Monday, November 12, 2012

Company B, Sixth Kansas Cavalry Reunion

The Seymour Democrat - 19 July 1906
  There has been a change of date for his year's reunion of the survivors of Company B, Sixth Kansas Cavalry which is to be held in Seymour.  The reunion will be held on Saturday, August 18, instead of August 11, as that date interferes with the Old Soldiers meeting at Corydon.  Instead of having the meeting at first announced at the home Mrs. Pendergast, it will be held in the park on the public square and the G. A. R. and Women's Relief Corps of Seymour are making great preparation for the even and all of the members of the company who have heard of the new arrangements are anticipating more that the usual interest at the reunion. The word has gone forth that "beans and coffee" will be free and there will be an addess by Purley Rinker, one of the Company B. comrades. The Milwaukee will run a special train from Mystic to Seymour on this date for the accommodation of the Old Soldiers and for all those wishing to attend.  They are making large preparations to acommondate a large crowd and everyone is cordially invited to attend. --Mystic Letter

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Donald Richard Purdy, 1925-2012

Daily Iowegian – 30 October 2012
   GAHANNA, Ohio — Donald Richard Purdy, 87, formerly of Centerville, passed away on Oct. 13, 2012, in Gahanna, Ohio, at the home of his son, Richard L. Purdy.
  Donald was born June 22, 1925, in Jerome, to Henry and Edith (Dooley) Purdy. On Sept. 23, 1944, Donald married Vera Beatrice Riggle.  Donald accepted Christ and was baptized at the Chelsea Christian Church in Kansas City, Kan.
  Donald was a worker. At an early age, he started working with his dad and brothers in their family-owned coal mine. He continued working at the mine until its closure in 1945 when the war ended. Don worked at Wrights Hardware in Seymour. He did factory work at plants in Moline, Ill., and in Kansas City, Mo. Don was employed by the Kansas Turnpike Authority. After graduating from Sales Training Institute, Don sold heavy equipment in Kansas. In 1970 Don quit sales to work for the city of Lawrence, KS, as their City Supervisor over sanitation. Then Don left city life. He and wife Vera bought and operated a marina on Leavenworth County State Lake in eastern Kansas. Donald sold the marina and retired in 1980. 
  Donald attended Jerome and Promise City public schools. Donald graduated from the Sales Training Institute in Kansas City, Kan. 
  Donald was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Robert and Francis, his sisters Ellen Anderson and Ruth Matley, his daughter Donna Jeanette, and his son David Edward. 
  Donald is survived by wife Vera Beatrice (Riggle) Purdy; brother David Edward Purdy; son Richard Leslie Purdy and wife Wilma; grandchildren Donnie Edward Purdy and wife Tina, Linda Purdy, Christina Louise (Purdy) Cutshall and husband Ronald, and Cynthia Yvonne (Purdy) Hatch Hendricks and husband Shawn; 14 great  grandchildren; and special cousin Lois Scully. 
  Donald enjoyed camping with his family. He was an avid fisherman who spent much time on the water. A member of the Lawrence Gem and Mineral Club, Don was a rock hound who enjoyed doing lapidary work. Donald attended Christian church services. He was a member of Sertomas and participated in their community services. 
  Visitation will be a one-hour memorial service at the Lange Funeral Home & Crematory in Centerville starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, followed by a graveside service at the Jerome Cemetery at 11 a.m. Memorials may be made to the Jerome Cemetery or to Circle of Friends in Chariton. Pall bearers: Cameron Hatch (great grandson), Linda Purdy (granddaughter), Shawn Hendricks (grand son-in-law), and Larry Anderson (nephew).  Condolences may be shared online at