Beginning in the days when the Groom’s and Stuber’s both lived in Peoria County, Illinois, there has been a strong link between the two families. Adam Stuber was in his home area of Holmes County, Ohio, in 1850 but he traveled to Illinois and on December 11, 1851, married Elizabeth Charlotte Sirlott in Peoria County. They had one daughter, Emma Celeste, before Elizabeth died in 1855. About a year later on January 1, 1856, Adam married Louisa Groom, sister of Samuel Dabney Groom.
The tie between the Groom and Stuber families continued when John W. Groom (son of Samuel Dabney) who was then living in Cowley County, Kansas, went back to Illinois to marry Emma Celeste Stuber (daughter of Adam Stuber) in 1873. John and Emma returned to Kansas to his homestead in Richland Township. In 1881 Adam and Louisa Stuber and sons followed their daughter, Emma, to Kansas.
Born June 15, 1825, in Spesbach, Germany, Adam DeKalb Stuber was the son of Adam J. Stuber and Eve Steinmann who brought three sons to the U. S. from Germany in about 1838-40. The family went to Holmes County, Ohio, where older children had settled before them. Adam D. Stuber served 1846-1848 in Co. I of the 15th U. S. Infantry during the Mexican War.
By 1851 Adam was in Peoria County, Illinois, and on December 11, 1851, he married Elizabeth Charlotte Sirlott. Their first child, Emma Celeste, was born September 15, 1853. In 1855 Elizabeth died at the birth of their second child, who also died.
On January 1, 1856, Adam married Louisa Groom (sister of Samuel D. Groom) in Chillicothe where they lived until 1881. They had three children: James Philip; Albert DeKalb “Cap”; and Eve.
In September 1880 A. D. Stuber bought a quarter section from John Groom in Cowley County; then in May 1881 Adam and Louisa purchased land in Oklahoma and pioneered in the Oklahoma Territory near Oklahoma City. In 1898 they sold their farm in Oklahoma and returned to Wilmot to retire. Louisa died May 14, 1914, and Adam died May 18, 1916. Both are buried in the Wilmot cemetery.
(NOTE: The above is extracted from “Groom Family Scrapbook” by Joyce Lanier Krehbiel. Published in 1994 by the Gregath Publishing Company.)
FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 14, 1873.
MARRIED. GROOM - STUBER. Married at the residence of the bride’s father in Chillicothe, Illinois, on the evening of the 29th of July, by Esq. Booth, Mr. John Groom of Winfield, to Miss Emma Stuber, of the former city.
[REPORT FROM “CON.” - WILMOT.]
Winfield Courier, March 24, 1881.
Mr. Adam Stuber, recently from Illinois, has consented at last to reside with us. He is going to build on the old home¬stead, as soon as possible. He has a large family, of which brings another couple of young folks to our town.
[THE OLD SOLDIERS - GETTING READY FOR THE REUNION.]
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 6, 1881 - FRONT PAGE.
Below will be found the proceedings of township meetings, organizations, and muster rolls as far as heard from. The last week before the reunion we will publish the muster rolls
RICHLAND. Special meeting called by Vice President Maher. Mr. Stuber was nominated and elected to the chair.
A. STUBER, CO. M, 11 ILL., CAPTAIN (MEXICAN SOLDIER).
[REPORT FROM “E. MC.” - WILMOT.]
Winfield Courier, October 13, 1881.
Mr. Adam Stuber lectured on temperance at the Prairie View school house last Sunday.
Cowley County Courant, March 2, 1882.
The following applicants were in attendance at the examina¬tion for teachers’ certificates Friday and Saturday. F. H. Burton, J. A. Hilsabeck, L. P. King, A. D. Stuber, Miss Villa M. Combs, Jennie Davy, Clara Green, Fannie Harden, Anna Hunt, Allie L. Keyes, Maggie R. Linn, Mattie M. Linn, Lutie Newman, Fannie McKinley, Lizzie Lawson, Lilly Perrin, Rose A. Rounds, Anna E. Rowland, Haidee A. Trezise, and Nettie O. Wanner.
[TEACHERS DIRECTORY: 1881-1882.]
Winfield Courier, January 12, 1882.
A. D. Stuber, District 31: $35.00 monthly salary.
[TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION: CENTRAL DIVISION.]
Winfield Courier, January 19, 1882.
EDITORS COURIER: Please announce that the Teachers’ Association of the Central Division will meet in Winfield school building, Saturday, January 28th, at 10 o’clock a.m.
The following programme indicates the teachers of the Central Division, and the work assigned them for the next meeting.
Public Spelling. E. P. Hickok, A. D. Stuber, and Celina Bliss.
Winfield Courier, September 14, 1882.
Cowley County Teachers. The following persons hold valid certificates in this county, and can make legal contracts with school boards. WINFIELD CITY. A. D. Stuber, grade 2.
Winfield Courier, October 12, 1882.
The following teachers have notified the County Superintendent of their school contracts.
WINFIELD. A. D. Stuber, District 65.
Winfield Courier, December 28, 1882.
The Winfield Division of the Teachers’ Association will hold their next meeting at Mr. McKinley’s schoolhouse, five miles west of Winfield, Friday evening, Jan. 12th, at 7 o’clock p.m. Program for the evening as follows. Needs of our school system, by Stuber and Herriott, followed by general discussion by all present; Technical grammar and practical language compared by Miss Anna Hunt and A. D. Stuber.
Winfield Courier, January 18, 1883.
Cowley County was represented at the State Temperance Convention at Topeka last week, by Mrs. J. C. McMullen, A. D. Stuber, and D. C. Beach. The latter gentleman informs us that it was one of the grandest meetings of the kind ever held. There were over twelve hundred delegates—probably the largest delegate convention ever held in the United States—and the results were entirely satisfactory.
Winfield Courier, February 1, 1883.
At a meeting of the temperance people of Richland Township at Summit schoolhouse on January 27th, for the purpose of organizing The Temperance League, D. C. Stevens was elected chairman and J. M. Bair secretary. The following committee was elected for organization: A. D. Stuber, chairman; Dan Maher, N. J. Larkin, D. C. Stevens, Thomas Carson, Willis Wilson. Resolved to meet at the call of the chairman.
[POLO CORRESPONDENT: “H. H. H.”]
Winfield Courier, August 23, 1883.
Last Sunday the temperance people of Richland met at the Summit Schoolhouse for the purpose of pushing on the good work, and behold we were greeted by our worthy County Superintendent, Mr. Limerick. Mr. Limerick, after being introduced by Capt. A. Stuber, addressed the audience with an accomplished speech, followed by Capt. A. Stuber, President of the association. A general invitation was extended to all to help in the temperance cause.
Winfield Courier, October 25, 1883.
One of the most noted veterans in attendance upon the reunion was Captain A. D. Stuber, of Richland. The Captain is a veteran of two wars, having served through both the Mexican War and the rebellion. He is a brave veteran and is highly esteemed by his old comrades-in-arms.
Winfield Courier, January 10, 1884.
Teachers of Cowley County. Wilmot. District 22: A. D. Stuber, $40.00 monthly salary.
[SUMMIT CORRESPONDENT: “W. P. F.”]
Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.
The Richland folks have built a new schoolhouse. They have sold the old one, and that keeps their teacher, Mr. A. D. Stuber, back with his school.
Winfield Courier, January 24, 1884.
The Republican Primary convention of Richland Township met pursuant to call of Township Central Committee, at Summit schoolhouse, on January 19, 1884. Adam Stuber was chosen chairman and S. J. Holloway, secretary, and proceeded to nominate candidates for township offices. James Groom was chosen as candidate for Trustee; N. J. Larkin, for Clerk; J. R. Cottingham, for Treasurer; J. W. Watt, for Constable of North Richland; J. S. Holloway, for Constable, South Richland. Road Overseers: District No. 1, Phillip Stuber; District No. 2, W. J. Shrubshell; District No. 3, S. J. Holloway; District No. 4, J. S. Hamilton. After ordering the minutes of the Convention published in the Winfield COURIER, the meeting adjourned. S. J. HOLLOWAY, Secretary.
[SUMMIT CORRESPONDENT: “WILLIAM FLINT.”]
Winfield Courier, February 28, 1884.
Mr. Charles Nicholson has been visiting his friend, Mr. Stuber, the past week.
[NORTH RICHLAND CORRESPONDENT: “DICK RELVIG.”]
Winfield Courier, March 13, 1884.
District 23 has built a good new house, size 24 x 32. School will close soon. Mr. Stuber has given the boys and girls a good start.
[REPUBLICAN COUNTY CONVENTION.]
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1884.
Delegates from Richland: J. W. Weimer, A. Stuber, Jno. Sargent, S. W. Phoenix.
The following were elected delegates to the Cherryvale Convention: S. Cure, E. A. Henthorn, A. D. Stuber, R. R. Turner, C. L. Swarts.
Winfield Courier, May 22, 1884.
Dan Maher, Capt. Stuber, and Tom Carson, of Richland, were driving home from town the other evening with three joints of pump pipe in the wagon. Dan was holding onto the end of the pipe to keep it from sliding out. The railroad problem soon enveloped their minds. It grew hotter and hotter and the pipe slipped and slipped. They soon came to a joint conclusion and located the station of the K. C. & S. W. railroad, but when they looked around the pump pipe couldn’t be located—two joints had gone to mother earth several miles back along the road. Dan takes hold of railroad questions with a vim; but the pipe—well, it was only a slip anyway.
[RICHLAND TOWNSHIP: ELECTION.]
Winfield Courier, May 22, 1884.
Recap: On May 17, 1884, at a special meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, came Adam Stuber, a resident taxpayer of Richland Township, praying that a special election be called for the purpose to subscribe to the capital stock of the Kansas City & Southwestern Railroad Company $12,000, to aid in construction of the line of railroad from Kansas City, Missouri, through the county of Cowley and through Richland Township to the south line of the state of Kansas, in Sumner County, Kansas, by the way of Winfield, the said railroad company proposing to first construct the portion of its said line of railroad from the Saint Louis and San Francisco Railroad north or northeast from said county of Cowley through Richland Township by the way of the Winfield, etc. Election asked to be held June 23, 1884.
Board of County Commissioners: S. C. Smith, Amos Walton, J. A. Irwin. J. S. Hunt, County Clerk.
Winfield Courier, July 3, 1884.
Richland Republican Primary convention met pursuant to call of township central committee. Meeting called to order by J. R. Cottingham, chairman of committee. After stating the object of the meeting to be to elect four delegates to the convention at Winfield on July 12, 1884. Capt. A. Stuber was then elected chairman and N. J. Larkin Secretary of the convention. Then the following delegates were elected: S. W. Phoenix, T. R. Carson, J. R. Cottingham, and T. D. Givler. It was then voted that the delegates select their own alternates, and the following were selected: D. C. Stevens, H. H. Hooker, J. P. Groom, and Capt. A. Stuber. No further business to be done, the convention adjourned.
[REPUBLICAN COUNTY CONVENTION.]
Winfield Courier, July 17, 1884.
The chair appointed the following committee. Credentials: Sid Cure, Al. Mowry, J. A. Cochran, J. F. Martin, Captain Stuber.
Winfield Courier, August 7, 1884.
Pursuant to notice the committee appointed to organize a Cowley County Blaine and Logan Club met at the COURIER office at 2 o’clock p.m., July 19, 1884. T. H. Soward was elected President, J. R. Sumpter, Secretary, and W. J. Wilson, Treasurer. The following gentlemen were elected vice-Presidents of the Club.
Beaver, M. F. Teter; Bolton, J. D. Guthrie; Cedar, Alec Grouse; Creswell, C. T. Atkinson; Dexter, S. H. Wells; Fairview, Wm. White; Liberty, Justus Fisher; Maple, Ed. Morse; Ninnescah, A. J. Worden; Omnia, W. H. Gilliard; Otter, A. H. Mills; Pleasant Valley, D. S. Sherrard; Richland, Capt. Stuber; Rock, S. P. Strong; Sheridan, Barney Shriver; Silver Creek, J. W. Henthorn; Silverdale, J. N. Darnell; Tisdale, Hugh McKibben; Vernon, Oscar Wooley; Walnut, S. E. Burger; Windsor, R. F. Roberts; Winfield 1st Ward, W. J. Wilson; Winfield 2nd Ward, G. H. Buckman; Harvey, R. S. Strother; Spring Creek, J. J. Estus.
Motion that the Vice Presidents be instructed to organize Blaine and Logan Clubs in their townships at the earliest possible time, and report their organization and members to the President of this Club, carried. On motion the chair appointed Capt. White, W. J. Wilson, and J. R. Sumpter a committee on finance. The Club adopted as a badge a plain blue ribbon with the names of the Republican candidate for President and vice-president printed thereon. Adjourned to meet on the call of the Chairman. J. R. SUMPTER, Secretary.
WILMOT WAIFS. “T. R. C.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 20, 1885.
Mr. Adam Stuber is on the invalid list, having been so for the past two weeks, but is improving somewhat at present.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 17, 1885.
Capt. Stuber was down Thursday from Wilmot.
[REPUBLICAN COUNTY CONVENTION.]
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.
On motion of P. A. Lorry, voted that the chair appoint a committee of five on order of business. The chair appointed P. A. Lorry, Sampson Johnson, W. E. Tansey, J. R. Sumpter, and Capt. Stuber.
RICHLAND. Delegates: J. R. Cottingham, Adam Stuber, S. J. Holloway, J. S. Bowker, J. P. Groom, D. C. Stephens. Alternates: J. Cooper, N. J. Larkin, J. O. Van Orsdal, J. A. Childs, T. R. Carson, J. R. Cole.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 8, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds since our last issue. Adam D Stuber et ux to John R Thompson, n hf ne qr and n hf nw qr 31-30-5e: $800.00.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1885.
List of Appointments by Republican County Central Committee.
Otter Township: Stockdale’s, Oct. 23. Capt. A. Stuber and Henry E. Asp.