Flavis Joseph VINSONHALER 1640
- Born: 5 Jul 1850, May Hill, Ohio 1640
- Marriage: Emily Jane WRIGHT on 5 Oct 1873 in Clarinda, Page County, Iowa 51632 3077
- Died: 26 Mar 1925, Blaine, Smith County, Kansas, USA at age 74 20
- Buried: 1925, Custer Cemetery; Crystal Plains, Smith County, Kansas, USA
Cause of his death was Stroke of paralysis.
26 mar 1925 at 10:30 a.m. 20
Noted events in his life were:
• Residence, 1860, Chariton, Lucas County, Iowa, USA. 1640 living with his parents.
• Residence, 1874, Blaine, Smith County, Kansas, USA. 20
• Residence, 1910, Blaine, Smith County, Kansas, USA. 3078
• Occupation, 1910, Blaine, Smith County, Kansas, USA. 3078 where he was a farmer.
• Residence, 1920, Blaine, Smith County, Kansas, USA. 3079
• Occupation, 1920, Blaine, Smith County, Kansas, USA. 3079 where he was a stock farmer.
• Residence, 1925, Blaine, Smith County, Kansas, USA. 3077
• Newspaper Article, 26 Mar 1925, Blaine, Smith County, Kansas, USA. 1637 Joe Vinsonhaler suffered a severe stroke of Paralysis sunday evening, very little hope is entertained for his recovery. All the children have been summoned to his bedside and will be here on No. 6 Wednesday morning.
• Obituary, 2 Apr 1925, Smith County, Kansas. 1637 Flavis Josephus, fifth child of Geo. W. and Margaret Vinsonhaler was born July 5, 1850 at May Hill, Ohio. When just a small child his parents moved to Illinois and later to Iowa. In October 5, 1873 at Clarinda, Iowa he was united in marriage to Emily Jane Wright and the following year the young couple came to Kansas and located on a homestead in Blaine Township, Smith County, where they have since resided. Six children were born to them, all of whom are living except Otis Wesley who died in infancy. The remaining children are Minnie Ellen Dayhoff and Mary Ann Lord of Longmont, Colorado; and Owen Tilden of Denver, Colorado; Geo. Homer of Portis and Lena Belle Aldrich of Bellaire. These with the dutiful wife and mother were at this bedside when death came to him on Thursday, at 10:30 a.m., March 26, 1925 following a stroke of paralysis. At the time of his death Mr. Vinsonhaler was 74 years, 8 months and 21 days old. He is also survived by 3 brothers, 3 sisters, fifteen grandchildren and one great-grand child.
To chronicle the life of a Kansas farmer is to write a history of discouragements and achievements of success and failures, of privations and plenty, of unremitting toil and sacrifice, of droughts and bountiful harvests and running through it all is the golden thread of optimism and high courage, that determination and love for the soil that ultimately leads him to permanent success and prosperity and makes him what he is today, the highest type of American citizen.
That the deceased possessed all these sterling qualities are proven by the fact that he lived for over fifty years in one locality and on one farm. He believed in Kansas. He with his young wife came with the determination to make this their permanent home and they have never cared to leave it. With his own hands he quarried and dressed the stones that composed the walls of their home and those walls are still a part of their dwelling while every tree and shrub, every improvement on the place is the work of the toil-worn hands that have completed their last earthly task. By his side walked his devoted companion the sharer of his joys and sorrows doing her part toward the making and maintaining of the home that he loved so dearly, for to a very marked degree, Mr. Vinsonhaler was a home lover.
Energetic, Perserving, of strong convictions, yet seldom voicing his belief, unostentatious and unasuming he went about his way, his creed that of service to fellowman, his rule the Golden Rule, loving his neighbor as himself, helpful, kindly, considerate, denying himself that his children might have the advantage of education, sending them to church and to Sunday school working untiringly for the best interests of his family and community.
His children and grandchildren idolized him, for to them all, he gave wise counsel and advice and a sympathetic understanding of their problems and to the son-in-law who has never known a father's love he has been a living father indeed. And so after almost three quarters of a century of living and loving , of sowing and reaping, this honored and respected citizen, this beloved husband, father, brother and neighbor, has been called to his reward and the places that knew him for so many years shall know him no more forever. A lonely woman in the twilight of life, muses over the past and looks forward to the glad reunion that is soon to come. Can they who occupy higher stations in life have a finer epitaph than this: "His children rise up and call him blessed".
Funeral services for the deceased was conducted by the Rev. Harry Riley, of Miltonvale, formerly pastor of the M. E. Church at Bellaire, in the Custer Church on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. March 29, and the body was laid to rest in the cemetery near by. The pall bearers were: R. R. Manchester, J. P. Shively of Bellaire; and Forrest Maulsby, Walter Herndon, Wm. Foster and Thomas Cline of Lebanon, all life long friends of the deceased.
• Cemetery, 1925, Crystal Plains Township, Smith County, Kansas, USA. 950 in Custer Cemetery.
Flavis married Emily Jane WRIGHT on 5 Oct 1873 in Clarinda, Page County, Iowa 51632.3077 (Emily Jane WRIGHT was born in 1856 in Iowa,3078 died in 1931 950 and was buried in 1931 in Custer Cemetery; Crystal Plains, Smith County, Kansas, USA 950.)