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(continued from page 245) George and Luella (Bishop) Piersol, raised their eight children in the Rose Hill area in the early 1900's. In later years they moved to Winfield.

Sam and Jessie's only son, Guy, married George and Luella's seventh child, Georgiena, March 20, 1926; the couple moved to Winfield. Together they raised six daughters to maturity and buried one son (Bobby Joe) at birth, April 10, 1936. The family lived most of their married life in the 700 block on East Sixth Street; ten years on the NE corner, eventually buying the house at 711 East Sixth. Their fourth daughter lives in the home place to this day. All six girls were educated by the Winfield school system, graduating from Winfield High.

Guy co-owned a pump repair business, operated out of a shop on 10th and Manning. During the war years, he worked at Beech Aircraft, and restarted his own business out of his home: Winfield Pump and Windmill Repair; his bright yellow pickup and reputation for reliable work were well known for years by Cowley County farmers. Gerogiena had her hands full raising the girls. She was a good neighbor and kept tabs on elderly friends. She did telephone work for Ark City Rendering Company, out of her home for 14 years. After retirement, Guy worked for Sheriff Fred Satterthwaite, as a part-time jailer at the county jail. Guy died September 8, 1968. Georgiena on May 4, 1971.

The daughters: Lila Maye Kutz (May 23, 1927) moved to California in the late 40's, where she married CC Kutz and resided in Orange County until her death June 2, 1987.

Vida Faye Stout (Dec. 31, 1928) married Wilver Stout, March 31, 1956; they reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They have two children Pamela LaFay Stout Robinson (Jan. 30, 1959) and James Preston Stout (Aug. 9, 1960). Vida is busy with family and her church work.

Ruby Vaye Doll (Nov. 16,1933) married Loren K. Doll (Dec. 19, 1926) of Cedar Vale, May 1, 1954. Loren died Nov. 16, 1956. Ruby raised their two sons: Randle Geri (Feb. 18, 1955) now of Springfield, MO; and Kendle Kevin (Mary 12, 1956) of Burden. April 15, 1989 Kendle married Michielle Chilcot (April 9, 1964) of Atlanta. They are expecting their first baby in September, 1990.

Karen Kay Floyd (Feb. 20, 1940) was married to Norman Bill Floyd (Jan. 10, 1942) of Rock on Feb. 20, 1962 in Beaufort, SC by the Marine Corp Chaplin. They had one son Jeffrey Lee (Dec. 30, 1963). Jeff married Lori Martin (Nov. 14, 1961) of Arkansas City in 1988 They have one son Kaleb Jonathan (Feb. 26, 1989) and are now living in Statesville, NC.

Rose Marie Hankins (Jan. 13, 1942) was married to Milton Hankins of Dexter. They had one son, Morgan Carl (June 2, 1970). Morgan is now a student at Kansas State University. Marie has been an employee of WSH&TC since 1960.

Linda Hankins (Nov. 30, 1947) married Charles Hankins (April 9, 1946) of Dexter. They have two children, Brandon Lynn (Oct. 18, 1969) who is employed at Binney & Smith and Dolan Wesley (May 15, 1974) student at Winfield High. Linda will graduate from WSU in May, 1990.

The families remain close, and get together frequently, the are part of the strength of Cowley County-stable, law abiding, taxpaying citizens.

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Thomas A. Morrow Family

Thomas A. and Mattie Woodcock Morrow lived in Harvey Township six miles east and one mile south of Atlanta.

Mr. Morrow came from the Knightstown, Indiana area. Mrs, Morrow's childhood home was near Galva, Illinois.

Coming to Cowley County in 1894 the Marrows lived on their 40 acre farm until they moved to Burden in 1910 as Julia, the oldest of two daughters, was to enter high school. Mr. Morrow worked at several different jobs while living in Burden.

Mrs, Morrow passed away in 1920. After her death, Mr. Morrow lived with Julia and her husband, Morell Starkey, and their daughter, Betty Ann, until his death in 1922. The Starkeys lived on a 240 acre farm, a part of the Morrow farm. Their son Thomas Morell, Jr. was born in 1924.

The Morrow's youngest daughter, Anna, also attended Burden High School. She married Clarence A. Weaverling of the Torrance community. They were the parents of two sons, Lyle and Donald.

Both Julia and Anna graduated from Burden High School and both taught school in the Burden area. However, Julia taught at Maple City and it was there she met and married Morell Starkey.

Anna and Clarence lived for a while on the remaining 160 acres of the Morrow farm and then moved into Burden. Later they moved to the Warrensburg, Missouri area where they lived until their deaths.

Thomas M. Starkey, Jr., the only descendant of the Morrows living in Cowley County, resides in Burden, having moved there in 1968.

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The Moss Family

Garnett (Kearns) Moss descendant of F.M. Bailey of Tisdale, Cowley County. In 1893 my great-grandfather, F.M. Bailey, moved from Mt. Olivet, Kentucky to Tisdale with his wife, Louisiannci Furnish of Harrison County, Kentucky. They had seven children, AL. Bailey, G.T. Bailey, J.W. and E.M., Sallie and Ida May. Their natural stone home was built in 1873 by E.B, Young and the walls are still standing today. The first term of Cowley Count Court is recorded to have been held in a native wood building which was also on the property at that time.

Ida May Bailey wed Harvey A Kearns on March 24, 1884 in Millersburg, Kentucky. Mr. Kearns was a jeweler and member of 'the Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge and Knights of Pytheas. Six children were born to them, Louisianna (Bennett) now of Denver, Colo., became the aunt of Gov. Robert Bennett; Mamie (Hutchinson of California; Hobart Kearns, who died at 20 years; Raymond Kearns, who worked for the Winfield Water Department until his death. His sons Harvey, Dan, Robert and Richard are still living in Cowley County. Anna Kearns became a teacher and taught in Tisdale a few years until moving to Kansas City where she taught from 1926 to retirement in 1965. She returned to Cowley County to live with my mother, Garnett, her sister.

Garnett Kearns became wife of H.G. Moss of Wellington on March 8, 1930. My sister Nancy and I (Glenda) were born in Wellington. My father was a dentist there until he was sent to Great Lakes Naval Base. He died during the war with rank of Lieutenant in 1944. Having learned of the death of her brother's wife Osie, Garnett returned to Winfield to help Raymond raise his boys. She was the secretary at Gott Mfg. Co. until she retired.

My sister Nancy Moss, Married K.V. Biddle of Winfield and later opened the first Daylight Donut Shop here.

I married Larry W. Kilts of Winfield and was blessed with 5 children: Laurie Kilts Bonnell, now teaching school in Udall, Ks.; Maralee Kilts King of Bryant, Texas; Torry W. Kilts of Oxford, Kansas; Kristopher S. Kilts presently in Kentucky in U.S. Army; Julie Kilts Eastman of Rock, Ks.

After the marriage dissolved I remarried Jerald L. Linnabary of Wichita, We returned to Cowley County with his two boys, Kelly Don of Winfield and Jerry Jr, of Wichita. One child was born to us, Harley Dale, making us 8 children. We now reside in Kellogg, Ks. in Cowley County since 1979. We are members of New Life Chapel in Udall.

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Fred and Bessie Mueller Family

The grandparents of Fred Alvin Mueller, J. Anton Mueller and Magdalena Betsc;hart, were born just ten miles apart in the heart of Switzerland on opposite sides of a mountain. However, the two did not meet until many years later in the United States. In 1856 they married and settled on a farm near Highland, Illinois. Three children were born to them, the oldest being Jacob Joseph Mueller, Fred's father. He married Frances Ermina Hunter in Bond County, Illinois. To them four children were born, the youngest being Fred in 1890. Fred was reared and educated in Bond County, then moving to Angleton, Texas. In 1912 he married Bessie Mae Davidson in Peckham, Oklahoma.

Bessie Mae was born in Geuda Springs, Kansas, to Lizzie Burnhardt Davidson and Gust[ifus Davidson who came from Illinois to Wichita, where Gustafus worked in harness shop, before moving to Geuda Springs. Here he operated a blacksmith shop and made carriages. Gustafus made the Cherokee Strip run going far into the territory without success. On return he made a deal with a young boy who was ineligible for the claim he held in Kay County. The family moved to this farm. Sometime after Gustafus's death Bessie and her mother moved into Peckham, Oklahoma, where Bessie worked in the post office. She and her mother frequently visited relatives in Illinois where she met Fred.

After their marriage Fred and Bessie moved to Angleton, Texas, where they operated a farm until 1915, Not liking Texas due to the high humidity and hurricanes, they moved southwest of Arkansas City on the state line where Fred worked for a gas company until moving to a farm in East Bolton township. In 1929 they moved to the South Bend community where they lived until retirement in 1965, then moving to Dearing, Kansas. Fred died in 1966. In 1967 Bessie returned to Cowley County making her home in Arkansas City until her death in 1977. They are buried in the Geuda Springs cemetery.

Fred and Bessie had three sons, Wallace W., born in Texas, Harold D. and Donald M., born in Cowley County. Wallace married Gladys Warren of Winfield. He farmed and worked in the New Era Mill in Arkansas City until 1955 when the family moved to Montgomery County. They had three children, Warren Frederick, Peggy Elizabeth, and Steven Ray. Wallace died in 1978. Donald was in the Merchant Marines in World War 11 and later farmed west of Dexter and in the South Bend community. He married Carol Shawver Kennedy of Arkansas City. They had one child, Joseph Wayne, who died in 1970. Donald died in 1987. Harold D. served in the Army in the South Pacific in World War 11. In 1942 he married Willa Jean Paton, a native of Cowley County where they made their home. Harold (continued on page 247)

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(continued from page 246) was undersheriff and sheriff of Cowley County from 1959 to 1968. Harold and Willa Jean had two children, William Kenneth (Bill) and Marcia Deanne both born in Cowley County. Bill, with his wife Belinda Dix Mueller, now live in Cowley County as does his mother. Marcia Deanne with her two small children, Megan and Nicholas, and her husband, Ronny Stevens, live in Wichita.

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John Mumau Family

John Mumau, born February 12, 1874 to Daniel and Anna Ruth Mumau on their homesteaded farm north of Arkansas City. He married Myrtle Musetta Shivers May 27, 1902. Musetta was born July 31, 1878 in Taylorville, Illinois. She came to Kansas with her parents in a covered wagon when she was about three years old. She died August 18 1968. John died December 22, 1936, John and Musetta are both buried in the Pleasant Vcilley (Hackney) Cemetery.

They had one daughter, Iona born August 14, 1910. Iona married George A. Day February 27, 1938 at the First United Presbyterian Church in Arkansas City, Kansas. George worked at the Shell Refinery until it closed in June of 1938. We moved to Wichita, Kansas and he went to work at Boeing in Wichita, Kansas. In 1942 we moved back to Arkansas City, Kansas and he went to work at Kansas Gas and Electric Company. He worked there until retirement March 1, 1972. Iona and George have two children, James Daniel Day and Mauricia Lea Day. James is self employed at Day and Company in Overland Park, Kansas, Mauricia Lea (Day) Prosser is teaching school in Great Bend, Kansas. She has been in the Great Bend school system since she graduated from College in 1972.

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Descendants of William Hall & Mamie Meddock Muret

The Muret history is traced back to the early 1600's in Vevay, Switzerland, and the children of Jules Nicholas Emanoel Muret immigrated to Vevay (Switzerland County) Indiana.

From here brothers William Hall, Julius, and George came to Cowley County in 1883 and settled northeast of Arkansas City. William Hall later bought land and moved to what is now Strother Field in the Hackney Area. He was a farmer. He married a teacher Mamie Meddock from Ohio in 1883. She died in 1904, he in 1942. They had four children, William Mooar Muret, Mildred Muret King, Jeanne Muret Godfrey, and Edward Muret. All remained in Cowley County.

William Mooar (Bill) married Beulah Swim and they farmed Icind owned by his father in the Hackney area, and which was taken by the government for an air force training school during World War 11. This was named Strother Field. They then moved to Cambridge, Kansas. Both the Murets got their education in Winfield schools and Bill attended Southwestern College. While living on the above land, they were visited quite often by gypsies traveling through the country. Bill and Beulah have both died.

Bill and Beulah had on son Raymond C. Muret. He attended Winfield High School and Kansas State College in Manhattan. He also moved to Cambridge where he and his father farmed and raised cattle in the Flint Hills area. Raymond married Helen Westin in 1942, They have three children, Jeanne Schmitt, Ann Wiles, and William (Bill) Muret. Jeanne and Ann attended Cambridge grade schools but after the family moved southeast of Winfield on Silver Creek in 1958 they all attended and completed high school in Winfield. All are graduates of Kansas State University at Manhattan, Kansas. Bill is a graduate of Washburn Law School, Topeka, Kansas.

Jeanne lives in Great Bend, Ks. Ann at Marienthal, Ks. and Bill in Winfield where he is an attorney. He is married to Nancy Perry and they are parents of two daughters Caitlin and Annelise. Jeanne has two boys, Allen and Jason and Ann has two girls, Jennifer and Gwen.

Raymond is retired but was active in farm organizations and practices such as Soil Conservation, Extension, Watershed, and Rural Water District, and has membership in the Steam Engine Club- He was on the school board when Country View school was built in the Winfield system.

Other direct descendants of William Hall Muret now living in Cowley County cire Mary Jeanne Lewis daughter of Mildren Muret King, and children and grandchildren of Jeanne Muret Godfrey, namely Joan Taylor, Beverly Keller, and Mark Godfrey all of Winfield and James Muret Godfrey and Anne Schafer of Arkansas City.

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Dub & June Murray

June A. Biddle, born June 8, 1910, was the youngest child of Ed and Susie Ramsey Biddle.

Delbert, known as Dub, Murray was born August 14, 1912 and was the youngest son of Horace and Lizzy Murray.

The Murray and Biddle families both raised their children in the Vernon Township of Cowley County. They attended the same events and it was in Sunday School class that June remembers the Murray boys always pulling on the braids of the girls, as the boys managed to sit a row behind the girls, Feelings healed, as they grew older they began to date.

Dub got a contract hauling gravel at Buffalo, Okla. but was at his parents on weekends. June had been working for families in Winfield where she would stay during the week and do household duties plus keep the children for $4 a week plus room and board.

One Sunday evening, June's friend, Lois Oldham, phoned and urged June to come over quick as she had news to tell. Dub joined June and they went to see Lois who was dating Wayne Randall. Lois said, "We are going to run off and get married. Come and go with us." It took a lot of convincing Dub as he didn't want to before he had his paycheck, which he would have the next week. June volunteered to buy the $2 marriage license. Finally, all four got into the cab of the gravel truck and drove to Newkirk, Oklahoma. As they drove into Newkirk they stopped at a service station and asked the attendant what they had to do to get married. June later found out this young man was her cousin on the Biddle side. He jumped on the fender of the truck and they drove down Main Street where he showed them the upstairs office where they could buy marriage licenses. The Justice of the Peace was in the picture show so they had to wait in the drug store for the show to end.

In the meantime, the word was passed on the street that someone was in town to get married. A crowd of young people soon gathered. The Justice of the Peace got out of the show, the two couples were each others witnesses, there were no rings, and they got married March 7, 1937. The crowd left and the two couples drove back to Winfield. They stopped at Al's Cafe at 7th and Main in Winfield. Dub and June drank hot cocoa and Wayne and Lois ate a hamburger.

Lois went to her job of working for the George Kennemoth family. June went to her job at the home of the Roberts family taking care of their small daughter, Kay. Her wedding dress still hung in the closet, unused. She realized she had washed her hair that day and gotten married with her hair in pin curls. The grooms each went to their parents' homes where they lived.

They thought they were secretly married, but first thing Monday morning, Lois got a call from a reporter saying the marriage came over the wire services. If they had gone any other direction, it would have been a secret, but there were relatives and contacts in Newkirk.

June worked at Boeing in Wichita during World War II. Dub was trucking full time. Two children were born, Linda May died in infancy. Danny D. was born February 27, 1947 in Winfield.

In 1947 they moved to Denver, Colorado. Dub owned his own truck and hauled produce. He died June 3, 1953 and is buried in Tannehill Cemetery.

June worked as Cafeteria Manager at Lowry Air Force Base and Fitzsimmons Army Base for the Air Force Exchange Services for twenty years. She moved to Lincoln, Nebraska June 1976 with her mother, Susie, and son, Danny.

Danny married Margaret Tobkin May 17, 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. They are parents of Dana Ann and Stacy Renae. Dan is Administrative Officer for Parks and Recreation Department in Lincoln.

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Horace & Lizzie Murray

The Horace G. Murray family lived near Winfield, Kansas most of their lives. Horace's father was William 0. Murray, known as "Uncle Billy." He operated the Olds boarding House in Winfield. He was superintendent of the County Poor Farm. He served as Police Judge in Winfield.

Horace was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1872 and came to Winfield at age four, His first school was Easterly, southwest of Winfield. Mike Markham was his first teacher.

Elizabeth May Shipp was born 16 May, 1884 in Topeka, Kansas and came to Winfield at age 4. Her first school was Tannehill district southwest of Winfield. Her first teacher was Stover Alexander.

Horace G. Murray and Elizabeth May (Lizzie) Shipp were married in Wellington, Kansas 30 Oct. 1901. They lived in Beaver and Vernon Townships west of Winfield. They farmed 44 years. They always had people around and hosted many dinners. Lizzy Murray was the outgoing person and always had something to say to everyone. When they had a dinner the men had to go to the barn to play cards regardless of the weather as Lizzy wouldn't let them play in the house.

They loved children of the community. They provided "room and board" for teachers in the communities. While they lived in Vernon Township, presently the Fred Bursack home, (continued on page 248)

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(continued from page 247) they met the train at Kellogg and greeted the new teacher for Mt. Zion, Gladys Pitman. She felt very warmly greeted and welcomed to the community and loved this couple as the neighborhood did. They were active members of Winfield Baptist Church.

They took part in the activities and programs of Kellogg Hall. Lizzy played piano for many numbers. Her sons, Lester and Dub would sing a duet while Lizzy played piano.

Horace and Lizzy moved off the farm and into Winfield when they retired from farming and celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary Oct. 1951. Horace died 13 June, 1956 at age 84. Lizzy died 29 December, 1952 at age 68, and both are buried in Tannehill Cemetery with their sons and granddaughter.

They were parents of three sons; Albert died in infancy; Lester born 30 March 1909; Delbert born 14 Aug 1912.

After attending Winfield schools, Lester was in the trucking business. He moved to Denver, Colorado and married Gweneth Thorne. They were the parents of four chfldren; Sharlene, Dick, Mary and Bill. They moved to Fremont, Nebraska. Gwen died 17 Feb. 1970. Lester died 28 Nov. 1976.

Delbert (Dub) attended Winfield schools and was in the trucking business. He married June A. Biddle 7 March 1937. Refer to Dub and June Murray Story.

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David M. Musgrave

I was born in Payne Co., Oklahoma, the son of Josia Frankland Musgrave on May 8, 1916. I married Margaret M. King, the daughter of James Erbie King and Elsie M. Wright King of rural Cowley County. We were married in Newkirk, Oklahoma on Nov. 14, 1933. We raised three children; Janice, born 1937; Jacquline, born 1939 and Gailen, born 1947.

My grandparents on father's side were from Grenola, KS where Dr. Musgrave and son were both doctors in Cambridge and Grenola area. My grandparents moved to Oklahoma after the Cherokee Strip Run and fincdly settled in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

My mother's father, Bendaman French, ran in the strip race and homesteaded northeast of Stillwater, Oklahoma where part of the family still lives.

My parents moved to Kansas where we have lived since I was two-years-old. My father worked in oil fields for twenty-six years for ad companies in Kansas, all but three years.

My wife passed away in Oct. 1988 in Winfield, KS. Our oldest daughter, Janice lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. She's lived there twenty-seven years. Our second daughter, Jacqueline, retired from teaching to become an author. She published one book and was murdered in Winfield in 1981. My son lives on the farm his mother received from her parents north of Winfield. My three children all graduated from Winfield High School. My wife and I both went to school in Winfield.

My work took us to many states. I traveled as a pipe fitter working on construction until we retired here in our home in Winfield.

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Bradley Dean Musson

Bradley Dean Musson was born 8 April 1966, in Arkansas City to Orville Dean and Eloise Leora (Martin) Musson. He attended Francis Willard, Junior High, and High School in Arkansas City. He graduated in 1984. Brad has two brothers, Randy Lee Benton, and Russell Howard Musson. Brad wrestled from age six through Junior High School. Played baseball in little league, and football two years in little league. He played tennis all through school, and received a tennis scholarship from Cowley County Community College. When Brad was small, he lived near the Wilson Park and chased tennis bails for the college players. Brad had medals and trophies from all his sports.

Brad likes motorcycles and got his first bike when he was six. He also raced go-carts, winning several trophies. One time when his go-cart motor was broke down the day of a big race, he did not have time to fix it, so he exchanged it with his mother's new rototiher motor. She didn't know about it for a long time.

After attending Cowley County Community College, Brad moved to Wichita working for a neon sign company. He presently works with his Dad at R & D Camperland.

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Russell Howard Musson

Russell Howard Musson was born 31 October 1963 to Claude Wilber Keonke and Eloise Leora (Martin) Keonke. He was later adopted by Orville Dean Musson. Russell has two brothers, Randy Lee Benton, and Bradley Dean Musson. Russell attended Francis Willard Elementary, Middle, and High School in Arkansas City, graduating from High School in 1982. He attended Cowley County Community College. Russell wrestled, played football, from eight years old through high school. He played baseball in little league. He owned his first motorcycle when he was eight. He had a horse named "Coco", and loved to ride. Russell loved school, was a straight "A" student all through school, and had perfect attendance in grade school.

After two years at Cowley County Community College, Russell joined the Navy 31 October 1985. He was stationed on the USS King, a destroyer, in Norfork, Virginia. He is now stationed at Louisville, Kentucky as a Classifier.

Russell married Judy Lang in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in Sept 1986. They met while both were in Navy School. Russell had a daughter, Kayla.

Russell worked for A & A Butcher Shop from the fourth grade through high school, sacking ice. He worked one year on the pipeline in Karney, Nebraska, with his good friend Tony Miller. While attending C.C.C.C., he worked for New Era Mfll in the lab.

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The Myer Family

Catherine Striet Owens, daughter of Charles and Catherine Striet was born in Virginia, Feb. 21, 1813. Her first marriage was to William Minser. To them were born two sons. Being left a widow, she later married James Owens. To them were born one daughter and three sons.

John S. Myer, son of Charles W. and Sarah Myer was born in Shelby County, Indiana. He was married to Lucinda E. Owens, April 2, 1863. To this happy union were born five children, two sons and three daughters. One daughter died in infancy and one died at the age of 23 years. His died in Winfield March 5, 1900. He was again united in marriage to Miss Louisa F. Harbour February 23, 1902. To this marriage two sons and one daughter were born; Mrs. Nettie Sflverthorn of Tyron, Oklahoma. James W. Myer of Emporia, and Charles E. Myer of Winfield.

Charles E. Myer was the son of John S. and Lucinda E. Myer, born June 2,1873 in Shelby County, Indiana. He moved to Winfield with family in 1883. He later moved with the family to a farm near Vinton, Kansas, He married Montie M. Ballard in December 1904. They had five children; Thelma, Loretta, Lawrence, Helen & Willard.

Mr. Myer was a letter carrier in Winfield for 25 years. He retired from the post office due to increasing heart difficulties. After retiring from the postal service he continued to live in Winfield until his death in 1951. He is buried in Highland Cemetery. (continued on page 249)

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(continued from page 248) Montie M. Myer was the daughter of Charles H. and Zuelda E. Ballard. She was born October 24, 1879 in Rock, Kansas. She married Charles E. Myer in 1904.

Helen Myer married Milford Calvin in Oct. 1942 and had two children, Donna Lucile, born Dec. 8, 1945 and Roger Myer, born Sept. 20, 1949. I married Jim Carpenter on November 15, 1970 and we have two very beautiful daughters, Kathryn Ann, 17 years, and Stacy Lynn, 10 years.

Kathy is presently a senior in Winfield High School and Stacy is a 4th grader at Lowell School.

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Zacceus Myer and George Kroth Families

Zacceus Bennett Myer, a Union veteran of the Civil War, came from Shelbyville, Indiana, in 1872 and took a homestead southwest of Winfield. With him were his wife, Nancy Miller Myer, and three children. Nine more children were born here. AU of the above are now deceased. The family is of German and English ancestry. Zacceus (Zack) became an early and active participant in the Populist political movement, which flourished in the 1890's. Nancy was a first cousin of John W. Kern, Indiana senator and 1908 Democratic Vice Presidential candidate.

The two oldest children Olive Myer Ferguson and John Myer, settled in the Cherokee Strip, or Outlet, when that Oklahoma area was opened in 1893. The youngest child, Walter, became a close friend of editor William Allen White of Emporia, and achieved prominence as an educator and published in the 1930's and '40's.

Another son, Thomas Floyd (generally known by the latter name) acquired ownership of the family farm after Zaccheus' death, which occurred in 1919. In his later years Floyd commented that- although he grew up in what was actually a pioneer community, and although he helped train two horses for the 1893 Cherokee Strip land run-he spent his boyhood regretting that he hadn't "seen pioneer days."

In 1919 Floyd married Lorena Kroth (born 1898), who as of 1990 continues to occupy the farm together with me, their son, Thomas K. (born 1922). My mother and I acquired ownership when Floyd died, in 1963. The property consists of Zaccheus Myer's original homestead plus additional acreage.

Lorena was born at Havensville, Kansas, to parents of German desceni-George H, and Anna Venneberg Kroth. The Kroths soon moved to the Oklahoma Territory, and were there when it gained statehood. Three additional children-Mary (now Yeagley), Milton (deceased), and Myrtle (now Whitson) -were born in Oklahoma. The family came to the Winfield area in 1910. After graduating from Winfield High School in 1917, Lorena taught in a Dne-room rural school (Easterly District) for two years. She has taken active interest in the work of the First United Methodist Church, and from 1964 to 1975 served as a volunteer at William Newton Memorial Hospital.

I, Tom Myer, graduated from Winfield High School (1939) and Kansas University (1943), and am a World War 11 veteran. I worked in the news business (American Observer and associated publications, and briefly ABC-TV) in Washington, D.C., from 1946 to 1977, and retain membership in the National Press Club. Noteworthy people whom I met in the course of my work include President Harry S. Truman and Japanese Crown Prince (now Emperor) Akihito. As of 1990 1 am employed by Wedgestone Press, of Winfield.

My stepdaughter Melissa Poole Whitney and her husband Lawrence (Larry) reside in Maryland and are employed by St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Washington, D.C. They have two daughters, Lorena (Lori) and Lynn.

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Myrick/Ellsworth Family

Myra Ethel Ellsworth was the daughter of John Wesley and "Maggie" Ellsworth. Her father was a soldier in the Union Army. He decided to prove up a claim of 160 acres of land in Kansas, which was opened to veterans of the Civil War.

In 1876 they started their long trek in a covered wagon from Iowa to Kansas. John was a restless man and lived in 5 different counties in 5 years. Howling blizzards, searing winds and droughts turned dreams into Nightmares and the family moved on to Oklahoma.

Fredric Dixon Myrick and Ethel were married and had two children. A daughter Izella, died in infancy. My father, Gilbert, was born September 19, 1897 in Burden, Kansas. The marriage ended in divorce and my grandmother became a rural school teacher. Her young son began first grade at the age of four.

Ethel became seriously ill and died at the age of 32 when my father was nine. Frank Ellsworth took Gilbert and reared him with his four children. My father enlisted in the army during WWI and was wounded in action. He was awarded the Silver Star for bravery.

Gilbert and Winnie Meek were married at Beaver City, Oklahoma September 1, 1919. They had five daughters, one who died in infancy- They were named Enid Winifred, Freda Mae, Bonnie June, Winnie Marie.

In 1928 we moved to Kansas and lived on several farms near Atlanta. I was named Betty Jean and attended Zion School. Bob Price was the school teacher.

The depression years came and my parents moved into Atlanta. Later Dad owned and operated a blacksmith and saw mill. He sold the business and the last twelve years he worked for Beechcraft at Wichita, Kansas.

Dad homesteaded along the Frisco Railroad in Atlanta in 1933. We children would listen for the whistle of the train and be out waving at he train men as they went by. They would throw out the Denver Post and the "funny"papers.

Mom would tell us wonderful stories of long ago, which marked the footsteps of the pioneers. Her father made the Cherokee Strip Land run in Oklahoma in 1893.

In 1903 the family traveled by covered wagon to western Oklahoma and staked a claim of 160 acres in "No Man's Land."

Few men would have stayed in that country without the devoted wife who sacrificed all the luxuries and comforts to make homes, where there was neither school nor churches.

I remember the smell of home baked bread and cinnamon rolls wafting through the unpainted house with its splintery floors.

My parents and sister Freda Mae are buried in the family plot at Highland Cemetery at Winfield.

Events that occurred will never be repeated, except in imaginations of those who witnessed them, and not many of those are left to verify or correct these statements I am now making.

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Salong Namphengsone Family

Salong and Khamfong Namphengsone were born in Vientine, Laos. They were married there in 1962 and their four children were born in Laos. The children are Phetlamphone, Phetdoudone, Sinthanouthong, and Phetdavone. The family left Laos in 1975 on a boat for Thailand, where they stayed in a refugee camp until 1978.

On December 12, 1978 they all arrived in Winfield, Kansas. No one in the family spoke more than a few words of English. Salong soon found work at Gott Manufacturing Company and Khamfong worked as an Aide at Good Samaritan Village. Phetiamphone and Phetdoudone both graduated from Winfield High School in 1984. Sinthanouthong graduated in 1984 and Phetdavone graduated the year after.

Less than five years after arriving in Winfield, the family moved into their own modem home. They have since remodeled and enlarged it. The two older girls are married and live in the Fort Worth area.

Sinthanouthong received his Associate Degree from Cowley County Community College and attended Wichita State University. He is married and has a baby daughter. Phetdavone attends Southwestern College and is majoring in Business Administration.

Khamfong presently works at Casco South, Inc., and Salong, whose American name is Nixon has advanced in his job to that of Lead Operator.

The family continues in the Buddist faith, but Phetdavone has become a member of the First Baptist Church.

Three brothers of Salong also settled in Winfield. Two of them live in their own homes. All have prospered.

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The Charles Nation Family

Lenora and Charles Nation moved to Winfield in December, 1962 and lived on Fuller Street in the Lowell School area for several years. They came here from Great Bend, but both had lived in Chautauqua County while growing up. They graduated (continued on page 250)

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(continued form page 249) from Peru High School and were married in 1949 at the Peru Methodist Church.

Charles worked in the "oilpatch" and for several years they lived in western Kansas. Their first son, Alan, was born in Russell, Kansas. They moved to Dewey, Oklahoma in 1952. Their sons Paul and Gary were born there.

All three sons graduated from Winfield High School. Alan and Paul went to Cowley County Junior College and Gary went to St. John's. Then all three graduated from Southwestern. All three also excelled in sports. Alan and Paul in football and Gary in baseball.

Alan married Judy Hensley, a lifetime Winfield resident and now resides in Winfield. They have two sons, Toby and Cory.

Paul and his wife, the former Debra Katcher Hughes (also a Winfield High School graduate) now live in Ottawa, Kansas with their three sons; Tony, Michael and Dominic.

Gary married Jana Hinson from Nebraska. They now live in Bertrand, Nebraska. They have two sons, Trevor and Andrew, and a daughter, Taylor.

After moving to Winfield, Charles became very active in the youth baseball program. For many years he was a member of the Board for the Babe Ruth Baseball Association. Lenora was a Den Mother in the Cub Scouts for eight years and has always been active in the First United Methodist Church.

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Herbert Ernest & Melissa Belle Nellis Family

Herbert Nellis, son of James M. and Mary Jane (Martin) Nellis, and Melissa Weaver, daughter of William Fredrick and Phoebe Ellen (Dennis) Weaver, all of the Dexter area, were married in 1907 and established their home in that area. In 1910 they bought a farm northeast of Arkansas City and raised their children: Ferne, Iva, Clyde, Francis, and Ivan on this farm; all graduated from high school, This farm is now the Ark Valley Feedlots.

Those were the days of wood stoves, coal oil lights, and horse-drawn implements. Evenings were spent playing the Victrola, radio, Rook and Flinch or reading. The water was carried from a spring at the head of the canyon near the house. The farm was three and one-half miles from school so we children rode horses or drove a one-horse buggy to Shiloh School. Attended the Prairie View Church.

Ivan Nellis married Mable Turner with her children Shirley, Phyllis and Richard. They lived east of City and their children Stanley and Herbert. Ivan spent most of his working years with General Electric from which he retired. he was with the Army in World War 11 stationed in Alaska. Mable died in 198 1. Herbert married Rita Shelton, their home is east of City. He works at General Electric. Their children are: Wesley, Christie, Stacie, and Brett.

Stanley married Deborah Hodges and lives south of Winfield. Their children are: Kristinia, Joseph, and David. Stanley is employed at Boeing Aircraft, Deborah has a Day Care Center in Arkansas City.

Francis Nellis married Laura Smith of Silverdale, they farmed twenty-five miles east of City. Laura taught a few years in the rural schools. Their children are Virginia and Stephen. Laura died in 1984 and Francis in 1988. Virginia received a Nursing Degree from Kansas University. She married Ivan Wilkinson, they live in Lincoln, Nebraska. She is an Administrator of the Nebraska State Department of Health Aids Program. Ivan works for the United States Conservation Resources. Their children are Bethany and Cheryl. Stephen married Sharon Roy and lives in Oregon, Wisconsin. Their children are Gregory and Bradley. He received his Ph,D. from the University of Virginia and is Professor of Medicine at University of Wisconsin. Sharon is Counselor there.

Clyde Nellis attended College in Grants Pass, Oregon. He married Erma Cottet from Nebraska. They live in Citrus Heights, California. He was in the United States Air Force for twenty years and flew forty-four bombing missions during World War II in the South Pacific and later weather missions.

Iva Nellis married Carroll Lenon and eventually moved to Newkirk. Their children are: Ernest, James and Donald. Iva received her BS Degree from Central State, Edmond. She taught in rural schools and Newkirk grade school and High School. Carroll worked at Cities Service in Ponca for twenty-three years. He died in 1966; Iva later married Herman Plumer who died in 1982. Ernest married Delores King. They live in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He received an Administration and Engineering Degree from Tulsa University and works for an Insurance Company. Delores was an RN for twenty-seven years at Hillcrest Hospital, Tulsa. Their children are Ernest Carroll II, and Lori Lynn. Ernest was in the Navy during the Korean Conflict. Ernest II is stationed with the Army in Stuttgart, Germany with his wife Jacqueline Dodge and their children Rebekah Rose and Andrew Burton. Lori married Chaing Benjamin and their girls are Ashley Louise and Delores Frances. James married Lola Cadenhead. they live near Blackwell. He's on the Tonkawa Police Force. Lola operates a Beauty Shop in their home. James graduated from Arkansas City Junior College and attended Oklahoma State University for two years. His two years of Army Service on in Communications in Germany. Their children are: Teresa, James Jr., Jay and Jason. Teresa and her husband, Laurence Beliel, have two children Rocheyl Elizabeth, and Trenton Paul.

For Ferne Nellis and her family see "The S.W. Mayhil Family."

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Lee Nelson

Lee Nelson (son of Joseph and Mary Nelson) was born in 1868 in Minois, His father immigrated to the United States from Ireland with his parents in 1854 because of political problems in Ireland and the potato famine there at the time. Lee married Cora Coakes on 9-28-1898. They had four children: Ina (born 9-16-1899); Harold (born 11-26-1900); Russell (born 6-20-1904); and Cora Mary (born 12-23-1908). In 1908, Lee made a trip to Kansas and purchased a farm nine miles southwest of Winfield. He rented the farm to a neighbor, Harry Rupp, and returned to Illinois. In 1920, he loaded his machinery into a railroad boxcar and moved his family to the Kansas farm. He lived on that farm for thirty-three years and died in his rocking chair in 1953, two days after his eightyfifth birthday. He, his wife, son Harold, and daughter, Cora Mary are buried in Tannehill Cemetery.

Lee was active in farming until he was seventy-five years old. Upon his retirement the operation of the farm was taken over by his son, Russell, had later his grandson, Darrell, followed by granddaughter, Mary Ellen (and husband Truman Woods). Presently, his great-grandson, Kirk Woods, his wife Donna, and children Jeremy and Heidi live on the farm. The original farm house burned to the ground in 1975 and in early 1976 a new home was constructed on the original home site.

Lee's wife, Cora, died in December of 1964 and ownership of the homestead reverted to the two surviving children, Russell and Ina. Lee and Cora's son, Harold, died in December of 1941. Daughter, Ina (Gross) lives in Earlville, Illinois.

Son, Russell, continued in the farming tradition and in 1935 moved his family to the Watts family farm, located two miles southwest of his father's property, where he still resides. He later purchased the Johnson property directly adjacent to his home and he continues to manage the farm operations at this time.

Russell was married to Hflda (Stephens) of Owaneco, Illinois, in May of 1925. Hilda died in September 1975 and is buried in Tannehill Cemetery. Four children were born of this marriage: Lyle (4-25-28); Darrell (2-27-32); Phyllis (5-1734); and Mary Ellen (12-24-38). All four children attended Tannehill school and all four graduated from Winfield High School- Daughters Phyllis and Mary Ellen still reside in Winfield; Darrell in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and Lyle lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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The Newman family was originally English and were colonial pioneers who settled in Maine.

Augustus Newman married Caroline Beedy in 182 1. Their children were Albert A., May C. (who married R. C. Haywood), F.C. (President of the Citizens National Bank of Emporia), G.W. (manager of G. W. Newman Dry Goods at Emporia), and Hattie (who married Rev. C.W. Purington).

Albert A. Newman enlisted in the Union Army in 1862 and served gallantly until discharged in 1865. He then went to Tennessee for three years. In 1868, he arrived at Emporia, Kansas and became a general merchant where he continued in business until 1872. In 1871 he had been attracted to Arkansas City, where he opened a stock of general merchandise, and since the following year had his permanent home in that city.

Albert A. Newman married Mary M. Houghton (daughter) of Sewell and Maria Jones Houghton) in 1869, They had three children: Pearl (married Major Hase), Earl G. and Albert L.

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Guy Newton Family

The Newton family whose American lineage can be traced back to the 1600's moved from Illinois to Crawford County, Kansas in 1870 to take up farming. My grandfather, William, the second of seven children. was twenty-three at the time. In 1884 he married Lida Upham, whose family, also from Illinois, moved to a farm near Walnut in 1876. From that union six children were born. My father, Guy, born in 1886, was followed by Ernest, Vinnie, Gladys, Roy and Faye. Guy along with all children except Ernest, who left home for the west coast at an early age, moved to a farm east of Atlanta in 19 1 0 when William decided Cowley County offered better farming prospects than Crawford County. Learning that public land was available in Montana in 1914, my father, at age twentyeight, along with several other Atlanta citizens moved to Chateau, the county seat of Teton County, each to take possession of 160 acres of virgin soil. In Choteau he met and married my mother, Jeannie Neil, a native of Scotland who also arrived in Chateau in 1914. My brother, Bill, was born while they were living in a tar paper shack on the homestead. When the rocky glacial soil refused to provide a living, my father took up blacksmithing and for a time worked in the oil fields located near the Canadian Boundary. He returned to Atlanta in 1927 with his family which in addition to Bill now consisted of daughters, Nellie and Leora and son Clayton. The last two additions to the family, Ian in 1928 and Leta in 1930, were born in Atlanta.

Guy worked as a mechanic for a Chevrolet agency until it failed during the great depression. He then turned to blacksmithing at which craft he remained for many years, sharpening plow shears and cultivator shovels during the growing season and welding broken machinery during harvest for Atlanta farmers. He retired from that work during WW II to become a propane delivery man at which job he stayed until retirement. He and my mother moved to Winfield in 1955 where they resided until their death in 1961. They are buried in the Atlanta cemetery.

All Guy's children graduated from Atlanta High School except Ian, who left school for service during the war. Bill, the first, graduated in 1936 and Leta, the last in 1948. All married: Nellie became Mrs. Harry Turpin, Leora became Mrs. Merle (Speck) Jenkins and Leta (Reta) became Mrs. Dale Naylor. (continued on page 251)

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