Ida Bell (Minard) Cole was born on Sept. 30, 1859 at Gambier, Knox County, OH, the daughter of Nathan Williams and Sarah Jane (Woodruff) Minard.
She and her parents were pioneer settlers of Iowa and Missouri, and then later with her husband of Nebraska and Kansas.
In 1865, when Ida was six, her father returned from the Civil War. The following year, at age seven, she migrated with her family to Iowa, settling initially in Cedar County, IA. From there, in 1872, they moved to Missouri, making a new home in Caldwell County, MO.
While in Missouri, she met her future husband, Henry Harrison "Clark" Cole (1852-1935), the son of Harry and Candace Love (Hathaway) Cole of Watertown, NY. Clark's mother was from Ellisvillage, NY and had married her husband in 1850.
On Sept. 15, 1878, at the home of her parents near Kingston, Grant Township, Caldwell County, Ida and Clark were united in the bonds of holy matrimony. She was age 19 at the time, and he was 26. N.T. Brown, a minister of the gospel, performed the wedding ceremony. Their original marriage certificate is on file today at the county courthouse in Kingston.
The Coles produced a family of 14 children -- born over a quarter-century, spanning the years 1881 and 1906 -- including Clarence Wilbur Cole, Clyde Francis Cole, William Cole, Florence Lenora Metsker, George Nathan Cole, Candace Naomi Thurber, Alice "Myrtle" Nelson, Harry Leonard Cole, Artemus Ward "Art" Cole, Laura Mae Forrest McKimmey, Ruby Elnora Murphy, Ernest Kenneth Cole, Ida Isabel "Bell" Cook and Frank Leslie Cole.
Sadly, son William Cole died at the tender age of one month on Feb. 5, 1884, and son George Nathan Cole passed away a dozen years later, at age 10, on Jan. 6, 1896. Small grave markers for both boys are placed side by side in what became the Cole family plot at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Berryton, Shawnee County.
The newlyweds made immediate plans to relocated to Nebraska, where the promise of prosperity appealed. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1880, the young, childless couple made a home in the Upper Loup District of Sherman County, NE. That year, they dwelled next door to his parents. Both Clark and his father were listed as farmers.
A memoir by the Coles' granddaughter Bernice (Cole) Wilson -- entitled Meeting of the Grandparents -- describes the voyage that Ida Bell and Clark made during their trek from Missouri to Nebraska:
...[They] left Missouri in a covered wagon for a homestead area in Nebraska. When they got there they had to build a sod house. They lived there until the 1894 drouth… Grandmother Cole struggled and didn't complain about the hardships. Grandpa [Cole] would run a wagon from Grand Island, Neb. to Loup City, Neb. With supplies and was caught in prairie fires and with great danger and gusto he came through without a mishap…. They used oxen to farm with and my father … told how the oxen learned to turn with two words, 'gee' and 'Haa' and this worked.
They returned to Richland to visit with her parents during the Christmas season of 1880, with plans to return to the cornhusker state early in the new year. The Coles departed from Richland in January 1881, heading back toward central Nebraska. Said the Topeka Daily Commonwealth, they were "expecting to make the journey in ten days, but it took them thirty, floundering most of the time in the snow drifts, and at last one of the horses broke a leg." Adding to the experience was that Ida Bell would have been seven months pregnant at the time with their eldest son, known to have been born in March 1881 in Arcadia, NE.
Adding to their pioneer narrative is W. Flora Shepherd's book, Family Records of Baxley and Hilliard, Cole and Hathaway. The volume also is known as Genealogy, History and Biographical Records of the Families of Christopher Columbus Baxley and Frances Hilliard, Harry Cole and Candace Hathaway and Allied Families, with an introduction by Damon Dale Hupp, published in 1979 by Capitol City, Inc., of Topeka.
The book states that after marriage, "Clark … went with his father and family to Sherman County, Nebr., homesteading the Loup City area. Nine of their children were born in Arcadia, Neb. In , they traveled by wagon to Kansas, settling in the Richland area where five more of their children were born."
The Coles are thought to have moved in with Ida Bell's parents in Richland, Shawnee County, KS until they could find a suitable place of their own.
Clark's widowed mother, Candace Love (Hathaway) Cole, joined the family in Richland in about 1889 following the death of her husband in New York. She is pictured in a Cole family group photograph taken circa 1910. In about 1922, she fell and broke her hip, and remained bedfast for the remaining seven years of her life. She died in late February 1929, and is buried at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, where her son, daughter in law and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren later would join her in eternal rest.
Little is known about the rest of the Coles' lives, other than the fact that they experienced the ups and downs of raising children, earning a living by toiling the earth and running a household.
In September 1928, Ida and Clark celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a large gathering of family and friends.
Clark passed away at home on Sept. 2, 1935, at the age of 83. In a very brief newspaper obituary, the Topeka Daily State Journal reported that "Word has been received by Mrs. Laura Forest of the death of her father, Harry Harrison Clark Cole, 85, who died Monday at his home in Richland, Kan. No funeral arrangements have been made."
Despite further searching by the founder of this website in September 2010, at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, no additional new obituaries have been found adding any more detail of knowledge of Clark's life.
Ida Bell outlived her husband by six years, and moved into the home of daughter Florence Metsker in Lone Star near Lawrence, KS. They entertained many visiting relatives during the era, as logged in the gossip columns of the local newspaper, the Richland Citizen.
Ida marked her 79th birthday in October 1938 at a party hosted by her married daughter Candace Naomi Thurber. Reported the Citizen, "A basket dinner was served at noon and the afternoon was spent in visiting. Grandma Cole is one of our well beloved older folks and the community joins her family in wishing her many more happy birthdays."
The same month, October 1938, Ida traveled to Eldorado, KS to see her sister Naomi "Nona" Baker. She endured a bout of influenza in January 1939. She wpent that winter with the Metskers in Lone Star and in May 1939 was traveling to see her son Harry and the Thurbers and McKimmeys. In October 1939, she attended a Ladies Aid meeting where she and others spent an afternoon sewing children's clothing. Her final Christmas, in 1940, was spent with at the Meskers' with her visiting sons Artemus and Harry.
Ida became very ill in the first few weeks of 1941. Her daughter Candace traveled to help. Ida died in the Metsker residence on Jan. 29, 1941, at the age of 82. Word was sent to relatives out of state, and son Ernest is known to have come from his home in San Bernardino, CA. Following funeral services, held at the United Brethren Church in Richland, she was laid to rest beside her beloved husband in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Berryton. Her obituary was published in the Topeka Daily Capital.
At the time of her death, Ida Bell was survived by a sprawling brood of 12 children, 24 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Circa 1941, the Coles' dozen adult children were scattered across the United States. Sons Clarence, Clyde and Ernest lived in San Bernardino, CA; Harry and Art in Richland, KS; and Frank in Jerome, ID. Their daughters Florence and Candace resided in Florence, KS; Alice in Fort Pierce, FL; Laura Mae in Topeka, KS; Ruby in Overbrook, KS; and Bell Cook in Fair Oaks, CA.
In September 2010, the founder of this website, and cousin-research Eugene Podraza, visited and paid their respects at the Cole graves at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, taking photographs of each Cole marker as an archival record. The cemetery is located just south of the intersection of S.E. 85th Road and Ratner Road, southeast of the Forbes Field Airport in Berryton, and to the northwest of the town of Richland.
~ Son Clarence Wilbur Cole ~
In about 1905, when he was about the age of 24, he was united in the bonds of holy wedlock with 20-year-old Mary "Helen" Ahlstrom (Sept. 2, 1885-1955), the daughter of Hannah H. Ahlstrom of Indiana.
They resided in Kansas and California and bore two children -- Harriett Valerie Cole and Ernestine Ahlstrom "Bub" Finkle.
When the federal census was taken in 1910, Clarence and Helen resided in Topeka, Shawnee County, KS, on Chester Street. Helen's sister Ora Ahlstrom and widowed mother Hannah Ahlstrom lived under their roof. Clarence's occupation that year was as an electrician in the local railroad shops.The census of 1920 shows Clarence, Helen, their daughters and Helen's widowed mother making their home together on Seventh Street in San Bernardino. Clarence's employment continued to as an electrician for the railroad.
Clarence also owned and operated a small grocery and gasoline filling station in San Bernardino, at what is now 3998 Mt View Avenue. At that time, the locale was considered "out in the country." He sold meats, cold drinks, ice cream and other products that would appeal to motorists. The building is seen here, with son in law Theodore Junous Pilcher posed in front, seated on a bench.
The Coles made a comfortable residence on Genevieve Street, and were there in 1930 at the time of the census. Clarence remained employed as a railroad technician. Unfortunately, despite the income from boarders such as Lawrence and Laurla Miller, they had to sell it during the Great Depression. They then moved into an apartment above, or behind, the store. The building, sold out of family ownership, later became Eddie's Used Cars. It was still standing in the 1970s.
From time to time, Kenneth and Helen sent one or both daughters to the Kansas farm of Clarence's parents. The girls did not enjoy farm life, so this was not regarded as a positive experience. Helen is known to have been a charter member of the Arrowhead School Parent-Teacher Association.
Helen passed away in 1955 in San Bernardino.
Clarence outlived her by six years and died on May 18, 1960, at the age of 79. They are buried in San Bernardino.
~ Son Clyde Francis Cole ~
He married Amy Banker (Feb. 16, 1886-1960) at Topeka, KS. She was a native of Richland, then known as Twin Mound, Douglas County.
They established their longtime residence in San Bernardino and together were the parents of three -- Robert Dale Cole, Albertus James "Al" Cole and Norma Cole.
Circa 1942, Clyde worked as a contractor. He later earned a living at Norton Air Force Base as a carpenter. The family belonged to the Faith Bible Church. Their address in 1936 was 361 16th Street and in 1942-1960 was 359 10th Street, San Bernardino.
Clyde passed away on Oct. 16, 1960 at the age of 78 in a San Bernardino hospital. His obituary was published in the San Bernardino County Sun.
Adding to the heartache, Amy only lived for two more days, dying on Oct. 18, 1960. Rev. Lester F. Wendt led the funeral, with interment of their remains in Mountain View Cemetery. Her Sun obituary said they had resided locally for 40 years.
Son Robert Dale Cole (1915- ? ) was born in 1915. He was a 1933 graduate of San Bernardino High School. On Aug. 4, 1936, he was joined in matrimony with Roberta Constance Conger ( ? - ? ), daughter of Harry L. Longer of 158 10th Street, San Bernardino. In announcing the marriage, the San Bernardino County Sun pictured the happy couple and said that the ceremony was held "at the home of the bride's parents, with a small company of friends and relatives witnessing the nuptials," officiated by Rev. T.J. Shrode of the First Methodist Church. "The attractive brunette bride was attired in a Navy blue silk suit, with blue hat and white accessories, wearing a corsage of gardenias... A great deal of interest surrounds the climaxing of this romance, both young people being especially well known and talented musicians, playing with several orchestra groups in the city." Roberta was an alumna of the local high school. Together they produced a son, Robert Cole. They made their home in LaMirada, CA.
Son Albertus James "Al" Cole (1917-2011) was born on Dec. 2, 1917 in Richland. He was an alumnus of San Bernardino High School and a graduate of the University of Redlands. During his young manhood he worked with his father's contracting business. He played the clarinet and performed with his orchestra of First Methodist Church, later renamed St. Paul's, where he met his future wife. Then eight months before the United States' entry into World War II, he joined the U.S. Army. He spent 21 months in Alaska with the Army Band Division. On Easter Sunday 1944, he wed Norma Lee Webster (April 23, 1922-1989), daughter of Clayton C. and Leila M. Webster of Loma Linda. Their nuptials were conducted in the First Christian Church, by the hand of Rev. Julian E. Stuart. Norma Lee was a 1939 graduate of San Bernardino High School and in 1943 received her bachelor of music degree at Redlands. The couple was pictured in the San Bernardino County Sun.Said the newspaper, "From youthful days she has been a student of the violin and piano, and has majored in both at the university. She played in the orchestra of the First Methodist church." Then in describing the wedding, the Sun said the bride "was beautiful in a gown of ivory slipper satin, with trim of self-covered buttons, and sweetheart neckline outlined in seed pearls. The train was fan-shaped, the sleeves long and fitted and finger-tip length veil was held in a coronet of seed pearls. She wore the bridegroom's gift of pearls and carried an exquisite bouquet of orchids, lilies of the valley and gardenias." Norma Lee went on to a 27-year teaching career in the San Bernardino City Unified School District. Sadly, at the age of 66, she died on Feb. 7, 1989. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in Mountain View Cemetery. An obituary in the Sun said she "was a Protestant and was active in many local activities." Alburtus outlived his bride by more than two decades. Death spirited him away at the age of 93 on July 10, 2011.
Daughter Norma Cole (1919- ? ) was born in about 1919.
~ Daughter Florence Leona (Cole) Metsker ~
Daughter Florence Leona Cole (1885-1979) was born on June 29, 1885 in Arcadia, NE.
Circa 1914, she was united in the rite of holy matrimony with Andrew Elmer Metsker (Feb. 24, 1864-1953).
The couple produced three children -- John Philip Metsker and twins Ruth Elizabeth Josefiak and Ida Barbara Swank.
The Metskers were longtime farmers in Douglas County, KS. When the federal census enumerations were made in 1920, 1930 and 1940, they farmed in Marion Township in a community known as Lone Star.
Florence's widowed mother came to reside under their roof in the mid-1930s. Then in the 1940s, their newlywed son John and his bride Bettie-Lou shared their household.
Florence died on Feb. 1, 1979. She joined her husband in eternal repose at Washington Creek.
Son John Philip Metsker (1916-2007) was born on Feb. 17, 1916 on the family farm south of Lone Star. He was a graduate of Lawrence High School. On Nov. 18, 1946, when he was 20 years of age, John was joined in matrimony with Bettie-Lou Grant (July 13, 1919-2007), daughter of Dabney and Rose (Phillips) Grant. Their union remained firm over an extraordinary 61 years. They became the parents of six children -- Barbara Ellen Metsker, John Andrew Metsker, Philip Arthur Metsker, Margaret Rose Kalb, David Dabney Metsker and Merry Lenore Wilde. Sadly, daughter Barbara Ellen died at the age of five and one-half years on April 14, 1956. They lived for their entire married lives on the farm where he had been born, in the early years of marriage sharing a house with his parents. Said an obituary, John "was a dairyman and farmer. He worked for BA Green Construction, Hankhamer Construction, Sunflower Ammunition Plant and retired from Truman Medical Center as the lead refrigeration engineer. He was a founding member of Rural Water District 2, where he served on the board from 1964 to 2005. He was also a 40-year member of the Colyer Cemetery Board." John passed away on Feb. 4, 2007, at the age of 91. He was surivied by 13 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild. Bettie-Lou only survived for 10 months longer, and died in Baldwin City, Douglas County on Dec. 16, 2007. They also rest in Washington Creek Cemetery.
Daughter Ruth Elizabeth Metsker (1918-1987) was born on Aug. 13, 1918 on the family farm near Lone Star in Douglas County, KS, a twin with her sister Ida Barbara Metsker. She was a 1936 graduate of Lawrence High School and in 1938 moved into Topeka. On Feb. 2, 1941, in Lawrence, Ruth married Herman Harvey Josefiak (June 10, 1917-2006), son of Joe and Rosie Josefiak, of Rush Center in Rush County, KS. They did not reproduce. Herman was a graduate of Rush Centr High School. During World War II, he joined the U.S. Navy and was deployed to the Pacific Theatre. He went on to a career as an auditor and supervisor in the Kansas Division of Legislative Post Audit and was a member of the Kansas Board of Treasury Examiner Office. His final position in 1975-1976 was as assistant state treasurer, hired by state treasurer Joan Finney. Citing disability from heart surgery, he retired in 1976 and was succeeded by Glen Deitcher. In her own right, Ruth was employed by the Kansas Department of Revenue for years as assistant personnel director, retiring in September 1979. She held memberships in the Department of Revenue Employees, the Topeka Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, the Social Order of the Beauceant and Ladies of the Elks Lodge. Herman belonged to the Siloam lodge of Topeka, York Rite of Topeka, Arab Shrine and Hospital Dads. Ruth and her niece Deborah Leonor Swank are known to have provided family history details for W. Flora Shepherd's 1979 book, Family Records of Baxley and Hilliard, Cole and Hathaway. Sadly, Ruth passed away in a Topeka hospital at the age of 69 on Feb. 13, 1987. Burial was in Topeka's Memorial Park Cemetery. Herman married again twice, first to Doris Mae Rodgers and second to Marie Maresch Becker. He died in Beaumont, Riverside County, CA on Oct. 31, 2006. His obituary was published in the Topeka Capital-Journal.
Daughter Ida Barbara Metsker (1918-2015) was born on Aug. 13, 1918 in Douglas County, KS, a twin with her sister Ruth Elizabeth. Ida attended the grade school located on their farm, Colyer School, and was a 1936 graduate of Lawrence High School. She wed Glenn Howard Swank (April 14, 1917-2012) on Nov. 11, 1944 in Topeka's First Christian Church. They had four children -- David Warren Swank, Gregory Howard Swank, Deborah Leonore Swank and Paul Allan Swank. Said an obituary, "She was employed as a housekeeper-nanny in Lawrence before being employed as a clerk at the Kansas Department of Revenue in Topeka. From 1965 to 1983, she was employed as clerk-secretary for U.S.D. 340 in Meriden." Glenn was a 1935 graduate of Mayetta High School and in 1950 receivied his bachelor of arts degree from Washburn College. He spent a year teaching at Burlington High School and then became employed by the State of Kansas, working for 39 years in the Departments of Revenue and Transportation. The family also farmed for more than five decades at Meriden. The Shepherd book states that "They are members of the Meriden Methodist Church. Glenn is an engineer for the State Department of Transportation and Ida is on the board of education in Meriden." Glenn was active in the Meriden Kiwanis Club as president and secretary and held a term as lieutenant governor of Kiwanis' District 11 in Kansas. They retired in 1982 and then in February 2006 relocated to Topeka, where they lived in a retirement community. Sadly, Glenn died on July 11, 2012. Ida lived for another four years as a widow. Death claimed her at age 96 on May 19, 2015. They sleep for the ages in Meriden Cemetery.
~ Daughter Candace Naomi (Cole) Thurber ~
On Dec. 9, 1908, at the age of 20, she married 26-year-old LeRoy Thurber (Feb. 13, 1882-1969), originally from Twin Mounds, Douglas County. Their marriage license was issued by Judge Means and made public in three local newspapers -- the Lawrence Daily World, Lawrence Daily Journal and Lawrence Daily Gazette.
Early in their marriage the Thurbers lived at Mound City, today known as Richland. Later, they moved to Douglas County, where they spent most of their lives farming in Twin Mounds. They were members of the Presbyterian Church of Clinton, KS.
They were the parents of one daughter, Ida "Marie" Parker Rudnick, and a foster daughter, Jean Corwin Miller.
Making a home under their farmhouse roof in 1930, as shown in the federal census enumeration, was 33-year-old lodger Julia McCaffrey.
At Memorial Day in 1938 and 1939, Candace and friends provided quartet vocal music for services at Clinton Cemetery. Her brother Harry performed with the quartet at times. She also fashioned quilts and is known to have attended quilting bees in the community.
In 1968, LeRoy moved into a nursing home in the town of Lawrence, Douglas County. He passed away there at the age of 87 on Sept. 6 or 7, 1969. He was interred in the Clinton Cemetery. At the time of his death, he and Candace were survived by three grandsons and 10 grandchildren.
Candace resided circa 1969 in Lawrence. In 1984, when mentioned in the newspaper obituary of her brother Artemus "Art" Cole, she was still in Lawrence.
At the age of 96, Candace surrendered to the spirit of death in a Lawrence hospital on Oct. 21, 1984. Her remains were laid to rest next to her husband's in Clinton Cemetery. A Topeka Capital-Journal obituary said that "She lived in the Twin Mounds community near Clinton in Douglas County 60 years before she moved to Lawrence." The headcount of her survivors included three grandsons, 10 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
Daughter Ida Marie Thurber (1910- ? ) was born on Jan. 10, 1910 in Richland. Ida was married twice. Her first husband was Kenneth Parker ( ? - ? ) and they begat three sons, Kenneth Parker, Robert Parker and Jack Parker. After the couple divorced, Ida married again to Sam Rudnick ( ? - ? ), a native of New York. Sam was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and later was employed "as an analyst employed by the U.S. government," said the Victorville (CA) Daily Press. Circa 1961-1975, the Rudnicks lived in Apple Valley near Barstow, CA. Sadly, at the age of 68, Sam passed away at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego on March 26, 1975. Rabbi Hillel Cohn led a graveside burial service at Kern Memorial Chapel. An obituary appeared in the Daily Press, saying he had "lived in Apple Valley 14 years." In 1979-1984, the widowed Marie was making her home in Lawrence, KS.
Foster daughter Jean Corwin Miller ( ? - ? )
~ Daughter Alice "Myrtle" (Cole) Nelson ~
She grew up in Richland, Shawnee County, KS
On Sept. 1, 1912 at Topeka, KS, the 22-year-old Myrtle wedded 27-year-old Roy Nelson ( ? - ? ). Among those traveling to Richland to attend were Mrs. M. Nelson and her daughter Verna of Ashland, KS. About five months before the wedding, when Roy left home to occupy a farm and new residence in Ashland, the young people's group of the Presbyterian Church gave him a going-away party, with Myrtle in attendance.
They were the parents of two children -- Ruby Chastain and Elizabeth "Betty" Roberts.
By 1938, the Nelsons relocated to Florida and in 1941 dwelled in Fort Pierce and in 1944 in Key West. The Nelsons are known to have moved to West Palm Beach and in 1973 relocated to Sebastian, FL. They belonged to Grace Memorial Methodist Church of West Palm.
Sadly, at the age of 94, Myrtle died in Indian River Memorial Hospital on Feb. 3, 1985. Her obituary was printed in the Vero Beach Press Journal.
Daughter Ruby Alice Nelson (1913-2005) was born on June 28, 1913 in Topeka. She married John R. Chastain II ( ? - ? ). Together they produced a son, John Russell Chastain III. The couple's home was in West Palm Beach and then, in 1975, the moved to Sebastian, FL. Ruby owned and operated Ruby's Beauty Shop. She was a matron of the Order of Eastern Star and belonged to the Sebastian Garden Club and Women's Club. She passed away at the age of 91, in Life Care Center of Palm Bay, on April 7, 2005. The Vero Beach Press Journal published an obituary. Rev. Rafael Sanchez led the memorial service.
Daughter Elizabeth Mae "Betty" Nelson (1928- ? ) was born on Feb. 1, 1928. She wed (?) Roberts ( ? - ? ). She made her residence in Tice, FL in 1985 and in Mamouth (?), AR in 2005.
Son Harry Leonard Cole (1892-1977) was born on March 8, 1892 in Loup City, Sherman County, NE.
At the age of 24, on New Year's Eve 1916, Harry was joined in wedlock wih 20-year-old Hazel Rachel Goff (Feb. 28, 1896-1985), the daughter of George William and Mary (Mitchell) Goff and originally from Caldwell, Sumner County, KS. The wedding took place at Lone Star near Lawrence, Douglas County, KS.
They bore two daughters -- Viola "Bernice" Wilson and Imogene May "Jean" Anderson.
When the federal census count was made in 1920, the Coles and their infant daughter Viola made their home on a farm located in the south half of Monmouth Township, in the Richland community.
By 1930, when the census enumeration again was made, the family had moved to a farm in Clinton Township, Douglas County. They stayed in Clinton Township during the 1930s and are shown there in the 1940 U.S. Census.
Harry was a member of the International Order of Odd Fellows in Richland, KS, and he and Hazel belonged to the West Side Presbyterian Church in Lawrence.
Again during the decade of the 1940s, the World War II years, the Coles pulled up stakes and relocated to a farm in Kanwaka Township, Douglas County, as shown in the 1950 census.
Harry passed away on New Year's Eve 1977 -- their 61st wedding anniversary -- and is buried in Clinton Cemetery in Douglas County.
Hazel survived for another eight years as a widow. She succumbed to the angel of death at age 89 on Sept. 28, 1985.
Daughter Viola "Bernice" Cole (1919-1986) was born on Jan. 11, 1919 in Richland, Shawnee County. She was an alumna of Lawrence Memorial High School and taught piano in young womanhood. On June 1, 1941, at the age of 21, she married Frederick Howard Wilson (1915-1982), son of Elmer Wilson of Lecomopton, KS. The wedding event was held at the home of Bernice's parents, presided over by Rev. Melvin Perkins of the United Brethren Church of Richland, and announced in the Richland Citizen -- she "was lovely in her wedding dress of dusty rose lace of street length with white accessories to match. She carried an arm bouquet of Talisman roses tied with white tulle." Frederick also was a graduate of Lawrence Memorial and at the time of their marriage earned a living with Miller Print Shop in Lawrence. The two children they produced together were Sonja Jean Ross and Marilyn Ilene Beason. Fred served in the U.S. Army infantry during World War II, while Bernice was employed by the Boilermakers-Blacksmith National Pension Trust in Kansas City, KS. Bernice was a historian of the Minard family and wrote the following in the 1979 family history:
A brief addendum of the MINARD family ... may substantially be of help to others in their search of this particular Minard family. The family name was originally Von Minard-Minarde-Minard. Originating in France, they left going into Germany. We record here 3 generations with their several children: John Minard, b. 1790, d. 1894, lived to be 104 years of age, wife's name unknown. Their children were, Sophia, Mary, Samuel, Solomon, John, Burger and George; Solomon Minard, son of John, had a wife Rachel Little. They were Dunkards and had a family of 13 children: Andrew, Wesley, Joseph, NATHAN, C.C., Mary, Elizabeth, Electra, Maggie, Barbara, Jason, Albert and Forbes. Nathan Minard, b. Aug. 8, 1838, Mt. Vernon, Ohio, m. Sarah Jane Woodruff, b. June 9, 1839. Her father was from the House of Lords in Scotland. He married a commoner and changed his name to Woodruff. This is all that has been found on her side.
Bernice survived him by four years. She died on New Year's Eve 1986, at age 67, in Overland Park, KS.
Daughter Imogene May "Jean" Cole (1923- ? ) was born on Feb. 27, 1923 in Richland, KS. She was united in matrimony with Arthur C. Anderson (March 3, 1918- ? ) on Jan. 27, 1945, at Lawrence, KS. He was the son of James William and Jane Elizabeth (Flory) Anderson. Their two children were Stanley Dean Anderson and Elizabeth Lea "Becky" Campbell. Arthur in the late 1970s was a teacher at Haskell Institute in Lawrence.
~ Son Artemus Ward "Art" Cole ~
Artemus Ward "Art" Cole (1893-1984) was born on July 6, 1893 in Arcadia, Valley County, NE or in Loup City, Sherman County, NE.
He apparently was named after "Artemus Ward," pen name of Charles Farrar Browne, a popular American author of the 19th century, favored by President Lincoln. His name also has been spelled by the family as "Articemus."
As a boy, Artemus and his parents and siblings relocated to Richland, south of Topeka, Shawnee County, KS. He attended the Twin Mound School southwest of Clinton, Shawnee County.
They produced a family of four children -- Lawrence Cole, Wilbur Cole, Arlene Zima and Ervin Arthur "Irvin" Cole.
Heartache blanketed the family when son Irvin died in his first year of life on Feb. 9, 1930. A small inscribed stone marks his final resting place in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
The Coles were longtime farmers at a locale north of Richland. Among other highlights of those years, they are known to have attended a John Deere Implement show in Topeka in the winter of 1938. The Berryton Vocational Agricultural Class came to the farm in October 1938 to observe the culling of chickens led by a representative of the Jones Hatchery.
Artemus was elected to the board of directors of the Richland school, serving along with Mrs. Lowell Amspacker and Merton Woodward. After Halloween pranksters damaged the local schoolhouse in 1938, he and Merton are known to have spent a day making repairs. His six-year term ended in April 1939. He also provided electricity when neighbors cut trees to make a supply of firewood for the local United Brethren Church.
Artemus and Flora were members of the Shawnee Heights United Methodist Church and frequently entertained relatives and friends in their home.
In retirement, the couple went to live in Tecumseh, Shawnee County, at 6830 S.E. 45th Street.
As her health failed, Flora was admitted to a Topeka hospital on Christmas Day 1974. There, after a little more than a month of suffering, she passed away on Jan. 30, 1975. She rests for eternity in the old Cole family plot at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Berry, KS.
Artemus outlived his wife by nine years. He died
in a local hospital on Feb.
12, 1984, at the age of 90. Following a funeral held at the family church,
followed by services at the Tibbits-Griffin Highland Chapel, he was interred
beside his wife. The family requested that memorial gifts be made to the
building fund of the church.
Son Lawrence Elbert Cole (1920-2004) was born on June 7, 1920 in Richland, Shawnee County, KS. He was a 1938 graduate of Berryton High School. During World War II, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and attained the rank of tech sergeant. He was deployed to Italy and specialized as an airplane mechanic. At the age of 29, on May 6, 1949, he married 21-year-old Dolly Joe Luscombe (Dec. 22, 1928-2019), a native of Horton, Brown County, KS and the daughter of John Harvey and May Rosa (Hill) Luscombe. Their wedding was held at the First Methodist Church of Topeka. They became the parents of five children -- Martha Ann Garrett Carter, Karen Jean Sewell, Susan Marie Berry, Judy Lee Cole and Jennifer Gail Cole. Dolly Joe was a 1946 graduate of Silver Lake High School. The Coles farmed in Richland and Overbrook until 1958, when they relocated to Topeka. Then in 1970, they migrated to Berryton, where they remained for good. In 1975, their residence was at 6820 S.E. Berryton Road. Lawrence spent 17 years working for Goodyear, retiring in 1975, and farming on the side. They belonged to the Berryton United Methodist Church, where Dolly Joe was involved with the Ruth and Rebekah Circle. Said an obituary, "He was a man whose hands worked both land and wood. He built several buildings including the home in which he lived." In her own right, said an obituary, Dolly Joe "was employed at The Jolly Café in Topeka, and later at Bell Telephone Company as an operator. She was an Avon Representative for many years, and was employed by JC Penney until her retirement in 1996." She held memberships in the Berryton Kiwanis Club and J.C. Penney Retirees' Club. Lawrence died in their home on April 12, 2004, at the age of 83. His funeral services were held at the family church. Dolly Joe outlived her spouse by nearly 15 years and stayed in Berryton and Topeka. She was spirited away by the grim reaper of death on March 6, 2019. They sleep at each other's side in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Berryton.
Daughter Arlene V. Cole (1926-2018) was born on Nov. 16, 1926 in Richland, Shawnee County, KS. On Oct. 5, 1946, at the age of about 20, she married Joseph Ray Zima (Jan. 12, 1923-1997), a resident of St. Marys, KS. Their wedding was held in St. Marys, KS. Four children born into this family were Joseph Wayne Zima, Janet Elaine Lindgren, Nancy Lorraine Liska and Kathy Arlene Zima. Joseph was a veteran of World War II and, as shown in the 1950 federal census, was a meat cutter in a Topeka wholesale grocery store. Later, he was employed circa 1979 in the field of real estate in Topeka. In 1984, they made their home in Tecumseh, Shawnee County, and for some years they owned and ran Zima Grocery in Topeka. Later, she earned a living working for Montgomery Ward and the Fleming Company. Sadly, Joseph died on July 16, 1997. Arlene lived on as a widow for another 20-plus years. In 2009, she dwelled in Topeka. The angel of death spirited her away at the age of 91, at Brookside Retirement Community of Overbrook, KS, on Feb. 3, 2018. Her remains were laid to rest at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Berryton, and an obituary appeared in the Topeka Capital-Journal.
~ Daughter Laura Mae (Cole) Forrest McKimmey ~
She was was married twice. Her first spouse, with whom she tied the knot on Sept. 15, 1915, when she was 20 years of age, was 32-year-old John William Forrest (April 8, 1883-1950), the son of John William and Mary Ann (Seifert) Forrest of Fort Smith, AR.
They together were the parents of four children -- Ida Mary Mitchell McConnell, John Clark Forrest, Myrtle Bell Dunn and Marjorie May Dwyer.
John graduated from Topeka High School. When the United States Census was made in 1930, the Forrests dwelled in Monmouth Township, Shawnee County, KS.There, he earned a living performing odd jobs. The couple appears to have divorced by the early 1930s, with John moving to Topeka and into the home of his widowed mother.
Faced with raising four youngsters during the Great Depression, Laura took in laundry and ironing in her rented house. The rent was $18 a month. Recalled a granddaughter, "she was so good at what she did that she hired a couple of ladies to help her."
Ex-husband John joined the U.S. Navy in February 1941 some 10 months before the nation's entry into World War II. Later, he "was a mechanic by trade and a member of the United Brethren Church," said the Shepherd book. Sadly, John died in 1950 and is buried at Topeka's Memorial Park Cemetery.
On July 27, 1936, Laura wed her second husband, Frank Montrose McKimmey (June 27, 1888-1977). He was the son of Charles Montrose and Olive Imo (Hook) McKimmey of Shawnee County and divorced from his first wife, Elvera Maria Johnson (1893-1955).
Frank was a U.S. Army veteran of World War I, having been a member of the 15th Service Company. Said the Shepherd book, Frank "was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Santa Fe Railroad." His career with the government spanned 28 years until retirement. Frank was a member of the Topeka lodge of the Masons.
The McKimmeys dwelled in Topeka in 1940, as shown in the U.S. Census. All but the eldest of the four Forrest children were in the household. Frank earned income that year as a clerk with the Department of Agriculture, and son John as a bus driver. During World War II, said a granddaughter, "she went to work at the airbase and packed parachutes."
At some point they retired to Texas. Their final address together was at 114 Dewhirst, San Antonio.
Frank passed away on Feb. 3, 1977, at the age of 88. Funeral services were led by Rev. John B. Culver, with burial in Sunset Memorial Park. His obituary appeared in the San Antonio Express.
Laura Mae survived him and belonged to the United Brethren Church, and later in life joined the Church of Christ. In 1984, she made her residence in San Antonio.
She died in San Antonio at the age of 92 on Sept. 15, 1987. The remains were placed beside Frank's in the city's Sunset Memorial Park.
Daughter Ida Mary Forrest (1916-2008) was born on Oct. 2, 1916 in Winfield, KS. She married Harry Mitchell ( ? - ? ) in 1933 and and three children -- Larry Mitchell, Thomas Mitchell and Lerna Mitchell. Ida Mary's second husband was Warren H. McConnell (July 26, 1915-2004), a native of Earle, AR. The McConnells produced two children of their own -- Vala McConnell and Howard McConnell. During World War II, Warren served as a tech sergeant in the U.S. Army. He earned a living in the carpet industry in Wichita. As of 1977, the McConnells dwelled in Memphis, TN. Warren surrendered to the spectre of death on Aug. 28, 2004. Ida Mary passed into the realm of eternity on March 26, 2008. Their remains sleep in honored rest in West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Memphis, Section MM, Site 24160.
Daughter Myrtle Bell Forrest (1923-2013) was born on the Fourth of July 1923 in Shawnee County, KS. She was joined in wedlock with Harold F. Dunn (Aug. 31, 1920-2008), a native of Holyoke, MA and the son of John and Delia Bridget (Mullery) Dunn whose roots were in County Mayo, Ireland. The Forrest-Dunn wedding took place at Amarillo, TX, and the couple remained together through an extraordinary 64 years. They together produced a brood of six children -- Kathleen "Kathy" Dunn, Brian Dunn, Stephen "Steve" Dunn, Kevin Dunn, Eileen Dunn and Michael Dunn. Harold was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II, having flown in B-29 bombers and receiving two Silver Stars for valor in combat. The Dunns resided in San Antonio as of 1977 and Amarillo in 1979. Myrtle and Harold and their eldest daughter were pictured in the 1979 book, Family Records of Baxley and Hilliard, Cole and Hathaway. Evidence suggests that two of their sons were born with mental disabilities and were educated in the Austin State School and that she spent years advocating for deficiencies in the system of providing care, including lack of help, crowded facilities and low salaries for workers. Said the Express-News, "She did endless hours of volunteer services and received numerous awards from Governors, Mayors, and Senators." Sadly, Harold passed away at age 88 on Sept. 29, 2008. His mass of the resurrection was conducted in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, San Antonio, with the Express-News publishing an obituary. Death claimed Myrtle Bell at the age of 89 on May 20, 2013. Her remains were lowered under the sod of Mission Burial Park North in San Antonio.
Daughter Marjorie Mae "Margie" Forrest (1925-2011) was born on April 2, 1925 in Richland, Shawnee County, KS. She entered into the rites of marriage with Douglas Dwyer (July 17, 1925- ? ), a native of Brooklyn, NY and the son of Daniel and Roma (Agresta) Dwyer. They did not reproduce. Douglas at one time owned an automobile shop. The Dwyers' residence in 1977 was Tiburon, CA. Their last dwelling-place was in Susanville, Lassen, CA. Margie surrendered to the angel of death on May 23, 2011, at the age of 86.
~ Daughter Ruby Elnora (Cole) Murphy ~
On Feb. 22, 1917 at Topeka, at the age of 19, she married James Phillip Murphy (1887-1978).
Three offspring born to this union were Delbert Clark Murphy, James J. Murphy and Lois Ann Gleason Vining.
The Murphys made a residence for decades in Overbrook, Osage County, KS.
James passed away on Dec. 10, 1978, bringing to a close their marital union which had endured for an extraordinary 61 years.
Circa 1984, when her brother Artemus "Art" Cole died, she was living in Overbrook and mentioned in the obituary in the Topeka Capital Journal.
Ruby died in Overbrook at the age of 99 on Sept. 26, 1996. Her remains were lowered under the sod of Overbrook Cemetery.
Son Delbert Clark Murphy (1917-2007) was born on Dec. 10, 1917 in Overbrook, Osage County, KS. He made a living over the years as a road construction laborer and carpenter. He is believed to have been married to Lena Rowe ( ? - ? ). They together bore a family of seven -- with evidence suggesting that they were Darrell Murphy, Lawrence "Butch" Murphy, Dale Murphy, Allen Murphy, Brian Gene Murphy, Judy Lincoln and Joyce Marts. They were in Great Bend, KS in 1953 at the birth of their son Darrell and in Abilene in 1958 when son Brian was born. Their final home was in Geneseo, Rice County, KS. He surrendered to the spirit of death at age 89, in Memorial Hospital in McPherson, KS, on June 25, 2007, just five months after the passing of his son Darrell. His cremains were placed into eternal sleep in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence, KS, with an obituary appearing in the Wichita Eagle and McPherson Sentinel. He was survived by eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Son James J. Murphy Jr. (1920-1989) was born on Oct. 12, 1920 or 1923. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Sadly, at the age of 66, James died in Overbrook, Osage County, KS on Nov. 5, 1989. He sleeps for the ages in Overbrook Cemetery.
Daughter Lois Ann Murphy (1924- ? ) was born in about 1924. She is believed to have been twice-wed. Her first spouse was Ted Bert Gleason (1928- ? ). The two offspring they produced together were Mickey Linn Gleason Vining and Roger Paul Gleason. The federal census enumeration of 1950 shows the family in Topeka, with Ted employed as a service salesman with a truck service and sales company. The couple divorced. Later, in the 1950s, she married Willis "Dean" Vining (May 4, 1926-2009), son of Bryant Oliver and Margaret Francetta (Hinshaw) Vining of Wilsey, KS. Dean was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and may have been married previously to Bessie A. (1923- ? ), a native of Georgia. Lois and Dean lived in the Topeka area in the 1950s and 1960s and bore a brood of children -- with the known names thought to be Debra Ann Edwards and Leslie "Les" Vining. The Vinings were enumerated together in the Kansas state city and county censuses of 1956-1961, at the address of 1906 East 20th Street. For 38 years, he was employed by Stormont-Vail Hospital as director of design and development. The couple divorced, and Dean married again on Jan. 12, 1980 to Ruth Ann VanDeVeer ( ? - ? ). Lois' home in 2007 was in Westmoreland, KS. Dean died on Feb. 6, 2009, with his obituary published in the Topeka Capital-Journal. Former husband Ted lived for a number of years in Junction City, KS.
~ Son Ernest Kenneth Cole ~
He married Edith Mildred Burbank ( ? -1991) in about 1923, in Topeka. Within a few years, about 1926, they and his brothers Clarence and Clyde migrated to San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, CA.
They produced one son, Cecil "Norman" Cole, and apparently remained in San Bernardino for the remaining four-plus decades of their lives together.
He earned a living for many years as a carpenter with the Santa Fe Railway. The family belonged to the Del Rosa Heights Baptist Church.
In August 1931, Edith and their niece Ernestine Cole traveled back to Topeka for a family visit, as chronicled in the gossip columns of the San Bernardino County Sun. Upon their return home, they brought back Harriet Cole who had gone to Kansas a month earlier than they.
The World War II years were spent at 2285 Lugo Street. In January 1958, Ernest and their son Norman entered into a business partnership with Frankie ""Cee" Canizio to form the Desert Salvage Company, located at 27522 West Highway 66. They hired a number of employees to truck scrap metal to wholesalers in the San Bernardino to Los Angeles corridor. Their dreams were dashed when Canizio, an ex-convict who had promoted himself as a desert business tycoon, was court-ordered for admission in Patton State Hospital for mental health treatment.
A year before his death, in 1976, Kenneth and Edith signed an affidavit to amend the State of California birth record of their niece, Ernestine Ahlstrom (Cole) Finkle, whose name originally had been grossly misspelled as "Earnstian Ahlstern Cole."
Ernest passed away on April 17, 1977 in a local hospital. An obituary appeared in the Sun. He is buried at San Bernardino's Mountain View Cemetery.
As a widow, Edith moved to Loma Linda. There, having contracted coronary artery disease, she succumbed to the spectre of death at the age of 92 on March 21, 1991. The Sun printed an obituary, saying she had lived in San Bernardino County for 65 years.
Son Cecil "Norman" Cole (1924-2005) was born on June 1, 1924 in Topeka. He was a 1942 graduate of San Bernardino High School. He worked for Morrow Aircraft Corporation and then joined the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was deployed to the Pacific Theatre and served on the gun crew of an Army transport vessel providing convoy duty. An article in the San Bernardino Sun in October 1943, in which he was pictured, said he had "circled the globe since his enlistment in the Navy" and was now "serving as a guard aboard a merchant ship in the south Pacific." He returned to the states in April 1943 for major surgery at a Navy hospital in Norco. Norman married Phyllis Eleanor Praster (April 18, 1926-2011), a San Bernardino native. In August 1955, he was hired to teach at San Bernardino High School and in 1956 was assigned to instruct auto shop at Pacific High School. They resided in San Bernardino in 1977-2005 and were the parents of two -- Annette Sue Garrett and Roger Norman Cole. The couple enjoyed traveling in their motor home all across the country. Norman passed away at the age of 80 on April 13, 2005. Interment of the remains was in Mountain View Cemetery. The widowed Phyllis survived her spouse by almost six years. Death swept her away at age 84, in Ontario, CA, on Feb. 10, 2011.
~ Daughter Ida "Isabel" (Cole) Cook ~
On Aug. 3, 1924, in Richland, KS, the 23-year-old Isabel entered into marriage with 35-year-old Clinton William Cook Sr. (March 18, 1889-1982), also knwn as Clinton C. Cook.
Clinton was a U.S. Army veteran of World War I. The couple almost immediately relocated to California, where their son was born the following year.
They bore one son, Clinton William Cook Jr.
When the federal census enumerations were made in 1940-1950, the Cooks made their dwelling-place in Center Township, Sacramento County. As of 1940, Clinton was a mechanic at the U.S. Air Depot. By 1950, he made a living as an aircraft mechanical maintenance foreman with the U.S. Air Force, while Isabel worked as a farm helper.
Bell in 1979 resided in Fair Oaks, Sacramento County, CA, and "contributed largely to the records of the early Cole family," said the Shepherd book.
Sadly, Clinton died on Feb. 2, 1982, at the age of 92.
She passed away at age 83 on Oct. 22, 1984. Her remains sleep for the ages in Mount Vernon Memorial Park in Fair Oaks.
Son Clinton William Cook Jr. (1925- ? ) was born in about 1925. He attended San Juan Union High School and, during World War II, spent three years in the U.S. Navy. On Jan. 8, 1950, in Sacramento, he married Janice V. Downey ( ? - ? ), daughter of Jesse Downey of Sheffield, IL, Their wedding ceremony was held in Fair Oaks Federated Church, by the hand of Rev. Ralph Fellersen. In announcing the marriage, the Sacramento Bee said that "a wedding dinner followed in the Capitol Inn." Janice was an alumna of Sheffield High School and the Augustana Nursery of Chicago, and at the time of marriage was employed in Sacramento. The Cooks went on to bear three children. Circa 1953, Janice earned a living with the California-Western States Life Insurance Company.
~ Son Frank Leslie Cole ~
On Nov. 16, 1929, at Overbrook near Topeka, KS, the 23-year-old Frank was joined in wedlock with 20-year-old Velma I. Miller (March 23, 1909-1994), daughter of Charles F. and Ada I. (Johnson) Miller, originally from Lawrence, KS.
They were the parents of two children -- Judith Darlene Broumand and Dennis Ray Cole.
Frank was a construction worker. They relocated to Idaho in 1936, and made their home at Wendell, ID. Later, they moved to Jerome, ID.
During those years, from 1936 to 1974, he was employed by Reynolds Construction Company. He held a memberhip in the Local 370 of the Operating Engineers union. The Coles were members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Jerome.
Frank died in Jerome at the age of 69 on June 13, 1975. Rev. Frank Duran presided over the funeral. The Twin Falls Times-News published an obituary.
Velma outlived Frank by nearly two decades and maintained her home in Jerome. The angel of death claimed her at the age of 85, as a patient in St. Benedict's Long Term Care Unit, on Sept. 14, 1994. Rev. Baldwin Camin led funeral services, with burial in Jerome Cemetery. An obituary was printed in the Times-News.
Daughter Judith Darlene "Judy" Cole ( ? - ? ) was born in Wendell, ID. She married Haushang "Shane" Broumand ( ? - ? ). As of 1967-1994, they dwelled in Los Angeles. Judith was active circa 1971 in the Westwood Hills Woman's Club. Haushang owned Shane Carpet circa 1983, a company furnishing carpeting, vinyl and hardwood floors as well as draperies, with outlets in West Los Angeles. He and Kamran Broumand were pictured in the March 31, 1983 edition of the Los Angeles Times, promoting their business. Judith and Haushang are known to have been in a partnership with Kamran and Eleanor Broumand in a business known as B and A International Enterprises, and B.A. Self Storage of San Juan Capistrano. The four individuals in 1990 sued requesting judicial supervision of the closing of the company as its debts outweighed its assets. In July 2010, Judith filed for divorce in Los Angeles County Court. Houshang subsequently appears to have been an owner of SFC Flooring Corporation.
Son Dennis Ray Cole (1948- ? ) was born in 1948 in Wendell, ID. On June 17, 1967, he married Carol Ann Kulm ( ? - ? ), daughter of Albert and Elsie Kulm. Their nuptials were held in St. Paul's Lutheran church, by the hand of Rev. John Frese, and announced with their wedding portrait on the pages of the Twin Falls Times-News. She wore "a Bridal Original empire styled gown of Chantilly lace," said the Times-News. "The fitted styling featured Chantilly lace on the high empire bodice and banded the sheath skirt. Scallops of clipped Chantilly lace outlined the oval neckline." They put down roots in Jerome.