Andrew Enoch Edwards 1879-1960 (revised)

I was in sixth grade, I think, and playing at a friend’s house when my parents and brother Hal came by in the car and said we were going to the farm. I was talking about this and that, and then Hal said, ‘Pop died.’ I guess at that age, I didn’t understand that he was dying, even when we visited at the farmhouse and he was in a bed set up in the dining room.

(The three photos below are of a wheat harvest, the men out in the field with their horses and wagons.  My mother cut out the photos and put them on a board, so I assume that at least one of the workers was her father. I’ve increased the contrast to make them easier to see.)

I’ve typed in and combined material from the official obituary in the Turon Press, notes that could be from my mother, and the death notice from the paper.

As usual, the fragment of the Turon Press page that the notice and obituary was in gives an interesting sense of Turon doings in 1960:

  • Mr and Mrs Elmer Bliss are the proud parents of a baby girl, Dee Ann.  St Paul’s baptized three children: Dennis Krecklow, Rodney Green, and Jolene Trimpes. The congregation was saddened by the sudden death of former member Lester Seyfert. The Christian Church is sponsoring a Pancake Feed at the Turon Legion, beginning at 5.00a.m.
  • The Nautilus Club met at the home of Mrs Frances Sailer, with 14 members present.
  • Fairfield South School news:  The Falcons wind up their football season and will check in for basketball equipment. Coach Andrews hinted that he may pare the squad down to twenty candidates or less, and those who show the most desire and determination to play will have first chance. Lettermen returning include Jim Devine, Glenn Reiser, Stanley Ely, Paul Jordan, Jim Nickels, Danny Zink, David Railsback, Gary Montford, and Nolan Zink. Others who have been getting into condition or have been playing football include Don Elstrun, Mike Woodson, David Froman, Richard Elstun, Lannie Sprout, Lonnie Hook, Jerry Geesling, Dennis Miller, Leon Montford, and Merlin Fluke. Guidance director, Leo Frazier, administered a group of tests to all the students in school, the first of several to be given during the year. The first chilly weather caused the schoolhouse boiler to be fired for the first time. Temperatures in the building dropped sharply and custodian Chet Heitschmidt met the challenge with warm radiators. Juniors from Fairfield North and South will meet with a representative of the Balfour Co. to select their class rings. Both schools use identical rings.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Raph Zink and family have moved back to their farm house. Mr. and Mrs Vernon Barr and son of Great Bend spent the weekend in Turon with Mr. and Mrs. O.R. Barr. Two Mitchell familes of Tonkawa, Okla., spent the weekend with Mrs. Alice Mitchell. Mr & Mrs J.D. Jennings and Kevin Childs were evening supper guests of Mrs. James Jennings and sons at Sylvia.
  • Ad:  Democratic Rally Monday October 31, Legion Hall, 7.30pm, Arlington, Kansas.
  • Ad: Raines Packing House/Market  Dealer in Fresh & Cured Meats. Let Us Do Your Custom Killing & Curing. Wholesale and Retail. Open late evening–until noon on Sundays.
  • The newspaper is published every Thursday by Arthur J. Allen, Editor and Publisher. Subscription rates: 1 year $2.50, 6 months $1.50 for Reno, Pratt, Kingman counties. All other Kansas counties, $3.00 and $1.75. Outside Kansas:  $3.50 and $2.00. No subscriptions taken for less than six months.
  • More than thirty members of he Turon Chamber of Commerce met in the old C. of C. rooms above the Turon State Bank. As has been the custom for many years, Turon will have Santa Claus Day for the town’s youngsters and community. Cliff Foulk is the chairman for the treats committee and the appearance of Santa. Hap Brown is chairman of the street lighting committee, which will be placed early in November. The group voted to move the band stand from the front of the street entrance on the Commerce lots to the rear, and arrrange for seating during band concerts. President Holmes will appoint a four-member committee to make a trip to Colorado to consult a manufacturer relative to the possibility of locating an industry in Turon. Promoting a celebration in Turon in 1961 was discussed in length. The present quarters over the Turon State Bank will be retained for regular meetings of the Chamber. Refreshments of crullers and coffee were servved.


Source:  Turon Press, October 27, 1960

Andrew Enoch Edwards, 81, an early day farmer of Grove Township north of Turon, died in his home at 4.30 p.m. Saturday after seven years’ illness.

He was born March 29. 1879 in Point Pleasant, West Va., came with his parents to this community in a covered wagon. He was a member of the Glendale UB Church.

Survivors are the widow, Pearl; two sons, G.F. of Sylvia, and Fred of Hutchinson; three daughters, Mrs. Lloyd Allison and Mrs. Malvin Durham, both of Hutchinson, and Mrs. Earl Welch of Turon; a brother, R.H. of Balboa Island, Calif.; ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


NOTES + Obituary Combined

Andrew Enoch Edwards, son of Renssllear and Louisa Edwards, was born at Point Pleasant, West Virginia, on March 29, 1879. He departed this life Oct. 22, 1960 at the age of 81 years, 6 months and 23 days, after a lengthy illness.

He came to Kansas at an early age, with his mother, four brothers and two sisters. The family settled in the Neola Community, northwest of Turon. His father passed away at Nevada, MO.,  before his birth, while the family were on their way to Kansas by covered wagon.

His early years were spent in Neola community where he grew to manhood, later moving to the present farm six miles north of Turon, where he resided until the time of death.

He was united in marriage to Icea Verneena Koepple, March 29, 1905. To this union was born five children: Charlotte Louise, Glenn Franklin, Fred Renssllear, Ruth Pauline and Virginia Helen. However the family group was broken in 1926 with the death of Mrs. Edwards.

Mr. Edwards was united in marriage to Pearle Ann Vernon July 29, 1929 who came into the home giving all the loving care, patience and undertstanding that a mother could give to this large family.



Mr. Edwards was a leader in the community and county, serving many years as a member of the school board, township board and other offices, and was active in the church as well as a politician. He served several terms as a member of the Reno County Stabilization Committee, until poor health forced him to quit.

He was a good neighbor and was always ready to lend a helping hand to his fellowmen.”Bub” as he was known, held this friendship in high esteem to all the people of the community—many departed and too numerous to mention. He was a kind and loving father, and having a fun-loving disposition, he was always able to entertain his family and friends with ready wit and ability to recall the past.

In this age group, he had the opportunity of breaking the sod with a team of oxen pulling a 14 inch plow—and living to see the same land farmed by modern methods. This era spanned the “horse and buggy” days–from oxen to diesel and supersonic speed. But the period of red barns—mules and horses—the header and threshing machines was the time when a good neighbor was a necessity as they depended upon one another—whether it was sitting up with a neighbor during a flu epidemic or helping with harvest. The men and women in this age group lived a very busy, rugged useful life–they developed the character which meant honesty, trusthworthyness—helpfulness and love.

Due to ill health he has been confined to the home much of the time for the past seven years but he never gave up hope that he would regain his health.

He is survived by the widow—Pearle of the home. By one brother Dr. R.H. Edwards, Balboa Island, Calif. Two sons G.F. (Buss) Edwards of Sylvia, and Fred of Hutchinson. Three daughters:  Mrs. Lloyd Allison and Mrs. Malvin Durham both of Hutchinson and Mrs. Earl Welch of Turon. Ten grandchildren, two great grandchildren, many relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 25, at the Christian Church in Turon with the Reverends C.W. Roll and Garland Bohn officiating. Burial was in Glendale Cemetery. Foulk Funeral Home of Turon had charge of arrangements.