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Counties of Kansas
Origin of Their Names and the Date of Their Organization
By Colonel H. Inman.

[Excerpts for the counties pertinent to this web-site.]

Organized in 1880. In honor of Captain John L. Graham, of the Eighth Regiment Kansas Infantry-killed in action-at Chicamauga, Georgia, September 19, 1863-before he was mustered in.

Organized in 1872. In memory of Orloff Norton, captain of Co. "L" Fifteenth Kansas Cavalry, killed by guerillas at Cane Hill, Arkansas, October 19, 1865. In 1873 the county was represented by one L. H. Billings, a man of overweening vanity, a crank on the subject of talking, and in consequence of his peculiarities became a sort of butt. A member of the senate at one time-one of Kansas brightest and wittiest of men-the same person in fact who named Shirley county, had the name of Norton changed to Billings in two lines hidden in a paragraph of a bill materialy [sic] affecting the interests of the county. The next legislature restored the name of Norton.

Organized in 1880. Named in honor of Lieutenant General Phillip H. Sheridan, United States army.

Organized in 1879. In memory of Edgar P. Trego, captain of company H, Eighth Kansas infantry; killed September 19, 1863, at Chicamauga, Georgia.

Transcriber's Note: Trego county is included above because the transcriber finds it interesting that the graves of Capt. Graham andCapt. Trego, in Chattanooga National Cemetery, lie side by side, with Capt. Graham on the north and Capt. Trego on the south, just as the counties named after them are positioned.

[Source: Western Kansas World (WaKeeney, Kansas), 23 January 1886.]

Nicodemus Enterprise, 28 September 1887

Hilliard Hawkins has the lumber on the ground for a new residence.
Dr. C. H. Newth starts to-morrow morning for St. Joe, Mo., where he will attend a medical college for the next six months.
Rev. Ash, a Baptist Missionary preacher, has been delivering a series of Sunday school lectures this week at the Baptist Church. Rev. Ash is a noble speaker and a well informed minister; so his sermons have been quite interesting and amuscing [sic] as well as beneficial.
While going to the baptizing on Spring creek last Monday, G. W. Jones' horse became unmanageable and ran away. The buggy contained Mrs. John Vaughn, Miss. Mary Moore and Mr. Jones' daughter, Pearly and his son George, Mrs. Vaughn was thrown out, Miss Moore was thrown out of the seat, Pearley jumped out but Master Geo. remained unflinchingly to the last. Luckily no serious damage was done.
Among the visitors to our city the past week was H.R. Prewitt of the firm Prewitt & Prewitt, attorneys at Millbrook. We are always glad to meet either of those gentlemen, as they are both very nice young men, full of business enterprise and, will make their mark as lawyers of excellent standing. They both came from the "Blue grass region" of Kentucky, Mt. Sterling, and have a host of friends in and around Nicodemus who always give them a hearty welcome.
Last Friday evening as G. G. Prewitt and Frank Rinehart were coming home from Fremont the horses got frightened and started to run amay [sic] became entangled in a wire fence near Gettysburg and in the excitement Mr. Rinehart received a frightful cut from the wire across the abdomen which exposed the inside lining of the stomach. Mr. Rinehart is laying at present in very critical condition. Mr. Prewitt received only a slight injury while the horses and buggy were a total loss.
In the premium list of the Hill City fair, we see the management has drawn the color line in the baby show department. Here is what they say: Finest white baby one dollar; Finest colored baby one dollar. Evidently Hill don't want to show up his scrub stock as he supposes them to be, by the side of healthy prattling children of our town. Why God bless Hill. Nicodemus can beat the world on nice babies, and we don't have to draw the color line either.

[Source: The Nicodemus Enterprise (Nicodemus, Kansas), 28 September 1887.]

The Nicodemus Enterprise, 5 October 1887


For Treasurer, John Hardman
John Hardman, our candidate, for Treasurer is one of the leading farmers of Indiana township, and has resided there ten long years. He never was a candidate before and did not seek the nomination this time. He is an excellent citizen, never has been mixed up in any county seat fight and we have never herd [sic] him express his views on the county seat question. He is in every particular identified with the interest of the county and pre-eminently qualified for the position. Both of his opponents, Messrs Fitch and Wilson may have the qualifications but neither of them are identified with the interests of the farmer. Mr. Fitch is a merchant at Whitfield and Mr. Wilson is a retired Nicodemus merchant and has been a standing candidate for some office ever since the county was organized. Hardman was a soldier and served his country in its hour of peril with honor, while Wilson jumped the draft or hired a substitute at the call of his country. Mr. Wilson never was a soldier, Mr. Hardman was. Here you have your choice, one a thrifty honest farmer and who went to the call of President Lincoln to save the Union, the other an ex-merchant, chronic office seeker and staid [sic] at home from the war when his country called for help.

For County Clerk, Rob't Richmond.
Robert Richmond, the former Republican candidate for County Clerk, is one of the oldest residents of the county, having resided here for over ten years. Mr. Richmond is one of the leading farmers and sheep growers and is in every way identified with the interests of the taxpayers of the county. He resides in Solomon township. We have heard conflicting reports concerning his views on the county seat question but care not what they lie, knowing that lie in every way fitted and qualified for the position of county clerk. His opponent, Mr. VanSlyk, is proprietor of the Firmis mill, and a merchant at that place; he never was a farmer, having been raised up in a dry goods store. Vote for a farmer for county clerk and you are sure to vote for Robert Richmond.

For Reg. of Deeds, Alvin Law.
Alvin Law, candidate for Register of Deeds, has farmed in Morlan township for the past ten years. He is a young man of fine appearance and splendid address and is an excellent penman. He will make a most worthy successor to Register Fountain. His opponent, Mr. Mechem, also lives in Morlan township and is a cattle dealer over there. Mr. Mechem has resided in the county for four years and is a brother of Police Judge Mechem, of Millbrook.

For Sheriff, James Thompson.
James M. Thompson, of Graham township, is the nominee for Sheriff. He to is an old resident of Graham county, never takes part in county seat fights and has lived here for ten years. Mr. Thompson is a man about 35 years old, and has a most excellant [sic] character and one that is unapproachable [Note: based on the context, I believe the author meant "beyond reproach"]. We understand that his opponent, Mr. Stotts, can not say as much. Where James Thompson is best known there you will find his most and best friends.

Surveyor, Coroner & Commissioner:
A. J. Mowery [sic Mowry], candidate for surveyor, is a farmer of Allodium township and is said to be a practical surveyor.
Dr. H. J. Fuller, candidate for Coroner, is an old practicing physician of Millbrook.
T. J. Brown, candidate for Commissioner in the First District, is a very popular and well liked Indiana township farmer, full of thrift and enterprise and will make an excellent man to preside over the affairs of Graham County regardless of either the Hill City or Millbrook factions and he is shure [sic] to be elected.

[Source: The Nicodemus Enterprise (Nicodemus, Kansas), 5 October 1887.]

Nicodemus Enterprise, 19 October 1887

Hon. G. W. Jones went to Millbrook on Monday to attend a law case as attorney for defendant before Justice Graves.
John Hardman, republican candidate for county treasurer, Robert Richmond, republican candidate for county clerk, and Sheriff Ellsworth are all in the city circulating among the people.
The Republican candidates and others will address the people of Nicodemus and vicinity at Nicodemus on the 27th inst. at two o'clock in the afternoon. Let every voter come out.
No town in Northwest Kansas has brighter prospects foi [sic] the future than Nicodemus. No town is surrounded with a finer and more prosperous country, and no place will offer you better inducements to locate. Come to Nicodemus.
I will sell at public auction in front of the Postoffice in Nicodemus on Saturday Nov. 5th 1887 at 2 oclock P. M. to the hightest [sic] and best bidder for cash in hand-One black horse, eight years old, works single or double.
- - - - Chas. Reese.

[Source: The Nicodemus Enterprise (Nicodemus, Kansas), 19 October 1887.]

Banked On His Credit
Almena Tradesman Talked of His Bank Stock, Bought Goods and Failed.

Norton, Kan., Dec. 2.-A. Fisher, tradesman and banker of Almena, who failed last week, had recently bought a grocery, a hardware a dry goods and a millinery store in Almena and Calvert, and had bought goods in the east on time. He had but one share in the bank, but was supposed to be the principal stockholder, and obtained credit on that impression. The Pawnee county, Neb., bank has a $2,500 mortgage, Siegel, Sanders & Co. one for $4,500, the Almena State bank $1,000 and M. J. Davis $900. Minor claims aggregate over $5,000. The assets are inconsiderable.

[Source: Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital (Topeka, Kansas), 4 December 1896.]

Albert Wallace met horrible death

Special to the Capital.
Norton, Kan., Aug. 18.-Albert L. Wallace met a horrible death today at Almena, twelve miles northwest [sic northeast] of here. He was alone in his mill at the time. In some manner he became entangled in the machinery and was fearfully mangled. His head was torn from his body and one arm was completely severed near the shoulder. No one heard his outcries and he was only found by accident. When discovered the mill was still running and his headless and armless trunk was rapidly revolving on an iron shaft.

[Source: Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital (Topeka, Kansas), 20 August 1897.]

Probably Fatally Hurt

Almena, Kan., May 25.-Mr. John Frisbie, one of the most prosperous farmers in this county, was seriously injured today by being violently thrown off the seat of his wagon-caused by the tongue falling to the ground while his team was running at full speed. The tongue of the wagon was driven into the ground over three feet, breaking off and turning clear over so that the pole was beneath the wagon when found. Frisbie struck on the sharp edge of the wagon box when he came down, striking across his abdomen. Dr. Fairchild, the physician of Almena, immediately came to the rescue, who thinks doubtless the case will prove fatal, as the man suffers from internal ruptures. At this hour there are slight hopes entertained by other physicians who were called that he will recover. Mr. Frisbie lives one and a half miles north of town, and is one of the oldest settlers in the county. He owns a large farm, well improved, and handles and raises hundreds of cattle and hogs every year. A deep feeling of sadness is apparent everywhere, as Mr. Frisbie was well liked and influential in the county.

[Source: Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital (Topeka, Kansas), 27 May 1898.]

Murder and Suicide
William Elliott Kills His Niece and Himself at Norton. [sic Lenora]

Special to the Capital.
Norton, Kan., Oct. 28.-William Elliott shot and killed Fannie Lashell at 10 o'clock last night. Elliott afterward shot and killed himself. Miss Lashell was Elliott's niece. Upon her refusal to marry him, he met her at a dance and publicly murdered her.

Miss Lashell was of a good family and bore a good reputation. Elliott was a tough, and was recently under arrest for postoffice [sic] robbery.

Note: Fannie Lashell was buried in Lenora East Cemetery. It is unknown where William Elliott is buried.

[Source: Topeka Weekly Capital (Topeka, Kansas), 1 November 1898.]

Robbers At Almena
An Express Company Touched for $3,000 in a Kansas Town

Special to the Capital.
Almena, Kan., Nov. 29.-This community became excited this morning when the night watchman at the Rock Island depot announced that some one had robbed the U. S. Express company for $3,000. The money came on the midnight train from Denver, sent by the Standard Meat and Live Stock company of Denver, Colo., addressed to Irwin & Peterson, who are their agents at this place, and who buy the hay and grain for this Denver firm which is fattening 20,000 head of sheep at this place. A well known citizen living near town, has been suspected of taking the package of money while the young man, who is the operator's assistant, was bringing the express into the baggage room.

Mr. W. Weld, who is the operator here for the Rock Island Railroad company is not obliged to be at the midnight trains, therefore, is not in any way held responsible. It is probable the thief will be apprehended soon.

Denver, Nov. 29.-Officials of the United States Express company in this city were notified today that its office at Almena, Kan., was robbed last night. The safe was opened and its valuable contents taken. The officials will not give the amount of the loss but it is known that the robbers got a package containing $3,000 in greenbacks that had been sent by the Standard Meat and Live Stock company of this city to its agent at Almena. It is believed the robbery was committed by cowboys.

[Source: Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital (Topeka, Kansas), 2 December 1898.]

GRAY, Sarah (Kepford)

Mrs. Gray, mother to John Gray, died on Thursday the 16th.

Note: Burial was in Oronoque Cemetery where the marker is inscribed with the death date of Aug. 17, 1899.

[Source: The Liberator (Norton, Kansas), 25 August 1899.]

Offers to erect flouring mill

A Nebraska man offers to erect a flouring mill at Almena if citizens of the town will furnish a site.

[Source: Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital (Topeka, Kansas), 13 April 1900.]

Almena, Kan., Scorched.

Almena, Kan., Jan. 8.-An early morning fire destroyed six buildings and damaged others. Included in the loss was the First State Bank, two drug stores, a grocery store and an empty building. The amount of the loss is not known, though quite heavy. There was partial insurance

[Source: Wichita Searchlight (Wichita, Kansas), 12 January 1907.]

Salina Enterprise, 14 November 1908

Miss Dollie Hawkins left Monday for Hill City to visit her sister Mrs. Wm. Finch.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Finch of Hill City were in the city last week the guest of his sister Mrs. James Depriest.

[Source: Salina Enterprise (Salina, Kansas), 14 November 1908.]

Nicodemus News
Nov. 10, 1908, at 8 P. M., Rev. S. M. Lee and wife gave a grand reception in honor of Rev. G. T. Raimey and wife. In spite of the snow storm the house was crowded. The table was beautifully decorated with all the delicacies of the season. Rev. Raimey and his bride were presented with a set of silver knives and forks. Every one present reported having had a grand time.

Stockton News
Grant Harris, of Nicodemus, came down Tuesday after some freight and stayed until Wednesday morning because his goods were delayed.
Frank Riley and Nealie Sadler, of Nicodemus, passed through our city, enroute for a few days' visit at Osborne.

Stockton Items
David Cannon and daughter Mayme, of Nicodemus, were in our city the 16th of this month, retuning the next evening.
Jacob Coleman and wife, of Nicodemus, were in our city shopping, Monday, Nov. 23.
Miss Mayme Cannon and brother Willie were in our city shopping on the 23rd, returning the next evening.
Rev. W. W. Stewart preached his farewell sermon Sunday night. He will go from here to Nicodemus, and we hope he will make us another visit before he returns home.
The roads have been so bad that the mail from Bogue has been coming every other day.

[Source: Salina Enterprise (Salina, Kansas), 10 December 1908.]

Local Happenings

Miss Dolly Hawkins has returned from Hill City, where she has been visiting her sister, Mrs. Will Finch.

[Source: Salina Enterprise (Salina, Kansas), 17 December 1908.]

Stockton News

Mrs. Nettie Lalos [?] has been in our city since Saturday. She intended to go to Nicodemus Saturday, but "Uncle Jaby" Norton would not take her.

[Source: Salina Enterprise (Salina, Kansas), 24 December 1908.]

Manhattan Items
Elisha Scott stopped over between trains. He was enroute to Hill City.

Ellsworth Items
Mrs. Mary Glenn, of Hill City, spent the holidays in Ellsworth visiting with her daughter, Mrs. Lewis N. Grimes and friends, returning home Saturday morning.

Nicodemus Items
Everyone seemed to have a grand time Christmas.
Harrison Ward is visiting friends in Iowa. He thinks he will spend the winter there.
Mrs. Rev. S. M. Lee has returned to her home after visiting relatives and friends at Bedford, Clarinda and Waverly, Iowa, and Kansas City. She reports having had a grand time.
Rev. S. M. Lee preached to a crowded house at Stockton last Sunday evening.
Mrs. Rev. G. T. Raimey spent several days with her parents in Abilene during the holidays.
Lon Alexander is feeding 75 head of cattle and 100 head of hogs.
G. M. Sayers has just received a large bill of dry goods.
The members of the A.M.E. church will hold an old maids' convention some time in January.
Mr. and Mrs. David Welton are the happy parents of a fine baby girl.
O.E.S. No. 25 of Nicodemus meets the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month.
Austin Smith's dwelling caught fire Tuesday and burned down.
Mr. and Mrs. David Cannon entertained the following guests for dinner Tuesday: Rev. S. M. Lee and wife, Mrs. G. W. Jones, Mrs. Pearl Groves, Mrs. Mary Gordon and Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Jones. After partaking of a magnificent dinner a very interesting time was held. Subject discussed was time was held. Subject discussed was "Future hope of our young people," which was very good indeed.
All of the farmers in this part of the country are installing telephones

[Source: Salina Enterprise (Salina, Kansas), 14 January 1909.]

Nicodemus Items

Last week I spoke of the burning of Osten Smith's house. In this fire he lost everything he had and $25 in money.
People are busy getting ice now.
The Alexander brothers sod $1,200 worth of fat cattle this week.
Mrs. Rosa Clark is on the sick list.
Mrs. Katie Edwards is also on the sick list. She is under the care of Dr. D. H. Stewart, of the firm of Drs. Stewart & Washington.
Mrs. Lon Alexander and Miss Eugenia Garland left last Tuesday for Downs, where they will visit their parents.
Henry Williams went to Hill City on business.
A number of citizens were up to Hill City last Saturday night, assisting in setting up a new Masonic lodge. Twenty-five were initiated. The Grand Master was present. The boys report a grand time.
G. M. Sayers and H. L. Henrie, our merchants, are doing good business.
Farevem school, district No. 87, has built a neat house and has employed Mrs. Lulu Craig as teacher. The district has organized a society, to be known as The Conference of Farevem District No. 87. This school house is built on Rev. S. M. Lee's farm.
Henry Williams carried off a load of hogs last week.
Andrew Alexander is feeding about 25 fat cattle.

[Source: Salina Enterprise (Salina, Kansas), 21 January 1909.]

Nicodemus Items
We had a rain and snow and general winter storm Saturday.
Dr. D. L. Stewart reports James Griffins' family sick with fever. All doing well under his care.
Nealie Williams has been very sick this week.
Dr. Washington's mother and sister are here visiting from Canada.
Services were well attended at the First Baptist church Sunday. Sabbath school at 10 o'clock. Rev. Raimey preached an able sermon at 11 o'clock. Subject, "Will a Man Rob God." At 8 p.m. Rev. S. M. Lee preached a good sermon. Subject, "Death and Judgment."
Mrs. Slaughter, of Denver, enroute to Indiana to the bedside of her father, who is very sick, stopped off here and took her daughter, Mrs. Anna Cannon, with her.
Rev. S. M. Lee and wife were in Hill City this week on business.
A number of farmers thashed [sic thrashed] cane and other small seed this week.
The wind last week blew down the blacksmith shop and damaged another building very badly.
Mrs. Ida Davenport is very sick.
Mrs. Anna Cannon entertained the following ladies for lunch last Thursday: Mesdames Lucretia Fletcher, Sarah White, S. M. Lee and Charles Baxte. All report an elegant time.

[Source: Salina Enterprise (Salina, Kansas), 4 February 1909.]

Former Webster County Boy Marries Kansas Girl

Owen A. Hunsicker, a son of R. L. Hunsicker, who resides south of Inavale, was married on Sunday, March 30th, and the following clipping from The New Era, published at Hill City, Kansas, will be of interest to his many friends here:

A beautiful home wedding was solemnized on Sunday, March 30th, 1913, at 5 o'clock, p.m., at the residence of the brides parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. J. McManimie, on West Elm Street in this city, when their daughter, Miss H. Maude was united in marriage to Mr. Owen A. Hunsicker, of Morland, Kansas. Rev. Brown of the Presbyterian church officiated.

The bridal party entered to the strains of a wedding march played by Miss LeOra Carney.

Miss Maude was attended by Miss Rosamond Bondy, as maid of honor, and Mr. Ray Hunsicker of Inavale Nebraska, brother of the groom, served as best man.

The bride, who is one of the most accomplished young ladies of Hill City, was exquisite in a gown of cream chiffon over cream messaline, trimmed with chiffon roses, tinted at center with dainty pink.

Miss Maude was one of our home girls, and was a member of the first class to graduate from the Hill City High School here. She also took an elocutionary course at the Washburn College at Topeka, Kansas, and received many complimentary press notices of the parts she took in several plays given in that city. She is an accomplished musician.

Mr. Hunsicker is a young man of sterling worth. He held a position with the Graham County State Bank, of this city, for over two years and is at present Cashier at the Citizens State Bank, of Morland, Kansas.

After a dainty two course luncheon the "Newly Weds" departed for Inavale, Nebraska, where they will make Mr. Hunsicker's parents a two weeks visit. They will be at home after April 15th, in Morland, Kansas.

We join with their many friends in wishing them a long, happy and prosperous journey through life.

[Source: The Red Cloud Chief (Red Cloud, Nebraska),10 April 1913.]

Carney-Ashurst marriage

--Announcement has been received in Paris of the marriage of Miss Lula Ashurst, formerly of Paris, to Mr. M. V. Carney, of Hill City, Kansas the ceremony being performed at Moreland [sic], Kansas.

The bride is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Ashurst, of Paris, and until the death of her father, a few years ago, resided at the Ashurst home, at the corner of Boone and Cypress streets. For the past year she has made her home with her sister, Mrs. Garrett Kenney, and family, at Moreland, Kansas. She is a sister of Mrs. Chas. Ecton and Mrs. Jesse Craig of Fayette county, and of Mrs. Charles Purnell and Mr. Lloyd Ashurst, of Avon. Mrs. Joseph Redmon, of near Paris, is an aunt. The groom is a young business man of Hill City. Following a brief wedding trip Mr. and Mrs. Carney will be at home in Hill City.

[Source: The Bourbon News (Paris, Kentucky), 27 October 1922.]

Herschel Conner's lister

Herschel Conner, who resides at Morland, Kansas was a pleasant caller at the Herald office last week and gave us some unusual information. He and his brother-in-law have in 600 acres of corn near Morland, and in 225 acres there are only three rows. We expected it to be some sort of riddle, but Herschel says that they started planting around a field with a three row lister, and when the middle of the field is reached, they drive out to the edge of the field. This saves turning with a tractor and speeds up planting. He also told us that in the winter snow is packed in a hole in the ground, about 6 feet across and 8 feet deep and that this serves as a refrigerator for the hot season. Sometimes there is some snow to be thrown out when the next winter's packing is to be done. It sounds to us like a land of "unusualties".

[Source: Undated clipping from unknown newspaper. Contributed by Src #27.]

Tidbits from various issues of The Red Cloud Chief

Mrs. J. H. Smith of Norton, Kans., is visiting in the city.
A herd of about 350 head of cattle passed through the city Sunday on their way to Norton county, Kansas, where they are to be fed this winter.

[Source: The Red Cloud Chief (Red Cloud, Nebraska),28 September 1888.]

Miss Sylvia Cook and Mrs. Mollie Nelander left on Tuesday evening for Hill City, Kansas, to visit a brother whom they had not seen for 20 years.

[Source: The Red Cloud Chief (Red Cloud, Nebraska),13 December 1895.]

Jesse Sapp has been heard from. He went from here southwest on a prospecting tour and writes back to Scrivner, his father-in-law, that he has located in Graham county, Kansas near Hill City, the county seat. His little three-year-old boy, Leslie, lives with his grand parents.

[Source: The Red Cloud Chief (Red Cloud, Nebraska), 28 June 1901.]

A. Gautchy of Norton, Kan., was in Red Cloud Wednesday on his way home from a visit with his brother-in-law, I. B. Colvin, at Guide Rock.

[Source: The Red Cloud Chief (Red Cloud, Nebraska),11 August 1905.]

A. H. Gray of Norton, Kansas, was in Red Cloud Thursday.

[Source: The Red Cloud Chief (Red Cloud, Nebraska),2 February 1906.]

J. W. McCain of Hill City, Kansas, is visiting at the home of E. M. Gard this week.

[Source: The Red Cloud Chief (Red Cloud, Nebraska),10 August 1906.]

Mrs. E. M. Gard is home from her visit in Hill City, Kansas.

[Source: The Red Cloud Chief (Red Cloud, Nebraska), 21 September 1906.]

Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Waldo and Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Hirsch started for Hill City, Kas., this morning in Mr. Waldo's auto.

[Source: The Red Cloud Chief (Red Cloud, Nebraska), 28 July 1910.]

Ernest Hines, of Oberlin, and Miss Ethel Dey, of Norton, Kansas, who had been spending a few days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Hines, returned to their homes, Saturday.
Lew Etherton returned home from Clayton, Kansas, Saturday.
George Lemmon went to Norton, Kansas, Saturday, to look after his horses in the races at the county fair.
Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Bailey went to Norton, Wednesday, to attend the county fair.
Marion Mercer went to Norton Monday, to play with the Smith Center band at the Norton county fair.
James Gilbert, James Etherton, Will Brooks, Jack Steffens and Cherl Koontz went to Norton this morning to attend the county fair.
[Source: The Red Cloud Chief (Red Cloud, Nebraska),31 August 1916.]

Miss Eva Foster left Sunday morning for Hill City, Kansas, where she will visit friends.

[Source: The Red Cloud Chief (Red Cloud, Nebraska),14 September 1916.]

Miss Eva Foster returned home from Hill City, Kansas, the last of week.

[Source: The Red Cloud Chief (Red Cloud, Nebraska),5 October 1916.]

Miss Eva Foster returned home Tuesday morning from Hill City, Kansas, where she had been visiting friends.

[Source: The Red Cloud Chief (Red Cloud, Nebraska),19 April 1917.]

John Foster and daughter, Eva, returned home Tuesday morning from Hill City, Kansas, where they had been visiting friends.

[Source: The Red Cloud Chief (Red Cloud, Nebraska),6 January 1921.]

Albert Applegate Shot in Cold Blood.
His Murderer Unknown.
Vengeance Probably the Motive for the Bloody Deed.

Albert Applegate Formerly of Colorado, Was Shot and Killed by an Unknown Assailant Near Wilsonville, Neb., Yesterday While He Was Husking Corn-The Murderer Stayed at a House Nearby the Night Previous, Did Not Give His Name, but Said He Had Known Applegate on the Colorado Range-From Some Prior Remarks of Applegate's It Is Supposed that a Woman Difficulty Was at the Bottom of the Deed.

Special to the News.
Wilsonville, Neb., Nov. 8-Albert Majors of Deviszes [sic], eight miles south of here, came to town this morning and told a tale of a coolly planned and executed murder that occurred at that place at about sunrise this morning.

Last evening a man, unknown in the neighborhood of Deviszes, called at the home of John Nelson and inquired for Albert Applegate, saying he was an old friend of his, and that he had known him on the range in Colorado. He stayed with Nelson last night, but did not give his name. This morning early he started for the field near by where Applegate was husking corn.

The supposition of those who found the body is that the murderer sneaked upon his victim in a draw which ran very near where he was husking and commenced firing when he had reached a shooting distance.

Applegate, after the first shot, is supposed to have decided to clinch the man, and started for him, pulling his coat as he ran.

Four shots were fired, but that only one struck him, the fatal shot, just as he reached the murderer, is known from the fact that his face is badly burned with powder. The shot struck him just below the cheek bone, causing instant death. He was found a half hour later by Albert and Henry Majors and Will and John Nelson, and carried to the home of the latter.

The country is being scoured by armed men, and if the murderer is caught it will go hard with him. No one knows who the murderer is or the cause of the crime, but he is supposed to be a man with whom Applegate had had trouble while living in Colorado.

He told Majors last summer that he had caused the separation of a man and his wife in Colorado, and the man had sworn to follow him and kill him, if it took twenty years. The man who committed the deed is probably the same and the above named act the cause of the crime. He has never been seen since the murder was committed, but no pains will be spared to effect his capture. Applegate was well known here as a sober, industrious man and an honorable and upright citizen.

Note: William Albert Applegate was buried in Devizes Cemetery.

[Source: Rocky Mountain News (Denver, Colorado), 9 November 1895.]

An Assassin Caught

Topeka, Kas., Nov. 21.-William Hiddy has been arrested at Mount Ayr, Idaho, on suspicion of being the murderer of Albert Applegate, a well to do farmer, who was found dead in a cornfield in Norton County some days ago. The officers have gone to bring Hiddy to Kansas.

[Source: Daily Register Gazette (Rockford, Illinois), 21 November 1895.]


Hedy Kills Applegate in November-Trial Begins,

Special to the Capital.
Norton, Kan., Feb. 5.-The taking of testimony in the William Hedy murder case was begun this morning. Hedy is charged with shooting and killing William Albert Applegate on the 8th of last November.

Testimony was introduced today showing a quarrel between the parties over Applegate's attentions to Hedy's wife, on account of which Hedy threatened Applegate's life.

On the 8th of November last, Hedy who had been living in Iowa, came out and went to Applegate's cornfield where he was husking corn, and there shot Applegate.

There was no witnesses to the killing. Hedy then escaped and returned to Iowa, but was arrested and brought back.

Applegate and Hedy's quarrel occurred in Colorado four years ago, after which Hedy moved to Iowa, and Applegate came to this county and married, leaving at his death his wife and one child.

It is not known what defense Hedy will make, but the fact of the alleged intimacy of Applegate and Mrs. Hedy will figure, and possibly self-defense.

The testimony of the state will all be closed by noon tomorrow. The case will probably be closed by Friday noon. Great interest is manifested here, the court room being packed during the whole day.

[Source: Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital (Topeka, Kansas), 7 February 1896.]


After Jury Is Out Sixteen Hours It Finds Him Guilty of Murder.

Special to the Capital.
Norton, Kan., Feb. 8.-At half-past 10 o'clock today the jury returned a verdict, convicting William Hedy of murder in the second degree.

He is charged with the murder of Albert Applegate on the 8th of last November. The jury was out about sixteen hours. Hedy did not seem to be effected by the verdict.

His plea was self-defense, but the men had had a quarrel in Colorado several years ago over Hedy's wife, and there was a grudge between them over that matter so that it is quite possible the crime was committed in revenge.

Hon. L. P. Thompson was the attorney for Hedy, while Colonel C. D. Jones prosecuted. A motion for a new trial has been filed and will be argued next week. The case has attracted much attention as Applegate was a very prominent farmer in the northern part of the county.

[Source: Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital (Topeka, Kansas), 11 February 1896.]

Hanged himself

William Heddie hanged himself in a jail cell at Norton, Kan., last night. After an exciting trial lasting a week, he had been convicted of the murder of Albert Applegate, a young farmer of this county, and was sentenced yesterday by Judge Geiger to serve a term of fifteen years in the penitentiary at hard labor. The conviction was for murder in the second degree.

[Source: Denver Post (Denver, Colorado), 14 February 1896.]

Two Encephalitis Cases At Hays

Two cases of encephalitis, a form of sleeping sickness, were reported in Hays and a third in Norton.

Mrs. W. A. Foley, Norton city librarian, is critically ill with the disease. She was taken to the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City.

At Hays, the cases took mild forms. The patients, unidentified reportedly are recovering with no after effects.

It I believed the disease is carried by mosquitos.

[Source: Salina Journal (Salina, Kansas), 19 September 1956.]

Postmaster Lohrmeyer injured

Desnmore [sic] - Henry Lohrmeyer, Densmore postmaster, suffered injuries to an eye when a nail flew in it. Physicians at St. Joseph's Hospital, Concordia, believe the eye and part of the sight may be saved.

Lohrmeyer and his brother, J. B., were rebuilding a barn on their mother's farm near Logan when the accident occurred. The Densmore man was starting to drive a nail into a 2 by 4 when the nail flew back.

[Source: Salina Journal (Salina, Kansas), 19 September 1956.]

Auto Accident near Clayton

Clayton - Minor injuries were suffered by two passengers in a two car collision on US383 in Clayton.

The vehicles were driven by Jacob Shively, Jennings, and Fred Thompson, Scottsbluff, Neb.

Tom Brock, riding in the Shively car, suffered bruises. Mary Reed, Jennings, a passenger with Thompson, suffered cuts and bruises.

Others riding with Thompson were his wife; Cathy Sturch and Victoria Brunz, Mitchell, Neb.

[Source: Salina Journal (Salina, Kansas), 19 September 1956.]

Tidbits from Western Kansas World

A female-beggar fraud has been discovered at Norton.
Norton is happy over the receipt on the 27 ult., of the C., K. & N. railroad.
The county-seat election in Graham county last Monday resulted in favor of Millbrook. We understand that none but friends of Millbrook voted. The election, with Hill City as the candidate for the county seat, is to come off within a few weeks. None but friends of Hill City are expected to vote then. After that the question of which place is the county seat will be thrown into the courts for settlement.
It cost a fellow who was on a too-big time at Norton $150 to press his knuckle, as the Champion puts it, through the glass plate front of Shineall & Terpening's store. He had partaken of the ardent, and was that way himself.
[Source: Western Kansas World (WaKeeney, Kansas), 11 February 1888.]

The Fremont Pressis a new paper, issue at Fremont, Graham county, by Kay and Bright. The Bright is E. E., who used to live in the Saline valley, in this county. The Press, for its location, is a good paper.
By the Press, we see that Mr. and Mrs. D. R. Bright, formerly of this county, are visiting their son at Fremont, Graham county.
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Bell, of The Cleveland, were at Hill City last Sunday, returning home on Monday. The county records have been moved there from Millbrook the day before, and things in the new county seat were humming. Mr. Pomeroy, of Atchison, Mr. Bell says, is building the court house at Hill City. It is to cost ten thousand dollars.
[Source: Western Kansas World (WaKeeney, Kansas), 17 March 1888.]

The Hill City Reveille calls it county "script".
J. W. Hickman has preached for the last two Sundays to the people of Banner, Graham county.
Still the newspaper condensation proceeds. The Hill City Star of this week announces its own death. It will be merged with the Eagle material, with which Brother Wright, of the late Star, and Brother Hill, of the Eagle, will issue the Graham County Times. There is a pile of sense in Hill City. It is business sense at that.
Great newspaper condensation has been practiced at Hill City. The Reveille has purchased the good wills and materials of both the Fremont Press and Hill City Sun, and merged the three offices. The Reveille is the paper to stay in the swim. The same style of condensation should be given a big run in western Kansas.

[Source: Western Kansas World (WaKeeney, Kansas), 20 April 1889.]

J. L. Miller, of Norton, the Champion says, has returned from Mercy Hospital, Chicago, entirely cured of the opium habit. He had been using it constantly for five years as an anodyne.
The Hill City Reveille sounds the news that John Horton, of Fremont, Graham county, while in the act of placing a pistol in his pocket, accidentally shot and killed himself Thursday of last week.

[Source: Western Kansas World (WaKeeney, Kansas), 6 July 1889.]

They Will Do It.
Ed. Welch, one of the proprietors of the Wa-Keeney World, was married last week to Miss Dollie Miller of Edmond. This is the first intimation we have had that any Norton county girls would marry an editor. If there are any more so careless about their demeanor they may negotiate with two thirds of the Norton editors.- - Norton Champion.

Four of a Kind.
Last week the Graham county commissioners were placed under arrest for misdemeanor in office, the county attorney proceeding on his own information. They were charged with allowing several claims that were not verified, as provided by statute. It seems to be a mere technical offense or omission on the part of the commissioners as no charge is made that the bills allowed were not just, nor that they were for more than the legal price for such services. In short the county attorney, at the expense of the county wanted to even up with the Commissioners because they had reduced his salary. The Commissioners did a very foolish thing when they adjusted the salary of the county attorney as they did in Graham county. If they knew anything about public business they knew it was not in the line of economy; but that is no justification for the reckless manner in which the county attorney squanders the money of the county in retaliation for a real or fancied grievance. The people foot these bills and in the long run they will discover that the Commissioners made a mistake which is costing them dearly. There is a difference between a prosecution and a persecution which ought to be made clear to the county attorney of Graham County. [Source: Western Kansas World (WaKeeney, Kansas), 14 February 1891.]

Attendees of funeral of John A. Hansen

H. Hansen and wife of Hobart, T. D. Hansen and wife and son of Verden, and Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Foster of Studley, Kansas, attended the funeral of their brother, John A. Hansen Sunday.

[Source: Perry Republican (Perry, Oklahoma), 28 September 1922.]

50th Anniversary Reunion of 1913 Class

[Note: A photo of five classmates accompanied this article.]

July 30, 1963, the Hill City High School Class of '13 held their reunion in the New Haven banquet room.

Mrs. Caruthers and Patricia had arranged decorations in the class colors, pink and blue and gold for the anniversary and also pink rosebuds, the class flower. They served punch, coffee and cakes to about 40 friends who came to wish the class well and exchange stories.

Of the Class of 14, 12 are alive. Hon. Jay Parker, (far right), Edward Pedroja (far left), Harry Benson (center), Jess Howard (right), and Lola Irwin (left) were present. The absentees were: Phrenola Patterson, Jennie Cochran, Earl Sperry, Lizzie Howard, Margaret Brown, and Jessie Lea Williams. Della Vincent and Myrtle Keith are deceased.

At 7 p.m., after a grace of 13 words, 13 were seated at a lovely table with a '13 anniversary cake centerpiece. The Steak House served a lovely chicken dinner. Guests of the class were Mrs. Edward Pedroja, Kathyrn Pricer, Virginia Parker, C. E. Irwin, Folsom Strong, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Allen and Ruth Kackley. After a silent tribute to Myrtle and Della, Jay and Ruth acted as Master of Ceremonies with serious and comic reminiscences. The class appreciated Editor Bob Boyd and Supt. Bernard Allen taking pictures.

The cake was given to Ivan Mort who called. He was a school board member 50 years ago. He will use the cake August 12 for his 85th birthday.

The Class of '13 thank all who made their reunion a success - a day which will always be a precious memory.

[Source: The Hill City Times (Hill City, Kansas), 8 August 1963 contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]

Mrs. Annie Johnson recalls arrival of the settlers here

By Roberta Fisher Willey
Telegram Social Reporter
Mrs. Annie Fisher Johnson of 506 North Jones, Norton, can look back and remember about as long a period of the history of Norton County as any person now living in this county.

Mrs. Johnson can remember way back - and tie the days of the Indians and the pioneers and early settlers to the present - for a very good reason. The reason is that today she is a very spry 91 and she has lived in this county for 90 of those years.

Mrs. Johnson was too young when she first came here in a covered wagon to be able to note things that year, but her parents told her what it was like.

Let's let her tell her own story:

"The present city of Norton in the year 1873 consisted of one small log house which served as a post office," reported Mrs. Johnson.

Settlers Move In
"It wasn't long until a store was built and more settlers began to move in. It didn't take Norton long to settle. The town was founded in 1878," she recalled.

Annie Fisher, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel Fisher, three brothers and two sisters and two other families left their homes in Linn County, Iowa, in covered wagons. En route to Kansas the Fisher family stopped in republic County, Nebr. There, Mr. Fisher worked to get money to continue their trip. The three families arrived in Norton County in the fall of 1873. Another son and daughter were born to Mr. and Mrs. Fisher later after they made their home in Kansas.

Mr. and Mrs. Fisher and children lived with bachelor, Johnnie Rosenbourgh, until their dugout was built. Their final dugout house was built into an embankment near the Prairie Dog Creek about six miles east of the present city of Norton.

"A system was worked up between neighbors, Mrs. Johnson said. Once every two weeks different ones took turns going to Kearney, Nebr., to get groceries and necessary provisions."

"My father began farming right away," reminisced the lady pioneer.

"He used a walking cultivator and plow. The first year he farmed with oxen and after that a team of horses was used. Antelopes and jack rabbits were plentiful in those days. Rabbit was a main meal dish. My oldest brother, Harry, saw a buffalo once, but he was afraid to shoot it since he was not carrying a gun powerful enough to kill the animal."

Indians Live Close By
A large Indian settlement was located about a mile or so southwest of the Fisher homestead. Twice settlers in the district heard the Indians were going to raid their homes. Mrs. Johnson told of the neighboring families banding together for protection. Nothing ever came to pass of the rumor.

"I do remember one Indian," she recalled. "He came to our house quite often. He would hold my sister, Maggie, in his arms and call her 'pretty papoose'.' No one would say anything to him for fear of their life. He would also eat our bread and stalks of cane sorghum that we had near our home. No harm ever came to use [sic] from that Indian though." Mrs. Johnson said she could not explain the Indian's knowledge of English.

When asked if she attended school and where, Mrs. Johnson eagerly began, "Yes, I went to school at Calvert. For a few years, school was taught only three months out of the year. Later it was open for the full six months. The first building was made of logs and had an earthen floor. Benches were used until desks were acquired. The first teacher was Mrs. Albert Curry. The school building was also used as the Presbyterian Church. To begin with the minister came only part time. The first minister was Rev. Josiah McPherrin."

Mrs. Johnson stated that she joined the church Dec. 9, 1888.

Married in 1889
Annie Fisher was married in November, 1889, at the age of 17 to William Jones. Rev. Josiah McPherrin performed the ceremony in the basement at the home of her brother, H. E. Fisher. "William only had $20 when we were married," laughed Mrs. Johnson. "He had to go up into Nebraska a month after our marriage to shuck corn to earn some money. He was gone six weeks. I well remember tending to the chores during his absence. Our well was 100 feet deep. I had to harness up the horse each morning to draw water to give to our two cows, the horse and the sow and her little pigs."

Mrs. Johnson reported that their first home was one big room. She started housekeeping with one small homemade table, four orange boxes for seats, a bed, coal oil lamp and a stone in which wood, coal, corn cobs and even cow chips were burned. Mr. and Mrs. Jones lived on their 500-acre farm northwest of Norton for 20 years. It was at this residence their four children were born.

Norton A Town of 1,000
"I would say Norton may have reached a population of 1,000 at the time of our marriage," she stated. "There was a grocery
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[Note: Have not yet found the continuation.]

[Source: Norton Daily Telegram (Norton, Kansas), 18 October 1963, contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]

Mrs. Johnson tells history of the church at Calvert

Mrs. Annie Fisher Johnson, of Norton, 91 years old and a 90-year resident of Norton County, is well qualified to tell the story of the Presbyterian Church of Calvert, one of the oldest churches in Norton County.

Mrs. Johnson was one of the first settlers at Calvert (Her story on other aspects of Norton County appears above on this page.) Below are her recollections about the start of the Calvert church which has continued as an active institution all through the years:

In the fall of 1873 a group of pioneers came from their homes in the east and settled in the neighborhood now known as the Calvert District.

The following brief history of the First Presbyterian Church in Calvert is told by one of the pioneers, Mrs. Johnson.

Starts in Log School
The first church started in a school house built of logs with benches used as seats. It was built on or near the location where the present school house stands. Those who came to worship walked a mile or more carrying the smaller children. As there was no money for extra 'Sunday shoes,' all went barefooted and carried their shoes. Before reaching the school building, the Prairie Dog Creek had to be waded. In a draw back of the building, they paused to put their shoes and stockings on after crossing the creek. After church the shoes would be removed and all would return home barefooted.

The First Presbyterian Church was organized at Norton in 1875 with the Calvert congregation attending also.

November 7, 1889 the First Presbyterian Church of Calvert was organized by John Wilson and A. T. Aller.

Twenty members used the school house as their place of worship. The following seven pastors served the church: A. T. Aller, 1889 to 1891; Theo Bracken, 1891 to 1892; A. T. Aller, 1892 to 1893; A. C. Keeler, 1895 to 1899; no minister from 1899 to 1901; J. C. Everett, 1901 to 1903; no minister from 1903 to 1904; William Y. Roberts, 1904 to 1905; S. Y. Allison, 1905 to 1909.

At a congregational meeting Dec. 12, 1907, steps were taken to build a new church. A committee was appointed to secure land for the new building. The trustees of the church at that time were F. M. Rhoades, C. D. Bieber, G. M. Anderson, C. H. Hubbard and D. F. Fisher. After some delay, land was offered to the church by J. W. Bieber and the church was built on the place where it now stands. The church was constructed by Anderson and Jensen and plans were submitted by Jhon [sic] Stapp. A small family burial ground is also located near the church.

Dedication Services
The dedication services took place May 23, 1909. D. C. Smith served as pastor from 1909 to 1910, Joel Warner from 1910 to 1912 and M. D. Smith from 1912 to 1920. With the exception of one year, Rev. Smith was a resident pastor.

Rev. Smith made plans to have the church basement enlarged to full size and to be used for social events and class meetings. The work was contributed by neighborhood men.

The following ministers of other denominations also served the church: Rev. Kennedy, Evangelical; Rev. Lackey, Methodist; Rev. and Mrs. McCoy, Congregational.

The first church was struck by lightning July 20, 1932, and was totally destroyed by fire. The church was rebuilt by the architects and building contractors, Slapp [newsprint faded; could be Stapp] and Lecky, and was dedicated Dec. 4, 1932. The Elders of the church at that time were F. M. Rhoades, J. A. Miller, D. F. Fisher and C. H. Hubbard. The Trustees were August Pache, treasurer, L. E. Bieber, secretary, F. M. Rhoades, chairman, C. L. Bieber, R. C. Hubbard and D. F. Fisher, clerk of the session.

Other Presbyterian ministers serving the church within recent years were Rev. and Mrs. Roy Smith and Rev. John Filinger and Rev. Donald Hammerli, both of Phillipsburg.

Today, the First Presbyterian Church of Calvert has 39 active members and 16 inactive. Rev. Klon Matthews serves as a full time minister for the church. For almost 74 years, this small country church as served the community.

[Source: Norton Daily Telegram (Norton, Kansas), 18 October 1963, contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]

Densmore area farmer killed by tractor

Lloyd Merle Keeling, 35, farmer of three miles north of Densmore, was killed Saturday at about 1 o'clock in the afternoon when his tractor turned over on him, crushing him beneath it.

Keeling had been a resident of the area for only a few months, moving here from Healy, Kans., near Scott City, when his mother Mrs. June Haverfield purchased the former Hugh Stone farm.

Keeling had taken the tractor out to attempt to pull out a truck which was said to have been stuck in the mud in bottom land near the farm house. Layton Walters of Densmore, bulk gasoline truck driver, dropped by to see if Keeling needed any gas and volunteered to help when Mrs. Havefield told him Keeling was out trying to pull out the truck.

Walters found Keeling dead beneath the tractor seat with the tractor on top of him.

Funeral services will be tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Healy with burial to be at Healy. Scott-Brantley Funeral Home of Norton was in charge of preliminary arrangements. The body was at Wienneman Funeral Home in Scott City today.

Besides his mother, Keeling is survived by his wife, the former Betty Warren, a son Herber Eugene, 3, and a daughter, Sherry Lynn, one. Also surviving is a sister, Mrs. Christine Elliot of Portland, Ore., and his father, Otto Keeling, of California.

He was born Oct. 18, 1927, at Kansas City, Kans., son of Otto Keeling and Jane Bradley Keeling. He spent seven years in the Air Force.

[Source: Unidentified newspaper clipping, dated 3 September 1963, contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]

Prominent Lenora man died Monday evening

The death of C. K. (Carroll) Nelson, 53, prominent Lenora business, shortly before midnight last night [8 July 1974] has shocked and saddened area residents.

Nelson was general manager of the Rural Telephone Service Company, headquartered in Lenora, and was an active community leader. Cause of death was not released by the family.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 11 at the Enfield-Eckhart Funeral Home in Norton. Rev. James Bush will officiate with interment to follow in the Lenora [South] Cemetery. Friends may call at the Enfield-Eckhart Funeral Home all day Wednesday and until the funeral hour on Thursday.

Those wishing to give memorials in his name may do so to the northern satellite of the High Plains Mental Health Center in Norton.

In his short lifetime, Carroll had seen his dream come true at the rural telephone cooperative he helped organize in Feb., 1951 had grown to become the third largest independent telephone company in the state of Kansas.

Charter members of the corporation along with Carroll were Armond Benoit, Paul N. Mills, Myron G. Johnson, Lorenz Wagner, Ernest L. Halderman, and E. J. Zohner.

Carroll had been the general manager from the actual beginning of operation in April, 1954, when exchanges in Logan, Edmond and Damar were the only towns served. As of July 1 of this year when the Grainfield exchanges were included, the Rural Telephone Service Company serves over 7,700 subscribers in 13 counties of Northwest Kansas.

One of the most modern telephone companies in the nation, under Carroll's leadership Rural Telephone Service Company is now in the process of converting its entire system to underground lines. A large IBM computer was installed in company offices in Lenora in recent months to accommodate the additional business of the expanding company.

Edmond native
Carroll is a native of Edmond, having been born on June 2, 1921. He died at his home at 11:30 p.m. last night. He had had no illness but had complained of extreme headaches the past three days.

Following graduation from Edmond High School, he entered the Marine Corps where he served his country from Dec., 1942, to Jan., 1946. His duty included action in the South Pacific. After his discharge he returned to this area where he was active in the grain business until 1952.

On May 8, 1964, he was married to Isabel Davis. Survivors, in addition to his wife of the home are: one son, David Davis, of the home; two daughters and their husbands, Julie and Norman Nelson, Salina, and Martha and Ben Hayes, Kansas City, Kan.; two grandchildren, Sandy and Rusty Nelson, also of Salina; two brothers and their wives, Harold and Esther Smith, Lexington, Neb., and Kenneth and Sylvia Nelson, Topeka; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

As previously mentioned, Carroll was actively involved in community affairs. Included in organizations to which he belonged are: Lenora Lodge AF & AM, Salina Consistory and Shrine of the Isis Temple in Salina, Prairie Dog Shrine Club in Norton, Lenora Lions Club, Harmonson Redd American Legion Post in Norton, United Parish Church in Lenora, Lenora Chamber of Commerce, Order of Eastern Star of Lenora, Independent Telephone Pioneers Assn., National Telephone Cooperative Assn., and the Lenora City Council. He is past president of the Kansas Independent Telephone Assn. and past director the the [sic] National Telephone Cooperative Assn.

Hank Austerman is the assistant manager of the Rural Telephone Service Company and will be in charge of operations until a new manager can be named by the board of directors.

[Source: Undated clipping contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]

Funeral Set for WaKeeney accident victim

Hill City - The funeral for Debra JoAnn Otta, 13, Hill City, will be at 2 pm Tuesday at the Hill City Christian Church, the Revs. A. J. Ives, Allen Musbach and Leonne Worcester officiating.

Debra died Saturday at Trego County-Lemke Memorial hospital, WaKeeney, of injuries suffered Friday night in a highway crash near WaKeeney. Another girl, Amber "Bobbie" Coffman, 3, Mission, also was fatally injured in the 2-vehicle crash on US-283 about 4-1/2 miles north of WaKeeney.

Debra was the 2nd crash victim in her family. Her father, Lionel Otta, was killed June 9, 1965, in an auto mishap.

Debra's mother, Mrs. Paul Keith, 33, driver of a car which was in a collision with a van driven by Robert Coffman, 33, Mission, was listed in fair condition at St. Francis hospital, Wichita. She was to leave the hospital's intensive care ward Monday, the hospital said.

Coffman remains in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Hadley Regional Medical Center at Hays.

At the hospital in WaKeeney, all in satisfactory condition, were 2 other children of Mrs. Keith, Gary Otta, 14, and Carl Keith, 4; Coffman's wife, Patricia, 30, and her brother, Larry VanFleet, 19, Lebanon, Neb.

Besides her mother, Debra is survived by her stepfather, Paul Keith; 3 brothers, Larry, Gary, and Danny Otta, all of the home, and a half-brother, Carl Keith; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Jones, Hill City, and Mr. and Mrs. Herschel Otta, Morland.

Burial will be in a Hill City cemetery [Memorial Lawn Cemetery]. The Spencer funeral home, Hill City, is in charge.

[Source: Salina Journal (Salina, Kansas), 15 April 1974.]

MASON, Frank

A Fatal Runaway

Last Monday a horse hitched to a cart made of a pair of wagon wheels dashed into town from the south and was caught at Lank's barn. The horse was recognized as belonging to Frank Mason, living about seven miles south of this place. One of his neighbors who is working in town took the horse and cart and took them out to Mason's place, and supposing that Mason would soon be home, tied the horse to a post. Next morning seeing the horse still tied to the post, went over there and found that Mason was still missing, and came to town and organized a searching party to hunt for him. Charley Steward and E. S. Lank went to Mason's house and finding the cart tracks made the morning before followed them to a point about three miles south of Hill City, when they saw the cart tracks turn out of the road, and following the tracks a few rods found the dead body of Mason lying in the grass. The other searchers were called up and the body was brought into town and an inquest indicated that the horse had run away and threw him out and killed him instantly, and the coroner's jury returned a verdict accordingly.

The deceased was living alone on his farm and had no relatives in this county. He was interred in the Hill City cemetery. - Hill City Democrat

[Source: Western Kansas World (WaKeeney, Kansas), 21 June 1890.]

Two jail escapees caught in manhunt at Edmond

By Pat Taylor
Two men who escaped from the Alma, Nebr., County jail yesterday were captured in Edmond this morning.

Excitement of the jail break caused the wife of the Harlan County sheriff to have a heart attack from which she died.

The two men Harold Franklin Wamley, 34, of Denver, and Terry Lee Durkee, 17 of Viola, Wis., were captured after an extensive manhunt in the Edmond area.

Both had twice earlier eluded officers in Norton County.

Escaped at Mealtime
The two men broke out of the Harlan County jail at Alma at 5:10 p.m. yesterday. The sheriff, Theodore Baker, and his wife, had gone into the jail to feed the prisoners. They were overpowered by Wamsley and Durkee. The jail door was slammed against the sheriff. He suffered only minor head bruise, but hi wife was overcome with shock and died of a heart attack shortly after the jail break.

The two men took off on foot. Later a car was reported stolen at Orleans, Nebr., seven miles west of Alma. How the men got to Orleans from Alma was not immediately revealed.

Stolen Car At Orleans
Thi morning in the Norton County jail, where the two men were placed following their arrest at Edmond, Wamsley told Norton Police Chief Lloyd Perrill the two had stolen a 1962 Chevrolet with a Washington state license plate at Orleans. This car was wrecked by the pair three-quarters of a mile south of the 14-mile corner 14 miles south of Norton on U. S. 283 at about 1 a.m. this morning.

Two Norton policemen were the first law officers to spot the pair of jail breakers following their escape from the jail in Alma. Norton Police Officers Erwin Fredde and Laynard Shearer were on a routine patrol in Norton when they spotted the two men in the stolen car.

The two Norton officers said they didn't know that the men were wanted or that they were driving a stolen car as they had had no reports on the radio. They said they just thought the two men looked suspicious, especially as both apparently ducked their heads in an effort to avoid being seen.

Elude Officers in Norton
So Shearer and Fredde attempted to get the car to pull over, but the two men took off at a high rate of speed and proceeded out of Norton on U. S. 283 South with Shearer and Fredde in hot pursuit.

The stolen car went straight on south on the dirt road instead of turning east or west at the turn 14 miles south of Norton where U. S. 283 joins K-9.

Three-quarter of a mile south of the intersection the stolen car wrecked into a ditch, and when Shearer and Fredde got there moments later, the two fugitives had headed down a nearby stream bank. The two men escaped from view and the two Norton officers returned to their car to radio for help in setting up a manhunt.

Seen in Edmond
The two fugitives were next sighted at 5:04 a.m. in Edmond, four miles from the intersection. They were spotted in another car, apparently stolen, by Highway Patrolman Dean Noffsinger of Phillipsburg who had joined the search.

Noffsinger took off after them. They pulled into a yard just east of Edmond, and again got away on foot.

The car they apparently had stolen was said to be the property of W. O. Sproul of Edmond.

The law officers closed in and began a house to house search for the two in Edmond.

Caught in Fruit Cellar
At about 8 a.m., Policemen Fredde and Shearer of Norton and Highway Patrolman Bobby Norton of Stockton entered a fruit cellar back of an Edmond home. Fredde kicked a mattress which was bundled up and the mattress kicked back so to speak as it moved.

Fredde unrolled the mattress and out rolled Wamsley, who offered no resistance to the arrest.

About 20 minutes later, a few houses to the north, Highway Patrol Troopers Noffsinger and Bud Kyle of Colby caught the other alleged escapee as he was trying to get into the back door of an Edmond residence. He offered no resistance.

Highway Patrol Lieutenant Galen Bennett of Norton who was involved in the search at Edmond this morning said that many Edmond residents were roused from their sleep by the glare of search and car lights and noise of the officers engaged in the manhunt.

Bennett said no Edmond residents panicked, and some helped by reporting they ha seen one of the fugitives just before his capture.

In Norton County Jail
Eight officers accompanied the pair to Norton, where they were placed in the Norton County jail in custody of Norton County Sheriff Tom Murphy and Undersheriff Richard Roeder. Murphy said they were placed in separate maximum security cells.

The sheriff's wife at Alma died after she and her husband had taken off in pursuit of the two escapees. They had driven to the port of entry in Alma and had stopped there to ask questions. The port of entry officer noted Mrs. Baker was gasping for breath. A few seconds later she was dead, apparently of a heart attack.

The two fugitives had both been placed in the Alma jail on charges of burglarizing Dick's Bait Shop, a sporting goods and bait store at the east edge of Alma on U. S. Highway 136 on the way to the Harlan Reservoir.

But the two had robbed the same bait store at different times, and as far as officers knew, the two were not acquainted until they met in the Alma jail.

Wamsley, a balding and quite short (5 feet, four inches) 34-year-old man, was said to have a record of various offenses and was wanted elsewhere while held in the Alma jail. He was captured in Denver following the burglary in Alma and a sidearm gun was taken from him at the time of his arrest.

The other man, Terry Lee Durkee, 17, is 5 feet, 8 inches, and has light brown hair.

Note: Two photos accompanied the article. The caption of the first:
During Questioning - Harold Franklin Wamsley clutches a handkerchief while being questioned by law officers in the Norton County sheriff's office this morning. Wamsley was being quizzed after his arrest at Edmond, where he was found by Norton police officers and a highway patrolman wrapped up in a mattress in a fruit cellar after a big manhunt in the Edmond area this morning. He was wanted for breaking jail at Alma, Nebr., yesterday. Eight officers were in the sheriff's office when this picture was taken although none is visible in this photo taken from the doorway by Pat Taylor, editor of The Telegram. (Daily Telegram photo and Scan-a-Sizing)

The second photo was captioned:
Jail Breaker Searched - Terry Lee Durkee, 17, of Viola Wisc., is shown in the Norton County sheriff's office this morning just after he had been search by police officers who were in the room when this picture was taken but who are not visible. Durkee was captured at Edmond this morning after a manhunt from house to house in Edmond. He escaped jail at Alma, Nebr., yesterday. This photo was taken by Pat Taylor, editor of The Telegram Daily Telegram photo and Scan-a-Sizing)

[Source: Norton Daily Telegram (Norton, Kansas), 26 November 1963 clipping contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]

Jess Eppingers hurt slightly in crash

Mr. and Mrs. Jess Eppinger were involved in an accident Monday afternoon near Atlanta, Nebr. The Eppingers suffered only minor injuries, but the car sustained considerable damage.

The Eppingers were attempting to pass a farm truck ahead of them, and the young driver of the truck pulled across the lefthand lane onto a side road. Mr. and Mrs. LaDon Eppinger went to Atlanta Monday to return the Jess Eppingers to Norton.

[Source: Norton Daily Telegram (Norton, Kansas), 26 November 1963 contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]

Nelson-Davis marriage

Isabel Davis is bride of Carroll Nelson

Isabel Davis of Denver, Colo., and Carroll Nelson of Lenora were married in Denver Friday, May 8, at 7 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. Howard Dietz of Lenora, sister and brother-in-law of Mrs. Nelson, attended the wedding.

Mrs. Nelson and children will remain in Denver until school is out. The Nelsons will make their home in Lenora, where they are presently building a new house. Mrs. Nelson is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Art Flowers of Edmond and Nelson is a son of Mrs. Lula Nelson who presently resides at the Andbe Home in Norton.

[Source: Unidentified newspaper clipping, dated 12 May 1964, contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]

Some 1882 History Of Lenora Reprinted In The Lenora News

(Editor's Note: The following history of Lenora was handed to The Lenora News by Esther Wills. The clipping is from a Lenora News, Date line February 4, 1909).

The following article we take fom the "Lenora Leader" Vol. 1, No. 1, March 16, 1882 published by Garretson and Topliff. We are indebted to Mrs. M. A. Still for the copy of the Leader. The article follows.

"Lenora as it was and as it is"
"Owing to the fact that we have a desire to acquaint our readers with the early settlement and progress of our town we submit the following sketch dating from the early settlement in 1874 to the present time.

Lenora is situated on the south side of the north Solomon river in the southwest portion of Norton County, and at the western terminus of the Central Branch Railroad.

It was known as Spring City the Lenora post-office being at that time about two miles west of where our town is located. The first business building was erected of logs in 1874 by Messrs Burwell, Hood, Lansing and others, but was not occupied until 1875 when Hendricks took possession of it and opened up the first store the place ever knew. Sometime during the forepart of this year the Lenora postoffice was moved down to this place and Spring City was no more as the home of those who had bravely and manfully come to a new land to establish for themselves and for their followers, a pleasant abiding place.

At the time of the removal of the postoffice, Mr. Saddoris was acting as post master but he resigned shortly afterwards and the appointment was given to C. H. Lansing.

Mr. Lansing not wishing to serve in that capacity, Mr. Hendricks was appointed deputy and fullfilled [sic] the duty of the office. The years 1876-7-8 added but little to the growth of the town, the only building erected during this period, being one, '76 by Mr. Hendricks on the spot where Mr. Johnson's hardware store now stands, and one in '78 by Daniel Nettleton. Thus we see that previous to the year 1879 Lenora's population was exceedingly small and her business houses were very few indeed.

But during the last named year the town was laid out, this portion of the state received a heavy immigration, and the recently quiet little place enjoyed, as did many others, quite a boom.

The buildings erected during this year so far as we can learn, were, the Commercial house by Mr. Lansing; main part of Barbos store, by Daniel Nettleton; main part of postoffice building, by Mr. Burwell; main part of Barlows store, by Mr. Hendricks. Weaver Bros. store building by Mr. Coffin; Lenora Mills by Chas. Lathrop; a large livery barn by Messrs Ryan and Debker; and a dwelling by Mr. Wheeler.

From the "boom" in 1879, the town kept on in a quiet way until it was reached by the railroad about Jan. 1st, 1882. Since then the town has enjoyed a rapid and permanent increase of business, a number of enterprising men have established themselves in business here, and others of less means have come and gone again simply because they were unable to find a vacant house in the town in which to carry on business. The following is a list of different branches of business carried on here at the present, giving the names of the parties representing them and the time established.

Commercial hotel by H. Dobbs established 1879; Graham boarding house, by J. C. Graham established Dec. 1881; Stills lunch room, by Wilson Still, established Nov. 1881; General merchandise, Joseph Barbo, 1880; F. A> Barlow, Dec. 1881; and Weaver Bros, Sept 1881; Meat market, M. Fertig, 1882; Drugs, Dr. Watter W. Smith; Furniture, Styles & Co.; Hardware, S. E. Johnson & Co.; Grocery, Wilson Still; Watch maker, J. C. Regester; The mill Chas Lathrop; Barber shop, E. Barkley; Billiards, W. E. Bennett; Blacksmith, J. H. Main; The Howell Lumber Co., Livery Ryan & Decker; Land agency, O. J. Burwell & Co.; Post master, O. J. Burwell; Station agent, F. S. Gage.

Our readers will observe by persuing the foregoing, that while nearly all the common branches of business are represented here, we are still in need of a harness shop, bakery, photograph gallery, millinery and dress making establishment and creamery; and it would be well for parties seeking a location for any of these branches of trade to come to this place immediately and decide for themselves as to whether it is not to their advantage to become citizens of Lenora.

In the meantime there should be some tenement houses erected and if our citizens fail to do this we hope that for the sake of the town, and those who desire to locate here, some man of means will come along and put up enough houses to meet the demands of the place.-Lenora News, February 4, 1909.

[Source: The Lenora News (Lenora, Kansas), dated 17 June 1964, clipping contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]

Twins Born Here On Christmas Day

Twins were born at the Graham County Hospital in Hill City at 12 noon on Christmas Day. The parents are Mr. and Mrs. James Scroggins of 609 N. 4th in Hill City, and the twins are pictured above with their mother last Tuesday afternoon.

The twins were delivered by Dr. Carl Kobler; and the boy weighed 5 lbs. 1 oz. and the girl weighed an even 5 lbs. They have been named Anthony Ray and Annette Renee.

The twins have three brothers an sisters to welcome them: Renita 9, James Reginald 5, and Rosanne 3. Maternal grandparents are: Mr. and Mrs. G. I. Sayers, Hill City; and the paternal grandparents are: Mr. and Mrs. Lionel A. Scroggins, Kansas City, Kansas.

[Source: Hill City Times (Hill CIty, Kansas), dated 7 January 1965, clipping contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]

Many attend funeral for C. Georgeson

Relatives from friends from a distance who attended the memorial services for Carl Georgeson at Lenora were:

Major Richard Georgeson, Hamilton Air Force Base, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Georgeson, Chris, Karen and Curt, Lawrence; Carl L. Georgeson, Philadelphia; Charlie Simpson, Quinter; Mr. and Mrs. Anton Nelson, Colorado Springs; Mr. and Mrs. Sam Mitchell, Chipita Park, Colo.; Mr. and Mrs. Louis Medlin, Oakley; Mrs. Roy Roster, Inglewood, Calif.; Mrs. Don Pollard, Topeka.

Miss Jessie Davenport, Kansas City, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brooks, Johnson; Mr. and Mrs. Norman Nelson, Salina; Mr. and Mrs. James Tyrrell, hays; Mr. and Mrs. Loren Glick, Grainfield and Mr. and Mrs. Leon Fink, Hill City.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Zook and Bruce, Sioux City, Iowa; Leonard Zook, Lawrence; Frank Alexander, Lawrence; Howard Ferguson, Mission; Mr. and Mrs. George Wright, Hiawatha; Mr. and Mrs. Ford Farber, Colby; Harley Rhoades, Hays; Dr. and Mrs. Andrew Craig, Wichita.

Rev. and Mrs. O. T. Meador, McPherson; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Childers, John and Ben, Brewster; Merle Starr, Kansas City, Mo.; Robert Fitzpatrick, Kansas City, Mo.; H. T. Moore, Hays.

Lawrence Finely, Wichita; Clair Law, Hays; R. D. Brent, Alton; Hal Woods, Hays; Gerald Ford, Hays; Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Jones, Bird City; Mrs. Jay Hickert, Anton, Colo.; Mr. and Mrs. Chester Steeples, Plainville.

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Jackson, Centralia; Mrs. Margaret Mauk, Salina; W. D. Crider, Phillipsburg; Dr. Guy Innes, Phillipsburg; Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Cutting, Topeka; Mr. and Mrs. Loren Delp, Topeka; Miss Margarette Tillotson, Topeka; Mr. and Mrs. Jess Wilcox, Brush, Colo., and many friends and associates in business and organizations from Norton, Hill City and nearby towns.

[Source: Undated clipping contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]

Historic church at New Almelo may be torn down

Shall the oldest Catholic Church building in Kansas be torn down or shall it be preserved as a memorial to the pioneers of one of the oldest settlements in Western Kansas?

This is the question at New Almelo today as preparations are under way to tear down this old stone church building. Church members have voted to tear it down, but there are some dissenters to that decision.

Mrs. Al Hickert, who has long taken an active interest in the history of the community as a collector of historical items and as a chronicler, is one who disagrees, and in the hope of arousing the feelings about history of some of her fellow parishioners has written a history of the old church and its meaning to the pioneers who founded the New Almelo community.

She hopes that more persons can be persuaded to feel as she does that the old church should be preserved perhaps as a museum building of the early history of the New Almelo community, truly one of the pioneer communities of Western Kansas.

"New Almelo is like most places, Most folks aren't history-minded. When they see an old building, they usually say "Tear it down," but in this case I think we have something really worth preserving and if we were to maintain the home as a museum, those who now want to tear it down would be just as happy with and proud of that development as we who now want it preserved."

Mrs. Hickert said she hoped the people of New Almelo would take pride in their historic past and preserve the building as a museum which could be filled with historical items or at least would find some way to move the building to the Norton Lake, the historical church building might be ued as an all-faith chapel as a cooperative effort of the churches of Norton County.

Mrs. Hickert has given The Telegram the following historical account about the old church building:

The first Catholic Church Parish at New Almelo was established by Fr. Augustine Reichert in the winter of 1878. The territory assigned to him was the entire northwestern part of Kansas and a large part of Colorado. The first church was a dugout and his home was a dugout, too. Those buildings were located west of the present Cemetery at New Almelo. This was in December of 1878 and the Parish was Dedicated to "St. Joseph of Nazareth," patron of all families. The Post Office was Lenora.

In 1879 a sod house of two
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Photo caption: Oldest Church - The oldest Catholic Church building in Kansas west of Beloit is scheduled to be torn down soon at New Almelo, unless some historically-minded persons of the community can get enough persons interested in changing such a decision. The old church building is shown above as it appeared when it was constructed in 1880. The construction represented a great effort by the pioneers of New Almelo and a great evidence of the strength of their faith.

[Source: Norton Daily Telegram (Norton, Kansas), 11 July 1968 clipping contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]

Former slave founded town of Nicodemus 91 years ago

Hill City, Kans. - It was just 91 years ago thi week that the Rev. Simon P. Roundtree arrived as the first settler in what became the town of Nicodemus, near Hill City in Northwestern Kansas.

What made it noteworthy was that Roundtree and others who soon joined him were Negroes - former slaves who founded Nicodemus, probably the best known of several Negro settlements on the Kansas frontier.

Nicodemus has dwindled to about 50 residents - still all Negroes - and its tory is told by Glen Schwendemann, in a recent issue of the Kansas Historical Quarterly.

Named After Slave
The colony received its inspiration from W. R. Hill, an early Graham County settler for whom the county seat was named. He platted the townsite of Nicodemus - reportedly named after an African slave who had a gift of vision - and traveled in Kentucky urging freed slave to come west where land was cheap.

By July 30, 1877, some 30 Negroes had arrived and other groups followed. Some may have been persuaded by Benjamin Singleton, as an ex-slave known as "Old Pap" who toured the South after the Civil War advertising Kansas as a haven for his race.

Nicodemus was officially founded September 17, 1877.

The early years were gureling [sic]. Negro settlers were even worse off than their white brethren, because they were short of money, equipment and livestock. Some died, others became discouraged and left, but Nicodemus survived.

Many Left Colony
"There is no doubt that large numbers of the settlers left the colony between 1877 and 1880," Schwendemann said. "Their defeat, however, was not as dishonorable as it might appear. They could scarcely have succumbed to a more unyielding, nor a more demanding antagonist than the Kansas frontier.

"Considering the condition under which the colored people were laboring, their progress was impressive, Schwendmann [sic] said.

He cited R. B. Scruggs and John Lored as examples of Negro farmers who conquered the
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[Source: Undated clipping contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]

143 attend birthday party for Mrs. Chester Best

If you missed Pearl Best's birthday party Sunday, August 11, 1974 you missed a nice party. 143 friends and relative registered and wished her happiness for that day and for many more to come.

The family gathered at noon for a carry-in dinner. No evidence of any shortage of food on that table. Everybody was happy and "well fed".

It was the first family reunion in several years and families grow. Only one of her grandchildren and her husband, Mrs. Paul (Lola Best) Hickert, who is now in Africa for two years, had to be absent.

Several of her nieces, nephews and cousins in further away places were also absent.

Chester's sister, Mrs. Lola Stoner from Mystic, Iowa and her family were there.

The reception from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. was well attended, attesting to the Love and Respect of her friends and relatives.-One who was there.
'Twas on August 7, 1889
To Frank and Josie, Pearl arrived on time
This little family of three
Lived in a soddy, oh, so "comfy"!
As time passed by this family came alive
For Zettie, Dot and Francis did arrive
Pearl attended the Union School
There she learned the Golden Rule
Readin', Ritin' and Rithmetic
Spelling Hippopotamus, for her was no trick
Now from Iowa came a certain young lad
And on Frank's farm a job he soon had
Not long did it take Chester to see
This young girl he wanted his wife to be
October 14, 1908 they chose as the wedding date
From this a family they did rate
Ellen, Riley, Starlin and Faye
A total of 28 they make to-day.
A home filled with love, fun and laughter
What more could anyone be after?
Farming for years was their enjoyment
Moving to Lenora for their retirement
Was on July 28, 157
The Master called our Dad to his heaven
Alone Mom has lived for many a year
Her family and friends have given her much cheer
She looks to her Master for guidance and care,
For he has made her burdens much easier to bear.
She finds much contentment in her garden and flowers
And in her church work she gives many hours
And now as she comes to this day so excited
She is anxious to see everyone that's invited
We want to thank you for coming to-day
To wish our Mom a Happy 85th Birthday

Card of Thanks
I want to Thank all of my friends and relatives who came to greet me at my 85th Birthday Party and also for the many nice gifts. May God bless you all.
                        Pearl Best

[Source: Undated clipping contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]

No Charges Filed At Hill City In Death Of Driver

Hill City-No charges in the death of Lyle M. Hisey, 24-year-old oil field worker, will be filed.

Hisey was killed in a collision with a truck near Caldwell. He died from loss of blood when his arm was mangled in the crash.

Highway patrolmen investigating the accident reported the truck driver, Joseph E. Jenistra, 57, farmer, believed Hisey was not injured seriously.

Jenistra said Hisey continued down the road after the sideswipe. Jenistra stopped after the accident, got out, and checked. His wife and son were traveling with him. They were enroute from Arkansas City with a truck load of sand.

Jenistra assisted officers in reconstructing the accident.

County Attorney Ford Harbaugh said no criminal offense was indicated in the collision.

"It was just an accident," Harbaugh said.

Patrolmen said Hisey stopped his car after traveling two-tenths of a mile, got out, then went on for two more miles.

He lost control of the vehicle and it lurched into a ditch. Hisey was returning from a dance near Caldwell at the time. He left between 11:30 pm and midnight and was driving alone.

His car was found by Carl Foster and Lawrence Kelley, who also had been at the dance.

They picked him up and took him to a hospital. He was prepared for surgery. Hisey, suffering from blood loss, died at 4 a.m.

When Trooper Jim Martin was called to the scene, he searched for the truck involved.

After stopping at two nearby farm homes, Martin made a call at the Jenistra place.

Jenistra said he had struck a car, but did not believe the accident was serious since the driver continued on.

Morland Man Injured

Morland - John Knoll suffered injuries to his hand when he caught it between a tractor and a grader hitch.

The accident occurred after the tractor rake failed to hold. Knoll was hitching the grader to the tractor.

He was taken to St. Anthony hospital, Hays, for treatment. Several stitches were required to close the wound.

Knoll was hospitalized for several days.

Area Students Win Scholarships

Lawrence - Donnelly scholarships at the University of Kansas were awarded to six central and northwest Kansas students.

The area winners:
Grace Bogart, Kirwin; Marjorie Englund, Salina; Marlene Fortune, Penokee; Charlotte Hazelton, Sharon Springs; Alberta Heier, Gove; Theresa Ann Maher, Lincoln.

The Donnelly scholarships were established in 1938 under the will of Jennie M. Donnelly of Kansas City in memory of her brothers, Janes and Neill Donnelly, and herself. The income from a fund of approximately $160,000 is available for these scholarships.

Each of these grants will be a cash award sufficient to cover all University fees for the school year of 1951-52.

[Source: Salina Journal (Salina, Kansas), 5 August 1951.]

Former New Almelo couple dies in crash

By Mrs. J. S. Schandler
New Almelo Reporter
Mr. and Mrs. George Fink of Granfield, former long time residents of New Almelo and the Lenora area, were killed yesterday afternoon in the collision of their car and a Union Pacific freight train one mile west of Salina.

Mr. Fink was 74 and his wife was 82. They were alone in their car which was hurled into a ditch about 104 feet from the point of impact.

They had been to Salina visiting a daughter, Mrs. Art Schleyer.

Mr. and Mrs. Fink celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at Grainfield, June 14.

They were married in St. Joseph Church, New Almelo, May 30, 1914. He was the son of the late George and Mary Berney Fink and she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Martin Larson.

They made their home at the farm south of New Almelo until 1940 when they retired from farming and moved to Morland. He then took a job as rural mail carrier, which he held for 20 years when he retired in 1960 from his work. They moved then to Grainfield and bought a home there to be near their daughter, Mrs. Loren Glick.

Funeral Mass will be at Grainfield at a time to be announced. Burial will be at New Almelo.

[Source: Unidentified newspaper clipping, dated 12 October 1964, contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]

Dr. Steichen has hot time in old town of Cairo

By Mrs. J. P. Schandler
New Almelo Reporter
Dr. E. F. Steichen alled Mrs. Steichen last week from Athens, Greece to remind her he was the man she married 35 years ago on that day, June 17, in Chicago. Mrs. Steichen was able to hear him clearly but he could not get much of her conversation. He said they would land Tuesday, June 23, in New York and he would call her again.

He has been sending interesting and beautiful gifts from the various countries, many of which are still in transit, but the most interesting mail arriving are his letters and since so many folks keep asking for more reports, we will use part of his letter written in Cairo, Egypt. Some of the quotations may have to be taken with reservations, but knowing the doctor folks will understand his interpretations of conditions in these countries.

He stated, "Egypt is about to draw to a close and we will be off to Istanbul, Turkey, at 9 a.m. We are expecting another siege like India, but were pleasantly surprised at seeing a very nice city and many, many interesting sights. And, this is the first time any of these ancient rock piles have made any sense to me, as we were lucky to get a university professor for a guide. He not only gave all the history, but quizzed us to see if we really paid attention to his talks.

Hot Time in Old Town
"We went to church at 8 o'clock this morning and it was a little cloudy and nice and cool for a change. It has been 112 to 150 (?) every day with lots of hot wind, just like home only much worse. We did a good job of covering the Pyramids, Sphynx and oodles of ruins and wound up with a camel ride and a night out in a tent in the desert.

One screwball woman on the tour decided since she could not get to sleep, she would get up (about midnight) and she started walking to the Sphynx. She finally got there, but got lost all night and finally would up with a group of university boys and they all were lost until a patrol went out to find them, and brought them into camp next morning. Her legs and knees were all skinned and black and blue from stumbling around in the rocks and sand all night and she said, 'Never again.'

"I myself slept quite well except for the mosquitos and flies chawing on me, but I guess I am not a Boy Scout anymore. Our hotel is considered quite modern with running water from a pitcher to pour over your hands in case you want to wash the sand out of the creases. Also "open-air meditation chambers, with canvas on three sides, with a kid size box inside all in sight of the pryamids [sic], etc. for atmosphere. Lots of fun but once was enough to convince me I'm no desert rat.

"Next day we flew to Luxor, up the Nile about 350 miles and checked on King Tut. He was still at home, in the tomb, but they can't convince me all that stuff they showed us came out of his tomb. It took 11 years to empty it and re-assemble it. Also, saw other ruins, dating 3500 B.C. which is getting so old that some of the styles are again the present day styles.

"Had a beautiful two-hour sail boat ride on the Nile. It was so romantic I thought about how you would have enjoyed it with me. This noon our gang left us for the Holy Land tour which we are missing. Some have been with us since we left Japan so we are really missing them tonight.

On Top Of Tower
"We walked across the river tonight to the top of a high tower so we could look over the city, just like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, but not as high. Today was the first real loafing day, we have had since we left, so we just fiddled around the hotel, meeting people and hearing their troubles and hopes and dreams. Art got his laundry strung around the hotel room so it looks like a Chinese apartment.

"I shook hands with Cassius Clay here at the hotel and got his autograph."

[Source: Unidentified newspaper clipping, dated 26 June 1964, contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]

Russ-Fredde marriage

Dec. 6 - Millard Elwood Russ and Walta Wanda Fredde, both of Lenora, married by Jean W. Kissell, probate judge

[Source: Unidentified newspaper clipping, dated 16 December 1961, contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]

Norcatur native Elden Auker, Major League Baseball pitcher

In This Corner
By Bill Hodge, Executive Sports Editor

Favorite Son Returns Home
Norcatur, Kan.-Elden Auker broke into baseball by playing on Kansas sandlots, and one of fhis [sic] top achievements before launching his professional career was beating Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Monarchs.

The 58-year-old former Detroit Tigers pitcher, now a vice president of the Avco Bay State Absalvies Corporation in Westboro, Mass., returned to his old home town for the first part of the ceremonies which inducted him into the Kansas All-Sports Hall of Fame.

Auker and most of his teammates were Kansas State athletes and playing for the Manhattan, Kan., Travelers when he confronted Paige in 1930.

The Monarchs had a 33-game winning streak going when they arrived in Manhattan.

"Paige was about 24 or 25 years old," Auker guessed during a press conference held in a classroom at the high school in this Western Kansas community of 326 residents. "We beat them 2-1."

Once Toyed With Pro Grid Career
Auker starred in football, basketball, and baseball at Kansas State during his young years, and revealed here how he almost played professional football when he left Kansas State.

The Norcatur native was a wingback and quarterback at Kansas State under the late Bo McMillan and was approached by the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers when his college career ended.

"I was offered $500 a game and a 12-game guarantee," Auker related. "You have to be pretty smart to turn that down for a $450 a month baseball job."

Auker signed a Detroit Tiger contract and was thinking about playing both sports professionally when he arrived in Detroit.

"Mr. (Frank) Navin was owner of the Tigers then and when I arrived in Detroit I reported to his office," the 10-year major league veteran said.

"I understand you plan to play some pro football," Navin said to Auker. "I'm going into the other office for two minutes and when I get back you had better have decided whether you're going to play baseball or football."

"He was back in 30 seconds and I had made up my mind," Auker related. "He wasn't really taking much of a gamble because I had already signed by baseball contract and $450 a month was a lot of money to me then."

Pitched his first day with the Tigers
Auker pitched in the minor leagues in 1932 and was called up by Detroit in July of 1933.

He joined the club in Chicago and saw action the first day he wore a Tiger uniform.

"I faced Ted Lyons in my first game," he recalled. "I entered the game in the second inning in which Chicago had scored four runs, and I shut them out the rest of the way, but Chicago won 4-2."

The soft-spoken Auker took some friendly needling in congratulatory letters and telegrams from his old team-mates.

He also kidded about his old second baseman Charley Gehringer and shortstop Bill Rogell at Detroit, claiming their double play combination had made him a winning major league pitcher.

"I may have kept them busy during the summer," he said. "But they made a living off my mistakes."

Credits Catchers Who Helped Him
Auker doesn't get out to the ball park any more.

He tried to attend games in Fenway Park when he first moved to Boston. But the photographers were always showing up and taking his picture and it would appear in the next day's newspaper.

"I was trying to sell grinding wheels and prospective purchasers would see these pictures of me out at the ball park and think I already had it made," he said. "So I have to watch most of my baseball on television."

Auker told his old home town friends he had been lucky.

"I had great catchers," he said. "I had Francis Sutton (of Norton, Kan.) who is here tonight and could have been a major league catcher. Then I had Mickey Cochrane, Bob Swift and Birdie Tebbetts. A catcher is a great aid to a pitcher."

Swift was a native of Salina, Kan. and was Auker's catcher at St.. Louis, Auker said.

Auker said Cochrane and his old Kansas State Football Coach McMillan were men who would fit into the same mold.

"They had the same philosophy; they didn't like to lose," he pointed out.

Auker would up the visit to his home state Saturday in Manhattan at his old alma mater and it was a visit he'll never forget.

Nor will the citizens of Norcatur.

[Source: Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kansas), 19 January 1969.]

Recruits For Marine Corps
Tallest Man Ever Accepted Here Was Among Fifty-Seven Shipped Out.
Yesterday was a busy day at the Kansas City local marine corps recruiting station. Fifty-seven men were sent to marine training camps. Forty-one went to the barracks at Paris Island, S.C., six to the signal battalion at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, eight to the heavy artillery unit being formed at Quantico, Va., and two to the marine aviation field at Miami, Fla.

The tallest man ever recruited by the Kansas City office was Francis C. Reid, 19 years old, a farmer boy from near Norcatur, Kas., accepted yesterday. He weighs 160 pounds, has six inches chest expansion and splendid eyesight, but when his height was measured he was found to be seventy-four and one-half inches tall [or, 6 foot, 2.5 inches], a half inch above the maximum allowance in the marines. A waiver from the War Department at Washington permitted him to enlist. He left last night for Paris Island.

[Source: Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri), 10 July 1918.]

Joint Smashing Is Expensive

Kansas Court Holds Wreckers Responsible for Misdeeds
Topeka, Kan. Aug. 15-Some time ago the citizens of Norcatur, organized and wrecked a joint in that town. The furniture was smashed into kindling wood and the stock of liquor poured into the gutter. A brewing company claimed to own the property and brought suit against 40 members of the smashers' organization for $500 damages. In charging the jury Judge Hamilton declared the joint fixtures and liquor were legal property and entitled to the protection of the law. The jury gave the brewing company judgment for $350. The citizens who were defendants in the case have appealed to the supreme court.

[Source: Morning Olympian (Olympia, Washington), 16 August 1902.]

The Hill City Times, 25 May 1939

Skelly Oilers Win
The Skelly Oilers, Hill City's softball team, defeated the Ogallah softball team on the Wakeeney lighted diamond last Wednesday night by a close score of 9 to 8. The locals are looking for more competition and it is reported they are ready to take on the biggest and the best.

Wins a Scholarship
Eunice Griffin, a member of the Hill City high school graduating class has been awarded a $250.00 scholarship from the Colorado Woman's College, at Denver, in recognition of her superior attainments in scholarship and student leadership.

Walter L. Collins, of Red Cloud, Nebraska, visited at the home of his sister, Mrs. Ustel Parks, and family, from Wednesday until Saturday of this week. He left for California where he has employment.

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Brummage and daughter of Kansas City, visited their relatives, the Dorman families of Graham county, Sunday.

Mrs. E. B. Kennedy, who has been staying at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. L. Patton and family, went to Newton Sunday evening for a visit with friends and relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Clayton returned from Topeka where they had spent several months at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Avis Lamarr and children. Mr. Clayton has impoved satisfactorily in condition since his operations.

Dick Batchelor, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Batchelor of Hays, formerly of the Hill City telephone exchange, rated second as medium voice soloist at the national music contest held at Colorado Springs recently. Seven states were represented in the contest with 700 soloists, and an atendance [sic] of almost 7,000.

Awning Comes Down
At Hill City the metal awning at the Bayne Shoe Shop was ripped off, several large windows were damaged over town and trees uprooted. At the Kobler Drug Store the canopy over the entrance to the dance hall was blown off and it was reported yesterday morning that only a few small pieces of it had been found.

Snaps Off Light Poles
About six electric light poles just north of the city light plant building were snapped off as though they had been nothing but giant match sticks. No wires were broken and service during the storm was not interrupted. The poles were blown across a field a distance of about thirty feet, some of them striking a cook shack near the former "Bud" Hildebrand residence, in which Chas. Hildebrand Sr., and family are living. They escaped without injury.

An All-Night Job
John Parkes, water and light superintendent, worked all Tuesday night and Wednesday morning to replace the poles which carry the main wires for all electricity used in Hill City.
Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Blackford, who live on the Geo. Bement estate, southeast of Hill City, reported a strong wind there blowing over their cowshed a few minutes after they had left it and uprooted a tree and blew it through a window in their home. At the Forrest Wanker farm, nine miles south of Hill City, the machine shed was blown down and the top blown off the chicken house.

Hail Sunday Night
Von Fritts, who lives about ten miles south of Hill City reported that hailstones as large as baseballs fell in that vicinity during the storm Sunday night. He said about one-half inch of rain fell in that locality but that the rain was limited to a small farm.
Superintendent and Mrs. W. D. Rath of Morland, were returning from hays to Morland Sunday night and were caught in the hailstorm south of Hill City. Mr. Rath reported that the large hailstones crashed though the top of his automobile, broke the headlights and bulbs and even broke rafters in the top of the automobile. None of the occupants were injured but all of them declare they are not anxious to be out in a similar hail storm soon.

Forrest Taylor wax [sic] in Hays Tuesday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Newton Forgy plan to leave soon for the west where they will look for a location.

Virginia Jennings, of Burlingame, Kansas, has been hired as normal training instructor in the Hill City high school for the coming term. She has been teaching at Eskridge, Kansas, for the past five years.

Harry Brown, who has been working as instructor in the zoology department at the college in Berkley, California, arrived home Tuesday night to spend the summer in Hill City.

Real estate transfer as recorded in the register of deeds office in the court house this week are as follows:
W. D. - B. B. Bomgardner, to A. M. Fury and Martin P. Sutor, SE 1/4 of 17-10-21.
Q. C. D. - F. J. Heaton, trustee of W. K. Skinner, undivided 1/8 interest in W 1/2 NE 1/4 and N 1/2 SE 1/4 of 8-10-21.
Q. C. D. - F. J. Heaton, trustee of Lee R. Walts, undivided 1/8 interest in W 1/2 NE 1/4 and N 1/2 SE 1/4 of 8-10-21.
Q. C. D. - F. J. Heaton, trustee of Ivan M. Heaton, undivided 1/8 interest in W 1/2 NE 1/4 and N 1/2 SE 1/4 of 8-10-21.
S. D. - Sheriff Ivan S. Miles, to Federal Land Bank, of Wichita, W 1/2 NW 1/4 of 19-7-23. W. D. - John T. Claudell and wife to Perry L. Sweat, undivided 1/9 interest in NE 1/4 and 34-8-22. Q. C. D. - George Johnson and others, to Lena Holmquist SW 1/4 of 12; NW 1/4 of 14 and SW 1/4 NW 1/4 of 2, all in10-22
W. D. - Grace King to E. M. King, tract in NW 1/4 SW 1/4 of 18-8-22. Tract (12 rods x 13 1/3 rods, 1A. more or less) in NW 1/4 SW 1/4 of 18-8-22. Also tract in SW 1/4 of 12/8/23 24 rods x 46 2/3 rods, & A, more or less). Tract (6 2/3 rods x 24 rods, 1A.) in SW 1/4 of 12-8-23. W. D. - Emmett F. King to Grace King, S 1/2 NE 1/4 of 8-8-21. [Source: Hill City Times (Hill City, Kansas), 25 May 1939.]

The People's Reveille, 17 September 1918

Ira Olivett left for Beloit last Friday.
Grandma Sharp and her daughter Mrs. Lida Retherford and daughters were the guest of Mrs. Mary Swaim last Wednesday.
John Criswell hauled corn to Hill City for D. Bondy Monday.
Mr. Cyrus Paxton's [sic Paxson] brother is here from California visiting.
Burr Rainey is coming back here; he lives in Oregon, he also owns 200 acres of land in this neighborhood.

Morlan Township.
Mrs. N. B. English is quite sick with Dr. Barber in attendance.
Several from this vicinity attended the Farmers elevator meeting at Palco Saturday.
A big boy rejoices the home of Delbert Sandon's since Thursday. Dr. Lottie says all parties concerned are doing nicely.
A. T. Darnell and Mr. Rolland attended the Farmers Telephone meeting at Bogue Saturday afternoon.
Earnie and Newton Forgy have been marketing wheat to Palco the past week.
Will Brown and family spent a very pleasent [sic] day at the home of Mr. Roberts last Sunday.
Charley Leighton is drilling wheat for his brother Leonard this week.
Bert Nyland's oldest son met with quite an accident last Monday evening, he was hurt by a horse while feeding it, the little fellow has been suffering great pain but is better at this writing.
Theodore Segrest is having a siege of the whooping cough.
The third quarterly meeting of the M. E. Church will be held at Asbury school house Sunday P.M. Sept. 20th 1908. Every body invited

[Source: The People's Reveille (Hill City, Kansas), 17 September 1918.]

A Kansas Widow Found Murdered.

Norton, Kas., Sept. 19-Mrs. R. Oliver, a widow, was found murdered yesterday morning at her home near Norcatur. Threats of lynching the murderer are made by the neighbors of the dead woman. The sheriff is out to-day with papers, but as yet no arrest has been made.

[Source: Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri), 19 September 1898.]

Pratt-Davis marriage

In the parlor of the Pomeroy Hotel Tuesday afternoon, Probate Judge G. [?] H. Martin, pronounced the words that united in marriage Mr. Harry Pratt, aged 35, and Miss Stella Davis, aged 19, both of Studley. From here they are making an extensive tour through the Rock mountains, going to Denver, Colorado Springs, Yellow Stone Park and other places of interest.

This couple is well and favorably known in the vicinity of Studley.

Mr. Pratt came from England when a youth, is the owner of the lumber and coal yard at Studley.

Miss Davis is the oldest living daughter of J. L. Davis and wife, and is truly a western Kansas lady having been born and reared in the western part of Graham county.

These are both former school pupil of ye scribe.

Charavari of Boyd newlyweds
Herm Boy and bride returned from their wedding trip, Tuesday morning from the mountains. Tuesday night some of the young men of the city assembled at the Chilcoat residence, the parental home of the bride, to treat them to an old fashioned charavari when the inmates of the house informed the crowd the couple was not in. However the noise begun and kept up for a time until the charavari party was satisfied the couple was not present. Search was made and finally the missing couple was located in the corn field near the ball park where they had gone to escape the crowd. They accompanied the crowd to the house and furnished a generous treat which had been generously provided as Herm was quite sure something of the kind would be necessary to satisfy the crowd. We understand he and his wife will occupy the Nevins new cottage in the north-west part of town.

Pleasant Hill Items.
Everyone is haying now.
Everyone is making preparations to attend the jubilee at Lenora.
Warren Scott is in Iowa on a visit.
Sol Hutton's moved into Hill City in their property last week, that they bought from D. J. Hanna. They will be missed from this locality.
Mr. Renner moved to Hill City this week for school privileges.
Charley Rutherford of Phillips county, accompanied by two cousins from Illinois, we did not learn their names, came to J. H. Rutherford's Wednesday night. Mr. Rutherford had not seen them before and was greatly surprised.
Sam Merwin and wife and Mrs. Elldora Williams visited at the home of Jack Swaim, Sunday.
Ed Grant and wife spent Sunday evening at Jack Swaim's. Alice McGill of Hill City, visited at J. H. Rutherford's Sunday. She had taught a term of school in their district several years ago, and came out to see them before going away to school; we all wish her good success.
Girls don't you know this is leap year and it is fast passing away?
Fill Henderson and Harvey Schnook both sport new buggies.
We understand Will Hardman has rented the Sol Hutton farm, Charley Spellman has rented Will Hardman's place and Harvey Woods will farm Mrs. Craig's place.

[Source: The People's Reveille (Hill City, Kansas), 10 September 1908.]

Peterson-Dolton marriage
Announcement was received of the wedding of Miss Mabel Dolton and H. C. Peterson. Mr. Peterson is now in the U. S. service at Camp Funston but formerly a business man of Brighton, Colo. Mr. Peterson has charge of the meat distributing department for the camp. Miss Dolton is a sister of the Dolton brothers and Mrs. Geo. McAtee of this place. The wedding took place in Denver, Col.

Severely Wounded
Andrew Applehaus [sic Applehans], of St. Peter, with the expeditionary forces in France, was reported in the casualty list as severely wounded a few days ago. Nothing later has been reported whether he survived. This is the first in the casualty list reported of a Graham county boy.

P. N. Kline reports a good sale at Ed. Miller's Wednesday.
Mrs. G. C. Goddard is not improving as rapidly as her many friends would wish.
Oscar Smith who was kicked in the abdomen by a horse, near Colby last Sunday, is reported some better as we go to press.
Arch and Nate Dowdy returned home from Colby this morning, where they have been assisting in saving the wheat crop. They report a heavy rain out there and threshing will not be resumed before next Monday.
On Thursday's casualty list is the name of Jesse Coldiron, of Wa-Keeney. Many of the Morland people will remember him as an accident insurance agent who did quite a business here the winther [sic] of '16 and '17.
Justice Dawson, of the supreme court, has been looking after the seed wheat proposition this week. He is trying to supply seed wheat for three tenants which means something over 400 acres to be planted.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Akers of Bogue are now residents of Morland, Mrs. Akers taking charge of the primary room of the Morland school, and Mr. Akers, we understand, is assisting G. W. Stoper in the handling of the latter's ranch near town.
The weather took a decided change the fore part of the week. Sunday evening a furious dust storm blew from the north; Monday night brought a good rain. It continued to drizzle all Tuesday forenoon and remained cloudy and cool up to to-day. Some Colorado tourists had to tarry with us on account of the muddy roads.
J.R. Stober and his son, Floyd B.Stober, and families, returned to Byers, Col. by auto Tuesday. Floyd, who had been residing here, shipped his household last Saturday. Both have a valuable crop of Mexican beans which they think will go from 600 to 800 pounds to the acre, and government gives 8 cents per pound for that variety. Land about Byers is valued at nearly same price as here--$20 to $35 per acre. They have been fortunate in getting good crops the past two or three years.
Dr. Stewart, the dentist, has returned from a trip up west.
County Surveyor Chas. Miller has not recovered the auto recently stolen from him in Colorado. It was a Ford machine.
The September jury list contains the following names from Solomon township: J. L. Miller, W. L. Moore, W. R. Cunningham, J. H. Ferguson, Ben Hill. From Allodium: F. N. Nusse, Jos. Nesbit, G. Bruggeman, Chris. Johnson, E.A. Hisey. From Bryant: Mike Knoll, Andrew Hoffman, Andrew Knoll. H.D. Henderson, republican candidate for county clerk, and J. R. Gordon, republican candidate for county treasurer, were in town yesterday.
Mrs. Copping has moved her restaurant and lunch counter to the lower rooms of the Greamba hotel, where there is ample room and a comfortable place.

Sand Creek (North of Penokee.)-Lawn Solloday [sic Salladay] of Idaho visited a few days last week at the home of his father. They had not seen him for about 13 years.
Mrs. Albert Winterowd left for Colorado, Tuesday. Myrtle Solladay [sic Salladay] is now staying with Mrs. Ira Winterowd.
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Mendle visited Sunday at the Solladay [sic Salladay] home.
Mr. and Mrs. John Rutherford and daughter and daughter [sic], Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Rutherford and daughter, and Mr. and Mrs. Will Henderson visited Sunday at the parental home of Mrs.J.H. Rutherford.
The son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Volkel is seriously ill at the Lenora hospital.
Some of Grandma Merwin's relatives were here visiting last week. We did not learn who they were nor where they were from.
Harry Hall was cutting corn for Mrs. Ernest Bell last week.
Elfie Solladay [sic Salladay] is helping Mrs. John Hardman through the silo-filling.
C. A. Raney and L. Hall have their new silo up.
We understand that Lew Hisey has been quite ill and is under the care of Dr. Ward of Lenora.
Ira Winterowd is expected home from Hays this week.

[Source: Morland Monitor (Morland, Kansas), 5 September 1918.]

WWI Killed in Action

Killed in Action, Privates- John F. Eckhart, Norcatur

[Source: Omaha World Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), 29 November 1918.]


Toll of Colorado Hold-up Grows; Yeggmen Still at Large

Norton, Kansas, May 28--Mistaken for members of the Lamar, Colo. bank robbers, L. L. Robinson, 24, restaurant man of Hill City, Kansas, and Carl L. Peterson, farmer and former sheriff, were shot and seriously wounded by sheriff's officers here Saturday night. Both are in a hospital here.

Three dead, two wounded, and one missing today was the known toll of the robbery of the First National Bank of this city last Wednesday. The quartet of bandits had not been found although armed posses have scoured western Kansas, eastern Colorado and the northwest corner of Oklahoma.

[Source: Edmonton Journal (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), 28 May 1928.]

Hill City Times, 25 February 1943

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Chipman of Wichita are the parents of a seven pound baby girl, born Monday, February 22.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Scott of Penokee are the parents of a baby boy born Sunday, February 21. He has been named LeRoy Paul.

Presbyterian Church Notes
Charles H. Harrell, Minister
The church offers leadership in worship and service to all who care to be so engaged. The time of the services is brief and a welcome awaits all who may attend. Bible school at 10 o'clock next Sunday, and the church service of worship at 11. Christian Endeavor meeting at 5 o'clock and we hope C. E. boys and girls can get ready to give their program at 7:30 in the evening. The missionary society will meet in the Dr. Vesper home at the usual time next Thursday afternoon. The weekly study class will meet at Guild hall at 7:30 on Thursday evening. We will study the 6th and 7th chapters of our book, "A Righteous Faith for an Enduring Peace."

Red Line Church of God
Sunday School …………………… 10:00 a. m.
Worship …………………………… 11:00 a. m.
Junior Church ……………………… 7:15 p. m.
Christian Crusaders ………………. 7:15 p. m.
Quiet Hour …………………………. 8:00 p. m.
Evening Worship …………………. 8:00 p. m.
Prayer Meeting …………….(Wed.) 8:00 p. m.
       Everyone welcome.
                   W. W. Wilburn, Pastor.

Prairie Home Church
Preaching ………………………….. 9:00 a. m.
Sunday School …………………….. 10:00 a. m.
Youth Fellowship ………………….. 7:30 p. m.
        Rev. J. E. Robinson, Pastor.


In loving memory of Arthur James Winterowd who passed away February 25, 1934.
Dear son, you are not forgotten
Tho on earth you are no more,
Still in memory you are with us
As you always were before.
        Sadly missed by Father, Mother and Sisters.                 Adv.

Card of Thanks

We wish to thank sincerely all the neighbors and friends that so kindly helped us in shucking our corn.
Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Sandlin                 Adv.

Card of Thanks

To thank all the dear friends that have remembered me in their prayers, sent me lovely letters, gifts, and messages of cheer during my recent illness. "The Lord Bless thee and keep thee." Num. 6-24.             Mrs. C. E. Clark.                 Adv.

Wayne Harsh of Denver, Colorado called at the Frank Johnson home Saturday evening. The Harsh family lived in the Prairie Home community several years ago. Wayne is a brother of Mrs. Lawrence Stites.
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Moore and son, Tommy, were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Huntington.
Capt. Stanley Clark returned Monday morning to Ft. Huschuca, Arizona. [Source: Hill City Times (Hill City, Kansas), 25 February 1943.]

Hill City Times, 28 July 1955

Card of Thanks
The recent bereavement which has visited our home has brought to us a greater appreciation to our friends. Such kindnesses and neighborly thoughtfulness can never be forgotten.
        John N. Welty
        Mr. and Mrs. Rex Welty, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Miles and Lily Welty.

[Source: Hill City Times (Hill City, Kansas), 28 July 1955.]

Death of Henry Chaplain

Henry Chaplain, who recently accidentally shot himself near Lenora, Norton county, died last week.

Note: It is not known where Mr. Chaplain was buried.

[Source: Phillipsburg Herald (Phillipsburg, Kansas), 31 October 1885.]

Clarance Davis drowned

Clarance [sic Clarence] Davis, a 16 year old boy was drowned while skating on the mill pond at Almena last week.

Note: Clarence was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Almena.

[Source: Phillipsburg Herald (Phillipsburg, Kansas), 21 December 1899.]

Death of Gilbert H. Graham

Gilbert H. Graham of Grant township, Norton county, died in Chicago from enlargement of the spleen and an cancerous condition of the stomach. An operation failed to save him. He leaves a wife and five children.

Note: It is not known where Mr. Graham is buried.

[Source: Phillipsburg Herald (Phillipsburg, Kansas), 23 July 1896.]

MYERS, Florence Florence Myers killed and others injured by twisters

Mrs. Florence Myers, about 56, the wife of Homer Myers, farmer near Prairie View, and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Warrick of Norton, was killed outright and her husband was probably not seriously hurt when a twister carried them away along with the debris of their home about 7:30 o'clock Satur-night.

Funeral arrangements for Mrs. Myers could not be announced today by A. D. Courtney of Almena but services are not expected to be held before Wednesday.

Injured also and brought to the Norton County Hospital, as was Mr. Myers, were Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Prinsen, Almena young couple, who were caught on highway US-36 four miles west of Prairie View on their way to Almena. They are not believed seriously injuried.

Mr. Myers is suffering from seven fractured ribs, possibly minor head injuries and many severe bruises. He was found pinned beneath wreckage of the house located on the former John Boogart farm near the county line and 5 1/2 miles south and 3 1/2 east of Almena.

As many as seven separate twisters, one quite large and six smaller ones, were reported above eastern Norton County during the terrific disturbance which caused extensive damage to farms, blew away the District 60 schoolhouse in the Fairhaven community and… [reminder of article missing. jwg]

Note: Florence was buried in Clayton Cemetery, Decatur County, Kansas.

[Source: Norton Daily Telegram (Norton, Kansas), 23 June 1947.]

RAILSBACK, Celia May (Garrison)

Death Of Mrs. John Railsback

Mrs. John Railsback died June 28 at her home east of Lebanon. She was survived by her husband and 6 small children.

Note: Celia Railsback is buried in Wray Cemetery. The grave marker shows she died in 1901.

[Source: Clipping from unknown newspaper. Submitted by site-owner.]

Death of Harvey A. Wells

Harvey A. Wells, a prominent real estate dealer and wealthy citizen of Edmond, Norton county, died suddenly at a St. Joseph sanitarium, a few days ago.

Note: It is not known where Mr. Wells is buried.

[Source: Phillipsburg Herald (Phillipsburg, Kansas), 6 January 1888.]


Dr. Williamson Dead

Dr. B. P. Williamson, one of the leading physicians of Norton, died last Friday [25 January 1901] of pneumonia. The doctor had been attending a smallpox patient, in the country near town, and contracted the fever from washing and changing his clothes in a barn each day before returning to town. The Herald editor knew Dr. Williamson some years ago in Hill City. He was a careful, painstaking physician, a man who made many friends, and was highly respected by all who knew him. He leaves a wife and several children to mourn his decease.

Note: Dr. Williamson, a Civil War veteran, was buried in Norton Cemetery.

[Source: Phillipsburg Herald (Phillipsburg, Kansas), 31 January 1901.]

Lenora man slight hurt as car wrecks

A one-car accident occurred today at 1:30 a.m., 18.3 miles south of Norton on U.S. 283.

The 1965 Chevrolet coach received $900 damage to its left front. Millard Russ, 38, of Lenora, was the driver. He received a bruised lip and was treated and released at the Norton County Hospital.

The car was en route north on U.S. 283, when the driver apparently went to sleep. The car went off the left side of the road and struck a steel culvert at a farm field entrance. The impact nearly sheared off the left front wheel and tire. The car continued across the field drive and came to rest on the north side of the drive, reported State Trooper Forrest Taylor of Norton.

[Source: Undated newspaper clipping contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]

Pearson-Ashcroft Marriage

Married, at Fremont, Kansas, Monday, June 9, 1890, Bruce S. Pearson to Ida Ashcroft.

[Source: Western Kansas World (WaKeeney, Kansas), 21 June 1890.]

Dr. Atkin in Hoisington

In the "Hoisington" section
Dr. Atkin, or [of] Fremont, Kansas, is here. He expects to locate at Galatia where he will practice and run a drug store.

[Source: Barton County Democrat (Great Bend, Kansas), 18 February 1892.]

Auto Accident Injures Scott Dole

Norton-Injuries were suffered by Scott Dole, 15-year-old Norton high school student, in a traffic accident northeast of here. Dole is a patient at Norton county hospital where he is suffering from a hip dislocation and fracture, cuts and bruises.

The youth was thrown from a car driven by Keith Chandler, Almena grade school instructor, when the Chandler car and one driven by Luther Taylor, Norton, collided.

Chandler and the occupants of the Taylor car escaped without injury.

The accident occurred as Chandler swung out on US36 from the sideroad which parallels the railroad viaduct, authorities said. Taylor was crossing the viaduct and was traveling east on the highway when the collision occurred.

Officers are investigating the possibly that a third car may have struck Dole while passing the crash scene. Dole and Chandler were alone.

IN the car with Taylor were his wife and Opal McBride, a state sanatorium employe. They were taken to the sanatorium for medical checkup after the crash.

[Source: Salina Journal (Salina, Kansas), .4 January 1953]

Almena Pianist To Present Recital

Almena Pianist Mrs. Betty Ross Wait, Ft. Hays State college student, will present her senior recital Thursday night in Picken auditorium on the college campus. Her husband is Roy Watt, formerly of Healy.

[Source: Salina Journal (Salina, Kansas), .4 January 1953]

W. L. Sayres

Graham County Attorney
Elected by Democrats and the Only Negro County Attorney in Kansas.
The election of Hon. W. L. Sayers county attorney of Graham County is a high compliment paid to an able attorney of our race. He was elected on the Democratic ticket and ran ahead of his ticket in many precincts. His election is convincing proof of the fact that merit will win in any party.

Mr. Sayers is one of the prominent and wealthy colored men of Kansas. He is connected with several business enterprises, and is one of the best attorneys of Western Kansas and of the eWst [East]. He is a member of the Baptist church and is good and great man. The Herald extends her congratulations to him.

[Source: National Watchman (Topeka, Kansas), 9 May 1914.]

Wants Soldiers All Buried Together

The G.A.R. post of Hill City wants to take up the remains of all old soldiers in the different cemeteries in the county and place them in one cemetery at Hill City. The government is furnishing tombstones free of charge.

[Source: Barton County Democrat (Great Bend, Kansas), 24 September 1896.]

LeRoy Beeby Drowns In Antelope Lake

Memorial Day Outing Is Fatal To Young Lad
Steps Into Deep Water
Is Second Boy To Lose His Life in Morland Waters

LeRoy Beeby, eight year old son of Mrs. Viola Kay, of Morland, was drowned in the waters of Antelope Lake, northwest of Morland, late Saturday afternoon [30 May, 1942 jwg] when he was in wading in company with others boys.

The boys were on the northeast shore of the lake, near the shelterhouse and had been wading near the shore when LeRoy slipped into deep water. His body was recovered about 15 to 20 minutes later by one of his friends and artificial respiration was started immediately. Dr. Vesper was called as was also Mrs. Willie Schierkolk and R. J. McCauley and others who knew how to administer first aid. They assisted with artificial respiration for several hours or until a pullmeter from WaKeeney arrived. All efforts to resuscitate the boy failed.

Funeral services were held in Morland, Monday afternoon and interment was made in the Hill City cemetery beside the body of his father.

LeRoy was kind and generous to all his playmates, even perhaps too kind, for he would often give his best playthings to his friends while he used the old ones. When he would lose one of his pets he and his sister, Yvonne, would have a funeral. When one of his kittens died they kept the grave decorated for a long time. He had a sweet disposition and perhaps his playmates took advantage of it, but he seemed to like to have it that way.

LeRoy will be missed by his playmates in Morland. He had an excellent voice and enjoyed singing so much that he was allowed to lead the children's chorus in the closing program of the vacation Bible School recently.

LeRoy is the second youth to lose his life in the waters of Antelope lake. Charley Lee Cummings, of Morland, was drowned a few years ago while attempting a long swim.

Note: Burial was in Hill City Cemetery.

[Source: Undated newspaper clipping; submitted by site-owner.]

Snodgrass, Gay G.

Accidents Kill Walker on Pike, 2 Motorists

~ By the Eagle's State Staff
Two persons were killed in separate car-train accidents in Kansas Wednesday and a Lawrence, Kan., man was killed late Tuesday as he walked across the Kansas Turnpike.

Dead are Thomas Martin, 76, Salina, Kan.; Mrs. Gay G. Snodgrass,59, Almena, Kan., and Dr. Edward S. Robinson, 63, Lawrence.

Martin was killed on old U.S. 40 about one mile west of Salina when his westbound car struck a Union Pacific freight train at a crossing.

The Highway Patrol said Martin apparently did not see the train and drove into the side of it. There was no damage to the train.

Mrs. Snodgrass died about 8:20 a.m., Wednesday when her car collided with an eastbound Rock Island freight train five miles east of Norton on a township road.

The train struck the car on the right side and the woman was thrown out and under the vehicle. The car was carried about a mile down the track before the train could halt.

Robinson was dead on arrival at a Lawrence hospital Tuesday evening after he was struck by a car about five miles east of the Lawrence exit of the Turnpike.

Services for Mrs. Snodgrass will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Scott-Brantley Funeral Home, Norton. Burial will be in Almena Cemetery [sic Mount Hope Cemetery].

Born in Almena, she was a lifetime resident. She was a stenographer for Doctors Clinic, Norton. Her husband, Jasper, died in 1959.

She was a member of Norton Christian Church.

Survivors include a son, Melvin, Almena; two daughters, Mrs. Herbert Leiker, Norton, and Mrs. Robert Covington, Almena; and two brothers.

Services were pending Wednesday for Dr. Robinson who was a professor of philosophy at the University of Kansas.

Ramsey Funeral Home, Lawrence, has charge.

[Source: Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kansas), 4 April 1968.]


Fort Hays Meningitis Victim Dies

Special to The Eagle
Norton, Kan. - John Hawks, 18, a Fort Hays State College student, died Wednesday at a hospital here of meningococcal meningitis, commonly known as spinal meningitis.

Hawks became ill Sunday at the home of his parents in Almena, Kan. His roommate a Custer Hall, a coed dormitory at Fort Hays, Richard Hays of Almena remains hospitalized here in good condition with a mild form of the disease.

College officials have sent letters to the parents of the other students residing in the dormitory, urging that the students see a physician. Hawks reportedly attended a basketball game Friday at the college and anyone who may have had contact with him also should see a doctor, officials said.

Dr. Don Wilcox, director of the State Department of Health Division of Disease Prevention and Control, said the disease is spread by respiratory secretions through coughing and sneezing.

He said the main symptoms are high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting.

[Source: Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kansas), 24 December 1970.]

Peterson Shot to Death.

On Thursday of last week, Harry Peterson, Albert Kahn, J. W. Vining and Charley Latham, all of Norton, the Courier says, were out hunting quails. A covey of the birds was discovered near where young Peterson was standing. He called to Albert Kahn to come where he was, so that they could shoot simultaneously at the birds. On the way, Albert tripped and fell. His gun, which had been cocked, was discharged, and the load of shot penetrated the back of poor Peterson's neck, killing him instantly. The Lenora Leader heard that the accident had driven young Kahn to the point of attempting to take his own life.

[Source: Western Kansas World (WaKeeney, Kansas), 5 December 1885.]

POWELL, William H. H.

H. H. Powell shot himself

On December 31 Mr. H. H. Powell, of Norton county, blew off a side of his head with a shot gun. Despondency led to the act. Mr. Powell was an esteemed citizen and an old soldier.

Note: Mr. Powell was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Almena.

[Source: Western Kansas World (WaKeeney, Kansas), 9 January 1886.]

Mrs. J. H. Wright in ill health

We are sorry to learn that Mrs. J. H. Wright, wife of the editor of the Leader, is in ill health, requiring his almost constant attention.-[ Norton Courier.] Your sorrow in this instance is our own, brother Simmons. Mr. Wright, of the Lenora Leader, is among the exemplary members of our craft in whose welfare we have an abiding interest.

[Source: Western Kansas World (WaKeeney, Kansas), 20 November 1886.]

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