JAMES MANSFIELD                          GRAVESTONE PHOTO                      

The Wamego Reporter, Thursday, Apr. 15, 1915, Pg. 5

Vol. 5, No. 15


Another Pioneer Gone.

  Jas. Mansfield, a pioneer of this community died at his home in West Wamego Friday, April 9, 1915.  Funeral services were held at the home Sunday afternoon in charge of Rev. Phillips and services at the grave in charge of the Masonic Lodge.

  James Mansfield was born in Columbiana, Co., Ohio, Oct. 31, 1842, and died in Wamego, Kans., April 9, 1915, being at the time of his death 73 years 5 months and 8 days old.

  He enlisted in Co. F, 101st Regiment Penn. Vol. Infantry, Oct. 21, 1861, being at the time less than 19 years of age.  He was taken prisoner at Plymouth, N. Carolina, and held in the prison at Andersonville for eleven months.  He received his discharge at Pittsburg, Penn., on May 8, 1865.

  He came to Kansas in the year 1869 and purchased land in Union Tp., this county.

  In February 1871, he was united in marriage to Ida M. Jones who survives him.  To this union was born 8 children, seven of whom are living, one dieing in infancy.  The surviving children are, Mrs. Margaret E. Miracle, Mrs. Maud S. Talbott and Harry Mansfield of Wamego, Mrs. Bertha Smith of Salina, Kans., Mrs. Pera B. Timmons of Vancouver, Wash., Mrs. Pauline Stewart and Benj. J. Mansfield of Center, Neb., and twenty-one grandchildren.

  Besides these he leaves one brother, William Mansfield of Nagley, Ohio, and four sisters, Mrs. Rebecca Wright of Wamego, Mrs. Lucy Jones of Tiffin, Mo., Mrs. Martha Wilson of E. Palestine, Ohio, and Mrs. Katherine Johnson of Oregon, to mourn his loss.

  In 1882 he purchased and moved his family to the farm near Wamego where he lived until advancing years forced him to retire to the home where he resided at the time of his death.

  The sickness which caused his death was of several years duration, being caused by a cerebral hemorrhage of the brain which gradually sapped his vitality until the end of endurance gave release of life.

  James Mansfield was of that sturdy integrity of character that makes for the best citizenship of the nation.  He was a man of unquestioned honesty of purpose that endeared him to his many friends, a good neighbor and ever ready to help any good work for the betterment of the community.