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(continued from page 200) For example: At the completion of each store there was always a dedication. This included preaching by some traveling minister. Always there was dancing. There were no wallflowers as the girls were too scarce. They could pick and choose!

Another story he told was about how plentiful buffalo and other game was in the area. Fish was also plentiful. The Hudsons had a dip net 68' square in which they could catch all the fish they wanted within a few minutes. He recalled catching a 66-pound catfish once. Now that's a fish story!

The Robert Hudson, Jr. quoted was my grandfather, He died in 1952. My father married Bessie Fern Welch. Ellis, as he was known, died in 1963, my mother in 1972. I married Raymond E. King in 1946. Our two children are Karen Rae King, living in Hill City, Kansas and Craig Robert King, married to the former Janice Osborn. They live in Winfield with their children, Christopher Ryan and lenna Layne.

Many of the Hudsons have passed on, with the few remaining living mostly out of state. However, I'm sure all would agree Cowley County, and specifically Winfield, has played a tremendous part in our heritage.

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Samuel W. Hughes

Samuel W. Hughes, son of Samuel and Mary Plummer Hughes, was born 1839 Davidson County, North Carolina, married Mary Andrews 1860-61. Children born Davidson were: Martha 1862, John Fihmore 4-1865.

In 1874 Samuel sold his land in Davidson and migrated to Cowley County where he obtained farm land near Winfield. There John Fillmore married Cora Belle Younger 7-27-1893, daughter of Joseph Frank Younger and Susan Weakley. Joseph was son of Azel and Mary Younger who migrated from North Carolina to Illinois where Joseph met Susan, later marrying her in Kansas. Susan daughter of Jeremiah Weakley and Sarah Cook, who migrated from Kentucky via Indiana and Illinois to Wilson County and then to Cowley County.

Children of John and Cora were: Elma Ione born 2-9-1894, died 3-9-1935, Ruby born 1896, Orville Allen born 5-22-1899 died 4-5-1969, Frank W. born 1903, Evelyn Doris born 9-17-1910.

Elma married 9-6-1911 Roy Deocha Hargrove, born 9-9-1888 Arkansas City, son of Robert D.E., who died seven months before Roy was born, and Louisa Josephine LeCroy. With her small son and brother, Joshua King LeCroy, she made the "Run of '89" in which she homesteaded her 160 acres, later receiving her patent.

Elma and Roy had six children: Forrest Allen born 6-21912, married Mildred Herring, killed 2-18-1945 on bombing mission over Yokohama, Japan. He had daughter LeAllen born posthumously.

Farrell Aliene 4-26-1914 to 12-7-1983, married Albert Kecskes and had one son Leonard.

Florence Anita 3-25-1916 to 2-27-1982, married Belton Smith, had son Neil Winifred and two daughter, Sylvia Ann and Anita Sue.

Roy, 1918, died at birth.

Louis Victor 3-24-1919 to 6-1-1973, married Edith (Nessler) Long, one son Glen Victor and myself Lois Clyde 12-191923, married first Robert J. Myers and had four children: Robert Louis, lone, James Allen and Toni Irene. In 1957 I divorced Robert Myers and later married Delgar Clyde Harden.

Samuel and Mary farmed in Cowley County twenty-five years and then moved to Kay County, Oklahoma where he died 11-15-1915, she after 1919. Both are buried in Prairie Grove Cemetery near Blackwell, Oklahoma.

John and Cora eventually moved to Oklahoma where they homesteaded in Kay County. She died 7-18-1915 and was returned to Cowley County to be buried beside her parents in Union Cemetery in Winfield.

Samuel was a brother of William Thomas Hughs born 3-24-1837, Davidson County, North Carolina who migrated to Cowley County via Kentucky in 1876.

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William Thomas Hughs

William Thomas Hughs was born in Davidson County, North Carolina on 3-24-1837. Married Catherine Varner on 8-28-1858. To this marriage was born three chfldreri while residing there: Mary Ann Elizabeth Hughs, 9-12-1859, George Washington Hughs, 9-6-1861, Alson McKinzy Hughs, 1-16-1867.

In 1870 the family moved to Kentucky and lived there until 1876 and at that time moved to a farm in Cowley County near Winfield, Kansas. It was there their fourth child was born, Thomas Franklin Hughs 11-20-1878.

While residing in Cowley County the two older boys married. George Hughs married Lizzie Bowman and moved to a homestead in Payne County, Oklahoma near Stillwater. They had four girls, Mattie, Fern, Rose and May. He resided there until his death 4-23-1930 and his wife died 1-9-1953.

My grandfather Alson Hughs on 3-29-1897 married Alice Videlia Gardner born in Cowley County 3-7-1868 and they moved to a homestead in Grant County, Oklahoma west of Jefferson. They lived in a sod house until they built a frame house around 1903. They had four children, Mabel Mae, Louis Cecil, Leta Edna and Donnel Henry. They lived in Grant County until 1929 when they moved to Kay County, Oklahoma south of Braman. Mabel Mae died 2-15-1975 at Braman, Oklahoma. Louis Cecil, born 5-9-1898, was struck by lightning and killed 7-20-1928 near Braman. My father, Donnel Henry Hughs, was born 9-30-1904 and died 7-28-1973, as a farmer. Edna Hughs, born 3-15-1900, whileherparents were living ina sod house in Grant County, is still alive and lives in Blackwell, Oklahoma.

William Thomas Hughs left Cowley County around 1900 with his wife and remaining two children and took a homestead in Harper County, Oklahoma near Stockholm. The town of Stockholm existed from around 1900 until around 1915, located southwest of Buffalo, Oklahoma.

William Thomas died 10- 13-1905, daughter Mary Ann died 3-1-1906 and wife Catherine Hughs died 3-12-1913 and all are buried in Harper County, Oklahoma.

After his parents death, Frank Hughs, youngest son, moved to Jefferson County, Oklahoma by his brother Alson. Later married Ora Cross and they had two children, Catherine and Billy. Ora died shortly after Billy was born and he was adopted by a family named Woods.

Even though none of the descendants live in Cowley County, most are fairly close. Catherine Hughs, Bill (Hughs) Woods, and two of his three sons live in Wichita, Kansas. Edna Hughs lives in Blackwell, Oklahoma. My daughter Lavonda Hughs in Emporia Kansas, Less Hughs, my son, and Alec Hughs, my grandson, live in Derby, Kansas. I probably live the farthest away in Liberal, Kansas.

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Bartlett Y. & Anna M. (Blair) Hunt Family

Bartlett Yancy and Anna M. (Blair) Hunt were married April 3, 1842 at Randolph county, North Carolina. Bartlett Y. Hunt was born April 2, 1824 in North Carolina and died March 25, 1886 in Winfield, Kansas.

Anna M. (Blair) Hunt was born January 6, 1822 in North Carolina and died August 14, 1880 in Beaver township, Cowley County, Kansas.

The Hunts were parents of eleven children, four of whom died as young children before the family came to Kansas. Two daughters were married before they came to Kansas. Emeline J. Hunt married William P. Denny, October 9, 1860. Sarah A. Hunt married Samuel J. Hepler, September 6, 1866.

The family came to Kansas from High Point, North Carolina in a covered wagon. Some walking part of the time as there was not space enough in the wagon for everyone to ride all the time. First settling near Emporia in 1868, they then came to Cowley county in August 1870, purchasing the SW quarter of section 25-33-3, in Beaver township. Other children besides their married daughters coming were: Gustavus, Winfield, Harriett, Edward and Robert.

The year following their arrival, two of their sons married. Winfield J. Hunt married Roxana P. Stout, February 1871 and Gustavus H. Hunt married Mary W. Chapman in June 1871. These two sons later moved their families to the Oklahoma territory.

Because of their father's poor health, the two younger sons, Edward and Robert took the responsibility of running the farm as early teenagers. Gus and Ed acquired land near their parents home. Robert eventually became owner of his father's land. Edward married Julia U. Tannehill, April 7,1880. Robert married Ella Ree King, April 15, 1885.

Bartlett and Ann (Blair) Hunt are buried in the Tannehill cemetery, along the Arkansas river, as are two of their sons, Edward and Robert. A great grandson, Donald W. Hunt, now lives on the Hunt claim location, where he raised his family.

The Hunt ancestors originally came from England and were of the Quaker faith.

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Claude & Abbie W. (Chapin) Hunt Family

Claude Hunt and Abbie W. (Chapin) Hunt were married April 3, 1910 at the Hackney United Brethren Church, a half mile south of Hackney. During the first one and a half years of their marriage, they lived on his father's ranch, about ten miles east of Arkansas City, in Silverdale township, while a new home was being built in Beaver township. The last fifty-four (continued on page 202)

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(continued from page 201) years of their fifty-five and a half years of marriage was lived on their farm in Beaver township.

Claude was born September 9, 1886, on his parent's farm in Beaver township, the youngest of three children. His parents were Enos Edward Hunt and Julia Ursula (Tannehill) Hunt. He had a brother, Earle, and a sister, Maude. Claude attended the rural schools of Enterprise and Tannehill, discontinuing after about the fourth grade as his father needed him to work on the family farm. Claude enjoyed his life-long vocation of farming and raising cattle. His early farming days were by teams of mules or horses. Claude kept up his reading ability and in later years when he retired, he enjoyed reading western and nature type books. Will Rogers and Gene Autry were his favorite movie actors, of which he went to see many of their films in nearby towns. Claude died November 17, 1965 at age seventy-nine years.

Abbie Winifred (Chapin) Hunt was born January 26, 1888 in Pleasant Valley township, two miles south of Hackney. Abbie was the sixth of seven children born to her parents, Francis Albert Chapin and Phoebe Salome (Livergood) Chapin. All the Chapin children were born on the farm, homesteaded by their parents in the 1870's. Abbie was a hard working homemaker and a faithful member of the Hackney Evangelical United Brethren Church, Abbie attended the rural school of Holland and also the ninth grade in Arkansas City, which was as far as the grades went, in the City, at the time. As there were four girls and three boys in the Chapin family, the girls took turns in learning and doing housework, cooking, washing clothes, and gardening. The brothers of Abbie would brag about her cooking, when it was her time to cook for the whole family, and she would try even harder to do better. She also liked to work outdoors, and their neighbor said Abbie and brother Carle were the best cherry pickers they ever had and would give them part of the fruit for their work. Abbie died November 27, 1965 at age seventy-seven years.

Claude and Abbie W. (Chapin) Hunt had five children, all born at their farm home in Beaver township. They were: Wilda Winifred, born October 30, 1912; Delbert Clyde, born April 15, 1915 and died October 6, 1940; Helen Frances, born August 12, 1916; Kenneth Carey, born April 29, 1923 and died May 2, 1923; Doris Jeanette, born October 1, 1925.

Claude and Abbie lived a simple life, teaching their children to be honest.

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Enos Edward & Julia Ursula (Tannehill) Hunt Family

Enos Edward Hunt was born December 13, 1857 in North Carolina. He came to Cowley County, Kansas, with his parents, Bartlett Y. and Anna M. (Blair) Hunt, in August of 1870. He acquired land next to his father's homestead, in Beaver township. On April 7, 1880, Edward married Julia Ursula Tannehill, daughter of Richard S. and Maria D. (Hammond) Tannehill. She was born February 22, 1857 in Indiana. E. Ed Hunt was one of Cowley County's widely-known farmer-stockmen and a charter member of the Hackney United Brethren Church. Edward and Julia (Tannehill) Hunt had three children: Earl, born February 13, 1881, died January 12, 1944; Maude, born August 26, 1883, died January 11, 1969; Claude, born September 9, 1886, died November 17, 1965. Their children attended school at Enterprise. In the mid 1900's Ed bought a farm from his father-in-law, Richard S. Tannehill and Moved a large, two story house four to five miles to the location in the SE part of section 16 near the Arkansas river and Beaver creek. It took three threshing machines to pull and move the house there. His children then attended the Tannehill school. Edward Hunt also had purchased pasture land in Silverdale and Pleasant Valley townships. E.E. Hunt died at his farm home, in the Tannehill community, on May 24, 1932 at age seventy-four years. A pioneer along with his pioneer parents.

Julia Ursula (Tannehill) Hunt was born in Indiana on February 22, 1857. She came to Beaver township. Cowley County, Kansas in 1878 with her parents, Richard S. and Maria D. (Hammond) Tannehill.

On April 7, 1880, Julia was married to Enos Edward Hunt, son of Bartlett Y. and Anna M. (Blair) Hunt, another pioneer family in Beaver township. While living in the Tannehill community, Ed and Julia raised her niece, Grace Byers, along with their own three children, until her death in 1911 at age thirtyfive years. A member of the Hackney United Brethren Church, Julia served as a steward and organist for many years. Her main interest was being a teacher of the primary children's Sunday School Class. Although she suffered much during her ending years, she was patient. She loved her rose and flower garden which comforted her when she was unable to leave home. Julia died May 12, 1925 at age sixty-eight years. She and her husband are both buried in the Tannehill Cemetery, near their home.

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Attilla Monstressor & Elizabeth Hutchinson

A.M. (Attilla Monstressor) Hutchinson and Elizabeth Hutchinson moved to Winfield in 1904. A.M. was born in 1847 in Leroy, Genesee County, N.Y., (near Rochester). He moved to Wisconsin when he was four and grew up in Fond du Lac. When he was 21 he moved to Minnesota and entered the newspaper publishing business. February 28, 1872 he married Elizabeth Otis. After the death of their two eldest daughters of diptheria, he entered medical school, then practiced medicine in Hutchinson, Kansas for a number of years. He was appointed physician of the state reformatory at the time it opened and was also president of the Kansas Homeopathic Medical Society, a prominent worker in Methodist Church circles and deeply devoted to the cause of temperance, After his health failed, he and his wife moved to Winfield and resided at 520 E. Eleventh. He died June 29, 1908.

Elizabeth Hutchinson was born in Brodhead, Wisconsin, July 15, 1850. At the time of her death she was National Treasurer of the WCTU. Earlier she served as president of the Kansas WCTU. She died May 29, 1915 while in Portland, Oregon on WCTU business. They were the parents of Mabel Hutchinson Roberts and grandparents of Lloyd S. Roberts, both of whose biographies appear elsewhere.

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Sarah Jane Yourit Hutto

Sarah J. Yount was born Oct. 10, 1861 in Martinville, Indiana. She came with her family George W. & Mary Ann Hine I and seven brothers and sisters, in covered wagons to Kansas in 1872. Sarah J. was the fourth child in the family. She was schooled here and later married John Hutto Feb. 15, 1883.

They had three children, Fred T. Hutto, Edward G. and Myrtle. Fred married Alma Busby Bess who had a daughter, Ada Lee, their children were Fredricka, William T. Hutto and Robert E. Carol John died early in life. Ail were born and educated in Winfield.

Robert E. lives in Winfield and has been in business for a number of years, Hutto Printing. He married Dolly Wallace and they have two sons, Ron and Mark.

Fredrica taught in one of the country schools and married Robert Leach of Arkansas City, they have two sons, John and Robin. They live in Arlington, Kansas now.

William T. married Peggy Thompson and they have four children, David, Timothy, Larry and Deborah, they reside in California.

Edward G. Hutto was born and raised, educated in Winfield and worked for the Post Office. He later moved to Kansas City and married Ethel Atwell and both were buried in Kansas City. Zefia Myrtle Hutto married Frank L. White, their children were James H., Frank E., and Zoo B- Although they only lived here a short while, this was always considered home. James H. married Opal Spittler of Oxford, Kansas and they have three children Gary O., Joyce, and Arden. James and Opal reside in Anthony, Ks.

Frank E. married Audrey Eggers in Chicago, In and they have one daughter, Linda. Zoo B. married Gene H. Manny and they have resided in Winfield, since 1941. They have one daughter, Jennis, who is a teacher in our schools here and she has two daughters, Ginger and Nancy.

John J. Hutto's father, Thomas J., was born in South Carolina and died at an early age of 49 in Indiana. His wife, Lucinda Stillwell Hutto, remarried and John J. went to live with a married sister whose husband was away fighting in the Civil War. There were 5 children. John J. later came to Kansas with a cousin and they drove a team and spring wagon thru and stayed with John's sister, Mary Ann Hutto Harrod, who lived east of Winfield. She married Benjamin Harrod. George, Margaret and Katherine remained in Indiana, married and raised their families. John J. remained in Kansas and his education came the hard way from experience. He learned the trade of brick laying and plastering and did a variety of things. He met and married Sarah J. Yount and he also was on the Police Force in Winfield, in early days. John's mother Lucinda came (continued on page 203)

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(continued from page 202) to Kansas several. years later and lived with Mary Ann, her daughter, and died and was buried in Union Cemetery.

John Hutto was born March 20, 1850 Kokomo, Indiana. Died and buried in Union Cemetery, Dec, 13, 1912.

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J.D. Ibach Family

It must have been 1902 that J(ames) D(ouglas) and Myrtle (Smith) Ibach followed Myrtle's parents in moving from Iowa to a farm west of Newkirk, with their three children, Paul, Gladys, and Donald, aged two. There Marian was born in 1909. While she was six, they bought and moved to an eighty acre farm on the Walnut River northeast of Arkansas City, across the fields east of the hillside stone lettering, "Christ Died for the Ungodly."

Donald attended and was graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1918. Marian attended the old Roosevelt Grade School, and later the junior high, high school, and junior college, to all of which she often walked. Paul and Gladys had each finished high school in Newkirk. Paul worked in the bank there and later in Peckham, and Gladys had gone to Drake University. About 1919 Gladys lived with the family and taught French and German in Arkansas City Junior High School for two years. Donald went on to Kansas State Agricultural College but returned to help on the farm during summer vacations.

In June of 1923 came a devastating flood. The water kept rising and entered the house about bedtime. Having done their best to protect the household goods, the family retired to the attic for the night, during which the water rose to a depth of sixteen inches. In the morning a rescue team, T.P. Alford, an acquaintance from Newkirk days, and a young stranger, came in a hastily constructed boat from the hill to the north. Myrtle, Marian, and Paul's wife, visiting at the time with their two children, Eleanor and baby Douglas, went in the boat and were taken north to the hill. Then the team rowed back to pick up Jim and Donald who had waded to the barn to check on the livestock, where they found all their shoats had saved themselves by swimming and hooking their snouts in the woven wire fence. The family stayed with neighbors until the water receded enough to return and begin the clean-up. Marian remembers vividly the smell of the dead weeds along the road as the returned.

In the mid-twenties the Ibachs built a new house, making sure that the foundation was higher than the water had reached in 1923. Then, another flood in 1928 again covered the floors but did not cover the baseboards nor warp the short, narrow oak flooring they had used. However, in the flood of 1944, when the Paul lbach family was living there, the water rose to just above the baseboards.

After college Donald was a county agent in Rush County where he met his wife, Helena Carlson, teaching there. Following a connection with the University at Columbia, Missouri, he became an economic analyst with the Department of Agriculture in Washington where he stayed until retirement in 1966.

Glady taught in Michigan, later married Harry Goebel and was involved in many creative, worthwhile projects almost until the time of her death in 1989, age ninety-five, in Carmel, California. Their achievements and those of their family make interesting history, but not in Cowley County.

The lives of Paul and Marian continued mostly in Cowley County, partly at the family farm. Myrtle died in 1930, and Jim carried on, sometimes with hired help, sometimes with the help of Paul and/or Marian and their families until his death in 1936.

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Paul Ibach Family

It was during the Depression years that Paul Ibach, having lost or quit a job in Nebraska, and his wife, the former Maudine Muret having died, came with his three children (Eleanor, Douglas, and Marjorie) to the farm of his parents, J.D. and Myrtle Ibach, northeast of Arkansas City. After Myrtle's death in 1930, there were hired housekeepers for a few years before his sister Marian's family moved back to the farm.

Meantime Paul joined the movement to organize the milk cooperative at Arkansas City, making frequent speeches to gatherings of farmers.. He continued to work for the milk association where he met Ethel Kantzer, the office secretary there. After their marriage in 1937, they moved to Topeka where Paul worked in the State Welfare Department, during the administration of Governor Huxmcin, until his sudden illness caused their return to a trusted local doctor. He then became Deputy County Clerk, then Clerk as he filled out the term of the ailing Clerk. Later he and Ethel returned to the cooperative, by then dealing in feed rather than milk. He became office manager, remained until about 1962.

J.D. Ibach had died in 1936, and when the estate was settled, Paul and Ethel bought out the other heirs and moved to the farm. They had two children, Paula Jane and James Michael. Paul had continued operation of the farm, and in the fall of 1963 was killed in a farm accident. Since then the land has been rented out, but Ethel still lives there.

After her schooling, Eleanor met and married Earl Naylor, with whom she had a daughter Patty. Divorced, she married Mr. Wilton. They lived in the Kansas City area, and since widowed, she had sold furniture on commission.

Douglas Ibach served stateside in the Air Force during World War 11. He married Helen Ruth Wakefield and worked at the Kanotex Refinery and its successors from 1948 to 1984. Helen Ruth worked for the credit union there. The have three children: Karen Sue Sapp and family live in Manhattan; Gartrah teaches in Arkansas City High School; Jeannette McAdam and family lives in Wichita where she teaches, As one of his retirement hobbies, Douglas gardens out at the farm and looks in on Ethel.

Marjorie and "Bud" Alberding have lived and worked in Wichita and are now retired there.

Paula and Jerry Plush live in Arkansas City where he works for the Santa Fe and she for General Electric at Strother Field. Their son Mike was killed in his teens in an accident with machinery while working for a farmer. Their daughter Merry lives at home.

Jim, his wife, Caroline (Hawkins), and daughters, Lori and LeaAnn, live at Olathe where he is Claim Superintendent for the State Farm Insurance Company.

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Ireton Family

Henry S. Ireton, born 2-7-1850 Corey, County Wexford, Ireland, Immigrated to Butler County, Ohio with his parents, John and Elizabeth, that same year. Homesteaded in Ninnescah Township, Cowley County, Kansas in 1870. Married Julia Kane in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 11-30-1880. Julia was born 6-19-1860 in Gorey, County Wexford Ireland.

They immediately came to Cowley County and lived on the farm Henry had homesteaded. They had five sons and two daughters. One son, Robert W., was the first soldier from Cowley County to die in World War 1. Other sons were John, Harry, George, and Benjamin. Daughters were Elizabeth and Flora.

Henry died February 22, 1920, and Julia died October 21, 1935. Both are buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Winfield, Kansas,

Henry Ireton was born April 11, 1885. As a young man he farmed with his father and helped his sister "Lizzie" run the general store at Seby, Kansas (later known as Dale, Kansas). On February 11, 1925, he married Florence Reuther in Winfield, Kansas. Florence was born in Winfield, Kansas June 29, 1906, the daughter of Martin and Havoletta McCreary Reuther. They lived in the 400 block of E. 3rd. Street, Winfield, Kansas for four years. They then moved to Fairview Township, Cowley County, Kansas, one-half mile north of the Akron cemetery. They lived there until 1941 when they moved to Akron, Kansas and operated a grocery store and filling station. They lived there until their death. Harry died June 13, 1960 and Florence died June 29, 1961. Both are buried in Akron cemetery. They had five children: Robert M.; Harry G.; Ruth O.; and twins Julia Ann and Jimmie Dan. Jim now resides in Denver, Colorado, Julia in Winfield, Kansas. Robert, Ruth, and Harry G. live in Fairview Township, Cowley County, Kansas.

Ruth 0. Ireton, born September 2, 1932 was married to Jack 0. Finley March 12, 1950, Walnut Valley Presbyterian Church, Fairview Township, Cowley County. Jack 0. Finley was born in Winfield, Kansas August 7, 1931 the son of B.D. and Mabel Finley. They had two sons and one daughter. Richard, born June 22, 1951 married Sharon Lawrence June 8, 1973. They reside on Route 2, Winfield, Vernon Township, Cowley County. They have no children. Rex, born July 28, 1953 married Carol Greenwell May 27, 1972. Carol died in the flood of October 1973. Rex then married Nancy Sonntag February 23, 1975. They have two children: Renae Lynn, born January 22, 1980; Aaron Michael, born August 25, 1981. They live in Fairview Township, Cowley County, Kansas. Cathy, born December 19, 195.5 married to Steven Hamlin December 29, 1974. They have four daughters: Jane, born January 16, 1978; June, born February 22, 1980; Joy, born May 14, 1984; Jo Ann, born November 2, 1986. They live in Rock Township, Cowley County, Kansas.

Jack Finley owns and operates the Akron Garage at Akron, Kansas, which he built in 1962. Ruth is a homemaker and bookkeeper for Finns Electric Co. in Winfield, Kansas.

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Jacobus-Parsons Family

Lincoln Elmer Parsons (b.5/16/1860, d.12/29/1938) married Clara Alice Goff (b.12/12/1864, d.6/1929) on 12/17/1884 in Illinois. They had three children. Harley Goff Parsons was born in Knox County, Illinois on 6/23/1886. The family then moved to Dundy County, Nebraska by covered wagon where Bertha Ella (b.7/18/1889, d. 12/1983) and Ida Clara (b. 1/19/1891, d.11/25/1980) were born. They moved their furniture and cattle by train to live near Udall in the late 1890's. The children attended Centennial School.

Although Harley did not graduate from high school, he did attend Manhattan College of Agriculture (Kansas State) in 1907. He married Faye Evangeline Jacobus in Udall on 1/29/1909

Faye's parents were Walter Jacobus (b. 1844) and Ruth Direlle Morse. They were married in Ohio on 11/20/1873. Ruth had two sons by a former marriage, Willis and Leon, who were legally adopted by Walter. They had four children: Alvah (1876), Grace (1878), Edna (1880), and Faye (2/28/1889). They lived on a farm six miles northwest of Udall where the children attended Red Bud School. Leon Jacobus was a doctor in Winfield in the early 1900's. Faye did not graduate from high school but did attend Southwestern College in 1906-07.

Faye and Harley farmed 80 acres that her father gave her, across the road from his farm. Three children were born there and attended Red Bud School. Audrey Elizabeth (b.3/28/ 1910, d. 2/25/1989) married Harlan Whitesel and had one daughter Elizabeth Ann (b.10/3/1929, d.4/1990). Thelma Lucille (b.7/20/1911) married Lawrence Cochran Horton (see Cochran-Horton History) and had a daughter, Anita Kay (b.9/13/1939) see Bradbury History) and a son Donald Keith (b.7/24/1942), both born in Winfield. Robert Harley (b.10/ 19/1912, d.5/25/1975) married Marjorie Haynes and had a daughter Barbara Faye (b.6/14/1936) and a son, Gary Leon (b.9/26/1937), both born in Winfield.

Faye and Harley were divorced in 1928. Faye married Otis Brewer in 1934. She died in July 1957 in California.

Harley married Callie Henderson of Atlanta, Kansas at Udall in 1934. He ran a gas station there for several years. They moved to Winfield and he ran the bulk tank for the Co-Op. They had a small dairy on 19th Street. Harley died 10/28/ 1976 and Callie died 9/19/1981. They had one daughter, Marilyn Harlene (b.6/18/1939). She graduated from Winfield High in 1957 and married J.B. Walden. They had two sons.

Bertha Parsons married Ed Beard of Udall. They lived on her parents farm north of town for many years. They had one son, Gene, who now lives there with his family.

Ida Parsons married Harry Adams of Udall. They moved to Rock Springs, Wyoming. They had three children: Carrie, Rowena, and Harry Jr.

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Jankes Family

The Janke Family of Cowley County are descendants of August and Wilhelmine Ganger Janke. August was born in (continued on page 204)

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(continued from page 203) Rachterburg, Germany, date unknown. He died in April, 186B at Jastrow, Germany (now Poland). In 1854 August married Wilhelmine. She was born November 2, 1828. The Jankes lived in the village of Burzen in Pommerania (now Poland) when a son, Carl Hermann, was born on April 26, 1855. The family lived in Zamborst at the time of Carl's marriage to Heneretta Barke on November 6, 1876.

In 1882 Carl and two brothers, Wilhelm and Hermann, sailed for America to seek a new home for their families. They left Hasenfir, Pommerania via Russia. After arriving, they lived in New York a brief time. There they met a man who was looking for able bodied men to work in the steel mills in Joliet, Illinois. They accepted his offer and moved to Joliet.

During Carl's absence from Germany, his wife died. He returned to Germany and later married Johcinna Kottke. On May 29, 1884, he sailed from Germany to America with his two children and his new wife. The family settled in Joliet where Janke had lived during his first stay in America. Eventually Carl made several trips between Germany and America until all members of the Janke family were located in America.

Six children were born to Carl Hermann and Johanna Janke. Their sons included Albert, Emil, and Erich. Their daughters were Anna Janke Kampschroeder, Marie Janke Porth, and Louise Janke Higginbottom. One daughter from Janke's first marriage died at the age of ten, and a son, Charlie, lived with the family in Joliet.

In 1903 the Carl Janke family moved from Joliet to a farm near Braman, Oklahoma, They remained in Oklahoma until 1921 when they moved to Winfield. Two daughters had married, had children, and already lived in Winfield. Their youngest daughter, Louise, married several years after the arrival in Winfield. Johanna Janke died in 1935 and Carl died in 1942.

Louise Wihelmine Janke married Clarence Charles Higginbottom on February 27, 1924. They had two daughters named Dorothy Louise and Lorita Mae. Clarence died in Winfield on June 2, 1977 and Louise died on October 23, 1982. They are buried at Highland Cemetery in Winfield.

Henry Janke, a son of Albert Janke, lives in Winfield. Henry Kampschroeder and Louise Kampschroeder Womacks, live in Cowley County. Their mother was Anna Janke Kampschroeder.

The Jankes were, and continue to be, thrifty and hardworking Americans.

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Chandler F. Jarvis

Chandler Frank Jarvis was born in Winfield, Kansas in 1910. His parents were Frank Edward Jarvis and Dorothy (Chittenden) Jarvis. He had one brother, James Driskell Jarvis.

He graduated from Winfield High School in 1927, and Kansas University in 193 1. While at KU he was a member of the SAE Fraternity, and President one year. In 1933 he graduated from Washburn School of Law, After passing the Kansas bar, he worked for the law firm of Lillard, Eidson, and Buck for one year. He returned to Winfield and joined James McDermott in the practice of law and later as part of the firm of Bloss, McNeish and Jarvis.

While at KU he met Mary Scott Nelson, a fellow student. She was from Holton, Kansas, born in Jackson County to Arthur Scott Nelson and Inez Nuzman Nelson. They were married 1-10-1935 and had three children: Scott Edward, 1938; Julia, 1942; and Elizabeth, 1944.

Their first home was an apartment on Manning in Winfield, In 1937 they moved to their home at 615 East 11th.

In 1939 he was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives and served two terms. He was a member of the State Chamber of Commerce and served it faithfully. He was chairman of the Kansas flood-control council. He taught Sunday School at the First Presbyterian Church. While in Cable, Wisconsin at the Jarvis summer home, he belonged to the Lions Club. He belonged to the Winfield Country Club and BPOE.

In 1941 Chandler left the law firm and, with his father and brother, bought the Gott Mfg- Co. from the founder, Henry P. Gott. In 1942, when the war caused a scarcity of materials for the Gott plant, he started working as a counselor to the employees at Boeing, Wichita. He became assistant to the personnel director and in charge of labor relations. In 1945 he returned to Gott Mfg. Co. and bought half of his father's 50% interest in the business.

After much planning, Gott built a new plant on Wheat Road in 1955. Gott was growing and cans were being shipped to many foreign countries. In 1956 stainless steel was used to line some cans. In 1960 plastic began to be used as lining for the metal cans with urethane foam insulation. This was a new process and gained national recognition.

In 1960, Frank Jarvis retired and sold his remaining interest to Richard A. Gentry. In 1963, Chandler sold H. P. Gott Mfg. Co. to the Gott Corp., a new corporation formed by Richard A. Gentry. He retired for a while; then became business manager for the Snyder Clinic. He retired again in 1972; this time to travel and go fishing.

Chandler died in July of 1977 and is buried in Highland Cemetery, Winfield, Kansas.

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Jarvis Family First National Bank

I was born in the afternoon December 25, 1908. Dr. Obediah Wyant officiating. My mother always said I caused her to miss the big family Christmas dinner at grandfather Jarvis's.

My birth place was our home, 1308 Menor Street. Ma Manring's house just to the north of ours had once been a part of our house. Grandfather had bought the original big house and the one-half block of ground on south side from 13th to 14th when he first came to Winfield. The open ground south of us, then an alfalfa field, had formerly been a garden.

Grandfather and Grandmother, or father and mother as dad and his brothers called them, and mama and papa from Aunt Permelia, had come west from McDonough County, Illinois. Uncle Sam and Aunt Priscilla had come with them in 1877. They just had Uncle Clarence when they left Illinois. Grandfather's father and mother gave them each their inheritance. Grandmother sewed her two hundred dollars in the hem of her petticoat. She was just 17 when they were married. Her parents were farmers, her name was Nancy Ann Fugate. Their farm had a handsome barn, hand mortared joints and buildings were still in good condition when Mart and Tres visited there in early 1940's.

Dad said his grandmother was a timid little person. She smoked a corn cob pipe and sometimes hid when strangers arrived.

Their home was McComb, McDonough County, Illinois. Grandmother and Aunt Priscilla were first cousins.

The two brothers and their families came west with all their possessions. Each a team of horses, a covered wagon, a milk cow and each family two hundred dollars,

Along the way they camped out. Clarence and his cousin Nora thought it was a great lark. One evening near Cherryvale or Coffeyville a family asked them to stay in their home. Grandmother was nervous about the people. Something did not seem quite right to her and she told grandfather she would rather stay out in the yard which they did.

They later learned these were the Bender family and this was the place where several settlers had disappeared on their way west. The Benders would ask people into the house, sit them at a table, back of which was a curtain used to partition the room. One of the family would hit the victims with a club thru the curtain, rob them and dump the bodies into a cellar till they could be disposed of.

When the two brothers and their families arrived in Burden, J.E. Jarvis purchased the NE 1/4 Sec.6-32-6 Cowley for $1.00 an acre from a family who had perfected their claim in the land but wanted to go back East to their old home. Uncle Sam purchased a like claim nearby. The farm is 2 1/2 miles west of Burden and I mile south or 4 miles east of Howard Elrod's farm.

They made the greater part of their income by trading. There was no cash in the country so they traded for whatever was available, Dad said grandfather was the best trader in the country. He went to Emporia and bought lumber for a house on the farm. It had lap siding, grandfather said they were proud of that as it was the only house in this area which had lap siding. The house was one room with basement below. There were pegs in the wall to hang the harness which was their most valuable possession.

There was a small drop off behind the house which had a good spring where grandmother got the water for the home.

Dr. J. 0. Strother told me years ago that the first time he saw grandfather was at the Chautauqua at Island Park where grandfather had a sign, "Money to Loan, J,E. Jarvis."

J.E. Jarvis and Sam Jarvis and a silent partner, a Mr. J.E. Conklin, formed The Jarvis Conklin Loan Company in Winfield. As the company grew, Uncle Sam moved to Kansas City and opened an office there. The family home was on Warwick, (continued on page 205)

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(continued from page 204) one block south of Armour on the NW corner of Warwick and 36th Street.

In 1891 The Jarvis Conklin Loan Company purchased the Farmers State Bank with J.E. Jarvis, President; I.E. Conklin, Vice-President; C. E. Fuller, Cashier, a cousin of Mrs. Jas. Lorton. The Farmers State Bank building is now Pierce's Book Store.

On June 16, 1896 the Farmers State Bank consolidated with the Cowley County National Bank. The officers of the Cowley County National at that time were: J.N. McDonald, President; Ed Pate, Vice-President; T.J. Eaton, Cashier; 1. F. Balliet, Asst. Cashier; and John Keck, Director. Mr. Balliet was the only officer retained by the new Cowley County National. Mr. Keck kept his stock in the bank.

Dad said that when he was a boy they often went to Kansas City to visit. In the morning the men would drive down town to the bank and Uncle Sam would let him sit on the box with the coachman.

In 1907 there was a bank panic. Grandfather called his boys in, and dad back from his honeymoon, and they stacked all the money in tall piles in the teller cages. In the morning when the bank opened, the lobby filled quickly with nervous people. They were undecided what to do. Just then Fred Clarke came to the door and saw what was going on. He called out to the crowd, "Pass this on to Mr. Jarvis to deposit my account," and passed two hundred dollars cash over hand thru the lobby. That was that, and no withdrawals.

In 1922 the Cowley County National Bank purchased the First National Bank, W. C. Robinson was President. We moved the bank across the street to the First National Building one evening and I was allowed to carry the gold. The next morning we opened for business in the First National. The officers of the First National Bank were: J.E. Jarvis, President; M.F. Jarvis, Vice-President; Geo. G. Gary, Cashier; Henry M. Jarvis, Asst. Cashier; George L. Jarvis, Asst. Cashier; and Frank E. Jarvis, Asst. Cashier.

Clarence Jarvis lived on a farm which adjoined the Arkansas City Country Club on the east. Walter Jarvis had the Ford Agency in Arkansas City.

Permelia Jarvis married Horace Wright and they lived in the house next door to grandfather's.

During the unsettled times when Roosevelt was elected President there was talk of a run on the banks, The President called for a Bank Holiday. Uncle Mart called the Federal Officer in Kansas City and told them our bank had a good supply of cash and would not close. The Federal Reserve Bank notified us that indeed we would close as they would send a Federal Marshall to enforce the directive.

During those times where were many bank robberies. The bankers in Winfield formed a vigilante committee. All the fellows in the three banks plus a number of business men up and down the street met once a month at a target range south on 77 and just across the road from the Municipal Golf Club. We had each meeting reported in the Courier. Winfield did not have any robberies.

The bank also had an armed guard, a retired man who stood at the entrance during banking hours. The main thing was he had a big revolver in its holster hanging on his hip.

During World War Two, a convoy of jeeps would drive in from Strother Field for the payroll each month. Col. Carroll often came with them. They would count and verify the figures in the Directors' Room.

J.E. Banks, M.F. Jarvis, George Gary and George Jarvis formed the Winfield Investment Company in the fall of 1926. This was the first consumer loan company in Winfield.

In 1954 Raymond E. King came to the First National Bank from the Security National Bank of Norman, Oklahoma. Raymond had served in the South Pacific on the aircraft carrier, Petrol Bay during World War II.

M.F. Jarvis married Nina Harter. Their daughter, Janet, married Dr. Howard E. Snyder and they have two boys, Dr. Martin E. Snyder and Edward J. Snyder.

Martin E. Jarvis is the son of Clarence E. Jarvis and Dora Smith. He married Lois Koontz and they had two daughters, Carol and Martha and grandson John Welch.

Richard Lynn Jarvis entered the bank 1948. During WW2 he served as a Flight Instructor and later with the 20th Air Force, Harmony Field, Guam. He married Jane Culver. They have two daughters, Roberta and Barbara, two grandchildren, Shannon and Alex. Richard was Senior Vice-President of the bank and is now Chairman of the Board.

Robert H. Jarvis entered the bank after his graduation from Kansas University. He became Assistant Cashier before joining his brother Laurence F. Jarvis, and Jack B. Jarvis at Jarvis Auto Supply.

Frank E. Jarvis and his son Chandler F. larvis, who was an attorney, purchased the Gott Manufacturing Company from Henry P. Gott, the founder of the company. They moved the company from 5th and Manning Streets to the new building they constructed on Wheat Road.

Ed Jarvis entered the bank March, 1967 upon his release from the Navy. He served on the staff of Admiral Thomas E. Moorer aboard the USS Oklahoma City Flagship of the 7th Fleet. Ed became Vice-President in 1975, resigned from the bank in 1988. He is on the Board of Directors of the bank.

In the fall of 1945, The First National purchased the Winfield National Bank. George L. Jarvis became President in 1957 and Martin E. Jarvis became President upon George L. jarvis's retirement. John E. Jarvis became President upon Martin E. Jarvis's retirement in 1967.

Raymond E. King was President in 1987 and John E. Jarvis became Chairman of the Board. John E. Jarvis, Richard Jarvis and John Edmund Jarvis, 11, remained on the Board of Directors.

Nicholas J. Horner came to the First National in August of 1987. Nick is a graduate of Kansas State University. He has been a National Bank Examiner, and then with the Comptroller's Office in Washington, D.C., from 1980-1984. He was with a multi-bank holding company, The Midwest Bancorp, until coming to the First National. He became President in 1988.

The First National purchased the Douglass Bank in March, 1989.

As of Dec. 31, 1989 the combined banks showed total assets of $119,518,753, and total capital of $9,951,437.

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Frank E. Jarvis

Frank Edward Jarvis, seventh son of a seventh son, was born on 11-22-1883 in Winfield to James Edmond Jarvis and Nancy Ann (Fugate) Jarvis. They had eight sons and one daughter. Two of the sons died in infancy. They homesteaded near Burden in 1871. They moved into Winfield in 1883.

Frank graduated from Winfield High School in 1902 and went to KU. He was a charter member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He attended KU for one year. From 1905 to 1924 he was associated with First National Bank. He was then in the lumber business with Albert Thompson until 1938. In 1941 he and his sons, Chandler F. and James D. Jarvis, bought H.PGott Mfg. Co. He was active with Gott until he sold his interest to Richard A. Gentry.

He was a Winfield Commissioner, Mayor in 1941, member of Chamber of Commerce and a charter member of Winfield Country Club.

Frank and Dorothy Chittenden were married in 1908 in Lincoln, Nebraska. They met when Dorothy visited her aunt Charlotte Chittenden Herlocker and family in Winfield. Her parents were Zell and Elenore Chittenden. Her grandfather, Basil S. Chittenderi was a Captain in the Union Army, training black troops, in the Civil War.

Frank E. Jarvis had a stroke and died 11-21-1966 in Newton Memorial Hospital. Dorothy Jarvis died 1-18-1972. They are buried in Highland Cemetery, Winfield.

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Henry Milton Jarvis

H.M. Jarvis was one of seven children of James Edmund Jarvis and Nancy Fugate Jarvis, who married in 1869 and moved to Kansas from McDonnah County, Illinois in 1871 by covered wagon. His parents farmed near Burden and moved to Winfield in 1883 when "J.E." went into the real estate and loan business. In 1891 he went into banking at the Farmers State Bank. Five years later he consolidated with the Cowley County National Bank and in 1922 Cowley County National Bank purchased the First National Bank.

H.M. Jarvis, along with his sister, Permetia, and brothers Clarence, Martin F,, Walter, George and Frank grew up in Winfield and made his livelihood here. He was a man of many interests. First, he was in the banking business with his father. Then he purchased the flour mill on West 9th (Baden's Best) and after that he purchased the lumber yard in the 200 block of West 9th. He also owned various car agencies. In 1930 he bought Lipperd Auto Supply and Glass, which is now the Jarvis Auto Supply- He loved music, played the mandolin and played the trumpet in the City Bcind- He also enjoyed driving in the sulky races at the fairgrounds and racing greyhounds. He died in 1955.

In 1904 Henry married Blanche Bevis of Winfield. Her parents, F.M. Bevis and Minnie Perlee Bevis, were married in New Haven, Ohio in 1879 and moved to Winfield in 1886 from Cincinatti, Ohio. Blanche was three years old at the time. She had one brother, Floyd Bevis. F.M. Bevis was a "drummer" (salesman) with Ranny Davis Wholesale House in Arkansas City and was well-known on his route. He traveled in a Model T Ford to the small towns and grocery stores which were everywhere before the advent of the "chain stores." F.M. and Minnie built their home on the SW corner of what is now 7th & Cherry and raised their family there.

Blanche Jarvis was the motivating force behind the organization of the Thrift Shop in 1932 and the Womens Civic Center in 1941. She was cited at Winfield's Christian Citizen of the month in 1958 and honored for her community works. She died in 1969.

Henry and Blanche loved to travel and took a number of trips with their family-driving on dirt roads, camping out along the way and making, on the average, from 100-150 miles in a 10-12 hour day. In 1920 all six (the oldest child being 12 and the youngest being three) drove from Winfield to California in a Paige touring car and spent the year. The children were enrolled in school in San Diego for the first semester and in Pasadena for the second semester. After school was out they traveled the Northwest part of the U.S. before coming back home. Each night they pitched a tent and each child had specific duties to perform. All meals were cooked on a camp stove. Another trip to California took place in 1928 and over the years most of the summers were spent in Colorado around the Denver area.

Henry and Blanche had four children: Sherlah, who married John F. King; Bob, who married Alta Mae Dunbar; Jack, who married Lucille King; and Lawrence, who married Virginia Moore Stuber, All the Jarvis children married and made their homes in Winfield. Henry and Blanche had 10 grandchildren. Five, Karen Summers, Philip Jarvis, Susan Light, Chris Jarvis and Rebecca Jarvis live in Winfield today.

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John & Shirley Jarvis Family

George L. Jarvis was born November 2, 1881 in Winfield, Kansas to James Edmund (J.E.) Jarvis and Nancy Ann Jarvis (Fugate), George was one of seven children. J.E. Jarvis was a founding partner and President of the Jarvis Conklin Loan Company. The company later acquired the Farmers State Bank and consolidated with the Cowley County National Bank (continued on page 206)

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