Norcatur.  Mr. Shuey served three terms as Decatur's representative in the state legislature, and their children received their early education in the local schools.  She was a member of the Royal Neighbor lodge and the Eastern Star.

Surviving are six sons and two daughters, and 15 grandchildren.  A son Walter Shuey died in 1920.  The sons are< Dr. Wm. H. Replogle of Wabasha, Minn., Dr. Jos. F. Replogle of Lander, Wyo., president of the state Medical Association and member of the state legislature; Jacob E. Replogle, Chicago attorney; Charles Replogle state game warden of Wyo. and located at Lander; Opal W. Shuey of Overton, Nebr., Roy Glen Shuey of Hawthorne, Calif., and twin daughters Alfretta Edwards of Needles, Calif., and Mrs. Alberta (Merton) Irvin of Seattle, Wash.  The latter and Roy Shuey were unable to come to the funeral, al the rest of the children being present.  Mrs. Irvin had only recently visited her mother at Norton.  A large number of Norcatur and Colony friends attended the funeral, either at Norton, or at the burial ground, or both.
Norcatur Dispatch, 01 Sept 1938 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)


Obituary of David Temple

David Temple was born in Missouri, July 26, 1855, and died at the home of his brother in Marshall County, Kansas on October 8, 1919.  From Missouri he went to Thayer County, Nebraska, and in 1884 he moved with his family to the Colony, Norton County, Kans., where he resided until a few years ago moving to Norcatur.  He married Miss Louise Partch, on October 31, 1878, and to this union 8 children were born, four boys and four girls, and all survive the parents.  Mrs. Temple died at her home in the Colony in 1904.  Mr. Temple married again, taking as a companion, Mrs. Bertha Smith, of Norcatur, who is left to mourn his loss.  In 1887 Mr. Temple united with the Brethren Church in the Colony, and held to the church and his faith until the end.  The last few years of his life he has been a constant sufferer.

His wife, three brothers Nat of Norcatur, John of Axtell & James of Clayton, four sons, Melvin of Wymore, Nebr., and Leslie of Bethany, Nebr., Ray and Ed of Norcatur, Kansas, four daughters, Mrs. Pearl Reid of Winston, Mo., Mrs. Elda Deeter of Ashland, Ohio, Mrs. Ollie Reager and Mrs. Mabel Vanover of Norcatur, are left to hold dear in memory his life as a husband, father and brother.

Funeral services were held on October 12, at the Brethren Church in the Colony, near his old home, and burial followed a splendid sermon by C. E. Huff of Oronoque, in the cemetery at that place.
Norcatur Dispatch, 23 Oct 1919 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)

Obituary Mrs. Temple

Bertha Martha Totley [or Torley] was born in Oquawka, Ills., August 11, 1853, and died at the home of her son Harry Smith near Norcatur, Kansas, July 22, 1928 aged 74 years, 11 mos. 11 days.

She grew to womanhood at Monmouth, Ills., where she was married to Janus McCurdy on February 25, 1875.  Two children were born to this union, Chas. M. & James Q.

Mr. McCurdy died Sept. 12, 1878, and on April 5, 1884 she was married to Alexander J. Smith, at Shenandoah, Iowa. To this union were born three children, Carrie B., Harry W., and Kittie B.  Mr. Smith died July 17, 1892, on the farm now where Harry lives, and where the wife and mother also passed away.

On March 2, 1909, she married David Temple at Norton, Kansas, and he passed away several years previous to the death of Mrs. Temple.

In 1888 she came to Norcatur and in 1894 she united with the M. E. Church, and lived a faithful christian life thru the years.

Funeral services were conducted from M. E. Community Church by Rev. W. W. Enyeart, pastor and burial in the Norcatur cemetery.

The children living are: Mrs. Will Hughes, Harry Smith, and Mrs. Kittie Temple all of Norcatur, Chas. McCurdy of Severy, Kansas. One son, James McCurdy died in 1910.
Norcatur Dispatch, 26 July 1928 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)
[David, Louisa, and Bertha Temple are at Maple Grove Cemetery near the Colony. This note from Olive K e e n e r, but a stone for Bertha Torley Temple is apparently located in the Norcatur cemetery - ag]


John Thomas

Johnny Thomas was born December 29, 1858, in Ontario, Canada and died at his home December 28, 1932, age 75 years.

At seven years of age he moved to Illinois then at the age of 10 he moved to Tama County, Iowa.  At the age of 21 he was united in marriage to Amanda McCarty on December 11, 1878.

In the fall of 1879 the young people moved to Norton County, Kansas, where they have resided ever since.  To this union was born five children, one daughter, Pearl having predeceased him.  He is survived by his companion who has devotedly cared for him during his failing health and by four children: Alice King of Freewater, Oregon, Charles E. Thomas of Oronoque, Kansas, Walter Thomas of Erda, Utah, and Sybil Loper of McCook, Nebr.  There also are 16 grandchildren, one having predeceased him, and one great-grandchild, besides a host of relatives and friends who mourn the passing of this pioneer father.

At the age of 23 Mr. Thomas was baptized by Elder Workman into the Brethern [sic] Church.  Later he transferred his membership to the Church of the Brethern [sic] and had lived a consistent Christian life in this faith.

Mr. Thomas was one of the many who endured the early day hardships of the Colony community, but lived to enjoy the prosperity that came to him and his family in later years, and to enjoy a good home, and the companionship of a faithful wife and adoring children.

Funeral services were held from the Church of the Brethren, conducted by Rev. Riddlebarger of McPherson, Kansas, and burial made in the Maple Grove Cemetery, near which he had been instrumental in founding and assisting with its care for many years.
Norcatur Dispatch, 12 January 1933  (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)



Mr. and Mrs. Charles Thompson near Devizes, Ks. have passed thru great afflictions of late, having 4 of their children die in about 6 weeks time.  2 dying in 1 weeks time.  First named - Estes, a boy, age 5 years and 6 months; Eva, age 10; next babe, age 10 months, the last one died about 3 years of age, he was a boy, named Eugene.   All these children were buried in the Rockwell City cemetery - written by Carrie Holsinger.
Norton Courier, 22 March 1894

[is this the same family?] Minnie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Thompson, living 3 1/2 miles east of the city died April 16, 1894, of quick consumption.  Funeral services were held in the Christian Church, on Tuesday, April 17.  Burial in the Norton cemetery.
Norton Courier, 19 April 1894


Obituary - Frank West

B. F. West was born May 6, 1874 in Carroll County, Indiana, and died at his home northwest of Norton, Kansas, September 24, 1923.  He came to Norton County in 1883 and homesteaded with his parents in the Colony neighborhood, where he grew to manhood, married and made his home until death visited him.  He was married to Miss Ruthie Kingham in 1904 and ten children were born to them, two of which Evan and Irene, preceded him in death by two years.  Besides his wife and eight children he leaves four sisters and one brother: Mrs. D. T. Howell of Norton, Mrs. Lewis Youngs of Delvale, Mrs. J. S. Bryant and T. W. West, all of Norton County, and Mrs. W. O. Haney of Rochester, Minnesota.

Frank's sunshiny, loveable disposition and cheery smile won him friends on every hand, all of whom were inspired by his genial characteristics, and all were grieved to learn of his death which was very sudden.

A large crowd attended the funeral, which was held from the Maple Grove Church in the Colony, and interment made in the cemetery there on September 26, 1923.
Norcatur Dispatch, 04 October 1923 (contributed by Olive K e e n e r)



Rites today at Colony church for Residnet of Norton County almost have a century.

Andrew Jackson Wetston [sic], 81 who was stricken Thursday by paralysis, died Sunday at the home of his son in law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Ford, with whom he had made his home for the past few years. His contition had been very grave since Friday.

Funeral services were planned for 2 o'clock this afternoon from the United Brethren Church in the colony, with burial in the Maple Grove Cemetery, nearby.  the Rev. W. F. Coy of the Church of God will be the officiating minister and the casket-bearers will be Ben Doolittle, W.P. Boles, John Foley, N.E. McMullen, Frank Miller and Giles Farlly.

Mr. Whitstone [sic] was born on January 3, 1854, near South Bend, Ind., and grew to young manhood in that state.  On December 30, 1875, he was united in marriage to Miss Katherine Hoover, and of the union was born 11 children.  In 1887 the family came to Norton county, locating on a farm about 10 1/2 miles northwest of Norton.  Mr. Whetstone resided there and carried on farming activities until about five years ago.  Soon after the death of mrs. Whetstone on June 16, 1930, he moved to Norton and made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Ford.

Surviving Mr. Whetstone are eight of the 11 children, 38 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, four half-brothers, two half-sisters, other relatives and a host of friends.  The children are Dave Whetstone of Whiting, Kas., Charles Whetstone of Colorado Springs, Oscar Whetstone, Mrs. Mabel Ford, Mrs. Mary Johnson and Mrs. Sarah Johnson, all of Norton; Mrs. Dora Buster of Challis, Idaho, and Mrs. Minnie Worley of Yuma, Col.  In the Whetstone family were two pairs of twins--Mrs. Mary Johnson and Mrs. Sarah Johnson, and Oscar and Olive Whetstone, the later having died at the age of 5 months.
contributed by April Salinas, who says, "I have left mispellings as they appeared in the newspaper obit."


Mrs. A. J. Whetstone

Catherine Hoover was born in Harrison Township, Elkhart County, Indiana, November 11, 1856.  Departed this life June 16, 1930, ge 73 years, 7 months and 6 days.  She was the dughter of David and Susanna Hoover.  At the age of nine years she moved with her parents to St. Joseph County, Indiana where she spent her girlhood days.

She was married to A.J. Whetstone December 30, 1875.  To this union were born eleven children, three of whom preceded her in death.  In April 1887 they moved to Norton county, Kansas, locating in the colony, where she spent the remainder of her life.

In the fall of 1888 she united with the Church of the Brethren, living a faithful, consistent, Christian life, always attending church services when it was possible for her to do so.  She was a faithful wife, a loving mother, and a kind friend.

She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, eight children; David of Hoyt, Kansas; Dora of Challis, Idaho; Charlie of Goodland, Kansas; Mabel, Sarah and Oscar of Norton; Mary of Clayton; and Minnie of Yuma, Colorado.; thirty five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, besides many other relatives and friends.

She goest sustained and soothed by an unfaltering trust "Like one who draws the drapery of her couch about her, and lies down to pleasant dreams."

Funeral services where held from the Church of the Brethren by Rev. J. R. Carber [probably Garber] of Portis, Kansas, assisted by Guy Ankenman and A.J. Wertenberger and burial was in the Maple Grove Cemetery.

Dearest Mother, thou has left us
and thy loss we deeply feel.
it was God who has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.

We wish to thank our friends and neighbors for their help. Their words of kindness and sympathy during the sickness and death of our dear wife and mother.  Especially do we express our thanks to the singers and for the beautiful floral offerings.  may God bless you all. A.J. Whetstone and children.
contributed by April Salinas, who says, "I have left mispellings as they appeared in the newspaper obit."


OBITUARY [Charles Brook Whetstone]

Chas. Brook Whetstone, son of Norton County pioneers Andrew Jackson Whetstone and Katherine Hoover Whetstone, was born in Elkhart County, Indiana, Oct 23, 1883 and died at Norton, Kans., March 7, 1945. His age was 61 years, 4 months and 14 days.

  Charley's parents came to Norton County in 1887 and homesteaded about ten miles northwest of Norton in the community known as the "Colony."  Here he attended the public school, Garfield district No. 61.

  In 1903 he was married at Norton to Hattie Murphy, a half-sister of Gerald Murphy of Norton.  Mrs. Whetstone died in May 1931, and Mr. Whetstone moved to Colorado Springs, where in November, 1937 he was married to Margaret Miller.

  With the exception of one year when he came back and farmed the Oscar Grove farm, he has resided in Colorado Springs.  His health had been very poor for some years and two weeks ago he came back to Kansas as Colorado was too high in elevation for his heart affliction.  His passing was sudden and very unexpected.

  Charley was industrious and for the past ten years was engaged in carpentering and painting.

  He is survived by his wife, two children, Mrs. Walter Roshong of Oberlin, and Leo Whetstone of McDonald, Kas.; two grandchilren, five sisters and one brother, Mrs. Mabel Ford, Mrs. Mary Johnson, Mrs. Sarah Johnson, all of Norton, Mrs. Dora Buster of Challis, Idaho, Mrs. Minnie Worley of Yuma, Colo., and Oscar Whetstone of Norton.  Three brothers and one sister preceded him in death.

  Funeral services were held at the Scott Funeral Home on Saturday afternoon, March 1o, at 2 o'clock.  Elder Stephen J. Epler was the officiating minister. The internment was in the Maple Grove Cemetery.
contributed by April Salinas

Ed Whetstone

Ed Wetstone was celebrating the Fourth at Oronoque, by loading gas pipes and tin cans and firing them off as cannon.  He loaded a tin can and tamped it hard with a stiff mud and after lighting it failed to get away before the explosion.  His arm was badly shattered, all the muscular portion being horribly torn.  A surgeon was called who dressed the wounded member as well as could be, but gangrene set in and the arm was amputated.  Sunday night he died.  Although every year the papers are full of accounts of celebrating accidents, many causing death, still the boys take desperate chances in have their patriotic fun.
Norton Courier (Norton, KS), July 14, 1904
contributed by April Salinas



Hattie R. Murphy was born at Rockwell City, Norton county, Kansas on November 28, 1884.  Her early life was spent near the place of her birth. She was married to Charles Whetstone on June 15, 1903.  Two children were born to this union--Minnie W. and Leo.  After her marriage she lived a short time at Oberlin, Kansas, then moved to Southeastern Kansas near St. Paul.  In 1927 Mr. and Mrs. Whetstone moved to a farm near Goodland, Kansas which was their home at the time of Mrs. Whetstone's death. She had experienced much sickness but her last illness began only two weeks ago. She was brought to Oberlin for treatment and care but survived only a few days.  In the early morning of May 27, 1931 she departed this life having lived the short span of 46 years, 5 months and 29 days.

When she was 20 years of age she united with the Church of the Brethern (sic) at Maple Grove in Norton county.  She was true to her faith and in her last sickness received the anointing and died at peace with men and God.

The sudden ending of her short life leaves a sorrowing husband; a daughter, Mrs. Minnie Roshong , of Oberlin; a son, Leo Whetstone of Colby, Kansas; also five brothers, H.L., Verne C., and Faye Murphy of Oberlin; Glenn Murphy of Norton; and Gerald Murphy of Eckley, Colorado; also four sisters--Mrs. Ethel Mathes of Benkleman, Nebraska; Mrs. Essay Bradshaw, of Kansas City, Mo.; Mrs. Lois Copeland of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Mrs. Ollie Wicker of Norton, Kansas.  Besides these, there are grandchildren, a number of cousins and other relatives.

The funeral was held on Thursday afternooon , May 28, at Maple Grove church in Norton County.  After, the body was laid to rest in the cemetery near that church. Rev. J. G. Roberts of Oberlin, Kansas conducted the services.
contributed by April Salinas



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