May 25

Remembering Our World War II Veterans

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The service of these four men during World War II contributed to the Allied defeat of dictators Hitler, Mussolini, and Hirohito in their goals for territorial expansion across the globe.  Without the sacrifices of thousands of young American soldiers, the lifestyle we know today would be nonexistent.  We should continue to fight for the freedoms and rights our country was founded upon and guaranteed in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

These four servicemen all grew up in southeastern Edwards County, Kansas.

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The World War II era in the communities of Trousdale, Fellsburg, and Centerview was a period of change, sacrifice, and growth.  From the high school boys drafted out high school to all the women left behind, every resident played a role and every role was significant.  Let’s remember all those people who contributed to the war from the home front as well.


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April 29

Celebrate 2014 Otis-Bison XC – Season Recap

Relive the excitement, determination, and accomplishments of the 2014 Otis-Bison Cross Country team .  The small, seven-runner squad brought home a total of twenty-one medals and ran an average of two-hundred fifty miles, per person over a seventy-five day period.  Freshmen Carly Welsh and Thomas Harmon earned berths at the KSHSAA 1A State Cross Country Meet where they finished 40th and 46th in their respective divisions.  Congratulations and let’s get ready for the 2015 season!

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April 10

It’s Official… 20 years

The Kansas State High School Activities Association recognizes individuals  who have actively officiated for twenty, thirty, and forty years.   Believe it or not, this school year was my 20th.  I’ve met tons great kids and worked with a lot of great officials.  It isn’t a glamorous job but it is fun and rewarding, especially when you see a former player and not only do they remember you but they thank you.  It was fun to receive the award at the 2A State Tournament prior boys championship game because I’ve had the honor of officiating the kids from Central Plains and St. John for many years.  I also was able to cheer and I cheered for BOTH teams!

Sports official recognition at the 2015 2A Kansas State Basketball Tournament.

KSHSAA recognizes sports officials for 20, 30, and 40 years of service at the 2015 2A State Basketball Tournament in Kansas State Univeristy’s Bramlage Coliseum on March 14.

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March 29

The Chickens Survived

The Chickens Survived – Community & Cooperation:  Offerle and the Flood of 1965 was produced as an introduction for the Kinsley Library portion, Navigating Rough Waters, of the Kansas Humanities Council’s series, Talking Points:  Stories of Change.

The video is an edited, round-table discussion with current and former residents of Offerle, Kansas about their experiences during the Arkansas River Flood of 1965.   Includes vintage newsreel footage and Google maps for illustration.

March 27

Early Grain Elevators

This clip is from “South of the Parallel – Part Two”, A Living History of the Trousdale, Fellsburg and Centerview communities. Today’s concrete grain elevators have been dubbed Kansas Skyscrapers and can be seen across the state. They store wheat, corn, milo, sunflowers, barley and many other grains grown by Kansas farmers.

Grain elevators used to be constructed of wood and they were a lot smaller that those you see across Kansas today. In this clip from “South of the Parallel – Part Two”, Jake Roenbaugh remembers skunks in the old Fellsburg elevator.

Due to declining population, recording the history and memories of the Trousdale, Fellsburg and Centerview communities, located in southeastern Edwards County, became a priority for the members of the Franklin and Trousdale Family and Community Education Units.

“South of the Parallel” was released in December 2010 and “South of the Parallel – Part Two” was released in December 2013.   These videos are a living history of these communities and the history is shared by the descendants of the original pioneers.  Since these videos were released, several community residents have passed away.

“South of the Parallel” received the Award of Distinction in the 2012 Videographer Awards competition.

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