Thursday, January 29, 2009



Kansas was admitted to Statehood
January 29, 1861
Kansas was the 34th State to enter the Union
as a Free State

Great Seal of the State of Kansas

The Great Seal of the State of Kansas was established by a joint resolution adopted by the Kansas Legislature May 25, 1861.

The seal is described in the resolution as follows:
"The east is represented by a rising sun, in the right-hand corner of the seal;
to the left of it, commerce is represented by a river and a steamboat;
in the foreground, agriculture is represented as the basis of the future prosperity of the state, by a settler's cabin and a man plowing with a pair of horses;
beyond this is a train of ox-wagons, going west; in the background is seen a herd of buffalo, retreating, pursued by two Indians, on horseback;
around the top is the motto, 'Ad astra per aspera,' and beneath a cluster of thirty-four stars.
The circle is surrounded by the words, 'Great seal of the state of Kansas. January 29, 1861.'
" The motto, "Ad astra per aspera," means "To the stars through difficulties,"
and was adopted as part of the Great Seal of the State of Kansas.

The Nickname for Kansas is: The Sunflower State

On a navy blue field is a sunflower, the state flower.
Also, the state seal and the words "Kansas".
In the picture of the state seal are thirty-four stars representing the order of statehood.
Above the stars is the motto "To the Stars Through Difficulties".
On the seal a sunrise overshadows a farmer plowing a field near his log cabin, a steamboat sailing the Kansas River, a wagontrain heading west and Native Americans hunting bison.
The flag was adopted in 1927.

To listen to the State Song
click here

We are very proud of this link from our
Morton County Library - Elkhart, KS
(Elkhart was our home for 32 years.)

For more about Kansas - Click on this link and Scroll down a ways.

Famous Kansans

Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle actor, Smith Center
Clarence D. Batchelor political cartoonist, Osage City
Gwendolyn Brooks poet, Topeka
Walter P. Chrysler auto manufacturer, Wamego
Clark M. Clifford secretary of defense, Fort Scott
John Steuart Curry painter, Dunavant
Bob Dole politician, Russell
Amelia Earhart aviator, Atchison
Milton S. Eisenhower educator, Abilene
Carl A. Hatch politician, Kirwin
Dennis Hopper actor, Dodge City
William Inge playwright, Independence
Walter Johnson baseball pitcher, Humboldt
Buster Keaton comedian, Piqua
Emmett Kelly clown, Sedan
Stan Kenton jazz musician, Wichita
Harold Lloyd actor, Burchard
Edgar Lee Masters poet, Garnett
Hattie McDaniel actress, Wichita
William C. Menninger psychiatrist, Topeka
Gordon Parks film director, Fort Scott
Zasu Pitts actress, Parsons
Charles Buddy Rogers actor, Olathe
Damon Runyon journalist, Manhattan
Barry Sanders football player, Wichita
Eugene W. Smith photojournalist, Wichita
William E. Stafford poet, Hutchinson
John Cameron Swayze news commentator, Atchison
Vivan Vance actress, Cherryvale
William Allen White journalist, Emporia
Charles E. Whittaker jurist, Troy

This list leaves off Clint Boyers, Emporia
Probably other recent ones also.
Norma commented that "it was interesting that Dwight Eisenhowers name was not on the list." I had noticed it later in the day, but neglected to go back and add it.
I can not understand why a list like that would not have Dwight D. Eisenhower. Thanks Norma for reminding me.
Here is a History Lesson in a Nut Shell
Click on each link
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight Eisenhower's family settled in Abilene, Kansas in 1892. His father David Eisenhower was a college-educated engineer. Dwight Eisenhower graduated from Abilene High School in 1909
Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower (October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) was the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961 and a five-star general in the United States Army. During the Second World War, he served as Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe, with responsibility for planning and supervising the successful invasion of France and Germany in 1944–45. In 1951, he became the first supreme commander of NATO.[
As President, he oversaw the cease-fire of the Korean War, kept up the pressure on the Soviet Union during the Cold War, made nuclear weapons a higher defense priority, launched the Space Race, enlarged the Social Security program, and began the Interstate Highway System. Eisenhower also was highly involved in the 1953 Iranian coup d'├ętat, the overthrow of Prime Minister of Iran Mohammad Mossadegh and replacing him with the pro-Western Shah. He has been consistently ranked by scholars as one of the greatest U.S. Presidents.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


I have received "Three Things" Three Times from a favorite
person of ours. This is the third time I have tried to put it
on the blog and what do you know! I succeeded.
The message is wonderful and so is the music.
I hope you enjoy it as much as we have and evidently as much
as the one that has sent it to me. Thanks!

Monday, January 26, 2009


I wish to Thank Carol Stielow for introducing me to
Paradise, Kansas USA.

I don’t remember the circumstances, or why Carol picked me, but while Carol and I were both at Bethany Nazarene College (now known as Southern Nazarene College) Carol invited me to go to Paradise to her home town and visit with her for a week end. She had told me that her Dad was on the school board and they were looking for a music teacher and she just wanted me to check it out. I’m sure Carol could tell you more - why she invited me, as I can’t remember the circumstances.

I was graduating in the spring of 1963 with a degree in Psychology/Sociology and a minor in Music - only needing Student Teaching to complete my degree in Music Education. The week end to Paradise was very eventful. The school board - Frank Stielow, Vern Hoisington and Otto Eulert were very easy to talk to and I enjoyed my interview very much, although I do remember that I was in a daze. If I remember correctly, I think they asked me to apply for the job and hired me all in that week end, but Carol may remember it differently. Actually, I think they were very desperate for a music teacher.

I say the above to say this - I Thank God for this opportunity - but I also Thank Carol for inviting me to go to her home that week end, which was a recommendation to her father and to the other school board members. I Thank Carol, as it was because of this that this Paradise Blog is even a possibility. Because of Carol, I met my husband, I had 3 delightful first years of teaching and I had the best students in the world to train me for the rest of my years of teaching. My teaching career was very successful and success for a teacher depends on his/her first years of teaching. Thank You to all of my Paradise students for training me so well.

During my first semester of teaching, the Paradise School Board allowed me to do my Student Teaching in Russell. I would go to Russell in the mornings and teach in Paradise in the afternoons. This gave me the credits I needed to receive my degree in Music Education. By the second semester, I was a full fledged music teacher - Instrumental and Vocal - Grades 1-12.

I couldn’t close without saying that the fellow music teacher that I met (which grew up in Paradise), that became my husband, was the high light of teaching in Paradise. We have had 44 wonderful years and many memories have been highlighted during our marriage.

Again, I give God the credit for leading me to Paradise, but . . . Thank You Carol Stielow for believing in me and recommending that I check out Paradise for my first job.

Saturday, January 24, 2009


Thanks to Dan Hoisington
These are the photos from the wall in the auditorium.
It is very hard to take pictures there as there are so many
windows with so much glare.
He said he would continue at another time of day,
but you can enjoy these for the time being.
Click on each one to make it larger.
(However, you may have to have a magnifying glass to read the names.)
Thanks Dan!

Sunday, January 18, 2009


Someone did an awesome job putting this together!
(Turn up your sound)
Right at the very end of the video you will hear the song ' Thunder Road ' sung by the star of the movie for which it was the theme! This isn't uncommon except this is the one and only song ever recorded, for publication, sung by Robert Mitchum!

Sunday, January 11, 2009


They each bought one of Millard's 2008 Santa Face Ornaments

They have their Certificate's of Authenticity
stating that
"A Stump of a Pipe 2008 Santa" Series
Created Exclusively as a Collection for Neva or for Norma
and that
they received the benefits of Foundwood Carvings total commitment to
authenticity and verification
that this is an original piece of art produced with traditional hand carving tools.
The "Stump of a Pipe" Santa 2008
is inspired by the words from
The Night Before Christmas
which reads,
"A stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth . . ."

In the collection of
Neva Anderson

In the collection of
Norma Williams