My Surnames

Generation 3

4. Leon Russel Crawford-9785: born 6 February 1894 in Newton, Harvey, Kansas, United States; married 24 December 1919 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States; died 3 October 1976 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

5. Winnie Letha Currey-9786: born 30 June 1903 in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States; died 11 February 1992 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

6. Edward Osmond Briles-9795: born 21 June 1891 in Burlington, Coffey, Kansas, United States; married 29 October 1915 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 28 May 1956 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

7. Pauline Edith Mentzer-9796: born 28 March 1896 in Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 16 July 1984 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

Generation 4

8. Judson Foster Crawford-177: born 15 April 1866 in Warren, Indiana, United States; married 24 December 1890 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States; died 19 February 1949 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

9. Josie Winifred Hammond-178: born 9 February 1874 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States; died 27 September 1954 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

10. Hiram Miles Currey-502: born 23 October 1866 in Missouri, United States; married 13 May 1891 in Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States; died 15 September 1943 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

11. Winifred Mae “Winnie” Hutchinson-503: born 6 May 1871 in Osage, Mitchell, Iowa, United States; died 23 September 1913 in Olathe, Johnson, Kansas, United States.

12. Edward Grant Briles-2065: born 18 July 1869 in Coffey, Kansas, United States; married 19 February 1890 in Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 23 July 1951 in St. Mary’s Hospital, Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

13. Frances Artlissa “Artie” Ricketts-2707: born 7 April 1868 in Clinton, Indiana, United States; died 28 April 1947 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

14. Charles Oliver Mentzer-1709: born 1 July 1869 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States; married 18 October 1893 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 15 August 1955 in Newman Hospital, Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

15. Nettie Adell Wells-1710: born 5 February 1873 in Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 9 February 1939 in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

Generation 5

16. Washington Marion Crawford-190: born 21 April 1838 in Warren, Indiana, United States; married 4 March 1860 in West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States; died 23 August 1889 in Fort Dodge, Ford, Kansas, United States.

17. Mary Foster-191: born 28 August 1842 in West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States; died 21 January 1929 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

18. Richmond Fisk Hammond-221: born 20 November 1840 in Licking, Ohio, United States; married 1 January 1867 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States; died 8 April 1928 in Soldier’s Home, Sawtelle, Los Angeles, California, United States.

19. Sarah Ellen Ralston-222: born 11 May 1849 in Armstrong, Pennsylvania, United States; died 18 October 1892 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

20. Hiram M. Currey-515: born 13 August 1835 in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States; married 3 August 1856 in Weston, Platte, Missouri, United States; died 2 March 1901 in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

21. Angelina Jane Burke-516: born 30 October 1836 in Kentucky, United States; died 26 March 1901 in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

22. Albert Hutchinson-520: born about 1838 in Northhampton, Fulton County, New York; married 14 September 1859 in Black Hawk, Iowa, United States; died 22 July 1896 in Doniphan, Doniphan, Kansas, United States.

23. Julia Harding-521: born 1840 in New Brunswick, Canada; died 4 January 1892 in Doniphan, Doniphan, Kansas, United States.

24. Noah Washington Briles-2055: born 1840 in Randolph, North Carolina, United States; married 9 August 1866 in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States; died 14 July 1879 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.

25. Sarah Jane Thompson-2056: born 7 August 1843 in Warrick, Indiana, United States; died 17 August 1930 in Neosho Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States.

26. James Marshall Ricketts-2733: born 28 November 1847 in Clinton, Indiana, United States; married 12 July 1866 in Frankfort, Clinton, Indiana, United States; died 28 November 1920 in Liberty Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

27. Rachel Elmeda Christy-2734: born 28 April 1845 in Clinton, Indiana, United States; died 27 January 1927 in Iola, Allen, Kansas, United States.

28. George Mentzer-1694: born 12 June 1838 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; married 1 January 1868 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States; died 19 January 1912 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

29. Emeline Minnick-1695: born 26 August 1848 in Pittsburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania; died 13 September 1927 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.

30. Thurston Kennedy Wells-1701: born 26 February 1821 in Sullivan, Madison, New York, United States; married 20 March 1861 in Van Buren, Iowa, United States; died 3 June 1893 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.

31. Salome Adell Crandall-1702: born 24 June 1836 in Ohio, Kentucky, United States; died 30 August 1893 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.

Generation 6

32. Nelson G. Crawford-199: born 17 October 1808 in Preble, Ohio, United States; married 3 September 1833 in Warren, Indiana, United States; died 21 March 1864 in Warren, Indiana, United States.

33. Martha Smith-200: born 3 August 1815 in Indiana, United States; died 1 August 1871 in Warren, Indiana, United States.

34. Zebulon Foster-214: born 19 August 1808 in Pike, Ohio, United States; married 14 February 1833 in Pike, Ohio, United States; died 5 September 1889 in Warren, Indiana, United States.

35. Caroline Ostrander-215: born 23 March 1814 in Ross, Ohio, United States; died 3 June 1871 in Warren, Indiana, United States.

36. Horatio Hammond-223: born 24 October 1798 in Connecticut, United States; married 14 April 1825 in Medina, Medina, Ohio, United States; died 7 November 1879 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States.

37. Louisa Fisk-224: born 5 August 1806 in Watertown, Jefferson, New York, United States; died 17 August 1874 in Ontario, Knox, Illinois, United States.

38. James Barr Ralston-1232: born 20 December 1811 in Pennsylvania, United States; married about 1836 in Armstrong, Pennsylvania, United States; died 4 July 1904 in Grundy, Iowa, United States.

39. Nancy Jane McCormick-1233: born 15 October 1818 in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, United States; died 3 November 1907 in Grundy, Iowa, United States.

40. Hiram M. Currey-517: born about 1787; married 28 September 1824 in Edgar, Edgar, Illinois, United States.

41. Rachel Harris-1278: died before 28 March 1842.

42. Henry F. Burke-518: born 30 April 1811; married 22 October 1835 in Monroe, Kentucky, United States; died 30 October 1845 in Weston, Platte, Missouri, United States.

43. Elizabeth Ann Bland-519: born 25 December 1813; died before 5 May 1876 in Platte City, Platte, Missouri, United States.

44. Aaron Hutchinson-10394: born 1803 in Smyrna, Chenango County New York; died 28 March 1837 in New York, New York, United States.

45. Sarah Merry-10395: born 1813; died 6 March 1845 in New York, New York, United States.

46. William Gillies Harding-560: born about 1803 in New Brunswick, Canada; married 16 September 1830 in Westfield Parish, Kings, New Brunswick; died 15 August 1865 in Mount Vernon Township, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States.

47. Elizabeth Fowler-10029: born 1804 in Westfield Parish, Kings, New Brunswick; died 29 January 1846 in Westfield Parish, Kings, New Brunswick.

48. Alexander Briles-2059: born 14 March 1817 in North Carolina, United States; married 2 August 1836 in Randolph, North Carolina, United States; died 14 January 1900 in Neosho Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States.

49. Sarah Rush-2060: born 1816 in North Carolina, United States; died 2 September 1872 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.

50. William Taylor Thompson-2064: born 29 December 1820 in Ohio, Kentucky, United States; married 30 October 1842 in Warrick, Indiana, United States; died 12 September 1898.

51. Polly Ann Evans-4511: born 25 July 1821 in Indiana, United States; died 14 April 1896 in Wapello, Louisa, Iowa, United States.

52. John Lewis Ricketts-2735: born 22 November 1812 in Fleming, Kentucky, United States; married 3 December 1846 in Clinton, Indiana, United States; died 23 December 1888 in Clinton, Indiana, United States.

53. Orilda Matilda Reed-2736: born 20 January 1828 in Jennings, Indiana, United States; died 28 June 1900 in Clinton, Indiana, United States.

54. Samuel Christy-7734: born 11 September 1819 in Indiana, United States; married 3 March 1842 in Fayette, Ohio, United States; died 24 March 1904 in Clinton, Indiana, United States.

55. Lyda Gallimore-7735: born 25 March 1824 in Ohio, Kentucky, United States; died 1 February 1864 in Clinton, Indiana, United States.

56. Phillip Andrew Mentzer-1697: born about March 1793; married 23 May 1816; died 19 December 1845 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

57. Orinda Miles-1698: born 14 January 1798 in Gardner, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States; died 18 October 1861 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

58. John Minnick-1696: born 22 June 1822 in Pennsylvania, United States; married before 1850; died 21 April 1903 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States.

59. Elizabeth Mary Jones-1806: born about 1816 in Pennsylvania, United States; died 20 July 1869 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States.

60. Ozias Wells-1833: born 15 May 1796 in Northampton, Fulton County, New York; married 18 March 1818 in Sullivan, Madison, New York, United States; died 5 August 1832 in Princeton, Mercer, New Jersey, United States.

61. Mary Kennedy-1834: born 21 February 1799 in Halfmoon, Saratoga, New York, United States; died 23 March 1885 in Kalamo, Eaton, Michigan, United States.

62. Lewis Crandall-1796: born 19 August 1807 in prob Genesee County, New York; married; died March 1852 in Van Buren, Iowa, United States.

63. Almira Nafus-4939: died before 1846.

Generation 7

64. James Crawford-219: born 17 April 1772 in Virginia, British Colonial America; married 12 September 1799 in Garrard, Kentucky, United States; died 5 July 1854 in Preble, Ohio, United States.

65. Sarah “Sally” Smith-1441: born 25 February 1770 in Virginia, United States; died 2 May 1856 in Preble, Ohio, United States.

66. _____ Smith-5399: married.

67. Hannah _____-5398: born 24 September 1790; died 10 May 1847 in Warren, Indiana, United States.

68. Richard Foster-216: born 1 July 1779 in Maryland, United States; married 26 February 1801 in Frederick, Maryland, United States; died 7 June 1831 in Pike, Ohio, United States.

69. Rachel Browning-217: born 17 June 1780 in Maryland, United States; died 23 March 1858 in Pike, Ohio, United States.

70. Dr. Edward Ostrander-5427: born 22 November 1769 in Troy, Rensselaer, New York, United States; married 1796 in New York, New York, United States; died after 3 May 1835 in Kingston, Ross, Ohio, United States.

71. Margaret Forbes-5428: born 30 May 1772 in Rensselaer, Rensselaer, New York, United States; died 8 August 1824 in Green Township, Ohio.

72. Jason Hammond-226: born 1 February 1762 in Bolton, Tolland, Connecticut, United States; married 24 April 1788 in Glastonbury, Hartford, Connecticut, United States; died 21 September 1830 in Bath, Summit, Ohio, United States.

73. Rachel Hale-227: born 11 December 1758 in Glastonbury, Hartford, Connecticut, United States; died 11 November 1842 in Bath, Summit, Ohio, United States.

74. Jonathan Fisk-225: born 3 September 1780; married; died 9 April 1857 in New York, United States.

75. Mary Arnold-7772: born 1778; died 24 October 1862 in Ontario Township, Knox, Illinois, United States.

76. David Franklin Ralston-9086: born 28 October 1785 in Ireland; married 1810 in Worthing, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania; died 28 March 1862 in Armstrong, Pennsylvania, United States.

77. Hannah Barr-9087: born 21 July 1779; died 1 August 1861.

78. James B McCormick-9772: born 1785; married 1812; died 14 October 1839.

79. Sarah Hall-10438: born 1790; died 1844.

80. Hiram Mirick Currey-1363: born in England, United Kingdom; married.

81. Sarah Reagan-1511: died 2 December 1820 in Worthington, Franklin, Ohio, United States.

82. Peter Harris-10846: married 23 April 1801 in Henry, Kentucky, United States.

83. Rachel Simonse VanArsdale-16331.

84. John Burke-10238: born 1783 in James River, Tidewater County, Virginia; married in Virginia, United States; died 1842 in Jackson, Tennessee, United States.

85. Elizabeth Graves-10304: born 1786 in Halifax, Halifax, Virginia, United States; died 1831 in War Trace Creek, Jackson County, Tennessee.

86. Eli Bland-581: married; died 1826 in New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States.

87. Sarah Susan Anderson-582.

88. Aaron Hutchinson-10396: born 1767 in New London, New London, Connecticut, United States; died 22 May 1833 in Caledonia, Livingston, New York, United States.

89. Hannah Nettleton-10397: born 1764; died 21 February 1846 in Caledonia, Livingston, New York, United States.

90. Whiting Merry-16337: born 4 June 1781 in Kinderhook, Columbia, New York; married; died 26 May 1841 in Mumford, Monroe, New York, United States.

91. Elizabeth Peabody-16340: born 5 March 1783 in Maugerville, Sunbury, New Brunswick, Canada; died 12 March 1816.

92. William Harding-10036: born 16 June 1772; married 8 August 1793; died 1847 in Long Beach, New Brunswick.

93. Elizabeth Flewelling-10037: born 1772.

94. Thomas Fowler-16345: born 1785; died 1877.

96. John Briles-2057: born 27 October 1775; married 1795; died before November 1855 in Randolph, North Carolina, United States.

97. Nancy Ann Beckerdite-2058: died before 1840 in Randolph, North Carolina, United States.

98. Noah Rush-2393: born 9 January 1778 in Randolph, North Carolina, United States; married; died 6 May 1870 in Randolph, North Carolina, United States.

99. Sarah Clark-2402: born 1790.

100. John Thompson-4601: born 4 March 1797 in Kentucky, United States; married 1 February 1820 in Ohio, Kentucky, United States; died 14 August 1857 in Adams, Iowa, United States.

101. Sarah Iglehart-4600: born 24 March 1800 in Maryland, United States; died 5 February 1877 in Adams, Iowa, United States.

102. James Evans-8272: born 1793 in Kentucky, United States; married 18 August 1818 in Warrick, Indiana, United States; died.

103. Sarah (Sally) Garret-8273: born 1801; died 2 October 1871.

104. Edward Ricketts-2746: born about 1787 in Pennsylvania, United States; married 1 November 1810 in Fleming, Kentucky, United States; died 8 September 1838 in Rush, Indiana, United States.

105. Sarah Story-2747: born 28 December 1789 in Bryant, Franklin, Kentucky, United States; died 3 August 1854 in Rush, Indiana, United States.

106. John C. Reed-5748: born about 1800 in New York, New York, United States; married 9 December 1822 in Jennings, Indiana, United States; died 18 August 1864 in Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, United States.

107. Mary Buckles-5749: born 6 December 1792 in Shepardstown, Berkely County, Virginia (now West Virginia); died 14 February 1867 in Berlin, Clinton County, Indiana.

108. Ebenezer Christy-13075: born 1784 in Virginia, United States; died 1837 in Fayette, Ohio, United States.

109. Rachel Elizabeth Dawson-13076: born 1803; died 1881.

110. Isom Gallimore-8849: born 1799 in North Carolina, United States; married; died 3 March 1859.

111. Judith Bentley-8850.

112. Phillip Andre Mentzer-6243: married 8 July 1792 in Hollis Street Church, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States; died 1801 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.

113. Isabella Motes-6244.

114. Oliver Miles-1699: born 27 September 1772 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; married 27 January 1796 in Leominster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States; died 12 December 1855.

115. Sarah Joslin-1700.

116. Adam Minick-6634.

117. Esther Elisabetha Schiedel-16364: born 1801; died 1888.

118. Henry Jones-16365: born 1785; died 1826.

119. Catherine Bovey-16366: born 1786; died 1842.

120. Green Wells-4795: born 24 September 1764 in Rhode Island, United States; married 11 February 1789 in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States; died 13 December 1845 in Barre, Orleans County, New York.

121. Abigail White-4813: born 24 September 1770 in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States; died 30 July 1852 in Barre, Orleans County, New York.

122. John Kennedy-4796: born 1 February 1767 in Volentown; married; died 28 August 1831 in Sullivan, Madison, New York, United States.

123. Anna Barnes-4842: born 28 April 1775 in Williamstown; died 17 February 1820 in Sullivan, Madison, New York, United States.

124. Hampton Lillibridge Crandall-4934: born 1778 in RI or CT; married about 1805 in prob Genesee County, New York; died 1 January 1863 in Bentonsport, Van Buren, Iowa, United States.

125. Freelove Butler-4935: born about 1780 in prob CT; died after 1840 in Bentonsport, Van Buren, Iowa, United States.

126. William S. Nafus-16367: born 1774; died 1850.

127. Salome Carpenter-16368: born 1775; died 1837.

Mentzer Will

Do you have one or more surnames occurring in multiple places in your tree? I know I have several Smith lines in my tree that may or may not be related to each other. Since Smith is a fairly common surname, it would not surprise me if they are separate lines.

However, when I encountered the MENTZER surname as a spouse in my BRILES research, I was surprised to find that it is likely a separate line. Japhet Mentzer who married Louisa Briles likely has Pennsylvania roots while my Mentzer line has Massachusetts roots.

Because of the possible connection between these two MENTZER lines, I’ve done more research on the spouse, Japheth Mentzer than I would normally do in my descendancy research. During that research I found the will of Japheth Mentzer.

Coffey County, Kansas
Record of Wills, Vol 4-6 1902-1919

Page 261
Image 653 of 735

In the Probate Court Within and For the County
Of Coffey and State of Kansas

In the Matter of the Estate of Japheth Mentzer deceased
Petition for Probate of Will

Comes now Jay Mentzer and respectfully re-
resents to said Probate Court that Japheth
Mentzer late of the County of Coffey State of
Kansas departed this lief on the 11th day of
February A.D. 1917 leaving a Last Will
and Testament which said Last Will
and Testament is attached hereto, marked
“Exhibit A” and made a part hereof.
The said Last Will and Testament has
been executed in all respects according
to law. And your petitioner further says
that the said Japheth Mentzer left surviving

Page 262
hime as his heirs at law, Louisa Mentzer age 70
Le Roy, Kansas. Maretta Gray, age 59, Le Roy
Kansas. William Mentzer, age 45, Le Roy
Kansas, Jay Mentzer, age 38, Le Roy,
Kansas, and John Mentzer, age 36, Le Roy
Kansas
And your petitioner further says that at
the time of the execution of said Last
Will and Testament said Japheth Mentzer
was of sound mind and memory and not
under any restraint.
That is said Last Will and testament
the said Japheth Mentzer appointed as
Executors of the same Jay Mentzer and
John Mentzer of Coffey County, Kansas.
In consideration whereof, and to the end
that said will may be proved established
performed and admitted to probate, your
petitioner prays that the Court set a time for
the hearing of said petition and that upon
such hearing said Last Will and Testa
ment may be duly admitted to Probate,
and letters testamentary be issued to Jay
Mentzer and John Mentzer as executors of
said Last Will and Testament of Japheth Mentzer
deceased.
Jay Mentzer

State of Kansas
Coffey County ss

Jay Mentzer of lawful
age, being duly sworn upon oath, says
that he signed the foregoing petition,
that he knows the contents thereof, and that
all the statements therein contained are
true.
Jay Mentzer

Subscribed and sworn to before
me this 10th day of March AD 1917
(Seal) Marvin W Kelly
Probate Judge

Page 263

In the Name of the Benevolent
Father of All
I Japheth Mentzer of the County of Coffey
and State of Kansas, being of sound mem-
ory do make and publish this my last
Will and testament.
Item 1: I give and devise to my be-
loved wife Louisa Mentzer the
farm on which we now live
reside situate in Coffey County, Kansas con-
taining about five hundred and eighteen
(518) acres, during her natural life, also
the household goods furniture and pro-
visions also a gentle horse and buggy.
Item 2d: It is my will that my
just debts and funeral expenses be paid and that
my executor place an appropriate mon-
ument at the head of my grave, all
to be paid out of my personal property,
any money I may have on hand to
be used first, or so much thereof as
may be necessary.
Item 3rd: I give and bequeath to
my daughter, Maretta Gray
One hundred dollars. I
have previously provided for my said dau-
ghter Maretta Gray by giving her the
sum of ten thousand dollars.
Item 4: I give devise and bequeath
to my son William
Mentzer the sum of five
($5.00) dollars having previously provided
for him by giving him the sum of
Twenty three hundred ($2300.00) dollars,
which was used in buying the
“Klock farm” for said William Mentzer.
Item 5: The balance of my per-
sonal property including
farm implements,
stock and money (if any) I devise
and bequeath to my two sons
namely Jay Mentzer and John Mentzer
share and share alike.
Item 6: It is desire that they
the said Jay Mentzer and

Item 264
John Mentzer remain on the farm with my
said wife and take care of said farm and
stock and handle same to the best advantage
without interfering with the rights of
my said wife in said farm during her nat-
ural life.
Item 7: At the death of my said wife,
the real estate aforesaid, I
give and devise to my sons Jay Mentzer and
John Mentzer and their heirs.
Item 8: It is my will that my
said sons Jay Mentzer and
John Mentzer carefully look
after and care for my said wife and
assist here and see that she is made
comfortable also pay her doctor bills, ex-
penses of her last sickness, also her funeral
expenses and place an appropriate monu-
ment at the head of her grave.
Item 9: The Real Estate hereby de-
vised to my said wife
Louise Mentzer during her
natural life, and to my sons Jay Mentzer
and John Mentzer in fee at her decease
is situated in Coffey County Kansas and
described as follows to wit the south half of
Section thirty two (32) in township twenty two
(22) of Range fifteen (15) also the north half
and southwest quarter of the south west
quarter of Section thirty three (33) in town-
ship twenty two (22) of Range fifteen (15) also
the north half of the North east quarter of
section five (5) in Township Twenty-three (23)
of range fifteen (15) and ten (10) acres in the
north east corner of northwest quarter of said
section five 5) in Township twenty three (23)
of range fifteen (15) North of S Big Creek
Item 10: I hereby nominate and ap-
point Jay Mentzer and John
Mentzer executors of this
my last will and testament.
I hereby revoke all for-
mer wills by me made.
In testimony hereof I have
hereunto set my hand, and seal this
5 day of July 1902
Japheth (His mark) Mentzer
Witness to mark of
Japheth Mentzer
G. N. MConnell
S. J. Neiberger

Signed and acknowledged
by said Japheth Mentzer as his last
will and testament in our pres-
ence and signed by us in his
presence and in the presence of each
other and at his request as witnesses
thereto
G. N. McConnell
S. J. Neiberger

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Obituary Find

Have you ever run across an obituary that identifies a sibling for which you have no record? That was my situation when transcribing the obituary of William A. Mentzer, son of Japhet and Louisa Briles Mentzer.

William Mentzer Is Buried
The Big Creek Presbyterian church was filled and many were on the outside at two o’clock, Friday afternoon for the funeral of William Alexander Mentzer, who died, Wednesday, Aug 17, 1927 at his home west of Critty. The services were in charge of Rev. Eugene Kramer, pastor of the Burlington Methodist church. The church choir composed of mrs. Nettie White, Mrs. Tillie McMullen, Mrs. Hanna Caven, Mrs. Jennie Christy, Miss ada Caven, James and Kinney Caven sang “We’re Going Down the Valley” “Take Me As I Am” and “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere.” The choir was accompanied by Mrs. Elmira Christy. The pall bearers were James Caven, Wm. Morrow, John Israel, john D[ul]aughor, J. Allen Christy, and G[ene] Morrow. Interment was made in the Big Creek Presbyterian cemetery.
William Alexander Mentzer, eldest son of Mr. And Mrs. Japhet Mentzer was born Nov 25, 1870, and he spent his entire life in Coffey County on his father’s farm and on his own place since his marriage to Miss Rosa Metzger on Nov 29, 1909. He was a kind and affectionate husband and a jovial and good neighbor. He will be greatly missed in the home and in the neighborhood.
His father preceeded him in death in 1917. Also one sister, Eva, who died in 1874. He leaves to mourn his wife, Mrs. Roma Mentzer, two nieces, Misses Anna and Thurnelda Wise, whom Mr. And Mrs. Mentzer had cared for since they were small children, his aged mother, Mrs. Louis Mentzer, one sister, Mrs. Mariet [s] Gray and two brothers, Jay and John Mentzer, besides a host of other relatives and friends.

“William Mentzer Is Buried,” The Gridley LIght (Gridley, Kansas), 1 September 1927, page 1; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 24 October 2021).

I already had documented most of the family. However, I wasn’t sure who Mrs. Mariet[s] Gray was. I did have a census record from 1870 showing a Loretta Mentzer in the household of Jacob and Louisa Mentzer. Since Loretta was listed as being 13 and Louisa was listed as being 24, I had entered Loretta as a child from a previous marriage.

So, I started digging in the newspapers to see what I could learn about Mrs. Gray. Even though most of the papers have been digitized and contain a lot of local gossip, I have not found a Mentzer-Gray marriage announcement. I expanded my search for the MENTZER surname and got lucky! I found the obituary for Japhet Mentzer that contains lots of information about the family.

Another Pioneer Is Laid to Rest

Japhet Mentzer, son of Peter and Elizabeth Mentzer, was born August 23, 1824 in Licking County Ohio, and died to Neosho Township, Coffey county, Kansas February 11, 1917, aged 92 years 5 months and 18 days. He grew to manhood in the state of Ohio, and was united in marriage to Mary Rhodes June 5, 1856. He and his young wife immigrated to the state of Iow, where they lived for a short time and from there they came to Coffey county arriving on the 10th day of November 1857. To this union were born three daughters. His wife died April 4, 1866 and the tow younger daughters died the same year. He was again united in marriage to Louisa Briles October 20, 1866 and to this union four children were born, one daughter and three sons, Eva dying at the age of 5 years. He is survived by his faithful wife and four children: Mrs. J. N. Gray, Wm. A., Jay and John Mentzer with their families, eleven grand children and nine great grand children. He was respected by all for his honesty and his word was as good as his bond. He came here in an early day, saw many hardships but by hard work he built a good home. The funeral was held at the Presbyterian church, Rev. Mr. White of Crandall preaching the funeral sermon. He was laid to rest in the Big Creek Cemetery.

Card of Thanks
The relatives of Grandpa Mentzer wish to thank the many friends for the kindness and assistance shown during the sickness and death of husband and father.
Mrs. Louise Mentzer
Mr. And Mrs. W. A. Mentzer
Mr. And Mrs. Jay Mentzer
Mr. And Mrs. John Mentzer
Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Gray

“Another Pioneer Is Laid to Rest,” The Daily Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 1 February 1917, page 4; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 24 October 2021).

This obituary is a gold mine of information about Japhet Mentzer and his family! I’m thankful that I kept digging long enough to locate this jewel.

Throwback Thursday

Mentzer Bibles

Emeline Minnick Mentzer Bible

Deaths

Mrs. Elizabeth Minnick died July 20 1889
John Minnick died 1893 age 81

Wilson Minnick born Aug 28 1844
died in January

Gary Mentzer born June 1838 – died Jan. 1912

Susie May Mentzer Tunnicliff passed away Jan 6 1909 age 35

Children of Charles & Nettie Mentzer
Gladys Olive mEntzer July 9 1894
Pauline Edith Mentzer Mar 28 1896
Paul Emory Mentzer Mar 28 1896

Children of Fred & Anna Mentzer
Hazel Adel Mentzer June 19 1896
some text cut off

written in on side
Cecil Marie Mentzer [Nov] 7 1897

Births

Charles Oliver Mentzer born July 1 1869 in Kewanee, Ill

John Freddie Mentzer born Mar 3 1871 in Kewanee, Ill

Susan May Mentzer born Feb. 28 1873 Woodson Co., Kansas

Henry Arnold Mentzer – born Dec 31 – 1874 – Woodson Co., Kansas

Phillip Embry Mentzer – Feb. 22 – 1877 Woodson Co., Kansas

Ernest Everett Mentzer – May 10, 1880 Woodson Co., Kansas

Clara Edith Mentzer – Sept 20 1882 Woodson Co Kansas

Clarence Albet Mentzer April 7 – 1887 Woodson Co., Kansas

Marriages
George Mentzer & Emmaline Minnich
married Jan 1 – 1867 – Rev. Applebee
Emaline Minnich born Aug 6 1848 in Pennsylvania, Franklin Co.

George Mentzer born June 19 1838 Stow Massachusetts

Charles Oliver – son of George & Emma Mentze
married to Nettie Adell Wells Oct 18 1893
Woodson Co. Kansas

John Fred – son of Geo & Emma Mentzer
married to Anna May Wells Mar 27 1895
in Woodson Co., Kansas

Mentzer, George, Family Bible of Emeline Minnick Mentzer (no place: no publisher, no date); Doris Ryan, Yates Center, KS, George Mentzer & Emmaline Minnick married Jan 1 1867 Rev. Applebee

Charles Mentzer Bible

Self Pronouncing Edition in which all the proper names are divided, accented and marked with the vowel sounds, showing how they should be pronounced. The New Testament Translated out of the original Greek and with the Former translations diligently compared and revised The text conformable to that of the Oxford Bible printed at the University Press, Oxford

Bible in poor condition stored in a box Cover of box says Belong to Pauline Briles 1982

C. O. Mentzers Family Bible

Family register Parents’ Names
Husband, Charles O. Mentzer born , 1869, July 1,
Wife, Nettie A. Wells born, 1873, Feb.5
married, 1893 Oct.3

C. O. Mentzer born July 1 1869
(dates given showing calculation of age 1938–1869 = 69 yrs old

Children’s Names
Gladys O. Mentzer born July 9.1894
Paul E. Mentzer ” March 28.1896
Pauline E. Mentzer 28.1896
Leslie G. Mentzer born Aug 23. 1898
Herbert Wells Mentzer July 20, 1900

on back page Emporia, Kan
April 13-43
Charles O. Mentzer
5-18-43
Mon or Tuesd
Mon 17 May 3:30 pp a.m.
5-16-43
17
Brother Fred Death

Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, Kansas, 2016. Bible Charles O. Mentzer. passed down to Marcia Philbrick by Pauline Briles.

Bible given to Charles Mentzer by Pauline Briles

THE HOLY BIBLE
Containing the Old and New Testaments
King James Version
Cleveland: The World Publishing Company

Charles Mentzer engraved on front

Inscription:
Holy Bible presented to
Charles O. MENTZER
by
Pauline

For
Letha and Geo Doolittle
Love Mom Briles

Family Register
Pauline E. Briles
and
Edward Osumond Briles
were united in
Holy Matrimony
on the Oct 29 day of Friday
in the year of our Lord 1915
at Christian Church Parsonge
Yates Center
Kansas

Births
Edward Osumond Briles born June 21-1891
died May 28-1956
Pauline Edith Mentzer born March 28-1896 children
Walter Emery Briles born Aug 7-1917
Kenneth Briles born Sept. 26 1918
Letha Marie Briles born Sept 14 1924
Roberta Adell Briles born June 29 1930
Barbara Ann Briles born Aug 22 1934
Walter Briles born Aug 14 1917

Pauline & Osumond Briles married 1915 October 29-1915

Marriages
Letha & Geo Doolittle married Nov 9-1944
Walter & Fay Blair married Oct 11-1941
Roberta & Eugene Crawford married June 9-1951
Barbara & Marvin Thompson married Oct 16-1954

I Joined Christian Church in Emporia March 4-1934 signed Pauline Briles

Deaths
My mother Nettie Wells Mentzer died Feb 9 1939
My father Charles Oliver Mentzer died Aug 14 1955
Kenneth Briles died June 10-1919
Edward Osumond Briles died May 28-1956
Paul Mentzer Aug 1942
DeLois Mentzer
Herbert Mentzer died March 25 1977
Ruth Mentzer
Ada Mentzer
Gladys Green July 9, 1974
Barbara Thompson died May 3, 1982
Walter Briles July 14, 1982

Pauline Mentzer Briles family, The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments King James Version (: The World Publishing Company, ); Lloyd Doolittle, San Bernardino, California, Charles Mentzer / Pauline Briles family Bible

Herbert Mentzer

Herbert Wells Mentzer was born on 20 Jul 1900 at a farm northwest of Yates Center in Woodson, Kansas, United States.19

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

Herbert Mentzer was listed in the household of C. O. Mentzer as a 4 year old male who was born in Kansas. The family was living in Neosho Falls, Woodson County, Kansas on the 1905 Kansas census.10

Herbert W Mentzer was listed as a 9 year old male who was born in Kansas in the household of Charles O. Mentzer on the 1910 census. The family was living in Liberty township, Coffey County, Kansas.11

In 1915, he was educated at Rosemund School District No. 9 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.1213

Herbert Mentzer was listed in the household of C. O. Mentzer as a 14 year old male who was  born in Kansas on the 1905 Kansas census. The household was living in Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kansas.14

About 1917, Herbert was educated at Neosho Falls High School in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States.7

He registered for the military draft on 12 Sep 1918 in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States.15

Herbert Mentzer was listed in the household of Charles O Mentzer as a 19 year old son who was born in Kansas on the 1920 census. The family was living in Everett Township, Woodson County, Kansas.16

On on 10 Jul 1926 he attended the Wells family reunion in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States.17

Herbert witnessed the marriage of Herbert Wells Mentzer and Ruth Shirley Kitterman on 17 Sep 1928 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States.4,7,1822

About 1929 he was an a fireman in the railroad yards and involved in real estate in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States.7

He lived in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States in Jun 1929.7

On 11 Jun 1929, Janice Joy Mentzer was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States.7

Herbert Mentzer was listed as a 29 year old head of household on the 1930 census living in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. Included in the household was his 24 year old wife, Ruth and 9 month old daughter, Janice Joyce. Herbert was employed as a locomotive fireman23

After 1930 Herbert was an an engineer for the Santa Fe Railroad in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States.7

He lived in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States in 1933.24

He lived at farm near Talala in Oklahoma, United States between 1934 and 1940.18

Herbert lived in Talala, Rogers, Oklahoma, United States in Feb 1939.2526

He was a member of the Methodist Church in Coffey, Kansas, United States.7

Between 1940 and 1977, he was a member of the Tuscan Lodge #82 in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States.8,19

Herbert W. Mentzer was listed as a 39 year old head of household who was born in Kansas on the 1940 census living in Shawnee City, Pottowatomie County, Oklahoma. Herbert was employed as a locomotive fireman. Also listed in the household was his 34 year old wife, Ruth S. Mentzer, 10 year old daughter, Janice Joy and 8 year old son, Billie R.27

Herbert lived on a farm east of LeRoy in Coffey, Kansas, United States after 1940.7,18

He registered for the military draft on 16 Feb 1942 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.28

He lived in Le Roy, Coffey, Kansas, United States on 26 Apr 1949.29

Herbert Mentzer was listed on the 1951 census living in Spring Creek Township, Coffey County on the 1951 Kansas census.30

Herbert attended the funeral of Philip Embry Mentzer  on 19 Jul 1952 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.3132

He lived in Leroy, Coffey, Kansas, United States in 1955.3334

He attended the funeral of John Wesley Williams  in 1957 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.35

Herbert attended the funeral of Dixie L. Mentzer  on 3 Feb 1960 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.36

Between 1965 and 1977 he was a real estate broker in Coffey, Kansas, United States.78,37

On on 21 Jul 1974 he attended a Briles family reunion in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.38

Herbert lived in Leroy, Coffey, Kansas, United States in 1976.39

In 1977, he was a member of the LeRoy United Methodist Church in Coffey, Kansas, United States.8

He died on 25 Mar 1977 at the age of 76 at Allen County Hospital in Iola, Allen, Kansas, United States.1,34,79,19,4042

The funeral of Herbert Wells Mentzer was held on 28 Mar 1977 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.34,78

He was buried on 28 Mar 1977 at LeRoy Cemetery in Coffey, Kansas, United States.1,79,43

ENDNOTES:

        1. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online April 2017), memorial for Herbert W Mentzer (1900-1977), Find a Grave Memorial no. #144895663, created by Jim Saueressig II, citing Le Roy Cemetery, Le Roy, Coffey County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by Jim Saueressig II, Herbert W Mentzer.

        2. “U.S., Railroad Retirement Pension Index, 1934-1987,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online December 2018), H Mentzer.

        3. “Herbert W. Mentzer,” The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 25 March 1977, page 2; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 23 December 2019).

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

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

        6. Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, Kansas, 2016. Bible Charles O. Mentzer. passed down to Marcia Philbrick by Pauline Briles.

        7. “”In Memoriam” Herbert W. Mentzer LeRoy business man dies Friday a.m.,” undated clipping, from unidentified newspaper; Crawford Family Papers, (Charles Mentzer Notebook); privately held 2015 by Marcia Philbrick, , Seneca, KS.

        8. “Death Notices – Herbert W. Mentzer,” undated clipping, March 1977, from Daily Republilcan; Crawford Family Papers newspaper clippings, saved by Pauline Briles and passed down to Marcia Philbrick; privately held 2021 by Marcia Philbrick, , Seneca, Kansas.

        9. Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, Kansas, 2016. Funeral program Herbert W. Mentzer. saved by Pauline Briles and passed down to Marcia Philbrick.

        10. 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

        11. 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)

        12. “Every Child in School,” The Daily Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 18 January 1915, image 6; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        13. “Rosemund School,” Coffey County Footprints (September 1986), page 87.

        14. 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)

        15. “World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” database, Ancestry (Ancestry.com : viewed online April 2017), Herbert Wells Mentzer.[WebRecord].

        16. 1920 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Everett Township, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 155, Sheet 6A Image 11 of 14, household 116, Charles O Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T625

        17. “Wells Family Reunion,” undated clipping, from unidentified newspaper; Crawford Family Papers, saved by Pauline Briles and passed on to Marcia Philbrick; privately held 2020 by Marcia Philbrick, [address for private use], Seneca, KS. likely from Yates Center News.

        18. “Newspaper clipping Yates Center, Kansas”, (), to (), Ruth Shirley Mentzer Obituary (Charles Mentzer Notebook);

        19. “Newspaper clipping Yates Center, Kansas”, (), to ()

        20. 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).

        21. Oklahoma, County Marriages, 1890-1995, Herbert W.Mentzer – Ruth S.Kitterman, 17 September 1928; database with images, (http://www.familysearch.org : veiewed online April 2017). Original Source: Marriage records, v. 62, 1928.

        22. “Oklahoma County Marriages, 1889-1951,” database, Oklahoma Historical Society, Research Center (http://www.okhistory.org/research : viewed online December 2018), Herbert W Mentzer.

        23. 1930 U.S. Census, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States, population schedule, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States, ED 3, sheet 12A Image 23 of 38, household 270, Herbert Metnzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online April 2017); NARA T626

        24. Polk’s Oklahoma City Directory 1933 (Kansas City, MO: R. L. Polk & Co., Publishers, 1933), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, page 420, Mentzer, Herbert W; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online December 2017).

        25. , Clipping, unidentified clipping, Crawford Family Papers.

        26. “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).

        27. 1940 U.S. Census, Pottawatomie, Oklahoma, United States, population schedule, Shawnee City, Pottawatomie, Oklahoma, ED 63-49, sheet 2A Image 3 of 28, household 311, Herbert W. Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online April 2017); NARA T627

        28. “U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 23 December 2019), Herbert Wells Mentzer.

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

        30. Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, Herbert Mentzer, 1951; database with images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online 23 December 2019). Original Source: Kansas State Board of Agriculture.

        31. , “Attend Mentzer Rites, ” Funeral Attendees, unidentified clipping, Crawford Family Papers.

        32. , Obituary Clipping (N.p.: saved by Mrs. Pauline Briles, n.d.), Obituary of Philip E. Mentzer (likely from Yates Center News).

        33. “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).

        34. “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).

        35. “Out of Town Relatives Here for Williams Rites”, Yates Center News, (Yates Center, Kansas), 1 August 1957, page 5 col. 3; Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS.

        36. , Obituary, unidentified clipping, Crawford Family Papers.

        37. Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, , Seneca, Kansas, 2016. Business Card Herbert Mentzer. saved by Pauline Briles and passed down to Marcia Philbrick.

        38. “Family Has Reunion,” The Emporia Gazette (Emporia, Kansas), 23 July 1974, page 8; Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 July 2021).

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

        40. Social Security Administration, “U.S. Social Security Death Index,” database, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online April 2017), Herbert Mentzer, 711-14-1479, before 1951.

        41. “Mrs. Herbert Mentzer,” The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 2 August 1977, page 2; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 2 May 2020).

        42. Pauline Mentzer Briles family, The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments King James Version (: The World Publishing Company, ); Lloyd Doolittle, San Bernardino, California, Charles Mentzer / Pauline Briles family Bible

        43. “Deaths – Herbert W. Mentzer,” The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 25 March 1977, page 2; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 July 2021).

Front Page News

#SaturdayNightGenealogyFun

This week’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun writing prompt is to find the front page headlines for one’s birthdate from a local newspaper.

Instead of doing this for myself, I am going to do it for my grandparents since their birthdates are public information.

As I am working on this project, I am very thankful for my Kansas roots. From its early history, the Kansas Historical Society has preserved many of the local newspapers. Many of those same newspapers have been digitized by the historical society or local library.

Thus, locating this information is relatively easy. For this project, I’m using Newspapers.com. Since I’m working with my grandparents, I’m looking for the following:

  • 6 Feb 1894 in Newton where my grandfather was born or Dodge City where the family lived most of his life (Harvey and Ford Counties)
  • 30 Jun 1903 in Lansing or Leavenworth (Leavenworth County)
  • 21 Jun 1891 in Burington or LeRoy (Coffey County)
  • 28 Mar 1896 in Yates Center or Neosho Falls (Woodson County)

Instead of searching Newspapers.com, I’m gong to use the ‘Papers’ menu to search for newspapers printed on the date in my desired location. Thus, I’m going to put the town in the ‘Narrow by Newspaper Title’ search box and the date in the ‘Enter a Date or Range’ search box. When I click on the UPDATE button, Newspapers.com shows the papers available for that location with a date range that includes my desired date.

Since I have used these papers in the past, I know that there are also papers with the county name and not the city name. Thus, I can repeat the search for the county.

I opened each of the potential papers in a new tab. Even though I entered the exact date, the search only used the year. Thus, it is possible to have a newspaper in the results that does include newspapers published in the year – but not in the month I need.

Paper begins August 1894 – thus it does not contain Feb 1894

Since many of these papers were weekly papers, I likely won’t find a local paper for the exact day my grandparent was born.

Weekly Paper

Thus, I’m going to work with the first paper found in the family’s community that was printed after the birth of my grandparent.

Leon Crawford – 6 Feb 1894

  • “Closing Out Sale at the New York Store” 1/4 page ad at top of first page with W. J. Fitzgerald identified as the receiver. The name of the store is NOT given, nor is any address included in the ad. Dodge City Democrat, February 10, 1894
  • “Washington Gossip” Dodge City Democrat, February 10, 1894
  • “They Want Revenge” Dodge City Democrat, February 10, 1894
  • “Real Estate Moving: Houston, Texas, Rapidly Coming tot he Front – The Real estate Market Active,” The Newton Semi-Weekly Journal (Newton, Kansas), 9 Feb 1894
  • “Elections Law: The Senate Passes the House Bill Unchanged,” The Newton Semi-Weekly Journal (Newton, Kansas), 9 Feb 1894
  • “Snider Acts: Threatens Orrin T. Welch with Imprisonment” The Newton Semi-Weekly Journal (Newton, Kansas), 9 Feb 1894.
  • “Bland’s Bill: It Is Taken Up by the House after Much Difficulty,” Newton Daily Republican (Newton, Kansas), 9 Feb 1894.
  • “U. P. Employes: Judge Riner of the United States Court Offers a Suggestion,” Newton Daily Republican (Newton, Kansas), 9 Feb. 1894.
  • “A Diabolical Deed: Bandits Wreck a Train Near Houston,” Newton Daily Republican (Newton, Kansas), 9 Feb 1894.
  • “Chicago’s Fish Supply,” Newton Daily Republican (Newton, Kansas), 9 Feb 1894.

Winnie Currey – 30 Jun 1903

  • “Additional Locals,” The Lansing News (Lansing, Kansas), 3 Jul 1903.
  • “King-Campbell Wedding,” The Lansing News (Lansing, Kansas) 3 Jul 1903.
  • “Prison News,” The Lansing News (Lansing, Kansas), 3 Jul 1903.
  • “Iowa Republican Convention Opens,” The Evening Standard (Leavenworth, Kansas), 1 Jul 1903.
  • “Hans’ Wyrick Badly Injured,” The Evening Standard (Leavenworth, Kansas), 1 Jul 1903.
  • “Julius Sawacski Is Dismissed by Court: The Wrong Allegation Had Been Made,” The Evening Standard (Leavenworth, Kansas), 1 Jul 1903.
  • “N’Nutt and Meeker Trials Tomorrow,” The Evening Standard (Leavenworth, Kansas), 1 Jul 1903.
  • “Last of the Dewey Testimony Yesterday,” The Leavenworth Times (Leavenworth, Kansas), 1 Jul 1903.
  • Eddie Hanlon and Benny Yanger Draw: Was a Fierce Fight from the Start,” The Leavenworth Times (Leavenworth, Kansas), 1 Jul 1903.
  • “Many Miners Buried in a Mine Explosion: Over Two Hundred Lives Were Lost,” The Leavenworth Times (Leavenworth, Kansas), 1 Jul 1903.

Edward Osmond Briles – 21 Jun 1891

  • “Stop and Read: What the New Store Has to Say,” (1/4 page ad) The Courier (Burlington, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “Over the County: A Large Grist of News from our Rustling Correspondents,” The Courier (Burlington, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “News of the Week: Gleaned by Telegraph and Mail,” Burlington Independent (Burlington, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “Kansas State News,” Burlington Independent (Burlington, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “The War in Chili,” Burlington Independent (Burlington, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “McDonald Dead,” Burlington Independent (Burlington, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “Spring Weather Calls for Spring Footwear: Chas, Kahnt & Co., (advertisement),” Burlington Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891
  • Buy Grain: Woodford Brothers, (advertisement),” Burlington Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “To Young Men: Able Appeal to Young Men by Rev. T. DeWitt Talmage,” Burlington Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “Shot Down: Col. S. N. wood Killed in a Court Room,” Burlington Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “McDonald Dead,” Burlington Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “Furious Storms: Damage Caused by Storms in Various Parts of the County,” Burlington Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “Kansas State News,” Burlington Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “News of the Week: Gleaned by Telegraph and Mail,” Le Roy Reporter (Le Roy, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “Kansas State News,” Le Roy Reporter (Le Roy, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “The War in Chili,” Le Roy Reporter (Le Roy, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “McDonald Dead,” Le Roy Reporter (Le Roy, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “Silver Advocates,” Le Roy Reporter (Le Roy, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “A Young Deluge,” Le Roy Reporter (Le Roy, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.

Pauline Mentzer – 28 Mar 1896

  • “Notice: About two more weeks remains to close out my stock (large ad by Sam Bukofzer),” Woodson County Advocate (Yates Center, Kansas), 3 Apr 1896.
  • “Spring Arrivals: Stockebrand & Stockebrand (large ad),” Woodson County Advocate (Yates Center, Kansas), 3 Apr 1896.
  • “Subsoiling in Greenwood County,” Woodson County Advocate (Yates Center, Kansas), 3 Apr 1896.
  • “Botkin’s Case,” Woodson County Advocate (Yates Center, Kansas), 3 Apr 1896.
  • “One Farmer’s Pluck,” Woodson County Advocate (Yates Center, Kansas), 3 Apr 1896.
  • “Sunday School Convention,” Woodson County Advocate (Yates Center, Kansas), 3 Apr 1896.
  • 1/2 page of advertising, Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 3 Apr 1896.
  • “Editorial Notes,” Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 3 Apr 1896.
  • “A Mortgage Ruling,” Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 3 Apr 1896.
  • “Heart of the World, by H. Rider Haggard,” The Neosho Falls Post (Neosho Falls, Kansas), 3 Apr 1896.
  • “Annual Assignments: Southwest Kansas M. E. Conference Stations the Preachers for Next Year,” The Neosho Falls Post (Neosho Falls, Kansas), 3 Apr 1896.
  • “Our Currency: Secretary Smith and ex-speaker Crips Meet in Debate,” The Neosho Falls Post (Neosho Falls, Kansas), 3 Apr 1896.
  • “Congress,” The Neosho Falls Post (Neosho Falls, Kansas), 3 Apr 1896.
  • “Mail Subsidies: A Sharp Debate Occurs Over Extending System,” The Neosho Falls Post (Neosho Falls, Kansas), 3 Arp 1896.
  • “Kansas State News,” The Neosho Falls Post (Neosho Falls, Kansas), 3 Apr 1896.

Even with this abundance of local newspapers, a search of Newspapers.com for birth announcements only turns up one such announcement.

Born

To Mr. and Mrs. J. Crawford of Allison street, a son.

“Born,” Newton Daily Republican (Newton, Kansas) 9 Feb 1894

Even though looking at the front pages of these papers was informative, I prefer to search the wealth of family information that can be found in these local papers.

Leslie Mentzer

Leslie George Mentzer was born on 23 Aug 1898 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.14

He was the child of Charles Oliver Mentzer and Nettie Adell Wells.3

George L Mentzer was listed in the household of Charles Mentzer as a 2 year old male born Aug 1898 in KS on the 1900 census living in North Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States.5

Lester Mentzer was listed as a 6 year old male who was born in Kansas in the household of C. O. Mentzer living in Neosho Falls, Woodson County, Kansas.6

Leslie G. Mentzer was listed in the household of Charles O. Mentzer as an 11 year old male who was born in Kansas on the 1910 census living in Liberty Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States.7

In Jan 1915, he was educated by Robt Throckmorton at Rose Mound School (District No. 9) in Coffey, Kansas, United States.89

Leslie Mentzer was listed in the household of C. O. Mentzer as a 16 year old male who was born in Kansas on the 1915 Kansas census living in Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kansas.10

Leslie registered for the military draft on 12 Sep 1918 in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States.11

Leslie Mentzer was listed in the household of Charles O. Mentzer as a 20 year old male who was born in Kansas  on the 1920 census living in Everett Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States.12

L G Mentzer was listed as a 26 year old male farmer who was born in Kansas on the 1925 Kansas census living in Everett Township, Woodson County, Kansas. Also listed in the household was his wife, V. M. Mentzer.13

On on 10 Jul 1926, he attended the Wells family reunion in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States.14

Leslie G. Mentzer was listed as a 31 year old male farmer who was born in Kansas on the 1930 census living in Geneva Township, Allen County, Kansas. Also listed in the household was his wife, Vesta and his 5 year old daughter, Lila.15

He lived in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States in Feb 1939.16

Leslie  purchased land being the NW 1/4 of Section 2 Township 24 of Range 17 to Arthur Van Loon, et. al. by trustee deed in May 1939 in Allen, Kansas, United States.1718

Leslie G. Mentzer was listed as a 41 year old male farmer who was born in Kansas living in Allen County, Kansas on the 1940 census. Also listed in the household is his wife, Vesta, a 15 year old daughter, Lila and a 9 year old son, William.19

He registered for the military draft  on 16 Feb 1942 in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States.20

He celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary on 17 Apr 1949 in Iola, Allen, Kansas, United States.21

In Feb 1952, Leslie spent several days with his daughter who is seriously ill in Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States.22

He attended the funeral of Philip Embry Mentzer  on 19 Jul 1952 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.2324

He is a very proud owners of a T.V. set in 1954.25

Leslie lived in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States in Aug 1955.26

He lived in Geneva Township, Allen, Kansas, United States in 1959.27

He lived in Geneva, Allen, Kansas in 1960.28

Leslie was active in the Neosho Falls Methodist Church.3

On on 21 Jul 1974, he attended Briles Family Reunion in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.29

He lived in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1976.30

Leslie lived in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States in Mar 1977.31

He attended the funeral of Herbert Wells Mentzer  on 28 Mar 1977 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.3234

He sold land being an interest in the NW 1/4 Section 2 Township 24 of Range 17 to Lila and Victor Bogacz and Bill and Marjorie Mentzer on 21 Dec 1984 in Allen, Kansas, United States.17,35

Leslie sold land being an interest in the NW 1/4 Secton 2 Township 24 of  Range 17 to Lila and Victor Bogacz and Bill and Marjorie Mentzer on 2 Jan 1985 in Allen, Kansas, United States.17,36

He died on 19 Apr 1988 at the age of 89 at Countryside Estates in Iola, Allen, Kansas, United States.1,3,3739

The funeral of he was held at 1:30 p.m. at the Neosho Falls United Methodist Church and was officiated by Rev. Gerald Pringle on 21 Apr 1988 in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States.3

Leslie was buried on 21 Apr 1988 at Cedarvale Cemetery in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States.1,3

Endnotes:

        1. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online April 2017), memorial for Leslie George Mentzer (1898-1988), Find a Grave Memorial no. #76727240, created by Rising Sun, citing Cedarvale Cemetery, Neosho Falls, Woodson County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by RusingSun, Leslie George Mentzer.

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

        3. “Death – Leslie G. Mentzer,” The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 19 April 1988, page 6; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 28 July 2021).

        4. Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, Kansas, 2016. Bible Charles O. Mentzer. passed down to Marcia Philbrick by Pauline Briles.

        5. 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

        6. 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

        7. 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)

        8. “Every Child in School,” The Daily Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 18 January 1915, image 6; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        9. “Rosemund School,” Coffey County Footprints (September 1986), page 87.

        10. 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)

        11. “World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” database, Ancestry (Ancestry.com : viewed online April 2017), Leslie George Mentzer.

        12. 1920 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Everett Township, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 155, Sheet 6A Image 11 of 14, household 116, Charles O Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T625

        13. 1925 Kansas census, Woodson County Kansas, State Census, Everett Township, Woodson County, Kansas, Page 10 Image 13 of 47, Mentzer C O; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017)

        14. “Newspaper clipping Yates Center, Kansas”, (), to (), “The Wells Reunion” probably from Yates Center News (Wells.Notebook);

        15. 1930 U.S. Census, Allen County, Kansas, population schedule, Geneva Township, Allen County, Kansas, ED 9, sheet 3B Image 6 of 9, household 71, Mentzer Leslie G; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online April 2017); NARA T626

        16. “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.

        17. Allen County, Kansas Deed Indexes. Book 105, page 141 (Doc. #: Mentzer.KS.026).

        18. “Real Estate Transfers,” The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 27 May 1939; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 July 2021).

        19. 1940 U.S. Census, Allen County, Kansas, population scheudle, Geneva Township, Allen County, Kansas, ED 1-9, Sheet 3A Image 6 of 11, household 65, Mentzer Leslie; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online April 2017); NARA T627

        20. “U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online December 2018), Leslie George Mentzer.

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

        22. “Geneva,” The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 19 February 1952, image 2; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        23. , “Attend Mentzer Rites, ” Funeral Attendees, unidentified clipping, Crawford Family Papers.

        24. , Obituary Clipping (N.p.: saved by Mrs. Pauline Briles, n.d.), Obituary of Philip E. Mentzer (likely from Yates Center News).

        25. “Local News,” The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 15 April 1954, page 10; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 10 June 2021).

        26. “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).

        27. Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, Leslie G Mentzer, 1959; database with images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online December 2018). Original Source: Kansas State Board of Agriculture.

        28. Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, Leslie G. Mentzer, 1960; .

        29. “Family Has Reunion,” The Emporia Gazette (Emporia, Kansas), 23 July 1974, page 8; Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 July 2021).

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

        31. “Deaths – Herbert W. Mentzer,” The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 25 March 1977, page 2; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 July 2021).

        32. “”In Memoriam” Herbert W. Mentzer LeRoy business man dies Friday a.m.,” undated clipping, from unidentified newspaper; Crawford Family Papers, (Charles Mentzer Notebook); privately held 2015 by Marcia Philbrick, , Seneca, KS.

        33. “Herbert W. Mentzer,” The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 25 March 1977, page 2; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 23 December 2019).

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

        35. “Real Estate Transfers,” The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 22 January 1985, page 5; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 July 2021).

        36. “Real estate transfers,” The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 16 February 1985, page 3; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 July 2021).

        37. Social Security Administration, “U.S. Social Security Death Index,” database, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online April 2017), Leslie G. Mentzer, 509-18-3467, before 1951.

        38. “Leslie G. Mentzer, 89,” trascription, Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kansas), 20 April 1988, obituary; GenealogyBank (www.genealogybank.com : viewed online April 2017).

        39. 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 May 2017), Leslite G. Mentzer.

Paul Mentzer

Paul Emory Mentzer1 was born on 28 Mar 1896 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.15

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

Paul Mentzer was listed as the son of Charles Mentzer on the 1900 census in Woodson County, Kansas. According to the census, Paul was born Mar 1896 in Kansas.7

He was listed as Paul Mentzer, an 8 year old male born in Kansas, on the 1905 census living in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 1 Jul 1905.8

The 1910 census shows a 13 year old single male born Kansas who was listed as Paul E. Mentzer living in Liberty Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States on 27 Apr 1910.9

The 1915 Kansas census shows an 18 year old agriculture laborer born in Kansas who was listed as Paul Mentzer in Neosho Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States.10

Paul registered for the draft on 5 Jun 1917 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.11

On 25 Apr 1918, he  departed aboard the Caronia as part of the 139th Infantry from New York, New York, United States.12

About Sep 1918, he  was wounded when a 9 inch shell burst near him while serving in Co. E 139th Infantry A.E.F. He had shrapnel wounds in his chest and and on his left leg just above his knee. He also was burned by the powder from the shell and gassed.1314

On 13 Jan 1919, Paul sent a Niagara Falls postcard to his sister, Mrs. E. O. Briles, stating that he was on his way to Funston.15

The 1920 census shows a 23 year old male born Kansas who was employed as a garage mechanic who was listed as Paul Mentzer living in Everett Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States.16

He married Ada Ellen Saferite on 25 Aug 1921 in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States.1720

He lived in Pittsburg, Crawford, Kansas, United States in 1925.21

He received Bachelor of Science Degree on 28 May 1925 in Pittsburg, Crawford, Kansas, United States.2224

In Aug 1925 Paul was  in Burr Oak, Jewell, Kansas, United States.25

In Aug 1926 he was a manual training instructor at the high school in Council Grove, Morris, Kansas, United States.26

He registered as a veteran of WWI in 1930 in Saline, Kansas, United States.27

The 1930 census shows a 34 year old male born in Kansas who was employed as a teacher who was listed as Paul E. Mentzer in Eureka Township, Saline, Kansas, United States.28

In Aug 1933 Paul was a principal in Gas, Allen, Kansas, United States.29

He lived at 247 Fillmore in Denver, Denver, Colorado, United States in 1937.30

He lived in Lyons, Boulder, Colorado, United States in Feb 1939.3132

The 1940 census shows a 44 year old male born in Kansas who was employed as a manual training teacher and who was listed as Paul Mentzer living in Lyons, Boulder, Colorado, United States.33

 About 1941, Paul was being treated for injuries suffered during World War I at Fitzsimmons Hospital in Denver, Denver, Colorado, United States.34

He registered for the draft in 1942 in Springfield, Baca, Colorado, United States.35

He lived in Springfield, Baca, Colorado, United States in Aug 1942.1,34

Paul died on 14 Aug 1942 in Lamar, Prowers, Colorado, United States at the age of 46.  He fractured his skull in an accident at a public school building in Springfield, Colorado.1,45,34,3639

He was buried on 18 Aug 1942 at Cedarvale Cemetery in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States.1,4,34,3841

        1. Paul Emory Mentzer, death certificate #10912 (August 1942), State of Colorado, Colorado Department of Health, Denver, Colorado.

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

        4. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online April 2017), memorial for Paul E. Mentzer (1896-1942), Find a Grave Memorial no. #118586494, created by larry gifford, citing Cedarvale Cemetery, Neosho Falls, Woodson County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by larry gifford, Paul E. Mentzer.

        5. “U.S., Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940,”Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (28 July 2021), Paul Emory Mentzer.

        6. 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), Paul Emory Mentzer.

        7. 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

        8. 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

        9. 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)

        10. 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)

        11. “World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” database, Ancestry (Ancestry.com : viewed online April 2017), Paul Emory Mentzer.[WebRecord].

        12. U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939, Paul E Mentzer, database with images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online 23 December 2019).

        13. “From Our Soldier Boys,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 11 October 1918, page 1; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 26 July 2021).

        14. “From Our Soldier Boys – Chaplain letter,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 11 October 1918, page 1; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 26 July 2021).

        15. Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, Kansas, 2016. Postcard from Paul Mentzer to Mrs. E. O. Briles dated 13 Jan 1919. passed down from Mrs. E. O. Briles to granddaughter, Marcia Philbrick.

        16. 1920 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Everett Township, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 155, Sheet 6A Image 11 of 14, household 116, Charles O Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T625

        17. Kansas State Department of Health and Environment, Office of Vital Statistics, Marriage License #104 445 (August 1921), Paul E. Mentzer and Ada E Sferite; Kansas State Department of Health and Environment, Topeka, KS.

        18. Marriage License Record, Woodson County, Kansas, Mentzer Marriage Affidavit, Woodson County Courthouse, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas.

        19. 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).

        20. “Mentzer-Saferite,” The Neosho Falls Post (Neosho Falls, Kansas), 9 September 1921, page 1; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 14 January 2021).

        21. 1925 Kansas Census, Crawford County, Kansas, Kansas census, Pittsburg, Crawford County, Kansas, page 28 Image 311 of 668, Paul E Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online January 2018)

        22. “Local News,” The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 29 May 1925, page 3; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 28 July 2021).

        23. United States, School Yearbooks, 1900-1999, Paul E Mentzer, 1925; Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online 28 July 2021).

        24. United States, School Yearbooks, 1900-1999, Paul E Mentzer – The Kanza 1925, 1925; .

        25. “Local and Personal,” Burr Oak Herald (Burr Oak, Kansas), 3 September 1925, page 2; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 28 July 2021).

        26. “Manual Teacher Here,” Council Grove Republican (Council Grove, Kansas), 27 August 1926, page 1; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 28 July 2021).

        27. “Kansas, Enrollment of WWI Veterans, 1930,” database online, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online December 2018), Paul Mentzer; ENrollment of Word War One Veterans or Their Widows and Orphans, 1930. Kansas State HIstorical Society.https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2955/40851_620305176_0921-00304?pid=26437.

        28. 1930 U.S. Census, Saline County, Kansas, Eureka, Saline County, Kansas, enumeration district (ED) ED6, sheet 2B, household 44, Paul E Mentzer; digital images,  (: viewed online January 2018).

        29. “Gas City Events,” The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 2 June 1933, page 5; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 28 July 2021).

        30. 1937 Denver Directory (Denver, Colorado: The Gazetteer Co., Inc., 1937), Denver, Colorado, p. 1625, Paul Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online April 2017).

        31. “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.

        32. “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).

        33. 1940 U.S. Census, Boulder County, Colorado, population schedule, Lyons, Boulder County, Colorado, enumeration district (ED) ED 7-20, sheet 8B, household 15, Paul Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online January 2018); NARA microfilm publication T627.

        34. “Local Teacher Killed in Fall from Roof of High Bldg.,” undated clipping, from unidentified newspaper; Crawford Family Papers, passed down from Pauline Briles to Marcia Philbrick; privately held 2021 by Marcia Philbrick, [address for private use], Seneca, KS.

        35. “U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,” digital images, NARA Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online April 2017), Paul Emory Mentzer; citing .

        36. 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)

        37. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007,” database on-line Paul Emory Mentzer.

        38. “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).

        39. “News of Neosho Falls,” The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 20 August 1942, page 2; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 26 July 2021).

        40. Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, “Applications for Headsones for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1963,” image, Ancestry.com, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online April 2017), Paul Emory Mentzer.

        41. “News of Neosho Falls,” The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 24 August 1942; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 26 July 2021).

Clippings

Do you have newspaper clippings in your genealogy files that have no source information? Do those clippings provide vital information that you can’t find in another source?

That’s my situation with one of the obituaries for my grandmother’s twin brother, Paul Mentzer. Paul died in Colorado. According to his death certificate, he died from a fractured skull.

This death certificate raises the question as to how Paul Mentzer fractured his skull. An obituary was located in the Iola Register from Iola, Kansas that does not provide any clues as to how this injury happened.

Paul Mentzer Rites Tuesday
(Special to the Register)
Neosho Falls, Aug. 17 — Word was received here by relatives Saturday of the death of Paul Mentzer of Springfield, Colo. Mr. Mentzer who was 46 years old, was a former resident of Neosho Falls but for the past 7 years had taught in the schools at Springfield.
The body arrived in Iola this morning and was accompanied by Mrs. Mentzer and the couple’s two sons, Delos and Eugene. Before her marriage Mrs. Mentzer was Ada Saferite of Neosho Falls.
He is also survived by his father, C. O. Mentzer, Neosho Falls; two sisters, Mrs. Pauline Briles and Mrs. Gladys Green of Emporia; and two brothers, Leslie, Neosho Falles, and Herbert of near LeRoy.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Neosho Falls Methodist Church with burial in Cedarvale cemetery.

“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).

Having found one obituary in the Iola Register, one might not continue looking. However, I didn’t stop looking and found one with a few more details.

News of Neosho Falls
Neosho Falls, Aug. 19 – Funeral services for Paul Mentzer, who was accidentally killed while working on a building at Springfield, Colo., Saturday afternoon, was held at the Methodist church here Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, conduced by the Rev. R. L. Kuhns, pastor of the church. A mixed quartet composed of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Leedy, Miss Marion Farhum and Herbert Tidd sang “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere” and “No, Night There” accompanied on the piano by Mrs. Ray Tidd. Interment was made in Cedervale cemetery here.

“News of Neosho Falls,” The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 20 August 1942, page 2; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 26 July 2021).

However, it is that clipping that my grandmother saved that has the most information. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to locate a digital copy of the obituary.

Local Teacher Killed in Fall from Roof of High Bldg.
Paul Mentzer, 46, manual training insructor in the high school died at the Maxwell hospital in Lamar Friday night at 8:30, after suffering fatal injuries in a fall from the road of the local high school about 5:30 Friday afternoon. He suffered a fractured skill.
With John Baro and M. O. White, janitors, he was repairing the roof of the school building, when a rope on a scaffold on which he was working broke. He lost his balance and fell about twnety feet tot he roof of the furnace room. He was rushed to a physician and then taken to Lamar. He died without regaining consciousness.
Survivors include his wife, Ada M. Mentzer, and two sons, Deloss, 19, and Eugene 14, all of Springfield. He came to this school system at mid-term last year from Denver, where he had been a patient in the fitzsimmons hospital for injuries received in the last war. He had been retired as instructor again this year.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Methodist church. The body was shipped to Neosho Falls, Kas., for burial. The Rich Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Mentzer’s cheerful presence will be sorely missed in our schools this year. During his short residence in Springfield he had mad a great many friends. he was ever popular among both faculty and student body.

Thus, I’m thankful that my grandmother saved the clipping. I just wished she had provided a few details about where she got the obituary. I’m also thankful I have kept these unsourced obituaries that my grandmothers saved.