These pages give a glimpse into the evolving story of the family
heritage of Irvin and Jane Good of Peabody, Kansas. This is a story
about emigrating from western Europe from 1727 to 1878, migrating west
with an expanding United States of America, settling on the rich farm
land of the great plains of central Kansas, and a rural way of life
that rapidly is vanishing. This story is being written from
historical and genealogical sources and from those family artifacts
and papers that often are treasured possessions of family relatives
near and far. It is intended for future generations who may wish to
know something of their family heritage, and for any others who might
Irvin Good (1908-1971) was the son of farmer I. B. Good and his
wife Lizzie Gaiser, and eventually, Irvin would take over their family
farm. The Good family came from Germany to Lancaster county Pennsylvania
in 1727. After the American Revolution, successive generations moved to the
Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, to Fairfield county Ohio, and finally to farms near
Versailles, Missouri and then Peabody, Kansas. All of these
generations of the Good family were farmers. As their children
chose other lives, Irvin and his brother Floyd brought to a close the farming
chapter in the history of this line of the Good family.
Jane Huguenin (1914-2001) was the daughter of grocer Oscar Huguenin
and his wife Pearl Lauck. Jane was Irvin's enthusiastic partner in
farming and raising their family of four. Her Huguenin grandparents
emigrated from Neuchâtel, Switzerland to Peabody in 1878. After
their marriage in 1914, Oscar and Pearl moved from Peabody to farms
near Stanford, Montana (where Jane and her brother Wesley
were born) and then near Sejita, Texas and finally back to the Peabody area where
Oscar decided to sell food rather than raise it.
The histories of the Gaiser and Lauck families are largely
unknown. Lizzie Gaiser's father Jacob was born in Wurtenburg, Germany
in 1839, and Pearl Lauck's father Edwin was born in Stephenson county
Illinois in 1863. The rest of these stories remain to be discovered.
I would be happy to hear from anyone who can help fill some of these
Once these families found their way to Peabody, most of them
stayed. This area was Irvin and Jane's home, and it also was the home
of their parents and grandparents. This too reflects a way of life
that is disappearing as our lives become more mobile.
Following the story. Each family link in the table of
contents provides a starting point for that family. The people and
places links are indices for those topics.
The events topic is very weak, but someday it might not be.
The sources topic gradually is
being moved to other pages.
This is an evolving story. Some pages are well developed, some are
collecting bins for information that still needs to be studied, and some
are still empty as reminders to fill in that gap.
Feedback. I am always happy to hear about new information or
about errors you might find. The sooner I know about errors,
the sooner I can fix them. Use the feedback link.
Acknowledgements. Many have contributed to these pages, and
new contributions are encouraged. Contributions by others are
acknowledged on a separate page for the contributor or where their
work is used.