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Marcellus Reser

Male 1844 - 1917  (73 years)


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  • Name Marcellus Reser 
    Nickname Moss 
    Born 1844 
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 Jun 1917  Rossville, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Rossville Cemetery, Rossville, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3930  Rossville
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2018 

    Father Wyatt Reser 
    Mother Nancy Reser 
    Family ID F2293  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lettie Reser,   b. 1844,   d. 24 Aug 1917, Parsons, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Isadella Reser Page,   b. 16 Jan 1867, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1933, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     2. Albert Reser,   b. 23 Nov 1868, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1950, Rossville, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +3. Monterville Reser,   b. 30 Mar 1879, St. George, Pottawatomie County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1935, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
    +4. William H Reser,   b. 1881,   d. 26 Aug 1959  (Age 78 years)
     5. Grace Reser Kesler,   b. 1889,   d. 29 Mar 1954  (Age 65 years)
     6. Christopher Reser,   b. 1873,   d. 1958  (Age 85 years)
    +7. Edward Reser
     8. Zella Reser Elson
     9. Arminta Reser Caldwell McMullen
    +10. John Henry Reser
    Last Modified 9 Nov 2017 12:00:20 
    Family ID F2291  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Obituary- Reser, Marcellus 1
    Obituary- Reser, Marcellus 1
    Moss Reser Ends Life With Shotgun
    Moss Reser, one of the early settlers and well-to-do farmers of Rossville took his life yesterday at 11:30 a.m. at his home north west of Rossville by shooting himself with a shotgun. Death was instantaneous.
    Loading both barrels of his shotgun, he tied a string around the triggers and fastened the other end of the string to his foot and then sat down on a sofa in the dining room of his home with the barrels of the gun pressed against his breast. Only one of the shells exploded but it was sufficient. A hole as large as a dollar was torn in his breast and he died instantly.
    Mrs. Kesler discovered her father with the shells and attempted to take them away from him. He fought her off and she ran to the field to call Grover, but before they could get back they heard the shot and discovered him lying on his face with the gun still hugged in his arms.
    Because of his oft repeated threats that he would kill himself the Keslerís had always taken the precaution to keep shells for the gun hid away, fearing he might carry out the threats. Tuesday Mr. Reser came to town and presumably bought the shells that he used in ending his life. On that day he told business men about Rossville that that trip to town would be his last.
    The coroner at Topeka was informed at once of the tragedy but upon learning the facts said an inquest would be unnecessary.
    Mrs. Reser has been in poor health for many years and for the last year or so Mr. Reser has been brooding over her health and lately of his own decline in health and it is thought this constant brooding finally drove him to his last rash act.
    Mr. Reser has been one of the substantial farmers of this community for many years, and his death was a shock to his many old friends. The funeral arrangements were completed last night. The funeral was held this afternoon at the M.E. church conducted by Rev. W.T. Ward, assisted by Rev. Manion of the Olive Branch U.B. church and the body interred in the Rossville cemetery.
    Mr. Reser is survived by his widow, three brothers, Zack Reser, Bood Reser and Wyatt Reser all of Rossville, two sisters, Mrs. Harriet Sawyer of Eskridge, Kan., and Mrs. Sarah Sawyer, of Topeka; four daughters, Mrs. W. W. Page, of Silver Lake, Mrs. Zella Elson, of Fullerton, Calif., Mrs. Armenta Caldwell of Fresno, Calif., and Mrs. Grover Kesler, of Rossville; five sons, Albert, John H. and Mont, of Rossville, Edward of Delia, Chris of Holton and William of St. Marys. All were here for the funeral except the daughters in California and his sister, Mrs. Sarah Sawyer, of Topeka.
    Obituary- Reser, Marcellus 2
    Obituary- Reser, Marcellus 2
    Card of Thanks
    We desire to express our sincere thanks to all who so kindly assisted with the burial of our husband and father. Also to all who sent floral offerings.

    Mrs. M. Reser and family

    O. Verschelden, of St. Marys, was down today to take charge of the Moss Reser funeral.