100 Years Ago: Twister moves barn near Sedgwick a few inches closer to North Pole

The following first appeared in the Halstead Independent, Burrton Graphic or Sedgwick Pantagraph, April 28, 1921. Transcribed from microfilm and Newspapers.com by Carolyn Williams.


• Who’s Who in Halstead: Ellis Thornhill is a real estate and insurance business in Halstead. Born northwest of town about 45 years ago. He ran a threshing machine business for 12 years. He has acted as manager of the Halstead baseball team for many years.

Born to Mr. and Harvey Pownell, a daughter.

Died: Pioneer Martin S. Ingalls, photo printed. Born 1841 in New York, to Ohio 1851, to Tennessee 1853. During Civil War he helped to send Union sympathizers through the lines to the North until the Union army occupied Nashville. Employed as Union scout for three years and during the siege of Knoxville carried massages from General Thomas to General Burnside. He was in the Camp of the Confederate General Morgan just before the start of the famous raid through the north. After war family moved to Illinois and to Iowa 1866, then to Halstead 1874. Owner of Pioneer Drug Store and organizer of the Halstead Bank in 1882. Organized Old Settlers Picnic in 1895. Married 1882 to Lulu Jones, four children: Charles, Maurice, Glenn and Mrs. Leta Masters. Methodist funeral. Burial Halstead.

Died: Samuel Edward Shafer, lived north east of Halstead. Burial Newton.

It has been suggested that a race track be built on the ball grounds owned by the city to be used by athletic activities for school and community events.


• Died: Mrs. Eliza Step Carter Pearson, aged 96. Born Kentucky 1824, to Kansas 1878. She recalled entertaining Abraham Lincoln in her home. Burial at Halstead. Survivor: Mrs. W.D. Edwards of Halstead. Obituary next week, two husbands.

Died: Earl R. Holmes, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Holmes, born 1902, age eighteen. Survivors: parents, siblings Albert and Henry of Burrton, Mildred Stewart of S.D., Ferden A. of Texas, Floyd O. and Lillie Emli of Burrton. Funeral service was held at the open grave at Burrton Cemetery.

Died: Infant son of Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Lynn passed to the life beyond without seeing the light of day. Interment at Burton cemetery.

Lt. John W. Iseman, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Iseman of Burrton is in the Naval Air Service attached to the Seaplane Div. of the Atlantic fleet with the flying base at Pensacola, Fla. Two seaplanes were ordered to Miami to await the arrival of Asst. Sec of the Navy, Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., and take him to Havana, Cuba with Iseman as pilot on one of them. He was earlier the pilot of the Aeromarine ship Santa Marie in its first flight from New York to Miami. The planes are the F-5L type, the same type that were at Miami with the destroyer Harding when the seaplane division of the Atlantic fleet touched at Miami for supplies.

Burrton chartered a special Interurban car to take the whole high school to Newton for the Harvey County Track and Literary meet last week. Burrton schools will send Milburn Stone to compete in oration at the Fairmount College literary meeting May 13.


Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Koby on Route two, a daughter, named Mary Alice. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Shirk, a boy.

Ward Stanfield set his trotlines and caught a full grown eel that was 38 inches long and weighted about five pounds. He gave it to Mrs.Finch. Eels are scarce in the Little River.

• Harry Hinton, Wayne Watson and Orville Manning were motorists to the city of Wichita Sunday evening to take in the sights of bright lights. They started home in a rainstorm and got stuck in the mud along the way. The boys had to keep the roadside company while the roads and mud dried before they could resume their homeward journey.

• J.R. Lewellen had hard luck while in Wichita with his Reo Touring car. He was crowded in the path of a street car by another autoist and his car was struck and pretty badly damaged by the street car.

Rev. Father Schaefer brought about 80 young people of St. Mary’s congregation of Newton out to the Wm. Grattan home for a wiener roast and a social good time.

Earl Schaefer, our prominent young, but fat druggist and drink dispenser, has installed a machine that will save him time and trouble. It is an electric drink mixer. “Meet at Schaefer’s” will be a popular slogan this year.

A twister went through southeast of Sedgwick Sunday night. The barn on the Frank Wilson place was moved a few inches nearer the North Pole and a corn crib on Alva Mahannah’s place was turned over. A cow barn on the Montgomery place was demolished. 


Died: Lucinda Davenport, born 1845, Illinois. Married John H. Yoce 1863. He died 1877. Five children: Mrs. Mary Dingy, H. Yoce, John W Yoce, Mrs. Anna White and Mrs. Marie Dunkin. Then married 1881 George White in Iowa. Four children: Geo. A. of Halstead, Clara Watts and Nellie Ramsey of Bentley and a baby. Other survivors: stepsons, Rev. L.P. White and Grant White. Stepdaughters Mrs. John Dutton of Bentley and Mrs. Ida Dutton. Methodist funeral. Burial Halstead.

Judges selected readings at the high school contest. Edna Ramsey, Dorothy Creassor and Gertrude Taylor won and will represent Bentley at Mt. Hope. Helen Trego won the essay contest.

Maize played baseball with Bentley Saturday in Falk’s pasture. Bentley won 8 to 5. This was the first game of the season here.

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