Monday, May 30, 2016

Amanuensis Monday - Mayfield: Then & Now - 1931 Last Day of School Picnic

Last Day of School Picnic

Circa 1931

Circa 1931 - Excerpted from Page 148 - Mayfield: Then & Now
Five girls enjoy a last-day-of-school picnic near the Chikaskia River:
Mary Ethel Wright, Bonnie Hensley, Roberta Heasty, Mary Margaret
Laughlin, Louise Spangler. The teacher was Almeda Hensley and her
car is in the background. (Mary Ethel McKee photo) 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Amaunensis Monday - 1942 Photograph of Mayfield Federated Church Members

Mayfield Federated Church 

Mayfield: Then & Now - p. 105

Members of the Mayfield Federated Church Congregation on June 14, 1942:  Front row: L to R: Ruby Anderson, Coralyn Stayton, Marlene Jackson, Lorene Clark, Thelma Faye Goodrum, Marilyn Stayton, Opal D. Clark; second row: Edna Stayton, Gail Goodrum, Gerald Hill, Neal Goodrum?, Gordon Goodrum, Ronald Hill, Anne Jackson; Third ow: unknown, unknown, Margaret Goodrum holding Karen Wade, Virginia Armstrong, Norma Jo Wade, Vivian Armstrong, Wanda Miller; Fourth Row: unknown, Mabel Stayton, unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown; Fifth row: Lawrence Clark, Gladys Clark holding Larry Roland Miller, Iola Miller, unknown, unknown, unknown; sixth row: Henry Clark, Marian Clark, unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown, Myrtle Stocking; Seventh Row: unknown, Gerry Porter, unknown, Fred Stayton (with suspenders) unknown (maybe a Cramner?), Roy Stayton, Charlie Lauterbach; Eighth row: from right to left on this row is Wanda Stayton holding Bob, and Pete Wade and Dorothy Wade. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Amanuensis Monday - Mayfield: Then & Now - Chikaskia Presbyterian Church

Chikaskia Presbyterian Church

Chikaskia United Presbyterian Parsonage
P. 93 - Mayfield: Then & Now

   The history of the Chikaskia United Presbyterian church, near Mayfield, was prepared by the pastor, Rev. O. L. Lawson, in connection with the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of that church.  Re. Lawson's account follows:

   This is the fiftieth year since the Chikaskia United Presbyterian Church began as a Union Sabbath School in 1878, i an old house, then owned by John Baker, just north of the Union school house, very near the present site of Dr. Neel's farm home where Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Knight now live.

   On Sept 6, 1879, i a sod house which was the home of Nicholas Burnside, the members of the United Presbyterian Church of this vicinity met for the purpose of taking initiatory steps towards the organization of a United Presbyterian congregation.  The site of this farm home is one and one-half miles west of the Chikaskia River, which was then the west part of Dixon township. The exact location now is the northeast quarter of 66-32-4 West.  Rev. R. S. McClenahan had been appointed moderator for this meeting by the Neosho Presbytery.  After having church services and after the moderator had offered prayer, Mr. W. B. Hanlon was chosen clerk.  At that first meeting the following members were recognized as eligible to take part in the election of elders:  W. B. Hanlon, Mrs. Nancy Hanlon, Matthew Young, Mrs. Eliza Young, Nicholas Burnside, Mrs. Sarah Burnside, Mrs. Hatta Bower, James Burnside, and Mrs. Rebecca Burnside.

   The following men were elected as the first two elders:  W. B. Hanlon and Nicholas Burnside. Matthew Young was the third elder, chosen in 1880.

   The new congregation met for a short time right after this at Union school house in a Union Sabbath School and continued meeting there until 1883 when they moved to Long Branch school in order to have their own separate organization.  John Calvin Heasty, W. B. Hanlon, and Archie Anderson were the chief leaders for this move.  At Long Branch, Archie Anderson was chosen the first Sabbath School superintendent of the proposed new church.  Rev. Ferguson was the first minister at Long Branch.

   After the death of Nicholas Burnside, Mr. Newton Swartzel was chosen elder in his place.  Archie Anderson was also chosen as an elder to fill this office left vacant by Matthew Young.  The new congregation continued to meet at Long Branch until the new church was dedicated, August 31, 1884, 46 years ago last Sunday.  Rev. Cooper preached the dedicatory sermon.  The charter members of the church , as nearly as can be determined, were: W. B. Hanlon, Mrs. Nancy Hanlon, Matthew Young, Mrs. Eliza Young,Nicholas Burnside, Mrs. Sarah Burnside, Mrs. Hatta Bowers, James Burnside, Mrs. Rebecca Burnside, John W. Vincent, Mrs. Elizabeth Vincent, Walter Vincent, Miss S. E. Vincent, A. R. Anderson, Miss Ella Anderson, Miss Agnes Anderson, J. C. Heasty, Mrs. Elizabeth Heasty, Charles L. Heasty, Robert M. Heasty, John G. Heasty, Miss Mary C. Heasty, Miss Caroline Anderson, Miss Dora Ann Anderson, George Milne, Mrs. Margaret Milne, Herman Amman, Joseph Ammann, Joseph Kairns, Evira Swartzel, Miss Ida Heasty, Miss Evaleen Anderson, Miss Mary A. Heasty, John F. Heasty, James W. Heasty, and Miss Theresa E. Ammann.

   The Manse was built in 1909 but was not fully completed until 1910, which as during the ministry of Re . Siege.  Rev. A. M. Steveson was the fist pastor to live in the new manse.

   This church has one life work recruit, Alfred Heasty, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Heasty, who now live near Caldwell, and who are still with us today.  he was reared i this community and was graduated from Wellington High School after which he was graduated from Sterling College and finally from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.  He was a pastor at Ewing, Nebraska for three years but is now a missionary oat Doleib Hill, Soudan, Africa.

   This church has also greatly enriched other churches by the many faithful workers it has sent out.  It is very inspiring to be a member of a church such as this, because it has not lived for itself alone, but has lived chiefly to give its best help to others.  Those who so labor and live will not have lived and worked in vain for they show by their fruits that they have served the Lord.

The above new article, written in 1930 appeared in the Wellington Daily News.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Mayfield: Then & Now: Union Chapel Christian Church

Union Chapel Christian Church
Information and photographs excerpted from "Mayfield: Then & Now, "
page 92


Information about the Union Chapel Christian church is sketchy because early records were lost.  Thanks to Hubert Heasty and Virginia (Armstrong) Overly for sharing the following information.
   Union Christian Church was organized in 1882 and met in the Union schoolhouse until 1891.  The congregation then built a church building one-half mile east of the school house and named it Union Chapel Christian Church. It was located in Osborn Township, two miles south and 1 1/2 miles west of Mayfield (NW 1/4 of Section 31).

   On August 19, 1886 Milton Marquart and his wife, Jane, made a Warranty Deed, which was filed with the Sumner County Register of Deeds on September 17, 1891.  They deeded two square acres to "The church of Jesus Christ, commonly known as and styled the Christian Church at Union School House in School District # 103."  They included the stipulation that the land was to be used and controlled by the Elders of the Church as a building site for a church house, church purposes, and a public cemetery.

   On May 11, 1932, the Board of Trustees signed an Affidavit to transfer all of the land to Osborn Township for their maintenance and control except one-half square acre in the northwest corner which was occupied by the church building.  The church building was removed in the early 1950's.

   Some of the charter members and early members were Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Armstrong, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Williams, Madison Williams and sister Alice Williams, Al DeMoss, Loty and Na?? (original record was unreadable), George Carpenter, Ira, Mary, G.S., Mrs. Morgan Ingram, Charley, Laura, and John, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Ingram, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Prunty, Charlie and Clara, Mr. and Mrs. George Prunty,and Mr. and Mrs. Lon Prunty, Mr. and Mrs. Van Darling, W. C.Rose, Dr. McCuddy, Mr. and Mrs. Will Thompson, Fred DuVall, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Marquart,  Mr. and Mrs. Roy Pierce, Russell Ingram, Charles Roberts, George Roberts.

   The Union Chapel Christian Church disbanded on November 1, 1953, because there were too few members to carry on.  It was a difficult decision because the church had been important to many families in the community.