Christmas in Elk City

The month of December was busy and beautiful winter weather for Kansas. Lots of activities were scheduled,starting off with the Toys for Elk City Kids Supper, followed by a very nice parade and quite a few floats including the Caney Band marched and played holiday tunes, Santa came on the last float. That same evening there was a Christmas Bazaar in the Community Building. The supper was served to a large crowd and collection of quite a few toys for kids. A holiday lighting contest was sponsored by the PRIDE committee picking out 1st, 2nd, 3rd and honorable mention. Then just before Christmas Santa was in the fire barn to greet the country kids. Then off to around town delivering gifts to the boys and girls. A gallery of the December events is located in this link.

Merry Christmas to all who read this newsletter and to all old and new Elk Citians.

Around Town

Carson Lodge 4th Sunday Breakfast is discontinued for winter months, will resume in March.

Gingham Aprons FCE was presented with the lesson “Comfort Foods – Healthier Options” given by Barbara Ames, Wildcat Extension FACS agent.

Community U has been sponsoring BINGO at the Community Building.

Kristi One of our Elk Citians has been named Teacher of the Year. Sje is a Physical Education teacher at Independence High School. Kristi has taught at IHS for 33 years. She has been the head volleyball coach for 33 years, was the assistant basketball coach for 8 years and has been an assistant track coach for 9 years. During the summer she is in charge of girls weightlifting and she teaches Drivers Education.

PRIDE is still sponsoring recycling the first Saturday of each month.

The Gingham Aprons FCE enjoyed an educational tour at Spirit Wings Designs. Spirit Wings Designs showed the club how to make a silk scarf like they did back in the 16th century. From raw silk to painting colors to setting the colors by steaming them in a kettle. Very interesting.

History of Prairie School #57

This link will take you to the article “History of Prairie School #57” written by Dan Whistler and the Whistler Family. Whistler’s have been in Elk City area since the early days. This is the history of the one room school house with special memories of the Whistler family. History of Prairie Rural School

Tid Bits by Jane


Fall is upon us, even though the end of Sept. and first part of Oct. it was hard to tell. Almost 90 degrees some days. The rain and cooler temps were nice for awhile. School has started and they are already having in-service days off and fall breaks. Those first few weeks must have worn everyone out!

We had a visitor a few mornings at coffee. Our family went to the farm show in Springfield, Mo. We also toured the new Bass Pro Wildlife Museum and Aquarium. It is a 350,000 sq. ft. bldg. and the a million gallons of water. It was very interesting. We also saw an exhibit from the Boone & Crockett Museum.

Daniel Boone is a regular, but Davy Crockett showed up to regale us with hunting and everyday life stories. It’s about time to start trapping and hunting again and Davy Crockett has retired from his “regular” job, so no telling what kind of stories we’ll hear now. There’s a lot of info about those two that history didn’t record and I can’t print it either. Just as long as they don’t try to bring their coyote cookies to morning coffee, we’ll be fine!

Soybean harvest is in full swing this month. Some of the bean plants shut down early due to dry weather, but overall the crop seems pretty good. It’s been hard to decorate for fall with my flowers all looking so pretty this late in the year. I don’t want to move pots or clean out the beds when they are still blooming. This is the year of the tomato. Many gardeners are canning and giving them away. I did start tearing out the tomato plants that were done the first of the month. I picked 3- 5 gal bucket full just this week. Mike has been canning juice, Joe’s canned relish & juice, I’m canning salsa & juice. How many of you planted a fall garden? I always think I will and don’t get it done.

I read where the hurricane blew the oranges off the trees in Florida, so your orange juice will go up again. It’s already higher due to a bug or fungus that is destroying the orange crop. And speaking of destroying, I like football and the NFL players are destroying my FB entertainment. Just salute the flag, honor the Star Spangled Banner. Is it so hard to be patriotic? They have the right to protest, but not on our time, not on our dollar & not on the job!

We are sadden to hear of the passing of Helen Marr Newton on October 4, 2017 in Mesa, AZ. Roger’s birthday was October 5th. Our sympathies are with him and the family. The community is also sadden by the death of Frank Foster. I will so miss his “hello Janie”. When Frank smiled the world smiled with him. 95 years of memories and I know all of you have a special one. Many thoughts and prayers for Norma and the family at their loss. Frank was a wonderful part of the community and will be a great loss to the community.

The rain held off on the 14th for the Annual Osburn Hog Roast until we were finished eating, then the clouds, lightening and rain sprinkles rolled in. It didn’t actually RAIN until an hour or so later, when we ended up with 1.6”. The Longton family received high winds and 2.25” of rain that night. Thanks to Bryan Knowles for the fantastic entertainment. The décor was beautiful thanks to Norman’s pumpkins, There was delicious meat and fries; the covered dishes and guests were great!!! Thanks to everyone that came out for a short, but fun night. We missed you if you didn’t attend and hopefully we’ll see you next year!

A trunk or treat is planned for Oct. 31st by the Community girls from 5-7 p.m. Games and hotdogs will also be available. If you’d like to participate, come to the ball field and hand out candy from your trunk or chair. Contest for the best decorated trunk.

The Christian Church hosted a gospel group, GASS from Winfield on Oct. 22nd. We had a chili supper following the music. This is a wonderful group that played a variety of gospel/rock & country music. Won the prize for best chili.

Don’t forget the consignment auction Nov. 25th at the high school lot in Elk City. What I learned this month: Some things in life are just “knock eyed” and a swift kick to the tire will fix it, as well as some choice words to the bumper. 

The holiday season has started, hopefully you had a
bountiful Thanksgiving with family & friends. Now to tackle Christmas! Shopping, caroling, decorating & eating! Calorie counting is no way to celebrate! I was one of those “bad people” that start decorating before Thanksgiving. I really enjoy the fall decor and all the warm beautiful colors. This year we are planning on celebrating the Huntington side of Christmas and our family Christmas on Dec. 9th due to Allison coming that weekend from Florida. That was so hard for me to put away the fall and get ready for Christmas that early, but also so excited to see Allison for a few days.
What a special time for them to give thanks for a new baby and fun times at Christmas for all! I went to Elk Falls Pottery Open house and the Outhouse Tour. It’s always a fun time. A record number of outhouses to tour this year, 26!
You all remembered to set your clocks the first of the month? The farmers harvesting beans were fighting the fog, mist, clouds & getting dark sooner. Most of the beans were a good yield & done by Thanksgiving Day. We attended the Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Tour Show in Independence. We’ve seen all their shows in Independence, even the first two they did for free! Although they’ve aged from that first show, they can still put on a wonderful music show. That evening was also the Indy Christmas parade. Trapping season has started & we don’t see as much of Daniel Boone. He has some good wildlife
stories to share when he stops in. We do miss his political commentary.

I lost my phone for a couple days and it was a strange feeling. We are all too dependent on our phones I think. Hopefully just had too much on my mind to remember where I laid it down! What I learned this month: Thanksgiving meals that are canceled and then hurriedly put together are the BEST gatherings ever!

What a lot of activities for Elk Citians to participate in and support the holiday season. Thanks to all those responsible toys for tots dinner. The traditional ham dinner provided by the crew was yummy and generous. The weather was more compatible for the parade this year than last. Later, Santa and his elves delivered a gift, mittens and hat to each child in Elk City, as well as the country kids that came to town. You know who the elves are and they are very much appreciated for all the hours and hard work. This is a wonderful community project. The ministerial alliance, consisting of the churches in town, assembled food baskets & delivered them.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac says: The hours of sunshine on Christmas Day determines the number of frosts in May? And a warm Christmas is a cold Easter! Does anyone remember last Christmas and then Easter this year. Easter was nice, but I don’t remember Christmas Day weather. It’s been a nice December so far, although, much TOO DRY! The wheat isn’t coming up very good for the farmers and the threat of fire is high. At least we aren’t having fires like California. I’m tired of the wind blowing my Christmas decorations around. The Community Christmas Candlelight program was at the Nazarene Church on the 17th.. It’s a wonderful service with plenty of cookies following.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Joe’s house, his granddaughter decorated his house for Christmas. There are paper
chains and mistletoe and a beautifully lighted tree. I’ve been watching the old Christmas movies, “White Christmas”, Miracle on 34th St., Frosty & Rudolph.

We watched the Elk City Christmas parade to conclude the evening. At Joe’s Coffee Shack we continue to discuss current events and reminisce about old events. politics and sports; discussions are quite lively! Santa brought us some treats! Eddie & Yvonne Bridges are close to celebrating a 1st anniversary of purchasing the Keli Mart. We’re glad to have Two Squirrels open.
What I learned this month: It doesn’t have to be Dec. 25th to celebrate Christmas. Anytime with family and friends is a great time and celebrating Jesus birth should be everyday.

Church News

United Methodist Church’s Mission is to be a church that is: Grounded in the Word; Rooted in Fellowship, and Commissioned for Service. Advent Bible Study at the Havana United Methodist Church and Elk City United Church. Study book provided free of charge. December 3 – Hanging of the Greens Worship at Elk City and Havana.
The UMW Food Bank is for Elk City area residents.

Church of the Nazarene has Joseph’s Closet for shopping. In November they gave 10 food baskets to the first 10 shoppers.
Church of the Nazarene held a Community Candlelight Service with Cookies and fellowship following and a Christmas Eve Service.

First Christian Church held a puppet show during one of their services. They also hand out the commodities. 1st Christian Church had a float in the Christmas Parade. Ladies Night is a painting party evening. A study of Revelations by Dr. Charles Massagee.

Elk City High School Alumni Minutes from the Past

The Elk City Alumni Association met at the high school auditorium on Sunday May 30, 1948 at 3 p.m.
Vice President Juanita McCarty Newton, 1945, called the class roll
Invocation by Herman Schwatken, 1930,
Group singing lead by Dick Lessman
Acting Chairman for program Myrtle Elmore Cox, 1924,program centered around a 4 leaf clover
Singing “I’m looking over a Four Leaf Clover” lead by Maxine Slater, 1948, Colleen Merritt, 1947, and Majorie Slater, 1946
1st clover leaf “Memories” by Lee Shaffer, 1927,
2nd Clover Leaf “Achievements” by Esther Keys Clark, 1911
Clover Leaf Music- Violin Trio – Patsy Stark 1949, Marilyn Moore 1951, Helen Joyce Marr 1949
3rd Clover Leaf “Possibilities” Milo Bruce 1924
Piano Solo – Barbara Goodwin 1950
Salutatory Address Don Owens, 1948
4th Clover Leaf “Elk City on the Map”, Ned Davis 1902

Collection taken up for expenses totaled $18.94. Following benediction was social hour, refreshments of punch and cookies.

Treasurer report Balance forwarded $28.87, Total Collection $18.94, sale of cookies $3.00
Total $50.81, expenses $31.22 balance on hand $17.59 secretary and treasurer Opal Beal Evans

Good Old Days

The Elk City Sun March 13, 1970
25 years ago column
March 16, 1945

The old building immediately south of the post office was slightly damaged by fire about dark Monday evening. The fire department laid a hose line to the building but a few buckets of water was sufficient to extinguish the flames.

Mrs. S. E. Attebury of Independence, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Blecha of this vicinity, received word Saturday from the U. S. War Dept. the happy news that her husband, who had been a German prisoner of war had been rescued by Russian forces.

Pat Hall, purchased the equipment of a closed blacksmith shop at Howard and has brought the machinery and tools here. He will set them up in his garage building and have them ready for use soon. While loading the equipment on a truck Pat stepped on some glass; a piece of which penetrated the ball of one foot. He was forced to get about on crutches for a few days.

J. G. Willard of Altoona has purchased the F. L. Vaughn the former C. L. Pendarvis property in the southeast part of town and Mr. and Mrs. Willard plan to move here soon to make their home.

Mr. and Mrs. Claude Stanislaus of Bartlesville were visiting here last Friday and Saturday with the former’s half brother, B. S. Hamilton and family.

The Independence army airfield was put on an inactive basis. Thursday with only a small force of military and civilian personnel left to maintain the buildings and provide fire protection. A number of Elk City people, who were employed at the base, have taken employment at Olathe, Kansas or Childress, Texas, while a few are still at the base.


Newton, Helen Joyce Marr passed away October 4th, graduated from Elk City High School
Foster, Frank E., died October 17th age 95, burial in Oak Hill Cemetery
Owens, Dalton Wayatt age 20 passed away on November 11th.
Wilson Morris E. “Stud” age 80 passed away November 12th burial in Oak Hill Cemetery
Fiscus Ruby Maxine, 87 died November 19th burial in Oak Hill Cemetery
Crosslin, Margaret”Marge”, age 93, died December 4th, burial in Oak Hill Cemetery
Benfield, Charles Wayne, age 60 passed away December 31
Aemisegger,Olen Lavern passed away November 28, graduated from Elk Cith High School