W. H. WASSON                                GRAVESTONE PHOTO                      

Toronto Republican, Friday, Oct. 1, 1897

Vol. XV, No. 41




  The community was deeply grieved when the news reached town Sunday evening that W. H. Wasson had died at his home in Pleasant Grove township about 5 p. m. of that day.  He had been confined to his bed for ten days with typhoid fever, aggravated by kidney complications, and for a couple of days previous to his death had been unconscious.  His death was not unexpected, but when the end came a host of friends were burdened with a feeling of personal loss.

  Mr. Wasson was born in Clinton county, Pa., April 12, 1838, and was past 59 years old at the time of his death.  He had an enviable war record, having served nearly four years in Co. E, Seventh Pennsylvania volunteer cavalry.  He was in many important battles, and fought for his country with valor and a patriotic devotion to the Union.  In 1879 he married Catherine Bitner, and to them were born a son and a daughter, who survive him.  Mr. Wasson came to Kansas in 1879 and settled on a farm in Greenwood county, where the family has lived ever since.  He was a kind and affectionate husband and father and a good neighbor and patriotic citizen.  He was a member of the Masonic and Eastern Star lodges, and carried $2000 life insurance in the Masonic Mutual Benefit Association.

  The funeral was held Monday afternoon and interment made in the Toronto cemetery.  A long line of friends and neighbors of the deceased drove in from the country and followed the remains to the cemetery, where impressive Masonic services were held.