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The Lincoln Sentinel Republican --- January 11, 1940
One of the most colorful and historical lives of Lincoln county and central Kansas was closed last Tuesday, Jan. 2, when Christian CHRISTIANSEN, 85 years of age, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A.E. NELSON, leaving behind him a life rich and endowed with memories of a pioneer age and of the building of central Kansas from the dugout era to the present advanced stage. He was born in Slevig, Denmark, and came to the United States in 1867. . As a boy of 14, Mr. Christiansen was one of those Lincoln county pioneers who experienced the terrible Indian raid of May 30, 1869.
Lincoln Sentinel-Republican-Republican, Nov. 5, 1931
---Dagmar Dorthea Wilbeck CHRISTIANSEN, was born near Denmark, Kan., May 10, 1888, and passed away at her home in LaCrosse, Kan., Oct. 22, 1931.
On Aug. 5, 1908, she was united in marriage to Mads CHRISTIANSEN. Into this home two children were born. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. CHRISTIANSEN located at Lincoln, residing there until 1910 when they moved to LaCrosse where she has since made her home.
She leaves to mourn her loss her two daughters: Mrs. Ina WOFFORD, of LaCrosse; and Mrs. Margaret KUEFFER of McCRACKEN; her aged mother, Mrs. Anna WILBECK of Vesper. Her four brothers: J.R. WILBECK, of Vesper; Alex, of Lincoln; John and Harry of Vesper; her five sisters: Mrs. C.L. HERMAN of Brownell; Mrs. Ed HOBBS, Mrs. Ray MONTGOMERY, Mrs. Henry OETTING of Lincoln; and Mrs. Wm. ZEMKE of Hunter.
Funeral service at LaCrosse. The body was taken to Lincoln and laid to rest beside her husband who preceded her in death on Aug. 25, 1927.

Lincoln County Beacon Thursday, October 14, 1880.
---(From Pleasant Valley area local news) Albert CLARK's little son, Eddie, aged about 2 years died Sunday last and was buried yesterday.
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CLARK --- Richard Biddle CLARK
The Lincoln Sentinel, July 31, 1913, Page 8
---"Uncle Dick", Lincoln County's first homesteader. The lives of the early settlers of Kansas were full of adventure and romance, self-sacrifice and hard work. We love them for the good they have done us; for we are reaping what they sowed. Richard, the youngest of a family of eleven children was born in Decatur County, Indiana, April 7, 1830 and passed away July 24, 1913 at the age of 83 years , 3 months and 17 days. He was raised on a farm. When a young man he worked on a flat boat that freighted on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. During the gold excitement at Pikes Peak, he went to Colorado and was there placer mining in 1861 when the call came for volunteers. He enlisted in Com G 1st Colorado Infantry and marched with his regiment from near Denver to the border of Old Mexico; fought in the battles of Apache Canyon and Pigeon's Ranch, assisting in driving the enemy out of New Mexico. Returning to Colorado they were stationed at Fort Lyon and there were made a calvary regiment. As the Indians were causing trouble on the plains the men were detailed to escort the overland mail coaches through the danger zone. He was at the battle of Sand Creek where they fought the Cheyenne Indians. He was at the treaty with the Arapahoes and Cheyennes October 1865 at the mouth of the Little Arkansas River.
Returning from the treaty he was given a short furlough and with two or three comrades visited the Saline Valley for the purpose of taking government land. The Civil War was now over and they would soon be discharged. His roving life on a freighter, a miner , or a soldier had lost its charm and they wanted homes. Here they found what they sought and when discharged in the fall of 1865, six comrades came to the Saline Valley, arriving in the latter part of December.
These six men were the first permanent settlers in what is now Lincoln County. They are known as the Colorado boys - their names are Jim ADAMS, Tom THOMPSON, Richard CLARK, Isaac DeGRAFF, Calvin SKINNER and Ed JOHNSON. All are gone now to other shores. "Uncle Dick" CLARK, the frailest, lived the longest. On January 23, 1873, he was married to Martha Ann WOODY. She was an earnest Christian, the daughter of minister, Elder WOODY. To them eight children were born. His wife died January 25, 1897. He lived on his homestead, one and one half miles from Beverly, nearly half a century. During the Indian War of 1868-1869 he did his part in driving back the savage foe. He saw his country in the rough, filled with wild animals and bands of savage men. We see what it is now.
When the county was organized he was the first sheriff elected by the people. He was a grand comrade, a true friend. He was a great worker and often had corn to share with his poor neighbors. He loved to have ministers at his home and attended their meetings with his family. He was old time religion. In early times he took loads of buffalo hides to Leavenworth to trade for flour. he made a brave sheriff. He once took a horse thief to Leavenworth and kept him all safe at night by binding on of his wrist to the prisoner with a handcuff.
Richard Clark's good labors are now over and the weary weak aged worker is now ready to enter into his rest. His children and grand children gathered around his bedside. 'Tis sweet to minister to parents who have helped us in infancy. So he fell asleep to awake at home in a better land. Many old settlers and friends and relatives gathered at Beverly Methodist Church last Friday afternoon at the funeral services. Favorite and familiar hymns were sung. Rev. Plantz read Ecil 12 Chapter, "Remember how thy creator" and chose his text from St. John 11 Chapter, "Our friend sleepth." Bro Bradbury gave the obituary of his life. Old settlers and soldiers were pallbearers. The burial was in the Beverly cemetery along side of his dear wife. "Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like a shock of corn cometh in his season." Job 5:26. His son Van from North Dakota and niece, Miss Emma CLARK, of Chanute, Kansas, came to attend the funeral.
Submitted by, Richard Wiesner,
Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, March 3, 1932
---John M. COFFMAN was born Nov. 20, 1859, in Boone county, Ind., and departed this life Feb. 24, 1932, reaching the age of 72 years, 3 months and 4 days.
He was converted during young manhood days, and united with the Methodist church, Pottersburg, Kan. He was a consistent member of this church, as long as it existed.
He was united in marriage to Blanche E. FANCHER, Feb. 22, 1906. To this union were born two sons, James and John. His wife preceded him in death July 20, 1911.
He leaves to mourn his loss: two sons, James U. COFFMAN, Sylvan Grove, and John F. COFFMAN of Hunter; two brothers, R.N. COFFMAN, Kansas City, Kansas, and N.A. COFFMAN, Sylvan Grove; one sister, Mary A. BYLER, Vesper. [Buried Pottersburg]

COFFMAN --- Sarah Randol COFFMAN
Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, Feb. 25, 1932
---Sarah Adaline RANDOL was born in Putman Co., Ind., Jan. 4, 1841, and departed this life Feb. 16, 1932, reaching the age of 91 years, 1 month and 12 days.
She was united in marriage to Elizah Collins COFFMAN of Putman Co., Ind., Aug. 7, 1856. After their marriage they lived the greater part of the time in Boone Co., Ind. In 1879 they moved to Lincoln County and homesteaded a farm, where she resided until her death. To this union seven children were born. Her husband was a Civil War veteran, and together they went through those dark days of the war. Her husband preceded her in death June 5, 1913.
She leaves to mourn her loss three sons, John of the home, Newton of Kansas City, Kan., and Norman, who lives on a farm north of Sylvan Grove; one daughter, Mrs. Mary Adaline Byler, Denmark, Kan.; 17 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. One brother, one half-sister and one half-brother also survive her.
Interment was in the Pottersburg cemetery.
Submitted by: Lori Graff, PO Box 171, Marienthal, KS 67863 -

COLE --- Adellaide Adella COLE
Lincoln County Beacon Thursday, February 3, 1881.
---Died... Adellaide Adella COLE, second daughter of Alice and John COLE, aged 9 years, 5 months, and 9 days.
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COLE --- Mrs. Frank COLE (Pearl Maude HINCKLEY COLE)
The Barnard Bee, Barnard, KS, Thursday, July 23, 1908, front page
Pearl Maude HINCKLEY was born March 4, 1881 and died Thursday evening, July 16th, 1908. She was a daughter of H.L. and M.J. HINCKLEY; was born in Logan township, Lincoln county, Kansas, about nine miles south and east of Barnard. She came to this place with her parents in 1881, and was married to Frank COLE May 15th of that year, going to Mr. COLE's farm about 6 miles north, and west of Barnard, where she resided until her death. She leaves a husband and three children: Thelma, aged 6; Aline aged 4, and Blaine aged 2. The funeral was held July 17th, the remains being buried in Saltville cemetery. Rev. CLARK, assisted by Elder McMILLAN, conducted the services. Mrs. COLE had been sick several weeks and much suffering was her lot. She was a good wife and mother, highly esteemed and greatly loved by neighbors and friends alike. It is hard to realize that she is gone from us. She taught school for some years in this vicinity, and her splendid good nature and tactful management made her a popular teacher, loved by pupils and patrons. She was a member of the Baptist church, always active in disseminating the christian spirit. We, with other friends, extend our sympathy to the bereaved family.
[Submitted by Mike Woody, Albany, OR]
COLE - Dr. Sarah A.
Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, Feb. 28, 1946
--- Dr. Sarah A. Cole, for nearly forty years a physician in Lincoln and adjoining counties, died at her home in Lincoln Wednesday, February 20, following a long illness. She was 90 years old. In her death, this community lost one of its outstanding characters, a woman who had devoted her entire life to making the world a better place in which to live.
Sarah Cole was born on shipboard on the Atlantic Ocean October 23, 1855, while her parents, John Cole and Mary Jane Cole, were enroute from Ireland to make their home in America. She grew up on a farm near Cameron, West Virginia. Those were the real pioneering days. Her mother spun and wove for the family clothing. Fireplaces were used exclusively for heating and cooking.
Both girls were keen students and seeing their eagerness, some of their teachers taught them subjects far in advance of the course of study in a country school. Jane became the wife of William L. Barr, well known among an older generation of Lincoln county people, and Sarah taught school. Fond of music, these three young people took singing lessons. There were no organs or pianos and the vocal music was taught by means of a tuning fork.
In 1880 Mr. and Mrs. BARR with their two children came to Lincoln county and settled just east of Beverly. Miss Sarah Cole soon followed them to "the West," as Kansas was then considered. At that time she was a beautiful young woman with an abundance of flaxen hair which came down below her knees, blue eyes and pink cheeks. For a time she continued teaching school.
Dr. Anna Goff lived in Lincoln at that time. She was a pioneer woman doctor of the homeopathic school and encouraged Miss Cole to become a physician.
Dr. Cole took her medical course at the University of Iowa, graduating with the degree of Doctor of medicine in 1889. The Barr family had in the meantime moved to Michigan and Dr. Cole entered practice there at Port Austin. She started her practice on a principle to which she adhered until the time of her retirement - that a physician's duty to humanity was a sacred obligation and that a call to the sick bed must meet with response regardless of circumstances.
In 1897, Dr. Cole took a post graduate course at the Hanemann Medical College in Chicago. Here she was offered a [class?] in one of the departments but declined in favor of general practice and came back to Lincoln county in 1898. In the meantime she had become a member of the American Institute of Homeopathy in 1896.
Soon after coming back to Lincoln county, Dr. Cole was joined by her sister, Miss Hannah R. Cole, a nurse, and they built a hospital of 16 rooms, one of them large enough to constitute a ward where several patients could be cared for. This was for the accommodation of patients who lived at a distance.
Dr. Cole was a thorough student and kept abreast of the latest developments in her profession. She was one of the first to experiment with the treatment of cancer by the use of colored glass through which the sun's rays were focused to the seat of the disease. She realized a very high percentage of cures in cases where the cancer was still confined to an area and before it had spread its tentacles thoughout the entire system.
Interment was in the Olathe cemetery near the members of the family who preceded her.
She is survived by three sisters, Miss Hannah R. Cole, Miss Anna Cole and Miss Ida Cole of Cameron, West Virginia; three nieces, Miss Anna M. Barr of Overland Park, Miss Margaret Barr of Lincoln and Mrs. Elizabeth Barr Arthur of Overland Par; three nephews, John B. Barr, Kansas City, Walter Cole of Ohio and Captain John Cole, expected hom soon from the European front.
Submitted by Tracee Hamilton (note: no relation).

COLLIHAN --- Look under: Bridget COLLIHAN KYNE
The Beacon of Lincoln County Thursday, August 2, 1883.
---Died Friday evening, July 27, at his home near Colorado (postoffice in Colorado Township), J.C. Conner, of consumption.
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CORRIGAN --- Look under: Mary Jane CORRIGAN KING
COULTER --- Look under: Jennie I. (COULTER) ALLSWORTH
COURSE --- William Henry COURSE
Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, Nov. 11, 1926
---Was born in Clarion County, Penn., Aug. 3, 1851, departed this life Oct. 31, 1926, aged 75 years, 2 months and 28 days. When two or three years old his mother moved with him to Armstrong County, near Apollo, Pa., where he grew up to young manhood and received such schooling as the rural schools of that day provided. At the age of 11 years he was hired out to a farmer to work for his board and clothes and the three months schooling which then constituted the annual school term. After two years of service at this place, he worked at different places by the month through the sumers and did chores for his board and schooling in the winters. At the age of 18 he had, by application to his studies and special help from some of his teachers, received a teacher's certificate, and taught his first school, in Cowanshannock Twp. in the winter of 1869-1870, and taught a number of terms before leaving Pennsylvania.
In September 1878, they moved to Kansas and settled in Lincoln county where they took a homestead and lived 17 years. Mr. Course taught school in the winter and helped what he could on the farm during the intervals between.
In the early '80s Mr. Course and his family became interested in the irreligious situation of the community and began to help by organizing and maintaining Sunday Schools in a number of the school districts near them. Through this means with the assitance of such pioneer ministers as could be secured to preach to the people a great change in the morale of the people in a very few years.
In 1890 or '91 Mr. Course was licensed to preach as a local evangelist by the Presbytery of Solomon of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.
For a few years he gave his service to the Sunday schools he had been instrumental in forming and supplying the vacant county churches within the surrounding country. This work was voluntary on his part and he never received any renumeration.
In April 1895 he received a call to supply the vacant church of Miltonvale in Cloud county where he served until April 1900.
He was ordained to the full Gospel Ministry by Solomon Presbytery in September 1900 after having taken charge of the churches of Auburn and Wakarusa, in Topeka Presbytery.
The following are the churches served by Mr. Course: Miltonvale, Aurora, Glasco, 1895-1900; Auburn, Wakarusa, Sharon, 1900-1903; Wamego, 1903-1907; Idana, Mulberry Creek, 1907-1909; Epring Hill, Stanley, 1909-1913; Tribune, Selkirk, 1913-1920; Westfall, Harmony, Saltville, 1920-1925.
He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, Lucinda J. Course and the following sons and daughters: Rev. H.M. COURSE, E.A. COURSE, Elizabeth L. BROWN, [unreadable name], Maggibel M. SMITH, one sister and four brothers. Interment was made in the Lincoln cemetery.

COUSE --- Calvin W.
Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, Aug. 27, 1964
---Calvin W. COUSE, a resident of Lincoln for manyyears, passed away Thursday in Denver where he had been making his home. He was 80 years old.
Mr. COUSE was a member of the Congregational Christian church in Lincoln. His wife, Mattie, died in June 1953.
Survivors are three sons, Joe COUSE of Lincoln, Robert and Edgar COUSE both of Los Angeles; two daughters, Mrs. Lela BRILEY of Salina, Mrs. Marguerite TIDWELL of Houston, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. Della FISHER of Denver, Mrs. Flora HISLE of Seammon; 15 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
The funeral for Mr. COUSE was held Monday afternoon at the Congregational Christian church conducted by the Rev. John AULDS. Burial was in Lincoln cemetery.

Lincoln County Beacon Thursday, September 23, 1880.
---Died... in Harvey County upon September 11, James CRABTREE, of malarial fever. He left Lincoln County during August to obtain work. His parents were notified of his sickness and were with him at the time of his death. He leaves no family.
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Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, May 9, 1940
---Alfred Gay Crawford, better known to his many friends as Brownie, was born in Lincoln, Kansas, October 14, 1899, the third son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude CRAWFORD.
He received his education in the public schools of Lincoln and at an early age took up the barber trade which he practiced in many towns of this state. For some years he was employed as barber for the Warren and Lamer hotel barber shops in Salina until six years ago when he studied cosmetology and became a cosmetologist, practicing this profession until the time of his death. For the past seven months he lived in Herington where he operated a beauty shop.
May 22, 1926, he was united in marriage to Miss Gladys RADFORD of Salina, Kansas. To this union one daughter, Bernice, was born.
After an illness of only a few days, Brownie passed away at St. John's hospital in Salina, Kansas, Friday morning at 2:50 o'clock, May 3, 1940, death due to peritonitis which followed a ruptured appendix of the previous Sunday. He reached the age of 40 years, six months and 19 days. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph and Claude Jr.
Surviving are his wife and daughter, Bernice of the home, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Crawford, one sister, Opal, of Lincoln; two brothers, George of Clay Center and Thomas of Lincoln.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, May 5, from the Presbyterian church in Lincoln. Interment was made in Lincoln cemetery.

Lincoln County Beacon Thursday, October 14, 1880.
---Died in Lincoln Center, October 10 of diphtheria and membranous croup, Blanche, daughter of Samuel and Mary CRAWFORD, aged one year and nine months...
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Lincoln County Beacon Thursday, January 6, 1881.
---Died upon the 5th of January, of diphtheria, Sibyl, daughter of Samuel and Mary CRAWFORD, aged 6 years.
(Also appearing in the Lincoln County Beacon, Thursday, January 13, 1881, issue was the following story): Died January 5th of diphtheria, after an illness of four and 1/2 days, Sibyl, eldest daughter of Mary and Samuel CRAWFORD, aged 6 years, 2 months, 19 days.
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Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, Oct. 29, 1942
---The name of Herbert Crawford has this week been added to the list of those from Lincoln county paying the supreme sacrifice in defense of America. Herbert's mother, Mrs. Bert Miller of Hunter, has received a telegram from the U.S. War Department saying that her son was killed in an airplace accident somewhere in Asia on Sunday, Oct. 18.
Herbert enlisted in the army air force nearly two years ago. He was sent to Illinois for training and completed his technical training in Randolph Field, Texas. He was a radio receiver in the air force.
Three months ago Herbert sent his personal belongings home to his mother, writing that he was sailing immediately from a west coast port for destination unknown. Since then, Mrs. Miller had received letters from Herbert and knew that he had been in both India and China, flying with the U.S. army on various missions. Where he was at the time of his death has not been learned.
Born in Vesper Aug. 21, 1917, Herbert was aged 25 years and nearly two months when he met his death. He was a graduate of Vesper high school and for a few years following his graduation helped his mother with the farming.
Nearest surviving relatives, besides the mother, are his two sisters, Mrs. Donald Abendroth of Ft. Riley, Miss Eleanor Comwell of El Dorado, and one brother, Kenneth Cromwell, who is now at home in Vepser on sick leave from the U.S. Navy. Herbert was a nephew of Mrs. Albert Cain of Lincoln and of Dan Cromwell, living near Lincoln.

CROWE --- Look under: Ann CROWE RYAN
CROWE --- Look under: Emma (CROWE) WALLS
CROWE --- Look under: Julia Louise [CROWE] DAY
CROWL --- Mrs. Fred (Elizabeth Codacher SIMPSON) CROWL
Elizabeth Codacher SIMPSON was born March 12, 1894, near Barnard, Kansas; died November 24, 1917; age 23 years, eight months and 12 days. Was married to Fred Louis CROWL June 28, 1916. She was baptized in the Presbyterian Church in Barnard in infancy. She leaves to mourn her loss an infant son, father, mother, three brothers and three sisters and grandparents and a large circle of friends and other relatives.
The funeral was held at the M.E. Church in Barnard Sunday afternoon, Rev. Fred BLANDING of Lenora, Kansas, preaching the funeral sermon.
Note: Below the obituary appears a letter of thanks from Mr. and Mrs. D. H. SIMPSON and family for the kindness of friends and neighbors during the sickness and death of their daughter, Elizabeth.
Added note: This obituary appears in the paper with two other obituaries for Walter JACKSON and Mrs. Will WILD (which can both be found on this webpage!). Next to the obituaries is the following short notice: "Grief Multiplied" --- Alee JACKSON and family of Barnard, certainly had an overflowing measure of sorrow last week. Alee's son Walter was buried last Friday afternoon and that night Mrs. Will WILD, west of Barnard, a sister of Mr. JACKSON, died and the same night Mrs. Fred CROWL, south of Barnard, a niece of Mr. JACKSON, died. Surely their cup of sorrow is running over.
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Lincoln County Beacon Thursday, April 22, 1880.
---Mr. Frank CULLUM, eldest son of Mr. C.W. CULLUM, died April 16 after a short illness of 11 days, aged 19 years, 5 months, and 28 days. Mr. CULLUM had lived in the neighborhood above four years. (This is a summary of the original obit.)
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CULLUM --- [Infant] CULLUM
Lincoln County Beacon Thursday, July 1, 1880.
---Died at Monroe, Sunday, June 27th of dysentery, infant daughter of C.W. and C.E. CULLUM, aged six months. Funeral held last Monday.
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