Suddenly Taken By Death 1926: Icea Keopple Edwards

This clipping is the obituary about ‘the sudden passing of Mrs. Icea Edwards’, having been ‘ill for only a short time with the flu and a sudden attack of the heart hastened the end.’


Born March 9, 1887, in Iowa.  Died May 5, 1926, at age 39 years.  Her parents and her moved to Turon KS when she was about 14. In 1905, she married my grandfather, A.E. Edwards. They lived most of their adult lives at ‘the home place, five miles north of Turon.’

Besides being a ‘home-loving wife and mother’, with five children, Icea was an active worker in the Red Cross during the war, as well as in the Ladies’ Aid Society. Both she and her ‘Bub’ liked the Glendale church, and she reorganized its Sunday school, plus gave and her time and talent so ‘the young people . . . might have the advantage of church privileges’.

The funeral service was held at the home, led by her friend, Mrs. E.M. Rowell. Two women sung ‘Face to Face’ and ‘Beautiful Isle of Somewhere’.

Family members include her mother Mrs. C.E. Doan, three sisters (Mrs Iva Gray, Mrs Arta McCaffree, Mrs Maud Divine), three brothers (Leslie, Karl and Ted Keopple), and other relatives and friends. Burial was in the Turon cemetery.


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‘A kind and loving relative and faithful friend has gone from our midst. Earth is poorer but Heaven is richer because of her smile.’ Mr. A.E. Edwards & family, and Mrs. C.E. Doan & family also added a Card of Thanks, acknowledging friends’ sympathy, acts of kindness, and flowers.

As usual, I always see what’s on the other side of a newspaper item that has been cut out.

  • KU has a Memorial Union, which includes eating places, bookshop, etc. I never knew anything about its name. A fragment of an article in the paper mentions that the Union will be built in sections, as alumni provide funds. alumni. Included was part of a list of alumni who had died while serving the country, including 34 men who ‘lost their lives in battle’ and two women, one who died in Lawrence and the other in Washington.
  • The Ks highway commission announced that 55 miles of highway would be constructed, along with 21 bridges in May.
  • The KS wheat crop will need 40,000 additional laborers to help local ‘harvest hands’.
  • At Mound City, a turkey buzzard was seen flying with a sheep bell attached to its neck. Townspeople wondered if was the same bird ‘mentioned in dispatches’ from Kentucky, which had been caught and belled a few years earlier.

The Humble Shopping List

Both of my grandmothers lived in the same area, on farms near Turon Ks. They were alike in many ways. They both raised chickens, cooked for five kids and a husband, helped out during harvest, and were the the best grandmas a kid could have.

Mameen (Pearle Edwards) had a big cookie jar that was always filled when I visited. Her dining room wall had a built-in black chalkboard, the bottom of it setting at floor level so it was perfect for us kids.

Both did their chores wearing a smock apron over their dresses. This apron style was one piece, no apron strings. To wear it, you pulled the main opening over your head, like a sweatshirt, then put your arms through the armholes. The apron was about hip-length, and it the fabric at the bottom was turned up to make a long pocket. This big pocket enabled the wearer to comfortably hold anything there—collected eggs from the henhouse, vegetables from the garden, mail.

I have one of these aprons. I don’t wear it, but it brings back pleasant memories when I see it hanging up near my kitchen.

001 notebk shoppingOne item that was usually in this apron pocket was a homemade notepad. Farming life in those days was about making do, and it probably seemed extravagant to pay for a ‘bought’ notebook if there was good scrap paper that would otherwise go to waste.

Mameen’s homemade notepad that I discovered in my Edwards family box has two holes at the top, perhaps for a string that was threaded through them to hold the pages together. (It also has a staple). When my grandmothers had something they wanted to remember, such as food items for a shopping trip to Turon, they rummaged in their apron pocket, pulled out a pencil stub, and wrote in a notepad like the one above.  How handy to have writing materials with you throughout the day.

The items in Mameen’s notepad included the following:

Honey, Buttermilk. Oleo. Post Toast. Sanka Coffee. Cascara. [What is Cascara?]Weiners. Meat Roast. Corn starch. Black eye beans. Consomme. Sweet corn. Worchest Sauce.

T. Soap. Colored chalk. Tobacco.  not over 50cents ea., 2 plastic Dolls 7 1/2. B & G Dress. Rubber things for chairs. Trowel at Kress. 1 1/2 yds apron. Spic & Span. scratchers. Income Tax Paper. Locker. Meat for Shile. gopher traps. Gas permit. something for club St Patricks, Green construction paper.  Flash Lite Battery. Feenamint (?). gloves. Cards. Tallies. Rug yarn. Screw and for light. Oil. Lunch Cloth at Drugstore. card table. Beet seed. Cabbage plts. Tomato plts. Bub’s Medicine. Box for sand. Dog food. Fab.

Baby present, Joan Ku?cle?. Carol Sailer. Louis(?) Mekeine (?). Nellie. phone numbers. Friday Club 1.00. Call Dr. Crawford.
Grady 1611 Carey Blv Ph 4254W. Call Grace Chrislip (peas/pears?).

Plus a recipe:  4 1/2 c. flour, 3 tbs BP, 1 1/4 teas Cream Tartar,  2 teas salt, 1 Cup Short, 1 Cup mix. Makes 6 biscuits. Brush top with milk.

Plus a message:  I’ll be back in a minute, Pearle.

And as an example of how things have changed:   I was in a junk/vintage shop recently and saw an old, rusted Sanka coffee can. Price—$40 Aus (so guess that’s about $30 US)!


Four Edwards items

Here are some miscellaneous items re Edward family.  From left to right:

ITEM 1.1.  and ITEM 1.2.

Card of Thanks  (No date but another notice is the V.F.W. Auxiliary serving chicken and noodle dinners on Election Day, Nov. 8, so could have been close to that date. No year given)

We sincerely want to thank all of our friends and neighbors for the food, flowers and kind words of sympathy during the illness and death of our Beloved Husband, Father, and Grandfather. Your kindness will long remain in our hearts. May God bestow his richest blessings on each and every one of you.

The Family of A.E. Edwards

For Sale
Three bedroom home 1 block from main street. Has double garage, chicken and brooder house. Ideal for retired farmer—if there is such a person. See Fred Edwards or call MO 5-8592, Hutchinson.  J 16-23 c

ITEM 2  Edwards-Allison Wedding

Friends of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Allison are extending congratulations and best wishes to them. Theywere married in Hutchinson last Saturday morning, returning to Sylvia that evening and are living in the former N. Housinger house, which they had furnished and ready to start housekeeping.

Mrs. Allison, formerly Miss Charlotte Edwards, is the daughter of Mr. A.E. Edwards and for the past several years has been employed in Hutchinson. The groom is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. S. Allison, and is employed by the State Highway department as road-maintainer on highway No. 61 between Sylvia and Turon.

ITEM 3  Sylvia Hardware Co.  Sales docket to ‘A.E. Edwards by Fred’, on October 29, 1927. for 12 gauge shells. $1.00.

ITEM 4  Public Auction conducted by Reiser Auction Company

The auction was held on the main street of Sylvia August 9, 1965, with items from the estate of Pearl A. Edwards. I don’t know this auction company but assume it was local to Sylvia.
Reading the list of items, I remembered the cream separator at Pop and Mameen’s farm. It was inside, on the back porch by the kitchen.

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