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Lyndon Leaders adopt a family for Christmas

By Breckyn Peterson, Club Reporter

Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club members receive recognition at Achievement Night, from left, Breckyn Peterson, Leanne Shoup, Allie Kneisler, Gage Kilgore, Ethan Kneisler, Brynna Peterson, Paige Gebhardt, and Joyse Hutchcroft. Courtesy photo.

The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club participated in the Osage County 4-H Achievement Night for the club’s meeting on Nov. 3, 2018, at Lyndon High School.

Before the achievement night festivities, club officers were elected for the new 4-H year. New officers will be Savannah Davis, president; Allie Kneisler, vice president; Leanne Shoup, secretary; Ethan Kneisler, treasurer; and Breckyn Peterson, reporter.

On Nov. 17, members met at the Topeka Walmart to help shop for the club’s adopt-a-family. At the December meeting, we will bring a gift for the gift exchange, bring Christmas desserts, and dress up in Christmas spirit clothes.

Hidden History: Toe-tappin’ leads Lyndon’s cobbler to his career choice

By Wendi Bevitt

In an era when a favorite pair of shoes was meant to last past the time when they lost their sole, the Royal Shoe Shop served the community of Lyndon. Previously owned by a Mr. Leslie L. Barnes, it was purchased in 1923 by Clyde Morand, a fresh graduate of the Kansas School for the Deaf.

Clyde was the son of Elmer and Gertrude Morand, and was born in Kansas in 1903. Elmer hosted barn dances throughout the summer, entertaining the community with music and laughter. However, after a time, Elmer and Gertrude noticed that Clyde was not able to hear the joyous sounds and share in them.

The Morands heard of Dr. William H. Cook, a recent immigrant to the area who specialized in eyes, ears, nose and throat, and drove to Beloit to see what could be done for their son.

The family shortly thereafter moved south of Topeka, which undoubtedly offered more resources for their deaf son. In 1913, Clyde started attending the Kansas School for the Deaf, in Olathe. This boarding school had been created in 1866 and was the first of its kind in the state. In addition to teaching the students sign language and typical school subjects, they were also taught a trade that would help them after they graduated. Vocational training included baking, sewing, printmaking, and shoemaking – which is the trade that Clyde would learn.

The shoemaking department was established early on in the school’s history, its lead teacher being Charles “C. H.” Hyer. Mr. Hyer moved to Olathe in 1872 and began teaching the students how to make and mend shoes. C. H. opened a cobbling shop on the side and was assisted by his brother Edward. In 1875, a cowboy stomped into Hyer’s boot shop complaining about his boots and petitioning Hyer to create a better boot. C. H. determined that the best style had a pointed toe, higher and sloped heel, and stitching up the leg. The style was a hit and propelled Hyer’s boots to a favorite among cowboys and those keeping the Wild West alive in film. Hyer’s prosperity in boot making did not sever his relationship with the school, however. Hyer boots continued to be involved in vocational education in the industrial department.

Roush to be inducted into Kansas National Guard Hall of Fame

Ret. Chief Master Sgt. Danny M. Roush

A retired Kansas National Guardsman from Lyndon, Kan., will soon join the ranks of those honored in the Kansas National Guard Hall of Fame.

Retired Chief Master Sgt. Danny M. Roush, of Lyndon, will be added to the roster of distinguished Guardsmen along with retired Col. Wayne L. Cline, of Topeka, and the late retired Col. James E. Trafton.

The induction of the three Guardsmen into the Kansas National Guard Hall of Fame will be during a ceremony at 2 p.m. Nov. 4, 2018, at the Ramada Hotel, 420 E. Sixth St., Topeka.

“These nominees are stellar examples of what it means to be a member of the Kansas National Guard,” said Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, the adjutant general. “Throughout their careers, they exemplified the kind of dedication and leadership that makes the Kansas National Guard the proud and honorable organization it is.”

Chief Master Sgt. Roush joined the Kansas Air National Guard in 1973, enlisting into the 190th Civil Engineer Squadron. During a career that spanned almost 40 years, Roush served the Kansas National Guard in many capacities, including journeyman electrician, interior electric shop noncommissioned officer in charge, exterior electric shop supervisor, squadron first sergeant, electrical superintendent, facility manager and civil engineer manager. Roush deployed twice in his career, first to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in 1990, and to Kirkuk, Iraq, in 2005.

Lyndon Leaders teach new members about exhibiting at county fairs

By Garrett Shoup, Club Reporter

The monthly meeting of the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club was held on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. It began with a game called “wax museum” for roll call.

Ethan Kneisler, standing in back, gives a presentation on the past 4-H year. A “mini fair” is also shown on the tables, displaying different categories and examples 4-Hers can enter at the fair.

President Ethan Kneisler gave the 4-H council report, which led to discussion on ways to make 4-H Achievement Night better. The club will be hosting this district event for the next two years. Leader’s report included an overview to new families on what to expect when being enrolled in 4-H.

In new business, the club discussed if they wanted to provide a meal at our next meeting. They voted to have pizza. Another topic in new business was adopting a family for the holidays. The club agreed to this activity and that the expense would be covered by the club.

The program for the meeting included activities to help our new members get a taste of what 4-H is all about. Ethan gave a visual presentation on all the activities the club does throughout the year. Next, older members shared why they like 4-H. To get the kids up and moving, a scavenger hunt was the next activity. The members broke into groups and found clues throughout the school that were geared toward 4-H projects.

Last, members broke into stations to experience “mini project meetings”. The kids rotated from the following areas: Foods, woodworking, photography, 3D construction-Legos, and mini fair display. In each station they did hands-on activities to experience what a 4-H project meeting and 4-H fair is like.

Ethan announced the next meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 3, 2018, followed by Achievement Night.

Overbrook 4-Her shares Osage County 4-H pet project, assists fair organizers

Wylie Young, of the North Osage 4-H Club, hosted a countywide pet project workshop July 14, 2018, at his residence in Overbrook, Kan. The event focused on encouraging project participation and how to prepare for a show.

Wylie, along with Lynnea Nelson, also of the North Osage 4-H Club, gave project talks, demonstrations, and answered questions about their project experiences. Guest speaker Amy Miner gave a presentation about the TNR Program (trap, neuter, release) and her efforts to help control the feral cat population in Scranton. Other activities included a brief project meeting and a tour of Wylie’s backyard pets. Lynnea Nelson provided refreshments that were enjoyed by all.

Pet project workshop participants, from left, Lynnea Nelson, Choloe Cannon, Jocie White, Wylie Young and his dog, Scooby. Courtesy photo.

Wylie also enjoyed participating in leadership activities this year during the Osage County Fair.  He attended board meetings before and after the fair, served as the junior superintendent at the 4-H and open animal costume contest, and helped serve customers at the fair board’s concessions stand. He plans to assist in the planning and operations of the fair again next year.

DeForeests recognized as Osage County 4-H Family of the Year

Gary and Peggy DeForeest, 4-H Family of the Year.

The 4-H Family of the Year Award recognizes a family’s support for local 4-H members and programs. Presented the award last 4-H year, Gary and Peggy DeForeest, of rural Scranton, were recognized for the love and guidance they have given to Osage County 4-H over the years.

Peggy began her employment with the Extension office in July 1986. She fell in love with the 4-H program and Extension that summer and continued to work here for 30 years. Everyone knows they would be greeted with a warm smile when they walk through the door at the Extension office. But, Peggy also handled many things for the 4-H program, such as typing the fair book every year, putting 4-Hers’ information into the computer year after year, newsletters for 4-H clubs. She was recognized as the glue that holds the Extension office and 4-H program together. Peggy retired from her job at the Extension District this summer.

Gary was recognized for his support for Peggy and the 4-H program in his own way. Gary is a gifted carpenter, and judges projects at local county fairs around the state. For the last three years he has been a woodworking project leader for the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club. The woodworking project has grown in number of participants every year, and when other youth in the county have asked for help with woodworking, Gary has always been happy to help.

The 4-H Family of the Year Award recognizes the DeForeest family for their care of the community and the families that live here.

4-H alumni recognized for their dedication to local clubs

Local club leaders Jodi and Keith Bergkamp were recipients of the Alumni of the Year award, along with Carolyn Lowry, not pictured.

The 4-H Alumni of the Year Award is awarded to past 4-H members who continue to make significant contributions to the 4-H program. This past 4-H year, local club leaders Jodi and Keith Bergkamp and Carolyn Lowry were nominated for the award.

Jodi and Keith Bergkamp were nominated for the Alumni of the Year Award by Vassar Blue Ribbon 4-H Club. Jodi and Keith were both 10-year 4-H members and are now active in 4-H with their children. Their favorite projects in 4-H were swine, sheep, cattle, foods and photography. They are club leaders of Vassar Blue Ribbon.

Carolyn Lowry was nominated for the Alumni of the Year Award by the Burlingame 4-H Club. She was in several projects during her 12 years as a 4-H member, including sewing, cooking, junior leaders, and of course, horses. She attended CWF (Citizenship Washington Focus) with Osage County 4-H. In her best year at the Kansas State Fair, she was in the top five in pole bending and top 10 in barrel racing. She is a club leader for Burlingame 4-H Club.

Local clubs count on a little help from their 4-H friends

DeWayne Schoepflin, back right, is surrounded by his friends, the Willing Workers 4-H Club, after receiving his Friend of the 4-H Award for his continued support of the Osage City area club.

Friend of 4-H Award is presented annually to those that have made significant contributions to the 4-H program but may not have been involved in 4-H as a member. For the past 4-H year, local 4-H groups designated the award for DeWayne Schoepflin, sponsored by Willing Workers 4-H Club, Vintage Park Assisted Living, sponsored by Vassar Blue Ribbon 4-H Club, and Larry and Kay Salisbury, nominated by the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club.

Schoepflin is a longtime 4-H supporter, and Osage County 4-H members can always rely on him to help out where needed. During setup of Osage County Fair, Schoepflin dumps rock screenings in and around the arena without charge. He has been very supportive of the tractor restoration group. He donates funds to Osage County Fair for trophies and the list goes on. Local 4-Hers thank him for his continual support.

Vintage Park is an assisted living facility in Osage City, Kan. They are always willing to have 4-H clubs visit and enjoy fellowship with residents. Some of the residents were once in 4-H and were volunteers. Several local 4-H clubs interact with Vintage Park residents.

Larry and Kay Salisbury supply award plaques for several top entries at the annual Sunflower Days 4-H Fair. If they are at any gathering or public event where the subject of 4-H comes up, they always offer positive support for the 4-H program. Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H can always count on their support of the local 4-H club.

The Friends of 4-H awards are presented during the Osage County 4-H Council’s annual achievement night.

Meet a local 4-Her: Kieren Shultz, rockin’ it at the library

My name is Kieren Shultz and I am a member of the Clover Wranglers 4-H Club. I love club meetings, especially recreation at the end of the meeting.

My favorite project is visual arts. I learn ceramics at the Paint Pot in Burlingame and I try all kinds of art at home. I love to draw and paint, but I really enjoy mixed media projects. Other projects I enjoy are performing arts, buymanship, and reading.

I love to spend time at the library. I was at all but one week of summer reading this year. The theme was “Libraries Rock.” We did lots of fun things, like wearing crazy wigs and building our own instruments to play.

I modeled my buymanship outfits in the fashion revue and I was in my first play – we did Mary Poppins.

Shooting sports team represents Frontier District at 4-H state shotgun competitions

Four members of the Osage County shooting sports program and one member of the Franklin County shooting sports program were among representatives of the Frontier Extension District at the recent 4-H State Shotgun Match. Osage County members include Cody Atchison, JD Schoepflin, Bobby Quaney and Dylon Harris. Carlos Santoya is the fifth member of the team from Franklin County.

All five members shot for an individual score for trap, skeet and sporting clays. Their five scores were also combined for team scores in each discipline and for an overall team score. The team finished the contest taking 36th place out of 120 teams in the shotgun grand aggregate score, while finishing 13th in trap, 11th in skeet, and fifth in sporting clays. Several team members also had personal successes in the matches. (Results are available through the K-State website here.)

State 4-H Trap and Skeet was held Oct. 6, 2018, at Ark Valley Gun Club, near Wichita, Kan., and State Sporting Clays shoot was held Oct. 7, 2018, at Murphy and Sons, in Augusta, Kan.

This is the first time in recent years that Osage County or the Frontier District have had enough shooters qualify to enter as a team. Local 4-H shooting sports instructor Robert Quaney has volunteered many hours to help the team practice and prepare for the local qualifying events in preparation for the state shoot.  

Meet a local 4-Her: Lily Shultz, green-thumbed Samaritan

Hello, I am Lily Shultz of the Clover Wrangler 4-H Club. I have served as president of my club and the Osage County 4-H Council this year. Our club members are very close, and we enjoy working and playing together. We do lots of service projects. This year we built dozens of shoeboxes for the Operation Christmas Child Program. I love building boxes and shopping for just the right items to send to each child.

I enjoy a variety of projects in 4-H. In fiber arts I have worked on quilting, crochet, and knitting. In visual arts I have done ceramics, drawings, paintings, and a couple of leather projects. I love photography and reading as well.

Last year I started my first garden and now I am hooked on all things plant science. I started out with a small container garden but this year I had an actual-in the ground garden and I grew watermelons, among other things. I was so excited as I watched my garden grow and I was thrilled when I harvested my first watermelon. It is a wonderful thing to grow your own food and to be able to share your produce with others.

Key Award Winners – Involvement with local 4-H club is ‘key’

The Kansas Key Award is one of the highest honors awarded to 4-H members across Kansas. Key Award recipients are recognized for their involvement in 4-H related events and activities, and achievements accomplished within their 4-H club, county or state.

For 2017-2018, Calvin Young and JD Schoepflin were recognized as Key Award winners.

Calvin Young is a 10-year member of the North Osage 4-H Club. Calvin has been dedicated to his club serving as chairs of committees, being vice president in 2013 and president in 2014.


JD Schoepflin is an 11-year member of the Willing Workers 4-H Club.  During his 4-H career he has been very involved with the Osage County Shooting Sports and the tractor restoration project.


Meet a local 4-Her: Isaac Shultz, visual artist and photographer

My name is Isaac Shultz and I am an eight-year member of the Clover Wranglers 4-H Club. This year I served as club treasurer and county council member.

Some of the projects I enjoy are photography and visual arts. I enjoy drawing and I take pictures of absolutely everything.

This year I tried a fiber arts project. I made a macramé belt and it turned out alright. And, now that all the fairs are over I can actually wear it.

4-H awards recognize members’ achievements

Every year, local 4-Hers get together for an evening to recognize the previous year’s accomplishments. Achievement pins are presented to those earning them: 4-H members recognized for 2017-2018 were:

Meet a local 4-Her: Solomon Shultz, county fair enthusiast

Solomon Shultz helps put out flags at a local cemetery for Memorial Day. Courtesy photo.

Hi, my name is Solomon Shultz and I am a member of the Clover Wranglers 4-H Club. I love being in 4-H because our club meetings are fun, and we are all good friends. We do lots of projects together. Every year we help put the flags out at the cemetery for Memorial Day weekend. We usually learn something new every year – like how to fold the flags correctly when we put them away.

I like being at the county fairs. This year I worked at the fairs, but it was still fun because we were working together.

I am in several projects. I like photography, art, plant science, and reading. I sent three exhibits to the state fair this year and I went to the fair as part of the intermediate photography judging team. It was my first year to judge at the state fair and I was nervous, but we had a great day there.

Meet a local 4-Her: Katie Lowry, livestock exhibitor

Katie Lowry gives her favorite pig, Sloppy Joe, a hug. Courtesy photo.

Katie Lowry, member of the Burlingame 4-H Club, has been in 4-H for three years. Projects taken to the fair include horses, for which she won three purples and four blues, reserve high point junior division, and grand champion gelding at Osage County Fair. She took home six blues and one red, reserve high point junior division and grand champion gelding at Overbrook Osage County Fair.

In swine, she won two reds and a blue at Osage County Fair; and two blues and reserve champion AOB at the Overbrook fair.

In bucket calf class, she won reserve grand champion at Osage City, and a blue ribbon at Overbrook.

Her favorite 4-H activity of the last year was showing at the fairs and seeing friends from camp. “I also really liked participating in the demonstration contest at the state fair this year!” Katie said.

Her best 4-H memory or experience this year was: “Going to camp for the first time, making new friends, and raising my market pig, Sloppy Joe,” she said.

Osage County 4-H Shooting Sports member excels in multiple disciplines

Dylon Harris aims at a target at the TARC benefit shoot. Photo by Tiff Photography.

Dylon Harris, of the North Osage 4-H Club, has had a great year in the Osage County Shooting Sports program. He participates in all disciplines at the county level, which includes small bore rifle, small bore pistol, shotgun (trap, skeet and sporting clays), air rifle, air pistol, and archery. At the year end 4-H fun shoot Dylon placed first in junior compound bow, air rifle and air pistol. He placed second in shotgun, small bore rifle and small bore pistol. Harris participated in the Osage County 4-H Shooting Sports Benefit Trap Shoot at Locust Point Gun Club in April; he shot and also assisted the Shooting Sports program with obtaining event sponsors and by selling raffle tickets. This was the last benefit shoot for the program to be held at Locust Point Gun Club since the club was sold in July.

Dylon participated in many other shooting sports events including the Lyon County Archery Match where he placed first; Sunflower State Games Archery competition where he also placed first, and Sunflower State Games Sporting Clays shoot were he placed second. In May, he shot at the Rinehart R100 National Archery Tour in Tipton, Kan. During this 3D target course, sponsored by Rinehart hunting targets, he scored 493 for a fourth place finish in the youth division. In June he participated in the Johnson County trap and skeet shoot and came away with sixth and second place finishes, respectively. Harris also participated in the Lyon County trap and skeet shoot and qualified for state with his first place score of 47 in trap and second place score of 38 in skeet. 

Local 4-Hers represent Osage County at state shooting sports events

Adaysia and Dylon, on left, with two other archers, pose with one of the 3D turkey targets used at the June Lyon County Match. Courtesy photo.

On June 17, 2018, Adaysia Gallaway, Clover Wranglers 4-H Club, and Dylon Harris, North Osage 4-H Club, participated in the Lyon County Shooting Sports Archery Match in the junior bow hunter division and both qualified for the State 4-H Archery Match.

Adaysia shot a 201 and placed 6th, Dylon shot a 227 and placed 1st; both were shooting a compound bow. They also shot a 3D target course where Adaysia scored 91 for a 7th place finish in 3D, and Dylon scored 108 for 3rd place in 3D.

The State 4-H Archery Match was held on Sept. 22, at Smoky Valley Shooting Sports in Lindsborg, Kan. There were 182 archers that qualified and registered for the state match, including Dylon, who placed 5th overall in the junior open bow division. This was his fourth year to represent Osage County Shooting Sports at the State Archery Match. Adaysia was unable to attend the state match.

Meet a local 4-Her: Allie Reeser, lover of ducks

Allie Reeser with her drake, Midnight, at the 2018 Osage County Fair.

My name is Allie Reeser, and I’m a member of the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club. This is my fourth year in 4-H and my first year in poultry, ducks. In 2017 for my birthday, I received four baby ducklings. My dad built them a pen, and I began taking care of them every day. When 4-H enrollment came around, I begged my mom to allow me to enroll in poultry, ducks.

I continued my regular care for them until the fair time began to get closer; it was during this time that I decided to show my drake. Around May, my mom and I started watching YouTube videos on how to wash, prepare properly, and show a duck. I was only able to show my duck at the Osage County Fair at Osage City this year, but he did a great job! My drake, Midnight, received reserve grand champion, and I received reserve grand champion on my showmanship. I definitely will be showing my ducks again next year!

Meet a local 4-Her: Wylie Young, friend of animals

My name is Wylie Young and I am 12 years old. I just finished my sixth year in the North Osage 4-H Club. I enrolled and was active in three projects: Leadership, pets, and visual art. I also held the office of parliamentarian in our club.

This was my first year in the leadership project. At regional club days, I learned how to be a room monitor. I also attended Osage City fair board meetings and learned what it’s like to plan the fair. During the fair, I was the junior superintendent for the 4-H and open animal costume contest and helped run the concessions stand at the livestock shows. In July, I helped organize the “Osage County 4-H Pet Project Workshop”. It was held at my house. I gave a demonstration on my chinchilla, Vader, a project talk on my dog, Scooby, and gave a tour of my backyard pets.

I stayed busy doing my pet project all year long. I did a project talk on my dog, Scooby, at county club days and did a demonstration on “How to prepare for your new chinchilla” at county club days, regionals, the Franklin County Spring Fling, and the Kansas State Fair.

Meet a local 4-Her: Bella Reeser, skilled clothing shopper

My name is Bella Reeser, and I’m a member of the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club.  This is my first year in 4-H and my first year in clothing buymanship.  Last fall when my mom was helping me chose my projects she asked me if I would like to enroll in clothing buymanship, she told me the primary objective was to pick out an outfit for the best deal. That meant I got to go shopping! I started jumping up and down and told her to sign me up!

When deciding what kind of outfit I would like, I picked swimwear. I love the pool, and I love swimsuits, so what could be a better fit for me. We bought the whole outfit at Wal-Mart, for under $30.

The towel is made of 100 percent cotton and is to be machine washed cold, and tumble dry on low; I can use this towel for many years to come. The swimsuit is 84 percent polyester and 16 percent spandex and is to be machine washed cold, and tumble dry on low; my mom says that I should be able to wear it for a couple of years. The cover-up is 80 percent cotton and 20 percent polyester and is to be machine washed cold, and tumble dry on low; this was a great purchase because in buying it in color white, I can wear it with any of my other suits.

I took this project to all three Osage County Fairs and received a purple at all of them.  I also modeled it for the Osage County Style Revue and received a purple there as well.  I am so excited for the fairs to be over, so I can start wearing my new pool outfit!

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