Armstrong
Armstrong
Arvidson
Bailey
Barker
Bird
Bird
Blackwelder
Blackwelder
Bliss
Boots
Boots
Briggs
Brill
Brubaker
Carpenter
Clark
Clark
Clark
Clyne
Collins
Corrie
Coss
Davis
Dixon
Dodd
Dunham
Dunham
Dunham
Dye
Dye
Eccle
Eden
Edes
Ellinthorp
Eschelman
Fairley
Figge
Figgo
Filbrun
Gibson
Gillett
Gillett
Glen
Graves
Hamilton
Harper
Hayes
Hays
Heastand
Hedeka
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Hiestand
Hines
Hite
Hite
Huey
Hyatt
Hyatt
Inslee
Johnson
Jordan
Keller
Keller
Knight
Lockwood
Lunsford
Mathis
McCauley
McClain
Meader
Meador
Miller
Mittendorf
Morris
Mueller
Murray
Nossaman
Nossaman
Peterie
Pewter
Pierce
Raleigh
Readshaw
Redenbaugh
Relleford
Reynolds
Reynolds
Roessler
Rogers
Roots
Roots
Rose
Rose
Runkle
Scherer
Sellers
Simmons
Sorrell
Spain
Spriggs
Stewart
Stewart
Strohl
Strohl
Stump
Swinson
Swinson
Thompson
Thornton
Toff
Towns
Twyman
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Waller
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REEL #I664/KSHS Microfilm Collection


The Isabel Herald was a weekly newspaper, published in Isabel on Fridays beginning early in 1905.. At the time this reel begins, Friday, February 10, W.H. Holmes was publisher. Most of the coverage was of Isabel’s families and activities, but there are occasional news items from other nearby townships. This reel continues through October 6, 1906. The information has been copied as accurately as possible, but errors may still occur. Minor printing errors have been corrected, but otherwise the information is presented as it originally appeared. Please consult the individual reels to verify an item. I do not have any further information about these individuals or families. Contributed by Ellen Knowles Bisson (thebissons@worldnet.att.net).


Feb 24, 1905, pg 1, col 4
Died: Mrs. Elizabeth Scherer, one of the county’s most respected citizens and beloved by all who knew her, died Friday evening at Topeka aged 80 years. Mrs. Scherer was born December 31, 1824, in Indiana, and moved to Illinois ag the age of 13 years. She was married to Ralph Scherer April 27, 1843, and on April 27, 1893, they celebrated their golden wedding on their farm eight miles southeast of Chapman, theirs being the first house built on the prairie. She leaves two sons, George and Charlie, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Her husband died about seven years ago. Mrs. Scherer joined the Lutheran church at the age of 14 years, lived an exemplary Christian life and died strong in the faith of a life beyond. The bereaved ones have the heartfelt sympathy of their friends who have known and loved this good woman. Funeral services took place at the Lutheran church last Sunday morning, Rev. Hall officiating. Burial in the Hiawatha cemetery. (Chapman Lookout) This lady was an aunt of our well known and respected citizens, Uncle Jake and S.R. Blackwelder.


Mar 10, 1905
pg 1, col 1
Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Collins on Friday morning, March 3rd a son. Kirk is the happiest man in Isabel with his young heavyweight horseshoer partner. He probably won’t put him to work right away, but the young gentleman will be in line in time.
pg 9, col 4
Died: Mrs. Johnston Simmons died at her home six miles southeast of Isabel Tuesday morning, March 7th, at 8 o’clock, of cardiac dropsy. Burial Wednesday at 10 o’clock in Nashville cemetery. Mrs. Simmons was forty-eight years old and beside her husband leaves four children to mourn her loss.


Mar 24, 1905, pg 12, col 1
Married: Harry Jordan was married Wednesday to Miss Edith Jones at Spivey. They are expected home Thursday. And also: Mar 31, 1904, pg 12, col 1 - Married: Miss Edythe Jones of Spivey and Mr. Harry Jordan of Sawyer were married Wednesday evening, March 22nd, at Spivey, Kansas, in the presence of a few immediate friends. Mr. and Mrs. Jordan came to Sawyer Thursday and that evening attended a reception given them by Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Jordan. They are keeping house in the M.L. Fuller property. [Sawyer news]
pg 12, col 2
Birthday: A party of young folks gathered at the home of Charlie Bird to surprise him on his seventeenth birthday Friday [Mar 24] of last week and those present report an enjoyable time.


Apr 7, 1905
pg 1, col 3
Born: Clyde Graves was the happiest man in Isabel Saturday. The joy was over the advent of an eight pound girl that arrived Friday evening [Mar 31]. Dr. Nossaman attended and mother and child are reported as doing nicely.
pg 9, col 3
Married: John Spriggs returned last Saturday from one of his eastern trips accompanied by a fair and worthy bride. Mrs. Spriggs was welcomed into the neighborhood by a “linen shower” Tuesday evening. Each one present seemed to think only of the esthetic side of life and have but one object in view which was to enjoy and help others enjoy themselves. All report an excellent time and wish - especially the writer - for many such times in the future. The presents, too numerous to mention, were of the nature to show good wishes and good will. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bentley, Frank Lucas and family, Mr. and Mrs. George Louthan, Ed Louthan and family, Steve Bruner and family, Grandma Louthan, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Hadicka, Mrs. Karnohan, Mrs. Mattie Thornton and children of Isabel, Mr Perry and family, Wm. and Mary Karnohan, Sam Louthan, Sam Ruggles, George Orniston, John McClellan and others, a few with whom we are not acquainted. The Herald and its readers congratulate the exceptionally fortunate Mr. Spriggs and wish him well. May the newly made couple live a long, happy and prosperous life. [Nashville news]


Apr 14, 1905, pg 12, col 1
Married: Miss Olga Davis from southwest of town was married last week to Mr. Will Heflin. They are at home in Belvidere, Kansas. [Sawyer news]


Apr 28, 1905
pg 9, col 3
Married: “Wedding Bells” - One of the most pleasant weddings that has taken place in this section occurred at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. S.E. Dodd last Wednesday evening at 8 o’clock when their accomplished daughter was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Mr. Ed Keller. The ceremony being performed by the Rev. J.R. Millsap in his most happy manner. These young people are too well known to need introduction. They are among the brightest and best that Kansas can boast and that prosperity, happiness and joy be their future lot is the wish of all. The bride was arrayed in a white silk gown, ornamented with orange blossoms and presented a most handsome picture. The dress was the handiwork of Miss Mary Buckles of Isabel and was of a style and fit that made the charming lady look her best. The groom wore the conventional black and the happy couple, surrounded by a host of loving and well wishing friends embarked on the broad sea of a happy and prosperous life. And also @ pg 12, col 2 - We have a wedding to report for our neighborhood at last. It is Miss Alice Dodd and Ed Keller. They were married at the bride’s residence Wednesday evening after which the “boys” visited them. We wish the young couple all happiness and success during their wedding life. [Sand Creek news]


May 12, 1905, pg 9
Died: Henry Briggs, 76 years old, and for a number of years the postmaster of our town, died Monday at 3:50 p.m. Mr. Briggs was a man who was thoroughly identified with Isabel and her interests, took a keen interest in the affairs of the community and was well liked by all. Henry Briggs was born December 18, 1829, and came to Kansas in 1881. He engaged in the cattle industry and was successful. He located in Isabel some eight years ago, farmed, served as postmaster and at the time of death conducted a fruit and confectionary store. “Uncle” Henry, as he was universally called, was a man of keen intelligence, fair and upright in his dealings and one whose word was equivalent to a bond. He has solved the great problem of life, gone to that strange undiscovered country, only arrayed in those robes that a life fraught with experience on the frontier gives a man, an inflexible desire to do right and see right done. Bro. Wrentmore, the evangelist, preached a fitting tribute to a man, made in His image, and with the weeping of the skies Henry Briggs was laid to rest. Uncle Henry leaves two daughters, Mrs. Jerome Bliss of Malone, New York, and Mrs. G.E. Sorrell of Paul Valley, Indian Territory. The funeral was well attended, the burial being conducted by many who were sincere mourners of a life that had fought the battle boldly, fearlessly and manfully, but found in death a triumph. He was laid to rest Tuesday afternoon in the cemetery of Isabel mid the kind thoughts of all who knew him.


May 19, 1904
pg 1, col 2
Died: The sixteen year old son of W.R. Clark of Sawyer died Sunday night of spinal meningitis. He was an exceedingly promising young man, one in whom all who knew him took pride.
pg 1, col 4
Anniversary: “Cotton Wedding” - Wednesday, May 10, being the first anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey E. Dunham, they invited a number of their many friends in to spend the evening, but on account of bad weather only about thirty had the pleasure of the evening. The amusement of the evening was social games and fine music furnished by Walter Murray’s graphophone which was appreciated by all. A fine supper was served with everything good to eat, also ice cream. They were remembered by a lot of nice and valuable presents: Ma Dunham, pair of linen towels; Mr. and Mrs. John Dunham, fine bedspread; Mr. and Mrs. Mart Roessler, pair of towels; Mr. and Mrs. John Harper, cut-fringed bedspread; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Murray, linen tablecloth; Mr. and Mrs. C. Campbell, pair of linen towels; Mr. and Mrs. James Murray, nice handkerchief and lace collar; John Ballard, dozen linen table napkins; Mrs. Emerichs, sofa pillow; Mr. and Mrs. James Gardner, pair of linen towels; Miss Allie Twyman, linen dresser scarf; Mr. and Mrs. R. Hunt, sofa pillow. Miss Mary Anderson and Miss Amber Hunt, door ushers.


Jun 23, 1905
pg 9, col 3
Died: It is our sad duty to report the death of Sydney Eden, the son of our neighbor, J.J. Eden. Monday morning at 9 o’clock, he was subjected to an operation for appendicitis but as his was an aggravated case and had been delayed, it proved unsuccessful. The remains were laid to rest in the Elmwood cemetery Tuesday afternoon. The funeral sermon will be preached the morning of the first Sunday in July at 11:00 a.m. We extend our sincere sympathy to the bereaved family. [Sand Creek news]
pg 12, col 2
Born: Jim Bird and wife are the happy parents of a big baby girl. [Franklin news] And also: Jun 30, @ pg 1, col 4 - Mr. and Mrs. James Bird rejoice in the advent of a nice little girl “Bird” that has come to their home to stay. The little one was born on the 21st [of June].


Jun 30, 1905, pg 12, col 1
Married: Mr. C.H. Reynolds of Arlington and Mrs. Mary Hite of Prairie Center were united in marriage last Wednesday, June 21st, by the probate judge of Pratt. Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds will soon make their home at Arlington.


Jul 7, 1905, pg 1, col 3
Birthday: Miss Ivy Dye was presented with a handsome gold watch last week by her parents. The gift was in remembrance of the little lady’s fourteenth birthday.


Jul 28, 1904, pg 12, col 1
Died: Mrs. Mary J. Clark, who has not been in good health for some time, died at the home of her son, W.E. Clark, here Sunday. A.R. Clark and W.E. Clark left Tuesday with the body of their mother for Fairfield, Iowa, that they might lay the body away beside that of their father who died there several years ago...Mr. and Mrs. A.R. Clark and family came out from Wichita Monday on account of the death of Mr. Clark’s mother...Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Bucklin were down from Cairo to attend the funeral of Mrs. Clark. [Sawyer news]


Aug 4, 1904
pg 1, col 4
Birthday: George Sellers was 43 years old Tuesday and about fifty of his friends and neighbors made him a visit on that date loaded down with ice cream and cakes. George was somewhat surprised we are told but not more so than were some of the guests at George’s capacity for cream. One of those present intimated that he host got away with forty-three dishes.
pg 12, col 1
Born: Mr. and Mrs. Len Readshaw have a fine baby girl. [Prairie Center news]


Aug 11, 1905
pg 1, col 3
Born: Ed Boots is doing all kinds of business. In fact, he is a busy man. He buys every load of grain he can get his hands on, sells coal, is vice president of our bank and last Saturday morning took a girl to raise. The little visitor weighed seven pounds and is undoubtedly the best Boots in town. Wheat took an upward trend the day of the young lady’s arrival and all Mr. and Mrs. Boots’ friends extend their congratulations over the safe arrival of this little treasure.
pg 1, col 4
Died: Vera, little 5-year-old daughter of I.M. Mathis, formerly of Isabel, but now living in Wichita, died Thursday morning at 12:45. A telegram was received by Lester White too late for him to leave today for the funeral.


Aug 18, 1905, pg 1, col 3
Born: Joe Brubaker is the happiest man in two counties. It’s a girl and Joe says it’s the best ever. Dr. Nossaman says the little lady will weight seven pounds and is as sprightly a little girl as ever graced Pratt county.


Aug 25, 1906, pg 1, col 1
Birthday: Emma Raleigh celebrated her fourteenth birthday Monday by having a number of her little friends out to their home. They all say they had just a splendid time.


Sep 1, 1905
pg 1, col 1
Born: Chas. A. Thornton has added another treasure to his brood. The little girl came to light Friday morning and her name is Hattie. Mother and child are both doing nicely and Brother Charlie is receiving the congratulations of all.
pg 4, col 2
Married: At 8 o’clock Wednesday evening, Elder Chas. A. Thornton pronounced the words that bound together two of the bright young people of our community as man and wife. John H. Dunham and Allie M. Twyman were married at the bride’s home in the presence of fifty guests and with the congratulations of hundreds of others. Both of these young folks are exceedingly popular and at this, the starting point, have the good will of a circle of friends of which they may well feel proud. A splendid repast was provided for the assembled guests and we print below a partial list of the many handsome presents sent to this worthy couple: Clara Roessler, parlor lamp; Grace and Chester Groves, pitcher and bowl; Sam Roessler and wife, set of dishes; H.E. Dunham, table spread; Vergil Twyman, tea set and cups and saucers; Mart Roessler and wife, table cloth; Mr. and Mrs. White, napkins; Milford Dewesse, water set; Mr. and Mrs. Cornecel, cake stand; George Barnett and Heath Bolin, water set and cake stand and also table linen; George Twyman, water pitcher and cake plate; Grandma Dunham, cracker stand; George Barnett, pepper and salt; John Hasting, pickle dish; Mr. and Mrs. Manty, water and cream pitchers, salad dish; Mr. and Mrs. John E. Dunham, linen towels; Charlie Eckert, salad dish; Willis Hart and wife, sugar bowl.


Sep 8, 1905, pg 1, col 1 [date of issue in question; check original issue for verification]
Born: The coming of the stork is an event in life’s journey fraught with anxiety. A lovely little girl came Sunday morning to the home of O.A. Harper; it weighed 10 pounds. This popular couple are receiving the congratulations of a host of friends.


Sep 15, 1905, pg 1, col 4
Married: At the home of her parents in Witt, Illinois, Grace Ellliott Blackwelder will be married to Edward R. Dixon on Wednesday evening, September 20. Miss Grace is a niece of Uncle Jake Blackwelder and visited her last spring. The Herald and its readers wish for this young couple all prosperity in their new life.


Sep 22, 1905
pg 1, col 1
Born: C.B. Meader is the happy father of a nine pound girl. The girls of Kansas are its price and Mr. and Mrs. Meador [sic] are Rooseveltian enough to keep Kansas and Kansans in the front. The Herald wishes them every happiness in the advent of the little Meader. Also on pg 12, col 1 - The stork visited Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Meador last week and left a fine girl. [Sand Creek news]
pg 1, col 1
Born: An event in the annals of the Crook family was the arrival last Friday morning at their home of a fine ten pound boy. What we hear of this youngster is that its peer never came to Isabel. The mother is recovering nicely and papa Lou is the happiest mortal in town. Louis Dale is the cognomen of this young sprig and both Grandpa and Grandma Silver think it a treasure as do we all. pg 10, col 1
Born: Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Miller are the parents of a new boy. [Sawyer news]


Sep 29, 1905
pg 12, col 1
Born: John Filbrun was seen with a broad smile on his face. No wonder. Ell Armstrong talks of calling their boy John and D.T. Murray’s named their boy John. It’s enough to make John smile. John Bolt was seen smiling clear across his face and John Riffey couldn’t keep from laughing. [Hardscrabble news]


Oct 6, 1905
pg 1, col 1
Born: The flower of the family is a rose in the home of Warren Rose, the little bud blossomed last Saturday morning and is a fine little girl. All our people congratulate Mr. and Mrs. Rose over the addition to their bouquet.
pg 1, col 4
Married: Jim, you all know Jim, he is head factotum at Bennett Bros. emporium. Jim heard we were to have an entertainment in town Tuesday night and, well, Jim got up one of his own. We’ve not asked Jim when he got the license and between you and us, Jim ain’t going to tell. But it’s a sure thing that the Rev. Scott of Sawyer just said those words that made James Hayes and Effie Keller the whole and indissoluble works. We don’t know Effie, but we got a pretty good idea of Jim - and we ain’t telling anything out of school when we say that Effie got as good a boy as walks - and thinking as we do of Jim, we’re willing to bet that James Hays [sic] got the best of the bargain. Anyway the Herald and ninety-nine out of each hundred of its readers are wishing these young folks nothing but sunshine, joy and prosperity and that they make hay while the sun shines. See also: Oct 12, 1906 for birth of a daughter to this couple.
pg 1, col 4
Died: Alice Estella Waller, only daughter of Col. and Grandma Dye departed this life in Kansas City early Tuesday morning and was buried here Wednesday, Oct. 4th. Elder Chas. A. Thornton officiating. Mrs. Waller was raised in Isabel and was thoroughly identified with the town. She was married to Clay Waller in 1886 and leaves two bright and intelligent boys to bear her name, Clyde 19 years old and Fred 15. The funeral was largely attended by many a sincere mourner, testifying to the high regard in which the deceased’s kindness of heart and open handed charity was regarded. To the old Colonel and his loved wife, as well as to her brothers and children, the sympathy of the whole town was extended, their grief was the sorrow of all, and to them that live is extended a sympathy, a love and neighborly affection that we trust will give relief to hearts full of sorrow.


Oct 13, 1905, pg 1, col 3
Born: Proud and happy mean a good deal when properly interpreted, but they are meaningless when it comes to telling how Thomas P. Knight feels in regard to that pretty little seven pound daughter that came to his home Sunday morning. The whole community feel like congratulating Mr. and Mrs. Knight on this timely visit of the stork. May all the joy that comes with maternity and paternity be theirs and may this little Knight blossom as the day into a womanhood and happiness for all who love and like her parents. Dr. Nossaman attended the accouchement and with his uniform success in obstetrics added to his growing reputation as a baby doctor. [Last line illegible.]


Oct 20, 1905
pg 1, col 1
Born: Mrs. Thomas Lockwood gave birth to twins at Pana, but they will have separate birthdays. One is a boy, born at 11:45 p.m., October 2d, and the other a girl born at 12:15 a.m., October 3rd.
pg 1, col 4
Died: Josephine Arvidson was born in Sweden February 2, 1842, and died at Wichita October 17, 1905, aged 68 years, 8 months and 13 days. She was married to Peter Arvidson in 1865 and to this union our well known friend, Frank W. Arvidson, was born and is left to mourn with his father the loss of a kind and loving mother and wife. Rev. Scott preached an appropriate sermon at church Wednesday afternoon and amid the sorrowing of many and sympathy of all, her remains were laid to rest in the Bethel cemetery. And: Card of Thanks signed by Peter Arvidson and F.W. Arvidson.


Oct 27, 1905, pg 1, col 4
Died: Samuel P. Roots was born January 22nd, 1847, in Erie county, Pennsylvania, died October 21st, 1905 at his home near Sawyer. He was married to Phebe Pierce December 24th, 1867, at Gardner, Illinois. To this union seven children were born. He served two years in the Union army. He joined the Christian church in 1866 and on moving west he joined the M.E. church of which he has always remained a member. He was also a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. The funeral services were jointly conducted by Rev. J.R. Millsap and the Woodmen Lodge of Sawyer. Brother Roots leaves a refined family of which he was proud; he dearly loved them and lived for them; they must weep through this night of sorrow, he has reached his morning of destiny. Life is a pilgrimage between two eternities, sunshine and shade are scattered on the way, love laughs in the sunlight of life and weeps in the shadows of death. In life we have asked and questioned about the future; we have heard footfalls we could not follow and have heard the rustle of garments we could not trace, but we know that He that made all will do right. The time will come to all the good when the morning will kiss the night goodbye and they shall commence their solemn pilgrimage toward the great white throne, for there is no night there and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Signed: J.R. MILLSAP.


Nov 3, 1905, pg 8, col 3.
Born: Mr. and Mrs. Sewel Hamilton of Lawndale had a big boy come to their house Sunday, 10 lbs. Babe and mother are doing well and Sewel is the happiest man in town.


Nov 24, 1905
pg 1, col 4
Died: Samuel Stewart, one of the prominent citizens of Barber county and a gentleman of wide spread acquaintance met death by drowning last week Thursday. Mr. Stewart was one of the foremost promoters of Barber county interests and was an unwearied worker for the greatest good of his community. His untimely death is deplored by a wide circle of admiring friends and the immediate family of the deceased have the sympathy and heartfelt sorrow of a world of friends.
pg 12, col 1
Born: Arrived at the home of W.F. Gillett Sunday, a fine girl. She expects to make her residence permanent there. [Sand Creek news]


Dec 1, 1905
pg 1, col 4
Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Coss, on Wednesday, November 29th, a son. The little fellow came near being a Thanksgiving bird, but we believe that Tom and his estimable lady are as thankful for the safe arrival of the little one as if it came a day later. Dr. Bucklin of Sawyer was the attending physician.
pg 12, col 2
Born: John Eccle celebrated Thanksgiving at his home on the safe arrival of a brand new baby. Dr. Bucklin came over from Sawyer to attend the case.


Jan 5, 1906
pg 1, col 2
Died: “Andrew Roessler Dead” - Monday night at a little after nine o’clock, on the first day of the new year, the life of this pioneer of Barber county was extinguished and a mind full to the brim of the possibilities beyond had solved the problem of life and its future. A man of rugged character, a mind of rare natural ability had gone to the destiny that awaits us hence. Honest as the sun, firm in truth and grounded in a faith in the golden rule, he lived and died with love for humanity and in the hope of a civilization that would make the whole world better. Mr. Roessler was one of God’s noblemen and had his lot been case under different environments would have left a name national in prominence but not one whit more grand than it is to the little band of friends who loved him for his worth. Andrew Roessler was born at Fairfield, Ohio, about 72 years ago. He immigrated to Shelbyville, Illinois in the 50s and married a Miss Stump by whom he had six children, two of whom, Fred of Louisiana and Mrs. Maria Winter of Columbus, Kansas, still survive. He married a second time to Miss Elizabeth Strohl, a sister of Mrs. D. Runkle and Joseph and Postmaster Joseph Strohl, three children living by this marriage, Mrs. John Brill, and Sam Roessler of Nashville [KS], Esther Roessler of Shelbyville, Illinois. In the 70s, he again married Minnie Mittendorf of Shelbyville, by whom he has left Mrs. Ada Hines, Miss Estella, Mr. Mart, Miss Clara, Grover, Miss Bessie, and Miss Emma. He moved to Barber county in the spring of 1884 and settled on the southeast corner of Section 14, which place has since been his home. The burial took place at Nashville Wednesday afternoon, attended by a large concourse of friends and neighbors. Rev. Myers of Winfield officiated.
pg 1, col 3
Died: “Oliver A. Lunsford” - From the Barber County Index: Oliver A. Lunsford, barber in the Marshall-Bisby barber shop, died Sunday night, December 31st, from obstruction of the bowels. He was taken sick on Saturday, December 23rd and suffered great agony an entire week, in spite of medical attention. On Sunday, December 31, a surgical operation was performed by Dr. Donovan of this city and Dr. Hutcheson of Coats and Dr. Bucklin of Sawyer. His bowels were in a very bad condition, mortification had set in and he was also badly afflicted with appendicitis. Mr. Lunsford was not very healthy for some time. He was troubled for a long time with [a] stomach and bowel disorder and his condition was probably made worse by a little friendly scuffle he and some friends engaged in previous to his taking down as there was a displacement revealed in the bowels when the operation took place. The deceased is a son of David Lunsford and wife, formerly of Elm Mills but now of Isabel. He began the barber’s trade in Isabel several years ago and came to Medicine Lodge in the summer. He was a cordial young man and his death is a sad shock to his friends and very grievous to his parents, brothers and sisters. He was 30 years of age. His wife died about four years ago. A girl five years old is left fatherless and motherless. Funeral services were held at the Christian church on Monday afternoon conducted by Rev. W.M. Covert, Elder VanDewalker being ill, and the body laid to rest in Highland Cemetery. A father, mother, three brothers and five sisters are left to mourn the premature departure of an affectionate and dutiful son and brother, and the hearts of many friends go out to them in deepest sympathy.


Jan 12, 1906
pg 1, col 4
Born: The stork made a call at the residence of F.A. Mueller leaving a fine boy. Mother and son both doing well. [Sand Creek news]
pg 1, col 4
Born: Dr. Nossaman reports the arrival of a boy at the home of Roy Rose Sunday. [Sand Creek news]
pg 1, col 4
Died: It is our sad duty to report the death of Mary, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Spain. Rev. Fred Spain preached the funeral sermon. [Sand Creek news]


Jan 19, 1906, pg 1, col 2
Born: Edger Corrie and family, big, little and all the relations are in a state of ecstatic bliss over the safe arrival of a young son at the home last Thursday. The boy is a fine little fellow and is the subject of laudatory comment by a coterie of friends and neighbors.


Jan 26, 1906
pg 1, col 1
Died: Mrs. Joe Glen of the Lawndale neighborhood died Monday night. Mrs. Glen has been an invalid for some time, consumption, a dread disease, had marked her for its own. She leaves a husband and host of friends to mourn her loss. She was buried in Cairo cemetery Wednesday.
pg 1, col 1
Born: Elmer Hedeka and wife needed the presence of a doctor at their house Sunday night. A fine seven pound baby girl was safely delivered by Dr. Nossaman’s tender care. Isabel’s physician loses not one bit of prestige he has gained in the past year as the baby doctor by all his frequent successful stork bringing and resultant happy denoument.
pg 1, col 1
Married: Daniel V. Morris and Miss Mary McClain were married at the residence of the bride’s mother, Mrs. S.C. McClain, on Walnut street, this city, Tuesday evening of this week, Jan. 16th. The bride is one of the nicest young ladies of our city. The groom is well known here, his mother, Mrs. Ella Morris, living here and he having taught school in the county. He is in the employment of the Santa Fe Ry., Co., at Needles, California. They depart for their western home today. [Barber County Cresset] Dan Morris’ many friends in and around Isabel join in congratulating a boy that has a high place in the regard of all Isabelites.


Feb 23, 1906, pg 1, col 1
Born: Saturday night was born to Mr. and Mrs. Will Pewter a fine 8 lb. boy.


Mar 2, 1906
pg 1, col 4
Married: Dave Nossaman, one of the most open-handed, square and above board men that it has been our lot to meet in the journey of life, stole away to Wichita last Tuesday morning, there to meet Miss Vernie Boots of Bisbee, Arizona, and the two were married Wednesday. Now Dave need not have kept the story all to himself. He is twenty-one and his charming wife is as popular a lady as ever lived in Isabel. All the people in this town wish them both joy and every happiness. May the journey of life be ever one of abundant success is the wish of the Herald. The bride and groom came home on the Thursday noon train and are now receiving the congratulations of their host of friends.
pg 14, col 1
Married: At the bride’s residence at high noon Friday, Feb. 23rd, Mrs. Emma Hyattand Mr. Fred Toff were united in the bonds of matrimony by Rev. M. Scott. A bountiful dinner was served to the many friends present. They many friends wish them all happiness and success. [San Creek news]


Mar 23, 1906
pg 1, col 1
Birthday: Grandpa Samuel C. Huey celebrated his seventy-fifth anniversary Wednesday. He is a fine old man full of the desire to do good and see good done. He showed us his first birthday cap, not larger than for a doll that he has kept all these years. Uncle Sam is proud to show this souvenir of an age past. Happy in thoughts of those long ago years. A proud father of sons in this section who are respected, he moves among us as a worthy father, causing emotions of love to well in every heart. We wish and hope to greet this kindly old gentleman one year hence.
pg 1, col 2
Born: Charley Stewart came up to the hardware Monday smiling. That he smiles is not uncommon, but when he announced the arrival of a brand new, latest improved and thoroughly warranted 11 pound boy at his home Sunday night, why all the talk about the best in the machinery line was of no moment compared with this lump of humanity that bears the home brand. The mother and child are both progressing finely under the tender care of loving friends.
pg 1, col 2
Married: Jesse T. Peterie and Miss Blanche Bailey took their many friends by surprise Saturday. The only fine day for a month they took advantage of to sneak off to the Lodge and then and there assume the matrimonial noose. The county judge was called on to tie the knot that made these two popular Valley township young people man and wife. They are now at home on the fine Peterie farm south of town, the recipients of a host of good wishes from a world of friends including the Herald.


Apr 6, 1906, pg 1, col 4
Married: Fred Swinson married Wednesday evening, but the boys got onto their job Thursday and Fred and bride today know what it is to be one of the most popular couples of our section. At nine o’clock, the folks, that is James Swinson and wife, Warren Rose and wife, Roy Rose and wife, Frank Arvidson and Rena Carter paid the bride a visit. That they were welcome is sure and we have a faint suspicion that welcomes can be worn out as the guests never seemed to understand when to quit. Flinch was the game that stared the evening’s entertainment, but it got to be freeze out before morning. At 11 o’clock, the groom said that he was tired, at 12 the guests were ready for more fun, at 1 o’clock the groom and bride realized they were being entertained and by 2 o’clock, they were. Frank Arvidson told a story, at 3 several of the visitors started to sing, but as the groom only snored an accompaniment, the pleasures stopped till he was made to realize his duties as a host. At 4 a.m., the pleasures of entertaining friends dawned on the bride and groom and they refused to burn more coal, but Jim Swinson knew about the cob pile and things kept warm till 5 in the morning. At half past five, the welcome guests concluded that Fred and Laura had had a proper initiation into the cares and troubles of entertaining and departed. As Fred has not been seen about Isabel since, we presume he is now asleep getting even with himself and the friends.


Apr 20, 1906
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Born: Ed Towns of seven miles northwest called Dr. Nossaman to the ushering into this world of ours a fine baby boy that weighed 10 pounds, Tuesday.
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Born: Our old friend, T.D. Inslee, is sure a dandy, a brand new boy came to his house last Saturday morning and “T.D.” is so proud about the affair that [when] he comes to Isabel, he just takes the middle of the road.
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Married: Mr. Guy Figge led to the altar of marriage Miss Ona Carpenter, both of this city. Guy is an enterprising clerk in the employ of Figgo & Bennett. The lady is one of the bright young school teachers of the country. The couple have taken up housekeeping in their own house very quietly, having the very best wishes of all who know them. [Groom’s surname is transcribed as printed, with two different spellings.][Nashville news]


Apr 27, 1906, pg 1, col 3
Died: The Rev. Samuel Murray, who would have been one hundred years old had he lived until today, died yesterday morning at 7 o’clock at the home of his son, the Rev. L.E. Murray, 244 South Ritter avenue, with whom he had been living. His children, who had arranged to observe the anniversary of his birth in an appropriate manner and came for that purpose will attend his funeral at Hungtington Monday instead. There will be no services here. Mr. Murray had been married five times. He was the father of eighteen children (eleven of whom are living), leaves surviving him thirty-four grandchildren and twenty-nine great grandchildren. His last wife is yet living at the advanced age of 87 years, but is in very feeble health, and makes her home with a daughter at Lanark, Ill. Her name was Mrs. Leah Eschelman, and her 87th birthday will, like that of her husband, be April 1. Mr. Murray was of Scotch-Irish ancestry and was born in Pennsylvania. When six years old, he removed with his parents to Ohio. His father died soon after and the widowed mother was left to care for ten children. Four of these, besides Mr. Murray, lived to be more than 90 years old. In 1843, he was ordained a minister in the Dunkard or German Baptist church, in which the services are in English. He was proud of his ancestry and like to speak of the fact that both his grandfathers fought for American independence in the Revolutionary War. Each recurring birthday until five years ago he had preached in some church of his denomination and he had look forward to preaching or at least appearing in a pulpit on his 100th birthday. Recently, the weight of years had borne heavily upon him. He had become deaf and almost blind and recently had been confined to his room. His mind remained clear until Thursday night, from which time until death he was unconscious. This gentleman was an uncle of our friend, D.T. Murray, of Gove township.


May 4, 1906
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Born: Friday night was born to Mr. and Mrs. George Relleford a find ten pound girl, Dr. Bucklin attending. “Uncle” Jake was seen on the streets bright and early Saturday morning with a smile of happy content good to see. He strutted around as proud of his new granddaughter, with an agility that speaks loud for the grandpa’s love of little one.
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Married: The house of C.H. Reynolds was the scene of a pleasant home crowd wedding Wednesday night. Rev. L.D. Bartley was called on to tie the knot that is indissoluble. Maude Hite, one of this section’s charming ladies, had seen fit to link her life with our popular young hardware merchant, J.D. Larabee. These young folks start on life’s journey with the good wishes, the friendly accord and an everlasting wish of success from all who know them. The bride and groom are home folks and will be at home to all friends.


May 11, 1906
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Born: Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Heastand welcomed Monday morning a fine little girl. Dr. Nossaman attended. And on Jun 22, pg 1, col 2: The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. George Hiestand [sic] died Saturday afternoon from whooping cough and was buried Sunday evening at Bethel cemetery. The parents have the sympathy of all in this their day of trouble.
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Died: The infant child of Frank Hyatt died Sunday morning and was buried Monday. Mr. Hyatt and family are conducting the Houchin ranch and are newcomers. Their bereavement calls for sorrow from all. Elder Thornton preached the sermon in his usual impressive manner.


May 18, 1906, pg 1, col 2
Born: Friday morning, May 11th, 1906, there was born to Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Ellinthorp a fine 8 and one-half pound boy. The happy couple, the relations and friends, not overlooking the grandparents, are all as happy as people used to be when it rained in Kansas. Dr. Nossaman was in attendance and with his accustomed skill and fortune brought forth a happy result from what might have been a serious complication.


May 25, 1906, pg 1, col 1
Married: Jacob Strohl left Monday morning for Wichita. Of course, none of us knew what the worthy postmaster went for. Of a certainty, there were rumors of an impending crisis in the worldly life of Jake. Things had looked suspicious for some time and the surprise was blunted when readers of the Wichita Eagle saw in the Wednesday morning issue among the marriage licenses: “Jacob Strohl, Isabel, age 46.....Martha Fairley, Medicine Lodge, aged 24.” This couple were married at the court house in Wichita by the Probate Judge. The bride and groom came home on the Wednesday train and started to keep house in the new apartments built for them adjoining the post office. Our post office has been a most popular resort. Jake has ever been a genial friend and good company to all who came his way. Now, the suspicion lingers in the mind of many that with the advent of his lady assistant and wife, the club will have to seek new quarters. All, however, join with the Herald in wishing the happy postmaster and his bride a world of happiness and prosperity. May their “Strohl” through life be “Fairley” crowned with all that makes life worth living.


Jun 8, 1906, pg 16, col 4
Anniversary: Chas. Dunham and wife celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary on last Thursday evening. About twenty guests were there.


Jul 13, 1906, pg 1, col 4
Died: Thomas Edes is dead, he was a man of many admirable qualities and some of the frailties of life. He never posed as a saint, neither was he a hardened sinner. His life was an open book. Thomas Edes was born of German parentage in Pennsylvania in the month of September, 1823. About 1832, he moved with h is parents to Tazwell county, Illinois, where he grew to manhood on a farm. In the early fifties, he married Rachel Clyne, seven children were born to this union, five girls and two sons, only two of whom survive the father, Mrs. Sallie McCauley of Wichita, and Mrs. Ella VanBenthusen of San Francisco, California. Up to 1875, he had accumulated and lost two or three fortunes. In 1875, he moved to Kansas, a penniless pioneer, settling near Wellington. The winter of ‘83-‘84 saw his coming to Barber county and Valley township as poor as the humblest inhabitant. He showed his ability as a money maker and rapidly gained wealth and land till 1897 when reverses came anew. He owned thirteen quarters of our best land and was a farmer of influence and worth in this county, being rated one of the heaviest tax payers in its confines. He farmed about 1000 acres of land, mostly wheat, and was one of Barber county’s largest producers of real wealth. With the reverse of 1897, his indomitable will power asserted itself and unknown to relatives or friends, he started to make another fortune, locating in Chicago, then in Tazwell county, Illinois, and finally at Wichita with his daughter. Here, at over 80 years of age, that spirit of unrest urged him on and on until finally he came to Isabel on Wednesday, June 13th. Old, worn and like a broken reed, he came to the scenes of his days of affluence. Some of his friends petitioned the commissioners to give him a home in Barber county, the place where his energy, push and daring had brought both him and it a fund of wealth. But the powers that be must follow the law and they turned down the petition made in this sturdy old man’s necessity. How much this, or untimely glibs [sic] or scenes of prosperity to others worked on the mind of him whose energy was so paramount none can say. Last Sunday morning at 6:15 he came down stairs in his stocking feet for a glass of water and in a few moments was found in convulsions, dying in a few minutes, cared for tenderly by kindly hands. The coroner called a jury and a verdict in consonance with facts was rendered. The body was laid out in the court room where it was viewed by many. The following funeral notice tells significantly the final story: “Thomas Edes died Sunday, July 8, 1906, funeral Monday, July 9. All who desire to pay the deceased a last respect will meet at the Court House at 10 o’clock a.m., from when the body will be conveyed to the cemetery. No services. Friends invited.” Besides two daughters and Mr. H.I. Tilden’s family who were grandchildren of the deceased, he leaves a brother, B.F. Edes, and three sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Morse, Mrs. Anna Matthews and Mrs. Carrie Nichols, all of Delavan, Illinois.


Aug 3, 1906
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Died: Frank Clark, the bright young son of W.E. Clark, died last Monday morning of tetanus. Frank was a fine manly fellow. Had all the characteristics of a man while but a boy. A youth whom all could love and admire, his death is deplored throughout this whole section. Mr. Clark and the dear little sisters of this boy have the sympathy beyond words to express from one and all.
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Died: Julia Estella Roots was born in Verona, Ill., October 18, 1875. In 1878, her parents moved to McPherson, Kas., and in 1891, they came to this county where they have since resided. Stella was always a good conscientious girl. She was converted in Jan. 1896, joined the M.E. Church at Sawyer, Kansas, on probation, was taken into full membership the following August and has ever since been a faithful member. Loyal to Christ, loyal to her church, loyal to her own family and to her friends. God has given each one a mission in life, and if all men were as faithful to their mission as Stella was to hers, surely God’s kingdom would soon come. In the home she was loving and kind, asking only the privilege to serve those she loved. In her recent sickness she was patient and trustful. She had not expected to recover but she was not afraid of the great future for she knew in whom she had believed, and was persuaded that he is able to keep that which she had committed unto him against that day. II Tim. 1:12. Shortly before her death God permitted her to have a glimpse of the future, as He often does His faithful ones. She saw the father and a baby brother, Marion, who had preceded her to the better land, beckoning her to come. So she passed Sunday afternoon, July 22, at four o’clock, to her God and the loved ones gone before. The funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Goshen church where a large number of relatives, friends and neighbors came to pay their last respects. The body was laid to rest in Goshen cemetery by the side of her father. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.” Rev. 21:4. She leaves a mother, Mrs. Samuel Roots, a brother, Willie Roots, and four sisters, Miss Lorena Roots, Mrs. Barker, Mrs. Gillett, Mrs. Swinson and many friends to mourn her loss. May God’s richest blessing rest upon the bereaved ones. And a Card of Thanks on Jul 27, pg 1, signed by Mrs. S.B. Roots, Lorena and William Roots, Mr. and Mrs. Barker, Mr. and Mrs. Gillett, and Mr. and Mrs. Swinson.


Aug 31, 1906
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Born: There was born to Mr. and Mrs. Dr. A.H. Nossaman Tuesday night at ten o’clock a fine little daughter. The young lady has come to stay and is a welcome addition to the doctor’s household.
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Died: The death and burial of the son, Jesse, of Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Armstrong, was a severe blow to all friends of this worthy couple. We had hoped our Hardscrabble correspondent would have furnished a more extended notice. Also Sep 7, 1906, at pg 1, col 4: Jessie Harold Armstrong was born October 1st, 1891, departed this life August 22, 1906, aged 14 years, 10 months, 22 days. Just as the sun was sinking low, the grim messenger of death came and his dear life was gone. Death takes the young as well as the old, he was just budding into manhood now he lieth in cold death. His young associates take warning, they knoweth not when death may come, a few short weeks ago he appeared to be in the prime of life. His dear face will be sadly missed with the family and neighbors; weep not for him he is at rest, free from life’s toils. Elder Cherry, of Sawyer, conducted the services, his body was laid to rest in the cemetery near Goshen church. [Memorial poem written by Grandmother Armstrong follows.] Also a Card of Thanks signed by J.E. Armstrong, Mrs. Armstrong, Brothers and Sisters. See also Oct 5, 1906 for death of J.E. Armstrong.


Sep 14, 1906, pg 1, col 2
Married: Wm. Redenbaugh took a trip to his old home at Lyndon, Osage county, last week and then and there married Miss Mary Thompson, one of that town’s fairest daughters. The groom and handsome wife came home Friday. While Will has been here but a short time, he has fully demonstrated that he is a hard working and thoroughly reliable young man. The young couple have the well wishes of all.


Sep 28, 1906, pg 1, col 4
Born: There was born to Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Johnson Friday morning a fine 8-pound boy. The mother and child are both doing well and are receiving the congratulations of a host of relatives and friends.


Oct 5, 1906, pg 1, col 4
Died: J.E. Armstrong, one of the prominent farmers of the Lawndale country, died at the hospital in Wichita Sunday morning of typhoid fever. Mr. Armstrong was taken to the hospital some ten days ago in the hope that good and careful nursing would bring him health again, but all that the best medical skill could do failed and he passed on. He leaves a wife and seven children, three boys and four girls. Mr. Armstrong was one of those strong, rugged characters that made friends everywhere. His remains were brought to Sawyer Monday and after a fine talk by Elder Wm. Cherry, were laid to rest in the Goshen cemetery. Uncle Jacob Armstrong, his wife and children and relatives all have the heartfelt sympathy of the community.


Oct 12, 1906, pg 1, col 1
Born: Jim Hays and wife Effie are rejoicing over the safe arrival at their home of a fine daughter. Mr. and Mrs. Hays’ many friends here extend congratulations.


Oct 26, 1906 [Last issue on reel]
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Died: The little son of Mr. and Mrs. U.S. Rogers died at his home in Elm township of typhoid fever Monday afternoon. Little Joe was a favorite of all and his death is a sorrow to many. The bereaved parents and other children have the sympathy of the whole community.
pg 1, col 2
Died: Francis [sic], daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Gibson, died Monday of typhoid fever and was buried Wednesday at Medicine Lodge. Earl, their sixteen year old son is said to be very dangerously sick. Mr. and Mrs. Gibson have the sympathy of this whole section in this their day of sorrow.

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