Cornelius S Crosswhite

Transcribed by Linda K. Lewis, Jan, 2015.

Source: Olathe Mirror, Olathe, KS, Thurs. 11 Jun 1891, pg. 3.


Died, at Rush Center, Kansas, May 22d, 1891, Cornelius S. Crosswhite, of pulmonary consumption.

He was born June 6, 1858, in Johnson county, Tennessee, but removed with his parents to Cass county, Missouri, in 1872, and to Johnson county, Kansas, in 1878. In 1879 he married Sarah E. Ferris, which union has been a very happy one, the bonds of mutual attachment growing stronger with the association of each successive year, and to her who is left in lonely widowhood the cup of bereavement is a bitter one. And upon his aged mother the burden rests with a no less heavy hand, for the wounds inflicted by the recent taking of the father had not yet healed. A man of indomitable will power, he overcame difficulties where others, like circumstanced, would have yielded.

His education embraced a curriculum, higher than that of the common school. He became a teacher and in 1881 entered the service of the A. T. & S. F. railroad as station agent, in whose service he continued till [sic] the time of his death.

In early youth he united with the Baptist church but later identified himself with the M. E. church, of which he continued a member. Though a believer in divine truth he subscribed to no particular creed, but rested his faith upon that high universal precept which recognizes the Fatherhood of God, and the brotherhood of man, with with [sic] all its imposed duties and regulations.

Deceased was an honored member of Walnut City Lodge No. 215, A. F. & A. M., at Rush Center, Kansas, the principles and precepts of which he loved with the ardor of an enthusiast, and its tender ministering care to him in his last hours of affliction and which ended only at the grave, is an evidence that his trust was not reposed in vain.

Prompt in the discharge of his every obligation, courteous in all his transactions with the public, of the most congenial temperament, and above all possessing a high sense of honor, it is not strange that his friends were limited only by the extent of his acquaintances.

As a son his filial affection was a marked characteristic. To him the name of mother was a most sacred endearment. As a brother, noble hearted, generous and true. As a husband, devout, tender and loving.

In the silent chamber of the sick loving hands ministered and tearful eyes watched with anxious expectation the precious life which seemed to ebb and flow on nature's troubled waters-watched for the dawning of another day; but before the glimmering of the morning twilight had again kissed that fevered brow, his soul was moored in that peaceful haven of eternal rest. 

As we gazed for the last time upon the placid features now cold in the mystery of death, no smile of friendly recognition greeted us, but from beneath this shroud of mystery and sorrow there is heard that unspeakable language of the soul that tells we shall meet again.

His remains were tenderly borne back to his old home in Johnson county, Kansas, for their final resting place. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. White at Aubry church, Sunday, May 24, after which we laid all that was mortal of my brother beside a dear father, in Aubry cemetery, where simple and rustic in its appointments, nature unrestrained may weep tears of benediction, add weave her chaplet of flowers upon the brow of her sleeping children.

Such, ever mourned, ever loved, was-is my brother. J. W. C.

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