Ruth Clark

Lifelong resident and longtime school teacher Ruth Clark’s obituary.

Ruth Eileen Clark, age 89, of Haysville, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and retired teacher at Haysville USD 261, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Thursday, October 20, 2016. No visitation. Memorial service 10AM Tuesday, October 25, Haysville United Methodist Church, 601 E. Grand. Ruth was a lifetime resident of Haysville and life member of Haysville United Methodist Church. She was valedictorian at East High School and graduated from Friends University. Ruth was a devoted educator, teaching kindergarten and library classes in the Haysville community for over 30 years. Ruth Clark Elementary School was named after her in 2000. She enjoyed vacationing in Colorado, traveling, china painting, reading, writing poetry and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She co-authored a book about the history of Haysville entitled “In Days Gone By”. Ruth is preceded in death by her husband, Robert; parents, Fred & Mabel Stearns; daughter, Jill Sims; and her brother, Wayne Stearns. Survivors include her sons, Mark Clark (Stacy), of Sterling, and Bret Clark (Ronda), of Haysville; daughter, Jane Moon (Howard), of The Villages, FL; sister, Betty Jane Turkle, of Haysville; brother-in-law, Reagan Houston, of Hendersonville, SC grandchildren, Chad Moon (Tara), Chris Moon (Mary), Lindsay Quinton (Mat), Megan Giorgetti (Andy), Erin Cureton (Luke), Ryan Clark (Shaylee), Travis Sims, Tyler Sims, Tara Sims, Cooper Clark (Kerry) and Bailey Clark: 13 great-grandchildren.


Haysville Area Marriage Licenses Granted…

From The Wichita daily eagle., August 09, 1893.
Enon Fergeson – Cora Dunkin both of Haysville.

The Wichita daily eagle., August 23, 1893
Isaac C Patton – Mary C Crist both of Haysville.

The Wichita daily eagle., June 23, 1901
John W Grinstead of Wichita – Miss Mattie Valentine of Haysville.

People Of Haysville’s Past.

Below is a list of names from Haysville’s past.
Some names you may recognize as streets and schools have been named after them.

Some information on these pages was found in Cutler’s History Of Kansas (Pub. 1883) at the Kansas Collection website.

W.H. Baughman, farmer, Section 9, P. O. Ohio Center, was born in Knox County, Ky., in 1837, son of John and Cynthia Evans Baughman; was married in 1860 to Miss Malinda Hoskins, daughter of Hiram and Elizabeth Hoskins, and has three children – James A., Rosa B. and Willie E. Mr. Baughman came to Kansas in the spring of 1871, located in Allen County, engaged in farming and remained until the fall of 1872, when he moved to Sedgwick County and located on the farm where he now resides. He owns 240 acres of land and is engaged in farming and stock raising. He was one of the organizers of Ohio Township in March, 1873. He was the first Trustee of the town, was elected in April, 1873. He is a member of the School Board, has been Treasurer of the school district for two years. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and superintendent of the Sabbath school of the Haysville Circuit. He is a member of the Masonic Fraternity, A., F & A. M. He is an earnest temperance man and worker.

C.A. Cartwright, farmer, Section 30, P. O. Haysville, was born in Sangamon County, Ill., in 1852; son of V. C. and Cynthia Scott Cartwright. Was married in 1876 to Miss Ida Robinson, daughter of N. H. and Martha Beckwith Robinson. Has two children – Alice and Nellie. Came to Kansas in 1872, located on the farm where he now resides; owns 160 acres of land; has been Treasurer of Salem Township one term.

Virgil Cloud, farmer, Section 5, P. O. Haysville; son of Newton and Elizabeth Wood Cloud; was born in Morgan County, Ill., in 1846. Married, in 1868, to Miss Mary A. Hays, daughter of Lewis L. and Mary Lewis Hays. Has four children – Edgar, Eugene, Walter and Georgia. Came to Kansas in 1871, located on Section 12, Ohio Township; remained for two years, then moved to Section 5, Salem Township, where he now resides; owns eighty acres in Section 5, and 160 acres in Ohio Township. Was Township Clerk of Ohio township.

Fred Cohlmia, supporter of the community. Local businessman (Cohlmias Clothing Store).

S. Dunkin, farmer and merchant, Section 6, P. O. Haysville; was born in Indiana, in 1851; son of B. M. and Elizabeth Peyton Dunkin. He was married in 1873 to Miss Salome Sence, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Sence. He has two children – May and Daisie. He came to Kansas in 1871, and located on his farm in Section 6. Has also twenty acres in Section 5, with a residence and a store, which he built in 1882, 20×40 feet, and carries a general assortment of goods. He commenced merchandising in 1879 as a successor to Mr. Fuller. The business has increased from $7,000 in 1879 to $18,000 in 1883. In 1880 he was engaged in taking the census of Salem Township. He was Trustee of Salem Township in 1878. Is Deputy Postmaster of Haysville. Is a member of the I. O. O. F.

Josiah F. Fager, farmer, of Waco township, Sedgwick county, Kansas, was born in Ogle county, Illinois, on April 26, 1849. His parents were Conrad and Mary (Myers) Fager. The father was born in Northumberland county, Pennsylvania, and the mother in Washington county, Maryland. The parents were married in Ogle county, Illinois, where they both spent the balance of their lives. Josiah F. Fager remained in Ogle county until 1871, when he moved to Sedgwick county, Kansas, and pre-empted 160 acres of land in Ohio township. He lived for two years in Wichita, when he sold his claim in Ohio township, and in 1875, in partner-ship with W. W. Hays, built a flour mill, the second built in the county, at what is now Haysville. The first postoffice at Haysville was established in 1876 and was kept in the mill. Mr. Hays was postmaster and Mr. Fager was deputy. Mr. Fager was
interested in and worked in the mill until 1883. when he sold his interest and moved on his present farm, having bought 160 acres in 1880. He now has 220 acres. On this place he has an orchard of 100 acres in apple and pear trees. Aside from the Hoover orchard Mr. Fager has one of the largest in the county. On December 25, 1877, Mr. Fager married Miss Antonia Shaw, who was born in Shelby county, Illinois. Mrs. Fager is a daughter of Caleb and Mary A. Shaw. Her father came to Sedgwick county in 1876. Mr. and Mrs. Fager have one son, Clinton C, born January 6, 1879, who lives on the home place. Fraternally, Mr. Fager is a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen.

Henry I. F. Grosh, farmer, Sections 5 and 6, P. O. Haysville, was born in Maryland in 1836; son of George W. and Catherine Fisher Grosh. He was married, in 1867, to Miss Marion J. Hays, daughter of Lewis L. and Mary Lewis Hays, who was born in Illinois, in 1848. Have four children – Mabel, Inez, Viola and Lulu. He came to Kansas in 1873, and located at Wichita, engaged in shoemaking, and remained five years. In 1878 he located on his farm, where he now resides, in Salem Township. Was in the War of the Rebellion and enlisted in 1864, in the First Regiment Maryland Volunteers, Company F, Potomac Brigade. The regiment was changed to the Thirteenth Maryland Volunteers, and was mustered out in 1865. From 1861 to 1864, he was engaged at different times doing guard duty on the Potomac. Is a member of the I. O. O. F.

Dewey Gunzelman, lived on west side of Seneca north of big ditch. Before Haysville had a public pool, Dewey Gunzelman would let Haysville kids swim in his personal pool.

Charles F Guyer
, farmer, Section 16, P. O. Ohio Center, was born in Pennsylvania in 1852; is a son of William and Mary (Buffington) Guyer. Was married, in 1871, to Miss Josephine Fager, daughter of Conrad and Mary (Myers) Fager, a native of Pennsylvania; has two children – Jennetta and Mary Guyer. Came to Kansas in 1881; located on the farm where he now resides; owns 160 acres of land, and is engaged in general farming. Came from Chicago, Ill., to Kansas. Is a member of the School Boards, and Treasurer of the School District. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church; is recording and district secretary of the church and secretary and treasurer of the Methodist Episcopal Sunday school of the Haysville charge.

William Hays, (Haysville’s founder) Farmer and miller, Section 5, Salem Township, P. O. Haysville, son of Lewis L and Mary Lewis Hays, was born in Franklin, Ill., in 1840. Was married in 1865, to Miss Julia Cavanaugh, daughter of Thomas and Rebecca Cavanaugh. Has five children – Annie, Katie, Amy, William and Richard. Came to Kansas in 1871, located on Section 5, where he now resides. In 1875 built a grist mill on the Cowskin Creek, in Section 5 which he now owns in company with Mr. J. F. Fager. He also owns a grist mill at Marshall, Sedgwick County, and one in London Township, Sumner County. In 1876 started the village of Haysville, which now consists of a store, blacksmith shop and mill. The postoffice was located in 1876; Mr. Hays appointed Postmaster, which office he now holds; owns a fine grove, which is a noted resort for pleasure parties in summer, and for camp meetings. Is a member of the I. O. O. F

Hemphill, long time Haysville resident, dairyman.

Joseph W. Jolly, blacksmith, Section 5, P. O. Haysville, was born in Holmes County, Ohio, in 1857; son of Jackson and Martha (Carr) Jolly. Was married in 1882, to Miss Mary S. Sitten, daughter of William V. Sitten. Came to Kansas in 1877, located in Cowley County, engaged in blacksmithing, remained one year, and then moved to South Haven, Sumner County; remained until 1880, then located at Salt Springs. In the spring of 1882, built a shop and started the business at Geuda, and remained until 1883, when he moved to Haysville, where he is now engaged in blacksmithing; successor to Mr. Murphy in the business.

James M. Kirby, farmer, Sections 5 and 8, P. O. Haysville, was born in Vigo County, Ind., in 1837, son of John and Mary (Anderson) Kirby. He was married in 1865, to Miss Lucind Isbell, daughter of H. C. and Jane Isbell. They have three children – Emma, Melissa and Samuel. Mr. Kirby came to Kansas in 1876, and located on the farm where he now resides. He owns 160 acres of land, and has a fine orchard, 200 apple trees, 700 peach and 100 cherry trees, besides a variety of small fruit. He was in the War of the Rebellion, and enlisted in 1861, in the Thirty-fifth Illinois Regiment, Volunteers, Company A; was in the battles of Pea Ridge, Corinth, Perryville, Stone River, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Resaca, and other engagements. He was Color Bearer in an engagement near Dallas. Was with Gen. Sherman’s command in his march to Atlanta, and was mustered out in September, 1864, at Springfield, Ill. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

James B. Lawrence, physician, Section 5, P. O. Haysville, was born in Litchfield County, Conn., in 1846; son of Henry W. and Abigail Doolittle Lawrence. Was married in 1872, to Miss Edith E. Lee, daughter of Alfred and Susan J. Lee; born in 1856. Has one child – Ethel Lawrence. Was educated at South Berkshire Institute, Mass.; graduated in class of 1869; graduated in the medical department of Georgetown College, in Washington, D. C., in class of 1872. Was in the War of the Rebellion; enlisted in 1864, in the Marine Corps, and served on the blockade; was with the fleet in taking Fort Fisher. In March 1865, joined the United States Steamer Wachusetts; spent one year in the Atlantic and Indian oceans; joined the Asiatic Squadron in March, 1866; was with that squadron two years; returned to the United States in 1868, and was discharged; was apothecary in the naval hospital at Washington from 1870 to 1872; was Clerk in the Money Order Bureau, General Postoffice Department from 1872 to 1873; was acting assistant surgeon in army from 1873 to 1879, serving at various stations in the division of the Pacific a large portion of the time; under General Crook in Arizona from 1879 to 1881; was engaged in practice and in mining in Arizona. In 1882 came to Kansas on account of broken health; located in Salem Township, where he now resides engaged in the practice of medicine. Is a member of the G. A. R. Garfield Post, No. 25. Was County Treasurer of Mohave County, Arizona.

J. A. Nelson, farmer, Section 5, P. O. Haysville, was born in Vigo County, Ind., in 1828; son of James and Susannah (Cruse)Nelson. Was married to Miss Sarah J. Hautsford, daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth (Bruce)Hautsford; born in Kentucky, in 1841. Has three children – Thomas H., John and James. Came to Kansas in 1871 and located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 160 acres. Has a fine orchard of 175 apple trees, 300 peach trees and a few apricots, which are now bearing, and has a variety of small fruits. Was in the War of the Rebellion. Enlisted in 1865 in the Twenty-eighth Illinois Volunteers, Company G. Was ordered to Mobile. Was in the hospital at Memphis four months, and then removed to Jefferson barracks, Mo. Was mustered out in August, 1865. Has been Township Trustee of Salem for four years. Was County Commissioner of Sedgwick County, in 1876 and 1877. Is a member of Garfield Post, No. 25, G. A. R., and of the Old Settlers’ Association.

William Nevil, farmer, Section 8, P. O. Haysville, was born in Edgar County, Ill., in 1841. He is the son of James and Sarah (Nixon) Nevil. He married Miss Leonah Ripple, in 1880, daughter of Jesse and Elizabeth (Davis) Ripple, who was born in Illinois, in 1851. They have one child, William B. He came to Kansas in 1881, locating on the farm where he now resides. He was in the War of the Rebellion, enlisting in 1861, in the Ninth Missouri Volunteers, Company H. Was transferred from the Ninth Missouri Volunteer Infantry, Company H, to the Fifty-ninth Illinois Infantry, Company H, in 1862. Was in the battles of Mission Ridge, Lookout Mountain, Perryville and other engagements of his command. He was wounded in Perryville, Ky. Was in the hospital four months with his wounds. Veteraned in 1863. He was mustered out in December, 1865, in Texas. Is a member of the Old Settlers’ Association.

Samuel Price, a native of Ohio, and was born in 1827. Was reared in the agricultural profession and obtained an academic education. He began farming on his own responsibility, at the age of eighteen and continued thirty years. In the meantime he was preaching, as local preacher. He came to Humboldt, Kan., in 1878, where he preached regularly three years, after which time he moved to Haysville, where he preached one year. He then came to Wellington, Kan., and took charge of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which capacity he has since acted as pastor. He has established two churches in Ohio and was instrumental in paying the debt of $3,000, which the Humboldt Church owed. The Methodist Episcopal Church at Wellington is now being improved by Mr. Price. He was married to Miss C. S. Alder, of Virginia, in 1849, by whom he has eight children – Alice F., S. Kate, Charles W., Viola V., Bertha C., Cora A, Maud A. and U. Fletcher. Mr. Price owns eighty acres of land in Greenwood County, Kan. Started even in life. He was at one time part owner and associate editor of the Barnesville Enterprise, acting in that capacity nearly three years.

Jesse Sence, farmer, Sections 17 and 8, P. O. Haysville, was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, in 1851; is the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Sence. He was married in 1879, to Miss Effie Tucker, daughter of Rollins and Abigail Tucker. They have two children – Ira and Maud. He came to Kansas in 1874, and located on the farm where he now resides. He built his present residence in 1882, on Section 17. He owns 160 acres of land.

Samuel L Shoemaker, farmer, Section 30, P. O. Haysville, was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, in 1839. Son of Jacob and Susannah Nicodemus Shoemaker. Was married in 1862 to Miss Leah Hoffman, daughter of George and Adeline Lehman Hoffman, born in Franklin County, Pa., in 1841. Has nine children, John B., Martha A., Emma C., Jacob C., George O., William H., Sarah E., Mary B., and James A. Benjamin F. Shoemaker died in 1876, aged seven years and eleven months. Came to Kansas in 1878 and located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 399 acres of land. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Stephen Slade, farmer, Sections 31, 24, and 25, P. O. Haysville, was born born (sic) in England in 1838. Son of George and Catherine Vincent Slade. Was married in 1882 to Miss Agnes H. Keller, daughter of W. and Isabelle Keller. Came to Kansas in 1870 and located on the farm where he now resides. Has an orchard of 125 apple, 500 peach trees and a variety of small fruit. After three years spent on his farm he returned to Illinois and for three years was employed in charge of the Reform School farm at Pontiac, and then returned to Kansas, and again located on his farm. Is a landscape gardener by trade. Prior to coming to Kansas was employed in the St. Louis House of Refuge in managing the grounds. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Fred Stearns, Banker. Founder Haysville State Bank.

James S. Tomlin, farmer, Section 18, P. O. Haysville. Was born in New Jersey in 1835, son of Almorin and Rhoda Smith Tomlin. He was married in 1857 to Miss Anna E. Townsend, daughter of John and Mary A. Sutton Townsend, who was born in 1839. They have twelve children – Mary E., Louie E., William E., Samuel B., Mattie B., Howard S., Edgar W., James N., Frank M., Albert Q., Anna J. And Fred L. Mr. T. came to Kansas in 1871, located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 160 acres of land. Has been engaged in farming from that time. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

John Ward, Local blacksmith.

James E. Watt, farmer, Section 5, P. O. Haysville, was born in Canada, in 1856, son of Robert and Olive Sales Watt. Was married in 1876 to Miss Addie Lloyd, daughter of Stephen and Eliza Zimmerman Lloyd, who was born in Grant County, Wis., in 1856; has three children, Milton R., Emma F. and James E. He came to Kansas in 1866 with his uncle, located at Cottonwood Falls, Chase Co., in 1866 went to Wichita for five years, was engaged in herding and working on farm. In 1873 went to Reno County, and engaged in farming one year. In 1874 he located in Salem Township, where he now resides.

J. L. Wiley, farmer, Section 4, P. O. Haysville, was born in Vermillion County, Ill., in 1848, son of William and Sarah Lowman Wiley. He was married in 1867 to Miss Sarah J. Moore, daughter of Luther and Mary J. Stewart Moore, born in Illinois in 1848, has two children – Mary A. and Homer E. He came to Kansas in 1878, located on the farm where he now resides, owns 160 acres of land, and is engaged in general farming. He buried an infant son in 1868.

Please send us any information you have on prominent names around Haysville.

William Wallace Hays

William Wallace Hays was Haysville’s founder. More information on William can be found in his obituary.

William Was married to Juliet Hays.

William Wallace Hays obituary.

William Wallace Hays grave-site.

The following was submitted by Greg Silvey in June 2012…

I ran across your reproduction of the obituary for my great-great grandfather William Wallace Hays, and thought I would fill in a few details for you, based on my own research into my family’s history.

My great-grandfather Walter R Rehm married one of W.W. Hays’daughters, but the daughter he married was Anna “Hannah” Hays, notCatherine G. “Kate” Hays.

Kate married Edward J Darnell in Haysville in 1888. The Wichita Daily Eagle reported this in an article on April 17, 1888, which is attached.

Ed Darnell worked for W.W. Hays as his turnkey when Hays was sheriff of Sedgwick County.

All of the Hays family except one daughter, Amy, (who married Charles Knorr and stayed in Kansas), moved from Kansas to Washington in early 1900. W.W. Hays and his son Will struck out for the Alaska gold fields of Nome in the spring of 1900. The Wichita Daily Eagle reported on their efforts, and reported further on their visits back to Haysville after returning from Alaska.

Anna Hays (1866-1934) married my great-grandfather Walter Rehm in Haysville in 1896. They had three children, two born in Haysville, Hays, Sidney, and my grandfather Jack, who was born in Spokane, Washington. Anna and Walter are both buried in Tacoma, Washington, as are William W and Juliet Hays.

Richard Hays, who was a reporter for the Wichita Daily Eagle, became the arts critic for the Seattle Times, and worked for the paper from 1919-1952. He died a few months after retiring.

Emmett Blood

Emmett Blood obituary from the 02-22-1961 Lawrence Journal World…

Emmett Blood 57, of near Haysville, dies Tuesday at a Wichita hospital.
He was vice president of Haysville State Bank and president of Haysville Elevator & Supply Co.
He had been vice chairman until a recent illness, of Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Commission. He also was a member of Kansas Agricultural Stabilization Committee.
Survivors include his widow, Constance; a son Gerald Blood, partner in the orchard projects; and a sister, Mrs Joe A. Martin, Wichita.
Funeral services will be Friday at Bethany Methodist Church.

Obituary from the Wichita Eagle…

Report of death yesterday of Emmett Blood, long-time Haysville orchardist, at age 57. Born December 26, 1903 on the 160 acre farm near Haysville on which his grandfather settled in the 1870s (Gilman Blood). Father was the late George Blood, survived by wife, Constance, a son, Gerald E., 6222 South Broadway, a sister and sister-in-law, both in Wichita (named), and three grandchildren.

Ed Burke Telegrapher

From the 1909 book The Railroad Telegrapher, Volume 26, Part 1. By Order of Railroad Telegraphers.

Haysville has been reopened as a telegraph office with Bro EJ Burke from Valencia as agent Bro Burke was agent at Haysville before it was closed.

Pictured below: Ed Burke in the depot.

Harley Riggs

Scan courtesy of Cathy Hurley.

From a Sunday, June 5, 1960 Wichita Eagle article.

“Wichita Silhouettes” — biography of Harley S. Riggs, proprietor of Riggs Plumbing Company, 2514 West Douglas. Born on a farm in Chase County, Kansas on August 19, 1905. Came to Wichita in March 1909. Established his own plumbing firm in 1940. Married a nurse, Miss Mildred Wilhelm, in 1928. They have a daughter, Mrs. L. R. (Alberta) Sampson, Jr., 616 West Grand, Haysville, and three grandchildren.