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Brief News Notices

News Articles From Comanche County, Kansas

Office of The Western Star newspaper circa 1955, Coldwater, Comanche County, Kansas.

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Office of The Western Star newspaper circa 1955, Coldwater, Comanche County, Kansas


September 1878:
The Last Indian Raid In Kansas
reprinted in The Western Star, January 23, 1920.

November 12, 1884:
MYSTERIOUS DEATH: Foul Play Suspected
The Western Star, 12 November 1884.

November 22, 1884:
Coldwater, Kansas:
SOME OF ITS BUSINESS HOUSES WRITTEN UP IN GRAPHIC STYLE.
A Good Showing for a Six Months Old Town.

The Western Star, 22 November 1884.

July 4, 1885:
A Fatal Shooting Scrape (near Ashland, Kansas)
The Western Star, July 4, 1885.

July 4, 1885:
The Indian Scare
The Western Star, July 4, 1885.

July 4, 1885:
News Items & Announcements
The Western Star, July 4, 1885.

July 30, 1885:
Cattlemen Must Remove Their Stock
Presidential Proclamation by Grover Cleveland
The Republican, July 30, 1885.

December 3, 1885:
A List of Recent Guests At the Evansville Hotel
The Evansville Hearld, December 3, 1885.

February 13, 1886:
Minstrel Show in Coldwater
The Western Star, February 13, 1886.

March 20, 1886:
NESCATUNGA.
Its surroundings, Advantages, Necessities and Business Enterprises.

Nescatunga Enterprise, Volume 1, Number 1, March 20, 1886.

May 4, 1886:
Spelling Contest
Nescatunga Enterprise, May 4, 1886.

June 5, 1886:
Civil & Criminal Cases in District Court, June 9, 1886.
Nescatunga Enterprise, June 5, 1886.

June 19, 1886:
Destructive Wind, Hail and Rain storm.
Nescatunga Enterprise, June 19, 1886.

July 10, 1886:
BRUTAL MURDER
Nescatunga Enterprise, July 10, 1886.

July 24, 1886:
Recipe for Dan Davis' Lemon Pudding
Nescatunga Enterprise, July 19, 1886.

December 4, 1886:
OUR TOWN
Nescatunga Enterprise, December 4, 1886.

December 4, 1886:
A Sad Accident
Nescatunga Enterprise, December 11, 1886.

December 18, 1886:
Indian Creek News Items
Nescatunga Enterprise, December 18, 1886.

December 30, 1886:
AVILLA:
A Pen. Picture and a Biographical Sketch of the Queen of the Salt Fork Valley.
Her Surrounding Country and Her Wide Awake Business Men.

The Republican, December 30, 1886.

1886 & 1887
The Coldwater Dramatic Club, 1886 & 1887
Collected articles from The Republican and The Coldwater Review

January 1, 1887:
Unclaimed Letters and Cards at Nescatunga Post Office
Nescatunga Enterprise, January 1, 1887.

January 1, 1887:
Unclaimed Letters & Cards at Coldwater Post Office
The Western Star, January 1, 1887.

January 13, 1887:
Public Drunkenness
Nescatunga Enterprise, January 13, 1887.

January 15, 1887:
Shimer Township Created
Nescatunga Enterprise, January 15, 1887.

January 27, 1887:
COURSE OF STUDY (or the) COLDWATER PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
The Republican, January 27, 1887.

February 12, 1887:
NESCATUNGA: The Ell Town of Comanche County
Nescatunga Enterprise, February 12, 1887.

February 19, 1887:
Grand Army Post at Nescatunga
Nescatunga Enterprise, February 19, 1887.

February 19, 1887:
Death of John Cushion / Prairie Fire
Nescatunga Enterprise, February 19, 1887.

March 12, 1887:
Charter Members: Grand Army of the Republic Post at Nescatunga
Nescatunga Enterprise, March 12, 1887.

March 19, 1887:
Cave Creek Neighborhood News
Nescatunga Enterprise, March 19, 1887.

June 11, 1887:
Opening of the Opera House
The Western Star, June 11, 1887.

June 18, 1887:
District Court Proceedings
The Western Star, June 18, 1887.

June 18, 1887:
Unclaimed Letters at Coldwater Post Office
The Western Star, June 18, 1887.

June 18, 1887:
News Items & Announcements
The Western Star, June 18, 1887.

June 18, 1887:
FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION AT WILMORE.
The Western Star, June 18, 1887.

June 18, 1887:
Ill-regulated Immigration Rules
The Western Star, June 18, 1887.

July 1887:
Coldwater Real Estate Journal

July 2, 1887:
Unclaimed Letters and Cards at Nescatunga Post Office
Nescatunga Enterprise, July 2, 1887.

July 4, 1887:
Wilmore Barbecue, 04 July 1877
Articles from the Coldwater Echo and The Western Star.

July 9, 1887:
Dr. J.E. Sombart's Smash Up
The Western Star, July 9, 1887.

July 9, 1887
The Original Coldwater Cemetery
The Western Star, 9 July 1887.

August 13, 1887:
Unclaimed Letters at Coldwater Post Office
The Western Star, August 13, 1887.

August 13, 1887:
News Items & Announcements
The Western Star, August 13, 1887.

August 13, 1887:
CROOKED BUSINESS (Land Transactions in Rumsey Township)
The Western Star, August 13, 1887.

August 13, 1887:
The Normal Institute
The Western Star, August 13, 1887.

August 13, 1887:
Over A Girl (A Cutting Affray)
The Western Star, August 13, 1887.

August 27, 1887:
THE CARS
(First Railroad Train Arrives in Coldwater, Kansas.)
The Western Star, August 27, 1887.

September 3, 1887:
Serious Accident
The Western Star, September 3, 1887.

September 3, 1887:
A Strange Story
The Western Star, September 3, 1887.

September 3, 1887:
Rain and Hail Storm
The Western Star, September 3, 1887.

September 3, 1887:
Blood and Scalps (Details of the Recent Battle in Colorado)
The Western Star, September 3, 1887.

1887:
Collection of articles about Coal and Salt "Discoveries" in Comanche County, Ks, in 1887.

October 15, 1887:
Unclaimed Letters and Cards at Nescatunga Post Office
Nescatunga Enterprise,October 15, 1887.

November 11, 1887:
Unclaimed Letters & Cards at Coldwater Post Office
The Coldwater Review, November 11, 1887.

December 2, 1887:
News Items and Unclaimed Letters & Cards at Coldwater Post Office
The Coldwater Review, December 2, 1887.

December 3, 1887
Sheriff's Sales
The Western Star, December 3, 1887.

December 17, 1887:
Stable Fires
Nescatunga Enterprise, December 17, 1887.

March 2, 1888:
District Court Proceedings
The Coldwater Review, March 2, 1888.

March 3, 1888:
A $50,000 BLAZE! -- Coldwater's Principal Business Block in Ashes.
The Western Star, March 3, 1888.

March 16, 1888:
District Court Proceedings
The Coldwater Review, March 16, 1888.

February 1, 1890
W.D. MURPHY Slain on the Street by J.E. Sombart   The Western Star, February 1, 1890.

May 10, 1890
SOLOMON W. MILES KILLS DR. G. W. PRICHARD   The Western Star, May 10, 1890.

June 21, 1890
"STATE vs. SOMBART"
The Western Star, 21 June 1890.
Surnames: Ardy, Bailey, Brauner, Cade, Chambers, Kee, McCartney, Murphy, Odem, Price, Sample, Sluss, Smith, Sombart & Vickers.

September 12, 1890
Prairie Fires   The Western Star, September 12, 1890.

May 15, 1891
COMANCHE COUNTY'S GREATEST FLOOD   The Western Star, May 23, 1891.

March 6, 1892
A BIG FIRE (In Coldwater)   The Western Star, March 12, 1892.

March 12, 1892
Ridge Summit Observations   The Western Star, March 12, 1892.

February 18, 1893
EX-CASHIER WEILER ARRESTED: Charged With Receiving Money When the First National Bank Was Insolvent, The Western Star, February 18, 1893.

March 4, 1893
Suicide at Minneola.   The Western Star, March 4, 1893.
(This death was later determined to have been a killing, not a suicide.)

March 11, 1893
George Hunter Sent to Penitentiary for Stealing Cattle,   The Western Star, March 11, 1893.

March 18, 1893
Hugh Dorsett Adjudged Insane,   The Western Star, March 18, 1893.

May 8, 1894
Grand Army of the Republic   Open letter from Capt. B.M. Veatch of the Scott Post, Coldwater, Kansas, dated May 8, 1894.

May 26, 1896
Snake Story   The Western Star, May 26, 1896.

May 28, 1898
BAD ACCIDENT: George Curran Drowned Last Saturday,   The Western Star, May 28, 1898.

September 17, 1898
OUR SOLDIER BOYS The Western Star, Sept 17, 1898.
"Will Myers, Geo. Peek and Frank Willard have fell a prey to the fever so prevalent among the soldiers."

October 8, 1898
THE REUNION: Three Days of Patriotic Exercises and Solid Enjoyment.
EX-SOLDIERS AND CITIZENS FROM FOUR COUNTIES MEET AT WILMORE THIS WEEK.

-- The Western Star, 08 October 1898.
Surnames: Chrisman, Douglass, Fulton, Gilliam, Greenleaf, Henderson, Hughes, Jackson, Jarnagin, Long, Marrs, McMains, Meyers, Painter, Purdon, Reser, Rodgers, Rogers, Simpson, Snare, Steele, Veatch, Willard & York.

May 12, 1899:
A Terrible Tornado!
Visits Coldwater on Tuesday Night, Leaving Death, Destruction and Desolation in its Path.

The Western Star, May 12, 1899.

October 16, 1903:
Unclaimed Letters at Coldwater Post Office
The Western Star, October 16, 1903.

December 18, 1903:
Dead Body of Roland Wright Supposed To Have Been Found
The Western Star, December 18, 1903.

January 23, 1904:
Reward for Arrest & Conviction of Murderer or Murderers of Roland Wright
The Western Star, January 23, 1904.

June 2, 1905:
Memorial Day
The Western Star, June 2, 1905.

July 6, 1906:
Coyote Bounties Paid by Comanche County Board of Commissioners
The Western Star, July 6, 1906.

May 1, 1910:
Box Ranch for Sale, 1 May 1910
The Oklahoman, May 1, 1910.

May 24, 1912:
Coldwater Has a $30,000 Fire!
The Western Star, May 24, 1912.

August 14, 1913:
Prairie Fire
The Protection Post, August 14, 1913.

June 17, 1914:
The Knipe - Troika Case The Talisman, June 17, 1914.

1915:
Wilmore Opera House, 1915. A collection of advertisements for 1915 shows at Fisher's Opera House in Wilmore.

February 5, 1915:
Building of the Tabernacle
The Western Star, February 5, 1915.

April 22, 1915, The Wilmore News:
Special Train on "Widely Day."
"Widely Day" was a celebration in Coldwater, Kansas.

June 3, 1915, The Wilmore News:
Divorices Granted in District Court, June 3, 1915.
Surnames: Banta, Drullinger, Sell & Simpson.

June 3, 1915, The Wilmore News:
Coldwater News
Surnames: Banta, Briggs, Drullinger, Pepperd, Sell, Simpson & Shattuck.

August 12, 1915:
Wilmore News Items
Published in The Wilmore News, August 12, 1915.

April 26, 1917, The Wilmore News:
Another Big Ranch Gone

April 26, 1917:
This Mother Gave Her All: Touching Incident of Sacrifice on the Altar of Her Country's Need.
The Wilmore News, 26 April 1917.

April 26, 1917:
Fifty-Eight Cars of Stock Shipped
The Wilmore News, April 26, 1917.

May 4, 1917:
More Volunteers for the Army and Navy

May 11, 1917
Antioch Church, Avilla Township, 1917 Dedication and 1959 History.
Surnames: Baessler, Bigbee, Blake, Dial, Garten, Kintner, Knecht, Mawdsley, Oller, Simes & Wyrick.

June 15, 1917:
Complete List of Comanche County's "Boys of 1917".

June 28, 1917:
Red Cross Fund Oversubscribed, The Wilmore News, 28 June 1917.

July 13, 1917:
Complete list of Comanche County boys who are subject to draft.

June 17, 1917:
Draft Registration Day in Wilmore.

July 27, 1917:
The Great Army Draft Has Been Made.
Comanche County's Honor Roll

August 2, 1917:
NOTICE OF CALL AND TO APPEAR FOR PHYSICAL EXAMINATION
The following named persons are hereby notified that, pursuant to the Act of Congress approved May 18, 1917, they are called for military service of the United States by this Local Board.

August 10, 1917:
Two Sailor Boys Write to Home Folks
Letters from George P. Johnston and Albert L. Fridley

August 17, 1917:
Comanche County's Quota Almost Filled

November 17, 1917:
Wilmore Opera House "An evening with the Osceola Pooler Concert Company"

January 25, 1918:
WORK OF DRAFT BOARD.
Physical Examination to Begin Soon, 84 in Class I So Far.

May 10, 1918:
Death of Harold Hind

May 30, 1918:
PROTECTION'S HONOR ROLL
A list of Comanche County residents who were veterans of the Civil War or Spanish American War along with a list of men serving in WWI at the time of publication.

August 9, 1918:
Among Our Boys
Ralph Bradshaw, Harry Canfield, Ray Canfield, Archie Cantrell, Guy Chadwick, Donald Ferguson, Fred Ferrin, Beryl Hearldson, Bob Keesee, Jacob Kimes, Joseph MaGahan, Everett Masten, George Metzker, Harrison Metzker, Oscar Smith, Ray Swarner, Owen Warburton and Walter Waugh.

August 23, 1918:
Don King
A letter from Donnie King from the front lines in France and the announcement that he had been wounded in action.

September 20, 1918:
"18-45" REGISTRANTS"
A list of 672 men in Comanche County between the ages of 18 and 45 years of age who registered for the WWI Draft.

October 4, 1918:
Letter from Don King
A letter from Donnie King from a hospital in France after being wounded in battle.

October 11, 1918:
FOUR COMANCHE YOUNG MEN ANSWER DEATH CALL DURING PAST WEEK
John R. Crawford and Guy A. Schrock were soldiers; Warren Bratcher and Ernest Fox were not in the service.

October 18, 1918:
From Our Soldiers and Sailor Boys : Harrison and George Metzker
"Mr. and Mrs. Frank Metzker of this county have two sons in France, Harrison and George. We are permitted to quote as follows from letters received recently from the boys who are on active service with the American Expeditionary Forces."

November 1, 1918:
Letter from Don King
A letter from Donnie King from a hospital in France after being wounded in battle.

November 1, 1918:
AMONG OUR BOYS
Madison J. Carter, William Murton Carter, Warren Wilson Day, Edgar Ward Harmon, George Johnston, Stanley Edgar Proctor, Fred Harry Scholle, Guy W. Von Schriltz, Franklin F. Septer, Quincy Virgil Winningham, Leo Isaac Williams and J.H. Wright.

November 22, 1918:
Orlo Moore.

December 6, 1918:
Among Our Boys
Ward H. Butcher, James Crawford, Lawrence R. Hazzard, Claude Janson, Lee Purcell, Dr. W.O. Whitaker and Ernest Wood.

December 19, 1918:
Homer Headlee of Oklahoma Honorably Discharged

December 20, 1918:
FROM OUR SOLDIER and SAILOR BOYS
Letters from Ward Butcher, Fritz Harbaugh, Vernon Pepperd, Fred J. Schenck and Fred Wideman.

December 26, 1918:
Honor Belongs To Protection
(of having the first Comanche County soldier home from WWI service, who was Grover "Happy" Fralicek).

January 2, 1919:
PROTECTION BOYS KILLED IN ACTION:
Official Confirmation that Ed Burghart is Killed in Action and Ira Goff Died of Wounds

February 7, 1919:
IN HONOR OF ROY GATES   --   Among Our Boys
Robert Asa Cooper, Arthur Fisher, Roy Gates, William Kennedy, Ernest Hecht, Asa Hoofer, Basil Hunt, Oliver McCay, Everett Schultz, Walter Thompson and W.H. Williams.

March 20, 1919:
Memorial for ARLO MOORE
Died in service at 4:15 a.m. Oct. 10th, 1918 of pneumonia, base Hospital No. 101, St. Nazaire, France. He was from Protection, Ks.
Arlo Moore is not listed on the Soldiers Memorial or Heritage Park Memorial.

March 21, 1919:
AMONG OUR BOYS
Lynn Richardson, Carl Schenk, Ralph Tier, William Whitaker and Lawrence York.

March 27, 1919:
BURGHARDT DIED "GOING FORWARD"
Private Edward J. Burghardt, Jr., No. 2200983, Co. E. 353rd Infantry, A.E.F., of Protection, Kansas, was killed in action on the Verdun Sector in France on November 1st, 1918.
He is not listed on the Soldiers Memorial obelisk; he is listed on the Heritage Park Memorial.

March 27, 1919:
PROTECTION'S HONOR ROLL
A list of men who served in World War I from Protection, Kansas.
Died in Action: Edward L. Burghardt, Jr. and Frank Taves.
Died in Training: Archie L. Cantrell; Ira M. Edwards; Harold Hinds; Arlo Moore; George S. Morris and David Taves.
Some of these men are not listed on the Soldiers Memorial or Heritage Park Memorial.

March 21 and March 28, 1919:
HARRISON METZKER MEMORIAL SERVICES.

May 11, 1919:
A Mother's Day Letter, 1919: from Fred A. FERRIN to Alice (Eyerly) Ferrin
On Mother's Day, May 11th, 1919, six months after the Armistice of World War I was signed, many American soldiers were still with the American Expeditionary Forces in France. Among them was Sgt. Fred Ferrin of Wilmore, Ks.

August 28, 1919:
Soldier's Suicide:
Returned Soldier of Near Coldwater Commits Suicide Tuesday Evening

The Western Star, August 28, 1919.

January 23, 1920:
FIRE AT M.E. PARSONAGE
The Western Star, January 23, 1920.

March 12, 1920:
DR. W. DOSTER KILLED
The Western Star, March 12, 1920.

March 26, 1920:
Barn Destroyed By Fire
The Western Star, March 26, 1920.

March 26, 1920:
Republican Convention
The Western Star, March 26, 1920.

June 25, 1920:
ROBT. AND JOHN BRATCHER NOW IN JAIL HERE
The Western Star, June 25, 1920.

July 2, 1920:
IN DISTRICT COURT
The Western Star, July 2, 1920.

April 6, 1920:
Recalls An Early Day Storm (Blizzard, 1878)
The Western Star, April 6, 1920.

April 30, 1920:
HORRIBLE DOUBLE MURDER NEAR GREENSBURG
The Western Star, April 30, 1920.

July 23, 1920:
Lightning Storm Kills Five Horses, Burns Hay Stack
The Western Star, July 23, 1920.

July 30, 1920:
Protection Store Burglarized
The Western Star, July 30, 1920.

December 31, 1920:
FUNERAL FOR A. E. F. SOLDIER
Body of Eugene Wares Expected to Arrive This week from France
,
The Western Star, December 31, 1920.

March 18, 1921
Fire Damages Old St. Nicholas Hotel
The Western Star, March 18, 1921.

March 21, 1921:
MORE EARLY DAY HISTORY OF COLDWATER by J. P. Grove
-- The Western Star, March 4, 1921.

April 22, 1921:
HOW THINGS WILL SOMETIMES "HAPPEN"
Clo. Willard discovered his former teacher, Lottie Hollenback, had died of influenza.
-- The Western Star, April 22, 1921.

June 10, 1921:
C.F. Spicer: An account of pioneer days in Comanche County, Kansas -- The Western Star, June 10, 1921.

June 24, 1921:
Cora (Ferrin) Rockefeller tells of flood in Pueblo, Colorado -- The Western Star, June 24, 1921.

August 5, 1921:
Edgar Johnson Accidentally Shot -- The Western Star, August 5, 1921.

September 2, 1921:
BURTON W. MARIS NOW A RESIDENT OF THE HOLY LAND
-- The Western Star, September 2, 1921.

September 9, 1921:
TWO BARNS BURN
-- The Western Star, September 9, 1921.

November 11, 1921:
ELZA HOLMES WRITES FROM FAR AWAY FRANCE, The Western Star, November 11, 1921.

November 21, 1921:
Fire Destroys Comanche County's Court House
Published in The Western Star, November 21, 1921.

February 17, 1922:
Residence Destroyed by Fire
Published in The Western Star, February 17, 1922.

April 6, 1923:
Recent Accidents
Published in The Western Star, April 6, 1923.

April 13, 1923:
Wayne Replogle: New Honors in Athletics
Published in The Western Star, April 13, 1923.

April 13, 1923:
Ed Basey Victim Of Fatal Shot
The Western Star, April 13, 1923.

April 27, 1923:
More Honors for Arthur Barlow, Jr.
Published in The Western Star, April 27, 1923.

May 25, 1923:
On Memorial Day
Published in The Western Star, May 25, 1923.

June 13, 1923:
107 VOTES FOR, 4 AGAINST CEMETERY PROPOSITION
Published in The Western Star, June 13, 1923.

August 3, 1923:
Pioneer Death List
A list of pioneer settlers who lived in the county prior to 1898 and who died before 1923.
The Western Star, August 3, 1923.

August 10, 1923:
Death of President Harding
The Western Star, August 10, 1923.

October 5, 1923:
"Roy E. Stafford Writes of Pioneer Days in Comanche County"
The Western Star, October 5, 1923.

May 30, 1924:
Fatal Shooting of H. E. Myers on Tuesday
The Western Star, May 30, 1924.

June 20, 1924:
Some Surviving Pioneers in Comanche-co.
The Western Star, July 20, 1924.

July 4, 1924:
Some Early Day Experiences Recalled
The Western Star, July 4, 1924.

March 6, 1925:
Ashland Farmer Slain
Published in The Western Star, March 6, 1925.

June 19, 1925:
Gas At The Watchorn Test Well   & other 1925 & 1926 news articles about the well.

June 19, 1925:
Their Ranks Are Rapidly Thinning
Published in The Western Star, June 19, 1925.

August 7, 1925:
Mr. and Mrs. Hodgetts Write from England
The Western Star, August 7, 1925.

August 28, 1925:
Fatal Airplane Accident
The Western Star, August 28, 1925.

September 4, 1925:
Fatal Auto Accident, The Western Star, September 4, 1925.

October 2, 1925:
Fire Destroys Residence, The Western Star, October 2, 1925.

October 9, 1925:
Mammoth Petrified Horns, The Western Star, October 9, 1925.

October 30, 1925:
Those Big Horns, The Western Star, October 30, 1925.

December 25, 1925:
Fire at the Tinker Home
Published in The Western Star, December 25, 1925.

March 12, 1926
A Good K.K.K. Lecture
The Western Star, March 12, 1926.

May 7, 1926
List of District Court Jurors
The Western Star, May 7, 1926.

June 25, 1926
Signing of Indian Treaty to be Celebrated in 1927
The Western Star, June 25, 1926.

October 1, 1926:
A Few Changes of the Past 40 Years
The Western Star, October 1, 1926.

October 8, 1926:
From "Longhorns" to Pure-bred Cattle
The Western Star, October 8, 1926.

October 15, 1926:
Comanche-co. 40-odd Years Ago and Now
The Western Star, October 15, 1926.

October 22, 1926:
Some Interesting Elections In Comanche County
The Western Star, October 22, 1926.

December 17, 1926:
Coldwater Forty-Two Years Ago
The Western Star, December 17, 1926.

7 Jan 1927
Comanche County in the State Legislature
A Few Facts About the Men Who Have Represented This County in Topeka

The Western Star, January 7, 1927.

21 January 1927
County Superintendents of Comanche-co.
The Western Star, January 21, 1927.

28 January 1927
Comanche-co.'s Nine District Clerks
The Western Star, January 28, 1927.

4 February 1927
Comanche-co's Eleven County Treasurers
The Western Star, February 4, 1927.

11 February 1927
Comanche-co.'s Twelve Registers of Deeds
The Western Star, February 11, 1927.

18 February 1927
Comanche-co.'s Eight Probate Judges
The Western Star, February 18, 1927.

4 March 1927
About Comanche-co.'s Twelve Sheriffs
The Western Star, March 4, 1927.

4 March 1927
Among The Little Folks
The Western Star, March 4, 1927.

18 March 1927
About Comanche-co.'s County Attorneys
The Western Star, March 18, 1927.

18 March 1927
Kirby Humphrey Arrested on Liquor Charge
The Western Star, March 18, 1927.

8 April 1927:
A. C. Oller Sells the Wilmore Telephone Exchange
The Wilmore News, April 8, 1927.

13 April 1927:
About Comanche-co.'s 11 County Clerks
The Western Star, April 13, 1927.

15 April 1927:
Tragedy Stirs Comanche County
The Wilmore News, April 15, 1927.

21 April 1927:
Twister Wrecks Buildings
The Hardtner Press, April 21, 1927.

7 May 1927:
BARBER COUNTY SWEPT BY TORNADO
LEAVING DEATH AND DESTRUCTION

The Barber County Index, May 27, 1927.
(Also see: Cyclone at the Platt Ranch by Mike Platt and The Tornado of May 7, 1927, As Told by Florence Mills Wells.)

7 May 1927:
Tornado plays Havoc at the Platt Ranch
The Western Star, May 13, 1927.

1 July 1927
A Few Facts About The City Of Coldwater, Now 40 Years Old
The Western Star, July 1, 1927.

12 August 1927
Wilmore Child Is Victim of Fatal Accident: Clarence Taylor Lives But Nine Hours After Head Is Crushed Between Granary and Truck
The Western Star, August 12, 1927.

18 August 1927
LOYAL HUNT DROWNED IN LAKE IN WEST VIRGINIA
The Western Star, August 19, 1927.

26 August 1927
TWO ARE KILLED IN AN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT NEAR WILMORE THURSDAY NIGHT: Wrecked Car Overturns, Fatally Injuring Travis Booth and Wesley Cottle, The Wilmore News, August 26, 1927.

23 Feb 1928:
Francis Ashcraft Killed In Aviation Accident: The Protection Post, 23 Feb 1928.

30 March 1928
Wilmore Bank Robbed, The Western Star, March 30, 1928.

July 4, 1929
Jack Ashcraft, Noted Protection Aviator, Killed At Roosevelt Field, New York, The Protection Post, July 4, 1929.

8 August 1929
Automobile Accident Takes Two Wilmore Boys, The Clark County Clipper, 8 Aug 1929.

September 5, 1929
Kansas Girl To Seek Air Record, The Protection Post, September 5, 1929.

9 January 1931:
Yeggs Nitro Two Safes In Wilmore Wednesday Evening, The Wilmore News, January 9, 1931.

13 May 1931
Farmers to Strike For Dollar Wheat
Clark County Men Take Initiative In What May Become A National Movement.
Published in The Wilmore News, 13 May 1931.

4 November 1932:
TWO PROTECTION BOYS SHOT ON HALLOWEEN: High School Boys Are Victims of Stewart Millimum Monday Evening, The Wilmore News, 4 Nov 1932.

12 May 1933:
Protection Couple Is Arrested For Larceny: State Warrant Issued for Mr. and Mrs. Jay Lyons Monday, Charging Theft of Calf, The Wilmore News, 12 May 1933.

16 June 1933
List of Pioneer Settlers Buried in Crown Hill Cemetery
Published in The Western Star, 16 June 1933.

21 July 1933
Mabel Harding: Writes of Early Days Here: The J.W. Harding Family
The Western Star, July 21, 1933.

18 August 1933
William V. Jackson: "Little Tragedies of the Prairie"
The Western Star, August 18, 1933.

18 August 1933
Mabel Harding:Writes of Early Days In Coldwater
The Western Star, August 18, 1933.

7 September 1933
Bill Brock relates Story of Highway Robbery at Meade Park, The Fowler News, September 7, 1933. (The robbers were Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow and their gang members.)

8 September 1933
Alva Trummel Kidnapped, The Western Star, September 8, 1933. (The kidnappers were Bonnie Parker, Clyde Darrow and their gang members.)

8 June 1934
NO TRACE FOUND OF TRIO WHO KIDNAPED BARBER AT COLDWATER FRIDAY NIGHT: H. E. Pipkin Freed by Kidnappers Late Friday Evening Near Olin Millam Farm
The Western Star, June 8, 1934.

19 September 1934
Bonnie Parker Worked in Dodge, Barrow in Hugoton, The Dodge City Globe, September 19, 1934.

9 Oct 1936
Pendergraft Brothers Drowned In River
The Western Star, October 9, 1936.

27 Nov 1936
Kenneth Hill and Vern Dean Schultz: Two Youths Killed In Motor Accident Sunday
The Wilmore News, November 27, 1936.

18 Oct 1936
Wilmore News
The Wilmore News, October 18, 1936.

9 April 1937
Old Letter From Floyd Allen Describes Details Of Opening Of Cherokee Strip
The Wilmore News, April 9, 1937.

3 December 1937
Sitka Boys Plead Guilty to Statutory Charges
The Wilmore News, December 3, 1937.

21 December 1937
Two To Reformatory
The Wilmore News, December 21, 1937.

February 18, 1938:
Mineral Resources of Comanche County
The Western Star, February 18, 1938.

March 18, 1938:
Ring of Cattle Thieves Broken Up
The Western Star, March 18, 1938.

March 25, 1938:
Talked by Short Wave (Radio)
The Western Star, March 25, 1938.

July 15, 1938:
Interesting Data From Old Marriage Records
The Western Star, July 15, 1938.

28 July 1939
Wilmore News Items
Published in The Wilmore News, July 28, 1939.

31 Oct 1939
"Early Day Memories" by Alice (Eyerly) Ferrin, The Wilmore News, October 31, 1939.

December 19, 1941 -- April 18, 1947
News articles from the World War II era are on the Home Front page.

The Western Star, December 19, 1941.
Comanche County's Honor Roll
A list of the Boys From Comanche County Who Are Now In The Armed Forces of the United States.

The Western Star, January 12, 1942.
SGT. ERIC A. SIMS DIES FROM WOUNDS
His Brother's Wife's Sister With Him When He Died.

The Western Star, January 16, 1942.
PROTECTION MAN KILLED NEAR PHILLIPINES

The Western Star, February 13, 1942.
A List of Comanche County Boys Now In The Armed Forces

The Western Star, March 20, 1942.
ALFRED SEIDEL IS ANOTHER WAR CASUALTY: Protection Young Man on Ill Fated Houston Sunk by Japs

The Western Star, May 29, 1942.
FOURTH SELECTIVE REGISTRATION LIST
Registration on April 27 Includes Men 45 to 65 Years of Age
Who Had Not Previously Registered in Comanche County.

The Western Star, Friday, June 19, 1942.
ELWIN E. SMITH KILLED IN ACTION
Is First Known Casualty From Coldwater in World War II.

The Western Star, September 4, 1942.
Scrap Drive Response Is Most Amazing
Nearly a Million Pounds Gathered to help Our Boys

The Western Star, September 4, 1942.
Military Service News:
Robert Edwin Gilchrist, Clyde T. "Billie" Giles, Roger Lehman, Lyle Martin, Jack Taylor, Albert Wall, Jack White and Vernie White

The Western Star, September 4, 1942.
V-Mail For Soldiers Is Proving Popular:
Letters Are Photographed And Film Flown Overseas

The Western Star, September 11, 1942.
Comanche Co. Leads Nation in Scrap Collection

The Western Star, November 6, 1942.
COLDWATER NAVY CADET CRASH VICTIM
Herbert Seyfrit Killed Instantly While Landing Plane.

The Western Star, February 5, 1943.
MALONE TWINS NOW TOGETHER

The Western Star, 'The Letter Box', February 26, 1943.
Letter from 1st Lt. 1st Lt. Hobert H. Thompson, USAAF

The Western Star, February 26, 1943.
LIEUT. DONALD WHITE MISSING IN ACTION
Has Been With Fighter Squadron Since December.

The Western Star, March 5, 1943.
LIEUT. DONALD WHITE STILL LISTED MISSING
Had Been piloting P-38s Since Being Commissioned

The Western Star, May 21, 1943.
BILL FINNEY STILL MISSING

The Western Star, June 11, 1943.
DONALD BETZER A CRASH VICTIM:
Dies in Wichita Following Collision of Planes in Midair

The Western Star, June 11, 1943.
Coldwater Sailor Has Sailed the Seven Seas, Tommy Toothaker, CM1, USN.

The Western Star, June 18, 1943.
PFC. WM. FINNEY ALIVE IN PHILIPPINES: For a Year He Was Thought to Have Been Killed.

The Western Star, July 23, 1943
BILLY FINNEY HEARD FROM

The Western Star, July 23, 1943
WILMORE BOY KILLED OVER GERMANY:
Lieut. Truett Barron Shot Down and Killed June 26.

The Western Star, August 27, 1943:
LT. HOBERT THOMPSON IS MISSING IN ACTION
Was The Co-pilot of B-24 Liberator Bomber in Pacific.

The Western Star, September 17, 1943
COLDWATER PILOT MAKES THE SUPREME SACRIFICE:
Official Word Comes That Lieutenant Thompson Was Killed in Action on August 8 in the South Pacific Area.

The Western Star, September 17, 1943
AN OPEN LETTER To PFC. BILL FINNEY, JAP PRISONER

(circa) September 1943
Leighton Metzker Missing in Action: Was Gunner on Bomber In Raid Over China Territory

(circa) September 1943
LIST WICHITA MAN MISSING: IRA L. METZKER

The Western Star, September 24, 1943.
SOLDIER DIES IN FLORIDA.

The Western Star, October 1, 1943.
PVT. MARTIN McMILLEN'S FUNERAL HELD IN WILMORE

The Western Star, October 15, 1943.
SGT. LEO C. THRALL IS MISSING IN ACTION
Protection Young Man Was On Second Raid Over Germany.

The Western Star, October 22, 1943:
PROTECTION YOUTH DOWNED OVER GERMANY
Staff Sgt. Leo C. Thrall Was On His Second Raid.

The Protection Post, November 12, 1943.
List Of Men Serving In The Armed Forces.

The Western Star, November 19, 1943.
JOHN JENKINS IS MISSING IN ACTION: Is Thought to Be on Overdue Sub in Pacific.

The Western Star, November 19, 1943.
Sanders Brothers See Many Months of Service:
Ensign Nelson Sanders Wounded in Santa Cruz Battle, Grover Gets Advanced Schooling and Ralph Sees Action in South Pacific.

The Wilmore News, January 28, 1944.
ERNEST TRUMMEL REPORTED MISSING IN ACTION

The Wilmore News, January 28, 1944.
Delmar Horner Promoted to Technician 4th Grade

The Western Star, January 28, 1944.
LIEUT. MONROE HUCK GETS WINGS HARD WAY
Spurned Master Sergeant Rating to Get Into Air Corps.

The Western Star, February 25, 1944.
STAFF SGT. BERT HILL HOME AFTER 25 RAIDS:
Awarded D. F. C. Air Medal And Three Oak Leaf Clusters.

The Western Star, March 10, 1944.
SGT. ERNEST TRUMMEL DOWNED OVER FRANCE
Wilmore Gunner Missing Since January 5th, 1944.

The Western Star, March 24, 1944.
PFC. LAWRENCE YORK WOUNDED IN ACTION
Was Awarded The Purple Heart; Twice Hit by Japs.

The Western Star, April 28, 1944.
Chas. A. England A Pharmacists Mate;
Helps keep the Pacific Sailors in Fighting Trim

The Western Star, May 26, 1944.
COLDWATER NAVIGATOR INJURED IN COMBAT
Lieut. Monroe Huck Awarded Two Oak Leaves For 20 Flights.

The Western Star, June 2, 1944.
BEN VONACHEN KILLED OVER ITALY BY GERMANS
Was the Tail Gunner In a Flying Fortress

The Western Star, June 9, 1944
PROTECTION SAILOR DIES IN PRISON CAMP
Alfred G. Seidel Succumbs to Inhumane Treatment by Japs.

The Western Star, July 28, 1944.
BILL GRIFFITH KILLED IN ACTION: Was on L. S. T. on French Invasion Coast

The Western Star, July 28, 1944.
SGT. AUBREY HOLLAND KILLED on BIAK ISLAND
Leaves Wife and Six Children in New Mexico.

The Western Star, July 28, 1944.
LAWRENCE YORK JR. AWARDED BRONZE STAR

The Western Star, July 28, 1944.
PROTECTION SOLDIER KILLED IN ACTION

The Western Star, July 28, 1944
PVT. HOWARD KING MISSING IN ACTION

The Western Star, August 4, 1944.
PROTECTION SOLDIER DIES in INVASION of FRANCE.
Pfc. Hugh H. Melrose Leaves Wife and Three Children.

The Western Star, August 4, 1944.
BILL ROBBINS is MISSING in ACTION.
County's Only Paratrooper Is Unaccounted For Since D Day.

The Western Star, August 18, 1944.
SGT. LEE HECHT RECEIVES CITATION
Awarded Air Medal And Oak Leaf Cluster.

The Western Star, August 18, 1944.
T. SGT. EDW. WALLER AWARDED BRONZE STAR.
Heroic Acts of Bravery Shown in St. Lo Sector.

The Western Star, August 25, 1944
CPL. ROBERT BOOTH KILLED in FRANCE.

The Western Star, September 8, 1944.
PROTECTION SOLDIER KILLED in FRANCE.
Pfc. Melvin Verl Park Died in Battle of Cherbourg.

The Western Star, September 8, 1944
PVT. HOWARD KING A BATTLE CASUALTY.
Was Killed During The Invasion Of France.

The Western Star, September 9, 1944.
SGT. EDWARD WALLER WOUNDED IN FRANCE.

The Western Star, September 15, 1944
Coldwater Pilot Knocks Out 6 Planes
Lieut. Harry Little in P-38 Lightning Spreads Destruction

The Western Star, September 15, 1944.
SCHROCK BROTHERS UNITED AFTER 4 YEARS.
John Severely Wounded And Has Purple Heart Award.

The Western Star, October 27, 1944
PVT. BILL ROBBINS A GERMAN PRISONER
Will Receive Bronze Star and Presidential Citation

The Western Star, October 27, 1944.
S. SGT. ELMER SCHULTZ WOUNDED SECOND TIME
Is In Hospital in France After Battles in Germany.

The Western Star, October 27, 1944.
LIEUT. VICTOR WILLARD BOMBS JAP ISLAND.
Coldwater Bombardier Receives C. O. Commendation.

The Western Star, December 15, 1944
Clayton Zimmerman Dies a Jap Prisoner
Former Comanche County Soldier Captured on Corregidor

The Western Star, January 19, 1945.
PFC. WARREN L. PETTY KILLED IN GERMANY
Popular Protection Youth Reported Missing, Then Killed.

The Western Star, January 19, 1945
T5 KEITH CRAWFORD KILLED IN BELGIUM
Was Husband of Evelyn Wall-Crawford of Coldwater.

The Western Star, January 26, 1945.
T. SGT. WILBUR R. LYTLE HAS SILVER STAR AWARD.
Kills Several Germans And Captures Seven Alone.

The Western Star, February 9, 1945.
PVT. BILL ROBBINS, NAZI PRISONER, WRITES.
Card Received Last Saturday In His Own Handwriting.

The Western Star, March 2, 1945.
LIEUT. HARRY LITTLE STILL ALIVE IN GERMANY
After Five Months of Silence, Writes He Is Prisoner.

The Western Star, March 23, 1945.
Sgt. Marion L. Canfield Killed In A Plane Crash

The Western Star, April 6, 1945.
S. SGT. ELMER SCHULTZ WOUNDED THREE TIMES
Is Home on a 30 Day Convalescent Furlough

The Western Star, April 13, 1945.
S. SGT. LEE HECHT IS MISSING in ACTION
Was on His 25th Mission When His Plane Was Downed.

The Western Star, May 11, 1945.
T4 ROBERT L. HOUGH KILLED IN PHILIPPINES
Had Never Had a Furlough Home In 29 Months of Service.

The Western Star, May 22, 1945.
IS LIBERATED FROM GERMAN PRISON CAMP
Pvt. William Robbins a Prisoner Since June 6, 1944.

The Western Star, May 25, 1945.
PFC. WM. H. FINNEY LIBERATED FROM JAPS. Was In Corregidor When It Fell Three Years Ago.

The Western Star, June 22, 1945.
PVT. BILL ROBBINS INTERNEE, NOW HOME.
Coldwater Paratrooper Had Been Missing Since D Day.

The Western Star, June 29, 1945.
PFC. WM. H. FINNEY DIES ABOARD JAP SHIP: Was Being Taken From Manila When U. S. Sub Sinks Ship.

The Western Star, September 28, 1945.
PFC. AUGUST METZGER IN THREE CAMPAIGNS
Has Ear Drums Ruptured and Arm and Hand Shattered

The Western Star, November 9, 1945.
Memorial Shaft Dedication Sunday,
Special Armistice Day Service in Charge of Legion

The Western Star, November 9, 1945.
Family Dinner For Returned Soldier T4 Harvey Myers

The Western Star, November 9, 1945.
Many Veterans Home

The Protection Post, November 16, 1945.
Scotte Hecht Says Typhoons Are Worst;
Was in Several Invasions In the Southwest Pacific

The Western Star, December 21, 1945.
BRONZE STAR AWARD GIVEN POSTHUMOUSLY
Presentation Made Sunday to Parents of T 4 Robt. L. Hough.

The Western Star, March 29, 1946.
SILVER STAR AWARD TO LORIN D. BLISS:
Extreme Bravery in Taking Strong Fortification Recognized.

The Western Star, May 10, 1946.
S. SGT. LEE H. HECHT NOW DECLARED DEAD
Was on 25th Mission Over Nazis When Downed.

The Western Star, September 20, 1946
STILL SUFFERING FROM SERIOUS WOUND
Pfc. Carl H. Schenk in Hospital With Total Disability

The Western Star, September 20, 1946.
Blevins Recognized in Wilmore Cafe, Then Are Captured Near Medicine Lodge: Pictures of Blevins Bros. In Star Leads to Arrest

The Western Star, October 25, 1946.
IVAN KESSEE, BM1c BROUGHT BACK IN CAST.
Will Need To Undergo Two Serious Operations.

The Western Star, January 10, 1947.
Tragedy Strikes County as Richardson Family Suffers Death or Serious Injuries -- Injuries of Mrs. Alonzo Richardson and 18 Months Old Son, Gary Allen, Fatal; Five Other Members of Family Rushed to Hospital

The Western Star, February 7, 1947.
Will Return Bodies of Men Killed Overseas

The Western Star, February 14, 1947.
The Drive Is On For A Veterans Memorial Building

The Western Star, April 18, 1947.
IVAN KEESEE HAS SERIOUS BACK INJURY.

The Western Star, May 2, 1947.
Coldwater Athlete Breaks Old Record

The Western Star, June 13, 1947.
Comanche County Has Its Own "Flicka": Robert Wimmer of Protection Is a Superb Trainer of Horses

The Western Star, June 27, 1947.
Lieut. Gerald Lott Awarded Air Medal: Was Fighter Pilot in Pacific on Two Carriers

The Western Star, June 27, 1947.
Unruh Brothers Killed in Plane Crash: Melvin, 22, Dies Instantly, And Arlan, 14, Four Hours Later

The Western Star, June 27, 1947.
A Strange Coincidence in the Purkey Family

The Western Star, July 11, 1947.
Coldwater to Stage Big Rodeo: July 19 and 20 Set as Dates of the Annual Affair

The Western Star, August 1, 1947.
The Western Star Enters 64th Year of Publication.
Was in Existence One year Before County Was Organized.

The Western Star, August 8, 1947.
Fire Destroys the Walter Deyoe Home: All But Two Bedrooms Badly Damaged by Fire

The Western Star, December 5, 1947.
Marion A. West, Pioneer Pilot, Visits Coldwater

The Western Star, December 5, 1947.
Jury Acquits a Notorious Woman - Must Now Stand Trial In Several Other Places

The Wilmore News, October 8, 1948.
Comanche County Farm Income Above National Average

The Western Star, May 28, 1948.
Moonlight Maid: Career Ended For Famous Yacht

The Wilmore News, March 4, 1949:
Raccoon Nearly Drowns Sheep Dog - Small Rat Terrier Comes to Rescue and Saves Dog's Life

The Wilmore News, May 27, 1949:
"Twister Wrecks Wilmore Business District"

The Wilmore News, June 3, 1949:
"Town Cleaning Up After Tornado Damage"

The Wilmore News, September 9, 1949:
"MULE CREEK AGAIN FLOODS IN NORTH PART OF WILMORE"

The Western Star, December 2, 1949.
G. Ronald Herd Presented Bronze Star

The Western Star, August 11, 1950:
New County Hospital to Be Dedicated Saturday: A Brief History of County's Hospital.

The Western Star, June 8, 1951.
Wichita Jet Ace Had Relatives Here

The Western Star, June 15, 1951.
Pvt. Ralph Hoofer To Diesel School

The Western Star, June 15, 1951.
Pvt. Calvin Schmidt In Armored Division

The Western Star, October 5, 1951:
Comanche Pool Reunion

The Western Star, October 12, 1951:
Register of County's Early Day Settlers

The Western Star, October 12, 1951:
Wayne Burkhall's Ship Hits Mine

The Western Star, January 4, 1952:
Gale Haun Home From Korean Service

The Western Star, January 18, 1952.
Scrap Iron Is Badly Needed.

The Protection Post, September 26, 1952.
Don Smutz Killed In Jet Explosion.

The Western Star, February 20, 1953.
Pfc. Althea Alder Advances in Rank

The Western Star, February 20, 1953.
A Disastrous Farm Fire Last Saturday

The Western Star, April 24, 1953.
Bob Hecht Home On 15 Day Leave

The Western Star, May 22, 1953.
Twenty Called for Physical Examinations

The Western Star, July 10, 1953.
Comanche County in Drouth Stricken Area

The Western Star, March 18, 1955.
Chris Nielsen Injured When Tractor Overturns

The Western Star, June 7, 1957.
Cloudburst Near West County Line

The Protection Post, April 27, 1956.
Cave-In Traps Two; Fatal To One

The Western Star, September 8, 1960.
Gas Explosion Wrecks Country Home:
Miss Carrie Belle Dillinger Killed; Her Sister, Miss Molly, Injured

The Western Star, March 7, 1963.
Jerry Heft Pinned Under Truck 2 Hours

The Western Star, December 12, 1963.
Pat Kiker Killed In Propane Explosion

news clipping, 31 Dec 1964.
Mrs. J.M. Cline Has Made Many Hundreds of Beautiful Quilts

The Western Star, September 1, 1966.
Wilmore Bank Robbed Last Week

The Western Star, February 29, 1968.
Boy Scouts Build During Campout

The Western Star, July 3, 1969.
Mike Blackard Struck By Lightning

The Western Star, July 3, 1969.
Tragic Accident Stirs Community   (The Death of Paul Kirby)

The Western Star, October 16, 1969.
Graduates from Coldwater High School, 1892 - 1969.

The Western Star, December 4, 1969.
Accident Occurs South of Town

The Western Star, December 4, 1969.
Lt. (j.g.) Ronald Beeley Serving with Navy in Vietnam

The Hutchinson News, September 18, 2004.
Richard L. Beeley: Reunion of a lifetime


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