Iowa First Cav

Have you ever tracked an ancestor’s military service thru the various battles? I have to admit this is something that I have not done.

As I was working with the pension file for my ancestor, Noah W. Briles, I became curious about his unit’s service, particularly in Texas. Noah enlisted in Company I of the 1st Regiment of the Iowa Cavalry in June of 1861 for three years. When his time expired, he re-enlisted as a veteran volunteer on 1 January 1864. Noah was mustered out at Austin, Texas on 15 Feb 1866.

Since a document from the War Department indicates that Noah Briles took ill and was hospitalized on 17 Aug 1863 in Clarendon, Arkansas, I am trying to figure out where the unit was at that time along with how they ended up in Texas.

The Wikipedia article on the Iowa First Cavalry provides a synopsis of the military action of the unit. In August of 1862, the unit was in Arkansas.

On Aug. 18, 1862, the army crossed the White River at Clarendon, Ark., and on the 27th was fought the Battle of Bayou Meto, in which the regiment took a prominent part, driving the enemy across the bayou and making a dashing charge to save the only bridge across that deep and miry stream from destruction. In this charge the regiment lost 1 killed and 36 wounded, 1 mortally. The regiment then took the advance of the cavalry in the move on Little Rock.

Wikipedia –

Unfortunately, the Wikipedia article leaves out most of 1863. Even though small text is used on their page, the National Parks page for the 1st Regiment, Iowa Calvary contains more detail

Expedition from Huntsville to Buffalo River January 9-12, 1863. At Lake Springs till April, 1863. Operations against Marmaduke in Southeastern Missouri April 17-May 3. Jackson, Mo., April 27. Castor River, near Bloomfield, April 29. Bloomfield April 30. Chalk Bluffs, St. Francis River, April 30-May 1. At Lake Springs till July. Expedition against Little Rock, Ark., July 1-September 10. Expedition from Greensborough to Helena, Ark., July (Detachment). Brownsville, Ark., August 25. Near Bayou Metoe August 26. Reed’s Bridge or Bayou Metoe August 27. Austin August 31. Ashley’s Mills September 7. Bayou Fourche and capture of Little Rock September 10. Elizabethtown October 1. Vance’s Store October 2. Expedition to Arkadelphia November 26-December 1. Reconnoissance from Little Rock December 5-13. Princeton December 6. Expedition to Camden December 15. Steele’s Expedition to Shreveport, La., March 23-May 3, 1864.

National Park Service. 1st Regiment Iowa Cavalry –

Thus, the unit was in the vicinity of Little Rock, Arkansas when Noah Briles became ill. Recovering from his illness, Noah Briles was again with his unit when they were moved to Alexandria, Louisianna and then to Texas.

Moved to Alexandria, La., June 15-22; thence to Hemstead, Tex., August 8-26. Moved to Austin, Tex., October 20-November 4, and duty there till February, 1866. Mustered out February 15, 1866. Moved to Iowa February 19-March 12, and discharged March 16, 1866.

National Park Service. 1st Regiment Iowa Cavalr –

Instead of being mustered out at the end of the war, the First Iowa Calvary joined other units at Alexandria, Louisiana to create the 2nd Cavalry Division.

Ultimately, the Iowans left Arkansas on February 12, 1865,
for Tennessee, where the troops anticipated operations against
Nathan Bedford Forrest’s mounted guerrillas. Just as they found
themselves in a position to acquire the national reputation that
they knew they deserved, the war ended. Unfortunately, the end
of the war did not mean the end of service for the First Iowa Cavalry.
Instead of being mustered home, the Hawkeye horsemen
were ordered to join the Twelfth and Fifth Illinois, Second Wisconsin,
and Seventh Indiana cavalries at Alexandria, Louisiana,
to create the Second Cavalry Division, Department of Texas, Division of the Gulf.
The weary regiment was not finally mustered
out of service until February 1866.

Crosson, David. The Martinet and the Mob. State Historical Society of Iowa. 1989.

While in Texas, the commanding officer of the 2nd Cavalry Division was Major General George Armstrong Custer. While serving under Major General Custer, the Iowa troops felt that they were mistreated. After the 1st Iowa Cavalry was mustered out, the Iowa State House of Representatives passed a resolution condemning General Custer.

the committee concluded that the First Iowa Cavalry had “received from the hands
of Major-General Custer . .. such ill treatment as no other Iowa
soldiers have ever been called upon to endure; that such treatment
or punishment was dishonorable to the General inflicting
it, degrading to the name of American soldier, unworthy of the
cause in which they were engaged, and in direct and flagrant
violation of the laws, of Congress and the rules and articles of

For decades afterwards, the collective memory of the former
regiment remained embittered by the nightmare of service
under Custer in Texas, and the veterans toiled diligently to
expunge their record of this particularly unpleasant episode.

Crosson, David. The Martinet and the Mob. State Historical Society of Iowa. 1989.

It was only by trying to learn more about my great-great grandfather’s service that I uncovered this information about the 1st Iowa Cavalry and General Custer. Unfortunately, I don’t have any letters, diaries or other documents to help understand Noah Briles’ role in this conflict between members of the 1st Iowa Cavalry and General George Armstrong Custer.


Going thru the pension file of Noah Washington Briles, I found a few hints about his wife’s marriage and later divorce.

First was a copy of the marriage license for Sarah J. Briles and J. D. Davis from Coffey County Kansas. The license is dated 9 May 1888.

The second hint was in a claim Sarah Briles filed in 1917 to have her widow’s pension restored. In that file, Sarah states she was divorced from Jeremiah Davis in September 1898.

Number 284667 Widow Claim
In the matter of the application of Sarah J. Briles, widow of Noah W. Briles late a member of Co. I 1st Iowa Cavalry Civil War.
Sarah J. Briles, of lawful age, being duly sworn upon her oath says:
In answer to the request for explanation concerning the name of applicant, I say:
I married the soldier Noah W. Briles, known also as Noah Washington Briles late a member of Co. I, 1st Iowa Cavalry, 1866. My name is Sarah J. Briles also known as Sarah Jane Briles. I was placed on the pension roll under certificate No. 284667 and continued as pensioner under said certificate until my marriage to J.D. Davis also known as Jeremiah D. Davis. I was divorced from said Jeremiah D. Davis, September 8th, 1898 and restored to my former name of Sarah J. Briles as shown by the decree of court attached hereto.
In the divorce proceedings he procured the divorce because I offered no resistance. I lived with Davis, raised his two small children. After that he was so cruel to me that I could not live with him. I left him and he later obtained the decree in 1898 as shown by the attached decree.
But in the matter of our separation I was wholly without blame and I now ask to be restored to the pension rolls under my old or former certificate No. 284667 as the widow of my first husband Noah W. Briles.
Sarah J. Briles
Sarah J. Briles, of lawful age, being duly sworn on oath says: I am the Sarah J. Briles, applicant for restoration to the pension rolls under certificate No. 284667. I have read the foregoing affidavit and know the contents thereof and the allegations and denials therein are true, So help me God.
Sarah J. Briles

Pension File for Noah Washington Briles (: U.S. Government).

Armed with that information, I was able to locate the divorce packet.

No. 3973
Jeremiah D. Davis Vs. Sarah J. Davis
filed 5 Sep 1898

State of Kansas
County of Coffey

In the District Court of said County

Jeremiah D. Davis plaintiff
Sarah J Davis Defendent

Comes now the said plaintiff and complains of the said defendent and says that he has been an actual resident in good part of the state of Kansas for more than ten year last past and is now a bona fide resident of Coffey County, Kansas.
That said plaintiff and defendent were married to each other on the tenth day of May A.D. 1888 and have lived together as husband and wife ever since that time.
That plaintiff had, during all of said time conducted himself towards said defendant as a faithful and dutyful husband; yet the said defendant wholy disregarding her duties as a wife towards this plaintiff, has been guilty of gross neglect of duty towards this plaintiff during nearly all of

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said time; that said defendant has during nearly all of said time been in the hapit of ‘gadding’ about neglecting her household duties failing and refusing to get meals for plaintiff and was cross and abusive to plaitiffs children by a former wife, to such an extent that she drove them from the home of this plaintiff that the continuous neglect of defendant to perform her duties as a wife tothe plaintif has rendered his life miserable that no children have been born to theplaintif and defendant as the fruits of said marriage.
Whereupon plaintiff prays judgement against said defendant divorcing said plaintiff from said defendant and disolving the marriage relations heretofore existing between plaintiff and defendant and for such other nd further relief as in quity and good conscience plaintiff may be entitled.
James Redmond
Atty for plaintiff

State of Kansas County of Coffey
Jeremiah D. Davis being first duly sworn on his oath says that he is the plaintiff in the within named action, that he has read the within and foregoing petition and knows the contents therof and the several allegations the[re]
in stated are true in substance and in fact.
Jeremiah D. Davis
subscribed and sworn to before me this third day of September 1898
[Orson] Kent
Notary Public
my comm exp Oct 15 1900

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State of Kansas
County of Coffey
In the District COurt of Said COunty
Jeremiah D. Davis plaintiff
Sarah J. Davis Defendant

Comes now the said defendant Sarah J. Davis and waives the issuance and service of summons in the above entitled action and enters her appearance and files her answer to the petition of plaintiff in said action and says that she admits the marriage and residence as therein alleged; and denies each and every other allegation [averment] matter and thing in said petition contained
Sarah J Davis
Thereby conduct that the above case may be tried at the September A.D. 1898 term of the above named court and in the event of a decree of divorce being granted I ask that my name be restored to my former name of Sarah J. Briles.
Sarah J. Davis

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Jeremiah D. Davis, Plaintiff
Sarah J Davis Defendent
And now on this 8th day of September A.D. 1898, at the regular September 1898 term of this court comes the said plaintiff in his own proper person and by James Redmond his attorney as comes the said defendant in her own proper person and this case having been reached and called for trial is by consent of the parties submitted to the court for trial upon the petition of the plaintiff, the answer of defendant and the evidence and [now] Court after hearing the evidence and argument of counsel and being fully advised in the promises do find for the plaintiff that several allegations in plaintiffs petition are true in manner and form as therin alleged and stated It is therefore considered by the court that this marriage relation heretofore existing between plaintiff and defendant be and they are hereby disolved and the plaintiff is hereby divorced from said defendant and it is further considered by the court that said plaintiff pay the costs of this action taxed at $3.35 and himself let execution issue
And upon applicaiton of said

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defendant and good cause shown it is ordered and decreed that the said defendant be restored to her former name of Sarah J. Briles
It is further ordered that this decree shall not take effect for six months from this date so to allow either of said parties to any other person

This is another lesson I learned — reading the pension file leads to other finds!

Zebulon Foster Descendants

1. Zebulon Foster
b: 19 Aug 1808, Pike, Ohio, United States
d: 5 Sep 1889, Warren, Indiana, United States
+Caroline Ostrander
b: 23 Mar 1814, Ross, Ohio, United States
m: 14 Feb 1833, Pike, Ohio, United States
d: 3 Jun 1871, Warren, Indiana, United States

. . . . . 11. Edward Foster
          b: 20 Nov 1833, Warren, Indiana, United States
          d: 6 Jun 1908, Armstrong, Vermilion, Illinois, United States
. . . . . +Sarah Ann Tillotson
          b: 15 Jan 1834
          m: 24 Aug 1856, Vermilion, Illinois, United States
          d: 6 Aug 1907, Urbana, Champaign, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 111. Buel T Foster
                    b: 2 Jan 1857, Warren, Indiana, United States
                    d: 11 Jan 1950, Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 112. Horace Foster
                    b: abt 1858, Illinois, United States
                    d: 4 Nov 1860
. . . . . . . . . . 113. Caroline Foster
                    b: abt 1859, Illinois, United States
                    d: 10 Sep 1860
. . . . . . . . . . 114. Sarah L. Foster
                    b: 1861, Illinois, United States
                    d: 1873
. . . . . . . . . . 115. Edwin Stanton Foster
                    b: abt 1862, Illinois, United States
                    d: 14 Oct 1950, Armstrong, Vermilion, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 116. Zebulon Foster
                    b: abt 1864, Illinois, United States
                    d: 18 Mar 1939, Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 117. Mary Foster
                    b: abt 1867, Illinois, United States
                    d: 23 May 1912
. . . . . . . . . . 118. Edward Foster Jr
                    b: 19 Aug 1869, Illinois, United States
                    d: 28 Mar 1951, Grant, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 119. Theodore T. Foster
                    b: 13 Oct 1870, Illinois, United States
                    d: 18 Jun 1941
. . . . . . . . . . 11A. Lllian Foster
                    b: abt 1873, Illinois, United States
                    d: 18 Dec 1880
. . . . . . . . . . 11B. William G. Foster
                    b: 2 Nov 1877, Armstrong, Vermilion, Illinois, United States
                    d: 28 Apr 1940, Middlefork Township, Vermilion, Illinois, United States

. . . . . 12. Rachel Foster
          b: 20 May 1837, Indiana, United States
          d: 22 Apr 1921, Onarga, Iroquois, Illinois, United States
. . . . . +William B. Crider
          b: 10 Apr 1829, Ohio, Kentucky, United States
          m: 22 Oct 1856, Warren, Indiana, United States
          d: 15 Feb 1898, Onarga Township, Iroquois, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 121. Zebulon Crider
                    b: 1 Sep 1857, Indiana, United States
                    d: 18 May 1913, Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 122. Mary Crider
                    b: abt 1859, Illinois, United States
                    d: 1931
. . . . . . . . . . 123. Samuel Peter Crider
                    b: 25 Mar 1862, Illinois, United States
                    d: 2 Feb 1926, Jackson, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 124. Charles P. Crider
                    b: 26 Jan 1863, Illinois, United States
                    d: 20 Feb 1926
. . . . . . . . . . 125. Minnie Crider
                    b: 18 Jun 1865, Onarga Township, Iroquois, Illinois, United States
                    d: 13 May 1954
. . . . . . . . . . 126. Dora Crider
                    b: 11 Jan 1871, Illinois, United States
                    d: 13 Dec 1957
. . . . . +J. C. Briggs
          m: abt 1906

. . . . . 13. Eliza W. Foster
          b: abt 1840, West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States
          d: 1926
. . . . . +George T. Bell
          b: 15 Oct 1837, Indiana, United States
          m: 13 Feb 1859, Warren, Indiana, United States
          d: 2 Jan 1917, West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 131. Mary A. Bell
                    b: 31 Jul 1860
                    d: 4 Sep 1860, Warren, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 132. Frankie Bell
                    b: 29 Nov 1861
                    d: 24 Aug 1863
. . . . . . . . . . 133. Carrie Foster Bell
                    b: 11 Jan 1864, Illinois, United States
                    d: 24 Nov 1934, Hillsboro, Fountain, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 134. Hattie Bell
                    b: 5 Dec 1864
                    d: 28 Sep 1867, Warren, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 135. Charles S Bell
                    b: Aug 1866, Wellington, Iroquois, Illinois, United States
                    d: 1949, Lake, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 136. Laura E Bell
                    b: 22 Dec 1871, Wellington, Iroquois, Illinois, United States
                    d: 6 Apr 1936, Danville, Vermilion, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 137. Rosie Bell
                    b: 6 May 1877
                    d: 13 Sep 1878
. . . . . . . . . . 138. Grace Bell
                    b: 3 May 1879
                    d: 15 Jan 1882, Pike Township, Warren, Indiana, United States

. . . . . 14. Mary Foster
          b: 28 Aug 1842, West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States
          d: 21 Jan 1929, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . +Washington Marion Crawford
          b: 21 Apr 1838, Warren, Indiana, United States
          m: 4 Mar 1860, West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States
          d: 23 Aug 1889, Fort Dodge, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 141. Ida Kate Crawford
                    b: 18 Dec 1862, Warren, Indiana, United States
                    d: 7 Mar 1934, Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 142. Judson Foster Crawford
                    b: 15 Apr 1866, Warren, Indiana, United States
                    d: 19 Feb 1949, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 143. Carrie A Crawford
                    b: 10 Feb 1870, Warren, Indiana, United States
                    d: 20 Jul 1886, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 144. Lida A Crawford
                    b: 22 Dec 1871, Warren, Indiana, United States
                    d: 13 Dec 1945, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 145. Nelson Garfield Crawford
                    b: 29 Oct 1881, West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States
                    d: 10 May 1957, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States

. . . . . 15. William F. Foster
          b: Jun 1846, Indiana, United States
          d: 24 Nov 1907, Warren, Indiana, United States
. . . . . +Carrie Briggs
          b: abt 1853, Indiana, United States
          m: 4 Mar 1873, Warren, Indiana, United States
          d: 12 Dec 1899, West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 151. Eva Lucille Foster
                    b: 29 Jul 1880, Warren, Indiana, United States
                    d: 30 Apr 1947, West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 152. Laura B Foster
                    b: Oct 1885, Indiana, United States
                    d: 18 Dec 1908, Urbana, Champaign, Illinois, United States

. . . . . 16. Harriet Foster
          b: 14 Oct 1848, West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States
          d: 4 Mar 1906, Watseka, Iroquois, Illinois, United States
. . . . . +John J. Fleming
          b: Oct 1844, Indiana, United States
          m: 17 Sep 1868, West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States
          d: 1933, Iroquois, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 161. Nellie A. Fleming
                    b: 6 Oct 1871, Illinois, United States
                    d: 8 Mar 1923
. . . . . . . . . . 162. Lulu Bell Fleming
                    b: 2 Feb 1874, Illinois, United States
                    d: 15 Apr 1897
. . . . . . . . . . 163. Lala Bell Fleming
                    b: 9 Feb 1873, Illinois, United States
                    d: 2 Nov 1952

+Juliet Fleming
m: 31 Aug 1876, Warren, Indiana, United States

First Born


Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along – cue the Mission Impossible music!):

1)  Lorine McGinnis Schulze, in her blog post “Who Was Your First Canadian or American Born Ancestor?” asked that question.2)  Let’s broaden it a bit to “Who was your first ancestor born in your chosen county, state, province, or country?” based on your known ancestry.

To tackle this task, I elected to put my computer to work to pull the data for me. For this task, I used my genealogy software program, RootsMagic, and Excel.

In RootsMagic, I

  • created a group of my ancestors going back 10 generations
  • created a custom report with the name, birth date and birth place
  • ran the custom report for my marked group of ancestors
  • saved the report as a text file

In Excel, I

  • opened the text file and indicated that a comma was a delimeter (to separate the columns)
  • manually inserted cells where needed to get the states to line up in one column
  • inserted a column for the year of birth
  • used a formula to pull the year from the birth date (right 4 characters)
  • sorted the data by state and year
  • copy / pasted the ancestor with the earliest birthdate for each state into a new spreadsheet
  • took a screen shot of that spreadsheet
  • inserted the screenshot into this post

Uncle LR

#52Ancestors – week 12 Loss

Altar Flowers in Memory of LR Crawford

Is there a family event from your childhood that left a mark on your life, but one that happened when you were too young to really remember the impact?

For me, that would be the death of my uncle, Leon Russel Crawford II, or uncle LR. LR was my dad’s brother.

I have very few memories of uncle LR. I remember that his place at my grandparents table was at the end opposite my grandmother. Another memory I have is of his room and his radio equipment. At a young age, my uncle received his ham radio license and had quite the setup in his room off of the kitchen.

Evidently, LR spent a lot of time with myself and my two brothers. My mom commented once that he was a life saver the summer we (as in all three of us) had the measles and then the chicken pox. My dad was away for ‘summer school’ and mom was overwhelmed with three sick kids (ages 7, 5 1/2 and 2) for most of the summer. She told me that LR sat with us on the 4th of July as we watched the fireworks from the living room window.

However, I do remember being awakened from sleep when I was almost 9 to be told that my uncle was very sick. My dad and his parents were leaving that night to go to Wisconsin where he was a graduate student. I remember crying because I wanted to go with them. Later, I vaguely remember my mother telling me that my uncle had died and that dad and my grandparents were on their way home.

I’m not sure whether it was standard procedure at the time, but I and my brothers did not attend his funeral. Instead, we spent the day, along with other kids with parents attending the funeral, in the care of a neighbor. I was allowed to attend the ‘flower’ ceremony where they read off the names of everyone who donated flowers.

My grandmother’s devestation at the death of her son is evident in the picture of her and her siblings on the day of the funeral.

Mary Walters, Myrtle Jones, Earnest Currey, my grandmother Winnie Crawford, and Alma Taylor

Leota Lorraine

Do you have an actor or actress in your tree? My answer to that question would have been ‘NO’. However, while doing some descendancy research, I discovered a cousin, a second cousin twice removed, who was an actress: Leota Lorraine Crider.

This little detail was included in an article in The Kansas City Star announcing her marriage.

Robert F. Lakenan, Jr. Wed.
Leota Crider, Film Actress, Whose Parents Live Here, Is the Bride
Leota Lorraine Crider, moving picture actress, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel P. Crider, 3506 Robert Gillham road, was married yesterday to Robert F. Lakenan, jr., in Pasadena, Cal., a telegram to her parents says.
Robert Lakenan, jr, is vice-president of the Ridge Estate Company. He lives at 32 West Armour boulevard. The marriage was a complete surprise, Mrs. Crider said today, and no details of the future plans of the Lakenans was included in the telegram.
Mrs. Lakenan has been in the “movies” about three years, Mrs. Crider said today. She has been playing in Metro pictures. Her home has been at Hollywood, Cal.
A divorce was obtained by Mrs. Lakenan from her first husband, J. C. Henderson, an insurance man, in 1916. Her petition alleged non-support.
Mrs. Crider said today her daughter always said nothing, not even marriage, would prevent her form continuing her motion picture work.
Robert Lakenan jr., is a widely known young golfer at the Blue Hills Country Club. In the war he was a first lieutenant with Battery C. 53d artillery, C. A. C.

“Robert F. Lakenan, Jr Wed,” The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri), 18 May 1920, page 1; digital image, ( : viewed online 9 March 2021).

Curious about her acting career, I did some searching on Google and found the following:

Then I returned to newspapers to see if I could find an obituary. Since she died in Los Angeles, I started looking for an obituary in the Los Angeles papers and found a very brief obituary.

Lakenan, (Leota Lorraine), loving mother of (Nancy Duke) Simpson, loving grandmother of Gregory Royce Simpson.
Interment in Kansas City, Mo.
Bresee Brothers & Gillette local directors

“Lakenan, (Leota Lorraine),” The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California), 11 July 1974, page 67; digital images, ( : viewed online 10 March 2021).

When I searched the Kansas City papers, I did not find her obituary. However, when I removed the date criteria from the search, I found several articles about Leota Lorraine Crider Lakenan and her messy divorce.

  • “On ‘Reefs’ of Hollywood,” The Kansas City Times (Kansas City, Missouri), 13 September 1923, page 7; digital images, ( : viewed online 10 March 2021).
  • “Lakenans May Fight in Court,” The Kansas City Times (Kansas City, Missouri), 1 October 1923, page 4; digital images, ( : viewed online 10 March 2021).
  • “First Drink form Husband,” The Kansas City Times (Kansas City, Missouri), 16 July 1926, page 2; digital images, ( : viewed online 10 March 2021).
  • “Mrs. Robert F. Lakenan, Jr., Wins Divorce,” The Kansas City Times (Kansas City, Missouri), 5 November 1927, page 5; digital images, ( : viewed online 10 March 2021).

I also found an article about Leota Lorraine’s appearance in ‘The Turning Point’.

Leota Lakenan in Film Here Next Week
Leota Crider Lakenan, film actress and former Kansas City girl, appears as a principal in a photoplay to be featured at the New Royal theater next week. Mrs. Lakenan, whos screen name is Loretta Lorraine, plays in support of Katherine McDonald, motion picture star, in a production entitled “The Turning Point,” from the novel by Robert W. Chambers.
Mrs. Lakenan has been doing pictures for four years. She attended Westport high school, Missouri university and dramatic school in Chicago. She has played supports for several stars and leads in Charles Ray’s comedies.
A few months ago she was married in Los Angeles to Robert Lakenan, jr. former Kansas City club man. Mr. Lakenan served in the war as a captain in the 35th division. Mr. and Mrs. Lakenan are keeping house in Hollywood Cal., and it is reported Mr. Lakenan has interests in western film concern.
Mrs. Lakenan is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. T. Crider,Thirty-fifth street and Robert Gillham road. They are spending the summer with their daughter in Hollywood. Mr. Crider is a member of the Lee Livestock Commission firm in the city.

Thanks to my curiosity about the words “film actress” in the marriage announcement, I have learned a lot about my cousin, Leota Lorraine Crider Lakenan.

Throwback Thursday

Four generations of the Briles family

This picture is from the photos my grandma Briles left me. The handwriting is likely hers. So who is in this picture?

  • Boy – Walter Emery Briles (1917-1982)
  • Man behind boy – Edward Osmund Briles (1891-1956)
  • Young child – Letha Marie Briles Doolittle (1924-2012)
  • Man holding child – Edward Grant Briles (1869-1951)
  • Woman – Sarah Jane Thompson Briles (1843-1930)

Crider Brothers

Do you ever ‘stumble upon’ a piece of information that leads to an interesting tidbit of a community’s history? That’s what happened when I was working the leaf hints on my Ancestry tree for the descendants of my 3rd great grandfather, Zebulon Foster.

The hint lead to the obituary of Mrs. Anna N. Crider, widow of Zebulon F. Crider. Even though Zebulon F. Crider is my first cousin 3 times removed, I did not know much about him other than that he was the son of Rachel Foster and grandson of Zebulon Foster. It was Anna’s obituary that mentioned the Crider Commission Company.

Mrs. Anna N. Crider
Widow of Commission Firm Executive Dies in Butler, Mo
Mrs. Anna N. Crider, 84 years old, a long-time resident of Kansas City, died yesterday at a nursing home in Butler, Mo. where she had lived for the last several months.
She was the widow of Zebulon F. Crider, until his death in 1913, the president of the Crider Commission company here. She was born in Hannibal, Mo., and had lived here most of her life, with the exception of a few years spent in St. Louis. Mrs. Crider was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
She leaves two nieces Mrs. Ira Peterson, 4316 the Paseo and Mrs. Elmer Kensuick, Los Angeles.
Funeral services will beheld at 10 o’clock Wednesday at the Newcomer chapel.

“Mrs. Anna N. Crider,” The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri), 9 October 1951, page 32; digital image, ( : viewed online 4 March 2021).

Curious about the Crider Commission Company, I did some ‘googling’ to find that it was actually called the Crider Brothers Commission Company located in the stock yards of Kansas City, Missouri. The officers of the company included Zeb F. Crider, President, S. P. Crider, Vice-President and C. P. Crider, Treasurer. The company sold cattle, hogs and sheep on consignment.

Armed with death dates, I then went searching for obituaries for these brothers. Zebulon’s obituary is the most informative of the three.

A Pioneer Stockman Dead
Zeb F. Crider Had Spent Twenty-Eight Years in Business Here
Zebulon Foster Crider, 56 years old, president of the Crider Brothers Live Stock Commission Company of Kansas City, died at noon yesterday at the German Hospital, where he had been sick for eight weeks.
Mr. Crider came to Kansas City from Chicago twenty-eight years ago. Prior to that time he had been engaged in the live stock business at the Union Stock Yards. He has been one of the leading factors in making Kansas City the second largest live stock market in the world.
He was born on a farm in Warren County, Indiana, September 1, 1857. He attended the common schools in his county until 16 years old, when he entered the Grand Prairie Seminary at Onarga, Ill., graduating from there in 1877. The next eight years he spent in Chicago. He was married while there.
Mr. Crider was a member of Temple Lodge, No. 295, A.F> and A.M. Oriental Chapter, No. 102, the Council Oriental Commandery, No. 35. He was a thirty-second degree Mason and a Shriner. He was also a charter member of the Kansas City Live Stock Exchange. At his request the Scottish Rite Masons will conduct the funeral service at Scottish Rite Hall, Fifteenth Street and Troost Avenue at 9 o’clock Tuesday night. Burial will be private and at Forest Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Crider is survived by the widow and a son, George, 16 years old; his mother in Onarga, Ill.; his sisters, Mrs. Mollie I Whipple, Lecompton, Kas.; Mrs. Dora E. Van Nest, Lawrence, Kas.; Mrs. Minnie B. Anderson, Donovon, Ill., and his brothers, S. P. Crider 2208 Olive Street, and C. P. Crider, 3217 Washington Street, Kansas City.

“A Pioneer Stockman Dead,” The Kansas City Times (Kansas City, Missouri), 19 May 1913, page 2; digital images, ( : viewed online 4 March 2021).

Charles Crider’s obituary provides less information about the Crider Brothers Commission Company. However, it does provide a couple of clues for learning more about their lives as ‘commission men.’

Charles P. Crider Dead
End Comes to Commission Man After Several Months’ Illness
Charles P. Crider, 63 years old, 3640 Pennsylvania avenue, president of the Crider Brothers Commission Company, died today at St. Joseph’s hospital after an illness of several months.
Mr. Crider was a veteran member of the Kansas City Livestock Exchange, and was one of the most widely known commission men in Kansas City. He was a charter member of the Kansas City Athletic Club, a member of the Hoof and Horn Club and Temple lodge No. 299, A. F. and A. M.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ethel Crider, a son, Charles P. Crider, jr. and a daughter, Esther Crider of the home; three sisters Mrs. C. W. Anderson, Onarga, Ill,; Mrs. H. G. Van Neste and Mrs M. E. Whipple, both of Lawrence, Kas.
Funeral service will be at 3 o’clock Monday at the Newcomer chapel and burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

“Charles P. Crider Dead,” The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri), 20 February 1926, page 2; digital image, ( : viewed online 4 March 2021).

The obituary for Samuel Crider was even less informative.

Crider – Samuel Crider, 63 years old, died today at Castle Rest Home, 9600 Van Horn road. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Nancy Crider, Berkeley hotel, 315 West Thirty-eighth street; two dauthers, Miss Bess Crider, Berkeley hotel, and Mrs. Robert F. Lakeman, Hollywood, Cal., and a brother C. P. Crider, 3610 Pennsylvania avenue.

“Deaths in Greater Kansas City,” The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri), 2 February 1926, page 2; digital image, ( : viewed online 4 March 2021).

An advertisement in the 26 January 1900 issue of the Kansas City Star not only provide a market report but also insight into the workings of the Crider Brothers Commission Company.

“Crider Brothers Commission Company,” The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri), 26 January 1900, page 8; digital image, ( : viewed online 4 March 2021).

As I was researching the Crider Brothers Commission Company and the Kansas City Stockyards, I found that the Kansas City Public Library received a grant to process a collection of historical documents from the Kansas City Stockyard. The post, Kansas City Cattle King: Relics of the Stockyards, provides additional information on this project.

Briles Disabled

Noah Briles’ pension file contains several documents that indicate that he was disabled during service in the civil war. This disability likely contributed to his death at the age of 39.

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General Affidavit
State of Nebraska, County of Fillmore ss,
In the matter of Noah W. Briles deceased aplicant for pension of his widow
On this 18″ day of April A.D. 1887, personally appeared before me Clerk of Dist Court In and for the aforesaid County duly authorized to administer oaths, Joseph H Shrimer aged 51 years, a resident of [Bryant] in the County of Fillmore and State of Nebraska
whose post office address is Shickley Fillmore Nebraska

well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declared in relation to aforesaid case as follows:
That was well acquainted with Noah W. Briles Farrier in Co “I” 1st Regt of iowa Cavalry that he was a good and faithful soldier and that he always performed his duties as such and that while shoeing horses at or near [Hiamstead] Texas he became over heat and was sick for some time and that he contracted camp or chronic diarhea from which he did not recover during the time he remained in service.
And that the timehe became over heat was during the month of Aug or Sept 186 and tha tI gained knowledge of the facts as above stated by being present with the [lone pary] at time of occurance
I further declare that I am not interest in said case and not concerned in its prosecution.
Joseph H Sprimer
Late Leut Co “I” 1st Iowa Cavalry
Vincent Dvorak

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War Department
Adjutant General’s Office


Washington Mch 20, 1886
Respectfully returned to the Commissioners of Pensions.
Noah W. Briles a Private of Company “I” 1st Regiment Iowa Cav. Volunteers, was enrolled on the 13″ day of June, 1861, at Ottumwa 3 years and is reported: On rolls from Enrollment, to Dec. 31/65 present. He re enlisted as a vet vol. Jany 1 /64. Mustered out with Co. a Farrier at Austin, Texas. Feby 15 /66.
Regtl. Hospl. records show him admitted August 17/63 with Remit Fever & sent to Genl Hospl same date.
Co. mg reports show him June 8.63 returned to Co. Aug. 18.63 sent to Hospl at Clarendon Ark.
The records of this office furnush nothing additional regarding alleged disabilities.
Cause & duration of absence paid to June 8.63 not stated
F. S. Rucker
2nd Lt 2nd Cavy

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West Div.
E.D.C. ex’r
No. 331,920
Department of the Interior
Pension Office
Oct. 31, 1885
I have the honor to request that you will furnish from the recors of the War Department a full report as to the service, disability, and hospital treatment of
Noah W. Briles, who it is claimed, enlisted
June 13, 1861 and served as Pvt
in Co. I 1′ Reg’t Iowa Cav.; also in Co. , and was discharged at not stated, 18– While serving in Co. , Reg’t , he was disabled by
chronic diarrhea and disability from over heat while shoeing horses at Houston, Texas (time not given)
and was treated in hospitals of which the names, locations and dates of treatment are as follows:
None given
Very respectfully,
John C. Black
The Adjutant General, U.S. Army

Elusive Eliza

In my quest to figure out whether the Howard Hutchinson who drowned in the Missouri River is a son of Albert Hutchinson and thus a brother to my great-grandmother, Winnie Hutchinson Currey, I thought I might try finding him living with Albert’s second wife, Eliza.

Since she was married six times Eliza goes by many names.

  • Honor L. Vanvolkenberg married Henry H Nolen in March of 1885 in Doniphan County, Kansas
  • Miss Eliza Valkenburg married Albert Hutchinson in 1893 in Buchanan County, Missouri. Albert died in 1896 leaving Eliza a widow with a young son, Elmer. Elmer was born in 1895.
  • Honor E Hutchins married Samuel King in November 1898 in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri
  • Eliza Nolan married John McColgin in Aug 1900 in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri
  • Mrs Eliza McColgin married Oceola Phay in May 1906 in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri
  • Osceola Phay sought to break marital ties with Eliza Phay in the fall of 1923 as reported in the St. Joseph newspaper
  • According to the Find a Grave site for Honore Eliza Van Volkenburg Schleininger, she married Daniel Schleininger in 1930.

These many names make finding Eliza difficult. I did find one newspaper article that places a Howard Hutchinson in the home of an Eliza King.

More Trouble in Bean Row

Mrs. Eliza King, a White Woman
Injured by a Colored Amazon

Hostilities were again resumed in Bean Row yesterday afternoon and a small sized rce war progressed for a short time. A black Amazon named Judy Shepherd, aged 19 years, appeared to be the instigator of the trouble and seriously injured Eliza King, a white woman, by hitting her above the right eye with a brick, producing an ugly but not dangerous scalp wound.
The trouble occurred about 5 o’clock. It appears the Shepherd woman entered the home of Mrs. King, who is said to be a hardworking woman, and began to use abusive and obscene language. She was ordered from the house No. 3 Bean Row, by the white woman. As she left the door she picked up a brick and threw it with good aim. She threw several more missiles and aroused the neighborhood. Then a small riot broke loose, in which several colored women took part but no one, except Mrs. King, was seriously hurt.
The injured woman was taken to a house on Buchanan avenue by J. E. Patrick and her wound was dressed by City Physician Graham. Later in the evening she and her two children, Howard and Elmer Hutchinson, were conveyed to the city hospital, where she was resting easily last night. She will be able to leave the institution in a few days.
Officers Hodgins and Duncan placed the Shepherd woman under arrest, and it is said a state warrant will be sworn out for her.

“More Trouble in Bean Row,” The St. Joseph Herald (St. Joseph, Missouri), 13 October 1899, page 5; digital image, ( : viewed online 22 February 2021).

The above article is for an Eliza King, which is Eliza’s married name in 1899. It also places both a Howard and an Elmer Hutchinson in the household. There is a Samuel R. King living at 3 Bean Row in the Combe Printing Company’s 1900 directory for St. Joseph. Unfortunately, it appeared that wives were not listed in this particular directory.

An earlier directory listed the inhabitants of Bean Row. I was able to use that list to locate one of those inhabitants in the 1900 census. This allowed me to verify that neither Eliza nor any of her family members were listed as an occupant of any house on Bean Row.

The above article is the only document showing a tie between a Howard Hutchinson and any member of Albert Hutchinson’s family. This supports that there was a Hutchinson son named Howard. Unfortunately, it does not help prove that the Howard Hutchinson who drowned is the same person as the Howard Hutchinson mentioned in this article.

Thus, there is more digging to do.