25 Years Ago February 14-20, 1996
Rebecca Sue Grant and Brian Wayne Alexander were united in marriage Aug. 5, 1995 in a country setting at the home of the bride’s parents northwest of Columbus. The bride is the daughter of Larry and Brenda Grant. The groom is the son of Kenneth and Shirley Banta of Golden City, Mo. and the late Gary Alexander.
Beau Gatewood, Misty Watkins and Amber Gatewood served as pages in the Kansas Senate. Beau is an eighth grader at Central Junior High. Amber is a junior at Columbus Unified High School. Their parents are Doug and Crystal Gatewood of Columbus. Misty is also a junior at CUHS and her parents are Jeff Watkins of Columbus route four and Kimberly Watkins of Columbus.
Central School had two winners in the county spelling bee held in Galena. Heidi Beggs, an eighth grader and daughter of Connie Beggs and Wayne Beggs, won first place and will represent Cherokee County at the All-Kansas Spelling Bee in Topeka. Jasmine Pasimio, a fifth grader and daughter of Roger and Julie Pasimio, was a third place winner in the county bee.
Joe Miller, senior; Shannon Pittman, senior; Joleen Forkner, junior; and Jessica Brumback, sophomore; Columbus High School students, earned first place finishes in the 4A division at the regional journalism competition held at Pittsburg State University.
The Cherokee County Conservation District board of supervisors include John Mussa, treasurer; Ronald E. Westervelt, chairman and members Levi Casey, James Lucian and Richard Brown Jr.
The Kansas Banker’s Award for soil and water conservation will be presented to O.K. “Kenneth” and Mary Tucker from Baxter Springs, Brian and Billye Lynn Odom whose farm is located one mile east of Melrose and Tom and Mary Lou Kiser and Jim and Martha Dungan, co-owners of land located at Melrose. Jim and Mary Lou are brother and sister. The windbreak award will be presented to Art and Mary Manuel who reside just east of Sherman City.
50 Years Ago February 14-20, 1971
James M. Grant and Gerald R. Jones, Scammon route one, were elected to the board of directors of Rural Water District No. 4 at the annual meeting. The new directors will replace Joe Ferraro, Carona, and Leo Martin, Cherokee route one. The board of directors reorganized with the following elected: James W. Woodard, Columbus route three, chairman; J. H. McLean, Scammon route one, vice chairman; James M. Grant, secretary-treasurer; and Gerald Jones, director. Mr. Ferraro was named manager and bookkeeper and Harry D. Smith, Scammon route one, is the plant operator.
Miss Mary Coy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Coy of 529 West Country Road, is the winner of the Good Citizen pin and award given to a senior high school girl by Dana Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. The annual Blue and
The annual Blue and Gold Banquet of Cub Scout Pack 54 was held in the Christian Church. Awards were presented to Jimmy Watts, Webelo and Aquanaut Webelo; Brad Stover, Silver Arrow on Wolf; Roger Shuler, Silver Arrow on wolf; Jimmie Oliver, Silver Arrow on wolf and advance to Bear rank.
The CUHS music department is completing plans for the musical “Oklahoma” according to Bill Fazekas, music director. The two-cast production will feature over 60 students participating in the show. Cast “A” leads include: Laurey, Teresa McLean; Curly, Doug Fletcher; Aunt Eller, Debbie Burrows; Annie, Laura Pryor; Will, Steve Carnal; Jud, Randy Brooks; Ali, Rick Hunsaker; Carnes, Vern Leeper; and Gertie, Pat Barnes. Cast “B” leads are Laurey, Janet Houser; Curly, Steve Carnal; Aunt Eller, Kim Hamlet; Annie, Terri Wood; Will, Dale Belcher; Jud, Vern Leeper; Ali, Russell Smoker; Carnes, Doug Fletcher; and Gertie, Debbie Stone. Earl Stone, of Columbus, was one of four Kansas FFA delegates who were chosen to attend the 18th annual Poultry and Egg Junior Fact Finding Conference in Kansas City.
Mrs. Agnes McNemar, of Columbus route one and fifth grade teacher in the Chetopa school system, is a candidate for the Master Teacher Award given each year by Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia.
The regular monthly meeting of the Prairie Ramblers 4-H Club was held at the Owsley Community Center. Lori Jones and Kevin Wonder were pledged into the club as new members.
100 Years Ago February 14 – 20, 1921
A red poppy, which was chosen as the national memorial flower of the American Legion at the second annual convention in Cleveland last fall, will be seen on the lapel of every Legion member on Memorial Day. The poppies will be worn on May 30 in memory of the American soldiers who gave their lives in the poppy-grown fields of France. Each poppy will cost ten cents and the funds will be devoted to helping French and American war orphans.
Al F. Williams, chairman of the Red Cross, received a telegram from San Francisco today stating that Delmar Crossland was to be discharged from the general hospital there without travel pay because of fraudulent enlistment in the navy. The Red Cross here refused to give the boy financial assistance on account of his fraudulent enlistment and asks the father, Sam Crossland, of Columbus route 5, to wire travel expense.
Bob Frazier has bought the 160-acre farm adjoining on the north his ranch four miles southwest of Melrose. Mr. Frazier now is the owner of 700 acres of land in Kansas and Missouri and 160 acres in Oklahoma.
Alexander Howat, president, and August Dorchy, vice-president of District 14, United Mine Workers of America, were arrested in Pittsburg by Sheriff Harvey last night after warrants were issued by Justice J. R. Carter upon complaint of F. J. Hopkins, Kansas attorney general, and Leo Armstrong, county attorney for Cherokee county, charging them with criminally violating the Industrial Court law in connection with the calling of the Mackie strikes. Bonds were set at $4,000 each. A. C. Stoker of Scammon signed the bonds and another signer is yet to be secured.
Mrs. Martha Hooker, 65 years old, dropped dead when officers raided her farm near Formosa, Kansas yesterday and seized a still and several gallons of home-made liquor. O. O. Long, her son-in-law, and Bert Gosney were arrested. They were released on $500 bond each. The still was found in a small building disguised as a straw stack.
The Kansas Court of Industrial Relations at Pittsburg yesterday issued an order for the resumption of work at mines H and J of the George K. Mackie Fuel Company which have been involved in the strike called Feb. 3. The decision of the court came after testimony had been taken this morning concerning the age of Karl Mishmash. The court found that Mishmash was born in 1898 and therefore was entitled to the increased wages he claimed, and the court issued an order to the Mackie company to pay the money to Mishmash. John W. Mackie, superintendent of the company, testified this morning that the pay claimed by the boy would amount to $187, and that the company would comply with any order the court might make and not appeal or contest in any way.