Chester Emery Dallas

Dallas, Chester Emery Headstone

Chester Emery Dallas was born on the 18th of November, 1850.  His parents were Dr. Leander J. and Nancy B. (Hood) Dallas and they lived in Belmont, Ohio at the time.  Chester was the sixth of eight children.

By 1860, the Dallas family had moved to Palmyra in Kansas territory.  It seems that Chester’s father had given up practicing medicine and was farming instead.  In January of 1861, Kansas became the 34th state in the union.  By the next year, the Civil War had started and Kansas was a really rough place.  It seems that one of the very first battles of the war was fought right here in the area that they lived.  Scary stuff.

When Chester was 20 in 1870, he was working as a laborer in Chetopa, Kansas, according to the 1870 census.  I have found that he had been a student at Baker University in Baldwin City.  Chester had gone to work on a newspaper in Chetopa that was owned an operated by a past president of the university.   Chetopa is down on the Kansas Oklahoma border and was in the heart of Osage country.  The first post office was established there in 1867, just a few years before Chester shows up in Chetopa on the census.

Chester’s father passed away in 1874 when Chester was 23 years old.  By 1880, he had moved back home and was farming.  He’s shown as living with his mother, so I’m guessing that when his father died, he went home to take care of things.

On the 24th of November, 1881 Chester married Margaret “Maggie” Harker.  He was 31 years old and Maggie was 24.  From notes that my grandmother left with my uncle, the Dallas family was Scotch-Irish and Maggie was French-Canadian.  I haven’t been able to find pictures yet of either of them.

The couple welcomed a son, Walter Clark Dallas, on the 25th of November, 1884.  They were still living in the Palmyra, Kansas area.

Sometime between 1885 and 1900, Maggie passed away.  In the 1900 census, Chester was listed as a widower and living in a boarding house in Mound City, Kansas.  He was a newspaper man, the publisher and editor of the Linn County Democratic Herald.

By 1910, Chester had remarried.  His new wife was named Helen Corn.  Chester was 60 years old,  still running the newspaper and the couple owned a home on Pine Street in Mound City.

By the 1930 census, right before his death, Chester was working as a real estate agent in Mound City.  Interesting!

Chester passed away on the 21st of May 1930 at 79 years old.  He is buried in the cemetery at La Cygne, Kansas.

There is so much more that I want to know about Chester’s life.  I feel a research trip to Kansas coming up.

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From:  Transactions of the Kansas State Historical Society, Volumes 1-2

J.W. Horner – The Chetopa Advance was started January 4, 1869, by Corey & Horner.  Mr. Corey retired in May, 1869.  January 4, 1870, S.A. Fitch purchased a half-interest and became joint proprietor and editor. John W. Horner was born at Harrisiburg, Penn in 1834; in 1855 graduated from the State Normal School of Michigan, and in 1858 at the Michigan State University; served in the army from May, 1861, till July, 1865 in all the positions from Lieutenant to Colonel of the Eighteenth Michigan Volunteers; came to Kansas in 1865; became President of Baker University, and in the fall of 1867 a professor in the State University; resigning after one year to engage in establishing the Advance. Of J.M. Cavanass, foreman of his office, Col. Horner says:  “He is a graduate of Baker University; a young man of excellent literary tastes, who never looses an hour, never swears, never smokes, never chews, never gets drunk, never loses his patience, never goes to see the girls.”  Chester Dallas, another employee, also a Baker University pupil, was equally virtuous. January 4, 1870, the paper took the name of the Southern Kansas Advance.

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(Chester is my 2nd great-grandfather on my mom’s side of the family.)

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Walter Clark Dallas

walter-clark-dallas-abt-1917-juneau-alaskaWalter Clark Dallas was born November 25th, 1884 to Chester and Margaret “Maggie” (Harker) Dallas in Palmyra, Kansas, which is now part of Baldwin City.  (This picture is circa 1917 taken in Juneau, Alaska.)

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On December 22nd, 1909, at the age of 25, Walter married Amy Mae Hovey in Millville, Utah.   In 1910, the couple was living in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where Walter had taken work as a government trapper for Yellowstone National Park.  He was one of the first game wardens in the park and was hired to keep the park safe for visitors, especially from wolves and bears.

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Walter is the one on the right here, pictured with another trapper in the park.

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Walter and Amy’s three oldest boys were born during their years in Wyoming.  By 1918, Walter had registered for the draft for WWI and the family was back in Millville, Utah, where more children were born, including my grandmother, Leoma Nesta.  By 1927 the family had moved again, this time to Jerome Prairie, Oregon where son Billy was born.

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This picture was taken in September of 1939 when Walter was 54 years old.  They were living in Plumas county, California now and the 1940 census has Walter listed as a miner.  He passed away on June 7th, 1943 at the young age of 58 in Sacramento, California and is buried in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Oroville, California.

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The following is an article that gives a little bit of information about Walter’s time working for ranchers in Wyoming.

(From Grand Teton Historic Resource Study)

Cattlemen’s associations were also important to ranchers in Jackson Hole. These associations represented the cooperative spirit of the westering experience. In the 1890s, a number of Jackson Hole ranchers belonged to the Wyoming Stock Growers’ Association, an organization formed to promote industry interests. Membership of Jackson Hole cattlemen in this state organization expanded from 19 in 1895 to 35 by 1910. In practical terms, local associations were more important. Ranchers formed these organizations based on common grazing allotments such as the Gros Ventre River or Blackrock Creek areas. Communal roundups and drives to and from grazing ranges required cooperative efforts. Groups of ranchers pooled money to hire line riders to watch cattle on summer range. At least one line shack, built to house hands, is extant in the Sportsman’s Ridge area in Teton National Forest.

Protecting cattle from predators, in particular the gray wolf, seems to have been the major motive for creating livestock associations in the valley’s early years. On May 21, 1914, the Courier reported that 15 wolves had killed a cow and four yearlings being trailed to summer range on the Gros Ventre. The cattle belonged to Preston Redmond. The next week Roy McBride and Redmond herded their cattle together to protect them from wolves and hired Jess Buchanan to watch the cattle at night. While at Crystal Creek, Buchanan reported that wolves would harass cattle on one side, while he patrolled the opposite side. Cowpunchers also stated that wolves pursued a “favorite pastime” of biting off the tails of calves. Wolves may have tried this as an alternative to hamstringing the animals, that is, bringing prey down by their hindquarters. In June, Roy McBride set out to hunt down the wolf packs. In July, ranchers formed the Fish Creek Wolf Association specifically to eradicate the wolf population on the Gros Ventre River. They hired Walter Dallas to hunt them, paying him $22 per month. In addition, they agreed to pay a bounty: $62 for a “she-dog,” $52 for dogs (males), and $22 for pups. The association offered a $1.50 bounty for coyotes. To pay Dallas’s wage and bounties, the association assessed each member 12 cents per head of cattle. This program eliminated the gray wolf in the area by the early 1920s.

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The following is a letter sent to Walter Dallas about his employment as a government trapper.  (I found this letter on ancestory.com)

9th November, 1915

Mr. Walter C. Dallas,

Jackson, Wyo.

Dear Mr. Dallas:-

I enclose herewith commission as deputy game warden without pay or bond, together with oath of office. Kindly certify to oath of office before a notary public and return same to me promptly.  I also enclose report blanks for use in reporting your time to this office.  You will be expected to cooperate with this department in the enforcement of the game laws, having full power to arrest any persons or persons violating this law and it being your duty to act in accordance with your commission.  I am mailing you copy of Wyoming game laws under separate cover.

You will commence active service as a trapper on the date when you were instructed by Mr. Seebohm, taking in the territory assigned you by Mr. Seebohm.  You will be expected to trap for wolves and coyotes or other predatory animals, using diligent efforts in this respect and you will be paid at the rate of $50.00 per month for such service, you to retain all pelts and collect for bounties.  Regarding your report, you will be expected to report promptly when you are near a postoffice, using the monthly report blank, stating the dates and territory covered on such dates, your location and number and kind of predatory animals trapped or killed.  Of course you will not be compelled to trap wolves or coyotes, but you will such means of exterminating them as you deem advisable.  It will be your duty to protect the game in your district, and prevent the unlawful killing thereof by any person or persons, notifying this office of any arrest made by you.  Any information you may desire may be obtained at any time from either Mr. Seebohm or this office.  I beg to state that we want results in the trapping or killing of the wolves in your district, and assure you that your cooperation in this respect will be highly appreciated.  Wishing you success, I remain,

Very truly yours,

Nate P. Wilson

State Game Warden

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(Walter is my great-grandfather.  He is the father of Leoma Nesta (Dallas) Simmons)