From the Akron Weekly Pioneer Press

December 14, 1888


Of School Examinations for two months, ending Nov ??.  Only those shown who scaled 59 and above in their respective studies:


Flora Hilty 92

Edna Kingsley 91

Don Jones 90

Charley Highshew 100

Harlan Lower 91


Katie Robinson 85

Albert Lewis 85

Don Jones 89

Flora Hilty 81

    C. Arithmetic

Marshal Shoperd 60

Maud Cordeal 88

Edna Kingsley 98

Alta Irwin 80


Don Jones 85

Charley Highshew 89

Albert Lewis 81

Katie Robinson 80

    Advanced Arithmetic

Albert Lewis 95

Charley Highshew 90

Fred Hilty 90

A Grammar

Lowell Taylor 90

Flora Hilty 90

Don Jones 90

Harlan Lower 93

    B Grammar

Etta Irwin 97

Clara Bulkley 97

Maud Cordeal 85

    Advanced Spelling

Edna Kingsley 100

Ernest Taylor 92

    A Geography

Louie Bagley 97

Frank Mowter 94

Alta Irwin 87

Lowell Taylor 94

    B Geography

Marshall Shoperd 94

Myrtle Elrod 89

Maud Cordeal 91

Katie Ferry 97

Laura Latham 97

Edna Kingsley 98

Clara Bulkley 85

    U.S. History Advance (sic) Class

Grace Stephenson 99

Flora Hilty 95

Edgar Tague 95

Charley Highshew 98

Alta Irwin 81

    B U.S. History

Edna Kingsley 93

Maud Cordeal 81

            WARREN WOODRUFF, Prin.

Following is the attendance at the Akron school for the month ending November 30, 1888:

Mr. Woodruff's room - 31 enrolled, average attendance 24

Miss Harphan's room - 33 and 27

Miss Irwin's room - 52 and 39



The same page has a scathing article about a Mr. Cordeal - owner of the Akron Tribune newspaper - who was vilifying the school principal

Almost certainly  the Sylvester ( born Ireland) and Martha Cordeal in Livingston County Illinois, with son John 6, Maud 3, and Ernest six months..  All three kids born in Illinois.  Sylvester is a clerk.

In 1910 Sylvester, Martha, and John are in McCook Nebraska ( not too far away on the same railroad line from Akron)  Sylvester is a real estate agent.  All three are still in McCook in 1920.  John is a lawyer in the same county in 1930, single at 56 years old.

John Cordeal was an important figure in McCook's early history. He was born in Illinois to Sylvester and Martha Cordeal, in 1873.

In 1886, the family moved to McCook, where Sylvester established a real estate office. In 1886, McCook was still a raw frontier town. There were only a few board sidewalks in town, none north of C Street -- no paved streets, and horse-drawn buggies and wagons were often mired down in the mud.

There was a city park, in the location of the present Norris Park, on north Main Street. But there were no trees in the park -- in fact there were no trees anywhere in town. The focal point of the park was a large, ugly wooden water tank in the southwest corner of the block.

The Cordeal home was a cottage on East 2nd Street, which at the time was on the edge of town, both north and east. Sylvester Cordeal and his wife were cultured people, interested in literary pursuits. They were said to have had one of the largest and most complete libraries in this part of the state. Mrs. Cordeal was an outstanding educator in Southwest Nebraska and devoted her life to furthering the literary activities in the community.

In 1912 the Akron paper reported


Edna Kingsley is likely the daughter of Nathaniel and Rebecca Kingsley, who were in Pennsylvania in 1870 and 1880 censuses.   In 1900 Edna is a lodger with her brother Erastus in Denver - a school teacher born in 1871.  Erastus had proved up a quarter in 3n 53w in 1891.

In 1900 it's likely Rebecca was widowed, and moved back to Pennsylvania - Emma is a school teacher there.

In 1920 and 1930 Edna is married to John McGillivray, living in Denver.  Widowed mother Rebecca and sister Emma Kingsley are living with them.  Edna and Emma are both school teachers.  California Death Index has an Emma Kingsley born in Pennsylvania April 6  1873, dying in Los Angeles December 1, 1954 - mother's maiden name is Cole.


Clara C. Bulkley was the daughter of Oren Harrison Bulkley, born November 18 1853 in Ohio, dying September 13, 1935 in Colorado Springs.  He married Josephine Ella about 1876.

Likely they're the ones in 1900 Calaveras County, California.  O.H. is a carpenter, and Clara, born January 1875 in Ohio, is a dressmaker.

John's parents, James and Rachel Worley, were in Clay County, Kansas in 1885, with eight kids - 1 to 18.  They had moved  to Colorado Springs, by the 1900 census.  James is an "invalid" .  Three sons, John 30 is a "gas filler" - Willard 18 is a laborer,  Charles 16 is a laborer.

In 1910 Colorado Springs C.C. Worley is married (six years)  to John F. Worley.  John, 41, born in Kansas,  is a carpenter for the railroad, and they have Lina B. 4, born in California. 


In 1920 Clara C. Worley is 44, widowed, living with her parents in Colorado Springs..  Son Oren is 9, and Roy Everett Worley is 7.


They're still in Colorado Springs in 1930 (sons Oren and Roy are still with her) - widowed sister Jennie Shank is with Clara.  Clara's father Oren Bulkley is the head of the household, at age 70 a carpenter in a gold mill.  There's also Raymond H. Bone, 28, widowed (???), born in Colorado, grandson of Oren.  He's an electrician in a mineral mine.  He was living with Oren and Josephine in 1910 and 1920, too.

Clara C. WorleyOren Harrison Bulkley

Evergreen Cemetery Colorado Springs


Frank Mowrer is likely CHARLES FRANKLIN MOWRER - spelled Mourer, Mowerer, Mower

In 1880 an Edward Perry Mourer is farming in Illinois,  married to Lydia.  They have Ezra-20 and his wife Isabel 18, James T. 18, Mary # 13, Obid S.14, Ortha D. 8, Charles F. 8, Samuel 3, Minnie 3months.

It looks like "Frank" went back to Kansas, and at least one time - in 1940 - was a solicitor for a fire insurance company.


  A William Harlan Lower works at Colorado Tire & Leather in Denver in 1917.  He lived at 1402 South Broadway.  He's in the 1920 census in Denver - born 1876 in Nebraska,  married to Laura, and they have four children.

Has to be the William H. Lower in the Denver 1910 census - born in Ohio in 1871 (which matches an Ancestry marriage record from 1898.  William and Laura have Frank -8, and Ruth -5.

So he must be the William H. Lower in Clay County, Nebraska in 1880.  Son of Joseph L. Lower and Susan F. Lower.  Joseph is a minister, born 1830 in Pennsylvania.  Joseph and Susan have Margaret 18, Ralph 16, Albert 12, and William 8.

J.L. Lower was the Presbyterian minister in Akron in 1888. (Akron Pioneer Press of October 19, 1888)

FindAGrave has Harlan dying in 1924, buried in Denver.

Has to be related to the 31-year-old minister Joseph Lower in the 1910 census of Denver - born in Pennsylvania.


George Bagley had homesteaded in Washington County - just a little south of Akron - and so did Elmer and Akfred Bagley.

Likely the Louie Bagley attending school is the son of George - in 1880 Cedar County, Iowa Louis is 11, with parents George and Mary.  Ellsworth is 20, Alfred 13, and Mirtle 6.

George is in Washington County in the 1900 census, and likely is the George BagGley buried in the Akron cemetery in 1906.

On September 6, 1901 the Pioneer Press reported that  "Mrs. Loftiss and Miss Bagley having resigned after four and three yenas (sic) of faithful service."  That night be Myrtle.


Andreas' History says D.W. Irwin was on the first school board, and Miss Hettie Irwin was the first teacher.

In 1898 Emma Pearl Irwin gave an oration at the school graduation.

Alta M. Irwin is 25, born in Illinois October 1874 in the 1900 Akron census,  a school teacher living with her father D.W , a ranch man, and mother C.J., postmistress. Brother W.F. is 21,  sister Emma is 19, and sister A. Gertrude is 14. (William F. 31, born Iowa, is a teamster in 1910 Denver, married to Caroline with one-year-old Harold.  He's still in Denver in 1920, salesman at a grocery, with two more kids.  In 1930 he's still a salesman, and the three kids are with them.  In 1940 Denver he doesn't have an occupation, and neither does 25-year-old Wilbert)

In 1880 they were in Furnas County, Nebraska.  David W. is a farmer, Cynthia J. is keeping house/  Alta is 5, brother John H. is 3, and brother Frank is 1.

In 1895 the Akron Pioneer Press is owned by D.W. Irwin, and in 1904 he's operating a grocery store.

(there's a John H. Irwin buried in the Akron cemetery in 1902. Probably the 23-year-old stockraiser in the 1900 census, married in 1900 to Georgia.  The Akron newspaper of December 3, 1903 reported that "Last Christmas John Irwin, son of D.W. Irwin, was shot and killed by Joseph Meenan.  The two men were adjoining farmers and quarreled over the pasturing of stock.  Meenan was also show by Irwin at the same time, but recovered in a Denver hospital, and two months later Meenan was assassinated on the prairie near his home.  A few days later George I. Tuttle, a wealthy stock raiser of eastern Colorado, his oldest son and four others were arrested charged with Meenan's assassination."

Frank, Cynthia, and Emmy are in Irondale, Adams County, Colorado in 1910.  Frank is a real estate agent, Cynthia a postmistress, and Emmy is a saleslady.

In 1911 "Misses Alta Irwin and Clara Steck are home from Greeley to spend the holidays."  In September they were attending the first term of the state Normal school at Greeley.

The Akron newspaper of April 3, 1914 reported that Mrs. D.W. Irwin, former postmistress, died at Derby, Colorado


In the same issue as the school list was a paragraph including "Messrs. Glimp & Ferry, proprietors of the City meat market.."

In March 1888 "R.C. Ferry went up to Denver to see the sights."

In April 1898 Misses Katie Ferry and Abbie Beeney are home this week from Denver where they are attending school.

In September 1898 Miss Katie Ferry conducted a session on the Influence of the Teacher In and Out of the Sunday School

In 1899 Katie attended a regional public school teacher meeting at Akron.   "Kate Ferry taught her first school" at Otis in 1899.



In September 1911 the Pioneer Press reported that Miss Flora Hilty, of Denver, arrived Tuesday and will teach a term of school in the Cody district.

She might be Florence Hilty, the daughter of Joseph and Sarah Hilty.  Joseph was a farmer in 1880 Peoria County, Illinois.  Florence was born about 1873, and John about 1869

In 1900 Denver Joseph (Nilly in the index) is a teamster, with Sarah G born May 1847 in Ilinois.  John and Florence McNeill  (McNeille in the index) are at the same address, John a baker.    They've been married two years.

Sarah was widowed in the 1910 Denver census, with two boarders.

Florence and John McNeill are in Fremont County, Wyoming in 1910.  John is a baker.  Son Joseph is eight years old, born in Colorado.

Sarah was widowed in 1920, living with John and Florence B. McNeill in Fremont County, Wyoming

Sarah, John and Florance (sic) are back in Denver in 1930.  John (at 69 years old) is a repair carpenter for a steam railroad.

Florance is widowed in 1940, living in Denver, in the same residence as in 1935.


Andreas' History has "among the first settlers were ... ..D.W. Irwin...... Joseph Hilty...... S. Cordeal....Perry Highshew

One Ancestry family tree has C. Perry Highshew born 1832 in Ohio, marrying Mary Walters Morton about 1865, living in Livingston County, Illinois in 1870 and 1880, working as a carpenter, dying 1902 in Monte Vista, Colorado (over 300 miles from Akron)

In 1900 Perry, Mary, Charles, and Mattie are in Loveland, Larimer County - Perry is a landlord, Charles H. born Feb 1869 in Illinois a day laborer, and Mattie Feb 1871 in Illinois a teacher.

Charles H. died October 19, 1900, and is buried at Loveland.  C.P. is buried at the Monte Vista Homelake Colorado State Veterans Center


The Salt Lake Tribune of October 2, 1904 said "Miss Harphan has been visiting Mr. and Mrs. Don Porter at the Kenyon." (Probably the Kenyon Hotel, opened in 1899 by Don Porter)

Probably not  the Miss Emily C. HarphaM who spoke on flower arrangement at a garden club meeting at the Yacht club in Clearwater, recently arrived from her northern home in Akron, O..  This one was born in 1873.

Possibly the sisters Ella and Emily Harphan  - 20 and 21 years old in 1880 Adams County Nebraska (two railway centers to the east of Akron). But Eliza married Darwin Needham in 1887, and had a son that year.  So probably not Eliza.


J.L. Taylor was a druggist in Akron in 1888.  One ad said "J.L. Taylor & Co. - gasoline and coal oil"


Edgar Tague is probably the one in 1880 and 1885 Buffalo County, Nebraska (about 200 miles from Akron.  Edgar, born 1873 in Indiana,  is the eldest of five children. Father John Tague is a farmer. 

One Ancestry tree has John Newton Tague, born August 1846 in Indiana, marrying Rachel Tabatha Wilkins January 9. 1870

John N Tague homesteaded in 2n51w - close to Akron - "proving up" in 1892, so he probably moved there in 1887.  He acquired another parcel of land via a "timber claim" in 1895.  He was a busy person, in 1892 elected president of the Washington County Teachers Association, and listed as a Superintendent.

November 24, 1888

Newton F. Tague

A month later, December 21, 1888 their daughter Pearlie B. Tague died.  She was born January 26, 1876.

John died in 1921 and is buried in Lawton, Oklahoma


THE President made his farewell Colorado speech at Akron at 9 o'clock at night. The Reception Committee consisted of Hon. D. W. Irwin, R. S. Langley, and J. M. Aitkin. Upward of 3,000 people welcomed the distinguished travellers. Colonel Griffith and Gen. L. C. Colby,
Commander Nebraska State Guards, joined the party at Akron as the representatives of Governor John M. Thayer.

Commander John N. Tague, of Akron Post, G. A. R., introduced President Harrison, who said :

My Friends It is very kind of you to gather here to-night as we pass by. We have had a very pleasant trip. Our interest in your State and our appreciation of its great resources have been very much increased on this visit. I am glad to find indeed, I knew I should find the same people here that we have in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Most of you come from some of those States, and you are not new people. I have been very much pleased to notice that here, as well as in the East, you take deep interest in schools and in all those things that tend to elevate a community and to
set social order on a firm and secure basis. Allow me to thank you again, and to bid you good-night, [Cheers.]

Mr. and Mrs. Tague left Akron in September 1896 with two covered wagons headed east.  They had been feted with a grand reception at the Pickett residence, with the Akron Band playing.  "Dick" Jones purchased their house.

October 23 1896 the Akron newspaper reported that the Tagues had "located" in Manhattan, Kansas

In October 1897 an Akron resident visited Mr. and Mrs. Tague at their home in Manhattan, Kansas.  The 1900 census has them there, with nine children - up to 21 years old.  John is a "delivery ????"

Edgar L. Tague is at the University of Colorado, Class of '98, in the "Prep Deb" club (maybe a debate team?).  He must have followed his parents to Kansas.  In 1917 Edgar Lemuel Tague is a chemist at the "government experiment station" (probably the state agriculture college's research farm), married to Kate M. Tague.  He said he was born January 30, 1873.

In 1920 he and Kate have Virginia, 5.  They are living with Kate's parents T.B. and Nancy Haslam in Manhattan.  Edgar is a professor of chemistry.

In 1930 Edgar is still teaching at the college.  He's 56, Kate is 50, and they have Elinor 17, Virginia 15, and Robert 10.

Edgar Lemuel Tague in the Manhattan cemetery, death in 1934.  The Scientific Notes of February 1934 says

In 1935 Kate is widowed, living at 2115 Mission Avenue in San Diego.  She's probably the Marion K Tague in SSDI, born January 27, 1880, dying in San Diego June 15, 1972.  California Death Index lists her birthplace as Kansas.

In 1910 John and Rachel are in Lawton, Oklahoma, with six children.  John is a drayman, son Milo 25 manages a lumberyard, Walter, 28, is a laborer, Grace, 20, is a stenographer.

The 1913 city directory has Ruth and Freda, both teachers, and Grace - stenographer at First National Bank - at the same 901 F Avenue address

They're still in Lawton in 1920, and John is retired.  Daughter Ruth, 29,married to bookkeeper Alfred Weichbrodt, is living with them.

In 1921 John sold 120 acres south of Akron to J.B. Fisher

John and Rachel, dying in 1921 and 1928, are buried in Highland Cemetery, Lawton.

Son Milo Tague was in Lawton, too,.  Milo M. Tague manages a lumberyard  in the 1917 city directory and 1920 census there, born 1884 in Nebraska.  He's married to Edna E., and they have Doris C., 8, Helen E., 14-months. 

His WWI registration has Milo Morton Tague, born August 10, q88e.

Milo in the 1932 city directory is President of Tague-Lucas Hardware Co.. and Edna is Vice-President.

Milo served on the city council in the 1940's, and died September 18, 1953. (the 1955 city directory has Edna as Widow of Milo)

Grace in the 1920 Lawton census, said she was born about 1889 in Colorado - she's married to William C. Munroe and has two children.

Freda was also married in the 1920 Lawton census, to Foust Harpe.  She said she was born about 1894 in Colorado.

John B. registered in 1917 in Lawton, said he was born June 23, 1894 in Akron Colorado.  He stated he was employed at Fort Logan H. Roots ??, Arkansas.  In 1930 he's an attorney in Little Rock, married to Fern, (Missouri Marriage Record of John B. Tague to Ethel F. Claflin in Carthage, Jasper County April 2, 1922)  with three children.

Walter Wayland Tague registered in Lawton,  stating his birth date was March 19, 1886.  He works at the Minnetonka Lumber Company, and is married to Jessie..

In the Lawton 1928 directory he's a bookkeeper at a lumber company.

In 1930 he's moved to Garber, Oklahoma - managing a lumberyard.  They have Earl, 15, Jack,  12. Max, 8, and daughter Jesse, 4.

In 1931he's managing Antrim Lumber Co in Garber.

Walter died June 8, 1943, and is buried in Lawton.

Millie, the oldest of John and Rachel's children, had married W.N. Brezendine in Topeka in January 1900.,  He's a groceryman in 1910 Topeka, Kansas.  They have three young sons.

In the 1916 Topeka directory Wm N. is a foreman for James Brizendine contractors and builders

In 1920 Topeka Wm. is a carpenter..  He's William, in the 1930 census,  a contractor, still in Topeka, but the sons are not with them.

Millie died in Topeka November 16, 1966


Albert Lewis in 1911 with Fred Hilty spent a day in Akron visiting old friends.

He might be a son of Jesse and Martha Lewis - married in Iowa in 1854.  Jesse died in 1877, and Martha was left with a bunch of kids.  And there's an Albert Lewis and Mary Lewis living with their grandparents Otis and Jane Darling in Newport, Wisconsin in 1880.  He's 7, born in Nebraska

Martha's son Matthew was out in Washington County in 1910, and Albert could very well have been living with him in 1888. 

More likely he's the son of Henry Lewis, president of the Farmers and Traders Bank, who "arrived in Akron" per the October 19, 1888 newspaper.  Andreas' History says Phillips and H.A. Lewis started that bank in 1886. Other 1888 notices have H.A. Lewis dissolving his partnership with J.E. Phillips in the bank and promising "as generous accommodations as are consistent with sound banking.  Henry Lewis, President and H.A. Lewis, Cashier "

 There's an Albert Lewis (right year and birthplace) in Washington, D.C.  in 1900, married to Aurora.  He's a railway conductor.

Aurora G. Fligg was a stenographer in Denver in 1896.

He's a bank teller in 1910 Denver.  He and Aurora have Marjorie, 10, born in D.C., and Marion , 5, born in Colorado

City directories list him as Albert Henry Lewis

In 1920 he, Aurora, and Marion are in Los Angeles.  Albert is head cashier at a bank.

In 1930 Aurora is widowed, living in Los Angeles with her mother Carrie Fligg.

In 1940 she's living with daughter Marion and her husband Neil Smith in Los Angeles.

Aurora G. Lewis,  born April 13, 1875 in Iowa, died in Los Angeles October 3, 1963.



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