Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Stakis' Cross

Located at Oaklawn Cemetery in Tulsa, OK.
Jime G.
Dec 20, 1892
Mch 31, 1912
Born in Molous Greece

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Famous: Orval Eugene Faubus - National Symbol For Racial Segregation

Located at Combs Cemetery in Combs, AR.
Orval Eugene Faubus
Jan 7, 1910 - Dec 14, 1994
320th Infantry, 35th Division
World War Two
Governor of Arkansas
Jan 11, 1955 - Jan 10, 1963
When I come to this, my last earthly resting place may it be said of me
In the rise from obscurity he served his country and the people well. He forsook
not his own kind. The common people he delt fairly with all men. His promises
were kept, his debts were paid.

There was also a little garden place near the front of the cemetery with this memorial in it.
Orval E. Faubus
Memorial Garden 
Orval E. Faubus
Served as Governor
of Arkansas
January 11, 1955
January 10, 1967
Forty acres of land was
donated to the Combs Cemetery
by former Governor Orval E
Faubus which includes the
now existing cemetery.
This generous donation to the
beautiful Combs Cemetery
will insure a resting place
for many for years to come.
Citizens interested in the
Combs Cemetery convey the
deep appreciation for this
generous contribution.

The Faubus Family
In Memory of
Farrell E. Faubus
Apr. 5, 1939 - Jun 16, 1976
The son of Governor Orval
And Alta Haskins Faubus

Note: He committed suicide after a lengthy battle with drug addiction.

Jane Hines Faubus
Jan 23, 1943 - Apr 6, 1996

Note: 3rd wife of Orval Faubus.

Infant sons of
Orval E. and Alta M.
Oct 1, 1932    and    Mar 27, 1934
Rosebuds unopened; Hope
and promise unfilled.

Note: Celia Alta Haskins was Orval's first wife.  The marriage ended in divorce in 1969.

John Samuel
Oct 24, 1887 - Aug 24, 1966
He did his share
of the world's work.

Note: Orval's father.

Addie Joslen
Oct 10, 1892 - Jan 26, 1936
Mother of seven.
The eldest became
Governor of Arkansas

Note: Orval's mother.

Monday, August 29, 2011

1862 Box Tomb

Located at Tharp Cemetery in Fayetteville, AR.
In Memory of
Howard Hall
Died Dec 8th 1862
Age 32 yrs 

I am not sure weather this is a cenotaph or the actual burial site.  Because I found the following info on

Iowa Civil War Soldier Burial Records about Howard Hall
Name: Howard Hall
Rank: Private
Unit: IA 1 Cav G
Birth Information: VT
Death Information: 08 Dec 1862 Fayetteville AR
Cemetery: Fayetteville National
Cemetery Location: Fayetteville Washington AR
Comments: enl 18 Aug 1862 age 31 res Union died disease

You can view the military marker at

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Update: George Thomas Ray

The original post for George Thomas Ray was made in Feb 2011. I have had very little success in finding any information about him.  I was pointed to a website that had the following information.  I am not sure if it is the same George Thomas Ray but I think it might be.

The following excerpt is from by Barbara Inman Beall.

Threats at Bryant Home

Mr. [John A. (Alfred) ] Bryant's daughter, Lucy, in a Press interview, Sept. 7, 1922, then Mrs. Lucy Blakely, told of her father's escape but only mentioned two men coming to the house.

"One day in January," she said, "there rode up to the home of my father, John A. Bryant, two men from down on Shoal creek. One was Joe Thompson and the other was Tom Rae. Rae was wearing a Union solder's overcoat and carried a rifle while Thompson was dressed in ordinary civilian garb and was armed with a double-barrelled shotgun.

My father had been sick in bed and was sitting up in a chair that day for the first time. Our visitors wanted him to go outdoors with them but he refused, stating that he was not able. They talked for quite a while, urging on my father the advantages of declaring himself for the south and tried on various pretexts to get him to come outside. Finally Thompson rose in a rage.

"Well, if you will not go outside I will kill you anyway right here," he said with an oath, cocking his shotgun and aiming it at my father's breast.

"We children set up a scream and my mother sprang in front of my father. I remember yet exactly how the caps on Thompson's gun looked as he stood there with the weapon leveled. It was Rae who saved us.

"Come out of here, Joe," he said, "or you will scare these children to death." And Thompson sullenly lowered his gun and complied.

Murder of Brice Martin

"From our house they went a quarter of a mile south to the home of Brice Martin, mother's brother, and called him out to the fence. They talked awhile and Mrs. Martin, coming to the door, saw her husband turn away and start back to the house. As he did so, one of the men fired with the double-barrelled shotgun, the charge of buckshot striking my uncle in the back and killing him instantly. My aunt always said that the man in the blue overcoat fired the shot but my mother and father had known Tom Rae all their lives and could never believe that he would so murder Brice Martin with whom he was well acquainted.

"My aunt ran down to our house to tell what had happened…Eliza Parnell spread the word of the murder and my mother went up and watched by the body which lay until 9 o'clock in the yard where it had fallen. We had many good neighbors, some of them northern sympathy, most of them southern but not a man on either side dared to go after the body until 9 o'clock for fear of being murdered. Then two southern sympathizers, George Hammer and John Rafedy, and a Union man, James Landers, slipped up to the Martin's home under cover of darkness, picked up the body and brought it to our house where it was left that night.

Southern Home Guard Aids

"There was something of a panic among the people of the neighborhood following the killing, especially those known to favor the cause of the north. My father did not dare stay home that night and he and Marsh Parnell went over to the home of Mrs. Sally Keith over close to the Carthage road, and laid there concealed in the attic all night. The Parnells were almost all southern people, but Marsh was known as a Union man and his life was in as much danger as anyone's despite his southern kindred.

"Everyone in the neighborhood was at first afraid to have anything to do with the Martin funeral, but finally James Bunch, captain of a southern home guard company, said he would have the grave dug and would furnish protection to those coming to the burial. He and his men dug the grave in the cemetery of the old Freedom Baptist church near Moss Springs and a man in Fidelity made a coffin. My uncle was buried the next day, there being a considerable number of women present, a few men, including my father and Marsh Parnell, and a number of Captain Bunch's home guard company.

"Immediately after the funeral the Union men took to the timber and prepared to leave the country that night. There were in the party besides my father and Marsh Parnell, Dr. D. F. Moss, Riley Moss, William Spencer and several others, perhaps as many as a dozen all told. They made their way safely to Kansas and we stayed alone until two months later when they came back with a detachment of Union soldiers and took us to Fort Scott." [29]

John A. Bryant (Alfred Bryant) was the brother of Adeline Elizabeth Bryant Spence, wife of Lazarus Spence. The John Bryants fled to Fort Scott, Kansas and never returned to Jasper Co., Missouri. They spent the rest of their lives in Kansas. John Bryant's wife was Nancy Martin, who was the sister of Brice Martin, the man who was murdered. The Prigmores and Martins had intermarried. And, of course, Nimrod Porter Bunch's wife was a Prigmore.

The newspaper account did not identify the man from Fidelity who made the coffin, but I have an idea it was Nimrod Bunch. Brother Jim and his men dig the grave in Moss Springs, and had a man in Fidelity make the coffin. Given the Bunch ancestry of carpenters and cabinet makers, Nimrod would have been an excellent candidate for the job. That may have been the reason why the Nimrod Bunch family left the area during the remainder of the war. They went to Johnson Co., Missouri (near Warrensburg), where their child, Leander, was born and where a number of Prigmores were living. They did not return to Jasper County until after the war had ended.

Brice Martin was only 17 years of age when he was killed.

One discovery generally leads to another question. In this case, the question had a double segment: who were Tom Rae and Joe Thompson and what happened to them?

George Thomas Ray was born in Kentucky in 1833 to John Ray (1805-1860) and Sarah A. Spears (1805-1892). The Rays lived in Neosho, Newton Co., Missouri. Tom's wife's name was Emeline (b. 1833). Their children were:

Jennette Ray 1852 -
Laurette Ray 1855 -
Frances Ray 1857 -
Etta Ray 1862 -
George T Ray 1863 - [30]

On March 14, 1862, a little over two months after the Brice Martin murder and according to the inscription on his tombstone, Tom Ray was murdered on the Neosho courthouse square. He was 29 years of age when he was killed. [Perhaps he was going to turn in someone for the murder of Brice Martin??!!]

Friday, August 26, 2011

Interesting Old Building - Pyeatte Mill Revisited

I visited the Pyeatte Mill back in March 2011 and posted my original photos.  I revisited it this week just to see what all the heavy rain and flooding did to it.  Sadly the flooding did some damage to this interesting old mill.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Crushed To Death

Located at Sharp Cemetery in Prairie Grove, AR.
W. H. Brotherton
Jan 15, 1867
Feb 15, 1906 

Note: son to Benjamin and Julia Cavin Brotherton. Husband of Thania Woods Brotherton.

The Prairie Grove Herald

BROTHERTON, Will - The sad news reached town Thursday afternoon that Will Brotherton had been crushed to death while working at the rock quarry two miles south of town. With a number of other men he was engaged in getting out rock from a bluff to macadamize the road and while at work along the side of the bluff it suddenly gave way and several tons of earth fell on him and completely covered him up. His companions set to work vigorously to get him out and in a few minutes succeeded in getting the earth off his head but he was crushed so badly that death resulted before he could be entirely uncovered. He is survived by a wife and four children, who have the sympathy of the entire community in this sad hour. His remains were buried In the Sharp graveyard.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Symbol: On The Porch

I have never seen this one before and not sure what it is.  Have any of you seen this one?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I Knew I Had SeenThis One Before

While I was at Oakwood Cemetery in Parsons, KS I spotted this monument.  And I knew I had seen it before.  So I dug threw my files and there she was in my file for Hazelwood Cemetery in Springfield, MO. The only difference is the base. The statues are identical.

This is from the Holland Monument in Springfield, MO.
In Loving Remeberance
of Mrs. Emeline H.
Wife of
April 1, 1816
March 16, 1890
"Blessed are the pure in
heart for they shall see
God in his wisdom has
The boon his love had given
and though the body
moulders here,
the soul is safe in Heaven.

Note: Her maiden name is Bigbee. Daughter of Capt. John S. Bigbee.

This is from the monument at Oakwood Cemetery in Parsons, KS.

Jane Webster
Wife of
Heman D. Ward
Aug 24, 1812
Mch 15, 1892
Jan 15, 1913
Age 76

Cornelia W.
Wife of Angell Matthewson
Jan 5, 1899
Age 56

Note: Cornelia is the dau of Jane and Heman Ward.
William K.
August 28, 1846
September 4, 1900

Etta W
Wife of
William Maxwell
Mar 24, 1924

Note: Etta is the dau of Jane and Heman Ward.
The following info is from William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas.
HON. ANGELL MATTHEWSON was born in Pulaski, Oswego Co., N. Y., June 8, 1837. At the age of fifteen he commenced to learn the printer's trade in the office of the Pulaski Democrat, having previously received a good academic education. After having attained his majority, Mr. Matthewson was successively engaged upon the Oswego Paliadium and Utica Herald until January 4, 1860, when he went to Fort Plain, Montgomery Co., N. Y., and purchased a half interest in the Mohawk Valley Register. In September, 1861, in connection with Hon. Lorenzo Crounse, he raised a volunteer company for the war, being commissioned as Second Lieutenant October 2, 1861. His war record is everything that can be desired. Rising through the successive grades of Second Lieutenant, Post Adjutant, Ordinance Officer, First Lieutenant, Adjutant, Acting Assistant Adjutant General to that of Captain of Light Artillery. He received the latter promotion for gallant and meritorious service at the battle of North Anna River, Va., May 23, 1864, when he was shot through the thigh with a minnie ball while in command of Battery D., First New York Light Artillery. For his heroism on this occasion, Gen. Wainwright, Chief of Artillery, in his report of the battle to Gen. Meade, accorded Capt. Matthewson's battery the credit of having saved the right of the line of battle from destruction. Mr. M. was in service until the end of the war, three years and nine months, and was mustered out at Elmira, N. Y., June 17, 1865. He was engaged in the battles of Harper's Ferry, Cedar Mountain, Rappahannock Station, Second Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Mine Run,, The Wilderness, Spottsylvania, North Anna River, Siege of Petersburg, Weldon Railroad, Hatcher's Run, and Lee's Surrender at Appomattox Court House. July 1, 1865, he became sole editor and proprietor of the Fort Plain Register, and soon after purchased a half interest in the Canajoharie Radii, and later established the Amsterdam Democrat and the State Radii, editing all four of these papers at the same time. In 1867 Mr. M. was elected by the Democrats of Montgomery County, N. Y., to represent them in the General Assembly, having received the largest majority ever accorded a member. Early in 1871 he disposed of his newspaper interests in New York, and in May of that year moved to Parsons, which was then an infant town, but three months of age. Here he commenced an active business career by opening a private banking house under the firm name of Crawford, Matthewson & Co. In 1872 he and other capitalists procured a charter and organized the First National Bank of Parsons, of whose affairs he had entire control up to December 31, 1878, when he retired. He was then just about to enter upon his second session of his term as State Senator, having been elected to that position in 1876. He was chosen to the important post of Chairman of the Committee on Banks and Banking, and a member of the Ways and Means Committee. Was frequently called upon to preside in Committee of the Whole, and otherwise received the marks of confidence from his fellows of which he has ever been the fortunate recipient. In September 1880, Mr. M. again engaged in business, associating himself with Merritt Noyes and F. H. Snyder in the ownership of the City Bank. Mr. Noyes died February 12, 1883, and thereafter the business was conducted by the present partners, Messrs. Matthewson & Snyder. Besides doing a general banking business, this firm has a real estate and insurance department, owning a complete set of abstracts of all kinds of property in Labette County. When the First National Bank was organized the entire deposits amounted to $37,000, which sum Mr. M. transferred from his private bank. There are now three banks in Parsons, the aggregate peposits[sic] of which amount to $250,000. Mr. M. owns a large amount of valuable real estate, and also the most extensive hardware store in the country. He is president of the Parsons & Western R. R. Co.; president of the Parsons Fair and Driving Park Association; treasurer of the Water Works Co.; secretary of the Board of Trade; and owns the exclusive franchise for the building and operation of the Gas Works. He expects to begin their erection in May, 1883. Mr. M. built the first flouring mill in Parsons. Has twice served as Mayor, and was State Senator for four years. He organized the Memphis, Kansas & Colorado R. R. Co., and was president of that organization, the road being built under his management. Mr. M. was married October 4, 1865, at Fort Plain, N. Y., to Miss Cornelia H. Ward, daughter of Heman D. Ward.
There is some military information on Angell Matthewson at

The following info is from William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas.
W.K. MAXWELL, passenger conductor on the Missouri Pacific Railroad, corner Morgan and Fifteenth streets, was born in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, August, 1846. His parents were born and raised in Ohio, and were descended from Scotch-Irish ancestry. He was educated in the schools of his native town. Mr. Maxwell came to Kansas in 1871, where he was employed by the M. K. T. R. R. as train dispatcher. Soon afterward he was appointed to the position of conductor. He has three brothers and two sisters - Thomas S. Maxwell, in St. Louis, employed with Samuel Cuppies & Co.; R. C. Maxwell, an attorney at Lincoln, Ill.; J. W., in Silver City, N. M., in the wholesale grocery business. One sister, Mrs. Allen, a widow, lives with her mother in Ohio, and Mrs. Bowers, wife of the agent at Junction City, Kan., for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. He was married to Miss Etta H. Ward of Fort Plain, N. Y., September, 1881, whose mother is living with her daughter. Mr. Maxwell is a member of the Blue Lodge Chapter and Commandry of the Masonic Fraternity of the city of Parsons, and has taken all the Scottish Rites degrees except the thirty-third degree.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Musical Angel

Located at Oakwood Cemetery in Parsons, KS.
In Memory Of
Rene Poffenbach
Aug 25, 1895
May 23, 1915 
Wearing The White Flower Of A Perfect Life.

Note: Son of Charles F. and Emma C. Poffenbach.

The following info is from .

Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 about Rene Poffenbach
Name: Rene Poffenbach
Census Date: 1915
Residence County: Labette
Residence state: Kansas
Locality: Parsons
Birth Location: Missouri
Family Number: 2
Gender: Male
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1897
Race: White
Line: 5
Roll: ks1915_119
Household Member(s): Name Age
Charles F Poffenbach 50
Emma C Poffenbach 46
Rene Poffenbach 18

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Nora's Guardian

Located at Oakwood Cemetery in Parsons, KS.
Nora Sylvia
1877 - 1896

Note: Dau of J.F. Vanmeter and Kate B. Vanmeter.

The following information is from .

1880 United States Federal Census about Nora Vanmeter
Name: Nora Vanmeter
Home in 1880: Parson, Labette, Kansas
Age: 3
Estimated birth year: abt 1877
Birthplace: Kansas
Relation to Head of Household: Dau
Father's name: J. F. Vanmeter
Father's birthplace: Illinois
Mother's name: Kate B. Vanmeter
Mother's birthplace: Illinois
Race: White
Gender: Female
Household members:
J. F. Vanmeter   31
Kate B. Vanmeter   31
Mary Vanmeter   5
Nora Vanmeter   3

Friday, August 19, 2011

Medal of Honor Recipient - William Wallace Cranston

Located at Oakwood Cemetery in Parsons, KS.
This is the Cranston family plot.

William W. Cranston
Medal Of Honor
66 Ohio Inf
Nov 20, 1838 - Dec 7, 1907

Note: Born in Woodstock, Ohio; Married Jennie Elizabeth Fulton 20 Mar 1866 in Urbana, Illinois; Died in Parsons, Kansas. Son of  Christopher Cranston and Irene Ward Nott Cranston.

Cranston was a Civil War Captain that served with Company A of the 66th regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He fought in the battles at Chickamauga, Antietam, and Chancellorsville. On May 2, 1863 Sergeants Henry Heller, Thomas Thompson, William Cranston and Elisha Seaman voluntarily brought in a wounded Confederate officer from within the enemy's lines and all the while receiving a constant rain of enemy fire. The rescued officer provided important information that was key to the battle plan, and all four men were awarded Medals of Honor for their heroic and timely actions. After the war, he moved to Parsons, Kansas. Cranston was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives from the 28th District in 1888.

The following information is from

American Civil War Soldiers about Wallace Cranston
Name: Wallace Cranston
Enlistment Date: 10 Oct 1861
Enlistment Place: Urbana, Champaign Co., Ohio
Side Served: Union
State Served: Ohio
Birth Date: 20 Nov 1838
Death Date: 7 Dec 1907
Death Place: Parson, Kansas
Service Record: Promoted to Full Sergeant.
Enlisted as a Private on 10 October 1861 at the age of 22.
Enlisted in Company A, 66th Infantry Regiment Ohio on 10 Oct 1861.
Promoted to Full Sergeant Major on 12 May 1863.

U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles about Wallace Wallace Cranston
Name: Wallace Wallace Cranston
Age at enlistment: 22
Enlistment Date: 10 Oct 1861
Rank at enlistment: Private
Enlistment Place: Urbana, Champaign Co., OH
State Served: Ohio
Survived the War?: Yes
Medal of Honor: Wallace W. Cranston
Chancellorsville, VA


At Chancellorsville, four members of Company A, Sixty-sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Wallace W. Cranston, Henry Heller, Thomas Thompson, and Elisha B. Seaman, accomplished a deed, which won the admiration of their comrades, the gratitude of the enemy, and a Medal of Honor from the Government.

This story is told by Private Cranston as follows: "At about nine o'clock in the morning, the Twenty third North Carolina Infantry came up the plank road, and marched by platoons to within about seventy-five yards of our works. A few charges of grape and canister from a Pennsylvania battery stationed with our division on the plank road, served to stop their progress.

" In their retreat they left a Confederate soldier on the road. The poor fellow's piteous cries for help attracted the attention of the commanding general, who was passing along the lines. He asked for volunteers to go out and bring him in. 'The roads are full of rebels,' said he, 'but if you go boldly down unarmed, they will know that you are after a wounded man and will surely not be so inhuman as to fire on you who are bringing relief to one of their own men.'

" With three of my companions, I volunteered for the service. We laid off our accouterments, and, with two army blankets for stretchers, marched to where the man lay, in plain view of the enemy. We succeeded in bringing him back alive, and took him to the Chancellor House, which was then being used as a field hospital.

" After we had disposed of our wounded rebel, we rejoined our regiment, and very soon the battle opened in earnest all along the line. It continued for several hours with the greatest fury until we were driven in disorder from the field.

" The Chancellor House took fire from the rebel shells during the engagement, and burned to the ground, and I suppose this poor rebel soldier, with many of our own wounded must have perished in the flames."

Source: Deeds of Valor, p. 144
Service Record: Enlisted in Company A, Ohio 66th Infantry Regiment on 10 Oct 1861.
Promoted to Full Sergeant.
Promoted to Full Sergeant Major on 12 May 1863.
Birth Date: 20 Nov 1838
Death Date: 7 Dec 1907
Death Place: Parson, KS
Sources: Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio
Deeds of Valor. How our Soldier-heroes won the Medal of Honor
Medal of Honor Recipients 1863-1994

1850 United States Federal Census about William Cranston
Name: William Cranston
Age: 12
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1838
Birth Place: Ohio
Gender: Male
Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Oxford, Guernsey, Ohio
Family Number: 1600
Household Members: Name Age
Archibald Cranston 46
Phebe Cranston 40
Martin Cranston 20
Delilah Cranston 15
Joseph Cranston 13
William Cranston 12
Margaret Cranston 8
Catoria Cranston 6
Benjamin Cranston 3
Clarissa Cranston 0
Nancy Cranston 48

1880 United States Federal Census about William Cranston
Name: William Cranston
Home in 1880: Lime Creek, Washington, Iowa
Age: 42
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1838
Birthplace: Ohio
Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
Spouse's Name: Elizabeth Cranston
Father's birthplace: Rhode Island
Mother's birthplace: New York
Occupation: Farmer
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Household Members: Name Age
William Cranston 42
Elizabeth Cranston 39
Eunice Cranston 18
Rebecca Cranston 16
Bell Cranston 8
James Cranston 1
Rebecca Deiser 64

Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 about William W. Cranston
Name: William W. Cranston
State Filed: Kansas
Widow: Jennie E. Cranston

Thursday, August 18, 2011

A Cross At Mount Calvary

Located at Mount Calvary aka Calvary Cemetery in Parsons, KS.

Victor Vogel
1851 - 1923

Mary Vogel
1858 - 1911

The following is from

Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002 about Mr. Victor Vogel
Name: Mr. Victor Vogel
Marriage Date: 6 Apr 1876
Marriage County: Pettis
Spouse Name: Mary M Schibe

1880 United States Federal Census about Victor Vogel
Name: Victor Vogel
Home in 1880: Mound Valley, Labette, Kansas
Age: 28
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1852
Birthplace: Alsace
Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
Spouse's Name: Mary M. Vogel
Father's birthplace: Alsace
Mother's name: Kathrine Klenklen
Mother's birthplace: Alsace
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Farmer
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Household Members: Name Age
Victor Vogel 28
Mary M. Vogel 22
M. R. Vogel 3
Josephine Vogel 8m
Kathrine Klenklen 64
Adam Stongle 20

1910 United States Federal Census about Victor Vogel
Name: Victor Vogel
Age in 1910: 38
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1852
Birthplace: Germany
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: Germany
Mother's Birth Place: Germany
Spouse's Name: Mary M Vogel
Home in 1910: Ladore, Neosho, Kansas
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Year of immigration: 1878
Household Members: Name Age
Victor Vogel 38
Mary M Vogel 52
Victor Vogel Jr. 24
Leo A Vogel 21
Rose M Vogel 19
Lilly R Vogel 16
Mamie M Vogel 13
Joseph O Klenklen 12
Benjamin Vogel 7

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Antietam Circle No 2

Located at Oakwood Cemetery in Parsons, KS.

Three hundred seventy-five Civil War Veterans who settled in Parsons, KS after the war are buried in this section.
Circle number two was created in 1889 with the purchase of Lots 7 through 21 of Block 38.
The cast iron archway at circle number two was erected in 1913 and donated by the Ladies of the G.A.R.

In 1911 the bronze statues were placed in circle number two. They were made by the W.H. Mullens Company of Salem, Ohio.

In Memory of
the unknown dead
of the
Civil War, 1861 - 1865
erected by Parsons
Camp No. 23
Sons of the Verterns
and their Auxiliary No. 50

This section is consider Antietam No. 1. In May of 1886 the Antietam Post bought a portion of block 37, including lots 13 through 18 for this section.
The two 8-inch Columbiad Cannons were a gift from the war department in 1898. They weigh 9,250 pounds each. The concrete rotunda in circle number one was constructed in 1905 and stands twenty-eight feet in height. It is topped by a pyramid of cannon balls and an eagle.  
In Memory of
Maynard L. Harding
1933 - 2005
Parsons Historian

He believed that
history would give us a
fuller understanding of
ourselves so that we
could better face
the future.

Founder of the Iron
Horse Historical Society.