JONATHAN C. KIRK                           GRAVESTONE PHOTO                      

The Wichita Eagle, Thursday, Aug. 1, 1907

Died:  July 31, 1907




Captain Kirk Laid to Rest by His

Comrades Yesterday.


  The funeral of Captain J. C. Kirk took place yesterday from the home at 302 Pattie Avenue.  A large number of veterans were present with their wives.  The services opened with the singing of “America.”  Rev. N. E. Harmon then delivered a touching sermon on the life of Captain Kirk.  The only other “metal of honor” man in Wichita, James Snedden was then called upon, and he paid a fine tribute to Captain Kirk.  He said it was one of the customs of the medal of honor men that they attend one another’s funerals at all hazards, and that Captain Kirk had said to him years ago that he knew there was one man who if alive, would follow him to the grave and put a flag on his breast.

  After the services at the home, the comrades went to the cemetery, were the full G. A. R. burial ritual was given.


The Wichita Beacon, Thursday, Aug. 1, 1907





Were Held at the Son’s Home This



  The funeral service for Captain J. C. Kirk who was found dead in his room in the Baltimore Hotel early yesterday morning were held yesterday at 10 o’clock at the home of the son, F. W. Kirk, 302 Pattie avenue.

  The services were short and were in charge of Rev. N. E. Harmon, chaplain of the G. A. R. of which Captain Kirk was a member.  A large representative body of veterans of the civil war were present at the services together with many of the large circle of friends of the deceased man.

  The casket was draped with a large American flag upon which many designs and bouquets of flowers were strewn.

  After the services at the residence, those old soldiers who did not drive boarded a special street car and were taken to Maple Grove cemetery.  They marched to the G. A. R. burial ground where the body of the late captain was interred.  Short services were held at the grave.



Volunteered for dangerous service and single-handedly captured 13 armed Confederate soldiers and marched them to the rear.