Stephen Holeman Newspaper Obituary
Stephen Holeman was born in Brown county, Indiana, Aug. 20, 1835. With
his parents he moved to Warren county Ill, in 1843 and settled near
Greenbush. Here he grew to manhood and began life for himself taking as
the partner of his joys and sorrows, Elizabeth Pittman, to whom he was
married Jan. 10, 1865. To them were born 15 children, of whom 12 grew to
maturity, three having died in infancy.
Accompanied by his father, the late Daniel Holeman, their families and,
other relatives and friends he moved to Bourbon county Ks., in 1865. He
settled on the farm where his last hours were spent, and began the task
of conquering the virgin soil and against the adversities and
inconveniences, that none but old settlers whose ranks are rapidly
thinning can fully appreciate, he succeeded in raising and educating his
large family and starting them fairly in the race of life. His industry,
integrity and unswerving devotion to right, manifested as they were by a
completely unselfish and unobtrusive attention to his own affairs, are a
heritage to his family and friends to be forever prized, and a monument
to his character to be by no means lightly considered.
His wife died on the 17th of July 1887. His children, having mostly
grown up, he was married on March 16, 1892 to Mrs. Celesta Thomas who has
cheered his declining years.
In early manhood he became a member of the Primitive Baptist church, and
throughout his life he held to the faith of his youth. His cheerful,
disposition and steadfastness of his gaze into the future in the face of
sickness during the last few years, is one of the inspiring facts of his
He passed from this life Aug. 21, 1908, aged 73 years, one day, leaving
behind him a sorrowing wife, three sons, five daughters, three sisters,
two brothers, forty five grand children and ten great grand children
besides a large number of other relatives, and a host of friends who are
numbered by his acquaintances. Funeral services were held at the family
home Sunday afternoon by Rev. Jon. Preston. His remains were laid to
rest beside those of his wife in the Boulware cemtery.