JOHN WILSON SMALLEY                    

Goodland Republic, Friday, July 10, 1914

Died:  July 2, 1914




Passed Away at Home of Son

On Thursday Evening July 2.


  John W. Smalley, an aged veteran of the civil war and an early settler of Sherman county, died at the home of his son, L. F. Smalley, living eight miles southeast of Goodland, Thursday evening at about 6:00 o’clock p. m. of hemorrhage of the brain, which caused fatal paralysis.  This was the forth stroke, which proves his remarkable constitution.

  His beloved wife preceded him about six years ago to the spirit world, when the family resided on their home one-half mile east of Goodland, now owned by S. O. Gibbs.

  Since her death the deceased had resided with his sons.

  There was a very large turnout at the funeral services which were held at the Christian church Saturday afternoon.  The W. S. Robinson post and the Woman’s Relief Corps were in attendance, and the beautiful ritual of the Relief Corps was read in the funeral and burial of the decedent.  There was a beautiful and profuse floral display.  Appropriate hymns and music was rendered and a large cortege followed his remains to the grave.

  Rev. Channer preached an appropriate sermon, the text taken was fitting to the occasion, and were the words of Paul, found in II Tim. 4:7:  “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”  He expatiated upon the heroism, patriotism and devotion of the father, in leaving his young wife and little children to fight the battles of the nation and to preserve the integrity of the union.  He was among those that answered the call in the words of the song:  “We are coming, Father Abraham, three hundred thousand more.”

  There are other members of W. S. Robinson Post in this city who did the same, and one such was a pall bearer on this occasion.  Tell these things to your children!

    “Open the gates that the righteous nation may come in!”



  John Wilson Smalley was born in Adams county, Ohio, January 26, 1832, and died in Sherman county, Kansas, July 2, 1914.  He was 82 years, 5 months and 6 days old.  On April 26, 1856, he was married to Rachael A. Hemphill.  To this union thirteen children were born, ten of whom survive their parents.  Of these nine were permitted to be at the bedside of their father when he passed.

  Mr. Smalley was a veteran of the civil war.  He enlisted as a private in company C, 70th Ohio infantry, on the 14th day of October, 1861, in which he served three years.  He was discharged October 28, 1864, at Chattanooga, Tenn. by reason of expiration of term of service.  He was 27 years of age at the time of enlistment and 30 years old at the time of his discharge.

  In 1872 he moved from Ohio to Illinois, in 1879 to Nebraska and in 1887 to Kansas, where he settled on a homestead in Sherman county, remaining a resident of this county to the time of his death.  He was an honored member of W. S. Robinson Post, G. A. R., the members of whom were present to pay the last tribute of respect to a fallen comrade.

  Thus has passed from among us a kind husband and father, a good neighbor and citizen, and an honored soldier of his country.