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(continued from page 140 ) bought land in Sumner and Cowley counties. Ira was born in New York and comes from a family of early settlers that had come from England in the mid-1600s. Both Ira Vickery and Allen Chaplin were in the Cherokee Strip run.

After Stedman's father, Allen Chaplin died in 1938, he purchased the family farm which is now the Chaplin Nature Center. There he raised Hereford cattle, grain and always a large garden. They moved to the farm permanently in 1953 from their home in Arkansas City. The move allowed them to enjoy the natural woods and wildlife contained on their property. In late 1973 they sold the farm to the Wichita Audubon Society so the woodlands might always he preserved for others to enjoy as much as they had.

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Davis Dimock Cheever

Davis Dimock Cheever was born 11-14-1851 in Bradford Co., Pa., the second of three children born to Samuel Stilman Cheever and his second wife, Clarissa Gray. Davis also had two half sisters from his fatheT'S first marriage. Davis was married on 12-1-1872 in Missouri to Amelia Randles who was born 5-15-1855 in Coshocton Co., Oh. She was the daughter of Thomas Randles and Melinda Compton. Davis and Amelia made their home in Saline County, Mo. before moving to palmer, Illinois in the late 1870's. After loosing a daughter to tuberculosis, Amelia's uncle, George Washington Compton, Jr. moved his family to Windsor Township, Cowley Co., Ks. in 1892 in search of a drier climate. Davis went along and liked the area so well that he purchased a farm near the Comptons, built a home, and returned to Illinois for his family. It was 1896 before Davis concluded his affairs in Illinois and returned with his family to Kansas. Davis died 2-25-1920 at Burden, Ks. and is buried in Mt. Vernon Cemetery southeast of Atlanta, Ks. Amelia died on 7-1-1953 at Winfield, Ks. and is also buried in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Davis and Amelia were parents of six children:

Samuel Edgar Cheever, horn 2-1-1874 in Saline Co., Mo., died southeast of Atlanta. He was married 12-21-1902 at Rock to Anna Belle Kistler, born 4-9-1887, died 7-22-1958 at Lamar, Mo., and is buried in Highland Cemetery at Winfield. Samuel was the first rural mail carrier to serve the Burden community.

Cora Belle Cheever, born 5-13-1876 in Saline Co., Mo., died 8-7-1906 near Burden and is buried in Mt. Vernon Cemetery southeast of Atlanta. She was married 9-2-1894 at Taylorville Illinois to Edward Stamm, born 2-20-1873 and died 3-26-1930 at Litchfield, Illinois. and is buried at Harper's Ferry Cemetery at Palmer, Illinois. He was the son of William and Catherine Stamm.

Charles Omer Cheever, born 6-12-1883 in Christian Co., Illinois died 12-27-1961 at Monrovia, Ca. He was married 7-19-1905 in Cowley Co., Ks. to Lucy Elizabeth Sifford, born 2-17-1888, died 7-24-1977 at Monrovia Ca. Both are buried in Rose Hills Cemetery at Whittier, Ca. Lucy was the daughter of Daniel and Dorcha Sifford.

Emma May Cheever, born 7-23-1887 in Christian Co., Illinois, died 4-7-1904 in Windsor Township, Cowley Co., and is buried in Mt. Vernon Cemetery southeast of Atlanta.

Delmar Lloyd Cheever, born 9-1-1890 in Christian Co., IEinois, died 12-23-1921 at Burden. He was married 1-26-1910 at Burden to Anna Margaret Anderson, born 1-22-1887 near Burden, died 5-7-1949 at Winfield. Both are buried in the Burderi Cemetery. Anna was the daughter of Andrew 0. Anderson and Anna Jensen.

Mary Ardena Cheever, born 7-1-1894 at Palmer, Illinois. She was married 2-12-1913 at Winfield to Edward Austin Lawrence, born 4-15-1889 at Green Forest, Ar., died 12-25-1969 at Winfield, and is buried in Mt. Vernon Cemetery southeast of Atlanta. He was the son of William Henry Lawrence and Martha Mary Ann Ham.

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Basil C. Chittenden, his wife, Amanda Hosford Chittenden, their Son, Zella, and his family, and their daughter, Charlotte, and her family, moved to Winfield from Dawson, Nebraska, in approximately 1892. Basil S. Chittenden was a descendant of Governor Chittenden, the first governor of Vermont. He had been a captain in the 59th U.S.C. Infantry of the Union Army during the Civil War, fighting in battles in Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee. After the Civil War, he settled in Dawson, Nebraska and was postmaster there. After moving to the Winfield area, he farmed east of Winfield.

Basil and Amanda's son, Zefla Chittenden, was the father of Dorothy Chittenden, who later married Frank Jarvis, one of the early owners of Gott Manufacturing Company.

Basil and Amanda's daughter, Charlotte, married John Wesley Herlocker in Dawson, Nebraska. They had one child, Basil Dean Herlocker, who was born in 1888 in Dawson, Nebraska, and moved with them to Winfield in 1892 when he was four years old.

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Dr. L. K. Chont

Dr. Laslo Kendey Chont was born in Poroszlo, Hungary on October 11, 1899. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Chont, he changed his name to Chont after coming to this country. Dr. Chont secured his training at the Academy of Medicine in Budapest, Hungary. After graduation he served his internship at the Tuberculosis Sanatorium at Pesteyhely, Hungary and subsequently served as Resident of Radiology at the same institution after which he became Assistant Professor of Radiology at the Academy of Medicine in Budapest.

On May 19, 1934, Dr. Chont married Esther Lacek in the Calvinist Reformed Church in Budapest, Hungary. Mrs. Esther Chont had previously lived for several years in the USA with her mother and father and had helped her father run a tie factory which they sold just before the 1929 market crash and depression, after which they returned to Hungary for several years.

After coming to the United States, Dr. Chont had a year's residency at St. Luke's Hospital in New York City and another year's residency at the University Hospital in Oklahoma City. During his time in Oklahoma City, he also became an Assistant Professor in Radiology at the University of Oklahoma Medical School. In 1940 he became a U.S. citizen. Before coming to Winfield, he spent six months at the Kansas Tuberculosis Sanuti3yium at Noyktn, Kanziaz, lailty while lit took and puzzti khe Kansas State Boards. He and another foreign doctor were the first two physicians to pass the Kansas State Board.

In 1943, Dr. Chont joined the Snyder Clinic where he was chief radiologist and also took care of radiology at William Newton Memorial Hospital. He also served as a consultant at Wellington, Ponca City and Arkansus City once a week. During the war years when so many of our doctors were serving overseas, he also acted as a general practice physician to help cover the needs of the community at large.

Dr. Chont contributed many articles on radiology to medical journals worldwide and was known and respected throughout the medical community as well as being loved and respected by all those who came in contact with him in the local community. He was always known as being "an old-world-type gentleman."

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Duane C. Chrisler Family

As a recently discharged Korean War veteran, Duane Clement Chrisler came to Winfield in late February of 1953. He had served as a sergeant in the Army after graduating from Kansas State University in 1950. On March 1, 1953 he was married to Patricia May Lawrence, a Winfield native and 1952 graduate of Kansas State. She was teaching home economics and science at Cambridge High School. After their marriage they lived on two different farms north of Winfield before moving, in March of 1954, to a farm southeast of Tisdale where they lived for twelve years. They moved a mile further south in June 1966 to a farm they purchased, continuing to rent the previous place and several other adjacent farms. Duane's main farming enterprises have been wheat and registered Hereford cattle. For the past fifteen years a seed wheat business has become the major emphasis.

Duane has been active in many community activities through the years. He was a 4-H project leader. He served a total of twenty years as member and officer on the school boards of C-3 school and USD 465. He also served on the county extension board; as an elder in the First Presbyterian Church; member and officer of the Sumner-Cowley Electric Co-op board and the County Farm Bureau and the Cowley County Hereford Association.

Patricia (Pat) taught for sever years at Cambridge. She was community and project leader for the Tisdale 4-H Club for many years. She also served several terms as a member and officer of the county extension board. She continues to be an active member of the Salemite Extension Homemakers Unit.

Duane and Pat have a daughter, Karen LeRoyce, and a son, Randall Lee. Both graduated from Winfield High School and Kansas State University. Karen married Jon Christian (Chris) Baker of Leavenworth in August of 1982 after both are graduated from KSU in May. In June, 1988, Chris became the county extension agent for agriculture here in Cowley County. They are currently living in Winfield with their son, Kyle Matthew, (3 years) and daughter Kelsey Morgan (4 months). Karen is employed by a local CPA. Randall was married to Michelle Leigh Fornaro (Mickey) of Ottawa in September 1933. She graduated from KSU in 1987. They currently live on the home place. He works with his father in the farming business. Mickey is assistant manager of Maurice's, a clothing store in the Winfield Plaza.

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Clasen Family

The Joe Clasen Sr. family bought a 160 acre farm four miles north and one east of Udall in 1936. In years back this was the location of Red Bud community which had a grocery store and post office. When they purchased it all that was still there was the storm cave which was used by the store to keep the butter, cream, etc. There was a large two-story house and out buildings. On Christmas Day 1936 the home burned down and was replaced by a house moved in.

The Clasen family at this time was Joe Sr. and Margaret and nine children, with three more children added to the family later. They lived on this farm until 1952, then moving to Mulvane.

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Gilbert & Elizabeth Clift Family

Gilbert Clift and Elizabeth came to Winfield in 1926 with their three young sons; William, Worrall and Gilbert Jr. (Gobby). Mr. Clift had the Kay & Kaw Furniture Co. at 801 Main Street and then at 718 Main St, Gilbert taught the Mizpah Class at the First Methodist Church and Elizabeth was active in the Women's Society. She was a pianist, and belongs to the Music Club. She played in the duo-piano concerts held in Steward Gym in the 30's. She was also a member of Sorocis. All three sons attended Webster grade school. Each was in the and and orchestra at Winfield High. Bill attended Southwestern College one year. In 1938 the family moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma where all three sons graduated from Okla. State University. One son, Worrall came back to Winfield after WWII and owned Marsh's Shoe Store at 911 Main Street. The store was sold in 1979 and Worrall became a real estate broker assciated with Buterbaugh-Handlin. He had married Jane Lee Marsh in 1944 and they had three children: Marsha Lee Scott of Enid, OK, Gary of Manhattan and David of Winfield. Also, five grandchildren: Allyson & Andrew Scott, Nathan and Anna Clift and John Clift.

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Worrall & Jane Lee Clift Family

Worrall Clift and June Lee Marsh met in the 7th grade at the old Jr. Sr. High School. He came from Webster grade school, she had gone to Stevenson school. His father, Gilbert Clift ownedd the Kay and Kaw Furniture store. Her father, A.G. Marsh, owned Marsh's Shoe Store. Their paths crossed many times, even though he moved to Stillwater, OK for high school and OSU graduating in 1947. Jane Lee attended Winfield High and graduated from Southwestern College in 1946. During this time WII had started. Jane Lee and Worrall were married in 1944 in Ft. Pierce, Fla. where he was stationed in the Navy.

After the war they returned to Winfield wher he was associated with Marsh's Shoe Store, which he later owned. Worrall was active at First Methodist Church, was president of Winfield Jaycc's, on the Night Basefall League Board, eight years on the Recreation Commission and active in the Chamber of Commerce, Cub Scouts, Red Cross Board, Salvation Army Board and Winfield Community Theater.

Jane Lee participated in church activities, Cub Scouts, EVE Club, PEO, Mother's For a New School (for the new high school), Secy of Southwestern College alumni Assn.

Marsha, the first child, started school at Stevenson, but when the family built a home at 141 Redbud Dr. she was enrolled at Whittier school where the two boys Gary and David were to attend later. In WHS Marsha was Pres. of the Girls Pep Club and interested in church activities. She played flute in the band and orchestra. She taught swimming in the Rec. program. She graduated in 1968 from Ok. State U., as a speech pathoogist. She married John Scott, an atty. in Enid and they have two children, Allyson and Andrew.

Gary spent time in Scouts and later was a debater, Mgr. of the football team and was active in dramas at WHS. He played drums in the band and orchestra and in dance bands when at Kansas State where he received his Bachelors and Master degrees. In Manhattan he met and married Cheryl Collins from Wichita. With their son John they enjoy all KSU activities when Gary teaches in the English Department.

David, the youngest Clift attended grade and high school in Winfield where he enjoyed Scouts, baseball, then became a golfer and Cross Country runner. He was on Mr. Helmer's first State Championship Cross Country team. David graduated from Southwestern College in the Centennial Class. He is a buyer with Boeing. He and his wife Sherri have two children, Nathan and Anna Lee. Nathan attends Whittier school as his father did.

Worrall was the first Chairman of the Downtown Revitalization Committee. This Committee suggested the trees downtown, banners, new sidewalks and curbings. He was also the Leasing Agent for the new 800 Main Place Mall.

The Clift family owes much to Winfield. Good teachers, churches, cultural and recreational activities and the wonderful friends each family member has made. The values their grandparents recognized are still alive and well in Winfield.

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The Cloyds

George Washington Cloyd, a former Confederate Army Scout for General Stonewall Jackson and Texas Ranger, decided it was time to move west, so he and his wife, Sarah, loaded up their prized possessions into a wagon pulled by oxen and left Monroe County, Kentucky in 1879 and traveled to Sumner County, Kansas. In 1882 they moved to Cowley County and located in Lookout Valley in Cedar Township.

Lewis N. Cloyd, son of B.W. and Sarah, arrived from Kentucky with his family in 1883 and settled near Dexter. But they, too, soon moved to Southeast Cowley County to Lookout Valley.

Lewis N. and Martha Lyon Cloyd had thirteen children: Lee, Lucy, Tom, Bill, Elzy, Sarah, Alva, Anna, Nell, Bert, Grace, Joe and Ed. Only three married and stayed near Cedar Vale for all of their lives. Lucy married Ed Lemert; Sarah married Earnest Wilkinson; and Anna married O.C. Sartin.

The Cloyds with their big family was known as a family with heart and many times fed twice as many people as their own family - no one who needed help was ever turned away. One family was taken care of all winter until spring came and they could get out on their own and do for themselves.

The Cloyds - pioneers of our heritage.

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Coburn Family

Delmont J. Coburn, a native of Dracuit, Mass. and a Civil War Veteran, homesteaded south of Silverdale, KS. He and his wife, Hulda A. White of LaPort, MD., were the parents of two children, Edson Porter and Bessie. The farm was homesteaded in 1870.

Edson married Louella Harvey and continued farming the homestead after the death of Delmont. Ed and Ella raised three children, Vivian, Russell H., and Delmont J. (D.J.).

Bessie Coburn, daughter of Delmont and Hulda, never married and lived in Winfield, KS and for many years was County Register of Deed's.

Vivian, daughter of Ed and Ella, married John Hall of Arkansas City, who farmed near Silverdale and built the original Camp Horizon east of Arkansas City. John worked as a stone mason in California. He passed away in 1984 in Benton, Arkansas where Vivian still lives. Their son, John W. (Bill), his wife Beulah, and two grown children live in Benton, Arkansas.

Vivian and John's daughter, Johnine, married a Cowley County resident, William R. Miller, and live in ElCajon, California and Morgan, Wy. They have five children and ten grandchildren, scattered across the United States.

Russell H. married Odene Allen, daughter of William B. and Mary of Silverdale, KS. Russell farmed and worked for General Electric. He now owns the original homestead where he and Odene still live. The Corps of Engineer's of Kansas took most of the original homestead for the Kaw Dam built on the Arkansas River. Russell and his grandson, John Gregory still farm the land.

Russell and Odene raised two children, Jessie and Jeffery. Jessie married Donald Gregory, who died in 1969. Their two boys are John H. and Jesse. Jesse lives in Geuda Springs, KS and has two children, Rebecca and Terry. John H. lives on the Coburn estate and works at Boeing in Wichita, KS and. farms. He and wile Debbie have one son, Russel.

Jessie later married Dana Lamb in 1975 and live in Silver- dale, KS. Jeffery Coburn, son of Russell and Odene, married Donna Karr and have a daughter Katherine Odene. Jeffery works for General Electric and Donna teaches High School.

D.J. son of Ed and Ella, married Zona Russell and had two children, Zelda and Edson. He later married Verna Boone and they live in Pasadana, TX. DI. farmed and laid stone while in Arkansas City in the 50's, then moved to California, purchased and drove over-the-road trucks. (continued on page 143)

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(continued from page 142) D.J.'s son, Edson, lives in ElPasa, TX. D.J.'s daughter, Zelda, married Donald Robbins of Arkansas City, and lives in California and had five children.

Rachel Louella Harvey, wife of Edson Porter Coburn, was a daughter of another pioneer family, Jesse and Jessie Harvey of the Silverdale area. Jesse was a native of Maryland and farmed most of his life. Jessie came by covered wagon to Cowley County in 1876, with her mother and step-father, Rachel and William Hathaway, and grandfather Samuel Hight.

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The Cochran-Horton Family

James D. Cochran (b.12/2/1828, d.10/6/1877), his wife Matilda Christy (b.2/13/1823, d.5/30/1917), and their ten children came to Winfield in 1870 from Ottumwa, Iowa. They brought with them three teams of mules, two teams of oxen and $8,000. They first operated a hauling business. They camped at Island Park before homesteading bottom land northeast of town on Timber Creek, Two of their sons settled the hills just to the east and south, William's land is the site of the original buildings of the Winfield Slate Hospital and Training Center. Cumbernauld Village is now on Jethro's land.

William Jasper (Jap) Cochran (b.3/17/1851, d.10/5/1925) married Isabelle Stark (b.12/26/1858, d.5/19/1949) from Buffalo, Missouri on 7/2/1876 in Winfield, They operated a grocery store at 10th and Main. He was a County Commissioner when the original stone courthouse was built on East Ninth. They had seven children:

Stella Leone (b.9/29/1878, d.8/1923) married Dailey Houser, Clara C. (b,8/28/1881, d.9/8/1951) married Arthur Appling, William Grover (b. 1/3/1885, d.10/5/1952) married Clara Schofield, Margaret Ethel (b.3/l/1887, d.3/l/1961) married Solomon Horton, Benjamin Hilton (b.10/12/1890, d.5/20/1910) married Alma Jones, Helen Bell (b.7/22/1893, d,10/2/1894) died in infancy, Harold Oscar (b.4/14/1897, d.2/10/1975) married Harriett Parsons, then Sarah Shay.

Margaret Ethel was married to Solomon Horton (b.11/30/1884, d.6/23/1921) at her parents home south of Wilmot 1/31/1909. Solomon's parents were John Ransom Horton (b.1/1850, d.5/7/1911) and Clara Etta Ogden (b.1/28/1854, d.7/20/1917) from Summum, Illinois. They moved to Winfield in 1904 and farmed south of town. Only the four youngest of ten children came with them: Solomon, the twins Charles (C.J. or Chub) (b.3/20/1888, d.7/2/1972) (married Georgia Kelsey) and Minnie Belle (b.3/20/1888, d.10/1968) (married Charles "Chot" Brant), and Cordelia Mae (b.1/9/1893, d.12/12/1985) (married Merle DuLaney).

Solomon graduated from High School in Illinois and had a teaching certificate but was too young to teach in Kansas so he turned to farming. He burned to death in a tragic fire at their home near Floral on 6/23/1921. Ethel ran a grocery store at Floral from 1928-1932 before moving into Winfield where she died an her 74th birthday. Solomon and Ethel had five children:

Lawrence Cochran Horton (b. 8/2/1911) married Thelma Lucille Parsons (see Jacobus-Parsons history) on 11/5/1938 at Newkirk, Oklahoma. He graduated from Winfield High in 1930 and was a car salesman. Lucille graduated from Mulvane High in 1930 and William Newton School of Nursing in 1937. They had two children, both born in Winfield. Anita Kay (b.9/13/1939) graduated from Winfield High in 1957. She married Charles Robert (Bob) Bradbury on 10/12/1957 (see Bradbury History). Donald Keith (b.7/24/42) graduated from High School in California in 1960. He lives in Los Angeles and has three children. In 1973, Lawrence and Lucille retired and returned to Winfield to pursue his woodworking hobby.

Donald Delos Horton (b.2/21/1914) retired as a Lt, Colonel in the Air Force. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

William Harold (Shorty) Horton (b.10/l/1917, d.5/7/ 1977) married Virginia Brister. He worked in the oil field. They had three children; William Harold Jr. (Pete), Carol Frances killed in a car wreck in Winfield in 1962), and Cynthia (married Larry Gillen).

Margaret Ethel Horton (b.7/20/1919) married Arthur Thomas and lives in Sedan, Kansas. They had one son and two daughters.

Frances Ruth Horton (b.1/11/1922) married Marlin Reese and lives in Topeka, Kansas. They had one son and one daughter.

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John and Elizabeth Jordan Cochran Family

The Cochran's of Cowley County are descendants of John A, Cochran and Elizabeth (Jordan) Cochran, Elizabeth Jordan's farther immigrated to America from Scotland and located in Virginia. They were Scotch Irish descent. She was called Lizzie and married John Cochran in Indiana in 1855. Elizabeth died near Eatonville, KS and was buried in Prairie Ridge Cemetery, Cowley County, Kansas.

John Cochran was born in Illinois and was in Company F 116th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He died in 1916 at his home in Dexter, Kansas and was buried in Prairie Ridge Cemetery west of Dexter.

Their descendants were: Alfred P, Cochran, James, Julia, Jennie Nellie and John W. Cochran. My grandfather was Alfred P. Cochran. He married Minnie Cecelia Caster. Grandfather Cochran came to Cowley County in 1879 with his parents, from Illinois. In 1880 he received a teaching certificate and taught second term school at Prairie Ridge School in 1882, He also taught at Rose Valley and at Union Ridge. He is buried at Prairie Ridge, also.

Minnie (Caster) Cochran, my grandmother, was from Iowa and died in Winfield, Kansas, She was buried in Prairie Ridge Cemetery- Their children: Floyd C. Cochran married Edna Shinn, they lived in Dexter, and had six children. Anna Grace married William Radcliff, their children, Helen Brazel and Lucille Guthrie. Radcliffs were ranchers at Dexter. Frank R, Cochran married Ann Hoogshagen, they had four sons and resided at Geuda Springs and Frank was a barber in Arkansas City. Their sons are Hal, Fred Cochran, Roy and Howard Cochran. Forrest A. Cochran married Minnie and resided in Hutchinson, Fines S. Cochran married Ethel Kingsbury and they had one son, Elmer Dean Cochran, they resided at Dexter and Ethel Cochran was a beautician and had her own beauty shop. Fines (Dink) Cochran died June 16, 1954, buried in Highland Cemetery, Winfield.

Fay F. Cochran married Sarah Opal Yeager, They had three daughters, Rita Sue, Donna and Karen. Fay owned the Motor Inn Garage at Dexter and Sarah Opal Cochran (Busby) was a teacher in the Winfield School System and at Atlanta. They are buried in the Dexter Cemetery.

Farlan John Cochran married Fay York and they had four daughters, Farlan (Tug) and family reside in Bellflower, California.

The Cochran descendants have contributed in many ways to the communities in Cowley County, Hello! to all our friends and neighbors throughout the years.

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The J.R. Cole Family

Joel Rice Cole was born November 5,1854 in Ripley County, Indiana, the son of James W. Cole and Sarah Frances Rice. With his family he came to Kansas in 1872 and settled near Floral. He lived there for over 30 years, owning much property and helping plant the town around 1889, J,R. ran a general merchandise store and served as postmaster of the town. He also gave the ground for the schoolhouse. On July 4, 1874 he married Helena Frances Hart in Winfield. She was born February 4, 1858 in Greencastle, Indiana, the daughter of Joel M. and Cynthiana Woolery Hart. The family came to Kansas from Illinois in 1872. In 1903 the Cole family moved to Winfield, living at 1402 Main J.R. died June 18, 1924 and Helena died February 13, 1922. Both are buried in Floral Cemetery.

Five children were born in Floral to J.R. and Helena: Martha Elizabeth; James Houston who married Ida Rogers, Olive who married (1) Charles Dunbar (2) Will Moore; my grandmother Nellie D. who married Alfred Calvin; and Anna Rose who married Lewis Culp. All the children are buried in Cowley County.

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Simeon David Collinson was born near Galva, Knox County, Illinois, the son of a successful immigrant from Yorkshire, England, who gave each child a farm when he married. Simeon D. married Evalina Heaton and to them were born two daughters Agnes, in '74; Blanche, in '77. But the young man's health was poor, so they sold their farm and moved west in search of a healing climate. They unloaded their belongings at Mulvane, Kansas, the end of the Santa Fe, and drove with their spring wagon, the first in the area, to West Bolton Town ship in Cowley County. There they rented a house and bought land, building a home just north of Theaker School. Two sons were born there; Harry and Grover. But Simeon's health did not improve. He went farther to the southwest into New Mexico, leaving his farm in charge of his wife and Willy McGlauphlin, a nephew who had come with them from Illinois. Returning home to Cowley County, he succumbed to tuberculosis in 1890. The tiny but determined young widow never remarried but expanded her land holdings and moved with her children to Arkansas City when they were ready f or high school. There she became a pillar of the Methodist Church, specializing in boys' work. Her "King Davids" met at her home on Saturdays and the boys choir she established still bears her name. Blanche set a new grade high for girl students. She soon married Mac McFall, banker of Geuda Springs, became ill with tuberculosis, and died, childless, a few years later. Agnes married Joe Wilson and they returned to the farm home. They had one son, Everett. Harry started a hardware business and Grover sold the first Buicks in Cowley County. Later the boys joined one another in these businesses. When Grover married Carol Albright of Winfield, he started a Buick garage in Winfield (continued on page 144)

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(continued from page 143) and moved there to work in the Albright farm loan office. With Hobart Barbour he also established an abstract company, now the only one in the county, and, later, several small oil companies, becoming a civic leader. Harry married Amy Hall of a Kentucky shipping family, and they had two boys, Hall and Harry Jr. He stayed in Arkansas City until Amy's death in 1940, then moved to Ponca City where he became a realtor. Both men lived well into their nineties. Their four boys were born within the three year period between 1913 and 1916, and grew up almost as brothers. They all survived WW II as Naval Officers but at this writing only 1, Kenton, who married Enid Bishop of Arkansas City, survives. We live in Winfield. Dan, son of the late Hall, and his wife, Betty Stauffer, formerly of Arkansas City, keeps the Collinson name alive in the south half of the county. He returned to Arkansas City to raise his family and to be editor of the Traveler.

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Two Cowley County pioneer families were united with the marriage of Elizabeth henthorn and Howard Collins in 1899, at Burden, Kansas.

Howard's parents, Edwill David Perkins (Perk) and Pamelia Louisa Cox Collins came to Cowley County from Bates County, Missouri. Edwill was born in Ohio and emigrated with his parents, Stephen A. and Alpha Shion Collins to Shelby County, Indiana.

Pamelia was born in Washington County, Missouri, to Benegah M. and Sahy Middleton Cox. Her mother died when Pamelia was a child and Benegah married again. Pamelia received a good education at Monticello Female Seminary, Godfrey, Illinois.

Benegah was postmaster in East St. Louis during the Civil War. He was practicing law in Butler, Missouri, when Pamelia eloped with Edwin to Rich Hill, Missouri, Oct. 13, 1867. Her father was unforgiving, and disinherited her, to the young couple and two infant sons, who set out by horse and wagon for Cowley County. They farmed from 1871 to 1878, but became discouraged and moved into Burden. Benegah Clifford and DeArmand (D.) were born in Missouri and Howard, Edwill Jr., Grace, Robert, Jessie and Thomas were born in Cowley County. Ruby was born in Oklahoma Territory.

Benegah accompanied Cliffordto Oklahoma Territorywhen it was opened for settlement. Clifford was unsuccessful in the 1889 run but made the run into the Cherokee Strip in 1893 and claimed land in Noble county.

D. and Howard remained in Burden to attend school and work in the Smith General Store, when Pamelia took the rest of the family and joined Edwih in Oklahoma Territory in 1890. They settled near Yukon in Canadian County and farmed there for many years. Pamelia died in 1932, age 83, and died in 1938, age 93. Both are buried in Yukon Union Cemetery.

Elizabeth Henthorn was born in Cowley County to Enos A. and Margaret Baker Henthorn. Enos accompanied his older brother, Andson, to Omnia Township in 1872. He returned to Mt. Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa, went to Galesburg, Illinois and married Margaret Baker. They came with his parents, Amos and Elizabeth Sharp Henthorn and their sons, Allen, Azar, and Eli, to Omnia Township near what is now Atlanta, in 1873.

Enos farmed for seven years before moving to the new town of Burden. Pres. Rutherford B. Hayes appointed him first postmaster of Burden. He was a member of the Burden Town Company, the Town Council, edited the "Burden Enterprize," operated a Land and Loan Company and was instrumental in establishing the first bank and the Church of Christ.

Enos died during a flu epidemic in 1890, leaving Margaret to raise their six children, from eighteen months to fifteen years, alone. Rose, Elizabeth, Frederick, Arthur, Ira, and Benjamin, in spite of many hardships, were raised to be a loving family of disciplined, hard working, resourceful and devoted Christians. Rose, who never married, moved with Howard and Elizabeth to Oklahoma and was bookkeeper and clerk in their stores. In 1930 she bought a store in Burden and operated it until her retirement.

In 1901, Arthur, Fred, Ben, Rose and Jessie Collins took claims in Grant County, KS, In failing health, Margaret returned to Burden with Rose and Ben and died in 1906. Arthur returned to Burden, married, and his wife died. He married again and returned to western Kansas to ranch, auctioneer and preach. Ira was a newspaperman and writer, business college owner and Gospel preacher. Fred was a carpenter. Jessie Collins taught in Grant County until she and Fred married in 1909.

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Howard & Elizabeth Collins Family

Howard Collins and Elizabeth Henthorn grew up in Burden, Kansas. Howcird's father, EdwiR David Perkins Collins, was born in Columbiana County, Ohio in 1845. The family settled in Shelby County, Indiana and from there Edwill went to Bates County, Missouri. In 1867, he married Pamelia Louisa Cox, daughter of Sally Middleton and Benegah M. Cox. In 1871, they settled on a farm three miles northeast of Burden, KS. They moved to Burden about 1878 and to Oklahoma Territory in 1890.

As a youth, Howard and his brother DeArmand, were left with the Solomon Smith family to finish their schooling and learn the merchandise business. They later bought the Smith Store and operated it many years as the Collins Brothers General Merchandise Store.

Elizabeth's parents, Enos Alexander and Margaret Baker Henthorn, came with Enos' parents Amos and Elizabeth Sharp Henthorn from Henry County, Iowa and settled in Omnia Township near the present town of Atlanta in 1874. Enos farmed for several years before moving into Burden. He died in 1890 and Margaret died in 1906.

Elizabeth taught in rural schools for several years after graduating from high school. She and Howard were married on the front porch of the Henthorn family home on June 19, 1889. That house, built by Enos Henthorn, is still occupied and in good repair, across the corner southwest of the Burden school campus.

In 1915, after selling out to Dee, Howard bought a store in the oil boom town of Billings, Oklahoma. Margaret, Pauline, Frieda, Frances and Pamelia were born in Burden. Howard Daniel (Laddie) was born in Billings.

In 1923, the Collins fcimfly moved to Valley Center and in 1927 to Belle Plaine, where they owned the Collins Store Company until their retirement in 1945. They traveled for a few months but Howard didn't care much for retirement and became Belle Plaine City Clerk for the next nine years.

Margaret Collins married Francis Culp and died shortly after the birth of their son. Pauline, Frances and Pamelia became teachers. Pauline went to California, married Ben Warren and still lives near Big Bear Lake, CA, Frieda went to California, married R.F. Ferguson and lived in San Francisco. Frances, Mrs. Joseph Willemin, lives in St. Louis, MO. Pamelia married Earl Blankenship and lives near Udall. Howard D. married Amalie Fink in Munich, Germany, and retired from the Air Force in Mt. Holly, N.J. after a thirty year career. Howard served in many civic positions of trust including; City Councils, School Boards, Mayor, and City Clerk, as well as having membership in many organizations. Elizabeth was a member of women's organizations and the Belle Plaine Garden Club. Elizabeth taught Sunday School and Howard was an elder in the Church of Christ. They were staunch Republicans. (continued on page 145)

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(continued from page 144) They moved to Winfield in 1957 and to Resthaven Home in 1963. Elizabeth died in 1964, one month short of their 65th wedding anniversary, age 87. Howard died in 1965, age 92. They are buried in the Burden Cemetery.

Three generations of their descendants live in Cowley County. Pamelia Blankenship and her son John live near Udall. John and his wife, Shirley, are parents of Jennifer and Becki. Cynthia Turney Hess lives in Winfield.

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Samuel E. Compton Family

Samuel E. Compton was born in 1855 in the Canadian province of Ontario. In 1882, he located in Little Rock, Arkansas where he was in the hay shipping and transfer business. He and his wife, Harriet Hackshaw, moved to Winfield in 1885; their three sons were: Clarence, Howard, and Clyde, and one grandson, "Little Clyde". After Harriet's death, Mr. Compton married Cynthiana Hart on November 28, 190 1. their children were: Alice, Grace, Samuel Theodore "Ted", and Eva. Mr. Compton died April 5, 1914. The following July, Alice, Grace, and Ted were all ill with typhoid fever, and Alice died July 7, 1914.

During the time Mr. Compton was in Winfield he established the Winfield Transfer Line, a transfer and draying business. On June 4, 1886, The Union Street Railway was organized and a charter granted on June 7, 1886, with a capital stock of $25,000. In 1893, the road was leased to Mr. Compton and Mr. Lawrence. In 1897, J.C. Fuller bought one-fourth interest in the company and Mr. Compton owned the other three-fourths.

The office of the Union Street Railway was at 701 Main in Winfield. Main Street was the main line; the line passed the Frisco, Missouri Pacific, and Southern Kansas depots, the opera house, the Santa Fe depot on West Riverside (West 14th). On East Ninth, the line passed the Arlington Hotel, the Court House, City Hall, the Hospital (St. Mary's), the Luthercin College (St. John's), the Methodist College (Southwestern), and the Winfield State Hospital. The west portion of the line ended at the Fairgrounds. In all there were over seven miles of track, twenty-five men, twenty-one mules, and six large cars to do the business of the company.

Winfield also needed a fire department; Mr. Compton was chief of the volunteer fire department for about six years. He began serving on the City Council in 1908, and was still a councilman at the time of his death.

Cynthiaria Hart Compton (later Cynthiana Irwin) was a homemaker, owner and operator of lrwin's Grocery until her retirement in 1956. She crocheted many afghans and pieced many quilt tops for members of her family.

Grace taught violin and other music classes at Southwestern College, El Dorado Junior High School, and in the Wichita elementary schools. Her husband, C. Fred Colvin, was elementary principal in El Dorado, superintendent of schools at Planeview, and assistant superintendent in charge of personnel in the Wichita schools.

Eva was proof-reader for the Winfield Courier, and after moving to New York City, was librarian for the Dell Publishing Company. Her husband, Virgil Bayne taught at El Dorado Junior College, was civil aeronautics supervisor in Iowa, geologist in Kansas, and electrical engineer in New York City. Their daughter, Barbara (Bayne) Bradburn, is a cytologist with Roche Labs in Wichita.

Samuel T. "Ted" was a radio announcer mainly in the Ponca City, Oklahoma area until moving back to Winfield in 1944. He worked as a checker/loader and pick-up driver for Santa Fe Trailways until his retirement in 1967. His wife, Carol (Elder) Compton taught in the Winfield Junior High and elementary schools for twenty-four years. Their daughter, Cynthia Compton, teaches strings in the Wichita Falls, Texas, schools; she had been pianist and music director for many of the Horsefeathers and Applesauce dinner theater shows at Southwestern College.

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Doyle K. Conely

Doyle K. Conely was born in Geuda Springs, finished high school and Juco in Ark City and received his degree in civil engineering from Oklahoma State U.

Prior to leaving for naval duty in World War 11, Doyle and Eva Mounts were married on Jan 22, 1942. Eva was born in FredriGk, Okla., and finished high school in Oklahoma City. She then moved to Winfield where she was working at the time of their marriage. Doyle was in service from Jan. 1942 to Oct. 1945, serving in the Pacific theater with the rank of Chief Machinist. During the first year, Eva lived at Bakersfield, Calif. and Seattle, Wash. On Nov. 7, 1942, Joseph D. Conely was born and following his arrival Eva came back to Winfield. Upon Doyle's discharge the family moved to Ark City and in 1954 they moved to the APCO staff house. Doyle was chief engineer at APCO, working his way up from the yards where he started in 1933.

Joe attended high school in Ark City, finishing in 1960. His main interest was in music and he was an active member of the band. His chief outside school activity was in DeMolay where he served as Master Councillor and where he received the coveted Chevalier Award for outstanding service. Joe studied at Texas A & M where he took his degree in Safety Engineering in the school of Industrial Engineering.

Eva's main interest outside her homemaking is bowling. She is an all-round sports enthusiast including games on TV. Doyle's interests include bowling, all sports, fishing, and crayon and charcoal sketching.

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The Conely Family

Dr. John A. Conely migrated with family from Wales to Boston in 1770. At outbreak of Revolution they moved to Virginia and on to Kentucky. Son Grenvile was born in Frankford, Kentucky 2-7-1815, died 2-17-1877. He married Mary Ann Northcut, born 7-2-1809, died 2-12-1860. To them was born John C. Conely (my grandfather) who married Mary Davenport. They migrated from Missouri to Cowley County 1875 and purchased a small farm on the banks of the Arkansas River southeast of Gueda Springs. John Clemence Conely purchased the Pruder Ferry Barge in 1878 and had it moved to his farm. He had the cross-river ferry boat in operation by July 3, 1879. A steel cable was stretched across the river and fastened to two huge cottonwood trees. The barge operated on pulleys attached to each end of the craft. The toll was 10 cents for team and wagon or rider and horse 5 cents. The river current propelled the craft by shortening one cable and lengthening the other putting the barge at an angle to the current. At that time the nearest bridge was at Wichita or Tulsa.

The following were born to John C. and Mary; Allen A. Canely, Oct. 13, 1874; Edith Conely Godfrey, June 15, 1876; John M. (father of Doyle K. Conely); Willis, Aug. 1, 1888; Gilbert Leroy, Aug. 31, 1892; Milton Dewey, July 7, 1898.

I can, remember my grandad had some real high strung horses. About 1907 a man named ].L. Tuttle moved into the area, was quite wealthy, bought or built three hotels, soda pop bottling plant, and bath house. In fact, he ended up owning about everything in town that was worth owning. He had an architect named Crouse design a ten room house for him. My dad John M. and uncle Allen A. Conely contracted to build the house up on a hill southeast of town, overlooking Salt creek and the Arkansas River, It was to be the finest house this side of Wichita and Tulsa. It took about two years to accumulate the materials and build the house. It was completed in 1913. It was a beauty, buff brick with a porch 3/4 way around the house, an upstairs sleeping porch at the rear, a two car garage with quarters for the chauffeur above and a house for the family that farmed the land. The chauffeur was a young colored man named Roberts. His family lived south of Geuda about 2 1/2 miles, nice people. The Tuttle car was a Pierce Arrow with fold-down seats in the rear doors. My mother and two sisters were taken through the house on its completion but I was ill and it was 70 years later that I was invited through. The new owners had completely redone the inside of the house. It is beautiful. There are still roughly 300 acres with the place. Originally there were about 500 acres.

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Enos H. Copple Family

The Enos H. Copple family Game to the Winfield area in 1871. At that time there were only two other families homesteading on the West side of the Walnut River - the McGinns and the Davises. Enos and Margaret (Reede) Copple came West with Zack Myers, who sent for his family the following year, from near Shelbyville, Indiana.

Enos Henderson Copple was a Civil War Union Army Veteran who had served in the Indiana Infantry. His wife Margaret was part Osage Indian. Enos and his wife Margaret spent that first Kansas winter in their covered wagon. A small house was then built which was later used as a hog shed when the main farm house was built. The big house was built in 1873 and is still standing on the original site. This two story frame house was built with lumber brought from Emporia, Kansas by wagon. A large barn was soon built with many of the materials coming from walnut trees. Enos started what was to become one of the first orchards in Cowley County with apple, peach, cherry and red plum trees. The original stone apple house is still standing on the property along with a smaller barn built around 1900. Margaret had only partial fingers on one hand, the result of an accident as a young child. Margaret sewed and embroidered beautifully with this hand however. The Copples grew wheat, oats, barley, corn and kafir corn for the next sixty-five years on the original homestead.

Two of Enos's brothers followed him to the Winfield area. The Kickapoo Corral was acquired by Signor S. Copple in 1873. Signor and Enos were both on friendly terms with many Indians and the Indians continued to camp and visit the two families. One time Enos found a dead chicken in the yard and put it on his saddle to take and bury in the fields. As he was(continued on page 146)

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