Sarah Ellen TILTON
~The Collyer Advance, Collyer, Trego County, Kansas, December 13, 1934, Fp
Sarah Ellen TILTON, wife of George D. TILTON, departed this life on Saturday, December 8, 1934, after a brief illness. Quick pneumonia was the cause assigned. She was conscious until a few hours before her death. Mrs. TILTON left besides her devoted husband, five sons and two daughters: Elmer, John, Ira Clarence and Albert, commonly called Bert, Mrs. Ralph AUSTIN and Mrs. William CURRY. There are also 24 living grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. Elmer, Mrs. AUSTIN, and Mrs. CURRY live in Collyer; John, fourteen miles south; Clarence, near Sharon Springs; Bert, near Boone, Colo., Ira is an attorney, living in Valparaiso, Ind. All the children but Ira and Bert were at her bedside when the Angel of Death summoned her to “that bourn whence no traveler returns.” She also leaves three sisters: Mrs. Martha A. POINTER, Selden, Kans., Mrs. Albert PERRY, Columbus, Ind., and Mrs. Minnie GOETZ, Valparaiso, Ind., also a brother, Dr. I. W. HOWERTH, of Greeley, Colo.
Grandma TILTON, as she was familiarly called, was the daughter of John and Elizabeth HOWERTH. She was born near Bellaire, Ohio, on August 9, 1851, married to George D. TILTON on February 4, 1869, in Bartholomew County, Indiana. After a few years there in Brown County, adjoining, the moved to Wayne County, Illinois; returned to Indiana after two and one-half years and in 1885 came to Delphos, Kansas. In 1887, they settled on a farm four miles east of Collyer. In 1930 they retired from the farm and have since lived in this town. For forty-seven years, then, the TILTON's have been well known and respected citizens of Trego County. in the sixty-six years of married life, the elder TILTON's have lost but one child.
Mrs. TILTON, the deceased, was widely known in this community, universally respected, esteemed and loved. From childhood she was an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, the church of her parents. Her genial Christian character was an example to be emulated, and the sweet and gracious influence of her good life will long be felt in this community.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Charles W. Harper, of the Congregation church, assisted by Rev. Fred Attaberry. The services were held in Zeman Hall, the Church being too small to accommodate the unusually large attendance. Burial was in the Collyer Union Cemetery.Submitted by Doyle G. Ekey