Elmer Karns and His Family
Elmer was the sixth of seven children (other than two who died as infants) of Alva and Salome (Mearkle) Karns. He was born on 14 July 1893 in Everett, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. He married Verna Mabel Dawson on 14 Aug 1921 in Hutchinson, Kansas. They had two daughters, Winifred Colleen, born in 1926, and Melva Jean, born not long after.