Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sylvester R. Price

This was taken from The Concordia (Kan.) Blade-Empire, Thursday, March 9, 1939.

Sylvester B. Price was born in Warren county, Ky., May 28, 1845, and died in Concordia, March 2, 1939, at the age of 93 years, 9 months and 4 days.

He was one of the survivors of the Civil War.  He enlisted from Williamson county, Illinois, on Aug. 12, 1862, as a private in Co. H, Eighty-first Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry.  His regiment saw duty with the Army of the Tennessee and was in a number of battles in the western section of the war territory, including the siege of Vicksburg.  Following a severe illness, he received an honorable discharge Oct. 8, 1864.

Mr. Price came to Kansas in 1866 and had lived in Republic and Cloud counties since that time.  He was united in marriage on Sept. 20, 1868, with Miss Isabel Powell.  To this union were born five children.  Mrs. Price died Jan. 19, 1906.  One daughter, Mrs. Fannie Cole, preceded her father in death in 1923.

On June 9, 1909 he was married to Belle Varvel Houston who died Oct. 3, 1913.

Mr. Price was associated with the Methodist church for many years.

He is survived by four children, Mrs. Lillian Scott, Los Angeles, Cal.; Mrs. Gertrude Ashcraft, Hollis; James Price, Concordia; Mrs Blanche Fry of Hollis; eight grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. William Christie, Concordia.

John Shaver Newsclippings

The following clippings all reference John Shaver (1874 - 1965).  None indicate the name of the paper.
hand-written date of Jan. 29, 1952 

John Shaver, 77 year-old employee of the Matthew Greenhouses, was taken to St. Joseph's hospital for treatment last Tuesday evening when the back of his left hand was torn by a soil shredder, while he was at work.  Shaver is one of those rugged fellows who believes that work is the best way of staying young and despite his age puts in a full day at the greenhouses and gardens, and plans to return to work as soon as possible.

(another version of the same story)

Friends of John Shaver will be sorry to hear of a painful accident injuring his left hand while he was at work at the Mathews greenhouse in Concordia.  His hand was badly mangled in a dirt mixing machine but it is coming along fine.  John was confined to the St. Joseph hospital but was expected home the first of the week.  Mr. Shaver, who moved to Concordia several years ago to retire, soon tired of retirement and has been employed at Mathews almost ever since moving.

 hand-written date of May 7, 1954

We met John Shaver in the Matthew Greenhouse in Concordia Saturday.  He is employed there.  He looks well and said Mrs. Shaver is in much better health than she was a couple of years ago.  He hasn't been in Courtland for seven years--meets his relatives down there--but says the folks that were just little kids when he lift this community are young men and women.  He can't understand how they change so fast.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mr. and Mrs. John Shaver Anniversaries

From the Concordia (Kan.) Blade-Empire, Monday, December 29, 1952.
Mr. and Mrs. John Shaver of Concordia celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Sunday, Dec. 28 with open house at their home on South Broadway.  They were married in Guthrie, Okla., and shortly after their marriage went to Courtland, Kan., to live.  They have lived in Concordia seven years.  Mrs. Shaver was Miss Rose Myrtle Shaffer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Garrett Shaffer, pioneers of this county.  They have four children: Mrs. Edgar Johnson, Courtland; Harold Shaver of Enid, Okla.; Miss Pat Shaver of Norman, Okla., and Mrs. Russell Hanson of Great Bend.  All were present for the golden wedding anniversary.

Guests attending the anniversary observance at the Shaver home Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Vane Schierbaum, Rev. K. E. Ellsworth, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Segerhammar, Carl and Paul, Mr. and Mrs E. A. Tornquist, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Swenson, Mr. Albert Ostrom, Mr and Mrs. Clarence Plummer, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ostrom, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Tornquist, Mrs. August Johnson, Leon Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Nelson, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin F, Shivers, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Johnson, Norman E. Johnson, Mrs. Laura Kempton, Marguerite Kempton, Mrs. and Mrs. M. Kackley, Mrs. O. A. Erickson, Mrs. Opal Bishop, Mr. and Mrs. Axel Lundberg, Mrs. Joe Lundblade.

Mr. and Mrs. M. Hanson of Mankato, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Ganstrom, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hanstrom, Miss Syrena Hanson, Miss Grace Goodfellow, Mrs. Mary Jewell Pae, Mrs. Silas Harvin, Mrs. E. A. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Moore, Mrs. Mabel Williams of Kansas City, Mr. J. M. Weesner, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Huggman, Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Huggerth, Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Mann, Miss Ruth Hobbs, Miss Pat Henthorne, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Johnson, Walter Douglas Johnson, Mrs. J. C. Henthorne, Miss Iona Cunningham, Mrs. W. M. Cunningham, Mrs. Ivy Rhodes, Mr. and Mrs. Ephriam Hedstrom, Ruth Hedstrom, Loretta Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Carney, Mr. and Mrs. Carl L. Johnson, Florence Haney, O. M. Haney, A. W. Humphrey, Olive M. Ritter, Mrs. J. A. Davies, Mrs. Violet Slopansky, Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Shaver and B. J. Enid, Okla., Mr. and Mrs. Harold Shaver and Pat, of Norman, Okla., Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Mentor Marty and Mrs. James E. Lundblade
From the Concordia (Kan.) Blade-Empire (no date)
SIXTY YEARS WED -- Mr. and Mrs. John Shaver of Concordia celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Sunday, Dec 3.  Mr. and Shaver were married Dec. 24, 1902, in Guthrie, Okla., at the home of her parents.  They spent most of their married life on their farm near Courtland, moving to Concordia 17 years ago.

Mrs. Shaver was born in Portland, Ore. and came to Kansas when she was three years old with her parents.  When she was about eight years old her parents made the "run" into Oklahoma but arrived to late to stake a claim so her father purchased a farm three miles south of Guthrie, Okla.  When she was 21 she came to Kackley to visit an aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Phillips and while there attended the Baptist church with them.  At church she met the young superintendent of the church school, John Shaver.  Following what their daughter refers to as "Mom and Dad's whirlwind courtship" the couple was married.

Mr. Shaver was born in Maysville, Mo. the son of Eli and Diantha Hampton Shaver.  He came to Kansas with his parents when about five years old.  His father bought a farm near Kackley in the fall of 1880, where the family lived for many years.  Mr. and Mrs. Shaver have three children: Mrs. Edgar Johnson, of Courtland; Harold Shaver, of Enid, Okla.; Mrs. Russell Hanson, of Jamestown, who were with them at their anniversary celebration.  Also attending the celebration were their grandsons, Irwin Johnson, and Mrs. Johnson, Laura, Mary, Phillip and John, of Courtland; Eldon Shaver, Mrs. Shaver, Bruce and John, of Wichita.  Their only granddaughter, Mrs. Jim Abbott, Mr. Abbott, David and Paul of Fort Worth, Texas were unable to attend the celebration.

Della May Shaver Erickson

This clipping has no newspaper name

OBITUARY - Mrs. O. A. Erickson.

Della May Shaver, daughter of Eli and Diantha Shaver was born at Maysville, Mo., Sept 8, 1871 and departed this life at her home in Jamestown, Feb. 6, 1946 at the age of 74 years, 4 months and 28 days.  In 1880, she came with her parents to Concordia, Kansas, and two years later the family move to Republic county.

She was united in marriage to O. A. Erickson at Kackley, Kansas, on March 3, 1907. They resided at Kackley and Norway for several then came to Jamestown in 1921, where they operated a general store.

In her early youth, she united with the Baptist church at Kackley, Kansas.  She served her church faithfully, teaching classes in the church school and doing efficient choir work.

Dell, as she was known by many, loved life, her friends and her community.  While her health did not permit her to participate in community affairs, yet she never lost her interest in these things.  Dell especially loved the quietness of her home and her flowers.  The welfare of her loved ones, her neighbors and her friends, were always uppermost in her mind.  Her kindness and deep considerations of others, her jolly disposition, her witticisms, endeared her to all, who came in contact with her.  All that loving hands could do, could not keep her here.  She slipped quietly away to her eternal rest.

She is survived by her devoted and faithful husband, one sister, Mrs. Hattie Hedges, of Vancouver, Wash., a brother, John Shaver, of Concordia, Kansas, several nieces, and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon, Feb 8, at 2 o'clock at the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. R. H. Spangler of Concordia, and Rev. R. H. Hardesty.  The music was furnished by Mrs. A. W. Sjoholm Miss Adell Livezey, R. H. Scanland, Robert Hardesty, accompanies by Mrs. Martin Blosser at the piano.  Casket bearers ere Otto Weddle, Frank Sjolander, W. T. Hills, Austin Zirkie, Moody Paulson and Fred Ansdell.  The Jamestown business houses closed during the funeral services.  Interment was made in the Pleasant Hill cemetery at Concordia.

Being Seventy

This hand-written note is not marked as to date or author, but the scrapbook in which it was found, and the dates mentioned near the end, suggest that it may have been Rose Myrtle May Shaffer Shaver.

How I feel being seventy

Being seventy years old hasn't turned out to be bad at all.  I have been seventy for a whole month now and I am getting pretty experienced at it.  In time I even hope to get used to it.  Looking back now I can't see why I was ever so afraid of reaching this nice ripe age.  The first few days I was pretty nervous.  I had the idea I might fall apart suddenly like the one horse shy.  I was almost afraid to look in the mirror each morning.  But I began to relax somewhat after I discovered that at seventy you don't just disintegrate before your own eyes.  I was kind of surprised to find I didn't feel different at all.  That was fine but would I act any different?  So far I haven't found a single disadvantage to being 70 and I hope there will be some real advantages.  One is in the matter of respect. The biggest advantage however is the new attitude of my hubby.  One evening I started to go to the door to pick up the newspaper "No you just set down there in your easy chair, dear," he said, "I'll get the paper for you after 70 you have to start taking things easy" I thought to myself as I settled back in the chair that I would be happy to stay seventy for the rest of my life.   And I think I will.

P.S. Nov 3, 1962 I am the age of 81 and with the help of my loving family I am still here.

Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Haney

Clipped from Volume 55 of the Courtland Journal

Mr. and Mrs. O. M. Haney of Concordia, Kansas will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary "Open House" Dec. 28, 1958 from 2 to 4 p. m. at their home, 1103 E. 7th Concordia.

Mr. Oliver Haney and Florence Humphrey were married at her parents home in Scandia, Kansas Dec. 22, 1908.

They lived near Courtland, Kansas for six years then moved to Canada for ten years.  In 1924 they moved to their present address in Concordia.

They have two sons, Clark, of Aurora, Colo., and Dean of Concordia.  They have four grandchildren.

Christine Shaffer Wedding

Chandler Girl Wed in Washington

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Shaffer announce the marriage of their daughter Christine, to Mr. J. Marcellus Casey, son of  Mrs. Grace B. Casey, of Coffeyville, Kansas.  The ceremony occurred on April 29th in Columbus Heights Christian Church, Washington D. C., with the Rev. Harry L. Bell, officiating.

After a wedding trip to Fontana Dam, North Carolina, the couple will visit with Mrs. Casey's parents in Chandler, Oklahoma.  Later they plan to visit Mr. Casey's mother in Coffeyville, Kans., and relatives in Kansas City and Chicago.

The bride is a graduate of Chandler High School and Oklahoma A. & M. College at Stillwater, and is employed by the Bureau of the Census, Washington, D. C.

Mr. Casey is a graduate of Coffeyville Junior college, and attended Northeastern State College, Tahlequah, Oklahoma.  He is employed by the Federal Security Agency, Washington, D. C.

After June 1st. Mr. and Mrs. Casey will be at home at 514 Seward Square, S. E. Washington, D. C.