A tribute to Mary Lou Fertig
By Velma Fertig Root Mary was an interesting, kind, caring human. We have missed her for a while now due to the dementia we believe was caused by agent orange contact in Vietnam. Mary Fertig’s Nursing Career Mary Lou graduated from Radium High School in May 1945. In September she entered William Newton Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Winfield, KS. She passed Kansas...
NOTES FROM THE FUNNY FARM
Sun Chips hoax? I have to wonder if the temporary compostable bags from Sun Chips was a hoax. My compost pile from last year is no longer a heap of eggs shells, banana peals and toilet paper rolls, it has reduced to a beautiful mass of fragrant fertilizer… black gold! But that Sun Chips bag I threw in is still solid, identifiable, Sun-Chips-labled waste. They discontinued the bags late...
By Bob Gleason Mike entered this world with a full head of curly hair. He still has it at age 54. Many folks thought he was a little girl! Somewhere between the age of 3 and 4, Mike had learned how to run our console record player, and loved to put on the “William Tell Overture”.The fourth section had become the Lone Ranger theme song. He would wait patiently through the first three...
A NOTE FROM JIM TANNER - I wanted to thank you for providing information about the Radium Community. In my case it was 55 years ago that I recall interacting with people there, but it is such good feeling to hear about people (some I remember and some I can’t recall). Thanks again.
OBITUARY FOR ANN VAN WINKLE
It was just two months ago that we reported the death of Ann’s husband, Dr. Tom VanWinkle. Tom was a 1940 graduate of Radium High School. Following is the obituary for Ann. Ann Wesley Van Winkle, 75, arrived in Heavan on June 15. Born Jan. 22, 1936, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Ralph and Isbell (Moses) Wesley. Survivors include three daughters, Cheryl Tepe (Fred) and Dr....
Home on the Range concert →
A few months ago, several Kansas musicians and artists got together in Hutchinson and performed a concert honoring Kansas’ 150th anniversary of statehood. There is a chance the concert could be repeated and added on to for a statewide celebration in Wichita in October.
LETTER FROM JAN (UNRUH) BESSON
Oh Dear Dixie, Girl You are amazing once more. Your creativity and ability to “Take us all back home again” is wonderful and very much appreciated. I love your style of writing, relating and bringing alive moments & events that none of us should ever let be forgotten. All of us thank you and I am praising you. Loved the pic of Kathy Foster. I knew it was her before I read...
UPDATE FROM SANDY SMITH -
Dear Friends, Prayer Warriors and Family, A quick report on our trip to St. Louis 1. We want to Praise God for the constant protection He placed over each of us and our vehicle as we traveled. 2. Kirkland’s checkup went really well===he will go back in Sept. for another check up. The previous surgery is healing as it should. The metal plate and screws are as they should be. Time...
Notable author in our midst →
Cheryl Unruh, who grew up in Pawnee Rock, was recently named a notable Kansas author. Here’s a link from the Pawnee Rock blog telling more about it.
Obituary for Mary Lou Fertig →
Ret. Lt. Col. Mary Lou Fertig died June 16, 2011. Interment will occur Friday, June 24th at 10”00 am in Point View cemetery near Radium, with full military honor. A memorial service is planned later that day at Asbury Park Chapel, Newton, Kansas at 3:00 pm. Please pass it on through the Radium website, the Hutch paper and Wichita notice was miss scheduled. Thank you. ...
DR BILL & NADINE SMITH CELEBRATE 68th ANNIVERSARY
Congratulations to Dr. Bill and Nadine Smith on the occasion of their 68th wedding anniversary! Thanks Bill for updating me with the Kugler’s information: Vergene Gleason Kuglar (Radium class of 1940) and her husband Tom have moved, They have requested that I send their new address to you. Vergene is doing OK but has problems walking. They have moved to 5611 Silverstone Drive, Lawrence...
So, you are one of those people who like the smell... →
Have we got a deal for you —candles with the scent of newspaper.
Update on Sandy Smith's grandson -- and ... more...
Kirkland’s check-up is on Wed. Amazing things are happening with his leg. I’m anxious to hear what the doctor will say about it all. He can actually point his toes forward and walk with an almost straight leg. I’ll let you know more. Sandy P.S. I remember the Christmas Pageants also. Yes, the candles and the little white choir tops we wore over our very best...
Ride the motorcycle →
We just loved this video sent to us by Myrna Perkins, granddaughter of Eunice Adams. We thought you might like it, too.
Keep your fork
Sandy Smith sent us this e-mail that reminded us of some of the great potluck dinners of the past. We thought you might like to see this, as well. The photo was provided by Evelyn Showalter Reece of Wichita. It was of a potluck taken in the 1950s and shows a young Kathy Foster and David Showalter. Do you remember the TABLES of food layed out each “last day of school” festivities?...
Another missing dog
A white male Lab Mix with a pink nose named “Jake” disappeared from 204 E. 2nd in Larned on Saturday night. This dog does not like thunderstorms and was on the run during the storms on Saturday night. He was seen about 9:30 Saturday at 3rd and Toles. If this dog is seen, please call (620) 285-2210.
Reading champion heads to California →
Babies take flight →
Thanks to Carma Hurst for updating us on the good news from the Decorah, Iowa eagle website. The baby eagles have begun flying! And, here’s another link with a video to more info. on the babies: http://www.iptv.org/iowaoutdoors/story.cfm/story/3109/iao_20110609_104_eagle_nest/video
How Kansas can lay claim to being the cradle of... →
A black and gray female Blue Heeler mix puppy, approximately six months old, has been found near the feedlot between Larned and Pawnee Rock. If you know who this puppy belongs to call Amy at (620) 285-5845.
From a Dad's perspective: Life and death
By Bob Gleason The Benton Methodist Church For the eight years that we lived in Benton and Towanda, we attended the Benton Methodist Church. It had the look of an old-time country church—small sanctuary with a full basement. The pastor of that church (John Sterling), its members, and the events that occurred in our lives during that time, probably had more impact on our lives than...
NOTES FROM THE FUNNY FARM
My neice, April Heim, shares more of her adventures in being a city farmer……… Mice in the garden Yes, what I thought was a rabbit eating my precious little plants, turned out to be mice. I knew something was up when the critters were able to move the carrots off the spring in the live trap without setting it off. The first night I set out 2 mouse traps… the next morning...
Hudson's Wheatland Cafe featured on Kansas tourism... →
Why keeping a cat is a healthy thing to do! →
It’s not too late. You can still sign up for a baby kitten from Kathy Foster, just saying!
Are you missing a horse? And, a mule?
We have a horse (roan) and mule in Joan’s corrals that has been wandering the countryside for quite awhile. Needing to find the owners or they will be given away to some people who would like to have them? The horse is very gentle and comes to you. Have you heard of anyone looking for them? I think they came from south of Rozel or Burdett but am not sure! They can call Erin if they know...
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