SMITH COUNTY, KANSAS

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FETROW  FAMILY

Abraham Fetrow was born 27 May, 1827; died 09 September 1892. His wife, Mary (maiden name unknown) was born 01 August 1848; died 31 December 1928. 

Abraham and Mary had William Henry (1867-1973) when they lived in Missouri. They moved to Nebraska (no county, town or date given) where they had three more children: Franklin Edward "Ed" (1869-1954) who married Minnie M. Birdsell (1870-1917). John Charles (06 October 1871-29 May 1889) who died of pneumonia at age 17, buried in Cedar Cemetery. Cora Belle born 17 April 1879, married Frank Rothenberger of Lebanon, Kansas. They moved to California where they raised four children: Ella, Mildred, Neva and Eldon. Cora died in Pasadena, California, date unknown.

William "Bill" Fetrow operated a general merchandise store in Cedar for some time (dates not available), and then farmed west of Cedar. In later years he and Martha moved back to Cedar where Martha C. "Mattie", "Matt" (1870-1949) was buried in the Cedar Cemetery. Bill and Matt had Edna (1895-1965) who married Frank Kelling; they had Nadine, Milford "Bud" and Delores. Bill lived for some years after Matt's death in his Cedar home until failing health made it necessary for him to go to a nursing home in Smith Center, Kansas. He died there in 1973 at the age of 105 years and is buried in the Cedar, Kansas Cemetery.

Their other children were Leland (1898-1965) who married Ethel (maiden name unknown 1905-1983). They raised a niece, Delores Kelling, after he mother, Edna, died. Ferne, who married Oliver Myers. I do not have a list of the Myers chidren.

Franklin Edward "Ed" Fetrow (1869-1954) married Minnie M. Birdwell (1870-1917). Their children were Leslie who married Lorena Hinshaw. They had son, Fay, Leota and two other children. They moved to California where they divorced. No other information is available.

Horace Birdwell (1899-1975) married Aurolyn  Weiser (1906-1938). They had Minnie Grace and Ellen Beth. Horace laster married Velma McClure (25 June -23 September 2000).

Both Ed and Horace farmed southwest of Cedar, Kansas. Bill Fetrow was a member of the First Christian Church, Cedar; and Horace was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Cedar, until it closed in 1928. He then attended the First Christian Church.

 Sources of Information: Cora's great niece, Nadine (Kelling) Crosby, San Diego, CA.; Sarah Steward Chapter NSDAR "Tombstone Inscriptions, Vol 1"; Doris M. (Sears) Swank - Personal information from having been acquainted with most of the family who lived in the Cedar area.


We are now pointing to No. 5 is the corner of our farm. No. ? is the Drug Store where we lived. No. 1 is the new Christian Church. You will see a better picture of it in the "Enterprise". Our house is on the lots next to it. No. 2 The little Dean house where Walter had his office when you came to see him, also where we lived the first month after we were married. No. 3 Papa's stock pens. House sets to the left just out of sight. No. 4 the four lots we used to own before we went to Brewster. (Lois Bostwick Michaelis) Written by my Mother, Vinnie Simeon Bostwick Welch. 

Left to right - Dora was sister of Otto Sears, mother, Alice (Shipley) sits. Dora Lund, Peter Lund, any  Lund & Etta Lund. Etta married George Nonamaker, son of early settler & homesteader,  Stephen Nonamker who lives southwest of Cedar. Nonamaker still owns the land - farms it. 

Lobby of the Commercial Hotel owned and operated by Peter and Dora (Shipley) Lund. Dora was a sister of Otto and Merle Sears mother, Alice (Shipley) Sears. Left to right: Dora Lund, Peter Lund, Amy Lund and Etta Lund, seated. Etta married George Nonamaker, son of early settler and homesteader, Stephen Nonamaker, who live Southwest of Cedar(ville). The "ville" was dropped from Cedarville 19 May 1906. 
(Postcard sent by Vinnie Simeon Bostwick Welch)


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