Honoring Burrton's Pioneers & Settlers

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Kimball Kimball, Bette.  Bette J. Kimball, 71, died May 24, 2008, at Hospice House. She was born June 19, 1936, in Clinton, Iowa, the daughter of Edward V. and Josephine Humphrey Donahue. She was a graduate of St. Vincent Grade School, Davenport, Iowa, and the Villa Small De Chantel Finishing School, Davenport, Iowa. She had been a resident of Burrton since 1978. She was an escort driver for DMH, Hutchinson, and had been a job coach for Tech, Inc., Hutchinson.  She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Halstead. She married Gaylord Anderson on November 7, 1953, in Davenport, Iowa. They divorced. She married Wayne L. Kimball on December 28, 1964, in Jaurez, Mexico. He died May 19, 1998. Survivors include: nine children, Michael Anderson and wife Dorothy, Stafford, Virginia, Gale and husband Mark Hickling, Midlothian, Virginia, Connie Anderson and Kenny Williams, Hutchinson, Tammy and husband Brian Unruh, Burrton, Wayne Kimball II and wife Dawn, Rogers, Ark., Michael Kimball, Halstead, Kathleen and husband Homer Unruh, Burrton, Candace and husband Jeff Kepford, Davenport, Iowa, and Steven Kimball and wife Reisa, Halstead; two foster daughters, Rori Beth and husband Christopher Mason, Mt. Juliet, Tenn., and Robin and husband Johnny Redinger, Burrton; 27 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Margery, a granddaughter, Tonya Dickerson, two brothers, and seven sisters.  Funeral will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home and Crematory, Hutchinson, with Father Stephen Baxter presiding. Burial will follow in Burrton City Cemetery, Burrton. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Monday, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m., all at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, in care of the funeral home.

Kinder, James A.  James A. Kinder enlisted July 27, 1861 as private Company D 18th Missouri Infantry.  Served four years.  Was in engagements at Shiloh and Corinth.  Was in Sherman campaign at Atlanta, also in his grand march to the sea.  Was present and took part in the grand review at Washington before President Johnson.  (Our Old Soldiers, written by A. Perry, G.A.R., published in the Burrton Monitor, Friday September 22, 1882.  Page 2).


Kliewer, Henry.  Henry Kliewer was born on January 9, 1862, in the village of Franzthal, South Russia, where his parents, one brother, and his sisters and he came to America. He was then a lad of thirteen, unusually strong and robust for his age, and well able to assist his parents in the many problems incident to establishing their pioneer home near Buhler, Kansas. His father died one year later, leaving him and his brother John to care for and support their mother and sisters. His pioneer life experienced many dangerous trials, but he was always aware that his Heavenly Father was watching over him and caring for him. He was baptized at an early age by Rev. Dietrich Gaeddert in what is now the Hoffnungsau Church. Increasingly, both in early and in later life, his fellowship with the church afforded him deep spiritual satisfactions. He was always active in church work, taking a keen interest in Sunday school work and particularly in Christian Endeavor work, a number of which he personally helped to organize. After several years of work at home and for others in the neighborhood, he married Maria Kliewer (no kinship) in the year of 1881. His wife was the daughter of Rev. Gerhardt G. Kliewer. The young couple served two years as mission farmer at Cantonment, Oklahoma. In 1889 the family moved to Shelly, Oklahoma, where he homesteaded near the Washita River. Several years he served as government farmer among the Arrapahe [sic] and Cheyenne Indians, after which he returned to private farming for several years, and enjoyed a happy family life. About 1903, during the winter, he moved, together with his family, to Gotebo; and at various times in his life he lived in Valentine, Texas; Carlsbad, New Mexico; Newton and Burrton, Kansas; Susanville, California; Newport, Washington; and returning to Burrton, where he spent the last eleven months of his life.

His wife passed away in September, 1911, while living in New Mexico. To this union were born fourteen children, of which four preceded their mother in death. After eight years as a widower years filled with grief and loneliness, he was married to Mrs. Gertrude Jantzen Unruh, at Burrton, Kansas, in the fall of 1919. This wedlock continued until December, 1938, when his beloved wife also preceded him in death. The following four years he spent with his children, first at Newport, Washington; then at Tulsa, Oklahoma; Newton, Kansas; and in Pennsylvania. In October, 1942, he came to Burrton, Kansas, where he made his home with his widowed sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Regier, until his passing. While he had been in ill health for many years with rheumatism, he was active and able to get around until only a few days before his death, when heart trouble developed. He passed away quietly in peaceful slumber at the Bethel Deaconess Hospital, Newton, Kansas, at 8:20 a. m., Saturday, September 25, 1943. He attained the age of 81 years, 8 months, and 16 days. Surviving him are nine children five sons and four daughters; Gerhart M., residing at Newton, Kansas; John C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Sam S., Tulsa, Oklahoma; Mrs. Elizabeth Winsinger and Frieda Kliewer, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Mrs. Martha Gamber, Scottdale, Pennsylvania, and Mrs. Sara Fietz, Villanova, Pennsylvania. Also surviving are three step-children: Rev. P. D. Unruh, minister of the Mennonite Church at Newport, Washington; Ernest F. Unruh, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and Mrs. Linda Mott. He had twenty-two grandchildren; of these, twenty-one are living. Another son, Christian H. Kliewer precede him in death in June, 1942. His life was an active life, filled with work, both private and public. His mind worked along socially constructive lines, and he found his deepest satisfactions in helpful fellowship among his immediate family and his church relationships, and in the sweet consciousness of a close walk with God.  Funeral services were held at the Burrton Mennonite church, conducted by Rev. J. J. Epp and Rev. Frank Pankratz. Interment was in the church cemetery.  (Mennonite Weekly Review, October 7, 1943, page 3)

Kline Kline, Dorothy (Stalcup).  Dorothy Stalcup Kline, 84, died Sept. 20, 2007, at Hospice House, following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.  She was born June 13, 1923, in Burrton, the eldest child of J.H. and Lela Jones Stalcup. She graduated from Burrton High School and was the senior class valedictorian, and then received a degree in education from Emporia State Teacher's College. Following college, she taught second grade at Avenue A Grade School, Hutchinson. She became a full-time homemaker following her marriage to Norval N. Kline Jr. on May 29, 1948, in Hutchinson. He died May 28, 2007.  She was a charter member of Park Place Christian Church, and served there in many ministries including teaching children's Sunday school, Christian Women's Fellowship, caring for the ill through friendly phone calls and by sending notes of encouragement, assistance in preparing funeral dinners for grieving families, and preparing meals for the Soup Kitchen. A lifelong learner, she loved reading and was a member of the U and I Study Club. Survivors include: a son, N. Paul and wife, Sheryl, Phoenix; two daughters, Mary Kline McKellar and husband, Donald, and Julie Kline Bellah and husband, Randy, all of Phoenix; a brother, Harold Stalcup, Burrton; three sisters, Ruth Schmucker, Carol Winkley and Jane Koontz, all of Hutchinson; four grandchildren, Jenna Kline Noel, Brooke, Brendan and Taylor Bellah; and two great-grandchildren, Logan and Aiden Noel. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Dodds. Memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Park Place Christian Church, Hutchinson, with the Rev. Kim Biery presiding. Friends may sign the register from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson. The casket will remain closed. The family will greet friends following the memorial service in the church parlor. Private family graveside service will be in Penwell-Gabel Cemetery and Mausoleum, Hutchinson. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the church or the National Pancreas Foundation, 364 Boylston Street, Fourth Floor, Boston, MA 02116 or at www.pancreasfoundation.com.

Kramer, David & Mary.  D. Kramer enlisted as Private in Co. G 57th Ohio infantry, for three years, served full time.  Was in battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg, and seige of Atlanta and other smaller engagements, was under General Logan of Sherman's command.  (Our Old Soldiers, written by A. Perry, G.A.R., published in the Burrton Monitor, Friday September 22, 1882.  Page 2).  David E. Kramer was born October 13, 1843 and died November 6, 1914.  He was married first to Ella R. Evans (Jan. 24, 1848 - Jan. 16, 1874), then to Mary O. Parnham (Jun 19, 1856 - Aug. 20, 1938).  All are buried in the Burrton Cemetery, Burrton, Kansas, Block 3 Lot 80, Graves 1-3.

David & Mary had a son, Charles P. Kramer, born Dec. 4, 1876, died March 29, 1877, and another son, Edward C. Kramer, born Apr. 30, 1879 and died July 30, 1879.   The boys are buried together in grave 4. (compiled by Darren McMannis).


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