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Dye Family Obituaries

The following information was gathered by Brad Dye on a trip to Logan, Kansas, January 26 - 28, 2002.

Simplified father / son relationships:

William Dye 1807-1880
William had two sons, Jesse Lindsey, and Thomas; they lived mainly in Illinois and Kansas. William lived in both places.
Jesse Lindsey Dye 1833-1914  Thomas Dye 1837-1910
 Thomas Harrison Dye 1857-1940   Elmer Dye 1866-1937
  Fred Henry Dye 1878-1952    Alfred Thomas Dye -1934 (looking for dates)
   Wilbur (Bill) Fred Dye 1912-1986  Diamond Donald Dye (looking for dates)
    Bradley Fred Dye 1942-   William (Bill) (looking for dates)
    (The author of this report.)  Kenneth Dye (looking for dates)
        Bryan Dye -1939 (looking for dates)

No offense is intended to the ladies, only the fathers and sons are shown here for simplicity. Any help with the missing dates would be greatly appreciated.


Died: — July 17th, at 10 o’clock P.M.: — Mr. Wm. Dye, aged 79 years, of bowel and stomach, complaint. The remains were decently interred in the city Cemetery, on last Sabbath, at 4 o’clock, witnessed by many bereaved relatives and friends who have our heartfelt sympathy.

The deceased was born May 11th, 1807, in Monroe county, Ohio. He emigrated to Wayne county, Illinois in 1849, where he spent 29 years of his life. In August, 1878, he removed to this county, where he has resided since until his recent departure. Many friends and relatives are left to mourn for the departed, who was a kind hearted noble man during his long stay on earth.

Source: The Phillips County Enterprise, July, 22, 1880—Phillips County, Kansas.


End Comes to Pioneer Settler Sunday Morning—Heart Trouble Cause Of Demise.

There is a proverb that runs, “The young may die, the old must die” and we see it exemplified on every hand, continually from week to week.

Although the people of this community were cognizant of the fact that Uncle Tom Dye was very low, yet, the report of his death came as a shock to all. While the deceased has been ailing considerable for the past few years, he was up and around most of the time and was a familiar figure on our streets almost daily.

The body was embalmed by Undertaker Troup who took charge of the funeral, which was held at the house Tuesday afternoon at 1:30. The funeral sermon was preached by Elder H.P. Clark, who based his remarks on the text, Rev. 14:13. A large number of sorrowing relatives and sympathizing friends gathered to pay their respects to a man who has been an honored citizen in our community for so long. The rooms were nearly filled with lovely floral offerings, tributes of esteem from friends, lodges and G.A.R. order. The vocal music was furnished by E.I. King, Ward Clark, Mrs. A.G. Dew and Mrs. Mathews—Mrs. Mills as pianist.

When the services were concluded, the friends were allowed to pass through and view the remains. The funeral procession, headed by six old soldiers, Wm. Seely, G.W. Mathews, H.C. Buffington, Chris Selbe, J.J. Wiltrout and Mr. Barker, slowly wended its way to the new cemetery. A misting rain was falling at the time, which made it rather disagreeable for all connected with the services. The acting pall bearers were, D.L. Noone, Rob Search, James Shearer, Irv Seely, Ellis Palmer and Earl Drown.

At the cemetery, another short service was held and the body given back to mother earth.

Thomas Dye was born in Monroe county, Ohio, Dec. 9th, 1837, and departed this life, June 5th, 1919, aged 72 years, 5 months and 26 days.

He enlisted as a Union soldier in the war of the Rebellion and served his country with distinction, showing true patriotism and love for home and country. At the close of the war, he returned home, than in Wayne county Ill., where he was united in marriage to Adelia T. Hill, July 30, 1865. He with his wife and two children moved to Phillips county Kansas in the year 1877, and settled on a homestead just south of Logan. Removing to town some twenty odd years ago, he engaged in different lines of business, and has been an honored citizen in all things that were best for his town and country. He leaves to mourn his loss, a wife, one son, and a host of relatives and friends. His wife who was sick at the time, was unable to be present at the obsequies.

Uncle Tom, as he was known to everybody, has long been associated with Logan and Logan people, He will be sadly missed by a great many who have looked to him for counsel and aid. As long as we can remember hearing anything of Logan, the name Dye has been associated prominently with it, and the memory of the man who has done so much for our town and community, will long remain with Logan people.

The Republican-News extends sincerest sympathy to all those bereaved.

Source: The Logan Republican, Logan, Phillips County, Kansas June 9, 1910 (front page).

Elmer A. Dye

Elmer A., only son of Thomas and Adelia Dye, was born near Cisne, Wayne County, Illinois May 12, 1866. At the age of eleven years he came to Logan with his parents. Here he grew to manhood and has spent the active and useful years of his life.

For many years he was associated with his father in various enterprises that were founded for the development of the town and community.

He was well and favorably known throughout northwestern Kansas and was active in various capacities in the social, political and business life of this section of the state, having served eight years as postmaster, two terms as mayor of Logan and at the time of his passing was one on the county commissioners of Phillips county. He was untiring in his efforts to serve his friends and constituents, never sparing himself, where the welfare of his friends or loved ones was concerned. Besides his various activities in the business and social life of the community, no worthy charity was ever denied the help he could give. In early manhood he united with the St. John’s Episcopal Church. He was united in marriage with Ruth Worrel, May 12, 1900. Eight children were born to this union; one son, Alfred Thomas preceded his father in death, June 21, 1934. His family was his great delight, their happiness, welfare and success, being the principal concern of his life.

Following an unfortunate accident, he entered peacefully into rest at the St. Anthony Hospital at Hays, Friday, November 26, 1937, age 71 years, 6 months and 14 days. He is survived by his beloved wife, four sons; William of Wilmington, Calif. and Kenneth, Bryan and Diamond, all of Logan; three daughters, Marguerite, Eloise Cole, and Deborah, all of Logan; one son-in-law, Ray Cole; one daughter-in-law, Ida Dye; one granddaughter, Billie Dye; one nephew, W.K. Emery of San Gabriel, Calif.; one niece, Mrs. E.C. Harvey of El Monte, Calif.; an aged aunt, Mrs. Mollie Beeson of Eugene, Ore.; a host of other relatives and many dear friends who will mourn his passing.

The family wish to extend their sincere thanks to the singers, to Rev. Crippin for his comforting words, and to all who assisted in any way.

The Rt. Rev. Warren D. Crippin, of Cisne, Ill., conducted the funeral services.

Source: The Republican, Logan, Phillips County, Kansas, Thursday, December 2, 1937.

Elmer A. Dye Funeral Held Here Monday

Friends and Relatives From Distance Attend Services.

Funeral services for Elmer A. Dye were held Monday afternoon at the Dye home. Mr. Dye died Friday in the St. Anthony hospital at Hays, the result of injuries received when his car turned over a week ago Monday near Dresden.

Those from a distance attending the funeral were: William Dye, Wilmington, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. John Shurtz and son, Ward of Holdrege, Neb.; Fred Dye and W.D. Crippin, of Cisne, Ill.; Mr. Frerer, of Goodland; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. W. Rodeman, of McCracken; A.G. Austin, of Pittsburgh. The two county commissioners, Messrs. Meyers and Harrison, the county officials and a large delegation from Phillipsburg were present.

Source: The Republican, Logan, Phillips County, Kansas, Thursday, December 2, 1937.


Logan Loses A True Friend

ONCE a friend, always a friend—and a true one.

When only a boy, he came to Logan with his parents from Wayne county, Illinois. He was an active and influential figure, during the early days of Logan. He helped make the town!

He owned a large acreage of rich farm land besides considerable city property. He had been Logan’s postmaster, councilman and mayor. As a political leader he was prominent through the northwestern part of Kansas.

At one time or another, he was an active member of the K.P.’s, the Odd Fellows, the A.O.U.W., the Sons and Daughters of Justice, the M.W.A., the Royal Neighbor, the Yeoman, the Rebekah’s, and the Court of Honor.

He was one of the best and most enterprising citizens of the town. Following in the footsteps of his father, as one of the most popular men of the county, he stood for the better things that tended toward the betterment of the city of Logan and Phillips county.

Always jolly and cheerful, he had a word for everyone. Children loved him and his generosity thrilled them.

Alas—Elmer A. Dye

Source: The Republican, Logan, Phillips County, Kansas [date not given].

Note: The following article repeats some of the information in the previous articles. It was published many years later.

Pioneer History Series


Thomas Dye was born December 9, 1837, in Monroe County, Ohio. He enlisted as a Union soldier in the war of The “Rebellion” and served with distinction.

At the close of the war he returned home. In Wayne County, Illinois, he married Adelia Tennessee Hill on July 30, 1855. He moved to Kansas with his wife and two children, Elmer and Lora, in a covered wagon in the year 1877 and settled on a homestead about two miles south of Logan. Moving to town in about 1890, he engaged in different lines of business - implement, hardware, undertaking and furniture, etc., general store. I think it may be truthfully said that Mr. Dye and his son, Elmer, built more buildings in Logan than any other family. He passed away on June 5th, 1910.

His wife, who was born in Rutherford County, Tennessee, near Murfreesboro, passed away at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. E.G. Harvey, at Valero, Coleman County, Texas, on February 6, 1917.

Lora Dye Emery was married to Bert Emery. They had four children: Warren, Marie, LaVergne and Lora. Lora died at the age of 24, and LaVergne at the age of one and one-half years, on May 12, 1890. Warren and Marie were raised by grandparents in Logan and Lora by the father’s parents in Harriman, Tennessee. Bert Emory married Nora Ray, a niece of Mrs. Dye, and a sister of Bert Ray, husband of Mrs. Zula Ray a foster child of the Dyes. Bert Emery died on July 25, 1898, and Nora R. Emery died on October 19, 1902.

Bert Emery and his brother, Summer, came to Kansas with their father because of Bert’s health. Mr. Emery built a very large 2-story house on the site of A.G. Cummings house (1959). The father and mother lived there for some years, moving back to Harriman, Tennessee, after Bert’s marriage to Lora Dye. Bert died on July 25, 1898. This house was struck by lightning in the early ‘90’s and Nora Emery built the house now occupied, in 1959, by Art Cummings and family.

Warren Emery, son of Bert and Lora, was born September 14, 1886. He married Margaret O’Connor of Densmore. Two children were born, Lora Margaret, and a baby son who lived only a few hours.

Warren carried mail out of Logan for a number of years. Then in Miami, Florida, awhile, and then moved to Los Angeles. He was in the building and contracting business and died in San Gabriel, California.

His daughter is married and lives in Honolulu, Hawaii. She has three children by her first husband, Kimball and Jeanne Coltchell and one that died in infancy. Margaret, Warren’s wife, lives in Arcadia, California. Marie Emery Harvey is married to Clyde Harvey of Missouri, and they have a son and daughter, both married, and four grandchildren living in Arcadia, California.

Elmer A. Dye was born in Cisne, Illinois, May 12, 1866. He came to Kansas with his parents in 1877. He was married to Ruth Worrel May 12, 1900. Eight children were born to this union: Alfred, Margarite L., William R., Bryan, Kenneth M., Eloise A., Deborah A., and Diamond A., Alfred passed away in Manila, Philippine Islands, June 21, 1934 and Bryan passed away in Banning, California, December 23, 1939. Elmer A. Dye passed away following an auto accident in St. Anthony’s Hospital at Hays on November 26, 1937.

“Logan Loses a True Friend”

“Once a friend, always a friend, and a true one. When only a boy he came to Logan with his parents from Wayne County, Illinois. He was an active and influential figure during the early days of Logan. He helped make the town. He had been postmaster, councilman and mayor. At one time or another he was an active member of the L.P’s, The Odd Fellows, The AOUW, the Sons and Daughters of Justice, the M.W.O., The Royal Neighbors, The Yeoman, The Rebakahs, and the Court of Honor. He was one of the best and most enterprising citizens of the town. Following the footsteps of his father as one of the most popular men of the county, he stood for the better things that tend toward the betterment of the City of Logan and Phillips County. Always jolly and cheerful, he had a word for everyone. Children loved him and his generosity thrilled them.”

Source: The Republican, Logan, Phillips County, Kansas, September 28, 1961.

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