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Elizabeth K. BARRY
Rev. John Richard STRONG
Mildred L. ELLIS
(1868-After 1930)
The Very Reverend Donnon E. STRONG


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The Very Reverend Donnon E. STRONG 1

  • Born: Jul 1896, Missouri 1
  • Died: Sep 1938, Denver, Denver County, Colorado 2

bullet  Research Notes:

Donnon was the 6th Dean of Christ Cathedral in Salina, Kansas, serving there from 1929 to 1933. The following biographical information appears in the cited history of Christ Cathedral:

"A graduate of General Theological Seminary, and a celibate Anglo-Catholic churchman, Dean Strong had been ordained a priest at twenty-eight years of age in June, 1924. He first served the Diocese of Western Missouri as rector of Christ Church, Warrensburg, and in his summers did supply work for the Anglican Church in Quebec, Canada.

[At this point, there is a summary of what transpired in the church during his tenure.]

In the summer of 1933, Dean Strong underwent surgery to remove his tonsils, which he thought might improve his declining health. However, after a church service on August 13, the Dean requested a leave of absence to spend a month or two in Evergreen, Colorado, where he thought the mountain air might speed his recuperation. During his time in Colorado, church services were maintained by Bishop Mize, with the assistance of The Reverend L. Mitchell.

In January, 1934, from a sanitarium in Denver for an "ailment of the lungs," Dean Strong sent his resignation to the Bishop. During the remaining years of his life, he lived at The Oakes Home, an Episcopal establishment, and filled in occasionally at area churches.

Dean Strong died September, 1938, at the age of forty-two. At the same hour of his funeral and burial in Denver, Colorado, Bishop Mize celebrated a Requiem Mass at the Catherdral for its departed Dean." 2


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: 1930, Saline, Kansas. 3

Dwelling 41, Family 55, Salina

Strong, Donnon E., head, rents home for $35 per month, has a radio, does not live on a farm, male, white, age 33, single, can read and write, born in Missoui, father and mother born in Missouri, speaks English, Dean of Church, veteran of WW

Strong, Mildred E., mother, female, white, age 60, widowed, can read and write, born in Missouri, father born in Tennessee, mother born in Missouri, speaks English

Strong, Elizabeth, sister, female, white, age 22, single, can read and write, born in Missouri, father and mother born in Missouri, speaks English, teacher in public school



1 1900 Census, Henry County, Missouri, Roll T623_858, Page 5A, E. D. 90 ( Census Image 9 of 37).

2 A History of Christ Cathedral, Salina, Kansss: All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name (Mennonite Press, Inc., Newton Kansas, 1992), Pages 52-53.

3 1930 Census, Saline County, Kansas, Roll 719, Page 3A, E. D. 17 ( Census Image 5 of 43).

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