Luther Cone

Luther Cone
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Co. C, 186th OH. Infantry
The Chanute Daily Tribune, June 14, 1916

SAS IN 1856.
He Was In Lawrence When Quantrell’s
Raiders Made Their Massacre
and Played An Active
Part In the Development of
Luther Cone, Sr., died this morning at 8 o’clock at his home, 915 South Central avenue, after an illness dating from an attack of la grippe in January. He was in his seventy-fifth year. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 4 o’clock at his late home, the Rev. Mueller, rector of Grace Episcopal church, conducting the services.
Mr. Cone was educated for a minister. The accident of war made him a soldier, and the fortunes of civil life turned him to the law and later to editorial work. His life’s activities miight fairly be epitomized to three epochs–soldier, lawyer, editor.
Came Here in 1870.
He came to Chanute as a settler in 1870, though he had passed through this locality several times in ’68 on trips from Lawrence and Leavenworth to the Indian Territory trading posts. For the first twenty of his residence here he was actively and prominently associated with all the town’s affairs. He studied law, was admitted to the Neosho county bar, and practiced continuously for twenty years. He was successfully, and for several terms each, justice of the peace, police judge, city attorney and city clerk. He helped organize the Methodist church Sunday school, the Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias lodges, the first fair association, and, with R. N. Allen, and S. A. Wickard, organized Neosho post of the Grand Army of the Republic and was its first commander.
Editorial Writer.
In the early days he played tuba in the band, bass viol in the orchestra, bass drum in the drum corps, was usually a speaker of campfires, reunions and political gatherings, became editor of the Chanute Weekly Chronicle for eighteen months that the town might not lose its paper, and generally showed that versatility and adaptability which was the characteristic of the pioneers of Kansas.
Later he was associated with his son an editorial writer on the Chanute Daily Sun for thirteen years, and following that served as deputy oil inspector for four years.
Suffered From War Diet.
At intervals he suffered greatly from stomach trouble, the origin of which he attributed to a 3-day diet on apples and apple cores during the war. For the last ten years he had prolonged his life by a number of hours’ work daily in the garden, which, with his library, he greatly enjoyed. He was of rather a retiring disposition in later life, but his friendships were many and stood the test of time. His patient, genial nature was a lasting pleasure to his friends.
The Family.
He was married in Chanute May 4, 1874, to Mary Bertha Giles, daughter of Pearce Giles, Esq., who had brought his family to Chanute from England the year previous. He is survived by his wife and four children, Fred P. and Gladys of this city, Luther G., with the Santa Fe at Kansas City, and Curtis E, with the Prairie Oil & Gas Company at Independence. Of his brothers and sisters there remain Mrs. J. C. Mann of Orlando, Fla., John P. Cone of Lawrence, Kas., and Mrs. Mattie Sleeth of Portland, Ore., all old residents of Chanute. His mother and his eldest brother are buried in Elmwood.
Of Pioneer Stock.
Luther Cone came from a family of pioneers and patriots, whose each succeeding generation answered the call to arms if one was made. He was the son of Luther and Margaret Obershiner Cone, one of fourteen children, all born in Delaware county, Ohio, and a direct descendent of Daniel Cone, who settled the town of Haddam, Conn., on a king’s grand in 1642.
His parents were pioneers of Ohio, moving from Chambersburg, Pa., at an early age. In Ohio they acquired woolen mills and large farming interests, all of which was sold to move to Kansas in 1856. The outbreak of the war found them settled at Lawrence, and the father and five sons joined Kansas regiments for the front.
Luther was returned to Delaware College to study for the ministry, where he remained long enough to join the 148th Ohio when it was enrolled. He was invalided home in time to go through the Quantrell raid, surviving the horrors of that day through quick wit of neighvor women. After the war he served an apprenticeship under Abe Marks, a pioneer jeweler at Lawrence, who died a few weeks ago.
A Colonial Ancestor.
In the family history book is preserved a document which typifies the stock from which Luther Cone sprang. It is a petition addressed to the colonial congress by an ancestor, Nathaniel Cone of Virginia. The phrascology is quaintly colonial, but in substance it says:
"I gave my nine sons to my country ungudgingly; none returned. My revenues were taken by the government in burdensome taxes, and my properties have been destroyed by the ravages of war. At 91 years of age I have neither chick nor child nor worldly substance. Will this government show its ingratitude by furnishing me a poor house to die in, rather than a pension to live on?"
And so it was with all of them, from the first of his name–they went to war at the first call, and cut out their lives to fit afterward.
Brother’s Appreciation.
A few lines written this morning by his brother John P. Cone, beautifully express an appreciation of him:
He loved the worthy, the gems of earth,
The flowers and things that charm. He abode in patience, through flood and death,
And did no creature harm.
He saw this grand old universe
Her wondrous charms reveal;
He meekly bore the age old curse,
To him, his God was real.
His voice never vexed the market
With clamor vain and loud;
He strove with fortitude to face
All linings of the cloud.
The love of wife and child was won
With naught of cruelest strife,
With much of labor, more of fun,
Indeed, what more is life?

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