Barber County Kansas

Edna M. (Garten) Smith

Family of Hal and Belle (Connor) Garten, Barber County, Kansas.

Left to right: Harvey Garten, Hal Garten, Edna (Garten Smith), Belle (Connor) Garten, Billie H. Garten and Elma (Garten) Bragg.

Photo courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.

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Family of Hal and Belle (Connor) Garten, Barber County, Kansas.
L-R: Harvey Garten, Hal Garten, Edna (Garten) Smith, Belle (Connor) Garten, Billie H. Garten and Elma (Garten) Bragg.
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SUN CITY - Edna M. Smith, 92, died April 3, 2004 at Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital, Medicine Lodge.

She was born July 7, 1911, at Sun City, the daughter of Hal and Belle Connor Garten. A lifetime resident of Barber County, she was a homemaker. She belonged to Tiny Towns EHU.

On February 13, 1929, she married Donald Perry Smith at Medicine Lodge. He died July 26, 1994.

Survivors include two sons, James E. and wife Betty, Lake City, and William H. "Bid" and wife Marilyn, Galva; a sister, Elma Bragg, Wilmore, two sisters-in-law, Doris Garten and Darlene Hill, six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and a great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Harvey and Billie Garten; two grandchildren, Mikeal Alan Smith and Lori Denise Smith; and a great-grandson, Billy Joe Smith.

Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday in Highland Cemetery, Medicine Lodge, with Pastor Bill Stapleton presiding. Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at Larrison Funeral Home, Medicine Lodge, with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m.

Memorials may be sent to Sun City Community Room or the American Lung Association, both in care of the funeral home.


I've been reading your website and it's great! Brings back a lot of memories! Our farm was across the road west of the Massey place, and I remember as a child, Dad took us to see the "gusher" when the oil well came in -- don't know if it was the first one or not, but may have been.

Also remember the Saturday evenings with everyone gathered at one of the homes and playing music! I remember Edna Garten Smith playing a ragtime piano (boy, could she play!). It seems all of the Gartens played some sort of musical instrument. Dad played fiddle, as did Grandpa (Bud). Grandma played the pump organ (in fact, that was what I first practiced my "piano" lessons on as a child! It had beautiful wood carvings on it, and behind the carvings was red velvet. We would all gather, either at Edna and Don's place, or Grandma and Grandpa's on Saturday night for a wonderful time.

Jack Shaffer playing spoons. 

Photo courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.


At left: Jack Shaffer playing spoons. Photo courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.

Edna (Garten) Smith and her husband, Donald, lived in Sun City. She was a daughter of Hal Garten, who was my great uncle. He also played. I had the privilege of hearing, and watching, Edna and my late husband, Jack Shaffer, play together. Jack was a world champion spoon player, and Edna loved to watch him play. Every time we went to see her, she wanted him to play for her, and until the very last time, she would play the piano for him. It's too bad that families don't do things like that any more -- everyone just seems too busy and involved in their own "thing". Back then, there wasn't a lot to do, so people made their own entertainment!

-- Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer, excerpt from an email to Jerry Ferrin, 24 September 2005.


Elma Verna (Garten) Bragg, sister of Edna (Garten) Smith.

John & Malinda (Rogers) Garten, grandparents of Edna (Garten) Smith.

Hal & Belle (Connor) Garten, parents of Edna (Garten) Smith.

Harvey Lee Garten, brother of Edna (Garten) Smith.

Billie H. Garten, brother of Edna (Garten) Smith.


Thanks to Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer for contributing the above information and photo to this web site!




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