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Redfield Herald
March - April 6 1906

Bourbon County’s Redfield Herald was a weekly newspaper. The first issue, dated April 8, 1905, was published on Saturdays, with W.E. Stockmyer [referred to as Edd], as Editor. In October 1905, when Mr. and Mrs. Stockmyer left Kansas for New Mexico, publication changed from Saturdays to Fridays and J. Frank Pool replaced Mr. Stockmyer as Editor. At that point, the paper was considerably expanded; in addition to community news, coverage also included courthouse news and property transfers/deeds. Another editorial change occurred in October 1906 when Mr. Pool retired and Harry E. Luman became Editor. These extracts have been copied as accurately as possible, but errors may still occur. Minor printing errors have been corrected, but otherwise the information is presented as it originally appeared. Please consult the individual reel to verify an item. I do not have any further information about these individuals or families. Contributed by Ellen Knowles Bisson (

Mar 2, 1906

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Married: Mr. Leonard R. Hall and Miss Myrtle Boosinger of Devon were married by the Probate Judge on Wednesday.

Marriage License: On Wednesday, to Frank E. Griffith and Mildred Mitchell, both of Arcadia.

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Married: Mr. Arthur D. West and Miss Maude Franey, two popular Fort Scott young people, were united in marriage on Sunday evening at the parsonage of the Catholic church by Rev. Father B.J. McKernan. Only the family and a few very intimate associates were present. Mr. and Mrs. West have the congratulations and best wishes of all of our people.

Married: A double wedding occurred at the Probate Judge’s office last Saturday evening, and the participants were Mr. David W. Coffern and Mrs. Gemima E. Lesher, both of this city; and Mr. William A. Fetters and Miss Cora B. Lesher, also both of this city. The two brides were mother and daughter.

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Married: Ed Ward and Miss Ada Lewis were united in marriage a few days ago and will make their home at Fort Scott. The parties are well known here. The bride’s parents live just northeast of Garland. A large number join with the Gazette in extending congratulations. [Garland news]

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Born: The fifth little girl baby asked for admittance at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Biles last Friday morning, [Feb] 24th. While Mr. Biles would have greatly rejoiced over the arrival of another farm hand, yet he is of the opinion that girls come in mighty handy. And @ col 2: Born, to Mr. and Mrs. James Biles, Feb. 23rd [sic], a nine pound girl, that day being their twenty-fourth wedding anniversary. The oldest daughter, Mamie, now Mrs. Riley Harris, also gave birth to a son on her third wedding anniversary. During the first six years of Mr. and Mrs. Biles’ married life, three daughters were born to them, the youngest being fourteen years of age when a son was born; since two more daughters have been born, the son now being five years old. Mrs. Biles is the daughter of F.M. Monty, ex-county treasurer of Crawford county, Kas.

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Married: George Nogle and Miss Eva Coyan were married Wednesday evening, [Feb] 21st at the home of the bride’s father, Hugh N. Coyan. Rev. T.J. Deatley officiated. The young couple will make their home four miles west of Mapleton. The Dispatch joins with their many friends in wishing them much happiness. [Mapleton news]

Born: The stork visited the home of Wm. Blosser and left a fine boy baby. [Mapleton news]

Born: The stork visited the home of Elmon Lunceford and left a fine girl on February 25th. [Mapleton news]

Mar 9, 1906

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Born: The home of Mr. and Mrs. John Hartman has been made happy by the arrival of a sweet little girl baby who put in her appearance Feb. 28th. She will be known by the gentle and modest name of Mary. [Uniontown news] And also @ pg 10, col 2, Born: To Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Hartman, February 28, a girl. Mother and baby both getting along nicely. [Turkey Creek news]

Died: Another Old Settler Gone - It has been many years since Uniontown received such a shock as last Friday morning when the telephone from their home rang out the dreadful message at 6:30 a.m., that T.L. Ledbrook was no more. He had been confined to the house and suffering for a couple of weeks from sciatica, but had recovered sufficiently to assist his wife in doing the chores. They had returned from the barn and he had seated himself in his chair when the rheumatic pain attacked his heart and did its deadly work in a few moments. Theophilius Lessey Ledbrook was born in England July 31st, 1839; came to Illinois in 1849, and from there to Kansas in 1866, where he was married to Eliza Goff in 1867. Three children were born to them, all of whom have preceded them to that better world. He died March 2nd, 1906. A wife and two half-brothers survive him. As a citizen he was enterprising and aggressive; as a soldier, loyal and brave; as a Mason, true to the principles; as a friend, faithful and kind; unretaliating with his enemies; advocating all that was moral, reverent and temperate. The funeral services were held at the M.P. church. Rev. Gray read a scriptural lesson, after which Rev. Woods made an appropriate and pathetic talk on the life and character of the deceased. Prominent Masons from Fort Scott, Bronson, Redfield, Devon, LaHarpe and Xenia were present and took part in the Masonic burial services at the grave. W.E. Cassell, of Fort Scott, was master of ceremonies. Col. C.H. Morrow, Harry Morrow, and J.M. Liepman, of Fort Scott, D.W. Buell, of Devon, and _________ and Col. G.P. Eves, of Uniontown, were the pall bearers. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. Mrs. Ledbrook has the sincere sympathy of all her friends, both here and elsewhere, in the loss of her companion with whom she started in the springtime of youth, and who has left her in the autumn of life, when the leaves were falling, before the coming of winter’s snows, to finish the journey alone. Followed by: Card of Thanks signed by Eliza Ledbrook.

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Marriage Licenses:

Feb 28 - Lawrence A. Hartley, Sedalia, Mo., and Nina Brewster, Parsons, Kas.; Leonard R. Hall, Devon, Kas., and Myrtle Boosinger, Devon, Kas. [Marriage details above]; Frank E. Griffith, Arcadia, Kas., and Gertrude Mitchell, Arcadia, Kas.; Arch W. Handly, Metz, Mo., and Mamie Cline, Metz, Mo.; William P. Bowers, Berlin, Kas., and Carrie Belle Stewart, Berlin, Kas.

Mar 3 - Ibe Durman, Nevada, Mo., and Susan Alta VanNest, Moundville, Mo.; Geo. A. Smith, Fort Scott, Kas., and Louise Probst, Kansas City, Mo.

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Died: Edward McSulley, probably known by as many people in Fort Scott and Bourbon County as any one living in our midst, died suddenly Wednesday morning as a result of an attack of pneumonia. Ed had been for twenty three years connected with the Davidson Theater of this city, and was an expert stage manager. This paper joins the entire community in extending sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.

Mar 16, 1906

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Died: Mr. and Mrs. Burns, of Wellsford, Kan., arrived here Tuesday to be in attendance at the funeral of their daughter, Mrs. Isaac Emrick, which occurred that afternoon. The interment was made at the Heviside cemetery.

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Marriage Licenses:

Mar 6 - G. Elwood Hellums, Kansas City, Mo., and Jessie E. Noret, Fort Scott; Walter E. Baptist, Uniontown, Ks., and Kittie May Neville [see below for wedding], Uniontown, Ks.; Jas. __ Hunsicker, Garland, Kas., Mamie L. Wise, Garland, Kas.; Joseph Pierce, Pittsburg, Kas., and Lula M. Hoover, Pittsburg, Kas.

Mar 8 - Claude McCracken and Jessie Owen, both of Fort Scott.


Mar 7 - Wm. T. Gilbert, of Parsons, Kansas and Minnie L. Crabtree, of Louisville, Ky., were married by the probate judge.

Mar 10 - Henry M. Hopper and Maude Leona Wiggins were married by the probate judge.

Mar 13 - Fletcher C. Kistler and Jennie M. Forrester, both of Uniontown, were married by the probate judge.

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Married: Marriage of Well Known Young People - On Wednesday evening at 8 o’clock at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Neville, their only daughter Kittie Neville, was married to Walter Baptist, Rev. Gray officiating. The bride was neatly attired in white silk and the groom wore the conventional black. Immediately after the ceremony was performed, they stepped into the dining room, where a large table was laden with good things to eat, which all did ample justice to. The contracting parties are well and favorably known, each having a wide circle of friends and they start out in life with encouraging circumstances to lead them forward. Mr. and Mrs. Baptist will be at home with the bride’s parents, where they will welcome their host of friends. The happy pair have the hearty congratulations of their scores of friends.

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Died: The three year old child of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Elliott, living near Devon, died last Friday as the result of having swallowed a large quantity of concentrated lye. The funeral was held on Sunday and interment was made in Hepler cemetery. This is a particularly sad case and the afflicted family have the sympathy of the entire community.

Died: Mrs. Mary Gooder, 65 years of age, and a member of another prominent family in the Devon neighborhood, died a few days since after suffering for a long period from catarrh of the stomach. The many friends of the bereaved husband and children join us in extending sincere sympathy.

Died: Sister Blanche, one of the faithful nurses at Mercy Hospital, died Monday night after a short illness as the result of an attack of pneumonia. The deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hogan of Rich Hill. The funeral was conducted by Father McKernan at the hospital chapel on Wednesday morning and interment made in the Catholic cemetery.

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Died: W.F. Parsons, well known as the proprietor of the Delmonico billiard parlors, died Monday morning at Galena, and was buried in Fort Scott Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 from the Christian church, Rev. Orchard officiating. Interment was made in the Evergreen cemetery.

Died: The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gorman, three days old, died on Monday and the funeral was held at the Catholic church in Fulton on Wednesday.

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Born: Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wolf are entertaining a new daughter who arrived at their home Tuesday night. [Uniontown news]

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Born: A fine girl baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. R.R. Bowlus, March 10th. Baby and mother are doing well. [Scofield news]

Mar 23, 1906

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Died: We were very much grieved Friday evening to hear that W.J. Sheppard had died. He had been sick but a short time of pneumonia fever and was thought to be on the road to recovery when he took a sudden change for the worse and died in a short time. At the time of his death he was living on Dr. Griffin’s farm two miles south of town. He leaves a wife and three children. The funeral was held at the home Sunday at eleven o’clock by Rev. H.P. Blunt, pastor of the Bronson Baptist church. The remains were laid to rest in Mt. Orum cemetery. The deceased was a popular man and everyone was his friend.

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Died: H.M. Pipkin, who has for several years held the government contract covering the transportation of the United States mails to and from the depots in Fort Scott, died at nine o’clock Friday morning. Mr. Pipkin was a genial gentleman and though he had not made many friends in Fort Scott during his four years of residence in the town, he was well thought of my all who knew him. A bereaved wife and six children survive, and have the sincere sympathy of this community. The funeral was held at Devon on Saturday morning and burial made in Dayton cemetery.

Died: L.R. Kaylor, formerly in the music business in Fort Scott, but lately of Nevada, died at a sanitarium at the last named place on Friday morning. Mr. Kaylor had been ill for several years, but recently had appeared to have improved, and his death was unexpected. The Kaylor Brothers have always been successful business men and the survivors will carry on the business here.

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Married: Word was received of the marriage of Miss Mattie Kingsbury of Mound City to a Mr. Mickern, of Kansas City. The bride is a niece of Mr. and Mrs. L.T. Campbell of this city and has many friends here.

Birthday: On last Thursday evening a most pleasant event took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Moore. It being Mr. Moore’s forty-eighth birthday, his wife and daughter, assisted by the people of Poplar Grove planned a surprise on him which was carried out most completely. Mr. Moore was so completely surprised he could not speak for several minutes after the guests arrived. The crowd spent some time in visiting and playing various games, then all were called to the dining room where a sumptuous feast had been prepared by Mrs. Moore and the ladies, to which all did ample justice. The table was beautifully decorated for the occasion. After the table had been cleared, the remained of the evening was spent visiting and listening to good music. As the wee hours of morning began to dawn the crowd departed for their various homes, wishing Mr. Moore many more such happy birthdays. Signed: One Who Was There

Died: Mr. Jack Sheppard, who departed this life March 16th, was a man who was loved and respected by all who became acquainted with him. All his friends sympathize with his family and relatives in their great loss. [Schofield news]

Mar 30, 1906

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Marriage Licenses:

Mar 20 - Harvey Hackett, Fort Scott and Lillian May Shumaker, Fort Scott; James Beck, Fort Scott, and Frances Kennedy, Fort Scott.

Mar 24 - C. Harvey Boaz, Xenia, and Lillie M. Thompson, Xenia; Ross Rhodes, Fort Scott and Inez Stodgel, Fort Scott.

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Born x 2: The stork made his usual visit last week and left a sweet babe at the homes of George Heaton and J.H. Edwards. The youngsters and oldsters are all pleased.

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Died: Mr. Frank Brown, who has been sick for several months, died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Brown, March 20, 1906, at the age of 21 years. Frank was a bright and promising young man, loved by all who knew him. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, belonging to Hiattville Camp No. 1364, and was buried under the auspices of that order. The funeral was held at the big M.E. church of Hiattville. The body was borne to Hiattville cemetery, where it was tenderly laid to rest. [Schofield news]

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Died: Levi G. Wilson, for many years a well known Bourbon County farmer and father of Mrs. Gordon McComas and Mrs. G.K. Hayes, died last Friday at his home in Oklahoma City.

Died: Abraham S. Jones, father of the late J.A. Jones, who last summer suffered fatal injuries while employed at the Fort Scott Missouri Pacific shops, died last Saturday morning at the family home on Lowman street. The deceased lived to the ripe age of 83 years, and was a Christian soldier. No higher tribute can be paid to any man. The gaining of high honors or great wealth does not equal it.

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Died: Robert Hood, son of C.E.M. Hood, a well known farmer residing near Fulton, attempted to get off of a moving freight train at Fulton station last Friday night and was instantly killed. The young man had been to Kansas City with a car of stock and met death just as he arrived. The stricken parents are prostrated and all of our people proffer their sincere sympathy. The body was horribly mangled, though the train did not run over the unfortunate young man. He was thrown clear over a platform eight feet high and struck his head.

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Married: Mr. Earl Sims to Miss Dollie Simcosky, of Iola. [Uniontown news]

Died: It is a very unusual occurrence for a man of the age of Uncle Billy Mason when he leaves this world to be surrounded by nine living children. Four sons and five daughters were present when their father was laid in his last resting place. A very unpleasant accident occurred when they left the church for the cemetery, a distance of one mile. They had gone about a quarter of a mile, the mud being so stiff an deep that the hearse was pulled in two and the coffin had to be replaced in a lumber wagon and conveyed to the cemetery. Also: Mr. and Mrs. John Gordon, Mr. and Mrs. John Caster, and Mr. O.B. Mason came out from Fort Scott Thursday to attend the funeral of William Mason. [Uniontown news]

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Born: Mr. and Mrs. Deb Rogers had their happy home brightened by the arrival of a little girl baby last week. The news was received at this office too late for publication last week, but it is better late than never.

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Married: At the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Shoop, two miles east of Xenia, March 25th, Nepri [sic] Brown was united in marriage to Miss Cecil Shoop. Mr. Brown is one of our promising young men. Miss Shoop has many friends in the valley where she has lived and grown to womanhood. The Dispatch joins with their many friends in wishing them a long life of happiness. [Mapleton news]

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Married: At the country home of Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Hedges, in Walnut Township, occurred the marriage of their second daughter, Miss Leone Hedges, to Mr. Ben Johnson, at eight o’clock on the evening of March 21st. [Petersburg news]

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Died: Mrs. J.R. West died Friday the 23rd at the home of her daughter near Bronson and was buried in the Stevenson cemetery Sunday. Mrs. West has lived here many years and will be missed by her many friends. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community. [Osage Valley news] And see below @ pg 5, col 2 Apr 6, 1906.

Apr 6, 1906

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Married: Miss Pearl Drummond was united in marriage on Monday evening at Nevada, Mo., to Major Wallace of that city. The wedding occurred at the home of the bride’s sister, after which a reception and supper were tendered. Hearty congratulations go out from the Gazette office. [Garland news]

Married: Clara V. Wilson of Swart, Mo., and Otto L. Flagg, of Pittsburg, Kansas, were united in marriage at the home of the bride’s parents, March 27, ‘06, Rev. A. Ogle officiating. After the ceremony all, with a few invited friends, repaired to the dining room and partook of a bounteous feast. [Garland news]

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Born x 2: Munroe Ward and Wm. Leslie each have new baby girls at their homes. They demanded admission last week. [Garland news]

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Died: Amanda J. West, wife of James R. West, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert Lent, of near Bronson, March 23, 1906, after a lingering illness of heart trouble. Mrs. West was the daughter of Franklin Johnson. She was born in Arkansas near Boonsborough in Washington county, Dec. of 1843, was converted when she was 13 years of age, joined the M.E. Church and continued in that church until 1890. And when she heard Holiness preached, she accepted that doctrine and identified herself with the independent Holiness. She was married April 11th, 1860 and to this union was born 9 children 5 boys and 4 girls, 6 of whom survive her. She leaves a husband, three sisters, one brother and six children to mourn her loss. Her children are Mrs. Robt. Lent, of Bronson, Mrs. Thomas Osborn of Kincaid, Mr. Oliver West of LaHarpe, Mr. Charles West of Gas City, Marshall West and Lillie West of Xenia. She was a kind mother, a loving wife and a dear friend to all. To know her was to love her.

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Died: Mrs. Sarah Truitt Dead - Sarah Arehart was born in Claremont county, Ohio, March 13th, 1819. She was married to George Truitt December 27th, 1833, and died April 1st, 1906, at the advanced age of 87. She is survived by eleven children, six daughters and five sons, eight of whom were present at the funeral. She accompanied her daughter, Mrs. Nina Conway, of Yates Center, to her home only two days before her death. It is supposed that the journey for one of her age was too much. Feeling fatigued she laid down to rest, soon falling asleep to awaken free from all labors, sorrows and strifes in the great beyond, to receive her heavenly reward for the good deeds done on earth. A beautiful patient life was ended in that peaceful sleep, without pain or sickness. There should be no grief experienced for the going out of the light of old age in its sweet simplicity and dependence on the strength and loving kindness of a younger generation. Mrs. Truitt lived to see the fifth generation of her family.

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Born: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bobbitt are the happy parents of a wee baby girl who came Sunday night. She weighed but four and three quarter pounds, clothes and all.

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Sick: Grandma Jennings, who has been laid up for several weeks on account of a fall she got is reported much better. Grandma is 92 years old and the mother of Mrs. John Henning, Mrs. C.F. Rucker of Fort Scott and Mrs. Gilham, also of Fort Scott. All wish her a speedy recovery. [Schofield news]

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Marriage Licenses:

Apr 2 - Oscar Love of Bronson and Pearl Anderson of Xenia.

Apr 3 - Ervin Dwyer and Mary Hansbrough, both of Mapleton

Married: Apr 2 - Wm. M. Pidcock of Cherokee Co., Kans., and Mrs. Laura Ellen Hood of the same place were married by the probate judge.

April 13 - June 1906

Tom & Carolyn Ward
Columbus, KS

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