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Obituary of Laura L. Breen. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 4 February 2006. (Reference: The Miami Republican, 30 Nov 1917, page 1 transcribed from microfilm roll P21 viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Death of Mrs. George W. Breen.

Mrs. George W. Breen died Friday, November 23, 1917, at her home on the farm in Paola-twp., northeast of town. She had been in her usual health and her death was unexpected.

Mrs. Breen's maiden name was Laura L. Massey. She was born October 2, 1837, at Jacksonville, Illinois, and was 80 years, one month, and twenty-one days of age at her death. She was a daughter of H. H. Massey Sr. of Jacksonville, Ill, and is survived by a brother at Jacksonville, H. H. Massey Jr. She was the mother of eight children, of whom three survive, two sons, Henry E. Sibert of Jacksonville, and Charles A. Sibert of Fruitport, Michigan, and a daughter, Miss Mamie Breen of Paola-twp. She also leaves eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

She was married in 1861 to Jeremiah Sibert Jr. of Jacksonville, who died in 1865. In 1871 she was married to George W. Breen at Jacksonville, and in the autumn of that year they came to Kansas and settled on the farm near Paola, where both resided until their death. Capt. Breen, who was a man of brilliant mind and education and a writer of beauty and ability was at one time editor of The Miami Republican, died in 1911, having been an invalid in his later years.

... For many years she was totally blind, but notwithstanding her affliction she busted herself to a remarkable degree in her household matters and retained her mental faculties until the end. ...

The funeral was held from the family residence Sunday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by Rev. Geo. W. BRADEN, pastor of the Methodist church of Paola. The funeral was very largely attended by her old friends and neighbors. Interment was in the Somerset cemetery. ..."


Obituary of Minnie Frank. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 4 February 2006. (Reference: The Western Spirit, 9 Nov 1917, page 1, transcribed from microfilm roll P21 viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Mrs. August Frank Dead.

Mrs. Minnie Frank, wife of August Frank, died Tuesday morning, November 6, 1917, at 2:35 o'clock, at the family home on their farm in East Valley. She had been gradually declining for some time and her death was a result of a general decline.

Mrs. Frank's maiden name was Minnie Overbeck. She was born in Germany November 16, 1863, and when nine years of age came to this country, locating in Missouri, from where they came to Miami-co. in 1884. October 21, 1884, she was married to her husband ... She was the mother of nine children, eight of whom survive her. Three sons and five daughters, George Frank of Middle Creek, Will and John Frank of East Valley, Mrs. Allen Courter of East Valley, Mrs. William Loch and Mrs. Roy Lee of Paola-twp. and Misses Edna and Mable Frank at the homestead. A daughter, Mrs. August Maisch, died in March, 1913, and left a little child, Clifford Maisch, who was raised by Mrs. Frank. She also leaves her mother, Mrs. Overbeck, and four brothers, Fred, William, Charles and Emil Overbeck of East Valley. The funeral services were held from the residence Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. The remains were buried at the Frank cemetery in East Valley."

Note: In the book: Cemeteries of Miami County, Kansas, Vol III, pub. by Miami Co. Genealogy Society, 1997, page 319, lists Minnie 1863-1917 & August Frank 1859-1937, in the Paola Cemetery, North Addition I, North Half, Sect. II.


Obituary of John Marion Lewellyn. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 4 February 2006. (Reference: The Miami Republican, 16 Feb 1917, transcribed from microfilm roll P21 viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Marion Lewellyn, who for the past two weeks had been seriously ill with heart trouble, passed peaceably away at 10:15 Monday morning. ... Mr. Lewellyn was one of the pioneers of Miami-co., having lived in the vicinity of Hillsdale for 48 years...

John Marion Lewellyn was born October 8, 1837, in Logan-co., Ohio. When three years of age his parents moved to Bloomington, Ill., and in 1854 to Fort Dodge, Iowa, where on the first day of April, 1863, he enlisted in the Co. G. 7th Iowa cavalry, and served his country three years, one month and seventeen days and received an honorable discharge. June 6, 1866, he was married at Border Plains, Iowa, to Rebecca H. DeWitt, and to this union four children were born, one daughter, Jennie May, wife of William Welch of Hillsdale, and three sons, Charles A., Edgar M. and Barton C. all of Kansas City.

In the fall of 1869 the family moved to Hillsdale and here he resided until his death Monday morning, February 12, 1917, at 10:15 o'clock.

He is survived by his wife and four children, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Sarah Bowman, of South Bend, Ind. ...

The funeral services, conducted by Rev. Sooter of the Methodist church were held from the Presbyterian church Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock and his body was laid to rest in the Hillsdale cemetery. The bereaved wife and children have the sympathy of their many friends in there great sorrow."


Obituary of Sarah Miller. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 4 February 2006. (Reference: The Miami Republican, 16 Feb 1917, transcribed from microfilm roll P21 viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

"Mrs. Sarah Miller Dead.

Mrs. Sarah Miller, another of the pioneer residents of Miami-co., died quite suddenly Tuesday evening, February 6, 1917, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. P. Beets, near Hillsdale. For several years Mrs. Miller had been in poor health and confined to her bed much of the time, and for several days before she died she had been quite restless and asked often for her children. Her condition was considered no worse than usual. Tuesday evening while sitting in her chair Mr. and Mrs. Beets were in her room waiting on her and talking to her, when suddenly she exclaimed "Oh!" and her head dropped. Mr. and Mrs. Beets picked her up and laid her on the bed, where in a few breaths she had passed to the great beyond.

Mrs. Miller was of a cheerful disposition, a true Christian, a loving mother and a kind neighbor. To know her was to love her. Sarah Marlatt was born in Guernsey-co., Ohio, February 25, 1835, and was 82 years of age at her death. She was married to David Miller in 1855. Mr. and Mrs. Miller moved to Miami-co., Kansas, in 1870. To this union were born nine children, five boys and four girls. Three of the boys died in infancy. Those surviving her are Mrs. Cassie SMITH, Kansas City, Mo., Mrs. H. P. Beets, Hillsdale, J. B. Miller, Carrollton, Ark, Mrs. C. L. DeMoss, Greenwood, Mo., Mrs. E. G. Perry, Omaha, Nebr., J. S. Miller, Hillsdale. She also leaves twenty grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. Mr. Miller died May 1, 1901. When young Mrs. Miller united with the Methodist church, but after moving to Kansas she and her husband united with the Presbyterian church of Hillsdale and they were ever faithful members. While for several years Mrs. Miller's health has not permitted her to attend church services, she remained true to her faith and by word and example did all she could for the cause.

The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. P. Everett of the Presbyterian church of Paola. The remains were laid to rest beside her beloved husband. Four grandsons, Fred and Ralph Beets, Rex Smith and Lloyd DeMoss, and two great-grandsons, McKinley King and Garrett Welch, acted as pall bearers. The funeral was largely attended and the floral offerings were many and beautiful. The bereaved family and relatives have the sincere sympathy of their host of friends in the loss of their kind and loving mother."


Obituary of Anna Maria Pfannes nee Hergenröther. Information provided by Lillian A. Pfannes, lpfannes@msn.com, 9 Apr 2001. (Reference: The Louisburg Herald, Louisburg, Kansas, August 16, 1917, Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas, L2103, Sept 11, 1913-Mar. 27, 1919)

Mary Hergenröther was born in Gelchsheim, Germany, May 7, 1852. Died at her home in Louisburg, Thursday afternoon, August 9th, at 3:00 o'clock, after an illness of two weeks.

The deceased was married to Valentine Pfannes at Bavaria, Germany, on February 8, 1875 and to this union four boys and two girls were born. Mr. Pfannes came to America in 1887 and settled at Wea, this county, and then sent for his family, who came to America two months later. Mrs. Pfannes was a hard working women having lived on a farm near Wea until ten years ago when they retired from the farm life and moved to Louisburg. Her retiring nature led her to hide her best qualities from public gaze, but they were revealed to those who enjoyed her acquaintance. Yet it was in her home that her true worth was most conspicuous. She was a kind loving mother and her devotion to her family had no limit. Besides her husband she leaves to mourn her death one daughter and four sons. One daughter died at the age of five years. the children living are: Michael and V.J. of Adrian, Minnesota; Andrew resides at Beagle, Kansas and John lives near Cleveland, Mo.. She was the grandmother of 20 children.

Very impressive funeral services were held at the Wea Catholic Church, Saturday morning, August 11th, at 10:30 o'clock. Rev. Father P.R. McNarama was in charge and was assisted by Rev. Father Friesburg. Interment was in the Wea cemetery.


Obituary abstract of Alexander Willoughby. Information provided by Marc Doty, mdcdoty@indy.rr.com, 4 February 2006. (Reference: The Miami Republican, 15 Jun 1917, transcribed from microfilm roll P21 viewed at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS)

Alexander Willoughby
Born 31 Jan 1835, near Independence, MO
Died at the home of his daughter Mrs. J.E. Rowland 8 Jun 1917 due to "paralysis" ten weeks prior
Married 10 Jul 1858 to Mary Hollenback, she died 13 Dec 1909
Served with the South in the Civil War; Moved to Hillsdale 1863; Postmaster in 1887
Brother-in-law: Dr. P. J. Morrison
Children: 3 boys & 3 girls, three of whom survive
Survivors: Mrs. J. E. Rowland of Hillsdale, KS, James and Clark Willoughby of Pawhuska, OK.

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