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Harry Franklin ELDER, son of H.H. and Sarah Elizabeth ELDER, was born at Knoxville, Iowa on Jan 29, 1865 and departed this life at the Rice Hospital at Odell, NE. Aged 77 years, 11 months and 7 days.

His early childhood was spent in Iowa, but in 1869 he with his parents migrated to Kansas, locating in Osborne Co, near Alton and in 1875 they came to
Washington Co, where the father bought 320 acres of land in Coleman township.

There the children attended the Rock School. The family home was large and spacious and there they welcomed friends and strangers to share their hospitality.

In 1894 the family moved from this county to Washington State with the exception of Harry F. who was united in marriage to Miss Addie E. PURSLEY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.F. PURLSEY of Morrowville, KS.

This union was blessed with ten children who all grew to manhood and womanhood. They are as follows:
Mrs. Eva B. PHELPS, Salina, KS; Guy F. ELDER, Morrowville, KS; Glenn W. ELDER, Harry F. Jr., Mrs. Hazel V. STAMM and Mrs. Beulah M. STAMM, all of Washington, Mrs. Anna DECKER, Hollenberg, Mrs. Lola B. MAHLMAN, Hollenberg, Mrs. Alma E. BRANDON, Kansas City, KS.

The youngest son Walter Donald passed away in 1935.

Mr. ELDER was raised a Seventh Day Adventist, and united with the church in early manhood. He attended
Battle Creek, MI College in the winter of 1884 and 1885, and was always interested in education, social and moral uplift.

He was a man of excellent character, honest and upright in his dealings with his fellowman. He was a farmer and stock raiser all his life with the exception of four years spent in the mercantile business at Walsburg,

He is survived by his wife and nine children and 25 grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Anna F. BISSELL, two brothers, W.C. ELDER, Spooner, WI and Chas. S. ELDER, Kodiak, AK, also many other relatives and a host of friends who have enjoyed his generous kindly attitude toward all with whom he met.

Funeral services were conducted from the Washington
Christian Church with Rev. GALLOWAY in charge, assisted by L.R. RISWIG of Topeka, on Saturday, at 2 o'clock and interment was in the Washington City cemetery.

Transcribed and Contributed by Delores Raines

Last Updated:  Monday, December 24, 2001 02:31:22

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