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Section 3. Milton Rightmire and Eva May Carley
(Milton4 Rightmire, Lewis Critchfield3, James2, Jr., James1, Sr.)

(4) Milton Rightmire was born on June 26, 1858 in Mount Vernon, Knox County, Ohio. He met and married Eva May Carley May 21, 1890 in Wamego, Kansas. Eva is the daughter of Lawson Carley and Margaret Daign. She was born August 14, 1865 in Hazel Green, Grant County, Wisconsin. Milton died of a heart attack on September 18, 1944 in Wamego Township, Patawatomie County, Kansas. Eva died May 04, 1953 in Sedgwick County, Wichita, Kansas. Funeral notice for Milton as it appeared in the Wamego Reporter, Wamego, Kansas.

Death Claims Milton Rightmire

"In the early morning hours of Sept. 18, 1944 the community was saddened by the passing of one of the oldest residents of the Laciede community. Words cannot express the appreciation that was felt for this worthy man, who was so interested and ready to lend a cheerful hand to help promote the best interests of the home, the church and the school."

"Milton Rightmire was born near Mount Vernon, Ohio, on June 26,1858. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Rightmire. He came to Kansas in 1877. He went to California in 1881and returned here again in 1887."

"On May 21, 1890 he was united in marriage to Miss Eva May Carley at the home of her uncle, C. L. Carley near Westmoreland. They moved immediately to their new home at Laciede, which has continued to be their home for fifty-four years. To this union was born one son, Ralph Carley, who now resides in Oklahoma City , Okla."

"He has been a member of the Masonic Lodge since Apri11883, having joined in Dixon, Calif. He has been a member of the Wamego Masonic Lodge more than 50 years and has received a fifty year jewel from the lodge."

"Mr. Rightmire is survived by his wife, Mrs. Eva Rightmire, his son Ralph and wife Margaret and one granddaughter, Ann of San Antonio, Texas one sister Mrs. Emma Townsend of Laciede, several nieces and nephews and host of other relatives and friends."

"This fine man made for himself a very definite place in the affections of the people who knew him. Everything that human hands could do was done for him. He was patient, thoughtful, and kind through his illness and passed away peacefully Sept. 18, at the age of eighty-six years, two months and twenty-three days. His philosophy of life is expressed in the poem written by Sam Walter Foss."

"Let me live in my house by the side of the road.
Where the race of men Gorby.
They are good, they are bad, they are weak, they are strong,
Wise, foolish--so am I.
Then why should I at in the scorner's seat.
Or hurl the cynic's ban?
Let me live in my house by the side of the road
And he a friend to man."

"Funeral service were held Wednesday afternoon at the Baptist church with Rev. W. A. Holladay officiating. Interment was made in the Wamego Cemetery."

Funeral notice for Eva May as it appeared in the Wamego Reporter, Wamego, Kansas May 7, 1953.

Mrs. Eva Rightmire

"Eva May, daughter of Margaret Ann and Lot H. Carley, was born August 14, 1865, in Grant County, Wisconsin. When quite small she, with her parents, moved to a farm in Pottawatomie County, Kansas, one mile south of the Mt. Union school and church. Here she grew to womanhood, taught school and music."

"She was united in marriage to Milton Rightmire on May 21, 1890, at her uncle's home near Westmoreland. They moved to their new home near Laciede, Kansas, living 54 years. To this union was born one son, Ralph C., who now resides in Kansas City, Missouri. Mrs. Rightmire helped organize the Bayles Chapel Baptist Church at Laciede, Kansas, and was the last charter, member. She was a very faithful worker, being officer or teacher all those years and the young folks loved her very dearly. Mr. and Mrs. Rightmire celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary May 21th, 1940, at their Laciede home."

"Mr. Rightmire passed away on September 18,1944. Soon after, Mrs. Rightmire moved to Wamego, remaining for a short time. She then went to make her home at Masonic Home in Wichita, where she was very happy. She was member of the Order of the Eastern Star, No. 76."

"On the morning of May 4, 1953, at the age of 87 years, 8 month and 20 days, she went into a peaceful sleep. She is survived by her son, Ralph, his wife, a granddaughter, Mrs. Ann Wright, her husband, and a great granddaughter, Barbara Ann, of Salina, other relatives, and a host of friends."

"Funeral services were Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in the Wamego Baptist Church in charge of, The Rev. Samuel Bock with. Interment was in the family lot in Wamego Cemetery."

Milton and Eva had one child:

(5) Ralph Carley Rightmire was born on December 29, 1895 in Wamego Township, Pottawatomie County, Kansas. His first wife was Margaret Louise Plesse. She was born October 30, 1895 in Wamego, Kansas. She died October 16, 1951 in Kansas City, Kansas. She is buried in Wamego Cemetery, Wamego, Kansas. Ralph then married Elizabeth A. Cissna. Elizabeth was born July 15, 1898. Ralph died of lung cancer on August 16, 1972 in Kansas City, Missouri and Elizabeth died in an automobile accident shortly after, on September 11, 1972. They were buried together in Mount Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri.

On the next page is a funeral notice for Ralph as it appeared in the Kansas City Star newspaper.


"Ralph C. Rightmire, 77, of 5921 Rockhill, died yesterday at Menorah Medical Center. He was born in Wamego, Kan., and had lived here 25 years. He was a retired assistant secretary- treasurer of the former Black, Sivells and Bryson, Inc. He was a Army veteran of World War I. Mr. Rightmire was a member of the Elks, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Scottish Rite and the Wamego Masonic Lodge. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth A. Rightmire of the home; a daughter, Mrs. Ann Wright, Salina, Kan.; two stepsons, Thomas J. Cissna, 908 E. 92nd, and Harold F. Cissna, 5612 Horton, Mission; four grandchildren and a great-grand- daughter. Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the Mount Moriah Chapel; burial in Mount Moriah Cemetery. Elks services will be at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the chapel, where friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight. The family request no flowers and suggests memorial contributions to the Shriners' Crippled Children's hospital, St. Louis."

Notice of death of Ralph's first wife, Margaret Louise Plesse, as it was in The Wamego Reporter, October 18, 1951.


"Mr. Ralph C. Rightmire of 4800 Jefferson, Kansas City, Mo., passed away Tuesday afternoon at the University ofKansas Hospital. She is survived by her husband, of the home; a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Wright, of Salina: and six sisters. Funeral services will be held this (Thursday) afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at St. Luke's Episcopal church, Wamego, in charge of the Rector, The Rev. Samuel R. Boman. Burial will be in the Wamego Cemetery. An Obituary be published next week."

Funeral notice for Ralph's second wife, Elizabeth A. Goebel, as it was in the Kansas City Times & Kansas City Star on 9 -13 -1972.

RlGHTMIRE - Services for Elizabeth A. Rightmire of 5921 Rockhill Rd., will beheld 3:00 Thursday at Mount Moriah Funeral home. Interment will follow in Mount Moriah Cemetery.

Ralph and Elizabeth are buried together in Mount Moriah Cemetery. A picture of their gravestone is shown below:

Picture by James E. Rightmire

Ralph and his first wife, Margaret Plesse had one child: (6) Ann Margaret Rightmire, born October 7, 1918 in Wamego, Kansas. She married Keneth Leon Wright October 15, 1944 in San Antonio, Texas. The following are marriage notes for Ann and Keneth as they appeared in the Wamego Times, Wamego, Kansas.


Miss Ann Rightmire, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Rightmire of Oklahoma City and Capt. Keneth Wright were married Sunday afternoon at four o'clock at the St. Mark's Episcopal Church in San Antonio, Texas. The bride is well known in Wamego, having lived here for a time, and often visited here as she is a granddaughter of the late Milton Rightmire and Mrs. Rightmire and a niece of Mrs. Mary Breymeter and Mrs. A. M. Gilmore. Both Capt. and Mrs. Wright are graduates of Kansas University at Lawrence and he is now stationed in Virginia with the Air Force as he just completed two years of overseas service. Mrs. Wright has been employed in the San Antonio office of an airline. She will accompany her husband to his station. After the ceremony a reception for the bridal couple was held at the Plaza hotel. Mrs. Wright parents were present for the ceremony.

Ann died February 24, 1995 in Salina, Kansas. Keneth died November 1983 in Salina, Kansas. Ann and Keneth had one child: (7) Barbara Ann Wright.