We all come across the old photo shoebox where the miscellaneous, unlabeled, now-forgotten people live.  Once cherished, now unknown people wait there patiently for someone to claim them, and to tell their stories.  Sadly, most of these photos eventually wind up in the local landfill over time.  Gone.. AND Forgotten.

Do you recognize any of these photos?  Most of them should have some Kansas connection.

Can you honor their memory by telling us their stories?

Do you have unknown Kansas photos you would share with us?

These photos are of the Westrup/Staatz family found at a Northeast Kansas estate sale.

Rescued by Janeice Crosson

Agnes Emma Westrup Kohler

Agnes Emma Westrup Kohler

Woodbine, Kansas

Anges was born on the Westrup homestead a few miles north of Woodbine, Kansas, on November 24, 1881.  She died of influenza at her home in Woodbine on March 17, 1919, aged thirty-seven years, three months, and twenty-one days.  Mrs. Kohler lived on the farm where she was born until the death of her parents, when she came to Woodbine and lived with her brother, Louis, until her marriage to Ora Kohler in June, 1904.  After her marriage she lived in Herington for four years.  While living in Herington, their son, Lawrence was born and gladdened their home for two years and seven months when he was called to be with his Heavenly Father.  A few years later the firm of Westrup & Kohler was formed and Woodbine again became her home.  June 19, 1915, Marjorie Mary was born.  Upon this daughter the love of a most devoted mother has been poured.

Early in life Mrs. Kohler professed her Christ and has followed her Savior in her daily life.  To her Church she has been an efficient officer, Sunday School worker, and a faithful, loyal supporter and attendant.  To her home she has been devoted, a careful, loving mother, making home a “Sweet Home” for father and child.  Her cheerful spirit often times breaking out into song and laughter.  To her husband she has been loyal, faithful, and in the true sense a helpmate.  To her neighbors, a good friend.  Her home has been open to the entertainment of their friends and the entertainment of every good cause.

Mrs. Kohler was the youngest in a family of twelve children, six boys and six girls.  Funeral services were conducted from the home with burial in Woodbine Cemetery (adapted from the Agnes Kohler funeral folder provided thanks to Janeice Crosson).


These photos are of unnamed Kansans

And Of Course, We’d Love To Know More About Them.  Can You Identify Any Of Them?

A Balky, Unruly Mule

Dr. A.N. Ruby is nursing a broken left arm. He sustained the break while attempting to treat a balky mule. He was standing on the Manger rail and accidentally fell when the mule became unruly.  The Wamego Reporter, Wamego, Kansas.  May 23, 1940.  (c) Transcribed by...

Aloysius Eckart & Winifred Doll

Banns have been published for the marriage of Miss Winifred Doll, daughter of Mr and Mrs. Louis Doll, and Mr. Aloysius eckart, son of Mr and Mrs. Frank Eckart. The wedding will take place next week.  The Wamego Reporter, Wamego, Kansas.  May 23, 1940.  (c) Transcribed...

Alex Kaine Dead

“Alex” Kaine a prominent farmer and resident here for the past 16 years, died at Genn Hospital early Tuesday morning, April 2. He had been a patient at the hospital several weeks following a major operation. Mr. Kaine was born at Hoysten, Compsie, Scotland on January...

Fire at Old Louisville Bridge

While a stalk field near the old Louisville bridge was being burned Tuesday afternoon, fire jumped across Rock Creek and set a pile of driftwood on fire. From there the flooring of the bridge caught on fire. Local people were doing a good job of saving the bridge when...

Ed Murphy Died

His many friends in this county were grieved to learn of the death of Ed Murphy, although his age and long and serious illness caused it to be not unexpected. Few men had as many friends, won by his own friendliness and kindness. For 29 years he was superintendent of...

James Gray Sentence Postponed

Decision to postpone sentencing of James Gray, colored, and confessed slayer of his son-in-law, Chester Banks, until the February term of district court was announced today by J. Rodney Stone, county attorney.

Killer Has Visited Here

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Thomson motored to Peabody to attend the funeral services of Fred R. Nussbaum, the young man who killed himself and his sweetheart on Thursday. Mr. Nusbaum has frequently visited in Hutchinson at the Thomson home. The Hutchinson News, Hutchinson,...

Mrs. S.A. Newhall

Word was received here on Thursday from R. Frank Newhall of Chicago, telling of the death of his mother, Mrs. S. A. Newhall at Loma Linda, Calif. Mrs. Newhall is the wife of the late Dr. S. A. Newhall, who practiced in Newton many years ago. Mrs. Newhall will arrive...

Cadet Ray Rowe Victim of Army Plane Crash

Cadet Ray Rowe and Pal Killed Newton Youth Is Victim of Army Plane Crash Near Kelly Field Son of S. C. Rowe Instantly Killed When Big Bomber Fell - Will Be Brought Home Associated Press dispatches from San Antonio, telling the shocking news of the accidental death of...

5 Burn To Death

Augusta Man and 3 Children Are Trapped by Flames Augusta, Jan. 7 - A father and three children were burned to death, the mother is lying at the point of death in a local hospital, and two other children escaped without injury early this morning when the two-story...

Lost & Unclaimed Relatives

These photos were rescued in Kansas

We may have names but do not have any family connections, life stories, or family to which the originals may be given.  Any ideas?


Photos Rescued in Newton, Kansas