Honoring the Veterans in My Family

Anyone who has lived in Emporia, Kansas realizes that Veteran’s Day is a MAJOR holiday. Today, we take time to honor those who have served and who are serving. Thus, I would like to take a walk thru my family tree to honor my veteran ancestors.

World War II

Eugene Crawford

Between 15 Feb 1945 and 1 Aug 1946, Eugene served at the Naval Training Center in Gulfport, Mississippi and at the Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Illinois. He shipped out on the USS Oneida (APA-221) towards the end of the War in the Pacific as seaman 1st class in the U.S. Naval Reserves. He received the Victory Medal and the American Campaign Medal.


Esther Crawford Noll

Esther served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in the European Theater between 1942 and 1945.

Hugh Judson Crawford

Hugh Crawford served in the U.S. Navy Seabees

Walter Emery Briles

Walter enlisted in March 1942 in Los Angeles, California serving in the U.S. Army. Walter was discharged in 1944 but re-enlisted in 1946 and served until 1958.

World War I

Leon Crawford

LeonCrawford began his military service on 26 April 1917 in Dodge City, Kansas. He was appointed wagoner 2nd class gunner in the 25th AA Battery, 1st AA Sector. Leon was a wagoner at St. Misner 2nd Battle of the Marne from 31 March 1918 to 31 May 1918 in France.

Leon served with others from Dodge City including his brother-in-law Russel Horton and his brother, Marion.

War between the States

Washington Marion Crawford

Washington Marion Crawford enlisted in Company H of the 2nd Regiment of the New York Calvary Volunteers on 3 August 1861 serving as a sergeant. W. M. Crawford was captured in September 1863 and was imprisoned in Andersonville and Belle Isle. He was paroled on 7 Dec 1864 in Florence, South Carolina.

Richmond Fisk Hammond

Richmond Fisk Hammond enlisted as a private in Company E 177 Illinois Volunteers on 26 May 1861. He also served in the 1st Illinois Calvary Volunteers and in Company D 14th Regiment Illinois Calvary. Richmond Hammond was captured near Atlanta, Georgia on 5 Aug 1864 and was imprisoned at Andersonville.

Richmond Hammond and Washington Marion Crawford both moved to Dodge City, Kansas after the war. Richmond’s daughter, Josie, married Washington’s son Judson in Dodge City.

Other Civil War Veterans

Hiram M. Currey served as a private in Company B of the 12th Regiment of the Kansas State Militia in 1864.

Albert Hutchi(n)son began his military service on 1 Sept 1862 in Independence, Iowa. He served as a private in Company D of the 1st Regiment of the Iowa Calvary Volunteers. Albert re-enlisted on 1 Jan 1864 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Noah Washington Briles enlisted on 13 Jun 1861 in Ottumwa, Iowa serving in Company I of the 1st Regiment Iowa Calvary Volunteers. His father, Alexander Briles served in 1864 under Captain John Douglas in Company I of the Kansas State Militia.

James Marshall Ricketts enlisted 11 Sept 1863 in Indianapolis, Indiana serving in Company K of the 7th Indiana Cavalry.

George Mentzer began his military service on 25 Sep 1861 serving in Company C of the 24th Massachusetts Infantry.

Alexander Briles served with the Kansas Militia under Captain John Douglas in Company I.

Revolutionary War

Nathaniel Hammond served the revolutionary cause by supplying provisions to the soldiers families between 1776 and 1783 in Bolton, Connecticut.

There could easily be other revolutionary war ancestors in my tree. However, I haven’t proven my descent from any of the other known patriots.

100 Years Ago

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

1)  Determine where your ancestral families were on 18 May 1919 – 100 years ago.

2)  List them, their family members, their birth years, and their residence location (as close as possible).  Do you have a photograph of their residence from about that time, and does the residence still exist?

My Grandparents

  • Leon Crawford was living with his parents at 504 Ave G in Dodge City
  • Winnie Letha Currey was likely living with her sister, Myrtle. Winnie traveled from Kansas City to Dodge City in 1918 to help Myrtle with the birth of her first child, Dorothy. Winnie and Leon were married on Christmas Eve in 1919 at Myrtle’s house.
  • Edward O. Briles and his wife Pauline (Mentzer) Briles were likely living in Woodson County in 1919. Edward’s World War I draft card indicated they were living in Everett Township, Woodson County in June of 1917. By 1920, they had moved to Allen County.

My Great Grandparents

  • Judson Foster Crawford and Josie Winifred (Hammond) Crawford were living at 504 Avenue G in Dodge City, Kansas.
  • Hiram Miles Currey was living at 4108 Penn Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri. His wife, Winnie May (Hutchinson) Currey, was no longer living.
  • Edward Grant Briles and Frances Artlissa (Ricketts) Briles were living in Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas
  • Charles Oliver Mentzer and Nettie Adell (Wells) Mentzer were living in Everett Township, Woodson County, Kansas.

My Great-great grandparents

  • Mary Foster Crawford was living at 911 Second in Dodge City, Kansas. Her husband, Washington Marion Crawford, was no longer living.
  • Richmond Fisk Hammond was living in Sawtelle Soldier’s Home in Los Angeles, California. His first wife, Sarah Ellen (Ralston) Hammond was no longer lving.
  • Sarah Jane (Thompson) Briles was living in Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kansas. Her first husband, Noah Washington Briles, was no longer living.
  • James Marshall Ricketts and Rachel Elmeda (Christy)Rickets were living in Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas.
  • Emeline (Minnick) Mentzer was living in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas. Her husband, George Mentzer, was no longer living.

Two Degrees

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music):1)  Using your ancestral lines, how far back in time can you go with two degrees of separation?  That means “you knew an ancestor, who knew another ancestor.”  When was that second ancestor born?

My first thought was that I knew my great-grandmother, Josie Crawford.

Crawford Line: Josie Hammond Crawford was born in 1874. She would have known her grandfather, Horatio Hammond (1798-1879) and grandparents, James Barr Ralston (1811-1904) and Nancy Jane McCormick (1818-1907).

Josie would have also known her in-laws: Washington Marion Crawford (1838-1889) and Mary Foster Crawford (1842-1929). Josie’s father-in-law was a prisoner of war at Andersonville, as was her father, Richmond Fisk Hammond (1840-1928).

Currey Line: I kne my grandmother, Winnie Letha Currey (1903-1992). Winnie did not know any of her grandparents since they all died prior to her birth. Her mother, Winnie Mae Hutchinson, died in 1913, when my grandmother was ten. My grandmother did not know much about her heritage. Her thirst for knowledge about her mother’s family is what started my genealogy quest.

Briles Line: I knew my grandfather, Edward Osmond Briles (1891-1956). His grandfather, Noah Washington Briles (1840-1879) died before he was born. His grandmother, Sarah Jane Thompson Briles (1843) was still living in Coffey county, Kansas near where his parents lived. Also living in the area were his other grandparents,James Marshall Ricketts (1847-1920) and Rachel Elmeda Christy (1845-1927). Also living in the area was E. O. Briles’ great grandfather, Alexander Briles (1813-1900). Several of his other great granparents were living, but not in Coffey county, Kansas. William Taylor Thompson (1820-1898) and his wife, Polly Ann Evans (1821-1896) were living in Wapello County, Iowa. Orilda Matilda Reed Ricketts (1828-1900) was living in Clinton county, Indiana. Samuel Christy (1819-1904) was also living in Clinton county, Indiana. Whether the families visited each other is unknown.

Mentzer Line: I knew my great-grandfather, Charles Oliver Mentzer (1869-1955). He would have known his grandfather, John Minnick (1822-1903).

I connect within two degrees of separation to my third great grandfather, Horatio Hammond. Horatio Hammond was living in Knox county, Illinois where Josie Winifred Hammond was born.

Pauline E. Briles

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

Film E1506

KS State Historical Society

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

Nettie Adell Wells

nettie wellsNettie Adell Wells was born on 5 Feb 1873 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.116 She lived in Liberty Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 1 Jul 1875.17 She was found on the 1875 Kansas census as a 13 year old female and was listed as Nettie Wells. She lived in Liberty, Woodson, Kansas, USA on 1 Mar 1885.18

Nettie was also known as Nettie Adell Mentzer on 18 Oct 1893.19

Nettie Adell Wells and Charles Oliver Mentzer were married on 18 Oct 1893 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.23,5,11,13,15,19,3143

She lived in North Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 1 Jul 1895.20 She was found on the 1895 Kansas census as a 21 year old female born IN who came to Kansas from Ind and was listed as L.O. Mentzer.

On 28 Mar 1896, Paul Emory Mentzer was born in in Woodson County, Kansas.21 On 28 Mar 1896, Pauline Edith Mentzer was born in in Woodson County, Kansas. On 23 Aug 1898, Leslie George Mentzer was born in in Woodson County, Kansas.

She lived in North Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 26 Jun 1900.22 Nettie A Mentzer was listed as the wife of Charles Mentzer on the 1900 census. She was 25 years old having been born Feb 1875 in Kansas. She and Charles had been married 6 years. Nettie was the mother of 4 children, all of whom were living.

On 20 Jul 1900, Herbert Wells Mentzer was born in in Woodson County, Kansas.

Nettie lived in Neosho Falls Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 1 Jul 1905.23 She was found on the 1905 Kansas census as a 32 year old female born in Kansas who was listed as N. A. Mentzer.

She lived in Liberty Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States on 27 Apr 1910.24 a 37 year old female born Kansas who has been married 16 years and has 5 living children and was listed as Nettie A. Mentzer She lived in Neosho Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States on 1 Jul 1915.25 She was found on the 1915 Kansas census as a 42 year old female born in Kansas who was listed as N. A. Mentzer.

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Nettie lived in Everett Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 10 Feb 1920.26 She was found on the 1920 census as a 47 year old female born Illinois and was listed as Nettie Mentzer. She lived in Everett Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 1 Jul 1925.6,27 She was found on the 1925 Kansas census as a 52 year old female born in Kansas who was listed as N. A. Mentzer.

Nettie A Mentzer was listed on the 1930 census as the 57 year old wife of Charles O Mentzer. Nettie married Charles at the age of 20. Nettie was born in Kansas. Nettie lived in Neosho, Kansas, United States on 9 May 1938.29

She died on 9 Feb 1939 at the age of 66 in Neosho Falls Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States.1,4,7,1012,16,30 She was buried on 12 Feb 1939 at Yates Center Cemetery in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.1,4,7,1011,16

  1. Nettie Adell Mentzer, death certificate #104 2410 (9 February 1938), Kansas State Board of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Topeka, Kansas.
  2. Charles Mentzer family, Holy Bible Self Pronouncing Edition (: , ); Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, Kansas, stored in filing cabinet. Hereinafter cited as Holy Bible Self Pronouncing Edition.
  3. Marriage License Record, Woodson County, Kansas, Woodson County Courthouse, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas.
  4. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online July 2016), memorial for Charles Oliver Mentzer (1869-1955), Find a Grave Memorial no. # 55747430, created by J Geoghan, citing Yates Center Cemetery, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by RisingSun, Charles Oliver Mentzer.
  5. Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004), Source number: 128.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: MP1.
  6. Ancestry.com, Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009), Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1925 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: KS1925_167; Line: 17.
  7. Ancestry.com, U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012).
  8. , Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925, Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1885 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: KS1885_143; Line: 15.
  9. , Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925, Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1905 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: ks1905_173; Line: 10.
  10. BillionGraves, digital images of tombstone, BillionGraves (billiongraves.com : viewed online December 2018), memorial for Nettie A. Mentzer (1873-1939), BillionGraves created by mcphilbrick, citing Yates Center Cemetery, Yates Center Kansas; accompanying photograph by AK, Nettie A. Mentzer.
  11. “Mrs. C. O. Mentzer,” undated clipping, from unidentified newspaper; Crawford Family Papers, saved by Mrs. Pauline Briles and passed down to Marcia Philbrick; privately held 2018 by Marcia Philbrick, [address for private use], Seneca, KS.
  12. Memorial Record of Nettie Adell Mentzer, Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, Kansas, 2016. H. R. Campbell Funeral Home. saved by Mrs. Pauline Briles and passed down to Marcia Philbrick.
  13. Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, , Seneca, Kansas, 2016. Wells Family Bible. copy obtained from Doris Ryan, daughter of Cecile Mentzer Beine.
  14. Kansas, County Marriages, 1811-1911, Nettie Wells, database with images, Ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online December 2018. Original Source: Marriage Records. Kansas Marriages. Family Search, Salt Lake City, UT.
  15. Descendants of Ozias Wells and Mary Kennedy, Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, , Seneca, Kansas, 2016. Wells.KS.010. typewritten report likely obtained from Doris Ryan.
  16. Transcriptions from Yates Center Cemetery, Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, , Seneca, Kansas, 2016. Mentzer.KS.001. recorded my Michael and Marcia Philbrick; transcribed by Marcia Philbrick.
  17. 1875 Kansas Census, Woodson County, Kansas, Kansas State Census, Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas, image 6 of 8, household 69, T K Wells; digital image, Family Search (www.familysearch.org : viewed online December 2018).
  18. 1885 Kansas State Census, Woodson County, Kansas, Kansas State Census, Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 43, household 36, T. K. Wells; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016); Kansas State Historical Society. https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/1088/ks1885_143-0166/791971.
  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). Hereinafter cited as History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas.
  20. 1895 Kansas State Census, Woodson County Kansas, Kansas State Census, North Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 12, family 2, Chas O Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online December 2018); Kansas State Historical Society. https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/1088/ksv115_164-0333?pid=5871776.
  21. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007,” database on-line, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2017), Paul Emory Mentzer. Found online at https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=60901&h=628017809&ssrc=pt&tid=115166653.
  22. 1900 U.S. Census, North Township, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, North Township, ED 186, Sheet 1A, household 2, Charles Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); FHL microfilm: 1240503. https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/7602/4120168_00936/17285777.
  23. 1905 Kansas Census, Neosho Falls, Woodson County, state census, Neosho Falls, page 12 (image 152 of 173), dwelling 72, Mentzer C. O.; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online March 2016). https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/1088/ks1905_173-0108/3991131.
  24. 24. 1910 U.S. Census, Liberty Township, Coffey County, Kansas, population schedule, Liberty Township, Coffey County, Kansas, ED 15, sheet 7B, household 124, Charles O Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017).https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/7884/31111_4328330-00622/132643224.
  1. 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). https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/1088/ks1915_48-0462?pid=2954799.
  2. 1920 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Everett Township, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 155, Sheet 6A, household 116, Charles O Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T625. https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/6061/4300898_00954/96814037.
  3. 1925 Kansas census, Woodson County Kansas, State Census, Everett Township, Woodson County, Kansas, image 13 of 47, Mentzer C O; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online December 2018). https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/1088/KS1925_167-0204/8373851.
  4. 1930 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population Schedule, Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, ED 104-6, Sheet 4B, household 126, Mentzer Charles O; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA T626. https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/6224/4584655_00480/34040161.
  5. “Yates Center News”, (Yates Center, Kansas), to (), “Died: Mentzer” 12 May 1938, page 2, col. 3(George Mentzer Notebook); ,
  6. Pauline Mentzer Briles family, The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments King James Version (: The World Publishing Company, ); Letha Doolittle, San Bernardino, California, Transcription (Charles Mentzer Notebook). Hereinafter cited as The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments.
  7. Duncan, L. Wallace and Chas F. Scott, History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas, p. 681 (George Mentzer Notebook).
  8. , History of Woodson County Kansas (Dallas, Texas: Curtis Media Corporation, 1987), “Mentzer, George Family” p. 198-199. Hereinafter cited as History of Woodson County Kansas.
  9. Woodson County, Kansas, Marriage Records, vol. E:180, Charles O. Mentzer-Nettie A. Wells, 18 Oct 1893; database with images, “Kansas County Marriages, 1840-1935,” [Film]FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 17 January 2015).
  10. Kansas, County Marriages, 1811-1911, Charles O Mentzer – Nettie A. Wells, 18 Oct 1893; database with images, Ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online June 2017. Original Source: Marriage Records. Kansas Marriages. Family Search, Salt Lake City, UT.
  11. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT: Yates Publishing, 2004), Charles Oliver Mentzer – Nettie Adell Wells.
  12. , Marriage Record (Yates Center: Woodson County, Kansas, n.d.), Book E page 180.
  13. , Kansas, County Marriages, 1811-1911, database with images, Ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.com : . Original Source: Marriage Records. Kansas Marriages. Family Search, Salt Lake City, UT. (N.p.: n.p., n.d.), viewed online; June 2017; Charles O Mentzer – Nettie A. Wells; 18 Oct 1893.
  14. , Charles Mentzer family, Holy Bible Self Pronouncing Edition (: , ); Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, Kansas. Hereinafter cited as Holy Bible Self Pronouncing Edition. (N.p.: n.p., n.d.), stored in filing cabinet.
  15. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT: Yates Publishing, 2004), [Cd]
  16. “Personals,” Woodson County Advocate (Yates Center, Kansas), 31 October 1924, page 4; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online December 2018).
  17. Mentzer, George, Family Bible of Emeline Minnick Mentzer (: , ); Doris Ryan, Yates Center, KS, (Doc. #: Mentzer.KS.006). Hereinafter cited as Family Bible of Emeline Minnick Mentzer.
  18. , “The Mentzers,” In the Beginning (Woodson County Historical Society), 15 (No. 58): pp 3-5.
  19. “Married,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 20 October 1893, page 2; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online December 2018). Found online at https://www.newspapers.com/image/385470215/?terms=Nettie%2BMentzer.

Charles Oliver Mentzer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ENDNOTES

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

Range 14 East 6th PM Index

Have you ever had trouble documenting a father/son relationship? Or, have you had trouble separating records for men of the same name? My go to source in these situations has been the land records.

In Kansas, we are lucky in that most counties maintain what is called the Range Index. Basically, this is an index of the land transactions for the range. What is nice about this index is that each quarter section has its own page. Thus, it is easy to see how land was transferred over time.

Last August, I was able to travel to Woodson County, Kansas to track down a court case and to obtain copies of the land records for my Mentzer, Wells, and Ricketts families. Below is a transcription of the information found in the index for Range 14.

Woodson County, Kansas
Range 14 Index

KS-Woodson-range-index-14 Page 2SE Quarter Section 25, Township 25, Range 14 East 6th P.M.

  • L. Rup cw Grantor George Mentzer Grantee – Oct 14 1899 WD 3800 filed Nov 18 1899 Book 33 page 453
  • George Mentzer cw Grantor – Henry A Mentzer Grantee — Sept 22, 1904 WD 4000 filed Sept 24 1904 Book 40 page 320

SW Quarter Section 25 Township 24 Range 14 East 6th PM

  • L. Rup cw Grantor to George Mentzer Grantee Oct 14 1899 WD $3800 filed Nov 18 1899 Book 33 page 453
  • Geo Mentzer cs Grantor to Philip E Mentzer Grantee Sept 22 1904 WD $4000 filed Sept 24, 1904 Book 40 page 321

KS-Woodson-range-index-14 Page 4NE Quarter Section 36 Township 24 Range 14 East 6th PM

  • L. Rup cw Grantor to George Mentzer Grantee Oct 14 1899 WD 3800 filed Nov 18 1899 Book 33 page 453
  • Geo Mentzer Grantor to Charles [I] Mentzer Grantee May 28 1903 WD $3500 Filed June 1, 1903 Book 41 page 93

NW Quarter Section 23 Township 23 Range 14 East 6th PM

  • Geo Storch cw Grantor to Wm L Wells Grantee March 26 1885 WD $889.95 filed March 28 1885 Book R page 279
  • Wm L Wells cs Grantor to D Pyatt Grantee May 28 1887 WD $1440 filed Nov 2 1887 Book V page 510
  • Sheriff Grantor to W. L. Wells Grantee May 21 1994 SD $1000 filed Jan 6 1899 Book 3 page 336

NE Quarter Section 25 Township 23 Range 14 East 6th PM

  • MK&T Rw cw Grantor to Wm L Wells Grantee Oct 21 1883 WD $920 filed Jan 17 1884 Book P 487
  • W. L. Wells cs to David Watson Grantee Oct 27 1883 WD $1920 filed March 18 1884 Book P page 578

NE Quarter Section 2 Township 24 Range 14 East 6th PM
Mortgage only

NE Quarter Section 9 Township 24 Range 14 East 6th PM

  • M K & T Rw Co Grantor Chas K Wells Grantee May 31 1884 WD $240 E 1/2 filed Aug 15 1884 Book S page 165

NW Quarter Section 9 Township 24 Range 14 East 6th PM

  • MK & T Rw Co Grantor to C K Wells Grantee May 28 1884 WD $880 filed Aug 19 1884 Book S page 174

SW Quarter Section 28 Township 24 Range 14 East 6th PM

  • Wm H Sh[e?ors] Grantor to Chas K Wells Grantee Aug 13 1885 WD $6720 filed Aug 13 1885 Book R page 452
  • C K Wells cs Grantor to F L Kinney Grantee July 26 1894 WD $3000 filed July 30 1894 Book 29 page 139
  • F L Kin[ney] Grantor to C K. Wells Grantee July 28 1894 WD $3000 filed Nov 27 1894 Book 28 page 835
  • W. H. Brow[?] Grantor to C K Wells Grantee June 28 1899 WD $1000 Filed Jan 17 1902 Book 36 page 395

SE Quarter Section 29 Township 24 Range 14 East 6th PM

  • Wm H Shea[?ar] Grantor to C K Wells Grnatee Aug 13 18815 WD $6720 filed Aug 13 1885 Book R page 252
  • Chas K Wells cs Grantor to Frank Stamf[ield] Grantee Feb 9 1892 WD $4080 filed Feb 11 1892 Book 27 page 475
  • Frank Stampfli Grantor to Charles K Wells Feb 10 1892 WD $4080 filed May 23 1892 BOok 26 page 439
  • Charles K Wells cs Grantor to F Kimsey Feb [?] WD $2000 filed Feb 2 1900 Book 31 page 591

SW Quarter Section 29 Township 24 Range 14 East 6th PM

  • Wm H She[arew] Grantor to C K Wells Grantee Aug 13 1885 WD $6720 filed Aug 3 1885 Book R page 452
  • C K Wells cs Grantor to Frank Stampfle Grantee Feb 9 1892 WD $4080 filed Feb 11 1892 Book 27 page 475
  • Frank Stampfle Grantor to Charles K Wells Grnatee Feb 10 1892 WD $4080 Filed May 23 1892 Book 26 page 439

NW Quarter Section 29 Township 24 Range 14 East 6th PM

  • Wm H Shea Grantor to Chas K wells Grantee Aug 13 1885 WD $6720 Filed Aug 13 1885 Book R page 452
  • Chas K Wells cs Grantor to Frank Stampfle Grantee Feb 9 1892 WD $4080 filed Feb 11 1892 Book 27 page 475
  • Frank Stampfle Grantor to Chas K Wells Grantee Feb 10 1892 WD $4080 Filed May 23 1892 Book 26 page 439
  • Charles K Wells cw Grantor to F Kinney Grantee Feb 1 1900 WD $1000 filed Feb 2 1900 Book 31 page 590

SE Quarter Section 31 Township 24 Range 14 East 6th PM

  • MK&T Rw Co Grantor to C K Wells Grantee July 3 1888 WD $672 filed Dec 7 1888 Book I (or J) page 139
  • C K Wells cw Grantor to Anton Luik Nov 10 1898 WD $1200 filed Feb 28 1899 Book 32 page 626

NW Quarter Section 31 Township 24 Range 14 East 6th PM

  • Wm H. Shea cw Grantor to Chas K Wells Grantee Aug 13 1885 Wd $6720 N 1/2 filed Aug 13 1885 Book R page 452
  • M K & T Rw Co Grantor to C. K. Wells Grantee July 3 1888 WD $1203.41 S 1/2 Filed Dec 7 1888 Book I (or J) page 136

SW Quarter Section 31 Township 24 Range 14 East 6th PM

  • MK&T Rw Co Grantor to C K Wells Grante July 3 1888 WD $1203.41 filed Dec 7 1888 Book I (or J) page 136
  • C. K. Wells cw Grnator to Ferdinand Wagner Grantee Nov 10 1898 WD $800 filed Jan 14 1899 Book 32 page 604

SE Quarter Section 36, Township 24, Range 14 East 6th PM

  • Geo W. Allen Grantor to Fred Mentzer Grnatee Feb 8 1899 WD $3200 Filed March 25 1899 Book 31 page 433

Creamery Mess Part 2

After doing some research on Newspapers.com and the web for the Yates Center Creamery, I have been able to put together a better timeline. I even found summaries for two of the Kansas Supreme Court cases.

I still have some major documents to locate that will require trips to Topeka and/or to Yates Center, Kansas.

  • District Court Cases
  • Kansas Supreme Court Cases (entire files)
  • Corporation papers — likely with the Kansas Secretary of State

Below is what I’ve located regarding George Mentzer and the Yates Center Creamery.

19 Mar 1897 – Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas) page 5 on Newspapers.com

H.D. Burlingame, president of the creamery association, is doing some good work for that promising new industry. He has been soliciting shares this week and has met with flattering success.

26 Mar 1897, Fri – The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas) image 5

An interesting meeting of the Yates Center creamery association promoters was held at the G.A.R. hall last Saturday. The committee appointed to solicit stock reported that enough stock has been taken and a sufficient number of cows pledged to guarantee a success of the creamery, and we were authorized to say that work will be commenced on the building next week if the weather will permit. An explanation was made by the secretary as to the mode of paying the notes signed by the stock holder for their respective shares, that they would be paid out of the sinking fund provided and profits of the business and would be returned to the maker as soon as the indebtedness on the buildings and machinery was paid. Also that the shareholders would only be responsible for double the amount of the stock they take and not to be responsible for any one elses shares. Everyone present expressed a desire to see the creamery made a success and with that feeling there is no reason for failure. About $215 was reported as having been subscribed as a donation to the association by the business men and citizens of the city to be applied on the building and payable when building is completed. There will be a meeting next Saturday at 2 p.m. at the same place and everybody that wishes to take stock or is interested in the creamery in anyway is earnestly requested to be present. The object is to give all an opportunity to learn more about the methods of conducting the different branches of the work and have more stock taken, for the more that is taken and the greater the amount of milk furnished from the very start the sooner your notes will be paid and the greater the profits will be for each share holder.

27 Apr 1897 The Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital (Topeka, Kansas) 27 Apr 1897, Tue – image 5 on Newspapers.com

New Charters Issued

The Yates Center Creamery association capital stock, $2,500. The directors are D. M. Ray, George Mentzger, A. L. Dutro, H. D. Burlingame, Fred Wilkinson, C. R. Davidson and H. H. Winter.

7 Jan 1898, Fri – Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas) image 5

Creamary Meeting

The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Yates Center Creamery Association was held in the creamery building last Monday afternoon. Among other things it was determined to change the constitution of the corporation so that the board of directors could fix the price of butter for every two weeks or one month in advance, that milk to be paid for every two weeks and that milk should be tested twice a month instead of three times a week as heretofore. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President, A. Schwenson; vice-president, F. H. Spencer; sec., Fred Wilkinson: treas., H. H. Winter: trustees, Geo. Mentzer, Center township; A. D. Fletcher, Owl Creek township: A. L. Dutro, Liberty township. The secretary reported the total amount of milk received last year: 445,499 pounds, total amount of butter, 17,163 pounds: total amount received for butter, butter milk and cream, $2,959; amount of running expenses, about $1,034: total amount paid out $3,037.72.

14 Feb 1902 – The Toronto Republican (Toronto, Kansas) image 4 – on Newspapers.com

Kirkpatrick & Holmes, attorneys for Geo. Mentzer and Fred Wilkinson, have brought a suit to wind up the affairs of the Yates Center Creamery Association, and to compel the stockholders to bear their proportion of the indebtedness, all of which has been adjusted by Messrs. Mentzer and Wilkinson. The indebtedness aggregates about $4,000.00. There are almost 40 defendants, probably by far the greatest number ever connected with a case in this county. It is safe to predict that these attorneys will make the case red hot, and that the affairs of the creamery will shortly be settled.

21 Feb 1902, Fri – The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas) image 5 on Newspapers.com

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

7 Mar 1902, Fri – The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas) image 5 on Newspapers.com

The stockholders in the Yates Center creamery association are being sued on the double liability clause of the constitution – Fredonia Citizen

19 Mar 1902 The Citizen (Howard, Kansas) image 4 – on Newspapers.com

It Depends

The stockholders of the Yates Center Creamery association are being sued on the double liability clause of the constitution. – Fredonia Citizen

21 Mar 1902 The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas) image 5 on Newspapers.com

District court

Judge Stillwell convened court here Tuesday morning and the following cases were disposed of up to this morning:

George Mentzer et al vs Yates Center Creamer Association, Deft given leave to plead instanter

20 Jun 1902, Fri – The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas) image 5 on Newspapers.com

District Court

District court convened Tuesday, Judge Stillwell presiding. The following cases were disposed of up to this morning:

Geo Mentzer et al vs Yates Center Creamery Association et al, continued.

4 Jul 1902, Fri – The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas) image 4 on Newspapers.com

The Yates Center News says the 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 Reporter

30 Oct 1902, Thu – The Fort Scott Weekly Tribune (Fort Scott, Kansas) image 3

D. B. Williams, manager of the Fort Scott creamery, went out to Yates Center this morning to see what arrangements he could make to have the butter fat of that territory shipped to his creamery here. The Yates Center Creamery recently closed down and the farmers out there have no market for their cream. They want to sell it here. The trains now run so that it could be handled here nicely and Mr. Williams wants to do it. Some of the farmers living as far out as the flint hills would like to shop their butter fat here, but the trains do not run so it can be handled to advantage.

31 Oct 1902, Fri – The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas) image 5 on Newspapers.com

Court Docket

Mentzer vs Y.C. creamery association et al

14 Nov 1902, Fri – The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas) image 5 – on Newspapers.com

Art Dutro came in from Ft. Dodge Tuesday evening to attend court. He is one of the defendants in the creamery case which will be heard before Judge Stillwell this term of court.

10 Apr 1903 – The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas) 1- Apr 1903, Fri image 8

Final Notice

List of lands and town lots sold at tax sale September 4, 1900

Notice is hereby given that the following list of lands and town lots in the county of Woodson and State of Kansas were sold for taxes by the county treasurer of said county and state on the 4th day of September 1900, under and by virtue of the laws in force for such cases made and provided. Now, unless the owners of such lands and town lots shall redeem the same on or before September 4, 1903, the holders of certificates of purchase will be entitled to deeds therefor. Conveyance will be made to said holders of certificates on presentation of said certificates to the county clerk of Woodson county, Kansas, after the date last above mentioned.

The names of owners, so far as known, and the amounts necessary to redeem are as follows, to wit:

Yates Center City

Y C Creamery Asso., lots 40 and 41 in south add … 243.39

29 May 1903, Fri – The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas) image 1

Court Docket

Following is the court docket for June term 1903. Term convenes June 9, 1903.

Geo Mentzer et al vs The Yates Center Creamery Association

5 Jun 1903, Fri – The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas) image 1 on Newspapers.com

Commissioners Court

The commissioners were in session the first three days of the week, all members present, as a board of equalization. Not many people appeared with complaints. They ordered the county clerk to equalize the valuation of all cattle in the various township of the count to $9.50 and the horses at $23.75 per head. The value of the Yates Center Creamery was reduced from $640 to $350.

10 Jul 1903, Fri – The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas) image 5 on Newspapers.com

District Court

Judge Foust and Stenographer Finney came Monday to hold an adjourned term of court. The following cases were disposed of:

Mentzer et al vs. Creamery. Taken under advisement

30 Oct 1903, Fri – The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas) image 5 – on Newspapers.com

Bar Docket

For the November term of the District Court. Term begins November 10th.

Geo. Mentzer et al vs. The Yates Center Creamery Association et al

13 Nov 1903, Fri – The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas) image 5 – on Newspapers.com

Will Holliday has bought the old creamery property. He does not know yet what use he will make of it. Why not covert it into an electric light plant? It would be a paying investment from the start.

20 Nov 1903, Fri – The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas) image 5 – on Newspapers.com

District Court

The following cases have been disposed of in district court:

Mentzer vs Y.C. creamery association, find for defendants

26 Feb 1904, Fri – The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas) image 1 – on Newspapers.com

Court Docket

List of cases for March Term. Term begins March 8, 1904

Geo. Mentzer vs Y.C. Creamery Association

18 Mar 1904, Fri – The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas) image 5 – on Newspapers.com

District Court

The following cases were disposed of during the March term of court:

Mentzer vs Creamery Asso., deed to Holiday declared good

10 June 1905 – Kansas Supreme Court Mentzer v. Burlingame 71 Kan. 581 – on Rival

mentzerBurlingameMentzer v. Burlingame

George Mentzer v. H. D. Burlingame et al.

George Mentzer v. H. D. Burlingame et al.

71 Kan. 581

No. 14,171

Kansas Supreme Court

Decided June 10 1905

Kirkpatrick & Holmes, for plaintiff in error.

Lamb & Hogueland, and B. F. Shinn, for defendants in error.

Mentzer v. Burlingame, 71 Kan. 581, 581 (Kan. 1905)

Error from Woodson district court; OSCAR FOUST, judge. SYLLABUS BY THE COURT. 1. Practice, District Court — Joinder of Actions. Under sec­tion 83 of the code of civil procedure (Gen. Stat. 1901, sec. 4517), where several causes of action are joined they must all belong to one class and must affect all the parties, ex­cept in suits of foreclosure. 2. -Petition and Demurrer. Where a trial court, in sus­taining a demurrer to a petition on the ground that it fails to state facts sufficient to constitute a cause of action, spe­cifically bases the order upon the ruling that the causes of action are barred by the statute of limitations, and the pe­tition does not show that fact, the judgment will be re­versed. Affirmed in part, reversed in part. The opinion of the court was delivered by In this case the plaintiff, Mentzer, sued the defendant Burlingame, and five other defendants, for contribution to judgments on ten different promissory notes given for different amounts at different times from about May 11, 1897, to February 4, 1902. The plaintiff alleges that all of the notes were given to secure loans negotiated by a corporation organized for the purpose of building and equipping a creamery; that all of the signers were sureties for the creamery company and were officers and members of the creamery association; that the plaintiff and one of the defendants signed all of the notes; that two of the defendants signed four notes each; that one signed three notes, and that two of the defendants signed only one note; that some of the notes were given in renewal of others, and that the indebtedness of the creamery association secured by the notes arose out of the transaction of building and equipping a creamery; that judgments had been ren­dered against him for ..the entire amount and he had paid them in full. The petition purports to set forth but one cause of action and states the sum claimed from each defendant. The defendants severally demurred to the petition on three grounds’: (1) That there was another action pending between the same parties for the same cause; (2) that several causes of action were improperly joined; (3) that the petition did not show facts suf­ficient to constitute a cause of action against this de­fendant. Each demurrer was sustained by the court, upon the grounds that there was a misjoinder of ac­tions and that the causes of action were barred by the statute of limitations. The plaintiff elected to stand upon his petition and predicates the proceeding in error in this court upon the ruling upon the demurrer. It is apparent from the petition, numbering the notes from 1 to 10, that notes Nos. 1, 2, 4, 6, and 7, at least, were given for independent loans at differ­ent times, and that all of the notes except No. 4 were given to one man, or to a bank owned by him, and that No. 4 was given to one Mrs. McKinney for a $400 loan. Two of the defendants signed note No. 4, and no other, and one of the defendants did .not sign this note. Whatever may be the rule of contribution as be­tween signers of different notes given to secure the same indebtedness, or of uniting in one action for con­tribution all sureties on notes given for the same in­debtedness, it must be conceded that sureties on dif­ferent notes for independent loans are not cosureties, and that each separate loan constitutes a separate cause of action, and that one who, as surety, signs a note which is a separate cause of action is not affected by an action on another note to which he is a stranger. If so, these separate causes of action, even if they arose out of the same transaction, were improperly joined. (L. N. & S. Rly. Co. v. Wilkins, 45 Kan. 674, 26 Pac. 16; Hurd v. Simpson, 47 id. 372, 27 Pac. 961; Rizer v. Comm’rs of Davis Co., 48 id. 389, 29 Pac. 595.) If the entire indebtedness secured by these notes had been established against the corporation, and the plaintiff, as an officer of the corporation, had paid it and sought contribution from the defendants as stock­holders, a different rule would perhaps apply. The two defendants who signed note No. 4 to secure the loan of $400 from Mrs. McKinney are in no sense co-­sureties with the plaintiff or with the defendants who, months before, signed notes Nos. l and 2, to secure loans for $1000 and $1200, respectively, from a bank. Nor did the indebtedness to Mrs. McKinney and to the bank arise out of the same transaction, even if all the money borrowed was used by the corporation for the general purpose of erecting and equipping a creamery. In the judgment of dismissal the trial court spe­cifically stated that it sustained the demurrer not only upon the ground that several causes of action were im­properly joined but also upon the ground that the sev­eral causes of action were barred by the statute of limitations. The petition does not show upon its face that the causes of action are barred. A surety’s right of action for reimbursement or contribution accrues when he pays the debt of his principal or cosureties, and the statute then begins to run. The fact that an action on the original debt is barred at the time the surety begins his proceeding for reimbursement or contribution is immaterial; it is only necessary that the debt be not barred at the time the surety pays it. The ruling sustaining the demurrer on the ground of misjoinder of actions is approved, but the judgment of dismissal must be vacated because of the error in sustaining the demurrer on the ground that the causes of action were barred by the statute. of limitations. By the judgment of dismissal on the grounds stated the plaintiff was denied the statutory right of filing several petitions and proceeding without further serv­ice. The case is remanded, with instructions to pro­ceed in accordance with the views herein expressed. — Mentzer v. Burlingame, 71 Kan. 581, 582-84 (Kan. 1905)

 

14 Jul 1905, Fri – The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas) image 5 on Newspapers.com

About a month ago the creamery case was decided in the Supreme Court adverse to Mr. Mentzer. In connection with the matter at that time we quoted Attorney Holmes who represented Mr. Mentzer, as saying that nothing would be left undone. A motion for a rehearing was made, which was sustained so far as to modify the opinion and remand the case with instructions to the trial court to overrule the demurrer. This means that Mr. Mentzer, who paid the debts of the creamery, has won and will recover from the others who are liable, a portion of what he has paid.

9 Mar 1906, Fri – Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas) on Newspapers.com 

Bar Docket

Following is the list of cases for the March term of court:

Mentzer vs Davidson et al

Mentzer vs Wilkinson

Mentzer vs Burlingame et al

Mentzer vs Fletcher et al

Mentzer vs Ray et al

01 Jun 1906, Fri – Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas) on Newspapers.com

Court Docket

Following are the cases on the docket for the June term of court:

Mentzer vs. Davidson et al.

Mentzer vs Wilkinson

Mentzer vs. Burlingame et al

Mentzer vs Fletcher et al

Mentzer vs Ray et al

20 Jul 1906, Fri – The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas) on Newspapers.com

In the famous “creamery case,” the court at the adjourned term found that  Burlingame and others were not liable. This leaves Geo. Mentzer and Fred Wikinson to stand the loss sustained by those interested in the old creamery.

6 June 1908 Mentzer v. Burlingame (78 Kan. 219) on ravellaw.com

George Mentzer v. H. D. Burlingame et al.

George Mentzer v. H. D. Burlingame et al.

78 Kan. 219

No. 15,204

Kansas Supreme Court

Decided June 06 1908

  1. S. Kirkpatrick, and S. C. Holmes, for plaintiff in error.
  2. H. Lamb, and W. E. Hogueland, for defendant in error. —

Mentzer v. Burlingame, 78 Kan. 219, 219 (Kan. 1908)

Error from Woodson district court;

Oscar Foust, judge.

 

Error from Woodson district court;

Oscar Foust, judge.

SYLLABUS BY THE COURT. Suretyship and Guaranty — Contribution — Limitation of Ac­tions.

A surety’s right of action for contribution against a cosurety accrues at the time he pays the debt of the principal, and the statute of limitations does not begin to run against his cause of action until he has paid the debt. Reversed. The opinion of the court was delivered by A former judgment was reversed for error in sustaining a demurrer based on the statute of limitations, which defense this court held did not ap­pear on the face of the petition. (Mentzer v. Burlin­game, 71 Kan. 581, 81 Pac. 196.) Plaintiff and defend­ant were cosureties for the Yates Center Creamery As­sociation on two promissory notes which were held by the Yates Center Bank. On April 11, 1898, when the notes matured, the bank took a new note for the amount of both, which was signed by the plaintiff and other cosureties but which was not signed by the defendant. Thereafter the bank obtained a judgment against the plaintiff upon the last-mentioned note. He satisfied the judgment on June 10, 1903, and afterward brought this suit for contribution against his cosureties, includ­ing the defendant, Burlingame. The cause was tried to the court without a jury. The court made findings of fact, and held as conclusions of law that the giving of the last note to the bank constituted a payment of the two notes signed by Burlingame; that any cause of action in favor of the plaintiff against his cosureties accrued at that time, and, as this suit was not begun until March 2, 1904, it Was barred by the statute of limitations. In this we think the learned judge erred. The original notes were simply renewed by the giving of the new note. This is shown conclusively by the evidence and findings of fact. No proof was offered which even tended to show an agreement between the bank and the makers of the new note that it should operate as payment. The bank retained the old notes, which were not stamped or marked “paid.” Prima, facie the giving of the new note was merely a renewal, and not a payment. The burden rested upon the de­fendant to show the contrary: (Stetler v. King, 43 Kan. 316, 23 Pac. 558, and cases cited; Webb v. Bank, 67 Kan. 62, 72 Pac. 520.) The statute did not begin to run until the cause of action for contribution accrued, and that was when the surety satisfied the debt. The action was not upon the note nor upon the judgment, but upon the implied promise for contribution. (Reed v. Humphrey, 69 Kan. 155, 76 Pac. 390; Gross v. Davis, 87 Tenn. 226, 11 S. W. 92, 10 Am. St. Rep. 635; Zuellig v. Hemerlie et al., 60 Ohio St. 27, 53 N. E. 447, 71 Am. St. Rep. 707.) A surety’s right of action for contribution from a co-­surety accrues at the time he pays the debt. The stat­ute of limitations does not begin to run against his right until such payment. (Loewenthal v. Coonan, 135 Cal. 381, 67 Pac. 324, 1033, 68 Pac. 303, 87 Am. St. Rep. 115. See, also, extended note to Scott v. Nichols, 27 Miss. 94, in 61 Am. Dec. 504-508.) The judgment is reversed, and the cause remanded for further proceedings in accordance with this opinion. — Mentzer v. Burlingame, 78 Kan. 219, 220-21 (Kan. 1908)

 

19 Jun 1908, Fri – The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas) on Newspapers.com

The judgment in the case of Mentzer vs Burlingame (old Creamery case) has been reversed by the Supreme court. S. C. Holmes represented Mr. Mentzer and has obtained two reversals in this case in the Supreme Court.

10 Aug 1911

The Toronto Republican (Toronto, Kansas) 10 Aug 1911, Thu – image 1

Delinquent Corporations

There are 15,000 delinquent corporations in Kansas in danger of losing their charters on August 20 for failure to comply with the law by filing their annual statements with the secretary of state. Of this number 20 are in Woodson county. The following is the list:

Yates Center Creamery co., Yates Center

22 Dec 1911 – The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas) on Newspapers.com – image 5

The Old Creamery Case Ended

The case of Mentzer vs Burlingame et al, commonly known as the creamery case which has been in the courts for about ten years, was finally ended this week when the mandate from the supreme court was entered for record. This trial grew out of the failure of the creamery. Geo. Mentzer paid all the debts, being an officer in the company, which was about $5,000, and sought to recover part of it form the other stockholders of the institution and has at last won. S.C. Holmes represented Mr. Mentzer and Lamb & Hogueland represented the other parties. This has been the hardest fought case ever in the courts of the county, and has been in the supreme court three times, but the first two trials the case was decided against the case of the plaintiff, but the last appeal the court reversed itself and found for Mr. Mentzer. Mr. Holmes’ staying qualities finally won the case for him.

Creamery Mess

Although I haven’t heard any family tales about famous ancestors or native American ancestors, I have heard family stories about my grandparents and their families. One of those stories was a brief mention of ‘the creamery mess’ by my grandmother Briles (Pauline Mentzer Briles). When she was telling this story, I wasn’t sure whether it involved her father or her grandfather.

courtIn a recent search of Newspapers.com for articles related to her grandfather, George Mentzer, I found the following:

01 Jun 1906, Fri – Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas) on Newspapers.com
Court Docket
Following are the cases on the docket for the June term of court:
Mentzer vs. Davidson et al.
Mentzer vs Wilkinson
Mentzer vs. Burlingame et al
Mentzer vs Fletcher et al
Mentzer vs Ray et al

The 20 July 1906 issue of The Yates Center News [on Newspapers.com] shed more light on these cases:

In the famous “creamery case,” the court at the adjourned term found that  Burlingame and others were not liable. This leaves Geo. Mentzer and Fred Wikinson to stand the loss sustained by those interested in the old creamery.

Further information was found in the 19 Jun 1908 issue of The Yates Center News [on Newspapers.com]

The judgment in the case of Mentzer vs Burlingame (old Creamery case) has been reversed by the Supreme court. S. C. Holmes represented Mr. Mentzer and has obtained two reversals in this case in the Supreme Court.

Now, I know that grandma’s mention of the ‘creamery mess’ is based on fact. However, I need to do a lot more research:

  • Locate additional newspaper articles for background on the case
  • Locate information on the incorporation of the Yates Center Creamery
  • Locate the court records in Woodson County
  • Locate the Supreme Court records where the case was overturned

 

Radio

On Sunday, David Allen Lambert tweeted the question, “Did your family own a radio in 1930?” as part of the #ancestorchallenge2018. Even though I have obtained the 1930 census records for most people in my tree, I have to admit that I have not paid attention to that little detail.

When I checked the 1930 census for my grandparents, Leon and Winnie Crawford, I discovered that they did NOT own a radio. Myrtle Gaskill, Winnie’s sister, was listed just above Leon Crawford in the census and she also did NOT own a radio.

Leon-Radio

I then checked (re-checked) the census records for my grandparents, E. O. and Pauline Briles and for my great-grandparents, Judson and Josie Crawford, Edward G. and Artie Briles and Charles and Nettie Mentzer. None of the census records indicated ownership of a radio.

Since my knowledge of ‘radio history’ is very weak, I turned to the Internet for some background information. According to the Wikipedia article about radios, “commercial radio broadcasting began in the 1920s.”

I then wondered whether the communities where my ancestors lived had a radio station. Thanks to the website, U.S. Radio Stations as of June 30, 1930 by John Bowker, I discovered that Dodge City did have a radio station, KGNO. According to KGNO’s web site, they did not begin broadcasting until June of 1930. Since the Dodge City census record for Leon Crawford is dated 19 April 1930, the census data was collected prior to the existence of a local radio station in Dodge City. I did not find any radio station listed for Emporia, Kansas or any communities in Woodson or Coffey Counties, Kansas in 1930.

Even if they had had access, could they afford to purchase a radio? The web page, 1930’s appliances including prices, provides some pricing information. Towards the top of the page it lists a “Philco Auto Radio” for $24.95. At the bottom of the page is a “Philco Radio” which cost $188.00. Based on that pricing and the lack of a local radio station, I can understand why my relatives did not own a radio in 1930 — they couldn’t afford one.