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Barnsdall County Times

Thurs., March 30, 1933

Joseph C. Kemerling, aged 56 years, and 13 days, died at the Memorial Hospital in Bartlesville last Thursday after an illness of about seven months.
He and his family came to Barnsdall about 13 years ago and have made their home here since that time with the exception of about two years.
Funeral services were held from the Christian Church here last Friday afternoon and interment was made in the Ethel Reese Cemetary.
Joseph C. Kemerling was born Marcy 10, 1877 and died March 23, 1933. He was born in Kewanee, Ill. He was united in marriage to Gussie Mae Milligan of Victoria, Ill., Jan. 30, 1896. To this union was born nine children, five girls and four boys, Mabel Turner, Barnsdall, Josie Walker, Wolco, Winifred Wright, Barnsdall, Nan Evans, Dewey, Marion and Kenneth Kemerling Bransdall, Pete of Tulsa and Rex and Charles of Barnsdall.
Mr. Kemerling came to Kansas in 1901, moved to Bartlesville in 1908, engaged there by a wholesale grocery house for one year. From Bartlesville he moved to Ochelata where he opened a grocery and operated it until 1912 when he went to work for the I.T.I.O. as a line walker. At the beginning of his illness he was a district foreman for the same company.
Surviving him are his widow and nine children and ten grandchildren.
Submitted by Cathy Keiser  ckeiser809@aol.com

October 1, 1959

John Walker Rites
John Bethel Walker a long-time resident of the Wolco and Avant communities, passed away September 25 at the home of his son, Doyle of Barnsdall.
Mr. Walker was born May 27, 1873 in DeKalb County, Tenn. He came to Avant in 1923 from Arkansas. Mr. Walker was a former employee of the Shell Oil Company. He was married to Elizabeth Martin Coker in 1903 and she preceeded him in death. He was a member of the Baptist Church.
He is survived by two sons, Doyle of Barnsdall; Pleas G. of Tulsa; three daughter, Mary Lassater of Oklahoma City, Tressie Godfrey of Pyatt, Arkansas; and Jessie Johnson of Sydney, Neb; and fifteen great grandchildren. Funeral services were held in the House of Prayer of Avant with the Rev. Elwood Tanner officiating.
Submitted by Cathy Keiser  ckeiser809@aol.com

Thurs., October 30, 1930

Old Resident Died Sunday at Home of Her Son
Nancy Kemerling, who had lived with her son, J.C. Kemerling and wife for the past twnety-five years, the last ten of which have been in and around Barnsdall, passed from this life Sunday, October 26, at her son's home.
Mrs. Kemerling was born in Stark County, Ill., December 3, 1842, being 87 years, 10 months and 24 days of age. She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Kemerling.
She leaves to mourn her loss, her son, J.C. Kemerling, nine grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Mrs. Kemerling was converted and united with the Baptist Church in her early life.
Rev. Ira I. Woolard conducted the funeral services Tuesday morning and the body was taken overland to Liberty Kans., by the Henderson funeral coach, where interment was made.
Submitted by Cathy Keiser  ckeiser809@aol.com

Thurs., January 6, 1944

Mrs. Kemerling Funeral Held This Afternoon. Funeral services were held at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon at the Methodist Church here for Mrs. Gussie Mae Kemerling, 65, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Oakley, here Tuesday night. Mrs. Kemerling had lived in this community for the past 23 years. Rev. Beck of the local church, and Rev. Cave of Avant were in charge of the services with arrangements by the Powell Funeral Home.
Burial was made in the Ethel Reese Cemetery and the pall bearers were; Hugh Little, Charles Murray, Pige Simpson, Art Woods, L.A. Hightower and Don Ashby.
Mrs. Kemerling was born in Worcester, New York, March 6, 1879. She is survived by nine childre: Mrs. Ira McWhirt, Avant; R.E. Kemerling, Hobart; Rex Kemerling, Bay City, Tex.; Mrs. Estel Evans, Wichita, Kans; Mrs. Josie Walker, Wolco; Mrs. Winifred Wright, Pawhuska; Kenneth Kemerling, Wichita; Charles Kemerling and Mrs. Oakley, Barnsdall.
Other survivors are a brother, Rob Milligan, Holyrood, Kan., a sister, Mrs. Mabel Addis, Victoria, Ill., and 17 grandchildren.
Submitted by Cathy Keiser  ckeiser809@aol.com

Barnsdall Times
Contributed by Jodie jodie104@juno.com

February 24, 2000

Mary and Levi Downing will be celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary on February 28, 2000. The couple were married on February 28, 1980 in the First Baptist Church by Pastor Southern.

September 7, 2000

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Infield will celebrate their 50th Anniversary on September 16.  Robert M. Infield married Delores A. Smith on September 22, 1950 at the First Christian Church in Barnsdall. The Rev. Howard D. Johnson performed the ceremony. They have two children; two grandchildren

September 28, 2000

Ben and Rita (King) Kingsbury were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Barnsdall on September 10, 1950. Ben is a Barnsdall native, son of Edgar and Gladys Kingsbury, and Rita is the daughter of Fair and Agnes King of Wolco. Celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
In attendance were Ben’s sister, Edna Rae, daughter Lillian and son Stan. Rita’s brother’s Paul King, and Father Kenneth King were also there. The Kingsbury’s six children, their spouses and 12 children gave a party attended by 80 friends and family members on Saturday, September 9, 2000. On Sunday, the renewed their vows at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in El Cajon, California. (

APRIL 20, 2000

Celebration of the 50th wedding anniversary for Emmett and Pat Shaw.  Emmett Lee Shaw and Patricia Ellen Lembcke were married on May 14, 1950. They have lived in Barnsdall since then. They have three children; four grandchildren.

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