Lost Springs, Kansas
Marion County
Lost Spring Trail Site Marker Moving Day

Lost Springs Ks Ezra Mowrer Store
1. Ezra Mowrer was one of the first Lost Springs pioneers and a life long resident. Ezra Mowrer owned the General Store in the early 1900's on the corner of the main intersection at Berry and Chicago in Lost Springs, Kansas

Lost Springs Ks Bandstand
2. Booster day 1915 at the center of town, corner of Chicago and Berry in Lost Springs, Kansas. The top portion of the bandstand sat for years (still there in 2007) in the park and was used as a concession stand for ball games. This picture also shows the old brick bank building in the background.

Lost Springs Ks Church of Christ
3. About the same view as above just a little different angle, looking from the corner of Chicago and Berry at the Church of Christ in Lost Springs.

Lost Springs Ks Air Plane
4. First airplane ever seen in Lost Springs, Kansas, landing in a field on Booster Day 1915.

Lost Springs Ks Plane Landing
5. First airplane ever seen, landing in a field on Booster Day 1915 in Lost Springs Kansas.

Lost Springs Ks Plane View
6. Booster Day 1915 this airplane flew into Lost Springs Kansas. Judy Bresch had an Uncle that was a kid at the time and he was sick that day and had to stay home. He was so disappointed that he was going to miss seeing his first airplane he had ever seen. As it turned out the plane flew right over his house and landed in a field near by. He ended up getting a better view of the plane than the rest of his family that had gone to town.

Lost Springs Ks Band
7. Picture of Booster Day Celebration, taken from the roof of the Old wooden school house in Lost Springs Kansas about 1915.

Lost Springs Ks Booster Day
8. Looking at the old Lost Springs Lumber Yard/Furniture store and Booster Day Parade in Lost Springs about 1915.

Lost Springs Ks Lumber Yard
9. Lost Springs, Kansas Lumber Company about 1915

Lost Springs Ks Lumber Yard View
10. The old Lumber yard in Lost Springs, Kansas

Switzer Meat Market Lost Springs Ks
11. Switzer Store (Meat Market) Lost Springs, Kansas about 1913. Owned by a pioneering family

Hotel in Lost Springs Ks
12. Lost Springs, Kansas, Hotel - Red - Andrey - Louis - Day and Dog Bully

Birds Eye View of Lost Springs Ks
13. Birdseye view of houses in Lost Springs Kansas taken from the top of the school house about 1915.

Birds Eye View of Lost Springs Ks
14. Birdseye view of houses in Lost Springs Kansas taken from the top of the school house about 1915.

Birds Eye View of Lost Springs Ks
15. Birdseye view of houses in Lost Springs Kansas taken from the top of the school house about 1915.

Birds Eye View of Lost Springs Ks
16. Birdseye view of houses in Lost Springs Kansas taken from the top of the school house about 1915.

Lost Springs Ks DAR Marker
17. Lost Springs, Kansas Marking The Santa Fe Trail - November 14, 1908

Lost Springs Ks DAR Marker
18. Santa Fe Trail DAR Marker when it was new (Lost Springs, Kansas)

Lost Springs Station Marker
19. Lost Springs Station Marker. In the picture, J. B. Shields, John Terry and R. D. Bevan
E-mail from Donna Shupe Hays - April 20, 2010
Wanted to share this info with you -- I have an original of this photo, it was in my Grandfather's photo album. He was Harry Shupe, married to Martha Elizabeth McNicol -- both born in Lost Springs in 1888 and 1889.
Lost Springs Marker -- man in front row on far left is Daniel McNicol -- early settler in Lost Springs, along with his brothers, James and John McNicol.

Mowrer and Smith Family Romona, Ks
20. The Smith and Mowrer pioneer families - Taken in Ramona, Kansas

Ovid Mowrer House and Family
21. Ovid Mowrer house and family about 1909 in Lost Springs, Kansas

Ezra Mowrer Running for MayorEzra Mowrer Running for Mayor
22. Ezra Mowrer, a pioneer and life long resident of Lost Springs Kansas, was running for mayor of Lost Springs, Kansas

Lost Springs Ks Old School
23. The (wooden) Lost Springs, Kansas School built in about 1912-1914

Wilbur Smith Family
24. This is the house and family of Wilbur Smith and Dora Mowrer taken in about 1913 in Lost Springs Kansas. Dora Mowrer Smith wanted a new house. She raised pigletts till she had the $600 to send for the house in a Sears catalog. It came by rail road ready to assemble. The wood for the house was stamped "Tacoma, Washington" which ironically is where their decendnts later moved. The house had five outside doors and winter and summer kitchens

The Smith Boys
25. Judy Breschs', great grandfather Wilbur Smith and his brothers Bert and Walter. Wilbur had one leg. Lost it while working for the rail road. Was on a pump car shooting jack rabbits and the gun accidentally fired into his leg. He went into the Insurance Business in Lost Springs, Kansas after that.

New House View
26. This is Nancy Josephine Barnhouse, Bowers' house on East Crane street across from the school house and near the Lost Springs Cemetery. The house was built 1913.

Smith and Mowrer Families
27. Smith and Mowrer families in Romona Kansas about 1910.

Mowrer Home Then and Now
28. Ovid Mowrer's house about 1915 and again in 1990

Ovid Mowrer Home
29. Judy Bresch in 1990 in front of Ovid Mowrer home in Lost Springs, Kansas. The Mowrer family homesteaded in Lost Springs, Kansas

E-mail recieved Monday, December 12, 2011
It was interesting to see the hotel from that era, as it was run by my grandfather & grandmother. But the names were mangled. That 'might be my grandfather on the far right, but the other two people were not part of the family. (I never heard of the dog- ;>)

Hotel
I attach two pictures, one of my grandmother with the boys at far right, standing in front of the hotel with other unknown folk. My grandffather was William Lindsey Day and his wife was Leah Bannie Day (nee Murray). The sons were Ralph, Audley & Louis. (Audley was misspelled all my father's life) "Red" was probably used for Ralph at the time, but was also applied to my father, Audley in the years he worked as a Western Union lineman.

Home
The 2nd of the whole family in Oklahoma several years earlier, before they moved to Lost Springs and bought the hotel 'about' 1913-1914. The baby, Louis was carried in the Okla. picture, but standing in the hotel picture.)

My father went to high school in Lost Springs, and had 2 letters from participating in sports. He told me the first car seen in the town was a White Steamer owned by the doctor. When the doctor would drive down the street, boys would run out and jump on the running board and ride the several blocks.

Thanks for your efforts in compiling all these pages. . .I'm enjoying the history.
Bill D.




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