Band Member

#52ancestors #Music

Is your family one of those blessed with lots of musical talent? If so, did you inherit any of that talent?

I would love to say that I have inherited some of my mother’s musical talent, but I’m definitely a left brained person. I can figure out computer issues, but I don’t have a musical ear. I’m sure my lack of musical talent frustrated my mother since she loved music.

In high school, mom played the French horn and was a member of a French horn quartet, and the orchestra.

Emporia High Orchestra

Mom was likely a member of the marching band. However, the picture that I thought was the marching band is actually of the Emporia Municipal Band. Below is information from the 5 June 1947 issue of the Emporia Weekly Gazette (Emporia, Kansas) about the band.

The Emporia Municipal band, directed by O. R. Parker, will be back on the job Friday evening with the first of the series of Friday evening concerts that will continue throughout the summer. The program and place for the first concert will be announced later.

Mr. Parker announced this week that the band had been recruited to full strength of 35 members with the addition of several veteran musicians.

Next Saturday morning the band will go to Cottonwood Falls where it will have a part in the Flint Hills Rodeo parade which will proceed from Cottonwood Falls to Strong City. The band has been designated the official band for the rodeo which will show Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon and evening. “Ten-gallon” hats have been ordered for the members of the band and they are expected to arrive in time for the parade and rodeo performance.

Harry Krueger continues as manager of the Municipal band. The board members are Tome Ford, Warren Phillips, Reuben Hammer, Dan Lewis and Jay Pierson. Darrell McDermed is the librarian and Mary Jo Ames is the drum major.

First row – O. R. Parker, director, Bob Dabbs, Henry Cobb, J. W. Brinkman, Harry Krueger; Second row – Roberta Briles, Pat Phillips, Bernard Black, Reuben Hammer, Warren Phillips, Jane Hanna; Third row – Mary Jo Ames, Dan Lewis, Lois Gaines, Earl Gadberry, Tom Ford, Charles JOnes, Albert Ropfogel; Fourth row – Thelda Askew, Bill Dick, Duane Reaka, Dr. W. R. Fox, Donald Koons, Buzzie Stinson; Fifth row – Ernest Russell, Mike Meares, Darrel McDermed, Bill Clay, Jay Pierson, Byron Nienstedt and Ray Fowler.

Noah Washington Briles

Noah Washington Briles1 was born in 1840 in Randolph, North Carolina, United States.212

Washington Briles is shown in the household of Alexr Briles on the 1850 census in Randolph County, North Carolina. According to the census, Washington was 10 years old and born in North Carolina.13

N. W. Briles was listed in the household of A Briles on the 1860 census living in Coffey County, Kansas. According to the census, N. W. Briles was 20 years old and born in North Carolina.14

He lived at the home of Wm Robertson in Highland Township, Wapello, Iowa, United States in 1861.15

He enlisted on 13 Jun 1861 in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States.5,1523

Noah served in the military as a private in Company I, 1st Regiment, Iowa Cavalry Volunteers.2428

He re-enlisted as a veteran volunteer in Company I of the First Iowa Cavalry on 1 Jan 1864.15

He lived at home of Wm Robertson in Highland Township, Wapello, Iowa, United States between 1865 and 1866.5,15,29

Noah mustered out on 15 Feb 1866 in Austin, Travis, Texas, United States.15

He married Sarah Jane Thompson on 9 Aug 1866 in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States.3,8,3040

On 19 Mar 1868, Ida Angelina Briles was born in Wapello, Iowa, United States.

On 18 Jul 1869, Edward Grant Briles was born in Coffey, Kansas, United States.41

He  purchased W1/2 NE1/4 Section 20 Township 23 Range 15East from Alexander Briles and his wife, Sarah on 20 Sep 1869 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.4243

Noah Briles was listed on the 1870 census as a head of household living in California township, Coffey County, Kansas. According to the census, Noah was 28 years old and born in North Carolina. Noah was a farmer who had $1000 in real estate. Noah was a farmer.4446

N. W. Briles was listed as a head of household on the 1875 Kansas census living in Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kansas. According to the census, N. W. Briles was a 35 year old farmer who was born in North Carolina. N. W. Briles owned $2000 in real estate.47

He is listed as a landowner on an 1878 map in section 12 of township 23 range 15 East in Coffey, Kansas, United States in 1878.48

Noah died on 14 Jul 1879 at the age of 39 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.67,1112,15,4953

He was buried after 14 Jul 1879 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.7,12,5455

He had his estate probated on 12 Aug 1879 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.51,56


        1. Clara Hamlett Robertson, Kansas Territorial Settlers of 1860 who were born in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina: a compilation with historical annotations and editorial comment (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976), .

        2. Kansas Territorial Settlers of 1860 Who Were Born in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1990), (Briles.KS.020). Hereinafter cited as Kansas Territorial Settlers of 1860.

        3. Briles Genealogy (Crandall, Kansas: Max Briles, aft 1952), p. 5

        4. “Family Data Collections – Births,”,  ( : viewed online (July 2017), Noah Washington Briles.

        5. Historical Data Systems comp, U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 (Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2009).

        6. , U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885 (Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010), National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Non-population Census Schedules for Kansas, 1850-1880; Archive Collection: T1130; Archive Roll Number: 42; Census Year: 1879; Census Place: Neosho, Coffey, Kansas.

        7. Ancestry Database, U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current (Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012).

        8. Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004), Source number: 167.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: MP1.

        9. Edmund West comp., Family Data Collection – Births (Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2001).

        10. Crandall Cemetery (Crandall, Coffey County, Kansas), Transcription of Briles stones; by Marcia Philbrick, .

        11. 1880 Non-population Census, Coffey County, Kansas, mortality schedule, Coffey County, Kansas, SD 2, ED 49, page 1 Image 22 of 26, #78, Briles Noah W; digital image, ( : viewed online September 2016); NARA archive collection T1130

        12. BillionGraves, digital images of tombstone, BillionGraves ( : viewed online 13 March 2021), memorial for Noah W Briles (1840-1877), BillionGraves created by mcphilbrick, citing Big Creek Cemetery, Coffey County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by, Noah W Briles.

        13. 1850 U.S. Census, Randolph County, North Carolina, population schedule, Northern Division, Randolph County, North Carolina, page 404 Image 80 of 179, household 562, Alexr Briles; digital image, ( : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication M432

        14. 1860 U.S. Census, Coffey County, Kansas, population schedule, Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kansas, page 68 Image 4 of 9, household 513, Alexander Briles; digital image, ( : viewed online July 2017); NARA microfilm publication M653

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

        16. The history of Wapello County, Iowa, (Chicago: Western Historical Society, 1878)

        17. U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, Noah W. Briles and Sarah J. Briles, widow, 22 October 1885; digital image, ( : viewed online September 2016).

        18. “U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865,”,  ( : viewed online (October 2017), Noah W Briles.

        19. “American Civil War Soldiers,” ( : viewed online (October 2017), Noah Briles.

        20. “U.S., American Civil War Regiments, 1861-1866,” ( : viewed online (July 2018), Noah Briles.

        21., U.S., Adjutant General Military Records, 1631-1976 (Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011), California State Library; Sacramento; Report of the Adjutant General and Acting Quartermaster General of the State of Iowa.

        22. National Park Service, U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 (Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007).

        23. “U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865,” ( : viewed online (13 March 2021), Noah Briles; National Park Service, Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System.

        24. Report of the Adjutant General and Acting Quartermaster General of the State of Iowa, 1631-1976, Briles, Noah W., database with image, ( : viewed online January 2017).

        25. “American Civil War Soldiers,” ( : viewed online (13 March 2021), Noah Briles.

        26. “U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865,”,  ( : viewed online (July 2017), Noah W. Briles.

        27. “U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865,”,  ( : viewed online (July 2017), Noah W Briels.

        28. Index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Iowa.  Film #film #881810 DGS 8272089. Noah Briles, : image 2468; digital images, FamilySearch : viewed online 13 March #881810 DGS 8272089

        29. Historical Data Systems comp., American Civil War Soldiers (Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1999), Side served: Union; State served: Iowa; Enlistment date: 13 Jun 1861.

        30. “Iowa, Select Marriages Index, 1758-1996,”,  ( : Wapello County Iowa, viewed online (March 2017), Noah W. Briles – Sarah J Thompson; Family Search.

        31. Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992, Noah W. Briles – Sarah J. Thompson, 9 August 1866; database, FamilySearch ( : viwed online March 2017).

        32. U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, Sarah Briles, October 1885; .

        33. , , Wapello County Iowa Marriage Records 1846-1880 (Iowa: NSDAR, 1943). (N.p.: n.p., n.d.), p. 31 (Thompson.IA.012).

        34. “Iowa, Select Marriages Index, 1758-1996,”,  ( : [OriginalSource], [OriginalCreator], [Location], [Book]; March 2017; viewed online; Noah W. Briles – Sarah J Thompson; Wapello County Iowa[AccessType] ([AccessDate]), [Entry]; Family Search.

        35. , Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992, database, FamilySearch : . (N.p.: n.p., n.d.), viwed online; March 2017; Noah W. Briles – Sarah J. Thompson; 9 Aug 1866.

        36. National Archives and Records Administration, U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 (Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000), viewed online; July 2017; Sarah Briles; Oct 1885.

        37., Iowa, Select Marriages Index, 1758-1996 (Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014).

        38. “Family Data Collection — Individual Records,”Ancestry ( : viewed online (13 March 2021), Noah W. Briles.

        39. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 database, ( Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 : viewed online 13 March 2021; Noah Washington Briles – Sarah Jane Thompson.

        40. Mrs. F. A. Gordon. Wapello County, Iowa Marriage Records 1846-1869.  Film #film #851207 DGS 8211139. Noah Briles, : p. 31; digital images, FamilySearch : viewed online 13 March #851207 DGS 8211139

        41. “E. G. Briles”, Yates Center News, (Yates Center, Kansas), 2 August 1951, page 5, microfilm; Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS.

        42. Coffey County, Kansas, Deeds, Book O page 603, Alexander Briles to Noah W Briles, 20 September 1869; Recorder of Deeds, Burlington, Kansas.

        43. Coffey County Kansas. Range Index Section 12, Township 23, Range 15 Coffey County Kansas (Briles, KS.016).

        44. 1870 U.S. Census, Coffey County, Kansas, population schedule, Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kansas, page 10 Image 9 of 16, household 60, Briles Noah; digital image, ( : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T132

        45. U.S. Selected Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880, Noah Briles, 27 July 1870; database with images, ( : viewed online August 2018).

        46. Administration, U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; NAI Title: General Index to Civil War and Later Pension Files, ca. 1949 – ca. 1949; NAI Number: 563268; Record Group Title: Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1773 – 2007; Record Group Number: 15; Series Title: U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934; Series Number: T288; Roll: 51.

        47. 1875 Kansas State Census, Coffey County, Kansas, Kansas State Census, Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kansas, page 10-11 Image 6 of 13, household 81, N W Briles; digital image, ( : viewed online November 2017); Kansas State Historical Society

        48. U.S., Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918, N. W. Briles, 1878; database with images, ( : viewed online 13 March 2021). Original Source: Various publishers of County Land Ownership Atlases. Microfilmed by the Library of Congress.

        49. Kansas, Wills and Probate Records, 1803-1987, N. W. Briles (images 748-771), August 1879; database on-line, ( : Viewed online September 2016).

        50. “Family Data Collections – Deaths,”Ancestry,  ( : viewed online (July 2017), Noah Washington Briles.

        51., Kansas, Wills and Probate Records, 1803-1987 (Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015), Probate Packets, 1857-1920 ; Index to Probate Packets, 1857-1986; Author: Kansas. Probate Court (Coffey County); Probate Place: Coffey, Kansas.

        52. , U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Non-population Census Schedules for Kansas, 1850-1880; Archive Collection: T1130; Archive Roll Number: 6; Census Year: 1879; Census Place: Neosho, Coffey, Kansas.

        53. “Died,” Burlington Democrat (Burlington, Kansas), 18 July 1879, p. 3; digital image, ( : viewed online July 2018).

        54. , (Briles.KS.002), Crandall Cemetery, , .

        55. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave ( : viewed online September 2016), memorial for Noah W Briles (1840-1877), Find a Grave Memorial no. #30672513, created by Janis Humbert, citing Big Creek Cemetery, Coffey County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by Janis Humbert, Noah W Briles.

        56. Kansas, Wills and Probate Records, 1803-1987, N W Briles, 12 August 1879; .

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!

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)

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

Wedding Photos

Fearless Females – Marriage

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

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) Check out Lisa Alzo’s “Fearless Females 2021” blog post prompts and write about one of them.

“Do I have marriage records for my grandparents and great-grandparents?”

Grandparents: Leon Russel Crawford and Winnie Letha Currey were married on Christmas Eve in 1919 at the home of her sister in Dodge City, Kansas.

Grandparents: Edward Osmond Briles and Pauline Edith Mentzer were married on Oct. 29, 1915 in Yates Center, Kansas

Great Grandparents: Judson Foster Crawford married Josie Winifred Hammond on Christmas Eve 1890 in Dodge City, Kansas. (Photo is from their 50th wedding anniversary celebration.)

Great Grandparents: Hiram Miles Currey married Winnie Mae Hutchinson on May 13, 1891 in Jackson County, Missouri. I do not have a wedding picture for them or a picture of them together.

Great Grandparents: Edward Grant Briles married Frances Artlissa Ricketts on Feb. 19 1890 in Woodson County, Kansas. (Not sure when photo was taken, but it may have been for their 50th wedding anniversary.)

Great Grandparents: Charles Oliver Mentzer married Nettie Adell Wells on Oct 18, 1893 in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas. (Photo taken later in their lives, but am unsure of date.)

Throwback Thursday

Today’s collection of pictures involves my grandmother, Pauline Briles. My Heritage’s Colorization tool was used with each of these photos.

Family Dinner in the 1950s in Manhattan, KS
Pauline Briles in rose colored dress, Barbara Thompson in green top, Bud Thompson with back to camera, Walter Briles at right edge of picture
Family Dinner
Faye Briles on left, Bud Thompson in center, Pauline Briles on right
Photo taken in Crawford kitchen in Dodge City
Pauline Briles
Pauline Briles and her brother, Leslie Mentzer

Road Trip

My grandfather, Edward Osmund Briles, had a very interesting life story. Since he died when I was four, I never heard him tell his story. Instead, newspaper articles are telling his story. One of those articles referenced him driving a service call for a ‘good fellowship’ tour.

Service Car Along
Trouble Auto Will Contain Extra
Supply of Gas, Tires, Air
and Mechanic
A service car from the Briles Garage, that will contain an extra supply of gasoline, extra tires, air, oil, and tools will be taken on the Chamber of Commerce, good fellowship tour on next Thursday, when more than twenty-five carloads of boosters will visit eleven different neighboring towns.
The trouble car will be taken along for the convenience of the boosters, in case they should have any tire or engine trouble, or run out of gasoline or oil. This will be a great convenience for those that should have trouble, and it will enable them to be on the road again within a short time.
The trouble car will be driven by E. O. Briles proprietor of the Briles Garage of Iola, and a mechanic will be with Mr. Briles throughout the trip.
Plans for the all-day trip, are being completed by A. L. Meisinger secretary of the chamber of Commerse. The trip is being taken for the purpose of boosting the Allen County Fair, which begins here Monday, and the new Junior College of Iola, which will open here next month.
Mr. Meisinger has arranged for nearly thirty cars to make the trip and there are still a number of merchants and car owners about the city who are planning to go. It has been asked that all those who can possibly make the trip, or those who have promised to go, and have later found it will be impossible to do so, call the Chamber of Commerce at once.
The trippers will line up on the square at 8 o’clock Thursday morning, and the pilot car will leave promptly at 8:30. The boosters are expected to arrive back home shortly after 6 o’clock, after spending a short time for a band concert and speeches in eleven towns.

“Service Car Along,” Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 21 August 1923, pg 6; ( : viewed online January 2017).

Curious about what else I could find about this road trip, I did a search of for entries dated in August 1923 in Kansas with the keyword, Briles. That search helped me find the article, “Briles Was ‘There'” in the 24 Aug 1923 issue of the Iola Register.

Briles Was “There”

A Trouble Man with Real Service
Helped Make the Trippers
Trip a Success

Briles was there.
That fact may have accounted for a share in the fact that the Iola trippers who were out yesterday boasting the fair and junior college made the trip on time, or with negligible delay.
“I’ll go,” said Briles when the trip was discussed recently and a trouble man was wanted.
Briles went.
When a car “threw” its wheel, Briles fixed it. When a car sustained a puncture, Briles fixed that. When a car wouldn’t start, Briles started it.
He was a real trouble man. The service he rendered was with no thought or request for pay.
Talk about public spirit.
Write the name of Briles into the record of that successful booster trop.
Great Trip Say McCarthy

Commenting on the trip Frank McCarthy of the McCarthy Motor Company, the man who spent a day driving the pathfinder and then made a second trip leading the caravan said: “It was a great trip. It was successful in more ways than one. It helped Iolans get acquainted with each other as well as get acquainted with other people. I liked Humboldt especially, though it was a sweet welcom we received in Colony, Moran Savonburg and all the other towns. But we were wondering what Humboldt would say and when we heard our welcome we could only ask Humboldt to come here some time so we could show just how we feel about it.
McCarthy is another one of those fine young business men who like to do things for the town in which they live.

“Briles Was “There”,” The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 24 August 1923, page 8; digital image, ( : viewed online 17 February 2021).

A search for the term ‘Trippers’ turned up the front page article about the trip.

Trippers Had A
Successful Trip

Large Crowds Met the Iola

Who Cared for Dust?

Dirt Didn’t Bother Iolans
In the Least

Speakers told of the Allen County
Fair and of the New Iola
Junior College

It was a dusty and dirty, but never-the-less a happy and good natured group of Iola Boosters who arrived in Iola shortly after 6 o’clock last night, after completing nearly one hundred and twenty-five miles of driving and after visiting eleven different towns during the day.
The Goodfellowship tour of the Chamber of Commerce, that was made by seventy-three Iola folks yesterday in the interest of the Allen County Fair and the New Junior College at Iola, was very successful from every standpoint.
The trippers found good crowds waiting in the towns that were visited and they listened with interest at the short band program that was given in each city by the Rotary Boys Band, and to the speeches that were made boosting the Fair and Collège. There was not an accident on the entire route, and there was very little car trouble.
Through Clouds of Dust
The roads throughout the entire distance that was traveled were in excellent condition, but there was not a road that was not dusty. Clouds of dust rolled up after the first cars in the long line passed along the dirt roads, and every one on the trip was covered with dirt as the end of the journey neared.
But who cared for the dust? The Iola trippers did not, and they enjoyed every minute while on the trip, enjoyed the drive, and were more than pleased with the large crowds that were awaiting to receive them at practically every city that was visited.
The schedule that had been arranged for the Boosters, the time for them to arrive in the towns and depart, was carried out throughout the trip, and they were never more than ten minutes late in arriving in the towns.
The Rotary Boys Band, under the direction of their leader, Mr. J. V. Roberts, made a good impression upon their listeners in all the towns where they played a few selections. There were twenty pieces in the Boys band, and they were dressed in their new bright uniforms which were recently furnished by the Iola Rotary Club.
Talks at Each Town
At every town visited, two speeches were given, one in the interest of the new Junior College, and the other to boost for the Allen County Fair, which will open at Riverside park next Monday, and will continue for five days. Mr. A. M. Thoroman, superintendent of the city schools gave the talk on the Junior College, while Frank McCarthy, told the people in the towns visited of the Allen County Fair and gave reasons why it was “Bigger and Better than Ever.” this year.
At Moran, Yates center, and Humboldt, the Iola trippers were met before they arrived in those cities by the mayors and leading business men, who escorted the line of cars to their cities. At Moran, the Boosters found ice cold lemonade awaiting for them, and they were given cigars and chewing gum at Savonburg.
The towns visited yesterday included eleven cities near Iola in all four directions. The trippers drove first to Piqua where a short stop of fifteen minutes was made, and from there they drove to Yates Center. At Yates Center the Iolans were well received and were given a rousing welcome. After leaving Yates Center, the next stop was Neosho Falls, where another good sized crowd had gathered to listen tot he band and hear the speakers. Colony was the next town on the schedule and a stop of more than one hour was made here, for a short program and to allow the visitors to take dinner. Lone Elm was then visited, followed by Mildred and Moran. At Moran many people had gathered on the streets to receive their visitors. Elsmore, Savonburg and Humboldt followed in the order named, with another good sized crowd waiting at Humboldt when Iola arrived.
The Chamber of commerce road committee worked hard to make the Booster trip this year a success; and they have received much praise for their good work and well made plans. The committee desires tot hank all the Iola men who made the trip and for their splendid co-operation.
List of Trippers
The Iola people who went on the Booster Trip yesterday were:
Lloyd Young, L.E. Horville, J. F. Eastwood, Arthur Shannon, I. Q. Marsh, r. Trowbridge, W. F. Alterman, Fred McKenna, L. O. [smeared ink]
continued on page 8
R. Brown, K. P. Baughman, John V. Roberts, B. C. Lamb, J.W. Reynolds, Mayor Smith, W. A. Wheeler, T. H. Bowlus, Will King, Vern Moyer, R. L. Thompson, Frank McCarty, Robert Evans, Arch Wood, W. E. Rundall, Ray Enfield, E. O. Briles, W. A. Tinner, Mr. Russell, A. R. Sleeper, A L. Dygard, Ed Irving, Jos D Cos, Logan Hunsaker, A. W. Beck, Ira D. Kelley, W. B. Kelley, B. A. Sutton, Bernice Higgins, Vernon Dugan, A. Stewart, E. Van Hyning, Charles Greason. L. E. Burgess, A. L. Meisinger, A. M. Thoroman and Rev. E. W. Spencer.

“Trippers Had a Successful Trip,” The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 24 August 1923, pages 1 and 8; digital image, ( : viewed online 17 February 2021).

As these articles show, my grandfather had an interesting life.

The Dash

Do you try to find details about an ancestor’s life for the time between their birth and their death, i.e. the dash? Census records help fill in that ‘dash’ since they put a person in a specific place at a specific time. However, I’ve found that gossipy newspapers also help fill in that ‘dash’.

The value of newspapers was brought home when I uploaded images to FamilySearch for my grandfather, Edward Osmund Briles.

It was a ’40 Years Ago’ clipping that my grandmother kept that provided a major clue to my grandfather’s life.

That clipping led me to articles and court records about the time my grandfather defied the law to show movies on Sundays. My grandfather was arrested and convicted for that ‘crime’.

It was while researching newspapers in the communities where my grandfather lived prior to Emporia that I learned that he owned Briles Garage. Not only did he own a garage but he was part of a ‘Grand Tour’ in the early days of the automobile.

All of these findings reinforced my previous experiences with newspapers – pay attention to those local news items. One never knows what they will uncover for the dash.