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Obituary of Grace Abney Guempelein. Information provided by John Wilson Wilson@netusa1.net, 14 Nov 1998. Obituary from unknown newspaper printed shortly after her death 24 Aug 1913 (John Wilson noted that the Guempelein surname is misspelled throughout the obituary as Gimpline.)

"Died - Mrs. Grace Gimpline, wife of William Gimpline, died Monday evening, August 25, at Dr. Van Pelt's hospital in Paola. Her death was the result of pernicious anaemia. Mrs. Gimpline was 42 years, 6 months and 9 days old. Her home was at Peru, Indiana. She was taken ill last February and for some time had been in a hospital at Peru. Two weeks ago she came here with her husband and family to visit her brothers, James Abney of Richland twp. And William Abney of Paola, and other relatives. Mrs. Gimpline went to Princeton, Franklin co., and was with her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. J. I. T. McCammon, when she was taken with a sudden attack and arrangements were made over the telephone to bring her to Van Pelt's hospital. They came here Tuesday in an automobile, arriving at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, and her death occurred four hours later.

Mrs. Gimpline was a daughter of the late Joseph Abney of Paola. She was born in Jersey co., Ill., and came with her parents to Kansas about 35 years ago. She met Mr. Gimpline at Osawatomie, where he was employed as a machinist in the Missouri Pacific shops, and they were married here about 22 years ago. Shortly after their marriage they went to Kankakee, Ill. And for a number of years resided at Peru, Indiana, where her husband is foreman of the shops of the Erie railroad. She was an interesting girl and had a great many acquaintances and warm friends here. She was kind hearted and generous and was much loved by her children. She lived a Christian life and attended the Baptist church, but never united with any church. Her husband, whom she leaves with six children, was devoted to her. The eldest of their children is a married daughter and the youngest six years of age. The children and their son in law, Benjamin Hippensteel, were all here with her. Besides her family and two brothers, she leaves two sisters, Mrs. Maggie McCammon of Princeton and Mrs. A. McCoy of Louisburg. The remains were taken to Louisburg Wednesday morning and buried in the family burying ground."


Obituary of Joseph Vohs. Information provided by Sean Furniss, 12 Feb 2006. (Reference: Miami Republic, 18 July 1913, page 1)

Jos. Vohs Dead

Joseph Vohs, an aged farmer, died Tuesday night, July 15, at his home on his farm in Wea-twp., where he resided for over 50 years. He was about 77 years of age, a native of Germany. He came to this country with a number of Germans and purchased a raw piece of prairie land, which by his life's work and with his faithful companion, improved, and where they raised their large family and accumulated quite an estate. He was a member of the Catholic church at Wea. With his wife he is survived by eight children. John Vohs in Oklahoma, William at Westphalia, Kas., Albert at St Paul, Kas., J. T. at the homestead, Mrs. Henry Speilbush, Mrs. John Seuferling and Mrs. George Hennigh of Wea, and Mrs. Strock of Kansas City, Kansas. The funeral services, conducted by Rev. Father John Bollweg, were held from the Catholic church at Wea Thursday morning. The remains were buried in the cemetery, near the church.


Obituary of Joseph Vohs. Information provided by Sean Furniss, 12 Feb 2006. (References: Western Spirit, 18 July 1913, page 1 and Louisburg Herald, 24 July 1913, page 2)

Stroke of Paralysis Fatal

Joseph Vohs, for fifty years a resident of Miami county, but a native of Germany, died at the Vohs home three miles east of Bucyrus, last Tuesday morning, at 3 o'clock, after receiving a paralytic stroke the Sunday before. The funeral was held at the Holy Rosary church, yesterday forenoon with Rev. Father Bollweg conducting the services. The Burial was held in the Wea cemetery. He was 77 years, 4 months and 21 days old.

Joseph Vohs was born in Oberselters, Germany, February 24th, 1836. He crossed to America when 20 years old and came West as far as Illinois, living there until 1863 then coming to Miami county and settling on the present homestead. After living in Illinois about a year, he married Miss Rose Hirt who survives him. After coming to this country, Mr. Vohs took land near what was then the Wea postoffice, improving the place and raising a family of eight children there, all of whom survive him. His sons are William Vohs, of Westphalia, Kansas; Albert Vohs, St. Paul, Kansas; John Vohs, a resident of Oklahoma; and J. P. Vohs who is living at home. The daughters are: Mrs. Henry Spielbusch; Mrs. John Seuferling and Mrs. George Henry all living in the same vicinity as the parents, and Mrs. Rose Strock, of Kansas City.

The death of Mr. Vohs was no surprise to the people in the community, as he had been subject to paralysis for some time, receiving a stroke about a year ago, another this spring, and the fatal stroke of Sunday. He was well known as a steady, thrifty farmer, and who leaves many friends in Miami county to mourn his death.

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