Chapter 8 of the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee accomplishments movie, 1936, showing a rabbit drive in western Kansas in 1934.
Eighty million years ago, western Kansas was underwater; the remains of what lived in the sea then turned into chalk, eventually eroding into the large rocks…
Here’s an aerial view of Monument Rocks that’s pretty impressive!
According to American Experience: “On April 20, 1902 Pierre and Marie Curie successfully isolated radium chloride. Throughout the early 20th century, radium was touted as health additive and miracle cure for ailments from rheumatism to appendicitis. Many would find, too late, that the “wonder drug” was actually deadly.”
I don’t think we can say our little town was a wonder drug — but it certainly was a good place to grow up.
Families knew one another. Lifelong friendships were formed.
And you knew, when the tough times came, people cared.
As our tiny town grows older and gets smaller, our corner of history is still a little miracle of American spirit.
So, Happy Easter all you Radiumites!
Feeling very blessed to have my kids with
Me to celebrate Easter! Jessica and Audrey both came dressed alike. How cute is that.
Spring is in bloom here in Oklahoma. The official state tree, the Redbud, is at its peak blooming period now. They can be seen along many creek beds as well as domesticated ones in yards. I’ve attached a few photos; the first one is in my backyard which came up volunteer several years ago. Others are in my housing addition. Sorry, don’t have a clue what the white one is. All we need now if MORE rain.
Hope all is well,
Dixie reports: Tabor College Women’s Choir spent Spring Break on tour. The tour included performing at churches in four different states. There first stop was to visit the Cathedral on the Plains in Victoria.
While there they were able to do a practice session in the cathedral. Then on to points north and west for performances before returning to Kansas. The last stop on the tour was at my church home here in Topeka. Their beautiful music filled the sanctuary and filled our hearts with joy. Following the service we enjoyed a delicious potluck dinner together before they loaded back on the bus and headed home to Hillsboro. Jessica sings with the choir, so I did get to spend a brief time with her during the meal. Of course, wish it could have been longer. Arlyn & Audrey were with me this weekend and so they got to see her. They also got to meet new cousin, Amelia (Clinton & Sarah’s baby). It was a great weekend!!
A decade after a student mailed Flat Stanley to a soldier in Iraq, he was returned along with a 10-page account of what he’d been up to.