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.


12 November 2013

Amanuensis Monday - Conway Springs Star & Argonia Argosy - Star Files for November 1923

Conway Springs Star & Argonia Argosy
7 November 2013
From the Star Files – November 1923

The Cary Circle of Wellington invited the federated clubs of the county to meet at the Park House in Wellington last Thursday.  Because of the rain and bad roads only one car of Progressive club ladies went.  They were Mesdames James Snelling, Joe Shaffer, T. I. Guest, A. G. Small and Raymond Cline.

Several managers of neighboring telephone companies met at the city hall here yesterday as guests of E. J. Frantz, manager of the local company.  The state secretary of telephone managers is visiting various sections of the state since the national convention.

Mr. and Mrs. Bert Probst and son moved down from Wichita this week.  Bert is taking pharmacist exams at Lawrence this week after which he will take a position with Thew’s Drug Store.

“The Merchant of Venice” appeared here Tuesday night as the second number of the school lyceum course.  A big crowd attended completely filling the gym auditorium.


Mrs. Lida Shobe left Friday for an extended visit in Kansas City, MO., with her daughter Lola and Malvern Pepper and on to Murryville, Ill. To visit her sister, Mrs. Lottie Hart.  She will be away until Christmas. 

05 November 2013

Amanuensis Monday - Conway Springs Star Flashbacks - September 1933

Conway Springs Star - Flashbacks
reprinted 26 Sept 1933

Flashbacks from September 1933

Kenneth Beal, Roy Jenkins, Clyde Clark and Harold Lange of this place and Julius Miller of Clearwater returned last week from several days visit to the big fair in Chicago.  The boys made the trip in a Model T touring car.

Sam Scott has moved his store from next door to Ebersole Mortuary to the I.O.O.F. building which he occupied several years ago.  He is using only a portion of the building, the balance being used by Bicket and Staley Produce.

Averill Skiles is among the 57 students selected for membership in Southwestern's A Cappella Choir this semester.

The annual Presbyterian rummage sale will be held in the Myers' building Thursday and Friday of next week.

28 October 2013

Amanuensis Monday - February 1913 - Conway Springs (Kansas) Star

Conway Springs Star & Argonia Argosy
7 February 2013

From the Star Files 
February 1913

The Home Telephone and Water Company has closed a deal for a new water tower to be built on the site of the old one near the Missouri Pacific depot.  The work of the erection will begin just as soon as the weather will permit.  It will be higher than the old one and have a capacity of 70,000 gallons.  The old standpipe has served Conway Springs for 25 years.  The new one will be of a different model, a large tub supported by steel towers.

There will be a big stock sale at Viola Wednesday, Feb. 19 when Charles Dalbom and F. A. Little will sell a large umber of good horse and mules.

Tuesday and Wednesday were probably the coldest days we have had this winter, but with a heavy snow on the ground and no high wind, the wheat fields were protected and such weather was very beneficial to the country even if it was hard on coal piles.

Wm. Wycoff says this morning that there are some very deep snow drifts in the roads in some places and he is not delivering mail in his auto this week.

Conway Springs post office hours are 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Mails close mornings at 8:30 and 10:30; evenings at 6:45.

Joel Campbell was appointed city marshal when Mr McCollough could not serve and will probably remain on the job.

Martin Bolmer is now assistant Y.M.C.A. secretary at Coffeyville.  Martin is an earnest and energetic young fellow and he will be missed by his co-workers in the Methodist church here.

Mrs. A. L. Fullerton left Friday evening for DuBois, Neb., where she will visit her two grandchildren a few days, then go on to St. Joseph, Mo. to buy her spring millinery.

Mrs. Jacob Funk was here from Peabody the first of the week to attend the funeral of her mother, Mrs. A. (Lydia) Landis.

21 October 2013

Colonel George M. Boyd - Tuskegee Airman - to Speak on October 21st

On Monday, October 28th, 87-year-old former Tuskegee Airman, George M. Boyd, Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol and former Wing Commander of the CAP and Retired Major in the United States Air Force, Wichita, will present the program “Keeping Our Dreams Alive”, a program about patriotism and being American, to the Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society at the Wellington Senior Center, 308 South Washington, Wellington at 6:30 p.m. Contact Jane Moore at 620-447-3266 in case of inclement weather.

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