Bertha Ellen (Singer) Aubley, Barber County, Kansas Barber County, Kansas.  

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The Gyp Hill Premiere, December 12, 2005.

Bertha Ellen (Singer) Aubley

Bertha Ellen (Singer) Aubley, 93, died Thursday, December 1, 2005 at Hilltop Manor, Cunningham.

She was born October 12, 1912 at Kingman, Kansas, the daughter of Lumen and Daisy Mae Singer. She was raised by her grandparents James and Lucy Louthan when her parents both died during the influenza epidemic of 1918. A lifetime resident of Barber County, she was a homemaker.

On January 30, 1931, she married Guy Fredrick Aubley at Kiowa. He died on July 2, 1999.

She was a member of First Christian Church, Medicine Lodge, Self Culture Club, Book Club, Barber County Cow Belles, The Riverside Home Extension Unit and was a 4-H leader.

She is survived by a daughter Barbara Petry and her husband Dick, Dover, Tennessee; a daughter-in-law Patsy Aubley, Sawyer, Kansas; sister-in-law Carmen Singer, Pratt, Kansas; 3 grandchildren, Brad Petry, Sumner, WA, Pamela Haynes, Mercer Island, WA; Stephanie Hawkins, Medicine Lodge; 3 great grandchildren, Clayton Miracle, Ian Hawkins, Maggie Hawkins; two step great granddaughters, and 4 step great grandsons.

She was preceded in death by a son Gene Aubley, her parents, two brothers, Oliver Singer, and Kenneth Singer and a sister Winona Singer.

Funeral was held on Monday, December 5 at First Christian Church, Medicine Lodge with Pastor Tom Walters officiating. Burial was in Mumford Cemetery, Nashville.

Memorials are suggested to the church in care of the funeral home. Personal condolences may be left for the family at

The Chosen Land: Barber County, Kansas, page 90.

Bertha (Singer) Aubley

by Bertha (Singer) Aubley, 1979.

Luman Guy Singer was born May 9, 1885, to Mr. and Mrs. John Singer. He was the first child of a family of nine children. Luman married Daisy Mae Louthan in 1909. To this union 5 children were born. I was the third child in the family.

My parents settled on a claim in Oklahoma and lived there for several years before moving to their home northeast of Medicine Lodge. My mother carried the mail from Medicine Lodge to Mumford post office with a horse and buggy. The school teacher stayed at our home and walked to school with us children.

I remember going to literaries at Mumford in a horse drawn sleigh. It was bitter cold, but we were snuggled down in blankets and hay. I was six years old when my parents died of the flu of 1918. My grandparents, James and Lucy Louthan, took us four children to raise. They were, Oliver, 8; Bertha, 6; Kenneth, 4; and Wanona, 2. Wanona died four months after my parents.

James Louthan was born in 1863 and died in 1933. Lucy Turley Louthan was born at Sedalia, Mo., in 1873 and died in 1961.

I attended Mumford and Kingman grade school before we settled in Medicine Lodge, where I graduated from High School in May 1931.

In January 1931, I married Guy Aubley, and we moved north of Medicine Lodge, to a farm where we now live. The farm was once owned by my great grandfather John Louthan. He lived here in 1865. The north 80 acres was owned, at one time, by Meade Randolph. He broke the ground with a team of oxen.

I remember well that one dollar was enough to buy a week's groceries. We were busy farming with horses, raising chickens, gardening, and milking Jersey cows to make a living. Our first wheat crop sold for 25 cents a bushel. Our corn crop sold for 11 cents per bushel. We burned some of the corn in the stove that winter.

In those days the social life of the community centered around the home and the school. We had box-suppers and spelling matches and programs at Mumford school. One of the teachers stayed at our house for several years when she taught here.

Our son, Guy Eugene, was born at home in 1932. Our daughter, Barbara, was born 4 years later. Both were active in 4-H and community work while at home. Both won many local, state, and national awards. Note: Guy Eugene's Aubley's story follows.

Barbara attended country school for 6 years, and then finished school at Medicine Lodge before attending KS College for 3 years. She graduated from Airline school in Chicago and worked for Delta Airlines for four years before marrying Richard Petry. They have two children - Bradley, 16 years, and Pamela, 15. Gene has one daughter, Stephanie.

Guy and I were active in 4-H work for many years. We are still busy farming, church work and clubs. Guy has been the Pony Express rider in the Indian Peace Treaty Pageant every performance and he plans on riding with his son this year, 1979.

We built the house we are presently living in 47 years ago, and hope to celebrate our golden wedding here in 1981.

Gravestone for Bertha E. Aubley and Guy F. Aubley.

Mumford Cemetery, Barber County, Kansas.

Photo courtesy of Kim Fowles.
Gravestone for Bertha E. Aubley and Guy F. Aubley
Bertha E. - Oct. 12, 1912 - .       Guy F. - Apr. 17, 1909 - July 2, 1999.
Mumford Cemetery, Barber County, Kansas.
Photo courtesy of Kim Fowles.

Also see:

Mumford Cemetery, Barber County, Kansas. Many of the people mentioned in the above family history are buried in the Mumford Cemetery.

A List of the Graduates of Medicine Lodge High School   (1890 - 1937) This was the "High School" mentioned in the above article.

Thanks to Kevin Noland, publisher of The Gyp Hill Premiere, Medicine Lodge, Kansas, for permission to republish the above obituary from his newspaper.

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