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The following obituaries are of the deceased buried in Ransom Cemetery, St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, and Cyrus Cemetery, Ransom, Ness County, Kansas. These obituaries and news articles were collected and contributed by Mark Horchem.
MARGARET CAIN

The body of Mrs. Margaret Johannes Cain of Kansas City, was brought to Ransom Monday night, where graveside services were held Tuesday afternoon. The deceased was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Chris Johannes and had grown to young womanhood in this community.

Ness Co. News, Feb. 4, 1954 

Mrs. Margaret Agnes Cain, 60, passed away January 30. Born at Ransom survivors include a daughter, Eva Henry, and a son, Albertis Woodworth, both of Arlington, Calif.; five brothers and three sisters, including Mrs. Walter Doerschlag of Dighton; other relatives and friends. Graveside services were conducted at Ransom on February 2, with Rev. L.G. Snyder, pastor of the Ransom Methodist Church in charge. Burial was at Ransom. 

Ness Co. News, Feb. 11, 1954 

JOE CARRILLO

Joe Savas Carrillo died on August 27, at Wichita. He was born September 1, 1941 in Green River, WY to Savas and Rose Graham Carrillo. In 1969, he moved to Great Bend, where, on December 18, 1976, he married Sara Lutters. In April of 1977, he went to work for Baroid Drilling Fluids, where he would remain employed the rest of his life. Joe and his family moved to Liberal, in 1989 and have lived there since. He leaves behind his wife Sara, his daughter, Kathy Patterson of Panama City, FL, two sons: Joseph H of Lawrence, and Benjamin of Liberal, as well as two grandsons. Joe also left behind a sister, Josephine Perez of Rock Springs, WY and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his family, there are many friends, co-workers, and customers who will miss his humor, his mischief, and his loyalty. His family requests that memorials be sent to St. Anthony Church in Liberal.

Ness Co. News, Sept. 7, 2000 

JOE CARRILLO

Joe Savas Carrillo, 58, died Aug. 27, 2000, at Wichita. He was born Sept. 1, 1941, at Green River, Wyo., the son of Savas and Rose Graham Carrillo. He had been a resident of western Kansas since 1969 and of Liberal since 1989. He was a truck driver for Baroid Drilling Fluids. He was a member of St. Anthony’s Church, Liberal. On Dec. 18, 1976, he married Sara Lutters at Great Bend. She survives. Other survivors include: two sons, Joseph II, Lawrence, and Benjamin, Liberal; a daughter, Kathy Patterson, Panama City, Fla.; a sister, Josephine Perez, Rock Springs, Wyo.; and two grand-children. Parish vigil will be at 7 pm. today at St. Aloysius Church, Ransom, with Father Gregory LeBlanc presiding. Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church, with Father Henry Hildenbrandt presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, from 5 p.m. until and after the vigil today at the church, and before the service Thursday. Burial will be in St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Ransom. Memorials may be sent to St. Anthony’s Church, in care of the funeral home.

Hutchinson News, Aug. 30, 2000 

FRANCES CARLMAN

Frances Florentina Carlman, daughter of Jacob and Frances Rohr, was born February 17, 1940 at Ransom. She departed this life on July 12, 1975, after several months of failing health. Her age was 35 years, 4 months and 25 days. Frances lived her early life in the Ransom area and attended the rural school near her family home. After she grew to womanhood, she lived for a period of time at WaKeeney and Gorham before moving to Russell to make her home in the mid-1960’s. On July 3, 1971, she was married to Carl Carlman at Russell and they made their home there. For several months she has been suffering from cancer and has been hospitalized numerous times and the surgical operations were not successful. She entered the hospital on July 1, and remained there until her death. She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Russell. Frances was preceded in death by her father, Jacob Rohr. Survivors include her husband, Carl, and her three daughters, Brenda, Marie, and Cynthia, all of the home; her mother, Mrs. Frances Rohr of WaKeeney; five brothers, Matt of Hutchinson, Al of WaKeeney, Alvin of Chicago, Ill., Leonard of Ransom, and Cel of Denver, Colo.; one sister, Mrs. Urban (Irene) Baalmann of Grinnell; several other relatives and a host of friends. Services were at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Russell, Tuesday, July 15. Interment was in St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery at Ransom.

Ness Co. News, July 24, 1975 

FRANK CARR

Infant Carr, Neodesha. Graveside services for Frank Irvin Carr, two day old son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Carr, who died Wednesday, June 10, 1970 in Wilson County Hospital, were held today in Varner Cemetery near Neodesha under direction of Loran Fawcett Funeral Home. The Rev. Ralph Mitchell officiated. He was born June 8, 1970 in Neodesha. Survivors include his parents, Dale and Wilma Carr, of Neodesha and grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Irvin Carr of rural Neodesha and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ummel of Ransom.

Unknown newspaper source 

Frank Irvin Carr, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale (Wilma Ummel) Carr, was born June 8 and passed away June 10 at the hospital in Neodesha. Graveside services were held there Thursday afternoon, June 11. Survivors, besides the parents, include the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Carr of Neodesha, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ummel of Ransom.

Ness Co. News, June 18, 1970 

(body of Frank Carr was disinterred and moved to Ransom Cemetery in 1975.)

GEORGE CARR

George Carr, well known resident of this community, passed away at his home northeast of Ransom early Tuesday morning. Although he had been in poor health for several years, his condition was not thought to be serious at the present time. News of his sudden death came as a sad surprise to all who knew him.

Ransom Record, September 22, 1933

OBITUARY

George E. Carr was born near Fredonia, Kansas, August 6, 1884, and departed this life at his home near Ransom, September 19, 1933, at the age of 49 years, one month and thirteen days. In infancy he moved, with his mother, to Ness County where he grew to manhood. He was united in marriage to Margaret Brock of Ransom, Kansas, October 28, 1908. To this union was born one son. George was united with the church of Christ in early youth and remained a constant and faithful member. Mr. and Mrs. Carr, with their son, moved to a farm 8 miles northeast of Ransom in the spring of 1919 and have since made this their home. He was a successful farmer and spent his entire spare moments working to beautify his home and surroundings, besides making many pieces of furniture for his home, which he loved so dearly. He was a loving father, faithful companion and a good neighbor. Those who have been closely associated with George, as he was commonly called, marveled at his patience during his illness. He seldom complained and always spoke a cheerful word. Mr. Carr leaves to mourn their loss, his wife, Margaret Carr, and son, Albert Boyd; three half brothers, Nay Combest, of Ransom, Kansas, Frank Combest, of Erskine, Canada, and Clifford Combest, of Emmett, Idaho; one half sister, Lulu B. West, of Los Angeles, California; one step-brother, Edd Combest, of Ransom, Kansas; he also leaves three aunts, Mrs. Sam Dubbs, of Ransom, Mrs. Tilly Buchanan, of El Dorado, Kansas, and Mrs. Geo. Rae, of Portland, Oregon; one uncle, Joe Maxwell of Ransom; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted from the home by Brother J.M. Briggs, who brought a message of comfort from the 23rd Psalm. A quartette composed of C.R. Scott, Mrs. F.T. McNinch, Mrs. Omer Sidebottom and C.J. Shellenberger, sang “Going Down the Valley”, “Asleep in Jesus”, and “The Old Rugged Cross”. Interment was made in Ransom Cemetery.

Ransom Record, September 29, 1933

MARGARET CARR

Mrs. Margaret Carr, 80, a native of Ness County and a Ransom community resident for 70 years, passed away at the Grisell Memorial Hospital in Ransom Thursday, October 25, 1962. She had been ill for a short time. She was born January 28, 1882, in Ness County. She was married to George E. Carr on October 28, 1908. Survivors include a son, Albert Carr of Wichita; two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were held from the Ransom church of Christ, of which she was a member, Saturday morning, October 27, conducted by a former pastor, Rev. Raymond McDaniel, now of Hays, assisted by the pastor, Rev. Larry Sullivan. Interment was in the Ransom Cemetery with Fitzgerald’s in charge.

Ness Co. News, Nov. 1, 1962 

ANN CARROLL

It is seldom that a small community is called upon to perform the last sad rites for two of its citizens in one day but such was the case in Ransom Sunday when funeral services were conducted here for Mrs. Robert Horchem and Grandma Carroll, who by further coincidence both passed away at St. Rose’s Hospital in Great Bend Thursday, April 16th, The obituaries follow.

Ransom Record, April 23, 1925 

OBITUARY

Catherine Ann Belford was born in Virginia July 25, 1839 and departed this life at St. Rose Hospital, Great Bend, Kansas, April 16, 1925 at the age of 85 years, 8 months and 21 days, after a short illness. While she was in her youth, she with her parents immigrated settling near Bloomington, Illinois where she was united in marriage to Charles Carroll residing there for a few years when she moved to Iowa, settling near Oskaloosa where she resided a few years moving to Kansas locating at McPherson and moving with her family and husband to Ness County in June 1880 settling on a homestead three miles south of Ransom. To this union 8 children were born, 3 preceding her to the great beyond. She leaves to mourn her departure two daughters, Clara J. Stinson who lives at Caldwell, Idaho, Matilda M. Sheets of Birmingham, Alabama, John L., Great Bend, Kansas, Geo. W. Ransom, Fred B. Carroll of Prosses, Washington, Frank of Copper Center, Alaska, nineteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren survive her.

 

Funeral

 
Services for Grandma Carroll (as all knew her) were held Sunday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock from the M.E. Church, Rev. Mitchell being in charge. He took the 11th and 12th verses of the 91st Psalm as the base for a very hopeful sermon: “He shall give His angels charge over thee to keep thee in all thy ways they shall bear thee up in their hands lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.” “Some where, Some time we’ll understand”, “Saved by Grace”, and “The City Four Square” were the songs used.

Ransom Record, April 23, 1925 

CHARLES CARROLL

Chas. Carroll, an old pioneer in Ness County, passed away at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, August 27, 1919, at his home in this city, after having been confined to his bed for more than a year. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church at three o’clock this afternoon and interrment made in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ransom Record, August 28, 1919

OBITUARY

Charles Carroll was born at Brimfield, Illinois, July 10th, 1841, departed this life in Ransom, Kansas, August 27th, 1919 at the age of seventy-eight years, four months and seventeen days. He was married to Catherine Belford, in Illinois April, 1864. Nine children were born to this union. They moved to Iowa in 1874 and from there to McPherson County, Kansas in March 1878. He is one of the early settlers of this County, coming to Ness City forty years ago, during the “boom”. He built and operated a hotel for a number of years under the name of the “Carroll House”. Later they moved to a farm near Ransom and they have lived in or near Ransom since that time. The deceased had been in failing health for some time and was bedfast for more than a year. He bore his sickness patiently and cheerfully with never a word of complaint. He is survived by his wife, Catherine Carroll; two daughters, Mrs. John Stinson of Caldwell, Idaho; Mrs. S. C. Sheets, of Birmingham, Alabama; and four sons, John L., of Great Bend, Kansas, who was present at the funeral; George W., Ransom, Kansas, Fred B., Washington; and Frank of Copper Genter, Alaska and a number of grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church at three o’clock Thursday afternoon and interment was made in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ransom Record, September 4, 1919 

GEORGE CARROLL

George W. Carroll, who has been a resident of Ness County nearly all his life, died Sunday at his home near Ransom. He was almost 67 years of age. Mr. Carroll came to Ness City with his parents and his father was the proprietor of the first hotel in Ness City which stood on the site of the Christy building. At the age of fifteen Mr. Carroll carried mail from Ness City to Dighton. When old enough he took a claim near Ransom where he has since lived. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Nathan and Hugh, at home and three daughters, Mrs. C.A. Bowen of Ransom, Mrs. Mont Cearcy of Great Bend, and Mrs. W.G. Schaben of Ness City. Funeral Services were held Tuesday at Ransom. A complete obituary will be found elsewhere in the paper.

Ness Co. News, Feb. 9, 1939

OBITUARY

George Wesley Carroll, son of Charles and Catherine Belford Carroll, was born Feb. 9, 1872, at Washington, Iowa, and passed away Feb. 5, 1939, at his home near Ransom, Kansas, aged 66 years, 11 months, 26 days. He was the fourth of the family of 9 children, 7 brothers and two sisters, five of whom survive him. Mr. Carroll came to Kansas with his parents when eight years old, settling first in McPherson County; a year later moving to Ness County. At fifteen years of age he carried the mail with a team and spring wagon between Ness City and Dighton. When 18 years old, he homesteaded and took a timber claim south of Ransom. On November 11, 1890, he was united in marriage to Dolly Horchem. To this union five children were born: Mrs. W.G. Schaben, Ness City, Mrs. C.A. Bowen, Ransom, Mrs. M.J. Cearcy, Great Bend, Hugh and Nathan Carroll of Ransom, all of whom are living. Mr. Carroll became a member of the church of Christ in early life. He joined the I.O.O.F. Lodge No. 169 at Ness City in 1914, and later was one of the most enthusiastic workers in the organization of Ransom I.O.O.F. No. 672, he being one of the charter members. He was a loving husband, kind father, and good neighbor; generous spirited, always thinking of others before himself. Honesty and loyalty ruled his life. He leaves to mourn his loss his loving wife, five children, 9 grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. S.C. Sheets, Birmingham, Alabama, and Mrs. John Stinson, San Jose, Calif.; three brothers, John L. Carroll, Great Bend, Fred Carroll, Prosser, Wash., and Frank Carroll, Copper Center, Alaska; and a host of neighbors and friends. The large and beautiful floral offering was a token of the esteem in which Mr. Carroll was held by his many friends. The pall bearers were all members of the I.O.O.F. lodge and were: Chas. F. Dubbs, John L. Petty, W.A. Doerschlag, George Kunkle, William Mackey and C.L. Harkness. Rev. Miller, pastor of the Christian Church of Dighton, assisted by Rev. Albrecht, had charge of the funeral services which were held at the Ransom Methodist Church at two o’clock Tuesday afternoon. Interment was made in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Feb. 9, 1939 

MARGARET CARROLL

Mrs. G.W. Carroll, 81, mother of Mrs. W.G. Schaben of Ness City, passed away at the Ransom hospital December 24, 1953, following over a month of hospitalization. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Horchem, Mrs. Carroll had been a resident of Ness County since the early 1880’s, living on a farm near Ransom with her husband from 1890 until 1939, when he passed away. Since Mr. Carroll’s death she had made her home in Ransom. Surviving, besides the daughter of Ness City, are: Mrs. C.A. Bowen of WaKeeney, Mrs. Lela Mae Cearcy of Great Bend, Hugh B. Carroll of Milwaukee, Wisc., Nathan G. Carroll of Ransom, children; a brother, Fred Horchem of Middletown, Ill.; nine grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted on Saturday afternoon, December 26, from the Ransom church of Christ by Bro. Troy P. Bess, assisted by Bro. John Cathey. Interment was made in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Dec. 31, 1953

OBITUARY

Margaret Latisha (Dollie) Carroll was born on February 4, 1872, in Peoria, Ill, the daughter of George and Margaret Latisha Horchem and departed this life in the Grisell Memorial Hospital at Ransom, December 24, 1953, aged 81 years, 10 months, 20 days. Mrs. Carroll suffered a stroke on November 15, and due to her advanced years, did not respond to any treatment. Mrs. Carroll came to Kansas in the early 1880’s with relatives from Illinois, and on November 11, 1890, she was united in marriage to George Wesley Carroll of Ness City. They homesteaded near Ransom, spending their entire lives in this community. After Mr. Carroll’s death in 1939, she moved to Ransom. In the early wedded years she became a member of the church of Christ. She was a loyal mother, a good homemaker, and a good neighbor. Mrs. Carroll is survived by one brother, Fred Horchem of Middletown, Ill, and five children: Mrs. W.G. Schaben of Ness City, Mrs. C.A. Bowen of WaKeeney, Lela Mae Cearcy of Great Bend, Hugh Belford Carroll of Milwaukee, Wisc., Nathan George of Ransom, nine grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren, many distant relatives, and a host of friends. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, December 26, from the church of Christ in Ransom, with Bro. Troy Bess, assisted by Bro. John Cathey, officiating. A double quartet consisting of C.R. Scott, P.N. Combest, Ward Scott, Robert Scott, Mrs. Orville Horchem, Peggy Conard, Mrs. Robert Scott, and Mrs. W.F. Baer, sang. Pallbearers were Frank Lyon, Fred Yost, Abe Ummel, L.E. Conard, John Petty, and Frank Coleman. The many beautiful floral offerings were a tribute to the deceased. Funeral director John Aeby had charge of the body, which was laid to rest in the Ransom Cemetery. 

Ness Co. News, Jan. 7, 1954

NATHAN CARROLL

Nathan G. Carroll, 65, lifelong resident of the north Ransom community, passed away unexpectedly of an apparent heart attack at his farm Saturday, November 15, 1975. He had gone to check his livestock and was found in his pickup there. Born near Ransom on April 27, 1910, he grew to manhood there and married Violet Osborn September 12, 1936, at Great Bend. The couple made their home on a farm northeast of Ransom where he was a successful farmer and stockman. He was a member of the Ransom church of Christ, State Extension Advisory Committee of Kansas State University, Chairman of the SCS Board of Trego County, Lions Club of Ransom, and had received the Master Farmer award in 1963. Funeral services were held from the Ransom U-Methodist Church Wednesday morning, November 19, conducted by Bro. Ron Friberg of the Ransom church of Christ and Bro. Arthur Davis of the Liberal church of Christ. Interment was in the Ransom Cemetery with Fitzgeralds in charge. Survivors include the widow of the home; three sisters, Mrs. W.G. Schaben of Ness City, Mrs. Gladys Bowen of WaKeeney, and Mrs. Lela Cearcy of Great Bend; a brother Hugh Carroll of Loveland, Colo.; other relatives and many friends.

Ness Co. News, Nov. 20, 1975 

OBITUARY

Nathan G. Carroll was born April 27, 1910 near Ransom, Kansas at the farm of his parents, George Wesley Carroll and Margaret Horchem Carroll. He was the youngest of a family of five children. He attended grade school and high school in Ransom and graduated in the class of 1930. Immediately following his high school graduation he worked in the oil fields for a year or so and then decided to take up farming as a full time occupation. He was baptized into Christ at an early age and remained faithful to his belief. He has served as a deacon in the Ransom church of Christ for the past 25 years. On September 12, 1936, he was married to his childhood sweetheart, Violet Osborn and they moved immediately to the farm in Trego County, where they were living at the time of Nathan’s death. They worked together through the years and built up their farming operations in Trego, Ness and Sherman counties. Nathan maintained a good herd of Commercial Shorthorn cows and registered bulls. Carrying out a cow and calf operation, starting out with a few cows and building up through the years. He received the Kansas Beef Production award for top cowherd management for four years in a row in the Shorthorn division. He was elected to the Trego County Soil Conservation Board of Supervisors in February, 1954 and served as secretary and treasurer of the board for 18 years and had served as chairman for the past four years. The Soil Conservation work meant so much to him and he had a near perfect board attendance record, only missing two board meetings in the 22 years. He received his Bankers Award for outstanding conservation farming in 1959. He was awarded a certificate of merit for outstanding accomplishments in Soil Conservation in 1970. In 1974 he was awarded a pin and a certificate of appreciation for 20 years of outstanding service in Soil Conservation. He helped organize the Farm Bureau in Trego County in 1950, and has served in some capacity since that time. He served as a voting delegate for 18 years to the state convention. He was named Farm Bureau Leader of the year in 1956 by Kansas Farm Bureau, an award for outstanding community work, farming abilities and Farm Bureau participation. He received an award trip for outstanding membership work in 1974. One of his most cherished awards came in 1964 when he and Vie were chosen Master Farmer and Master Farm Homemaker by the Kansas State University and the Kansas Chamber of Commerce. This was a rewarding experience and many happy times have been spent with the Master Farmers and Master Farm Homemakers both state and nationally. Nathan was a member of the Ransom Lions Club and was serving as program chairman and vice president. He was a voting delegate to the State Board of Agriculture for many years. He helped establish the Extension program in Trego County and has been a devoted worker for the past 25 years. He served as a 4-H leader and assisted with the 4-H program in many ways. He was a member of the Trego County Extension Council and was currently serving as chairman of the executive board. He was serving as a member of the State Extension Advisory Committee at Kansas Universtiy. He was also serving on the Master Farmer Project Committee for the 4-H Foundation. He has served as superintendent of the agriculture booth at the Trego County Fair for 14 years. He was a member of the Farm Management Association and has served as a District Director. He was selected to be listed in Who’s Who for outstanding citizens of Kansas in 1975. He had a keen interest in the heritage of our country and was serving as chairman of the board of directors of the Heritage of the Plains Historical Society. He was also a member of the Trego County Historical Society. He was a member of the Kansas Livestock Association and the Kansas Shorthorn Association. He enjoyed being with friends and loved to joke and laugh with people. He was always willing to help out when a friend or neighbor needed help. His life came to an abrupt end on November 15, when he suffered a heart attack while attending to his daily chores. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, Violet; three sisters, Mrs. Lela Cearcy of Great Bend, Mrs. Gladys Bowen of WaKeeney, and Mrs. Ollie Schaben of Ness City; one brother, Hugh Carroll of Loveland, Colo.; nephews, Norman Carroll of Bakerstown, Pa., Keith Carroll of Burlington, N.C., Bobby Carroll of Grandview, Mo., Andrew Bowen of Westminster, Colo., Lloyd Schaben of Westphalia, Mo., Dean Glintzer of Sacramento, Calif., Dwight Glintzer of Sacramento, Calif. Nieces, Mrs. Helen Swenson of LaPalma, Calif., Mrs. Doris Gabel of Seattle, Wash., Mrs. Betty Cranston of Ness City, Mrs. Ruby Schneider of Kansas City, Mrs. Carol Santee, of Aurora, Colo.; and a host of relatives and friends.

I Want to Live

I don’t want to stand like the old stone post, 
And let the world pass me by; 
I want to be a part of things 
Until the day I die; 
I want to keep my spirit young 
Tho my bones may creak a bit 
I want to live, and laugh, and sing 
Till my Lord says, “This is it.”

Poem by Vie Carroll. It expresses the philosophy of both Vie and Nathan Carroll.

Funeral services were conducted November 19 from the Ransom United Methodist Church with Ron Friberg, Ransom church of Christ and Arthur Davis, Liberal church of Christ in charge. Mrs. Phillip Funk, organist, Steve Fisher, soloist and pallbearers were Keith Fish, Bill Crawford, Carl Pinney, Clarence Lynd, Neff Wilds and Julius Bollig. Fitzgerald Funeral directors were in charge.

Ness Co. News, Nov. 27, 1975 

BERT CASTOR

Bert F. Castor, 69, a Beeler community farmer since 1920, died unexpectedly Saturday afternoon, December 17, of a heart attack. He was at the home of a sister, Mrs. Maude James, in Wichita, when the fatal attack struck. He had been visiting in Wichita 10 days. Mr. Castor was born March 20, 1891, in Daviess County, Mo., where he lived until 1914. Then the family moved to Longton, Kansas, and on to Ness County in 1920. Survivors include: One sister, Mrs. James of Wichita; two brothers, Rolla Castor of Beeler, and Charles R. Castor of Utica; other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held from the Fitzgerald Funeral Home here Tuesday afternoon, December 20, conducted by Dr. Armour H. Evans, pastor of the Ness City Methodist Church. Interment was in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Dec. 22, 1960 

Bert F. Castor, son of Cora Cole and William G. Castor died December 17, 1960 at the age of 69 years. He was a retired farmer, born March 20, 1891 in Davis County, Mo. He moved with his family to Elk County, Ks., and then to a farm north of Beeler, where he spent the remainder of his life. He is survived by one sister, Maude A. James, Wichita, Rolla G. Castor, Beeler, and Charles R. Castor, Utica, one niece and two nephews. Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery.

(obituary from funeral, supplied by the family)

CORA CASTOR

Cora Abe Cole, daughter of William H. and Margaret Perlina Cole was born near Winston, Davis County, Missouri, May 19, 1867. She departed this life at her home near Beeler, Ks., February 23, 1938. On December 22, 1888 she united in marriage to William G. Castor. She is survived by her husband and four children, Maude A. James, Wichita, Ks.; Charles R. Castor, Utica, Ks.; Rolla G. and Bert F. Castor of the home; three grandchildren of Utica and one sister, Mrs. Charles Drummond, Altamont, Mo. In March, 1914 the family moved to Elk County, Kansas and in January of 1921 they moved to their home north of Beeler. Funeral services were at Utica Christian Church and burial followed in the Ransom Cemetery. 

OBITUARY

Cora Abe Cole, daughter of William H. and Margaret Perlina Cole, was born near Winston, Daviess County, Missouri, May 19, 1867, where she grew to womanhood. After about eighteen months of illness, she departed this life at her home near Beeler, February 23, 1938. On December 22nd, 1888, she was united in marriage to William G. Castor, and to this union four children were born. Maude A. James, Wichita, Kansas, Bert F. and Rolla G. Castor of the home address and Chas. R. Castor, Utica, Kansas, all of whom were at her bedside when death called her. These, with three grandchildren of Utica, and one sister, Mrs. Chas. Drummond, of Altamont, Mo., and a host of relatives and friends remain to mourn her loss. At the age of nineteen, she united with the Prairie Ridge Christian Church, now the Christian Church, of Altamont, Missouri, and has ever lived a true and consistent Christian life, making many sacrifices for her home and family. On March, 1914, she, with her beloved husband and four children, moved to Elk County, Kansas, where they resided until January, 1921, when they moved to Ness County. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at Utica in charge of the Rev. W.E. Shuler of Ness City. Burial was made at Ransom.

Ness Co. News, March 3, 1938 

WILLIAM CASTOR

William G. Castor, son of John and Mary Castor, was born in Daviess County, Missouri February 4, 1866, where he grew to manhood. He departed this life March 21, 1949 at the age of 83. He is survived by four children, Maude A. James, Wichita, Ks., Bert F. and Rolla G. Castor of the home, Charles R. Castor, Utica, Ks., three grandchildren, Charles L. Castor, Arnold, Ks., Janet and Billy Joe Castor, Utica, one sister, Mrs. Rena Simmons of Spokane, Wash., and one brother, A.E. Castor of Los Angeles, Ca. He married Cora Cole December 22, 1888. They settled on a farm near Winston, Mo, where he was a farmer and stockman. In 1914 they moved to Elk County, Ks., and in 1921 settled on a farm 6 miles north of Beeler. Funeral services were held March 23 at the Utica Christian Church with burial in the Ransom Cemetery.

Unknown newspaper source

OBITUARY

William G. Castor, the son of John and Mary Castor, was born in Daviess County, Mo., February 4, 1866, where he grew to manhood. He had been in failing health for about a year, the last four weeks were spent in St. Anthony’s Hospital at Dodge City, where he departed this life on March 21, 1949, at the age of 83 years, 1 month, and 15 days. On December 2, 1888, he was married to Cora Abe Cole, who preceded him in death in February, 1938. To this union were born four children, three sons, Bert F. and Rolla G., of the home address, and Charles R., of Utica; one daughter, Maude A. James of Wichita. Besides his children remaining to mourn his passing are three grandchildren, Charles Lee Castor of Arnold, Janet Sue and Billy Joe Castor of Utica; one sister, Mrs. Rena Simmons of Spokane, Wash.; one brother, A.E. Castor of Los Angeles, Calif.; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was a loving and devoted father. After his marriage he, with his wife, settled on a farm near Winston, Mo., where he engaged in farming and stock raising, which he followed all through his life. In 1914 the family moved to Elk County, Kansas, and came on to Ness County in 1920, where they settled on a farm six miles north of Beeler, where he resided until his death. He was a men who loved nature, his favorite pastime being strolling or riding among his cattle and viewing his fields. He was honest, progressive, industrious, courageous, and stood with firm convictions for what he believed to be right. Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon, March 23, from the Christian Church at Utica, conducted by Rev. Samuel Paulding of Ransom. Interment was made in the Ransom Cemetery beside his wife where she rests in peace.

Ness Co. News, March 31, 1949

CATHARINE CAWLEY

Died - Thursday, December 17, at her home a few miles northeast of Ransom, Mrs. Kate Cawley, of heart disease. Mrs. Cawley was formerly Mrs. Rettig, and resided for many years, west of Ransom. She was about 45 years of age. Death was sudden. Funeral services were held the following day, and interment made in the Ransom Cemetery. She had no children, but is survived by her husband, Hugh Cawley.

Western Ks. World, Jan. 2, 1915

HUGH CAWLEY

It is reported that Mr. H.H. Cawley of Arnold is seriously ill with the pneumonia.

Ransom Record, April 20, 1934

OBITUARY

Hugh H. Cawley was born near London, England in the year 1864, and died at his home in Arnold, Kansas, April 19th, 1934, at the age of 70 years. He was the youngest of a family of thirteen children. His parents died when he was a boy of three years, and the family of children were soon separated. At the age of one year he with his parents landed in New York and settled near Springfield, Illinois. In 1886 he came to Kansas and settled on a homestead north of Ransom. He was married on February 24, 1909 to Catherine Rettig at Ransom, who passed away in 1912 and was buried in the Ransom Cemetery. He was converted in a meeting at the Bethel Schoolhouse, and joined the Methodist Church in Ransom in 1913, where his membership remains. In about 1918 he moved to Arnold where he resided until his death. December 3, 1930, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Theora Driggs of Talihena, Oklahoma. She with his two brothers and two sisters and numberless friends are left to mourn his death. “Numberless Friends” because he never knew a stranger he could not minister to. He believed in and lived the Golden Rule every day. In the early Pioneer days, he was doctor, nurse or wherever he was needed in the whole community. His life was a life of usefulness and service in caring for the sick and helping the needy and extending sympathy and help to the sad and discouraged folks, wherever and whenever he met them. He will be sadly missed in home and community by his friends and loved ones. Funeral services were held in the Methodist Church Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. M.G. Terry and Rev. C.E. Hall, pastors of the Arnold and Ransom churches. The casket was surrounded by many wreaths and bouquets of beautiful flowers. Miss Irene Humphrey of Arnold sang the beautiful solo, “Going Home”. Miss Williams of Arnold “The Holy City” as a violin solo. A double quartette composed of Roy Humphrey, H.C. Anderson, Mrs. Ethel McNinch, Mrs. Daisy Baer, Mrs. Lena Sidebottom, Miss Minnie Dubbs, Chas. J. Shellenberger, and Paul H. Andree, sang “No Night There”, and “Safe In The Arms of Jesus”. The pall bearers were: C.H. Moyer, Mr. Artz, Fred Yasmer, Will Haug, H.L. Shellenberger, and L.B. Dubbs. Funeral director John A. Aeby had charge of the body which was laid to rest in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ransom Record, April 27, 1934 

HALLIE CHARLES

Hallie Mae Stoskopf, daughter of George and Ida Stoskopf, was born May 31, 1894, at Decorah, Iowa, and passed away April 5, 1958, at the age of 63 years, 10 months and 5 days. While a small baby, she was baptized in the German Lutheran church. At an early age, she moved with her parents to Barton County, Kansas. She grew to womanhood in Barton County and became a member of the Friends Methodist Church at Beaver, Kansas. She attended church until her health failed. On August 17, 1911, at Claflin, Kansas, Hallie and John Phillip Charles were united in marriage. With the exception of a few years, most of her life was spent in Barton and Ness counties. To this union were born six children: Mrs. Dorothy Hosman of Bushton, Mrs. Ruby Snodgrass of Ransom, Mrs. Jessie Haug of Arnold, Mrs. Darlene Benton of Hulbert, Okla., and Mrs. Glenda Bauer of Dighton; and Keith Charles of Ness City, where Hallie for the past several years has made her home. She was preceded in death by her parents, one grandson, one great-grandson and her husband, who passed away June 7, 1944. She is survived by her six children, 14 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, two brothers and one sister. In 1935 Hallie was stricken with diabetes. Since that time she bravely fought for better health and always had time to care for, and help her family. On April 4, she entered the hospital at Great Bend; there she gave up her earthly struggle to enter that heavenly home. Funeral services were held from the Fitzgerald Funeral Home in Ness City on Tuesday afternoon, April 8, conducted by Rev. Robert Simison. Interment was in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Apr. 10, 1958 

JOHN CHARLES

John Keith Charles, 58, died Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Grisell Memorial Long Term Care Center in Ransom. Born July 28, 1929, at Bazine, he had lived in Ransom for the past 20 years. He is survived by five sisters, Dorothy Hosman of Bushton, Ruby Snodgrass and Glenda Bauer, both of Ransom, Jessie Haug of Utica, and Darlene Benton of Hulbert, Okla. The funeral was Tuesday morning at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul Irwin, pastor of the Utica United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Oct. 22, 1987 

DAVID CHENEY

David A. Cheney, son of James H. and Charlotte Cheney, was born December 26, 1863, at Newman, Ill., and passed away on April 16, 1948, in the Grisell Memorial Hospital, Ransom, Kans., at the age of 84 years, 3 months, and 20 days. In his early manhood Mr. Cheney was a miner. He came to Ransom in 1908 to make his home with his sister, Minnie Beamer. Here he was engaged in farming and also worked as a carpenter. In 1938 he retired from the farm and made his home at the Ransom Hotel until his recent illness when he was taken to the hospital. The deceased was a member of the Masonic Order. Mr. Cheney was preceded in death by his father and mother, three brothers and four sisters. Left to mourn his passing are: Two sisters, Mary Martin of Terre Haute, Ind., and Maud Ellen Russell of Boss, Mo.; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in Ransom Sunday afternoon with Rev. Paulding in charge. The double mixed quartet consisted of Miss Mary Mast, Mrs. Willard Horchem, Mrs. Orville Klitzke, Mrs. Paulding, Robert Scott, Charles Shellenberger, Cliff Anderson and Charles Scott. They were accompanied at the piano by Eleska Rufenacht. Pallbearers were: Ross Beamer, Virgil Beamer, Virgil Simpson, J.R. Dunbar, Lynn Kingrey and Edwin Beamer. Graveside services were conducted by the Ness City Masonic Order with interment in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Apr. 22, 1948 

CHARLEY CHURCHILL

Charley Churchill, eldest son of John and Margaret Jane Churchill, was born in La Salle County, near Marseilles, Illinois, January 3, 1868, and departed this life August 17, 1940, aged 72 years, 8 months and 14 days. He spent his boyhood in Illinois. In the year 1885 he, with his parents and two brothers, moved to Perkins County, Nebraska, and from there to Kansas City, Mo., and later to Harvey County, Kansas. In the year 1912 he moved with his sister and mother to Ness County, Ness City, Kansas, where he has resided ever since. He leaves to mourn his departure, one son, John C. Churchill of Alton, Ill., his sister, Mrs. Winnie Beckwith, of Ness City, two brothers, George J. and Elias Churchill, both of Kansas City, four grandchildren, several nephews and one niece and a host of relatives and friends. Uncle Charley, as he was lovingly called, was an employee of the Santa Fe Railroad Company for several years, having helped lay the first track through Ness County and he helped build the present depot at Ness City. He served on the Township board and also the school board for many years. Charley was a good neighbor and friend, always remembering when anyone was sick to send cards or greetings of some kind and helping in any way he could. It has been said he knew and remembered the birthdays of more people than anyone else in Ness County. He always enjoyed the neighborhood parties and dinners and the evening before he left for the hospital two weeks ago, the neighbors came in with ice cream and cake for a farewell gathering which pleased him greatly. He will live in the memory of his friends in their knowledge that, “He hath done what he could.”

Ness Co. News, Aug. 22, 1940

MARGARET CHURCHILL

The many friends of Grandma Churchill will be sorry to learn that she has been ill for two weeks at her son’s home in the Forrester Valley. She is almost helpless and her son, C.B. Churchill, and daughter, Mrs. Winnie Beckwith, are in constant attendance. Ransom Record, September 5, 1929

The news came to Ransom Saturday of the passing of Grandma Churchill. While it was known that she was quite ill, yet she had seemed so sprightly that most of us thought she would soon recover, and her death came as a great shock. The first notice to many came at the Sunday morning services, and some of those coming in from the country, could not get back in time. Quite a large congregation gathered at the M.E. Church in Ransom at 2:30. A very large number of friends and neighbors gathered at the home and followed the remains to Ransom. Rev. P.T. Glass of Ness City preached a comforting sermon after which burial was made in the Ransom Cemetery. Although Grandma Churchill lived too far away from the towns to enter prominently in their activities, she had a host of friends who enjoyed visiting with her. She was always very industrious but has ceased from her labor and entered into her reward.

Ransom Record, September 19, 1929

OBITUARY

Margaret Jane Fleming was born September 17, 1840 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, and departed this life September 14, 1929, at the ripe old age of 88 years, 11 months and 27 days. When just a small child she moved with her parents to a farm near Marseilles, Ill., where her father died when she was 5 years of age. She lived with her mother and elder brother until she was grown when she taught school in Laselle County, Illinois. She joined the Methodist Church when a young girl. After the Civil War she was united in marriage to John Churchill on March 17, 1867. To this union nine children were born, five of which died in infancy. She moved to Perkins County, Nebraska in 1885 with her husband and children. In 1904 she came with her daughter, Winnifred, to Kansas. Her husband passed away in 1919. Since coming to Kansas she has made her home with her son, Charley, and daughter, Winnifred. In 1912 the three came to Ness County and have lived on a farm northwest of Ness City. She leaves to mourn her death, three sons, one daughter, six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, besides a host of other relatives and friends. The children are Charles B. of Ness City, Kansas; George and Elias E. Churchill of Kansas City, Mo.; and Winnifred Beckwith of Ness City, Kansas. The funeral was conducted at the Methodist Church at Ransom by Rev. P.T. Glass of Ness City. The remains were laid to rest in the Ransom Cemetery September 15, 1929. 

Ransom Record, September 19, 1929

MARGARET CHURCHILL

Grandma Churchill who was well liked by all who knew her, was a pioneer of Nebraska, living there when the buffalo and Indians were on the plains. She has often told of the Indian scare several years ago. The plains were sparsely settled in western Nebraska at this time, one day a man on horse back notified the settlers that the Indians were coming, so the settlers took their wives and children, their horses, cows and dogs and some took their hogs and chickens, and all gathered at one of the neighbors and were prepared to fight. But the Indians did not come, they stayed three days then all returned to their homes. She came to Kansas 17 years ago and tried to live a new life on the farm northwest of Ness City where she finished her life on this earth. Her husband was a soldier of the Civil War and she endured many hardships during this war and afterwards. The neighbors and friends near here helped to make her last days happy, and she was always pleased to have them visit her. Her two sons, the eldest Chas. and youngest Edd, also her daughter Winnie did all that loving hands could do, but she passed away just three days before her 89th birthday. She pieced 7 quilts and quilted nearly all of them. She is gone but not forgotten, she is at rest but oh how we miss her. A friend.

Ransom Record, September 26, 1929

CLARK BABY

The infant babe born to Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Clark, Wednesday, lived just a very short time. It was buried Wednesday afternoon.

Ransom Record, April 20, 1922

CARD OF THANKS

We take this method of thanking our many friends for their kindness to us at the time of the death of our little one. We are indebted to the thoughtful, kindly ladies of the W.C.T.U. for a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Long after the blossoms have withered, their loving kindness will live in our hearts. Mr. and Mrs. Billy Clark Miss Lenora Wright 

Ransom Record, May 4, 1922 (Ransom Cemetery ?)

IDA CLARK

Ida Mae (Rupp) Clark, 90, died October 29, at her home in San Francisco, CA. She was born on December23, 1910 in Ellis, to Bernard and Veronica (Peters) Rupp. They moved to the Arnold Community in 1914. she was baptized in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ellis. She graduated from Arnold High School, class of 1931, and from business college. She went on to work for the Navy Department in Washington, D.C. She moved to California where she married Hyrum L. Clark. Survivors include Hyrum and her son, James R. Clark, at her home; two daughters: Janice Clark, San Anselmo, Ca. and Diane Clark, Port Angeles, Wa.; two sisters: Helen Honas, Ellis, and Kathryn Kern, Paola; three granddaughters; one great-granddaughter; and one great-grandson. A funeral mass is pending at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in San Francisco and a graveside service is also pending at the St. Aloysius Cemetery in Ransom, Kansas. Memorials are suggested to the St. Aloysius Cemetery, care of Mark Horchem, Ransom.

Ness Co. News, Dec. 6, 2001

MELVIN CLARK

Melvin LeRoy Clark, 78, died Friday, Feb. 10, 1995, at Halstead Hospital, Halstead. He was born Nov. 2, 1916, at Arnold to George T. and Veva (Luckey) Clark. He married Mildred Beth Clawson May 15, 1938, at WaKeeney. He was a mechanic and owner of Clark’s Motor Service, Ransom. He was a member of VFW, Ransom, and Disabled American Veterans. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a resident of Ransom since 1938. Survivors include his wife, of the home; a brother, George Keith, Wichita. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Ransom Cemetery, Ransom, with military services. Visitation is from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to noon Monday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home. Visitation with the family is from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the mortuary.

Hays Daily News, Feb. 12, 1995

Melvin LeRoy Clark, 78, died Feb. 10, 1995, at Halstead Hospital. He was born Nov. 2, 1916, at Arnold, the son of George T. and Veva Luckey Clark. A Ransom resident since 1938, he was a mechanic and the owner of Clark’s Motor Service, at Ransom. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans, both at Ransom. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. On May 15, 1938, he married Mildred Beth Clawson at WaKeeney. She survives. Other survivors include: a brother, George Keith Clark, Wichita. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Ransom Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Ransom VFW. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to noon Monday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, with the family receiving friends from 2 to 4 p.m. today. Memorials may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, in care of the funeral home. Hutchinson News, Feb. 12, 1995

Melvin LeRoy Clark, 78, retired mechanic and longtime Ness County resident, died Friday, Feb. 10, 1995, at the Halstead Hospital. He was born Nov. 2, 1916, on a farm near Arnold, the son of George T. and Veva Luckey Clark. He married Mildred Beth Clawson May 15, 1938, at WaKeeney. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army, 142nd Infantry, 36th Division. He served in Italy and Southern France. He received the Purple Heart and Oak Leaf Cluster. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7972, Ransom and the Disabled American Veterans. He is survived by his wife of the home in Ransom; his brother, George of Wichita; two nieces; and a nephew. Memorial graveside services were held Monday afternoon at the Ransom Cemetery with military rites by the Ransom VFW. 

Ness County News, Feb. 16, 1995

MELVIN CLARK

OBITUARY

Melvin LeRoy Clark was born November 2, 1916, on a farm near Arnold, Kansas. He was the son of George T. and Veva Luckey Clark. He passed away at the Halstead Hospital, Halstead, Kansas, on February 10, 1995, at the age of 78 years, three months and eight days. On May 15, 1938, he was united in marriage to Mildred Beth Clawson at WaKeeney, Kansas. Melvin was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Army, 142nd Infantry, 36th Division. He served in Italy and Southern France. He received the Purple Heart and Oak Leaf Cluster for injuries from which he never completely recovered. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post No. 7972, Ransom, Kansas and the Disabled American Veterans. He was a mechanic, owning Clark's Motor Service which he operated with his partner Dwayne Richardson. Survivors include his beloved wife, Mildred, of the home, Ransom; his special family, Dwayne, Deidre, Warren and Amber Richardson, Brownell, Kansas; brother, George Keith Clark and his wife, Evelyn, Wichita, Kansas; two nieces, Linda Dreyer and family of Perry, Oklahoma; Darla Dauffenbach and family of Wichita, Kansas; one nephew, Kevin LeRoy Clark and family of Wichita, Kansas; his brother-in-law, Tholen Clawson of Ransom; many cousins, other relatives and friends. Memorial graveside services and interment were held Monday, February 13, 1995, 2:00 P.M. at the Ransom, Kansas, Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post No. 7972, Ransom, Kansas. 

Funeral memorial card 

MILDRED CLARK

Mildred Beth Clark, 80, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 1998, at Hays Medical Center. She was born March 17, 1917, in Ransom to Harry Rueben and Phebe Mosell (Scott) Clawson. She married Melvin L. Clark on March 15, 1938, in WaKeeney. He died Feb. 10, 1995. A lifetime area resident, she was a retired cashier for the First State Bank, Ransom, where she had worked over 50 years. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Hays, VFW Auxiliary and Go-Getters Senior Citizens, both of Ransom, and the Ness County Business and Professional Women. Survivors include a brother, Tholen Clawson, Ransom; and special caregivers, Duane and Deidre Richardson, Brownell. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City; burial in the Ransom Cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the America Diabetes Association or the Ransom VFW. Hays Daily News, Feb. 27, 1998 

Mildred Beth Clark, 80, died Feb. 26, 1998, at Hays Medical Center, St. Anthony Campus. She was born March 17, 1917, at Ransom, the daughter of Harry Rueben and Phebe Mosell Scott Clawson. A lifetime Ransom resident, she was a retired cashier at First State Bank, Ransom, working there for more than 50 years. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Hays, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and the Go-Getters Senior Citizens, both at Ransom, and was a member of the Ness County Business and Professional Women. On March 15, 1938, she married Melvin L. Clark at WaKeeney. He died Feb. 10, 1995. Survivors include: a brother, Tholen Clawson, Ransom; and special care givers, Duane and Deidre Richardson, Brownell. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, with John Wearden presiding. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Sunday and 9 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Ransom Kansas Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the American Diabetes Association or to the Ransom Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Hutchinson News, Feb. 28, 1998 

MILDRED CLARK

Mildred Beth Clark, 80, died Thursday, Feb. 26, at Hays Medical Center, St. Anthony Campus. A longtime Ransom resident, she was a retired cashier at Ransom’s First State Bank for more than 50 years. She was born March 17, 1917, at Ransom, the daughter of Harry Rueben and Phebe Mosell Scott Clawson. She married Melvin L. Clark March 15, 1938, at WaKeeney. He died Feb. 10, 1995. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Hays, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and the Go Getters Senior Citizens, both of Ransom, and was a member of the Ness County Business and Professional Women. She is survived by a brother, Tholen Clawson of Ransom; and special care-givers, Duane and Deidre Richardson of Brownell. The funeral was Monday afternoon at Fitzgerald Funeral Home in Ness City with John Wearden presiding. Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the American Diabetes Association or the Ransom Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Ness Co. News, Mar. 5, 1998 

HARRY CLAWSON

Harry R. Clawson, son of William L. and Elizabeth Vest Clawson, was born at Winsor, Ill., July 8, 1889, and died in Ransom, Kansas, April 30, 1953. His mother died when he and his younger sister, Winnie, were small and they were reared by a stepmother, Nancy M. Martin, whom his father married in 1895. About 1897 the family migrated from Illinois to Trego County, Kansas. There he grew to manhood and farmed with his father in the Downer neighborhood. He was graduated from the public school in 1908 and taught in the Ransom grade school and in rural schools of the Ransom community for several years. On May 28, 1916, he was married to Phebe Moselle Scott. To this union were born four children: Mildred, now Mrs. Melvin Clark; Wilma Marie, Harrie, jr., and Tholen S. Mr. Clawson resided in the Ransom community most of his life except for a few years in Manhattan where for a short time he was both student and teacher in business college. He was baptized into the church of Christ in Ransom in 1917 and was a member of the Ransom Odd Fellows lodge. He was preceded in death by his sister, Winnie, in 1915, an infant sister, his infant daughter, Wilma Marie, in 1920, his father in 1945. In addition to his immediate family, he is survived by one nephew, Chester Yeo and family of Canon City, Colo., an aged aunt, Diza Curry of Potwin, and a number of cousins. He had been in ill health for a number of years and spent many weeks in the hospital in recent months. Harry Clawson was an honest and honorable man, a man prone to give his employer more than was demanded of him. He was of a studious nature and loved to read. Uncomplaining and modest in regard to his own ability, he will be remembered by those who knew him best for his integrity both in his personal habits and in his dealings with others. Funeral services were held Sunday, May 3, from the Ransom church of Christ and officiated by the ministers, R.H. McDaniel of the church of Christ, and L.G. Snyder of the Ransom Methodist Church. Graveside services were conducted by the Ransom IOOF Lodge.

Ness Co. News, May 7, 1953 

HARRIE CLAWSON

Harrie Reuben Clawson Jr., 59, died Sunday at his home. Born Oct. 15, 1921, at Manhattan, he married Wilma Wiggins. She preceded him in death. He was a former school teacher and coach, and also worked for the Missouri-Pacific and the Santa Fe railroads. He was a member of the church of Christ and VFW, both of Ransom. Survivors: step-daughter: Sandy Wiggins, Lawrence; mother: Phebe Mozelle “Zella” Clawson, Ransom; brother: Tholen, Ransom; sister: Mrs. Mildred Clark, Ransom. Funeral will be 2:30 p.m. Monday at the church; Ron Friberg. Burial will be at Ransom Cemetery. Family suggests memorials to the American Heart Fund, or the Ransom Rest Home.

(unknown newspaper source)

Harrie R. Clawson, jr., 59, longtime Ransom community resident, passed away there Sunday, November 2, 1980. Born at Manhattan on October 15, 1921, he came to the Ransom community in 1923, and had resided there most of the time since. He was a veteran of World War II, a life member of the Ransom VFW. He was a member of the Ransom church of Christ, and of the Men of Webster of Wichita State University. Funeral services were held from the Ransom church of Christ Monday afternoon, November 3, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Ron Friberg. Interment was in the Ransom Cemetery with concluding services by the Ransom VFW Post. Arrangements were by Fitzgeralds. Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Zella Clawson of Ransom; a step-daughter, Sandy Wiggins of Lawrence; a sister, Mrs. Melvin (Mildred) Clark of Ransom; a brother, Tholen Clawson of Ransom; other relatives and friends.

Ness Co. News, Nov. 6, 1980

OBITUARY

Harrie Reuben Clawson, Jr. was born to Harry Reuben, and Phebe Mozelle (Zella) Scott Clawson in Manhattan, on October 15, 1921. He was graduated from Ransom High School, and Wichita university. He was an Ensign in the Navy Air Corp and was a blimp (lighter than air) navigator in eastern USA, and South America in World War II. He taught grade school, and high school, and was a coach. He worked for Missouri Pacific, and Santa Fe railroads. He was married to Wilma Wiggins. He was a member of the Ransom church of Christ, and a life member of the VFW. He passed away November 2, 1980 at his Ransom home in his sleep. He was preceded in death by: His father, sister, Wilma Marie; and wife, Wilma. Survivors include: the mother, Zella Clawson; brother, Tholen Clawson; sister, Mrs. Melvin (Mildred) Clark all of Ransom; a step-daughter, Sandy Wiggins of Lawrence; other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were at the Ransom church of Christ November 3 by Ron Friberg, evangelist. Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery. Military graveside services were conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7972, Ransom.

Ness Co. News, Nov. 13, 1980

PHEBE CLAWSON

Phebe Moselle “Zella” Clawson, 90, died Wednesday, February 4, 1981, at the Grisell Memorial Long Term Care Center, Ransom. Born Phebe Mozelle Scott May 9, 1890, in Ransom, she married Harry Reuben Clawson, May 28, 1916. He died April 30, 1953. She was a retired school teacher. She was a member of the Ransom church of Christ and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Survivors: son: Tholen Clawson, Ransom; daughter: Mrs. Melvin (Mildred) Clark, Ransom. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Ransom church of Christ; Brother Ron Friberg. Burial will be at the Ransom Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to the church or the Grisell Memorial Long Term Care Center.

Unknown newspaper source

Mrs. Harry (Zella) Clawson, 90, lifelong resident of the Ransom community, passed away at the Long Term Care unit of the Grisell Memorial Hospital, Ransom, Wednesday, February 4, 1981. Born May 9, 1890, at Ransom, she married Harry R. Clawson there on May 28, 1916. He died April 30, 1953. She had lived her entire life in the Ransom community. She was a member of the Ransom church of Christ, and of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Hays. Funeral services were held from the church of Christ in Ransom Saturday afternoon, February 7, conducted by the pastor, Bro. Ron Friberg. Interment was in the Ransom Cemetery with Fitzgeralds in charge. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Melvin (Mildred) Clark of Ransom; a son, Tholen Clawson of Ransom; other relatives and many friends. Memorials are suggested to the Ransom church of Christ, or the Long Term Care unit of the hospital.

Ness Co. News, Feb. 12, 1981

PHEBE CLAWSON

OBITUARY

Phebe Moselle (Zella) Clawson was born May 9, 1890, the 13th child of Phebe M. and William A. Scott. The house in which she was born was built by her carpenter father and still stands on a farm east of the Virgil Cofer home. When Zella was eight years old her mother died. She greatly admired her pioneer father and her fondest early memories were of attending the old time “singing schools” led by her father and older brothers, Charlie, Ward and Joe. All of the Scott “children” dearly loved to sing. Zella was teaching grade school at the time she was united in marriage to Harry Reuben Clawson on May 28, 1916, at the Ransom church of Christ. Harry was a school teacher at the time. He passed away April 30, 1953. To this union were born four children, Mildred Beth; Wilma Marie who died in infancy; Harrie Reuben, jr. who died November 2, 1980, and Tholen Scott Clawson. Zella cooked at the Ransom grade school for a number of years. During World War II she received and Emergency Certificate and taught for several years. She also was a seamstress. During her later years she did much handiwork making numerous afghans for relatives and friends and taught several others to knit and crochet. Zella was a member of the Ransom church of Christ attending worship as long as her health permitted and always encouraged others to do likewise. She taught Children’s Bible class for some time. She also was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution of Hays. After suffering a stroke Zella entered the Grisell Memorial Long Term Care center in July 1980 about 10 weeks after celebrating her 90th birthday. She passed away there at the age of 90 years, 8 months, and 26 days, on February 4, 1981. Zella was preceded in death by her parents; all of her brothers and sisters; her husband, Harry; infant daughter, Wilma Marie; son, Harrie. Survivors include son, Tholen, and a daughter, Mrs. Melvin (Mildred) Clark, both of Ransom; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Services were held from the Ransom church of Christ on February 7, with Bro. Ron Friberg officiating. Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Feb. 12, 1981

STACEL CLAWSON

A sad accident, which shocked the entire community, occurred, Saturday evening, at 6 o’clock, when the fourteen months old baby of Martin and Elsie Clawson, while out playing the yard, apparently started to go to his father, who was working a short distance from the house. Having to cross a barbed wire fence, he attempted to climb through, and, slipping, his dress caught on the wire, and suspended him by the neck, and in this condition, with life almost extant, his father found him, when returning to the house, a short time afterward. Dr. Grisell was immediately summoned by telephone, but all efforts to revive the little fellow failed. Funeral services were held in the Methodist Episcopal Church, Rev. G.E. Speer officiating, Sunday, at four o’clock, p.m. The little body was interred in the Ransom Cemetery, attended by a large assembly of sympathizing friends.

Ness Co. News, July 24, 1915

A terrible accident occurred Saturday afternoon at the Clawson home, one mile west of town. The baby boy, just one year old, was playing in the yard some distance from the house and in some way caught his dress in the fence and fell, hanging himself. When the child was found, he was past saving. The whole community was saddened by the pitiful death. The funeral was held from the M.E. Church, Sunday afternoon. OBITUARY

Stacel Edward Clawson was born in Ness County, west of Arnold, Kansas May 5th, 1914 and died July 17th 1915, at six p.m. Age 1 year, 2 months and eleven days. He leaves to mourn his death, a father, mother, two brothers, grandparents and a host of relatives and friends. The funeral was held at the M.E. Church Sunday afternoon at four o’clock, Rev. Spear officiating. The little body was laid to rest in the Ransom Cemetery. The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the grief stricken parents.

Ness Co. Echo, July 24, 1915

Stacel Edward Clawson was born in Ohio township, Ness County, May 5th, 1914, and died at his home one mile west of Ransom, July 17, 1915, aged 1 year, 2 months and 11 days. He leaves to mourn his loss a father, mother, two brothers, grandparents, and a host of relatives and friends.

Ness Co. News, July 24, 1915

Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Snyder, of Lincoln, arrived, Sunday evening, being called here by the death of Mr. Snyder’s nephew, little Stacel Clawson. Although making a hurried trip, they arrived too late for the funeral, but will be a comfort to the grief-stricken parents. 

Ness Co. News, July 24, 1915

THOLEN CLAWSON

Tholen Scott Clawson, 75, died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2000, at the Veterans Hospital, Topeka. He was born April 3, 1925, near Ransom to Harry and Phebe “Zella” (Scott) Clawson. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the first invasion of Normandy. He was a welder for the railroad and Hesston Corp. He was a teacher at the Danby Valley School in Brownell. He was a member of the church of Christ and lifetime member of the Ransom Veterans of Foreign Wars. Survivors include cousins. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mildred Clark and an infant, Wilma Marie Clawson, and a brother, Harrie “Junior” Clawson. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Ransom Cemetery, with military rites by the Ransom VFW. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City. Memorials are suggested to the Natalie Clark Educational Fund at Information Access Association or the organization of the donor’s choice.

Hays Daily News, Nov. 17, 2000

Tholen Scott Clawson, 75, died Nov. 15, 2000, at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Topeka. He was born April 3, 1925, near Ransom, the son of Harry and Phebe “Zella” Scott Clawson. He was a welder for the railroad and Hesston Corporation, and a teacher at the Danby Valley School of Brownell. He belonged to the church of Christ and was a life member of VFW Post No. 7972, both at Ransom. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Normandy invasion. Survivors include: eight cousins. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mildred Clark and infant Wilma Marie Clawson; and a brother, Harrie “Junior” Clawson. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Ransom Cemetery, with military rites conducted by Ransom VFW Post No. 7972. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City. Memorials may be sent to the Natalie Clark Educational Fund at Information Access Association or to a charity of the donor’s choice, both in care of the funeral home.

Hutchinson News, Nov. 18, 2000

RANSOM - Military graveside services will be Tuesday at the Ransom Cemetery in Ransom for Tholen Scott Clawson, 75, formerly of Ransom. He died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2000, at a Topeka hospital. Mr. Clawson had worked for many businesses, including Boeing Airplane Co., Arnett and Kirkhart Industries, Hanna Radio and Television Repair, WaKeeney Animal Clinic, and he built grain elevators for Chalmers and Borten Contractors. He worked for the Missouri Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads in six states. He had been on the bridge and building gang, extra gang, section gang, track gang, and he had done welding and blacksmithing. He also had worked at Clark’s Motor Service and he taught school for the Brownell School District at the Danby Valley School He set telephone lines for Farmers Telephone Co. Mr. Clawson served with Co. E, 358th Infantry, 90th Division in the Army during World War II and was a member of the 1st platoon, 1st squad in the Normandy Invasion. He received a Purple Heart and was decorated with the World War II victory ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, EAME Theatre Ribbon and four bronze stars. He was born April 3, 1925, near Ransom, the son of Harry Ruben and Phebe Mozelle “Zella” Scott Clawson. He was raised in Ransom and attended Ransom High School He earned a diploma in 1946. He earned an associate of arts degree from El Dorado Junior College and an associates degree in general studies from Dodge City Community College. Mr. Clawson was a member of the church of Christ. Among survivors are several cousins. Memorial contributions may be made to the church of Christ, Post No. 7972 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Ransom, the Informative Access Associates to assist the blind or the charity of the donor’s choice. Penwell-Gable Mid-Town Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Topeka Capital-Journal, Nov. 18, 2000

THOLEN CLAWSON

OBITUARY

Tholen Scott Clawson was born near Ransom, KS on April 3, 1925. He was the fourth child of Harry Ruben and Phebe Mozelle “Zella” (Scott) Clawson. Tholen grew up in Ransom and attended public schools. He learned hard work very early. At age eight he began working mowing grass, doing yard work, pulling weeds from flower beds for neighbor ladies, carrying coal to fill coal bins. As a teenager, to earn money for school supplies, he began working for farmers in addition to his yard work. Tholen attended Ransom Rural High School where he was president of the sophomore class and captain of the football team. To help the family’s financial situation, while still in high school, he worked for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. He also helped set the new telephone lines for the Farmers Telephone Company, setting poles from the Rush County Line along Highway #4 to Ransom. Tholen also worked for several area farmers. In September, 1943, Tholen gave up his school work and joined many men and women as he enlisted in the Unites States Army and went to Europe. He was a member of Company E, 358th Infantry, 90th Division of the United States Army. Tholen was among members of the 1st platoon, 1st squad in the Normandy invasion. He was wounded in service, for which he received a Purple Heart. Other awards he was proud to have earned included a World War II Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, EAME Theatre Ribbon and 4 Bronze Service Stars. Tholen received his Honorable Discharge December 31, 1945 and returned to Ransom. Desiring to further his education, Tholen studied and received his high school diploma in 1946. Following high school, he attended El Dorado Jr. College, receiving an Associate of Art Degree. He also held an Associate of General Studies degree from Dodge City Community College. To earn his college tuition, Tholen worked for the Missouri Pacific Railroad on a bridge and building gang. He also worked for his brother-in-law, Melvin Clark at Clark’s Motor Service. Using his college education and Teacher’s Certificate, Tholen began teaching school for the Brownell School District, teaching at the Danby Valley School. Tholen held many job opportunities including Boeing Airplane Company, Arnett & Kirkhart Industries, Hanna Radio & T.V. Repair, WaKeeney Animal Clinic, and Chalmers & Borten Contractors building grain elevators. For the most part of his adult life, Tholen worked for the railroad, including the Missouri Pacific and the Union Pacific. His railroad time of 17 years and 7 months included work on extra gang, section gang, track gang, bridge and building gang, welding and blacksmithing. He worked on the railroad in six states. Tholen left the employ of the railroad and worked as a welder for Hesston Corporation, where he welded parts for farm machinery. Tholen retired from Hesston in 1990. Following his work at Hesston, Tholen became a Certified Nurse’s Aide and worked other various jobs as well as furthering his education by taking additional college courses. Following the influence of his Scott ancestors, Tholen loved to sing. His beautiful booming bass voice was enjoyed by all who could hear him sing. In the fall of 1938 William S. Irvin held a Gospel meeting. On October 18th Tholen answered the Lord’s call and was baptized into Christ. At that time, there was no church baptistry, so Tholen was baptized in the farm pond at his Uncle Charles Scott’s place, and became a member of the church of Christ. Tholen was also a member of the Ransom V.F.W., Post 7972, where he served as a House Committee member. Tholen was an honest, caring hard working man, wiling to help any who were in need. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to laugh. Many people will remember Tholen for many different reasons. He gave up much so that others could have more. We can never know or understand the torment that haunts the lives of many of our veterans. Although Tholen recovered from his physical wounds suffered in the war, he, as many other veterans, had mental wounds and scars that ran deep and lasted a lifetime. Hopefully, we can remember the good times we shared with him and appreciate what he, and many other veterans did to guarantee our freedom. Tholen was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Wilma Marie Clawson and Mildred Beth Clark and by his brother, Harrie Reuben, Jr. Tholen passed away quietly early in the morning on Wednesday, November 15, 2000 at the Veterans’ Hospital in Topeka, at the age of 75 years, 8 months and 12 days. Left to remember him are many cousins, including first cousins, Robert Scott, Ransom; David Scott, Ness City; Jim Scott, Hays; Lorraine Berger, Collyer; Daisy Casey, Marble Falls, AR; Beverly West, Lakewood, CO: Irma Patella, Redlands, CA and William “Bill” Scott, Yakima, WA as well as other family members and many, many friends. Military graveside services were held Monday, November 20, with the Ransom V.F.W. in charge. Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery. As there are no immediate family members, in lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the church of Christ, V.F.W. Post No. 7972, both of Ransom; the Informative Access Associates, an organization that assists the blind; or to the donor’s choice.

Ness Co. News, Nov. 23, 2000

THOMAS CLYNE

Thomas Clyne, an early day settler in this County, died at the home of his son, L.L. Clyne, early Wednesday morning, and was buried at Ransom to-day. He was eighty-nine years old.

Ransom Record, December 5, 1918

Thomas Clyne was born in Indiana, November 3, 1822, and died, December 4, 1918, at the home of his son, L.L. Clyne, near Arnold, Kansas, aged 89 years, one month and one day. He was married to Miss Sarah Anna Kenney, and to this union were born four sons and two daughters. His wife died 38 years ago. He came to Kansas from Indiana in 1874, and has made his home with his son, Lee, for several years. He had been in poor health for some time. Funeral services were conducted at the home, Thursday morning, by Rev. W.K. Young, of Utica, and interment made in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ransom Record, December 12, 1918

(Thomas Clyne was later moved to the Arnold, Kansas Cemetery) 

ARTHUR COFER

Arthur Henry Cofer, 85, died Sunday morning, Dec. 3, 1967, at his home after a heart attack. Born Sept. 14, 1882, at Hoisington, he married Katy Mast Nov. 1, 1904, at Ness City. He was a retired farmer who had lived in Ness County since 1902. Survivors: The widow; son, Virgil, Ransom; daughter, Mrs. Dale Combest, Utica; brothers, Harry, Lawrence; Louis, Atlanta, Ga.; Floyd, Calhan, Colo.; Orville, Tacoma, Wash.; sister, Mrs. Farris Green, Austin, Colo.; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Funeral: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Fitzgerald Funeral home, Ness City; Rev. Dick McCauley. Burial: Ransom Cemetery. Call: After 1 p.m. Monday until service time at the funeral home.

Hutchinson News, Dec. 5, 1967 

A.H. Cofer, 85, a resident of the Ransom community for some 65 years, passed away at the home in Ransom on Sunday, December 3. He had been in failing health since last January when he had suffered a stroke. He was born at Hoisington on September 14, 1882, where he grew to manhood. He came to Ness County in 1902. He was married to Katie G. Mast on November 1, 1904, in Ness City. They had made their home at Ransom since. He was preceded in death by a daughter who passed away in infancy in 1907, and by a sister and two brothers. Survivors include: The widow of the home in Ransom; a daughter, Mrs. Dale (Irma) Combest of Utica; a son, Virgil Cofer of Ransom; a sister, Mrs. Farris M. Green of Austin, Colo.; four brothers, Harry Cofer of Lawrence, Louis Cofer of Atlanta, Ga., Floyd Cofer of Calhan, Colo., and Orville Cofer of Tacoma, Wash.; four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were held from the Fitzgerald Funeral Home here Wednesday afternoon, December 6, conducted by Rev. Dick McCauley of Ness City, and Rev. William Satterfield of Great Bend. Interment was in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Dec. 7, 1967

OBITUARY

Arthur Henry Cofer, son of Alexander Cambell and Mina Nee Cofer, was born 5 miles northeast of Hoisington, Kansas, September 14, 1882, and after a lengthy illness departed this life at his home in Ransom, Kansas, December 3, 1967, at the age of 85 years, 2 months, 19 days. He grew to manhood in and near Hoisington, Kansas, later moving with his parents to a farm northeast of Ness City, Kansas. On November 1, 1904, he was united in marriage to Katie G. Mast at Ness City, Kansas. To this union were born 3 children: Mrs. Irma Combest, Utica, Kansas, one daughter died in infancy in 1907, Virgil Cofer, Ransom, Kansas. Arthur, loved his family, he was a loving husband and father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He and Katie had celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary November 1, 1967. He loved to read his Bible and he attended the Assembly of God Church faithfully until January 13, 1967, when he suffered a stroke and health would not permit him to attend. He lived in Ness County most of his life raising cattle and farming. His Father and Mother, one sister and two brothers preceded him in death. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Katie; daughter, Mrs. Irma Combest, Utica, Kansas; son, Virgil Cofer, Ransom, Kansas; one son-in-law, Dale Combest; one daughter-in-law, Marie Cofer; four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Effie (Ferris) Green, Austin, Colorado; four brothers, Harry Cofer, Lawrence, Kansas; Floyd Cofer, Calhan, Colorado, Louis Cofer, Kalamazoo, Michigan; Orville Cofer, Tacoma, Washington; besides a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Dick McCauley, Pastor, Assembly of God Church, Ness City, Kansas, and Rev. William Satterfield, Great Bend, Kansas, at 2:00 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, December 6, 1967, from the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, Kansas. Mrs. Dick McCauley and Mrs. Frank Miller sang “Where We’ll Never Grow Old” and “Lily of the Valley”. Miss Wanda Brown accompanied them at the organ. Honorary pallbearers were John Schoeppel, Bill Sidebottom, Jesse Sidebottom, Oscar Young, Myrrl Kanaga, Frank Vermilion. Active pallbearers were Otto Zahn, Keith Wierman, George Brown, jr., Raymond Schweitzer, Frank Miller, Ralph Landwehr. Interment was in the Ransom Cemetery with Fitzgeralds of Ness City in charge.

Hutchinson News, Dec. 5, 1967

COFER baby

DIED: The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Cofer at their home three miles south of Ransom, Saturday, July 27, 1907, aged one month and thirteen days. Funeral services were held at the German Methodist Church, at Ransom, Sunday afternoon. Interment was made in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness County Echo, August 3, 1907

JAMES COFER

James F. Cofer, 79, of Larned, brother of Arthur Cofer of Ransom, passed away at Larned on Friday, February 19. Funeral services were held from the Fitzgerald Funeral Home here Monday afternoon, February 22, conducted by Rev. A.R. Farley, pastor of the Ness City Assembly of God Church. Interment was in the Ransom Cemetery. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Clara Cofer; a daughter, Mrs. Vada Fintch of Palo Alto, Calif.; two sons, James Cofer of Hutchinson, and Maj. Charles Cofer of Rapid City, S.D.; a step-son of Oklahoma; a sister, Mrs. Ferris Green of Austin, Colo.; five brothers, Arthur Cofer of Ransom, Harry Cofer of Lawrence, Louis Cofer of Atlanta, Ga., Floyd Cofer of Denver, Colo., and Orvil Cofer of Tacoma, Wash.; other relatives and friends.

Ness Co. News, Feb. 25, 1960

James Franklin Cofer, oldest child of Alexander and Mina Cofer, was born on a farm northeast of Hoisington, Kansas, October 5, 1880, and departed this life February 19, 1960, at Larned, Kansas, at the age of 79 years, 6 months, 14 days. James spent most of his earlier years around Hoisington working for the Missouri Pacific railroad. In 1917 he was united to Clara Luta of Idabelle, Okla., and to this union were born three sons and one daughter. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Hoisington. He is survived by two sons, James of Hutchinson, Maj. Charles R. Cofer of Rapid City, S.D.; one daughter, Mrs. Vada Fintch of Palo Alto, Calif.; his wife, Clara; stepson, Pete of Idabelle, Okla.; five brothers, Arthur Cofer of Ransom, Harry Cofer of Lawrence, Louis Cofer of Atlanta, Ga., Floyd Cofer of Denver, Colo., Orvil Cofer of Tacoma, Wash.; one sister Mrs. Ferris M. Green of Austin, Colo.; other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon, February 22, from the Fitzgerald Funeral Home in Ness City. Interment was in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Feb. 25, 1960

KATIE COFER

Mrs. Katie Mast Cofer, 88, died Tuesday, July 25, 1972, at Hadley Regional Hospital, Hays, after a short illness. Born June 24, 1884, at Ransom, she was married to Arthur H. Cofer Nov. 1, 1904, at Ransom. He died Dec. 3, 1967. She was a lifetime resident here. She was a member of Assembly of God Church, Ness City. Survivors include a son: Virgil, Ransom; daughter: Mrs. Dale Combest, Utica; sister: Jenny Lynn, Stettler, Alberta, Canada; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral will be 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City; Rev. Harold Hollis. Burial will be in Ransom Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 a.m. Thursday until service time at the funeral home.

Unknown newspaper source

Mrs. Katie (Mast) Cofer, 88, lifelong north Ness County resident, passed away at the hospital in Hays, Tuesday, July 25, 1972. She had been in poor health for some time, and in the Hays hospital for the final week. She was born near Ransom June 24, 1884, and grew to womanhood there. She married Arthur H. Cofer November 1, 1904. He passed away December 3, 1967. She attended the Assembly of God Church in Ness City. Survivors include: a daughter, Mrs. Dale (Irma) Combest of Utica; a son, Virgil Cofer of Ransom; a sister, Jenny Lynn of Stetler, Alberta, Canada; four grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held from the Fitzgerald Funeral Home here Friday afternoon, July 28, 2:30 o’clock, and interment will be in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness County News, July 27, 1972

OBITUARY

Katie M. Cofer, daughter of Samuel B. and Mary Graeff Mast, was born in a sod house 1 1/2 mile east of Ransom on the south side of the Missouri Pacific railroad on the Mast homestead in the Dutch Flats area. She was one of 11 children born to this union and departed this life after a short illness in Hadley Medical Center, Hays on July 24 at the age of 88 years and one month. She grew to womanhood in the Ransom community and made it her home through most of her life. On November 1, 1904 she was united in marriage to Arthur H. Cofer at Ness City. They made their home on a farm east of Ransom until they retired and moved to Ransom in 1947. To this union was born three children: Mrs. Irma Combest of Utica and Virgil of Ransom. One daughter died in infancy in 1907. Her husband, Arthur, preceded her in death on December 3, 1967. She was a loving mother and kind to all who knew her. She loved her yard, flowers and garden. In 1932 Mrs. Cofer received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and was a faithful attendant of the Assembly of God Church until her health failed her. She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Dale Combest, son Virgil Cofer; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandsons; one sister, Mrs. Jennie Lynn of Stettler Alberta, Canada and a host of other relatives and friends.

Ness Co. News, Aug. 3, 1972


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