F. J. Lee Obituary

Ashland Clipper, February 17, 1927



F. J. Lee of Wichita, died February 11, 1927.  He was born in Owen county, Ky., February 10, 1855, and married Mattie Coleman Read in Oswego, Kansas, November 6, 1879.

He lived in Oswego working in the Read Brothers Hardware Store until 1884, at which time he moved to Clark county, where he proved up a claim, 4 1/2 miles east of Englewood.  It was 50 miles to Dodge City from his homestead and no trains, so the trip was made frequently on foot.  Mr. Lee went into the mercantile business in Englewood in 1888, trying for several years to take care of business at the same time.  Many times he has told about the blizzard of 1885 and the Indian scare which sent all the families to Englewood for protection.

Business was good in Englewood and people came in wagons from 50 to 100 miles to trade there.  He owned the Cattle King Hotel for several years and moved it to Woodward at the time of the boom there.  The family all moved to Wichita in 1907, where Mr. Lee lived until the time of his death.

His financial losses were heavy after moving to Wichita and in 1915, he took up the study of chiropractic, completing the course and afterwards practicing the profession with much success.

His 72nd birthday was celebrated on Thursday evening, February 10, when dinner was served to 15 guests and he received a number of birthday gifts.  Friday morning he arose late, ate a hearty breakfast, and sat down in his chair by the fireplace, where without any warning, death came, due to apoplexy.

His wife fell, breaking her hip, on the 19th day of May, 1926 and never recovered from the injury, which resulted in her death, November 15, 1926.  His grief for the companion with whom he had walked for 47 years, hastened his death.  And although everything was done by the children to comfort and make things pleasant for him, he was sad and lonely, however bearing his sorrow in silence, looking forward to the day of reunion.

He leaves to mourn his loss, eight children and one sister;  R. E. Lee, Englewood, Harry, of Holly, Colorado, M. R. and W. J., Misses Kate and Wanda and Mrs. R. G. Tate, all of Wichita, Mrs. R. G. Burkhalter, Hermosa Beach, California and Mrs. Rosa Elliston, a sister, Louisville, Ky.

All the children were home for the funeral which was held at the First Baptist Church, the pastor W. H. Rogers officiating.  He was assisted by Rev. J. M. Robinson, a former pastor of Mr. Lee, at Englewood, and H. B. Pillpotts, Associate pastor of the First Baptist Church, Wichita.  Many beautiful floral gifts, expressed the sympathy of hosts of friends.

Contributed by ~Shirley Brier~ October 5, 2005.

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