In 1896, Booth was appointed Chief Clerk in the Office of the Kansas Secretary of State but returned home to his farm and family in January 1897. On February 12, 1898, he died at his home while working on a well, the apparent victim of heart failure. A military band led the funeral procession to the Presbyterian Church where the Rev. Doctor J.D. Krum, Rector of Dodge City's St. Cornelius Episcopal Church, conducted the memorial service. Booth was buried in the Larned Cemetery under the auspices of the Grand Army of the Republic and the Masonic Lodge. His only tombstone is the small marker afforded free to all Union veterans of the Civil War. Mrs. Booth and their son Nathaniel are buried in adjacent graves which remained unmarked until 1994 when tombstones were placed by the Wet/Dry Routes Chapter.
From Site #8, proceed south. 1 mile and turn west (right) 3.1 miles on 8th Street to the southeast comer of the Larned Cemetery. There, turn north (right) . 1 mile to the first entrance of the cemetery, west (left) . 1 mile, and north (right) . 1 mile to Site #9 on the west (left) side of the road. Observe the memorial placed near Booth's grave by the Wet/Dry Routes Chapter.
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