(born: 17 May 1874, Iantha, MO)

(died: 11 Jan, 1965, Kenoma, MO)

from The Lamar Democrat: (Note: Probably the Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1965 edition)


Bill Travis Dead ---Year To A Day---From Death Of Wife---A Retired Farmer---And Native Son---Funeral Wednesday Afternoon

William Tidings (Bill) Travis, ninety, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. G. L. Baker, at Kenoma at 6:10 p.m., Monday. Death resulted from the gradual ebbing of the vital forces that accompanies great age. The end came exactly a year to the day, on which his wife died.

The ninety year old man was born and had spent his entire life in Barton County. He was born in the Iantha community May 17, 1874 at Iantha, the son of James Travis and Tylitha Rickerson Travis.

He was married at Lamar June 25, 1989 to Miss Alice Butler. The couple farmed in the vicinity of Iantha until about twenty years ago when they retired, moving in to Lamar. They remained in Lamar for a number of years, after which they moved to Liberal. They left Liberal, when the health of both became feeble, about four years ago to make their home with the daughter at Kenoma.

The deceased, although he never sought public office, was deeply interested in politics, and one of the most devoted and loyal adherents of the Democratic party that the writer ever knew. He was also quite a craftsman and busied himself after retirement, in woodwork projects.

In addition to the daughter with whom he made his home, he leaves a second daughter, Mrs. Lois Esther Smith of Clinton and one son, Paul Travis of Kansas City. One son, Wilson Travis, lost his life in action in World War Two. One brother, John Travis of Cedarvale, Kansas, two sisters, Mrs. Etta Baird of Stettler, Alberta Province, Canada, Mrs. Kate Reynolds of Burns, Wyoming, thirteen grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren, also survive.

The body was taken to the Chiles funeral home to be prepared for burial. The last rites were announced for 1:00 p.m. Thursday at the Chiles chapel. Interment follows in the Iantha cemetery.

* * * * *

Submitted by Maxine Baker Schell