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Death of Mrs. A. A. Thorp

Mrs. A. A. Thorp died at her home in this city Friday morning, Dec. 13th. She had been an invalid for several years and a great sufferer, yet the last attack was very sudden.

Funeral services were held at the house Sunday afternoon. Dr. Coltman conducted the service. The interment was in Larned cemetery.

Martha McClung Thorp was born near Jacksonville, Ill., May 1842. In 1845 she moved with her parents to Putman county, Illinois, where she grew to womanhood. She attended the public schools and later went to the Bloomington Norman school, and prepared herself for teaching.

She taught for several years in Illinois and then came to Kansas with relatives, taking a claim in Sedgwick county. She proved up on this claim and later came to relatives in Larned.

Here she taught school several terms. She was married to Capt. A. A. thorp Feb 24th, 1876, and has lived here since.

Her husband and daughter, Mrs. Henry Draut of Kinsley, survive her, also a sister, Mrs. J. P. Worrell of this city.

Mrs. Thorp was a member of the Presbyterian church of Larned. She became a Christian in her childhood and united with the Presbyterian church at Union Grove, Illinois.

Upon coming to Larned she united with that church here and has remained a faithful member. During her years of suffering her faith has been a source of great comfort to her. She bore her trials with patience and as her pastor said, “She battled with disease and saw the end approach with cheerful resignation, for she cherished a firm personal trust in Christ as her Savior.”

The sympathy of this community goes out to the bereaved family, and to those who knew her, Mrs. Thorp’s death comes as a personal loss. She has many friends in this county where she has lived for over thirty years.

Transcribed and Contributed by Richard Schwartzkopf

Last Updated:  Saturday, November 26, 2005 00:44:10

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