Friday, April 22, 2011

Pebbles is live

As promised, here is the link to the Amazon site for the Kindle version of Pebbles: Memories of a Small-Town Kansas Boy. You can download a sample or purchase the book here:

Hooser in Cowley County

For those who want to know (like there are hundreds out there!) here is the 1899 map of Cowley County, showing Hooser on the railroad toward Winfield.

New design

It's spring and time for a new look for our CV blog. Hope you like it.

Best, Gary

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

January 7, 1908

I missed placed some genealogy papers. I had every thing very organized at one time - somehow it all got unorganized. Years of misplacing things and the hunt for them has taught me that something else will turn up that will surprise me - or if nothing else, I will get things back in order. So it was a couple of weeks ago. I am going through the collection of 3 ring binders of genealogy information when I come across something I had completely forgotten I had in my possession. This letter. I had never read it. That day I thought this would be a good way to relax.

I began reading the words a young wife and mother had written one month and 21 days before my father was born. Once I started reading, I could not lay it down. I saw it as a story. Here she was in a new home, in a new state, with a new life as wife and mother. In her letter home, she paints a picture to people she left back home. I could see the kitchen where she was cooking. I thought she had a very logical thought on the food she was preparing.
The items she describes are things her g-g-g-grandchildren in Germany will find interesting when they get older. I had forgotten about tie stays!!
The little drawings on the pages add a special touch. I hope you enjoy Ada Hubbard's letter as much as I did. I am so glad she left this behind for us to see a bit of life in 1908 in Hosser, Kansas.
I did get a chuckle at the end of the letter. So softly mentioned. Almost as an after thought. Maybe that was the way it was then. By the way, how did Hosser get it's name??

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Yearbook again

Wow, I can hardly believe my good fortune. Jim Hubbard just sent me scans of the front covers of the 1954 and 1955 yearbooks for CVHS. That's all I needed to finish the Kindle and iPad versions of Pebbles. Thank you so much, Jim.


Gary White

Monday, April 18, 2011

CVHS Yearbook 1954 or 1955?

I am in the process of putting all our published books up for the Amazon Kindle and the Apple iPad. I'm down to my little bio, Pebbles, and I have a request for the CV alums out there. If you have a copy of the 1954 or 1955 CVHS yearbook and have access to a scanner I would love to have a scan of the front cover of either of those books to put into Pebbles. You can let me know or send the scan to my email:

Thanks so much. I'll let you know when the book goes "live."

Best, Gary White

Friday, April 15, 2011

Info from Morris Jones

Hi all. I received the following information from Morris Jones who is retired in WA state. I have invited him to share some memories with us. --- Jay

It would have been nice to be a CVHS grad, but during WW2 my folks moved to Garden City where I graduated in 1949.

I went to K-State, got an architecture degree and a USAF commission and then completed pilot training. I had some interesting assignments including 13 months flying out of England in support of bases in Europe and North Africa. I landed at Don Cox’s base in France once and called him. We couldn’t get together for dinner but it was a treat to talk to a Cedar Vale friend, especially while in a foreign country.

I returned to Garden City after my AF years, and later lived in Laramie, Wyoming. I retired to Walla Walla, Washington, where I golf three days a week. It is a pretty soft life, -- but I can handle it!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Herb's Chili - Again

I know it has been asked before, but I'm still looking for the ingredients that Herb used in his yummy chili. We seem to have a few more readers now, so I am asking again.

Gary mentioned cumin, and we believe that he bought the basic seasoned bricks from the packing plant in Arkansas City. I remember seeing the bricks with orange grease covering the outside. And I remember some small pieces of port fat. And of course I always had mine mixed with his great brown beans.

Does anyone know what else he used for seasonings? I don't cook very much as I live alone...except for my 3 dogs. However, I do enjoy making chili for myself and for my occasional guests.
I use ground beef instead of the pork that I think was in Herb's chili. After many years of trying I still cannot find a chili powder that I like. Herb spoiled me for so many years that I am still searching.

By the way, the nights are still forecast to be 55-60 and days 75-80 F for the rest of this year and all of next year here in the mountains of western Panama.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Kenneth Dale Thompson Obit

Kenneth Dale Thompson, 67, of Carthage and Ontario, Canada, passed Friday, March 18, 2011 at his residence.  Mr. Thompson was born November 25, 1943 in Cedarville, KS; to the late Harold David Thompson and Margaret Holroyd Thompson.
Mr. Thompson is survived by his wife of 20 years Joanne Mary Thompson.  Three sons, Joshua, John, and Michael.  Three daughters, Jennifer, Susan, and Laura.  His father and mother-in-law, Stephen and Rita Garvin.  Two brothers, Lynn and Mark.  Two sisters, Judy and Martha. Four grandchildren and many friends at the Carthage Airport.   He was preceded in death by a brother Jerry.
Ken retired from Exxon Mobil after many years.  He enjoyed flying his airplanes and living on the airport and loved his time here immensely.  Ken was an important person to the airport and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.