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Marais des Cygnes Valley High School 2019-2020 first semester honor roll

Marais des Cygnes Valley High School has released its honor roll for the 2019-2020 first semester, as follows:

Trojan Honor Roll: 4.0

Ninth grade: Madison Cormode, Lindsey Johnson, Kyla Vogeler

12th grade: Tristen Duncan, Carson Jones, Sadie McGowin, Haylee Miles, Koby Vanderpool

Blue and Orange Honor Roll: 3.4-3.99

Ninth grade: Kyler Anschutz, Hailey Ingle, Alyssa McCurdy, Wyatt Melton, Alysa Miller, Jace Stucker

10th grade: Madison Flatin, Mary Ingle, Cole Lacey, Wyatt Lingenfelter, Jacob McGowin, Braden Reed, Hailie Rose, Riley Spillman

11th grade: Brice Marsh

12th grade: Alexa Gordon, Garrett Halloway, Bayleigh Lacey, Frank Warner

Honorable Mention: 3.00-3.39

Ninth grade: Kaitlyn Lage, Anna Moore, Tristyn Weber

10th grade: Mika Bartley, Maximus Davis, Cameron Duncan

12th grade: Jasper Sypher

Marais des Cygnes Valley Junior High School 2019-2020 first semester honor roll

Marais des Cygnes Valley Junior High School has released its honor roll for the 2019-2020 first semester, as follows:

Trojan Honor Roll: 4.0

Sixth grade: Colbie Cormode, Kadence Masenthin, Kathleen Patterson, Catayah Thompson, Alexandra Totty, Akyra Traver

Seventh grade: Montana McCurdy, Evelyn Stephens

Eighth grade: Olivia Lacey, Kelsey Rice

Blue and Orange Honor Roll: 3.4-3.99

Sixth grade: Trista DeCavele, Carter Graves, Jasmine Moore, Ella Reed, Anna Rogers, Grace Spillman

Seventh grade: Dallen Flatin, Clare Hockett, Allison Reeser, Colten Woodson

Eighth grade: Brianna Huffman, Emma Marsh, Mason Rose, Hunter Treinen, Destiny Weldon

Honorable Mention: 3.00-3.39

Sixth grade: Nicholas Barb, Taytum Gellhaus, Eden Hockett, Hunter Masenthin, Isabella Romi, Sully Simpson, Maekaila Traver

Seventh grade: Trey DeCavele, Sampson Goddard, Destiny Moore, Eduardo Mora-Acevedo, Charles Simpson

Eighth grade: Chloe Barb, Haylea Bethell, Corey Criss, Dalton Johnson, Melody Mora-Acevedo, Kristopher Ruth, Brooke Spillman

Annual Frontier Extension awards recognize dedication of local volunteers

Peggy and Gary DeForeest, Frontier Extension District Appreciation Award winners of Osage County. Courtesy photo.

The Frontier Extension District gives awards annually to show appreciation to persons in Franklin, Anderson, and Osage counties who have made important contributions to the district’s programs. The 2019 Frontier Extension District Appreciation Awards were presented in November at the district’s annual board dinner, at Princeton, Kan.

Recognized as the 2019 Frontier Extension District Appreciation Award winners of Osage County were Peggy and Gary DeForeest, of rural Scranton.

In 1986, Peggy began working as the office professional in the Osage County Extension Office. She became a district office professional when the Frontier Extension District was created in 2010, and she specialized as the district’s bookkeeper.

As the first impression of the local Extension, Peggy was always quick to welcome everyone who called or entered the office in Lyndon with a friendly greeting. Customers soon found that she was very knowledgeable and would go the extra mile to help respond to their needs. Peggy was a jack of all trades and master of them all. Her strengths included her initiative and creativity, ability to problem solve, her attention to customer requests, and willingness to try something new. She always supported 4-Hers and over her career worked with nearly 100 fairs in Osage County.

Peggy retired in June 2018, having served 32 years as an office professional with Osage County and the Frontier Extension District.

Gary was always there to support Extension in many ways. As an industrial arts teacher and gifted carpenter, he used his skills to build several shelving units and publication racks for the local offices, and frequently judged woodworking and electricity at local fairs. He always donated his judging fee back to the 4-Hers. Gary is currently a registered 4-H volunteer and a 4-H woodworking project leader for the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club. Through his leadership, the woodworking project continues to grow, and the woodworking projects that the 4-Hers complete are remarkable.

Baloch to represent Kansas students at medical leaders congress in 2020

SCRANTON, Kan. – Farzana Baloch, a sophmore at Santa Fe Trail High School, has been named as a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders, to be held June 24-26, 2020, at Lowell, Mass.

The congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country interested in these careers, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

Baloch’s nomination was signed by Dr. Mario Capecchi, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine, and the science director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. Baloch will represent Kansas based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

Frontier Extension District holds officer training

By Bella Reeser
Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club Reporter

The Frontier Extension District held its annual officer’s training Dec. 2, 2019, at Central Heights High School. All club officers from the Frontier District, which includes those in Osage, Franklin and Anderson counties, were invited to a night filled with pizza, ice breakers, and training for their elected club offices.

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club officers in attendance were Allie Reeser, secretary, Gradey McNally, recreation, Braelyn McNally, president, and Bella Reeser, reporter.

Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club: Celebrating achievements

By Garrett Shoup, Club Reporter

Club members at Achievement Night, from left, Kristin Kneisler, Morgan Young, Kinsey VandeVelde, Leanne Shoup, Lauren VandeVelde, Kendall Young, Allie Kneisler, Ethan Kneisler, Natalie Simpson, Garrett Shoup, Brendan Simpson, Kale Gebhardt, Lara Shoup, and Paige Gebhardt. Courtesy photo.

The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club had their monthly meeting on Nov. 9, 2019. The majority of the meeting consisted of the election of new officers for the upcoming 2018-2019 4-H year. The newly elected officers are as follows: President Allie Kneisler, vice president, Kendall Young, secretary, Leanne Shoup, treasurer, Ethan Kneisler, reporter, Garrett Shoup, and 4-H Council representatives, Ethan and Allie Kneisler.

New business included voting to adopt a family for Christmas, buying candy for the Christmas parade float on Dec. 7, doing a $5 gift exchange for the December meeting recreation activity and bringing two dozen cookies for a cookie exchange. Following the meeting, club members attended Achievement Night, in the Lyndon High School auditorium.

The next meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 2019.

Melvern celebrates community Thanksgiving

Melvern community members enjoy a Thanksgiving meal at the community center. Photo by Natalie Melton.

The Melvern community celebrated Thanksgiving early with its annual free community dinner on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2019, at the Melvern Community Center. Joining with other local volunteers, members of Melvern Pride and Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club helped guests with serving, carrying trays, filling drinks, and cleaning tables.

MdCV FFA members attend national convention in Indianapolis

MdCV FFA members at Churchill Downs, front from left, Tristen Duncan, Wyatt Lingenfelter, Braden Reed, Sadie McGowin, Brice Marsh, back, Chisolm Woodson, Frank Warner, Bayleigh Lacey, Kaelin Criqui, Koby Vanderpool, Izzy Toman, and Cole Lacey. Courtesy photo.

Some of the Marais des Cygnes FFA members had the privilege to attend the National FFA Convention and Expo, Oct. 27-30, 2019, in Indianapolis, Ind. Members selected to attend were Koby Vanderpool, Frank Warner, Tristen Duncan, Kaelin Criqui, Bayleigh Lacey, Chisolm Woodson, Braden Reed, Brice Marsh, Cole Lacey, Izzy Toman, Wyatt Lingenfelter, and Sadie McGowin, with advisor Danny Rice and Terry Rice.

The students went through an application process and earn points to be able to attend.

Throughout the trip, they enjoyed many restaurants that were special to the areas they stopped. The trip started early Sunday morning when they began their journey to St. Louis, Mo, where they visited the Gateway Arch and Museum. They then traveled on to Louisville, Ky. On Monday, they visited Louisville Slugger, the home of the Louisville Slugger Baseball Bat, and Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby.

Heading out the next day from Louisville to Indianapolis, they stopped at Blue Springs Caverns, billed as the largest underground navigable river in North America, taking a boat tour down in the cavern.

On the last leg of the journey, they finally made it to Indianapolis, where they visited the Indianapolis 500 track and museum.

On Wednesday, members attended the opening session of the 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo and Career Show. There were more than 65,000 members and guests in attendance at the conference.

Bixby School students reunite, reminisce about the day the school burned down

Bixby School students and teacher, 1949-1950. Courtesy photo.

By Ardis Ann Diehl

Twelve students comprised the student body of the one-room Bixby School during the term of 1949-1950, along with their teacher, Clara E. Christesen. After 70 years, six of those students met Nov. 6, 2019, at Lamont Hill Restaurant for dinner and an enjoyable evening of talking about times at Bixby – mostly everyone’s memories of the day of the fire.

‘Twas an eventful day in March 1950 – Bixby schoolhouse burned to the ground. Embers from the burning trash in the furnace had floated up the chimney and out onto the wood roof. Of course, it was a typical day of Kansas wind which contributed to the rapid spread of the blaze.

I remember sitting at my small desk, looking up between the spaces in the ceiling boards and seeing flames in the attic and hearing the crackling sound. At the same time, the teacher was cranking the “four longs” general ring on the party line telephone and shouting, “Bixby schoolhouse is on fire!”

None of the patrons who picked up the call acknowledged they had heard it – they all headed to the school in a rush. So the teacher kept calling the alarm, thinking no one had heard, all the while we 12 students were still sitting in our seats.

We all got out and were safe. Older students went back into the burning building and rescued some of the rows of runners of desks, coats from the cloak room, and yes, the lunch pails with our not-yet-eaten lunches. The neighborhood men arrived and the upright walnut piano (weighing enough to take four men and a horse to move) was saved, along with the heavy teacher’s desk.

One of the horses in the horse barn spooked and ran two and a half miles home at full gallop. Students, teacher, parents, and community folks stood at the far edge of the school grounds and watched the fire entirely consume the District No. 53 education building.

One month of the eight-month term of school was left that spring. We finished the year at Lone Elm School on Highway 68 and had the typical last day of school picnic. The teacher and all of the students of the last school year of Bixby School are shown in a photo taken that day, April 22, 1950.

Those attending the reunion dinner, along with their spouses, were Donna Miller Young and Marvin, of Quenemo; Leo Williams and Gloria, Osage City; Garry Niehoff and Lila, Topeka; Jim Niehoff and Diane, Baldwin City; Carolyn Burkdoll McMillin and Gerald, Lyndon; and Ardis Ann Diehl and Clyde, Lyndon.

Chamber announces Christmas on Market Street winners

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce has announced winners of the variety of activities and contests held during the Christmas on Market Street celebration on Nov. 16, 2019.

Winners of 2019 Christmas on Market events

Coloring Contest – Kindergarten, Genny Martin, Piper Lieber; first grade, Taylor Lickteig, Audrey Willoughby; second grade, Lilly Rounds, Alayna Wurdeman, Layne Martin, Kalyn Geller; third grade, Brynlee Harmon, Hayden Lieber, Taber Gantenbein, Lincoln Senft; fourth grade, Avah Christiason, Kenzie Bellinger, Nicholas Anstaett, Ashlyn Asbury; fifth grade, Sydney Stromgren, Tyson Mullins, Khloe Martin, Reagan Farwell.

Downtown Business Window Decorating – First, $50, Osage Hardware; second, $40, Jodi Lohmeyer-Stark State Farm Insurance; third, $15, tie, The ClotheSpin and McCoy’s RadioShack.

Retail Poker (134 participants) – First, $20, Ken Slater; second, $15, Daniel Bloomquist; third, $10, Krimzyn Clark.

Chili Cook-Off (11 entries) – First, $50, Robbie and Janice Robinett; second, $30, Tricia Gundy; third, $20, Hanna Punches; fourth, $10, Austin Koett.


  • Float Winners – First, $125, Community Covenant Church, “The Hangout”; second, $100, Osage City Willing Workers 4-H Club; third, $75, Poertner Family, “Christmas on California Street”; fourth, $50, Osage City Public Library.
  • ATV, Golf Cart Winners – First, $30, Boyd and Gladys Woodyard; second, $20, April Peet; third, $10, State Farm, Jodi Lohmeyer-Stark Agency.

ICYMI: Melvern celebrates tradition of Halloween fun

Continuing an annual tradition of celebrating fall added to Halloween fun, the Melvern community held its annual fall festival Oct. 26, 2019.

The day of fun included a craft fair, children’s costume contest, trunk or treat, soup supper, and haunted barns. Many local organizations such as the Melvern area fire department, Melvern Pride, Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club, and Marais des Cygnes Valley Junior High Stuco, with the addition of an abundance of community members, all came together to make this day memorable for everyone.

Unofficial results of write-in races, Osage County elections, Nov. 5, 2019

Several of the school board and municipal races in the Nov. 5, 2019, general election in Osage County had no candidates filing for the position, leaving those races to be decided by write-in votes.

In the Quenemo City Council race, two candidates were on the ballot for two seats on the council, but there were enough write-in votes to affect the results. In the Carbondale City Council race, one candidate appeared on the ballot and won one of two open seats; the other seat is to be decided by write-in votes.

The Osage County election office has released the unofficial tally of write-in votes in local races in Tuesday’s election. The results will be unofficial until canvassed by members of the Osage County Commission on Nov. 15.

Positions and tallies of write-in races as of Nov. 8, 2019:

Cowboys come out hot as winners against bulls at Devin Hutchinson Invitational Chute Out

Jeston Meade, of Holcomb, was crowned champion at the second annual Devin Hutchinson Invitational Sunflower State Chute Out, in Burlingame. Miss Rodeo Kansas 2020 Tiffany McCaffrey and Hutchinson presented Meade his awards.

“It was a great night.”

Devin Hutchinson was emphatic in talking about his second annual Invitational Sunflower State Chute Out bull riding competition, held at Burlingame, Kan., Oct. 26, 2019.

“It took a lot to put all of this on,” admitted the event coordinator PBR Professional Bull Rider, from Emporia, Kan. “But once it all came together it was well worth it.”

“Family, friends, fellow competitors and contractors came together to have a night doing what we love,” Hutchinson verified.

“Despite the cold conditions, the crowd was hot and so were the bulls and the riders,” Hutchinson exclaimed.

Results verify just that as Jeston Meade, of Holcomb, Kan., “took it all home,” Hutchinson acknowledged.

“Jeston marked 79 points in the long go-round,” Hutchinson said. “Then his ‘huge’ 90 points on 427 Mob Life from Griffith Bucking Bulls in the short-go clinched the championship.”

Meade took home $1,251 in payback, a custom buckle from Molly’s Silversmiths and a new 10X Bailey from Hatman Jacks.

Second place went to Kevin Hall with 86 points on his draw from J.R Stratford Bucking Bulls. Kyle Jones was third with 85.5 points on Grave Digger, also of Griffith Bucking Bulls.

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club dedicates picnic table in memory of Casten-Downing

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H members dedicated this picnic table, created in memory of Jill Casten-Downing, located in Melvern City Park; front from left, Joycelynn, Chelsea Green, Harper Melton, Bella Reeser, Gentry McNally, Gradey McNally, Tanner Totty, and Landon Roy; back, Anna Arb, Amelia Arb, Allie Reeser, Justin Brinkley, Levi Arb, Ella Reed, Tara Green, Natalie Green, and Braelyn McNally.

By Bella Reeser, Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club Reporter

In June 2019, it was proposed at a Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H club meeting to create a memorial to Jill Casten-Downing, a former club member. 4-H parent Eric Melton volunteered his time in undertaking the task of creating a picnic table in memory of Jill. With generous support from Lyndon Building Materials in supplying materials, Hastings Awards for supplying the plaque, and Eric Melton his time and talents, the project was completed in just a few short months.

It all came together on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, when the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club met with the Casten family at the Melvern City Park. Here they dedicated this picnic table in memory of Jill Casten-Downing and all her involvement in the Melvern community.

All this wouldn’t have been made possible without Lyndon Building Materials, Hastings Awards, and Eric Melton.

Osage City third-grader’s artwork to be featured in KDHE calendar

KDHE Secretary Lee Norman, Bureau Director Julie Coleman, and Deputy Secretary Leo Henning, present a framed copy of Sawyer Serna’s winning artwork to her.

TOPEKA, Kan. – An Osage City Elementary School third-grader was among 13 winners of the 2020 Keep It Clean Kansas Calendar competition named at a reception Nov. 6, 2019, in Topeka. Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Dr. Lee Norman and the Bureau of Waste Management team recognized Sawyer Serna, Osage City Elementary School, Osage City, as one of the winners of this year’s contest, the 21st anniversary of the Keep It Clean Kansas calendar.

Sawyer’s artwork depicted wildlife enjoying a Kansas sunrise over a green pasture, and urged fellow Kansans to “Keep Kansas Clean”.

OCHS thespians to present two evening Christmas plays Nov. 15-16

Osage City High School will be presenting two Christmas plays for their fall school play. On Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, audience members can watch the hilarious spoof of Hallmark Christmas movies, “The Holiday Channel Christmas Movie Wonderthon.”

The play features six couples trying to find love in the town of Hopewood Falls during the holiday season. The cast includes Owen Bailey as a TSA Agent, Tyler Sage as Laertes, Alex Boner as Vixen, Jayce Brenner as Kris, Liz Devoll as Girl 2, Aleese Courtney as Merry, Greta Crawford as Girl 1, Keaton Curley as Prancer, Gavin DeBaun as Paul, Adam Delekta as Jackson, Wyatt Littrell as PSven, Elizabeth Lowery as Joy, Blake Murphy as Blake, Lucy Martin as Narrator 2, William Martin as Narrator 1, Ashlyn McCoy as Carol, Wyatt Orender as Brett, Bryson Murphy as the Ghost of Santa, Jade Potter as Bridgette, Karley Reece as Holly, Ellie Shoemaker as Noelle, Britney Wilkins as Rita, and Ryan Smith as Jimmy. Audiences can enjoy this show at 7 p.m. Nov. 15, in the Osage City High School Auditorium.

On Saturday, Nov. 16, following the Christmas on Market parade, the play “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” will be performed. This pageant goes terribly wrong after the horrible Herdman children show up at church and join the cast. Despite the chaos, the pageant eventually reminds everyone of the true meaning of Christmas.

The cast includes Owen Bailey as Hobie, Breckin Bowin as Charlie Bradley, Jerra Butterfield as Beth Bradley, Emery Camarena as Maxine, Olivia Camarena as Grace Bradley, Greta Crawford as Imogene Herdman, Gunnar Fort as Reverend Hopkins, Lucas Gantenbein as David, Kate Heiserman as Mrs. Armstrong, Dani Kerns as Alice, Brody Littrell as Ralph Herdman, August Lohmeyer as Ollie Herdman, Lillian Lohmeyer as Claudia Herdman, Aurora Lowery as Mrs. McCarthy, Tyler Sage as Leroy Herdman, Allison Sloop as Beverly, McKenna Stump as Mrs. Slocum, Dane Whalen as Bob Bradley, Kiersten White as Mrs. Clark. The cast also includes the Angels, Brynlee Harmon, Sadie Harmon, Jordyn Lickteig, Sawyer Serna, Amelia Stark, Ruby Stucky, Leila Wilcoxson, Reece Wilcoxson; and sheperds, Isaac McCoy, Brady Bowin, and Gavin Robert. The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16, in the Osage City High School Auditorium.

Osage County’s unofficial election results, Nov. 5, 2019

Unofficial election results Tuesday in Osage County showed several races decided, while many city council seats and school board positions remained to be determined by write-in ballots. Write-in ballots were to be tallied late Tuesday night.

In Osage City, Becky Brewer will be the city’s mayor with 371 votes, running unopposed. Also running unopposed, all of Osage City’s city council candidates won in their respective wards, Denise Lauber, 85 votes, Sharon Larson, 37 votes, Cathryn Houghton, 125 votes, and Dale Schwieger, 115 votes.

Mayor races in Carbondale, Melvern, Olivet, and Quenemo will be decided by write-in votes. In Overbrook, all three open council seats will be decided by write-in votes.

Tallies for two city council seats in Quenemo are setting with Fred Sweetwood at 51 votes, and John Wilson, 28 votes, and 60 write-ins outstanding.

In Scranton, a four-way race for three seats on the Scranton City Council showed Tim Nedeau with 93 votes, Amy Jo Miner, 90, Michael J. Meenen, 87, and Brenda Lester, 54.

Here are results of other highlighted races in the county:

Burlingame City Council
(two seats)

  • Sheila Curtis, 126
  • Leslie D. Holman, 125
  • Amanda Kohlman, 137
  • Larry Robinson, 55

Burlingame Mayor

  • Vikki DeMars, 147

Carbondale City Council

  • Larry L. Hinck, 114

Lyndon Mayor

  • Gene Hirt, 34
  • Steve Morrison, 178

Lyndon City Council
(two seats)

  • Lyn Atchison, 135
  • Doug Harty, 100
  • Bill Patterson, 98

Melvern City Council

  • Russ Vest, 17
  • Write-in, 83

School board races were also decided across the county:

USD 420 Position 1A

  • Tyler Parsons, 240
  • David L. Williams, 297

USD 420 2B

  • Kelli Bowin, 396
  • Brian E. Poertner, 151

USD 420 3C

  • PJ Heptinstall, 268
  • Brent A. Johnson, 269

USD 420 7

  • Kat Bellinger, 347
  • Robert Shaffer, 184

USD 421 1A

  • Eric Ratzloff, 294

USD 421 2A

  • David Brecheisen, 186
  • Doug Shoup, 171

USD 421 3A

  • Chris Cole, 313

USD 421 4A

  • Joe Isch, 287

USD 434 1

  • Jason Supple, 579

USD 434 2

  • Justin Ramsdell, 578

USD 434 3

  • Liz Maisberger-Clark, 554

USD 434

  • Madison Swisher Sowers, 583

USD 454 1

  • Melissa Droege, 245

USD 454 7

  • Donna Young, 205

USD 456 1

  • Gregory D. McCurdy, 196

USD 456 2

  • Beth Weimer, 194

USD 456 3

  • Michael R. Ragan, 210

USD 456 7

  • Joe Arb, 196

Extension Council Member

  • Nina J. Flax, 1,468
  • Brett A. Karr, 1,334

City of Burlingame Question

  • Yes, 104
  • No, 64

Constitutional Amendment

  • Yes, 1,043
  • No, 1,003

Osage County Commission will canvass the votes Nov. 15, 2019, at the commissioner’s meeting room at the Osage County Courthouse. Results are unofficial until canvassed.

Osage City golf girls compete against Kansas’ top teams at state tournament

Osage City High School Girls Golf Team at State, from left, Laci Davenport, Hayden Serna, Carleigh Gardner, Josie Thompson, Lauren Phillips, and Jenna Hastert.

The Osage City High School Girls Golf Team qualified for State Golf for the second year in a row. The 3-2-1A state tournament was held Oct. 21-22, 2019, at the Salina Municipal Golf Course.

Laci Davenport receives a medal for placing 11th at the State Golf Tournament.

Conditions that Monday were extremely challenging, with high winds and gusts up to 57 mph. The team tied for 6th place with Thomas More Prep, Hays, with a score of 405. The Lady Indians ended up in 7th place, shutting them out for the second round. However, OCHS golfers Laci Davenport and Hayden Serna qualified as individuals to compete again on Tuesday.

Laci ended up with an 11th place medal and a combined score of 176. Hayden placed 38th with a 204.

Congratulations to the OCHS Lady Indians for a successful season.

Hidden History: Spiritualists reach final earthly destination at Ridgeway Cemetery

Hidden in Ridgeway Cemetery along the backroads of northern Osage County is a queer monument of stone. This grouping of stones is not any ordinary memorial, but rather a remembrance to a belief system held by former resident Hiram K. Reilly and other area individuals.

Hiram K. Reilly was born in 1839, the son of Hiram and Elizabeth Reilly. The entire family moved to the Ridgeway area around 1865. Hiram Sr. suffered from debilitating chronic asthma, which prompted his daughter to eventually reach out in 1871 for assistance from James R. Newton, a well-known spiritualist healer in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dr. Newton wrote Hiram Sr. a magnetized letter, which Hiram Sr. credited with curing him. Magnetized letters were a method used by Spiritualists in which they would think about the disease and its location within the patient, which they believed infused the letter with spiritual magnetism and connect the healer to the patient. When the patient received this letter, they were instructed to wear it on the part of the body afflicted as long as the paper lasted to maintain a continuous connection between doctor and patient until their healing.

Hiram Sr. died in 1875, but believed that his nearly five years of healing was “a greater miracle than was ever performed by Jesus Christ.” Hiram Sr.’s story influenced nearly a dozen local people with his testimony of healing and promotion of spiritualism. Elizabeth Reilly died in 1891. Her stone in Ridgeway Cemetery reflects the family’s belief in spiritualism, depicting her spirit standing beside her physical body lying on her deathbed.

Kiwanis family of clubs to install new officers in evening ceremony

On Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, the Osage City Kiwanis family of clubs will install new officers for the 2019-20 year. The Kiwanis family is made up of Osage City Kiwanis, Kiwanis Key Club, Kiwanis Builders Club and Kiwanis K-Kids. The installation will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the Osage City Santa Fe Depot, Fifth and Market streets.

Kansas Kiwanis Division XI Lt. Governor Paul Swanson will conduct the installation. Families of the new officers and guests are invited to attend and refreshments will be served afterward.

Fire prevention knowledge wins young artists a fire truck ride at Osage City

Osage County Fire District No. 2 rewarded this year’s fire prevention poster winners with a ride to school in a fire truck Oct. 8, 2019. Poster winners also received a smoke detector.

After delivering the students to school, OCFD No. 2 firefighters gave fire prevention presentations to Osage City Elementary School and preschool students. At the end of the school day firefighters and the Osage City Lions Club served ice cream to all students at USD420.

The 2019 OCFD No. 2 fire prevention poster winners were: First grade, Gabriella Lohmeyer, Jaxon Scott, Jenna Brenner; second grade, Kendyl Boss, Layton Buckman, Layne Martin; third grade, Brynlee Harmon, Lena Stucky, Elise Prim; fourth grade, Sophia Brabb, Hazel Phillips, Dailynn Weddle; fifth grade, Kyla Guadalupe, Alexandria Riley, Regan Farwell.

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