Editor’s Corner
Vanished Magazine is being redesigned to fit the needs of  those new researchers that are taking up Genealogy because of DNA and also the new technologies that are being developed  to do  research
We will still be concentrating on the period 1800 to 1940
As you do your research you need to keep in mind that in the 19th century and early 20th century most people were poor (in 1900 for example 56% of the population of the US  were considered poor which means they don’t show up in a lot of the Genealogy databases..    That is why our website is so  important because we   concentrate  on finding those individuals that have fallen through the cracks.


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The Winslow maIL, October 08, 1898, Image 3

She runs up hobos a western woman who is an expert in persuading tramps to work on a railroad.

This is J Edward and she calls herself a hobo  hustler of the West and there is possibly no other woman in the world who holds a similar position says the Kansas City world.

Her job is to gather up all the idle laborers she can find and put them to work on the Union Pacific Railroad in Colorado, Wyoming and other western sections. She has been employed by the Union Pacific in this capacity for the past 12 years the company find her services indispensable.

Mrs Edward Atwood arrived in Kansas City the other day and the next day she left with 50 men for Wyoming most of the men were hobo’s  several of them had the appearance of typical hobos

Mrs Edward has been in the business so long then she says she can tell by looking at a man whether or not he will make a good hand when she sees one who suits her  taste she approaches him without hesitation and make him I would like a position she has to offer it only requires the work about a minute for the terms to be arranged comma and the man is escorted to some quarter where others she has engaged had been congregated.

Mrs Atwood has no place she calls home, but she usually makes Denver her headquarters. Most of her time spent between Denver and Portland OR she says she does not exactly like the style the men she received in Kansas City as they do not look sufficiently Hardy but labor is very scarce out West just now and she could do no better. the hobo hustler is a little woman about 30 years of age she has short curly hair that is his black as night. She walks with an agile step and always has a pleasing smile for even the toughest male.


Young Hobo Convinced Court That” HE Was Not of Usual Class.Charles Morrow, a boy about fifteen years of age, convinced Judge Harris yesterday in police court that he was very much in the wrong place and
discharged him.
The boy was arrested the night before upon the charge of beating a ride on a Southern Railway train. The boy was very intelligent in his conduct and his testimony told the officer and court officials that they didn’t have one of the usual class of hoboes. He said his home was in Canada and he had been at work in the city for several weeks, but got out of a job and was trying to get to another city.


The Jasper news. (Jasper, Mo.) , October 15, 1903,  Full documentation
with membership

No school for him

Willie Shands Leaves home rather than attend school

Went away with a tramp over a week ago and had not returned at last reports. Willie Shands the 13 year old son of Mr and Mrs FR Shands who live in southeast Jasper left home Tuesday October 6th and up to the last report had not been heard of since. The lad objected to going to school but his father insisted are him attending.

The boy thinking he had been treated unjustly by his father made friends with a tramp who came by his home Tuesday and left his happy home in company with a tramp who doubtless drew a glowing picture of the pleasures of the freight trains and straw shacks as soon as Mr shands found his son had run away with a gentleman of the road he pursued them down into Indian territory with a buggy but the boy gave him the slip and his Father returned to his home Sunday without the boy.

The Father feels  the boy will return home after he has been up against the world for a few weeks if he is not  already returned…


July 20 1878
San Marcos free press. [volume] (San Marcos, Tex.) July 20, 1878,

Five hundred and sixty-nine Men-
nonites, all natives of Russia, arrived
at New York  July 2nd. They will
distribute themselves throughout Min
nesota, Nebraska, Kansas and Dakota.
A largo number intend joining other
colony’s ot their Couutrymen who have
preceded them to the States and Ter
ritory above mentioned’

How does this benefit you? If your family were Mennonites it does.
It gives  you leads on 4  states with Mennonite communities.
that might help you to find family.

The Topeka state journal. [volume] (Topeka, Kan.) 1892-1980, May 10, 1898

May 10. The Mennonites of
Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma ter
ritory will hold a convention in this city
on Tuesday, May 17, to consider the
attitude the Mennonite church shall
take in the present war with Spain.
There will be several hundred represen
tatives of the church here and it is
thought that the meeting will last sev
eral days.
The meeting Is very Important, as it
will either confirm or do away with
some of the principles of the church. It
is against the principles of the Mennon
ites for any of the members to engage
in warfare or to make resistance to a
foe, -however great the provocation
may be.
Assistant Attorney General Snelling
was the cause” of the meeting, by his
decision in regard to the law in this
state exempting Mennonites from mil
itary service. He recided thafthe law
only referred to those who year after
year have taken non-resistant papers.
The members desire to have the old
time principles of the church upheld
while a number of the younger men
would like to see the restrictions re
moved. Some of them would like to
go to the front to fight for their adopt
ed country and think that it is but right
to do so as American citizens. The
question will be bitterly contested and
some interesting developments are
looked for.

The Madison daily leader. [volume] (Madison, S.D.) 1890-current, March 13, 1909,
Mennonites Give Note®
Gigantic California  Land
MADISON, March 12.—The details of
stupendous land swindle in which tbe
Mennonites of the states of Nebraska.
Kansas, Oklahoma and South Dakota
are victims to the tune of perhaps a
half mill’.on dollars, are jusc coming to
light, and indications are now that lo
cal Mennonites have been caught for
nearly 100,000 in the deal.
Tbe game is worked by a smooth in
dividual claiming to be a Mennonite,
who offers California lands for sale in
20-acre lots at $100 per acre, and as
part payment takes in exchange any
thing offered, but always requires a
note to be given for the full amount of
his California land. As a special in
ducement to buyers a free trip to Cali
fornia is held out, includiug all ex
penses enroute and a free return trip to
all parties who are dissatisfied with
the lands after they have examined
them. In addition the agent agrees to
provide for the erection of church and
school buildings at his own expense,
as well ae for the pastor’s salary for a
number of years.
After the victim
has been lured on into signing the con
tract and notes,he finds, upon examina
tion of his papers,that all the promises
and inducements ihat were held out to
him were oral, only, and none appear
in writing, and that his written con
tract means nothing whatever to him
he further finds that his note has either
been sold to a convenient bank or to
some eastern brokerage firm, and in
either case is invalid.
 The excitement prevails here in
connection with the swindle, and a
number of mass meetings have been
held with a view to devising some
means of running the swindler down.
The matter has now been placed in
the hands of Attorney H. Van
Ruscben, wbo has just returned from
the legislature at Pierre, and develop
ments may soon be looked for.