My Present Past
A genealogical experience
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Background:
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 neighborhood,
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 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 (Johanson) 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 with
her best friend,
Posa West and 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 Jr. 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 August, 1894 in
Argentine and for a short time was living in
Denver, Colorado. When he returned to Argentine after his fathers
death in 1902, he was employed as a grocer. 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.

Oscar Frederick Augustson Jr. died August 12, 1959 and is buried next to his wife at Chapel Hills Cemetery.
Elva O (Headburg) Augustson died
April 10, 1978 and is buried in Chapel Hills Cemetery, Kansas City, Kansas.
Mrs. James W Anderson Argentine, Kansas                                                                            January 26, 1898
Velma Jennie (Thornber) Anderson was born November 1853 to John and Almira (Phinney) Thornber in
Michigan. She met John W Anderson and they were married in 1886. The family moved to
Argentine in
1887. Of this marriage one child was born,
Ernest Waddell, on November 14, 1894 in Argentine, Wyandotte,
Kansas. Jennie was very active in social events in Argentine and was one of the original
members of the
Hawthorne Club in 1905. She was also an active member in Tirzah O. E. S. #85 in Argentine.
James was a member and financier of the
Argentine Council #527, Security Benefit Association and was
elected as a
Wyandotte County Commissioner in 1897.
James W Anderson died October 21, 1922 in Kansas City, Kansas.
Jennie Anderson died in
1938 and both are buried at Maple Hill Cemetery in Kansas City, Kansas