Friday, December 21, 2012
A national wreath Co. donated wreaths to adorn and honor members of the armed services-living and dead- who have served their country. The wreaths were delivered by firetruck and accompanied by local law officers. Barry Speers and Dwayne Rogers in dress blues were the color bearers and did a precision march to the plaza with the flags. 4-H members then retrieved the wreaths from the firetruck and took them to the Veteran to whom they had been assigned. Veterans were; Army--Bill Campbell, Navy--Ed White (in full uniform), Air Force--Don Cox, Marines--Leon Melton, Coast Guard--Gerald Luis, Merchant Marine--Cecil Shore, and POW--Bill Vaughan.
Mark Davis offered prayer, and the National Anthem was sung by Macy Warburton. Aaron Magnus acted as Master of Ceremonies offered words of respect for the Vets and announced each Veteran present by name Several 4-H members gave readings or poems about service to country.
Next was the laying of the wreaths. The Veteran representing each branch of the service (see above) and the 4-H er assigned to him then carried the wreaths to the rotunda, placed the wreath, stepped back and saluted. Appropriate music was played for each branch of service. Bill Vaughan who was a prisoner of war in WWII laid the final wreath. All five of the Vaughan siblings did service in WWII or The Korean conflict. It was a poignant moment to see him at the age of 87 make the walk on the arm of Jenny Kelly to lay the wreath. Bill almost died in captivity of exposure and pneumonia. He was captured by the Germans during Battle of the Bulge and transported in a weakened state to a German stalag. He survived probably because an Australian Doctor moved him to better quarters and found some drugs to help him. (Well that's another story)
Many, many thanks to the Go Getters and especially to Alfreda Speer who orchestrated this program which delighted and awed the good crowd that gathered on a breezy cool day. The program ended with Taps played over the PA system. (from Don Cox via e-mail.)
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
Saturday last a group of us met at the old post office/legion bldg to remember Ivan Bolton. Ivan was one of six or seven Bolton siblings who grew up north of Wauneta. As a young man growing up during the Great Depression he took a job working for Mike And Brady Meldrum. At the same time a young lady, Retha Hollister found work helping Caroline Meldrum, sister of Mike and Brady. Well, love stepped in and Ivan and Retha became man and wife, still employed by the Meldrums. In due time a son, Gary, was born.
While this little story was unfolding, a much larger story we know as WW II was beginning. While little Gary Bolton was still an infant, Dad Ivan and a Wauneta friend Elmo Banning joined the Army to defend our freedom. Ivan and Elmo were in the 2nd wave which landed at Omaha Beach on D Day. They were both killed by enemy fire as they breasted the ridge at Omaha Beach. A grieving widow, family, friends, and a baby son who never knew his dad were left behind.
The Meldrums bought the old bank bldg, later the Post Office, and arranged a sale to the American Legion of the property on VERY easy terms. They also installed a very good bronze plaque by the front door which memorialized Ivan.
Gary Bolton's aunt Eileen Hollister McCall and her daughter Janice, Gary's cousin, knew the Plaque and hoped it might be presented to Gary. Janice asked me about this and I was greatly in favor, but referred her to our mayor Jerry Bowman as the bldg now belonged to the City. Mayor Bowman got the OK from the Council and plans were made. Janice and the family got Gary here from CA. At first he was loath to come until deer season so they had to tell him why although the original plan was to surprise him.
So--if you are still with me--last Sat AM at 11o'clock--we gathered. There were Bolton brothers of Ivan and several Hollister family representatives. Most had come from a distance. There were CV Legion reps, Madison Holroyd, Jess Rayl, and Dale Coffman, the commander of the Legion in Ark City, Joe Walker came in full uniform. Several CV citizens were there so we had 25 or 30 people there at the corner to honor Ivan.
Mayor Bowman started with a few remarks, a prayer and the removal and presentation of the plaque. I made a few remarks about heroism and led the group in singing "God Bless America". Joe Walker then made a moving presentation of the American flag with 3 brass shell casings tucked into the fold to represent the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Ivan's brother Bill Bolton made several remarks about growing up with Ivan as a big brother and having Gary on the farm with he and his wife Alene.
Gary then acknowledged the receipt of the plaque and told us with great feeling that although he couldn't remember his dad, he had all the Bolton Brothers as surrogate fathers.
A reception at the Long Shed arranged by the family followed the presentation for visiting and reminiscing. I was so proud of our little berg for helping with something so important and worthwhile.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
"I have a mirror that I picked up in Wichita this week that has C W Meldrum Cedar Vale, KS on the back of it. Not sure if someone is interested in purchasing it before I post it on Craigslist - not trying to use this as a way to sell my junk but thought it was kinda cool when I picked it up (we live in Sedan). Searched online and found this blog. Would be cool for it to go back where it came from... "
Friday, June 1, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Today I learned a bit more about Jess, in later life he was somewhat of a handyman and he had modified a Model T Ford and mounted a table type Buzz saw on it. The old Ford would serve to go to the work site and the Jess would Jack it up, remove a rear wheel and belt the Buzz saw to the drive axle of the Ford. The old Ford then powered the saw until the job was finished. The the process was reversed and Jess would motor home or to the next job.
I also learned the the house is no longer there. Once there were two houses on the block just north of the Zimmerman miniature village. But they are both gone now--there may be a mobile home there.
If someone has memories of this family--someone is interested.
Monday, April 30, 2012
- Log-in to the CV Memories blog
- Once logged in to the blog you should see a menu across the top (black text on a blue background)
- Click on "New Post"
- (This is where it gets more difficult.) You are given a new editing screen, but NO directions
- 1st, click where it says "Post title" and simply type a name for your article
- 2nd, click in the big box below the editing menu line & you should see a blinking line (cursor)
- 3rd, if you want to directly include a picture, click on the 'picture' icon following the "Link" button and follow the instructions
- 4th, type your story into the big box. The edit controls work just like most word processing programs *Note: You can copy and paste from simple text programs -- Not MS Word, etc.
- Then 'Preview' and 'Post' your article. You can skip Preview if you like.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
I am in hopes someone may remember Tom Fuller (1881 - 1960).
Tom is one of these 3 former Residents of Cedar Vale pictured here. Man on left, is Cal Lavely. I have posted about Cal previously. The man in the middle is George Thomas Fuller (Tom) and on the right is Tom's brother. His name is not on photo. I assume that he is younger brother Louis L Fuller (1875-1914).
Tom (1881-1960) and Louis are buried at Cedar Vale Cemetery along with their parents, Stephen A and Theresa Fuller.
Tom was husband of Goldie Hamrick and Zora "zoe" Ake McCaleb.He and Zora had a daughter, Susie Belle Fuller. With wife Goldie had 3 sons, Loyd, Leonard Hayes, and Harold Keith Fuller.
My cousin remembers meeting Tom at the Ford and Lavely family get-togethers in Cedar Vale during late 1950's, just before his death. We are not related to Tom, he was close friend of the Lavely and Ford family.
Tom's father was born in England, his mother Theresa was born in NE. Besides Tom, their children were Isabella, William, Elsie, Susan Matilda, Lewis, Anna, Charles, and Louis.
Isabella and husband Michael Crouse are buried in Arkansas City. Elsie married Alfred A Bruce. Susan Matilda married Morris Wheeler. She died in Ok. I have no record of Anna after 1900. At that time she was living with Isabella and Michael and their 4 children in Cedar Vale.
The famiy evidently move to Cedar Vale in early 1900's as Stephen A Fuller died in 1908 in Cedar Vale.
If anyone knows of these people, would love to hear from you. Iris
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Jay D. Mills, in October, asked “What was your first car? Most guys are car lovers and usually like to talk about their first car. I expected a flood of responses and was disappointed when none appeared. So, I’ll step up and tell about my first car, a Whippet Six.
The event happened in Cedar Vale in the 1930’s. I was still in the early years of grade school. My Uncle Clarence (Marsh) was the Ford dealer. He took in the old 4-door sedan on trade. The Great Depression had ruined the market for cars, especially older ones with such features as oak spoke wheels.
So, the Whippet was gifted to me as a non-moving plaything. We lived in a house on a corner – later owned by Don and Mary Bess Hankins – and had space between garage and barn to “hide” the old car.
As a youngster with an active imagination the car was, for me, at times not only a car, but an airplane, a speedboat, a truck, a submarine, and even a Buck Rodgers type rocket into the far reaches of outer space.
The Whippet created lots of good memories – and one not-so-good when I attempted to make the old car into something besides a permanent fixture. I somehow saddled one of my dad’s horses, tied a rope between saddle horn and Whippet’s bumper, and yelled “Giddy Up!”
Fortunately, the horse didn’t move – but my dad sure moved when he heard me. He came running and gave me a chewing out I still remember.
Morris Coburn Jones, 07 Jan 2012