Edward Grant Briles

BRILEED

Edward Grant Briles was born on 18 Jul 1869 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.113

He lived in California Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States on 26 Jun 1870.14 He lived in Neosho Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States on 1 Jun 1875.15 Edward lived in Neosho Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States on 2 Jun 1880.16

He attended Rosemound School in Coffey, Kansas, United States in in Aug 1880.

He lived in Neosho Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States on 1 Jul 1885.17

Edward  purchased the undivided one fourth interest n the west half of the northeast quarter of section twelve (12) township twenty three (23) South of range fifteen (15) east on 14 Jan 1889 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.18 He  sold land  on 6 Feb 1889 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.19 He received a mortgage on the undivided one half of the west half of the north east quarter of section no. twelve (12), township no 23 (23), range no fifteen (15) on 6 Feb 1889 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.20

Edward Grant Briles and Frances Artlissa ‘Artie’ Ricketts were married on 19 Feb 1890 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.1,7,13,2125

Edward was released from the mortgage on the undivided one half of the west half of the north east quarter of section no twelve (12), township no 23 (230, range no fifteen (15) on 13 Apr 1891 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.20

He was the father of Edward Osmond Briles4,8,2637 He was the father of Ethel Frances Briles27,3840 Edward was the father of Glen Briles27,4143

He lived in Neosho Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States on 1 Jul 1895.44

He  sold land being the undivided one half interest in the west half of the north east quarter of section twelve (12) township twenty three (23) South range fifteen (15) east of the sixth p.m. on 13 Aug 1896 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.45 Edward received a mortgage for the west half of the north east quarter of section twelve(12) township twenty three (23) South range fifteen (15) east of the sixth p.m. on 15 Aug 1896 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.46

He was the father of Lulu Belle Briles27,4748

He lived in Pleasant Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States on 18 Jun 1900.49

Edward owned land being the S 1/2 of the SE 1/4 of section 26 in Township in 1901 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.50

He was paid $11 for work on a bridge in Jan 1902 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.51

In Aug 1902, he  visited C. Kimball in Rock Creek, Coffey County, Kansas.52

Edward attended a farewell party for Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Rockhill in Nov 1903 in Rock Creek, Coffey County, Kansas.53

He lived in Pleasant Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States in Apr 1905.54

He went to Iola Saturday to visit a few days with E G’s brother-in-law, M. Ricketts in Sep 1906.55

Edward entertained Mr. and Mrs. Louis Ricketts on 25 Aug 1907 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.56

He visited with his aunt Mrs. Laura Mentzer and family in Jun 1908 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.57

He gave a party to the young people that was well attended and all enjoyed a real good old time on 9 Mar 1909 in Vernon, Woodson, Kansas, United States.58

Edward lived in Liberty Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 20 Apr 1910.59 He lived in Liberty Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States in Apr 1915.60 He lived in Liberty, Woodson, Kansas, USA in 1919.61

Edward lived in Center Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 6 Jun 1920.62

In 1922,  a drilling rig was moved on the farm of he about 10 miles north of Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.63

He lived at 612 N. Jefferson in Iola, Allen, Kansas, United States on 1 Jul 1925.64

Edward lived at First Ward in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 2 Apr 1930.65 He lived in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1937.66 He lived in Woodson County, Kansas, United States in 1938.67 Edward lived in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1939.68

He celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife, Artie (Frances Artlissa) Briles, on 18 Feb 1940 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.69

He lived in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 15 Apr 1940.7071 Edward lived in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1941.72 He lived in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1943.73 He lived in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1944.74 Edward lived in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1946.75 He lived in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1948.76

He died on 23 Jul 1951 at the age of 82 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.1,34,1113,7779 Edward was buried on 25 Jul 1951 at Crandall Cemetery in Coffey, Kansas, United States.34,1112,80

He had his estate probated on 23 Jul 1952 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.79

ENDNOTES

  1. Briles Genealogy (Crandall, Kansas: Max Briles, aft 1952), p. 7
  2. 1900 U.S. Census, Coffey County, Kansas, population schedule, [CivilDivision], [ED], [PageID], [HouseholdID], [Person]; digital imge, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : [AccessType] [AccessDate]); NARA T623. [FileNumber]
  3. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online August 2016), memorial for Edward Grant Briles (1869-1951), Find a Grave Memorial no. #110405863, created by Marcia Philbrick, citing Crandall Cemetery, Le Roy, Coffey County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by Marcia Philbrick, Edward Grant Briles.
  4. Ancestry.com, U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012).
  5. Ancestry.com, Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009), Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1905 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: ks1905_31; Line: 24.
  6. , Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925, Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1875 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: ks1875_4; Line: 18.
  7. Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004), Source number: 434.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: MP1.
  8. , Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925, Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1925 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: KS1925_1; Line: 18.
  9. , Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925, Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1895 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: v115_27; Line: 12.
  10. Edmund West comp., Family Data Collection – Births (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2001), Edward Grant Briles.
  11. Edward Grant Briles Funeral Book, Yates Center, Kansas, 1951, Crawford Family Papers, privately held by Marcia Philbrick, , Seneca, KS, 2016. passed down to Marcia Philbrick by Pauline Briles.
  12. Crandall Cemetery (Crandall, Coffey County, Kansas), Eddie G Briles, Latitude 38:4:6.6 Longitude 95:43:8.99999; photographed by Marcia Philbrick, May 2018.
  13. “Obituary,” undated clipping, from unidentified newspaper; Crawford Family Papers, passed down to Marcia Philbrick by Pauline Briles; privately held 2018 by Marcia Crawford Philbrick, [address for private use], Seneca, KS 66538.
  14. 1870 U.S. Census, Coffey County, Kansas, population schedule, Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kansas, page 10, household 60, Briles Noah; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T132.
  15. 1875 Kansas State Census, Coffey County, Kansas, kansas state census, Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kansas, page 10-11, household 81, N W Briles; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); Kansas State Historical Society.
  16. 1880 U.S. Census, Coffey County, Kansas, population schedule, Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kansas, ED 49, Page 8, household 72, Sarah A Briles; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T9.
  17. 1885 Kansas Census, Neosho County, state census, Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kansas, page 28, household 67, Briles Sarah; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online August 2017); Kansas State Historical Society.
  18. Coffey County, Kansas, Deeds, Book 45, page 617, Briles, Ed, 14 January 1909; Recorder of Deeds, Burlington, Kansas.
  19. Coffey County, Kansas, Deeds, Book 23, Mortgages, page 362.
  20. Coffey County, Kansas, Deeds, Book 23 Mortgages page 362.
  21. Lineage application of , , Newspaper Clipping “Celebrates 50 Years of Married Life” (Briles.KS.069).
  22. Marriage License Record, Woodson County, Kansas, page 22 (Doc. # Mentzer.KS.016), Woodson County Courthouse, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas.
  23. “Yates Center News”, (Yates Center, Kansas), to (), “Married” page 7 Col. 4 21 feb 1890 (Briles.KS.034); ,
  24. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT: Yates Publishing, 2004), Edward Grant Briles – Frances Artlissa Ricketts / 1890
  25. Kanss County Mariages, 1855-1911: Wilson Marriage Records 1872-1880 , v. B, Woodson County, Kansas, Edward Grant Briles, 19 Feb 1890; digital image, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org . viewed online July 2018. Original Source: Marriage Record Vol. B 1872-1880.
  26. Pauline Mentzer Briles family, The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments King James Version (: The World Publishing Company, ); Letha Doolittle, San Bernadino, California, Transcription (Charles Mentzer Notebook). Hereinafter cited as The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments.
  27. Briles Genealogy (Crandall, Kansas: Max Briles, aft 1952), p. 23
  28. “Edward O. Briles Dead,” undated clipping, from unidentified newspaper; Crawford Family Papers, E. O. Briles Notebook; privately held 2015 by Marcia Philbrick, [address for private use], Seneca, KS.
  29. Edward O. Briles Dead, The Emporia Gazette (Emporia, Kansas), Emporia, Kansas, 28 May 1956. (Briles.KS.068)
  30. “United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” database with images, Family Search (www.familysearch.org : online 15 February 2016), Osmund Edward Briles; citing , image 48 of 1757; NARA microfilm M1509.
  31. 1900 U.S. Census, Coffey County, Kansas, population schedule, Pleasant Township, Coffey County, Kansas, ED 43, Sheet 7A, household 124, Edward Briles.
  32. “Family Data Collections – Births,” [ItemType:Lower:Abbrev], Ancestry.com, (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (Oct 2017), Edward Osmund Briles.
  33. , Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925, Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; Roll: ks1915_258; Line: 3.
  34. Ancestry.com, U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010), The National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; World War II Draft Cards (Fourth Registration) for the State of Kansas; Record Group Title: Records of the Selective Service System, 1926-1975; Record Group Number: 147; Box or Roll Number: Box 276.
  35. Ancestry.com, U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005), Registration State: Kansas; Registration County: Woodson; Roll: 1643943.
  36. Ancestry.com, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015).
  37. West, Family Data Collection – Births.
  38. “Kansas, Births and Christenings Index, 1885-1911,” database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2016), Ethel Briles.
  39. Social Security Administration, “U.S. Social Security Death Index,” database, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2016), Ethel Darby, 514142329, before 1951.
  40. “Kansas, Births and Christenings Index, 1885-1911,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.om : viewed online October 2017), Briles.
  41. , (Briles.KS.002), Crandall Cemetery, , , .
  42. “World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” database, Ancestry (Ancestry.com : viewed online October 2016), Glen Briles.
  43. “Obituaries – Glen Briles”, Yates Center News, (Yates Center, Kansas), 7 July 1983, p. 7, microfilm; Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS.
  44. 1895 Kansas Census, Coffey County, state census, Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kanssa, page 17, E G Briles; microfilm, Kansas State Historical Society (Topeka, KS : viewed online November 2017).
  45. Coffey County, Kansas, Deeds, Book 55 Deeds Page 611.
  46. Coffey County, Kansas, Deeds, Bood 34, page 521.
  47. Edmund West, comp., “Family Data Collection — Individual Records,” database online, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2016), Lulu Belle Briles.
  48. “Family Data Collections – Births,” [ItemType:lower:Abbrev] Lulu Belle Briles.
  49. 1900 U.S. Census, Coffey County, Kansas, population schedule, Pleasant Township, Coffey County, Kansas, ED 432, Sheet 7A, household 124, Briles Edward G.
  50. Plat Book of Coffey County, Kansas 1901, (Minneapolis, Minn.: Northwest Publishing Co., 1901), page 19 and 20.
  51. “Accounts Allowed,” The Daily Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 24 January 1902, p. 3; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online July 2018).
  52. “Rock Creek,” local news, The Daily Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 21 August 1902, Osmund Briles …; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online January 2017).
  53. “Rock Creek,” local news, The Daily Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 26 November 1903, ‘A farewell party was given to …’; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online January 2017).
  54. 1905 Kansas Census, Coffey County, Kansas, state census, Pleasant Township, Coffey County, Kansas, page 18, household 127, Briles E G; digital image, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017).
  55. “Rock Creek Sr,” local news, The Daily Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 8 September 1906, E G and Osmund Briles ..; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online January 2017).
  56. “Rock Creek Sr,” The Daily Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 27 August 1907, p. 2; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online July 2018).
  57. “Victory,” local news, The Daily Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 18 June 1908, Ed. Briles and family …; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online January 2017).
  58. “Vernon,” local news, The Daily Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 15 March 1909, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Briles gave a party …; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online January 2017).
  59. 1910 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 147, Sheet 2B, household 39, Eddie G Briles; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T624.
  60. 1915 Kansas Census, Woodson County, 1905 state census, Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 21, dwelling 1, Briles Ed; digital image, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017).
  61. 4, Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, Briles E G, 1919; database with images, Ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2018. Original Source: Kansas State Board of Agriculture.
  62. 1920 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 160, Sheet 3A, household 46, Briles Eddie G; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T625.
  63. “X. Y. Z’s,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 20 October 1922; digital iamges, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewd online July 2018).
  64. 1925 Kansas Census, Allen County, state census, Iola, Allen County, Kansas, page 20, household 170, Briles Edward G; digital image, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017).
  65. 1930 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas, SD 10, ED 104-13, Sheeet 2A (image 3 of 42), household 710, Ed G. Briles; digital iamge, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online August 2016); NARA T626.
  66. 4, Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, EG Briles, 1937; .
  67. 4, Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, E G Briles, 1938; .
  68. 4, Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, E G Briles, 1939; .
  69. “Yates Center News”, (Yates Center, Kansas), to (), (Briles.KS.069); ,
  70. 1940, Woodwon County Kansas, population, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas, enumeration district (ED) ED 104-13, Sheet 12B, household 95, Briles E G; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); National Archives adn Recods Administration, 1940.T627.
  71. 4, Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, E G Briles, 1940; .
  72. 4, Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, Briles E G, 1941; .
  73. 4, Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, E G Briles, 1943; .
  74. 4, Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, E G Bryles, 1944; .
  75. 4, Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, E G Briles, 1946; .
  76. Kansas, City and County Census Records 1919-1961, Yates Center, 1948; database with images, Ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2017. Original Source: Population Schedules and Statistical Rolls: Cities (1919-1961).
  77. “Ed Briles Dead,” Obituary, The Emporia Weekly Gazette, Emporia, Kansas, 2 August 1951; Newspapers.com (http://www.newspaprs.com : online September 2015).
  78. “Ed Briles Dead,” obituary, The Emporia Gazette (Emporia, Kansas), 24 July 1951, p. 1; Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online July 2018).
  79. F. A. Briles and E. G. Briles, 25 July 1952, Woodson County, Courthouse, Yates Center, Kansas.
  80. “The Briles Rites Today,” The Emporia Gazette (Emporia, Kansas), 25 July 1951, p. 1; Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online July 2018).

Ricketts News

1907-Aug-27-Daily-Republican-Burlington-KS-Briles-EdRock Creek Sr

August 25

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Cokely spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Ed Briles, D. Ricketts and wife and Hazel, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Ricketts and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Ricketts of Kempton, Ind., were also there. Mr and Mrs. Louis Ricketts came in on the Saturday train as a surprise to his brother J. M. and his nieces, Mrs. Ed Briles and Mrs. Albert Cokely. As it has been thirty years since he saw Kansas he was a small surprise himself. He says Kansas has improved greatly and if it keeps up at the regular rate it will be as good as any eastern state by the time it is as old as they are.

Why I love gossipy newspapers!

“Rock Creek Sr,” The Daily Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 27 August 1907, p. 2; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online July 2018).

 

Briles Homestead

HOMEThe Briles family came to the Kansas Territory prior to the Civil War. Alexander Briles is listed on the 1859 territorial census in Coffey County, Kansas. On 1 Dec 1860, Alexander Briles received the patent to the Northeast quarter of section #12 Township 23 South of Range 15 East of the 6th Prime Meridian. This land became the family homestead for generations. The land was passed down thru the family to John Franklin Briles (1916-2004) and his children.

1860-Briles-Alexander-PatentThe United States of America
To all to whom these presents shall enter, Greeting
Whereas, In pursuance of the Act of Congress, approved March 3, 1855, entitled “An act in addition to certain acts granting Bounty Land to certain officers and soldiers who have been engaged in the military service of the United States,” there has been deposited in the General Land Office Warrant No. 76,800 for 160 acres in favor of Margaret Baker, widow of George Baker, Private, Captain Hook’s Company, Virginia Militia War 1812
with evidence that the same has been duly located upon the North East quarter of Section Twelve in Township Twenty three of Range fifteen in the District of Lands subject to sale at Fort Scott Kansas containing one hundred and sixty acres
according to the official plat of the survey of said Lands returned to the General Land Office by the surveyor general the said Warrant having been assigned by the said Margaret Baker to Alexander Briles in whose favor the said tract has been located.
Now Know Ye, that there is therefore granted by the United States unto the said Alexander Briles, as assignee as aforesaid and to his heirs
the tract of land above described: to have and to hold the said tract of land with the appurtenance thereof unto the said Alexander Briles, as assignee as aforesaid and to
his heirs and assigns forever
In testimony whereof, I, James Buchanan President of the United States of America, have caused these Letters to be made Patent, and the Seal of the General Land Office to be hereunto affixed.
Given under my hand, at the City of Washington, the first day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty fifth
By the president: James Buchanan
By J A R Leenard Sec’y
J. N. Granger Recorded of the General Land Office

(United States Bureau of Land Management, “General Land Office Records,” database with images, BLM.Gov (http://glorecords.blm.gov : viewed online April 2018), Briles, Alexander.)

 

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1878 Cattle Drives

In searching for an advertisement enticing settlers into the Dodge City area, I came across the following article discussing the round-up of cattle and the cattle drives during 1878.

The Kansas and Colorado Cattle Drives

[Dodge City Correspondence New York Times]

The Indiana State Sentinel, Wednesday July 10, 1878

Page 7 column 6

[available on Chronicling America]

                The cattle men of the plains are just getting through with their annual ‘round-ups’. For the Arkansas valley and the divide country West Los Animas was the rendezvous; and the scattered cattle for miles along the river and out on the buffalo ranges were gathered to that point. Camps were established, all the leading cattle men, were on hand and the “cow boys” were in their glory. It was the work of only a few hours to “cut out” and separate the cattle and start the herds back to their ranges again. Every animal is known by its brand, so that ownership is easily determined, and those that have drifted miles away during the winter storms and become a part of other herds are picked out in a few minutes, claimed by the owners and started back to the range. It has been a good winter for stock in this valley; no bad storms and plenty of grass. The cattle are in prime condition, and beeves for the early fall market will sell better than the average. By comparing notes among the herders it was found that the range between Fort Lyon and Bent’s Fort – Kit Carson’s old hunting grounds – an uninviting and barren looking section, contains more cattle than any similar area on the plains. Over 75,000 head are figured up.

               As all the heavy stock men and shippers just now seem to be bound for one place – Dodge City – the point at which the ‘drives’ of Texas cattle come up, your correspondent took a train on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad and a seven hours’ ride landed us at midnight in this noisy cattle mart. No one seemed to be asleep at that hour. The station was thronged with swaggering, swearing cow boys and oily confidence men. With some difficulty we rubbed our way through the crowd and followed the porter to the Great Western hotel. Any of our companions that might be bent on sport could need no special beckoning, for in all the billiard halls, concert saloons and keno dens the lamp still held out to burn.

Seen by daylight Dodge City has a better look, though somehow pretty much all the buildings, which are of frame, lurch to the west as if impatient to move on, the effect of high prairie winds. The population cation not be farm from 1,000, though there is a large floating element, increasing rapidly, and a month later, when the cattle are swarming and prices are at high tide, there will be in the town and outskirts as many as 5,000 people. The cattle shipping season gathers traders, speculators, gamblers and all sorts. Through June and July Dodge City will be the liveliest place in the west. The best trails from the pan-handle of Texas strike the railroad and river at this point, if it is outside the ‘dead line’ prescribed by Kansas laws, and offers every facility for large stock transactions. There are in this vicinity about 120,000 head of Texas ‘beeves’ already arrived and ready to be marketed. There are on the trail between Dodge and Cimarron 50,000 more. The last accounts from the south indicate that there are upward of 225,000 head of cattle moving northward from Red river, fully one half of which will take the trail to Dodge City.

             About the 1st of July the larger shared will have arrived here and the shipping will begin in earnest. There will probably be put on the cars at this station from 30,000 to 40,000 beeves for Kansas City, St. Louis and Chicago. The greater share of the cattle that are driven to this point from Texas do not go into eastern markets yet. They will be allowed to feed their way westward and northward, and two months later will appear at stations on the Kansas Pacific and Union Pacific roads further east, some to be shipped to Kansas City and Omaha, but the great bulk remain feeding on the plains until next spring. The cattle “drives” from Texas each year represent a great deal of money, and are in the hands of comparatively few men. The herds of the thirty largest owners will aggregate about 200,000 head.

The several smaller ‘bunches’ will swell the table to between 225,500 and 250,000. Some claim that the number will reach 300,000. About 45,000 are detained for Dodge City, principally for eastern shipment. While a large share of the others enumerated will come by trail to Dodge City, they will be driven up the Arkansas and Purgotoire, or into the pars and over the divide into the Platte valley. A good many will go to the ranges on the Republican. In the past three or four years not all the cattle that have come up from Texas have been marketed, but have been multiplying and increasing in the valleys and along the high ranges. Taking into account the large number of cattle annually driven into the territories and new states of the west and the natural increase of the herds, the cattle trade is, of course, growing into greater magnitude every year. It is a noteworthy fact that the cattle interest of the Rocky mountain region and the plains on the East is receiving large accessions form the west also.

            It was considered somewhat wonderful a few years ago when Texas was credited with 4,000,000 head of cattle. That state was looked upon as our beef supply for years to come, and the great plains at that time counted as absolutely worthless for any purpose, were not even looked upon as even the smallest factor in the matter of supplying the east and Europe with marketable cattle. But a great revolution has taken place even in a short time. The “long horns” still come up every season to be put into market, but the numbers arriving at Kansas City and Chicago from that source are decreasing year by year. The cattle grounds are being transferred to the great buffalo plains and the central portion of the continent with the Pacific states, are becoming the leading producers of beef. An estimate derived from the assessment return gives Colorado 550,000; Wyoming 225,000; Utah, 350,000; Montana 300,000; Washington 2000,000; Oregon 175,000; and California 650,000 cattle. This make a total of nearly 2,750,000 market beeves which will be taken during the next three or four months into the markets east of the Missouri river.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Lebanon to Dodge City

The newcomers who arrived last Saturday from West Lebanon state of Indiana are E. Brice, wife and three children; J. H. Crawford, wife and six children; W. P. Armour, wife and two children, J. O’Hara, wife and one child, J. M. Fleming and wife; Joseph Briggs, wife and one child; Thompson Rankins wife and six children; U.R. Rogers, wife and two children; Geo. Jones, wife and two children; Chas. Dickerson and wife; David Wilson and son; David Manford and Charles Brown. They brought with them about twenty-five horses and mules, farming implements and household furniture. They go to work at once on their claims about nine miles north-west of Dodge.

Ford County Globe Republican March 5, 1878, Page 3, Column 3 (Ford County, Kansas)

Leon Russell Crawford

Leon Russell Crawford was born in Newton Kansas on the 6th of Feb 1894.

According to Leon’s wife, Winnie Crawford, the family lived in Oklahoma when Leon and his sister Bernice were young. Winnie stated:

Judson Crawford worked on a ranch in Oklahoma because Josie’s sister and husband were there. The family all almost died. Judson was extremely ill. The children, Bernice (over 2) and Leon (1) almost died because of poor diet.

Documentation for this story has not been found. However, Josie’s sister and husband did live in Oklahoma.

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The family was living in Dodge City by his 6th birthday. As a child, Leon attended the Third Ward School that was located on Boot Hill.

 

wwiLeon and his brother, Marion, served in the U.S. Army during World War I. Leon served as a 2nd class gunner in the 25th AA Battery of the first AA. In April and May 1918, his unit was at St. Misner during the 2nd Battle of the Marne. The unit then served as part of the outer defense of Paris. (Pictured: Homer Short & Leon Crawford on back row, Russel Horton (brother-in-law) and Marion Crawford (brother) on front row.)

On March 15, 1919, Leon sent a telegram to his parents stating that he had arrived in Camp Stuart, Virginia and that all was well.

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Leon was honorably discharged from the military on 28 March 1919.

redrosesLeon married Winnie Currey on Christmas Eve 1919 at her sister’s house. After their marriage, the couple lived at 504 Avenue G. Ever the romantic, Leon purchased a red rose for Winnie for their 1st anniversary. Each year he added a rose until he was purchasing a dozen roses. Each subsequent year, Winnie would receive a dozen red roses from her husband on Christmas Eve.

1960-Crawford-Leon-Switchman-retires-web2After serving during WWI, Leon returned to work with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad working as a switchman in the railroad yard. Leon did not appear on the payroll for the AT&SF Railroad during Oct. 1923. According to his wife, Winnie Crawford, there was also a time during the depression when he was also laid off. She said that the railroad would call Leon in to work when needed. Thus, the family had to maintain a telephone so they could receive those phone calls. By 1953, Leon had been promoted to foreman for the AT&SF. Leon retired from the railroad in May of 1960. During his employment with the railroad, Leon was a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and received his 50 year pin in Feb of 1967.

By 1953, Leon and Winnie were living in the Crawford family home at 911 Second. This home was the nucleus of Winnie and Leon’s family. The home boasted a large room for the kitchen that housed a long pine table. Family gatherings took place around this table, including Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Often times Winnie’s friend, Mary Hoffman, or a lone college student who couldn’t go home would join the table. These celebrations always involved a lot of food – most of it cooked in that kitchen. One of the rules for the children at the table is that we had to try everything. At some point, that rule was relaxed to ‘you have to try everything but the oysters’. The scalloped oysters were a favorite Thanksgiving and Christmas dish of the adults but disliked by the children at the table. By not requiring the children to try the oysters, the adults discovered that it left more for them.

Even though I never witnessed Leon cooking, he was at home in the kitchen. He would often set the table while his wife was preparing the food. One of his favorite sayings in the kitchen was in regards to clean-up when he would say ‘I’ll do the plates’ – referring to the paper plates that had been used for the meal. Ironically, Leon often helped with the dishes – even when paper plates weren’t used.

If one listened closely at that table, Leon would sometime talk about his family. Unfortunately, as a child, I wasn’t always paying attention. I do remember two of his stories.

The first family story involved the land south of the river (Arkansas River) in what was known as South Dodge. Leon would talk about helping his ‘Uncle Jimmy’ farm that land. At the time, I had no idea who ‘Uncle Jimmy’ was. It was only after working on the family history that I realized that the ‘Uncle Jimmy’ from Leon’s youth was his great-uncle, James H. Crawford. James H. Crawford did own a lot of land south of the Arkansas River.

The second family story was told at a Sunday dinner. It was girl scout Sunday and I had attended church with my girl scout club instead of going with the family. That Sunday, we attended the First Presbyterian church in Dodge City. During dinner, we were talking about my experience and I remember Leon saying that his family was Presbyterians. This little tidbit has not been verified – but many of the Crawford families in early Kentucky were Presbyterian.

crawford-leon-b1894-1969-winnie2Leon and Winnie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1969. For their anniversary, Winnie gave Leon a wedding ring. Leon wore this ring until his death in October 1976.

My Military Heroes

In honor of Veterans’ Day this Friday, I would like to honor my ancestor Veterans.

crawford-eugene-b1927-1945-us-navyWhile still in high school, my father, Eugene David Crawford, enlisted in the US. Navy and attended training at the Naval Training Center (EE & RW) in Gulfport, Mississippi and at the Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Ill. He was assigned to the U.S.S. Oneida (APA-221) from May 1946 to July 1946. The U.S.S. Oneida was part of Operation Magic Carpet to bring troops home from the Pacific Theater. Eugene received an honorable discharge from the service in August 1946.

crawford-leon-b1894-1917-wwi-portraitEugene’s father, Leon Russel Crawford, began his military service on 26 Apr 1917 in Dodge City, Kansas and was appointed wagoner 2nd class gunner in the 25th A. A. Battery 1st A.A. Sector. Leon’s unit was at the St. Misner 2nd Battle of the Marne from 31 Mar 1918 to 31 May 1918 in France. Later in 1918, his unit was assigned to the outer defense of Paris. On 28 Mar 1919, Leon received an honorable discharge from the service and returned to Dodge City.

None of my great-grandfathers served in the military. However, most of my great-great grandfathers and one great-great-great grandfather served during the War Between the States.

  • Washington Marion Crawford — Sergt in Co. H of the 2nd Regiment New York Calvary Volunteer — better known as the “Harris Light Horse”. Washington Marion was captured on 22 Sep 1863 in Liberty Mills, Virginia and imprisoned at Andersonville and Belle Isle.
  • Richmond Fisk Hammond – began his military service as a private in Company E 17th Illinois Volunteers later joining the 1st Illinois Cavalry Volunteers and Company D in the 14th Regiment Illinois Cavalry. Richmond was captured near Atlanta and taken as a prisoner to Andersonville on 5 Aug 1864.
  • Hiram M. Currey — served in Company B of the 12th Cavalry Regiment of the Kansas State Militia under Captain Samuel Hollister
  • Albert Hutchinson — served as a private in Company D of the 1st Regiment of the Iowa Cavalry Volunteers commanded by Captain Jinks and re-enlisted as a private in Iowa First Calvary Company D
  • Noah Washington Briles — served as a private in Company I, 1st Regiment Iowa Volunteers
  • Alexander Briles (Noah’s father) — served under Captain John Douglas in Company I of the Kansas State Militia
  • James Marshall Ricketts — served in Company K of the 7th Indiana Cavalry
  • George Mentzer — served in Company C of the Twenty-Foruth Massachusetts Infantry

According to my great-grandmother’s (Josie Hammond Crawford) DAR application, her ancestor, Jason Hammond, served as a private in Captain Coon’s Company of Col. J. Well’s Regiment in the Connecticut line. There is some question as to whether this military record is for my ancestor or another Jason Hammond. Thus, my DAR membership is thru his father, Nathaniel Hammond, for giving service to the cause.

Since almost all of my ancestors were in the colonies prior to the revolutionary war, it is likely that many of them served during the revolutionary war. It is even possible that at least one line traces back to loyalists.

It is thru this type of military service that our country was built. May we all pause to honor our military this week.