Honoring Burrton's Pioneers & Settlers
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
"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
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, 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
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
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, 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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