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(continued from page 130) San Antonio, Texas before transferring to Southwestern College in 1954.

Phil is a 32-degree mason, Past Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star, past president of the Winfield Rotary Club, past president of the Southern District Dental Society, past president of the Psi Omega Dental Fraternity and a past member of the Winfield Chamber of Commerce.

He is an avid sportsman, archer, professional bass fisherman. Hobbies include collecting archery history and artifacts (presently the 4th or 5th largest in the world). Phil also collects ancient Indian artifacts. He has interests in wildlife photography, scrimshaw, wood carving and knife making.

Morea and Phil are looking forward to retirement in order that we may enjoy our family, hobbies, friends and to travel some too.

The Episcopal church is our source of spiritual inspiration and we must not forget our many friends who have made our life in Winfield, Kansas and Cowley County an enjoyable one.

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Ralph A. & Lulabell (Eberhardt)Bradshaw

The Ralph A. Bradshaw family of Winfield, Kansas are descendants of John W. and Emma K. Wilhelm Bradshaw of Arkansas City, Kansas, and Charles A. and Mary A. Tweedy Eberhardt of Newkirk, Oklahoma. Ralph's father came from Missouri and settled in Arkansas City in early years. His mother's family, the John Wilheims, immigrated from Germany and settled in Arkansas City. Ralph's mother was born in Arkansas City, Lulabell's father was a small child when the Eberhardt family immigrated from Germany and made their home on a farm in Indiana in the late Eighteenth Century. Charles Eberhardt homesteaded a farm obtained in the Cherokee Strip Run of 1889. He was also a U.S. Marshall at Mulhull, Oklahoma- Her mother's family, the Franklin Tweedys, were from Ireland and came to Winfield in the late 1800's to make their home on a farm.

Ralph Bradshaw was born on a farm near Arkansas City and attended Arkansas City schools. Lulabell was born in Newkirk, Oklahoma, At the age of six, she an her parents moved to Winfield, She attended Winfield schools and graduated from Arkansas City Junior College. Ralph and Lulabell were married September 22, 1934, in Arkansas City and made their home in Winfield on Route 3. Ralph was employed by the Consolidated Mills. After returning from WWII they farmed and operated a filling station and feed store for years. They raised two children: Mary Kathryn and Ralph Aaron Jr. "Happy." They attended Winfield schools. Mary graduated from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma with a degree in accounting. Ralph Jr. died due to a blood clot in his lungs on May 26, 1970. He was 28 years old and was buried in Highland Cemetery, Ralph A. Bradshaw, Sr., was taken in death with a heart attack on August 6, 1978 at the age of 68 and is buried in Highland Cemetery.

Mary Bradshaw and Ronnie Leon Moore, of Havana, Kansas were mcirried in Winfield on December 14, 1979. Ronnie is the son of Loris L. and Nellie 1. Corle Moore, of rural Havana. Ronnie and Mary are the parents of two sons: Leon Ralph Moore, born November 17, 1980 and Roger Brad Moore, born March 13, 1982. They make their home on a farm on Route 5, Winfield.

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Otto Miles Brashear

Otto Miles Brashear was born 10-30-1889 at Longwood, Mo., the youngest of six children of Porter Field Brashear and Alice M.G. Coleman who had moved to Cowley County in 1902. Otto was married 2-12-1909 at Olathe, Ks. to Bessie Evaline Brashear who was born 5-2-1891 at Longwood, Mo. She was the daughter of James William Brashear and Mary Elizabeth Dodson. Otto and Bessie established their home on a 260 acre farm in Fairview Township and Otto got a job helping build highway 77 north of Winfield. In 1916, they moved to Watova, Ok. but returned to Winfield in 1934 and opened the Bluebird Lunch in the 100 block of East Tenth. While Bessie operated the cafe, Otto worked at Allred's service station on West Ninth and at Gdtner's Dairy north of Winfield. Otto and Bessie both diedat Winfield, she on 10-22-1962 and he on 4-11976, and they both are buried in Union Cemetery at Winfield.

Their children are:

Velda Mae Brashear, born 2-15-1910 at Winfield but lived only six days. She is buried in Union Cemetery at Winfield.

Anita Vesta Brashear, born 8-31-1912 at Winfield. She was first married 12-8-1933 at Newkirk, Ok. to Floyd Thomas Palmer who was born 7-23-1912 at Winfield, died 2-21-1971 at Dodge City, Ks., and is buried in Marble Grove Cemetery at Dodge City. He was the son of Frank and Belle Palmer. Vesta was married second at Dodge City to Fred Flavius Brant, son of Ed and Rose Brant of Winfield.

Mildred Heloise Brashear, born 8-22-1915 at Winfield, died 9-2-1983 at Salt Lake City, Ut., and is buried at Perry, Ok. She was first married 10-25-1935 at Arkansas City to Ernest Leroy Goodrich who was born 3-29-1908, died in July of 1954 at Wichita, and is buried in Memorial Lawn Cemetery north of Arkansas City. Mildred was married second on 7-17-1971 at Winfield to Carl George Stanley who was born 7-28-1922 at Stillwater, Ok.

Fern Erzella Brashear, born 11-20-1916 at Watova, Ok. She was married 5-6-1936 at Winfield to Wallace Everett McRoberts who was born 1-27-1909 at Winfield, died 4-141977 at Wichita, and is buried in Highland Cemetery at Winfield. He was the son of O.M. and Helen McRoberts. Wallace operated a service station at Fourteenth and Main in Winfield for many years.

Helen Irene Brashear, born 4-17-1918 at Watova, Ok., died 8-21-1921 at Watova, and is buried at Nowata, Ok.

Irma Dean Brashear, born 8-7-1922 at Watova, Ok. She was married 7-1-1942 near Atlanta, Ks. to Robert Lee Lawrence who was born 12-3-1921 in Windsor Township, Cowley County, died 1-30-1977 at Houston, Tx., and is buried in Highland Cemetery at Winfield. He was the son of Edward Austin Lawrence and Mary Ardena Cheever.

Faye Leora Brashear, born 2-7-1925 at Nowata, Ok. She was married 2-18-1943 at Winfield to Cleo Wilfred Cullumber who was born 9-1-1920 at Cambridge, Ks.

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Porter Field Brashear

Porter Field Brashear was born 12-1-1852 in Kentucky, the oldest of seven children of Lewis Brashear and Cordelia Rider. He was married on 12-18-1873 in Kentucky to Alice M.G. Coleman who was born 12-12-1854 in Larue Co., Kentucky. She was the daughter of Spellisby G. Coleman and Wilmoth T. Hodges. Porter farmed near Marshall and Sedalia in Missouri before trying his hand at wagon making at Longwood, Missouri in the 1880's. In 1896, he moved his family to Wellington, Kansas where he purchased the Word Hotel (Iciter named the Davis Hotel). A year later, he hought a farm near Pond Creek, Oklahoma. In 1902, Porter bought a farm northwest of Burden, Kansas from Sam Tull. Porter sold that farm to Solomon T. Wood in 1905 and, after a short return to Oklahoma, had moved to 1421 Church (later Millington) St. in Winfield, Kansas by 1906. Porter built a number of homes in Winfield including those at 311 W. Eighth, 807 Menor, and 811 Menor. Alice died 9-29-1938 at Winfield and is buried at Pond Creek, Oklahoma. Porter died 3-12-1939 at Winfield, and is also buried at Pond Creek.

Porter and Alice had six children: Edward L. Brashear, horn 11-11-1874 at Upton, Kentucky, died 9-2-1876, and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery northeast of Upton, Kentucky; Minnie B. Brashear, born 12-30-1877 near Upton, Kentucky, died 9-30-1897 at Pond Creek, Oklahoma, and is buried at Pond Creek; Hardy Boone Brashear, born 1-13-1880 near Upton, Kentucky and died 2-13-1960 at Winfield. He was first married 1-28-1906 at Burden to Clara Bell Wood, born 4-191885 near Woolstock, Iowa, and died 12-4-1924. She was the daughter of Solomon T. Wood. Hardy was married second 1224-1925 at Nowata, Oklahoma to Dora Merfield, born 5-14-1902 at Marble Rock, Iowa, died 7-25-1964, and is buried at Nowata, Oklahoma. Hardy and Dora were divorced and he was married third 7-31-1943 at Winfield, Kansas to Letha A. Gilmore, born 6-4-1889 near Burden, Kansas and died 1-41959. Hardy, Clara, and Letha are buried at Burden; Della Dean Brashear, born 4-8-1881 near Upton, Kentucky and died 3-22-1973 (it Sand Springs, Oklahoma. She was married 10-7-1900 at Pond Creek, OkJahoma to Ben W. Bird, born 6-7-1876 at Wellington, Kansas and died 5-18-1940. Both are buried at Pond Creek; Pearl Brashear, born 2-2-1886 near Sedalia, Missouri, died 4-24-1966 at Winfield, Kansas, and is buried at Pond Creek, Oklahoma. She was married 6-2-1923 at Kansas City, Missouri to James Warwick Best, born 12-20-1871 near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, died 10-29-1941, was cremated, and his ashes scattered over Swope Park in Kansas City, Missouri; Otto Miles Brashear, born 10-30-1889 at Longwood, Missouri, died 4-1-1976 at Winfield, Kansas, and is buried in Union Cemetery at Winfield. He was first married 12-12-1909 at Olathe, Kansas to Bessie Evaline Brashear, born 5-2-1891 at Longwood, Missouri, died 10-22-1962 at Winfield and is buried in Union Cemetery. Bessie was the daughter of James William Brashear and Mary Elizabeth Dodson. Otto was married second to Mable (?) and third to Jessie Modean Stewart.

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Dorothy Bratton Story

My father, mother and I lived in Duluth, Minnesota until I was five years of age when my father died suddenly. His mother lived in Reading, Kans., and mother's family lived in Hutchinson, so after his death mother was persuaded to try a (continued on page 132)

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(continued from page 131) milder climate closer to relatives. That she did and at the begging of dear friends here in Winfield we came here, liked it and stayed.

There was an opening on the staff of the old Winfield Hospital (10th & Manning) which she accepted. Later she became the head of the ready-to-wear department of the M.Hahn & Company Store (next door to the Harry Goodman Men's Wear Store) on Main Street between Ninth and 8th Streets. When Hahn's closed she became a seamstress in our home.

We lived on Winfield's West side for a number of years. We had an apartment in Grace Raymond's home (11th and Mansfield). It was there and then that I discovered my love for painting. Miss Raymond encouraged me and allowed me to spend many wonderful hours watching her transform sketches made on her many world travels, into beautiful works of art. I was able to be in her classes when I was a student at Southwestern College and it was the joy of my life.

When I was a sophomore in Southwestern I became a page in the Public Library and there followed 46 years of service in that institution. Mrs. Jessie Huston was the first librarian when the library opened in 1913. She was followed by Mrs, Ruth Craig who was librarian when I began work there. When Mrs. Craig was killed in a car accident in 1934, Julia Bliss, then assistant librarian, became head librarian and I was appointed her assistant. Julia served until 1943 when she joined the staff of the Wichita Public Library. Upon her leaving I was appointed to temporary and later head librarian in 1943. In 1975 I retired after thirty-two years in that position.

In the meantime, Jane Riddle Lancaster joined the staff and was my loyal and able assistant for many years. It was a pleasant association and our staff through the years felt like a family. Mrs. Elizabeth Grantham (Grubner) was the children's librarian followed by Nancy Taylor (Woods). Pages came and went their ways to better jobs but all belonged to "our family" while with us.

When my retirement time arrived the library board felt that the time had come for a Library School Graduate to take over the head librarianship and Leslie Beck was selected, she became the in-between librarian until Jane Riddle Lancaster left the position. Her husband had an opportunity for a position in Western Kansas, So Leslie left and another graduate was obtained. Paul Jackson came and proved of great help in later working for the new library building to become available when St. John's College closed. Paul went to another position and again a librarian was sought, this time the present librarian, Marcia Ransom was chosen.

The building built in 1912 became too small very early in its history and from then on it was move, move, move. The children's department opened in the basement in 1928 and finally there was no place to move to anymore. The book collection could not be enlarged without stringent withdrawals and new services which were badly needed in the community were impossible for both lack of room and lack of finances.

The library grew up during the depression years as well as the difficult years that followed when finances were not available for a new building. The old building could not be converted to acceptable usage by the people who could not climb steps and parking was forever a problem.

I am rejoicing that at long last the library has what it so badly needed, a beautiful, roomy library available to all and parking not a problem at all.

I'm very glad that Winfield became my home seventy-two years ago.

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Arthur Lee Brewer

Arthur L. Brewer was born in Smithfield, West Virginia, 9-30-1887. He married Tina Boyles, 10-04-1909. They had nine children: Clara, Harry, George, Dorothy, Kathryn, Arthur, Madalyn, Rosalee, and Lewis.

Arthur worked in the oil fields in Roane County, West Virginia. In 1919, they moved to Oklahoma and worked in oil fields. Two years later they moved to Winfield where he was engaged in drilling and production of oil. He was superintendent of Lewis Production Co., and owner-operator of Brewer Drilling Co.

He built the building which is now Jarvis Auto Supply and had the first Chevrolet dealership. He was awarded Certificate of Merit from Charles Lindburg for aeronautical navigation for painting direction to Wichita on the roof of the building. Deceased 10-05-1951.

My father was Harry. He was born in Spencer, West Virginia 12-31-1912. He married Freida Elliott from Douglass, KS, 08-25-1930. They had two children, H. John Jr. and Nante.

Harry spent most of his life in the Winfield area, working in the oil business, In 1966, they bought a fishing resort in Peel, Arkansas. They sold it in 1970 and moved to Harrison, Arkansas, where he died in 1974. Freida moved back to Winfield in 1977 and still resides there.

I, John, married Charlene Ridgeway of Arkansas City, in 1959. We had two children, Shannon Brewer and Shelly Brewer Williams.

I married Betty Gardner Pierce in 1966. We have one child, Todd. We live in the Burden area and I work in the oil business.

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Bridges-Jennings

According to family oral history, the Bridges' came from England to North Carolina in the early 1800's. They were farmers and herse traders. They crossed the mountains into Tennessee where Frank Bridges was born. He married Matilda Green Moore. There were three children: Fannie, Laura, and Joseph Green (Aug. 10. 1852 - Ap. 8, 1909) who was born in Jackson, Mississippi. When Joseph was fifteen they lived in West Memphis, then settled near Zion, Arkansas. He united with the Baptist church at age sixteen. When grown he was a little under average height, had blue-grey eyes, black hair, slender build and a Van Dyke beard. He always wore a black hat set straight on his head. He preached and conducted funerals if the preacher was gone. Buelah Land was one of his favorite hymns.

The Jennings' came from Scotland and England before 1750. Charles Lawson Jennings and Elizabeth Bonifel Jennings of Prince Georges County, Maryland, moved to Wilkes County, North Carolina in 1792, They had eight children. Their first son, Thomas (1784-1833) married Elizabeth Allen. They had five sons; John, Allen, Dennis, Charles, Willis. Dennis Dempsy (Oct. 24, 1811 - Oct. 27, 1881) married Elizabeth Mahala Willcoxson (May 15, 1815 - Nov. 18, 1892) on Jan. 8, 1834. Sometime after 1854 they traveled through Tennessee and Arkansas, settling near Zion, Here their ninth child and seventh daughter, Hila Quintilla (Feb. 9, 1857 - May 1, 1934) was born. At maturity, Hila was tall and slender, with blue eyes and abundant brown hair. Dennis farmed and made furniture. Mahala and the girls used the spinning wheel and large loom to weave cloth. Two brothers served in the Confederate Army. Two sisters married brothers.

Joseph Bridges and Hila Jennings were married November 28, 1875 at LaCross, Arkansas. For nine years they lived near Zion on land Hila's father gave them, Their second son and fourth child, Leander James (March 22, 1885 - March 25, 1962) was born at Salem in Fulton County. They returned to Zion where five more children were born. Four sons died in infancy from malaria. They moved to Springdale where Leander received most of his education. In 1897 they started for Montana in search of adventure and free land. They stopped their wagon on a creek in Cowley County for a few days work, but soon rented a farm and settled on the Irish Flats. Around 1904 they moved into Cedar Vale. Leander operated a drayline hauling freight from the Missouri Pacific Railroad station to local stores, the oilfields and Indian reservation in Oklahoma. The family started to California in 1908 and were living in Alva, Oklahoma when J.G. was killed in a runaway. The family returned to Cedar Vale, On November 10, 1912, Leander and Mary Elizabeth Early were married. They moved to a small tract near Arkansas City in 1920 where they lived until their deaths. They were the parents of eight children: Geneva, Wayne, Betty, William, Patricia, Ivan, Ronald, and Donald. Patricia has three children; Rosalee Doty, Patty Nicholas, and David Bazil.

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Thomas H. Bridges

Thomas H. Bridges, the third child of five children of William Croford and Elizabeth (Whitlock) Bridges, was born at St. Clair, Missouri September 5, 1843. Both William and Elizabeth were born and reared in Greene County, Illinois. William returned his young family to Green County prior to his journey to search for gold in California from 1849 to 1854. Elizabeth died in Green County, July 24, 1854. William moved his family to near Franklin, Douglas County, Kansas in fall 1854, even before Kansas was declared a territory. The area was very unsettled due to the conflict of slavery and non-slavery prior to forming the state. William resettled in Franklin County and was living there when Thomas enlisted in the Union Army in spring 1863. He was serving in Company L of the 5th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry when he was mustered out October 19, 1865 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

On August 25, 1879 Nancy Jane Kinkaid became the bride of Thomas. Nanry was a daughter of Ephriam and Mary (Lay) Kinkaid and was born in Clay County, Missouri on November 29, 1854. Seven children were born to Thomas and Nancy: Alice E. who married Sherman Penrose, Mary E. (Lizzie) who married Harvey Jordon, Mennettie Belie (Minnie) who married Alton Isaac Penrose, Clara died as an infant, Jennie who married Charles DeFore, Maud May who married John W. DeFore and James P. who married Jessie Essex.

About 1873 Thomas filed for a homestead about 5 miles east of Douglass in Butler County. They had not proved this claim when the lead mines were opened in Cherokee County and Thomas moved his family to Galena to work in the mines. They moved to Cowley County about 1890, opening a produce house in Atlanta where they purchased eggs and cream. A large cream separator was installed to service the area, as this was before hand-cranked cream separators became popular on farms. Farmers would haul whole milk to the Bridges produce house to be separated, sell the cream and haul the skimmed milk back home to be fed to their livestock. Thomas added income to the business by buying bones from farmers, which he sold to a bone grinder to make fertilizer. They closed this business in 1909 and moved to Douglass to be near their son, James. James had a produce business in Douglass.

Thomas died on June 12, 1917 in Douglass and was buried in the Douglass Cemetery. Nancy continued to live in Douglass until she moved back to Cowley County to make her home with her daughter, Minnie Penrose, in Udall, Kansas. Nancy died January 30, 1943 in Udall and was buried in the Douglass Cemetery.

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Briscoe

The Briscoe family has been traced to England and France. The Cowley County Briscoes came from the family of Dr. John Briscoe who came to Maryland in 1634 in "The Ark and the Dove" expedition.

John Hinton Briscoe II was born August 28, 1852, Lewis County, Missouri, the fourteenth child of John H. and Mahila Van Meter Briscoe. He married Addie Renner January 26, 1872. Two children were born to them, Sallie and John 111. The family left Missouri for Cowley County, Kansas in 1883. (continued on page 133)

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(continued from page 132) The father and son came by wagon and the mother and daughter by train. They settled in the Upper Grouse Creek area where they farmed and ran cattle. There were few fences so the children herded cattle. They did attend school a few months.

John H. Briscoe III married Alta J. Woolsey October 23, 1900. Their lives were lived in Cowley County except for a brief period in Utah. They are the parents of Ernest Albert, Laurence Borne, Carol Briscoe Mayberry, Faith Briscoe Lee, and Josephine Briscoe Boerngen. None of the children lives in Cowley County now. However Ernest and his wife Mabel lived on Grouse Creek and later Silver Creek, leaving his home in 1973. Ernest and Mabel have four children, Barbara Parsons, Evelyn Clark, Robert (Bob) and Patricia Pearson. Barbara lives in Cowley County Three great-grandsons live in Hutchinson; Patrick, Michael, and Blake Briscoe are carrying on the family name in Kansas.

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Bert & Britto (Turner) Brodock Family

Both the Turner and Brodock families came south from the Michigan area. The Brodock family settling in the Silverdale community, later coming to Arkansas City. The Turner family coming by way of Emporia on the route to Arkansas City.

Bert Brodock married Britto Alice Turner September 25, 1895 at Stillwater Oklahoma. They lived on a farm southeast of Arkansas City and reared six children: Verna Irene, born December 7, 1897, married Bill Barnes; Edward Lee, born September 17, 1899, married Velma Bowman; Alice Roosevelt, born April 17, 1902, married Orville Stockton; Leotu Marie, born February 6, 1904, married Bryan Burries. She burned to death February 19, 1931; Howard Russell, born December 6, 1908, married Neva Wilson.

Bert was a farmer and a carpenter and no man was better liked than this man for everyone spoke well of him. His word was good as gold. His wife Britto died at an early age of cancer when the youngest, Howard, was fourteen years old. Their daughter, Alice, and her husband Orville moved hack to the family farm and Howard lived with them until his marriage. Bert worked for other farmers and in later life worked for the Fallier's Turkey farm east of town.

His father made the Cherokee run and staked a farm close to what is now Braman, Oklahoma. After the "old folks" died, a son, Earl Brodock, continued to live there with his wife Mil lie. Upon their deaths the farm was sold.

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Brookings

Clarence Brookings and Joyce Ferguson were married in June 1946 and lived in Wichita where Clarence worked for the foundry. In 1949, they moved to Udall living one mile west of Udall where Clarence worked for his father-in-law. In 1950, they moved to the Frye place southeast of Udall and Clarence worked for the foundry in Wichita for two years. From 1952- 1954, Clarence worked for the Santa Fe Railroad. In the spring sf1955, he began working for the Udall Co-op and worked there until 1963. Between 1958 and 1963, they again moved to the Frye place. From 1964-1966, Clarence worked for Valley Feed and Seed in Wichita. In 1965, Clarence worked for Cessna Aircraft in Wichita and worked there until early 1974. He began farming part-time prior to quitting Cessna. In 1974, he became a full-time farmer. He is currently serving as president of the Cowley County Landowner's Association and as trustee of the First Congregational Church.

In 1964, Joyce began working as a cook in the Udall High School. She worked as cook for two years. In 1968, in preparation for unification, Clyde Neff, high school principal, hired Joyce to be his secretary. She worked as secretary at the high school and in the superintendent's office after Clyde became superintendent. Joyce worked as secretary for the superintendent until retiring in 1986. She now serves as a volunteer for her church.

Clarence and Joyce had three children: Gary born in January 1947, married Glenna Brummett in June 1968. They have a son, Randall, and live southwest of Udall. Gary currently works for Beech Aircraft and Glenna works for Valley State Bank in Belle Plaine; Janet was born in January 1950, is married to Harold Schanbacher. Along with children, Kelli Jean, Allen, and Amy, they live north of Udall. Harold works at Boeing in Wichita: Johnnie works as bus superintendent for the Udall Schools and lives southwest of Udall. He has one daughter, Jennifer, born May 1986.

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Thomas Jasper & Rebecca Jane Brooks

Thomas Jasper Brooks and Rebecca Jane Miller Brooks settled on a farm east of Winfield, in 1902. Thomas Jasper Brooks, born July 15, 1861 in Tennessee, and Rebecca Jane Miller, born April 29, 1870 at Fayetteville, Arkansas, were married September 23, 1888 by Eli Baker in Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas. They were tenant farmers while living in Arkansas. About 1896 the family moved across the state line to Grove City, Oklahoma, which was Indian country known as the Cherokee Nation. After two years, the family headed for Canon City, Colorado where Mr. Brooks hoped to get work in the mines or in a smelter. Winfield was on their route and when one of the two horses used to pull the covered wagon died within a day's drive to Winfield, they spent some time there before continuing to Canon City. Mr. Brooks did get a job in a smelter. III health and the need for a different climate caused them to return to Winfield, where they lived the remainder of their lives. Thomas Jasper died August 27, 1919. Rebecca Jane died May 2, 1941. Both are buried in Tisdale Cemetery east of Winfield.

Children born to Thomas Jasper and Rebecca Jane were: Luster Roy, born June 12, 1889, Fayetteville, married Mary Florence Bonar June 25, 1927, died December 19, 1980, buried Scottsdale, Arizona; Marvin Reuben, born January 1, 1891 Fayetteville, married Bessie Gertrude Newberry March 17, 1920, died September 27, 1943, buried Tisdale; Pau1 Thomas born January 14, 1895 Fayetteville, married Data Miles April 26, 1923, died September 18, 1975, buried Tisdale; Beulah May, born March 17, 1897, Fayetteville, married Charles Franklin Smith, November 17, 1917, died May 6, 1984, buried Highland Cemetery; Osie Emmaline, born September 9, 1899, married Raymond Kearns November 10, 1923, died March 12, 1947, buried Highland Cemetery; Grace Genetta, born 0ctober 12, 1901, Canon City, married James Walter Ruggles October 12, 1929, died November 26, 1985 buried Rose Valley Cemetery; Mamie Marie born December 12, 1904 Winfield, married Arthur Nay Terrill May 17, 1930, now residing in Manhattan, Kansas; Lucille Ellen, born October 18, 1909 Winfield, married Glenn Roderick Ore March 13, 1928 (Glenn died March 13, 1951), married Raymond Goodey, October 10, 1954, died February 28, 1970 Jacksonville, Illinois; Pearl Rebecca, born April 29, 1912 Winfield, married William Dewey Slagle July 31, 1932, now residing in Winfield; Earl Maurice, born June 1, 1915 Winfield, married Zoe Bestick September 25, 1941, now residing in Napa, Idaho.

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Brothers Family

In 1881 David J. Brothers, from Wayne County, Ohio, boarded a train for Winfield, Kansas, where his fiance' and her family had settled the previous year. Sarah E. Croco had gone to school to David in Ohio. They both came from mixed Europe an and British ancestry.

David and Sarah Croco were married April 12, and moved to a farm four miles east and one north of Winfield where they lived until their deaths. Five sons were born to them; Vernon, Edmon, and Arthur. Albion and Jay died in their youth. Besides farming and raising cattle, David taught rural schools in nearby districts including No. 77 where his sons attended. The family was active in the First Presbyterian Church in Winfield and in school and township activities. Vernon and Edmon graduated from Southwestern Academy and continued on attending Southwestern College preparing to teach.

Vernon taught several years in rural county schools. He married if a Porter and they had five children, all of whom graduated from the rural grade schools and Winfield High. They were Jay, Helen, Wayne, Earl, and Ruth.

Jay married Vera Dowler, a Southwestern graduate. They had three sons all of whom graduated from Winfield High and Cowley County Community College. They are Devere who married Sheryl Tucker, a Southwestern graduate and who teaches at Atlanta. Their two children are Zee and Chad. After graduating from Kansas State University, David taught at Burden High School. He is now purchasing agent at Winfield State Hospital and Training Center. He and his wife, Toni, and daughter, Kellie, live on a farm east of Winfield. John married Jennifer Cadwell. They have two children, Kimberly and Jamie. Jay Brothers died in 1987. Vera and sons Devere and John own and operate the Brothers Dairy near Burden.

Helen Brothers graduated from Southwestern and taught for five years before marrying Alfred Houghton. They had four children; Lyle, Loren, Muriel, and Arlan. They all graduated from Winfield High, Lyle finished CCCC. He married Barbara Lancaster and served in the Air National Guard, retiring shortly before his death in 1987. Their daughter, Melina, is a student at CCCC and son Jarrod attends Winfield High. Laren married Susan Drake just after they graduated from South western in 1978. Loren works for Gordon Piatt Energy, Inc. They are active in the Boy Scout program with their son Richard. Muriel Houghtan graduated from Southwestern and married Rev. Clyde Elder who serves First Baptist Church in Trenton, Missouri. They have three children. Arlan received a vocational carpentry certificate from CCCC. He and his wife, Mary Jo, and son Andrew live in Perry, Oklahoma.

Wayne Brothers died in combat during World War II.

Earl attended Southwestern and taught two years. He married Joyce Farney. They are retired in Halstead. They have five children and five grandchildren.

Ruth Brothers graduated from Southwestern and served in extension work in Kansas. She married Raymond Tredway of Chanute. They have one son, Ronald, and four grandchildren.

Edmon Brothers married Glenna Day. He taught in several Kansas High schools before serving six years as dean of the Arkansas City Junior College (now CCCC). They moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, and are survived by two children and four grandchildren.

Arthur farmed the home place until his death in 1968. He married Edith Husted, a graduate of the old Winfield Hospital School of Nursing. They had two sons. Ernest died in 1942. Kenneth graduated from Winfield High and Southwestern. Kenneth and his wife Phyllis farm in the Tisdale community. He owns and farms the homestead which has been in the family over 100 years. Kenneth's daughter Patricia married Robert Hill of Partridge.

Written and Submitted by Helen Houghton
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Harold Arthur Brown

Harold Arthur Brown, son of Isaac Judson Brown and Mary Elizabeth (Hearne) Brown, was born October 16, 1904 at Shay, Ohio. Harold married Josephine Ella Louisa Becker, daughter of Samuel Becker and Clara (Becker) Becker. Josephine was born January 11, 1909 at Stanleyville, Ohio. Harold and Josephine were married July 29, 1927 at St. Mary's, West Virginia. Shortly after their marriage they came to Winfield to (continued on page 134)

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(continued from page 133) work in the oil fields. Harold's work took them to Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, and Kansas.

In the mid 1930's they made Winfield their permanent home. They were the parents of five children; Carolyn Joanne Brown (deceased), Harold Allen Brown, Richard Donovan Brown, Sammy LeRoy Brown, and Larry Dale Brown. The four sons all graduated from Winfield High School.

Harold and Josephine were also involved in several other businesses in addition to the oil business. During World War II they operated a dairy where now is located Klepper Korner, Wonder Bread and the City-County Health Department.

Harold also worked at Strother Field. They owned and operated Brown Sheet Metal and later Brown Plumbing and Heating while still involved in the oil business. In later years they owned and operated the College Hill Laundry. Harold continued to work in the oil business until ill health in 1973.

Josephine worked at Montgomery Ward Catalog office for 25 years. Later working in the Register of Deeds office at the Cowley County Court House.

They were affiliated with various organizations: Harold was a member of Winfield Lodge #110 AF&AM, Winfield Commandery #15. Josephine was a member of BPW, Social Order of Beauceant, Order of Eastern Star, and Bridge Club. Both were members of the First Methodist Church.

Josephine died March 4, 1977 and Harold died September 13, 1978. They are both buried at Highland Cemetery.

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Henry Brown Family

Henry Brown (1829-1896) settled in Lawrence when sixteen years old. He was in business thirty years there and was sheriff of Douglass county when Quantrill raided in 1863. Oral tradition has it that he was one of the prominent men Quantrill was searching out to kill. He and several other men were hidden by their respective families to save their lives.

Henry and Charolette Maxson Brown (1840-1924) moved to Winfield with the two boys, Lewis (born 1863 and died in Hutchinson, Kansas) and Addison (born 1866 and died in Kansas City, Mo.) where he went into business with Quincy Glass as druggists. A son, Ralph A. Brown, was born in Winfield in 1880. Henry Brown bought out Quincy Glass's interest and later sold the store to his son Lewis. Henry died unexpectedly in 1896.

Ralph A. Brown married Mabel Clarkson 05-18-1904. A sister of Mabel Clarkson, Kathryn Clarkson married Tom Parker, one of four sons of Reverend William Parker. The Clarksons at one time owned the Winfield flour mill called Tunnel Mill. Another son of Rev. Parker was Frank Parker, who married Bessie Harter. The two Parker boys ran Parker Brothers Clothing Store and Winfield Steam Laundry.

Ralph and Mabel Brown moved to Arkansas City in 1904 so Ralph could go to work for the Citizen and Farmers State Bank. They had two children born in Arkansas City, Ralph (Bus) and Robert (Bob). Ralph A. Brown changed jobs in 1907 and went to work for Albert Denton at the Home National Bank where he was promoted to Vice-President in 1913. When Ralph died in 1930 he was president of the bank and both boys had started work there.

"Bus" Brown worked all his life at the bank and never married.

"Bob" Brown met Mary Jane (Jana) Jacob, born in Valley Center, Kansas. Her parents were Arthur Wray Jacob and Neil White Jacob. She graduated from Wichita State University and the Institute of Logopedics, and worked in Arkansas City as a speech therapist. They were married in 1942 before "Bob" went to service in the Army. They have two children: Roger (born in 1944) and Charlotte (born in 1950). "Bob" Brown is now Chairman of the Board of the Home National Bank.

Roger Brown married Suzanne Warren, daughter of John Warren, Newkirk, Oklahoma, in 1970. They have three children: Lisa Diane, Trenton Warren, and Mark Robert. Roger is now President of the Home National Bank.

Charlotte married Jay Delaney of Chicago, Illinois, in Arkansas City in 1974. They now reside in Winnetka, Illinois. They have three children: John (Jack) Addison, Caroline Francis and James..

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The Dale Bruce Family

Dale Leon Bruce, b. March 20, 1947 is the son of Dorothy Bruce and the late Sherman Bruce.

Frances Marian Bruce, b. May 16, 1954 is the daughter of Vernelda Eileen Bahr and the late Lester M. Bahr.

Dale and Frances' daughters are Billie Jo CoykendaH, b. December 19, 1976 and Carol Rachelle Starks, b. October 10, 1972.

Dale and Frances were married September 22, 1981 at Harper Kansas. They lived in rural Harper until November, 1989 when they moved to rural Burden. Billie Jo still lives at home and Carol now lives near Harper.

Dale sells fishing tackle and bait, buffalo meat, works at Jawbreaker Studio and the Timber Creek Marina, part-time.

Frances manages the Timber Creek Marina, at the Winfield City Lake during the warm season and has home schooled the children since 1986. Frances also weaves and makes jelly to sell in her spare time.

Billie Jo's interests include art, reading and horses. She plans to attend public school in the 1990-91 school year and has set her goals on working in the veterinary field, specializing in horses, for her future.

The Bruces are happy to be in Cowley County. They consider Kansas to he their home as they were horn and raised in Kansas.

"We miss the pheasant but my, such an amount of quail. It's like being in a wildlife refuge during the winter here, as we see so many animcds going to feed and water at the lake. God has truly blessed us once again."

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Allen Lorenza & Irona Belle Buffum

Allen Lorenzo and Irona Belle Buffum were early settlers in the Dexter area.

A. Lorenzo was born in Buffalo, New York. As a young man he moved with his family to Marshall County, Kansas. There he married Irona Belle Davidson and their first son, Warren Merrill was born.

He left his young family and came to southern Kansas where he made the run into Oklahoma Territory. He returned to Marshall County and moved his family to settle in the Dexter area. He was one of the first members of the Hicks Chapel Church.

After moving to the Dexter area two more children were added to the Buffum family, Harvey Elbert and Mary Ethel.

Lorenza died in 1933 and Belle died in 1946. Both are buried in the Burden Cemetery. Both sons died in young adulthood. Warren is buried in the Burden Cemetery and Harvey in the Highland Cemetery in Winfield, Kansas.

The Buffum family came to the United States from France in 1613. They landed in Massachusetts but migrated into New York. The town of Colden, New York was founded by Richard Buffum, grandfather of Lorenza Buffum in 1812.

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The Brown Bungalow

Edith May Andrus and Robert Baldwin Dunlevy moved to Winfield in lB97 for R.B. to teach chemistry and Edith to head the art department at Southwestern College. They later bought a house in Wichita, had it cut in two and brought it to Winfield on a flat car. They lived in this house at 304 College for a number of years.

Meanwhile, Edith drew watercolor sketches and with R.B.'s help plans for her dream home. She took these plans to an architect friend of hers from the Chicago Art Institute who happened to be Frank Lloyd Wright.

In 1904, The Brown Bungalow was built. Edith and R.B. finished all of the wood beams and trim themselves, made special light fixtures and fake strap hinges. The "lodge" was added to the house as a studio for Edith. The house was known as "the house with the tree growing out of it" because the lodge was built around a huge Dutch elm. It later died and had to be topped but Edith kept the trunk and used it as a bulletin board until her death in 1960. The lodge and back porch were made into an apartment for Edith after R.B. died in 1948 andthe two portions remained separated until 1971 when the house was purchased from the Dunlevy's only child, Barbara Serpan, by Norman and Roxie Callison.

Although there is no authentication, yet, for the story connection to Frank Lloyd Wright, there are several things about The Brown Bungalow which are definitely Wright trademarks; the Palladian arch on the front, the free-standing fireplace upstairs, the number series or divisions of 13, Wright's cardinal number.

In 1979, the Callisons purchased the white house at 304 College to include the whole Dunlevy legacy. They hope to continue the progressive and creative thinking of Edith and Robert Dunlevy by someday adding solar and other environmentally conscious items to The Brown Bungalow.

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Josiah and Elizabeth (Vannader)Bunner Family

The Bunners of Cowley County were the descendants of Josiah and Elizabeth (Vannader) Bunner. Josiah's great grandfather, Casper Bunner, immigrated into the United States in 1735, entering at Philadelphia, PA, He and his wife Christianna Brown settled in a part of Pennsylvania which is nowWestVirginia. In 1810, the familyof his third son Reuben, relocated to Clermont Co., Ohio, as did his grandson Josiah Bunner, Sr.

Josiah Erwin was born in Clermont Co., Ohio, 7-11-1838 and married there, 3-24-1864, to Elizabeth, daughter of Isaac and Elvira Vannader, born in Clermont Co., Ohio, I-18-1844.

Josiah and Elizabeth had eleven children, the first eight, which included two sets of twins, were born in Ohio (one died in infancy). In 1878, the family moved to Newton, Ks, where three more children were born. About 1901, they moved to Cowley County and located on a farm in Liberty Township. and one year later to a farm located northeast of New Salem, northwest quarter of section 23, in Salem Township (was a part of Richland Township in 1902). 'Fhere Josiah and Elizabeth remained until their death, his on 12-26-1912 and hers on 6-10-1919. Both are buried in New Salem Cemetery.

While living in Newton, Josiah worked for the railroad, and owned and operated a farm all the time he lived in Cowley County. Five sons were plasterers and two sons worked for the railroad. Two daughters married men who were also plasterers, Eva, married George Lent, and had a son, Herbert, also a plasterer, and Anna, married Anthony Guise, two children. A third daughter, Mary, married Luther "Lew" McGowen, who ran a railroad freight wagon in Winfield, for six or seven years then spent the rest of his working life as a farmer. They had ten children, with seven growing to adulthood.

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(continued from page 134) and Riley "Dee", plastered a large percentage of the homes built in Winfield and the surrounding area. The first, Everett, died in 1933, and the last, Riley, died in 1967. Jack and Brick remained unmarried, Silas had four children, Everett had one, and Riley had two.

Silas spent a good portion of his time working in Oklahoma and Texas. He had a son Paul Bunner who became a plasterer and his son, Thomas Bunner did also. George probably trav6ed the most, working a lot in various parts of California, but when he became homesick, he would return to Cowley County, and when he died, was buried next to his parents and brother John, in the Now Salem Cemetery.

William "Will", was a conductor, working for the AT. & S.F. railroad, two children, and Charles "Chart" worked in the repair shops for the A.T. & S.F. in Newton and Chanute, two children.

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Riley Dee and Hettie (Rising) Bunner Family

Riley, better known as Dee, the youngest of eleven children born to Josiah Erwin and Elizabeth (Vannader) Bunner, was born in Newton, KS, 7-21-1886, and died in Winfield, KS, 12-24-1967. On 10-10-1917, he was married in Newton KS, to Hettie Mae Rising, who was born near-New Salem, KS, 4-131896, died in Winfield, KS, 12-4-1984. Both 'are buried in Highland Cemetery.

Two sons were born to Riley and Hettie, Leo Tracy Bunner, born 9-14-1919 and Gale Joseph Bunner, born 7-23-1924. Both were born in Winfield and moved with their parents to a farm south east of Udall in 1930 after the crash of 1929.

Leo and Gale were educated in the Udall public schools and entered the service of their country during WW II. Leo served in the U.S. Army and Gale in the U.S. Navy. Neither returned to Kansas after their discharge, Leo settling in Illinois and Gale inmassachusetts. Leo spent the greater part of his working life with Gould Battery Co. and Caterpillar Co. Gale spent the greater part of his career with the Computer Division of Honeywell Inc. working as a Department Manager, in research and development, and returned to Cowley Co., in 1989.

Riley came to Cowley County with his parents in 1901, and spent the early part of his adulthood working on the family farm and learning the plastering trade from his brothers. After his marriage to Hettie, he moved to Winfield where he worked full time as a plasterer. In 1930, he returned to the life of a farmer at which he continued until the recovery of the economy, then worked part time at farming and plastering. As his sons grew older and assumed a larger share of the farm work, Riley began working full time at his trade of plastering. During W.W II, due to the shortage of farm labor, he was unable to keep up with the farm work and still do plastering, So he and his wife moved back to Winfield where they remained until their deaths.

Hettie was the daughter of Lewis Augustus and Adeline "Addie" (DeCamp) Rising, and granddaughter of Robert Agustus Rising. Lewis was born in Missouri and settled in Cowley Co. with his father and step-mother and family in 1878. Robert purchased and located his family on a farm one mile east and two miles north of Tisdale which is still owned by one of his grandchildren.

The Rising's ancestors immigrated into the U.S. in the early 1600's and settled in the Bay Colony of Massachusetts and the Colony of Connecticut. The earliest settler arrived at Plymouth, MA, in 1621 and altogether, there have been sixteen generations living in this country.

Ancestors of Robert Agustus Rising can claim relationship to nine presidents, three noted authors and Diana, Princess of Wales. This and a dollar will buy you a cup of coffee and a donut.

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Wm. E. (Bill) & Lela Burton Family

William E. Burton of Caldwell, Kansas, and Lela Woods of Geuda Springs, Kansas moved to Arkansas City in Cowley County on the same day in February of 1917. Fifteen months later they were married. Two years later their first son was born and two later a second son, the a third son three years later: Norman, Robert, and Keith.

There is no history available of the Burton family except that Bill was the son of Oscar Burton, His mother died when he was nine years old. They came to Caldwell from Sherman County, Kansas.

Here is a brief history of the Woods family of which I am the seventh child of the sixth generation. They came to America from Ireland in 1706 and settled in Virginia, later moving to Tennessee and Missouri. My father, Leo, came to Kansas from Missouri. My mother, Sarah, from Indiana. They farmed south of Oxford, Kansas for over forty years before moving to Texas in 1920.

The three Burton sons received their education in Arkansas City schools. Our family became members of the First Presbyterian Church in 1931, when Dr. Frederick Maier was pastor. Bill was chairman of the committee for the construction of the youth building of the church.

Norman became a private pilot under the instruction of Lloyd Pickett who had an airport south of the city. After graduation from Arkansas City Junior College he enlisted in the Naval Air Corps. He received his wings in April, 1942. His first assignment was submarine patrol off the Miami coast later transferring to San Diego as a dive bomber pilot. He was assigned to the aircraft carrier, Saratoga, for Pacific duty. In August of 1942, while on a training mission, his plane crashed and he was killed. Two weeks later, Bob was called into the Army Air Corps for training at Ellington Field, Texas. He became a bombardier-navigator instructor and trained men at Big Springs, Texas. He later was crewed on a B-29 bomber and assigned to Tinian, Japan. He married Marcille Morning of Arkansas City. Keith served in the Army of Occupation in Europe with the 9th Air Force. He was a radio-gunner. He married Betty McAlexander of Leavenworth, Kansas.

Bill and I observed out sixty-fifth anniversary before his death in February, 1985. He was a fifty-year member of the Lions Club and sixteen-year member of the Board of Education, serving as president of each organization. He was a partner of the Wright-Burton Hardware business for fifty years. I was office manager, 1943-1976, when we retired. I was president of the Women's Association of the Presbyterian Church for four years, president of the Arkansas City Music and Dramatics Club four years, served on the Wichita Presbyterial Executive Committee thirteen years.

Bob, associated with the University of Missouri for twentytwo years, lives in Arizona, has three living children and one deceased, seven grandchildren. Keith, associated with the family business since 1939, has three children, six grandchildren.

I have lived in GeorgeTown Village in Wichita since October 1985.

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Buterbaugh Family

James L. Buterbaugh arrived in Winfield in August 1968. After serving his tour of duty in Viet Nam and in the Middle East in the U.S. Navy, Jim came to Winfield from Harbor Creek, (continued on page 136)

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