Reuben Slavens, the subject of this sketch, was born in Montgomery County, Kentucky, October 30, 1825, and died in Yates Center, Kansas, August 30, 1893, aged 67 years and 10 months. During his infancy his parents moved to Putnam County, Indiana, where he was raised on a farm and received a common school education. He was married to Miss Martha F. Inge October 5, 1848, and the same year formed a partnership with his brother-in-law, George B. Inge, which partnership continued for a number of years. He joined the Masonic fraternity in June 1848, and and during his life had taken the Chapter and Council degrees of that order. In the Masonic Lodge he was an able and untiring worker, having held the positions of Worshipful Master, Assistant Lecturer, and other important offices.
In 1852 he united with the Christian church under the ministry of Elder O.P. Badger, and was a member of the Christian church at Yates Center, Kansas, at the time of death. During his last illness he often talked of the future, and said that he was ready at any time for the Master to call him home.
In 1869 he came to Kansas and settled in Neosho Falls, Woodson County. While in Kansas he has been engaged in merchandising, farming, and keeping hotel. In politics he was a Republican, and was nine times elected trustee of Neosho Falls township. He was an indulgent father, a kind and obliging neighbor and friend, a fraternal brother, and a loving and devoted husband. His noble wife, the companion of his youth, and his son W.H. Slavens, of this place, still survive him, and were at his bedside at the time of his death. Some five years ago he became afflicted with disease of the bladder and kidneys and during the last few months was a great sufferer. He spent time and money freely for relief, but without avail.
Thus has passed from our midst a man of stalwart frame, unwavering integrity amd unsullied character, and again we are reminded that the young may and the old must die.
The funeral was held at the family residence at 1:30 p.m. on August 31, Rev. Elder Lamb preaching a brief memorial sermon. The further services were under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity.
Woodson (Yates Center, Kansas) Democrat, September 1, 1893.