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Adam Sturtz


Prairie Chapel Cemetery
Courtesy Ray Davidson.

Adam Sturtz was born on Feb. 7, 1822 or April 8, 1823 in Adams Township, Muskingum County, OH, the son of Jacob and Susanna (Gaumer) Sturtz..

He joined the Lutheran Church as a young man. He stood 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with a dark complexion, and weighed 150 lbs.

On Aug. 17, 1843, in Muskingum County, he married Jane Wiggins (Aug. 1822-1900?). The ceremony was held at her home and was performed by Rev. T. Cullen.

A newspaper once said that she "walked by his side amidst the toils and conflicts of life for near fifty years."

Their 10 children were Sarah Margaret Deselms, Calvin Sturtz, John Sturtz, Amanda Scott, Martha Isabella Wiggins, Annis Jemima Waters Buckles, Lydia Loy, Decatur Sturtz, Adam Lawson Sturtz and Ida Susan Smith Buckles. 

When the federal census was taken in 1860 and 1870, the family dwelled on a farm in Dresden, Monroe Township, Muskingum County. Adam also was a saw mill operator also known as a "millwright." Sarah did not know how to write and signed her name with an "X" in official papers.

Adam's quiet farming years were interrupted by the Civil War. He and his son Calvin both traveled to Linton Mills, OH to join the Union Army. They were placed within the 69th Ohio Infantry, Company I. Neighbors Henry Vensel and Jane's kinsman Riley Wiggins also were members of Company I. At enlistment, Adam was considered a stout, hearty man. He served for three years and seven months and was promoted to second duty sergeant.

While on picket duty about June 1, 1863, at "Camp Union" at Carter's Creek near Murfreesboro, TN, he stood in the rain guarding bridges for two days and nights "without suitable clothing to protect [me] from the exposure," he wrote. The regiment's surgeon Robert A. Stephenson, M.D., recalled that the bridges were about three miles away from camp and that the men remained on duty for up to five days. After that, Adam noticed a slight loss of hearing and discomfort in his head and shoulders. He received treatment from Dr. Stephenson and later recalled that he did not miss more than 10 days of service due to poor health. That winter, the regiment was quartered in Chattanooga. Adam wrote that "We had good winter quarters thare and not being in exposed to wet wether I recovered in a great mesur so much so that i thought that i would get well and so did."

Adam's first term ended on March 10 or 11, 1864 when he was in Chattanooga, and re-enlisted the same day. He served out the balance of the war with his regiment.

When receiving his honorable discharge in July `1865, he returned home. Friend Robert M. Watters observed that he "came home cripeld up with the Rumatism or Neugalga in his sholders and neck." He began to experience increasing hearing loss. At times, he was so fatigued that he could not work for up to six weeks. He was treated by Dr. Vickers and Dr. H. Williams in East Plainfield, OH, but "they gave me up as incuarabel," he said, and "they recomanded for me to try liniments and so i did all in vane."

In about 1877, the Sturtzes in company with daughters and their husbands Lydia and Julius Loy and Sarah and John Deselms migrated to Kansas and initially settled Rice County. Within 18 months they relocated to York, Stafford County, KS as shown on the federal census of 1880. Adam once wrote that York at that time was "thinley setteld." In its April 22, 1880 edition, the Stafford (KS) Alliance Herald reported that "Thos. Deselms, who arrived in this county from Ohio, about the 6th of March last, purchased a claim of Adam Sturtz about five miles southwest of Stafford and has expended fully $1,000 in improvements on the claim. He has just completed a nice frame residence 14x22 with basement, which is one of the nicest in that part of the county. Also a frame bank stable and granary, and is going right ahead with the preparations for fencing ten acres for pasture -- having the wire on the ground, and has considerable breaking done already and will put out some twenty acres of corn, eight acres of cane, six acres of broom corn, five acres of millet, rice corn, melons and all kinds of garden truck."

Adam and Jane joined the Methodist Protestant Church in Stafford. Then, on April 3, 1881, he and 18 other followers joined the United Brethren in Christ Church, "of which he was a faithful and worthy member unto the end of life," said the Stafford County Republican. H.S. Riegel of Stafford once wrote in the local newspaper that "It was the pleasure of the writer of this notice to be intimately acquainted with Father Sturtz for about 14 years, and can truly say he was a man of noble character, full of good cheer, ever hopeful..."

Then in October 1881, at a local exhibition, Adam received the award for the best lot of sweet potatoes and pumpkins. The following February 1882, he was named a director of the United Brethren in Christ of Prairie Chapel in Rose Valley Township, along with R.D. Casselman, John L. and Thomas B. Deselms and Henry C. Guyer. In June 1887, he told a columnist with the Republican that "a little rain would be a great help in plowing corn. The heavy rains had packed the earth and a hard crust had formed on top that needed a little moistening in order to work easy."

By 1882, he was so deaf that he could not understand what he called "common talk."

Adam made news again in September 1889 when he produced a large crop of corn on his Union Township farm eight miles southwest of Stafford. Reported the Garden City (KS) Daily Herald, he "had in 230 acres of broom corn, and has now about fifty tons ready for shipment. He has a standing offer of $55 per ton on it at any time he desires to call for it. His son-in-law, J. Buckels, sold forty tons to E. Hatch of Union City, Pa., at $60 a ton."

During a visit to their son Adam Lawson Sturtz in May 1890, Adam stopped in to the Turon Headlight newspaper office. A gossip note in the next issue said that he "is an agreeable old gentleman. He made this office a pleasant call." He told a Stafford County Republican columnist in May 1889 that he expected to harvest 200 acres of broom corn that year. He was a member of the local chapter of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Later, he became almost completely deaf. The Republican said in January 1894 that "Adam Sturtz, one of the sturdy pioneers of Union township, has been quite feeble this fall and winter; unable to be out of the house a good portion of the time. We hope Uncle Adam may soon be restored to health again, able to take his place in the busy bustle of life as is his want." There was to be no recovery. Physician J.P.H. Dykes made a house call on Feb. 8 and observed that the old soldier "was proped up in a chair that had ben prepared for him to rest in as he was unable to lie down in bed. He was a phyusical reck, had been suffering of Rheumatism and neuralga and had to take a large amount of Opium to give him ease."

He was carried away by the Angel of Death at home in Leesburg on Feb. 18, 1894. Burial was in Prairie Chapel Cemetery in Stafford County. [Find-a-Grave]

Jane lived for another six years as a widow. There was not enough money in the estate to pay Adam's debts at death, and so the farm had to be sold.

She learned that she was eligible to receive a pension for her late husband's Civil War service, and she filed the paperwork and began receiving monthly payments of $12. [Widow App. #594.335 - Cert. #414.651] Providing signed affidavits of support in her claim were her brother T.H. Wiggins, still in Coshocton, and John J. Carcy, F.D. Larabee, Abner McCune and Hiram Webber of Stafford. Webber noted in an affidavit that as a widow, she owned no property and was "in destitute circumstances, depending on others for support."

As she aged, she went to dwell in the home of her married daughter, Ida Ruckles, in Hutchinson, Reno County, KS. She is shown there in the federal census of 1900, and passed later that year on Nov. 4.


~ Daughter Sarah Margaret (Sturtz) McClain Deselms ~

Daughter Sarah Margaret Sturtz (1844- ? ) is believed to have been born on Aug. 18, 1844 in Linton, Coshocton County. 

She was twice married. Her first spouse, in the mid-1860s, was Maryland native John McClain (1801- ? ), who was 44 years older than his bride. T

hey lived on a farm in Lafayette, Coshocton County and produced two children, Etta L. McClain and James M. McClain.

John was unable to write his own name.

Her second husband was farmer John Deselms (1847- ? ). They tied the knot sometime between 1870 and 1872.

The couple were the parents of Charles Deselms and Daniel E. Deselms.

In about 1877, the couple in company with Sarah's parents made the decision to migrate to Kansas and initially settled Rice County.In 1880, census records show them in York, Stafford County, KS, living next door to her parents. Circa 1894, she dwelled in Hutchinson, Reno County, KS and made a home for her widowed mother.

Daughter Etta L. McClain (1866- ? ) was born in 1866 in Coshocton County, OH. She was 11 when she and her family migrated to Kansas.

Son James M. McClain (1868- ? ) was born in 1868 in Coshocton County, OH.

Son Charles Deselms (1872- ? ) was born in1872 in Ohio.

Son Daniel E. Deselms (1874- ? ) was born in 1874 in Ohio.


~ Son Calvin R. Sturtz ~

Son Calvin R. Sturtz (1846-1933) was born on Jan. 18 or March 1, 1846 in Jacobsport/Linton, Coshocton County. He was a Union Army veteran of the Civil War, standing 5 feet, 9 inches tall, with a fair complexion and fair hair and blue eyes.

He and his father both served in the 69th Ohio Infantry, Company I, enlisting at Linton Mills, Muskingum County on or about March 1, 1862.

When their enlistments expired, both men re-enlisted the same day, March 10 or 11, 1864. Three days after Christmas 1864, while camped at Sisters Ferry near Savannah, GA, Calvin was ordered to cut wood. As he swung the axe, it caught against the limb of a bush, changing the direction of the blade's momentum. It landed diagonally on his right foot, slicing the ligament on the fourth toe. Although the wound was painful, he did not seek medical treatment but instead wrapped it carefully and frequently bathed it with water. The right leg continued to cause problems for the balance of the war. While on an April 1865 march from Raleigh, NC to the District of Columbia, fellow soldier William A. Cross saw him "fall out of rank frequently on account of his rheumatism and I heard phim complain ... for a number of years."

With the war's end, Calvin was discharged at Louisville, KY on July 17, 1865 and returned home. Friend John D. Elson saw him immediately after his return to Ohio and lived as a neighbor for four years thereafter and often heard Calvin complain of the pain in his leg.

At the age of 21, on May 12, 1867, Calvin was united in matrimony with 17-year-old Mary C. Cornelius (Nov. 28, 1849-1919). Rev. Boldwin officiated at the wedding, held in Otsego, Muskingum County.

The couple produced five known children, Margaret Jane Sturtz, George H. Sturtz, Mary A. Sturtz, Albert H. Sturtz and William A. Sturtz.

Then in 1869, the Sturtzes pulled up stakes and moved to Kansas. Fifteen years after the war's end, in June 1880, he applied for and was awarded a federal military pension as compensation for injuries or ailments. [Invalid App. #380.510 - Cert. 1.112.162] Circa 1898, they were in Kansas City, Wyandotte County, KS and in 1907 in Cowgill, Caldwell County, MO.

Sadly, Mary passed away on Aug. 21, 1919 at the age of 69.

Calvin outlived her by 14 years. His vision began to fail, and he had to wear eyeglasses at all times. He was admitted to the Veterans Administration Facility in Leavenworth, KS. Suffering from hardening of the arteries, heart problems and an enlarged prostate, he died there at the age of 87 on Oct. 17, 1933. Interment was in Mount Hope Cemetery in Kansas City, Wyandotte County, KS. His pension claim was awarded to another family member. [C 2.499.334]

Daughter Margaret Jane Sturtz (1868- ? ) was born on June 14, 1868.

Son George H. Sturtz (1870- ? ) was born on Sept. 6, 1870.

Daughter Mary A. Sturtz (1873- ? ) was born on April 17 or 19, 1873.

Son Albert H. Sturtz (1878- ? ) was born on Jan. 20, 1878. Circa 1933, Albert made his home in Kansas City, MO at 5917 Elmwood Avenue.

Son William A. Sturtz (1880-1966) was born on Oct. 3, 1880 (or 1883). He married Josephine Marguerite "Polly" Hooker (June 14, 1892-1996), daughter of John M. and Mary M. (Pontius) Hooker. They bore a daughter, Mary Ruth Glasgow. William died at the age of 82 on Aug. 20, 1966. He rests in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Oklahoma City. Josephine outlived her spouse by three decades and reached her 100th birthday milestone. She passed into eternity at the age of 104 on Oct. 11, 1996. Their daughter Mary Ruth (1918-1958) wedded Jack Green Glasgow (1918-2000).


Horses, wagons, trolleys and automobiles co-mingle in Arkansas City,
Kansas, where the John Milan Sturtz family resided circa 1900


~ Son John Milan Sturtz ~

Son John Milan Sturtz (1848-1927) was born on Feb. 12, 1848 in Ohio. He was a longtime farmer and carpenter.

In about 1869, when he would have been 21 years of age, John married 27-year-old Mary Catherine Scott (1842- ? ), who was six years older than her spouse, and the daughter of Jane Scott.

They produced these known offspring, Charles S. Sturtz, Wilbur L. Sturtz, Louis Sturtz and Mertie Mierau Wright, plus one who died young.

In 1870, John, Mary and newborn son Charles dwelled beside his parents in Dresden, Monroe Township, Coshocton County. In about 1877, the Sturtzes joined his parents and other Coshocton County families in emigrating to Kansas. The 1880 federal census enumeration shows John and Mary and family on a farm in Bolton, Cowley County, KS, with Mary's widowed mother living under their roof. The Sturtzes moved into the town of Arkansas City in Cowley County sometime before 1900. They are shown there in the 1900 census, with John earning a living with his carpentry skills, and seven-year-old orphaned nephew Charles Loy in the household. T

he couple remained in Arkansas City during the decade between 1900-1910, and by 1910 they were empty-nesters, with John continuing his work as a caprnter at age 62.

Sadly, Mary passed away on Jan. 28, 1911 at the age of 68. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery in town. Her grave marker provides a birth year of 1852 which is off by a decade.

John died at the age of 79 in Arkansas City on Aug. 31, 1927. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery in town.

Son Charles Sturtz (1870- ? ) was born in about April 1870 in Coshocton County, OH.

Son Wilbur L. Sturtz (1873- ? ) was born in Aug. 1873 in Ohio and migrated to Kansas as a young boy. He grew up in Cowley County, KS and is known to have visited with his father's parents in Stafford, KS in January 1888. He was married to (?) Jenkins ( ? - ? ) and had a son, John Sturtz. The family lived in Arkansas City, where he owned a half-share in the Central hardware store. In March 1908, she and their son traveled to Colorado to visit her brother-in-law, Louis Sturtz. The Sturtzes received the shocking news in December 1912 that Wilbur's father-in-law had gone missing while duck hunting in a lake near Bakersfield, CA, and two months later the body was found. They sold the hardware store interest and relocated to Waco, TX circa 1914, so that his wife could improve her health. There, he operated a hardware business. But they returned to Arkansas City in 1915, went back to Waco, and by 1920 returned to Arkansas City with Wilbur representing the Hill Investment Company.

Son Louis Sturtz (1881- ? ) was born in Oct. 1881 in Kansas. He resided in Arkansas City. When he was 21 years of age, in about 1902, he married 19-year-old Minnie D. (1884- ? ). They produced a daughter, Bettylou Sturtz. At the age of 26, Louis filed a claim for land in Colorado near the town of Holly. They moved to Holly for a period of time. But they returned to Arkansas City by August 1909 and purchased a half interest in the Smith and Bly candy kitchen at 324 South Summit Street. By 1919, he had become deeply interested in politics, and friends pushed him to run for the elected position of finance commissioner. Said the Arkansas City Daily Traveler, "Mr. Sturtz has consented to accept the nomination and will be a candidate at the approaching primary. For years, Mr. Sturtz conducted the Sturtz Candy kitchen on South Summit street, and was very successful. Since selling that business out, he has been engaged in the real estate business with the Copple-Holt-Sturtz firm." He does not appear to have won that contest, but by 1921 seems to have held the position of Cowley County Commissioner. One of the key issues he faced, in collaboration with Mayor C.N. Hunt, City Attorney Kirke Dale and Chamber of Commerce President (and brother-in-law) Edward Mierau was whether to pave with concrete a mile of highway known as "Cemetery Road."

Daughter Mertie Sturtz (1887- ? ) was born on Aug. 24, 1887 in Cowley County. When she was age 20, on Oct. 16, 1907, she was united in matrimony with Edward C. Mierau ( ? - ? ) at the home of her parents in Arkansas City, KS. Rev. Riley, of the First Methodist Church, presided at the ceremony. Among her relatives traveling to attend were her uncle and aunt, Calvin and Mary Sturtz; her uncle and aunt Adam Lawson and Mary Sturtz from Kansas City, uncle Decatur C. Sturtz from Kansas City, and aunt Ida Buckles from Anthony, KS. The Arkansas City Daily Traveler reported on the wedding, saying that Mertie "is an accomplished young lady and has resided in this city for a number of years. She has attended school here and at Southwest Kansas College in Winfield. In each town she has made a host of friends, who admire her for her sterling qualities. Mr. Mireau has for several years been employed by the Santa Fe in this city, and on account of his ability and conscientious work, he has attained the position of private secretary to Superintendent Tice." The couple made their first home in Arkansas City, and Edward soon received a promotion with his own desk in the company's general offices. They were the parents of Mary Ruth Mireau. In 1947, she married her second husband, widower Wood Thomas Wright (Jan. 2, 1880-1960), a native of Clinton County, MO. They made a home in Wichita, Sedgwick County, KS. He passed away first, on July 30, 1960 at age 90. She lived for another 11 years and died at the age of 83 on July 29, 1971. They rest for eternity in the Old Mission Mausoleum in Wichita.



~ Daughter Amanda J. (Sturtz) Scott ~

Daughter Amanda J. Sturtz (1849-1889) was born in about 1849 in Ohio. 

She was united in marriage with Ohioan Thomas Scott (Sept. 1847- ? ). T

heir known offspring were Mary B. Scott, Lydia J. Scott, John M. Scott and Ida M. Scott.

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1880, the Scotts lived next door to Amanda's married brother John in Bolton, Cowley County, KS, and Amanda's bruther Decatur dwelled in the Scott household. They are believed to have made a home in Arkansas City, Cowley County.

manda died on June 22, 1889 at the age of 39. Burial was in the Geuda Springs Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave] Inscribed at the base of her upright grave marker shaft is this epitaph:

A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled.
A place is vacant in our hearts
    which never can be filled.

As a widower, Thomas moved to a farm in Walton, Sumner County, KS. He and youngest daughter, 20-year-old Ida, lived there in 1900 when the U.S. Census was taken.

Daughter Mary B. Scott (1868- ? ) was born in about 1868 in Ohio.

Daughter Lydia J. Scott (1872- ? ) was born in about 1872 in Ohio.

Son John M. Scott (1878- ? ) was born in about 1878 in Bolton, Cowley County, KS.

Daughter Ida M. Scott (1879- ? ) was born in Oct. 1879 in Bolton, Cowley County, KS.


~ Daughter Martha Isabella (Sturtz) Wiggins ~

Daughter Martha Isabella Sturtz (1852-1884) was born on April 6, 1852 in Muskingum County, OH.

At the age of 20, on May 4, 1872, she was joined in wedlock with a presumed cousin, Harvey C. Wiggins (1849-1936). The ceremony was held in Coshocton County, OH.

Within a few years, they relocated with her parents and other Coshocton County families of Kansas. The couple made a home in or around Lyons, Rice County, KS.

Their children were Ada Jemima Foreman, Mary Ella Brubaker, Jesse Edward Wiggins and James N. Wiggins. Their youngest, James, died as an infant in 1879.

Grief blanketed the family when, at the age of 32, Martha died on Sept. 21, 1884. She rests in Lyons Municipal Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]

Harvey may have returned to Ohio after the death of his wife, as the Aug. 15, 1889 edition of the Stafford County Rustler in St. John, KS reported that "Mr. Wiggins, of Ohio, is visiting his brother-in-law, Mr. Adam Sturtz."

Daughter Ada Jemima Wiggins (1872-1927) married David Joseph Foreman.

Daughter Mary Ella Wiggins ( ? - ? ) wedded Daniel L. Brubaker.

Son Jesse Edward Wiggins (1878-1949).


~ Daughter Annis Jemima (Sturtz) Waters Buckles ~

Daughter Annis Jemima Sturtz (1857-1909) was born on May 23, 1857 in Coshocton County, OH.

She was twice married. Her first wedding was held in 1870, and she married Robert Marshall Waters ( ? -1887).

Their children were Jesse E. Waters and Lula Jane Finter.

Sadly, after 17 years of marriage, he died in 1887.

That same year, she was united in matrimony with her second spouse, James Ealem Buckles (1863-1940). She was six years older than her husband.

The couple produced broom corn on their farm, and in September 1889, said the Garden City (KS) Daily Herald, James sold 40 tons of the harvest to E. Hatch of Union, PA for the price of $60 per ton. The following month, he made a profit of $1,000 on broom corn raised on his father-in-law's farm in Union Township. Later, they relocated to Aline, Alfalfa County, OK.

The Angel of Death gathered in Anis at the age of 52 on Aug. 20, 1909. Interment was in Eagle Chief Cemetery in Aline. [Find-a-Grave]

Son Jesse E. Waters (1871-1955).

Daughter Lula Jane Waters (1880-1975) married (?) Finter.


~ Daughter Lydia (Sturtz) Loy ~

Daughter Lydia Sturtz (1858-1895) was born in about 1858 in Muskingum County, OH.

On June 7, 1874, in nuptials held in Muskingum County, she was joined in wedlock with Julius J. Loy (1848-1895), a native of Loudoun County, VA and the son of John and Catherine Loy.

They were the parents of Ernest Loy, John Loy, Ervin Clayton Loy and Charles Loy.

In about 1877, the Loys in company with Lydia's parents and married sister Sarah Margaret Deselms and family migrated to Kansas and initially settled Rice County. Circa 1882, the Loys lived in Leesburg, Stafford County, KS. Later, they relocated to Major County, OK.

Tragically, husband, wife and sons Ernest and John are believed to have died in the year 1895 -- son Ernest on July 28 -- Julius on Aug. 3 -- Lydia on Aug. 7 -- son John on Aug. 9. They rest in Square Cedar Cemetery in Cleo Springs, Major County.

Now rendered orphans, the two surviving sons were sent into others' homes to be raised, including Charles in the household of his uncle and aunt, John and Mary C. (Scott) Sturtz in Arkansas City, Cowley County, KS.

Son Ervin Clayton Loy (1880-1969).

Son Charles Loy (1893- ? ) was born in May 1893. Tragically, he lost his parents and two elder brothers to an epidemic of death when he was only 27 months old. He was taken into the home of an uncle and aunt, John and Mary C. (Scott) Sturtz in Arkansas City, Cowley County, KS, where he lived at age seven in 1900.


~ Son Decatur C. Sturtz ~

Son Decatur C. Sturtz (1857- ? ) was born in Nov. 1857 in Ohio. He was a farmer and carpenter, in the years prior to marriage, boarded in the home of his married sister Amanda Scott in Bolton, Cowley County, KS.

In October 1884, when he was 27 years of age, Decatur was mentioned in a story in the Leesburg section of the Stafford (KS) Alliance Herald, which said he had "built a good frame house on the Myers place, which he bought last spring, and is living in the same; one mile south of town." Then in June 1887, the Stafford County Republican reported that he was "building a house in the southwestern part of the city." Decatur and friend H.C. Guyer were named in a September 1889 edition of the Stafford County Rustler in St. John, KS, saying they were "busily engaged in seeding broom corn." The Lyons (KS) Republican reported in November 1890 that he "spent several days in this vicinity recently, visitig old Ohio friends. He was a member of the 'Coshocton Colony' which settled in Rice county in the early seventies."

When he was age 31, in about 1888, he married Iola (1857- ? ).

They lived in 1907-1910 in Kansas City, Wyandotte County, KS and bore three daughters, Mrs. L.E. Goodrich, Dana H. Sturtz and Hazel A. Sturtz.

The Sturtzes relocated to Nebraska during the 1910s and established a home in Omaha, Douglas County, where Decatur worked as a carpenter in 1920. The census of 1920 shows that living under their roof was their daughter Helen, her husband Walter Reinshaw and son Walter Reinshaw Jr.

Daughter (?) Sturtz ( ? - ? ) wedded L.E. Goodrich. They may have lived in Atlantic City, NJ and bore a daughter, Alberta Goodrich.

Daughter Dana Helen Sturtz (1891- ? ) was born in about 1891 in Kansas. At the age of 19, in 1910, she lived with her parents in Kansas City, KS and was employed as a stenographer in a local drug store. Dana is known to have spent the summer of 1911 in Atlantic City, NJ with her married sister, Mrs. L.E. Goodrich. On Nov. 20, 1912, she was united in wedlock with Walter Reifchach Sr. of Kansas City. Her uncle John Sturtz traveled from his home in Arkansas City, KS to attend the wedding. They produced a son, Walter Reinshaw Jr. The family, spelling the name "Reinshaw," lived with Dana's parents in Omaha in 1920, with Walter Sr. working as a tire maker.

Daughter Hazel A. Sturtz (1897- ? ) was born in about 1897 in Iowa. She grew up in Kansas City, KS.


~ Son Adam Lawson Sturtz ~

Son Adam Lawson "A.L." Sturtz (1862-1946) was born on Jan. 19, 1862 in Ohio.

He married Mary Theodosia Crecraft (1862-1941).

Circa 1889, their home was in St. John, KS, and their brother in law Harvey Wiggins traveled from Ohio for a visit. They resided in Turon, KS in 1890, where he worked as a station agent for the Missouri Pacific Lines Railroad. In 1907, they dwelled in Kansas City, MO.

Their three children were Ferne Edna Brown, Ophia A. Harrell and Indiana C. White.

Mary succumbed in 1941.

Adam outlived her by five years. He joined her in death at the age of 84 on Sept. 30, 1946. Their final resting place is in Mount Hope Cemetery in Kansas City, Wyandotte County, KS. [Find-a-Grave]

Daughter Ferne Edna Sturtz (1884-1959) married (?) Brown.

Daughter Ophia A. Sturtz (1886-1955) wedded (?) Harrell.

Daughter Indiana C. Sturtz (1887-1976) was joined in marriage with (?) White.


~ Daughter Ida Susan (Sturtz) Smith Buckles ~

Daughter Ida Susan Sturtz (1866-1937) was born on April 1, 1866 in Ohio. Evidence suggests that she may have been married twice.

Circa 1882, when she was just 16, she was wedded to William Seaborn Smith (Dec. 17, 1864-1948).

They produced two known children, Jesse Edward Smith and Elva Smith. The marriage appears to have ended in divorce.

Then on Sept. 22, 1890, at the age of 24, Ida married 25-year-old John H. Buckles (Dec. 1866- ? ) of Stafford County, with Rev. John S. Glendennig officiating. John was a native of Kentucky.

Their children were Pearl Ruckles and Emmitt Buckles.

In 1900, U.S. Census records show the couple living on Sherman Street West in Hutchinson, Reno County, KS, with Ida's aged, widowed mother under their roof. Ida was named in an Arkansas City (KS) Daily News story in October 1907 when she traveled from her home in Anthony, KS to attend the wedding of her relative Mertie Sturtz.

At the age of 70, Ida died in Hutchinson on March 27, 1937. She rests for eternity in Hutchinson's Memorial Park Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]

Former husband William Smith went on to serve in the Spanish American War as a member of the 21st Kansas Infantry. He died on Aug. 29, 1948. He rests in Stafford Cemetery in Stafford County, KS.

Son Jesse Edward Smith (1885-1940) was born in 1885.

Daughter Elva Smith (1887- ? ) was born in Nov. 1887 in Kansas.

Daughter Pearl Eva Buckles (189s-1980) was born in Dec. 1893 in Kansas.

Son Emmitt Buckles (1897- ? ) was born in Oct. 1897 in Kansas.


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