25 years ago (1983) A Civil Defense team is in town searching for buildings that could serve as underground shelters, in case of a nuclear attack. A similar study was done about 20 years ago, but experts say it needs to be updated. This time, however, the designated shelters will not be stocked with food and water, as they were 20 years ago. 50 years ago (1958) The December Calendar Girl is Sandra Midcap, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jame...
John A. Birner 1943-2008
John A. Birner, 65, Neosho, Mo., died Thursday, November 27, 2008, at his home, following a lengthy illness.
He was born Feb. 11, 1943, in El Paso, Texas, to Augustine and Audra Wilson Birner.
He moved to Neosho on Jan. 1, 1990, from Chanute. He had served in the National Guard and worked in construction.
He married Myrna Mitchell on Aug. 30, 1968, in Erie. She survives.
Other survivors include three children, Dhanna Birner, Wichita, John A. ...
Dalen D. Thomas 1948-2008
Dalen D. Thomas, 60, Toronto, died Thursday, November 27, 2008, at St. Francis Hospital, Wichita.
He was born July 15, 1948, in Eureka to John D. and Helen Swilley Thomas. He graduated from Toronto High School in 1966.
He was employed in the Paint and Research Department of Boeing Aircraft Company in Wichita for 22 years.
He was a member of Toronto United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his mother, Helen Thomas, Toronto; and a sister, Bec...
Birth ¬≠— Mead
Bryan and Becky Mead, Buffalo, announce the birth of their daughter, Whitney Gayle Mead, born Nov. 17, 2008, at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center. She was welcomed home by her brothers and sisters, Jessica, 15; Tyler, 14; Raydan, 11; and Elizabeth, 10. They are the grandchildren of Steve and Sharon Mead, Eureka, Mac and Jan Kerby, Cunningham, and Bob and Terri Blair, Nickerson. They are the great-grandchildren of Gladys Mead, and J...
25 years ago (1983) The feature in the Tribune’s weekend magazine showcases restoration work being done on the Memorial Building. The structure was built in 1925, at a cost of $376,000. 50 years ago (1958) Dr. A.M. Garton, 74, Chanute physician for nearly 50 years, has died of a heart attack. Dr. Garton had not been ill, so death was unexpected. 75 years ago (1933) New officers of the local post of VFW include Clifford Bickhart, Harry S...
Clark Merton King 1920-2008
Clark Merton King, formerly of Thayer and Erie, died recently.
He was born in Edmond, Okla., to Forest and Anna King. He graduated from Foyil (Okla.) High School and Oklahoma A&M College.
He married Dorothy May Chicken in 1942. She died in January 2005.
He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and the Korean Conflict.
He retired from farming in 1999.
There will be no memorial service in accordance with his request. He will be burie...
Poor economy takes toll on sales
WICHITA (AP) — Pharmaceutical rep Alisha Ontiberos works in her office, the front seat of her van parked near a Wichita medical facility. In early June, she learned in a conference call that she was losing her job as a pharmaceuticals sales representative. That put the Wichitan among thousands of sales reps who’ve been laid off this year. This month, GlaxoSmithKline said it was cutting its U.S. sales force by 1,000. Novartis announced a c...
Why it’s called ‘Turkey Day’
John Schlageck Kansas Farm Bureau How did the turkey reserve its place on our traditional Thanksgiving table? That bird is what the pilgrims, our forefathers, feasted upon according to fact and fable. You’ve all heard how our ancestors hunted this bird. But here is the real story – the turkey scoop. Seems our forefathers remembered to take their muskets that day, but forgot to take their ammunition. As the men marched toward the woods, ...
Merle Kelly Ford continues commitment to FFA Ford Motor Company’s 2009 commitment includes substantial support of National FFA events, and $1,000 college scholarships for up to 700 FFA members; Ford, with local dealers such as Merle Kelly Ford, Inc., has awarded 5,058 scholarships and contributed more than $5 million in FFA scholarships since 1997. For the 2008-2009 school year, Merle Kelly Ford in Chanute is sponsoring 1 Built Ford Tough ...
Dale Mitchell 1960-2008
Dale Mitchell, 48, Cherryvale, died Monday, November 24, 2008, at his home.
He was born April 12, 1960, in Independence to Loma and Dorothy Ash Mitchell and attended Cherryvale schools.
He worked for Powder Blue as a powder coating specialist.
Survivors include a daughter, Amanda Decker, Springfield, Mo.; a son, Jacob A. Mitchell, Glenpool, Okla.; four sisters, Debbie Rash and Gayle Cunningham, Cherryvale, Nancy Gordon, Carl Junction, Mo., an...
Rosene H. Kilgore Green 1963-2008
Rosene H. Kilgore Green, 45, Arkansas City, died November 23, 2008, at Via Christi Medical Center-St. Francis Campus in Wichita.
She was born Sept. 12, 1963, to Gary Lynn and Lorraine Kay Jones Kilgore in Parsons. She graduated from Chanute High School in 1982 and Cowley College in 2002.
She served in the U.S. Air Force from 1984 to 1990.
She married Norman E. Green on Dec. 1, 2002, in Arkansas City. He survives.
She was employed with Twin R...
Eye-opening research: Diabetes link to blindness
Diabetes, the number-one cause of acquired blindness, is detectable through a comprehensive eye exam. However, only two of five American adults who don’t wear glasses or contacts have been to an eye doctor in the last two years. This lack of vital eye care and overall health screening exists even though more than 60 percent of adults know that diabetes can be detected through a comprehensive eye exam, according to the American Eye-Q‚Ñ¢, a s...
25 years ago (1983) Considerable media attention has been focused on the new movie, “The Day After,” which was filmed in Lawrence and purports to show what life in Lawrence would be like after a nuclear attack wiped out most of the population. 50 years ago (1958) Of the 2,354 Chanute students recently tested for tuberculosis, six percent showed some contact with tuberculosis. These people will need to have chest x-rays, to determine whe...
Invite children into kitchen to ¬≠make holiday foods, memories
Kansas State Extension MANHATTAN ¬≠-- Many of a family¬¥s best holiday memories date to a child¬¥s early efforts to “help” with holiday preparations, a Kansas State University specialist said. Involving even young children in holiday planning and preparation can yield special memories for the child and his or her family, said Sandy Procter. She encourages parents to step back, take a deep breath and focus on the family, rather than tryin...
Fall, Carver site free family fun
Lois Carlson Guest columnist These wonderful fall weekends have been a great time to spend with family, enjoying the outdoors’ warm weather and beautiful fall color. There are so many things to do, it is often hard to choose one. Sometimes we overlook the things that are relatively close to us. There is one National monument that is located fairly close to us. Have you ever visited the George Washington Carver National Monument at Diamond,...
Bob Stierwalt 1936-2008
Bob Stierwalt, 72, Chanute, died Saturday, November 22, 2008, at Heritage Health Care Center.
He was born Nov. 4, 1936, in Urbana to Walter Gray and Muriel Adams Stierwalt.
He married Rose Shults on June 19, 1959, in Erie. She survives.
He was a mechanic and a tow truck driver for 40 years.
Other survivors include two sons, Michael Stierwalt, Augusta, and Randy Stierwalt, Fredonia; two daughters, Misty Franklin, Farlington, and Wendy Wade, B...
Birth ¬≠— Marrs
Kayla Manion and Adam Marrs, Chanute, announce the birth of their son, Denton James Marrs, Chanute, born Oct. 11.
Denton was welcomed home by a 2-year-old brother, Cayden.
They are the grandsons of Trish Manion, Jeff Keller, Linda Richards and Junior Richards, all of Chanute. They are the great-grandsons of Leon and Dorothy Catron, Iola, and James and Delee Marrs, Neodesha.
Susie C. Emerson Ritz 1916-2008
Susie C. Emerson Ritz, 92, Chanute, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2008 at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute. Arrangements are pending with Penwell-Gabel Gibson Chapel.
Emma Maxine Osborn 1921-2008
Emma Maxine Osborn, 87, Chanute, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2008 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Arrangements are pending with Penwell-Gabel Gibson Chapel.
25 years ago (1983) A photo/story package in the Tribune features Wadean Willis and the dance studio she has operated in Chanute for the past four years. Willis said she currently has 120 students, who participate in dance activities ranging from ballet to exercise. 50 years ago (1958) The Big Creek Watershed has been established east of Chanute and Iola. At least 19 dams are planned, at an estimated cost of $1,676,500. That figure does n...