Cherokee County,  Kansas



Columbus, Kans., Dec. 31 - Shot during a gun fight between two parties of dry raiders, each of whom believed the other to be moonshiners, John Crawford, a deputy constable, died here today as officials continued investigation of the affair.

Ora Folk, a deputy sheriff, wounded in the right shoulder and head is recovering in a hospital.

The shooting occurred at the mouth of an abandoned coal mine five miles north of Columbus Sunday night. Both groups of officers were seeking a still.

After one search of the mine workings proved futile, County Attorney Leo Armstrong and federal and county officials late yesterday found a 80-gallon still, 17 barrels of mash and six 10-gallon kegs of whiskey.

Bob Martin, owner of the mine was arrested on a technical charge of violating the prohibition law. (Times-Picayune, January 1, 1930, page 3)



                    Mrs. James LeRoy Mitchell

                    Mrs. Larry Hugo Sweet

The First Presbyterian church of Baxter Springs was the setting for the impressive double wedding Saturday night, May 28, of the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Lyle Payne of North Willow avenue, Baxter Springs.

Anita Paralee Payne became the bride of James LeRoy Mitchell, son of Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Mitchell of Baxter Springs. Her younger sister, Cheryl Anne Payne, was married to Larry Hugo Sweet, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce T. Sweet, also of Baxter Springs.

The Rev. David L. Grimm, minister of the church, officiated as the two couples were married in double-ring ceremonies.

The vows were exchanged before a setting of an archway interwoven with white huckleberry and pink peonies. White candelabra held white tapers entwined with white huckleberry, peonies and white satin ribbon. Baskets of pink peonies and pink roses flanked the archway. The pews were marked with pink peonies tied with white satin ribbon.

Miss Ruth Thomas, organist, played a program of wedding music and accompanied the soloist, Byron Lengquist, or Riverton, who sang "O Perfect Love" (Barnby) and "O Promise Me" (deKoven).

Before the ceremony, Miss Thomas played "Air in G Minor," "Air in F Major," "Canto Calmata," "Invocation," "Serenade," "Romance," "Sarabande," "I Love Thee," "Serenade" and "Panis Angelicus." As the attendants entered the church, she played "The King of Love My Shepherd Is." Traditional wedding marches were used.

Mr. Payne escorted both of his daughters to the altar.

Gowned in chantilly lace over bridal taffeta, Miss Paralee Payne wore a gold lavalier set with a diamond and pearl, an heirloom from the bridegroom's great-grandmother, Mrs. Anna M. Page. The fitted bodice of the wedding gown was trimmed with sequins and featured long sleeves that tapered to a point at the wrists. The bouffant skirt was styled with bustle and flounce of ruffled tulle and lace. Her two-tiered veil of bridal illusion was held in place by a princess double crown of lace and pearls, enhanced by teardrop pearls. She carried a lace-covered white Bible, topped by her bridal bouquet of white carnations centered with a white orchid, and white satin streamers.

Miss Cheryl Anne Payne wore a floor length gown of chantilly lace and nylon tulle over taffeta. The princess bodice fastened down the back to the waistline, and featured a scalloped neckline with sequin trim. The long, tapered sleeves came to points over her hands. The voluminous hoop skirt was styled with an apron front of lace over ruffles of nylon tulle with rose point applique. Her veil of illusion fell from a tiara of lace and pearls, trimmed with teardrop pearls. Like her sister, she carried a white Bible covered with lace and topped by a bouquet of white carnations and an orchid. Her only jewelry was an heirloom gold necklace with pearls outlining a decorative scroll, loaned by Mrs. H. H. Utley.

Miss Karolyn Sue Karsten of Baxter Springs was maid of honor for the Payne sisters. She wore a street-length dress of turquoise cotton, styled in princess fashion, with matching short jacket of lace buttoned down the back. Her mitts were of lace to match the jacket, and she wore a headpiece of tulle and cotton bows. She carried a rosegay of pink rosebuds.

Mrs. Dean Auman and Miss Linda Sue Weiss, the latter a cousin of the brides, were bridesmaids. They wore gowns like that of the maid of honor, and carried similar nosegay bouquets.

Flower girls were Kathy Word of Tulsa and Mary Thelma How of Baxter Springs. The ringbearers were Leslie Page of Baxter Springs and Jim Kirk of Tulsa.

Best man for Mr. Mitchell was James AuBuchon of Baxter Springs Lyle Bryce Payne was best man for Mr. Sweet. Ushers were Leon Holt and Joe Hill of Miami and Victor Baldwin and Larry Spangle of Baxter Springs.

For her daughters' wedding, Mrs. Payne wore a pink sheath of embroidered cotton with white accessories, and a corsage of white carnations.

Mrs. Mitchell wore a beige silk organza shirtwaist dress with beige accessories and a corsage of white carnations.

Mrs. Sweet wore a beige linen sheath, embroidered in gray, with matching accessories and a white carnation corsage.

A reception for the two couples were held in the church basement immediately following the ceremony. Floral decorations featured pink peonies, and the tables were decorated with candelabra holding pink tapers. The two four-tiered wedding cakes were decorated in pink and white.

Reception assistants for Miss Paralee Payne were Miss Sue Bain and Mrs. Richard Stone. Miss Sandy Gibson was in charge of the guest book.

Mrs. Russell Truster and Mrs. Thelma How were reception assistants for Miss Cheryl Anne Payne. Miss Roberta Poor presided at the guest book.

For her wedding trip, Mrs. Mitchell wore a shirtwaist of pink eyelet cotton, with white accessories. Her corsage was the white orchid from her bridal bouquet.

Mr. and Mrs. Sweet left after the reception for a wedding trip to Western Hills Lodge, Wagoner, Okla. For traveling, the bride wore a dress of blue embroidered cotton, with white accessories and the orchid from her bridal bouquet.

Both couples will be at home in Baxter Springs. (Joplin Globe ~ June 5, 1960 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


The entire jury that convicted Thomas Marbut in Cherokee county last year of the murder of his step child and sent him to the state penitentiary for life, have presented an appeal to Gov. Hoch to pardon Marbut because they now feel uncertain of his guilty, inasmuch as all of the evidence was circumstantial. The assistant county attorney who prosecuted the case joins with the jury in the appeal. A number of Cherokee county peopple appeared before the governor in her half of the pardon. (Wichita Searchlight, August 31, 1907, page 3)


Charlie Ward left for Galena Tuesday morning, where he will open up a blacksmith shop. His family will remain here for the present. (Haven Independent, Haven, Reno County, Kansas, February 27, 1897, Page 3, column 2, submitted by Rose Stout)


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