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Ollie Phillips was the daughter of Thomas Wesley Phillips & Sarah Jane Moore
John Elmer "Jack" Dyer was the son of Samuel Dyer & Sarah Jane Mann
Samuel Franklin Helsel was the son of George Helsel & Melissa P. Powers

THE FAMILIES OF OLLIE PHILLIPS

First marriage:

Jack DyerOllie Phillips

Ollie Phillips married John Elmer "Jack" Dyer on September 21, 1899 in Phelps, Lawrence Co., MO. They were married at the home of Ollie's father, Thomas W. Phillips. Their daughter Besssie was born March 1901 in Missouri, but the family moved soon after her birth to Colorado. Jack & Ollie are listed in the 1902 City Directory for Canon City, CO, with Jack's occupation listed as Hostler at W.B.Knox, which was a saloon there. He also worked part-time helping the guards at the Colorado State Penitentiary, which was less than a block from their house in Canon City. In the 1903 City Directory, Jack is listed as living alone in the rooms above W.B.Knox - Ollie had taken Bessie and was living elsewhere. I assume she returned to Missouri, where she got her evangelist license in July 1907. They were possibly divorced by 1910 - on the 1910 census Jack is living in Florence City, Fremont Co., CO and he is listed as married, but Ollie is living in Harrison Twp., Boone Co., Arkansas, and she is listed as divorced. Jack and Ollie were divorced by 1916 - Jack remarried in 1916 to Lula LaPlant, and Ollie remarried in 1917 to Samuel Franklin Helsel.
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The children of John Elmer "Jack" Dyer & Ollie Phillips:

Bessie Belle DyerBorn March 9, 1901, near Mt. Vernon, Lawrence Co., MO. She disliked the name Bessie and was known as Betty as an adult, although her family still often called her Bessie. She moved with her parents to Canon City Colorado by 1902, but her parents separated by 1903 and she had returned with her mother to Missouri by 1907.Betty spent her childhood in in Missouri and Arkansas, moving around with her mother Ollie, who was a licensed evangelist in the Free Methodist church. In 1917, when Betty was 16, Ollie remarried Frank Helsel and the family settled in McPherson, KS where Betty met and married Lester Alvin Dye on May 14, 1919. Lester and Betty had three children, and the family moved often with Lester's jobs. They lived in Nebraska, North Dakota, California and Colorado. Known as "Momo" to her grandchildren, Betty had a sweet and gentle disposition, and a great sense of humor. Betty Belle Dyer died September 26, 1974 in Omaha, NE, and is buried with Lester in the Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver, CO.
The Family of Lester Alvin Dye & Bessie "Betty" Belle Dyer

Second marriage:

Samuel Franklin Helsel & Ollie Phillips DyerSamuel Franklin "Frank" Helsel & Ollie Phillips Dyer were married on June 24, 1917 in McPherson, McPherson Co., Kansas. Frank was a widower with 4 young sons,. ages 4 months to 8 years old. Frank's first wife was Mary May Kindred. Ollie also had a daughter from her previous marriage to Jack Dyer; Bessie was age 16. Frank & Ollie had 3 more children. The family is listed on the 1920 census of McPherson, McPherson Co., KS. They are listed on the 1925 state census of Oketo, Marshall, Kansas. They are listed on the 1930 census of Meade Center Twp., Meade Co., KS. Ollie died on November 16, 1933 in Meade, Kansas. Her son Ralph Helsel told me that she died from Lupus. She is buried in the Graceland Cemetery in Meade, Meade Co., KS. Frank died on December 26, 1959 in Lyons, Linn Co., Oregon. He is buried in McPherson, McPherson Co., Kansas.
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The children of Samuel Franklin Helsel & Mary May Kindred (included here because they became Ollie's stepsons)
Marriage photo Samuel Franklin Helsel & Mary May Kindred
Marriage certificate Samuel Franklin Helsel & Mary May Kindred

Raymond HelselGeorge Raymond Helsel was born on October 11, 1906 in Haskell Co., Kansas. He is listed with his parents at age 3 on the 1910 census of Haskell, Haskell, Kansas. His mother died in March 1915 when he was age 8. He is listed as Raymond, age 8, with his father and siblings on the 1915 state census of Meade Center, Meade, Kansas. His father remarried in June 1917 when he was age 10. He is listed as Raymond, age 13, with his father & stepmother on the 1920 census of McPherson, McPherson Co., Kansas. He died when he was age 14 of kidney problems. George Raymond Helsel died on April 11, 1921 in McPherson, McPherson Co., Kansas. He is buried in the McPherson Cemetery, McPherson, McPherson Co., Kansas.
Everett HelselKenneth Everett Helsel was born on March 21, 1909 in Haskell Co., KS. He is listed with his parents at age 3 months on the 1910 census of Haskell, Haskell, Kansas. His mother died in March 1915 when he was age 5. He is listed as Everett, age 5, with his father and siblings on the 1915 state census of Meade Center, Meade, Kansas. His father remarried in June 1917 when he was age 8. He is listed as Everett, age 10, with his father & stepmother on the 1920 census of McPherson, McPherson Co., KS. He is listed as Evert, age 15 with his father & stepmother on the 1925 census of Oketo, Marshall, Kansas. He is listed at age 21 on the 1930 census of Tulsa, Tulsa Co., OK as a Roomer in the household of Nancy Todd. Everett married Beulah Stevens on February 24, 1934 in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. Everett was a S. Sgt. in the US Marine Corps in WWII. Kenneth Everett Helsel died on December 6, 1981. He is buried in Riverview Cemetery, Arkansas City, Cowley, Kansas.
Wedding Photo Everett Helsel & Beulah Stevens
Walter Wesley HelselWalter Wesley Helsel was born on July 27, 1913 in McPherson, McPherson Co., KS. His mother died in March 1915 when he was age 1-1/2. He is listed as Wesley, age 1, with his father and siblings on the 1915 state census of Meade Center, Meade, Kansas. His father remarried in June 1917, a month before he turned age 4. He is listed as Wesley, age 6, with his father & stepmother on the 1920 census of McPherson, McPherson Co., KS. He is listed as Wesley, age 11 with his father & stepmother on the 1925 census of Oketo, Marshall, Kansas.The family moved to Meade Co., KS sometime between 1925 to 1930. Wesley is listed at age 16 with his father & stepmother on the 1930 census of Meade Center Twp., Meade Co., KS. His step-mother, Ollie, died on November 16, 1933, in Meade, Kansas. At that time Wesley was age 20. Wesley married Viola Black on April 24, 1935 in Red Oak, Iowa. They are listed on the 1940 census of Gruver, Hansford, Texas. In 1971 they were living in Salem, Oregon. Viola died on July 21, 1928. Walter Wesley Helsel died on December 25, 1989. I had information that he died in Rifle, Colorado, but the SSDI lists his last residence as Martinez, Contra Costa, California. Walter and Viola are buried in the Fox Valley Cemetery, Lyons, Linn, Oregon.
Lewis HelselLewis Levere Helsel was born November 9, 1914 in McPherson, McPherson Co., Kansas. His mother died in March 1915 when he was 4 months old. He is listed as Lewis, infant, with his father and siblings on the 1915 state census of Meade Center, Meade, Kansas. His father remarried in June 1917 when he was age 2-1/2. He is listed at age 5 with his father & stepmother on the 1920 census of McPherson, McPherson Co., KS. He is listed as Louis, age 10 with his father & stepmother on the 1925 census of Oketo, Marshall, Kansas. The family moved Meade Co., KS sometime between 1925 to 1930. Lewis is listed at age 15 with his father & stepmother on the 1930 census of Meade Center Twp., Meade Co., KS. His step-mother, Ollie, died on November 16, 1933, in Meade, Kansas. At that time Lewis was age 19. Lewis married Alice Sifferd on May 1, 1935 in Newkirk, OK. According to Lewis & Alices' obituaries, they made their first home in Pratt, Kansas, moving to Arkansas City in 1948 where Lewis became the minister of the Free Methodist Church. Alice helped him pastor the Free Methodist Church, Prairie View Community Church, Hicks Chapel, Timber Creek Friends Church and helped establish the Arkansas City Friends Church. The couple made their home in different communities of Oklahoma as Lewis served in various church's. He also worked at Kanotex, which later became Apco and Total Petroleum in Arkansas City, Cowley, Kansas. Alice died on November 22, 2001 in Arkansas City. Lewis Levere Helsel died on November 22, 2005 in Arkansas City, Cowley, Kansas. Lewis and Alice are both buried in Newkirk Cemetery, Newkirk, Kay, Oklahoma.

The children of Samuel Franklin Helsel & Ollie Phillips Dyer:

Samuel F.Helsel Jr.Samuel Franklin Helsel Jr. was born on March 18, 1918 in McPherson, McPherson Co., KS. He is listed at age 10 months with his parents on the 1920 census of McPherson, McPherson Co., KS. He is listed as Frank Jr., age 6 with his parents on the 1925 census of Oketo, Marshall, Kansas. The family moved to Meade Co., KS sometime between 1925 to 1930. Samuel is listed at age 12 with his parents on the 1930 census of Meade Center Twp., Meade Co., KS. Samuel died from a ruptured appendix at 10 days short of his 15th birthday. His brother Ralph Helsel said that it took too long to transport him to the hospital in those days, and he didn't make it. Samuel Franklin Helsel Jr died on March 07, 1933 in Meade, Meade Co., Kansas. He is buried in Graceland Cemetery, Meade, Meade, Kansas. His mother, Ollie, died later the same year, on November 16, 1933, in Meade, Kansas.
Ralph HelselRalph Marvin Helsel was born on June 25, 1921 in McPherson, McPherson,k Kansas. He is listed as Ralph, age 3 with his parents on the 1925 census of Oketo, Marshall, Kansas. The family moved to Meade Co., KS sometime between 1925 to 1930. Ralph is listed at age 8 with his parents on the 1930 census of Meade Center Twp., Meade Co., KS. His mother, Ollie, died on November 16, 1933, in Meade, Kansas. At that time Ralph was age 12. Ralph is listed at age 18 with his father and sister on the 1940 census of Meade Center, Meade, Kansas. Ralph married Rosemary Siddens on June 21, 1944 in Kansas City, Kansas. According to his obituary, "Rev. Helsel was a minister in the Free Methodist Church throughout his career, serving first at Macksville, then at Densmore, Bethany, Manhattan, Caldwell and Wichita. Often during that time as well as after his retirement from the ministry, he worked additional jobs. He was a substitute rural mail carrier, bus driver and election worker. Ralph retired from the ministry in 1986, he was the minister at Riverside Free Methodist Church in Wichita at that time. After retirement, he worked for Budget Rent A Car, Red Cross, Sawyer Drug and for an attorney’s office. Often, he volunteered his efforts to assist others with woodworking, mechanical and electrical work. He counseled many individuals." Rosemary Siddens Helsel died on December 19, 2009 in Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas. Ralph Marvin Helsel died on September 4, 2012 in Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas.
High School Graduation Photo Ralph Helsel
Juanita HelselJuanita Grace Helsel was born in July 16, 1923 in McPherson, McPherson Co, Kansas. She is listed as Waneta, age 1, with her parents on the 1925 census of Oketo, Marshall, Kansas. The family moved to Meade Co., KS sometime between 1925 to 1930. Juanita is listed at age 6 with her parents on the 1930 census of Meade Center Twp., Meade Co., KS. His mother, Ollie, died on November 16, 1933, in Meade, Kansas. At that time Juanita was age 10. Juanita is listed at age 16 with her father and brother Ralph on the 1940 census of Meade Center, Meade, Kansas. Juanita married John B. Reimer on May 09, 1942 in Alva, OK, and they had 4 children. John died on May 5, 1981. Juanita was married second to Minor Love on January 20, 1989 in Arkansas City, Cowley, Kansas. Minor died on October 27, 1999. Juanita Grace Helsel Reimer Love died on September 18, 2008 in Satanta, Haskell Co., Kansas. She is buried in Dudley Twp Cemetery, Satanta, Haskell, Kansas.