My Present Past
A genealogical experience
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$40,000 of silver bullion sitting on a freight cart.
This is the way the silver ingots looked when delivered by
express wagon from the Argentine Smelter, which was
then shipped to the U. S. Treasury by the A. T. & S. F.
Louise Lorraine Marshel was born August 28, 1850 in New Albany, Floyd, Indiana to Elijah and Mary Jane
(Matthews) Sabin. She was married to John B. Marshel on November 20, 1872 in New Albany, Floyd, Indiana.
Louise arrived with her family in Argentine, Kansas around 1882. During her time in Argentine, she attended
many events including the
wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bressler in May 1886. She was an active
member of the
Congregational Church and was the second matron in 1902 of Tirzah #85 Chapter O.E.S., She
was a member of the
Hawthorne Club and Grand Organist in 1908, the year Mary (May) Crawford was Grand
Matron of Kansas.
Louise Marshel passed away at the home of her daughter, Jennie L. Herrick at 1708 Metropolitan, Kansas City,
Kansas on July 22, 1921. She is buried with her husband, John at
Maple Hill Cemetery in Kansas City, Kansas.
Hetta Jackson Butcher was born March 05, 1854 in Weston, Lewis County, West Virginia to Gibson Jackson
and Catherine (Jackson) Butcher. Her father, Gibson was a very profitable tanner and was also the
Commissioner of the Circuit Court of Lewis County. Growing up in Weston, she attended school and met Hugh A
Bankead and they were married on November 25, 1875 in Weston, Lewis, West Virginia. Of that marriage
three children were born,
Russell E., Cecil Gibson and Marguerite Katherine.
Hugh was elected
town alderman of Weston in 1878. Moving to Augusta, Butler County, Kansas in late 1881,
Hugh opened up a profitable
grocery business in downtown Augusta in 1882. In the summer of 1883, they moved
their business to
Oswego, Labette County, Kansas. In 1885 they were living on a farm in Sycamore,
Montgomery, Kansas. In late 1889 the family moved to
Emporia, Lyon, Kansas. Her mother Catharine and sister
Maggie were living in Peabody, Marion, Kansas at that time, while her sister, Belle was married and living in
Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas with her husband,
James E. Hurley who was Trainmaster for the Eastern Division of
Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad at Topeka. While in Emporia, Hetta was very active in the St.
Andrews Ladies Aid Society. In 1892 the family moved to Newton, Harvey, Kansas where Hugh was working for
the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad as a conductor. In January of 1893, Hugh was injured in a railroad
accident while working at Lebo, Kansas. He spent several months recuperating,
visiting relatives in Atchison,
Kansas and tending to Hetta's mother. In June of 1893, the family moved to Argentine, Kansas and located at
226 South 1st Street, next door to my great grandparents at 224 South 1st Street. In May 1894, Russell was
involved in a
shooting while riding on the train into Argentine. In October of 1894, Cecil Bankead was a guest at
Engel residence for a large party. In November of 1895, the Bankead's celebrated their 25th wedding
anniversary. In 1897 they were the guests at the
25th wedding anniversary of John and Louise Marshel. Hugh
was a guest at the
stag party of Edward Engel in December of 1898. Between 1898 and 1899, Hugh was
relocated to the Oklahoma territory for
extra work with the railroad. In November 1900, Hugh was appointed
election judge for the 1st Ward of Argentine. In 1901 they were the guests of Edward and Sadie Engel for the
25th wedding anniversary.
On October 19, 1904,
Marguerite Katherine Bankead and Edward Allison Vandeventor were united in marriage
at the
St Paul's Episcopal Church, October 19, 1904. The pre-marriage dinner was hosted by Edward and Sadie
Engel on October 18, 1904 at 224 South 1st Street in Argentine. The couple spent their honeymoon at the
1904 World's Fair in St Louis, Missouri. Hugh and Hetta moved to Olathe, Kansas in 1905 due to Hugh being on
work train in that area.
Hetta Jackson (Butcher) Bankead died June 02, 1905 in Olathe, Johnson County, Kansas. Her remains were
taken to the home of Edward and Sadie Engel where the funeral was held on Tuesday, June 06, 1905.
She is buried in
Woodlawn Cemetery, Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas.
Argentine, Kansas