Whitemans come to Upper Timber Creek
Ada and Granville Whiteman
My grandfather. Granville Moody Whiteman, and his brothers, Albert Leroy, Charles (Charlie) and William Elmer all settled in Cowley County, in what is known as the Upper Timber Creek community, in the northeast corner of the county. Except for Elmer, who never married, they raised their families in that community, within a few miles of each other and their children attended the Upper Timber Creek rural grade school.
Their father, William Rapier Whiteman, had two marriages. His first wife, Mary J. McFarland, was the mother of Martha Ann, Albert Leroy,, Granville Moody and another daughter, Althea J. (Allie). After Mary died, he married Nancy Elizabeth Applegate. Children of his second marriage were Jennie M., Benjamin Franklin, Charles Edward, Levi D. William Elmer. and Annie Laura.
All his children except Annie Laura were born before he moved to Kansas. William Rapierís first location in Kansas was in the vicinity of Walnut, Kansas in Crawford, County.
Plot for the Upper Timber Creek Friends Church was donated by Orville John Whiteman, son of Granville Moody, and Orvilleís wife, Alberta Calvin Whiteman. Alberta had come to the community to teach the rural school there, her first position after graduating from High School in Winfield and receiving her credentials to teach in a rural school. It was there that she met Orville and after having taught the eight month school term, she and Orville were married in May of that year. They lived all their married life on their farm, adjoining the school and the church after it was located on the land they donated for that purpose Their children attended and graduated from the eight years of grade school there, before three of them went on to graduate from the high school in Atlanta.
After the church was made available (before this, services were held in the school house) then a parsonage was also put there. I know that at least part of this parsonage had formerly been a part of Charlie and Mary Whitemanís house. Mary was a sister to Jennie Parker, who lived in the community, also. She was the wife of George Parker. Their children attended Grand Center school, not far from Upper Timber Creek school. With larger families and less transportation, school districts were smaller and closer together in this period.
There is still land owned and in some cases lived on, that was a part of the property of the very early settlers of this time, including some of the Whitemans. A granddaughter and grandson of Charlie and Mary Whiteman, a widow of a grandson of Granville and Ada Whiteman, and a grandson of theirs as well, also land owned by a grand daughter.
My grandparents' house is no longer standing and there is little to
remind me of how it used to be except the rose bushes (not really as they
used to be) which will always be a part of my fond memories. My
grandmother, Ada Lucinda Applegate Whiteman, always picked a bouquet of
roses for her visitors before they left. However, she would never pick a
stem which had a bud on it, and as a child, I could never understand that
because the bushes were profuse with blooms. Since we lived maybe a half
mile from their house, we children would often walk up the hill and visit.
She always fixed us a snack before we left and then walk down the road
with us. I thought it was a wonderful `grandmotherly' act and thoroughly
enjoyed it every time. As a adult, I now understand why she walked with
us - to get the snack, often Karo syrup on a thick slice of homemade
bread, with her own churned butter- out of the house before we `dripped'
on her kitchen floor.
There was a catalpa tree in the front yard. Since we did not have any of that kind of tree in our yard, its blooms and long `bean like' pods were something special to play with when we were there. When I went to see her without my brother and sisters, she always fried potatoes and made chocolate pudding for our lunch. It is a `comfort' food for me to this day.
My grandfather had a one seated model `T' ford and since at that time, I was the oldest granddaughter, it was my chore to ride to town with him when he went to get groceries. ( I don't know what I could contribute but I do know I have vivid memories of those trips.) The supply of gas for the motor was controlled by a lever on the steering wheel. That lever was never moved, so the speed was lessened by applying the brake rather than adjusting the lever. This means we went uphill and down, around corners, etc. with the same flow of gas, but our speed was lessened by application of the brake. In fact, we were stopped by a strong push on the brake. Fortunately since we were never going very fast ever, we were never in serious peril.
brothers, sons of William Rapier Whiteman, all of whom lived and raised
their families in Cowley County, Upper Timber Creek community, with the
exception of Levi, who lived in the county east of Cowley and Elmer who
never married. They are identified from the back row, left to right, as
Charley, Granville, and Albert, brother to Granville, not son of. The
front row on the left is Levi who lived in the county to the east of
Cowley The young son in the front is Elmer, who never married, but who
also lived in the Upper Timber Creek community.
Family of Granville Moody Whiteman and his wife, Ada Lucinda Whiteman. On the back row is Albert Paul, to his left in the picture is Claudia and another sister, Grace Buenta . On the front is Granville, Orville John, Ada Lucinda, and Ida. The small child is William Stephen, always called Willie. As of this writing, May, 2003, none of the group including their spouses are living, nor have they been for a number of years.
Memories of Timber Creek Church
Sept. 1940 - 1943
(Written by Val Bridenstine. Sept. 28, 1998)
We began pastoral work at Timber Creek on September 1, 1940 and our salary was $400 per year. We lived in Albert Whitman's two-story house and we also had a cellar, henhouse, barn, and garden. We paid 38 cents a month for a farmers line telephone (party line). In the spring I worked on the fence posts, trees, and other chores around the place. I worked 3 days for the township and earned $3.00 per day. The work consisted of using a shovel to load a truck with high side boards, putting gravel on the roads, and using a team and slip to get gravel from the creek bed.
I also worked for Carol Cranston for 35 cents an, hour. I fed cattle from the trench silo and used two mules to pull the hayrack back in the silo. One day when I was at the Cranston house I called Carolyn on the telephone about a problem we had been having with Clyde Jamison's 3 sows getting in our garden and hen house. Knowing that Clyde would be listening in on the party line, I told Carolyn to get the gun and go shoot the sows. Sure enough, Clyde showed up pretty quick, on his horse, and drove the sows back home. We never saw the sows in our garden again.
Bryant schoolhouse was for sale by sealed bid. We bid $425.00 for the school and coalhouse. The men of the church met after church and consisted of Granddad, Albert, Willie & Orval Whiteman, and Carl Parker (Biddie). Orval, Carl Parker, and I looked at the building and made the bid. Alberta Whiteman, Willie Whiteman and one other person were on the school board. We moved the Bryant schoolhouse to its present location and did some remodeling to the church building by adding a room on the back and a front porch. We were able to finish the project because it was started before rationing went into effect. No new construction was allowed because of the war. One day I was mowing pasture with a 10-20 Farmal tractor with rubber tires in front and steel wheels in the back when I had an appendicitis attack. I had been riding on the draw bar and it "'as very rough riding. Carolyn took me to the Wesley Hospital in Wichita for an appendectomy operation. The appendix had ruptured and I spent 13 days in the hospital before being sent home with a drainage tube that was still draining.
Francis and Alice Lofland, who lived in Wichita, visited us one Sunday afternoon and told us about Japan bombing Pearl Harbor that morning. The next day we were filling the silo for Albert Whiteman and at dinner they told us that President Roosevelt had declared war on Japan. Remember Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941.
Carl Jamison drove us to Winfield for Stanley's birth. We ran out of gas north of Winfield so we walked to a farmhouse and borrowed one gallon of white gas to finish our trip. Stanley was born Sept. 8, 1942.
When Stanley was born, the proud father was showing some of the church people the newborn babies. An embarrassing moment occurred when he picked out the wrong baby to show the folks.
Carolyn stayed with Orvin and Daisy Hollingsworth in Wichita a few days after Stanley was born. Orvin, the blind piano tuner, stayed with us a few days at Timber Creek and also later at Cold Springs.
Vivian Hickman taught school from 1940-1941 and boarded at the parsonage with us in Timber Creek. Vivian later married Herbert Thornburg.
One afternoon we were asked to sit with Ida Whiteman, who lived with Granddad and Grandma Whiteman. Ida came out of her room all dressed up and wearing high-heeled pumps. She said she ordered her clothes from the catalog. She didn't go anywhere. She just stayed in her room. The "rumor" was that she had dated a young man that her parents had forbidden her to marry. She had decided to make them care for her the rest of her life.
History of Upper Timber Creek Sewing Club
IN THE LATE FALL OF 1931 A GROUP OF NEIGHBORHOOD WOMEN DECIDED TO MAKE A QUILT TOP AND GIVE TO CORA LAMB, OUR CHURCH PASTOR, AT THE TIME. OUT OF THIS MOVEMENT SPRANG THE DESIRE FOR A CLUB, OR SEWING CIRCLE, AT WHICH NEIGHBOR WOMEN COULD BRING THEIR SEWING AND IN THE MEAN TIME GET BETTER ACQUAINTED, GAIN RECREATION AND PROMOTE A FEELING OF FRIENDLINESS AND GOOD WILL IN OUR COMMUNITY.
IT'S ACTIVITIES LATER GREW TO GIVING FLOWERS AND GIFTS TO THE SICK, SHOWERS AND MANY OTHER DEEDS OF KINDNESS AND USEFULNESS. THE SOCIETY WAS ORGANIZED IN MIDWINTER 1931..32, AT THE HOME OF CLAUDIA JAMISON, WITH ETHEL WINDSOR AS PRESIDENT.
THE SOCIETY MEETS EVERY 2 WEEKS AT THE HOMES OF THE MEMBERS SERVING REFRESHMENTS EACH TIME. IN A LITTLE MORE THAN 7 YEARS OF THE EXISTENCE OF OUR ORGANIZATION, ONE ORIGINAL MEMBER, CORA WHITEMAN (MRS. ALBERT), HAS PASSED TO HER REWARD, MANY OTHERS HAVE MOVED TO OTHER PLACES AND NEW MEMBERS HAVE come in.
A complete list of membership covering the 7 years: 1932-1937.
BELOW ARE LISTED SOME OF THE THINGS OUR CLUB HAS ACCOMPLISHED: GIVEN STORK SHOWERS FOR: EDNA WILLCUTS, EDRIE PARKER, LAVINA KRUG, ESTHER DEDMAN, MANEVA WHITEMAN, MANILA SMITH, SELMA WHITEMAN, LEONA CRANSTON, ALBERTA WHITEMAN. BABY BASKET TO SELMA WHITEMAN (FOR BABY BARBARA ARLENE), SHAWL FOR RHONDA DENNETT, SHOWER FOR FRANCES GUTHRIE.
SHOWERS FOR THE FOLLOWING BRIDES: MAE KOONCE, ESTHER DEDMAN, MELBA JEAN WILSON, MAUDIE STEWART, CLARA LANIER AND RUTH ELLA LAWRENCE, LUELLA PARSONS, DOROTHY WILSON, AND MAE ELLEN JAMISON.
GOING AWAY GIFTS WERE GIVEN, AS WELL AS FLOWERS AND GIFTS FOR THE SICK. GIFTS TO THOSE IN THE HOSPITAL WERE MARILYNN LEE, VIRGINIA Fox, RUSSELL WHITEMAN, GERALD WILSON AND HAROLD KASTER.
THE CLUB ENTERTAINED OUR FAMILIES ONCE A YEAR WITH A PROGRAM AND SUPPER. ALSO ENTERTAINED OUR MOTHERS OR OTHER MOTHERS WITH A PROGRAM AND LUNCHEON ON MOTHERS DAY, MAY, 1937 AT THE HOME OF SELMA WHITEMAN. EACH CHRISTMAS WE HAVE EXCHANGE OF GIFTS AND HAD CHRISTMAS TREE AND PROGRAM AT THE HOMES OF MAUD SHIELDS, MANEVA WHITEMAN, ESTELLA PETERSON, FLORENCE FOX, ALBERTA WHITEMAN, ETHEL WINDSOR AND RHONDA DENNETT.
FOR THE PAST 2 YEARS WE HAVE DRAWN NAMES FOR MYSTERY FRIENDS AND GIVEN GIFTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. WE HAVE GUESSED ON THE MYSTERY BOX, THE LUCKY ONE BRINGS THE MYSTERY BOX TO THE NEXT MEETING.
SEWING THE SOCIETY HAS DONE: GAVE TEA TOWEL SHOWER FOR EACH MEMBER, PIECED A QUILT TOP FOR EACH MEMBER, TACKED 2 COMFORTERS FOR MRS. SCHOOLEY, TACKED 2 COMFORTERS FOR SELMA WHITEMAN. HAD ALL DAY QUILTING AND COVERED DISH LUNCHEON AT THE HOMES OF IDA LANIER, GRACE HAWLEY, MAUD SHIELDS, FLORENCE Fox, ESTELLA PETERSON, ALBERTA WHITEMAN AND MATTIE PARKER.
WE SERVED A PUBLIC DINNER AT WINFIELD AND CLEARED $32.57. OTHER DINNERS AT FARM SALES WE CLEARED $3.00, $7.00 AND $10. WE PURCHASED ARTICLES FOR THE COMMUNITY OF HALF DOZ. FOLDING CHAIRS, 5 DOZ. SPOONS, 4 DOZ. TIN CUPS, HELPED PAY FOR PIANO AND GAVE $4.00 TO THE CHURCH FOR MISSIONARY PURPOSES AND PAID $5.00 ON IRON LUNG FUND.
RECORDED MAY, 1939 BY COMMITTEE MANEVA WHITEMAN, GRACE HAWLEY, ALBERTA WHITEMAN AND CLAUDIA JAMISON, CHAIRMAN.
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Orville and Alberta Whiteman, Wedding 19xx
L to R: Claudia, Carl, Clyde, Lavina, Kenneth Jamison. 1926
L to R: Willie, Orville, Albert Whiteman Ruth Blake, Claudia Jamison.
Arlene (Whiteman) and Bobby Otto, Wedding Dec. 28 1956
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|Joy Jamison, ? Ryan, Clare Cranston, Bruce Whiteman, Harold Smith|
|Mildred DeShazer, Betty Whiteman, Jenny Morgan, Buell Cranston, Phillip Whiteman,|
|Imagene Whiteman, Beverly Dennett, Helen Ruth Dennett, ?, Arlene Whiteman,|
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|Helen Whiteman, Lavon Osborn, Gerald
Wilson, Dolores Whiteman
Coreen Mooney, Bob Mooney, Bruce Whiteman, Ray Gene Osborn,
Jenny Morgan, Betty Whiteman
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|Teacher Miss Georgia Burgess, John Lemmons, Stanley Smith, ?Russell, Helen Ruth Dennett|
|Earl Dean Dennett, Jerry Mills, Carl Leroy Dennett, Donald Lemmons, Beverly Dennett, Imagene Whiteman|
|Wayne Smalley, Esther Shields, Carol Ann Shields, Karen Mills, Phyllis Jamison, Larry Yarbrough, Audine Wilson, Jackie Yarbrough|
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|Ray Gene Osborn, Clare Cranston, Joy
Jamison, Harold Smith, Bruce Whiteman
Phillip Whiteman, Betty Whiteman, Naomi Osborn, Coreen Mooney
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|Jerry Mills, Imagene Whiteman, Beverly Dennett, Jackie Yarbrough|
|Charles Mendenhall, Jody Mills, Linda Wilson, Esther Shields, Carol Rae Shields, Phyllis Jamison, Earl Dennett, Karen Mills, Carl Dennett, Audine Wilson|
|Virgil, Vernon Dennett, Gerald Mendenhall,
Larry Yarbrough, Jimmy Whiteman
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|Dolores , Orville John Whiteman, Betty , Bruce, Alberta Whiteman, Helen|
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|Phyllis Jamison, Janice Holt, Barbara Scott, Anne Deterding. Atlanta High School|
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|Ida Whiteman, Claudia Whiteman
Baby Albert Whiteman, Grace Whiteman
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|Clyde and Claudia Jamison, Carl and Kenneth|
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|Albert and Orville Whiteman, Clyde Jamison, Willie Whiteman|
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|Orville John Whiteman and his dog!|
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|Kenneth, Mae Jamison and Phyllis|
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|Maneva (Martin) Whiteman|
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|Nola Reeves,?,Mae Jamison, Zona Couch,, Clara Lou Henderson, Inez Davis, Alberta Whiteman, Eula Beightol, ?Stout, ?, Rosina Wilson, Pat Clark, seated Mrs. Bill Curry at Ks. Gov. Geo. Docking desk|
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|Cooks Day Out (CDO) Club Maudie Shields, Ruth Beightol, Jean Parker, Vada Whitehill, Selma Whiteman|
|children: Carol Shields, Janet & 2 Whitehill boys, Carolyn Parker, Earl Whiteman|
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|Jessie Osborn, Ray Gene Osborn|
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|Ralph and Ruth Beightol, Delores, Lorraine, cousin Donald Shipps, and baby Ronald|
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|Twins, Easter Gatton, Edgar Whiteman on 90th birthday|
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|Orville and Alberta Whiteman|
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|Delores and Lorraine Beightol|
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|Larry Yarbrough and Phyllis Jamison|
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|Granville and Ada Whiteman|
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|Ralph and Ruth Beightol|
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|Noah and Jessie Osborn|
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|Delores and Lorraine Beightol|
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|Bert, Dale, Bobby Otto|
|Teddy, Bertrum Otto, holding Joe Dan, Zella Otto, Evva Morris holding Rusty|
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|Rev and Mrs. Clare Willcuts and Arnold|
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|Helen, Bruce, Dolores|
|Orville, Betty, Alberta Whiteman|
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|Cina & Archie McArthur of Mo., Forrest, Vena Dudeck, Claude Dudeck, A. P.,Selma Whiteman.Oscar,Carrie dudeck, Raymond Dudeck, Herman Dudeck, Raymond Whiteman|
|Eunice Whiteman,2 McArthur boys of Mo., Keith Dudeck, Doris Dudeck, Arlene Whiteman, Russell Whiteman|
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|Timber Creek Friends Church and school house|
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|TC SS kids, Betty Whiteman, Delores Schooley, Joy Jamison, Russell girl, Russell boys|
Arlene Whiteman, Norman & Merle Krug, Russell boy, Bruce Whiteman, Harold Smith,
Phillip Whiteman, Hazel Schooley Donald Dean Harper
|Russell girl,Eldon Whiteman, Imagene Whiteman, Audine Wilson|
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|Phillip and Imagene Whiteman, Willie, Jimmy, Maneva Whiteman|
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|A TC church minister|
|Duane, Patty Hanson and family|
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|A TC church minister|
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|A TC church minister|
|Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Helsel|
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|Albert and Selma Whiteman, Eldon and Arlene|
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|Upper Timber Creek Friends Church (5 east, 1 1/2 north of Atlanta)|
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|TC minister, Miss Esther Figgens|
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|Claudia, Albert, Orville, Willie Whiteman|
|parents seated, Granville and Ada Whiteman|
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|Albert Paul Whiteman|
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|Willie, Maneva Whiteman home east of Atlanta|
|moved, now home of Wayne, Betsy Whitehill|
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Alberta, Nina Whiteman, Claudia Jamison, Albert, Orville Whiteman,
Willie holding Imy, Neva Whiteman, Eunice Whiteman
|Joy Jamison, seated Ada, Granville Whiteman, Bruce Whiteman|
|on ground are cousins, Betty, Arlene, Phillip Whiteman|
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|TC ministers, Don Warden and family|
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|Willie, Orville, Albert Whiteman|
|Aunt Ruth ?, Claudia Jamison|
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|Raymond, Earl, Eldon, Russell Whiteman|
|Arlene Otto, Eunice Mullen, Selma & Albert Whiteman, Nina Schaad|
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|Whiteman, Jamison, Krug gathering|
|Orville, Willie, Bruce, Russell, Raymond,
Dolores, Joy, Isabel, Albert Whiteman, ? Eunice Whiteman
Norman, Harold, Phillip, Merle, Helen, Verla, Betty holding Earl, Lavona holding Carol Krug, Claudia Jamison, Selma Whiteman, Alberta Whiteman, Maxine and Carl Jamison,
Vickie Krug, Eldon Whiteman, Imagene, Arlene Whiteman, Beverlay & J. R. Krug
|old stationary hay bailer
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|Ralph, Stella Lemmons, ministers at TC in the 1940's|
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|Verla Sphar, Eunice Whiteman, Joy Jamison, Isabel Kelly, Dolores, Nina, Helen Whiteman|
|Betty and Arlene Whiteman|
|Val and Carolyn Bridenstein, ministers at TC in early '40's with visiting minister|
|Carroll & Leona, Cranston, Buell, Clare & wife|
|Kathleen and Marilyn Cranston|
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|Eugene and Louise Womacks|
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|Willie Whiteman & children, Phillip, Imagene, Jimmy|
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|Glen and Cora Sanders|
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|Oscar and Carrie Dudeck|
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|Roy and Eula Beightol|
|Minister at TC|
|Ellis and Judy Slacek|
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|Forrest and Selma Dudeck|
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|William S. Whiteman and his cattle|
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|Upper Timber Creek Friends Church|
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|Atlanta High School Stucco, 1953-54|
|Edna Milburn, Prin. Marvin Leist, Moonine Bartch|
|seated, Billy Holt, Imagene Whiteman, Shirley, Hoyt, Bobby Otto, President, Marilyn Holt AHS|
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|corner of Omnia St. and Main St. in Atlanta, Ks.|
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|Granville Eldon Whiteman|
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|Ida Whiteman 12 Years old|