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(continued from page 285) Thornton born Feb. 7, 1924, died March 3, 1924; and Helen born July 1, 1925. They moved to Winfield in 1942. May was in failing health many years and died May 10, 1944 and Uhl passed away July 22, 1964.

Rush and Tom held positions on the South Bend School Board and the Pleasant Valley Township Board for many years. They were always willing to tend a helping hand and were held in high esteem by their neighbors and friends in the Winfield area.

Both Rush, UN and wives are buried in Highland Cemetery, Winfield. All parents and great-grandparents are buried in Rose Valley Cemetery east of Winfield.

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Jacob Seely Jr.

Jacob Seely Jr. was born 7-15-1823 in Columbia Co., Pa., the ninth of twelve children of Jacob Seely Sr. and Elizabeth Van Camp(en). He was first married to Margaret Armstrong who was born 5-6-1829 and died 9-23-1854. Jacob was married second on 5-10-1858 to Mary Ann Boyden Seely, who was born 12-15-1827 in Onondaga Co., New York. She was the daughter of William Boyden and Sally Smith and the widow of Jacob's older brother, Clinton Seely. Jacob moved his family from Vinton, Iowa to Pleasant Valley Township, Cowley County, Kansas in the 1870's where he farmed until his death of pneumonia on 12-19-1882. He is buried in Highland Cemetery at Winfield, Kansas. After Jacob's death, Mary returned to Iowa where she died at Vinton on 8-25-1905. She is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery at Vinton.

One of Jacob's older brothers was William Seely, whose wife, Lucy Ann Decker, divorced him and married Mormon Leader Brigham Young becoming his third (and first plural) wife.

Jacob had three children by his first marriage and five by his second: Francis G. Seely, born 8-23-1849 in Ohio and died 4-28-1855; William Edmond Seely, born 3-16-1851 in Ohio and died 2-12-1934 at Vinton, Iowa. He was married on 3-241872 to Alice Dorsey who was born 3-26-1853 and died in September of 1931 at Vinton, Iowa. She was the daughter of Beal and Eliza Dorsey; Jacob A. Seely, born 11-17-1853 in Ohio and died 11-20-1854; Lillian Mae Seely, born 7-4-1859 at Vinton, Iowa, died 12-31-1910 at Winfield, Kansas, and is buried in Highland Cemetery at Winfield. She was married on 3-26-1882 in the home of John Beard at Kellogg in western Cowley Co., Kansas to Amos Albert Becker who was born 1222-1844 at Harrisburg, Pa., died 4-2-1912 at Winfield Grid is also buried in Highland Cemetery. Amos was the son of John Becker and Elizabeth Zimmerman; Francis D. "Frank" Seely, born 12-25-1861 at Vinton, Iowa and died 3-8-1916 at Vinton, Iowa. He was married to Carrie Biebesheimer; Charles A. Seely, born 10-24-1864 in Iowa and died in North Dakota; Horace A. Seely, born 7-11-1867 at Vinton, Iowa; George Albert Seely, born 10-20-1870 at Vinton, Iowa and died in 1940 at Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Earl R. & Mabel (Shaffer)Seymour

Earl Russell Seymour (6/l/1876-2/4/1939) was born in Litchfield, Illinois, the third child and only son of Thomas Fletcher Seymour, Sr., and Elizabeth (Stickel) Seymour. Mabel Elizabeth Shaffer (I 1/29/1882-8/1962) was born in West Liberty, Ohio, the oldest of five daughters of Lorenzo Dow Shaffer and Elizabeth Shaffer.

Earl Seymour moved with his family to Waterloo, Iowa, and then to Clyde, Kansas, where his father was a banker. While a young lad in Waterloo, Iowa, he made extra money running trap lines, catching various small animals, skinning them and selling their pelts. He also had a pet crow that called him "Urrul". The family later moved to Topeka.

In Topeka, Thomas F. Seymour and George Bowman, the husband of Loetta Seymour, daughter of Thomas F. Seymour, started the Seymour Packing Company, a poultry packing business, which was later incorporated in 1904. The principal operating officers were Thomas F. Seymour, George Bowman, and a third man, Harry Perry, who had moved to Kansas from Bernardston, Massachusetts, where he had owned and operated a farm, which is still known and the Perry Farm.

At an early age Mabel Shaffer moved with her parents to Muncie, Indiana. While she was in her teens, her mother died, and Mabel became responsible for raising her four younger sisters. Mabel graduated from high school in Muncie and then worked as an alterations seamstress in a ladies' ready-towear store in Muncie, which was managed by "Duke" Barnard. Mr. Barnard soon emigrated to Winfield to become manager or part owner of Kerr's. He then sent for two ladies who had worked for him - Mabel Shaffer, and a feuow employee in Muncie, Gae Manchester.

Earl Seymour at that time had moved to Winfield as manager of the branch of Seymour Packing Company, and had a house built by John Fuller at the corner of 9th and Stewart, the cost of which was approximately $7,500.00 for land and building. Little is known of his courtship of Mabel Shaffer, except that they attended many Elks Club balls which were quite formal, requiring the men to wear white tie and tails. At these dances, Earl often wore a flannel undershirt under his dress shirt to absorb the perspiration and brought an extra stiff coflar to change at intermission. There were also many parties at his home at 9th and Stewart, attended by Gae Manchester, then squired by Harry Goodman, of Goodman's Clothing Store. Earl and Mabel were married on June 6, 1917 in Wichita.

Why were they not married in Winfield? This was Earl Seymour's third marriage; he had been married at age twenty-one in Topeka and divorced a year later; less is known about his second marriage. They planned to be married in the Presbyterian Church in Winfield, but at this time the Presbyterian minister in Winfield was quite young and new and apparently had been led to believe that the Session would frown on his marrying a divorced man. So the couple, accompanied by two people as witnesses - Gae Manchester and Harry Goodman - were married by the minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Wichita.

During the time that Earl Seymour was manager of the Seymour Packing Company in Winfield, he bought a farm of 181 acres west of town and west of the road to the Winfield Country Club. He purchased it partially for experimenting with the value of poultry manure as a fertilizer. On the map of Winfield is Earl R. Seymour Road.

Earl and Mabel Seymour had one child, Thomas F. Seymour, II, (1/31/19), who was the only child of Earl Seymour. Earl and Mabel Seymour were regularly attending members of the Presbyterian Church in Winfield. Earl was a member of the Elks Club and was a Mason. He served for a time on one of the city's boards. Although perhaps not a founder, he was an early member of the Winfield Country Club. Mabel was a member of a women's social rlub called J.A.P. (just As (You) Please).

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John Leroy & Beulah Greenland Shafer

Beulah Lee Greenland was born July 8, 1926 at Madison, Kansas to Beulah Susan Abashciba Carttar and Roy Greenland. Following the death of her mother she was adopted by Lewis and Gertrude Dungey in 1929.

Beulah Lee attended grade school at Stevenson in Winfield and graduated from Winfield High School in 1944.

During the war she was employed at Strother Army Air Force Base and then transferred to Smoky HUI Air Force Base in Salina, Kansas. Beulah returned to Winfield in 1947 and began work at Fairchild Aircraft Company at Strother Field.

John Leroy Shafer and Beulah Lee Dungey were married in Winfield at the Dungey home, 720 College, December 31, 1948.

John Leroy (Roy) Shafer was born at Dexter, Kansas on July 23, 1922 to Minnie D. Rush and Robert Frank (Mike) Shafer. John was the fifth chfld of eight children.

John went to the service after graduation from Dexter High School in 1941. He served in the Infantry from November 16, 1942 to October 1, 1943 and received a medical discharge. After spending several months in Army hospitals he was released and went to work in the potato fields in Idaho.

When he returned to Kansas, he began in the construction business with a general contractor. He helped on the former Nazarene Church on East 12th, worked on the Broadview Hotel in Wichita and the Dexter High School gym, and also several homes in Winfield.

He worked at Boeing Aircraft an the flight line until he was appointed as a Rural Mail Carrier out of Rock, Kansas on(continued on page 286)

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(continued from page 286)April 14, 1962. He retired from that job in 1968 because of disabflity from an automobile accident he and Beulah were in.

John is a member of the Dexter Masonic Lodge and when he was Master of the Lodge in the middle 1940's he was the youngest Master any Lodge in the state had had.

John and Beulah are members of the American Legion and Auxfliary. Both have served on the local and state level. John was Adjutant and Service Officer for several years and also served as Commander. He managed and coached Junior Legion Baseball for several years. He organized many of the Veterans Day Parades held in Winfield, He was responsible for the Kansas Centennial Parade in 1961 and the Winfield Centennial Parade in 1973. He was also in charge of the parade honoring Gus Froemming when he retired as Police Chief in 1977.

In his free time, he enjoyed working in his yard and contracted other yards to mow. He took care of the Green Meadows Golf Course.

Beulah helped John in many of his projects. She has been president of the American Legion Auxiliary and of the Third District Auxiliary in 1967. She is a Past Cheapeau of the 8 and 40. She became a member of First United Methodist Church in 1935.

She worked as bookkeeper for Dungey and Son several years and for the past 10 years has been PBX operator at William Newton Memorial Hospital.

Shafer family consists of Janet Marie and husband Charles Carson; Donald Eugene and wife Roberta, Margaret Ann and husband Bob Wells and John Dale Shafer. There are 3 grandsons and 3 granddaughtrers,

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Shaffer

In June 1947, Eugene and Estas Vandervoort Shaffer, from Tucson, Arizona, both born and raised in the Milan and Mayfield communities of Sumner County, KS, purchased the farm known as the Jacobus Farm located four miles north and two miles east of Udall.

They and their son, Neil, moved to the farm in 1950. The farmstead incurred storm damage and the uncut wheat was destroyed when two tornadoes struck in the night of June 2, 1953. More damage occurred on May 25,1955 whenthe Udall tornado struck. They reworked and replaced damaged buildings including a toppled silo. The farming operation consisted of beef, cattle, sheep, hogs, hay, grain and for a few years, a herd of milk cows. Mr. & Mrs. Shaffer are now retired and still living on the farm, but are leasing out their land.

Neil Shaffer and Kathlene Hatley were married in 1956 and moved to the Ratley farm which has been in the Ratley family for three generations. They have two children, Nancy and Thomas, who graduated from the Udall School as did their mother, Kathlene, Kathlene attended all eight years of grade school at the Red Bud School, which is located four miles north and two miles east of Udall. Nancy graduated from Patricia Stevens Finishing and Modeling School and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Nebraska. She is married to Nicholas Taylor, has two sons and is living in Phoenix, Arizona where she is an executive with Burger King.

Thomas attended North Central Kansas Vo-Tech School at Beloit, Kansas and upon graduation entered into farming fuHtime. He bought the Daniels farm, which is located four maes north and two and one-half miles east of Udall, at auction. Thomas farmed the Ratley and Shaffer farms until he was stricken with cancer at age twenty-four and passed away May 17, 1986 at the age of twenty-six. He is buried in the Star Valley Cemetery, which he had maintained in conjunction with the Red Bud Cemetery for several years. He was a member of the Udall Volunteer Fire Department, J. C.'s and had been employed by Udall City Departments. He was married to Christenia LaVelle who survives.

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Lota & Alta Shelburn Family

Alta Mary Summers was born in 1903 in Drummond, Oklahoma. She was the youngest of eight daughters and two sons, whose parents were Elizabeth Henderson and George Summers. They came from Missouri to Kiowa, Kansas about 1883 and went to Hennessey, Oklahoma during the Cherokee Strip Run. By the turn of the century, they were living in Drummond, Oklahoma where George was a farmer. They moved to Argonia, Kansas in about 1912, where he worked for a time in Wellington, before moving back to Drummond, and later to Blackwell, Oklahoma. While the family lived ip Argonia, Alta met and married Lota Shelburn the fourth of four sons and three daughters. Lota's parents, Joshua and Maggie Kelly Shelburn, came from Pike County, Missouri to Wellington where Maggie provided the living by washing and ironing clothes. Lota picked up and delivered laundry in his little wagon. Lota was twelve and his sister Scidie was ten when their father died.

As a young man Lota worked for the railroad in Wellington. When he married in 1922 he was delivering groceries by horse and wagon. Moving to Slaton, Texas, he again worked for the railroad and Alta cooked for the railroad crew. They moved back to Wellington for a short time, then to Arkansas City where Lota was a Motorcycle Policeman for several years. In 1931 they moved to Winfield where Lota was also a Motorcycle Policeman. He later owned a moving and delivery service known as "Speedy's Delivery," out of the Yellow Cab Company until it was moved to ,his home and operated until his death in 1978. Alta ran a boarding and rooming home during World War 11 and for many years until her health failed. She died in 1965. Lota and Alta had four children:

Francis drove a taxi and worked for a dairy as a truck driver until he was killed in an automobile accident. He married Kathleen Bowen and they had two sons, Raymond and Michael.

Bonnie married Glen Johnson and had three children: Linda, Glenda and Belinda. Bonnie recently retired after 35 years from Winfield State Hospital, where she worked as a psychiatric aide.

Frank has been a truck driver for many years. He married Wilma Calvert and had two children, Marsha and Johnny.

I married Frank Cummings, whose parents, Charles and Olive Cunningham Cummings had eight children: Cleda Irene, Valjean Owen, Leo Melvin, Lois Edna, Margie Ruth, Charles Russell, Harl Wayne, and Henry Franklin. They came to Winfield from Alva, Oklahoma in 1920. Charles was a farmer and later worked at Boeing Aircraft Company. Olive was a housewife, and mother, and a very special mother-in-law. Frank has worked for the city of Winfield for 40 years and raises quarter horses. I am a genealogist and worked for J.C. Penney's, We have two children, Dianne, a beautician in Winfield, married Warren Cates who works for Gordon Piatt. They have two girls, Michelle, and Jaime Monte, an equipment operator for the City of Winfield, married Orlene Zimmerman, who works at Gott Rubbermaid Company, and they have one child, Preston.

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Sheldon

Clarence Hobart Sheldon and Avis Irene Drury were both born in 1906 at Cedar Vale, Kansas, were high school sweethearts, and were married on June 4, 1928. He was raised on a ranch near Cedar Vale, and later was partsman and mechanic for International Harvester company for over twenty years in the Wellington, Winfield, and Arkansas City area. Since 1940 they made their home in Arkansas City. Irene become an elementary school teacher, then as a housewife raised four children, worked as a cook for Memorial Hospital and later for School District #470. They were active members of The First United Methodist Church where both taught Sunday School and she was an officer in the Women's Fellowship. Prior to his retirement in 1972, Clarence ("Slim") was a partner with his son Bill in Sheldon's Service Station for many years.

Clarence's parents were, farmer and rancher, William Willard Sheldon 1, and Julia Wyckoff. Avis Irene Drury's parents were Frank Earl Drury of Dexter, Kansas; and Avis Anna Chapman of Cedar Vale. Frank was a free spirit and Owned a motorcycle garage, His grandfather was Devine Terrill who lived in Sheridan Township of Cowley County at the time of his death in 1879. The cause of his death was from complications of wounds he received when he was shot off a horse in the Civil War.

Avis Anna Chapman's parents were Othnell Taylor Chapman and Ella Belle Clark of Cedar Vale, CT. Chapman was a jeweler and hand-made some pieces that are still in the family.

Clarence and Irene Sheldon had 4 children; Patricia Laverne, William Willard "Bill", Juanita Louise, and Thomas Dewey.

Patricia married Robert Eldon Lawson in 1950 and they had three children: Enid Marie, Vivian Gayle, and Clinton Edward. Robert died in 1985 after a 32-year teaching career. Enid, a former middle school teacher, married electrical engineer Timothy John Chandler and they have a son, John Lawson Chandler. Vivian, a vocal music instructor and doctoral candidate at the University of Kansas, married Lee Eugene Velasquez, guitarist and attorney-at-law. Clinton is completing a Bachelor of Science degree at Pittsburg State University and will go into teaching. Patricia had an early career as an elementary school teacher, raised her children, then began work at Cowley County Community College in 1980. She is Director of Development, working with the Endowment Association, Tiger Booster Club, and Alumni. In 1989 she married Thomas T- Tyler, III, area business man and farmer. Tom was a B- 17 pilot in World War II, did 20 years of dairy farming, and owns Tyler Production, a machine shop company.

Bill married JoAnn Hunt and had two sons: Craig William and Arlen Hobart. Craig married Cydney Stout and is a design engineer at Boeing in Wichita. Arlen is a microbiologist at Binney and Smith in Winfield. After many years in the service station business, Bill and JoAnn now own Sheldon's Pawn Shop in Arkansas City.

Former elementary school teacher, Juanita Sheldon, married Richard Clyde March and they have two daughters: Julia Ann and Karen Lynn. Richard is a maintainer for Santa Fe Railway and the March family lives in Newton, Kansas.(continued on page 287)

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(continued from page 287) Thomas Dewey Sheldon married Barbara Pearle Cottle and they have two daughters: Lori Pearle and Robin Lynn. Both Tom and Barbara are Methodist ministers. He is pastor of Salem Methodist Church in Newton and she works as educational minister for Methodist Church Kansas West Conference. Their home is in Newton. Like many families in the Cowley County area, the Sheldon family has had strong links to agriculture, The last four generations have also had many teachers.

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William Willard (Bill) & Jo Ann Hunt Sheldon

William Willard (Bill) Sheldon, son of Clarence Hobart and Avis Irene Drury Sheldon was born March 18, 1933 in Coffeyville, KS. His family moved to Wellington and then to Arkansas City when he was six-years-old. He attended local schools, graduating from Arkansas City High School in 1951 and Cowley County Community College in 1953. Served in U.S. Army for two years. Graduated from Oklahoma A. & M. Tech in Okmulgee, OK in 1958. Worked as a draftsman for Born Stone Co. in Silverdale.

On April 20, 1957 he married Jo Ann Hunt in Hackney Evangelical United Brethren Church near Winfield. Jo Ann was born Oct. 24, 1933 to Walter Arthur and Anna Vera Munlaw Hunt. She grew up on a farm north of Arkansas City, attended Martha Washington Rural School, was a member of Martha Washington 4-H Club. She graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1951 and from Kansas State University in May 1955 with a degree in Home Economics. Employed as associate Extension Home Economist in Rice County for two years before marrying Bill Sheldon.

Opened Sheldon's Service Station in Summer of 1960 at 201 South A and continued with this, expanding into Sheldon's Pawnshop in 1975 at 206 E. Madison, where they continue today. They are parents of two sons: Craig William born Feb. 9, 1960 and Arlen Hobart born Apr. 1, 1965. Members of the First United Methodist Church.

Jo Ann has been an active member of Go Center Extension Homemaker Unit since 1959.

Craig graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1978, from Cowley County Community College, and received mechanical engineering degree from Wichita State University in 1983. He has been employed by Boeing in Wichita since 1984 as a structural design engineer. He married the former Cydney Stout, June 18, 1988 and resides in Wichita.

Arlen graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1983, from Cowley County Community College and received degree in microbiology from Kansas University in 1988. He is employed as a quality assurance microbiologist as Binney and Smith, Winfield.

Both boys were members of Boy Scout Troop 328 and obtained their Eagle Scout ranks.

Jo Ann is descended from the Hunt and Mumaw families who both came to Kansas and both homesteaded about five miles north of Arkansas City in 1870. The Hunts were originauy from England and settled in North Carolina. Bartlett Y. Hunt and his wife Anna M. Blair came to Kansas in a covered wagon. One of their sons, Robert P. Hunt born Feb. 2, 1860 and died Mar. 26, 1937 and his wife Ella Rae King, born Aug. 10, 1864 and died Nov. 30, 1917, also lived on the original farm. AJI of the above are buried in Tannehill Cemetery. One of their sons, Walter Arthur Hunt born Sept. 24, 1905, farmed the original farm where his son Dan now lives.

Daniel Mumaw and his wife Anna Ruth came to Kansas from Penn. in 1868. In 1870 they took up 160 acre claim in Beaver Township. One of their sons was Jesse Mumaw, born Feb. 11, 1869 and died Oct. 26, 1931 and his wife was Addie Compton, born Dec. 9, 1869 in Edinberg, Indiana and died Dec. 18, 1963.

One of their daughters was Anna Vera Mumaw, born Feb. 28, 1903 in Denver, CO and died Dec. 9, 1973. She married Walter A. Hunt Nov. 11, 1927. The above deceased are buried in Pleasant Valley Cemetery. The family attended Hackney Evangelical United Brethren Church. Walter and Anna were parents of three children: Jo Ann, Donald Walter, and Robert Gene (Bob).

Bill is descended from William Willard and Julia Wyckoff Sheldon who came to Kansas from Illinois and settled near Cedarvale. June 4, 1928 one of their sons, Clarence Hobart, born Oct. 18, 1906 in Cedarvale married Avis Irene Drury, born May 11, 1906 in Cedarvale and died May 14, 1979. Irene's parents were Frank Earl and Avis Anna Chapman Drury. To this marriage were born four children: Patricia Laverne Lawson Tyler, William Willard (Bill), Juanita Louise March, and Thomas Dewey.

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Mark & Laurian Kay Sheperd

Laurian Kay Workman was born June 9, 1967 at William Newton Memorial Hospital to parents Kay and Kathryn Workman.

Laurian belonged to Floral 4-H and First United Methodist Church throughout her childhood- During her senior year, she had an AFS sister, Bernice Samuel, from South Airira living with her family, the Larry Schuester's. Laurian graduated from Winfield High School in 1985 and attended Fort Hays University for one year.

In August 1988 she married Mark Sheperd of Wichita. Mark is employed by Boeing as a mechanic. They have a home outside Valley Center. They love to rodeo and now have a daughter Kyle Ruth, Kyle is named for her grandmother Ruth Workman.

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Sherrard Family

David Sylvester Sherrard and Anna Lippincott Sherrard were early residents of Cowley County. In her 18th year she married her former teacher, he was 25, and they lived near Orion, Illinois. Four children were born to them before they came to Kansas. The Sherrard family were staunch Baptists and earnest workers in the church. A former pastor left Illinois and came to Kansas and wrote such glowing letters about the state that they were persuaded to leave their home and come to Kansas in 1880. They came directly to Winfield by train, that method of travel superseding the old covered wagons. They spent about a month in town before getting possession of property southeast of town, purchased from an Ohio man.

The young family moved into a four-room house quite different from the small claim shanties of the first settlers of the county. The treeless Kansas plains seemed so bare to the Illinois people that they soon set out pines and evergreens and other shade trees. They also planted a large orchard, but the hot dry seasons of the ensuing years have taken their toll and very few are left.

Not entirely giving up that trees will not grow in Kansas, they have a nicely started grove west of the house. The smooth grassy yard contains flowers while vines and climbing roses add their beauty in spring and summer. In 1902 the house was remodeled and the additions that make it so comfortable and attractive were built.

Continuing their affiliations with the Baptist church, they were faithful attendants of the church in Winfield. At that time the old wooden bridge, now known as the McCollum bridge spanned the river at the south entrance of town. The family attended church in a surrey drawn by a team which was used in the regular farm work during the week. One day when one of the boys was at work cultivating the crop, the team became frightened and run away. After beginning to run, they evidently became ashamed of themselves and galloped madly to the hitchrack of the Baptist church where they stood in repentance until someone came for them.

The family continued to grow until seven children had been born in Kansas. AU of the children started and completed the grades in Excelsior school, west of the Sherrard farm. Having been a teacher, their father realized the importance of an education and all of them attended the Winfield High School. Some of the children attended Southwestern College and Kansas State College. Some of the other children attended other schools.

The late David Sherrard, who died in 1933, was highly esteemed and respected throughout the county. For many years he was assessor for the township and a member of the school board. Mrs. Anna Sherrard, who died in 1941, was a favorite in many circles. As long as her health permitted she took an active part in the work of the Baptist Church. She also served as a school board member and attended all special meetings of the Excelsior school and when she was there the children gathered about her to laugh and visit with her. At Christmas time she remembered each pupil with some small gift. In the couple's later years they enjoyed traveling to the many different parts of the country visiting their children who had moved there. They spent many winters in Florida.

Edith A. Sherrard, the last surviving member of the immediate family died in February, 1984. Two Sherrard families still live in the community; Don Sherrard, son of Harold Sherrard and Bob Sherrard, grandson of Charles Sherrard.

The old Sherrard house was torn down in 1985. Mr. & Mrs. Alan Brennan and their son, Andrew, have built a new home in the same location. Mrs. Brennan, the former Cathe Jean Sherrard, is a great-great granddaughter. (Portion of this story were excerpted from a 1939 edition of the Winfield Daily Courier.)

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The Shivelys of Burden

Edwin Walker Shively of Carrolton, Missouri and Jennie Kempton of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa were married in 1883 and moved to Burden in 1884. Two sons, Omer Kempton (18861955) and Floyd Robert (1888-1966) were born. Jennie died in 1890 and Edwin migrated to California in 1891. He later returned for his sons but Grandfather Daniel Kempton refused to release them to him. They were raised on the Kempton homestead north of Burden by lennie's sister, Eva Kempton Martin, and attended the Burden School. The Kemptons and the Shivelys were strong Church of Christ members.

Floyd married Mary Orand of New Salem and went into the ministry. They had two children, Esther Heidebrecht of Topeka and Robert Shively of Denver, Colorado, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Omer married Lella Gibson in 1914 in Burden. She was the daughter of Alfred Cornelius 'Neet' Gibson (1868-1928) and Mamie Coles Gibson (1870-1964). 'Neet'operated the harness and shoe repair shop from 1904 to 1928. Lella (1890-1979) was a school teacher in the Grand Summit area for five years prior to marriage. Omer was a rural mail carrier from 1917 to 1944. He started out with a seventeen mile route in a horse and buggy taking nearly all day, but in the late 30s and 40s covered a 105 mile route in four to five hours. Two sons were born to them: Kenneth Edwin (1915-1988) and George Alfred in 1921. Both attended the Burden schools.

Kenneth married Barbara Johnson of Burden and they lived on the Kempton homestead which is a centennial farm. He farmed and also worked for Boeing 25 years. Two daughters were born to them: Frances and Kendra. (continued on page 289)

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(continued from page 288) Frances married Vernon Baucom of Winfield and they have four children: Lisa Fouch, twin sons Lesley and Wesley, and Clayton and five grandchildren. Kendra married Bob Redford of Burden and they have four children! Brian, Keira, Krystal and Bart and one grandchild.

George served with the Air Force during World War 11 and married Naomi Jowers of Wichita, who had two children, Naoma and Steve. Larry Shively was born in 195 1. Steve died in a drowning accident the day after Larry was born. George went to work at Boeing after his service, retiring in 1982.

Larry was in the Navy during the Vietnam War and was on the recovery ship of Apollo 15 astronauts in 1971. Larry also works at Boeing.

Naoma married Richard Sawyer at Tisdale and four children were born to them: Stanley, Chris, Mike and Buffy. Mike died at age 6 months. Richard died of cancer in 1987.

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Stanley & Bessie Shockey

Stanley Lee Shockey was born and raised in Marshfield, Missouri. His parents were Levi and Eliza Ann Thompson Shockey. He came to Oxford, Kans. in 1905. He married Bessie K. Overley, daughter of S. Clark and Bette Lemaster Overley of Sumner County, in 1909. They made their home mostly in or around Oxford or Winfield, residing on a farm on Route 3, Winfield for many years. Stanley worked in hardware stores some and farmed the most of his life.

Stanley's ancestors first came to America from Balden (now Germany), in 1737. They landed in Philadelphia, Penn. and eventually settled in Virginia.

Stanley and Bessie raised six children; Dr. Vierdonia Mae who married Dr. Norman Leopold of Garden City, Ks., and made their home in Odessci, Texas. Since his death in 1981, V. Mae has made her home near Odessa, Missouri with their daughter Adair Carlyle. They also have a son, Dr. David Leopold in Des Moines, Iowa and another daughter Dr. Sue West in Benson, Arizona.

Savinah Shockey married Dr. R. J. Harpending of New York State and they resided in Penn Yan, N.Y. until retiring and moving to Camarillo, Calif. He died in 1988. They have one daughter, Hannah Dryer of Calif.

Dr. Hershel P. Shockey married Evelyn Riffel of Lcikin, Kansas. They have three children, Paula Dumm of Missouri, Sharon Quigley of Texas and H.P. Shockey II of Oklahoma. They made their home for many years at Harrah, Okla. until retiring near Jasper, Missouri.

Winfred Shockey married Rachel Bolay of Wellington, KS and they have always made their home in or around Winfield. They have five children, Willard of Seattle, Wash., Carmen Stanislaw of Bozeman, Mont., Earnestene Annette Long of Winfield, Ks, Donna Heeney of Sundance, Wyoming and Karen Schenck of Golden, Colorado.

Adron Shockey married Christina Abildgaard of rural Winfield and they have lived in or around Winfield most of their lives. They have three children, Stuart of Hempstead, Texas, Loren of El Dorado, Ks and Mrs. Kerry (KaeRen) Mirt of Houston, Texas.

Louise Shockey married Wm. J. Ralph of Canada. They lived in Kenosha, Wis. for many years. He passed away in 1974 and Louise retired to Camarillo, Calif.

Stanley Shockey died in 1956 and his wife, Bessie in 1981. Stacey's parents, Levi and Eliza Ann moved to Winfield from Marshfield, Mo. around 1915. Besides Stanley, the following were their children, Bert of Oxford, Ks, Mrs. Herman (Carrie) Koepke of California, Mrs. Andy (Emma) Bumgarner of Winfield, KS., Orville of Okla. and Winfield, Ks, Ira of Wichita, Ks., Mrs. James (Erma) Bell of Winfield, Ks and Earl of Kansas City, Ks. All are deceased now.

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Bert & Dora Shore Family

The Shores of Cowley County are descendants of Bert and Dora Bond Shore. Bert and Dora were both raised in the Milan and Argonia area of Sumner County, Dora's family were immigrants from Germany that were among the early settlers of Nebraska. The Bond family moved to Kansas when Dora was an infant, Bert's family was originally from the Muttenz area of Switzerland. The family immigrated to America and settled in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina area in 1750. The Shore family steadily moved west until they settled in the Sumner County, Kansas area. Bert was born at Conway Springs. The Shore homestead is now covered by the Wellington Lake in Sumner County.

Bert & Dora bought a ranch and moved their family to Cowley County in 194 1. Bert and Dora had three children: Robert V., Richard D., and 0. Joann. The Shore family started the Shore & Sons Construction Company in the late 1930's Bert was also one of the pioneers of the Sod Conservation practices of the area. Many roads, highways, conservation ponds, watershed lakes and field terraces were built by Shore & Sons Construction Company. The family business was sold in 1982.

Dora Shore died in 1981 and Bert Shore died in 1982. They are buried in the family plot in the Burden Cemetery. Robert V. Shore lives on the home place in rural Burden. Richard D. lives in Weutherford, Oklahoma.

I married Raymond L. Butler, June 3, 1951 in Venice, California. We returned to Cowley County in 1955. Except for a period of five years, we have chosen to raise our children in the Flint Hills area. Raymond died in 1979 and is buried at the Burden Cemetery. My children, Rebecca J. and Timothy P. were raised in Burden. They received their education in the Burden schools. My daughter, Rebecca J. Conway, lives in Cowley County. I have three grandchildren born in Cowley County: Aaron Levi Butler, Sara Joann Conway, and Daniel Eric Conway.

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Solomon & Magdaline Riche Shoup

Solomon Shoup (1823-1910) was born in Berks County, Penn. His father, Hans Jacob Shaub was a native of Canton Berne, Switzerland. He came to the US in 1804 with his parents. Solomon's mother, Mary Wise (originally Weis) was German descent. The name changed from Schaup, to Shaup and finally Shoup.

Hans Jacob and Mary Wise married in 1823. Solomon's mother died when he was only one year old. Soon Jacob brought Solomon across the mountains in a one-horse wagon to Ohio. This was a real long journey for a young child. They settled near Youngstown. Solomon acquired five half-sisters and one half-brother from his father's second marriage. Solomon attended common (public) school and was able to read and write German. At age 14 he was confirmed in the German Reform Church.

In 1848 Solomon married Magdalin G Richie (1830-1888) in Baden Wurtenburg, Germany Alfred (E. 1849) and George (h, 1852) died in infancy.

In 1866 Solomon's fcimily moved to Geneseo, Illinois. The ten children are: Newton(1851-1933) born in Liberty, Ohio; married Celeste Thomas (d. 1927) in I B71 in Geneseo. They had one daughter, Ethel (1878-1923) born on a farm near Geneseo, In 1889 moved to Mulvane, KS where Ethel taught in the schools before her marriage to Walter G. Moodie, Sr. of Wellington.

Mary Ann (1854-1935) married John W. Anderson in 1817. Lemuel (Lem) (1856-1944) married Sara 1. Misel in 1881.

John J. Shoup (1859-1922) born in Youngstown, Ohio; moved with parents in 1866 to Geneseo, IR; in 1883 to Udall, KS. In 1884, married Bell Bruce. In 1915 they moved to Mulvane.

Louisa Emlly Shoup (1861-1907) born in Austintown, Youngstown, Ohio. In 1866 the family moved to Geneseo. She joined the Methodist Church. On Jan. 4, 1883 she married Augustus G. Trautwein of Yorktown. A few weeks later they moved to a farm near Udall, KS. (see stories on Augustus Trautwein and Earle Youle.)

Sara Adeline Shoup (1864-1955) born Clearfield, Penn. In 1883 came to Udall with parents; married in 1886 John Glasser of Derby.

Lucy Deets Shoup (1866-1927) born Geneseo, IL; moved with family in 1883 to Udall. In 1891 and 1892 she taught Indian girls in a Presbyterian Mission school in Dwight, Indian Territory. In 1895 she married Charles M. Peddecord of Belie Plaine. One child, Marie (1896-1986) was born on a farm near Bede Plaine, In 1915 they moved to Mulvane for high school; in 1919 to Winfield for college.

Effie Augusta (1869-1952) married Felix Harness in 1888. Lillian Angline (1872-1940) married Stout. Charles Francis (1876-1945) married Cora Wright in 1900; later married Jennie Taylor in 1939.

In 1883 Solomon and family moved to Udall, KS. Magdalina died in 1888, Solomon kept an interest in life by much reading and visiting with friends until his death at age 87.

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Jack & Carolyn Shriver Family

Maryville, Missouri natives, Jack F. and Carolyn J. (Thornhill) Shriver, with two-year-old daughter Julie, decided to make Arkansas City, Kansas, their home in December, 1955.

Arriving in Arkansas City with all personal belongings packed in their car, they soon found apartments were scarce but alter several hours of searching, finally settled in an apartment on Summit St.

Jack Shriver was employed at A.C. Tire Co., which was owned by his uncle, Fred Sturm. In 1960, Fred and his wife, Netta, decided to retire and make their home in Meza, Arizona, so Jack bought the business, which he operated until 197 1. He also had a gasoline jobber business, which he operated until recently, being named by the Governor to the Kansas Corporation Commission.

The Shrivers' resided on North Eighth St., before moving to their present home located at 115 North B St., where they reared their six children: Julie K. Shriver Sengstacken lives in Houston, Texas and is an Assistant Administrator at Bell Park Hospital; two sons and two daughters, reside in Arkansas City: John F. Shriver II is an employee of Total Refinery, (continued on page 290)

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(continued from page 289) Joseph Duane Shriver is a Lieutenant with the Arkansas City Fire Department and a Paramedic; Jane Shriver Schnackenberg and Jill Shriver Houringan are both employed in the sales at ZeUar's Motor Co. and son Jeffery Paul Shriver is employed at Gott Corporcition in the Engineering Dept. and resides in Mulvane, Kansas.

After selling the tire business, Jack Shriver was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives and has served seven two-year terms, representing the 79th District. His wife, Carolyn was employed for several years at the Traveler newspaper and is presently an employee of Gillilands Printing Inc., in the Proofreading Dept.

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Olen Opal Sickler

Olen Opal Sickler was born 18 May 1896, at Ft. Rock, Missouri, to William Meritt and Adaline (Winkler) Sickler. He served in WW 1, He married Lillie Mae Potter 14 June 1920 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Lillie Mae was born 25 May 1902, and is the daughter of Absolum and George Anna (Houchin) Potter. Olen and Lillie lived in Yukon before marriage. They had seven children: Beulah Mae, born 28 August 1921; Mildred Pauline, born 4 June 1923; Rose Lee, born 18 April 1925; Geraldine Cathrine, born 8 April 1929; Mable Alene, born 13 October 1931; Betty Lou, born 19 November 1933; Floyd Dean, born 12 February 1936. Beulah, Mildred and Rose were born in Yukon, Oklahoma. Geraldine in Ponca City. The rest of the children were born in Arkansas City, Kansas.

The Sicklers moved to Arkansas City about 1930. Olen always worked as a farmer. He worked for Newman Truck farm southwest of Arkansas City, Earl King of Arkansas City, and R.Q. Spencer of Newkirk, Oklahoma.

Olen died of pneumonia in Ponca City, Oklahoma 19 Ian 1957, and Lillie Mae died 10 June 1961. Both are buried at Riverside Cemetery, Arkansas City.

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John William & Blanche Maud Sickles Family

The Sickles (sometimes spelled Sickels) ancestors originally came from Vienna, Austria. Zacharias Sickles found his way from Vienna to Holland, and to Curacao. When Governor Peter Stuyvesant returned to New York from a visit to Curacao in 1655, Sickles came with him and soon became attached to the garrison at Fort Orange. He later married and it was from this lineage that John Williams Sickles was born in Ohio in 1854. On Nov. 6, 1873, in Ramsey, Illinois, he married Blanche Maud Dewey, who was born in Vermont in 1857. She had lived at Ramsey since moving there as a small child. Their two oldest children were born there.

Sometime in 1877, they left Illinois traveling by covered wagon. Mrs. Sickles, my grandmother, often told that they started for Kansas with two chairs but only arrived with one. I was always of the impression that these were kitchen chairs. They arrived in the Winfield vicinity and spent their first night in Cowley County at a point one mile south of the junction of US Highway 77 and County 18, the night before Thanksgiving, 1877.

Mr. Sickles, my grandfather, was a millwright and worked in the mill at Winfield for a time. The family resided on "the island" at the northwest area of Winfield. My mother, Stella Sickles, told of attending school where the Museum is now located. She has told of seeing the first train to arrive in Winfield. She also told of having to walk the railroad bridge to attend school after the railroad came through. Before that occurred, they (she and her brother) crossed on the dam at the mill. She told that the courthouse was located at its present location, but that it was "out in the country" in relation to the town at that time.

With the exception of one year spent at Fall River, grandfather worked at the mill until 1889 when he purchased a farm north of New Salem. The Winfield Lake is just north of where his farm was located, in fact, a small area at the southwest corner of the City Lake property was at one time a portion of his farm. The family resided there until 1916 when my grandparents moved into Winfield. Grandfather died in 1919. The property continued in the Sickles' possession with u sun living there part of the time until after grandmother's death in 1950. Both grandparents and several of their children and other family members are buried in the New Salem cemetery.

Mr. and Mrs. Sickles were the parents of ten children: George, Stella, Catherine, Garfield, Nellie, Blanche, John, Benjamin (Ben), Fredrick (Fred), and Edward. Garfield died as an infant. Several of these children made Cowley County their lifetime home; mostly involved in farming, At the present time there are five grandchildren residing in this county, one of them bearing the Sickles name.

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Silliman Family

The first Silliman came to Fairfield, Connecticut prior to 1640. The family moved to Chillicothe, Illinois in 1829.

Joseph Silliman married Amy Reed in 1842 and they had two children, Hiram Emory Silliman and Lola A. Silliman. Joseph died in 1872.

Hiram E. Silliman married Agnes Hall in 1872 and had two children, Gracie and Bert born in Chillicothe. He came to Winfield and started buying property in 1880. He acquired the whole block between 13th and 14th and between Loomis and Fuller. He had another daughter, (Amy, born 1881 in Winfield, who married Henry Bessler of Manhattan where they owned the Manhattan Laundry). He became a Vice-president and Director of the Winfield National Bank. Hiram became a councilman and Mayor as well as a charter member of the Winfield Chautauqua Assn. and its treasurer. He was instrumental in the city buying "Island Park" in 1886 from the North Side Town Company. At one time he owned the Dexter State Bank. He loved to play tennis and was one of the early teachers of T.H. (Curley) Vaughn and they played on the tennis courts north of the old public library. Hiram died in 1929.

Gracie married E.L. Bruington and moved to Pawnee Indian Territory. Bert married Susan Brock and they moved to Green River, Utah where he died in 1957.

Hiram's widowed mother, Amy, and sixteen year old sister, Lola, moved to Winfield in 1881 where Amy had the house built at 1306 Loomis. Amy died in 1904.

Lola married Melvin Wortman in 1888. Amy built the house at 1320 Loomis as a wedding gift for them. The houses at 1306 and at 1320 Loomis were built as duplicates. They had one child, Harold Silliman Wortman, born 1897. Lola died in 1900.

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Vanthong Sivongxay Family

The Vanthong Sivongxay family was the second sponsored Laotian family to come to Winfield, on August 30, 1978. Vanthong, his wife Khamphat, and their daughters Khamphou and Khampet were welcomed by the Winfield Council of Churches, under the direct sponsorship of the Reverand and Mrs. Charles V. Trent. Vanthong and his family had originally come from the rural countryside of Laos, where Vanthong was a major in the Lao Army that assisted the United States during the Vietnam War. The Sivongxay family lived with the Trents in their home in the country outside of Winfield when they first arrived. Later they moved to the Second Baptist Church parsonage before purchasing a home on Millington Street. Vanthong found employment with Gott Manufcicturing and Khomphat found employment at the Wheat Eoad Good Samaritan Center. Vanthong soon began sponsoring other people from the refugee camps in Thailand, men who had been in his army unit, and their families. The Sivongxay house at times was overflowing with new arrivals, all eager to begin their long awaited dream of living in a country of freedom. Recently three new rooms were added on to the house in expectation of another family coming from the camps this summer. Vanthong and Khampat's son, Tommy, was born in Winfield and will be in the first grade this fall Khamphou is married and has a daughter, Samantha. Khamphet will he attending the Winfield Middle School next fall.

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The Skinner Family

During the fall semester of 1988, I decided that in addition to teaching in the Department of Nursing at Southwestern College, I would sit in on a theology class being taught by Dr, John E. Skinner, a retired Episcopal priest/educatoi, who was living in Arkansas City. Since Skinner is a common name in the United States, I had not given a lot of thought to the possibility that we might be related. As it turns out, we are.

Family history indicates that the Skinner family of Cowley County, Kansas first settled here in 1871. James E. Skinner was born in 1826 in Morgan County, Ohio and in 1847 he married Jane Wescott in Salem, Ohio. Her family had come west from New Jersey. By 1850 these newlyweds and their small son, Courtiand J. (my great-grandfather) moved to Illinois. In Illinois the remaining eight of their nine children were born. The family finally settled near the Eaton community in Cowley County where James was engaged in wagon making and farming. Many of the children married and remained in the Cowley County area.

Courtland J. Skinner continued the tradition of wagon maker and farmer in Burden. He married Mary Catherine Tredway and had four sons, Alfred W., James Ellis (my grandfather), Edward Joseph, Charles and one daughter, Elsie.

Sara Jane (Sally) Skinner married Casper West and had two children John and Molly. Later she married a Mr. Grissom and they had one child, Scilee.

James Ellis Skinner married Mary Malone Fowler and had five children, Jasper, Jessie, James, Carl and Blaine.

John Wesley Skinner married Elizabeth A. Campbell. Their children were Stella, Myrtle, Grace, Pansy and Foster. In addition to being a farmer, John Wesley Skinner was Sheriff of (continued on page 291)

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