Old Settlers Day

Old Settlers Day kicked off a little differently this year. Due to a fair board decision, it was a one day fair. All Friday nights activities were held on Saturday this year. The Church of the Nazarene did have inflatables, hot dogs and a movie at the ball field on Friday night for those who wanted to start the celebration early. The First Christian Church started off the day at 7 a.m. with biscuits and gravy. The BBQ cooking contest began their preparations at the ball field. Two contestants, S & B BBQ, Shawn Humphrey from Fall River took first place and Ed Mitchell, FBB of Elk City took 2nd. Joshua Johnson was the organizer this year and THANKS to all the sponsors for their contributions. The streets were beginning to line with parade watchers as participants began lining up at the old high school. This was Amber’s first year as parade organizer and she did a fantastic job! The highlight was the MediVac helicopter from Chanute landing for everyone to see and visit with the crew. Thanks to Treva and her efforts to get them to the fair and the Elk City Fire Department for being available to insure a safe landing and take off. After the parade, the kids races, were organized. There were several new game booths this year. The kids were entertained with the Basketball free throw and the adults competed with Horseshoe pitching. The medallion was found at the post office. The Church of the Nazarene provided inflatables, popcorn and snow cones. The Imhoff’s were in charge of the volley-ball games this year with 4 teams signed up. New to the afternoon line up was the Cake Walk and the Farm Bureau’s Kids Tractor Pull. Farm Bureau also brought free watermelon sponsored by Thomas Jackson Farm Bureau Agency of Independence.

The bean cookers enjoyed their afternoon and the beans were tasty! Power of the Past was busy with demonstrations and displaying old machines. Wayne Johnson Memorial Car Show with approx. 18 cars on display and the Garden Tractor Pull took place on Montgomery Street. We had lots of entertainment this year from the Indy Orchestra before the bean feed and Bryan Knowles from west of Elk City entertained during the bean feed until the talent show. We appreciated Bryan providing the sound system for the talent show. The talent show had 4 contestants competing.

The pretty backdrop for the Queen Coronation decorations transported the Queen, Prince and Princess contestants to Hawaii and led to the crowning of our Fair Queen and her royalty.

The Pie Auction and Door prizes kept the auctioneers busy selling pies and pulling names out of the box for door prize winners. The fair appreciated all the donations of pies and door prizes. A big crowd enjoyed listening and dancing to Retro Rockerz, concluding the evening and Old Settlers’ Day.

The fair board would like to thank all those who helped with making the fair a success. It takes more than a few volunteers to get everything done. New ideas and workers are welcome. It’s a community event and it takes the community to pull it off. The attendance at times seemed down, but all and all it was another successful fair and if anyone Or anything was left out, SORRY!

The fair is a good time for young & old alike, but for those who do the work to put on the fair it’s tiring mentally and physically. If you feel left out, I’m sure there is a job for you! Just volunteer, have fun like the rest of us! I must add, amidst all the fun and activities, the Fair President sits calmly in his tent making sure the day runs smoothly. If you think the President has it easy, just wear his shoes for a few weeks before and during the fair, you’ll find out just how calm he was! Thank you Mike.

Pictures of Old Settlers Day elkcityks.com/elk-city-fair-old-settlers-day-pictures-2017/



Did you watch the Eclipse? Out here on the farm we didn’t have fancy glasses, we used welding helmets. I’ve heard varied reactions, from awesome to disappointing. I think it would have been really cool to see the total eclipse and experience the darkness, but not sure it was worth a camping trip to do it.

The Rau Family viewed the eclipse near St Joseph, Mo. “ There was a light rain from a heavy overhead cloud cover so we weren’t able to view the sun until the last quarter of the eclipse when the clouds parted briefly. During totality the clouds looked ominous liked those of a severe storm. The temperature dropped a bit and a gentle wind started blowing,” Rau family report

An Elk City Native who now lives in Colorado, drove 5 hours into Wyoming to watch the eclipse. Their family camped in someone’s yard for $100.00 a night. The sky was clear and they got a great view of the totality Eclipse. It was very exciting and are ready to view the next one in 2024. It took them 5 hours to drive to the area and 12 hours to drive back home. Everybody and his brother were on the highways when it was all over.

Around Town

The Elk City Library changed its hours to 3rd Monday of each month from 1 – 4 p.m.

The Elk City Fair September 9th changed the two day fair to one day Saturday.

Summer has ended, kids are back in school. Community U hosted a Back In School Ice Cream social. They gave backpacks to all the kids there.  The Backpacks were filled with school supplies.

Sunday, July 30th Frank Foster was honored for his status as a three wars (World War II, Korea and Vietnam) veteran by receiving a handmade Quilt of Honor from the Elk City, KS Methodist Church. “Thank you so much for making Frank this quilt. He appreciated all the time and effort that went into making it. Thanks from the Foster Family.

With the gracious help from the members of The Dream Factory from the greater Kansas City area, young Jones had his dream come true on September 1st when he met his hero and favorite WWE wrestler actor John Cena. We would like to thank everyone so much from the Dream Factory, the WWE rep Kosha and the WWE Organization for helping. John Cena was so sweet, taking time to meet Brett and giving him an awesome experience. Everyone was so very kind. Thank you all so much for making Brett’s dream come true.

How I became a Entrepreneur

BY Joanne Osburn Smith

In my early 30’s, I hit my 10-year anniversary with my employer, and I thought to myself, “I can’t
believe I’ve been at the same job for so long.” At some point in the five to 10 years that followed, the job became an easy chair. I was happy, I was sufficiently challenged, I loved my work and was comfortable. I never looked for anything else, didn’t aspire to be any place else, and I imagined I would retire there. But at year 22, it all changed. My employer, my community hospital – the place where I was born, my children were born, where I had built a respectable career and where I felt deeply connected – closed its doors. It was a devastating turn of events on so many levels.

The emotions that followed were complex. I felt intense sadness at the loss of my workplace culture with which I closely identified. But, at first, I didn’t worry about my security. With the relationships I had made in the health
care field, I felt confident that an opportunity would come my way. When a couple of promising options collapsed, so did I, pretty much in a puddle on my bed, as I recall, as panic began to set in. Had I been over-confident, arrogant even, to expect a slam-dunk to present itself? Probably. After all, I can’t count the number of times I heard from friends and peers, “You’re so good at what you do, you’ll find something right away.” Kind words, well-intentioned, and I was grateful for the support. But words weren’t terribly helpful to my psyche as I tried to reason why potential employers were not blowing up my phone.

It was a process, a journey, with three significant turning points that altered my course entirely. First, I was contacted by Independence’s Assistant City Manager Kelly Passauer who asked if I would be interested in doing some “freelance PR” work,
newsletters and such. “Absolutely!” I responded, “That would be great fun.” I guess at first I thought of it as something to keep me busy and distracted from the frustration of hunting for a real job.

Second, I reached out to a job transition service that my former employer had offered to all displaced employees. I almost passed up the opportunity, not expecting any real leads to come from a generic service. I’m glad I made the call. I remember a particular conversation with my transition coach about this new contract gig I had begun with the city and whether freelance work might be a viable avenue to consider. I told her I wasn’t ready to make the leap. I was still looking for the “security” that comes with a corporate job. Her response was a profound ah-ha moment for me. “So, what exactly makes you think a corporate job is so secure?” Duh! What had I just experienced? Not only did I lose my job, but the “corporation” closed down the whole place. Security? Wheels turning, I made another brilliant move. I connected with Jim Correll, his Fab Lab and drank his Entrepreneurial Mindset Kool-Aid. Thank goodness I did. Jim has proven to be an invaluable resource and coach. His encouragement and the concepts reinforced in his class gave me the confidence to pursue my own path as a full-time
marketing consultant, which also has evolved into a secondary business producing custom publications.

Today, I provide daily marketing and public relations services for five different steady clients, including Fab Lab ICC, and more infrequent project assistance to a handful of others. Additionally, I have recruited a partner to pursue the secondary business – we call it YOUNews– offering entirely customized keepsake publications (any size, shape,
design…both print and digital) to commemorate life’s milestones, i.e., weddings, new babies, anniversaries, school years, birthdays, retirements, vacations, graduations, etc. For this endeavor, the resources at the Fab Lab (both human and mechanized) have been incredibly helpful.

Now, a year into my entrepreneur’s journey, I sometimes reflect in awe at how far I’ve come.

Tid Bits by Jane


Elk City skies were well lit on July 3rd with an array of beautiful sparkles, crackles and booms! Thanks to Thaddeus, Melody & Tom Tuck and all the donors. Several families had beautiful firework displays around town.

Our family, my brothers, their families and my dad all enjoyed a day at the Lake. Although the day started with rain, we got the fire started and enjoyed a cookout and time in the water as the day cleared off. We watched the Moline rodeo, with my nephew and partner winning the team roping Championship and some of us enjoyed fireworks in Independence.

Wheat harvest is over and the overall yields varied from 30-60 bu/acre. The corn & beans are in need of a rain with the 100 deg. days. There have been some area rains reported of 2-3”, but not here lately. It sure is nice to have fresh tomatoes and sweet corn again. Garden produce is the best part of summer, although all the work to get that produce certainly isn’t fun, especially the weed pulling and squash bugs. I have been extremely lucky with the bugs not being a problem this year. Round Up works good, unless you hit the wrong plant! The tame black berries have finally ripened. We went to the farm show at Pittsburg on July 21st and it was HOT, as usual!!

Plans are underway for the fair. Don’t forget to buy your tickets from the UMW for a chance to win the beautiful handmade quilt to be given away at the fair.

What I learned this month: Keep Active & Be Happy


Summer seems to have rushed by. If you’re getting ready for school with enrollment, school supplies and new clothes, you probably feel like summer is about over. Thanks to the Community U girls for sponsoring the back to school ice cream
social. They were busy handing out ice cream cones, back packs & school supplies. It wasn’t just for kids, I had 2 ice cream cones!

The hot weather in July was about too much and all of a sudden we had rain showers and August felt like fall! The change in weather helped the soybeans, the corn seems like it just gave up when it got hot and began dying. Some of the farmers are
busy with haying. Later in the month they were spraying worms that were eating the soybean pods.

Some of us traveled to Grand Lake to spend the day boating, swimming, eating and etc. The Longton Free Fair was August 5th, we attended the bbq & bean feed. Joe has been trapping coons and opossums in the corn patch.

My dad has enjoyed writing all these years and kept day to day diaries. Do you remember in 2006 the 1st part of Aug. was 113 deg.and many days without rain?

What I learned this month: To quote Festus from Gunsmoke, “it’s either a toad strangler to wash us away or a drought that makes a person think they are going to dry up & be blowed away and each one is just a day away from happenin’. Things haven’t
changed a bit since the 1800’s (or before)


The Osburn Family Hog Roast & Joe’s Famous is held in October. They had live entertainment featuring Bryand Knowles. Everyone bring a covered dish, lawn chairs and come out on for a good time. Come exercise on Tuesday and Friday 8 am at the 1st Christian Church, Sit to be Fit & Dance to the Music.

Another successful Old Settler’s Days has come and gone. It was different this year with only having a one day fair. I’m a traditionalist and one to say, “That’s how we’ve always done it”, but sometimes circumstances are out of our control make a change necessary. Thanks to Steve & Todd, my cookers, Michele, Mickey & Karen for the help in the stand also. Hopefully Saturday was so packed with fun, the one day event was better. I’m sure there will be much discussion at the next fair board meeting.

Corn Harvest is over, the farmers are thinking about getting seed wheat cleaned and planted. Several around the area have had plenty of rain and others are hurting for moisture. The soybean crop is hurting for moisture, some fields have started to mature and die. Some of the landowners at morning coffee are out counting beans in the pods. I’ve continued to water flowers, tomatoes and peppers. That’s about all I care about now.

Dove season was the first of the month, heard reports of hunters limiting out early on the first morning.
Frank Foster had surgery on August 31st for a brainstem mass. He came thru the surgery with flying colors and still his same ornery self. He spent some time in Bartlesville Rehab. He would like to thank everyone for cards, visits and prayers.

What I learned this month, Change is hard, Change can be good, don’t complain unless you’re willing to be a part of the process.

Church News

The United Methodist Church raffled off a quilt that the quilt group had made at the 2017 Elk City Fair.

Elk City Church of the Nazarene held Vacation Bible School in early August

The Church of the Nazarene Fellowship Hall has clothes for all ages and all sizes. Oct. we will have fall/winter clothes out. The church started the Old Settlers Day weekend with an evening of family, fun, and a movie, “He’s smarter than the average bear.”

First Christian Church is excited to announce they have hired a new minister. His name is Randy Beeman. He is moving here from Bonner Springs, KS. His first Sunday will be September 10th. FCC has been without a minister for almost 4 years.
It’s hard to hold a church congregation together without a Shepherd. But we’ve survived and even built a new
building, which is no easy task to survive either. If any of you married couples have ever built a house, you
understand, there is almost a divorce before the house is finished!  The Lord has blessed FCC with the new
building after the tragedy of the fire and now we have a Shepherd to lead us. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for Worship
and 9:30 a.m. for Sunday School.

Elk City High School Alumni Minutes from the past

The time between 1942 to 1946, I assume there was no Alumni Banquet because of the war. There are no minutes.

Held May 29, 1946

150 present
President Ethel Dickerman Cox – class of 1915
Group singing – Dick Lessman
Invocation by Edna May Reynolds Cox – class of 1930
Banquet served by ladies of Methodist Church
Toastmaster – Bill Wright – class of 1945
Speakers: return Jake Kinney class of 1926; Vocal Solo – Philip Cox class of 1937; Education – Mrs Clyde N, Phillips; Senior Special – Seniors of 1946; Unisson – Donald James class of 1926; Memories – Bruce McCord class of 1945
Treasurer Report: Amount taken in $108.25 – Paid out $88.88


Banquet held May 29, 1947
President – Leon Newkirk Class of 1926
Vice President – Virgil Warner
Secretary/Treasurer Mrs. Jessie Owen

Group singing was by Thornton Pendergrast class of 1938 and Mrs. L. W. Daniels and Ines Catron.
Dinner served by the Christian Church and Junior Class to 125 guests.
toastmaster – Lynn Horton class of 1920
Speakers Vocal Solo – Verna Durkin class of 1911; Remarks – Nelson Hall class of 1924; Piano Solo – Bruce McCord class of 1945; Whistling Solo – Marcia Nelle Hamilton class of 1947; address Bruce Durbin Supt. of Elk City Schools.

taken in 115.00 paid out 107.20


Hedges, John Robert age 66, died September a graduate of Elk City High School 1969, burial in Oak Hill Cemetery</P

Hastings, Lois Elizabeth age 87

Chism, Wayne Lynch,

died July 28

Cox, James Elmore, age 82 passed away August 2nd. in Virginia

Conner, Rita L. age 85 died September 14

The Good Old Days

found in the Elk City Kansas Globe dated 8-9-1882

In giving the following description of our town and surroundings, we shall endeavor to give, in general detail some of the principal features of the country, as well as the town in which we live.

Louisburg township is located in the north west corner of Montgomery country and is to-day the acknowledged banner township in the county. The Elk river traverses the entire length of the township in a diagonal direction from north west to south east, while Duck creek meanders through a broad, rich and fertile valley, from the north line of the township till it forms a junction with the Elk river at this place. The junction of these two streams forms the broad rich bottoms for which our township is famous, an which includes some of as fine farm as any state can produce. Large bodies of timber border both streams, which furnish abundance of water and wood for agricultural and manufacturing purposes. To the west of us Salt creek fertilizes another wide scope of bottom land, rich in the development that skill and industry has made. The southern part of the township is traversed by Card creek, a small stream, though embracing in its era a number of rich and well cultivated farms. The farms are for the most part of the rich bottom variety, which the upland is reserved for grazing and meadow.

Among the many well improved and productive farms we shall mention a few showing to what a state of improvement a few years has brought our township. This improvement is still more wonderful when it is considered that it has been scarce a dozen years since the first permanent improvements were made in the township, but which now rivals in its solid development many sections in older states half a century old.

The first farm west of town is that of Mr. D. A. Davis, situated just across the iron bridge. Mr. Davis was among the first who located in this township and settled upon his present farm in 1868. By constant and untiring work the farm has been brought to an excellent state of cultivation One of the finest orchards in the county is on this farm, and the fruit that it has produced this season will of itself well repay for all the labor expended upon it in the past. The land is all bottom, and embraces a large body of heavy timber upon the Elk.

Next to this we come to the farm of David Harmon, which is one among the richest on this side of the river. The farm has all the modern improvements, and is one among the model homes.

Samuel Clark, who owns another of this same class of farms, lives one and one-half miles south of town, can boast of as well cultivated a place of bottom as there is anywhere. With good fences, fine orchards, and a comfortable house, Samuel is fixed in this world. Two and a half miles south west is the farm of Mr Borders, while just adjoining is that of Jessee Wilkerson, both fine locations and well cultivated and productive lands. Cottingham Brothers, two and a half miles south also have a well improved and productive farm, and are also extensive dealers in stock, which their farm enables them to handle without such extra outlay for feed.

South of this among the first is the farm of Joseph Elliott, which is also of the bottom variety, and is as fertile and well improved as any in the neighborhood. Adjoining Mr. Elliott’s is the farm of H. Seitz which, like the other, is rich, well improved and productive. Adjacent to these are the farms of Henry Leadman and Mr. Emenhiser, which are of the same quality, and tell for themselves which can be done with the Elk river bottom lands.

Just across Duck creek and adjacent to Baird’s addition to Elk City is the farm of Mr. M H. Baird which lies and embraces the junction of Duck creek and Elk river, and is consequently one among the best in the township. Mr. Baird has a fine stone residence on his land, a good orchard, and the farm is otherwise well improved. Still further north and west are many more fine farms which space forbids as mentioning among which are those of O W. Myers, L. Stephens and Ed Bertenshaw, East of town is the farm of Uri Coy for this is the boundary of the city limits; and is known far and wide as among the best in Louisburg township. Mr. Coy is a practical farmer, and has by diligence and integrity made himself a home and a name to be proud of. The farms of David Cook; Thomas Reed; G. R. Christman; John Sanderson, and A. C. Eversole also lie off in the direction and are all of the best and have reached a stage of cultivation that adds luster to the agricultural fame of our township.

And thus we could go on into the hundreds the excellent farms which our township embraced, but we will have to desist with this outline and shall aim to enter more into detail as to the general improvements and productiveness of our township.