Anna J. (Frazer) Winslow – 2003 Inductee

Anna J. (Frazer) Winslow was born near Thorntown, Boone County, Indiana, on 5th day of 2nd month, 1848.  The daughter of Alson and Hannah Frazer, Anna married Josiah W. Winslow on the 13th day of 10th month, 1864, in Henry County, Iowa.  The Winslow family settled in Mount Ayr Township, Osborne County, in 1873.  Anna was a lifelong Quaker minister who for nearly 40 years spread the gospel as an evangelist from North Carolina to Ohio to Kansas to Oregon, all while raising five children.  She moved to El Modeno, California, on 7th month, 21st, 1907, and passed away at Huntington Park, California, on 2nd month, 21st, 1918.  Anna wrote her autobiography, “Jewels From My Casket,” which details her life’s work, in 1910.

“I was born near Thorntown, Boone County, Indiana, on the 5th day of 2nd mouth, 1848. My father, Alson G. Frazer, son of Henry and Mary (Otwell) Frazer; and my mother, Hannah (Rees) Frazer, daughter of Zachariah and Mary (Davis) Rees of Westfield, Indi­ana, were members of Sugar Plain monthly meeting of the Society of Friends, near Thorntown, Indiana. My father was one who helped to build the meeting house at that place. When I was four years of age my darling little brother, Elwood, twenty-two months old, died; and in a few months my dear mother passed away. They were laid away in the ivy-covered cem­etery by a spreading beech tree, near Sugar Plain meeting house.” – 

 “I was a mischievous school girl and usually of a lively disposition and enjoyed the pleasures of school life very much, notwithstanding my occasional lone­liness.  The hardest thing for me to give up was my school life, which occurred when, on the 13th day of 10th month, 1864, I was united in marriage with Josiah W. Winslow at Cedar Creek meeting in Henry County, Iowa, according to the order of the Society of Friends, my father having removed to Iowa when I was nearly six years old.  About fourteen months after I was married, my loved father died; he had pneumonia which ended with brain fever.  One even­ing I took him some crackers, and he put his arms around me and said: ‘O, Anna, thou hast always been so good to me, and always been an obedient child.’  O how glad I was that he could say that!  These words were the last rational words he ever spoke to me, for in a few moments he was shrieking with pain and was delirious with fever.  Although I had a home of my own, I felt I had lost a good friend and counselor by his death, for he had of then advised me in the right way.  We had been married about one and a half years when our Orestes Alson was added to the family.” – The above two paragraphs were taken from Jewels From My Casket, pages 19-20.

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The Life and Times of Glendora Friends Church

Monday, 10th month, 13th, 2008

Anna J. Winslow

The other day my mother sent an email inquiring about a book by Quaker minister Anna J. Winslow titled Jewels From My Casket, published in 1910 by the Nazarene Publishing Company of Los Angeles. The only information she gave was that the book “was given to W. C. Gindlesberger” (my Great Grandfather on my mother’s side) and that Anna was originally from Indiana and the book mentions El Modena, a Quaker colony in Orange County, California.  Mom knew she was a Quaker minister but not much else. Great Grandfather Gindlesberger was a student at the Training School for Christian Workers in Huntington Park, California at the same time Anna J. Winslow lived there, around 1915-1916. It is quite possible he acquired the book then, perhaps given to him by the author herself.


With this information and too much time on my hands I began my internet search. One source, Pioneer Memories of the Santa Ana Valley, Vol. VIII, by Maureen McClintock Richard (October 1988) notes that Anna was born to Alson G. Frazer (the family dropped the “i” some time before) and Hannah Rees near Thorntown, Boone County, Indiana.  Anna married a Quaker named Josiah White Winslow at Cedar Creek Meeting in Henry County, Iowa.  Josiah was born in Grant County, Indiana.  Josiah’s father was Nathan Matthew Winslow, born 15th day of 9th month, 1804 in Randolph City, North Carolina.

From Pioneer Memories: Hannah Reese was the daughter of Zacharia and Mary (Davis) Rees of Westfield, Indiana. Alson was the son of Henry and Mary (Utwell) Frazer. Hannah Rees Frazer died when Anna was about five years old. Her father married, secondly, Mary M. Hockett.

Anna J. Winslow became a Quaker minister. In her book, Jewels From My Casket, she tells about leaving her family of four children to preach in some distant place, like another state. Seemingly her absence was accepted by her husband and family.  Besides daughter Geneva, the children were: Urestus Alson, Julius, Matthew, Philander, Zacharia and Lida Anna Winslow.


Anna J. Winslow came to do evangelical work in California in the summer of 1907 in the annual meeting [California Yearly Meeting]. She took up the pastoral work at El Modena on the 21st of 8th Month and resigned at the end of 1908. The family bought property in El Modena at the time. The little Quaker church still stands on Chapman Avenue near Hewes in El Modena. [El Modena Friends Church is a local city of Orange, CA historical landmark which was restored by a family and turned into a restaurant.]

The noted Quaker historian Thomas D. Hamm cites Anna J. Winslow’s book, Jewels From My Casket, as a source for his book The Transformation of American Quakerism: Orthodox Friends, 1800-1907. Hamm notes on page 102, under a section titled The Revivalists: “While the revivalists of the 1870s remained prominent, a number of younger ministers also came into prominence during the 1880s. Most having been born in the 1840s or 1850s, they came largely from solid Quaker backgrounds. Among the most important were . . . Anna J. Winslow in Iowa and Kansas.

Anna J. and Josiah W. Winslow are listed in the 1880 census as residents of Mount Ayr, Osborne County, Kansas. Anna’s occupation was listed as “Keeping House.” In the Book of Meetings By Society of Friends (1884) Anna’s name is mentioned under “List of Ministers” (p. 206): “Mt. Ayr Quarter . . . Anna J. Winslow, Mt. Ayr, Osborn County, Kansas.”

“Anna J. Winslow from Kansas” is noted in the 1885 Friends Review as having attended North Carolina Yearly Meeting.  The Review includes the following: “At this time Catherine Osborne and Anna Winslow paid a visit to men’s meeting. The burden of their exercise seemed to be, exhorting husbands to make a way for their companions to attend to all their religious duties, and to encourage them in every way to be faithful in attending to whatever service the Master may call them into. Many hearts were glad of this visit, and the stirring appeals of these faithful handmaidens will not soon be forgotten, or lightly passed by.

Anna next appears in the 1910 California Yearly Meeting of Friends Church minutes as living in El Modena, Orange County, California. In the 1915 minute book she is listed as “Anna J. Winslow, Huntington Park [California, near downtown Los Angeles]. In the 1917 minutes she is listed as “Anna J. Winslow, 125 N. Templeton St., Huntington Park.

Finally, in the 1918 Minutes of California Yearly Meeting of Friends Church (pages 119-121), Anna’s memorial is given: Anna Jane Winslow, daughter of Alson G. and Hanna Frazer, was born in Thorntown, Indiana on the 5th of 2nd month, 1848. Her mother died when Anna was nearly five years of age, and though Anna was provided for in her father’s home, she, for years afterward, felt her loneliness, and was often much depressed by it. Her mother had given her to Jesus, and to this fact Anna often attributed much of the tender Divine care and precious guidance to which she bore a feeling testimony in her later life.

In 10th month, 1864, she united in marriage with Josiah White Winslow of Henry County, Iowa. A few years later than this through the faithful ministry of Amos Kenworthy, she was led to seek and find pardon of sin through faith in Jesus Christ. Soon after her conversion she was quite clearly led to the belief that she should preach the Gospel. She shrank from this as being quite incapable of so important a service, and vacillated in her Christian experience for some time, but at length consented with her whole heart to what she was assured was God’s call. Her narrative of the influence of well known Friends toward her confirmation and establishment in the will of God, is full of interest.

Her subsequent life was marked to the close with an earnest and unceasing desire for the salvation of others. She answered many a loving call of her Heavenly Father to service quite remote from her home and under circumstances, many time, of peculiar difficulty. She traveled in the ministry quite extensively in Kansas, which for many years was her home, in Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon and elsewhere; and her ministry was marked with the Divine guidance which comes only to those who are walking closely with God in a life of prayer. The account which she gives of special providence is deeply interesting. When her means for traveling were exhausted, and she knew not how to proceed, the means often came through the persons who had no outward knowledge of her circumstances.

Her life was often imperiled by exposure and fatigue. At many times she was prostrated by sickness; sometimes when on her journeys in the service of the Lord; but even then her firm faith in her Heavenly Father, and her composure, her freedom from anxiety, was in itself a ministry for good to many souls.

She was often engaged in holding meetings of her own appointment, or in conjunction with other ministers; and wherever she labored, she left behind her precious evidences of the Divine presence and guidance in her labors. Though not educated, in the popular sense of that word, Anna Winslow gave abundant evidence of church experience in the school of Christ. The will of God respecting the time, place and character of her service, was generally made very clear to her in advance, as she was not want to allow any reasonings of own or other minds, to turn her aside from what was to her a call of the Lord.

The last few years of life she was in very feeble health and a great sufferer, but even then her habitual cheerfulness, especially in the presence of God’s children, or of those whom she sought to bring to a knowledge of Him, was blest to those who called at her home. About twenty months before her decease she met a painful accident on her way to attend the Yearly Meeting at Whittier, California. She had then been for a few years a resident of this state and for a time pastor of the friends Meeting at El Modena. Her home was in Huntington Park. Though very feeble, she was brought to the Yearly Meeting House by private conveyance, and after alighting, made a misstep, fell, and received injuries from which she never recovered. During the long weary months that followed, she lay nearly the whole time in one position, suffering not only the greatest inconvenience, but nearly all of the time much pain. Numerous friends from various parts of the country, visited her during this long shut-in period; and rarely if ever did anyone come away without a sense of having been blest in spirit by her evident rest and joy in the Lord, the power of grace wonderfully triumphing over the suffering of the flesh. Those who knew her best have questioned whether the ministry of those last months may not have been the most fruitful of here entire life.

On the 21st of 2nd month, 1918, she fell asleep in Jesus. Of her it may be safely said that though she rests from her labors her works do follow her. The memory of her heaven-sent messages and her godly life will continue to bless not only her family, but hundreds, perhaps thousands of those who have come under her influence.

To her it was given to show the world that a faithful follower of Jesus, though with limited education, limited means, a feeble and ofttimes suffering body, may accomplish a fruitful ministry in the salvation of sinners and the sanctification of believers, the great object for which our Lord sends forth His own into the world.

Her funeral was held in the Friends place of worship, in Huntington Park, the services being conducted by Eli Reece, acting pastor of Friends Church of Huntington Park. The interment was in the Whittier Cemetery.

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In 2008 Anna’s autobiography Jewels From My Casket was reprinted by Ad Astra Publishing LLC as part of their Hall of Fame series.

1870s Winslow farm home, Mount Ayr Township, Osborne County, Kansas.
Josiah and Anna Winslow’s California home, 1910.

Anna Winslow and family, 1910.
Anna Winslow in 1910.
California cemetery where Anna Winslow lies buried.
Gravesite for Josiah and Anna Winslow.
Anna’s headstone.

Charles Edward Williams – 1997 Inductee

Charles Edward Williams was born March 17, 1867, in Fairmount, Indiana, to Paul and Catharine (Stanfield) Williams. His father was a Civil War veteran. His motherwas the daughter of one of Fairmount’s co-founders. During the first year of his life Charles was so frail of body that he was laid out for dead three different times. At the recommendation  of  his  doctor,  his  parents  moved  farther west  to  Guthrie  County, Iowa, in 1868. In the fall of 1873 his parents moved to Jewell County, Kansas, near Mankato. When the grasshopper s took all of the crops in 1874 theWilliams family, along with many others, moved back to Iowa.  The lure of the West still called, and the family returned to Kansas in 1878. After trying many locations they settled in Mount Ayr Township, Osborne County, in 1893.  Catharine’s father had settled his family there earlier in 1876.

Charles married Laura Mendenhall on October 22, 1893,in the Mount Ayr Post Office, which at that time was in her parents’ home.  The Joseph and Angelina (Gregory) Mendenhall family had come by covered wagon from Iowa to Mount Ayr Township in the fall of 1873, when Laura was only six months old.  The next spring, the Mendenhall family homesteaded at “The Cedars,” where they eventually built the first frame home in the northern part of Mount Ayr Township.

Charles and Laura were the parents of thirteen children: Verdun Ray; Lola; Luther; Ernest; Herald; Bessie; Walter; Chester; George; Lelia Almina; Ethyl; Virgil; and DuWayne. Charles and Laura’s first home, where five of their children were born, was located approximately two miles west of The Cedars.  Later on, they traded homes with Laura’s father, a move that gave them a bigger house, plus put the Williams children in walking distance of the Mount Ayr School then located one mile to the south.  Shaded by stately cedar trees, some of which are still standing, Charles and Laura appropriately named their new home “The Cedars.”  On the night of May 20, 1918, they and nine of their children still living at home  were  in  their  beds when  a tornado  completely  leveled  their  farm.  They and many others in Mount Ayr, Round Mound, Kill Creek, and Tilden Townships miraculously survived this devastating storm. The Williams family lived in a makeshift dwelling for severalmonths after. Their last child, born two months later in July1918, died in November when the entire family was stricken with the worldwide flu epidemic.

“The Cedars.”

In the early 1900s Charles became the Mount Ayr news correspondent for both the Alton  and  Osborne  newspaper. For over twenty-five years he wrote weekly news items and historical articles for both papers. His history subjects were the Osborne County settlers of the 1870s era and he recorded everything from their trips to Kansas in a coveredwagon to their existence on the harsh prairie.

Decoration Day in Alton was always a big event, and this was especially so in 1930 when the monument to Hiram C.Bull, the co-founder of Alton, was unveiled in the Sumner Cemetery. As chairman of the Old Settlers meeting held that year, Charles was instrumental in having the elk horns that killed Bull in a famous incident in 1879 shipped back to Osborne County. The horns, plus the bill of lading, arecurrently on exhibit in Osborne.

A View of Alton, in limerick form, was written by Charles in 1930. This poem described the 50 businesses,professions, churches, and schools in Alton at that time and earned much acclaim. In 1936 Charles, Laura, and the three remaining children at home moved to Hotchkiss, Colorado, where Charles passed away on November 15, 1937.  Laura, the final surviving charter member of the Mount Ayr Friends Church, lived until February 26, 1960. Both are buried in the Riverside Cemetery at Hotchkiss, Colorado. Charles was named to the Osborne County Hall of Fame in 1996. – Deanna Roach, descendant.

The legacy of Charles Williams is continued today among his descendants as four generations of Williams family members receive a monthly family newsletter, an integral part of which is the shared contributions of the history and pictures of the Williams family.  Their efforts are a fitting tribute to Charles Williams, historian and writer.

Rollo Anderson Clymer – 2007 Inductee

Rollo Anderson Clymer was born in Mount Ayr Township, Osborne County, Kansas, on July 23, 1888.  He was the son of Presbyterian minister George H. and Ella (Light) Clymer.  Rollo graduated high school in 1905 from Quenemo, Franklin County, Kansas, and in 1909 from College of Emporia, Emporia, Kansas.

From 1907 until 1914 Rollo worked at the Emporia Gazette newspaper for legendary editor William Allen White, with whom he remained a lifelong friend.  He later attended the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.  From 1914 to 1918 Rollo served as editor and manager of the Olathe Register newspaper.  In the midst of his work Rollo found time to marry Elizabeth Hoisington of Newton, Kansas in 1915.  In 1918 he became editor and manager of the El Dorado Republican in el Dorado, Kansas. Except for a six month hiatus in 1937 as editor and manager of the Santa Fe New Mexican in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Clymer served the remainder of his journalism career in El Dorado – 59 years in all.

Clymer oversaw the merger of the Republican and the Walnut Valley Times into the El Dorado Times in 1919.  He was widely respected as a writer and editorialist and his work was often reprinted by other editors throughout the state and nation.  Rollo wrote and published numerous widely circulated articles and poems about the Flint Hills.  His best known tribute was his poem “Majesty of the Hills.”  Rollo soon became known as the Poet Laureate of the Flint Hills and also the Sage of the Flint Hills.

As a journalist Rollo was Republican in politics.  He served as Kansas State Republican Committee in 1930 and 1934 and was part of Alfred M. Landon’s staff during the 1936 U. S. Presidential campaign.

In his life Rollo served as Public Relations Director of the Kansas Industrial Development Commission from 1939 until 1942.  He served as president of the Kansas Press Association and of the Kansas Daily Newspaper Association.  Other accomplishments included serving as president of the William Allen White Foundation and as president of the Kansas State Historical Society.  Rollo was also instrumental in gaining public support for the creation of the Kansas Turnpike through his numerous editorials in favor of the road.

In 1957 Rollo received the annual William Allen White Foundation Award for Journalistic Merit.  Three years later he was chosen “Kansan of the Year” by the Kansas Native Sons and Daughters.

A legend in his own time Rollo Clymer died on June 4, 1977, in El Dorado, where he was buried.  A final tribute to him was made when he was posthumously inducted into the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame in 1980.

Scott Thomas Clark – 2001 Inductee

Scott Thomas Clark, son of James Albert and Armelda Vass Clark, was born near Concordia, Kansas, on December 9, 1883, and passed away in Newberg, Oregon, on August 27, 1977, at age 93 years and nine months.

He was the ninth child in a family of 15 children, growing up in the Cherokee Strip area of Oklahoma. He earned a degree at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, and also a Master’s degree at Winona Lake School of Theology in Winona Lake, Indiana. His dedication to the Friends Church and a deep concern for enlarging the Kingdom of God resulted in more than 75 years of service as a Quaker minister, theologian, and educator.

Shortly after receiving the B.A. degree at Friends University, he was invited to Ingersoll, Oklahoma, to teach at Stella Friends Academy, where he met his future wife, Elsie Grace Coppock. They were married on September 10, 1910, and moved to Wichita.  They then accepted the call to pastor the Mt. Ayr Friends Church near Alton, Kansas, from 1914 to 1916.

The Clark family then moved to Haviland, Kansas, where Scott was invited to be president of the extended two-year program at Friends Academy which would focus on training Christian workers and pastors for Kansas Yearly Meeting.

In 1923 the Academy was listed as an accredited secondary school, and in 1930 the name of Kansas Central Bible Training School was changed to Friends Bible College and a four-year course in Bible training was offered.  In 1936 Scott resigned after serving for 18 years as founder and president. He had faithfully guided the young institution through the uncertain beginning years, through the depression years without indebtedness, and had spear-headed the training of pastors, missionaries, and church leaders serving Christ around the world.  During his lifetime Scott taught Theology and Bible at the Colorado Springs Bible Training School; God’s Bible School in Cincinnati, Ohio; returning to Friends Bible College in Haviland, Kansas; and George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.

Scott’s overall pastoral ministry was remarkable. He pastored at the following Friends Churches: Mt. Ayr near Alton, Kansas (1914-1915); Prairie Flower and Maple near Haviland, Kansas; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Portsmouth, Virginia; Montebello, California; Caldwell, Idaho; and Chehalem Center, Oregon.

Scott was a writer as well as a minister and teacher. During his retirement years he wrote and edited Sunday School materials for the George Fox Press, besides contributing articles to many religious periodicals. His book, The Dynamics of the Gospel, was published in 1972 by Barclay Press.  In his prime years Scott was much in demand across the nation as a revival and camp meeting evangelist and Bible Conference speaker.

During the last months of Scott’s life, he lived in Newberg, Oregon. He died peacefully while in his sleep at the Newberg Care Home on August 27, 1977.  Both Scott and Grace are buried at the Greenleaf Friends Cemetery in Idaho.

Scott Clark will long be remembered as one who excelled in Bible preaching, a man of prayer, one having principles and strong convictions, a man consistent in Christian conduct, frugal in personal habits yet generous in support of the Church which he loved and served during his lifetime.

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints.” (Psalm 116:15)

Bertha Lorena (Stanfield) Bales – 1997 Inductee

     On December 15, 1879, Bertha Lorena Stanfield was born to Joab and Gulielma (Macy) Stanfield in the Quaker community of Mount Ayr in Mount Ayr Township, Osborne County, Kansas.  She was a lifelong member of the Friends Church and while a teenager she gave Sunday School lessons in her father’s shed.  On December 28, 1899, she was married in the Mount Ayr Friends Church to Clinton R. Bales.  The couple’s first house after their marriage was a stone dugout, where their three children were born–Leo, Mildred, and Leonard.  Shortly afterwards Bertha heard the calling of her Lord and desired to become a minister.  She could not enter any bible college in the West, so with her husband and small son she moved to Cleveland, Ohio, for a year and attended Cleveland Bible College.  In 1912 Bertha was recorded as a minister in the Friends Church.

During the years Bertha pastored at the Mount Ayr Church she would not accept any salary, knowing the financial condition of the church due to the dust storms, droughts, and crop failures that continually plagued the congregation.  She often hired girls to help with her own household work so that she could adequately carry out her pastoral duties.  She was certainly dedicated to doing the Lord’s work and in the salvation of souls for Christ.  For many years she held church services on Sunday afternoons at the Fairwest School, District Number 38, near Mount Ayr.  Bouquets made from flowers raised in Bertha’s garden were taken to the homes of sick friends as she went to visit them.  She was an avid gardener, raising vegetables and flowers.  She also canned many foods for winter use.

In her home Bertha cared for her mother-in-law, Martha Bales, following a fall resulting in a broken hip, and her husband, Clinton, who suffered from cancer.  Her care load became so heavy that Martha was moved to another home for care.  Clinton died in March 1942, three weeks before Martha’s death that April.  After the death of her husband Bertha helped Cora Gregory with pastoral work at Ontario, Oregon, and also Frieda Craven in Emporia, Kansas.  In her last years she moved into the Parkview Manor Care Home in Osborne, Kansas, where she ministered to the residents there and was long a comforting presence for many.  Bertha passed away May 27, 1976, in Osborne and was buried in the Mount Ayr Cemetery.