S.J. Leeburg, one of Harveyville's oldest and most highly respected citizens, passed away at his home in this city last Thursday evening at 7:20 o'clock. Mr. Leeburg had been in his usual health that day, in fact had been down that morning and again in the afternoon. After returning home in the afternoon, he went about his evening work as usual, and had almost completed his usual chores. His granddaughter went to the barn on an errand about 4:45 where she found him lying in an unconscious state, having suffered a severe stroke of paralysis. He was immediately moved to the house, but he never regained consciousness again, and passed away at 7:20 that evening, having reached the age of 77 years, 5 months, and 1 day.
Swan John Leeburg was born near Stockholm, Sweden October 5, 1846. He came to the United States in 1868 and resided near Princton, Ill. until 1970 when he came to Osage City, Kans. Here he was employed as a contractor by the Santa [sic] Fe railroad and had a part in building that road from Osage City to Dodge City.
He was united in marraige to Hannah Halburg on April 8, 1885 at Lyndon, Kans, and almost immediately moved onto the farm 6 miles southwest of Harveyville, where he resided until moving to Harveyville 12 years ago.
He was confirmed in the Swedish Lutheran church at the age of 15 years and ever lived faithful to his religious belief.
He leaves to mourn his oving wife, four sons, and two daughters, two children having preveded him to the heavenly home. He is survived by 14 grand children, 3 great-grand children and a host of friends.
Mr. Leeburg was a devoted husband, a kind loving father and a food kind neighbor and a friend to all who knew him, and will be sadly missed by all.
Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Fred Blanding were held from the Methodist church at two o'clock Sunday afternoon March 9, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Wilmington cemetery besides a littles daughter who entered the eternal rest many years ago.
The high regard held by the people of this community for Mr. Leeburg was attested by the large congregation of friends who assembled to pay their last earthly tribute to a good man, a man who contributed his share of service to the community in which he happended to live, a man who daily lived the religion which he believed. We shall all miss him.
Those who came from out of town at attend the funeral of S.J. Leeburg Sunday were John Leeburg and G. A. Leeburg, wife, and son of Hutchinson; Mrs. L. J. Larson of Burlingame, Edwin Larson of Topeka; Mr. and Mrs. Emmet Holmquist, a nephew of Galesburg, Ill. Mr. and Mrs. Evan Jones and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Shepard of Lebo.