Hidden History: Photographs and photo car make Lyndon’s Ford famous

By Wendi Bevitt You might not recognize his name, but if your family lived in Osage County more than 100 years ago, you might have Harry Ford to thank More »

Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club busy with fall activities; new members invited

Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club members were recognized at Achievement Night, from left, Josye Hutchcroft, Brynna Whitton, Reanna Marcotte, Breckyn Whitton, Ethan Kneisler, Garrett Shoup, Leanne Shoup, Allie Kneisler, Ryan More »

Help House News: Annual quilt raffle builds funds

You could win this quilt and assist Help House at the same time. By Raylene Quaney Help House is holding another quilt raffle for a full-size quilt made by More »

Osage City opens Christmas season with annual Market Street celebration

Sawyer Serna, daughter of Joe and Tammy Serna, was the honored guest at Osage City’s Christmas on Market Street parade on Saturday evening, Nov. 25, 2017. Sawyer, assisted by More »

A Cowboy’s Faith: Maturity is good thing

buchmanhead“Getting old is not so bad after all.”

Some quickly respond, “It sure beats the alternative.” Most nod in agreement. Yet those of us with strong faith are sure hereafter is far better than the best imaginable.

Youngsters anticipate birthdays for the presents and parties. Excitement dwindles in adulthood, even to a dread. There are those who forget the day and honestly can’t remember how many. The more mature, the more that’s the way it is.

Others contend it’s all in the mind: “A man is only as old as he feels.” They never look in the mirror.

Still, without a doubt, our day last week had to be one of the most delightful in reflection. Perhaps the best ever, admitting our memory’s far from perfect.

It didn’t start out that way. So foggy could barely see the road ahead pulling out of the driveway about 6:20.

Got three miles up the highway and realized the cellphone was still back on the kitchen counter. Really hate and embarrassed to admit it, but life, rather professional survival, depends on that danged communication device.

Got back, picked up phone, pushed throttle onto the highway, and went less than a 100 yards, a big doe jumped out of the east ditch right in front of the car.

Braking instantly just missed her inches as a big blotch of mud evidently from her hind legs splattered on the windshield leaving one glob and a dozen splotches.

Blessings of the day had begun.

KDA offers morel mushroom identification session at Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Agriculture, in partnership with K-State Research and Extension, Kaw Valley Mycological Society and the University of Kansas, is offering a session to help people earn the necessary approval to sell wild morel mushrooms. The session will take place 9-10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center, 7001 W. 21st St. N., Wichita, Kan. The session will be held as one of the breakout sessions of the Central Kansas Market Grower and Vendor Workshop which will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb 4.

The session is intended to help ensure that wild harvested mushrooms sold as morels in the state of Kansas are safe to consume. Current regulations under KDA’s food safety and lodging program require that mushrooms picked in the wild for sale must be individually inspected for safety by an approved mushroom identifier. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be recognized as approved morel identifiers in order to meet this regulation. This is a three-year approval.

The morel mushroom identification session is free of charge and open to the public. However, if participants attend the rest of the market grower and vendor workshop, they will need to pay $25 for the entire workshop, which includes the cost of lunch. Pre-registration for the morel identification session is required.

Chamber Chatter: 2016 year in review

By Jeanette Swarts, Executive Director
Osage City Chamber of Commerce

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce had a busy year welcoming new businesses to the community. Ribbon cuttings were held at AG Choice, Keepsake Jewelry, Auburn Pharmacy, Osage City Library’s new addition, Designs by Diane, Higher Power Health and Yoga, McCoy’s Steren Electronics, and That Other Place.

After Hour Mixers

Throughout the year, a few of the Osage City Chamber of Commerce members hosted an After Hours Mixer showcasing their business. Members enjoyed the hospitality of Edward Jones Investments, Lusk Properties, COF Training Services, H and H Appraisal, and Flint Hills Beverage.

Kansas Sampler Festival

The 27th annual Kansas Sampler Festival was held in Winfield on May 7-8, 2016. It was the next to last year that the festival will be in existence with the 28th and final year to be held in Winfield again next year.

Chamber Scholarships

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce were pleased to announce Kailyn Robert and Joseph Schemm were the 2016 recipients of our $250 scholarship. Kailyn, daughter of Michelle and Quintin Robert, will be attending Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa, and Joseph, son of Cheryl and Douglas Schemm, will be attending Kansas State University in the fall. The revenue from the $5 that sellers pay to be listed on the maps for the spring and fall garage sales goes directly for these two scholarships.

Osage County Fair

The Osage County Fair Board worked very diligently to have the 2016 Osage County Fair be one of the best fairs so far.

Richmond to serve as Frontier Extension District nutrition, food safety and health agent


Chelsea Richmond

Chelsea Richmond will begin serving as the Frontier Extension District nutrition, food safety and health agent, effective Jan. 29, 2017.

Working out of Frontier Extension District’s Garnett office, 411 S. Oak, Richmond will provide leadership in Anderson, Franklin and Osage County communities by developing and delivering educational programming to support successful families and the systems that serve them in communities. Programming may include nutrition through the life cycle, nutrition of low-income audiences, food security, food safety, physical activity promotion, and chronic disease prevention.

Richmond most recently worked as the family and consumer sciences Extension agent in the Flint Hills Extension District, where she gave leadership to Walk Kansas, Walk Kansas for Kids, family nutrition, district nutrition and health programs.

She grew up in Osage County where she was actively involved in the 4-H and youth development program before earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s in family studies and human services, both from Kansas State University.

Mardell Vanderslice, 100, Lyndon: Aug. 27, 1916 – Jan. 26, 2017

LYNDON, Kan. – Mardell Vanderslice, 100, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at the Plaza West care facility, Topeka, Kan. She was born on Aug. 27, 1916, in Lyndon, Kan., the daughter of Wilbur and Edith Smith Goldsmith.

Mardell lived all of her life in Osage County. She graduated from Lyndon High School in 1934. She had owned and operated the Corner Café and the Lyndon Café through the years. She had been president of the Republican Women’s Group and was a former member of the Lyndon Presbyterian Church.

On Dec. 10, 1935, Mardell was married to Alfred Vanderslice in Harrisonville, Mo.

Conservation district announces poster, essay and limerick contest winners

LYNDON, Kan. – Each year the Osage County Conservation District sponsors a poster, essay and limerick contest. Information is given to the schools in late October. Entries are due before Christmas break. There is a different theme each year that is determined by the National Association of Conservation Districts. This year’s theme was “Healthy Soils are Full of Life.”

A total of 508 entries were received and selected as winners are:

  • Limericks: Allyson Sage, purple; Colby Hokanson, blue; Harlee Watkins, red; Maiya Renfro, white. All limerick entries were from Osage City schools.
  • Fourth, fifth and sixth grade posters: Riley Petitjean, purple, Osage City; Emma Theel, blue, Osage City; Keaira Davidson, red, Osage City; Emma Marsh, white, Marais des Cygnes Valley.
  • Second and third grade posters: Taytum Gellhaus, purple, Marais des Cygnes Valley; Jacie Koch, blue, Osage City; Lorren Kennedy, red, Santa Fe Trail; Claire Greenfield, white, Santa Fe Trail.
  • Kindergarten and first grade posters: Emma Smith, purple, Burlingame; Amelia Arb, blue, Marais des Cygnes Valley; Isabella Reeser, red, Marais des Cygnes Valley; Harper Melton, white, Marais des Cygnes Valley.

“Congratulations to all the winners,” said Lori Kuykendall, Osage County Conservation District manager. “We appreciate the teachers and students taking time to enter the contest.”

The winners will be recognized at the Osage County Conservation District annual meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 30, 2017, at the Osage City Schools lunchroom.

Democrats announce bills will benefit working Kansans

TOPEKA – Kansas Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley and House Democratic Leader Jim Ward were joined by members of the House and Senate Democratic caucuses today to roll out more than a dozen bills that directly benefit Kansas workers.

“Democrats are working to strengthen the Kansas workforce, to protect the rights of Kansas workers, and to ensure they have a safe work environment,” Ward said.

Members of both caucuses are introducing bills this session that make Kansas workers a priority.

“In 2016, Kansas lost 9,400 private sector jobs,” Hensley said. “Kansas workers are paying more in taxes and their wages lag behind the rest of the nation. We have to do better.”

Democratic proposals include keeping Kansas jobs from being exported, re-instating the prevailing wage, stopping unscrupulous hiring practices, and improving worker’s compensation, among others.

“These bills will empower the middle class and improve the lives of the working men and women of Kansas, with absolutely no cost to the state. It’s a win-win situation,” said Ward.

Man robs Landmark Bank at Osage City Wednesday morning

Truck believed to be driven by bank robbery suspect down Market Street in Osage City.

Update: 4:23 p.m. Jan. 25, 2017 – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has issued an update on the bank robbery that happened this morning at Landmark National Bank, Osage City, Kan., requesting the public’s assistance in locating the suspect in the robbery.

The KBI reported that at approximately 9:04 a.m. Jan. 25, 2017, a bank robbery in progress was reported from Landmark National Bank, 102 S. Sixth St., Osage City.


Robbery suspect.

The robbery suspect was described as a white male in his 30s with medium length brown hair and a beard. He was wearing a black button-up coat with a brown hood, blue jeans and unlaced tan shoes.

The suspect fled the scene in a 2002-2003 Ford F-150 Super crew Lariat FX4 4×4; white in color with grey, beige, or chrome rocker panels. The vehicle has an aftermarket heavy front bumper with an attached grill and brush guard. The front bumper has a winch opening. The pickup appears to be missing paint on the roof on the driver’s side near the sunroof.

The public is asked to call 911 or 1-800-KS-CRIME if they have information about this crime, or if they see the suspect or vehicle. Callers can remain anonymous.


OSAGE CITY, Kan. – The Osage County Sheriff’s Office has reported the Landmark National Bank, in Osage City, was robbed this morning about 9 a.m.

According to a sheriff’s office Facebook post, the robbery suspect is described as a white male with a beard and medium length hair, last seen wearing a black button up coat with a brown hood, blue jeans, and unlaced tan shoes.

He was seen leaving in an early 2000s Ford F-150 4-door pickup with a brush guard and a tag on the front. It left the bank westbound on Market Street, and was possibly seen westbound on U.S. Highway 56 near Admire at approximately 9:30 a.m.

The sheriff’s office post did not indicate whether the suspect was armed during the robbery, but said no one was injured during the holdup. No other details about the robbery were offered. A call to the Osage City Police Department for more information was answered by an answering machine and has not been returned at the time of this report.

If anyone sees the suspect or truck, they are asked to call 911 immediately, or the sheriff’s office at 785-828-3121.

Kansas Bankers Award Winners: Badgers work ‘to leave farm ground in better shape’

David and Karen Badger, 2016 Kansas Bankers Award Winners.

By Rod Schaub, Frontier Extension District

This year’s Osage County winner of the Kansas Bankers Soil Conservation Award is David Badger. The award is given annually to a farmer that has made outstanding progress protecting soil in their fields. David and his wife, Karen, farm with David’s brother, Keith and his wife, Martha, in the Carbondale area. Each brother has their own farm ground and ground they farm together. They also partner in their fall calving cow herd and farm machinery purchases.

David started farming at an early age by harvesting his first owned crops in 1972. David learned about the importance of soil conservation while farming with his grandfather, Glen L. Badger.  He remembers Glen telling him, “It’s important to leave the farm ground in better shape than when you started farming it.”

When David was asked what soil conservation meant to him, he replied, “It’s the continuation of the practices started by my grandfather, father and other landowners who have applied soil conserving practices to the land we now farm. It’s the practice of keeping the soil and the lifetime of investments we’ve put into it intact and productive. It also means finding new ways to do even better through technology or agronomic practices we don’t currently use.”

Soil conservation practices have changed over the years, according to David.  In the beginning, practices like building and maintaining terraces and waterways were the main ways of protecting the soil. As time passed, farmers have reduced the use of the plow, and now for the most part have eliminated tillage.  Now they have started leaving more and more residue on soil surface and this has led to less soil leaving the fields through wind or water.  Now, farmers like the Badgers are using options like cover crops, having a grazing plan, using no-till or strip-till, utilizing newer technologies like grid sampling, using variable rate fertilizer and lime applications, and variable rate seeding.

“I have reaped many benefits of the miles and miles of terraces and waterways my dad (Glen E. Badger) and grandfather (Glen L. Badger) built in the 1950s, 60s and 70s,” David said.

Living his dream, young Overbrook farmer earns recognition for his efforts

By Lori Kuykendall, Osage County Conservation District


Osage County’s 2017 Young Farmer Award winner Erik Finch.

This year’s Osage County Young Farmer Award recipient is Erik Finch. Erik and his wife Amanda were married in 2008 and live north of Overbrook. Amanda is a registered nurse at St. Francis Health Center, in Topeka. She enjoys helping on the farm when she’s able.

Erik is a first generation farmer. Farming was the only career he thought about as a child. He has been fascinated with everything to do with agriculture since his earliest memory.

While in high school Erik had the opportunity to help a neighbor with a small cow calf herd. He started his own farming career with one heifer when he was 16. In the fall of 2007 he rented his first 50 acres and planted his first wheat crop.

His farming operation has expanded since then. He now has a small cow calf herd and grows corn, soybeans and wheat in southeastern Shawnee and northeastern Osage counties. Soil health is important to Erik. He is a no-till farmer and has seen the benefits the last three years with the heavy rainfall. The residue and standing cover help hold the soil. The residue also improves the soil structure which in turn promotes aeration, infiltration and percolation resulting in less runoff.

To improve the soil health even further he is interested in trying some cover crops in the near future. Cover crops not only help prevent soil erosion and improve soil health, they can also help suppress weeds and recycle needed nutrients.

Charles W. Heilman, 94, Osage City: Oct. 7, 1922 – Jan. 23, 2017

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Charles W. Heilman, 94, passed away surrounded by his family on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, at Osage Nursing Center, Osage City, Kan. He was born on Oct. 7, 1922, near Quenemo, Kan., the only son of LeRoy and Flossie Yockey Heilman.

Chuck had lived most of his life around the Quenemo and Melvern, Kan., communities and had lived in Osage City for the last 13 years. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater with the 729th Railway Operating Battalion. He had worked for the Santa Fe Railroad, farmed, and worked for Osage County for several years.

On June 4, 1947, Chuck was married to Lillian “Billie” Hobbs in Lyndon, Kan.

Ridgeway Lodge’s generous donation to help build Overbrook’s lake trails


Jon Brady, center, Overbrook PRIDE board president, accepts $1,000 from members of Ridgeway Lodge, from left, Don Wolford and Jon Wilhite, and Dale Fox and John Shepard.

Four members of Overbrook Ridgeway Masonic Lodge No. 62 AF&AM were guests at the regular monthly meeting of Overbrook PRIDE on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. They presented PRIDE with a check for $1,000 as a donation to an improvement project at Overbrook City Park.

The project includes pouring a new trailway (sidewalk) at the Youth Fishing Pond. Currently, there is a trailway around the entirety of the larger City Lake. The new walk will extend that trailway to and from a bridge that crosses the Youth Fishing Pond which is located just south of the larger lake.

Local donations, along with this check from the Ridgeway Lodge, provide enough funding to complete the first phase of the new trailway. A second phase will be done when additional funds are received. 

Kid’s fascination with sale barn chant grows to Lyndon auctioneer’s hall of fame induction

Best thing for a dad is when a son follows him into his selected profession. Craig Wischropp, right, works beside dad Wayne Wischropp, who has been inducted into the 2017 Kansas Auctioneers Hall of Fame.

All he really ever wanted to be was an auctioneer.

Wayne Wischropp, of Lyndon, followed his early farm kid intuitive into professional life and is one of the best in the business. Verification came when Wischropp was inducted into the Kansas Auctioneers Hall of Fame Saturday evening, Jan. 21, 2017.

Qualifications and deserving of the recognition presented by the Kansas Auctioneers Association at the convention in Manhattan are obvious.


Wayne Wischropp has been an auctioneer since before he was a teenager; his success has been acknowledged with induction into the Kansas Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame.

But, Wischropp was taken by most apparent and appreciatively pleasant surprise when his childhood photo came on the screen announcing selection from voting by auction profession cohorts. The honor had been kept completely secret from him, and was even more special when two dozen family members came into convention hall joining applause of acknowledgement.

“It goes back to the mid-50s when I went to the Waverly Sale Barn every week with my dad. Somehow I knew then I wanted to be an auctioneer,” Wayne admitted.

Family members can remember Wayne selling dogs and cats to imaginary auction bidders in the backyard.

Vivian ‘Vickie’ Nitsch, 89, Lawrence: Oct. 20, 1927 – Jan. 22, 2017

012417-Vivian-Vicky-NitschLAWRENCE, Kan. – Vivian “Vickie” Nitsch, 89, longtime resident of Lawrence, Kan., passed away Jan. 22, 2017, at Brookside Assisted Living, Overbrook, Kan. She was born in Oklahoma on Oct. 20, 1927.

Vickie came to the Lawrence area when she was young. She was a professional hair dresser for more than 50 years until her retirement. She was a loving mother and will be missed.

Vickie is survived by her children, Jeanne L. Pugh, Salina, Kan., Shirley Y. Cunningham, Overbrook, and Steven D. Nitsch, Uncasville, Conn.; and six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Lloyd Bogle, 65, Osage City: Jan. 8, 1952 – Jan. 22, 2017

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Lloyd Bogle, 65, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, at the Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kan. He was born on Jan. 8, 1952, in Yates Center, Kan., the son of Earl and Verna McJunkin Bogle.

Lloyd had lived in Emporia, Kan., for many years before moving to Osage City, Kan. He had spent more than 30 years as a machinist for Didde Web Press, in Emporia. He enjoyed motorcycle riding and woodworking.

On May 22, 1981, Lloyd was married to Glenda Eccles, in Emporia.

Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club: Members learn how to do a layup, notch pig ears, make a parfait

By Leanne Shoup, Club Reporter

The Jan. 8, 2017, the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club meeting started off with the Pledge Of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge led by Ethan Kneisler. After officer reports, parent committee leader Heather Peterson gave information about ordering our new club shirts. Leader Lara Shoup then reminded parents of upcoming project meetings and district Club Days on March 4.

Since there was no new or old business, the meeting proceeded with the program, including Brayden Marrcotte doing a demonstration on how to do a layup in basketball, and Ethan Kneisler sharing how to mark piglets by cutting notches in their ears. Allie Kneisler wrapped up the program by showing the audience the steps to making a strawberry parfait.

Recreation concluded the meeting, which was led by Leanne and Garrett Shoup, with a fun game of Heads Up 7-Up.

Our next meeting will be on Feb. 12.

Osage County Agwire: Kaff elected to FSA county committee

County committee election results tallied

County committee elections are over, the ballots are counted and the results are in: Charles Kaff, of Carbondale, was elected to represent LAA1.

Elected county committee members serve a 3-year term and are responsible for making decisions on Farm Service Agency disaster, conservation, commodity, and price support programs, as well as other federal farm program issues.

County committee members are a valuable asset because they are comprised of local producers who participate in FSA programs themselves and have a direct connection to farmers and ranchers in the community. Recently elected county committee members took office on Jan. 12, 2017, and joined the existing committee.

For more information about county committees and the election process, contact the local FSA office at 785-828-4631, 115 W. 17th St., Lyndon, or visit www.fsa.usda.gov.

Osage County Jail Log, Jan. 17 – Jan. 20, 2017

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

Nellie Marie Bradley, 86, Topeka: Dec. 2, 1930 – Jan. 20, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. – Nellie M. Bradley, 86, of Topeka, Kan., passed away Jan. 20, 2017, at the House at Midland Care. She was born Dec. 2, 1930, in Harveyville, Kan., the daughter of Francis and Olive (Francis) Milbradt.

Nellie graduated from Scranton (Kan.) High School and was a 1951 graduate of the St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing. She worked as a registered nurse at various locations for more than 20 years.

Robert H. Smith, 75, Shawnee: July 15, 1941 – Jan. 16, 2017

SHAWNEE, Kan. – Robert H. Smith, 75, passed away on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, at his home in Shawnee, Kan. He was born on July 15, 1941, in Providence, R.I., the son of Howard and Marjorie Coats Smith.

Bob grew up in Rhode Island, and had lived in the Lyndon, Kan., community before moving to the Kansas City metro area in 1982.

He was a social studies teacher at Lyndon High School, then worked as a utilities appraiser for the state of Kansas, and had been a member of the Lyndon Jaycees. He worked as a real estate appraiser in Kansas City.  He was a member of Cross Points Church, in Shawnee.

On June 27, 1964, Bob was married to Linda Kerr, in Ottawa, Kan., and they had been married 52 years at the time of his death.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Security found in stalls

buchmanhead“Horses are meant to run in the pasture.”

That’s when they’re not working for their keep under saddle or harness.

However, man has changed nature’s intended horse environment.

While many horses still get the opportunity to enjoy the wild and free at its best, a lot are in confinement, too.

Seemingly, large numbers of the “Cowboy’s Best Friend” are kept in box stalls majority of the time.

Typically, they’re turned out to stretch legs, roll and scratch the back regularly.

Yet, others seldom get more than looking through small openings in four tight stall walls.

Show horses are typically kept in stalls with daily exercise. Likewise, many horses in training are housed in stalls.

This is more convenient in a number of ways while helping reduce injury that might occur when horses run in groups.

At one point, there were nearly two dozen horses confined in stalls here. Eight were in the main barn, with others mostly in portable panels wired together as makeshift stalls.

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