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(continued from page 280) (nicknamed "Bill" by his father) was born November 2, 1898 to James Elza Ruggles and Edith Genevia Bowser.

Bill attended Red Valley School, a one-room school house located on what is now a part of the Theimer farm on Cowley County 20. Bill was bitten by a copperhead snake when he was eight years old. His father and uncle took him the twelve miles to Winfield by horse and wagon. A neighbor told them to put a fresh killed chicken on the wound to draw out the poison. Bill lived, but the scar remains to remind him of the event.

Bill started farming at a young age with his father. Bill and his father also broke and trained mules. At age 16 he was given charge of Abner Duncan's farm while Mr. Duncan and new bride honeymooned.

There were many barn dances in the rural area. Bill escorted his sister to these dances and sometimes played the harmonica.

He married Grace Genetta Brooks October 12, 1912 at McPherson, Kansas, the Rev. Walter Bynum performed the ceremony. Bill and Grace have four children, James Maurice, born December 19, 1931; Melvin Walter, born October 28, 1934; Marcia Janiece (now Andes), born May 16,1938; and Leora Jean (now Bland), born December 21, 1942.

The name of James has been in the Ruggles family for at least six generations. James Elbert, grandfather; James Elza, father; James Walter, the subject herein; James Maurice, son; Randal James, grandson; and Daniel James, great-grandson.

Bill and Grace raised their family on Silver Creek in Sheridan Township on the Perry Miller farm. When farming couldn't pay the bills, Bill went to work for Smith-Moon Steel Company in 1954. He retired from Smith-Moon in 1964 and then worked for Snyder Clinic as groundskeeper for several years.

In 1976 Bill went to Ribold, Lewis County, Kentucky to see the place where his father and grandfather had lived. The old log cabin still stands and the land is still owned by the Ruggles family.

Bill died June 3, 1987 in the county where he had spent his entire life. He is buried at Rose Valley Cemetery along with his wife, Grace, who died November 26, 1985.

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Melvin Walter Ruggles

Melvin Walter Ruggles was born October 28, 1934 east of Winfield in an oil field house in Tisdale Township, the son of James Walter Ruggles and Grace Genetta Brooks. His family lived on farms in Tisdale, Liberty and Sheridan Township.

Melvin spent most of his youth along Silver Creek. He hunted and trapped for furs, which he sold to Roy Kadau, a neighbor. Mink furs brought the best prices, but skunk furs were the most plentiful.

The Bair family became neighbors and Gene Bair and Melvin were soon good friends. Melvin attended Silver Creek, which was a one-room school, and often rode his pony to school. Melvin, Gene Bair and Pat Sitton were the only graduating eighth graders at Silver Creek in 1948. they all attended Burden High School and were among the 16 graduates in the Class of '52.

Melvin served three years in the army, 1956 to 1959. He married Pearl Mae Rule in Glassboro, New Jersey on October 12, 1957 (his parents 28th wedding anniversary).

Melvin was employed at Binney & Smith from 1954 to 1968 when he started his job at the power plant for the City of Winfield.

In 1968 he purchased a farm in Liberty township next to where his great-grandfathers settled when coming to Kansas in the late 1870.

Melvin and Pearl had four children: Sharon Colleen, born September 29, 1959, married Edward Roy King January 7, 1989; Steven Walter, born April 3, 1961, married Veva Elizabeth Adams, June 9, 1984; Sonja Lynne, born August 2, 1963, married Michael Eugene Todd, January 5, 1985; Stanton Dale, born November 19, 1964, married Robin Renee Ralls July 6, 1985.

They have five grandchildren: Jessica Renee Todd, born July 19, 1985; Peter Walter Ruggles, born January 2, 1987; Joshua Dwight Todd, born March 1, 1987; Ruth Elizabeth Ruggles, born April 3, 1988; Molly Dale Ruggles, born in Winfield on August 16, 1988, the sixth generation of Ruggles to live in Cowley County and the fourth to be born there.

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Pearl Mae (RULE) Ruggles

Pearl Mae (Rule) Ruggles was born June 29, 1937 at West Jersey Hospital in Camden, New Jersey, to Clarence Samuel Thomas Rule (born March 2, 1895, died January 28, 1968) and Mary Driver Rule (born April 4, 1896, died October 15, 1978). She was the ninth of then children. The other nine children were Clarence Blaine, born February 16, 1918, died April 24, 1989; Rupert William, born January 18, 1920, died May 11, 1959; Francis Hughes, born April 15, 1922, now residing in Kane, Pennsylvania; Hilda Rose Rule Murray, born October 8, 1923, now residing in Glassboro; Kenneth Thomas, born July 7, 1925, died September 25, 1988; Harvey Vernon, born August 7, 1927, now residing in Troy, Tennessee; Arthur Lang, born May 27, 1930, now residing in Trenton, south Carolina; John Allen, born December 7, 1934, now residing in Lake Havasu City, Arizona; Sarah Frances Rule Bair, born October 29, 1938, now residing in Winfield.

Pearl spent her childhood years in Glassboro. She married Melvin Walter Ruggles (a native of Cowley County) October 12, 1957. They moved to Kansas in 1959. Her sister, Sarah Frances, married Gene Bair (who grew up near Burden) and moved to Kansas in 1959 also.

Pearl lived in Winfield until she and Melvin built a home south of town. In 1968 they moved to a farm in Liberty Township. In her role as a farmer's wife, this easterner has helped with the harvest, hauled hay, helped with livestock, sparred with snakes, scorpions, wolf spiders and other varmints and in spite of all this, Pearl enjoys the farm and likes living in the rural setting.

Pearl is a legal secretary. She began work in 1959 for Lloyd S. Roberts and has watched the law firm change from Roberts & Roberts to Roberts & Herlocker then to Herlocker, Roberts & Herlocker and its present name of Herlocker, Roberts & St. Peter.

Pearl and Melvin have four children: Sharon Colleen Ruggles King, born September 29, 1959; Steven Walter, born April 3, 1961; Sonja Lynne Ruggles Todd, born August 2, 1963; Stanton Dale, born November 19, 1964. They have five grandchildren.(see history of Melvin Walter Ruggles).

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Earl & Ruth Darlene Rundle

Earl Walter Rundle is a twin born in Twin Falls, Idaho, on February 28, 1915, to Harry and Mary Rundle. His twin sister is Pearl Elvina Duncan and lives in Winfield, Kansas.

The Rundle ancestors have been traced to Salcombe, England. Earl's father, Harry, returned to live in England for several years when he was small. As a child Earl lived in Twin Falls, Idaho; Clay Center, Kansas; Dexter, Kansas; and Winfield, Kansas. He graduated from Clay Center, High School in 1932 with a teaching certificate, He never used this certificate to teach. In Winfield, he worked for City Service and as a farm handon the Dudley Whitson farm. Whfle workingthere he met Ruth Darlene Berry at the nearby Hackney Baptist Church. They were married May 28, 1936. Darlene was born December 3, 1916.

After their marriage, Earl worked for the Independent Ice Co. in Winfield, owned by John and Anna Elam. He also worked for the Co-Op Elevator, City of Winfield on the electrical line crew, and the City Power Plant, Later he became an electrician and owned and operated Rundle Electric. The business was first operated out of their home at 1412 John Street, then they opened an office at 1302 Main Street.

Ruth Darlene, was one of twins born to Glen and Lavinia Berry on a farm in Brooklyn, Iowa. The family moved to a farm south of Winfield. She graduated from Winfield High School in 1934.

When Earl and Darlene were first married they lived on Wheat Road. From there they moved to a home south of Winfield, then to 1412 John Street. During the summers they enjoyed taking their family to state fairs and state capitol buildings in the mid-section of the United States.

In 1976 they built a new home at 1401 John Street. They lived there until they sold Rundle Electric and retired. In 1978 they moved to 3735 W. Cactus Wren Drive, Phoenix, Arizona. In Arizona, Earl learned to play golf and still does some electrical work. Earl and Darlene.enjoy returning to Kansas to visit family and friends, as well as traveling the western part of the United States.

Their children are: Joan Earlene born August 22, 1939, Norman Lee McBride, born November 1, 1937. Married June 14, 1959. Their children are: Greg AHan born April 22, 1961, Carol Ann Arica born October 25, 1961. Married May 28, 1983. Chfldren: Bethany Lynn born May 7, 1987, Ashlyn Lee born May 5, 1990. Eric Eugene born Mar 13, 1963, Doren Houle, born September 8, 1966. Married May 30, 1987. Chfldren: Kari Lynn born June 26, 1989. Scott Dwayne born March 18, 1969, Shani LaSalvia born November 27, 1969. Married March 17, 1990.

Darrell Eugene born October 26, 1942, Carolyn Rose Stevenson, born January 31, 1948. Married August 30, 1964. Theirchfldrenare: Jana Dawnhorn March 6,1965, David Wflson married November, 1988. Sandi Jo born August 17, 1968. Gary Dwayne born August 3, 1959.

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Roger & Carol Rupp

Roger and Carol were born and raised in Ellis County, Kansas the descendants of a small band of Volga Germans who had migrated from their interim home in the Volga River region of Russia. The ancestors of these people had migrated from their original home in Germany to Russia during the reign of Catherine the Great in 1763. They had made the move because of adverse economic and political conditions in their native land (Hessia, Saxony, Alsatia, Baden Wuertemberg, Bavaria, Tyrol, Switzerland and the Palatinate), and because of a promise from Catherine the II of Russia that they would be guaranteed religious and political freedom. In addition, they were supposed to be given land to farm as an added incentive to make the long and treacherous journey to an unknown country. After undergoing 1 13 years of hardships and unfilled promises in Russia these people began to look elsewhere for better living conditions and came to settle in Kansas.

Roger and Carol both received degrees from Fort Hays Kanso ' s State College. Carol's degree is in speech therapy and Roger's degree is in chemistry. They were married on May 22, 1965 in Hays and later that year moved to Kansas City so that Roger could attend the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry where he earned a degree in 1969. During the time Roger was in school, Carol was a teacher for the Kansas City, Kansas Public School System. On December 26, 1966 their first daughter Amy Ann was born followed by Lisa Christine on March 9, 1969. Upon graduation Roger was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the United States Naval Reserve and (continued on page 282)

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(continued from page 281)the family moved to Camp Pendleton, California for a two year assignment. In June of 1971 the family moved to Winfield and a private dental practice was established at 803 Main. From 1972 through 1979 Roger practiced at Snyder Clinic and in 1979 built a free standing dental clinic in Winfield using stone quarried in Cowley County. Twin daughters Suzanne Marie and Sarah Catherine were born at William Newton Memorial Hospital on September 1, 1974. Carol is currently a realtor and works for Buterbaugh-Handlin Agency in Winfield.

Amy is one of the first graduates of the new Southwestern College nursing program. She is married to Robert Soto, a Cowley County Sheriff's deputy, and they have one daughter, Jessica Maria. They reside in Winfield.

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Leonard Ross Russell

Leonard Ross Russell lived with his parents, W.A. and Golda Russell and his sister, Imogene and brothers, Keith, Bill and Duane, at 1001 Lowry, until they transferred to Kansas City in 1942. Leonard finished WHS and graduated in the Class of 1943 while living with the T.H. "Curley" Vaughns on West Ninth Hill. He entered the service, served in Europe, was discharged, returned to Winfield where he and Junellia Jane Phillips were married February 17, 1946.

After attending University of Missouri briefly, Leonard re-enlisted in the Air Force, serving thirty-two years before retiring in August 1974 at Scott AFB, Illinois where he was Chief Master Sergeant with the position of Base Sergeant Major.

Junellia accompanied her husband worldwide. They were stationed at Selfrige Field, Mount Clemens, Michigan; Andrews AFB, Washington, D.C,; Walker AFB, Roswell, NM; Carswell AFB, Fort Worth, Texas; Brooks AFB, San Antonio, Texas; an unaccompanied one and one-half year tour Shiroi, Japan; Hickam AFB, Hawaii; Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Alabama; Macdill AFB, Tampa, Florida; Rhein Main, Germany and Scott AFB, Belleville, Illinois.

Leonard Bruce Russell and William Bevin Russell were born in Winfield. Stephen Benet Russell was born in San Antonio, Texas. They graduated high schools in Tampa, Florida; Frankfort, Germany and Mascoutah, Illinois, respectively. All attended Belleville Area College, Illinois, Bruce and Bevin graduated McKendree College, Lebanon, Illinois. Bruce received his Masters in Library and Information Science at University of Missouri-Columbia. Bruce served with Air Force in Vietnam and Italy. Bevin with Army Band in Panama. Ben toured with musical groups in America and Canada before employment with Mossman's in Winfield.

Following retirement from the Air Force, the Russells came home to Winfield, settled down and looked forward to pleasant retirement. After a lifetime of good health and productivity, Leonard was stricken by a rare neurological condition, Shy-Drager Syndrome. He spent his last six weeks at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland helping specialists seek cause and cure. He died Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1985 in Winfield.

Through contributions of family, worldwide friends and matching Andrew Mellon Foundation Grant, The Leonard Ross Russell Memorial to the Winfield Public Library provided for the sixty volume set of Library of America, other books and sizeable contribution to the new library.

Junellia Russell, sons and families still live in Winfield. Bruce is a Postal Service Worker at Wichita General Mail Facility. Bevin is Mortgage Loan Officer, First Community Federal Savings and Loan. His wife, Jo Ellen (Jacks) Russell is with Binney and Smith. Ben and Pam (Feaster) Russell, together with her mother, own and operate "The Family Inn Restaurant at 1411 Main.

Grandson Seth Benet attends Lowell School; Sean Wallace, 12 days old, died June 19, 1985; Kody Andrew and John Bevin are pre-school age.

Junellia's parents were Harold and Ruey Phillips, 1617 Millington. Her sister was Jennis Phillips Pinkstaff. All are deceased.

The Russell Family is interested in amateur radio, have FCC licenses, and belong to Cowley County Amateur Radio Club.

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The Russom Family

The Russom family dates to Vincent Russom, born 1765, Dorchester, Maryland. He married Rachel Sullivan, born 1770 at Dorchester. Vincent died in 1829 at Guilford County, North Carolina, Rachel in 1836. Their son James was born in 1790 and died in 1835. He married Jane Alexander who was born in 1786 at Guilford County. She died in 1860. They had a son, Joseph Alexander, who was born in Guilford County. He married Elizabeth Work in December of 1847. She was born in 1827. Their son Andrew Work Russom was born April 21, 1849 in Guilford County. He married Elizabeth Wiggins in 1869 in St. Clair County, Missouri. Elizabeth Wiggins was born October 12, 1849 in Lafayette, Indiana. They homesteaded at Osbourne County, Kansas in 1875. Their children were Leulla, born September 13, 1870, Mary was born September 1872. William was born November 1874. These 3 were born in Missouri. Charles was born May 1879, Maude, March 1877, Edmond, Sept. 1882, Jess in November 1886, Leah in February of 1881 in Osborne County. Jess married Alta Gertrude Plecker in June 1912 at Nowata, Oklahoma. To this union were born Thelma, July 1913, Marie in August 1915, Vernon E., June 1918, and Clyde in October 1921. These were born in the Nowata area. Jewell was born September 1924 in Arkansas City, Kansas.

Jess worked in the oil and coal fields of Oklahoma. When the boom was over, we came to Arkansas City. In 1923 work was plentiful. Oil fields, refineries, and railroads made Ark City a boom town. Then came the depression, which curtailed a lot of the industry.

Jess was a stonemason and worked on the canal through Ark City. He also worked on the Mariand Mansion in Ponca City, along with many other projects.

After World War II, Jess and Alta moved to California to be close to their daughters Jewell and Thelma.

Alta died December 14, 1972, and Jess February 15, 1977. Both are buried at Live Oak Memorial Park, Durate, California.

Thelma married John Johnston. Marie married George Canely, and Cedrick Pringle. Vernon E. married Maxine Wilson. Clyde married Marilyn Barkley and Louise Phillips Jewell married Wilber Dobbs, and Larry Lindley.

Vernon E. took care of the polo ponies for the National Guard for seven years and served in the United States Marine Corps in the Pacific theater and the occupation of China for two years in World War II. He was with the 22nd Marines, 6th Division. He was in the oil field trucking business many years and over the road trucking 18-wheelers. He retired from General Electric after 20 years of service as a jet mechanic in 1980.

Maxine and Vernon E. were married November 13, 1936 at Newkirk, Oklahoma and have made Arkansas City their home for 53 years. They have one son, Vernon Henry who was born November 14, 1939. His first marriage was to Sallie Baker, November 1961. He is married to Estelle Harrington. Maxine and Vernon E. have one grandson Tyron, and one great-grandaughter Jamie.

Vernon E. belongs to the Wichita Consistory and Midian Shrine. Maxine and Vern are both members of Eastern Star. She went through the Chairs and was Worthy Matron in 1972 and a Grand Chapter appointment 1975-1976. Vernon & Maxine are lifetime members of Central Christian Church, Arkansas City, Kansas.

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Bill & Mary Sanders Family

Bill and Mary Sanders moved their family to the Silverdale community in 1940, from Carthage, Missouri where Bill had worked for Carthage Marble as a stone sower. He worked for J. C. Forberger, Silverdale Cutstone, running the gang saw.

Bill was born near Heritage, Missouri in a community he called "Jug Town". Mary was born in North Little Rock, Arkansas in a community called "Rag Town".

Bill and Mary had two girls: Bonnie M. and P. Novelle, and one son, William R- They moved to East Chestnut Street in Arkansas City, in 1942, during the war years. They raised pigs for meat, had a milk cow, chickens, several hives of bees and raised a large garden, as well as picking tubs of "polk greens". The family canned over 500 jars of food that year "for the war effort".

They later moved into town, to South M Street, and Bill was Working at the Kanotex Refinery when the flood of 1944 forced another move, this time to H Street, where they bought their first home.

Bonnie graduated from Ark City High School in 1946. She moved to Wichita, got married and later helped her husband operate their auto repair business. They had one son, who later became a truck driver.

William joined the U.S.A.F in 1948, where he met and married his wife, the daughter of the Ambassador to Russia, while (continued on page 283)

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(continued from page 282)he was stationed in Japan, in 1951. He retired in 1978 after thirty years in service and the family now lives in Wichita, Kansas, They have two girls and one son.

Novelle married and moved to Wichita, later moving to Chase County to finish raising her children, four girls and one boy. They lived on the now famous Z-Bar Ranch in the Flint Hills, for several years, where her husband, Dean, worked. After their divorce, she moved back to Arkansas City in 1982, and now works at Winfield State hospital. Three of her daughters work in nursing homes in Missouri, one is an "in-store" manager of Wal mart, and her son works for Chase County.

Bill and Mary were divorced and Bill moved to Topeka, Kansas in the early 1960's. He was working for Lardner Cutstone when he helped saw all the stone used to build the Shawnee County Court House, in 1963. He died in 1973 and was buried in Carthage, Missouri.

Mary had worked at Steffen's Dairy and Mauer-Neuer Packing House and after she remarried, she operated several cafes, including the Lunchbox on E. Fifth Ave and the Sunbeam on W. Jefferson. Her husband, Gene, had retired from Two-Rivers Co-op, when he died in 1984.

Mary still lives in Arkansas City and Bonnie returned in 1987, marrying Glen Martin, who retired from K.G.&E. None of Mary's grandchildren or great grandchildren live in Cowley County at this time.

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Sven Sandstrom Family & Swan Sandstrum Family

Sven ("Old Man") and Ingrid were married in Sweden where all their children were born. They came to Illinois in 1873. She stayed, but he returned to Sweden. Eventually, Ingrid came to Kansas with two of her sons, Charles and Alexander; they settled in the Wilmot-Atlanta area.

Charles and Anna Sandstrum had Anthony, John, Victor, Fred and Phillip. Many of their descendants live in the Cowley County area.

The youngest child of Alex and Ellen Sandstrum was Wesley L., whose wife, Helen, still lives near Atlanta.

Swan and wife, Anna Saccrason Sandstrum, came from Sweden at different times, met and married in Chicago. With Jennie they moved near Atlanta. Vera, Mollie, Charles, Frank, Hiram, James, and Walter were all born in Cowley County. About 1899 they moved to a ranch near Dexter. AU are deceased.

Anna died August, 1917 in Dexter. Swan married Mary Decker, also of Cowley County, and they had Bill S. Sandstrum, who lives at Brandon, Mississippi. Swan died August, 1928, just before Bill was born.

Jennie married John Walrath in Cowley County, later moving to Mammoth, Missouri. They had Alice (Henson); her daughter, Marian Conrad, Des Moines, Iowa, is the Sandstrum family historian.

Mabel (Clute) had five children and most of them live in Texas. Jack (deceased), his wife and daughter lived near the Missouri family home. These three were born in Cowley County.

Jennie's fourth, Richard (deceased) had 10 children, also near Missouri family home.

Vera married William J. Darst; they had one daughter, Wilma Jean Wood (see William J. Darst family history). Mollie married Elmer Foltz. Her daughters are Rachel Nielson, who has two children, and Barbara Vaughn, who has one daughter. They live in Burbank and Long Beach, California.

Charles died at age eleven. Frank married Bessie Townsend Johnson. Their children are: Frances Allen, Wichita, with one daughter- Helen (Mrs. Donald Brown, R.R., Arkansas City) has three children (Ronald and J.0. live in Cowley County); Mary Kathryn, deceased; Betty Isbel, Wichita, has one son; James (Pine Bluff, Arkansas) has no children; Phyllis (Mrs. Wendell Hoyt) has two children, Vicky Lynn Henderson and Robert Dean, all of Dexter.

Hiram married Sybil Taylor. They had Donald (born in Cowley County, now at Bartlesville, Oklahoma). Shortly they moved to Ponca City where Thelma (Huqhes) was born. She and her family live in Louisiana.

James married Bernice Bush. They had no children and lived at Dexter and in Wichita. Walter (Bob) married Mayme Miller in Cowley County. They had three daughters and lived at Ponca City.

The grandchildren of Swan and Anna never knew Bill until our first reunion in June, 1984. We enjoy him very much. He is a great asset to the family. He and wife, Beverly, have three children (Wichita and Jackson, Miss.) Later, Bill's mother married John (of the Charles Sandstrum family). So he was raised in Cowley County.

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Thomas William Satchell came to Kansas by covered wagon from Attica, Indiana, in the spring of 1860 and settled on Section 21 near El Dorado in the fall of that year. A farmer and stockraiser, he served two terms as Butler, County Treasurer. His daughter Sarah C. Satchell taught the first school in Butler County that summer of 1860-a tuition and subscription school at the oldest settlement, Chelsea. The family survived the drought, Indian scares, and horse thieves. Thomas traded freely with the Indians. Satchel] Creek was named in his honor and it still flows but into Butler County Lake.

Born in Dorchester County, Maryland,18-Oct-1809,Thomas moved with his parents to Clarksburg, Ohio, when he was three. Residing there until 1833, he married Hannah Ann Peacock 29-Aug-1835 in Attica. Of the thirteen children born to them in Attica only seven survived to make the journey to Kansas.

Thomas was the son of Joseph (B. 26-Sept-1778, D. 9-Aug1829, Clczrksburg), and Eliza Wilson (Elizabeth Wilson) B. 9-Mar-1786, D. 19-Jan-1862, Bellefontaine, Oh. Both had been born in Dorchester. Joseph was the son of a Daniel Solchell and Eliza the daughter of James Wilson. Joseph and Eliza had eleven children, four born in Dorchester and seven in Clarksburg.

Hannah A. Satchell was born to Mary Ann Venable Peacock and Job Peacock 18-Mar-1817 at Crossroads, Ohio, and died I-Nov-1902 at El Dorado, Ks. proceeded in death by Thomas 28-Jan-1891.

Mildred Satchell Jones, Hannah's granddaughter, relates a story told to her by her own father, William H. Satchell, one of Hannah's sons,..on a particular fall day the men folk had gone hunting leaving Hannah with her usual myraid of daily chores and the smcifler children. Thomas traded with the Indians and though most were of a friendly disposition, some were not. When Hannah spied two Indians riding towards the house on ponies, she scattered the children off to prearranged hiding places with the admonition that no matter what happened they were to stay there until either she or Thomas came for them.

Hannah kept a huge black kettle outside, This she used for various things as rendering lard, making lye soap, etc. She kept it slightly tilted on a small log which allowed for ventflation to the pot. In a fury she situated the two smallest children under this kettle with reminders to be very still.

As the Indians rode up they were curious as usual and began looking around. Hannah, becoming increasingly nervous, began walking away from the kettle. The Indians indicated they wanted a drink and Hannah hastened to provide them with cool water.

The children, hearing Hannah's voice fading further away, began gently nudging the kettle and it would roll a little at a time on a little log. The Indians, seeing the kettle moving by itself, became wide-eyed and forgot all about the water, hurriedly left the vicinity-and the black pot with the evil spirits!!

William Henry Satchell, one of the culprits in the kettle, leaves us with a personal sketch of his own life dated Nov1919. In part he writes "..I drove the first nail in the new courthouse at Winfield, and carried the first hod of bricks for the building of the new Methodist church at Winfield. I layed the first stone in the first bungalow dwelling house built in Winfield being for Sam Smith on East Fifth Ave. George A Plotts, Dean of Southwestern College, and I..Iocated the site of Richardson Hall I have given considerable attention to..Music, especially that commonly in vogue at an early an evidence that age has not seriously diminished my the fall festival held at Island park in Sept 1916. 1 was one of a class of eight contendants in the old fiddlers contest, the selection.."The Arkansaw Traveler," great big taters in sandy land..the latter.. my personal favorite, which I played with a loose bow. In response to an encore, I played "The Arkansaw Traveler" with a raw bow, the hair dangling in the air.".

Along with other descriptions, he writes that he is "..depositing in the corner stone of the new State Bank building at the corner of Ninth and Main Ave., two eight penny copper nails with my initials W.H.s and the date 1916 on the heads."

By his first marriage to Anna Belle Palmer, William H. had three children, Cora May, Thomas Henry, and William Allen.

In Winfield in 1904 he married Lillie May Jenks. Lillie was born 17-Apr-1870 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Libery Harrison and Epheme Bethinson Windson Jenks. Liberty served in the Union Army during the Civil War-6th Ohio Volunteer Regt, Company D, and was wounded at the battle of Stones River. His occupation is listed as a boatman at the time of enlistment, and Lillie often said he had a packet boat- His wound and varicose veins disabled him. Lillie had two younger brothers who died as youths, Jessee Tilden and Henry Harrison Jenks.

Lillie had one child by a previous marriage to John B McCurry, Libery Lawrence. She was shortly married to A.S. Tripp but she was widowed when he died of typhoid. She then married Will Satchell. Lillie died 28-Nov-1919. William died 12-Apr-1926 from complication of influenza having been a resident of Winfield for 30 years.

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(continued from page 283) Winfield. His grandparents were Harriet Baker Jones and CadawaHader Jones, Charles was born in Elk Falls, 18-Jun1894 and died in Nov 197 1, Winfield. His father was a butcher. Charles was retired from the City of Winfield.

Charles and M@dred had three children, Charles Henry Jr (B. 23-Jul-1925, D. 7-Dec-1952, unmarried), Luetta May, (B.9-Dec-1926), and Elca Pearl (B. 20-Oct-1927, D. 10-Feb1985), all born in Winfield.

Pearl Jones married her soldier boy who was stationed at Strother Field during the war, Herbert Grimmett, and moved to West Virginia and became a coal miner's wife. They had one son, Herbert Jr. Herbert followed Pearl in death.

Luetta Jones married Boyd Wilson Oller and they had three daughters, Phyllis Joan (B.4-jun-1947), Sheryl Lynn, (B. I-lan-1949), and Jane (B- 20-jan-1950). The Oilers divorced in 1950 and Luetta remarried to Cecil R. Eudaley and that marriage ended in divorce. Luetta is currently retired from over twenty years of service to WSH&TC in dietary.

Sherly married Gerald A Starlin and Patricia Ann was born 24-Mar-1965 followed by Cammie Christine 19-Feb-1969. There were no children by her marriage to Preston W. Richardson. Sherly is married to Glenn Wood and is living in Wellington, Ks.

Jane married Marvin H. Moore and they had a daughter, Trinity Michele (B. 11-Feb-1975), in Wellington. She has since remarried to Joe Carl Powell and Heather Lynnette was born 24-Dec-1984 in Wellington. Joe has a career with Santa Fe, and the Armed Forces Reserves.

Joan married Robert W. Acridge, son of Ruby M Kimrey Acridge and Chris Runckle Acridge. He was born 27-Aug 1944 in Edna, and works in computer programming at Cessna Aircraft. He is also active as Scoutmaster. Joan is an LPN. They have three children, Robert Lee, (B. 19-Feb-197 1, Jeffery Lynn (B. 15-Apr- 1976), and Amy Diane (B. 6-Jul-1977). Bobby was born in Coffeeyville, Ks., Jeff and Amy in Winfield.

Cammie Starlin married Mark Villa and they had a son, Andrew. Though the marriage ended in divorce, another generation begins.

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Saxe-Baker Family

I was born in Springfield, MO11/25/04 to John and Helena Kreyer Saxe. In 1906 we moved to Monett where John managed produce business in Old Town. He died in 1915. Mother and I went to Ft. Scott to live with her mother and sisters, Edith and Lillian. In 1918 we came to Winfield. "Lena" worked in Empire Gas Office, 9th and Loomis, where her brother, Fred, was superintendent. He was also conductor of City Band. They played in band shell west of courthouse to audiences seated on lawn, and played in Island Park, too.

We transferred our membership to Presbyterian Church. I enrolled in Junior High in old stone building with spiral fire escape housed in spiral tunnel of which I was terrified. Miss Julia B. King was principal and ruled with an iron hand. It was here I met Delores O'Grasky-Baas. We are still best of friends- We enjoyed Chautauqua where I helped kindergarten teacher. I would attend morning and afternoon sessions, and picnic under a tree. After work, Mom would join me for evening session.

In High School, my friend Louise Stuber, arranged a blind date for Doc (Emory) Baker and me. This led to four-year romance, which resulted in our wedding in Presbyterian Church 1926.

After graduation I attended Southwestern and Pittsburg State and received teaching certificate. I taught Science Valley School, rode the street car to Warren Street and walked two miles to meet 25 pupils in eight grades. In winter, J.W. Wright drove me and Doc came for me at 4 o'clock,

Next year I took Prairie Ridge 15 miles southeast, This made a long trek for my boyfriend Sunday evenings. The tworoom school at Floral was better. Ruth Ruggles had lower grades and I upper. We lived at the parsonage. Ruth dated Roy Moore and we four enjoyed that year and would have continued but school policy prohibited married teachers, and we all had plans.

After marriage, I studied piano and history with Fern Dielmann and harmony with Marie Burdette. I earned a diploma at Winfield College of Music, and taught piano for fifty years. Also taught music and art in rural and town schools until retirement. Then I substituted until 1985 in elementary classes.

Our marriage lasted over sixty-two years, the last 40 at 901 E. 13th. Emory died in 1989. His ashes lie in St. Mary's Cemetery. Mother lived to be 89 and rests beside father in Pierce City, MO.

Emory was half-owner of Guild Electric. During war was air craft electrician at Strother Field. He owned Baker Oil Company and drove his tank truck until retirement in 1985. He served as elder and later deacon in our church. Our son, John Franklin, wife Rae Lynne, her daughter Amanda, and John's son Steven live on Mound Street, and Christie his daughter studies at Wichita University.

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Clayton and Ruth Schanbacher moved to Maple Township, Cowley County, from Wichita in 1956. Their children Ruth Ann, Harold, and Danny attended Udall schools and graduated from Udall High School.

Clayton owned and operated Clayton's Frame Service in Wichita while farming 160 acres on his own farm. Harold worked for him for several years during high school, college and a year prior to his service in the U. S. Army. Danny worked with his father in the business and became partners with him In 1976, Clayton had heart bypass surgery which limited his work. He left most of the work to Danny and began a career in security, working for different security companies, at NCR. He enjoyed the work there and the exercise of walking his rounds. In 1981, Ruth joined him in his work as a security guard. In 1983, Clayton passed away and son Danny continued the business in Wichita until his death at age 36. The farm is continuing to be farmed by son, Harold, who works at Boeing. Harold and his wife, Janet, built a home on the farm in 1977.

Ruth married Henry Ulrich in 1987 and moved to Maize until September 1989 at which time she and Henry moved into the new house which had been built to replace the old farm home.

Ruth Ann married Lee Schwind and resides in Austin, Texas. Their son, LeeRoy lives and works in Wichita. A nine year-old son, George, still lives at home.

Harold married Janet (Brookings) Schanbacher in June 1968. They lived in Udall prior to his serving three years in the U.S. Army. Harold served in Vietnam during 1969-1970. Harold was then stationed at White Sands Missile Range where the couple lived in El Paso, Texas and on the base. After his discharge, the couple lived in Wichita for a short time before moving to Udall, Harold worked for Truck Parts and Equipment, in Wichita, for three years. He then worked for Coon Concrete and Construction in Winfield for five years. In 1977, Harold and Janet built a new house on his family farm. In 1979, Harold began working for Boeing in Wichita. Harold has served as Trustee for the First Congregational Church and on the Rural Fire District board. He is currently Maple Township Trustee.

Janet works as treasurer of the First Congregational Church, Udall 4-H leader, and attends Cowley County Community College in Mulvane.

Kelli Jean was born in June 1972 and just graduated from Udall High School with honors. She will attend Southwestern College in Winfield in the fall. Allen was born in October 1974 and Amy in January 1981. They attend school in Udall, are members of the Udall 4-H Club, and attend First Congregational Church.

Danny's widow Phyllis and three children David, Wendy, and Lisa live in Wichita.

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Schnee-Klink-Gochis Families

Coming to Arkansas City in 1871, shortly after the area was opened to white settlement, was Gilbert and Anna (Bradley) Schnee. Mr. Schnee purchased 160 acres of virgin prairie, five miles southwest of Arkansas City,

Mr. and Mrs. Schnee came from a Utopian community in Indiana, that was known as the "Athens of the West" because of the many scientists and educators who had gathered there. It was an abrupt change to come to an area so recently opened to settlement.

They came by train to Cottonwood Falls, as far as the railroad reached, and on by wagon to Arkansas City. Lumber for the house was brought by wagon from Wichita.

Two children were born to the Schnees, William (1872) and Louise (1875).

The farm was three miles from Indian Territory. On hazy autumn days they could smell the smoke from campfires when Indians were drying meat on wooden racks. They occasionally came by the house in long wagon trains to trade in Arkansas City.

Louise Schnee and C.W. (Will) Klink were married in 1896. Mr. Klink purchased 240 acres southeast of Arkansas City. Here their four children were born; Charles (1897) ,Presbyterian Manor, Edith (1898) deceased, Aleene (Mrs. Frank Koehler) (1904) Emporia, and Velda (Mrs. Louis Gochis) (1906) of Arkansas City. All three daughters graduated from Southwestern College, and all attended the 60th Anniversary of their graduations.

In 1955, Mrs. Klink (Louise) was honored for having played the piano for services at Mt. Zion and Grandview Churches for 65 years. Her photograph was the cover of the "Kansas Farmer" magazine, Ortober 1, 1955. A few years ago the Kansas Farm Bureau recognized farms that had been in the same family for 100 years or more, The Schnee farm was one of them.

Aleene Klink married Frank Koehler in 194 1. They had one son, Dr. Philip Koehler. He and his wife Linda have 2 sons, Brian and Warren. Philip and his sons are all Eagle Scouts. He is professor of Food Chemistry in Georgia University.

Velda Klink married Louis Gochis in 1932. Their daughter Helen was Queen Alatah in 1952, She graduated from Kansas State University and the University of Kansas in Medical Technology. She married J.T. Templeton and lives in San Jose, California. William (Bill) graduated from Kansas University with Engineering and M.B.A. degrees. He lives in Overland Park, where he is executive vice president of Bubeck Corporation (Trane) with offices in Overland Park, Topeka and Springfield, Missouri.

Bill and his wife, Bobbetta, have 3 sons, Michael who graduates from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1990, Richard who attends Baylor University and David, a senior in high school.

The Schnee ancestor was Johannes Schnee who came from the Palatinate region in Germany in 1743. The Klinks came from Germany, the Bradleys from Ireland and the Gochis' from Greece.

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Richard & Mary (Kovach)Schneider Family

The Schneider family of Cowley County arrived in the county in early 1972. Dick was born in Minnesota, where he was raised near Minneapolis, in a small village named Loretto. He grew up in a family with mixed heritage of early American and Canadian roots. Dick's father came from North Dakota,(continued on page 285) Submitted by Dick Schneider
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(continued from page 285)where Dick's grandfather had settled in the late 1800's, from Ontario, Canada. The Schneider family was of German descent. Dick's mother was a fifth generation American, having descended from an Irish immigrant who had fought for eight years in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Her grandfather had fought in the Civil War as a member of the Seventh Minnesotci Volunteers. Dick is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.

Mary was a native of Pennsylvania, but raised in Michigan by parents of Hungarian descent. Her mother was born in Europe and her father's parents were born in Hungary.

Dick and Mary Schneider moved to Cowley County from Minnesota through a company transfer. Dick works for Greif Bros. Corporation, where he has served in sales and administrative management positions at the Strother Field plant.

Dick and Mary bought their home three miles east of Arkansas City, where hey have lived for the past 18 years. They brought five children, all born in Minnesota with their sixth child born in Kansas. The six are Laura R.; Tama L.; Amy J.; Mark r.; Anna M. and David P. Laura is married to Dan Masterson and they live in Arkansas City with their four children; Dallas L.; Kathryn L.; Lauren R. and Christina R.

Tama is married to Jon Barfield and they live in Alabama, where Jon is studying for his PhD in Botany. Tama, a graduate of Oklahoma State University, is a biochemist and is presently running a medical laboratory in Tuscaloosa, AL.

Amy is married to Douglas Lawson and they live in Arkansas City with their son, Andrew C., and daughter, Shannon E.

Mark is married to Jacqueline Werth of Hays, KS. He is a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, currently stationed at McConDell AFB, KS. They have one daughter, Stephanie M.

Ann is presently living at home having just graduated from Oklahoma State University as a high school teacher.

David is a student at Arkansas City High School and is active in wrestling and football at the school.

Mary works at K-Mart and has been employed there for over 10 years. Dick has been active in civic and political organizations. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, being a fourth degree knight. He is a member of the Optimist Club of Arkansas City where he has served as president, vice-president and other offices. He is also a member of the American Legion, having served in the U.S. Air Force during the heated post-Korean War period, with a one-year tour of duty in Korea. Dick is past Republican Party County Chairman, where he served in that capacity for eight years,

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Larry Schuster

Kathryn and Larry Schuster wed December 27, 1971, at the First United Methodist Church. They own and operate Schuster's Lawn and Garden at 2227 W. 9th, in Winfield, They are active in First United Methodist Church, the community, Lions Club, Park Board and Kathryn is president of Soroptimist Club in Winfield.

Kathryn is a native of Ashland, Kansas. Graduate of SC in 1962 with Bachelor Degree in Music. She married Kay Leon Workman, Winfield, in 1961. They had two children: David Leon in 1962, and Laurian Kay in 1967.

Following Kay's death in 1968, Larry and Kathryn joined their families on December 27, 1971. Larry's daughters are: Marci, Mitzi and Marya Schuster.

Marci is married to James Heck living in Hutchinson, where Marci is a Social Worker with SRS and Jim is Graphic Arts Director for Kansas Cosmosphere. They have two daughters: Ivy Nicohe and Molly Tess.

Mitzi lives in Winfield working at Binney & Smith and has a son Evan Louis Young.

Marya and husband, Don Arnett, live in Derby where Don works for Safelight in Wichita, and Marya, graduate of WSU, is Speech and Hearing Specialist for USD 465 Coop in Winfield.

Kenneth and Ruth Holman were married April 1934. They farmed ten miles north of Winfield. Their sons Kay Leon, and Robert Max graduated from Winfield High School.

Kay and Kathryn York were married Jan 21, 1961 in Ashland. Kay graduated from Southwestern College in 1960 with a Degree in Business Administration. He was employed as production scheduling at Boeing.

They had two children: David Leon in 1962 and Laurian Kay in 1967. Kay became suddenly ifl and died in January 1968.

Robert Max Workman married Kitra Kreie. They live in Mulvane where Max is chief inspector of production with Beech Aircraft. They have two children: Colin Rob and Amber Lynn.

Ruth Workman taught in Winfield elementary schools and Kenneth drove a school bus for many years. They have always shown great interest in youth. After a lengthy illness Kenneth died in October 1989. Ruth continues to live north of Winfield in the Grandview community. She is active in the Grandview United Methodist Church, HDU, and volunteers as a Pink Lady at William Newton Hospital.-

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Four Generations of Scotts

James Robert Scott was born April 11, 1856 to John H. and Rachel (McBeth) Scott in Tiffin, Ohio. The John Scott family moved to Pontiac, Illinois to raise their family of seven boys and two girls. The four oldest boys served in the Union Forces during the Civil War.

James Scott accompanied two brothers, Anthony and Allen to Winfield in 1872. These two older brothers each homesteaded a quarter section of land in Tisdale Township, Cowley County (north half Sec. 20). James farmed with them.

On April 4, 1883 James married a neighbor, Rosa S. Hetherington, born December 19, 1864, daughter of Joseph and Anna Hetherington. To this union four children were born: Anna Blanch, Robert Hetherington, Ivan James and Dolly Dorthea. Later they moved to Colorado and settled near Rocky Ford, Colorado until after James death April 15, 1908. Rosa, Robert, Ivan and Dolly returned to the Kansas farm. Rosa died June 2, 1932. They are both buried at Union Cemetery in Winfield, as well as Anthony and Allen.

Ivan James brought his bride, Luetta May Ford from Iowa to Kansas August 27, 1913. One year they lived on the Laban Moon farm which had formerly been Ivan's Grandfather, Joseph Hetherington's farm. Daughter Harriet Irene was born here on July 10, 1914. They then moved to the Jasper Files farm across the road west. Son, Warren Arthur, was born January 12, 1917. The family resided here until after Ivan's death April 2, 1972 and Luetta's death February 13, 1984. They are both buried in Union Cemetery in Winfield.

Harriet Irene married Royce C. Richardson April 19, 1942. Both were graduates of Winfield High School and Southwestern College. Royce was stationed at Strother Field for some time. After serving in the Philippines awhile, he returned to Winfield where Harriet was teaching. Later they moved to Wilmore, Kansas where he opened a grocery store and she taught school. Their daughter, Mary Luetta, was born October 23, 1950. She married David Paul Rogge January 22, 1972. They now reside in Topeka, Kansas. Royce died November I 1, 1968. Harriet continued teaching school at Great Bend, Kansas and is now retired and resides at Wilmore.

Warren Arthur married Ruth Louise Roberts, June 7, 1940. They now live on the original James R. Scott farm. Their son, James Warren, born December 20, 1941 is employed with the Sod Conservation Service in Marion County and farms with his father, so is the fourth generation Scott farmer. Joan Louise born December 11, 1944 married Lowell Holdorf and lives in Aurora, Colorado. Steven Robert born February 17, 1947 lives in Wenatchee, Washington. Susan Jean born March 4, 1949 is married to William Sudsbury and lives in Walpole, Now Hampshire.

All of the Scotts attended "Frog Hollow" rural school and Winfield High School. The Scott family has been active in the Tisdale United Methodist Church, 4-H, and other farm organizations and community activities.

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Seacat Brothers

Rush and Uhl (Tom) Seacat were prominent and life time farmers of the South Bend Community in Cowley County and son of pioneer families.

Their grandparents, Peter Seacat II and Catherine Himes Seacat left Harrison Co., Indiana April 9, 1872 with a family of ten children, six of them boys, arriving in Ft. Scott May 4 where they stayed for a time while looking for a location. Finding nothing they liked nearer than Cowley County, Peter bought a claim east side of the Walnut River and arrived in Cowley County July, 1872. Peter felt there was no chance for the boys to get property unless they came west.

Their father, Voiney Thornton Seacat, was born Dec. 1, 1855 in Harrison Co., Indiana and came west with his father.

Their mother, Lizzie Bogner, was born in Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania, Sept. 1, 1855 and came with her parnets, Jcicob and Catherine Bogner, to Kansas in the fall of 1871 in covered wagons drawn by oxen, settling east of the Walnut River.

Rush was born April 6, 1884 in the original 16x22 house built of native lumber and lived on the land and farmed until his health failed. He married Mamie E. Hadley Aug. 12, 193 5 and moved to Winfield, living there until his death Feb. 5, 1953. His wife, Mamie passed away April 5, 1971.

Uhl was born seventeen miles from Ashland in Clark Co. Kansas, Sept. 25, 1885 in a sod house with one window. When he was three weeks old the family moved back to South Bend Community where he grew up and farmed.

Their father died Sept. 18, 1896 when Rush and Uhl were twelve and eleven years of age so they learned about hard work at a young age helping their mother with the farming. Rush lived with his mother on the homeplace until her death April 29, 1933, They received their education in a one room school completing only the fourth grade.

Uhl married May Danner, daughter of Thomas F. Danner and Lizzie Anglemyer Danner, also pioneer families, on Sept. 1, 19 10 and lived on an adjoining farm until after his mother's death when he moved his family onto the home place in 1935. Uhl and May had four children; Leora born Aug. 7, 191 1, died Dec. 29, 1988; Lizzie born April 9, 1920, died April 11, 1920;(continued on page 286)

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