Honoring Burrton's Pioneers & Settlers

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Fast Fast, Marie.  Marie Fast, 89, of Webster Groves, Mo., former Burrton resident, homemaker, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 1987. Service 2 p.m. Saturday, Burrton Christian Church. Survivors: son, Kenneth of St. Louis; daughter, Glennis Elder of Columbia, Mo.; brother, Theodore Teten of Burrton; sisters, Anna Meier of Haven, Irene Meier of Burrton. Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

Findley, Fred R. (Obituary)   Fred R. Findley, 79, of Burrton, died Sept. 13, 2010 at his home. He was born Nov. 6, 1930 in Parsons, KS, the son of E.V. and Dollie Mae Dodds Findley.  He was a Burrton resident since 1954, also living in Hutchinson, McPherson, Sylvia and Texas. He was the Owner/Operator of E.V. Cathodic Protection Services. He was a member of Burrton United Methodist Church, 25-year member of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, had been a reserve Sheriff for Harvey County and formerly belonged to the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 982, Hutchinson. On May 25, 1952 he married Nedra Cox; she died Feb. 2, 1992. Survivors include a son, Earl Findley and wife Misty, Hutchinson; a sister, Earlene Neuway, Hutchinson; four grandchildren, Marcus and wife Tiffany Findley, Maurice Findley, Megan Findley and Amanda King; nine great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Virgil and Charlie Findley; and a grandson Tate Findley. Funeral at 10 a.m., Friday at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home and Crematory, with Rev. Mike Graber presiding. Burial will follow in the Burrton Cemetery. Friends may sign the book from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, with the family to greet friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., all at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Association in care of the funeral home. Visit www.PenwellGabelHutchinson.com to leave the family a personal message.

Findley, Virgil Eugene.  (Obituary)  Virgil Eugene Findley, 81, died Oct. 27, 2008, at his home in Burrton. He was born March 11, 1927, in Salina, the son of Earl and Dolly Dodds Findley. He was a graduate of Bushton High School. A resident of Burrton most of his life, he owned Virgil Findley Construction Company. He was also a self-employed welder. He was an active serving member of the Burrton United Methodist Church. On Dec. 29, 1973, he married Marceline Stewart Collins in Burrton. He was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Survivors include: his wife, Marceline, of the home; a son, Douglas Collins and wife Frankie, Geneva, Neb.; two daughters, Diane Rader and husband Byron, Springfield, Mo., and Debra McMannis, Hutchinson; a brother, Fred Findley, Burrton; a sister, Earlene Neuway, Hutchinson; four grandchildren, Brook Rader, Ava, Mo., Nate Rader and wife Kelli, Marysville, Kan., Cody Rader and wife Nicole, Starkville, Miss., and Dusty McMannis, Hutchinson; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Findley and a son-in-law, Don McMannis.  Funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Burrton United Methodist Church, Burrton, with Pastor Frank Morgan presiding. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home and Crematory, Hutchinson. Burial will follow in Burrton City Cemetery, Burrton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Burrton United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.

Flickinger Flickinger, Ella.  Ella Ruth Flickinger, 102 1/2, homemaker died Friday May 1, 2009, at Newton Medical Center, Newton. She was born October 22, 1906, in Exendine, Okla., territory to John J. and Lydia Zerger Schwartz.  She was a member of First Mennonite Church, Halstead, and attended Burrton Mennonite Church. On June 28, 1925, she married Jacob Joseph Flickinger in Monroe, Wash. He died March 3, 1965. Suvivors include: sons, Larry and Carrol Flickinger, Burrton, David and Vicki Flickinger, Burrton, and Ronald and Shirley Flickinger, Newton; brother, Alfred Schwartz, Ben Lomond, Calif.; sisters, Clara Gerber, Erma Albrecht, Millie Clark, and Leora Hansen, all of Monroe, Wash.; 35 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and 47 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded by sons, John, Eugene, and Jake Flickinger, daughter, Selma Dalke, and brothers, Emil, Albert and Clarence Schwartz. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday May 5, 2009, at the First Mennonite Church, Halstead, with the Rev. Jim Dunn and the Rev. Jim Gundy presiding. Visitation from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 4, 2009, at Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead, with the family present from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Halstead Cemetery, Halstead. Memorials may be sent to the MCC, or the American Cancer Society, both in care of Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.
Flickinger G.W. Flickinger, Burrton’s blacksmith and wagon maker, was born in Perry County, PA on January 5, 1830, where he learned his trade and lived until 1856, when he came west and was employed in the Agricultural Implements Works of John Deere, at Moline, IL. He made the plow that was sent to the World’s Fair at Vienna, also the plow that took the premium at the Centennial Exposition, at Philadelphia, and was employed there until he came to Kansas in 1878. In January, 1865, he enlisted in Company G, 47th Regiment Illinois Volunteers, and joined his command near Mobile, AL., and participated in the taking of Fort Blakely and Spanish Fort; after the surrender was employed in the secret service for a time and was mustered out in February 1866. He organized his business of blacksmith on coming to Burrton in 1878 and was also engaged in buying grain and feeding stock for shipping. He owned five lots, a business house and shops in Burrton and 160 acres in Section 6, used as a stock ranch. He was married in 1852 to Miss Sarah Curtis, a native of Pennsylvania. They had five children - Flora, Susan, Amos, Alice, and Clara. He was a member of the IOOF and AOUW, first past master made in Illinois. Was a member of the Board of Supervisors of Rock Island County, IL., one term and member of the City Council of Moline, IL., two terms.
Franklin Franklin, John & Susanna.  (1871 Pioneer) (Burrton Township) - One of the pioneers of Burrton township, and probably the oldest farmer who has won for himself a place among the prosperous agriculturists in this portion of the country, is John H. Franklin, who first opened his eyes to the light of day in Pennsylvania on the 5th of February, 1833.  He is of Irish lineage, but his parents are natives of this country.  His father was born in 1796, in Long Meadow near Boston, Massachusetts, who during the War of 1812 engaged in teaming, and in 1813, when a lad of seventeen years of age, left home to become a sailor, the ship on which served running to and from the West Indies and other islands along the coast.  For seven and one-half years he pursued this life, but finally left the water and engaged in working at iron smelting and forging at Middle Sligo, Pennsylvania, where he remained for eighteen years.  While there he met and won for his wife Miss Susanna Womer, who lived at Bald Eagle Furnace.  They were the parents of nine children, of whom four are now living.  They lost an infant son and a daughter of about three years of age, and three sons were killed in the Civil War namely: Joseph Franklin, Erastus Franklin (who died from wounds sustained in the war), and William Franklin, who contracted a disease while in camp, from which he did not recover.  The children now living are:  John H. Franklin, the subject of this review; Jerry Irving Franklin, who is now living in Oklahoma with his family; and George Franklin, a carpenter living in Iowa.  The two latter sons served in the war of the Rebellion, Jerry remaining in the service during the entire period of the struggle between the north and south.  Eliza Jane Franklin, the only surviving  daughter, married Joseph Holland and is living on the old homestead in Pennsylvania.  The parents are both passed away in Van Buren County, Iowa; the father in 1873, his wife surviving him but a short time.  John H. Franklin received a most limited schooling and was early taught the labors and duties that fall to the lot of the agriculturist.  Until the time of his marriage he remained at home, working at lumbering at the old water-power sawmill in Cambridge county, Pennsylvania.  October 18, 1852, when twenty years of age, he was joined in marriage to Margaret J. Hollen, a native of Pennsylvania, who was born July 23, 1827.  She is now in her seventy-fifth year, yet is able to attend to the duties of her own home.  She was the mother of ten children, of whom six are now living, namely; Erastus Franklin, who is at home operating the farm with the assistance of his brother Charles E Franklin; Samuel Franklin, a resident of eastern Kansas, who has one son (Charles Edward Franklin, born in Decatur county, Iowa, March 30, 1860, living on the home farm); L. I. Franklin, a stone-mason and plasterer; Susan Franklin, wife of Joseph McKenry, of Burrton township, and mother of two children; and Benjamin Franklin, a traveling man, who has two sons.  The children who are deceased are: Lucy Franklin, the second child in order of birth, born in Pennsylvania September 31, 1854, and died in Iowa in 1855; Elizabeth Franklin, who died in 1877, having lost her infant child; John Franklin, who succumbed to an attack of diphtheria when five years of age; and Robert Franklin, who died at the age of twenty months, within eight days after the family arrived at Burrton.  John H. & Margaret Franklin arrived in Kansas on the 8th of April, 1871, with their family and all their worldly possessions, which consisted of a pair of good horses, one cow and one dollar in cash.  On a barren tract of eighty acres of open prairie land he erected an abode for his family, a little log cabin twelve by sixteen feet.  Their only neighbors were the family of John Blades, who had also settled in this section of the country, and these two men began the test of cultivating this unimproved land.  The vegetation was scant: no trees or shrubs were to be seen nearer than those on the sand hills or along the little Arkansas river, but in spite of the discouraging outlook they labored unceasingly.  In time trees were planted, fields and pastures were laid out, and the land was transformed into a flourishing and productive farm.  Mr. Franklin now has a large grove of cottonwood, walnut, honey locust and hackberry trees, as well as an orchard of three acres.  Everything about the homestead, from the comfortable residence and substantial barns and outbuildings to the well tilled fields rich with golden harvests, indicates the careful supervision and indefatigable labor of the owner.  Mr. Franklin also purchased eighty acres of land adjoining his farm, but afterward sold it.  Politically Mr. Franklin is a Populist from the Republican ranks, having voted for Fremont in Iowa, and twice for Abraham Lincoln.  He prefers not to hold office, but for nine years, however, served on the school board in Kansas, and was also elected road supervisor, performing his duties with such intelligence and industry that he is considered the most competent man that has held the office.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Franklin are consistent members of the Christian Church, and are greatly beloved by all who know them.  The family were for three years residents of Washington territory and while there voted for the administration of it as a state.  (Biographical History of Central Kansas: 1902, pp. 719-720).

Frayne, R. I.  R. I. Frayne enlisted October 9, 1861 as private in Co. F. 22nd Kentucky Volunteers, afterwards transferred to veteran reserve corps, was promoted to Lieutenant.  Was wounded by a minnie ball in the Army of the Cumberland.  (Our Old Soldiers, written by A. Perry, G.A.R., published in the Burrton Monitor, Friday September 22, 1882.  Page 2).  Cemetery Records do not show that Mr. Frayne is buried in Burrton, but he purchased a plot for Anna I. Frayne, born June 18, 1799 and died February 13, 1880 (Burrton Cemetery, Burrton Kansas, Block 3 Lot 42 Grave 5).  "Mrs. Frayne is making some improvements on her residence" (The Burrton Monitor, Friday, June 29, 1883, Page 3).  "Captain R. I. Frayne was a caller at the Monitor office Monday morning." (The Burrton Monitor, Friday, January 11, 1884, Page 3).  "Captain Frayne attended court in Hutchinson this week." (The Burrton Monitor, Friday, January 25, 1884, Page 3). 


Friend, J.  J. Friend enlisted in the 15th Missouri Infantry on November 30th, 1863.  Served two years.  Was in battles at Resaca, Bulls Gap, Nashville, and Franklin, and several skirmishes.  (Our Old Soldiers, written by A. Perry, G.A.R., published in the Burrton Monitor, Friday September 22, 1882.  Page 2).




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