Thursday, July 28, 2011


1883-WILLIAM DORY, stock-dealer, was born in Allegany County, N. Y., in 1837, but was raised in Leighton County. In 1863, enlisted in the One Hundred and Eighty-eighth New York Volunteer Infantry, serving until the close of the war. In 1876, emigrated to Michigan, locating near Grand Rapids, and engaged in farming, remaining there until 1870, when he lost heavily through the failure of Gardner & Armistage, and then emigrated to Kansas, locating in Howard County (now Elk). The survey was not made, and for the first six months had his time with the survey party, then took a claim on Section 6, Town 31, Range 9, on the Big Caney River; was ninety miles from market.. He has added 100 acres to the claim, making a place of 260 acres, situate (sic) one and a half miles north of Grenola, with 100 acres under cultivation twenty acres of timber on the river, making a fine place for stock.

The place is all hedged, with an orchard of 400 apple trees, 2,000 peach trees, and a large variety of small fruits. Is raising and feeding 250 head of cattle per year, and since 1876, has been buying and shipping a great many cattle; also has stock in the Grenola Town Company, and has been a Director in the company all the time since. Has put up several fine buildings in Grenola and a good ice-house twenty-two feet square, and is furnishing ice to the town. Has a fine residence on his farm; and in town. Was married, in l858, at Hornellsville, N. Y., to Miss Clark They have one son - William, Jr., who has charge of the stock farm. Mr. Dory is one of the best business men in the place, and a genial gentleman.

War Service.

DORY, WILLIAM.—Age, 26 years. Enlisted, September 5,1864,
at Leicester, to serve one year; mustered in as private, Oo. I,
October 22, 1864; discharged, June 6, 1865, at Harewood Hospital,
Washington, D. C.; also borne as Dorey and Dorp.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Dr. Thomas L. McCarty, Dodge City Kansas.

1883-DR. Thomas L. McCarty, physician and surgeon (allopathicschool) (sic) and dealer in a general stock of drugs and medicines, carries a stock of $3,000. He came to Dodge City, Kan., in November, 1872, and opened a medical office. He opened the drug trade in 1877. He was born in Tuscola, Ill., 1848, and educated in his native State. He graduated from the Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia, Pa., in the class of 1870. Began the practice of his profession at St. Louis, MO., where he continued until he came to Kansas. Was married in 1871, to Miss S. L. Artt, of Cynthiana, Ky. They have one son-Claude E. The doctor is a member of the Masonic order, including K. T., I. O. O. F. and K. Of P. He has served as County Physician for Ford County a number of years, and Superintendent of Public Instruction six years, and has been surgeon for the A. T. & S. F. R. R. for the past six years.

This photograph shows an exterior view of the Drug Store on the northwest corner of 2nd and Front Street in Dodge City, Kansas. Several men are seen posing for the photograph in front of the store, and a boy is partially visible behind the post on the left. The man on the right of the group is Dr. T. L. McCarty, identified as the first doctor in Dodge City.  Date: Between 1875 and 1885.

This photograph show interior views of the City Drug Store located on the northwest corner of Front and 2nd Avenue in Dodge City, Kansas. The first photograph shows Dr. Walter F. Pine, Dr. T. L. McCarty, and Dr. C. A. Milton standing in the store with various items on display on the shelves in the background. The second photograph shows several employees and customers in the store. The people pictured are (from left to right): Druggist Mervin, Mrs. J. H. Phillips, an unidentified lady, Dr. Walter F. Pine, Dr. Claude E. McCarty, Dr. T. L. McCarty, and Lutie Welch.  Date: 1887

Update September 21, 2012.

The following information is given by Kirsten Anderson.

I happened across your blog today, and want to thank you for your page  about my ancestor, TL McCarty. TL was my great-great grandfather. My sisters and brother and I have very few historical records because my  grandmother donated them to the Kansas Historical Society, but I do have some information that you might find useful. I did spot one error 
in your story. T.L. (also his son, C.E.) were graduates of Rush  College of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.  T.L.'s given name was Thomas and his wife's name was Sallie.

I'm not sure if you find it interesting, but when Claude was a young  boy, he was a great fan of that new sport of bicycling. TL purchased  some property to have a bicycle track leveled so Dodge City kids could  get exercise and compete in bicycle races.  That track became a race car track, however I don't know if it still exists. I understand a  roller skating rink was also built by T.L. (again, so the folks in Dodge could get healthy exercise), but it burned down (as did the  hospital that he founded.)
Kirsten Anderson

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Eighth Kansas Infantry Co. E.

A tintype showing members of the 8th Kansas Volunteer Infantry, Company E. Soldiers in the tintype are: (standing) Elisha D. Rose, James Hunter, Volney Brown, Henry Davidson, (kneeling) Lewis V. Bryan, Richard Russell, William Wendall, and Cyrus Grant.

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1. Elisha D. Rose, Private, Residence Indianola, Enlisted September 13, 1861, Mustered in September 16, 1861, Promoted Corporal November 13, 1861, Promoted Sergeant November 13, 1861, Promoted regiment Q. M. Sergeant July 14, 1862, Promoted First Lieutenant and was mustered in on December 6, 1864, Mustered out on November 28, 1865.

2. James Hunter, was not on this company, rosters.

3. Volney N. Brown, Private, Residence Indianola, Enlisted September 13, 1861, Mustered in September 16, 1861, Promoted Corporal November 13, 1861, Died of disease, Nashville Tennessee, June 7, 1863.

4. Henry Davidson, Private, Residence Indianloa, Enlisted October 24, 1861, Mustered in October 24, 1861, Deserted Bowling Green, Kentucky, August 16, 1862.

5. Lewis V. Bryan, Private, Residence Indianola, Enlisted September 13, 1861, Mustered in September 16, 1861, Promoted Corporal December 13, 1863, Reenlisted as a veteran January 1, 1864, Mustered in February 7, 1864.  Discharged for disability April 19, 1865, Nashville Tennessee; wounded in action December 15, 1864, Nashville Tennessee.

6. Richard Russell, Private, Residence Indianola, Enlisted September 13, 1861, Mustered in September 16, 1861.  Mustered out September 16, 1864, Chattanooga Tennessee, wounded in action September 19, 1863, Chattanooga Tennessee.

7. William Wendall, Private, Residence Indianola, Enlisted September 13, 1861, Mustered in September 16, 1861, Promoted Corporal September 16, 1861.  Killed in action September 19, 1863, Chicamauga, Georgia.

8. Cyrus Grant, Private, Residence Indianola, Enlisted Septemer 13, 1861, Mustered in September 16, 1861, Promoted Corporal November 13, 1861.  Died of disease Chattanooga Tennessee, November 21, 1863.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

William F. Creitz.

William F. Creitz.

Birth: unknown.
Death: 1893.
Burial: Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon.

Residence Holton KS; a 32 year old Blacksmith.
Enlisted on 9/11/1861 at Leavenworth, KS as a 1st Lieutenant. On 9/11/1861 he was commissioned into "A" Co. KS 5th Cavalry. He was Mustered Out on 8/11/1864 at Leavenworth, KS. Promotions: Capt 9/11/1861.  He was described at enlistment as: 5' 7", dark complexion, grey eyes, black hair, born in Leigh County, PA. Died in 1893 in East Portland, OR.

No. 47. Report of Captain William F. Creitz, Fifth Kansas Battery (improvised), or expedition to Mount Elba.

PINE BLUFF, ARK., April 7, 1864.

SIR: In obedience to your circular of April 6, desiring the names of non-commissioned officers and men of my command that deserve special mention for meritorious conduct during the late expedition under your command, I would respectfully submit the following statement: All, both non-commissioned officers and men attached to my command, performed their respective duties so promptly and efficiently in the management of the guns throughout the action at Mount Elba and subsequent pursuit of the enemy, that I beg to be excused from making special mention of the conduct of any particular one of my command.

Very respectfully,


Captain, Commanding Fifth Kansas Battery.

Report of Lieutenant Colonel Powell Clayton, Fifth Kansas Cavalry.

Carthage, Mo., March 22, 1862.

I have the honor to report concerning my expedition to Carthage as follows:

I broke camp on Dry Wood about 2 o'clock on the afternoon of the 19th and marched about 8 miles, encamping on the south side of Dry Wood Creek. Owing to the heavy rain that fell during the night and continued at intervals during the following day (20th) I did not move my whole command, but detached Captain Creitz, with a portion of his company, in the afternoon to Lamar, with orders to occupy that place during the night and to move to Carthage the following day.

Early on the morning of the 20th I marched with the remainder of my force on Carthage by a different route. The day was very stormy, and the roads being very heavy, I left my transportation behind under a strong escort and pushed rapidly forward, arriving here at sundown. Captain Creitz preceded me about two hours. He dashed into the town, capturing 15 or 20 of the most prominent rebels in the community and took possession of Johnson's Mill, 2 miles below here, finding in it about 225 bushels of wheat, which we are now grinding. There is a large quantity of grain in this country, and I have two trashing-machines which I will set to work immediately. Johnson's Mill will turn out 8,000 or 10,000 pounds of flour per day.

We have had 3 men wounded out of the advance guard of a scouting party, being fired at from the brush, 1 of them seriously, and 1 of our men was taken prisoner, being out with a foraging party.

I inclose a list of prisoners taken here, with a copy of the charges preferred against them by the Union men of this community, all of which can be substantiated.*

Inclose also find dispatch from Brigadier General S. R. Curtis, which proceeded from Lieutenant-Colonel Jewell, but was intended no doubt for you.* The bearer of General Curtis' dispatch I will send back, informing him that I have forwarded his dispatch to you.

If you think it necessary that we should turn out more flour, we can taken other mills in this vicinity and furnish it.

I have the honor to be, you obedient servant,


Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Expedition.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Charles Dill Space

Charles Dill Space.

Birth: Jan. 12, 1849, Sussex County, New Jersey.

Death: May 27, 1926, Sumner County, Kansas.

Burial: Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Wellington, Sumner County, Kansas.

Charles' parents separated when he was five years old and he and his older brothers were finished raising by other families. In the 1860 Census, he was in the home of his uncle William SPACE. He enlisted in the Regular Army at Cleveland, OH on Aug 9, 1870 and served in the 6th Cavalry, F Troop at Fort Griffin and Fort Richardson in Texas and in Wichita, KS until May 8, 1872 when he deserted from a camp near Ft. Hays, KS. His whereabouts after that are unknown until 1880, when he was found buying property in Belton, MO where he established and operated one or more feed mills.

He later moved with his family to Sumner Co., KS and made his living with his family-owned threshing outfit. From an obituary in the Wellington Daily News, May 31, 1926: Charles Dill Space was born in Sussex county, N. J., on January 12, 1848. He grew to manhood in the east, coming west to Kansas for the first time in 1873. Shortly afterward he returned east for a while, but the lure of the west was too strong for him and he came back to the great middle-west, locating in Missouri. He was united in marriage to Ollie Haley on October 15, 1888, at Belton, Mo., where the home was made for 5 years, then moving to Sumner County, Kansas, where the home has since been established. To this union seven children were born, all of whom are still living, and were present at the funeral services.

Mr. Space was converted, baptized and united with the First Baptist Church of Wellington on February 11, 1915, in which church he was a member to the time of his death. He had been in failing health for the past two years, and the end came suddenly on Thursday, May 27, 1926, at the age of 78 years, 4 months and 15 days. He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Ollie Space and the seven children: Earl W. Space, Belen, N. M.; Frank C. and Robert H. Space, both of Kansas City, Kans.; Otis J. Space, Hutchinson; Mrs. C. E. (Maude) Shafer, Milan; Dewey Space and Juanita Space, Wellington. There are ten grandchildren and one niece, Mrs. Frank Ellis, Bayonne, N. J. Funeral services were held at the home on North Jefferson Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock in charge of the Rev. James Fisher pastor of the First Baptist Church. 

Information was provided by Della M Shafer.

Those whishing to learn more on him can find him at the site of find a grave;

Monday, July 11, 2011

Peter Machiels & Emmet Michael Hoskinson

I like old buildings of the 18 hundreds I like to imagine what the building looked like in it's hay day. I look for old pictures of them. There are many old pictures of Kansas building and this one I found while looking for something else.

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Peter Machiels.

Birth: Jan. 29, 1859.

Death: Feb. 28, 1945, Jefferson County, Kansas.

In the 1880, census he was living in Ricks, Christian, Illinois. He was 21 years and his occupation was a harness maker. He would later move to Oskaloosa, Kansas, and start a harness business there.

Emmet Michael Hoskinson

Birth: Nov.1, 1887, Oskaloosa, Jefferson County, Kansas.

Death: Mar. 25, 1952, Garden City, Finney County, Kansas.

Son of Benjamin Franklin Hoskinson and Ellen Mary Williamson.
Married Alta Marian Ricks on August 23,1911 in St. Joseph, Buchanan Co, MO. Was a Harness Maker Apprentice under Pete Michaels in Oskaloosa, Ks at age 17 years.

Note. To learn more about these men and their families go to the site of Find A grave.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

William O. Kretsinger & James M. Arnold

William O. Kretsinger, Enlisted in the 10th., Kansas Infantry, at Fort Leavenworth in 1861. He rose to the rank of Sergeant before being discharged in 1863. Following his discharged, Kretsinger was commission as an officer in the 56th., United States Color Infantry, formerly the 3rd., Arkansas infantry ( African Descent ). He was cited for gallantly at Big Creek Arkansas, on July 26, 1864.

James M. Arnold, Sergeant, served as the color bearer of the 12th., Kansas infantry. The unit was organized in Paola, Kansas in September 1862, served in detachments along the Kansas and Missouri border until late 1863, by early, 1864, the regiment was stationed at Fort Smith. It participated in Frederick Steel’s Camden expedition, in which it suffered considerably on the march, and later returned to Fort Smith. Near the end of the war, the regiment moved to Little Rock and mustered out in June 1865.

Sanford Lafayette Ives

Sanford L. IVES, Postmaster, was born in Pennsylvania, September 11, 1836, and was taken by his parents to Cuyahoga County, Ohio, where he remained until five years of age, when his parents moved to Winnebago County, Ill., where he was raised and educated, after which he learned the carpenter's trade, which he pursued until 1862, when he enlisted in Company D, One Hundred and Twelfth Regiment Illinois Infantry, as a private; soon after was promoted to Third Sergeant; was wounded in 1863, at Dutton's Hill, Ky., and was discharged in 1864.

Military Service.

Name IVES, SANFORD L, Rank SGT, Company D., Unit 112th., IL US INF, Residence GOSHEN, STARK CO, IL  Age 25, Height 5' 9, Hair DARK, Eyes DARK, Complexion DARK, Marital Status MARRIED, Occupation CARPENTER, Nativity SPRINGTOWN, PA, Joined When JUL 16, 1862, Joined Where CAMBRIDGE, IL., Period 3 YRS, Muster In SEP 20, 1862, Muster In Where PEORIA, IL., Remarks TRANS AS PRIVATE TO VRC JAN 1, 1865. 

During the same year he came to Kansas and settled in Linn County, where he engaged in farming until 1869, when he located in Mound City, Kan., and opened a book and stationery store. Was soon after appointed Postmaster, which position he still holds. He has married three times; first, in 1860, to Alice Rigby, who died in 1871; second, to Mary Sheets, of Illinois, who died in 1873, and third, to Justina Ham, in Linn County, Kan., January 1, 1879. He has five children - Ellsworth J., Gordon G., Norman J., Sanford M. and Roscoe.

He passed away on Dec. 12, 1906, at Ogden, Weber County, Utah. His burial is at Aultorest Memorial Park, Ogden, Weber County, Utah. Plot: Block 15, Lot 8, Position 4.