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(continued from page 255) at Fairview and Rose Valley where I had gone to school as a child. When I first started teaching my salary was $45.00 a month. The highest salary was $85.00 a month and I did my own janitorial duties and built my own fires in the winter. I drove a horse and buggy to school. "Ollie and I farmed in Cowley County except for the short time that we farmed in Chautauqua County in the Round Mound Community.

"Our family moved into Cedar Vale in the mid 30's and into Winfield in 1941 where Ollie was employed by the John Deere Implement Company until his retirement. He was "well and favorably known as an industrious young man of sterling worth and exemplar habits" - Winfield Daily Courier 9-1917.

"We are the parents of Marjorie June, Mildred Elaine and Carol Jeanne. Our grand children are: Sue Lyn and Thomas Ray, the children of Donald and Marjorie June (Ott) Williams, Alan Ernest, Barbara Elaine and Bonnie Jean, the children of Ernest and Mildred Elaine (Ott) Moore and Linda Sue, Stephen Joseph, Julie Beth and Ten Jane are the children of Harold E. and Carol Jeanne (Ott) Rhodes."

Ollie was baptized into the Baptist faith and Leona was a member of the Tisdale Methodist Church for many years.

Ollie Ray Ott died June 27, 1966 and Leona Blanche (Bowen) Ott died May 8, 1982. Both are buried in Highland Cemetery, Winfield.

Taken from the diary of Leona Blanche (Bowen) Ott by her daughter Carol J. (Ott) Rhodes.
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Belle Lemaster Overley

Narcis Velry "Belle" Lemaster was the oldest of nine children of Eli and Millia (Wilson) Lemaster. She was born Oct. 3, 1954 in Tyler County, West Virginia. Four brothers and one sister died in infancy or childhood. She had three living brothers, Seamon, Stephen A., and Septimus.

The name Le Maistre or La Maistre is French and means "The Masters." The English version is Lemaster, LeMaster, LaMaster, LeeMaster, Leamaster. In America our first record to connect to our line is Abraham Lemaster, about 1639-1722, probably born in France and later settled in western edge of St. Mary's County, Maryland. Abraham's son, Richard was born 1670 and died after 1735. This seems to be the ancestors of about 90% of the Lemasters in America since then, regardless of how they spell their name. These are the generations since Richard: Joseph born 1693; Isaac, 1728; Thomas Sr., 1760; Septimus (Stephen) 1800-1878. Many land deeds show Septimus Lemaster in Monongalia, Marion and Tyler counties in West Virginia.

Eli, Septimus' son, brought his family in a covered wagon to LeRoy, Kansas in 1867. Grandmother Belle, the oldest child said she helped lead the cow to keep up with the wagon. She was twelve when they started, and was 13 before they arrived. In 1871 they moved to Sumner County and homesteaded on a farm on the Ninnescah River near Whitman.

She was married 4/27/1875 to John A. Wilkinson. They had one son, Oria, 4 1/2 months old, when John drowned in flood waters of the Ninnescah. She married 11/13/1879 Sanford Clark Overley. They lived on his farm across the river and raised their eight children there. The account of their children and those living in Cowley County is in the "Sanford Clark Overley" story.

Her brothers moved to Clinton and Cordell, and Eddy Oklahoma communities. Seaman "Uncle Sec" 4/11/61-3/9/1962 retired and moved back to Winfield. Durilla Lemaster, single daughter, cared for him in his home until he died at the age of 100. Belle and her husband moved to Winfield in Cowley County in 1905. He died in 1917. She lived there forty-six years (34 as a widow). The two single daughters Glatice and Manie cared for her in the home until her death. She and her husband are buried in the Oxford Cemetery.

A family reunion was held in Winfield each year for many years on Grandmother Belle's birthday October 3.

There are Lemaster descendants of Belle Lemaster and her brothers, Seamon, Stephen A. and Septimus Lemaster. But there are none to carry on the Lemaster name that we know of in Cowley County.

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Sanford Clark Overley

Sanford Clark Overley (4/7/1855-2/11/1917) was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was the third child of ten children born to William and Hannah Overley. Sanford was better known as Clark. His grandfather's name was Thomas and his great-grandfather's was Elisha Overley. He married 11/13/1879 to Narcis Velry "Belle" Lemaster (maiden) Wilkerson (10/3/1854-1/l/1951) Her first husband drowned in the Ninnescah River, leaving her with a small son, Orie. They lived in the community known as "Paradise Valley" on the Ninnescah River. Eight children, seven girls and one boy, were born to this union, making a family of nine. Clark and "Belle"'s children were:

Eva Alice (10/14/1880) married Ray Phipps. Their eight children are Merle, Melvin, William, Earl, Julius, Sarah Belle, Evelyn, and Audine. Eva and Ray were married in the big house that Sanford built in 1893 near Oxford.

Lulu May (6/11/1882) married Alva Wilson. They had eight children, Loyola, Ardmore, John, baby boy 11/1912, Glenn, Donald, Maribelle, and Benjamin.

Bertha Viola (1/10/1884) married Harry Humbert. They had three children, Harry, Jr., Verna, and Benny. Bertha and Harry lived their married life in Cowley County. Verna Brewer and some others of the family still live in Winfield and area.

Mabel Beatrice (3/18/1886) married Bert Shockey. They had three children, Leona, Homer, and LaRue. They lived on the farm 1905-1913.

Bessie (11/24/1887) married Stanley Shockey. They had seven children, Theodore (lived three days), Vierdonia (Dr. V. Mae) Savinah, Hershel (Dr.), Winfred, Adron, and Louise. Bess and Stanley lived and raised their family south of Winfield. Brothers, Winfred and Adron Shockey still live in Winfield.

Benjamin Harris (12/24/1889-6/6/1985) married Elsie May Forsman on Dec. 3, 1913. They moved to the family farm. Ben was the only son of Sanford Clark to carry on the Overley name. Ben and Elsie's children are: Gustaf (Gus), Christine, Carl, Laura Belle, and Frank, all born near Oxford in the house that Sanford Clark Overley built. Gus, Carl, and Frank are the 5th generation descendants of Elisha Overley and 3rd generation of William and Hannah Overley (who lived in Cowley County). They are also grandsons of Gustaf Malcolm Forsman, on their mother's side, who settled at Hoosier. Gus and his son, Gary, are the only full-time farmer-ranchers left from this Overley family, as far as we know.

Glatice (Katheryn Ann or Katie) Overley. Manie Rebecca Overley. Glatice and Monte never married. Manie was the only one born in the big house on the farm. Clark and Belle moved to Winfield where the younger ones went to school. Ben went three years to Southwestern College before he married and moved to the farm. Ben and Elsie raised their family there and moved to Oxford in 1954. Manie and Glatice had various jobs in Winfield and made a home for their mother, Belle. Belle was a widow 34 years and passed away in 1951 at the age of 96.

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William Overley Family

The Overley family records start with Elisha Overley born in 1801 in Ohio and also lived in Allen County, Indiana. Elisha had at least one son, Thomas, also born in Ohio.

Thomas had five sons, Thomas, Wesley, James, Issac, and William. Isaac was buried in Allen County, Indiana, age 90 years.

William was born 5/27/1825 in Darke County, Ohio, died 3/17/1884. He married Hannah Kimmel, born 6/22/1830, died 2/23/1902. Both are buried in Mr. Vernon Cemetery in western Cowley County.

William Overley and Hannah (of Kimmel piano fame) had 10 children born at Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana. They are as follows: Catharine Malinda 5/6/1852-11/27/1924 married Young, Thomas; Jacob Salvester 1/l/1854-11/18/1912 married Shore, Elzora Ann; Sanford Clark 4/7/1855-11/ 18/1917 married Lemasters, Narcis Velry "Belle;" James Henry 3/14/1857-1/29/1877 single, killed by horse; Samantha Alice 3/3/1860-4/4/1943 married Gray, Elijah Milton; Martha Ellen 2/8/1863-5/24/1946 married Freeman, Elwin M.; Eliza Jane 2/8/1865-1/5/1938 married McClung, William T.; Clara Iona 11/5/1867-7/6/1954 married Lemaster, Stephen A.; Ida Kisire 11/18/1869-9/4/1957, married Yount, William; Sarah Evvy 7/28/1872-6/10/1910, married Heffron, Edward Whitaker.

The family lived in Cowley County in 1880, five west mile of Winfield, Kansas according to the Cowley County Census of 1880. A house is still there on the farm they once owned. A house and land across the road is still owned by Lorraine Johnston, a granddaughter of Martha (Overley) Freeman.

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(continued from page 256) down their roots and stayed. Later, four children were born to them, Leon Bryce, October 311891; Mary Clementina, July 23, 1895; Edna Margaret, November 27, 1897; and Edward J. Theodore, November 28, 1902. When rural mail routes were established, my father became the carrier for route three out of Burden. He carried the mail for sixteen years, retiring at the age sixty-five in 1920.

We were brought up in the Burden Methodist Church and our lives were centered around home, church, and school. My sister Faye and I became teachers. George worked in the blacksmith shop where he became an excellent horse shoer. He later added welding to his duties. Bryce worked for the Bowden Grocery Store and later was in business for himself retiring at age ninety-two from his shoe store in Ottawa, Kansas. Ted served in the Army for several years. Our beloved Clemmie died on June 19, 1897.

I began my teaching in a country school north of Cambridge and taught for four years in the Burden elementary schools. Later, I went to Emporia Teachers College and came to Arkansas City in January 1923, teaching first grade in Washington School for nine years. When I had been there for a year and a half, my father died on September 24, 1924, was buried at Burden, and my mother came to live with me.

On May 29, 1932, I married Theodore William Draper, known always as Ted. He was employed by AT&T., and we established our home at 423 West 5th Avenue. We were active in church and I belonged to the DAB., church circles and a study club. Ted was financial secretary for the Methodist Church for twenty-five years.

My mother died October 12, 1945, and is also buried at Bur den. Ted died October 2, 1962, and is buried in the some lot with my parents. In the same cemetery, are buried my brother George and his wife.

In September 1939, our niece Mary Evelyn Paine came to live with us and was reared as a daughter. She was graduated from Arkansas City High School and the Cowley County Community College. She married Mark Henry Johnson of rural route CedarVale. I have four lovely grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Many of the grandchildren of Ed and Lida Paine are college graduates. They have become lawyers, doctors, artists, teachers, and businessmen.

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Lloyd & Myrtle Palmer Family

My father, Lloyd Wilbern Palmer was born in Paoli, Oklahoma, as were his brothers and sister. His parents were James Felix, and Willie Pearl (McIlwain) Palmer, both deceased.

My mother, Myrtle Leona (Bumgardner) (Palmer) Hayes, was born in Geuda Springs, Kansas, to Buford (Boot) and Emma (Severs) Bumgardner, They also had another daughter, Reldah Olive (Bumgardner) Hatcher, McClaflin. They were raised and went to school in Geuda Springs. Both are deceased. My mother's nickname was "Rusty" to all her friends and she worked many years for various cafes here in town as an extremely good cook. At one time my parents owned and operated the "Shamrock Cafe." She died Dec. 8, 1967 at the age of 56.

My father was Lloyd Wilbern Palmer, an employee of Steffens Dairy on West Chestnut Avenue. At the time of his death he had worked there for many, many years. He was foreman of the bottle room and died suddenly March 17, 1961 at the age of 53. They were parents of four children, Beverly Geraldine (Geri) (Palmer) Plecker, She married Clyde Eugene Plecker, son of John and Cora (Reece) Plecker on July 20, 1945. They had one son, Charles Eugene (Chuck) Plecker who married Lois Jean (Sumpter) May 20, 1967. They had two daughters, Catrina Elaine Plecker and Catheryn Euyette Plecker. Catrina graduated May, 1988, married Troy Brown, and they have a baby, Hayli Nicole, born Feb. 14, 1989. Catheryn graduated (May, 1990). She will go to C.C.C.C. this fall.

The other Palmer children are: Leola, Loydine (Palmer) Hardin, Angel, Crouch and she had a daughter Cenda, and a son, Steve. Leola lives in Wellington, and had four grandchildren.

Edith Magdalene (Palmer) Gootee Branam, Clark, Abilene, Texas, and she had four children, Deborah Kay Branam, (Debbie had three boys) Reba Ann (Branam) Jacobs, (Reba had two boys, Jon and Joshua, Ark. City), Mike Goatee, had three boys, Texas, and Mark Goatee, Newkirk, Okla., he had two boys Jack Lloyd Palmer, married Geraldine (Askins) from Winfield and they had three boys. Kevin Lloyd (deceased), and Mark Alan, and Brison Palmer. Mark is in the Navy and Brison is in the Air Force Reserves.

My father had three brothers, John J.; Robert (Bob); and Richard Leo; (both deceased) and a sister Mrs. Steven Venita (Palmer) Welter; Sapulpa, Okla. My mother had five halfbrothers and a half-sister: Anthony L; (unknown) Hatcher, Paul Wayne Hatcher, Tuscan, Ariz., triplets, Albert, Delbert and Gilbert Hatcher and a half-sister, Mrs. Dorothy Little, Winfield, Kansas.

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Thomas Franklin and Sarah Davis Palmer came to Cowley County in 1877, from Tipton, Cedar County, Iowa. Their family consisted of two children, Lorena and Frank, settled first in the Akron area. Later the family lived southeast of Winfield. Guy, Fred and Grace were born in the county. In 1890 the Palmers moved to near Stillwater, Oklahoma. Alta, the youngest daughter, was born there. In 1902 the family returned to Cowley County and lived west and southwest of Winfield the remainder of their lives. Tom Palmer farmed and did truck gardening with his brother, Henry, on the Arkansas River in Beaver Township. Another brother, Will, in 1890, was an engineer for the Bliss and Woods Mill, later known as the Consolidated Flour Mill. He later was in the employ of Frisco as a locomotive engineer, running between Beaumont and Anthony. He and his wife, Anna, lived in Pittsburg.

Frank Palmer married Belle Patton in Oklahoma and they later lived in Cowley County. Grace married Frank S. Soule and they lived in Vernon Township. Alta married Carl Miller of the Tisdale area and they lived in Tisdale Township. Two granddaughters, Blanche Soule and Grcicie Soule McClung, still live in Cowley County.

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Parker Family

A little pigtailed eight-year-old girl and her younger sister stood in the yard a short distance from the Kansas-Oklahoma line watching a surging line of people to the south of their rent ed farm home, 12 miles west and 31/2 miles south of Arkansas City. The seven-year-old was my mother, Veva Shell, and her father, Thomas (Doc) Shell, had come from northern Missouri to make the Cherokee Strip Run of 1983. This began our Cowley County History.

Grandfather failed because of Sooners who were occupying the land he wanted men whose horses showed no evidence of a hard ride. Soon after this, grandfather moved his family to Ponca City, Oklahoma where there was no city west of the Santa Fe tracks.

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Reverend William H. Parker was born in England in 1835 and died in Winfield March 1900. He married Ruth Palmer January 1860, and they had five chilfe Ruth died in 1905. At Reverend Parker's funeral Reverend Stoplett, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church said Reverend Parker was to the world of religion what J.P. Baden was to the world of commerce.

Early in 1903, Frank and Tom Parker decided to expand their business interests and purchased the Winfield Steam Laundry, of which Frank became proprietor and manager.

Frank Parker was born in 1872 in England and died in 1938 in Winfield. He married Bessie Harter (a daughter of J. N. Harter) in 1908. Bessie Harter Parker died in 1920. Few people knew of Frank's many philanthropies. One of his particular interests was to assist young men secure college education or become established in business.

Tom Parker was born in England in 1875 and came to Winfield with the family in 1892. In 1909 he married Kathryn Clarkson (daughter of George Clarkson and Margaret Alexander). They had one daughter, Margaret Ruth, born in 1919. Mrs. Parker's sister, Mabel Clarkson, married Ralph Brown. Their son, Robert A. Brown, presently lives in Arkansas City. In 1943 Tom Parker sold Parker Brothers to Warren Swanson, and Tom took over full time management of the Winfield Steam Laundry until his death in 1949. Mrs Kathryn Clarkson Parker died in 1962.

Margaret Ruth Parker met her future husband, C. Lee Turner, in 1942 while he was a Army Air Force flying instructor at Strother Field. Lee Turner was born in 1918 in Colby, Kansas, son of Perry and Florence Donelan Turner. He was a B-24 pilot and operations officer for the 425th Bombardment Squadron in the China, Burma and India Theater. Margaret and Lee married in Winfield in 1944. They had three children: Thomas Lee Turner, Marilyn Kay Turner and Mciralee Ann Turner. Lee Turner died in 1989.

Thomas Lee Turner was born in 1950 in Winfield. He married Belinda Cook (daughter of Gene Cook and Betty Hamon Cook) in 1977. They have one daughter, Jaclyn, born in 1987. He owns and operates the Winfield Laundry and Dry Cleaners.

Marilyn Kay Turner was born in 1956 and now lives in San Diego, California.

Mcircilee Ann Turner was born in 1958 and now lives in Houston, Texas.

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Parr Family

Levina Parr was born in 1803. She and her husband, who may have died in the Indian Wars, had three children: William Jefferson born March 9, 1826, Rachel born May 17, 1832 and Elizabeth born 1829, in Licking County, Ohio. William married Hannah Wyrick, daughter of Thomas and Susannah Wyrick; Rachel married Lewis Roley and Elizabeth never married. They were married in Ohio before coming to Wilson County in 1869 and settling northwest of Altoona. William paid $1500 for 160 acres of fertile sofl. The Roleys and Elizabeth each bought farms. Children born to William and Hannah were; Townson 1856 married 1882 to Louisa Maflatt, Charles 1857 married Kate Miller of Altoona. James born 1861 married Mary Register, Rebecca born 1864 married 1881 to William Caldwell 1894, Nancy born 1873 married Christian Waldsmidth 1906, Asbury born 1877, Calvin born 1879. Six children were born to them that died before the age of two, Levina, William, Susan, twins Eli and Elias, and Edward is buried at Altoona, KS. The others at Maple City Cemetery.

William Parr family and Elizabeth lived 10 years at Wilson County, moving to Cowley County in 1879, homesteading on west side of Grouse Creek eleven miles east of Arkansas City. The children went to school in a one-room log school. They all learned to read and write some.

The children born to Rebecca and Francis were: William 1882, Martha 1884, Hannah 1885, Susan 1886, Nettie 1890, Nancy 189 1. Hannah married John Wilson. They are my parents. Becky told me how her father gave u pig to the Indians. They were hungry and begged for food. They danced around it hitting its head till it dropped and carried it away. She told how they cooked in the fireplace and in an outdoor oven. They made everlasting yeast by scraping raw potatoes. I wish I knew the recipe. They made hominy, using wood ashes to make lye to boil the corn to remove the husks, in a big iron pot. They drained off the lye water and took the corn to the spring to wash clear and finish cooking. Becky said her father made the children's shoes for winter, which was quite a task. They slept four girls to a bed, two at each end. Her father would quiet them down, they loved to tickle each other's feet and pillow fight. They slept on straw and hay mattresses, and feather ticks in winter. The family raised large gardens, made crocks of sauerkraut and vegetables, dried fruit and vegetables on the roof of the chicken house and the barn. The family had their chores. The girls did most of the milking. There was a constant job cutting wood to cook with and to keep warm, The girls made everything they wore.

William died January 1885. Hannah died June 1895 and are buried at Maple City Cemetery, as are most of the family.

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Gleason and Ora Parsons Family

Gleason Parson is the son of Benjamin and Dora Swanson Parsons. Benjamin was horn in 1888 at Fall Creek, Tennessee. He came to the Douglass, Kansas area in the early 1900s. Dora Swanson was born at Colchester, Illinois in 1893 and came to Douglass in 1907 with her parents and siblings- Her parents were John and Kjersti Swanson who emigrated to the United States from Sweden in 1881 and were naturalized at Macomb, Illinois in 1893. Benjamin and Dora were married in 1910. They lived and farmed in the Douglass area until 1921 when they moved to a farm south of Burden in Cowley County. Gleason was born Dec. 2, 1915 near Douglass. He has two brothers, Harley and Raymond and a sister, Wilma Ankrom. Gleason attended rural schools and Burden High School. Benjamin died in 1940 and Dora died in 1975. Both are buried in the Douglass Cemetery.

Ora Kingsbury was born October 17, 1912 in Sumner County near Ashton, Kansas. She is the daughter of Elmer and Rose Stout Kingsbury. Rose was born in Stoutsville, Ohio in 1880, the daughter of Thomas and Malinda Warner Stout. She came to Kansas with her parents and siblings when she was threemonths-old. The family moved by train and settled in Anderson County near Harris on a farm. Elmer was born near Benton, Illinois in 1876, the son of Johnathan and Matilda Peterson Kingsbury. He came to Anderson County, Kansas when a young man of 21. Elmer and Rose were married December 24, 1901. They farmed in Anderson and Osborne Counties until 1911 when they moved to Sumner County where Ora was born, the sixth of seven children. In 1919 the family moved to Cowley County to a farm west of Dexter. All seven of the Kingsbury children graduated from Dexter High School. Elmer died in 1943 and Rose in 1966. Both are buried in the cemetery at Burden. Ora attended Kansas State Teachers College at Pittsburg and received a teaching certificate. She taught six years in Cowley County rural schools before her marriage to Gleason Parsons on April 27, 1938. They have lived north east of Burden for almost 52 years. Gleason has raised livestock, farmed, operated a drilling rig and done some custom work.

Robert Irvin Parson, born in 1943 is their only child. He attended Grand Prairie and Burden schools, graduating in 1961. He attended Kansas State College at Pittsburg, receiving his degree in January 1966. He joined the National Guard at (continued on page 259)

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(continued from page 258) Winfield in February 1966. He served as a sergeant in Vietnam during 1969. He was stationed at Di An near Saigon with the Big Red I Division. He arrived home Thanksgiving Day 1969. He married Shirley Lee Helphingstine August 14, 1976. They are the parents of three daughters, Jodi, Julie and Jeri. He farms and operates a welding shop north east of Burden. He has an extensive license plate collection. Shirley worked at Newton Hospital in Winfield before their marriage.

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William H. and Viola Paton Family

Before coming to the United States, George Paton left Ayrshire, Scotland, where he was born in 1847. He went to New Zeciland where he lived six years. He arrived in California about 1869 and come to Wichita, Kansas and took some land. He returned to California and prospected in the mines. Not being satisfied, he returned to Kansas and settled on a farm near Oxford. In 1884 he married Mary Massey.

William Massey, Mary's father, was born in Dunchester, England, coming to Canada in 185 1, and later to Michigan. He married Mary Faureau, of French ancestry, who was born in Montreal, Canada. In 1876 they left Michigan, and came with their six children to settle on a claim southwest of Oxford.

After George and Mary Paton's marriage, they lived on a farm near their families in Sumner County where their six children were born: George M., William (Bill), James (Jim), Mary Ellen (Mamie), John (Jack), and Fred. In 1898 they moved by wagon to a farm in the South Bend Community in Cowley County. People in Cowley County pronounced the Paton name with a long "A" sound while in Sumner County they used the short "A" sound. Though they were of the same family, the name was always pronounced differently. Bill was twelve years old when he moved to Cowley County. His father died in 1902, With the help of a neighbor, the boys and their mother continued to operate the farm. As a young man Bill helped build the Dunkard Mill and McCollum bridges, He told about husking corn, when he was 18 years old, making it possible for his family to have a telephone. In 1918 he married Viola (Ola) Waltz from the Wright Canyon community.

It is believed the Waltz family immigrated from Germany and Holland to Indiana where Ola's parents were born. Christopher and Elizabeth Waltz came to Kansas with two children, Rosetta and Ernest, sometime between 1882 and 1885. They first lived in a rented house located on the side of the hill north of Arkansas City where the well-known sign "Christ Died for the Ungodly" is located. Later they moved to the home place at the foot of the Dunbar Hill on what was known as Green's Farm road. The three younger children, Herbert, Eugene and Viola (Ola) were born there. Christopher was interested in crafting fruit trees and had a large orchard at one time. Ola was six years old when her mother died. She lived with her father and brothers until her marriage. Her father died in 1915.

Bill and Ola bought and lived on a farm near the old Paton home. Their two children, Willa lean and Maurice were born there. Through the years Bill served on various boards including the school and Hackney Farmers Union. Both were active in community affairs. In 1941 they bought and later moved back to Bill's family home. Ola died in 1955 and Bill, in 1980. They are buried in Highland Cemetery at Winfield.

Maurice married Charlyne Rowe of Winfield in 1950 and they live where he was born. I married Harold Mueller in 1942. After his service in the Army during World War II, we made our home in Cowley County where Harold was undersheriff and sheriff from 1959 to 1968. We had two children, William K. (Bill), and Marcia Deanne. Harold died in 1968. Our son, Bill, with his wife Belinda Dix Mueller, lives in Cowley County. Our daughter lives in Wichita with her two clildren, Megan and Nicholas, and her husband Ronny Stevens.

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Patterson Family

Bonn Patterson's parents were born and raised in Kansas. His dad was born in New Salem, Kansas, and his mother in Moline, Kansas. They settled in Winfield, Kansas on Hwy 160 where Pat's Antiques was located. They had four children: Gary, Sue, Bonn, and Donnie, who is deceased.

Bonn was born in Winfield on February 2, 1941 to Frank and Frances Patterson at St. Marys Hospital, which has been torn down since. It was located on 9th where the apartments are, at 9th and College.

Ronn started school at South Vernon and then went to Holy Name Catholic School, and went to the High School where the Middle School is at now. He graduated in 1959, and joined the Navy and had his basic training in San Diego Naval Training Center, California.

He met and married Judith Liles who was born and raised at Advance, Missouri in Southeast Missouri, to Virgil Liles and Mary Jane Liles, where she lived until she graduated and moved to San Diego, California.

Judith has five brothers and three sisters. They were all born and raised in Southeast Missouri. Her mother still lives in Dexter, Missouri. Her father is deceased, in 1987. The rest of the family lives Irom California to Florida.

Ronn and Judith were married in Escondido, California in December, 1972. They have four daughters Ronnie Jean Patterson, a daughter from a previous marriage of Ronn's. Ronnie lives in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born in California; Janell Marie Raffin was born in Santa Cruz, California January, 1965; Jennifer Renee Raffin was born in San Diego, California December, 1965; Stefanie Lynn Patterson was born in Escondido, California November, 1975.

Janell, lives in Burden, Kansas with her husband, Richard Tatum, and twin sons, Matthew and Joshia, lanell is attending Southwestern College to become a Nurse. Richard is a farmer and has his own business called Tatum's Taxidermy.

Jennifer married Michael Doyle of Udall, where he was born and raised. He went to high school in Winfield. They now live in rural Winfield with their two children, Jessica Renee and James Patrick. Mike works at Boeing in Wichita. Jennifer works at Rubbermaid-Gott in Winfield.

Stefanie still lives at home and attends Winfield middle school. She is in Girl Scouts, and is in track at school.

Bonn works for the Dept. of Transportation, Engineering Department, He also has a business called Ronn's Bass-N-Things, on 160 Hwy where he sells fishing supplies. Judy works at Rubbermaid-Gott Corporation as a area cordinator.

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Frank Morton Patterson

Frank Morton Patterson was born 7-21-1860 in Scott Co., In., the son of Jerome Patterson and Elizabeth Caroline Bennett. Jerome was killed in the Civil War and Elizabeth married Seth Morgan. Frank lived with them for a time in Arkansas, then lived with various other relatives in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Colorado before arriving in Cowley Co., Ks. where they filed land claims. After a short stay there, they moved on to Oklahoma where they again filed claims but they lost their cattle to "Texas fever" and had returned to Cowley Co., Ks. by 1891.

Frank was married on 12-31-1891 in Winfield, Ks. to Mary Virginia Copple Thornton who was born 5-16-1861 in Shelby Co., In. She was the daughter of Signor Sowers Copple and Martha Matilda Varner, and was first married to Pearl Thornton. Frank and Mary lived at Winfield until moving to California in 1919. Frank died 4-7-1938 at Gardena, Ca. and is buried in Roosevelt Memorial Park at Gardena. Mary died 2-261942 at Huntington Park, Ca. and is buried in Lynwood Cemetery at Long Beach, Ca. Frank and Mary were the parents of four children:

Grace Matilda Patterson, born 11-9-1892 at Winfield, Ks., died 7-5-1983 at Long Beach, Ca., and is buried in Victor Valley Memorial Park at Victorville, Ca. She was married on 6-14-1916 at Winfield, Ks. to Louis Leopold Unmack, born 11-1-1899 in Joliet, Il., died 9-23-1970 at Apple Valley, Ca. and is also buried at Victorville.

Robert LeRoy Patterson, born 8-5-1894 at Winfield, Ks., died 7-23-1973 at Fuhertcn, Ca., and is buried in Desert Lawn Memorial Park at Beaumont, Ca. He was married first to Mary lean McLain and his second wife's name was Ethel.

Dolly "Doll" Patterson, born 12-4-1896 at Winfield, Ks. and died 7-8-1981 at KelseyviKe, Ca- She was married to Cecil Percy Ownes who was born 7-24-1895 at Alha, Mo., died 10-30-1964 at Clearlake, Ca,, and is buried in Hartley Cemetery at Lakeport, Ca.

Bird Patterson, born 12-3-1898 at Winfield, Ks. and died 3-3-1985 in California. She was married to Reuben George Blackmore who was born 2-13-1888 in Toronto, Canada and died 3-15-1954 at Delta, Co.

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John & Charmaine Paulin Family

John W. and Charmaine L. Paulin moved to Winfield June, 1974. John was born Jan. 12, 1937 to Rev. Milo J. and M. Marie (Wright) Paulin, Wichita, while the family lived in Oil Hill, where Milo served as Methodist minister. Milo's family came from Findlay, Ohio having emigrated from AlsaceLorraine, France. Marie's family was from the Isle of Wight, settling near Kechi north of Wichita.

In 1942 John's family moved to Wichita. He attended schools in Rose Hill and Wichita, graduating from Wichita High School East in 1955. In 1959 he became the eighth member of his family to graduate from Friends University, Wichita, with a B.A. degree in biology. He received the Th.M degree from Perkins School of Theology, S.M.U., Dallas, TX in 1962 and the Doctor of Religion degree from Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA, 1970, Appointments to United Methodist churches have been, Pleasant Hill-Larned;

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Trousdale; Wesley, Riverside, CA; Tri-County Cooperative Parish, Herington; Wesley Medical Center, assistant chaplain, Wichita; East Heights, Wichita; and Southwestern College, chaplain, Winfield, 1974-90.

John married Charmaine L. Ioerger, daughter of Wayne H. and Bertha A. (Wulf) loerger of Cheney, KS on Jan. 31, 1960. She was born Nov. 5, 1936 in Dallas, TX. She attended schools in Garden Plain and Cheney, KS graduating as covaledictorian of her class in 1955. She received a Bachelor of Music Education degree, Friends University, 1960, was student conductor and soprano soloist with the nationally acclaimed Singing Quakers. Charmaine is a descendant of Michael Joerger who settled in Metamora, IL in f839 having come to the U.S. from Nieder Radern, Alsace-Lorraine, France, and Carl L. Wulf, who came from Steyerburg, province of Hanover, Germany, 1885. He settled in Nebraska then Sedgwick County. Carl married Bernadine H.C. Brandis in Cheney, 1906. Her family moved from Carlinville, IL homesteading near Garden Plain.

John and Charmaine have two daughters, Shawna Lee, born April 17, 1962 in Dallas, TX and Kristina Kay (Paulin) Harding, born May 17, 1964 in Larned, KS. Shawna is the mother of Kayla Dawn Paulin, born August 25, 1988 in Marina, CA.

John taught general and developmental psychology at Southwestern College and coached womeri's tennis. In 1981 he originated the Winfield Oratorio Society's 1984 trip to Israel where, in honor of the society's 50th performance of Mendelssohn's "Elijah," 188 singers and instrumentalists performed the oratorio at Haifa, Kibbutz Ayelet Hashahar and Jerusalem.

The group also performed four numbers at the site where the Elijah statue is located on Mt. Carmel. The priest at the site told John it was the first time in history that the "Elijah" had been performed there.

John also initiated Winfield's sister cities relationship with Kfar Tabor, Israel and served as first chairperson of the sister cities committee.

Charmaine was a member of Winfield Chapter, American Guild of Organists and organist at Grace United Methodist Church and First Christian Church. She worked as secretary at Snyder Clinic, U.S.D. #465 and Grace United Methodist Church.

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Lucy D. Shoup & Charles M. Peddecord

Lucy Deets Shoup (1866-1928) was born in Geneseo, Henry County, Illinois. She came to Udall, Kansas with her parents, Solomon and Magdaline Richie Shoup in 1883.

As a girl, before moving to Kansas, Lucy joined the Evangelical Church. In 1891 and 1882 Lucy taught Indian girls in a mission school in Indian Territory in Oklahoma.

Charles Metlan Peddecord (1867-1933) was born in Clinton, DeWitt County, Illinois. Charles' father, Thomas Benton Peddecord (1842-1911) was born in Mason County, Illinois. He volunteered in the Civil War, Company B, 107th Regiment, in Illinois.

Charles' mother, Cleopatra McKinney, married Thomas on April 22, 1866 in Clinton, Illinois. In 1872 the family moved to Humbolt, Kansas. When Charles was 7, the family spent one year in Chicago, but returned to Kansas to settle on a farm near Belle Plaine.

On June 19, 1895 Lucy Shoup and Charles M. Peddecord were married. They lived on a farm where Marie (1896-1986) was born.

They moved to Mulvane for Marie to attend high school and in 1919 moved to Winfield so Marie could attend Southwestern College. Charles was a painter of homes in Winfield. Before the family moved to Winfield, they had joined the Methodist Church. Lucy was a faithful worker in the church, also sang in the choir, until her health broke about 2 years before her death. (See Solomon Shoup story about her brothers and sisters.)

Lucy was a good cook and a seamstress of some accomplishment. She made her wedding dress from a pattern advertised for 30 cents in the Deleniator magazine of June 1895. (See her wedding picture.)

After the death of Lucy, Charles moved to Caldwell in 1929 to live with Marie, who was teaching there.

Charles' sister, Cora (Pedderord) Trautwein also lived in Winfield. (See Ed Trautwein story.) Charles died in Caldwell, but was buried beside his wife Lucy at Highland Cemetery in Winfield.

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Samuel W. Perinington

Samuel W. Pennington was born in Mercer County, Kentucky 9-14-1824. He married Julia Ann Speelman, born 8-231830, in Lee County, Iowa, 12-22-1853. They moved to Sedalia, Missouri.

When the Civil War began, Samuel volunteered for the 18th Regiment of the Missouri Volunteers. He was mustered out September 13, 1862, due to a hernia. He served under General Ulysses S. Grant.

As an ex-serviceman, Samuel was offered land by the U.S. government-160 acres of raw, unbroken prairie in Cowley County, Kansas. This land had not yet been surveyed. He and some cousins came to Cowley County and staked out claims. Sam's was one-half mile east of Oxford, Kansas, on the Arkansas River.

Many trials and tribulations beset Sam and Julia on their journey from Missouri. At Iola, Kansas, they sold their "Kansas Schooner" and two horses to buy a team of oxen and a lighter "Studebaker Schooner". At Winfield, the Walnut River was flooding, blocking their way. It was the last day the claim could be validated. Julia and the children crossed by boat, but the oxen swam, pulling the schooner. They arrived on September 3, 1870.

Several cousins and neighbors helped build a ten by ten foot log cabin. Poles across the top supported a canvas ceiling. The floor was sand and a quilt hung over the door opening.

Sam and Julia had five daughters. One, Mary Catherine, died in infancy. They were: Elizabeth Ellen (Lizzie), 1-8-1855; Sarah Jane (jenny), 7-25-1858; Mary Catherine, 4-21861, Martha Ann, 1-2-1864; and Alice Louise 8-13-1867.

Most of the claim was covered with timber-cottonwood, slippery elm and walnut. These woods harbored wolves, coyotes, panthers, deer and wildcats. Buffalo found to the west in Sumner County were hunted only for their hindquarters and hides. The rest was left for the wolves.

The first winter, some 100 cavalrymen camped nearby while the Indians were being subdued and escorted to Indian Territory in Oklahoma. Many tribes passed the Pennington home.

Sam and Julia raised peach blown potatoes (white with pink eyes), black-eyed beans and buffalo beans. The beans were dried green in the pod, also shelled and cooked. They dried pumpkins for winter use and for feeding raw to livestock.

As more families arrived, Sam decided a school was needed and helped establish an abandoned cabin one mile east. It had a dirt floor, no windows and an old stove. Each pupil brought a chunk of wood to sit on-the teacher sat on the stove. For study material, they used Sunday School newspapers, a Bible, a No.3 Wilson Reader and a McGuffey Speller. They attended for three months at the cost of one dollar a month. The next year the Jackson School was built on the same site. Four generations of the Penningtons and Bernards, who lived one mile west, attended Jackson School. William Henry Bernard married Sarah Jane "Jenny" Pennington, 1-1873. Samuel died 6-29-1890 and Julia died 5-22-1919.

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The Perrigo (or Perigo) Family has roots going back into the Middle Ages of Central Europe. Originally the French mane was "Perigueus," after which a very old and prominent city was named in southwestern France. During the persecution of the Huguenots the family, Perigueux, scattered throughout the world, the Anglican form of the name was born, and eventually some European descendants migrated to the New World. These family proginators originally settled in the Massachusetts and Virginia Colonies.

The Perigo family name has been recorded in Cowley County, Kansas since the late 1800's. Mary Perigo (widow of E. Perigo) was an employee of the Baden Hotel. She was from England, resided in Winfield from 1884 to 1908 and is buried in Union Cemetery. She had one son.

Current Cowley County Perigos are descendants of Elmer and Mary Perrigo who originally lived in Union County, Iowa and whose lineage dates to Orange County, Indiana as early as 1775. In 1905 they moved to Elk County and raised six children.

Francis and Phyllis Perrigo moved into Cowley county (Burden) on February 27, 1962 from Moline. Both were employees of the Winfield State Hospital for many years. He died in 1984 and is survived by his wife who is retired but still remains active in the community. Francis was descended from Elmer and Mary Perrigo. Phyllis was born and raised in Oxford as a Copeland.

Fearol Perrigo moved to Winfield from Grenola, Kansas where she and Fred Perrigo raised three boys, Joe, Jack, and Jim. Following a divorce in 1969, Fred moved to Wichita where he continued working as an aircraft worker until his retirement (1982). He died May 30, 1986 a descendant of Elmer and Mary Perrigo. Fearol sold the family farm and moved to Winfield in May 1969. She was employed by the Winfield State Hospital until her retirement September 1, 1984 after 26 years, and continues to work part-time today. Fearol has also worked several years in area nursing homes. She demonstrates her creative talents in activities of crocheting, knitting and arts/crafts.

Jim Perrigo has predominately lived in Winfield since 1969 where he completed his high school education and attended (continued on page 261)

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