m. 14 Jan 1874
m. 14 MAR 1901
Facts and Events
Edith Hester Collins was born in Topsy, Mercer Co., Missouri on November 18, 1882, the daughter of Francis Thomas and Sarah Ann Lynam Collins, the fourth or middle daughter of a family of seven girls. Mary Fenton Collins born October 22, 1874, and passed away in 1894 in her twentieth year. Sue Mattie Collins born February 28, 1877. Married Henry Henderson June 12, 1898. Malinda Jane Collins born August 18, 1881 and passed away in her eighth year. Edith Hester Collins born November 18, 1883. Married Albert Orestus Andrews March 14, 1901. Eliza Ann Collins born August 19, 1886 and passed away 1896. Emma Belle Collins was born October 11, 1889. Date of death June 20, 1891. Leona Dale Collins was born January 18, 1893. Married Hershel Stephens. Passed away January 11, 1962. At the age of four years my folks moved to Mill Grove, Mo. We lived there until the death of my father, March 15, 1894. After his death we went to live with my grandparents, Mr. Richard Lee and Mary Jane Lynam. In 1898, with my grandparents, uncle, aunt and two sisters we came to Kansas. We traveled in covered wagons. It took two weeks to make the trip. We moved to a farm 8 miles north of Howard, Kansas known as the Mills place. We lived there for one year. In September of that year I started to school at Fair View staying with Levi Kling for the school term. In 1899 we lived one and one-half mile west of Howard in the Bonor Dist. I started to school and went until Christmas vacation. At that time I quit school and went to work for Mrs. Sant Anderson for $1.50 per week. I worked there until in July when I went home for awhile to help my mother. In September 1900, I went to Severy to help my sister for awhile. On March 14, 1901 I was married to Albert Andrews. We went to house keeping on a farm known as the Clark place south west of Howard. Lived there until in October of that year. At that time we subrented a farm from Frank Blizzard, three miles north of town and lived there for one year. In 1903 we moved one mile north of Moline, Kansas, in December of that year we bought a farm consisting of eighty acres and moved there immediately. We traded livestock for this place. So when we moved to our new home we had a team of horses, one cow, five brood sows and fifty hens. This farm proved to be a good stock farm, so we did well the three years we were there. In 1907 we sold this place to Mrs. Lilly Hostetler and on the 15th of February with my sister, Lewis, Lee, Alma and Ernest we moved to Goodwell, Okla. where we bought a relinquishment on a 160 acre farm, “still own this farm”. This farm was bare, no water, no fences and only a little ten by twelve shack. We lived there for a few days with chicken coops, side boards and other things leaned against the north side of the house to make a shelter for the hens, a tarpolin on the south side to shelter the things we could not get in the house and also to shelter the horses in stormy weather. In a few days we built twelve feet more on the house, we had no screens so the hens would come in and lay their eggs on the bed. While we were still living in the little house we hired a well drilled so we would not have to haul water. In June we finished our new house. Three rooms and a basement. We moved into the house and turned the old one into a barn. The first year we were there we raised a good crop, but we only had twenty acres broke out. The next two years the crops were poor. Albert worked for other people, broke sod, harvested, did carpenter work and any king of work he could find to do to help us to get along. We lived there for three years, then moved to Pratt, Kans. Stayed there one year and worked for a contractor, Harry Duckworth. In 1911 we moved to the Dr. Hartner place, known as the Phillips place, paying $300.00 for the same, lived in the house three years. We sold this place to James Fouts and bought the place we now own. We lived in this house for twelve years, then we rented a farm three miles south of Howard and lived there for seven years. In 1949 we moved back to our own home in Howard.
"Granny" crocheted each grandchild a small cup and saucer as a keepsake.