1950 Kansas Census

Are you eagerly awaiting the release of the 1950 census? If you follow Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings blog, then you may have seen his challenge to identify members of our ancestral families that will be in the 1950 United States census.

Although it will be interesting to see the household configurations in the 1950 census, there is census data available for that time period — IF the person lived in Kansas. Yes, that’s correct, one can find census data for Kansas thru 1961. This information can be found in Ancestry’s collection: Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961.

Since all of my ancestral lines were in Kansas prior to 1919, this collection has proven to be very helpful.

For example, my great-grandmother, Josie Crawford was living in Dodge City in 1950. Thus, I did a search of the collection for a Josie Crawford living in Ford County, Kansas.


Since I didn’t select ‘exact’ for Josie’s first name, the results included Josie, Jessie and even J Frank. However, at the top of the list was one Josie Crawford.

Clicking on the link to Josie took me to a screen giving her information and a link to the image.

Clicking on the image shows the household of my grandfather, Leon Crawford. In this household was my grandfather, my grandmother, Winnie, my great-grandmother, Josie, and my uncle, Leon, Jr.

Using this collection of Kansas census records, I have been able to find my grandparents and all of my great-grandparents living in 1950. This includes the following:

  • Edward O. Briles (often listed as E O Briles) living in Emporia, Kansas
  • Edward G. Briles listed in the 1948 census in Yates Center Kansas
  • Charles Mentzer living in Neosho Falls between 1946 and 1949 and then living in Emporia in 1953

With my Kansas heritage, this set of records has been very helpful. If you have relatives living in Kansas between 1919 and 1961, be sure to check out this collection: Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961!

Boarding House

I recently have been spending a lot of time with Ancestry’s newly released database: Newspapers.com Obituary Index, 1800s – present. In the process, I discovered that a lot of the early newspapers from Dodge City, Kansas are now on Newspapers.com. Thus, I did a search for CRAWFORD between 1885 and 1890. Many of the results allowed me to get a digital copy of articles I had seen when I read the microfilm.

One of those articles described the building of a boarding house by my 2nd great grandfather, Washington Marion Crawford.

Marion Crawford has commenced the foundation for a boarding house, north of his present location, on 2d Avenue. The main building will be 16 x 26 feet, 18 feet high, with a wing 16 x 18 feet. The dining room and kitchen will be in the basement. A. O. Sherman hs the contract to do the work.

Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 30 July 1885, page 4; Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online November 2019).


Knowing that the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps are available on the the Library of Congress web site, I did a search to locate the Dodge City Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps. The 1887 map shows the boarding house at the corner of 2nd and Elm.

This Boarding House likely allowed Mary Foster Crawford to care for her family after the death of her husband in 1889. Mention of the boarding house is found in the 7 Dec 1894 issue of the Dodge City Globe.

In 1947, my grandparents, Leon and Winnie Crawford, purchased the ‘boarding house’ from his uncle, Nelson G. Crawford, son of Mary Foster Crawford and Washington Marion Crawford.

Since my grandparents opened the second floor of the house to guys attending college across the street, it was again a ‘boarding house.’

When my grandfather became ill, the house was sold and my grandmother moved into an apartment. Eventually, the boarding house was torn down to ‘build a parking lot’ for the public library that was built across the street from it.

Duplicate or Different

Do you ever check out someone else’s tree to see if they have something that disagrees with what you have? I know I’m usually looking for confirmation, but I appreciate seeing conflicting information. That conflicting information makes me re-look at what I have and to look harder for additional sources to support what I have.

That’s likely one of the reasons I work with the tree on FamilySearch. On this tree, I can look at the changes made to an individual. If those changes differ from information I have compiled, I can message the user making the changes and/or post a discussion about the change.

Thus, I utilize the ‘watch’ button to mark individuals I’m researching. Not only have I marked my ancestors to ‘watch’ but I’ve also marked other individuals in my research that I’m having trouble finding sources. Each week, I get notified of changes to those ‘watched’ individuals.

This morning’s notification list included Eliza Honor Van Valkenburg, the second wife of my ancestor, Albert J Hutchinson. That’s when I discovered that there are TWO of them in the Family Search tree.

Since I haven’t found birth or death information for her, I have no idea which  Honor Van Valkenburg is the correct one. However, I do believe that these are the same women and that they are the same person I have in my database as Eliza Honor Van Valkenberg.

Unfortunately, Eliza (or Honor Eliza) may have been married multiple times. Thus, it becomes difficult to locate information for her since her name changes constantly.

Eliza Phay applied for a pension for her minor son, Elmer E. Hutchinson, based on the service of Albert Hutchinson. This file contains information that helps in identifying some of these marriages. In an affidavit by Eliza Phay dated July, 17, 1913, Eliza Phay states she was married to Henry Nouland prior to her marriage to Albert Hutchinson.

Honor L Vanvolkenberg was married to Henry H Nolen on 25 March 1885 in Doniphan County, Kansas.

In 1893, Miss Eliza Valkenburgh married Albert Hutchinson. The marriage took place August 8, 1893 in Buchanan County, Missouri.

The 1895 Kansas census for Doniphan County shows the family of Albert Hutchinson. Listed in the household are Eliza Hutchison, Howard Noland and Peter Noland.

In 1898, Mrs. Honor E Hutchens married Samuel King in Buchanan County, Missouri.

On 7 August 1900, Mrs. Eliza Nolan was married to John McColgin.

On 23 May 1906, Mrs Eliza McColgin married Osceola Phay.

In 1910, Eliza Phay was listed in the household of Osceola Phay on the census for Buchanan County, Missouri. Also listed in the household was 13 year old Elmer Hutchinson along with Howard Nolan and Peter Nolan.

The family of Osceola Phay and Eliza, his wife is found on the 1920 census living in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri. Also listed in the household was a son, —– Elmer. 

In the fall of 1923, Oceola Phay petitioned for divorce from his wife,  Eliza. According to the 6 Oct 1923 issue of the St. Joseph Gazette (St. Joseph, Missouri), the divorce was granted by Judge Utz.

The divorce of Oceola and Eliza would explain why records for Eliza are difficult to find after 1923. Since no one has shared a source for her death, it is difficult to determine when she died and thus difficult to determine which Eliza Van Valkenberg is the correct one.

Honoring Fallen – Sgt. Ralph Wayne Griffith

Sgt. Ralph Wayne Griffith
Born: 7 June 1920
Sergeant in the 12th Cavalry during World War II

Ralph Wayne Griffith filled out his “Registrtion Card” in Wallace County, Kansas. He signed the card, Wayne Griffith.

Ralph W. Griffith was killed during the Battle of Leyte (Pacific Theater) on Dec. 21, 1944. He is listed as ‘KIA’ on the list of casualties for Phillips County, Kansas in the records of the National Archives.

The Manhattan Mercury newspaper of Manhattan, Kansas published casualty lists on a regular basis during the war. Notice of Sgt. Ralph W. Griffith’s death appeared in the March 7, 1945 edition of the paper.

For the military history of the battle, see the Leyte article prepared in the U.S. Army Center of Military History by Charles R. Anderson.

Crawford ThruLines Question

I like Ancestry’s new ThruLines feature!

Unfortunately, it is pointing out one of my frustrations with my DNA results. I have several verified second and third cousin DNA matches on my Crawford line but we never got a DNA circle for my 3rd great grandfather, Nelson G. Crawford. When Ancestry released ThruLines, I was hoping to locate some fourth cousins thru one of Nelson’s other children.

However, the ThruLines for Nelson G Crawford only includes DNA matches going thru my 2nd great grandfather, Washington Marion Crawford. It does not include any lines going thru the siblings of Washington Marion Crawford.


When I looked at the ThruLines for my 4th great-grandfather, James Crawford, matches are shown for descendants of Nelson’s sister, Polly Crawford and for all of the matches thru my 2nd great-grandfather, Washington Marion Crawford.

Since Washington Marion Crawford had five siblings that lived to adulthood and had families, I expected to find ThruLines thru at least some of those siblings. Thus, I am wondering why ThruLines hasn’t helped identify any fourth cousin Crawford matches.

I have several theories:

  • My fourth cousin descendants of Nelson G. Crawford haven’t done a DNA test thru Ancestry
  • These 4th cousins have done a DNA test but either don’t have a tree or haven’t connected their DNA test to their tree.
  • The trees for my 4th cousins Crawford matches don’t go back far enough to connect to my research — in other words, I haven’t done enough descendancy research
  • Nelson’s middle name is different on various trees causing  trees to not ‘match’
  • My tree is wrong

I’m hoping that I have enough evidence to disprove the theory of an incorrect tree. But, I will continue my search for documentation of Nelson G. Crawford and his family.
To help other researchers, I have researched many of Nelson G. Crawford’s descendants. My information regarding Nelson can be found

If you are a Crawford researcher with family in Preble County, Ohio, Warren County, Indiana or Ford County, Kansas, please contact me. I would love to see how our research might connect!

Golden Legacy

Does your family throw a big parties? Have you had the good fortune to celebrate Golden Anniversaries in your family?

My first exposure to a Golden Anniversary celebration was for my grandparents: Leon and Winnie Crawford.

My grandparents celebrated with a reception held in the church.

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Crawfordrequest the pleasure of your companyat a Reception in honour of theFiftieth Wedding Anniversary of their parentsMrs. and Mrs. Leon R. CrawfordSunday, the twenty-eight of Decembertwo o’clock in the afternoonUnited Methodist ChurchDodge City, Kansas

Clipping from Dodge City Globe saved by Winnie Crawford:To Have Open House — Mr. and Mrs. Leon Crawford,911 Second Ave., who are celebrating their Golden Wed-ding Anniversary, will be honored at an open houseDec. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the First United MethodistChurch parlor. The couple was married Dec 24, 1919.Hosts for the occasion will be their son and family, Mr.and Mrs. Eugene Crawford, Marcia, David and Terry ofEmporia. The honorees request no gifts.

Leon  R. Crawford, aged 25, and Winnie Curry, aged 16,  applied for a marriage license in Dodge City, Kansas on the 22nd of December, 1919. Consent for Winnie Curry’s marriage was given by H. M. Curry. They were married on the 24th of December, 1919.

Their Marriage was reported on page one of the Dec. 26, 1919 issue of the Dodge City Daily Globe.
Dodge Young Folks Wed

Miss Winnie Currey became the Bride

of Leon Crawford Wednesday

Leon R. Crawford and Miss Winnie Currey were married here Wednesday. The ceremony was performed at the home of the bride’s brother at 712 Military avenue by the Reverend C. M. Gray at 7 o’clock Wednesday evening.

Mr. Crawford is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Crawford of 504 Avenue G. He has lived here since boyhood, was educated here and a few months ago was discharged from an honorable service with the army in the World War. 

The bride is well known among the younger set here and is greatly admired by all her acquaintances.

Only relatives of the couple witnessed the ceremony Wednesday evening, but since that time they have been receiving many congratulations from their numerous friends here.

Pauline E. Briles

Emporia Gazette
Wednesday, July 18, 1984
page 2 column 4-5

Film E1506

KS State Historical Society

Pauline E. Briles
Funeral services for Mrs. E. O.
Briles, who died Tuesday at her
apartment in Horizon Plaza, will
be held in the chapel of Roberts-
Blue-Barnett Funeral Home. Ser-
vices will be Friday at 10:30 A.M.
conducted by the Rev. William Im-
hoff of the Christian Church.
Burial will be in Memorial Lawn
Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be
made to the First Christian
Church, to which Mrs. Briles be-
longed, and may be sent in care of
the funeral home.
Pauline Edith Mentzer was born
March 28, 1896 at Yates Center,
the daughter of Charles O. and Net-
tie Wells Mentzer. She married
E. O. Briles on Oct. 29, 1915, at
Yates Center, and he died May 28,
1956. Mrs. Briles had lived in
Emporia since 1930.
She is survived by two daugh-
ters, Roberta Crawford, 2314 West
21st Ave., and Letha Doolittle of
San Bernadino, Calif.; a brother
Leslie Mentzer of Neosho Falls,
and 12 grandchildren and eight
great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Briles was a member
of the Whittier Extension Home
Unite and the Birthday Club.
She was preceded in death by a
daughter, Barbara Thompson;
two sons, Walter Briles and Ken-
neth Briles; her parents and sever-
al brothers and sisters.

Artie Ricketts

     Frances Artlissa ‘Artie’ Ricketts was born on 7 Apr 1868 in Clinton, Indiana, United States.113

She lived in Sugar Creek Township, Clinton, Indiana, United States on 1 Jul 1870.14 Artlissa Rickets was listed on the 1870 census in the household of James Rickets. According to the census, she was two years old. She lived in Everett Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 1 Jul 1880.15 Frances A Ricketts was listed on the 1880 census as the daughter of James M Ricketts. According to the census, she was twelve years old. Frances lived in Everett Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 1 Mar 1885.16 Artlissa Ricketts was listed in the household of James M Ricketts on the 1885 Kansas census. According to the census, Artlissa was 16 years old.

eg artie    Edward Grant Briles and Frances Artlissa ‘Artie’ Ricketts were married on 19 Feb 1890 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.2,1723 She was also known as Frances Artlissa ‘Artie’ Briles.

eg family2She was the mother of Edward Osmond Briles.4,2436 Frances was the mother of Ethel Frances Briles.25,3740 She was the mother of Glen Briles.25,4143

She lived in Neosho Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States on 1 Jul 1895.13

Frances was the mother of Lulu Belle Briles.25,4446

She lived in Pleasant Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States on 18 Jun 1900.6 Francis A. Briles was listed on the 1900 census as the wife of Edward Briles. According to the census, she was born March 1869 in Indiana. Francis A Briles had been married 10 years. She was the mother of 4 living children.

She lived in Pleasant Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States in Apr 1905.12 F.A. Briles was listed on the 1905 Kansas census in the household of E. G. Briles. According to the census, she was 37 years old.

Frances lived in Liberty Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 20 Apr 1910.47 Francis A. Briles was listed on the 1910 census as the wife of Eddie G Briles. According to the census, she was 42 years old and born in Indiana. Francis was married at age 20 and was the mother of four living children.

She lived in Liberty Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States in Apr 1915.48 She lived in Center Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 6 Jun 1920.49 Frances Briles was shown on the 1920 census as the wife of Eddie G. Briles. According to the census she was 51 years old and born in Indiana.

Frances lived in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 28 Nov 1920.5051 She lived at 612 N. Jefferson in Iola, Allen, Kansas, United States on 1 Jul 1925.11 Frances A Briles was listed on the 1925 Kansas census as the wife of Edward G Briles. According to the census, she was 57 years old and born in Indiana.

She lived in Iola, Allen, Kansas, United States on 27 Jan 1927.52

Frances lived at First Ward in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 2 Apr 1930.53 F. A. Briles was listed on the 1930 census as the wife of E G Briles. According to the census, she was 61 years old and born in Indiana. She lived in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 19 Sep 1930.54

She celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary with her husband, Edward Grant Briles, on 18 Feb 1940 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.55

Frances lived in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 15 Apr 1940.56 She appeared on the 1940 census as a 71 year old female born in Indiana and was listed as Frances A. Briles

artie stone     She died on 28 Apr 1947 at the age of 79 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.4,710,5758 She was buried on 30 Apr 1947 at Crandall Cemetery in Coffey, Kansas, United States.3,79,59

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DNA Heritage and Challenge

During a recent visit with some old friends, the discussion turned to genealogy and DNA. Expecting an answer regarding ethnicity, they asked where my family comes from.  My immediate response was KENTUCKY.

Perhaps this quick answer was due to my recent THOMPSON research in Ohio County, Kentucky. The more likely reason is that a lot of ancestral lines seem to go thru Kentucky. (or New York). My brother’s migration map from his Ancestry DNA test illustrates our heritage.

Migration

Even though many people are infatuated with Ethnicity reports, I am not. Perhaps that is because I have strong Kansas roots. To illustrate those roots, I used the Excel template provided by J Paul Hawthorne in his “A Little Thing that Went Viral” blog. Below is the birth and death locations for 5 generations of my tree:5gen birth

 

 

 

5gen death

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perhaps the fact that my tree is basically a United States tree for more than six generations helps explain the overwhelming number of DNA matches I have. As of today, I have the following matches on Ancestry DNA

  • 3 immediate family
  • 1 in First Cousin category
  • 8 in Second Cousin category
  • 17 in Third Cousin category
  • 2,529 in Fourth Cousin category
  • 73, 839 in Distant Cousin Category
  • 78,955 total matches

And the list will only grow as Ancestry continues to sell DNA tests. For me, this is an overwhelming amount of data. For this reason, I find shared matches, DNA circles, the Leeds Method and the clustering tool from Genetic Affairs helpful in interpreting this data.

The tool I find most helpful in figuring out my DNA connections is my tree. Since I had tracked some descendants, I have been able to recognize the names of most of my second and third cousins. Even though I don’t have all of the descendants of my 3x great grandparents, what I do have will help figure out a 4th cousin relationship.

When it comes to those distant cousins, I would dearly love to connect with them. Even though we only share a small amount of DNA, I believe that some of those distant cousins may hold the key to breaking down my brick walls. My tree is fairly solid thru my 4x great grandparents.

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However, it could use some work for those earlier generations!

Whether it is figuring out DNA matches or expanding my tree, I obviously have my work cut out for me.

Wish me luck inf finding those elusive Ancestors!

 

Charles Oliver Mentzer

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     Charles Oliver Mentzer was born on 1 Jul 1869 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States.112 1,10,1314 He lived in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States on 23 Aug 1870.15 Chas O Mentzer was listed in the household of Geo Mentzer on the 1870 census. According to the census, Chas was 1 year old and born in Illinois. He lived in Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1871.2

In 1880, Charles was educated at school district no. 44 in Woodson County, Kansas, United States.16 He lived in Center Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 11 Jun 1880.17 Charles Mentzer is listed as the 11 year old son of Geo Mentzer in the 1880 census. Charles was born in Illinois. He lived in Center Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 1 Mar 1885.18

Charles  resided in 1891 in Henry, Illinois, United States .2 for about 12 months He  visited Shenandoah, Iowa in Sep 1891.19 He had been sourjouring in Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois for some months in 1892.20

On 18 Oct 1893, Charles married Nettie Adell Wells. The marriage took place at his parents home in Woodson County, Kansas.

Charles lived at NE 1/4 S36T24R14 in Woodson, Kansas, United States in Nov 1893.2,12 After 1893 he was a farmer in North Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States.2 He lived in North Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 1 Jul 1895.21 He was listed on the 1895 census as a 24 year old male farmer born in Illinois who came to Kansas from Illinois and was listed as Chas O. Mentzer. 22

Charles lived in North Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 26 Jun 1900.23 He was listed on the 1900 census as a 31 year old male farmer born July 1868 in IL and was listed as Charles Mentzer. He  purchased land from George Mentzer and Emeline Mentzer his wife being the NE 1/4 of Section Thirty-six (36) in Township Twenty-four (24) South of Range Fourteen (14) East of sixth (6) PM on 28 May 1903 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.24 He  owned land being the NE 1/4 of section 36 in township 24 South of Range 14 East in 1904 in North Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States.25 Charles lived in Neosho Falls Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 1 Jul 1905.26 He was on the 1905 Kansas census as a 35 year old male farmer born in Illinois who was listed as C. O. Mentzer.

He lived in Liberty Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States on 27 Apr 1910.27 He was on the 1910 census as a 41 year old male farm laborer who was born in Illinois and had been married 16 years. He was listed as Charles O. Mentzer on the census record. He lived in Crandall, Coffey, Kansas on 22 Jan 1912.28

Charles rented the Mrs. H. Harreld farm in Crandall, Coffey, Kansas on 1 Mar 1913.29 He lost a cow on 25 Mar 1913 in Crandall, Coffey, Kansas.30

He entertained daughters Pauline and Gladys on 17 May 1914 in Crandall, Coffey, Kansas.31

Charles received $150 from The Topeka Mutual Live Stock Insurance Company for death of live stock in 1915 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.32 He lived in Neosho Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States on 1 Jul 1915.33 He was on the 1915 Kansas census as a 45 year old male farmer born in Kansas who was listed as C. O. Mentzer.

He lived in Everett Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1919.34 Charles lived in Everett Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 10 Feb 1920.35 He was on the 1920 census as a 50 year old male farmer born Illinois and was listed as Charles O. Mentzer. He lived in Neosho Falls Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States in Sep 1921.36 He lived in Everett Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 1 Jul 1925.6 He was on the 1925 Kansas census as a 57 year old male farmer born in Illinois.

On on 10 Jul 1926 Charles attended the Wells family reunion in Neosho Falls Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States.37

He lived in Neosho Falls Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 2 May 1930.38 He was on the 1930 census as a 60 year old male farmer born Illinois and was listed as Charles O. Mentzer. He lived in Neosho Falls Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1937.39 Charles lived in Neosho Falls Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1938.40

He lived in Neosho Falls Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 3 Apr 1940.4142 He was on the 1940 census as a 70 year old widower living on Oak Street in the household of Stella Miller, listed as Charles Mentzer. He lived in Neosho Falls Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1942.43 Charles lived in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States on 17 May 1943.4445 He lived in Neosho Falls Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1944.46 He lived in Neosho Falls Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1945.47

Charles was ill in Dec 1945 in Neosho Falls Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States.48

He lived in Neosho Falls Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1946.49 He lived in Neosho Falls Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1947.50 Charles lived in Neosho Falls Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1948.51 He lived in Neosho Falls Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1949.52

He lived in Neosho Falls Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 26 Apr 1949.53 Charles lived in Neosho Falls Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1950.54 He  resided in Jun 1951 in Neosho Falls Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States. .2 As water crept into the house during the flood, he made his way upstairs taking with him the Mentzer family Bible and was rescued the following day. He lived in Neosho Falls Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 19 Jul 1952.55

Charles lived in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States in 1953.5657

He died on 15 Aug 1955 at the age of 86 at Newman Hospital in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.1,5,7,58 He was buried on 18 Aug 1955 at Yates Center Cemetery in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.1,5,7,5961

ENDNOTES

  1. Charles O. Mentzer, death certificate #55 011802 (1955), Kansas State Board of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Topeka, Kansas.
  2. Duncan, L. Wallace and Chas F. Scott, History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas (Iola, Kansas: Iola Register, 1901), pp. 831-832 (Doc. #: Mentzer.KS.025). Hereinafter cited as History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas.
  3. Charles Mentzer family, Holy Bible Self Pronouncing Edition (: , ); Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, Kansas, stored in filing cabinet. Hereinafter cited as Holy Bible Self Pronouncing Edition.
  4. Marriage License Record, Woodson County, Kansas, [Page], Woodson County Courthouse, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas.
  5. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online July 2016), memorial for Charles Oliver Mentzer (1869-1955), Find a Grave Memorial no. # 55747430, created by J Geoghan, citing Yates Center Cemetery, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by RisingSun, Charles Oliver Mentzer.
  6. Ancestry.com, Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009), Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1925 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: KS1925_167; Line: 16.
  7. Ancestry.com, U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012).
  8. Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004), Source number: 128.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: MP1.
  9. Ancestry.com, Kansas, County Marriages, 1811-1911 (Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016).
  10. George Mentzer (Company C, 24th Regiment Massachuses Infantry), pension no. WC 741.913, Case FIles of Approved Pension Applications, 1861-1934; Civil War and Later Pension Files, Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  11. Mentzer, George, Family Bible of Emeline Minnick Mentzer (: , ); Doris Ryan, Yates Center, KS, (Doc. #: Mentzer.KS.006). Hereinafter cited as Family Bible of Emeline Minnick Mentzer.
  12. , “The Mentzers,” In the Beginning (Woodson County Historical Society), 15 (No. 58): pp 3-5.
  13. “Obituary – Mentzer,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 26 January 1912, image 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed onlnie August 2018).
  14. , “The George Mentzer Family,” In the Beginning, Woodson County Historical Society, 3 No. 11 (July 1970): p. 9-12.
  15. 1870 U.S. Census, Henry County, Illinois, population schedule, Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois, page 52, household 382, Geo Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication M593. Found online at [WebAddress].
  16. “School Reports,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 15 January 1880, page 3; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online December 2018).
  17. 1880 U.S. Census, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 56, Page 9, household 97, Geo Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T9. Found online at [WebAddress].
  18. 1885 Kansas Census, Neosho County, state census, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 1, line 25, George Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online August 2018); Kansas State Historical Society. Found online at [WebAddress].
  19. “Personals,” Woodson County Advocate (Yates Center, Kansas), 25 September 1891, page 5; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online December 2018).
  20. “Personals,” Woodson County Advocate (Yates Center, Kansas), 9 September 1892, page 5; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online December 2018).
  21. 1895 Kansas State Census, Woodson County Kansas, kansas state census, [CivilDivision], [ED], [PageID], [HouseholdID], [Person]; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : [AccessType] [AccessDate]); Kansas State Historical Society. [FileNumber] Found online at [WebAddress].
  22. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007,” database on-line, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2017), Paul Emory Mentzer. Found online at [WebAddress].
  23. 1900 U.S. Census, North Township, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, North Township, ED 186, Sheet 1A, household 2, Charmes Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); FHL microfilm: 1240503. Found online at [WebAddress].
  24. Woodson County, Kansas, Deeds, Book 41 page 93, George Mentzer and Emaline Mentzer to Charles Mentzer, 28 May 1903; Recorder of Deeds, Yates Center, Kansas.
  25. Standard Atlas of Woodson County, Kansas 1904 (: , 1904), (Doc. #: Mentzer.KS.003). Found online at [WebAddress].
  26. 1905 Kansas Census, Neosho Falls, Woodson County, state census, Neosho Falls, Woodson County, Kansas, page 12, household 72, C. O. Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017). Found online at [WebAddress].
  27. 1910 U.S. Census, Liberty Township, Coffey County, Kansas, population schedule, Liberty Township, Coffey County, Kansas, ED 15, sheet 7B, household 124, Charles O Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017). Found online at [WebAddress].
  28. “Plainview,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 26 January 1912, image 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online July 2018).
  29. “News of Coffey County,” Burlington Independent (Burlington, Kansas), 28 February 1913, image 6; Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).
  30. “Crandall,” Burlington Independent (Burlington, Kansas), 25 March 1913, image 2; Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).
  31. “Crandall,” The Daily Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 19 May 1914, image 6; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).
  32. “Advertisement,” The Topeka State Journal (Topeka, Kansas), 11 May 1915, page 7; digital image, My Heritage (www.myheritage.com : viewed online December 2018).
  33. 1915 Kansas Census, Coffey County, state census, Coffey County, Neosho Township, 11 (image 21 of 58), dwelling 91, C. O. Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online March 2016). Found online at [WebAddress].
  34. Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, C O Mentzer, 1919; database with images, Ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online December 2018. Original Source: Kansas State Board of Agriculture. Found online at https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2270/31984_238147-00146?pid=15407326.
  35. 1920 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Everett Township, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 155, Sheet 6A, household 116, Charles O Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T625. Found online at [WebAddress].
  36. “Locals,” Woodson County Journal (Yates Center, Kansas), 1 September 1921, page 3; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online December 2018).
  37. “Newspaper clipping from unknown newspaper”, (), to (), “The Wells Reunion” probably from Yates Center News (Wells.Notebook); , . Hereinafter cited as “Newspaper clipping”.
  38. 1930 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, ED 104-6, Sheet 4B, household 126, Mentzer Charles O; digital iamge, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA T626. Found online at [WebAddress].
  39. Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, C O Mentzer, 1937; .
  40. Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, Charles O Mentzer, 1938; .
  41. 1940, Woodson County Kansas, population, Neosho Falls, Woodson County, Kansas, enumeration district (ED) ED 104-6, sheet 2B, dwelling 22, Mentzer (in household of Stella E. Miller); digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online June 2015); National Archives adn Recods Administration, 1940.T627.
  42. Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, Charles Mentzer, 1 Mar 1940; .
  43. Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, Charles O Mintzer, 1942; .
  44. “Yates Center News”, (Yates Center, Kansas), to (), “Obituary: Fred Mentzer” 27 May 1943, page 8, col. 3 (George Mentzer Notebook); ,
  45. Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, Charles Mentzer, 1943; .
  46. Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, Charles O Mentzer, 1944; .
  47. Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, Charles Mentzer, 1945; .
  48. “Neosho Falls News Item,” Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 18 December 1945, image 4; Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).
  49. Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, Charles Mentzer, 1946; .
  50. Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, C O Mentzer, 1947; .
  51. Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, Charles Mentzer, 1948; .
  52. Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, Charles Mentzer, 1949; .
  53. “Neosho Falls News Item,” Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 26 April 1949; Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).
  54. Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, Charles Mentzer, 1950; .
  55. , Obituary Clipping (N.p.: n.p., n.d.), [Page].
  56. Polk’s Emporia (Lyon County, Kans.) City Directory 1953: including Lyon County (Kansas City, Missouri: R. L. Polk, 1953), page 114, Mentzer C O; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online December 2018).
  57. Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, C O Mentzer, 1953; .
  58. 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.
  59. , (Doc. #: Mentzer.KS.001), Yates Center Cemetery, , , .
  60. , (Doc. #: Mentzer.KS.007), .
  61. BillionGraves, digital images of tombstone, BillionGraves (billiongraves.com : viewed online December 2018), memorial for Charles O. Mentzer (1869-1955), BillionGraves created by mcphilbrick, citing Yates Center Cemetery, Yates Center, Kansas; accompanying photograph by AK, Charles O. Mentzer.