Paul Mentzer Wounded

When you are looking back thru your genealogy data do you ever say to yourself, “Wow, I didn’t remember that!” or “Wow, I didn’t give enough details for that!” or even “Wow, that is such a sloppy citation!” Well, that is my case as I’m looking over the facts I have for Paul Mentzer.

That’s when I came across the fact and accompanying sentence:

Paul Emory Mentzer was wounded while serving in Col. E 139th Infantry A.E>F. before 1 Sep 1918.

I don’t have where he was when he was wounded, how he was wounded or even an exact date. Nor, do I know the extent of his wounds.

And then I look at my source and discover that I have almost nothing in the source details.

So I go digging in my notebooks to locate this source and find a newspaper clipping. (Thank you, grandma)

Since this clipping was saved by my grandmother, it is likely from a Kansas newspaper. Since the letter was from Paul Mentzer to his mother, it was likely printed in a Woodson county, Kansas newspaper. Thanks to efforts to digitize Kansas newspapers, I was able to locate a digitized copy on Newspapers.com.

From Paul Mentzer

Sept. 1, 1918

My Dear Mother: — Well I thought I would try to write you a few lines this morning for the first time since I have been wounded. I am feeling pretty well this morning, but I can hardly see to write, my eyes blur so.

I will try to tell you all about my troubles. I was on guard at a strong position on a strong front at the front line when a nine-inch shell came along and bursted about ten feet from me. Well, I didn’t know anything for about four hours, I guess. When I did come to I found I had a piece of shrapnel in my chest which came awful near getting me. It went clean under my ribs. The doctor said it just came a fraction of an inch getting me. There was also one in my left leg, above my knee about four inches. I got another shrapnel which was about four inches long and two inches wide and it went almost tot he bone. I tell you it sure is ore. Then my eyes were nearly put out. I couldn’t see for four days to amount to anything I can’t read yet, only very large print. My face was burned by the powder from the shell, and I was shell shocked also, and gassed. Well, to make a long story short, I had seven wounds, besides some small ones. There were seven wounded by the same shell and two killed. The boy that was standing beside me was blown all to pieces and died instantly. Poor kid, he never knew what struck him. The other boy was also blown up. I tell you mamma it’s terrible. I tell you I had a hard fight for my life, but with God’s help and my strong constitution I pulled through all right. After I was hit I first went to the aid station to have my wounds wrapped up so that I wouldn’t bleed to death before I could get to the field hospital. I was carried on stretchers for about three miles, then putn in an ambulance truck and rode for about 15 miles to a field hospital where I was operated on to get the pieces of shrapnel out of my body. I was wounded at 5 a.m. and I do not know what time I went under the influence of ether, but I do know when I came out from under the influence of it. It was 10 p.m. that night. I stayed there three days until I was able to be taken to the base hospital. It was about 75 miles from the field hospital to the base hospital. I was transferred in an ambulance with beds in it, so I was handled very nicely. When I arrived at the base hospital I was worn out, but I found to my surprise, a big first class hospital with American nurses. I am certainly treated well, better than I expected to be. The nurse comes often; she feeds me with a spoon. If I stay here long enough I will get my mail here, but if I don’t it will be kept for me at my Co.

I have been in the trenches three times. We sure have them on the run now. We are hoping for victory soon and our safe return home — back to the good old U.S.A. I suppose you got the letter the chaplin sent for me?

Well I must close for my eyes will hardly let me write. Don’t worry about me, for I am getting along fine. Good-bye, good luck and God bless you all.

From your loving son.

Paul E. Mentzer

Co. E, 139th Inf. A. E. F.

(From Paul Mentzer’s Chaplin)

A.E.F., Aug. 27, 1918

Mrs. C. O. Mentzer,

Neosho Falls, Kansas

My Dear Mrs. Mentzer

I have just come from the hospital here where I found your son Paul quite badly wounded, but we think he will pull through O.K. He was hit by a high explosive shell last night. His face is badly scalded and several pieces of the shell hit him in the body. He said to tell you not to worry and that he would soon be around all right and would get even with the enemy. It is wonderful the spirit all our boys show in danger or wounded. They are all game to the end, and your son is equal to any of them. I am chaplin in the 139th and shall do all in my power for your son. Rest assured that he will get all the best attention that he would get anywhere, and don’t worry over him.

With sympathy to you, but also in pride of the spirit of our boys, I am

Very sincerely,

Daniel Lane

1st Lieut. Chaplin

So, now I have details about how Paul Mentzer was wounded and the ability to create a better citation. I doubt I would have unearthed these details if I hadn’t been reviewing my data.

Gladys Olive Mentzer

Gladys Olive Mentzer1 was born on 9 Jul 1894 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.210

She was the child of Charles Oliver Mentzer and Nettie Adell Wells.6

Bab Mentzer was listed as a 2 year old female born in Kansas in the household of Chas O. Mentzer on the 1895 Kansas census living in Woodson County, Kansas.11

Gladys Mentzur was listed as a 5 year old female born July 1894 in KS living in the household of Charles Mentzur in Woodson County, Kansas on the 1900 census12

Glads O Mentzer was listed as a 10 year old female born in Kansas living in the household of C. O. Mentzer in Neosho Falls, Woodson County, Kansas on the 1905 Kansas census.13

Gladys O. Mentzer was listed as a 15 year old single female born in Kansas living in the household of Charles O. Mentzer in Liberty Township, Coffey County, Kansas on the 1910 census.14

She visited with her parents on 17 May 1914 in Crandall, Coffey, Kansas.15

Glades Mentzer was listed as a 20 year old teacher born in Kansas living in the household of C. O. Mentzer in Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kansas on the 1915 Kansas census.16

In Nov 1915, Gladys attended Missouri Christian College in Camden Point, Platte, Missouri, United States.1720

Between 1918 and 1919, she was educated at Kansas State Normal School in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.2021

She graduated with a lifetime teaching certificate in 1918 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.2223

Between 1920 and 1950 Gladys was a teacher.

Gladys Green was listed as the 25 year old wife or Roy V. Green on 1920 census living in Neosho Falls Township, Woodson County, Kansas. According to the census, Gladys was  born in Kansas and was employed as a teacher.24

Gladys M. Green was listed as the 30 year old wife of Roy V. Green on the 1925 Kansas census living in Phillipsburg, Phillips County, Kansas. According to the census, Gladys was born in Kansas. The household included 2 sons: Loris E, age 3 and Gerald R, aged 1.25

Gladys M. Green was listed as the 35 year old wife of Roy V. Green living in Clyde City, Cloud County, Kansas on the 1930 census. According to the census, Gladys was born in Kansas and employed as a teacher in the city schools. Also listed in the household were Loris E., aged 8; Gerald, aged 6 and Kenneth aged 2 7/12.26

She lived in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States in 1936.27

She lived in Kirwin, Phillips, Kansas, United States in Feb 1939.2829

Gladys O. Green was listed as the  45 year old wife of Roy V. Green on the 1940 census living in Kirwin, Phillips County, Kansas. According to the census, Gladys was born in Kansas. Also listed in the household were 3 sons, Loris E., aged 18; Gerald R., aged 16 and Kenneth M., aged 12. The family was living in Emporia, Kansas in 1935.30

Gladys lived in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States in 1942.3132

She lived in Burlington, Coffey, Kansas, United States on 26 Apr 1949.33

She attended the funeral of Philip Embry Mentzer  on 19 Jul 1952 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.34

Gladys was graduated on 22 May 1954 from in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States .35

She lived at 1014 Market in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States in Aug 1955.3638

On on 24 Jul 1957, she of Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States attended the funeral of John W. Williams.39

Between 1968 and 1969, Gladys was a member and president of retire teacher’s association in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.40

 In Jun 1968, she  hosted her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth M. Green, Pat Roy and Jennifer of New Paltz, NY.41

She published a book of poetry in Oct 1972 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.42

Gladys lived in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States in 1976.43

She lived at Kansas Christian Home in Newton, Kansas in Mar 1977.44

She died on 2 Jun 1977 at the age of 82 at Kansas Christian Home in Newton, Harvey, Kansas, United States.58

Gladys was buried on 5 Jun 1977 at LeRoy Cemetery in Coffey, Kansas, United States.6,8,45

        1. Kansas State Department of Health and Environment, Office of Vital Statistics, Kansas Marriage License B No. 9086 – 002356 (8 December 1917), Roy Green and Gladys Mentzer; Kansas State Department of Health and Environment, Topeka, KS.

        2. Mentzer, George, Family Bible of Emeline Minnick Mentzer (no place: no publisher, no date); Doris Ryan, Yates Center, KS, (Doc. #: Mentzer.KS.006)

        3. 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)

        4. Charles Mentzer family, Holy Bible Self Pronouncing Edition (: , ); Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, Kansas, stored in filing cabinet

        5. Social Security Administration, “U.S. Social Security Death Index,” database, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2016), Gladys Green, 514-32-9054, 1951.

        6. “Mrs. Roy Green Dies,” The Emporia Gazette (Emporia, Kansas), 3 June 1977, page 1; Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 23 December 2019).

        7. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online 21 July 2021), memorial for Gladys Olive Mentzer Green (1894-1977), Find a Grave Memorial no. #56935139, created by Judy Mayfield, citing LeRoy Cemetry, LeRoy, Coffey County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by Judy Mayfield, Gladys Olive Mentzer Green.

        8. Gladys Olive Green, death certificate 77-009116 (2 June 1977), Kansas State Board of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Topeka, Kansas.

        9. Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, Kansas, 2016. Letter from Eugene Crawford regarding family of Kenneth Green.

        10. Woodson County (Kansas) Clerk. Woodson County Kansas Births and Deaths (Yates Center, Kansas: ), transcription by Betty J. Wasmer, page 93 (Doc. #: Mentzer.KS.016)

        11. 1895 Kansas State Census, Woodson County Kansas, Kansas State Census, North Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 12 Image 18 of 44, family 2, Chas O Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online December 2018); Kansas State Historical Society

        12. 1900 U.S. Census, North Township, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, North Township, Woodson County, Kansas, SD 4, ED 186, page 1A Image 1 of 12, household 2, Mentzer Charles; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2016); FHL microfilm: 1240503

        13. 1905 Kansas Census, Neosho Falls, Woodson County, state census, Neosho Falls, Woodson County, Kansas, page 12 Image 152 of 173, household 72, C. O. Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); Kansas State Historical Socity

        14. 1910 U.S. Census, Liberty Township, Coffey County, Kansas, population schedule, Liberty Township, Coffey County, Kansas, ED 15, sheet 7B Image 14 of 30, household 124, Charles O Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017)

        15. “Crandall,” The Daily Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 19 May 1914, image 6; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        16. 1915 Kansas Census, Coffey County, State Census, Coffey County, Neosho Township, 11 (image 21 of 58) Image 21 of 58, dwelling 91, C. O. Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online March 2016)

        17. “Briles – Mentzer,” Woodson County Journal (Yates Center, Kansas), 4 November 1915, page 1; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 22 July 2021).

        18. “Married,” Woodson County Advocate (Yates Center, Kansas), 5 November 1915, page 5; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 22 July 2021).

        19. “Married,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 5 November 1915, page 5; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 22 July 2021).

        20. “Mentzer – Green,” The Emporia Weekly Gazette (Emporia, Kansas), 27 December 1917, page 3; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 22 July 2021).

        21. Kansas State Normal School Emporia General Catalogue (Topeka, KS: Kansas State Printing Office), 1918-1919 p. 157

        22. Kansas State Normal Graduates 1867-1922 (Emporia, KS: Lois Hodge, 1996), p. 38

        23. Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia General Catalogue 1924: Part 7 – Record of Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees, 1865-1923 (Topeka, KS: Kansas State Printing Plant, 1924), p. 85.

        24. 1920 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Neosho Falls, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 157, sheet 6B (image 12 of 27) Image 12 of 27, household 163, Green Roy V; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017); NARA microfilm publication T625

        25. 1925 Kansas Census, Phillips County Kansas, Kansas State census, Phillipsburg, Phillips County, Kansas, page 4 Image 29 of 93, household 31, Roy V. Green; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2016)

        26. 1930 U.S. Census, Cloud County, Kansas, population schedule, Clyde, Cloud County, Kanss, enumeration district (ED) ED 6, Sheet 6A, household 153, Roy V Green; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online January 2018); NARA T626.

        27. Polk’s Emporia (Lyon County, Kans.) City Directory 1936 (Kansas City, Mo: R. L. Polk & Co., Publishers, 1936), p. 123, Roy V Green; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017).

        28. “Obituary of Mrs. C. O. Mentzer,” undated clipping, from unidentified newspaper; Crawford Family Papers, saved by Pauline Briles and passed to granddaughter; privately held 2021 by Marcia Philbrick, [address for private use], Seneca, KS.

        29. “News of Neosho Falls,” The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 15 February 1939, page 5; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 21 July 2021).

        30. 1940 U.S. Census, Kirwin, Phillips County, Kansas, population schedule, Kirwin, Phillips County, Kansas, enumeration district (ED) ED 74-13, sheet 3B, line 57, Roy V Green; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 22 July 2021); NARA T627.

        31. Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, Gladys O Green, 1942; database with images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online December 2018). Original Source: Kansas State Board of Agriculture.

        32. “Paul Mentzer Rites Tuesday,” The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 17 August 1942, page 1; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 23 December 2019).

        33. “Neosho Falls News Item,” The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 26 April 1949; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        34. , Obituary Clipping (N.p.: saved by Mrs. Pauline Briles, n.d.), [Page].

        35. Commencement Exercises, Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia, Kansas (: , 22 May 1954)

        36. “Neosho Falls News Items,” The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 23 August 1955, page 6; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 22 July 2021).

        37. “C. O. Mentzer Dies in Emporia,” The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 16 August 1955, page 1; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 22 July 2021).

        38. “U.S. City Directories”, database on-line, Ancestry.com, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online June 2017), p. 67, Gladys Green; citing “Polk’s Emporia (Lyon County, Kans.) City Directory 1955: Including Lyon County (Kansas City, MO: R. L. Polk & Co., Publishers, 1955).”

        39. “Deaths – John W. Williams”, Yates Center News, (Yates Center, Kansas), 1 August 1957, page 6; Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS.

        40. Crawford Family E-mail, online , Eugene Crawford to Marcia Philbrick – Mentzer Family Notes. Hereinafter cited as Crawford Family E-Mail.

        41. “About Town,” digital image, The Emporia Gazette (Emporia, Kansas), 24 June 1968; Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online January 2017).

        42. Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, , Seneca, Kansas, 2016. Book of poetry published by Gladys Green. Pauline Briles’ copy passed down to Marcia Philbrick.

        43. “Delos Paul Mentzer,” obituary, The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 13 May 1976; Newspapers.com (http://www.newspaprs.com : viewed online April 2018).

        44. “Herbert Mentzer”, Yates Center News, (Yates Center, Kansas), 7 April 1977, page 5; Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS.

        45. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online July 2017), memorial for Gladys Olive Mentzer Green (1894-1977), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56935139.

Sharing WWI Letters

#Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

On Sundays, I often blog in response to Randy Seaver’s Genealogy Saturday Night Fun challenge. Since Randy’s wife recently broke her hip, he has been spending a lot of time with her and her needs. Thus, this week’s challenge was slightly different.

GENEALOGY POT LUCK!!

Whatever genealogy fun you want to do – please spend an hour and do it!  Then tell us about it in your own blog post, and leave a comment here which I will add to the Comments after moderation.

In thinking about uncompleted projects, I decided to share the letters my grandmother received from her twin brother, Paul Mentzer, during World War I. Since I had already scanned the letters, I thought all I had to do to share them was upload them to his profile on FamilySearch.

Unfortunately, this simple project wasn’t quite that simple. Even though the scanned images had unique file names, FamilySearch viewed some of them as duplicates. This prevented me from being able to upload all of the images of the letters.

To get around this setback, I created word documents from the images for each letter and saved those documents as PDF files. This allowed me to upload the PDF files as documents.

Thanks to Randy’s challenge the following letters are no longer buried in my files but shared on Paul Mentzer‘s profile on FamilySearch along with the profile of his twin sister, Pauline Mentzer (Mrs. Briles).

  • September 1917
  • November 1917 (postcard)
  • December 1917
  • April 1918
  • August 1918
  • October 1918
  • November 1918
  • January 1919
  • January 1919 (postcard)

Throwback Thursday

While searching for a birth announcement in the Iola, Kansas newspapers, I came across this interesting little article.

My aunt and uncle owned an airplane!

Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Mentzer and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Mentzer enjoyed a visit and plane ride Friday when Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Thompson flew their plane down from Emporia. While here they got a birdeye view of Woodson and Allen County. Mrs. Thompson is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Briles of Emporia, who lived here many years ago.

“Local News,” 18 Nov 1954, The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), page 8, Marvin Thompson; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 10 June 2021).

Emaline Minnick Mentzer

(Note: her first name was spelled many ways)

Emeline Minnick1 was born on 26 Aug 1848 in Pittsburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania.23

Emiline Menick was listed as a 1 year old female in the household of John Menick on the 1850 U.S. census living in Franklin county, Pennsylvania.4

E. Minnick was listed in the household of Jno Minnick on the 1860 U.S. Census living in Kewanne, Henry County, Illinois. E. Minnick was listed as an 11 year old female born in Pennsylvania.2,5

She became a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church on 14 Jul 1867 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States.6

She married George Mentzer on 1 Jan 1868 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States.2,715

On 1 Jul 1869, Charles Oliver Mentzer was born in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States.12,1618

Emma Mentzer was listed in the household of Geo Mentzer on the 1870 census living in Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois. According to the census, Emma was 22 years old and born in Pennsylvania.19

On 3 Mar 1871, John Frederick Mentzer was born in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States.12,1617

She lived in Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1872.2

Between 1873 and 1914, Emeline was a member Pleasant View M.E. Church in Woodson, Kansas, United States.2

On 28 Feb 1873, Susan May Mentzer was born in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.12,1617

On 31 Dec 1874, Henry Arnold Mentzer was born in Woodson, Kansas, United States.12,1617,20

On 22 Feb 1877, Philip Embry Mentzer was born in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.12,1617

On 10 May 1880, Earnest Everett Mentzer was born in Woodson, Kansas, United States.12,1617

Emaline Mentzer was listed as the wife of Geo Mentzer on the 1880 census living in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas. According to the census, Emaline was 32 years old and born in Pennsylvania.21

On 20 Sep 1882, Clara Edith Mentzer was born in Woodson, Kansas, United States.12,1617

Emeline Mentzer is listed as a 36 year old female in the household of George Mentzer on the 1885 Kansas census living in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas.22

On 7 Apr 1887, Clarence Albert Mentzer was born in Woodson, Kansas, United States.12,1617,23

E Mentzer was listed as a 46 year old female in the household of Geo Mentzer on the 1895 Kansas census living in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas.24

Emma Mentzer was listed as the wife of George Mentzer on the 1900 census living in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas. According to the census, Emma was born Aug 1848 in Pennsylvania. Emma and George and been married 32 years in 1900. Emma was the mother of 8 children, all of whom were living in 1900.25

Emeline Mentzer was listed in the household of George Mentzer on the 1905 Kansas census living in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas. According to the census, Emeline was 50 years old.26

Emeline Mentzer was listed as the wife of George Mentzer on the 1910 census living in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas. According to the census, Emeline was 61 years old and born in Pennsylvania. Emeline was the mother of 8 children, 7 of whom were living.27

On 26 Jan 1912, she thanked friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy during the sickness and death of her husband in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.28

She filed a declaration of a widow for original pension  on 13 Feb 1912 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.12

Between 1914 and 1927, Emeline was a member in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.29

She lived in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States in Feb 1914.2

Mrs. Emeline Mentzer was listed as the head of household on the 1915 census living in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas. According to the census, Mrs. Mentzer was 66 years old. Also living in the household was Hazel, age 18 and Cecil, aged 16.30

She lived in Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1919.23

Emaline Mentzer was listed as a head of household on the 1920 census. According to the census, Emaline was 70 years old and born in Pennsylvania. Her sister, Mary E Minnick was also listed in the household.31

Emeline Mentzer was listed as the head of household on the 1925 Kansas census living in Yates Center, Woodson County,Kansas. According to the census Emeline was a 76 year old female born in Pennyslvania. Also listed in the household was listed a sister Mary E. Minnick.32

Emeline died on 13 Sep 1927 at the age of 79 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.2,3335

She was buried on 15 Sep 1927 at Yates Center Cemetery in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.2,3335

ENDNOTES: 

       1. 1860 U.S. Census, Henry County Illinois, population schedule, [CivilDivision], enumeration district (ED) [ED], [PageID], [HouseholdID], [Person]; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.con : [AccessType] [AccessDate]); NARA microfilm publication M653.

        2. “Died – Mentzer,” undated clipping, 1927, from unidentified newspaper; Crawford Family Papers, saved by Pauline Briles and passed down to Marcia Philbrick; privately held 2021 by Marcia Crawford Philbrick, [address for private use], Seneca, KS 66538. likely from Yates Center newspaper.

        3. Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004), Source number: 122.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: MP1.

        4. 1850  U.S. Census, Franklin County Pennsylvania, population schedule, Montgomery Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, image 52 of 78, family 692, John Menick; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017); NARA microfilm publication M432.

        5. 1860 U.S. Census, Henry County Illinois, population schedule, Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois, page 78, family 593, Jno Minnick.

        6. Lifetime Pass Certificate, Photocopy of Certificiate of Church Membership received from Doris Ryan, Yates Center, KS (Minnick.IL.014), The Atchison, Topkea and Santa Fe Railroad

        7. Mentzer, George, Family Bible of Emeline Minnick Mentzer (no place: no publisher, no date); Doris Ryan, Yates Center, KS, (Doc. #: Mentzer.KS.006)

        8. Marriage, 24 March 1869, , . , photocopy of letter in possession of Alfred C. Young, Burtonsville, MD (Minnick.IL.029).

        9. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 database, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7836/). Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 : viewed online 2016.

        10. Edmund West, comp., “Family Data Collection — Individual Records,” database online, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017), George Mentzer.

        11. “Illinois, Marriage Index, 1851-1900,”Ancestry.com,  (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (October 2017), George Mentzer.

        12. 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.

        13. Illinois, Henry County. Index to Marriages. County Clerk, Mentzer, George, Jan 1 1868 Index to Marriages, surnames G-N: image 620 of 751; digital images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online August 2018.

        14. Illinois, Henry County. Marriage Register. County Clerk,  Film #1435944 DGS 4031862. Mentzer, George, 27 Dec 1867 Digital Images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online August 2018.1435944 DGS 4031862

        15. Henry County Illinois, “Return of Marriage,” Book A, page 313, George Mentzer and Emeline Minnick, 1 January 1868; County Clerk, Henry County, Illinois.

        16. “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).

        17. , “The George Mentzer Family,” In the Beginning, Woodson County Historical Society, 3 No. 11 (July 1970): p. 9-12.

        18. Charles O. Mentzer, death certificate #55 011802 (1955), Kansas State Board of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Topeka, Kansas.

        19. 1870 U.S. Census, Henry County, Illinois, population schedule, Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois, page 52 Image 52 of 106, household 382, Geo Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication M593

        20. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007,” database on-line, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901/ : viewed online October 2017), Henry Arnold Mentzer.

        21. 1880 U.S. Census, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 56, Page 9 Image 3 of 9, household 97, Geo Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T9

        22. 1885 Kansas Census, Neosho County, State Census, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 1 Image 1 of 31, line 25, George Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online August 2018); Kansas State Historical Society

        23. “Obituary,” Woodson County Journal (Yates Center, Kansas), 30 January 1919, page 1; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 27 January 2020).

        24. 1895 Kansas State Census, Woodson County Kansas, Kansas State Census, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 8 (image 12 of 51) Image 12 of 51, Household 5, Geo Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online June 2017); Kansas State Historical Society

        25. 1900 U.S. Census, North Township, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 184, sheet 21B Image 42 of 46, household 464, George Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); FHL microfilm: 1240503

        26. 1905 Kansas Census, Neosho Falls, Woodson County, state census, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 206 Image 11 of 63, family 4, George Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 12 May 2021); Kansas State Historical Socity

        27. 1910 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, SD 4, ED 145, sheet 5B Image 10 of 15, household 101, George Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016); NARA microfilm publication T624

        28. “Card of Thanks,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 26 January 1912, image 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        29. , Obituary Clipping (N.p.: saved by Mrs. Pauline Briles, n.d.), [Page].

        30. 1915 Kansas Census, Woodson County, 1905 State Census, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas, page 33 Image 65 of 150, family 284, Mrs. Emeline Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 17 May 2021); Kansas State Historical Society

        31. 1920 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 160, Sheet 11B Image 21 of 47, household 276, Mentzer Emaline; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T625

        32. 1925 Kansas census, Woodson County Kansas, State Census, Yates Center, Woodson County, KS, page 18 Image 68 of 121, family 596, Emiline Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 17 May 2021)

        33. Emiline Mentzer, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas death certificate 104 1475 (13 September 1927).

        34. George Mentzer, 1838-1912, Yates Center Cemetery, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas. center drive, east of gazebo by road (Doc. #: Mentzer.KS.001).

        35. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online September 2016), memorial for Emaline Mentzer (1848-1927), Find a Grave Memorial no. #56845678, created by Judy Mayfield, citing Yates Center Cemetery, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by Judy Mayfield, Emaline Mentzer.

Emiline’s Death

Emiline Minnick Mentzer died in Yates Center, Kansas in 1927. Her death was recorded by the state of Kansas.

State of Kansas
State Board of Health – Division of vital Statistics
Standard Certificate of death

104 1475

Yates Center, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas
Emiline Mentzer
Residence: 210 West Morry

Sex: Female
Race: White
Married: Widow
Husband: George Mentzer

Age: 79 years 17 days
Occupation: house wife
Employer: self
Birthplace: Pittsburg, Penn
Father: John Minnick
Father Birthplace: Penn
Maiden name of mother: unknown
Birthplace of mother: Unknown

Date of Death 9-13-1927

I hereby certify, that i attended deceased from several years 1927 to Sept 1927
that I last saw her alive on Sept 13 1927
and that death occurred on the date stated about at 10:40 pM
The cause of death was as follows
[Inanitions & lass f?]
of left [femur]
Contributory: Scolrosis paralysis
Did an operation proceed death: no
Was there an autopsy: no
Signed: H W West
Yates Center KS

Place of burial: Yates Center Cemetery
Date of Burial 9-15-1927
Hugh P Campbell, Yates Center, KS
Informant: Mrs. E. E. Mentzer, Yates Center, Kan

Filed 9-15-1927
Eva E Wirich

Emiline Mentzer, death certificate 104 1475 (13 September 1927), Kansas State Board of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Topeka, Kansas.

A clipping of her obituary provides further information. This obituary was likely published in the Yates Center, Kansas newspaper, but is not available online. With the archives still closed due to COVID, I will have to wait to try and get documentation for the clipping.

Died – Mentzer
Emaline Minnick was born near Pittsburg, Pa., Aug 26, 1848, at which place she spent her childhood in the home of her parents, John and Mary Minnick. at the age of 12 years her parents with their five daughters and one sone moved to Kewanee, Ill., where she attend the public schools and grew to young womanhood.
On New Year’s day, 1868, she was united in marriage to George Mentzer, living in Kewanee until the pioneer spirit brought them to the state of Kansas where they located on the Mentzer homestead in West Center township in May, 1872. On this place she resided until Feb., 1914, when she moved to Yates Center, where she died Tuesday evening Sept. 13, 1927, at the age of 79 years and 17 days.
To this union 8 children were born and grew to manhood and womanhood. On son, Albert C., in 1919, and one daughter, Susie M. Tunnicliffe, in 1908 and her husband in 1912, having preceded her in death.
She was raised in a Christian home and early in life she was converted, uniting with the M. E. church in Kewanee, Ill., and later transferring her membership to Peasant View M.E. church in Woodson county, Kansas, and later to Yates Center, of which church she was a faithful member up to her death. She was one of the truly great Christian characters, who lived each day in faith an humility. Although her last days were spent in suffering, she lived in beautiful resignation and patience.
She leaves to mourn her passing, her sons, C. O., of Neosho Falls, Kansas; J. F., H. A., P. E. and E. E. of Yates Center, and one daughter, Mrs. Clara E. Williams, of Yates, Center,Kansas, and 38 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Ellen Frink of Shenandoah, Iowa, besides other friends and relatives.
Funeral services were held in her memory at the M.E. church, Thursday afternoon, conducted by her pastor, Rev. A. W. Johnson, assisted by the Rev. J. E. Latimer. The pall bearers were six of her grandsons. The body was laid to rest in the family lot by the side of her husband.
Thus passes away another of the early pioneers of Woodson county.

“Died – Mentzer,” undated clipping, 1927, from unidentified newspaper; Crawford Family Papers, saved by Pauline Briles and passed down to Marcia Philbrick; privately held 2021 by Marcia Crawford Philbrick, likely from Yates Center newspaper.

George Mentzer

George Mentzer was born on 12 Jun 1838 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.117

He was the child of Phillip Andrew Mentzer and Orinda Miles.3,14,17

George Mentzer is listed in the household of Orinda Mentzer in the 1850 census. According to the census, George was 12 years old and born in Massachusetts.18

About 1854, he was a farm hand in Illinois, United States.3

About 1856, George was a clerk in grocery store in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States.3,17

He helped establish the first hotel about 1857 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States.19

He learned the trade of comb maker about 1859 in Massachusetts, United States.3,17

George Mentzer was listed as a 22 year old male in the household of Cyrus Mentzer living in Northborough, Worcester County, Massachusetts on the 1860 census. According to the census, George was born in Massachusetts.20

George  enlisted in Company C Twenty-Fourth Massachusetts Infantry on 25 Sep 1861 in Massachusetts, United States.4,1314,17,2124

He  received medical treatment aboard the boat ‘Vidette’ when he was disabled by measles in Nov 1861 in Annapolis, Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States.13

George Mentzer’s term of service ended on 25 Sep 186413,2122

He lived in Northboro, Worcester County, Massuchesetts between 1864 and 1866.13

George lived in Northboro, Worcester County, Massuchesetts in 1865.25

In 1866, he was a member of the Methodist Church in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States.23

He  purchased land being lot number 2 block 14 in the town of Kewanee from T. D. and Harriet W. Fitch for $200 on 29 Mar 1866 in Henry, Illinois, United States.26

George was indebted to Hiram Nance for $300 on 14 May 1866 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States.27

Between 1866 and 1869 he was an a butcher in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States.19

He lived in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States between 1866 and 1870.13,17

He married Emeline Minnick on 1 Jan 1868 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States.2,7,13,2833

George managed a meat market in 1869 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States.3,28

On 1 Jul 1869, Charles Oliver Mentzer was born in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States.1314,23,34

About 1869, he moved to Kansas from Kewanee, Illinois in a covered wagon drawn by a mule team.3,17,35

George Mentzer of Shawnee of the State of Illinois signed a contract to purchase land being the NE 1/4 S6 T25S R15E of 6th principal meridian containing 164 15/100 acres for $738.67 with interest annually at the rate of two percent from the Land Department of the Union Pacific Railway Company Southern Branch on 16 May 1870 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.14,36

 Geo Mentzer was listed as the head of household on the 1870 census living in Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois. According to the census, Geo was a 32 year old domestic servant who was born in Massachusetts. Also listed in the household was 22 year old Emma and 1 year old Chas.13,37

On 3 Mar 1871, John Frederick Mentzer was born in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States.1314,23

In May 1871, he arrived in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States with friend George W. Allen. They obtained a room at the Fall House for Mrs. Mentzer and sons and then loaded lumber to build a small house and drove to the claim that Mentzer had purchased from the M.K.& T. Railroad the previous year.3,14,23

On 28 Feb 1873, Susan May Mentzer was born in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.1314,23

On 31 Dec 1874, Henry Arnold Mentzer was born in Woodson, Kansas, United States.1314,23,38

On 22 Feb 1877, Philip Embry Mentzer was born in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.1314,23

George was a member of the Woodson Post No. 185 GAR in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.39

On 10 May 1880, Earnest Everett Mentzer was born in Woodson, Kansas, United States.1314,23

Geo Mentzer is listed as the 42 year old head of household on the 1880 census living in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas. George was listed as a farmer who was born in Massachusetts. Also listed in the household was his 32 year old wife, Emaline, who was born in Pennsylvania. Children in the household were Charles, age 11; Fred, age 9; Susan, age 6; Henry, age 5; Phillip, age 3 and Ernest, born May 1880. According to the census, John and Fred were born in Illinois while the remaing children were born in Kansas40

He  purchased land being the NE 1/4 Section 6, T25, R15 of 6th Principal Meridian containing 164 15/100 acres for $574.59 from the Missouri Kansas & Texas Railway Company on 14 Jul 1881 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.41

On 20 Sep 1882, Clara Edith Mentzer was born in Woodson, Kansas, United States.1314,23

He was listed on the 1885 Kansas State Census as a 46 year old male born in Massachusetts who served in Company C of the Massachusetts Regiment 24 Infantry and was listed as George Mentzer in Center Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 1 Mar 1885.42

On 7 Apr 1887, Clarence Albert Mentzer was born in Woodson, Kansas, United States.1314,23,43

George applied for a pension based on service in 24th  Massachusetts Infantry on 6 Jun 1890.44

He  purchased land being the East 1/2 of the Soutwest 1/4 Section 18 T24 R15 from Woodson National Bank on 4 Mar 1893 in Liberty Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States.45

George Mentzer of Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas purchased land being the north 1/2 NW 1/4 S5 T25S R15E contianing 82 acres for $800 from Virginia Lois Warren (formerly Virginia Lois rutledge) and her husband Wm B Warren on 17 Mar 1893 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.46

He  purchased land being the S 1/2 NW 1/4 S5T25R15 from Mary C. Orton, formerly Mary C. Rutledge and F. L. Orton, her husband of Illinos for $800 on 27 Mar 1893 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.47

He  purchased land being the SE1/4 S34T24R15 from Irene Hazzard of Texas County, Missouri on 28 Mar 1894 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.48

George was listed on the 1895 Kansas census as a 56 year old male farmer born in Massachusetts living in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas. George served in  Company C 24th Regiment Massachusetts Infantry. Also listed in the household was 46 year old E Mentzer, 21 year old Susan Mentzer, 19 year old Henry Mentzer, 16 year old Ernest Mentzer, 17 year old Philip Mentzer, 12 year old Clara Mentzer and 12 year old Albert Mentzer.49

A meeting was held by the Yates Center creamery association promoters to solicit stock in Mar 1897.50

On 5 Mar 1897, he held the office of trustee of Yates Center Creamery Association in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.51

He was listed as a director on the charter for the Yates Center Creamery association in Apr 1897 in Kansas, United States.52

George  contributed to the Easel Monument Project for a memorial to be created to the “Brave Boys in Blue” to be placed in the center of the Union Soldiers and Sailors National Park in 1898 .21

He was elected as a Center Township trustee for the Yates Center Creamery in Jan 1898 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.51,53

About 1899,  the Yates Center Creamery failed with a $5,000 debt. He took it on himeself to pay off the debt, expecting help from the other officers of the creamery.51

He  purchased land being the North  1/2 of Section 19 Township 24 in Range 15 from John E. Frost, et. al. on 5 Oct 1899 in Liberty Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States.54

George Mentzer is listed as a 61 year old male on the 1900 census living in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas. According to the census, George was born June 1838 in Massachusetts. Also listed in the household was his wife, Emma, who was born Aug 1848 in Pennsylvania. George and Emma had been married 32 years. Children listed in the household included Susan, born Feb 1873; Henry A, born Dec 1874;  Philip E, born Feb 1877; Ernest E, born May 1880; Clara E, born Sept 1882 and Albert C, born Apr 1886.55

The stock holders in the old creamery association of Yates Center are engaging in a legal mix-up which will prove expensive to all of them.56

In Feb 1902, George and Fred Wilkinson brought a suit to wind up the affairs of the Yates Center Creamery Association to compel stockholders to bear their portion of the indebtedness in Woodson, Kansas, United States.57

He was  in court in Mar 1902 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.58

The stockholders in the Yates Center creamery association are being sued on the double liability clause of the constitution.5960

 In Jun 1902, George Mentzer’s case vs Yates Center Creamery Association, et al was continued in Woodson, Kansas, United States.61

The Yates Center News says the Yates Center Creamery at that place never did pay, and the stockholders are in a peck of trouble on account of a threatened law suit. The writer’s sympathy is with the stockholders. He has had some experience in that line. – LeRoy Reporter62

He was on the court docket in Oct 1902 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.63

The Yates Center creamery recently closed down.64

 In Nov 1902, Art Dutro, a defendant in the creamery case, arrived Tuesday to attend court in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.65

Yates Center Creamery property was sold for back taxes66

In May 1903, he’s  court case vs The Yates Cemetery Creamery Association was on the court docket in Woodson, Kansas, United States.67

 The value of the Yates Center Creamery was reduced from $640 to $350..68

The case, Mentzer, et al. vs Creamery was taken under advisement by the July 1903 term of the District Court in Woodson, Kansas, United States.69

The case of Geo Mentzer vs the Yates Center Creamery Association, et al  was listed on the bar docket70

The court found for the defendants in Mentzer vs Y.C. Creamery association.71

 In Nov 1903, Will Holliday bought the old creamery property in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.72

In 1904, George Mentzer owned land being the S1/2 of Section 25 Township 24 South of Range 14 East  in North Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States.73

He owned land being the NE 1/4 of S 6 and NW 1/4 of S5 in Center Township, Township 25 South Range 14E of 6th PM in 1904 in Center Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States.74

He owned land being the SE 1/4 Section 34 R15E T34S in 1904 in Liberty Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States.75

George was on the court docket for the case, Geo. Mentzer vs Y.C. Creamery Association, in Feb 1904 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.76

In the case Mentzer vs Creamery Assoc., the deed to Holiday was declared good.77

The case of Mentzer v. Burlingame (71 Kan. 581) was remanded, with instructions to proceed in accordance with the views expressed by the Kansas Supreme Court on 10 Jun 1905.78

He filed a motion for rehearing which was sustained modifying the opinion and remanding case to trial court to overrule the demurrer in Jul 1905 in Kansas, United States.79

George Mentzer was the head of household on the 1905 Kansas state census living in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas. According to the census, George was 67 years old. Also living in the household was Emiline, age 50; Ernest, age 24; and Albert, age 18.80

In Jun 1906, he had cases (George Mentzer vs. Cyrus Davidson, et al; George Mentzer vs H. D. Burlingame et al; George Mentzer vs Fred Wilkinson; George Mentzer vs A. P. Fletcher; George Mentzer vs D. M. Ray et al) heard in district court in Woodson, Kansas, United States.81

In Jul 1906, George was left to stand the loss sustained by those interested in the old creamery .82

In the case of Mentzer v. Burlingame (78 Kan. 219), the former judgement was reversed by the Kansas Supreme Court on 6 Jun 1908 .8384

He submitted declaration for pension on Act of February 6, 1907 on 24 Jun 1908 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.13

George Mentzer was the head of household on the 1910 census living in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas According to the census, George was 72 years old and born in Massachusetts. Also in the household were his wife, Emeline, age 61, and sons Earnest, age 27  and Bert, age 24. The census indicates that George and Emiline had been married 41 years.85

In Aug 1911, The Yates Center Creamery was listed as a delinquent corporation in danger of losing its charter in Kansas, United States.86

He was  affirmed in his case against H.D. Burlilngame, et al in Nov 1911 .87

In Dec 1911, George was  the plaintiff in the creamery case where the Supreme Court reversed itself and found for the plaintiff in Kansas, United States.88

He died on 19 Jan 1912 at the age of 73 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.2,67,10,1213,1516,8990

He was buried on 22 Jan 1912 at Yates Center Cemetery in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.6,10,15,23,91

 

For additional information on the court case, see previous blog posts

ENDNOTES:

       1. Vital Records of Stow Massachusetts to the year 1850 (: , 1911)

        2. Mentzer, George, Family Bible of Emeline Minnick Mentzer (no place: no publisher, no date); Doris Ryan, Yates Center, KS, (Doc. #: Mentzer.KS.006)

        3. Duncan, L. Wallace and Chas F. Scott, History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas (Iola, Kansas: Iola Register, 1901), “George Mentzer” p. 680-681 (George Mentzer Notebook).

        4. , History of Woodson County Kansas (Dallas, Texas: Curtis Media Corporation, 1987), “Mentzer, George Family” p. 198-199.

        5. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, George Mentzer, 12 June 1838; database on-line, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016).

        6. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online June 2017), memorial for George W Mentzer (1838-1912), Find a Grave Memorial no. #56845704, created by Judy Mayfield, citing Yates Center Cemetery, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by Judy Mayfield, George W Mentzer.

        7. Edmund West, comp., “Family Data Collection — Individual Records,” database online, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017), George Mentzer.

        8. 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_172; Line: 19.

        9. Ancestry.com, Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011), Mentzer births.

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

        11. Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004), Source number: 122.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: MP1.

        12. “Obituary – Mentzer,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 26 January 1912, image 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        13. 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.

        14. , “The George Mentzer Family,” In the Beginning, Woodson County Historical Society, 3 No. 11 (July 1970): p. 9-12.

        15. George Mentzer, death certificate #104 49 (19 January 1912), Kansas State Board of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Topeka, Kansas.

        16. George Mentzer, 1838-1912, Yates Center Cemetery, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas. center drive, east of gazebo by road (Doc. #: Mentzer.KS.001).

        17. Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, Kansas, 2016. Biography of George Mentzer. typewritten copy.

        18. 1850 U.S. Census, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Stow, MIddlesex County, Massachusetts, page 404, household 110, Orinda Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed onine November 2017); NARA microfilm publication M432.

        19. Duncan, L. Wallace and Chas F. Scott, History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas, p. 681 (George Mentzer Notebook).

        20. 1860 U.S. Census, Worcester County Massachusetts, population schedule, Northborough, Worcester County, Massachusetts, page 138, family 1128, Cyrus Mentzur; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online August 2018); NARA Microfilm PUblication M653.

        21. Certificate of Contribution to Easel Monument Project, , (Doc. #: Mentzer.KS.019) — original probably owned by Doris Ryan, Yates Center.

        22. Pension File George Mentzer (Washington, DC 20408: Military Service Records (NNCC)), Co. C 24 Mass. Inf., Company Muster Roll Sept & Oct 1864 (George Mentzer Notebook).

        23. “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).

        24. “U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865,”Ancestry.com,  (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (June 2019), George Mentzer.

        25. 1865 Massachusetts State census, Massachusetts, Massachusetts State Census, Northborough, Worcester County, Massachusetts, image 16 of 29 Image 16 of 29, family 214, Cyrus Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online August 2018)

        26. Henry County, Illinois, Deed Book: book 72 page 297, Mentzer, George; FHL microfilm Film #1255585.

        27. Henry County, Illinois, Deed Book: book 38 page 384.

        28. Marriage, 24 March 1869, , . , photocopy of letter in possession of Alfred C. Young, Burtonsville, MD (Minnick.IL.029).

        29. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 database, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7836/). Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 : viewed online 2016.

        30. “Illinois, Marriage Index, 1851-1900,”Ancestry.com,  (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (October 2017), George Mentzer.

        31. Illinois, Henry County. Index to Marriages. County Clerk, Mentzer, George, Jan 1 1868 Index to Marriages, surnames G-N: image 620 of 751; digital images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online August 2018.

        32. Illinois, Henry County. Marriage Register. County Clerk,  Film #1435944 DGS 4031862. Mentzer, George, 27 Dec 1867 Digital Images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online August 2018.1435944 DGS 4031862

        33. Henry County Illinois, “Return of Marriage,” Book A, page 313, George Mentzer and Emeline Minnick, 1 January 1868; County Clerk, Henry County, Illinois.

        34. Charles O. Mentzer, Kansas death certificate #55 011802 (1955).

        35. Lineage application of , Marcia Philbrick, (Charles Mentzer Notebook).

        36. Woodson County, Kansas, Deeds, Misc Book A page 108, Contract Union Pacific Railway Companty to George Mentzer, 16 May 1870; Recorder of Deeds, Yates Center, Kansas.

        37. 1870 U.S. Census, Henry County, Illinois, population schedule, Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois, page 52 Image 52 of 106, household 382, Geo Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication M593

        38. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007,” database on-line, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901/ : viewed online October 2017), Henry Arnold Mentzer.

        39. Kansas, Grand Army of the Republic Bound Post Records, 1866-1931, George Mentzer, database with images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online August 2018).

        40. 1880 U.S. Census, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 56, Page 9 Image 3 of 9, household 97, Geo Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T9

        41. Woodson County, Kansas, Deeds, Book N page 162-163, Missouri Kansas & Texas Railway Company to George Mentzer, 14 July 1881; Recorder of Deeds, Yates Center, Kansas.

        42. 1885 Kansas Census, Neosho County, State Census, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 1 Image 1 of 31, line 25, George Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online August 2018); Kansas State Historical Society

        43. “Obituary,” Woodson County Journal (Yates Center, Kansas), 30 January 1919, page 1; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 27 January 2020).

        44. U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, George Mentzer, 6 June 1890; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online April 2017). Original Source: NARA micorfilm publication T288.

        45. Woodson County, Kansas, Deeds, Book 28 page 203, The Woodson National Bank to George Mentzer, 4 March 1893; Recorder of Deeds, Yates Center, Kansas.

        46. Woodson County, Kansas, Deeds, Book 28 page 197, Virginia Lois Warren and Wm B Warren to George Mentzer, 14 March 1893; Recorder of Deeds, Yates Center, Kansas.

        47. Woodson County, Kansas, Deeds, Book 28 page 198, Mary C Orton and F L Orton to George Mentzer, 27 March 1893; Recorder of Deeds, Yates Center, Kansas.

        48. Woodson County, Kansas, Deeds, Book 30 page 1974, Irene Haggard to George Mentzer, 28 March 1894; Recorder of Deeds, Yates Center, Kansas.

        49. 1895 Kansas State Census, Woodson County Kansas, Kansas State Census, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 8 (image 12 of 51) Image 12 of 51, Household 5, Geo Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online June 2017); Kansas State Historical Society

        50. “Local news,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 26 March 1897, image 5; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        51. Entry;  , “Yates Center Creamery Association”, pp 17-19 (Doc. #: Mentzer.KS.017); in  (Yates Center, Kansas: Woodson County Historical Society). CITATION based on TMG Source

        52. “New Charters Issued,” The Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital (Topeka, Kansas), 27 April 1897, image 5; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        53. “Creamery Meeting,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 7 January 1898, image 5; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        54. Woodson County, Kansas, Deeds, Book 35 page 142, John E Frost and Margaret E Frost to George Mentzer, 5 October 1899; Recorder of Deeds, Yates Center, Kansas.

        55. 1900 U.S. Census, North Township, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 184, sheet 21B Image 42 of 46, household 464, George Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); FHL microfilm: 1240503

        56. “Local News,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 21 February 1902, image 5; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        57. “Local News,” The Toronto Republican (Toronto, Kansas), 14 February 1902, image 4; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        58. “District Court,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 21 March 1902, image 5; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        59. “Local News,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 7 March 1902, image 5; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        60. “It Depends,” The Citizen (Howard, Kansas), 19 March 1902, image 4; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        61. “District Court,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 20 June 1902, image 5; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        62. “Local news,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 4 July 1902, iamge 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed onlnie August 2018).

        63. “Court Docket,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 31 October 1902, image 5; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        64. “Local news,” The Fort Scott Weekly Tribune (Fort Scott, Kansas), 30 October 1902, image 3; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        65. “Local News,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 14 November 1902, image 5; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        66. “Final Notice,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 10 April 1903, image 8; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        67. “Court Docket,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 29 May 1903, image 1; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        68. “Commissioners Court,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 5 June 1903, image 1; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        69. “District Court,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 10 July 1903, image 5; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        70. “Bar Docket,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 30 October 1903, image 5; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        71. “District Court,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 20 November 1903, image 5; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        72. “Local News,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 13 November 1903, image 5; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        73. Standard Atlas of Woodson County, Kansas (N.p.: Geo. A. Ogle & Co, 1904), pages 10 & 11; digital images, http://www.kansasmemory.org viewed online August 2018.

        74. Standard Atlas of Woodson County, Kansas, pages 28 & 29.

        75. Standard Atlas of Woodson County, Kansas, pages 14&15,.

        76. “Court Docket,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 26 February 1904, page 1; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        77. “District Court,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 18 March 1904, image 5; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        78. Ravel (ravellaw.com : viewed online August 2018), Mentzer v. Burlingame, 71 Kan. 581, Kan. Supreme Court (1905).

        79. “Local news,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 14 July 1905, image 5; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        80. 1905 Kansas Census, Neosho Falls, Woodson County, state census, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 206 Image 11 of 63, family 4, George Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 12 May 2021); Kansas State Historical Socity

        81. “District Court,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 22 June 1906, image 8; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        82. “Local News,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 20 July 1906, image 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        83. Ravel, Mentzer v. Burlingame (78 Kan. 219).

        84. “Supreme Court Syllabi,” Topeka State Journal (Topeka, Kansas), 10 June 1908; digital image, Genealogy Bank (www.genealogybank.com : viewed online August 2018).

        85. 1910 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, SD 4, ED 145, sheet 5B Image 10 of 15, household 101, George Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016); NARA microfilm publication T624

        86. “Delinquent Corporations,” The Toronto Republican (Toronto, Kansas), 10 August 1911, image 1; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        87. “No. 16,858,” Topeka State Journal (Topeka, Kansas), 14 November 1911, page 15; digital image, Genealogy Bank (www.genealogybank.com : viewed online August 2018).

        88. “The Old Creamery Case Ended,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 22 December 1911, image 5; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        89. Edmund West, comp., “Family Data Collection — Individual Records,” database online, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017), George Mentzer.

        90. “Geo. Mentzer,” Woodson County Advocate (Yates Center, Kansas), 26 January 1912, page 5; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online November 2019).

        91. George Mentzer, 1838-1912, Yates Center Cemetery, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas. center drive, east of gazebo by road (Doc. #: Mentzer.KS.001).

Mentzer Death

Do you have a civil war pension file for one of your ancestors? If so, are you lucky enough to have a document verifying the date of death?

I found such verification in the file for Albert Hutchinson and again in the file for George Mentzer. The Mentzer file contains a statement from the undertaker for Woodson County.

Regular Sessions
First Mondays in January, April, July and October
Yates Center, Kansas
State of Kansas
County of Woodson
I, swan Johnson a registered undertaker, for the county of Woodson and state of Kansas, being duly sworn, says that he was called to attend the remains of Geo. Mentzer whose death occurred Jan. 19th 1912 and that he prepared the body for burial and knows that the death occurred as stated above.
S. Johnson.
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 3rd day of April 1912

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.

In 1984, while a ‘novice’ genealogist, I ordered a copy of the Kansas Death Certificate for George Mentzer.

104 49

State of Kansas
State Board of Health- Div. of Vital Statistics
Standard Certificate of Death
Registered No. 24

Place of Death
County: Woodson
Township: Center
City: Yates Center No. RR#2 street _____, Ward

Full Name: George Mentzer

Sex: Male
Color: White
Marital Status: M

Date of Birth: June 12 1838
Age: 73 yrs 7 mos 6 da

Occupation: Farmer
stock farmer

Birthplace: Mass

Date of Death: Jan 19 1912

I hereby certify, that I attended deceased from Mch 12 1910 to Jan 19 19112 that I last saw him alive Jan 18 1912 and that death occurred on the date stated above at P.M.
The cause of death was as follows cerebral arterio-sclerosis
Duration: 3 years
Contributory Fall from Hay wagon
Singed E K Kellen[beran] M.D.
Yates Center K

Name of Father: don’t know
Birthplace of father: German
Maiden name of mother: don’t know
Birthplace of mother: Germany

The above is true to the best of my knowledge
Informant: Bert Mentzer
Address: Yates Center

Place of Burial or Removal: Yates Center
Date of Burial: Jan 22 1912
Undertaker: S. Johnson
Address: Yates Center

Filed Jan 20 1912
L R Wallace

George Mentzer, death certificate #104 49 (19 January 1912), Kansas State Board of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Topeka, Kansas.

Place Line

#SaturdayNightGenealogyFun

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:  It’s Saturday Night again – 
Time for some more 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)  We’re all familiar with Timelines – date, location, event, etc. – for events in our lives.  This week, create a Place Line for your life, or for the life of one of your parents or grandparents – your choice! In that Place Line, tell us the location (address if possible), inclusive dates (if possible), and events. Consider topics like residence, schools, churches, employment, etc.

To protect the privacy of my immediate family, I am choosing to do a place line for Pauline Briles. To determine these places, I have used land records, census records, city directories and newspaper articles. Since Pauline lived her entire life in Kansas, I can take advantage of Ancestry’s source, Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, to help fill in the blanks.

Pauline Edith Mentzer, wife of Edward Osmund Briles

  • 1896 – born in Woodson County, Kansas – likely North Township
  • 1900 – census records indicate she was living in North township, Woodson County, Kansas
  • 1905 – Kansas census records indicate she was living in Neosho Falls, Woodson County, Kansas
  • 1910 – census records indicate she was living in Liberty Township, Coffey County, Kansas
  • 1913 – received a diploma from School District #9 in Coffey County, Kansas implying she was living in Coffey County
  • 1914 – attended high school in Yates Center, Kansas
  • 1915 – married Edward Osmund Briles in Yates Center, Kansas
  • 1917 – husband’s draft record indicates they were living in Vernon, (Woodson County), Kansas
  • 1920 – living in Iola, Kansas
  • 1925 – living in Iola, Kansas
  • 1929 – moved out of house on South Pecan street in Iola, (Allen County) Kansas
  • 1930 – living in Buffalo, Wilson County, Kansas
  • 1934 – living in Emporia Kansas
  • 1937 – 416 Constitution, Emporia, Kansas
  • 1939 – 6 Mechanic St., Emporia, Kansas
  • 1940 – 613 Lincoln Street
  • 1942 – RFD #1 (likely East 6th Street), Emporia, Kansas
  • 1945 – 924 Constitution, Emporia, Kansas
  • 1952 – 645 Lincoln, Emporia, Kansas
  • 1953 – city directory indicates she was living at 924 Constitution, Emporia, Kansas while the census lists and address of 645 Lincoln, Emporia, Kansas
  • 1955 – 645 Lincoln, Emporia, Kansas
  • 1956 – her husband died; his death certificate indicates they were living at 645 Lincoln, Emporia, Kansas
  • 1957 – 138 W. 12th
  • 1958 – Manhattan, Kansas living with daughter
  • 1959 – lived at 1014 Market Street, Emporia, Kansas which is where her sister, Gladys Green lived
  • 1961 – 821 W. 6th St., Emporia, Kansas – lived here until the house was sold for development along 6th street
  • 1967 – 609 W 5th St., Emporia, Kansas
  • 1976 – 609 W. 5th St., Emporia, Kansas
  • 1977 – 609 W. 5th St., Emporia, Kansas; lived here until she moved to Horizon Plaza
  • 1984 – at her death she was living in apartment #405 at Horizon Plaza at 1531 Wheeler in Emporia, Kansas

Below are two pictures of Pauline standing in front of her home at the time. Unfortunately, I don’t know which house is pictured in these photos.