Leavenworth County, Kansas Obituaries

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Obituary with surnames BACON, GRAY, MAYGINNES submitted by Lv2002. Date of death Friday, October 19, 1923
reprinted with permission from the Tonganoxie Mirror, Thursday, October 25,1923.

Mathew Gray, one of the early and long time residents of Leavenworth county, died suddenly at Fresno, Calif., last Friday evening. Particulars of his death have not been obtainable.

The body will be brought to Tonganoxie, having been started from Fresno Monday morning with the expectation of arrival here this morning. The funeral services will be held in the Congregational church at two o'clock this afternoon and will be conducted by Rev. J.L. Johnson. Burial will be in Mt. Muncie Cemetery in the family plot where his wife and parents are buried. The Masons and Knights of Pythis of which societies he had long been an honored member, will conduct services at the grave.

Of Scotch ancestry, Mr. Gray was born on the high seas under the British flag while the family was on the way to America from Scotland to try their fortunes in a new land. The family first settled in Canada and before the war settled in Leavenworth county. Mr. Gray was united in marriage with Miss Nellie Mayginnes, and to the union were born two children, Walter and Mrs. Julia Bacon, who are yet living. Mrs. Gray also leaves a sister and three brothers.

Mr. Gray was 70 years of age at the time of his death, having spent nearly all his life in Leavenworth county. About three years ago he and his son moved to Sanger, California, and later to McFarland in that state. He was one of the prominent men of this county, and was always respected for his honesty and integrity.

Obituary with surnames BARTLETT, ROBERTSON submitted by Lv2002. Date of death Tuesday, October 23, 1923
reprinted with permission from the Tonganoxie Mirror, Thursday, October 25, 1923.

Death of John B. Bartlett

Word was received here Wednesday morning of the death of Mr. Bartlett in San Francisco, California, where accompanied by his daughter, Rachel, he had gone a couple of weeks ago to spend several months at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lulu Robertson.

No particulars have been learned.

reprinted from the Tonganoxie Mirror, Thursday, November 1, 1923.

John Berkley Bartlett died at San Francisco, Calif, Tuesday evening, Oct. 23rd aged 74 years. He was born in Virginia, and married in Pa. Nine children, two boys and sever girls came to bless their home, two of them have passed away. For the past twenty years he had lived at Tonganoxie. The burial was a Kansas city, Kans., beside his wife who was laid to rest there September 3rd.

Obituary with surnames CARPER submitted by Lv2002. Date of death Tuesday, October 23, 1923
reprinted with permission from the Tonganoxie Mirror, Thursday, October 25, 1923.


Louis Carper, colored, aged 75 years died Tuesday afternoon at his home in Elm Park Addition. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon conducted by the colored Masons of Lawrence.

Obituary with surnames HALSTED, KLINE, MCPHERSON submitted by Lv2002. Date of death Wednesday, October 24, 1923
reprinted with permission from the Tonganoxie Mirror, Thursday, October 25, 1923.

Sudden Death of H.B. Kline

Wednesday morning his many friends were greatly shocked to lear of the sudden death of Mr. Kline.

"Dave" as he was familiarly called head risen early and gone duck hunting, at sport he enjoyed very much. Death came without warning and he fell as he was placing decoy ducks in the lake. V.A. Barber, Walter Zoellner, Floyd Ratliff and Henry Geib Jr. went to his assistance but he was beyond aid and beyond all suffering.

Funeral arrangement have not yet been definitely made, awaiting word from distant relatives, but will probably be at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon from the home.

Obituary next week.

reprinted from the Tonganoxie Mirror, Thursday, November 1, 1923

Obituary - Kline

Howard Balliet Kline was born October 18th, 1864 at Coplay, Pennsylvania, the son of Catharine and David Kline. He grew to manhood in the state of his birth and was a member of the German Reformed church.

He passed away at Tonganoxie, Kansas, October 24th, 1923, aged 59 years, and 6 days.

Mr. Kline came to Tonganoxie, Kansas in 1888. He was a cigar maker by trade and for a time after coming to Tonganoxie worked at the trade for another firm which business he later purchased and continued to operate the factory for a number of years but recently had handled cigard but did not make them.

He was married December 10th, 1894 to Miss Anne Halsted, of Tonganoxie, Kansas. To this union were born three children, Hilda, David, and the third child which died in infancy.

Mr. Kline was a charter member of the O.O.O.F. order of Tonganoxie and also a member of the M.W.A.

He did not aspire to public office, but at the last general election was elected to the office of Justice of the Peace which he creditably filled.

Children loved him for his kindly interest and companionship with them and many will mourn his departure together with his family, neighbors, and numerous other friends. He will be sadly missed.

The abundance of floral offering testified of the high esteem in which he was held, a very impressive emblem from friends and organizations being a beautiful cross of red roses trimmed with white and at the foot of the cross imbedded in red were the white letters K K K.

Surviving member of the family are his wife; two children, Mrs. Hilda McPherson, of Leavenworth, Kansas, and David, of Detroit, Mich.; one granddaughter; and his mother, Mrs. C.B. Kline, of Chicago.

Funeral services where conducted at the home Friday afternoon by Rev. J. L. Johnson and burial was in Maple Grove cemetery where the I.O.O.F. member had charge of the services.

Obituary with surnames EDGELL, HARRISON, HERRIN, LICHTE, PARSONS, WHITMAN submitted by Linda Odell. Date of death Thursday, March 6, 1924

Death Occurred Early This Morn- ing At His Home, Grand Avenue and South Street.

Frank Harrison, an employe of the Missouri Valley bridge works for the last eighteen years, died very suddenly about 6 o'clock this morning at his home, Grand Aveune and South. He was preparing to go to work when he dropped dead. He was 62 years old.
Mr. Harrison was born at Joliet, Ill., June 23, 1862, and came to Kansas when he was about 12 years old, living with his uncle at Elm- dale, Kan., Lawrence, and was pro- moted to superintendent, a position he held for several years. He was married to Mary Edgell, of Lawrence, and later the family moved to Leavenworth, where he had resided for the last twenty- three years.
The widow, nine daughters and two brothers survive him. The daughters are: Mrs. O. R. Parsons, Mrs J. E. Whitman, Mrs E. E. Burke, Mrs H. Parsons, miss Dor- othy Harrison, and Mrs. Oscar Lichte, all of Leavenworth; Mrs. Sam Herrin and Miss Minnie Har- rison, both of Kansas City, and Miss Mary Harrison, of Denver. Nine grandchildren also survive him. The brothers are: J. H. Harrison, of Mem- phis, Tenn., and Will Harrison, Har- vey, Ill.
Funeral arrangements will be an- nounced at the convenience of rela- tives.

Obituary with surnames DAVIS, GANNON submitted by Marian Davis. Date of death Friday, May 2, 1924

Charles E. Davis Victim of Stroke Midnight Friday.

End comes to well known brick mason at home, 1122 Randolph Street, This City.

Charles E. Davis, 72 years of age, a well known brick mason, died suddenly at his home, 1122 Randolph street at midnight Friday. Dr. Joseph Skaggs, coroner, was called and pronounced death due to natural causes. While Mr. Davis had not been in good health for some time, he retired as usual Friday evening. At midnight he awakened Mrs. Davis and complained of feeling ill. Death came before medical assistance could be rendered.

Mr. Davis was a native of Scotland, coming to American when a young man. He had been a resident of Leavenworth since 1865 and engaged in much of the building of this city. Recently he had served as an inspector of paving work under the direction of the city engineer. A testimonial to his faithful service was given last Tuesday night when residents of Grand avenue petitioned that he be assigned to the work of inspecting the paving on that street.

Aside from the widow, Mrs. Augusta Davis, Mr. Davis is survived by his sons, William S. Davis, Tonkawa, Okla., and Chares E. Davis, Jr., 900 North Eighth street, and a daughter, Mrs. M. J. Gannon, Oak Creek, Colo. Funeral services will be held from the residence Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial will be in Mount Muncie cemetery by the Davis Undertaking company.--from Leavenworth Times, Sunday, May 4, 1924

Obituary with surnames SHERLEY submitted by Sue Rush 1920-1929. Date of death Monday, July 27, 1925
From Leavenworth Times-July 28, 1925


Son of Chief Engineer at State Penitentiary Died Early Tuesday in Kansas City.

Funeral services were held at 9:30 o'clock this morning from St. Francis de Sales church, Lansing for Edwin Sherley, 14 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs Albert Sherley, Lansing. Edwin Sherley, died early Tuesday morning at Bell Memorial hospital, Kansas City. Peritonitis caused the death. Interments was in Mount Calvary cemetery.

Edwin Shirley was born, September 20, 1911, at Lansing. The father is chief engineer at the state penitentiary. Besides the parents, two sisters and two brothers, Josephine and Mary Alice and William and Eugene, survive him.

Obituary with surnames BROCK, DEPPE, KIPP, ROSE submitted by Elaine Rebori. Date of death Monday, December 14, 1925
Amelia Rose Is Dead At McLouth

Resident of Leavenworth County For More Than 50 Years Passed Away Today.

Amelia C. [Deppe] Rose, 78, for more than 50 years a resident of Leavenworth county, passed away at 12:10 this morning at the family home, R.R. No. 3, McLouth.
Mrs. Rose was born in Hanover, Germany, and came to this country as a young woman. She was a member of the Lutheran church and a respected member of her community.
Surviving are two sons, Ernest Rose of the home and Henry Rose, Clovis, Cal.; three daughters, Mrs. Anna Brock, 738 Walnut Street, Mrs. Nellie Brock, 1210 South Broadway and Miss Stella Rose, of the home; a sister, Mrs. Sallie Kipp, McLouth; a granddaughter, Amy Messinger, of the home; thirteen other grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home. Interment will be in Fall Creek cemetery.

Obituary with surnames ESTEP, GABBERT, JONES, LINAWEAVER, REEVES, WILKINSON submitted by Sue Rush 1920-1929. Date of death Saturday, May 29, 1926
from Leavenworth Times


Kansas Prison, Guard Died Early Saturday Morning After Hours of Suffering


Gasoline soaked rag ignited, carring flames to clothing which burned from body.

JOHN ESTEP, 53 veteran Kansas penitentiary guard died at the prison hospital at 4:30 o'clock Saturday morning, May 29, 1926, from burns which he sustained in an oil blast at 11 o'clock Friday morning as he was cleaning a gasoline stove.

Friday morning Mr. Estep took the gasoline stove from its winter storage place and prepared to clean it before being installed in the kitchen of the Estep home.

Mr. Estep placed the stove in the yard and procured a can of gasoline and a rag. Gasoline was poured in small quantites on the top of the stove where grease had accumulated. The gasoline was set afire to burn the metal clean. The rag was being used with gasoline to finish cleaning the surface of the metal.

Suddenly the rag became ignited and Mr. Estep threw it from him and as he did so the gasoline in the can burst into flames, spraying the burning oil over his body. Immediately his clothing took fire and his body became a living torch.

Members of the family came to his assistance and beat out the flames. His flesh had been horribly burned, especially on the back where the gasoline seemed to have sprayed heaviest.

Mr. foster, druggist, Lansing, came in answer for a call for assistance. He administered first aid and the suffering man was removed to the prison hospital where he was attended by Dr. Sherman L. Axford, who did everything possible to relieve his suffing.

John Estep was among the best known guards at the prison where he had served about sixteeen years. Recently he had been stationed in the south cell wing. He was well known in Leavenworth where he had many friends. He was a member of the Yoeman Lodge of Leavenworth and the Christian Church.

Mr. Estep was born in Boone County. W.Va, November 30, 1873. Before becoming a guard at the prison he conducted a black smith shop just south of Lansing. He received an appointment as guard but a changing administration brought about his retirement. He again was appointed a guard early in the administration of Warden Jerry Botkin and had served continuously.

"Guard Estep was faithful to his trust and was held in the highest esteem by prison officials." said Warden W.H. Mackey yesterday. "He was a man in whom we placed implicit confidence. His tragic death is a great shock to us all."

Aside from his widow, Mrs Rena Linaweaver Estep, Mr. Estep is survived by his sons, Reginald Estep, Grand Island agent at Marysville, Kan., Roland Estep, Hartsell, Colo; Carlton Estep, home address; his daughters, Mrs. Gladys Gabbert; home address; Mrs. Lois Jones, Appleton, Wis., his sisters, Mrs. Lola Reeves, Lansing, Kan.; and Mrs Gertrude Wilkinson, Wabash, Ind.

Funeral services probably will be held Tuesday.

Obituary with surnames WULFEKUHLER submitted by Judy McGuire. Date of death Friday, May 13, 1927
published in the Leavenworth times, date unknown

Wulfekuhler to His Final Rest

Services for Pioneer Wholesale Grocer

Held at 2 o’clock From Residence Saturday

Hundreds of friends assembled at the home of Frederick W. Wulfekuhler, 404 Grand avenue, at 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon to pay a last tribute of respect to the memory of the pioneer wholesale grocer who died Thursday night.

Most the the leading business concerns of Leavenworth were represented, many establishments closing their doors during the hour of the services. A number of friends from other cities were among those at the service.

The service was by Rev. James Baxter Clyde, pastor of the First Presbyterian church. Rev. Clyde paid splendid tribute to the life and character of Mr. Wulfekuhler.

Burial was in the family lot in cemetery.

Honorary pall bearers, selected from the associates of sixty-six years were: T.T. Reyburn, E.W. Snyder, Adolph Lange, Sr., H.J. Helmers, Sr., Herman Witt, George Kaufmann, Henry Ludolph, Frank Carroll, J.V. Stoltz, Otto Hesse, H.F. Oelschlager, Louis Ruhl.

Active pallbearers: Lucien Rutherford, Fred Vanderschmidt, Sr., Louis Miller, Charles Cart, Dan Alford, Victor Haag.

There were many beautiful floral tributes.

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