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Philo & Lula Agnes (Metzker) Gregg

Philo & Lula Agnes (Metzker) Gregg and four of their children.

Photo courtesy of Martin Sizemore.
Philo & Lula Agnes (Metzker) Gregg and four of their children
Oldest Son - Muriel Gregg; Oldest Daughter - Rachel (Gregg) Booth;
Middle Daughter - Mildred (Gregg) Lemon; Youngest Son - Charles Gregg.
Photo courtesy of Martin Sizemore.

The Western Star, January 1, 1970.

Mrs. Lula Gregg Dies At the Age of 90 Years

Mrs. Lula Agnes Gregg, 90, died Monday, December 29, 1969, at the Comanche County Hospital in Coldwater after a long illness.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 31, 1969, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist church in Coldwater with Rev. Ralph Barcelo in charge of the services.

Walter Smith will sing "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" and "After" accompanied by Donald G. Booth, organist.

Pallbearers are Victor Einsel, Burke Burnette, Virgil McIntyre, Neill Jackson, John Deewall, Gene Gates, Robert Stewart, and Ted Guss.

Honorary Pallbearers are C. E. Allderdice, Vernon Pepperd, Lawrence York, George R. Temple, Roy Platt, Vernie White, Ward Butcher, Dan Crowe, Dan Jackson, Paris Alley, Victor Allderdice, and Jim Allderdice.

Interment will be in Crown Hill cemetery, Coldwater, Kans.


Lula Agnes Gregg, daughter of Frank and Lucie Metzker, was born April 8, 1879 at Greenville, Ky. She moved to New Harmony, Ind., at the age of three.

The Frank Metzker family moved to Comanche county in October 1904 and resided on the Biddle Ranch. She came to visit her family at Christmas time, where she met her husband.

She and Philo Gregg were married in February 1905. They resided on the ranch until his death February 10, 1946, when she moved to her present home in Coldwater.

To this union were born two sons and three daughters. Two daughters, Mildred and Dorothy, preceded her in death.

She and her husband worked hard and suffered many hardships in the early days of this county. They have left much for their family -- both in spiritual as well as material possessions.

She was a member of the Methodist Church and until her illness, attended regularly.

She passed away in the Comanche County Hospital at the age of 90 years, 8 months, and 11 days, after spending 7 weeks there.

She is survived by her children, Muriel and Helene, Charles and Clyda, and Donald and Rachael. Seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Minera Cline, Coldwater, and Mrs. Aline Templin, Gig Harbor, Washington; one brother, Robert Metzker, Coldwater, and many other relatives and friends. She will be missed by her family for she was dear to them.

Mr. and Mrs. Philo Gregg, Comanche County, Kansas.  Photo from the Diamond Jubilee Historical Souvenir Program. Coldwater, KS: Western Star, 1959.

Mr. and Mrs. Philo Gregg
At right: The Gregg Ranch Brand

The Gregg Ranch, formerly known as the Biddle Ranch, was acquired by the late Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Biddle, who came to Comanche County in 1888.

His step-son, Philo Gregg, came to Comanche County in 1904 and he and Mrs. Gregg continued to make their home on the Biddle Ranch until his death February 10, 1946. The ranch is now owned and operated by Mrs. Lula Gregg, Muriel and Charles Gregg and Donald Booth.

-- from the Diamond Jubilee Historical Souvenir Program, Coldwater, KS: Western Star, 1959.

Three men branding a calf.

Photo courtesy of Rhonda (Cline) Nickel.
Three men branding a calf
Comanche County? Don't know who or where. To me, they look a little dressed up, perhaps they set up this photo for "show."
Photo & comment courtesy of Rhonda (Cline) Nickel.
Photograph from the Collection of J.M. & Minerva Cline

"In the picture 'Three Men Branding a Calf' - notice that the one man only has one arm. That is probably Philo Gregg -- Lula (Metzker) Gregg's husband! He was one-armed!" - Comment by Phyllis Scherich, e-mail to Jerry Ferrin, 18 November 2006.

WWI Draft Registration card for Philo Gregg of Comanche County, Kansas.
Draft Registration card: Philo Gregg, Comanche County, Kansas.

United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls.

Also see:

C.F. Biddle, founder of the Biddle Ranch, which became the Gregg Ranch.

Dorothy Virginia Gregg, daughter of Philo and Lula (Metzker) Gregg.

Frank Leighton and Lucy William (Allen) Metzker, parents of Lula Agnes (Metzker) Gregg.

S.Sgt. Ira Leighton Metzker, USAAF, nephew of Lula Agnes (Metzker) Gregg.

Iris (Brasher) Metzker, sister-in-law of Lula Agnes (Metzker) Gregg.

Robert Edwin Metzker, son of Frank Leighton and Lucy William (Allen) Metzker, brother of Lula Agnes (Metzker) Gregg.

J.R. Cline, nephew of Lula Agnes (Metzker) Gregg.

Minerva Frances (Metzker) Cline, sister of Lula (Metzker) Gregg, mother of J.R. Cline.

"Mrs. J.M. Cline Has Made Many Hundreds of Beautiful Quilts", news clipping, 31 Dec 1964.

From Our Soldiers and Sailor Boys : Harrison and George Metzker, The Western Star, October 18, 1918. They were brothers of Lula Agnes (Metzker) Gregg.

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Comanche County, Kansas - List of the 1,321 men who registered in Comanche County for the draft.

Thanks to Shirley Brier for finding, transcribing and contributing the above news article to this web site and to Martin Sizemore for the Gregg family photograph!

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