Riley County Obituaries
Manhattan Nationalist Obituaries and Death Notices, 1908
Jan. 2, 1908
Allison, Miss Clara died Dec. 26, 1907 at the home of her sister, Mrs. L. J. Baird, in this city; born
in Clinton Co., Ill., in 1865; came to Kansas in 1885 and taught school in Great Bend eight years; burial
Jan. 9, 1908
J. D. Robertson, formerly of Manhattan, died at the home of his father in law in Leavenworth on Jan. 7.
Jan. 16, 1908
Patrick Burns, 77, died Jan. 12 at his home on McDowell Creek; services and burial were at the church and cemetery
on McDowell Creek; born in Co. Roscommon; survived by his wife and four daughters, Mrs. Whittington of
St. Anthony, Idaho, and Ella, Katie and Anna Burns, all teachers in Geary County, and one son, Patrick,
of the Elbow.
Former resident Mrs. Sam Graham, now of Topeka, took her own life on Jan. 8 after a long siege of ill health;
she was 26 years old and the daughter of S. M. Shaw of this city; body brought to Manhattan for burial.
Loyd Wesley Carlson, 17 mo. son of Noah Carlson died Jan. 15 at the family home of congestion of the lungs.
Katherine Pierce Harper died Jan. 10 in this city; born in Vermont on Jan. 18, 1825; came west in 1850 and
married R. J. Harper in 1852 and in 1859 they came to Manhattan; survived by her husband and daughter, Josephine; also
a sister Mrs. Nellie Coleman of Illinois and a brother, L. B. Pierce of Winfield, Ia.
Ambrose Whitmore died Jan. 7 in Denver of blood poisoning; born in Pennsylvania 35 years ago; came to
Manhattan as a child and married Libbie Beebe about 15 years ago; lived in Herington and Colorado Springs
before going to Denver; survived by wife and two daughters; five sisters, Mrs. Henry Thierer and Mrs.
Ed Thierer of Manhattan, Emma Shide of Alva, Okla. and Laura Stewart of Chicago; four brothers, Lawson Whitmore
of Arkansas, M. E. Whitmore of Spokane, Wash. and H. Whitmore of near Junction City.
Jan. 23, 1908
Bala: John Behr died at his place on Madison creek on Saturday morning; buried at Riley on Monday. [note--this news
may have been a week old when published.]
Former resident Charles Forss died at his home in St. Joseph, Mo., on Jan. 22 of congestion of the brain; about
40 years of age, coming to the U.S. at age 17; wife was the former Nettie Remmele.
Perry McDonald died Jan. 21 at his home east of town of heart trouble; born in Wayne County, Ind.,
in 1833; took a claim in Zeandale Twp. in 1856 and except for 15 months spent in Texas that had been
his home ever since; married Mary McCurdy on Dec. 11, 1856; her father has settled in Zeandale Twp. that same
year; survived by his wife, three sons--Emmet, James and Charles, and two daughters--Mrs. M. L.
Douglas of Manhattan and Mrs. B. Atkins of Kansas City.
Jan. 30, 1908
Former resident George F. Dewey died Jan. 15 at his home in Chicago; he was in the photography
business at this place but left five years ago for Illinois; survived by wife, a daughter, Mrs. Irene
Sutherland and two sons, Grant and Earl; ashes interred in Graceland Cemetery in Chicago.
William H. Elder died Jan. 22 of hemorrhage of the lungs; born Nov. 10, 1875 at
Patterson, Ks. Graduated from Burrton High School; enlisted in the Spanish American war;
married May Fuller at Salina on Jan. 26, 1903; taught school and graduated from law
school in 1906; he was a resident of Lawrence and had been on his way to Arizona for his health
when stricken; burial at Riley.
Nina Foltz died Jan. 28 at the home of her mother, Mrs. Dora M. Foltz in this city, of inflammation
of the bowels; born in Wabaunsee twenty one years ago and came to Manhattan at the age of fourteen;
survived by her mother and sister, Florence.
Bruce Smith died Jan. 29 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. James Paddock; born Ohio in 1843; married Martha
E. Thomas in 1867, came to Kansas in 1872 and to Manhattan 28 years ago; besides Mrs. Paddock he
leaves his wife, daughters Effie Woods, Sylvia Fleiss, Flora Fleiss and Jenny Mussey, sons
Fred and Ned Smith, all of this city; a brother, Henry Robison of Oklahoma and sisters,
Lucy Roberts of Centerville, Ia. and Mary Schleister of East St. Louis.
Henry Sump died at Alma on Jan. 25; age 66 years and 10 days old; had been visiting son,
Otto, in Oklahoma and had stopped in Alma to visit another son, Henry; survived by
seven children in all; burial Fancy Creek cemetery.
The mother of Miss Daisy Zeininger died last week at her home in Wichita.
Feb. 6, 1908
The mother of J. L. Armstrong died Jan. 14 in Bethany, Ill.; he returned here last week after a visit
with relatives at that place.
Feb. 13, 1908
Truman Allen, who died last week in Dalhart, Texas, was buried at this place. His wife, Oma, returned to
Texas to fill the vacancy of county clerk caused by his death.
The seven-month old child of Nelson Blake died Feb. 11 of pneumonia at the home of his parents.
The infant daughter of Harry Fagan died Monday at the family home on the Elbow and was buried in the Catholic cemetery at that
place. [Feb. 10?]
Lowell Goodsell, age 42 years, died in El Paso, Texas, where he and his sister, Alletta, were spending
the winter; death was due to stomach trouble; he owned a large ranch at the head of McDowell Creek at
the time of his death; body was taken to Centerville, Mich., for burial.
Mrs. Jane Jones died Feb. 11 in Denver of cancer; survived by her husband, Lloyd R. Jones, one daughter
and two sons; also a sister, Mrs. Kate Jenkins of Washington state, a niece Miss Blanche Williams and
a brother-in-law, R. M. Jones of Denver; burial at Bala.
Ross Long died Feb. 12 at Denver and the body brought back to Manhattan for burial.
Former resident Philo S. Mead died Feb. 11 at his home in McPherson.
Raymond Ritchie died Feb. 7 of pneumonia in Salt Lake City; he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Ritchie of Kansas City, Mo. and the nephew of Mrs. D. W. March of this place; burial in Elmwood
Cemetery in KC.
Ross Taylor, age 28, died Feb. 7 at his parents' home in Wabaunsee; also survived by a sister and
three brothers: Harry of Wabaunsee and J. N. and Cal of Zeandale.
Feb. 20, 1908
Thomas Cox, age 87 and the father of Mrs. Lew Bardwell of this city, died at his home in Clay Center Feb. 17.
Former resident Mrs. A. G. Cress died Feb. 13 at her home in Topeka and the remains were brought to
Manahattan for burial; survived by her husband and daughters, Verta and Lenore.
Feb. 27, 1908
Martha Armstong, mother of C. C. Armstrong, died Feb. 19th in Belleville.
Mary Cole died Feb. 20 of paralysis at her home in this city; born Aug. 8, 1849 in Macomb County,
Michigan; came to Republic county in 1870 and to Manhattan in 1902; survived by husband and four children:
May Goppert, of Cuba, Kans.; Amy, Bessie and Earl of this city.
Will S. Sargent died Feb. 15 from scarlet fever at the family home in Manhattan; he was born Oct. 14, 1880
at the farm home near Riley; graduated from the high school here and from the State Agricultural College
in 1901; employed by the U. S. Geological Survey in Wyoming and Arizona and was taken ill the day
after Thanksgiving. His brothers and sister--J. W., George, Frank, C. D. and Mrs. Edith Hinds, all of
Riley, and M. C., M. E. and V. O., all of Manhattan attended the funeral.
Levi Woodman died Feb. 24 of kidney trouble at the National Military Home in Leavenworth; born July
28, 1831 in Tamworth, N. H.; went to George and South Carolina as a young man; came with a Boston colony
to Kansas in 1857; first stonemason in Manhattan; served in Co. C, 17th Kansas Infantry during the Civil
war; married Emma Hale in 1859 and to them five children were born--only son Lou Woodman of Manhattan
and Mrs. George Wake of Los Angeles are living; burial in Manhattan.
Mar. 5, 1908
Nancy Black Carnahan died Feb. 27 of general debility at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Pollard Carnahan; born
in Allegheny county, Pa. in 1826; came to Kansas ten years ago after death of husband; mother of four
children--three sons, including Rev. George Carnahan of Jamestown and her daughter of this city; services
and burial at the Carnahan Creek United Presbyterian.
Tabor Valley items: Alice Wyman, aged 12 years, daughter of former resident Mrs. Lillie McIlvain, died
Feb. 23 at the family home in Oregon state; Mrs. Wyman is the niece of J. D. Willfoung.
Mar. 19, 1908
The funeral of Hazel Bowman, daughter of Andy and Stella Bowman of Deep Creek, was held at the family
home March 12; she died March 11 after an operation for appendicitis; burial at the Pleasant
William Cummings died Mar. 13; he had been cutting wood for Mr. Koppenheffer and became sick, and died
about a week later at his home in Ogden.
Emma C. Reynolds died Mar. 16 of heart trouble at her home in Manhattan; born Nov. 13, 1841 in Anapolis,
Indiana; married in Garden Grove, Ia. in 1866 and in 1876 moved to Cawker City, where her husband died;
came to Manhattan in 1901; survived by two daughters, Mrs. Fannie Fulton of Cleveland, Ohio and Miss
Jesse Reynolds of this city; burial in Cawker City.
The funeral of Phil Roberts, brakeman on the M.P.R.R., was held in Council Grove on the 6th; he was run over and killed by an
engine two weeks ago; his wife, the former Amy Adolph, will return to her father's home in Wabaunsee county.
Mar. 26, 1908
O. E. Holenback received a telegram Sunday morning announcing the death of his sister in Nebraska.
Randolph items: Peter Nordmark died Mar. 16 from the effects of diabetes; came to this county in 1870; survived
by his wife and fives children: Mrs. Helma Williams and Anna Nordmark of Los Angeles; G. G. Nordmark
of Birmingham, Ala.; Walter Nordmark of Blue Rapids and Mrs. Esther Harper of Belleville; the eldest son,
Charles, died about a year ago in Colorado.
Alwina Remmele Strong died Mar. 19 of heart trouble at her home in Denver; born in Manhattan on May 17,
1879 and graduated from the high school here; married Ed Strong on April 16, 1907; he and an infant daughter,
only a few days old, survive her, along with her mother and siblings; body brought to Manhattan for burial.
Apr. 2, 1908
Henry Eikenhorst died Mar. 29 of tuberculosis at his home on Cedar Creek; burial in the city cemetery.
Mrs. Charles Ritchie died Mar. 26 at her home in Kansas City; survived by her husband, and children--
Mrs. Florence Dearborn of Bozeman, Mont., Charles Ritchie of Salt Lake City and James Ritchie of Dakota;
youngest son, Raymond, died six weeks before; burial in Manhattan.
Margaret Welton Stingley died Apr. 1 of neuralgia of the heart at her home in Manhattan; born Aug. 3, 1836
in Hardy county, Virginia; married W. Harness Stingley on Oct. 14, 1857; came to Kansas in the spring of
1886; mother of ten children, eight
of whom survive her--Frank, William and Walter of Manhattan, H. L. Stingley and Mrs. S. L. Van Blarcom of
Kansas City, Mrs. James Enlow of Wabausee, John Stingley of Wichita and Mrs. Emil Haggman of Randsburg,
Apr. 9, 1908
Sarah Ann Lynch died Apr. 2 of muscular rheumatism at the home of Mrs. Lynch Fallyer in this city; funeral
Apr. 4 from the Fallyer home.
Lorenzo Dow Pierce died Apr. 6 of general debility at his home near Garrison; born Lima, Ohio, Apr. 8, 1844;
came with his parents to this place in 1857; married Mary Springer in August, 1870 and they had six
children, four of whom are living; services at Carnahan Creek church.
Apr. 16, 1908
The 3-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Lowe of Topeka died Apr. 12 of pneumonia; Mrs. F. Brown,
Nettie Pauley and Jake Pauley went to Topeka to attend the services.
Ed Peak, age 29 years, died Apr. 12 of heart failure due to over-exertion while working at the Manhattan Coal and Grain Company;
survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Peak and two sisters and two brothers: Mrs. Joseph Bailey,
Nellie Peak and Fred Peak of this city, and John Peak of Los Angeles; burial in the Elbow Cemetery.
Apr. 23, 1908
Mrs. John Bayles died Apr. 16 of cancer at her home two miles north of Manhattan; Susanna Sleigh was born
Apr. 27, 1834 in Pittsburg, Pa.; married John Bayles Apr. 3, 1854; moved to Garrison in 1870 and then to
their present home in 1876; mother of eight children, seven of whom
survive her--B. B. Bayles of Manhattan, Rev. J. W. Bayles of Onaga, Ellen Bayles, Mrs. Rachel Coffman, Mrs.
Lydia Lyman and Mrs. Ruth Havens, all of Manhattan and Mrs. Sarah Young of Stockdale; also two brothers,
Thomas and John Sleigh, and one sister, Mrs. Sarah Borland, all of Sharpsburg, Pa.;
funeral from the Baptist church.
The infant son of Patt Scott died April 16, aged five days; burial in the cemetery of the 17th.
May 7, 1908
Mrs. Lottie Anderson, aged 57, wife of Michael Anderson, died from the effects of drinking a bottle of carbolic
acid on May 1st; relatives include a niece, Mrs. Vergie Wood of this city, and a brother, Fred, of
Richmond, Ill.; she was originally from Hull, Ill.
Bessie Frederick, three year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Frederick of Deep Creek, died May 3 at
the hospital in Manhattan; she died from pneumonia contracted after an operation; burial at Zeandale.
The body of little Merle Wood was brought here from Kansas City yesterday, and funeral services were held
today (May 7) from the home of the little girl's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Solt; burial in the city cemetery.
May 14, 1908
Sarah Graham died May 10 of la grippe at her home four miles south of the city; Sarah Kirk Moffitt born July 10,
1836 in Patton Twp., Allegheny county, Pa.; married William B. Graham on Apr. 3, 1862; came to Manhattan
on Dec. 26, 1879; mother of twn children, five of who survive--Harry, Robert, Mrs. E. P. Kinney, Morrow,
and Samuel, all of whom were present at the funeral with the exception of Samuel, who lives in Seattle,
Wash.; also survived by a brother, John B. Moffitt of Fort Scott; burial in Manhattan.
Azariah Reading died May 2 of heart disease at Leslie, Ark., where he had gone for his health in December;
born Oct. 11, 1837 in Muncie, Ind.; enlisted in 1862 in the 84th Ind. Veteran Infantry; came to Kansas
in 1885 and made his home seven miles southeast of Riley; he never married.
May 28, 1908
Swan Compton of Hays City, a former student here at the college and friend of many here in town, died
May 21 at Kansas City after an operation; he had been hit in the back of the head at a ball game with
serious results; body taken to La Porte, Texas for burial.
Elsie Irene Kammeyer died May 23 at a Manhattan hospital after an operation for appendicitis; born Aug.
10, 1890 at Kansas City, Kans., second daughter of Julius and Josephine Kammeyer; graduated from
Manhattan High School and was enrolled at Kansas State Agricultural College, where she was an active member of the sophomore
Keats news: Benjamin R. Ross died last week, and the body was accompanied by an uncle from Clay Center to its
burial place in Germantown, Ohio.
June 4, 1908
James Barry, Sr., died June 3 of asthma and throat trouble at his home in this city, having moved here from
St. George five months ago; survived by his wife and four children: James J. Barry of Wichita, Mrs. Lizzie
Dunning of St. George, and Mrs. Charles Diehl and Mrs. Peter Robidoux of Manhattan; burial at the Elbow
Mrs. Sarah Bickhart died May 31 of paralysis at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Brooks, near Garrison;
besides Mrs. Brooks she leaves two other children, Mrs. Will Phillips and Jarvis Kershaw.
Mrs. R. W. Brand, age 77, died May 31 of paralysis at her home of her daughter, Mrs. C. F. Perkins in this city;
native of Missouri and came to Council Grove in 1864; moved to Manhattan nine months ago to live with her daughter;
burial in Council Grove.
William H. Edelblute died May 28 of stomach trouble at his home in Keats; born Sept. 15, 1829 in
Blair county, Pennsylvania; came to Lawrence in 1855 but because of border troubles returned to
Pennsylvania, coming back to Kansas in 1856; enlisted in Co. G, 11th Kansas Vol. Infantry during the
war of the Rebellion; married Artissima Ryan in 1869; survived by his wife, and five children--
W. H. Edelblute, jr. of Rathdrum, Idaho, J. A. Edelblute of Manhattan, and George C., Merril R. and Mary
of Keats; he was preceded in death by a daughter who died at the age of 18 months 26 years ago;
burial in the city cemetery in Manhattan, in charge of the G.A.R.
Mrs. Mary Augusta Polson died May 20 of acute indigestion in Winkler; born Leadville, Tenn., Aug. 16,
1875; married George J. Polson on July 7, 1903; mother of one son, who was born June 28, 1906 and died
Dec. 20, 1907; came to Kansas with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Norton in 1884; funeral at Winkler and
burial in Fancy Creek cemetery.
Will C. Pratt died May 31 from an overdose of laudanum; born in Manhattan in 1867; survived by wife and
three children; his elderly parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Pratt; three brothers, Joseph, Charles and Hiram
of Ellsworth and a sister, Mrs. Bemis; burial in the city cemetery.
Former resident Mrs. A. A. Stewart died May 29 in her home in Neosho, Mo.
June 11, 1908
Carl Engel died June 8 of heart failure; born Oct. 30, 1844 in Zorndorf, Germany; came to Watertown, Wis.
at age 11; at age 16 went to Milwaukee and later to St. Louis; came to Leavenworth in 1863 and to Manhattan
in 1866; married Fredericka Schaubel in 1868; survived by wife, and seven children--Fred Engel of Logan,
New Mexico, Charles F., Sophia and Norman Engel, Mrs. A. N. Blackman, Mrs. W. A. Long and Mrs. Elizabeth
Brooks, all of this city; also a sister, Mrs. Louise May of Watertown, Wisc.
Former resident Merle Newell died June 7 of consumption in Danton, New Mexico; brother of Mrs. Charles
Hatch of this place.
A little son born June 4 to Mr. and Mrs. I. S. Smith died the next day and was buried June 6 in the city
Mrs. C. A. Sutton died June 4 of apoplexy; recently moved to Manhattan from St. Joseph, Mo.; survived by
her husband and two children, Mrs. Robert Nusser of Beloit and Claude Sutton, of Kansas City; burial in
June 18, 1908
Charles S. Baldwin of Baldwin died June 10 after an operation for perforation of the bowels; burial at
Capt. William Bough died May 28 in Bloomington, Ind,; brother of Mrs. S. J. Soward of this city; he was
a veteran of the Mexican and Civil wars.
John Sylvester Cunningham died June 15; born Hopkinton, Delaware county, Iowa, Jan. 22, 1858; born into a
family of 12 children, of whom only two brothers and a sister survive; came to northern Riley county with
his parents in 1869; married Genevieve Whitney in 1882; survived by his wife and seven children--Claude
Carrol, Solon Whitney, Sarah Roe, Virgil Everett, Genevieve, Edna Sylvia and Ruth Lois
Pearl Maas, four year old daughter of Frederick Maas of Deep Creek, died June 12 after strangling on a mass
in her throat, which has just been examined in Manhattan earlier that day and thought to be of no imminent danger to the
child; burial at Zeandale.
Mrs. Patrick O'Neill died June 12 from bronchial trouble at the family home on McDowell creek; survived
by her husband and a son, Patrick; burial in the Catholic cemetery at McDowell creek.
June 25, 1908
Benton Arnold, age 73, died June 24 at his home in this city; born Cadiz, Ohio; came to Kansas in 1857, then
to his family's farm a mile east of Manhattan; father died in 1858, mother in 1869; lived in Marshall
county, Colorado, Wichita, St. Louis and Illinois, as an engineer and bridge builder; returned to
Manhattan in 1892; he was a veteran and member of Lew Gove Post, G.A.R.; survived by his brother,
Charles R. Arnold of Colorado and three sisters, Mrs. Dr. Whitehead of Los Angeles, Mrs. D. W. Lane of
Berkley, Cal., and Miss E. A. Arnoold of this city; funeral June 26.
George W. Hill died June 20 at his home near Stockdale; came to Kansas in 1993; wife died in 1906; survived
by three sons and a daughter.
July 2, 1908
Mrs. M. S. Amos died June 30 of cancer at her home in Manhattan; funeral from the home on July 3.
Frederick Larson, age 66, died June 26 of asthma in the County Home; survived by his wife and three
children of Walsburg.
Denis Semair, who lived alone a mile east of Eureka Lake, committed suicide June 31 by blowing up himself and his home with dynamite;
he left a note explaining his actions; survived by his ex-wife and three children living in Oklahoma, and
a daughter, Mrw. Julia Moehlman of Moehlman Bottom; also left a will leaving his property to his ex-wife and
four children; burial in the city cemetery.
July 9, 1908
Mrs. M. S. Brown died June 30 at the Memorial Home in Leavenworth; born 1826 in New London, Conn.; left
Manhattan two weeks ago to spend her remaining days in the Home; survived by three sons--C. G. Brown of
Manhattan, Fred Brown of Olathe and Will Brown of Perry, Okla.; burial in Manhattan.
W. G. Brown died July 3 of heart failure; about 37 years of age and had no relatives in the area; burial
in the city cemetery.
Sarah Jane Clark, a resident of Manhattan for 25 years, died July 3; survived by her husband and nine
children, two of whom, Mrs. Arthur Haulenbeck and John T. Clark, reside here.
Reynold N. Donnan was killed July 2 when hit by U. P. train No. 104; from Independence, Ia., he had been
working in this section with his uncle, division engineer C. G. Austin of Kansas City; body taken back
to his home in Iowa for burial.
Mrs. Arthur Fulton of Blue Rapids died July 3; survived by her parents, Dr. and Mrs. F. M. Thomas, her husband
and one child, and sisters, Mrs. Louis Burk of Manhattan and Mrs. S. A. Bardwell of Clay Center.
Mrs. Alberta M. Ruede died July 8 of heart trouble; born Sept. 1, 1865 in Elkhart, Ind.; came
to Osborne, Kans., in May 1879 with her parents; married S. E. Ruede on July 15, 1884;
survived by her son, Eugene Ruede, her mother Mrs. S. E. Baldwin, three brothers and one sister;
burial in Osborne.
July 16, 1908
Sarah Amanda Brown, age 77, died July 10 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George W. Harrop in this city;
Sarah Amanda May was born 1831 in Cape Giradeau, Mo.; married E. Brown in May 1850; mother of five children, three
of whom survive.
Anna Belle Koppenheffer died July 12 of consumption in Ashland; born July 14, 1883; married Clinton Koppenheffer March
7, 1907; survived by her husband, a nine week old infant, her mother, five sisters and five brothers;
burial at Ashland.
July 23, 1908
Mrs. Frances A. Denison, former resident, died July 18 at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Cecil Ames,
in Whitewater; born Frances Ann Osborne on May 24, 1830 at Harper's Ferry, Va.; first husband, John Dennis,
and she served as missionaries of the Methodist church to Wyandotte Indians near Kansas City; Mr. Dennis
died in 1856 and on Nov. 21, 1859 she married Rev. Joseph Denison, then president of Bluemont College,
which later became Kansas State Agriculural College; preceded in death by her husband and all four of
Mrs. C. Garansson age 63, died July 17 at her home on McDowell creek; came to McDowell Creek from Sweden
in 1870; preceded in death by her husband in 1899; survived by nine children.
Frank M. Hathaway died July 12 of typhoid fever at Arkansas City; born in Cincinatti, Ohio, 57 years ago; came to Kansas
in 1873; preceded in death by a son, Elmer, who drowned several years ago; four other children survive him--
Mrs. Lillian Sanford of Fayetteville, Ark., James of Minneapolis and John and Francis of Ashland; burial
The 18 month old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hays, who live up on the Blue, died July 16 of blood poisoning
after injuring his foot about two weeks ago.
Charles J. Peterson died July 17 of consumption at his home in this city; age 61 years; survived by his wife
and four children; burial in the city cemetery.
July 30, 1908
Frank Eakin died July 24 at the sanitarium at Bonner Springs; born in Ohio in 1846; survived by four
daughters, Lillian Eakin of Topeka, Gertrude Eakin of Chicago and Amy and Bernice Eakin of this city;
burial at Perry, Kans.
Mrs. John Hager died July 7 of cancer at her home in Manhattan; Clara M. Akers was born Sept. 26, 1875 in Iowa;
married John Hager 14 years ago; survived by her husband and a son; also her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.
M. Akers, her brothers, Charles, William and John Akers, and her sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Drown, Mrs.
Gibson, Mrs. Emma Peak and Mrs. Lizzie Mays, all of this city.
Aug. 6, 1908
Frank William Justin, age 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Justin died July 31 of heart disease; interment
in the city cemetery.
Aug. 13, 1908
W. D. Hays of Bomar, Rooks county, who was on his way to Topeka for an operation, died Aug. 10 as the
train he was riding neared Manhattan; the body was prepared for burial and shipped back to his home; he
leaves a wife and five children.
Aug. 20, 1908
Dr. C. W. Allen collapsed and died Aug. 16 while out in his garden digging potatoes; burial in the
John P. Jones died Aug. 11 in Bala after a sudden illness; came to Kansas from Pennsylvania in 1871;
survived by an invalid wife and four sons, three of whom live in Bala, and the fourth, Rev. David E.
Jones, who lives in Middleton, Okla.; funeral from the Presbyterian church in Bala.
Miss May Belle Tidyman, age 17, and adopted daughter of John Tidyman, died Aug. 10 after a long illness;
burial at Bala cemetery.
Aug. 27, 1908
The father of O. W. Fleming died Aug. 18 at Fostoria, Kans., from blood poisoning caused by injuries in
falling from a tree; burial at Olsburg.
Mrs. Matilda Gudgel died Aug. 26 of heart failure while visiting Dr. and Mrs. Cave of this city; she was on her
way from Colorado to her home in Indiana and was accompanied by her daughter in law, Mrs. George Gudgel;
body sent to Indiana.
Fred M. Paige, age 25, died Aug. 24 at the home of his father, the Melton farm across the Kaw; married to
the former Miss Allingham; a brother, Bert Paige also survives; burial in the city cemetery.
Frances, oldest child of former residents Mr. and Mrs. Charles Steele, died at the family home in
Seattle Washington on Aug. 23.
Sep. 3, 1908
Mrs. Louise Westbrook, age 87, died Aug. 29 of old age in Wamego; her husband, Levi, died in 1901; survived
by her children, Eugene of Guthrie, Okla., Levi and Mrs. Agnes Shupp of Bakersfield, Cal., and Mrs.
Hortense Day and Mrs. E. E. Hayward of this city.
Sep. 17, 1908
John Coons, age 19, was shot and killed instantly by Milt Creviston on Sept. 15 in Manhattan; survived by
his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Coons, his sisters, Marie and Elizabeth, and his grandmother; burial in
the city cemetery.
Former resident Mrs. Emma Stancliff Lee died Sept. 7 of heart trouble at her home in Los Angeles; survived
by her children, Arthur M., Harry S. and Mary Lee Young, all of Los Angeles; Mrs. Lee's husband, S. V.
Lee and her mother Mrs. Stancliff are buried in Manhattan.
S. F. White died Sept. 2 in Daniel, Wyoming of heart disease; he was said to have a daughter living in
Sep. 24, 1908
Mrs. Elizabeth Boller died Sept. 15 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John McGinty, on Clark's creek; other of
eight children, four of whom survive;
also survived by her husband, and children Mrs. Robert Shaw of Junction City, and Jacob and Joseph, both
of Clark's creek; burial in the Catholic cemetery on McDowell creek.
Clara Myrtle Hubbard, age 26, died Sep. 23 of consumption at the home of her mother in law in this city;
survived by her husband and one child; burial at Greenridge cemetery in Dickinson county.
Nelson M. King, little son of Harper King, died Sept. 22 of malarial fever.
Mrs. J. W. Page died Sept. 21 of an abdominal tumor; survived by her husband and four children--George
D. Page of Manhattan, John W. Page of Milford, Mich., Elizabeth M. Moehlman of Richmond, Mo., and Elizabeth
W. Heindel of Topeka.
Helen, 8 month old daughter of George Sandall, died Sep. 23 of bronchitis at the family home; burial in
the city cemetery.
Oct. 1, 1908
Harry E. Carlton, the five year old son of Art Carlton, died Saturday of paralysis. The little child was
playing on the bed last Wednesday and while endeavoring to turn a somersault, fell from the bed and
injured his spine. Funeral services were held from the home on Monday and burial was in the city cemetery.
Mrs. Margaret Moat, who died this week in Topeka was buried in this city on Tuesday. She was 72 years of
age, and formerly was an inmate of the I.O.O.F. home at Eureka Lake, before being brought to Topeka for
medical treatment. Her husband, who had also lived with her at the home, died last December.
M. D. Creviston, who was being held in the jail for the murder of John Coons Jr., hanged himself Friday
night. He left a note saying he would rather died than go to prison. He leaves a wife and several children,
all good citizens.
M. S. Amos, who was called to Canton, Ohio, last week by the illness of his
sister, Mrs. Olivia Gunder, sends home word that she passed away on Sunday,
two days after his arrival.
Major Hope, former resident of this city, died Saturday at Pittsburg, Pa., where he has been making his
home with his son, Ed. He was 81 years of age, and suffered a heart attack while walking in Pittsburg.
His ashes will be sent here the first of the week.
Will H. Kittleman died last Thursday at his home in Atchison of typhoid fever. Services were held from
the home in Atchison, and the remains were brought to Manhattan on Saturday for burial. Mr. Kittleman
was born in Bloomington, Ind., 57 years ago. He came to Kansas with his parents, first to Leonardville,
and then to Manhattan, where he purchased a farm on Deep Creek. He was married to Miss Ella Fowler in
1892. While living here he was engaged in the live stock business, and was foreman of the Atchison feed
yards at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife; his mother, Mrs. Martha Kittleman, of Byron,
Okla.; two sisters, Mrs. Herman Abbott of Sapulpa, Okla. and Mrs. Goss, also of Oklahoma; and a brother, John
Kittleman of Colorado Springs, Colo.
Mrs. S. A. Young, of Weskan, who has been spending time in this city, received word last week of the death
of her son, Thomas Cunningham, in Temple, Okla.
Oct. 8, 1908
Mr. and Mrs. George Washington received a telegram Tuesday telling of the sudden death Monday night of
Ross Washington, the nine year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Washington of Phillipsburg. The body will
be brought here for burial.
Albert Griffin, found of this paper and for thirteen years its editor, died in Topeka last
Saturday at the age of 74 years. His body was brought here for burial. Mr. Griffin was born
in New York City on March 16, 1834, the son of Benjamin and Sarah Griffin. He married Ellen
G. Lincoln in Chicago in 1869. He is survived by his wife and daughter, two sisters, Miss
Carrie Griffin of Topeka and Miss Alice Griffin of Philadelphia, and two brothers, Fred of
Manhattan and Sydney of Philadelphia.
Died, at Wharton, N. J., on Sept. 26, William Sharples, aged 50 years. He was a highly respected man and
lived at Bala with his parents for a long time, and also after he was married. He leaves two
daughters to mourn his loss, who are now orphans.
Oct. 15, 1908
Frank Droll, an old settler of Riley county, died at Kansas City, Mo., on Oct. 8, 1908. The
remains were brought to Randolph on Oct. 12 and interment was made in the Fancy Creek cemetery
beside his wife who died in 1881. The deceased was born at Rodenfeltz, Bavaria, Germany, on
Jan. 6, 1835. In 1853 he came to the United States with his family to Illinois and in 1857
immigrated to Kansas with his two brothers. Early in the year 1858 he located a claim in the
beautiful Fancy Creek valley where he settled and made his home. In 1866 he was married to
Cassie Hass and to this union seven children were born, four of whom are living. The children
are as follows: George J. Droll of Madison, Kans., Albert F. Droll of Winkler, Mrs. Albert Schwartz
of Winkler and Dr. Mrs. C. E. Cyrene of Kansas City, Mo.
Dr. C. E. Cyrene and wife, who were in Randolph for the funeral of Mrs. Cyrene's father, Frank
Droll, who died Oct. 8, returned to their home in Kansas City. Also attending the funeral from
out of town were Frank Droll's son, George Droll, and his wife, from Madison, Ks.
Oct. 29, 1908
Otis Stuckey died at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Pierce, at Riley, on Wednesday,
Oct. 21, following an operation the previous day. He came here from his home in Colorado some weeks ago
to be doctored. His father, Joseph Stuckey, arrived about an hour before his death. His mother came
Thursday. The funeral was held Friday afternoon from the Presbyterian church, interment in the Riley
Nov. 5, 1908
Charles Lake, about 60 years old, who lived over in the Ashland neighborhood, met with an accident
yesterday morning which caused his death. He and his son were hauling hay and Mr. Lake slipped from
the load to the ground, running a pitchfork through his eye and back into his brain. He never regained
consciousness and live only an hour or so after the accident. Mr. Lake and family moved to Ashland from
Junction City, to which place the body will be brought for burial.
The friends of John Neusbaum, while not surprised, were grieved to hear of his death Friday morning in this
city. He had passed the age of four score and two years, being born Feb. 21, 1827. He was born in Pennsylvania,
moved early in life to Ohio, later to Iowa, and in the spring of 1878 moved to Riley county, where he had
since resided. He has been a member of the Methodist church for 69 years and it was here in the church
that most of his friends were found and by them he will be most missed. Father Neusbaum leaves three
children, H. L. Nuesbaum and Miss Ada Nuesbaum of this city, and Mrs. Anna Kimble of Keats, besides a
host of friends who mourn his death.
The body of little Phyllis Robinson was brought to Manhattan from Arkansas this week and buried in the
old home cemetery. She was one of the twin babies born to Mr. and Mrs. June Robinson and was a little less
than three months old. Mr. and Mrs. Robinson and Miss Minerva Allen accompanied the body. Mr. Robinson
returns this week to Little Rock where he is studying medicine. Mrs. Robinson and Miss Allen will visit
a short time with friends and relatives in Manhattan.
Nov. 12, 1908
The funeral of Mrs. Catherine Waters was held at the Congregational church Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Thurston
conducting the services. Mrs. Waters formerly lived in Manhattan and had many friends here. The family
came here from near Junction City and remained while her children attended college. Miss Lucy Waters, her
daughter, will be remembered as a graduate of the class of '94 and later as a teacher in the city
schools. For several years Miss Waters has been teaching in California and eight years ago Mrs. Waters
went to California to be with her daughter. She died at Santa Monica after a long and painful illness.
Her brothers, B. F. Martin of Riley and John Martin of Ogden, and her son, Dwight Waters of Junction
City, attended the funeral.
Nov. 19, 1908
The old friends of Jacob Heindel, one of the pioneers of Manhattan, will regret to learn of his death,
which occurred at Pomona, Cal., Wednesday, Nov. 11, after an illness of several months. The interment
was in the Pomona cemetery last Saturday. He was born in Pennsylvania 67 years ago, and after living in
Iowa a few years he came to Manhattan in the spring of 1884. Two years ago he moved to Southern California.
He is survived by his wife and six children, all well known in Manhattan.
Nov. 26, 1908
Grandma Ryan, well known in Manhattan, died Monday morning at the home of her son, James, out in Eureka
Valley. The funeral was held in the Catholic church in Manhattan yesterday morning, conducted by Father
Reade. The interment was made in the Elbow cemetery in the family burying ground. Nora Ryan was born
in Ireland a little over 90 years ago. In early life she came to Canada where she was married to Jerry
Ryan. In 1855 they moved to Pennsylvania and a few years later to Kansas, where she has since resided.
She was the mother of seven children, six of whom survive her. They are: Phillip Ryan, Oklahoma; Jerry
Ryan, Idaho; James Ryan and Mrs. Conroy of Ogden township; Mrs. Mary Ragan and Mrs. Carrie Corkiff of
Philadelphia and Will Ryan, deceased.
Died, at Bala, at 11 a. m., Nov. 19th, Mrs. Naomi Sharples in her 79th year. She leaves eight children to
mourn her loss, four sons and four daughters, all of whom are married and have homes of their own
excepting Joseph, who made his home with his mother and who will feel the loss more than any of the
rest. All of the children excepting two attended the funeral. Her oldest son, James, lives in
Brazil, South America and her youngest daughter, Hannah in McKeesport, Pa. Both were unable to attend
on account of distance.
Dec. 3, 1908
Two young men, Benjamin Read and Howard Lamb, were killed last Friday four miles north of Cleburne
when the traction engine which they were driving fell through a wooden bridge, crushing both men beneath
the weight of the engine.
Word comes of the death of William E. Arnott, of Dwight, on Nov 29th. Death was caused by paralysis
and convulsions. The funeral was on the following
Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Arnett has many friends here, as he was a resident of this city several years ago.
F. C. Burtis, formerly assistant professor of agriculture at Manhattan, died at Kansas City last week
after an operation. He left Manhattan three years ago to establish a wholesale seed house in Muskogee,
Oklahoma. "Frank" suffered a broken leg and after it healed he discovered that one leg was shorter than
the other. The operation in Kansas City was to correct the defect.
Mr. Henry Cummings died at the home of his sister, Mrs. C. J. Cook, on Dec. 2, and was buried in the
Ogden Cemetery on the third.
Died Nov. 30th in his 73rd year, Daniel Edwards. He was one of the first settlers in the Bala area,
having moved there in the spring of 1871. He leaves two sons and a daughter, all married, to mourn his
loss. Funeral services were Wednesday at the Congregational church, Rev. W. L. Martin officiating.
The funeral of Benjamin B. Nixon, who died Nov. 24 in Wyoming, was held in Riley last week, with burial
in the cemetery there. Mr. Nixon was born Dec. 18, 1849 in Clay county, Illinois, the oldest son of Cyrus and Rebecca
Nixon. The cause of death was ptomaine poisoning after eating some canned meat. He had been in Wyoming
working for the government in some land reclaiming work.
Mrs. Emma Wisner, one of the old citizens of Manhattan, died Monday at the Dormitory where she has been
living as assistant matron. Her death was caused by heart failure. She had been a resident of Manhattan
for 35 years. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at the Methodist church.
Dec. 10, 1908
The six month old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Matt Breese died Dec. 1 at Riley of pneumonia. The funeral services were
held Dec. 3 from the M. E. Church.
A. B. Rutt died in Kansas City Tuesday morning of heart trouble. His wife was formerly a Miss Franklin,
cashier of the First National Bank in this city, and a sister of Mrs. George S. Murphy. Mr. and Mrs.
Murphey left Tuesday afternoon to attend the funeral services.
Dec. 17, 1908
The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Sol. Koppenheffer were saddened to learn of the death of their little
grandson, Clarence Everett, which occurred Saturday, Dec. 12, 1908. The funeral took place at their home
Monday afternoon and was very largely attended, the profusion of flowers bearing witness of the loving
sympathy of many friends and relatives.
Dec. 24, 1908
A telegram was received this morning stating that H. J. Barnhouse died at 4:40 a. m. today at his home in
Steubenville, Ohio. Mr. Barnhouse was an old settler here, and for many years was the manager of the
Dewey properties. In recent years he has suffered at different times from apopletic strokes, and it was
this that caused his death this morning. He will be buried in Steubenville, where his wife and brother
are living. He is also survived by a daughter, Mrs. Leo Phillips, who resides in Nebraska.
Died, Dec. 18th, Henry Karrigan in the 43rd year of his life, of cancer of the throat. He had been
a resident of Bala for his entire life. The funeral took place the following Monday at the Catholic
church in Clay Center.
Homer Lyman died Saturday night at his home at the west end of Pierre street. The funeral services were
conducted Monday afternoon from the Baptist church. The services were in charge of Lew Gove Post, of which
Mr. Lyman had been a member. Mr. Lyman was born in Jerico, Chittenden county, Vermont, Sept. 17, 1837,
and has lived in Manhattan for over twenty years. In 1857 he married Miss Anna Steadman, who, with five
children, survive him.
Miss Margaret Rutledge died Tuesday morning of dropsy, at the home of her sister, Mrs. M. L. Melton,
804 Moro street. The funeral was held at the Melton home on Saturday afternoon. Miss Rutledge had
been living with her sister for the last six years.
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