STEPHEN JANNEY GRAVESTONE PHOTO
The Cherokee Sentinel, Friday, March 1, 1912, Pg. 1:
On Monday morning, Feb. 26, Stephen Janney, one of our best known and most beloved citizens passed away. His going was seemingly without pain. He seemingly went to sleep. He was buried on Wednesday. Rev. Harmon Allen his pastor preached his funeral from Job 5th and 26th verses which reads “Thou shalt come down to the grave in a full age like as a shock of corn in his season.” He read the following obituary:
Stephen Janney was born in Clinton County, Ohio, July 1, 1832. Was married March 28, 1862 to Miss Lydia White. To this union five children were born. Two of the children preceeded the father to the better world. Three are living, Mr. Chas. O. Janney of California, Mrs. Myrtle L. Spencer of Minneapolis, Minn. and Mrs. Rosa Morrison of Neosho Falls, Kans.
Soon after Bro. Janney was married the Civil War came on. He heard Pres. Lincoln’s call to arms in defense of his country, and enlisted Aug. 2, 1862 in Company C, 79th Ohio Infantry. His record of service was as First Sergeant for 8 months, the promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in 1863, and in 1864 he was promoted to First Lieutenant, and for three months commanded his company and the date of his final discharge was May 15, 1865. After the war he lived in Mahasha Co., Iowa, near New Sharon until he came to Kansas.
Bro. Janney for a number of years was a member of the Friends church. He united with the Methodist Episcopal church, Jan. 21, 1906, under the patorate of W. T. Freeland.
We have know Father Janney ever since he has lived in our town and we have known nothing but good of him. We learned to love him. He was so kind and gentle. It has seldom been that we have known a man who lived up to the Golden Rule and one who was so sure he was a child of God. Heaven was so real to him, that his going which he expected soon for several years was just as real as opening the door and going into the next room. The text used at his funeral was very appropriate and fully described his life and his going hence. His Grand Army Comrades took charge of his remains and held their beautiful ritual service at the church, when he was taken to the cemetery his remains were laid to rest.