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  Cedar Vale, Ks
Monday, August 1, 2022
Debra, You might contact the city, or the museum to see if they have one they could send  to you. It is a privately owned home, so not sure if any photos available.

"Home is whee the heart is', Cedar Vale, KS 
  Debra Blaszak
Saturday, July 23, 2022
A beautiful website! I was looking for a photo of a victorian 3 story house which was across from the medical clinic when I lived there in 1975. Would there be a way of getting one from the museum, even for cost? Thank you, Debra Blaszak  
Sunday, March 7, 2021
My mothers family is from this area. I have enjoyed your site for a few years. I truly wish more people would comment and add content to grow this site. Cedar Vale is a beautiful area and I would love to live there but unforunately there aren't many jobs close to this area. Maybe when I retire I can move here and enjoy my golden years. I have a few family members buried in the Cedar Vale Cemetery.
  Randy Michael Signor
Thursday, November 5, 2020
Noodling around looking at maps in norther OK and decided to peek at Cedar Vale, where I was born in 1945, early Sept; Dr. Hays delivered me. My mom lived with her parents in Sedan during the war; some years later my granddad was in the Hays Hospital for something and we went to visit and there was Ron Howard, visiting his granddad. I have fond memories of Kansas. Rock Chalk Jayhawk! Thanks for allowing me revisit a fine little Kansas town.
  Home is where the heart is..Cedar Vale, KS
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Hi Ginny,
Yes, we would be very interested in the photo of Harvey Franklin Barger and the blacksmith shop.
Thank you for offering to sharie it with us.
  Ginny Richards
Sunday, March 31, 2019
My great-grandfather was Harvey Franklin Barger and I have a picture taken in the Barger Bros blacksmith shop if you are interested.
  Paula Williamson
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
My family lived in Cedar Vale for many years. My Mother, Pauline Williamson, ran the Hill Top Cafe and I remember being there a child. My Father, Richard Blaine Williamson and my Sister, Velda Holt are buried in the Round Mound cemetery. If anyone has any information on my family, I woul appreciate knowing more. I am researching them as well as Madaleen Myers, who was my Grandmother and lived there as well. Also, my Grandfather was William Williamson and lived in the area too. Thanks so much. 
  Home is where the heart is
Monday, February 19, 2018
Hi RoxAnna,
We are happy you enjoyed the site and hope you will return often. We apologize for not being able to respond sooner.
We are not familiar with the photography studio you were asking about, but we will inquire and see if anyone else has any knowledge of it.
We noticed your last name is Foudray and was wondering if you were aware that several Foudrays lived in Cedar Vale in the late 1800's and early 1900's.  Several are buried in the Cedar Vale Cemetery as well as the Cedar Creek Cemetery.
Thank you for visiting the site and if we can be of further help let us know.
  RoxAnna Foudray
Sunday, February 4, 2018
I found this site while searching for some information.  What a great collection for Cedar Vale, KS.  I am looking for information on E C Jacquith, he was a photographer in that area at least by 1883  and possibly after 1892 where the name on the bottom of his photograph "cards" are of standard print.  I however have a photo from this same studio that I am trying to identify the date range where E C Jacquith's name is in cursive.  I think the cursive picture was taken in the early 1900's.  Does any one have information on how long he was in town and possibly when the printing on the bottom of E C Jacquith's photographys changed?    Thanks for any hints you might be able to give. 
  Home is where the heart is...Cedar Vale, KS
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
This is wonderful that you have so many photographs that you are willing to share. We would be more than happy to post those that you wish to share on the website. We also have a Facebook page for the website that we can share the photos on. We would most certainly credit you and your FIL and his brother for the photos. The Facebook page is:  Cedar Vale Kansas  ('Home is where the heart is...'
There is a couple of other Facebook pages that you might prefer to share them with:
Cedar vale historical society and museum:  HTTPS://
Vintage Photos of Chautauqua County Kansas:
If you wish us to post the photos on our website: or our Facebook page,  just let us know. I am sure many would enjoy seeing them'
Thank you so much for visiting the website and hope you will return often.  If we can be of further help let us know
  Rhonda Toothaker
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
I have never been to Cedarvale but hope to visit soon. My father in law grew up in CedarVale and talked about it until he died a couple of years ago. I have lots of photographs that were taken by his brother and I believe that most of them were taken there. One of them I was looking at was of the LC Adams Mercantile. Took me a while but finally figured it out. My husband and I are planning a trip there in the near future to take a look at the little town that his father grew up in. Is there a place where I can post some of the better photos of the town that I run across?
  Home is where the heart is...Cedar Vale, KS
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Thank you for visiting the website and sharing with us. We hope that you enjoyed the site and will visit it often.
  Patricia Pate Molder
Friday, April 14, 2017
I grew up in Cedar Vale from age 9 until I left for college.  My grandparents were Albert and Anna Pate. Albert carried the mail on RR 3 for 37 years. Anna took flower orders and would go to Arkansas City to get the flowers.  My Mother, Nadine Pate, retired from the Post Office.  I worked in Hankins Drug Store and then the Cedar Vale National Bank.  My brother-in-law, Rodney Smith, had the Mobile Station before moving to Ponca City.  Cedar Vale is still home to me and we do our best to go back every two or three years.  It is a very special place.
  Home is where the heart is..Cedar Vale, KS.
Sunday, February 28, 2016
Jeff  Ross hope this helps answer you inquiry---Leonard passed away in 1997 at the age of 91. He worked on the ranch in the 1935/42 era. He fed Texas steers in the winter time while there. In 1942 he moved 15 miles north of CedarVale where his son Dale lives
  Home is where the heart is..Cedar Vale, KS
Sunday, February 28, 2016
Jeff Ross,  sorry that we don't have information on your inquiry but we will post your question on the facebook page and see if anyone might have some knowledge in regards to the ranch. If we find any info about the ranch we will post it here in the guestbook.  (Link to facebook page if you are interested: Thank you so much for visiting the website and hope you will come back often. 
  Home is Where the Heart is..Cedar Vale KS
Sunday, February 28, 2016
Thank you so much Keith Malone for the kind comments and sharing your memories. We are glad that you enjoyed the website and hope you will come back to visit us often.
  Cedar Vale Kansas
Sunday, February 28, 2016
Thank you so much Sue Dyer for the kind comments. We are glad that you enjoyed the website and hope you will come back to visit us often.
  Jeff Ross
Friday, February 26, 2016
I was wanting to get some information if possible. My dads cousin was Leonard Ardin Steward.I believe at some point they owned Shaver Ranch N. of Cedar Vale. My dad worked on the ranch maybe sometime in the 1940's. I also have a photo of my grandmother on the ranch. Does anyone know if the ranch still exist? I would appreciate any info. Thank you Jeff Ross
  Keith Malone
Monday, February 15, 2016
Tribute to Cedar Vale, Kansas.  I remember going with my Daddy Everett Malone who was a fine honorable upstanding farmer in the community of Belknap to the Cedar Vale State Bank.  I always enjoyed our trip there going across the bride east of town..What a wonderful town and I enjoy looking at all the photos.  Remember visiting Wee Kirk Chapel and love the hilly country.  I plan to visit your fine town set in the valley soon.
  Sue Dyer
Monday, January 18, 2016
What a lovely site!  I was especially interested in the album donated by Vaughn Drumm.  I am searching for the final resting place of a woman named Rita Drumm McKnight Dyer who I believe may have been Vaughn's sister. Regards,  Sue Dyer
  Cedar Vale, Ks
Friday, November 7, 2014
Thank you so much Tana D. Perry Neal for the kind comments and for sharing your family heritage.  We are glad that you enjoyed the website and hope you will come back to visit us often.

  Tana D. Perry Neal
Friday, November 7, 2014
I wanted to thank you for the history of Cedar Vale. My Great Grandfather is Colonel Francis M. Hills, He and my Great Gradmother Annie Hills had several children, Hazel being one of their daughters is my Grandmother...Hazel had several children also, she married James Erles Perry, my Father Gerald Perry is one of their children...He is 91 and lives in Lakeland, Florida. I live in Coffeyville, Kansas. I can't wait for my sister and two brothers to see this is very impressive. Thanks so much for the history!!!!!

In the Memory of all my relatives I am Honored to sign this book.

Tana D. Perry Neal
Great Grand Daughter of Colonel F.M. and Annie Hills
and Grand Daughter to James Erles and Hazel (Hills) Perry
and Daughter of Gerald R. and Blossom L. Perry
  Cedar Vale, Ks
Friday, January 17, 2014
Thank you so much Wilson McCoy, Jr., for sharing your family history and story with us. We look forward to reading more about your family.
  Wilson Wyatt McCoy Jr.
Friday, January 17, 2014
I am the oldest son of Wilson Wyatt McCoy Sr, who was born in 1912 on the McCoy ranch, slightly northwest of the ghost town of Cloverdale in Chautauqua County, Kansas. My father was named for his uncle Joseph Wilson McCoy, one of the more famous characters to have ever graced the stage at Cloverdale and, later and longer, in CedarVale.
Uncle Joseph Wilson McCoy, JW or Wilson for short, was born in 1854 at Wooster, Ohio and raised on the McCoy farm ten miles north of Wooster, Ohio in 1854. He graduated from the academy at Ada, Ohio in 1873 and graduated with honors from Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois in 1877. In 1879 he took a clerk job in a mercantile establishment at Pawnee City, Nebraska. He was involved in politics while in Pawnee City and became county chairman of the Democratic Party, befriending the first governor of the state of Nebraska, David Butler, who had a large home and cattle ranch near the edge of town.  Governor  Butler helped McCoy become county chairman of the Democratic party and McCoy became involved in local and state politics with Butler. In 1886 McCoy moved to Cloverdale, Kansas and, with his brother Ira and the support of his brother Neal, established McCoy Brothers Mercantile at Cloverdale. In February, 1887, Joseph Wilson McCoy briefly returned to  Pawnee City, Nebraska, married the only daughter of the first governor of Nebraska, Violet Butler, in the Governor's home and brought Violet McCoy to Cloverdale, Kansas.
Violet McCoy was a gifted vocalist and had trained with the very best in Chicago for a few years and had also taught music in Pawnee City before her marriage to McCoy. She gave vocal performances at the Baird Hotel in Cedar Vale, gave music lessons, and taught at two or three schools in the county while Joseph Wilson McCoy helped run McCoy Brothers Mercantile at Cloverdale. In late May, 1891, just at the conclusion of Violet's Cloverdale school term, Violet received word that her father had died of a heart attack. The McCoys immediately left Cloverdale for Pawnee City, Nebraska.
(To be continued.)
  Wilson Wyatt McCoy Jr.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Sherry, I believe the new owner of much of the old McCoy place lives at the house on the McCoy ranch and works in Cedar Vale for a utility company, best I recall.
Incidentally, Neal S. McCoy died in 2010, not 2009, and much of the old McCoy homeplace was sold in 2010 or 2011, rather than 2009.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Hi Wilson,
We so appreciate you sharing your family history with us. We don't know who owns the ranch but someone in the area may know and will hopefully enlighten us.
Thank you for visiting the website and  we hope you will visit us often. Again, thank you so much for your input. 
  Wilson Wyatt McCoy Jr.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Best regards to all in Cedar Vale and Chautauqua County!
My father, Wilson Wyatt McCoy, was born in 1912 and raised in NW Chautauqua County on the McCoy Ranch near the ghost town of Cloverdale.
My grandfather is Neal Alexander McCoy who came to Cloverdale in Chautauqua County from north of Wooster, Ohio as an adventuresome youth of twenty years of age in 1884, taught at the Cloverdale school in the fall of 1884 and in 1885, and, through the help of James Shaver of Cloverdale, purchased acreage slightly north and west of Cloverdale in January, 1886, from Joseph Shaff. (James Shaver's mother and Neal McCoy's father were brother and sister.)
Neal A. McCoy and his wife Laura Wyatt McCoy raised four children on the McCoy ranch beginning with Hazel in 1898, then Wayne, then Stewart, then my father Wilson (1912).
Stewart, after college, returned to the McCoy ranch, married Alma Fry of Tisdale, and took over running the ranch and eventually acquired 100% ownership after his father, Neal Alexander McCoy died in 1944. Stewart and Alma had one child, Neal S. McCoy, who inherited the McCoy ranch after the death of Stewart in 1982 and Alma in 1993.
Neal S. McCoy passed away at his home in Oxford, Maryland in 2009 and his widow subsequently sold most all of the ranch property in late 2009 or in 2010, completing 126 years of McCoys in Chautauqua County Kansas.
It was a good ride! Before I pass I hope to meet the new owner of the old McCoy homeplace in Chautauqua County.
  Kent Lathrop
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Thank you for the info I t didn't say anything about his mothers family I seem to think that his mothers family was from near by   but not sure. You might ask Vern Sweeny he was a classmate of my moms and I think still lives in Cedar Vale and he might know the story . Anyway  thanks again Kent
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Thank you for visiting the site and glad that you enjoyed it. We hope you will visit it often.
In answer to your questions about Ron Howard's grandparents we did some research and found the following. We however cannot verify the accuracy of it without requesting certified birth certificates, etc. from state resources.

Ron Howard's parents are Rance Howard and Jean Speegle Howard. Rance and Jean had two sons, Ron and Clint. Jean passed away in 2000.  Rance Howard was born Harold Rance Beckenholdt in Duncan, Oklahoma, the son of Ethel Cleo (née Tomlin) and Engel Beckenholdt, a farmer. He changed his name to "Rance Howard" when he became an actor.
Rance's father, Engle Beckenholdt grandfather of Ron Howard was born Aug 8,1896  Kansas and died Nov 1980 in Moline, Kansas. He is buried in Newkirk, OK  Note: Military records for Engle indicate he was born in Kansas.

Other records show that  Ron's grandparents had an address --RR, Moline, KS which is in Elk County Kansas.
Engle married Ethel Cleo Tomlin 30 JUN 1923, daughter of Ralph Jedediah Tomlin and Carrie Melissa Freeman. She was born 21 APR 1904 in Otto, Cowley Co.,KS, and died 1966 in Newkirk,OK. She is also buried in Newkirk.  The 1910 census shows that Ethel and her family lived in Kaw, Kay County Oklahoma.
Hope this helps answer your question. If anyone else has information that would help to answer Kent's question it will be appreciated. 

Our search for the information above was found at the following resources: 

  Kent Lathrop
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Oh I think this is so wonderfull its a great web site. I love Cedar Vale there really is'nt any place on Earth like it. I have so many wonderfull memories of the town growing up My mother is Jo Ann Stone Lathrop My grandparents were of course Annabelle and Herburt Stone. I have a question for you guys and hopefully someone can confirm it but as a little boy I remember my Grandma telling us that Ope (Ron Howard)s grandparents lived in or around Cedar Vale I was wondering if thats true. If thats is ture it would so cool if he came for a visit and made a movie about the early years. There is such a vast history of the entire area of SEKans and northern Okla.  aNYWAY THIS  great site I will be checking back form time to time. Regards Kent
  Jennifer V
Saturday, October 1, 2011
We were researching Cedar Vale because the possibility of us moving there for a job has been discussed.  We were happy to find a website with so much information abou the town.  Thank you!
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Thank you for visiting the site and  we are glad you enjoyed it. We hope that you will return often as we add to the site often.
If you have anything you wish to contribute, please let us know. 

  Jim Robinson
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

     It's a great website. Thank you for having it up.

     Dana -- I remember the gas station and your grandparents very fondly. They were particular friends of Earl and Hazel Hines, who were in our family.
  Dana (Goode) Zarenko
Sunday, June 19, 2011
My Grandparents were Freddie and Venita Marshall, they owned the Mobil Station. we loved to visit when we were kids!
Monday, February 21, 2011
Thank you for visiting the site. We are not familiar with the names you are referring to. Sorry cannot be of more help, but maybe someone else will read this and might be of some help.

Monday, February 21, 2011
Hi Joe,
Glad you enjoyed the site and we look forward to you visiting often.

  Lester Hutchinson
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Im Looking for anyone who knows David Hutchinson ( or at least that washis birth name) Born in 1974, There were a total of 6 brothers and sisters. three weretaken by lies and misinformation. i was told david might have been  or still is a sheriff for your fine community.
Friday, January 21, 2011

hello, i lived in cedar vale when i was in seventh grade i am 35 now and still have great memories of your town very beautiful plan on revisiting soon!!!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Hi Tosha,
Nice to hear from you and glad you found the website. Hope you enjoyed it and will come back often as we add to and change it frequently.

  Tosha Holt
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
I went to school there and I liked it and I hope that I can come back and see it again I was just thinking about cedar vale and how it was doing so I thought that I will look in and see so I found this and thought that I would say Hi.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Thank you for your very kind comments about the website and Cedar Vale. We enjoyed the excellent blog you wrote about Cedar Vale and look forward to you returning to our beautiful town in the future. 
We are glad you enjoyed the website and hope you will visit it often.

  Kate F. Eaton
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Hello! Had the privilege of visiting Cedar Vale on New Year's Day, very impressed with what we saw although, of course, many businesses were closed. Plan to return soon. Also wanted to congratulate you on an excellent website. I've included a link to it in my blog, Hope you enjoy what I have to say so far about your pretty little town!
  Kent Smith
Friday, November 12, 2010
I am the great-great grand son of F.M. Hills, My great grand mother was Minnie Hills. Can any one tell me anything about her husband Lawrance Smith? I have talked to Hal Barger years ago, but he knew nothing of him. I assume Hal has passed, as I haven't heard from him in years. Please contact me with any information.My email is ThanksKent Smith, grand son of Merl Smith of Cedar Vale.   
  Karon Jahn
Friday, September 3, 2010

I enjoyed catching up with my cousins this summer in Cedar Vale. My grandparents were Ralph and Omeda Snyder and I enjoyed living in Cedar Vale during the late 1950s and early 1960s. The area is a beautiful and relaxing as I remember!

  Clifford Lawrence
Thursday, August 12, 2010
My Family (The Lawrence's) lived on the road south of 166 going to Hewins. My Mom &  Dad Clifford & Pauline, My Uncle Gene, Aunt Eva and Grandma Minnie Farmed before my Mom & Dad moved to Arkansas City in around 1960. Dr. Hays delivered me in the old hospital Jan. 26, 1954. My uncle Loyd was a mechanic at the old Chevrolet dealership and his wife Virginia work at the Post Office. Even though I now live in Newkirk, Oklahoma I still call Cedar Vale my home town. 
Clifford LawrenceJr.
  Rebecca Merz
Saturday, August 7, 2010
All the summers of my childhood were spent in Cedar Vale visiting my grandparents - Noreen and Ray Hawkins / Clarence and Evelyn Merz. I still dream of those summer days and Cedar Vale, and find great comfort and joy there.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Hi, Melody,
Thank you for the kind comments. We are glad you enjoyed the site and hope you return often.
  Melody Twigg
Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Hi, Just wanted to say that your site is excellent. I came upon it on accident and now have it book marked so I can continue to return to it. It is wonderful that people have such an interest in Cedar Vale

Saturday, June 12, 2010
Hi Hannah,
Thank you for the kind words and we are glad you enjoyed the site. We hope you come back to visit again as we often add to and change items on the site.
  Hannah Sparks
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Hi. I used to live in Cedar Vale, and I enjoyed every single minute. I'm just here to say that I thought the site was wonderful, and it made me have fond memories of my time there. I hope to visit again one day.....
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Hi Kelly,
Thank you for your kind comments.
We are very sorry about the loss of your Dad. You and your family will be in our prayers.

We hope you will come back and visit the site frequently, as we add to it often. We have a forum in which anyone can participate. We also welcome contributions to the site, blogs, pictures, stories, history, family history and any other items that might be of interest and pertaining to Cedar Vale, Ks and the area.
If you have questions concerning CV or the area, please feel free to contact us and we'll do our best to help.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I was just curious about Cedar Vale. My dad was born there (Charles Layton) He just passed away and I wanted to see more about Cedar Vale. This is a great site and next time I am in Kaksas I will visit Cedar vale. Looks like a great place.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I have a copy of a letter dated April 3, 1920 that was sent from Cedar Vale.  The letter was to my Great Grandmother Frances Elizabeth Kennedy Kennaday near Saratoga, Wyoming from her brother John Romain Kennedy reporting her mother's death.  The deceased was named Sarah Ann Ankrom that wed Jesse Rufus Kennedy.  I find the website very nice and cannot understand wanting to leave such temperate country for the high, cold area here in Wyoming!  I hope to visit soon!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Hi David,

Thank you and hope you enjoyed the site!!

Come back and visit often. Have a forum area, that all are welcome to join in.

If you have pictures or anything would like to see added here let me know and if feasible will add it.

Come back soon as we change and add to the site frequently.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Hi Sherry,

Thank you for visiting the site. Come back often as we add to it frequently. (The last couple of weeks have been an exception, due to computer problems)

There is a Sartin in my Phelps/Foudray lineage. They also came from Kentucky, then to Missouri and then to Kansas.

Feel free to share your stories, etc., in the forum area "Cedar Vale Corral". 

Glad you enjoyed the photos.
Hope to see you come back often...

Thursday, December 17, 2009
Just checking out your site.  Am descended from Aaron Sartin & Katie Clara Mussey.  My grandfather, Allen C. Sartin was born in Cedarvale.  My family came to Cedarvale during the 1860's from Kentucky by wagon train.  Loved the photos.  Looking for local Christmas traditions or stories of Cedar Vale Christmases.
  David L. Snyder
Sunday, December 6, 2009
wanted to let you know that this site is wonderful. My grampa was Ralph D. Snyder... my dad Keith Snyder, the own the sale barn. My cousin Damon and his family still live in Cedar Vale.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Hi Bobbie,

Thank you for your kind comments!

We will be adding more history to the site soon. We also will be adding to and changing the site, so come back often. We have a forum area also that you can participate in and we hope to have a chat area before too long. We have several things to add that we hope people will enjoy.

I will send you an e-mail about Col F. M Hills. He was mayor of Cedar Vale three times and came to  Cedar Vale from Pennsylvania in  a wagon with his wife and several children. He had two brothers that were already settled in Cedar Vale.

This site is fairly new, but we had much of the information on our sister site(we will be keeping that information there as well) and just recently set these pages up just for Cedar Vale as we wanted to expand the Cedar Vale information.

Come back often and hope you will also participate in the forum area.

We are working on the "Cedar Creek Gifts/Gallery" catalog and hope to have it set up in a couple of weeks if not sooner.

Thanks for visiting and hope you will be back

  Bobbie S. Earle Woosley
Monday, September 28, 2009
I was searching for infomation on my Great-grandfather, Col. F. M. Hills. My grandson is doing a project on the Civil War, and we have been searching the internet for a copy of his obituary. I found this website. This is terrific! Just finding his name being elected mayor of the "3" Class Town was great. I am looking forward to more history being added. If anyone has information, please contact me.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Charlene, Thank you!
We will always be adding to the site, so visit often to see the additions and changes.. We will soon have a gift shop with t-shirts, mugs, calendars, and more.

We have some interactive plans for the site as well that we hope everyone will enjoy.

Thank you for visiting and come back soon!!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

excellent  web site

Tuesday, August 25, 2009
What a wonderful site!  Luv it!