Autograph book of 1894-1900

 Allen County Kansas


Ethel was born 26 August 1882 near Iola and lived in the area her entire life. Her parents were Samuel E. Gantt and Martha Agnes Strickler. Her paternal grandparents settled in Allen County ca 1855 and were probably from New Jersey. Her maternal grandparents came to Allen County ca 1876 from Rockville, Parke County, Indiana. She was an only child. The family owned property in the Deer Creek and Carlyle area. During her girlhood she was given an autograph book where many of her friends and relatives placed their names along with verses appropriate for the era. The book is dated from 1894 through 1901 when all the pages become filled.

Because the book is deteriorating I have scanned the pages and put them into a file. I would be happy to send a copy of the specific page of the below mentioned person to you, if they are your ancestor, and if you will share their parents, siblings and spousal names with me. I'm asking for this because several names listed are family members and I don’t know some of their family history, and others are unknown to me.

I believe this autograph book to be of significance for you because it will place your ancestor at a specific place in time and give you a sample of their handwriting and signature.

Please contact me personally if you would like a copy of the note made by your ancestor.


Lonna Childress Nevil -

These are the names written in the book. I've included additional spellings because I cannot read the writing. Names in ( ) may either be maiden or married names.

Alfo Rowden                            W.E. Carrion*                                                 Susie Carrier *
F. O. Caldwell                         Chas. Longshore                                            Joanna Myer *
Jessie M. Fisher                      Lena Delp                                                        Frank Anderson
Mary Geye                               Addie May Cole                                               Betha Adams
Margaret Christian                  Carrie A. Clark (Birch)                                    Lumma (?) G. Ruby
Anna L. Beeson                      Myrtle Wilkenson                                             Goster Beeson
Geo. E. Anderson                   Nell Mower or Mourer                                      Iva L. Strickler
Mr. Gamble Ira                        Fred Dunlap                                                    Lela Carle **
Mattie Carrier                          Lucy Jones (Epply)                                         Charlie Wilbur
Martha Carrier                         Nona (Longshore?)                                         Bertha Longshore (Wright)
Clara Breckenridge (Jordan)  Ada Tash (LeMaster)                                      Addie Delp
Sadie Jones (Dunlap)             Ida Hoke (Osborn)                                          Bertha Norman
Clara Henkley                          Harvey Jordan                                                 Etta (Knapp)
Estella Nelson                         Barton Cozine                                                 Emma Kepple
Blanche Soules                       Alice Ryker                                                      Floss Wiggins Anderson
Bessie Howards                     Pearl (?) signed in 1902 with a Carlyle address
F.B. Strickler                           Bertha Williams                                              Arthur W. Ruby
Nina B. Moynihan                    Gillie (?)                                                           Edna E. Skinner
Carrie Howard Mogule            Olive S. Sawyer                                              Clara (Longstretle or Longstreth)
David Tabor                            Grace Jones (Jordan)                                     C.S. Carle
Grace Ruby                             Mary B. Hyde                                                   Orley Hay
Anna Bell Henley






*Last name may be spelled Carrier – Carrion- Carrien

If you know the correct spelling please let me know


**  Lela Carle was about 12 years old when she wrote in this book, and her brother C.S. Carle was about 19 years of age.  Within two years of the writing the brother and sister had moved to Lyon County Kansas.  Lela eventually married Bud Gentner and Clyde (C.S.) married Lulu Anderson.  (This information comes from Colette Pipkin – 6/2001)

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