Lucille Byarlay Abel papers, 1928-1937
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Brief Description: The Lucille Byarlay Abel papers include diaries of Lucille's time as a student at Kansas State Agricultural College and Kansas State College from 1928 to 1937.  She created the entries in the day books and collected comments and signatures in the autograph books from classmates, friends, and acquaintances.  Additional materials include transcriptions of the diaries, Kansas maps, genealogy charts, photographs, newspaper clippings, legal documents, and a name index.  Subjects include her courtship with Orval Abel, her teaching duties in Clay County, Kansas, rural social activities in the 1930s, and genealogy.
Held at:
Morse Department of Special Collections
Email: libsc [at]
Created by: Abel, Lucille Byarlay (1909-1993)
Volume: 0.74 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 12/23/2009.
Arrangement: Arranged by material type, and chronologically within each series.  The three series are 1) handwritten diaries and autograph books, 2) genealogical materials and diary transcriptions performed by Arlene Luchsinger, and 3) oversized materials.
Biographical Note for Abel, Lucille Byarlay (1909-1993) :

Lucille Edith Byarlay Abel was born July 5, 1909 in Green, Clay County, Kansas. She was the middle daughter of Guy Hamilton and (Maria) Anna (Heinen) Byarlay, and graduated from Leonardville High School in Leonardville, Kansas.  She taught at Kansas county schools in Clay and Riley counties until her marriage to Orval Jack Abel in 1935.  Lucille Byarlay Abel died May 21, 1993, in Clay Center, Kansas.

Guy Byarlay’s family traced their origins to the arrival of Michael Beyerle, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from Rotterdam, Netherlands, on September 5, 1730.  Anna Heinen’s father came to the United States from Germany in 1853 and her mother arrived from Germany in 1855.  They met in Illinois and were married in 1868.  They came to central Kansas in 1872.

Lucille Byarlay was born with an eye birth defect and was blind in one eye.  She suffered from frequent migraines and took the train often to Kansas City, Missouri, for eye doctor appointments.  She graduated from Leonardville High School, and taught in Kansas county schools in Clay and Riley counties until her marriage to Orval Jack Abel in 1935.  Orval J. Abel was born April 21, 1909 in Emmett, Kansas, and died May 1, 1966 in Clay Center, Kansas.  Byarlay attended summer sessions at Kansas State Agricultural College during the summer break in the late 1920s.  In the 1930s she enrolled in summer school at Kansas State College, and met Orval during that time while he also was attending school.


1909  April 21, Orval Jack Abel born in Emmett, Kansas

1909  July 5, Lucille Edith Byarlay born in Green, Kansas

1927  Lucille Byarlay graduated high school in Leonardville, Kansas

1927  Orval Abel graduated from high school in Silver Lake, Kansas

1928  Lucille Byarlay taught at Union School, Riley County, Kansas

1928  Summer, Lucille Byarlay attended classes at Kansas State Agricultural College

1930  Lucille Byarlay taught at “Q” (Pleasant Valley), Clay County, Kansas

1930  Summer, Lucille Byarlay attended classes at Kansas State Agricultural College

1935  Lucille Byarlay married Orval Abel

1935  Orval Abel graduated from Kansas State College

1966  May 1, Orval Abel died in Clay Center, Kansas

1993  May 21, Lucille Byarlay died in Clay Center, Kansas

Access Restrictions: All materials are open for research.
Subject Index
Kansas life and culture
Kansas State University history
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.
Physical Access Notes: Original materials available during open hours of repository and any digitized materials that are online are available with Internet access.
Acquisition Notes: Arlene E. (Abel) Luchsinger  Donation
PreferredCitation: [item title], [item date], Lucille Bayarlay Abel papers, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.