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Jessie Belle Martin Click
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Birth: Jan. 29, 1880
Reno County
Kansas, USA
Death: Jun. 2, 1949
Dodge City
Ford County
Kansas, USA

Unfortunately, my great grandma Jessie Bell Click died 10.5 years before I was born. Grandma thought the world of her mother. They were together all their lives. Orvil Click her husband died in Oct 1926. Orvil Russell her son died the following June in a blacksmith explosion in Plains, KS where the home was. So the household after that was Jessie Bell and her daughters Jessie Dorothy & Marguerite Beulah. The ended up in Wichita, KS. There Marguerite met and briefly dated Clifford Forrest Coltran. I think he was a bus driver, but I don't remember that story for sure. All I know was that Marguerite at one point was working in an autoparts store and was very good at it. Nevertheless, it turned out that Dorothy had more in common so they started dating. Then they ended up moving to Dodge City, KS. Marguerite died 15-Jan-1931 of Tuberculosis. Then it was just Jessie Bell, Dorothy, and Clifford. My mother then came in the picture. She was born 24-Oct-1935. Jessie Bell was really close to her grandchildren. Since Jessie Bell was a light sleeper, she would sleep with my mother when she was sick as Jessie Bell could tell if she had a fever by holding her feet. Other stories I remember grandma saying is how she would keep the yard clear of stickers because Jessie Bell loved to go barefoot in the yard. I was also told the story where Jessie Bell had lost her husbands "C" ring in Dodge City during a winter snow. It was a miricle but grandma found it. My grandma also told me how Jessie Bell had spotted a picture oin a photo gallary window in Dodge City and noticed it was my Aunt Sue Ann. She bought it. I believe (hope) Aunt Sue picked it up the last time she was in in Plains.

Jessie Bell was prone to ulcers and I think at one point she did have a heart attack, but grandpa messaged her (don't know if it was CPR) and she survived. It was while they were living in a trailer house However, she came down with stomach cancer -- grandma figured was due to all the ulcers she had earlier in life. She spent some time in the hospital. Grandma remembered for instance being there when she had a hospital roommate with TB of the bone. Grandma said she never smelled anything so bad. Unfortuantely, that lady didn't survive. I think grandma has a photo of her smiling in bed.

Nevertheless, the day Jessie Bell was about to die, grandpa told grandma to go get some things because he suspected she was at her end. Basically, he didn't want grandma to be there when her mother died as they were just too close. Grandma was devastated when her mother died. She talked about how she couldn't sleep and just listened to the mantle clock tick all night long and feel the loneliness of Jessie Bell's absence. I still have that clock. Grandpa and grandma had bought it in Nebraska at some antique shop. Whenever I see that clock I think of how grandma had to deal with the loss of her mother. My mother also thought the world of her grandma Jessie Bell. She was only 14 when she died. Since they all lived under the same roof, they were all very close. Grandpa considered Jessie Bell more of a mother than his own mother had been since they were somewhat estranged. My only regret is that I never knew her personally, but she lived on through grandma's stories. Hopefully a part of her lives on by retelling those stories.

1880 in Enterprise Townwship, Reno County, Kansas

1900 in Westminster Township, Reno County, Kansas

1910 in West Plains, Meade County, Kansas

1920 in West Plains, Meade County, Kansas

1930 in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas

Family links: 
  John Martin (1846 - 1926)
  Helen Catherine Hawkins Martin (1857 - 1882)
  Orval Robert Click (1879 - 1926)
  Kitty Helen Click Cornwell (1900 - 1974)*
  Orval Russell Click (1902 - 1927)*
  Jessie Dorothy Click Coltran (1904 - 2003)*
  Marguerite Beula Click (1909 - 1931)*
  William Jay Martin (1875 - 1876)*
  Josephine Pearl Martin (1877 - 1959)*
  Jessie Belle Martin Click (1880 - 1949)
  George Garfield Martin (1881 - 1968)*
  Eunice I. Martin Potter (1884 - 1967)**
  Margret Ellen Martin Potter (1886 - 1918)**
*Calculated relationship
Partridge Cemetery
Reno County
Kansas, USA
Plot: Original Cem., Lot 51, Grave 3
Maintained by: in memory of grandma
Originally Created by: Phillip H. Pitzer
Record added: Dec 30, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12822048
Jessie Belle <i>Martin</i> Click
Added by: Phillip H. Pitzer
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