Clark County Clipper, May 31, 1928


Walter Putman Quillen died at his home in the west part of this city Wednesday, May 30th, at 10:20 a.m. at the age of 69 years, 5 months and 6 days.  Mr. Quillen had been in poor health for some time.

The body was taken to the Home Furnishers Morgue to be prepared for burial.  The funeral will be held at the Christian church tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. Rev. Asa E. Ingram will preach the funeral sermon.  Paul I. McCasland will be in charge as funeral director.

Clark County Clipper, June 7, 1928


Walter Putnam Quillen was born December 24, 1858, in Lea county, Virginia, near the town of Jonesville.  In 1872 the family moved from Virginia to Indiana where he grew to manhood.

In 1881, he married Dora Harlan and their union was blessed with five children, two boys Harvey, the oldest and John, and three girls, Mrs. Leona Ford of Enid, Okla.; Mrs. Ella Christopher, of Wichita, Kan.; and Mrs. Lizzie Byers of Miami, Tex.

In 1885 he moved to Kansas, locating near Ottawa, where he remained for three years.  He then returned to Indiana and remained there until the death of his wife which occurred in the summer of 1894, when he immediately came back to Kansas.

In 1898, he married Mary Stancil and in December 1919 she answered the call of the grim reaper and passed into the great beyond.

He moved from Kansas to Oklahoma, near to Gage, in 1909 where he lived for two years, coming then to Ashland, where he made his home until the day of his death, May 20, 1928.

Those who knew him best testify to his sterling character and his gentle disposition.  He loved his family, his neighbors and his friends.  He covered their faults with the mantle of charity and enlarged their virtues by his loyalty.  Never was he known to speak ill of anyone.

In the spring of 1924, he opened his heart to the Christ and accepted Him as his personal Savior.  He became a member of the Church of Christ in Ashland and remained faithful until the end.  In conversation with his pastor, some weeks before he died, he expressed his entire willingness and readiness to go and declared that his only regret was that he had waited until so late in life before surrendering to Jesus. 

Besides his two sons and three daughters, he leaves to mourn his departure, five brothers; Henry of Quenemo, Kansas; Elihu of Wellington, Kansas; Leven of Wichita, Kansas; Emmit of Ashland, Kansas and Orben, of Syracuse, Kansas, besides many other relatives and an unnumbered host of friends.

'Tis well, O friends.  We would not turn retracing,
The long vain years, nor call our lost youth back;
Gladly, with spirits braced, the future facing.
We leave behind the dusty, foot worn track.

Funeral services were conducted from the Church of Christ, Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, the Rev. Asa B. Ingram, pastor of the church, in charge of the services.  Paul I. McCasland, local undertaker, directed the funeral.  The body was interred in Highland cemetery.

Contributed by ~Shirley Brier~ November 1, 2005.

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