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Obituary of Thomas M. Carroll. Photocopy of the originial printed obituary provided by Terris "Terry" C. Howard, email, 8 August 2008. (Reference: undocumented, probably from the Miami Republican ca Apr/May 1898)

"Thomas M. Carroll Dead. Notice was received in Paoloa Monday of the death of Captain Thomas M. Carroll, which occurred at the national military home in Dayton, Ohio, April 25, caused by heart trouble and Bright's disease. He was at the home of his brother in Wheeling, West Virginia, when he was taken ill, and was taken to Dayton at his own request, a week before his death occurred. On being informed that there was no hope for his recovery, he requested that his body be brought to Paola and be buried at the side of his son Thomas. In compliance with his request, his body was brought here, arriving Wednesday night, and was taken to the family home on east Wea street, from where the funeral services, in charge of McCaslin Post, were held Thursday afternoon, at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. Cooper of the Presbyterian church officiating.

Captain Carroll was about fifty-four years of age. He was born in Green co., Pennsylvania, and in 1861, when a boy of adventure, he enlisted in Co. B, First regiment Virginia cavalry. He was wounded at the battle of Port Republic in 1862, and again at Gettysburg in 1863. He was promoted from the ranks to a first lieutenancy, and a short time before the battle of Gettysburg was promoted to captain. After serving nearly three years he received an honorable discharge on account of wounds received in battle. Returning home, he entered Waynesburg college, graduating in 1868 and studied law with the late Judge W. R. Wagstaff, being admitted to the bar in 1873. In connection with his law practice, he engaged in the real estate and loan business, and unbounded confidence was reposed in him.

He was formerly a Democrat, and purchasing the Western Spirit of Capt. I. J. Perry in 1877, he changed it from a Republican to a Democratic paper, and was its editor for several years until he disposed of his interest to B. J. Sheridan, shortly afterward identifying himself with the Republican party. He was appointed Adjutant General of Kansas by Gov. Martin, and in 1885 was elected to the State Senate from this district, filling the office with honor and credit. Capt. Carroll was a man of generous impulses and strong attachments, and was a useful and forceful man in public and private life. He was a member of the McCaslin Post G. A. R. and the Modern Woodman and A. O. U. W.orders. He is survived by his wife and three daughters, the eldest sixteen years of age and the youngest eight years."


Obituary of Martha Holloway. Information provided by Marc Doty, email, 4 February 2006. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 30 Dec 1898, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Mrs. Martha Holloway died Saturday evening, December 24th,after a brief illness, of pneumonia fever, aged 72 years, 10 months and 18 days. The deceased was born in Lee County, Va., February 6th, 1826, but moved to McLean county, Illinois, when but a child. She was married to J. M. Holloway in 1848 and moved with her family to Miami county, Kansas, in 1865, where they resided until their death, he preceding her some three years.

The deceased leaves three children, Mrs. George Welch and W. F. Holloway, of Hillsdale, and Mrs. J. A. Poteet, of Warrensburg, Mo., all being present at her death. She united with the C. P. church in 1844, being a good consistent Christian, never shrinking from duty, ever ready to lend a helping hand in the work of her Lord and Master, with whom she has gone to dwell; done with the trail and suffering this life which she patiently endured. She was loved and respected by all who knew her and she will be missed by the community; but what is our loss is Heaven's gain."

Note: Her maiden name was Martha Weaver.


Obituary of Mary Weaver. Information provided by Marc Doty, email, 4 February 2006. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 29 Apr 1898, transcribed from microfilm roll P48 viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Mrs. William Weaver died at her home in Hillsdale last Sunday, the 23d inst., aged 70 years 7 months and 21 days. Miss Mary Cross [sic] was born in Tippecanoe county, Indiana, September 3d, 1827, where she resided until 1842 when she moved with her parents to McLean county, Illinois. Here she was married to William Weaver, who survives her. From there they came West and finally located in Miami county where they spent the greater portion of their lives. But a short time ago she was stricken with pneumonia from which she died. She was the mother of eight children, five of whom survive her. The funeral occurred last Monday, Rev. Thorpe of the C. P. church, officiating, and the remains were laid to rest in the Hillsdale cemetery."

Note: The correct spelling of her maiden name is Mary Crose.

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