My Present Past
Sarah Ellyn "Sadie" Engel                                                1885
Sadie Engel was very active in the community.
In 1905, she and eleven other women helped form
Hawthorne Club, a philanthropic organization.

In their meetings they would discuss politics,
religion, (very risky for women in those days)
educate and help the community, which included the
founding of the
Kansas City Kansas Public Library.

On April 4th, 1878,
Susan B Anthony was a guest at
the Engel's residence in
Wyanet, Illinois.
Her influence can be seen with Sadie's involvement
with the
Hawthorne Club and the
Tirzah Chapter #85 Order of Eastern Star
1885 Kansas Census        E J Engel
Wyandotte County, Argentine, Kansas
Edward, George and Sadie Engel
Argentine, Kansas 1895
Edward John Engel entered the railroad service in 1872 with the Chicago Burlington & Quincy railroad
as a switch tender/brakeman in
Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois.

With the Chicago Burlington & Quincy he also worked at the following locations:
Buda and Mendota, Illinois

In 1875 he was an operator for the
Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Railroad at these locations:
Genesco, Tiskilwa, Ottawa and Marseilles, Illinois.

In 1878 he was the operator/agent at the
C B & Q - C R I & P Junction in Wyanet, Illinois.

Edward and Sarah "Sadie" Engel moved from Wyanet, Illinois to
Emporia, Kansas in 1881, with Edward
taking a position with the
Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe railroad. In 1882 they moved to
Halstead, Kansas and on February 03, 1883 arrived in Argentine, Kansas.

Edward J. Engel was the operator for the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe passenger depot in Argentine, Kansas
from 1883 to 1890 and the ticket agent from 1890 until his retirement in 1928.

Santa Fe Employee News
November 1920
A genealogical experience
Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Depot                                                                                      Argentine, Kansas 1892

Lot Kirtley, Wells Fargo Expressman and a Teamster, far left in back row wearing a white hat.
Lot's son Tom, a worker at the depot is the ninth man standing from L-R in the back row wearing a white shirt.
Seated from L-R:
Edward J. Engel, Mr. Gunderson, George Horn, James B. Smith, unknown and Frank Horn.
Background Image:
1886 City Map of Argentine, Kansas
Argentine, Kansas
Looking south on Speer Avenue

Speer Avenue is now 26th
Street after annexation with
Kansas City, Kansas in 1909.
Argentine, Kansas
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