We all come across the old photo shoebox where the miscellaneous, unlabeled, now-forgotten people live.  Once cherished, now unknown people wait there patiently for someone to claim them, and to tell their stories.  Sadly, most of these photos eventually wind up in the local landfill over time.  Gone.. AND Forgotten.

Do you recognize any of these photos?  Most of them should have some Kansas connection.

Can you honor their memory by telling us their stories?

Do you have unknown Kansas photos you would share with us?

These photos are of the Westrup/Staatz family found at a Northeast Kansas estate sale.

Rescued by Janeice Crosson

Agnes Emma Westrup Kohler

Agnes Emma Westrup Kohler

Woodbine, Kansas

Anges was born on the Westrup homestead a few miles north of Woodbine, Kansas, on November 24, 1881.  She died of influenza at her home in Woodbine on March 17, 1919, aged thirty-seven years, three months, and twenty-one days.  Mrs. Kohler lived on the farm where she was born until the death of her parents, when she came to Woodbine and lived with her brother, Louis, until her marriage to Ora Kohler in June, 1904.  After her marriage she lived in Herington for four years.  While living in Herington, their son, Lawrence was born and gladdened their home for two years and seven months when he was called to be with his Heavenly Father.  A few years later the firm of Westrup & Kohler was formed and Woodbine again became her home.  June 19, 1915, Marjorie Mary was born.  Upon this daughter the love of a most devoted mother has been poured.

Early in life Mrs. Kohler professed her Christ and has followed her Savior in her daily life.  To her Church she has been an efficient officer, Sunday School worker, and a faithful, loyal supporter and attendant.  To her home she has been devoted, a careful, loving mother, making home a “Sweet Home” for father and child.  Her cheerful spirit often times breaking out into song and laughter.  To her husband she has been loyal, faithful, and in the true sense a helpmate.  To her neighbors, a good friend.  Her home has been open to the entertainment of their friends and the entertainment of every good cause.

Mrs. Kohler was the youngest in a family of twelve children, six boys and six girls.  Funeral services were conducted from the home with burial in Woodbine Cemetery (adapted from the Agnes Kohler funeral folder provided thanks to Janeice Crosson).


These photos are of unnamed Kansans

And Of Course, We’d Love To Know More About Them.  Can You Identify Any Of Them?

Lost & Unclaimed Relatives

These photos were rescued in Kansas

We may have names but do not have any family connections, life stories, or family to which the originals may be given.  Any ideas?


Photos Rescued in Newton, Kansas