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. . .and Surprise! . . .more on The Kelley Family and Winfield, Kansas

Cowley County Historical Society Museum

Cowley County Historical Society Museum

The Kelley grandkids may remember the stone schoolhouse on the next corner down from Granny’s house on Mansfield Street. It had a playground and we used to go over there when we were visiting Granny. It is now the home to the Cowley County Historical Society Museum.

This is their web site —

The Cowley County Historical Society Museum is housed in one of Winfield’s original schools built in 1886. The native stone building and its historical displays keep local history alive and available to the people.

I emailed the historical society today and asked how I could get a copy of Dr. Kelley’s obituary and they emailed a copy back very quickly. Many thanks to Shawn at the Cowley County Historical Society! That is the fastest response to a genealogical question I have ever received.

Dr. Forrest A. Kelley's Obituary

Dr. Forrest A. Kelley’s Obituary

I have also wondered why Forrest and Mary Kelley ended up in Winfield. In a book (that is online) titled “The Cowley County Heritage Book”, I found that Dr. Kelley bought Dr. Rall’s general medical practice and I bet that is why they ended up living in Winfield.
This piece is actually about the Ralls family, but tells how Dr. F.A. Kelley took over Dr. Ralls’ practice. The section on delivering babies sounds like the same stories I heard from Mom about her father.

The ironic thing is that the Ralls returned to Winfield and lived on the corner across the street from Granny on Mansfield. The Ralls and the Kelleys were great friends.

The first home of Dr. & Mrs. Ralls was on Fuller Street. About a year later they built a house at 801 East Eleventh. In 1910 Dr. Ralls realized he could not keep up physically with the night work required of general practice. Dr. F.A. Kelley took over this practice, while Dr. Ralls and his wife and children went to New Orleans and Chicago where he again entered medical schools to practice eye, ear, nose, & throat. Thinking he would not return to Winfield, he had sold his home on Eleventh. He bought the family’s present home at 922 Mansfield.

Dr. Ralls retired from practice in early 1965. The next months were spend driving around the back roads in this part of the county. He loved pointing out who had lived at this or that place, that he had attended a birth at this or that place, and had slept on the kitchen floor awaiting the birth. The standard obstetrical fee was (hopefully) $10. Often it was paid with chickens, vegetables, eggs, or most anything else available.

Traveling to these rural areas was done by horse and buggy, if the roads were reasonably dry. If not, the trip might be made to the Tisdale area by hand car on the tracks, a farmer perhaps meeting him with a horse.

915 Mansfield Street, Winfield, Kansas

915 Mansfield Street, Winfield, Kansas. Granny Kelley’s Home.

Granny’s stone house seemed like a mini castle to me as a child. It doesn’t seem as big these days. It had a mysterious basement that was actually just a dirt cellar. On the front porch, someone had carved a likeness of their dog into the stone. It was probably carved by one of the masons or the builder. I remember hearing that the house was a “Caton” stone house. There are many beautiful buildings and bridges in Winfield made out of this native stone.

This is the link to the official Winfield site and a slideshow titled “Historic and Caton Homes”.

The Kelleys were staunch Presbyterians. Tim and I were christened at Granny’s house probably in 1951.

Kelley Grandchildren Christened Here Sunday

Kelley Grandchildren Christened Here Sunday

Below is a photo of my family with Dr. Jackson, formerly of the First Presbyterian Church in Winfield. Dr. Jackson officiated at the service.

Dr. Jackson with Page Family

Dr. Jackson with Page Family

Below is a photo of Granny with the newly christened grandchildren. Granny is holding Joe’s arm still to keep him from launching a plane at the cameraman.

After christening at Granny's house.

After christening at Granny’s house.

I included this photo of Joe on a pony in front of Granny’s house to show the native stone work. Joe must have been pleased by the pony because he is actually sitting still for this photo.

Joe on Pony in Front of Granny's House in Winfield, Kansas

Joe on Pony in Front of Granny’s House in Winfield, Kansas

And More Kelley Photos!

Left:  Dr. Kelley Right: Dr. and Mrs. Kelley

Left: Dr. Kelley
Right: Dr. and Mrs. Kelley

Above right is a photo of Grandfather Kelley with Granny

Kelley family
The Kelley family — children Harriett, Margaret, Robert and Patricia

Virgil and Pat Moreland with baby John

Virgil and Pat Moreland with baby John

The Beginnings of the Moreland Family

John with his Father

John with his Father

Above is a photo of John landing an airplane in Granny’s back yard.

John as a baby

John as a baby

Little Baby John

Harriett and Baby Susan

Harriett and Baby Susan

Aunt Harriett with her Niece Susan

Earl Page (Ray's brother) and Margaret Kelley in NY during WWII.

Earl Page (Ray’s brother) and Margaret Kelley in NY during WWII.

Margaret Kelley studied at Columbia University in NY for her Master’s Degree. While she was there, Earl Page stopped (either coming or going) during WWII. It looks like they are at the Empire State Building in NYC.

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Two Kelley sisters, Harriett and Patricia with their husbands Raymond and Virgil.

Harriett with John

Harriett with John

John with his Everloving Aunt Harriett

More on the Kelley family. . .yes, they go way back!

Kelley Homestead

Kelley Homestead

This home was built by Aaron Kelley (son of Ezekiel) on the Kelley Homestead south of Hillsboro, Ohio in 1862/3.

Below is the lineage back to Ezekiel —
Ezekiel Kelley, born 1771 Maryland – died 1858 Ohio (father unknown)

son of Ezekiel —
Aaron Kelley, born 1817 Ohio – died 1893 Ohio

son of Aaron —
John Weller Kelley, born 1845 Ohio – died 1931 Nebraska

son of John —
Forrest Aaron Kelley, born 1878 Iowa – died 1945 Kansas

son of Forrest —
Robert Wilson Kelley, born 1912 Kansas – died 1977 Missouri

Below was Copied from The Highland Press, Hillsboro, Ohio

9/10/2012 11:22:00 AM
Southern Ohio Genealogical Society to conduct program on Ezekiel Kelley and Troutwine Cemetery

Thursday, Sept. 20 will be the first fall program of the Southern Ohio Genealogical Society.

The guest speaker will be Howard Kelly of Webertown, a community just west of Lynchburg in Highland County. Howard will be sharing the story of Ezekiel Kelley and the Troutwine Cemetery.

Howard’s ancestor, Ezekiel Kelley, first came to Highland County (circa 1797) as a meat hunter for the survey crew of Nathaniel Massie. Massie was one of the first surveyors in the Northwest Territory.

The hunters led the party, followed by the surveyors, the chainmen, the markers then the pack horses with the baggage. Also, about 200 yards in the rear of the others, a man called the spy made sure the party would not be attacked in the rear.

Ezekiel Kelley was among the party that made the first surveys of the territory that is now Highland County. He received $10.50 for his services.

Ezekiel homesteaded on Ballard Survey No. 2,352 some four miles southeast of Hillsboro, near New Market. A burial plot on the farm was selected when a member of the family died in 1806. Today, the cemetery on the hill overlooking the old home site is enclosed in a cement wall.

Howard Kelley, speaker, has also done extensive work at the Troutwive Cemetery which is located near Webertown just north of Route 50 near the Brown and Clinton county lines.

The land for this cemetery – one acre – was originally deeded March 7, 1847 to the trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Then again on March 7, 1873, another deed conveyed the “public burying ground” to the Trustees of Dodson Township.

Howard Kelley has been building muzzle-loading rifles since the early 1960s and also builds fiddles, banjos and is a fiddle player himself.

Below is Information on the Kelley Cemetery, copied from

And if you want to see who is buried there, go to

Name: Kelley Cemetery Map No. 122Location: Liberty Township Page: 261Remarks: This cemetery was in the KELLEY name for over 150 years. On July 18, 1806 Ezekiel KELLEY, the pioneer from Maryland, bought 100 acres from Henry MASSIE, recorded in Transcribed Book 11, page 20, Highland County Deed Records. His son Aaron KELLEY lived and died on this farm. M.G. and Esie Kelley owned the farm in 1916, and Florence D. KELLEY, their daughter-in-law, owned it until 1967.On June 28, 1841, in Original Book 9, page 83, Highland County, Deed Records, Ezekiel KELLEY and Catherine his wife conveyed to James KELLY, William LONG and Andrew HOTT the following described real estate “for a burying ground anf for no lives”. On July 27, 1882, in Original Book 59, page 423, Aaron KELLY conveyed to James KELLY, William LONG and Andrew HOTT ” for a burial ground 20 feet off of the west side of the grave yard on my farm in Little Rocky Fork in Liberty Township in Highland County, Ohio, the graveyard being described in deed date 1841 of Ezekiel KELLY to same parties…containing 20 ft off the west end thereof. “This cemetery is enclosed by a cement wall and broad cement steps as a stile give easy access into the cemetery. All stones copied. Copied word for word out of the “CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS OF HIGHLAND COUNTY, OHIO, Complied by David N. McBride, Attorney at Law and Jane N. McBride, Past Regent, Waw-Wil-Way Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution Past President, General Duncan McArthur Chapter, Daughters of 1812, National Society Daughters of the American Colonists.

Land Office Record for Ezekiel Kelley

Land Office Record for Ezekiel Kelley

Ezekiel Kelley, Land Office Record

Ezekiel Kelley, Land Office Record

Dr. Forrest A. Kelley, Graduate of Creighton Medical School, Class of 1906

Dr. Forrest Kelley

Dr. Forrest Kelley

I knew very little about my adopted mother’s father, Forrest Kelley, as he died before I was born. I knew that he was a doctor in Winfield, Kansas, but I never knew where he went to school and what kind of training he had. Medicine and medical school is very different now than it was at the turn of the 20th century. Thanks to google and, I quickly found out where he went to school, when he graduated and all about the Kelley family. Dr. Kelley graduated from Creighton School of Medicine, class of 1906. Creighton is in Omaha, Nebraska.

I found the following biography of the Kelley family on I remember visiting Beaver City, NE as a small child but didn’t understand the connection with Mom’s family. Forrest was born on May 18, 1878 to John Weller Kelley and Rosa Eveline Wilson. Rosa’s father was Robert Wilson and probably why Forrest named his son Robert Wilson Kelley.

Nebraska, The Land and the People, Vol. 3 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1998.
Original data: Sheldon, Addison Erwin. Nebraska: The Land and the People. Vol. 3. Chicago, IL, USA: Lewis Publishing Co., 1931.

Mr. and Mrs. Kelley became the parents of four sons and one daughter, all of whom were graduated from the Beaver City High School and all of whom survive the loved mother with the exception of the second son.

Charles M., eldest of the children, was born December 14, 1871, and is now a resident of Beaver City, where he is engaged in the real estate business. June 6, 1894, he married Miss Millie Robbins, of Stamford, Harlan County, and they have three children: Jay Sterling, born March 3, 1895; Elizabeth A., born September 26, 1896; and Clark W., born July 10, 1906. These three children were graduated from the Beaver City High School. In May, 1917, the month following that in which the nation became involved in the World war, Jay Sterling Kelley enlisted for service in the United States Army, and prior to his embarkation for overseas service he was commissioned a first lieutenant of infantry in the command that became the Eighty-eighth Division of the American Expeditionary [p.50] Forces. He had nineteen months of active overseas service, received his honorable discharge in October, 1919, and in 1922 he was graduated from the celebrated Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he being now sales manager for a large automotive equipment company in the city of Chicago. Elizabeth A., second of the three children of Charles M. Kelley, is the wife of Harry A. Rollings, to whom she was married August 6, 1923. Clark W., youngest of the three children, is, in 1926, a successful teacher in the Nebraska public schools.

Alonzo W., second son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Kelley, was born in the year 1873, and his death occurred September 5, 1924. In 1916 he married Miss Irene Henderson, of Atwood, Kansas, where she now maintains her home, with her three children: Mary E., Ruth and Lonnie Eve.

Dr. Forrest A. Kelley, the third son, was born in 1878, was graduated from the medical department of Creighton University, Omaha, and is now engaged in the practice of his profession at Winfield, Kansas. He married Miss Mary Romick, of Beaver City, in 1908, and they have four children—Margaret, Robert, Harriet and Patricia.

Winfield T., youngest of the sons, was born January 15, 1881, and in 1905 was solemnized his marriage with Miss Eve Hinshaw, of Beaver City, where they still reside and where he is engaged in the meat and grocery business. Of their home circle the honored subject of this review has become a member since the death of his wife.

Lavina A., the only daughter, was born September 7, 1887, and February 14, 1918, she became the wife of Carl Theobald, their home being maintained at Beaver City, and their children being four in number: Robert and John, twins, born November 7, 1918, Martha, born in June, 1921, and Carlton Kelley, born February 6, 1927.

I have copied the “Course of Study” from the Creighton School of Medicine Archives, Early Years 1892 – 1910

The curriculum included courses covering principles and practice of surgery, theory and practice of medicine, military surgery (“particular attention will be given to the primary care of gunshot wounds”), eye and ear (with weekly clinic at St. Joseph’s) and throat and nose (also one weekly clinic). Obstetrics was thoroughly covered, with an operative course conducted “upon the manikin”, and “a fresh foetus. . .employed in order to accustom the student to feel and recognize the different sutures and fontanelles.” also included were “Gynaecology”, anatomy, practical anatomy, chemistry and toxicology (3 years of lecture and lab), and physiology (illustrated by vivisection)., etc.

The requirements for graduation were fairly rigorous by the standards of the day. The candidate had to be at least 21 and of good moral character; he must have studied medicine for 3 years, meaning 3 full courses of lectures of 6 months each, the last year of which must have been at Creighton, etc., etc.

My mother told us a few stories about her father. Because he practiced in a rural community, he made a lot of house calls outside of Winfield to area farms. Sometimes he let his children go along for the ride. And Dr. Kelley’s father, when he was old and very forgetful, would just stay seated in the front seat of the car waiting for Dr. Kelley to get called out so he could also go for a ride.

Dr. Kelley in his Car

Dr. Kelley in his Car

The Kelleys did better during the Depression than a lot of folks, as Dr. Kelley often was paid with chickens or vegetables when the patients didn’t have cash. At least the family always had something to eat.

Forrest Kelley delivered so many babies in Cowley County, Kansas that he had a lot of babies named for him. Forrest became a very popular first name while he was practicing medicine. He kept a horse near Winfield and enjoyed riding.

Forrest A. Kelley

Forrest A. Kelley

Forrest A. Kelley and his Horse

Forrest A. Kelley and his Horse

Creighton School of Medicine, Class of 1906

Creighton School of Medicine, Class of 1906

Dr. Kelley’s death was devastating for the family as he had been such a strong father. He had the last say on everything, even on the Kelley girls’ boyfriends and husbands. But my mother adored her father and Granny loved her husband. After Forrest died, someone asked Granny if she was ever lonely being by herself and she replied that she was only lonely for one person.

Forrest A. Kelley

Forrest A. Kelley

And now for more family photos from Daddy Ray’s Slides!

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Cousin Susan and Uncle Bob. (and Gretel)


Great Aunt Edna Romick, Aunt Helen and Mom


Marissa, Mom and me. Taken in Coral Gables, FL

Marissa Jan Mom

Grandma Florence, baby Marissa and me

aunt edna

Mom meeting Aunt Edna on the tarmac. Remember Braniff? Remember meeting a plane? This is obviously a very old photo.

Uncle Bob

Uncle Bob down at the Winfield Farm. Don’t know the gentleman on the right. Maybe Farmer Brown?

uncle bob1

Uncle Bob looking very serious. He actually loved to tell jokes and laughed a lot.

uncle bob 3

Dr. Bob performing surgery on the turkey with Joe and Susan.

kelley kitchen

The Kelleys and the Pages with Aunt Edna (with the bright red hair)

kelley residene

Kelley residence in St. Louis

peter & Harriett

Mom and Pete at the farm.

coral gables

Dinner party in Coral Gables with Tim & Helen, Mary & Karl, Val, Marissa and Mom

My Daughter said that she wanted to see more photos . . . . so here they are

1st Birthday!

My 1st Birthday!

whatever happened to Baby Jan?

whatever happened to Baby Jan?  Marissa, see that book on the table?  It is in pieces, but I’ve saved it for you & Zenda

Here I am with cousin Tim at our very geekiest.

Here I am with cousin Dr. Tim at our very geekiest.  And we’re looking like twins.  Oh my, love the matching shirts.


GEEEEEK!  Daddy Ray, what were you thinking!

Grandma made the fabulous popcorn cake!  Taken with Joe & Meg

Grandma made the fabulous popcorn cake! Taken with Joe & Meg

you wild thing you . . .going to a slumber party with my new "Beach Boys" album & wearing my new stretch pants with a stirrup stretch pants.  Wow!

adolescence is so  awful . . .going to a slumber party with my “Beach Boys” album & wearing my new stirrup stretch pants with white socks.  say no more.

a fun day with the Morelands.  Any day was fun there!

a fun day with the Morelands. Any day was fun with the Moreland family!

being supervised on my piano lessons -- wish it had been jazz piano

being supervised on my piano lessons — wish it had been jazz piano

I don't remember dressing this dog, but I am sure someone else will.

I don’t remember dressing this dog, but I am sure someone else will.  Taken at the Bumpas home.

Marissa & Momoogy

Marissa & Momoogy

1st doll house

1st doll house & also when I learned that  I never wanted to be an interior decorator

Time for Some More Embarrassing Family Photos (from Daddy Ray’s slides)

I mailed a box of Daddy Ray’s slides off to They have great recommendations & after the job they did on these 50 plus year old slides, I am very happy with them. If you have any old slides that you would like made into jpeg files, I recommend them.

Love Mom's white sunglasses

Love the glasses that the Kelley sisters are sporting.

Two Year Old Birthday Party.  I think it was probably Pete's birthday.

Two Year Old Birthday Party. I think it was probably Pete’s birthday.

Grandma Page & me in our kitchen.

Great photo of Grandma Page (& baby Jan)

Tim and I enjoying our big picture books.

I am amazed that cousin Tim could read “The Brave Little Steam Shovel” all by himself.

Aunt Helen's fabulous turkey.

Aunt Helen’s fabulous turkey, along with some goofy girls & Aunties Helen & Harriett

Here's that darn Bumpas family.

Here’s that darn Bumpas family.  Darn those Bumpases (is that plural for Bumpas?)

Breakfast in the Kelley's yard.

Breakfast in the Kelley’s yard.

I must have been the birthday girl since I have the crown on!  Make a wish!

I must have been the birthday girl since I have the crown on! Make a wish!

Cousin Martha & Jan taking the combine out for a spin.

Cousin Martha & Jan taking the combine out for a spin.

Wonderful Family Christmas Cards from 50 Years Ago. How quickly time flies.

I received a surprise package in the mail today from a childhood friend who was visiting her 97 year old father. The connection point here is Winfield, KS. Her grandfather & grandmother were friends of the Kelley family as her grandparents were Dr. & Mrs. Wilmer. Her mother was Mrs. Josephine Wilmer Moore, a good friend of all of the Kelley girls. As my friend was going through her parent’s albums, she came across a bunch of our family (from the Kelley side) Christmas cards. She thoughtfully put them in the mail and voila! I decided to post them as a reminder of all of our Christmas’s past.

from the Moreland family, Virgil Moreland & Patricia Kelley Moreland

The Moreland Family

The Moreland Family

The Moreland Family

The Moreland Family

From the Bumpas Family, Andrew Bumpas & Margaret Kelley Bumpas

Timothy Bumpas

Timothy Bumpas






And Finally the Robert Kelley Family!


A Post for the Ladies. Feminine Hygiene in the Last Century.

Throughout history, women have used a variety of protective pads during menstruation. Most were created at home by using some sort of fabric. The text below was copied from Wikipedia.

Through the ages women have used different forms of menstrual protection. Menstrual pads have been mentioned as early as the 10th century, in the Suda, where Hypatia, who lived in the 4th century AD, was said to have thrown one of her used menstrual rags at an admirer in an attempt to discourage him. The Museum of Menstruation has articles and photos of some early forms of menstrual protection, including among other things knitted pads and menstrual aprons. Women often used strips of folded old cloth (rags) to catch their menstrual flow, which is why the term “on the rag” is used to refer to menstruation.

Disposable menstrual pads grew from Benjamin Franklin’s invention designed to save soldiers with buckshot wounds, but appear to have been first commercially available from around 1888 with the Southall’s pad. The first commercially available American disposable napkins were Lister’s Towels created by Johnson & Johnson in 1896. Disposable pads had their start with nurses using their wood pulp bandages to catch their menstrual flow, creating a pad that was made from easily obtainable materials and inexpensive enough to throw away after use. Kotex’s first advertisement for products made with this wood pulp (Cellucotton) appeared in 1921. Several of the first disposable pad manufacturers were also manufacturers of bandages, which could give an indication of what these products were like. Until disposable sanitary pads were created, cloth or reusable pads were widely used to collect menstrual blood. Women often used a variety of home-made menstrual pads which they crafted from various fabrics, leftover scraps, grass, or other absorbent materials, to collect menstrual blood. Many probably used nothing at all. Even after disposable pads were commercially available, for several years they were too expensive for many women to afford. When they could be afforded, women were allowed to place money in a box so that they would not have to speak to the clerk and take a box of Kotex pads from the counter themselves. It took several years for disposable menstrual pads to become commonplace. However, they are now used nearly exclusively in most of the industrialized world.



Wood Wool
My mother told me about the Kelley household with three adolescent girls and their method of dealing with the monthly occurrence of menstruation.

Granny Kelley, being the very fastidious woman that she was, always made white flannel pads that could be folded & reused. I am sure she hemmed them beautifully. Granny kept a bucket of bleach water in the basement and the three Kelley girls would put their used pads into this bucket before they were to be laundered. Granny would wash them, bleach them white, refold them and put them back into the closet for future use. Mom (Harriett) went on to tell me about less fortunate girls who didn’t have a mother like Granny or the means to buy nice flannel fabric. Some of these poor girls had a tough time and often did not smell very nice.

And Some More Kelley Family Photos

I am having to cannibalize the photo albums because Mom glued some of the photos to the pages of the album. But I feel that it is worth it in order to share them.

I love this little photo of Uncle Bob. It looks like someone gave him a coat that was much too big for him.

Uncle Bob

I wouldn’t want to eat spaghetti or drink red wine while wearing this white uniform. The cleaning bills must have been horrific. And below these two photos is a little out of focus photo of the newlyweds, Uncle Bob & Aunt Helen. They certainly look frisky in this photo.

Here are two photos of Robert W. Kelley in his uniform

Here are two photos of Robert W. Kelley in his uniform

Uncle Bob and Aunt Helen

Uncle Bob and Aunt Helen

Below is a photo of Harriett and Ray taken on their first wedding anniversary.

Ray & Harriett Page

Ray & Harriett Page

Cousin John emailed me two photos today that I added to the blog. If any family members wish to add anything, please PLEASE do. I can also include you as a “member” of this blog and this will let write or post photos — anything except the power to delete the whole thing. So — you are formally invited. This might work for some family members who are interested but don’t have the time to create their own blog. After all, it is “Posts About Dead Relatives”.