John Milliron                                   GRAVESTONE PHOTO                      

The Buffalo Blade, Thursday, April 5, 1917, Pg. 1

Vol. 1, No. 28


John Milliron,

Old Settler, Dies


  John Milliron was born at New Stanton, Westmoreland county, Penn., January 25, 1839, and departed this life March 31, 1917, aged 78 years, 2 months and 6 days.

  On March 13, 1859, he was married to Catherine V. Moody, he being then in his 21st year.  In the same year he left the state of his nativity, removing to Ohio, from which state in May, 1864, he enlisted in Company I, 166 Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  After an honorable discharge at the close of the war he removed to Indiana in 1865, from which state he emigrated to Kansas in 1871.

  Their first home in Kansas was in Wilson county, near Middletown.  After eight years spent there they took up their residence on a farm about four miles northwest of Buffalo just over the line in Woodson county, where the remainder of his life had been spent until two years ago last November, when a home was purchased and fitted up here for himself and wife—all their children having grown up and left the paternal roof, leaving the aged parents alone, with the infirmities of age coming upon them.

  The eight daughters and two sons of Mr. and Mrs. Milliron have long been considered as nearly a model family as it would be possible to select from among all the pioneers of Wilson or Woodson counties.  One son preceded his father to the spirit world some four years ago.  The others all survive, and all except one were near enough to be of help in caring for their father in his last illness, which covered a period of several weeks.  All were present on the day of his burial.  One daughter, Mrs. Meda Hay of Corvalis, Mont., arrived only in time for the funeral services.  The others are:  Mrs. Ollie Young of Yates Center; Mrs. Mary Nichols, Mrs. Emma Newton, Mrs. Lillie Evick, Mrs. Lovey Lacy, Mrs. Lucinda Nichols, Mrs. Ida Puckett and J. E. Milliron of Buffalo.  These with their mother, one brother, Jacob Milliron of Juaniata, Penn., thirty-four grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren, are only a part of the great number who mourn his loss, for there are still other relatives, besides friends and neighbors innumberable.

  It must not be omitted that in early manhood, at the age of twenty years, the subject of this sketch identified himself on confession of faith with the United Brethren church.  He remained a consistent member of this body until his death, although latterly it has not been his privilege to attend their services because there has been no organization of that particular faith conveniently near.

  The writer wishes to add, on his own account, a few words of eulogy which are not at all extravagant, but are richly deserved.  A finer example of Christian manhood it would be extremely difficult to find.  He lacked conceit and bambast that is sometimes all too noticeable in those, who are more ready than he to express and contend for radical views on morals, religion politics and what not.  His was a quiet demeanor, but he was always found upon the right side of questions affecting the public welfare.  He seemed to be the personification of meekness and humility.  He was not a voluble talker, but his life counted all the same for the best things.  The world can ill spare such men as “Uncle John”.

  Funeral services were conducted at the home Sunday afternoon, April 1, at 3:30, by Rev. J. J. Halbert.  The esteem in which the deceased was held was proven by the large concourse of sympathetic people who gathered, although it was known in advance that comparatively few could gain access to the house.  Burial was in Buffalo cemetery.