Viola, Sedgwick County, Kansas
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|Name||Birth Date||Death Date||Other Information|
Potter, William T., Jr.
|9-20-1923||9-9-2004||b. Hominy OK Osage co, d. Viola Ks Sedgwick co, USN WWII, H/O Grace Sutherland, wed 2-27-1947|
Robertson, Sally F.
|7-23-1930||2-10-2005||b. Malvern AR Hot Spring co, d. Viola KS Sedgwick co, W/O Fonzy L. Robertson Sr. on 7-10-1947. He died 7-15-2001|
|Taylor, Robert E.||10-17-1909||10-4-2005||
b. South Haven ks Sumner co, d. Kingman ks Kingman co, S/O Robert Earl Taylor and Laura Elizabeth Garman Taylor. Robert Taylor was nicknamed when as quarterback of the Conway Springs High School 1924 football team, he led them to an undefeated season. The nickname was taken from a popular comic strip character of the period called Harold Teen. Robert received his early childhood education in the rural Sumner County Schools, graduating from Conway Springs High School in 1927. He took the State Teachers examination at age 17 and taught for two years at Zephyr rural school and five years at Science Valley rural school near Conway Springs, Kansas. Robert, along with his five brothers, contributed to their family's income during the depression years as Wichita Eagle paper carriers throughout their high school and college years. In 1936, he was accepted as a Cadet Policeman with the City of Wichita. He later became a full time policeman, serving as a patrolman, dispatcher and laboratory crime scene investigator. He graduated from Wichita State University in 1939 with a degree in Political Science and Police Administration. Robert became the first Chief of Police of Greendale, Wisconsin and three years later moved to Hazel Park, Michigan, where he served as their first Chief of Police. In September 1945, he moved his family back to Conway Springs, Kansas where he engaged in farming and taught school at Conway Springs and Viola, Kansas. In 1948, he moved his family to Cheney, where he operated a dairy farm and over the next three decades taught school in Cheney, Garden Plain, Goddard, St. Marks and Kingman, Kansas. During this time, he received a teaching degree from Friends University and a Masters and Specialist degree from Emporia State University. Robert was a member of the Cheney United Methodist Church, where he served as Lay Leader and Sunday School teacher for many years. In 1957, he was licensed as a Methodist Lay Speaker and served on the Methodist Five Star Parish, which included Murdock, Adams, Belmont, Spivey and Zenda, Kansas. Robert retired from teaching in 1976 and served the next 12 years as Mayor of Cheney, Kansas. During his tenure as Mayor, he returned to being a carrier for the Wichita Eagle, organizing paper routes for special education students. On June 1, 1938, Robert was united in marriage to Mary Esther Coyne of Conway Springs, Kansas. They enjoyed a loving marriage for 61 years and to their union, six children were born. Robert was preceded in death by his beloved wife Mary, parents Robert and Laura Taylor, brothers, Samuel Taylor, Everett (Steve) Taylor, Milton (Tim) Taylor, Mike Taylor, Ralph Taylor, brothers-in-law Clyde Schroeder and Luther Shetlar.
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