My Present Past
A genealogical experience
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Argentine, Kansas
Grace Hanback was born May 1870 to Lewis and Hester Ann (Cooper) Hanback in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas a
place she attended school and called home until 1883. In 1879 she was a guest, along with her sister
Clara at a
juvenile party hosted by one of her friends Miss Lillie Williams, the daughter of Seth and Sarah (Thomas)
Williams. She was a guest at a
masque party held at the Pacific House that was operated by John M Postlewait
in Salina Kansas on February 23, 1882. Grace was also the subject of an
opinion piece by W. A. White during the
1882 State Democratic convention which was held there. She moved to
Osborne, Kansas in 1883, where her
public schooling resumed. While living in Osborne she was a
member of the Apollo Club which was a musical club
that was founded in 1882. She was also a member of the
Ladies Guild of Osborne. Grace was an accomplished
pianist, performing at various
social events and weddings. She had many friends that she socialized with in
various locations in Kansas including the 1888
New Year’s bash at the home of Mrs. J. B. Shellabarger and
another get together the
next evening at the home of her sister Clara, both held in Salina, Kansas. She
attended the prestigious
Locust Club party held at Topeka, Kansas on February 01, 1888, while visiting her
hometown of Topeka that same year, she stayed with one of her
childhood friends, Myra Williams. Another
friend that she socialized with was
Frances (Frank) Dodge of Beloit, Kansas. In 1893 Grace and her family
moved to Argentine, Kansas. While living there she attended a birthday party in honor of Sadie’s nephew,
Robert I. Crawford on October 03, 1894, hosted by Edward and Sadie Engel at 224 South 1st Street.
Grace married Henry (Bert) Buel Ober, the son of
Ezra William and Asenath Matilda (Jeffries) Ober on
February 06, 1895 at the Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Kansas. Bert and Grace moved to Lawrence, Kansas in
1896 where he purchased a clothing store owned by
Abe Levy. He became a very accomplished businessman
while owning the
Ober’s Clothiers and Furnishers store. Ober’s  became one of the best known clothing stores
in the United States due to the fact that the students from the University of Kansas, who have traded there,
speak of it in their travels and also to the fact that he was associated with the National Retail Clothiers
Association and served as president and vice president of the organization. Ober was also well-known for his
association and leadership with the growth of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and was a charter member
of the Lawrence Rotary Club. They built a house at
1509 Massachusetts Street in 1913,
the place they resided until 1929, due to Grace’s health.
Grace (Hanback) Ober died
December 29, 1931 at her sister’s home, Clara Belle (Hanback) Culp in Los Angeles,
California shortly after
arriving by train with Bert for additional medical treatment of her illness.
Her husband, Henry (Bert) Buel Ober died  December 16, 1950 in San Diego, California
Her father,
Lewis Hanback was a Congressman, serving the 6th Congressional District of Kansas in the United
States House of Representatives as a Republican. He was born March 27, 1839 in Winchester, Scott, Illinois
to William and Ann W (Martin) Hanback. He was a veteran of the
Civil War, serving in the Tenth Illinois
Volunteer Infantry, moving up in rank to Captain Brigade Inspector on the staff of Col. G. W. Roberts and
served with the Fourth Army Corps, Army of Cumberland. He also had additional service with the
27th Illinois
Infantry, Company K as a Captain, mustering out on September 20, 1864 as a 1st Lieutenant.
He studied law after returning from the war in Albany, New York, then on
August 09, 1865 he married Hester
(Hattie) Ann Cooper, the daughter of John Douglas and Margaret H. (Willard) Cooper of Morgan County, Illinois.
He located to Topeka, Kansas in 1866 and was admitted to the bar and began his practice as a
Military Claims
Agent with his office above a saloon in Topeka. Lewis was elected Justice of the Peace in 1867 and Deputy
County Attorney, served as the Secretary, Topeka Board of Health and became Probate Judge of Shawnee
County from 1868 to 1875. In 1876 he was
assistant chief clerk in the Kansas House of Representatives and in
assistant secretary of the State Senate. From March, 1878, to October 1, 1879, he was United States
district attorney for
Kansas and Treasurer of the State Temperance Society. The President then appointed
him receiver of the
United States Land Office at Salina and he took up his residence at that place. In 1882
Judge Hanback was nominated and elected Kansas
congressman-at-large. He subsequently served three terms
as representative of the Sixth Kansas District, and had his home at Washington attending to his duties as
congressman for eight years. After retiring from congress Judge Hanback resumed his law practice at Topeka
associated with
A. L. Williams. He was also in great demand as a public speaker and served for a period of time
Adjutant General of Kansas. He was long active in Grand Army circles a member of the Loyal Legion and was  
Knight Templar In 1893 he removed to Kansas City, Kansas, where he passed the balance of his life on
September 07, 1897 in the Amourdale District. His wife Hattie died March 27, 1913 at the residence of her
Clara Belle (Hanback) Culp in Los Angeles , California.
Both are buried at Topeka Cemetery in Topeka Kansas.
Ideal Guestbook
October 1885
Edwin Hanback was born in 1868 to Lewis and Hester Ann (Cooper) Hanback in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas. He
attended public school in Topeka until moving to Osborne, Kansas in 1883. After moving to Osborne, Edwin was
principal grainger of his father's farm at the tender age of fifteen. During that time they socialized with
many people in the Osborne area, including Gus and Grace Burke. The group also attended the new sport in
Downs, Kansas, baseball which was sweeping the country. Baseball was brought to light by a new pioneer in the
sport in 1845,
Alexander J Cartwright who was instrumental in the development in the game we enjoy today.
In 1884, Ed was enrolled in the
University at Salina, the Salina Normal University. During that year he was
very involved in the
Topeka Turn Verein, a gymnastics club with German roots.
In 1885, he enrolled at the
University in Olympia, Washington Territory to further his education. In the
summer after the school year, he was back in Osborne visiting with his
friend and future brother in law,
John P Culp of Salina, Kansas. In 1886, Ed was a guest at the marriage of Miss Minnie Bartlette and Mr. Howard
Reed in Osborne, Kansas. During this year he and
Silas Hays would roam the county searching for adventure
hunting wild geese. In 1887, he accepted a position with the J. M. Smith Hardware Company of
Osborne. After working at Smith he decided to take a position in
1888, with one of the more prominent dry
goods suppliers in the United States at that time, the John V. Farwell Company of Chicago, Illinois. After only a
year at the Farwell company, Ed returned to Osborne, Kansas in search for a new adventure. Contemplating a
few offers, he returned to his birth home of Topeka, Kansas in March 1890, where he secured a position first
with the
Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe, then with the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific railroad. After being in the
capitol for the summer, he decided to move back to
Topeka in December.
The year of 1891 found Ed returning to Osborne for a brief visit and visiting some of his old places he
frequented when he was younger, including
fishing at Lake View lake near Lawrence and visiting his sister, Clara
Culp in Salina.
Returning to Topeka in December of the same year, he began studying law.  To start off the New
Year, Ed and some of his friends
hosted a party for Charlie Eagle, who owned a cigar shop in Topeka. While
playing a game of pin pool, a form of billiards, Ed was
involved in a brawl at the local pool hall in Osborne and
another incident in
Topeka, where an acquaintance, hack and part time gang member, Bill Duffy shot and killed a
man.  In 1892, he retired as the financier of the
A. O. U. W.
Ed and a friend, Cecil Bankead of Argentine, son of Hugh and Hetta Bankead spent quite a lot of time fishing at
Holliday, Kansas in 1894, which was originally named Waseca in 1882, prior to Cyrus K. Holliday bringing the
Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe railroad to Kansas.