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The Barber County Index, December 26, 1935.

Reviewing The Year From The Index Files

Week By Week Resume of Interesting Happenings As Recorded In The Index During year of 1935

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January 2.

George C. Davis, K. C. grain dealer, becomes owner of some 50,000 acres of land in Barber County.

Officials of the Barber County Wheat Allotment program are preparing to measure wheat fields, the work to start the latter part of January.

Mr. Younger of Wichita opens a Dodge and Plymouth auto agency in the building one block west of the First National Bank.

The Santa Fe railroad begins tearing up the railroad between Medicine Lodge and Gerlane.

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Lahey announce the birth of their daughter, December 28, 1934, to whom they gave the name, Edna May.

Friends here receive the announcement of the birth of a son to Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Vickery of Casper, Wyoming.

Strickland-Hewitt Motor Company and Lodge Chevrolet Company exchange buildings.

January 16.

Orville Mills, Jr., youngest member of the state legislature, writes of the interesting happenings in that body under the title "Behind the Scenes at the State Legislature."

The Pastime Theater installs fine new sound equipment, reflectors and projectors. The theater will open again on January 17.

Mr. and Mrs. Antone Bertoglio announce the birth of their son, Jack, at Wichita, January 5, 1936.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Singer of Nashville announce the birth of their daughter, Shannon Gail, at Wichita, January 8, 1935.

Mr. and Mrs. Newton B. Warren announce the marriage of their daughter, Mary Ellen, to Richard Turnbull, son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Turnbull, on Sunday January 4, 1935, at Pratt.

Jack Elwood McCullough, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mood McCullough died at Lamar, Colorado, December 31, aged 10 years.

January 17.

Water shortage forces Southern and Sherman to shut down drilling operations on well near Aetna.

Four geological crews are at work in Barber county.

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Reeves of the Gerlane community are the parents of a baby girl born Saturday, January 12, 1935.

Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Newland, Missionaries to Tibet, describe events of the journey they are making with their baby son, to this far away land.

Mrs. Jaunita Ruth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Robison, formerly of this city, died at her home in Greensburg, Saturday, December 12.

Mrs. J. B. Stockstill receives a Christmas card from Jerusalem, Palestine, sent by Mr. and Mrs. Cline Smith of Phoenix, Arizona, who were touring the Holy Land.

Medicine Lodge business men take a page space in the Index to extend congratulations to Roy Culley on the opening of his theater with new sound equipment.

Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Hinshaw of Sharon celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary in the home of their son, J. C. Hinshaw, in this city.

A. H. Elgin was re-elected as chairman of the Board of County Commissioners.

Plans are being made for the President's Birthday Party.

January 24.

The following persons were appointed to take the Farm Census in Barber county: Leon Thompson, Isabel; Mrs. Bert Smith, Sharon; Raymond Donovan, Medicine Lodge; Ted Groendycke, Kiowa; Lloyd Clarke, Medicine Lodge.

The Pastime Theater has a small fire which ruined a couple of rolls of film and smoked up the interior of the projection booth.

The Barber County Council of Women held their annual meeting in Medicine Lodge, with Mrs. H. M. Richardson and Miss Flaval Barnes of Pratt and John B. Turner of Northwestern college, Alva, Oklahoma, as the chief speakers.

The weather report showed a day of sub-zero weather, the thermometer dropping to 3 below on January 21.

Claude Betty, manager of Betty's store at Hazelton died January 16 in the Mayo Bros. Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

Al Hittle shot a gray eagle on his farm in the Riverside community that measured over seven feet from the tip of one wing the other.

January 31.

C. L. Forsyth was elected president of the Medicine Lodge Chamber of Commerce.

Miss Rachel A. Nixon was chosen as vice chairman of the Seventh District at the meeting of the Kansas Day club in Topeka.

"Brick" Case, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Case, stationed with the Marines at Quantico, Virginia received rank of Sergeant.

"Cy" Seymour, state highway commissioner from the Fifth District announced the letting of contracts for grading and bridge work on the new diagonal road between Anthony and Kiowa.

District Court convened with 9 criminal and 57 civil cases on the docket.

A golf course is planned for Memorial Peace Park, with the following officers elected to carry out the plans: president, Emmit R. Evans; vice president, Vic Emery; secretary treasurer, Lawrence Stevens; Directors, Elra Noel and Joe C. Hinshaw.

Dr. Hardin Gilbert and Albert Orr discussed the spending of the $4,889,000,000, which the president had just asked congress to authorize him to spend.

Medicine Lodge high school defeated Kiowa high school in a basketball game in Kiowa by a score of 23 to 22.


February 7.

M. T. Williams longtime resident of this community died at the Medicine Lodge hospital Monday night of pneumonia.

W. R. Forsyth and Son begun the erection of a big warehouse on their lots located on West Washington avenue.

Fire destroyed the old home of Senator Chester L. Long, owned by F. F. Brown.

Lloyd Davis opened an implement store in the room just north of the Golden Rule Oil station. The Benefiel Hardware Co. staged a John Deere tractor show.

George Griffin won a prize for first place in a musical contest sponsored by the Saturday Afternoon Club of Wichita.

Mr. and Mrs. C. N. Marshall and Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Long returned from a stay of several weeks in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

F. E. Preston opened a real estate and insurance office in Isabel.

Calvin C. Groves and Ruth May Patterson were married.

A. D. Shaw and son, Dillman S. Shaw, made a business trip to Indiana.

February 14.

The local Cement plant moved sales office to Chicago.

The Lake Medicine Resort corporation elected the following officers; president, G. A. Hibbard; vice president, Ray Ives; treasurer, Fred Benefiel; secretary, W. H. Hall; director, Pete Page.

Lester Porter, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Porter of the Central View community died in the Pratt hospital, following a brief illness.

February 21.

Charles Dean Nixon, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Nixon died after a brief illness from pneumonia.

Word was received by Ralph Coffman, who resides on the Marchel farm west of town, of the death of Mr. Marchel at his home in Chelan, Washington on January 19, 1935.

Word was received by friends in Medicine Lodge of the death of Mrs. Dora Aterburn on Monday, February 11, at Long Beach, Calif.

Fred Mader, former resident, died in Wichita.

Wade Hampton accepted the Christian pastorate at Larned, Kansas, and resigned as pastor of the local Christian church.

The Western Light and Power Corporation announced a new low rate for Medicine Lodge.

Mr. and Mrs. James Shaw Jr., of Hardtner announce the birth of a daughter on February 11.

February 28.

Barber County old timers announce date of their annual reunion and banquet for March 14.

Mr. and Mrs. Russell V. Hyatt of Hazelton announces the birth of a son on Tuesday, February 25.

Mr. and Mrs. Grover Roessler announced the marriage of their daughter, Wilma Helen, to Mr. Loren C. Rolf on November 19, 1934.

The Medicine Men won at basketball over Caldwell by a score of 30 to 2.

James Lee, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Beck, died at his home in Lake City.

The local Lions club votes to sponsor improvements to a recreational nature at Memorial Peace Park.


March 7.

Red Cross Executives Committee elects chairman.

Mrs. J. H. Salee died at the home of her daughter in Lake City.

Coach J. Allen Murry's basketball team from Sharon captured the Barber County League title.

Miss Geraldine Ireland was transferred from local Western Light and Power offices to those of the company in Caldwell.

Medicine Lodge folks report that earthquake shocks were felt here.

S. P. Garrison probate judge recalled that he had arrived in Medicine Lodge just 50 years ago.

Class B. Elimination Basketball Tourney began with the first game between Medicine Lodge and Zenda.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank S. Cook of Lake City announced the marriage of their daughter, Alice B., to Roy H. Vanderplas, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Vanderplas, also of Lake City.

A small twister struck the Ed Coyle farm south of town and did considerable damage.

March 14.

Adrian S. Houck, prominent attorney, died suddenly from a heart attack at his home in this city.

Tom McNeal arrived in Medicine Lodge to act as toastmaster at Old Settlers banquet.

Mrs. A. T. Tincher, one of the early residents of the Sharon Valley, died at the home of a daughter in Geuda Springs, following a month's illness.

Sharon team captured Class B. Elimination Basketball Tourney here.

___ Emery is transferred from local cement plant offices to Chicago office.

I. V. Martin accepted superintendent of Kinsley public schools, resigning similar position here.

Work of graveling K-8 between Medicine Lodge and Kiowa was completed.

Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Tedrow returned from Hot Springs Ark.

March 21.

Twenty-two men made application, personally, to local board of education for position of superintendent of schools.

Floyd Herr, home town boy elected superintendent of schools.

More than 400 persons registered for the Old Settlers Banquet and Reunion.

Mr. and Mrs. Nicke Ricke announced the birth of a son.

Memorial Peace Park Golf course was opened.

Recurring dust storms made weather the chief topic of conversation - three bad ones this week.

A. H. Callison of Moore township was again the first township assessor to file his books with the county clerk.

George Brown and Elmer Williams escaped from the county jail.

Marion Groves, former Medicine Lodge boy, occupies pulpit at Christian church.

March 28.

The Sharon Baskeball team became state champions in the Class B division by defeating Oxford 41 to 24.

A storm bringing rain in some parts of the county, heaped hailstorms several feet deep along a mile wide strip through the central part of the county.

Lloyd E. Rogler came to Medicine Lodge as county rehabilitation director.

Mrs. Edith Myers, in checking old files, reported that naturalization papers had been issued to 41 persons in Barber county between the years 1879 and 1906.

The business men of Sharon entertained their state champion basketball team at a big banquet.

Mrs. H. S. White completed five years of perfect attendance as a Sunday school teacher at the local Christian church.

The members of Lorraine Chapter, O. E. S. plan a celebration of the 50th anniversary of their organization.


April _ (4?).

The Western Light and Power Co. held a cooking school.

City election resulted in return of old administration to office - Mayor, Samuel Griffin; Councilmen, Bragg, Davis, Hibbard, Alexander and Grigsby.

The City Council was petitioned by residents along several streets to oil said streets.

A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Williams.

A baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Rinke.

Mr. and Mrs. Loren Creger announced the birth of a son.

The operation of the Sinclair Service Station at the corner of Main and Washington was taken over by the Strickland-Hewitt Motor Co.

Jeff Long purchased the Carrie Nation home.

Forsyth and Son completed building of warehouse.

Lario Oil Co. started work on Whelan No. 2 well.

John Gaddie of Sun City and Miss Mamie Bell Rogers, also of Sun City were married by Probate Judge, S. P. Garrison.

Zeal Johnson signed a contract with U. S. government, leasing for ten years the building now occupied by the Medicine Lodge post office.

April 11.

Rural school Annual Song Fest was held.

"Gloomy Gus" visits city under auspices of Lodge Chevrolet Co.

Ervin E. Lake was elected president of the State Building and Loan League.

Worst dust storm in memory of oldest settler visited this vicinity, continuing for 48 hours.

Stores and homes were barricaded against the fine sifting dust, and street lights turned on in the day time for the first time.

F. H. Hayward was employed as pastor of the local Presbyterian church.

Friends in Medicine Lodge were interested in the announcement of the approaching marriage of Miss Margaret Chandler to Mr. Kenneth G. Braley of Holly, Colorado.

F. W. Saunders, long time resident of Sun City, died there from apoplexy.

April 18.

Barber county wheat was rated at this time at 80% of normal, while state's average condition is rated at 47%.

Mr. and Mrs. George Harris announce the birth of a son.

Word was received by relatives here of the death of Mrs. J. W. DeGeer at her home in National City, Calif.

W. E. Stout, postmaster, announced receipts at local post office showed big difference over 1934.

Addison Ralph Pardee died following a brief illness at the age of 36 years.

Three hundred rural school pupils sang in the Annual Rural Music School Festival.

Mrs. Nan Murphy entered local hospital for treatment.

Mrs. "Cy" Sommers of Wichita visited friends here.

Union Chapel Congregation gave farewell dinner for Rev. Wade Hampton.

Miss Helen Moore, by popular vote of student body was elected May Queen.

The first woman in Barber County to purchase a fishing license under the new law which requires women to have a license, was Mrs. Roy Culley.

April 25.

Fifty years ago, this date floods were raging, and many people were drowned, homes swept away and much other damage done, along Elm Creek and Medicine River valleys.

Barber County Council of women held fine meeting at Hardtner; Mrs. Chas. Brownlee and Mrs. Grace Thompson Bigelow of Sylvia, and Mrs. John Doolin of Alva, were guest speakers.

A sheep shearing crew of Mexicans were clipping wool from a flock of lambs belonging to H. W. Skinner, and operated a shearing machine so skillfully that only three minutes for each sheep was required.

Tom Collingwood, brother of Mrs. M. E. Updegraff, died at his home in Pretty Prairie.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Powell of the Hazelton community announce the birth of a son.

Miss Pauline Farley was confined to the local hospital because of injuries received in car accident.

Herb Gress and Howard Brass purchased local sales yard from Bill Vanderwork.

Supt. Emmit B. Evans announced that approximately 1600 trees were planted during this week on rural school grounds by rural pupils and teachers. Several farmers took advantage of Mr. Evans offer of free trees and planted them around their homes.


May 2.

Dr. C. E. Rurick president of Fort Hays teachers college announced as commencement speaker.

Rev. and Mrs. Hayward arrived in Medicine Lodge and Rev. Hayward assumed his duties as pastor of the Presbyterian church.

Monday Afternoon Club announced two musical programs in observance of National Music Week.

Chamber of Commerce inaugurated a movement for the establishment of a Civic Planning Board.

A. O. Johnson district manager of S. W. Bell telephone company for 20 years, died from pneumonia at his home in Anthony.

New telephone directories were issued by local telephone company.

Pvt. Ed Strain, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Strain of this city, was assigned to the Marines detachment of the U. S. S. Ranger, the newest ship in the Navy.

Miss Neoni Gordon was injured in a car wreck.

Mr. and Mrs. Roger Springer announced the birth of a son.

Miss Ruby Mitchell and Gene Rankin were married in Wichita Easter Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Rucker of the Central View neighborhood celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary with a family dinner.

The "Chain Letter" epidemic hit Medicine Lodge.

May 9.

Class of 1935, Medicine Lodge high school announced membership of 41.

Mrs. Lee Chapin and son, Ted had a car wreck at Wellington, but no one seriously injured.

Eighteen Medicine Lodge folk drove to Coldwater for district Lions Club meet.

Mrs. Henrietta Minnick, aged 83 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Chas. Painter.

P. J. Pollard died at his home west of Medicine Lodge at the age of 89 years.

Govan Mills, pioneer resident of Barber county passed away at the home of his son, Govan Mills, Jr., at Larned, Kansas, at the age of 77 years.

Donna McKaig and Dale Clarke were married.

May 16.

County wheat crop had dropped to 56% of normal.

Dr. and Mrs. Hardin Gilbert left for a visit with their son and family, at Monroe, Virginia.

Rains, totaling more than four inches fell, breaking long drought.

The little folk of the Medicine Lodge Kindergarten under guidance of their teacher, Miss Evangeline Fullerton enjoyed a trip on the "Doodle Bug" from Sharon to Medicine Lodge. For most of the youngsters the trip was their first on a train.

Mrs. Elmer T. Ullstrom, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gordie Smith, left to join her young husband in a new home, they were establishing in Maracaibo, Venezuela, South America.

A ten foot vein of coal was struck at the Skinner test well south of Lake City.

Mrs. Lilah M. Currie and Emmie B. Evans concluded a deal whereby Mr. Evans becomes the owner of the farm owned by Mrs. Currie west of town and Mrs. Currie owner of Mr. Evans' town property on North Walnut street.

May 23.

Dorothy Pearl Groves, 12 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Grove, died in local hospital after brief illness.

Gene Hart and Ray Gilmore were both named to receive the "Builders Cup" presented annually to the senior student chosen by a vote of the senior high school,. who, in the judgment of the 3 upper classes, had contributed most to the school and community during his school life.

Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Phipps of Garden City announce the birth of a doughtier, Rachel Beth, in the local hospital.

Dr. and Mrs. J. W. Carr left for Nashville, Tennessee, where Dr.Carr took a post graduate course in dental surgery.

Mrs. Nellie McKaig opened New Beauty Shop on East Kansas avenue.

Mr. and Mrs. Berle Gaunt of Mingona township announce the birth of a baby girl.

"Doc" Tedrow was injured when struck by a car as he was crossing the street.

May 30.

Whelan No. 2 Well came in and rated as commercial producer.

Mrs. Nan Murphy died after long illness at the age of 78 years.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Trotter of near Sun City announced the birth of a baby girl.

Mrs. E. F. McCulley died at her home on West Kansas Avenue, after an illness of several weeks.

Rainfall for the month of May was reported by S. P. Garrison local government weather observer, as almost a foot (11.95 inches).

Geo. C. Stevens of Kiowa was elected Governor of the Lions Clubs of the estate at Hays convention.

John MacGregor was killed instantly when struck by a car in Panforan, California.

Dan Lake and Miss Lillian Cooke were married.

Mrs. Harvey S. DeMint died at her home in Hazelton.


June 6.

Allan Hibbard was elected treasurer of School District No. 1, succeeding Dr. L. L. Osborn.

Due to floods, water for drinking purposes was shipped to Medicine Lodge in railroad tank car from Attica.

Free taxi service was maintained by Chamber of Commerce for people living south of town where floods had washed out bridges.

Mrs. Otto Heublein was found dead at her farm home 4 1/2 miles southwest of Isabel.

"Cy" Seymour, commissioner of the fifth district, visited Medicine Lodge to view flood damage on state and federal highways.

June 13.

The Alumni banquet of M., L. high school was held.

Mrs. J. P. Matthews died following brief illness.

A baby son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Blankinship.

Peggy Hall was first Medicine Lodge girl to attain highest rank offered by Campfire - that of Torch Bearer.

First high temperature of season was recorded - 95 degrees.

L. M. Miller, aged 75 years, died in local hospital following illness of long standing.

Mrs. Olive M. Gillespie died at her home west of Attica, after short illness.

Opal Irene Magnison and Raymond H. Spencer were married at Pratt.

Dr. and Mrs. C. V. Moore announce the birth of their daughter, Mary Elizabeth at Wichita.

June 20.

Dr. Hardin Gilbert resigned as secretary of local board of education after 14 years of service. Garnett Richardson was appointed to fill vacancy.

Mrs. T. H. Richardson died at her home southwest of Medicine Lodge.

"Jibo" Hewitt was elected president of the Medicine Lodge High School Alumni Association.

Mrs. H. H. Case left to spend the summer in California.

Miss Ruth Major, former Medicine Lodge girl, was married to Glenn Edmond Bennett of Evanston, Illinois.

Miss Helen Hamilton instructor in languages in local high school resigned to accept position on junior college faculty at Garden City.

The Lytle No. 3, by the Barbara Oil Co. southwest of Medicine Lodge, blew in, the strong gas pressure blowing the water over the crown block at the top of the derrick.

June 27.

Mr. and Mrs. Johnson and F. R. Rogers had collision on Gyp Hill road.

Gasoline used in cleaning a car engine ignited causing a small blaze at the Chevrolet garage.

Friends in Medicine Lodge received the announcement of the birth of a baby girl to Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Newland at the Mission station in Tibet where they are stationed.

Roy Crawford and Owen McCumber reported that snow fell at Belvidere where they were spending the night on a fishing trip.

Miss Barbara Osborn left to spend the summer at national music encampment at Interlochen, Michigan.

A meeting was held to discuss a drainage district for land along Elm Creek Valley to control flood damage.

(Barber County Index, January 2, 1936.


July 4.

Voting started on naming big new bridge over Medicine River on U. S. 160. Names first mentioned were Bill Horn bridge, Alexander bridge, Henry M. Stanley bridge, Ayyadl-dya bridge, I-See-O bridge, Carry A. Nation.

Two-year-old pace at Wichita Driving Club was won by Jerry Patch, colt owned by Tincher and MacGregor.

Wheat was reported as making all the way from 4 to 15 bushels per acre.

V. A. Walker, editor of the Hardiner Press, died in Alva General Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. S. P. Garrison celebrated the tenth anniversary of their marriage.

V. E. McAdams and Miss Louise Magnison were united in marriage at the home of the bride's grandmother, Mrs. Emma Magnison.

Mrs. J. B. Stockstill celebrated her eighty-seventh birthday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Stockstill, with an informal afternoon with old friends.

Billy Benefiel, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Benefiel, purchased first 1935 hunting license.

July 11.

Mrs. Samuel Griffin died at her home in this city.

Mrs. Jullian A. Johnson, wife of the teacher of high school, was killed in a car accident near Buhler, Kansas.

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Radliffe announced birth of a daughter at Medicine Lodge hospital.

A baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. A. K. House.

Rev. R. C. Scott of Oakley, Kansas, accepted call as Pastor of local Christian church.

H. W. Skinner offices were moved from first door west of post office to northwest location at the elevator near Santa Fe station.

Friends in Medicine Lodge received announcements of the marriage of Paul Marts, former music instructor in M. L. H. S. to Miss Marlin of Atchison, Kansas.

Forsyth & Son announced July Clearance sale with greatly reduced prices on furniture.

Total assessed valuation of Barber county was announced at $16,492,907.00, with highest valuation on single item placed on "stock cows and heifers," valued at more than $600,000.

July 18.

Last rites for Mrs. Griffin were held and interment made in Highland cemetery.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Elliott of near Lake City announced the birth of their daughter at the home of Mrs. Florence Johnson in this city.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jay Sanders.

Medicine Lodge folks had fine opportunity to view total eclipse of the moon - fine clear night and Memorial Peace Park furnishing ideal place from which to watch phenomenon.

W. E. Lusk, Santa Fe agent at Medicine Lodge for 25 years, died at his home in this city.

Thermometer registered 100 degrees or more 4 days of this week.

Miss Ruby Martin of Medicine Lodge and Mr. Lee Rucker of Lacygne, Kansas were married at Anthony.

Miss Alma Jarnigan and Miss Leona McLaughlin were slightly injured when the car they were driving turned over twice near Kiowa.

Johnny Rinke, nine years old, caught an 8 1/2 pound carp in Elm Creek.

July 25.

Mr. and Mrs. Norval White announced birth of a baby girl, born at home of Mrs. White's parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Pelton.

A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Marion at the home of Mrs. Marion's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee McCracken southwest of Medicine Lodge.

Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Gray of Kansas City moved to Medicine Lodge and Mr. Gray began work as mechanic for Lodge Chevrolet Co.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Murray announced the birth of their son at Wichita hospital.

Friends in Medicine Lodge received announcements of birth of a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Sharkey at Ottawa.

Miss Vivian Townsend and Lloyd Louthan of Nashville were married at Argonia, Kansas.

Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Nixon left for a new home at Paxon, Illinois.

The eleven year old son of Mrs. Red Culley of Eldorado well known in this city, was killed in a car accident near Cunningham.

Several new Neon signs appeared on Main Street including those at Grand Hotel, Sweet Shop, Jack's Cafe, Dye's Cafe, Lodge Chevrolet and Younger's Motor Co. on West Kansas.


August 1.

Clem Stout of Hazelton was chosen president of Barber County Wheat Production Control Association.

Water restrictions go into effect prohibiting sprinkling except for 2 hours daily.

Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Utz and sons and Mrs. Ned Axtell left for vacation trip to Yellowstone National Park.

Jerry Patch, two year old colt owned by Tincher and MacGregor, breaks state record for 2 year old pacing colts, at Winfield race meet.

Barber County 4-H clubs held camp at Lake Medicine.

Geo. C. Horning, resident state engineer, and Miss Elizabeth Schubach were married at Kiowa, and left for wedding trip to California.

Miss Evelyn Case, 19 year old Pratt girl was drowned at Elm Mills.

Floyd Herr, superintendent of schools with his family, moved to Medicine Lodge.

Interest in choosing name for big bridges grows.

August 8.

Don Par and "Doc" Shorse, employees of Peoples Oil and Gas Company, narrowly escape tragic death, when leaking gasoline caused explosion and set fire to pump house at company's storage tanks near Santa Fe tracks.

Newlands in Tibet wrote that Communists were threatening safety of residents at the mission station.

Forty blocks of city streets receive oil treatment.

Mrs. Lucy Louthan and Mrs. Bertha Aubley left to take steamer trip from Seattle to Alaska.

Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Alexander returned from Mexico City where they attended International Convention of Lions Clubs.

August 15.

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Angell announced the birth of their son.

Mr. and Mrs. Ira Nixon announce the birth of a daughter at local hospital.

John Dow, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Levens of Elm Mills township was killed under plow drawn by tractor.

Zig Smith's home was scene of family reunion.

County Epworth League group held meeting at Lake Medicine.

Mr. and Mrs. Chet Sitler and daughter return to Medicine Lodge after residence in Sun City.

Voting begins on choosing bridge name, beginning heated contest between names Bill Horn and Carry A. Nation.

Mrs. Elizabeth Simpson accompanied by her mother, Mrs. R. C. Burgess returned from a stay of several weeks in California.

Masons laid cornerstone of new grade building in Kiowa.

Dr. L. L. Osborn left for Interlochen, Michigan to bring his daughter, Barbara home.

August 22.

Mrs. L. E. Hubbard, former Medicine Lodge resident, died at her home in Salt Lake City, following long illness.

A baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Thomas.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Angell announced the birth of a daughter.

Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Willms and son, Wallace, left for new home in Idaho.

Whelan No. 1 went back on pump after weeks of work to shut off water and was pumping about 7 barrels an hour.

Announcement made of approaching marriage of Miss Mary Belle Schopp, niece of S. A. Harrison, who attended M. L. H. S.

Gant and Kannier families held reunion at J. L. Gant home.

Mrs. Ada Boswell died at home of daughter, Mrs. Rennie Griem, near Sharon.

Mrs. Alice Gano, long time resident of Barber county, died at her home in Belvidere.

August 29.

Gladys Crick Major died after short illness.

Mrs. Abbie L. Moomau died at the home of her son in this city at the age of 83 years.

Barber County Normal Institute was in session with attendance of nearly 100 teachers.

J. E. Woodward presented "Yucca Snake" to Index collection of relics and oddities.

Mr. and Mrs. Preston H. Parr celebrated Golden Wedding anniversary at farm home where they have resided for 49 years.

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Myers of McPherson, Kansas, announce the birth of their daughter at Halstead hospital.

Gamble stores opened new agency in Medicine Lodge.

Medicine Lodge markets quoted wheat at 90 cents and corn at 95; cream was 20 cents.

Bids were opened for new diagonal road from Kiowa to Anthony; work amounting to $195,411.25 was announced for K-14 in Harper and Barber counties.


September 5.

First cool weather of fall season arrived.

Public schools opened with 271 in the senior and junior high schools and 251 in the grades.

A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles McCracken living southwest of Medicine Lodge.

The six months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Keimig, living on the Stout farm northwest of Medicine Lodge was smothered to death in bed.

Rolland Hewitt died after brief illness.

J. Lester Orr, Phil Wilson and R. B. McLaughlin attend group meeting of Lions Clubs at Kingman.

Local Board of Education let contract for lighting the school athletic field.

More than 800 votes had been cast for a name for new bridge.

City asked federal funds to repair waterworks.

September 12.

Tax levies for 1935 were announced with total state and county levy placed at 10.70 mills.

Max Hall established law office at Coldwater.

Clarence Frieden received appointment as clerk in Wichita post office.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Colborn announced birth of a baby girl.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hill.

A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Harve Axtell of near Lake City.

A baby girl arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Manly Huff.

The corn crop in Barber county was rated at 16% of normal.

John C. Richardson died suddenly at his home here.

Regional Rally of Young Democrat clubs was held here.

Cy Seymour, state highway commissioner from fifth district died suddenly at Topeka.

Rural carriers of Pratt, Barber and Kingman counties met for picnic near Nashville.

Miss Louise Painter and Floyd Hall were married at Presbyterian church in this city.

September 19.

F. E. Read died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Howard C. Stone, after lingering illness.

Barber County Council of Women held interesting meeting at Sun City at which principal speakers were J. Lester Orr and Mrs. J. C. Chadick, president, 7th district, K. F. W. C.

Union Chapel celebrated 25th anniversary of building of this community church.

The Barber-Harper-Kingman, Tri-County Medical Society held clinic at Medicine Lodge hospital.

30 rural schools planned for music supervision.

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. F. Crosby announced the birth of a daughter, Eloise Ann.

A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. V. D. Wells, of the Aetna community.

Mrs. Ray D. Ives was elected president of local American Legion Auxiliary.

Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Kannier of Coats celebrated Golden Wedding Anniversary.

September 26.

Attica wins first football game of season, scoring 1 point more than Medicine Men.

Mrs. Al Hittle died in local hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. John Ford announced birth of a baby boy.

Garage of Errol Neal residence was partially destroyed by fire.

Mrs. Minnie Cahill former resident, died in Seattle, Washington.

Mrs. R. C. Burges died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Simpson, after illness of several months.

New bridge is named for Carry A. Nation after more than 3000 votes are cast.

Sixteen Barber County students were reported enrolled at Kansas University and thirteen at Emporia Teachers.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Foutch announced the birth of their son, Donald Edward.

Miss Helen Wheat and Charley Gordon were married at Christian parsonage by Rev. R. C. Scott.

Miss Louella Dohm of Sharon and Jasper C. Tincher were married at Hutchinson.

The W. H. Holmes family entertained the Hardtner Oddfellows and Rebekahs at their country home southwest of Medicine Lodge at a covered dish dinner.


October 3.

Everything ready for Community Fair Friday and Saturday. To have parade.

M. L. Footballers lose to Hardtner, 12-0.

To play Caldwell here Friday night. Game to dedicate newly lighted athletic field (Caldwell won 19-0).

Attica sent their band over for gala night.

Medicine Lodge receives PWA grant for waterworks improvement.

Jack Best heads National Gypsum Association.

Herschel Kannier, former resident, died at Salina. Was member of state highway department.

Ideal fall weather continues.

Total precipitation for September was 1.22 inches.

Phillip Smith is new certifying officer for county.

October 10.

Community Fair was very good. List of prize winners published.

Dates named for signing of wheat adjustment contracts.

Henry Abt to speak over radio at Manhattan.

Indian Field dedicated in elaborate ceremony.

Tincher and MacGregor colt, Jerry Patch, made sensational track record during racing season.

Leslie Weidner died at San Francisco.

New state highway commissioner makes brief visit to Medicine Lodge and sees need of vast amount of road work and new bridges.

W. H. Hall exhibits 6 lb. catfish caught in Lake Medicine.

Albert McCleary died in K. C.

Deerhead township has no delinquent taxes for 1931 and 1932 and only $33.15 for 1933.

October 17.

List of cases announced for fall term of District Court, including 12 divorce cases.

Rev. Miles is returned to Medicine Lodge as pastor.

Ellen Page and Ruth Vaughn complete nurse's training courses at Colorado Springs.

Miss Evelyn Rankin and Dr. K. R. Grigsby married.

Wheat adjustment application sign-ups progressing.

B. C. teachers held profitable and interesting meeting last Saturday.

No. 2 Whelan well plugged and abandoned. No. 1 Whelan producing about 115 barrels a day.

Angell well to be deepened.

Alfalfa acreage increasing in county. Expect crop of 4,562 tons.

Col. Bill Biby coming for talk.

October 24.

Mrs. Shaw, county treasurer makes statement showing vast improvement in financial condition of county.

dates and polling places announced for corn-hog referendum

Bill McCulley buys Russell bakery and moves shop to new location. Russell keeps confectionery.

Bids asked for sand-gravel surfacing on 160 west of town.

D. L. McCoy of Hugoton opens new cleaning shop.

Miss Jennie Osborn, 86, publishes memories. Makes delightful and interesting story.

Mrs. S. S. Alexander died at Kingman.

Chas. M. Porter died last Saturday.

October rainfall to date 2.27 inches.

Delinquent taxes being reduced materially.

October 31.

Angell No. 1 gets off at 4923 feet. Has 3800 to 4000 feet of oil standing in hole. Owners shutdown. No public statement made concerning plans of Barbara people.

Frank L. Gordon, 22 died at Lake City.

District court in session this week. Large number of cases disposed of.

Arthur Harold injured in car wreck near Wichita.

Bill La Fever named 1935 Barber County Corn Husking Champion.

M. L. Indians lose to Kingman 13-0.

To honor dads of footballers at next game.


November 7.

District Court adjourned after four days of intensive work.

W. C. T. U. announces program for institute at Sharon.

Members of local B. & P. W. club will attend district meeting at Dodge City.

Legion to stage coyote drive.

Mrs. Wallace T. Rouse, former resident died at Wichita.

F. B. to hold annual meeting Dec. 4.

Conway Springs wins Dad's day football game 26-6.

County treasurer publishes quarterly statement, showing $153,420.82 on hand in all funds.

First National Bank makes fine report with assets of $710,996.22.

November 14.

Township representatives meet with County Commissioners to discuss plans for carrying relief load. Considerable worry over situation expressed.

Edith Myers, clerk of the district court, makes summary of the work done in her office during last year, which showed the various classes of cases and their disposal.

Harry Stevens, 77, died Nov. 9.

Col. Biby to address Chamber of Commerce this evening.

B. & P. W. members attend meeting at Anthony.

Dr. Gilbert, county health officer, urges all parents to have their children immunized against diphtheria.

M. L. footballers lose to Kiowa 8-0.

November 21.

Glenn Shriver, 4-H Club boy, wins trip to International Stock Show, Chicago. All expenses paid by Santa Fe.

Local Planning Board suggests method for permanency.

Turkey raising in county proving profitable, some $10,000.00 worth sold this season. Interest in HIghway 8 increasing.

Announcement made concerning Christmas decorations and lighting.

Biby gave very good address to good crowd.

Community club asks for donations.

Royce Gerstner wins first prize on pullet at Kansas show at Wichita.

Union Thanksgiving services announced.

E. E. Lake returns from National Convention of B & L leagues at Cincinnatti.

Lake Medicine Report makes many improvements for season of 1936.

Griffin & Mills remodel offices.

Only two voters have signified intention of changing party affiliations.

November 28.

W. R. Forsyth received dostonctive honor at Kiowa meeting for 50 years service as a Mason, and given badge.

F. A. Woods died at Pueblo.

Mrs. Bernice Mease, Nashville welcomes mother whom she hasn't seen for thirty years.

Vernon Newland, missionary to Tibet, writes interesting letter.

Mrs. J. H. Trice writes article about final history of Thanksgiving.

Anthony wins final football game of season.

County officials attended Kansas Official Council at Topeka last week. A. H. Elgin was elected president of County Commissioners Council of the State. S. A. Harrison was retiring president of County Clerk's Council.

Car tags go on sale Dec. 2nd.


December 5.

Big cedar tree from Shaw ranch brought in by American Legion men and placed at street intersection.

City Hall will improve municipal water system, Mayor Griffin announces. Mains to be improved and 150,000 gallon water tower will be erected.

City will have more light on its white way, although lights will be turned off around midnight.

Mrs. Iness Elliott calls former students to room after absence of 41 years.

F. B. Women's Achievement day last week attracted 160 ladies during forenoon and 200 in afternoon.

Farm Bureau holds annual election Saturday.

Announcement made that memorial library will be established at Evanston in honor of former Medicine Lodge girl, Mrs. Alma Palmer McKibben.

Lester Rose, Kiowa, gets auto tag No. 1, after waiting since 7:00 o'clock that morning.

C. C. McGuire died at his home near Central View at Isabel.

W. A. Bradshaw died the first of the week.

December 12.

Santa Claus dated for visit here on Dec. 23.

Clem Stout elected president, B. C. Farm Bureau.

M. B. (Hap) Skinner died latter part of last week after brief illness. Funeral Sunday.

Leslie Forsyth appointed school director to take place made vacant by death of M. B. Skinner.

Chet Powell names president of B. C. Young Republicans, taking place of Mr. Skinner.

Mac's Cleaning shop buys O. Meckel and moves to new location.

Community Club to give underprivileged children a Christmas party.

Fathers and Sons hold annual banquet with Hi-Y in charge.

Basketball season gets started with old Grads winning from H S. team.

Harlemites put on good exhibition of basketball Monday.

Masons elect officers for ensuing year.

Notice made to plan organization of Barber County Beef cattle Association.

Mrs. Zulu Springer died latter part of last week, (Dec. 6.)

Mrs. Martha Reeves died Sunday, December 8.

Tom Sisk died at Lake City, December 6.

December 19.

Interest shown in Santa Claus visit and parade here next Monday afternoon. 1200 sacks of candy prepared for treats to children.

Notice given concerning first lecture here on Townsend plan.

To start work on shelterbelt planting in county. First planting near Isabel.

Highway No. 8 gets more work to north of us in Pratt and Stafford counties.

Rose Groves, former resident, dies at veterans hospital in Wichita.

All children may receive diphtheria immunization free of charge.

Royal Arch Masons elect officers.

Eastern Star elects and installs officers.

Geo. Cornish dies at Sun City.

F. B. Takes step toward a three year program for insect control in Barber county.

December 26.

Santa Claus visit and parade drew large crowd to town. Children made happy. Parade interesting.

State reports Barber county wheat at 87% of normal and 155,000 acres sown, 10,000 acres than in 1934. Same proportionate increases over state.

Winners named in Christmas season lighting contest, in both homes and business houses.

Index prints Babson article predicting much improved conditions during 1936, in spite of forthcoming national elections.

Hereford breeders agree to hold show Jan. 28, to select animals for State Fair next fall. Relief problems continue to worry officials.

City publishes ordinance relative to issuance of bonds ($18,200.00) for water works improvement.

Wheat production association and corn-hog control association publish expense statements.

Index gives resume of news for first six months of year from 1935 files.

Merchants extend Christmas greetings to patrons and friends in advertisements.

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