Clark County Clipper, January 26, 1928


Dr. F. W. Hines, prominent citizen and dentist of Ashland, received fatal injuries in a motor bus wreck which occurred at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, January 25th, on the highway near Mayfield, a small village eight miles west of Wellington.  He with three other men, who were injured less severely, was hurried to St. Lukes hospital in Wellington where he died at 2:45 a.m. Thursday, just eight hours after he was injured.

Dr. Hines left here Wednesday at 11:30 in the Anthony-Ashland motor stage on his way to Wichita where he expected to have his eyes tested for a new pair of glasses, having recently broken the ones he had been using.  He arrived safely in Anthony where he transferred to a Southern Kansas Stage Line motor bus bound for Wellington and Wichita.  There were eight other passengers on the bus.  When near Mayfield they met a truck loaded with tractors driven by S. F. Leland of Anthony.  In passing a tractor wheel which extended over the left side of the truck struck the body of the stage causing a bad wreck in which four of the nine passengers were injured, the other five and the driver escaping with only slight cuts and bruises.

The injured were Dr. F. W. Hines of Ashland, left side of head badly crushed, left leg broken, and left side of abdomen bruised with probable internal injuries; Herbert Evans of Wellington, broken thumb and cut on head; Sam Smith of Medicine Lodge, neck wrenched and bruised and cut on head and hands; A. Kern of Wichita, bruised and cut. 

When the injured arrived at the hospital in Wellington the surgeons examined Dr. Hines and pronounced his injures fatal, saying he could live only a few hours.  Everything possible was done for his relief, but he passed away at 2:45 this morning.

Words cannot express the grief and regrets felt by the people of this community over the sudden and untimely death of Dr. Hines.  For the past twenty three years he had resided in Ashland and practiced the profession of dentistry.  He was a skilled practitioner and had been successful in building a large clientele.

Dr. Hines was a community leader and had just closed a very successful year's work as president of the Ashland Community Club.  It was largely through his efforts that the Ashland Hospital Association was organized and the new hospital made a reality.  He was a willing and tireless worker for anything that was for the betterment and uplift of the community.  He was a member of the Ashland Masonic Lodge and was always interested in the activities of that organization.  In all his activities and associations he had the implicit confidence and unqualified respect of those with whom he was associated.  The entire community extends profound sympathy to his wife and children in their sad bereavement.

The body will be brought to Ashland for burial, arriving here tomorrow (Friday) evening on the train.  Funeral services will be held from the family residence at two o'clock Saturday afternoon, the Ashland Masonic Lodge having charge.  Interment will be made in Highland cemetery.

The Clark County Clipper,
February 2, 1928

The Community Mourns the Loss of an Inestimable Citizen

Frederick W. Hines, son of Christian and Elizabeth Hines, was born August 14, 1874, at Shannon, Illinois, and died at St. Luke's hospital, Wellington, Kansas, on January 26, 1928, at 2:45 a.m.

He was one of a large family of children.  His education was acquired at the high school of Shannon, Illinois, Rockford Business College, and at dental schools at Chicago and Kansas City, Mo.  He first practiced his profession in Chicago, but in 1905 established himself at Ashland, Kansas, where he pursued active work until his death.

He was married at Wichita, Kansas, to Hilda O. Nelson of Chicago, Illinois, on June 22, 1908.  To this union were born four sons and one daughter; Paul Nelson, age 16; Walter Frederick, age 13; John Worth, age 11; Virginia Elizabeth, age 9; William Chas., age 6.

The deceased was a member of the Seventh District Dental Society, Kansas State Dental Society, and the American Dental Association.  He became a member of the Ashland Lodge No. 277 A. F. & A. M. in 1907 and continued an active member until his death.

The funeral services were conducted from the family home at 4:30 p.m., Saturday.  The services were in charge of Ashland Lodge No. 277 A. F. & A. M. and both at the home and the cemetery were conducted according to the ritualistic rites of that order, interment being made in Highland cemetery.

Mr. Theo Hines of Kansas City, brother of the deceased and Mrs. Harry Linn and Mrs. John Wilson of Ottumwa, Iowa, sisters of the deceased were here for the funeral.  A large concourse of people of this city and community and from neighboring cities and adjacent country gathered Saturday and attended the services and paid their respects to a departed friend and neighbor.

In the demise of Dr. Hines this community lost one of its most estimable citizens.  He was universally loved and esteemed by those who knew him, as has been attested by the sincere expressions of personal sorrow by friends and acquaintances.

The excellent attributes of character possessed by Dr. Hines are well expressed by one on his friends and associates in the paragraphs that are quoted below:

"Dr. Hines was thoroughly unselfish and ready to make any sacrifice for the good of the community.  He completely laid aside his own personal interests in his activities for projects which would be helpful to all.  As a public spirited citizen there was never any question as to where he stood, and no task was ever assigned to him that he did not willingly shoulder and efficiently perform.  He was a volunteer in every community activity, and never wanted personal notice or praise in connection with his work, but preferred to have it stand to the credit of the community and his fellow citizens.

"Dr. Hines was thoroughly democratic in his tastes and conduct; and met all people, high or humble, rich or poor, with the same full measure of cordiality, and upon terms of perfect equality.  He stood upon a high moral plane and by his own example taught the importance of absolute honesty and fair open dealing.  To him a mere education meant nothing, unless it prepared the way to good citizenship and a useful life."


 Dr. Hines' philosophy of life is well defined in part in the verse that follows which was one of his favorite bits of literature:

"Tis in deeds we serve the Master,
Words are idle, empty prayer,
All our Christian life a pretense,
If the deeds are wanting there."

In offering expressions of sympathy to the bereaved relatives and friends, thoughts of consolation and peace should come from the words of the poet who wrote:-

There is no death, the stars go down,
To rise upon some other shore,
And bright in Heaven's jeweled crown
They shine forevermore.

There is no death, the choicest gifts,
That Heaven hath kindly lent to earth;
As ever first to seek again,
This country of their birth.

And ever near us, though unseen,
The dear, immortal spirits tread;
For all the boundless universe.
Is life, there is no dead!

Card of Thanks

We wish to thank our many friends for every kind word, thought or deed extended to us during the sudden taking of "Daddy."

Mrs. Hines and Family.

Contributed by ~Shirley Brier~ October 26, 2005.


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