TELFORD --Rev. J. C. Telford, who died at Olathe Saturday, was one of the pioneer Methodist preachers of Kansas, having been an active worker in the state more than a quarter of a century. His death was due to paralysis.
(Kansas City Daily Journal, March 31, 1896
Rev. John C. Telford
Rev. John C. Telford was born in Stuben county, New York, March 13, 1829, and died in Olathe, Kansas, March 28, 1896. He moved to Ohio when eight years of age. His father died when he was but seventeen years old and left to his care a mother and three brothers and two sisters. He engaged in farming until he entered the ministry of the Methodist church in 1870 joining the Kansas conference which met at Topeka in that year. Mr. Telford located in Olathe in 1888 and became a useful citizen and efficient in the work of the church of his choice. In March of 1890 he returned from the annual session of his conference which met at Horton and was stricken with paralysis on the next morning after his return. For six years he suffered without murmur or complaint
At the funeral Rev. A. V. Stout of the Presbyterian church of this city spoke tenderly of his more than ten years close acquaintance with Rev. Telford as did also Mrs. Lydia Chasea, minister in the Friends church, who had known Mr. Telford for more than twenty years. A large audience from all over Johnson county was present at the funeral. The services were conducted at the M..E. church by the pastor, Rev. M. E. Goddard. Thus passes from our midst another of the very earliest citizens of the state of Kansas.
April 2, 1896
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Rev. J. C. Telford died at his residence on west Park street last Saturday morning, March 28, from a second stroke of paralysis, aged sixty-seven years and fifteen days. The funeral services held at the M.E. church, assisted by Rev.A.V. Stout of Olathe and Mrs. Lydia M. Chase of Kansas City, MO. Manay of his friends from all parts of Johnson coutny were in attendance to pay their respects to his memeory. The Re. Telford came to Johnson county iin 1870 and f or, twenty years he was an active and fearless worker for his Lord and Master. He has had charge of nearly all of the M. E. churches in this county excepting the M.E. church in Olathe. Rev. Telford was stricken with partial paralysis in 1890 and has been an invalid during the past six years, requiring the constant care of some member of his family at all times until his death.
April 2, 1896