Mrs Kate Covey Was Born In State 78 Years Ago.
Mrs Kate Covey, 78, pioneer resident of Kansas suddenly at her home 204 Elmwood Avenue, yesterday morning.
Mrs Kate Covey was born on a Jefferson county farm near Thompsonville, June 18, 1849. She was a grand-daughter of Colonel John Speer, who played a prominent part in early history of Douglas County during the old territoral days. She moved to Shawnee County when a young girl and had made her home in the vicinty of Topeka almost continually since.
She was a member of the Shawnee County Old Settlers Society and had attended the annual reunion for years. At the last meeting she was one of six at a table of those who had been residents of Kansas before 1850. She was a member of the First Christian Church.
Her first husband was a conduetor on the first Union Pacific train to run into Topeka. She was the mother of the late J. S. Sproat, well known Shawnee County farmer and grain broker. He died in 1916. She is survived by a grand-son, Dewey Sproat of Topeka.
Funeral services will be at the Wall Deffenderfer Mortuary at 10:30 O'clock Thursday morning. Burial will be in Rochester Cemetery.