Chamber Chat: ‘Special’ fair parade Thursday evening at Osage City

Cathryn Houghton, Executive Director
Osage City Chamber of Commerce

Special year

Well isn’t that a swell title! Every year is a special year; however, this is written with the 2014 Chamber Fair Parade in mind. The theme, Celebrate Lake Fever , is special, as Osage County has two federal lakes and one of them is 50 years old this year!

The parade, at 7 p.m. June 26, will be led by the special parade grand marshal: Melvin Croucher, known to many as Mel or Melvie. He is a long-time resident of Osage City, retired business owner, retired Hallmark employee, husband, father, and WWII veteran.

The parade marshal is also special, as it is a family. A family that works and plays together, each member is involved and dedicated to the community in many ways. It’s the Lohmeyer family! And it doesn’t stop there – the honor of Mr. and Mrs. Osage City goes to Jim and Gail Lohmeyer.

Jim is a long-time, enthusiastic employee of Flint Hills Beverage. Gail retired from teaching after a long and successful career and she now is known as the Saucy Lady with her food service business.

This family is active in local school, business, events, sports  and church. The “WELCOME” flags that go out on special holidays or community events – well, the Lohmeyer family hangs, picks up, and stores those flags each and every time. Although some of their children moved away from Osage City and some are still away, most live, work, play, and volunteer in town.

Anyone with a float entry to be judged is asked to line up at the West end of Market Street by 6 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, third and fourth place winners.

Special guest speaker

District 76 state Rep. Peggy Mast was guest speaker during the June 17 Chamber of Commerce meeting.  Rep. Mast is Kansas House Speaker Pro Tem. In July 2013, Rep. Mast was named a pro-jobs legislator by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce. After each legislative session, the Kansas Chamber identifies lawmakers who voted at least 80 percent of the time to support a wide range of business issues and ensure the state’s economic health during the last session. Part of Osage County is within the boundary of District 76, including the cities of Osage City, Olivet, Melvern and Quenemo. It also takes in all of Coffey County.

Special historical headlines in the Osage City Free Press 1910 and 1911

A bit of Chamber of Commerce history: 

  • A New Santa Fe Station – Osage City’s Magnificent Christmas Present – Conference between Commercial Club and Officials. “Superintendent C.T. McClennen of the Santa Fe, in a conference Wednesday morning, assured the Commercial club that a new Santa Fe depot for Osage City is the first new improvement planned for 1911 … The station is to be of brick and stone on a site south of the present depot which will be devoted  exclusively to the freight business. The depot will be modern in all respects.” December 1910, Osage City Free Press
  • July 2, 1911, article announces: Preliminary Plans are Now Under Way. The present plans are for a combination freight and passenger depot with a summer waiting room next to Market street. It is to be of mottled brick with a tile roof.”

The Chamber of Commerce was known as the Commercial Club until the 1920s. This reminds the community just how much influence the Commercial Club (later the Chamber) had and how active it was in the development Osage City as we know it today.  Other landmark projects the early Commercial Club was involved in and supportive of include the airport (1920s-30s) and the county road between Osage City and Lyndon. The legacy is continued by bringing people, clients, and customers to our friendly community; boosting the economy; and supporting the community – helping to keep the city futuristic and thriving. After all:  OSAGE CITY’s GOT IT!

For more information, contact Cathryn at  785-528-4711 or email [email protected].

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