Record of Research Trips to Cloud County, Kansas
On 29-30 April 2000, and again on 3-4 May 2000, I, John Randall “Randy” McIlhaney, Jr., visited Cloud County, Kansas to research my GARLOW ancestors. On 5 & 6 May 2000, I wrote this summary of my research.
I arrived in Concordia late in the afternoon of 29 April, and immediately proceeded to the West Branch Cemetery which is located several miles southwest of Concordia (see maps at Enclosure 1). I easily found the cemetery, and spent about one hour taking photos and notes. The cemetery was well-maintained, though it appears there may have been some neglect at some point in the past. The cemetery is small and I was able to examine every grave marker. I found grave markers for the following members of the GARLOW family: John Garlow, Mary Garlow, William Garlow, Alcinda Garlow Price, Roy I. Garlow, Earl Garlow, and Viola Hostutler. All of these grave markers are in the southeast quadrant of the cemetery (see sketch at Enclosure 2). I transcribed everything on each of these grave markers and I photographed each grave marker (see Enclosures 3 and 4).
Next, I returned to Concordia, where I spent the night. I found several Garlow’s in the phone book (but no Hostutler’s). I copied their addresses and phone numbers, as well as the phone numbers and addresses of all the local funeral homes and newspapers (see Enclosure 5). On 30 April 2000, I departed Cloud County.
On 3 May 2000, I returned to Concordia, staying until midday on the 4th of May. Upon my arrival, I visited the Cloud County Historical Museum (see Enclosure 6) where I was assisted by Ms. Linda Palmquist. The museum is a large one and has quite a collection, but I did not have time to browse the displays, as I would have liked. Ms. Palmquist informed me that the museum’s collections are not yet catalogued, so there is no quick way to find a holding by surname or other reference. Checking the museum’s microfilm of a local newspaper (The Concordia Empire), I found an obituary for John J. Garlow in the 4 March 1897 issue (see Enclosure 7). In the old records of a local undertaker, Rigby & Wilson, which are held by the museum, Ms. Palmquist found the record for John Garlow (see Enclosure 8).
After the museum closed for the day, I went across the street to the Frank Carlson Memorial Library, which maintains the holdings of the local genealogical society. I photocopied the title page and page 2 of Volume 4 of Cloud County, Kansas Cemeteries, published in 1996 by the Cloud County Genealogical Society, Concordia, Kansas (see Enclosure 9). (Someone had already sent me copies of some pages from this book, but I needed the title page).
In Early Deaths, Cloud County, Kansas: Before 1903, published by the Cloud County Genealogical Society in 1990, I found several Garlows, including an unnamed infant of Wm. M. Garlow, an unnamed son of J. Garlow, Earl D. Garlow, an unnamed infant Garlow, and John Garlow (see Enclosure 10).
In Early Deaths, Cloud County, Kansas, Vol. II: 1903 Through June 1911, Including Corrections to Vol. I, published in 1994 by the Cloud County Genealogical Society, I found several Garlows, including Bennie Garlow, Marr Key Garlow, and Roy I. Garlow (see Enclosure 11).
I found a large set of 3”x5” cards, arranged by surname, that apparently have been prepared or contributed by various researchers. I found two cards under Garlow, one for John Garlow and one for Mary J. Garlow (see Enclosure 12).
In the 1885 Atlas of Cloud County, KS, published by Jno. P. Edwards at Quincy, Illinois, I found the property of J. Garlow and that of W. Garlow (see Enclosure 13). I also copied a map (from a source I failed to note), showing the different townships in Cloud County (see Enclosure 14).
Next, I discovered that the State of Kansas had conducted a census every ten years, but five years after the Federal census. I checked the census records for Cloud County for the years 1875 and 1885. In both census, I found John GARLOW and his family. There was at least one other Garlow family in the census (I believe it was William Garlow), but I did not have time to copy that information. (See Enclosures 15 and 16).
The next day, I returned to the museum, and checked a set of 3”x5” cards they maintain which list births, marriages, and deaths. Ms. Palmquist told me that they had been extracted from newspapers by various people over the years. I found 13 cards with the Garlow name (see Enclosure 17).
Next, I returned to the library and copied a few pages from Cloud County History, published in 1992 by the Cloud County Historical Society and the Cloud County Genealogical Society, Concordia, Kansas. This book states that School District #51, of Summit Township (immediately adjacent to J. Garlow’s property in Arion Township) included the Garlow family in the 1879-1880 period (see Enclosure 18).
Next, I walked down the block to the County Courthouse, where I checked with the Magistrate’s Office for probate records for John “Jack” Garlow, Jr. Their records for that time period (1897) do not show any probate records for anyone with the name Garlow.
John R. “Randy” McIlhaney, Jr.
5 May 2000
1 - USGS topographical maps showing Concordia and the West Branch Cemetery.
2 - Sketch of southeast quadrant of West Branch Cemetery, showing Garlow and Hostutler graves.
3 - Transcriptions of Garlow and Hostutler grave markers in the West Branch Cemetery.
4 - Photographs of the West Branch Cemetery and grave markers of Garlows and Hostutlers.
5 - Phone numbers and addresses from the Concordia phonebook, showing Garlow surnames and local funeral homes and newspapers.
6 - Brochure for the Cloud County Historical Museum.
7 - Obituary for John J. Garlow in the 4 March 1897 issue of The Concordia Empire.
8 - Record for John Garlow from the records of Rigby & Wilson (funeral home).
9 - Extracts from Volume 4 of Cloud County, Kansas Cemeteries, published in 1996 by the Cloud County Genealogical Society, Concordia, Kansas.
10 - Extracts from Early Deaths, Cloud County, Kansas: Before 1903, published by the Cloud County Genealogical Society in 1990.
11 - Extracts from Early Deaths, Cloud County, Kansas, Vol. II: 1903 Through June 1911, Including Corrections to Vol. I, published in 1994 by the Cloud County Genealogical Society.
12 - Transcriptions of “genealogy” cards from the Frank Carlson Memorial Library.
13 - Copy of the map of Township 6 South Range 4 West, from the 1885 Atlas of Cloud County, KS, published by Jno. P. Edwards at Quincy, Illinois.
14 - Copy of a map (found with the 1885 Atlas of Cloud County, KS.) showing the townships of Cloud County.
15 - Copies and notes from the Kansas Board of Agriculture Census of 1875 for Cloud County, showing John Garlow and family.
16 - Copies and notes from the 1885 Kansas Decennial Census of Cloud County, showing John Garlow and family.
17 - Copies of birth, marriage, and death cards from the files of the Cloud County Historical Museum, showing Garlow names.
18 - Copies of pages from Cloud County History, published in 1992 by the Cloud County Historical Society and the Cloud County Genealogical Society, Concordia, Kansas.
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