Times Gone Past - Week of Jan 18, 2018

30 Years Ago (1988)

150 people attended Witzel & Rhea Implement for the showing of the new 1988 Magnum tractor.

Pond Creek Supply Station presented a Computer Class that week at the High School.

A professional troupe called “The Company” visited many venues across Northwest Kansas. The stopped in Sharon Springs the prior week and performed musical comedy at the High School auditorium. 

The National Arbor Day Foundation gave away 10 free trees to each person who became a Foundation member during January 1988. Each 6 to 12 inch tree was shipped with postage paid and planting instructions.

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest was held. Boys age group winners were: 11 years old - Cauy Hudson, 12 years old - Joby Harrison, 13 years old - Devin Dinkel, and 14 years old - Ross Fulton.  Girls age group winners were:  11 years old – Courtney Weeks and 13 years old – Anita Bussen.


50 Years Ago (1968)

A story detailed an eventful night at the Paul McNall house a couple weeks prior. Mr. and Mrs McNall were away, however the children were home as a horned owl with a 53-inch wing span crashed through a picture window. It landed in the living room and was stunned for a few minutes but then got up and flew around the house until a friend caught it. In addition to the broken window, it damaged the Christmas tree and lights.

Kansas Congressman Bob Dole, age 44, announced he would seek the Republican nomination for the US Senate seat to be vacated by Frank Carlson. Dole had been Russell County Attorney for four terms and was currently serving his fourth term as Representative from the First District.

The Sharon Springs Chamber of Commerce elected new officers: President – John Zimbelman, Vice-President – Francis Wehner and Secretary / Treasurer – Maurice Lines. Mac Newberry and John Smyth were named to the board.


70 Years Ago (1948)

A well-known business firm changed hands in the prior week. Carter’s Store, owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Carter was sold to Mrs. Mae Sanders of Tribune. The Carters had operated the store since they took over from Mr. and Mrs. George Cox in 1945. Sanders and her son were looking to buy a home in town.

Walker Implement Co. sponsored a free showing of the new movie “The Land of Power Farming.” It was shown in the court room and included a short comic and a 10-minute picture on the Prairie Mulcher, a new soil conservation machine. Valuable prizes were also given away.

Roy Gawith, plant superintendent, invited the public to visit the city light plant. Recent improvement made it one of the most modern and up-to-date plants found in western Kansas. The building was re-modeled and two new engines were installed, making three in total. Other improvement included: all new piping, improved cooling tower, new floors, and fresh interior paint.


Times Gone Past - Week of Jan 11, 2018

20 Years Ago (1998) The Military Service Roll of Honor was completed and hung in the main entrance hallway of the Courthouse. The Jerome Dechant VFW Post #6844 and many other people helped over the years to finish this project. The First Annual Wallace County Health Fair... [More]

Times Gone Past - Week of Jan 4, 2018

35 Years Ago (1983) Winter weather hit hard from Christmas to New Year’s Day. To start, 8 inches of snow fell. Heavy winds caused six to eight foot high drifts and blizzard conditions. Roads were closed and church services were canceled. A couple days later, .76 inches... [More]

Times Gone Past - Week of Dec 21, 2017 (Extended)

15 Years Ago (2002) The public was treated to four nights of opera during the prior week with “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” The main performers were Cody and Taylor Pearce, Richard and Steven Baum, Cecil Pearce and Jayne Humphrey Pearce. Many other residents harmonized... [More]

Times Gone Past - Week of Dec 14, 2017

30 Years Ago (1987) Rod Pratt beat 14 other contestants and captured the National Roping Championship in the finals held at Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma.  The Strand Theatre was showing “The Principal” starring James Belushi and Louis Gossett Jr. CableVision... [More]

Times Gone Past - Week of Dec 7, 2017

20 Years Ago (1997) Construction on Penny’s Diner began on December 5th.  The start date had been delayed due to bad weather. It was scheduled to be open for business on December 20th.   Valmont Irrigations honored Western Sprinkler, Inc of Colby, Sharon Springs... [More]

Times Gone Past - Week of Nov 30, 2017

25 Years Ago (1992) The 2nd Pinochle Tournament of November was played at the Senior Center with 20 players. Ruby White was the hostess and top 7 winners were 1st – Ray Clark, 2nd – Lloyd Camp, 3rd – Ferne Smyth, 4th – Nema See,... [More]

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Grund honored with All-American Award

Callahan Grund has had an amazing season as a member of the Kansas State University Livestock Judging Team. This fall the team attended the Flint Hills Mid-America Classic in Hutchison, where the team brought home the Reserve Champion... [More]

CDC reports - influenza cases are on the rise

Kansas is experiencing increased influenza cases in most regions of the state.  Influenza surveillance conducted by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment indicates that flu infections are rising in Kansas.  Specimens tested have been positive for both Influenza... [More]

"Forever Young" Coming to Colby

Live from Branson, Missouri, join the stars of Forever Young as they bring you on a journey through the best eras of modern music. Featuring a talented troupe of singers and performers, this show is sure to dazzle and impress. Bringing back a nostalgic feel reminiscent of garage... [More]

SHPTV PBS Kids announces Writers Contest

Children have incredible imaginations and what better way to foster that imagination, than for them to write their own stories. We would like to invite you to join Smoky Hills Public Television as we encourage children in central and western... [More]

Clifford the Big Red Dog is Heading to Hays

Smoky Hills Public Television’s Family Fun Day will return to Hays next month. This free event will be held at Big Creek Crossing February 10 from 10am to 1pm. During the event, children will be able to take a picture with Clifford. Parents are encouraged to bring a camera.... [More]

Wallace County Foundation reaches matching fund goal

Thanks to all of the donors -- individuals, civic and other nonprofit groups, businesses, and nonresidents with ties to Wallace County -- the Wallace County Foundation will be able to capture the Dane G. Hansen Foundation $50,000 in matching funds for the endowment.... [More]

Pioneer Communications Provides over $14K in Scholarships to Area Youth

Pioneer Communications will provide over $14,000 in local scholarships to high school students in southwest Kansas communities.  Six Earl B. Williams and Joseph B. Chilen Memorial Scholarships worth $1,500 each will be awarded to area seniors within Pioneer Communications’... [More]

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Bugle Notes - 1860 Spencer Carbine & Guardians of Ft Wallace

 The Fort Wallace Memorial Association is excited to launch a new venture for 2018! Our organization is starting a new “Fundraising Arm” of the original private non-profit called “The Guardians of the Fort Wallace Museum.” This new annual membership... [More]

Bugle Notes - Community Vision Award

The Fort Wallace Memorial Association was honored this past December 16 at the Light Up Wallace County event with a Community Vision Award from the Wallace County Foundation. We really appreciate this recognition of the efforts put in this past year on the new Milford Becker... [More]

Bugle Notes....News from the Fort Wallace Museum

Are you ready to ring in the Christmas Season? Come join us in Wallace this Sunday at 5 pm MST for a special Candlelight Christmas service at the 1888 Bethany Lutheran Church! The traditional service with Swedish influence will be joined with the sounds of the men’s ac... [More]

Bugle Notes....News from the Fort Wallace Museum

One ongoing project undertaken this fall by the Fort Wallace Memorial Association is planning for a new home for the Rhea Pump Organ Collection. These 55-plus pump and reed organs were donated to the Fort Wallace Museum, but are currently in storage until a permanent home can... [More]

Bugle Notes....News from the Fort Wallace Museum

Even though the peak travel season is behind us, we are still having several visitors a day into the Museum! And there are several events planned for this winter! Make plans to join us at the Museum for a very special Christmas observance and party on Sunday, December 10 at... [More]

Bugle Notes....News from the Fort Wallace Museum

We here at the Fort Wallace Museum enjoyed a weekend of learning more about antique weaponry, as well as some delicious food and fellowship! Although noted expert Greg Higginbotham was unable to make the drive from Independence, Missouri, due to serious illness, the “show... [More]

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