|Birth: ||Apr. 19, 1842|
Death Removes a Prominent Pioneer
Follwoing closely on he death of D.H. Hagar and Samuel Caufman, the grim reaper invaded another home of a pioneer Jackson County resident, William Harvey Lasswell. Mr.Lasswell succumbed to a short illness last Friday. His final illness lasted only a fortnight, as he had been on the streets in late summer.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church Tuesday afternoon, conducted by a close friend,Rev. R.O.Penick of Hiawatha. The Dynamo quartet sang, and at the grave, the Masonic Order, of which the deceased was a long time member, gave the burial ritual.
Pall bearers were F.L. Riederer, Henry Keller, E.S. Dunn, W.T. Beck, Chas. M. Fletcher, Arnold Jepson, A.W, Bender, John Hinnen Jr., Walter Bennett, Fred King.
Mr. Lasswell was born April 19, 1842 in Rock Castle County, Kentucky, and died in 1925 in Holton, Kansas. He was married to Sarah E. Ballinger Feb. 22, 1863 in Platte County, Mo. The children born to this union are Marion E., Alice, Maude, and Blanche, deceased; Harvey A. and Otis of this county; and Jesse R. of Oakland, Oregon. There are 17 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Mr. & Mrs. Lasswell lived in Leavenworth County after their marriage, coming to Jackson County in 1880. They lived on their farm in West Jackson until 1900 when they moved to Holton and have resided there since. Mrs. Lasswell survives her husband.
"Harve" Lasswell was one of the most prominent and best-liked citizens of the county. Coming here nearly 50 years ago, he located in the sparsely settled west end of the county, Adrian township. He bought up several tracts of land, and engaged in buying and selling stock. By reason of this business acumen, careful judgment, and industry he accumulated much land and stock. He was a great influence in developing the rsources of that section of the county. That he dealt fairly and generously with his neighbors was fully attested by the large number of his former friends gathered at his funeral to pay him their last tibute of respect.
In politics Mr. Lasswell was a Democrat and always a leader in party affairs, his acquaintance and influence in politics extending beyond the confines of the county. He held one or more terms as county commissioner in an early day, but he never sought office holding so much as working as a laborer in the political vineyard of the Democratic party. For the last 15 years he has been president of the Holton Cemetery Association, to which work he gave unstintedly of his time and talent.
Mr. Lasswell will long be remembered as an honest citizen, generous and helpful to his friends and neighbors, kind and affable in his manner, and a builder who has done his full part in developing the resources of his county and state.
Sarah Elizabeth Lasswell (1840 - 1930)*
Marion E. Lasswell (1864 - 1908)*
Blanche E Lasswell (1883 - 1902)*
Plot: Section 4 (west)
GPS (lat/lon): 39.46045, -95.75844
Created by: Barbara Pendleton
Record added: Jun 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54085497