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    4th Quarter 2013
    October, November, December 2013

    A quick note, this web page is sponsored by Elk City PRIDE in connection with Kansas State University PRIDE Program and through the Blueskyways Library System. PRIDE and the people of Elk City make up the content of this website.

    Check It Out

    Christmas Lighted Parade

    Christmas Decoration in Elk City

    Santa delivering toys

    There is a picture of the 1962 Christian Church group shared by Margarie Warren. We are getting the names for the 105 people in the group then we will post to the website. We are 90% complete as this time.

    Santa in Elk City

    A special small town and the people who make it special

    December was a month of activities with community and churches. A beautiful Christmas Tree was placed in the center of town and decorated. There is the lighting contest sponsored by PRIDE, an Elk City Christmas "toy collection" dinner was served, after the dinner Santa made an appearance. Saturday the 14th was the annual Christmas parade in the evening starting at 6 p.m. This year was the first year for lighted floats and it was outstanding. There were 17 floats in the parade plus Max the mini donkey decorated with lights. At the end of the parade Santa was set up under the Christmas Tree to greet the children.

    Now the weather was really nasty for several days and even on Saturday the 14th the day of the parade, it was rainy and glum until about 4 O’clock then the drizzle stopped and it was cool but nice for the Parade. A large group of people lined the route to see all the floats decorated with lights. After the parade the kids stood in line to visit with Santa. Before and after the parade there was hot chocolate, cider, tea and coffee along with cookies and other items in the Community Building. The Christian Church was also set up in the Community Building with their Bazaar items.

    On the 19th Santa came back to town to deliver toys (donated from the Toy drive dinner, along with hats and gloves that had been collected to give to the children. The rural kids came to town and visited with Santa as he sat on the back of the fire truck downtown. Then Santa decided to ride on the back of the fire truck down every street going from house to house and stopping at homes where children lived, giving a gift to each of the children in town. How special is that!!! It is a lot of work for Santa’s helpers collecting toys, buying toys with donations, making sure each child in town and the country has a gift. They have them all wrapped and ready to deliver. The helpers even set the gifts up in order of where the children live with the names of the families with appropriate ages all done before Santa makes his run. Santa checks his list, he checks it twice. Special town Special people that is Elk City.

    Christmas Lighted Parade

    Christmas Decoration in Elk City

    Santa delivering toys

    Restoration of Model T Fire Truck

    A brand new radiator and mounting hardware was purchased with donations for the Model T. We are currently working on rebuilding the seat. Now looking for a working Model T horn, if anyone knows where we might find one, please let us know. The Model T was in the Christmas Parade with lights decorating it. It is wonderful to bring back to life this part of Elk City history . Once again thank you to those who have donated to help rebuild the Model T. They are looking for any history or pictures on the Fire Truck.

    Around Town

    The fall is a busy time in Elk City. The farmers are in the fields harvesting and planting wheat, the churches have their delicious fall suppers, gatherings, teas, bazaars, club Christmas Luncheons and gift exchanges, Toy Supper Drive, Christmas parades, Santa visit's, Christmas decorations going up in town and putting up the Christmas Trees, also carolers so much going on.

    Several girls went together and had a pre Christmas sale at the Community Building, there was jewelry, purses, scented wax, cosmetics and demonstrations.

    We are sorry to say Keli Mart Closed again.

    Christmas Boxes and Fruit Baskets were delivered around town in December

    The Gingham Aprons visited the Amish Village in Bartlet on their educational tour in October. Very interesting and enjoyable visit. In November our county agent gave the lesson on "Egg-Ceptional Eggs" Eggs are an amazing food.

    Elk City Community U is hosting a Bingo night at the Community Building each month as a fund raiser for improvements to the Community Building. The first one in November was a huge success with tables full, they even had to add tables, the building was bulging. The December Bingo was a very cold and a nasty night and about half the people attended in December which was pretty good with the icy weather outside.

    They have started construction on Highway 160 at the Elk River Bridge

    Carson Lodge will have their annual Whole Hog Sausage & Waffle Supper February 1st at the Lodge Building in Elk City.

    Out of the Twenty-Seven participants for the Independence High School Leadership Class Three Elk City students were in the group.

    Covered Wagon travels from Joplin to Dodge City

    They started out at Asbury, Mo about 20 miles north of Joplin and are headed to Dodge City, On the wagon is Josh Johnson and Larry Osborn driving following in the car is Catlin Hall. The gray horse is named Tessa and the black is Maggie. They have been pasture horses and this is the first time on the road. Larry raised the two Percheron colts pulling the wagon and has 12 other teams at home. They have had a few scary times with the horses learning the ways of the road. One incidence was in Independence and when the horses got to the overpass bridge the gray did not like the connecting claws and about got away from them, if it hadn’t been for a motorist blocking their way they would have jumped into the path of a semi. They are using a Springfield Wagon Gear and an International Box.

    They expect the trip to take just over 2 weeks. They brought a propane burner to cook their own meals and sleep in cots outside under the stars. They do travel with a cell phone, but had several locations where service was a problem. When asked why they were completing this trip. He said " I didn’t want to wake up some day and wish I'd done it".

    Church News

    The Ministerial Alliance, all four denominations united and distributed Christmas baskets in the community.

    The First Christian Church sponsored a Holiday Tea and Bazaar at the Community Building. It was scheduled for December 7th but the weather did not cooperate and was rescheduled to before the Christmas Parade.

    The Nazarene Church held a Christmas Banquet in December, the KIds Korner went Kristmas Karoling around town. Community Candlelight Service theme "That Beautiful Name" They sang traditional carols and some newer Christmas songs. Having also special music and Christmas readings. Following the service we will have a time of fellowship with Christmas goodies.

    Tidbits by JO


    The Annual Osburn Hog Roast was a success. The rainy weather of the AM gave way to a beautiful evening of good food and fellowship. Likewise, Mary Ann had a beautiful day for her auction on the 12th and again on the 19th. The First Christian Church and EC PRIDE served the lunch. The Annual Methodist Turkey supper was yummy as usual and the best part, I didn’t have to cook supper that night!!

    Around the table this month we talked about all the homes in Elk City that have been moved in from the country around the time the lake was built and other times in history. That was pretty interesting.

    Wheat planting is about done, farmers just hoping there wasn’t too much rain and drown it out. Soybean harvest has begun and with the 27-29 deg. one morning, the growing season is over for all. This quote sums up, What I learned this month: “I send them to school, buy them books, I teach them all I know, and what do they do? They eat the covers."


    The holiday season has started hopefully you had a bountiful Thanksgiving with family & friends. Are you ready to tackle Christmas. Are you ready for the shopping, caroling, decorating & eating? Remember you can't count calories and enjoy the festivities.

    Keli mart had plenty of participants for their trunk or treat for Halloween. Lots of little ones and some adults came in for candy, free hot dogs, games and a chance to win the costume contest. It was nice for the people out of town, as well as anyone in town, to have a place to hand out candy to all the ghosts and goblins! Thanks to the crew at the Keli Mart for adding to the night!

    I enjoyed the Open House weekend Outhouse Tour at Elk Falls. Elk Falls Pottery has moved to a new location. It sure is nice. The outhouses are always a hoot. The Community filled the building on Nov. 2nd playing bingo and having great fun. Community U sponsored a coat drive and their were many coats donated. There were free winter coats for children, dental screening, eye exams and a Pediatrician on hand to answer any questions, a patient navigator to help with insurance questions about Medicaid.


    Happy 2014 the years are rolling around faster! Hope your Christmas was Merry & Bright with the celebration of the birth of Jesus as your Reason for the Season. Was your want list longer than your need list?

    Brrr the first of December was cold and I realize it could always be worse, but if summer was tomorrow, it would be OK with me.

    The break in at the bank prompted table talk of previous bank break ins over the years and speculation as to "who done it" this time. Someone was attempting to trifle with the Christmas tree and sped off when almost caught. From the looks of the tracks sliding in the snow & the broken tree branch, there's been more than one incident with the tree.

    It was reported that Donnie Osmond (Musician) visited Cessna to watch his personal jet being built. How exciting to have a celebrity in their midst.

    I braved the 16 degree weather and played Bingo. The crowd was about 1/2 the gathering of the first night of Bingo, but a good time was had by all despite the freezing temps. Maybe next month will be warmer!! We also braved the next night to go to the toy for kids and eat Chicken/noodle dinner. There attendance was down also. The Christmas Parade on the 14th was   BEAUTIFUL Approx. 15 participants plus the fire trucks all lighted made for a Holly, Jolly Time. The Community bldg. was open with the Elves serving hot chocolate, Christian Church serving goodies and hot tea and also a Craft Bazaar for those needing to do a little Christmas shopping.

    This month I was in the presence of popcorn connoisseurs. I leaned which brands and oil are the best for taste and popping.

    Totah Telephone updates

    Western Telecommunications Alliance Elects New Officers and Board of Directors SAN FRANCISCO, CA) –

    The Western Telecommunications Alliance (WTA) is pleased to announce the election of its new officers for the coming two years: Mark M. Gailey, President/GM Totah Communications in Ochelata, OK as President; Paul Kelly, CEO/GM of Cordova Telephone Cooperative in Cordova, AK as Vice President; Brad Veis, Director of Finance for 3 Rivers Communications in Fairfield, MT as Secretary-Treasurer; and James Woody, CFO of Union Telephone Company in Mountain View, WY as Past President. Additionally, Jack Keen, CEO of WNM Communications in Silver City, NM; Steven Sanders, Jr., President/GM of NATCO Communications in Flippin, AR; John Lundren, Vice President of Volcano Telephone Co. in Pine Grove, CA; Mark Feest, CEO of CC Communications in Fallon, NV; Jerry Piper, Assistant Manager of Cambridge Telephone Co. in Cambridge, ID; and Robert DeBroux, Director of Regulatory Affairs at TDS Telecom in Madison, WI were elected to serve on the Executive Committee. “I am humbled by the fact that the WTA Board of Directors is entrusting me to lead the association over the next couple of years,” said Mark Gailey. “This is a crucial time for rural telcos and their customers. A lot is at stake and we need to work together to ensure that all our customers have fair access to advanced telecommunications services at affordable rates. I look forward to working as hard as possible to represent the interests of the WTA members,” said Gailey.

    The WTA membership elected the following members who will serve three year terms on the Board of Directors: Steve Metts, Valley Telecom Group (AZ); Judi Ushio, Sandwich Isles Communications (HI); Mike George, Northeast Louisiana Telephone (LA); Pat Morse, FairPoint Communications (MO); Emory Graffis, Northeast Nebraska Telephone Co. (NE); Robert Johnson, Dickey Rural Telephone Coop. (ND); Robert DeBroux, TDS Telecom (OR); Steve Hanson, Tenino Telephone Co. (WA); Matt Gilbert, Mapcom (Associate Member); and Dana Baker GVNW (Associate Member). Archie Macias, Wheat State Telephone (KS), was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board.

    The Western Telecommunications Alliance (WTA) represents more than 250 small, rural telecommunications carriers providing voice, video and data services in the 24 states west of the Mississippi River. WTA’s members serve some of the most rural and hard-to-serve communities in the country and are the providers of last resort to these communities. To learn more about WTA, visit

    The Good Old Days

    Taken from the Elk City Globe dated September 20th 1883

    The old soldiers and settlers re-union Thursday last come off as advertised. Owing to the severe winds and threatening of rain the crowd was not large but all come with determination to enjoy themselves. At about ten O'clock the Independence band; with the G. A. R. Post from that place, arrived accompanied by a number of citizens, and after a few preliminaries the Post here with others formed in line and marched to the grove, when Col. Forsythe, and Col. Emmerson delivered addressees, followed by dinner in the grove. In the afternoon the old settlers met and organized the Elk River Old Settlers Organization, with A. A. Stewart, of Independence, president, C. M. Stark vice president, Dr. W. W. Woodring secretary. The organization then adjourned to meet at the call of the officers.

    The old soldiers determined to have such sport out of the meeting as they could, and so at supper all retired to the grove, where supper was already cooking, and a genuine old soldier re past was prepared and eaten, consisting of beans, bacon and beef, with a few "sanitaries" intermixed. Nearly the entire night was spent in camp, some cooking and eating, others singing songs and telling stories of camp life. About 3 o'clock a "raid" was made and several chickens, some sweet and Irish potatoes secured, and a general roast, broil and stew followed. All went away Friday morning feeling better for the meeting and will remember the re-union as one among the pleasant affairs of their lives.

    If you want a bargain in farms or city property, call on the State Line Real Estate Agency. Two doors north of the bank, Elk City Kansas

    We have a first-class horse power Cane Mill large size, with power below or above as desired; used but one season. Balance of outfit new. Will sell all or any part cheap. Enquire at Elk City Syrup Works.


    Carson: At the residence of his parents, two miles east of Elk City, on Tuesday, September 18th, 1883, Mr. James Carson, aged about 22 years. Mr. Carson was the young man who had the misfortune to have his hand crushed in the syrup mill some two weeks ago. The doctors amputated his fingers at the time, but found afterwards that it would be necessary to remove the entire hand and wrist, which was done on Monday last, but the operation proved too much for his weak condition, and he sucomumbed on Tuesday morning. The funeral was held yesterday and a large concourse of friends followed the remains to the last resting place. The earnest sympathies of our people is given to the bereaved ones in their loss.


    Webb, William M. age 16, died September 30th
    Estep, Carl A Jr. age 90, graduated from Elk City High School,
    Lenertz, Scottia Snyder, age 67, granddaughter of Hattie Davidson
    Aemisegger, Noel I "Shorty", age 80 graduated from Elk City High School, burial in Oak Hill Cemetery
    Vestal, George Albert, age 87 burial in Oak Hill Cemetery

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