George H. and Pearl L. Vining

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George Vining and Pearl Byers wedding photo 1916George Howard ViningPearl Leona Byers Vining

George married Pearl Byers Sept. 28, 1910, both were teachers, and George was also the superintendent of the public high school in Edna, KS.  George and Pearl never had children.

George is the grand uncle of Nancy Henning, and was James M. Vining’s 5th oldest son. He always seemed to be quite prosperous. When Nancy, her mother, Lorene Vining Brown and her sister Sherri, would visit them in Chanute, KS, they would stay in their beautiful two-story home. Pearl was such a refined appearing lady.

George was the superintendent of Edna High School when Lorene Vining went there. In his later years after teaching, he sold insurance. At times George and Pearl would rent out portions of their home, as well as, complete living quarters upstairs with a full kitchen.  In the 1940’s George also was part owner of a farm that he shared with his brothers’ Harry and Lawrence.

George taught highschool and was the superintendent

(the photos above are in the collection of Nancy Henning)

George Howard Vining

BIRTH – 17 FEB 1883 Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States

DEATH – 5 DECEMBER 1964 Chanute, Neosho, Kansas, United States

Pearl Leona Byers

BIRTH – 17 NOVEMBER 1890 Kansas

DEATH – 7 OCTOBER 1972 – Chanute, Neosho County, Kansas, USA

 

 

Lester Vining’s Photo – A Comparison

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lester_vining_son_of_francisLester Vining headshot 1900

Just for fun here is a side by side of the unknown picture of a Lester Vining, left,

and a picture of James Vining Jr. and Jane’s 1900 picture of their son Lester, right

Same style of clothing for both.

Heytoto asked to see the rest of the group photo. Here’s the whole family (Nancy Henning’s photo) around 1900.

Fred, Lester. Aaron, George, Harry, cousin Ralph and son Earl (top row) Elnora and Irene (center) Lawrence, James Jr., Sara Jane McFall Lindsley (Jane's mother) and Jane (affectionately known as grandma Jennie)

Fred, Lester. Aaron, George, Harry, cousin Ralph and son Earl (top row) Elnora and Irene (center) Lawrence, James Jr., Sara Jane McFall Lindsley (Jane’s mother) and Jane (affectionately known as grandma Jennie)

Aaron Lee Vining – 2nd oldest son of James M. Vining Jr.

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Aaron Lee Vining, b. 1877 with his wife Carrie Carson Vining b. 1885

posing for their wedding photo ca. 1904

Aaron Lee Vining & Carrie Carson Vining's wedding photo - 1904 - oldest son of James Jr.

Aaron and Carrie with their children, Mary Ruth and Jennie

Aaron, Carrie, Mary Ruth and Jennie Vining - ca. 1912

Aaron, Carrie, Mary Ruth and Jennie Vining – ca. 1912

Little Jennie with her life size dolls

Later when she grew up she married Albert Schoonover

Jennie Vining

Jennie Vining Schoonover     Albert Schoonover

Jennie                Albert

Mary Ruth with husband John Sherman who both became teachers

Mary Ruth Schoonover and husband Johnnie, daughter of Aaron Vining

Aaron and Carrie owned a laundry business, where various family members worked

Aaron & Carrie owned and ran a laundry business in Neodesha, KS - photo taken abt 1912

Aaron & Carrie owned and ran a laundry business in Neodesha, KS – photo taken abt 1912

Later in life Aaron bought a farm with his brothers Harry, George and Lawrence

Harry, Aaron, George and Laurence Vining

Aaron and Carrie celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary

Aaron and Carrie's 50th wedding celebration

Blanche Vining’s WPA photo

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Blanche Vining working in the W. P. A. sewing room ca. 1937

Here is a picture of Inez B. Vining working in a WPA program sewing room in 1937.  She is sitting in front of the lady standing close to the center of the room.

The CWA (Civil Works Administration) was the Roosevelt administration’s first major work program, one of many created by Franklin D. Roosevelt,  towards the end of the Great Depression to get folks back to work and restore the nation’s infrastructure.  The WPA (Works Progress Administration) employed women in sewing rooms in almost every city and small town.  The WPA distributed the cloths to people on relief and ran mobile lending libraries, as well as, having pack horse librarians in rural areas.  The WPA also cleared swampy mosquito invested areas to make free flowing water canals and renovated public buildings, such as schools.  I was amazed at the list of works attributed to the WPA in that era.

Fred and Blanche Vining’s children

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Two years after Fred and Blanche were married, they started a family.  First came Bernice Irene in 1912 and then James Sylvester in 1915

               Age 21 mo.                         Age 6 mo.

Bernice Vining age 21 mos. 1912

Age 21 months Bernice Irene Vining

James Vining age 6 mos. 1915

James and Bernice approximately 3 yrs. and 5 yrs. old

Bernice and James Vining

                                                       In 1917 Bertha Lorene came along.

             Bernice, Lorene and James ca. 1918 or 1919

and below in 1919 Mildred Naomi.  The photo to the right shows Lorene studying mom Blanche’s technique for cranking up the old Model T.

                       Fred and Blanche's young family                          Lorene standing by while mom Blanche cranks up the old Model T

         The following is the last photo taken of Mildred Naomi to the left, with older sister Lorene         the right. Mildred tragically perished from an accidental gunshot incident.

                          Mildred Naomi and Bertha Lorene Vining