Maxine Violet Branwell


Maxine Violet Branwell (Forsbeck) passed away April 26, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. Maxine was born January 22, 1930 in Wallace County Kansas on her family’s farm. Her parents were Carl Algot and Alice May Forsbeck (Rundahl). She was baptized and confirmed at the Sharon Springs Lutheran Church. She attended Dover Country school and later (1948) graduated from Wallace County High School.  Maxine was the second of three children born to Carl and Alice. Her older sister Mariam, and younger brother Orville predeceased her.

Shortly after her high school graduation she moved to Denver, CO. There she met and in 1950, married Donald Francis Branwell. They had two sons, Donald Francis Branwell, II and William Carl Branwell. The family continues to reside in the Denver metro area. Her husband passed in 1997, and son Donald passed in 2017. William (Bill) survives her as do his wife, Meda, their two daughers, Kristin Brinkman (Kevin) and their three children, as well as Kara Stevens (Jonathan) and their three children.

Maxine was proud of her roots in Western Kansas, and when she was able happily attended multiple high school reunions and celebrations of friend’s milestone events in and around Wallace county. In the last several months of her life, her memories of her childhood in Wallace County were particularly vivid, and she took time to share those with her remaining son and other family members, including her 6 great grandchildren. Perhaps surprisingly, she recalled those days, even those during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression, with great fondness. She acknowledged there were many hardships, but also recalled the love of her family and the support of the Lutheran Church and the Sharon Springs Community. Like many others there, her ancestors came from Sweden and the Swedish/Lutheran community was also a big part of her childhood.

She passed peacefully, faithful and with every confidence she would go to Heaven and join her husband, her parents, siblings and many other relatives and friends who had gone on before her.



Dane G. Chaney

Dane G. Chaney, age 59, passed away peacefully in his mountain home on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 in Divide, Colorado.  He was born on December 5, 1958 in Tribune, Kansas to Charles L. Chaney and Margaret V. (Basgall) Chaney. He was born with blue baby syndrome and... [More]


Ted Clarence Temple

Ted Clarence Temple, son of Floyd and Marjory Mae Temple, passed away on September 3, 2018. Ted was born November 2, 1932, in Wild Horse, Colorado. Ted and Myrna White were married in 1956. One son, Randy, was born to this union. Ted had 8 brothers and 2 sisters. They were... [More]


Robert Paul “Bob” Moser

Robert Paul “Bob” Moser, Sr., age 86, passed away on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at Greeley County Hospital/Long Term Care in Tribune, Kansas.  Bob was born July 12, 1932 on the Moser family homestead in Greeley County, the son of Paul Frederick & Esther Gladys... [More]


Ruby Alice White

Longtime Sharon Springs, Kansas resident, Ruby Alice White, 96, passed away on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Stockton, Kansas.  She was born in Dwight, Kansas on September 11, 1922 to Bird Ray and Anna (Jorgensen) Neff. She graduated from Alta Vista High School where... [More]


Mason Stone Sherer

Mason Stone Sherer passed away September 23, 2018. He was 20 years old.  Mason was born on October 11, 1997 to Levon and Jamie (Simick) Sherer in Boulder, CO. He graduated from Wallace County High School in Sharon Springs, KS in 2016 where he ran cross county, was Captain... [More]


“DJ” Daniel James Noyes

“DJ” Daniel James Noyes’ Memorial Service Saturday, October 6, 2018 10:30 M.T or 11:30 C.T. Sharon Springs Wesleyan Church 309 2nd Street “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.  My Father’s house... [More]


Ethel Leah Newell

Ethel Leah Newell, 87, passed away Saturday, September 22, 2018. She was born May 8, 1931, in Matheson, CO, the daughter of Ira Newton and Nellie Ethel (Drinen) Diggs. She was a farm wife helping her husband in the farm operations in McAllaster, Weskan and Arlington. Ethel... [More]


O. D. Mote

Longtime Weskan, Kansas resident, O.D. Mote, 82, passed away on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at the Wallace County Community Care Center in Sharon Springs. O.D. was born March 22, 1936 in Vernon, Texas to Oris Dee Mote and Pearl Cooper Mote Cline.  He was the youngest... [More]

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Traffic Court reports - Oct 18, 2018

Ibarra, Tycel Ruben, Tribune, Kans, driving 86 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $114, court costs $108. Sanchez, Francisco Jose, Fountain, Colo, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $105, court costs $108. Detommaso, Denise Karen, Lawrence, Kans, driving 76 mph in a 65 mph... [More]

Traffic Court reports - Oct 4, 2018

Willenbrink, Cheryl Ann, Winfield, Mo, driving 79 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $69, court costs $108. Marsden, Christopher James, Orlando, Fla, driving 79 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $69, court costs $108. Vasudev, Paven Sesh, Tolleson, Ariz, driving 81 mph in a 65 mph zone,... [More]

Two Sentenced in Court

Megan Gibbs, Goodland, appeared in Wallace County District Court on September 12th, with her lawyer Leslie Beims of Goodland, for sentencing on the drug-related charge of Unlawful Use of a Communication Facility. Gibbs had plead guilty of the charge on July 11th. Judge Showalter... [More]

Lucas sentenced in drug case

Braden Lucas, Goodland, was sentenced on a level 2 severity,  non-person felony drug charge. Lucas plead guilty on May 31st to unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, 3.5 - 100 grams, which carries a presumptive prison sentence of 123 months... [More]

Traffic Court reports - Sep 20, 2018

Hause, David Norman Jr, Brewster, Kans, securing loads on vehicles, deferred adjudication, costs $108. Smith, Nolan Gerald, Alamosa, Colo, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, fine $105, costs $108. Walton, Trevor J, North Waterboro, Maine, driving 83 mph in a 65 mph zone, fine... [More]

Traffic Court reports - Sep 6, 2018

  Johnson, Andrea Mckenna Green, Phoenix, Ariz, driving 90 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $150, costs $108. Gwidt, Jesse Michael, Brighton, Mich, driving 82 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $87, costs $108. Holliday, Stewart M, Phoenix, Ariz, driving 78 mph in a 65 mph zone,... [More]

Three sentenced on drug charges

August 15th, 2018 - three defendants appeared for sentencing in the Wallace County District Court on charges stemming from last year’s 41-person, multi-county drug bust. Alyssa Lamb appeared with her attorney, Robert H. Gale, Syracuse, KS for sentencing. Lamb plead guilty... [More]

Traffic Court reports - Aug 23, 2018

Farr, Rebecca P, Lamy, NM, Driving 76 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $51, court costs $108. Thornhill, Georginna M, Florrisant, MO, Driving 99 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred adjudication, restitution $42, court costs $108, other time 6 months. Luna, Miguel, Nebraska City,... [More]

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Annual Halloween Spectacular Scheduled

Fall is here and that means it is time for young and old to start selecting their Halloween costumes and digging out the pumpkin carving tools to carve a winning pumpkin to enter in the annual Halloween Spectacle, on Wednesday, October 31.  The Wallace County 4-H Teen Leaders... [More]


Junior High volleyball season concludes

The Wildcat Jr High Volleyball season concluded with 4th place in the league tournament


Selzer runs in Bethel College invitational

2018 WCHS graduate Robin Selzer (3rd from left) placed 8th at the Bethel College Invitational in Newton on October 6th. Selzer is the daughter of Todd & Carmen Selzer of Sharon Springs.


“Food for Thought” series to begin

The Prairie Museum of Art and History will launch its 2018-19 “Food for Thought” lunchtime program series with a talk on the 1918 Spanish flu on Thursday, October 18 at noon. The talk, given by Wichita State Professor George Dehner, is entitled “Spanish Flu:... [More]

How does your garden grow? - Fall Garden Soil Preparation

Proper soil treatment in the fall will give you a significant head start next spring. You can alleviate some of your spring work load, prevent some diseases and insects, and reduce next summer’s weed population. If you would like to attract birds to your garden over... [More]


Jazz Ambassadors coming to NW Kansas

The internationally acclaimed Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, DC continues its long tradition of presenting free public performances when it appears at Colby Community College’s Cultural Arts Center, on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. CDT. The Jazz Ambassadors’ concert... [More]


Volleyball Photos from 10/9/18 Games

Photos courtesy of Peggy Fischer


Wildcats Lose in Overtime Thriller

High school football games are not normally as close as this game was Friday night between the Wildcats and Jackrabbits. The game came to an end in overtime with the Jackrabbits winning by only 2 points. The final score of the game was Sharon Springs 28 and Tribune 30. This was... [More]

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Bugle Notes - 1912 Cash Register

Several folks at the Fort Wallace Museum have had fun with restoring the 1912 National Cash Register that has long stood at the visitor’s desk at the entrance to the Museum! A joint effort by Tony Burnett, Doug Tittel and Ramona and Chuck Zortman has resulted in a gleaming... [More]


Last Installment of the Grand Reunion of Forsyth Scouts

The last installment of the Grand Reunion of Forsyth Scouts and Beecher Island 150th was held at the Beecher Island Memorial Grounds on Sept. 14-15. One difference between this event and the ones in Kansas is the fact that this was also the 119th Annual Reunion of Scouts and... [More]


Bugle Notes - 150th Celebration

The Fort Wallace edition of the Grand Reunion of Forsyth Scouts is in the books, leaving some great memories to ponder for the months to come! Around 500 folks came together on the Fort Wallace Museum grounds for a weekend of fellowship, learning, discussion and entertainment.... [More]


Bugle Notes - Upcoming Weekend Events

The first weekend of the Grand Reunion of Forsyth Scouts was held this past weekend at Fort Harker Guardhouse Museum in Kanapolis, KS. The largest gathering of Forsyth Scout descendants ever were the special guests of the event, bringing nearly 100 of these folks together from... [More]


Bugle Notes - Wallace County 150th Anniversary

There is an important 150th Anniversary coming up that we can all appreciate, and that is the 150th Anniversary of the founding of Wallace County! 1868 was a tumultuous year in what is now far-western Kansas; the building of the Kansas Pacific Railway was still stalled at... [More]


Bugle Notes - Forsyth Scout Days with Gov. Colyer

  Excitement continues to build toward our big 150th Anniversary commemoration of the Gathering of the Forsyth Scouts and the Battle of Beecher Island! The Fort Wallace Museum was proud to be represented this past Thursday at the Kansas Statehouse, as Governor Jeff Colyer... [More]


Bugle Notes - Kriegh reunion and State Museum Board retreat

Wow, another FULL week for the Fort Wallace Museum! We have had excellent visitation for the past week, with more than 130 folks coming through our doors, including visitors from New Zealand, Sweden, and other countries. We have been blessed with visitors from several local... [More]


Bugle Notes - Gatling Gun and Museum Passport Program

If you are interested in antique weaponry or in historical buildings in Wallace County, boy, do we have an event for you! Coming this Sunday, July 15, at 3 pm MDT, come on over to the 1879 Kansas Pacific Railroad House in Wallace (the tall limestone building visible from Highway... [More]

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