14 February 2012

Cool Civil War Valentines at the Kansas State Historical Society Website!

Happy Valentine's Day!  Check out the following link http://www.kshs.org/p/cool-things-civil-war-valentines/10346 at the Kansas State Historical Society to see three Civil War Valentine's, and read the stories behind them!  Pretty cool!

10 February 2012

Amanuensis Monday - Wealthy Newton Beebe Obituary

This was taken from the Beebe Family file located in the Pioneer Settler's/Family Files in the
Sumner County History and Genealogy Research Center  

(north door of the Memorial Auditorium)
P. O. Box 402; 208 N. Washington
Wellington, KS 67152

Notice that her date of death is now just a few days short of 100 years ago!

Wealthy S. Newton Beebe Obituary
February 12, 1912
Fulton County Tribune

Another pioneer of Fulton county gone in the going home of Mrs. Wealthy S. Newton Beebe, daughter of Newell and Lucinda Newton, born May 24th 1822 in Cannandagua, Ontario County, New York, who passed away January 18th at the home of her son in Crawford, Okla., aged 89 years, 8 months and 18 days.  She was the third of a family of eleven children, the only survivor is one brother, Charles W. Newton of Missouri City, Mo.  She was the mother of eleven children, surviving are Byron L. Beebe, Belle Plaine, Kansas; Elmore J. Beebe, Wauseon, Ojo; Oliver T. Beebe, Crawford,; Fred A. Beebe, Modoc, Kansas; Mrs. I. McConkey, Waseon; Mrs. R. R. Cook, Chesaning, Mich., and Mrs. L. J. Loveland, Wauseon.

She was baptized in Killbuck, Ohio and raised her head and came out of the water singing praises to God and for 77 years has lived a pure Christian life under all circumstances. She has spent the last twenty four years in the Western states and had but few times she could meet to worship, but hers was a good life so kind and loving.  In the morning January 6th she wrote a nice letter to her daughter Meda and in the evening seemingly well as usual, she prepared to retire and fell with a stroke of paralysis and never regained consciousness only for a short time and bid them farewell.  She was a great sufferer for the last twelve days she lived and death came as the only relief.

The funeral was conducted by a Christian preacher.  In her letters to her children, she always said something to help us on to god, and we sadly miss her words of admonition.  In her conversation her talk would often drift to something good for it was her delight to talk of heavenly things.  In her early days the Indians would come and see her spin wool and flax to make our cloths and other things for the home.  But when the cares of home keeping was passed she spent much of her time in reading her Bible.  The promises of God were a great comfort to her and a guide to her pathway.

13 Free Things That Your Library May Offer!

 This great article at ilovelibraries.org, "13 Things You Pay For That Your Library Has For Free" by Linda McMaken shares just how many great things that you may be able to do and check out at your local library, for free, besides books!  

Many libraries have DVD's, Music, Language Learning courses, and more that you can check out and enjoy at home, as well as using the free Internet and Wi-Fi access at the library.

Want to get started doing genealogy?  Many libraries have a family history and local history section, some have volunteers available to help you fill in the blanks in your family tree, and most libraries have someone who can point you in the right direction to do more local and county research.  

The Wellington Public Library, located in Wellington, Sumner County, Kansas has a local history room, quite a few local newspaper microfilms, and a few surrounding city newspaper microfilms available, as well as some census records on microfilm.

Surrounding towns, Argonia, Belle Plaine, Caldwell, Conway Springs, Mulvane, & Oxford all have libraries, though many in the smaller towns are open just for short times each week.

Need to do Research in Sumner County, Kansas libraries? 

Call the numbers or write the addresses below to learn the hours they are open, (many are small and hours around holidays may vary) and and find out what research materials are available.

Argonia Public Library
120 West Walnut; P.O. Box 95
Argonia, KS  67004
PH: 1-620-435-6979 

Website: http://www.librarytechnology.org/lwc-displaylibrary.pl?RC=18330

Belle Plaine Public Library
222 W. 5th Ave; 
P.O. Box 700  
Belle Plaine, KS  67013

e-mail: bplib@sktc.net
Website:  http://belleplainelibrary.com/ 

Caldwell Public Library
120 S. Main StreetCaldwell, KS  67022PH: 1-620-845-6879
Website: http://caldwell.mykansaslibrary.org/
City Website: http://www.caldwellkansas.com/node/202

Conway Springs Public Library
210 W. Spring Ave.
Conway Springs, Kansas  67031
PH: 1-620-456-2859

Website: http://conwaysprings.mykansaslibrary.org/

Mulvane Public Library
101 E. Main St.
Mulvane, KS  67110
PH: 316-777-1211
e-mail: mulvanelib@gmail.com

Oxford Public Library115 S. Sumner
Oxford, KS  67119
PH: 1-620-455-2221
e-mail: oxfordlibrary@sutv.com
Website: http://www.oxfordks.org/oxford-public-library.htm

Wellington Public Library 
121 W. 7th
Wellington, KS  67152

PH: 1-620-326-2011
e-mail: wpl@sutv.com