Robert York b. 7 Nov 1835,
Emberton, Buckinghamshire, England, m. (1) 10 Apr 1860, in England, Mary
Elizabeth York, b. 4 Aug 1839, Emberton, Bucks, England, d. 10 Aug
1870, Junction City, Kansas, buried: Somewhere near Junction City, KS,
m. (2) 29 Apr 1871, in Junction City, KS, Naomi Bedford, b. 9 Feb
1842, Aldershot, Hampshire, England, d. 4 Oct 1925, Junction City,
Kansas, buried: 8 Oct 1925, Highland Cemetery, Junction City, KS. Thomas
died 19 Apr 1880, Junction City, Kansas, buried: Highland Cemetery,
Junction City, KS. He immigrated in 1870 with his family of six sons, a
wife, Mary, and one daughter, Mary an infant.
In 1976 Thomas Andrew York, grandson of Thomas Robert, had in his
possession a black marble clock with the inscription: Presented to Mr.
Thomas York, Deacon of the Baptist Church as Superintendent of Sunday
School Faringdon Berkshire March 1, 1870. (Since they arrived in New
York in April 1870, this may have been a farewell gift.]
From KANSAS HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS, Vol. XV 1919-1922, "Sixteen
Years on a Kansas Farm", 1870-1886, by Anne E. Bingham, pp. 503-4.:
"One day Mr. Gage told us he had officiated at the funeral of a
woman--a wife, and the mother of six small boys. He expressed his
sorrow, as they were strangers recently arrived from England. That was
the York family, so well known ever since." [Mr. Gage was the
Baptist preacher and also principal of the school.]
J. C. Union, Past history is interesting: "Thomas York, the
butcher, was exhibiting the largest hog in the world, 1532 pounds, in
March, 1880. Thomas York died on April 19, 1880 at the age of 46."
1870 Census--Davis Co., KS (later named Geary County): Listed were
the Thomas York family: Thomas 35, carpenter, Polly 31, keeping house,
William 9, Thomas 8, Charles 7, Robert 4, Frederick 3, Henry 2, Mary
2/12 (Arl) All shown as born in Eng except Mary shown as born in Kansas.
(Errors in names of children Charles and Robert and where Mary was
Geary County Register of Deeds, F417 Warrenty Deed made this July
1870 between A. C. Pierce and wife Henrietta and Thomas York for
$75--Lot 1, Block 65, Junction City, KS and notorized July 8, 1870
E499 Warranty Deed made this 25th day of August 1873 between Andrew
P. Trott and Thomas York for $50.00 to wit: Lot #20, Block #9 situated
and lying in Cuddy's addition in Junction City--forty-six feet in front
and 140 feet deep, notorized 30th day of August and Filed on 24 Feb
Marriage Certificate: Be it remembered that on April 29th AD 1871
there was filed in the Probate office of Davis County this an affidavt
of which the following is a copy State of Kansas, County of Davis) I,
Thomas York of lawful age being duly sworn do upon oath say that there
is no legal impediment to the marriage of myself and Nioma Brown
(signed). Thomas York Subscribed and sworn to before me this 29th day of
April AD 1871 (signed) Frank Patterson Probate Judge (his seal)
Whereupon there issued on the same day from the office of the said
Probate court a marriage in the following words Thomas York to Nioma
Brown Marriage License Davis County State of Kansas Junction City April
29 AD a871 To any person authorized by law to perform the marriage
ceremony greeting You are hereby authorized to join in marriage Thomas
York of Junction City KS aged 26 years and Nioma Brown of Junction City
aged 29 years and this license you will make due return to my office
within thirty days Frank Patterson Probate Judge (seal) Which said
License was duly returned endorsed as follows State of Kansas County of
Davis) I, a minister of the Gospel do hereby certify that in accordance
with the authorization of the written License I did on the 29th day of
April AD 1871 at Junction City in said County join and unite in marriage
the within named Thomas York and Nioma Brown my hand and seal this day
and year above written Isaac Jacobus (seal) a True Copy Frank Patterson
In the 1875 Kansas Census for Davis County--Junction City Township,
Thomas was listed as a butcher with personal property of $200, a wife,
Naomi age 34, and ten children including John and Sarah Brown listed.
J. C. Union, April 24, 1880: Thomas York died last Monday, 19th inst.
of inflammatory rheumatism, after a weeks illness. The news of his death
was received with surprise and grief by every old resident of the city.
He was an honest, upright man and had the respect and good will of all
who knew him. He was born in Buchinghamshire, England in November 1835
and came to Junction City in May 1870. For three or four years he
followed here his trade of stone masonry and bricklaying, but during the
last six years he kept a meat market. He also had the contract for
supplying the garrison at For Riley with fresh meat. He was a member in
food standing of the First Baptist Church of this city, was industrious,
cheerful, good natured, straight forward, and an exemplary citizen in
every respect. He leaves a wife and thirteen children. Fortunately some
of his sons are old enough to continue the marketing business without
interruptions. The father and mother of the deceased are still living in
England, also four brothers and two sisters. The funeral services were
held on Tuesday at the Baptish Church, the pastor, Rev. N. Powell,
officiating assisted by societies of St. George and St. Andrews, the
lodge of the Knights of Honor, the members of the fire department and
many other citizens. The pallbearers were Messrs. A. Clough, N. F.
Greene, Wm. Lawrence, Louis Hauserman, Samuel Jolly and L. C. Palmer. Mary:
Mary Elizabeth York was a first cousin of her husband, Thomas.
Mary Elizabeth York died a short time after immigration, April 1870
(looks like 27th) on the ship China coming into the Port of New York
from Liverpool, England and Queenstown, Ireland. She was buried in or
near Junction City, KS it is believed because they had arrived in
Junction City by her date of death in August 10, 1870. A census was
taken in June, 1870 and Polly York (I assume a nickname of Mary
Elizabeth) was listed age 31, a female, keeping house with the Thomas
York family and the youngest, Mary age 2/12 a white female was born in
Kansas. This must be a mistake on the census as she was born in February
and did not arrive in the U.S. until April.
J. C. Union, Aug. 1870: York- In this city, July 24, Mary E., infant
daughter of Thomas and Mary York, aged 6 months. Also August 10, Mary,
wife of Thomas York, aged 31 years. Mr. York recently came to this city
from England, and is now left with six children dependent upon him. Mrs.
York was a consistent Christian, and faithful in all the duties of her
station. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, from henceforth. Yes,
saith the spirit that they may rest from their labor and their works do
follow them. Naomi: Naomi lived at Balham, London before coming
to live in Junction City, KS. She and her two children,John
"Jack" and Sadie Brown,immigrated to Junction City in 1870.
The 1880 census in Davis County, Junction City, Kansas gave the
following information: Dwelling 51, Family 54 York, Naomi, White,
Female, Age 38, Birthplace England, BP of father & mother also
William: England son meat market
Thomas: England son clerk
Robert Charles: England son clerk
Ellen Florence: daughter
The 1900 census in Geary County, Junction City, it said Naomi was 58,
the head of household and she could not read or write. John Brown was
listed as a stone mason, Frank as a farmer, George as a farmer, Edward
as a day laborer.
On the 1910 census, only John Brown and Nellie F. York were living
with Naomi. John was listed as a stone mason and Nellie as a dry good
Junction City Union, date unknown: The York Bros. Fire. York Bros.,
on Webster and Second, were caught in a fire, Tuesday night. Shortly
before two one of the boys awoke and discovered indications of a fire
near, and soon realized that their own barn was ablaze. As soon as the
five head of horses and a cow and harness were taken out, one of the
boys rang the fire alarm. That portion of the barn in which their baled
hay was stored was destroyed, with eight to ten ton of hay. A day or two
ago the hay room was filled full, and only one door about nine feet from
the ground, could be opened, and that only part way. The blaze started
near this door, but just how it happened no one knows. It was at least
forty-eight hours since the hay was put in, and no one had since had
occasion to go to the door.
Junction City Union, Thursday, Oct. 8, 1925, Obit: Mrs. Naomi Brown
York was born in Alder-Shop, Hampse, England, Feb. 9th, 1842. She came
to America in 1870, and has been a resident of this city for 55 years.
Shortly after coming here she joined the Baptist church, and for 55
years she has been known to be doing her part to forward the faith she
believed so steadfastly in. She has not been able to attend church for
some years but has lived a faithful consecrated life for the Lord, and
will be remembered long by many, for her wonderful christian
personality. Her recent illness has been brief, but she was not a woman
to make her bodily pain a matter of conversation. In 1871 she was united
in marriage with Thomas York. To this union there was born five
children: Clarence, Frank, George, Edward, and Nellie, all of this city.
She is also survived by John Brown, a son by a former marriage, and the
following stepsons, Will York, of this city; Fred of Texas; Alfred of
Kansas City; and Henry, of Wyoming; also nineteen grand-children, and
six great-grand-children, for whom she had great pride, and was heard to
say that she was glad that she had lived to see her own
great-grand-children. Mrs. York leaves a host of friends in and around
Junction City and wherever she was known, to mourn her going away. She
was a loving mother and a congenial companion for those who have spent
so many years in her home; her one thought was to see well to the wants
and welfare of her family, and even in her darkest hour she never failed
to think of their well-being. The splendid floral offerings bespoke the
respect and love of her many friends, five of her grandsons and a son
were pallbearers, and she was tenderly laid to rest in the Highland
cemetery, there to await the coming of Jesus, for which we all believe
she was prepared for in this life. The funeral sermon was preached by
Rev. William Little, her pastor and the music was furnished by the
church choir of the First Baptist Church, of which she was a member.
(She died Oct. 4)
Probate record for Naomi York: filed July 1950
Persons who were all of her heirs: John B. Brown, a son, who died May
15, 1947; Clarence York, 619 W 14th St.; Frank D. York, 107 E First St.;
George W. York, Rt 4, Junction City; Edward York, 529 W Sixth St.;
Nellie F. York, 609 W. Second St.
Naomi owned Lots Two and Three, Block 65. Each person got "an
undivided one-sixth" including John Brown.
Standard Certificate of Death: residence 609 W 2nd, age 83,
housewife, birthplace England, name of father Bedford, (can't read
mother's maiden name) birthplace England, Informant Nellie York, death
Oct 4, 1925 and was attended since Aug 22, 1925, cause of death ?
Colitis and old age, buried at Highland Cemetery, signed Walter Carr,
I. William York b. 1 Jan 1861,
Piddington, Northampton, England, m. 1 Mar 1881, in Junction City, KS,
Mary Johanna Pearson, b. 4 Oct 1864, Stockholm, Sweden, d. 20
Jan 1936, Junction City, Kansas, buried: Highland Cemetery, Junction
City, KS. William died 3 Oct 1947, Junction City, Kansas, buried:
Highland Cemetery, Junction City, KS. On the 1900 US Census, William's
occupation was butcher, Mary's was boardinghouse and it showed that
Mary and her mother and father were born in Sweden.
William and Mary made their home at 611 W Fifth Street, Junction
J. C. Union, about 1942: A. C. Pierce's Sign Board in New York City
Brought York Family Here.
A sign-board decided the future home of Will York, 611 West Fifth
Street. Mr. York was born in Northampton, England, but in his early
youth his parents decided to take him and his five brothers and
sisters to America. They landed from the "China" in New York
in May 1870, after they had encountered many storms in crossing the
Atlantic Ocean in nine days. Mr. York can remember a large signboard
located in Castle Garden, New York, advertising Junction City. Among
other things it read "Go to Junction City, Kas.," and was
signed "A. C. Pierce."* The family, having no definite
destination in mind, decided to come to Junction City and locate. They
arrived here the latter part of May in 1870.
They rented a shanty back of the present site of the Elks Club
while they built a "lean-to" on a lot at Second and Webster,
which they bought from Mr. Pierce. Two weeks later the family of nine
moved into the new home. No batten had been put in the house to seal
the cracks, according to Mr. York, and there house warming of a big
Young Will's father, Thomas York, was in the carpenter and stone
business and the six boys helped him in his trade. Mr. York says that
he and his brothers helped in the construction of a house for a man
named "Strickney, where the P. G. Volz house is now
In 1878, this business was abandoned, and a butcher shop was
started in the present library building. After two years a new shop
was opened in the present Penney building. Mr. York said that this
store was closed in 1880, although it was doing a fine business.
When asked what he did after closing the butcher shop Mr. York said
he decided to get married. The bride, Mary Pearson, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Andrew Pearson, was a young Swedish family located on Davis
Creek. When she arrived in her new home she was wearing wooden shoes
and a shawl. She and Mr. York were married here on March 1, 1882.
Mr. York worked for G. A. Rockwell in his mercantile store for four
or five years and then was employed in several butcher shops. For the
next 28 years he was with Stephen Boon at Fort Riley.
Mr. York went to school in a building on the present location of
the Charles Ziegler home. A Mrs. Collins was principal at the time.
The Thurston sisters were among his first teachers.
He can remember many interesting things about early day Junction
City. Mr. York says that the city park had a picket fence around it
when he came here. He also tells many anecdotes about "Wild"
Bill Hickock and Tom Allen. "Wild Bill" was the idol of the
boys. One of his stunts was picking up a handkerchief from the ground
while riding horseback at a full gallop.
Among the first homes here were the Stuart home, on West Sixth, the
Tom Allen home, 106 North Webster, where J. H. Comer now lives, and
the Ed Laurenson home on West Second, now occupied by M. M. Powell.
The baseball team organized here between the 70's and the 80's was
composed mainly of the Humphreys, Greens, Yorks, Allens and a Hale
boy. The boys played on the Third Street school grounds, after being
chased away from the Humphrey home because they broke too many window
panes. The old Humphrey house was located where the G. W. Anderson
home now stands.
Mr. York can remember when big bands of Indians passed through the
streets. They often camped for months in the summer between Junction
City and Fort Riley and sometimes made their camp near Highland
Cemetery. Like the birds, they migrated south in the winter and went
north in the summer.
Among the first town marshals here were a man named Woodward, Dan
McClary and Tom Allen. The old timers will remember Tom's
"roar", which could be heard for blocks when he became
At that time there were several livery stables here, the largest
one being operated by O'Reilly, Young and Foss. It stood where the
Dickinson Theater is now situated. It was destroyed by fire in the
80's. No horses were lost in the fire. The Fort Riley fire department
was called over to help fight the blaze. The water then was pumped
from cisterns, which were located at various places throughout the
town. These were all pumped dry the night of the fire.
The Yorks have lived at their present home on West Fifth Street for
thirty-five years. The old York home, a stone structure, is located at
609 West Second.
Mr. York has spent his entire life in Junction City although he is
retired from active business, he occasionally works in various meat
markets in town when he is needed. * A. C. Pierce was a government
surveyor and land agent.
The J. C. Union, dated Thursday, Oct. 9, 1947: Death of Will York,
Will York, 86, pioneer resident of this community, passed away at his
home 611 West Fifth Street, early this morning. Mr. York had been in
failing health for the past two years, but had been able to be up and
around the house until four weeks ago, when he became bedfast.
Born in Piddington, North Hampton, England, January 1, 1861, he
came direct to Junction City where they settled, and Mr. York grew to
manhood. His father, the late Thomas York, operated a meat market in
the early days, in a location where the George Smith Public Library
now stands. Here it was that Will learned the trade of meat cutting,
which he followed the rest of his life time.
He was married to Mary Pearson on March 1, 1881. Two daughters, Oma
and Myrtle, died in infancy; and Mrs. York preceded him in death
January 20, 1936.
Surviving relatives include two daughters, Mrs. Cora Johnson, of
the home, and Mrs. Ella Taylor, of Chapman; four grandchildren, one
brother, Harry York, of Colorado Springs; one half-sister, Miss Nellie
York; and four half-brothers, Clarence, George, Frank, and Ed York,
all of this community.
One of the few remaining pioneers of this community, Mr. York could
tell many interesting incidents of early day life, and of experiences
with Indians, droughts, and grasshopper plagues. He issued meat for 40
years at the Fort Riley Commissary, and was well known among the older
Army personnel at the Post.
Mr. York was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.
Funeral services for Will York, 611 West Fifth, pioneer resident of
this community, were held at 3:30 Sunday afternoon from the Johnson
Funeral Home with Rev. Harry R. Weed in charge. Burial was in Highland
Cemetery. Pallbearers were five nephews: Tom, James, Marvin, George,
Jr., and Raymond York, and one grandson York Taylor. Mary:
Obit: Mrs. Mary York, 72, pioneer resident of this community passed
away early this morning at the home of a daughter, Mrs. M. V. Taylor,
near Chapman, Kansas, after 3 week's illness. Though not confined Mrs.
York had been in poor health for several years. Mary Johanna Pearson
was born October 4, 1864, in Stockholm, Sweden. She was baptized in
her native land. At the age of five years her parents came to America,
where they settled on a farm on Davis Creek. There she grew to
womanhood. She was untied in marriage to William York, March 1, 1881,
and to this union four daughters were born, two of whom died in
infancy. Mrs. York is survived by the husband, Will York; two
daughters, Mrs. Charles Johnston, of this city and Mrs. Millard
Taylor, of Pearl, Kansas; three granddaughters; one grandson; 4
great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews, and a host of friends. The
deceased united with the Congregational Church in this city in early
womanhood, and when this organization disbanded, transferred her
membership to the First Methodist Church of which she was an active
member until hindered by illness. . . . Friends may call at the home,
611 West Fifth Street, this evening or Tuesday. Funeral services will
be held from the Prichard Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon at 2
o'clock. Rev. L. H. Rupert of the Methodist Church will officiate.
A. Cora Elizabeth York b. 5 Dec 1881, Junction City,
Kansas, m. Charles Johnston, b. 3 Jun 1872, Geary County, KS,
d. 12 Aug 1944, Junction City, Kansas, buried: Highland Cemetery,
Junction City, KS. Cora died 15 Mar 1953, Junction City, Kansas.
1. Mary Elizabeth Johnston b. 5 Feb 1906, rural Junction
City, Kansas, m. 16 Mar 1927, in First Methodist Church, Junction,
KS, Roy W. Gfeller, b. 20 Jun 1904, Junction City, Kansas.
Mary died 16 Sep 1992, Memorial Hospital, Abilene, KS. CHAPMAN
OBIT: Mary Elizabeth Gfeller, 86, died Sept 16, 1992, at Memorial
Hospital, Abilene. She was born Feb. 5, 1906, in rural Junction
City, the daughter of Charles and Cora York Johnston. She attended
Acker Grade School and graduated from Junction City High School in
1925. She worked at Perry Packing Produce Company, Junction City.
On March 16, 1927, she married Roy W. Gfeller at the First United
Methodist Church, Junction City. They farmed on Route 3, Junction
City, until they moved to Route 2, Chapman. In 1983, they retired
and moved to the Butterfield Trail Apartments, Chapman. He
survives. Surviving with her husband are a daughter, Virginia
Zumbrunn, Route 2, Chapman; two sons, Charles W. Gfeller, Route 3,
Junction City, and Gary E. Gfeller, Route 2, Chapman; a sister,
Martha Urbelis, Freehold, N. J., 12 grandchildren; and 15
a. Charles William Gfeller b. 18 Jan 1929, Junction
City, Geary Co., KS, m. 15 Mar 1953, in Presbyterian Church,
Junction City, KS, Virginia Ruth Peterson, b. 25 Oct
1930, Salina, SalineCo., KS. They live in rural Chapman. Bill
was a farmer and an electrician.
(1) Douglas Roy Gfeller b. 22 Jun 1954, Junction
City, Geary Co., KS, m. 30 Jul 1977, in Assaria, Saline Co.,
KS, Debra J. Erickson, b. 28 May 1955, Salina, Saline
(a) Erik W. Gfeller b. 18 Nov 1980, Abilene, KS.
(b) Anna C. Gfeller b. 8 Jul 1983, Abilene, KS.
(c) Michael J. Gfeller b. 22 Sep 1985, Abilene,
(2) Ronald Wayne Gfeller b. 12 May 1957, Junction
City, Geary Co., KS, m. 8 Oct 1983, in Salina, Saline Co.,
KS, Linnaea Dewitt, b. 21 Aug 1957, Salina, Saline
(a) Ashley J. Gfeller b. 20 Sep 1986, Junction
City Hospital, Junction, KS.
(b) Brooke L. Gfeller b. 22 Jul 1989, Junction
City Hospital, Junction, KS.
(3) Ruth Ellen Gfeller b. 25 Apr 1960, Junction
City, Geary Co., KS, m. 14 Sep 1985, in Manhattan, Riley
Co., KS, Allen Wege, b. 1 Nov 1953, Manhattan, Riley
(a) Jenna R. Wege b. 27 Mar 1987, Manhattan,
Riley Co., KS.
(b) Jill N. Wege b. 21 Aug 1989, Manhattan,
Riley Co., KS.
(4) Beth Elaine Gfeller b. 16 Feb 1966, Junction
City, Geary Co., KS, m. 23 Apr 1988, in Junction City, Geary
Co., KS, Mike Marker, b. 1 Jul 1965, Winfield, Cowley
(a) Tyler W. Marker b. 18 Jun 1991, Dexter, KS.
(b) Nathan A. Marker b. 3 Jul 1994, Dexter, KS.
(c) Joel R. Marker b. 14 Feb 1998, Dexter, KS.
b. Virginia Ann Gfeller b. 23 Apr 1932, Junction City,
Kansas, m. 9 May 1953, in Chapman, Dickinson Co., KS, Robert
Joseph Zumbrunn, b. 20 Jun 1928, Junction City, Kansas.
(1) Sharolyn Sue Zumbrunn b. 20 Mar 1954, Junction
City Hospital, Junction, KS, m. 27 May 1983, in Chapman,
Dickinson Co., KS, Richard Hite, b. 11 Jun 1951,
Abilene, Dickinson Co., KS.
(a) Chad R. Hite b. 6 Nov 1984, Chapman, KS.
(b) Robert G. Hite b. 17 Jul 1990, Chapman, KS.
(2) Carolyn Ann Zumbrunn b. 11 Jan 1956, Junction
City Hospital, Junction, KS, m. 11 Oct 1980, in Abilene,
Dickinson Co., KS, Michael E. Gill, b. 11 Dec 1954,
Abilene, Dickinson Co., KS.
(a) Keely T. Gill b. 30 Oct 1986, St. Marys, KS.
(b) Kellen B. Gill b. 18 Apr 1991, St. Marys,
(3) Dennis Robert Zumbrunn b. 22 Aug 1958,
Junction City Hospital, Junction, KS, m. 29 Dec 1979, in
Abilene, Dickinson Co., KS, Cheryl A. Correll, b. 20
Mar 1960, Abilene, Dickinson Co., KS.
(a) Joel R. Zumbrunn b. 22 Dec 1986, Chapman,
(b) Alicia Zumbrunn b. 15 Dec 1987, Chapman, KS.
(4) Cynthia Lynn Zumbrunn b. 25 Mar 1966, Junction
City Hospital, Junction, KS.
c. Gary Eugene Gfeller b. 28 Oct 1942, Junction City,
Geary Co., KS, m. 30 Jan 1966, in Alida Parish, Junction City,
KS, Marjorie Ann Hall, b. 25 Jul 1946, Parents lived at
(1) Sally Ann Gfeller b. 14 Jun 1967, Junction
City, Geary Co., KS, m. 3 Sep 1988, in Assaria, Saline Co.,
KS, Kenneth D. Johnson, b. 18 Jun 1967, Salina,
Saline Co., KS.
(a) Hillary A. Johnson b. 25 Jun 1992,
(b) Hunter D. Johnson b. 12 Jan 1998,
(2) Stephen Eugene Gfeller b. 22 Jul 1969,
Junction City, Geary Co., KS.
(3) Kristi Ann Gfeller b. 29 Apr 1971, Junction
City, Geary Co., KS, m. 5 Mar 1996, in Las Vegas, NV, Clyde
Cranwell, b. 24 May 1961, Colorado.
(a) Amanda M. Cranwell b. 6 Jan 1999, Curtis,
(b) Emily R. Cranwell b. 17 Apr 2000, Curtis,
(4) Kimberly Gfeller b. 28 Feb 1978, Junction City
Hospital, Junction, KS, m. 20 Jun 1998, in Manhattan, Riley
Co., KS, Kelly Kirkham, b. 30 Oct 1975, Valley Falls,
2. Martha Irene Johnston b. 5 Oct 1908, Junction City,
Kansas, m. (1) 17 Mar 1931, in Manhattan, KS, William Louis
Black, Jr., d. 7 Jul 1942, Ft. Riley, KS, buried: Military
cemetery in Ft. Riley, m. (2) 23 Apr 1943, in Topeka, KS, Vytold
A. Urbelis, d. 28 May 1988, Freehold, NJ, buried: Maplewood
a. Elizabeth Ann Black b. 24 Oct 1931, Ft. Riley
Hospital, Ft. Riley, KS, m. 16 Feb 1955, Robert Walling,
d. 7 May 1977.
(1) Catherine Diane Walling b. 18 Oct 1957,
Neptune, NJ, m. Charles McGovern.
(a) John David McGovern b. 21 Sep 1979, Neptune,
(b) James Wesley McGovern b. 28 Sep 1990,
(c) Erica Victoria McGovern b. 5 Mar 1993,
(2) Wesley Walling b. 29 Jan 1959, Neptune, NJ.
Wesley died of a brain tumor.
(3) Kenneth Walling b. 2 Jun 1962, Neptune, NJ, m.
(a) Meghan Walling b. 8 Jul 1995.
(b) Rachael Walling b. 8 Jul 1995.
b. Robert Louis Black, Jr. b. 29 Nov 1931, Ft. Riley,
KS, m. 15 Oct 1950, Alma Groth.
(1) Stephen Louis Black b. 18 Jan 1953, d. 7 May
1995, Freehold, NJ. Stephen died of cancer.
(2) Lori Irene Black b. 23 Jul 1959, m. (1) David
Pere, m. (2) William Johnson.
(a) Janine Pere b. 23 May 1983.
(b) Tricia Pere b. 29 Jan 1985.
(c) Kaitlyn Johnson b. 27 Aug 1994.
(3) Tiffany Grace King b. 16 Jan 1977. King may be
her mother's name.
c. Danny Johnston Black Urbelis b. 28 Jun 1940, Ft.
Riley Hospital, Ft. Riley, KS, m. Evelyn Siffler. Danny
was not adopted by Vytold Urbelis but he uses the name. Legally
he uses Black as a last name. He was divorced. He suffers from
(1) Vytold William Urbelis b. 10 Jul 1962, m. (1) Vicky
Phillinick, m. (2) Laura Gibson.
(a) Vytold William Urbelis b. 23 Jul 1987, Penn,
(b) Nicole Urbelis b. 22 Jun 1988, Neptune, NJ.
d. Vytold A Urbelis, Jr. b. 14 Sep 1946. He was a
"blue baby". He lives with his mother, Martha, and
needs daily care.
B. Mammie Bell York b. 4 Dec 1886, Junction City, Kansas,
d. 11 Dec, Junction City, Kansas, buried: Highland Cemetery,
Junction City, KS. Oma died in infancy and was the first of William
and Mary's children.
C. Oma Myrtle York b. 7 Dec 1887, Junction City, Kansas,
d. 18 Mar 1890, buried: Highland Cemetery, Junction City, KS. Myrtle
also died in infancy and was the second of William and Mary's
D. Ellen Mae York b. 21 Nov 1890, Junction City, Kansas,
m. 21 Jun 1916, in Junction City, KS, Millard Victor Taylor,
b. 11 Feb 1889, Chapman, KS. Ellen died 17 Jan 1982, Chapman Valley
Manor, Chapman, KS, buried: Mt. Hope Cemetery, Enterprise, KS. Ella
May York was the way her name was recorded in the family bible even
though she at times went by the name Ellen Mae.
Obit: Ellen May Taylor
Funeral services for Ellen May Taylor, who died Jan. 17 at
Chapman Valley Manor, were Jan. 19 at Londeen's Funeral Chapel in
Chapman with Rev. Gerald Sharp of the Enterprise United Methodist
Organist was Mr. Sherry Carr. Casket bearers included Gordon
Taylor, Harry Counter, Bill Nichols, Robert Zumbrunn, Bill Gfeller
and Gary Gfeller.
Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Enterprise.
Mrs. Taylor was born Nov. 21, 1890 in Junction City, the daughter
of William and Mary York. She attended schools in Junction City and
for several years was employed at Pennell's Photography Studio in
On June 21, 1916, she married Millard Victor Taylor of Chapman.
Their married life was spent on the Taylor family farm south of
An active member of the Enterprise United Methodist Church and
the Pearl Iris Club, Mrs. Taylor belonged to the Rebekah Lodge of
She was preceded in death by two infant sisters, Oma and Myrtle;
an older sister, Mrs. Cora Johnston of Junction City; and her
husband on May 11, 1961.
Survivors include a son, Millard York Taylor and wife, Wilma, of
Chapman; a daughter, Ellen Jane Richardson and husband, Warren, of
Augusta; four grandchildren, Pamela Kay Showalter of McPherson,
Patricia Ann Otto of Hutchinson, Linda Marcis of Dallas, Texas and
Lee (cut off here).
1. unnamed baby Taylor b. 3 Jan 1920, Chapman, KS.
2. Millard York Taylor b. 2 Aug 1921, Chapman, KS, m. 16
Feb 1944, in Chapman, KS, Wilma Iola Taylor, b. 18 May
1924, Dickenson County, KS. He used the surname York and was a
farmer, living south of Chapman, Kansas. Wilma: She was a
cousin of her husband, York.
a. Pamela Kay Taylor b. 11 Jun 1949, Junction City,
Kansas, m. 3 Jul 1971, in Enterprise Methodist Church, KS, Jerry
(1) Angela Kay Showalter b. 31 Jan 1975,
Manhattan, KS, m. 28 May 1998, in Manhattan, KS, Jim
Harris, b. ABT. 19 FEB 197.
(2) Sheri Dee Showalter b. 19 May 1979, Newton,
b. Patricia Ann Taylor b. 6 Jul 1953, Junction City,
Kansas, m. 26 May 1973, in Enterprise Methodist Church, KS, Randy
(1) Khyle Allen Otto b. 11 Aug 1976, North Kansas
City Hospital, Kansas, KS, m. 11 Dec 1999, in Salina, KS, Amanda
Clark, b. 28 Feb 1979.
(2) JoAnn Lynn Otto b. 26 Sep 1979, Salina, KS.
3. Ellen Jane Taylor b. 1 Sep 1927, Dickenson County,
KS, m. 16 Sep 1950, Warren Earle Richardson, b. 20 Mar
a. Linda Richardson b. 27 Sep 1955.
b. Lee William Richardson b. 11 Nov 1963. Lee was
II. Thomas York b. 10 Jan 1862,
Piddington, Northampton, England, m. 17 Mar 1897, in Salina, Saline
Co., KS, Mary Louise (Louisa) Kastner, b. 26 Oct 1872,
Miamasburg, OH, d. 18 Jan 1935, Junction City, Kansas, buried:
Highland Cemetery, Junction City, KS. Thomas died 1916, Salina, KS,
buried: Highland Cemetery, Junction City, KS. On the 1880 US census,
Thomas's occupation was listed as meat market clerk. This was the same
year as his father's death.
On the 1900 US census, Thomas York's occupation was saloon keeper
and it showed that Louisa was born in Ohio and her parents were born
Thomas first had a saloon on Sixth and Washington which was said to
be the best in Junction City at that time. Most of his life, however,
was spent working as a carpenter at Fort Filey; part of this time was
spent making packing cases in a building near the stables.
J. C. Union: Thomas York On May 4, 1870 , there came to Junction
City from Piddington, Northampton, England, a family by the name of
York. This family consisted to a father and mother and six
sons--Thomas, Will, Charles, Fred, Al, and Harry.
After the death of the mother Mr. York married again and of this
second union there were born five children--Frank, Clarence, George,
Ed, and Nellie. The father died a few years ago, and for some time all
the children continued to live in Junction City.
When it was learned that the brother Tom was seriously ill Fred
came from San Antonio, Tex., and Harry from Colorado, and all the
brothers and sisters and stepmother were together for several days
before the death of Thomas.
In 1896 Tom was married to Miss Louise Kastner at Salina, Kans.,
and to this union was born Mabel and Thomas. For several years Mr.
York had been a carpenter at Ft. Riley, where he was greatly esteemed
by officers and men alike. Mr. York was a good husband and father, a
splendid neighbor and a respected citizen.
A. Mary York b. 28 Dec 1898, Junction City, Kansas, d. 28
Dec 1989, Junction City, Kansas, buried: Highland Cemetery, Junction
B. Mabel Edith York b. 29 Apr 1903, Junction City, Kansas,
d. 1 Aug 1950, Junction City, Kansas, buried: Highland Cemetery,
Junction City, KS. Mabel was never married. In 1917 Mabel Edith York
and Thomas A. York were listed as elders in the First Presbyterian
Church, Junction City.
Junction City Union, Wednesday evening, August 2, 1950: Miss
Mabel Edith York, age 47, passed away Tuesday evening at the Norton
Sanitarium where she had been a patient since Feb. 12 of this year.
Miss York was born April 12, 1903, in Junction City, and had
lived here all of her life. For many years, she has made her home
with her cousin, Mrs. Charles Johnston, at 611 West Fifth Street.
Surviving is a brother, Thomas A. York, Sr., of this city and
many other relatives.
Miss York was a member of the Royal Neighbors.
The Sawtell funeral coach left this morning to bring the body
Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock
from the Sawtell Funeral home with Mrs. Rose Darcy conducting the
service. Also assisting will be the members of the Royal Neighbor
Lodge. Mrs. Alberta Zernichow will sing accompanied by Mrs. Frank
Trebilcock. Burial will be in Highland cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday evening from 7 to 9
C. Thomas Andrew York b. 24 Nov 1904, Junction City,
Kansas, m. 23 Feb 1935, in Zion Evangelical Church, Junction, KS, Lucia
Ethyl White, b. 27 Jul 1912, Junction City, Kansas. Thomas died
30 Jun 1962, Junction City, Kansas, buried: Highland Cemetery,
Junction City, KS. In 1949, Thomas York was listed as an elder in
the First Presbyterian Church, Junction City.
J. C. Union, June 1962: Thomas Andrew York, 57, 433 West Fourth,
died late Saturday afternoon at the Junction City hospital. He was
born November 24, 1904, in Junction City and spent his entire life
here. He had suffered several heart attacks in recent years,
suffering the most recent last week.
He was a mechanical foreman in Junction City for the Union
Pacific Railroad and had worked for the Union Pacific for about 32
years. He was a member of the Union Pacific Old Timers and the
On February 23, 1935, he was married to Miss Lucia White, in
Junction City. He is survived by his wife, of the home; two sons,
John B. York, of Junction City and Thomas A. York, Jr., of San
Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock
from the Mass-Hinitt Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Dan Hiett
officiating. Mrs. Frank Trebilcock will be the organist. Burial will
be in Highland Cemetery with Masonic Lodge in charge of the grave
Friends may call Tuesday evening at the funeral home from 7 to 9
o'clock. Lucia: Lucia went by the Ethyl. She lived at 433 W
Fourth, and then 530 W. Third, Junction City in a house built by Leo
York. Her father was a building contractor that many of the Yorks
worked as mason for.
1. Thomas Andrew York, Jr. b. 5 Feb 1936, Junction City,
Kansas, m. 14 Jul 1962, in Presbyterian Church Merriam, KS, Mary
Lucille Crain, b. 16 Oct 1934, Kentucky. J. C. Union, ca 1978:
Junction Citian takes ship command. Within the next few days, a
native of Junction City will board a guided missile destroyer, the
USS Claude V. Ricketts, class DDG-5, at Norfolk, Va., to become
its new commanding officer.
Commander Tom York, now a U. S. Navy veteran of nearly 18
years, who grew up as a landlubber in Junction City, has spent a
lot of his time on the high seas for the past 17-plus years.
The destroyer which he will command, will have a crew of 19
officers and about 350 enlisted men.
Norfolk is the U. S. base for the guided missile destroyer, but
it is assigned to the Sixth U. S. Fleet in the Mediterranean, and
it will be there for seven of the next 12 months.
His new assignment follows one in the Pentagon in Washington
where he served in the strategic plans division on the Navy staff.
His prior duty was as executive officer on the same class of ship
which he now will command.
Cmdr. York has been visiting in Junction City for the past week
with his mother, Mrs. R. H. Byrd, and his brother, John York and
family. He arrived here last Wednesday night, and left Tuesday.
He and his wife, Luci, have been making their home in Fairfax,
Va., while he was assigned to the Pentagon. He said this has
involved a trip of about 16 miles to work. They also own a home in
Norfolk, and may sell the one in Fairfax.
While in the Mediterranean, Mrs. York plans to go to Europe and
will be able to have her husband join her at some of the ports
where the ship visits during its cruise, most likely in Spain,
France, Italy, Greece, Turkey and as well as other ports-of-call.
Cmdr. York is a Navy officer more or less by chance. He had
started a career as a college instructor before it came about. He
was graduated in 1958 from Kansas State University, majoring in
English, and was on the faculty as an instructor in English when
the draft began to approach. He selected the option of going into
the Navy, and staying on to make it a career.
His entrance into the Navy was between wars, but the Vietnam
involvement soon came and he spent parts of eight years, from 1962
to 1973, aboard ships in the Vietnam area, including destroyers,
minesweepers and others.
He came under fire there, too, but was not hit, although a
shore fire shell tore through the communications cable on one
ship, completely disrupting ship communications. The ship had some
casualties. He said there were other occasions when they came
under fire, but that was the most serious hit. The usual procedure
was a quick hit-and-run tactic, moving in quickly to blast shore
targets, and then quickly heading out to sea.
His new ship, USS Claude V. Ricketts, was named for the man who
was vice-chief of naval operations about 15 years ago.
2. John Bannister York b. 24 Jan 1940, Junction City,
Kansas, m. 5 Oct 1967, in First Presbyterian Church, Junction, KS,
Susan Jane McWilliams, b. 7 Oct 1942, Junction City, Geary
Co., Kansas. John builds houses, lives in them, then builds
another such as Edward's son, John York, did for many years. He
also owns and oerates Graphics Printing Company, a commercial
printing company at 625 North Adams, Junction City, KS. John also
is a licensed real estate associate and a certified licensed land
surveyor. John and Susie lived at 1500 Rockledge Court in Junction
John has his grandfather's shaving mug with THOMAS YORK
inscribed on it.
Susan's children were adopted by John.
III. Robert Charles (Charley) York b.
10 Jun 1863, Piddington, Northampton, England, m. 2 Oct 1892, in
Junction City, KS, Isabelle (Belle) A. Prichard, b. 16 Mar
1867, Shelby Co., Illinois, d. 17 Jul 1906, Junction City, Kansas,
buried: 18 Jul 1906, Highland Cemetery, Junction City, KS. Robert died
3 Jan 1925, Junction City, Kansas, buried: Highland Cemetery, Junction
City, KS. On the 1880 US census Robert Charles was listed with the
occupation of meat market clerk. He was 16 that year when his father
Probate Records for Charles R. York:
$8000 notes payable at First National Bank at 10%, Hazel Malone
paid $6353.75 in "full satisfaction."
Real estate Sub 11 in W 1/2, Section 11, Twp. 13, Range 5, Geary Co
Lot 3 and 4, Block 8, Junction City 100.00
Personal Assets 12,204.40
Total Assets 20,804.40
Net Remainder 11,957.80
J. C. Union, Obit: Charles York, for over forty years a resident of
the city died Saturday night following a ten days illness with
pneumonia, induced by injuries received when he was kicked in the
lungs by a steer at his feed yards west of the city.
The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from the Presbyterian
Church, in charge of Rev. A. H. Harshaw and Rev. S. L. Buchner and
burial was made in Highland Cemetery beside his wife, who died over
twenty years ago.
Mr. York is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Clarence Malone of
Kansas City, by his stepmother, Mrs. Naomi York of West 2nd Street,
these brothers, Will York of this city, Harry York of Breckenridge,
Colorado, Fred York of San Antonio, Texas, Alfred York of Kansas City,
Clarence York, Frank York, George York, Edward York, all of this
county, and one sister, Miss Nellie York of this city.
He was a native of England but came to this country with his
parents when a small boy, and this city has been his home ever since.
As one of the prominent cattle feeders and buyers of central Kansas
he enjoyed a wide acquaintance and was held in the highest esteem by
all with whom he had dealings.
He was sixty two years of age.
Union and Republic, Jan 8, 1925: Charles Robert York When the York
family located in Junction City almost fifty-five years ago the
village and vicinity were very different from what they are at
present. Its home had been in Piddington, England. The contract
between birthplace and new location must have been almost painful,
even to the boy. Charles began to live on June 10, 1863, when our
Nation was in an awful war. He reached his future home in May 1870
thus he crossed the ocean at seven years of age. He remembered a
little of the old country. His first great grief was the loss of his
mother shortly after the family arrived and while its members felt
themselves strangers. The youth began to take an interest in cattle,
for his father had a meat-shop. Ere long he was entrusted with the
purchasing of beeves. So he spent his life in buying, feeding, and
selling cattle and hogs. He was perhaps the oldest customer of the
Dixon Commission House of Kansas City. Hundreds of farmers and
stockmen in the cluster of counties near were acquainted with Charlie
York. He had ridden over all the roads for miles repeatedly when they
were not made for autos. To him the steer or hog became as easy as a
primer to read. He could guess the weight of an animal to the fraction
of a pound.
Communities will miss their genial friend. Mr. York's second large
grief was the glorifying of his father on April 19, 1881. Only a few
will recall the father. In October, 1892, Mr. York was married to Miss
Belle Pritchard. Six years later she passed away and this was the
greatest grief of all. She left a little daughter, Hazel, who is now
the wife of Mr. C. N. Malone of Kansas City. She is carrying the
weight of sorrow. Joan Ruth Malone is the small granddaughter whose
grandfather loved her so tenderly and delighted to speak of her so
graciously to his friends. William, Fred, of San Antonio, Texas,
Alfred, of Kansas City, Mo., Harry of Breckenridge, Colorado are full
brothers. Clarence, Frank, George, and Edward are half brothers, and
Nellie is a half sister. Mrs. Naomi York is step-mother, and Mr. John
Brown is a step-brother. These and other relatives are distressed by
the call which came to Mr. York on January 3, 1925, to lay down his
life-work and enter on a new experience. "Thy servants' trade had
been about cattle from our youth even until now." Isabelle:
In the 1900 census, her parents were shown as born in Kentucky.
A. Hazel Marie York b. 10 Nov 1896, Junction City, Kansas,
m. 31 Jul 1918, Clarence Newton Malone, b. 12 Jul 1897,
Archie, Missouri, d. 22 Dec 1971, Petersburg, VA. Hazel died 7 Feb
1970, Silver Springs, MD. In 1908, Hazel York (Mrs. Clarence Malone)
was listed as an elder in the First Presbyterian Church, Junction
City. On the 1910 US Census, Hapel M. York, age 13, was a boarder of
George A. Rosey.
1. Joan Ruth Malone b. 5 Jun 1921, Kansas City, MO, m.
16 Dec 1950, in London, England, Harold Hunter Callahan, b.
14 Apr 1917, Marion, OH. Joan died 30 Jul 1994, Bennington, VT,
buried: 5 Aug 1994, Arlington National Cemetery, VA. Tribute to
Joan Ruth Callahan: Joan Callahan spent her youth and college days
in what we natives of the area call the Midwest and the Westerners
call the east. (For then, anything east of Denver is the east.)
She was a graduate of Oberlin before coming to Washington in June
1943 to work with the Army Security Agency during World War II.
After the war Joan was posted to London, to an assignment which
will be referred to in the Post as the American Embassy but I
would call it, more accurately, an assignment involving liaison
and technical duties with NSA's British counterpart, GCHQ, then
located at Eastcote, a London suburb. That is where I first met
Joan in 1949. For 33 years Joan was a valued and productive member
of the NSA and its predecessor organizations' analytic groups. The
article for The Washington Post will read that "she was
employed by the National Security Agency and its predecessor
organizations as a cryptanalyst for 33 years." In putting the
finishing touches on that write-up, Cal wondered whether to put
the word "expert" in front of cryptanalyst. We decided
against it, figuring that some unknowledgeable copy editor might
delete it. But from first hand knowledge shared by many of you
here this afternoon, I believe I must call her an "expert
During her working days I am sure that she would never in mixed
company call herself a cryptanalyst. As a matter of fact, only a
very few Agency employees were (or are) aware of the particular
and very important area of her expertise. No need to reveal it
now. But there is a need to stress the fact, known to all her
co-worker, that she was most highly skilled in her field and that
the term "expert cryptanalyst" fits very well even
though it tells only part of the story. Her good judgment, an
almost photographic recall of pertinent facts, and competent,
friendly supervision and management should also be mentioned.
Enough of Agency related remarks. All of us knew Joan as a
warmhearted, generous and gracious individual. Barbra and I many
times enjoyed and shared the Callahans' superb hospitality. Her
love of music and reading and her skill with puzzles and
needlework are will known. Joan's courage in the face of ever more
serious health problems of the past year and her optimism that she
would prevail will long be remembered. Gentle and gracious, witty
and knowledgeable, a stimulating companion, and an admirable wife,
all of us will miss Joan. She lived a full and rewarding life and
we shall long remember her. I close with my prayer "may her
soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy
of God rest in peace. Amen."
2. Charlene York Malone b. 21 Feb 1926, Kansas City, MO,
m. 2 Apr 1949, in Ridgewood, NJ, George John Dickey, b. 24
Feb 1925, Brooklyn, NY, d. 8 Feb 1965, Jamaica Bay, buried:
Brooklyn, NY. Charlene died 7 Jul 1978, Petersburg, VA.
a. John Robert Dickey b. 21 Jun 1954, New Brunswick,
NJ, m. _____ Renee. In January 2000, their address was
401 Ravencroft Drive, Petersburg, VA 23805. John worked at
Advanced Engine Design, 2530 Willis Road, Richmond, VA 23237.
(1) Lauren Dickey.
(2) Megan Dickey.
(3) Brett Dickey.
IV. Annie York b. 17 Nov 1864,
Piddington, Northampton, England, d. 9 Feb 1865, Piddington,
V. Frederick York b. 2 Dec 1865,
Piddington, Northampton, England, m. Ernestina (Tena) Thiele,
b. 7 Jul 1866, Junction City, Geary Co., Kansas, d. 5 Feb 1945, San
Antonio, TX. Frederick died 27 Sep 1928, San Antonio, TX. Fred was a
carpenter and a grocer. He and Tena lived in Junction City, KS;
Colorado; San Antonio, TX. They had no children.
In 1898, Frederick York and Mrs. Ernestine were listed as elders in
First Presbyterian Church, Junction City.
On the 1900 US census for Geary County, Junction City, Frederic was
age 34 and his occupation was photographer. His wife was Ernestina B.
age 22 whose mother and father were born in Germany and "Tena"
was born in Kansas.
J. C. Union, Feb. 16, 1888 Printed advertisement: Call on York
& Thiele THE GROCERS. 701 Washington Street. [I am guessing this
was Fred since he was a grocer in Colorado and San Antonio and he
married Tena Thiele.]
1890-91: The Denver City Directories showed that Harry and his
brother Fred ran York Bros., a grocery and meat market at 611 Emerald
Ave. in Highlands, a community northwest of Denver, just across the
South Platte River (Highlands was annexed to Denver in 1896, and later
the name of Emerald Ave. was changed to 25th Ave. &th St., now
Federal Blvd., was the first north-south street west of the York
1892-93: The Denver City Directories showed Harry and Fred at 613
Emerald Ave., but only Fred was listed as a grocer.
Letter dated August 25, 1925. 528 Spafford Avenue, San Antonio,
Texas. Dear Nellie,
Just thought I would drop you a few lines to let you know that we
are still in the land of the living, Texas. I noticed in the J. C.
Republic that mother has been sick for a few days. Hope it is nothing
serious and that she will soon be well again. Tell her it is to hot to
get sick now, wait until the weather gets cooler. We are having (and
have been) the hottest arid dryest summer since we have been here.
There is practically nothing growing in the way of crops for miles
around San Antonio. Some parts of the state the crops are very good,
but we have been in the dry spot. Well we are back in business again.
Butcher shop and grocery this time. I am it - the butcher. We get up
at 5:30 get our breakfast, drive four miles to our store, stay there
until 7 o'clock every day except Sunday. We did open until 9 o'clock
on Sunday when we first bought the business, but do not now. Six days
are enough for me. It is pretty hard work this hot weather, but hope
later on to work it up to where we can get more help. At present we
have just one man. Tena takes care of the grocery part and I cut the
meat. We have a nice little business nearly all cash and the few we do
carry seem to be all 0. K. so far. They were running accounts when we
took the business. Don’t want any more credit customers rather do
less and get my money. My old boss was determined I should go on the
road again this fall. But I turned him down. Too hard work and not
enough money in it. He turned down $4000.00 worth of sales last year
orders he wouldn’t fill. That was $400.00 off my commission. It
hurt. It would have been worse this year. Well I did not intend to
write a letter so guess I had better stop. I am trying to write this
at the store, its what you might call a jump up letter--write a line
and then jump up and wait on a customer. Tena joins me in sending our
best love end wishes. I hope and pray that mother will be brought back
to health and strength again soon.
Letter dated October 5, l925, same address. Dear Nellie,
We received the sad news of mother's death last night about 12 o’clk.
We haven’t had very much hope of her recovering, since we got
Nellie's (Clarence's wife's) letter. Take a person of mothers age, and
having been blessed with the health and strength that she has enjoyed
all these years does not often recover from such a serious attack. I
hope she did not suffer very much, she has gone to her well earned
reward. We can go to her but she cannot come to us. Let us hope and
pray, that we may all meet, an unbroken family, on the other shore. I
shall never forget the pleasant afternoon we spent together, the last
time I was in Junction. We drove over through the camp, down across
the river, and back over the Fogarty Bridge. Mother did not seem to
tire and enjoyed it so much. I can see her now with that smile on her
face, and that is the way I want to remember her. I have a tender spot
in my heart for the old Ladys. There is very seldom a Sunday, that we
don’t take some old lady for a ride. Yesterday we took an old lady,
her daughter and son-in-law for a ride. The old Lady is 84 and has to
be watched all the time. Just like a little child. She seemed to enjoy
the ride very much. And it is a pleasure to us, to see them enjoy it.
Well I must close. I am trying to write this at the store, and it is a
job. They won’t leave me along long enough to get my wits to
working. You have our deepest sympathy; you will miss mother the most,
being with her all the time. If there was any thing I could do, or
say, to comfort you I would gladly do it, but I can not, There is only
one who can do that, and that is Him who gives and takes away, our
Heavenly Father. And I know you will go to him.
Death of Fred York (J. C. Union dated October 14, 1928.) Fred York,
for most of his life a resident of this city, passed away last night
at San Antonio, Tex., after a lingering illness. Mr. York was 64 years
of age and had lived in Junction City until 20 years ago when he went
to San Antonio with the Ziegler and Dalton Construction Company,
remaining there to make his home after their work was completed.
Mr. York is survived by his wife, formerly Miss Tena Thiele, a
sister, Miss Nellie York and by six brothers, Al of Kansas City and
Will, Clarence, Frank, Ed, and George York.
VI. Alfred York b. 6 Jan 1867,
Piddington, Northampton, England, d. 30 Dec 1932, Kansas City, KS,
buried: Highland Cemetery, Junction City, KS. Alfred owned a dry good
store, was the postmaster at Ft. Riley and was never married.
J. C. Union, June 1997, 100 Years Ago This Week The dispatches of
Saturday Morning announced the appointment of Alfred York, of this
city, as postmaster at Ft. Riley. The appointment is a good one and
Mr. York's many friends are glad to learn of his success. This was a
presidential appointment and pays a salary of $1,000 a year. There
were quite a number of able applicants for the office.
In the 1900 census for Geary County, Junction City, Alfred York was
a boarder of Majeforth Lockstone, was 32 years old and was the
postmaster for Ft. Riley.
J. C. Union, May 12, 1905: Alfred York Sells Out. Alfred York sold
his stock of dry goods Thursday evening to D. Decker of Harris, Kas.
The goods were packed today and will be shipped at once to Harris
where they will be put in a stock of general merchandise.
On the 1910 US census, Alfred's occupation was listed as a real
estate agent in a loan office.
DEATH of Alfred York
(Union, Sat., Dec. 31, 1932) Alfred York, 66, former Junction City
resident, passed away last evening at 5:30 o’clock after a short
illness in Kansas City, where he had made his home for the past six or
seven years. Mr. York was born in Piddington, England, but was reared
in this city and was prominent in the affairs of the community and for
several years was postmaster at Fort Riley. he was a member of the
Presbyterian Church and belonged to the Woodman Lodge. He is survived
by two brothers, Harry of Colorado Springs, Colorado, William of this
city, four half brothers, Clarence, Frank, George, and Edward; a half
sister, Nellie York and a half brother, John Brown, all of Junction
City, also a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends. The
body arrived here this afternoon at 3 o’clock and was taken to the
Pritchard Mortuary. Services will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock
from the funeral home. Rev. T. F. B. Smith of the Presbyterian Church
will officiate. Interment will be in the family lot in Highland. Died
Dec. 30, 1932.
VII. Henry (Harry) York b. 17 Oct 1868,
Piddington, Northampton, England, m. 5 Oct 1896, in Breckenridge,
Summit Co., CO, Linnie May Peabody, b. 11 May 1877, Preston,
Summit Co., CO, d. 7 Dec 1956, Colorado Springs, El Paso Co., CO,
buried: 10 Dec 1956, Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, CO. Henry
died 28 Feb 1954, Colorado Springs, El Paso Co., CO, buried: 2 Mar
1954, Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, CO. 1890-91: The Denver
City Directories showed that Harry and his brother Fred ran York
Bros., a grocery and meat market at 611 Emerald Ave. in Highlands.*
1892-93: The Denver City Directories showed Harry and Fred at 613
Emerald Ave., but only Fred was listed as a grocer.
1894-95: The Denver City Directories showed Harry into mining and a
boarder at 720 Highland Ave. (now 26th Ave.); Fred was not listed
There was no listing for Harry in 1996; he presumably had moved to
1917 August 11: Summit Co. Journal: Harry York is expecting hourly
the arrival in town of his brother, Fred, who is coming from San
Antonio, Texas, by automobile. [The mines are booming . . ]
1917 August 25: Fred York and wife of San Antonio, Texas, have been
the honored guests of Harry York this week. They arrived in an
automobile in which they had made the entire trip and which they will
use for a circuitous trip back home. The intend to cover a large
portion of Kansas and Arkansas before returning to their Texas home.
Copied from THE SUMMIT COUNTY JOURNAL, BRECKENRIDGE, reprinted from
THE DENVER POST, October 6, 1952: The Harry Yorks Celebrate 56th
Wedding Anniversary--Despite tragedy and financial panic, a plucky
Colorado Springs couple, celebrated their fifty-sixth wedding
anniversary Sunday. The pair, Mr. and Mrs. Harry York, whose more than
a half century of married life saw more than an ordinary share of
misfortune, seem to know no gloom. In a cottage on Willow circle in
the Cheyenne canyon area, southwest of Colorado Springs, the Yorks
combine the best of old time and modern living in a way that brings
them peace and happiness they have earned through years of hardship.
Each of the Yorks has a poignant story, packed with adventure. Their
roads run separately for a while, then suddenly meet in the high snowy
land of Breckenridge and the Blue river mining country. It was here
the romance began which endured for fifty-six years and is still going
strong. HE CHOPS WOOD At 84, York says, "We are going to take
life easy now." For exercise he chops wood at the big woodpile
back of the house; comes in to down for a game of cribbage with
cronies in Acacia park. At night he and his wife sing from the
yellowed pages of old song books. Mrs. York, who is 75, plays the
music on an old reed organ that her parents bought her her when she
was a girl. The Yorks came to Colorado Springs in 1932. For twenty
years he worked as ore inspector for the Golden Cycle Mill. Harry York
was an English immigrant whose mother died while en route to America.
When he was 12 years old he ran away from a home ruled by a
stepmother, hopped a freight train at Junction City, Kan. with only
fifty cents in his pocket. He got off at Kansas City and got a job
doing chores for a rooming house. OPENS GROCERY Two years later York
went back to Junction City when he fell heir to a fortune from
England. He went to Denver and opened a grocery store and meat market
in Highland, once an incorporated town, now a part of Denver. Then
came the panic of 1893 and York lost every penny of his $35,000
savings. York then took up a pick and shovel and went to work for the
Barnun Water works, saved enough money for a mining stake and set out
for the hills. At Breckenridge he found his mining dream fulfilled on
the dredge boats on the Blue river. "I had to have a place to
eat," York said, "so I hunted up a boarding house, and there
I met and married Mrs. York. Her mother was the one who ran the
boarding house." Linnie May, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin
Peabody, Breckenridge pioneers, was born in No Man's Land, that strip
of country up near Breckenridge that was not surveyed into the state
of Colorado until about twelve years ago. DAUGHTER DIES During the oil
boom in Wyoming the Yorks moved to York Creek and he worked for the
Ohio Oil company as a carpenter. There he almost lost a leg in a big
fly wheel of a gasoline engine. However, York refused to have doctors
amputate. Misfortune struck again, this time in the death of their
daughter and only child, Edna May. The Yorks raised their two
grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth and Wilson Gately. Later, tragedy again
struck when the girl, Mary Elizabeth, was killed at the age of 16 in a
fall in the mountains near her grandparents' home in Cheyenne Canyon.
The grandson is now an instructor at Aberdeen proving grounds, living
with his wife and two children at Barlington, Md. HAPPINESS FORMULA
The home of Mr. and Mrs. York is a house of memories. York still
carries a gold watch fob made from the pure "wire" gold
mined in the rich lodes of Farncomb Hill, where he once worked with
his father-in-law. He had the gold encased in a little open-faced
locket for his daughter, Edna May. When she died, it came back to him
and he wears it in her memory.
Harry York Passes Away; Rites Tuesday Funeral services will be held
in the Law drawing room at 2 p.m. Tuesday for Harry York, for many
years an employee of the Golden Cycle Mill, who died at his home, 1810
Willow Circle, Sunday Morning. Dr. Walter G. Schaefer will officiate
and burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Mr. York was born in North
Hamptonshire, England, Oct. 17, 1868, and was brought to this country
at the age of 18 months. He had been a resident of Colorado Springs
since 1931, having lived in Colorado since 1890. Surviving are his
wife, Mrs. Linnie York, Colorado Springs; a grandson, Billy Gateley of
Oxnard, Calif.; a nephew, Clyde Oakley, Denver, as well as several
half brothers and sisters of Junction City, Kan.
******* Some Documents from England *******
The two letters below have to do with money which the six York
The First Letter
High St., Olney, Newport Pagnel, Bucks
October 11th/89 
Mr. H. York
I saw Mr. Smith of Northampton on Tuesday Evening, last, and we
thought it advisable to write you by the next mail respecting your
money We are compelled by law to ascertain if you are living, and if
so, will thank you to write me per next mail stating when you will
attain the age of Twenty one years, also if christened Harry or Henry,
and if you would like the money sent to the same Bank has your other
brothers was --
You must also send me your correct address. When I receive the
information I require, will attend to it, and forward the money at
With Kind regards to you and your brothers
I am Dear Sir, Yours faithfully,
The Second Letter
High St., Olney, Newport Pagnel, Bucks, England
Nov. 14th 1889
Mr. H. York
Your letter was some time in coming, I did not get it until the 7th
November, and I was from home for several days after it arrived. I
went down on Monday last to see my Co-Executor at Northampton, and we
gave the Bankers notice to have the money out, and forward it on to
you at the National Bank Kansas City which is there American Agent.
The amount sent is £170 for your sixth share, and £9-4-6 for the
interest. You must produce my letter complete to the Bank so that they
may identify you as being the lawful person to receive it. Your
grandmother had two banking accounts one at Northampton, and the other
at Newport-Pagnel, but we did not require the two so we closed the
account at the latter, and have to send your money through a different
bank from those of your Brothers. I believe there is a branch of the
National Bank at Junction City, and if you go to your bank when you
receive my letter, and enquire if they could get it transferred to the
Junction City Bank, if they cannot do it for you - you will have to go
to the National Bank of Kansas City for it. I am sorry to give you any
extra trouble in this matter but we cannot avoid it now. When you have
received it - please to write me full particulars about it - you will
have to sign a receipt at the Bank, and you will have to pay the
bankers charges for sending out to you - With Kind regards to you and
I am Dear Sir, Yours faithfully
for your share 170 - 0 - 0
for interest 9 - 4 - 6
Total £179 - 4 - 6
1926: They were in McFadden. The following is an article in the
Junction City Union, date unknown. "Charlie" is possibly
Harry's brother Robert Charles, who went by the name
"Charles" and "Charley"; He died on January 3rd,
1925, which, if he is the right "Charlie", suggests that
Harry and Linnie moved to McFadden no later than late 1924.
HARRY YORK IN WYOMING
Harry York writes from McFadden, Wyoming:
"Friend Charlie: I have moved from Breckenridge, Colorado, to
McFadden, Wyoming, and want you to change the address of my paper to
this place. I am here to try and improve my wife's health. The
altitude here is 3000 feet lower than Breckenridge and the climate
better. My daughter and her husband have been here a year. Came here
10 days ago, like it very much. The camp belongs to the Ohio Oil Co.,
and I will be employed by one Company. Have good school, good water,
electric and gas lights; don't use wood or coal; burn gas. All
together we are 12 miles from Rock River, west of it and 50 miles from
A friend in McFadden, Wyoming, told Robert Brown that Harry was a
great tenor singer. On Sundays they would ride down to the Rock River
and have picnics and sing with guitars and banjoes. [Robert Brown was
Harry's half-grandnephew: "...taught in McFadden, WY, [~1954]
where he heard much of Harry York"]
**** El Paso Co., COLORADO ****
c1929 They moved to Colorado Springs.
1943 Sep 17: He received his Certificate of Naturalization (this
became necessary for him to receive a Colorado Old Age pension). At
this time, according to the certificate, he was, at age 74,
5'-10½" tall and weighed 138 pounds.
1952 Oct 5: He and Linnie celebrated their 56th Wedding Anniversary
. Two days later the Denver Post published an article about them. The
pump organ mentioned and shown in the accompanying photo now (2000)
belong to their great-grandson Kyle Gateley and his wife, Pamela, who
have restored it.
Tombstones in Evergreen Cemetery: Mary Elizabeth Gateley 1921-1937,
Edna May Brandon 1897-1943, Linnie M. York 1877-1956, Harry York
A. Edna May York b. 5 Sep 1897, Breckenridge, Summit Co.,
CO, m. 20 Apr 1919, in Breckenridge, Summit Co., CO, Sydney
Joseph Gateley, b. 10 Apr 1888, Eastonville, El Paso Co., CO, d.
25 May 1958, Fairplay, CO, buried: Buckskin Gulch, Alma, Park Co.,
CO. Edna died 28 Jan 1943, Lawrence, Douglas Co., KS, buried:
Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, CO.
1. Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Gateley b. 8 Mar
1921, Burkburnett, TX, d. 13 Aug 1937, Cascade Falls, Colorado
Springs, CO, buried: Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, CO.
ARTICLE ABOUT "BETTY" GATELEY'S DEATH, PAPER AND DATE
Gateley Girl's Skull Fractured and She Never Regained
Consciousness; Was Popular at School
Mary Elizabeth Gateley, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney J.
Gateley, 1806 Cheyenne boulevard, who was injured in a fall from
the top of Silver Cascade falls, in Buffalo canon, yesterday, died
at Beth-El hospital at 3:30 o'clock this morning. She had
fractured her skull in the fall and did not regain consciousness.
The tragedy climaxed a happy picnic party of boys and girls.
Miss Gateley had posed her companions on a boulder at the top of
the falls and stepped backward for distance to take a photograph
when she slipped and fell to the bottom of the falls, landing in
the water and striking her head against a rock.
She was a student at the Cheyenne mountain school, and popular.
Her father is a well-known mining man and was in Alma when the
accident occurred. Mrs. Gateley was at home and wondered what
accident might have occurred as she saw the ambulance driven at
high speed past her house toward the Cheyenne canons. A few
minutes later she learned by telephone that it was her daughter
who had been hurt.
2. Wilson York (Bill) Gateley b. 17 May 1926, MacFadden,
WY, m. 30 Nov 1946, in Alma, CO, Katherine Gertrude (Kith)
Ogden, b. 5 May 1927, Rochester, NY.
a. Edward York Gateley b. 9 Dec 1947, Colorado
Springs, El Paso Co., CO, m. (1) in Colorado Spring, CO, Barbara
Sue Frick, b. 28 Jan 1950, m. (2) 12 Oct 1996, in Louviers,
Douglas Co., CO, Nory Esteve, b. 10 Dec 1952. Nory:
Nory had three children from her previous marriage: Nicole,
Michael, and Nicholas.
(1) Alexander Frick Gateley b. 30 Mar 1985,
Colorado Springs, El Paso Co., CO.
(2) Zachary York Gateley b. 26 Oct 1987, Denver,
b. Katherine (Kithie) Gateley b. 25 Nov 1950,
Julesburg, CO, m. Judy Bennett, b. 10 Jun 1940. Kithie
and her brother Christopher own most of and operate Cykic
c. Christopher Andrew Gateley b. 1 Apr 1953,
Baltimore, MD, m. 4 Oct 1997, in Oakdene, Wayne Co., NY, Susan
Jane Peterson, b. 15 Sep 1951, Rochester, Monroe Co., NY.
d. Kyle Ogden Gateley b. 29 Oct 1955, Rochester,
Monroe Co., NY, m. in Colorado Spring, CO, Pamela Gayle Carbo,
b. 5 Apr 1955.
(1) Jordan Tyler Gateley b. 2 Mar 1990, Colorado
Springs, El Paso Co., CO.
(2) Chelsea Katherine Gateley b. 5 Nov 1991,
Colorado Springs, El Paso Co., CO.
e. Brian Hunt Gateley b. 6 Dec 1958, Colorado Springs,
f. Toby Mikels Gateley b. 30 Aug 1962, Colorado
VIII. Mary Elizabeth York b. 7
Feb 1870, Piddington, Northampton, England, d. 24 Jul 1870, Junction
City, Geary Co., KS, buried: in or near Junction City, KS. According
to the Junction City census on June, 1870, Mary age 2/12 a white
female was born in Kansas. This must be a mistake on the census as she
was born in February and did not arrive in the U.S. until April. She
was also listed on the China passenger list as Mary, an infant. She
also died shortly after arrival in Junction City and it is unknown
where she was buried.
IX. Clarence York b. 1 Mar 1872,
Junction City, Geary Co., KS, m. 18 Aug 1899, in 901 W. 11th, Junction
City, KS, Nelle Campbell, b. 30 Mar 1879, Tiocha, NV, d. 3 Apr
1962, Junction City, Geary Co., KS, buried: Highland Cemetery,
Junction City, KS. Clarence died 13 Feb 1952, Junction City, Geary
Co., KS, buried: Highland Cemetery, Junction City, KS.
A. Naomi York b. 25 Jun 1901, Junction City, Kansas, m. Thomas
Granville Brown, b. 2 Feb 1885, Uffington, West Virginia, d. 4
Nov 1950, Rawlins, WY, buried: Rawlins Cemetery, Rawlins, WY. Naomi
died 19 Dec 1972, Rawlins, WY, buried: Rawlins Cemetery, Rawlins,
1. Robert Granville Brown b. 18 Jun 1925, Junction City,
Kansas, m. 17 Feb 1951, Alice Ethylene McAlister, b. 6 Feb
1932, Rawlins, WY.
a. Charles Granville Brown b. 5 Jun 1953, Kimball, NE.
b. Michael Lester Brown b. 9 Oct 1954, Rawlins, WY.
c. Lawrence Roderick Brown b. 22 Jul 1957, Denver, CO.
2. Betty Yvonne Brown b. 11 Nov 1926, Rawlins, WY, d. 16
Feb 1999. Betty was a medical technician and was never married.
B. Raymond York b. 27 Feb 1907, Junction City, Kansas, m.
17 May 1933, in Junction City, KS, Lorraine Robinson, b. 15
Feb 1911. Raymond died Junction City, Kansas.
1. Jeanene York b. 16 Jan 1932, Junction City, Kansas,
m. 5 Jun 1968, Gail Childers. E-mail address on April 16,
X. Frank David York b. 22 May 1874,
Junction City, Geary Co., KS, m. 1 Nov 1905, in Junction City, KS, Fannie
Holmgren, b. 14 Jul 1884, Junction City, Kansas, d. 2 Sep 1963,
Little Rock, AR, buried: Highland Cemetery, Junction City, KS. Frank
died 28 Dec 1965, Junction City, Geary Co., KS, buried: Highland
Cemetery, Junction City, KS.
A. Lester York b. 2 Jul 1908, Junction City, Kansas, m. 2
Apr 1933, in Salina, KS, Vera Schultz, b. 12 Apr 1910, Geary
County, KS, d. 13 May 1965, Junction City, Kansas, buried: Highland
Cemetery, Junction City, KS. Lester died 13 May 1965, Junction City,
Kansas, buried: Highland Cemetery, Junction City, KS.
1. Stephany Lynn York b. 3 Apr 1944, Junction City,
Kansas, m. (1) 21 Jun 1963, in Episcopal Church, Junction City,
KS, Larry Paquette, b. 12 Jul 1942, Miltonvale, KS, m. (2)
3 May 1975, in Junction City, KS, James L. Walker, b. 20
Apr 1941, Chicago, IL. James: He served 28 years in the
a. Michelle Lynn Paquette b. 12 Oct 1967, Junction
City, Kansas, m. Kevin Knitten. Michelle was adopted.
b. Brenda Sue Paquette b. 31 Oct 1968, Junction City,
Kansas, m. 8 Aug 1992, Stephen Lee Barbour, b. 17 Nov
1966, Kansas City, MO.
(1) Alyssa Nicole Barbour b. 16 Jul 1995, Overland
(2) Lauren Elizabeth Barbour b. 20 Dec 1996,
Kansas City, MO.
(3) Olivia Paige Barbour b. 2 Sep 1999, Kansas
2. Jennifer Kay York b. 12 May 1948, Junction City,
Kansas, m. (1) 21 May 1973, in Junction City, KS, Howard F.
Haycook, b. APR 1953, m. (2) 7 Mar 1979, in Junction City, KS,
Billy Leroy Haslett, b. 31 Oct 1930, Lucas, KS.
a. Shanna Kaye Haycook b. 11 May 1970, Madras, OR, m.
20 Jun 1992, in Blue Springs, MO, Jeffrey D. Mittie, b.
24 Jun 1966. Shanna was adopted.
(1) Logan McKenze Mittie.
(2) Jondan Jeffrey Mittie.
(3) Madison Shea Mittie.
b. Bryan Michael Haycook b. 17 May 1974, Junction
City, Kansas, m. 27 Sep 1997, in Kansas City, MO, Elizabeth
Susanne (Libby) Carol, b. 20 Aug 1973, Abilene, KS.
(1) Tyler Michael Haycook.
(2) Megan Kaye Haycook.
c. Shanna Kaye Haslett b. 11 May 1970, Madras, OR, m. Jeffrey
Dean Mittie, b. 24 Jun 1966, Independence, MO.
(1) Logan McKenzie Mittie b. 7 Apr 1993, St.
(2) Jordan Jeffrey Mittie b. 10 Jun 1995, St.
(3) Madison Shaye Mittie b. 29 Jan 1998,
3. Jeffrey Leon York b. 12 May 1948, Junction City,
Kansas, m. 24 Aug 1969, in Lyona Methodist Church, Junction, KS, Kathy
Ann Staatz, b. 29 Apr 1951, Junction City, Kansas.
a. Chad Everett York b. 20 Aug 1972, Salina, KS.
B. Frances York b. 28 Nov 1910, Junction City, Kansas, m.
28 Nov 1935, Richard Gauger, b. DEC 1901, d. 30 Apr 1943.
1. Kay Frances Gauger b. 7 Dec 1941, m. (1) _____
John, m. (2) 31 Dec 1969, James Bernard Walters, b.
C. Marvin Siegfred York b. 1 Oct 1912, Junction City,
Kansas, m. 18 Aug 1936, in Wichita, KS, Arbutus Lillian Schultz,
b. 14 Jul 1914, Geary County, KS. Marvin died 4 Jul 1991, Junction
1. Sharolyn Jean York b. 22 Feb 1941, Junction City,
Kansas, m. 10 Sep 1960, in Methodist Church, Junction City, KS, James
Kent Taylor, b. 20 Jul 1940, Dickinson County, KS.
a. Diane Nicole Taylor b. 19 May 1966, Junction City,
Kansas, m. 23 Feb 1991, in Junction City, KS, James Martin
Dickerson, b. 15 Sep 1953.
b. Melanie Lea Taylor b. 6 Mar 1969, Junction City,
Kansas, m. 9 Sep 1992, Curtis Weston Cooper, b. 9 Feb
2. Karen Nicole York b. 25 Feb 1943, Junction City,
Kansas, m. 11 Jun 1966, in Methodist Church, Junction City, KS, William
C. Dickey, b. 24 Nov 1940, Larned, KS.
a. William Oliver Dickey b. 30 Aug 1970, Denver, CO.
b. Matthew Blaine Dickey b. 4 Dec 1973, Ft. Riley, KS.
c. Patrick Jonathan Dickey b. 31 Jul 1979, Denver, CO.
3. Marla Diane York b. 26 Sep 1945, Junction City,
Kansas, m. 15 Feb 1964, in Junction City, KS, Jerry Mullin,
b. 28 Sep 1943.
a. James Lenuel (Lenny) Mullin b. 24 Nov 1964, Kansas
b. Jason York Mullin b. 24 Apr 1970, Kansas City, KS.
4. David Marvin York b. 21 Mar 1953, Junction City,
Kansas, m. 28 Jul 1983, Mary Ann (Linnie) Macintyre.
a. Kristin L. York b. 15 Jan 1989, Denver, CO.
XI. George Walter York b. 4 Nov 1875,
Junction City, Geary Co., KS, m. 23 Feb 1901, in Junction City, Geary
Co., KS, Una Pearl VanWinkle, b. 19 Feb 1885, Good Hope
neighborhood, d. 8 Aug 1958, Junction City, Geary Co., KS, buried:
Good Hope Cemetery, west of Junction, KS. George died 11 Apr 1963,
Junction City, Geary Co., KS, buried: Good Hope Cemetery, west of
A. George D. York b. 9 Sep 1906, Junction City, Kansas, m.
10 Jun 1936, in Junction City, KS, Freida L. Zernickow, b. 3
Apr 1909, Geary County, KS, d. 17 Sep 1976, Geary County Hospital,
Junction City, KS. George died 6 Nov 1995, Junction City, Kansas,
buried: Good Hope Cemetery, west of Junction, KS.
1. Florence Cleion York b. 20 Sep 1937, Junction City,
Kansas, m. 16 Nov 1958, in Junction City, KS, Donald LeRoy
Whitebread, b. 3 Dec 1927, Marysville, KS.
a. Donald Lee (Donnie) Whitebread b. 10 Nov 1959,
Junction City, Kansas.
b. Cleion Lucille Whitebread b. 21 Aug 1963, Junction
c. Crystal Marie Whitebread b. 24 Dec 1964, Junction
City, Kansas, m. 11 Apr 1992, in Bartlesville, Washington Co.,
OK, Kenton James Mai, b. 18 Jul 1964, Phoenix, Maricopa
Co., AZ, d. 9 Jul 1995, Bartlesville, Washington Co., OK,
buried: 13 Jul 1995, Belleville, Republic Co. KS.
2. Ruth Lucille York b. 1 Nov 1939, Junction City,
Kansas, m. 3 Apr 1960, in Junction City, KS, Raymond Moreland,
b. 14 Jun 1939, Junction City, Kansas.
a. Rodney Moreland b. 29 Sep 1966, Junction City,
b. Resia Lynn Moreland b. APR 1969, Junction City,
B. Elmer Lee York b. 1 Jan 1910, Osage City, KS, d. 30 May
1989, Junction City, Kansas. Elmer was never married. He lived on a
farm on Clark's Creek.
XII. Edward James York b. 26 Sep 1877,
Junction City, Geary Co., KS, m. (1) 4 Apr 1907, in Junction City, KS,
Margaret Agnes McCormick, b. 28 Aug 1880, Wamego, KS, d. 24 Jul
1922, Junction City, Geary Co., KS, buried: 26 Jul 1922, St Marys
Catholic Cemetery, Junction, KS, m. (2) 14 Jul 1954, in Junction City,
Geary Co., KS, Anna Wells. Edward died 2 Apr 1961, Junction
City, Geary Co., KS, buried: Highland Cemetery, Junction City, KS. On
the 1910 US census, Edward was 32 and his occupation was stone mason.
They had two children: James E age 2 and John L. age 2/12. Margaret:
Her death was listed as a ruptured tubal pregnancy on the death
Junction City Union, July 24, 1922, Monday: Death of Mrs. Ed. York
The death of Mrs. Ed York occurred early this morning at the City
Hospital following a severe illness. She is survived by her mother,
Mrs. Annie McCormick, a brother, John McCormick, her husband and six
children. The funeral will be held from the Catholic Church Wednesday
morning at 9. Interment will take place at St. Mary's cemetery. The
body of Mrs. York is at the home of her mother, Mrs. Annie McCormick,
117 West Thirteenth Street, where friends may call.
Junction City Union, July 26, 1922, Wednesday: The funeral services
for Mrs. Ed York were held this morning from the Catholic Church in
charge of Father O'Brien. The large attendance of friends and the many
beautiful floral tributes testified to the esteem in which the
deceased was held. Interment was in St. Mary's cemetery.
A. James Edward York b. 3 Jan 1908, Junction City, Kansas,
m. Lois K. Shike, b. 23 Jul 1909, Marionville, MO, d. 12 Apr
1989, Junction City, Kansas, buried: Highland Cemetery, Junction
City, KS. James died 14 Jan 1974, Junction City, Kansas, buried: 16
Jan 1974, Highland Cemetery, Junction City, KS. Obit, J. C. Union:
James E. York, 66, retired former assistant chief of the Junction
City police department, died unexpectedly at his home at 509 West
Elm Street early this morning. He had been in ill health for some
time and recently underwent hospitalization. Death was attributed to
a heart attack. Mr. York was a Junction City policeman for 22 years
prior to his retirement on March 16, 1959. During his tenure as a
police officer he gained recognition as one of the most highly
respected policemen ever to serve in Junction City. Following his
retirement he had worked as a trucker for some years. He was a
lifelong resident of Junction City, born Jan. 14, 1908, the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Edward York. He enlisted in the Navy during World War
II, on Jan. 12, 1944, and was discharged April 8, 1946, at
Bremerton, Wash. He served as a specialist, second class, with the
Navy shore patrol. He was married to Lois Shike on April 2, 1923.
Mrs. York was the librarian for the George Smith Public Library for
many years, retiring several months ago. Survivors include the
widow, two brothers, Leo York, Dwight, and John York, Chapman; three
sisters, Mrs. Margaret Tolliver, Mrs. Helen Stevens and Mrs.
Catherine LaHolt, all of Junction City. No calling hours are planned
at the funeral home. Private funeral services will be held at the
Mass-Hinitt Funeral home at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, with C. L. Hoover
officiating. Burial will be in the family lot in Highland cemetery
Thursday at 10 a.m. Lois: Obit, J. C. Union: Lois K. York.
Private burial services will be conducted for Lois K. York, 79,
Junction City, at the Highland Cemetery. Mrs. York, a librarian,
died, Wednesday, April 12 at Geary Community Hospital. She was born
July 23, 1909 in Marionville, MO., the daughter of George A. and
Emilia Warren Shike. She attended schools in Baldwin, Dayton and
Sweet Home, Ore. and Wakefield. She had lived in Junction City since
1933 and was employed as the George Smith Public Library from
1954-73. She had also taught two years school in rural Geary County.
She married James E. York on April 2, 1933 in Salina. He preceded
her in death on Jan. 14, 1974. She was a past president of the
Ladies Reading Club of Junction City. Surviving relatives include
nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the
Dorothy Bramlage Public Library. The Mass-Hinitt-Alexander Funeral
Home is in charge of arrangements.
B. John (Leo) Daniel York b. 3 Feb 1910, Junction City,
Kansas, m. 10 May 1934, in Junction City, KS court house, Hazel
Dean Patterson, b. 22 Apr 1915, near Maple Hill, Kansas. John
died 21 Feb 1991, at home near Dwight, Kansas, buried: 23 Feb 1991,
Dwight Cemetery, Dwight, KS. Obit: Leo Daniel York, 81, died this
morning, February 21, 1991, at his home in Dwight. During his
lifetime he was a farmer, stockman, a stone mason, and a general
contractor. He was born February 3, 1910, at Junction City to Edward
and Margaret McCormick York. His childhood and early married life
were spent in the Junction City community, and he and members of his
family built many stone structures in the Junction City and Fort
Riley areas. In 1940, he and his family moved to a farm four miles
east of Chapman, and from there they moved to a farm near Dwight in
March 1950. Leo raised black Angus cattle for a time and later
developed a herd of registered Charolais while continuing in the
construction trade. He and his sons built, among other things, many
of the stone buildings at White Memorial Camp and Rock Springs
Ranch, as well as numerous houses and business buildings. After
retirement, one of his hobbies was the making of stone clocks and
planters. Mr. York was a member of the National Rifle Association.
He was an avid hunter. He was married to Hazel Dean Patterson May
10, 1934, at Junction City. She survives. Other survivors include
three children, Jack York and wife Donna, Dwight, Janice Beck and
husband Ron, Alta Vista, and Tom York and wife Nancy, Arvada, Colo.;
three sisters, Mrs. Margaret Tolliver, Mrs. Helen Stevens and Mrs.
Catherine LaHolt, all of Junction City; a daughter-in-law, Denise
York, Scottsdale, Ariz.; and six grandchildren, Terry York, Wichita,
Mrs. Joni Freeman, Bryan, Tex., Scott Beck and Jeff Beck, Alta
Vista, and Dustin York and Kimberly York, Arvada, Colo. Preceding
him death were two sons, Eddie, who died as an infant, and Bill, who
died in 1977, and two brothers, James and John York. Services will
be Saturday morning at 10:00 o'clock at Kendall Funeral Chapel,
Council Grove, and burial will be at Dwight Cemetery. Mr. York will
lie in state at the funeral chapel Friday from 12 noon to 9:00 p.m.,
and the family will receive friends there that evening from 7:00 to
9:00. Memorials honoring his life have been established for the
National Rifle Association and the Pleasant Ridge Church.
The Sunday Union, Junction City, KS, August 31, 1986, Page 21, by
Gaylynn Childs, Geary Museum Director: This weekend in addition to
paying tribute to the modern working man, Geary Countians will have
a chance to sample some of the skills and crafts of yesterday's
laborers as demonstrated at the Historical Society's "Historama"
being staged this afternoon at the Uptown City Park, 6th and
Washington, as part of the Family Fun Festival. One of the trades of
yesteryear that was very vital to this area was that of the stone
cutter. Evidence of the skill of these early craftsmen line our
residential streets and the business district of Junction City. So
this Labor Day, in recognition of the lasting contribution these
tradesmen have made to our community, this column will feature one
of the last of a three-generation family of stone cutters, Leo York.
Leo's grandfather, Thomas York, was a carpenter and stone cutter by
trade and came to Junction City from England in 1870. He and his
wife and seven young children arrived in New York in May of that
year after a stormy Atlantic crossing on the ship "China."
Sone after embarking, they saw a signboard in Castle Valley, New
York, which read "Go to Junction City, Kansas." and was
signed A. C. Pierce. So having no definite destination, the family
heeded this direction and came on to Geary County. Shortly after
arriving, Thomas York's wife Mary and baby daughter died leaving him
with six sons to raise. The next year he married another English
emigrant, a widow by the name of Naomi Bedford Brown, and he added
her two children to his brood. Thomas and Naomi had five more
children together so the family eventually totaled 15. Tom taught
most of his 10 sons the stone mason trade and for most of the past
century there have been members of the York family working together
in that trade here. Leo York learned this old method of stone
cutting from his father, Edward, and his uncles, Frank and Clarence,
and at the age of 14 he joined them in that business. "Stone
work was the hardest work there was around this part of the state.
You worked an 8-hour day, six days a week, but if you were good you
made $5 a day while a laborer made only $2.40. York goes on to share
some of the requirements of the trade. "There was no schooling
or apprenticeship required, but a stone cutter had to have a real
good eye and an extra good back." The average weight of a cut
block of stone was 150 pounds. He also had to be able to tolerate
the extreme heat of the quarries. According to the oldtimers in the
trade, "It was getting just right to work out there when it got
too hot for the lizards. My dad used to say the way you got a good
stone mason was you took a carpenter that wasn't very smart then you
knocked the rest of his brains out and you got a real good stone
mason." A mason would locate a quarry and then lease it or pay
"stumpage" (3 cents a ton) for the stone taken out, to the
property owner. "once you opened a quarry it was yours and no
other mason could take stone from it. "My Dad and uncles had
two real good quarries on top of Frank's Hill." Apparently
there was no secret to locating a good stone quarry. "The stone
needed to be easy to get to with not too much dirt on top. The
quality of stone was determined by the number of dirt holes it
contained." There are two types of stone quarried in this area.
Yellow stone was used for many of the early sidewalks in Junction
City because it was just the right width. "It only had to be
split one way and the top was nice and smooth." Few houses are
built with the yellow stone. White stone is more desirable for
buildings and it is this type that was used in the museum building,
the courthouse and most of the buildings in Junction City. There is
no "grain" or layers in white stone and it was cut in
larger blocks. Besides the hard work, there were some risks involved
in this trade. The stone had to be blasted loose at the quarry.
Holes were drilled and filled with black powder and then fused. Leo
was the one who did most of his work at their family operation. He
had to know just how much powder to use or the stone would be broken
up too much. "After awhile you got so you could tell what was
just the right amount. I have, however, turned big blocks of stone
clear upside down with the blast and that is not something you want
to do." Another risk was that of falling from scaffolding or
having stone fall on you. York tells of a near mishap that his
father experienced while working on the tall chimney at the city
power plant. "He was pulling himself up and down the side on a
swing scaffold and a strong wind came up and blew the scaffold,
plank and all, off the chimney. Dad just dropped straight down --
about 40 feet -- and landed upright on his feet. Between them Leo
York, his father, his uncles, and his grandfather have worked on
just about every stone structure in the area.
J. C. Union, Feb 22, 1987 By Irene Jeffries, Geary Museum
trustee: Native Limestone When one thinks of museum displays most of
us do not expect to be reminded of the first industry in the
Junction City area. Early in 1986, Leo York, a third generation
stone mason, brought several stone mason tools to the museum: quarry
pick, stone hammer, wooden mallet, rasp. awl, chisels, points, wedge
and a pitching tool. York recalls that he helped his father build a
stone chicken house in 1924 at the age of 14. His grandgather built
Spring Valley School, located on Hwy 18 at the Spring Valley Road
intersection. This particular school has been publicized across the
nation, due to a 1950 Halloween prank. The pranksters wrote on the
huge stone across the road from the school, "Don't run over the
children, wait for the teacher." The stone mason tools have
aroused the curiosity of those who work with acquisitions. . . .When
York brought the stone tools to the museum, he also brought three
stone sculptures. One is a hand-crafted, battery operated mantle
clock, with a star-patterned face and diamond decorations made in
1985. Another gift is a hand-crafted flower urn, made in 1970 with
the tools donated to the museum. The third is a modern three-foot
sculpture made by William J. York in 1966, son of the donor. Mr. and
Mrs. York have donated this piece in memory of "Bill."
What better way to share a special gift and talent?
1. Edward Lee York b. 17 Feb 1935, Junction City,
Kansas, d. 17 Feb 1935, Junction City, Kansas, buried: Highland
Cemetery, Junction City, KS.
2. Jack Glenn York b. 20 Feb 1936, Junction City,
Kansas, m. 26 Jun 1955, in near Dwight, KS at Goss home, Donna
Jean Goss, b. 3 Aug 1936, Junction City, Kansas.
a. Terry Lynn York b. 9 May 1956, Junction City,
Kansas, m. (1) 22 May 1976, in Council Grove, KS, Suzanne K
Muller, b. 12 Aug 1956, Council Grove, KS, m. (2) 20 Mar
1992, in Wichita, KS, Kimberly Kay Paulsen, b. 1 Sep
1962, Branson, MO.
(1) Cody Lynn York b. 18 Feb 1999, Anchorage, AK.
b. Joni Kay York b. 21 Dec 1957, Junction City,
Kansas, m. (1) 19 Jan 1976, in Junction City, KS, Donald John
Vanderhider, b. 13 Jun 1955, Houston, TX, m. (2) 10 Apr
1988, in fairgrounds, Austin, Texas, Joseph Freeman, b.
24 Feb 1934.
3. William James York b. 12 Sep 1938, Junction City,
Kansas, m. 22 Aug 1970, in Greeley, CO, Mary Denise Tuck,
b. 13 Nov 1947. William died 10 Jun 1977, Denver, Colorado,
buried: Dwight Cemetery, Dwight, KS. Obit: William James York was
born to Leo and Hazel York in Junction City, Kansas on September
12, 1938. He attended grade school in that area; going to Chapman,
Round Grove, and Dwight Kansas Grade Schools. In 1956 he graduated
from Dwight High School. Bill became a brick mason and worked at
that occupation at different times throughout his life. He
attended Kansas State Teachers College at Emporia, Kansas and
received his Bachelor of Science in Education. Then later he
received his Master of Science in Education. He taught art in the
junior high school at Larned, Kansas, in Washington, Missouri, and
in Montrose, Colorado. During the summertime and continuing into
the school year at times, Bill worked as a brick mason. He had
been working full-time as a mason since June 1976 in the Montrose,
Colorado area. Bill was united in marriage to Denise Tuck, in
Greeley, Colorado area. Bill was well known in the Montrose area,
not only because he taught art at the Columbine Junior High School
for several years, but also because of his work as a mason. He was
known for the many fireplaces and brick veneers he built in the
Montrose area. He also worked as a mason at various times in the
outlying areas of his hometown of Dwight, Kansas. His hobbies were
varied and many. He was a craftsman in several art forms,
including sculpture, painting and pottery. He was a true artist in
whatever he did ... striving to perfect and improve his work. Bill
was an ardent hunter, fisherman, archer, photographer, gardener,
skiier ... a true outdoorsman. He loved nature and could see
beauty all around him. Wherever he lived, Bill made numerous
friends... being considerate and kind; a friend to all he met.
Bill was a beloved husband, son, and brother who was kind and
thoughtful to his family and will be sadly missed by them. It must
be true that the good die young. He was a continuous member of he
brick layers union since 1956, and was a current member of Local
No. 11 out of Grand Junction, Colorado. He also was a member of
the National Rifleman's Association and believed strongly in that
association's principles. Bill met with a tragic accident June 10,
1977 at a construction site in Craig, Colorado. He passed away in
Denver where he had been flown for emergency medical treatment.
Services were held at 10 a.m. at the Kinsey's Montrose Funeral
Home Chapel on June 15, 1977 with Reverend Jim Patton officiating.
Concluding services were held 10 a.m., June 17, 1977 at the Mass-Hinitt
Funeral Home in Junction City, Kansas with Reverend Harold Brown
officiating and interment was in the Dwight, Kansas cemetery. He
is survived by his wife, Denise; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leo
York of Dwight, Kansas. He is also survived by his brothers; Jack
of Dwight and Tom of Denver, Colorado; and by his sister, Janice
Beck of Alta Vista, Kansas. He is survived by his grandmother,
Mrs. Maggie Patterson of Dwight; also a niece, nephews, numerous
aunts, uncles, and cousins.
4. Janice Elaine York b. 10 Jun
1941, Junction City Hospital, Junction, KS, m. 26 Jun 1966, in
Pleasant Ridge Christian Church, Kansas, Ronald Dean Beck,
b. 18 Jun 1941, Asbury Hospital, Salina, Kansas.
a. Scott Alan Beck b. 9 Jul 1969, Ellsworth Hospital,
b. Jeffrey Lynn Beck b. 7 Dec 1970, Ellsworth
Hospital, Ellsworth, KS, m. 2 Oct 1999, in Mother of Sorrows
Catholic Church, OK, Theresa Gayle Beavers, b. 2 Jul
5. Thomas Franklin York b. 16 Dec 1948, Junction City,
Kansas, m. 17 Aug 1973, in Emporia Court House, Emporia, Kansas, Nancy
Jane Nall, b. 11 Jul 1951.
a. Kimberly Tara York b. 9 Mar 1979, Wheat Ridge,
b. Dustin William York b. 11 Nov 1981, Arvada,
C. John Clifford York b. 16 Oct 1912, Junction City,
Kansas, m. (1) ABT. 1939, Marion Esse, m. (2) 1 May 1948, in
Junction City, KS, Lolita (Lee) Belle Pickering, b. 1 May
1919, Milford, KS, d. 20 Sep 1991, Memorial Hospital, Abilene, KS,
buried: Indian Hill Cemetery, Chapman, KS. John died 23 Feb 1982,
Junction City, Kansas, buried: Indian Hill Cemetery, Chapman, KS. Lolita:
Obit: A funeral service for Loleta York, 72, Chapman will be
conducted 10 a.m. Monday at the Londeen Funeral Chapel here. Mrs.
York died today, Sept. 20, at the Memorial Hospital in Abilene. She
was born May 1, 1919, at Milford, the daughter of Charles and Rose
Ella Jones Pickering. They moved to the McDowell Creek Road area
where she attended grade school. She also attended the Chapman High
School for two years and worked at a restaurant east of Chapman and
Doc Horn's Drug Store in Chapman. On May 1, 1948, she married John
C. York. Mrs. York helped him with his business of York Brothers'
Construction and later John York Construction. Her husband preceded
her in death Feb. 23, 1982. Mrs. York ran an antique shop for three
years and later the Village Shop for six years in Chapman. She
retired in 1987. She was a member of the Eagles Ladies Auxiliary in
Abilene. Survivors include her children, Rose Funk of Lehigh and
Edward York, Pittsburg; one sister, Kathyrne Say of Wilsey and four
grandchildren. Friends may call from noon, Saturday until the time
of service Monday at the Londeen Funeral Chapel. The family will
meet with friends from 7-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral chapel. Burial
will be in the Indian Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be
given to the Chapman Senior Center.
1. Rose Ann York b. 27 Sep 1954, Junction City, Kansas,
m. 2 Nov 1974, in Hillsboro, KS, Vernon Roy Funk, b. 19 May
1953, Goessel, KS. Rose Ann was adopted.
a. Brian Roy Funk b. 16 Apr 1975, Goessel, KS.
b. Jennifer Ann Funk b. 29 May 1979, Goessel, KS.
c. Kimberly Joy Funk b. 28 Jun 1988, Hillsboro, KS.
2. Edward Eugene York b. 26 Jan 1955, Junction City
Hospital, Junction, KS, m. 5 Oct 1980, Kathy Mae Lewis, b.
6 Mar 1950, Borger, TX. Ed was adopted.
a. John Samuel York b. 3 Jan 1983, Wichita, KS, d. 2
Mar 1983, Wichita, KS, buried: Indian Hill Cemetery, Chapman,
b. Jason Alan York b. 5 Feb 1984, Pittsburg, KS. Jason
D. Margaret Anna York b. 15 Nov 1914, Junction City,
Kansas, m. (1) 26 Oct 1935, Robert Fred Sullivant, b. 8 Apr
1909, Junction City, Kansas, d. 25 Sep 1942, Junction City, Kansas,
buried: Highland Cemetery, Junction City, KS, m. (2) 9 Feb 1957, in
Junction City, KS, Wyman (Brownie) Brown, b. 9 Sep 1906,
Junction City, Kansas, d. 2 Sep 1969, Junction City, Kansas, m. (3)
5 Mar 1970, Clifford James (Jim) Tolliver, b. 2 Apr 1905,
Clay County, Illinois, d. 7 Jan 1994, Junction City, Kansas, buried:
Highland Cemetery, Junction City, KS. Wyman: Brownie was a
salesman for an auto parts store.
1. Robert Allen Sullivant b. 16 Jul 1937, McPherson, KS,
m. 24 Jul 1960, in Junction City, KS, Donna Darlyne Kay, b.
4 Apr 1941, Larned, KS.
a. Rhonda Jayne Sullivant b. 8 Jan 1962, m. 18 Nov
1989, in Topeka, KS, John Edward Boyd, b. 26 Feb 1963.
E. Helen Rosemary York b. 30 Aug 1917, Junction City,
Kansas, m. (1) 24 Oct 1935, in Blackwell, OK, John Oder, m.
(2) 16 Mar 1946, in Abilene, KS, Ellis Stevens, b. 10 Sep
1913, Chambersburg, PA, d. 1982, Junction City, Kansas, buried:
Highland Cemetery, Junction City, KS. Helen died 12 Dec 1992,
Junction City, Kansas, buried: Highland Cemetery, Junction City, KS.
Helen divorced Johnny in Ft. Knox, Kentucky before fall of 1942 and
moved back to Junction City, KS.
F. Nellie Catherine (Cathern) York b. 11 Feb 1920, Smoltz
Place, Milford, Kansas, m. 29 May 1941, in Phillipsburg, KS, Jack
LaHolt, b. 18 Apr 1896, Ray County, MO, d. 23 Sep 1965, Ottawa,
KS, buried: Highland Cemetery, Ottawa, KS.
1. Margaret Leila LaHolt b. 14 Sep 1944, Portland, OR,
m. 24 Oct 1964, in Kansas City, MO, William Richard Eubank,
b. 28 Aug 1945, Kansas City, MO.
a. Donald Edward Eubank b. 6 Aug 1965, Ottawa, KS, m.
(1) Virginia Minneman, m. (2) DEC 1994, _____ Lori,
b. 19 Jun. Donald and Virginia were divorced in 1992.
(1) Traci Lee Eubank b. 23 Feb 1985, Anchorage,
(2) Michelle Nicole Eubank b. 26 Dec 1988,
(3) Gabriel Pepper Eubank b. 14 Dec 1991, Sand
b. Jennifer Kay Eubank b. 20 Jun 1968, Ottawa, KS.
c. Amy Louise Eubank b. 8 Mar 1970, Belkofski, AK.
d. Christian William Eubank b. 30 May 1978, Tuscon,
AZ. Chris is adopted.
2. Kay Frances LaHolt b. 9 Nov 1948, Junction City,
Kansas, m. (1) Johnny Lancaster, b. 4 Sep 1942, Brownwood,
TX, m. (2) 23 Mar 1968, in Junction City, KS, Delbert Otto
Wacker, b. 14 Mar 1947.
a. Jacob Dale (Jake) Lancaster b. 5 Oct 1986, Selma,
b. Jessica Fay Wacker b. 31 Jul 1971, Junction City,
Kansas, m. 15 May 1993, in Ft. Leavenworth, KS, John Strange.
(1) Jack Ryan Strange b. 4 Mar 1998, Lawrence, KS.
c. Sarah Ann Wacker b. 24 Aug 1973, Onaga, KS.
d. Daniel Wacker b. 9 Apr 1977, Garnett, KS.
3. Ronald Jay LaHolt b. 28 Aug 1952, McPherson, KS, m.
30 Mar 1973, in Junction City, KS, Debra Jean Robert, b. 9
Jul 1954, Beatrice, NE.
a. Morgan T. LaHolt b. 4 Aug 1979.
XIII. Nellie Florence York b. 4 Aug
1879, Junction City, Geary Co., KS, d. 18 Jul 1972, Junction City,
Geary Co., KS, buried: 21 Jul 1972, Highland Cemetery, Junction City,
KS. Nellie was never married. She lived in a house at 607 W. Second
that her brothers built for her which was close to the original York
house at 603 W. Second . Leo York built her another house at 605 W.
Second where she lived until her death. She worked as a bookkeeper and
a store employee for Cole's Department Store.
Miss Nellie York's Retirement, J. C. Union: When Miss Nellie York,
on November 1st, retired after 46 years of service in Junction City
department stores, she was the last of Cole's employees who had bee
with the store since Coles' bought out Hemenways. The real life and
spirit of a community is engendered not so much by the big events and
achievements which are always in the headlines, as by the quiet,
faithful, everyday work of the majority of the people. Junction City
is a good and pleasant place in which to live because the people who
live and work here want it to be that way. The many workers in homes
and businesses are its unsung heroes and heroines. Miss York well
deserves to be counted one of these. Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. Tom
York. Her father ran York's Meat Market for a number of years. She and
her four younger brothers were born in the house just east of her
present home at 609 West Second Street. Seven half-brothers and a
half-sister were born in England, the native land of both of her
parents. Only one of the half-brothers is still living, in Colorado
Springs. The family moved into their new home forty-two years ago,
Miss York made a home there for her half-brother, John (Jack) Brown
caring for him there during his last illness. He passed away five
years ago. Before his illness he was for many years a stone mason,
having worked on many of the earlier stone buildings in Junction City
and Fort Riley. Nellie York attended Franklin grade school and went
one year to Junction City High School, in the old building which was
torn down and replaced by the present Junior-Senior High School
building at Ninth and Adams Streets. She spent two years at home
before starting to work at Reed Elam's store on Seventh Street. On
September 29, 1906, she was was employed in Hemenway's store, known
popularly as "The Racket Store." The store at that time had
three departments--dry goods, shoes and groceries. There were no
packaged staple items in the grocery department. Sugar, flour, rice
and all such commodities were sold from bins and barrels, each
purchase requiring careful weighing or measuring and packaging. The
women clerks all wore dark shirts and white shirtwaists, the latter
trimmed and laundered with real skill. Paper cuffs used to protect the
long white sleeves. Working hours were 8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays
and 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturdays. Big events were the nine cent
sales of yard goods--shirting materials. ginghams, and the like. Large
crowds of shoppers literally fought over the bolts of materials and
the saleswomen's tact and patience were sorely tried. Early in 1913
Coles bought out Hemenways and the business was moved into the
building called the Raymour block. Cole's first manager was Paul
Dalton. Following him were Guy Cole; then William (Bid) Cole; next
comanagers J. J. Cole and Jess Wood; and the present manager is John
Cole. As a buyer in those earlier days Miss York went to Kansas City
twice a year, using her Sundays for the long and tiresome day's task,
leaving Junction City on the early morning train and returning at
midnight. At her suggestion the buying trips were discontinued after
salesmen from Kansas City began to include Junction City in their
regular routes. On January 24, 1923 the entire stock of Cole's store
was destroyed by fire. The blaze was discovered about 7:00 a.m. and
firemen immediately responded to the alarm, but the construction of
the building made it impossible to fight the fire successfully. By
8:30 the entire inside was ablaze. William (Bid) Cole was manager at
that time. Insurance covered only half of the stock which was
completely destroyed. The building was gutted. Mr. Raymour's loss
totaling around $15,000. Soon after the fire Cole's bought out Taylors
and for a year while the store building was being rebuilt and
remodeled business was conducted in the Ziegler building. At this time
Miss York was a general supervisor and buyer. She says they hung
damaged clothing and goods on racks in the city park in an effort to
dry them, but they were too badly soaked and soiled for sale. Miss
York has served in all departments at one time or another. For a
period of several years she was supervisor of the downstairs floor,
including buying and marking as well as selling. Supervision of the
infant's and children's department was one of the most interesting of
her various positions. During all her years of service she has kept up
with changing methods of salesmanship and display as well as the
fashions and requirements of the buying public. She has helped fellow
employees graciously and wisely, given loyal and dependable service to
her employers, and honest and competent assistance to her customers.
She has found time also to care for her home and garden, assisted in
the latter by her brother, Frank York. She enjoys pets and has now as
a companion a fox terrier, Frisky, who came to her door as a stray
puppy a year ago. She has fond memories of another fox terrier,
Slickey, who lived to be eighteen and a half years old. Now that she
is free to go, she likes to visit with friends and relatives in
Junction City and the surrounding country and nearby towns, but, she
says, she always likes "to come home at night." She has been
a faithful member of First Baptist Church all her life, was very
active in church work until a few years ago. Miss York's fellow
workers, the ten who had worked with her the longest at Cole's, in
presenting her with signal lights for her car in token of their
appreciation and good wishes, gave tangible expression to the
sentiments of everyone in the community who had benefited from her
fine work and enjoyed her friendship.
Obit: Nellie Frances (Florence is correct) age 92, of 605 West
Second, died July 18 at Geary Community hospital following a six month
illness. She was born August 4, 1879, in Junction City, the daughter
of Thomas and Naomi York. She was the last living member of the old
York family which came to the United States from England in 1870. For
the past 43 years she had been in retail sales, retiring the former
Cole's Department Store in 1952. She was a member of the First Baptist
Church for the past 75 years. She never married. She was preceded in
death by four brothers, seven half brothers, and one half sister. She
is survived by seven nephews and six nieces. Funeral services were
held Friday at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Donovan
Hinkson officiating. Mrs. Florence Whitebread was the organist and
Harold Olmstead was the vocalist. Burial was in Highland cemetery.
Pallbearers were George York, Elmer York, Raymond York, Marvin York,
Leo York, and John York.
Probate record for Nellie F. York: filed July 31, 1972
All of Lot Two and Lot Three of Block 65 to Cathern LaHolt
Naomi Y. Fuller, 25% (died)
split to children--Betty Yvonne Brown 12 1/2%, Robert G. Brown 12
Florence Whitebread 25%
Ruth Moreland 12 1/2%
Raymond York 20%
Marvin York 7 1/2%
Jeanene York 5%
Baptist Church 5% Mass-Hinitt Funeral Home Alberta Zernikow,