February 6, 2017
This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
Mr. Jess Wingfield was one of Geary County’s prominent citizens in 1908. In February of that year, he met with death in an usual way. Mr. Wingfield woke from his night’s sleep in a fit of coughing. He unfortunately had swallowed his upper set of false teeth, which had lodged in his throat and could not be removed. A physician was called to do what he could, but by the time the doctor arrived the false teeth had gone even further down Mr. Wingfield’s throat and there was no way to reach the plate. Mr. Wingfield was taken to a Topeka hospital where an operation was performed the following day, but still the teeth could not be located and the patient began to quickly weaken and eventually he died. Jess Wingfield had been one of the first white person’s born in Geary County. He was a prominent and respected citizen, who lived all of his life on Humbolt Creek Road. With his passing, he left behind a widow and six children, whose descendants reside throughout Geary this area even to this day.
We have had many new visitors to our Museum lately and want to encourage all of our listeners to stop by at the corner of Sixth and Adams Streets Tuesday through Saturdays from one until four in the afternoon. There are many new displays to see and our Gift Shop has some unique items - just for you.