Kansas - Pioneer Stories of Early Sumner Co. Gen. Society

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The Capps Family
submitted by Agnes Capps Merritt Saunders
The Jim Chestnut family came to Kansas from Kentucky in 1872, and filed a claim near Caldwell. This Pioneer story has many family names and dates, and gives us a picture of early day Kansas.

The Deffenbaugh Family
written by Margaret Deffenbaugh Head
Indians still roamed the prairies when Lynne Miller Deffenbaugh's family arrived in Kansas, and lived in the Milan and Mayfield area. LIfe was hard for the young wife whose husband developed severe health problems, and Margaret's book is a tribute to her mother's courage.

Geuda Springs
Connie Shelton, postmaster, submitted this information about the once-famous mineral springs at Gueda Springs that was visited by people from all over the world. “Geuda Springs takes its name from the Indian word meaning "healing waters" for the seven mineral springs.”

Mrs. Holmes Sees Cherokee Strip Race
submitted by Carole Spencer
Homesteading on the open prairie, living in a dugout, and cooking over an open fire. This story tells what life was like for the winners of the Cherokee Strip Race.

The Mayo Family
submitted by Lora Topinka
The Mayo family joined thousands of others in The 1893 Cherokee Strip Stampede for Oklahoma Land.

Frances Hitchcock Stocking Letter
written by Frances Hitchcock Stocking
& dated June 21, 1916, this letter was taken from the letter written to her friend, Miss Nelle Mitchell, sister of Dora Mitchell Stocking, Emporia, Kansas and was typed from the original by Marie Stocking. It gives us a picture of early Sumner County in the Mayfield area.

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