29 September 2014

Amanuensis Monday - Caldwell Messenger Flashbacks - January 19, 1894


January 22, 2014 – Caldwell Messenger Flashbacks
January 19, 1894

Harvey Walker has finished digging a well on his claim and is now putting up a three strand wire fence around it.  His wheat field looks well and he thinks it would do better to keep people from driving over it.

The trade coming from the Strip [Cherokee Strip] is gratifying.  Everyday the roads from that section leading to this city are lively with teams passing to and fro.


We trust the road and bridge question will not be allowed to sink out of public sight.  Keep the ball rolling until good avenues of travel are opened up to the Strip.

Amanuensis Monday - Conway Springs Star and Argonia Argosy - Argosy Files for September 1952

Conway Springs Star & Argonia Argosy
12 September 2002

From Argosy Files, FIFTY YEARS AGO, September 1952

ARGONIA VFW

   Officers of the VFW auxiliary announced that the date for the Turkey dinner will be November 4.  The date is election day and President Mrs. Milford Forrest, stated that radios would be available in order to keep persons posted on election returns.  Prices for the dinner will be $1.25 for adults aand 65 cents for children.  The Argonia VFW will hold a dance at the VFW hall Saturday evening at 9 o'clock.  The trap shoot season which opened a few weeks ago will continue with a shoot at the grounds south of town Sunday afternoon.

26 August 2014

Amanuensis Monday - Caldwell Newspaper Flashbacks for August 20, 2014

Caldwell Messenger Flashbacks – August 20, 2014

August 17, 1914
The Kansas wheat yield was the largest in history, 130 million bushels, and the corn crop is forecast at 180 million.

C. W. Cupp’s automobile was sold at auction on the street for $155 to John Metzinger, who failed to make it run and hauled it home with the aid of a horse  Later he found out it was out of gas.

August 15, 1924
New Kimono silks at Neal and Brown.  Just $2 a yard. 

August 16, 1924
Farmers Coop is offering coal for your heat this winter.  Price is $9 to $12 a ton.

A young Kingman man didn’t yell once when a physician picked out 43 #7 shot out of his body.  The surgeon wouldn’t give the boy’s name but said he had been helping some young ladies “get” some watermelons from a farmer’s patch.  The farmer shot true and the doctor did the rest.

21 July 2014

Amanuensis Monday - Sumner County Leads in Tractors on Farms!

SUMNER LEADS IN TRACTORS ON FARMS
9 November 1921 - p. 1 - Wellington Daily News

Topeka, Kans., Nov. 9 -- "That Kansas farmers are coming to a fuller realization of the labor saving and time conserving qualities of the tractor is suggested by the returns of assessors to the State Board of Agriculture," says a report issued today by J. C. Mohler, secretary.

On March 1, 1921, 19,347 tractors were reported on Kansas farms, an increase of 4,977 during the year.  Tractors have sprung into use almost over night, increasing in numbers almost 800 percent in Kansas since 1915.  The following table shows how tractors have grown in popularity in this state:





                                    On Hand        Increase in Year
1921                            19,347             4,977
1920                            14,370             5,681
1919                            8,689              3,274
1918                            5,415                911
1917                            4,504                572
1916                            3,932              1,439
1915                            2,493             

"While the increase was slightly less in numbers during the past year and amounts to 35.3 percent compared with 65.5 percent increase in the year 1920 over 1919, the figures indicate that the tractor continues to gain in popularity," said Secretary Mohler.

This year Sumner County leads in the number of tractors on farms, reporting a total of 701, closely followed by McPherson with 697.  Dickinson is third with 643 and Sedgwick fourth with 517.  Each of these counties, as well as six others, made a gain during the year of more than 100.  Nine of the ten counties showing  gains of more than 100 each are located in the central third of Kansas, while one, Graham, with a gain of 101 is in the northwest where wheat growing has made large strides in late years.  All counties except one having more than 300 tractors on farms are also in the central third of the state and in fact every county but one in the so-called wheat belt has more than 100 tractors each.

Twenty-four of the 105 counties report less than 100 tractors, fourteen of these being a block of counties in the south and central west.  Only three counties report decreases, Haskell in the southwest with fourteen less, Doniphan in the northwest with five less, and Reno, a central wheat county with three less tractors reported than in 1920. 


08 April 2014

Amanuensis Monday - Roll of Honor - Union Soldiers - Grand Army of the Republic - Sumner County, Kansas

The Roll of Honor

Following is a complete list of the Union soldiers 
who have died while members of James Shields Post No. 57, 
Wellington, Kansas, together with date of death, 
where the same is known:


Thomas Dixon, Coler, April 20th, 1872.
James E. Reed, January 21st, 1880.
W. C. Crawford, March 26th, 1882.
Thos. J. Mulholland, November 25th, 1883.
J. R. Pierce, March 1st, 1891.
Stephen Cooper, April 1879.
0. J. Shafer, April 3rd, 1881.
Henry Wagoner, July 1881.
George Marshall
J. B. Davis.
A. L. Bowman.
J. W. Thompson.
W. S. Gephart.
F. Wells.
John M. Kelly, October 15th, 1896
John Nichols, December 8th, 1897
G. W. Fegley, December 13th, 1897
John Hoyt, November 26th, 1889
Jas. P. Hall, January 29th, 1882.
John Wright, November 18th, 1893
William Ferguson, May 25th, 1894
J. E. Logan, May 26th, 1895.
C. A. Crawford, March 5th, 1897
R. G. Thompson, Aug. 31, 1899.
John Irelan, Feb. 3rd, 1900.
Uriah McDonald, Dec. 23rd, 1901
John Nance, June 28th, 1901.
Henry Dunning, Nov. 17th, 1892
William Begley, Dec. 12th, 1906
Lewis Mossaman, June 5th, 1908
Samuel White, May 4th, 1909.
Andrew Tinkham, Nov. 30th, 1909
J. H. Lawrence, Dec. 2, 1894
I. N. Beard, July 16th, 1879.
Andrew Carr, July 4th, 1895.
E. B. Dolson, March 26th, 1897.
W. H. Keever, May 30th, 1898.
Alex McIntyre. June 11th, 1892.
W. 0. Barnett, June 9th, 1895.
J. R. Ward, April 13th, 1886.
W. L. Hollingsworth, Feb. 6th, 1884
L. A. Simmons, Dec. 5th, 1888.
James Holland, Feb. 6th, 1888.
Porter Goodnight, June 18th, 1889
J. H. O'Rear.
James McDougall, Jan. 21st. 1879
W. C. Pine, March 24th, 1885.
David L. Payne, Nov. 28th, 1884
William A. Tucker, June 6th, 1893
James Anderson, Nov. 28th, 1886
Henry Godsey, May 31st, 1884
John M. Reynolds, April 29th, 1880
Dennison Herrick, July 2nd, 1882
Isiah A. McClasky, May 2nd, 1887
E. B. Thompson, Jan. 8th, 1887
D. W. VanHorn, March 1st, 1899
Orville Smith, March 2nd, 1899
Joseph T. Palmer. June 23rd, 1899
C. W. Gano, Aug. 11th, 1899.
Samuel Taylor, Oct. 6th, 1899.
Alfred Gressel, Dec. 7th, 1890.
L. K. Myers, June 8th, 1891.
26 John Botkin, June 10th. 1891.
William A. McDonald, June 1892.
John R. Latta, June 10th, 1894
Amos H. Botkin, June 19th, 1894
Micheal Wilson, July 1896.
Thos, McMahan, March 2nd, 1900
Cyrus Hamilton, April 9th, 1900
Samuel Bain, April 9th, 1900.
W. S. Pile, April 16th, 1900.
F. B. Mardis, April 20th, 1900
I. J. Stewart, May 20th, 1900.
John A. Bishop, July 4th, 1900
Geo. D. Armstrong, Oct. 5th, 1900
William Strahan, Oct. 21st, 1900
Z. Miexsell, June 2nd, 1901.
Silas Herring, Oct. 26th, 1901
John Stettler, Feb. 1st, 1902.
R. M. Forsythe, Oct. 10th, 1902
Levi C. Guthrie, June 6th, 1903
John K. Moore, April 2nd, 1903
W. H. Volts, May 9th, 1903.
Samuel Fox, May 11th, 1903.
Levi Richard, Dec. 19th, 1903
Frederick Boory, March 6th, 1904
Chas. H. Deshler, Nov. 10th, 1905
Geo. W. Tooley, October 3rd, 1905
Thos. J. Sargent, April 22nd, 1906
Thomas White, April 22nd, 1906
Andrew J. Gilliland, April 25th, 1906
Henry T. Hyser, Jan. T6th,1903
John M. Reynolds, Feb. 5th, 1907
David L. Pugh, March 24th, 1907
Geo. W. Stipp, June 29th, 1907
Robert S. Millard, July 31st, 1907
Mons Davidson, Sept. 12th, 1907
Wesley G. Foraker, Oct. 10th, 1907
Giles R. Davis. Nov. 11th, 1907
William E. Rush, Nov. 13th, 1907.
Joseph M. Dodd, Dec. 7th, 1907.
Joseph W Showalter, Jan. 14th, 1908
Mark Ward, March 11th, 1908.
W. S. Chambers, July 18th, 1908.
A. W. Sherman, Aug. 28th, 1908.
Hiram Myers, Jan. 26th, 1909.
W. P. Lenker, Feb. 9th, 1909.
J. D. Forsythe, April 20th, 1909.
J. Q. A. Beal, April 13th, 1910.
W. J. Lingenfelter, July 28th, 1910.
W. D. Adkins, Sept. 3rd, 1910.
A. A. Beal, Nov. 8th, 1910.
Webster Lynch.
Levi Ferguson, Aug. 10th, 1911.
John G. Woods, June 8th, 1912.
J. F. Eckert, June 27th, 1912.
G. W. Friend, July 8th, 1912.
William T. Spivey, Sept. 4th,1912.
Thomas Marshall, Oct. 14th, 1912.
Thos. Dickerson, Sept. 21st, 1913.

Excerpted from Page 4 of the Wellington Daily News, 29 May 1914.
Many of these men are probably buried in Sumner County cemeteries, and when time permits, we may be able to find their burial places and link to them here. 



17 March 2014

“Etta Semple – Kansas Free Thinker” 


On Monday, March 24th, at 6:30 p.m., in honor of Women's History Month,  Vickie Stangl, Andover, will present the program “Etta Semple – Kansas Free Thinker” to Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society members and guests at the Wellington Senior Center, 308 S. Washington, Wellington.  In case of inclement weather, contact Jane Moore: 620-447-3266.

Stangl was required to do a “piece on a Kansas person” for her Master’s degree at Wichita State University, and after reading about Etta Semple, she became fascinated, and asked her instructor if she could “write about this heretic in Ottawa.”

Stangl said that Etta Semple, born near Quincy, Illinois in 1855, had views that were considered radical for the time.

Stangl said that Semple was a humanitarian, and had a state of the art sanitarium, but she was also an activist.

 “She and her second husband were active in the labor movement,” Stangl said.

“I began reading her newspapers and I was fascinated,” Stangl said, adding that she worked on her thesis for three years.

Stangl said that Semple died in Ottawa of influenza in 1914.

“It was pretty emotional when I realized that she was going to die of pneumonia,” Stangl said, “It became very personal to me.“

Stangl hopes to get her thesis published, and she is also working towards getting a documentary made on Semple’s life.

 “I think her story is important,” Stangl said, “everyone has their own beliefs and Etta was no different. She was a very courageous lady. Her story is just important.”

Amanuensis Monday - From the Star Files for September 1962

Conway Springs Star and Argonia Argosy
12 September 2002
From the Star Files - Forty Years Ago, September 1962

ROLLER SKATING RINK SET TO OPEN SEPTEMBER 14

For the past several days the Moonlite Roller Rink has been under construction in Conway Springs in the Samples building at the corner of Spring and Fifth.  Mr. and Mrs. Perry Metcalf, Hutchinson are the owners and operators.  They will have shoe skates for rent and for sale, and soft drinks and confections in the office portion.

PRIEST FROM HERE TO THE PHILIPPINES

Six Oblate priests and one brother assigned to mission duties overseas will participate in solemn departure ceremonies on Sunday, September 9, near Belleville, IL.  Father Cletus Ternes, O.M.I., Conway Springs, KS will join some 70 missionaries in the Philippines.

21 November 2013

November 25th Meeting - Horse Racing - A Family Affair

November 25th Meeting

 “Horse Racing: A Family Affair”



On Monday, November 25th, Joyce Church, retired teacher and former girl jockey will present the program, “Horse Racing: A Family Affair,” to Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society members and guests at 6:30 p.m., at the Wellington Senior Center, 308 S. Washington, Wellington. Visitors are welcome; no charge for the program. For possible weather cancellations, contact SCHGS President Jane Moore at 620-447-3266.

In 1946, wearing maroon and pink racing silks, a skullcap, and wielding a bat, fourteen-year-old Joyce Riggs Church began her short career as a ‘bush’ jockey, racing her father’s thoroughbreds on small ‘bush’ tracks. Church and her sister raced in several Kansas towns, including their home town of Conway Springs, Anthony, Burden, Garden City, Emporia, and many other towns in Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, New Mexico, Missouri and Illinois. 

Church, a genealogist, was surprised to find that breeding horses and racing them was ‘in their genes.’ Her research turned up that not only had her grandfather bred and sold mules by the train car load, ancestors before him had also bred mules and pacing and trotting horses.

“Dad grew up in that atmosphere,” Church said, adding that it was her father’s dream to breed and race thoroughbreds and after her folks bought four colts and a stallion from a man in Fairfax, Oklahoma, her father needed jockeys, so he enlisted the help of his two daughters.

“Mother never wanted us to ride,” Church said, adding that although her father allowed them to race, her parents were very protective and she and her sister were not allowed to hang out with other jockeys in the barns where there was drinking and gambling.

“Racing was a family affair,” Church said, adding that the entire family traveled to the races with the horses. The horses traveled in the back of a wheat truck, and her mother drove the car. 

Church said that her mother packed picnic baskets with fried chicken and cherry pie, and the family picnicked on the race track grounds, and often spent the night in the back of the wheat truck with a tarp strung over the stock racks to keep off the rain.

Although Church went off to college when she was 16 years old, she came home on weekends to race, and at times lived at home and drove back and forth to school at Friends so that she could continue to ride. Church stopped racing when she was twenty-nine years old, and married in 1963.

“Before that, I ran around so much I didn't have time to get married,” Church said.

 Church said she “had had some accidents,” and been knocked out and taken to the hospital by ambulance, but had never broken a bone. But Church added that 1976 was a bad year for the Riggs family when her sister was killed in June at Churchill Downs at the age of 37, and her father died later that year.

Church will bring photographs and other racing memorabilia to share with the group, as well as the book “The Boys From the Bushes” by Lou Dean, a book about ‘bush racing’ that shares stories from Church and other ‘Bush’ jockeys.

19 November 2013

Amanuensis Monday - From Argosy Files for September 1952

Conway Springs Star & Argonia Argosy
From Argosy Files
Fifty Years Ago, September 1952

MILAN SCHOOLS INCREASE
Higher enrollment in both the grade and high school was reported in the Milan public schools following their opening on September 2.

Two new teachers have been added to the grade school faculty. Mary Lee Craven, third and fourth grades, Alice McFarland, seventh and eighth grades.  Faye Allen, fifth and sixth grades and Mildred Ramsey, first and second grades, have been retained from last year’s faculty.

MILAN METHODISTS MEET
Wilma Sanburn, recording steward of the Milan church assisted Dr. Raymond Dewey district superintendent in opening the quarterly conference meeting.  Following reports of officers, election of officers were held for the coming year: church school superintendent, Herbert C. Ewing; trustee, Mrs. Harry Showalter; church treasurer Bertha Neal; treasurer of benevolences, Billie Roe; communion steward, Grace Jeffries; recording steward, Wilma Sanburn, Member of conferences, Violet King; other stewards, Mrs. Daryl Jones Mrs. John Aspedon, Mrs. Louis Muhlenbruch and Violet King.

LAST PICTURE SHOW
The last free picture show of the season was shown at Milan on August 28.  The shows have been a weekly feature during the summer and have been out of doors.  They have been sponsored by the American Legion and co-sponsored by the American Legion and co-sponsored by the merchants of Milan and Argonia as well as interested citizens.

After the show on Thursday night, the Legion held their drawing for a television set and a radio.  The television was presented to Paul McIntyre, Wellington and the radio to Eugene Metzen, Mayfield.