Herman Straw Obituary

Clark County Clipper, August 24, 1905


Mr. Herman Straw departed this life at 7:00 a.m. Aug. 22, 1905 at the residence of his daughter and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Levi Wilson, Lexington, Kansas, having made his home with them for the past four years, since the death of his wife.

Mr. Straw was born in Marrow county, Ohio, Nov. 23, 1825, and was united in marriage with Miss Mary J. Jacobs in September, 1848.  To this union were born two sons and three daughters, of whom only one, Mrs. Levi Wilson is now living.

After the death of this wife, July 13, 1865, he was united in marriage with Miss Anna M. Lindville of Clayton, Ill., in Dec. 1869.  Their only child passed away in infancy.

After residing 24 years in Ohio and 23 years in Warren co., Ill., he and his wife came to Sumner co., Kansas and settled near what is now called Riverdale, not far from Wellington, making their home for about 30 years.  During that time he filled acceptably for three years the office of County Commissioner, and was for four years Postmaster at Riverdale.  A few months ago he came with his son-in-law and family to live at Lexington, Clark-co., Kansas.

Almost 50 years ago Mr. Straw made a public profession of religion and united with the Presbyterian church of Monmouth, Ill., remaining a continued member of that denomination to the time for his departure to join the church triumphant in the skies.  He was an active church worker, a good contributor, and, for bout 25 years a Ruling Elder.

He was a man of more than ordinary make-up.  His physical constitution was robust and his mind remarkably bright and vigorous.  With convictions deep and strong, he firmly adhered to things right and just, thus resenting in his heart and life a fine specimen of true, noble manhood.

He was very fond of children and young people, always proving himself a genial companion for such.

About a week before his departure he said: "I am thinking of the home over there; and I am ready to go."

He has left behind to mourn a serious loss, a daughter, Mrs. Wilson, of her husband and four children.

"One by one we cross the river,
One by one we are passing o'er;
One by one the crowns are given,
On that bright and happy shore."

At 3:30 p.m. Aug. 22, funeral services were conducted and quite a concourse of friends at the residence, by pastor C. P. Graham of Ashland Presbyterian church, and the following day the remains were transported to Riverdale for interment in the family lot.

Sympathy is extended to those called to mourn.  -A Personal Old-Time Friend.

Contributed by ~Shirley Brier~ October 8, 2005.

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