My Present Past
A genealogical experience
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George Engel and
Lea Penman
Denver, Colorado 1912
Just Regular People
Sometimes we only read or learn about people who are famous or have done something extraordinary.
The people that I have included in this site, may have lived as regular people but were admired and
remembered by my ancestors. They may have been conductors, engineers, brakemen, switchmen, supervisors,
friends, acquaintances or relatives but they earned the respect of my ancestors to be remembered and
cherished as someone who made a difference in their lifetime.
Also in the Towns, Cities and Counties pages, I have included additional information that pertains to the main
characters of the Nichols and Engel families.
Elizabeth Rebecca (Leonard) Aldrich, Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois 1878
Percy L. Aldrich, Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois 1878
Edward M. Armstrong, Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois 1881
Frank M. Ballou, Princeton, Bureau County, Illinois
Hugh A. Bankead, Argentine, Wyandotte County, Kansas 1893
Hetta Bankead, Argentine, Wyandotte County, Kansas  1893
Paul Bansen, Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois 1880
Matilda H Engel Bansen, Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois 1878
Annie J. (Riebling) Barrett, Marseilles, La Salle County, Illinois 1878
Amos Beeler, Engineer - Argentine, Wyandotte County, Kansas
William F. Bennett, Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois 1883
W. D. Van Bergen, Conductor - Argentine, Wyandotte County, Kansas
Florence G. (Floy) Betton, Argentine Wyandotte County, Kansas 1885
William Barry Blaine, Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois 1881
Clara A. Griswold Blaine, Argentine, Wyandotte County, Kansas 1885
David G. Bliss, Argentine, Wyandotte County, Kansas  1884
Mary Olive (Orcutt) Bliss, Argentine, Wyandotte County, Kansas  1884
Hattie M. Boyden, Tiskilwa, Bureau County, Illinois
Howard R. Brady, Conductor - Santa Fe Railroad
Constant Brown, Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois 1877
Mrs. J. R. (Hettie) Capron, Argentine Wyandotte County, Kansas 1887
Stella Capron, Argentine, Wyandotte County, Kansas  1887
John F. Clark, Marseilles, La Salle County, Illinois 1878
James Crawford, Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois 1877
Clarissa (Nichols) Crawford, Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois 1883
Edward Kellogg Cobb, Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois
Lewis Tucker Cobb, Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois
Clara E. Colver, Argentine, Wyandotte County, Kansas 1884
Edward L. Colver, Argentine, Wyandotte County, Kansas 1884
Frank Giles Cross, Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois 1881
Samuel F. Crossett, Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois 1879
P. K. Dillenbeck, Halstead, Harvey County, Kansas 1882
John B. Engel, Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois 1878
Jacobine Hauter Engel, Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois 1878
Benjamin Ferguson, Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois 1878
Levant Terrance Gardner, Marseilles, La Salle County, Illinois 1878
Louis Orlando Gould, Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois
Andrew R. Hauter, Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois 1884
Clay Hayman, Engineer - Argentine, Wyandotte County, Kansas
John Healy, Argentine, Wyandotte County, Kansas   1885
Linnie Healy, Argentine, Wyandotte County, Kansas   1885
James M. Hosford, Genesco, Henry County, Illinois 1879
Dr. Joseph L. Kitchen, Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois
Joseph K. Landrey, Argentine, Wyandotte County, Kansas 1894
Ira Lucas, Yardmaster - Argentine, Wyandotte County, Kansas
John B. Marshel, Argentine, Wyandotte County, Kansas 1883
Louise L. (Sabin) Marshel, Argentine, Wyandotte County, Kansas 1883
Charles E Michaels, Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois 1879
Minnie Mitchell, Ottawa, La Salle County, Illinois 1878
Frank Thomas Neff, Marseilles, La Salle County, Illinois 1878
David Thomas Nichols, Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois 1877
Hulda Barry Nichols. Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois 1877
C. C. Parker, Conductor - Chicago Rock Island & Pacific
Magnus Peterson, Conductor - Argentine, Wyandotte County, Kansas
Malcolm Hamilton Peterson, Princeton, Bureau County, Illinois 1885
Jennie M. (Roswall) Peterson, Princeton, Bureau County, Illinois 1885
A. P. Pierce, Conductor - Chicago Rock Island & Pacific
George A. Reynolds, Buda, Bureau County, Illinois 1878
Nellie B. Reynolds, Buda, Bureau County, Illinois
Henry H. Riebling, Marseilles, La Salle County, Illinois 1878
Elizabeth (Nussbaum) Riebling, Marseilles, La Salle County, Illinois 1878
John Z. Roraback, Halstead, Harvey County, Kansas 1882
James G. Scott, Marseilles,La Salle County, Illinois 1878
Kate (Smith) Scott, Marseilles,La Salle County, Illinois 1878
Gilbert George Simmons, Argentine, Wyandotte County, Kansas 1894
Sarah K. Smith, Marseilles,La Salle County, Illinois 1878
Henry E. Smith, Marseilles, La Salle County, Illinois 1878
Hattie F. Smith, Marseilles, La Salle County, Illinois 1878
George M. Stevens, Conductor - Santa Fe Railroad
Lizzie L. (Simmons) Turpie, Argentine, Wyandotte County, Kansas 1894
Hugh Webb, Argentine, Wyandotte County, Kansas 1884
George E. Wheeler, Marseilles,La Salle County, Illinois 1878
Mrs. Amanda J. Wicks, Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas 1882
Jennie A. Wicks, Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas 1882
William. B. Worthingham, Marseilles,La Salle County, Illinois 1878
Louis Yengst, Engineer - Argentine, Wyandotte County, Kansas
Susan B Anthony
Miss Anthony was a guest at Sadie Nichols house
in Wyanet, Illinois on April 04, 1878
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Ruth's Book
This is a collection of friends and classmates of
my mother, Ruth Engel when she attended
Argentine Junior High School from 1926-1927

Laura Beatrice Sprague
Benjamin Stott
Betty Elaine Haas
Blanche Alice Sackman
Dorothy Virginia "Dee" Comstock
Eileen Morse
Ethel Earle Jones
Feeny Mitchell