Butler County,  Kansas



Miss Lillian Breidenstein of Cassoday will reach her 87th year on Saturday, October 9. She has been a patient in Allen Memorial Hospital since August. A friend has suggested that other friends remember Miss Breidenstein with birthday cards and letters to help make the day a happy and memorable one for her. Mail should be directed to Room 256. (El Dorado Times - October 5, 1965)



A family reunion and birthday dinner was held Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Buckner, 800 East Central, honoring Mrs. Manda Butler who celebrated her 93rd birthday anniversary Saturday, September 29.

Mrs. Butler is the mother of three children, and has eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. Five generations were present.

Those attending included: Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Bair, Hawthorne, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Coates, Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Wright, Jim and Dick; and Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Wright and Marvin, all of Kansas City, Mo., Mr. and Mrs. O. G. Wright and Jeannine, Mr. and Mrs. S. O. Wright, Jr., Cheryl, Mike, Sue, and Chuck, and Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Wright, all of Towanda; and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Whitebeck, Linda and Harry, Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Bucker, Jay and Caye; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Buckner, Mrs. Cleda Wright and Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Buckner and Cleda Lou, all of El Dorado. (The El Dorado Times)


Staff Sgt. and Mrs. R.K. Klinefelter are the parents of a daughter, Gloria Kay, born October 29 in Wesley hospital, Wichita. The baby weighed seven pounds, 14 ounces. Mrs. Klinefelter was Jo Ann Ropp before her marriage. Sgt. Klinefelter is in Japan. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. C. McDonald of Augusta. The mother is in room 253. (Augusta Gazette ~ Thursday, 30 October 1952)


Expectations are a funny thing. How many would expect a lady that is one day short of 103 to be the person with the country music playing that you hear immediately after exiting the elevator?

Hazel Marty's eyes, ears and motor movement may be failing her, but her mind is as sharp as ever.

“Tomorrow I will be 3 years old,” joked Marty of her birthday. “Cards are coming in like crazy.”

With a red walker by her side, Marty spoke of how her family goes grocery shopping for her now and how she has to keep the floor picked because she is almost blind and doesn't want to trip over anything.

“It makes me a better housekeeper, in a way,” Marty said.

Her immediate family includes one son Keith, four grandchildren, nine great-grandsons, two great-granddaughters, two great-great-grandsons and two great-great-granddaughters.

Marty was born and raised in southern Illinois.

“It was different then,” she said. “We lived way in the country and had all dirt roads.”

She couldn't go to school until she was 8 years old because they lived too far from the school house. Around that time, her family moved to a small town by Springfield, Mo., called Argenta.

“I had tons of friends,” Marty said.”I still have a lot of friends there, although of the ones my age, I think I am the only one left.”

For fun, Marty would pick fruits and berries, play ring-around-the-rosie and join one of the many girls clubs. She also loved to watch basketball games. A group of girls would get together and have one of their dads who had a car take them to the games.

After graduating from high school in 1924 with 26 other students, Marty got her first job working for a doctor. At first, the doctor had her working in the pharmacy and told her to bring some reading or handwork to keep her busy because sometimes she wouldn't have much to do.

Then he asked her if she wanted to help take tonsils out of patients.

“I said ‘sure',” Marty said. “But I had no idea.”

Marty's job was to hand the doctor the correct instruments.

“I made it through, but afterwards he told me that I had better step outside. I guess I looked a little pale,” Marty said.

Ironically, Marty never stayed in a hospital until she was 40 years old and had to have her own tonsils removed. That doctor asked her if she needed to be put under anesthesia since she knew what was involved in the procedure.

“I told him that, ‘yes, I worked for a doctor and saw what happened and you can just put me out',” said Marty with conviction.

During her time at the doctor's office, Marty also helped set broken bones.

Marty's second profession was owner and operator of a cafe in Ellsmore, complete with hamburgers, ice cream and a soda fountain.

After the war began, she took a job in Parsons at the munitions plant inspecting both shells and bombs by weighing them.

“The stuff that was all over the bombs turned my skin yellow,” Marty said.

A few years later, Marty, her husband and her son moved to Great Bend.

There, Marty's first husband and father of her only child was killed in an oil derrick accident in 1949.

“In Great Bend I mainly worked in little stores like the grocery store or 10-cent stores,” said Marty.

It was in Great Bend where both Marty and her son found their spouses.

“I met a man,” Marty said. “He wanted to marry me, so I said,'Heck, why not'.

“After we retired, then we went places.”

She traveled all over the state of Kansas and spent her free time fishing for catfish, one of her favorite activities.

When asked what her secret to a long life is, Marty responded, “I went to church and believe in the Lord. He has kept me going.”

“I've buried three good men and I've had a lot of sorrow,” said Marty reminiscing. “But I have also had a lot of good times, good memories and good friends.”

Marty keeps busy now by playing bingo in the recreation room of Gordy Square Apartments with her neighbors.

“I used to play six cards but I can only see well enough for two now,” Marty said. “None of us are spring chickens, you know.”

Marty is planning to have a family dinner today, 103 years after her birth. (El Dorado Times, September 8, 2007)


Saturday night about 40 friends surprised Eli Warren on the occasion of his 45th birthday, and spent a very sociable hour at his home. Music and social intercourse followed by a spread of good things to eat made the occasion one of much enjoyment. Present were: A. E. Mizener, W. A. McDonnell and family, Wm. Myers and family, A. Kelley and family, Joseph Stoliz, Lee and Ira Glaze, Joseph Burkholder, Jerry and Devinne Ellexson, B. Meador and family, John Harker. (Walnut Valley Times – January 24, 1902 – Vol. XXXIII, No. 1)


Douglass Woman to Celebrate 90th Birthday

Verna Grigs, Douglass will celebrate her 90th birthday with a reception held in her honor this Sunday, December 24 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. in the United Methodist Church, Douglass. The event will be hosted by her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Homer Lear and their children.

Mrs. Griggs has lived in or near the community of Douglass since her birth on December 26, 1888. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Clay were one of the city's pioneer couples.

The honoree spent many years as a teacher, lending her talent in the schools of Douglass, El Dorado and Richland Township.

Neighbors, friends, relatives, former students; all who know Verna Griggs are invited to attend the reception. (Butler County News, December 20, 1978)


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