ALONZO CURTIS GORDY                GRAVESTONE PHOTO                      

Toronto Republican, Friday, Aug. 9, 1906, Pg. 1 & 4

Vol. XXIV, No. 32




Was a Pioneer Resident—40

Years a Mason—Promin-

ent in County Politics

and an old Soldier.


  Alonzo Curtis Gordy, for nearly 46 years a resident of Woodson County, died at his home in Toronto Tuesday at 8 a. m. after an illness of several months duration.

  Mr. Gordy was one of the best known foremost citizens of the county.  He had held various township and county offices and was last spring a candidate for nomination as county Treasurer before the Republican Primary Election but was compelled to withdraw on account of the illness which resulted in his death.

  Late in May he partially regained strength and cast his last vote in the Primary election in June.

  A large delegation from the Masonic Lodge at Yates Center attended the funeral services.  Among the visiting lodgemen were Senator G. H. Lamb; Representative J. H. Sticher; Probate Judge James Gregory; County Clerk Fred Jackson; J. C. Hunt, S. C. Singleton, A. Singleton, Roy Singleton, S. Johnson, H. S. Trueblood, J. W. Depew, M. B. Lockard.

  Alonzo Curtis Gordy was born April 11, 1845 near Elkhart Indiana.  He died at his home in Toronto August 7, 1906, after a long and painful illness.  He was 61 years 4 months and 27 days old.

  The deceased was united in marriage to Sarah Elizabeth Phillips Dec. 25, 1866.  To this union were born four children, two sons and two daughters, all of whom are living, who with the wife and mother, mourn the loss of a loving husband and father.  Frank who resides in Iola, Kansas, Mrs. W. P. Hoge of Pasadena Calif. and Fred of Toronto were at the bedside when the end came, about 8 o’clock Tuesday morning.  Mrs. Victor A. McCreary of Los Angeles, Calif. was unable to be present on account of a sick child.

  Mr. Gordy came to Woodson County, Kansas in March 1859 when but a boy of 13 years.  At the tender age of 16 he enlisted Oct. 19, 1861 in Co. F, 9th Reg. of the Kansas Vol. Cavalry, and served well his country until January 16, 1865, when he was honorably discharged at Duvall’s Bluff, Arkansas.

  He was made a Mason at Coyville, Kansas nearly 40 years ago and became a member of Toronto Lodge of Masons in 1883, where he has since been an honored and loved member.

  The funeral services were conducted from the Presbyterian Church, Wednesday afternoon by Pastor, Rev. D. E. Ambrose, and the members of the Masonic Lodge, The Masons, The Eastern Star and the G. A. R. were present in body.  The church was very beautiful adorned with flowers, as expression of the love and sympathy of many friends.

  Rev. G. H. Lamb, of Yates Center a long time friend, was present and made a few very appropriate remarks during the service.  Brother J. H. Sticher of Yates Center by request recited the Masonic Funeral service.

  Mr. Gordy’s unfortunate death is a shock and a deep loss to the community in which he had so long been a resident.  The expressions of love and sincere feeling shown at the funeral was notable evidence of his high standing in the ranks of the men of the county.

  The bereaved family have the earnest sympathy of countless friends in their hour of sorrow.