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Medicine Lodge Cresset: Jan-June 1902

The Medicine Lodge Cresset (meaning "bright light") was a weekly newspaper, published in Medicine Lodge beginning early in 1879. L.M. Axline was publisher at the time this particular reel begins; Otis Lorton took over publication in February 1899. Local news included coverage from the surrounding communities, as well as Medicine Lodge. This reel begins Friday, January 7, 1898 and continues through Friday, February 22, 1901. 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)


Jan 3, 1902

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Married: At the City Hotel Sunday afternoon, December 29th, Isaac Sharp of Virgil, Kansas, was married to Mrs. Linda Rowley of Deerhead township, Probate Judge Lacy officiating. This wedding was somewhat of a surprise, but the many friends of the bride in this county are no less hearty with their congratulations. Mr. Sharp is a cattleman of Greenwood county, and has made frequent trips to Barber county to buy cattle.

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Died: Samuel C. McClain, a well-known cattleman of Barber county, died at Wichita Monday afternoon, December 30th, 1901, aged fifty-one years, ten months and four days. The cause of death was typhoid fever. The remains were brought here for burial Tuesday. Funeral services were held at the family residence at 4 o’clock by Rev. I.M. Belden. We who have been familiar with his strong, rugged appearance, and who saw him on the streets of Medicine Lodge only a week before his death, can hardly realize that he is gone. A wife and five children survive him. He has lived in Barber county a number of years but his family came from Washington, Penn., only a few months ago.

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Died: A sad accident occurred at Hazelton, Kansas, Saturday, December 14, 1901, about 9:00 a.m., which caused the death of Charles T. Bayles. He was in the act of mounting a horse when it began to plunge, throwing him from the saddle to the ground, crushing his skull. He was picked up unconscious and remained so until the Death Angel claimed him about 4:00 p.m. He leaves an aged father who resides at Garden Grove, Iowa; one brother who had been with him until recently, but was away at the time, and a host of friends. He came to Kansas about six years ago and a greater part of the time made his home with his aunt and uncle, W.C. Demint and wife. He was born January 11th, 1874, and died December 14th, 1901. His remains were taken to the M.E. church where services were held Tuesday, 17th, conducted by Rev. Baker, text, “He is not dead but sleepeth,” after which his remains were laid to rest in Rose Hill cemetery to await the resurrection morn. [Memorial poem follows.]

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Died: At the home of her daughter, Mrs. Geo. Hendrickson, in Lake township Friday, December 27, Mrs. Celia Mills Hayes, aged 84 years. The funeral obsequies occurred Sunday, December 29, in the Lake City school building. A large concourse of friends and neighbors were present to pay their last token of respect and affection to one whom they had known so long. A very impressive discourse was preached by Rev. Griffin, pastor of the Baptist church in Medicine Lodge, and the remains laid away in the “city of the dead,” that sleeps upon the hillside west of Lake. As immediate relatives the deceased leaves to mourn her a husband, Sterling Hayes, now living in Oklahoma. Two sons, Sterling, jr., who with his sister, Mrs. Hicklin, resides in Greenwood, Missouri; Hamilton, whose home is in Richmond, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Hendrickson, of this township. Mrs. Hayes’ maiden name was Mills and a sister of the grandfathers Orville and Govan Mills of Lake. She was born in Tennessee and married her husband there. In 1849, the couple moved to Missouri and came to this county in 1881 where they have since resided. She was a woman of many virtues and so far as possible lived...convictions of duty. For fifty years, she was a member of the Baptist...[This obituary is incomplete. Please check the original reel for full text.]

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Married: Fred Dicks and Etta Alford were married Christmas Day by Rev. Baker. These young people have hosts of friends here, and we wish them every happiness.

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Engaged: Cards are out announcing the wedding of Robert S. Field of Kansas City and Miss J. Beatrice MacGregor of this county at St. Mark’s church on Monday, January 6th, at 7 p.m.

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Born: To Roy Burnett and wife, at Higgins, Texas, about ten days ago, a son.


Jan 10, 1902

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Died: W.K. Hittle died at his home in Aline, Oklahoma, on January 1st, 1902, aged sixty-four years, ten months and twenty-eight days. The deceased was an old settler in Barber county, coming here twenty-one years ago from Illinois, his native state. Those who knew him here speak of him very highly. He leaves a wife and nine children. Three of the children, W.P. and T.A. Hittle and Mrs. Ella Wilson, reside in Barber county. To the surviving relatives we extend condolence.

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Died: Edith, aged ten months and fifteen days, little daughter of Mrs. Ella Morris of this city, died Sunday afternoon, January 5, 1902. Rev. J.F. Irwin conducted the funeral services at the family residence Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. [See below @ Jan 17, 1902 for obituary.]

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Married: “Two Popular Young People Plighted Their Troth Monday Evening” - On Monday, January 6th, at St. Mark’s church, by the Rev. L.L. Swan, Rector, Robert Stillman Field to Beatrice Jennie, daughter of John and Lucy MacGregor, of Medicine Lodge, Kansas. On Monday evening last, the pretty church of St. mark’s was once more the scene of a most beautiful and impressive ceremony, the occasion being the nuptials of Mr. Robert Field and Miss Beatrice Jennie MacGregor. At 7:00 o’clock the Wedding Processional - “The Voice That Breathed O’er Eden, - was feeling rendered by the choir, as the bridal party was met at the entrance by the priest led by the “Crucifer” bearing the Processional Cross. Slowly the procession passed up the aisle, the bride leaning on the arm of her father, and attended by her maid of honor, Miss Margaret Keller. At the choir step they were met by the bridegroom, supported by his “best man,” Mr. Fred Ellis, and here the betrothal took place. Thence as the choir sang the beautiful hymn, “O Perfect Love,” the entire party proceeded to the altar rail where the marriage proper was performed. Clearly and distinct the troth was plighted and given as with clasped hands before the altar each made their solemn vows and exchanged the sacred promises which were to bind them through life “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, ‘til death does them part,” and sealed their compact by the “giving and receiving of a ring” which having no beginning and no ending is the symbol of eternity and therefore denotes the lasting character of marital consistency and love and has been in use in connection with marriage from the time of old Abraham. On bended knee they bowed as the Church’s prayer for their welfare and happiness ascended to the great White Altar in Heaven, and their vows were witnessed by recording angels and sealed by God’s Amen, and there their wrists were bound together with the “stole” - the badge of the Church’s authority - to show the indissoluble nature of Holy Matrimony as the words were spoken, “those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder.” And now “in the presence of God and this company” they were duly pronounced “man and wife in the name of the Triune God,” and the Mother Church bestowed her loving blessing upon the union of her faithful children. For a moment a holy hush pervaded the building while many a heartfelt prayer was breathed in behalf of the young couple, and the organ burst forth in its most jubilant tones to the glad strains of the Wedding March as the party retired. The church - which was filled to overflowing - decked in her festal robes of white and gold presented a most pleasing appearance as the pale clear light shed its rays on the brightly illuminated altar laded with fragrant flowers. The bride was dressed in white mousseline de soie with a veil of white illusion trimmed with applique and carried a beautiful bouquet of white bride’s roses and presented the appearance of the ideal bride. And “as one star differs from another star in glory,” so did the maid of honor vie with her superior for first honors, shining resplendent with equal luster in a most becoming costume of pale blue albatross slashed with trimmings of satin. The bridegroom and best man wore the conventional black broadcloth and lacked nothing of perfection, each in his own sphere. A very pleasing feature was the appearance of Master Milton Case and his little sister Frances - who acted as “Crucifer” and “ring bearer” respectively. The musical portion of the service was feelingly rendered by the choir of St. Mark’s assisted by Prof. Shepardson, while Mrs. Shepardson presided at the organ in her usual masterly style. The sacrament was celebrated by the Rev. L.L. Swan, rector of St. Mark’s, and Messrs. Jerry Gano and Garfield Parsons acted most acceptably as the ushers. The young couple need no introduction at our hands. The bride has lived in our midst from earliest childhood and has endeared herself to one and all by her winsome ways and genial nature and is beloved by all with whom she has come in contact. The bridegroom is also “one of us,” having spent the greater part of his life in our city and is one of the rising attorneys of whom Barber county may justly feel proud. The married couple left on Tuesday morning’s train and will make their home in Kansas City where the bridegroom is a member of the bar. The Cresset, in concert with a multitude of friends, extends hearty congratulations to the young people, with every good wish for their happiness and prosperity and hopes that their voyage over the ocean of life may be pleasant and full of sunshine.


Jan 17, 1902

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Died: “Charley Rudolph Killed, Popular Railroad Man Loses Life by a Horrible Accident” - Charles F. Rudolph, brakeman on the Medicine Lodge branch of the Santa Fe road, met with an accident at Sharon Monday which caused his death at 11 o’clock Monday night, January 13, 1901. When the west bound train reached Sharon, it was found necessary to do some switching. While making a “clip” switch, Mr. Rudolph, afer signaling to go ahead, attempted to climb on top a freight car just behind the engine. His hold on the car ladder broken loose. He made a desperate effort to catch the ladder with his left hand, but finding he could not sustain his weight attempted to throw his body from between the moving cars, but the wheels caught his legs, one above and the other below the knee. Four cars passed over them, crushing the limbs to a pulp. Conductor Knight and a traveling man were the only witnesses of the saddest accident that ever occurred on this branch of the Santa Fe. The railroad crew and passengers did all they could for his immediate relief. He was brought to this city as soon as possible and was met at the depot by Drs. Moore and Kociell. These physicians did all that could be done at the time. The Santa Fe company sent its surgeon from Wellington but Mr. Rudolph died before his arrival. Charley Rudolph had been employed as brakeman by the Santa Fe for nearly twenty-two years. He had been offered promotion but preferred duty as brakeman on this branch for it permitted him to be at home every night with his family. He was the oldest brakeman on the Santa Fe. He was a Mason and a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Brakemen. The Masons had charge of the funeral. Rev. J.J. Griffin, pastor of the Baptist church, preached the funeral sermon at the church Wednesday morning, and interment was made in the cemetery in this city. He was born in DeWitt county, Illinois, fifty-one years ago. He leaves a wife, son and daughter, an aged mother and five brothers. One brother, K.F. Rudolph, lives at Kiowa. Every citizen of Medicine Lodge will weep with his surviving relatives. Always cheerful and genial, he became popular with everyone, and especially so with his immediate associates, the railroad employees. It was indeed a most sad and shocking accident.

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Married: “An Old Barber County Boy Married” - The following was clipped from the Washington County (Ia.) Daily Journal: “The marriage of Miss Mae Love, daughter of Mr. S.R. Love, of Ainsworth, Iowa, to Mr. J.H. McCreedy, took place Wednesday, December 25, 1901, at the residence of the bride’s father. The bridal party entered the parlor at high noon to the strains of the wedding march played by Mrs. A. McCreedy and took their places beneath a smilax arch. Rev. Davis of Ainsworth officiated in the presence of relatives and intimate friends. The bride wore cream wool and carried white roses. Miss Sadie Davis was maid of honor, and Mr. S.A. Love was best man. After the ceremony the company were seated to a bounteous repast. The bride and groom were given a reception the day following at the home of the groom’s mother, Mrs. McCreedy. Many beautiful and useful presents were received.” J.H. McCreedy taught school in t his county during the winter of ‘96-‘97, returning about a year ago to visit friends and relatives. He is a brother of Mrs. James and Thomas McGuire.

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Married: At the home of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Stewart on Monday evening, January 13th, their daughter, Maud Evalena, was married to Claud Barber Stockstill, Rev. L.M. Belden officiating. This is one of the youngest couples ever married in this county. The bride is sixteen and the groom seventeen years of age. Their friends hope that they will never regret the step they have taken. And also @ pg 5, col 1: Married: There was a big wedding at Samuel Stewart’s Monday evening. Mr. Claud Stockstill and Miss Maud Stewart. We congratulate them and wish them every success and happiness. [Sharon news]

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Died: Little Edith Celesta, daughter of Mrs. Ella R. Morris, departed this life Sunday evening, January 5th, 1902, aged 10 months and 16 days. She was ill a little over a week and while she had every care that her loving family and sympathizing neighbors could bestow on her, she gradually grew worse until the Death Angel claimed her, and she passed peacefully away to that “bourne from which no traveler returns.” With her, the troubled waters are still; her sufferings over. Little Edith was the light of the home and the joy of her mother and uncle’s hearts. A light has gone out; a beautiful bud has been plucked from earth and transplanted in God’s paradise where her beautiful hands are beckoning her loved ones on. Signed: A Sympathizing Friend. [A lengthy memorial poem follows.]

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Born: Dr. Atwell reports a girl baby born to Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Puls on the 9th. They live on the John Peterson farm. [Sharon news]

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Born: To Cliff Murphy and wife, January 14th, a daughter. Dr. Moore.

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Born: To Frank Colborn and wife, on Friday, January 10th, a daughter. Dr. Cushenbery.


Jan 24, 1902

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Died: Bessie, wife of J.E. Coryell, died in confinement at the home of her father-in-law, W.L. Coryell, of this city Sunday, January 19, 1902, at 6 o’clock p.m., aged 28 years, 3 months and 23 days. The funeral was conducted at the family residence at 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon by Rev. W.T. McLain, pastor of the Christian church. The announcement of her death, coming so unexpectedly, was a shock to everyone. The husband was in Alva and did not reach home until several hours after her death. Mrs. Coryell had many friends and acquaintances who will share the grief of surviving relatives. Besides her husband, she leaves a little daughter about five years of age.

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Died: Ada Robinett, who formerly lived in t his city, died in Wichita Tuesday of consumption. The remains were brought to this city Wednesday for interment. Her mother and brother Frank came with the body.

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Married: The probate judge issued a marriage license Tuesday to Alexander Ferguson of Fair Valley, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Jessie M. Hood of Medicine Lodge. They were married by Rev. J.J. Griffin.

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Born: To George Brandon and wife, Sunday, January 19th, a son. Dr. Moore.

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Painter on Friday, January 17th, a son. Dr. Moore.


Jan 31, 1902

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Died: The little son born to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Stone of Sharon township on Thursday, January 23, remained but a few days to brighten their home. It died on Monday. The little body was brought to this city Tuesday for burial.

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Died: Russell D. Herold, a former well known business man of Kiowa, died in Kansas City Thursday of last week. His remains were buried in Kiowa Wednesday under the auspices of the A.O.U.W. order.

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Married: Claud Arthur of Eldred, Kansas, and Miss Carrie Martin of this city were married Thursday evening by Justice James W. Bell, at his office. We extend congratulations and best wishes. [Alva Pioneer]

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Born: To Frank Gordon and wife of this city, on Saturday, January 25th, a son. Dr. Moore.


Feb 7, 1902

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Birthday: Col. W.W.S. Snoddy was 65 years old Saturday, January 25, and he invited quite a number of old friends out to his pleasant home, four miles southeast of town, Sunday to take dinner with him. His excellent wife and daughters prepared a fine dinner, and while not a large number responded to his invitation, on account of bad weather, those who went are glad that they were there for all had a very enjoyable time and wish the Colonel many returns of just as happy anniversaries. [Alva Pioneer]


Feb 14, 1902

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Starkey, junior, a boy. [Sharon news]

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Bud Mason, a girl. You should have seen how lively Bud moved around. [Kiowa news]

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. John Vaughn, on Saturday, February 8th, twins - boy and girl.

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Born: To James L. White and wife, of Elwood township, on February 6th, a son. Dr. J.K. Osborne.

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Born: To J.H. Knight and wife, on Saturday, February 8th, a son. Dr. Kociell. For the first time in his life, Josh knows how it feels to be the father of a son.


Feb 21, 1902

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Married: Wilson E. Schrock of Browning, Missouri, and Hattie May Gibson, daughter of W.P. Gibson of Elm Mills township, were united in marriage at the residence of T.L. Lindley Wednesday evening by Rev. L.M. Belden.

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. George Hodges, on Monday, February 17th, a 10-pound son. Dr. Moore.

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Born: To R.D. Gaddie and wife, on Wednesday, February 19th, a 9-pound girl. Dr. Cushenbery.


Feb 28, 1902

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Married: A very pretty wedding took place at the Methodist church at 7 o’clock, Wednesday evening, February 26th. Preston C. Patton of Woods county, Oklahoma, son of the late Hon. Frank Patton who represented Barber county in the legislature in 1897, led to the altar Carrie D. Gibson, a young lady who has grown to womanhood in Medicine Lodge. The ceremony, performed by the Rev. Geo. W. Irwin of St. John, Kansas, was witnessed by a large congregation of friends. Mrs. Arthur D. Shaw presided at the organ and played the wedding march. The altar of the church was banked with palms and the audience stood while the beautiful marriage rites of the Methodist church were performed. After the ceremony a reception was held in the lecture room to give the friends of the handsome couple an opportunity to wish them God speed. The bride was given many beautiful and useful presents as mute testimonials of the great esteem in which she is held. Mr. and Mrs. Patton took the evening train for Kiowa. They were accompanied as far as Attica by a number of young friends who led them a merry race until their departure for home on the midnight train. The young couple will reside on Mr. Patton’s ranch in Oklahoma.

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Married: A few minutes before the Patton-Gibson wedding at the Methodist church Wednesday evening, Dr. Henry P. Shrove and Miss Margaret A. Wiggins of Kiowa presented themselves at the altar and were joined in marriage by Rev. George W. Irwin. This wedding was a happy surprise to the audience assembled. And @ Mar 7, 1902, pg 5, col 2: Everyone seemed to be surprised over the marriage of Dr. Shrove and Miss Wiggins. But such is life in the far west. We congratulate them and wish them a happy life. [Kiowa news]

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Died: In far off Hawaii, Lizzie McClearey who was born in Medicine Lodge and known and loved by so many of our people, died on the evening of February 6th of dysentery. She was the third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.A. McClearey, now of Des Moines, Iowa. Her remains were cremated and the ashes will be sent to this country and buried beside her grandmother. She was teaching on the islands, making her home with her sister, Mrs. Sanborn. The news of her death came in a letter from Mr. Sanborn to her parents, written at Kealia, Kauai, H.I. The best medical aid and trained nurses to be procured on the islands did all in their power to save her life. Many friends in Medicine Lodge extend sympathy to the family.

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Birthday: There was a joint celebration of Washington’s and Clifford Davis’ birthday at the home of J.C. Davis Saturday evening. It was Clifford’s thirteenth anniversary. A houseful of invited friends made it a happy occasion. Beside each plate at the refreshment table was a miniature American flag for a souvenir.


Mar 7, 1902

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Died: James L. Snodgrass died at his home in Medicine Lodge about 1 o’clock Sunday afternoon, March 2, 1901, aged 48 years and 11 months. The exact nature of the disease which caused his death is not agreed upon by the physicians further than the trouble was located in or near his stomach. He had been ill about seven weeks. Jim Snodgrass was one of those men who bother little with the affairs of his fellowmen. He loved his home and family, and when his day’s work was done, it was at his home where you would find him, improving his place for the comfort of those he loved best - his family. Only a few moments before death closed his eyes, he greeted a neighbor with his cheerful smile. While all realized that he was a sick man, none expected death to claim him so soon. He leaves a wife and five small children, father, mother and two brothers. One brother, R.E. Snodgrass, of Pickering, Missouri, arrived Monday night, and on Wednesday took the remains to Hopkins, Missouri for interment. The funeral was held Tuesday morning, conducted by Rev. J.J. Griffin and the Ancient Order of United Workmen [A.O.U.W.], of which order he was a member. Mr. Snodgrass came to Barber county about seven years ago. He was born in Page county, Iowa. The family desire to express their appreciation of the kindness rendered by neighbors and friends during his illness and following his death.

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Died: The death of Mrs. James Garten of this township, which occurred Thursday night of last week, is an event peculiar in its sadness because of its unexpectedness. Nearby friends [did] not know of her illness until informed of her death. We are not in possession of the facts in detail, but we understand she was ill hardly a day. Dr. Bond was called and pronounced her ailment congestion of the stomach, and despite his best efforts, he failed to stay its progress. Mrs. Garten was yet young, having but recently reached her 30th birthday. In all instances, the wife and mother is the one member of the family whose loss is most deeply felt, whose place can not be filled. Mr. Garten and his family of seven children will realize this as the weary days pass slowly by. The funeral services were held at the residence and were attended by a large concourse of sympathizing friends and neighbors. [Lake City news] And: Mrs. James Garten, who died last week, was one of the early settlers of this township. She was a sister of Fred Nurse. The family have the sympathy of the entire community as she was well known and highly respected by all. [Mingona news]

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Born: To Mrs. Felix Reif, Wednesday, March 5th, a son. Dr. Cushenbery.

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Born: To E.T. Chance and wife on February 25th, a daughter. Dr. Moore.


Mar 14, 1902

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Married: Samuel Detwiler of Sharon and Della Neal of Cedar township were married in this city at midnight Wednesday, March 12th, by Probate Judge Lacy. We do not know the young man but the bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Neal and a very estimable young lady. The Cresset extends congratulations.

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Marriage License: Issued Tuesday to Thomas B. Hayes and Fannie Briggs, both of Sharon.

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Died: The Alva Courier announces the death of Lyman W. DeGeer on March 6th. The cause of death was paralysis with which he was stricken three weeks ago. He leaves a wife, two daughters, four sons and two brothers. One of his brothers is J.W. DeGeer of Deerhead township, this county. Mr. DeGeer was twice elected county attorney for Barber county. He resigned the office after his second election to move to Oklahoma when the Cherokee Strip was opened for settlement. He has many friends in this county who will sincerely mourn his death.

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Died: On February 25th, 1902, aged twenty-one years, one month and fifteen days, Maud Blunk Derrick, wife of W.A. Derrick and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Blunk of Elwood township. She had been ill for several weeks at the home of her parents. Interment was made in Riverside cemetery at Kiowa and Rev. H.L. Marsh preached the funeral sermon. Mrs. Derrick was a lovable woman. She also sought the comfort and happiness of others, and her death, while yet in her youth and when life seemed to be full of treasures for her, brings unusual sadness. The husband and family have what consolation the sympathy of friends can offer. [See above @ Jun 14, 1901 for Derrick-Blunk marriage.]

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Died: The little son of L.W. Fullerton and wife of Hazelton died on Saturday, March 8th, of membranous croup. Funeral services were held Sunday. The large circle of friend mourn with the parents the death of their bright little boy.

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Born: Govan Mills telephoned from across the river that another boy joined his household on Sunday. “The child born on the Sabbath Day is bonny and good, happy and gay.” [Lake City news]

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Born: A baby girl arrived on February 28th at the home of Mrs. James Moss. [Northwestern Barber news]

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Married: The wedding bells pealed forth their merry chimes at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Strohl last Sunday where Mr. Clyde Graves and Miss Tempie Strohl were united in marriage. Only a few intimate friends were present. Mr. and Mrs. Graves will leave at once for Albany, Missouri, where they will make their future home. Mr. Graves is in the hardware business at that place. We extend congratulations. [Isabel news]


Mar 31, 1902

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Died: Irma Gertie, the baby daughter of W.E. and Laura Hadicke of the northeast part of this township, died Saturday, March 15, aged five months. The cause of death was spinal meningitis. The little body was buried Sunday in the Mumford cemetery, Rev. L.M. Belden, pastor of the Presbyterian church in this city, conducting the funeral services. The unspeakable grief of the parents touched every heart and every neighbor and friend mourns with them the death of their little treasure.

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Married: David W. Finley and Julia M. Atkinson of Isabel secured a license to marry Saturday. They were married by Justice W.T. Collins. This was the Judge’s first marriage ceremony but he acquitted himself with credit.

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Married: Bert Bean and Angeline Martin, colored, secured a license to marry Wednesday. They were married by Justice A.B. Davenport. This was the Judge’s first attempt at tying a wedding knot and he offers to compare his style and diction with Judge Collins.

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Married: The announcement of the marriage of William Gibson at Lawton, Oklahoma, on March 13th, was quite a surprise to his friends in Medicine Lodge. On the evening of that date he was married to Miss Lettie Simpson. Rev. Simpson of Davenport, Iowa, who visited here last year and an intimate friend of both parties, performed the ceremony. When Billie was visiting here a few weeks ago, he never intimated to any one that he was soon to become a Benedict.

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Born: To Harry Huston and wife of Attica, at the home of Grandpa Ed Williams in this city Saturday, March 15th, a son. Dr. Moore.

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Born: To John White and wife of Elwood township on Wednesday, March 12th a boy. Dr. Osbourne.

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Birthday: On Thursday, March 13th, the friends of Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Watkins gave a surprise in honor of Mrs. Watkins’ 48th birthday. As they brought well-filled baskets and jovial dispositions with them, it is needless to say everyone enjoyed themselves. On departing all wished her many more happy birthdays. Those present were T.M. Kidd and wife, John Luallen and family, J.L. Chenoweth and wife, J.M. Wilt and wife, Burd Lacy and wife, J.B. Romig and wife, Mrs. A. Arterburn, Mrs. J.M. Higgins, Mrs. Susie Simpson, Mrs. Sarah Ross, Mrs. Anna Hellings, Mrs. R.M. Woodward, Mrs. Roy Arterburn, Mrs. Nancy Garten, Miss Ross, Sarah and Katy Lacy.

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Born: A daughter was born to Marion Lumpkins and wife on the 11th. Dr. Atwell. [Sharon news]

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Marriage License: Issued Tuesday to William Booth, aged 27, and Lillie Klutz, aged 19, of Hazelton township.

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Married: Rev. C.W. Owens of Belvidere reports the marriage of Robert L. Kennedy and Lillian B. Lott, of Turkey Creek township, Barber county, on Sunday, march 23rd. The Cresset joins their many friends in extending best wishes.

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Birthday: The girl friends of Gladys Shell got up a surprise party for Saturday afternoon. It was on account of her 12th birthday.

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Born: To Frank Stone and wife, on Wednesday, March 26th, a 10-pound son. Dr. Cushenbery.


Apr 4, 1902

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Married: Two of the nicest young folks in the neighborhood entered into the state matrimonial last week - Bert Kennedy and Blanche Lott. Mr. Lott’s family were under quarantine, as Arthur Ward, who works there, was down with the prevailing disorder, but it took more than the smallpox to scare the young folks so - although invited guests were nearly all afraid to come - the wedding came off on schedule time.

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Died: On March 21st, Fannie, the seven-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne McKinney of near Taloga, Oklahoma, died. She was born in Medicine Lodge and was their only daughter.

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Born: To Park Moomau and wife, Wednesday, April 9th, a daughter. Dr. Moore. And: On Apr 18, a correction: The attending physician was in error when he reported last week that Park Moomau and wife were the parents of a daughter, born on the 9th. The happy parents are Fred Moomau and wife.

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Died: O.P. Louthan, a former citizen of Barber county, died at Geuda Springs on March 17th, aged nearly 33 years. The remains were brought to the Mumford cemetery for interment. He leaves a wife.


Apr 11, 1902

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Born: To Aubrey Donovan and wife of Oklahoma, at the home of Mrs. Donovan’s brother, C.D. Rackley of Mingona township, on Tuesday, April 8th, a son. Dr. Moore.

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Birthday: The neighbors and friends of Mrs. Lewis Baldwin got up a big dinner Saturday in honor of her 41st birthday. It was a very enjoyable occasion, and besides congratulations, each one left some memento of the day.


Apr 18, 1901

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Born: To Louis Springer and wife, Saturday, April 12th, a daughter. Dr. Cushenbery.

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Married: The Anthony Bulletin says that Alfred O. Noyes, aged 45 years, of Medicine Lodge, and Miss Jennie D. Williams, aged 19, of Corwin, joined hands before Judge McGowen yesterday afternoon and promised to syndicate their future lives and happiness.


Apr 25, 1902

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Married: The following marriage notice is taken from the society columns of last Sunday’s Wichita Eagle. The bride is a daughter of Joseph Wiley of this city, and has a host of young friends who wish her every joy: Mr. B.W. Jaquith of this city and Miss Pearl Wiley of Medicine Lodge were married at the residence of W.T. Rouse, 133 South Hydraulic avenue, last Wednesday evening by Rev. A.E. Dubber. A wedding march was rendered by Miss Beatrice Rouse. The quiet home wedding was witnessed by only friends and relatives of the contracting parties. Mr. and Mrs. Jaquith are well and favorably known in this city. Mr. Jaquith having had charge of a large territory in southern Kansas as a representative for the Deering Harvester company of Chicago for the past four years, with its headquarters in Wichita. Mrs. Jaquith was raised at the famous old town of Medicine Lodge, where she received an education that fitted her for a school teacher, and has taught school for several years in Barber county. Mr. and Mrs. Jaquith left immediately after the ceremony over the Rock Island for Chicago, Washington, D.C., and other points of interest. They will be at home to their friends at 240 North Emporia avenue after May 15.

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Married: Bert Young and Alice Adams of Sun City on Monday secured a license to marry. The couple were united until “death them do part” by Rev. J.M. Adams, grandfather of the bride. The groom is a son of John Young of Turkey township and the bride is a daughter of Green Adams of Sun City. The Cresset joins with their many friends in extending congratulations.

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Married: At 7 o’clock Tuesday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.T. Greever, Mr. Charley Greever and Miss Ethel Berry of Aetna, Kansas. We wish them a safe voyage through life. They will make their home at Corwin, Kansas, where Charley has charge of W.D. Mackey’s lumber yard.


May 2, 1902

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Born: To Wm. Marquand and wife, Thursday, May 1st, a daughter. Dr. Moore.


May 9, 1902

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Married: Frank L. Gordon and Irina B. Lake were united in marriage yesterday, May 8th, at the home of a friend of the bride, in Hutchinson. After the ceremony, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon started to Kansas City and Liberty, Missouri, to visit Mr. Gordon’s relatives. They will be home at the Gordon ranch after June 1st. This marriage completes a union of the most felicitous nature. Prompted by affection, the parties having arrived at years of maturity, have also considered it in its practical bearings. A most important and essential element in the contract that associates them together as man and wife through the years that are to come, and one that will serve to prevent many misunderstandings that too often occur in love at first sight marriages, and are the cause of so much unhappiness. The parties to this contract are so well known wherever this notice will be read, that it seems almost superfluous to speak of them personally and we do so more for form’s sake than for any other purpose. The groom is the well-known cattle and ranchman located one mile north of Lake City, where he has resided since the early eighties. He is the second son of Judge W.F. Gordon, a prominent banker and financier of Liberty, Missouri. He is socially popular and has hosts of friends all over the country. The bride is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ruben Lake, who were among the earliest settlers in this section and for whom Lake City is named. Combined with a pleasing personality she possesses the go-a-head qualities that seem inherent in the Lake blood and combined with her womanly qualities will make her a wise counsellor as well as a loyal and dutiful wife. We look upon this union as a most happy culmination of a courtship which has given the contracting parties full time to read their own and each other’s characteristics, and we wish them blue skies and peaceful waters in their voyage through life.

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Married: In the presence of the family, on Monday morning, May 5th, Rev. W.T. McLain, pastor of the Christian church, said the words which joined for aye Jerry C. Gano and Blanche A. Currie. After luncheon, Mr. and Mrs. Gano left for Wichita and Great Bend to visit relatives. Jerry Gano has grown up from babyhood, almost, in this city. He is a son of Sheriff and Mrs. J.B. Gano, full of life and energy. The bride is the youngest daughter of C.B.Currie. She was born in Barber county, and the birthstars have been kindly to her. Both of these young people are very popular among their associates, and every one hopes that never a cloud will cross the bright skies which saw their lives linked together. And also @ May 16, pg 1, col 1: The friends of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Gano presented them on returning from their wedding trip a beautiful silver tea set as a testimonial of esteem. The donors were Seward Field, R.S. Bisby, C.B. Kinkaid, Sim Ewalt, Jarred Hoag, Joe Shannon, Troy Stockstill, A.B. Purdy, R.S. English, Geo. Horney, H.H. Case, C.L. Sparks, Clarence Rudolph, J.N. Wilkins, Ed Byrne, Ed. Grandstaff, Chas. Jarret, Ernest Williams, Robt. Mounsey, Hall Hdw. Co., J.N. Titus, J.N. Tincher, Al Shannon, Chas. Johnson, Jack Trice, Roy Briant, John Merrill, Will Merrill, Jim Wilt, W.H. Hann, Harry Sellers.

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Born: To Ol Evans and wife, Thursday, May 8th, a 10-pound son. Dr. Cushenbery.

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Died: B.F. Glasier was called to Wichita last week by the death of his step-father, S.F. Lane. The deceased was seventy-four years and six months of age.


May 16, 1902

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Married: Henry P. Hartley, of Walla Walla, Washington, and Ella Webb of this city, were united in marriage by Probate Judge Lacy at his residence, Saturday evening, May 10th. Both parties are well and favorably known in this county. Mr. Hartley is a son of H.P. Hartley, Sr., of Elm Mills township. The happy couple left Wednesday for Walla Walla where Mr. Hartley is engaged in business, followed by the well wishes of all.

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Married: Eben H. Douglass and Kitty Adams were married at Sun City Sunday, May 11th, by Rev. J.M. Adams, grandfather of the bride. These young people have lived all their lives in the Sun City country. Mr. Douglass is a son of C.H. Douglass, and by industry has gathered around him enough property to put him on easy street. The bride is a daughter of Mrs. William Adams. The Cresset extends congratulations.

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Married: Mrs. E. Osbourne, widow of C.W. Osbourne, was married last week in Oklahoma to E.L. Brewer. They arrived here yesterday and will make their home in this city. We extend congratulations.

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Birthday: A surprise party was gotten up in honor of Uncle Steve Carr’s 67th birthday and the turkeys, chickens, cakes, pies and other delicious things too numerous to mention, fairly made the tables groan. The tables were spread in the orchard and the whitewashed apple trees made a most beautiful shade. The list of guests is too long for publication - sufficient to say they were from all parts of the county and all brought well-filled baskets. Mrs. Hanson, Miss Hulich and Elisha Stout from Medicine Lodge were present. Everyone enjoyed themselves immensely and left wishing Uncle Steve many happy returns of the day. [Deerhead news]


May 23, 1902

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Died: “Wife of Probate Judge Lacy Died Sunday from Paralysis” - Caroline, wife of Probate Judge B. Lacy, died at her home in this city at 10:15 Sunday morning, May 18. The cause of death was paralysis. She had been in poor health for several years and had suffered several slight strokes of paralysis. On Friday of last week she was stricken in the lower limbs. Mrs. Lacy was aged 75 years, 6 months and six days. She was born in Brown county, Ohio, and in December, 1849, married B. Lacy at Greenfield, and in 1881 came to Barber county. She was the mother of ten children, six of whom are living. Three of her daughters were at the bedside when death came. The funeral services were conducted at the family residence Monday afternoon by Rev. W.T. McLain, pastor of the Christian Church. She had been a member of this church for many years. All the county officials attended the funeral and acted as pall bearers. Judge Gillett did not convene court until after the funeral. Mrs. Lacy was highly esteemed by all who knew her, and the heart-felt sympathies of all are extended to the surviving husband and children.

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Died: There was a sad and rather sudden death at Sharon Sunday morning, May 18th. James Pitts and wife, of Missouri, were on their way to Colorado for the benefit of Mr. Pitts’ health. They stopped Saturday to visit his brother-in-law, Oliver Rule, and that night Mr. Pitts took worse and died the next evening at 9 o’clock. The cause of death was consumption. The deceased was 31 years, 1 month and 18 days old. The funeral sermon was preached at the church in Sharon by Rev. Atwell, at 3 o’clock Tuesday. The A.O.U.W. funeral service was conducted at the grave by Fidelity Lodge No. 80 of this city. A brother of Mrs. Pitts was buried at Winfield on Monday.


May 30, 1902

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Married: Probate Judge Lacy united Howard C. Dunham and Jessie May Oller in matrimonial alliance at his office on Saturday, May 24th, 1902. The groom is a hustling young man of Valley township and a nephew of H.E. and J.T. Dunham. The bride is one of Illinois’ fair flowers transplanted to Kansas soil to brighten a new home and cheer and gladden a weary heart when the toils of the day are over, whose sweet companionship will infuse new vigor, and elevate the young husband’s aim in life higher and higher. It is the wish of their many friends that Vesta’s realm may be ever bright and cheerful. And also: pg 5, Isabel news: Charley Dunham and Miss Jessie Oller were quietly married at the Lodge last Saturday. Charley thought he would steal a march on the boys and get married and they wouldn’t know anything about it, but they were aware of the fact before sundown.


Jun 6, 1902

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Married: On the evening of June the fourth, nineteen hundred and two, at the home of the bride’s parents in this city, Mr. John H. Stone was united in wedlock to Miss Bessie Langhart, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Langhart, Rev. W.J. Weber of the M.E. church officiating. Many beautiful and useful presents were received, among them being a handsome battenberg and silk sofa pillow by her Sunday school class. Both of these young people are popular among their associates. Mr. Stone came here a few years ago from Rice county. He is a carpenter by trade. The bride has lived the most of her life in Medicine Lodge. She is an active worker in the young people’s church societies. The Cresset joins with their many friends in hoping that their married life will be lived beneath sunny skies.

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Born: To Charles Thurnton and wife, near Mumford, on Wednesday, June 4th, a son. Dr. Kociell. Mr. Thurnton recently moved to the county. He is a plasterer and stone mason by trade.


Jun 13, 1902

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Married: The marriage of Miss Esther Lusk and Mr. Jasper Grimsley, which occurred at the Baptist church Wednesday, June 11, was one of the most beautiful weddings ever held in Medicine Lodge. The church was beautifully decorated for the occasion. At the front of the altar was an arch of green brightened with yellow blossoms, from the center of which was suspended a basket covered with ferns and filled with roses and carnations. Mrs. J.J. Griffin presided at the organ and played the time honored Mendelsohn wedding march as the bridal party entered the church, the ushers, Messrs. Harry Sellers, Henry Hanson, Garfield Parsons and Troy Stockstill, leading the way up the aisle followed by the two maids of honor, Misses Una Holmes and Essie Lindley. Little Miss Alline Dotson as ring bearer preceded the bride and groom in the march to the altar. Rev. J.J. Griffin pronounced the solemn ceremony, at the close of which a shower of roses fell upon the newly wedded couple. The bride was attired in a beautiful gown of white silk mull and lace trimmings over white taffeta silk. She wore the regulation veil bedecked with sweet peas and maiden hair fern and carried a bouquet of Brides’ roses. The maids of honor looked charming in gowns of white muslin and each carried a bouquet of pink roses. After the ceremony the bride and groom left for Emporia where a handsome home has been built by the groom. They will be at their home, Brookside, after June 25th. They received a large number of presents, etc. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.W. Lusk of Moore township, and is beloved by everyone. Two years ago she occupied the position of assistant principal of the Medicine Lodge high school.

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Married: Homer F. Hoagland and Alice M. Rowley of Sun City were married Thursday, June 5th, 1902, by Probate Judge Lacy. Everybody in the west end of the county knows these young people and speak highly of them. The bride is a daughter of Mrs. Isaac Sharp of this city. May their married life be filled with joy.

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Married: Lewis A. Draper and Ada M. Laury of Mingona township, were married Sunday, June 8th, 1902, at the bride’s home by Rev. J.H. Shamberger. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Laury. The groom is an industrious young farmer of Mingona township. The Cresset extends congratulations, and trusts the balmy breezes and sunny skies of Kansas will treat them kindly.

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Married: Charles Kemper of Kiowa and Maude Wheeler of Wellington were married at Wellington Sunday, June 8th. Mr. Kemper is one of the proprietors of the___ Mill and Elevator Company.

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Born: To Harry Dice and wife, Sunday, June 8th, a son. Dr. Cushenbery.


Jun 20, 1902

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Died: Col. W.P. Ashby, a former citizen of Barber county, died at Augusta, Oklahoma, on June 5th, of heart disease. He was taken ill while watching a ball game and died in a few hours. It has only been a short time since he was visiting friends here.


Jun 27, 1902

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Died: “Former Barber County Citizen Dead” - John Renfrew, Sr., son of James and Anna McGowan Renfrew, of Scotch-Irish ancestry, was born near Mansfield, O., Jan. 16, 1824, and died, at the home of his son, J.P. Renfrew, in Alva, June 16, 1902, aged 78 years and five months. He grew to manhood on the farm where he was born, and received a good common school education. In 1846 he moved to Benton county, Iowa, where he located. In 1848 he returned to Ohio and on Nov. 2nd, 1848, he married Hester J. Johnson, of Coshocton county, O. The following spring they moved to Iowa where two of their children were born. In 1854 they left Iowa and settled in Richland county, Ohio, 12 miles west of Mansfield. Their third child was born here, and in 1860 they moved to Caldwell county, Missouri. During the troublous days of the civil war Mr. Renfrew served, occasionally, in the Missouri enrolled militia. He participated in several skirmishes in one of which the noted guerilla chief, Bill Anderson, was killed. The fourth and last child was born in the Missouri home, and in 1888 they located in Barber county, where the three older children had preceded them a year or two before. In the spring of 1894 the family settled in Oklahoma, ten miles north of Alva. Their golden wedding was celebrated November 2, 1898, and on March 12, 1899, the beloved wife and mother preceded him to the spirit world. Mr. Renfrew was a man of strict integrity, and left an honored record as a heritage for his children. His children all survive him and were present in the last sad moments; their names are Mrs. J.W. DeGeer of Deadhead, Kansas, Mrs. A.T. Nuce of Capron, Okla., and Mrs. L.W. DeGeer and J.P. Renfrew of Alva. Twenty-four living descendants are left to cherish the memory of a kind father and grandfather. Funeral services were conducted at the home of J.P. Renfrew at 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon, by Rev. W.F. Harding, pastor of the Congregational church, assisted by Rev. J.E. Wagner of the M.E. church, the Congregational choir furnishing appropriate music there and at the cemetery. The funeral and burial services were attended by a large number of sympathizing friends of the family, and The Pioneer joins in sincere condolence with the bereaved relatives in their loss. Grandpa Renfrew was known and loved by thousands of people in southern Kansas and this county who will regret to learn of his death - Alva Pioneer.

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Died: Mrs. Lester White of Valley township died Monday, June 23rd, aged about 51 years. She had been an invalid for some time.

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Married: The unexpected happens. Married, at the home of the bride’s parents near Watson, Missouri, Tuesday, June 17th, 1902, Will S. Paul to Miss Jennie Hays. The wedding was a quiet one with the exception of a serenade by the Watson brass band and other informalities usually attendant at such functions. Mrs. Paul is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pad Hays, influential and well to do people of Atchison county, Missouri, old acquaintances of the Pauls. Will Paul is a brother of Mrs. Scott Buck of this city, where he has also resided for the past year or more. A few weeks ago he left here, ostensibly for his old home in Tabor, Iowa. Maybe he went there and maybe he didn’t. He says he did and we will have to take his word for it. Anyhow,, the next from him was when he made his appearance here a few days ago with a wife hanging on his arm. We do not exactly endorse this way of doing, but Will is a thoroughly good fellow and from all we can learn, his wife is a most estimable woman and we are inclined to be lenient under the circumstances. Mr. and Mrs. Paul will remain here for a short time and then settle for keeps on a farm near Ottawa, Kansas, that it is Mr. Paul’s intention to purchase.

July-Dec 1902

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