Barber County Kansas
Guy Frederick Aubley, 90, died July 2, 1999, at Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital, Medicine Lodge.
He was born April 17, 1909, on the family farm near Medicine Lodge, the son of William C. and Lucy A. (Lukens) Aubley. A life-time Barber County resident. He was a farmer and rancher and the former operator of Aubley Trucking.
He was a participant in the Indian Peace Treaty Pageant, starting with the very first one. He was involved in the Pony Express portration (sic - portrayal?) for as long as his health let him.
He belonged to First Christian Church, Medicine Lodge, where he was a deacon, was a past president of the Barber County Farm Bureau, a 4-H leader and belonged to the Pratt Saddle Club.
On January 30, 1931, he married Bertha Ellen Singer at Kiowa. She survives.
Other survivors include: a son, Gene and Pat Aubley, Sawyer; a daughter, Barbara and Dick Petry, Dover, Tennessee; a brother, Ralph, Medicine Lodge; three grandchildren, Stephanie and Ron Hawkins, Medicine Lodge, Brad Petry, Renton, Washington, and Pam Ferguson, Seattle, Washington; and three great-grandchildren, Clayton Miracle, Pratt, Ian and Maggie Hawkins, Medicine Lodge.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Carl; and a sister, Madge Evans. Funeral services were held Monday, July 5, 1999, at First Christian Church, Medicine Lodge, with the Rev. Tom Walters, presiding. Burial was in Mumford Cemetery, Nashville.
Memorials may be sent to the church, in care of Larrison-Forsyth Funeral Home, Medicine Lodge.
The Chosen Land: Barber County, Kansas, page 90
W.C. Aubley came to Barber County from Pennsylvania in 1887 with his parents. He was eleven years old at the time. They settled on a farm west of Medicine Lodge, which is still in the family. At age 16 he made the Cherolkee Strip run. W.C. was one of the old-time cowboys. He rounded up cattle for the Comanche Pool Association.
W.C. married Lucy Lukens in 1903. She was born at Black Oak, Mo., in 1884, the first daughter of Frances and Anna Lukens. To this union four children were born: Carl, Madge, Guy, and Ralph.
All four of us children attended Doles school, which was only three-fourths of a mile from home. Sometimes Cedar Creek would get so high, our father would take us to school in a grain wagon pulled by horses. Mr. F.M. Shell, Fern Shell, Joy Tedrow Elliott and Mrs. Olive Gordon Shepherd were some of my teachers.
Summers were always busy. We had 20 cows to milk, and I worked 6 head of horses in the fields. We had a threshing machine and a "cook shack" crew of 12 or 14 people. Since I have owned my own truck since 1925, I hauled the grain from this rig. The hired men always came from Arkansas a week early to cut weeds and hoe corn to earn their board and room. They slept in the haymow. My father usually sent the men money so they could buy shoes and pay for their transportation to our place.
My mother had two hired girls to help do the cooking during harvest. She had her own gun to kill the frying chickens. We had a large orchard, so there was much canning to do.
One summer we took a trip to Colorado in our 1914 Model T Ford. There were seven in the car, six of the family and the hired girl. We traveled as far as Mingona school (3 or 4 miles from home) and camped the first night.
I grew up knowing the Gyp Hills like a book, because of my brother, Ralph, and I rode them many times on our horses.
In winter, when we butchered beef, we always hung it in a tree and covered it with a sheet and used it as needed. Butchering and curing port was something else. We always butchered at least 6 or 8 hogs at a time. The lard was rendered in an iron kettle outside. The pig tails and ears were cooked while the lard was rendering. We kids relished these. The smokehouse was always full of hams, shoulders, and bacon curing.
My father spent several weeks each spring traveling with Jeff Mills, a country Vet. We castrated horses for the ranchers.
In the winter, when snow covered everything, my dad would take the hired men and hunt rabbits. These would be dressed and packed full of snow and used for food. If we had too many, they would be used to feed the hogs. There were no mineral supplements then.
In 1931, I married Bertha Singer, and we moved north of Medicine Lodge to a farm where we still live. I still truck for friends and neighbors when needed, besides farming our own place.
-- by Guy Aubley, circa 1979.
Gravestone for Bertha E. Aubley and Guy F. Aubley
Bertha E. - Oct. 12, 1912 - . Guy F. - Apr. 17, 1909 - July 2, 1999.
Mumford Cemetery, Barber County, Kansas.
Photo courtesy of Kim Fowles.
It Went Over! The 1st Peace Treaty Pageant
Barber County Index, October 20, 1927.
Medicine Lodge Indian Peace Treaty Pageant - "Guy has been the Pony Express rider in the Indian Peace Treaty Pageant every performance and he plans on riding with his son this year, 1979." - Bertha (Singer) Aubrey, The Chosen Land: Barber County, Kansas, page 90.