S Is For School Days


My grandmother, Cora Myrle Joy, went to school north of Burlingame, Kansas. I know this because there’s an old photo that I finally took the time to look closely at it and analyze what it meant to our family history. This 1907 school photo shows Cora (with the X) and her brother Harry (with the check mark).

prairie center school cora joy

We learn more about the school from a program that the family saved. The Prairie Center School, District No. 59 was in Burlingame Township in Osage County, Kansas.

The teacher was Jennie Aletta Morgan. She had 31 students of all ages and abilities to teach.
souvenir school program

I’ll group the other children attending the school by their surnames, though they may not be siblings.

  • Nellie Cozine
  • Lee Roy Cox
  • Grace Crouch, Mabel Crouch, Orba Crouch
  • Edgar Fisher, Edith Fisher, Marion Fisher
  • Alfred Gates
  • Pearl Gehring
  • Myrtle Gifford, Roy Gifford
  • Cora Joy, Harry Joy
  • Charlie Kemble, Maude Kemble, Robert Kemble
  • Josie Long, Nettie Long
  • Edward Lyons, Ethel Lyons, Herbert Lyons
  • Ralph McRae
  • Ida Moore, Nellie Moore, Tom Moore, Willard Moore
  • Austin Shipley
  • Jesse Tucker, Toney Tucker

Tidbits about some of the families that I found in the census or other sources:

James O. Crouch and wife Lena had children Orby age 14 in 1907, Mary/Mabel age 11, Grace age 8, and two preschool children Norvil and Lloyd. J.O. Crouch is listed on the program as the director of the school (probably school board).

Alfred Joy (my great-grandfather) is listed as the clerk. His wife, Marie Kennedy, was a school teacher in Douglas County before they married. Harry (age 8 at the time of the photo) and Cora (age 11) are their only children. They were only in Osage County for a few years, approximately 1906  – 1908. I was able to find a newspaper clipping showing their public sale when they left Williamsburg in Franklin County, Kansas in Feb 1904. I’m not sure if they went directly to Burlingame at that time. A September 1908 clipping shows another auction of their horses, cattle, and farm implements. Then the family appears in records at Hamilton, Greenwood County, Kansas in 1908.

Nellie Cozine, born in 1893, had a unique enough name that she was easy to research. Her parents were William and Lavinia S. Cozine. Nellie had 2 older sisters, Carrie and Minnie. At one point, an elderly Caroline Cozine was living with the family. Probably William’s mother.

Pearl Gehring must have been one of the older students at age 18. Her parents were William and Luthna Gehring. William was born in Germany but spoke English according to the census.

There were several Shipley families in the census, but the one with Austin L. Shipley included his parents William M. and Rosa B., a grandmother named Rebecca Shipley and a brother named Alvia C.

The Fishers were age 7 (Edgar), age 10 (Marion), and age 13 (Edith) in 1907. Their parents were Joseph C. and Katie M. The younger children in the family were Effie, Emma, and Douglas. The children were all born in Kansas.

The 1910 census lists Vera Gifford and Leroy Gifford in different households, so likely they are cousins. I found 8 different Gifford families, but couldn’t find Myrtle. Perhaps she was older and by 1910 had married or maybe she had died.

The McRae family consisted of parents William and Maude, with Elsie, Ralph, and Hazel. Elsie was 8 in 1907 and Ralph was 11.

Herbert – age 8, Edward – age 14, and Ethel – age 16 were the children of John P. Lyons. By the time of the 1910 census, they’d lost their mother.

The Moores were a large family. Besides Ida – age 14, Nellie – age 12, Tom – age 10, William – age 9, there were three younger children (Frank, Pearl, Rubie) and the parents Robert and Sadie.

Prairie Center School report 1907Prairie Center School report 1907 Thu, Oct 17, 1907 – Page 5 · The Burlingame Enterprise (Burlingame, Kansas) · Newspapers.com

In this report, we see a few names that weren’t in the list that I extracted from the program. The additional students are Edna Tucker, Elsie McRae, Frank Moore, and Bernice Morgan. I wonder if Bernice is related in some way to the teacher.

Prairie Centre School reportPrairie Centre School report Thu, Nov 14, 1907 – Page 3 · The Burlingame Enterprise (Burlingame, Kansas) · Newspapers.com

Again, this report includes some new names: Norval Crouch, Mary Crouch, Cecil Gifford, and Vera Gifford.

The New Century – News Tidbits on the Joy Family


In an earlier post, we saw newspaper posts about the Joy family in the 1880s and 1890s. Now we take another look in the Eudora Weekly News to see what happens to the Joy family in the first ten years of the new century, the 1900s.

There are marriages and deaths, parties and farm work, with much coming and going among the family members. The arrival of the telephone hints at the many changes to come in the next 100 years.

I’ve highlighted a few of the major events. In a few places, I’ve added a note of explanation set off in parenthesis (  ).


24 Apr 1902 – Mrs. C. James, Mrs. G. Joy, and Mrs. Skates visited Friday with Mrs. Geo. Daugherty.

14 Aug 1902 – BELLEVIEW. Plowing is the order of the day. Mr. Alois Hadl is the happy owner of a new road wagon. Mr. Steven Joy and Geo. Still spent Sunday in Lawrence.

21 Aug 1902 – Mr. Geo. Still and Steven Joy went to Lawrence Friday night to attend the band concert.

20 Nov 1902 – Mr. G. Joy marketed five loads of hogs last Friday.


22 Jan 1903 – The Belleview Telephone Line. The Belleview Telephone Co., the new line just installed, is in fine working order. The following members have now telephones in there (sic) houses:  Chas. Pilla, J. Bohnsack. A. Schellack, G. Peppmoeller, J. Musick, J. Madl, Bert Daugherty, Steven Joy, Allen James, Chas. James. The line is a perfect success as far as sociability and usefulness is concerned.

The early phones were shared party lines.

19 Feb 1903 – Miss Daisy Oshel, aged 14 years, granddaughter of Mr. Geo. Joy, died very suddenly Friday, near Prairie Center. She formerly attended school at Belleview. Her many schoolmates wish to extend sympathy to the bereaved family.

Daisy Oshel (from the Hulsefam on Ancestry)

28 May 1903 – Mr. Joy is quarrying rock at the Keystone quarry for a barn.

1 Oct 1903  – KEYSTONE. Mr. Geo. Joy is building a new barn. Arthur Moeller is home from North Dakota. Charlie Dolisi visited friends here last week. Miss Ida Miller spent Friday with relatives here. Miss Ethel Hobson is helping Mrs. Joy this week.

31 Dec 1903 – Chas. Joy was a Kansas City visitor Christmas.


3 Mar 1904 – Messrs. Irv. McClelland and Chas. and Arthur Joy went to Kansas City Saturday morning.

3 Mar 1904 – Mr. Chas. Joy of this township, was married Sunday, in Kansas City to Miss Hulett, of that city. They arrived here Tuesday evening on the plug. After visiting here awhile they expect to go to western Kansas to live. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Joy. Many friends extend congratulations and well-wishes for future happiness.

7 Apr 1904 – George W. Joy visited in Kansas City last week, returning Friday evening.

19 May 1904 – Messrs. Bert Daugherty, Steve Joy, and Ed Milburn left Friday afternoon for Osceolo, Mo., to look up some land.

20 Oct 1904 – Mr. Stephen Joy, sr., left Tuesday morning for Gray county, Kans., to visit relations.


3 Nov 1905 – Mrs. Joy returned Friday from a visit with her niece.

elizabeth joy obit 1905

Elizabeth Joy Liggett obituary in The Eudora Weekly News (Eudora, Kansas) 01 Dec 1905, Fri • Page 7

15 Dec 1905 – Bert Daugherty, Steve Joy, and Ed Milburn returned Friday from a trip to western Kansas.


5 Oct 1906 – A jolly crowd of young folk gathered at the home of C. E. Crane on Saturday night to enjoy the hospitality of Mr. and Mrs. Crane and John Rogers, who had arranged a fine luncheon of which the main feature was ice cream of “Tarleton’s best,” cake and lemonade. Weather manufacturer sent out a very undesirable change of atmosphere for the evening which chilled the guests without and was not unlike the sensation of chill within, and all enjoyed the evening together very sociably. Games, conversation and a general good time was enjoyed by all until a late hour, when the guests departed, wishing for many more good times of like character. Those present were: Messrs. Geo Ott, John and Jim Rogers, Robert Walker, Will Custus, Fred and Carl Gustenberger, Steve Joy, E. E. James, Ray West, Charlie Godfried, Louis. Charlie, George Gustenberger, Misses  Pearl and Tina West. Gertie Ott, Tena and Mattie Gustenberger. Antony Madl, Ethel Allen, Clara Hadl, Maud Liberger, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Schmidt and three boys, Frank Wade and wife, and Mr. and Mrs. A B. Conner.


1 Feb 1907 – Mr. Joy is improving the appearance of his farm by having the large hedge, with a large pasture north of his house, cut down on two sides.

22 Mar 1907 – Mrs. Geo. Joy has been confined to her bed several days recently on the account of a fall, which she had some time ago. Dr. Howe of Kansas City is in attendance.

17 May 1907 – Alf. Joy of Burlingame, Kansas, is spending a short time with his parents here.

21 Jun 1907 – Mrs.Thos. Oshel and George W. Joy left Friday morning for Hamilton, Kans., to visit a sick son of Mr. Joy.

Alfred Joy, daughter Cora, son Harry, wife Marie. (photo from the collection of Gail Lee Martin)

21 Jun 1907 – Mrs. Stephen Joy left Tuesday morning for Dodge City, Kans., to visit her two sons.

6 Sep1907 – Mr. and Mrs. Werts of near Clearfield and Miss Flossie Joy of Cave, Kansas, took dinner with Mr. Reuschs, Tuesday.


3 Jan 1908 – A Christmas dinner and family reunion was celebrated at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sol Wertz. All of their children ware present. Following is a list of those present and able to do justice to a fine dinner: H. A. Werts of Lakin, Kans., Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Wertz of Ft. Cobb, Okla., Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Stonebraker and sons of Allen, Kans., Mrs. Flora Davis and daughter of Milton Junction, Wis and Mr. and Mrs. N.J.Joy and two sons of Cave, Kans., Mr. and Henry Rohe and twins of Fall, Kans., Harry Wertz, Mr. and Mrs. S. Joy and Mrs. Jones. (I’m trying to puzzle out how the Joys are related here. I find a Nelson Joy who married Ida Wertz, but don’t have Nelson on my tree. )

10 Jan 1908 – Ed James and Steve Joy helped Bert Daugherty butcher for his mother, Mrs. Geo. Daugherty, Tuesday morning. Ernest Gerstenberger is helping Steve Joy dig a well.

31 Jan 1908 – T. H. Conner, Dr. J. E. Zimmerman, Mr. and Mrs. Joy went to Kansas City Saturday afternoon.

14 Feb 1908 – John Joy of Cave, Kansas, spent last Wednesday night with Robt. Reusch.


Feb 21, 1908 – Eudora Weekly News

13 Mar 1908 – Tena Leslie Dead. Tena, the 14-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Leslie and a grand-daughter of Mr. George W. Joy died at the home of her parents in Argentine last Sunday. The funeral was conducted Tuesday afternoon, 2 o’clock. Mr. Joy was there to attend the funeral. (Vera Justina Leslie 1893–1908)

13 Mar 1908 –  Geo. W. Joy went to Argentine Monday morning to attend the funeral of his grand-daughter.

Left to Right; Tina, Alfred, Vernon & Lloyd Leslie (photo from the collection of Dick Joy)

20 Mar 1908 – Steve Joy was hauling hogs to Eudora, Monday.

27 Mar 1908 – Mr. and Mrs. Godfrey Gerstenberger and Steve Joy were Lawrence visitors Saturday.

3 Apr 1908 -Rev. John Wuerth sold his beautiful residence in west Eudora last week to E. W. Joy of Osborne, Kans., and he takes possession at once. Rev. and Mrs. Wuerth have purchased a house in Lawrence and will make that city their future home. During the years of residence in Eudora, Rev. and Mrs. Wuerth have won the love of all who came to know them well, and it is with regret that we announce their departure from our little city.

3 Apr 1908 – John Wuerth and wife, Eudora, to E. W. Joy, lots 2 to 11 inclusive, blk 72 and lots 1 to 10 inclusive, blk 97, city of Eudora, consideration $2,500.

3 Apr 1908 – Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Crane called at Geo. Joys, Sunday.

17 Apr 1908 – Bert Daugherty, Godfrey Gerstenberger and Steve Joy were fishing Saturday night. We have not heard as to their luck.

1 May 1908 – Mrs. E.E. Crane helped Mrs. Joy clean house last week.

29 May 1908 – Belleview – Will Joy and children of Madison, Kansas, are here visiting his father, Mr. G.W. Joy, of this place at present.

29 May 1908 – Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Crane did some papering at Geo. Joy’s Monday and Tuesday.

14 Aug 1908 – Elmer Hagerman thrashed flax for Steve Joy and Allie Hadl, Tuesday.

4 Sep 1908 – Alfred Leslie of Argentine is visiting his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George Joy.

20 Nov 1908 – Geo. Joy and Robt. McKinley were Lawrence visitors Friday.

4 Dec 1908 – Steve Joy, Mrs. Geo. Daugherty and Chas. James sold cattle to Frank Varnum, Monday.


5 Feb 1909 – Bert Dougherty and Allie Hadl helped Steve Joy butcher, Monday.

26 Mar 1909 – Geo. Joy was on the sick list last week.

2 Apr 1909 – Steve Joy sold his driving team Saturday and has purchased a span of young mules, which he is breaking.

25 June 1909 – Mrs. Joy and sister, Mrs. Beck, of Osborne county, this state, are visiting Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Joy.

25 June 1909 – A. O. U. W. lodge No. 112, held election of officers on the night of June 10. … Steve Joy was elected Overseer. (The Ancient Order of United Workmen was the largest fraternal benefit group in the United States)

3 Sep 1909 – Steve Joy spent Sunday visiting relatives in Johnson county.

24 Sep 1909 – Mrs. Lloyd Douglas of Colorado is visiting her aunt, Mrs. Geo. Joy.

8 Oct 1909 – Mrs. Geo. Joy entertained a number of Prairie Center people, Monday, in honor of her niece, Mrs. Lloyd Douglas, of Colorado Springs.

26 Nov 1909 – I. D. Harris of Keystone dehorned some cattle for Steve Joy Monday.

26 Nov 1909 – Steve Joy spent Sunday in Johnson county.

(This post is week one of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks)

Alfred and Marie Joy in the News


(From the Lawrence Gazette, Aug. 9, 1888) — “Teachers Institute. – The Institute now has an enrollment of 114, and the exercises are becoming very interesting…. [Discussion of sessions on grammar, physiology, history, school management, etc.] Marie Kennedy included in the list of those enrolled.

(Lawrence Gazette, July 16, 1891) “The County Superintendent yesterday issued certificates as follows, based on the examination held at the close of the Institute.” [Marie Kennedy, Baldwin, listed under “Second Grade.” Teaching certificates were issued as First, Second, and Third; these were based on your test scores and also on what subjects you were certified to teach, and they also determined how long you could teach before you had to take the test again. I believe a Second Grade certificate was good for six months.]

(From the Lawrence Gazette in August 1891) “No. 58: Director, Barnhart Kramer. Clerk, John Sturm, Clearfield, Treasurer, Wm. Brecheisen. Six months school, beginning October 5. Teacher, Miss Marie Kennedy.” (Marie Kennedy is also listed in the Lawrence Daily Journal on Aug. 24, 1892, as the teacher for No. 58, so she taught there for two terms at least.)

Alfred Joy had nine lives like a cat! These articles tell of some drastic injuries he sustained while doing farm work.

(Lawrence Gazette, Aug. 10, 1893) “Alfred Joy was badly, though it is not supposed fatally injured, one day last week. While helping to thrash at C. A. James’, he attempted to climb up on the wagon from the front, when one horse kicked him on the arm which made him fall to the ground and the wagon passed over him. Dr. Bishoff was immediately sent for and made him as comfortable as possible.” [This would be three years before marrying Marie Kennedy.]

A similar item from the Lawrence Daily World, Aug. 6, 1893, under the heading “A Boy Hurt.” “Alfred Joy was seriously injured Friday on the farm of J. H. Cox, near Hesper, by a wagon running over him. He attempted to climb on a wagon loaded with wheat but the team started throwing him under the wagon.”

Update from Aug. 31, 1893 Lawrence Gazette: “Alfred Joy is much better – is able to work a little; but it will be quite a while before he is as strong as before he was hurt.”

THEIR WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT! Lawrence Daily World, Jan. 18, 1896: “Alfred Joy and Marie Kennedy of Baldwin, were married by the probate judge this morning. The contracting parties are well known in that part of the county and are highly respected.”


Then they bought a house, I guess! In the real estate transfers for March 9, 1898: “David G. Kennedy and wife to Alfred Joy and wife nw ¼ sec 31, t 14, r 21; con $2,500.” [The sellers are Marie’s parents.]

Then they sold it in 1902: In the real estate transfers for March 31, 1902: “Alfred Joy and wife to J. P. Bell, w ½ of n w ¼, 31, 14, 21; consideration $3,000.” [Looks like they made a $500 profit in 3 years on it.]

(Lawrence Daily World, in the “Belleview-Keystone” local notes, Dec. 27, 1905) “Mr. and Mrs. Tom Oskel, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Douglass, Mrs. Alfred Joy and children took their Christmas dinner with Mr. and Mrs. George Joy.” [I wonder why Alfred Joy was unable to attend. I hope he wasn’t ill. George and Dacy Elizabeth Joy are Alfred’s parents. I’m wondering if Oskel and Douglass are also family. Maybe the Oskel should be Oshel. I have a Thomas Oshel married to Sarah Amelia Joy, a sister of Alfred Joy.]

Marie’s brother passed away in 1906, per this notice from the Lawrence Daily World, May 18, 1906: “James Kennedy died at the home of his brother, last Friday. He had been sick for some time but was only confined to the house for one week before his death. He leaves an aged mother, one sister, Mrs. Alfred Joy at Burlingame, Kan. And several brothers and many friends. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Gray at the Presbyterian church Sunday at 2 o’clock. Burial at Baldwin cemetery.”

The Madison News of July 3, 1937 included the obituary for Henry Alfred Joy. He was born and raised in Eudora, Kansas (Jan. 21, 1874). They lived in Baldwin City until 1908, then moved to Hamilton and later moved southeast of Madison.


His wife, Marie (Kennedy) Joy lived until July 6, 1945. She was born near Baldwin City, Kansas on December 1, 1864. “She attended Baker University for four years and taught for several years in rural schools in Douglas County.” She spent the last four years of her life at the Methodist Home in Topeka.


(Many thanks to Sarah St. John for searching the newspaper database. The scanned clippings are from Gail Lee Martin’s family history notebooks.)