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Wilson’s Class of 1968 had a year to remember

By Alan Rusch
Ellsworth County I-R

 

WILSON — When the 28 members of the Wilson High School Class of 1968 graduated in May, they inherited a nation in turmoil. While the Vietnam War raged overseas, riots, protests and killings took place here at home with Robert F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. both falling to assassins’ bullets. Class member Dennis Hathaway said the news of the time seemed far removed from Wilson. “You just didn’t even think about it,” he said. “You went on with life.”

Hathaway was one of 17 class members attending the annual WHS Alumni Banquet Saturday in the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Parish Hall in Wilson. Four from the class, Hathaway, Joyce (Klema) Kraus, Tom Vopat and Lucinda (Mahoney) Drago, remember attending Kansas State University in 1968 when Nichols Gymnasium on the Manhattan campus burned to the ground.

 

Wed
30
May

Poker run benefits ECF’s SLC

BY Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

 

After 18 years of successful fundraising for the Spiritual Life Center, officials at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility are hoping to boost participation this year by moving up the “Run for the Soul” event. Normally held at the end of the month, the 19th annual motorcycle ride will be Saturday, June 2, to allow more farmers and their helpers to attend.

“The end of June is normally harvest time,” said Dale Bailey, ECF chaplain. “Many people are busy with harvest and can’t make it to the run.

 

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Wed
30
May

Remembering Our Fallen

BY Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

 

CARNEIRO — Following the seven-gun salute and playing of Taps, the solemn tone at Carneiro cemetery gently eased into fellowship. About half of the 40 people attending the Memorial Day service broke into small groups to converse. Jon and Wanda Sneath were among the last to leave.

They live on the south edge of Carneiro, north of Alum Creek, and know many that attend every year. Many of their relatives are buried here. Jon served as a C-130 transport pilot during the Vietnam War. He reflected on the address given by Pastor Luke Brown, who said the holiday “should not be merely a break, a time to get to the lake or the barbecue, or to enjoy a long weekend — but a time to renew our sense of deep gratitude for those who have served their country.”

 

Wed
30
May

Central Plains’ Barton captures high jump

Relay team runs to thirdplace in Class 2A State competition at Wichita

 

By the I-R Staff

 

Alex Barton plans to attend Sterling College this fall on a basketball scholarship. But officials there also expect him to participate in track. That only makes sense after a senior year at Central Plains High School that included championships in both sports.

This spring, the Oilers captured their first Class 2A basketball championship ever. Then, this past week, Barton cleared 6-foot-6 to capture the 2A State high jump gold medal. The recognition came at the State track and field meet at Cessna Stadium in Wichita. In an interview after the meet, Barton said he knew going into the meet he had the highest jump of anyone in 2A. But he also knew unexpected things can happen at State. “I just knew I had to go out and do my best,” Barton said. His jump tied the 6-foot-6 personal best he reached at Ellinwood during the regular season.

Wed
30
May

Leiker makes her mark at State track meet

By the I-R Staff

 

Ellsworth’s standout freshman runner, Shaylee Leiker, placed in two individual events Saturday at the 3A State track and field meet in Cessna Stadium in Wichita. Leiker placed sixth in the 400m dash with a time of 1:00.74 and seventh in the 100m dash with a time of 12.81. Leiker was one of several Ellsworth athletes to compete in Wichita for two hot, humid days.

Two — Remington Cravens and Darrell Gustin — came home with first place gold medals. Ellsworth also was represented by sophomore Laykin Tenbrink, who placed ninth in girls’ Class 3A high jump with a leap of 5-02.

 

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Wed
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May

Gustin wins discus for 3A state championship at Wichita

By the I-R Staff

 

Ellsworth’s Darrell Gustin capped off his high school career Saturday by winning a gold medal in discus at the State 3A Track and Field Championships at Wichita. Gustin, who participated in graduation ceremonies earlier in the week, threw a personal best of 154 feet.

The performance followed competition at the April 27 Beloit Relays, when Gustin tossed the discus 142’1 and the March 29 Fort Hays State University meet when he ended the day throwing the discus 131’2. Trailing Gustin in second place was Jaylen Pickle of Cimarron with a throw of 147’10.

 

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Wed
30
May

Cravens takes 3A championship in triple jump at State in Wichita

By the I-R Staff

It was a week Remington Cravens probably won’t forget. First there was graduation in the Ellsworth High School gymnasium and then — five days later — Cravens won the Class 3A triple jump gold medal at State competition in Wichita.

Cravens said it was his first love — basketball — that put him in the winner’s circle with a jump of 44-7.75

 

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May

Card shower for Phelan's 50th anniversary

Patrick and Barbara Phelan celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary June 1

Patrick Phelan, formerly from Holyrood, and Barbara Link, formerly from Chase, were married June 1, 1968 in Chase.

Please join their children, Shane and Jennifer, their five grandchildren and the Phelan family celebrate their anniversary with a card shower. Cards may be sent to 285 Cedar St., Meeker, Colo. 81641

 

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Wed
30
May

Showdown at Council Grove

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

 

Throughout the later part of the summer of 1867, negotiations were made between frontiersmen and plains Indians. Groups of Comanche, Cheyenne, and others met at Jesse Chisholm’s trading post at the mouth of the Little Arkansas River (Wichita). There was quite a bit of movement between that post and Chisholm’s post on the North Canadian River in Indian Territory. The object of all that activity was a peace treaty between the United States government and all the plains tribes, especially in relation to the use of traditional hunting lands in Kansas.

George Bent described the scene in his book, Life of George Bent: “The great camp was in a beautiful hollow through which flowed Medicine Lodge Creek, with its lovely wooded banks. This was a favorite place for the summer medicine- making of the Indians and also for their winter camps.”

 

Wed
30
May

America’s gifts

Editor’s Note — These are two of the essays in the recent Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary’s Patriot Pen contest.

By Grace Bohnen
First Place

America’s gift to our generation is what it has taught me. Although what they taught us may not all be great, there are some good things too. America has taught us to stand up for what we believe in and has allowed us to honor and give back to our Veterans.

When we were younger, we were taught to always listen to adults and do what they say. Yet as we get older, we start to disagree with adults. We start to stand up for what we believe in because we don’t agree with someone.

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