Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Amanuensis Monday - Mayfield News Clips from the Sumner County Press - July 21, 1881, July 5, 1883, & September 20, 1883

July 21, 1881 - Sumner County Press
Prairie Creek Items

A new town started in the corner of townships Down, Chikaskia, Ryan and Osborne, named "Business Corner."  There is quite a strife over who is to be the mayor, but it is thought J. D. Prunty leads, although (sic) Geo. O. Carpenter is very popular with the women, and should they vote, maybe he will be the coming man.

July 5, 1883 - Sumner County Press
Wellington News

It would be well for some of our young people to remember that the city ordinance on fast driving prohibits a greater rate than eight miles an hour, and govern themselves accordingly.

September 20, 1883 - Sumner County Press
Mayfield Musings

Mr. and Mrs. Stocking, from Illinois, are visiting their son Roderick.  They visited here four years ago, and are much pleased with the advancement of the county in that time.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Amanuensis Monday - Mayfield [Osborn Township] News - Oct 25, 1877 from the Sumner County Press

Oct 25, 1877 - Sumner County Press
Osborn Items
Excerpted from Page 356 - "Mayfield: Then & Now" - Clark & Kline

Rained every day last week.

The prairie streams were full and ground well saturated.

S. V. Walton and Miss Mattie Updegraff have returned from their visit to Iowa, both looking improved in appearance.  They are glad to get back and their neighbors are pleased to have them home again.

Mr. Barnard is building a residence 16 X 20, one and one-half stories high, with a good cellar.  Mr. Roberts is preparing to finish his dwelling with a coat of paint.

The Bellevue school will open about the first of November.

On the evening of the 13th last, one of the most violent wind and rain storms of the season passed over this township.  Mr. Rose's house was moved off the foundation, and 'Squire Houk's stable and granary were unroofed and many stacks of hay and grain rolled over.  The storm caught a wagon load of delegates who were returning from the Republican Convention, and for a time they were completely waterlogged.  Fitzgerald tried to sing the 101 Psalm, to the tune of Old Hundred, but choked on the water.  The storm raged with such fury that the team was repeatedly stopped, blinded by the wind, rain, and darkness.  The party finally reached A. Robinson's where they filled up with hot tea and waited for the storm to abate.

There is some dissatisfaction manifested on the part of Democrats because Mr. Thralls was not nominated by the Republican convention for sheriff.  Our own candidate seems to feel badly because he did not get even a complimentary vote.  Gentlemen delegates from Osborn, why was it thus?  But I never did hear of a convention that pleased every one.  

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Bellevue [Mayfield] Items for 25 January 1877

Sumner County Press
January 25, 1877
Bellevue Items – By Charlie
(Excerpted from the book:  "Mayfield: Then & Now" written by Elaine Evans Clark and Sherry Stocking Kline

Our settlement has again been afflicted by the death of Miss Mattie Luckey, aged 17 years, daughter of James H. Luckey.  This is the second death in his family lately.

Our school house is enclosed, and we have church in it every Sabbath.

I find that a great many people are ignorant of the location of Bellevue.  I will describe it:  It is five miles north-west of the center of the county, and is the center of Osborn township on a high and beautiful location; and by the way, a good place for a hotel, it being on the old cattle trail and the direct route from Wellington to Medicine Lodge City.

A good blacksmith would do exceedingly well here.

S. V. Walton will deed a lot to any one who will build a business house thereon, provided no intoxicating liquors are to be sold in it.

The houses of this township are all as good or better than the average in the county.
There is not a dug-out or a sod house in the township.

We have a trail route running north and south, [the Chisholm Trail] and hope to have one running east and west soon.

Wheat looks tolerable fair.

Some improvements going on this winter. 

Note: Bellevue was one of the first names for Mayfield, Kansas, and it was founded by S. V. Walton and his family.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Amanuensis Monday - Obituary - Maurine Goodrum

Excerpted from the book "Mayfield: Then & Now" by Elaine Evans Clark and Sherry Stocking Kline, published in 2003.

Maurine Goodrum, 70, Mayfield, died at her home early Sunday. Her death was unexpected.  

She was born Aug. 7, 1893 in rural Mayfield and had been a resident of that community all her life.  She was a member of the Mayfield Federated Church.

Survivors include a son, Vernon E. Goodrum, Mayfield; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Federated Church in Mayfield.  The Rev. Robert Hazen will officiate.  

Burial will be in Prairie Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the family home in Mayfield from 5 p.m. today until 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The Frank Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Amanuensis Monday - Obituary of Frederick C. Stayton - Mayfield: Then & Now

Stayton, Frederick C., son of George C. and Elizabeth Stayton, was born near Bowling Green, Kentucky on January 3, 1880, and departed this life October 19, 1955, at a local hospital in Wellington, Kansas, at the age of 75 years 10 months and 16 days.

He came to Sumner County, Kansas, with his parents in August of 1883, and they located on a farm 3 miles west of Mayfield where he spent his youth and early manhood.

He was united in marriage on March 26, 1902, to Miss Mabel Gilbert of Mayfield.  To this union were born six children, two of whom preceded him in death.

In early youth he was baptized and united with the Baptist Church of Mayfield, later joining the Methodist Church in which he remained faithful until his death.

For forty years, he lived on the farm one mile north and 1 1/2 miles west of Mayfield where he was engaged in farming and buying of livestock.

In November of 1949, he, with his wife, moved to the present home in Mayfield.  He is survived by his wife Mabel, two daughters, Mrs. Mildred Twyman of Ottawa, Kansas, and Mrs. Dorothy Wade of Mayfield; two sons, George of Winfield, Kansas, and Roy of Mayfield; thirteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; one brother, Henry of Anson, Kansas; a sister, Mrs. Lucy Clark, of Mayfield; several nieces, nephews and many friends.

Excerpted from "Mayfield: Then & Now".  To order a book, click here.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Mayfield: Then & Now - It All Started with an Antique Quilt!

"Mayfield: Then & Now"

"Mayfield: Then & Now," the book, owes its existence to the curiosity surrounding the many names on an antique quilt given to Larry and Elaine Clark!  You can see a photograph of that quilt right here, and read the story of how the book got its start.  

Bound in beautiful, leather-textured blue with gold accents, "Mayfield: Then & Now" is an heirloom quality book that you will be proud to own, and proud to hand down to your children.  (Better yet, buy each of them one!)

Weighing in at a hefty 5.2 pounds, the book is a family historian/genealogist's dream!  With 540 pages that spans generations of individual memories, history, family history, and local lore, it's a fun way to learn more about your family's (or ancestor's home town).

Most family histories include family trees, and a few have as many as seven generations!
Add to that 752 one-of-a-kind photographs and a 39 page index loaded with family names and the book is a must-have for anyone with ties to Mayfield.

Weight:              5.2 pounds
Pages:               540 pages
Photographs:    752
Index:                  39 pages

Filled with area history, tall tales and true, personal memories, family history, and one-of-a-kind family photographs, "Mayfield: Then & Now" has something for everyone!

For ordering information or to print out an order form, Click Here.