Y is for YIKES!


Sometimes the news that I find about an ancestor makes me say, “yikes!” Accidents happen and I wish I could find follow-up stories to reassure me that the victim recovered. Here are some accidents that injured my Babcock, Vining, and Martin ancestors between 1880 and 1910 in Kansas.

This toddler, the child of Robert Babcock, received scalding burns from tipping over a teacup of hot tallow onto its face. It sounds so painful. At first, the doctor thought the child might die. I have a lot of Babcocks on my family tree and some of them lived in Thayer. Scanning down the list, I looked for someone born around 1885. So far, I haven’t been able to identify the child.

Robert Babcock (which one??) 2-yr old child scalded, Erie KSRobert Babcock (which one??) 2-yr old child scalded, Erie KS Fri, Dec 2, 1887 – 1 · The Head-light (Thayer, Kansas) · Newspapers.com

The year before a son of William Henry Babcock was injured in a fall. That child I was able to identify as Samuel O. Babcock.
Samuel O. Babcock injures elbowSamuel O. Babcock injures elbow Fri, Feb 26, 1886 – 8 · The Head-light (Thayer, Kansas) · Newspapers.com

Here’s a photo of Samuel Oolery Babcock as a grown-up. My thanks to LDStater for sharing this picture on Ancestry.


I’ve found a number of runaway horses and buggy accidents. In this one, the mother and child were dragged more than a hundred yards after the buggy turned over. The name given is Mrs. Frank Shetler which would be Elnore (Nora) Vining. She’s the daughter of James M Vining Jr. and Jane/Jennie Lindsley.  Given the date here, I’m guessing the baby was Georgia Pearl Shetler who was born in 1909. Nora survived the accident and lived to age 88.

Elnore Shetler and child in buggy accidentElnore Shetler and child in buggy accident Thu, Aug 11, 1910 – 1 · Altoona Tribune (Altoona, Kansas) · Newspapers.com

Another buggy accident involved my first cousin, 3x removed. Henry Roach Martin “was quite badly hurt” when his team spooked, running away in the dark as he headed home from a religious meeting. Apparently, two young men were racing and that frightened his team. The accident was not fatal as H.R. Martin died about 40 years later at age 81.

H.R. Martin injured in buggy accidentH.R. Martin injured in buggy accident Thu, Oct 24, 1895 – 5 · The Emporia Weekly Gazette (Emporia, Kansas) · Newspapers.com

I’ve written earlier about the death of my great-grandfather, Sam McGhee, in an oilfield accident. My other great-grandfather, Alfred Joy, was fortunate to survive several serious accidents while farming.

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)