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Have an Ellis Co. ancestor who fell off the face of the earth, never to heard from again? Maybe one who died under mysterious circumstances? Left home one day and never came back? Then post your story here. Perhaps someone might recognize the name, or the circumstances, and be able to fill in the blanks for you. If you have any insight or information, please contact the person who submitted the story.
Submitted by Gordon L. Richard, grandson of Rolla Roy Richard, formerly of Harmon, Oklahoma
We do have a family mystery that, to my knowledge, has never been solved.
Granddad Roll Richard had a sister named Ella. She married a fellow named
Frank L. Allen, born about 1880, near Spring Creek, Chautauqua County, KS.
They moved to the Harmon area shortly after the turn of the century, and
lived on the S.C. Richard place just immediately southwest of Harmon. They
had three children...Ada, Troy, and Elmo. Ella (Richard) Allen moved into
Arnett, and lived just southwest of the main part of town until she was too
old to remain alone. I think she lived her last days with her daughter Ada.
Ada married Atwell Sherrill, and lived near Shattuck all her life. Troy is
buried in the Harmon cemetery, but I don't know anything about where he
lived or if, or whom he married. I don't have any information on Elmo,
other than I think he moved to Illinois, and lived his life out there.
Frank L. Allen joined a group that was driving cattle to the rail station
somewhere in Kansas. These were just local men who each had a few calves to
sell, and were driving them to the railroad loading area, to be shipped to
Wichita, or perhaps Kansas City. Anyway, he never returned, and, to my
knowledge, no trace of him has ever been found. The various family stories
are that he was murdered and his money from the cattle was stolen...he took
the money and went to California...he lost the money in a poker game and was
ashamed to come home...and many others. I don't think anyone has any factual
information on him, but maybe, in this day of computer communications,
someone, somewhere, will recognize the name and be able to supply some
To add your own unsolved mystery just drop me a line with the details.
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