Clutter Memorial Plaque



Herbert Clutter, son of James and May Clutter, was born May 24, 1911 in Grey County, Kansas. He grew up on a farm near Larned and graduated from Kansas State College with a Bachelor of Agriculture degree in 1933. He worked as an assistant County Agent in Montgomery County following graduation. He moved to Garden city after his marriage to Bonnie Fox in 1934. He was employed as the Finney County Agriculture Extension Agent for 5 years until he became engaged in farming in 1939. The family lived 2 miles west of Holcomb where Herb raised sheep and cattle as well as feed grains and wheat. They moved to a farm on the south side of the Santa Fe Railroad just west of Holcomb in 1948 where he continued the farming operation which included raising grass seed crops. He also managed a dry land farm 23 miles NE of Garden City.

Herb was active in many activities which included: Holcomb Community Club; Holcomb School Board; Farm Bureau; Grange: Board of the Finney County Community chest; Chairman of County Road Committee; member of the Agriculture Committee of Garden City Chamber of Commerce; Chairman of the Farm Labor Commission for Finney County; Community Committeeman of the Agriculture Credit Association? Trustee of Southwest Community Hospital Inc.; Director of Western Kansas Development Assoc.; First President of the National Association of Wheat Growers and the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers; Board of Directors and President of Garden City Cooperative Equity Exchange; member of the National Farm Credit Board; member of the National Grain Advisory Committee; and other state and national agriculture committees and boards.

Bonnie Mae Fox, daughter of Arthur B. and Mae Fox was born January 7, 1914 in Rozel, Kansas. She grew up on a farm there and attended the St. Rose School of Nursing in Great Bend. She was married to Herb on December 2, 1934 and moved to Garden City. She raised four children and was involved in many community and church activities. The children were all born in Garden City. They were Eveanna Marie Clutter Mosier, born June 26, 1936; Beverly Jean Clutter English, born October 11, 1939, Nancy Mae Clutter, born January 2, 1943 and Kenyon Neal Clutter, born August 28, 1944.

Herb and Bonnie were community and project leaders for Sherlock Strivers 4-H Club for many years. The family belonged to the First Methodist Church in Garden City where Herb taught an adult Sunday school class many years and Bonnie taught in the children’s division. The children were active in the youth department and the adult choir. Herb served as chairman of the building committee.

Eveanna, Beverly, Nancy and Kenyon all attended Holcomb Consolidated Schools. They rode the school bus to and from school. Most of the school activities occurred during school hours which made it possible for the young people to participate in many different activities. The family’s leisure activities included entertaining friends, enjoying picnics in the summer and participating in school and church events. They used the Garden City Public Library a great deal and enjoyed the community music events and band concerts at the park in Garden City. Herbert, Bonnie, Nancy and Kenyon were killed November 15, 1959 by intruders who entered their home with the intent of robbery. The family was buried in the Valley View Cemetery, Garden City, Kansas.