Turn of the Century Arrivals to
Coffeyville, Montgomery County, Kansas
The summer of 1899, Silas Butler Bateman, and his wife, Martha Sophia Ingram Bateman, moved from Nevada, Vernon County, Missouri to Coffeyville, Kansas. An article in the Coffeyville Journal July 1,1899, makes reference to Professor S. B. Bateman, a disciple of the Weltmer school of magnetic healing, noting that he comes highly recommended. According to the 1900-01 Coffeyville city directory, Professor Bateman’s school of magnetic healing was located at 119 west eighth street in Coffeyville. In the 1903-04 Coffeyville city directory, Professor S.B. Bateman, magnetic healer, was listed at 616 west eleventh street. In 1909 Silas B. Bateman magnetic healer is listed at 501 west fifth street. Silas and Martha Sophia are listed again in the 1912 directory. Silas Butler Bateman was born in Illinois in 1848, according to the Vernon, Co., Missouri census of 1880. Martha Sophia Ingram Bateman was born in Illinois in 1849, again the 1880 Vernon, Co. Missouri census. The Coffeyville Journal April 4,1918 announces the funeral of Mrs. Bateman wife of Dr. S.B. Bateman. who died yesterday afternoon following a stroke of paralysis. The funeral was held today at 3 o’clock , the services being conducted by Rev. Arthur Long, pastor of the Christian Church, Burial was in Fairview Cemetery. Silas B. Bateman died February 2, 1923, and is buried in Fairview cemetery with his wife Sophie.
The James Lewis Smallwood family arrived in Coffeyville, in the winter of 1901. Lena Mrytle Bateman Smallwood, was the daughter of Silas Butler Bateman and Martha Sophia Ingram Bateman. She was the second wife of James L. Smallwood. According to marriage book "E" page 194 James L. Smallwood married Nannie Bateman,(also the daughter of S.B.Bateman and Martha Sophia Bateman) April 12,1889 in Vernon Co., Missouri. Three children were born to James and Nannie Smallwood. Fannie Geneva, born December 9, 1891, Dulcie Mae born February 2, 1893 and Nannie Hallinne born April 12, 1895. Nannie Smallwood died May 2, 1895, and is buried in the Deepwood cemetery in Nevada, Vernon Co. Missouri. On February 28,1899 James Smallwood married Lena Mrytle Bateman, marriage book H page 286, Vernon Co., Missouri. James and Lena Mrytle Smallwood had Thelma Smallwood born October 1899 in Nevada, Missouri, Pauline Eleanor Smallwood born September 14,1900 in Nevada, Missouri, and James Eugene Smallwood born January 05 1904 in Coffeyville, Kansas. James L Smallwood was employed as a foreman with the MK&T railroad. James and Lena Mrytle reared the six children in Coffeyville. James L. Smallwood worked for the railroad from 1901 until his retirement in 1936. James L. Smallwood died April 3,1952, at the Missouri Pacific Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. The Coffeyville Journal, Thursday April 3, 1952 lists his birth date March 6, 1868. Other survivors listed are five daughters, Mrs. Geneva Posey, Mrs. C.C. Hogan, Mrs. Thelma Whitehead, Mrs. Dulcie Burgess, Mrs. Dorothy Swan, one son James E. Smallwood, one sister Clara Mapes nine grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. James death certificate lists heart disease. Lena Mrytle Smallwood died Feb. 6, 1964. In the deaths and funeral section of the Coffeyville Journal Feb.7,1964 it mentions Mrs. Smallwood had lived here since 1901,coming from Nevada, Missouri, she was born Nov.5,1879. Survivors list her five daughters and one son.
William W. Mohler, his wife Lizzie, and grandson Charles Haak Mohler arrived in Coffeyville, Montgomery County, Kansas about 1910. Charles Haak Mohler was the son of deceased parents Lloyd William Mohler and Harriet Haak Mohler. School records, in the possession of Carol Mohler Webb, indicate Charles Haak Mohler attended school in Coffeyville in 1911. Charles H. Mohler graduated from the Coffeyville High School class of nineteen hundred and fourteen. Commencement exercises were Monday evening, June first at eight o’clock in the Jefferson Theatre. Charles Haak Mohler went to work for an oil refining company, first as a laborer, and latter as an office clerk. In September of 1917, Charles enrolled as a freshman at the University of Kansas. Accounts of his enrollment, as well as other letters written while at school, are in the possession of Carol Mohler Webb.
On November 8,1917 an article in the Coffeyville Journal William W. Mohler became ill and was taken to the hospital "in a poor condition, and is very low." On Nov. 9, 1917, William W. Mohler died. The funeral article mentions son Jacob Henry and family of St. Louis Missouri, and Charles H. Mohler. After his grandfathers death Charles Haak returned to Coffeyville, in all probability to care for his grandmother Lizzie.
In 1918 Charles Haak Mohler married Pauline Eleanor Smallwood, daughter of Lena Mrytle and James Smallwood.
Researching: Bateman, Smallwoood, Ingram, Haak, Mohler, Williams Whitmore, Raymond, Stoddard
Contributor: Carol Mohler Webb