Clark County Clipper, November 1, 1928
(John E. Broadie)
John E. Broadie, oldest son of William and Matilda Broadie, was born in Boone
County, Indiana, December 3, 1853.
He grew to manhood in his native state and on September 5, 1875 was united in
marriage to Ella B. Whinery.
Shortly thereafter they came to Kansas and lived for several years in Chautauqua
County. In 1887 they came on west to Clark County where they lived in a sod
house and endured the trials and hardships of pioneer life.
In 1899 they disposed of their holdings in Clark County and located near
Winfield, Kansas, to educate their children.
In 1916 they retired from the farm and established a home in Oxford, where they
lived until two years ago when they went to Kinsley to be near their son,
Wilber, during their declining years.
Many years ago Mr. and Mrs. Broadie united with the Methodist Church and have
ever since been loyal and devoted to the cause of Christianity.
Eight years ago Mr. Broadie suffered a severe stroke of paralysis which effected
his speech and the use of his right side. However he could still move about
with his cane and make himself partially understood.
In spite of his affliction and handicap he kept in surprisingly good spirits and
was an inspiration to those about him.
He had just come from Kinsley to Ashland to visit his brother, S. F. Broadie and
renew old associations when he was again stricken with illness which he could
not shake off and he passed away on Friday evening October 26, 1928, aged 74
years, 10 months and 23 days.
Only seven weeks ago his devoted wife called home and his grief for her loss no
doubt hastened the coming of the grim reaper.
He leaves to mourn his passing, two sons, Wilber E. of Kinsley, Kansas, and
Burton O. of Oklahoma, two sisters, Mrs. Sally Huffman of Bentonville, Arkansas
and Mrs. William German of Fort Wayne, Indiana, two brothers, James Broadie of
Pecabo, Idaho, and Samuel F. Broadie of Ashland, Kansas. He also leaves a
number of nieces, nephews, and grandchildren, and a host of neighbors and
friends who sincerely regret the departure of this noble pioneer citizen.
A funeral service was held Saturday at four o'clock at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
S. F. Broadie, Elder A. B. Ingram delivering the funeral address. Sunday
morning the funeral party left overland for Oxford, former home of the deceased
where another service was held in the M. E. church, the Rev. Mr. Marvel
speaking, after which Mr. Broadie was laid to rest beside his wife who preceded
him seven weeks before. Both funeral services were directed by M. G. Stevenson
of Ashland an old friend of the family.
Contributed by ~Shirley Brier~ November 1, 2005.
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