A Cowboy’s Faith: Fun neighbors on Halloween

“Trick or treat give me something good to eat.” That’s the threat of ghosts, goblins and every other imaginable getup on Halloween. But it sends them for a whirl More »

Unofficial Osage County general election results, Nov. 6, 2018

Following are the unofficial election results for Osage County in the Nov. 6, 2018, general election, as released by the Osage County election officer. Write-in votes and 181 provisional More »

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 More »

Reader cautions against crossing bridges closed for maintenance

Pranksters or vandals caused danger to themselves and others by removal and destruction of bridge barriers in rural Osage County late Friday or early Saturday. Dear Editor: Yesterday, Saturday, More »

Osage County Jail Log, Nov. 4 to Nov. 10, 2018

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

Public Notice: Burning Dates, Osage City, Kansas, Nov. 1 – Dec. 31, 2018

The City of Osage City will allow the burning of grass, weeds, leaves, waterways, yards, gardens, and fence lines, and shall be permitted between the days of Thursday, November 1, 2018, through Monday, December 31, 2018, provided conditions are favorable; the County does not have a burn ban in place; wind speed is not more than 10 MPH; a water hose is securely fastened to an operable water faucet and the length of the hose available is sufficient to reach the area where the controlled burn is occurring; no fire is left unattended; and no burning is to be performed on or intersect the sidewalks, streets or gutters of City streets.

For more information, call Osage City Hall at 785-528-3714.

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A Cowboy’s Faith: Fun neighbors on Halloween

“Trick or treat give me something good to eat.”

That’s the threat of ghosts, goblins and every other imaginable getup on Halloween. But it sends them for a whirl with the response: “Sorry no treats it’ll have to be tricks.”

Living in the country, little Halloween visitors are usually few and this year there weren’t any.

The highlight several years though now is when the dairy farm couple from across the section rings the doorbell. It’s usually past bedtime when Keith and Donna come after visiting friends in a 25-mile radius of the farm. All lights were on so they’d know ranchers were waiting.

About 10:20, buzzer sounded, door opened and in came Uncle Sam and his appropriately patriotically attired lady. Big smiles shining through elaborate costume assured it was the dairy farmers who’d hired milkers to get their night off.

Impossible to repeat words of the Uncle Sam song they harmoniously presented. Then the milkmaid asked, “Why did Yankee Doodle Dandy come riding in on a pony?” With no certain answer, just assuming it was sure better than walking.

More than two dozen stops already made, with several more lights awaiting their arrival. Minimal visiting reflected how the elaborate silk red, white and blue outfits came to be.

Donna picked up pieces here, there, yawn, and with scissors, needle, thread expertise put together great semblance to ones pictured. Red stripes on Keith’s white pants were “just painted there.”

Memory’s shy who all they’ve portrayed years gone by: cheerleaders, Roy and Dale, Popeye and Olive, more. A couple other neighbor ladies helped one year for Wizard of Oz. Always with singing accompaniment.

Last year, before dark call informed ice was stopping them, but fortunately back this time.

The jovial neighbors hadn’t made trick or treat warning, but came with their own treats. Costuming, entertaining, visiting were special delight enough, but Donna again handed four big popcorn balls out of her satchel.

That would have been a good day’s work making enough of the evening snacks. Then they had to pack the goodies in the back of their station wagon to be given out.

Oh yes, uptown morning after there were no main street tricks, hay, tires, outhouses like of decades ago.

Reminded of Luke 15:9: “Call together friends and neighbors for a time of rejoicing.”


030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.


Carrol (Ramsey) Niles Henderson, 92, Lyndon: June 12, 1926 – Nov. 5, 2018

LYNDON, Kan. – Carrol (Ramsey) Niles Henderson, 92, passed away on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, at Via Christi Hospital, Wichita, Kan. She was born on June 12, 1926, in Ft. Scott, Kan., the daughter of Dr. Arch and Nellie (Kelly) Ramsey.

Carrol grew up in Uniontown, Kan., and had lived near Lyndon, Kan., from 1950 to 2015, when she moved to Wichita.

Carrol attended Ft. Scott Junior College and then transferred to Kansas State University where she earned a BS in General Home Economics in 1948.

Carrol worked as an Extension home agent for Leavenworth County, and in 1950 was the first Extension home economist for Coffey County. She was the first female school board member for Lyndon Schools in the early 1960s. In 1974, she received her MS in Institutional Management from K-State. She served on the Kansas Dietetic Associations Committee for licensure of dieticians in 1988, became the first licensed dietitian in the state of Kansas in 1991, and was the Distinguished Kansas Dietitian. As a dietitian, Carrol planned meals for several nursing homes over the years, the first of which were in Lyndon and Overbrook.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 29 – Nov. 2, 2018

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 29 through Nov. 2, 2018.

Notice: Osage City Veterans Day Holiday Trash Pickup Schedule

The City of Osage City offices will be closed Monday, November 12, 2018, for Veterans Day. Customers whose trash is normally picked up on Monday will be picked up on Tuesday, November 13.  For more information call Osage City Hall at 785-528-3714.

Emporia Community Foundation encourages doubling your giving on Match Day

The week of Nov. 12-18, 2018, marks Community Foundation Week, a celebration of the role community foundations play in promoting charitable resources building stronger communities. During this week, the Emporia Community Foundation will host its fifth annual Match Day, an event that raises awareness of the impact charitable giving has in our community. This event is an opportunity for individuals to give to charitable organizations they care about and receive a bigger bang for their buck because of the $50,000 matching pool.

Community Foundation Week was created in 1989 by former president George H.W. Bush to raise awareness of the increasing role of community foundations. These foundations are philanthropic organizations fostering local collaboration and innovation addressing persistent civic and economic challenges. Activities this week recognize the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private and nonprofit sectors to address community problems. Match Day is the perfect example of how this collaboration works through donor contributions, local sponsorships and donations from private foundations or donors and their generosity in helping the nonprofit sector.

Building on the success of the past four Match Day events, the Emporia Community Foundation uses donated funds, which are proportionately matched to donor contributions for 25 participating organizations on Match Day.

From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, donors can go to the Flinthills Mall to visit the participating organizational booths and drop off their donation for one or more of their favorite charities.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 22 – Oct. 26, 2018

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 22 through Oct. 26, 2018.

Court orders Iowa man to pay damages, penalties for false claims to Kansas Lottery

TOPEKA, Kan. – An Iowa man has been ordered to repay the state of Kansas for his role in submitting false or fraudulent claims for payment to the Kansas Lottery in the form of rigged, winning lottery tickets, according to the Kansas Attorney General’s Office.

Eddie Raymond Tipton, a former computer-security official with the Multi-State Lottery Association, was accused of purchasing two lottery tickets from gas stations in Emporia and Overland Park in 2010, which Tipton had rigged by manipulating the multi-state lottery’s software.

Two other individuals, Amy Demoney and Christopher McCoulskey, submitted the tickets for payment to the Kansas Lottery in 2011 and were paid a total of $44,008 for the “winning” tickets. They then gave a portion of the proceeds to Tipton.

On Oct. 29, 2018, Shawnee County District Judge Franklin R. Theis ordered Tipton to pay the state $125,422.80, which is three times the net damages sustained by the Kansas Lottery. Tipton was also ordered to pay a $22,000 civil penalty and the costs of the attorney general’s investigation and lawsuit. Demoney and McCoulskey in June were separately ordered to pay damages totaling $16,805.60.

Unofficial Osage County general election results, Nov. 6, 2018

Following are the unofficial election results for Osage County in the Nov. 6, 2018, general election, as released by the Osage County election officer. Write-in votes and 181 provisional ballots are not included in totals. Results become official after canvassing by the Osage County Commission on Nov. 13.

According to election officials, 6,202 ballots were cast out of 10,758 registered voters in the county, for a 58 percent turnout.

Osage County Clerk Rhonda Beets reported there were no problems with the election, with few minor problems reported at polling places. Beets said many voters utilized early voting opportunities, including two evenings during which the county clerk’s office was open to voters. The election report shows 1,000 advanced ballots were cast.

National Offices

United States Representative, 2nd District

Paul Davis………………… 2,160
Steve Watkins…………… 3,600
Kelly Standley…………….. 374

State Offices

Governor/Lieutenant Governor

Laura Kelly………………. 2,479
Kris Kobach……………… 2,903
Jeff Caldwell………………. 128
Rick Kloos……………………. 62
Greg Orman………………… 606

Secretary of State

Brian McClendon……… 2,253
Scott Schwab……………. 3,571
Rob Hodgkinson………….. 289

Attorney General

Sarah G. Swain…………. 1,682
Derek Schmidt………….. 4,454

State Treasurer

Marci Francisco…………. 1,704
Jake LaTurner…………… 4,356

Commissioner of Insurance

Nathaniel McLaughlin.. 1,342
Vicki Schmidt…………… 4,720

State Representative 54th District

Sarah Coats………………. 1,003
Ken Corbet………………. 1,785

State Representative 59th District

John Hall…………………….. 360
Blaine Finch………………… 989

State Representative 76th District

Eric L. Smith…………….. 1,650

County Offices

County Commissioner, 1st District

Fred L. Diver……………. 1,643

Township Offices

Agency Township Clerk

Randy Chenoweth……….. 115

Arvonia Township Clerk

Robert Atchison…………….. 42

Barclay Township Clerk

Rodney Bergquist………….. 76

Burlingame Township Clerk

Tim Quaney………………… 628

Dragoon Township Clerk

Joseph E. Quaney………….. 97

Elk Township Clerk

Gary Wray………………….. 731

Fairfax Township Clerk

Keith E. Badger…………… 235

Grant Township Clerk

Larry E. Colstrom………… 109

Junction Township Clerk

Anthony D. Horne……….. 442

Melvern Township Clerk

Raylen E. Phelon…………. 228

Olivet Township Clerk

Richard Mickelson…………. 97

Scranton Township Clerk

Jeff Wells……………………. 242

Superior Township Clerk

Emilee Christine Burkett. 101

Valley Brook Township Clerk

Donald H. Garrett………… 498

Fire Benefit District No. 1 Board Member (vote for 2)

Kevin Sorenson……………… 27
Chris Keith……………………. 25

Meeting to explore potential benefits of local prescribed burn association

A meeting has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 13, 2018, at the community building in Garnett to discuss the benefits that a local prescribed burn association could have in the community. Local producers are encouraged to attend the meeting and discuss the benefits of burning, the challenges of burning, and learn how a prescribed burn association can assist in conducting a safe prescribed burn.

Grasslands constitute significant economic, biological, recreational, and aesthetic resources of statewide importance. Fire is essential to the maintenance and improvement of a large percentage of these acres. There are many benefits to conducting prescribed burns on grasslands every three to five years, including invasive species management, wildlife habitat improvement and improved grassland health. Working together as a prescribed burn association, landowners can achieve more successful and safer burns.

According to the Kansas Prescribed Fire Council, more than 95 percent of burns conducted by trained and cooperating association members stay within designated boundaries and less than 1 percent require fire department assistance.

Prescribed fire is a safe way to apply a natural process, ensure ecosystem health, and reduce wildfire risk. No other tool can so effectively remove the hazardous buildup of wild land fuels.

Notice: City of Osage City, Thanksgiving Holiday Trash Pickup Schedule

The City of Osage City offices will be closed Thursday, November 22, and Friday, November 23, 2018, for Thanksgiving. Customers whose trash is normally picked up on Thursday or Friday will be picked up on Monday, November 26. For more information call Osage City Hall at 785-528-3714.

Osage County Jail Log, Oct. 28 to Nov. 3, 2018

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

Help House News: Full coat closet warms hearts and people

By Raylene Quaney

The “coat closet” was open from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31 this year with 240 coats being given out. What was left is now out on the floor for those shoppers who are still in need of a nice warm coat for this winter. Adults’ and children’s coats are available while they last. A number of coats were sent to Hope House in Ottawa to be given out there.

Thanksgiving baskets

Those who signed up for a Thanksgiving food baskets are reminded to pick up on their selected day, either Wednesday, Nov. 14, or Thursday, Nov. 15. There were a total of 52 turkeys and 36 chickens available for Thanksgiving baskets. There will not be a giveaway in December as in the past.

Enjoy a soup supper at annual meeting

Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. will be the Help House annual meeting and soup supper, which will be held at the First Baptist Church, Lyndon. If you plan to attend, please call the center and let us know so we have plenty of food available for all. There will be a number of volunteers recognized for their service at that time. We could not open our doors to serve those in need with out you.

It’s good sense to take budget class

The next “Good Sense” budget class will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19. It will be a one-day class. Participants must call to register and stop by and pick up pre-course work. Participants are to bring a snack for lunch if desired and a beverage. The class is free and once completed the participant is eligible to receive assistance with heating or cooling bills. This includes electric, gas, propane or solid fuel (wood). There will not be a class held in December.

Cards of thanks

A number of cards of appreciation go out this month to the following for their contributions to this ministry: EK Realty and e.b. Sprouts, in Lyndon, are collecting food for Thanksgiving baskets; the Lyndon FBLA donated 520 items to the pantry; Overbrook Search Light Club donated 32 cleaning supply items for use at Help House; Overbrook United Methodist Church made a food pantry donation; Overbrook Thimble Club, 43 items for Thanksgiving plus a cash donation; Overbook Fidelis Club, 67 food and non-food items, 12 coats and miscellaneous clothing items.

Focus Workforce Management: Now hiring seasonal help!


OCHS Theater presents ‘Grease’ on stage in Osage City

The Rydell High Class of 1959 will take the stage at Osage City High School this weekend. Grease, the popular Broadway and movie musical, will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in the OCHS auditorium.

The play features the classic songs from Grease, lots of dancing, going steady and teenage hijinks.

Frances Kay Coffman, 71, Melvern: Jan. 11, 1947 – Nov. 3, 2018

MELVERN, Kan. – Frances Kay Coffman, 71, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kan. She was born on Jan. 11, 1947, on a farm near the Alpine community, the daughter of John Wardie and Pearl Edna (Burnett) Davis.

Frances’ family moved to Topeka, where she graduated from Topeka High School in 1965. She worked for Palmer News for several years, and after moving to Melvern, Kan., in 1997, she worked at the Mayes House, in Melvern.

On March 24, 1972, Frances was married to Carl Coffman, in Lyndon, Kan.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Always ready to help

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“How are the calves doing this summer?”

“Did the kids go to the judging contest?”

“What livestock is the family showing at the fair?”

Forever congenially interested in livestock and those who cared for them was Albert Morgan.

His recent passing left a void in heartfelt conscientious livestock production dating to depression times.

Equal to Albert’s dedication to livestock husbandry was belief in youth and programs where they could develop. Learn about the industry, but as importantly leadership and social skills.

There were always fond memories of Albert’s 4-H days, showing livestock, earning nationwide leadership recognition.

Soon, Albert’s Hilltop Hereford Farm also with Poland China hogs was producing seed stock demanded over a wide area.

While Albert was classmate to Uncle Ted, personal first knowledge of Albert was when he married grocery co-worker Gayla.

Albert was a middle-age bachelor-stockman called one Sunday to serve as lay minister where Gayla was pianist.

Accompanying Albert’s hymn singing, Gayla admitted, “I set the trap for him.”

Widowed mother of three, Gayla was soon to be Albert’s bride as he became stepdad to Cheryl, Sharon and Mike.

“It was the best day of my life,” Albert always contended.

Mary Ann Coffee, 75, Vassar: Aug. 26, 1943 – Oct. 18, 2018

VASSAR, Kan. – Mary Ann Coffee, 75, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, at Midland Hospice Care, Topeka, Kan. She was born on Aug. 26, 1943, in Edwardsville, Ill., the daughter of John and Ruth Dolejs Rojak.

Mary Ann had lived in Collinsville, Ill., before moving to Vassar in 2002. She had been a legal secretary for many years and retired from Husch & Eppenberger Law Firm in St. Louis, Mo. Mary Ann was active in the Illinois VFW Auxiliary and was State President in 2001-2002.

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.

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