19 September 2016

Kansas Farm Bureau Century Farm Program

Monday, September 26th, 2016 
 "The Kansas Farm Bureau Century Farm Program"

Wellington – Sumner County Historical & Genealogical Society will host “The Kansas Farm Bureau Century Farm Program,” a presentation by Helen Norris, Wellington, on Monday, September 26th, at 6:00 p.m.  at Good Taste Chinese Buffet, 1311 E. 16th St., Wellington.  Buffet available from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.; business meeting at 6:00 p.m.  Everyone is invited to attend the free program. Contact Jane Moore, President, at 620-441-9835 or Sherry Kline, Vice President, at 316-833-6161 for more information.

“There are some very interesting stories included with some of the Century Farm applications,” Norris said, adding that she will share a few from Sumner County, as well as some from across the state.

Norris stated that many of these farms have been in the farm families since early statehood, and she will share a PowerPoint presentation with the group along with her talk, and there will be time for questions and answers.
What are Century Farm Requirements?

According to www.kfb.org, to be eligible in the 2017 program, the current owner/operator must be related to the owner/operator of the farm in 1917 or before.

The farm must have been owned for 100 years within that family, and it must have at least eighty acres of the original farmland. 

How Can You Apply?
The applications are available to print out at www.kfb.org/Get-Involved (click on Century Farm Program). To be considered for the 2017 program, you must submit your application to the Sumner County Farm Bureau by May 15, 2017.

The application asks for the date of the original purchase, and requires that you list the legal of the property and all the owners from the first family purchaser to the current owner. (Information easy to obtain at the courthouse).
The application also has several questions that are not required to be filled out, but that future family historians will appreciate knowing if you do. For more information about the Century Farm program, email Debbie Hargrave hargraved@kfb.org

The farms that qualify will be recognized by the Kansas Farm Bureau and receive a farm sign that designates its Century Farm” status.

According to www.kfb.org, twenty-three Sumner County farms have earned the Century Farm designation, and more than 2500 Kansas farms have qualified since the program’s inception in 2000.  

For more information about “The Kansas Farm Bureau Century Farm Program”
in Wellington, Kansas contact President Jane Moore 620-447-3266 or Vice President Sherry Kline 316-833-6161 or visit www.ks-schgs.blogspot.com.

19 August 2016

August 27th 2016

 “Wichita’s Dockum Drug Store Sit-Ins Make History”

Wellington – The Sumner County Historical & Genealogical Society will host “Wichita’s Dockum Drug Store Sit-Ins Make History,” a video presentation and discussion by Dr. Galyn Vesey, Wichita, on August 27th at 1:00 p.m., at the Good Taste Chinese Buffet, 1311 E. 16th St., Wellington.  Buffet available from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m. The program is free. Visitors are always welcome. Contact Sherry Kline, Vice President of the Sumner County Historical & Genealogical Society at 316-833-6161 for more information.

In the mid 1950’s Galyn Vesey was attending junior high and working in the kitchen at Kress’s.

Vesey said this was an era when blacks sat in the back of the bus and most job opportunities for blacks were for kitchen or janitorial work.

It was a time when young Vesey could work in the restaurant’s kitchen, but was not allowed to eat at that restaurant’s counter.

When Vesey was a twenty-one-year-old Wichita University student and a member of the of the Young Adult Chapter of the NAACP, the Young Adult Chapter decided to address these inequalities.

“Because, see, it was not unusual to be treated shabbily downtown, so our leaders were looking for an activity of a civic nature,” Vesey said.

The group decided to hold a sit-in at the Dockum Drug Store Lunch Counter.  A lunch counter that only served whites. The sit-in was to be a peaceful demonstration during which young black students would sit down at a. lunch counter they had never been allowed to sit at, and politely wait to be served.  

Vesey said that the planning and preparation for the 1958 sit-in began in 1957. Because of violence in other parts of the country, including the treatment of the high school students in Little Rock, and the murder of Emmet Till, Vesey’s group was concerned enough to prepare for anything that might happen.

They prepared by rehearsing all the possible scenarios, each playing a different role.  They were instructed to wear their “Sunday best clothes.” They were told to be polite.

“I went during the day or on Saturday mornings” Vesey said. According to Vesey, twelve to twenty young people, usually students of high school, college, and some of elementary school age, came and took turns sitting at the Dockum Drug Store counter waiting to be served.

“Sometimes if some whites came in and saw what was going on, they would turn around and leave,” Vesey said.

“There were youths whose parents knew they were down there,” Vesey said, “and there were other youths like myself, whose parents didn’t know.”

“My father had the kind of job that if they had known, my father could have lost his job,” Vesey said, “my dad died and never knew what I had done, but my mother lived long enough to attend the banquet in 2006.”

In August of 1958, after approximately two weeks, the sit-in was over when a Dockum Drug Store executive said “Serve them, I’m losing too much money.”

They had no idea when they began that their success would have such far reaching effects. Sit-ins were staged across the nation, and restaurants began to be desegregated.

“Once I got up to Syracuse University, and started reflecting on my life I decided that it needed to be written about,” Vesey said, “when I was working on my PhD, a light came on about all that.”

Now, Vesey is the Project Director for the “Research on Black Wichita” Project, (www.robwks.com), which focuses on black history from 1873 to the mid-1970’s.  

Vesey said that the project will focus on individual interviews, focus groups, and “all the documents that I can find.”

“To make it come alive, I get into the individual adversities that individuals had to deal with,” Vesey said, “sometimes people are in their graves before they are recognized. Now that I look back there were a lot of heroic people in Wichita.”

“I’m proud of what I did. It took some bravery.  We could have been thrown in jail or worse,” Vesey said, “it takes a lot of steps to get someplace and it took a lot of steps to make this a better planet to live on.”

For more information about “Wichita’s Dockum Drug Store Sit-Ins Make History,” in Wellington, Kansas contact President Jane Moore 620-447-3266 or Vice President Sherry Kline 316-833-6161.  Or visit www.ksschgs.com or www.ks-schgs.blogspot.com.

08 September 2015

Special September Meeting! Presentation Explores Multicultural Workforce of Harvey Girls

2015 - Saturday, September 19th - Special Program!


          Presentation Explores Multicultural Workforce of Harvey Girls

[Wellington, Kansas] – Sumner County Historical & Genealogical Society in Wellington, Kansas will host “The Harvey Girls’ Multicultural Workforce,” a presentation and discussion by Michaeline Chance-Reay on September 19, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the Wellington Public Library, 121 W. 7th, Wellington, Kansas. 

Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. Contact the Sumner County Historical & Genealogical Society at 620-447-3266 or the Wellington Public Library at 620-326-2011 for more information. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

The Fred Harvey Company not only hired recent immigrants to work in their famous Harvey House restaurants, they actively recruited them. Eventually, African American women became part of the workforce, and during World War II American Indians and Mexican Americans were hired as well. This presentation explores the job duties and working conditions of Harvey Girls from 1876 to the early 1950s.

Michaeline Chance-Reay teaches courses in Women's Studies and Education at Kansas State University. Her current research focuses on the Harvey Girls and historic sites on the K-State campus, especially those related to women.

“Women in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries who wanted jobs or careers outside of the home had few choices,” said Chance-Reay, “but the Harvey Company offered unique opportunities.  It was demanding work but also offered a decent salary in a protected environment, in addition to travel and adventure.”

“The Harvey Girls’ Multicultural Workforce” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s Humanities Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions that examine our shared human experience—our innovations, culture, heritage, and conflicts.
The Kansas Humanities Council conducts and supports community-based programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities.  For more information about KHC programs contact the Kansas Humanities Council at 785/357-0359 or visit online at www.kansashumanities.org.

For more information about “The Harvey Girls’ Multicultural Workforce” in Wellington, Kansas contact the Sumner County Historical & Genealogical Society at 620-447-3266, the Wellington Public Library at 620-326-2011, or visit http://ks-schgs.blogspot.com/p/programs.html

01 September 2015

Amanuensis Monday - Mr. and Mrs. D. O. Frambers Home Robbed!

Wellington Daily News
7 January 1915
Page 2

Frambers Home Robbed

Frambers Was Robbed 

While Mr. and Mrs. D. O. Frambers were at the revival Wednesday night, their home at the north east corner of C and Fourth was burglarized.  The house was entered at the back, the intruder cutting through a screen door and then raising a window.  Mrs. Frambers' watch was taken, also a revolver.  The most annoying damage was the taking of a lot of papers of no possible value to the thief, but much needed by Mr. Frambers.  These included deeds, mortgages, notes and other valuable papers, absolutely worthless to the present holder. 

03 November 2014

Amanuensis Monday - Conway Springs Star & Argonia Argosy - Star Files Flashbacks  - February 1941

Excerpt from:
Conway Springs Star & Argonia Argosy
30 January 2014
Page 7; Col. 3 - 7

Sumner county workers were paid $11,022.74 in job insurance benefits while they were out of work during 1940 by the Kansas Division of Unemployment Compensation, Director Charles B. Newell said today. 

21 October 2014

Amanuensis Monday - From the Conway Springs Star Files for June 1952

Conway Springs Star & Argonia Argosy
6 June 2013
From the Star Files – June 1952

The community is right in the middle of the bumper wheat harvest that points toward putting Kansas over the 300,000,000 bushel mark this season.  The weather has been perfect for the past week to promote combining the big crop – in fact so favorable that the elevators and railroads have been unable to handle it.

The extra dry harvest season has increased the wheat fire hazard.  On Tuesday afternoon, the fire department as called to a farm southwest of town where fire destroyed less than two acres of standing wheat.  There was considerable damage to the combine.

29 September 2014

Amanuensis Monday - Caldwell Messenger Flashbacks - January 19, 1894

January 22, 2014 – Caldwell Messenger Flashbacks
January 19, 1894

Harvey Walker has finished digging a well on his claim and is now putting up a three strand wire fence around it.  His wheat field looks well and he thinks it would do better to keep people from driving over it.

The trade coming from the Strip [Cherokee Strip] is gratifying.  Everyday the roads from that section leading to this city are lively with teams passing to and fro.

We trust the road and bridge question will not be allowed to sink out of public sight.  Keep the ball rolling until good avenues of travel are opened up to the Strip.

Amanuensis Monday - Conway Springs Star and Argonia Argosy - Argosy Files for September 1952

Conway Springs Star & Argonia Argosy
12 September 2002

From Argosy Files, FIFTY YEARS AGO, September 1952


   Officers of the VFW auxiliary announced that the date for the Turkey dinner will be November 4.  The date is election day and President Mrs. Milford Forrest, stated that radios would be available in order to keep persons posted on election returns.  Prices for the dinner will be $1.25 for adults aand 65 cents for children.  The Argonia VFW will hold a dance at the VFW hall Saturday evening at 9 o'clock.  The trap shoot season which opened a few weeks ago will continue with a shoot at the grounds south of town Sunday afternoon.