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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
Donald J. (Adam) Adamchak, 48, died of cancer at his home in Manhattan, Kansas, on March 16, 2000. Adam was born in Bayonne, New Jersey on February 27, 1952. After graduating high school in Jersey City, he attended Ohio University (BGS) before going to Western Kentucky University (MA) and Bowling Green State University (PhD, Sociology, 1978). In the fall of 1978 he joined the sociology faculty at Kansas State University. He remained an active and productive member of the graduate and undergraduate programs in sociology up until a few days before his death.
At KSU, Adam anchored the concentration in social demography, preparing scores of graduate students, many of them international, for careers in research and teaching in social demography. He was exceptionally active in the graduate program through both his formal and his informal mentoring of many students in addition to his teaching. Adam, an active member of sixty-one MA and PhD committees and major professor for 17 masters and 12 doctoral degrees, was ever alert to opportunities that would help students’ careers, and he encouraged and nurtured them into their professions. He always involved students in his research, collaborating with many students and former students. (His last vita listed current or recent departmental graduate students as co-authors of eight 1999 and 2000 publications.) Adam’s students always “hit the ground running” in terms of their research and academic careers after KSU. New graduate students in the program quickly realized that he was an invaluable source of practical, career-related information and he was eager to share this information one-on-one, helping them to navigate through their programs and into their careers. Adam’s concern for, and his commitment to his students was all consuming. During his last days, he was reading theses and preparing students for employment interviews. In recognition, at the spring commencement in 2000 Adam was awarded a Graduate School Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding contributions to graduate education at KSU.
Adam’s research concerned the role of population factors in development; fertility transitions; family and family planning; the status of women/gender relations; ageing and intergenerational support; and the social demographic aspects of AIDS/HIV in developing countries. He was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Social Science Research Fellowship in Population Science for 1987-88, and he served as a visiting professor at the University of Zimbabwe and, in 1995, as senior Fulbright scholar at the University of Namibia. Adam was a prolific contributor to several important bodies of research. Indicative are his forthcoming publications which include work on the effects of age structure on the labor force in China, the relationship between HIV and socioeconomic status in Uganda, the effects of gender relations on family planning decisions in Kenya, the determinants of contraceptive use in Nepal, women’s status and fertility outcomes in Kazakhstan. His research holds policy development implications for the coming decades. Adam’s recent work appeared in such journals as Rural Sociology, The Sociological Quarterly, Journal of Biosocial Sciences, International Sociology, Age and Ageing, and the Southern African Journal of Gerontology. Adam also worked tirelessly in departmental, university, and professional service (e.g., on editorial boards for Rural Sociology, the Southern African Journal of Gerontology, and the Rural Studies Series of the Rural Sociological Society). Adam worked in Nigeria, Kenya, Namibia and Zimbabwe as a consultant for international organizations, including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Population Council, UNICEF, and the United Nations Population Fund. Last year, by invitation of the United Nations, he was a key participant in an International Conference on Population and Development meeting on Population and Ageing in Belgium. In early March, 2000, he taught a course on social gerontology in Malta for the United Nations Institute on Ageing.
He is survived by his wife, Susan Enea Adamchak in Manhattan, KS, his son, Nikolai Adamchak in Louisville, KY, and his father, two sisters, and two nieces, all in New York/New Jersey. Adam will be missed by his colleagues and students at Kansas State University. We will miss his quick sense of humor, his working class, New Jersey directness, his professionalism, and his contributions to our individual lives and to the collective life of the department. He will also be missed by his former students, many of whom he remained in close contact, and by his professional colleagues around the world. An endowed award, the Donald J. and Susan E. Adamchak Graduate Student Award in Demography, has been established in his memory at Bowling Green State University. Michael Timberlake and Leonard Bloomquist, Kansas State University; Gary Foster, University of Eastern Illinois; John Wade, Southeast Missouri State University
<emph render='bold'>Bruce Alan Adams</emph>
1946 September 11; Bruce Alan Adams was born in Horton, Kansas
1952-1960 Attended St. Leo’s Parish School in Horton, KS
1964 Graduated from Saints Peter and Paul High School, Seneca, Kansas
1969 January 21; Received Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University
February 2; Commissioned to the Army as a Distinguished Military Graduate
1970 Received Master’s degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University
February 14; Married Janice Opal Austin
1970-1971 August-February; Student, United States Army Adjutant General School, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana
1970-1978 On Active Duty
1971 August 6; Promoted to 1st Lieutenant
1974 July 15; Promoted to Captain
1978 April 24; Released from active duty upon personal request
November 29; Reassigned in the US Army Reserve
1982 August 15; Promoted to Major of US Army Reserve
1987 August 15; Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel of US Army Reserve
1992 August 14; Promoted to Colonel of US Army Reserve
1998 October 2; Promoted to Brigadier General of US Army Reserve
2003 October; Retired from US Army Reserve
<emph render='bold'>George Earl Adams, Sr</emph>.
1891 October 10; George Earl Adams was born to Samuel Henry Adams, a New York born Kansas Farmer of Grasshopper Township, and Ida Hitchcock, a native of Scranton Pennsylvania.
1895 Samuel and Ida Adams moved with their children to California where they worked as farm laborers.
1913 Ida (divorced by the time) and George Adams returned to Kansas and settled in Grasshopper Township in Atchison County.
1917 August 13; During World War I, George Adams was drafted to the US Army and sent to Camp Funston, Fort Riley, to be trained as part of the 353rd Infantry Regiment. During the war, George Adams served as a member of the famous 140th Regiment, 35th Division, Company K, and participated in some of the bitterest fighting of the war for the Allied Expeditionary Force in the Alsace-Lorraine and Meuse-Argonne offensives.
1920 George Adams married Opal Agnes Keplar, a graduate of St. Joseph’s School of Nursing. They had four children including Mrs. Hilde Charlene Stanberry of Laton, California; Edward Blair Adams; Mrs. Robert Julia Ann Page, of Gardner, Kansas; and George Earl Adams, Jr.
1958 February 23; George Adams, Sr. was featured in Atchison Daily Globe for his experimental work utilizing personal funds in terrace farming and soil conservation at his 400-acre Brush Creek Farm in Atchison County, Kansas.
1971 September 8; George E. Adams, Sr. died of a heart attack. A member of Horton Presbyterian Church and American Legion, he was buried in the Brush Creek Cemetery.
1982 January; Opal Adams died.
<emph render='bold'>George Earl Adams, Jr</emph>.
1923 March 23; Born in Horton, Kansas.
1941 Fall; Attended KSU and was a member of ATO fraternity
1943 February 2; Called to active duty and proceeded to Army Air Forces Technical Training Command at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri for pre-aviation cadet basic training. February-December; Attended training facilities and flight schools and Army bases in different parts of the country.
1944 March 12; Graduated from Army Advanced Flying School in Chandler, Arizona. Certified to fly B-25D, F-10, F-5A, B, C, and E, AT-6, 9, and P-38 airframes.
March 26: Assigned to Will Rogers Field in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for photo reconnaissance training.
July 15; Departed for England
Assigned to a P-38 Photo Reconnaissance Squadron under command of Colonel George W. Peck and Lieutenant Colonel Richard S. Leghorn based in Middle Wallop, England. The unit had received a DUC (Distinguished Unit Citation) for reconnaissance operations conducted over Le Havre and the Straits of Dover (February 15 – March 20, 1944) in advance of the Normandy invasion, including low altitude flying in the face of intense flak.
Assisted First Army and other army groups in the “Breakout” from Normandy and their drive on towards Germany; Based in Le Molay, France in July and Toussus le Noble, France in August.
Due to heavy Allied air attacks, the enemy moved largely to nighttime troop movements during this period, forcing Allied command to adapt by sending P-38s on night intruder missions to identify their locations.
September; Ninth Air Force based in Gisselies, Belgium
September 3; While returning from a reconnaissance mission, his P-38 encountered heavy cloud cover and ran out of fuel. Landing in Mussidan (near Norannes), he made contact with French Resistance who hid the plane and, three days later, secured 120 gallons of gasoline for him. Upon lift off, the pilot again ran into bad weather, making navigation difficult, but he was able to return to his base.
September-December; Participated in the offensive against the Siegfried Line
1944-1945 December-January; Participated in the Battle of Bulge
1945 January 1; Volunteered to fly a photo reconnaissance mission in an unarmed and unarmored P-38 over the Ardennes battlefield near St. Vith at alt. 3,500 ft.
January-May; The Squadron photographed dams on the Roer River in preparation for the ground offensive and aided the allied assault across the Rhine River and into Germany.
March-July; Ninth Air Force based in different places in Germany
April 30; Awarded Eight Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
June 27; Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross for January 1st aerial reconnaissance in an unarmed and unarmored plane
July; Ninth Air Force transferred to the United States
September 5; Sailed on the “Noordam” a Dutch liner, from Marseille to Newport News, Va.
October 10; Married Yvonne Kathleen Cassidy in Stevens Point, Wisconsin
November; Certified to fly B-17G, B-17A, L-4B, E-25D, and UC-78 airframes
December; Discharged from the United States Army
1948 June, Graduated KSU with a BS in agriculture
1948-1959 Farmed and taught a “Veterans on the Farm” training course in Horton, Kansas
1949 Joined the Kansas National Guard, 154th FA Battalion, Battery C
1960 Employed by Soil Conservation Service in Seneca, KS
1962 July, Transferred to Bismarck, ND, working in the Right of Way Division for the Service
1964 November 9; Raised to the permanent rank of Major in the Kansas National Guard
1965 Employed by Farmland Industries, managing a bulk blend fertilizer plant
1967 Retired with the rank of Major on the National Guard Brigade Staff at Topeka, Kansas
1969 Employed by the Bureau of Reclamation as a Soil Scientist, mapping soils for irrigation projects in Minot, ND
1981 February; Transferred to Grand Island, NE to be close to his ailing mother living in Kansas
1982 February; First wife, Yvonne, died.
1983 March 23; Retired from the United States Army
July; married Ramona Kuhn
1984 February; Retired from Bureau of Reclamation in Grand Island, Nebraska
Moved Puyallup, Washington and worked a small berry farm before moving to Sumner, Washington
1996 August 17; Died in Sumner, Washington
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The Aftosa International/Internacional Roundup is a 501(c)(7) nonprofit organization formed by surviving members of the 1946-1954 joint U.S.-Mexican aftosa eradication campaign (the Commission Mexico-Americana para la Erradication de la Fiebre Aftosa), which worked to eliminate aftosa fever (also known as foot and mouth disease, FMD, or hoof and mouth disease, HMD) in livestock. Annual roundup reunions were held starting in 1984, and continued until at least 2004.
An additional archive of papers relating to their activities is held at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas.
Anna Tessie Agan was born in Silver City, Iowa, on October 19, 1897. She earned her bachelor of science degree from the University of Nebraska in 1927. She received her master of science in Food Economics and Nutrition from Kansas State Agricultural College in 1930, the same year she joined the staff of the college. Agan taught Home Economics until 1968.
In 1939, Agan wrote and published a college textbook, <emph render='italic'>The House</emph>. She started doing radio talk shows in 1940 and continued until 1959. In 1966 she was invited to join the President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped. Agan was recognized as a Distinguished Older Citizen of Kansas in 1968 and received the State Achievement Award for significant service to Delta Kappa Gamma the following year. In 1971, Agan participated in the White House Conference on Aging and during the same year she was recognized by the Mu chapter of Theta Sigma Phi for Outstanding Contributions to Civic Welfare. She received an honorary doctorate from Kansas State Univerity in 1986.
Tessie Agan passed away on May 11, 1988, in Houston, Texas.
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