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. There family camped in someones 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 it 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, 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. The Foster Family.

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.” Atsome 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 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 Pittsburgh 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).

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. They 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.


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

Hastings, Lois Elizabeth age 87

Chism, Wayne Lynch,

died July 28

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