Barber County Kansas

Spice H. "Bud" & Pearl Lealure (McBride) Garten

Spice H. 'Bud' Garten and Pearl Lealure (McBride) Garten.

Photos courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.

Above: Spice H. "Bud" Garten and Pearl Lealure (McBride) Garten.
Photos courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.


Obituary: SPICE H. "BUD" GARTEN

Bud Garten in old age.  

Photo courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.


At left: Bud Garten in old age. Photo courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.

Spice H. "Bud" Garten, Sun City, KS passed away May 28, 1960 at the Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital at the age of 83 years.

He was born in 1876 near Lake City, and lived in this community (Sun City) most of his life. In 1893, at the age of 17, he and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Henry Garten, went into the Cherokee Strip where they settled 25 miles south of Alva, OK.

In 1898 he moved back to Barber County, where he spent the remainder of his life. He married Pearl L. McBride on August 28, 1899, and they had six children, four of whom preceded him in death.

Bud Garten was a member of the Sun City Baptist Church and the Medicine Valley Masonic Lodge.

He is survived by his wife, Pearl; a son, Guy of Sun City, and a daughter, Carrie Travis of Inglewood, CA; eight grandchildren, seven greatgrandchildren, and one sister, Lulu J. Dow of Sun City.

Funeral services were held at the Sun City Baptist Church on May 31 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Leslie Sawatsky officiating.

Interment was in Sunnyside Cemetery, Sun City, KS.


Obituary: PEARL McBRIDE GARTEN

Pearl Lealure (McBride) Garten in old age.  

Photo courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.


At left: Pearl Lealure (McBride) Garten in old age. Photo courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.

Pearl Lealure McBride was born January 25, 1877 to William and Susan McBride in Raleigh, North Carolina. She passed away August 30, 1969.

When she was 2 years old, she moved with her parents to Butler County, Kansas; a short time later to Grant County, KS. The family finally settled near Galena, OK in 1893.

She was married to Spice H. "Bud" Garten on August 29, 1899. To this union was born six children: Roy, Guy, Carrie, Glen, Albert and Opal. Her husband and five children preceded her in death.

They made their home in or near Sun City, with the exception of a few years. When first married, they lived near Forest City, then moved to Freedom, OK for one year.

In August 1949, they celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Her husband passed away May 28, 1960, and since that time she made her home in the rest home at Medicine Lodge.

Survivors include one daughter, Carrie Travis, Cypress, CA; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Guy Garten, Wichita, KS; eight grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren,and a host of relatives and friends.

She is buried in Sunnyside Cemetery, Sun City, KS.


Gravestone for Spice H. 'Bud' Garten and Pearl L. Garten, Sunnyside Cemetery, Sun City, Barber County, Kansas. 

Photo courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.
GARTEN
Pearl L.       Jan. 25, 1877 - Aug. 30, 1969
Spice H. 'Bud'       Oct. 14, 1876 - May 28, 1960.

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Four generations of the Garten family:

Left to right: Dale Garten, Guy Garten, Bud Garten and John Henry Garten.

Courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.
Four generations of the Garten family:
Left to right: Dale Garten, Guy Garten, Bud Garten and John Henry Garten.
Courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.

Pearl, Bud, Carrie and Guy Garten.

Barber County, Kansas.

Photo courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.
Pearl, Bud, Carrie and Guy Garten, Barber County, Kansas.
Photo courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer, daughter of Guy & Marian Garten..

Pearl Garten on the Garten farm after a snowstorm.

Barber County, Kansas.

Photo courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.
Pearl Garten on the Garten farm after a snowstorm, Barber County, Kansas.
Photo courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer, daughter of Guy & Marian Garten..

50th Wedding Anniversary of Bud and Pearl Garten, 

Sun City, Barber County, Kansas.

Photo courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.
50th Wedding Anniversary of Bud and Pearl Garten, Sun City, Barber County, Kansas.
Photo courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer, daughter of Guy & Marian Garten..

Family gathering: 50th Wedding Anniversary of Bud and Pearl Garten, 

Sun City, Barber County, Kansas.

Photo courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.
Family gathering: 50th Wedding Anniversary of Bud and Pearl Garten, Sun City, Barber County, Kansas.
Photo courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer, daughter of Guy & Marian Garten..

The home of Spice H. 'Bud' Garten and Pearl L. Garten, 

Sun City, Barber County, Kansas. 

Photo courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.
The home of Spice H. 'Bud' Garten and Pearl L. Garten, Sun City, Kansas.
Photo courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.


"One of our neighbors to the west was the Bud Garten family, they were the nicest and most gentle people you could know. The amazing thing: Bud & Pearl his wife, along with 2 sons, Guy and Roy, and a daughter Opal were all very accomplished (not country corn) musicians - also a grandson Dale Garten. Pearl played the organ or a piano, Bud a banjo or guitar, Roy and Opal violins and Dale drums and I think a guitar. I think Guy played the stringed instruments also.

They would entertain several of the neighbors on occasion and it was a real treat, remembering this was in the 1930's using kerosene or Aladdin and Coleman lanterns as about only 1 out of 10 homesteads had electricity or running water.

-- Nate Massey, 20 August 2005.


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.


When Grandma and Grandpa (Pearl and Bud Garten) lived on the farm north of our place, we would go visit them, and Grandma was a wonderful cook, as I remember. We could smell the homemade bread baking by the time we got to their driveway, and of course, we would have to have some as soon as it came out of the oven. Their house was a partial dugout, so the kitchen was warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Grandma always raised a garden, and did lots of canning. I remember there was always home-made james and jellies on the table. She raised Concord Grapes and made the best grape marmalade. When they moved into town, Grandma took her grape vines with her and continued to grow them in town. They raised everything you could think of -- radishes, lettuce, green beans, peas, potatoes, watermelon, cantaloupe. She even had her own sage. Dad always liked watermelon preserves, so of course, each summer we would make some for him. I remember helping Mom and Grandma every summer with snapping beans, hulling peas,and helping with the canning.

We kids loved to get into Grandma's cake yeast -- it's a wonder she had any left to make bread with, as we would eat it! They had a pump in the kitchen, so didn't have to draw water from a cistern like we did on our farm.

I remember my third birthday very well, as it was the day Pearl Harbor was bombed. Grandma and Grandpa were at our house on the farm, as well as Blanche and Elmer Collins. Blanche and Elmer worked on the Dickerson Ranch south of Sun City, and had several kids. I was born on Thaine's birthday, and they had another son, Denton, who was about a month younger than I. And a daughter, Colleen, who was older. Anyway, Mom and Dad and Blanche and Elmer were good friends and visited often. They were there to celebrate Thaine and my birthdays. I remember after dinner, Mom and put my sister, Vera (who was 6 months old) and me down for a nap in the living room. I could see out through the kitchen all the way to the barn. Mom, Blanche and Grandma were sitting at the kitchen table visiting, and Dad, Elmer and Grandpa were out in front of the barn. Rex Williams, who was working for Dad at the time, came into the house and into the living room. He turned the radio on and got a chair, sitting down with his arms on the back of the chair. He had no more than gotten seated when he heard the news of the bombing and I remember him running out the back door to go tell Dad. That's all I remember of the day, not what else happened at our house or anything.

-- Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer (excerpt from an email to Jerry Ferrin), 26 September 2005.


John & Malinda (Rogers) Garten, parents of Spice H. "Bud" Garten.

Hal Garten, brother of Spice H. "Bud" Garten.

Glen D. Garten, son of Spice H. "Bud" & Pearl (McBride) Garten.

Guy William Garten, son of Spice H. "Bud" & Pearl (McBride) Garten.

Opal May Garten, daughter of of Spice H. "Bud" & Pearl (McBride) Garten.

Roy John Garten, son of Spice H. "Bud" & Pearl (McBride) Garten.

Albert Stanley Garten, son of Spice H. "Bud" & Pearl (McBride) Garten.

Dale Guy Garten, grandson of Spice H. "Bud" & Pearl (McBride) Garten.

Glenn Leon "Bear" Garten, grandson of Spice H. "Bud" & Pearl (McBride) Garten.

James Garten, grandson of Spice H. "Bud" & Pearl (McBride) Garten.

Jack L. & Bonnie D. (Garten) Shaffer, Bonnie Shaffer is the grand-daughter of Spice H. "Bud" & Pearl (McBride) Garten.


Thanks to Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer for contributing the above obituaries and photographs to this web site, to Kim Fowles for arranging the contribution and to Nate Massey for his memories of these wonderfully talented people and their family!




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