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The Stockton Review
The Stockton Review
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Description: John C. Pulley Obituary

Date: February 7 1924

Newspaper published in: Stockton

Source: Stockton Public Library

The Stockton Review, Stockton, Kan., 7 February 1924

Another name has been stricken from the lessening roll of our pioneer settlers. It was March 23, 1848, in Nodaway county, Missouri, that John C. Pulley began his earthly pilgrimage which extended over a period of 75 years, 10 months and 8 days. He was one of a family of ten children, three daughters and seven sons; a son of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Pulley Sr. Four of this number survive to mourn. The father's demise occurred on April 11, 1865, and the mother died later. The father was a native of Kentucky and his mortal remains are enclosed in Nebraska soil.

John C. Pulley grew to manhood near the place of his birth, and on January 1, 1870, he was united in marriage to Louisa M. Haney, whose demise occurred ten months later. One child came to bless this union, Louisa M., who is now Mrs. S. W. Reeder of the Elm Creek neighborhood. In the year 1872 he was married to Mrs. Elvina Rice, who was the mother of one son, Alonzo Rice, who resides northwest of Stockton, by a former marriage. A very tender and deep affection has always existed between step-father and son. To this second union three children were born—Albert of Lincoln, Nebraska; Alta, now deceased, and Mrs. Hattie Shirck of Kansas City, Kansas.

In the year 1879 the family made move to Kansas, locating on a homestead in the Elm Creek community and this was their place of residence for many years after which they moved to Stockton and engaged in the hotel and restaurant business. Later they moved to Almesa, Kansas, and in the year 1905 returned to the Alcona neighborhood where he purchased a farm and where after 34 years of happy marital relations, the death of his second wife occurred, leaving him again without a companion.

In 1907 he was married to Mrs. Minerva Sammons of Alcona, who survives to mourn his going. The last two years of his pilgrimage was spent in Webster, where after an illness of several months he quietly passed to his reward in the early morning of January 31. All was done that loving hands and medical skill could do but to no avail.

Coming to this section, while it was in an undeveloped state, he made many sacrifices, endured many hardships, and suffered many privations common to pioneer life and has made a worthy contribution to the development and citizenship of the community. In early youth he obeyed the Gospel uniting with the Christian church and has been a faithful servant even to the end. He served as elder of the Elm Creek congregation for a number of years. He has been a member of the Masonic order for more than 54 years, being initiated into its mystic rites by Lodge No. 76 at St. Joseph, Mo., and he has been faithful in the discharge of his obligations to the organization which paid tribute to him by their presence and help in the last sad rites.

He was a devoted companion, a kind affectionate father, a loyal citizen, a friend and brother to humanity, a servant of the Lord. Mankind has profited by his life and sustained a great loss by his death.

Besides the previous mentioned relatives, who survive to mourn, are three brothers, two residing in Clarksdale, Missouri and one at Leavenworth, Kansas, the latter was present for the funeral service; one sister, living in Oklahoma; 13 grand-children, 19 great-grandchildren, a number of other relatives and a host of friends who mourn and enter into tenderest sympathy with the bereft.

Funeral services were held from the Stockton Christian church on Saturday afternoon, February 2, at 2 o'clock; conducted by F. M. McDonald, assisted by E. F. and J. P. Vallette, Warren McCaughley, and Mrs. Irene Noble and Mrs. R. C. Hayes, who furnished the funeral music. The Masonic order attended in a body and had charge of the cemetery service. Ralph Burlin delivered the oration. The large crowd that attended the funeral service was an attestation of the love and high esteem the community had for the departed one.

Submitted: 11/10/05

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