When I was a young man growing up in Winfield, there was McConn's bakery. It seemed like it had been at 114 East Tenth forever and would be there forever. It seemed old fashioned since you had to go up some wooden steps to go inside as I don't remember any other business with steps.

Now that I am older, McConn's bakery has disappeared from the Winfield scene. I asked myself where it came from and where did it go.

I started with the fact that I remembered that Fannie and Ollie McConn owned and ran the bakery and Richard McConn was a driver. I assumed that they were spinster sisters and Richard was a relative. I was wrong.

The McConn family moved to Arkansas City in February of 1880. The McConn family moved from Arkansas City to Winfield in 1902. The Family was composed of;

Horace, father, born

Minnie, mother, born

Henry E., son, born

Mark H., son born 01/14/1898, died 07/31/1967

Francis, dau., born

Grace, dau., born


The Cusick family moved from Crocker, Missouri to Winfield in 1909. The family was composed of;

John, father, born

Martha, mother, born

Olive (Ollie), dau., born 01/05/1893, died 11/26/1970

Fannie, dau., born 12/02/1897, died 11/23/1981

Nora J., dau., born

Mamie, dau., born 10/08/1909, died 07/15/1984


Ollie Cusick married Henry E. McConn on 04/11/1917 in Winfield They were divorced on ______. They had no children.

Fannie Cusick married Mark H. McConn on 08/29/1918 in Winfield. They were divorced on ______. They had one son, Richard McConn, who married Vida Deckard and resided in Dallas, Texas.

Mark McConn remarried, 08/29/1926, to Esta Williams who died in Winfield on 11/26/1971.

Nora Cusick married Martin McGuire on _______. He died on ______. They had one daughter, Patricia, who married James Marshall and resides in Dallas, Texas. Nora remarried W. A. (Bill) King in 1950 who died 06/26/1959. Bill King operated Kings Confectionery for a number of years.

Mamie Cusick married ____ Wise.


Now let us look at the existing City Directories.

1885- There was a restaurant and bakery, called the Winfield Bakery, at 920 Main Street, run by T. F. Axtell.

1888- No listing of a bakery at 920 Main Street. T. F. Axtell was then a partner in the Axtell and Freeman Undertakers at 11th Street, at the rear of the Opera House. No business was listed at 912 Main.

1908 Holtke Restaurant was at 920 Main Street and the Owl Drug Store was at 912 Main.


1910 Holtke had moved to 922 Main Street and Ollie Cusick was a cook and R. L. May was a baker there. Henry Harvey had a bakery at 920 Main Street. J. A. Garrick had a bakery at 914 Main Street.

1912 Holtke was back at 920 Main Street. R. L. May had started a bakery at 116 East Tenth.

1914/15 Henry E. McConn was a baker at Holtke's Cafe and Bakery at 920 Main Street. Mark H. McConn was a driver at Holtke's Cafe and Bakery. They both lived at 1008 Main. Ollie Cusick was ----. Fannie Cusick was a clerk at R. L. Mays bakery.

1917 Holtke was at 920 Main Street. Newell Osterhout had a bakery at 912 Main Street. Bish and Son had a bakery at 702 East Seventy. T. L. Mays had a bakery at 116 East Tenth.

One anon. source advised that, due to the First World War, Winfield boycotted Holtke (who was german) and broke him. He sold out to the McConn brothers.

1919 The McConn brothers, Mark and Henry, were operators of both 912 and 920 Main Street. The McConn brothers had married the Cusick sisters, Ollie and Fannie, who were now working at the bakery. Mrs. Martha Cusick was also working at the bakery. Martin McGuire was a baker there. Bish bakery was still at 702 East Seventh and May's bakery was at 116 East Tenth. Lierman's harness shop was at 114 East Tenth.

1921 Holtke Sanitary Bakery was at 912 Main and McConn Brothers were at 920 Main. T. L. May was still at 116 East Tenth. M. K. Bish had renamed his bakery at 702 East Sixth the Ohio Bakery.

1923 McConn Brothers were at 920. Holtke Sanitary Bakery was at 912 Main and Mays bakery had moved to 906 East Sixth and 116 East Tenth was vacant. Bish has sold to Tommy Carson at 702 East Seventh. Carl Denton was a baker at Holtke's.

In 1925 Mark and Henry McConn were listed as being with the Sanitary Bakery at 912 Main Street. Carl Denton was married, worked at "Baker and Denton" at 318 East Ninth. Martin McGuire and his wife Nora both worked at McConns Cafe and Bakery at 920 Main Street.

In 1927, Mrs Fannie McConn and Mrs. Ollie McConn owned and operated the Cafe and Bakery at 920 Main Street.

In 1931, McConn Nora McGuire disappeared from the city directory.

In 1933, McConn's Bakery was at 920 Main Street and Lierman's Harness shop was at 114 East Tenth. "Ollie", "Fannie" and Nora McGuire were living at 1305 Millington. Tommy Carson had a bakery at 210 West Ninth.

In 1935 McConn Sisters bakery was at the rear of 920 Main Street.

In 1937 McConn Sisters bakery was at 114/116 East Tenth.

By 1939 McConn's Bakery had moved to 114 East Tenth. Carson was still at 210 West Ninth.

In 1941 McConn's Bakery was at 114 East Tenth. "Fannie", "Ollie" and Mrs. Nora McGuire were living at 1305 Millington.

1948 McConn at 114/16 East 10th.

1950 Schaeffer at 114/16. Bill King ran Kings Confectionary and married Nora McGuire.

1952 Freeman (Raymond C.) at 114/16. Fannie was a waitress at the White Lily Cafe and Ollie was a waitress at Ellingers Cafe. Bill King ran the City Cigar store.


912 Main Street

1888 no listing

1908 Owl drug store. R.B. Bird was next door north.

1917 Osterhout (Newell) bakery

1919 McConn Brothers

1921 Holtke Sanitary Bakery

1923 Holtke Sanitary Bakery

1925 Sanitary Bakery. H.E. and Mark were listed as working here.


601 Main Street

1961 Continental bakery. Bill Martin, supt.


609 Main Street

1948 Peerless bakery

1950 Peerless bakery

1952 Peerless bakery (Merle Hattiburg)

1955 Peerless bakery

1961 Peerless bakery



805 Main Street

1955 Mel Backus Drug Store

1961 Pioneer cafe. Fran and Ollie McConn. Nora King.


920 Main Street

1885 T. F. Axtell cafe and bakery

1888 no listing

1908 L. F. Holtke cafe and bakery

1910 L. F. Holtke cafe and bakery had moved to 922 Main. R.L. May was a baker and Olive Cusick was a cook for Holtke. Henry Harvey had a bakery at 920 Main. J.A. Garrick had a bakery at 914 Main St.

1914 Holtke cafe and bakery. H.E. McConn was a baker and Mark McConn was a driver

1917 Holtke cafe and bakery

1919 McConn Brothers cafe and bakery

1921 McConn Brothers

1923 McConn Brothers. Carl Denton was a baker there.

1933 McConn's Bakery




114 East Tenth

1933 Lierman's Harness Shop

1939 McConn's Bakery

1950 Schaffers bakery

1952 McConns bakery



116 East Tenth

1912 R. L. May Bakery. Fannie Cusick was a clerk.

1917 T. L. May bakery

1919 T. L. May bakery

1921 T. L. May bakery

1923 vacent

1939 McConn's bakery

1948 McConn's bakery

1950 Schaffers bakery

1952 Raymond C. Freeman bakery

1955 McConn Sisters bakery. Richard is now a salesman for H. P. Gott.


206 West Ninth Street



906 East Sixth

1923 T.L. May had moved to this address.

1955 Denton (Carl) bakery

1961 Denton bakery


702 East Seventy

1917 Bish and son, bakery

1919 Bish and son, bakery

1921 Ohio bakery owned by Bish

1923 now owned by Tommy Carson


1016 Main Street

1948 Winfield (Ora Amrine) pastry shop

1950 Winfield pastry shop

1952 Winfield pastry shop

1955 Winfield pastry shop

1961 Winfield pastry shop