My Present Past
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Argentine, Kansas
Sarah Ellyn "Sadie" Engel                                                1885
Sadie Engel was very active in the community.
In 1905, she and eleven other women helped form the

Hawthorne Club
, a philanthropic organization.

In their meetings they would discuss politics, religion,
(very risky for women in those days) educate and help
the community, which included the founding of the
Kansas City Kansas Public Library.

On April 4th, 1878, Susan B Anthony was a guest at
the Engel's residence in Wyanet, Illinois.
Her influence can be seen with Sadie's involvement
with the Hawthorne Club.

Sadie was also a member of the
Tirzah Chapter #85 Order of Eastern Star
1885 Kansas Census        E J Engel
Wyandotte County, Argentine, Kansas
E J, George and Sadie Engel
Argentine, Kansas 1895
E J Engel entered the railroad service in 1872 with the Chicago Burlington & Quincy railroad
as a switch tender/brakeman in
Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois.

With the
Chicago Burlington & Quincy he also worked at the following locations:
Buda and Mendota, Illinois

In 1875 he was an operator for the
Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Railroad at these locations:
Genesco, Tiskilwa,
Ottawa and Marseilles, Illinois.

In 1878 he was the operator/agent at the
C B & Q - C R I & P Junction in Wyanet, Illinois.

Edward and Sarah "Sadie" Engel moved from Wyanet, Illinois to
Halstead, Kansas in 1881, with E J
taking a position with the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe railroad. In 1882 they moved to
Emporia, Kansas and in late 1882, arrived in Argentine, Kansas.

E J was the operator for the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe depot in Argentine, Kansas
from 1883 to 1890 and the ticket agent from 1890 until his retirement in 1928.

Santa Fe Employee News
November 1920
A genealogical experience
Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Depot                                                                                                 Argentine, Kansas 1892

Lot Kirtley, Wells Fargo Expressman, far left in back row wearing a white hat.
His son Tom, a worker at the depot is the ninth man standing from L-R in the back row wearing a white shirt
Seated on the bench from L-R: Edward J Engel, AT&SF Agent, Mr Gunderson, George Horn, J B Smith, unknown and Frank Horn.
Background Image:
1886 City Map of Argentine, Kansas