JOHN B. UNDERHILL             

South Kansas Tribune, Wednesday, April 20, 1921, Pg. 3:


Death of a Good Citizen


            The illness of Judge John B. Underhill closed in death early Thursday morning, at the West Side Hospital where he had been for a few days, after an operation hoping that it might prolong life.  Mr. Underhill was native of Vermont, had lived in New York and in Ohio, and served in the Union army.  He came to Independence in the eighties and was called to his reward after a busy life of four-score years, a month and fourteen days, and served his county in the war of the rebellion in the Second Ohio regiment.

            In boyhood he had been a printer, was a good soldier, a Christian and good citizen; a member of the Masonic fraternity and of the Grand Army of the Republic.  In yester-years he served our city two terms as city clerk and for other terms as police judge, and in later years had a good insurance business.

            He was cheerful, broadminded, and helpful citizen, and is survived by his wife, his daughters, Mrs. William Curry of Thayer, Miss Nettie, the well-known teacher, and her sister, Florence—Mrs. George N. Moore of this city; also a sister, Mrs. B. C. Bell of Cleveland, Ohio.

            Less than a month previous he attended to his insurance business and officiated at the G. A. R. meeting as its adjutant.  There was a large attendance of Masons, civil war veterans and friends.  Service in charge of his pastor, Rev. H. A. Gordon of the Methodist Episcopal church, and interment under auspices of the Masonic fraternity.


Contributed by Mrs. Maryann Johnson a Civil war researcher and a volunteer in the Kansas Room of the Independence Public Library, Independence, Kansas.