This is from the book, History of Seward County, Kansas
William Oscar Ormiston, of Scottish and English descent was born September 16, 1877 at Purdin, Missouri.His parents were William Oscar O. and Clara Belle Dodge Ormiston.Katherine (Katie) Ann Suhler of German nationality was born January 9, 1888 at Sharon, Kansas.Her parents were George and Margaret Suhler.
William Oscar (Bill) and Katie both grew up in the Nashville, Kansas area.Bill was very good baseball player.He played with the Nashville team as a catcher.He was contacted by scouts of the professional teams.He was asked to go to Lincoln, Nebraska, to join the Farm Team.
Bill came to Seward County and filed on a claim in 1906.Legal description of the homestead was NW 24-33-31.Bill was contacted again by the baseball scout, but he would have had to give up his claim and decided he couldn’t afford to do that. Baseball pay in those day was somewhat lower than today.
He went back to Nashville and married Katie on October 9, 1907, and they returned in a covered wagon to the claim where they spent the rest of their lives.T this union were born four children; Dora Belle, Alvin Leon, Raymond Eugene, and Francis William.
They were good neighbors and very helpful in the growth and development of the Kismet community.Katie was very active in the Kismet United Brethren Church as long as her health permitted.Bill serviced on the school boards.He played baseball with the Plains team before there were a Kismet and road the trains for transportation to and from the games.
William Oscars’ parents William Oscar O Ormiston moved from Barber County the Kismet community in 1908.At that time William Oscar O Ormiston added the O to his name because his son was already known as William Oscar and this would avoid confusion.
They raised horse and cattle and farmed wheat and row crops.In the winter time they hunted and trapped fur baring animals to supple ment the famy income.Ice skating on ponds in the community was very popular in the winter time.Bill was a good ice skater.
Bill had a blacksmith shop on the farm and did a lot of work for the neighbors.He sharpened lister and plow shears and did forge welding.In later years they had a threshing machine and threashed for the neighbors.Bill almost died from the flu during the epidemic which was very bad in the community.
William Oscar Ormiston died May 20, 1958;Katie Ormiston died September 1, 1943.Both are buried in the Kismet Cemetery.
Dora Belle born July 7, 1908, at Kismet died there January 4, 1924.She was a cartoonist and a horsewoman.She raised a colt of her won. One day when her father and brother Alvin, had gone, she led her horse over to the west side of the pasture, out of her mother’s sight got on it and road it home.This was the first time the horse had ever been ridden.She trained this this horse named Midnight to jump fences.
Alvin Leon, born March 17, 1910 at Kismet married Velna Johnson March 16, 1937 in Liberal.They live at Hugoton, Kansas Raymond Eugene Born December 12, `1920 at Kismetmarried Zula Mae Noble Mary 29, 1945 in Llano Texas.The live at Llano, Texas. Francis William born May 22, 1923, at Kismet married Mildred Ediger February 26, 1950 in Turpin Oklahoma.Francis and his wife live in the homestead today. And he still farms the land of his father owned.
Information submitted by Alvin and Velna Ormiston assisted by Francis and Mildred Ormiston