30 October 2010

Amanuensis Monday - From Conway Springs Star & Argonia Argosy Files - July 1, 2010

The following is excerpted with permission from owner Dalice Cline, from the Conway Springs Star - Argonia Argosy - Thursday, July 1, 2010
From Argosy Files - Seventy Years Ago, July 1940

Around Town

The death of Eva Pake came Thursday evening of last week, July 4, after an illness of several months.  Mrs. Pake was taken to the Hatcher Hospital in Wellington, but remained there only about two weeks when she returned to her home and remained there until her death.

Miss Elaine Handy has been awarded the Miller Hall Scholarship at K. U. which entitles her to a room in Miller Hall which is a girls' dormitory.  Mrs. Minnie Stayton, formerly of Wellington, is the house mother.

Miss Eve Anne Heyter, Leo Davis and Audene Haworth, Wichita, and Harold Beck, Whitewater, were dinner guests at the C. E. Haworth home Sunday evening.

Governor Payne Ratner urged Kansas communities last week to do their full share in the Red Cross campaign for aid to alleviate suffering in Europe.  Contributions to the war relief fund may be given to George Tracy or R. W. Karnahan.

First Argonia Child Dies.  
Francis Argonia Salter, first child to be born in Argonia, died July 7 at the Union Printer's Home in Colorado Springs.  Mrs. Susanna Madora Salter, first woman mayor of Argonia, was his mother.  He was born in Argonia on February 13, 1883.  For more than 40 years he followed his trade as a printer starting his work on the Alva Pioneer in 1898.  He became ill in February and spent a month in Carnegie Hospital.  From there he went to the printer's home in Colorado Springs.  Interment was in the cemetery there.  He was survived by one child, Mrs. Walter Harmon, one grandchild and his mother.

Editor's Beatitudes:
Blessed are the merchants who advertise because they believe in it, and their business shall increase many fold.

Blessed are the correspondents who send their well written news items every week.  For their efforts are greatly appreciated.

Blessed is the woman who submits a well written account of a party or wedding for she shall see the details of her guests, correctly reported.

Blessed are those who do not expect the editor to know everything but call her when an interesting event occurs to them for they shall have a newsy paper.

Blessed are those who get their copy in early for they shall have a warm place in the editor's heart.

19 October 2010

Amanuensis Monday - From Conway Springs Star & Argonia Argosy Files

The following is excerpted with permission from owner Dalice Cline, from the Conway Springs Star - Argonia Argosy - Thursday, July 22, 2010

Conway Springs Star - One Hundred Years Ago, July 1910

Grand Opening Concert
Conway Springs is building one of the nicest, most up-to-date band shells in this part of the country, Wichita not excepted.  It is very similar to the beautiful shell just completed in Winfield except our shell is 2 feet longer.  The opening concert will take place Friday evening, July 15, at 8 o'clock.

Hospital at Wellington
All preliminary matters pertaining to the securing of the Christ's hospital for Wellington now have been completed and the proposition is now up to the contractors.  Bids are being asked for.  This means that the hospital will in all probability be built some time this summer.

Extra force is on stringing the wires for the electric lights.
For Sale  - A good rubber tire buggy and a set of good heavy work harness.  See W. A. Wrightsman.
The Cattleman's Picnic will be held this year on August 9, 10, 11, 12.  They have a fine program which will consist of ball games, horse races, roping contests, band concerts and prizes for the best of most everything that grows.

We are enjoying now for the first time in this town the electric lights which sure makes the streets loom up.

Dr. McIlhenny
reports two new girls this week one at the home of John Burchinal last Friday and one at Dodie Adairs this morning.

From Argosy Files - Fifty Years Ago, July 1960

Looking back to July 1970 the latest addition to the Salter House Museum is a conversation piece to say the least.  It is an old switchboard from the now extinct Danville Rural Telephone office.  

Some of the telephone operators were Mrs. Jim Walls, Lulu Starr, Mrs. Charles Earnest, Mrs. Leo Drouhard, Victoria Simpson, Mrs. Walter McAdams, Mrs. Stella Mackey.  

The Danville Rural Telephone Company transferred to the dial system in 1961 selling that system to Kan-Okla Telephone Company.  This ended 56 years of service to the Danville Community.

04 October 2010

Amanuensis Monday - John A. Bishop Obituary (1819 - 1900)

John A. Bishop Obituary
(born December 25, 1819 - died July 4, 1900)

John A. Bishop died at his home on North Heron/Herson avenue Wednesday morning at 10:50 o’clock after a lingering illness.  The funeral was held at the residence at 4 o’clock next afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. C. Ball, pastor of the M. E. church.

John A. Bishop was born in Ashtabula, Ohio, December 25, 1819, and died July 4, 1900. In the home of his birth he spent the years of his childhood, and also the earlier period of his boyhood until he was 15 years old.  Then he went to Lee county, IA and engaged in farming.

In the more than forty years of his residence in Iowa, he had a varied occupation.  At one time he was in the mercantile business and afterwards was sheriff of his county for three terms.

When the civil war broke out, he was among the first to respond to his country’s call and helped to raise the 1st Iowa regiment, of which he became a lieutenant, and served the full term of his enlistment, three years.  After the war he returned to Lee county, and in 1876, he came with his family to the farther west and settled in New Mexico, thence in 1878 to Kansas, and settled in Sumner county, where he had continued to reside.

Thirteen years ago he became a citizen of Wellington.  He was an industrious, active, helpful man, generous and always ready to lift up and lend a hand, and many an unfortunate one has felt the touch of his sympathy through his practical ministration to their needs.  He was especially fond of children, an affectionate and loving father and friend.

He did not enter into churchly forms but was not indifferent to religious principles, hence he never belonged to any church, but believed in all that makes a Christian life; and in his last days, seemed to trust in Jesus for his salvation and readily yielded himself to be brought in prayer to a throne of grace.

He was married in 1854 to Alice A. Cartwright in Farmington, IA.  She died in 1879, leaving him and seven children – two daughters and five sons, to mourn her loss.  All of these, except one son, still survive.  And three of them, one of whom crossed the continent to bring his presence to cheer the dying hours, were present to follow the broken weary form to its resting place.

Transcriber's Note: The original obituary was located in the Bishop File in the Pioneer Settler Files in the Sumner County History and Genealogy Center. 

More information about the Research Center, located in the Memorial Auditorium, 208 N. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152, is available at http://www.ksschgs.com.

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