My Present Past
A genealogical experience
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Argentine, Kansas
Background:
The Ideal Guest Book
December 1885
Joseph Lafayette Landrey was born June 13, 1870 in Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana to Joseph and
Catherine (Foster) Landrey. He came to Argentine, Kansas with his mother, father and four siblings in the
spring of 1885. Prior to coming to Argentine they lived in
Spring Hill, Kansas in 1885, where Joseph Sr was a
section foreman for the Santa Fe railroad but the family originated
(1870-1880) from Lafayette, Tippecanoe
County, Indiana where Joseph Sr. was an editor for a newspaper. After arriving in Argentine, Kansas, his father
founded the Argentine Republic newspaper
on December 08, 1887.
Joseph married
Lola Claudine Cashner on November 17, 1898 at the Congregational Church in Argentine. She was
the daughter of
James W. and Laura (Hughes) Cashner, born April 08, 1871 in Jackson County, Missouri. Laura
Cashner was a past matron of the Tirzah Chapter #85,  Order of Eastern Star in Argentine, Kansas in
1897.
Mr. Landrey was elected Democratic State Representative for the 11th District in
1900 and after Joseph Sr's
death
on August 31, 1905, the Argentine Republic was guided by Joseph Jr. He graduated from the Kansas City
Law School in 1906 with a Bachelor of Law degree and was the City Attorney for Argentine in 1907. In 1908,
Grant Sherman, his brother took control of the Argentine Republic while Joseph remained in private practice

at 618 Strong Avenue. Joseph L. Landrey was a member of the Ben Hur Lodge #322, Ancient Free and
Accepted Masons, Wyandotte Chapter No. 6, Royal Arch Masons and the Wyandotte Lodge No. 440,

Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
Joseph Lafayette Landrey died
November 17, 1930 and is buried in Maple Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Ks.

Lola Claudine (Cashner) Landrey died February 19, 1962 at the Kansas Masonic Home in Wichita, Kansas where
she had been a resident since April of 1961. Mrs. Landrey was a member of the Congregational Church and a 50
year member of the Tirzah Chapter #85,  Order of Eastern Star in Argentine, Kansas where she was a past
matron there in
1909. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph L. Landrey in 1930.
Mrs. Landrey is survived by no immediate relatives. A cousin, Mrs. Joe Meigs of Oklahoma City survives.
1911 Wyandotte County Page 1042
1911 Wyandotte County Page 1043
The newspaper article to the left
featuring Joseph Landrey is from a
1908 special edition of the
Argentine Republic.
1940 Lola Landrey                        Argentine, Kansas
Source:
Wichita Evening Eagle & Beacon
Wichita, Kansas
Since Edwin's appetite  for adventure had not been fulfilled, he and a friend, Harry D. Welch, son of Elisha Bell
and
Mary Rebecca (Henry) Welch of Argentine, signed up for a surveying party in April of 1895 to explore the
Choctaw Nation which was part of the wide open and unsettled
Oklahoma Indian Territory. He returned to
Argentine, Kansas the following year and attended a
Leap Year party hosted by the Mystic Club, held at the
Metropolitan Hall in Argentine. In October of that same year a party attended by Edwin and held by
Edward
and Sadie Engel in Argentine, resulted in the guest book image presented in the previous page.
After the death of his father,
Lewis Hanback in 1897, Ed and his mother moved back to Salina, Kansas where
he initially took a
position with the H. D. Lee Mercantile Company, then later with the Union Pacific Railroad
as a night car repair man and freight inspector. The Spanish-American war brought Ed to Kansas City in 1898
and he
enlisted with Company I, 3rd Missouri Infantry. The group left for Camp Alger on June 15th, moved to
Thoroughfare, Virginia on August 9th,
Camp Meade on August 23rd  and returned to Kansas City on September
8th, where he was
visited by a friend, Chauncey W. Baldwin of Osborne, Kansas. After being discharged from
his unit in 1899, he remained in Kansas City spending the year visiting with his
uncle, Albert Hanback in Baxter
Springs, Kansas and his
mother, who was the superintendent of the Beloit Industrial School for girls.
In 1900, Ed was appointed as a delegate for the
National Turnfest which was held in Philadelphia on June 19th
through the 24th. He returned to
Junction City, Kansas later in the summer to visit friends. After his mother's
retirement from the Industrial School in 1901, Ed remained in Kansas until 1910, when he moved to Monticello,
California and then
Cotati in 1914. In 1920, he was living in Yolo County, California working as a hired hand.
Edwin Hanback died
March 18, 1932 in Yountville, Napa, California.
He is buried in
Veterans Memorial Grove Cemetery in Yountville, California