Wednesday, January 21, 2015


           Donnie Jean (Martin) Miller, 72, 
        of Russell, Kansas 
                            passed away 
                Monday, January 19, 2015 
     Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas.

Donnie was born December 9, 1942 in Augusta, Kansas, the daughter of Troy H. and Mary A. (Newman) Martin.  They lived in Lyons, Kansas until Donnie was in the 5th grade and they moved to Russell.  Then her freshman year they moved out to Fairport, Kansas.  She graduated from Paradise High School.

Donnie was united in marriage to Duane Miller on June 11, 1960 in Russell, Kansas.  This union was blessed with three children; David, Dru and Micah.  They made their home in Topeka, Kansas for thirteen years before moving to Arkansas City, Kansas.  Then they moved to Owosso, Michigan where they lived for three years before moving to Opelousas, Louisiana.  Then in 2002 they returned to Russell.

Donnie worked for Security Benefit of Topeka and an Administrative Assistant, then worked for Allied Insurance Co. in Arkansas City as a licensed agent.  She was a Department Manager for Flint Michigan Insurance Co. in Michigan.  When living in Louisiana, she worked for Opelousas Family Clinic and worked at the Acadiana Preparatory School to be closer to her children who attended the school.  She then worked for the Russell Regional Hospital as a switchboard operator for many years before retiring in 2010.  She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.  She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who put her family first.  She also enjoyed fishing, boating, and raising and training show dog Collies.

Surviving family include her husband of 54 years, Duane of the home; son, Dru Miller (Jenna) of Gorham, Kansas; daughter, Micah Becker (Ryan) of Milberger, Kansas; brother, Terry Martin of Cartwright, Oklahoma; and nine grandchildren, Conner, Christian, Janessa, Riley, Malachi, Reagan, Elijah, Matthias and Jenson.  She was preceded in death by her parents and son David Miller.

Celebration of Donnie’s Life will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, January 23, 2015 at Trinity United Methodist Church with Pastor Dennis Finch officiating.  A graveside service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday at Fairport Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 9 AM to 8 PM Thursday, January 22, 2014 at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, with the family present to greet friends from 6 PM to 7 PM.  A Memorial has been established with Russell Regional Hospital.  Contributions and condolences may be sent to the funeral home. 

Each of us that has known Donnie has admired and loved her very much.  Her courage has been absolutely superb and she has been an inspiration to everyone. To know that she was a 7 1/2 year stage 4 colon cancer survivor and then lose her life from a fall from her porch is more than we can understand or comprehend. God works in mysterious ways and we have to trust Him - especially in times like this.  We have lost a Saint - Heaven has gained "Our Saint."

To her family, we can't express enough how sorry we are for your loss. You certainly do have a lovely and beautiful life to celebrate.
God Bless You and Love & Prayers to each of you. 

Life is a matter of choices made at every fork in the road, 
and none made for an easy way to carry or lighten the load.
Donnie was strong, she carried on through the fog of life; 
able to say
"I fought the good fight, did my very best, 
triumphed over my fears and laid them all to rest.
I’ve made my share of mistakes, 
but by my choices I still stand, 
for in all my chosen paths, 
there’s always been God’s hand reaching out 
to guide and comforting each and every day, 
and in all my darkest hours,
that grace has shone the way."  



Tuesday, January 13, 2015



Miss Virginia
(Virginia Robertson) 
will be
90, Jan. 20th
Help her celebrate.

Virginia Robertson
612 W. 2nd
Russell, Ks. 67665
Phone # is 785-483-2738

Virginia's birthday is Jan 20th,  she will be celebrating her 90th.  Please send her a card or give her a call even before her special day.

Virginia's brothers and sisters would be very grateful if you can help them celebrate her birthday.

Thanks Roger Pruter

Monday, December 22, 2014


I received this from Millard this morning

I guess I had better bring you up to speed on what is happening here. Onnalee is in the hospital at Topeka. She began getting sick Thursday of last week. Lots of stomach pain, nausea etc. and could not eat. Finally she got weak enough that she could not get up. She was transported to the Emporia hospital and from there to Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka. X-rays showed that there was a couple of kidney stones blocking one of her kidneys and caused infection to develop. They were able to remove one stone.The other stone was pushed back up into her kidney and a stint installed so that hopefully it will be able to pass on out now. If it doesn’t, they will have to go back in and/or do something to break it up.

Jim, she is very sick. The Dr. told me that it would be a long recovery for her. With all of her other problems, I am pretty concerned and a little frightful about the future. Things do not look to good right now. I will plan to work at the pharmacy this morning and then probably go to Topeka soon as I get off around noon. Would appreciate your prayers.


Monday, November 17, 2014


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Ed Breit sent me some pictures that Marie (Post) Quenzer (Class of 1939) had sent to him.
Ed graduated from Natoma in 1956 and grew up 2 miles south of Fairport.  He and his wife, Mary Ann, live in Hays, Ks.

The pictures are in the file at the Heritage Museum in Natoma. They are always looking for pictures and would appreciate it if anyone could send them pictures.
Roger Pruter and Dan Hoisington are working on a Paradise display for the Museum.

I am in the process of trying to find out the year(s) these pictures were taken.
Thank You Marie for sending these to Ed and Thank You Ed for sending them to us.

Ed said these were taken around 1907.  

Paradise School
Paradise, Kansas

Tom Brown's Store


Diane Hoisington Hanzlicek
Picture from Della

Steele Kisner, grandson of Craig and Ronda Hitschmann, Natoma
Picture from Della

Sarah and Susan Pelton, from Paradise
Picture from Della

Melissa Thompson, Flagler, Colo. her daughters with her.  
She is Kim Hoisington’s sister
Picture from Della

Peggy Eulert, Paradise and Charlotte Oswald David, Fairport
Picture from Della

L-R    Ruth Bartlett, Russell, Garnett Angel, Olathe, Jannica Schultze Null holding Jadyn, of Ashland and Bessie Maranville, Russell.  
Sitting with them were Cherry and Jim Noel of  Russell
Picture from Della

Carolyn Howe, Thurmon, Iowa, Lynda Koelling and 
Connie McNeal, Paradise, serving dessert to Ed Breit of Hays.  Mary Ann Breit to the right.
Picture from Della

Garnett Angel and Miss Virginia  (Virginia Robertson)
Picture from Janette

Sara Pelton with her parents, Susan & Chris Pelton.
Garnett and Virginia are visiting in background!

Picture from Janette

Picture from Janette
Richard Ross is helping Mary Anderson.
Rich, Randall Weller and Dan Hoisington were the runners from the kitchen to the serving tables keeping the serving pans and bolws filled with fresh turkey and dressing,  home made rolls, Cole slaw and cranberry marshmallow salads!
Mary Hoisington made the green bean and bacon and brought them across the street from her home to the servers.
Deb Maupin mashed up at the church and filled the serving bowls with mashed potatoes. Linda Lyle and Tammy Schultze made the gravy in the gym kitchen.
In the background of this picture is Randall Weller, Mona Hoisington.

Picture & description from Janette

Janette (Angel) Ross & Brynae Thompson Sturgeon
Picture from Janette

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Saturday, November 1, 2014


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Annual Paradise United Methodist Church 


This is one gathering in Paradise that everyone looks forward - the women preparing for the day and the people that get to enjoy the great food, fellowship and visiting with many friends.  The Bazaar & Turkey Dinner started in 1950 to raise money for a new Methodist church and it is the church's only fundraiser.

Although it is like an annual reunion, they do get a lot of hunters, with a lot of them actually go out of their way to go there to eat.

Another attraction to the Bazaar this year will be the sale of the book "Simply Paradise."

The book is in four sections: 
Section 1 - Ivamar to Paradise - Contains history of town, some businesses, etc along with photos; 
Section 2 - Paradise Methodist church - Again contains history of church, list of past ministers, photos, etc.; 
Section 3 - Mt. Hermon Cemetery - Features maps of cemetery and listing of all burials. We walked the cemetery in June, 2014 and recorded information on stones; 
Section 4 - Paradise Schools - Incudes history of schools, photos and all senior placards (senior photos).

The book will sell for $20 plus an additional $5 if mailed.

Carolyn Schultz wishes to Thank everyone for their help with this project.
Mail orders will be sent out AFTER the November 8th Paradise bazaar.
You may send a check for $25.00 if you would like to order the book and would like to have it sent. 

Carolyn Schultz
2957 S. 50th Ave.
Lucas, Kansas

Freshly baked cakes, pies, cookies, breads, candy, fresh gourmet nuts and snacks also fill the area.

Friday, October 24, 2014


Vada has been trying to put a comment on the blog and I guess this blog was not cooperating - as though it does very often.  It certainly gives me a hard time at times.  
Thank You Vada for your persistence.  Scroll down to the post I made that was from the Newspaper Article and the Paradise Farmer that Kim Hoisington sent.  Click on Comment under the post.  Thank You Vada.



 I received a most thoughtful email from Connie (Webster) Anderson today. Thank You Connie.

"Onnalee,   Thanks a bunch for all   you do on this web site.   I check it quite often and love to see someone I haven't seen in many years.   Missed you all at the Reunion this year.   The oldest, Ruben and youngest, Connie,  were the only Webster kids that were there this year.  There are only 5 of the Webster kids still living;  Ruben, class of 1941, lives in Arizona;  Anita Swarts, Class of 1948 lives in KC:  Jerry, class of 1954, lives in Pennsylvania,;  Alvin, class of 1957, lives in Russell and Connie Anderson, class of 1962 lives in Osborne.

Also wanted to tell you my husband , John Anderson and I will celebrate our 50th. Wedding Anniversary on November 29th.

Love Millard's woodcarvings, they are great.   Saw one of them in Lucas a couple months ago.

Hope you are both well...            Thanks for the great blog.

Connie (Webster) Anderson

Speaking of Millard's woodcarvings . . . . . . you can click on his Foundwood Carving Blog to see more carvings.    I do that too . . . . . the blog, not the carvings.

Millard's Foundwood Carving Blog

Monday, October 13, 2014


A couple of weeks ago Kim Hoisington (Dan & Mona's daughter-in-law) sent these articles to me.  It is so thoughtful when people think of this blog when they read something.  Thank You Kim - and Dan too.
Kim wrote . . . .
"Dan and I found these while going through Mt Hermon cemetery papers and thought they we"re interesting.

Dan thought "Swede" graduated from Paradise in 35 or 36.

Have a great afternoon!


These two articles are typed below.

I typed the Paradise Farmer, as I thought it was somewhat hard to read.  It was very interesting.

July 4  Paradise Farmer  1927

Paradise is a beautiful little town on Paradise Creek, laid out by the Kansas City Town Site Co. about 1884.  The first post office was ½ mile west of the present townsite on the A.A. Houser homestead (part of which still stands in 1977.  It was then moved to the Kennedy homestead and then to Dr. Fosters homestead east of town about 1884.
The 1st school was taught ½ mi west of town under a big tree by Miss Woods.  The 1st school house was part sod and dug out, taught by Dr. Foster.  He taught in one side and parked his house on the other side.  The 1st school taught in Paradise was by Allie Lyllie.
1st load of lumber hauled from Russell by Mr. Kennedy for his home.
1st Minister  Rev. Thomas a Baptist.
1st Banker W.H. Brady
1st Store Mr. Harch – S.T. Brown Gen. Mercantile 1911
School Building 1912   $7000.00
1st Black Smith Mr. Patterson
Hocketts Drug Store 1917 and PO in 1918
J.T Harrell Hardware & Implement 1912 torn down April 1977
H Bell Gen. Mercantile – Dec. 6, 1926

From Jan 24-1927 Paradise Farmer

About 25  years ago a Lincoln County Girl, Bessie Anderson won a prize offered by a magazine for the best definition of success adopted by Lions.  He has achieved success ? ? lived well, laughed often, loved much, who gas gained the respect of honest men, the esteem of good women, the trust of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his purpose: who has left the world better then he fount it whether by an improved poppy a perfect poem, or a rescued should; who has looked for the best in others and given the best that he had; whose life was an inspiration, whose memory a benediction.”

SE of SE of 13-10-15 Osborne Co. Sammons & Ebmey block.
Clearing of Title Derrick up Oct 15 Paper 1928
Nove 12 – still clearing title
Dec. 17-28 – Active work to begin next week.

Poem Feb – 1933 left ?

Sunday, October 5, 2014





Pictured with Aunt Helen
at her birthday today 
is her youngest daughter and her husband
Loa and Paul Gordon

Monday, September 22, 2014


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Dorothy Marie (Hudnall) Wilson
Jan. 5, 1930 - Sept. 17, 2014


Dorothy Marie (Hudnall) Wilson died at her home in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, following a short illness. She was 84 years old.
Dorothy was born on Jan. 5, 1930, in Fairport, Kansas, to Harry E. and Laura M. (Miller) Hudnall. She had an older brother, Harry Jr. (Bud) whom she idolized. Her mother died when Dorothy was only two years old. Her father later married Edra Mae Brown, who was never a step-mother but always a loving mother to Dorothy and Bud. From this union Dorothy was blessed with a brother, Harold, and two sisters, Karen and Connie, whom she cherished and watched over.

Back row from left:  Harold, Dorothy, Mother (Edra Mae), Daddy (Harry), Bud
Front row from left:  Connie, Karen


Dorothy graduated from Paradise High School in 1948 and moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, where she worked as a secretary for First Trust Company.


Dorothy's Senior Picture - 1948 

She met Robert Christopher Wilson while in Lincoln and they were married there on Feb. 12, 1954. Dorothy always considered Bob her best friend. To this union, two daughters were born; Diane Marie and Robin Sue.

The family moved to McCook in 1960. Dorothy worked as an administrative assistant for several businesses, including Kansas-Nebraska Gas Co., McCook City Library, Southwest Sales and Service, and Mousel Engineering. Her secretarial skills and attention to detail made her a valued employee and she counted her co-workers as dear friends. The family moved to North Platte in 1978 when she was transferred with Mousel Engineering. After retiring, Bob and Dorothy moved back to McCook. Dorothy moved to Lincoln in 1995.                                                                                            
 Robin, Diane, Dorothy, Bob 
Dorothy was a long-time member of Memorial United Methodist Church in McCook where she was a member of Circle 7 and taught the three-year-old Sunday School class for over 13 years.
Dorothy loved reading, watching Husker football, spoiling her grandchildren, and following city, state, and national politics. She was known for the wonderful letters and notes that she sent to family and friends.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Wilson; parents, Harry and Laura Hudnall; step-parents, Orval and Edra Otte, and older brother, Harry (Bud) Hudnall.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Philip Lyons of McCook and Robin and Jeff Szwanek of Lincoln; five grandchildren, Laura (Aaron) Plas of York, Nebraska, Andrea (Joshua) Johnson of Lincoln, Christopher Lyons of Seattle, Washington, Julia (Brad) Krebs of Gretna, Nebraska, and Doug (Libby) Szwanek of Lincoln; her great-grandchildren, Cooper, Kennedy, and Adlee Plas of York and Lennon, Porter, and Baby Krebs of Gretna; her brother, Harold (Velda) Hudnall of Great Bend, Kansas; sisters, Karen (Keith) Jakub of Derby, Kansas, and Connie Jahnke of Tucson, Arizona; and several nieces and nephews.
Dorothy requested there be no funeral service. Her ashes will be interred later in the Luray, Kansas, Cemetery between her mother and her father. The family requests that any memorials be given to the McCook Library Foundation, P.O. Box 602, McCook, NE 69001.

Bud, Dorothy, Harold, Karen, Connie      

Saturday, September 6, 2014



Winifred J. “Winnie” (Morgenstern) Webster

75, of Russell, Kansas passed away 
September 3, 2014 at the Russell Regional Hospital in Russell.

Winifred was born July 21, 1939 in Great Bend, Kansas, the daughter of Siegmond and Irene (Schafer) Morgenstern.  She grew up in the Galatia, Kansas and Russell area.
Winifred was united in marriage to Alvin C. Webster on July 1, 1961 in Clayton, New Mexico.  This union was blessed with two children; Michelle and Kim.  They made their home in Russell.
Winifred was a waitress, bartender, sales clerk and manager of Casey’s General Store.  She retired from Dollar General.  She attended Lutheran Churches most of her life.  She loved cooking, crafts, and bowling.  She was a member of the Russell Women’s Bowling Association.
Surviving family include her husband of the home, two daughters, Michelle Casper(Joel) of Russell, Kansas and Kim Wieger (Duane) of Russell, Kansas; five grandchildren, Damian, Melody, Justin, Jenifer and Kristin; and eight great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Velma Courtois, Bernece Armstrong and Betty Heffel; and two nephews.

Celebration of Winifred’s Life 
will be held at 
10:00 A.M. Wednesday, September 10, 2014 
Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell 
Pastor Roger Dennis officiating.  
A private burial of ashes will take place at a later date.  No visitation, cremation has preceded the service.   A Memorial has been established with Russell County Relay for Life.  Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of these arrangements.

Saturday, August 30, 2014


Congratulations to my husband
(Millard Harrell)

The 2014 Fall Issue of the Woodcarving Illustrated magazine (Fox Chapel Publishing Co.) with his article “Carve a Welcoming Wood Spirit” AND with a picture of his Wood Spirit is on the front cover.  Wow!  What an honor!

Front Cover

First page of article - page 37

Last page of article - page 43

He received an email from Woodcarving Illustrated in June  stating that they were getting the 2014 Fall Issue ready and Millard’s wood spirit instructional article would be in that magazine.
From Bob Duncan . .
“Hi Millard,
We're finishing up preparing the article for our art department (we're planning on putting it in the Fall issue). As Mindy's making the final pass over the article, she commented that "Millard's instructions and photos are crazy good. We need more stuff from him."

So... I'm reaching out to see if and what you'd be interested in doing an article on for 2015. Furthermore, would you be interested in coming to our open house/woodworking show in 2015 (May 8-9) and teaching a class in facial anatomy?”

That folks is a prestigious honor in the field of woodcarving.  Millard is highly recognized nationally for his facial expressions – especially the eyes.

Millard did an article on carving Santa’s in the Holiday edition of Woodcarving Illustrated in 2010.
The news about it was on Millard’s Foundwood Carving blog.

2010 Millard's Woodcarving Article in Woodcarving Illustrated Magazine

Thanks for the comment Dan Hoisington . . . . . .  (He thinks he is my Star student. Don't tell him any differently.)   Smiling!
"Congrats to Millard on the magazine article!!!  As was mentioned, the first thing I noticed were the eyes.  Hoe does he do that?  Also, as mentioned about the mouth being hidden by the beard,  the spirit looks to have a pleasant expression on his face.  I can not figure out how he did that either.  Millard really does a masterful job!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Penny (Rounkles) Loker
sent me her reunion photos.
I'm sorry I was so slow.
I thought retirement meant more time. 
Thanks so much Penny!
Thank You also Penny for identifying the people in each photo.


Rich Ross, Miss Virginia, Garnett Angel, Lucille (Boedeker) Omsby

Janette (Angel)  & Richard Ross
Fred Miller and Gale Bear

Evelyn  Hugh Richardson

Richard Ross, Gale Bear, Velma (Bodeke) Post,
Janette (Angel) Ross, Miss Virginia, Lucy (Boedeker) Omsby 

Fred Miller, Richard Ross, Shelley Bear, Kay Miller

Gale Bear shaking hands with Marvin Rounkles,
Kay Miller

Joyce (Rounkles) Loker, Penny (Rounkles) Loker

Penny (Rounkles) Loker, Marvin Rounkles, Joyce (Roundles) Mello

Larry Weilert, Mike Weilert, Cary Weilert

Steve Weilert, Stanley Weilert, Jan Weilert