Honoring Burrton's Pioneers & Settlers

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Davis Davis, Timothy.  Timothy S. Davis died Sept. 23, 2008. He was born May 23, 1963.  Survivors include: son, Zachary S. Voth; mother, Rose LaGree; brothers, William and Rod; uncle, aunts and cousins, and special friend, Susan Benbow and many, many friends. Memorials may be sent to the American Diabetes Association or the First Christian Church. Service will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008, at First Christian Church, Burrton, with Pastor Charles Kerr presiding. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Baker Funeral Home, Valley Center. Burial will be in Burrton City Cemetery.  A light luncheon will follow and Tim would have wanted all of his friends and family to attend.

Day, Leicester & Christine.  Leicester Day enlisted Sept. 18, 1861 as a private in Company F, 7th Wisconsin.  Served 3 years.  Was on detatched duty in McDowals construction corps afterwards in the Pioneer corps.  Served in that capacity in battles at Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Fredricksburg, and was almost constantly in hearing of musketry and smell of powder until discharged.  (Our Old Soldiers, written by A. Perry, G.A.R., published in the Burrton Monitor, Friday September 22, 1882.  Page 2).  Leicester Day died August 4, 1897, at the age of 74 years, 4 months, 0 days.  He was married to Christine Day, who died November 15, 1901 at the age of 78 years, 1 month, 7 days.  Buried together with them is Archie Day, born 1885 and died 1887.  All are buried in the Burrton Cemetery, Burrton Kansas, Block 3 Lot 52, Graves 1-3.

"Leicester (Lester) Day, farmer, Section 20, Burrton, owns 160 acres, 100 under cultivation, twenty-five acres fenced with barb wire. Small grove and dwelling 24 x 28 feet, one and one half stories, stable, carpenter shop and outbuildings for stock. Was born in Vermont, in 1823, and when eleven years of age moved with his parents to Ohio. In 1855, he moved to Wisconsin. In 1861, he enlisted in Company F., Seventh Regiment Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and went with his command to the army of the Potomac, and being a mechanic, was detailed in McDowell's Construction Corps and was never actively engaged, although under fire a number of times while constructing bridges and laying pontoons and was present in most of the engagements from second Bull Run to Petersburg. In laying the pontoons at Fredericksburg, was under heavy fire, and at Gettysburg being then in the Pioneer corps, he helped carry General Reynolds off the field, when he was killed by Rebel shooters. In the advance of General Grant's army in 1864, was continually on the front laying bridges for the artillery and in many a close place, and was mustered out near the Weldon R. R. below Petersburg, September 8, 1864. Came from Wisconsin to Kansas and located on his present farm June 30, 1871, and the nearest house was four miles away and had to haul his supplies from Peabody, then the end of the R. R. and lived for quite a time in his wagon, until he got his house up. When the R. R. arrived at Newton, the buildings of Hutchinson in Reno County also commenced shortly after and he being on the direct road between the two places, kept a stage station, called the half-way house, and had a great deal of custom. Has had as many as thirty-eight teams at one time over night. When the town of Burrton was laid out, being a carpenter, he erected a number of the buildings in town, and for three years kept a hotel and feed stable and narrowly escaped being burnt out by prairie fires which destroyed a great deal of property in this vicinity. Was married December 30, 1844, to Miss Christine Curley, a native of Sparta, N. Y. They have eight children -- Malvina A., Elmina D., Catharine M. George, Riley, Pluma J., William W., Hannah Ida, and Giles L. Was on the School Board two terms in Wisconsin and the second Treasurer of Burton Township."

Christine Curley was born on October 8, 1823 at Sparta, Livingston County, New York. Christine Curley was the daughter of William Curley and Catriena Stryker. Christine Curley married Leicester Day on December 31, 1844 at Johnston, Ohio. Christine Curley died on November 15, 1901 at Burrton, Harvey County, Kansas, at age 78. Christine Curley was buried at Burrton Cemetery, Burrton, Harvey County, Kansas. In those early days of Burrton's history, doctors had not yet discovered this little prairie town. (The population of Burrton was 255 at the time of its incorporation.) But a lady lived here who acted as midwife and general practitioner for all the settlers. She was Mrs. Leicester Day and she lived where the Bruce Wilson family lives now. Mrs. Day was one of the most valuable persons in the community. An early day friend of mine told me that he once had a case of acute indigestion. His family sent for Mrs. Day, and after she had given him a dose of her medicine the pain ceased in less than fifteen minutes. Mrs. Day also kept a boarding house to accomodate transients and drummers (salesmen to the younger generation), and one day a Mr. Dickey of Newton on his way to Hutchinson stopped at her house for dinner. He finished the meal before the others and on his way out, he passed by the cook stove. He could smell a delicious aroma coming from the oven and he asked Mrs. Day what she was cooking. She told him it was a wild goose. "Well", he said, "I'll be coming back for supper. Save me some of the goose." When he returned, she had to tell him that it was not a goose but that she did not dare tell him before the other boarders that it was a skunk. She was rendering the oil from it for some patients she had. Of course she had removed the disagreeable effluvia from the creature before she put it in the oven. Mrs. Day told me the story with many a chuckle. Death of Grandma Day Mrs. Leicester Day died suddenly at her home in this city last Saturday, of heart failure. She had been in her usual health and the only indication of an approaching end was when she dropped into a chair and breathed her last. Christine Curly was born Oct. 8, 1823, in Livingston Co., New York. Was married to Leicester Day in Trumble Co., Ohio, on the 31st day of Dec. 1844, resided in the state of Ohio about 11 years from there they removed to Grand (Grant) Co., Wisconsin, where they resided until 1871, when they moved to Kansas, near Burrton, at which place she resided until her death Nov. 15, 1901. Age 78 years, 1 month and 7 days. She was left a widow in 1897, her companion having preceded her to his eternal home on the fourth day of August. She was the mother of nine children, one, Estella, dying in infancy, and Kate Hale, deceased. She leaves three sons and four daughters to mourn her loss, all living near Burrton, with the exception on one daughter, Elmira Darstow, who resides in California. The funeral services were held from the Christian Church Sunday afternoon and were conducted by Rev. Hensley of Halstead. The remains were laid to rest in the Burrton Cemetery.


Dean, Jesse & Mary.  Jesse Dean enlisted in August 1862 as private in Co. F (or Co G) 40th Iowa, served three years.  Was at the battle of Salene, Arkansas.  (Our Old Soldiers, written by A. Perry, G.A.R., published in the Burrton Monitor, Friday February 10, 1882.  Page 2).  Jesse Dean was born in 1844 and died in 1917.  He was married to Mary E. Dean (1849-1917).  Both are buried in the Burrton Cemetery, Block 3 Lot 211, Graves 1 & 2.

Dick Dick, John M.  John M. Dick, 65, passed away Sept. 22, 2008, at Promise Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. He was born May 21, 1943, in Hutchinson, the son of Clarence and Hazel Dick. A resident of Burrton, he worked for Morton Salt Co. On Oct. 25, 1963, he married Gwendolyn Watkins in Hutchinson. She died July 21, 2002. Survivors include: two sons, Jerry, Hutchinson, and Ronnie, Burrton; two brothers, Jim, Hutchinson, and Roy, Jane, Mo.; and five grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife and a brother, Bob. Cremation has taken place. Graveside memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Burrton City Cemetery, Burrton, with the Rev. James Gundy presiding. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be sent to the John Myron Dick Memorial Fund, in care of First National Bank of Hutchinson. Heritage Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Hutchinson, is in charge of arrangements.
Ditson Ditson, Jennifer.  Jennifer Sarah Ditson, 26, died Sept. 13, 2008, in Burrton. She was born Sept. 7, 1982, in Houston, the daughter of James and Kathleen Rivers Easter. She graduated in 2001, from Cotopaxi (Colo.) High School, and attended Pueblo Community College. A resident of Fort Hood, Texas, she was a homemaker.  She belonged to the Canon Community Baptist Church, Canon City, Colo., the Canyon Creek Baptist Church, Temple, Texas, and the Killeen Area Moms Playground Group for Kids, Temple, Texas.
On June 14, 2003, she married Ryan Lyle Ditson at Cody Park Community Church, Texas Creek, Colo. He survives. Other survivors include their children, Elizabeth (4), and Gabriel (2); her parents, James and Kathleen Easter, Texas Creek, Colo.; a brother, Johnathan Easter, Canon City, Colo.; two sisters, Allison Easter, and Victoria Easter, both of Canon City, Colo.; her grandmother, Maxine Easter, South Hutchinson; a great-grandmother, Pearl Easter, South Hutchinson, and her mother-in-law, Georganne Ditson, Canon City, Colo. She was preceded in death by a brother, James Easter Jr., a sister, Elizabeth Easter, and grandparents, Robert Easter, and Rex and Norma Rivers. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, at the First Church of God, Hutchinson, with Pastor David Almanzar presiding. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Burrton Cemetery, Burrton. Memorials may be sent to the Elizabeth and Gabriel Ditson Education Fund, in care of Central Kansas Credit Union.

Dodd, Joseph & Sarah.  Joseph Dodd, enlisted as private in Co. C 49th Indiana Infantry in October, 1861.  Served three years, promoted to Seargent, was in battles at Fort Gibson, Champion Hill, Black River, Siege of Vicksburg, Alexandria, and Arkansas Post.  (Our Old Soldiers, written by A. Perry, G.A.R., published in the Burrton Monitor, Friday February 3, 1882.  Page 2).

Joseph Dodd was born in 1832 and died in 1914.  He was married to Sarah A. Dodd (1826-1915).  They are buried together in the Burrton Cemetery, Block 2 Lot 71 Graves 3 & 4. 

Dole Dole, John Clifton.  (Obituary) John Clifton Dole, 85, retired Burrton Cemetery sexton, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 1988. Service was Saturday.  Survivors: sons, Richard L. of Maricopa, Calif., Stanley of Wichita, James R., Michael, both of Burrton; daughters, Lavonne Jeffrey, Margery Howell, both of Burrton, Ruth Ann Banks of Snyder, Texas; sister, Mildred Heidebrecht of Burrton; numerous grandchildren. Memorial has been established with First Christian Church. Johnson & Sons Funeral Home, Hutchinson.



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