Hidden History: Sac and Fox orphan ensures record of tribes’ life in Osage County

Julia Goodell, right, and her adopted daughter Fannie Baker both made their marks on the Sac and Fox tribes’ history in Osage County. By Wendi Bevitt Prior to their removal to Kansas More »

Participants revel in summertime fun during 2017 Osage County Fair parade

Conklin Plumbing was splish-splashing while taking a bath on their first place float in the 2017 Osage County Fair parade. The annual Osage County Fair parade, sponsored by the Osage City Chamber More »

4-H club leads community in “Tiger spirit” with downtown wall project

Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club members and Prayer and Action team members work together to create a small “Tiger spirit” pocket park in downtown Lyndon. Courtesy photo. By Leanne Shoup Club Reporter Despite More »

Forgotten bridge spans the flow of time

By Paul Schmidt The remains of an abandoned Pratt through-truss, five-panel, pin-connected bridge still spans the Dragoon Creek near Burlingame, Kan. Built in 1899 by the Kansas City Bridge Company, only its More »

Melvern Lake boating accident sends four to hospital Saturday evening

MELVERN LAKE, Kan. – Four people were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries Saturday after a two-boat collision on Melvern Lake.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported that at about 7 p.m. Saturday, July 22, 2017, a 911 call was received reporting a boating accident on Melvern Lake.

When emergency personnel arrived at the scene it was discovered that Stephan Martin, Gardner, Kan., was operating a 2006 Bennington pontoon boat, when it struck an unknown make and model of ski boat, operated by Earl Baker, Eskridge, Kan., pulling a tube with riders.

Martin and three occupants of the pontoon boat were uninjured in the accident, while Baker and three occupants of the ski boat were transported to a local hospital by Osage County EMS and Coffey County EMS. The riders on the towed tube were uninjured in the accident.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism are investigating the accident. Responding at the scene were sheriff’s deputies, KDWPT personnel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rangers, Osage County Fire District No. 3, Osage County EMS and Coffey County EMS.

James Arthur Hamman, 76, Osage City: Jan. 12, 1941 – July 19, 2017

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – James Arthur Hamman, 76, passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at his home. He was born Jan. 12, 1941, in Emporia, Kan., the son of Marion Hamman and Bernice (Jones) Winter.

He graduated from Roosevelt High School, in Emporia. He had served in the National Guard and worked for the Santa Fe Railroad on the telegraph and switchboard for many years until he retired in 1992.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Kid remains in cowboy

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“You need to act your age.”

Uncertain exactly how that comment was meant to be interpreted? So, it was taken as a compliment.

Doesn’t really matter, but likely referred to being in every horseshow class could get in.

Even those where most entries were young sprouts, especially compared to wannabe’s maturity.

Expense to get to a competition so great; philosophy is to participate in everything.

It takes a long while for things to soak in a thick head. Mom always encouraged, “ride in pleasure.” Never did, with excuse: “Nellie won’t back.”

Really didn’t even realize horses were supposed to be in a certain “lead”; hardly knew what “gait” was. Thought if horse could walk, trot, canter on command, was doing pretty doggone good.

Story out of school here, hadn’t heard the word “lead” until after first professionally judged horseshow years later. For unknowing, “lead” is “which set of legs, left or right, leads or advances forward when a horse is cantering, the same as loping, or galloping.” The horse has more coordinated balance in the correct lead.

Anyway, now do what Mom said to do: “Ride in every class.” Some shows that’s 25 events.

“All on one horse?” somebody asked. No, two. One for “performance” classes, a misnomer word in itself, and another for “speed” events, self-explanatory.

Help Wanted: Osage City Public Library seeks Library Associate

Osage City Public Library is seeking to fill the position of Library Associate. This is a part-time position with 22-26 hours a week including Saturday hours. Must have a friendly and cheerful personality with a knowledge and love of books. Candidate must be comfortable with technology, including ebooks, smartphone usage, social media, basic computer troubleshooting, and have experience with Microsoft Office. The candidate must enjoy working with all ages. To apply for this position, please send resume and cover letter to Jeanette Stromgren, [email protected]. Position will be open until filled.

Hidden History: Sac and Fox orphan ensures record of tribes’ life in Osage County

Julia Goodell, right, and her adopted daughter Fannie Baker both made their marks on the Sac and Fox tribes’ history in Osage County.

By Wendi Bevitt

Prior to their removal to Kansas around 1845, the Sac (or Sauk) and Fox tribes were located in Iowa. Most often they are mentioned together, but had originally been two distinct groups.

During the 1700s, French attacks on the Foxes (the Fox Wars of 1712 to 1733) in the Great Lakes Region caused the two tribes to join forces and form a close alliance that helped to affect unification.

The Sac and Fox reservation in Kansas was 435,200 acres located at the headwaters of the Osage River, the first agency being in Franklin County. In 1859, the agency was moved into Osage County, at Quenemo, with Perry Fuller (former employer of Frank James) as agent. The agency also employed an interpreter, John Goodell, to assist in government negotiations with the tribe.

John Goodell was of European descent and raised in New York. He became familiar with the language and customs of the Indians, and served as an interpreter for the government in both Iowa and Kansas.

In 1840, Goodell married Julia Mitchell. Julia was a member of the Sac and Fox tribes and was a survivor of the Black Hawk War. This war was an attempt by Sauk leader Black Hawk to lead the Sauk and associated tribes to resettle lands in Illinois that had been ceded by the tribes in an 1804 treaty. Finding a place to call home that was both acceptable to the tribe and the government was something that would plague the tribe continuously, and translating during these negotiations was the main responsibility for John Goodell.

John and Julia Goodell’s home at the Quenemo agency was an asylum for orphans, the sick, and needy. They adopted twins Fannie and Isaac Baker, children of Indian trader Isaac Baker and his Fox wife, who died after their birth. Mr. Baker pursued the fur trade, and eventually became a prominent banker in St. Louis, Mo.

In 1859, the Sac and Fox tribe paid for Fannie and a handful of other young people, including the daughter of the Indian agent, to attend Baker University. Baker University was the first college in Kansas territory having opened in 1858. Perry Fuller, the Sac and Fox Agency representative, was also living in Baldwin City at the time.

Clarence Dean Criqui, 82, Olivet: Aug. 25, 1934 – July 15, 2017

OLIVET, Kan. – Clarence Dean Criqui, 82, died Friday, July 15, 2017, in Lansing, Kan. Clarence Dean Criqui was born Aug. 25, 1934, in Olivet, Kan., the son to Clarence Fred and Maggie May (Greenfield) Criqui.

He grew up in the Olivet and Melvern areas, then moved to Hutchinson, Kan., after marriage, and had worked as aircraft assembler for Cessna.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra K. Schroeder, Hutchinson; two sons, William Criqui, of Missouri, and Dennis Criqui, of California; a sister, Dora (Jim) Flowers, Ottawa, Kan., and a brother, Glen Dale Criqui, Emporia, Kan.

Boil water advisories issued for multiple public water supply systems in Lyon, Coffey counties

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued boil water advisories for 12 public water supply systems in Lyon and Coffey Counties. KDHE officials issued the advisories because of a line break in Emporia, resulting in a loss of pressure. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

The boil water advisory issued for the city of Emporia earlier today remains in effect.

The water systems in Lyon and Coffey counties currently under a boil water advisory are as follows: City of Admire, Lyon County, city of Allen, Lyon County, Coffey County Rural Water District 2E, Coffey County, city of Emporia, Lyon County, city of Hartford, Lyon County, Lyon County Rural Water District 1, Lyon County, Lyon County Rural Water District 2, Lyon County, Lyon County Rural Water District 3, Lyon County, Lyon County Rural Water District 4, Lyon County, Lyon County Rural Water District 5, Lyon County, city of Olpe, Lyon County, Park Place Communities Management, Lyon County.

The advisories took effect on July 20, 2017, and will remain in effect until conditions that place the systems at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved adequately.

  • Customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:
  • Boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation, or use bottled water.
  • Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker.
  • Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.
  • Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing so that water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.
  • If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.

Public water suppliers in Kansas take all measures necessary to notify customers quickly after a system failure. Regardless of whether it is the supplier or KDHE that announces a boil water advisory, KDHE will issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory.

Marvin C. Bartlett, 73, Melvern: June 5, 1944 – July 19, 2017

MELVERN, Kan. – Marvin C. Bartlett, 73, passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at St. Francis Hospital, Topeka, Kan. He was born on June 5, 1944, in Burlington Junction, Mo., the son of Garland and Elizabeth Brandon Bartlett.

Marvin had grown up in northwest Missouri and had lived in Topeka for several years before moving to Melvern, Kan., in 1972. He served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969. He had worked most of his life as an over the road truck driver.

On Jan. 18, 1964, Marvin married Linda Meyer, in Maryville, Mo.

Help Wanted: Flint Hills Beverage seeks to fill warehouse position

Flint Hills Beverage, Budweiser and full line beverage wholesaler, is now accepting applications for a controlled environment (50-70 degrees) warehouse position. Position involves picking orders and preparing them for delivery as well as going to other wholesalers periodically to get product. Ability to lift 20-50 lbs. repetitively and obtain a CDL permit required. Hours are generally M-F 9:30-6:00 with some seasonal and flexible Sunday hours. Previous warehouse, order picking and/or fork lift experience preferred, but not required. Competitive pay, benefits, bonus and profit sharing offered. Accepting applications, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 132 W. Market St. in Osage City.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse July 10-14, 2017

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse July 10 through July 14, 2017.

King-Orozco to be digital content assistant for sustainability publication company

TOPEKA, Kan. – Queren King-Orozco, originally of Osage City, has accepted a position with Ogden Publications, Topeka, Kan.,  as a digital content assistant.

King-Orozco will work across Ogden’s brands, managing social media accounts, creating e-newsletters and updating websites.

Sen. Moran’s decision blocks vote on Senate healthcare bill

Statement by U.S. Senator Jerry Moran on his opposition to the Better Care Reconciliation Act:

On Monday evening I announced my opposition to the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) the Senate healthcare bill. This and an earlier version of the BCRA missed the mark for Kansans. The BCRA neither adequately repealed or replaced Obamacare. It was drafted behind closed doors and without committee hearings.

After my decision, the Majority Leader set aside the BCRA and announced his plan to have the Senate vote on a bill that repeals the Affordable Care Act, effective in two years.

If the bill is adopted it would establish an expiration date for Obamacare and set the stage for a full legislative process expert witnesses, public hearings, amendments and votes by all one hundred senators.

I would work to craft healthcare policy that provides less government involvement in healthcare decisions, greater personal choice, protection for pre-existing conditions, increased access and lower costs. I recognize that decisions made regarding healthcare have real consequences for Kansans and their families. We need a thoughtful and less political process. 

Sarah Anne Russell, 73, Topeka: June 4, 1944 – July 16, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. – Sarah Anne Russell, 73, passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at Aldersgate Village, Topeka, Kan. She was born on June 4, 1944, in Topeka, the only child of John and Dorothea “Dot” Roberts Lane.

Sarah had lived most of her life in the Topeka community. She graduated from Washburn Rural High School in 1962, and she had worked as a teacher’s aide in USD 501, and then was a clerk with the Kansas State Supreme Court. Sarah was a member of the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, where she was a member of the Active Prime Timers. She had also been a member of 4-H, Job’s Daughter’s, was active in the Republican Party, and a member of the P.T.O.

On May 1, 1965, Sarah was married to Jereld Hays, in Topeka. They divorced in 1981. Sarah married Ronald Russell on Nov. 30, 1996, in Topeka. Ron preceded her in death on July 18, 2003.

Help House will be your fan if you donate a fan

Summer heat is here, help someone stay cool

By Raylene Quaney

There has been more than 30 households sign up to receive fans, however donations have been down this summer and we have only been able to give out 22 to date. There is a lot of hot weather left during July and August, so if you can donate either a new fan or make cash donations to purchase a fan for someone, please mail your donation to Help House, PO Box 356, Lyndon KS 66451; please note “Fan Club” in memo.

United Way donations can help locally

Jamie Reever, with United Way, attended the Help House board meeting on July 11. Last year’s United Way campaign raised $582,000. They will begin this year’s campaign in two weeks. The United Way of the Flint Hills serves eight counties. Help House is blessed to be a recipient of United Way funds that can be used to purchase food for the food pantry as well as other emergency services.

Did you know that if you work in Shawnee County and contribute to the United Way through your employer that you may mark on your contribution slip that you want the contribution to go to Help House in Osage County? It will then process through the United Way of the Flint Hills and back to Help House. The employer matching funds will remain in Shawnee County, but your part will come back to Osage County to help out locally.

Fill the barrel, summer food drive

A countywide food drive through Harvester’s is being held July 15-July 22. Look for the large blue barrels at each of the three Thriftway grocery stores, in Carbondale, Overbrook and Osage City, during the week. While you are shopping if you could pick up just one or two non-perishable food items and drop them in the barrel on your way out, your neighbor in need would be most grateful. All donations will go to the Help House food pantry.

Warren Lee Wideman, 68, Carbondale: July 26, 1948 – July 16, 2017

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Warren Lee Wideman, 68, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. He was born on July 26, 1948, in Emporia, Kan., the son of August and Alberta Lee Wideman.

Warren grew up on a farm outside Olpe, Kan. He attended Maydale Catholic School and the public schools in Olpe, until he graduated from Olpe High School in 1966. After a few years, he moved to Topeka where he met his future wife.

On Feb. 3, 1975, Warren was married to Pamela Ferry, in Topeka. The couple lived in Topeka and Wichita, Kan., until finally settling down in Carbondale, Kan., in 1979.

Osage County Jail Log, July 9 to July 16, 2017

The following individuals were booked into the Osage County Jail in connection with charges or warrants as listed by the arresting agency.

Overbrook lottery player looks again and wins $20,000

TOPEKA, Kan. – Sometimes it’s a good idea to take a second look, especially when it comes to Kansas Lottery Crossword tickets. Had Treva Koch not taken a second look at her $2 Double Bonus Crossword ticket, she might have missed winning a $20,000 top prize.

“When I play Crosswords, I always go back and check them again,” the 67-year-old Overbook resident told Lottery officials. “Last Friday night, I played four Double Bonus Crossword tickets. I thought I had uncovered seven words on one, but when I rechecked, I realized there was another letter in the ‘bonus’ area that I had not scratched off. That extra letter gave me a total of 10 words and a $20,000 prize!”

Koch is retired now after working as a paraprofessional at Scott Magnet School in Topeka. Widowed a few years ago after 42 years of marriage, she has five grown children, eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She lives next door to her daughter Carrie and her family.

“After I realized I’d won $20,000, I walked over to Carrie’s to tell her the good news,” Koch explained. “She didn’t believe it at first, but after she and her husband looked at the ticket they said, ‘Yes, you did!’”

Koch says she will use her prize money to get caught up on bills and put most of it in savings. She also said she may take a trip to Pennsylvania this summer to see two of her sisters, one of them her twin.

Koch says she buys a few Double Bonus Crossword tickets every week, and will continue to do so because she enjoys playing. She purchased her $20,000 Double Bonus Crossword ticket at Domans General Store, located at 4961 E. Highway 268 in Vassar.

Christmas on Market Street 2017 set to relive treasured memories

It might be July, but it is the time of year to start planning for Christmas. Christmas on Market Street, that is.

The annual Christmas on Market Street event at Osage City will be held Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, and the Osage City Chamber of Commerce has scheduled the first planning meeting next month.

“So many of you have great ideas, are great at planning events, and genuinely want to see our community continue to thrive,” said Jeanette Swarts, Chamber executive director. “The theme for this year’s event is “Treasured Memories” which will be fun to work with, and the theme can go in so many directions as to your actual treasured memories.

“Now that the fair parade is over, we will begin planning for Saturday, Nov. 25, which sounds like a long time from now, but will be here before we know it. We would love to make this year the best event we have had so far.”

Anyone who has ideas or is interested in helping with Christmas on Market Street is encouraged to contact the Chamber.

“We have some traditional events that need someone new to take over,” Swarts said. “We need lots of volunteer help. We also are interested in any new events you might like to add. If you own a business or are part of a community group, this is a great time for you to be a part of a fun community event. Let’s get together and make this great.”

Traditional Christmas on Market Street events include an annual raffle, parade, chili cook off and Kiwanis breakfast.

An organizational meeting for anyone wanting to volunteer will be at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 23, at Artfully Quilted by Barbs. For more information, questions, comments or suggestions, call Swarts at 785-249-5451.

Local ‘strong’ men prepare to stand up to abusers and fight for victims’ safety

Not all abusers are men, however, the vast majority of domestic violent crimes are committed by male perpetrators. “SOS Strong” is a grass-roots, all-male campaign made up of local men dedicated to helping SOS stop sexual and domestic violence, child abuse and neglect. In years past, only Lyon County men were eligible, but this year it has expanded to all counties served by SOS. There will be 10 men from Lyon County and two from Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Morris and Osage counties. Each “Strong Man” signs a pledge to lead by example, not blame victims, and be a positive up-stander. Their goal is to raise $1,000 each to support SOS programs.

SOS Strong celebrates strong, compassionate men in our community striving to put an end to domestic violence. This fundraiser was designed to show that men are more than abusers, controllers and runaway fathers. Children need to know men can be positive influences and compassionate people. The community needs to see that abuse is not just a woman’s problem, it’s everyone’s problem.

“SOS Strong gives these men the opportunity to raise money for programs that fight for safety every day,” said Connie Cahoone, SOS executive director. “They are standing up for someone in need and being positive up-standers and we sincerely appreciate their participation in this grassroots endeavor.”

SOS Strong was created in 2015 and to date has raised nearly $33,000 for survivor services and programs. On Thursday July 27, 2017, the SOS board of directors will sponsor a kickoff party for the 3rd Annual SOS Strong. The men will fundraise from July 27-Aug. 24, and compete for prizes for the most creative fundraising efforts, fastest $1,000 raised, and the most funds raised.

“SOS Strong is about so much more than money. It is the start of taking back what it means to be a man,” said Lucas Moody, child advocacy center director.

Betty Pressgrove, 92, Osage City: June 11, 1925 – July 14, 2017

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Betty Pressgrove, 92, passed away on Friday, July 14, 2017, at Peterson Nursing Home, Osage City, Kan. She was born on June 11, 1925, in Barclay, Kan., the only daughter of Louis and Gladys Walker Thompson.

Betty grew up around Osage City, had lived north of Lyndon for several years, and had been back in Osage City since 2012.

Betty had worked for a short time at Hallmark Cards, in Osage City, and had been a homemaker most all of her life. She had attended the Osage City United Methodist Church.

Participants revel in summertime fun during 2017 Osage County Fair parade

Conklin Plumbing was splish-splashing while taking a bath on their first place float in the 2017 Osage County Fair parade.

The annual Osage County Fair parade, sponsored by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, was Thursday, June 29, 2017. The theme for the parade this year was “Summertime Fun”.

Diane Michael, parade chairman, coordinated a variety of entries including the mounted color guard and 1st Division Infantry Band from Ft. Riley, Boy Scouts, emergency vehicles, including the city and county law enforcement, ambulance and fire department, parade marshal Ann Lusk, and Mr. and Mrs. Osage City Richard and Jeanette Swarts, floats, golf carts and ATVs, band, politicians, and horses.

The float entry awards were presented as follows: Conklin Plumbing, first place, $125; Friends of Pomona State Park, Going Retro, second place, $100; RCIL, third place, $75; Osage City Middle School cheerleaders, fourth place, $50. The golf cart and ATV entry awards went to: Osage City-Great Life Golf Course, first place, $30; Jody Lohmeyer Stark, State Farm Insurance, second place, $20; First National Bank of Osage City, third place, $10. The high school band competition first place prize of $100 was presented to  the Osage City High School band.

As Diane Michael stated, we are hoping that next year there will be more involvement of floats, school bands, etc., thus there will be have a larger parade for 2018. Your support contributes to the growth of our community.

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce and Diane Michael, parade committee chairman thanked those that participated in the 2017 Osage County Fair parade and noted everyone that attended seemed to have a good time and enjoyed the entries.

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