Brother of Frank J. Hess
Arkansas City Daily Traveler
Arkansas City, Kansas
Thursday, April 24, 1919
Death of R.U. Hess
Another Early Day Settler Here Passes Away.
Richard U. Hess, better known to all old timers in Arkansas City as "Dick" Hess, who came here in the very early days of the town, passed away at the family residence, 113 North B street, at 4 o'clock Wednesday evening. Mr. Hess leaves one son, Burton F., to mourn his death. Mr. Hess's wife preceded him to the grave several years ago. Two sisters, Mrs. W.W. Bright of Newkirk, Okla., and Mrs. Carrie Renthall of Baltimore, Maryland, also survive him. Mrs. George Bly of this city, who is a daughter of Mrs. Bright, is a niece of the deceased.
R.U. Hess was engaged in the real estate and insurance business in this city for a good many years. Until his recent illness, which had lasted but a few days, he had maintained an office in room 6, in the Zadie block.
Dick Hess was a brother of the late Frank J. Hess and the two brothers were among the few people who came here from the east and settled here in the early 70's when this country was a wild plane, inhabited mostly by Indians. Mr. Hess had been prominent in business circles here for a long time and he will be greatly missed by a multitude of friends.
Dick Hess was born in Schneckville, Pa., December 4, 1855. After residing here for 10 years he moved to Reading, Pa., and came to Kansas in 1875. He had since resided here. He was united in marriage to Lillie B. Burton, at Cumberland, Md., on February 2, 1887. Two children were born to them. Miss Reba, whose death occurred August 29, 1916 and Burton, who resides here. Mr. Hess's wife died November 7, 1917.
Funeral services for Mr. Hess will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in the Episcopal church, conducted by Rev. F.F. Busch. Interment will be made in Riverview cemetery.
Sympathy will go out to Burton Hess from an exceptionally large number of his personal friends who have greatly admired him for the kindness, sympathy and the love he always had for his father, mother and sister, all of whom have crossed the great divide. Burton and his sister, the late Reba Hess were great pals and her death was deeply mourned by him. Then he lost his mother, and now the demise of his father leaves him alone except for an aunt. Miss Ruth Burton, who lived with the family for 35 years. Words cannot console Burton in his sad bereavement, but he always will have the consolation of knowing that he was a loving son and brother, and that his parents and sister got the full share of affection and sympathetic understanding from him that any son can give or does give to his loved ones. He pleaded with his father to go to Colorado for the benefit of his health, but Dick Hess was like his brother the late Frank J. Hess, a fighter up to the last breath he drew. It was irksome for him to have to stay indoors, and only a few days ago he made a heroic effort to rise from his bed and go down town. The result was that he fell prone upon the floor, but the spirit of the fighter remained in him until his heart ceased to beat. He passed through the struggles of the pioneers in this country, and he was one of the strong men of the west. He was small in stature, but big of heart and mind. He had made his own way since he was 10 years of age and he never asked for any advantage from any man. In the early days here it was men like Dick Hess that maintained law and order by their fearless disregard for the dangers that were thick about them. He was every inch a man and more that one old timer wiped away tears after learning tht this old respected and true friend had passed beyond the closed door. He did his bit to make Arkansas City a good place in which to live and prosper, and his departure from this life is mourned by all who knew him and held him in the highest esteem.
The following relatives have been informed by wire of the death of Mr. Hess: Mr. and Mrs. J.R.L. Adams, Mrs. J.G. Danks of Los Angeles; Tom Burton of Puttsburgh, Pa.; Mrs. William Renthall of Baltimore, a sister; Mrs. W.W. Bright of Newkirk, a sister. Mrs. Adams and Mrs. Danks were sisters of the late Mrs. Hess.
(transcribed by Judy Mayfield)
Lillie C. Burton Hess
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