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Myrtle Edna Collyar ~ ~ ~ 1873 - 1943
Submitted by: Margaret Haynes

Myrtle Edna Splane was born August 16, 1873, in Chanute, Neosho Co., Kansas. She was the daughter of John M. Splane and Jane Matilda (McCutcheon) Splane. Her parents were both from Canada, and were very early settlers in Neosho County, Kansas, near Chanute. Her father John M. Splane and his brother were on the 1865 census in Neosho County and her mother was there also, before they married. Myrtle's father was a veteran of the Union Army during the Civil War, serving in Co. G of the 9th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, and was a member of the G.A.R. and the Odd Fellows.
Myrtle's mother died when she was five years old, she had an older brother Robert who was eight and a baby sister Mary. When Myrtle was age six her father remarried to a widow, Sarah (Cole) Downing, who had three children from her first marriage. Myrtle's father was buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Chanute, Neosho Co., Kansas and her mother Jane was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, in rural Neosho Co., Kansas near Chanute. Her mother's grave marker or headstone from 1878, like so many at Greenwood cemetery, has been lost to time and the elements and vandals, her grave location being verified by old records of persons living in the area, whose family members were buried there and also suffered the same circumstances regarding headstones.
Myrtle grew up in Chanute, Kansas. She was married October 3, 1894, in Sumner County, Kansas, to Charles Newton "Charlie" Collyar, the son of Jasper and Mary (Mitchell) Collyar. Charlie's grandfather John Elbert Collyar/Collier also fought with Company G of the 9th Kansas Vol. Cavalry and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Neosho County, Kansas.
Myrtle was a quite woman but she experienced many hardships. Her husband Charlie was a wanderer, and for many of their earlier years, they traveled from place to place in a covered wagon. Their oldest son Earl was born in March 1895 in Cowley Co., Kansas. Then sometime before January 1897 when their son Claude was born, they had moved to Township 24 N Range 13 E, with a post office address of Romona, in Indian Territory. In 1900, they had a son born in Kansas and son and daughter both born in Indian Territory. Charlie was working as a section hand, probably on a ranch. His great granddaughter Lucy told me that he used to go on cattle drives when he lived near Shaw, Kansas.
In their nearly fifty years of marriage, they moved a lot, living in Neosho County, Kansas, in Geuda Springs, in Sumner Co., Kansas, in Cowley Co., Kansas, in Blackwell, Kay Co., Oklahoma, in Kusa, Okmulgee Co., Oklahoma, in Collinsville, Tulsa Co., Oklahoma, and other places. From earlier times, the Collyar's worked in smelters, mostly zinc smelters and they moved from place to place to work. But for Charlie it was just that he liked to move around, even though some of his family did not like the vagabond life. After several years they lived in Blackwell, Kay Co., Oklahoma until their deaths.
Myrtle Edna (Splane) Collyar and Charles Newton Collyar were the parents of eight children: Earl Edward Collyar, Claude Oran Collyar, Corda Pearl Collyar, Annie May Collyar, Mary Eva Collyar, Marshall Jasper Collyar who died young in Collinsville, Oklahoma, Floyd Merle Collyar, and Florence Collyar who died as a baby.
A grandson, Clarence A. Collyar, said that when they were young, his grandpa and grandma liked to go to dances, often at a neighbors's home, and take the children along. And that his mother and father, Anna and Earl, did the same. Many of the Collyar's told me how much they loved dancing and country music.
Before her death, her home was at 1022 West Padon, in Blackwell. Myrtle died January 1, 1943, in Blackwell General Hospital in Blackwell, Kay Co., Oklahoma, at the age of 69 years. Death was due to heart failure and heart disease. She was buried on January 3, 1943, in the Blackwell IOOF Cemetery in Blackwell, Kay Co., Oklahoma.
She was survived by her husband of the home, daughters and sons-in-law, Earl and Anna (Bushman) Collyar of Blackwell, Oklahoma, Claude and Mary (Falkenberg) Collyar, Corda Pearl (Collyar) and Roy Stricklen, Annie May (Collyar) and Les Harrington, Mary Eva (Collyar) and "Bert" Klofkorn, and Floyd Merle and Lulla Collyar; and grandchildren; and a brother and wife, Bob and Rosie Splane of Hutchinson, Kansas. It is unknown to this researcher, whether Myrtle's sister Mary E. (Splane) Sharp was living as she didn't appear on her father's obituary in 1920.
Myrtle was preceded in death by her parents; a son Marshall Jasper; and a daughter Florence.

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