Picture Request

Now that you’ve enjoyed the materials that we’ve collected perhaps you’d be willing to share. You can scan pictures and email them while still keeping your original, of course, we’d accept your paper copies too. You can send an e-mail to [email protected].

Note that Muriel’s e-mail address has changed as of 24 March, 2009.

History Questionnaire Results – Pat Vining

This submission comes from Pat Vining, sister of Donis Barker
& Connie Hutchinson

What would you like the Historical Society to
focus on?

Gathering historical photos,
documents, artifacts, family stories,

probably just what you plan to
do.

5. Did you attend school here? What years? Any
special memories (such as your first day, etc?)

I don’t remember my first day of
school. I do remember hot lunches being served in the basement,

to the right as you went down the
stairs to the right of the front entrance. We had so much
macaroni

and cheese and peanut butter because
they were government commodities, I am sure (the cheese

and peanut butter were). The cooks
baked light rools most days and were they ever good!

I attended grades 1-3 in St. George
and then we moved back to the farm and went to Elm Slough

country school one year before it was
closed and we started back to St. George. Elm Slough had almost no
books, as library or free reading books, although our parents took
us to the Manhattan Public Library regularly. But when I came back
in the 4th grade, I was so excited to see all the library books we
could choose. It was wonderful!

Our 4th & 5th grade teacher, Miss
Ethlyn Parry, said she would take the girl and boy who had the
best

spelling grades to a movie. So, she
took Bob Morris and myself to a movie in Manhattan. It seems to me
the movie was John Wayne in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. but I’ll have
to check the dates to see if that’s a possibility. Although our
family went to movies occasionally, this was still a really big
thing to go with your teacher and a boy! Miss Parry is living in
Indiana and I have her name and address, so I may write to her and
suggest she write some of her memories about teaching school at St.
George. She was right out of Manhattan High School with only a
summer at Emporia State before she began teaching. She was little
and cute as a button and we all just loved her. I have reconnected
with her in recent years.

H. Wayne Channel was our 7th &
8th grade teacher and also was principal. He was a retired military
officer, very sober and commanding and yet we all liked and
respected him very well, too. Well, I shouldn’t say we all because
I know there were some who had discipline problems, as is always
true. He encouraged me to write even more than Miss Parry had, and
I feel it was those years in 7th & 8th grades when I developed
a love even more for reading and writing that contributed to my
choice of majoring in journalism at K-State. I had the opportunity
to correspond with Mr. Channel in later years and also visited with
him a couple of times. He coached the girls’ basketball team, and
probably the boys’ also, and we always had a good time on bus trips
to other schools. The fellowship we developed was wonderful! I
don’t know when he left St. George, but will ask my sister, Connie,
if she had him as principal.

Lee A. Scott was high school
principal all four years of my class, 1950-54. His wife, Mrs.
Scott, taught English. I remember she sat at the teacher’s desk,
rarely got out of the chair, everyone behaved very well, there was
no talking without permission, and class was very structured. How
different things had become by the time I began to teach junior
high English classes in 1973! Oh my, what a difference!

The gym was built the summer before
our class began as freshmen, (1950), so we were the first ones to
get to use it and have the old gym in the high school part of the
building remodeled into a study hall, SMALL library (almost hidden
under the stairs, home ec classroom, restrooms, and offices. But,
we thought it was all really glorious! Looking back now, I realize
the academic work was minimal and we certainly weren’t challenged
as we could have been and should have been. But am sure that’s the
way most small schools were then, (the 50s.) There were 12 in our
graduating class, 10 girls and two boys.

6. Where was your favorite place to spend
spare/free time? How much did it cost?

I was busy with going to all kinds of
4-H activities and helping some on the farm and don’t really
remember much of a social life. We girls had slumber parties at
each others’ houses, played Canasta, made popcorn, taffy, etc. ,
listened to the radio or played 45 records if we were lucky enough
to have a record player. Our dad would crawl under the living room
and re-inforce the floor with more blocks because we girls did the
Glow Worn dance so much we made the floor vibrate.

Most of us didn’t date much, but
stayed with groups, especially since our class was almost all
girls. I imagine most of us thought the few girls who had a
boyfriend from Manhattan or Wamego were really privileged, but
looking back, I don’t think I missed that much. Most of us managed
to have dates to the junior and senior proms.

7. What job opportunities were there for kids?
Adults?

I didn’t look for a job until the
summer after I graduated from high school, 1954, and then was hired
by the Manhattan Recreation Commission to do office work. meaning
lots and lots of typing (manual typewriter, of course) of
playground, baseball and every other kind of summer activity
schedule you could think of. The office was on the first block
north of Poyntz on Fourth Street, next to where the newspaper
office USED to be and there is a paring lot there now. The building
has a name which I’ll think of sometime. It seems to me that I
worked 30 hr. week and made $25 week, but am not sure. I sure had
lots of typing experience by the time that summer was over, but it
probably paid off when I began to take journalism classes and could
compose at the typewriter. I returned to work there the summer
after my first year of college, also. Frank Anneberg was the
Recreation Comm. director and hired me.

I don’t recall that many girls worked
part-time while in high school, although perhaps some did at

Duckwalls.

8. What recreational activities did you partake
in? (i.e., sports, skating rink, band, etc)

Blackjack 4-H Club and our class
usually had a skating party every year, and this was a real treat.
The skating rink was across the viaduct on K-77 in the building
just to the right before where Briggs Auto Center was before it
moved recently. There was a carpet place there in recent years but
believe it is something else now. (I’ll try to pay attention the
next time I drove by there.) We occasionally went to the Manhattan
City Pool, although for some years in the 50s we weren’t allowed to
swim much because of the polio scare. Even health officials didn’t
know how polio was being spread and it was a real threat so most of
us rarely went swimming.

9. How did most people get around the town (and
farther?)

Most boys had their own car by their
senior year, it seems to me, but girls never did. We used the
family car if we just had to go to Manhattan for something. And the
few girls with boyfriends had them for transportation, of
course.

10. Did you have a phone? Was it on a
party-line? What’s your favorite party-line memory? Do you remember
any phone numbers?

Yes, it definitely was a party-line
but I don’t remember numbers.

11. When did you get electricity? What kind of
difference did it make?

According to the book written by my
dad, Don Clary, in 1978 as a gift to their three daughters for
their 50th wedding anniversary in January 1979, we first had
electricity in 1948 (KPL). This is at the farm two miles plus north
on the Flush Road, just before the S curve. Some electrical company
had a power station of some kind right off that curve, so KPL
wouldn’t go any further north than our place. REA came down the
Flush Road from the north about the same time.

One thing I remember before
electricity was having the battery radio on for only a few hours at
a time. We often would go to Manhattan after my dad did the chores
on Saturday morning, hauling a load of some kind of grain to grind
at Manhattan Milling Co. (a small trailer behind the car since we
had no truck.) On the way into town, we’d stop at Perry Packing Co.
and sell a case or possible two cases of eggs. Perry Pack was on
the far east end of Poyntz Ave. Daddy would drop we girls off to
walk a block or two to take piano lessons while he and Mother went
on to the mill, then they would pick us up near the library because
we would go from piano lessons to the library most of the time.
Piano lessons were $1 for the two of us. We spent the egg money for
groceries at the A&P and then came home, getting home in time
to listen to Let’s Pretend on the radio, then turning it off until
a short time for news, and then the K-State basketball game when it
was that season.

When it was time to do our first 4-H
sewing, 1946 for me, we went with Mother to pick out the feed
sack

we want to use for the apron we were
required to make in 4-H and Mother selected ones for her
dresses,

sometimes curtains and other things.
This was an exciting thing to get to do—pick out feed sack
patterns!

12. When did you get indoor plumbing? What’s
your favorite outhouse story?

We had a good well and windmill on
the farm, but had to carry water to the house, to the chickens, and
other places. IWater ran from the pump through a pipe to two big
water tanks for the cattle. So, with electricity in 1948, we began
to have water piped to the different places and did put in a
bathroom…….what a treat! Like most farm women, my mother had a
gas engine on a Maytag washing machine that was kept on the east
screened-in porch. Boy, was it cold doing the wash there in the
winter. Carrying buckets of hot water from the kitchen to the
washing machine was actually pretty unsafe, but I don’t remember
mother ever spilling any or anyone getting burned. The clothes
often froze on the clothesline. However, we did have a butane floor
furnace (and refrigerator), which were later converted to propane,
so we put a broomstick across the floor-furnace (rested each end on
a chair) and dried clothes in this way.

13. What invention had the biggest impact on
your life?

I’d have to think about this for a
while.

My parents got their first TV set in
1956, I think, when I was in college. so I wasn’t used to TV either
at home or in the dorms, except when I would occasionally come home
on school breaks. (I had a Saturday job all the time so didn’t get
home on weekends much.)

When my husband and I were married in
Jan. 1958 we, of course, didn’t have TV. When K-State was playing
in a big basketball game that was televised, we’d go out to my
folks and watch. There were not many games televised then, usually
only the Big 8 or NCAA tournament games. However, the Cats had good
basketball teams during those years, and it was really exciting to
see them on TV.

Football victories then were few and
far between. But Ernie Barrett and others were king!

More about K-State basketball during
the years I was in high school later.

14. How many floods have you experienced here
in St. George? What do you remember most from each one?

I remember thantduring the 1951 flood
quite a number of families were staying at the school
temporarily.

Those of us out of the flood area
cooked meals, cookies, etc. and took into the school to help feed
the dislocated people. This was before hardly anyone had thermos
bottles, ice chests, plastic containers or much of anything like
that. But, we made do with what we had, putting meals in metal pie
plates and using cardboard boxes, etc. The flood victims were
sleeping on mats of blankets on the gym floor and at least had the
school restrooms and locker with showers to use.

There are probably some folks still
living in the area who spent some time in the school during the ’51
flood.

15. What are the biggest local news stories you
remember?

The flood, of course, K-State
basketball since I was an avid follower, and an incident where a
grade school boy accidentally shot and killed another grade school
boy and then, because he was so frightened, hid the deceased boy’s
body. This was very hard on the families and the whole community.
Ft. Riley soldiers having training out in our area in the country
occasionally.

18. What are your memories of the Spring
Tank?

First, I have never in my life heard
it called a tank. It was always just Blackjack Spring, with
Blackjack always being one word. (With my background in journalism
and then an English ed degree from KU later, I’m very aware of
words used, capitalization, punctuation, etc., and I am concerned
that Blackjack is being spelled with two words, which I believe is
incorrect.)

Blackjack Spring was always there,
always running, and looked much better before the road was elevated
and the tank part showed more. We drank from it all the time,
oftening having permission to leave the school grounds to go down
to the sidewalk in front of Dalton’s Store and wave and do cheers
for the K-State basketball team as they drove to Forbes Field
Airport, or perhaps to Lawrence or Kansas City to play. We made
signs to wish them well and were crazy, nutty sports fans, just as
fans are today, only without the tailgating. We were usually
noticed and sometimes mentioned in the Manhattan Mercury or by Dev
Nelson on radio, and that made our lives very exciting!!

19. What do you think of the new mural on the
side of the store? Do you remember the first painting? Did you
help?

Both murals are before my time
although I have seen and appreciate them.

History Questionnaire Results – Merla Area/Brookman

3. What businesses do you remember being in town and where
were they located?

Smith’s Cafe (on the south side of main street; then they
moved across the street . The post office; the general store; the
gas station.

I remember my Mother and the other local women picking seed at
the Seed Store.

I remember City Hall and when election day came the women
would come to our house for breaks because there was no other
place in town with facilities that were open

5. Did you attend school here? What years? Any special
memories (such as your first day, etc?)

Yes from first grade until I graduated from high school in
1964. I remember Steve Shaw (my cousin) would always protect me
from the bullies. (I had no brothers or sisters)

6. Where was your favorite place to spend spare/free time?
How much did it cost?

Cost?? That’s funny…..we just hung out on the street corner
and in the 60′s it was safe.

7. What job opportunities were there for kids? Adults?

None that I can recall for kids except delivering the
newspaper.

8. What recreational activities did you partake in? (i.e.,
sports, skating rink, band, etc)

Played in the school band but there wasn’t a skating rink. My
Dad would take me to the local pond when it froze over to ice
skate.

9. How did most people get around the town (and
farther?)

When I was growing up we walked. Before my parents had a car
there was bus service between Manhattan, St. George, and
Wamego.

We got our first car (that I can remember) in about 1950/51. I
remember it had a mouse in it that ran across on the floor. Of
course in those days it was ok for kids to stand in the car and I
stood up in the front seat between the driver and the
passenger.

10. Did you have a phone? Was it on a party-line? What’s your
favorite party-line memory? Do you remember any phone
numbers?

Yes we had a party line phone. Our number was 502; same as our
post office box.

11. When did you get electricity? What kind of difference did
it make?

Mom and Dad electricity by the time as I born; same as indoor
plumbing.

14. How many floods have you experienced here in St. George?
What do you remember most from each one?

Just the one in 1951. I remember all the water, I remember
Dale Miller had a boat and was giving rides.

Also my father worked for the railroad and a big truck would
come and pick him up and take him away for days and then bring
him back.

We did not have water in our house. My cousin was in nurses
training in Topeka and had come to visit for a few days and then
we couldn’t take her home because of the flood. I remember the
gasline exploding also just east of St. George.

15. What are the biggest local news stories you
remember?

When Eli (can’t remember the last name) shot and killed a
woman. A lot of people never did believe he was guilty.

16. What wartime memories stand out, and how did they affect
the community?

Please………that’s before my time.

18. What are your memories of the Spring Tank?

My Mother had a picture of me (which I can not find) drinking
out of the spring tank. My father was holding me and I was about
10 months old.

When I was in high school it was cool to be thrown into the
spring tank. Yes I made the cool list.

20. What single thing (event, invention, etc) made the
biggest impact on St. George, in your opinion?

When the new highway was built and it didn’t go through St.
George that was the beginning of the end.

My father met my mother in St. George. She worked/lived at the
boarding house with her sister and family. My father worked for
the railroad and ate at the restaurant, where she was also
working. That had the biggest impact on MY life.

History Questionnaire Results – Mary E. Heptig/Anderson

More results from our history questionaire.

What would you like the Historical Society to
focus on?

Collecting info on past things from the town/

1. What is your first memory of St. George?

As a young girl growning up at
Flush i use to think, St. George was this bad town, and only
trouble makers live there, I have grown to enjoy the town and
love seening all the changes that towns folks are doing to better
the town and give it a new image

2. What did First Street (Main Street) look like when you arrived?

a run down street i use to think it was a dirt street

3. What businesses do you remember being in town and where were they located?

The Green Chicken/(No one went there unless they were trouble makers), and the Post office

4. What businesses do you miss the most?
Which would you like to see come back?

It would be nice to see or get the Grocery store back

5. Did you attend school here? What years?
Any special memories (such as your first day, etc?)

I went to school at Flush and Westmoreland, but did sporting events at the school.– Late 70s, to early 80s

8. What recreational activities did you partake in? (i.e., sports, skating rink, band, etc)

Track, Basketball

9. How did most people get around the town (and farther?)

Auto

10. Did you have a phone? Was it on a party-line? What’s your favorite party-line memory? Do you remember any phone numbers?

We had a phone at Flush, but everyone around us had a party-line

18. What are your memories of the Spring Tank?

Coming to St. George for track meets or football games, we would go over to the Tank and get a COLD drink of water… on Sundays my Family would drive into town to fill jugs up with water

19. What do you think of the new mural on the side of the store? Do you remember the first painting? Did you help?

The mural looks great

20. What single thing (event, invention, etc) made the biggest impact on St. George, in your opinion?

The Historical group stepping up and improving (working on it) the town

History Questionnaire Results – Fred Shaneyfelt

This is the first of four results to the history questionaire that we’ve received. Thanks to Fred Shaneyfelt, our first respondee.

1. What is your first memory of St. George?

We moved to St. George in the spring of 1950. I was four years
old. My first memory is of the house we lived in, and probably
the first thing I noticed about the town itself was the spring
tank and Dalton’s store.

2. What did First Street (Main Street) look like when you
arrived?

I don’t really remember too much about the conditions of the
buildings, as I was very young. What distinguished Main street
for me was that it was really a highway, ie, paved. All the other
streets were gravel. So I figured this must be a pretty important
street.

3. What businesses do you remember being in town and where
were they located?

I remember Dalton’s Store, physically, although shortly after
we moved there I believe, Ed Dalton passed away and it was closed
for a while. A man named Cook had it for a few years after that,
and then Marvin Taylor ran it for many years. I also remember the
Post office, which was the old bank building; The telephone
office which was just North of the store on the same side of the
street; the Legion Hall, across the street from the Post Office,
Lee Smith’s tavern, next to the Legion, the Gas station, still
operated by Wynn Dalton at the time, right across the street from
the store, the elevator, the train station, and the blacksmith
shop. The hotel was still there, but wasn’t operated as a hotel,
I think it was apartments.

4. What businesses do you miss the most? Which would you like
to see come back?

Nostalgia-wise I would have to say the store, because in those
days it sold a variety of goods other than groceries. I remember
going with my dad to the store to buy kerosene for Mom’s
cookstove. We could buy rope, nails and screws, a few tools,
chicken feed, probably a lot of farm and rural stuff I never even
knew about. Cookies were still sold by the pound in little
glass-doored bins, the pop machine just had a lid you raised
where it was all stored in cold water; you just picked up a
bottle of what you wanted and took it up and paid for it. And the
neatest thing was the penny candy. All kinds, two, three, four
for a penny. I think my favorite was root beer barrels. A couple
of us kids could walk along the highway for a half-hour or so
picking up pop bottles. You could turn in the pop bottles for a
penny each and buy enough penny candy to make yourself sick.

5. Did you attend school here? What years? Any special
memories (such as your first day, etc?)

Yes, I attended all of my grade school and high school at St.
George. 12 years, because back then there was no kindergarten. I
started in September 1952 and graduated high school in May 1964.
We had twelve kids in our original first grade class, and five us
completed the 12 years together, myself, Merla Area, Patty Quinn,
Jean Hyde, and Judy Manire. I really have nothing but good
memories of school……most of my grade school years I went home
for lunch, as did quite a few of the town kids back then. In high
school we had no closed lunch hour, so we could walk down to the
store and get pop and candy bars, etc. It was during these times
we all traditionally carved our names into the soft brick on the
side of the store, which still remains. I can probably find every
kid that I ever went to high school with somewhere on that wall
if I looked long enough. I enjoyed all of the sports and
extra-curricular activities. My favorite teacher was Miss Silva,
our music teacher, and favorite character was Homer Norris, our
janitor.

6. Where was your favorite place to spend spare/free time?
How much did it cost?

My favorite place was St. George……..all of it………my
Mother can attest to this, and it didn’t cost a dime. My brothers
and I would get together with other kids and ride bikes all over
town. We would play in the creeks, Blackjack creek on the west
side, and what we called Blood creek on the east. (I don’t know
if that was the real name of it). We would dam up the creek with
sand, and of course since you didn’t have a spillway, it was a
never-ending battle to try to pile on sand faster than the water
was rising. The creek always eventually won. We played at the
river, although most of us were firmly banned by our parents for
even going there. We played at Duncan’s Pond, a little pond back
behind Floyd Duncan’s plumbing shop, and still there. We would
play on the water tower; we rode our bikes to Wamego on the old
highway; we would walk up Dalton’s Hill with a tractor tire, curl
up inside of it and roll down the hill. You never knew who, when,
or what you were going to hit. We played at the railroad tracks,
and around the old depot. We hung around at the store, and in the
summer time, we liked to go down to the tracks and watch the mail
train come through. There were seven or eight trains a day coming
through town back then, and several of them stopped. You could
still flag stop the Portland Rose at that time. But the mail
train was awsome. It was just an engine, a freight car and a mail
car, and it barreled through town at 70 mph. As it approached,
the freight door would open just a little, and they would throw
out the mail bag, almost at the same time snagging the outgoing
mailbag with a long hook and pulling it in. Time after time we
watched, thinking someday they were going to miss that mail bag
and have to stop and come back and get it, but they never did.
Then an old fellow named Hi Warren would take the mailbag up to
the Post Office on his little cart. Sometimes we’d tag along with
him.

8. What recreational activities did you partake in? (i.e.,
sports, skating rink, band, etc)

Summer league baseball, sponsored by the Legion; Football and
Basketball in High School, Softball in Grade School.

10. Did you have a phone? Was it on a party-line? What’s your
favorite party-line memory? Do you remember any phone
numbers?

When we moved to St. George, our phone was one of those
wall-mounted wood box ones you crank, that has an earphone and a
mouthpiece. We were on a party line. I guess most of memories
concerning party lines were along the lines of my interest in
several girls in the area while growing up, and the problems
involved with your whole neighborhood knowing everything you
talked about.

12. When did you get indoor plumbing? What’s your favorite
outhouse story?

When we move to St. George in 1950, the house had electricity
and water from a well in the house, but no bathroom, so we still
used the outhouse the first winter we were there. I recall the
Christmas of 1950, I was four and my older brother Joe was 6, and
we went out to the outhouse, took the paper roll and decorated it
all up, and then sang, It’s Christmas Time in the Privy.

14. How many floods have you experienced here in St. George?
What do you remember most from each one?

I was four when the 1950 flood hit, and we had to move
temporarily. The water was 12 deep in the house, and it cracked
and warped the lower drawer of our dresser, which was where all
my clothes were. I felt completely dis-placed not having my
drawer to go back to. I also lived in Manhattan during the 1993
flood, which my parents of course went through again in St.
George. Water did not get into the house this time, and other
than a 35 mile trip back and forth, it was pretty uneventful.

15. What are the biggest local news stories you
remember?

The biggest was probably when a local fellow apparently
murdered a woman outside of town, and the KBI was all over the
place looking for him, including in our Garage and Chicken house.
They eventually caught him.

17. What is the best story you’ve heard about St. George,
fact, fiction, or otherwise? Who was the best storyteller?

The best storyteller I remember was Shorty Moreland. He had a
team of Horses and a sickle and would cut all the weeds and
ditches and what have you around town. He was a WWII veteran, and
had lost a leg in the war, and other than the weed-cutting and a
little local farming, he spent a good deal of time in the Tavern.
I can’t even remember the stories, we were just kids, but you
could just listen to him all day. A lot of them I think were
about the war. (My Mother is going to wonder what I was doing in
the tavern when I was a kid.)

18. What are your memories of the Spring Tank?

The spring tank was a wonderful place. We played there often
when we were kids, and as we grew up, it became a place to wash
your car, a place to initiate high school freshmen, or just have
a good old water fight. When I was in High School there was a bit
of controversy over the fact that two older gentlemen in town
took it upon themselves to construct and install a steel lid on
the spring tank. This didn’t allow most of the dogs in
town…….they all ran free back then…….to cool off on a hot
day, nor to wash your car without raising this heavy lid, nor to
throw any of the freshman class in the springtank, etc. To tell
you the truth, most of the younger generation didn’t care much
for it.

Matters came to a head in the fall of 1963 when, while
lounging around school before a football game that night, our
team just decided we’d about had enough. One of our members (no
names here) had a pickup truck, and at 4:15 pm, in broad
daylight, the cover was immediately off the tank, into the
pickup, and heading out of town. It had been removed before, and
always retrieved and re-installed. This time, it stuck.` As the
statute of limitations obviously has ran out, I can tell you
exactly what happened to it and what part of the river it’s in.
But I won’t.

19. What do you think of the new mural on the side of the
store? Do you remember the first painting? Did you help?

I think it’s great, and I remember the first one. I wasn’t
involved in painting either of them.

20. What single thing (event, invention, etc) made the
biggest impact on St. George, in your opinion?

Hard to decide between the Highway moving north in the early
fifties, or the High School closing.

Mike Atkinson, descendant of George Gillaspie, shares family history with us

Mike, a resident of Sumner, Washington, was kind enough to begin to send me items from his family history and how they ended up settling around what became the town of St. George.

My (Mike’s) grandmother was born in St. George in the 1880′s her name was Ona Dee Woods. The picture below has been in my (Mike’s) family since it was taken (probably before the turn of the century. My grandmother’s grandmother, Amanda Melvina Gillaspie, is front left with her sisters. Her husband, John C. Woods, my great X3 grandfather died during the Civil War. He was in the 11th Kansas Volunteers. Her father, George Washington Gillaspie, built the house behind her for her to live in when they found out that he was dead. She had lived on an outlying farm or mill. Amanda’s house is still there but the tree was removed in the summer of 2006 when the retaining wall was replaced with a newer, more sturdy retaining wall.

Family tradition states that George Washington Gillaspie either named St. George or that it was named after him. He came there from Kentucky. The first letter is a family historical account of how the Gilliespies came to move West to Kansas from Kentucky in 1850. On the way there my great great grandfather John Cyrus Woods jr. married Amanda Melvina Gillaspie (pictured above). They were married in Missouri. He went off to fight in the 11th Kansas volunteers in 1863 and was dead within 6 months. The 11th was made up from men from St. George, Zeandale, and nearby. Many were friends, relatives and neighbors. Most were middle aged with families.

The second letter is interesting, not only for what it says, but for the information between the lines. The doctor knows John C., Amanda and GW Gillaspie. He gives them news of friends and neighbors. The Kansas Civil war website allows you to find out what happened to these men.

Below, G.W. Gillaspie (sometimes spelled Gillespie) and his children. He was my great great great grandfather. The middle woman on the right is my great great grandmother (his daughter) Amanda Melvina Gillaspie Woods. Her husband served in the 11th Kansas Vols and died at Omaha Hospital (see Omaha letter).

Below right, Amanda second from right with her children. I believe that the upper left is my great grandfather Louin O. Woods.

Key to above photo identifying individuals.

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Amanda’s Obituary

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