Barber County Kansas
John Henry Garten & Malinda (Rogers) Garten
Photos courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.
John H. Garten and Malinda Lou Rogers were married at Sun City, Kansas, 1873 in the presence of sixty cowboys.
The first wedding in Barber County took place at Sun City on December 31, 1873, when Malinda Rogers became the wife of John H. Garten. The ceremony was performed by John Marshall and assisted by N. Vontrees, a lawyer, in the presence of about sixty wedding guests composed of cowboys and hunters attracted to the occasion as it was heralded as the first wedding in the county.
The log building owned by Major Robin, in which the ceremony was performed, was crowded and jammed with the interested spectators, who were undoubtedly reminded of tender memories of dear ones back east.
John H. Garten was born in Monroe County, West Virginia, March 23, 1848, and Mrs. Garten was born in Braxton County, West Virginia on April 14, 1853. Both came to Barber County, meeting each other here.
Since their marriage, they have continued to make Barber County their home, with the exception of five years following the opening of the Cherokee Strip spent in improving up a claim in that section.
In Sun City where they are enjoying old age surrounded by their children and grandchildren, friends and neighbors.
They are looking forward to many more years of delightful companionship and enjoyment of the rewards that come to those who have spent their life in conquering the frontier and in hewing out a home in which to rear a family.
Truly John and Malinda Garten are living examples of empire builders to whom this country owes a debt of gratitude.
The Index extends congratulations and wishes them many more years of happiness.
John Garten died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Earl Dow, in Sun City, Kansas, last Saturday morning, January 30, 1937. Grandpa Garten, as he was familiarly known in that community was 91 years of age at the time of his death and had resided continuously in Barber County for 64 years. He came to the vicinity of Sun City when it was little more than a trading post, in 1873, on a buffalo hunt, and decided to remain. In the fall of that year he was united in marriage to Miss Amanda Rogers, this being the first wedding of a white couple that is known to have been solemnized in Barber County.
John Garten was born March 2, 1846, and passed away at his home in Sun City, Kansas, at the age of 90 years, 10 months and 8 days. He served three years as a soldier in the Confederate army. He came to Sun City in August, 1872, and has resided continuously in that vicinity since that time. He united in marriage to Miss Malinda Rogers in December, 1873, and to this union five children were born. His wife preceded him in death about six years ago. Funeral services were conducted from the Baptist church in Sun City on Monday afternoon at two thirty in charge of Rev. J. P. Woods. Burial was in the Sun City cemetery.
Four generations of the Garten family:
Left to right: Dale Garten, Guy Garten, Bud Garten and John Henry Garten.
Courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.
Parole certificate for Confederate Army Veteran John Henry Garten.
Courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer..
Headquarters First Separate Brigade
DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA
Charleston, West Va., June 12, 1865.
I, John H. Garten, Private, Co. F., 26th Va. Battalion Infantry Regiment, C.S. Army, do hereby give my PAROLE OF HONOR, that I will not take up arms against the United States Government, until I am regularly exchanged; and that if I am permitted to remain at my home, I will conduct myself as a good and peaceable citizen, and will respect the laws in force where I reside, and will do nothing to the detriment of, or in opposition to, the U.S. Government.
Sworn and subscribed to before me this 12th day of June, 1865, Wm. Gramm, Major and Provost Marshall.
(Signed) John H. Garten, Pvt., Co. F, 26th Batt., Va., Inft.
Height: 6 feet. Complexion: Light. Eyes: Blue. Hair: Light.
Malinda 1853- 1931 John 1846 - 1937
Gravestone for John and Malinda Garten, Sunnyside Cemetery, Sun City, Barber County, Kansas.
Photo courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.
JOHN H. GARTEN
PVT U.S. ARMY
MAR 23 1846 JAN 30 1937
Bronze military grave marker for John Garten, Sunnyside Cemetery, Sun City, Barber County, Kansas.
Photo courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.
Family record for John H. and Malinda Garten.
From the collection of James Garten, courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer..
DEATH RECORD - Fannie Garten Smith - Died, at her home on the Fullerton place near Belvidere, Kiowa county, on the morning of November 30 of typhoid malaria, Fannie Garen Smith, wife of Sam E. Smith and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Garten of Mingona township, in the 29th year of her age. Interment in Lake City Cemetery Thursday, December 1, where brief funeral services were conducted by Rev. Owens of Belvidere in the presence of a large congregation of relatives and friends." excerpt from an obituary published in a Medicine Lodge, Kansas, newspaper on Friday, December 9, 1904.
Elma Verna (Garten) Bragg, daughter of Hal & Belle Garten, grand-daughter of John & Malinda Garten.
Albert Stanley Garten, son of Spice H. "Bud" & Pearl (McBride) Garten, grandson of John & Malinda Garten.
Billie H. Garten, son of Hal & Belle Garten, grandson of John & Malinda Garten.
Dale Guy Garten, son of Guy William Garten, grandson of Spice H. Garten, great-grandson of John & Malinda Garten.
Glen D. Garten, son of Spice H. "Bud" & Pearl (McBride) Garten, grandson of John & Malinda Garten.
Glenn Leon "Bear" Garten, son of Guy William Garten, grandson of Spice H. Garten, great-grandson of John & Malinda Garten.
Guy William Garten, son of Spice H. "Bud" & Pearl (McBride) Garten, grandson of John & Malinda Garten.
Hal Garten, son of John & Malinda Garten.
Harvey Lee Garten, son of Hal & Belle Garten, grandson of John & Malinda Garten.
James Garten, son of Guy William Garten, grandson of Spice H. Garten, great-grandson of John & Malinda Garten.
Opal May Garten, daughter of Spice H. "Bud" & Pearl (McBride) Garten, granddaughter of John & Malinda Garten.
Roy John Garten, son of Spice H. "Bud" & Pearl (McBride) Garten, grandson of John & Malinda Garten.
Spice H. "Bud" & Pearl Lealure (McBride) Garten Bud Garten was the son of John H. Garten.
Mae (Smith) Parsons Daughter of Fannie Garten & Samuel Smith, Jr.; grand-daughter of John & Malinda (Rogers) Garten.
Edna (Garten) Smith, daughter of Hal & Belle Garten, grand-daughter of John & Malinda Garten.
Jack L. & Bonnie D. (Garten) Shaffer, Bonnie Shaffer is the great-granddaughter of John & Malinda Garten.
Confederate Veterans Meeting, 1892, Barber County Index, May 16, 1892
26th Virginia Infantry Battles and military history.
SUMMERS CO.,WV CIRCUIT COURT, 1915: Bill of Complaint of J. A. Graham, Plaintiff This court case gives information on John H. Garten's parents, Goodall and Jane Garten, and John's siblings.
Garten Genealogy Lists the family of John H. Garten.
Thanks to Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer for contributing the photographs and to Shirley Brier for finding, transcribing and contributing the above obituary to this web site!