Saturday, November 5, 2016

Peter Westerhouse - Peter's and Anna's Children #2

Edward Westerhouse

Edward Westerhouse married Katherine (Kate) Breithaupt 11 December 1888.  They settled on a farm in Hesper, Douglas, Kansas, near Ben and Emma Foust's farm. They had two children:

Elmer Edward Westerhouse (1889-1958)
Inez Edna Westerhouse (1892-1975)

Obituary of Edward Westerhouse
Lawrence Daily Lawrence Journal World
27 February 1945, Page 2

Kate died 27 May 1926 and was buried in the Hesper Friends Church Cemetery in Hesper, Douglas, Kansas.  Edward died, 27 February 1945, and was buried next to his wife. 

Headstone of Edward Westerhouse

Headstone of Katherine Breithaupt Westerhouse

Shared Headstone of Edward and Katherine

Aurelia Westerhouse

The 1870 Federal Census for Eudora, Douglas, Kansas, was the only record ever found about Aurelia Westerhouse.  It has been assumed by researchers that she died in Eudora, Douglas, Kansas, before the 1875 Kansas Census was recorded.

William Westerhouse

William (Billy) Westerhouse never married and went by the name of Billy. The 1900 Federal Census reported him as living with Anna and Henry Eggers and not able to read or write.  The 1910 Federal Census listed him as living with Edward and Kate Westerhouse, able to read and write, but not working.  Billy died 6 June 1928 and was buried in the Deay Cemetery in Eudora, Douglas, Kansas.  During a December 1979 interview, Amos Westerhouse, Jr., William's nephew, described digging grave for the bachelor Billy.  He placed the headstone at the foot of Billy's body instead of at his head.

William Westerhouse

Obituary of William Westerhouse
Lawrence Daily Journal World
7 June 1928, Page 2

Amos Westerhouse

Amos Westerhouse married Sophia Meyer 25 February 1891.  This has been verified by the Marriage License found at the Johnson County Courthouse in Olathe, Kansas.  Sophia was from Big Spring, Lafayette, Missouri, where her uncle, Henry Edler (Mary Westerhouse's first husband), and aunt, Katie Edler (Henry Westerhaus's wife), came from.  Amos and Sophia initially settled at the home of Henry and Anna Eggers' farm.  Amos and Sophia had five children, including the two youngest being twins:

Amos Westerhouse Jr (1892-1982)
Ethel Westerhouse (1894-1980)
Oscar Edward Westerhouse (1897-1984)
Alvin Westerhouse (1906-1986)
Allen Herman Westerhouse (1906-1986)

Marriage License of Amos Westerhouse and Sophia Meyer

Wedding Photo of Amos Westerhouse and Sophia Meyer

After many years of renting a farm just south of Anna and Henry Eggers' property, Amos and Sophia purchased an 80 acre farm at the South Half of the South East Quarter (2372 North 900th Road) of Section 34 in the Captain Creek area of Eudora, for $4500, 23 December 1905.  This has been verified by the property deed found at the Douglas County Courthouse.  The first three children of Amos and Sophia were born at the rented farm and their twins, Allen and Alvin, were born at the purchased farm. 

Ethel, Sophia, Oscar, Amos Sr., Amos Jr. at the Henry and Anna Eggers' Farm

Amos would always say "use the best board first then you have the best board last" The idea is that if you use a good board when you need it, then it will still be good even after a long time but if you use an old board it likely won't last and the unused new board will deteriorate over time when not used.

February 1909, Amos was appointed as one of the five Eudora Road Overseers.  His initials can be found inscribed on many bridges which he helped construct around Eudora.  Additionally, Amos constructed water tanks (cisterns) using a form he created.  He sold 100's of these to farmers in the area.   

Based on family stories, Amos and Sophie hobnobbed with the wealthy Eudora families, including the Lothholz and Cory's.  Amos, may have been on the bank board or had some connection with the bank.  Amos, smoked a pipe, chewed tobacco, and used a spittoon.  He enjoyed to share stories about his youth with anyone that would listen.   

During 1926, Amos retired from being a Eudora Road Overseer as well as from farming.  6 September 1926 Amos and Sophia bought a home, located at 110 East 7th Street in Eudora and moved into town.  

According to family stories, Sophia was tall, friendly, enjoyed baking, sewing. It was common to see Sophia wearing an apron.  Sophie suffered from migraine headaches. She would lower a tea towel down in the well and get it cold and wrap it around her head for relief.  Sophia was outspoken and interested in preserving her German heritage, including reading the German newspaper and talking to Amos in German, especially when she did not want the children to understand.

Allen, Oscar, Ethel, Amos Jr, Alvin (Standing)
Amos Sr. and Sophia Westerhouse (Sitting)

Sophia died at home after a long illness with leukemia on 26 December 1932. She was buried at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence, Douglas, Kansas. 

Obituary of Sophia Meyer Westerhouse
Lawrence Daily Journal World
27 December 1932

Amos continued to stay at their home in Eudora until his death.  Amos died 18 December 1950 from a cerebral hemorrhage at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, Douglas, Kansas.  He was buried next to his wife.

Obituary of Amos Westerhouse
Lawrence Daily Journal World
19 December 1950, Page 3

Headstone of Amos Westerhouse

Headstone of Sophia Meyer Westerhouse

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