One of the joys of this job is getting to know people you might not otherwise have met. Almost 20 years ago now, the telephone on my desk at the Salina Journal rang and on the other end of the line was Wilson’s George Eschbaugh. He had heard Sharon Montague and I planned to start a newspaper in Ellsworth County. He was the Ellsworth County Independent’s first subscriber.

That story comes to mind whenever I think of George. He was an amazing man, someone who encouraged others and supported his community — both its future and its past.

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