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23- Pioneer Families and Family Histories, Part 2


23- Pioneer Families and Family Histories, Part 2


Macksville, Kansas -- History

Macksville, Kansas Centennial

Stafford County, Kansas


Section of the Macksville Centennial Book dealing with Pioneer Families and Family Histories, Part 2 of 2.


Macksville History Committee and The Lewis Press


Macksville City Library, Macksville, Kansas


Macksville City Library, Macksville, Kansas











Macksville History Committee and The Lewis Press, “23- Pioneer Families and Family Histories, Part 2,” Digital Macksville, accessed September 21, 2023,

Melvin L. (Bob) Higgins Family. Back row: Keith, Bobby, Wayne. Front row: Karen, Bob, Fern and Penny.
Melvin L. (Bob) Higgins Family
Husband deceased in 1973.
Parents James and Della Higgins, McCracken, Ks.
Bob and family came to Macksville in 1953. Worked as a mechanic for Joe Elmore until 1955 when Joe sold out. Opened a shop for himself at that time and was in the same business until his death. Higgins Repair was name of business.
Married Fern (Cooley) Higgins in 1933 at Larned, Ks. Her parents were Urban and Flora Cooley of Bazine, Ks.
Their children are Wayne, St. John, Bobby, Burlington, Ks., Keith, Wichita, Karen (Higgins) Spencer, Macksville and Penny (Higgins) Ritchie, Great Bend.
Ray Frack Family
Ray died in 1963. He was the son of Horace and Ella Frack. Ray’s father came to Stafford County when he was nine years old. At the age of nineteen he homesteaded a quarter of land eight miles south of Macksville. It was here that Ray was born and eventually farmed this land along with other land of his father’s until his death in 1963.
Ray married Edna Suiter in 1929. Edna was born in Blackwell, Okla. to Rollin and Ora Ina Suiter. She came to Macksville with her family when she was eleven years
old. She graduated from Macksville High School and Kansas State University and taught school for fifteen years. They had three sons, Maxson, Larry D, and Stephen. Maxson lives in the community and farms, Larry D. lives in Newhall, Ca. and is an engineer at Knot-Berry Farm. Stephen is a veterinarian and practices in Santa Ana, Ca. There are five grandchildren.
Edna married Thomas Hart in 1982 and lives in Macksville.
Bob was the son of Clyde and Clara DeGarmo of Macksville and was a life-long resident of Macksville. He opened DeGarmo Plumbing and Heating in 1957 and operated this business until his death in 1978. He also served as substitute rural mail carrier for 21 years.
He married Betty Freeman, daughter of Lester and Susie Freeman of Medicine Lodge, Kansas, Nov. 16, 1947. They had four children; Christine (DeGarmo) Pippin, Deborah (DeGarmo) Kephart, Jeffrey L. DeGarmo, and Julie (DeGarmo) Stremel.
Bob and his family were active members of the Macksville Christian Church. He also served many years on the City Council and two years as Mayor. During World War II, he served his country in the Air Force for three years. Betty started working in the Macksville Post Office in 1971.
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Donald and Dorothy Sparks.
Donald’s parents were Claude and Maude Sparks of Macksville. Dorothy’s parents were Carl and Olga Schenk who lived near Lookout, Oklahoma. Donald and Dorothy were wed in May of 1947. He graduated from high school in 1936, held jobs in local grocery stores (Sanitary Market and Purity), attended Business College in Hutchinson and on Jan. 1 of 1942 entered Army, serving in the Pacific area until August 31,1945.
Donald was employed by Home Lumber and Supply Company in 1945 continuing until retirement in 1981, serving as Manager 30 years. He served on the City Council for 18 years, has been involved in Scouting, Junior Chamber of Commerce, IOOF, Masons, Eastern Star, Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, District Cemetery Board (23 years), Parkview Manor Board (10 years), American Legion, VFW, Volunteer Fireman, Ambulance driver, EMS board, and High Plains Roamers Camping Club.
Dorothy graduated with BS Degree from NWSC, Alva, Oklahoma in 1945, later taking additional courses in Kansas colleges. She taught business subjects in Dexter for two years and 35 1/2 in Macksville. She had been involved with NEA, KNEA, Rebekahs, Eastern Star, Summit Club, Modernaires HDU, Cameo Club, VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, Research Club, Sunflower EHU, Bridge and Pinochle clubs.
Paul “Pinkie” and Violet Thomas
Paul Scott (Pinkie) Thomas whose parents were Ben Thomas and Matilda Thomas came to Macksville from Garnett, Kansas, in 1928. He was a cafe owner and operator for 52 years. In 1942 he was married to Violet N. Hardie, whose parents were Henry Hardie and Nira Rodman. She was born in Pawnee County north of Macksville and assisted her husband in the cafe business. Pinkie was active in community affairs being a member of Chamber of Commerce, served on city council, member of IOOF and Rebekah lodges and assisted at all the Homecoming Celebrations. Violet N. Thomas currently lives in Macksville at 102 Higgins Street. She is active in Rebekah Lodge, Centennial Committee, Christian Church, Senior VIP, Contemporary E.H.U. and other local activities.
Eugene and Germaine Suiter Family History
Parents of Eugene: Ralph and Edna Suiter Parents of Germaine: Herbert and Ella Odom Eugene was born March 10, 1928 two miles east of Macksville. Germaine was born October 25, 1928 at the Pratt Hospital, and lived in Macksville.
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Eugene went to Hickeroy Ridge his first two years of school. Both went to Macksville Grade and High School.
Married October 22, 1S47 at the Odom residence, three blocks west of Commons Drug Store. They lived two miles east of town in a three roomed house for four years. Then moved to a farm six miles east of town.
Eugene served on the Telephone and Richland Township boards.
Children: Gail Kay (Suiter) Johnson, Douglas Eugene Suiter, Kerry Roderick Suiter.
Germaine belonged to the Christian Church as a child, then joined the Methodist Church after marriage. Taught Sunday School in both Churches. Also belonged to the Research Club for twenty years.
Eugene farmed and started irrigation corn in 1968. All three children graduated from different colleges, and married.
Grandchildren: Mindy and Matthew Johnson, Topeka; Tonie, Natlie and Megan Suiter, Jessica and Abby Suiter, St. John.
Germaine and Eugene Suiter
Walter Scott Tucker Sr. Family
Walter Scott Tucker Sr. (1887-1962) and Ida Amelia Hopley (1885-1966) were married at Macksville, Kansas in 1908. Scott was the son of Richard N. Tucker (1848-1925) and Mary I. Tucker (1852-1929). Ida was the daughter of James A. Hopley (1840-1911) and Amy Clark Hopley (1850-1936). She graduated with the first two year high school class at Macksville. Ida, being the oldest child, drove one of the covered wagons when her family made a trip to Idaho.
Scott and Ida made their home one mile west of Macksville where she had grown up. Scott died in 1962, Ida died in 1966.
Their children were Sadie Alice, born in 1909 died in 1910; Clarence, born in 1911 died in 1932; Verlan Hopley, born in 1913 died in 1964; Walter Scott Jr. born in 1915died in 1963.
Scott, Verlan and Walter were wheat farmers. Walter worked at the Northern Natural Gas Plant until his death. The men were Masons and the family was active in church and community affairs.
Herbert and Ella Odom.
Herbert Odom born November 5, 1894 in Harmony, Arkansas. He came to Kansas and worked with a threshing crew. He served in France in World War I.
Ella Bird Odom was born in Pawnee Rock, Kansas September 6, 1993. She passed a test after her Sophomore year in High School and taught school. Going to summer school in Emporia and Hays to complete her high school and college work.
Herbert and Ella were married July 15, 1923. Herbert worked as a mechanic opening his own shop after World War II.
Children: Germaine Odom (Suiter), Kenneth Odom.
Ella Odom died February 10,1952. Herbert Odom died February 26,1971.
The family belonged to the Christian Church of Macksville. Herbert belonged to the American Legion of Macksville. Ella belonged to the Summit Club, American Legion Aux. She taught Sunday School and belonged to the women’s organizations of the church.
Grandchildren: Gail Suiter (Johnson), Douglas and Kerry Suiter, Rodney Odom
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Submitted by Germaine Odom Suiter
Roxanna Partridge and brother Guy Malin.
Robert Partridge 1914, age 28.
History of the Partridge Family
Rufus Partridge was born November 26, 1844 at Brooklan, N.Y.
Elizabeth Palmer was born November 7,1846 at Iwern,
Dorsetshire, England.
They were married at Woodburn, III. on November 21, 1867. Then they moved to Kansas, first settling at Ellin-wood, then in 1890 they bought the little farm, one mile east and one mile south of Macksville and came here to live with their three children by this time the two oldest, Elbert was out working for himself and Florence was married and living at Florence, Kansas. But Herbert, Robert and Harriet came to Macksville with their parents.
On this little farm at the time they moved there, the house was small with only three large rooms, so Mr. Partridge, being a carpenter as well as a farmer soon built an upper story consisting of four bedrooms. He also added three porches as well as a bathroom and a washroom to the house, making a very comfortable house for the family. This family were soon a part of the Methodist Church, Mr. Partridge was Sunday School Superintendent for many years and a member of the Official Board and when they decided to build a new church he helped with the work, this was the frame church that was torn down when the present church was built.
On Dec. 31, 1910 Herbert was married to Bertha Stark and they went to live in Greensburg where they owned a Hardware and Appliance Store until his death on Dec. 15, 1947. The father, Rufus Partridge died on March 10, 1914, so from that time the son Robert did the farming. The daughter Harriet graduated from High School at St. John because Macksville at that time only taught the first two years of high school. Then she became a school teacher while still living at home, she died in 1918.
Robert was married to Roxana Malin, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. C.H. Malin on April 21, 1915 and they made their home there on the farm with his mother. After her death on August 22, 1922 Robert became owner of the farm by buying from the other heirs, so he farmed there as well as farming the land of Mr. English which was a mile south of Macksville until his death on Dec. 4, 1946. On this farm our three children, Pearl, Ula, and George were born and grew, they all graduated from Macksville High School, Pearl in 1933, Ula in 1936 and George in 1942. Pearl graduated from College at Winfield and taught school one year then took nurses training and has been nursing as well as marrying and with her husband raising a fine family of six children, Ula also took some nurse’s training, and she and her husband Earl raised a family of three children on the farm near Osborne. She also worked as Nurse Aide at the Osborne Hospital. George went into the US Army soon after graduating from high school, served in World War II until he was wounded, then after his recovery three years later he went back and worked in the Army and with Civil Service for over 30 years until he retired. I am Roxana Partridge and am still living alone here at Osborne to be near the girls. I am past 93 years old but still go to Sunday School and church each Sunday that the weather is fit for me to get out. I also attend other activities of the church women and go other places with my family and friends, and am very thankful to God for good health and the many blessing that I receive.
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John and Ida Lynch
John and Ida Hagen were married Feb. 6, 1916 and moved to Macksville in Aug. 1917. to manage the Tudor-Morgan store. Many friends made in the Macksville community.
On Nov. 21,1921 Thanksgiving Day a baby boy Robert Edward was born and died at birth. On Jan. 23,1936 the home was blessed by a daughter Margaret Ann. The Lynchs were active members of the Methodist Church and in all community work. After 30 years in the store they decided to return to their old home in St. John.
Their daughter graduated from high school in St. John and on to business college. She married Stan Harris in 1956 and moved to Lawrence where Stan is an architect. They have one daughter Lisa Ann Cornwell, husband Joe Cornwell. They have two daughters Melissa Ann and Camie Jo who live on a farm at St. John, Ks.
John and Ida celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with 320 guests and was able to be together for 67 years when John passed away at 92.
Written Ida Lynch
George and Deedie Hudson
George's mother Lola (Childs) and father George moved here in 1904 from Meriden, Kans. George had one brother Charles and two sisters Florence and Celia.
In 1924 George married Deedie Wolf daughter of Joseph Henry and Clara Belle (Hicks) Wolf. Children are Donald Hudson 1927 and Elaine (Hudson) Frack born 1934.
George passed away in 7-24-1974. George and Deedie were farmers and members of the Christian Church. Deedie is the oldest born Macksville resident at this writing.
Loren and Ethel Wilson
My parents were J.E. and Milley Wilson. We moved to Macksville in Feb. 1918. Four of my seven brothers and sisters came with the family they were Soloma, Herbert, Don and myself. Dad built the house where David Deighton now lives in the spring of 1918.
In 1924, I married Ethel Seitz daughter of William and Gussie Seitz from Larned. We have two children William (Bill) and Lorraine (Wilson) Wolcott both live in Hutchinson. Ethel passed away in 12-15-1979.
Loren and Ethel were both active in the Christian Church, Rebekahs, and Odd Fellow lodges, Eastern Star and many more community clubs and projects.
Dr. Robert L. Bock
Dr. Robert L. Bock, 136 Bellamy Road, Spfld, MA
Born: Sept. 5, 1925 in Macksville, Kansas, divorced, father of four sons - 24, 23, 20, 20. Parents were Dr. Albert J. and Alice Mae (Doran) Bock.
BA-U. of Kans 1948, NA in Police Science, U of Kans. 1953; LL B or JD, Washburn U., Topeka, Kansas, 1953.
PhD-American U., Washington, D.C. 1960.
Dissertation: Subhas Chandra Bose, Bengali
Revolutionary Nationalist, 1897-1945.
Have taught political science at Southern Arkansas U. (1960-62), Ball State University (1962-63); Oswego NY State Universtiy (1965-1967); Old Dominion University, (1967-1968); Western England College, Springfield, Mass., 1968-present. (Parsons College, 1963-1965). Indiana Pa U., Summer 1962.
Courses I teach: American Government, Introduction to Political Science, Constitutional Law, American Theory, European Theory, Sometimes Middle East Politics, Asian Comparative Politics, Conservative Theory, The Presidency.
Rank: Full Professor since 1973.
Military Service: Served 32 months in Air Force in World War II and Korean War as pre-cadet (navigator) “on-the line trainee” and in Public Information Specialist work, graduate of PIO school; Airman second class. Honorable discharge. Present Reserve Status: none. Draft Status: exempt as V-A Class, World War II Veteran.
Bryce Lamb Family
Fred Bryce Lamb was born December 30, 1913 on the farm south of Macksville. His parents were Fred and Cora Lamb.
Doris Lucille Belt was born on October 3,1917 on the Belt farm northwest of Macksville. Her parents were Frank and Matilda Belt.
Bryce and Doris were married on May 4,1935.
Their children are Fred Douglas, Lynn, and Kent Bryce. Bryce and Doris and their children attended Macksville schools and graduated from MHS. Douglas graduated from Fort Hays State, Lynn attended KU and KSU and graduated from Sterling College. Kent graduated from KSU. Bryce and his sons are associated in the farm and cattle operation on the acreage his grandfather homesteaded in 1878. They have increased the acreage to make it possible to support their families. They have been progressive in this operation. At this time, grandson Michael Lamb represents the fifth generation on the Lamb and Sons farm.
In 1978 the Lamb families held an open house to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Homestead. Many friends and relatives attended.
Lewis C. Hawk
Lewis Hawk drove the first semi-truck for the Mammel Food Company from 1927 through 1936. He made a weekly trip to the Hutchinson warehouse bringing back groceries for the Mammel stores in St. John, Macksville, Lewis, Kinsley and Greensburg. When he wasn’t driving the truck he clerked in the store at Macksville. On Saturday nights the store stayed open past midnight. Those were depression days, wages were low but there was time for fun.
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Walter Swedlund then manager of the Macksville store wore such long narrow shoes that he ordered them special order from the Clyde Hoover Department Store which was located on the northeast end of main street. The foodstore was in the middle of the street on the west side. When the shoes arrived, Lewis backed the semi-truck in at Hoover’s and they made quite a process of loading Walt’s shoes onto the truck. He drove across the street, backed the truck in front of the grocery store unloaded them onto the moving trucks and rolled them in to Walt.
They spent about 13 years on the farm southeast of Macksville. Lewis and his son Lewis Junior managed the Standard Filling Station for a time after they moved back to town. His main love was cement work and worked at it when jobs were available.
Maude Hawk worked in the Vance Dry Cleaners for several years before going to work at the State Hospital in Larned. She managed the lunchroom at the school house for several years but went back to the State Hospital for 17 1/2 years and retired from there at age 70.
She was and still is a member of the Eastern Star Lodge and served in all the Chairs. They were both members of the Macksville First Methodist Church. Three had three children. Maude deceased 1986.
Submitted by daughter Pauline Beck
Belt Family
Franklin Douglas Belt was born in Lincoln County, Kansas on February 7, 1879. His wife Matilda Allis Gilbert Belt, was born at Zenia, Bourbon County, Kansas on February 26,1890.
Frank and "Tillie” were married June 17, 1908. They had five daughters, Georgia, Lois, Alma, Opal and Doris.
The family resided on a farm 4 miles west and 1 3/4 miles north of Macksville, in Edwards County. Frank bought this farm from his uncle, Freeman Belt, who was in the real estate business in Macksville. They continued to live on the farm until Frank died in 1956. "Tillie” moved to Macksville, where she lived until she died in 1971.
Submitted by Doris (Belt) Lamb
Anna Marie Beck
Anna Marie Beck, born Nov. 21, 1878, was the only daughter of Aaron and Susan Beck, and the sister of Roy Beck. Anna began teaching school at the age of 18 and followed that profession until 1926 when loss of hearing caused her to retire. She taught in Macksville, St. John and Antrim also country rural schools. Her last term of school was at Woodston.
She served four terms as County Superintendent of Schools in Stafford County.
After her retirement from teaching she worked in the State Capitol building in Topeka until 1935.
Submitted by neice Pauline Beck
Vernon and Georgia Kephart. Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Kephart Family
The Kephart name originated thru the Crusader Odin in 640BC. The name in the beginning was of the Skioldung dynasty of the Danes ruler Harold Klack in 740AD who ruled Jutland along the Elbe River, these people were run out of Jutland by French ruler. They went to Switzerland and in the year 1747, Nichalus Gebhardt came to America and settled in Bucks Co. Penn.
1733 Nichalus Hunter Gebhardt, wife - Mary Fry -children, Christina, Daniel, Abraham, Henry.
1775 Henry Hunter Gebhardt, wife - Catherine Smith.
1816 William Lloyd Kephart (son of Henry), wife -Susanna Goss.
1846 Henry Speaker Kephart, wife - Matilda Turner.
1876 Joseph Albert Kephart, wife - Elizabeth Dimmitt -children, Vernon and Ernest.
Joseph came to Stafford County in 1900 and settled on a farm 2 1/2 miles South of Dillwyn, Kansas. Joe passed away in 1928.
Vernon born near Macksville, Ks. 1908. Taught school in Stafford, Pawnee, Pratt and Edwards Counties for 20 years. He started work in the Macksville State Bank in 1954 and served as cashier and Vice President until 1978. Vernon married Georgia Belt and three children blessed their home.
Carolyn Joe Kephart, husband Lawrence Parsons, children, Julie, Jeff, Jay.
Steven Douglas Kephart, wife Linda Kinzer, children, Corey and Kelly.
Kelly Gene Kephart, wife Deborah DeGarmo, children, Hunter and Carody.
Activities, Methodist Church, usher, teacher, finance board, City Council and Mayor, Pres. Lions, (IOOF), school board, Boy Scouts.
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Blanche Suiter
Blanche Suiter
Blanche Dykes Suiter, granddaughter of William and Rebecca Dykes and William and Sarah Wilson was born May 1909 to Geo. and Bertha Dykes. The Doctor who came to the farm south of Stafford to deliver Blanche was a great uncle Dr. Dykes who founded the first hospital in Stafford County located in Stafford. She has 3 sisters and 2 brothers. At the age of 13 Blanche moved to Macksville to live with her grandparents the Wilsons on the homestead farm 2 miles south and one east of Macksville. After graduating from M.H.S. she attended a School of Pharmacy in Wichita when she completed the course and passed the State Board of Kansas Examination and became a registered pharmacist. She returned to Macksville and filled prescriptions for the Commons Drug Store. Working for Milt Commons owner for 8 years. She became a farm woman in the meantime for she was married to Lloyd E. Suiter, son of R.J. and Ora Suiter.
Their 3 children 2 sons and one daughter were born and raised on the farm 2 miles north of Macksville. Lloyd suddenly passed away at the age of 48 in 1959. Upon completing college at K.S.U. Adrian returned to take over the farming. Adrian, his wife Lynn and son Robb moved to the farm home. Blanche, Connie and Dan moved into Macksville. Connie, her daughter married Kent Lamb and lives on a farm south of Macksville. Daniel J. the youngest, married Marcia Johnson. Dan is a medical doctor and lives in Pratt.
Blanche bought out Agnes Shop in Sept. 1967. At this time the store was located in the Mason’s building. She moved the store to its present location (next door to the Post Office). She sold the store to Joan Kephart in 1980. At the present time Blanche is living in her home built by Martin Mitchell, a Macksville carpenter.
Merle and Wilma Cales
Merle and Wilma Cales moved to Macksville from Pratt in July, 1973. Merle became Superintendent of U.S.D. #351. He filled this position for 13 years at which time he retired.
Wilma began working at the Macksville State Bank in September, 1973 and worked there until she retired.
They were active in the Grace United Methodist Chur-where Merle served as Lay Leader several years. Wilma served as Chairman of Evening Circle for 4 years.
They also enjoyed their golf, playing at the Stafford County Golf Course. The Cales’ have two married children. Daughter, Jean Lunt and son Dwaine.
Willis Hankla
Willis and Wilda (Phillips) Hankla moved to Macksville in April 1942. We were married Jan. 11, 1922. We have three children Lola Bell, Grace Reneau and Waite Hankla.
Willis served in WWI, Army Infrantry Pvt. He is a member of Macksville American Legion No. 52.
Willis was a farm laborer, and Wilda a former cafe worker both are retired.
Willis was 93 in Feb. of 1986.
Charles Graebner
Born in Germany in 1867, Charles Graebner, at age 9, came across the Atlantic Ocean with his father, two brothers and a sister to America, “the great promised land.” His mother had died and was buried in Germany. An older sister had already come to America, so it was an incentive and a desire to come to America too. They landed first in Cleveland, Ohio, and felt very lost in a
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strange country and not able to speak one word of the English language. Charles just attended the first six grades of school but was a self-taught, determined and well read educated man.
At age 14 Charles left home and began earning his own way. His first job was running errands for a printer, making the sum of two dollars a week. Later he got a job of painting and conditioning furniture in a furniture store. With this training he enjoyed refinishing furniture and floors all during his life.
In 1883 Charles father came to Kansas, which too they heard was “the promised land.” Charles decided to come to Kansas also, so hopped a freight train heading west, and after a time arrived at Fort Larned. He worked on a ranch, later going on into Colorado working as a “cowboy” until an accident caused him to have a limp the rest of his life.
He married Mary McLaughlin and lived in the Pawnee County area where their five children were born.
Later they homesteaded land one mile west and two and one fourth north of Macksville. Charles built the house that still remains and the present home of Dennis Walker family.
Their five children attended the country school, New Hope, west and south of their home and two daughters, Mary E. Graebner (Neill) and Clara B. (Sommer) graduated from Macksville High School. Harry W., John Charles and James A. were the three sons.
After Mary, wife and mother, died in 1932, the Gary Graebner family moved to the two story house to make their home for Charles where he continued to help with the farming, enjoying gardening and flowers. Failing health came and he moved to Wichita to live with his daughter Mary E. Neill for 13 years. On September 20, 1959 Charles passed away at the St. Francis Hospital. Charles lived to be almost 92 full years of which he experienced the big blizzard of 1886, prairie fires, droughts, tornados, lived during two World Wars of which his son Harry and grandson, Paul participated.
Charles Graebner was buried in the Larned Cemetery on September 22,1959.
Parents were Oliver Morton Young and Abbie E. Young of Macksville, Kansas.
Morton came to Macksville in 1876 from Humboldt, Kansas, and graduated from grade school and later moved with parents to California. He lived there about thirteen years.
Met Abbie E. McNinch while in Macksville school. She later went to California where married to Morton Young.
Hobart born March 24, 1901. Parents returned to Macksville in fall of 1901.
Moved to farm 2 3/4 miles west of Macksville in 1905 and Hobart lived there until married to Gladys Yola Piland, on August 8,1926.
Gladys graduated from Macksville High School in
1924; attended Fort Hays State College then taught school for 2 years. Hobart taught school for 13 years.
Children are Lorna May (Young) Wicks; Lola Jean (Young) Campbell; Grace Virginia (Young) Moe; Delores Elaine (Young) Pitts; Keith LeRoy Young; and Carl Ray Young.
Hobart attended Macksville High School; Southwestern College, Sterling College, Fort Hays State College, and Saint Pauls School of Theology. After teaching school, he ran an Implement and Hardware Store 13 years; managed C.D. Jennings Grain Co., and also Kansas Milling Co. Elevators; as also farmed during this time.
Hobart went into active ministry of Methodist Church in 1959. Spent 13 years in ministry, serving Morland-Studley-Penokee; Protection; Brewster; Natoma-Pleasant Hill; and Burrton charges. Gladys always very active and helpful assistant.
We retired in 1972, built and moved into new home at Emporia, Kan., In February of 1976, moved to Larned, Kansas, from there managing his farm west of Macksville.
Hobart was President of Ft. Larned Lions Club for year 1984 -1985.
Blessed with long life and loving family. Each and every member living at this time.
Carey McAllister Family
Carey McAllister was born August 10, 1955. He is the son of Donald and Helen McAllister. Carey was raised around Radium, Kansas. He is very interested in cattle and farming and is now working with his father-in-law Doyle Wilson.
On November 15, 1975 Carey McAllister married Sandra Wilson daughter of Doyle Wilson and Peggy (Aves) Wilson. Sandra was born September 13, 1955 and has lived in the Macksville community all of her life but for four years.
Carey and Sandra have two sons, Levi Garrett McAllister born July 8, 1980 and Logan Roy McAllister born June 22,1984.
Chester Junior Grizzell
Junior was born in 1923 near Macksville. Parents; Chester and Esther (deceased).
Wife; Wanda Lee Kearns Grizzell born at Hopewell, Kans. in 1924. Parents; William and Ethel Kearns (deceased). He farmed in the Macksville area until his death.
Junior and Wanda Lee were married in April 1943. Children; Rodger born 1945, Kirk born 1949. Grandchildren; 4.
All three Grizzell families are engaged in farming south and southwest of Macksville. Members of United Methodist Church.
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Donald K. and Carol R. Peterson
Donald K. Peterson and Carol R. Peterson moved to Stafford County in 1961. Don was County Agricultural Agent in Stafford County at that time so they lived in St. John, Kansas.
In 1969 Don accepted the position of Executive Vice President of the Farmers and Merchants State Bank in Macksville and was subsequently made President of that Bank. The couple and their three children moved to Macksville in 1971.
The three Peterson children all graduated from Macksville High School: Tanna Peterson Faulkner in 1975, Beth Peterson Irvin in 1977 and Lynn Eric Peterson in 1982.
Over the years the family has been active in many community projects. Among those have been: Grace United Methodist Church, both Carol and Don being on the Administrative Council for a number of years. Teaching Bible Studies and Sunday School as well as sponsoring a United Youth Group called “The Jesus Group”. Also serving on the advisory board for Parkview Manor, Chamber of Commerce, Booster Club and are past 4-H leaders.
Albert J. Bock Memorabilia
Graduated from Western Dental College of Kansas City in 1917. Practiced dentistry in Macksville until his death in May, 1944. Born in Ellinwood July 19, 1896,
married Alice May Doran in 1920; children: Robert Leroy, Sept. 5,1925 and Grayce Joan Lucas, Aug. 17,1931.
Was secretary of the Kansas Central District Dental Society six years and president in 1938. Was Mayor of Macksville in the 1930’s six years when the sewage treatment system was built. Was chairman of the Macksville school board in the early 1940’s and was chairman of the board of the Macksville Christian Church then also.
Dr. Bock had three brothers younger and was reared on a farm near Ellinwood. He liked to read psychology books (self-improvement) and was quite a wise high school Sunday School teacher and conversationalist on serious topics about life.
He was County Chairman of the Landon for President Club in 1936 and with his wife were both GOP precinct committeemen. He liked the commentator Fulton Lewis, Jr. whom he heard in person. He was creative in dentistry in such fields as prosthesis and was a general practitioner rather than a specialist.
He enjoyed swimming and attending sports events with his son.
Dr. Albert Bock set a very positive model of character and professional achievement.
On Father’s Day 1985 his memory lives on in his son’s mind for one as a noble striver for the good.
Robert L. Bock
Myrl and Velda Ashworth
Myrl’s grandfather, John Allen Compton married Mary E. Compton, his grandmother. Both of Virginia.
William Armstead Ashworth, was born in 1877, in Bland County, Virginia. He married Julia Bell Compton in 1905. She was also born in Bland County Virginia in
1885. They came to Kansas and settled on a farm near Larned, Kansas. Lyle, Myrl and Dorothy were the children of William A. and Julia B. Ashworth.
Myrl attended Valley View, a country school for his elementary education and graduated from Larned High Schol
Myrl was always interested in farming and enjoyed farming with horses and later with tractors. He farmed at Kendall, Kansas in Hamilton County for several years. He then returned to Larned and joined his father in farming.
My paternal grandfather, John Henry Abrams was born in 1837 in Erith, Kent England. My paternal grandmother, Mary Ann Morgan Abrams was born in 1848, at Burham, Kent England. My grandparents were married in England in 1865 and soon after immigrated with their family to America, landing in New York. My father, James Robison Abrams was born in Elmira, New York in 1873. The family came by oxen and covered wagon to Kansas. They liked the plains and decided to settle in Kansas. They took up a homestead and tree claim. They lived in a sod house until my grandfather, who was a cabinet maker by trade, built a five room house 3 1/2 mile north of what is now Lewis, Kansas.
When my father was 22 years of age, his parents
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moved to Hutchinson, Kansas leaving my father to take over the farm.
My maternal grandfather, John Anderson Ary was born in 1845 in Tazewell County Illinois. He met Julia Etta Quantz, who was born in 1846 in the state of New York. They were married in 1871. One of their daughters, Myrtle Bell Ary who was my mother. She was born in 1878 in Tazewell County Illinois. The family came to Kansas where my mother and father met and were married in 1895. I was the sixth child of seven girls. I was born in the family home north of Lewis and attended school my first two years in a country school. The rest of my elementary and high school education was obtained at Lewis, Kansas.
I met Myrl at a dance at Larned, Kansas on March 3, 1933. We were married at Lyons, Kansas in November, 1933. We came to our present home in August of 1934. We raised and educated a family of 3 boys and 3 girls. All of our children were educated and graduated in the Macksville schools.
Jeanne LaMyrl, the oldest girl, is now living with her husband, Robert Hawk, in Garden City, Kansas. Robert is an electrician and Jeanne is assistant Vice President in the Federal Land Bank at Garden City. Jeanne has two sons, Michael and Brent by a former marriage.
Janice LaVonne married Robert Murphy in June after she graduated in 1955. Robert is foreman at Doerr’s sheet metal factory in Larned. Janice was office manager for doctors Brenner, Ewing and Smith for 191/2 years and is now employed as secretary at Phinney School in Larned. Janice and Robert had four children, Steven R., Linda J., Mark O. and Jeff A. Robert Armstead teaches at the Nickerson school. His wife, Dedria, teaches at Fairfield School. They have two children, Dari J. and Darin D. Both are still students.
Richard Allen served four years in the United States Air Force after graduation. He then came back to Kansas and worked in Hutchinson, Kansas for Cessna for 8 years. He came back to Macksville in 1970 where he and Ronald were involved in farming. Later Richard purchased part of the family farm and went into farming on his own. He resides on his grandparents farm near Larned.
Ronald Duane has farming intersts near Larned and south of Macksville. He bought the Thorn Compton residence and made this his home. He married Retha Grunden in 1978. He has a step-daughter, Sherri Fisher of Enterprise, Oregon. Ronald and Retha bought a farm at Enterprise, Oregon where their interests are cattle and timber.
Nancy Lynne, attended Phillips University four years then entered the teaching field. She married Robert Leroy Douglas in 1970 and they live in Larned, Kansas where Nancy teaches. Leroy died 1986, Mar. 15.
Myrl farmed until he retired. I worked at the Larned State Hospital for 17 years and retired in 1975. We still live in our farm home north of Macksville.
We have nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Myrl, Jeanne, Janice. Nancy and I joined the Christian
Church at Macksville. Myrl and I attend church there regularly.
My mother, Myrtle Abrams, moved to Macksville, Kansas in 1949 after the death of my father. She also attended the Macksville Christian Church during the years she lived in Macksville.
Myrl passed away Oct. 31,1985.
By Velda Ashworth
Rodger Grizzell Family
Rodger is the son of Chester and Wanda Lee Grizzell. He married Connie Seibert July 1966, daughter of Harry and Betty Seibert. We have three children Michell Renae 12-11-67, Heather Rachell 2-17-69 and April Grizzell 3-25-78.
Rodger and Connie were both reared in the Macksville area and both graduated from Macksville High School.
They are engaged in farming. Their three daughters are presently attending the Macksville Schools. They will be the fourth generation from the school.
Lester and Faye Shaw
Lester Shaw Family
Lester L. Shaw moved to Macksville at age 11 with his mother and father Albert and Marie Shaw and two sisters Mildred and Eileen from Canton, Kansas.
Lester attended Macksville High School, College in McPherson and Wichita. He then went to Washington
D.C. World War I was still on but Lester was working for the service in Washington D.C. when he reached the age for him to enter the war he and Harry Goudy joined. They were stationed in Leavenworth, Kansas.
After the war Lester returned to Macksville and worked in the Farmers & Merchants Bank when S.G. Wiles was cashier. Lester quit the bank and was with Kansas City Life until his death Oct. 14,1980.
Lester met Faye Crews from English Indiana when she was teaching in Macksville. They were married Nov. 10, 1920 in Taswell, Ind. in her parents home. We retur-
ned to Macksville to make our home. We have two daughters Jacqueline Jean Jones and Annalou Knowles.
After Lester’s death Faye moved to Salina to make my home and be closer to our daughters.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray E. Johnson
Ray E. Johnson
Ray and Myrtle Aves were married March 21,1917.
We farmed around the Hopewell area before moving to Macksville in 1948. I spent 2 years working for C.D. Jennings Elevator and Service Station, then I was janitor at the high school from 1950 to 1970. Myrtle was janitor at the Methodist Church for 22 years.
We had two children Lorene and Hazel. Lorene married Douglas Coover and lives in Topeka, Kansas. Hazel is deceased.
I, Josephine Howell was named for my maternal gran-mother who died when my mother, Bertha A. McMillan was twelve years old. I had one sister, Maxine. My father was Asbury Long McMillan. He was a Kansas pioneer as his family (12 children) all came to Kansas in a covered wagon from Ohio. A.L. McMillan settled in Macksville where he was editor of the Macksville Enterprise until his death in 1933.
I, Josephine, married Alexander Howell. His family also came to Kansas as pioneers and settled in Rush Co. and near LaCrosse later they moved to a farm west of Macksville.
Alex and Jo had two sons, Jan born Feb. 7, 1935. He married Margaret Sue Bushey whose children are John, Nicholas, and Elizabeth Ann. Jan served his country for four years in Munich Germany where he taught American dependent’s children. Rex born Dec. 16, 1937. Rex had one daughter, Amy Elizabeth. His wife was Vicky Holmstrom. Rex was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force
stationed in Japan. He was a pilot for 5 years and a Veteran of the Vietnam War. He passed away in March 1977.
Alex died March 13, 1980 and Jo is still living on the farm west of town.
Mr. and Mrs. Virgil L. Goudy
Virgil L. Goudy Family
Virgil, son of Adelbert and Grace (Stanley) Goudy, was born on March 9, 1917, on a farm north of Macksville (now the airport) and graduated from Macksville High School in 1935. Virgil went to Watchmakers School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He worked in Commons Drug Store until 1941 when he started a Jewelry Store. In 1942 Virgil enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force, serving 18 months as a photographer in the United States and 18 months in the Eighth Air Force in Europe. Virgil returned home in 1945 and opened a Jewelry Store which he ran until 1960 when he started working in the Macksville State Bank. Virgil retired from the Macksville State Bank in 1979. Virgil is still repairing watches and clocks at the present time in his shop at home in Macksville.
Virginia R. Shepherd, daughter of George Melvin and Sarah Teresa (Blakely) Shepherd, was born April 22,1920 on a farm northwest of Lyons, Kansas and graduated from Lyons High School in 1938. Virginia attended Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia and taught in rural schools of Rice County for four years. Virginia attended Adela Hale Business School and worked as a secretary in Hutchinson.
Virgil Goudy and Virginia Shepherd were married October 10, 1948 at the Frist Christian Church in Hutchinson, Kansas. Two daughters were born - Linda Ruth
Goudy on April 21, 1951 and Teresa Louise Goudy on November 6, 1957. Linda and Louise attended
Macksville schools and were active in church and school activities. Linda graduated from Macksville High School in 1969 and Louise graduated in 1975.
Wm. Roy Harman Family
written by Melba Harman Crissman (daughter of Wm. Roy Harman)
Macksville is my home town, although I and my brother were born in Kinsley where my parents settled when they married. I later learned that my father had lived there for a short time when he was a boy, only his family lived north of the railroad and it was called Cassady.
Wm. Roy Harman, his wife Emma, and two small children, Melba and Harold (Sonny) moved to Macksville in 1917 and lived in the house that they bought later and where my sister, Mary Ellen, was born in 1921. It is the house where Ethel Satterlee now lives just off Main to the west. It was three huge Cottonwood trees in front of the house. Our neighbor to the north was Grandma Kirkland whose daughter, Rena Campbell, lived with her. Mrs. Kirkland told us that her father, George Mack, had planted those Cottonwoods. He was the founder of Macksville.
Dad was a pioneer in auto mechanics, having a great interest in all motors that were gasoline powered. He had a job with Walter Welch in a garage on the west side of Main street most recently where Walker Mfg. used to be. Then later he ran a threshing machine crew for George Hart one summer and Mother did the cooking for the men as Mr. Hart also needed a cook. Later he worked for a Mr. Gilmore running a threshing crew.
Realizing there could be pretty good money in that business he bought the threshing outfit from Mr. Gilmore. It was a Rumely Oilpull threshing outfit consisting of a Rumely tractor powered with oil, separator that threshed the grain from the straw which was run by a long belt from the tractor. In the winter he worked as a mechanic and blacksmith with Jim Robinson in a building near the railroad tracks.
Having a great interest in all motors that were powered with this new fuel, oil, and the fact that tractors were replacing horses to pull farm machinery Dad sold his threshing machine outfits in the mid-20’s and started to sell Hart-Parr tractors. His business was located in the Lamb building (now occupied by Walker Manufacturing) and soon he began to sell Hudson and Essex cars. Business was good and about 1927 he built the brick building on the west side of Main Street about two blocks south that has most recently housed grocery stores. There was a show room in front with several new cars on display. A mezzanine where the office was and a place to store replacement auto parts separated the mechanic shop in the back from the display area. Automobiles were not delivered to the smaller towns then so Dad would take several people and go to Hut-
chinson and drive them out to Macksville. The first twenty-five miles west of Hutchinson was paved and the rest of the way were dirt roads. Later Dad sold Oakland and Pontiac cars.
There were many businesses in Macksville during the 20’s and 30's - we could buy anything we really needed. Well! times change, the stock market fell in 1929 having severe effects on everyone. Banks failed, farmers lost their farms, laborers lost their jobs and businesses folded. My Dad’s business was one of the victims; he tried desperately to keep going but finally went to work as a mechanic again in Joe Wolf’s garage as well as doing any other work available in the surrounding area.
In late 1936 Dad went to Wichita and found work at Cardwell’s Manufacturing where he operated a lathe making parts for Caterpillar Tractors. In the summer of 1937 Dad, Mother and my sister, Mary Ellen, moved to Wichita. My Dad continued his work as a machinest until he was in his mid-seventies, sometimes only part time when there was a need for his fine precision work at McGinty’s Machine Shop where they made small accurate parts for airplane motors.
Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Stanley.
Franklin Stanley Family
Franklin Stanley the youngest of twelve children was born to Thomas and Leah (Votaw) Stanley, April 11,1841, near Portland, Jay County Indiana. Having volunteered in the Civil War at the age of 19, Co. C 39th Ind. Volunteer Infantry. He was captured by the Confederates and imprisoned in the Libby prison, from which he was freed by an exchange of prisoners. He was discharged from the service July 20,1865.
Theresa Green was the older of four children born to Justice and Sarah Ann (Vale) Green, October 25,1844, at Point Rock, Columbia County, Ohio.
Franklin Stanley and Theresa Green were married March 15, 1866, near Portland, Jay County Indiana. On September 9, 1878 Franklin and Theresa Stanley with their four small children left Bryant, Indiana by covered wagon and arrived at their destination on October 26, 1878 near Wilson in Ellsworth County, Kansas. They belonged to the Friends church and Franklin preached the gospel for over fifty years and farmed. Their children were Estella, Arvine, Asbury, Grace and Anna (born in Ellsworth County).
They moved to the Macksville area in April 1901 and farmed one mile north of town where they lived for several years before moving into Macksville. Franklin Stanley died in 1925 and Theresa Stanley died in 1926.
Franklin and Theresa Stanley were the parents of Estella Landreth, Grace Goudy, and Anna Biggs who all lived in or near Macksville.
We lived 7 miles north and 1 mile east of Macksville Kansas on the farm my grandfather Joshua and gran-mother Hanna L. Smith homesteaded in 1878. They had four sons and a daughter. Rinaldo, Frank, Albert, Charles W. and daughter Susie.
The boys helped on the farm and sheep ranch as they grew up. They all played the violin and the Smith brothers used to play for the dances all around the county. Sometimes going quite a distance, but no matter how late they were getting home in the morning, they always had to hit the floor at 5 o'clock in the morning to go to work.
My grandfather was very hospitable and never turned any one away that needed a place to stay at night. Grandmother never knew how many she would have to feed for breakfast in the morning. We were 15 miles from Larned, 15 miles from St. John, and 15 miles from Pawnee Rock.
After my grandfather’s death, my grandmother and the three boys moved to Larned Kansas to live. My father liking the ranch and farming bought out the interest of his mother and brothers and lived there on the homestead. Until he married my mother Rosine Ackerman whose parents had homesteaded about 4 miles northeast of the Smiths ranch.
I can remember the times my father Albert J. Smith would hitch up the horses and drive into Macksville to buy provisions. He would always ask my brother Jay and I if he should bring some candy or some ice. We would always say “Bring ice” because that always meant he would have a big freezer of home made ice cream, ice tea and cold lemonade. It was always so much fun to watch for our father to come home. The ice all wrapped in blankets and paper to keep it from melting and we would carry the provisions into the house and see what all he had brought. It was nearly night time when he arrived and mother waiting supper for him to arrive. Then the making of the ice cream.
Jay and I nearly always drove to school. Some times in nice weather we would walk 1 1/2 miles to school
When I was eleven years old, we moved to Macksville where we attended school. That was so much fun. We rode our bicycles to school. Instead of the wooden side walks, they had earlier, they had real side walks of cement for few blocks. They had a drug store, two banks, two or three merchandise stores, millinery store, newspaper and a Dr. MD, lumber yard, and three elevators for grain.
My mother’s oldest sister had moved into Macksville a year or so before we did and we lived in what used to be called Cassady. She lived a block west of us. The John Askews lived across the street and west of her Mrs. McNinch and the Stoner and Hibbs houses west of Askews. North of us were the Reeds with three girls and the Muses with two girls so we had lots of folks passing by our house. My father was one of the founders of the Farmers and Merchants State Bank, and kept active In the business affairs of our little city.
I joined the Christian Church and was always active in all the affairs of the church.
In High School, I graduated in 1915. Played on the girls basketball team and was validictorian of my class, and won a scholarship to Washburn College. After graduating from Washburn, I married Kelsye H. Petro of Topeka, Kansas in 1919 and we took up residency there and have lived there 66 years come June 27th 1985.
I always think of Macksville Kansas home and always enjoy visiting there. They are great people and have pride in their city.
Written very hastily by Edna B. Smith Petro 3/4/85 87 years old
Parents James and Pearl Spencer.
Wayne came to Macksville from Brush, Colo. with his parents in April 1953.
Wayne’s Family consisted of three brothers and one sister; (Wesley, Edith, Milton and Ronnie).
Wayne is a member of the United Methodist Church, Lions Club, VFW, Volunteer Fire Department and works for Dillwyn Grain.
Wife Karen (Higgins) Spencer.
Parents Melvin (Bob) and Fern Higgins.
Karen came to Macksville with her parents from Bur-dett, Kansas in May of 1953.
Karen’s family consisted of three brothers and one sister; (Wayne, Bob, Keith and Penny).
Karen is a member of the United Methodist Church, UMW, PRIDE, City Countil and works for Lucas Catering, United Methodist Church, and the Farmers & Merchants State Bank.
Karen and Wayne were married in the United Methodist Church in Macksville in April 1957.
Born to Karen and Wayne were five girls; (Karie In Nuernbergh, Germany, Karmel in Tacoma Washington, Karla, Kristi, Kelli in Macksville).
The Fitzsimmons
During the Depression of the 30’s my dad, Charles Fitzsimmons, was a traveling salesman for a compressor company. We lived in Atlanta, Georgia having moved there from our native Illinois. When he was finally without a job, due to the economy, we moved to Macksville to manage the K-T Service Station. My mother had a cousin in Liberal, Kansas who was responsible for our coming to Kansas.
Our family consisted of my dad, Charles; mother, June; two brothers, Jack and Bill; and me, Freda.
Dad worked hard and built up a good business. He became a Ford Dealer in the late 30’s and later was agent for Gleaner combines. He was also mayor of Macksville at one time and was always a great supporter of the city. He was instrumental in the building of the band shell and was also a founder of the annual Homecoming. He planned the first one in 1951.
My brothers and I all graduated from Macksville High School. Jack and Bill graduated from Kansas State University and I from Emporia State. Jack married Betty Elmore from Lewis, Kansas. Bill married Ann Roberts from Manhattan, Kansas and I became Mrs. Philip Helwig of Macksville.
My mother is 93 at the time of this centennial and has 7 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Donald M. Vosburgh Family
Parents of Donald were Edward E. and Alice (Smith) Vosburgh, Cheney, Kansas. Donald was born at Dodge City Hospital, Dodge City, Kansas and early years were spent at Centerview, Kansas, later moving to Cheney, Kansas. Don come to Macksville in 1962 after graduating from Fort Hays State. He is engaged in farming. His wife, Sybil (Cummins) Vosburgh was born near Macksville on what was known as the Suiter farm 1/2 mile east of Macksville. Her parents are Nolan and Mildred (Suiter) Cummins, Macksville. Don and Sybil were married on September 2, 1961. They have two children: Justin Karl and Winona Lee. Justin was married on August 2,1985 to Karen L. Wood, daughter of Norman and Betty (Giebler) Wood, Trousdale. Don and Sybil are both graduates of Fort Hays State and Justin, Karen and Winona are attending college there too, although it is now known as Fort Hays State University.
Glen E. Wood Family
Glen E. Wood, oldest son of John Bert Wood and Mary F. Bodenhamer Wood.
He was born July 4, 1900 in Erie, Neosho County, Kansas.
He moved to Macksville, March 4, 1909 with his family.
He finished school through the 8th grade in the Macksville Public School.
After school he worked for the Macksville Dray Line as a Drayman.
On October 4, 1927 he married Adeline L. Anderson. To this union they had two children. Roberta (Wood) Butler Schmidt and Jarrel Wood.
He worked at several occupations such as farming and he had a slaughterhouse where he did custom butchering in the mid 30’s and 40’s. He also worked in the local meat locker plant and he done butchering for Grisier IGA, W.S. Fred and Son, and Purity (Mammels). In the early 40’s he worked as an Assistant Funeral Director for Meeker Funeral Home in Macksville until shortly before his death in April of 1947.
Submitted by Son Jerrel Wood
Mary and Bert Wood.
Mr. and Mrs. John Bert Wood.
John Bert Wood was the son of the Rev. and Mrs. Thomas Wood. He was born March 18, 1874 in Scot-tsville, Marion County, Illinois. He came to Neosho County, Kansas, August 12,1883.
He married Mary F. Bodenhamer April 5, 1897 in Erie, Kansas. They moved to Macksville with four of their ten children March 4,1909. They had five boys and five girls. Susie Wood, Glen E. Wood, Blanche (Wood) Hanks, Little, Ruth (Wood) Guy, Murrell, Walter Wood, Cecil Wood, Arthur Wood, Mary (Wood), Nelson, Paul Wood, and Faye (Wood) Parr.
He worked for the Tudor-Morgan Store for over 30 years. They were members of the Free Methodist Church in Macksville.
Submitted by grandson Jerrel Wood
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Sam and Carrie Biggs and a grandson.
Sam Biggs was born Oct. 31,1889 just a year after his parents Edmond and Bella Biggs and son Willie came from Illinois to settle on new land one and one half mile west of Macksville.
After his father’s death in 1896, his mother and the two boys moved into Macksville living on Main Street.
Sam went through the Macksville schools and later attended business college at Dodge City. He had been a clerk at Sinclair and Barnum Mercantile Store for four years before he married Carrie Frances Hartshorn of Macksville April 20,1913.
Soon after their marriage they moved to Sylvia, Ks. and opened a new store Barnum and Biggs Groceries. A son, Edmond Oscar was born Dec. 7, 1914. In 1917 they moved back to Macksville where Sam again clerked in a store. A daughter, Beth lone was born July 2, 1919. In 1920 the family moved to the Biggs farm 1 1/2 miles west of Macksville and became farmers. Sam continued to work part time in local grocery stores and about 1930 started driving a big grocery truck for Dillon Merc. Co. Sam died July 27,1945.
Carrie moved into Macksville. She clerked as needed in Sparks Dry Goods and Purity Store. She was also a seamstress and made gift items. Carrie was City Librarian for many years. She was librarian when the
library moved from the City Hall to Its new home on Main St. She enjoyed her contact with all people in the library - especially the children.
Carrie died July 27, 1970 when visiting her daughter Beth Stephenson and family in Sun Valley, Calif. Edmond is married and lives in Reno, Nevada.
Submitted by daughter Beth (Biggs) Stephenson
Oscar Orin and Ellen Francis Hartshorn -1912.
Oscar Orin Hartshorn born Mar. 23, 1843, Richfield, Adams Co., III. and Ellen Frances Lounsberry born May 3, 1846, Adams Co., III. were married in 1866, Quincy, Adams Co., III. Oscar and Ellen lived on a farm near Quincy until 1872 when they and their 3 year old son Jalk came west in a covered wagon to make a homestead. There were 8 wagons in the wagon train, the Hartshorns were the only ones to provide a starting of cattle for their homestead. They homesteaded in Barton Co. near Pawnee Rock, Ks. Seven children were born to this union, one of whom died in infancy. Talk, Ella, Mae, Blake, Guy and Carrie.
Oscar and Ellen moved to Macksville in 1908. At this time Guy and Carrie were Still at home. Talk had married Annie Smith and lived in Macksville, Ella had married Will Tacker and lived near Macksville, Mae had married Dick Smith and lived near Pawnee Rock, Blake had married Jessie and lived near Macksville. Carrie later married Sam Biggs and lived 1 1/2 mile west Macksville. Guy died unmarried.
During the Civil War Oscar Orin served in the Union Army, 59th III. Infantry Co. C.
Mr. Hartshorn died June 20,1914. Mrs. Hartshorn died May 18,1916.
Submitted by granddaughter Beth (Biggs) Stephenson
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Henry C. Hardie was born at LeMars, Iowa, in 1884 to John Hardie and Euphemia Stone Hardie. He married Beulah Nickolson in 1908. They came to Macksville, living in Pawnee County, from Coldwater, Ks. in 1914.
His family included David Hardie, presently living in Yuma, Arizona; Lowell Hardie deceased, and Earl Hardie of Modesto, California. He was married to Nira Rodman in 1915 at Hutchinson, Kansas. Their children are Twins: Alma Estelle, deceased at birth, Anna Hardie Stimatze of Partridge, Kansas; Goldie Hardie Green of St. John; Violet Hardie Thomas, Macksville; Carmen Hardie Hanson, Walnut Creek, California; and Merrit Hardie Mc-Namee of Jackson, Mississippi. Henry Hardie was a farmer and later operated a gas station, hauled automobiles, and owned a garage located on Main Street north of the railroad. He was father and mother both to his children after the death of his wife Nira in 1928. He died on June 4,1944.
Henry C. Hardie The children attended school at Grandview School in
Pawnee County and later after moving into Macksville they attended the Macksville Schools.
Submitted by Violet Thomas and Goldie Green
Left to right, front row: Merrit, Carmen, Violet, Goldie, Anna, David. Back row: Earl.
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Howard and Dorothy Lucas.
H.R. Lucas Family
Howard Lucas was born in Canon City, Colorado to Chas and Viola Lucas and brought to Kansas as an infant in 1903 growing up in the Livingston Community. He came to Macksville in 1919 to go to High School. After graduating from high school he started to work for H.H. Jacobshagen barbering. He took a course in hair care at the Venus Beauty Academy in Wichita. Returning to Macksville to do marcelling at the Jacobshagen barber shop.
Howard married Dorothy Shute July 25, 1926, daughter of R.H. and Edith Shute. They moved to a farm north of Macksville in March 1927 and started farming.
Three sons were born Kent (deceased), Dale and Troy. Dale married Grayce Bock and are now living in Powell, Wyoming. They have two sons Daryl and Myron. Troy married Shirley Ott and they live in Perryton, Texas. Their two sons are Randy and Rick.
Howard served on the School Board, Coop Board and the State and National Milking Shorthorn Boards. Also raising and showing Shorthorn cattle.
Howard and Dorothy are members of the United Methodist Church. They also have three great gran-children, Misty, Micheal and Christopher Lucas.
The Emma Irene Helwig Preston Family
I am the daughter of the late William P. Helwig, Sr. and Ardna A. Hardie Helwig. I was born October 17, 1915, at the Stark Farm, 4 miles north, 2 miles, east, 1/2 mile north, Vi mile east of Macksville, in Pawnee Co.
I attended Valley Center grade school and Hickory Ridge Grade School, moving to Ulysses, Ks. in 1930, graduating from high school in 1934. During high school years I cleaned teachers homes and worked in the Don T. Hart IGA grocery store and Hotel Ralsmore, In the fall of 1934 I moved to Hutchinson, Ks. attending Salt City Business College and working in the Montgomery Ward Store.
Pictured here: Kenneth C. Fenwick, Larry D. Fenwick, E. Irene Preston.
In 1938 I married Henry C. Fenwick of Marshall, Mo. who was the manager of Dunlop Tire Store in Hutchinson. We had two sons, Kenneth C., who married Beverly Roberts of Macksville, living in Larned, they had a son and daughter. Tonia married Russell Bomhoff, lives in Wichita. Kevin married Kristie Huddleston they have a son Jason, living in Larned. Larry D. married Lynda Beck of Byers, now living in Dallas, Texas. In 1946 we moved to Boonville, Mo. to a farm and cattle and Henry had his own insulating business. Henry passed away in Grain Valley, Mo. 1948. My sons and I moved to Macksville in December of 1948.
I worked as dental assistant for Dr. John Schrag and later a clerk in the Macksville Postoffice until 1961 when I married Blackburn Lightle, a barber in Osborne, Ks. and moved to Osborne in March 1962. Mr. Lightle passed away May 25, 1962. I worked in Dr. Loberts Veternary Clinic for a while, later attending Fort Hays State College and also was Assistant Head Resident at Custer Hall and Agnew Hall. Returning to Osborne in 1965 doing secretarial work in Quenzer Appliance Store.
In 1967 I was accepted for Clerk of School Board and secretarial work to Superintendent of U.S.D. No. 351 in Macksville, Ks. and worked there until retiring in 1982. 30 year member Eastern Star, member Rebekah Lodge, Secretary Association, United Methodist Women.
In 1971 I married Edgar T. Preston, a farmer, in Macksville and have 4 stepsons, 6 daughters in law, 14 grandchildren. Edgar and I thoroughly enjoy our nice family and everything about the farm work, pretty lawn, nice garden and flowers and trees. We are members of the United Methodist Church. Edgar’s hobby is working with wood and restoring tractors. Irene’s is sewing, picture taking, scrap books, cooking and loving our gran-children.
Submitted by: E. Irene Preston
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The Family of Albert Herman Sewing
Albert, the son of August J. Sewing and Frederica Sewing came with his parents and sister Emma (Loren-zen) from Ellinwood to the farm four miles east of Macksville in 1910. Freda (Ulsh) Carl and Henry were born. 1913 Mrs. August Sewing died.
Albert went to school in the country, Hickory Ridge. He graduated 1923 from Macksville High School.
He farmed with his father. In 1940 Albert and Adele Satterlee were married. Adele had taught school at Our Carter and Macksville Grade School.
They lived in Macksville for three years. Anita was born. Albert built a house on their farm three miles west of Macksville. Judy (Mrs. Ron Wineland) and Kenneth were born.
Judy married Ron Wineland. They have a son Matthew. They live in Hutchinson.
Kenneth married Kim McCuller. They live on the land the grandparents homesteaded east of Macksville.
The family of Albert Sewing all graduated from Macksville High. The children are college graduates.
Albert died September 27,1984.
Adele remains on the farm. Kenneth has taken over the farming and the care of the Charolais cattle.
Jerell J. Hagerman Family
Jerel and Cindy Hagerman moved to Macksville in the fall of 1981 from Sky Valley, California to be the pastor of the Macksville Christian Church. Cindy's father Bill Gross graduated from Macksville H.S. and her gran-parents Jack and Mildred Gross lived in Macksville for many years. Jerel and Cindy are the parents of 4 children, Israel, Lydia, Isaac and Isaiah. Cindy is from the Larned area and Jerel is from Rozel.
Roy E. Prescott, St. John, Kansas and Mildred Harman, Macksville, Kansas were married in 1934 at Kinsley, Kansas. They made their home on a farm in the Valley Center community for the next 47 years. Here they raised their family: Norma Jean (Gibson),
Macksville; Sharon Faye (Heyen), Wichita; and Gerald Lynn (Bud) Prescott, Larned.
Macksville was always their home town, the children attended and graduated from the Macksville schools. They were also active in 4-H work in Pawnee County. The Prescott family attended the Valley Center EUB Church. The church building is now the Macksville Library.
Roy’s hobby was raising watermelons - he just loved growing watermelons and kept the family, neighbors and friends well supplied with melons.
After the children were grown, Mildred took a job in Larned, being Deputy Register of Deeds of Pawnee County for 6 years. Then she was a bookkeeper and teller at the F & M State Bank in Macksville for 17 years.
Roy and Mildred were both active members of Rose of Sharon Chapter#356, OES and other Masonic bodies for many years.
They love and enjoy their 6 grandchildren and 3 greatgrandchildren.
Since retirement they are making their home in Macksville and are quite active with the Senior Citizens.
Gabriel Ream Harman of Kinsley, Kansas and Gertie Lenore (Huffman) Harman of lola, Ks. were married and made their home in Kinsley where their first three children were born, Lois, Alpha and Mildred. They spent the next six years near Springdale, Arkansas, where Maurice, Laura and G-R were born. Not liking life in Arkansas, they decided to return to Kansas, arriving by train on February 2, 1924. Two more sons were born at Macksville, Harry William, still-born, and Everett Lee.
Lois (Parks) and Maurice are deceased. Alpha (Prescott) now lives in Larned, Kansas; Mildred (Prescott) and Laura (Lamb) now live in Macksville; G-R, Jr. lives in Garfield, Kansas; and Everett Lee lives in Hills, Iowa.
Gabe operated a threshing machine rig for 3 years and Gertie cooked for the harvest men. During harvest season the cook shack was home for the family.
Gabe was a contractor-carpenter, building the K-T service station on US 50 and the W.R. Harman Motor Car Co. building on Main Street. He worked with Berry Peters and Smack Beiser and together they build the Emerson, Livingston and Arcarter schools, the Christian Church parsonage in Macksville, as well as numerous other homes in Macksville, St. John and surrounding rural areas.
In 1948 their son, Maurice passed away and in 1950, his wife Mary Alice (Butts) passed away leaving four small children. Gabe had passed away in 1949, so Gertie took responsibility of raising these four grandchildren. She lived to see all of them through high school and all were married at the time of her death in 1967. Alma Jean (Metsch) now lives in Washington; Tim lives in Oregon; Tom (Tim’s twin) is deceased and his family now live in St. John, Kansas; and David lives in Great Bend, Kansas.
Submitted by Mildred Harman Prescott
Archie T. Harman and Mary Catherine (Cramp) Harman first came to Macksville in the early 1920’s. They had lived and raised their family in Edwards County, near Kinsley. Their children were Gabriel, Roy, Ralph, Henry, Vesper, Harvey, Ed and Lola. Lola married Claude Henry of Trousdale. She was a graduate of Macksville High School.
Grandpa and Grandma Harman were the custodians of the Christian Church in Macksville for several years. Grandma also made and sold homemade hominy. Grand-
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pa was a well-known figure around town and was affectionately called "Grandpa Harman” by all who knew him.
After Grandma’s death, Grandpa lived among his children until his death at age 88. All members of this family are now gone, but many descendents live throughout the United States.
Submitted by Mildred Harman Prescott
Norma Jean (Jeannie) Prescott, daughter of Roy and Mildred Prescott and Edward E. Gibson, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.F. Gibson, were married in 1956 at Alva, Oklahoma. After 25 years as an Army wife she is now making her home in Macksville. Her children are:
Richard E., born in Munich, Germany, now living in Macksville.
Lorri Jean, now Mrs. Warna Dean Turnbough, born in Fort Bragg, N. Carolina, now living in Macksville. Two children, Warna Dean, Jr., and Tacelyn Neoma.
Terry L., born in Fort Hood, Texas, now living in Macksville with his wife, Patty, and son, Garrett Nathaniel.
Family of Warren Alva Satterlee
Warren Alva Satterlee, wife Florence and two sons Charles and Frank came in a covered wagon from Hillsdale, Michigan to Kansas in the 1870’s to homestead the quarter of land three east and two south of Macksville.
Their home was a cave until a house could be built.
The next year Anna (Mrs. Frank Reese) was born.
The children went to school a mile west.
Charles married Kate Carpenter. One son, Thurman, was born. They lived on the quarter adjoining the home place.
Frank married the neighbor girl, Claudia Reese.
Frank and Claudia had Oren and Adele.
Claudia died after living one year in the new house in Macksville.
Frank married Maude Payton. Madeline Payton, Maude’s daughter from a previous marriage came into the family.
Robert was born 1919.
Frank made their living by farming, running a threshing machine. He built a number of houses.
Anna married Claudia’s brother Frank Reese. Three children were born. Elreno, (Skeet Ellyson), Emit and Lynn.
Maude Satterlee, Adele (Mrs. Albert Sewing) and Madeline (Mrs. Loyd Parks) remain. All others are buried in Farmington Cemetery except Dr. Robert Satterlee who was buried at Pueblo, Colorado.
Submitted by Adele Satterlee Sewing
Martina and Don Tranbarger.
I moved to the Valley Center Community in 1928 at age of 12. The Macksville Enterprise was needing a news reporter for the Community and asked my mother, Ethel Mackey to do the job - But every chance she could she’d have her daughter, Martina write the news - and I’m still at it.
It’s an interesting job -- You get to know everyone - it takes a lot of time but folks are good to call their news.
In all these years - you’ll find one or two who you can’t please - But that’s not bad. Because the good reports, letters and calls telling you how they enjoy the news makes you forget the sour notes.
Times have changed. When we first wrote news you were paid by the inch - now by the month.
You try to quit and get new blood writing but no way so I am still typing away on Monday mornings for three papers.
My life has been a busy full one - the farm has been number one job - we raised two sons and have seven grandchildren who are a joy and two wonderful daughters-in-law who have done a super job raising our grands.
Have worked out side of home after the boys were gone. Worked at Doll Livestock Sales at Larned as Sec’y, and then twenty years was receptionist for Doctors in Larned.
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Cooking, trying new recipes, sending cards to many --have been my hobbies. (Playing cards - some bright soul said).
Have had a happy full life on farm spending fifty years with a great husband, Donald Tranbarger and have spent all my live in Macksville Community -- So Proud of it.
Martina Tranbarger
Fred and Naomi Peacock Cotton met and married in St. John, Kansas in 1920. He was in farming and she was a telephone operator in St. John. They lived on a farm northeast of St. John where their two children, Thaine and Betty Jo were born. Dr. Adams drove to the farm to deliver the babies.
Fred and Naomi moved to the Macksville community in 1930. They lived for a short time with her father Caleb Peacock, 2 mi. west and 3 1/2 mi. south of Macksville. Caleb raised cattle and big watermelons. Thaine and Betty Jo went to Vance Country School along with Verne and Harry Siebert, the Chester Haynes children, the Hanson kids and Earl Wallace. Alice Stevenson was their teacher.
Fred and Doll (nickname for Naomi) moved to the Damerell property 3 mi. north and 2 mi. west of Macksville in 1932. Fred started working on the county roads with Harry Graebner. Thaine and Betty Jo went to a country school 1 1/2 mile south of their home along with Jr. Kleck, Francis O’Connor, Louie Lee and Bub Mosberger and Roy Miller. Lillian Smith was their teacher.
The family moved to a home in Macksville in 1934, which they bought from Frank Salter. Fred ran the road grader and maintained the county roads for 17 years. Doll worked for C.H. Hoover in his Dry Goods Store for a number of years. Fred suffered a heart attack in 1949 and was forced to retire from the roads. Together they opened Cotton’s Dry Goods Store on the west side of Main Street in 1950, which they operated until Fred’s death In 1961. Doll kept the store open until 1964 when she sold it to Agnes Doggett. Doll resides today at 414 Sheaffer in the home they bought in 1953. They were members of the Macksville Christian Church.
Thaine Cotton graduated MHS in 1939. Entered Military Service for WWII in 1942. Served overseas in the European Theatre as a Platoon Sergeant in the U.S. Army. Married Bernice Breneman and they had three children, Gregory, Debra, and Christopher. He started work with Boeing Aircraft, Wichita, in 1951. Spent 1965-1973 at the Boeing plant in Michaud, Louisiana with their Space Program. He helped build the First Stage Booster that put Saturn V into orbit for moon exploration. Retired Boeing Wichita, 1979. Presently living near Cheney, Kansas. Greg Cotton is living in Dallas, Texas. Debra and Hal Taylor live in Slidell, La. Chris and Sheryl Cotton live in Wichita, Ks.
Betty Jo Cotton graduated MHS 1942. Worked at Boeing, Wichita during WWII helping build B-29 Bombers. Worked at the Post Office in Macksville with Phil
Helwig in 1946. Read everyone’s post cards in 1946. Met and married Gordon Dotzour who was working for his uncle, Sam Wiles, at the Farmers and Merchants State Bank. They have one son, Mark. Mark and LuAnn Dotzour have two children, Bryan and Melanie. They live in Austin, Texas. Betty Jo and Gordon live in Wichita, Kansas.
Clyde Francis DeGarmo was born Nov. 18, 1883 in Beatrice, Neb. and died Sept. 30,1962.
Clara Grace Davis Mitchell DeGarmo was born in Great Bend, Ks. and died Jan. 10,1983.
My folks were married on Mother’s birthday, July 25, 1906. They lived north of St. John, then moved later near Byers, Ks. and to Macksville in 1916 when dad got the rural carrier job. Dad grew up near Pawnee Rock, later moving to St. John, then to Naron which was later called Byers. His home was 3 rooms, on 3 levels, and later he helped his dad and brothers haul lumber from Coldwater to build a new 2 story home, one mile north of Byers. It took a week by wagon to go to get the lumber, and a week to return. Grandpa hired a carpenter for $1.00 a day, and meals to help.
Dad helped milk the cows, while the girls strained the milk, skimmed the cream, and Grandma ground coffee each morning. Dad liked to raise large gardens, do carpenter work and sing and play the guitar. He and Orville use to sing and play at Grandma and Grandpa’s almost every Sunday afternoon. Later Harry sang on the radio at Great Bend with them, when he was 3. Dad used to take his cylinder talking machine to the school house, and all the neighbors would pay a nickel to go and listen to his records all evening. Picture shows used to be a dime, and live shows were 50 cents for two hours. They use to sell eggs for 6 cents a doz. or 72 cents for a case. Calico was 10c a yard, and sometimes 3c. Bread was 3c a loaf, and later 5c. Postage was 2c and later 3c. Post cards were a penny. Girls hired out to help on farms for $4.00 a week, which was alot, it use to be $5.00 for two weeks. Boys got $1.00 a day.
Mother sewed, made rag rugs, did fancy work, sold garden produce, made donuts, did chalk painting, and raised fifteen of us; Carl Marion, Lawrence Dale, Lyle Emmett (Dec’d), Pauline Ellanor, Margarette Ethel, Winifred Clyde, Orville Mitchell (Dec’d), Ivan Michael, Nina Louise, Archie Allen, Robert Donald (Dec’d), twins, Dorothy Irene and Ira Dean, Ronald Fredrick, and Harry John.
The family moved to several homes in Macksville and the home north of the city park was moved and the ground sold to the city where the swimming pool is now. Dad built a new home east of the park in 1949.
Dad started the mail route in a mail wagon with team of horses for several months, later getting a new Model T Ford, with brass trimmings. His subs were Margarette, Carl and Bob. Bob later was the carrier, and only got to carry four days, when he died of a heart attack. Dad retired after 30 years.
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Eight of the boys were in WWII at one time, Carl in the Merchant Marine, Win in the Navy, Ivan in the Army, Orville the Army, Archie the Army, Bob the Air Force, Dean the Navy, and Ron the Coast Guard. We were all blessed when they all returned home safely.
All of the family went to school in Stafford Co., and all graduated from Macksville High except Lyle. We won lots of honors, medals and ribbons and did our folks proud. We attended the Christian Church from the time we were very small until we all left home.
We were all together only twice, once in 1939, and once on Mother’s 95th birthday. Eleven of us help the folks celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1958. We had great fun and lost of good memories of growing up in Macksville, Kansas, and return when we can.
Written by Dorothy DeGarmo Meisel
The Sherwood Johnson Family: (Left to right on back row) Fannie, Ray, Elmer, Harry, Fernie. (Left to right on front row) Eda, Sherwood, Roy, Louisa and Nellie.
Sherwood F. Johnson, son of Albert Washington and Margaret M. (Hatcher) Johnson, was born in Carroll County, Missouri on Feb. 8,1874.
When he was eight years old his family relocated to Butler County, Ks. for about 10 year. Later they moved to Edwards County.
In 1896, Sherwood married Ellen Louisa Lamb, born in 1873 in Boston, Mass., to Alfred and Ellen (Riley) Lamb. They lived and farmed in Edwards County for 8 years, later moving to Gray County where they homesteaded on a farm for about three years. Upon their return to the Macksville area, they moved on to an original tree claim given to them by her father.
Lousia died in 1922 and is buried at the Prattsburg Cemetery.
Sherwood and Lousia were the parents of nine children. The children are:
Ray was born in Edwards Co. on Dec. 24, 1896. He married Myrtle I. Aves and resides in Macksville, Ks. Their children are Lorene and Hazel. Hazel died on March
27, 1980 and is buried in the Farmington Cemetery at Macksville.
“Allie” Alfred Albert was born in 1897 and was buried in the Prattsburg Cemetery in 1904.
Fernie C. was born Oct. 11, 1899. She married Bruce Waggoner on August 18, 1918 and spent most of their lives in Pasadena or Apple Valley, California. Their children are Melba, Bessie, Bonnie and Marjorie. Fernie and Bruce both died in the latter 1970’s.
Elmer C. was born in Edwards Co. on June 14, 1901. He was married on July 15, 1926 to Viola N. Neelly, daughter of Charley and Ethel (Denton) Neelly. Elmer Died on Jan. 16,1964 in Phillips Co., Ks. He is buried in the Agra Cemetery at Agra, Ks. Their children are: Gayle Alden, Velda Nadine, Dolores Carlene, Merlyn Eugene, Norma Ilene and Norman Duane.
Harry R. Was born October 8,1902. He married Estelle Frazee on April 9, 1928. They lived in Pratt, Ks., where they both were buried in 1979. Their children are: Loyal, Lois, Eda Yvonne, Harry and Judith.
Fannie was born August 26, 1904. She married Dorr Frazee on April 29, 1923. Fannie died March 16, 1978 in her home in Walsh, Colo. Their children are: Florence, Milton, Johnson, Twila, Dorene, Keith, Wilma, LaReta and Donald.
Roy H. was born on Nov. 14, 1906. He married Viola Jones in Dec. 1938. Most of their lives have been spent in the Augusta area. Their children are: Harold, Karen, Stephen, Sharon and Jerry.
Nellie Marie was born May 14, 1909. On Feb. 25, 1930 she married Harry Johnson. They resided most of their lives in the Trousdale, Ks. area. Their children are: Cecil, Dwayne Carlos (who is buried in the Prattsburg Cemetery), Louise, Mareita, Coila and Phyllis.
Eda was born on October 1, 1912. She married Edwin Cook on Sept. 13, 1949. They presently live in the Haviland area. Their children are: Leta and Louis Edwin. Louis is buried in the Haviland Cemetery.
Sherwood's second marriage was to a widow, Stella May, in July 1925. She preceded him in death on June 19,1946.
Sherwood died on August 9,1959 and is buried in the Prattsburg Cemetery.
Submitted by: Merlyn and Joanne Johnson RR 3, Box 4 Philllpsburg, Ks. 67661
Clarence F. Stanley Family
Clarence, son of Edward and Sarah (Hinderliter) Stanley, was born August 21, 1921 at Macksville, Kansas. He served in the U.S. Army during W.W. II in the United States and overseas.
Clarence married Celestine Monaghan January 15, 1962. Two children were born - Ervin Earl on April 29, 1965, and Mary Lisa on December 29, 1966. Celstine died on January 18, 1970. Clarence lives at Marvel, Colorado.
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Mr. and Mrs. A. Goudy, farmer, plumber in early 1900’s.
Adelbert Goudy Family
Adelbert Goudy was born on July 20, 1872, son of Alexander and Emmo (Thompson) Goudy. Alexander was born in Belfast, Ireland and Emmo was born in St. Charles, Illinois. In 1877 they brought their family by covered wagon to Kansas and settled near Holyrood, Kansas.
Minnie Grace Stanley was born on January 25, 1875, daughter of Franklin and Theresa (Green) Stanley. They left Jay County, Indiana, and came by covered wagon to Kansas in 1878 and settled near Wilson, Kansas.
Adelbert Goudy and Grace Stanley were married on November 16, 1895. They moved to Macksville in 1901. To this union nine children were born - Harry, Leona, Franklin, Floyd, Mabel, Earl, Viola, Clarence and Virgil.
Mr. and Mrs. Goudy farmed one mile north and one-fourth mile east (now the airport) until 1927 when they moved to Macksville. Adelbert started a plumbing business and also sold the first skelgas stoves and bottled gas before natural gas was put in the city. He worked in this busines until his death in 1941. Grace Goudy died in 1954.
Larry Edwin Koons and Linda Ruth Goudy were married July 26, 1975. Home for their two daughters Leann Dawn Koons, born December 19,1977, and Lanae
Erin Koons, born October 27,1981, is Goodland, Kansas, where Larry and Linda own Koons Funeral Chapel.
Larry, son of R.W. and Evelyn (Huffman) Koons was born August 14, 1947, and raised in Sharon Springs, Kansas. After serving in the war in Viet Nam, he continued his education at Fort Hays State Kansas University and there met Linda. He completed his degree at Central State in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Linda, daughter of Virgil and Virginia (Shepherd) Goudy was born April 21,1951, and raised in Macksville, Kansas. She completed her music education degree from Fort Hays Kansas State University.
written 3/85 Linda Koons
Larry and Linda (Goudy) Koons, Lanae, Leann.
Chester William Grizzell Family
Chester William was born and raised in Claflin, Ks. and graduated from Kansas State Agricultural College in 1909 in Veterinary Science. He was described in the Royal Purple year book as being calm, faithful and candid, he works away with patient effort.
He spent several years at Chase caring for his brothers horses. He came to Macksville in 1913, where he lived on a farm east of Macksville. His veterinary business was done from the back seat and trunk of his car. Lee Hudson helped him with his farm work.
Chet met and married the neighbor’s daughter, Esther Henning. Four sons and one daughter were born on their Stafford County Farm. Everett, Colo., Edward (deceased), Eugene and Chester Junior, Macksville. Thelma (Mrs. Lee Hill), Calif. Edward who served with the Ninth Army was killed in action by artillery fire in Germany in 1945.
In 1934 and 1935, he spent 6 months in Texas testing cattle during a T.B. epidemic. He was a specialist on sleeping sickness in horses and never lost a horse to that disease. Many old timers still recall the hours they spent with Chet over a sick animal.
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Eugene Grizzell Family
Eugene was born in 1921 In Stafford County. Parents-Chester W. and Esther Grizzell, both deceased.
Wife-Louise (Grunder) Grizzell born 1926 in Pratt Co., Parents-Ray Grunder, deceased and Loretta (Grunder) McElhaney, Wichita. Eugene and Louise were married in 1948 at Macksville. Their four children are Lynne (Dutton) Snodgrass, California, Dennis, Wichita and Fritz and Todd, Macksville. They have seven grandchildren.
Eugene and Louise live on the farm Eugene’s granddad Grizzell bought in the early 1900’s. Fritz and Todd with their families farm with their parents and live on the farm located in the Valley Center Community.
Eugene and Louise graduated from Macksville High School and all of their children also graduated at Macksville. They are members of the Macksville Christian Church. Eugene is a World War II veteran serving as a gunner’s mate on a gun boat in the Pacific.
Standing, Daniel and Shane. Seated, left to right: Frederick, Ann Marie, Chad and Mary Ann.
Frederick R. Grizzell Family
Fritz was born in April 1952 in Pawnee County. His parents are Eugene and Louise Grizzell. He married Ann Marie Meyer in May 1971 at Belpre, Kansas. Her parents are Dale and Louise Meyer of Belpre. Ann Marie was born in June 1952.
Fritz and Ann Marie both graduated from Macksville High School in May 1970 and from the Vo-Tech school in Beloit, Kansas in May 1971. Fritz is farming with his Dad and brother in Valley Center Township in Pawnee Coun-
Mr. and Mrs. Chester Grizzell.
The family moved to another family farm north of Macksville in 1936. Three sons have lived on the farm and now a grandson lives in the home occupied by his grandparents.
After retiring from his farm work, Chester and Esther made their home in Macksville but Chet still took an active life with his veterinary work. When illness forced him to quit his vet work, people still called him for advice and medicine using his tools to perform the needed task.
Chet died in 1958 and Esther died in 1970.
Submitted by Gene and Louise Grizzell
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Grizzell.
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ty. The family are members of the First Christian Church of Macksville, Kansas.
Fritz and Ann Marie have 4 children: Daniel, June 1972, Shane, April 1975, Chad, September 1981 and Mary Ann, February 1984.
Debbie, Kirk and Travis Grizzell.
Kirk W. Grizzell Family
Kirk Grizzell was born Sept. 27, 1949 to Mr. and Mrs. Chester Grizzell of Macksville, and has lived here all his life. He has an older brother, Rodger.
Kirk’s wife, Debbie was born Nov. 17,1952 to Mr. and Mrs. Milton Lampe of St. Francis, Kansas. She had a brother, Brad, who was deceased July 1977.
Kirk and Debbie attended and graduated from college at Fort Hays State where they met. On July 7,1974, Kirk and Debbie were married, and live on a farm south of Macksville, They have a son, Travis, who was born May 6,1979.
Kirk farms and ranches with his dad and brother. Debbie is a homemaker. Travis, a very active child, attends school at Macksville. As a family, they enjoy doing activities together, and belong to the United Methodist Church, where Debbie is a Sunday School teacher. Debbie also belongs to Cameo Federated Club, two Extension Homemaker Units, a Pinochle Card Group and enjoys several crafts. Kirk belongs to Masons and Methodist Men. As a couple, Kirk and Debbie belong to a Couple’s Pinochle Card Group and enjoy spending time with their friends and families. Kirk, Debbie and Travis Grizzell are proud to be a part of the Macksville Community.
Todd and Marilyn Grizzell.
Todd A. Grizzell Family
Todd A., born in 1960 in Pawnee Co. Parents-Eugene and Louise Grizzell. He is farming with his dad and brother in Valley Center Township in Pawnee Co.
Wife-Marilyn (Wondra) Grizzell, born in Stafford County in 1961. Parents are Ed and Teresa Wondra of St. John. Todd and Marilyn were married Sept. 28,1985 in St. John. Marilyn works for The St. John News.
Todd is a member of Macksville Christian Church, a graduate of Macksville High School and attended Kansas State.
Marilyn is a member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church and a graduate of St. John High School. She attended Barton County Junior College.
Charles James “Charley” Neelly was born August 1, 1866 in Hoberg, Missouri, to Thomas Lewis and Mary S. (Moore Neelly.
Charley worked for Walt and Sally Stimatze in the 1890’s on their farm in Pratt County, Ks.
On Sept. 10, 1900 he was married to Ethel Elizabeth Denton, daughter of William and Ann (Jackson) Denton. Ethel was born January 26,1879 at Whatcheer, III.
In 1902 they moved to a farm, 9 1/2 miles south and 1/2 mile east of Macksville, which he purchased from his brother Lewis. Charley and Ethel raised all their family and lived there throughout their lives.
Charley Neelly and Ethel (Denton).
Charley died on Jan. 31, 1952 and Ethel passed away on Dec. 9,1970. Both are buried in the luka Cemetery.
Charley and Ethel were the parents of ten children, nine being born on the home place in Pratt County, Ks. The children are:
Archie James was born July 9, 1902. On July 15, 1928 he was married to Ruth Fankhauser. They had one son, Charles James. Ruth passed away on July 21,1929.
On August 25, 1931 he married Helen Carter. They farmed in the Haviland area. Their children are: Larry, Allen, Gene and Earl Richard. Earl passed away on August 4,1950.
Archie passed away on August 5,1983 and is buried in the Haviland Cemetery.
Shelby Merle was born July 28,1904. On May 20,1934 he was married to Lela Johnson. He was a teacher and coach for several years, plus farming, which he continues to do in the Byers area. Their children are Janice and Merlene.
Viola Neona was born March 7, 1906. She taught school for one year south of Byers. On July 15,1926 she married Elmer Carl Johnson. They farmed around the Macksville area and Gray County prior to 1948, when they moved to Phillips County.
Their children are: Gayle Alden, Velda Nadine, Dolores Carlene, Merlyn Eugene, Norma Ilene and Norman Duane.
Elmer passed away on Jan. 16, 1964 and is buried in the Agra Cemetery at Agra, Ks.
Erma Mildred was born October 19, 1907. She was a home demonstration agent for many years in Missouri and western Kansas. Upon retirement she returned to Macksville to care for her mother until her death. She presently lives south of the home place.
Naomi Mary was born Sept. 2, 1909. On June 6, 1934 she was married to Louis Fell. She taught school for many years in Kansas and Colorado. They are presently retired in Greeley, Colorado.
Their children are: Carmen, Gordon, twin sons (who died at birth and are buried in luka, Ks.), Nada and George Louis.
Leroy was born April 18, 1911. Upon graduation from college he was a teacher and athletic coach in the Macksville area.
On August 2, 1935 he married Elsie Henrie. She preceded him in death in 1976.
In July 1977 he married Althea Brown.
Leroy passed away on March 25,1978 and is buried in Benton, Ks.
Edrie Maye was born Feb. 9, 1914. She taught school in western Kansas for several years.
On April 30, 1942 She married Clifford Lindner. They farmed and ranched north of Kendall, Kansas.
Their children are: William "Bill”, Terry, Nina and Randy.
George was born Feb. 4, 1915. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a high school instructor and coached for several years, before returning to the Macksville area to farm, where he presently lives.
Dale was born December 7, 1916. He was married to Virginia Wheeler. Dale graduated from Washburn and Kansas University. He served in World War II as a bomber pilot and retired as an Air Force Major. At that time he assumed an instructor position at Washburn University in Topeka.
They had one daughter, Linda.
Dale passed away on March 16, 1972 and is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in Topeka.
Oric was born Feb. 12,1919. Upon discharge from the U.S. Army, following World War II he located in Wichita, Ks. and worked several years for Boeing Aircraft.
On June 25,1956 he married Opal Decker. They moved to the old family farm several years ago, where they presently reside.
Their children are: Brenda and Becky and his stepchildren are Lynnette and Bill Decker.
Submitted by Merlyn and Joanne Johnson 1985
Russell S. Walker, the 5th child of 10 and 4th son of Clarence and Mamie Walker was raised on a farm 4 miles North and 2 1/4 East of Macksville.
Russell graduated from Macksville High School with the Class of 1937. He worked on the family farm until
January, 1942 when he joined the U.S. Army Air Force, serving in several States.
In 1944, while still in the Service, Russell and Pauline Graebner, daughter of Harry and Bessie Graebner, also of rural Macksville, was united in marriage at the Methodist Church in Sterling, Kansas, January 6, 1944. Pauline was also a graduate of MHS with the Class of 1940.
Following discharge from Service in December, 1945, Russell and Pauline moved to the family farm and farmed for 35 years.
On March 5,1948 a baby girl arrived and on November 28,1952 a son was born, both blessing their home.
Russell was manager of the Co-op elevator for 7 years and then manager of Macksville Pellet Mill for 2 years, both of which is not now in existence. He also served in Civic organizations including the School Board, Township Board, City Council and County Commissioner elected in 1984.
Both Russell and Pauline serve in various positions in the Grace United Methodist Church and on the PRIDE Committee. Pauline also served in various offices of the American Legion Auxiliary, EHU, Research and Church groups and worked for six years at Parkview Manor as a part-time cook.
Their daughter, Barbara Jo Walker Nelson, her husband Gary and sons Jason and Justin live on the Walker family farm after Russell and Pauline moved to Macksville in 1980. Dennis, his wife Janet (Piland) their son Darren and daughter Amber live on the Graebner farm of which was Pauline’s childhood home.
Mr. and Mrs. Russell S. Walker.
Verne and June Seibert.
Verne Seibert Family
Verne Seibert oldest son of John E. and Neva Seibert was born April 23, 1919 on a farm southwest of Macksville. He attended grade school at Vance Rural School and High School in Macksville. He started farming in 1939 and has lived in the community all his life. He married Wilma June Johnson, June, 1940. She is the daughter of Oscar and Mattie Johnson of the Valley Center Community. They have three sons, Gale of Garden City, Ks., Gary and Eugene both of Macksville.
Omer DeVore Family
Omer DeVore is the eighth child of James and Jennie DeVore.
At the age of one year he moved to the big house on the hill and spent his growing years there, helping his father farm, graduating from Macksville School in 1930.
In 1932 Omer and Lacie Overbey were married at Ingalls, Ks.
Their family Ronnie, a cattleman and farmer north of St. John, married to Patricia Sayler has two sons and one daughter.
Galyn, coach and school teacher for 20 years, also custom cutter, married to Janet Rader, has two sons and live at Greensburg, Ks.
Dennis, salesmanager of Spradley Motors in Lamar, married Ennis Aggson, has two sons.
Omer and Lacie have lived and farmed 4 1/2 miles northeast of Macksville for 43 years - retiring this year in Colorado.
Charlie Edgar Stanley
Charlie Edgar Stanley, born 2-5-1911 in Belpre, Kansas, moved to Macksville 1914. Married Jan. 30, 1936, wife Frances E. Marks Stanley. No children.
Graduated Macksville High School 1929. Worked in Rothrock Elec. Store 1930 and J.H. Wolf Garage and Hardware as parts man, mechanic and bookkeeper from 1931 to 1948. Sec.-Treas. Macksville Telephone Co. 1942-48, Masonic Lodge, Macksville 1935-49. Transferred to New Middleton Lodge 1949.
Moved to New Middleton, Tenn. 1948. Farmer and Income Tax Consultant from 1948-1985.
Frances died May 1971.
Married Pauline Smith Pierce (widow) Sept. 1, 1972, and have two stepsons, 3 grandchildren.
Present address Gordonsville, Tn. 38563
Oscar S. Johnson
Oscar S. Johnson son of J.P. and Wilheminia Johnson lived northeast of Macksville in the Valley Center Community on the farm his father owned. He married Mattie Cunningham in 1915. They are the parents of two daughters, Doris (Cook) deceased and June (Seibert) of Macksville. The family was active in the Valley Center Church. They moved to Larned March 1958. Oscar died five months later. Mattie died Nov. 1959.
Submitted by June (Johnson) Seibert
Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Damerell came to Macksville in 1904 from Crawford County Kansas. Looking for a better climate for their son Carl’s health. They had three children, Carl, Alma (Hoover), Neva (Seibert). Henry and Carl had a dry goods and clothing store. In later years Henry sold out to Carl and son-in-law Clyde Hoover. Carl died in 1918 in the flu epidemic. Clyde Hoover bought the store.
Mr. and Mrs. Damerell lived in Macksville until he died in 1941. She died 1954.
Submitted by June and Verne Seibert
John E. Seibert son of C.G. and Sarah Seibert was born southwest of Macksville Dec. 29, 1891. He attended Vance School. He married Neva B. Damerell in 1917. They farmed until retirement. They moved to Macksville and lived in the house they built when they married, which had been moved from the farm to town. They have two sons Verne and Harry who live in the Macksville Community. They were active in the Christian Church.
Submitted by Verne and June Seibert
Picture is of David and Elsie Johnson when first married and living on farm north of Macksville, in Pawnee County and 1/2 South of Valley Center School.
Grandpa Johnson, John P., born in Sweden, came to America in 1880 and located in New Britain, Conn.
Grandma, Wilhelmina Olive Peterson, born in Sweden, came to America in 1880 first residing in New York City. Three years later moved to New Britain, Conn., where she met and married John P. Johnson. Charles P. and Mamie born in Conn.
In 1888, they moved to Western Kansas where they resided for 10 years, after which they moved to Southeast Pawnee County* (this must be Valley Center Township) where they resided until 1915. After retirement, they spent a year in California, about 12 years in Larned, then 2 years in Macksville. In the spring of 1930 they died. First Wilhelmina on May 16, then John on June 3.
David E. (Dave) born 3-17-1890 in Western Kansas (Wallace County), married Elsie Bertha Hoffman 1-26-1913. Resided in Valley Center Township (9 miles north of Macksville). Howard, Lois and Ruth, 3 sons died in infancy. Howard died 1960.
Ruth, born 1892, married Felix Hoffman in 1915. Oscar S. born 1894, married Mattie Cunningham 1915. Esther, born 1896, married Herbert Mueller 1915 at Macksville. Anna, born 1899, married Donald Smith.
*The “home place" in Pawnee Co. became the home of Uncle Oscar and Aunt Mattie. (Gary Seibert (June and Verne’s son) now lives on the “home place.) Chas. and Dave farmed near by.
I believe Uncle Charlie and Dad (David) jointly owned the first wheat harvester in our area, (Valley Center). Grandpa Johnson, John P., started the first Sunday School and Church at Valley Center. He said, “Every community needs Sunday School and Church.”
Mom died March 24,1973; Dad in May 24,1979 in Larned. (David and Elsie)
I forgot to add information that Dad had to retire from farming and moved to Larned where he had an insurance business in 1945, also sold real estate.
Submitted by Granddaughter of John P. Johnson By Lois Johnson, (daughter of David and Elsie) Klapp
A very Irish maiden Martha Ellen McGinty and German lad John A. Breitenbach were married October 18, 1911. To this marriage, Laurence, John, Dolores, Bernard and Pauline were born. The Breitenbachs’ lived on a farm near Belpre and the children attended Banner Grade School and Belpre High.
Bernard decided to become a Mortician and attended the Williams Institute of Mortuary Science in Kansas City, Kansas. His apprenticeship was taken at the Sap-pington-Calbeck Mortuary in Pratt, Kansas.
At the outbreak of World War II, Bernard enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the 308 Medical Bn. 83rd Division, and saw service in Europe.
Bernard returned to Macksville after the war, and bought the Meeker Mortuary in late 1945. In May of 1946 Carolyn E. Bryant and Bernard F. Breitenbach were married in Henderson, Kentucky.
Tyna Marie Breitenbach was born December 20, 1951 in Larned, Kan. Tyna attended the schools of Macksville, and Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas.
Tyna has been teaching Special Education since her graduation. Two years in Zurich, and then in Phillip-sburg, Kansas, where she still lives with her husband Scott Stoutimore and teaches at the South Grade School.
Bernard Breitenbach died from Cancer in November of 1978. Not wishing to sell the Mortuary at that time, Carolyn took the Kansas Funeral Directors’ examination and continued serving the people of Macksville and other communities in the Breitenbach Mortuary. It was in June of 1985 that the mortuary was sold to Mr. and Mrs. Jim Minnis of St. John, and is known as Minnis Chapel, with their son Mitch Minnis serving as Director.
Carolyn is still making her home in Macksville.
Harvey was born May 29,1890 to David K. and Louisa Breneman at Galva, Kansas. He came to Macksville in early 1916 where he was employed as assistant Cashier at the Farmers & Merchants State Bank. On May 21, 1916 he was joined in marriage to Hazel R. Finkle,
Mr. and Mrs. Harvey B. Breneman.
daughter of Judson and Clarabelle Finkle of Galva, and they established their residence in Macksville. From this union were born three daughters: Marjorie (Gibson), Bonnie (Hodson), and Bernice (Cotton).
Harvey worked at the bank for 49 years, retiring in
1965. During his life in Macksville he was active in civic affairs, serving many years as City Clerk and on the Board of Education. He was a member of the Macksville Christian Church, the Lions Club, the Masonic Lodge, and Rose of Sharon Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star.
Hazel was a devoted wife and mother and a tireless worker in the Christian Church. She helped start a local chapter of the Girl Scouts in the early thirties and served as a Board member and sponsor of that organization. She was a member of the Research Club, Christian Women’s Organization and Order of the Easter Star and served for many years on the Library Board.
Harvey and Hazel celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on May 21,1966 before his death on October 3,
1966. After his death, Hazel continued to live in Macksville and maintain her home until January, 1981 when she moved to Wesley Towers Retirement facility in Hutchinson, Kansas. Hazel passed away on June 22, 1985.
Submitted by daughter Marjorie Gibson
The John R. Hardie Family
John R. Hardie married Euphemia Stone October 18, 1882, at LeClaire, Iowa. They had three sons: Henry C. Hardie, Ora R. Hardie, Johnnie R. Hardie. Two daughters, Ardna A. Helwig, Neida C. Packard. Neida Packard, age 89 is the only one surviving, in a rest home in Oregon. John belonged to the Christian Church all of his life and Euphemia belonged to the Methodist Church all of her life.
John was a farmer and stockman, Euphemia a homemaker. When John and Euphemia Hardie arrived
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Back row:Ardna A. Hardie, (Helwig, Clowers), Henry C. Hardie, Neida C. Hardie (Packard). Front row: John R. Hardie, Johnnie R. Hardie, Euphemia Hardie.
by train in Larned, Kansas in 1904 on Christmas Day, the only cash they had was 5 cents which they used to buy a loaf of bread. They had farmed in Pierson, Iowa, raising corn, hogs and cattle and in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, raising corn, hay, hogs and cattle. They moved themselves and their cattle to Kansas by train. In Larned John and the oldest boy, Henry, worked in the livery stable and the family lived in an upstairs apartment on Main Street.
In the spring of 1905, they went by covered wagon to Kiowa and Greensburg where they broke sod for others, until in 1906 or ’07 they were able to buy 3 quarters of land in Powell Township, Comanche County, located 3 miles south of Wilmore, Kansas. In 1910 they traded the Comanche County land for 1 quarter of land, with improvements, southwest of Macksville. The big red barn, a large hog shed were Mr. Hardie’s pride and joy. He liked red cattle, raised hogs, farmed, and planted a fruit orchard. I picked a lot of apples and cherries there.
Mrs. Hardie passed away at their home at Macksville, June 5, 1933. Mr. Hardie and son Johnnie continued living on the farm. On September 1, 1935, Johnnie R. Hardie married Adaline Clapp of Benkleman, Nebraska. Johnnie, Adaline and her son Lloyd and Donna Merle lived on the farm until 1943 at which time they had a sale and moved to Elizabeth, Colo., buying a ranch there. Adaline had been a rodeo rider when younger. She passed away in Canon City, Colo., May 23,1945, buried in Alma, Nebraska. Johnnie, later married Betty, she had a son Rickie, that Johnnie adopted. Johnnie passed
away in Denver, Colo., Sept. 26, 1963. He is buried in Farmington Cemetery, Macksville, Rickie passed away in Colo., buried in Macksville. Betty is surviving in a rest home in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Submitted By: Granddaughter
E. Irene Preston
Adaline Hardie, Johnnie Hardie’s wife.
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IOOF Lodge and Rebekah Lodge
IOOF Lodge and Rebekah Lodge hall was in the Domain and Powell building above the drug store.
Naomi Rebekah Lodge No. 419 was chartered July 26, 1902. The lodge was active for several years. In the 1930’s the lodge was inactive.
Then in 1950 it became active again. The lodge was in District 45. The lodge enjoyed many parties. The IOOF Lodge and Rebekah had chili suppers as projects.
In 1970 the building became unsafe so Naomi Rebekah Lodge #419 consolidated with the Martha Rebekah Lodge at St. John. Rebekah’s traveled to St. John to attend Lodge the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.
The IOOF Lodge disbanded and paid their dues to Grand Lodge in Topeka.
Art Weitner and mother Ida Weitner
Fred Hopley and Charles Fitzsimmons
Early day residents. Left to right: Kate Carter, Julia Ridenour, Ida Tucker, Lucy Holcomb.
Ethel Satterlee
Carroll and Lillian Fred