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Hidden History: Kansas county named in honor of Civil War private, Osage County native

Rev. Josiah McAfee, inset, as a Kansas legislator, honored the sacrifice of one of his recruits by naming Rooks County after him.

By Wendi Bevitt

Fifty-six Kansas counties honor the names of soldiers from the Civil War. Only two, however, bear the name of men who held the rank of private – Rooks and Osborne. Rooks County, while located in the western half of the state, is forever connected to Osage County as the recipient of the name of Osage County native, John Calvin Rooks.

John Calvin Rooks, familiarly called “Calvin”, was born in Pennsylvania and came with his family to Kansas in 1858. His parents, John and Delilah, set up their farm two miles south of Burlingame when the county was still known as Weller. The family became members of the Burlingame Baptist church and faithfully attended.

In mid-September of 1862, Calvin enlisted in Company I of the 11th Kansas Volunteer Infantry. Many men from both Burlingame and Grasshopper Falls (modern Valley Falls in Jefferson County) were recruited into this company by the Rev. Josiah B. McAfee.

The new recruits were taken to Fort Leavenworth where they received brief military training and then were deployed to the battle fronts in Indian Territory and Arkansas. Company I saw action at Old Fort Wayne, Indian Territory (Oklahoma), on October 22 and then at Cane Hill in Arkansas on November 28.

Each time the company established a camp, a Thursday night prayer meeting would be held in a large Sibley tent, led by the Rev. Josiah McAfee, who served both as 1st Lieutenant of Company I as well as chaplain. Being a Christian man, Calvin attended each meeting. At the prayer meeting on December 4, Rev. McAfee was shaking hands with each of the attendees and asking them to relate his religious experience. Private Rooks told Rev. McAfee that from the age of nine, he had chosen to be a soldier for Christ.

Cemetery map inquiry clears up foggy history of old Prairie Center Church

The remains of Old Prairie Center Church, now being used as a barn. OCHS photo.

By Eileen Davis, Osage County Historical Society

Usually I title these discussions as “day” rather than month but that does not adequately describe this adventure. It began with an email from a person who had looked at Wayne White’s website, www.osagecountyonline.com. (Please check it often if you don’t already.) His query was innocent enough.

“I am seeking help in identifying the name of a church and cemetery that were located approximately one mile east of the Prairie Center Cemetery on 125th Street. Your cemetery map records this as #34 and calls it ‘No Name.’ Can you shed any further light on the name of the church and those who are buried at the adjacent cemetery? Does the cemetery and any grave markers still exist?”

So I checked Mr. White’s website and learned that his Osage County cemetery map differed from the one we use and I learned that we could not give permission for ours to be used at his website. (Another long story but the permission was not ours to give.) I’m not sure where Mr. White got his map but I did find a similar one on the website that indicated a #34 one mile east of Prairie Center. (See Osage County News’ Cemeteries of Osage County here.)

Esther Little and I drove out there on the way home one evening and found Prairie Center on the south side of the road at 125th and Valencia Road. We saw no other cemeteries in the area.

I turned this problem over to John Hill, who’s been doing new research on several Osage County cemeteries and some really great field work. He spoke to farmers who now own the land and learned that the original church and cemetery had been moved. He also learned that the church, after some additions, was still being used as a barn. John also discovered evidence of graves at the original location. To further add to the confusion, John found an obituary for Andrew H. Caldwell, which stated in the first column that he would be buried in Prairie Center Cemetery. The second column of the same article said “Sharon Cemetery.”

Lions and Tigers share Lyndon pride

This spring Lyndon High School students participated in the first Tiger Action Day. One of the activities was to help paint the Lyndon Lions Club picnic tables at Jones Park. Students shown painting are, from left, Marah Bingham, Skye Brosch, and Kolsyn Bergkamp. The picnic tables, serving counter and shelter house were constructed in the late 1990s in Jones Park by the Lions Club. The Lions extended a hearty thank you to the students for their great work.

Photo thanks to Bill Patterson.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Always dream then work

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.Cowboys have always been the biggest heroes.

That continues, yet in maturity those even much older who are still working very hard have also become mentors.

Too many classmates have already passed to the great beyond, while being among those continuing forward on earth has challenges.

Just keeping up with what there is can be a fulltime job, yet those many decades older plunge fast forward.

Often television stories feature those celebrating their century birthdays and even years beyond. Those recognized are generally able to physically get around, of sound mind, and excited for every day they have.

Each situation is different of course, and none ever really have secrets to longevity. Yet they all get up and at it every morning, remaining active all day with an occasional nap. Each one eats three nourishing meals daily with maybe an extra snack and keeps up with what’s going on around. Many read regularly, have numerous friends and are strong in faith.

One friend at 98 was forced into assisted living away from home for a time. Not yet mowing his lawn or driving to town, he’s back on the farm feeling happier and healthier.

Every morning on the way to work at 6:30, another farmer friend’s kitchen light is on and he’ll be outside before 7 o’clock. Despite serious health issues, at 94 nothing stops him, always still going when returning from work 11 hours later.

At 89, a former teacher with more than one’s share of hardship started his ranch upon official retirement. Non-relenting entrepreneurship coupled with opportunities, the operation surpasses others built through generations. Not unique perhaps, but notable, covenants and dreams backed by hard work must be credited.

Burlingame has packed entertainment lineup for annual Rodeo Days

By Frank Buchman

A mounted color guard leads the annual Rodeo Days parade. Courtesy photo.

A saddle’s not even required, yet there’ll be plenty of Western action for all.

It’s the annual Rodeo Days at Burlingame, “where the rail crosses the trail,” right on Highway 56, Saturday, May 19, 2018.

“We have a packed line-up of activities set this year for our community celebration planned to draw attention to the 48th annual Santa Fe Trail Rodeo sponsored by the Burlingame Saddle Club, with performances both Friday and Saturday evenings,” said Mark Hecht, local businessman.

About everything imaginable will be available when more than 60 vendors and craftsmen from throughout the Midwest open their displays at 9 a.m. Saturday, filling the entire wide brick street of the west end of Santa Fe Street, the original trail.

A Cowboy’s Faith: All those important mothers

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.There’s nothing more important than a mother.

Of course, everybody has a mother. They come in all sizes, shapes, forms, dispositions, peculiarities, each a unique distinct mother.

Everyone is the very best in their own way. None better possible regardless who wants to debate or argue.

There are always plenty of justifiable personal prejudices, and they’re all correct.

Many times personal reflections have been made about Mom who passed long ago at just 62 years old. Never a day goes by without thinking about her.

Mom always had a toothy grin for whoever it was because of her true happiness, with sweetness overflowing. Talkative to the extent of frequently being loud, she was. One can’t be too honest, and Mom was the most trustworthy ever known.

Not views through rose-colored-glasses, but readily verified by those who really knew her. She was authentic with the biggest heart possible. Nobody was a stranger to Mom, and she helped everyone in every way possible. That’s a fact.

While there is only one true flesh-and-blood mother, many others throughout a lifetime step in to provide motherly instincts. Think about it, what could really get done without so many in their vastly generous, motherly ways?

It’d be countless when reflecting all those who’ve stepped in to guide, help, been a “substitute mother,” when Mom wasn’t there.

Growing up, of course grandmas took on the role, equaled and often surpassed by aunts. On occasion perhaps even misidentified as “Mom.”

Teeing off: Osage City Golf Course remembers Gladdie

By Richard Burkdoll, Golf Board President

At the April 26, 2018, Osage City Golf Course board meeting we learned we are behind in the number of memberships from last year. We blamed it on the weather and hope that many that haven’t joined this year will join when we start having good golf weather.

The other main discussion was about “Gladdie” Girsch. Gladdie had been a member of the golf course since around the time she and Russ moved to Osage City in 1978.

Gladdie and Russ were very good to the course. They donated money to put the curtains in the clubhouse. A week before she died, one of Gladdie’s biggest concerns was that she hadn’t paid her “golf dues”. Gladdie paid her single membership dues of $475 and paid for the use of a golf cart all year for an additional $300. Gladdie knew she wouldn’t play this year, but wanted to be sure she was still supporting the course.

The board voted to use part of Gladdie’s dues this year to put a small plaque up by the putting green. I’m sure Gladdie will be shaking her finger at us for this recognition. We loved you Gladdie and will miss you at the golf course.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Replacements for poor service

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“That bull is bad.”

Such comment might be said defining a rodeo bull. It could be the bull is a bad bucker almost impossible to score on. Other times it might mean a bull is anxious to “hook the ‘W’ right off a cowboy’s Wranglers.”

Such dispositions of bulls used for breeding purposes on farms and ranches have not been uncommon in days gone by. However, with conscientious seed stock producers most are now producing bulls that are typically not fighters or troublemakers.

Still most ranchers with a dozen or more breeding bulls will often have one to “keep an eye on.” Now, that’s not to say they’re really mean, but not the friendliest things either.

One bull might have an ornery twinkle in his eyes, or sometimes snort when the herdsman or another bull walks by. Maybe shake his big head just a little to get first and extra at hay time.

Certainly a bull deserves caution when in his whereabouts. One push, even if considered friendly, by a ton-plus bovine can certainly be hazardous to one’s health.

Nope, it’s wasn’t an attitude problem with this particular “bad bull.” During the annual spring bull check, he came up “unsound for breeding,” the veterinarian said. Uncertain exactly what the problem was, but the bull wasn’t likely to get cows bred to have calves next spring.

Well now, the writing was already on the wall. Those cows he was supposedly serving last summer started “cycling” during the winter. They wouldn’t be gaunt, flat sided, tail in the air, riding each other if going to have a calf.

Chamber Chatter: Spring brings ‘busy-ness’ to businesses

Mother Nature did not deliver favorable weather for city’s BBQ weekend

Attendance at the Friday night, April 6, 2018, Taste of Osage City event was diminished due to the colder temperatures. The participating teams still furnished their favorite meals; however, a lot of the spectators ended up making their purchase and taking it home to eat. Corey Linton reported that 104 teams competed in the sanctioned barbecue contest on Saturday. He did have a few teams that canceled due to the weather.

Car show cancelled

Due to inclement weather, The Twin Lakes Cruisers canceled the Cruis’n and Cook’n Auto Show that was to have been held in downtown Osage City on Saturday, April 7. Predicted snow and low temperatures are not conducive conditions for car show participants or spectators. Orgnanizers had received 91 pre-registrations. They were given the option to have their fee refunded or apply toward next year’s event. The huge majority chose to apply toward next year. They had very positive comments regarding the decision to cancel and also compliments on the quality of shows as they look forward to coming back each year. The participation has been approximately 300 for the past several years. The Twin Lakes Cruisers are looking forward to next year’s event which will mark their 15th year.

Chamber after hours

Lusk Properties hosted a Chamber of Commerce After Hours on Sunday April 15, at 8411 W. 273rd St., in Barclay, at a large house that has recently been renovated by James Lusk and is now available to rent. Also celebrated was Ann Lusk’s 90th birthday. Approximately 70 people attended. Guests enjoyed touring the house, visiting and refreshments. The house has five bedrooms and is located on six acres.

Osage City Chamber of Commerce awards scholarships

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce offers a $250 scholarship to one senior girl and one senior boy graduating from Osage City High School. Application deadline was April 20, 2018. The revenue from the $5 that residents pay to be listed on the maps for the spring and fall garage sales goes directly for these two scholarships. The recipients of the 2018 scholarship were to be announced at the May 2 high school awards ceremony.

Congratulations to Osage City graduates

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the graduating class of 2018. Best wishes to each of you in continuing your future endeavors of college, technical school, employment, or where ever your interests may lead you.

2018 Osage County Fair plans are in progress – theme “Hats Off to Red, White and Blue”

In the near future, the fairgrounds, Lions Club food stand, 4-H barns and pavilion, parade route will be in full swing with a lot of activity going on. June 27-30, 2018, are the dates for the Osage County Fair, in Osage City. Diane Michael is in charge of the parade which will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 28. She is working diligently getting information out to the businesses and organizations to plan to participate in the parade this year. She is hoping to make it a fun filled event this year. If you have any questions or would like information regarding an entry in the parade contact Diane Michael at [email protected] or 785-608-2277.

Consumer Alert: Storm damage could attract illegal contractors

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is urging Kansas residents to use caution to avoid scams by transient contractors following this week’s severe weather across the state.

“After storm damage, our instinct is to clean up and make repairs as quickly as possible,” Schmidt said. “When considering roofing work on a home or business, it is important that consumers make sure their roofing contractor is properly registered before signing any contract or having any work done. Consumers should request a copy of their roofer’s registration certificate and then should check our consumer protection website to confirm that the registration remains active.”

Staff from the attorney general’s Roofing Registration Unit have been in contact with many local officials affected by this week’s storms to assist in responding to contractors and consumers.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Excuse for bad penmanship

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Poor handwriting has gotten much worse in recent weeks.”

Some people never did learn to write. A number of older acquaintances from youthful days would only sign with an “X” when signature was required.

Despite dedicated teachers’ daily writing classes, certain students still didn’t write legibly. Now it’s even being reported students aren’t even being taught how to write. Evidently certain educators surpass this very essential tool insisting everybody uses a computer. It’s impossible to personally sign one’s name with a computer.

Anyway, all of the diligent efforts of at least eight grade school teachers have gone astray. Lessons on how to hold the pencil, correct diagonal of every letter are no good anymore. The writing hand just will not close to grasp the writing instrument.

That middle finger the two-year-old filly jerked and broke 30 years ago is the worst. But, the rest of the fingers are now in similar predicament.

For decades all those stories about arthritis went to the wayside until now there is the problem. True excuse for illegible penmanship, but there are considerably more issues, too.

It’s often impossible to pick up anything without risk of dropping it. That’s from a piece of paper to a fork to a cup of coffee.

What is this crazy arthritis doctors have diagnosed, but not been any help in relieving pain or improving writing?

A Cowboy’s Faith: Changing weather promises moisture

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Four seasons all within two days.”

Not quite, but that’s the way it seemed, perhaps shy of real hot summertime.

From the 80s to freezing overnight with spring and fall temperatures intermingled within and around.

One goes from not even a jacket, to a sweater with coat, soon long johns then back around again.

Like has been often said, “If the Kansas weather doesn’t suit the fancy, just wait and it’ll change.”

All professions have their downfall, but weather forecasters likely get more than their share of ridicule.

Interesting though tuning to a handful of different predictions, how varied they can be. Yet they are sometimes almost identical outlooks and still completely wrong.

With hail one place, sun shining a mile south, then raining cats and dogs nearby, how could anybody know?

However, did appreciate one newsman attempting to keep listeners up on storm alerts. Two reports within 20 minutes changing from “quarter-size hail,” then “get inside a tornado has been sighted.”

Parts of the Midwest experience flooding, blizzards, high winds, tornadoes and extreme fire hazard all at the same time.

“It’ll be a miracle if there’s any brome this year,” the ranch partner assessed. Even when all soil nutrition is properly managed, Mother Nature has the final hand.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

The adults we are closest to should be a beacon of light for us in our youth. All children should feel safe, loved, and should live their lives free of abuse. Unfortunately, this is not reality for all children. Each year nearly 3 million cases of child abuse are reported in America alone, and can have lifelong effects.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, SOS encourages individuals and organizations to play a role in making our communities a better place for children and families. By ensuring parents have the knowledge, skills and resources they need to care for their children, we can help promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities.

The Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act defines child abuse as “Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation.” Abuse includes child neglect, sexual and emotional abuse.

Child neglect is the most wide and vague form of abuse. It can be summarized as failing to fulfill the child’s physical, emotional, medical or emotional needs. Sexual abuse is exposing children to any sexual situation, whether by directly involving them or performing sexual acts in their presence. Emotional abuse is continual acts that hurt the child mentally. Showing rejection, humiliating, terrorizing, isolating and corrupting are all forms of emotional abuse. There is a fine line between abuse and discipline. Abuse is unpredictable, triggered by anger episodes and the intention to foster fear in the child.

Children often do not speak up about their abuse for many reasons. They may be afraid, do not know how to seek help, or may feel a loyalty to their abuser.

SOS, Inc., Emporia, Kan., is dedicated to raising awareness, empowering, and advocating for those affected by sexual, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect.

Hidden History: Osage County boy’s curiosity unearths enormous discoveries

Barum Brown, left, and Henry Osborn at Como-Bluff during the American Museum of Natural History expedition of 1897. At front, limb bone of Diplodocus. AMNH photo.

By Wendi Bevitt

The fossil record in Osage County might be relegated to small marine specimens, but one young man’s fascination with them led to prehistoric finds of gigantic proportions, and the title of “Father of the Dinosaurs”.

In 2017, an Osage County native named Barnum Brown was memorialized by signage on U.S. Highway 75 through the work of Washburn Rural Junior High School students. Barnum Brown, a paleontologist also known as “Mr. Bones”, gained national notoriety for his discovery of the first identifiable Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton in southeastern Montana.

Barnum grew up just outside of Carbondale, Kan., the son of William and Clarissa Brown. William Brown was known for his profitable business of outfitting wagons heading westward, providing land for the town of Carbondale, and being a successful coal mine operator.

Barnum Brown, Mr. Bones, as a student.

Barnum, the youngest of the Brown children, was named for Phineas Barnum of circus fame, reportedly because the circus arrived in town on the day of his birth in 1873. From a young age Barnum began collecting fossils, and his collection eventually overflowed from the family home and was relegated to the family laundry building nearby.

Referring to his childhood collections, Barnum once said, “I followed the plows and scrapers, and obtained such a large collection that it filled all of the bureau drawers and boxes until one could scarcely move.”

Help House News: Life skills assistance includes budgeting, computer, job search

By Raylene Quaney

Budget course continues

The next “Good Sense” budget class is scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday April 23. It will be a one-day class. Participants must call to register and stop by and pick up pre-course work.

Participants should bring a sack lunch and beverage. The class is free and once complete the participant is eligible to receive assistance with heating or cooling bills.

Mobile pantry dates

Local mobile food pantry dates include:

  • Carbondale – 12-1 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month, Carbondale Church of Christian Fellowship
  • Osage City – 10-11 a.m. third Thursday (April 19), Osage City Community Center
  • Melvern – 12:30-1:30 p.m. third Thursday (April 19), Melvern Community Center
  • Burlingame – 10-11 a.m. third Thursday (April 19), Burlingame Federated Church
  • Lyndon – 12-1 p.m. third Friday (April 20), Jones Park on east Sixth Street.

Those in line 15 to 20 minutes before starting time will be in the counted numbers when it is decided how much of each item each family will receive.

Food pantry provided more than 52,000 meals in 2017

During the month of January 192 households were able to shop the healthy pantry. This number included 515 individuals. In February, 157 households shopped the pantry, a total of 400 individuals. During 2017, Help House purchased 62,570 pounds of food. It takes 1.2 pounds of food to provide one meal per person. This would have served a total of 52,142 meals.

Volunteer training

A volunteer training will be held on April 28. All volunteers are expected to complete this training at least once.

New hours at Help House

A reminder of our new hours since the first of the year: Help House is now open 4-7 p.m. every Monday evening for all services. Tuesday through Friday, the hours are 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Help House is no longer open on Saturday.

Letter: Osage City Cruis’n & Cook’n Auto Show officially canceled for this year

Dear Editor:

Past Cook’n & Cruis’n car show. Twin Lakes Cruisers’ photo.

The Twin Lakes Cruisers would like to confirm that the auto show that was to have been held on April 7, 2018, was officially canceled, and we will look forward to next year on April 13, 2019, to try again with Mother Nature’s assistance with some nicer weather.

The Twin Lakes Cruisers car group was very disappointed that they had to cancel the show due to inclement weather. With much discussion, the group decided that it was the best decision with regards to safety and participation.

We appreciate all of the spectators’ and participants’ enthusiasm and support for the event. The event continues to grow each year with approximately 300 participants attending last year. Everyone’s support contributes to the growth of our community.

Jeanette Swarts, Twin Lakes Cruisers

A Cowboy’s Faith: Good fence retains cattle

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“It’s that time of the year when grass is greener on the other side of the fence.”

Wherever tame grasses border native pastures, there’s always a bovine sticking their head under or through the fence.

Woven wire surrounds a pasture on the highway to work, but still there’s pressure from livestock picking for green sprigs. Quality of fence is part of the determinant. When there are half-dozen tight strands of barbed wire with silver tinge showing, old cows aren’t as persistent. Still smaller calves always push under.

Despite continuous efforts to build fence, there’s miles and miles of loose rusted barbed wire fence. Only three or four strands, maybe 30 feet between posts, never were any stay wires. And then one old hedge is broken off, one wire’s broken and another isn’t tied to a post.

That’s common fence description here and many miles every direction. It makes pure happiness for those cattle scavenging for that tender new growth.

Fence isn’t any good in the first place, then calf goes through, momma follows, much of the herd is out.

A call from mailman or neighbors is unappreciated yet necessary evil: “Get ’em and cobble fence back together at best.”

One time out means they’ll be out again sure as the world. Even when steel panels plug the hole, those smart biddies just keep walking till another loose, broken wire lets them through.

A Cowboy’s Faith: No knack for racehorses

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Let’s race and see whose horse is the fastest.”

Challenges like that have been common since man started riding horses. Anybody on their favorite horse anxiously wagers a horseback friend to a race.

Larry on Rebel challenged Nellie down the straight away. Whew, Nellie won hands down, bringing big grin to her grocery store carryout boy rider. However, all outcomes weren’t that pleasant.

Of course, patterned racing, like running around barrels, has been sport ever since Spot came in ’62. But, real racetrack competition was later.

Without any prejudice, Quicksand was fast, but when the gate opened, he soured. True story though, that big grey gelding still just about caught the field, but not quite.

Riding horses for a number of customers, opportunity arose to also train a couple of racehorses. Success had semblance to attempts at being a bull rider. Not too good, yet some fond memories of horses, their owners and races.

Bo was a sorrel gelding entered in the breeder’s race futurity and then to sell at his annual auction. Exercised at the ranch, Bo was given practice outs at Emporia’s Bluestem Downs and official starts at Eureka Downs.

“Dead last.” Excuses were he “wore himself out prancing ahead of time and the jockey was too big.” Efforts to fix those problems were of no avail as Bo came in last at the futurity. Nevertheless, reprieve came when Bo sold for a high price at the owner’s production sale.

Eggs are in the basket after hunting season opens Saturday at Pomona State Park

The big kids enjoy a mad dash across the lawn at Southwind Shelter, looking for dozens of Easter eggs and prizes scattered by the Friends of Pomona State Park.

The Easter Bunny arrived along with the Easter Dinosaur at Pomona State Park Saturday, and it was open season for hunting Easter eggs. Kids and parents enjoyed the sunny day at the park, hunting eggs, playing games, doing arts and crafts, and taking photos and getting hugs from the Easter Bunny.

For more photos of the day, see https://osagecountynews.smugmug.com/Events/Easter-Egg-Hunt-Day-at-Pomona

A Cowboy’s Faith: Year’s most important week

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Holy Week” climaxes Easter Sunday, celebrating Jesus Christ’s resurrection giving eternal life to all who believe in Him.

Sadly too many people have no idea Easter’s true meaning, literally often relating it only to bunnies and colored eggs.

Holy Week marks the final week of the season of Lent recounting the final days of Christ’s life, as well as his death, burial, and resurrection.

Lent is the 40 days before Easter during which many Christians refrain from certain pleasurable activities as a way of remembering the suffering of Jesus Christ. Ash Wednesday marks Lent’s start as worshipers receive ash cross marks reminding: “Man, dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return.”

Palm Sunday is the sixth and last Sunday of Lent commemorating Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem. It is named for the palm branches that were spread on the road to mark Christ’s arrival. Palm Sunday fronds are burned, and ashes used the following year’s Ash Wednesday.

Maundy Thursday celebrates Jesus’ Last Supper with His disciples thereby instituting the Eucharist. Consecrated bread and wine symbolic of body and blood of Christ are eaten and drank during the ceremony of Communion. Jesus washed the disciples’ feet as an act of humility and service, setting example that all should love and serve.

Good Friday is a day of sorrow and mourning marking the passion and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Holy Saturday commemorates the day that Jesus Christ lay in the tomb after his death. It is a quiet day of prayer and reflection.

Easter Sunday is celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Dedicated exercise yields action

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Calisthenics are the dreaded yet always insisted criteria for body fitness.”

Never really ever into much of a dedicated exercise program, a leisurely morning run had been followed for a while. Then it started being work, not fun, perhaps a bit of pain.

Come to find out, there was legitimate ouch, requiring treatment. Seeking others’ opinions before consenting to the knife, advice was always the same.

“Get it done, but make sure to do all of the required therapy.”

That statement was instantly followed by, “Those who don’t have a dedicated exercise program never recover completely.”

Reflection came to mind of Uncle Elmer having knee replacement decades ago. He was strong as an ox, but got so he couldn’t get up or down.

Elmer had the surgery, sat down in the chair, did very little walking, never got better, worse than before.

That lesson was remembered along with our cowboy mentors Dan, Andy, Gene and others who followed therapy guidelines precisely. They were again riding in a few weeks.

Up and at it hours after waking up, walking the halls became twice-a-day routine. After recovery stay, walking continued. First with four-pronged metal-helper, then a cattle sorting stick and a Christmas-colored cane in public. Sure didn’t want to fall down and make damages worse.

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