|Death: ||May 18, 1892|
Edward Borton in the US, Register of Civil, Military, and Naval Service, 1863-1959
Name: Edward Borton
Birth Place: Ohio
Residence Date: 30 Sept 1875
Station or Residence Place: Emporia, Kansas, USA
Title: Register of Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval in the Service of the United States
Volume: Volume 1
Emporia Gazette, Thursday, May 19, 1892
DEATH OF EDWIN BORTON
Sudden and Unexpected Loss of an old and Prominent Citizen
Neuralgia of the Heart Strikes the Fatal Blow
It was the sad duty of the Gazette to announce, yesterday, to most of its readers, the startling intelligence that Edwin Borton had suddenly and unexpectedly died at his home on Union street, at about 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon. The news reached us after part of our edition was out, but most of the carriers delivered the second edition.
Mr. Borton, whose good health was proverbial and whose promise of life was much beyond the average span of years, was taken ill about ten o’clock Tuesday night with neuralgia pains in his breast, and Dr. Jacobs administered a hypodermic injection, which eased the pain. He had attended the Hutchinson convention of the 5th, and taken some cold there which had caused him pain and uneasiness but he had kept about as usual, and been at his office and on the streets Tuesday in apparently his customary health and cheerful spirits. Wednesday he remained at home, but was not seriously ill. He was lying down in the afternoon, conversing cheerfully with his wife, although a good deal bothered by a recurrence of pain in his breast, when he suddenly gasped, three his head back a little and was dead! A neuralgic pain had struck his heart, and his consciousness fled in an instant.
His death, though not less unexpected, was more sudden than that of the late Senator Plumb, and there were no prognostications whatever of any serious illness, the news that he was dead was a very great shock to this community, and has deepened the impression as to the uncertainly of human life, under most favorable circumstances to its continuance. To the loving wife, and daughter, and son, blow came with crushing force, and in this hour of their unspeakable grief they have the deep and sincere sympathy of the people of Emporia. Mrs. Borton was at the home with her husband at the time of his sudden departure from the earthly life. His daughter, Mrs. Chas. Ryder, had started Monday on a visit to friends in St. Louis, to be accompanied part of the way by Mr. Ryder, and they were both at Kansas City when a telegram reached them, and arrived home on the early morning train to-day.
Mrs. Ryder, whose love for her father was, if possible, beyond that of most daughters, was overwhelmed with the terrible suddenness of so unlooked for event as his death and Mrs. Borton is equally prostrated with grief. Mr. Borton’s son, William, and wife had driven into town from their farm yesterday afternoon and went to the house some fifteen minutes before the fatal stroke of neuralgia occurred, and were with Mr. Borton when he died. They are no less stricken with sorrow, and the beautiful home is to-day shrouded in gloom that time only can lighten and make endurable.
The other relatives of Mr. Borton are Mrs. Mary Reynolds, sister, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Asa A. Clark, father of Harry P. Clark, brother-in-law. They have been telegraphed for and will probably be here to attend the funeral.
The funeral services will be held at the residence next Sunday at 2 o’clock and will be in charge of the Knights Templar lodge of which the deceased was a prominent and popular member.
Mr. Borton was born in Waynesviller, Ohio, in about the year 1835. While quite young he went to Cincinnati, where he was engaged as a salesman. In the year 1855 he and his father started west. Taking a boat at Cincinnati they came down the Ohio river, up the Mississippi and Missouri rivers to Boonville, the head of navigation t that time. Here he purchased an ox team and wagon and continued the journey to Lawrence, where he took a claim.
After a residence of a year-and-a-half in Lawrence he returned to Cincinnati, where he was married. On returning to Kansas he located in Emporia, in 1857, and went into the hardware business in an old frame building at the present site of the Citizen’s bank. In 1862 he was elected county clerk, which office he held until 1866. He was elected county commissioner and has several times been elected to the city council of this city.
During the last ten or fifteen years of his life, Mr. Borton has been engaged in looking after his own real estate and loaning interests, and also, as before, acting for eastern owners of real estate here in the payments of taxes. He made his office, during the last five years, in the room now occupied by the Gazette office, and there have been few business days in that time when we have not seen and conversed with him. His even and cheerful temperament never seemed disturbed by any occurrences, and so well balanced, practical and sagacious a mind in business matters as was his is rarely found. His integrity and god faith on carrying out whatever he contracted to do was such that he commanded the entire confidence of his follow citizen and of all with whom he transacted business. He was a very reticent man about his own affairs as well as about those entrusted to his keeping, unassuming and yet self-reliant and self-contained upon all occasions. His information was extensive and his abilities much greater that his pretensions. His health and constitutional vigor gave promise of old age. Friends who came to Emporia at the same time with Mr. Borton do not remember of his ever having had a sick day and his excellent habits contributed much to his exceptional health. He had accumulated, mostly by the rise in real estate values, a fortune of probably $75,000, entirely unencumbered, and was never known to speculate or make a mistake of any consequence in his investments. To his family he was endeared by the strongest ties that can exist between husband and wife and father and children and the entire community sincerely mourns – his death and extends its sympathies to those who are prostrated by their great affliction.
Maria Lethesia Miller Borton (1843 - 1917)
Cora Borton Ryder (1860 - 1929)*
William T Borton (1864 - 1894)*
Maplewood Memorial Lawn Cemetery
Plot: Section 1 - Lot 114 - Space 3
Created by: K - B
Record added: Oct 22, 2008
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