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Arthur Lester "Art" Bailey
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Birth: Mar. 7, 1896
Jackson County
Kansas, USA
Death: Jan. 23, 1935
Cloud County
Kansas, USA


Arthur Bailey, a World War veteran and youngest brother of Elmer and Herman Bailey of this city, died in the Concordia hospital early Wednesday morning. His home was in Burr Oak, Kansas, where he was in the jewelry business. He was 38 years old and had five broters and two sisters.

He had suffered from appendicitis since the previous Thursday.

The body was taken to Holton where a military service will be held from the Gabel & Porterfield funeral home. Definite arrangements have not been made.

He is survived by his wife.



A. L. Bailey, jeweler in Burr Oak for several years, died early Wednesday morning at the hospital in Concordia, after an illness of about two weeks. He had been at the hospital not quite a week. The body was taken to Holton by members of the family and the funeral held there.

The death of Mr. Bailey came as a shock to most of his friends. Peritonitis is named as the cause of his death, possibly resulting from injuries received while Mr. Bailey was in the World War.

Two brothers and a sister were with Mr. Bailey at the time of his death, as well as a few friends. The deceased was rational almost to the last. A brother, Ed Bailey, of Holton, made arrangements for the funeral. We hope to have a complete obituary for next week's issue.


Arthur Lester Bailey was born March 7, 1896 near Circleville, Kansas, and departed this life January 23, 1935, at St. Joseph's hospital, Concordia, Kansas, at the age of 38 years, one month and 15 days. Death was due to peritonitis.

He was the youngest of nine children born to Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Bailey. The father, mother and baby sister preceded him in death.

Arthur spent the early part of his life on the farm near Circleville, Kansas. In 1911 he came with his parents to Holton. He enlisted in the army July 18, 1914, at Holton, Kansas, in Company B, 137th Infantry and was in service overseas during the World War, being wounded in service in the Argonne, Sept. 29, 1918. After spending several months in the base hospital in France he was transferred to Hoboken, N.J., later being sent to the hospital at Des Moines, Iowa, where he received his discharge March 27, 1920.

He took up the study of watchmaking, attending school at Peoria, Ill. After completing this course and working at the trade at various places he went into business for himself at Burr Oak, Kansas. Here he resided until the time of his death.

In the spring of 1923 he was united in marriage to Miss Lola Hayden of Holton, who preceded him in death December 9, 1928. In the summer of 1930 he was united in marriage to Miss Mabel Mendenhall of Burr Oak, who now resides at Paola, Kansas.

He also leaves to mourn his loss five brothers and two sisters, Elmer and Herman of Havensville, Kansas; Harland of Holton, Kansas; Roy of Foraker, Okla.; Ed of Topeka; Myrtle Minner of Soldier, Kansas and Lois Smith of Heber, Calif., also nieces and nephews and a host of relaitves and friends.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Methodist Church, Holton, with sermon by Rev. R.F. Porter and music by the Dynamo quartet. Comrades of Company "B" attended in a body. At the Holton cemetery burial was made with full military honors by the American Legion, the ceremony being conducted by Capt. Scott Berridge, with prayer by Frank Karstetter as chaplain. A firing squad from Company E. National Guard under command of Capt. W.C. Steele, fired the salute.

Plans are being completed for the fourth annual "Hello America" radio hour, to be sponsered by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States indicate that the 1935 nationwide broadcast will be the most extensive and impressive ever held.

A full hour program will be given through the courtesy of the National Broadcasting Company, originating at Washington, D.C. in the evening of Feb. 14, 10:30 p.m. many outstanding features will be talked of at this time.

Since the Lutz-Horton post only meets on the first and third Friday in each month, the following note may be of interest to most of the members as I did not get the item in time for last week, I am writing it now.

In memoriam of Comrade Arthur L. Bailey, of Burr Oak, Kansas, though not a member of this post he was a member of old Company "B" which was made up here in Holton and went to the Mexican border in 1916, where the company spent several months in instruction in close order drill and when they were inducted in the Federal service in 1917 he went across and was one in 4 or 5 million others upon whom this nation depended 17 years ago for the privilege of calling a free country.

He was wounded in action and lay for three days and nights on the battle field before he was found by the litter bearers, receiving a wound from which he never recovered and was being treated for it in the Concordia, Kansas hospital when he died.

A eulogy spoken by Scott Berridge at the grave of his comrade, Arthur Bailey:

"Comrades, once again we have been called to assemble for the final meeting, and parting with one whose life was bound to ours with the most solemn of all obligations --THE OATH of ALLEGIANCE to our GOVERNMENT, and the pledge of COMRADESHIP to one another in a time of NATIONAL crisis. We are proud that we are privileged to be here to pay him this last tribute and bid him this last Farewell. He has answered the last roll call and has gone to report to that Supreme Commander of us all.

"This moment is scared in the almost visible presence of the one who has gone before. We are here to honor his memory as one who offered his life in the service of his Country in a time of National danger; but who is now enrolled in that great Spirit Army whose footfalls make no sound, but on the destiny of men their souls go marching on, sustained by the pride of service to their Country.

"When we recall the things this COMRADE did the HERO host seems mighty in our midst. When peril threatened and our Country called, with what Divine self sacrifice he left his path of peace to enlist in Company "B" and with you Comrades make his breast a barricade against the Nation's foes.

"He fought for us---for us he fell---and how visibly you recall, as if but of yesterday, when you were relieved out of those jaws of death of that living Hell, the Argonne Forest of France, that upon being assembled for roll call only 61 of the 250 were present to answer that call. This Comrade was one of the missing---and well we remember that later we learned that he was one of the many who had been cut down by the enemy's shell fire and how he had been forced to lie where he fell, out there in the rain, and the mud and the muck on that bloodsoaked battlefield for some 36 hours before aid could reach him to soothe his feverish brow or bandage his bleeding wounds, and then after having been rescued and returned to this Country how he was subjected to innumerable painful operations, only to be left with that mark of the grim tragedy of war, a crippled body for the rest of his natural life.

Family links: 
  Herbert Milton Bailey (1854 - 1929)
  Jennie Linn Rader Bailey (1857 - 1918)
  Lola Hayden Bailey (1894 - 1928)*
  Elmer Melton Bailey (1878 - 1952)*
  Harland Melvin Bailey (1880 - 1941)*
  Herman Herbert Bailey (1885 - 1964)*
  Clarence LeRoy Bailey (1888 - 1975)*
  Edgar Rolland Bailey (1890 - 1935)*
  Elsie Myrtle Bailey Minner (1892 - 1967)*
  Lois L Bailey Smith (1894 - 1980)*
  Arthur Lester Bailey (1896 - 1935)
*Calculated relationship
Holton Cemetery
Jackson County
Kansas, USA
Plot: Section 3, Lot 1, Block 74
Maintained by: KUfan
Originally Created by: Thomas Mick
Record added: Sep 29, 2008
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Arthur Lester Art Bailey
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