Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

 It’s Saturday Night – 

time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music here) is to:

1) The new school year has started in the Northern hemisphere, and for most children that means a new grade, a new teacher, and perhaps new friends.

2)  Tell us about some of your elementary school memories when you were a child.  What are your memories of starting school in a new year?  Who were your teachers?  How did you get to school?  Who were your best friends?  What subjects did you like best?  What extra-curricular activities did you participate in?  Make up your own questions if you’d like!

I was a member of the ‘First Class’ of Northwest Elementary School in Dodge City, Kansas.

Northwest School’s ‘First Class’ Has Moved Through Six Grades

Northwest School’s “First class” left the school this spring after six years there. Of course, it wasn’t really the school’s first class but it is the first which went all six years to Dodge City’ newest public elementary school.

And of course the entire sixth grade class, as it was late this May, had not gone all six years a that school — but 18 of the pupils had.

The children are James Bxx, Shirley Bxx, Terri Cxx, Marcia Cxx, Jan Cxx, Michael Dxx, Larry Dxx, Rebecca Exx, Ralph Exx Jr., Paul Fxx, Mari Hxx, John Hxx, Kenneth Mxx, Lindsay Mxx, Mia Sxx, Elaine Sxx, Terry Wxx, and Ben Zxx Jr.

(Note: surnames have been removed to protect the privacy of my classmates.)

clipping from the Dodge City Daily Globe

Since I moved away a year after this photo was taken, my memories of elementary school are vague. In terms of friends, Becky was one of my grade school friends who lived a couple of doors north of me before she moved out of our neighborhood. Other neighborhood friends included Dana, Margaret, and Shari. Shirley, Leigh, Mia and Elaine were members of my girl scout troop. Shirley’s mom was my piano teacher. I walked to junior high with Susan who moved in a couple of blocks to the East of us.

Birthday party picture

Seriously Burned

Do you remember being told as a child to not play with matches or to stay away from the stove? While our lifestyles have gotten safer, it is still possible for a child to get burned.

While researching my RALSTON line, I discovered a newspaper article about a cousin who did get too close to ashes.

Seriously Burned
While playing in their playhouse last Tuesday one of Mr. Lighter’s little girls living west of town and south of the river had the misfortune to accidentally get severely burned. She had gone to the ash pile to get some ashes which were to be used as pepper in the playhouse and while sitting down getting the ashes her dress caught fire and she did not know it until a blaze was discovered. She started to run to the house but her father met her, picked her up and put her in a water tank. This put out the fire but not before she was considerably burned.

“Seriously Burned,” Dodge City Reporter (Dodge City, Kansas), 26 January 1900, page 5; digital images, ( : viewed onlin3 14 May 2022

A couple of weeks later, little Ruth Elva Lighter died from being burned.

W. E. Lighter’s Little Girl Died Last Saturday

Two weeks ago today the Reporter contained an account of the burning of W. E. Lighter’s little girl. She was brought to town whee she could be near the attending physician who gave all the medical assistance possible, but to no avail. Last Saturday morning she died.
Her name was Ruth Elva Lighter and she was six years and one month of age.
This unfortunate little girl at the time was burned had just recovered from a bad case of the measles and this was the first day she had been allowed to play out doors. She had not been out thirty minutes when her clothes caught fire and burned her so badly as to cause her death.
The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Presbyterian church conduced by Rev. William Westwood. The remains were interred in the G.A.R. cemetery west of town.

“W. E. Lighter’s Little Girl Died Last Saturday,” Dodge City Reporter (Dodge City, Kansas), 9 February 1900, page 5; digital images, ( : viewed online 14 May 2022).

Friday Finds – Crawford Obits

Do you have clippings of obituaries in your genealogy files? Or do you prefer the digital versions of the newspapers. I have both. Since I can access a lot of newspapers from my own home, I do prefer the digital versions. However, those digital copies are a luxury that earlier genealogists did not have.

Instead, they collected clippings. And I was fortunate to connect with such a researcher / clipper of Warren County Indiana thru Walter Salts. His collection of binders of clippings was donated to the Illiana Genealogical and Historical Society in Danville, Illinois.

Buried in my files are photocopies of pages from these binders. While going thru my past Indiana research, I came across one set of these photocopies that contains the obituaries of James H. Crawford and his first wife, Eliza Jane (Swisher).

Mrs. Elisha Briggs, of this place, last Monday received intelligence of the death of her brother’s wife, Mrs. Eliza Jane Crawford, which occurred after an illness of several weeks, at Dodge City, Kans., on Friday July 8th, 1892, at 7:20 a.m. Deceased was the wife of James H. Crawford, who several years since removed from this county and located in Kansas. She was over 50 years of age and leaves an husband an six children, the youngest of whom is 18 years of age. Mrs. Crawford died of heart trouble. The funeral was held at the Methodist Church, of which denomination she had been a worthy and exemplary member for many years, at 2 o’clock p.m. last Sunday.

probably from Warren Republican July 14, 1892 issue

In that same set of photocopies was the obituary for J. H. Crawford. There is a handwritten date on the obit: 7-16-1908.

J. H. Crawford Dead

J. H. Crawford died at his home in Dodge City, Kan., Wednesday of last week and was buried Friday. He was somewhere near 75 years of age at the time of his death and his passing away was probably due in a great measure to his advanced age.

Mr. Crawford was formerly a resident of this county, residing on the farm between here and Williamsport which he sold to the Ringel Bros.’ father when he left here for Kansas many years ago. Mr. Crawford has many friends in this county who will be grieved to learn of his demise.

EG p. 52

And then on another page of clippings is a full obituary for Eliza J. Swisher Crawford

Eliza J. Swisher Crawford

Eliza J., daughter of John and Emelia Swisher, was born in Warren county, Indiana, July 14th, 1835.

She was converted when a child, and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church at “Crow’s Grove,” Indiana, since called “Swisher’s Chapel,” in honor of her grandfather, who was a pioneer in that country.

Her parents died before she was grown, leaving in her charge two younger brothers and a sister, she being the eldest of four children. The charge she faithfully kept, always looking after their welfare s though they were her own children.

On April 10th, 1856, she was married to James H. Crawford at the residence of her uncle, William F. Wood, where she then lived. There were born unto them seven children – William N., John D., Charles H. (died in infancy), Abraham L, Jennie, Henry C., and Clara V.

In 1878 she, with her family, immigrated to Ford county, Kansas, here she has since resided.

She has been in feeble health for several ears, but on Easter Sunday was taken ill with what, at that time, seemed a slight indisposition, but in spite of all that loving hands and medical skill could do continued to grow worse until the morning of July 8th, at 7:20 o’clock, when, surrounded by husband and family she quietly crossed the dark river, after bidding them a fond farewell, and entreating them to meet her in heaven.

The funeral services were held in the M.E. Church, on Sunday, at 2:30 p.m. attended by a large concourse of friends many being unable to get inside the church. The remains were interred in the Maple Grove cemetery.

She was a pious and devoted Christian. Among her leading characteristics was her love and devotion to the wants of her family. The greatest happiness she ever knew was in promoting the happiness of her loved ones.

While the family are overcome with grief at parting with their dearest loved one, they humbly bow to the Divine will and say with her, “He doeth all things well.” she was loved by all who knew her and her loss is deeply mourned by all. — Dodge City, (Kan.,) Globe-Republican

likely from Warren Republican July 28, 1892

While these obituaries are similar to the ones found in the Dodge City, Kansas papers, they provide a glimpse of the family from the county of their birth. The digital versions of the Dodge City newspapers can be found on Below are citations for those obituaries:

Eliza Crawford

“Died,” The Journal-Democrat (Dodge City, Kansas), 16 July 1892, page 4; digital images, ( : viewed online 6 February 2022).

“Obituary,” The Dodge City Globe (Dodge City, Kansas), 18 July 1892, page 1; digital images, ( : viewed online October 2019).

James Crawford

“Pioneer Citizen Sleeps into Peaceful Death,” The Journal-Democrat (Dodge City, Kansas), 10 July 1908, page 4 col. 6; digital images, ( : viewed online 22 December 2021)

“Old Settler Gone,” The Globe-Republican (Dodge City, Kansas), 9 July 1908, page 1; digital images, ( : viewed online 6 February 2022).

One Day


Your mission, should you decide to accept it (and I hope you do!) is to:

1)  Michael John Neill wrote “Pick a Day” on Thursday in his Genealogy Tip of the Day blog and I thought it would be a good SNGF topic.

2  Read Michael’s post, and then write your own post.  Tell us your day, and your person, and then answer the ten questions.

From Michael John Neill’s post –

The first step of this “project” is to pick a day and an ancestor.

  • My grandparents: Leon and Winnie Crawford
  • Dec. 7, 1941

Leon and Winnie Crawford and their two sons, Eugene and Leon were living at 512 Avenue G in Dodge City, Kansas. Also living in the household was Winnie’s 74 year old father, Hiram Currey.

Leon was employed by the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad as a yard switchman. According to the 1940 census, Leon earned an annual income of $2717.

In December 1941, Leon would have been 47 and Winnie 36. Eugene would turn 14 on December 8, 1941. Their son, Leon would have been 2 years old.

Leon’s parents, Judson and Josie Crawford, were living down the block from them at 502 Avenue G. Judson and Josie also owned their own home. Judson also worked for the railroad. Other households on the block included Malisa Hanna, Marvin Hawins, Jay Bean, Jerome Card, and John Campbell. Like Leon, his father, Judson, and John Campbell both worked for the railroad. Jerome Card was a truck driver, Marvin Hawkins was a taxi driver and Jay Bean worked in a grocery store. Malisa Hanna’s daughter, Laura was employed in a WPA sewing room as a seamstress.

According to Google maps, the houses at 504 Avenue G and 510 Avenue G would have been just north of Military avenue on Avenue G. Avenue G is highlighted with green on the map below. The yellow highlighting on the right side of the street indicates where the Crawford homes were. Just to the south across the railroad tracks was the R. R. Round house (pink square with 5 in center). Thus, their homes would have been within walking distance of their work.

The family attended the First M. E. church located at first and Vine. This location is marked in orange on the above map.

Since December 7, 1941 was a Sunday, the family may have just finished their Sunday dinner when the radio began broadcasting news from Hawaii.

Unfortunately, the Dodge City newspapers have not been digitized yet. Thus, I’m not sure when the local newspaper covered the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Across the state, my mother’s family would have received a special edition of the Emporia Gazette covering the attack.

Friday Finds

Another Crawford document from my old paper research. Even though this transcription is decades old, these ‘newer’ editions of the Dodge City newspapers are yet to be digitized. Thus, my old handwritten transcription cannot currently be replaced by a digital copy and still has value even though my transcription is not a word for word transcription

Dodge City Daily Globe
Nov. 10, 1980, Monday
page 2 col. 1

Daily Transcript
Mrs Walter W. Beggs

Ensign — Mrs. Ethel A. Beggs, 82 of Ensign died Sunday at Dodge City Regional Hospital. She was born 1 July 1898 in Dodge City, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Lighter.
She and Walter Beggs were married 3 Oct 1921 at Winfield. They lived on a farm north of Ensign after their marriage. In 1954 they moved into Ensign. Mr. Beggs died 4 May 1971.
Mrs. Beggs was a member of the United Methodist Church, the OES and Home Relief Society of Ensign, the WWI Veterans Auxiliary of Dodge City and the Southwest Gem and Mineral Society.
Survivors: Song, Eugene of Ensign; 2 daughters Mrs. Harold (Lena Marie) Bradley of Will Roads Gardens and Mrs. L. E. (Ruth) Tooley of Redmond, Wash.
2 sisters, Mrs. Vera Brown of Roscoe, Ill and Mrs Marie Kuithe of St. Louis; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-granchildren.
preceeded in death by grandson Scott Beggs
funeral 10:30 a.m. Wed Ensign Methodist Church
Burial Johnson Cemetery of rural Gray County
Hulpieau-Swaim Funeral Home

Saturday Tidbits

The Dodge City Globe (Dodge City, Kansas)
17 Sep 1878, Tue
page 3

Stock Men’s Mite

We the undersigned agree to pay the amount opposite our names as our “mite” toward helping the Yellow Fever sufferers of the South.
J. H. Stevens $10.00
J. M. Day $ 5.00
Hardesty Bros. $ 5.00
G. E. Hadder $ 5.00
R. F. Crawford $ 5.00
John Fraser $ 5.00
J. W. Stoneberger $ 5.00
Jim Anderson $ 5.00
L. Ward $ 5.00
A. S. Day $ 5.00
M. S. Culver $ 5.00
W. C. Quinlin $ 5.00
A. H. Johnson $ 5.00
E. Forny $ 5.00
W. P. Birchfield $ 5.00
C. Healy $ 5.00
Cox & Boyd $ 5.00
L. W. Evans $ 5.00
J. F. Camp $ 5.00
S. Galland $ 5.00
A. J. Anthony $ 5.00
W. W. Driskill $ 5.00
R. F. Fulkerson $ 5.00
B. F. Springer $ 5.00
H. W. Rayman $ 5.00
C. M. Littlefield $ 5.00
Geo. Deiter $ 2.50
Henry Sturm $ 2.00
John Mueller $ 2.00
Cass E. Bassett $ 2.00
J. W. Kennedy $ 2.00
F. C. Zimmermann $ 2.00
D. J. Crouch $ 2.50
T. H. Culbertson $ 1.00

Making a total of $152.50

This amount was remitted by the committee to the Globe Democrat office at St. Louis, Mo., for further disbursement.
R. J. Hardesty, J. M. Day, and G. E. Hadder deserve great credit for their untiring efforts in this charitable work and particularly Mr. Hardesty who was foremost in the matter.

Background information: There was an epidemic of Yellow Fever originating in the New Orleans area and spreading up the Mississippi River in 1878.

Saturday Tidbit

Railroad Attracts Emigrants to Kansas

The Dodge City Globe (Dodge City, Kansas)
19 Feb 1878
page 2

Coming to Kansas
They are coming ti Kansas in gangs and droves; they are coming by wagon and railroad; single-handed and with families; some with children enough to found an orphan asylum and others with not enough to pick up chips; the rich and the poor and the sick and the well — they are coming father Abraham, three hundred thousand strong, and we have a section of land for every mother’s son of them — land that will grow corn so fast you can see it coming; so rich and fertile that the harvest is gathered by machinery, and so tillable that the farmers hardly consider it recreation; with a climate that has earned it the name of the Italy of American.
Yesterday morning three hundred and fifty excursionists or land buyers went out on the Santa Fe road, ticketed to Kinsley, Kansas, with the privilege of stopping at any point this side of there. Of this number Gen. M. Solomon the agent of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe, road at Chicago, had general supervision of two hundred and twenty-five, he being assisted by Dr. Williams, and L. H. Wilson, of Iowa, and local agents of Michigan and Wisconsin. This party came in on the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific road.
Mr. Peter Hitty, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, assisted by H. Kahlo, of Toledo Ohio, was in charge of a party of one hundred and twenty-five, which came by Hannibal & St. Joseph road.
The Santa Fe train which took them out consisted of seven passenger coaches, in charge of conductor Lew Head.
The very great majority of this body of excursionists were well-to-do intelligent looking men — just such as will make desirable citizens for Kansas. There were one hundred and ninety-two pieces of luggage accompanying them. — Atchison Champion

Friday Finds

From my paper research for CRAWFORD in Kansas

Dodge City Daily Globe
Sat. Sept 19, 1953
page 1 col 4


Marjorie H. Machade Rites Here Monday A.M.
Graveside services for Mrs. Marjorie Horton Machade, formerly of Dodge City, who died last week in Phoenix, Arizona will be conducted by Rev. Arlon O. Ebright at 10 am Monday in Maple Grove Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Hulpieu-Swain funeral home until 9:45 Monday.
Besides her parents and her 2 children, Mrs. Machade is survived by a brother and a sister. Mrs. Josie Crawford of Dodge City is her grandmother and she was a niece of Leon Crawford.

Friday Finds

From my paper research for the CRAWFORD family in Kansas.

Ford County Kansas
Registrar Office
Basement (from when in old building)

Large Black bound — no outside markings

Record of Teachers’ Examination
Ford County, Kansas
E D Webb, County Superintendent, August 1896

Lyda A. Crawford
Age 24
Dodge City P.O.
mos attended normal inst. — 7
Mos. taught — 31
grade of certificate — 2

Orthography – 93 1/2
Reading 86
Penmanship 97
Physiology and Hygiene 87
Arithmetic 93
English Grammar 93
US History 96
US Constitution 84
Theory and Practice 92
Bookkeeping 95
Natural Philosophy 80

Average 91 3/8

Grade Certificate Issued — 1

Remembering Roberta

Roberta, Pauline, Barb
Roberta and Kaye
Delta Sigma Epsilon Sorority – Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia, Kansas – about 1950
Roberta and Eugene – Wedding Day
Roberta and neighbor Bev – Dodge City, Kansas
Roberta, Sister Letha, Uncle Leslie, Mother Pauline
80th Birthday party – Roberta with her children