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Diane Smith Battershell (#47040950)
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Bio Photo Genealogy researcher for 35 years

Volunteer to place burial memorials for the Lyons Municipal Cemetery and other Rice Co, Kansas cemeteries

Researching early families and descendants from Rice Co, Kansas - Database is online at Rootsweb World Connect
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Russ Carter
Lyons Municipal Cemetery
I was wondering if you knew when Lyons Municipal Cemetery was first opened and if there are actual burial records that go back that far or if there are only headstone transcriptions to know who was buried there.

Thanks in advance,
Russ Carter
Added by Russ Carter on Oct 21, 2015 1:40 AM
Karl Hartronft
Hartronft's in Lyons
Thanks for the information. Elsie was my grandmother (I am one of the 5 grandchildren mentioned in the obit). Arch of course was one of Walter's brothers; Arch and Elsie lived at 309 E Ave. S, which I think was two houses down from where Bess (Avonelle or Avinell) Hartronft Childs lived on the corner nearer to the square.

I remember "Auntie Neva" but don't remember where they lived. Also I don't have her maiden name.

Walter was born in Naperville Ill and lived in various west Kansas towns before settling in Lyons. I have a gap from 1930 when he was living in Dodge City to 1951 when he was living in Lyons. Do you happen to know when Walter moved to Lyons?
Added by Karl Hartronft on Oct 16, 2015 9:28 AM
Cathy Kessinger
Walter N Harris
hi, Sorry, I don't know if Walter has a headstone at Bean Cemetery. I don't live locally so can't check. Good luck! Cathy
Added by Cathy Kessinger on Oct 11, 2015 8:48 PM
Melvys Eugene Bishop
Diane: Do you have any information I can add about Melvys' short life? Were his parents visiting Kansas when he was born, or were they living in Kansas at the time? How are his father Hiram and Gardner related? Thanks for the correction you suggested.

Added by DSH on Sep 10, 2015 8:41 AM
Mike Casey
Resurrection: PHILLIPS
Thanks for taking the time to added info and link the parents to Doran's memorial. And for all your other efforts as well.
Added by Mike Casey on Aug 27, 2015 12:18 PM
Verl Manwarren
Additional information

I have been working on my family history for forty or fifty years. I have seen many of your entries for Find a Grave. If you would like, I would be glad to send you information on many Rice County families: Manwarren, Myers, West. others. If you would like, you can contact me at

Verl Manwarren
Added by Verl Manwarren on Jul 26, 2015 5:08 PM
Valice Raffi
John and Minnie Lantow
Thank you for giving me the links for John. I'm not related to them, could I transfer them to you?
Added by Valice Raffi on May 27, 2015 7:46 AM
John Campbell
Alexander Lantow
The list of children of Alexander Lantow should include John Lawrence Lantow 1892-1966. He was my grandfather and the brother of Edith, Golda, Marjorie and Dale. Thank you.
John L. Campbell
Added by John Campbell on May 26, 2015 9:50 AM
Eric Ackerman
Arnold Westrup
After looking at all the hard work you have put into researching Rice County and its people, I thought that it would be better if you had this memorial. You are the one that took his gravesite photot. I am mainly just interested in finding all of the graves of WWII Kansas dead and missing. I am not too concerned about ownership.

Thank you for all you do on Find-A-Grave!!!

Eric Ackerman
Added by Eric Ackerman on Apr 20, 2015 8:37 AM
Eric Ackerman
Find A Grave Memorial# 144866665
Hello, while researching WWII casualties for the state of Kansas (including Rice County), I noticed that Staff Sergeant Arnold W. Westrup didn't have a Find-A-Grave memorial but I noticed that you had placed a photo of his headstone on Arnold H. Westrup's (Find A Grave Memorial# 54257207) site. If it would be possible, I was wondering if you might transplant that photo to the above memorial? If you can do it, I would be most grateful.

Thank you for all you do on Find-A-Grave!!!

Eric Ackerman
Topeka, Kansas (native of Offerle, KS)
Added by Eric Ackerman on Apr 11, 2015 9:33 AM
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