ELIJAH E. HARVEY
Douglass Tribune, Friday, May 11, 1906, Pg. 1
Died: May 7, 1906
Death of Capt. Harvey.
Captain E. E. Harvey, a prominent and well known citizen of Butler county in earlier days, died in Wichita, Monday morning, the 7th inst., aged 80 years, one month and a week.
He was a native of Indiana, and from that state, enlisted in Jim Lane’s regiment from the Mexican war, serving one year.
After that war he emigrated to southern Iowa, and founded the town of Bellair, to Appanoose county.
At the outbreak of the civil war he organized a company which was first attached to the 5th Kansas and then to the 6th Kansas cavalry. Several members of this company are, or have been citizens of this county, Amos Stewart of Douglass, is one of them. The late G. W. Farnsworth was first sergeant of the company. Capt. Harvey served three and a third years and was mustered out at the close of the war.
In early life he had united with Disciples of Christ, and became a logical, forcible preacher. In 1872 he came from Iowa to this county, taking a claim upon the head of Muddy creek—a part of the farm now owned by John Haggart. He soon set to work organizing congregations of Disciples in this country, by gathering the scattered settlers who held their faith, and receiving many new converts. He was a successful evangelist.
In 1870 he was elected Register of Deeds of Butler county and served four years.
In the latter eighties he joined the western Kansas boomers and was of the founders of Dighton, Lane county. In later years he came back to Wichita. The funeral was held in El Dorado, and the remains laid besides those of his youngest daughter, Minnie, who was buried there some years ago. He leaves a widow, three sons, and three daughters. One son, C. E. Harvey, is in the drug business in El Dorado.