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Ernest E. Summerfelt

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Ernest E. Summerfelt

Birth
Germany
Death
10 May 1919 (aged 85)
Howard, Elk County, Kansas, USA
Burial
Valley Falls, Jefferson County, Kansas, USA Add to Map
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Note that a Caroline Summerfelt is buried in nearby Summerfelt Cemetery. Caroline's husband is listed as Ernst.

The Farmers' Vindicator (Valley Falls) Friday, 16 May 1919
DEATH OF E. SUMMERFELT
The mortal remains of Ernest Summerfelt, the pioneer and well known mechanic, farmer and merchant of Valley Falls, who died at the home of his son, John Summerfelt, at Howard, Kansas, last Saturday, May 10, 1919, was brought to Valley Falls Sunday evening for burial, with Masonic honors.
In a body the Masons, besides a number of family and friends, was at the Sante Fe depot to receive the casket, and in automobiles followed the remains to Rose Hill cemetery where the interment, with the impressive ceremonies of the order, was made, as the clocks on the mantel marked the hour of six, and the gentle showers of rain fell; and one whom we all have known so long and so well, had passed on to that bourn from which none return, in his 86th year on earth.
Ernest Summerfelt was born in Germany, September 5, 1833, and when a lad of 17 came to America landing at New York City November 12, 1850. After a few years in that city and along the Atlantic coast country to the Carolinas, the young man, a maker of carriage bodies now, turned westward to Indianapolis, Ind., where he worked in a carriage factory.
He was an intimate friend and companion of Ben Harrison, afterward President-they both boarded at the same boarding house and often when Mr. Summerfelt was in reminiscent mood he would tell of youthful pranks played on each other.
At Indianapolis Mr. Summerfelt was married to Miss Sykes and to this union one son and two daughters were born. In 1856 he and his little family came to Kansas, locating on a claim on walnut Creek near the present site of Nortonville. At the end of a year or so he sold his claim to Sam Nichols, Sr, and moved to Valley Falls, then called Grasshopper Falls. He built a house on north Maple street, and he and Walt Keech opened a wagon maker and blacksmith shop near by, the old stone foundation of which was found near the Northwestern railroad crossing when the water main was relaid a few years ago. In the early 60's Mr. Summerfelt's wife died at the home on Maple street.
In the year 1865 he was married to Sarah E. Holser and moved to the farm 2 1/2 miles north of Valley Falls.
To this union were born five children: John B. of Howard, Kansas; George R. (deceased): Ellen A. Sharp of Oskaloosa; Bertha Tucking, of Nortonville, and Roy E. of Valley Falls.
All the children were present at the funeral.
Shortly after coming to Kansas he united with the Baptist Church, and for many years was an active member. (Courtesy of Findagrave contributor Raymond Riley.)
Note that a Caroline Summerfelt is buried in nearby Summerfelt Cemetery. Caroline's husband is listed as Ernst.

The Farmers' Vindicator (Valley Falls) Friday, 16 May 1919
DEATH OF E. SUMMERFELT
The mortal remains of Ernest Summerfelt, the pioneer and well known mechanic, farmer and merchant of Valley Falls, who died at the home of his son, John Summerfelt, at Howard, Kansas, last Saturday, May 10, 1919, was brought to Valley Falls Sunday evening for burial, with Masonic honors.
In a body the Masons, besides a number of family and friends, was at the Sante Fe depot to receive the casket, and in automobiles followed the remains to Rose Hill cemetery where the interment, with the impressive ceremonies of the order, was made, as the clocks on the mantel marked the hour of six, and the gentle showers of rain fell; and one whom we all have known so long and so well, had passed on to that bourn from which none return, in his 86th year on earth.
Ernest Summerfelt was born in Germany, September 5, 1833, and when a lad of 17 came to America landing at New York City November 12, 1850. After a few years in that city and along the Atlantic coast country to the Carolinas, the young man, a maker of carriage bodies now, turned westward to Indianapolis, Ind., where he worked in a carriage factory.
He was an intimate friend and companion of Ben Harrison, afterward President-they both boarded at the same boarding house and often when Mr. Summerfelt was in reminiscent mood he would tell of youthful pranks played on each other.
At Indianapolis Mr. Summerfelt was married to Miss Sykes and to this union one son and two daughters were born. In 1856 he and his little family came to Kansas, locating on a claim on walnut Creek near the present site of Nortonville. At the end of a year or so he sold his claim to Sam Nichols, Sr, and moved to Valley Falls, then called Grasshopper Falls. He built a house on north Maple street, and he and Walt Keech opened a wagon maker and blacksmith shop near by, the old stone foundation of which was found near the Northwestern railroad crossing when the water main was relaid a few years ago. In the early 60's Mr. Summerfelt's wife died at the home on Maple street.
In the year 1865 he was married to Sarah E. Holser and moved to the farm 2 1/2 miles north of Valley Falls.
To this union were born five children: John B. of Howard, Kansas; George R. (deceased): Ellen A. Sharp of Oskaloosa; Bertha Tucking, of Nortonville, and Roy E. of Valley Falls.
All the children were present at the funeral.
Shortly after coming to Kansas he united with the Baptist Church, and for many years was an active member. (Courtesy of Findagrave contributor Raymond Riley.)


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