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Guestbook Archive: Comanche County, Kansas

This is an archive of messages posted in the site guestbook between 09 Sept 2002 and the date shown on the most recent entry below. To view messages posted after that date, see Guest Book - View.

Some of the web pages to which the following comments are linked were added to this site after the person signed the guestbook. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this site!

Name: Martha Bryant <>
Date: 2008-06-19
Thank you so much for posting the obit for O.G. Young. Although my great-grandfather was a central character in many family stories, the obit provided new information and confirmed some dates that will help us with further research.

Again, thank you so much.



Name: Steve Schwartz <>
Date: 2008-06-17
Nera Donny King, Tuscania Survivor


Name: Steven Mello Jr <>
Date: 2008-03-11
I was made aware of this site by my mother, Sharon Traversee, born Sharon Keesee. She is the Daughter of Melvin and Joan Keesee, sister to John Keesee. My father is Steven Mello Sr of West Warwick RI. My brother is David J Mello. Thanks for putting up this website as i know almost nothing of my extended family in the Kansas area. I reside in Cary NC, and have since August 14th 1991.

Name: Gary Bradshaw <>
Date: 2008-02-24
you really did a great job with this site!

I am the Son of Wallace E. Bradshaw, the Son of R.O. Bradshaw and Anna Mae Bradshaw. Anna Mae, daughter of Rev. A. Burrill.

My dad Wallace (Brad) is now 84 and is living down in Mexico near Guadlajara.

thank you again for all of your excellent work.

Best regards,

Gary Bradshaw (2008)


Name: John Penick <>
Date: 2008-02-18
Knew Huck and served with him on board USS Lake Champlain CG57 . Great sailor and good friend! Hope to hear from him soon!

Name: Richaed F. Thomas Sr. <>
Date: 2008-02-16
I am the son of RV Thomas. I was named after my grandfather. I was born in 1929. I am retired now and living in Florida. Very nice reading about my past family - good work.

Name: Nichelle (Maloney) Inderlied <>
Date: 2008-02-12
Hello, Jerry. I'm the eldest daughter of Christa (Ashlock) Taylor. This is a great project!

Date: 2008-02-06



Name: Dee Raymond <>
Date: 2008-01-26
Shirley, thank you sooooo much for transcribing the obituary for my uncle, Charles Hobson!!! I have been looking for him for a very long time. :-D



Date: 2008-01-21

Name: Cindy Weigand <>
Date: 2008-01-01
I have contacted you about Jack Ashcraft in the past. I am his grand niece. I have received more information about him in the form of two scrapbooks. I'm going to try to scan them to preserve the articles and possibly look into microfilming them. They belong to a second cousin, but I'm going to suggest that they be placed in the aviation museum in Liberal.


Name: Tracy Turner <>
Date: 2007-12-15
Thank you for posting the information on the murder of Luther Turner. Luther was my husband's great-grandfather. He had never heard that Luther had been murdered and we both found it very interesting to read all about it.


Name: Connie Ringler <>
Date: 2007-12-15
I found information on Archie L. Cantrell that I had been missing from my family tree. All I knew of him was on the back of my great-great grandpartens headstone in Hart Co, KY: CANTRELL, Archie L. (grandson of PA & Agnes Williams) June 22, 1886 - Sept. 29, 1918 (Lost at sea).

He moved with his family around 1910 to the Kansas & Oklahoma areas. By finding this info on him is like bring him home again...Thank you for the wonderful website you have made! If only other websites would honor our past the way you have, genealogy would be much easier!

C. Ringler
LaRue Co, KY

(Search results on this site for Cantrell)

Name: Cindy Ingram <>
Date: 2007-12-15
Thank you for posting the obituary of Winnie Misenhelter. I appreciate it very much as he was "lost" from the rest of the family.

Name: Kathy <>
Date: 2007-11-03
Neat site, says someone who was once in the 8th Air Force.

Name: David L. Austin <>
Date: 2007-10-31
My uncle Dave E. Austin was born in Protection, KS June 28, 1913. His parents were David B. Austin and Carrie M. Austin. I would love to visit sometime. I was born in Gunnison, CO. Thanks for your website.


Name: Dan Huck <>
Date: 2007-09-16
Hi! For a kid from NY and now Boston (now a 70 year old kid) it's a lot of fun to see a Huck family of cowboys and cowgirls in Indian country. My Grandmother always said I had better behave, or they would have to give me back to the Indians! I guess she had some inside information!

Name: Dedee Cline <>
Date: 2007-09-11
Wow! I was looking for information about a cousin who passed away and stumbled on this website. My father, Richard Cline, was raised in Coldwater (son of Kenneth and Nellie Cline) and I spent every summer there while growing up. Unfortunately many members of my family, including my father, have passed over the last 10 years. Scanning your site was like coming home. I saw the beloved faces of my dad's uncles and aunts who were such a big part of my early years. I hadn't been able to attend any of the funerals, yet being able to read the obituaries was wonderful. They were such great people! I am especially grateful to have been able to read of Junior and Gloria Cline, Martha Cline, and Raymond Cline. I would like to thank my cousin Rhonda for putting all the information out there.

Name: Paul Curran <>
Date: 2007-08-28
Enjoyed very much browsing thru your guest book. Thank You

My Family came from Ireland, Canada, New York and settled in Clayton County Iowa


Name: Orville R. Nickelson <>
Date: 2007-08-24
We have enjoyed reading all the interesting things about Comanche County. My father's family lived there before migrating to Oregon during the dustbowl. I know we have a lot of cousins that still live in the area. We would love to hear from them.

(See: Carsten Nickelson)

Name: Linda (Ray) Mitchell <>
Date: 2007-08-16
Enjoyed your website very much. I was hoping to find
information on my Granddfather, George Norman Ray, son
of Jacob Ray, of WV and Garrett County MD. George left
his family for several years and when he returned, he
had a photo of himself all decked out in chaps and cowboy
outfit--said that's what he'd been working at while he was
gone. We have wondered if we had some "unknown" cousins
out of that episode.................


Name: Pat (Thomas) Hunter <>
Date: 2007-08-06
I so appreciate the informaion I have found reference my Grandparents and their family. Thank you for your time and thoughtfullness.

Name: Patrick Crawford <>
Date: 2007-07-22
You have set a standard for the rest of Kansas to follow! I have found information regarding my Mothers family (McLaughlin - Carter) previously not known. Thanks - Pat Crawford

(See: William H. McLaughlin)

Name: Diana Lynn Blevins <>
Date: 2007-07-20
I just read the storey about the Blevins Bros. and how they were caught with 4 generations of the Blevins family in a school bus.

I am a school bus driver!

~D. L. Blevins~

Date: 2007-07-16

Name: Joseph Richmond <>
Date: 2007-07-08
A very thorough and informative site, really enjoyed surfing over it. Thank you!

Name: David Lawson <>
Date: 2007-07-05
Thanks so much for the information. I worked on the Z- ranch.

Name: Ron Gaddis <>
Date: 2007-07-04
Special thanks to Shirley Brier for posting the obituaries of Jessie Mae Grant Gaddis and her mother, Aseneth Richardson Grant.

Jesse was married to my Dad's uncle, James Allen Gaddis and I will search to see if I can find more Gaddis info on the site.

Thanks to all....Ron Gaddis, Lincoln, NE


Name: Meredith (Fisher) Fry <>
Date: 2007-06-18
Thank you so much for this site. I will be returning to Wilmore and area this week. I love researching the history here.
Please contact me if you have any information about Cecil or Ella/Madolyn "Mike" Berrey FISHER, or Daniel Fisher or BERREY relatives. I can also contact Carolyn Heintz's family, we will be having a Berrey Family reunion this summer.
My best wishes to those in Greensburg and everyone touched by the tornado there.
currently of Lincoln, NE


Name: Margaret Pepperd Greene <>
Date: 2007-06-18
I'm so glad that some of our history is being gathered up for posterity. I hardly know what articles to read first!

Note by Jerry Ferrin: After posting the above comment, Margaret (Pepperd) Greene contributed the following memoir to this site: When the Wind Blows: A Story about a Kansas Dust Storm in the Dirty Thirties.

Also see:

Name: Alice Alderman <>
Date: 2007-05-28
My sister-in-law now deceased was an Allender from Iowa, descendant of Richard (b.1767) born in MD --she does resemble Anna Aurelia (Allender) Barnett -- have you researched your Irish roots? Thanks for making such a wonderful site.

Name: Dan Winter <>
Date: 2007-05-27
The Wilmore Opry at Medicine Lodge, along with the Heritage center and People's Bank will join forces and give the proceeds from a Big Show that is being planned in Oct. 2007, to the town of Greensburg. Greensburg folks are good friends of the opry. It is sad they lost so much! We will also miss the Twilight Theatre. Just so glad most all were spared.


Name: Cecil Ryals <>
Date: 2007-05-24
Has there been any thought to giving a Benefit "Opry Show"
to aid the people of Greensburg?


Date: 2007-05-24

Name: Vivian <>
Date: 2007-05-17
Enjoyed your site! My great Grandmother settled a claim very close to your town. Her brother James W. Dappert did a lot of surveying and also settled a claim there. It was really nice to hear about the town, other than in their diaries.


Name: Gary Banta <>
Date: 2007-05-09
I was very happy to once again see the town that I have always called my home. The best friends I have ever had were and are there. I hope someday that I can once again come back to Coldwater. Class of 66

Name: Elizabeth C Burton (Larimer) <>
Date: 2007-05-07
This is truly wonderful site and alot of hard work went into it.My grandparents are Lester and Alice Larimer. My father was Raleigh L. Larimer. The stories that this site tells and the wonderful old pictures are great. This brings back alot of memories of stories my father would tell me about how grandpa came with a wagon train to Wilmore.

Thank you,


Name: Clydene Barker (now Jacy Laughton) <>
Date: 2007-04-27
Thank you, Mrs. Brier, for your important contributions and dedication.



Name: Dee Dee Clark <>
Date: 2007-04-13
My mom, Edythe Shearer Underwood, was thrilled with the pages of this site that I printed off for her. It brought back many memories as she recognized many of the names. Thank you so much for all the efforts that were put into this.

Dee Dee Underwood Clark

Name: Dione Noel Seegrist <>
Date: 2007-04-10
It was fun to see my great-grandma, Essie Noel, named as one of the members of the Wilmore Church of Christ.

Name: Alan Klein <>
Date: 2007-04-06
I had occasion to meet a lady who lived in Wilmore and opened a grocery in Coldwater in the 1970's her last name is Boorn, she is now 94 and resides at a Nuring facility in Wichita, She would be thrilled to get news items from the area, or any archaived info.

She attended the federated Christian Church, and would love very much to hear from members of the Church.

Please contact me with any information, we will be seeing her monthly for the forseeable future.

Thank you!


Name: Kathy Harris <>
Date: 2007-03-29
Thank you for the postings concerning the death of Milo Windus. My grandmother was his sister, Alice. She never got over Milo's death and rarely talked about the specifics. His piano is still at the old farmhouse, or was the last time we visited there in 1991, for my grandmother's funeral. It had a bunch of steel fence posts piled against it. -- Kathy Harris

Name: Steve Brewer <>
Date: 2007-03-28
I am the son of Mildred Louise Guizlo, daughter of Charles Earl Guizlo and Ferrel Dean (Taylor) Guizlo, both of Coldwater. Thanks for your work on this site. I am enjoying learning more about my grandparents there.

Also see:

Name: W. L. "Doug" Land <>
Date: 2007-03-23
Have just located the article about my grandmother, Amanda Jane (Vaughn) Hickman, that Shirley Brier transcribed for this web site. God Bless Shirley. I was born in Coldwater. Our family moved to Dodge City when I was four years old. I left Dodge City at age 18 to join the U.S. Navy. After 8+ years in the Navy, I have lived in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and now have lived in New Jersey for 21 years.

Name: Julian Guy <>
Date: 2007-03-10
This is a truly splendid site. I am a Welshman and I have been doing some research into this town, as i have a friend who now works in Sun City at Buster's Bar. These pages were a great help to me. Thanks to all

Name: talley bailey <>
Date: 2007-02-20
My great granddad Rev. Joseph S. Bailey is buried in the Protection Cemetery and his obituary appeared in the Protection Post on 6-26-1913. Although he lived with his wife Rosa Shipman Bailey in Paruna Okla he was a circuit riding minister of the Christian Church. He was married by John Newton Mulkey on 12-12-1870 to his second wife and my great grandmother Eleanor Thompson Bailey. Does anyone know of a Rev. Tanksley of the christian church who performed his funeral service? I have 26 yrs of Bailey family research and an excellent photo of my great granddad with his Bible in his hand. Thanks for the posting of his obit on the cemetery website.

Name: talley bailey <>
Date: 2007-02-20
I want to thank you for publication of the obituary of my great granddad, Rev. Josephous Bailey on the Comanche Co Ks website. I have 26 yrs of Bailey family research on my Bailey family and trying to get the Christian Church to add Rev. Josephous Bailey's name to early circuit riding ministers of that faith. His granddad was American Rev. War patriot Callam Holman Bailey of Barren Co Ky. I have an excellent photo of Rev. Josephous Bailey holding his bible. In May 2006 we had a Bailey family reunion of descendants from each of his three wives. Of course he was married to each after death of the previous or other factors. Thanks again for this posting.

Name: Jan Walberg Zachry <>
Date: 2007-02-16
My grandfather is Grant Wright who had the tape of stories. I think sites like this are wonderful for everyone in a family to find out more about their history.

Name: Linda Bailey Bockman <>
Date: 2007-02-14
Thanks for doing such a wonderful job! I was looking for information for my great niece about her half brother (Hinkle) and I saw the name Bailey! Wow what a great job of research on a cemetery! You really showed everyone how to do it properly and help someone else in the process.
PS This actually may be one of the links I have been looking for.


Name: Mark Shankel <mshank@camerabike>
Date: 2007-01-31
Am descendant of Elias Willard and Lewis E. Shankel of Coldwater.

Name: Billy Nicola <>
Date: 2007-01-29
I was assigned to the Self Help Division from 1978 to 1980. Those two years in El Centro were the best of my 5 year Naval career. I was a Construction Electrician Constructionman (CECN E-3) when I arrived and left a CE-2. Archie Soules was the Chief in charge, Cliff Donaldson was the 1st Class BU. I have stories and photos I would like to share, although this page tends to favor the aviation types. If you are up to it, let me know.

Date: 2007-01-27
I am Amazed every time I visit this site.
I find new things about my family every time I visit.

I want to thank all who have worked hard to build this site.

On your list of Biographies my 2nd Greatgrandfather is listed as E.P. Tinkler but his last name is "TINKER".

Again I want to say thank you for all the hard work.


Note by Jerry Ferrin: Thank you, I've corrected the name to E.P. Tinker.

Name: Susan Edmonston <>
Date: 2007-01-23
Jerry, the Comanche County History book, volume 2 will be published this year. (The first Comanche County History was published in 1980 and I worked on that book, too). Family histories (760 of them) are now being "laid out" by Bell Books. I have been researching for the general history and typing articles from the Protection Post, the Protection Press, and The Western Star during the years of 1980 through 2006 (Can you imagine flipping through 8,000 pages of newsprint scanning for information? Neither can I, but I did it.) I have come up with approximately 400 typed pages of information: too much to include in the new history book. In fact, I need to condense those 400 pages into just a few pages for inclusion into the new history book. Therefore, I was very pleased to visit with you over the telephone on January 22, 2007, and knowing that I can email you all my information. You can decide whatever you would like to use of all that information on this website later this year. I have grouped my information on these topics: agriculture, bridges, businesses, former businesses, churches, events, medical, organizations, railroads and transportation, recreation, schools, weather, Protection, Coldwater and Wilmore. There is much history taking place in Comanche County and I am pleased to record it for future generations. Sincerely yours, Susan (Strobel) Edmonston

Name: Thomas W. Folkers <>
Date: 2007-01-18

Not sure if you remember me.

In the late 70's you and I crossed paths at the San Manuel mine. I'm not quite sure how or why. Maybe I was a lemonhead as that's about the time I started to work at the mine, though I had been working for Magma since 1972.

I do remember that your were the editor of a little rag called mazzigine<sp>. I think I still have my copy...

Anyway, I stumbled upon your Magma web page and really
enjoyed reading your recollections about Magma. I too
remember Ollie.

You no doubt heard about the felling of the stacks.

What a shame, what with copper > $2.00 now days.


(Note by Jerry Ferrin, 25 June 2008: Mazagine was a literary/arts publication of Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. It won numerous national awards for excellence in the years Nard Taiz was instructor for the class which edited, designed and produced it. We published books, calenders, broadsides and posters. I hand-bound a codex book made of copies of the Mazagine calenders we published and may someday donate it to the University of Arizona Poetry Center. Copies of all editions of Mazagine are no doubt available in the Pima Community College main campus library. )

Name: Sophie Hall <>
Date: 2007-01-10
Thank you so much for all your hard work. I was thrilled to find the articles about the Barlow family as they are ancestors of mine who I have been researching for quite a while now. Many thanks again, Sophie Hall.

Name: Jerry Bredthauer <>
Date: 2007-01-09
Enjoyed the web site--especially reading about Alice Eyerly Ferrin & family. Alice was a sister of my great grandfather, Harlan Eyerly.

Name: Joseph (Joe) Baker <>
Date: 2007-01-07
Son of Nick Baker and grandson of Lew Baker. Great piece by the way as it gave me information I did not have.

Name: Jim Smith <>
Date: 2007-01-01
I enjoyed the site and the information about Lieutenant Victor E. Willard. My dad was assigned duty as a flight instructor at Gibbs Field Fort Stockton, TX and searching for information on that facility led me to this web site. I have one volume of "Solo" for Class 44-E which prompted my search for more information.

A note by Director of Flying, Johhny E. Smith, says sixteen classes have graduated from the Pacific Air School at Fort Stockton since the first class entered in June, 1942. He also mentiones the school being taken over by the Central Flying Training Command in March, 1943, When Major James W. Dieterich came here to assume command.

I don't know when Class 44-E began or completed their primary training but the class number makes me believe it must have begun in 1944.

Thank you


Name: Donna Blackard Woods <>
Date: 2006-12-10
I was born in Comanche County, the great grandaughter of David and Lois Edmonds. I would like to thank you for the very good web site. I have worked on my family history for over 30 years and am very happy to be able to share with family members.

Name: lynn shelton <>
Date: 2006-11-16
Wonderful site. I've visited Sun City several times over the years and really enjoy dining at Buster's. My mother-in-law and sisters were from around that area

Thank you


Name: Alice Sankey <>
Date: 2006-11-13
Hello Jerry Ferrin, My name is Diane Norris and I'm the daughter of Alice Sankey. My mom is wondering if you remember her. She was married to Bob Sankey, who past away in Jan. 1998. My parents were good friends of your mom and dad, Wendel and Alice. I am sending you this because my mom does not have e-mail. She is interested in coming down to see the Wilmore Opry. My mom lives in Salina, Ks. Her address is 1911-A Glendale, Salina, KS. If you e-mail me, I would be glad it give her the message. Hope to here from you. Thanks! Diane Norris email at

(Note by Jerry Ferrin, 25 June 2008: I passed on this message to my mother, who got in touch with Alice Sankey and visited her in Salina, Ks, in 2007. )

Name: Wendell H. Melrose <>
Date: 2006-10-18
I always like to look at the Protection information since I lived there from the time I was born in Sept. 1943 until our mother moved our family to Dodge City. My grandparents were Clara and Levi Wymer. My uncles were Lynn Wymer and Kenneth Wymer. The Wymer bio information isn't on the web site any longer... but Lynn's widow, Vonnie Wymer, still lives in Protection. You are welcome to contact me.


Name: Ethel Taylor <>
Date: 2006-10-08

I found your site on Lt. Clifford Case while searching for more information on Operation Anvil Dragoon. I worked with Mr. Ertel in locating some of the families of pilots who have memorials in France. Here is another website regarding that action:

Thank you for this additional information


Name: Dr. Dale L. Hecht <>
Date: 2006-09-28
Comment: Thank you for all the work you have done to create & maintain this site. It brings back a lot of memories of family & friends from my boyhood in Coldwater. I graduated from CHS in 1948.

On visits there my wife & I have been particularly impressed by the way the cemetery has been maintained by the community. My father, Ernest, & my grandparents & several family members are interred in Crown Hill. I was informed by my brother Eldon, who still lives in Coldwater with his wife, Marie, that the late Vertis Swarner, whom I knew, along with his family, left an endowment to commission the creation of the beautiful monument of The Last Supper, & also to help support the ongoing cemetery maintenance. I would greatly appreciate receiving a copy of the quotation about how the treatment & respect for their deceased reflects the sensitivity & values of a community. Thank you very much, & keep up the good work

Name: Michelle McEnterfer-Holligan <>
Date: 2006-09-15
I often look at the Coldwater Web Page, it seems to bring a sense of comfort to me. Though I was not raised in Coldwater, but my parents & grandparents were. I still visit as much as possible and now more than ever since my mom, (the first) Linda Lytle is now living there. I was born in Coldwater but raised in Denver. I will consider Coldwater my home. My kids even enjoy visiting back there, they think it's like being in the 'old west'. Keep up the super work and don't let this piece of history fade away
Michelle McEnterfer-Holligan
Denver, CO


Name: Susan L Suhler <>
Date: 2006-09-12
Thank you for background information to fill in my own family history. I am Susan L. Suhler, granddaughter of John and Jessie (Stuart) Suhler, of rural Sharon, Barber County, Kansas. Through visits to Grandma and Grandpa Suhler and sons who later ran the farm, I gained a strong part of my history: my life-long friendship with Mary Ann (Schiff) Erickson (Mrs. Richard Erickson), granddaughter of India R. Huffaker, who was the mother of Mary Huffaker Schiff (Mrs. Emmitt Schiff, Sharon, Kansas).
12 September 2006, Lawrence, Kansas


Name: Brian Yeagle <>
Date: 2006-09-06
I am the grandson of Ronald H. Wright, and great grandson of Grant Lucius Wright ("boppa", to my mother Sherry Wright). I can't believe I found Memories of Lew Baker on this site! I have personally heard the cassette tape my great grandfather Grant made detailing some of his history, and finding this is just awesome! Thank You, Brian.

Note by Jerry Ferrin: The Baker, Powell and Wright families were among the earliest settlers in Comanche County, Kansas. Following is a partial list of the many pages on this site about these families and related families:

Name: Robert Myers <>
Date: 2006-09-02
Just finished reading the information on this site. It is truly an outstanding job of history and details. "WELL DONE".

Name: rij@pacbell.netta martinez (sims) <rita>
Date: 2006-09-01
Thank you, great history. I enjoyed your site.

Name: Stephanie Johnson <>
Date: 2006-08-25
I love this site. I was and am looking for info about my grandfather/grandmother and mother living there in 1925-32. My grandfather, James Smith, owned and ran a pharmacy there. Any info or resources you can give would be very appreciated. Thank you. My mom tells stories about how they had to hit the ground with burlap sacks to get rid of rattlesnakes before funerals, and how she used to help her dad.

Name: Rob Blount <>
Date: 2006-08-17
I am the great great grandson of James S. Blount and am working on the family tree. Thank you for the time and effort you put into this site.

Rob Blount


Name: Laurent Viton <>
Date: 2006-08-14
I'm doing extensive research on RAF and USAAF losses in my area, Normandy, during World War 2. My goal is a book to honour their sacrifice for freedom here. I would like very much tracing relatives of Lt. Louis T. Barron who was killed in action June 26, 1943, flying with the 56th FG. I was shown the crash-site in the village of Landes Vieilles et Neuves (south Dieppe)and was given several .50 bullets from his P-47. Any contact is most welcome. Thank you.

Laurent Viton
La Poste
76110 Goderville - FRANCE


Name: Vicki Condra-Williams <>
Date: 2006-08-12
I was facinated that I came across your site. I am Gary Condra's daughter and Clarence Condra Sr, grandaughter, they lived in Protection on our family farm. My Uncle Jim lives there now. Thanks for the website.

Name: Christopher N. Cooper <>
Date: 2006-08-06
Great Job on this site with all the resources and information is Wonderful! Very interesting and well done!

I am a Genealogist, Historian and Archaeologist. I do Investigations and Research on Ghost towns - most time Missouri and sometimes Kansas Pre-Civil War Extinct ones, but I find these in Comanche county, Kansas very interesting!

But I Especially found the one Ghost town of NESCATUNGA Very Much interesting amd would enjoy exploring it sometime!!

Is there anyway I can visit this townsite sometime and is there any other maps, plats and other information on this Ghost Town of NESCATUNGA? I also enjoyed the Music of Stars fell on Nescatunga, where did this song come from and who wrote it?

Keep up the Great Job and it is one of the Best that I've found. Most Interesting and Well Done!

Thanks For Yor Time!!
Christopher N. Cooper @

(Note by Jerry Ferrin: There are many things, such as plat maps, for Nescatunga in the county courthouse. Contact: Guyneth Snyder, Registrar of Deeds, 201 S. New York, Coldwater, Kansas 67029. There are no buildings still standing on the town site, though you can still see where some of the streets were. There are many cellar holes where houses once stood. The former site of Nescatunga and the Nescatunga Cemetery are on privately-owned land. Please inquire at the courthouse for the owners' names, then contact them to ask permission to visit the site of the town or the cemetery. Trespassing is against the law.)

Name: Betty Johnson <>
Date: 2006-07-21
I was browsing to try to find some of my Tennison family and found your site. It is a wonderful story! I really enjoyed reading about it. It gives some insight on what it was like in a more personal way, back then.

My grandfather is Alfred Leon Tennison b. 1878 in MO and I haven't been able to find his parents after 15 years of searchin. I can't give up. Thank you for allowing us to view your story.

Betty Johnson


Name: Scott Taylor <>
Date: 2006-07-06
Your website is very informative and interesting, and it has provided much background information concerning my family (S.A. DeLair). Thank you for providing such a comprehensive and very personal view of people from Comanche County.

Name: Jackie Hough <>
Date: 2006-07-05
I found my husbands little brother buried in Wilmore cemetery. His name was Gilbert Clarkson Hough. He is buried there by himself as the family moved to Arksansas following the dust bowl catastrophe. I was glad to learn he had a stone and found also a sister that buried there as a stillborn. Thank you so much, Jackie Hough

Name: Chris (Allen) Hrencher <>
Date: 2006-06-11
I've really enjoyed this. It's great to read about my grandparents, Ruth and Renous Allen and Lorena and Cecil Wilson on this website. Love the picture of the Buttermilk Softball team. My mom, Erma Allen, and grandad, Cecil Wilson, are in the picture. Thanks guys. Keep up the good work.

Name: Karen Bean Salyer <>
Date: 2006-06-10
Super website! Charles & Nancy Bean were my great grandparents. Cecil and Inez Bean, my parents. I was born and raised in Comanche county, graduating from CHS in 1958. It is re-assuring to read the accounts of these early pioneers, and hard working families of our "part of the world". Special thanks to Shirley Brier for her work in presenting the Bean family information. Keep up the great job!

Name: Byron Benton <apt0@Juno. com>
Date: 2006-06-07
You gave some info on VA headstones which I wanted. Thanks

Name: Nick Nickelson <>
Date: 2006-06-04

I really enjoyed seeing my grandpa, Chris Nickelson's name mentioned in the Diamond Jubilee. Are there any cousins in Coldwater that would like to contact me?


Name: Jerry G. Rolow <>
Date: 2006-05-30
Great site that has been very helpful.

I noticed the obituary for Cora Weddle Hufft has her born in 1878 and then married in 1885 when she would only be 7 years of age.

(Note by Jerry Ferrin: I'm sorry, but I can't account for the discrepancy in the dates, but thank you for bringing it to my attention. Hufft family members, can you help with the correct dates?)

Name: Ken Williams <>
Date: 2006-05-26
Found your site by searching for Evansville, Kansas. I have a letter written to my Great grandfather on Feb 7 1887 from Evansville, Kansas by a Mira A. Bruner. By the writing and vocabulary She is well educated and writes beautifully. I would guess she was 20 years old or older. Does anyone out there have a Mira A. Bruner In the Genealogy.

(Note by Jerry Ferrin: Thanks, Mr. Williams, for contributing a copy of the letter to this site.)

Name: billy frank moreton jr <>
Date: 2006-05-20
nice pictures

Name: Jason Huck <>
Date: 2006-05-17
This is a great site! Thanks to everyone who has contributed to its creation!

Name: mark coles <>
Date: 2006-05-08
Great website to see about all my relatives and the history of a great place.

Name: Susan Edmonston <>
Date: 2006-04-30
On this page correct spelling of Cimmaron River is Cimarron

Name: Susan Redstone <>
Date: 2006-04-26
How I got here, I'm not quite sure.... Oh, yes, I was digging through the Kansas Poetry site and read Jerry Ferrin's poem about Walking with his Grandmother, which I loved. Then I kept following the cyber trail, and here I am.

This has been fascinating: Jerry Ferrin, if you read this, you've done a very good thing. I'm a Kansan, and I like this historic, poetic, personal, informational website. I'll stop by here again. However, I'm not sure where I am, so I'll bookmark it. I've been tracing Jerry Ferrin's ancestors' lives. And it started with a poem.
Susan Redstone

(Note by Jerry Ferrin: Thank you very much, Susan, for your remarks about Walking in the Heartland, my poem in memory of my grandmother, Nellie May (Barnett) Ferrin.)

Name: Eva m Ferren Hawkins <>
Date: 2006-04-24
I have been looking for my father family for so long it seems so good to read about my family. I miss my mom and dad Dennis Jared Ferren sr so much i felt like crying 'cause it was so wonderful to read about my family, I wish that we could be close. I miss that. Arthur C. Ferren is my grand father, then Moses Ferren, Joseph Ferrin, Moses Ferren, then Jonathan Ferren. What a wonderful thing to trace our roots and put faces with the names. Thank you.
Eva M. Ferren Hawkins


Name: Doris E. (Ferren) Beane <>
Date: 2006-04-21
Oh, this is so great! Have been doing some research on my Dad's family (Ferren). Big help. Thank you. Will share my "stuff" when I get back into this genealogy. Doris

Name: Annie <>
Date: 2006-04-06
Hi, thanks for this site. I occassionally look up sites with my last name. I looked up this site cause that is how my last name is originally spelt - Wilmore - isn't that just a bit freaky....

Name: Elizabeth L. Belluomini <>
Date: 2006-04-05
I was happy to see your site on the Internet. I'm looking for as much information about my deceased Uncle Glenn Fredric Selzer, (he married my deceased Mother's sister Nellie Mae Hartzler)in 1927. Since I moved to CA at age 10, from Pueblo, CO, your site has been extremely helpful in bridging the gap in learning about the Mennonite Church and more about Protection. Thank you so much! Elizabeth L.(Unger) Belluomini

Name: Katherine Avery Gregor <>
Date: 2006-03-30
Thank for this great site. My father's family (Avery and Burt) were primarily Coldwater residents and I enjoy learning all I can.

Name: Julia ( Rogg ) Chegwidden <>
Date: 2006-03-18
I was looking for information about Frank Rockefeller who once owned the ranch in Russell County that I grew up on. I found your site interesting although the Frank Rockefeller ranch mentioned is not the one I am looking for.

Name: Ken McGuire <>
Date: 2006-03-12
I just Googled my grandfather Emanuel Huck and came across this site. The first article was that of my mother's (Luane Huck McGuire) brother Donald Keith Huck. I found what had happened to Donald and got the story of his death. I have also found many other realtives. Keep up the good work.

Ken McGuire


Name: james clayton <>
Date: 2006-02-28
Just found this historical site a few days ago and have spent many hours reading through it. Very informative, after graduating in 1963 and leaving Wilmore in 1967 to join the Air Force, lost a lot of contact with friends in and around Wilmore and Coldwater. Really enjoy the site very much. Jerry and friends have done a very outstanding job.

(Note by Jerry Ferrin: Thank you! Please see: Sylvia Narelle Clayton. I added her obituary to this site shortly after you posted your message.)

Name: Lu Weems <>
Date: 2006-02-24
Buford Davis, mentioned in the Davis obit was my uncle. As a child I met several of his sisters. The Davis family was a close group and my uncle was sadly missed.

I loved to visit the ranch and see the cowboys come to town (Belvidere, KS) on Sat. night. Nice memories.

(Search this site for Buford Davis.)

Name: Clayton Beebe <>
Date: 2006-02-17
An extremely nice and informative site. Thank you very much from one individual whose relatives lived much of their lives in Comanche County.

(Note: see Willis Allen & Mary Alice (Wunderlin) Beebe)

Name: Dianne Stevens <>
Date: 2006-02-13
Thanks for linking to my website and the story about my Uncle Lester Demouth, USMC, who went down in the South China Sea aboard the Arisan Maru. He deserves to be remembered, as do they all.

(Note: See Pfc. William Henry Finney, U.S. Coast Guard.)

Name: Carol Kline Bradbury <>
Date: 2006-02-12
Found your website via newsletter and was hoping to find information on the Kiowa, KS Cemetery where my g-grandmother is buried--wrong county--should have known! I did enjoy my visit here, though, and found a friend at your website -- Evelyn Reed, a fellow member of KAA! Several of your articles were interesting to me since my father, Harold W. Kline, was raised near Enid, OK. I have been fascinated by the Salt Flats, the first surface salt supply I've ever seen! Your website is very well organized and informative. Keep up the good work!

Name: Joanie Williams Puls <>
Date: 2006-02-08
My father was Wayne Williams. He was from Protection, his father was Jess Williams, his mother was Mary Williams. This picture is like I remember seeing in the 1950s ...sandy and hot.

Name: Roberta Campbell Hopper <>
Date: 2006-01-26
Love your site and now have it in my Favorites.



Name: Sharon Scholle <>
Date: 2006-01-23
We were in Coldwater in September 2005 to the "Back Home" celebration and wanted to comment on how nice the town looks. Even though it has been a long time since we lived there, the town has been kept up well. The city park looked nice and the new Heritage Park is a beautiful site with the stone memorials and all. Of course, the Coldwater Lake is a beautiful attraction. There are still quite a few folks we know there. It's always fun to go back home. Enjoy looking at this web site every once in awhile to see what is new. Thanks to you Jerry and Bobbi Huck and whoever else contributes to this site. We are looking forward to the next Comanche County History book when it is printed.
Thank you,
Sharon Scholle, Highlands Ranch, CO


Name: Barbara Mossner <>
Date: 2006-01-20
Excellent tribute to Squire Boone Zane, USN and to the "Men of the CANOPUS" which my Dad, Zygmond Budzaj, USN was proud to be part of this group of fine men.

The following was found on a grave stone in the Phillippines after WW2,
Let us not ever forget................


Name: Clyda Pile Frederick <>
Date: 2006-01-15
My father, Walter Clyde Pile, was raised in Protection. I have found your website very interesting and informative. Thank you.

Name: Barbara Jean (Hull) Adams <>
Date: 2006-01-14
What a great site. Thanks

Name: RBeda Coffey <>
Date: 2006-01-11
The story of the sons is interesting. I have two sons born on the same day 7 years apart. Be careful It could be true.
Glad to see you saving your history!!! Wish Anderson County would!!! RBeda


Name: Cindy Weigand <>
Date: 2006-01-01
Thank you for the information on Jack Ashcraft. He was my great uncle even though I never knew him. My mother, Norma Ashcraft, spoke of him and his exploits, but I didn't get really interested until I started reading about him in her papers after her death. His life as a barnstormer was intriguing. Your website gave me more information on his military service. I'd love to hear from anyone who knows anything about him.

Name: Shirley (Garner) McCay <>
Date: 2005-12-18
Nice Page!

Name: norma foree <>
Date: 2005-12-15
love the web site sorry about mr foree. but love the web site .

Name: Joseph W. Connaughton <>
Date: 2005-12-14
Owen Connaughton is a relative of mine. His obit speaks of my father Joseph Connaughton and his brother (my uncle) John. Also, it mentions another brother Thad Connaughton who died early in life.

Name: Darryl Smutz <>
Date: 2005-12-12
Dear Shirley: Thanks so much for the articles you published on the website about the military service of my father, Leonard D. ("Don") Smutz as well as the information on my uncle Dale Smutz. I'm now 59 years old and had never seen the articles before. They mean a lot to me and to Don's many other descendents. Warmest regards, Darryl Smutz


Name: Melanie McCoy <>
Date: 2005-12-11
To Bobbi Hackney & all others who contributed to the success of this Comanche Co. site @ Rootsweb: WONDERFUL JOB! The links you've added are absolutely fabulous and contribute so much extra to the understanding of the history of Comanche County, which will always be my HOME, no matter where I am.
Melanie McCoy
2838 Galena Ave.
Simi Valley, CA 93065


Name: Tyler Deane Wilmore <>
Date: 2005-12-04
Looking at my relative's history

Name: Kenny Nault <>
Date: 2005-11-30
loved your site and all the comments about Rex Cravat, as you know I knew him well, spent alot of time with him in the early days. He is loved and missed by my whole family. thank you very much for opening a site for him. Last time I saw you,you were doing photographs for Az. Hwys. Thank you again.

Name: Lewis Moore <>
Date: 2005-11-30
It is amazing how a persons single selfless act of inputting an obituary - Isabelle (Miller) Moore - from 1919 helps to continue my own search that had crashed for such a long time. I am the great grandson of Homer E. Moore and Ada (Hale) Moore. Homer E. Moore was one of Isabelle Moore sons.

Thank you


Name: Larry L. Miller <>
Date: 2005-11-25
Enjoyed the website. I have spent a lot of time over the past 35 or so years doing photography and biological research in Commanche County. It is a beautiful county with a lot of fine folks! I lived in Sumner County until 1991 and have lived in Shawnee (near Topeka) since, but I still get back to Barber and Comanche Counties at times. My website is: www.Ks


Name: stacey muschick <>
Date: 2005-11-22
Hi Jerry, I'm starting a family history book, and the information on your websites I've found so far about my grandparents on my mother's side, Oller and Nokes has been very helpful to me. I have family that grew up all around Comanche county, Protection, Buttermilk. I think both my parents went to high school in Coldwater, or around there. Names are Kenny Chilcote and Sharon Oller. I also think they married there. If anyone may have any other information I would be very interested. Thanks alot for such a nice and very helpful website.

Name: Janet Ferrin <>
Date: 2005-11-22
It's so rewarding to see all the wonderful compliments about your hard work on this website. You have obviouly blessed so many families with this. I'm so proud to be your "Litl Sissie" and I know I speak for all our family when I say Thanks for all you do. Your truly a gemstone yourself and we love you.
Love Sissie aka Janet


Name: June Gaylord <>
Date: 2005-11-22
A picturesque detailed site. Thanks.
June Gaylord
Uncle: Rex Eugene Gaylord, Lacygne, Kansas
Grandparents: Rolland Edwin and Laura Ann (Irvin) Gaylord
Amsterdam, MO.


Name: Kathleen Gregory <>
Date: 2005-11-08
I really appreciate your Comanche County website. Keep up the good work!

Name: Mark Thornhill <>
Date: 2005-11-01
What a wonderful web site! I am a descendent of Fillmore Thornhill who was brother to several Thornhills living in Protection. It is fascinating to read articles about Thornhills from 90+ years ago.

I am currently compiling a book of Thornhill family history. If anyone reading this would like to compare notes or direct me to other Thornhill descendents with information about ancestors I'd be much obliged.

Surnames: Bratcher, Cline, Giles, Holcomb, Thornhill & Zimmerman.

Charles Lorenzo THORNHILL
Surnames: Hooven, Hubbard, McCain, Thornhill & Tucker.

Surnames: Crawford & Thornhill.

Leslie Raymond "Bill" THORNHILL Shipfitter 1st Class, U.S.N.
Surnames: Ashcraft, Carey, Chappel, Edmonston, Frantz, Hopkins, Hoover, Moore, Morton, Parker, Thornhill & Tucker.

Name: Cheryl <>
Date: 2005-10-24
You have a very informative site. I am researching the Chambers family, Job "Ira" Chambers , wife Molly (Weythman)
and children. Would like very much to know what was written about this family in the Comanche County History Book. Job was a descendant of my 4th gr grandfather, James Chambers a soldier in the Rev. War in the NJ and VA lines.


Name: Wilmore Opry <>
Date: 2005-10-19
Hey Jerry,
Thanks, thanks a lot!
' Sounds like a song,'
but really, thanks for the pics' you put in the Opry news and photos. Dave had sent them of the Show last Saturday night. Great Job!! We will get togather with Dave to have pictures made of Dave Rose and friends. We think that is super also.
The gang says hi!


Name: 2LT Matt Sweet <>
Date: 2005-10-16
I recently found a dog tag at Camp Bullis TX. The name is J E Deewall and his father is Roy E Deewall, with home of record Wilmore, Kansas. If him or his family would like the dog tag, I would be more than happy to return it. It is a little rusty, has been out in the elements for a while.

2LT Matt Sweet


Name: Lawrence L. Evans <>
Date: 2005-10-06
In 1914 my father and family moved from North of St. John KS to Comanche Co.,he was 8 yrs. old. They had a farm/ranch in Shimer TWP until they moved back to North of St. John in 1931. Two of his brothers married sisters, daughters of Frank Bailey, who also farmed in Shimer TWP and later in Powell TWP. I am planning on visiting the area soon and see if I can locate the areas they were in and check for gravestones in Coldwater and Wilmore. My father had started working on family history before his death in 1982 and I have his "Random Recollections of My Life" that he wrote about his growing up in Comanche and Stafford Counties, I find them very interesting.

Name: Susan Edmonston <>
Date: 2005-09-29
Hi, Jerry. We have extended the deadline on family histories for the Comanche County history book to OCTOBER 15. This is the final extension for family history with a photo.



Name: Vela Hermann <>
Date: 2005-09-25
Dear Sir or Madam:

Today, 25 September, my friend from the Netherlands and I were driving around south of Wichita so that I could show her some of the area. And being new to Kansas myself it was interesting. We happened upon Wilmore quite by accident. I would appreciate knowing more about the mural that is painted on the side of the white silo building.

Thank you for your interesting site.

Vela Hermann


Name: Richard Lynn Mathis <>
Date: 2005-09-24
My Grandfather was also in the 410th Bomber Sq. 94th Bomber Group, Heavy. His name was Linnie Arrowood and he was killed 23 March 1944 Thursday

Name: Joanne Kendall (Thomas) <>
Date: 2005-09-14
I am happy that I have finally found my Grandfather. I know my Grandmother was married twice to him (Helen) and the last time I saw him was when I was a child. My Father is Richard F. Thomas.

Name: Gayle Petty Harden <>
Date: 2005-09-09
Hey Jerry, how's it going? Love to visit this webpage and read about the early pioneers settling in Comanche County. Have you written your history yet for the Comanche County History Book? They are due in by September 15. Susan and Johnita are two wonderful people to submit your history to. We have been having blessed rain in the county, some moisture county wide, as you well should remember we don't want to complain about rain in Comanche County as dry as it has been for the last several years.
Just wanted to touch base with you again and let you know how much I enjoy all the research you and all the others of done. Thank You, Gayle


Name: Glenda Carthrae Sibley <>
Date: 2005-09-06
Thank you to those who took the time to put together this site. I just happened to find it, but it is surely a welcome surprise! The pictures are wonderful, and very meaningful to me since many of them are my family. Thanks again!
Glenda Carthrae Sibley (Parents, Marion Wells Carthrae and Stewart Carthrae)


Name: Orlin Loucks <>
Date: 2005-09-05
Thanks for the great job of keeping the site current. It takes a lot of work. Enjoy the old time news. Have been a resident of Comanche County since 1952. Have been in business in Protection for almost 40 years now. I keep old history pictures etc. on my office wall in the old Brewer building on the west side of Broadway in Protection. I have a collection of old tools also if you want to stop in. Good to read some from people I know scattered around the world. Keep up the good work. Thanks Jerry Ferrin and others. Orlin Loucks, Protection Automotive.

Name: april stevens <>
Date: 2005-09-02
I'm not sure if I'm in the right part. I was looking up the ancestors of a D.B. Roderick who was in the WW1. During the 1914-1918 if this is the correct location I would like to correspond with someone who might be able to help me with some questions about a medal. This site popped up.


Name: Michael Metzker <>
Date: 2005-09-01
This is a very touching story. My grandparents, Frank & Jenny Metzker, left Kansas in the 1950s (I think?). Is there any relationship?


Mike Metzker


Name: Roger Hawkins <>
Date: 2005-08-19
Great site. We have a small one dealing with eastern Kansas and western Missouri opry sites @ You folks are a little west of our territory but we would like to provide a link to your site if you would like us to. Thanks

Name: Michael Gracy <>
Date: 2005-08-04
Great Web-Site Lots of good info. Can't wait til Sept.3rd. See ya'll at the Opry. Mike

Date: 2005-07-27
My wife mother was a Banagay and is related to Alice as shown on your web site.

I have a great deal of data on the Bangay's if would like more about the parents of Alice on going back to the year 1591, I would be happy to share it with you.

Ken Seager


Name: David Massey <>
Date: 2005-07-19
Picked up the Comanche Co. site from the Sun City and Wilmore, seems like everyone knew each other so well that it only spiked the competition. Of course Jim Downing, Floyd Ward and Bob McCorkle all marrying girls from Sun within a short time no doubt added to the mix. The Redfield boys, Glen and George, from Wilmore, bought one of the stores in Sun and it really did get noisy during the games when they starting playing for their "new" team. Thanks for the memories, Jerry.

(Note by Jerry Ferrin, 25 June 2008: David Massey is one of the most interesting and prolific contributors to my Barber County, Kansas: History and Genealogy web site. One of my favorite pages on that site is Practical Jokes & Backfired Actions: A few stories from Barber County, Kansas, which consists entirely of stories told by David Massey and his brother, Nate Massey.)

Name: Arlen Maxted <>
Date: 2005-07-18
Thank you very much for your hard work. I found mostly by accident, or maybe not, the death notice of Mary May Maxted on May 28,1892 along with the news of her funeral on June 4, 1892. She would have been my father's older sister. My father Benj. Wm. Maxted was born Sept 25, 1893.
Again thank you so very much.
Arlen Maxted


Name: Ruth Akpan <>
Date: 2005-07-18
It's interesting to see "home" from Calabar, Nigeria.

Name: sam ross <>
Date: 2005-07-16
just done a google search and am facinated how far the ross clan has spread

Name: Roger Smith <>
Date: 2005-07-13
I am pleased to find Comanche County electronicly connected.

Comanche County has come a long ways since my ancestors settled there just after the Civil War ended.


Name: Mary Ann Alder Watts <>
Date: 2005-07-11
What a great site. My grandparents lived in Wilmore and I went to school in Coldwater. I am from the eastern part of the state now.
Thanks you for putting this site together.


Name: Sharon Huck Sailsbury <>
Date: 2005-07-10
We have just been looking over this website and really ejoy reading the messages.
Just read the message from Pam Kindsvater dated June 6, 2005.
I believe we are related, as my parents were Sarah Kindsvater, and George Huck. I also have some pictures of your husband, Bobby Kindsvater when he was a child. I tried to e-mail you but your e-mail ( was returned as not found. If you e-mail me direct I will be glad to exchange information with you.

Dan Huck is my cousin.

Name: Bonnie Frazier-Shewmaker <>
Date: 2005-07-06
Really nice website. I was just wandering through Google and found another Bonnie Frazier listed on your site. I noticed the photo of Jerry Ferrin with the portrait of his grandfather(?). I have a friend who is a photo conservator who is a specialist in conserving these particular types of photographic pieces. She especially likes to see photos such as yours where you are displaying your ancestor's image. I know she would enjoy seeing your photo with your grandfather. You might e-mail her at I hope that's the right e-mail address. Thanks again for a great site. Bonnie Frazier-Shewmaker

Name: Elmer Rainbolt <>
Date: 2005-07-03
I like horse and the outside
also the brooks and stream and rivers
most of all the waters


Name: Hal & Sue Boyles <>
Date: 2005-06-28
We appreciate the interesting article on William Kimes.
My mother was a Kimes and my brother has been searching for information about our ancestors for several years. We don't know if this Kimes is related to our Kimes. We do know that the original name was Keim. My brother may have already sent the ancestry information that he has already found.
Good Luck on your endeavors.


Name: Elaine Krause <>
Date: 2005-06-27
Yep, something nice to say, all right. My husband is a descendant of W.E. Holmes and Elizabeth Lee Holmes, recently featured in work posted to the site by Shirley Brier.

Excellent work! And, compared to many of the Kansas county sites, yours is head and shoulders above. I can't believe there are still sites out there that don't seem to "get it."

"It" being the Internet, and the tremendous craving for on-line, retrievable info.

Again, thanks so much for all your efforts.

Best wishes from Houston, Texas.

Elaine K.


Name: Dale K. Brown <>
Date: 2005-06-25
My uncle was A.L. Parsons and my aunt was Stella Parsons Willie and Richard are my cousins. My father was George R. Brown and he was Stella Parsons brother. He went into the army from Coldwater in 1917. He come from Missouri to Coldwater and went to work on the DeLair Ranch and then he worked at the Depot before he went into the army. After he got out of the army he went to Telegraph School and worked for the Santa Fe Railroad for 45 years He died in Aug of 1981 at the age of 87.

Name: Russel L Adams <>
Date: 2005-06-25
Very Nice !
In the Autumn of 1953 My Family Moved to Comanche County.
DAD - Robert Adams - worked for Jay B & Christa POUNDS &
we lived about 10 miles North & 2 miles East of Downtown
Protection. It was on the OLD Lightner Ranch. Mr & Mrs Pounds sold the ranch to Lhordings after retirement.
I went to Protection Schools starting fall 1957 (7th grade)
continuing to Summer 1961. We then moved eventually to
Kiowa, Barber County.

Does anyone know how to contact Gary & Bonnie Lindsay
of rural Protection by email ?

Russel Adams
Evaston WY 82930


Name: Elizabeth C. Hoagland <>
Date: 2005-06-24
Good to see information about Sun City, KS in this format.My husband is Fred Homer Hoagland, son of Homer Fred Hoagland who was brought to Barber County in 1884 when he was four years old. Frank Hoagland was his oldest brother. Both men lived in Barber County until their death.

Name: Pam Kindsvater <>
Date: 2005-06-22
Hi Family!!

I enjoyed reading your family history. It caught me by surprise as I just stuck the name Kindsvater in the search bos. I am married to Eddie's son Bob! We live in Forest Lake, MN. He has told me about trips to Kansas with his uncles to visit relatives.

Hope this note finds all of you doing well.

Enjoy the beautiful summer.

God Bless,

Pam Kindsvater

(See: Jacob and Eva (Birig) Kindsvater)

Name: Mark Hopper <>
Date: 2005-06-19
Thank you very much for this information on Frank A. Webb a musician years ago. I have been looking for information on him for a solid year and your reprint of his obitiary was very helpful. THANK YOU!!!!!! The article mentions a copy of his music in the library, are you familiar with that as I'd pay well to get a copy?

Name: Sarah (Hartley) Doubek <>
Date: 2005-06-17
My grandmother, Jessie, was the oldest of the ten daughters of Agness Williams Sisk Hartley. This is a very interesting website!

Name: Cathy Barber <>
Date: 2005-06-15
My gratitude is immeasurable for the wonderful pictures and articles concerning my great grandfather James M. Williams. What a treasure. Does anyone know how I can contact contributor Nella Hartley?

Name: Helen Joann Huck Hansen <>
Date: 2005-06-11
Hello everyone. Haven't been hear for awhile.
Used to live just NE of Wilmore past the bridge and on the curve.

Live in Hutchinson now.


Name: Suzanne Gardner <>
Date: 2005-06-09
Hello, I'm the grandaughter of John T. and Doris P (Tinker) White. I am the daughter of Marlan Jon and Betty Jane (Adams) White.

Troy is my "lil brother."

I have two children. Bradley Jon Wells 5/88 and Cara Lynn Wells 2/92. I live in Central Illinois.


Name: r malone <bmalone1210@yahoo. com>
Date: 2005-06-06
what a great job you are all doing. keep it up . i love every bit of it.

Name: lois hofmeier <>
Date: 2005-06-05
way to go

Name: sandy miller <>
Date: 2005-06-04
Jerry, very interesting reading. I really enjoyed learning about Mr. C.M. Cade's life. Hope we can link it to our Caddo county Rootsweb site? Will add the information to my files on Memory Lane cemetery. Thanks, Sandy Miller

Name: Shiley (Huck) Sedalnick <>
Date: 2005-06-03
What a wonderful tribute to my cousin, Donnie Huck. Aunt Edith and Uncle Manuel would have been so pleased. I remember the day they got the news of Donnie's accidental death, such a sad day in such a lovely family. There was love in their home. Thank you for his tribute. Shirley Sedalnick

Name: Carol J. Thomas Grigg <>
Date: 2005-06-01
I have tears in my eyes ...... so beautiful. thank you all very much.

After 6/30/05 I will no longer have this web site but you can leave messages at


Name: Ethel Miller Stutzman <>
Date: 2005-06-01
I spent the 1st 14 years of my life south of Protection. I am the daughter of Dave and Maggie Miller and we moved to Holmes County Ohio in 1941--after losing our farm during the depression. I have many pleasant memories of Protection.

Name: C.J. Huck <>
Date: 2005-05-30

Just wanted to thank you for all your work. This site is really great. You and my mom (Bobbi) have really out done yourselves here. Thanks again,

C.J. Huck


Name: Martha L. Crawford, nee Raner <>
Date: 2005-05-29
I was so excited to find my Great Grandmothers obituary on this site.
I also found excerpts for Bryan Raner (I believe is my Great Uncle) and James Raner (grandfather) in an article, Letters From Our Soldier Boys, printed in The Wilmore News. I have to check some facts to make sure these excerpts are from my family.
Thank you so much for the work you have done.

Martha Crawford


Name: Mrs. Marla Schwiethale <>
Date: 2005-05-25
Yes, Jerry, I'll be glad to add the names. I had written them all in & then decided to take them out. Sorry about that. Perhaps someone will remember some of the names that I mentioned.

I had a great uncle, Oliver Judson Adcock, who farmed in the Wilmore, KS, area in the early 1900's. They are buried in the Wilmore Cemetery. He married Lena (Harville) Adcock (she was a sister to Mary (Harville) Jenkins). Uncle Judson & Aunt Lena had four children, Jack,who resides in Alamosa, CO, Walsie, who resides in New Mexico, Kathryn (Adcock) Dickenson, who lives in Wichita, & Jerry Adcock, who lives in Washington State.
(I have to deviate from the original story here, because of something so unusual happening back in 1998.) We were travelling through AZ on our way to CA to attend a cousin's 50th wedding anniversary. My husband's mother, having lived as a small girl in CA, never had stopped to see the Grand Canyon. So, we took her to the Grand Canyon & rode the travel bus around the south & west rim of the canyon. We got to the Crow's Nest, as far as you could go & the bus driver let the people visit the little shop that was there. We decided to stay on the bus & wait, as my mother-in-law was exhausted from getting on & off the bus along the way. There was a bus driver who was still on the bus, but he wasn't driving, but training a new bus driver. He struck up a conversation with us. Upon finding out that we were from KS, he immediately got caught up with the fact that he was also from KS. Well, to make a long story short, he was from Wilmore, KS. I happened to mention that my great uncle Judson Adcock was from Wilmore. He just about exploded. Come to find out, he is the son of Mary (Harville) Jenkins, sister of my great aunt Lena (Harville) Adcock. His name is Bob Jenkins. Small world, isn't it.

A couple by the name of Roy & Martha (Ridge) Cline (now deceased) who made their home for many years in Coldwater, KS. Martha was either a student at Friends University or Ft. Hays State, & became friends with my mother, Zella (Snell) Skiles, originally from St. John, KS. They had two daughters named Myrna K.(Cline) Bensing & Beth Cline, (I think). I just found a small note from Myrna on your website, so I have e-mailed her.

My ancestors, the Henry Clay & Elizabeth Jane (Allen) Freeman family from Liberty, Union County, IN, traveled by train from IN to Wellington, KS. They loaded all of their possessions onto a couple of wagons along with their family of six children, & settled near Mayfield, KS, in Sumner Co., KS in August 1884. In the year 1887 & 1890, they added two more children. Mr. Freeman farmed until he retired & moved to Conway Springs, Sumner Co., KS, in 1904. My grandmother, Della C. Freeman married Charles Daniel Skiles, who came with his parents & siblings from Ladoga, Montgomery Co., IN, in the late 1890's. All of this taking place during the time that history was being made in Commanche Co., KS.

I did want to add a few more things about the Wright family. Bishop Milton Wright was a circuit-riding minister back in Ohio & Indiana for the Presbyterian church. His two oldest sons, Reuchlin & Loren, both lived in KS at one time. Reuchlin, the oldest farmed in NE KS, while Loren was more the wanderer & rode the Rock Island train to the end, that being Coldwater, KS. Eventually, both Reuchlin & his family & Loren ended up moving back to Dayton, OH, where the entire family lived there. Remember the story about the bicycle shop in Dayton that Wilbur & Orville had before they introduced the world to the airplane. Something else about the Wright family, is the fact that my great grandfather, John David Snell, who moved to St. John, Stafford Co., KS in 1918, had an older sister, Elizabeth Alice (Snell) who married a man by the name of Thomas Charles Wright, a cousin to the famous Milton Wright family. That was something that was told to we grandkids from our grandfather, Walter Snell, who farmed for many years near St. John, in Stafford Co., KS. I have yet to make the connection. Hopefully this is one of those connections which I will be able to prove some day.

Jerry, hopefully, now, you will be able to piece the information I've just given you with what I gave you yesterday. Perhaps there is someone in the Coldwater/Wilmore area that still remembers the names of the people that I mentioned from that area.

Sincerely, Marla (Skiles) Schwiethale
Wichita, KS


Name: Jere Dale Cade <>
Date: 2005-05-24
Jerry; I appreciate your contact and interest in history regarding my great-grandfather. Jere Cade

Name: Elaine Dake <>
Date: 2005-05-14
Thanks more than I can express for the article from the Nescatunga Enterprise, July 24, 1886, giving my g grandfather (Frank Seaton or Frances Marion Seaton) and g grandmother (Zora Cook) wedding announcement and then the announcement of Sept 3, 1887 of my grandfather's birth.
I have very little information on the g grandparents so I was pleased to read that "Frank is one of our foremost young men" and Miss Cook "is a daughter of our esteemed citizen Squire Cook" Her father was Jesse Cook and I'm assuming "Squire" is a term of respect (?) Thanks again for your response to my inquiry. Now if I could find where he is buried.


Name: Ann Bigbee Littell <>
Date: 2005-05-12
I was surfing the internet for fun and decided to look up my maiden name - Bigbee. I was both astonished and delighted when I found your websight. I was about five years old when Esther Bigbee died. I was even more amazed to read my father's name - Earl Bigbee. Daddy, who died in 2002, who was a fine singer and sang for hundreds of funerals and many many weddings. He was usually accompanied by my mother Gwendolyn Shelledy Bigbee.

Ann Bigbee Littell


Name: Diane Herd Smith <>
Date: 2005-05-04
Hi ! I have enjoyed visiting this site!! I'm a native of Lawrence (but only lived there for the first 2 years of my life) but have strong ties to Coldwater where my Dad, Ronald Herd, grew up, son of Jim and Bernice Herd. I love it partly because it is probably the only place in the world where there are enough Herds that no one asks if it's spelled "Hurd" like in New England, where I have lived for the last 35 years! Love the photos!!!!!!!

Name: Peggy Waugh Hart <>
Date: 2005-05-04

This is the first time I've looked at the website even tho
we've talked in the past about our common Farren (Ferrin) relatives.

What a nice job, I'll be here for some time. I want to read everything.



Name: Morene Potter <>
Date: 2005-04-28
Please add Vivian Veatch to the obituary of Herbert Seyfrit. She was also his step-sister and was living at his death. Thank you. Morene

Name: Tina Cook <>
Date: 2005-04-13
My great grandfather, Jacob Howarth (aka Howard) was in correspondence with S J Osborne, John Lee Smith and the W Texas Historical Society regarding his life at Fort Griffin 1871-75. Would be interested to hear from anyone with information on Jacob or information on letters written in correspondence between Mr Osborn and Capt Robert G Carter of the 4th Cavalry - I understand these letters were sold by Jeff C Dykes in 1970. Does anyone know where they are now?

Name: Janet (Schultz) Milburn <>
Date: 2005-04-12
Thank you again, for the lovely helpful site and music also!
My Mennonite ancestors were: Jantz, Koehn, Schultz, Unruh and Voth. The came from Ostrog region of Polish-Russia in 1874/75 on ships Kennelworth, Cimbria and Vaderland. I am interested in the Schultz family who lived in Protection, Kansas. I have lots of history on ttheir line, more than I have on my own! They intermarried with my relatives and had to be related closely prior to coming to America but how??? Keep up the great work you are doing!


Name: Renee Barnett McLendon <>
Date: 2005-04-11
I was so glad to finally come upon something about my particular Barnett line. It had a lot of info. Rial's 1st wife was Elizebeth Barham. I've been trying to find Rial's parents. Where did William Barnett come from?

Name: Schelby Holliday <>
Date: 2005-04-02
You have a wonderful web site; the pictures really lend to understanding the area & thereby my ancestor, Jerry Leakey.
Thanks eternally for your diligence, effort, & attention to detail. Schelby Holliday


Name: Mary Misitis <>
Date: 2005-04-01
Thank you for posting all the information I have been able to find about the DeMoss family in the Wilmore area.

Name: Phyllis Ferrin Blanchard <>
Date: 2005-03-19
I just went back to and re-read the email from Suzanne Thielmann, 16 April 2003, re: Ida Ferrin, daughter of Horace Ferrin. I know it's been two years since she wrote, but I sure would like to email her, now that I've learned we're cousins. Again, I'm the granddaughter of Alfred Ferrin, Ida May's brother. Thanks again!
Phyllis Ferrin Blanchard


Name: Phyllis Ferrin Blanchard <>
Date: 2005-03-19
I think we're related. First for fun I entered my grandfathers name (Alfred Ferrin) in "Google" and found I found that his father was Horace Ferrin. I remember his sister Ida May. She was a character! Much married and the life of the party... I was just a little girl when I remember her. My grandfather married Florence Snyder and they had six children. All are deceased now and I really have no links to the Ferrin family history. I'd love to learn more. If you have any information, I'd sure love to learn more. Thanks in advance for your help.
Phyllis Ferrin Blanchard
Gilbert, Arizona


Name: randall whitaker <>
Date: 2005-03-16
thank you for taken the time to do all this work, I was looking for my aunt Elizabeth Sherman. If you have a picture of her headstone and would send it to me I would be very greatful

Name: Deanna <>
Date: 2005-03-16
Thank You for your hard work!! This has helped me with getting the information on my aunt that I never knew... Elizabeth Whitaker Sherman. If you have any other info or could email me a pic of the tombstone I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you!!

Name: h, eugene miller <eugeneiolam@>
Date: 2005-03-02
I lived south of Protection for a few years. moved to Oregon in 1952 am 79 years old still call protection home. am married to my wife Iola Stoll, for 59 yrs. 4 children 11 grandchildren 12+ greatgrands' HAVE A GREAT DAY gene

Name: Theron Salyer <>
Date: 2005-02-26
Good to find your website. Thanks!

Name: Danette VanWey Brownfield <>
Date: 2005-02-24
I was surfing the net and thought it would be neat to enter my maiden name so I did and was suprised at all the VanWey History I found. My father is Clyde Richard his father was Clyde "Pinky" VanWey. we are from Atchison Ks.

Name: Linda (Unangst) Campbell <>
Date: 2005-02-24
My brother Roland Zane Unangst came across this site with information concerning our Uncle Squire Boone Zane from Protection, Kansas, killed during early part of W.W.11.

Uncle Squire was the son of Squire Boone Zane and Olive (Minor) Zane of Protection. My mother Betty Mildred (Zane) Unangst was Squire's sister. Squire's other siblings were Joe, Lee, Minor, Louella, and Doris.

We are trying to find Uncle Squire's son Kenneth Zane. If any one has information concerning Kenneth's whereabouts, please contact me. Thank you.


Name: Beverly Ann (White) Leach <>
Date: 2005-02-16
I have really enjoyed reading about Comanche County families and the History of the County. It's very informative and interesting, and I've found alot of information on the families I've been researching. I still like the way your program is set up and I'm still reading and enjoying. Than you on a great job, keep up the good work. Beverly Ann (White) Leach

Name: Heather Shelley <>
Date: 2005-02-03
Hey Jerry,
Thanks for all the great coverage on the site for me.


Name: Daqueta Shelley <>
Date: 2005-02-02
The Wilmore Opry is fantastic! I was there on October 2nd and enjoyed the afternoon and evening performance. Keep it going! You have created a wonderful legacy for the people there who were so friendly. Heather Shelley is my granddaughter. I was in Orlando to see her performance at the Colgate Country Music Showdown. She did an awesome job of representing Kansas on KANSAS DAY.

Name: Bud & Sharon Brewer Scholle <>
Date: 2005-01-31
Just found this website and it is very interesting. Brings back so many memories of our growing up in Coldwater. Bud graduated 1950 and I graduated in 1954. We are still looking for alot of the info but see so many pictures of folks we knew. My dad was Bill Brewer and he owned the Brewer Drug Store in Coldwater. How can we send information or pictures and who too? Thanks for doing a great job.
Sharon Scholle
Highlands Ranch, CO


Name: Don Cheatum <>
Date: 2005-01-19
Great site, don't find too many as nice and with as much info as you have on here, something for everyone it seems and keep up the good work! Lots of neat photos from the past,I know its a lot of work but you're doing great and nice that you and others have let people see and share a part of the past and saved it for others to see!

Name: E. Lee Beebe <>
Date: 2005-01-18
I was born there in Coldwater and left there when I was in the third grade. I always loved Coldwater and often wished I was back there. I am from a large family and some have went on but I have very fond memories of Coldwater,Ks.

Name: Linda (barnett) Grace <>
Date: 2005-01-18
Good Job!!!

Name: Leda "Lawrence" Hunter <>
Date: 2005-01-18
This is wonderful! I'm interested in our family tree also. My mother, Helen Carter Lawrence, has traced the Carter family back a very long way but failing eyesite prevented her from doing the Lawrence side. It appears we must be cousins so that is also very exciting.

Name: Arthur Beebe <>
Date: 2005-01-18
I just discovered the Coldwater Centennial Notebook and was delighted with the writing and research of Evelyn Reed. Thank you very much for helping preserve for our posterity the unfolding story of our forefathers. - Art Beebe

Name: Claude L. Hanson <>
Date: 2005-01-14
Class of CHS 1955 -- great page.

Name: Frances Robinson-Bird <>
Date: 2005-01-13
I have just discovered this website, I will check it out often. Coldwater is home to me altho I have not lived there since 1946. I am related to the Overockers, Ollers and Robinsons. Have many good memories and you have done a great job in bringing the old days to life. Thanks to all of you.

Name: Kermit McMillin <>
Date: 2005-01-11
I am so pleased that Buddy Bardot contributed the Coldwater High School Class of '55 senior class photos. I know he informed you of our forthcoming 50th reunion that is being held concurrently with the Come Home to Coldwater celebration. All of the class members that I have talked to are eagerly planning their "coming home" in September. I will look over the rest of the website and hope that you are going to publish the events for that Labor Day weekend.

Name: Buddy M. Bardot <>
Date: 2005-01-08
I have several pictures in my computer with .jpeg format. I would be willing for you to use, if you will tell me where to send them. They are of the Roy German and Jane Holler family.

Name: Buddy M. Bardot <>
Date: 2005-01-08
This has been very helpful in building my family tree.

Name: John Guyer <>
Date: 2004-12-25
To Jerry Ferrin and all those who helped with the Comanche County site, what a terrific job you have done! To someone like me who grew up in that area, it brings back memories of people and places like magic. I owe each of you a debt of gratitude. John Guyer, Parsons, KS

Name: Mary Hollinger <>
Date: 2004-12-16
Thank you for all your hardwork. I am the oldest daughter of Norman & Melva Huck and I was born and raised SW of Coldwater and SE of Coldwater. It is fun reading about "our" history. So much has been forgotten. I showed the picture of the 50's Buttermilk softball team to my granddaughters since so many of the participants were our family and got to share some of their heritage. Thank you for making this interaction possible. Looking forward to checking out more of the information offered. Also so neat to get to this guestbook page and see my brother do what he does best, ride his horse. Reading about all the tornadoes that went through our west place brought lots of memories forward that have been long forgotton

Name: Opry family <>
Date: 2004-12-09
Jerry, it will be great to hear you pick, grin, sing and visit again in Feb, 2005. We are looking forward to the trip to Arizona, to see you and our sisters. By the way, a lot of thanks comes from us out here in Comanche Co, for all you do for the County and the Opry. We are not only proud to know you, but we are proud you are part of Comanche County and a family member of the Wilmore Opry. THANKS again FOR ALL YOU DO!


Name: Darryl McKinney <>
Date: 2004-12-01
This is very good. I really enjoyed Wilmore school 1969.

Name: Elizabeth Wallace <>
Date: 2004-11-29
I found this site while researching the Wymer Surname. I am connected to this line through Ruth Wymer-Melrose. My compliments on a very thoughtful article honoring PFC Hugh Melrose.

Name: Jeanne Williams Thompson <melvinslimt@carrollsweb,com>
Date: 2004-11-26
Keep up the good work. I enjoy it very much. I've been working for years on my family history.

Name: Jim Edmonston <>
Date: 2004-11-23
Great website!! I am a P.H.S. grad. 1960.My parents are Paul Edmonston and Frances E. (Rainbolt) Edmonston. Several generations of Edmonstons have lived and died at Protection, having been among the earliest settlers beginning in the 1880's, I believe, and resettled there from the Holden, Missouri area. My Grandad, Frank Rainbolt, came to the Protection area as a young man by way of Texas and Oklahoma and Lewis, Kansas. Although I have lived away from Protection for many years, I still call it home and find the history of Protection and Comanche county very interesting.

Name: Mary Hicks <>
Date: 2004-11-21
I just want to send my deepest thanks for this website. I was adopted out at birth and after 44 yrs have made contact with my birth father and his side of the family. It just so happens that you posted a picture of my Paternal Grandmother, Josephine Jantzen and a friend of mine found it. He presented it to me at lunch with friends and I cried when I saw her. It was the first time ever that I was able to see anyone from my birth family and it was so very joyous and overwhelming. I look very much like her - - I have her eyes and nose. I can't tell you what this means to me to have been able to see her for the first time. You made that possible. thank you!

Name: Carol Thompson Smith <>
Date: 2004-11-17
I see that Dallas E. Smith is included on the Memorial, and I thank you for that. We didn't know if he would be or not because neither of us remember filing discharge papers. Dallas now lives in Boise, ID, and I live in Stockton, KS, where I taught English for 22 years. My son, Jarrod Damon Smith, is a Navy veteran of both the Gulf War and Somalia. He was activated again after 9-11 and was with the Air National Guard in Turkey during the Iraq War. My other son, John Duane Smith, was also activated with the Air National Guard and was in Kuwait during the Iraq War. The boys grew up in Comanche County and even after we moved away, they spent considerable time with their grandparents, John and Donna Thompson. How do I go about having them included?

Name: Teresa Benz <>
Date: 2004-11-15
Haven't looked at it for a while, but it's looking really good! WTG! Very organized and helpful.
Tricia/or myself have a couple more photos of Samuel & Christina Booth's funerals. I'll send them when I find the appropriate site.
Heard your feeling lots better Bobbi.....glad to hear it!


Name: Helen (Huck)Hansen <>
Date: 2004-11-13
It's great!
Was Melva and Norman Huck, Bobbi Huck's husband's parents?
I went to school in wilmore with Melva and Norman was my first double cousin.


Name: Carol Thompson Smith <>
Date: 2004-11-08
Imagine my surprise when I saw the picture of my Aunt, Roberta Tinker Todd. My parents were John S. and Donna Tinker Thompson, and Roberta was Mother's youngest sister.
Did your father graduate in 1948, and why does he have a picture of Aunt Roberta? I remember hearing your father's name, but I don't remember ever meeting any of you. Didn't your father move to Arizona because of his allergies/asthsma?

I am far more familiar with Buck Ferrin. Robert Edward Thompson Ferrin was my nephew, and I always liked Buck. My oldest son was married in a meadow on the next door Rusk Ranch, and the first phone call Arlos had the next morning was from Buck, wanting to know all about the wedding. I was appalled that we hadn't invited him, and I wish Arlos or Maxine had said something. Maxine had taken care of my parents in Coldwater, and my son had been to the ranch with my dad not too long before he died, so that is why he was married there.

Carol Thompson Smith


Name: Susan Edmonston <>
Date: 2004-11-07
I love to proofread. When I see something that needs to be corrected (misspellings, etc.) how should I let you know? Do I print off that page and mark it, or do I e-mail you the information?

I am so impressed with all the information that has been gathered and so attractively displayed on this web site. Knowing all the work that is involved, I congratulate all of you and thank you for preserving the history of our county!


Name: Douglas Bush <>
Date: 2004-11-04
I'm very impressed with, and grateful for, this web site. I had relatives, James A. Sims and his wife Jerusha Emmaline Smith Sims who lived in Comanche County in the late 19th century before moving to Oregon, where they both died. James was a brother to Mrs. Mary Eliza Estill (Aunt Lyde), and the Sims children came back to Comanche County to live with her after their parents died. They returned in 1904. If anyone would have more information on the Sims family, the parents of James A. and Mary Eliza, or information on other siblings, I would be grateful for any leads.

Thank you for your service and fine work!
Doug Bush


Name: Diana Wedel Geddie <>
Date: 2004-11-04
What a great and informative job on this website. Alot of memories came flooding back from my days in Wilmore from 1952 to 1964. My parents were Jess and Irene Wedel, now both deceased. It was great browsing thru. Keep up the great work. Please email me if I sound "familiar" to you!!

Diana "Wedel" Geddie
Lincoln, California


Name: Susan Edmonston <>
Date: 2004-11-03
Glad to have met you in person Jerry Ferrin. I am having fun going through your web pages. So professionally well-done.

Date: 2004-10-31

Name: Bobbi <>
Date: 2004-10-28
Hey Jerry,

Your work on this Comanche County website is AWESOME. You are certainly a talented 'html guy'. I personally know the many many hours you spend writing html, uploading pages, and correcting or updating pages for many many people. You have done such an outstanding job, and are very dedicated to Comanche County. Proof is in the pudding, you have many many new contributors.

I also am waiting your arrival, to see you again. I believe its been 40 years since I have last seen you. It will be my pleasure to drive you around the county day after day talking about old times, and putting together the pieces for many new articles we have talked about getting online.

I sincerely hope and believe you will get the recognition you deserve while you are here, especially at the OPRY.

Jerry, have a safe trip, and we are all excited that you have decided to come on over.

Thanks again to the greatest 'html guy' online anywhere.



Name: Lisa Thomison Ballout <>
Date: 2004-10-26
Thank you so much! It is wonderful to gain a picture of all the families and young men from the area in the newspaper quotes. There is no doubt how much everyone was affected. Thanks also to the original writer of the articles or their family. They tell the stories so well. I am particularly grateful to see the article about the radio interview of my uncle HR Burnette by Ginny Simms. I heard a recording at my Grandmother's house when I was small, but the record has long since disappeared and all of my efforts to find another or any copies of the recording have been useless. (Even Philip Morris has no records that I could locate.) To see more words from the interview than I remember in print and to have clarification of those I vaguely do remember, means a lot. Again, thank you to everyone whose efforts put this together!

Name: Opry family <>
Date: 2004-10-23
There is a lot of folks waiting for your homecoming Jerry. Have a safe trip.
The Opry family


Name: angela collins <>
Date: 2004-10-21
wonderful site. i love reading memories of 'the way things were' or 'the way people were.'keep up the good reading and wonderful memories to share..

Name: Judy Davies <>
Date: 2004-10-03

beautiful website. Please, do you have any other information on John D. Bell's brother Frank? (Leander) Frank Bell was my great grandfather, said to have been born in 1859.

Thanks so much for your time.



Name: Jody Lamb <>
Date: 2004-10-02
Thanks Bobbi. You've created a nice website. A descendant of Charles and Nancy Bean told me about this site. My Great Grandmother Mary Jane Bean O'Neil Hartman is supposedly buried "somewhere" in Kansas (she was a sister to Charles). I'm still trying to find her place of death/burial. Thanks, Jody Lamb

Name: Rhonda Nickel <>
Date: 2004-09-26
Hello, I'm still enjoying this website. Lately I've enjoyed reading about Nescatunga, also seeing the wildflower photos by Phyllis and Bobbi. Beautiful flowers! I'm glad to see the new Wilmore yearbooks added. I've got the '53 Wilmore Tiger yearbook, '56, '58, '63 Coldwater "Eagle," several "Eagle" yearbooks from '73 on, and some Protection "Panther" yearbooks from the '80's, in case maybe some of the older books, at least, might be added. Jerry or Bobbi, just let me know if you're interested. Thanks, and keep up the good, interesting work!

Rhonda Nickel
Woodward, OK


Name: Arlene Von Achen McCabe <>
Date: 2004-09-24
Great job. Ben Von Achen was an ancestor of mine!

Name: Morene Potter <>
Date: 2004-09-21
My brothers, Herbert Seyfrit, Karl Seyfrit and Harold Veatch were all in the 2nd world war but only Herbert and Harold are listed.

Name: Beulah Hill <Beulah from Omaha @ WebTV.Net>
Date: 2004-09-20
I have so enjoyed reading about Coldwater - brings back childhood memories. My mother was Marie Huck, sister of John, George, Ostwalt and Manuel. On Sundays we would drive down from Larned to spend the day with grandparents Philipp and Charlotte Huck on their farm south of Coldwater, a mile or so from Kindsvaters, always marveling at that WIDE main street as we went past. Thanks to all who put together all this info - especially appreciated the John & Lydia Huck biography - it answered some questions for me.

Name: Hope Harju <>
Date: 2004-09-07
I am working on my family history and my greatgrandfathers name was Richard Frank Berrey. He was born March 26, 1882. From what I understand he had a brother and for some reason they changed their last name to Berrey from Nanney. Just trying to find out if T.R. Berrey is the unknown brother. If someone knows please contact me at Thanks, Hope Harju

Name: Melvina (Petty) Harvey <>
Date: 2004-09-02
Oh, how I've enjoyed reading all of this! I was only 4 years old when my Uncle Warren Lee Petty was killed but I can remember how devastated our whole family was to lose such a promising young man! The stories passed on in our family of him have only added to our great loss. Keep up the good work for all of us to enjoy!

Name: Mark Nokes <>
Date: 2004-09-01
Thanks for the website. Just a note to let you know my father Russel Nokes, Milton & Icle Nokes were friends of Don Huck. My father won the 1950 state track meet with Don. I lived in Coldwater before they flooded Camp Lark and made Coldwater Lake. Also, I still have Gayle and Clarence Gillet that live in Coldwater.

Name: Gayle Petty Harden <>
Date: 2004-09-01
Excellent, thank you for going that extra step that alot of us think about doing but never get it done. My Uncle Warren Lee Petty's obit is listed in your research. I have always heard so many great and interesting stories about him, I never got the honor of getting to meet him in his short time here on earth as he was killed too soon and I was born too late. Thank you for letting us his family keep our memories going.

Name: Doreen <>
Date: 2004-08-21
wow....lots of interesting and amusing things...great job!

Name: Meredith Fry <>
Date: 2004-08-11
Visiting again. Thanks

Name: Mary (McCrary) Wertin <>
Date: 2004-08-07
accidentally came across this site while searching for Martin McCrary the gr and gr-gr-uncle of #192 and #224 on the list. How exciting!. Thank you.

Name: Opry Gang <>
Date: 2004-08-04
Jerry, Bobbi and Shirley, Us folks in Comanche County really appreciate what you three and others have done for the research and betterment of our three town's history. Including Comanche County and present day happenings. We also appreciate the intense research that you, Shirley and Jerry, are doing at the present, on the the early 'Opera' in Wilmore. We love the joy of connecting to yesteryear. The folks in those days had wagons and trains bringing people to the Show while the present day Opry folks will be coming in cars and another tour bus this month. Like the song the 'Highwaymen' sings, "They'll always be around".

The Opry Gang


Name: Nancy Mullins <>
Date: 2004-07-27
My grandparents are all buried in Comanche County. Killillay in Wilmore and Hecht in Coldwater. I have been to both cemeteries, but not in years. I am glad you have a web site. Thank you for caring.

Name: Robert Cosner <>
Date: 2004-07-11
I lived in Davenport, Iowa 1971-1973. I rented a home there and found an old photo alblum in the attic. I have just began to research those picture in the book and the first was a baby picture of G.W. Prichard. Upon reading of the death of this man, I noticed the name Shirley Brier, and thought if anyone in the Prichard family would like to have the photo I would gladly mail it. Also if anyone in the family would like to research the book for the photo's that have no names attached, I can be located at e-mail ( Also, it appears this photo book was the property of Mrs GW Anderson, in Davenport, Iowa. I have not been able to find any info on the Anderson family.

Name: Chris Killillay <>
Date: 2004-06-28
I would like to express my greatest thanks. I am employed with the National Archives in Washington DC and appreciate your fine work on this website.

I was able to pull off info. on Lee Harold Hecht, which was my grandmother's (Ina Killillay (Hecht's) brother. I'm sure she will be surprised. The articles are well detailed and thought out. Thanks for your hard work!

Chris Killillay
Old Military and Civil Records
Textual Archives Services Division


Name: Renee Clary <>
Date: 2004-06-20
Thanks to all who have taken the time to create this website. I am a Great-Granddaughter of John Poltera and have been trying to trace my family history back to the time before he came to America.

My father (Robert Poltera) has Alzheimer's and unfortunately can't help me out very much. This is the first piece of information that I have been able to find that mentions when and how old John was when he came over to America. Thank you very much!


Name: Robin White <>
Date: 2004-06-18
A big thank you to everyone who helped with this web site. It's a lot of hard work and I appreciate it. I have just started to search my family history and it's nice to see and read articles of times gone by.

Name: Mary Ann Chitwood <>
Date: 2004-06-14
Thanks for all your work. I'm a descendant of the Moores and Hinkles, both who settled in Comanche Co. around 1884.

Name: Opry family <>
Date: 2004-06-12
We enjoyed your mom and family from Tucson and Comanche co, at the Opry, it was really good to see them and visit. Wished we would have had more time to visit. We are looking forward when we go on a trip to Tucson this winter, to see your mom again.
Jerry, there is a multitude of folks that enjoy this site. It creates quite a connection to a bunch of people near and far away.
Thanks Jerry, for all your work on all of our County's history.


Name: Joseph O'Neil <>
Date: 2004-06-11
I am researching Civil War Veterans from Canada, and those buried in Canada. I am most interested in this from your web page:
J.J. Bagsley, druggist, was born in Canada West, April 30, 1837. At the age of nineteen years he came to the United States and located in Grinnell, Iowa,

At age 19, that would of been roughly 1857. In that year, there was a great depression here in southern Ontairo (then called Canada west), and famine to a a genral crop failure. Manypeopel left this area for the USA> Do you have any more informaiton on this man, as I might be able to track him down, given some time.


Name: Bonnie Schmidt <>
Date: 2004-06-10
I have just begun to read thru this far, I have found the information and contributions to be awesome. I was born in Coldwater in 1955. My mom is Roxie Schmidt and my dad is Calvin Schmidt. I am very impressed by the military service information that is being shared on this site. I am grateful for the sacrifices that our service men and women have made for us, and I feel so struck by the losses.

Name: Troy White <>
Date: 2004-06-08
Hello all! I'm the Grandson of Mr. John White and I was born in Coldwater and now live in Lansing, Michigan.

Name: Betty White <>
Date: 2004-06-08
I am the wife of Marlan Jon White, son of Mr. and Mrs. John T. White of Coldwater. This is a wonderful website to explore and view. The new Veteran's page was beautifully done. Congratulations on your hard work and dedication so that we all can have a "taste of home".

Betty and Marlan White
3160 Lake Lansing Rd.
East Lansing, Michigan 48823


Name: Joan Steffey <intermin>
Date: 2004-06-07
June 7, 2004
I just had to read the update and sign that I had been here. Many memories are away out West for me.

Joan Steffey ('Annie Oakley')


Name: Darla J. Youngblood <>
Date: 2004-06-06
I have known for sometime that my maternal grandmother and grandfather had a connection to Wilmore. I am visiting in the area next week so am planning to visit there. I happened upon your website and have located my great grandparents at the Wilmore cemetery. They are John M. and Julia M. Hayes. I also found one of my grandfather's brothers and his wife -- Perry and Lena Barber. I am fairly new in genealogy and find your kind of help invaluable.
Thank You.


Name: Danielle(Fisher)/Barnes/Gard <>
Date: 2004-05-23
Thank you for a fond trip down memory lane. I have always loved Coldwater.

Name: deanie schiff <>
Date: 2004-05-09
Just to say that I enjoyed my afternoon in Wilmore with the Branson show. It is great to see old friends when we come to the Opry. Dan, we really wanted you to get on stage and sing. I think Gene was a pleasant surprise for the "professionals". Thanks for a fun day.

Name: jim korf <>
Date: 2004-05-09
what i've seen so far is very good, thank you very much

Date: 2004-05-08
Dan and Linda
Well I was over for your Show from Branson and Let me tell ya if That guy didnt keep us laughing and Telling all his Silly Jokes.
Also just to let you know that It was so Nice to Hear 92yr old Fred play His Fiddle and Gene you are the Best Country Singer Around, your mine And My Husbands favorite Singer and So are You Dan. Well again it was Great to see you all and Spend the day there.