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Richard Wilson, "", The Kansans and Whence They Came, Internet: (accessed ), < >.
Chart of Maternal Ancestry in Kansas

The heritage of the Weik side of the family, consisting of the histories of my mother's eight ancestors who migrated to Kansas, is almost the reverse of the Wilson side. Six of the eight pioneers were recent arrivals to the United States. They were among the millions of Germans who formed the single largest ethnic group entering the country throughout the middle half of the 19th century. Their region had long been a patchwork of separate kingdoms, princedoms, duchies, and city-states, including dozens that shared the German language and culture. Their royal rulers had complex interrelationships and agreements that created various degrees of independence from each other. However, Prussia was by far the largest and most powerful among them.

In 1866, they began to consolidate. The Kingdom of Hanover was annexed as a Prussian province after defeat during the Austro-Prussian War, and it essentially ceased to exist. In 1867, twenty-two of the more northern of these countries who had fought together during this war, created an alliance called the North German Confederation. In 1870, Bavaria, and other more southern countries joined with this confederation during the Franco-Prussian War. Afterward, they remained aligned and agreed to create the new "German Empire" in 1871. Since then, other wars have occurred and the borders have shifted further. Most of their "German" homelands and villages are within the current borders of the Federal Republic of Germany. However, a few are no longer German, being within other nations such as Poland and the Czech Republic.

The seventh and eighth ancestors of this generation both have lineages that go much further back in America. Nevertheless, one had a German grandfather who immigrated during the American Revolution, two German ancestors who had come a generation before, and other Colonial ancestors who were here even earlier from Ireland or England. The lineage of his wife, the eighth ancestor, continues back to Colonial ancestors with a few of these believed to be German as well. The generations that followed in Kansas tended to associate with and marry other Germans in their neighborhood, particularly while the immigrants were still living. In all, this side of the family works out to be over eighty per cent German with the remainder being English or Irish.

Ralph Weik & Marie Brox

Ralph LeRoy Weik and Mary Wilhelmine "Marie" Brox were part of the third generation of Kansans, since their grandparents were among the generation who migrated to Kansas.

Ralph was born 24 Apr 1911 in the Good Intent neighborhood of Shannon Township, Atchison County, Kansas. His mother died when he was nine years old, and his only sister passed away only a few months later. By 1925, he had moved into town with his father and grandmother, where he graduated from Atchison High School 31 May 1929.

Marie was born 09 Aug 1910note1 in the Deer Creek neighborhood north of Atchison. She went to school through the eighth grade in the stone one-room schoolhouse of District 12, and graduated from here 29 May 1925. A school friend and next door neighbor of hers, Roy Reid, published a book of his childhood memories which included Marie in some of his stories.

Life...Then and Now, by Roy A. Reid, 1996.


(after writing about his family buying a car in 1914, but some other people still used a horse and buggy...)
I do remember that when the weather was bad the Frank Brox family always took their daughter, Marie, to school in a buggy for eight years of grade school. They were kind enough to always let me ride along.


One year, a few days before Christmas, I went up the hill one afternoon to play with a little neighbor girl, Marie Brox, who was about my age. Now Marie's mom had been busy getting the parlor ready for Christmas. She had the tree up and all decorated with all the presents around under the tree and ready for Santa Claus.
Marie was not allowed to go in the parlor until Christmas Day. The blinds were kept pulled down and the front door locked, and the door into the parlor was kept shut at all times. That particular day, Mr. and Mrs. Brox gave us orders not to open that parlor door.
Well they had no more than gotten out of sight when Marie decided one little peek wouldn't hurt anything. It must have been Marie's idea. I am sure I would never do anything like that.
Upon opening the door, we discovered that a string had been tied to the inside door knob to a piece of furniture in the room and that string was broken. We knew right then we were in big trouble. I wasted no time getting back home. I don't know how Marie got out of that one. I bet she said I was the one who opened the door.
Another year, Marie suspected one of her Christmas gifts was hidden in the hayloft of their little red barn. So we went snooping around up there, and sure enough, we found a little red wagon hidden under the loose hay. We covered it back up and Marie was quite surprised to find a little red wagon under the tree on Christmas morning.
The next year the same thing happened, only this time it was a sled under the hay.

Marie had been a good student and wanted to continue her education into high school. Her mother said she needed her help at home and wouldn't allow Marie to continue past the eighth grade. Her parents did, however, allow her to work outside of the home. Marie appears in a photo of the hundreds of employees of the Steinite Radio Company that was taken outside their factory in Atchison on 2 Dec 1927, when she was 17. Sometime after 1930, she began working at the Deer Creek Creamery, also in town.

Ralph and Marie married on the evening of 07 Aug 1932 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Atchison, Kansas. Both remained at the jobs they held prior to marriage. Ralph continued at Hagenís grocery, which was run by the family of one of his aunts, and Marie retained her job at the creamery. They first lived at 506 North 11th Street in Atchison. In June 1938, they and their newborn daughter relocated to the nearest city, St. Joseph, Missouri.note2 Ralph was a life insurance agent here for the Prudential Insurance Company of America, and in April 1940 they were living at 2436 Patee Street. By October, they had returned to Atchison where Ralph briefly continued to sell insurance.

By 1941, they had begun the Weik Oil Company. Their new home and business were on five acres of land located just northwest of town on a curve in the highway called Ganterís corner. The original business, always referred to as "the store", was essentially a forerunner to a modern day convenience store. It was mainly a service station, but they also sold gasoline, soda, beer, bread, tobacco, ice cream and various snack foods. One difference to today is that it also included a full bar. Although Ralph had a new business to run, this was also near the beginning of World War II. He began working for the Locomotive Finished Material Company (LFM) in Atchison.note3 The LFM was a long established foundry that was then producing material for the military, therefore their employees would be exempt from the draft. While Ralph was employed at the foundry, Marie and a neighbor named Mrs. MacDonald operated the store. He remained there throughout the war and left the day it ended.

Now able to focus on their own business, Ralph became a licensed car dealer the following year in 1946.note4 The store was closed in 1960, leaving the dealership as the main business until Ralph's death. He died on 26 Aug 1984. Marie remained in the home until selling the property about five years later, and she moved into an apartment. In August 1993, she relocated to Creston, Iowa, where their daughter was living. She died here 04 Jul 2001. Ralph and Marie were buried together in Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Atchison. They had one child:

  1. (Private) Weik.

John Weik & Lida Eylar

The parents of Ralph Weik were John Henry Weik and Lida Elizabeth Eylar. They are the first of the second generation of Kansans to be discussed here.

John was born 21 Mar 1885 in the Good Intent neighborhood of Shannon Township. He was the ninth child that had been born to his father, but he was also his first son. Because of this and the fact that he was the youngest child in the family, John was referred to as their "gold Engel", meaning golden angel. Lida was born 05 Nov 1880 near Bendena in Union Township, Doniphan County, Kansas. When she was about two years old, her family relocated further south in the same township to an area called the Mt. Vernon neighborhood, which was almost on the northern border of Atchison County. John and Lida were married 15 Oct 1906 in Atchison, and she moved in with John and his parents on their farm in Good Intent. John inherited this farm after his father's death in 1911, and his mother remained here with them. Lida died of ovarian cancer on 19 Jul 1921. John and Lida had the following children:

  1. Gladys Grace Weik (1908-1921) who was born 26 Dec 1908 in Shannon Township, Atchison County, Kansas. She died of heart failure at the age of twelve on 30 Oct 1921, less than four months after the death of her mother. Her family always blamed her death on a broken heart from grieving for her mother.
  2. Ralph LeRoy Weik (1911-1984) previously discussed.

In about 1922, John began working as the warehouse foreman for the Klostermeier Brothers Hardware Company in Atchison. This company was co-owned by one of his brothers-in-law. John remarried to Matilda E. "Tillie" Neumann on 30 Apr 1925 and moved into town along with his son and mother. Tillie was born 13 Sep 1886, and immigrated with her family from Marienthal, Pommerania, Prussia (now in Poland) aboard the Slavonia on 25 Jun 1888. One of her younger sisters, Charlotte Louise Neumann, married Henry C. Klostermeier,note5 a son of one of John's half-sisters and the owner of the hardware company. John continued to work at the warehouse until the company closed in 1937. He then returned to farming and retired in 1957. John died on 07 Aug 1961, and Tillie died in November 1981. Both were buried in Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Atchison.

Frank Brox & Bertha Flachsbarth

The parents of Marie Brox were Frank Brox and Bertha Katharine Flachsbarth. They were also second generation Kansans.

Frank was born 01 Mar 1876 in Shannon Township, Atchison County, Kansas. Bertha was born 12 Oct 1881 in the Deer Creek community in Shannon Township. They married 10 Apr 1901 in the home of Berthaís parents, and they began farming in Good Intent. Frank died here 29 Nov 1948 after being kicked by a milking cow. By this time, he had suffered severely from diabetes for several years which had caused him to become nearly blind.

Bertha was known as one of the best cooks in the Good Intent area, an area where one would have expected there to be a high standard. She cooked on a cast-iron wood burning stove. Bertha was a charter member of the Shannon Hill community club and was elected as their treasurer for over thirty consecutive years. The club consisted of farm wives of the neighborhood who gathered periodically at members' homes for luncheons, games, and sometimes invited speakers. In the 1960's she began living with her sister, Minnie, in the town of Atchison. She died in Atchison 29 Jun 1974. Frank and Bertha were buried in Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Atchison. They had the following children:

  1. Karl Conrad "Charlie C." Brox (1902-1973) who was born 14 Mar 1902 in Atchison County, Kansas. He married Marie E. "Rea" Handke 27 Oct 1926 at St. Benedict's Church in Atchison. The following Spring, they moved to the Mooney Creek area in Jefferson Township, Jefferson County, Kansas, where several of Rea's sisters were living. They remained here until Charlie's father became ill in 1938, and they returned to live with his parents in Good Intent. They remained on this farm until retiring in 1972. Charlie and Rea then moved into the Mall Towers apartment building in Atchison. Charlie died here 28 Apr 1973, and Rea died 16 Apr 1976. They were buried in Mt. Vernon Cemetery.
  2. Albert Wilhelm Brox (1904-1993) who was born 29 Jul 1904 in Atchison County. He married Althea Marie Flynn 26 Dec 1933 at St. Benedict's Church. Prior to their marriage, Althea had been the teacher for the Union Three School in northern Atchison County for nine years. Although she was only 16 when she began teaching, she was considered one of the best teachers in the county. Albert first farmed in the Good Intent area where he could help with his father's farm. After his father's death in 1948, they then moved to the Curlew Community in the southern part of the county near Althea's family. They retired in 1973, and moved into the town of Atchison. In 1990, they moved to the Kansas City area where both of their children were living. Albert died here 13 Jul 1993, and Althea died here 09 Dec 1996. They were buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Atchison County, Kansas.
  3. Mary Wilhelmine "Marie" Brox (1910-2001) previously discussed.

The Pioneers

The following generation are the individuals who came from elsewhere to be among the first to settle in Kansas. As Kansas pioneers, their stories and ancestries will continue in their respective chapters in Part II.

Christian Weik & Johanna Peisker

Johann Christian "Christian" Weik and Johanna Peisker were the parents of John Weik and the paternal grandparents of Ralph Weik. However, Christian Weik was first married to Rosine Leonberger. Whence they came and their following children will be discussed in the "Weik Family History":

  1. Elizabeth "Lizzie or Louise" Weik (1861-1931).
  2. Mary Ida Weik (1863-1933).
  3. Carolina "Carrie" Weik (1865-1952).
  4. Christiane Weik (1868-1878).
  5. Dorothea Pauline "Dora" Weik (1870-1929).
  6. Rosine Katherine "Rosa" Weik (1873-1957).
  7. Anna Weik (1875-1875).
  8. Lydia Emma "Liddie" Weik (1876-1953).

Johanna Peisker was first married to Christian Friederich Theodor "Christian" Glamann. Whence Johanna came and their following children will be discussed in the "Peisker Family History":

  1. Christian William "Will C." Glamann (1876-1938).
  2. Otto Christian Glaman (1879-1943).

Whence Christian Glamann came will be discussed in the "Glamann Family History".

Christian Weik and Johanna Peisker then remarried to each other and had the following child:

  1. Johannes Heinrich "John Henry" Weik (1885-1961) previously discussed.

Aaron Eylar & Matilda Horner

Aaron Randolph "Coosie" Eylar and Matilda Horner were the parents of Lida Eylar and the maternal grandparents of Ralph Weik. Whence Coosie Eylar came and their following children will be discussed in the "Eylar Family History":

  1. Calvin LeRoy "Roy" Eylar (1877-1944).
  2. Lida Elizabeth Eylar (1880-1921) previously discussed.
  3. Alfred Lewis Eylar (1886-1959).

Whence Matilda Horner came will be discussed in the "Horner Family History".

John Brox & Anna Kessler

Johann Prax and Anna Maria ßler, later known as John Brox and Anna Kessler, were the parents of Frank Brox and the paternal grandparents of Marie Brox. Whence John Brox came and their following children will be discussed in the "Brox Family History":

  1. Mary Anna Brox (1863-1933).
  2. Johann Joseph "John" Brox (1869-1954).
  3. Anton Paul "Tony" Brox (1874-1955).
  4. Frank Brox (1876-1948) previously discussed.

Whence Anna Kessler came will be discussed in the "Kessler Family History".

William Flachsbarth & Elizabeth Kleinwort

Wilhelm "William" Flachsbarth and Elise Henriette "Elizabeth" Kleinwort were the parents of Bertha Flachsbarth and the maternal grandparents of Marie Brox. Whence William Flachsbarth came and their following children will be discussed in the "Flachsbarth Family History":

  1. Elizabeth Katharine "Lizzie" Flachsbarth (1879-1946).
  2. Bertha Katharine Flachsbarth (1881-1974) previously discussed.
  3. Salome Emma "Emma S." Flachsbarth (1883-1955).
  4. Heinrich Friedrich Wilhelm "Will F." Flachsbarth (1885-1972).
  5. Henry Paul Christian Flachsbarth (1887-1972).
  6. Wilhelmina Theodore "Minnie" Flachsbarth (1891-1985).

Prior to her marriage to William, Elizabeth Kleinwort was first married to Johann Michael "Michael" Henninger. Whence Elizabeth came and their following children will be discussed in the "Kleinwort Family History":

  1. Mary Catherine "Mayme" Henninger (1870-1924).
  2. Georg Wilhelm Henninger (1871-).
  3. Wilhelm Woldemar Henninger (1873-).
  4. Johann Michael "Michael" Henninger (1874-1962).
  5. Friedrich Georg "Fred" Henninger (1876-1949).

Whence Michael Henninger came will be discussed in the "Henninger Family History".

Maternal Branch Selected Documents

Baptism Certificate

Trinity Lutheran Church, Atchison, Kansas, 3 May 1885
[original text in German, translated by Ann C. Sherwin]

Johannes Heinrich, son of Johann Christian Weik and his wife Johanna, born Peusker [Peisker], born on the 21st of March, 1885 in Atchison County, Kansas was on the 3rd of May, 1885 in the Evang. Luth. Trinity Church in Atchison, Kans. baptized in the name of the Triune God.

Witnesses were: Heinrich Klostermeyer, Johann Thaden, Louise Peuker.

which hereby becomes certified: C. Vetter, Evang. Luth. Pastor


The Kansas Chief, Troy, Kansas.

18 Oct 1906, p.8.

Eylar-Weike [Weik].

Married, at the German Lutheran church in Atchison, October 15 at 2 o'clock p.m., Miss Lida Eylar to John Weike [Weik]. The attendants were Miss Lola Horner and Mr. Hagen, of Atchison. The bride is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Eylar and was born and raised here and has the best wishes of all for a happy and useful life. The groom is a prosperous young farmer and the happy couple will make their home on the Weike [Weik] farm.


The Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kansas.

8 May 1920, p.4.


Center school, in the Good Intent neighborhood, closed Wednesday with a big dinner, followed by a program in the afternoon. Each pupil was presented a booklet souvenir of the school by Miss Catherine Slattery, who has been re-elected to teach the school at a salary of $85 a month. Gertrude Clark and Blanche and Alice Heinz received perfect attendance certificates, and Miss Slattery gave each $1. The Liberty Bell for the highest average was won by Gladys, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Weik, whose average was 96 2-5. Albert Heinz won a box of chocolates in a peanut hunt, and as Elsie Underwood was second he shared the gift with her. Augustine Vollmer won the primer class foot race, and Gertrude Clark won the foot race of larger girls. In the boys' and girls' potato races, Ralph Weik and Blanch Clark won. Louis Heinz won the sack race for larger boys and Ralph Higley was the victor among the smaller lads. Charles Vollmer won the married men's race, and Albert Fuhrman was the fastest single man there. Miss Slattery won the young ladies' race; Nellie Fuhrman won in the little girls' race and Ralph Higley outran all the other little boys.


The Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kansas.

20 Jul 1921, p.2.


Mrs. John Weik 40 years of age, passed away last evening at 6:30, at the Atchison hospital. Mrs. Weik lived on rural route five, north west of Atchison, and two miles north of Good Intent. She was one of the most highly respected citizens of that district. News of her death was a distinct shock to her hundreds of friends in Atchison and Doniphan counties, where she spent the whole of her life.
Mrs. Weik underwent an operation at the Atchison hospital a week ago, from which she did not recover.
Mrs. Weik, who before her marriage was Miss Lida Elizabeth Eylor [Eylar], of Doniphan county, was born in Doniphan county November 5, 1880. Her father was Aaron Eylor [Eylar], a well known resident for many years of Doniphan county.
Fifteen years ago Miss Eylor [Eylar] and John Weik were married. Two children were born to them, Gladys, who is now 12 years of age, and Ralph, 7 [10] years old. Mrs. Weik's mother is also living, and makes her home on a farm north of Huron. Two brothers, Leroy and Alfred Eylor [Eylar], are Doniphan county farmers.
The body will be taken to the Henry Klostermeier home, 1120 Kansas avenue, this evening. The funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon, the service at the Klostermeier home at 2 o'clock, and that at the Trinity Lutheran church at 2:30. Rev. Frederic Niedner will be in charge of the services. Interment will be in the Mt. Vernon cemetery.
Pall bearers will be Miller Brown, J.H. Thaden, August Hagan [Hagen], Arthur Fenton, John Schwartz [Swartz] and James Schwartz [Swartz].

Family Reunion

The Severance News, Severance, Kansas.

16 Sep 1921, p.4.

Last Sunday being the 75th birthday of Mrs. Wm. Flachsbarth her children planned a surprise party and family reunion which was held at her daughter's Mrs. Frank Brox near Atchison and was attended by 35 kin. All her children were present but a son who lives in Colorado. The birthday cake holding 75 candles was a work of art being 2 feet across and was baked by a son-in-law who is a baker in Kansas City [Harry Berlin]. Mrs. Flachsbarth has been visiting her son Henry and family here.


The Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kansas.

31 Oct 1921, p.2.


The only daughter of John Weik, Gladys, 12 years old, passed away yesterday morning at the home of her father, nine miles north-west of town. Gladys was born December 26, 1908, and lived in the same community all her life. Besides her father, she is survived by a brother, Ralph.
The Weiks are mighty fine people and are respected and esteemed by all who know them. The little girl was a model child and a hard and diligent worker in school. Heart trouble caused her death.
Only a little more than three months ago, July 19 last, the little girl's mother was laid in her last resting place. Mr. Weik and his son, Ralph - a lad of fourteen [ten] - are the only surviving members of the family.
Burial will take place tomorrow. The funeral procession will leave the Weik home at 1 o'clock and at 2:30 o'clock funeral services will be held at Trinity Lutheran church, conducted by the Rev. Fred Niedner. The body will be interred in Mt. Vernon cemetery.

Wedding and Charivari

The Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kansas.

28 Oct 1926, p.2.

Society and Personal

The marriage of Miss Marie Handke and Charles Brox was solemnized at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon at St. Benedict's church, Father Callistus officiating. The bride and groom were attended by Miss Bertha Handke, bridesmaid, and Albert Handke, who acted as best man for the groom. The bride never looked lovelier than in her wedding dress. It was pale blue georgette embroidered in silver, worn over a pink silk slip. Her hose were silver and she wore black satin pumps. Her hat was a black picture model, and her corsage bouquest was bride roses, snap dragons, sweet peas, and sweet elysium. The bridesmaid was charmingly gowned in rosewood embroidered satin crepe, and she wore a metal hat and a corsage bouquet of sweet peas and snap dragons. Following the ceremony there was a reception at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Handke, north of town. Invitaions were limited to members of the bridal party and relatives. An attractive color scheme of pink and white was used in decoration. The bride is an exceptionally attractive young girl. She is capable and accomplished. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Brox, and one of the finest young men in the county. He and his bride will go to housekeeping on a farm near Winchester.

1 Nov 1926, p.3.

"We charivaried Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Brox, bridal couple, Saturday night," a farmer told a Globe reporter today. Then he went on to say that about 100 friends of the bride and groom went to the home of Charlie Brox's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Brox, Saturday night. The bride and groom were staying there. The crowd knocked on the door and was invited in. Mrs. Frank Brox and the bride had been cooking all day, expecting the crowd, which was treated to 15 gallons of ice cream, 20 cakes, ten loaves of bread made into sandwiches, three gallons of pickles, and goodness knows how many quarts of coffee. The evening was spent in playing cards and eating." Do you remember the old-fashioned charivari, when tin pans were beaten, cow bells rung, shotguns fired, and when some of the guests ended in the hospital and some in the calaboose?


The Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kansas.

08 Aug 1932.

Society and Personal

The marriage of Miss Marie Wilhelmina Brox, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Brox, north of Atchison, and Ralph Weik, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Weik of west of Atchison, took place last evening at the Trinity Lutheran church at 7:45 o'clock. The Rev. Carl Proedehl read the service. Preceding the ceremony, Miss Gertrude Proedehl, organist, played a number of selections, and also played the wedding march from "Lohengrin" at the entrance of the bridal party. She played Mendelssohn's march as the recessional. Mrs. Henry Klostermeier and George Masters, vocalists, sang a duet, "Whither Thou Goest," accompanied by Miss Proedehl. The bride, who wore a gown of bridal satin fashioned princess style, floor length and sleeveless, was given in marriage by her father. Her train length veil, which was finished in a fan effect, was caught at the back of the neck with orange blossoms. She carried an arm bouquet of white gladiola and baby's breath. The bride was attended by Miss Eileen Braun, whose dress was of pink chiffon, made semi-formal and slipper length. She wore a wreath of orange blossoms. Her arm bouquet was of pink rubrum lilies, blue delphinium and baby's breath. The ushers at the church, Carl Klostermeier, Frank Spatz, Joe Flachsbarth of Bendena and Raymond Flachsbarth of Shubert, Neb., preceded the bridal party up the aisle. The bride was met at the altar by her husband-to-be and his best man, Edwin Barber. Following the wedding, a reception was held at the home of the bride's parents. Miss Dorothea Young, Miss Eugenia Peterson, Miss Mildred Handke, Miss Kathryn Braun, Miss Marie Bierbaum and Miss Irene Brox served. Out of town guests were Mrs. L.H. Boyle, Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Boyle, Mr. and Mrs. C. Boyle and son, Mrs. Edward Goldt, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Berlin and Joseph Burns, all of Kansas City. The bridal couple will leave tomorrow morning for a trip into Colorado and Wyoming and will be at home after August 20 at 506 North Eleventh Street. Both bride and groom were reared in this community and have a host of friends. Mrs. Weik has a position at the Deer Creek creamery, which she will retain upon her return to Atchison. Mr. Weik has a position at Hagen's grocery. The groom's gift to his bride was a strand of crystals, and to his best man and ushers, tie clasps. Miss Braun received a vanity from the bride.


The Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kansas.

27 Dec 1933, p.2.

Miss Althea Flynn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Flynn of Cummings, and Albert W. Brox, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Brox of Good Intent, were married last evening at 7 o'clock in the rectory of St. Benedict's church. Father Valerian Berger officiated. The bride's floor length dress was of wine colored chiffon velvet, fashioned princess style, and had crystal trim on the neckline and short, puff sleeves. Her turban was of the same material as the dress and had moline trim. She carried an arm bouquet of Premier roses and stevia. A strand of crystals, a gift of the groom, was her only jewelry. Miss Ruth Flynn was her sister's bridesmaid. Her green chiffon velvet dress was styled similarly to that of the bride's. Her arm bouquet was of rapture roses and stevia. Moline trimmed her green turban. Miss Ruth received a necklace as a gift from the bride. George Brox, cousin of the groom, was best man. The groom presented him with a leather bill fold. Following the ceremony a reception was held at the bride's home. A large three-tiered wedding cake, topped with a miniature bride and groom and surrounded with a wreath of white chrysanthemums and fern, was arranged as centerpiece on the serving table. An uncle of the groom, Harry Berlin of Kansas City, baked the cake. The bride's sister, Miss Mildred, and four girls who will be graduated from Mrs. Brox's eighth grade class this spring, Rose Marie Steinweden, Dorothy Hendrickson, Eunice Nielson and Mary Nielson, served at the reception. These little girls were with the bride when she first began teaching at Union School eight years ago. The bride is known as one of the best teachers in Atchison county. After graduating she accepted the position as teacher at Union Three and has been employed there each of the succeeding years. Her resignation as teacher will be effective at the close of the winter term. The groom is a spledid young man and is a prominent farmer in the Good Intent neighborhood. At present Mr. and Mrs. Brox are at home in the Anderson apartments at 723 North Ninth street. Next spring they will make their home on a farm at Good Intent.


The Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kansas.

26 Apr 1934, p.3.

Last Day At Union Three

A Union-Three school song composed by the teacher, Mrs. Albert Brox, which promises to become a permanent school song was sung by all her pupils yesterday in the closing program which followed a basket dinner at the school house yesterday afternoon. Mrs. Brox provided ice cream for dessert as a special treat. The occasion ended Mrs. Brox's ninth year as teacher at Union-Three and her career as a school teacher. As Miss Althea Flynn she was retained as teacher there immediately after her graduation from high school and her work at the school soon made her one of the outstanding teachers of the county, a distinction she held throughout her entire service. When the song was concluded there were tears in the eyes of the teacher and of the pupils, former pupils and patrons who attended....
A recipe cabinet containing the favorite recipe of each member of the Union-Three Parent-Teacher association was presented Mrs. Brox as a farewell gift.

Fox Hunt

The Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kansas.

25 Oct 1934, p.7.

Wolves, coyotes and foxes were given a rest this afternoon as the more than 100 dogs entered in the Buchanan-Platte county Fox Hunters' association meeting on the Frank Brox farm northwest of Atchison were looked over by judges in the bench snow. Some of the best dogs in the country are at the meet and the decisions of the judges will not be available until tomorrow. Excitement of the storm when one of the sleeping tents blew down night before last and the rain-soaked occupants sought shelter in the dining tent and the Brox residence was replaced last night by several unusually enjoyable fox and wolf chases. About 30 dogs and a large number of hunters went from the camp to the Eden neighborhood. News of the plans had leaked out and there were 100 or more enthusiasts there waiting for them. The dogs were turned loose and in a short time four trails were being followed. The hunters decided the dogs were trailing two foxes and two wolves because two of the packs were traveling in short circles and the other two in circles wo wide that part of the time they were out of hearing distance. Other dogs were released at the kennels and picked up a wolf trail in the timber a short distance to the south. The trail led east and north up a hollow and the dogs soon were out of hearing. The wolf apparently thought that was a good territory to get out of and a portion of the trailing pack soon was heard by the hunters at Eden. The wolf is believed to have been killed in that neighborhood. About half the dogs which picked up this trail left the pack to take up a fresher cross-trail of another coyote. The cross-trail was found about two miles north of the kennels and the coyote was considerate enough to make a half-circle around the Brox farm after running a mile and a half south. The large crowd at the kennels thrilled with excitement as the baying hounds drew near. The accommodating coyote crossed the road only about 100 feet north of the kennels and lights of motor cars along the road gave many a good view as the fleeing animal sped across the road from a wheat field to a pasture. Soon the dogs followed along the trail, some 200 feet behind the coyote. They did not seem to be in a hurry, loping along persistently and calmly, their voices lifted in a chorus that stirs the souls of fox hunters. The trail led west, south and east again, and the coyote finally was holed a quarter of a mile south of the kennels. Hunters dug the animal out and captured it alive. About 9 o'clock this morning the captured coyote was led by a strap by hunters begining north of the kennels and around a circle west and south and back to the Brox home. It was like breaking a dog to lead. At first the coyote jumped this way and that, held back and was dragged, but towards the end of the circle it trotted along like a little man. The dogs were put on the trail and followeed it through all the maneuverings those leading the coyoute had made. Hunters call this a drag trail. It was staged for the benefit of the women who have been doing the cooking and serving during the meeting and they all were thrilled by it. Among the hunting enthusiasts at the meeting are Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Boyle and Mrs. Minnie Berlin of Kansas City, MO., who are helping Mrs. Brox with the cooking. Other of her assistants are Mrs. Walter Carstensen, Mrs. August Nestler, Mrs. George Masters and Mrs. Ralph Weik, all of Atchison; Mrs. Charles Brox, Winchester, and Mrs. Conrad Handke, Mrs. Albert Brox and Mrs. Adolph Handke of the neighborhood.

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The Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kansas.

10 Jan 1935, p.2.

The Shannon Hill Community club met for a pot-luck luncheon at the home of Mrs. Frank Brox yesterday afternoon. After the luncheon, the guests were seated in the living room and a New Year's program of poems and clipping was read. In contests, prizes were won by Mrs. Joe Reid and Mrs. Lucy Thompson. Guests were Mrs. Albert Brox and Mrs. Conrad Handke. Several of the men who went up hills and through mud to deliver the women to the Brox home were invited to stay as honor guests. They were Albert Brox, Conrad Handke, Frank Stucker and Frank Brox.


The Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kansas.

30 Nov 1948, p.3.

Brox Rites Thursday

Funeral services for Frank Brox, 72, prominent Atchison county farmer, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Stanton & Stanton funeral home. The Rev. Edward Hauer will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon cemetery. The body will be at the mortuary until the services.
Six nephews will serve as pallbearers, Edward Brox, John Brox, jr., Robert Myers, William Boyle, Joe Flachsbarth and Leonard Handke.
Mr. Brox died yesterday at his home, five miles northwest of town in the Good Intent community. He had suffered with diabetes for 10 years and last Thursday received a hip injury which contributed to the cause of his death. He fell in his barn and was kicked in the hip by a cow.
The youngest of four children in the family of John and Anna Brox, Frank Brox was born March 1, 1876, on a farm north of Atchison. April 10, 1901 he married Bertha Flachsbarth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Flachsbarth. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. C. C. Vetter at the bride's home.
Mr. and Mrs. Brox purchased the Jake Ernst farm north of Atchison and lived there until moving to their present farm 37 years ago.
In 1938 Mr. Brox united with Trinity Lutheran church and was faithful in his church duties. He was a member of the Central Protective association.
Mr. Brox was the type of man who was popular with people of every age. He was always in good humor, cheerful and happy, and uniformly gracious and helpful.
Mr. Brox had a great love for his family and friends and was a wonderful husband and father. He was the highest type of citizen.
Surviving are his wife; three children, Charles Brox of the home, and Albert Brox and Mrs. Ralph Weik, route 4; three grandchildren; two brothers, John Brox, sr., north of town and Antone Brox, Atchison. A sister, Mrs. John Myers, preceded him in death.


Newspaper clipping, 9 Aug 1961.

Weik Funeral Wednesday

John H. Weik, 76, retired farmer, died at 2:15 o'clock this morning at the Atchison hospital. He had undergone a major operation and was a patient at the hospital a little more than three weeks.
Death was due to complications. Mr. Weik had been in declining health since last Christmas.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran church. Pastor Robert W. Fricke will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon cemetery. The casket will be in state at the church for an hour prior to the services. Until then it will be at the Sawin & Dyer mortuary.
A son of Christian and Johanna Pheister [Peisker] Weik, John Henry Weik was born in Atchison county March 21, 1885. He attended Independence Valley and Trinity Lutheran schools.
As a youth he farmed north of town and then entered the employe of the Klostermeier Bros. Hardware Co. For 15 years he was foreman of the firm's warehouse at Eighth and Main. Twenty-four years ago he resumed farming. His retirement occurred four years ago.
Oct. 15, 1906 he married Miss Lida Eylar of Denton. She died in July, 1921, and their daughter, Gladys Weik, age 12, died six weeks later of a heart ailment.
On April 30, 1925, Mr. Weik married Miss Matilda Neumann of Atchison at Trinity Lutheran church. The home is on a farm in the Good Intent neighborhood.
Mr. Weik was a life-long member of Trinity Lutheran church. He was an industrious worker and a man of integrity who had many friends.
Besides his wife he leaves a son, Ralph L. Weik, route 4; a granddaughter, Mrs. Darrel (Rosalie) Wilson, 512 Park, and a great grandson, Douglas Wilson.
Mr. Weik was the last member of his immediate family. He was preceded in death by six sisters [half-sisters], Mrs. Ira Graves, Mrs. August Hagen, sr., Mrs. Rudolph Mueller, Mrs. Gus Hekelnkaemper and Mrs. Myron Stephens, and two half-brothers, Will and Otto Glaman.

The Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kansas.

30 Apr 1973.

Brox Rites To Be Held Tomorrow

Charles C. Brox, 71, Mall Towers, retired farmer of the Good Intent community, died Saturday at 11:25 p.m., at the Atchison hospital. He had been in failing health for several months.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the Stanton chapel with the Rev. Robert Ziegler, pastor of Trinity Lutheran church, officiating. Burial will be in St. Louis church cemetery at Good Intent.
Owen Handke, Donald Handke, Albert Brox, jr., Kenneth Schrick, Darrel Wilson and Jerry Lee Handke will be pallbearers.
Members of the family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at the Stanton Mortuary. They suggest memorials may be presented to the Trinity Lutheran school endowment fund.
Mr. Brox was born March 14, 1902, northwest of Atchison, a son of Frank and Bertha Flachsbarth Brox, and attended the Good Intent school.
He and the former Marie Handke were married Oct. 27, 1926, at St. Benedict's church, and in the spring of 1927, they moved to Mooney Creek where they farmed for 11 years.
Due to his father's illness, they moved to the Brox farm in the Good Intent community where they made their home until he retired from farming in May of 1972, because of ill health, and moved to Mall Towers.
He was baptized and confirmed as a member of Trinity Lutheran church.
Mr. Brox's favorite sport was baseball and he enjoyed listening to his favorite teams on radio and watching them play on television.
Surviving are Mrs. Brox of the home; a sister, Mrs. Ralph (Marie) Weik, route 3; a brother, Albert Brox, route 3; and his mother, Mrs. Bertha Brox, Atchison.

The Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kansas.

30 Jun 1974, p.7.

Brox Services On Tuesday

Mrs. Bertha Brox, 92, a former resident of the Good Intent community, died yesterday evening at the Medicalodge of Atchison.
Funeral services will be 10:30 o'clock Tuesday morning at the Trinity Lutheran church with Rev. Robert Ziegler officiating. Interment will be in the Mt. Vernon cemetery. The casket will lie in state one hour before the service.
The family will receive friends at the Stanton funeral home between 7:30 and 9 o'clock tomorrow evening. Memorials to the Trinity Lutheran school endowment fund have been suggested.
Mrs. Brox was born Oct. 21, 1881 the daughter of Wilhelm and Elizabeth Kleinworth Flachbarth [(Kleinwort) Flachsbarth] in the Deer Creek community. She attended school at Deer Creek and later the Trinity Lutheran school here.
On April 10, 1901, she married Frank Brox and they farmed in the Independence valley area before moving to the Good Intent in 1906. They operated a farm there until his death on Nov. 29, 1948.
Mrs. Brox moved into Atchison in 1964 and made a home with her sister, Mrs. Wilhelmina Schwab at 806 North Ninth street. She suffered a broken hip in 1969 and had required nursing care since.
She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran church, a charter member of the church's Corinthian Society and a charter member of the Shannon Hill community club where she served as treasurer for 30 years. She loved to entertain and was regarded as one of the finest cooks in the Good Intent area.
Survivors include a son, Albert W. Brox, 1601 Kansas avenue, a daughter, Mrs. Ralph (Marie) Weik, route 3, a sister, Mrs. Schwab of Mall Towers, three grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Charlie Brox.

The Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kansas.

16 Apr 1976.

Marie E. Brox Dies at Local Hospital

Mrs. Marie E. Brox, 73, died at the Atchison hospital early this afternoon. She had been a patient there two weeks. Her home was at 921 Kansas avenue.
Funeral arrangements are pending at the Stanton Mortuary.
Born on a farm north of Atchison, Mrs. Brox was a daughter of Julius and Theresa KERSTERN [Kienstein] Handke. She attended Center school northwest of Atchison and on Oct. 27, 1926, she was married to Charles C. Brox. Mr. Brox died April 28, 1973.
Following their marriage, they farmed in the Mooney Creek area south of Atchison until 1938 when they moved to a farm at Good Intent. They continued farming there until retiring in May of 1972 and moving to Atchison.
Mrs. Brox was a member of Sacred Heart Church and her hobby was gardening, both flowers and vegetables.
Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Bertha Olson and two brothers, Julius and Dan Handke, all of Atchison. An infant son also preceded her in death.

Newspaper clipping, c.14 Jul 1993.

Albert William Brox, 88 years old, formerly of Atchison, Ks., died Tuesday, July 13, 1993 at the Kansas City North Hospital.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 16, 1993 at 2:00 P.M. at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, Father Angelus Lingenfelser, O.S.B. officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Atchison, Kansas. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2:00 P.M. Friday prior to services at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Diabetes Association or the donor's choice.
Mr. Brox was born on July 29, 1904 in Atchison County, Kansas the son of Frank and Bertha Flachsbarth Brox. He attended Good Intent Grade School and was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church. As a young man he was employed by Atchison County Road Department. When his father's health failed, Albert returned home to assist with the family farm for several years. Mr. Brox farmed the Ed Underwood farm in Good Intent area for 15 years. He purchased the Ray Grandstaff farm in the Curlew Community in 1948. He retired from farming in 1973. Mr. Brox was a member of the Atchison County Farm Bureau and Milk Producers Association. He had served on the Good Intent School Board, and the Mt. Pleasant and Shannon Township Boards. Mr. Brox was a hard working industrious farmer who enjoyed playing cards, especially Schaafskoph [Schafkopf] with friends.
Mr. Brox was married to Althea M. Flynn on Dec. 26, 1933 at St. Benedict's rectory, Atchison. Father Valerian Berger officiated. Mrs. Brox survives and lives with her daughter in Gladstone, Mo., additional survivors include, a son, Albert J. Brox, Shawnee, Ks., a daughter, Mrs. Mary Schrick, Gladstone, Mo., and a sister, Mrs. Marie Weik, Atchison, KS., six grandchildren and two Great-grandchildren and 1 step grandchild.

The Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kansas.

9 Dec 1996.

Althea M. Brox

Althea Marie Brox, 88, formerly of Atchison, died Monday, Dec. 9, 1996, at Woodbine Healthcare Center, Gladstone, Mo.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Donald Redmond, OSB, officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
A parish rosary will be recited at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at Arensberg-Pruett Funeral Home with family visitation following until 12:45 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the Atchison Catholic Elementary Schools or the charity of the donor's choice and may be left in care of the funeral home.
Mrs. Brox taught at Union Three School for nine years. She wrote lyrics for songs used at many community gatherings. She and her husband moved to Atchison in 1973. She moved to Gladstone in 1990.
She was born Aug. 3, 1908, in Cummings, the daughter of William Francis and Birdie Mae Newman Flynn. She attended Hawthorne Grade School and graduated in 1925 from Atchison High School. She studied in the normal Training Teachers Course and attended Emporia State College and Mount St. Scholastica College.
Mrs. Brox was a member of the Curlew Social Club and Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the quilting circle. She served as an assistant leader in Mount Pleasant 4-H Club. She was a longtime communicant of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and was a member of the altar society of the church.
She married Albert Brox on Dec. 26, 1933, at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Atchison. They lived in the Good Intent community for 15 years and moved to the Curlew area in 1947. She and her husband moved to Atchison in 1973. He died July 13, 1993. She was also preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary Delores Schrick, Gladstone, Mo.; a son, Albert J. Brox, Shawnee; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one stepgreat-grandchild.


  1. [Marie's birthday was always easy to remember as 8/9/10.]
  2. [St. Joseph, Missouri, locally known as "St. Joe", is about 25 miles from Atchison and had about 75,000 residents in 1940 which is similar to today.]
  3. [The Locomotive Finished Material Company became a part of Rockwell International in 1956. After various mergers and acquisitions, it is now part of Bradken-Engineered Products.]
  4. [Ralph's obituary states that his license was one of the state's oldest issued by the Kansas State Motor Vehicle Department.]
  5. [My grandfather, Ralph Weik, used to try to confuse me as a child by telling me that "Aunt Charlotte" was both his aunt and his cousin. Although both were living at the time, neither could satisfactorily explain how. She was in fact his step-aunt and married to his much older half-first cousin.]
  6. [The address of August Hagen's bakery and grocery is inconsistent in directories and other sources. 1411 Main Street is the most commonly listed address, but 1413 and 1511 are also found.]
  7. [A newspaper article in the Atchison Champion, 4 Nov 1915, p.6, said Rudolph Mueller was moving back to Atchison after the recent death of his brother, Gustav. It has not been confirmed if the family did return. If they did, they were back in Oklahoma by 1920.]