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John M. Hillmon

John M. Hillmon
Company C, 10th Iowa Infantry
The Quenemo News, Friday, May 7, 1909


John McLean Hillmon was born in Montgomery county, Indiana, January 29, 1834, and died at his home near Quenemo, Kansas, Thursday April 29, 1909 at 3:45 p. m. and was laid to rest in the Oak Hill Cemetery in a family lot near the Soldiers’ Monument.
He lived in his native state until his 20th year when he moved to Tarma county Iowa where he resided until the spring of 1857. He then came to Kansas and located near Valley Falls but in the fall of the same year he moved to the city of Hiawatha, coming there when there was only one house and he built the second one in this new properous city. He lived in Hiawatha until 1860 when he moved to Illinois where he spent the winter and then removed to Iowa, where on the 10th day of August, 1861, he enlisted in the United States Army, a member of Co. C, 10th Reg. Iowa Infantry, enlisting at Toledo, Iowa and discharged at Little Rock, Ark., August 15, 1865. He took part in the battles of Island No. 10, Madrid, Corinth, Iuka, Port Gibson, Jackson, Miss., Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Atlanta, Sherman’s March to the Sea, Capture of Savannah and Goldsboro. Mr. Hillmon received severe injuries to his eyes which at times caused total blindness and much suffering all along the path of life.
After his discharge from the army he returned to his home in Iowa and remained there until 1868 when he returned to Kansas and located at Hiawatha where he resided until 1881. He then moved to a farm in Hamilton township, Brown county, in 1890 he moved to Goff and in 1902 he settled on the farm near Quenemo where he has since lived.
He was a member of Hiawatha Lodge No. 35 A. F. and A. M. and in this lodge he was Senior Warden nine years and W. M. one year. He had been a Mason about 45 years and was also a Knight Templar.
He married Miss Harriet E. Loutham, a native of Ohio, at Helena, Iowa, Feb. 24, 1868. He spent most of his life as a farmer and a stock raiser. Considering his long life we can know but little of him, and to those who know him nothing we could say would add to or take away. But knowing him in the eventide of life we found him intelligent, kind and charitable, ever thoughtful of his neighbors and friends. He will be missed very, much by those who knew him.
To mourn his loss he leaves a wife and seven children, two sons and five daughters and a host of friends and relatives. All the members of the family were present except two daughters. The children are as follows; Wm. Hillmon lives near home; T. B. Hillmon Glassco, Kans; Mrs. Grace Cummings, Caldwell, Idaho; Mrs. Matie Reed, Blessing, Texas; Mrs. Esther Gaumer, Phillipsburg, Kans.; Mrs. Eureka Phelps, Kansas City, Mo. and Mrs. Pheobe Lahr, Glassco, Kans.
The funeral services were conducted by the Masonic Order of Lyndon, Quenemo and Pamona Sunday at 10 o’clock at the home concluded by burial at Oak Hill Cemetery. Some lovely floral offerings were sent by the Masons, Eastern Star and friends.
To the sorrowing ones we extend sympathy and may the All-Wise Father do for them what human hands cannot do.
A Friend.

Asbury D. Keifer

Asbury D. Keifer
Co. I, 10th KS. Infantry
South Kansas Tribune, Wednesday, January 9, 1885, Pg. 3:
Date of death, January 4, 1885

Mr. A. D. Keifer, one of the best and most respected citizens of Independence, died on Sunday last, after a lingering illness, of Bright’s disease, and was buried on the following day.

Star and Kansan, Friday, January 23, 1885, Pg. 3:

Asberry Dallas Keifer

Brief mention was made of the death of this young man—which occurred January 4, 1885—in these columns a short time ago; but the loss of a citizen of this character calls for something more that a passing notice.
A. D. Keifer was born near Millersburg, Holmes county, Ohio, August 8th, 1840. He emigrated with his people to Kansas in 1859 and settled in Baldwin City, where he became a student of Baker University, closing his connection with that institution in 1862, by enlisting as a private in Company I, Tenth Regiment, Kansas Volunteer Infantry. After being in the service some time; it was discovered that his health, always delicate, unfitted him for active service in the field, and he was detached and assigned to lighter duties, which his scholarship and fine skill as a penman fitted him to perform in the most acceptable manner. Nevertheless, in the hardships he had already endured he contracted rheumatism, from which he never fully recovered. He settled in the south part of this county in 1869, and served one term as trustee of Parker township. Subsequently he received the appointment of deputy clerk in the County Clerk’s office, which place he held for five years. After leaving the Clerk’s office he went into the abstract business where his work gave great satisfaction by reason of its neatness, clearness and accuracy. In 1876 he married Irene, eldest daughter of E. T. Mears, of this city. His wife and two children, a son and a daughter, survive him.
Though possessing the highest qualifications of a public officer, honesty and capability, A. D. Keifer’s party never saw fit to put him in a public place. He had no taste for a scramble for public office, and no taste for the gutter politics which so often disgraces local contests. He was filled with a healthy contempt for the illiterate, self-constituted leaders of his party in this county, who sit in the gutter and pelt with mud those who may oppose them. A gentleman possessing his culture and fine sense of honor could not expect political preferment at the hands of such fellows.
As a businessman, Mr. Keifer was prompt, energetic, honest and scrupulously exact. In social life he was modest, genial and kind. He lived the life of a Christian, rather than one of profession. In his death his family has lost a kind husband and father, society has lost an honest man; the State has lost a useful citizen. A. A. S.

Contributed by Mrs. Maryann Johnson a Civil war researcher and a volunteer in the Kansas Room of the Independence Public Library, Independence, Kansas.