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Highway 160 between  Coldwater and Medicine Lodge, Kansas, looking east.  Photo by Phyllis Scherich, 2003.

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Highway 160 between Coldwater and Medicine Lodge, Kansas, looking east.                   Photo by Phyllis Scherich, 2003.

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Heidi Aiem
* Photo: Richard Samuel Wood

Joan Amundsen
* The BOOTH Descendants of The Bairds of Lanarkshire

Cathy Anderson
* Photographs of Fred & Betty Booth of Wilmore, Ks.

Dennies Andersen - Editor and Publisher of The Western Star
* Photographs: After the Ice Storm, January 4 & 5, 2005
* Article: Coldwater Class of 1955 Plans Reunion
* Obituary: Harold Shields Herd
* Obituary: Christie Ann (Maris) Peterson
* Obituary: Ernestine Ziegler
* Permission: Special thanks to Dennies Andersen for his permission to reproduce properly-credited obituaries and articles published in The Western Star on this website!

Jacob Talley Bailey
* Biography & photo: Reverend Joseph S. Bailey

Buddy M. Bardot
* Photographs: Frank & Mary Bardot
* Photograph: Irene Bardot
* Obituary: Evelyn German
* Photographs: Roy & Jane (Holler) German
* Obituary: John William Holler
* Obituary & photo: James M. Holler
* Obituary: Albert Boyd Holler
* Obituary: Lena Maud (German) Smalley
* Photographs: 1955 Senior Class, Coldwater, Kansas

Richard L. "Rick" Beeley
* Photos: Crown Hill Cemetery

Teresa Benz
* Photos & history: Samuel & Christina (Baird) BOOTH
* Memoirs of Christina Sadie (Booth) GRIFFIN nee Wood

Alice Bergeman
* Interview & photos: Robert Emmett & Gladys Leota (Grauberger) NORTON
* Photo: Protection, Kansas, High School Seniors, 1950
* Photos of People in Comanche County, Kansas.

David & Mary (Kane) Bickford
* Photos & history: Memories of Charles Daniel BICKFORD
* Photo: gravestone of Stephen Knecht, Gravestones of Veterans

Ellen (Knowles) Bisson
* Obituary: Orlando Vernon Lytle

Chase Bridges
* Information & photo: The Gravestone & Burial of Chistopher Carson Pepperd

Vanita (White) Blundell
* Humor column: "Country Gal", from The Western Star

Shirley Brier
Transcriber of hundreds of news articles and obituaries for this site. Major sections of this site which include her work are:
* Biography, Family History & Obituaries
* Home Front: Comanche County in WWII
* World War I News Articles from Comanche County, Ks.
* World War I Casualties
* World War II Casualties
* Civil War Veterans
* News Articles
Many new pages will be added to this site from news articles and scans of WWII-era news photos which Shirley has contributed and which she has been patiently waiting to see online. Thanks, Shirley!

Glennda Burt
* Transcription: Coldwater Class of 1955 Plans Reunion in September, 2005.
* Transcription: Protection Mennonite Church
* Transcription: Todds In Kansas

John C. Burt
* His photo & military history: Photos of Veterans

Frances (Parker) Butcher
* Her photo & military history: Photos of Veterans

Loretta (Sooter) Brooks
* Photos: Lt. Ralph J. SOOTER, USAAF, MIA June 5, 1943.

Connie Chancellor
* Photos & history: Hiram J. & Fidelia JORDAN of Protection, Ks.

Teresa (Rumsey) Chapman
* Photos: The Family of John & Lizzie Platt
* History: History of Evansville, Kansas
* History: Dr. Gerard K. Rumsey and Rumsey, Kansas

Carlson-Ford Funeral Home, Salina, Kansas.
* Gravestone photo: Lt. Johnnie L. Casteel, US Army

Pat Carmichael
* Photo & obituary: Samuel Luther Turner

Gyla (Brock) Conklin
* Article: Bill Brock relates Story of Highway Robbery at Meade Park

Martha Crawford
* Photo: William Bryan Raner
* Photo: Jasper Newton Raner, Jr.

Kathleen Dankanyin
* Photo of gravestone: Pfc. Melvin V. Park, KIA 12 July 1944

Johnny Deewall
* Photos of WWII memorabalia (page under construction)

Gerald & Kathi Desko
* Ferrin Gravestones in the North Jay Cemetery, Essex County, New York.
* Reuben & Hannah Philura (Murch) Ferrin

Michael S. Doran
* Photo: Phoebe Ann (Doran) Holler

Mary Einsel
* History: Kansas: The Priceless Prairie

familyoldphotos.com
* Photo: Tornado over Greensburg, Kansas, 1915

Helen Farrell
* News article: Pfc. Lorin D. Bliss, US Army

Kim Fowles
* Photos: Dora Holmes
* Photos: William E. Holmes
* Photos: Sun City, Barber County, Kansas: Photos from the Kim Fowles Collection
* Photo & news articles: Pat Gallagher, founder of Gallagher, Kansas
* History & photos: Charles Van & Iva Clarice (Holmes) Lott
* Photos: Gerald Lee Lott on John Guyer's page.
* Photos: Coldwater Rodeo, 1923

Kyle Gerstner   http://lightshooter.com
* Photos: Comanche Pool Area Bird & Nature Tour, 21 May 2005.

George G. Gleason
* Research: A New Chronology of the Life & Times of Jonathan Farren

Margaret (Pepperd) Greene
* Story: When the Wind Blows: A Story about a Kansas Dust Storm in the Dirty Thirties: by Margaret (Pepperd) Greene, written in May 0f 2007.

Kathleen Gregory
Kathleen is a volunteer researcher for Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness.
* Obituary: Pearl Vesta (Alexander) Nickel Deck
* Obituary: Eva C. (Stringer) Dickson
* Obituary: Paul Lester Nielson
* Obituaries: Earl and Henrietta (Westervelt) Rhodes
* Obituary: Paul Issac Schmidt

Kevin Groeneweg
* Photo of a Painted Redstart: Comanche Pool Area Bird & Nature Tour, 21 May 2005

John Guyer
* Memories of Wilmore, Kansas

Robert Hackney
* Photos & history: Robert D. & Jean (Harris) HACKNEY

Gayle Yvonne (Petty) Harden
* Photos: Pfc. Warren Lee PETTY, US Army, KIA, 20 Dec 1944.
* History: Michael Willis & Gayle Yvonne (Petty) Harden.
* Photos of Haden H. Hughes and Alfred L. Hughes: Photos of Veterans

Nella Hartley
* Photographs: James Marion Williams family

Mary Ehret Holler
* Burial listing: Protection Cemetery
* Obituary: Leslie Raymond Thornhill
* Obituary: Charles Lorenzo Thornhill
* Obituary: John W. Ashcraft, Jr. Famed aviator.
* Obituary: Marvin Mingus
* Obituary: Christi Ann (Maris) Peterson

Janet (Schrock) Hubbard
* Photos & history: John Edward "Ed" SCHROCK, Photographer.
* Photos: Harve & Nellie Grace (Ray) SCHROCK
* Photos & history: Memories of Mrs. FERRIN & Maude
* Photos: Tornados in the Wilmore, Kansas area
* Photos: Schools in Wilmore, Comanche County, Kansas
* Photos: Wheat Harvest with a Thresher
* Photos: Powell Township Cemetery at Wilmore, Kansas
* The 1924 Pocket Directory of Wilmore, Kansas
* Letter: Newell HOWARD to Harve & Nettie Schrock of Wilmore, Kansas.
* Abstract of Title to Lots in Wilmore, Kansas
* Photos: History of Highway 160

Bobbi Huck
Photographer, writer and researcher. She is this website's "in-country" embedded Comanche County Correspondent and Content Contributor. She is currently working on a complete listing of all burials in Crown Hill Cemetery with biographical information, when available, for each person. Some of the pages on which her work may be found are:
* Tales from Tornado Alley
* Complete Listing of all burials in Powell Township Cemetery at Wilmore, Kansas
* Map of Burials in Powell Township Cemetery at Wilmore, Kansas
* Crown Hill Cemetery
* Other Cemeteries
* Diamond Jubilee
* Schools in Wilmore, Comanche County, Kansas
* The Wilmore Methodist-Christian Butchering Bee Prelude to Supper
* The Buttermilk, Kansas, Softball Team, circa 1950.
* Antioch Church, Avilla Township, 1917 Dedication & 1959 History.
* Dedication of the Wilmore Christian Church, March 15, 1913
* Veterans
* Civil War Veterans
* Gravestones of Veterans
* Heritage Park Memorial
* Home Front
* Memorial Rose Garden
* Photos of Veterans
* World War I
* World War I Casualties
* World War II Casualties
* John and Martha Ann (Bird) BELL
* Robert and Mildred (Adams) BELL
* Thomas & Rowena BERREY
* Thomas & Gertie (Duran) BIBB
* Memories of Charles Daniel BICKFORD
* Mark & Esther (Libbey) BROWN
* Lt. Howard R. BURNETT, USAAF, MIA August 4, 1944.
* Gertrude Helena (Wood) CORDRAY
* Silas A. and Grace (Fretz) DELAIR
* James Rolla & Agnes L. (Wallace) DOIG
* ESTILL Pioneer Ranch
* Loren David FERRIN
* Oscar & Ellen (Curran) GUSEMAN
* Robert D. & Jean (Harris) HACKNEY
* Jessie Ann (Powell) HUBBARD
* John & Lydia (Kindsvater) HUCK
* Jacob and Eva (Birig) KINDSVATER
* Don & Helen (Roehr) KING
* Frank & Almada (Parker) KING
* The James Monroe McCAY Family
* The Oliver Paul McCAY Family
* John and Lizzie PLATT
* Levi & Abbie Mabel (Witters) ROBBINS
* Herbert L. SEYFRIT, Aviation Cadet, USNR.
* George Nelson & Emma Sophia (Dewees) SHERMAN
* Clifton & Anna Mae (McDaniel) WOOD
* Bibliography
* FAQ
* Guest Book - Sign
* Links
* Records

ET2 (SW) C.J. Huck, USN
* Photographs: U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force Joint Exercise, 2006

Ada (Rumsey) Jackson
* Photos: The Family of John & Lizzie Platt

Angela Jacquette
* Photo: Melvin V. Park, Pfc., US Army Paratrooper

Karen Jarnagin
* Assistance with burial listing: Protection Cemetery

Marty and Shari Koehn
* Photo: Sgt. Eugene D. Smith, U.S. Air Force

David Lawrence
* Photos & history: Ernest & Gene Ann (Mathews) LAWRENCE
* Photos & history: History of the Wilmore Baptist Church

Elloise Leffler
* Photos: A Gallery of Photos From Sun City, Barber County, Kansas

Hiram Lewis
* Photos: People's State Bank, Coldwater, Kansas

Yvonne Lay Logue
* Information: Rebel E. Goddard

Orlin Loucks
* Photo: Snow in Protection, Kansas
* Photo: Tornado seen from Protection, Kansas, 21 Mar 2005.
* History: Protection Mennonite Church

Clara Louthan
* Press release: Comanche Pool Area Bird & Nature Tour Invitation - May 21, 2005

Roberta (Bliss) Malone
* Bliss & Malone photos & military history: Photos of Veterans
* Grand Army of the Republic   Open letter from Capt. B.M. Veatch of the Scott Post, Coldwater, Kansas, dated May 8, 1894.
* Memorial Day, The Western Star, June 2, 1905.
* Article: Charles V. Jones
* Article: Todds In Kansas

Eugene Markstrom   www.Markstrom.org
* Map: 1892 USGS Topographical Map of Comanche County, Kansas

Nate Massey
* Comments: Lt. Gerald Lee Lott, USNR

Claudia Hamilton Meyer
* Photos: Gravestones of Robert C. Palmer and William F. Doorley.

Brenda McLain
* Photos: A Gallery of Photos From Sun City, Barber County, Kansas

Trudy McCreary
* Research assistance on the poetry of Ira Leighton Metzker.

Robert E. Nelson
* The Baker and Powell Families

Peggy Wilson Newsome
* Interview: The Tornado of May 7, 1927, As Told by Florence Mills Wells

James Allen Nichols
* Photo & history: The Wilmore Church of Christ

Rhonda (Cline) Nickel
* Photos: Coldwater Christian Church, Coldwater, Kansas
* The Tiger, 1953: Wilmore, Kansas, School Yearbook (1952-1953)
* Photos: Wilmore Tornado 1949, photos by J.R. & Gloria Cline
* Photos & Obituaries: James Russell "Junior" & Gloria (Wilson) Cline
* Photos: Hueston Hyne "Jack" & Jessie Alma (Winch) Cline
* History & photos: Raymond Everett Cline
* Photos: Russell Fay Cline
* Photos: Lester Frank & Edith (Cline) Martin
* History & photos: Frank Leighton and Lucy William (Allen) Metzker
* Photos: Leta Hazel (Cline) Thompson
* Photos & Obituary: Vertie Marie (Boughner) Wilson

Mel Owings, Caddo County, Oklahoma, Genealogical Society lookup volunteer.
* Photographs: Gravestones for the C.M. Cade Family

Harlow Peaster
* Article: Bill Brock relates Story of Highway Robbery at Meade Park

Everett Perry:
* History of the USS CANOPUS, the submarine tender on which Squire Booth Zane was serving when he was killed in action.

Morene (Seyfrit) Potter
* Photo: Herbert L. SEYFRIT, Aviation Cadet, USNR.

Heather Puderbaugh
* List: Sheriffs of Comanche County, Kansas, 1885 - 2006
* List: County Officers, 1885 - 2007

Al Pruett
* Photos: Rick Beeley's cropdusting airplane
* Photo: Glenn & Marie (Schrock) Dillinger (grain elevator)

Question Point Oklahoma: Ask A Librarian
* Box Ranch for Sale, 1 May 1910
* Research information: Robert C. Palmer

Evelyn (Lenertz) Reed
* The Not-So-Gay 90s Comanche County in the 1890s.
* Ira SCHULTZ: Death Notice and Obituary
* History of The Zoo
* Archeological Excavations by Kansas Anthropological Association in Comanche County: A Bibliography
* Coldwater Centennial Notebook, 1884 - 1894: a history of Coldwater's 1st 100 years.
* Report: Comanche Pool Area Bird & Nature Tour, 2005: Buds, Birds and Buffalo
* Report: Comanche County Nature Tour, 2007: Nature Tour a Flowery Event, with Music by Feathered Friends

John Rider
* Articles: Lt. Johnnie L. Casteel, US Army

Amy (Booth) Ring
* Photos of the burial of Christina (Baird) Booth

David Rose
* Photos: Wilmore Opry History
* Photos: Wilmore Opry Performers & Family
* Photos: Wilmore Opry News
* Photos: Wilmore Opry Photos

Rick Sabral
* Photos: Wilmore Opry News
* Photos: Wilmore Opry Photos
* Photo: Dan & Linda Winter

Ralph Sanders
* Article: Sanders Brothers See Many Months of Service (WWII)

Phyllis Scherich
* History: Roster of the Names of All the Old Cowboys I Knew.
* History: Jessie EVANS of Evansville, Comanche County, Kansas
* History & photos: Evansville, Kansas & the Merrill Ranch
* Photos: Billie HILL, The Comanche Pool's Bronc Buster
* Photos & history: Highway 160
* Biography: Douglas Alan Scherich
* Biography: Henry "Hank" Scherich
* Biography: Kevin Lynn Scherich
* Biography: Larry "Dee" and Phyllis Scherich
* Biography: Steven Scott Scherich
* Photos & history: William & Martha (Landrum) STEWART
* Photos: WILDFLOWERS, Comanche County, Kansas
* Photos & History: Come Home to Coldwater Quilters Club
* Photos & History: Coldwater Quilt - 2003
* 1934 Map of Highway 160.
* 1936 Phillips Petroleum Map of Kansas, detail of southwestern Kansas area.
* 1936 Phillips Petroleum Map of Kansas, detail of Comanche County area.
* Photos & history: Dr. Gerard K. Rumsey and Rumsey, Kansas
* Photos: Comanche Pool Area Bird & Nature Tour Invitation - May 21, 2005
* History: Measurement Incorporated TM
* History: Merrill Ranch

Scott Seltman
* References: Field Checklists for Kansas Birds & Online Kansas Birding Resources

Ellen Selzer
* Proofreading: Mennonites In Comanche County, Kansas

Lawrence Selzer
* Proofreading: Mennonites In Comanche County, Kansas

Phillip Shelley
* Photos of Heather Shelley: Wilmore Opry News, 2004.

Calvert Sims
* Photo of himself: Photos of Veterans

James E. Shaw
* Research: A New Chronology of the Life & Times of Jonathan Farren

Allen Shutler
* Photos: Gravestones of Robert C. Palmer and William F. Doorley.
* Photographs: Gravestones for the C.M. Cade Family.

Martin Sizemore
* History & photo: Blow Dealt Polio By 311 Sore Arms: Protection Protected
* History & photos: Hueston Hyne "Jack" & Jessie Alma (Winch) Cline
* History & photos: Raymond Everett Cline
* Photo: Family of Philo & Lula Agnes (Metzker) Gregg
* History & photos: Lester Frank & Edith (Cline) Martin
* Photo: Leta Hazel (Cline) Thompson
* Photo: Registered Nurses at Comanche County Hospital
* Photos: The Western Star newspaper office

Joan Skaggs
* Census reading: Lt. Clifford E. Case, USNR

Nancy Smith
* History & photos: William Romulus & Mary Ashanna (Messenger) COBB
* Photos: Wilmore School Yearbook 1958-1959
* Photos: Wilmore School Yearbook 1969
* History & photo: Walter Smith: Sermons in Song
* History & photos: Wilmore Bank Robbed Last Week, The Western Star, 1 Sept 1966.
* Anecdote: A Bonnie & Clyde story: Flat Tires In Belvidere, Kansas

Guyneth Snyder
* List: Sheriffs of Comanche County, Kansas, 1885 - 2006

Patricia & Rowena Snyder
* Photo & military history of Carl Snyder, Jr.: Photos of Veterans

Patricia Snyder
* Obituary: Hazel Marie (Thompson) Wilcox nee Crouse
* Grand Army of the Republic   Open letter from Capt. B.M. Veatch of the Scott Post, Coldwater, Kansas, dated May 8, 1894.
* Memorial Day, The Western Star, June 2, 1905.
* Obituary: Anna Pearl (Taylor) Carleton
* Obituary: William Ira Colter
* Obituary: Glenn Martin Dillinger
* Memorial Folder: Rema Mary (Davidson) Filson
* Article: Charles V. Jones
* Obituary: Fred Foster
* Obituary: Ida Mae (Riner) Foster
* Obituary: Effie M. McCay
* Obituary: Matilda Josephine Moores
* Obituary: Rex Delbert Parks
* Obituary: Terry Lynn Snyder
* Obituary: Russell Eugene Ward
* Scans: Crown Hill Cemetery (aerial photos)
* Early Days At Protection by Mrs. Blanche Denney-Towner
* Article: Bill Brock relates Story of Highway Robbery at Meade Park

David G. Stuart   http://stuart.cjb.net/
* Photo: Gravestone of Donald R. "Cannonball" Green.
* Photo: Gravestone of Milton Grover Barnett

Addie Ellen (Burnett) Thomison
* Photos of her brother, Lt. Howard Reason Burnett III, U.S. Navy

Lila Carol (Williams) Trummel
* Article: Alva Trummel Kidnapped, The Western Star, September 8, 1933.

Marji Turner
* Biography: William Bryan Raner
* Biography: Jasper Newton Raner, Jr.

Roland Zane Unangst
* Photo: Water Tender 1st Class Squire Boone Zane, U.S. Navy.

Michael E. Venters
* Photos: Coldwater Rodeo, 1923

Dave Webb
* Dave Webb is author of Protection Paragraphs, and one of the primary contributors to Comanche County History, Vol. 1

Cindy Weigand
Cindy Weigand, great-niece of Jack Ashcraft and Francis Ashcraft, is a writer of women’s military and aviation history. She has written several articles, including Yankee Doodle Gals of World War II, and one book, Texas Women in WWII, which is available through amazon.com.
* Photos & history: Sgt. John W. Ashcraft, Jr., a.k.a. "Jack Ashcraft".

Gene & Sue Wilmore
* Photos & history: Thomas J. WILMORE & Some of His Descendants

Kerry & Arah Wright
* The Memoirs of Grant Lucius WRIGHT

Kenneth Lewis Williams
* Letter from Mira A. Bruner to Mr. Williams Regarding the Carnifax Family

Dan & Linda Winter
* Wilmore Opry History
* Wilmore Opry Performers & Family
* Wilmore Opry News
* Wilmore Opry Photos
* Floyd R. & Vivian A. (Williams) Ruth
* Dan & Linda (Ruth) Winter

Barbara Wood
* Obituary: Robert Edwin Wood

Faeylyn Wylder
* Obituary & photos: Rebel E. Goddard

Brian Yeagle
* Comment: Memoirs of Grant Lucius Wright

Wade & Ernestine Ziegler
* Photos & military history of Wade Ziegler: Photos of Veterans


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