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Pioneer Stories of Meade County

FOURTH EDITION - 1985

Compiled by: Meade County Historical Society

The first "Pioneer Stories of Meade County" was compiled by the Meade County Council of Women's Clubs in 1950. Since then there was a Second Edition in 1965, a Third Edition in 1972, and finally this Fourth Edition, which was completed in 1985. It is the largest and most complete history found in one book of Meade County and the families that settled within her borders. There are only a few of these books remaining.

 

The stories of general interest were contributed by different people. Many of these folks were still alive when the history was first developed and provided valuable first-hand accounts of Meade County in the early days. The book contains history on churches, schools, businesses, farming, ranching, and many families. I have provided an index of the book below.

Index of Pioneer Stories of Meade County

 

FAMILIES

James M. Adams Family 6

S. Douglas Adams 6

Wm. and Isabel Adams 6

Wm. and Isabel Adams 6

Amerin Family 6

Mr. and Mrs. William (Tex) Anderson 7

Dr. D.C. Andrews and E.F. Sweet 9

A.V. Angell Family 7

Herb and Mary Apple  9

Herb and Mary Apple  9         

Walter C. Ard Family 10

Frank Armentrout 11

Clyde Atkinson Family 11

Henry Bachman Family 11

The Backe Studio 11

Hugh Baker 11

John Preston Ballard Family 12

The Tom Barclay Family 12

Dewey Barns            12

Welch-Barnstable 214

Orville Barragree 12

The Thomas Barragree Family 13

Ephraim Basinger Family 14

Mrs. Alice V. Bateman, A Real Pioneer 15

Henry Batman            15

Keith Beard Family 16

Larry Beard 16

W.W. Beard 16

L.D. Behnke Family 16

The S.M. Bennett Family 16

John Bernard Berghaus Family 17

Bird Family in Meade County 17

Benjamin Franklin Bisbee 17

The Clifford Bisbee Family 17

Moses Black Family 18

Jacob Othy Blattner Family 18

Godfrey Blehm Family 18

William M. Boyd Family 23

Herman Bohling Family 19

Abel J. Bond Family 20

The Bonham Story 20

History of Henry Borchers Family 21

Otto Borth 22

The Wm. Borth Family 22

The Arthur E. Bowen Family            23

Jackson Lee Boyd Family 23

Brannan Family History 26

The Henry Brinckman Family 27

Jim Brock 28

The John Bromwell Family 28

Brown Family            29

Ed and Ruth Brumfield 29

Ed and Ruth Brumfield 29

Martin Buck Family 31

Louis and Mary Budde 31

Louis and Mary Budde 31

Richard Buis Family 32

William P. Bunyan Family 32

Laura May Burford 3

W.A. Burford 33

Sam Burget 33

John Burns Family 34

A.J. Byrns Family 34

William Evans Carr 34

Harold Elliott Chappell Family 35

Seth Boyton Cheney 35

Chilcott Family 35

Chipman Family 36

J.G. Clark 44

Cornelius J. Classen Family 44

Ira and Maud Coats 45

Ira and Maud Coats 45

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene B. Coats 44

Samuel Porter Coats Family 45

Walter and Maude Coats 45

Walter and Maude Coats 45

John Cole Family 45

Ralph and Genevieve (Haigh) Cole Family 45

The Collingwood Family 46

The Collingwoods 46

Samuel Sprague Conger 48

Tressie Maude Osborne Conger 48

Maynard-Conrad Family 127

Conrad-Salmon Family 48

Charles J. and Daisy Cook Family 48

Charles J. and Daisy Cook Family 48

Original Cook Family 49

Eva M. Coon            49

Sutherland-Cooper 205

Barthold H. Cordes Family 50

Barthold J. Cordes, Sr. 50

John and Mary (Kisner-Hinds) Corley Family 50

Beatrice (Lawson) Corn 51

Dick and Willa Cottrell Family 51

V.R. Cottrell Family 51

Covalt Family            52

Cragg-Weaver Family 52

John Craig Family 52

George Crawford Family 53

Currier Family 53

LaRue and Dailey Families 119

James Dalgarn Family  54

M.O. Danks 55

Robert M. Daughterty, M.D. 55

Ora E. Davidson Family 56

W.W. Davidson Family 56

Dr. Harry W. Davis 56

Mrs. Lucy R. Davis 56

Robert George Davis Family 56

W.A. Davis Family 57

Ralph W. Dewell Family 57

Bert Dewitt 58

William T. Dick Family 59

Roy R. Dickey Family 60

Walter S. Dingess Family 61

Rev. Martin T. Doerksen 61

Jerry Dowell 62

Emil Downs Family 62

Dunlops of Meade County 62

Eads Family 62

Harvey Lewis Easterday Family 62

James Eaton Family 63

Eckhoff Family 63

Henry P. and Katie Ediger 63

Henry P. and Katie Ediger 63

George Edwards 64

Laurence and Mildred Edwards 65

Laurence and Mildred Edwards 65

Wm. T. and Luellen Edwards          66

Wm. T. and Luellen Edwards          66

Harvey Lewis Elledge             67

John Henry and Martha Melvina (Mack) Ellis 68

George Erikson 69

William F. Fee 69

Edward G. Feldman 69

Henry William Feldman Family 70

Herman Feldman Family 70

Louis Feldman Family 71

Ruth Ford Fell 71

F.W. Fick 71

Loyal H. Fidler Family 72

Everett G. Fieser Family 73

Finkle Family            74

Henry H. Fisher 75

Ernest Fletcher Family 75

Joe and Alice Fletcher           76

Walter Ernest Fletcher 76

The Follick Family 77

Asa E. Ford Family 77

Keltner-Ford 111

Ford-Fell Family 78

George Foster Family 78

Walter Foster Family 78

Frank Fox Family 80

Charles Freemont Frank Family 81

Ross-Frank Family 175

Steingard-Franz  204

Linn Frazier Family 82

Elias D. and Elizabeth Friesen 83

Henry R. and Minnie (Schmidt) Friesen 83

J.S. Friesen Family 84

Jacob B. Friesen Family 83

Pete and Katherine Friesen Family 84

Pete and Katherine Friesen Family 84

Frank Fuhr 84

Gamble and Ross 85

The Garten Families 85

The Garten Families 85

Clayton Geisinger Family 85

Forest Lee Geisinger Family 86

Norman Geisinger Family 87

Wm. Geisinger Family 87

Jim Gillick 87

Mrs. Laura Marie Golliher 89

Zoda Q. Golliher 90

William J. Gooden 90

Don and Ellen Goodnight Family 90

Coleman and Aaron Gowens            91

Anna B. Griggs 91

Richard Watson Griggs  91

L.T. Gum History 93

Clayton Hall, Sr. 93

 

Joyce Logan Hamm Family 94

Rev. Riley Hanson, Hickey and Underwood Families 94

Albert Hantla 95

Willis Hantla Family 95

Hardaway Family 96

R.A. Harper 96

William Stewart Harris Family 97

R.S. Hartman Family 96

Dan and Gladys Harvey 97

Haver Family            97

Albert Hawley Family 98

Gregory Hayden Family 98

Haywood-Hutchinson Family 98

Haywood-Hutchinson Family 98

Henry Heinson 99

Albert Hempel Family 99

Charles A. Henry Family 100

Willard Henry Family 101

Ida Hickey 101

Rev. Riley Hanson, Hickey and Underwood Families 94

The Hildebrand Family 102

Doctor and Mrs. Richard H. Hill 104

Robert Durland Hilts 104

James and Lucretia Hinsdale            105

Clyde Hockett            105

Tom Hockett            105

Frank Hoffman 105

Amos Holmes            105

The Howard Family 106

Hughan Family History 106

Chester and Emma Hulburt 106

Haywood-Hutchinson Family 98

E.E. Innis Family 107

John B. Innis Family 107

Abram P. Isaac Family 107

Jake F. and Henry F. Isaac 108

R.G. Jacobs 109

Twist and Jenkins Families 209

Arlie Johnson, Sheriff 109

Hugh Llewelyn Jones Family            109

Shirley and Leta Keeling 111

Shirley and Leta Keeling 111

Keltner-Ford 111

Virgil Keltner Family 112

Bert Keown 113

Jim King Family 113

George Joseph Kisner Family 113

Joseph Verl Knott 114

Ernest A. Kobs 114

Jacob Kolb Family 115

C.C. Krause 116

William Franklin Krisle 116

The Kuntz Family 117

Laepple 118

Reinhart Langhofer Family 118

Etta E. LaRue            118

LaRue and Dailey Families 119

Lasater-Mendenhall 120

John S. Lawson Family 121

W. Leroy and Irene Lemaster Family 121

W.P. and Zada Lemaster Family  121

Dr. Charles B. Leslie Family            121

Elmer and Margaret Lewis Family 122

Loewen Family 122

D.C. Mahan 124

Marrs History            124

Frank Marshall Family 125

H.G. Marshall            126

Maynard-Conrad Family 127

Herbert E. McCarty Family 150

Ira McCarty Family 150

The McCauley Family 150

The Robert McGuire Family 151

C.W. McKinney Family 152

Bernard McMeel Family 152

Herman Meierdierks Family 142

Lasater-Mendenhall 120

Wilbur H. Meredith Family 145

The Merkle Family 145

Isaac Messer 147

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Meyer 147

Elmer Meyers Family 147

Henry Meyers Family 147

Fred Miles 148

Art and Nellie Miller 148

Art and Nellie Miller 148

John J. Mohler Family 149

Ernest Moller 149

J. Wright Mooar 149

Munger Family 150

Roscoe Nash Family 153

Ninnie B. Newby 153

Dr. G.A. Nickelson 153

The Norman Family 153

Dr. W.W. Orrison Family 157

James Padgett Family 157

John R. Painter 158

Painter-Pinnick Families 159

Louis Fred Parker Family 160

Louis Fred Parsons 160

Floyd Pennington Family 161

G.W. Pennington Family 161

Glenn Pennington Family 161

The Willis Peoples Family 162

G.H. Perkins Family 162

The Petefish Family 162

Painter-Pinnick Families 159

James K. Pope 167

A.E. and Laura Post 168

James G. Powell 168

W.H. Powell 168

A.S. Prather 169

F. Hilton and Mary L. Prather 170

A.O. Ramey 170

John Henry Randolph Family 171

Randy and Joanne Randolph Family 171

Henry F. Reimer Family 171

John J. Reimer Family 172

Peter F. Rempel Family 172

Earl Rexford 172

Paul Martin Rickers 173

A.B. Roberts 173

Jack Roberts Family 173

Fred Baker Ross Family 175

Gamble and Ross 85

Isaac and Velma Ross Family 175

John W. Ross            176

Ross-Frank Family 175

Arthur Dixon Sanders Family 176

I.D. Schell 177

Chris Schmoker Family 177

Will and Grace Schmoker 177

The Ira Scotts            186

Allan Edward Seger 186

Roy O. and Vashti Seybert Family 187

John F. Shaw Family 187

Ferdinand A. Shinogle 188

Charley John Shogrin Family 189

Frank Shuman Family 189

One Dozen Shumans 189

John W. Sims 190

Mr. and Mrs. R.R. Singley 192

Carl Singley 190

Joseph J. Singley and son, Jasper 191

Pearl Taggart Singley 192

Ben Smith Family 195

E.D. Smith Family 196

Glen W. (Babe) and Margaret Sneath Family 197

Frank Sourbier Family 197

Edd Sparks Family 198

John Spurgeon Family 199

John J. Stalder            199

James I. Stamper 201

Rev. John Nelson Stamper 201

Charles and Neva Staples 201

Charles and Neva Staples 201

John Wesley Staples Family 202

John William Staples Family 202

Francis Marion Steele 202

R.E. Steele 204

Steingard-Franz 204

Stowe-White 204

Theis Erwin Streiff 205

Frank Sullivan Family 205

Sutherland-Cooper 205

Dr. D.C. Andrews and E.F. Sweet 9

Tatkenhorst 206

Charles Taylor Family 207

Grant Taylor Family 208

The Taylor Family, Ebenezer Taylor 206

Sam Thompson Family 208

Samuel Roy and Cordelia A. Thompson 208

Henry and Edith Troutman 209

Melchoir Troutman 209

Paul Y. Turner Family 209

Twist and Jenkins Families 209

Rev. Riley Hanson, Hickey and Underwood Families 94

Arthur Vail Family 210

Olus Homer Vail Family 210

Dr. J.W. Van Blaricum 211

B.I. Van Hoesen Family 211

Schiler Hamilton Vanderpool     211

A.L. Vaught Family 212

 

Ludwig Voight Family 213

Jennie Watson Family 214

Pete Watson Family 214

M.M. Way Family 214

Welch-Barnstable 214

George M. Wells 215

Rev. Rolley and Helen Wells 216

Stephan Andrew Wenta 216

J.D. Wetmore Family 216

Benjamin and Ida White Family 217

Stowe-White            204

J.E. Wiens Family 217

K.L. Wiens Family 217

Rolland and Marjorie Wiens Family 217

Mrs. Catherine Williams 218

Dell Wills Family 218

Alex Wilson Family 218

Andrew Wilson Family 219

David J. and Ann Wilson 219

The James Wilsons 219

J.L. Winfrey 220

William Elson (Bill) Winfrey Family 220

The Winter Family 221

Theodore A. and Hazel L. Winter 221

The Witter Family 221

The Willis Wolfe Family 222

Harvey L. Woodruff 223

Joe and Elaine Woodruff Family 223

R.T. Worman Family 223

Henry Wurdeman Family 224

Isaac Young Family 225

Youngs Family History 224

Solomon and Nancy Zortman 225

 

CHURCHES

Baptist Church of Plains 43

Church of Christ 40

Church of the Nazarene of Meade 41

Community or Apostolic Church 37

Early Churches in Meade County 37

Elsie Chapel Methodist Church 42

Emmanuel Mennonite Church 40

Evangelical Mennonite Brethren 40

First Baptist Church 40

First Christian Church 37

First Christian Church Serv. in KS held in Meade Co. 37

First Presbyterian Church of Meade 41

Friends Church 38

Friends of Quaker Church 43

Pilgrim Holiness Church 37

St. Anthony's Catholic Church 38

St. Augustine Episcopal Church of Meade 41

St. John Catholic Church 41

St. John Lutheran Church of Meade 42

St. Patrick's Catholic Church 44

United Methodist Church 39

United Methodist Church of Meade 42

United Methodist Church of Plains 44

 

BUSINESSES:

Attorneys of Meade County, Ks. 128

Businesses of Meade County 129

CMS Electric Cooperative, Inc. 210

County Superintendents 142

District Judges 129

Fowler News 136

Meade Globe Press 136

Meade Merchants, Services and Utilities 127

Plains Businesses 163

Plains Pioneer Auto and Garage Businesses 166

Sheriffs of Meade County 141

The Dalton Gang Hideout and Museum 54

The Lakeway Hotel 118

The Plains Journal 136

 

STORIES:

The Angell "One-Way" Disk Plow 9

Twenty Years Ago 21

Pioneer Family Life-Edward H. Boyer 23

Biography of Doctors George A. & Mary B. Broady 28

Runaways 30

The Story Since 1885            29

The First Gusher in Meade County 74

Dickerson Early Settlers 60

An Eventfull Summer           67

Andor Eliason's Experience In The "Dull Knife Indian War" 66

Jay Ellis Story 68

Pioneer Days  78

The Mennonites 143

Martin Gruemkin Stories 92

Last Indian Raid in Kansas 93

In The Early Days 102

Belle Mackey 123

Indian Scare 153

E. May Novinger 154

T.B. Novinger 156

The Mennonites 144

Jack Roberts' Antelope Story 174

Arena Club, Meade, Kansas 10

Dalton Gang Story 54

Diamond Jubilee 58

Dust Bowl 131

Early Settlement of Meade County 132

History of Fowler 79

In Memoriam            143

In Memory of the Brave Pioneer 5

Jubilee Parade, June 1961 110

Letter of 1885            121

Lucerne Valley E.H.U. 123

Meade County Council of Clubs 130

Meade County Historical Society 5

Meade County History 134

Meade County Organizations  138

Meade County Projects 140

Meade County's Oldest Citizens 137

Meade High School Principal         185

Meade in Early and Late Days 132

Old Settlers 137

Old Settlers' Picnic 138

Pages of the Past, Chiseled in Stone 157

Papers and Ghost Towns            159

Plains City History            163

Plains History Facts    165

Resume of Meade County History 134

Sagebrush to Satellites 176

Teachers Association, 1915 208

The Tragedy of Crooked Creek 135

Veterans of World War I 213

 


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