William Amos Hoobler, the second child of Jacob and Margaret Elmira Hoobler, was born October 31, 1869 near Streator, Illinois. His twin sister, Williba, died at birth. He was so tiny a tea cup fit over his head and wedding band slipped over his hand. He was so frail, the family story says, that his mother carried him on a pillow, and he slept in a shoe box on the oven door.
He came to Karo Township, Wabawsee, County, Kansas, near St. Marys with his parents at age 6. He met his bride, Anna Martha Evans at Lane University, Lecompton, Kansas. They were married on October 1, 1891 and celebrated their Golden Wedding in 1941, just two months before his death in Topeka on December 4. Annie died on January 4,1943. Anna Martha Evans, first child of Thomas Warren and Mary G. Woods Griffith, was born in Ottawa, Franklin County, Kansas. Her father was a stonemason, and helped build Lane University, Lecompton, a United Brethren Church college. Other children included Rufus Milton, born Oct. 23,1874 married Mabel; Paul Earl Evans, born June 6,1876, died Feb.12, 1951, married Ruby Rake; and John Cassius Evans, 1880 - 1881.
While a student at Lane University, Annie met William Hoobler, and they were married at Lecompton on Oct.1, 1891. Annie was a member of the W.C.T.U., and was active in the organization. Her daughter-in-law, Ruby Rake Evans said that she and Annie Evans drove the horse and buggy to Tecumseh in 1907, to vote for Woman's Suffrage. Earl Evans was in Topeka on the day Carrie Nation spoke in front of the post office, before she went into the saloon, smashing the bar with her hammer. Annie, born January 20, 1871, died on January 4, 1943, and is buried at Blakely Cemetery, Madison, Kansas.
Billy (or Will as his wife called him in her letters) farmed all his life, first with his father on the home place in Kansas. After a brief discouraging time after working the run to Oklahoma in 1895 with brother Ezra, they came back to Kansas. In 1903, Billyís family joined his parents at the ranch in Loup County, Nebraska, but returned to Greenwood County, Kansas, around 1919.
Five children of William and Anna Martha lived to adulthood:
Vern Perry married Myrtle Rake;
Clarence married Gertie Conway
Roy married Pearl McMurray;
Ethel married John Duncan
Pearl married Leonard "Jack" Tillman
W. A. Hoobler, Madison pioneer farmer, died about 3 oíclock last Thursday afternoon at Christís Hospital in Topeka, Kansas. Mr. Hoobler had been in ill health for some time, suffering from a heart ailment. He suffered a heart attack while in Topeka Thursday afternoon and lived only a few minutes following the attack. He was taken to Christís Hospital, but he died immediately upon arriving there.
Mr. and Mrs. Hoobler went to St. Marys on Wednesday of last week for a visit with their son Vern and family. On Thursday, they had gone to Topeka, and while there, Mr. Hoobler was stricken with a fatal heart attack. William Amos, son of Jacob and Elmira Hoobler, was born October 31, 1869 near Streator, Illinois, and departed this life December 4,1941 at Christís Hospital in Topeka at the age of 72 years, one month and four days. Will was a twin; his sister, Williba, did not survive. He was so tiny that a teacup fit over his head and a wedding band slipped over his hand. His mother carried him on a cushion; he was so frail.
When he was six years of age, his parents moved to St. Marys, Kansas, where he lived until eighteen years of age. Then he moved to Lecompton, Kansas, where he attended Lane University, and met his future bride, Annie Evans. On October 1,1891, he was married to Anna M. Evans of Lecompton. To this union were born three sons and three daughters - one daughter, Blanche having departed this life October 1,1897, at the age of one year. After marriage, he and his wife moved to St. Marys where they lived on his fatherís farm until 1903 when they moved to Moulton, Nebraska. In 1909, they moved back to Kansas, finally settling on a farm near Madison where they resided until 1939, when they moved to Madison.
Mr. Hoobler became a member of the United Brethren Church in 1914. Mr. and Mrs. Hoobler recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, He leaves to mourn his death his wife Anna, three sons, Vern, St. Marys; Clarence, Lamont; and Roy, Madison; two daughters, Mrs. Ethel Duncan, Madison and Mrs. Pearl Tillman, Tulsa, Okla., 23 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; also five brothers, four sisters and a host of friends.
Attending the services were E. E. Hoobler, Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Hoobler, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Hoobler, and Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Hoobler, Eureka; R. M. Evans, Mr. and Mrs. P. W. Kunkler, Mr. and Mrs. C. Cummickel, Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Fountain, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hossfiled, Topeka; Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Hoobler, Mrs. Lew Ramsey, Mrs. Paul Ramsey and daughter, Canadian Tex.; Mrs. George McCleery and daughter, Gem, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. John Hoobler and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hoobler and son, Taylor, Nebraska. Burial was in Blakely Cemetery, Madison.