Mary Frances Irwin


Mary Frances Irwin, a sweet, sassy and sometimes ornery nearly 80-year resident of eastern Colorado, passed away Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Swedish Medical Center in Denver. She was 92. 
She was born Mary Frances Brooks on Nov. 10, 1929, to Earl Edward Brooks and Mary Ann Russum Brooks in Hot Springs, Ark. Mary Frances moved to Arapahoe during her sixth-grade year, and graduated from Arapahoe High School in 1950. She married Roy Lee Irwin in 1953, and they had two daughters. 
She served in the Navy Reserve and later was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, serving as president. 
No local services are planned. A memorial fund in her name has been established at Eastern Colorado Bank, PO Box 888, Cheyenne Wells, CO 80810, with monies to benefit the Cheyenne Manor Activities Fund.



Donna Marie Klinge

Donna Marie Klinge, of Sharon Springs, KS passed away on May 2nd, 2022.  She was 87 years old. She was born on January 27th, 1935 to Lowell (Jimmy) and Beatrice (Betty) Mather.  She was the second of three children.  Donna lived her life in Sharon Springs, KS after... [More]


Carl “Butch” O. Hapes Jr.

Carl Osmond Hapes Jr. who was affectionally called Butch was born on April 2, 1939 on Palm Sunday, to Mary Effie Hapes and Carl O. Hapes. He was the youngest of three children and the only son. Butch attend Scared Heart Catholic School from the first grade through the tenth grade... [More]


Mary Jane Carlton Smith

Mary Jane Carlton Smith, age 96, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on April 28, 2022 at the Wallace County Care Center in Sharon Springs, KS. Mary was born on December 2, 1925 in Beloit, KS to Rev. A.L. and Laura (Lewis) Carlton. She was the youngest of nine children.... [More]


Ronald Lee Blaesi

Ronald Lee Blaesi of Sharon Spring, KS, 72, passed after a brief illness on April 23, 2022, at the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, KS. Ron was the son of Dwight Duane and Vlasta (Holsan) Blaesi.  He was born in Emporia, KS on May 28, 1949, and lived in many small towns... [More]


Lois Vivian Roehr

Lois Kroetsching Roehr age 94 passed away at her home on March 10, 2022. She was born on March 18, 1927 in Stratton, Nebraska to Russell and Gertrude (Sharp) Kroetsching. She grew up in Sharon Springs, Kansas where she was Valedictorian of her high school class. In her youth... [More]


James "Jimbo" Ambrosier

James “Jimbo” Ambrosier (72) passed away on February 26, 2022 with many of his loved ones surrounding him. Jimbo was born on June 11, 1949, to Claude and Veronica (Mahlberg) Ambrosier in Cheyenne Wells, Colorado.  He had two big sisters to welcome him home; Loreene... [More]


Wanda Irene Jenkins

On March 20, 2022, at 8 p.m., Wanda Irene Jenkins, 87, of Bartlesville, stepped into the arms of Jesus and started her amazing eternity with Him. Wanda was born on September 10, 1934, in Campo, Colo., to John Perry Harbert and Helen Priscilla (Grimm) Harbert. At the age of 15,... [More]


Doris M. Linden

Doris M. (Shearer) Linden was born in rural Phillips County near Long Island, KS on March 23, 1926 and was raised near Almena. She was the 2nd of 10 children born to Vernon and Rosie Ella Shearer. Doris passed away on March 21, 2022, just two days shy of her 96th birthday. While... [More]

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Michele Howell Makes First Appearance on Arson Charges

Michele Howell appeared in Wallace County District Court on Wednesday, April 7th in person via zoom meeting.  Her court appointed attorney Justin Barrett, Colby opted not to appear with his client for her first appearance. Wallace County Attorney Charles Moser appeared on... [More]

Margheim and Schippers Sentenced in Wallace County District Court

Jake Wilson Margheim appeared in Wallace County District Court on November 12th, 2020 for sentencing in case number 17 CR 33.  Margheim had been charged with 1 count of unlawful possession with intent to distribute marijuana, a level 4 drug felony, on January 28, 2017.  Margheim... [More]

Traffic Court July-December 2020

Elmer Nelson of Lamar, CO was fined $93 plus court costs on 9/3/2020 - cited driving 73 mph in a 55 mph zone on 1/18/1994 by WACOSO. Kathleen Brammer of Grain Valley, MO was fined $69 plus court costs on 9/10/20250 – cited driving 79 mph in a 65 mph zone on 10/05/2018 by... [More]

Small Claims Court Proceedings

Case number 2020-SC-2 D Walker Concrete, LLC vs Jory Parks. On June 15th, 2020 (plaintiff) D Walker Concrete LLC filed claim against (defendant) Jory Parks, DBA Heartcross Ranch Designs LLC in the amount of $1150.25 for concrete delivered, plus $15 for sheriff service and $67.50... [More]

District Court Sentencings

Rolando Gonzales appeared in Wallace County District Court on January 12, 2020 for sentencing in case number 2019-CR-10 with court appointed attorney Christopher Rohr of Colby, Kans. On February 13, 2019, Gonzales had been found guilty of count 1 Possession of a Controlled Substance,... [More]

Traffic Court March - June

Skyler Jacob Adams Urban, Goodland Kans, transporting an open container, purchase/possession/comume by minor. Deferred adjudication, 12 months. Court Costs $108. William M Dysart, Jr., Weatherford, Okla, driving 82 mph in a 65 mph zone, Fined $87, court cost $108.  Shane... [More]

Wallace County District Court Proceedings

Rene Trevino appeared in Wallace County District Court on October 2, 2019 for sentencing in case number 2019 CR 12.  Trevino had been charged with 1 Count Domestic Battery, a Class B, Person Misdemeanor on September 7, 2019.  He appeared in court with court-appointed... [More]

Traffic Court for January and February

Catherine Elizabeth Capra, Pleasant Hill, Mo, driving 78 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred, court costs $108. Justin Blake Meyer, St. Francis, Kans, liquor purchased by minor, nolo contendre, fined $200, court costs $239. Transporting an open container, guilty plea, fined $200.... [More]

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Horineks Married 30 Years

Mark and Charity Horinek of Sublette, Kansas are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary with a dinner reception at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church Parish Hall in Sharon Springs, Kansas on May 21st, 2022 at 5:00 pm. Mark Horinek and Charity Whitney were married on May 23,... [More]


Elementary Play Day 2022

Some of the events during the Elementary School Play Day held last Monday.


Bair Among Those Graduating from the University of Kansas

Jessica Bair, daughter of Lace & Corey David graduated from Kansas University with a BS in Chemistry.  She has been accepted into Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, to continue with post graduate studies in chemistry.  


Weskan High School Class of 2022

WHS Class of 2022 Back Row: Kendalynn Miller, Lane Purvis, Dalton Mackley, Ariana Okeson.  Front row: Salutatorian Brielle Allen, Valedictorian Bethany Rother.  


School’s Out for Summer!

Sharon Springs Grade School students filed out of the playground for the last time of this 2021-22 school year. Here’s to a great summer filled with memories that will last a lifetime! 

Letter to the Editor - April 29, 2022

Wallace County Commissioners, It is with much frustration and disappointment that I am resigning my position from the Wallace County Road Department after 31 years of dedication and commitment. In the past, I have had the opportunity to work with some excellent co-workers,... [More]


Wallace County High School Class of 2022

WCHS Graduation 1st row: Breanna Medina, Jake Willems, Calley Stubbs, Madeline Pearce. 2nd row: Makena Katt, Kadin Murphy, Adrienne Selzer, Connor Kuhlman, Brookley Dinkel, Jaden Voth, and Hope Perry.    Awards recipients: Calley Stubbs, Valedictorian, KSHSAA Citizenship... [More]


“Building a Legacy” Breathes Life into Track and Field Project

Harold Frasier, a former Wallace County High school board member and active member of the community, is quoted to have once stated that “each generation has the responsibility to repair and replace.”   Athletics are constantly evolving. Rules change, equipment... [More]

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Bugle Notes - 5/5/22

The Annual Meeting of the Fort Wallace Memorial Association was held on Sunday, May 1st.  The day’s program was the showing of the film “The Lost Son: the Search for Lyman S. Kidder,” created by the WCHS Video Editing Class, instructed by Brenda Tropf.... [More]

Bugle Notes - 4/14/22

The Fort Wallace Memorial Association will hold its 2022 Annual Meeting on Sunday, May 1st at 5 pm at the Fort Wallace Memorials Association. The public is invited to attend: only lifetime members of the Fort Wallace Memorial Association may vote in the board elections. Memberships... [More]


Bugle Notes 3/24/22

We greatly enjoyed the fellowship and learning on Sat. March 12 during our 2022 Symposium "Communication Along the Smoky Hill Trail" and Captain Keogh's Emerald Banquet in the evening! Speakers were Marla Matkin, Chris Gabel, @Deb Goodrich, Mark Berry and Steve Boylan; we certainly... [More]


Bugle Notes - 3/10/22

Coming up on Sat. March 12 - our Annual Symposium and Guardians Banquet! Starting at 9:00 AM, we will host prominent historians from across the Midwest to talk about “Communication Along the Smoky Hill Trail.” The Symposium fee is $30 for Guardians Members, $40 for... [More]


Bugle Notes 3/3/22

We are very excited about our upcoming events on Saturday, March 12! This year’s annual History Symposium is themed Communication Along the Smoky Hill Trail, and features highly esteemed speakers from across the Midwest to share in their area of expertise. Doors will open... [More]


Bugle Notes 2/24/22

History was being shared across our area this weekend! On Saturday, the WCHS Videography Class, under the instruction of Brenda Tropf, filmed scenes for a class movie about the Kidder Massacre, which took place in June,1867 in north central Sherman County. The project required... [More]


Bugle Notes 2/17/22

This Sunday, the Museum is hosting a special two-hour class titled The Civil War in Kansas. Our own Deb Goodrich is our Garvey Texas Historian and she literally wrote the book on this subject! The class starts at 2:00 MT at the Museum and the cost is $10 - refreshments will be... [More]


Bugle Notes - Feburary 3, 2022

The snow may be flying in Wallace County (Thank the Lord!) but the Museum is humming with plans for the spring, as well as schools visiting for Kansas Day observances! On Monday, we welcomed the Sharon Springs USD 241 second grade class, led by teacher Gabrielle Kroestch and... [More]

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