Henry Slavens died at his home here Tuesday morning a 1:25 of cancer of the jaw. He was first attacked by the disease last September but has been dangerously ill only about two months. He bore his intense pain patiently.
The funeral was held Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. and burial was in Greeley Cemetery. Rev. James conducted the funeral which was largely attended. Henry Slavens was born in Greene County, Indiana on December 1, 1846. He married Martha Spencer on March 23, 1863 at Greencastle, Indiana. He moved to Iowa in 1865 and came to Kansas in 1867, locating in Coffee County (homesteaded near Aliceville). After a few years there he moved to Greeley and has lived there ever since.
During the year of the grasshoppers, he walked to Pike County, Illinois, in eight days as a means to acquire support his family in Kansas, which was a barren waste at the time. This shows the rugged character of the man who was every inch a man. He served his country for over 3 years in the Civil War and was in the thickest of the fray in many of the hardest fought battles. He was badly wounded in the knee at Missionary Ridge, and received a flesh wound at Shiloh. He fought in 22 major battles. He was at one time a member of the Methodist Church.
On August 12, 1892, he married Mary Daniels, a widow. He leaves her, five children: James K. Slavens, Eva Slavens Snapp, Della Slavens Deal, Alice Slavens Ashworth of Kansas City and John Slavens of this city.
In the highest sense Henry was made of the stuff that makes a good citizen. He was always hard working and was honest as the day was long and through life he practiced the Golden Rule, to treat all men as he would treat himself.
Greeley (Kansas) ??????, April 28, 1908.