My Present Past
A genealogical experience
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David Dodge West
Argentine, Kansas 1897-98
Argentine, Kansas
L-R Front: (Seated in the wagon) George David Engel, David Dodge West and Robert Kanute Headburg
Rear in the grass: Alameda Mariposa "Posa" West and Elvira (Elva) O. Headburg. Photo taken about 1901  
Robert Kanute Headburg was born December 05, 1892 to Robert C. and Charlotte (Johanson) Headburg in
Argentine, Wyandotte County, Kansas. He worked as a
clerk in the Swift slaughterhouse shortly after high
school and later around
1915, took up the construction trade as a carpenter with the firm, Roberts & Shaefer
and was working in Las Vegas, New Mexico. He met
Hilda Davis Moore  who was born July 17, 1894 to Berry D
and Katherine (Hill) Moore in Rockingham County, Virginia and they were married in 1921. Moving to Somerville,
Middlesex, Massachusetts he landed a job as a construction foreman with the
same firm he started with.
Robert and Hilda moved to Roanoke, Virginia sometime around
1934 where Robert remained a foreman with the
construction firm of
Roberts & Shaefer, who were headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

Hilda Davis (Moore) Headburg died
February 09, 1971 and is buried in Sherwood Burial Park, Salem, Virginia.
Robert Kanute Headburg died
October 25, 1971 and is buried in Sherwood Burial Park, Salem, Virginia.
Almeda Mariposa West was born May 14, 1896 to David and Francis "Fannie" Letutia (Dodge) West in Argentine,
Wyandotte County, Kansas. She attended the Argentine public school system with her best friend in the
Elva Headburg, graduating in 1914. She was a member of a bridal party when Obadiah West, her
brother, married Miss Elizabeth Taylor in 1914. Posa was involved in
many social events including the Puritan
Club, the Boys Club, the Auction Bridge Club, Franklin Teachers and Patrons Club and the Covenant Circle.

She met Chester Leo Smith, the son of
Isaac and Malvina Jennie (Bridges) Smith and they were married in
Liberty, Clay Missouri on
December 11, 1917, with their first residence on the Missouri side at 910 Paseo Blvd,
and then moving to
3212 Bellefontaine in Kansas City, Missouri. Chester was a lawyer in Kansas City starting his
practice with
Hogsett and Boyle and then partnering to form Hogsett, Smith, Murray and Trippe in 1932.
Of this marriage two children were born,
Chester Leo and Betty Marie.
Almeda Mariposa "Posa" Smith died
May 29, 1993 and is buried at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Fayette, Missouri
Chester Leo Smith Jr., died
April 06, 2001 and is buried at
Los Angeles National Cemetery, Los Angeles, California
Elvira (Elva) O Headburg was born January 11, 1895 to Robert C and Charlotte Headburg in Argentine,
Wyandotte County, Kansas. She attended the Argentine public school system,
graduating in 1913. Elva was active
in many social events and clubs in Argentine including
Auction Bridge Club and the Covenant Circle of the Ruby
Avenue Congregational Church. During her youth in Argentine she spent time visiting relatives in Olathe, Kansas
and Newton, Kansas. In 1918 she was a guest at her cousin, Elmer Headburg's going away party for WW1.
She met Oscar Frederick Augustson ll and they were married September 19, 1921 in Argentine, Kansas.
Oscar was the son of Oscar Frederick and Matilda C (Anderson) Augustson. Oscar was born in Argentine and was
employed as a grocer and butcher. A shower was given shortly after their marriage at the home of her friend,
Miss Lela Darnall. Of this marriage two children were born, Oscar Frederick lll and George Robert. During her
marriage Elva remained active in social events including her Pinochle Club and the Junior Matrons.
Elva O (Headburg) Augustson died April 10, 1978 and is buried in Chapel Hills Cemetery, Kansas City, Kansas.
Oscar Frederick Augustson Jr. died August 12, 1959 and is buried next to his wife at Chapel Hills Cemetery.