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Medicine Lodge Cresset: Jan-June 1904

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 1, 1904

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Anniversary: “Golden Wedding Anniversary” - Mr. and Mrs. G.G. Miller, living east of Medicine Lodge, celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage on Christmas day, and the happy occasion was participated in by about one hundred of their neighbors. The celebration of this anniversary, which all happily married people look forward to as one of the greatest joys of their life, was held at the Walstad school house. A dinner was spread such as only the good housewives of the Antelope Flat known how to get up. A.O. Walker, pastor of the Christian church of this city, performed the golden wedding ceremony, binding these good people, aged with years but whose hearts are filled with the sweet springs of youth, together for another fifty years of domestic peace and happiness, and everyone present joined in the wish that these years may be meted out to them. Mr. Miller was born in Ohio in 1830 and Mrs. Miller was born in New York in 1837. They were married in Indiana on Christmas Day, 1853. To this union five children were born - three daughters and two sons - all of whom are living. The two sons, H.M. and Ed. Miller, make their home in this county with their parents. The only thing omitted from the pleasures of this wedding anniversary was the speech that Mr. Walker had prepared for the occasion but was prevented from delivering by the length of time devoted to the dinner. The fifth anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Taliaferro was celebrated at the same time.

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Married: On Christmas eve William H. Lepper and Arvilla C. Light were married at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Light, of Sharon township, by Rev. Mr. Weingert of the United Brethren church. These young people are well known in the eastern part of the county, and one and all wish them joy.

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Married: It is reported here that David Angell was married a few days ago to a wealthy widow of Marysville, Missouri.


Jan 22, 1904

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Married: “A West Virginian Comes to Medicine Lodge for His Bride” - Of the several brilliant weddings that have occurred at the Episcopal church in this city none have excelled the ceremony on Wednesday of this week which witnessed the consummation of the marriage troth of Porte [sic] Eugene Unger of Ungers, West Virginia, and Miss Mildred Gano of Medicine Lodge, Kansas. The capacity of the church was filled with friends of the bride to witness the ceremony performed by Rev. H.C. Plum, rector of St. Mark’s church. The full Episcopal marriage ritual was used. The church was beautifully decorated with smilax and pink and white carnations. The bride was becomingly gowned in a traveling dress of imported brown jersey, and the bride’s maid, Miss Edith Noble, of Alva, Oklahoma, was similarly attired. The bride’s maids in waiting, Miss Una Holmes and Miss Mary Davis, wore white. Little Frances Case was ring bearer. Miss Forsyth played the wedding march, and promptly at half past nine o’clock, the bride’s party advanced down the aisle and was met at the altar by the bridegroom and his best man, Ernest Unger, his brother, of West Virginia. After the ceremony a reception was held at the home of the bride’s parents and a lunch was served to the more intimate friends. Mr. and Mrs. Unger departed on the morning train for Wichita from whence, after a day, they will go to Lexington, Kentucky. After February first they will be at home at Ungers, West Virginia, where Mr. Unger is engaged in the mercantile business. Mrs. Unger has lived nearly all her life in Medicine Lodge and has always been very popular. She is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James B. Gano. Mr. Unger is a son of Senator Unger of West Virginia. Those who attended the wedding from out of town were Miss Hinckle of Mulvane, Miss Edith Noble of Alva, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Holmes and Miss Jessie Rudolph of Kiowa, and Ernest Unger of West Virginia. [A very long listing of gifts follows.]

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Died: Anon Gordon, aged 82 years and five months, died at the home of his son, William, in Sharon township on January 11th. The last time the deceased was in Medicine Lodge he was attending court as a litigant against his son David of the same township, for the possession of some land. His funeral was conducted by Rev. Geo. Robinson at the U.B. church.

  

Jan 29, 1904

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Married: The Oklahoma State Capital of January 21st has the following notice of the marriage of a lady highly esteemed in Medicine Lodge: The people of Guthrie were not a little surprised yesterday when it was announced that Mr. Elijah McNeal, one of Guthrie’s most substantial citizens, had led to the marriage altar Miss Elizabeth B. McNeal, a popular clerk in the post office. So quietly had the secret been kept that even the associates of the bride in the office had not even suspected it. The ceremony was performed at the bride’s home at 2 o’clock p.m., by Rev. W.C. Miles of the First Presbyterian church. Only immediate relatives and friends of the contracting parties were present to witness the ceremony. Among the guests who were present were the bride’s brothers, Hon. T.A. McNeal and wife of Topeka, Kansas, and Mr. and Mrs. J.W. McNeal and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Ira Longaker, Mr. and Mrs. Penny and Ludwig Heyman. The bride is a sister of Hon. Joseph W. McNeal of this city and is popular both in social and church circles. The bride and groom left yesterday afternoon for a brief wedding trip. They will be at home to their friends at 314 East Oklahoma avenue after January 25th.

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Married: At the M.E. parsonage Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock Miss Thoey Biningfield and Mr. Wesley Gray both of Cherokee, Oklahoma. Rev. Kitch performed the ceremony and two loving hearts returned to Cherokee as one. [Kiowa news]

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Born: To J.E. McCorkle and wife on Sunday, January 24th, a son. Dr. Coleman.

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. John Strother of Woods county, Oklahoma, on Thursday of last week, a daughter. It made Grandpa John McGregor smile all over when he heard the news.

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Born: To J.M. Hall and wife of Valley township, on Tuesday, February 2nd, a son. Dr. Moore.


Feb 12, 1904

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Died: A telegram was received here yesterday morning announcing the death of Mrs. John Vaughn at Las Animas, Colorado. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Springer of Nippewalla township. Mrs. Vaughn was the mother of three sets of twins and she leaves a husband and eleven children. She was born August 9, 1867.

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Died: Mrs. Scott Rubert received a telegram late Wednesday evening announcement the death of her aged father at Wichita. She and Mr. Rubert were compelled to drive to Attica Wednesday night to get a train for Wichita to attend the funeral.

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Died: Newt Martin living up the river received a message Wednesday informing him of the death of his brother, Plunket Martin, at Galena, Oklahoma. The deceased was 38 years old and had been an invalid most of his life.

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Born: To J.M. Crouse and wife of Nippewalla township, on Friday, February 5th, a son. Dr. Coleman.

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Born: To Charley Heise and wife of Mingona township, on Sunday, February 7th, a daughter. Dr. Coleman.

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Died: Mrs. Ice Ulray, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Jewell, died Monday at her late home on the Arrowsmith farm near Hardtner, after a lingering illness with consumption. She was 25 years of age and leaves a husband and three children. Burial was in Riverview cemetery, Tuesday. [Kiowa news]

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Birthday: The sixty-seventh birthday anniversary of Mrs. A.J. O’Neil of Kiowa was properly celebrated Monday afternoon of last week by a company of twenty-six lady friends.

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Died: At Pringey, Oklahoma, Herman E., son of Abner and Laura Sullivan, on Saturday, February 6th, aged 17 years. He was a grandson of J.B. and A.C. Romig of this city.

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Died: The infant of Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Heivly died Monday afternoon. It was about a week old. Dr. J.L. Patterson held brief funeral services at the family residence Tuesday. The mother of the child has also been very ill.


Feb 19, 2004

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Married: At the residence of George F. Kannier of Coats, Kansas, Rev. S.G. Sloan of Pratt, with a most beautiful ceremony, united in marriage Mr. Wilson H. Holmes and Miss Anna Z. Kannier of Farry, Woodward county, Oklahoma, on February 10th, 1904. Only a few of the near relatives were present. After the ceremony all were invited into the dining room where a most delicious spread awaited them - the table almost groaning under the abundance of good things, and all present readily showed the hostess their heart appreciation of same. Mr. Holmes was reared in Johnson county, Missouri. In 1893 he came to Woodward county, Oklahoma, where for the past eleven years he has been engaged in the cattle business. He is one of Woodward county’s most prominent young men. Miss Kannier is a native of Kentucky. When five years of age she with her parents moved to Missouri. In 1803 they came west to Woodward county where they have since resided. Miss Kannier is an enterprising, energetic young lady. Signed: One who was present.

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Died: J.W. York, who for several months past has been conducting the White House restaurant, died Saturday evening after an illness of about one week with pneumonia. The deceased was past 54 years of age, and leaves a wife and several children to mourn his demise. Rev. C.A. Kitch of the M.E. church conducted a short service at the family home Sunday morning, after which the remains were taken to Harper on the noon Santa Fe train for burial in the Odd Fellow cemetery.


Feb 26, 1904

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Born: We came mighty near forgetting to notice the appearance of the stork in Lake [City] with a baby girl that he left at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Tonk Mills. But these visits have become so frequent there is no wonder we came near missing this one.

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Died: Oliver Owens, stepson of Rev. Owens, died at the home of his parents in Belvidere Monday morning, February 22nd. His age was about fifteen years and his death resulted from a hemorrhage caused by an accident, the nature of which we are unable to learn.

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Died: Mrs. Samuel South died at her home in Deerhead township about 8 o’clock Wednesday evening, February 24th, aged 66 years. The cause of death was pneumonia. Interment will be made in the Lake City cemetery today. She leaves a husband and several children, who have the sympathy of everyone. [See also below @ Mar 4th.]

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Birthday: Last Saturday a complete and very pleasant surprise was given Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Blackmore in honor of Mrs. Blackmore’s 67th birthday. The visitors brought their dinners, and made things lively while they prepared the repast.

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Birthday: From the Kiowa Journal - Uncle Moses Wright was seventy-five years old last Saturday and in order that the event might be properly celebrated, his wife and daughter-in-law, Mrs. Frank Wright, planned a surprise for him by inviting in a number of neighbors, among them being the following: John Hull and wife; L.W. Lusk and wife; C.R. Wiley and wife; I.V. Wright and wife; J.B. Wright and wife; I.N. Vannaman and wife; and T.P. Elliott and wife. In order to make a double surprise, Mrs. Elliott sent word to Smith Wright and wife of Harper county, unbeknown to Grandma Wright, and when they arrived Grandma Wright was the most surprised of the two. At 11 o’clock the company arrived with baskets filled with good things of life and after a most pleasant day together, the company departed wishing the old folks many more happy birthdays.

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Born : To H.S. Groves and wife on Friday, February 19th, a son. Dr. Moore.

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Died: Theodore Maltbie, a bright little boy of Hazelton, died Wednesday night of last week of measles.


Mar 4, 1904

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Died: Mrs. Fred Swinson died Monday about 4 o’clock. Interment was made in the Sand Creek cemetery Tuesday. She leaves a husband and many friends and relatives who mourn her death. [Isabel news]

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Married: Clarence Strohl of Isabel and Miss Ida Hayworth of Illinois were united in the holy bonds of matrimony Sunday at the residence of R.L. Barnstable, Rev. Lahr of the M.E. church officiating. May their joys be many and their sorrows few is the wish of their many friends.

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Died: On February 24th, Martha South, aged 66 years. Her illness was short and no one thought it to be of so serious a nature. She seemed to be gaining strength until Wednesday when she began failing rapidly and at 9 o’clock Wednesday night passed peacefully away. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire neighborhood in this, their saddest of times.

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Born: Yesterday morning, March 3rd to Chas. Kidd and wife, a daughter. Dr. Coleman.

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Died: Word comes that Mrs. Tope Hudson, of near Nashville, died Wednesday morning. The cause of death was acute pneumonia. She was about forty-six years of age.


Mar 11, 1904

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Died: Gordon Burgess died at his home near Nashville about noon Wednesday, March 9th, aged forth-six years. He had been ill almost two years with paralysis, and for the past week had suffered greatly from an abscess. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Burgess. Mr. Burgess was a printer and newspaper man by profession. He has worked on both the Medicine Lodge papers and has been connected with a number of papers in Kansas and Kansas City. The funeral services were held yesterday and interment made in the Burgess cemetery.

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Born: The Cresset family was increased Wednesday morning, by the arrival of a ten pound boy at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry McCoy. Dr. Moore was master of ceremonies.

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Died: Mrs. Jemima Wilkins died at the home of her son, R.E. Wilkins, at Miltonvale, Kansas, Friday, March 4th. The deceased was the mother of A.B. and John Wilkins, and was well known here.


Mar 18, 1904

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Birthday: The Leap Year party at Mr. Shamberger’s last Friday evening in honor of the 21st birthday of Jesse Shamberger was all that could be wished. An old-fashioned taffy pulling amused those present for a time; there was also a candy drawing and other games. Refreshments were served at 12 o’clock after which the guests departed declaring they had had a fine time. There were twenty-seven present.

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Died: On Tuesday afternoon, Eli Teagle, an old and much respected citizen of Mingona township, died at the home of his son, E.E. Teagle, aged about 71 years. He had been in ill health for a year and for the past two months was confined to his bed. He was the father of E.E. Teagle, C.C. Teagle and Mrs. M.F. Casto. The funeral service was conducted at the home yesterday by Rev. J.H. Shamberger and interment made in Highland cemetery of this city. Mr. Teagle has lived a long and honorable life and he dies with the esteem of all who knew him.

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Anniversary: Mr. and Mrs. Landon Mills, having lived together as husband and wife for 15 years and no divorce proceedings having been instituted the one against the other in the meantime, decided to celebrate the anniversary day, Friday, the 15th [of Mar], of their marriage by giving an old time jollification party. Responding to the call about fifty of their friends dropped in on the night in question and no happier gathering has been known in this locality ever. Mr. and Mrs. Mills are model entertainers and their efforts to please were fully appreciated by their guests. Games of various kinds were engaged in, lunch served and then the presents of glassware that are due on this particular anniversary were brought forth and inspected. The washboard mentioned in the list was intended as the individual property of Mr. Mills and Mrs. Mills will see to it that he makes good use of it. [Gifts included] Mr. and Mrs. Shigley set of glasses and glass washboard; Miss Lena Shigley glass water pitcher; Mrs. Lahey glass water set; Miss Mary MacGregor fruit stand; Mr. and Mrs. Cooke syrup pitcher; Miss Nellie Garten glass tea set; Mr. and Mrs. McCulley dozen sauce dishes; Mr. and Mrs. Lemon dozen sauce dishes and water bottle; Mr. and Mrs. Al Sails fruit stand; Mr. and Mrs. Nate Martin cake plate; Mr. and Mrs. Palm fruit stand; Mr. and Mrs. Oom Parr berry dish.

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Married: Samuel Bell of Sawyer and Mrs. Stella McCoy of Hutchinson were married in t his city lat Friday by Probate Judge Gleason.

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Charley Butcher of Springvale, at the home of Mrs. Butcher’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson Mounsey of this city, on Sunday, March 13, a daughter. A few hours after the birth Mrs. Butcher became very ill from a dropsical affection [sic] and for several days her condition was very critical. Dr. Coleman in attendance. [See above @ Apr 3, 1903 for marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Butcher.]

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. C.Q. Chandler, yesterday morning - St. Patrick’s Day - a son. Dr. Longenecker. The first thing the young banker demanded was some green ribbon and a bunch of shamrock.


Mar 25, 1904

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Birthday: The neighbors of Mrs. Thomas Murphy, east of town, planned and executed a delightful surprise party last Saturday evening in hone of her 49th birthday anniversary.

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Married: A marriage license was issued Wednesday to Bert Pierce and Emma Pierce of Kiowa. These parties were divorced a year or two ago, but have decided to try married life together again.

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Married: At 5 o’clock Sunday afternoon, March 10th, Charley Jarrett and Maude McCoy were married by Rev. J.J. Griffin, pastor of the Baptist church. The groom is a son of T.L. Jarrett and an ex-United States soldier who saw service in the Philippines. The bride is a daughter of J.D. McCoy. May they live long and prosper.

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Married: Peter Hoover of Eagle township and Miss Maggie Priest of this city surprised their friends by getting married at Pratt on Monday. Both are well known in the county. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N.S. Priest and Mr. Hoover is one of the most substantial cattlemen in the county. And also @ col 4: Another good man gone wrong. Pete Hoover and his newly wedded wife passed through here Tuesday going south. What a sly “old coon it is to be sure,” to keep his tracks so well covered, or was it one of these quick-get-married affairs, a sort of leap year deal where the man has nothing to do but capitulate? Well, Pete is a mighty good man and we certainly wish him and the new Mrs. Hoover a life of felicity and fair weather which, if interrupted by occasional squalls, shall clear again and all be peaceful as a summer calm. And @ Apr 1, pg 8: Peter Hoover and bride came to town Monday and Pete admitted that he had played a rather measly trick on the boys in slipping off to Pratt to get married.

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Died: The baby of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Herrington died at Hazelton of membranous croup on March 11th.

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Married: From the Anthony Republican - Miss Leila Page of Kiowa and J.F. Rahe were married at high noon Monday, March 14th, 1904, at the home of J.E. Couch by Probate Judge Davis. They are well known in and around Anthony, and are among our very best young folks. Mr. Rahe is a successful farmer living west of town. We join their many friends west of town. We join their many friends in congratulations and best wishes.


Apr 1, 1904

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Died: Elmer Huff, a young man who at one time resided in Sharon valley, died in Oklahoma Saturday or Sunday. His remains were brought to Sharon for burial.

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Died: Miss Jennie Maud Alfred died at her home near Sharon on March 23rd. She was born in Ainsworth, Iowa, October 28, 1882. She was an earnest member of the Church of God and beloved by all who knew her.

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Birthday: Mrs. R.M. Kenier gave a reception Saturday night in honor of her husband’s 41st birthday. The rooms were filled with guests who were most genially entertained until on the edge of Sunday, when they departed for their several homes leaving best wishes for the host and hostess.

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Died: H.G. Gupton, aged about 25 years, died Wednesday evening at 5 o’clock after a lingering illness with consumption. Funeral services will be held from the family residence Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. S.L. Unger. Burial in Riverview cemetery. The deceased leaves a wife and two children aged 2 and 6.

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Born: To Otis Lorton and wife, Tuesday morning, March 29th, a daughter. Dr. Coleman. For the past three or four weeks we have been advertising for a girl, and we have no demonstrated by the stork that advertising in the Cresset brings results.


Apr 8, 1904

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Died: On Tuesday morning a telegram was received here announcing the death of a brother of Peter Hoover at Cedar Point, Oklahoma. As Mr. Hoover lives a number of miles from town, the telegram did not reach him in time to enable him to attend his brother’s funeral.

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Died: This community was shocked when the news came that Arthur Shamberger, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Shamberger of Mingona township, had died on Friday night, April 1st. He was only ill a few days and death resulted from an abscess in the head and the grip. Arthur was a promising young man of nineteen years of age, popular with his associates and a dutiful son. The funeral service was conducted Sunday by A.O. Walker, pastor of the Christian church in this city, and interment made in the Mingona cemetery. To the mourning relatives and friends it was a sad Easter. To them there was no fragrance in the Easter flowers, no beauty in the greening vestments of the earth, no joy in the awakening of a new springtime.

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Married: Mr. William S. Ball and Miss Vivian M. Walker were united in marriage by Rev. A.C. Brown of Sharon at high noon on April 3rd, 1904, at the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. Laura McKean, near Kiowa. Immediately after the ceremony the guests were invited to the dining room where a delicious dinner awaited them. A part of the afternoon was given to music. Several elegant presents were presented. The groom’s brother and family, living in Wichita, could not be present but remembered them by a nice present. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Z.P. Ball of Eagle township. He has devoted much of his time the past six months in assisting in revival meetings and takes much interest in working for his Master. The bride is a daughter of Mrs. Laura McKean, who resides near Kiowa. She is a well known Christian lady and is highly esteemed by her many friends. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. William Ball, Rev. A.C. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer McKean, Mr. and Mrs. Z.P. Ball, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Morton of Alva, Grandma Ball, Mr. and Mrs. A. Wheat, Mr. and Mrs. Otice Williams, Howard Ball, Miss Maud Martin of Medicine Lodge, Miss Grace Ball, Morton McKean, Henry Ball, Inger Walker, Miss Bertha Ball, Miss Mona Morton, Miss Edna Ball, Master Ray Wheat and Paul Morton. Mr. and Mrs. Ball will move in a few days to their home three miles south of Sun City. They will be missed here in the Sabbath schools but we know they will be help to others. Their many friends wish them a long and happy life. Signed: One who was there.

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Died: Georgia, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M.F. Stewart died Tuesday morning of lung fever. The little one has been ailing for some time. It is hard to lose them so young, so dear, but His will can not be questioned though it seems so hard to understand. The sympathy of their host of friends is extended to them in this hour of sadness. [Deerhead news]

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Van Wright, March 20th, a son.

Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Will Hanes, Monday, March 28th, a son.

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Died: The twelve-year-old son of John Jennings (colored) died at Kiowa of measles Tuesday of last week.

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Died: A.W. Vangundy, aged nearly 61 years, died at the home of his brother, J.C. Vangundy, in Kiowa Monday of last week. The remains were taken to Ohio for burial.

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Born: To James Neatherly and wife on Saturday April 2nd, a son. Dr. Moore.


Apr 15, 1904

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Died: The little three-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Rankin of northeast Barber died on Sunday, April 10th. Interment was made in Highland cemetery, this city, on Monday afternoon. The grieving parents and relatives have the sympathy of everyone.

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Married: Emmett Naughton and Mattie Smith, two well known young people of the Sharon valley, were married at the bride’s home on Thursday, April 7th. The Cresset knew this wedding was coming but Mr. Naughton bribed us with the cigars not to say anything about it last week. We trust this young couple will be as happy in their old age as they are now.

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Married: Those who had put J.J. Chadwick down as a confirmed old bachelor were surprised on Friday last to read in the Wichita Eagle that he and Mrs. C.M. Lytle, of LaRose, Illinois, formerly of this city, had been married in Wichita on April 7th by Judge Enoch. The happy couple arrived in Medicine Lodge Friday, accompanied by a sister of the bride, Mrs. Bell of Illinois, and went at once to their farm north of town. The Cresset desires to join with their friends in congratulations and best wishes for the happiness of Mr. and Mrs. Chadwick.

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Died: “Mrs. Andy McCorkle Dead” - The wife of A.J. McCorkle of this city died on Tuesday, April 12th, after an illness of about three weeks. The funeral service was conducted Wednesday morning by Rev. G. Swan of this city. She leaves besides her husband three children, one of which is a baby less than a year old. The deceased was about 37 years of age.

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Died: On Friday evening, April 8th, after an illness of several months, Hattie Harmon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.G. Harmon of Sun City and one of the most popular young ladies in the county, died in her sixteenth year. The funeral services were conducted Sunday by Rev. W.K. Young of the Methodist church of Lake City, and Rev. J.J. Griffin of the Baptist church of this city. An appropriate obituary notice was mailed to the Cresset Tuesday from Lake City, but for some reason it has not yet reached this office. We hope to publish it next week. [See below @ Apr 4.]

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Died: On April 6th, Mrs. Judith Walker of Turkey Creek township died at the home of her son, H.C. Walker, aged eighty-three years and one month. She was married in her native state, Kentucky, in January 1845, and was the mother of five sons and one daughter. She had thirty-four grandchildren and thirty great-grandchildren. She has lived in Barber county since October, 1874, and has been a consistent member of the Baptist church since 1841. She was one of the most beloved women in Barber county and her death is mourned by the greater part of the population in the west half of the county. The funeral services were held at her late home on Thursday by her pastor, Rev. C.W. Owens of Belvidere.

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Birthday: Sunday was Frank Strickland’s 19th birthday. Several of his friends called in the afternoon to show him a merry gait. [Mingona news]

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Born: To Walter Gant and wife on Saturday, April 9th, a daughter. Dr. Kociell.

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Married: The Pratt Citizen notes that Clarence Shaw and Mrs. Julia Bond of Barber county were married in that city Monday of last week.

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Born: To V.S. Cook and wife on Tuesday, April 11th, a daughter. Dr. Coleman.


Apr 22, 1904

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Married: At the residence of Judge Bower at Alva, on April 9th, at 9:30 p.m., Fred Spalding of Woods county and Miss Anna Osborne, daughter of the late C.W. Osborn of this county.

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Married: On Sunday afternoon, April 17th, George Robinson Jackson of Medicine Lodge and Miss Grave Phelon of Chicago were united in marriage at the home of Mrs. Langston of this city by Dr. J.L. Patterson, pastor of the Methodist church. Only the immediate relatives witnessed the ceremony. Mr. Jackson came here from England a little more than a year ago, and the bride has visited here two or three times. The Cresset extends congratulations.

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Died: Friday morning, April 7th, after a protracted illness of nearly four months from a complication of disorders originating in a cold contracted last December, Hattie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.G. Harmon of Sun City, aged 16 years, 5 months and 16 days. Funeral services were conducted in the Sun City school house by Rev. W.K. Young, assisted by Rev. J.J. Griffin of Medicine Lodge, Sunday morning, April 10th. Interment in Lake City cemetery. Lola Shutts, Grace Bissantz, Gertrude Durfee, Lena Shigley, Jessie Hargis and Edna Durfee served as pall bearers by request of the deceased made some days before her death. When conscious that the end was near, she placed her house in order and made all the arrangements for the conduct of her funeral. And this is sad. The Reaper, whose name is Death, has crossed the threshold of a happy home and the loneliness of desolation dwells within its portals. A sorrow the lapse of time may assuage but cannot efface has entered there and draped its walls in the somber robes of mourning. A whole community is bowed down with grief and the wail of lamentation is heard in every home. It is so hard to know the last farewell has been spoken and this dear child [Memorial poem] in whose heart there was no guile, no dream of evil, has passed from out their mortal vision into that land whence no voice comes back to tell us “what of the night.” [This very lengthy obituary continues...] The great concourse of people attending the funeral service was a sincere recognition of her worth and evidence of the high esteem in which she was held by those who knew her best. Hers was indeed a noble character. Young in years, she was rich in intellectual gifts; she had high ideals, ambition for great accomplishments. The tendency of her mind was toward serious things and early in life became a member of the M.E. church. Submitted by: Judge Lester [There are a few other lines, but my transcription page ended without the conclusion.]

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Groenmiar, April 5th, 1904, a daughter. Dr. E.B. Hamlin.

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Born: To B.F. Catlin and wife, north of town, on Tuesday night, April 19th, a 12 pound daughter. Dr. Coleman.


Apr 29, 1904

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Married: Miss Claude Carmichael of Kiowa and Ed Dicks of Hazelton were married at Anthony, Wednesday, April 20th, 1904. They will make their home on the Dicks farm near Hazelton.

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Married: Charles W. Schyler and Myrtle M. Murlett of Nippewalla township were united in marriage Wednesday morning, April 27th, at the residence of Judge Gleason, his honor performing the ceremony. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Murlett. May joy and happiness without measure attend them.

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Born: Charles Orville Campbell is the latest arrival in Lake City. The stork piloted him into town Saturday night. There is no doubt of his being the son of his father, for he is the exact image of Harry and should have been named for him.


May 6, 1904

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Birthday: A few of Grandma Avery’s friends remembered her on Wednesday afternoon, May 4th, it being her 87th birthday. this kind-hearted mother had been blind for ten long years, yet she bears her terrible affliction with patience and without a murmur. She truly is one who appreciates every kind deed. [Mule Creek news]

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Born: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Craig are the proud parents of a fine baby boy which made its appearance at their home Sunday evening, April 17th. Dr. Atwell in attendance. [Sharon news]

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Born: A fine little daughter made her appearance in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Thomas Sunday.

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Born: To Homer G. Wheat and wife on Thursday, April 28th, a son. Dr. Longenecker.


May 13, 1904

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Anniversary: “Parents of Fred Merrill Celebrate Fiftieth Anniversary of Their Marriage” - Engineer W.W. Brownhill and wife celebrated their golden anniversary April 13th at their home, 240 Delaware street, Leavenworth, Kansas, where they are well and favorably known. Uncle William and Aunt Almira are noted for their genial and hospitable way of entertaining. The dinner was a sumptuous one served at the National Hotel. Forty guests dined with the aged groom and bride. Three of the guests were in attendance at the first wedding - Mrs. Lamoureaux and Mrs. Angle, nieces, and Henri E. Avery, nephew. We do not say aged with any thought of insinuating that they are beyond the line of usefulness, as Uncle Billy runs his engine from Leavenworth to Cameron almost every day in the year while his wife superintends and does most of her work. To say Uncle Billy is popular with the officers and railroad men of the C.R. & I. would be putting it in a mild form. Mrs. Brownhill is noted for her unassuming way of lending a helping hand to those more often neglected, and is dearly loved by those who know her best. They should be happy in the thought that they are permitted to celebrate this event which is accorded comparatively few, and while it would not be meet and proper to wish them many returns of this happy event; the many tokens assure us the donors are united in wishing them many happy golden days. The was the fifth golden anniversary celebrated in Mrs. Brownhill’s family. [A very long list of gifts follows, leading with a “gold lined silver tea set of five pieces from The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers of Brookfield, Missouri” and ending with a “$225 check from the groom to his bride.” Please consult the original for a complete description. Additional information about guests is also included.] The rooms [of the hotel] were decorated with choice cut flowers and each guest during the day and evening was presented with a souvenir of the bride’s cake, and departed after wishing the bride and groom many golden days. Signed: One Present. Further: Engineer W.W. Brownhill is the oldest engineer in the west, both in age and years of service. He was born in Farquar county, Va., October 1st, 1833. He first entered the railroad service as an engineer in 1852, with the Northern Railroad in New Hampshire. Later he ran on the Michigan Central, New Orleans Packet Line, Racine and Mississippi railway, operated the first coal burning engine on the DesMoines Valley road, ran on the Union Pacific, Kansas Central, and finally accepted his present place with the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific. He has been a resident of Leavenworth since 1872 and a member of Leavenworth division No. 412 and is one of the best known railroad men in that city.

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Died: Francis Wallace, aged one year, four months and two days, youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Hagerman of this city, died Friday, May 6th, of measles. Dr. J.L. Patterson conducted the funeral on Saturday and interment was made in Highland cemetery. The heart-broken parents are profoundly grateful to the neighbors and friends for words of consolation and assistance tendered them in their bereavement.

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Died: Frank Blackmore died at the home of his wife’s sister nine miles from Guthrie, Oklahoma, on Friday, May 6th, of tuberculosis. Death was very unexpected. On Thursday his family in Sharon received a letter from him in which he said that he felt better and believed that he would soon be well. Friday morning a telegram came for his wife and she started to him at once but did not arrive until after death had claimed him. His parents did not learn of his death until after the funeral. He was a son of C.A. Blackmore and wife of Sharon and they feel his death deeply. He has a wife and one child. He was a bright young man and well liked by all.

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Married: Harvey Dunham of Valley township, whom everyone had set down as a confirmed bachelor, and Mrs. Ida A.M. Maddin, late proprietor of the City Hotel of this city, were married in Harper Tuesday evening, May 10th, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Bailey, parents of the bride. May unmeasurable joy and domestic peace always attend them.

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Born: From Anthony Republican - A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Frazier of Sharon, Kansas, at Updegraff’s hospital last Friday. Mother and child are doing nicely.


May 20, 1904

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Earl Holmes on Wednesday, May 18th, a daughter. Dr. Moore.


May 27, 1904

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Died: Louisa A. Knight, wife of George T. Knight, the well-known Santa Fe railway conductor, died at her home in t his city at 5 o’clock yesterday morning of heart failure, aged about 59 years. The funeral will be held at the family residence tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock.

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Married: A very pretty wedding occurred at the Methodist church at 8 o’clock by Wednesday evening, May 25th, 1904, by which James T. Wells, son of Mr. and Mrs. S.F. Wells and Miss Minnie Watkins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Watkins, were made husband and wife. Dr. J.L. Patterson, pastor of the church, performed the ceremony, and Miss Cecile Osborn played the wedding march. The bride’s maid of honor was Miss Eva Mounsey, and her attendants were Miss Fannie Mounsey and Miss Laura Williams. The groom’s best man was Mr. Wesley Davis. Both of the principals are well known here, the bride having been born and reared to useful womanhood in Medicine Lodge. We trust their path will be strewn with the roses of summer and that their domestic relations will be as bright as a May morning.


Jun 3, 1904

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Died: “Sudden Death, J.L. Chenoweth Called to His Long Home Friday Morning” - Uncle Jake Chenoweth, as everyone loved to call him, died very suddenly about 7 o’clock last Friday morning. He had just eaten a hearty breakfast, and appeared to be in better health than usual. A few minutes after leaving the table he began to cough, and the end came before his wife or granddaughter, Mattie Watkins, could reach him. He had not been in very good health for two or three years, but most of the time was able to attend to his affairs. During the past winter he formed plans to visit his daughter, Mrs. Mulkey, in Oregon. Mr. Chenoweth was among the oldest citizens of Medicine Lodge. The funeral service was conducted at the Methodist church Saturday morning by his pastor, Dr. J.L. Patterson, and interment was made in Highland cemetery. J.L. Chenoweth was born in Dark county, Ohio, January 16th, 1827, and died at his home in Medicine Lodge, May 27th, 1904, aged 77 years, 4 months and 11 days. He was married to Miss Nancy McIntosh in Ohio January 1st, 1852. To this union was born three children, one of whom long ago preceded him to the better world. One daughter, Mrs. W.S. Watkins of our little city, and the other the wife of A.H. Mulkey, who was years ago pastor of the Christian church of this city, now living in Oregon. Mr. Chenoweth moved from Ohio to Iowa in 1855 and from thence to Kansas, settling here in 1878. He was converted and united with the Methodist Episcopal church at 12 years of age and ever thereafter endeavored to lead a consistent Christian life until the Lord called him to his glorious reward. Many loved ones, relatives and friends will mourn their loss, but our loss is his gain and heaven is his life. His aged wife, two brothers, one sister, twenty-two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren survive him. May heaven’s blessings be theirs to comfort, and heaven’s light kiss away the shadows which have fallen upon them.

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Died: The funeral of Mrs. Louesa A. Knight, wife of Geo. T. Knight, was held at the family residence Saturday morning at 10 o’clock by Rev. J.J. Griffin, pastor of the Baptist church. Interment was made in Highland cemetery. Mrs. Knight’s maiden name was Louesa A. French, and she was born at Haverhill, Vermont, June 6, 1846. On November 24, 1864, she was married to Geo. T. Knight. To this union four children were born, but only one, Mrs. Anna L. Groves of Lawrence, is living. The deceased became a member of the Baptist church at St. Johnsbury, New Hampshire, in 1865, and retained her membership there until her death. She moved to Medicine Lodge in 1887 with her husband, who is conductor on the Santa Fe railroad. The domestic relations between she and her husband were ideal, and death has left a void in Mr. Knight’s home which time cannot fill. Many of his fellow railroad men attended the funeral.

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Died: Robert Bullington, aged sixty years and one month, died at his home near this city on Saturday morning, May 28, of paralysis. He had been helpless for the past nineteen years. Mr. Bullington was an old soldier having been a member of the 30th Kentucky infantry. Mr. Bullington came to Barber county 23 years ago. He leaves a wife, four sons and two daughters, who have the sympathy of all, and whose devotion to the helpless husband and father during his long years of helplessness has won them the esteem of everyone. The funeral service was held Sunday by Elder A.O. Walker, pastor of the Christian church. Interment was made in Highland cemetery.

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Corrie Friday May 27, a nice girl. [Isabel news]

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Kelley, Saturday May 21st, 1904, a daughter. Dr. Cloud. [Kiowa news]


Jun 10, 1904

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Died: “Popular Woman Dead, Mrs. James N. Davis Passed Away Last Saturday Morning” - The Angel of Death brought grief and sorrow to the hearts of the citizens of Barber county and the little city of Medicine Lodge last Saturday morning when it was learned that Mrs. Anna Davis, wife of James N. Davis, had passed away. Mrs. Davis had been ill for more than a year, and for some time her loved ones and friends were expecting her death, and last Saturday the summons came from her Father on high to join him in that home which her Savior said He had gone to prepare. Impressive funeral services were held from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Davis on Walnut street on Sunday at 3 o’clock, conducted by Rev. J.J. Griffin, pastor of the Baptist church, and Rev. A.O. Walker, pastor of the Christian church. The scripture read was that from her own Bible which she had marked during the hours of quiet study and sweet communion with her God. The large crowd of people which gathered, not only from this city but also from the country, to pay the last tribute of respect to this noble and good woman in a measure shows the esteem everyone had for her. In her death, the community has suffered a great loss, the church to which she belonged and was such an earnest and untiring worker will greatly miss her, but to none will she be so missed as to her husband. Their devotion had grown so strong that to sever it was a shock almost unbearable. The deceased’s maiden name was Annie Watson. She was born at Nicholasville, Kentucky, April 17, 1849. She was married February 1, 1864, to James N. Davis in the city of her birth. Mr. and Mrs. Davis came from Kentucky to Medicine Lodge in 1883 and have ever since resided here. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sisters and one brother, Mrs. Kitty Gordon, of Nicholasville, Kentucky, Mrs. Hattie Curd of Guthrie, Oklahoma, and James Watson of Lexington, Kentucky. If kind words and profound sympathy were a healing balm then surely the grief of the bereaved husband would be allayed, but we realize how futile are words in such a time. The ties of affection that exist between husband and wife are sacred and to sever these ties brings great sorrow and mental suffering. But death is a penalty that awaits us all, and if we all can say that of this departed one, then surely we shall not have lived in vain. Mrs. Davis was a member of the Knights and Ladies of Security and carried $2,000 insurance. [Memorial thought added from J.N. Davis; and Memorial Resolution from Earnest Workers Society follows.]

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Died: Little Fay, the seventeen months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. McGarvin of Deerhead township, died on Friday, June 3rd, of measles. Interment was made in the Lake City cemetery Sunday. This happy home is now shrouded in the darkness of its first great sorrow. Death has hushed the baby prattle of the first born and left a grief time and many condoling friends can hardly comfort.

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Born: We hear a young lady arrived at Mr. and Mrs. Charley Blackmore’s a few days ago. All doing well and the parents happy. [Sharon news]

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Birthday: Another enjoyable evening was spent Saturday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Pepoon, it being Charley’s 13th birthday anniversary. The young folks spent the evening in playing games and pulling taffy.

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. L.D. Sparks of Walnut street on Saturday, June 4th, a daughter. Dr. Coleman.

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Born: To H.L. Williams and wife of Mingona township on Tuesday, June 7th, a daughter. Dr. Coleman.


Jun 17, 1904

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Died: At 8 o’clock on the morning of Tuesday, June 14th, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Parsons of this city, the grandparents, William, aged nine months and nine days, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ned Axtell. The cause of death was teething and summer complaint. The child had been ailing but it was not thought to be a dangerous condition. The funeral service was held Tuesday afternoon at the home of Wm. Parsons by A.O. Walker, pastor of the Christian church. [See above @ Apr 17, 1903 for marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Ned Axtell.]

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Died: William B. McLain, aged one year, five months and eighteen days, youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. J.J. McLain of this city, died at 6 o’clock a.m. Sunday, June 12th. The cause of death was measles complicated with pneumonia. The little fellow had only been ill one week. The funeral service was conducted at the family residence by A.O. Walker, pastor of the Christian church.

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Born: Mr. and Mrs. G.A. Randolph of Mumford rejoice over the presence of a little daughter in their home.

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Born: To James Moore and wife of Mingona township, on Friday June 10th, a daughter. Dr. Coleman.

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Married: Frank Tincher and Myrtle Gibbs, two well known young people of Sharon, were married at Anthony on Monday, June 13th, and are now receiving the congratulations of their many friends. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Gibbs and the groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. A.T. Tincher.

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Born: To Jerry Gano and wife, June 16th, a son. Dr. Coleman. This accounts for the riot alarm sent in for 2nd Avenue west yesterday morning.


Jun 24, 1904 [Last issue on reel]

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Married: Another Muleteer tired of keeping bachelor’s hall: Sim Depew of Eagle township and Miss Fannie Riley of Oklahoma were united in marriage Saturday June 11th. Sim is well known in this vicinity. His bride is a stranger here but has the appearance of a pleasant young lady. Their friends wish them a long and happy life. [Mule Creek news]

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Jake Spangler, on June 19th, a daughter. Dr. Atwell. [Sharon news]

Born: To Mr. and Mrs. John Suhler, on June 19th, a boy. Dr. O.B. VanFossen. All doing well. [Sharon news]

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Marriage Pending: R.H. Faxon [private secretary to Sen. Long] left yesterday morning for Hutchinson. On next Wednesday evening, June 29, at 8:30 o’clock, in the First Presbyterian church of that city, Mr. Faxon will be married to Miss Louise C. Winans. The wedding will be a very large one, and guests will be present from all parts of the state. Following the ceremony will be a reception at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Winans, and directly after, Mr. and Mrs. Winans will leave on their wedding trip. This will include doing southern California thoroughly, stopping en route at Albuquerque, the Grand Canyon of Arizona, etc., and a brief trip into Old Mexico. From southern California the route will lie by easy stages along the California coast to San Francisco, and then to the British Columbia border. Return will be by way of Salt Lake, Omaha, Saint Paul, Minneapolis and Chicago. The entire trip will consume about five or six weeks, and Mr. and Mrs. Faxon will be in Medicine Lodge shortly after August 1st.

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Died: H.T. Bodenhamer, one of the old citizens of Barber county, died Sunday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Urton, near this city, aged eighty-four years, one month and seven days, of ailments incident to old age. The funeral service was held at the Urton residence by A.O. Walker, pastor of the Christian church, at 4 o’clock Monday afternoon.

July - Dec 1904

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