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(continued from page 150) Day. The brothers settled around Dexter. James staked a claim north of Dexter. He eventually traded the farm for a store in Dexter. He lived in Winfield while he was sheriff of Cowley County, two terms, chief of police six years and representative in the Kansas legislature, He had six children; Earl, Seward, Clara, Leatha, Bonnie, and Li3e. Lee married Lula Curtis, 4 December, 1901 in Dexter. They moved to a farm in Winfield, where Snyder Clinic now stands. They had six children, Clarice, James Samuel (Sam), Doris, Curtis, Marie, and Kenneth. Kenneth married Gladys Anderson, 1 December, 1936.

Gladys'grandfather was John Bowman, Irish, born in Mercer County, Kentucky, in 1858. He grew up when Jesse James was active in that County. John went to Kansas City, searching for a brother who disappeared after selling cattle in the Cherokee Strip. The cattle arrived in Kansas City, but the brother didn't. Not finding his brother, but finding a wife, he eventually moved south. When the Strip opened for claiming, John was there. He staked a claim west of Newkirk. John had eight children. His daughter Mima married Glenville Anderson, 11 August, 1917. Glen was part Creek Indian, German, Dutch, Irish. His mother was a sister of the Wittmer brothers in Ponca City, who built the Marland Mansion in 1927-28.

Kenneth and Gladys have lived in Cowley County since 1936. Kenneth was a meat cutter by trade, a carpenter and raised cattle. He served in the Army in 1945. In the 1960's he bought a farm south of Winfield, now known as Glenville Corners. Gladys was a Red Cross chapter executive, homemaker and mother to their four children, Gwendolyn, Shirley, Kenneth G., and Patricia. They have always taken an active toll in the leadership of their church, and are devout Christians.

Kenneth G. married Carole Campbell, 20 March, 1965. They own K.G. Day Builders, having built many beautiful homes in and around Winfield. Their children are Traci and Ryan. Traci married Kenneth McNutt III, 25 July, 1987.

Shirley died in 1978.

Gwendolyn married Ralph Fox, 23 May, 1958. They raise Paint Horses south of Winfield at Fox Den Stables. They have one son, Troy Fox.

Patricia married Ronald Dust, I January 1966. They own Dust Excavating in Glenville Corners. Their children are Laina and Eli. Laina married Brian Cox, 17 October, 1987.

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Gertrude Thurber Deaton Family

The Thurbers of Cowley County are descendants of Leroy & O'Levia Williams Thurber. The Thurber family originally came from Scotland in the 1750s & settled in Indiana. The Williams family came from Ireland & settled in Ohio.

The families moved west & settled near Sedalia, MO where Leroy Thurber & O'Levia Williams met & married in 1882.

They lived near Ft. Scott, Kansas for a number of years where Leroy worked in the strip pit coal mine. In 1898 they come by covered wagon to Cowley County with five children & lived east of Arkansas City on an island between the Walnut River & the Arkansas River where my brother Roy was born in 1899. This island is no longer there. After a few years they moved to a farm east of Arkansas City where 1, Gertrude, was born in 1903. Again they moved to a farm on East Chestnut Ave., where we lived for 18 years. This farm has been cut up into 5 & 10 acre tracts. My brother, Hale Thurber bought one of these tracts & lived there the rest of his life.

At a school program at the one-room school called Parker School, I met a young man, Emons Deaton. We dated for a few months & were married in Winfield, February 26, 1930.

Emons worked at the New Era mill in Arkansas City. During the depression he was laid off.

Later we started farming & farmed till 1949. Because of crop failure we left the farm. Emons worked for Santa Fe Raflroad for a number of years. When the railroad began to decline he found work at Smith & Moon Corp., at Strother Field, where he worked till he retired in 1969.

During the years we raised two children. Our daughter Donna, married Lee Wflt, living in Winfield, they have two daughters, Tammy, married to Carl Mapel, living at Floral, KS, and Victoria, married to Bruce Schreiner, living in Kentucky. I have a great-grandson, Zachary Travis Mapel, born in 1989 & a great-granddaughter, Keri Marie Schreiner, born in 1990.

Our son Max Deaton married Marie Hancock, with one daughter, Daretha, married to Bert Chesser, living in Denton, TX. My brother, Roy Thurber, lived & worked most of his life in Winfield & raised his family here. His three sons & their families also live in Winfield, James, Donald & Gene Thurber.

Emons died in 1985. My parents, brothers, sisters & husband are all buried at Parker Cemetery east of Arkansas City. I am living at 617 East 8th, Winfield, Kansas. I have lived here 30 years.

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Ray & Pearl Deets Family

Ray and Pearl Deets moved to a farm one mile east of Dexter in August 1937. They had purchased the farm from Ben Lane. They had moved to Sumner County from Pawnee County in Kansas in January 1921. They were farmers and ranchers.

Ray was one of twelve children born to Peter and Elizabeth Deets in Barton County, Kansas. The ancestry of the Deets was German. Pearl Deets was one of three children born to Albert and Nellie Supernaw in Agricola, Kansas. Her parents and another family moved by covered wagon to Garfield, Kansas when Pearl was three years old. The trip took eight days. French-Canadian was the ancestry of the Supernaws.

Ray and Pearl had six children; Donald, who drowned when a small child, Vernon lives in Burden and is an area farmer and rancher, Doris Taylor lives in Kingman, Kansas and is a school teacher; twins, Donna Waymire and Darlene Meece. Donna passed away in June of 1969. Darlene Meece lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Larry lives in Las Vegas, Nevada and is a swimming pool technician and a certified plumber.

The Deets children all attended the Dexter school. Doris and Larry attended Cowley County Community College and Doris later graduated from Emporia State University. Ray Deets was on the school board for over 20 years at Dexter. He handed all of his children their eighth grade and high school diplomas.

Ray Deets passed away in November 1972 and Pearl Deets still lives on the family farm.

There are twelve grandchildren, seventeen greatgrandchildren and one great-great-grandson. Four of the grandchildren and seven of the great-grandchildren live in Cowley County.

I think the Deets family has a lot of love and affection which is displayed by the poem written by a granddaughter, Vicki Sue Waymire Drake, to her Grcindmother, Pearl Deets, in October 1988 (see Cowley County Memories section of this book).

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Jesse and Doris Deichman Family

Jesse Frank Deichman of Winfield, Kansas is a descendant of Cora Bell King Cottingham and John Issac Deichman. John's parents were immigrants from Germany, who came to Cowley County via Illinois. The King family immigrated to America from England via Missouri.

When Cora Bell and John were married, they united the two families from which there were four children: Earl Cottingham, Mary Cottingham Bruce, Marjorie Mae Deichman Sloan and Jesse Frank Deichman.

Doris Ann Kirkpatrick, a daughter of Anna Bivens and John W. Kirkpatrick, married Jesse Deichman on September 19, 1936. She had two sisters; Leona Kirkpatrick Madison and Vivian Mae Kirkpatrick Potterton Crum. She had one brother; Daryl Biven Kirkpatrick. The Bivens families and the Kirkpatrick families immigrated to this country from England and Ireland respectively.

Jesse and Doris farmed for several years northeast of Winfield, after which they retired to Manitou Springs, Colorado. During the twenty-five years they lived in Colorado, they traveled, hunted and fished extensively throughout much of the (continued on page 152)

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(continued from page 151) United States and Canada. They also owned and operated the first self-service laundry in Manitou Springs. Jesse, an alumnus of Southwestern College and a "natural born mechanic", repaired automobiles at the world-famous Broadmoor Hotel and conducted mountain tours for many of the hotel's guests. He assisted in restoring antique autos for a nearby tourist attraction. In 1967, the Deichmans made their winter home back in Winfield, where Jesse spent his time restoring player pianos and Doris was a salesiady at Kerr's clothing store on East Ninth Street. They now reside at 1005 East Fifteenth, Winfield, Kansas. They have ten neices and nephews; Sharon Sloan Torbit, Grand Junction, Colorado; Wesley and Weldon Cottingham, Pueblo, Colorado; Louise Cottingham Haarstad, Fargo, North Dakota; Mary Elaine Kirkpatrick Gilstrap, Arkansas City; William (Bin) Daryl Kirkpatrick, El Dorado, Kansas; Elmer Lee Madison, Winfield; Bennis Mae Madison Thomas, Wichita; Donald Charles Madison, Coffeyville; and Clarence Elmer (Woody) Potterton, Arkansas City. Some of the neices and nephews have been fascinated to learn that Uncle Jesse was named after his grandmother's cousins. The grandmother was Mary Jane James King, cousin to Frank and Jesse James formerly from Missouri.

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Henry Wilson Demaree

David des Marets was born in 1620 in Beauchamps, France. His family were French Calvinists or Huguenots. His family left France, moving to Holland Jan. 27, 1643. While living in Holland he married Marie Sohier, July 24, 1643, David, his wife and five children came to America on the ship Bontkeka (spotted cow) with 90 passengers. Arriving at New Amsterdam April 16, 1663. To escape punishment and persecution, he came to America for religious freedom.

David and his family lived in New Amsterdam, New Jersey and Bucks County, Pennsylvania. On June 8, 1677, David purchased a tract of land on the Hackensack River, 4,000 acres in Bergen County, New Jersey, from the Tapper Indians. It was known as the French Patent; David proposed to establish a colony for the French Huguenots in order to preserve their language, customs, and religion. Purchase price of the land was: 100 fatoms of black wampum; 20 hoes; 100 fatoms of white wampum; one carpenters plane; 100 bars of lead; 30 pairs of stockings; 100 knives; one great knife; 15 firelock guns; 20 shirts; one barrel powder; one carpenter's axe; is kettles; one saw; four barrels of beer; 20 matche coats; 20 hatchets; one acker of rum; one pistol and 20 blankets.

Petrus born May 20, 1737 and his brother John, born in 1745 enlisted at Martinburg, Virginia on Sept. 15, 1778 to serve during the Revolutionary War, The Demaree family were members of the Dutch Reformed Church.

Samuel baptized Aug. 10, 1656, changed his name to Demerst. Samuel baptized Feb. 1, 1707 spelled his name Demaree continued by his descendants. The Demaree family moved to Kentucky following this war. My grandfather, John Allen Demaree, was born in Trimble County, Kentucky, May 8, 1832. He married Christiana Gunnells in Missouri on Feb. 24, 1859. At the beginning of the Civil War, he was involved with the fighting on the Kansas border on the Union side. He was captured by Quantrill and his raiders. My grandfather was to be hanged at dawn. Somehow he managed to escape. He did not return to his home. John and his brother, James, were mustered into Capt. Hurt's Company, 28th 111. Infantry at Birds Point, Mo. Aug. 27, 1861. Their Co. was in the battle of Shilo. The seige of Vicksburg from June 11 to July 4th. John re-enlisted Jan. 1864 on July 8, 1865, he was honorably discharged. During the war he was unable to return to see his wife and daughter. His wife did not recognize him when he rode home on a horse, his face covered with a beard. He came to Nebr. with his family in 1875 by wagon train. He homesteaded 160 acres, later bought another 160 acres. The homestead was on the Platte River, near Doniphan. Their first home was made of sod from buffalo grass. Life was difficult, droughts, grasshoppers and severe blizzards. John died in 1887. His wife died before him. My father, Henry Wilson Demaree, was an orphan at 15 years. He traveled to Guthrie, Okla. Territory to live with his uncle James Demaree learning to farm, raising watermelons. He came back through Arkansas City on his way to Nebr. He stopped to work on a ranch. He met Sarah Helen Shirley. They were married Nov. 1890. They were the parents of thirteen children: Harry, William, Mary, Charles, John, Lula, Orville, Earl, Warren, Doris, Elmer, Delbert and Betty. Henry died Oct. 18, 1938 and Sarah died April 3, 1959.

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Derr Family

This is a history story, as told to me by my Grandpa, about the Derr family that came to Kansas in 1881.

Horace Clelland Derr, born 1844, was the seventh child of the Derr family of Decatur, Illinois. He was a veteran of the Civil War. After his discharge, he returned home where he met Julia Mills, a young widow whose husband had died in the war. She had a son Mike, by that marriage which her brother and his wife adopted because they couldn't have children. Horace and Julia were married in 1867 and had two boys: Guy, 1870, and Harry Hayes, my father, 1877.

In 1881, Horace brought his family from Illinois to Winfield, Kansas; which, then was a small town. There was yet no county seat because Winfield and Arkansas City where arguing about where it would be established. My grandfather stayed in Winfield and looked for a farm to purchase. He found a real estate agent that would show him around.

He finally bought eighty acres, one and one-half miles south, one mile west of Arkansas City. There were no buildings on the land, so, the agent found a carpenter who'd build a house. Grandpa wanted to use yellow pine. It was shipped to Arkunsas City and then hauled to the farm site. He built a fairly large house which is still standing today almost exactly as it was constructed. It is south of Arkansas City to the Cherokee Strip Monument and one-half mile west. I am Dick Derr, the youngest of three children of Harry Hayes and Edith Derr We were all born in that house: Florence Irene (Hockenbury) Derr 1906; Howard Clelland Derr 1907; and myself, Richard Gordon Derr 1909.

My grandmother didn't like the place because Indians were constantly traveling back and forth to the river. They were alright and usually didn't bother anything, but, occasionally they'd want something to eat. She was afraid of them. They lived there when the Cherokee Strip was run in 1893. It started about one-half mile south. My dad was then sixteen years old, his brother, Guy, was old enough, but he wouldn't try.

After my dad and mother were married in 1905, Grandpa decided to go to California. Dad and Mom could live in their house.

Mom, Edith Naomi Dickey, was born and raised in Chicago. For a living she was a seamstress, musician playing piano, organ and violin, and also sang soprana. She was twenty-four years old and Dad twenty-eight when they married. At that time, Dad owned a jewelry store in Arkansas City. They both gave up these jobs after marrying and went into farming.

Grandpa and Grandma didn't like California. They returned home and sold Dad forty acres off their eighty. Dad bought an old carpenter's building, moved it onto his property and converted it into a four room house. I was three years old when we were able to move in. It is still livable. I think I was eleven when he built-on two rooms to the east and then built two rooms upstairs.

Grandpa and Dad were both pretty much fruit growers, Grandpa had about six acres of apples. Dad had five acres of blackberries and two acres of rhubarb. Dad also rented quite a few acres of farm land.

When Dad died in 1925, I took over farming. In 1933, I married Viola Boatman from Dale, Kansas. We lived with my mother till spring of 1934, then rented a farm north of Udall. We moved back to Arkansas City in 1935. In 1948, we moved to Winfield where I still live.

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John W. DeFore

John W. DeFore, the third child of nine children of William and Elizabeth J. (Scott) DeFore, was born March 16, 1880 near the town of Freedom, Owen County, Indiana, Shortly after John was born the family moved to Boon County, Iowa where they remained until they moved to Butler County, Kansas in 1884. William took a homestead in Rock Creek Township east of Douglass and remained there until they moved to a farm northwest of Atlanta in Cowley County. John received his education in a one-room country school and learned to farm from his father. He also learned the butcher trade while a young man while working in a butcher shop in Atlanta. He learned the art of auctioneering and supplemented his farm income by auctioning farm sales. On large sales he would team up with his brother Dan and they Would be billed as the DeFore Brothers- He continued auctioneering at livestock auctions after he retired from the farm.

John married Maud M. Bridges, daughter of Thomas H. and Nancy Jane (Kinkaid) Bridges, on November 27, 1901 in Winfield. He purchased a farm two miles northwest of Atlanta where John and Maud raised their family of three children. They built a fine set of buildings on this farm and made it their home until 1946 when John retired from farming. They sold the farm to the Marshall family and purchased a two-story home just east of the Methodist Church in Atlanta. John always had a large garden both on the farm and after he moved to Atlanta. Poor health forced them to sell this home in 1961 and they moved to Augusta.

John and Maud 's three children were educated in the Atlanta Schools. Meta J. was born on September 8, 1902 and married Irving Lenz on June 14, 1923. Manila F. was born December 28, 1906 and married Clayton Smith on May 23, 1934. She died on May 17, 1938. John Wilbur was born August 21, 1911 and married Evelyn White on January 31, 1941. Evelyn died on March 11, 1943 and is buried in the Atlanta Cemetery. Wilbur remarried a year later to Rosalie Gross.

John and Maud were members of the Atlanta Methodist Church where John sang for many special occasions. John had a deep, bass voice that was enjoyed by the Atlanta community. John died on May 1 1, 1963 in Augusta and was buried in the (continued on page 153)

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(continued from page 152) Atlanta Cemetery. Maud continued to live in Augusta until she died March 3, 1982 just a few days before her 10lst birthday. She is buried beside John in the Atlanta Cemetery.

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William H. DeFore

William H. DeFore, son of George W. and Elizabeth (Lester) DeFore, was born on December 27, 1854 in Owen County, Indiana near the town of Freedom. He grew to manhood in that location and married Elizabeth Jane Scott on October 10, 1874. She was the daughter of John and Mary (Hockman) Scott and was born in Indiana on March 18, 1856. William and Elizabeth remained in Owen County until after their third child was born and moved to Boone County, Iowa. Some DeFore cousins had moved to that county earlier. Two more children were born while they lived in Iowa, The family moved to Butler County, Kansas in 1884 taking a homestead there and four additional children were born to the family.

Their children were: Minnie B. who married George Richardson, Charles D. who married Jennie Bridges, John W. who married Maude M. Bridges, May E. who married Alvin Martin, Grace M. who was blind at birth and never married, M. Della married William Hein and later Ed Futhey, James H. married Stella Pennington, Hattie E. married George Bannon, and Daniel A. "Dan" married Chloe Bannon and later Grace Rising.

William's homestead was in Rock Creek Township, located east of Douglass. He remained on that farm until he moved to a farm about three mile northwest of Atlanta in Cowley County. Elizabeth Jane died suddenly on William's birthday, December 27, 1910 and was buried in the Douglass Cemetery.

William answered the call to become a minister soon after he lost Elizabeth. Many old citizens of the Atlanta community remembered William preaching on a street corner on a Saturday afternoon, He served in several Church of God churches. It was during this ministry that he meet his second wife, Anna Martin.

William was living in Arkansas City when he died March 24, 1924. He was buried in the Douglass Cemetery beside his first wife.

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Beatrice DeVore

Beatrice Johnson DeVore (1893-1978) was born in Chase County and came to Cowley County at an early with her parents, Irvin Daniel and Ivy folly Johnson. They had lived in several Kansas counties and at one time traveled across Oklahoma in a covered wagon. Beatrice graduated from Dexter High School and attended Business College in Wichita. She worked at the Winfield State Hospital until she and "Johnny, John DeVore were married.

Beatrice shouldered much of the burden of recovery during and after the great depression. She raised turkeys and chickens for the meat. She also sold eggs and cream, raised a large garden and canned the produce. She fed from one to five hired men who lived with the family and worked on the farm.

After Johnny's death, Beatrice continued to live on the Cameron farm until Jasper married. She moved to Winfield and for several years cooked for the students at Southwestern College in the basement of Smith Hall. She always enjoyed the students and said, "they kept her young."

Beatrice enjoyed traveling and took many trips with her grandchildren to show them the country.

Having so many years of cooking experience, Beatrice was an expert in nutrition and always encouraged her family to do the same, She could make anything taste good.

Beatrice eventually built a home in Arkansas City. When her health began to deteriorate, she moved to Lenexa, Kansas to be near her daughter, Jane.

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DeVore Homesteaders in Cowley County

There was not much for a young man to gain in the way of farming in Jefferson County, Kansas in the early 1860's, so brothers, John and Late DeVore, got jobs with the government freighting supplies to the forts from Kansas to Nevada, often going through Denver when it was a "one shack" town. Freighting by horses and oxen was soon replaced by railroads, so after attending the driving of the golden spike at Promontory Point, Utah, May 10, 1869, John, Lafe and another brother, Jasper, staked claims near the center of Cowley County on the east side of the Walnut River. John and Lafe had crossed Cowley County several times before it was opened to settlement and were so impressed with a spring southeast of Winfield, they paid the Indians to camp there several times. John's claim included this spring. He and a friend spent the winter of 1869-70 there with no shelter. Their first crop was potatoes in the spring of 1870. Legislation was passed by Congress July 15, 1870, allowing the settlers to get legal title to as much as 160 acres.

Lafe's claim was jumped by a family and as Lafe was single, he let it go and bought land adjacent to John and Jasper. After Jasper's death in 1871, John bought his 160 acres. John also bought Lafe's land in 1893 and Late made the Cherokee Strip Run, settling near Uncas. John and Jasper's homesteads are now included in Spring Hill Farm.

When Cowley County was organized, John was elected the first county treasurer. He appointed a deputy to do the work until the first general election in November 1870.

John married Penelope Seacat in 1877 and raised ten children: Clara, Pearl, Marvin, Laura, Sarah, Ella, John Jr. (Johnny), Florence, Roxy and Gladys. As the oldest children neared high school age, the DeVores bought and moved to a house at 325 No. A., Arkansas City, so the children could attend high school. Then they later bought the house at 817 East 10th, Winfield, to be near Southwestern College. Most of the daughters attended college and taught school before marrying.

After John's death in 1918, Penelope continued to live in Winfield and provided a home for grandchildren as they attended Southwestern, also. She died in 1940.

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Jasper DeVore Family

John Jasper DeVore was born in 1921 and, being named for his grandfather, father and great-uncle, he has always been called Jasper. He attended Red Valley grade school, graduating from Winfield High School and Arkansas City Junior College and attended the University of Oklahoma. He served three years in the Air Force and began farming after discharge in 1946.

Jasper married Bea Roessler in 1951 and they have lived on the Cameron farm purchased by his parents in 1921. They have had a very diversified farming operation which included wheat, alfalfa, cattle and hogs. In 1960 they began concentrating on hog production and during most of the 1970's farrowed over 1,700 sows yearly and finished the pigs.

The DeVores are parents of five children. Carol (1953) attended Cameron and graduated from ACHS and Southwestern College. She married Roger Black of Antlers Oklahoma, in 1973 and they have three children, Elizabeth, Jason and Brian. They also live in the Cameron community where they farm and have a custom haying operation. John Martin (1954) also attended Cameron school, graduated from ACHS and attended Cowley County Community College. He farmed with his father and worked at Two Rivers Coop. John married Marjorie Tredway of Winfield. They had two children, Jennifer Maxine and John McClellen before John was accidently killed in 1979. Marjorie later married Allen Miller and they live in San Diego. Jennifer and John spend every summer in Cowley County with their grandparents and cousins.

Gail (1960) also graduated from ACHS, attended the University of Tulsa and graduated from Wichita State. She married David Meyer in Fort Collins, Colorado, in 1984. They have one son, Benjamin, and now live in Denver where David is an environmental scientist and Gail is a portfolio associate with the United Bank of Denver.

Nancy (1964) graduated from ACHS and Oklahoma State University. She has done graduate work at Iowa State and is now a research analyst in the need oil division of LouisDreyfus Co. in Connecticut. Sara (1968) attended ACHS and now lives in Overland Park, KS, with her husband, David Campbell. She is in the warranty department of Dean Machinery and David is an auto body specialist.

The DeVores hosted a number of Japanese farm trainees from 1968 to 1980. About one-fourth of the trainees are now involved in hog production in Japan. The first trainee, Katsuyoshi Akachi still corresponds with the DeVores and has visited frequently. Jasper and Bea spent a week in Japan in 1976 and all their former trainees came to Tokyo to see them.

Jasper is now retired from active farming. He and Bea continue to live on the Cameron farm which Carol and Roger Black now own. They enjoy traveling to visit their children and grandchildren.

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Johnny DeVore

John DeVore, Jr., (Johnny) (1888-1950) preferred farming to school, so he stayed on the Walnut River farm when his parents and siblings moved to Arkansas City. In 1918 he married Beatrice Johnson and raised a son, John Jasper, and a daughter, Vita (Jane).

In 1923, Johnny and Beatrice bought land in Silverdale Township near Cameron. They continued to live on the original DeVore farm and formed both farms, with the help of several hired hands who "botched" on the Cameron farm.

Johnny tore down the old house that was on the Cameron farm when he bought it. He used some of the framing lumber to build a new house. He also bought lumber from a lumber yard in Winfield and had it delivered via rail to the Cameron siding. The original bill of sale for the lumber is still in the family. The new house was constructed near Silver Creek but after the next flood, Johnny raised the foundation. But the next flood was higher and almost got in the house, so Johnny had the house moved 1/4 mile west where it is still located. On a remodeling job in 1976, the original lumber from the old house was bared and it still had pieces of newspaper glued to it which had been used for insulation.

In 1923, Hlghway 166 was two miles south of its present location. The state rebuilt it in 1932 and re-routed it to its present location on the south side of the DeVore farm. The new paved road was a wonderful access to Arkansas City but the small bridges and high fill through Silver Creek valley had impeded flood water and caused extensive damage over the years.

The DeVores moved to the Cameron farm in 1941. Jasper had finished grade school at Red Valley, graduated from Winfield High School and was attending Arkansas City Junior College. Jane was attending Red Valley and finished grade school at Cameron.

Johnny continued to farm wheat and alfalfa and run cattle in the pasture. The cattle was often shipped from Cameron.

Johnny was active in the community serving on the school boards both at Red Valley and Cameron. He could always be counted on to help whenever any neighbor had a problem.

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Marvin DeVore

Marvin DeVore and Emma Wahlenmaier were both born and reared in Cowley County and lived the greater part of their lives in this county.

Marvin was born April 16, 1881 to John and Penelope Seacat DeVore, who had homesteaded a farm southeast of Winfield, now known as Spring Hill Farm.

Emma was born December 7, 188 1, to John and Katherine Wahlenmaier, also pioneers of Cowley County, who homesteaded their farm six miles east of Arkansas City along what is now Highway 166.

Marvin and Emma were married January 23, 1904, at the Wcihlenmaier home. Their first home was south of 166 Highway on Cowley # 1, moving from there a year later to a farm adjoining Spring Hill Farm on the east. This is where their two oldest children were born: Cecil in 1906 and Jessie in 1908. Cecil passed away in 1981 and is buried in Burden Cemetery.

In 1909 they moved to Clark County and later to Meade County and while living there, a daughter, Ruth, was born in 1916. They moved to Milan, in Sumner County, in 1919 and farmed until 1936 when they moved back to Cowley County and bought a farm two miles north of Atlanta. It was while living at Milan, their youngest daughter, Zella, was born in 1923.

Marvin and Emma were active members of the Methodist Church. Marvin served many years as Sunday School Superintendent and also as a Sunday School Teacher in the Local Church in the communities where they lived.

They farmed all of their life and most of those years with horses. They always raised large gardens and had fruit trees, and of course, lots of chickens. The raised and butchered all of their own meat and canned lots! It seemed that the goal was to can 1000 quarts in a year and many times it was met.

They farmed at Atlanta until shortly before their deaths. They were granted the privilege of celebrating sixty-five years of married life. Emma suffered a stroke in 1966 and passed away September 2, 1969. Marvin died February 5, 1970, and both are buried at Burden.

Their son, the late Cecil DeVore of Burden, married Wilma Hensley and they had one son, Marvin. He and his wife Sandy, and three daughters and two grandchildren, live in Texas. Wilma still resides in Burden.

Their oldest daughter, Jessie, married Kent Chesbro and since retiring from the Magnolia Ranch south of Winfield, where they lived for thirty years, now resides at Arkansas City.

Another daughter, Ruth, married Virgil Hensley and they live in Ventura, California. They have three children: Regena, Cecil, and Dale, seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Their youngest daughter, Zella, married Delbert Hensley and they had two children: Donald, who is deceased, and Connie, who lives in Morton, Illinois, and three grandchildren. Delbert passed away in 1986 and Zella is now married to Frank E. Shaffer and lives in Atlanta.

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The John Dicken Family

John and Julia (Wilson) Dicken were both from pioneer families who came to Cowley county by covered wagon in the early 1870's. John Dicken and Julia Wilson were married in 1906. They drove by horse and buggy to Arkansas City to be married. Most of their married life was spent on the Dicken farm south of Floral. They were members of the Floral Baptist Church until they moved to Winfield in the 1940's and became members of the First Baptist Church. Julia taught the Young Adult Sunday School class for many years. John was known for his beautiful tenor voice and sang in the Floral Quartet with W.O. Bender, Leroy Stearns and Jake Fife.

Six children were born to the John Dicken family: Faith Slocum of Winfield, Tom of Salina, Raymond (deceased), Dean of Manhattan, Wilburn of rural Winfield and Ruth Lewis of Winfield. There were twenty-one grandchildren and many great grandchildren.

John Dicken was the son of Thomas W. Dicken and Melita (Lane) Dicken who came to Cowley County by covered wagon in 1873. Tom was born in Pennsylvania in 1843. He served in the army of the Potomac during the Civil War. After the war he came to Kansas to take up a claim under the Homestead Act. He met Mefita Lane in Emporia, Kansas and soon after they were married they came to Cowley County and homesteaded north of Floral. They had eleven children, two daughters died in infancy, three children died of typhoid fever. Three daughters and three sons lived to adulthood: Cora Workman, Addie Philips, Bertha Scott, John, Ben and Walter Dicken.

Julia (Wilson) Dicken wcis the daughter of Hattie (Monfcrte) Wilson and David Wilson. Hattie Wilson came to Kansas by covered wagon in 1869 when she was 12 years old. Her parents were Harriet and J.C. Montforte, The Monforte family homesteaded just north of where the State Hospital now is, along the Dutch Creek. J.C. Monforte was in on the beginning of the city of Winfield. He wrote to his oldest daughter, who stayed behind in New York, the following paragraph taken from an old family letter, dated January 28, 1870. "We inaugurated a town at the junction of Dutch Creek and the Big Walnut the other night, and I was elected one of the directors. The people that have settled here are quite a superior class. Not rifraf of society but men of culture and some of property. The Principal of the Normal School at Emporia is coming down here and a number more influential men, among them the Secretary of State." I.C. Monforte walked to Douglass in Butler County to secure the charter for the town of Winfield.

Hattie Montforte Wilson was the youngest of the Monforte children. In 1878, when she was twenty-one she married David Wilson, who came to America from Scotland in 1876 and bought the farm north of Winfield where Wilburn Dicken now lives- Hattie and David had four children; John, Mary, Julia and Jessica. The Wilson family moved to Winfield in 1900 and built a house at 1204 E. 5th. This house remained in the family until John Dicken's death in 1975.

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Joshua A. & Sue G. Dietrick Family

Joshua A. (Joe) Dietrick was born and raised in Wichita, and, after graduation from Wichita Business College went to work for the Missouri Pacific Railroad Co. as a timekeeper. In 1917 he moved to Augusta where he worked for the Federal Supply and Machine Co. In 1923 he was transferred to Winfield where he oversaw the construction of their retail store on West Sixth Street where the Winfield Farmers Union Coop now stands.

He married Sue Gladys Kilmer on August 17, 1910. Gladys, as a child, had moved to Wichita from Bunker Hill, West Virginia with her mother and three sisters. She attended Wichita schools and was working for Goldsmith's Book Store when she met Joshua.

Joshua's parents were Charles Parker and Sarah Elizabeth Dietrick. Charles Parker's parent came to Wichita from Pennsylvania, while Sarah Elizabeth was a descendant of early settlers of Wichita. Her great-grandfather Munger built the first log cabin in Wichita, and it is now preserved in Wichita's Cowtown. Sue Gladys' parents were Charles S. (who died while she was a young girl) and Annci J- Kilmer. Both of her parents were born and raised in West Virginia.

Joshua A. (Joe, as he was more commonly known) and Sue Gladys Dietrick moved to Winfield in 1923, where he later formed a casing crew company during the oil boom of the late twenties and thirties. After the oil boom decline, he started the Dietrick Soft Water Service, which supplied rental water softeners to Winfield and Cowley County. He sold the soft water service in 1949 and retired. Joe and Gladys were very active in the Queen City Chapter of the Eastern Star.

Joe and Gladys Dietrick had two children, Charles Edward (Ed) born in 1910 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and Donald Dean (Don) born in 1925 in Winfield.

Ed Dietrick, after graduation from Winfield High School, entered Southwestern College, graduating in 1933. He then moved to Kingman, where he owned and operated a laundry for a number of years. While in Kingman, he met and married Marie Marcum. They had two children, Charles Parker and Rex Edward. Ed and Marie moved to Wichita, then to Salina where he was engaged in various facets of the consumer loan business. He was State Small Loan Commissioner for several years. Upon retirement in 1983, they returned to Winfield.

Don Dielrick, after graduating from Winfield High School in 1943, entered the Army Air Force, earned his pilots wings and was discharged in 1945. He then enrolled at Kansas State College, receiving his BS Degree, with a major in accounting, in 1949.

Don married Mary Beth Burns in 1947. Don and Mary Beth had four children, John Riley born in 1949; Sarah Elizabeth, born in 1956; Matthew Edward, born in 1957; and Joseph Miles, born in 1959. All four children were educated in the Winfield school system, and graduated from Winfield High School.

Don entered practice as a public accountant in 1949. He became a Certified Pubic Accountant in 1967, and has continued to practice as a partner in Edward B. Stephenson and Company.

Son, John Riley Dietrick received his undergraduate degree from Washburn University and his Masters of Public Administration from Kansas University. He was Director of the Mecklenburg County Youth Detention Center in Charlotte, NC, for several years, then returned to Kansas to obtain a law degree from Washburn University. He was in private practice in New Orleans, LA for three years, and is currently general counsel for an insurance company in Topeka.

Daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Dietrick attended Kansas University. She worked for R.G.I.S. in Tulsa and Shreveport, LA. She married Michael Collier of Shreveport, LA. They own and operated three Manpower offices in Louisiana and Texas.

Son, Matthew Edward Dietrick, married Tamra McCollum and continues to live in Winfield. They have three children, Travis Miles (1982); Sarah Lynn (1985); and Amanda Donna (1989). Matthew and Tamra work at the Winfield State Hospital.

Son, Joseph Miles Dietrick, married Wendy Laos in Salina. They hcive one daughter, Emily (I 987). Joe received a nursing Diploma from Asbury School of Nursing in Salina, then obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from Kansas Wesleyan in Salina. After graduation they moved to Albuquerque, NM, where Joe was Co-director of the Lifewatch Program. They returned to Salina in 1988, and he is presently working as a nurse in the emergency room of the local hospital, and also as nurse and fireman for the Salina Emergency Services.

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Dillard Family

Sandy, Kenneth, and Rachel Dillard, children of Diana Jean Ward Dillard and James Arthur Dillard, were born and raised in Winfield, Kansas.

Sandy, born February 20, 1961, played the violin for community and school orchestras, the Elijah event, and was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout with Unit 314. He spent summers working on the farm in Caldwell, Kansas for his grandparents. (continued on page 155)

Diana Jean Ward Dillard
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(continued frompage 154) Graduated in 1979, he received the Valedictorian honor and in 1983 graduated cum laude from Kansas State University with a BA in biochemistry. From the University of Kansas Medical School of KC he graduated in 1987 with a doctorate of medicine and also enrolled in the school of anesthesiology. He met and married Jeannie Ann White on September 30, 1989 in Wichita. Jeannie was born February 27, 1959 in Sioux City, Iowa, the daughter of Margaret and Kenneth White of Sioux City, Nebraska. She is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.

Kenneth, born May 30, 1964 played football in high school, graduating in 1982 and from Cowley County Community College in 1984. He was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout with Unit 314 and earned the Eagle Scout Award. Enjoying nature and scouting, he worked summers at Quivira Scout Camp in Sedan, Kansas, teaching the art of rock climbing and also took several trips to the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. He was also a member of the Order of the Arrow. He is employed with Greif Brothers, Winfield, KS.

Rachel born September 20, 1965 was active in high school track events and helped with the Special Olympics. She graduated in 1984 and worked at Winfield State Hospital and New Horizons caring lovingly for the mentally handicapped. She joined the Navy in 1986, trained in Florida, was stationed at Patuzent, Maryland. There she met Anthony "Tony" Lawrence White, was married on June 9, 1989 and is living in Pennsylvania. Tony was born April 25, 1966 in Hanover, Pennsylvania, the son of Larry and Barbara White of Glenrock, PA.

All three children attended Whittier Grade School, Winfield High School and we are members of Grace United Methodist Church.

Grandparents are Jack Quinten Ward, born February 10, 1916, a Caldwell, KS farmer, and Eileen Lebeda Ward, born December 28, 1915, from Renfrow, Oklahoma, and of Czech descent; Katherine Virginia Gorman Dullard, born October 9, 1910, in Oskalaosa, Iowa, and Evin C. Dillard, born November 20, 1908, in Fairfield, Texas, retired from Texaco, and living in Cleveland, Oklahoma.

I was born August 29, 1938, in Caldwell, raised on the farm with five brothers and one sister: Carson, J. Rex, Terry, Monty, Jody and Liana (Dubach). I attended with them at the old Cashatt one-room country school house a mile down the road for eight grades. Memories are of the old coal shed, cold out house, pumping well water, playing on 8 foot snow drifts, and heating up the pot-bellied stove. I graduated in 1956 and attended Southwestern College in Winfield and James and I were married on June 19, 1958. James was born March 7, 1937 in Sullivan, Indiana.

My first job was being a Southwestern Bell telephone opera- tar connecting the people asking, "Number please?" I have enjoyed the youth and have been with Cub Pack 314 over 15 years, holding various positions including Cubmaster. I have also worked at Wm. Newton Memorial Hospital, Winfield, and Snyder Clinic, and a physician's office.

Diana Jean Ward Dillard
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Disser Family

Joe Disser came to Arkansas City some time around 1870 or maybe a little earlier, The story handed down was that he rode into Ark City on an Indian Pony and the grass on Summit Street was higher than his head as he sat on the horse. This means that he was a very early settler and it was in the fall of the year to have the bluestem grass that tall.

He had come from Indiana where his family had settled after immigrating from Alsace-Lorraine, between France and Germany. He spoke German. He had served in the Union Army in the Civil War and upon returning to Indiana, he found that his father had passed away and his brothers had inherited all the land. Joe was left with a team of horses and boot making tools. The message was clear. Go West!

He homesteaded the NW quarter of Section 10 where his great-grandson now farms. From a claim shanty located south and a little east of the present house, he worked his 160 acre farm and traveled into Ark City every day to operate his boot making shop on Summit Street.

South of the current farmstead was an orchard and a grape vineyard. He marketed the fruit in town and made some rather notable wine from the grapes. Most of these planting died out during the 1930's.

He raised four daughters from two marriages. The oldest daughter was losephine and married Blain Kirkpatric and stayed on the home quarter. The Kirkpatrics had five children, three boys and two girls. The two oldest boys, Merrit and Max went to Alaska as aviators. The youngest boy, Rolland, died as he reached manhood and was starting his farming career. The oldest daughter, Alice, married Bob McMichael and lived in the Chicago area. The youngest daughter, Lois, married Russell Lewis from Silverdale and lived on the home place.

The Lewis' had three children, Kay who lives in Alabama, Lois who lives in Missouri, and Mick who lives on the home place and is married to the former Barbara King. King being another early pioneering family in the area.

Mick and Barbara have two children, Danni who is attending Kansas University and Matt who is in the public schools in Ark City. The Lewis farm was named a century farm by the Farm Bureau in the 1970's and it was also named the oldest farm in Cowley County to be owned and operated by the same family for its entire history. The ghosts of the past are always present when succeeding generations pursue the same business in the same place with the same assets.

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Burleigh "Ray" Dixon, the fourth child of Charles Arthur and Charlotte May (Clark) Dixon, was born in Imperial, Nebraska on August 27, 1909. They came to Arkansas City in the spring of 1923 with five other boys and four girls. Eva, Nina, "Ray" Leeland, Kenneth, Nevada, Norton, Max, Charles, and Bonnie. Shortly after they came here they lived at 411 N. 6th Street next door to Jim Oscar and Pearl Leona (Quick) Bish, who had four girls , Ruth, Jesse, Lucile and Marie.

Ray worked at the Shell Refinery about two years. He married Lucile Pearl Bish, who was born on 2-9-14, on August 17, 1929. They lived with Ray's parents for awhile. Then they moved to near Silverdale on the Winchel place for a short time . Then at 403 No. 6th Street in part of Lucile's grandma Alice Ellen Quick's house. They had a son, Douglas Ray Dixon, born June 15, 1934, Ray was layed off at Shell and worked for the W.P.A. Ray died on Jan. 17, 1936 of walking typhoid. Lucile was two months pregnant with their second child a boy, Lonnie Dee, born July 16, 1936. At one time Lucile and the boys lived at 1032 No. Summit. The boys went to school here in Ark. City.

Lucile married Donald Wahlenmaier on Jan. 17, 1948. Don was born August 16, 1912 in the Silverdale area. Don was on the police force 17 years here in Ark City. He retired in about 1975. Douglas Ray Dixon was killed an November 20, 1953 in an auto accident out near Silverdale.

Lonnie married Peggy Admire. They had one son, Marc Alan, born on Sept. 17, 1962. They divorced in about 1966. Lonnie married Cheryl Barney in 1967, a South Haven girl. Lonnie was on the police force here in Ark City for several years. They now live in Corpus Christi, Texas and have three children, Stacy Lenette born Sept. 1, 1968, Korbin Brice born March 13,1971, and Shelley Janene born June 16, 1973. Stacy married Marty Grady and they have one son, Kyle Andrew Grady, born Nov. 23, 1988 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Ray is buried at Riverview Cemetery. Douglas Ray is buried at Memorial Lawn. Donald Wahlenmaier died June 26, 1986 and is buried at Parker Cemetery.

When I was about 18-months old you cut off the little "drakes tag" on the back of my neck. Boy, were you in trouble with Mom!

Submitted by By Barbara Jean (Dixon) Holt, your baby sister
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Charles Lawson Dixon

Charles was born Jan. 24, 1919. He was the tenth child of Charles Arthur and Charlotte May (Clark) Dixon. They came to Arkansas City in 1923. He attended Francis Willard, Departmental, Rose Valley country and High School here. In 1936 they lived in Tracy, California for about six months before returning to Arkansas City where he worked odd jobs. He married Arlene Nation on Oct. 9, 1938 and had two girls, (continued on page 156)

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