Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Thank You Kirk Ward for your email.  We appreciate your thoughtfulness and helping us to keep up with the graduates.

My name is Kirk Ward.  I graduated from Paradise High School in 1971. I don't have the opportunity to come back to Paradise often (my parents and my wife's parents had both moved to Russell before they passed away), but I have some fond memories.  I try to go to the Paradise Educated website at least twice a month, and always want to see something about old friends.  Deb Maupin's brother Phil was my best friend in high school.  Her husband Tom is a distant cousin of mine and his brother, Terry, was also one of my best friends in high school.  I haven't spoken with any of those friends in many years.  Please make my e-mail address available and keep doing the interesting an important work you have started.  Thanks.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


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Paradise Alumni's beautiful Deb Maupin
Organizer of the Paradise Reunion
Dressed in her attire from the Jazz Era of the 1920's

Deb (Bealby) Maupin-1973, Jeanette (Angel) Ross-1964. Madonna Bealby (wife of Steve), 
Mona Hoisington (wife of Dan), Rhonda Strecker (wife of Glen) Kristine Martin (wife of Terry) Suzie Clark, Cindy Boller

Richard & Janette-1964 - (Angel) Ross and Bonnie & Brett Thompson-1982

Joyce (Howe)Thompson-1951, Ruth Bartlett (wife of Myron-1944),
Garnett (White) Angel-1945, Miss Virginia Robertson,
Carolyn Howe (wife of Ben-1954)

Carolyn Howe and Joyce Thompson

Janette (Angel) Ross-1964 and Lucille (Houser) Shearer-1964

Vivian (Thompson) Martinez - Class of 1941
Vivian was the oldest Paradise Graduate at the Reunion. 
She is 92 years old.

The Class of 1956 and 1957 were the honored classes this year.
They had to come forward and play "Who Wants to be a Millionaire."
They were allowed to call one friend for help on a question.

The questions . . . .
Movies From 1957

#1 Broke small-time rancher Dan Evans is hired by the stagecoach line to put big-time captured outlaw leader Ben wade on the 3:10 train but wade's gang tries to free him.

Where was the 3:10 train going?

#2 After settling his differences with a Japanese POW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors-while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.

What river was this bridge on?
Answer  Kwai

#3 A boy brings a yellow dog home.  The dog loves the family as much as they love him, but can the love last?

What is the name of the movie?
Answer Old Yeller

#4 Lawman Wyatt Earp and a friend form an unlikely  alliance which culminates in their participation in the legendary Gun Fight at the OK Corral.

Who was that friend?
Answer Doc Holliday

#5  When Scott Carey begins to shrink because of radiation and insecticide, medical science is powerless to help him.

What is the name of the movie?
Answer  The Incredible Shrinking Man

Music From 1957

#1 Who sang Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On?
      Answer  Jerry Lee Lewis

#2 This was Buddy Holly's first hit.
      Answer  Peggy Sue

#3 What were Elvis Presley's back up singers called?
      Answer   Jordanaires

#4 Who sang the song Lucille?
     Answer  Little Richard

#5  Who first sang This Land is Your Land
       Answer  Woody Guthrie

1957 TV

#1 Name 4 of the top 10 shows
The Danny Thomas Show

Tales of Wells Fargo

Have Gun Will Travel

I've Got a Secret

The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp

General Electric Theater

The Restless Gun

December Bride

You Bet Your Life  

Sports  1956

#1 Who won the World Series?
      Answer   Brooklyn Dodgers

#2 Who was the NCAA Football Champs?
      Answer   Oklahoma

World Events

#1  Who was the first Secretary of the USSR?

       Answer  Nikita Khrushchev

#2    From what country did Morocco gain it's independence?
         Answer     France

USA 1956

#1  What was the population of the US?
       Answer   169,000,000

#2  Who was the Vice-President?
       Answer   Richard Nixon

#3 What was the cost of a first class stamp?
      Answer   3 cents

Confession Time-  
At your elderly age it is very important to Come Clean regarding any criminal activity you may have been involved in in 1956 or 1957.  
Please raise your hand high if you would like to relieve yourself of any long time guilt.

Were you ever involved in any way with the disappearance  of water melons from the Bob Tichenor patch? 

Prizes for the winners.
1 free fiction book titled - "Top 10 Hygiene Tips for 1956"
Donated by the author, Jon Baach

15% of on all John Deer differential grease.
Donated by John Harrell

1 free bottle of Budwiser.  Must be a Hoopes Cafe at 9:00 am any morning.
Donated by Helsher Garage

1 gallon of DDT Insecticide.
Donated by Evans Grain Do.
Note from donor:  Do not spray on bed clothes more than twice a week.

2 free lessons on how to climb a ladder, hammer a nail, measure a board,
talk and make our false teeth in and out of our mouth -
all at the same time.
Donated by Joe Hutchinson

Free long distance call - limit 10 minutes.
Donated by Ethel Durham

1 free new Out-house seat (to whole limit).
Donated by Wiley Martin

1 free chicken cleaned and 1 piece of chocolate pie.
Donated by Anna Webster

1 month free Post Office box.
Donated by Hazel Harrell

1 free perm or flat top.
Donated by Lucille Laughlin

2 free live dinners at Hoopes Cafe.
Donated by Lee and Louise

1 free Jitney ticket to Waldo.
Donated by Howard Laughlin

1 free gallon of our cheapest paint.
Donated by Paradise Lumber

1 free carton of Black Jack gum.
Donated by Rodgers & Hoisington

1 free pair of rubbers . . . . (over shoes).
Donated by Brown's Store


Thank You Janette, for the photos
Dan, for the list of questions and prizes.

Monday, July 18, 2016


Helen Dodson Burger was not at the Paradise Reunion, but she is doing great.  

This picture was taken on Mother's Day - 2016.
Helen is 97 years old and is such an inspiration to all of us.
From left to right . . . 
Micah Copp (great grandson), Chris (grandson) Helen, Loa Burger Copp Gordon (daughter) and Paul Gordon (son-in-law).
When Millard calls her, she is always so alert and seems to remember everything.  


I received some pictures from Janette Angel Ross of the reunion last night.  Wonderful!  She even sent a video of some of the attendees doing the Charleston.  I hope I can get it on the blog.  If I can't, Jim can.  :)
I have PT and a Dr's appointment today, so I will be interrupted getting pictures on, but it is so exciting seeing everyone.  No one has aged a bit.  In fact, so far, everyone looks younger.
Hope to get many more pictures from others.  I heard there were several people taking pictures, so I am looking forward to receiving all pictures - via email.

Sunday, July 10, 2016


I keep requesting this over and over again, but when you are in Paradise for the reunion, would someone, with a better camera than what we had when we took this picture in 2012, please take a picture of this view.
It was taken south of Paradise from the road on the hill just before getting to the Miller farm.
I hope I get many pictures of this view.
You would certainly help me do the "Happy Dance" and we would appreciate it way beyond words.  Thank You! 


July 16, 2016 - Saturday
6:00 p.m. Social Hour
7:00 p.m. Supper
8:00 p.m. to 1100 p.m. Dance, Music and Visiting

Please take pictures and send them to me.
Thank You in advance.

Monday, June 27, 2016



Thompson, Roger Alfred, 81, of Wichita, Kansas
 passed away Fri. June 3, 2016
at his home in Wichita.
Roger, the son of Alfred and Gertrude (Brumbaugh) Thompson, was born on January 13, 1935, at home in Paradise, Kansas. He graduated from Paradise High School in 1954.
In 1953, he was united in marriage to Dixie Finch. They had 3 children, Beverly, Robbie and Ricky. They lived in Salina, KS for several years where he worked in construction. They moved to Osawatomie, Kansas where he drove a bread truck. Dixie and Roger divorced in 1965.
He made his way to Wichita, Kansas and married Carolyn (Harris) Thompson in Feb. 11, 1970. She had three children, Tami, Allen and Shelly. He eventually adopted Allen and Shelly. He worked for many years at Berry Tractor and Equipment Company until he retired.
Roger was not very good at being retired and took a part time job as the train conductor for Joyland Amusement Park. Once the amusement park closed for the winter he decided since he liked driving people around so much he became a school bus driver. He drove for Wichita school district and then ended his bus driving career when he retired from Haysville school district in 2008.
We lost Carolyn on April 27, 2008. After her death, he stayed active and socialized with friends in the Senior Citizen communities in Haysville and Wichita. At one of the many dances he attended, he met a very special companion, Lelia Waters. They enjoyed many things together including traveling, watching Nascar and college basketball, and of course dancing.

Roger is preceded in death by his wife Carolyn,
parents Alfred and Gertrude,
Brothers; Ronnie, Arthur, Gerald and Lex.
Brother-in-law, Don McCall,
Sister; Joy
Sister-in-law; Norma.
Survivors include his loving children, Beverly (Bob) Sunderland of Greely, KS, Robbie (Robin) Thompson of Bynum, AL, Ricky (Barbara) Thompson of Panama Beach, FL, Shelly (Jody) Nelson of Wichita, Allen Thompson of Leavenworth, KS, Tami (Pat) Ibarra of Wichita,
sisters, Vivian, JoAnn, Sue (Rod),
sister-in-laws, Florence and Joyce,
31 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren with one on the way,
9 great-great grandchildren with one on the way and several nieces and nephews.
He will be missed by many.
Visitation was June 8, 2016 from 6 to 8pm.
Funeral services were at 10 am on Thurs. June 9, 2016 both at Lakeview Funeral Home, 12100 E. 13th St. N., Wichita.
Burial followed at Lakeview Cemetery, Wichita.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to:
Haysville Senior Citizen Center, 160 E. Karla Ave., Haysville, KS 67060.

I apologize for this memorial/obituary being so late.  Brad Thompson sent it to me June 5th and I just found it in my emails last evening - June 27th.  I am very sorry that many of you probably didn't know about this sooner.

Thursday, June 9, 2016



 Connie (Webster) Anderson has requested your prayers.

I received an email from Connie . . . . .

"Onnalee,   Just a note to ask for prayers again for myself.   Have been having regular checkups with my cancer doctor in Hays.  He order a CT scan about a month ago and found I have some lesions on my lungs that came from having colon cancer 5 years ago.  So I am again undergoing chemotherapy for the next 6 months, every other week.  I will be fine as God is going to take care of me and I have many prayer warriors in many different places.  Thanks for the Paradise blog.  It is a great way to find out what is going on with our Paradise grads.

God bless!   Thanks a bunch,
Connie (Webster) Anderson"

Our Love and Our Prayers are with you at this time Connie.
Please keep us posted.

Saturday, May 21, 2016



Click on

Fairport Signs Project.


Seven stars is for the lucky 7 men
who decided on the spot for the first oil well.

In the distance is the monument. Carrie Oswald #1

Monday, May 9, 2016


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Our wonderful friend, Karen Jakub, injured her leg in a fall on March 18, 2016.  This was the same place that she injured it in a fall in August, 2015.  Because of these two bad falls, Karen has developed cellulitis and she has been hospitalized twice with mega doses of antibiotic for the cellulitis.  The mega doses of antibiotic has caused C Diff. (a specific kind of bacterial infection that causes mild to life-threatening forms of diarrhea and colitis).  Right now, this is very serious for Karen.  Her Infectious Disease Dr is treating her with two weeks of Flagyl for the diarrhea - C Diff.  She is not in the hospital right now, but we never know from day to day what the news will be.  She is very delicate right now and needs our prayers daily.
Love & Prayers for you Karen..
I think of you and pray for you daily and several times during the night.  If I wasn't such a "weakling" I would be right there with you all those many days in the hospital.

Yes, these are actual pictures of her legs when she fell in March.
Bless her heart!

A picture of Karen's legs - 5/10/16


Photo Courtesy of Terry Martin
Terry and his wife, Kristine (Koelling),
 went to Natoma for Mother's Day on Sunday.



These photos are more than a year old, but it is good to see Paradise and the buildings from time to time - from year to year.
Photos are courtesy of Steve Wallace.  He grew up in Waldo and now lives in Victoria.  Thank You Steve.

This picture should be used in a movie.

I am always so impressed as to how neat and clean Paradise is kept.
It is always so well groomed.
Thank You to the Citizens who take the responsibility to keep it that way!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


We always appreciate those that contribute to the
Paradise Blog.  

We need assistance from each of you

This was sent last week from "Star."

 Thanks to Steve Thompson of the south Paradise Pride Committee  we have beautiful flowers growing on the east side of the black top.  This really sets the  south side off from the rest of the dull, boring town.  This took real artistry to get the fresh flowers arranged properly. 
 Main Street is nothing but out of county and state vehicles while the regional news media  have been camping out on the edge of town.  This is the most exciting April I can remember.
 Fred Whitman who is the Russell County Sheriff said if he catches anyone sitting on the flower pot they will be arrested and jailed.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016



I received this in an email from Lois.

"Thanks for every thing you do for the Paradise Blog;  I love to read it.       
In 1983,  I had cancer of the colon;   surgery to remove the cancerous part of the colon and a colostomy [artifical opening] was made on my left side.   The lower part of the colon was removed plus the rectum, anus, etc.         
Fast forward to 2016,  33 years later.   I had emergency surgery on Feb.13;   for an "impacted colon  and a hernia right below the colostomy."    The doctor removed that part of my colon and repaired the hernia and had to make a new colostomy farther up .  It had not "burst" or I would have really been in trouble.   
Back in 1983 I had no chemo or radiation;  just surgery to remove all of the cancer.    
Today,  I have___" no cancer";  just a very sore abdomen  !!!       Lois Bonar"

Friday, March 18, 2016


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I saw these wonderful pictures of our Paradise Water Tower on facebook this morning.  I sent a message to the photographer, Rex Rosenberg, and asked for permission to post these on this blog.
Yes, he gave me permission.  His response . . . .
"Hello-- It was a real treat to have been able to do those photos that day. I've been by that place countless times over the years and have always wondered about it. It's fine with me that you put my photos in the blog as long as they aren't modified in any way."

This is how he introduced the photos on facebook . . .
Rex Rosenberg . . . . . March 15 at 6:52pm"Although not intended, arrival time yesterday at the Paradise Water Tower was perfect. For many, many years I've wondered what the interior of that tower looked like and I finally got to find out. Some men working on the tower allowed a view inside while they worked."
These pictures are also on another link on facebook . . . .
"Old, Abandoned and Interesting Places - Kansas."
I'm not sure, but I'm thinking he might be the Creator of this link.  His link and this link are both very interesting.

Pictures by Rex Rosenberg

 Previous pictures of the water tower.

Water Tower - July 4, 2008

Pictures from Jim - From the top of the water tower

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


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I must apologize. I failed!  

Penny Rounkers Loker, sent me a message on facebook on 2/16/16 saying . . . . .
"Please put something on the Paradise blog.  Lois is in the hospital.  She had surgery Sat.  They found more cancer but hopefully they got it all.  (Colon)  She will be in ICU for a week. Please remember her in your thoughts and Prayers!!!"

I have been praying for Lois, but I evidently just forgot to put it on this blog.  I came to put an update about Lois this morning and it hasn't been on the blog.  I am so sorry!  Penny, this is completely uncalled for and I will try to do better.  Please keep sending me prayer requests and information. 
This morning on facebook, Lois posted on facebook . . . .

"Thank you everyone for the visits, cards, flowers, food, and gifts of friendship that you have shown me since my "emergency " abdominal [colon] surgery on Feb. 13, 2016. I was in I.C.U. for one week, Re-Hab for another week and went home on Feb. 27th. I am able to do more each day and go to Re-Hab at the CORE twice a week. Thanks for the prayers!!!"

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Iva M. (Laughlin) Byrd


Iva did not graduate with the Class, as they moved, but her picture is at the bottom of the Class pictures and she was at the 2010 Class Reunion.
Click on links

Iva and Jim's Wedding Anniversary

Class of 1960

2010 Reunion Pictures of Class of 1960 1
2010 Reunion Pictures of Class of 1960 2

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Eleanor (Eulert) Laubhan class 47


Eleanor (Eulert) Laubhan
, 86 of Russell, Kansas, died January 29, 2016, at the Wheatland Nursing Center in Russell.

She was born Jan. 13, 1930, the daughter of Otto and Elsie (Reich) Eulert. She grew up in Rural Russell County and attended Paradise High School. She attended Ft Hays State University and taught school for a short time.  She worked at various businesses in Russell. She worked as a bookkeeper at Laubhan Electric when she married Paul Laubhan on May 27, 1959.  He preceded her in death on June 30, 2001.  She was a longtime member of St John Lutheran church in Russell. She enjoyed her many pets throughout her life time.

Survivors include two sisters, Irene Schmidtberger, of Corpus Christi, Texas and Lynda Koelling of Paradise, Kansas; Two brothers, Lewis Eulert of Hays, Kansas and Don Eulert of Santa Ysabel, California.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, one sister Joyce Gillett and a brother Harold Eulert.

Funeral services to honor Eleanor's life will be held at 2:30 PM on Thursday, February 04, 2016, at the Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell, Kansas, with Pastor Roger Dennis officiating.  Private burial will follow at the St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Russell.  In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorial contributions be given to the Hays Humane Society and sent in care of the mortuary.  Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.