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Bela Clark Needham Obituary
Lowell (MI) Ledger
21 May 1908

Death of Former Lowell Resident

Bela C. Needham died very suddenly at his home at 553 Horton Ave.,
Grand Rapids, Monday evening at the age of 66 years.

He had worked all day as usual. On reaching home at night he ate
a hearty supper and being exhausted from his day's work retired early.
When Mrs. Needham went to the room at 6 o'clock she found him dead.
His death was caused by an acute attack of indigestion.

Funeral services will be held at the Baptist church in this village
at two o'clock this afternoon, conducted by Rev. W.D. Ogg with the
assistance of Rev. E.P. Knight, and burial will be made in Oakwood

Mr. Needham was a resident of this village for many years. About
three years ago he sold his pleasant home and removed to Grand
Rapids where he has since resided. He leaves a wife, two daughters,
Mrs. Jennie Moore of Eagle and Mrs. Flora Ribble of Big Rapids,
two brothers, George and James P., one sister Mrs. John W. Ballard
of Alto and numerous other relatives besides a host of friends in
this village.

Robert Endriss "Bob" Needham Obituary
Kansas City Star
02 Mar 2006

Robert E. "Bob" Needham    
Robert Needham, 79, Leavenworth, KS, passed away February 28, 2006. 
Funeral services 1 p.m. Saturday March 4, at St. Paul's Episcopal
Church. Burial Mt. Muncie Cemetery. Following the burial the family 
will receive friends at the St. Paul's Episcopal Parish Hall, 7 & 
Seneca, Leavenworth. 

Robert Endriss "Bob" Needham Obituary
Leavenworth (KS) Times
02 Mar 2006

Robert Needham 

Robert E. "Bob" Needham, 79, of Leavenworth, passed away Tuesday, Feb.
28, 2006, at Specialty Select Hospital, Overland Park.

Bob was born July 20, 1926, to Thekla E. (Farrell) and Fred L. Needham
of Tonganoxie, graduated from high school in 1944 and married Patricia
L. Edmonds on Sept. 23, 1955. 

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Fred F. Needham of

Bob leaves Patricia, his devoted wife of more than 50 years; two sons
and their families, Jeffrey R. Needham and wife, Cristie of Olathe, and
their children, Kindel (Needham) Baxter and husband, Josh of Mission,
and Jeffrey C. Needham; Daniel R. Needham and wife, Mary of Kansas City,
Mo., and their children, Katherine and Michael.  

Bob also leaves a brother, Harold V. Needham of Osage Beach, Mo.;
sister-in-law, Janice (Edmonds) Carolan and husband, Walter of Mission
Hills; and sister-in-law, Mary Ann Needham of Tonganoxie. "Uncle Bob"
was loved by his nieces and nephews and will be dearly missed by his
extended family and many friends.

Bob served in the Army in the Philippine Islands during World War II and
received the Combat Infantry Badge, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal,
Philippine Liberation Ribbon with Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, World
War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal. 

Bob retired from the city of Leavenworth as deputy director of Public
Works after 31 years of service.

He was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. He was a registered land
surveyor in the state of Kansas and a member of the American Public
Works Association, Elks, Eagles and the Veterans of Foreign Wars
Tonganoxie Post. 

He had most recently been a dedicated volunteer at the Leavenworth
Assistance Center and a supporter of the Tonganoxie Museum. Bob came
from the land, growing up on a farm in Tonganoxie and always had a great
love of the land, gardening, and watching and caring for the birds.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 4, 2006, at the St.
Paul's Episcopal Church.

Burial will follow in Mount Muncie Cemetery, Lansing. Following the
burial the family will receive friends at the St. Paul's Episcopal
Parish hall, Seventh and Seneca streets, Leavenworth.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Leavenworth
Assistance Center or St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Davis Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Catherine Amelia Lowe Needham Obituary
"Tonganoxie Mirror"
30 July 1903 (front page)

Her Illness Proved Fatal

Mrs. H. V. Needham was operated upon at St. Joseph's hospital in Kansas
City, last Thursday, and it was found that her ailment was a cancerous
tumor. It was apparent at once that there were no chances of recovery.
Mrs. Needham began sinking, and Friday afternoon her sufferings of
several years terminated. 

Catherine Lowe was born at Yarmouth, Canada, April 9, 1844, and at her
death was fifty-nine years three months and fifteen days old. She went
from Canada to Missouri with her parents when sixteen years old, and
moved to Illinois two years later, where she lived until her marriage to
H. V. Needham, Sept. 4, 1868. She then came to Kansas, and has lived in
Tonganoxie and vicinity ever since. Mrs. Needham became a follwer of the
Lord Jesus Christ at a revival meeting conducted by her father in
Onorga, Illinois, January 1865, and her hope remained sure and trustful.
Having lived in this community for thirty-five years she was well-known
and respected by everybody, and she will be missed as a loving wife and
mother, a good neighbor and a consistent christian. During her last
illness she spent the greater part of her wakeful hours in prayer, and
requested her friends to meet her in Heaven. Her last words were
"Goodbye, take good care of the dear ones, and meet me over there." 

The funeral service was held in the Congregational church, Saturday
afternoon, and Rev. Windle delivered the sermon from Rev. 14:13, and a
very large procession followed her remains to Maple Grove cemetery,
where she was laid to rest. A husband, four sons and two daughters
survive her, and only one of her children, an infant daughter, precede
her to the better world. The sorrowing relatives have the heartfelt
sympathy of the entire community. 

Mrs. Needham, on her deathbed requested that her four sons, Louis,
Harry, Vincent and Fred act as pall bearers at her funeral, and this
request was carried out.

"Servant of God, well done,
Thy glorious warfare's past,
The battle is fought, the race is won, 
And thou art crowned at last."

Charles Fitch Needham Obituary
"Oskaloosa Independent"
Oskaloosa, Jefferson, KS; 20 May 1932			


Mr. C. F. Needham passed away at the home of his daughter Mrs. F. H.
Roberts, last Sunday morning, following an acute illness of ten days. He
had almost recovered from the effects of a break to a hip bone, a year
ago, when reactions set in that brought on his rapid decline; a touch of
pneumonia he was unable to throw off. Tho he had passed his 88th
birthday he appeared to have no organic ailment, read hours every day
without spectacles, and maintained his lively interest in affairs until
within a few days of his death. 

Charles Fitch Needham, son of Elder George Needham and Risa Titus
Needham, was born Feb. 9, 1844, at Battle Creek, Mich. Within a few
months after his birth, his parents returned to their former home at
Providence, R. I. , where Elder Needham was pastor of the Congregational
Church and later became an evangelist. 

Charles was raised in that deeply religious environment of the
parsonage, developing in him a keen sense of right and of reverence for
the things of God. 

His elementary education was had in select schools at Providence, his
secondary training in Grand Prairie Seminary, Onargo, Ill., to which
place the family removed. He became familiar with the Hebrew and Greek
language in order to read the Bible in the original tongues. The Bible
was ever his guide in life and he sought to interpret its truths through
the profession of teaching, through music, to which he was passionately
devoted, and through the practical service of his fellowmen. 

A seminary romance resulted in his marriage with Miss Nellie Lucas at
Onarga in April, 1868. Deciding to follow other members of the Needham
family to Kansas, Charles and his bride came to this state and settled
on a farm northeast of Tonganoxie. Later they lived at Springdale and in
1876 came to Oskaloosa where he became band director. 

Their six children are Daisy M. Roberts, of Oskaloosa; Robert H.
Needham, of Ft. Worth, Tex; Claud L. of Parma, Mo.; G. Ray of Houston,
Tex.; Charles O., of Philadelphia, Pa.; Helen of Brussels, Belgium. Mrs.
Needham died January 1881. In 1885 Mr. Needham removed to Leavenworth,
where he was married in 1889, to Mrs. Luvina Lockwood. During a
residence of 25 years in that city he was active in church and musical
organizations, and took especial interest in developing orchestras among
boys of foreign birth, who were numerous in Leavenworth. 

For the sake of his wife's health Mr. and Mrs. Needham removed, in 1910,
to Waldron, Ark., where she died a few years later. Her children
surviving are Mrs. Grace Walker, Bonner Springs, Ks., Mrs. Pearl Turner,
Houston, Tex. 

Mr. Needham came to Oskaloosa in 1922 to make his home with his
daughter, Mrs. F. H. Roberts, at whose home he passed away May 15, 1932,
aged 88 years. 

He is survived by two brothers, Hawley V. and George W. of Tonganoxie,
Ks., by four grandchildren, one great granddaughter, thirteen nephews
and nieces, sixteen grandnephews and nieces, eleven great grand nephews
and nieces. 

For a number of years in his early life he was choir director of the
Methodist Church at Oskaloosa; in his declining years it was his joy to
be able still to sing in the choir of this same church, and it was here
that the simple funeral service was conducted by the pastor, Rev. Earl
O. Harbour, on Tuesday afternoon, May 17. 

Interment at Pleasant View cementery beside his long-departed wife. 


To the many friends of Mr. C. F. Needham in this community we express
our appreciation of the kindness shown him during his long illness, and
of the sympathy expressed at his death through floral offerings and
assistance at the funeral service. 

Daisy M. Roberts and Family 

Those from out of town attending the funeral of C. F. Needham included
his brother, George Needham; nephews Louie Needham and daughter Helen,
Fred Needham; a niece, Miss Elsie Needham; all of Tonganoxie; a
step-daughter, Mrs. Rice Walker, Mr. Walker, their daughters, Mrs. Dolly
Freeman, Mrs. Gertrude Green, and Mrs. Fern Thomas and son Billy, of
Bonner Springs; Mrs. C. W. Kirkham, Mrs. Wm. C. Allen, Mrs. George
Farrell, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Casteel, Mr. O. Halstead and sister Miss
Bertha, Mr. and Mrs. John Winslow, Miss Nellie Parney, all of
Tonganoxie; Mr. R. W. Reynolds of McLouth; Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Buck of
Topeka; Mrs. J. W. Roberts of Lawrence. 

Eleanor Jean Simmons Needham Obituary
Leavenworth (KS) Times and Kansas City Star
04 Jan 2000

Eleanor J. Needham died Sunday Jan. 2, 2000, at her home in Leavenworth.
She was 72. 

Mrs. Needham was born Jan. 24, 1927, the daughter of Albert and
Elizabeth Cameron Simmons. 

She graduated from St. Mary's Academy and began working at Fort
Leavenworth with the Military Review. She moved to Bell Hall and became
an editor, and retired at CACDA as an editor and technical writer in

She was a member of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, the Altar
Society, Saint John Hospital Guild, an active worker at the information
desk, Saint John Lifeline and The Place. She married Harold Needham May
22, 1954, at the old Cathedral in Leavenworth. He survives of the home. 

She is also survived by two sons, Vince Needham, Manhattan, and Jim
Needham, Leavenworth; a brother, Albert "Bill" Simmons, Clayton, Calif.;
and one sister, Betty Lee McAdams, Bethesda, Md. 

Friends may call after 3 p.m. today at the Belden-Sexton- Sumpter
Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. A parish rosary will
be recited at 6:30 p.m. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of
the Immaculate Conception with the Rev. Terrence Cyr, O.Carm.

Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be given to the Kansas City Hospice.

Eleanor J. Simmons Needham Obituary
"Tonganoxie Mirror" Obituary Vertical File
Tonganoxie Public Library
09 Jan 2000 issue

Eleanor J. Needham

A Mass of Christian Burial for Eleanor J. Needham, 72, Leavenworth,
will be at 10 a.m. today at the Church of the Immaculate Conception
with the Rev. Torrence Cyr officiating. Burial will be in Mount
Calvary Cemetery.

Mrs. Needham died Sunday, Jan, 2, at her home.

She was born Jan. 24, 1927 in Leavenworth, the daughter of Albert
and Elizabeth Cameron Simmons. She graduated from the St. Mary's
Academy and began... [clipping cut off]...

She was a member of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, the
Church Altar Society, St. John Hospital Guild, and worked at the 
information desk, St. John Lifeline and The Place.

She married Harold Needham on May 22, 1954, at the Old Cathedral
in Leavenworth. He survives at the home. Survivors include two sons,
Vince Needham, Manhattan, and Jim Needham, Leavenworth; a brother,
Albert "Bill" Simmons, Clayton, Calif., and a sister, Betty Lee
McAdams, Bethesda, Md.

Elsie Loretta Needham Obituary
"Tonganoxie Mirror"
07 Dec 1944
(The front page of this issue includes the obituaries of
both Elsie Needham and MG Farrell, plus a wartime report of 
Major Fred Eric Needham leading the capture of a German town.)

Miss Elsie Needham

Miss Elsie Loretta Needham passed away at the home of her
sister, 2423 H. Street, Thursday evening, November 30. Miss 
Needham had been a resident of Bellingham for the past seven 
years, having spent the remainder of her life at Tonganoxie, 
Kansas, She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and 
the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is survived by a
foster daughter, Helen Elsie Needham of Seattle; four brothers,
Louis F. and Fred L., both of Tonganoxie, Kansas, Vincent of
Anthony, Kansas and Harry L. of Auburn, California; one sister,
Mrs. Katherine Shepherd of Bellingham; many other relatives
and a host of friends. Funeral services were conducted from the
Westford-Beck Funeral Home Saturday, December 2, at 1:30 p.m.
with Rev. Russell Gregg Bisnett, of the First Presbyterian
church, officiating. Internment, Bay View.

Floe A. Neel Farrell Obituary
"Tonganoxie Mirror"
11 Feb 1954

Mrs. Floe A. Farrell

Mrs. Floe A. Farrell, 62 years old, died early Tuesday at the home, 
1306 South Thirty-third street, Kansas City, Kansas. She was a member 
of the Congregational church at Tonganoxie when the family lived here 
a number of years ago. She leaves her husband, George H. Farrell of the 
home; a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Hayes, 1415 South Thirty-sixth street, Kansas 
City, Kansas; two sisters, Mrs. Mae Wallace of the home and Mrs. Lillie
Layman, Los Angeles; three brothers, W. T. Neel, Nevada, Mo., H. M.
Neel, Los Angeles, and Earl Neel, Grand Rapids, Idaho, and two
grandchildren. Funeral services were held at two o'clock today
(Thursday) at the Simmons chapel in Kansas City, Kansas. 

Fred L. Needham Obituary
"Tonganoxie Mirror"
31 Jan 1963

Fred L. Needham

Funeral services for Fred L. Needham, RR No. 1, Tonganoxie, Kansas,
who passed away January 26, 1963, at the age of 87 years, were held
Tuesday, January 29, 3 P.M. at the Congregational Church in Tonganoxie,
Kansas. The Rev. William Lipe officiated. Internment was in Maple Grove
Cemetery, Tonganoxie, Kansas.

Mr. Needham was born August 22, 1875, in Leavenworth County, Kansas.
He was a Deacon Emeritus and a Charter Member of the Congregational 
Church in Tonganoxie, and a Privileged Member of the Kiwanis Club,
and had served as Township officer and School Board (Grade) officer
for many years.

He is survived by three sons, Fred F. Needham, Tonganoxie, Kansas,
Robert E. Needham, and Harold V. Needham, both of Leavenworth, Kansas;
sister, Mrs. W. M. Shepherd, Bellingham, Washington; two brothers,
Harry Needham, Sacremento, Calif., Vin Needham, Anthony, Kans., and 
seven grandchildren.

The Quisenberry Funeral Home of Tonganoxie had charge of the arrangements.

Hawley Varnum Needham Obituary
"Tonganoxie Mirror", 
Vol. 51, No. 12; 21 July 1932 (front page).

Note: H.V. Needham edited the "Temperance Department" column,
"devoted to the interests of the WCTU" for the Mirror in 1885.

H. V. Needham Passed Away
The Last Civil War Veteran
End Came Early Tuesday Morning 
To Tonganoxie Pioneer Resident -
Resided Here 60 Years

Tonganoxie was saddened Tuesday to learn of the death of one of her
pioneer settlers, Hawley V. Needham, who was called to his eternal
reward early that morning. Mr. Needham was the last surviving Civil War
veteran in this community, had always been active in civic affairs as
well as the religious activities of the community. 

Hawley V. Needham was born July 12, 1842 in Oberlin, Ohio and departed
this life July 19, 1932, aged 90 years and 7 days, at his home in
Tonganoxie, Kansas, after an illness of several months duration. 

Mr. Needham came to vicinity of Tonganoxie in 1865, shortly after the
close of the war. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Needham and three
children came in the spring of 1868, and they all settled on a farm a
short distance from Hoge on Stranger Creek. This is the farm on which
the Cliffs are located. 

H. V. Needham went back to Illinois in the fall of 1868 where he was
married, bringing his bride back to Tonganoxie with him. They resided on
their farm until 1878 when they moved to Tonganoxie and settled on the
place now occupied by his son, Fred Needham and family. 

Mr. Needham organized the first Dairy Association and the first Farmers'
Institute in the state, the latter in 1880. He probably built the first
silo, and was the inventor of the octagon silo, from which he never
received any compensation. He was the president of the Tonganoxie
Creamery Ass'n for seven years, introduced alfalfa to this community and
bought the first registered Holstein. He served Tonganoxie as its mayor
for two terms and was superintendent of the local Congregational Sunday
School for twenty-five years. 

Survivng him are his two daughters, Miss Elsie Needham, of the home
address, Mrs. Kitty Shepherd, Bellingham, Wash.,; four sons, Fred and
Louie of Tonganoxie, Harry and Vin of California. He is also survived by
several grandchildren, among them Miss Helen Needham, who has made her
home with her grandfather; and one brother, George of Tonganoxie, also
five great-grandchildren. 

This is the third death in the Needham family in the past three months,
his sister Carrie and brother, Charles, having preceded him in death
only a short time. 

Funeral services were held this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the
Congregational Church in Tonganoxie. Internment was in the family lot in
Maple Grove cemetery. 

No one can live in a community as long as Mr. Needham without having
made many friends, which he did. He was always willing to lend a helping
hand to anyone who needed it and to go forward with any new enterprise,
bearing the largest part of the burden himself. Mr. Needham is
responsible for the preservation of many of the early happenings in and
around Tonganoxie and his help has been invaluable to the Mirror in
recording the same. The Mirror joins with the many friends of Mr.
Needham in Tonganoxie and vicinity in extending sympathy to the family
in their bereavement. 

James Endriss Farrell Obituary
"Tonganoxie Mirror"
14 Jun 1978

James E. Farrell

James Endriss Farrell, 80, of Lee's Summit, died June 11, 1978 at John
Knox Medical Center. 

He was born in Leavenworth and had lived in the Kansas City area 36

He was an accountant before he retired. He was a member of the
Tonganoxie Congregational Church, and a member of the Blue Lodge and the
Scottish Rite bodies. He was a past worshipful master and past worthy
patron of the Rinda Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star,
Tonganoxie. He was an Army veteran of World War I. 

He leaves two sisters, Mrs. Lois Margaret Deaton, Kansas City, and Mrs.
Izola M. Gould, Lee's Summit. 

Services were held June 13, 1978 at Mount Moriah Chapel and at 2 p.m.,
Wednesday, June 14, at graveside in Hubbel Hill Cemetery, Tonganoxie. 

Kathryne Lowe Needham Shepherd Obituary
Bellingham (WA) "Herald"
Tue, 24 Apr 1984, p6B

Shepherd, Kathryne Lowe, passed away April 21 at the age of 102 years. Beloved
mother of Mrs. Ray K. (Catherine) Imus, grandmother of Margaret Kaiser, Harold
& Keith Imus. Also survived by 6 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grand-
daughter, and 13 nieces and nephews. Member of First Presbyterian Church of
Seatlle, 50 yr. member of Bellingham First Presbyterian Church, past regent
& 60 yr. member of Cheif Whatcom Chapter DAR & resident of Hilltop House
for 16 1/2 yrs. Memorial services Wed. at 2 p.m. in the chapel of First 
Presbyterian Church, 8th & Spring St., Seattle. Arrangements Howden-Kennedy
Funeral Home of West Seattle. Private interment Greenacres Memorial Park, 
Bellingham, WA. Those who wish may contribute to a favorite charity.

Dr. Leon H. Tubbs

Dr. Leon Henderson Tubbs, 84 year old native of Gramle, Ontario, Canada,
died last Thursday morning at his home near the Havre de Grace Race

In 1859 he came to Wisconsin and later attended the University of
Wisconsin and the Chicago Veterinary College. Upon graduating, he
practiced at Senica, Kansas, where he was credited with instituting the
dehorning of cattle. 

Moving to Maryland in 1898, he maintained a hospital at Catonsville
until 1903, when he purchased part of the old Wilton farm near Havre de
Grace. He was deeply interested in the location of a race track there,
and remained one of its stockholders until the time of his death. 

Besides his wife, Mrs. Cricket S. Tubbs, the deceased is survived by a
daughter, Mrs. Bonnie Tubbs Watts. 

Funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the
home of his daughter, and interment was in Angel Hill Cemetery. 

The Rev. R. Allen Brown was the officiating minister, and those who
served as pallbearers were: Messrs. Robert R. Lawder, Peter J. Flavin,
Murray Lawder, Charles Eckard, Edgar Murray, and Jesse C. Pusey.

Martin George Farrell Obituary
"Tonganoxie Mirror"
07 Dec 1944
(The front page of this issue includes the obituaries of
both Elsie Needham and MG Farrell, plus a wartime report of 
Major Fred Eric Needham leading the capture of a German town.)

M. G. Farrell

Martin George Farrell, 87, died Friday night at his home in 
Tonganoxie. He had lived in Leavenworth County 60 years, and 
was a former Tonganoxie mayor. Mr. Farrell had suffered from a 
lingering illness.

Born July 4, 1857 at Plattsburg, N.Y., Mr. Farrell came to 
Leavenworth in 1884, marrying Miss Mollie Endres October 7, 1886.
The family moved to Tonganoxie in 1907, where they have lived 
ever since.

Mr. Farrell was a merchant in Leavenworth and Tonganoxie
until ill health forced him to retire 15 years ago. He served 
two terms as mayor of Tonganoxie, being elected in 1913-1914
and 1917-18. Mr. and Mrs. Farrell celebrated their golden
wedding anniversary in 1936.

Mrs. Farrell died April 16 of this year.

The former mayor is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Theckla
Needham and Mrs. Lois Deaton, both of Tonganoxie; and Mrs. Izola
Gould, Emporia; three sons, George H. Farrell, Kansas City, Kans.;
Earl W. Farrell, North Kansas City, Mo.; and James E. Farrell,
Kansas City, Mo.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at
the home in Tonganoxie. Rev. Archie Toothaker, pastor of the 
Congregational Church officiating. Music was furnished by a 
ladies quartet, Mrs, Perry Walters, Mrs. Wm. McGee, Mrs. Noble 
Christensen and Miss Alice Spoor. Miss Marie Mitchell, pianist. 
Interment was at the family lot, Hubbel Hill Cemetery, 
Tonganoxie. The pallbearers were Foster Laming, Chas. Woodward,
Charles Corlett, Bud Gress, Roy Huffman and Henry F. Geib.


Card of Thanks

We wish to thank our friends for the beautiful floral offerings, 
also for the many acts of kindness shown us during the illness 
and death of our father.

- The Farrell Children.


Vin Needham of Anthony, Kansas came to attend the funeral services
Sunday afternoon of Mr. M. G. Farrell. He returned home Thursday 
after a visit with relatives and friends.

Mary S. Burgess Needham Obituary
Lowell (MI) Ledger 
03 Apr 1919

(Wife of Bela Clark Needham)

Obituary - Mrs. Mary Needham.

Mrs. Mary Necdham passed away suddenly Wednesday morning, Mar. 26, in
Grand Rapids at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dick Castle, where she was
visiting at the time. She had been sick a few days; but was better and
planning to come home this week to her son W. H. Wisner's, where she had
been since last July.

When a resident of Lowell, she was a member of the Baptist church and an
ardent worker in the W.C.T.U. 

The funeral was held Friday afternoon at the Baptist church, Rev. W.M.P.
Jerrett officiating; burial at Oakwood. 

The deceased was 70 years of age and very active until death came. 

She leaves one son, two grandsons, four sisters and one brother with a
host of friends to mourn her loss.

Mollie Johanna Endriss Farrell Obituary
"Tonganoxie Mirror"
20 Apr 1944

Mrs. M. G. Farrell

Mollie Johanna Endriss was born at Leavenworth, Kansas on Sept. 11,
1862, the daughter of C. G. and Maria Endriss. She departed this life
Sunday afternoon at 3:20, April 16, 1944 at the age of 81 years, 7 months
and 5 days. On Oct. 7, 1886 she united in marriage to Martin George
Farrell. To this union were born eight children, a son and an a daughter
dying in infancy. Surviving are the husband, three daughters, Mrs.
Theckla Needham of Tonganoxie; Mrs. Izola Gould of Emporia; Mrs. Lois
Deaton of North Kansas City, Mo.; three sons, George H. Farrell of
Kansas City, Kansas; Earl W. Farrell of North Kansas City, Mo. and James
E. Farrell of the home. Also seven grandchildren and two great
grandchildren. She was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church at
Leavenworth, a member of Rinda Chapter No. 82 0.E.S. and of Truth
Rebekah Lodge No. 266. While her health permitted, a faithful member of
the Congregational Women's Association. 

On October 7, 1936 she with her husband celebrated their Golden Wedding
Anniversary. The many friends who attended the reception attested to the
love and esteem her friends had for her. To know her was to love her and
she always had a jolly word and a smile for every one. Her chief
interest in life centered in her home and her children and she was never
happier than when surrounded by her family. Flowers were her next love
and the yard at her home was always with blossoms. She was truly a
wondeful mother and a true friend to all who knew her. 

Funeral services were held in the Congregational Church Tuesday
afternoon conducted by Rev. Archie Toothaker. Music was furnished by a
quartet composed of Mrs. May-beth Walters, Mrs. Ann Christensen, Miss
Alice Spoor and Miss Laura Cory. Miss Cory also sang a solo. Miss Marie
Mitchell was organist. 

Patricia Lou (Edmonds) Needham
Leavenworth Times & KC Star
Mon 3/20/2006 

Patricia Needham 

Patricia Lou (Edmonds) Needham, 76, Leavenworth, Kan., passed away
Friday, March 17, 2006, at home. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, March 22, 2006, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Seventh and
Seneca streets, Leavenworth, Kan., with burial at Mount Muncie Cemetery,
Lansing, Kan. The Rev. Michael Munro will officiate.

Following the burial, the family will receive friends at St. Paul's
Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to
the Leavenworth Assistance Center, 426 Miami St., Leavenworth, KS 66048
or to St. Paul's Episcopal Church. 

Patricia or "Pat" as she was known to countless friends, was born March
13, 1930, in Lansing, Kan., to Irene (Patterson) and Rupert R. Edmonds
of McLouth, Kan. She graduated from Lansing High School in 1947, and
attended Kansas City Business College. On Sept. 23, 1955, Patricia
married Robert E. Needham and was blessed with more than 50 years of
love and companionship until his death in February of this year.

She was preceded in death by her parents and beloved niece, Dr. Jane
Carolan. Pat leaves two sons and their families: Jeffrey R. Needham and
wife Cristie of Olathe, Kan., and their children, Kindel (Needham)
Baxter and husband Josh of Mission, Kan., and Jeffrey C. Needham; Daniel
R. Needham and wife Mary of Kansas City, Mo., and their children,
Katherine and Michael. Patricia also leaves her sister Janice (Edmonds)
Carolan and husband Walter of Mission Hills, Kan.; Brother-in-law Harold
V. Needham and wife Marilyn of Osage Beach, Mo.; and sister-in-law Mary
Ann Needham, Tonganoxie, Kan.  

"Aunt Pat" was a lot of fun, and a good pal and well loved by her nieces
and nephews.

Pat had a long and distinguished career as a medical secretary and
accounting clerk, working for 19 years at Cushing Hospital and eight
years at Physicians Clinic, Leavenworth, but most of her friends will
remember her exhausting volunteer schedule serving in a variety of
capacities at her church home St. Paul's Episcopal, the Leavenworth
Assistance Center, and Leavenworth County Master Gardeners, just to name
a very few. 

She had the enviable gift of hospitality, forever bringing people
together to meet a new friend or neighbor, graciously sharing a seedling
or cutting from her lovingly tended garden, or to share one of her
delightful and extremely well thought-out meals. She loved to sew and to
cook and had the personal histories of all of her recipes ready at-hand
to share with any who were interested.

Pat had a lifelong passion for reading fueled by the discovery of the
public library as a child living in California during the Depression. 

She was a devoted KU Jayhawks fan, following them with almost as much
enthusiasm as she followed the accomplishments of her children and
grandchildren. Pat was a most loyal and thoughtful friend.

Her sharp wit, giving nature, and beautifully expressive sense of
language carved out a special place in the hearts of all who knew her. 

Risa Eva Needham Obituary 
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No date given; 
(presumably 01 Nov 1996 issue of the Harper paper).

Risa E. Needham

Risa Eva Needham, daughter of Hawley Vincent Needham and Laura Lena
(Ellis) Needham, was born July 20, 1911 at Palisade, Colo. She passed
away Monday evening, Sept. 30 at the Freindship Manor in Anthony at the
age of 85.

Risa was a registered nurse and was active in nursing for 40 years.
She was a graduate of Bethany School of Nursing in Kansas City, where
she became operating room supervisor. Later was the hospital administrator
at Junction City and Clay Center. 

Her professional career was most challenging in her long time position
with Great Plains Lutheran Hospitals as Director of Nursing. She planned
new facilities, and worked in each facility for a year or more to train
and establish the nursing care. These hospitals included St. Francis, 
Hoxie, Eureka, Caney, Phillipsburg, Lincoln, Smith Center, all in Kansas,
and Alma and Gothenburg, both in Nebraska.

Risa also served as a member of the Kansas State Board for Hospital
Accreditation for several years until retiring from the position in

Risa moved to Harper after retiring in 1974 and had lived here since
that time. Risa was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Argonia.

She was preceded in death by her parents, H. V. and Laura Needham and
two brothers, Hawley Needham and Fred Dwight Needham.

She leaves a sister, Genevieve Chism, Anthony; a brother, Frank Needham,
Hemet, Calif.; many neices and nephews as well as great and great-great
neices and nephews.

Graveside services will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 3 in the Maple
Grove Cemetery, Tonganoxie, with Pastor Stan...[clipping cut off].

Theckla Farrell Needham Obituary
"Tonganoxie Mirror"
12 October 1961

Mrs. Theckla Needham

Funeral services for Mrs. Theckla Needham, RR 1, Tonganoxie, Kansas, who
passed away October 8, 1961, at the age of 71 years, were held
Wednesday, October 11, 2 P.M. at the Congregational Church in
Tonganoxie, Kansas. The Rev. William Lipe officiated. Internment was in
Maple Grove Cemetery, Tonganoxie, Kansas. 

Mrs. Needham was born Sept. 1, 1890, at Leavenworth, Kansas, the
daughter of George and Mary Farrell. 

She was a member of the Congregational Church of Tonganoxie. Survivng
are her husband, Fred L. Needham, of the home, three sons, Fred F.
Needham, Tonganoxie, Kansas, Robert E. Needham and Harold V. Needham,
both of Leavenworth, Kansas, two sisters, Mrs. Walter Gould, Emporia,
Kansas, Mrs. Leonard Deaton, Kansas City, Mo., three brothers, George
Farrell, Kansas City, Kansas, Earl Farrell, Ontario, Calif., James E.
Farrell, Kansas City, Mo., and six grandchildren. 

The Quisenberry Funeral Home of Tonganoxie, Kansas had charge of the

Obituary Abstracts
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"Needham Son" Obituary Abstract
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25 Mar 1897 issue

Needham, Son
Died: 19 March 1897, age 3 mos., Oskaloosa
Parents: Mr. & Mrs. R. H. Needham


Jackie Farrell Obituary Abstract
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09 May 1929 issue

Farrell, Jackie
Died: 4 May 1929, age 6 yrs. Scarlet fever.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl W. Farrell, K.C.
Survivors: Parents; bro. Richard; grandparents,
Mr. and Mrs. M. G. Farrell, Tonganoxie.
Burial: Elmwood cemetery


Amelia Schoenau Needham Obituary Abstract
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02 Jun 1966 issue

Needham, Mrs. Amelia (Schoenau)
Sacramento, Ca.

Died: 28 May 1966
Survivors: husband, Harry, a dau., 2 sons


Charles F. Needham Obituary Abstract
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19 May 1932 issue

Needham, Charles F., 15 May 1932 at the home of his dau.
Mrs. F. H. Roberts in Oskaloosa. Came to Ks. in 1868 with
his parents, settled east of Hoge. He is survived by six
children; Dr. R. H. Needham of Ft. Worth, Tx., George R. 
of Houston, Tx., Claude of Mo., and Charles O. of Philidelphia, 
Pa. Mrs. F. H. Roberts, Mrs. Helen Balfley in Belgium.
Buried in Oskaloosa cem.


Carrie O. Needham Obituary Abstract
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28 Apr 1932 issue

Needham, Carrie O. 21 April 1952 at the home of her
nephew Fred Needham. Caroline Olivia, was B. 24 Feb 1850
at Worcester, Ma. Came to Ks from Ill. with her parents
when she was 18. Survived by three bros H.V. and G.W.
of Tonganoxie and C.F. of Oskaloosa Ks. Buried Maple


Charles O. Needham Obituary Abstract
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28 Oct 1937 issue

Needham, Charles O., d. 23 Oct 1937 in Philadelphia. Sister here
Mrs. F. H. Roberts. Leaves wife, step-daughter and a son. His
bro. Bert is a physician at Ft. Worth, his bro, Claud is at Parma, Mo.
Ray at Wash. D. C., sister Helen Balsely at Berkeley, Ca. Charles
was born and grew up in Oskaloosa, Ks.


Elizabeth "Lizzie" Rule Needham Obituary Abstract
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09 Jul 1973 issue

Needham, Mrs. Elizabeth
Died: 4 July 1973, age 91
Born: 13 Aug. 1881, Lamar, Mo.
Survivors: 1 dau.; Mrs. Dorothy Schultz, Tonganoxie, Ks.;
13 g. children; 6 g.g. children.
Burial: Maple Grove cem.


Fred Farrell Needham Obituary Abstract
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Issue not noted; probably 30 Nov 1998

Fred Needham

Fred Farrell Needham, 75, Tonganoxie died Saturday, Nov. 28,
1998, at Providence Medical Center, Kansas City. 

Mr. Needham was born May 21, 1923, in Tonganoxie, the son of 
Fred L. and Theckla Farrell Needham. He served in the Army Air
Corp in WW II and was a member of the V.F.W. Post 9271, past
president of the Kiwanis Club and the Sertoma Club, all of
Tonganoxie. He was a member of the North East Kansas Square
Dancers Callers Association, Mid-America Square Dancers Association
and the senior league Ranch Bowl of Kansas City. Mr. Needham
retired in 1988 as a loan officer for Barkyoumb Realtors, Kansas
City. He was united in marriage June 19, 1948 in Tonganoxie,
to Maryann Soetaert.

He is survived by his wife, Maryann Needham, of the home; two
sons, Rick Needham, Louisburg, KS and Rob Needham, Garland, TX;
one daughter, Cheryl...[clipping cut off].


Elsie Loretta Needham Obituary Abstract
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14 Dec 1944 issue

Needham, Miss Elsie Loretta
Died: 30 Nov. 1944, home of her sister, 
Survivors: 1 foster dau., Helen Elsie Needham, Seattle,
4 bros. Louis F. and Fred L., Tonganoxie; Vincent, Anthony, KS;
Harry, Auburn, Ca.; 1 sister, Mrs. Katherine Shepherd, Bellingham,
Burial: Bay View, Bellingham


Hawley Vincent Needham Obituary Abstract
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05 Jul 1973 issue

Needham, Hawley (Vin)
Died: 1 July 1973, age 102, Wichita, Ks. hospital
Born: 24 Nov. 1871, Tonganoxie, Ks.
Married: Laura Lena Ellis, 22 Nov. 1904, Tonganoxie, Ks.;
she died: 20 Jan. 1919.
Survivors: 5 children, Mrs. James Chism, Anthony; Risa, Eureka;
Hawley, Conway Springs, Ks.; Fred, Las Vegas, Nev.; Frank, Crestline, Ca.;
13 g. children, 24 g.g. children. 1 sister, Katherine Shepherd, Seattle, 
Burial: Maple Grove cem., Tonganoxie, Ks.


George William Needham Obituary Abstract
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31 Mar 1938 issue

Needham, Geo. William, d. 24 Mar 1938, b. N.Y., 90 yrs old.
Died at his home, buried Maple Grove. b. 13 Jan 1884 in Albany,
N.Y., came to Ks. in 1868, never married.


Louis Fletcher Needham Obituary Abstract
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12 Oct 1961 issue

Needham, Louis Fletcher
Tonganoxie, Ks.
Died: 11 Oct 1961, age 91
Lived entire life in Leav. co.
Survivors: wife Elizabeth, 3 daus. Mrs. Herman Schultz, Tonganoxie, Ks.;
Mrs. Ray Imus, Mrs. Ralph Haynes, both Seattle, Wash.; a sister, Mrs.
Wm. Shepherd, Bellingham, Wash.; 3 bros. Vincent, Anthony, Ks., Harry,
Sacramento, Ca., Fred, Tonganoxie, Ks.; 7 g. children; 17 g.g. children.
Burial: Maple Grove cem.


Nellie Wade Rule Needham Obituary Abstract
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28 Feb 1907 issue

Needham, Mrs. Nellie W. (Rule), d. 24 Feb 1907 at her home;
b. 27 July 1872 in Cherokee co., Ks.; m. in 1898 in Omaha, Ne.
to Louis F. Needham. Leaves husband and two daus.; Kathryn, 4
and Helen, 2. Also mentioned: Mr. and Mrs. Bumgardner of Wayne, Ne.
and Schuyler and Miss Lizzie Rule of Jenks, Ind. were here to attend
their sister's funeral. She was buried in Maple Grove.


Risa Loretta Titus Needham Obituary Abstract
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29 Dec 1904 and 05 Jan 1905 issues

Needham, Mrs. Risa, d. 27 Dec. 1904, b. 17 Feb. 1817 in Onandaga, N.Y.;
maiden name Risa L, Titus. She married George Needham at Hampton, N.Y.
8 Nov. 1836. Lived in N.Y., Mass., Rhode Island, and Ks. She had 7 children,
five survive her: one sleeps in Ohio, one in N.Y. Only ones listed were
H.V., George, and Miss Carrie.


Harriett Hill Needham Obituary Abstract
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05 Jul 1951 issue

Needham, Mrs. R. H.
Fort Worth
Died: 4 July 1951, age 76
Survivors: husband, a son, Herbert, Pineville, La., 2 sisters,
Misses Julya Hill, Lawrence, Ks.; Josephine Hill, San Francisco, Ca.
2 g. children.


Laura Lena Ellis Needham Obituary Abstract
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23 Jan 1919 issue

Needham, Mrs. Vincent (Laura Lena Ellis)
Died: 20 Jan. 1919, age 37
Born: 21 May 1882, Turin Iowa, moved with parents to Tonganoxie, 1902.
Married: Vincent Needham, Thanksgiving day 1904; 5 children born,
3 sons, 2 daus.
Survivors: 5 children, husband, her father, mother, 2 bros., 3 sisters.
Burial: Maple Grove cem.


Fred Dwight Needham Obituary Abstract
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date not given, probably 16 Mar 1992

Dwight Needham

Mr. Dwight Needham, 83, of Forest Grove, OR, passed away Saturday,
March the 14th. Mr. Needham is a former resident of Tonganoxie.

He is survived by two sisters, Risa Needham of Harper, KS and 
Genevieve Chism of Anthony, KS and two brothers, Hawley Needham
of Conway Springs, and Frank Needham of California.

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