GRASSON DEWITT GRAVESTONE PHOTO
The Humboldt Union, Pg. 2, Apr. 13, 1901
Grasson DeWitt died at his home 2 ˝ miles west of Humboldt, at two o’clock Monday morning, and many hopes and fears. He was 67 years old. The funeral services were held at the residence Tuesday at 2 p.m. and were attended by a large number of neighbors, and many friends from Humboldt and Iola. The services were conducted by Rev. S. M. Erwin, one of the pioneer ministers of Allen county, and the body laid to rest in the DeWitt cemetery, on the farm of the deceased.
Grasson DeWitt was born in Gallia county, Ohio, in 1834, and removed with his parents to Illinois in 1840. He was raised on a farm and educated for a school teacher, beginning at an early age and continuing for many years. In his home in Illinois he was elected county surveyor. He joined the army at the breaking out of the rebellion, and served four years as captain of Co. F., 110th Ill. Vol. Infantry. After he was mustered out he came to Kansas and located on a farm west of Humboldt, where he lived until his death. He was elected surveyor of Allen county in the fall of 1866, and served until 1872, when he was elected county superintendent, in which office he served two years, and was again elected as county surveyor, which office he held most of the time for fifteen years, and was holding at the time of his death. In 1894 he was elected to the State legislature, and made an able legislator.
Capt. DeWitt, as he was commonly called, had a large family and was a kind and devoted father and husband. His life was filled with good deeds, and his friends were numbered by the hundreds wherever he was best known.
The family have the sympathy of all in this affliction.