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Minnie Howell Champe: Newspaper Articles

Minnie in the News

Students' Herald, 1896 Oct 14, p. 3 (Ionian)

... "Under the head election and inniation of members, Miss Howell was elected, but as she was not present her inniation was postponed." ...

Students' Herald, 1896 Nov 25, p. 3 (Ionian)

... "Minnie Howell fabored the society with a well-rendered piano solo." ...

Students' Herald, 1897 Mar 24, p. 3 (Ionian)

... "We were then favored by a pretty piano solo by Miss Minie Cowell [Howell] after which Miss Maude Barnes read in her sweet and graceful manner the story of 'Hattie.'" ...

Students' Herald, 1897 Nov 10, p. 3 (Ionian)

... "After the excitement was over, Miss Brady read the 'Oracle,' whose editor was Miss Howell." ...

Student' Herald, 1897 Dec 08, p. 1 (Local Notes)

"The father of Miss Minnie Howell, sophomore, died of typhoid fever last Thursday and was buried Friday. The Herald extends sympathy."

Student's Herald, 1898 Jan 12, p. 3 (Ionian)

... "The important business of the afternoon was the election of officers, and our winter term officers are as follows--president, Bessie Lock; vice-president, Hope Brady; recording secretary, Jessie Shick; corresponding secretary, Minnie Howell; treasurer, Mary Minis; marshal, Bessie Browning." ...

Students' Herald, 1898 Mar 23, p. 3 (Ionian)

... "The program was opened by a discussion, 'Is pauperism as great an evil to society as illiteracy?' by Madge McKeen and Minnie Howell." ...

Students' Herald, 1898 Sep 22, p. 1 (Locals)

"Miss Minnie Howell, junior, has been kept from college by illness. We hope she will soon be able to enter."

Students' Herald, 1899 Jan 12, p. 4 (Ionian)

... "The next was a piano solo rendered by Minnie Howell." ...

Students' Herald, 1899 Apr 06, p. 1 (Locals)

"The first Junior division appeared the second time, Saturday afternoon, with declamations. ... The program was as follows: ... Civil War Episode, Minnie Howell; ..."

Students' Herald, 1899 Jun 01, p. 1 (Locals)

"The sixth junior division furnished Saturday's chapel entertainment. They commanded the best of attention thruout. The program was as follows: ... 'The Courtin' Minnie Howell; ..."

Students' Herald, 1899 Nov 16, p. 91 (Ionian)

... Minnie Howell gave us October's current events." ...

Students' Herald, 1901 Apr 18, p. 336 (Chapel Exercises)

"The fourth division of the junior class rendered a good program to a full chapel last Saturday afternoon. This is it: ... The Chase of Fortune (oration) Minnie Howell. ..."

Students' Herald, 1901 Jun 13, p. 412 (Ionian)

... "Miss Minnie Howell then gave a recitation in a very creditable manner." ...

Students' Herald, 1901 Jun 13, p. 423 (Class Roll and Thesis)

... "Minnie Howell 'Healthful Homes'" ...

Students' Herald, 1902 Jan 30, p. 171 (Local Gossip)

"Miss Minnie Howell, '01, who is a teacher of Domestic Science in the Colored Industrial Institute, of Topeka, was visiting College on Saturday of last week."

Students' Herald, 1905 Feb 2, p. 235 (Alumni)

"Miss Minnie M. Howell, 1901, Miss Carsons and Miss Monday, teachers in the Topeka Industrial Institute, visted College last Friday."

Industrialist, 1922 Mar 01, p. 3 (Minnie Howell '01 in KC)

"Resided at 3824 East 16th Street, Kansas City, MO where she spent a year's leave of absence due to illness from her position as Assistant Matron at the Kansas Educational and Industrial Institute in Topeka, KS. Daughter, Frances Annette, was taking fourth grade cooking and sewing under Addie (Poston) Groves, '06."


J.M.T. Howell

J.M.T. Howell, the honest, honorable, faithful colored man is dead. His end came yesterday, Dec. 2, 1897 quite suddenly and to most of us, unexpected. Typhoid fever claimed him as one of its victims. Jerry, as we were want to call him, held the esteem of both our colored and white citizens, for he was a true gentleman. He served as member of the city council from his ward and did good service for the city. The funeral services will be held at the second M.E. church this afternoon at two o'clock.

The Manhattan Nationalist, page 6.
Friday, December 3, 1897

Charles Howell Dies at Topeka
Colored Stone Contractor Passes
Built Several Stone Structures Here

Charles Alfred Howell, colored, died early this morning in a Topeka Hospital. His Manhattan residence was at 701 Pottawatomie.

Mr. Howell was born Nov. 5, 1881, near Knoxville, Tenn., and came to Manhattan with his parents when he was three years of age. he is well known as a stone contractor, having built a number of stone structures in this city. One of the most recent jobs was the stone fence around Sunset Cemetery. He had some part in the building of a large number of the buildings on the campus.

Surviving are the widow of the home; four brothers, Clarence and Louis of Manhattan, Fred Howell of Kansas City, Kans. and Geogre Howell of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and three sisers, Mrs. Gilbert and Mrs. Champe of Manhattan, and Mrs. Connor of Kansas City, Kan.

Mr. Howell was a member of the A.M.E. church. The body will be brought to Manhattan for funeral services and interment. Funeral services will be announced later.

Manhattan Mercury
29 Jun 1942

Plan Monday Service
for Retired Teacher

Services for Minnie Champe will be held Monday at 2:30 p.m. at the Shepherd Chapel, 10th and Yuma. The Rev. J. C. McGinty will be in charge of the services.

Mrs. Champe, who was born in Strawberry Plains, Tenn., July 4, 1878, was a long time resident of Manhattan. The first Negro woman to graduate from Kansas State College in 1901, she had long taken an active part in civic affairs and had been a teacher and a leader in the community. She had taught in the schools of Topeka, Kansas City, Kans., Virginia, and the Douglas School here.

She had been a member of the board of the Douglas USO center during the war and belonged to the Baptist Church, the League of Women Voters, and the Women's Society of Christian Service.

During the long illness which preceded her death at St. Mary Hospital she was cared for by her daughter, Mrs. Frances Allen of 811 Yuma. Other survivors are four brothers and two sisters, one of whom is Mrs. Mayme Gilbert of 600 Yuma.

The Manhattan Mercury
Sunday, 25 July 1948

Elmer John Champe

Elmer John Champe son of John Henry and Nettie Champe was born on April 29, 1874 on a farm near Mount Pleasant, Ohio. He departed this life on his birthday anniversary, April 29, 1962 at the age of 88 years.

Mr. Champe was one of a family of 13 children. He was French Canadian descent. He was a Quaker by faith and to the ending of his life he kept the faith and trusted in the Lord.

Mr. Champe was held in high esteem by all who knew him. Most folks realized that he was an educated man, yet because of his humility, not many knew his qualifications and experiences in life.

Scholastically he was a graduate of Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, had attended Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill., and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Mechano Therapy by the American College of Mechano Therapy, Chicago, Ill., on April 11, 1912.

In the midst of his possessions are writings and poems which he composed. One poem entitled "Back to the Country," which he wrote while in Edmonton, Canada, is indeed praiseworthy.

Mr. Champe was a Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret of the 33rd degree of Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Masons and a member of the Royal Consistory of Kansas City, Kansas. He was also a noble of Caro Temple of the Ancient Arabic Grand Council Order of the Mystic Shriners.

Mr. Champe was first married to Mattie B. Reynolds at Kansas City, Kansas on June 18, 1902. To this union a son, Elmer Tasvelle was born. Mattie departed this life on April 1, 1904 and his son also passed away on January 1, 1930.

He was united in marriage to Nellie Boyd on October 7, 1961.

In earlier years he was a Civil Servant Clerk and for several years was employed in the Quarter Master Depot in Kansas City.

In later years he followed the carpenter trade. He had lived in La Cygne for many years and had won the highest respect from his many friends.

He was preceded in death by all of his immediate family and by those of previous marriages.

He is survived by his wife Nellie, his step-daughter Nellie Crabtree, 7 step-grandchildren and his many friends.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in the Mangold Chapel with Rev. Leonard Morrison officiating. Mrs. J. W. McDowell sang "It is Well With My Soul" and "Ye Must Be Born Again." She was accompanied by Mrs. Harold Terry. Bearers were Ed Williams, Glenn Pease, Lee Calvine, James Persons, Charley Hancock and Lawrence Crabtree. Interment was in Oak Lawn cemetery.

La Cygne Journal
10 May 1962

Life in Early Manhattan

The Tumblebug Habit

"On a little hill above the town is a small reservoir which supplies the fire department and the seven houses known to have bathtubs. The remainder of the 3,700 inhabitants wash as they can."

From The Congregationalist, 09 Mar 1899
Complete Article

Dr. J. W. Evans Remembers Manhattan of Early Days

"It was fine to go to the old Central school here in Manhattan, and stay in the same building all year! That building was located where Woodrow Wilson is now. I graduated from the eigth grade in a building where the high school now is. There were only two buildings then. Two rooms of Central were devoted to Negro children."

From Manhattan-Chronicle, 29 July 1945
Complete Article

"We all seem like brothers and sisters. . ."

"The forced segregation promoted endogamous relationships in the black community. Roberta Starnes described her neighborhood on Yuma Street, 'Everybody was kin around us . . . my grandmother's sister lived next door to us.' The segregated African-American families depended on each other for help and mutual support in their struggles for a decent and respectable living. Rosa Louise Hickman said, 'In those days everybody looked after everybody's children. You didn't do anything that you got away with. Somebody told your parents. They could correct you and they would tell on you. . . . We are sort of like one family, we just all stuck together.' Responding to the feeling of oneness, Ruth Bayard reported, 'We all seem like brothers and sisters, more like a family, and we just didn't have nothing to choose from because we was around each other all the time in school and, you know, just kind of around together in a cluster.'"

From "The African-American Community in Manhattan, Kansas, 1865-1940"
Kansas History, Vol. 14, No. 4, Winter 1991-1992, pg.276-277.