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Death of Mrs. George Draut

Elizabeth Reichard was born August 2, 1852, at Louisville, Kentucky, and died May 13, 1929, at the home of her son at Kinsley, Kansas, aged 76 years, 9 months and 11 days.

In 1872, on April 11, she was united in marriage to George Draut. To this union was born one child, Henry J. Draut, who is now a resident of Kinsley.

In 1876 the family moved to Kansas and resided on a homestead eleven miles south of Larned, where she like the pioneer women of those day, experienced the hardships and privations that attended those who settled western Kansas. In 1885 they moved to Larned, where they made their home until last winter, when they moved to Kinsley to spend their last days with their son.

When a small girl she was confirmed in the German Lutheran church. However, after moving to Larned she united with the Presbyterian church, where she remained a faithful member until she moved to Kinsley. She and her husband, believing they should attend and support a church where they lived, called for their letter from the Presbyterian church, and united with the Congregational church at Kinsley just a month ago.

Mrs. Draut, being the wife of a Civil War veteran, joined the Woman’s Relief Corps and had been an active member of that organization for many years. She was a faithful wife and mother, and not only raised one child of her own, but on the death of her son’s wife she took his two small children and for five years cared form them. To this charge she was faithful and they both live to call her blessed.

She is survived by her husband, her son, H. J. Draut, her daughter-in-law, Mrs. H. J. Draut, and four grandchildren, Ralph now living in Boston; Cleone, Robert and Bernice of Kinsley.

Transcribed and Contributed by Richard Schwartzkopf

Last Updated:  Thursday, November 24, 2005 20:41:48

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