Miami County Obituaries
Obituary of Susan E. Conley. Information provided by Marc Doty, email@example.com, 4 February 2006. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 15 Mar 1907, page 3, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)
"A Good Woman Dead - Mrs. Susan E. Conley died last Monday evening, about 5 o'clock, at her home in this city, after a short illness, of appendicitis and complications. She succumbed to the disease after fighting it with all the energy of a vigorous constitution.
Miss Susan Casida was born in 1837, in Owen county, Indiana, and at the age of 19, was married to James R. Conley, at Putnamville, Indiana. In 1856 they drove overland to Cass county, Missouri, and after residing there for several years, moved to Miami county, locating on a farm six miles west of Paola, where they lived until 1875, moving back to Cass county from there. She was brave and fearless, an ideal type of the early frontiers-woman.
Mrs. Conley was a devoted member of the Baptist church for fifty years and followed closely the teachings of that church. Up to the hour of her death she was conscious and had everything planned for her funeral to the minutest detail.
The deceased leaves four children - James R., Edward E. and Fred R. Conley, who live near Garden City, Missouri, and one daughter, Mrs. James Field, who lives in Stanton township. She also leaves one brother, Isaac Casida, of Marysville township. Mrs. Frank Gossett, of this city, is a granddaughter.
The body was taken to Austin, Missouri, Tuesday, and interment was made in the family burying ground near that place."
Obituary of Timothy C. English. Information provided by Marc Doty, firstname.lastname@example.org, 13 February 2006. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 30 Aug 1907, transcribed from microfilm roll P-53 viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)
"Death relieved Timothy C. English last Sunday, the 25th inst., at his home in Fontana, Kansas. He had suffered a year from a cancer that finally took his life.
Born in Salem county, New Jersey, in March 1834, he came west when 19 years old and located in Illinois, where he lived until 1866. Then, he came to Kansas and settled in Osage township. Before leaving Illinois, he was married to Miss Sarah E. Saxe. Six children born to them are all living. Anthony N. English and Mrs. Benjamin M. Long reside in Paola; William A., and Mrs. W. C. Hill, at Fontana, and Mrs. Vernon Snyder, at Kansas City. Mrs. Harry Pickering lives at Mount Vernon, Washington.
The funeral on Monday afternoon, the 26th, was attended by a long procession of old settlers, relatives and acquaintances. For forty-one years Mr. English had been a familiar figure in that community. He was a farmer, a stock raiser, a stock buyer and a merchant. Also in later years he owned and operated a livery stable in his home town. He left a good estate and a good name. ..."
Death Notice of Lester Lewellyn. Information provided by Marc Doty, email@example.com, 4 February 2006. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 5 Jul 1907, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)
"Lester Lewellyn, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Lewellyn, of Parker, died last Tuesday. The body was brought to Hillsdale for burial."
Obituary of Fred Officer. Information provided by Marc Doty, firstname.lastname@example.org, 4 February 2006. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 9 Aug 1907, page 1, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)
"Fred Officer Dead. - J. F. Officer died at his home in Hillsdale, Kansas, last Tuesday, the 6th inst, aged 61 years and 5 months. He had been sick for some time.
The funeral at Hillsdale was largely attended. Reverend BLAIN conducted the services and burial was in the village cemetery.
Fred Officer was one of a large family that came to this county in 1864. His brothers living are: W. P. Officer, Julius Officer and H. H. Officer, of this county; E. P. Officer, of Reading, Kansas, and M. A. Officer, of Emporia. Sisters - Mrs. Jacob Landis and Mrs. J. H. McClaren, of Hillsdale; Mrs. Threlkeld, of Decatur, Illinois; Mrs. S. H. Sanders, of Fredonia, and Mrs. Sarah Jennings, of Marmaton, Kansas. Charles Officer, the son and his mother survive the good man who has gone to his deserved reward."
Obituary of Anthony Vohs. Information provided by Sean Furniss, 12 Feb 2006. (Reference: Western Spirit, 25 January 1907)
A Good Man Gone
Anthony Vohs died at his home in Wea township last Saturday night, January 19th, 1907.
Anthony Vohs was one of the earliest pioneers of Wea township, being the second settler there in the spring of 1859. Born in Nassau Germany, (now Prussia) August 8, 1829, he emigrated to America in 1856, landing at Waterloo, New York. The following April, 1857, Mr. Vohs moved to Illinois, and located on a farm about sixty miles south of Chicago. There he remained about a year and a half where he was married in 1858 to Miss Elizabeth Becker, daughter of Peter Becker, who survives him. He came to Kansas in the winter of '58 and the spring of '59 found him in Miami county, where he bought 215 acres of land in Wea township.
Mr. Vohs was a member of the Kansas One Hundred Day Men during the civil war and also did militia duty. He went through the harassing border troubles, those early "times that tried men's souls." The week before the burning of Lawrence, he was robbed of all his personal property by a detachment of Quantrill guerrillas.
Six children by his first marriage, which occurred before coming to this country, survive–Helena, wife of Anthony Bauer, of Wea; George, also of Wea; Jasper and Anthony, who live in Valley township, this county; Joseph, who resides north of Louisburg, and Frank, who is in Osawatomie. Only one of the deceased's brothers is living–Joseph–of Wea township.
Eugene Vohs, whose tragic death on the 24th of last November is remembered by all residents of Miami county, was a younger brother.
Funeral services were held at the Wea Catholic church last Monday morning, conducted by Rev. Father Hohe, and burial was in the Wea cemetery.
Death Notice of Charles Wilgus. Information provided by Marc Doty, email@example.com, 4 February 2006. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 30 Aug 1907, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)
"Charles Wilgus Dead. - Charles Wilgus died last Wednesday at the asylum at Osawatomie. He was 55 years old. For a number of years the deceased made his home in Paola. Wm. Wilgus, of this city, is a brother. The funeral was held Thursday morning at the asylum and burial in Paola cemetery."
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