Esther L. Hebbe
The Children of Christoph and Sophia Hebbe:
Esther L. Hebbe was born 7 August 1869 near Perry, Kansas [mm] ,
and died 3 May 1940 at Oskaloosa, Jefferson County, Kansas. She
is buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery, near Perry. Her first marriage
was 30 March 1892 to A. A. Benson, who died before 1898 in Kansas.
They were married by a Church of Christ minister at her parents’
home. [Jefferson County Marriage Book F, page 138] She
married Joseph Cavanaugh on 14 February 1900 at Perry; a Rev.
Estep officiating. [Marriage Book G page 121]
Helen Stein wrote of her:
She and Joseph lived at Perry, Topeka
and Oskaloosa, Kansas, where she died in May 1940. She is buried
in the Oak Ridge Cemetery, Perry, Kansas. They were the parents of the
-- Joseph Christopher born January 6, 1901 at Perry; died at Oskaloosa,
Kansas December 1959; he is buried in the Oak Ridge Cemetery, Perry,
Kansas. He married Elva Davies in 1921; later divorced and
married Olga Everett. He and Elva were parents of two daughters.
[Helen and Norma]
-- Mary Cavanagh born at Perry, Kansas June 9, 1903. Married
Chester Woods at Topeka and were the parents of one son, Lawrence, born
November 18, 1925 at Topeka and who lives at Morrow, Ohio. She
divorced Woods and married I. Newton Chandler at Topeka; they moved to
Cincinnati, Ohio and now live at Loveland, Ohio.
-- Arthur born at Perry, Kansas, February 1908? He was
killed in a car accident at Perry in August 1930. He is buried in
the Oak Ridge Cemetery, Perry.
Glendon (Hebbe) Starr wrote in March 2001:
Did Jerry tell you about the ones that
came down (from some state up north) to visit with Aunt Jean and Aunt
Irene had me come and drive us both up there to see them while they
were here? Irene hadn’t seen them in years and we really
did hit right off, took a lot of pictures, etc. and vowed to keep in
touch. I don’t think I ever heard from them, but maybe Aunt
Irene did. I haven’t got around to looking for the pictures
… The ladies were not sisters, but cousins, and just got
together and decided to drive down.
Mary Shirley, March 27, 2001:
The visitors you spoke of was probably Mary Cavanaugh from Ohio and her two daughters, Norma Jean and Helen. Mary also had a son Mike.
This interesting 1894 letter
was found inside an envelope addressed to Mrs Mattie Hebbe (Jeff
Co.) Perry Kansas and stamped with five red 2-cent stamps which were
hand-cancelled with an "X" marked across the top of each stamp. "Potter
O 3/'97" and "12/12" are written by hand along the left hand side.
However, the letter is dated earlier than the postmark date, so at some
later time it must have been inserted in the wrong envelope. The letter
was written by Esther (Hebbe) Benson, sister of W. C. Hebbe.
“Uncle Willard” is W. C.'s wife Mattie (Potter)
Hebbe’s maternal uncle, Willard Womach. “Liza”
is Mattie’s sister, Mary Elizabeth “Lida”
Potter. “Ollie” is Mattie’s brother. "Mat"
appears to refer in some cases to a man (Matthew?) living near Perry,
but the term may also have been used to refer to Mattie.
March 23rd 1894
I will reply to yours of the 20th the folks are all well at present
that is here at home. I havent heard from Carl for some time but was
well the last I heard from him. In regards to Frank I suppose Mat. has
you better posted than we are. All I know is that Mr. May wanted him to
marry his daughter & he refused, he took the pony & went to
Perry and took the train, but the Potter out fit, including Uncle
Wilard seems-to-know more than we do, for Mat. has been around &
told that he went to Williams town - to - take train, for Uncle Willard
seen the pony there & then the old man went down & got it
If they would tell the truth yet, & all that hear there
story will tell you the same as I do, that they told nothing but a lie.
we have heard nothing of him since he left. Mat was here the
other day & wanted to know if Pa would take your cows he wont for
they all roughish he had to pay 5.00 last year to Dushazen. he said he
would pasture the colt.
Father will send check for $175.00 & note which you can sign &
return, & told me to tell you that after this you need not look for
any more, for he needs what he has got, he has two hands to pay every
month. Father said if you could clear $50. a month on your trade which
Mat. told her, you had better let farming alone. You can buy your claim
& hire the work the done or rent it & make more, of course the
land will increase in value in time.
Mary is intending to come home to-day
but I don't know for how long she was some better the last I heard
I don't know what Carl intends to do he is at St. Marys yet
Father said the wheat looks well on the place. they
will finish sowing oats to day. havent planted any potatoes
yet. have 9 chickens & cabbage, lettuce &
tomatoes coming up. Father heard that you had to -
haul lumber for Liza. the best advice he can give you is to
let Liza tend to her own business & if it her claim that
you have in view you had better give it up, the farther you
get from that place the better off you would be. they were
surprised to think that you would write as they thought you
thought them unworthy of even the words good bye. It hurt
Mother she said that she dident think that they ever deserved
it. & she would not forget it as long as she lived. You
be careful now when you buy & not get a claim with a contest
& loose what little you have. & try & get your
money from Ollie, they are always at hand for to get
something but not when they owe, if he wanted to pay very
bad he would go & work but the lazy thing lays in town, what
you get this time don’t give to Potters for you need it your
Your Sister Esther Benson
A letter from Joe Cavanaugh to Mattie Hebbe expressed sympathy regarding Will's death:
Sept 18 th 41
Dear Sister & Family
I Rec a card from Emma yeasterday telling me that
Will had passed away I am so Sorry & you Have my Simphony There is
only one that Can give you Real Comfort and that is God It dosnt
seem only a short time Sence you was Here & Will & you looked
so well & I thought that you would be for many years to come but we
Know that sooner or later it will come to all of us. and our dear loved
ones that Has passed away would want us to go ahead it
will be Hard and Lonesome for us but we Know that our
Dear ones are waiting for us. and it wont be long till
we meet them again I Had a letter from Frank last
week & He said that May Had Just told Him that will
was Serious Ill. will close with Love
Joe Cavanagh Oskaloosa Kans