The report reached this place Tuesday evening that Dr. Z.L. Slavens, a former citizen of this place, was dead. His death occured at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J.H.H. Reser, near Urbana. He was born Feb. 13, 1834 in Springfield, being the second child born in that city. He chose the profession of medicine and attended the Missouri Medical College and began practicing in this city before the Civil War. During the War of the Rebellion he was a surgeon in the 115th Indiana Infantry. At the close of the war he again became a citizen of Buffalo and continued his practice. In 1875 he resigned his position as postmaster and moved to Urbana where he resided for many years. While postmaster here he had the honor of issuing the first P.O. money order issued in BuffaIo. As a citizen Dr. Slavens was of the highest ranks. Being a close and apt student he became a veritable walking encyclopedia on general subjects. In medicine he was one of the best read in theory and practice in this section of the State. In conversation he excelled and his language and manner were of the highest order. The Sunday school was his forte and wIth the assistance of his noble wife, who died a few years ago, they were a whole Sunday school in themselves. There have been few such men this country as Dr. Z.L Slavens. His very countenance and expression made friends with everybody. His greatest fault was his appetite, and few men live who do not posses some fault. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and was buried under the auspices of that order. The funeral services conducted by Rev. J.M. Proctor at the M.E. church, of which he was a consistent member. His remains were laid to rest in the Buffalo cemetery yesterday. He leaves four children to mourn his loss: Lieut. T.H. Slavens, of California; R. B. Slavens, Kansas City; Mrs G W. Lightner and J.H.H. Reser, both of Urbana.
Buffalo (Missouri) Reflex, April 20, 1899.