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GAITHER, Pauline Hilarie

Funeral held for Pauline Gaither
Pauline Hilarie Gaither, died Monday in Kansas City, Mo. She was born March 17, 1911, in Lenora. She was the oldest child and only daughter of Dr. Faye E. Gaither and Gladys Butler Gaither. She was preceded in death by her father in 1934 and by her brother, Carter Harwood Gaither, in 1964.

She attended and was graduated from grade and high school in Lenora and attended college at Washburn University, Colorado University and Ft. Hays state College. She taught school for two years in Norton, and for two years in Nebraska, after which time she moved to California where she was employed by the Gulf Oil Co. for approximately 18 years.

She is survived by her mother, by six aunts, Mrs. Lela Barbo of Lenora, Mrs. Mae Banta of Oberlin, Miss Belva Butler, Mrs. Ellen Segler and Mrs. William A. Hahne, all of Unadilla, Nebr., and Mrs. Raymond Brown of Rogue River, Ore., and one uncle, Howard Butler of Sacramento, Calif. Other relatives and many friends also survive.

Private graveside memorial services were held at the Lenora South Cemetery at 10 a.m. today with the Eckhart Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Note: The marker is inscribed with 1968 as the death year.

[Source: Undated clipping contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]


GARRISON, Francis "Frank"

Francis "Frank" Garrison, 84, Hill City, died Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at Trego Manor, WaKeeney.

He was born July 30, 1927, in rural Penokee to Alonzo Warren and Blanche (Trefethen) Garrison.

He married Marie Lively on Dec. 30, 1948, in Hill City. He was an oilfield serviceman.

Survivors include his wife, Hill City; three sons, Terry O. Garrison and Roger E. Garrison, both of Hill City, and Jerry L. Garrison, Hays; two daughters, Patricia Kuhlman, Stockton, and Pamela Hudson, Kensington; two brothers, Bill Garrison, Hill City, and Darrell Garrison, Ness City; a sister, Janice Slaven, Aurora, Colo.; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two great-grandsons.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Stinemetz Funeral Home, Hill City; burial in Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Hill City.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Trego Manor in care of the funeral home.

[Source: Hays Daily News (Hays, Kansas), 31 May 2012.]


GEORGE, Lillian B. (Delp)

Mrs. Lillian George of Lenora dies at Andbe Home here at age of 85

Mrs. Lillian George, 85, long-time resident of Lenora and a resident the last three years at the Andbe Home in Norton, died Thursday at the Andbe Home.

Cutting Funeral Home of Lenora announced that the funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Congregational Church in Lenora with the Rev. Carl Kroenlein officiating. Burial will be at the Lenora South Cemetery.

She was born at Nebraska City, Nebr., Oct. 13, 1878, and moved with her parents to a farm near Lenora in 1885. She attended Lenora schools and Peru College.

She is survived by a brother, Charlie Delp of Tucson, Ariz., and a sister, Catherine Erwin, of Lenora.

She was predeceased by her husband, Russell George, sho died in 1935. They had been married at Lenora in 1921. There were no children.

She was also predeceased by two sisters and two brothers. She lived on a farm unti moving into Lenora 25 years ago. She was a member of the Congregational Church of Lenora.

[Source: Unidentified newspaper clipping, dated 13 March 1964, contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]


GETTY, Arthur

Arthur Getty, son of Edward A. and Dora (Scott) Getty, was born a twin on 23 Jul 1905.

Art grew up on the family farm northeast of Downs and attended Oakdale country school. He graduated from Downs High School and attended Kansas Wesleyan University at Salina, Ks. As a young man he engaged in football and track, participated actively in a church youth group, and led a Boy Scout Troop.

During the 1930's Art worked for the power company in Downs, later transferring to Kansas Power and Light Company headquarters in Phillipsburg in the 1940's. At his retirement from Centel in 1970 he had served the company for over 40 years.

On 2 Jun 1937, Arthur married Letha Mae Kimble at her parents' farm home northwest of Downs. They lived in Downs, Almena, and Phillipsburg until 1945 when they settled permanently in Almena. Two children, Dale Edward and Karen Lou, were born to this union. Lethia died 2 Oct 1966, after a long illiness.

On 3 Mar 1973, Arthur and Roxie Stephen Huffman were married at the United Methodist Church in Almena, Roxie and Art made their home in Almena until moving to Edmonds, Ks. in 1980. Since 1987 Art had lived in the Andbe Home in Norton.

After his retirement he served one term as Mayor of Almena. He was a member of the Almena Methodist Church. He was a 50-year member and past Master of the Naphtali Masonic Lodge in Almena and a 50-year member of the DeMoLay and recipient of the DeMoLay Cross of Honor. He also belonged to and was Past Worthy Patron of the Bethlehem Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star in Almena and the IOOF Lodge in Norton. He was a member of the Royal Arch Masons in Kirwin; Hiram Commandry No. 51, Phillipsburg; the Isis Shrine of Salina, and the Knights of Mecca.

Arthur is survived by his wife, Roxie, of the home in Edmond; his son Dale and wife Rose Marie (Hays) Getty; grandchildren, Mark Allan and Diane Denise Getty, Denver, Colorado; his daughter Karen of Holyoke, Mass., and son-in-law Klaus Peter of Amherst, Mass; his twin sister, Ann C. Briggs of New York City; his sister Alberta Koksma of Downs; his sister-in-law, Virginia Getty of Springs, Tx., and Fern Schreiber of Downs; his stepmother, Ruth Getty of Northfield, Minn; a great aunt, Ruth Roff of Agency, Iowa; his stepson, Rex Huffman and wife Doris of Wichita; his stepdaughter, Glenna and Lloyd Sproul of Edmond; and seven step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Letha; his parents, his sisters Rosemary and Lucy; his brothers, Samuel, Rex; and a step-daughter, Kathleen Cummins.

Note: Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Almena.

[Source: Almena Plaindealer (Almena, Kansas), 31 March 1989.]


GOBLE, Frank

Frank Goble Dies In Hill City Hospital

Frank Goble of Hill City died at the Hill City hospital Saturday, June 27. Funeral Services were held Monday, June 29 at 10 a.m. at the Spencer Chapel with Rev. Kelly officiating.

He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Bill Imel of Hill City. He was predeceased by two sons, Elbert and Aeron [sic]. Frame Belden of Lenora is a brother-in-law.

Interment was in the Lenora [South] Cemetery.

[Source: Unidentified newspaper clipping, dated 1 July 1964, contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]


GOEKEN, Max Elvyn

Funeral services for Max e. Goeken, age 75, of Spencer, Nebraska, were held on Monday, January 14, 2013, at 10?30 a.m. at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Spencer. Reverend Grant H. Graff officiated with interment in the National Cemetery at Spencer.

Judy Haun was organist. Congregational hyms were: "Under His Wings" and "Just A Closer Walk With Thee." Music by The Gaithers played before the service. A final musical selection, "I Wat To Stroll Over Heaven With You," by Tom and Karen Cobb, had also been played at Max and Rita's wedding.

Pallbearers were Steve Rutjens, Ian Rappolt, Bryce Weisser, Lonnie Hood, Audie Hood, Gene Morrill, and Adam Mathison.

Honorary pallbearers were John Goeken, Susan Goeken, Cynthia Wellington, and Libia Morrill.

Ian Rappolt shared the reading, "I Met The Master Face To Face."

Max Goeken died at his home on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, following complications from surgery.

Max Elvyn Goeken, son of Max and Pauline (Breeden) Goeken, was born June 4, 1937, in Salina, Kansas. Max graduated from Lenora High School in 1955. On July 9, 1959, he was married to Karen Beaver. To this union, three children were born: Susan Marie, John Michael, and Cynthia Ann. On April 5, 1969 Max married Rita Hambek Hood. On September 21, 2002, Max and Rita were remarried at a garden ceremony in Lenora, Kansas.

Max was a hard worker. He worked for Nebraska Public Power, did some farming, and drive [sic] truck for Swtft [sic], Coast to Coast, Gary Sheinost, and Crete Carriers. Max's favorite job was being an oil rig driller. He loved to work in his yard, and was very proud of it. It was not unusual to see Max and his beloved dog, Duke, sharing the seat of the John Deer lawn mower. Duke was Max's constant companion.

Max was a member of the Fraternal Order of Elks for 18 years. He served in several offices. Max was very involved with the Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of the Eagles Club and served as President at the O'Neill club.

Max loved to read and watch old western movies. He loved his daughters' cinnamon roll [sic] (what a smile they would bring!) Max also loved watching little kids; he so enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to cherish Max's memory are his wife and love of his life, Rita; his children: Susan of Lenora, Kansas; John of Eugene, Oregon; and Cynthia of Eugene, Oregon; step-children Audie Hood of Spencer Nebraska; Lonnie (Ursulla) Hood of O'Neill, Nebraska; and Libia (Gene) Morrill of Royal, Nebraska; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; beloved mother, Pauline Goeken of Lenora, Kansas; mother-in-law, Libia Hambek of Verdigre, Nebraska; brothers, James Goeken of Lenora, Kansas, and Rick (Glenna) Goeken of Idaho Falls, Idaho; sister-in-law, Betty (Cecil) Mashino; numerous nieces and nephews; and "Duke".

He was preceded in death by his father, Max Goeken; maternal and paternal grandparents; and father-in-law, William Hambek.

[Source: The Hill City Times (Hill City, Kansas), 16 January 2013.]


GOODMAN, Charles Franklin

Life Of Charles Franklin Goodman
Charles Franklin Goodman, son of John and Sarah Goodman was born in Marengo, Iowa, April 9, 1858, and died Wednesday evening, February 23, 1944.

He was one of a family of seven children. They are George W. of Norton; Elizabeth Swain, Phoenix, Arizona; Francis Goodman of Simla, Colo; William Goodman of Downey, Calif; one brother and one sister preceded him in death.

On August 12,1886, he was married to Eleanor McDaniel. To this union two children were born, Ernest Goodman of Long Beach, Calif., and Mrs. W. T. Skaggs of Lenora.

Goodman came to Kansas in the early '80s to Washington county where he was associated with his father in the mercantile business. He came to Lenora in 1884 and engaged in milling what was known as the Wallace Mill 4 miles east of Lenora. In the fall of 1903 he moved to the present location and operated a mill until it burned down in the fall of 1933.

Mr. Goodman was a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years having received his 50-year pin four years ago. He was a charter member of the Order of Eastern Star and was its first Worthy Patron. Mr. Goodman was a member of the Lenora Congregational church for about fifty years and was very active in its work until a few days before his death. He was serving on the board of trustees and attended its meetings faithfully.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon from the Congregational church with Rev. O. T. Meador officiating. The Cutting Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Burial was made in Lenora East Cemetery.

[Source: Lenora News (Lenora, Kansas), 1 March 1944.]


GOODMAN, Emily Eleanor (McDaniel)

Mrs. C. F. Goodman Laid To Rest Tuesday
Rev. O. T. Meador, pastor of the Congregational Church of Lenora preached the funeral sermon that laid to rest the body of Mrs. Charles F. Goodman, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

Mrs. Goodman passed away at her home just west of Lenora after a few weeks illness on February 23. The services were held in the local church with Lenora Chapter No. 296 of the Order of Eastern Star conducting a lodge service. Music was in charge of Mrs. O. T. Meador. Miss Norma Palmer was accompanist and Mrs. Orville Alsdorf and Mrs. Emory Vokel, flower girls. Ross Barbo, Virgil Barbo, Carl Georgeson, Karl Leidig, Emory Volkel, and Earl Personnett of the Masonic lodge were the pallbearers. Mrs. Goodman was interred in the Lenora East Cemetery. Cutting's Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

Emily Eleanor McDaniel, daughter of Richard and Arminda McDaniel was born at Hillsboro, Iowa, February 25, 1869, and passed away February 23, 1945, after a few weeks illness.

She was one of a family of nine children, five girls and four boys all of whom preceded her in death except two sisters, Mrs. Eva Long of Edmond, Ks., and Mrs. Grace Bennet of Forrest, Illinois.

On August 12, 1886, she was married to Charles F. Goodman who preceded her in death just one year. To this union two children were born, Ernest Goodman of Long Beach, Calif., and Mrs. W.T. Skaggs of Lenora. Mrs. Goodman came to Kansas with her parents when about ten years of age and had spent the rest of her life near Lenora.

She was a charter member of the Eastern Star, also a member of the Lenora Congregational Church, both of which she was deeply interested in.

She leaves besides her children and sisters, one granddaughter and the granddaughter's husband, three great grandchildren, one daughter-in- law, one son-in-law and several nieces and nephews and a host of friends

[Source: Lenora News (Lenora, Kansas), 28 February 1945.]


GOODRICH, Roy

Roy Goodrich, 64, of Lenora dies today

Roy E. Goodrich, 64, died this morning, Nov. 26, at the Norton County Hospital. He was the owner and operator of the Goodrich Hardware Store in Lenora.

Funeral services are pending and will be announced later by Eckhart Funeral Home in Norton

Note: Burial was in Gettis Cemetery.

[Source: Unidentified newspaper clipping, dated 26 November 1968 contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]


GORDON, Marvin Wayne

HILL CITY -- Marvin Wayne Gordon, 87, of Hill City, died Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. He was born May 17, 1925, the son of Marvin and Elsie Ellen (Campbell) Gordon.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Roy Lee. Survivors include his brother, Jim Gordon, of WaKeeney; and sisters, Betty Vines, of Mesquite, Texas, and Marjorie McAdams, of Dallas.

There will be no visitation. Memorial service: 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Stinemetz Funeral Home, Hill City, with the Rev. Michael Barnett presiding. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Hill City. Memorials to: Trego Manor, in care of Stinemetz Funeral Home, 522 N. Pomeroy, Hill City 67642.

[Source: Salina Journal (Salina, Kansas), 5 September 2012.]


GRIFFEY, Artha Joyce (Billips)

HAYS -- Artha Joyce Griffey, 69, Hays, died Monday, Dec. 6, 2004.

Mrs. Griffey was born Artha Joyce Billips on Sept. 8, 1935, near Edmond. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Burton, of Hays; a son, Randall of Kansas City, Mo.; three daughters, Cindy Bauer of Hays, Gwen Buscher of Overland Park and Carolyn Long of Hill City; three sisters, Paula Smith of Sun City West, Ariz., and Doris Minks and Wava Reed, both of Hays; and six grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hill City. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Hill City.

Memorials may be made to Graham County Community Foundation Theatre Project, Hill City, or Celebration Community Church, Hays.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Thursday at the church.

Spencer-Stenemetz Chapel, 522 N. Pomeroy, Hill City 67642, is handling arrangements.

[Source: Salina Journal (Salina, Kansas), 8 December 2004.]


GRIFFIE, LaVerne M. (Buckner)

AURORA, Colo. -- LaVerne M. Griffie, 96, Aurora, died Friday, April 18, 2003, at an Aurora care center.

She was born April 29, 1906, in Nicodemus, to William and Anna Wallace Buckner.

She married Alvester B. Griffie on Nov. 2, 1927, in WaKeeney. He died March 25, 1972.

Survivors include four sons, Richard Griffie, Waterloo, Iowa, Lyle Griffie, Newton, Charles Griffie, Denver, and Howard Griffie, Topeka; three daughters, Arnetta Nevins, Osborne, and Alpha Sango and Constance Woods, both of Denver; a sister, Eva Vanduvall, Los Angeles; 35 grandchildren; 67 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Spencer-Stinemetz Funeral Chapel in Hill City. Burial will be in Mount Olive Cemetery near Bogue. Mrs. Griffie will lie in state at the funeral chapel from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to service time Saturday.

[Source: Topeka Capital-Journal (Topeka, Kansas), 25 April 2003.]


GROSS, William Harlan

Funeral held for William H. Gross

Funeral services for William Harlan Gross were Saturday, at 2 p.m. from the Scott-Brantley Funeral Home with Rev. C. Willis Schnelle officiating.

Music was furnished by Leland Griffin with Mrs. Griffin as organist.

Hymns sung were Rock of Ages and Abide with Me.

Pallbearers were Harlan Wray, Harold Wray, Floyd Kirk, John Hubbard, Lloyd Vernon and V. E. VanDerWege.

Interment was in the Norton Cemetery.

Relatives attending were Mrs. Lota Gross, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Wray, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn F. Hicks, Harold Wray and Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Custer, all of Norton; Robert Gross and Eugene Gross, Tuunga, Calif.; Harlan Wray, Wichita, Mrs. Laverne Hall, Denver, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Saum, Oberlin and Tom Boling, Wichita Falls, Texas.

[Source: Unidentified newspaper clipping, dated 27 January 1964, contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]


GUFFEY, Joseph L.

Joseph L. Guffey was born in Kentucky, April 17, 1839, and passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mathias McCoy, south of Hill City, Kansas, September 6, 1933, at the age of 94 years, 4 months and 19 days. At the age of three years, he moved with his parents to Putnam county, Missouri.

He was united in marriage to Emily N. Williams, August 20, 1862. To this union, five daughters and one son were born; Sara R., Mrs. Susan E. Johnson, Mrs. Frances E. Powell, Mrs. Alice Miller, Mrs. Dora McCoy and John T. Guffey, of Monegow Springs, Missouri. He first came to Graham county in 1886 but soon returned to Missouri. He came again in 1897 to make Graham county his permanent home and has resided here since that time.

Grandpa Guffey crossed the plains in 1862 and again in 1864 using ox teams for the journey. In his 40 years residence in Graham county he witnessed many changes.

He was a member of the Baptist church and he ever kept strong his faith in God and in his fellow man. He leaves to mourn his passing 5 daughters and one son; one sister, Mrs. John Bell of Morland, Kansas; 25 grandchidlren, 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held in the Leland church and his body laid to rest beside his wife in the Leland cemetery.

[Source: Morland Monitor (Morland, Kansas), 14 September 1933.]


HALL, Chris

Accidentally Killed.
Last Friday morning word came from Nicodemus that Chris Hall, living north of Nicodemus had been accidentally killed.

From the best information we can obtain, he and a son were starting from the house in a wagon. Mr. Hall had a single barrel shot gun between his knees and in some way it was discharged. The full charge struck him in the face, just above the chin, and ranging upwards entered the skull under the eyebrows, killing him almost instantly. Undertaker Laird of Morland went down in the afternoon and prepared the body for burial.

The deceased leaves a wife and a family of six children to sorrow over his sudden and untimely death.

The funeral was held at Nicodemus Monday afternoon and interment made in the cemetery at Nicodemus.

Mr. Hall was one of the old and respected citizens in his townships and was universally respected by those who knew him. He was 52 years of age. The family have the sympathy of the community in their affliction.

[Source: The People's Reveille (Hill City, Kansas), 17 September 1918.]


HANSEN, George Albert

Funeral Held for George Albert Hansen

George Albert Hansen, son of Carl and Elizabeth Hansen, was born Nov. 28, 1876, in Shelby Co., Iowa and departed this life, as a result of a heart attack, Nov. 18, 1963 at 8:15 p..m. at his home in Norton, at the age of 86 years, 11 months and 20 days.

At the age of six years, he moved with his parents to Schuyler, Nebr. In 1893, they moved to Smith County where he attended school and grew to manhood. He farmed for a time in Smith County after his marriage to Phobea Kirkendall.

In 1906, he purchased a farm in Norton County and moved there. His daughter, Lillie Mae, kept house for him until her death in 1928.

He was married to Emma Amelia Reed in Mankato on Feb. 14, 1931. They lived on the farm south of Norton until 1955 when they moved into Norton.

He was a member of the U. B. Church at Prairie Gem until he joined the Methodist Church in Norton. He was also a member of the Norton I. O. O. F. Lodge.

Survived by his wife
Survivors are his wife Emma of the home, one son, Carl Albert of Colorado Springs; a daughter, Mrs. Lottie Shifflett, Artesia, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Clara Hawkinson of Kearney; one brother, A. S. Hansen, Smith Center; two grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, a sister and a brother, two daughters and one son.

Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m. from the Scott-Brantley Funeral Home with Rev. S. E. Staley officiating.

Music was furnished by Leland Griffin, with Mrs. Leland Griffin, organist.

Hymns sung were, Throw Out The Life Line, and I Won't Have To Cross Jordan Alone.

Pallbearers were Harry Lowry, Ernest Bollinger, Carl Bryant, Floyd Kirk, Glenn Davis and W. C. Horning.

Interment was in The Norton Cemetery. Odd Fellow Lodge services given by Cecil Drake and Floyd Kirk.

Relatives attending were:
Mrs. Hansen, Mrs. Ida Walker, Mr. and Mrs. Hal Morgan and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Walker of Norton; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hansen, Colorado Springs; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Shifflett, Artesia, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Hansen, Smith Center; Mr. and Mrs. Emil Hawkinson, Kearney; Mr. and Mrs. Dea Libby and Allen, Holdrege; Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Hansen, Wayne and Karl, Smith Center; Ernest Hansen, John and George of Colorado; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Grabest, Superior, Nebr.; Mrs. Marvel Thompson, Phillipsburg, and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Walker, Lenora.

[Source: Unidentified newspaper clipping, dated 26 November 1963, contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]


HARRIS, Dorothy M.
GARRETT, Dorothy M. (Harris)
SMILEY, Dorothy M. (Harris)
BENNETT, Dorothy M. (Harris)


Dorothy M. Harris was born on July 31, 1912 in Edmond. She was the daughter of Charles B. and Nola E. Harris. She died on January 24th, 2009, at the age of 96. She graduated from Norton Community High School in 1929 and was a member of the National Honor Society. She married W. Russell Garrett on May 20, 1933 to whom she was married for fifty-one years. After his death in 1984, she married W.A. "Bill" Smiley who died later that year. She married Wayne Bennett in 1987. He died in 2005. All of her husbands attended the University of Kansas and they all were avid K.U. fans, both academically and athletically. Her husbands all served in World War II. She was a major supporter of the Bill and Alice Smiley Scholarship to enable Norton County high school graduates to attend K.U. She lived the majority of her life in Norton, and later in Summerlin, Nev., and Scottsdale, Ariz.

She loved K.U. athletic events and her many friends. She regularly visited the Andbe Home in Norton visiting with and caring for her friends. She was a homemaker the majority of her life and loved her flower garden. She taught SUnday School for years at the Norton Christian Church of which she was a member. She worked on decorations for Christmas and other events for the mentally handicapped at the Norton State Hospital. She was active in the Special Olympics, the Order of the Eastern Star, the American Legion and numerous other groups.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Walter, sisters Eve and Georgia and grandson Mark.

She is survived by a son, W. Roger Garrett, Georgetown, Texas, a daughter Georgia M. Garrett-Norris, Laguna Beach, Calif., a sister Billie Lou Smiley, Scottsdale, a niece Dorothy Ann Graber, Phoenix, a granddaughter Hope Norris, Anaheim Hills, Calif., a grandson, Kirk Garrett and great granddaughter Coy of Brooklyn, New York, and nephews Herb and Garrett Gwaltney of Atchison.

She will be cremated with services at a later date at the Norton Cemetery. Memorials may be made in her name to the Special Olympics, Southwest Area Field Office, in care of Poke Stover, 200 N. Carver Lane, Lawrence, Ks. 66049 or to the Bill and Alice Smiley Scholarship, in care of The K.U. Endowment Association, P.O. Box 928, Lawrence, KS,66044-0928.

[Source: Norton Telegram (Norton, Kansas), 30 January 2009.]


HARRIS, Manford

Manford Harris of Edmond dies at age 79
Manford Harris, 79, longtime resident of the Edmond area, died yesterday afternoon at the Logan Rest Home.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Christian Church in Edmond with the Rev. Charles Oxendine officiating. Buril [sic] will be at Edmond [Cemetery]. Cutting Funeral Home of Lenora announced the body will lie in state at the Christian Church in Edmond from 11 a.m. Saturday until time for the funeral.

Mr. Harris was never married. He farmed nearly all his life near Edmond. He became ill last November and went to the Concordia hospital. He was released from the hospital two weeks ago and went to the rest home in Logan.

He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Bessie Moody of Norton and Mrs. Myrtle McMillan of Denver. He was born Jan. 30, 1883, in Indiana, and came to Kansas when he was four years old. The famly moved to near Edmond in 1898. His parents were George and Frances Harris.

He was a member of the I. O. O. F. Lodge and attended the Edmond Christian Church. He was deceased by his parents, two sisters and one brother.

[Source: Unidentified newspaper clipping, dated 3 January 1963, contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]


HAZLETT, Cecil

Cecil Hazlett dies in crash at Lenora
Cecil Hazlett, 50, of near Lenora, father of five young children, was killed Saturday night when his car hit a bridge railing at the west edge of Lenora and plunged into the North Solomon River.

Trooper Reed Smith of Hill City of the State Highway Patrol and Norton County Sheriff Tom Murphy said that Hazlett apparently suffered a head injury in the crash. A doctor's statement indicated death was believed due to drowning in the stream, which was swollen by recent rains.

The tragedy occurred at the bridge over the Solomon on West Washington Avenue inside the city limits of Lenora at about 8:30 o'clock Saturday night. Hazlett was driving alone in a 1958 Willys pickup, going west, officers said.

Funeral Is Tomorrow
Cutting Funeral Home of Lenora announced funeral services will be tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the Congregational Church in Lenora with the Rev. Carl Kroenlein officiating. Burial will be in the Lenora South Cemetery.

Hazlett is survived by his wife, the five children of the home, his father, five brothers and two sisters.

He was a lifelong resident of Norton County, except for four years service in the Army during World War Two. He was born near Almena, son of Charles Hazlett of Norton, who survives, and the late Gertrude Hazlett. He was also predeceased by one brother.

The children range in age from Rickey, 5, to Ronnie, 15. The other children are Elaine, Wayne and Phil.

Mr. Hazlett attended Fairmont School near Almena and Norton Community High School. He farmed southwest of Norton before being married to Vera Brown in 1947. They lived southwest of Norton for a while before moving to northwest of Lenora.

Brothers surviving are Glen, Verle, Lester and Walter of Norton and Harold of Parks, Nebr. The sisters are Mrs. S. W. (Lena) Weber of Doyleville, Colo., near Gunnison, and Mrs. Fay (Irene) Clinkenbeard of Denver.

[Source: Unidentified newspaper clipping, dated 15 July 1963, contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]


HEDGE, Eva L. (Zimmerman)

Eva L. Hedge, 76, Hoxie, Kan., died Nov. 22, 1992, at the Sheridan County Hospital.

She was born Sept. 30, 1916, in Logansport, Indiana to Louis and Mary Tribbett Zimmerman. She married Elmer Hedge on Oct. 14, 1936, in Peru, Indiana. They moved to Hoxie in 1938 where she lived the remainder of her life.

Mrs. Hedge was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Hoxie.

Surviving with her husband, are one son, Dan, DeSoto, Kan.; three daughters, Arlice Gallagher, DeSoto, Mary Lou Heskett, Studley, Kan., and JoAnn Rogers, Rexford, Kan.; seven brothers, Robert and Joseph, both of Peru, Ind.; Raymond and L. J., both of Stockton, Calif.; Earl, Arcadia; Warren, Modesto, Calif.; and William, Bowling Green, Fla.; three sisters, Louise Mikesell and Mary Alice Correll, both of Peru, Ind.; and Betty Murray, Bowling Green, Fla.; and one half-sister, Frances Gabriel, Key West, Fla.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Janet Swift, a son Larry, and a brother, Ervin Zimmerman.

Funeral services were held Nov. 25, 1992 at the First Presbyterian Church in Hoxie. The Rev. Matthew T. Robinson officiated. Burial was in the Hoxie Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Hospice of Hope, or to the First Presbyterian Church of Hoxie.

Mickey-Leopold Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

[Source: Peru Daily Tribune (Peru, Kansas), 4 December 1992.]


HEITZ, Letha (Personnett)

Mrs. Letha Heitz, 55, former Lenora resident, died Wednesday, Aug. 10, at St. Joseph, Mo. Mrs. Heitz had been in failing health for some time.

She was the former Letha Personnett, daughter of Charles and Minnie Personnett of Lenora. She was born at Lenora and grew to womanhood there and attended the Lenora schools.

She was married to William Heitz, Jr., and they farmed near Lenora for several years later moving to Nebraska. They have lived in St. Joseph for the past 15 years where she was active in Boy Scout work. She was a member of the Methodist Church.

Survivors include the widower and three sons. The sons are Larry and his wife Jan of California, and Ronald and Richard of the home. Other survivors are a sister, Mrs. Elvira White of Mankato, and one brother, Earl Personnett of Lenora.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph, Mo., and the body will be returned to Lenora Sunday morning. It will lie in state at the Cutting-Eckhart Funeral Hime [sic] in Lenora from 11 a.m. Sunday until 2 p.m. when graveside services will be conducted at the Lenora South Cemetery. The Rev. Clayton Shriver will be in charge.

[Source: Undentified newspaper clipping, dated 12 August 1966, contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]


HELLER, Oscar G.

Services Friday for Oscar Heller of Almena

Oscar G. Heller died at his home in Almena at the age of 92.

Services will be held Friday, August 7 [1997], at 10:30 a.m. in the Enfield Funeral Home, Norton. Interment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Almena. A memorial has been established to the Heart Fund. Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Enfield Funeral Home, Norton, is in charge of arrangements.

He was born January 22, 1905, in Chelan County, Wash.; the son of Phillip D. and Clara Grose Heller. He moved from Washington to Grant Township in Norton County, KS, with his parents when he was five years old and he attended the Baker rural grade school. On January 9, 1926, Oscar and Osa M. Boatman were united in marriage in Norton. They made their home south of Almena until their retirement in 1962, when they moved to Almena.

Survivors include: his wife, Osa, of the Andbe Home in Norton; two daughters, Helen Maxine Bean, Cawker City; and Betty Pfeifer, Cut Bank, Mont.; one son, Donald and wife, Carol Heller, Salina; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Florence Loughry, Gertrude Kauffman and Edith Gossett; and two brothers, Bert and Milford Heller.

[Source: Undated obituary clipping from unknown newspaper.]


HILSINGER, Inger Margaret (King)

Inger Margaret King was born the daughter of John King and Eva Elizabeth Rask King on July 31, 1906, in Norton County. She died at 9 p.m. on April 21 at the Norton County Hospital, at the age of 57 years, 8 months, and 24 days. She had been in the hospital since March 29, 1964, and had been in ill health for the past few years.

She attended the Norton Schools in her childhood and had lived in this area except for the 27 year period from 1923 to 1950 when she resided in Oklahoma City. She returned in 1950 to Norton to care for her mother. On May 17, 1962, she was united in marriage to Clark Hilsinger at Ogallah. Following her marriage, she lived in Norton, where she served as clerk of the Norton Christian Science Church.

She was predeceased by her parents. Those left to mourn her passing are her daughter, Mrs. Harry (Ruth) Gates, Dell City, Okla.; he [sic] son, Frank Carpenter, Oklahoma City; five grandchildren; one half-sister, Mrs. Jennie D. Knight, Santa Monica, Calif., Vernie Hazlett, a cousin, and other friends and relatives.

Funeral services were Friday, April 24, at 10 a.m. from the Scott - Brantley Funeral Home with Mrs. H. L. DeShaze and Rev. Leland Griffin officiating.

Music was furnished by Leland Griffin who sang "Beautiful Dreamer" and "Shephard Show Me How to Do" with Mrs. Griffin organist.

Pallbearers were Raymond Stephenson, Keith Hanson, Cecil McMullen, Earl Cochran, Dean Newbury and Roy Fowler.

Interment was in the Norton Cemetery.

Relatives attending were Clark Hilsinger, Norton, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Carpenter, Oklahoma City, Okla., Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Gates, Dell City, Okla, Mr. and Mrs. Arville Williams, Norton, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Herring, Benkleman, Nebr., Mr. and Mrs. Henry Klowonn and Donald Mockey, Westminster, Colo., Mrs. Ethel Hardman, Commerce City, Colo., Mr. and Mrs. Vernie Hazlett, Orville and Steven of Norton, Arthur H. Kingham, Norton and Mrs. George Sutton Jr., Phillipsburg.

[Source: Unidentified newspaper clipping, dated 28 April 1964, contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]


HOBSON, Ethel Mae (Saddler)

Ethel Mae Saddler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Saddler, was born at Montezuma, Iowa, December8 [sic], 1893, and departed this life in Kansas City, Missouri, January 6, 1943, at the age of 49 years and 29 days. She was converted and became a member of the Baptist church at Liberty, Nebraska, in 1907. On December 24, 1916, she was united in marriage to Orrell M. Hobson at Hill City, Kansas. To this union were born seven children who survive her: Orla Leitner, Culbertson, Nebraska; Robert Hobson, Topeka Air Base; Dorothy Teeters, Pasa Robles, California; Muriel Elgin, Independence, Missouri; and Leslie, Phyliss and Norma Lea of the home. She leaves to mourn her death her husband, all her children, three sons-in-law stepmother, four sisters and two brothers, besides a host of other relatives and friends. Her father and mother and four brothers preceded her in death. Funeral services were held in the Gem Baptish church January 12. Rev. A. D. Oyer officiating. Interment was made in the Gem, Kansas cemetery. -Colby Free Press

[Source: Hill City Times (Hill City, Kansas), 25 February 1943.]


HORNING, Burnidean Olive (Whetstone)

Burnidean Olive Horning, daughter of Oscar and Josephine (Corn) Whetstone, was born November 4, 1927, in Norton, Kansas, and passed away at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska, on March 8, 2013, at the age of 85.

Burnidean grew up in Norton County and attended the Norton schools. She married Gerald Horning in 1944, and they made their home in Norton County where they farmed and she was a homemaker. Gerald passed away September 1, 1994.

Burnidean was a member of the Norton Christian Church. She enjoyed quilting, cooking, gardening, and she loved her friends. She also did upholstering, building cabinets, and cleaning houses. She was a woman of strong faith and gladly took care of others when they needed her. Her son, Quentin, lovingly remembers saying to her, "Yes, Mother, whatever you say!"

Survivors include: two sons and their wives, Quentin and Renee Horning, Mulvane, Kansas; Frank and Michelle Horning, Mulberry, Kansas; two daughters, Belinda Horning, Lake Havasu, Arizona; Nonya Horning, Wichita, Kansas; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Aline Awalt, Denver, Colorado; Jackie Gebhart, Atlanta, Georgia; other relatives and friends.

Burnidean was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one daughter, Jeris, and two sisters.

A memorial has been established to Gather The Outcast Ministry.

Note: Burial was in Norton Cemetery.

[Source: Enfield Funeral Home (Norton, Kansas), 9 March 2013]


HOUGHTON, Lona Margarite (Powers)

Lona Margarite Powers Houghton, 99, of Spearfish, died December 25, 2012.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 A.M., January 2, 2013 at Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels, Spearfish, SD. Graveside services will be held at 9:00 A.M., January 4, 2012 at Norton Cemetery in Norton, KS.

Lona was born March 28, 1913 in Norton, Kansas to Michael E. and Louie Garrison Powers. She was the youngest of seven children. Later in life she fondly remembered her life on the family homestead south of Norton, and was pleased that through so many years the windmill on the home place remained standing. Lona enjoyed life but she was not a stranger to sadness. An older sister, Nellie, was killed in a car/pedestrian accident when she was a young woman starting a career in the big city. Lona was herself the victim of a tragic car train accident in 1921. The accident, which occurred in Norton on Christmas Eve, claimed the life of Lona's sister Blanche, Blanche's husband and their young child, as well as the family's hired hand. Lona spent weeks in the hospital, and bore physical scars from the wreck for the rest of her life. Her children, however, enjoyed Christmases throughout their childhood without being aware the accident had happened on Christmas Eve. Whatever sorrow she felt during that season did not show.

In 1934, Lona and Sidney C. Houghton eloped to Smith Center, Kansas. Their secret was quickly discovered, as Sid was not of age and the judge called his mother for her okay. The two had a long and adventurous marriage. Their first son, Jan Charles, was born in Smith Center, where they had moved, to work in a grocery store. Their travels also took them to the Black Hills of South Dakota, where they operated a pool hall and then the Halfway House, a steak house located 'halfway' between Spearfish and Deadwood. Three more children, Thomas A Edward, Patricia Ann and Donald Jay, were born in Deadwood. Jan remains a resident of Spearfish, and all three of his siblings always considered the Black Hills their real home.

Circumstance took the family, except for Jan, to Minnesota, then Iowa. In LeMars, Iowa, Lona worked at the cafeteria at (then named) Westmar College, as assistant manager. She also enjoyed participating in Sweet Adelines. She experimented with cake decoration and enlarged her amazing collection of recipes - many written on any scrap of paper she could find as she listened to local radio programs. In 1971, Lona and Sid retired to Tucson, Arizona where they enjoyed operating a booth selling knives at the local swap meets.

Sid passed away in 1983. After a time without him, Lona decided to adopt 'Don't Worry, Be Happy' in her new life. She purchased a home in her beloved Norton, Kansas, and moved back there. She rejoiced in renovating her home, and renewing old friendships as well as making new ones. As her mobility decreased, she was helped by caring friends and neighbors. Her son, Tom, lived with her for several years, making it possible for Lona to stay in her own home. After Tom's death in 2008 she sold her house and moved to Spearfish where she could be close to Jan, his wife Callie, and some of her grandchildren including grand-daughters Christina and Kelly, all of whom helped make her comfortable and welcome.

Lona was a delightful person, a caring person, and as many would attest, very strong. She was made of cast iron, forged in a furnace fired by tragedy and the great depression.

Lona was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Nellie Powers, Blanche Johnson and Lenora Smith, brothers George, Manuel, and Sylvester Powers, and her son Tom Houghton. Survivors include two sons, Jan Houghton of Spearfish; Don Houghton of Tucson, AZ; a daughter, Patricia Wallace of Amarillo, TX; ten grandchildren, eleven great-grand children and three great-great grandchildren.

[Source: Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels & Crematory Services (Spearfish, South Dakota).]


HUNTER, Inez Emoline (Driggs)

Mrs. Inez E. Hunter of Edmond dies

Mrs. Inez E. Hunter, 70, died Friday evening at the Norton County Hospital. Mrs. Hunter was a resident of Edmond.

He had been a patient at the hospital since July 1.

Eckhart Funeral Home of Norton announced funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, at the Christian Church in Edmond with The Rev. Mr. Norman Voss officiating. Burial will be at the Norton Cemetery. Friends may call at the Eckhart Funeral Home in Norton until time to leave for the funeral.

She was born Aug. 14, 1895, in Coffey County, Kans., daughter of Melville and Nancy Driggs. She moved as a child to Norton County, and attended Norton County and Phillips County Schools. She was married to Walter Hunter in 1914 at Norton. They farmed near Edmond until 1943 when they moved to Norton, where he operated the Minneapolis-Moline implement business here until his death in 1951. After her husband's death, she moved back to Edmond, where she had resided since.

She is survived by two daughters, and son-in-laws, Mrs. Enid Billups [sic] and husband, Ab, of Edmond and Mrs. Walta Russ and husband, Dude of Lenora, eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Clifford Driggs of Lodi, Calif., and Otis Driggs of Eugene, Ore., and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, three brothers and one sister.

[Source: Undated newspaper clipping contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]


Inez Emoline Hunter, daughter of Melville and Nancy Driggs was born Aug. 14, 1895 in Coffey County, Kans. She died Friday, July 29, at the Norton County Hospital at the age of 70 years, 11 months and 15 days. She had been a patient at the hospital the past month following an injury at her home on June 21.

She moved with her family as a girl to Norton County. She attended schools in Norton and Phillips Counties.

She was married to Walter Hunter in 1914 at Norton. They farmed near Edmond until 1943 when they moved to Norton where Mr. Hunter operated the Minneapolis-Moline business until his death in 1951. Following his death Mrs. Hunter moved to Edmond where she has since made her home.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Enid Billips and husband Ab of Edmond, Mrs. Walta Russ and husband Dude of Lenora; two brothers, Clifford Driggs of Lodi, Calif., Otis Driggs of Eugene, Ore., several nieces and nephews.

She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Arthur and Burton Griffey, Paul and Don Smith, Doris and Bill Bray, Wava and Gary Sanborn, Lova and Sherall Perkins, Terri and Ned Capps, Connie Fredde and Walter Russ and eight great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, three brothers and one sister.

Funeral Services were conducted Monday, Aug. 1, at 10:30 a.m. at the Edmond Christian Church. Leland Griffin officiated. The soloist was Gary Trexler who was accompanied by Mrs. John Ginther. The selections were "Beyond the Sunset" and "Abide With Me". The casketbearers were Ivan Sanborn, Garold Sanborn, Calvin Brooks, Chester Cupples, Lawrence Rusink and Harlan Stephen. Interment was in the Norton Cemetery.

Card of Thanks
We wish to thank our many friends for the flowers and other acts of kindness during our mother's illness and at the time of her death. We especially thank the Edmond Community friends for their kindness and flowers. - Mr. and Mrs. V. P. Billips and family, Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Russ and family.

[Source: Norton Daily Telegram (Norton, Kansas), 9 August 1966, contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]

JACKSON, Doran W.

Oakley - Doran W. Jackson, 47, a vice-president and member of the board of the Farmers State Bank, Oakley, and president of the Northwest Kansas Bankers Association, died of cancer Thursday in the Logan County Hospital, Oakley.

He was born Jan. 3, 1923, in Salina, and lived most of his life in the Hill City area before moving to Oakley in 1950.

Mr. Jackson was a work unit conservationist with the soil conservation service before joining the bank in 1953. He was a graduate of Kansas State university.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Oakley, and many civic organizations including the Masonic lodge and the Shrine. He was a past president of the Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Jackson was a Navy pilot in World War 2 and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include the widow, Betty; a son, Hugh, and a daughter, Patricia, all of the home; another son, William, and daughter, Mrs. Barbara Boxberger, both of Manhattan, and one grandchild.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church, Oakley, the Rev. Roger Shanks officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Hill City, with graveside services.

[Source: Salina Journal (Salina, Kansas), 23 October 1970.]


JACKSON, Mary Lou (Garrison)

Mary Lou Jackson, 71, Hill CIty, died Monday, May 8, 2006, at Andbe Home, Norton.

She was born Sept. 21, 1934, in Graham County to Alonzo Warren and Blanche Irene (Trefethen) Garrison.

She married Lilbern C. "Pick" Jackson on Nov. 16, 1952, in Hill CIty. She was a homemaker and bank teller.

Survivors include her husband, of the home; three sons, Ronnie Jackson, Great Bend, and Rick Jackson and Danny Jackson, both of Hill CIty, three brothers, Francis Garrison and Bill Garrison, both of Hill City, and Darrell Garrison, Ness City; two sisters, Donna Peterson, Buhl, Idaho, and Janiece Slaven, Aurora, Colo.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Christian Church, Hill City; burial in Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Hill City.

Visitation will be until 8 p.m. today at Stinemetz Funeral Home, 522 N. Pomeroy, Hill City, KS 67642, and from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to Alzheimer's Disease adn Related Disorders Association and may be sent in care of funeral home.

[Source: Hays Daily News (Hays, Kansas), 10 May 2006.]


JAKUBOWSKI, Leo Francis

Leo Francis Jakubowski son of Leonard and Margaret Klein Jakubowski, was born September 22, 1928 in Phillips County, Kansas and died at his home in Norton County, Kansas on January 26, 1983 at the age of 54 years, 4 months and 4 days.

Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Norton County on a farm south and west of Norton. He attended Norton County rural grade school. He was a farmer and a mechanic. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Norton.

Survivors include his mother, Margaret Jakubowski, of the home; two brothers, Ivan and his wife, Bernice Jakubowski, Phoenix, Arizona, and Don Jakubowski, Santa Ana, Calif.; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, one sister, Marie Weigle, and one brother, Martin.

Parish Wake services were held Friday, January 28, 1983 at 7:30 p.m. at the Enfield Funeral Home in Norton with Msgr. Armand Girard officiating. Mass of the Resurrection was Saturday, January 29, 1983 at 2:00 p.m. at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Msgr Armand Girard officiating. Music was provided by the St. Francis Choir.

Casket bearers were Walter Hazlett, Victor Breiner, Eldon Breiner, Gerald Persinger, Henry Becker, and Don Moody.

Concluding service and interment were in the Norton Cemetery.

Arrangements were by Enfield Funeral Home, Norton.

[Source: Undated obituary clipping from unknown newspaper.]


JOHNSON, Melvin E.

Melvin E. Johnson passed away Wednesday, February 06, 2013 in the Sheridan County Health Complex at Hoxie at the age of 94.

Melvin Everett Johnson was born October 3, 1918 to Orville A. and Alice (Chamberlain) Johnson at Brewster, Nebraska. Melvin was the second oldest of six children. His family moved to a farm northwest of Hoxie in 1919. Melvin attended Consolidated #2 rural school and graduated from Selden High School with the class of 1936.

Melvin was united in marriage to Liona Ann Watkins on September 8, 1939. They were blessed with five children Darryll, Barbara, Richard, Roger and Bob. Melvin was a passionate wheat farmer. He and Liona spent many great years on the farm until her passing on December 28, 1975. He continued to farm, eventually turning things over to Roger. After retiring he still made time to help out until it was time for coffee with his friends.

Melvin enjoyed hunting, fishing, photography and especially loved music; he treasured time spent with his grandchildren and always had a clever joke to tell. Melvin was a firm, loving, forgiving and caring father and friend.

Melvin was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Hoxie Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Isis Shrine and National Rifle Association.

Survivors include his children; Darryll and wife Cherry of Bellevue, WA, Barbara Johnston of Tulsa, OK, Richard and wife Diane of Pavillion, WY, Roger and wife Ronda of Hoxie, KS and Bob and wife Marcia of Maple Hills, KS; fifteen grandchildren and twenty one great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Melvin was preceded in death by his wife, Liona; parents, Orville and Alice; two brothers, Kenneth and Cecil Johnson; and three sisters, Marcille Baker, Evelyn Jo Jacob, and Fern Johnson.

Melvin showed character in his devotion to his family and friends. He was always there for us with his soothing nature and heartwarming smile. Melvin brightened our lives. He will be missed.

[Source: Mickey-Leopold Funeral Home (Hoxie, Kansas).]


JOHNSON, Walter Lee

Walter Lee Johnson, son of James and Arminda Johnson was born July 17, 1872 in New York State and departed this life January 8, 1956 in Hoxie, Kansas at the age of eighty three years, five months and twenty two days.

He came with his parents at the age of 5, in a covered wagon to Graham County, Kansas, where he resided till about three years ago when he went to Hoxie to make his home with his son, Millard and later his son, Frank, where he lived until his death.

He was married to Lela Belle Searls in August, 1895. To this union nine children were born. Three girls preceded him in death. His wife, Lela died January 2, 1935. He leaves to mourn his passing, four sons: Chester Johnson, Morland, Kansas; Frank and Millard Johnson, Hoxie, and Walter of Sparks, Nevada; two daughters, Josephine Houghton, Denver and Viola Pierson of Cheyenne Wells, Colorado, 26 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

All that loving hands could do was done for him but at last he answered his Masters call. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him

Note: Burial was in Lenora South Cemetery.

[Source: Lenora News (Lenora, Kansas), 25 January 1956.]


JOLLY, Rosalie M. (Rietcheck)

Rosalie M. Jolly, 80, Wichita, formerly of Hill City, died Monday, August 28, 2006, at Chaucer Estates, Wichita.

She was born April 19, 1925, in Angelus, to Henry John and Magdelen (Polley) Rietcheck. She was a registered nurse.

She married David V. Jolly, who preceded her in death on Dec. 3, 1974.

Survivors include four sons, David Michael Jolly and Ronnie Jolly, both of Wichita, Gary Jolly, Augusta, and Chris Jolly, El Dorado; four daughters, Judy Jolly, Shawnee, Patricia Rath, Newton, Mary Jo Foster, North Richland Hills, Texas, and Amy Champlin, Wichita; a brother, Fred Rietcheck, Oakley; a sister, Mary Lou Schroeder, Watkins, Colo.; 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Services were at 11 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hill City; burial in Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Hill City.

Memorials are suggested to Masses or the Graham County Hospital.

[Source: Western Kansas World (WaKeeney, Kansas), 7 September 2006.]


JONES, James Madison

James Madison Jones the son of James Madison and Margaret Cairns Jones was born November 15, 1882, in Dickinson county, Kansas, and departed this life on July 29, 1943, at the age of sixty years, eight months and fourteen days. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, one brother and three sisters.

Mr. Jones grew to manhood in Dickinson county where his people pioneered, being the first to break sod in their valley. At the age of 26, he was united in marriage to Lura McMillan on November 25, 1908. They resided at Detroit, Kan., until they moved to Lenora in 1920, where they were living at the time of his death.

The sudden death of Mr. Jones was due to heart trouble. He leaves to mourn his passing his loving wife and five children: Ivan and Ralph of Lenora, Carl of Payette, Ida., Lois Woodside of Morland and Fern Hines of Lenora also ten grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Earl Blair, of Abilene, Kan., a brother, D. L. Jones of Chapman, Kan., and a host of other relatives and friends.

Mr. Jones was a loving husband, a kind father and a good neighbor. He always took time to be friendly and to lend a helping hand in time of need. He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends and neighbors.

Funeral services were conducted from the Lenora Methodist Church at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon by the Rev. Glenn H. Jackson and interment was in Lenora [South] Cemetery with The Cutting's Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Music was furnished by Ruth Carpenter and Betty and Imogene Williams with Mrs. Mac Leidig as accompanist. The sons were "God Will Take Care of You", "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" and "Whispering Hope".

The pall bearers were Mac Leidig, Bob Stephenson, Clemmie Woodside, Earl McCready, Martin Bates and Bernard Lemon.

CARD OF THANKS We wish to express our thanks to all our friends and neighbors who assisted us in any way during our recent bereavement. Also for the beautiful floral offerings.        --Mrs. Jim Jones and children.        --Mrs. Earl Blair.        --Mr. and Mrs. E. T. McMillan and Norma

[Source: Undated newspaper clipping provided by Src #29.]


JONES, Mary Opal (Berney)

Mary Opal Jones, daughter of Nathaniel and Edna (Bandt) Berney, was born April 14, 1924, in Phillipsburg, Kansas, and passed away at the Prairie Haven Nursing Home in Kensington, Kansas, on May 1, 2013, at the age of 89.

Mary grew up in Phillipsburg and attended the local schools. On March 19, 1946, she was united in marriage to Montra Gene Jones, Sr. They made their home in Norton/Edmond/Lenora communities where Montra worked for the KDOT and Mary was a homemaker. They later moved to Glasco, then Phillipsburg, before moving to Kensington. Montra passed away January 28, 2011.

Survivors include: one daughters and her husbands, Opal Jean and Don Urbanek, Ellsworth, Kansas; two sons, George Jones, Scandia, Kansas; and Jim Hunt, of North Carolina; one son-in-law, Ralph Gitchel, Agra, Kansas; one brother, Larry Berney, of Arizona; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sons, Montra Eugene Jones, Jr., and Joseph Kelly Jones, one daughter, Betty Gitchel, six brothers, Amel, Bud, Lloyd, Clarence, Virgil, and Nathaniel Berney, Jr., and two sisters, Barbara and Laverne.

A memorial has been established to the Alzheimer's Foundation.

Note: Burial was in Edmond cemetery.

[Source: Enfield Funeral Home (Norton, Kansas), 2 May 2013.]


JONES, Louise (Smith)

Louise Jones, 94, Hill City, died Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, at Dawson Place Nursing Home, Hill City.

She was born Oct. 30, 1917, in rural Graham County to Tracy and Mary (Ginther) Smith.

She married James A. (Bucky) Jones on Aug. 2, 1935, in Hill City. She preceded him in death Nov. 22, 1989. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Veh, Hill City; a sister, Edna Best, Loveland, Colo.; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchilden; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Stinemetz Funeral Home, Hill Ciy; burial in Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Hill City.

Visitation will be from 2:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. until time of service Sunday, both at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Dawson Place Nursing Home, Hill City, in care of the funeral home.

[Source: Hays Daily News (Hays, Kansas), 25 November 2011.]


JONES, Sarah

Mrs. Sarah Jones dies at Tucson

Word was received here of the death of Mrs. Sarah Jones who died Tuesday, March 23 at her home in Tucson, Ariz. Mrs. Jones was near the age of 100. She was the widow of the late Frank Jones.

She is survived by three daughters all of Tucson. They are Miss Lena Jone, Mrs. Marie Rex and Mrs. Zelpha Short. She was predeceased by her husband, one daughter Mrs. Rhueanna Mitchell and two sons Cecil and Irbia.

The Jones family were early Norton county residents. Mr. Jones was the uncle of Earl Page and Miss Mina Johnson and the late Ora Page, of Norton.

The funeral was Thursday in Tucson.

[Source: Unidentified newspaper clipping, dated 27 March 1965, contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]


JONES, Thomas

Thomas Jones was born December 11, 1851 and departed this life January 20, 1935 at the age of 83 years, 1 month and 9 days. He was born in Ohio and when he was but a little child, his parents moved to Illinois, where he lived for a number of years. Then again they moved to Oklahoma where he grew to manhood. He came to Miltonvale, Kansas where he resided for a few year and then came to Lenora, Kansas where on March 31, 1907 he was married to Lida Rountree.

They made their home in Lenora until his death.

He leaves to mourn his death his wife, one sister, Mrs. Ellen Devore, of Torrington, Wyoming and one brother, Sam also of Torrington and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held from the Lenora Christian Church at 9 o'clock on Tuesday morning, January 27, and burial was in the Lenora East Cemetery.

Note: The grave is unmarked.

[Source: Lenora News (Lenora, Kansas), 25 January 1935.]



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