Charley Ware

“Last Wednesday evening at 8 o’clock, Mr. Charley Ware and Miss Eva Hankins were pronounced man and wife by Rev. Kendall at the parsonage.  Only a few close friends and relatives witnessed the ceremony.

         The bride is a charming young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Hankins of north of town.(granddaughter of J.H. & Lucinda Gaddie.) She was raised in this vicinity and has a host of friends.  She is a graduate of the Grenola High School and has taught school. 

         The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. D.E. Ware and is a hard working young farmer who farms with a scientific method.  He is a man who has taken the world as it has come, obtaining an education that would fit any man for a high position.  Is a graduate of the University of Baldwin, (Baker University) and is also a graduate of Grenola High School. 

         The general wish is a smooth sail over life’s rugged waves.”

The Grenola Leader, June 8, 1917.

          We know that Charley and Eva lived on the farm that they bought in 1947, just north the town site of Greenfield. Charles and Eva’s children were David Ezra, Robert E”Bob”, and Twyla. 

Twyla Mahood lives in Harper, Ks. and is a member of the Grenola Historical Society.  Robert lived on the original homestead after Frank and Glee moved to town.  Bob and wife, Marla, and two of his children, Tom and Connie Carter live in Moline.  His son Robert is a Kansas State Trooper and lives in Marion, Ks.  Tom and Marty’s sons, Adam and Ryan also live in Moline.       

We don’t want to leave Charlie and Eva without talking about the wonderful rugs that Eva wove on her loom.  Ladies would tear old clothing, sheets, etc. into strips about 1-1/2 inches wide, carefully fold and sew the ends together, roll the strips into balls and take them to Eva, who would weave them into throw rugs.  May of us are still using these sturdy rugs.

Now let’s go to another son of Charley and Eva.  David Ezra Ware (called D.E.) was born on June 7, 1922.  He graduated from Grenola High School.  In January 18, 1942 we read that he was married to Mary Marie Mourning of Clearwater.  He worked at Beechcraft and she worked at Coleman Lamp Company. 

         David E. and Mary lived on a farm just east of the Ed Ware homestead. when their four children were born., David E., Charles, John and Elaine.  The children attended school at Grenola, then the family moved to Wichita in the 1950’s.  David Ezra passed away July 14, 1989. 

         This is not the end of the story.  Their son, David E. or D. E. as we called him in school has moved back to the area.  He and his wife Greta have made a home in these hills next to his parent’s farm.  His two sons, David Eric, Jay Thomas, and a daughter, Jan-Ann all have families and live in Colorado. ”  
Source:  Grenola Families from N to Z, on-line

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