SAMUEL BRUNER                                 GRAVESTONE PHOTO                      

The Sedan Times-Star, November 8, 1917, pg. 1:


Samuel Bruner.

    Samuel Bruner was born in Hancock county, Ky, Feb. 13, 1843.  He passed away Nov. 4th, 1917 at about 7 o’clock in the evening at the age of 74 years, 8 months and 22 days.

    He was the eldest of a large family of children.  He grew to young manhood in his native state.  When the Civil War came he enlisted in Co. H, 12th Kentucky Cavalry and served until the close of the war.  He was a prisoner for five months during that time.  Sometime during the war his people moved to Warrick county, Ind.  After the war ended his home was for a time in that state.

    He was united in marriage to Mary Nevill, Feb. 13th, 1866, nearly 52 years ago.  There was born to them six children, two dying in infancy, one daughter in mature years.  The three still living are well known in this community.  They are W. L., Frank and Mrs. James Kimzey.

    He came with his family to Kansas in 1870 and pre-empted a claim on what is known as Middle Caney some 11 miles north and west of this city.  After some years he changed his location to about four miles west of the city where he lived until he was elected to the office of Probate Judge of this county, which position he held for four years.  Since retiring from office his home has been in the city.  At the time of his death he was Justice of the Peace, a position he has held in different places for many years.  He was converted when a boy of 13 and united at that early age with the Baptist church.  He was a man of strong religious convictions well versed in the scriptures.  He lived an exemplary life and had the esteem of all who knew him.  He took an intense interest in the events of his time and always sought to be on the side of right.

    In his departure this community loses one of its best citizens.  He leaves beside the widow and children four brothers and three sisters, Lewis of Moline; Joseph of Skiatook; John of Indiana, Jackson of Boonville, Ind.; Sarah Irwin and Minerva Bruner of Indiana and Mrs. J. T. Davis of Sedan.

    The funeral services were conducted at the home at 2:30 p. m. Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 6th, by Rev. J. R.  Edwards, a Pastor of the Sedan Baptist church.  A quartet consisting of Shannon Kinkade, Norman Frye, Mrs. A. J. Floyd and Miss Floy Williams sang.  The funeral cortege was the longest seen in Sedan in many years testifying to the high esteem in which the deceased was held.  At the cemetery, the G. A. R. Post took charge and the impressive ritualistic burial service of the order was read.  The W. R. C. were also in attendance in a body and paid their fraternal respects to the body of the deceased.  The interment was in Greenwood cemetery.