Barber County Kansas

Barber County Index, December 30, 1937.

H. S. Auditorium Is Packed For Funeral Services

Community Pays Tribute and Respect To High School Students
Who Lost Lives in Auto Crash

The high school auditorium was filled to capacity last Thursday afternoon as hundreds of students and townspeople gathered to pay their last respects to the three high school students, Wanda Lee Wilson, Wayne Strickland and Glenna Lee Howard, who lost their lives in an automobile accident two miles northeast of Medicine Lodge on Tuesday night of last week. The love and esteem in which these three young people were held, and the deep and sincere sympathy of the community for their parents, was expressed in the hugh throng which crowded the auditorium, and by the many beautiful flowers.

A group of high school students - Rosemary Elliott, Imogene Irons, Wilma Davis, Geraldine Shaw, John Harrison, James Woodard, Jack Trice, Jr., and Tom Smith, furnished the music, with Dorothy Kimball as accompanist under the direction of Raymond McAllister. The beautiful service was in charge of the Rev. C. K. Byerley, pastor of the Baptist church, Rev. Chester A. Miles, pastor of the Methodist church, Rev. F. H. Hayward, pastor of the Presbyterian church, and Rev. R. C. Scott, pastor of the Christian church, with Rev. Scott preaching the sermon.

Pall bearers were chosen from among the classmates of the three young people.

The Forsyth Funeral Home of this city was in charge, and was assisted by morticians from Kiowa and Anthony. Burial was in Highland cemetery with short burial services at each grave.


Wayne Frederick, son of Fred C. and Alice Strickland, was born February 26, 1921, at Medicine Lodge, Kansas, and departed this life at Medicine Lodge, December 21, 1937, at the age of 16 years, 9 months and 25 days.

Wayne spent all of his life in Barber county having attended the Mingona and Pleasant Valley grade schools and the Medicine Lodge High School. At the time of his death he was a member of the junior class. He was especially interested in the music department of the school.

About seven years ago he confessed his faith in Christ in a revival meeting at the Forest City church.

His grandparents preceded him in his death.

Those who remain to mourn his departure are, his father and mother, one sister, Dorothy, two brothers, Boyd and Dwight, and a number of other relatives and a host of friends.


Glenna Lee, daughter of H. K. Howard, was born August 8, 1922, at Nash, Oklahoma, and departed this life at Medicine Lodge, Kansas, December 21, 1937, at the age of 15 years, 4 months and 13 days.

She came to Barber county with her parents in 1920 where she lived until her death.

Her school days were spent in the Sharon and Medicine Lodge schools. She as a member of the Sophomore class of the Medicine Lodge High School.

Glenna Lee united with the Medicine Lodge Christian church November 6, 1933. Her membership has been in the Sharon Christian church for the last few years.

She leaves to mourn her departure, her father and foster mother, Mr. and Mrs. Howard, two brothers, Gordon and Wayne, four sisters, Wilma, Alice May, Ruth and Pattie Joan. Three of her grandparents also remain, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Howard and Mrs. J. W. McDerned of Nash, Okla., also her foster grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Pearce of Medicine Lodge. Her grandfather McDerned preceded her in death. She also leaves a number of other relatives and a multitude of friends.


Wanda Lee, daughter of Hollis and Laura Wilson, was born near Gerlane, Kansas, February 27, 1924 and departed this life at Medicine Lodge, Kansas, December 21, 1937, at the age of 13 years, 9 months and 24 days.

She spent all of her life in Barber County having attended school at District 97, Dry Creek and Medicine Lodge. She was a member of the Freshman class of the Medicine Lodge High School.

Wanda Lee attend the Bible School of the Medicine Lodge Christian Church and was a member of the Intermediate Christian Endeavor Society.

Those who remain to mourn her departure are, her father and mother, one sister, Mary Elizabeth, her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Page, of Medicine Lodge, Kansas and Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Wilson of Medicine Lodge, Kansas. She also leaves a host of relatives and a multitude of friends.

Also see:

Three High School Students Killed,
Three Others Injured When Car Hits Cement Wall

Barber County Index, December 23, 1937.

Thanks to Shirley Brier for finding, transcribing and contributing the above news article to this web site!


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