Obituaries - P

Maranda Palmer

Severyite Newspaper; Severy, Elk, KS; 23 March 1928
Submitteded by
Jeffrey Holtz

Maranda Palmer was born in Ohio, April 24, 1839; died at Severy, Kansas, March 20, 1928, at the age of 89 years, 10 months and 27 days.

The great part of her life was spent in (Switzerland County) Indiana. At the age of 40 she was united in marriage with O.H. Palmer, with whom she came to Severy, where she has since made her home.

In early life she became a member of the Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, who passed away 29 years ago, since which time she has made her home with her stepchildren.

She is survived by one sister living in Chicago, Ill, and her stepchildren: P.H. Palmer of Kendall; Ross and Ollie of Severy; Mrs. Dema Nix of Sayre, Okla; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at the Ross Palmer home yesterday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Oliver Cook of the Congregational Church. Interment was in Rural Vale cemetery.


O. H. Palmer

The Severyite (newspaper), 2 September 1898
Submitteded by
Jeffrey Holtz

DIED...Of typho-malaria fever, at his home in Elk County (KS) Saturday night @ 12 o'clock. O.H. Palmer, age 57 years 10 months and 3 days. Mr. Palmer was born in Switzerland County, Indiana, in 1841. At the age of 19 he enlisted in the army and served his country for three years, being wounded at the battle of Chickamaugua. In the year 1865 he was united in marriage to Fannie C. Mix. Six years later he emigrated west, settling on the place where he lived until his death. In 1879 his wife died leaving him with six small children. In 1880 he married Maranda Griswould of Indiana. His last illness lasted seven weeks and four days, during which time he suffered all that man can suffer, and notwithstanding that all was done that loving care and skillful physicians could devise he was called away from this world of sorrow and trouble. He leaves a wife, mother, five children and a host of friends to mourn him. He was a kind husband, loving father, good neighbor and a true friend.


Philander Felson Phillipps

North Vernon Plain Dealer Newspaper
Submitted by Sheila Kell

OBITUARY -- Philander Felson Phillipps, son of Nelson and Ellenett Phillipps, born near Sugar Branch; Switzerland county, Ind., January 28, 1858, departed this life near Butlerville, Jennings county, Ind.,  April 7, 1925, aged 67 years, 2 months and 10 days.

He was untied in marriage to Charlotte Elizabeth Stewart April 7, 1886. Three sisters, Mrs. Vira Spoofner and Miss Mary Phillips of North Vernon, Mrs. Robert Clark of Shelbyville, and one brother, Hiram Phillipps of Madison, are the near surviving relatives.

P. F. Phillipps as he was famialliarly known, was a man of sterling gualities. He was honest and upright in all his dealings with his fellowmen and spurned that which savored of dishonesty. He was disposed to look on the bright side of life and tho, in the latter years of his life he was somewhat weighted down by ill health he never gave up his cheerful and almost jolly disposition and habits of former years. He was indeed no pessimist. He had friends as all good men have and will be missed in this community in which he was so well known.


Emma (McNutt) Powell

Paper unknown, January 13, 1947
Submitter unknown

Mrs. Emma Powell
County’s Oldest Lady Taken By Death Tuesday Morning

Switzerland county’s oldest citizen, Mrs. Emma Powell, who on December 29th celebrated her 103rd birthday, passes away Tuesday morning at 6:15 o’clock at tht home of her daughter, Mrs. W. H. Bodey near Quercus Grove. Mrs. Powell was ill only a few days and her death was due to the infirmities of her age. Prior to her illness she was able to be about and to enjoy her usual prusuits which have been most unusual for a person of her age. Mrs. Powell was a daughter of William and Sarah Smith McNutt and she was born in Posey township in 1843. All of her life was spent in that community. On February 16, 1866 she was married to John H. Powell who died many years ago. Four children were born to the union of who only the one daughter mentioned above survives. For the past thirty-five years Mrs. Powell has resided with Mr. and Mrs. Bodey who have given her every loving care and attention. In spite of her frail body she had persisted in visiting relatives and friends and in attending public functions with keen enjoyment. Mrs. Powell was the oldest member of the Patriot Baptist Church and was faithful in her attendance as long as her health permitted. She will be greatly missed by a wide circle of friends and relatives. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Patriot Baptist church with Rev. Robert McNeely, Rev. W. S. Lowe and Rev. Arthur Pritchett in charge. Interment will be made in the Rising Sun cemetery by undertakers Humphrey & Phillips.