Independence Daily Reporter, Monday, March 9, 1914, Pg. 1:
JOB DEER DIED THIS MORNING AT THE HOME OF HIS SON
Settled in This County in 1881
Deceased Was an Old Soldier
Leaves Three Children
Job Deer, an old and well known citizen of this county, died this morning at 6 o’clock at the home of his son, Clyde Deer, 515 South Second street, after an illness of about three weeks. His condition was not considered serious until about three days ago. All three of his children, Clyde and John of this city, and Frances of Kansas City, were at their father’s bedside when he passed away.
The deceased would have been 66 years old had he lived until April 26, having been born in Fountain county, Indiana, April 26, 1848. He was reared on a farm and received a fair common school education, though like many another lad, it was sadly interfered with by the civil war. He welcomed the day when he was sixteen years of age and could enter the service of his country. He became a member of Company G, 133rd Ind. Vol. Inf., and was immediately sent to do guard duty at Bridgeport, Ala., where he remained until sent to the hospital with measles. Returning home he was rapidly recruited under the watchful care of his oldest sister and again sent forth to do his part in the great struggle. This time he became a private in Company E, 149th Ind. Inf., and again went far south for garrison duty. Here he remained until the close of the war, being mustered at Nashville in October, 1865.
He was married December 25, 1877, to Miss Sarah J. Surbaugh. In 1881 he removed from Indiana to this county, locating on a quarter section of land in Fawn Creek township. He sold this farm in 1884 and removed to Rutland township where he lived for five years, when he bought property and settled in this city where he has since lived.
October 6, 1902, he was called on to mourn the death of his wife. Mr. Deer was a member of the Quaker church. He was always active in the cause of temperance.
The funeral will take place from the Friends church at 2:30 o’clock tomorrow afternoon, the service being conducted by a minister of that church from Wichita.
South Kansas Tribune, Wednesday, March 11, 1914, Pg. 5:
Mr. Job Deer a well known old resident who came from Indiana in 1881 and located near old Harrisonville, died a the home of his son, Clyde on South Second street, early Monday morning in his 66 year. He was born in Fountain county, Ind., on April 26, 1848, and at sixteen years of age volunteered in Company G, One hundred and thirty-third Indian, and went south with his regiment. At Bridgeport, Ala., while on duty he was taken ill, and later discharged and sent home. On recovering health he enlisted in Company E, One hundred and forty-ninth Indiana regiment, and served until the close of the war. In 1875 he was married to Miss Sarah J. Surbaugh, and six years later they came to Kansas and located near old Harrisonville, and lived in the county and city since. In 1902 his wife died, and in later years he was united in marriage with Mrs. Ella Minton, who, with his sons, John and Clyde, and daughter Miss Frances survive him and all were at the funeral. Mr. Deer was a member of the Friends church and a prohibitionist. The funeral was held in the Friends church and Rev. Choate of Wichita came over to officiate.
From History of Montgomery County,
Kansas, By Its Own People, published by L. Wallace Duncan, Iola, Kansas, 1903,
JOB DEER – This leading and influential
agriculturist and stockman of Montgomery county lives with his family in a
commodious and comfortable home at No. 401 North Second street, Independence.
He has been a resident of the county since 1881, the earlier portion of the time
having been passed on farms in different parts of the county, one of which, an
eighty acre tract, he still owns.
Mr. Deer was born in Fountain county, Indiana, April 26, 1848, the son of Urial
and Frances (Long) Deer, natives of Virginia and Kentucky, respectively.
They were thrifty farmers, pioneers of the blue grass region of Kentucky, and
later of Fountain county, Indiana. Here they lived out the measure of
their days, the mother dying at the early age of thirty-six, the father marrying
a second time and dying in 1889, at the advanced age of seventy-six. They
were faithful adherents of the Baptist church (old school) and were prominent in
every work that meant the betterment of the social or religious condition of
their neighborhood. Intensely patriotic, they engaged enthusiastically in
the work of ameliorating the condition of the soldier and their widows and
children during the war, the father possessed, in a high degree, the confidence
of Indiana’s grand old war Governor, Oliver P. Morton. There were seven
children in the first family and two in the second, seven living.
Job Deer was reared to farm life in the old “Hoosier State” and secured a
fair common school education, though, like many another lad of his time, it was
sadly interfered with by the great Civil War. He was most restive under
the age limit, and welcomed the day when, at sixteen years of age, he entered
the service of his country. He became a member of Company “G”, 133rd
Ind. Vol. Inf., and was immediately sent into the heart of the enemy’s county,
doing guard duty at Bridgeport, Ala. It cannot be said that our subject
was very favorably impressed with the character of the service he was called on
to render, but he did his duty faithfully, until the measles put him into the
hospital, where he remained until the expiration of his service. Returning
home, he was rapidly recruited under the watchful care of his oldest sister and
again sent forth to do his part in the great struggle. This time he became
a private in Company “E”, 149th Ind. Inf. and again went to the far south
for garrison duty. Here he remained until the close of the war, leaving
Decatur, Ala., in October of 1865, and being mustered out at Nashville shortly
Mr. Deer remained in Indiana until 1881, engaged in general laboring work until
1878, when he married and settled on a farm. He located on a quarter
section in Fawn Creek township, Montgomery county in the spring of 1881, which
he sold in 1884 and removed to Rutland township and resided five years, then
spent a short time in Independence township, when he moved to town, since which
time he has been engaged in handling stock.
He was married on the 25th of December, 1877, to Miss Sarah J. Surbaugh, a native of Indiana, daughter of Rev. A. Surbaugh, a minister of the M.E. Church. To this marriage there were four children born: Frances, a young lady at home; John B., a clerk, married Gertrude Wadman; A. Clyde, a high school student; and a deceased infant. On the 6th of October, 1902, the family was called on to mourn the unspeakable loss of the mother. In all respects Mrs. Deer was a most exemplary character. She was especially devoted to husband and children. No service was too great for their comfort, and the loving care with which she brooded over her little flock was a subject of gracious wonder among her host of friends. Truly may it be said, “Gone, but not forgotten”. She was a consistent and active member of the Friends’ church, where her loss is greatly felt. Mr. Deer is an elder in that church, is especially active in the cause of temperance, and is found leading in every work which looks to the uplifting of humanity. The solid character of his citizenship is a matter satisfactory to his hosts of friends.
by Mrs. Maryann Johnson a Civil war researcher and a volunteer in the Kansas
Room of the Independence Public Library, Independence, Kansas.