Lloyd McKenney as Child

Lloyd Clinton McKenney

A beautiful photo from 1909-1910 that shows ancestor Lloyd Clinton McKenney as a child, and a happy one at that. The photo would have been likely taken in Chautauqua County, Kansas, where the family lived. Lloyd was the son of James Albert McKenney and Vera Crockett.

Chautauqua School, Chautauqua, Kansas, circa 1907-1908

Chautauqua School about 1907.

Original from book.

The photo is from “History of Chautauqua County” and is said to be the fifth and sixth grade classes at Chautauqua (Springs) School “probably about 1910”. The identification of the pupils isn’t in order, and lists them as being 6th grade: Opal McKenzie, Cassie McKenney, Russel Jack, Lee Callahan, Lou Anderson, Ed Hessert, Ducan McFarlain, Evert Anderson, Charles Anderson, May Anderson, Arthur McCullough, George McFarlain, Clarence Ault, Loyd McKenzie; fifth grade: Eva Finley, Maude Daniels, Leonard Bray, Dwight Clark, Clarence Huckstep, Howard McCoy, Hurchel Sapp, Ida Craft, Esther Craven, George and Albert Clawsen, Mary Conway, Lea Huston, Pete Hanes, Fountain Burris, Tom Hopkins, James (unknown last name), Ruth Fuller. The teacher was Elwin Lee.

Carrie Isabel McKenney, daughter of George W. McKenney Jr. and Belle Sparks, is misidentified here as Cassie. I’ve one photo of her as a child, a little younger, and based on that, I think she is the girl in the dark dress standing to the right of the girl in the dark pinafore and behind the boy kneeling second from the left (he appears to be holding a book). Carrie was born Nov. 9 1897 and Opal was born Dec 30 1897, so I’m dating this about 1908, though there’s every possibility it was instead 1910.

Lloyd McKenzie, Opal’s brother, was Taylor Loyd and was born 1894. The McKenzies were related to the McKenneys through marriage. Loyd and Opal’s parents were Joseph McKenzie Jr. and Florence Pershall. Florence’s brother, John Wesley, married Lucretia Jane Kirkpatrick in 1873. Lucretia was a daughter of William Robert Kirkpatrick and Zilpha Strickland. Zilpha’s sister, Millie Ann, was married to James Kelly Crockett, and James Kelly Crockett and Millie Ann were the grandparents of Vera Crockett, who was the wife of Carrie McKenney’s brother, James Albert McKenney. Vera and James Albert had married in 1904.

Opal McKenzie married John R. Hampton and Carrie Isabel McKenney married Jesse C. Hampton, brothers and sons of Lewis R. Hampton and Nancy Hudgens.

Maude Daniels was born December 18, 1897 and was George Keithly Crockett’s 2nd wife (he was a brother of Vera), marrying 1924 Oct 20. I’d be curious to know which girl she is.

If anyone can make a positive ID on the other students please comment.

Freethoughter G. W. McKinney

Samuel Porter Putnam’s “400 Years of Freethought”, published by The Truth Seeker Company in 1894, appears to have been a subscription periodical as the rear of the book lists subscribers from all the states.

In the list of subscribers we see, in “Indian Territory”, one subscriber, a G. W. McKinney.

Perhaps I’m assuming too much, but the relative of our George W. McKinney (McKenney), Samuel Bartow McKenney, having been a Freethoughter, and our G. W. McKinney living in Indian Territory at the time, I believe there is a very good chance this would be our G. W.

The Race of Gray Eagle

NOTE: The story concerns W. W. Baker who was married to Isabel Frances “Fanny” Hackney, daughter of William Hackney and Sarah Shannon. Unfortunately, the below article does not reveal the Sac Indian with whom W. W. Baker had formed a partnership in the training of the horse, Gray Eagle, for a run against the Fox.

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April 13 1903

It is the popular impression that the native Indian pony could outrun anything on earth. In connection with this W. W. Baker, who spent many years in this vicinity when it was part of the Indian reservation, tells a story which seems to prove that the Indian pony wasn’t in the same class with the fleet-footed Kentucky racer. Shortly after the Indians were removed to Des Moines Tom Foster, father of Mrs. C. T. McCarroll, 726 West Second Street, got possession of a Kentucky racer called Gray Eagle. Baker purchased this horse, took him to Des Moines and took in a Sacs Indian as a partner. A match race was arranged between Gray Eagle and a field of horses belonging to the Fox. Gray Eagle was kept as much in the dark as possible. His training was all secret. So far as the Fox Indians knew he was simply a Sacs pony. By the time the day for the race arrived the interest and excitement in the outcome was intense. The Foxes were confident of winning. They bet every pony, saddle, blanket and treasure in their camp. There was hardly an article of any value whatever in either camp which was not “up” on one side or the other. The Indians were wild bettors and upon this race they had bet their all. The day came and the race was run. When Gray Eagle finished there wasn’t a Fox pony within a quarter of a mile. Baker and his friends made a killing and the Fox nation was “strapped”.



Recollections of Lloyd McKENNEY
29 January 1979

…I had graduated from high school…had to stay in Sedan the first two years…no high school closer…my grandparents (CROCKETTS) had moved there to take care of children of a son whose wife had died (George CROCKETT). I stayed with them. A consolidated school had been completed by then at Chautauqua, which was a good farm and oil town then, had a railroad station, etc. So my junior year was there…and was sent to Bonner Springs, Kansas, to live with an aunt and uncle…the FLEMINGS, my mother’s sister and her husband who now lives in Rogers, Arkansas…he is 90, for my senior year. Their daughter, my cousin, called me yesterday.

The fall of 1925, had graduated from high school at Bonner Springs, where my uncle was the superintendent, was enrolled in business college at Coffeyville, Kansas…graduated following spring, went to work for Santa Fe at Chanute, Kansas, quit after a year to attend college at KSTC, now a University, and after acquiring nearly two year’s credits in summer and August sessions and the following year in the college, went back to work for the Santa Fe, and we were married that summer. I had a job, Gram had things she had acquired before and while in college and we got on the train, with railroad passes and went to Ottowa, Kansas, where I again had a job with the Santa Fe…worked there a while, went back and completed some work at college, then back to the Santa Fe at Emporia…worked as a secretary to the superintendent for a while and travelled on the private railroad car, and lived there about half the time….Gram was then caring for Jim. The depression hit, employees were moved back to prior jobs, we were found an office job in Enid, Oklahoma about 1930 and moved there…from there went to Continental Oil and Ponca City, your father was born and knows family happenings to some extent since then.

When we were in Ponca City, and war was imminent, took a night class course in radio communications…then started working part time at KBBZ (first letter W stations are nearly all east of the Mississippi…K’s west). There was no record industry at that time, nor was there a radio news service…the station was financially broke…I worked for nothing for a number of months at first…no pay check of any kind…and did everything because there was at one time only three of us…one full time boy, part time engineer and myself…were the staff. I programmed it with what was available…a very few albums of classical and semi-classical music. The popular recorded industry was yet to develop, the radio news wire was yet to come…we wrote our own news, or would “rip and read” part from newspapers.

Then, a few more recordings meant alot…we used live talent, live emceed all the live talent we could muster, and used what we could get to help radio become better, and many others did the same, and it did.

It has been my experience that most people want to help and many have helped me, and your grandmother had to carry much more of a load, and Joel and Jim carry more, for us to move ahead, and that we did…through a concerted effort. It wasn’t something each necessarily preferred to do, it was what each did that counted…and each certainly did help, and did develop abilities and the character to do what needed to be done, and what each wished to do in a proper and sincere manner.

I have great pride in what each has done…and it has been a concerted effort and continuing effort…quite possibly something each more or less had to do…and is still doing…and which you will do…and keep on doing.


4 Generations of McKenneys in 1946

Courtesy of Larry McCombs

Four generations of McKenneys. Front: George Washington McKenney Jr. b. 1861, J. R. McKenney b. 1934, Dorothy Noyes McKenney. Rear: Jim McKenney b. 1930, unknown, Ada Brunger Sanborn McKenney, James Albert McKenney b. 1884, Lloyd McKenney b. 1909

A Christmas photo. I’m guessing this was taken in Chautauqua County, Kansas where both George W. Jr. and James Albert lived.

Lucinda McKenney Hughes Schalburg

Lucinda, Jurdy, Jurdy’s wife Elizabeth, and daughter Alpha and her child. Thomas D. Reynolds was born 1925 so the picture can be dated 1925 and would likely have been taken in Oakland, Alameda, California. Image courtesy Larry McCombs


Lucinda W. McKenney, the daughter of George Washington McKenney Sr. and Isabella Love, was born 1855 Nov in Ohio.

Lucinda married an unknown Hughes and had a son with him, Jurdy Thomas Hughes (Jerry Thomas Hughes) born 1877 Sept 17 in Illinois. In censuses giving the birth place of Jurdy’s father, he has been variously given as born in Iowa, Indiana and Kentucky.

Jurdy may have been born in Illinois but I doubt Lucinda and the unknown Hughes were married in Illinois as I can’t find them in the Illinois marriage database and in my experience it tends to be pretty comprehensive. Whether Lucinda and Jurdy’s father divorced or he died is unknown.

Lucinda married 2nd William Schalburg on 1879 Oct 1 in Piatt County, Illinois. William was born 1833 Feb in Germany or Denmark and died before the 1920 census, perhaps in Alameda, California.

In the 1880 Piatt census we see the family beside that of Henry Slaughter, who I have been curious about because they were also from Kansas but Henry’s wife, Sarah Sadie Nolan, has been given as born in 1859 Aug 12 in Piatt, Illinois, though she and Henry were married in Jewell, Kansas in 1876. I’ve attempted to find Sarah’s birth family, hoping to learn something more about Lucinda coming to Piatt, but have been unable to locate them.

128/132 SLAUGHTER Henry 25 stone mason b. IA parents b. NC mother b. NJ
Sarah 21 b. IL
Estella 2 b. KS father b. IA mother b. IL
129/133William H. SHALBARG 40 b. Denmark keeps restaurant parents b. Den
Lucinda 25 b. OH parents b. OH
Jerry stepson 2 b. IL father b. KY mother b. OH
130/134 HELTON Alexander 29 b. IN father b. NC mother b. IN
Mary 26 b. Baden
Gertie 9 b. IL
Bertie 7
Alfred 3
SONG Alexander 22 boarder b. KY father b. Ireland mother b. KY

In 1900, Schalburg is given as immigrating in 1868 and having been here 32 years. Not given as naturalized. No profession. Lucinda is given as a bank clerk and “Jurdy” as a barber.

1900 IL, PIATT CO.
11/11 SCHALBURG William head w m feb. 1833 67 years of age married 31 years b. Germany parents b. Germany
Lucinda w f Nov. 1855 age 44 married 21 years, 2 children with 1 surviving, b. OH, father b. OH mother b. PA
HUGHES Jurdy w m son b. Sept 1877 age 22 b. ILL father b. IN mother b. OH

An article from 1901.

East North Central, Illinois, Decatur, Daily Review, August 22 1901
“William Schalburg is moving into the Fay property this week.”

In 1900 Oct 8, Jurdy Hughes married Elizabeth Schryer in Whiteside County, Illinois. She was born 1880 March 25 in Illinois and died 1972 Jan 30 in Alameda, California.

By 1910, the Hughes family was in California.

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Oakland Ward 2, Alameda, California; Roll: T624_70; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 94; Image: 262.
2257/211/246 HUGHES Jurdy T. 32 md 10 years b. IL parents b. IA
Elizabeth 29 2 children b. IL parents Germany
Alpha 6 b. IL b. IL parents b. IL
Joseph 1 and 2/12 b. CA
SCHALWURG Wm. stepfather 74 md twice 23 years b. Germany parents b. Germany
Lucinda mother 54 md twice 23 b. IA father b. KY mother b. Germany

HUGHES J. T. head rent age 42 b. IL parents b. KY manager
Elizabeth wife 33 b. IL parents b. Germany
Alpha C. (looks like Alpha) daughter 16 b. IL parents b. IL
Joseph T. Jr. son 11 b. CA parents b. IL
Frank C. son 8 b. CA parents b. IL
SCHALBURG Lucinda mother 64 widowed b. OH parents b. OH

5516 – 275 – 306
HUGHES Jurdy T. 10000 rent 52 23 b. IL father b. US mother b. OH manager at match co.
Elizabeth 48 19 b. IL parents b. US
Joseph T.21 b. CA parents b. US salesman at match co.
Frank C. 18 b. IL parents b. US
SCHALBURG Lucinda mother 74 wd. 19 b. OH parents b. US

Jurdy Thomas Hughes and Elizabeth Schryer had three children:

  1. Alpha C. Hughes b. 1903 May 30 in Illinois, died 1971 Jan 28 in Alameda, California, married William D. Reynolds who was born 1900 May 18 in California and died 1969 Oct 27 in Alameda, California.
  2. Joseph T. Hughes was born 1909 Jan 21 in California and died 1976 Jan 5 in Alameda, California.
  3. Frank C. Hughes was born about 1912 in California.

The McKenney family record, as handed down to me, gave Lucinda marrying a man named HUGHES and dying young. The MCWHIRTS gave her as dying in childbirth. Neither had a record of her second marriage.

Larry McCombs found a photo of a young boy that had a reference to “grandpa” on the back (referring to GW Sr) and had the mark of Atwood ILL. He also found a reference to the name SHALBERG. Which is how we knew to look for Lucinda Schalburg in records.

I am hopeful still of one day discovering who Lucinda’s first husband was. If you have any information, please write.

Photo of Mary Elizabeth Sparks McCormick Tripp with step-daughter



A photo of Mary Elizabeth Sparks McCormick Tripp, daughter of James E. Sparks and Carrie Burch, from Francis Partch. She has guessed that the girl with her is perhaps her step-daughter Nannie Tripp (b. 1886) or Dessie Mae Tripp (b. 1887) , daughters of James Preston Tripp and Jennie McWhirt. I’ve wondered if instead, based on the style of dress and Mary Elizabeth’s birthdate of 1857, it could be Ida Rae Tripp, who was born in 1896.

Nannie married John Whitehorn. Dessie married Francis Marion Roebuck. Ida married Alfred Thomas. Maybe some descendants may one day wander by who can help us out on this one.

The photo would have been taken in Osage County, Oklahoma.

UPDATE: Francis writes that she has found another photo in which the girl is identified as the daughter of Dessie Mae Tripp Roebuck. She was Rose Roebuck born in 1907. This makes sense to me. She could be anywhere between 10 and 13 years of age, likely, which would place the photo as taken circa 1917 to 1920. Mary would have been somewhere between 60 and 63 years of age.

Photo of Ida Rae Tripp Thomas and daughter Martha Thomas

Ida Rae Tripp Thomas with daughter Martha Thomas and two unidentified individuals

From Francis Partch, this is a photo of Martha Thomas (left) with her mother Ida Rae Tripp Thomas standing beside her. Ida Rae Tripp was the daughter of James Preston Tripp and Jennie M. McWhirt. Her step-mother was Mary Elizabeth Sparks McCormick Tripp, a sister of Belle Sparks McKenney and Martha Catherine Sparks who married Philemon Thomas. Ida Rae married Alfred Thomas, a son of Martha and Philemon.

Francis is unable to identify the woman and the man standing to the right of the photo. The Alfred Thomas family moved by 1930 to Trinidad, Colorado, but she doesn’t know whether this picture was taken there or in Oklahoma.

I love the dog. It’s fun when the family pets appears in photos. I wonder what its name was.

Family of Elmer T. Conner and Amanda Emelia McCormick Conner West

Courtesy of Francis Partch.

Tried to liven it a bit.

The family shown is Elmer T. Conner and Amanda Emelia McCormick Conner with children. Francis Partch writes:

Elmer T. Conner and Amanda Emelia McCormick Conner with children. The youngest child is Dollie Irene Conner, born 7/8/1913. The young boy is my dad, Sylvester Elmer Conner, born 6/15/1905. The other two girls would be Marie Conner and Evelyn Conner. Not sure which is which of the girls because Marie was oldest of these four children, but she was very short and not very healthy. The youngest son of the couple, Elmer Theodore Conner, Jr was born after the father died so, of course, is not in the picture.

Elmer T. Conner died 1915 in Colorado so the photo would have been near that time.

More on the family of Amanda Emelia McCormick, Elmer T. Conner and Amanda’s 2nd husband, Sherrill West, can be found in this post.