Frances Elizabeth Broyles

F, b. 17 October 1918, d. 21 December 2008
     Frances Elizabeth Broyles was born on 17 October 1918 at Bethany, Harrison Co., MO, BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT - Bethany Republican Clipper, 23 Oct 1918

A dainty baby daughter was born to Lieut. and Mrs. Watkins Broyles last Thursday, October 17th, at the home of her grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. F. H. Broyles in our city. A cable was at once sent to the father who is "over there," informing him of the good news. A cable had been received the day before from Lieut. Broyles saying he was all O. K. The little girl has been given the pretty name of Frances Elizabeth. All getting along nicely. Dr. and Mrs. Broyles now have two grandchildren, the fathers of both babies being "over there" fighting for us.

She was the daughter of Watkins Andrew Broyles M.D. and Ethyl Frances Swan. Frances Elizabeth Broyles married James Jasper Stout Jr., M.D., son of James Jasper Stout and Elizabeth Tamplin Tallichet, on 28 December 1941 at Bethany, Harrison Co., MO. Frances Elizabeth Broyles died on 21 December 2008 at Albuquerque, Bernalillo Co., NM, at age 90 OBITUARY - Albuquerque Journal Obituaries, Albuquerque, New Mexico Friday, Jan 23, 2009

STOUT - Frances Elizabeth Stout died peacefully on December 21, 2008, the winter soltice. "I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die." John 11:25 - 26. Frances was born Frances Elizabeth Broyles on October 17, 1918 to Ethyl Frances Swan and Watkins A. Broyles in Bethany, Missouri. She was delivered by her grandfather, Dr. Franklin Broyles. Frances was inspired at an early age by her grandfather, father, aunt and uncle to pursue a career in medicine. Frances graduated from Bethany High School in 1936 and matriculated to Wellesley College where her aunt, Dr. Elizabeth Broyles, was the resident physician. She graduated in 1940 with a degree in chemistry and moved to Chicago where she was one of four women admitted by Northwestern Medical School. Frances met her future husband, James Stout, there and they were married on December 28, 1941. Once married, Frances left medical school, but her interest in medicine never abated. She received a Master's degree in the young science of neurology and published research on the regeneration of nerve tissue. In 1952 Frances and Jim moved to Albuquerque which would be her beloved home for the rest of her life. Here she raised her family and became an active and valued member of the community, with great interest in antiques and gardening. Although Jim's death just 10 days before their fortieth wedding anniversary caused Frances great sorrow, the quarter century by which she survived him was full of events and adventure. She reconnected with the medical profession, enthusiastically serving for over 10 years as an assistant to Dr. Don Pichler. She traveled extensively, including Syria, Finland, France and climbed the Great Wall of China. She was a lively and devoted grandmother to her three granddaughters. Frances was a member of PEO for nearly 70 years, and was a founding member of Chapter AD in Albuquerque. Frances was a devout Christian and member of the Monte Vista Christian Church for over 50 years. She put her great love of gardening and flowers to the service of the church and arranged the flowers for Sunday services for over 20 years and was active in Faith's Journey and the Searchers Sunday School class. Frances is survived by daughter Margaret Stout Whiting and son-in-law Robert Whiting of Espoo, Finland, and son David Stout and daughter-in-law Mary Malwitz of Albuquerque; and three granddaughters Marlena Whiting, Kelly Stout and Johanna Stout, and brothers Dan Broyles and Gerald Broyles. The family requests that you remember Frances by making a donation to Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless, PO Box 25445, Albuquerque NM 87125. The family plans a Memorial Service at Monte Vista Christian Church in April. Please visit our online guest book for Frances at

Dr. Franklin Hunt Broyles

M, b. 2 September 1859, d. 17 November 1937
     Dr. Franklin Hunt Broyles was born on 2 September 1859 at Chucky Valley, Carter Co., TN.1 He was the son of Andrew Coffee Broyles and Louisa Ann Eliza Hunt. Dr. Franklin Hunt Broyles married Leila Watkins, daughter of David Watkins and Elizabeth McGrew, on 2 November 1887 at Glenrock, Nemaha Co., NE. Dr. Franklin Hunt Broyles died on 17 November 1937 at Bethany, Harrison Co., MO, at age 78 OBITUARY - Bethany Republican Clipper, Nov 1937

Funeral Rites Friday for Dr. Franklin H. Broyles
Funeral services for Dr. F. H. Broyles were conducted last Friday morning at 10:00 at the Broyles home by the Rev. W. W. Marvin of Vandalia, Mo., assisted by the Bethany Christian church.
Music was furnished by a quartet coomposed of Mrms. W. H. Hass, Mrs. Raleilgh Bartlett and L. C. Casady. Miss Ruth Ida Butler sang "More Love to Thee."
Following services here the funeral party left for Auburn, Nebr., where graveside services and burial rites were held at four o'clock in the afternoon.
Pallbearers were P. M. Place, Joe Maxey, Ed Slatten, Charles John, Claude Prentiss and Mark Butler. The floral escort was composed of Mrs. Mark Butler, Mrs. P. M. Place and Mrs. C. M. Propst.
Among those from out of town here to attend services were a brother-in-law R. S. Ramsey of Maryville, Miss Frances Broyles and Dr. Elizabeth Broyles of Boston, Mass., Dr. and Mrs. G. H. Broyles, Kansas City, Miss Marie French, St. Joseph and Mrs. Charlena Ramsey, Auburn.

He was buried in November 1937 at Sheridan Cemetery, Auburn, Nemaha Co., NE.

Dr. Franklin H. Broyles
Bethany, Missouri
                                        February 7th, 1925
Mr John Fain Anderson
Washington College.
Mr Dear Mr Anderson;-
While I have never had the pleasure of knowing you personally, I have known of you since I was but a small lad. I am the oldest son of A. C. Broyles, and am writing for him. He has tried to answer your letter received a few days ago, but his hand is feeble and trembly, and it is dificult for him to write although he has several correspondents, who seeme to have little trouble to read his letters. I know this is true, for when he asks questions, they are always answered. If they could not read his letters the questions would not be answered. Father will be 94 yeares old the 22nd of June. Three and a half yeares ago, he had a very severe sickness, and for weeks we little to encourage us to think he could get well, but he finally recovered, and since then has had good health, considering his advanced age, but has never walked since that spell of sickness. I believe if he had tried very hard to walk, he could have done so, but I was afraid he might fall and hurt himself, so let him have his way. His reason for not trying to walk was that his feet hurt so much when he tried to walk that he could not stand on them. He gets up at 6 A.M. and retires at 9 P.M. of course he takes several little naps during the day. Moves about his roome in his chair, and goes to the hall and toilet in his chair, and waits on himself. I always help him dress when at home. He takes the Herald and Tribune, the Pathfinder and two Methodist papers, and reads almost every line in them, and is always ready for the next copies of these papers. He eats and sleeps well and very fond of company. His mind is remarkable clear, but of course he is living more in the past than present. Does not remember recent events as well as those of yeares ago. We often talk of the people we used to know from Horse Creek to Embreville, and a large circle of country on either side of the river, but since I have been away from that country forty three yeares most of those I knew are gone.
Father and Mother were married in 1856 instead of 54, Mother passed away in 1906, at Monmouth Illinois and was buried in Jonesboro Tenn. I was in Jonesboro a few hours the day we laid her to rest, the last time I have been there. I appreciate your writing Father, and hope if it is not too great a task for you to write, the he may heare from you again. He has read your letter over several times, and remarks how glad he is that you wrote him. He says he would be so glad if he could only have a long visit with you. His children are scattered from Oklahoma to New York, but they come to see him and write him often. It seemes best the children all think for him to live with me, since we are very centrally located, and have a splendid home, with every convenience for his comefort, and that I can watch his health better than any of them. The Broyles family so far as I know have had few if any very black sheep, and I and my family are trying to maintain the reputation of the family. I have been very successful professionally and financially, and wife and I have raised three children of whom we are very proud. Two sons and one daughter. We have given them every opportunity they desired, all are university graduates, and graduates in Medicine. The oldest son is practiceing Medicine in Kansas City, the second son is practiceing Medicine in Saint Louis, and the daughter has just located in Saint Joseph Mo, where she has a nice office, and I am sure in a few yearses will be one of the leading Physicians there. The oldest son is 36, the second 30 and the daughter 26 yeares old. They are all three fine looking, healthy and happy, and all are good Christians. The boys were both commissioned officers in the world war. The oldest a major in the Medical service and the second one a Lieut, and both saw HELL in France, but only the youngest was wounded. That was three days before the armistis was signed, when he received a slight scalp and hand wound, but at the same time had three holes shot through his legs above the knees and the calf of his left leg shot off. He lay in a French hospital for four months before he was able to be sent home The wounds give him very little trouble now. The sons are married but the daughter is single.
Please pardon the personal part of this letter, but I wanted you to know this part of the Broyles family is trying to do good and if posible leave this world at least a little better when we are no more.
We have had I believe he nicest winter I have ever seen in this western country. Have not had a blizzard this winter, and now it is very much like spring. We had snow and ice for about six weeks and cold, temperature rangeing from 30 degrees above to twenty six degrees below zero. The snow was not over six inches deep, and not drifted.
If we could pick out the few real statesmen in the congress, and hang the rest of its members on the back yard fence, how wonderful this country might become, but it almost looks like the American people has not enough sense to be self governed. We hope for the best. With the best personal good wishes, from Father and myself, I am,
Sincerely yours.
F. H. Broyles. M. D.
Bethany, Mo.


The following letter was received a few days ago from Dr. Franklin Broyles, Bethany, Missouri:
“Editor Herald and Tribune
Dear Sir:
I am writing for my father, A. C. Broyles to ask you to advance his subscription to the Herald and Tribune one year and am enclosing his check to pay for same.
Father, tho feeble, is enjoying good health. He will soon be ninety-four years old. He send the season’s greetings to all of his old friends in Jonesboro and Washington County. He would be glad to receive a letter from anyone or all of them.

Note – Mr. Broyles is still interested in Jonesboro and the people of Washington county. Every year he sends us check for the old home paper in order to hear from us each week. Let many of his old friends write to him. It will give him pleasure to hear from you. Editor.


May 8th, 1933.

R. Frank DeVault
Morganton N. C.

Dear Cousin Frank:

Your letter was received the latter part of March, and should have been answered sooner. Excuses are always at hand, but really I have been rather busy professionally, besides business has called me up to Iowa once, to St. Joseph, Mo. twice, and to Kansas City twice, besides one trip to our farms in South East Nebraska. We have to go to Kansas City again soon, as well as to the farms. The price of corn is advancing and when we think the right time comes will go out and sell the few thousand bushels we have cribed on the farms.

Elizabeth has been very seriously sick in Boston since February. We were advised of her sickness but told her condition was not serious and that she was doing all right, and no need for us to come to her, but we were not satisfied and the 15th of March I took her mother as far as St. Louis on her way to Boston. She found Elizabeth better but still in a more serious condition than we were led to believe when she was at her worst. Her trouble started with a septic sore throat with a generalized joint infection. Her mother was with her six weeks. She is just now beginning to look after her patients. I may not have told you she has been Resident Physician at Wellesey College for eight years. And has just been reappointed for five more years at a salary of five thousand dollars per year but only works nine months each year and during those nine months has one vacation of ten days and another of twenty days. Well her mother left her able to be up and she reports a continued improvement. She will be home for her three months vacation in seven weeks. She drives a Studebaker car and drives home early in June. Our little eleven year old grandson is going to Boston for a visit with his aunt and will come home with her. This trip and the anxiety was rather hard on my wife, and she has not gotten rested yet.

We have had a dry cold spring but rains have reached us and the sun is warming things up nicely the last two days.

I am glad to have the information you gave me about your brothers and sisters, Cousin Sophia and I corresponded many many years ago but I turned the correspondence over to a chum, and I don't know what became of it. I left home in 1882 and was not at home when your father visited there in 1883. I think Will spent a summer with the folks soon after that. So I have never seen any of your family. You spoke about yourself and youngest brother living on the old home place. Am I to understand you are two old bachelors? You say nothing about any family. If you are may God have mercy on you for I have none for either of you. Your father's recollection concerning his family is mostly wrong and I will give you a correct genealogy on another sheet of paper, altho I can only go back to your grandfather Henry DeVault.

I visited Uncle Michael K. DeVault in Illinois more than fifty years ago but had not corresponded with any of them for fifty years but once in a while I would send Cousin Laura a birthday card, or a picture of some place of interest I visited but never heard from her. Just this last Christmas I sent her a Christmas card, and two or three weeks later I received a letter from her niece saying her Aunt Laura died three years ago. That her grandparents, her father and her uncle and aunt were all dead and that as far as she knew one brother was the only living relative she had on earth and that if I was a friend of the family or knew any thing about the DeVault family she would be glad to hear from me. I went back to her great, great, grandfather and gave her a quite complete history down to herself, so complete should she wish to join the D.A.Rs she can do so. Although I stopped with the birth and death of my own mother of that branch of our family. I will give this to her in another chapter. I have not heard from her since I sent her that letter, and she has no idea she and I are second cousins. It is too bad relatives get so scattered they loose all trace of each other, but I can I think understand how it is she knows not of her father's family. Uncle Michael DeVault was one of the best men I ever knew, and his wife was just as good as long as she was boss and every one bowed to her, but when they did not she was a regular she devil. Their oldest son Elbert married a young lady his mother had taken a dislike for and I heard her say she never wanted to see him again and that she never wanted to look in her face either in life or death. This marriage took place at the time I visited them, and it is my opinion he gave his family a wide bearth and told his children nothing about them, altho the rest of the famiy never said a word in my presence against the young lady Elbert married. The other two children never married. I know cousin Larua had an opportunity to marry a young man who has made a splendid success of his life, and her mother was willing that he and Laura marry, provided they would move right in and live with or very near her for he would would not be domineered over by her and Laura did not want to live with her for she knew no one could do so in peace, but at the same time she said she could never marry with out her mother's consent and if she did not marry this particular young man she would never marry any. That decided the young man to break the engagement and some years later married a jewel of a young woman. None of the children were at all like their mother in disposition but seeing the heart aches caused by her brother's disobedience caused her to sacrifice a happy married life with a home and children of her own. Yes I would love to meet and talk with you, I meet so few of my own boyhood friends and relatives. I have wondered off here in northwest Missouri not because I like it better than Nebraska but this is or has not been as healthy a country as Nebraska and consequently this has been a better place for a physician. We have 245 acres of fine Nebraska land and there is no mortgage on it neither is there on any thing we have.

I drove over to Maryville three weeks ago and spent a night with Bob. He wrote me he had fallen and fractured his leg and I went over at once to see him. He reports doing fine.

People here have been hit badly by this depression but here is much more confidence and we hope for better times but it is no secret that this as well as every other nation is in a serious condition.

I am remembering where Hugh's boys are in Kansas and I might be through their town some time and if so will stop and shake hands with them. I will be glad to hear from you when you find time to write. I have strung out a rather long letter and said very little.

Remember me to all the relatives you see.

Sincerely your cousin

F. H. Broyles.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - Bethany Republican Clipper, July 1933

The spacious residence of Dr. and Mrs. F. H. Broyles on Oakland avenue was the scene of a happy reunion Sunday, when all of their children and grandchildren were present to enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by Mrs. Broyles.
Dr. Broyles, his two sons and daughter are all actively engaged in the practice of medicine. He received his medical education in Kansas City and proudly states that the first babies he brought into the world are a half century old this year. Dr. Glen H., who is located in Kansas City, has a large following in the city and is known as one of the prominent physicians there. Dr. Watkins has a general practice in Eagleville and the northern part of Harrison county. His place in the community is vital, as he is "Doc" to a large percentage of the citizens. Their sister, Dr. Elizabeth, has served as resident physician at Wellesley college in Massachusetts for eight years and has been reappointed to serve in this capacity for the ensuing five years.
Dr. Elizabeth received her higher education in the medical department of the university of Nebraska, while her brothers were students at the university of Kansas.
Mrs. Glen H. Broyles and son Lloyd of Kansas City, Mrs. Watkins Broyles and children Frances and Watkins Ramsey of Eagleville were also present for the dinner and reunion Sunday. Frances who attended high school in Bethany last winter, hopes to devote her life to the practice of medicine, according to an essay which she wrote in citizenship class. Lloyd and Watkins Ramsey have made no definite plans for their future.


Dr. Franklin H. Broyles
Bethany, Missouri
December 18th, 1933.
Mrs Rachel Sophia McLean;-
Gobsonville, North Carolina,

My dear Cousin;-
Takeing people by surprise has always been a pleasure to me. In looking through an old album yesterday I found a picture of yours which you sent me more than fifty yeares ago. When looking at your picture, I just promised myself I would send you a surprise in the way of a short letter. If this reaches you, and you are interested enought to answer, I will be glad to write you a longer letter. I have done a great deal of letter writing during the past years, traceing the history of the DeVault family. I want our daughter to become a member of the D.A.R. and I am very sure have all necessary records which will give her triple record, through the McGrews, DeVault and Broyles families. This is all I am going to write at this time, for it may never reach you, nor interest you should be so fortunate as to reach you. I wish for you all the happiness and all the good things posible at the christmas time. The last letter received from you was written in 1883. Hope to heare from you. Your Cousin
F. H. Broyles


Dr. Franklin H. Broyles
Bethany, Missouri
February 19th, 1934,
Mrs Sophia McLean,
Gibsonville, N,C,

My Dear Cousin;-
When I sent you a note some weeks ago, I hardly expected to ever heare from you, Do you remember it has been more than fifty yeares since a letter has passed between us, I believe I turned over correspondence over to one of my friends, and as we were soon separated I dont know how long that correspondence was kept up, I have had a few letters from you brother Frank, but we have not exchanged letters for a few months, I must write to him soon, It was through him I learned you had married, your name and where you are liveing, I want to assure you I was so pleased to receive your letter, but regretted to know how sorely sorrow has entered your home, After two people have lived to gather for so long, and one is taken the home never seemes the same, The children may do every thing hmanly posible but there is a place they cant fill in the home life, You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of both husband and son, I may have seen an account of your sons death, for four daily papers come to our home, but I am sure the DeVault part of his name was not given, Of course my experience in air plaines is limited, and I intend it shall remain so, Of course I see one or more plains every day, and the government is locateing a landing field here, but they have no special attraction for me, I know your children are a source of much pleasure, and especially so, since they are not far from you, If one of my boys had an aviator bee in his bonnet, I would do my best to knock it out, From Franks letters you brothers and sisters never wondered as far from the old home, as my brothers and sisters have, You wanted to know about my brothers and sisters,
My mother died while on a visit with sister Birdie in Monmouth Ill, in 1906, and was buried at Jonesboro Tenn, After her death father lived with the children, comeing and going at his pleasure, untill the infirmities of age farbade his doing so, Then he come here to us, and spent the rest of his life here, He died in 1927, at the age of 97 yeares, His mind was active and his eye sight good up to the time of his death, We took his body to Tenn, and buried him by mothers side, God never made two better people then they were,
Sister Mollie married a Prof Ballard, and they live in Knoxville Tenn, They never had but one child, who now is a widow, and lives with then, She has two daughters, both nurses, but one married a physician and lives in Penn, I believe, The other I think is unrseing [nursing] in Baltimore.
Bettie married Jacob Hunt, and moved to Oklahoma, They have three boys, One a lawyer in Tulsa Okla, and the other two farmers, Jake left Bettie well provided for, Their children are such they can be proud of, Jake died several yeares ago, He was considerable older than Bettie,
Birdie married Rev W.K.King, a presbyterian minister, and they live in N.Y. City, King is quite a noted preacher, They have one son, married and has two children, He is an electrical engineer/employed by some big firm in Cleveland, Ohio,
Robert married a Miss Crumley, Several yeares later moved to Nebr, and later to Maryville Mo, They raised a large family, but several of the children are dead, The others scattered, Their oldest daughter married a tailor and lives in Maryville, Mo, another daughter married the Secretary of the Nebraska Farmers Insurance Co, and lime in Omaha, One son is a surveyor and is with some highway development company, another son is principle of a school in Mo, and another is in business in Kansas,
Will married a Miss Perryman [This is a typo. Will married Julia Clements. The rest of the information about Will's wife is correct.] of St Louis, a very noted young woman, and they lived in Denver Colo, Some friends was visiting them, and she was going to take them for a drive over the city, and in some way fell on some stone steps, and was severly injures, internally, the trouble finally developing into a cancerous condition, which caused her death, in I think 1912, Her people were catholics, and she was an only child, and Will allowed them to bury her in a catholic cemetery in St. Louis, Will never recovered from her death, and finally give up his business and come to us, where he lingered a few yeares, and died in 1920, and I buried him in a beautiful Cemetery at Auburn Nebraska, He was a member of the Christiran Church, and refused to be buried in a catholic cemetery, altho he worshiped his wife, They had no children.
Hubert married a Miss Perryman of Tulsa Okla, Is a presbyterian minister in Philadelphia, They have a nice home, Have on daughter who I think finishes college this yeare,
This briefly is the history of my brothers and sisters, We are so scattered we are not to gather very often, and some times are careless about our correspondence, Not that I do not do a lot of writing, I have been trying to trace our ancestry back to the revolutionary war, and have it completed, So if you or your children wish I can furnish them all the information to membership in the Sons or daughters of ther respective S.A.R. or D.A.R. A little more than a yeare ago I received a letter from a woman in Ills, saying a christmas card had come for her aunt Laura DeVault, with my name signed to it, and that she supposed I must be a friend of the family, That her aunt, uncle, father and grandparents were all dead, and that so far as she knew, she was the only liveing member of that family, and that if I knew the family, she would love to heare from me, We have had quite a correspondence, and had had, before I ever told her she and I were second cousins, I have written her pages of information, and sent her pictures of several of her cousins, your picture among the rest, Yes I had kept your picture all these yeares, The reason she knew nothing about the family, her grandmother had the meanest disposition of any woman I ever knew, and she did not want her son to marry the mother of this woman, not that there was any reason for him not doing so, except she just for some reason objected, but he did the right thing, and married to suit himself, and his mother never forgave him, and as she out lived his father (Who was your uncle Mike DeVault) - she disinherited him, and before her death fixed it so her property would to to a cemetery association,
I have said nothing of myself and family, but will in a future letter if I heare from you again, This letter is already too long,
We have had almost spring weather all winter, Not enough snow to cover the ground, and it has been a very healthy winter, which makes no money for physicions, and I am still in active practice, You say you are 68 yeares old, That is nothing, I am 74 yeares young, so I have you bested six yeares, If you want to listen to personalities, in a future letter I can tell you a good many things that have transpired in the last fifty yeares, There has been a lot of water ran under the bridge of life during thise yeares, I am going to stop now, If this letter does not tire you out write again, for I want to heare from you, With the best posible good wishes, and a prayer for God to bless you and yours, I am, Your Cousin,
F. H. Broyles

Dr. Franklin H. Broyles
Bethany, Missouri
June 25th, 1924
Mrs Sophia McLean
Gibsonville, N.C.

My Dear Cousin Sophia:-
Your letter of the 21st' just received and I hasten to express to you and your family my deepest sympathy, in the loss of a son, brother and husband, at a time of such sorrow there is after all so little one can say or do, but it is always some pleasure to know there are those who are feeling deeply for you in time of sorrow, I have such a horrow of air planes, and have never indulged in thay way of traveling but once, and have no desire to indulge farther, The necessity for doing so, would certainally have to be very urgent, Just such tragedies should compell people to make preperation to meet their God, and what a comefort it is to you to know David had made this preperation, When we read of so much sin in the world, and see how many people are rushing on to meet their God, all unprepared, it is enough to make ones blood stand still, It seems you have had more than your portion of sorrow in the space of a few months, but remember cousin, God will take care of you, and if you keep the faith, some day you will be reunited with those you have loved and lost for a little while, My prayer is that God will give you strength to meet every sorrow, I will answer your letter soon, Our daughter, Dr, Elizabeth Broyles, and our garndaughter Frances Broyles, left Boston Mass, in their car Friday noon, and we are expecting them to drive in this evening, May God Bless you, Your cousin,

F. H. Broyles

OBITUARY - St. Joseph News Press, Nov 17, 1937

Dr. F. H. Broyles, Bethany, Dies at Age of Seventy-Nine
(Special to the Gazette.)
BETHANY, Mo., Nov. 17. - Dr. F. H. Broyles, seventy-nine years old died here today. Funeral plans will not be completed until the arrival tomorrow night of a daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Broyles of Wellesley, Mass. Burial will be at Auburn, Neb.
Doctor Broyles was a native of Tennessee and had practiced at Auburn before coming to Bethany thirty-seven years ago. He had served as president of the board of education, city and county health officer and as a member of the Christian Church board.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Dr. Glen Broyles, Kansas City, and Dr. W.A. Broyles, Bethany, and the daughter, who is house physician at Wellesley College.
Doctor and Mrs. Broyles observed their golden wedding Oct. 27.

Children of Dr. Franklin Hunt Broyles and Leila Watkins


  1. [S1251] 1860 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 1277; FHL #805277.

George Jones Broyles

     George Jones Broyles married Casandra Elvira Snapp, daughter of John Snapp and Elizabeth Cook, on 5 December 1841 at Greene Co., TN.

Children of George Jones Broyles and Casandra Elvira Snapp

Georgia Temperance Broyles

F, b. 26 March 1849, d. 12 December 1928
     Georgia Temperance Broyles was born on 26 March 1849 at Greeneville, Greene Co., TN.1,2 She was the daughter of Dr. James Franklin Broyles and Temperance Wasdon Broyles.1 Georgia Temperance Broyles married Rufus Hannibal Reeves, son of William Pouder Reeves and Mary Catherine DeVault, on 28 October 1872 at Greeneville, Greene Co., TN. Georgia Temperance Broyles died on 12 December 1928 at Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC, at age 79. She was buried in December 1928 at Riverside Cemetery, Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC, Findagrave #36649194.

Children of Georgia Temperance Broyles and Rufus Hannibal Reeves


  1. [S1688] 1880 Federal Census, Greene County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 1258; FHL #1255258.
  2. [S4566] 1900 Federal Census, Buncombe County, North Carolina. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Rolls 1184-5; FHL #1241184-5.

Glen Hunt Broyles M.D.

M, b. 1 October 1888, d. 6 February 1968
     Glen Hunt Broyles M.D. was born on 1 October 1888 at Beatrice, Gage Co., NE. He was the son of Dr. Franklin Hunt Broyles and Leila Watkins. Glen Hunt Broyles M.D. married Hazel Marie Bonser, daughter of Alfred Cave Bonser and Hattie May Branham, on 30 November 1916 at Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO. Glen Hunt Broyles M.D. died on 6 February 1968 at Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO, at age 79.

Child of Glen Hunt Broyles M.D. and Hazel Marie Bonser

Jacob Franklin Broyles

M, b. 12 October 1804
     Jacob Franklin Broyles was born on 12 October 1804 at Greene Co., TN. He married Lucinda Broyles circa 1825.

Child of Jacob Franklin Broyles and Lucinda Broyles

Dr. James Franklin Broyles1

M, b. 24 December 1801, d. 31 August 1884
     Dr. James Franklin Broyles was born on 24 December 1801 at Broylesville, Washington Co., TN.1 He married Temperance Wasdon Broyles on 3 November 1825 at Anderson Co., SC. Dr. James Franklin Broyles died on 31 August 1884 at age 82.

Child of Dr. James Franklin Broyles and Temperance Wasdon Broyles


  1. [S1688] 1880 Federal Census, Greene County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 1258; FHL #1255258.

James Henry Broyles

M, b. 18 May 1861, d. 15 August 1865
     James Henry Broyles was born on 18 May 1861 at Chuckey Valley, Washington Co., TN. He was the son of Andrew Coffee Broyles and Louisa Ann Eliza Hunt. James Henry Broyles died on 15 August 1865 at Jonesborough, Washington Co., TN, at age 4. He was buried in August 1865 at Old Jonesboro Cemetery, Jonesborough, Washington Co., TN.

Jesse Broyles

M, b. 1809, d. 1880
     Jesse Broyles was born in 1809 at Washington Co., TN.1 He married Catherine Painter.1 Jesse Broyles died in 1880.

Child of Jesse Broyles and Catherine Painter


  1. [S467] 1850 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 898.

John Snapp Broyles

M, b. circa 1844
     John Snapp Broyles was born circa 1844 at Washington Co., TN. He was the son of George Jones Broyles and Casandra Elvira Snapp.

Keziah Elizabeth Broyles

F, b. May 1847, d. 11 February 1934
     Keziah Elizabeth Broyles was born in May 1847 at Washington Co., TN.1 She was the daughter of Jesse Broyles and Catherine Painter.2 Keziah Elizabeth Broyles married Rev. William David Copp, son of George Washington Copp and Catherine Anna Wilson, on 22 April 1868. Keziah Elizabeth Broyles died on 11 February 1934 at Johnson City, Washington Co., TN, at age 86.

Child of Keziah Elizabeth Broyles and Rev. William David Copp


  1. [S465] 1900 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1603; FHL #1241603.
  2. [S467] 1850 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 898.

Laverne J. Broyles

M, b. 5 March 1927, d. 29 September 1998
     Laverne J. Broyles was born on 5 March 1927 at Missouri.1 He was the son of Robert Andrew Broyles. Laverne J. Broyles died on 29 September 1998 at St. Louis, MO, at age 71 dates per SSDI.


  1. [S2065] 1940 Federal Census, Nodaway County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 2134.

Lloyd Bonser Broyles

M, b. 17 August 1918, d. 24 November 1991
     Lloyd Bonser Broyles was born on 17 August 1918 at Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO. He was the son of Glen Hunt Broyles M.D. and Hazel Marie Bonser. Lloyd Bonser Broyles married Bonnie Jean Finley, daughter of Harry Coleman Finley and Grace Lee Quisenberry, on 11 November 1944. Lloyd Bonser Broyles died on 24 November 1991 at Kansas City, Platte Co., MO, at age 73.

Child of Lloyd Bonser Broyles and Bonnie Jean Finley

  • Broyles b. 19 Mar 1949, d. 19 Mar 1949

Lucile Jackson Broyles

F, b. 5 March 1894, d. 23 April 1984
     Lucile Jackson Broyles was born on 5 March 1894 at Tennessee. She was the daughter of Robert Summerfield Broyles and Ella Mae Crumley. Lucile Jackson Broyles married Archie Millington, son of Frank Millington and Lucy (?). Lucile Jackson Broyles lived on 15 April 1940 at Trumbull, Clay Co., NE, lodging with Robert and Leone Williams. She died on 23 April 1984 at Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE, at age 90 OBITUARY - Lincoln, Nebraska Star, Tuesday, April 24, 1984

MILLINGTON, Lucile J., 90, 4711 S. 44th St., died Monday. Born Tennessee. Longtime Lincoln and Omaha resident. Retired High School teacher. Former member of Ames Ave. Methodist Church, Omaha. Survivors: daughters, Mrs. Lyle R. (Kathryn) Westerman, Lincoln, Mrs. Edward H. (Doris) Stever, Chadron, Mrs. Arthur E. (Ural) Prevedal, Denver; brother, Eugene H. Broyles, Dexter, Mo; 10 grandchildren and 12 greatgrand children. Graveside service: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Hillcrest Cemetery, Omaha. Roper and Sons Mortuary, 4300 "O" St. Memorials to MS Society.

Child of Lucile Jackson Broyles and Archie Millington


  1. [S2064] 1930 Federal Census, Douglas County, Nebraska. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 1273; FHL #2341008.

Lucinda Broyles

     Lucinda Broyles married Jacob Franklin Broyles circa 1825.

Child of Lucinda Broyles and Jacob Franklin Broyles

Marion Elmer Broyles1

M, b. 31 August 1895, d. 17 April 1943
     Marion Elmer Broyles was born on 31 August 1895 at Greene Co., TN.1 He married Lucy Kate Burgner.1 Marion Elmer Broyles died on 17 April 1943 at Greene Co., TN, at age 47.

Child of Marion Elmer Broyles and Lucy Kate Burgner


  1. [S4086] 1930 Federal Census, Greene County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 2249; FHL # 2341983.

Marion Wilhoit Broyles

M, b. 1 January 1846, d. 5 March 1904
     Marion Wilhoit Broyles was born on 1 January 1846. He married Elizabeth Jane Copp. Marion Wilhoit Broyles died on 5 March 1904 at age 58. He was buried in March 1904 at Philadelphia Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Philadelphia, Washington Co., TN.

Child of Marion Wilhoit Broyles and Elizabeth Jane Copp

Martha Broyles

     Martha Broyles was born at Tennessee. She married James Whitfield Duncan, son of Joseph Duncan and Molly Allison, after 1868.

Mary Broyles

F, b. 1795, d. 1865
     Mary Broyles was born in 1795 at Greene Co., TN. She married Samuel Mauk, son of John Peter Mauck Jr. and Elizabeth Heiser, in 1811. Mary Broyles died in 1865. She was buried in 1865 at Mauk Cemetery, Washington Co., TN, Findagrave #33557685.

Child of Mary Broyles and Samuel Mauk

Mary Louise Broyles

F, b. 28 July 1899, d. 24 February 1923
     Mary Louise Broyles was born on 28 July 1899 at Table Rock, Pawnee Co., NE. She was the daughter of Robert Summerfield Broyles and Ella Mae Crumley. Mary Louise Broyles died on 24 February 1923 at Maryville, Nodaway Co., MO, at age 23. She was buried in February 1923 at Miriam Cemetery, Maryville, Nodaway Co., MO.

Mary Lucinda Broyles

F, b. 26 May 1858, d. 9 June 1957
     Mary Lucinda Broyles was also known as "Mollie".
Note: Mary's brother, Rev. Herbert Broyles, said about her, "Mollie has been quite a Bible student, and until two or three years ago, taught a Bible class in her Church at Knoxville, in spite of her 90's."

Paul Sarrett says that Mary was also known as "Big Mama," and her daughter was called "Little Mama."

She was born on 26 May 1858 at Chucky Valley, Carter Co., TN.1 She was the daughter of Andrew Coffee Broyles and Louisa Ann Eliza Hunt. Mary Lucinda Broyles married Rev. Samuel Henry Ballard, son of Elijah Ballard and Elizabeth Waters, on 20 January 1885 at Chucky Valley, TN, From a letter written by Rev. E. Hubert Broyles to Dorothy DeVault Bicknell dated May 24, 1953:
"Betty and her sister Mollie were married in a double wedding ceremony. Mollie will be 95 next Tuesday the 26th. Not at all well, but still goes around some."

Mary Lucinda Broyles died on 9 June 1957 at Knoxville, Knox Co., TN, at age 99 OBITUARY - The Knoxville News Sentinel, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, June 11, 1957, page 7


Only two weeks after celebrating her 99th birthday, Mrs. Mary Broyles Ballard died at 3 a.m. this morning at her home, 2336 Woodbine Avenue. She was the widow of the late S. H. Ballard.
Mrs. Ballard had recovered from a broken hip, suffered five years ago. She was walking on her own six months after surgery. Mrs Ballard was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Annie Sarrett, Knoxville; granddaughters Mrs. Jack Joyner, Knoxville; Mrs. J. A. McKay, Fayetteville, N.C., four great-granddaughters, one great-grandson; sister, Mrs. W. R. King, Church Hill, Tenn; brother, Dr. E. H. Broyles, Philadelphia, Pa.
The body is at Mann's where the family will receive friends at 9 p.m. tomorrow.

She was buried in June 1957 at Lynnhurst Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox Co., TN. She was member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Child of Mary Lucinda Broyles and Rev. Samuel Henry Ballard


  1. [S1251] 1860 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 1277; FHL #805277.

Mattie Lou Broyles

F, b. 13 April 1928, d. 4 October 2013
     Mattie Lou Broyles was born on 13 April 1928 at Greene Co., TN.1 She was the daughter of Marion Elmer Broyles and Lucy Kate Burgner.1 Mattie Lou Broyles married William Hawkins Snapp, son of Thodore Bland Snapp and Charlotte Elizabeth Hylton, on 27 May 1944. Mattie Lou Broyles died on 4 October 2013 at Johnson City, Washington Co., TN, at age 85.


  1. [S4086] 1930 Federal Census, Greene County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 2249; FHL # 2341983.

Myrtle Winifred Broyles

F, b. 6 June 1889, d. 16 December 1975
     Myrtle Winifred Broyles was born on 6 June 1889 at Chucky Valley, Carter Co., TN. She was the daughter of Robert Summerfield Broyles and Ella Mae Crumley. Myrtle Winifred Broyles married James Jefferson Turner, son of Joshua J. Turner and C. Elizabeth (?), on 1 June 1915. Myrtle Winifred Broyles died on 16 December 1975 at Placer Co., CA, at age 86.

Child of Myrtle Winifred Broyles and James Jefferson Turner

Robert Andrew Broyles

M, b. 25 February 1903, d. August 1977
     Robert Andrew Broyles was born on 25 February 1903 at Pawnee Co. (probably), NE. He was the son of Robert Summerfield Broyles and Ella Mae Crumley. Occupation: tailor in 1930. Robert Andrew Broyles lived in April 1930 at 222 East Third Street, Ottawa, Franklin Co., KS. He died in August 1977 at Lakewood, Jefferson Co., CO, at age 74. He was buried in 1977 at Miriam Cemetery, Maryville, Nodaway Co., MO.
Note: Robert A. Broyles was already divorced by 4 APR 1930 when the census was taken. Apparently his son Laverne was bron during a very short marriage in the mid-1920s.

Child of Robert Andrew Broyles

Robert Summerfield Broyles

M, b. 26 May 1863, d. 28 May 1942
     Robert Summerfield Broyles was born on 26 May 1863 at Chucky Valley, Carter Co., TN. He was the son of Andrew Coffee Broyles and Louisa Ann Eliza Hunt. Robert Summerfield Broyles married Ella Mae Crumley, daughter of Fleming David Crumley and Maria Woodrow Snodgrass, on 29 August 1886 at Jonesborough, Washington Co., TN. Robert Summerfield Broyles died on 28 May 1942 at Maryville, Nodaway Co., MO, at age 79 OBITUARY - The Maryville Daily Forum, 28 May 1942

Robert Summerfield Broyles, 79 years of age, died at 5:30 o'clock this morning at his home, 521 South Market street. He had been in failing health the past three years and had been confined to his bed since the first of the year.
Mr. Broyles, who was born May 26, 1863, in Washington county, Tenn., the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Andrew C. Broyles, had resided in this city since 1917. For several years he was in charge of a dry cleaning business here.
He was married August 29, 1886, to Miss Ella May Crumley, who died in December, 1936. Mr. Broyles was a member of the Methodist church.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Winifred Turner, Sacramento, Calif., and Mrs. Lucile Millington, Trumbull, Neb., three sons, W. S. Broyles, Miami, Okla., Robert A. Broyles, Maryville and E. H. Broyles, Poplar Bluff, Mo., and four grandchildren.
Burial will be in the Miriam Cemetery but other funeral arrangements have not been completed.

He was buried in June 1942 at Miriam Cemetery, Maryville, Nodaway Co., MO.

Children of Robert Summerfield Broyles and Ella Mae Crumley

Sarah Jane Broyles

F, b. 5 November 1847, d. 8 October 1870
     Sarah Jane Broyles was born on 5 November 1847 at Washington Co., TN. She was the daughter of George Jones Broyles and Casandra Elvira Snapp. Sarah Jane Broyles died on 8 October 1870 at age 22.

Saramarie Broyles

F, b. 13 November 1968, d. 5 July 1975
     Saramarie Broyles was born on 13 November 1968 at North Kansas City, Clay Co., MO. She died on 5 July 1975 at North Kansas City, Clay Co., MO, at age 6.

Temperance Wasdon Broyles

F, b. 30 September 1803, d. 6 November 1876
     Temperance Wasdon Broyles was born on 30 September 1803 at Pendleton District, Anderson Co., SC. She married Dr. James Franklin Broyles on 3 November 1825 at Anderson Co., SC. Temperance Wasdon Broyles died on 6 November 1876 at Broylesville, Washington Co., TN, at age 73.

Child of Temperance Wasdon Broyles and Dr. James Franklin Broyles

Walter Hunt Broyles

M, b. 7 June 1888, d. 19 June 1888
     Walter Hunt Broyles was born on 7 June 1888 at Chucky Valley, Carter Co., TN. He was the son of Robert Summerfield Broyles and Ella Mae Crumley. Walter Hunt Broyles died on 19 June 1888 at Chucky Valley, Carter Co., TN.

Watkins Andrew Broyles M.D.

M, b. 25 November 1894, d. 26 August 1988
     Watkins Andrew Broyles M.D. was born on 25 November 1894 at Table Rock, Pawnee Co., NE. He was the son of Dr. Franklin Hunt Broyles and Leila Watkins. Watkins Andrew Broyles M.D. married Ethyl Frances Swan, daughter of Charles Bion Swan and Caroline Amelia Grubb, on 10 July 1917 at Bethany, Harrison Co., MO. Watkins Andrew Broyles M.D. and Ethyl Frances Swan were divorced on 31 July 1947 at Harrison Co., MO. Watkins Andrew Broyles M.D. married Margueretta Frances Paton, daughter of Duncan McLennan Paton and Marguerretta Gladys Burrows, on 4 October 1947 at Bethany, Harrison Co., MO, Prior to her marriage to Watkins Andrew Broyles, Marjorie was married to Percy Valentine Patrick Fralka. Marjorie and Percy had two sons, Gerald David and Daniel Patrick who were later adopted by Watkins.

Watkins Andrew Broyles M.D. died on 26 August 1988 at Bethany, Harrison Co., MO, at age 93 WATKINS FAMILY NEWSLETTER, January 2003

His given name was Watkins.
The story of Watkins A. Broyles came to me by fortunate fate in the way of a Christmas gift from Paul Watkins. In 1981, Watkins Broyles wrote a book called "Soldier, Doctor, Doctor" - a detailed accounting of not only his own life, but of the country which he loved so much. He was in awe, I think, of the progress of this nation in the time span of his life and felt compelled to make a record of life in America as he saw it. He recalls his family's beginnings and their struggles of a hundred years go - the life routine of hard work, long hours, and geographic adventure.
His earliest recollection of his family begins in 1760 at which time a number of his ancestors were in America and served in the
Revolutionary War. Following the war, many moved west to a Welsh settlement in Ohio. His grandfather, David Watkins, born in Radnor,
Ohio on February 26, 1824 and married Elizabeth McGrew on December 24, 1851 in Carrollton, Ohio. Their first child, Arlington, was born in Radnor on August 11, 1854 and they moved to Nebraska in 1857. As the railroad ended in Iowa City, Iowa, they purchased horses, wagons and supplies for the rough journey west across southern Iowa. They reached the bank of the Missouri river after two weeks of hard travel and encamped the first night across from Nebraska City, Nebraska. Three days later, passed through Julian, a small village. They continued on four more miles to the south, eventually settling on a bluff where Watkins' grandfather erected their first home. It was in this house that Watkins' mother Leila was born on October 6, 1861. She had a sister, Cherlena, who came to life on January 17, 1867. Leila also had a younger brother named William, born on September 9, 1869.
Though our story's primary interest is the Watkins connection, Dr. Broyles mentions that his father was able to trace his ancestry
to Henry Devault, a Huguenot, born in France in 1732 and immigrated to America in 1754. They landed in Philadelphia and settled near
Hanover, Pennsylvania serving under Col. William Ross during the Revolution in the 3rd Company of the 6th Battalion York County Militia. This Company later joined forces under General Washington at the Battle of Brandywine.
Becoming a doctor had been a logical progression of events for Watkins, as his father was hired in his younger days to work as a driver for a Dr. Nichols in Brock, Nebraska. It was during this time that he met Leila Watkins and they became sweethearts. He also made the decision to become a doctor. Dr. Nichols told him he could go into his office and read medicine for a year under his supervision. He would be able to use the doctor's library and receive personal instruction. He immediately accepted this generous offer and began studying. When Dr. Nichols became ill and could no longer continue his practice, Watkins' father headed for Kansas City, Missouri with fourteen dollars in his pocket which he had earned painting a house. It was November 1884. He attended Kansas City Medical College, doing his best to stretch what little money he had. He finally received his degree on March 15, 1887. That same year, he returned to Brock to marry Leila Watkins.
Watkins Broyles remembers wonderful times at the farm of his grandparents making mention of various incidents in which he was wounded (though not permanently) by either bees or dogs and finding a particular fascination with a skunk. One time around a fourth of July, he tells of picking gooseberries to which his grandmother gave him a quarter for each quart he picked. When they had saved enough, he and his sister Elizabeth would ride "old Charlie" and the one seated buggy and to go Julian to visit the store with its barrels of all sorts of food and candy. "The store was clean and had no flies though Ralph Nader would have had convulsions if he'd seen it!", Dr. Broyles says. Well, as it turns out, he had decided to spend his earnings on some of the fireworks that were on sale. Shooting off a large Roman candle, waving it above his head, it backfired and cut quite a gash in his lower lip. These incidents turned out to be his first medical experiences, as each recollection is finished by his comments that he not only developed an immunity to bee stings, but did not get rabies, lockjaw, or food poisoning!
Watkins enrolled as a pre-med student at the University of Kansas in Lawrence in fall of 1915. A year later, as fate would have it, President Wilson ordered the mobilization of the National Guard due to the Mexican border disturbance, and Watkins was informed he must report to the armory at once. This was Watkins' first involvement in a war. It was not his last.
Later, the American involvement with the European War resulted in his withdrawal from school as he applied to the ROTC program and reported to Fort Riley in 1917. One June 4, 1918 Watkins traveled across the Atlantic on the Baltic, a troupe ship. The British ship took him to Glasgow first, and he eventually went to Ramsey, La Havre, and Aillianville where he was trained. At his destination of Mandres, he and his battalion continued to the St. Mihiel Offensive in dugouts under the Metz St. Diezier Road. The time of the attack was to be D-Day plus four hours. Many days in the trenches, unspoken determination to survive, and a serious wound to his leg resulted in his being loaded on to a Merchant ship, the U.S.S. Nansemond and he was shipped home. His foreign service was over on March 11, 1919. He was discharged on April 25.
He re-enrolled as a pre-medic at the University of Kansas and June 10, 1924 was presented with his degree of Doctor of Medicine. Dr. Watkins Broyles interned at St. Louis City Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri and opened his private practice on July 21, 1925 in Eagleville, Missouri. His family grew and his practice thrived, though not without struggles.
When World War II came around, Watkins reported to what was to be called the "3rd Auxiliary Surgical Group" for training and on his birthday (November 25, 1942) he was told they would leave for England on the 27th. On December 1st, he and 30,000 other men boarded the Queen Mary to make the trip across. Once in England, he was told they belonged in North Africa. He found himself in a field hospital in North Africa on Easter Sunday, 1943 and by June of that year was ordered to Saveli, Algiers. In 1944, he was ordered back to the States, granted leave and returned to Bethany. Due to his earlier leg injury in WW I, he was restricted to the States where he was placed in the Medical Pool to wait for his assignment. Various assignments took him all over the States including, California, Texas and Arizona. He thrived in the medical field until the late 1970s when he realized his vision was failing. He found his malpractice insurance was costing more than a month's income and he decided to close his office on December 1, 1976.
In closing Watkins' own words say it best. "Over the years I have tried to do my duty as a doctor to my patients, friends, and community - an old fashioned idea. We often hear the expression, 'the good old days' - do we mean what we say? Those days did have some good points; more respect for law and order; less sympathy for criminals; less belief that the government should do everything for you." Well said Watkins, well said.

I received these letters from a collection of Watkins Broyles materials at the U.S. Army Military History Institute, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. (It was noted in the information I received that there are two boxes in the Watkins Broyles collection. Box #1 contains miscellaneous papers during World War II and Box #2 contains miscellaneous letters and papers from 1914-1919.) It is interesting to note that Watkins Broyles was supposed to have been married within about a month of these letters, but he makes no mention of that upcoming event.


Ft. Riley, Kansas
June 12, 1917

Dear Dad:
I received your letter this noon when I got in off a patrol work, and was glad to get it. To day has been awftly hot and is pretty warm yet tonight - however that is the kind of weather we need if it will only continue and I guess we will be getting used to it before long. but it sure makes the moisture roll off a fellow. Say I wish mother would get my bank book out of my box and send it to me as I want to send it to the bank and have it ballanced - or you can send it in for me. be sure you get the one I used this spring. I never got around to leave it before I left Lawrence. I think tho that I drew all I had out. yet I might be wrong. will finish this later on going over to a Picture show now for a little while.
Back and have not much time befor taps & lights out but if I dont get this finished now will do so in the morning - this cant get to you befor Thursday any how.
I expect that Dillon was a little light in his education but there are a lot of fellows here who are a whole lot worse off than Dillon and I think he would have made it O.K.
We have not been paid yet but I rather think we will get it this week tho I cant tell for sure - if we get paid I think I'll have a uniform made for me as a sort of dress up one it will come in handy if I never get a commission.
Speaking of fellows not liking it here - Ive heard little objections my self but you can blow in the coin here if you want to blow it in, You asked about clothes - well Ive spent about $10.00 for clothes at the Q.M. and then I bought me a pair of shoes up town cost me $1.00 - I could not get anything that would fit me at the quarter masters so I blowed my self. They are regular army shoes and cost $2.87 at the Q.M. so you see how they stick us however next month you will pay about $5 for them.
I think I'll go to KC. Sat. and to Lawrence Sunday that is if I can get away but it is rumored that we will not be allowed to leave camp from now on.
How is Mr. Hallock? You sure have made a bunch of trips to see him.
The weather here has been fine this week and I hope that you are having some of these warm days, but it is cloudy and looks like rain this evening.
Tell Many hello for me. I dont think we will have to pay 75 ct for meals for it was probably due to his getting discharge and they charged him for his board.
Now I beleave Ive given you all the news there is for this time but may add a line or two in the morning.
Love to all

P.S. Wed - morning and all OK. Turned cold last night and is cloudy this morning but looks a little like it might clear off - but they must have had a storm near here, Must close now and get this in box so it will be taken to office


Address my letters to Co. 9. after this Wat

Ft. Riley Kan.
June 17, 1917

Dear Dad:
This is Sunday P.M. and Ive been busy all day as they transfered us to our respective orginizations and Im no in Co 9. did not have to move very far about a half a block and Im in a good place as far as the building goes, yet Id prefered to stayed where I was as I was used to it. then Im not exactly certian I'll like it here as the fellows - (original old no 9 men) are from Colorado and I guess they are a rather bum bunch but there are several of our men here and one other K.U. man so Im going to get along all right, In the 1st place tho Im not here for a Colorado bunches pleasure but to get a job so you see Im O.K.
Received the candy and cake and it sure was O.K. and many thanks. I was going to K.C. Sat but no passes were give but I guess I wrote you about that now I believe Ive given you all the news there is for this time so I close Will write a better letter one fo these days but there is no news to write hope you are all well, Ive not found out yet whether I'll get paid or not but if not you will know it pretty quick, love to all, & write soon

LETTER #3 (The following appears to be page two of a letter for which I did not receive page one)

that sure was some way of getting rid of the rats - I suppose old Spot will be watching for a rat every time you start the engine in the barn.
Yes the draft is causing quite a little excitement here and I expect it is else where - our Capt (US) in charge of our Co (Capt Bates) has been promoted and is a major now.
Glad you are finally getting a pipe organ Not that I like them so much. And Mrs Henkle sure should be paid.
We'd like to be there to eat dinner with you my self and Im expecting to in about 3 more weeks -
Now Ive given you all the news I can think of so Im going to close for this time with love to all


NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - Bethany, Missouri Republican Clipper, December 18, 1918

Cheering News from War Department, December, 1918 , Bethany, Harrison, Missouri
As we stated last week, that although Dr. F. H. Broyles had received notice from the War Department that his son Lieut. Watkins Broyles had died of pneumonia, Nov. 7, in France; but as the family had received letters from him written since the armistice was signed, they could only hope there was a mistake on account of the conflicting dates. So great was the rejoicing in Bethany last Saturday when another message came from the war department, stating that the report of Watkins' death was erroneous - that he should have been reported wounded on November 7th.
Before receiving this message, Mrs. Broyles had received an eight page letter from Watkins, written Nov. 23. He said in this letter that his wounds were healing nicely, and he was improving rapidly, and hoped soon to be back with his company. In all, the family received seven letters from Lieut. Broyles last week.
Dr. Broyles also received a letter last week from his other soldier son, Capt. Glenn Broyles, in France, and he too was well and getting along fine.
We all rejoice with Dr. and Mrs. Broyles, the brave little wife, and all the relatives in the good news received, and though this will be for them a lonesome Christmas with both their sons so far away, yet they feel they have much for which to be thankful.
The following were the two messages as received by Dr. Broyles;

Washington, D. C., Dec. 18, 1918
Deeply regret to inform you that it is officially reported that Lieut. Watkins A. Broyles, infantry, died of lobar pneumonia, November 7.
HARRIS, Adj. Gen.

Washington, D. C. Dec. 14, 1918
Lieut. Watkins A. Broyles, infantry, erroneously reported died of lobar pneumonia; now reported severely wounded in action, Nov. 7.
HARRIS, Adj. Gen.

OBITUARY - St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press/Gazette, 29 Aug 1988

BETHANY, MO. -----Dr. Watkins A. Broyles, M.D., 93, died Friday, Aug. 26, 1988, at his home in Bethany.
Mr. Broyles was born in Table Rock, Neb.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marge Broyles, on Nov. 26, 1986.
Mr. Broyles had been a physician in Bethany since 1925, and was a member of the First Christian Church of Bethany. He was a Army veteran serving in the Mexican Border War, World War I and World War II.
Surviving: a daughter, Frances Stout, Albuquerque, N.M., three sons, Jerry, Omaha, Neb., Dan, Manhattan, Kan., and W. R., Liberty, Mo., 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services: 1 p.m. Tuesday, First Christian Church, Bethany, Mo. Cremation will follow. Family visitation: after 7 tonight, at the Roberson-Polley Funeral Home, Bethany.

Children of Watkins Andrew Broyles M.D. and Ethyl Frances Swan