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Birth:
14 Sep 1898 1
Benton Co., AR 1
Death:
19 Oct 1988 1
Smith Center, KS 1
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Soapes, Arlan D
Soapes, Arlan D
Arlan Dwight Soapes, about 1920
Arlan Dwight Soapes, about 1920
Winnie and Arlan Soapes
Winnie and Arlan Soapes
David Kelly, Winnie's nephew, sent this photo to me.
A.D. and granddaughters
A.D. and granddaughters
Arlan & his granddaughters, Linda, Diane & Cynthia Hubbard.
A.D. Soapes business card
A.D. Soapes business card
I believe this card was for a job Arlan had in the 1920's when living in Greeley, Co.
AD's Draft reg. - front
AD's Draft reg. - front
Arlan's draft registration card in 1918.
Arlan 1900
Arlan 1900
Arlan Soapes in about 1900
Arlan about 1920
Arlan about 1920
Bentonville high, sophs, 1917
Bentonville high, sophs, 1917
Bentonville H.S. Sophomore class - Arlan is the 3rd from left, back row.
Winnie & Arlan Soapes, abt 1920
Winnie & Arlan Soapes, abt 1920
This was Arlan & Winnie's wedding photo.
Betty & Susan Soapes
Betty & Susan Soapes
Betty Lou & Susan Ann in Greeley, Co. about 1926.
Arlan & Winnie ca1950
Arlan & Winnie ca1950
Arlan & Winnie in their yard about 1950.
A.D., Michelle, Travis, Annette, xmas 1971
A.D., Michelle, Travis, Annette, xmas 1971
Arlan with 3 of his great grandchildren, Michelle Johnson, Travis Bullock and Annette Johnson.
Soapes house, Smith Center, KS
Soapes house, Smith Center, KS
The Soapes house, ca. 1940's - Susan & Betty gracing the side porch.
Winnie Walker Soapes
Winnie Walker Soapes
Winnie Soapes sitting on their first auto. I believe this is when they were traveling to Greeley, CO to live after their marriage.
Soapes Dept. Store, 1975
Soapes Dept. Store, 1975
Soapes Dept. Store on Main Street in Smith Center, KS.
Arlan & Winnie Soapes, Jessie & Billy, ca 1920
Arlan & Winnie Soapes, Jessie & Billy, ca 1920
Arlan & Winnie and Winnie's sister, Jessie Walker Hook and her son Billy. Winnie was a milliner so she no doubt made the hats she and Jessie are wearing.
Arlan Soapes, Winnie Walker Marriage Bond
Arlan Soapes, Winnie Walker Marriage Bond
I found this marriage bond in the Benton County archives in Rogers, AR. This is in Arlan's handwriting.
A.D. Soapes' funeral card
A.D. Soapes' funeral card
Arlan's funeral card - 1988.
Soapes-Walker Marriage license
Soapes-Walker Marriage license
Winnie & Arlan's marriage license in Benton Co., AR.
Marriage announcement
Marriage announcement
This undated newspaper clipping was found in a black wallet that belonged to either Arlan or Winnie.
Newspaper clipping
Newspaper clipping
A clipping from the Smith Co. Pioneer 22 Mar. 1979. This was a file photo from WWII era. A.D. Soapes is the man on the right. I don't recognize the other men.
Mt. Hebron Church, Benton Co., AR
Mt. Hebron Church, Benton Co., AR
Mt. Hebron church is near Arlan Soapes boyhood home and it's where the Soapes family attended church. Arlan's parents and grandparents are buried in the cemetery here. The church, no longer used for services, is in the process of being restored.
William, Arlan, Wilma, Ethel Soapes
William, Arlan, Wilma, Ethel Soapes
William F., Arlan, Wilma and Ethel Soapes about 1906.
Arlan Soapes baby pic
Arlan Soapes baby pic
Arlan in 1898 or early 1899.
Lula Sammons
Lula Sammons
Lula Sammons Soapes is Arlan's mother who died when he was about 2 years old.
Lula Sammons, ca 1895
Lula Sammons, ca 1895
Lula is Arlan's mother.
Ollie Ethel Lillard
Ollie Ethel Lillard
Ethel is Arlan's step-mother.
The W.F. Soapes farmhouse, Benton, AR copy
The W.F. Soapes farmhouse, Benton, AR copy
This is the farmhome of Arlan's parents where he grew up.
1928 Greeley City directory, Arlan & Winnie Soapes
1928 Greeley City directory, Arlan & Winnie Soapes
Greeley City directory showing Arlan & Winnie living there in 1928 at 1827 6th Ave.

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Person:
Arlan Dwight Soapes 1
Arlan D Soapes 2
Also known as: A.D. Soapes 1
Age in 1930: 32 2
Birth:
14 Sep 1898 1
Benton Co., AR 1
Male 1
Birth:
Estimated Birth Year: 1898 2
Death:
19 Oct 1988 1
Smith Center, KS 1
Burial:
Burial Place: Fairview Cem., Smith Center, KS 1
Residence:
Place: Goodland, KS 1
Place: Benton Co., AR 1
Place: Greeley, Weld Co., CO 1
Place: Smith Center, KS 1
Place: WELD County, Colorado 2
From: 1930 2
Enumeration District: GREELEY CITY, WARD 3, VOTING PCTS 1 AND 2 2
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Birth:
Mother: Lula Elizabeth Sammons 1
Father: William Franklin Soapes 1
Marriage:
Winnie Davis Walker 1
11 Jun 1920 1
Benton Co., AR 1
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Occupation:
Department Store owner 1
Religion:
Methodist 1

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Arlan D. Soapes

    Arlan Dwight Soapes was born near Bentonville, Arkansas Sept. 14, 1898. His mother, Lula, died when he was 2 years old .He spent his early years with his grandparents James and Susan Ann Soapes, until his father remarried to Ethel Ollie Lillard and he could then live with them at their farm home. He was raised on the farm near Lowell, Arkansas. His half-sister, Wilma, was born in 1902. The family belonged to the Mt. Hebron church which was about a mile from their home. Arlan was the only member of his eighth grade class who went on to high school in Bentonville, AR and he was a student at the University of Arkansas when he went into the Army at the age of 20 1/2 during World War I. He and Winnie Walker, daughter of Samuel F. Walker and Margaret Emily Baker, met in Bentonville, Arkansas, Winnie was living with her sister Jessie Walker Hook and her son, William. Winnie had resided with Jessie after her schooling in Fayetteville had ended. Jessie ran a rooming house in Bentonville and Arlan had rented a room from her. Winnie and Arlan were married June 11, 1920, and shortly moved to Greeley, Colorado where daughters, Susan Ann and Betty Lou were born. They lived in Greeley about 10 years or so and Arlan was a traveling salesman and later the manager of a department store called Moody's. They left Greeley about 1932 and lived in Goodland KS several years where Arlan sold shoes. In 1935 when Arlan was 37, they moved to Smith Center, Kansas.
    On Oct.1, 1935 he and a partner, George Saar, opened a department store on Main Street in  Smith Center selling shoes and ready-to-wear clothes for women. 1939 was a bad year for business due to the Depression, and the store couldn't support two families, so they decided one would stay and one would go. George Saar sold his half to Arlan. Over the years, shoes were his biggest seller, and he added men's Key overalls, and men's ready-to-wear. He phased out the women's clothing by the end of the 1960's, but his line of fabrics and sewing supplies was growing and soon it was his main merchandise along with shoes. Soapes Dept. Store was well-known for Dollar Day sales and the Nickel Sale each July. He retired in 1983 and sold his store to Bill and Connie Corbett.
    Winnie passed away in 1968 and he was married to Lola Palmer on Nov. 28, 1971. Lola passed away Oct 30, 1985. After her death he was married to Corrine Davis on Oct. 29, 1987. Arlan passed away in Bethesda Care Center, Smith Center, on Oct. 19, 1988.

Arlan Soapes was an active citizen & prominent businessman of Smith Center, KS. He was a member of the Rotary Club, the American Legion and was a Shriner.

 

I remember Grangran as a thoughtful and kind man who was always a gentleman. He never had a cross word or unkind thing to say about anyone

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