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 Richard Irving French

Richard Irving French

New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 27 Jul 1902 (aged 40)
Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas, USA
Burial Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas, USA
Plot Section 15 - Lot 21 - Space 2
Memorial ID 100023101 · View Source
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Note: The Census records list R. I. as "Irving."

The Arkansas City Daily Traveler, 28 Jul 1902, Monday


The Sad Event Occurred Sunday Noon.

At the hour of 12:45 Sunday noon R. I. French passed away at his late residence, 511 North B street, this city, after a lingering sickness since last October of that fatal malady, diabetes.

R. I. French was born in New York City, January 25, 1862. In 1866, his parents removed to Geneva Lake, Wis., where they resided until 1878, when they moved to this city, their present home.

The deceased entered the Indian service at the age of 21 as a clerk at the Ponca Indian agency and after filling various positions in the service, was appointed chief clerk at Chilocco Industrial school, a position he filled with great acceptability during the administration of Superintendent Coppock.

After leaving the Indian service Mr. French returned to this city and engaged in the coal business and continued in the same until the time of his death. He served as a member of the board of education and was a member of the Masonic, K. of P., A. O. U. W., Modern Woodman lodges and of the First Presbyterian Church of this city.

Of his immediate relatives are his widow, a son 5 years of age, a daughter 3, his father and mother, Mrs. W. A. Scothorn, a sister, and brothers, John A. and Joseph W.

By the death of Irwin French Arkansas City loses a valued citizen. To his family and friends the sympathies of the community are extended in their bereavement. The funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Presbyterian church.

Same Edition:

Joseph French will arrive this evening from Springfield, Mo., to attend the funeral of his brother, R. I. French.

The Arkansas City Traveler, 29 Jul 1902, Tuesday

This afternoon occurred the funeral of R. I. French from the Presbyterian church in this [city]. The Masonic, K. of P., Woodman and A. O. U. W. lodges were out in force to attend the services. An escort from each lodge accompanied the remains from the house to the church and after the services to the cemetery. The church services began at 3 o'clock and were attended by one of the largest audiences ever seen at a funeral in this city.

Same Edition:

N. J. Paxton, of Garnett, the father of Mrs. R. I. French, who is in the city to attend the funeral of his son-in-law showed the reporter an interesting cane last evening. The cane is made from the mast of the Reina Christina, the ship used by the Spanish admiral until the battler of Manila Bay. There is a beautiful gold cap upon the cane, and it is engraved. The cane was sent to Mr. Paxton by his son who was a member of the Twentieth Kansas.

The Arkansas City Traveler, 30 Jul 1902, Thursday


Remains of R. I. French Were Buried in Riverview Yesterday.

Yesterday afternoon occured (sic) the funeral services over the remains of R. I. French and rarely are services heard that are as beautiful and impressive as those yesterday. The remains were escorted to the Presbyterian church by members of the various lodges, of which the deceased was a member. There the minister, Rev. Ralph Ward, preached one of the most touching sermons that has ever been heard in this city and one that will remain in the mind of every member of the large congregation.

The music was very beautiful. The ladies quartette (sic) composed of Mrs. Kennedy, Mrs. Hutchison, Miss Agnes Hopper and Mrs. Miller, sang "Jesus Lover of My Soul" and Mrs. Kennedy rendered a solo "Some Sweet Day." Both numbers were very beautiful and went far toward making the service impressive. After the friends had looked upon the face of the deceased for the last time, the remains were escorted to the Riverside cemetery where the Masonic lodge took charge of the service and the interrment (sic) was according to the rites of that order.

The Arkansas City Daily Traveler, 25 Aug 1902, Monday


Mrs. R. I. French Makes Grateful Acknowledgments.

Among the many fraternal organizations, none stand higher in the esteem of the public, as well as of the beneficiaries than that of the Modern Woodmen of America. As an evidence of the order's prompt discharge of its duties and moral obligations we publish the following letter from Mrs. R. I. French, which fully explains itself;

GARNETT, KAN., Aug. 22, 1902.
Mr. T. B. Oldroyd, Arkansas City, Kan.:

DEAR SIR--I, this morning, received your letter containing the official order from the board of directors of the Modern Woodmen of America for the payment in full of benefit certificate No. 233440 held by my husband, R. I. French, in that order.

It is only twenty two days from the date of my husband's burial and nine days since a possible action on it could be taken by the board.

Please convey to them my earnest thanks for the very prompt action taken by the society in this matter, that is of so much moment to me. I shall ever commend it to my friends.

Cordially yours,

Family Members




Gravesite Details Dis-interred from Ark City and then re-interred here 10/27/1902.




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