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Death of Capt. W. S. Webb

Ex-Mayor W. S. Webb, one of the oldest, best known and most honored residents of this city, died at his
home on Topeka avenue and Twelfth street, Monday afternoon at two o’clock, after a long illness, in the
seventy-eight year of his age. The funeral occurred from the residence Wednesday afternoon, conducted by
Rev. T. W. Rainey, pastor of the Presbyterian church. Many of the Larned business men paid their respect to
the dead by closing their places of business during the hours of the funeral ceremonies, while flags were
half-masted on the public buildings and on the pole in Dewey Square. The remains were buried in the Larned
cemetery beside those of his grand-daughter, Miss Belle Rush. William S. Webb was born at Delaware, Ohio,
June 16th, 1823. He was married September 16th, 1845, to Miss Elizabeth Kelley, of Kelley’s Island, Ohio.

To this union was born three children, Mrs. Sarah W. Rush, of this city, Mrs. Isabella W. Parks, of Atlanta,
Georgia, and Mr. Charles C. Webb, of Brooklyn, New York. His wife and children all survive him, as does
also a sister, Mrs. Isabella B. Chamberlain, of Delaware, Ohio.

Soon after his marriage Captain Webb took up his residence at Kelley’s Island, Ohio, where in merchandising and steam-boating he accumulated quite a competency. In 1864 he raised a company, of which he was elected captain, and being assigned to the One Hundred and Thirtieth regiment of Ohio volunteer
infantry, went to the front and served under General Butler in the fighting around Richmond, Virginia.
After the war he served two terms as county commissioner of Erie county, Ohio, and was chairman of the board at the time the present fine court house was built. His services in securing the faithful completion of all the contracts in connection with the erection of this fine building received the highest encomiums from the
people of Erie county, who presented him with a handsome gold-headed cane, properly engraved, as a
testimonial of their appreciation.

During his residence in this city, which covered the last twenty years of his life, Captain Webb was a model of rectitude. Public spirited, kind, genial, honorable and charitable, he was respected by all who knew him. He was twice elected mayor of Larned, and also served as councilman and president of the council a number of years. His official and private life was marked by the strictest integrity, and he enjoyed the confidence of the people of this community in an unusual degree. He was constant in his friendship and absolutely true to his friends. Having known him personally, and more or less intimately for twenty years, it is our opinion that few men are entitled to a higher place in the hearts of his fellow citizens than William S. Webb, whose honorable, Christian life was a living example of the most perfect ideal of true manhood. The most valuable legacy that any one could leave their posterity has been left by Captain Webb, the knowledge that he was the “noblest handiwork” of an all-wise Creator – an honest man.

Transcribed and Contributed by Richard Schwartzkopf

Last Updated:  Tuesday, July 26, 2005 14:03:56

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