Butler County,  Kansas


Mr. and Mrs. John Nichols are the happy parents of a fine baby girl. Mr. and Mrs. Nichols live in the Indian Territory. Mrs. Nichols is visiting her parents here. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Cory of Towanda. (Walnut Valley Times, January 6, 1905)


Born to Mr. and Mrs. Chas E. Chambers a son. (Walnut Valley Times, January 6, 1905)


Born January 1, to Mr. and Mrs. Milton Claney, a ten pound girl. (Walnut Valley Times, January 6, 1905)


Mr. and Mrs. John E. Sharp are rejoicing they have a baby daughter. (Walnut Valley Times, January 6, 1905)


O. E. Bloom of Atlanta, was honored on his 96th birthday with a basket dinner at noon last Sunday, April 26, by his family. The dinner was held at the Atlanta Community building. Following the dinner, the afternoon was spent taking pictures and visiting.

Those attending were: Mrs. Bernita McGregor, El Dorado; Mrs. Hattie Bidwell, Mrs. Margaret Parker, Hattie Woods, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Lehmus and Carol Ann; Tammie Bell of Wichita; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bloom, Mrs. Harold Hall, Brad and Everett; Cynthia Lambing and Sue Cunningham of Leon; Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Strauhs, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Bloom, Craig and Marsha; Mrs. Eldon White and Malinda of Douglass; Eugene Strauhs, Blackwell, Oklahoma; Mr. and Mrs. Bob Bateson, Maureen and Maurice of Severy, Mrs. Harold Williams, Reed Springs, Missouri; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Parker, Marilyn, Kenneth, Carl and Gary of Larned; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Need, Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Britt, Doris, Neil, Anthony, Kimberly and John; Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Strauhs and DeLonna, George Strauhs and the honoree of Atlanta. (The Douglas Tribune, April 29, 1971)


Miss Marian Taylor hosted a birthday celebration last Sunday for her brother, Jim Taylor.

Present to help Mr. Taylor celebrate were Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Taylor, Bill and Hope; Mrs. Robert Haaga and two daughter, Janette and Christie, El Dorado; Mrs. Ruth Eckel, Mrs. Emna Purves, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Wright and family, Mrs. Darrell Frakes and children. (Douglass Tribune, 1974)



Mrs.  Edward  (Sybil)  Faulkner

Several family members met at the home of Mrs. Edward Faulkner (Sybil), 1224 West Second, on Friday evening for a surprise party honoring Mrs. Faulkner on her 95th birthday anniversary.

Sharing cake and ice cream with the honoree were Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Faulkner of El Dorado, Mr. and Mrs. Don Varner, Tammy and Donny; Mrs. Darrel Howrey, Lori and Tom, all of Towanda.

Mr. and Mrs. Faulkner were the parents of six children.  She and her family traveled to Humboldt by covered wagon in 1911.  Thirty years later, in 1941, the family came to El Dorado.

Mrs. Faulkner lives alone, enjoys good health and manintains an avid interest in life and people.

She especially enjoys active membership in the First Baptist church.
(El Dorado Times ~ Aug. 20, 1974)




The presence of all seven of her children added special joy to the 80th birthday anniversary of Mrs. C. L. Green of El Dorado, Route 1, seated at center front.  The family group includes, from left, Mrs. M. F. Whitson (Mildred Green) of Aurora, Colo.; Mrs. Green; Mrs. R. E. Brown (Ja Nell Green) of Manhattan; from left, standing, James L. Green of Hayward, Calif.; Cyril L. Green, Jr., of Yuma, Ariz.; Robert M. Green of El Dorado Route 3; Joseph Richard Green of Hays and William Allen Green of Seattle, Wash.

The seven children of Mrs. Cyril L. Green of El Dorado Route 1 assembled here in July for a reunion planned to coincide with Mrs. Green's 80th birthday anniversary, which occurred on July 25.

The reunion was the first since the death of Mr. Green on November 8, 1968.  Mr. and Mrs. Green had celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1963.

They were married on February 8, 1913 at Independence, Kansas.  They moved to Midian in 1918 and lived there for 38 years---until 1956, when they moved to the home on Route 1.  Prior to his retirement, Mr. Green was employed for 41 years with the Cities Service Oil company.

The family group includes the two daughters and five sons, pictured above; 22 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

All five sons are veterans of World War II.

First to arrive for the reunion were Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Whitson (Mildred Green) of Aurora, Colo.  They remained for two weeks.  Their two daughters, Connie Sue and Mrs. Jeannie Ruth HOlden, were unable to attend.

Cyril L. Green, Jr., of Yuma, Ariz., draws plans for homes, motels and other buildings, and also constructs swimming pools.  He joined the family for several days but his wife, Doris, and two sons, John and Mike, were unable to attend during this busy season.

Joseph Richard Green (Joe Dick) a consulting geologist, and his wife, the former Shirley Seeber, lives at Hays.  Their children are Jerry, Robert, Craig and Krista Michelle, at home.  Larry, now of Marshalltown, Iowa, and Richard, of Metairie, La.  The family, here for a week, also visited with Shirley's mother and brothers, Mrs. Clarence Seeber and the Harlan and Dean Seeber families.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Green (Louise) live near Lake El Dorado, and Mr. Green is engaged in the practice of law in El Dorado.  Their son, Roger Cyril, is a senior law student at Washburn University at Topeka.  He and his wife, Ann Marie, are the parents of a son, Christopher, 2, who was the only great-grandchild present for the reunion.  During their week here, the Roger Greens also visited her family, the Maynard Churches, and other relatives.

Mrs. R. E. Brown (JaNell Ruth Green) manages a jewelry store at Manhattan.  Her husband has served for many years as a security guard with the Manhattan detective law enforcement department.  Their children are Mrs. C. W. Beckley (Debra); Mrs. James Graham (Becky); Kent and Kallie De Lee.  The Browns also visited his mother, Mrs. Ruth Brown, a resident of Mid-America Nursing Center, and other relatives here.

William Allen (Bill) Green teaches in West High school at Seattle, Wash.  He and the four children---Mark Allen, David, Jeffrie and Melissa Ruth--have spent the summer vacation with Mr. Green's mother and other relatives.  Mrs. Green, who is engaged in a study course for legal secretaries, was unable to join the group here.

James L. Green, youngest of the seven, lives in Hayward, California and is employed as a probation officer.  He and two of the children---April Renae and Tod, were here for a week.  Mrs. Green (Linda) and a younger son, Christopher, who is chronically ill, were unable to attend.

With characteristic spirit, Mrs. Green commented of the family reunion, "We had a ball.  We don't get together very often, and we enjoyed every minute of the time we spent together.  At 80, I am thankful to be here to enjoy such an occasion."
(El Dorado Times ~ August 8, 1974)


Mrs. Griffith to Reach Century Mark October 2


 This Wednesday, October 2, will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mrs. Oscar L. Griffith, a native-born Butler countian and a lifelong resident of this county.

Mrs. Griffith now resides at Walnut Valley Manor of Augusta, which has been her home for the past ten years.

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bankey, the centenarian was born on a farm seven miles southwest of El Dorado.  She is the last surviving member of a family of four daughters and two sons.

Her parents were early arrivals in Kansas.  An interesting fact in the family history is that the Bankeys purchased the 40-acre farmstead for less than $1 per acre.  The total price was approximately $28.

The late Mr. Griffith, whose death occurred in 1939, worked as a farmer and carpenter, and also operated threshing equipment.

Mr. and Mrs. Griffith were the parents of six children, among them twin daughters, Jessie and Carrie.  Jessie---Mrs. Francis Singer---died approximately three years ago.  Carrie---Mrs. Bill Swayzee---now is a patient in the Augusta Medical Complex.

Prior to the death of Mrs. Singer, Mrs. Griffith was thought to be the oldest living mother of twins in Kansas.

Two daughters, Mrs. Grace Wilson and Mrs. Katy Dowell, live at Phoenix, Ariz.  The sons are Harold E. Griffith of 521 North Denver and James F. Griffith, who lives in the Kansas Christian HOme at Newton.

Harold Griffith states that his mother is in "pretty good health" considering her age.  Her vision is poor, but otherwise she has fair command of her faculties, and she finds much in her daily life for which to be thankful.
(El Dorado Times ~ October 1, 1974)


Mr. and Mrs. Rick Austin (Darlene May) of 123 Circle Drive, Potwin, are announcing the birth of their fifth child and fourth daughter, whom they have named Kimberly Ann.

The baby girl was born Friday, September 2, at 10:11 p.m.  She weighed 8 pounds.

Kimberly Ann has three sisters:  Michelle, 10; Amy, 8; Christi, 6; and one brother, William, 1-1/2 years old.  Their father is employed at Getty Oil and Refinery, El Dorado.

Mr. and Mrs. Clem May of Route 1, Towanda, are the maternal grandparents.  Mrs. Mike May of Mt. Hope, Kan., and Mrs. Lena Arbach of Hoven, South Dakota are the maternal great-grandmothers.

Mr. Ruby Austin of Leon is the paternal grandmother.  Mrs. Bob Richard of Kincaid, Ill., is the paternal great-grandmother.
(El Dorado Times ~ September 9, 1977)


FIVE GENERATIONS gathered for the 63rd birthday of Mrs. L. F. Elder in April.  The group celebrated at the Rae Hobson home, 1211 West Olive.  The honoree is above at the left front.  To the right is her mother, Mrs. R. D. Hummel.  In the back from the left are Mrs. Elder's daughter, Mrs. Rae Hobson; her granddaughter, Mrs. Kenneth Jackson; and her great-granddaughter, four-month-old Bethany Jackson.  Other guests included Mr. and Mrs. Don Elder, Melanie, Michelle  and Matthew; Mr. Rae Hobson, Allan and Laura; and Messrs. R. D. Hummel, L. F. Elder and Kenneth Jackson, all of El Dorado.
(El Dorado Times ~ April, 1976)



Mrs. Virgil Godding was the honoree Friday night at a birthday dinner at the Red Coach Inn.  Mr. Godding planned the surprise party in honor of Mrs. Godding's 80th birthday anniversary.  Guests sang "Happy Birthday" at the appearance of the guest of honor.

Tables were covered with red cloths, and the honoree's table was centered with a basket of garden flowers.

Judge Charles E. Heilmann delighted the group with his remarks concerning the qualities of the honoree.  Mr. Heilmann was born in Burlingame, where Mrs. Godding also lived when he was a youngster, and he recalled his earliest memories of the "gradcious lady."

Mr. and Mrs. M. M. McIntosh, sister and brother-in-law of Mrs. Godding, were seated at the head table along with Mr. and Mrs. Godding.

Other guests were Mesdames Charles E. Heilmann, George Berry, Ivan Purdy, Richard Schmidt, R. L. Orr, George Sluss, Ned Thompson, and Clarence Wilke, Dr. and Mrs. G. E. Kassebaum, Dr. and Mrs. George W. Hammel; Messrs. and Mesdames J. Dorr Smith, Marc Godding, William Johnson, E. A. Todd, Wilbur Morris, Ralph W. Holem, Harry W. Smith, all of El Dorado, and Dr. and Mrs. William McIntosh of Fayette, Mo.
(Butler County News ~ July 15, 1976)


Mr. and Mrs. Roland Boyd Davis (Treva June Greninger) of 622 West Pine, El Dorado, are announcing the birth of their tenth child and third son, whom they have named Johnathan Lenor.

The baby boy was born Wednesday, August 31, at 11 a.m.  He weighed 10 pounds.

Johnathan Lenor has seven sisters:  Tracy Renee, 16; Kimberly Jo, 14; Elizabeth Kaye, 13; Pamela Ruth, 12; Rolanda June, 11; Kara Lee, 9; Rachel Sue, 5; and two brothers, Roland Boyd, Jr., 7; and James Colin, age 3.  Their father is a retired army master-sergeant and is currently a student at Butler County Community College.

Mr. and Mrs. Vancil Greninger of Carterville, Mo., are the maternal grandparents.  Mrs. Letha Barker of Carthage, Mo., is the maternal great-grandmother.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Boyd DAvis of New Prue, Okla., are the paternal grandparents.
(El Dorado Times ~ September 9, 1977)


Mr. and Mrs. Randy Dacus (Glenna Faye Morris) of 1100 North Washington, El Dorado, are announcing the birth of their first child, a daughter, whom they have named Brandi Dawn.

The baby girl was born Wednesday, November 23, at 8:43 p.m. in Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital.  She weighed 7 pounds and 1 ounce.  Her father is employed as a rigger for Subterranean Logging, Inc., of El Dorado.

Mr. and Mrs. Glen Morris, Route 2, Augusta, are the maternal grandparents.  Mrs. Rona Morris of Alpena, Ark., is the maternal great-grandmother.

Mr. and Mrs. Gale Dacus of Route 1, El Dorado, are the paternal grandparents.  Mr. Charlie Dacus of El Dorado and Mrs. Marcella Whitner of Cyril, Okla., are the paternal great-grandparents.
(El Dorado Time ~ November 28, 1977)


Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wiley (Brenda Hogan) of 305 South Washington, El Dorado, are announcing the birth of their second son, whom they have named Samuel Wade.

The baby boy was born Wednesday, November 9, at 8:32 p.m. in Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.  He weighed 9 pounds and 7 ounces.

Samuel Wade has a brother, Jay Benson, 17 months old.  Their father is employed by George Myers, Inc., El Dorado.

Mr. and Mrs. Weldon C. Hogan, Salina, are the maternal grandparents.  Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Hogan of Maryville, Mo., and Mrs. Myrtle White, Maysville, Mo., are the maternal great-grandparents.

Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Wiley, Jr., 400 South Denver, El Dorado, are the paternal grandparetns.  Mrs. Iva Smith, 208 South Atchison, El Dorado; and Mrs. Bernice Wiley, Knutson Manor, El Dorado, are the paternal great-grandmothers.
(El Dorado Times ~ November 22, 1977)


Ricky Keller is One Year Old

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Keller entertained at a cookout Saturday evening honoring their son, Ricky, on his first birthday anniversary.

Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Pat Hearrell, Gary and Arnetta, Mrs. Hazel Cantrell, Dean Watkins, and Ricky's brothers, Mike and Stephen Keller.
(The El Dorado Times ~ August 5, 1961 ~ Submitted by Peggy Thompson)


Little Miss Flora and Master Karl Wiedemann, aged 12 and 10 years respectively, celebrated their happy birthdays yesterday, inviting in twenty of their youthful friends and playmates.  It pays to let the youngsters observe these memorials.  They look back to them as bright spots in life's highway.
(Walnut Valley Times ~ Thursday ~ April 23, 1896 ~ Page 4)



Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Smith, 521 North Mechanic street, are the parents of an eight-pound baby girl born Wednesday, July 14.  Mother and babe are both doing well.
(Walnut Valley Times ~ Friday ~ July 16, 1915 ~ Page 8)



Born, Tuesday evening, July 28, 1915, to Mr. and Mrs. Milton Choens, northwest of E Dorado, a boy.  The young man is getting along nicely.
(Walnut Valley Times ~ Friday ~ July 30, 1915 ~ Page 1)


Born:  To Mr. and Mrs. Bert R. Smith of Reece, July 25, 1915, a daughter and her name is Roberta Grace.  May the little lady grow to be as handsome as her mamma and possess the characteristics of her papa.
(Walnut Valley Times ~ Friday ~ July 30, 1915 ~ Page 2)



Mrs. J. C. Powell entertained a merry party of little people Thursday in honor of the fifth birthday of her little daughter, Frances.

All sorts of juvenile games were enjoyed nad the time passed merrily.

Dainty refreshments added to the happiness of the occasion.

The little men and women present were:  Marjorie Ruth, Bernice and Louise Long, Harriet Hamilton, Winifred Kerr, Clifford Powell, Clarence Arnold Salisbury, Mary Bass, Dorothy Tolle, Margurite Wiley, Marion Willis, Kenneth Earp, Victor Horner, Marjorie Truitt, Mary Gertrude Truitt, Virginia Gibson, Sarah Margaret Frazier, Nathan Frank Frazier, Junior Benson, Virginia Benson, Martha Dorothy ARnold, Lucile Arnold, Mildred Ow, Mildred Hinkle.
(Walnut Valley Times ~ Friday ~ July 30, 1915 ~ Page 6)


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