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Obituary of David H. Heflebower. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 7 February 2006. (Reference: The Miami Republican, 4 Oct 1912, page 1 transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"D. H. Heflebower Dead.

David H. Heflebower died Saturday morning, September 28, 1912, at his late home at Bucyrus. He had not been in the best of health for some time, but retired Friday night feeling no worse than usual. About 3 o'clock a. m. he seemed restless and his wife got up and went to his room. In the morning she called to him for breakfast, but he did not reply, and she went to his room and found him gasping for breath.

Mr. Heflebower was one of the early pioneers of Miami-co. He was born in Jefferson-co., Virginia, January 1, 1836, and when a child went with his parents to Hampshire-co. In 1857, when he was 21 years old, he came west and during the summer was at Lexington, Mo. In the fall of 1857 he came to Miami-co., and located a homestead near where Bucyrus is now built, and which he retained until his death. At the breaking out of the civil war he served thirteen months in the service, when he was taken ill, and on recovering he served in the Kansas militia and was in the battle of Westport and in several minor battles. His brothers are Bush H. Heflebower in Colorado and Deck Heflebower at Wichita. ...

His first wife was killed in an accident a few years ago. She was driving to market at Spring Hill, when a runaway team crashed into her buggy, causing her instant death. He was afterward married to Mrs. Joseph Hines, who died, and early last summer he was married to his surviving wife, who was Mrs. Sarah Mitchell. ...

His funeral, which was very largely attended by his old neighbors and friends and many from different parts of the county, was held at the homestead Monday morning at 10 o'clock. Rev. Snowden, pastor of the Methodist church at Bucyrus, conducted the service."


Obituaries of Elphie Elkinton Massey. Information provided by Lorene Fort, fort@paola-online.net, 16 January 2001.

From: "Miami Republican" 31 May 1912, p 8, column 1, paragraph 6, New Lancaster community

"Mrs. Elphie Massey, wife of I. C. Massey, died at her home, two miles southeast of New Lancaster, Friday, May 24. Her death came suddenly, the result of heart trouble and complications, her health having been poor for a year. She was born in Greene Co., Ill., and at an early age moved with her parents to a farm in Miami-twp., near where she died. In 1877 she was united in marriage to I. C. Massey, and to this union seven children were born. Daisy died in infancy.

With her husband she is survived by three sons and three daughters, Earl of Cadmus, Kansas, Mrs. Pearl Nichols, wife of A. A. Nichols of Lane, Kansas, Dowe, who lives near New Lancaster, Rubie, Wilda and Winie, who live at home and she is also survived by four brothers and two sisters, Harvey Elkinton, who made his home with them, James and Albert Elkinton of Linn-co., George Elkinton of Galesburg, Ill., Mrs. Chas. Norton of Block and Mrs. Martha Walters of Kansas City.

Mrs. Massey was converted and joined the Methodist church about thirteen years ago. She was a loving wife and mother and was loved by all who knew her. She leaves a large number of friends to mourn her death. The funeral services were held from the union church at New Lancaster, conducted by Rev. Hite. A number of ladies from La Cygne, members of the Ladies Circle, of which she was a member, performed a short ceremony. Burial took place at the New Lancaster cemetery."

La Cygne Journal, 31 May 1912, p 4, column 4.

"A Good Woman Gone."

"Last Friday afternoon the sad news of the death of Mrs. I. C. Massey of New Lancaster reached our community as a great surprise."

"She has been complaining lately, being up and down at times, her sickness begin caused by stomach trouble. Last Friday she was up and feeling fairly well and at noon she ate a hearty dinner and sat on the porch. Mr. Massey and the children had been out putting up the little chickens before the storm came and on their return to the house they found Mrs. Massey dead." "Elfa Elkinton Massey was born in Green Co, Ill., April 1, 1866 and died near New Lancaster, Kan., May 24, 1912, aged 46 years, 1 mo., and 23 days."

"When but an infant her parents moved to a farm near New Lancaster, Miami co., Kans., where she lived until she was married to I. C. Massey, October 13, 1887. To this union were born seven children. One daughter, Daisy, died in infancy. Six survive to mourn the loss of their mother, Earl lives near Cadmus, Kan., Mrs. Pearl Nichols resides near Lane, Kan.; Don (Dow), Ruby, Welda and Winnie live near New Lancaster."

"The Ladies Circle of the G.A.R. of La Cygne, Kan., contributed a beautiful and impressive part to the funeral services. The floral offerings by the Ladies Aid Society of Sunny Ridge were beautifully arranged and large in number. Mrs. Massey was converted when a child and joined the M. E. Church. The congregation attending her funeral was one of the largest ever seen in New Lancaster. The tributes offered to her memory by friends and neighbors were of the highest order. One said, "A good woman has gone home;" another said, "I never heard her say a bad word of anyone." Another home has in it a vacant chair. One more family needs our sympathy and the comfort of our living words."

"Funeral services were held at the church at New Lancaster Sunday at 11 a.m. conducted by Rev. R. M. Hite, pastor and burial was made in the New Lancaster cemetery."

"The Journal joins in extending sympathy to the bereaved relatives in the lost dear wife, mother and sister."


Obituary of William Weaver. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 4 February 2006. (Reference: The Miami Republican, 5 Jul 1912, transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"William Weaver died June 30 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles Persinger, at Canton Kas., where he has resided for some time. He was born in Lee-co., Virginia, August 2, 1827. He came to Kansas about the fall of 1866 and removed to Canton in August two years ago. He was converted at the age of fourteen years and united with the Methodist church. He was married to Mary Crose September 2, 1847, to this union were born eight children, of whom three are living. W. Alex Weaver of Bloomington, Ill, Mrs. Charles Persinger and Miss Mattie Weaver of Canton, Kas. Mrs. Weaver died about fourteen years ago. Mr. Weaver enlisted February 14, 1865, and in March 13 was appointed first lieutenant of company B, 115th Illinois volunteers. He was honorably discharged January 16, 1866. He was a life long Methodist, a sturdy Christian, a noble character. His death is mourned not only by his loved ones, but by a host of neighbors and friends. Rev. Tull conducted the funeral services at the Presbyterian church Tuesday afternoon. The Masonic lodge of Paola attended the funeral. Out of town people who attended the funeral were Sol Welch, Misses Sarah and Mary Welch of Paola, Rolla Welch of Parsons, Frank Fisher, George Quimby, Darwin Ahrens, F. K. Ferguslon, Geo. M. Durkee and Geo. M. Coplin of Paola, Ruth Brown, Lora and Alta McKinney of Chiles, and Will Welch and family of Wagstaff."


Obituary of Albert B. Young. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 7 February 2006. (Reference: The Miami Republican, 15 Mar 1912, page 1 transcribed from microfilm viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"A. B. Young Dead.

Albert B. Young, a well known and prosperous farmer of Middle Creek-twp., died Friday, March 8, at the home of his mother, Mrs. Sarah Young, in Paola, after a brief illness with stoppage of the bowels. He came from his farm to Paola on the 28th of February, to visit until the following Saturday with his mother and brother Earl, and his sisters, when he was taken ill. He was given every care and attention and everything possible was done for him, but without avail.

Mr. Young was a son of the late Jacob Young of Middle Creek-twp., and Mrs. Sarah Young of Paola. He was born in Jasper-co., Iowa, January 19, 1869. He went with his parents to Nebraska in 1882, afterwards to western Kansas for a brief time, coming with them to this county in 1903. In 1907 he was married to his surviving wife, who was Miss Ethel Barricklow of New Lancaster. Mr. Young had a general acquaintance in the eastern part of the county and was held in great respect by every one. He was a kind and dutiful son and was devoted to his wife and two little children, and will be sadly missed. He united with the Methodist church at Pender, Nebraska, and attended church regularly when possible to do so. He was a member of the A. O. U. W. and I. O. O. F. orders.

With his wife and two little girls, the oldest aged two and a half years and the youngest two months, he is surved by his mother, five brothers and five sisters, Milton R. Young in Oklahoma, Sidney at Pender, Nebraska, Mrs. Ed Cramer of Davidson, Canada, Jasper Young at Trenton, Mo., Mrs. C. D. Routt of Paola, Edward J. Young at Lyons, Kas., Edna May of Paola, Mrs. J. T. Menefee of Trenton, Mo., and Earl Young of Paola. The funeral services, conducted by Rev. B. M. Powell and in charge of the Odd Fellows, were held from the Methodist church Sunday afternoon. The remains were buried in the Paola cemetery."

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