Remembrances of our Family

Posted By BrokenClaw on February 6, 2007

Elizabeth Wilson Spooner

Elizabeth appears in the Tribal Photo of 1900. Her extended family genealogy may be found in the Chippewa-Munsee Genealogy database. Reprinted from the pages of the The Ottawa Herald, 27 July 1931.

OTTAWA — Mrs. Elizabeth Spooner died yesterday. A Munsee Indian, she came to this county in 1859 — Funeral tomorrow morning.

Mrs. Elizabeth Spooner, Munsee Indian who lived southwest of Ottawa for 72 years, died at the home in Greenwood township, eight miles southwest of Ottawa. She had been in failing health two years and seriously ill a week. Death resulted from chronic peritonitis.

The deceased was 74 years old. Elizabeth Wilson was born March 12, 1857 in Leavenworth County, Kansas. She was married in 1879 to Benjamin F. Spooner at Ottawa, and Mr. Spooner’s death occurred in 1924. Of the seven sons born to this union, four are living. They are Benjamin F., Anerson W., and Irvin N. Spooner, all of Route 3, Ottawa, and Paris J. Spooner, Lawrence.

Mrs. Spooner is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Louisa Veix, of Route 6, Ottawa, and Mrs. Sarah Supernaw, Skiatook, Okla., a half-sister, Mrs. Rachel Kilbuck, Winfield, Kansas, and an aunt, Mrs. Josephine Plake of Ottawa who is the oldest surviving member of the Munsee tribe in Franklin County. There are 21 grandchildren of Mrs. Spooner living.

Mrs. Spooner moved here from Leavenworth County with her parents when she was two years old. In 1847, 14 families of the Chippewa Indian tribe of Michigan came and settled in the hills southwest of Ottawa. In 1859 six families of the Munsee tribe of Fort Scott and six families of the Munsee tribe of Leavenworth County came and joined the Chippewas, buying a half interest in the reservation.

Mrs. Spooner’s two sisters, Mrs. Veix and Mrs. Supernaw, their aunt, Mrs. Plake, and a Joab Samuel, who is not related to this family, are the sole survivors of the original tribe which came to Ottawa in the early days and settled in the hills southwest of Ottawa, now known as the Chippewa Hills.

The deceased was a member of the Moravian church in the Chippewa Hills. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 10:30 o’clock from the Lamb Funeral Home. Rev. Harmon Alllen of Trinity Methodist Episcopal church is to officiate. Interment will be in the old Indian burial grounds, the Munsee cemetery southwest of Ottawa.

Josephine Wilcoxon Plake

Josephine appears in the Tribal Photo of 1900. Her extended family genealogy may be found in the Chippewa-Munsee Genealogy database. Reprinted from the Lamb Funeral Home, Ottawa, KS, 3 January 1940.

Josephine Ana Wilcoxson was a member of the Muncie tribe of Indians, which tribe emigrated from Canada to Green Bay, Wisconsin and thence to Leavenworth County, Kansas in 1837, where they joined the Delaware Indians, the Muncie being the Wolf clan of the Delaware tribe.

About 1858 the Delawares removed to Oklahoma, along with other tribes of Indians then in and around what is now Kansas City, Kansas. The Muncies did not join the Delawares in their removal to Oklahoma but joined a small band of Chippewas who had a small reservation seven miles west of Ottawa.

Mrs. Plake has been a resident of Franklin County since 1859. At the time of her death, January 1st, 1940, she perhaps, was the oldest native born Kansan, residing in Franklin County. She joined the Moravian Church in early childhood and upon her taking up her residence in Ottawa, became a member of the First Methodist Church. She was a devout Christian throughout her life and her religion she placed first and above all else.

She had a vivid recollection of pioneer days prior to and after the Civil War, and the hardships of the seventies, especially of the devastation and dire distress occasioned by the grasshopper plague of 1874. As a small girl, she daily swam a pony across the Marais des Cygnes to attend a missionary Moravian School. She knew Ottawa in its “swaddling days” when it was scarcely more than a grist mill and trading post, and recalled vividly the day when the women of Ottawa banished whisky by “strength of arms” — Women’s arms.

Her active married life was spent on a farm about seven miles southwest of Ottawa, giving many years to all the various activities of a devoted wife and mother. She has many friends throughout the county who will recall her exemplary life, who will mourn her passing and who will regard her demise as a last vestige of human contact between today and that stirring pioneer period when Ottawa began.

Silas Veix

His extended family genealogy may be found in the Chippewa-Munsee Genealogy database. Reprinted from the pages of the The Ottawa Herald, 27 November 1956.

OTTAWA — Silas A. Veix of Monroe Trailer Court, aged 67, a lifelong resident of Franklin County, died in Ransom Memorial Hospital last evening at 8:20 o’clock. He was a retired construction worker and had been in failing health the past five years. He was born Feb 12, 1889, the son of George and Louisa Wilson Veix. He was married to Edith Caleb in Ottawa in 1922. He attended the Methodist church.

Survivors are his wife, one son, Capt. George Veix, stationed in France; two daughters, Mrs. W. A. Livingston, Ottawa; and Mrs. E. M. Melvin, Little Rock, Ark.; three grandchildren, and five sisters, Mrs. Katie A. Warner, Miss Bessie L. Veix, Mrs. James Bracklin, Mrs. Cora E. Prophet and Mrs. Rose V. McAuley, all of Ottawa. Two sons, Raymond A., and Edwin B. Veix, are deceased.

Funeral arrangements are pending. They will be announced later by the McVey-Dengel Mortuary.

Calvin Coolidge Dailey

His extended family genealogy may be found in the Otoe-Missouria Genealogy database. Reprinted from the pages of the Ponca City News, 22 February 1998.

SEMINOLE — Calvin C. Dailey, resident of Seminole, Okla., and a former resident of the Red Rock area, died Friday, Feb. 20, 1998 at Seminole. He was 73.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23, 1998 in the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole with the Rev. Amon Harjo and the Rev. Tom Roughface officiating. Burial will be in the Otoe Tribal Cemetery on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Red Rock, Okla., under direction of the Swearingen Funeral Home.

Calvin C. Dailey was born Oct. 30, 1924 at Red Rock, Okla., the son of Dewey W. Dailey and Susie (Caleb) Dailey. He attended school at the Pawnee Indian School and Red Rock Public School, also Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kan. and Kansas University in Lawrence, Kan.

He and Grace Lee Johnson were united in marriage on Jan. 12, 1952 in Lawrence, Kan.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, as a corporal, and was a member of the 29th Infantry Division, 116th Infantry Regiment Medical Detachment. He made the landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France on June 6, 1944. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star with two clusters, European Campaign Medal with bronze arrowhead and four battle stars, Presidential Unit Citation which was presented in Commemoration of the 58th Anniversary of D-Day along with the Medaille Du Jubile and French Liberation Medal.

Mr. Dailey was retired as Service Unit Director for the U.S. Public Health Service June 27, 1981 after 35 years of federal service. He had served on the Haskell Alumni Association and Haskell Indian Nations University Board of Regents.

Surviving are his wife, Grace of the Seminole home; two sons, Randall Dailey of Hominy, and Kelley Dailey of Seminole; four brothers, Dewey Dailey, Antoine Dailey, and Rupert Dailey, all of Red Rock, and Leon Dailey of Lebanon, Pa.; one sister, Madonna Muller of Albuquerque, N.M. and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, David Dailey, and one sister, Cecile Williams.

Antoine Dailey

His extended family genealogy may be found in the Otoe-Missouria Genealogy database. Reprinted from the pages of the Ponca City News, 10 June 1999.

RED ROCK — Antoine Dailey, lifetime resident of the Red Rock area, died Wednesday, June 9, 1999, in Red Rock. He was 65. The funeral is set for noon Saturday, June 12, at the Otoe-Missouria Cultural Center in Red Rock. Burial will follow in the Otoe-Missouria Cemetery under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home, Pawnee.

Antoine Dailey was born Oct. 6, 1933 in Pawnee to Dewey W. and Susie (Caleb) Dailey. He attended Pawnee Indian School, Morrison School and Haskell Institute. Dailey had served in the Green Berets Rangers and worked for the Indian Environmental Health Service for 17 years. He was a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include three brothers, Dewey Dailey Jr. and Rupert Dailey, both of Red Rock and Leon Dailey of Lebanon, Pa.; one sister, Madonna Muller of Albuquerque, N.M.; one aunt and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Cecile; and three brothers, Calvin Dailey and infant twins.

George C. Caleb

His extended family genealogy may be found in the Chippewa-Munsee Genealogy database. Reprinted from the pages of the The Topeka Capital-Journal, 24 March 2000.

OTTAWA — George C. Caleb, 72, Ottawa, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at his home.

Mr. Caleb was a welder for General Motors in Kansas City, Mo., from 1950 to 1957, and he worked in tack maintenance for the Alaska Railroad in Anchorage from 1958 to 1960. He was employed as a laborer with the Franklin County Road Department from 1971 to 1977, and he was a custodian for Pomona High School from 1978 until he retired in 1988. He served in the Air Force from 1946 to 1949, and was stationed in Fort Rich, Alaska.

He was born July 28, 1927, in Franklin County, the son of Joseph I. and Grace I. Chaney Caleb. He attended Wahpeton Indian School in North Dakota, and he later earned a general educational development certificate. He was a lifelong Franklin County resident.

He married Milda Flinn on Feb. 3, 1961, in Miami, Okla. She survives. Other survivors include three daughters, Etta Caleb and Shirley Caleb, both of Anchorage, Alaska, and Alice Wadewitz, Ottawa; two sons, Joseph Caleb and Lester James Ignatius Caleb, both of Ottawa; a brother, Joseph Caleb, Apache Junction, Ariz.; three sisters, Clio Church, Carol Marks and Patricia “Pat” Thomas, all of Pomona; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Dengel and Son Mortuary in Ottawa. Burial will be at Muncie Indian Cemetery in Franklin County. Memorial Post No. 5901 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct military honors at the graveside. Mr. Caleb will lie in state at the mortuary after 9 a.m. today, where visitation will be from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.


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