John Prouty Pepper (1908-2008)

My grandfather John Prouty PEPPER was born on 24 January 1908 near Barnard, Lincoln County, Kansas. Grandpa told me he was born in the Sunnyside neighborhood. 

Memories of Grandpa Pepper from his daughter, Judy (Pepper) CLARK and edited by Teresa Hamilton/PEPPER RUST:

Judy says, “Dad attended grades 1-8 at the Sunny Side School just up the hill from the Pepper Farm. There were two schools in the area in which Dad grew up. Beside Sunny Side there was Logan School.

Dad met his cousin Frank (son of William Henry PEPPER) when he was about 16 or 17 years of age.

Dad’s Uncle William [William Henry PEPPER] came from California to be with his brother George [Grandpa’s Dad, George Warriner PEPPER] and stayed for two years. Dad remembers their going fishing together at Shady Bend, in Lincoln County, Kansas.

John and Reita Geraldine BISHOP were married in the Ellsworth County Courthouse in Ellsworth, Kansas.

Dad [Grandpa John Prouty Pepper] told me of a day in 1938/1939 while he and his family were living in Wyoming, possibly near Torrington (as Frank would have been about one year old) of his trip of about 90 miles to Cheyenne, Wyoming where a young acquaintance was to try out with the Cheyenne Indians baseball team. Because of the long drive Dad was to stay the day with him to bring him home after the try-outs. To pass the time Dad began to pick up the slack where an extra player was needed. Well, by and by, the coach began to see Dad’s ability in playing the game and he was asked to join the team. But due to the fact of his family being so young and his [older] age he declined their kind offer. The other young man returned with Dad having been rejected. [Baseball was a love of his since childhood. His father George W. Pepper used to coach and help sponsor the local teams. Grandpa also  played with his younger brother “Georgie” George Pepper]

Dad’s occupations: layed pipe for the military training camps in Iowa, Kansas, Colorado Springs, Denver, and Wyoming. Worked on the Gurnsey Dam. Helped to excavate Fort Laramie in Wyoming.

The house that Dad, Mom, Wes and Duane lived in in Lingle, Wyoming, was purchased from a family from Topeka, Kansas.”

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