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Hidden History: Superior townsite fades away with founder’s Kansas dreams

Superior School, Osage County, Kan. Photo by Wendi Bevitt.

The very first attempt at a settlement in what is now Osage County was called Council City. But Council City had a problem. The settlement company that funded and planned it was disorganized, and no one could quite decide where the best location should be – or even if it should be called Council City! After multiple attempts at establishing a location, in an area that covered nearly half a township between Switzler and Dragoon creeks, principal settlement seemed to find a resting place at approximately where Burlingame is today. At the head of the Council City enterprise in the earliest days was James Winchell.

Winchell had been with the settlement company since its arrival in Kansas in the fall of 1854. Shortly after their arrival, the members of the company each selected their preferred tracts of land. Winchell chose a large, wooded parcel located near the confluence of the two creeks. It was not only beautiful but contained significant advantages for building. He was eager to start organizing the town and became its first postmaster.

But when Philip C. Schuyler arrived in Council City in the spring of 1855, he had his own ideas for Council City. Both Winchell and Schuyler were very driven individuals, and it soon became evident that their ambitions would not be able to be combined.

Winchell abandoned Council City at the Switzler location and instead decided to put the resources available on the southern end of the proposed Council City tract for his own town.

His first attempt would be in 1856 with a town named Fremont in honor of General John C. Fremont. In the spring of that year, Winchell served as a delegate to the first national Republican convention. It was at that convention that Fremont was declared the Republican nominee for the presidency. Winchell’s support for Gen. Fremont prompted him to use that name for his town. However, John C. Fremont did not win the presidency, and likewise his namesake town also lost momentum.

Qualifiers represent Osage County at Kansas 4-H State Shotgun Match

From left, Osage County 4-Hers Kiera McNellis, Austin Eichem, and Dylon Harris competed at state sporting clays shoot Oct 9.

Three members of the Osage County shooting sports program participated in the Kansas 4-H State Shotgun Match, Oct. 8-9, 2022. Participants were Kiera McNellis, of the Clover Wranglers 4-H Club, and Dylon Harris and Austin Eichem, both of the North Osage 4-H Club. All three members qualified for the state shoot by shooting and scoring high enough at a regional trap and skeet shoot held in August.

Nearly 200 4-Hers from across the state shot trap and skeet Saturday, Oct. 8, at Ark Valley Gun Club in Sedgwick, Kan., and then many returned to shoot sporting clays the next day at Shady Creek Sporting Clays, in Belle Plaine, Kan.

Eichem placed 29th overall for the weekend in the junior, 10-13-year-old division. McNellis placed 96th in the senior, 14-18-year-old division, for skeet. Harris placed 16th in senior trap, 20th in senior skeet, 12th in senior sporting clays, and 13th overall in the senior division for the weekend.

Following the event, Harris was invited to apply to be a member of the 2023 Kansas Shotgun Team at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Competition, in Grand Island Neb., next summer. Team selection will be announced in November.

Dylon Harris to retire from 4-H archery with 6th-place finish at state match

Harris also qualified and participated in the state 4-H archery match, which was held Sept. 24, at Smoky Valley Shooting Sports facility, Lindsborg, Kan. He competes in the senior, open/compound bow division.  He finished in 6th place overall at the event.

This sixth place finish wrapped up Harris’ 4-H archery career as he prepares to age out of the program.  He joined 4-H in 2011, started the shooting sports project in 2012, and made his first appearance at the state archery match in 2015. Harris finished 5th, 10th, 4th, 4th respectively from 2018-2021 at the state matches, earning an invitation to be part of the Kansas National archery team each year. In 2021, only being able to attend nationals once per discipline, Harris finally accepted the team invite. In June 2022 he was one of four compound archery team members for Kansas who brought home the national championship title with their impressive scores for the week.  Harris placed 9th at the national shoot in the individual scoring.  

Willing Workers 4-H Club starts off new 4-H year willingly working

Sweeping the playground at Osage City Elementary School are Willing Workers, from left, Lelia Wilcoxson, Kassie Thielen, Claire Newman, Lena Stucky, and Paige Thielen. Courtesy photo.

By Avery Thielen
Club Reporter

The Willing Workers 4-H Club jumpstarted its 4-H year by celebrating National 4-H Week and 48 Hours of 4-H, and initiating the officers who will serve in a leadership role this year. The club has always been open to help their community. On Oct. 2, 2022, the Willing Workers 4-H club journeyed out to clean the school playground and paint windows. After asking for ideas for National 4-H week, the club thought that cleaning the Osage City Elementary School playground would be a great way to help the community.

The club used brooms and leaf blowers to clean up mulch, dirt and trash, making the playground look much cleaner. After cleaning, the club went to Market Street to paint windows and glass doors, saying “Join 4-H.”

Willing Workers 4-H Club thanks the businesses that allowed us to paint their windows.

Fun-loving Windom cowgirl leads diversified, competitive life

Halloween is a special time for TallyAnn Klitzke who enjoys costuming her horse and herself. Elvis and TallyAnn are dressed here as Minnie and Mickey Mouse. Courtesy photo.

Halloween is generally the time kids want to be all dressed up in scary and fun costumes. Some adults like to get in on the excitement too, and TallyAnn is one of them.

Likely first recognized as a cowgirl, TallyAnn Klitzke is much more. A diversely talented educator, youth counselor, coach, pharmaceutical salesperson, and most gifted artist.

Artistic creativity is partially where costuming for Halloween comes in. TallyAnn combines her energetic art talents with her fondness for everything horses to have fun and a good time.

“It’s been a tradition to design and make Halloween costumes for my horse,” she said. The most recent ones include Minnie and Mickey Mouse, Charlie Brown and Snoopy, and Maleficent Fire-Breathing Dragon.

“Diversified” is likely the only encompassing description for the ambitious woman who’d probably be satisfied with “TallyAnn is a cowgirl.”

Raised in western Kansas, TallyAnn graduated from Quinter High School and then received degrees from Fort Hays State University. She has a bachelor’s in education and a Master of Science in school counseling.

Now making her home on an 80-acre farm near Windom, in McPherson County, TallyAnn is a fulltime pharmaceutical sales representative.

“I have three dogs that greet me with happy tails when I return from work each day. I love them to pieces,” she said. “I also have some loyal beef customers for which I enjoy feeding out black Angus steers for butcher.”

Horses have always been close to her heart. “I’m often accused of being ‘born on a horse,’ however my riding didn’t begin quite that early,” Tally Ann said. “My mother Karen Stewart was raised on a horse ranch being an accomplished rider and competitor. I was seven when I started riding.”

Riding her neighbor’s sorrel stocking-legged, blaze-faced feedlot gelding Ponch, TallyAnn participated in her first horse show. “That was the beginning of riding at Kansas Western Horseman’s Association shows as a child and teenager,” she said.

For her eighth birthday, Tally Ann got her very own horse. “Mom came home on a frigidly night with a great surprise, a tri-colored Paint weanling named Thistledown,” TallyAnn reflected.

After Thistledown, TallyAnn rattled off more than a dozen horses she’s owned and ridden throughout decades. “Stub, Ranger, Booker T, Slammer, Blondie, Jim, Bear, Pride, Flaxxy, Cactus, Elvis, Ace, Wasp, and more,” she counted. “That leads us to where I am today with Presley and Fleetwood. It would be nice to have another horse for visitors to ride.

“Elvis was my super star for years and I was heart-broken when he passed away about a year ago. Ladies and gentlemen Elvis has left the building for the very last time.

“Training my childhood mounts to compete certainly lent a hand to the rider I am today,” she added.

Horses are expensive hobbies and even more so for young cowgirls. “I aways had farm jobs lined up for money to buy winter horse hay,” TallyAnn said.

Highlight of the cowgirl’s college years was being crowned Miss Rodeo Kansas 1996. She swept the competition including Miss Congeniality, public speaking, horsemanship, modeling and more.

TallyAnn finished in the top five at the Miss Rodeo America pageant during the 1997 National Finals Rodeo, in Las Vegas. She placed high in state promotion display, photo album, and speech competitions.

Attending Fort Hays State University, TallyAnn was a member of the rodeo club. “But I did not compete on the rodeo team because I was working every weekend, putting myself through college,” she pointed out. “I was in my 40s when I made my final student loan payment, but the struggle was worth its weight in gold.”

TallyAnn served as art and tech instructor as well as track and cross-country coach at Lyndon and Holcomb school districts.

Parker recognized for innovation and creativity at FSA awards ceremony

Presenting the Jack Kilby Innovation Award to Rachel Parker were Farm Program Division Chief Todd Barrows, left, and FSA State Executive Director Dennis McKinney, right. Courtesy photo.

During a ceremony in September, the Farm Service Agency recognized this year’s Eisenhower Legacy Award winners. Included as an honoree was Osage County’s FSA executive director, Rachel Parker, who was the state winner of the Jack Kilby-Innovation Award.

The Jack Kilby-Innovation Award honors an individual who has made impacting contributions to FSA’s mission and vision with groundbreaking ideas. The employee demonstrates creativity and “out-of-the-box” thinking when faced with challenges. This team member uses creative energy to make the workplace better for the entire team.

The award recognized Parker, Osage County and Coffey County FSA Executive Director, as follows:

“When facing challenges at work, Rachel is a true leader. With a positive attitude, she always looks for enhanced methods to provide innovative processes to both co-workers and producers. She has updated information for CIMS and COC training for easier reference. She goes the extra mile to find, create, and share information that benefits everyone.

Rapp School rings bell once again as students learn about old-time schooling

Lynsay Flory, who acted as the teacher during a visit to Rapp School, leads students in singing lessons. Photo by Wendi Bevitt.

For the first time in several years, on Oct. 10, 2022, Rapp School opened its doors to host a field trip day. Rapp School is a historic one-room school located on U.S. Highway 56, about five miles west of Osage City.

The Rapp School Preservation Association worked with Lynsay Flory, of the Osage County Historical Society, to arrange the field trip for local homeschooled students.

Students shared sack lunches, played on the playground, enjoyed practice lessons, and generally explored a different kind of schooling. All had fun as they experienced what school was like more than 60 years ago.

For more information about Rapp School, see In Osage County: Rapp School, District No. 50, 1871-1962

Hidden History: Osage County farmer women hated weeds, politics and men

In the 19th century women’s roles in the home and workplace were often limited to household management and family responsibilities. Different factors began to influence a change in expectations. One was the rise in popularity of the women’s suffrage movement, which showed young women they could be considered on equal footing with men in many areas. There was also a shift away from an agrarian society in which young men sought out “easier” jobs in cities. Additionally, technological advances made farm work easier to manage and allowed women to take a larger portions of farming activities. In Osage County, Carrie and Martha James didn’t settle for just that, but became principal farmers on their farm in the northwestern portion of the county.

Carrie and Martha’s parents, Charles and Sarah James, moved to a 200-acre farm northwest of Burlingame in the early 1880s. Charles James started with nothing but his land, his horses, implements, and hard work. When lands in Oklahoma Territory were opened up for white settlers, the family took their chances and participated in the fourth land run, which took place in the north central portion of the state in 1893.

Not every participant was able to obtain a claim, but the James family secured an uncontested one near Alva in Woods County. After the claim was made and improvements began, the land was rented, and the Jameses returned to Osage County. Carrie James eventually took on responsibility for the property, while Martha never went farther than the county seat. Once a year Carrie would go to check on the Oklahoma claim, collect rent, and assure herself that the land was being properly maintained.

Charles died in 1896 and instead of his sons taking over their parents’ farm, Martha, age 30, and Carrie, age 18, immediately jumped in. The sisters began working 100 acres – 40 acres they owned and 60 rented. And they did it with great success.

Advances in farming technology greatly helped women farmers. While cost was prohibitive to small farms, implements like the reaper-binder, improved hay rakes, hay tedders, land roller, and disc harrow made the work go much faster. While the Jameses’ farmhouse may have been plainly furnished, their outbuildings housed all modern machinery with large Clydesdales to pull it.

Meet a local 4-Her: Ethan Kneisler develops leadership skills

Editor’s note: This week, Oct. 2-8, 2022, is National 4-H Week. Osage County News will celebrate the week by featuring local 4-Hers, who have shared stories of their 4-H experiences.

My name is Ethan Kneisler and this is my eighth year in 4-H. I am the president of the Osage County 4-H Council and the president of the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club. I am also one of your Osage County Fair ambassadors. I really enjoy being an ambassador.

My favorite thing about 4-H is working on the projects and working with my animals. This year I showed a heifer, steer and goat. I also really like working on my garden for horticulture, and I love working on different woodworking projects. This year I made a Civil War Soldier chair. I also participated in the livestock judging contests and both round robins at the fairs.

Since I am in the leadership project I am a junior leader for livestock and electrical. I enjoy helping our younger members in the club with their projects. I really enjoy 4-H, and I plan to keep showing animals and working on my different projects. I also enjoy 4-H meetings and hanging out with my friends at the fairs.

Photo: Osage County 4-Her Ethan Kneisler shows his heifer at an Osage County fair.

Celebrating National 4-H Week, Oct. 2-8, 2022!

Spotlights shine on MdCV High School royalty at 2022 homecoming

MdCVHS 2022 Homecoming Royalty, front from left, Allie Reeser, Avary Simmons, Hudson Kitt, Queen Chiara Guerini, Josie Morgan, Carol Garcia-Fernandez, and Ella Reed; back, Sam Goddard, Kyler Anschutz, King Ryan Baker, Deken Colyer, and Michael Goddard.

Every high school homecoming game has winners and losers – unfortunately Marais des Cygnes Valley High School Trojans could not match Lebo in the game at Melvern, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. In spite of the Trojans’ 64-0 loss, the night was filled with festivity as this year’s homecoming royalty was revealed prior to the game. Crowned as MdCV’s 2022 Homecoming Queen and King were Chiara Guerini and Ryan Baker.

2022 MdCV King Ryan Baker and Queen Chiara Guerini.

Chiara Guerini is the daughter of Roberta Stefania Salvadori and Marco Guerini; and the host daughter of Bobbie Vaught and Joy Dyke. In high school, Chiara has been involved in volleyball and cheerleading. In her free time, Chiara enjoys reading, spending time with friends, and drawing.

Ryan Baker is the son of Josh and Theresa Baker. In high school, Ryan has been involved in football for four years, basketball for three year, and baseball for three years. Later this school year, Ryan plans to participate in basketball and baseball. In his free time, Ryan enjoys fishing, spending time with friends, and most importantly, eating.

Ryan escorted senior homecoming candidate Avary Simmons, the daughter of Jason and Kami Simmons. In high school, Avary has been involved in volleyball for one year, basketball for two years, FBLA for four years, FCCLA for four years, StuCo for one year, and National Honor Society for one year. In her free time, Avary enjoys spending time with friends and fishing.

Chiara was escorted by homecoming king candidate Kyler Anschutz, the son of Dan and Shannon Bowers and Kelby and Jenny Anschutz. In high school, Kyler has been involved in football for four years, FFA for four years, basketball for one year, and baseball for one year. In his free time, Kyler enjoys tending to his own cattle herd and working at his own welding business.

Attendants assisting in the homecoming celebration included: Freshman attendants Ella Reed and Michael Goodard; sophomore attendants Allie Reeser and Sam Goddard; and junior attendants Carol Garcia-Fernandez and Deken Colyer.

Photos thanks to Lisa Reeser.

MdCV StuCo attends regional conference

MdCVHS StuCo members, front from left, Olivia Lacey, Kyla Vogeler, and Lindsey Johnson, middle, Hailey Ingle, Alyssa McCurdy, Madison Cormode, Ella Reed, and Avary Simmons,back, Taytum Gellhaus, Kate Patterson, and Montana McCurdy.

On Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, Marais des Cygnes Valley Junior High and High School student council traveled to Silver Lake High School, Silver Lake, Kan., for the regional StuCo conference.

While at the conference, members interacted with more than 480 students from across the area in icebreakers, and enjoyed the keynote speaker, the “Amazing” Tei Street. Street has more than 25 years of experience in higher education, curriculum development, education and youth development. She shared her passion for positively affecting the lives of all young people and the adults who influence their lives as she graced the stage. Tei’s masterful use of humor, coupled with her gift for storytelling made her a crowd favorite. Tei challenged her audience to take the knowledge they gain to move from motion to action; walking in what makes them “amazing”! After the conference the students enjoyed a lunch together at Red Robin.

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officers hone leadership skills at annual retreat

MdCV FFA officers visit Omaha, Neb., for a leadership retreat, from left, Kyler Vogeler, Alyssa McCurdy, Olivia Lacey, Kelsey Rice, and Lindsey Johnson. Courtesy photo.

By Alyssa McCurdy, MdCV FFA Reporter

The 2022-2023 Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA Chapter Officers took advantage of building leadership and personal growth opportunities by spending three days, July 26-28, 2022, in Omaha, Neb.

The three days were spent enhancing their leadership skills, bonding as a team, enhancing their personal growth, and organizing a program of activities for the year. The officers spent their first day going on a drive through Safari and got settled into their house for the next few days. On the first day, officers walked around the Old Market. Officers had bought ice cream there as well. That first night the officer team went to an escape room at the House of the Conundrum to work on teamwork.

On the second day, the officers worked on the program of activities before spending the day at the Omaha Zoo. That night they had spent time around the campfire talking about enhancing personal growth.

On the last day of the retreat, the officers saw the Holy Family Shrine located in Gretna, Neb. The architecture of this Catholic Church was beautiful and very unique.

This year’s officer team is Lindsey Johnson, president; Olivia Lacey, vice president; Kelsey Rice, secretary/treasurer; Alyssa McCurdy, reporter; and Olivia Lacey, sentinel. The officers are thrilled about getting the year off to a great start. They have some incredible development activities planned for the chapter members and community. Some of those activities include the annual organization luau, SAE member tour, Seitz Sales, elementary agriculture presentations, walk-in movie nights, highway cleanup, Ag Awareness Day, and of course FFA Week. Follow the chapter on the Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA website mdcvffa.weebly.com or Facebook page for upcoming events.

Eat Well to Be Well: Save money and have fun with meal prepping ideas

Freshen up meals, add nutrition, save time

Envision coming home after a long day to a meal already prepped and ready for you to enjoy. You don’t have to imagine anymore. It can be your reality when you embrace “food prepping.” Food prepping is a commonly used term to prepare foods ahead of time, making meal planning a snap. Besides saving you time, energy, and anxiety over what to have for dinner, food prep is perfect for feeding your family nutritious and delicious meals.

If you’re new to food prepping, you can master meal planning with a few simple tricks, and even better, you’ll actually enjoy doing so. Once you’re in the habit of planning ahead what you’ll eat days from now, you will appreciate that food prepping also means more money in your pocket. Why? Relying on fast food take-out or sit-down restaurants increases your food spending dollars. The latest information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that from 2017 to 2020, households spent an average of $2,300 to more than $3,300 a year on eating away from home. Reducing one meal a week eaten out can save you dollars annually – less money spent at restaurants means more money in your pocket.

So, if you’re ready to make food prepping a reality, here are clever ideas to get you started:

Anshutz claims top medal at West Franklin golf tournament

SFTHS girls golf team, from left, Shelby Garrison,  Addison Alvarez, Taylor Long, and Bailey Anshutz, at Lamont Hill Golf Course. Photo by Mary Burgett.

LAMONT HILL, Kan. – “We have a champion!” said Santa Fe Trail High School girls golf coach Mary Vawter Burgett.

Burgett reported SFTHS golfer Bailey Anshutz claimed the tournament medal at the West Franklin Golf Tournament, played Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, at Lamont Hill Golf Course, Vassar.

Bailey, who shot 42, was 7 strokes under the second place winner, who had 49; third was won with 51, and fourth with 52.

SFTHS first year golfers Addison Alvarez and Shelby Garrison also competed and finished 14 and 9 strokes, respectively, ahead of the highest recorded individual scores for this meet. The team was assisted by temporary team manager Taylor Long.

Eleven schools competed in the West Franklin tournament.

Next for the SFTHS girls golf team is the school’s invitational, set for next Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Lamont Hill Golf Course, followed by the Osage City tournament Sept. 15.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Gray horse is ‘good’

“If you can’t ride a good horse, ride a gray horse.”

Apparently, that’s an old saying harassing those who stand out from other cowboys when riding a gray horse.

Actually, the quote hadn’t been heard personally until riding the gray gelding BB Zanes Hallelujah at the sale barn. The remark can become offensive when the horse really is a “good” horse.

Still, opinions about the quality or usefulness of a horse are widely varied. A horse that is appreciated by one cowboy, sometimes doesn’t appeal to another cowboy, and gets certain criticism.

That’s the way it is with this gray horse. The ranch manager blatantly declares: “That horse is no good.” Yet, he uses Hallelujah regularly for cattle counting and checking water gaps.

However, the old horse, formerly serving as one of the ranch broodmare service stallions, fits the manager’s dad just perfectly.

Chamber Chatter: Osage City celebrates senior center, plans fall activities

Osage County Senior Center and Osage County General Public Transportation hosted a “Chamber After Hours” mixer and open house July 29. Those attending enjoyed some delicious refreshments and tasty punch. Chamber photo.

The Osage County Senior Center and Osage County General Public Transportation hosted an “After Hours” mixer and open house Friday, July 29, 2022, which was open to the public and Chamber of Commerce members.

The senior center, at 604 Market St., Osage City, is a place to enjoy many activities throughout the week. Monday includes sewing, art and painting, exercise, Mexican train dominoes and pitch. Exercise and Mexican train dominoes take place on Tuesday. Wednesday includes sewing, exercise and Mexican train dominoes. Plan to exercise or do art and painting on Thursday. Finish up the week on Friday with exercise and bingo. Visit the center for the time slots for the activities.

A potluck lunch takes place on the first Wednesday of each month. Bring a covered dish and enjoy a nice variety of food and generally there is some musical entertainment following the meal.

The center has a variety of rooms specified for the various activities. There is a sewing room, ceramic and art and painting room, library and puzzle room, board room, pool and exercise equipment room. There is also a nice dining area which is used for daily meals served at lunch time.

The building is available for rent in the evenings and weekends when there are not center activities planned. The rental fees are $25 for nights and $50 per day for the weekends. Often during the day, there are activities or meetings that are scheduled. There is no charge and the center remains open for normal business. The center sponsors community blood drives through the Community Blood Center during the year. Also several times throughout the year, Herme Healthcare from Wichita provides foot and toenail care. There are also several fund raising events throughout the year to support the Senior Center activities. Memorial donations as well as donations from individuals and organizations are always welcomed to support the activities.

Osage County General Public Transportation provides riders the opportunity to use the public transportation for doctor appointments, eye appointments, medical procedures, hair appointments, physical therapy, mental health appointments, shopping, court appointments, and eating out.

If you need to go somewhere and need a ride, OCGPT will take you. Appointments must be made between 7:05 a.m. and 5 p.m. Fares are determined by destination from Osage City.

Eat Well to Be Well Recipe: Skillet Chicken with Olives and Tomatoes

A must-make Mediterranean meal that’s budget friendly too!

Here’s a simple recipe that will be a family favorite particularly perfect for a weeknight dinner. Ready in less than 30 minutes, you’ll be savoring the taste of the Mediterranean in no time. Even better, everything cooks in one skillet, so fewer dishes to clean means more time for you and less time scrubbing pots and pans.

In this delicious recipe, you’ll find plenty of heart-healthy support. Lean chicken breast, olives brimming with healthy monounsaturated fat, and antioxidant-rich herbs and spices make this a hands-down winner toward helping dodge heart disease.

One of the main features of this recipe is Spanish olives, giving the recipe a typical salty or briny taste any connoisseur of olives knows and loves. But what if you are not a fan of olives? What can you substitute to get that same flavorful kick? I would recommend either capers or artichoke hearts. And if you do like olives, but not Spanish olives, choose another type olive such as kalamata olives. No matter what type of olive you choose, for anyone needing to be mindful of their salt intake, choose an olive with a reduced sodium content.

When it comes to heart health, olives are an excellent choice. Packed with heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, this type of fat has been linked with lowering LDL or “bad” cholesterol while maintaining HDL or “good” cholesterol. Other heart health features of olives include:

  • Increasing nitric oxide production, which improves blood flow to tissues.
  • Olives contain polyphenols helping reduce chronic inflammation.
  • These same polyphenols found in olives may also improve your bone density helping lower the risk of fractures in older adults.
  • They contain vitamin E, an antioxidant linked to better cognition and a reduced risk of cognitive decline.
  • If you use extra virgin olive oil when cooking olives, it boosts satiety, keeping you fuller longer.
  • Eating olives or using olive oil help absorb beneficial antioxidants from fruits and veggies when eaten with these helpful dietary fats.

This recipe comes from my latest book, The Heart Disease Prevention Cookbook, which includes 125 recipes based on the Mediterranean diet. So, if you are ready to dive into an authentic-tasting Mediterranean meal, let’s get started!

Hidden History: Early inhabitants wove the fabric of Osage County’s past

Every property has a story, every house has a story, woven by the individuals that make their mark at that specific location. In the southern part of Osage County, Kan., the impact of written human history starts with the Sauk and Fox.

In the winter of 1845-46, the Sauk and Fox tribes were removed to a reservation in Franklin and Osage counties, consisting of 435,200 acres located at the upper reaches of the Osage River. This land contained 500 acres of rich farm ground used by the Sauk and Fox for farming until the Treaty of 1868, a deal which would lay the groundwork to remove the tribes to Oklahoma. Despite the signing of the treaty in 1868, the majority of the Sauk and Fox were not moved from the area until 1869. The land was then sold by the government to incoming settlers.

Julius Gandion, early Lyndon  farmer/stockman. Photo Los Angeles Times, Jan. 31, 1906.

One of the first settlers to be granted a land patent (purchase of land from the government) was Julius Gandion. Julius was a native of France who arrived in Osage County in 1871. His farm was located approximately three miles south of Lyndon, a property that now has a large two-story ranch house upon it. That house, while not Gandion’s, would become the center of a larger story.

After only 20 years, Julius Gandion moved on from his property due to personal struggles. Edward H. Perry, an agent for a real estate company in Topeka, heard about the newly available property and jumped at the chance to purchase it in 1892.

Edward constructed a new eight-room house on the property. The ranch became known as one of the most improved farms in the county. It boasted all kinds of fruit and shade trees and a lovely blue grass and tame grass lawn.

Zion Lutheran youth attend national gathering in Houston

Zion Lutheran Church Youth Group and sponsors, front from left, Kiefer Haney, Jensen Sturdy, Lisa Reeser, and Allie Reeser; back, Russ Haney, Lyndall Whitten, Dylan Haney, and Caleb Anschutz. Courtesy photo.

After three years of fundraising, with support from their church and communities, youth of Zion Lutheran Church and their sponsors attended the LCMS National Youth Gathering, July 7-14, 2022, in Houston, Texas.

Joining with 20,000 youth from across the United States for the gathering, the Zion Lutheran group spent half a day serving at the Houston Food Bank. The group also visited NASA, attended a Texas Stampede, joined Mass events in Minute Maid Park, visited sessions and Bible studies at GRB Convention Center, and shared many memorable activities and fun.

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