Pages 439-440, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




MRS. AGNES L. FUNK—For twenty-two years Mrs. Funk has been a resident of Allen county, and is recognized as one of the leading ladies of Elm township. While the names of women figure less conspicuously on the pages of history on account of the more quiet part they take in the affairs of the world they are no less worthy of mention and exert no less an influence than do the husbands, fathers and brothers. Since her husband's death Mrs. Funk has manifested excellent business ability in the care of her farm, at the same time displaying those womanly qualities which ever command respect and admiration. She was born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, October 17, 1832, and in her maidenhood was Agnes L. Lightcap. The family is of Holland lineage. Her great-grandfather was born in the land of dykes and crossed the Atlantic to the new world, locating in Pennsylvania in the early part of the eighteenth century. Solomon Lightcap, her grandfather, was born in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania, and Foster Lightcap, her father, was born in Westmoreland county, in 1832. He married Margaret Baldridge, and they became the parents of six children who are still living, namely: Mrs. Funk, Mrs. Mary Lasley, of Cass county, Missouri; Mrs. Lydia Kintigh, also of Cass county; Alex, who is living in the same county; Samuel, who is a professor of schools in St. Clair county, Missouri; and Charles, who makes his home in Cass county. The parents are likewise residents of the same county and are people of the highest respectability.

Under the parental roof Agnes L. Lightcap spent the days of her maidenhood, and in 1873 she gave her hand in marriage to A. Z. Funk, who was also a native of Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, born in 1851. After their marriage they took up their abode on what is now the


Eagle farm and three years afterward moved to Elm township where Mrs. Funk is still living. Six children were born unto them: Lillian Steinmeta, Foster, John, Charles, Mrs. Clara Ayers, of Elm township, and Margaret. The family lived pleasantly upon their farm in Elm township and a fair degree of prosperity attended their efforts, but in 1891 the husband and father was called away, the community thereby losing one of its valued citizens. Since that time Mrs. Funk has managed the farm with the aid of her sons, who have entire charge of the cultivation of the fields and the harvesting and marketing of crops. Under the able management of the mother business affairs have been so conducted that the farm has annually increased in value and is now one of the most desirable and attractive places in the neighborhood. Considerable stock is raised, and everything about the place is neat and thrifty in appearance. The sons give their political support to the Republican party, which Mrs. Funk also endorses. For eighteen years she has been a member of the Evangelical Association and her many estimable qualities commend her to the good will and high regard of all. The family is one well known in the community and the members of the household have a large circle of friends.

Previous | Home | Next