ROBERT H. PIPER              

Independence Daily Reporter, Thursday, May 6, 1915, Pg. 1:




Had Been a Resident of This County Thirty-seven Years

An Old Soldier


            Robert H. Piper died this morning at 10 o’clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. H. E. West, 618 West Maple street, after an illness of a little over a week with neuralgia of the heart.

            The deceased was born in Carlisle, Kentucky in 1838, and had he lived until the twenty-second of this month he would have been 77 years old.  He was an old soldier and served in the Civil war one year, five months and seven days, having been a member of Company D, 7th Indiana.

            Mr. Piper came to this county with his family in 1878 and located on a farm he purchased south of Elk City.  He removed to this city about fourteen years ago and purchased the fine home on South Eleventh street now occupied by his son and where he continued to reside until the death of his wife in 1906.  Since that time he has made his home with his daughter.

            The only immediate members of his family surviving him are his daughter, Mrs. West, and his son, attorney S. H. Piper.

            Mr. Piper was a fine, genteel man, of a genial, kindly disposition and was held in high esteem by his neighbors and friends.  While evidently growing more feeble the past year he seemed active for a man of his age until stricken with an attack of neuralgia a few weeks ago.  He rallied from the first attach but when the affection settled around the heart about a week ago is friends became alarmed over his condition, and he grew gradually worse until the end came this morning.

            The funeral will take place at 12:30 p. m. Saturday, at the residence of H. E. West, 618 West Maple street.  Burial will be at Elk City.  Services will be under the auspices of McPherson Post, G. A. R. of which Mr. Piper was a consistent member.

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