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Ezra Elmer Hoob1er, born Sept. 9, 1872 at Streator, Illinois. Died March 6, 1956 at age 83 years, 5 months, 26 days. He came to St. Marys, Kansas at age 5, and attended Lane University at Lecompton, Ks. He made the run to the Cherokee Strip, Oklahoma, settling near Medford. On August 31, 1897, he married Kathryn Rose Van Syckle on August 31,1897.

They farmed north of Eureka, Kansas until 1935. Ezra was also a rural mail carrier for 30 years, retiring in 1937.

Ezra farmed north of Eureka in 1907 and lived there until 1935, when he moved to Eureka. He was rural mail carrier for 30 years, carrying from the Utopia Post Office. He retired in 1937. His wife died in 1939. He is survived by sons Ivan of Los Angeles, Glenn and Elmer of Eureka; sisters Myrtie and Mabel of Canadian, Texas; brothers George of Lincoln, NE, Frank of Broken Bow, NE, and Clarence of Canadian, Texas.

Mrs. K. Rose VanSyckle Hoobler, born at Vera, Kansas Jan. 25, 1874, was the youngest of 9 children, all of whom preceded her in death but Joanna Stambaugh. She was the daughter of Andrew Jackson and Katherine Hibler VanSyckle. They helped organize the Methodist Church. She died June 27, 1939 aged 65 years, 5 months, 2 days. Services were held on June 30, 1939, and burial was in Greenwood Cemetery. The Rev. H. J. Sterling conducted the services. She is survived by her husband and three sons, Ivan, Elmer, and Glenn. Before moving to Eureka about 3 years ago, the Hooblers lived in the Utopia neighborhood.

Their children were:

1. Ivan - Jennie Carter
        a. Donna - Dale Anderson
        b. Marilee - Richard Fogwell

2. Glen - Jennie Wilcox
        a. Mary Rose

3. Elmer - Mary Vaughn
        a. Dale - Connie Hanson 

(excerpt from the March I4, 1907 Star)

E. E. Hoobler of Kaw hauled 18 miles through the mud Monday with his household goods to get to the Santa Fe in Alma, to ship to Utopia, Greenwood County, where he has bought a farm. They applied to the Union Pacific at St. Marys, but the road refuses to allow one of their cars to go to the Santa Fe tracks at Utopia.