NATHAN ANVIL PERRILL
The Burlingame Enterprise, Thursday, Oct.
18, 1917, Pg. 1
N. A. PERRILL.
Nathan Anvil Perrill, one of the earliest settlers of this community, died at his home in this city, Saturday evening, Oct. 13, and his death revives some of the incidents of pioneer days. The Perrill family was very closely identified with the early history of this community, the father, John Perrill, having come here in the spring of 1856. The eldest son, Joseph Price Perrill, surveyed the original town-site of Burlingame for Phillip Schuyler and S. R. Caniff. Two years later, or in 1858, the subject of this sketch and his brother, George, arrived here from Ohio, having walked out the the Old Santa Fe Trail from Westport Landing, now Kansas City. The deceased was born in Brown county, Ohio, January 6, 1844, and following the death of his mother, came West at the age of fourteen years. Kansas was thereafter his home until 1877, with the exception of three years spent in the army. He returned to Ohio to enlist, serving in the 18th Ohio Battery, Army of the Cumberland. After the war he returned to Kansas settling at Arvonia, near Reading, on the Marais des Cygnes. He was there at the time of the organization of the township of Arvonia filling at different times the offices of treasurer and justice of the peace, and assisted in the organization of the Congregational church at Reading. He was also elected to the Legislature from Osage county in 1873 and again in 1875.
He was married to Miss Ellen Conn of Ripley, Ohio in 1871, her ill health causing him to return to the East with his family six years later. Five children were born to this union, three of whom are now living; Commander Harlan Page Perrill of the U. S. ship Yorktown, now in the navy yards at San Francisco; Miss Harriet Louise Lang of Manchester, Ohio, and Margaret Faye Boyer, Calexico, Calif. His first wife died in 1885. For almost thirty years he was a resident of Boone county, Ind., where he filled a large place in the religious and business life of its county seat, Lebanon. He was deputy county treasurer for two terms, and twenty consecutive years was justice of the peace at Lebanon. His marriage to Mrs. Helen A. Sloan, formerly Miss Helen Crumb and a friend of early days occurred here in 1914. For two years they resided in Lebanon, since which time Burlingame has been their home. His health had steadily declined for the past several weeks and very many old and new-made friends regret the passing of this good man.
Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church on Monday afternoon conducted by his pastor, Rev. W. O. Davis. The deceased was a member of Lodge No. 9, A. F. & A. M. of Burlingame were present and conducted the burial service. The members of E. P. Sheldon Post, G. A. R. of which he was a member also were present and assisted in the service.
The following relatives were here to attend the funeral: Mr. George Perrill and sister; Mrs. Emeline Todd of Salina; a niece and nephew, Mrs. Adelide Muir and Albert Todd, also of Salina and Mr. and Mrs. Crumb of Osage City.