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(continued from page 135) Pennsylvania where he was burn on 2-17-1946, to attend Southwestern College and stay with his brother, Dick, and family. One year later on August 24, 1969 Jim married Charlotte Lyon.

Charlotte was born in Phoenix, Arizona on 3-3-45 and came with her parents, Dr. Leon and Aletha Lyon and brother, Bill to Arkansas City in 10-1945, where her father resumed his dental practice established prior to WWII in 1935. A sister janel, was born 2-13-1946. Upon graduation from O.S.U. in 1967 she taught P E.-Health at Winfield Jr.-Sr. High School while raising registered Herefords on a family farm near Silverdale.

After graduation from Southwestern in 1971 Jim became an accountant at Gott, but moved to Snyder Clinic as assistant business manager within a year, In 1977 he had an opportunity to work with Lewis Boys Real Estate and became a partner in an insurance agency which is currently Buterbaugh-Handlin.

Laura Louise Buterbaugh, born 4-27-1973, was named after two Winfield women, Laura Hartley and Louise Wilcox. She was soon baptized by Father Tom Ferris at Grace Episcopal Church and became Godchild to Nan Stephens, Miriam and Ken Cookus. She attended grade school at Trinity Lutheran representing them in the Cowley County Spelling Bee. At the 7th-8th Center she qualified for State Honors in the Duke Talent Search and was selected to attend a biology course at Northwestern University through C.T.D. She was a state math finalist in the eighth grade. Out-of-school activities include Girl Scouts, ballet, piano, American Legion Aux., and swim club. She represented the swim club twice in the Jr. Olympics. At W.H.S. Laura is a member of National Honor Society, foreign language club, student council, Scholars Bowl, a cappella choir, Student Congress, junior planning committee and Girl's State Delegate. She has been an honor roll student throughout her schooling, earned letters in tennis, track and swimming and will graduate in 1991.

Matthew Leon Buterbaugh was born 4-24-1980. Errol (Red) Lambert, Rick Roe and Aunt lanel of Arkansas City became his Godparents that summer. Matthew has attended Trinity Lutheran School and been active in Boy Scouts, Sons of the American Legion and swim club. In the spring of 1990 he won the annual Boy Scouts Pine Wood Derby and Jim won the parent's division. Matthew enjoyed watching the construgtion of the Viet Nam Memorial Wall in 1989 and Brahms in 1990.jim has been involved in the Episcopal Church as a vestry member, treasurer, sub-deacon and Seabury Development Society Board. He's been active in United Way, Kiwanis and American Legion, where he's Past Commander, Post #10, and currently Kansas' Third District Commander.

Charlotte has been in church choir and youth activities, a Girl Scout leader, and officers in Cowley County Hereford Association, Church Women United and P.E.O.

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Raymond Leroy Butler

My father, Raymond Leroy Butler, was born in Wichita, Kansas, on May 16, 1930. Raymond was the son of James Paul and Ada Viola Williams Butler. The Butler family has ties to the colonial America and its rich history.

Raymond Butler is a descendant of John Butler the elder, a resident of Bristol, England in the later part of the seventeenth century. His son, John Butler the immigrant, came to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Chester County Pennsylvania between 1704 and 1711. Chester county was primarily populated by the Quaker community of which the John Butlers belonged. This Quaker heritage has been passed down through the family until the present.

My great-grandfather, James Harvey Butler, brought his family to Kansas from Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1878. James was a teacher and engaged in farming, James purchased a farm near Wichita, Kansas, which is now Joyland Amusement Park, in 1884.

The Butler family continued to engage in farming in Sedgwick and Sumner county until the 1940's. My father, Raymond, attended a country grade school between Oxford and Winfield and then a grade school west of Burden, Kansas. Raymond graduated from the Burden High School in 1949 and attended Friends University in Wichita, Kansas.

Raymond Leroy Butler married Joann Shore of Burden, Kansas while serving in the Navy. My parents were united in marriage in Venice, California, June 3rd, 1951. Raymond has a son, Timothy Paul Butler, and a daughter, Rebecca Butler Conway, and four grandchildren, Aaron Levi Butler, Any Joy Butler, Daniel Eric Conway and Sara Joann Conway.

My father died in 1979 but was able to accomplish a great many things in his short life. The richness of family history and family values that were lived every day. Community and church were very important and this was taught to my brother and I during our childhood. My father was an avid sports fan, but more importantly, he was a strong youth booster. Raymond loved to support youth that were trying to achieve their highest level of achievement. One of his most cherished memories was receiving a letter jacket from the Central High School Lettermcin's Club for his support of sportsmanship and athletics.

I married John Patrick Conway June 11, 1977. We are raising our family at Cambridge, Kansas. My father's ideals and values have always influenced my husband and I to make our family the center of our activities. Whether it is going to a baseball game, basket ball game, a swim meet, trail ride or driving our team of horses and wagon, we are able to draw a feeling of pride and enjoyment in each other. Raymond is not with us physically, but we find ourselves doing things that make us say, "Wouldn't dad enjoy this." My father's spirit lives on when I see my son, Danny, stubbornly work to swing the baseball bat a little faster or rebound a basketball a little faster of see my daughter, Sara, practice shooting a basketball for hours or push herself a little harder to better her time in a swimming event.

Time really does come full circle. I can remember the stories of my father riding a horse to grade school. Then I watch my children saddle their horses to ride to visit the neighbors or to get to where they are going without having to "walk." Dad would have loved to saddle a horse and ride with them!

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Joseph Wilson Calvin Family

Joseph Wilson Calvin was born 25 March 1837 in New Harmony, IN, the youngest of three children of Josiah & Anna Johnston Calvin. His wife Rebecca Utley was born 26 July 1840 in (Posey) IN, the ninth of eleven children of William W. and Martha Downen Utley. 21 October 1856 they were married in Posey Co. IN by Joel Hume, Minister of the Gospel. Rebecca died 29 Jun 1912 at Floral, KS.

The Utley family has a history of diabetes, and this has carried down to the present generation. Joseph W. Died 16 Apr 1923 at Floral, KS, His Civil War injuries made him require much care his last 5 years. His son William J. and wife 'Elpha' took excellent care of him in their home.

Joseph & Rebecca's ten children were: Mary born 01 August 1857; married Van Ranseter Woods 07 Sept. 1875; died 06 June 1928; buried Salem, MO. Six children. William Josiah born 24 June 1859; married Elfrida 'Elpha' White 21 Jan 1886; died 17 May 1936; buried Akron, KS.

Twelve children: Joseph Green born 15 May 1862, married Eliza J. Baker 16 Dec 1885, died 06 Jan 1935, buried Wilmot KS, five children; Anna born 15 Dec 1866, married James M. Rodgers 09 Jan 1884, died 06 March 1939, buried Floral, KS, four children; Otis N. born 15 Dec 1868, married Anna M. Hooter, died 03 April 1936, buried Kansas City, MO, one daughter; Alfred Leonard born 03 Apr 187 1, married Nellie D. Cole, died 26 Oct 1942, buried Winfield, KS, Highland Cemetery, four children; Hila born 13 August 1879, married William Dunbar 25 January 1903, died 13 September 1917, buried Floral, KS, three children; Edna May born 05 October 1884, married Lowell H, Dunbar 25 November 1903, died 29 December 1952, buried Floral, KS, four children; Martha Esta, died young, buried Floral, KS; Hattie, died young, buried Floral, KS.

In 1876 the Calvin family moved to Lone Oak Twp. (Bates) MO. Mary and Van R. Woods went with them. By August 188C they had moved to Cowley Co., KS.

August 1862, Joseph Wilson Calvin efflisted in Lt. Benjamin A. Williams Company D, 91st Indiana Infantry Regiment of US Volunteers at Poseyvihe, IN for three years. His Civil War records describe him at 5'8" tall, dark complexion, grey eyes, light hair. Discharged 18 March 1865 at Evansville, IN due to "Exceptional contraction of all muscles of the right leg due to gangrene from gunshot in the thigh received in the Battle of Lost Mountain, GA on 14 Jun 1864. He contracted a cold which resulted in catarrh and chronic rheumatism affecting heart, scurvy resulting in the disease of gums and loss of teeth, and chronic diarrahea due to improper diet and exposure."

Despite these problems, Joseph and Rebecca raised a large family, worked hard to pay their own way, and have left many descendants who are very proud of them.

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J.W. & Rebecca Calvin

J. W. Calvin came to Cowley County around 1876 from New Harmony, Indiana. He married Rebecca Utley, daughter of William and Martha Downen Utley in 1856 at New Harmony and that is where eight of his ten children were born, J.W. servedin the CivilWaras aprivate from 1862 to 1865. In 1864 he received a gunshot wound in the right thigh at Kanesaw Mountain, Georgia and this wound caused him disability and discomfort until his death at Floral, Kansas on April 16, 1923, Rebecca died June 29, 1912 and both are buried at the Floral cemetery. Their children are: Mary, married Van Woods; Wflliam Josiah married Elfrida White; Joseph Green married Eliza J. Bciker; Anna married James Rodgers,; Otis married Anna Hooten; Alfred married Nellie Cole; Hila married William Dunbar; (continued on page 137)

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J.W. & Rebecca Calvin

(continued from page 136) and Edna married Lowell Dunbar. Hila and Edna were born in Cowley County. All but two children lived most of their lives in the county and all but two are buried here.

Child number six, Alfred L. was my grandfather He was horn April 3, 1871. He married Nellie Cole December 8, 1907 in Winfield. Nellie was the daughter of I.R. and Helena Hart Cole, whose family lived in the county also. After their marriage, they moved to a farm near Akron and in 1912 moved to Winfield where Alfred worked for the city water department for 30 years. Alfred died October 26, 1942 and Nellie died July 8, 1949 and both are buried at Highland cemetery. Four children were born to them: Olive, Ralph, Betty and Hugh.

Child number three, Betty Jean, was born June 15, 1919 in Winfield and attended school here graduating from high school in 1937. On April 12, 1942 she married Carl Foster in Winfield. They lived all their lives in Cowley County farming near Oxford and Udall. Betty worked cis a nurse uid at the hospital in Winfield for 17 years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. Betty died October 20, 1989 and Carl died November 13, 1986 and both are buried in Highland cemetery. Three children were born to Carl and Betty; Judi, David and Philip. David lives near Winfield and Philip lives near Bartlesville, OK.

I am the first child of Carl and Betty, I was born in Winfield and my first eight years in school were at Sand Creek south of Udall. I graduated from high school in Winfield. On July 25, 1964 1 married Boyd Sutton at Oxford. We have lived in Winfield since then and have two boys, Chad and Jason.

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The W.J. Calvin Family

W.J. Calvin and Elfrida White were married Jan. 21, 1886, in Cowley County, and farmed there for forty-eight of their fifty years of married life. Ten children were reared in Cowley County. Their lives were spent mainly in three communities; Floral, Rock, and Grandview. The Grandview Methodist Church is on a corner of the home farm, the plot having been given by the family for this purpose.

The oldest son, Harold, married Hettie Downey and had two children, He died in Mulvane in 1918.

Reuel married Hildreth Ritchey and farmed in Cowley County. Six children were born. Hildreth passed away at the birth of the youngest child. With the help of family and Elsie Steele, Reuel reared five children on a farm near Winfield. The baby was raised by Reuel's sister, Shirley Scroggy in Wichita. Reuel died in 1967.

Millard started farming when his father's health failed. He married Helen Myers and has lived most of his life in Cowley County as a farm worker, He reared two children and still lives near Winfield.

Seven girls were reared and educated in County schools. Five of the seven became teachers in Cowley County schools.

Shirley taught in the Winfield school system, married Clair Scraggy, and lived in Wichita for many years. She raised two daughters and her niece, After her husband's death, she moved to Minneapolis, Kansas, to be near her sister, Carrie. She died in 1969.

Phoebe taught in rural schools in Kansas, married Z.K. (Speck) Sweetland, and reared six children. After Speck's death, she married Zina Moore. Phoebe died in 1968.

Ruth married Emmett Bell and lived in and around Cowley County for several years, then spent her life in ElDorado, where she raised five children. She died in 1981.

Alberta taught in Cowley County, married O.J. Whiteman, and raised four children in the Upper Timber Creek community. She resides in the Resthaven Home in Winfield.

Margaret married Homer Kistler and lived on farms in Cowley County. She raised seven children. Alter her husband's death, she moved to Wichita and made her living as a licensed baby-sitter. She passed away in 1988.

Bernice taught in Cowley County, married Carl David, and after farming there for a few years, moved to the state of Washington. She raised one son. Her death came in 1965.

Carrie taught in Cowley, Elk, and Sumner counties, She married Louis Cooper, moved to Minneapolis, Kansas, and reared two sons. She continued teaching making a total of thirty years in education. She still lives in Minneapolis.

W.J. Calvin died in 1936 and Elpha died in 1946. They are buried in the Akron cemetery.

At the present time, approximately twenty-five to thirty descendants of this marriage still live in Cowley County.

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Edd A. & Evangeline R. Carlson Family

The Carlsons of Cowley County are descendants of Tildo and Karl Karlsson on Edd's mother's side. They owned a farm called Klockarrgard in the village of Hjartlanda, Savsjo, Sweden. They had five boys and one girl, Anna Ottilia, the mother of Edd. All but two boys immigrated to America as it was very difficult to earn a living in Sweden at this time. Edd's mother born June 17, 1880 married Frans Carlson born in Sweden, April28, 1860, died February 19, 1918. To this union four children, Ruth, Carl, Arthur and Mary were born. Frans and Edd's mother were married on the boat to America. After his death she married a brother to Frans, Per (Pete) born October 30, 1953 in Stora Saveda Bringetofta, Sweden where he farmed. Edd was the only child of this marriage. His father, Pete, died of pneumonia May 1, 1920 buried at Udall Cemetery, two months before Edd was born July 1, 1920. The family had settled on a 160 acre farm 2 miles north of Udall that they paid $37 per acre. After Frans death the family moved to Udall where Edd was born. Anna died May 26, 1955 caused from the devastating Udall tornado. We were all there at Edd's brother's home. Edd was hospitalized 10 days. Edd graduated from Udall High School and entered the service of U.S. Army December 27, 1941. He served with 1st Battalion, 7th Division, 32nd Infantry Regiment. Serving in Okinawa, Attu, Kwalalein and the Philippines. He was honorably discharged October 20, 1945.

Evageline's (Van) parents also immigrated from Sweden. Her mother, Augusta Elizabeth Peterson, was born February 20, 1879 in the same village that Edd's mother was born. They were neighbors and friends in school. Evangeline's mother sent for her mother Stina Helena (Uylander) Peterson, born in Budatop Haisted Farsamling, Sweden December 15, 1839, that she too could be in America. She died in Augusta's home February 14, 1923. Van's father, Gust A. Johnson also immigrated to America from Smoland, Sweden. They were married February 19, 1907 and were early settlers on their farm 9 miles from Holdrege, Nebraska. They had 6 children. Two died in infancy. Gunnard died in January, 1965 and Myrtle 1981. A brother Laurence, born December 27, 1907, still resided on the farm. Evangeline was born March 25, 1921, attended country school and graduated from Holdrege High 1938.

Edd and Evangeline were married August 27, 1946 in her sister's garden near Van's home in Nebraska. They bought their home in Winfield on Hackney Street at that time. They joined the First Baptist Church. They have two children, Renae Evangeline, born March 13, 1948. She graduated in business from St. John's College and married Philip McCrory of Sterling, Kansas, May 25, 1974. Their home is in Hutchinson. They have two boys, Ryan Philip born July 18, 1980 and Thud Charles born January 28, 1981.

Bruce Edd born January 22, 1949 graduated from Wichita State University, married Kirsten Anderson of Kearney, Nebraska July 27, 1984 and they live in their home west of Mulvane. They have two children, Scott Bruce born April 8, 1987 and Kara Sue born February 14, 1989.

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Thomas J. & Pearl Douglass Carson

My mother, Mrs. Thomas Douglass Carson, recalls coming to Kansas from Mexico, Missouri, by way of Grand Island, Nebraska. She was about four years old and remembers riding part of the way in a covered wagon. Upon arriving in Winfield, they searched for a place to live and temporarily settled in a one large-room apartment above the old Opera House on Main Street. The time must have been around 1901, for she remembers being there when Carrie Nation came along and brake up a saloon (Schmidt's) across the street. There was lots of noise and excitement. Across from their apartment were smaller rooms where the people had made holes in the walls so they could watch the people on the stage.

Mother's first year of school was in the old Central Building on East Ninth, then she attended both Lowell and Bryant schools. She was in the first freshman class to enter the new (1911) building. Mary Warren, Fred Jenkins, Young Hutchinson and she were eighth grade honor students so their names were placed in the cornerstone of the new high school building. In later years, she was present when the cornerstone was opened after the 1974 high school was erected.

After graduation in 1915, she took a normal training course and taught two years at Glendale School, nine and one-half miles southeast of Dexter. Her parents were Clarence H. and (continued on page 138)


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(continued from 137) Lillian Prattsman Douglass. Her father worked at the Baden Mal on the Walnut River west of Winfield for many years. An abscess on his lungs due to flour dust caused him to seek other employment.

Mrs. Douglass cooked for thirty years at the Chamber of Commerce building serving Rotary, Lions, Board of Directors, Business and Professional Women and many other groups and the kitchen'had none of today's handy appliances.

Besides Pearl, there were two other children: Hallie, who taught at Bryant School for fourteen years before marrying Howard Hayes, and Lynn, who became a bookkeeper for the Houston Lumber Company.

Thomas J. (Tommie) Carson was the son of John Wilson and Margaret Foote Carson from the Wilmot Atlanta area. Tomrnie was one of eight children and was born on the Carson farm, four miles north and one-half mile west of Wilmot. The farm had belonged to his grandfather, Thomas R. Carson, before his father. His grandfather was one of the founders of the town of Wilmot.

Tommie moved with his family to Winfield where his father became a contractor and Tommie spoke of helping him build several two story frame houses with four bedrooms just east of the railroad on 13th and 14th Streets.

During high school he worked at Pierce's Book Store. He often spoke of his role in the popular musical, THE MIKADO. He graduated in 1914.

After graduation he worked for the Jordan Baking Company in Topeka and graduated from a baking school in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

While working in Topeka, Tommie and Pearl Douglass were married in 1917 Lois Carson Livengood is their only child.

He transferred to Tulsa, Oklahoma, but worked there only a short time before returning to Winfield and renting the Bish Bakery on East 7th in 1922. In 1929, they built their own bakery at 2 1 0 West 9th where they continued until 1940 following the Great Depression.

Later Tommie worked for Wiley's Potato Chips, the Peerless Bakery and the State Training School.

The Carsons were both interested in music, gardening, flowers, birds, wood carving, hooking rugs, crewel embroidery and dominoes. They explored every mile of highway and country road between Winfield, Beaumont, Coffeeyville and Ponca City, Oklahoma.

Both sang in THE ELIJAH and Pearl was known for her soprano voice. She sang at many funerals and other solo occasions. She was also known for her flowers.

They were vital members of the United Brethren Church and sat with Lois and Vern Livengood at the Uniting Conference when the United Brethren Church and the Methodist Church became the United Methodist Church in 1968.

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Donald M. & Edna Ann T. Carttar

Donald McKinley, youngest son of Nathan Edwards and Mary Akers Carttar, was born September 10, 1896 at Miami, Indian Territory. When just a few days old, he made the trip by wagon and train with his mother to Winfield where his father was gravely ill. He lost his father when he was just three weeks old; nevertheless, his was a happy childhood spent on farms in Cowley County and in Coffeyville, Udall, and Winfield. He started his schooling under his sister, Nellie at Maple Grove.

In 1915 he was graduated from Winfield High School where he was president of his junior class. He helped in his brother Gene's dry cleaning establishment and did other odd jobs and continued to work to finance his studies at Southwestern. World War I interrupted and he spent time with the Army in France and Germany.

Upon his return to Southwestern he met Edna Ann Tennery, born August 12, 1900 to John Harvey and Mary Frances Holmes Tennery, early settlers in the "Paradise Valley" between Belle Plaine and Oxford. Edna studied at Barner school with four older brothers and a sister and went on to finish Belle Plaine High School in 1916. At Southwestern she trained to be a teacher of mathematics, earned her diploma in "Expression," and was a charter member of Campus Players. The romance was helped along whenthey traveled to publicize Southwestern, Don as a member of the male quartet and Edna Ann to perform dramatic readings.

They married in the Tennery home in Winfield August 13, 1922 and established their first home in Sawyer, Kansas where Don was the superintendent of school and Edna a teacher. Their first child, Donald Minter, was born at home in Sawyer February 29, 1924.

Between 1925 and 1937 the Carttars lived in Wichita with Don working for International Harvester- Two daughters, Barbara and Mary, were born in Wichita.

In the spring of 1937 the family moved to Clearwater to live for seven busy years. Don was the International Harvester dealer. During World War II he helped manufacture planes for Beechcraft in Wichita.

In 1944 the Carttars returned to Winfield. Don was associated with Dungey and Son Firestone but eventually returned to Beech Aircraft from which he retired in 1961. Mary insisted the move to Winfield was the most wonderful thing the family ever did. The family participated in many activities of Grace United Methodist Church.

Don like his family was a Republican though a liberal one. Edna followed her parents into the Democratic party and has espoused many liberal causes. In the Sixties they were Civil Rights and bringing an end to the war in Viet Nam.

The Cowley County Historical Society has been a major interest in Edna's life, and for twenty years she served on the museum board. School children remember her as the "soap lady" who demonstrated the making of lye soap for them at the museum.

Don enjoyed wood-working and had a well-equipped shop. His favorite hobby, however, was music, He chorded on the piano, and he and his son, Donald, held spirited duet sessions at the piano. From the time his voice changed at the age of fourteen he sang in his church choir every Sunday until the day preceding his fatal stroke. After a short illness he died in Winfield December 13, 1973.

Edna also enjoyed working with her hands. Her sewing kept her daughters in the latest fashions, progressing from baby dresses through formals to Mary's wedding dress which has already been worn by the next generation. She braided and hooked cdl the rugs for her own home, pieced many quilts for her grandchildren, and quilted with the Grace Church quilters.

Indicative of her indomitable spirit is Edna's accomplishment at the age of seventy-two of learning to ride a bicycle, She also traveled widely. Failing eyesight has curtailed her interests, but Edna now enjoys the activities of Cumbernauld Village where she is a resident.

The children of Don and Edna Carttar are: Donald Minter Carttar: b. February 28, 1924, Sawyer, KS; m. Magdalene Stieghorst, September 14, 1949, Wilmot, IL; d. ElDorado, KS May 23, 1983; Barbara Ann Carttar Robison: b. June 8, 1926, Wichita; m. William Thomas Robison, December 14, 1949, LaPaz, Bolivia; Mary Frances Carttar Hartley; b. July 13, 1936, Wichita; m. Robert Earl Hartley, December 22, 1956, Winfield; lives in Redmond, Washington.

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Nathan E. & Mary E. Akers Carttar

Nathan Edwards Carttar, son of John Maxwell and Abashaba Edwards Caritar, was born in Camden, New Jersey, September 3, 1848. His family came west and settled in White Cloud, Kansas. In 1869 Nathan rode horseback to Cowley County where he settled and later filed a claim.

Mary Elizabeth Akers was born at Carthage, Indiana February 20, 1857. In the summer of 1870 she came with her parents, Cornelius and Susan Akers, and six siblings in a covered wagon to Kansas, She lived on the farm with them until she married Nathan Carttar at Rock on March 16, 1875. They lived on their claim near Rock until it was proved up, then sold it and moved to the Cayman farm seven miles southeast of Winfield. Four children were born to them during this period.

In 1886 they moved to Pratt County, Kansas. They engaged in farming and various occupations and their daughter, Beulah was born here. In 1869 they went to Miami, Indian Territory, for a brief stay, and Mary gave birth to her last son, Donald. They soon returned to Winfield where Nathan died at the home of his brother-in-law, George Pike, October 4, 1896.

The family again began farming and lived on several places near Winfield. Sons, Roy and Gene, along with John Dicken and John Wilson formed the "Sunflower Quartette," popular for entertaining around Maple Grove and Udall. Gertrude and Nellie had their teaching certificates and drove in horse and buggy to teach at Maple Grove and Mt. Carmel schools. Those were happy days of picnics, box suppers, parties, literaries, and hay rack rides in the close-knit Maple Grove community.

In about 1905 Roy and Gene held a farm sale, and the families of both Roy and Mary moved to Winfield. They bought the Winfield Carriage Works located on Eighth Avenue, one block east of Main. They then moved to Coffeyville to run the carriage works there. This was obviously a bad time to get into that business as the automobile was beginning to dominate the scene. When the business failed, the families returned to Winfield.

The children married and established their own homes. Just Mary, Donald and Beulah were left when they moved to Udal to run the hotel. Here Mary used her talents as a cook to attrac a solid clientele. When Donald entered high school, the returned to Winfield, and Mary spent most of the last thirty seven years of life there. She participated in many activitie of the First Methodist Church. When a meal was served, sh would be found in the kitchen preparing her famous biscuit and cakes. She died March 13, 1951, just past her ninety fourth birthday. Although her hearing and eyesight had deteri orated, her mind remained sharp to the end.

The children of Nathan and Mary Carttar were: Charle Leroy Carttar b. February 28, 1876, Rock, married Bessi Scott February 25, 1903, d. Fowler, KS; Gertrude Lenore Cart tar Dungey b. August 15, 1877, Rock, m. Lewis A. Dungey August 22, 1906, Winfield, d. March 10, 1956, Winfield; Nelli Florence Carttar Hoop b. August 21, 1879, Rock, m. Loui Arwin Hoop, May 6, 1903, Winfield; d. Winfield; Eugene Aker Maxwell Carttar b. April 21, 1883, m. Ethel Naden June 25 1912, Winfield, d. Wichita; Beulah Susan Abashaba Carrtar (continued on page 139)

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(continued from page 138) Greenland m. Roy Greenland May 5, 1912, d. January 29, 1929, Winfield; Donald McKinley Carttar b. September 10, 1896, Miami, Indian Territory, m. Edna Ann Tennery August 13, 1922, Winfield, d. December 13, 1973, Winfield.

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The Saga of Julia Blankenmister Caton

Julia Louise Blankenmister (Mrs. W.B. Caton) was born in St. Louis, Missouri in April, 1852 the daughter of John Peter Blankenmister, a Bavarian, and Louise Westendorf of French extraction, both naturalized American Citizens. When Julia was quite young, her parents moved from St. Louis to Boonvflle, Missouri where she was educated in private school, finishing in the Missouri Female College as a student teacher of German and Franch.

In 1869 she married William B. Caton, a young Union soldier of the Civil War. The first ten years of their life were spent in Missouri, but in 1879 they, with their two children, Harry and Lottie, answered the urge to "go West" making sunny Kansas their destination. Wichita was the point chosen but when they passed through the pretty little town of Winfield, situated on the winding Walnut River, their journey ended, and in Winfield they lived throughout their long and useful lives, celebrating their 72nd wedding anniversary before Mr. Caton passed away at the age of 94. To their union six children were born.

Mrs. Caton became prominent in educational works as a teacher in the public schools from IB80 to 1883 and County Superintendent from 1889 to 1891. She was a devout worker in the church activities and was among those who organized the Home Missionary Society and the Aid Society - afterwards renamed the W.S.C.S. - of the First Methodist Church. At 92 holding a life membership in W.S.C.S., she made a talk before the group in which she reviewed the works and the progress of the Society from the time of its inception.

In 1882, when prohibition in Kansas was the main issue, the young and thriving little town of Winfield was putting forth every effort to outlaw liquor. The W.C.T.U. was organized Mrs. Caton one of its staunchest workers. An all-day temperance picnic was scheduled to he held in the beautiful natural park on the river bank - appropriately named Riverside. Mrs. Caton was to he on of the speakers of the day - and to add color to the affair, she drilled a band of fifteen young boys, put them in red, white and blue uniforms, and taught them to sing an original temperance song. When the day arrived, they marched, each carrying an American flag, to the platform in the park where they waved their flags and they sang as only youngsters can sing. In the group was her own twelve-yearold son Harry, who, when he was less than thirty, was elected Prohibition Mayor of Winfield.

Mrs. Caton lived close to the century mark and was laid to rest in Highland Cemetery in November, 1951 just five months before her 100th birthday. She could quote whole chapters of the Bible and had many favorite passages, but loved the 24th Psalm above all others. At her quiet burial service, a portion of this Psalm was used as the text.

Socially, Mrs. Caton was quite active, but study and advancement were uppermost with her. She was a charter member of the Rosetti and Appolo, a music club, which she loved very much, as she was a finished musician. Also, she organized the C.R.C., a social and study club, and was one of those who organized the Fortnightly, a study club. She was an avid reader, and until her last illness, kept abreast of the times, making talks before educational groups into her 90th year.

*This article was written by Lottie Caton Abbot (date unknown). It was found by her great-great niece, Mary Carolyn Love, when she went through many interesting articles and pieces of history of the Caton, Blankenniister, Brettun and Crapster families that Caroline Louise Crapster Caton had kept. It is through these pieces of history that we keep alive our past and know our families.

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Elmer R. Chamness Family

Elmer R. Chamness served as Sheriff of Cowley Co. 19241928. During his tenure of office, he organized the first "Flying Sheriffs" group in the United States. Primary purpose was to hunt bank robbers and cattle rustlers. Flying gave the sheriffs a good view of the hill country which was sparcely settled and had few roads.

Elmer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marquis Chamness, was born 9-10-1882, in Johnson Co., IN, died Winfield, KS, 7-14-1958, and was buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Morgan Co., near Indianapolis, IN, next to his first wife. He married first, in Morgan Co., IN to Effie Elizabeth Perry, who died 3-26-1930. Elmer and Effie moved to Cowley Co., in 1908. He married second, 10-26-1933, at Eureka, KS, Lillie (Bonnett) Thirsk, widow of Albert Thirsk. Lillie was the d/o Columbus and Amanda Bonnett, born in Cowley Co., 3-10-1880, d. 1-11975, buried in Highland Cemetery next to her first husband, Albert. By his first wife, a son, Perry Chamness.

Mr. Chamness served in Cuba in the Spanish-American war from 5-22-1899 to 4-3-1902. At the time of enlistment, Elmer had not reached the age of seventeen but since he was over six feet tall and had a large frame, he lied about his age and was inducted.

During his enlistment, he served with Co. G of the llth Reg. of the U.S. Infantry. A short time prior to his unit returning to the U.S., he was seriously injured when a piece of artillery rolled over him, Eventually he received a medical discharge. Due to his deteriorating health, he was unable to work during the latter twenty-five years of his life. He and his second wife spent eight years of retirement on a farm near Udall, then returned to Winfield where they remained until Elmer's death in 1956.

Elmer spent a lot of his retirement time competing in rifle target meets and in skeet shooting, He also spent time with his hobbies of drawing cartoons in color and black & white, woodworking and anytime someone would listen, telling stories.

He was a great story teller and could hold one's attention for a long period of time. His stories would follow one of three general themes, his war experiences, events that occurred during his term as Sheriff, or one of telling "Whoppers" to any one who might be gullible enough to believe what he was telling was the truth. He could maintain an expressionless or poker face look all the time while telling his tales and even those who knew him well often times wound up believing what he told was the truth.

Elmer sent many of his cartoons to selected politicians and friends when he wanted lo make a point about something he felt strongly about. Several of his cartoons and some of the things he made from wood are in the possession of Gale Bunner, a good friend of Elmer and his second wife.

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Edward Roe & Amy (Larkin) Chapin Family

Edward Roe Chapin was born May 22, 1836 near Keene, New Hampshire, the second son of Stephen Rawson and Hannah G. (Watts) Chapin. During the Civil War, E.R. Chapin served in Co. B., Wisconsin, Infantry. The Chapin family moved to Indiana and later to Macon county, Illinois. His mother died there August 15, 1866.

In the fall of 1869, Ed R. Chapin came west into southern Kansas, an area known as the Osage Diminished Reserve.

In the first election held in Cowley county, Ed. R. Chapin and R.A. Gilmer were elected "Justices of the Peace" for the town of CressweH (Arkansas City).

The log building where the election was held was not finished so Ed and his brother, F.A. Chapin, who arrived May 2, 1870, contracted to chunk and daub it. During the summer of 1870, Ed R. Chapin and William Brown, being stone masons, had all they could do laying foundations for store buildings along Summit Street. They hauled stone from the bluff one and one-half miles north of town for these foundations.

In November of 1870, his brother, F.A. Chapin, Joe Bonghner from Canada, and himself, started working for C.R. Sipes, who had a hardware store and wanted supplies hauled from Emporia. A trip to Emporia and back usually took a month and the job paid two dollars per I 00 pounds, hauling such items as (continued on page 140)

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(continued from page 139) groceries, iron bars, kegs of horseshoes, shelf hardware and stoves.

During 1871, E.R. and brother, F.A. Chapin planted perhaps the first corn raised near the City, in the sand dunes west of town, near where the Frisco Depot is now located. The summer was wet and the corn yielded 50 bushel per acre. They sold two-thirds of their corn to Henry Endicott for $1.25 per bushel. They were able to pay for their claim of eighty acres each, joining the townsite.

In the fall of 1871, Ed and brother, F.A. went back to Illinois. Ed married Amy Larkin on February 27, 1872 and soon arrived back in Kansas. Ed sold his claim near the City and bought a quarter section one and one-half miles south of Hackney. They had one son, Charles E., born February 1, 1874 and died May 23, 1948. A daughter, Muriel A., born October 22, 1880 and died December 31, 1963.

Edward died June 30, 1918 at age eighty-two.

Amy (Larkin) Chapin, born August 23, 1850 to Nelson J. and Dulany Larkin. She was a school teacher the greater part of her life which made it possible to hold their homestead and raise their two children, Charles, who became a doctor and Muriel, who became a school teacher. Amy was a cultured woman, a charter member of the Women's Mutual Improvement Society and the Hackney Grange. She died April 4, 1916 at age sixty-six at her home at 1415 East 9th, in Winfield.

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Francis Albert & Phoebe Salome (Livergood) Chapin Family

Francis Albert Chapin was born September 20, 1845 near Centerville, Ohio, the youngest of five sons born to his parents: Stephen Rawson Chapin, born March 8, 1802 in New Hampshire and died April 1, 1894 at rural Winfield, Kansas; and Hannah G. (Watts) Chapin, born June 2, 1799 in New Hampshire, died August 15, 1866 in Macon county, Illinois. Francis A. and brother, William H, Chapin, attended four years the V.M. and R. College when it was established in 1860 in Valparaiso, Indiana.

F.A. Chapins' brother, Edward R. came west to Kansas the fail of 1869. F.A. Chapin left Macon County, Illinois in the spring of 1870, by wagon and a team of mules. Near Augusta, he met three men who were friends of Ed R. Chapin who were looking for him. The group had been traveling almost four weeks, waiting on ferry boats and high water. The men who became his neighbors were: Frank Denton, Jim Marshall and Albert H. Denton.

F.A. Chapin arrived in Cresswell on May 2, 1870, at four p.m., too late to vote in the first county election, but just in time to become a citizen of a legally organized municipality.

During the summer of 1870, F.A., his brother, Ed R. and a William Brown, both stone masons, laid foundations for buildings being erected along Summit Street. In November of 1870, the Chapin brothers worked for C.R. Sipes, for a year they hauled supplies, for his hardware store, from Emporia.

During 1871 the brothers planted corn on their 160 acres of land, near where the Frisco Depot was later located. They were able to pay for their claim with the corn crop.

The fall of 187 1, the Chapin brothers started back to Illinois, walking part of the way to Emporia, where they bought a ticket to Decatur, Illinois.

Ed R. Chapin married Amy Larkin on February 27, 1872, in Macon County, Illinois and soon returned to Kansas.

Frank A. Chapin spent four years in Illinois, farming and teaching two terms of school. On November 10, 1875 he married Phoebe Salome Livergood at Stonington, Christian County, Illinois. In a short time Chapin, his new wife and his father, Stephen Rawson Chapin, departed for Kansas. They arrived at Wichita on December 15, stayed overnight, taking a stage the next day for his brother Ed's home, near Hackney. The trip from Wichita took all day. there were no fences then, so roads ran all directions across the prairie.

F.A. Chapin sold his land near the city in 1876 and bought eighty acres near his brothers claim. He did not finish a house before winter, so lived with his brother, Ed and family, his wife, Phoebe, keeping house, while Mrs. Ed Chapin taught school near Winfield.

As progress was slow, F.A. Chapin farmed summers and taught school winters.

The first house was added on to a couple of times to make more room for the seven children born to the family. By the winter of 1908-09, the old house was moved out of the way and a new two-story house built in its place. Chapin acquired another eighty acres, next to his land, to make a quarter section of land owned.

During the years he lived in the Hackney community, he taught fifteen terms of school in the country surrounding his home, which were: Victor, Wright Canyon, South Bend, Springside, and Coburn. He served on the local school board, township board and held about every office in the Hackney United Brethren Church. Chapin died at his farm home, August 16, 1936 at age ninety years, eleven months.

Mrs. F.A. (Phoebe Salome Livergood) Chapin was born October 21, 1851 in Sangamon County, Illinois to George W. and Martha (Pancake) Livergood, who had twelve children, four died under two years of age. The Livergood ancestors were German speaking Lutherans residing near Bern, Switzerland, making their way to England and on to America, being under religious persecution. Phoebe S. Livergood married F,A. Chapin on November 10, 1875 at Stonington, Illinois. She arrived in Kansas December 16, 1875. Mrs. Chapin was a quiet person, her main interest being her home and church. She was a charter member of the United Brethren Church south of Hackney. She and her husband lived on the farm they homesteaded, for over sixty years. She died July 19, 1936 at age eighty-four years, nine months.

Frank A. and Phoebe Salome (Livergood) Chapin had seven children: Stella Grace, born November 21, 1876, died October 30, 1946; Martha Ben, born November 24, 1878, died January 17, 1965; Mary Kate, born August 22,1884, died June 3, 1949; Ben, born August 22, 1884, died May 12, 1945; Carle, born August 22, 1884, died June 3, 1949; Abbie Winifred, born January 26, 1888, died November 27, 1965; Don Russell, born September 14, 1892, died June 20, 1961.

Marriages of Chapin children: S. Grace married February 18, 1903 to Clark S. Stephenson; Martha B. (Mattie) married September 16, 1900 to Charles S. Roseberry; Carle married February 11, 1914 to Mary Griffeth; Abbie W. married April 3, 1910 to Claude Hunt; Don R. married January 1, 1918 to Florence P. Beach.

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James Rawson & Elizabeth Jane Chapin

James Rawson Chapin was born July 31, 1833, near Keene, New Hampshire, the oldest of five sons born to his parents, Stephen Rawson and Hannah G. (Watts) Chapin.

James R. Chapin came to Arkansas City, in Cowley County, about 1880, arriving a few years after his brother, Ed R. and Frank A. Chapin.

James R. and wife Elizabeth Jane Chapin were married before coming to Kansas. They had no children.

James was an engineer and worked in the old mfll, located on the Walnut river, on east Kansas Avenue. He also worked for the "White, Hill and Co." store in Arkansas City, that sold field and garden seeds, Columbus buggys, and Deering Binders and Mowers. Around 1889, Lent and Chapin, were agents for the "Rock Island Plow Company", in Arkansas City. While living in Arkansas City, the Chapins lived at 608 South A Street, in 1893.

For a time, James and Elizabeth lived in the State of Michigan. Elizabeth died in 1915 at Valparaiso, Indiana returned to Arkansas City, spending the last two or three years of his life at the home of his brother, Frank A Chapin. After an accident, by slipping on ice and receiving a fatal head wound, he died on January 13, 1918, at age eighty-four years and five and one half months. He is buried on the family plot of his brother, F. A. Chapin, in the Pleasant Valley cemetery, near Hackney, Kansas.

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C. Stedman and Hazel Chaplin Family

C. Stedman Chaplin and Hazel F. Smith were united in marriage on November 5, 1924 in Butler County, Kansas. They took up residence in Arkansas City where Stedman worked for the United States Postal Service for 36 years. He was a charter member of the first class at Arkansas City Junior College.

The four daughters of C. Stedman and Hazel (Smith) Chaplin are no longer living in Cowley County but were all raised and attended schools in Arkansas City. They are LeonabeHe (Mrs. Robert) Turnbull, Port Aransas, Texas; Shirley (Mrs. Robert C.) Kent, Charles Town, West Virginia; Charlene (Mrs. Glenn) Shaw, Port Aransas, Texas; Carol (Mrs. Clarence) Milbourn, Boones Mill, Virginia.

C. Stedman Chaplin was born February 26, 1899 on his parents homestead in Sumner County near Geuda Springs. He died in Cowley County at his residence on June 1, 1975. Hazel (Smith) Chaplin was born near Potwin, Kansas January 23, 1904 and died in Arkansas City July 6, 1987. They are both buried at the Hope Cemetery near Arkansas City. Before her marriage, Hazel frequently visited with relatives in the Arkansas City area. Her grandparents were John and Mary (Trimble) Scott of the West Bolton area who had moved to the area from Ohio in 1875. John Scott was a highly respected Cowley County resident. Their daughter Lona and her husband Albert E. Smith of Butler County were the parents of Hazel.

Stedman's parents were Allen and Minnie (Vickery) Chaplin who were early residents of Arkansas City area. Allen was born in Koscuisko County, Indiana and had come to Kansas as a boy with his family in 1878. His parents were Rolando and Clarissa (Logan) Chaplin. This Chaplin lineage goes back to the Hugh Chaplin family of Massachusetts that came from England in 1638. The parents of Minnie (Vickery) Chaplin were also early settlers of Kansas. They were Ira M. and Georgia (Young) Vickery. Ira and Georgia came from Doniphan County, Kansas tp tje Arlamsas Cotu area om 1883 where he (continued on page 141)

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