GOVE COUNTY, KANSAS

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

 

BIRRER'S VISITING RELATIVES

Mr. and Mrs. George Birrer are here from Grainfield, Kansas, called because of the serious illness of the latter's aged father, F. J. Rummelhart, of Riverside, who is now 93. (Iowa City Press Citizen, (Iowa City, Iowa), Page 3, September 20,1920, re-transcribed by FOFG added the newspaper city and state as well as the page # in newspaper)

Mrs. Josephine Birrer and son Robert of Grainfield, Kansas, are visiting relatives hereabouts. Mrs. Birrer is here in quest of health, having been ill since the recent death of her husband, Mr. George Birrer. (Iowa City Press Citizen, (Iowa City, Iowa), Page 4, April 20, 1923, re-transcribed by FOFG due to article originally not being transcribed as is in newspaper)

JACOB REINECKER & FAMILY

Jacob Reinecker and family of Quinter, Kansas, are guests of D. B. Myers, at Gardner's Station. (Gettysburg Compiler, (Gettysburg, PA), Page 6, January 5, 1910, re-transcribed by FOFG due to originally not being typed as is in newspaper)

CASTLE ROCK MARKS A PLACE WHERE GENERAL FREMONT RESTED ON HIS JOURNEY TO ROCKIES

Near the Smoky Hill River, in Gove County, Kansas, far out on the western plains of Kansas, stands Castle Rock, which marks a place where General Fremont rested on his memorable journey to the Rockies. During all these years this silent sentinel of nature's sculpture has been occasionally visited by the geologist, but until Professor W. F. Howard, of the Dighton public schools commenced digging into the earth near this peculiar formation, no one realized what was in store for the searcher after nature's hidden wonders. Professor Howard did not commence his search until recently, and was then induced to pursue it because he had nothing else to do. He discovered in the deep cavernous ravines in the vicinity of Castle Rock many sharks' jaws and other petrifications. Then a new prospector, in the person of H. M. Sternberg, of Lawrence, put in an appearance, and uncovered the entire form of a petrified elephant, together with numerous parts of lions, camels, and other beasts. This discovery has excited a great deal of comment and people for many miles around have visited the spot to look at the wonderful find, which was covered with about three feet of earth. The discovery of tusks of animals led to the investigation by Howard and Sternberg, but now that they have discovered the petrified remains of a full-grown elephant they can do nothing with them. There is no way in which they can remove them except in sections, hence they will probably remain where they are. (Delphos Daily Herald, (Delphos, Ohio), Page 2, June 27, 1894, re-transcribed by FOFG - added the newspaper city and state as well as newspaper page #)

CRASH NEAR QUINTER KILLS 6

WORST WRECK EVER ON I-70

QUINTER -- Kansas' worst accident of the year and the worst in the history of I-70 occurred Sunday afternoon near Quinter when six persons were killed and one injured in a three-car accident.

The dead, including four Kansas University students, one of whom was a homecoming queen finalist, and one former student, are:

Gregory W. Hardin, 23, formerly of WaKeeney, who received his master's degree in civil engineering from K-State last spring and was working in Kansas City. Hardin was the driver of one vehicle.

Linda Henry, 21, Lecompton, Kans., a KSU student majoring in secondary education and one of five KSU Homecoming Queen finalists.

Mrs. Marcia Coleman Squier, 21, a psychology major originally from Hutchinson.

Bruce A. Maxwell, Piper, Kans., a fifth-year architecture student and his wife, Patricia Lathrop Maxwell, formerly of Junction City.

Esther M. Woods, 56, Kansas City, Mo., driver of a second car. Her husband, Lela, is listed in fair condition in the intesive care unit at Hadley Regional Medical Center.

The accident occurred at a section of the Interstate where westbound traffic is routed to the eastbound lane, creating a two-lane highway, due to resurfacing work being done in the westbound lane.

Highway Patrol Trooper Keith Denchfield, WaKeeney, who helped investigate the accident, said the westbound Woods vehicle crossed into the eastbound lane and side-swiped a vehicle driven by a Los Angeles man, Chesley A. Baker, then continued traveling west in the east-bound lane where it was struck head-on by the Hardin vehicle.

Trooper Denchfield said the Woods vehicle was apparently not attempting to pass. "She may have been asleep but I don't know why she was in that lane," he said.

The accident marks the second area fatality during the road construction work being done in Trego and Gove counties.

Trooper Denchfield said the re-surfacing work has created a lot of confusion among motorists due to the scarcity of signs in some areas.

"We've complained and complained about the markings," he said. "The exits are not marked at all in a lot of places." He also said baffled motorists sometimes stop on the Interstate trying to figure out what to do.

"It's created a lot of confused and irritated people to say the least," he said.

He cited several places along the Interstate where signs are either not present or are not dominant enough to be of help.

He said he also feels the speed limit should be reduced and "no passing" signs erected. As it is, the speed limit is reduced only at the crossovers to 60 m.p.h.

"In the daytime you're liable to get a 14-foot wide mobile home along through there and a lot of traffic piled up behind it. Then somebody six or seven cars back starts to pass," he said.

He also said the two-lane traffic creates enforcement problems, especially in the summer. "I can't make a U-turn on the road to get people stopped," he said. He also said the question comes up whether you try to get all the violators or only the most serious ones because the patrolman adds to the problem.

T. D. Morgan, State Highway Division Engineer, Norton, said highway officials discussed all the possibilities of what to do with the traffic while road work is underway.

"This was not done overnight," he said, "all the alternatives were discussed and re-discussed."

He said the decision to close one lane of traffic was made to take advantage of the latest developments in paving equipment. The equipment paves both lanes at a time to avoid seams.

He also said discussion of reduced speed limits and "no passing" signs was kicked around "at some length."

He said the feeling was that if reduced speed limits and "no passing" signs were in effect it would "irritate the motorists to the point of sacrificing good judgment." He also noted the possibility of having traffic tied up for five to six miles.

Meetings will be held to discuss the problems encountered in the current paving operation to try to iron out problems which could confront future projects.

We've tried to eliminate the problems but we haven't been too successful. Projects like this have such magnitude that we overlook a lot of little things," he said.

He concluded that the project should be completed sometime around Oct. 10, and the Interstate would return to its divided highway status. (Hays Daily News (Hays, Kansas) ~ October 4, 1971 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

The population of Quinter, a town in Gove County, Kansas, traveled to Hays, 49 miles away, in a community motor run to visit the State Normal School and agriculatural experiment station there. The 86 cars that made the run carried 530 persons. The last census gave Quinter a population of 450. (Oregonian ~ October 31, 1916 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

WAGONS TREK ACROSS GREAT PLAINS

QUINTER, KAN. --- When the wagon master calls out his twanging command, "Hey, hey, all you muleskinners and horsepeelers, pick up your ribbons and wagons, ho," driver and cowboys move out a caravan for another day of travel across the Great Plains -- as they did a century ago.

Led by a replica of a Butterfield Line stagecoach, the prairie schooners in this instance belong to Wagons Ho, Inc., a kind of dude-ranch-on-wheels, and they carry "pioneers" (lingo-ese for paying guests) on 3-day rides over the pastures of northwestern Kansas.

The wagons follow a 50- to 60-mile course along segments of the Smokey Hill Trail, once the shortest mail, freight and settler route between Atchison, Kan., and Denver; on land covered by buffalo and bluestem grasses, cactus, wildflowers, groves of cottonwood trees and outcroppings of fossil-bearing shale.

The Novel Trail adventure is the inspiration of Mrs. Ruth Hefner, a former rural schoolteacher and Sunday school superintendent who first organized a ride for the Kansas Centennial in 1961. More than a decade before the U.S. became saturated with the bicentennial spirit, she saw a way to "share our heritage," to give Americans and foreigners a somewhat modernized sample of Kansas prairie life of a hundred years ago.

With the grit and determination of a pioneer woman, she has sustained her vision and, despite financial losses, she has preserved. With the Jun 10-12 ride, the first in 1977, the business venture will begin its 13th season. (Seven additional rides are scheduled this summer).

A unique mini vacation, the wagon train ride is a complete departure for city folk whose only usual contact with nature may be the nearest crowded park. It's a variation on the more common camping-out experience.

In addition to the opportunity to save space and solitude, it offers:

* Daylong rides in wagons, on horseback or in the stagecoach pulled by four white mules; and overnights in bedrolls on bare decks of the canvas-covered wagons, arranged in the traditional circle formation.

* Good and generous meals, lunches and dinners prepared in a central kitchen, bused to the site and served chuckwagon style. Memorable breakfasts--cooked over a campfire--that include plenty of thick bacon, eggs, oatmeal, even sourdough pancakes.

* Entertainment, some planned, some spontaneous. An "Indian" raid, a fossil hunt, guitar music and songs, maybe a runaway team, the arrival of a "Pony Express" rider, perhaps a rainbow that stretches from end of the horizon to the other, a search for wildflowers.

* The absence of electricity, refrigeration and plumbing. Small inconveniences, grated, but they provide a degree of primitiveness, an illusion of ruggedness, that is part of the fun.

* A special kind of fellowship generated by Mrs. Hefner, her husband, Frank; their daughter, Barbi, and their son and daughter-in-law, David and Virginia. And by Foard Darnall, the trail boss and wagon master, and by the remainder of the crew, who share the family's spirit.

It's a tribute to the Hefners and their crew that long before a ride is over, the wagon wheel name tags are packed away for souvenirs, that an easy camaraderie develops almost immediately among the guests.

The 60 adults and children on the first ride last summer, for example, represented a dozen states, from California to Maryland, from Wisconsin to Georgia.

When they first gathered around the campfire, for the introductory program, some pioneers were a bit uneasy in the situation; others were awkward dudes -- men in new, stiff cowboy hats and boots, women in unfaded, uncomfortable jeans. Most were strangers to each other, a few were even skeptics (it wasn't difficult to get into their minds, to know they were questioning, "What have we gotten into? We're fare too sophisticated....").

Yet more than one teared up when it was time to say goodby, and many more promised to return.

It was because a number of riders on the Kansas Centennial wagon train "found it such a memorable experience," Mrs. Hefner recalled, that she was convinced it should be contained.

But it took steadfastness and several years of negotiations with neighbors whose land the wagons cross, with her friends and family and with her banker, before her idea was realized. It took a great deal longer before the project reached any kind of financial stability.

In fact, after the couple lost $15,000 the first season, Hefner suggested to his wife, "This is the time to quit." Fortunately, for today's pioneers, she didn't.

Having failed financially on the undertaking, Mrs. Hefner is acutely aware of that it costs to run the trains. A lot.

Which means, then, that three days with Wagons Ho is rather expensive. Nearly $100 a day for adults, about $88 a day for teenagers, about $78 a day for the first child under 12, $68 a day for the second child, and $58 a day for each other child in the party.

Of course, Mrs. Hefner pointed out, the daily costs include three meals, two refreshment breaks and a before-bed snack, horseback riding and other trail transportation, overnight lodging and entertainment. And friendly attention from the crew.

"We know Wagons Ho can work out to be expensive for a family," she admitted. "But our costs are high. There's the crew and all the food. And the horses and their care. The wagons to keep up. And the transportation of the meals and the luggage from one campsite to the next. We just ask people to figure out the rewards."

A Petroleum Geologist once reminisced in a letter to the staff, "I have reflected on the common denominator that brought together people of such diverse circumstances and led them to so enjoy each other...I wonder if out in the big open spaces we unknowingly shed some of our artificialities and got down closer to our basic identities as human beings."

Wagons Ho is magic, almost mystical. I know. I've been three times. Twice more after that first ride, when I was converted from a cynical doubter to a sentimental advocate. Ms. Fowler is a free-lance writer based in Kansas City, Mo. (Dallas Morning News ~ May 8, 1977 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

COL. S. S. REYNOLDS NOMINATED FOR STATE SENATOR

Col. S. S. Reynolds of Grainfield, Gove County was nominated on the 9th inst. for state senator from the 40th district by the democratic convention. An empty honor. (Thomas County Cat, August 16, 1888, Thursday Supplement)

THE FRITZ-BLACKWILL CASE

The celebrated case of Fritz vs. BlackwIll Bros. in the Gove county district court has at last been decided in favor of the plaintiff and judgment rendered for the full amount of his claim, about one hundred dollars. In several regards this has been a remarkable case. The parties to the suit were merchants of Quinter and the amount involved as already intimiated was about $100. The Blackwill Bros., claimed that they had paid the amount demanded by plaintiff and as evidence produced a receipt before actually paying the money and that they then refused to pay. The case is remarkable in this that the action was commenced within a few days after the receipt was given and when the transaction was fresh in the minds of the parties. It seems that it is impossible to take a charitable view of this case and presume that one of the parties was mistaken. From the very nature of the case this was impossible. The case was first tried before a justice of the peace and a jury, and a verdict rendered in favor of plaintiff. It was appealed to Gove county district court and tried four times resulting each time in a "hung jury." The fifth time the jury brought in a verdict as before stated in a very short time after retiring. The costs in the case are about $700. (Western Kansas World, June 13, 1891)

GOVE COUNTY GLEANINGS ~ APRIL 12, 1886

V. Smith is out of the rebel army. His resignation as postmaster has been accepted.

Mr. W. B. Payne will move on to his claim this week. His son, George, has gone to Hugo.

Miss Lione Till is very sick with malarial fever, the first case known in this part of the county.

Cattle are still weak and some are dying. The loss on the average will exceed our former estimate. Geo. Schoen and Van Smith lost four head out of about sixty. Good care was the cause of their not losing more.

Mr. Walkey of Gove county, took a trip last Monday to the northeast after a load of potatoes.

(Western Kansas World, April 17, 1886)

STATE OF KANSAS VS C. S. EVANS

In the case, State of Kansas vs C. S. Evans in the Gove county district court this week, a nolle was entered by the country attorney. Evans is the man who has been boarding at Sheriff Courtney's hostelry for several weeks. (Western Kansas World, February 14, 1891)

GOVE COUNTY GLEANINGS APRIL 27, 1885

Mr. James Hartes has returned after travelling five years to find a better place, and he will now stay.

Mr. Sternberg of Ellsworth has bought a section of land and will soon be here with his family.

Van Smith is rolling out a pile of sawed brick and stone from his quarry this spring. He has the largest and best in the county.

QUALIFIED APPRAISERS

Messrs. Hastings, Martin and Hillbrand qualified as appraisers of school land in Gove county, before Justice Kyle last Monday. (Western Kansas World, May 2, 1885)

B&M RAILROAD WILL ENTER GOVE COUNTY

Word has been received by Chas. Peterson, land agent here that one branch of the proposed B & M railroad from Bull city will enter Gove county very near Collyer. (Western Kansas World, May 2, 1885)

GOVE'S TEMPORARY COUNTY SEAT

Governor Martin on Thursday designated Gove City as the temporary county seat of Gove County.

He also indicated his intention of appointing J.B. McClanahan, Wm. T. Stokes and Lyman Raymond as county commissioners and D. A. Borah as temoprary county clerk. (Western Kansas World, September 4, 1886)

HON. I. T. PURCELL

Hon. I. T. Purcell of Grainfield was shaking hands with numerous admirers here on Wednesday. Mr. Purcell is the republican candidate for representative of Gove county. (Western Kansas World, November 1, 1890)

FOSDICKS VISITING COSBY'S

J. H. Fosdick and wife and Miss Nettie Fosdick were visiting at C. E. Crosby's last Monday. Mr. Fosdick is an old resident of Gove City and was en route home after absence of eleven weeks visiting friends in Nebraska and eastern Kansas. They traveled by wagon and report an enjoyable time. (Western Kansas World, November 1, 1890)

George Spencer has moved to Quinter with his family and household goods and has his house there ready to move into.  He will visit our city next week and is ready any time to figure on tinning contracts if parties will send him word to Quinter.  While he is leaving us, he still has an interest in Hays City.  He asks us to publicly thank our citizens for their more than liberal patronage in the past.
(Hays Free Press ~ April 2, 1910 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

LIVESTOCK  DEALERS  GET  SUSPENSIONS

WASHINGTON --- Two Kansas livestock dealers and an operator of a livestock commission company were suspended Thursday by the Department of Agriculture for violation of the Packers and Stockyards Act.

Marvin Albin, operator of the Quinter Livestock Commission Co., Quinter, Kan., was suspended effective Aug. 9 for seven days for violating custodial account and conflict of interest requirements of the act.

Everett Christian Jr., and Kenneth Christian, operators of the Christian Cattle Co., Ulysses, Kan., were suspended for 90 days for violating financial and payment requirements of the act.

The Christians' suspension was effective as of Aug. 9 and thereafter until they show they are solvent.

Department of Agriculture judicial officer Thomas J. Flavin issued cease and desist orders which, like a permanent injunction, insure compliance with the P&S Act.

The Christians cannot operate as livestock dealers during the suspension and Albin cannot operate as a market agency or livestock dealer during the suspension period.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Friday ~ August 9, 1968 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

BOY  KILLED  IN  ATV  ACCIDENT

QUINTER --- A 9-year-old Quinter boy riding a three-wheeled all-terrain vehicle was killed Sunday night after being hit by a car, the Kansas Highway Patrol said Monday.

Matthew Nemechek was dead on arrival at Quinter Hospital after being struck about 7:30 p.m., the patrol said.  The accident occurred at an intersection of old U.S. 40 highway and a county road about two and a half miles east of Quinter.

The car also hit an all-terrain vehicle driven by another 9-year-old, Stephen Simon of Quinter.  Simon was treated at the hospital for bruises and a possible concusion.

The driver of the car, Betty Tuttle, 50, of Quinter, was taken to the hospital, where she was treated for shock.  She was driving west on the blacktop when the boys' vehicles entered the intersection.  Tuttle hit Simon's vehicle and then Nemechek's.
(Hutchinson News ~ September 21, 1988 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

FOUR  KILLED  IN  GOVE  CRASH

QUINTER, Kan. --- Four persons were killed Saturday night in a head-on collision of two cars 13 miles south of here.

The dead were Jack Sutcliffe, 31, of Quinter, driver of one car; William Montgomery, 28, of Gove, Kan., driver of the other car; and his two passengers, Wayne Adams, 31, and son Wayne, Jr., of Quinter.

The accident occurred on a muddy road.  The cars collided at the top of a hill.  There were no survivors.
(Hutchinson News ~ March 19, 1961 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

QUINTER  TEEN  DIES  IN  ONE-CAR  ACCIDENT

QUINTER --- A Quinter teen was killed Wednesday in a one-vehicle accident on Sheridan Road north of Quinter.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Michael Spensor Tilton, 13, was southbound about six miles north of Quinter at about 5:10 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving.  Tilton's 1984 Ford Bronco traveled into the west ditch and rolled on and a quarter times, coming to a rest on the driver's side.  tilton, who was not wearing his seat belt, was partially ejected from the vehicle.

Tilton, who troopers said did not possess a valid driver's license, was the only occupant in the vehicle.  He was transported directly to Schmitt Funeral Home in Quinter.  An obituary appears on page A6.

MICHAEL  'MIKE'  SPENCER  TILTON

QUINTER --- Michael "Mike" Spencer Tilton, 13, died Wednesday, March 15, 1995, in an accident north of Quinter in Sheridan County.

He was born Aug. 4, 1981, in Hays to Donald and Charla (Sanger) Tilton.  He was an eighth-grade student at the Quinter Junior High School.  He attended the Church of the Brethren, Quinter.  He was a member of the Quinter 4-H Club, Boy Scouts of America Troop No. 164, the Scholars bowl at the Quinter Junior High, and the basketball, football and track teams.

Survivors include his parents, of the home; a brother, Lance, of the home; his maternal grandparents, Merrill and Eulalia Sanger, Quinter; his paternal grandparents, Gene and Judy Tilton, Quinter, and Geneva Joann Schneider, Pueblo, Colo.; and his great-grandmothers, Helen Tilton, Quinter, and Martha Schneider, WaKeeney.

Memorial services are at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Church of the Brethren with Pastor David K. Hendricks officiating; private burial in the Quinter City Cemetery.

There will be no visitation.  Arrangements are being made by the Schmitt Funeral Home, Quinter.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Michael Tilton Memorial Fund.
(Hays Daily News ~ March 16, 1995 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

3  KILLED  WHEN  PLANE  NOSE-DIVES  IN  KANSAS

Quinter, Kan., Sept. 17 --- Three men were killed here late today when a cabin monoplane piloted by Joe Scholtz, Brewster, Kan., went into a nose dive and crashed at the Gove county fair grounds.  Scholtz, Leo Fahey, Quinter, Kan., and Floyd Norton, Spruce, Mo., the latter both passengers, were killed.
(Boster Herald Friday ~ September 18, 1931 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

PRAIRIE  FIRE  IN  KANSAS

A Wide Area of Farm Lands About Grinnel Swept---Two Injured

Grinnell, Kan., Sept. 8 --- A prairie fire, which started yesterday afternoon, had swept by this morning over an area of wheat land estimated at fifteen by thirty miles south and west of here.  This place was threatened and all night the men and boys and many of the women fought the flames.  Mrs. A. Philips and her son, Morris, wer overtaken by the fire and seriously burned.  It is believed that wheat, cattle, horses, hogs and poultry in the burned district were all destroyed.
(Emporia Gazette ~ Wednesday ~ September 8, 1897 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

KANSAS  EDITOR  SUED  FOR  LIBEL

Topeka, Kan., May 17 --- W. P. Harrington, editor of the Gove County Advocate, has been arrested on a charge of criminal libel.  The complaining witness is John F. Jones, member of the house of representatives from Gove county.  The Advocate charges that Jones rn a joint.
(Lawrence Daily Journal ~ May 17, 1901 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

 


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