Family History of Simon Peter MONROE
Obituary of Simon Peter MONROE
Transcribed May, 1995 by:
Evelyn A. (Lyn) Swan
2453 Geranium Street
San Diego, CA 92109
Comments in [ ] are the transcribers.
>From a Chase, Rice County, Kansas newspaper.
Thursday, July XX, 1913
SIMON P. MONROE
Simon P. Monroe was born July 18, 1829 in Banner [Barren] county, Ky.
He was converted and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church in in
[sic] August 1839.
He moved to Macon, Ill. in 8151 .
Was married to Elizabeth Wright [daughter of David Wright and Amelia
Crews. Simon was first cousin to Amelia Crews so he and Elizabeth were
first cousins, once removed] January 3, 1853. To this union were born
six children, five of whom are living.
He was licensed to preach in July, 1861, after which he was ordained a
He came to Kansas in October, 1873, where he remained until his death,
July 10, 1913, in Chase, Kan.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Sunday at 11 a.m.,
conducted by Rev. W. L. Davies. This church was crowded to its
capacity by friends of the deceased brother. The body was laid away in
the Lyons cemetery.
Few men live in a county forty years and retain the love and esteem of
his fellowmen as did Rev. Monroe. His life was a rebuke to sin and an
example of what God can do for a man.
As a pioneer preacher, Rev. Monroe probably performed more marriage
ceremonies, and preached a larger number of funerals than any man in
Rice county. In some instances he united in marriage members of the
same family of two generations.
He was known and respected by practically every family of early day
settlers in Rice county, as well as by the younger generation. His was
indeed a long and useful life, and the good seeds sown by him will go
on bearing fruit as the years go by, even after the time shall have
come when memories of Brother Monroe are known only to a few of the
Transcribers Notes: Simon Peter Monroe was the son of Mathew Hooper
Monroe and Rebecca Allen. He was paster at Wildwood (Ebenezer Church)
in 1873, 1880 and 1885 per a history of Ebenezer Church, Rice, KS.
Five of the children of Simon & Elizabeth are Jonithan S., James, Ida,
Charles E. and Mary. Jonithan S. had a son Walter Scott Monroe who was
teaching at the U. of Missouri, Columbia, MO ca. 1912.
Evelyn A. (Lyn) Swan is a great-grand niece of Simon Peter Monroe.
Obituary of Susan Mable (CRAWFORD) MONROE
Transcribed October, 1994 by:
Evelyn A. (Lyn) Swan
2453 Geranium Street
San Diego, CA 92109
Comments in [ ] are by the transcriber.
>From The Lyons Church [remainder of name of paper missing from copy]
Vol II Lyons, Rice County, Kansas, Thursday, November 6, 1924.
Mrs. E. E. [Elmer Ellsworth] Monroe
Susie [Susan] Mable Crawford was born in Lyons, Kansas, July 7, 1885,
and died in the Lyons hospital as the result of burns, Thursday, Oct.
30, 1924, at the age of 39 years, 3 months and 23 days. She has lived
a consistent Christian life since she became a Christian at the age of
about 12 years, for more than 20 years being a member of the local
church. On Christmas day in 1910 she was married to Elmer E. Monroe of
this city. The three children who survive their mother are: Earl, 11;
Elma, 9; and Betty, 5. She is also survived by her father W. S.
[William Samuel] Crawford; her brother, Ansel, both of Lyons; and her
[half] sister, Mrs. [Edith (Bovell)] Vadet Buncoer [or Prudent Vade
BonCoeur], of Kankakee, Ill. When the family moved to their farm home
6 1/2 years ago she united with the Ebenezer M. E. church where she
was a faithful and loyal worker, and in whose Bible school she was
Primary Superintendent at the time of her untimely death. Funeral
services were conducted from the Lyons Christian church Sunday
afternoon by her paster, Chester Miles, assisted by Chas. Hannan. The
church was packed, with about 100 standing, and others on the outside.
Interment was made in Graceland Cemetery. Her loved ones have the
heartfelt sympathy of the entire church and community in their hour of
Obituary of Elmer Ellsworth MONROE
>From The Lyons Republican, Established 1879. The "only daily newspaper
in Rice County" Volume 50, Number 19, Thursday, March 17, 1955.
WRECK VICTIM PASSES
Elmer [Ellsworth] Monroe's Death Due to Heart Failure After Accident
E. E. Monroe, former Lyons businessman and prominent farmer northwest
of here, died in the Lyons hospital shortly after 5 o'clock yesterday
evening, approximately four hours after his pickup truck dropped into a
dry creek bed. The accident occurred minutes after fire destroyed the
bridge near his home in Eureka township. Mr. Monroe was 79.
The fire which destroyed the wood span started at 11 a.m. from a fire
in an adjoining field, set for the purpose of burning stubble and weeds
out of a draw.
Mr. Monroe's physican said his death was attributed to heart failure,
which was brought about by internal injuries. In addition he suffered
several lacerations and a fractured jaw.
Burns on the victim's hands indicated that he crawled from the smashed
vehicle, rather than being thrown from it. He was found lying on the
ground apporximately 15 feet from the truck.
Discovery of the accident was made at about 2 o'clock by Robert
Maxwell, who farms near there. Maxwell told investigating officers
that he set the fire in the field which later spread to the bridge. He
said he noticed at 11 a.m. that the bridge was catching fire and so
went after help. He and a neighbor, Paul Kern, battled the blaze with
water and left at 12:10 p.m., thinking it was out, he said.
Chester Kern, who lives one mile from the scene, went to the bridge and
inspected it at 12:30 p.m. He stayed a few minutes and then returned
home, Walter Morganfield, Rice county undersheriff, said he learned.
At 1 p.m. Maxwell and Kern said they returned with barricade signs, and
first erected one at the mile line east of the bridge. Then, Maxwell
told the undersheriff, he went around the section, stopped at home a
few minutes, and erected a barricade on the west. Deciding to have
another look at the bridge, Maxwell drove to it from the west and when
he arrived, he saw the truck afire and Monroe lying nearby. He
returned home at 2:10 pm. and summoned an ambulance.
Chester Kern, authorities said, told them the floor of the bridge was
completely gone at 12:30 p.m.
Undersheriff Morganfield said this morning that there were two times
that the accident could have occurrred, between the time that Chester
Kern left and Maxwell returned with the first barricade sign or between
the time that Maxwell erected the east [remainder of sentence missing
Oddly enough fire took the life of Mr. Monroe's first wife, the former
Mabel Crawford, sister of A. E. Crawford, county coroner. She died the
evening of October 30, 1924, after being burned in a fire at their home
that morning. She was attempting to ignite a fire in a stove with an
inflammable fluid when it exploded. She stayed on the scene, trying to
extinguish the flames and was fatally burned.
Undersheriff Morganfield said he is of the opinion that Mr. Monroe did
not know that the bridge was gone, due to the fact that smoke from the
timbers and from the field to the north obscrued vision at that point.
The officer said there were no signed of skid marks.
A longtime resident of the county, Mr. Monroe came to Rice county in
1882, when he was six years old. The family settled on the farm where
he was making his home.
He was a partner with the late W. S. [William Samuel] Crawford in the
Crawford-Monroe furniture store. Ansel Crawford later replaced his
father in the business. Guy Miller came in and it was Crawford, Monroe
and Miller until Monroe sold out in 1915 and took up farming.
He was born in [Cass County] Illinois, February 22, 1876. Following
the death of his first wife, he married Mrs. Louella Guldner Bronlewee
who preceded him in death in June, 1953.
Surviving are a son, Earl, of Tribune; two daughters, Mrs. Elma
[husband Fred] Mount of Mt. Hope and Mrs. Betty [Ruth Elizabeth,
husband Wilfred] Ericsson of Pittsburg, California; nine grandchildren,
one brother, Olney; and a sister, Mrs. Alma Hobson, both of Wichita.
Mr. Monroe was a member of the Masonic lodge at Frederick and the
Funeral services are to be conducted in the Crawford-Miller mortuary at
2 p.m. Saturday. Burial will be in the Lyons cemetary.
There is a picture of the burned out truck. The caption reads: "Scene
Where Lyons Man Fatally Hurt. - E. E. Monroe, 79, of northwest of
Lyons, met his death in an accident on a burned-out bridge near
Frederick yesterday afternoon. This photo, taken approximately two
hours after the mishap, when the timbers were still burning, shows
Monroe's pickup truck smashed against the west side of the bank."
Elmer Ellsworth Monroe's parents were Mathew Hooper Monroe and Eunice
Hinman Englis. Elmer is buried in the Crawford section of the Lyons
Cemetary next to his first wife, Susan Mable Crawford.
Evelyn A. Swan is the granddaughter of Elmer's twin sister Alma
1894-95 Letters of Nellie Monroe Flora
Notes in [ ] are by the transcriber.
These letters are written by Nellie Monroe and her husband H. Lee
Flora. They are newlyweds in February, 1894.
Envelope postmarked Feb 5, 1894, Frederic, Kansas and addressed to
Mr. Olney Monroe
Frederick, Kans. Feb 5, 1894
Oh no I have not forgotten you at all. I could not so easily forget my
big kind-hearted brother, but you must remember I am a house-keeper now
and find but very little time to write letters. I like to receive
letters just as well as ever but this is the second one I have written
since I have been married so you see I don't do as well in that line as
I used to do. Of course my name looks well written. Have you been
practicing it over to see how it sounds? Some of the people here make
desperate efforts to use it as many times as possible. I enjoy my new
life splendidly and am getting along nicely. Have lots to do. Am
giving some lessons and then you know a womans work is never done. I
expect I would not get mine half done if Lee didn't help me. I am glad
you are going to make frequent visits, for the home folks don't come
over half often enough to suit me and they come over every once in a
Yes I imagine you enjoy yourself as long as you can find some place to
go and can skate, but how are your music lessons getting along in the
meantime. I hope Miss Hale still thinks that you would make as good a
student as your sister.
I am so glad you are feeling better and I would advise you to eat all
the potatoes, gravy and onion soup you can get if that has anything to
do with it. I have been out wheeling some of late as well as yourself,
but didn't go on Sunday of course. I can ride much better and enjoy it
more than I did.
Tell Lizzie I received her love all O.K. and will send mine in return
by mail. Tell her I hope she is getting along nicely and would like to
see her ever so much. And who is it her Newman [??] is going to take to the
strip with him? I do not think you are very much worrried about his
taking your girl so can not imagine who it can be.
There is no news to tell you so I will close. Write soon and tell me
about everybody down there.
Give my regards to all the inquiring friends,
Your Loving Sister
To Brother Olney
College Feb 5th 1894
Nellie has been writing and wants me to write a line so I will do the
best I can for my first letter to my college brother in law.
We have had fine weather up here only it maked up a blizzard Saturday
to spoil our wolf hunt. I had fully intended on going but it snowed
and was so bad no one could go so it was put off until Saturday next.
Come up it is to be a ring hunt and room for all of us
Health here is generally good I believe except colds and such. Old Mr.
Pentico happened with a serious accident some days ago in which he had
one leg broken and crushed badly. I heard the PM that they amputated
it today. I fear he will not be able to withstand the operation.
Your people are all well as far as I know. Nellie had severe cold in
her head Sunday but is much better today and I hope will be all right
quite soon. She speaks to you of me helping her but she never talks
that way to me. She always says I do not do anything. I guess you
will not come to see us too often when you get home. You will have to
come much oftener than the rest of our people do if you if you do.
Elmer is working Dollie all the time. He and I worked her to the cart
one day last week and she made no trouble at all. He has her pretty
well broken by this time I guess. I suppose you would have a picnic
with the high wheel. I have had good luck with my and Nellie is
getting so it is a pleasure for her to ride. We were talking some of
selling it but I don't think either one of us would sign a bill of sale
for it if we are a little close run for cash. Well I must close. You
must make the best of your privilege at Winfield and come home soon.
Ever your Well Wishing Bro,
Envelope postmarked Feb 9, 1894 and addressed to:
Mrs. Mollie Bowman
Mollie is Mary "Mollie" Monroe Bowman, daughter of Josephine Conyers
and James King Monroe, brother of Nellie's father Mathew Hooper Monroe.
Letter is from Nellie Monroe Flora.
Feb 8, 1894
Please Mollie forgive me for not writing to you long before this. If
you knew the circumstances you would not chide me for not writing. I
will explain in full when I see you.
We were talking this morning of trying to come down in a week or so,
but you know it isn't an easy job for Lee to get away, but we are
coming as soon as possibly and I will let you know some time ahead if I
can. I like house-keeping very well, but I find more to do than I can
find time to accomplish. I have four pupils and I have so much company
(yes there is Mrs. Wright coming now) besides some sewing I sure ought
to do. More than this I owe most every one in town a call.
I do not get lonesome at all for Lee is here quite a great deal of the
time and helps me. Myrtle is over this week, so she and Alma went to
Uncle John's [Monroe] today. I was going down on the wheel this
afternoon, but Mr. Godfrey broke the saddle on it this morning so I
could not go. I think Mary and Ira have quit for good, but I believe
both of them are any thing but happy.
No, Lee hasn't gotten breakfast yet, but he does everything else for me
and I expect there will be times when he will have to get his own
breakfasts so I don't want him to do that now.
Dr. Summers is just the same as ever. I do not feel as hard towards
him as some people do. He does not blame Josie with one thing and I
believe he grieved almost as much as she.
No we haven't had any pictures taken yet for we haven't been away from
Frederick since we were married. But we are going to have some in the
near future I hope. I must close and let Lee take this to the office.
If it is beautiful weather we will try and come down next Sat. Feb.
17. Write soon.
No envelope. Letter is written to Elmer Monroe (b. 22 Feb 1876) by his
older sister Nellie Monroe Flora. Sept. 29, 1895
I expect you think I am very negligent but I have been so busy ever
since you left. Lee has a position now, but I suppose Papa told you
about that. So I have things to take care of besides I have some
sewing to do before I leave. Lee hasn't been able to get any house to
live in so far, but thinks he can have one fixed up soon and I will
probably go down next week.
How do you like Salina? Do you have any Y.M.C.A. at the college? or do
you go downtown to church services? I hope you have a nice place to
room under good Christian influence. We will have no church privileges
at Buhler. There is but one church there and that is a Menninite. How
lightly we esteem our privileges until we are deprived of them. Don't
you want your League letter Elmer? I think it would be well to have it
and your church letter you could leave here or take it just as you
Papa says you need a time piece so I am going to send my watch to you
by Mr. Edwards. He is going to Kansas City Tuesday morning and if you
can't go to the train he will leave it with Mr. Boughton. I thought I
would write so you would know about it and you could go to the train to
get it. We will send a little dictionary with it. There is little
Black guard on the watch as Alma says tell you it is to go around the
neck. She was afraid you wouldn't know.
Olney says tell you he will write to you when he gets the wheat saved.
You must write soon. When I get to Buhler I will do better than I have
been doing so far, for I can't visit as much so I will have plenty time
I am quite confident you will be faithful to your school work, but
don't slight your Christian work or duties. Your Christian work is all
that will count in the next world. Love from All.
Your Loving Sister,
No envelope. Undated (ca. November 20, 1895) letter written by Nellie
Mr. Elmer Monroe
It has been a long time since I received your letter, but as Lee has
been telling you we have been very busy. I have been sewing nearly
ever since you went way and I get more than I can do. I have bought a
new Dress System and am trying to learn how to use it. It is quite
complicated so I haven't mastered it yet.
Well Elmer I was thinking of coming to see you Thanksgiving but have
given it up now. Maybe I can come some time yet while you are there.
Sunday was papa's birthday [November 17] and all of us children were
there except Elmer. All of us (and you counted too) gave him a pair of
Slippers. We are all getting anxious to see you. It isn't long till
you will be home and all of us will be together again. Mamma isn't
very well. She was worrying because they hadn't heard from you
yesterday so you must write as often as possible on mamma's account.
Lee is popping Kaffir-corn. Come over and have some. We have lots of
I heard you had changed boarding places. How are you getting along
now? I hope you are careful to keep in right kind of a place.
Lee has the Kaffir-corn ready to eat so I will close as I can't think
of any thing more to write anyway.
Your Loving Sister,
Transcriber notes: Alma is Nellie's younger sister and twin to Elmer.
Lizzie (Roxana Elizabeth Zuel) marries Olney in December, 1894. Myrtle
(Myrtle Deete Pierce) is the wife of Nellie's youngest brother Rolland.
Nellie Monroe Flora, daughter of Mathew Hooper Monroe, Jr. and Eunice
Hinman Englis, was born in Cass County, IL, August 18, 1871. She died
February 23, 1896 from childbirth complications. She is buried in
Lyons, Rice Cty, KS. The child, a daughter, died circa November 1896.
Nellie graduated from Southwestern College, Winfield, KS circa 1893.
Transcribed by Nellie's great-niece (gdaughter of Nellie's sister Alma)
Evelyn A. Swan
2453 Geranium Street
San Diego, CA 92109
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