NOTE: I am looking for old Elk City Suns newspapers from the 1930 & 40’s and 50’s. The sun is on microfilm up until 1930 but they do not have any after 1930. A few have been shared with me but most of the 30 year time period are missing.

2017 Memorial Day in Elk City

Elk City always has a big Memorial Day Weekend, families remembering their loved ones by decorating them with flowers, Military is remembered with a flag at each gravestone and a memorial program at the Military Memorial Plot.

Taken by Jane Osburn
Raising the Flag
taken by Jane Osburn
A few Spectators
taken by Jane Osburn
Patriotism starts Early
Photo taken by Jane Osburn
Frank Foster age 95 VFW, WW2, Korea, Vietnam
Photo taken by Jane Osburn
Taps ending the program

2017 ECHS Alumni Banquet

The 2017 Alumni Banquet was held the 27th of May. This year there were only 55 alumni guests were present. A small group but everyone had a great time remembering old times. Here are a few pictures taken by Janice Keath.

photo by Janice Keath
2017 Alumni Banquet
Photo taken by Janice Keath
2017 Alumni Banquet
Photo taken by Janice Keath
2017 Alumni Banquet
Photo taken by Janice Keath
2017 Alumni Banquet

Photo taken by Janice Keath
2017 Alumni Banquet
2017 Alumni Banquet
Photo taken by Janice Keath
2017 Alumni Banquet
Photo taken by Janice Keath
2017 Alumni Banquet
Photo taken by Janice Keath
Alumni Banquet

First Christian Church Congregation 1962

When Elk City was a thriving town back in 1962 the First Christian Church took a picture of their congregation.  Picture kindly shared by Margie Warren.

1962 First Christian Church Congregation

Around Town

Elk City held a consignment auction June 3rd, a sunny day that was beautiful and got hot as the day went on. The Elk City Community Building Seniors had a few things to sell, lots of items available and old time equipment. There also were several garage sales around town. It was a busy day. PRIDE provided lunch at the auction.

Frank Foster turned 95 in June and had a big write up in a local paper on his Military Career, serving in WII, Korea,and Vietnam Veteran. Attending Memorial day ceremony at Elk City Ks., my home town

FCE hosted their annual spring tea with a lesson on “Funky Foods” lots of interesting foods to try.

Congratulations to E. Speicher. He is going to attend the University of Northern Iowa (Division 1)to further his Education and play football. He knows how to work hard for something he loves!!!

Thaddeus Tuck provided a great 4th of July Fireworks show again this year. When he was a kid he had the fireworks stand at Keli Mart and shared what was left over with a firework show at the ball field. Now he is grown but still comes back to put on a fantastic firework show at the ball field.

Carson Lodge presented two $500.00 educational scholarships to students. These scholarships are possible through the 4th Sunday Breakfast throughout the year.

Myrtle Cox’s Rose by Jane

Years ago Joe Cox planted this beautiful red rose at the First Christian Church for his mother, Myrtle. It grew, it bloomed and then after a few years it began to die. I tried to dig it up and couldn’t get all the roots. It had begun to regrow when the church burned. So before the demolition started, I once again tried to dig it up. I brought what roots I could get dug up home and whaaalaaa…3 yrs. later the Myrtle bush is beautiful again!!! Myrtle is always with us Joe! I would have waited until it was in full bloom to post, but who knows if the rain that is predicted this weekend will beat the blooms or not.

Memories by Darrel Hadley

I have some memories of Elk City Kansas, the old grocery store showing in the picture on the right side of Marrs’ Drug Store. Memories of movies showing on the wall. When I was little, the projector was in the feed store across the street.   My father’s name was Harold Villard Hadley and my mother’s name was Catherine plastic Hadley I had brothers and sisters that graduated from the old high school there in Elk City Kansas, my grandfather lived there for a long time.   He passed away, he used to live across from us.  My oldest brother first name is Edgar Dennis, sister was Christine then Maxine and a few others that I’m starting not remember but the Hadley family lived here for a long time I grew up in a two-story Farmhouse down the street from the old high school.   I remember Garrett at the grocery store. My mother and father are buried at the cemetery across the highway from Elk City Kansas and my grandfather is buried there too.
Here are the names of my sisters and my brothers and the years that they were born in order and you could see the older sister was born in 1924 on down to me which I’m the next to the last some of these you can find in school records at Elk City Kansas high school elementary and Junior High it won’t help you when people see it and they will remember a lot of things to show you. Polly will get a lot of information after you put your newsletter out. I noticed that there’s two of my family already passed away I don’t know who still alive but we are all slowly disappearing.

Ida Katheine Hadley Dec. 2,1924
Josephine Rose Hadley Jan. 4,1928 graduated 1947
Edgar Harold Hadley Nov. 21,1930 graduated 1949
Elizabeth Anna Hadley Aug. 14,1934
Christiana Carrol Hadley July 13,1935
James Blasnek Hadley July 3,1938
Maxine Ruth Hadley May 4,1940
Victoria Patrica Hadley July 4,1942
Diana Dienice Hadley Sep. 4,1943
Darrel Dee Hadley Feb. 1,1945
Gary Dale Hadley Oct. 2,1947

Church News

United Methodist Church of Elk City held Mothers Day Sunday. The Methodist Ladies lesson in June was; “Women Empowered for Economic Justice”. A Special Veteran’s Sunday – Special Program in morning worship at Elk City honoring Frank Foster, a veteran of three wars. Pot Luck Dinner after worship

Church of the Nazarene showed the film “The Shack” in May. Honored Mothers on Mothers Day and the Graduates.
Joseph’s Clothes of Many Colors opened in July. infant – adult Gently used, infant – adult

Elk City High School Alumni Minutes from the past


The Elk City High School Alumni Association Served its third annual banquet on Friday May 24, 1940.
Members found their places according to the year of their graduation.

President Mrs. Paul Rankin
Invocation, Pauline James
Group Singing was lead by Mrs. Vada Brown Wright

Dinner was prepared by the “In as Much Class” of the Christian Church and were served by the Junior Class to one hundred and thirty four guests.

The decoration schemes carried out the ideas of the Old Oaken Bucket”.
Toast Master Mr. Lyle Mason introduced the following program:
E choes Elizabeth Owen Watts, Vocal by Phillip Cox
C arring on, Carl James Jr., violin duet Carl and Don Ellison
H ints for growth, Ethel Dickerson Cox

Out of town visitors introduced by Maude Harrison Clingan. Total expenses for 1940 was $12.18


4th Annual Banquet was held May 16, 1941, total of 104 persons.
President Myrtle Elmore Cox class of 1924
Invocation by Robert Foster class of 1941
Group singing by Mrs. Ellen Eversole Smoot
Toastmaster Nelson Lucius presented the program: FUTURE
F Food for thought by Belendena Wilson Bruce class of 1925
U Uncertainty, Linn Horton class of 1920
T The Roster of E.C.H.S. Achievements, Willena Watts
u Unity, Mae Couch Whistler 1930
R Roll Call
E Entertainment Seniors of 1941

Dinner served by the Methodist Church Ladies Aid. Expenses $9.82


Fifth Annual Banquet May 29, 1942 115 persons attended
President – Milo Bruce class of 1924
Invocation – Louise Davidson 1942
Group Singing led by Vada Wright
Served by the “In As Much Class”
Toastmaster Susie Tusing Rankin class of 1927
Program was VICTORY
V – Value by Lysle Mason, 1935
I – Influence by Ethyl Giullespie Jones 1903
C – Courage by Brice Durbin
T – Talent by Mrs. Page Manley
O – Opportunity by Willena Watts, 1935
R – Reality by Jannette Kyger, 1933
Y – Youth by Brice Durbin

A music solo was given by Mrs. Brice Durbin. A quartet composed of Mrs. Page Manley, Bernice Merritt Lessman, Phillip Cox and Dick Lessman.

Next years officers were elected:
President Mrs. Herman Cox
V. President: Harold McCord
Secretry/Treasurer Norma Koger

The evening was spent dancing. Total cost in Treasurer Report was $9.90 Tickets sold $11.60.

There are no notes for 1943, 1944, 1945. Not sure if they are missing here OR Alumni Banquet canceled because of War 2. The next minutes are from 1946

Tid Bits by Jane

The farmers started their corn planting the last of March, they are so much happier when they are playing in the dirt! But it was DRY dirt and many of them stopped planting and prayed for rain. Well, their prayers were heard! Longton area had 4-6”, more like 2-3” in the Elk City area. So now they are hoping the corn they did plant won’t drown or will come up because they planted deep to find moisture or that it will dry up in time to finish planting what they started. Most of the corn did seem to make it up, just have to wait and see on how good the stand will be. Hmm…mother nature and farmer just doesn’t seem to be on the same wave length at times.

An old saying: the wheat should be tall enough to hide a bunny by Easter. Most of the wheat looks that tall. Some farmers reported hail damage from the wind storm first part of April. We escaped any wind damage, but I’ve heard of roofs, buildings and trees that were damaged. Several area farmers have hail damage to the wheat. Even if you’re insured, it’s still wait until harvest to see how much damage.

Spring is also the season for burning pastures and sometimes those controlled burns are not so controlled. This rain definitely put an end to the pasture burning and smoke filled air! Some that wanted to burn now won’t get a very good burn with the wet and green grass. Speaking of grass, I could bale hay before ours was mowed the first time!

I heard a few fishing tales and a few mushroom hunting successes, but neither have been what was last year. Weather affects all aspects of life.

It was exciting to hold Community Good Friday Services and Easter Sunday morning services in the new Christian Church building.

Gardening is in full swing now, although mine is a “raised” bed type and it was pretty dry early. I had a hard time getting seeds to come up without watering and then it rained too hard on the loose soil. I usually have good luck with lettuce and spinach, not this year! I think if I was a pioneer, we might be looking at a sparse winter for food. Maybe things will perk up with tomatoes, peppers and green beans before the next big storm.

The good ‘ole days… the days when the river bank wasn’t so hard to get up and down, where a man could put in a boat with ease or sit down with his fishing pole. What has happened to the river?
Too many floods for one thing and Father time changes everything. The days when the town was hustling and bustling on Saturday night or even during the week. When the homes were full of people, not rotted and falling down. Oh, the good ‘ole days, the topic of conversation more than once this month at morning coffee.

At the end of April we just hope it doesn’t flood with all the rain. What I learned this month: Time flies when it comes to kids and growing up!


May Day was celebrated by some early European settlers of the American continent. In some parts of the United States, May baskets are made. These are small baskets usually filled with flowers or treats and left at someone’s doorstep. The giver rings the bell and runs away. Have you ever delivered a small basket of flowers and quickly ran away?

The ‘ol yellow house that I knew as the Myrtle Cox home has been torn down.

How’s the gardening? I had a rough time getting the early crops up and the heavy rains were hard on the tomatoes. Potatoes look great. Hope the growing weather evens out. Mike reports lots of strawberry picking, but with all the rain his are rotting. Mine are finally ripening and happy to report, they are not rotting, but the roly-poly and snails like eating on them. It’s flower planting season too. Love the flowers. One friend told me the reason I planted so many pots, it gives me something to do all summer watering them. By the end of summer I’m tired of the watering and say, I
won’t plant so many anymore. But flowers are the joy of life, plant them and enjoy! Children are also the joy of our lives, most of the time anyway. We had fun enjoying the sites of KC. We also attended the Royals vs. Orioles game, which the Royals won and watched a wonderful fireworks display after the game.

I will attend my 40th class reunion at the Moline Alumni Banquet Memorial weekend. I’m not really that old, graduated young. It was a lot of fun to gather and reminisce with former classmates.

The rains keep coming. We seem to be in a rainy pattern the month of May. Reminds us of the rain of ’07 & all the area flooding. Reports of 3-7” up and down the river every time it rained. Out here west of town we were lucky with two of the big rains, ‘Ol Elk River stayed in it’s banks. The Elk City Lake is pretty high right now on the rim dike. The farmers are out spraying the weeds before the next big rain. Working the ground causes much erosion with the big rains we’ve been having. It’s hard to understand why Mother Nature wants to destroy the soil so. But we are expected to be good stewards and take care of the soil, thus more and more farmers are turning to no-till methods of farming to preserve the top soil from washing away. The rainy weather and rising waters are good for the fishermen. Lots of reports of big catfish being caught. Of course, the rising water can wash your boat away if you don’t have it secured or wash away the lines set on the river or creek. But the thrill of the catch keeps them going back again.

With the Memorial Day weekend approaching, we all will have fun with family and friends and we must not forget the men & women who died to protect our freedoms. It’s the reason all these political lefts & rights can act like nuts. Give them the respect due.

What I learned this month, warm weather is here when the anaconda’s return to the chicken house, aka.. black snakes. I don’t care if they are good snakes, eat mice and all that…. They don’t do my heart a bit of good when I see one!


Memorial weekend was beautiful, the rains had stopped and June began with much needed sunshine, We appreciated Pastor Terry Marta planning a ceremony for the cemetery. We all miss the VFW ritual, but it was a wonderful ceremony.
Due to the heavy rains in Oklahoma the Elk City Reservoir has remained high. The fisherman enjoyed some good fishing at the dam and river. Finally the farmers had their wish and were working day and night to plant soybeans before the ground dried out, which didn’t take long. They also started and finished wheat harvest. Some fields had received hail damage, but most reports are of good yields and quality, just the price that is bad. I am back to watering the garden and flowers. We all welcomed a nice rain mid-June and a cool down for Father’s Day.

I’m hoping my tame blackberries will be good and I’ve already picked a zucchini, but dealing with zucchini bugs. They are one of THE WORST pests! We’ve had onions, beets, tomatoes and green beans. The gardeners report seeds were slow coming up and they replanted only to have ALL the seeds come up! The tomatoes have been slow to take off, but finally looking like they’ll make it and others are replanting theirs. One of the coffee drinkers likes to brag about his tomatoes, but at least he shares with all us lesser gardeners!

Daniel Boone brought treats to coffee one morning. Turtle, that’s right, breaded and fried, of course, it looked like chicken nuggets, but you know with a guy whose nickname was Big Turtle, what else would you expect him to bring for treats! But believe me, you can expect all kinds of treats and stories from Mike! (and yes, I did try it) It was ok…white meat. Rita has retired from the bank at Elk City. We will miss her so much.

I should have mentioned Father’s Day last month, Father’s Day is celebrated worldwide to recognize the contribution that fathers and father figures make to the lives of their children.. A father’s influence on their children, whether biological or not, are very important to a child. Hope you all remembered the father in your life with fond memories, and whether you are a father, uncle, grandfather, step-father, I hope you had fun and made memories with family.

What I learned this month: Life is short and you never know when it’s the last day. Enjoy life, enjoy your family, visit your friends often, clean out your closets so your kids don’t have too! 

Jim Hogan, Teacher Hall of Fame

Jim Hogan, was inducted into the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame. The Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame is the first one of its kind in the United States. It is dedicated to early and present day teachers who have devoted their lives to the profession. Jim Hogan received the notice he was going to receive the honor last month.

Hogan worked as a teacher in the Industrial Arts for 35 years before retiring in 2005. He began his career in 1970 to 1975 at Roosevelt Middle School in Coffeyville teaching General Shop. In 1976, he moved his teaching skills to Independence High School where he taught Materials and Processes l, Materials and Processes ll, Machine Woodworking Technology, and Advanced Cabinet and Furniture Making. In 1976, Hogan added to his schedule the position of adjunct teacher with Independence Community College teaching Woodworking l and Woodworking ll. It was in 2005 that he decided to go into retirement from his teaching responsibilities only. He continues to be involved in his community on a variety of committees and boards.

The Good Old Days

Taken from the Elk City Sun dated July 27, 1946

Raymond Whistler T 4/c arrived here last Thursday night from Santa Fe, N.M. to spend a furlough with his parents Mr. and Mrs. T. S. Whistler and family of Prairie District. Ray has been in service since November 1941 and was overseas in Europe about 21 months. He was a mechanic in the ordnance service. He has at least 83 service points and expects to be discharged soon. While on duty in Europe he was knocked down and run over by a truck; receiving skull injuries and badly fractured left wrist. Since returning from overseas he has spend seven weeks in a government hospital. He expects to return there after his furlough for surgery on his wrist.

Ralph Stong arrived home Tuesday to spend a 30 day furlough with his father, Pitt Stong and other relatives. He has been in the army over there years. He spent 5-1/2 months in Ireland, 1-1/2 months in Wales (England) and landed in France the day after the invasion in June 1944. He was injured by shell fire in Belgium; shrapnel fracturing eight ribs and causing six other woulds. One piece passed through his right arm and another caused a deep wound on his head after passing through his steel helmet, which doubtless saved his life. He has about 83 service points and will report to Camp Swift, Texas after his furlough.

Mr. and Mrs W. H. Olson, living two miles east of Elk City are enjoying a family reunion at their home this week. Their son, Sgt. Phillip Olson is here to spend a 30 day furlough after returning from a year in service in Europe including Germany. The Olsons have three sons in service. Also visiting at the Olson home this week are their daughters, Mrs. Jerry Moyer, Pittsburg, Kans; Misses Maxine and Vivian Olson of ElDorado, Kans. and another daughter Mrs. Lee Stevenson of Valley Center Kans is expected to arrive today.

T/Sgt Melvin Darrat arrived here yesterday morning to spend a 30 day furlough with his wife and his nine month old son, who he had not seen before, his parents, Mr. P. M. Darrat and other local relatives. He has been in service nearly three years and one year in Europe with an ordnance unit. He landed in France in October and accompanied our troops through Belgium and Germany. He will report to camp Swift, Texas after his furlough.

Pfc Ross Stong arrived here Sunday morning to spend a furlough with his wife and three children, his father, Pitt Stong and other relatives. He has been in service about 18 months of which 11 months were spend in European countries. He sustained a severe head injury while on duty; a piece of shrapnel penetrating his metal helmet. He believes he has sufficient service points to receive a discharge. He will report to camp Campbell, Ky at the expiration of his 30 day furlough.

Walter “Mike” Stroble, former Elk City boy, arrived Tuesday from overseas to spend a 30 day furlough with his brother, Ed Stroble and sister Mrs. Ralph Shouse and families of this vicinity and other relatives at Independence, He was wounded once during eleven months service in France and Germany in the infantry. He was in the same division as Ralph Stong of this city. After his furlough he expects to be sent to the Pacific area.

Lt. W. W. Hayward Jr., who has been serving in Europe with U. S. Forces, came in Monday night to spend a furlough with his wife and other relatives of this city. He will report to Ft. Benning, Ga. for several weeks training before reassignment. Mrs. Hayward plans to accompany him to Ft. Benning.

S/Sgt. Winston Surer is at Lafontaine to spend a 30 day furlough with his wife and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Surber and family. He spent nine months in England and nine months in France and Germany. He does not know where he will be sent for further service.


DentonJames G age 84, died April 21
Bottom, Betty L. age 61 passed away March 29th
BrownMary Kathryn age 71 died April 10.
Dunham, Russell Dwayne passed away May 4
McKinzie, Olive Maxine, age 94 passed away May 5th burial in Oak Hill
Bilyeu James age 77 died May 4th burial in Oak Hill Cemetery
Conrad Christa G. passed away May 13,
Smith, Andy age 48 passed away May 14
Jones, Russell Eugene age 57, died June 22, burial in Oak Hill Cemetery
Seaman&lt,Mustoe, Bob, born December 1929 died June 2017
Kimzey, Gena Laurette, age 60, died June 11