Saturday, February 27, 2010


I received an email from Sharon Thomas
Pastor of The
Paradise United Methodist Church
From Pastor Sharon . . . .
"I am the pastor at the UMCs in Paradise and Waldo. Janette told me about the blog - I just had to write to let you know how much I enjoyed it! I love reading the history's of the people and the pictures in the Sunflower were great!
If you don't mind, I may occasionally write a comment about my life here - although I've only been here 2 yrs, I feel like I have come home! Does that make sense? I absolutely love it here. It may very well be my spiritual" home.
Thank you for all your work on this blog; I can tell it is a labor of love!
Please feel free to e-mail me at any time.
Sharon Thomas"
Thank You for your email, Pastor Sharon. Your kind words are very much appreciated.
We look forward to hearing more from you and feel free to say as much, and ask as many questions, as possible.
How delighted we are to have another person contributing to our PARADISE BLOG!

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Click on each one for larger print


The Paradise Methodist Church
will soon be celebrating it's
50th Year as a Church Building
The 50th Anniversary/Rededication Service
was celebrated in the Worship Service
July 20th, 2008 at 11:00 A.M.
This was Sunday after the Paradise Reunion

There has been many memories in this Church.
Church Dinners, Weddings, Funerals, Children's Programs
and of course,
Church Services

Does anyone know anthing about a
time capsule
that was placed
somewhere when
the church was built?
Was there one?
If so, where is it?
Do you know?

I have one thought from someone, but will wait to post it after hearing from others.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Paradise High School Class of 1963

We received this from
Vada (Dwinelle) Krumwiede
Class of 1958
"We bought a book, "Club 50 - 50 Point Single Game Scorers" this morning from Steven Michael Farney, the one who wrote the book about Class BB Basketball that mentioned Larry Hoopes and Ben Howe and a guy I worked with at the State. This book was a book signing by Nino Samuels, a Salina High School basketball standout who played a year a KU and then played for Ken Cochran and Marymount basketball in Salina. Lynn played basketball at the old "Y" where Nino played too, and we saw him play at Central. Lynn saw one game at KU before he transferred to Marymount. He was quite a player.
Now, for what I want to say . . .
There is also a section in the back of the book that writes about the Notables (The 40-49 Club) in which Mr. Farney mentions players who scored 40-49 points in a basketball game. He sent letters to over 350 schools in Kansas to obtain information and heard from only eight.
He mentions Rod Heitschmidt who scored 43 points against Waldo on Jan 29, 1963. Mr. Farney wanted to know of any misspellings of stats so I sent him a correction on Rod's last name already. There was an "r" instead of an "i".
This is the third book we have bought that Mr. Farney wrote. He is keeping history alive in his writings. One doesn't have to be from large metropolitan areas to become noteworthy. One just has to do well and be outstanding --be the best they can be at what they're doing.
I have Roger Heitschmidt's e-mail in my PHS directory but not Rod's, and I think they may be two different people. Please forward this to Rod with my congratulations to him being mentioned in the book, Club 50.
Mr. Farney has a web site: and you can read about the Wilson native. He is on-going in writing books about sports.
Vada (Dwinelle) Krumwiede
Class of 1958 at PHS"

← Steven Farney

Steven was born and raised near Wilson, KS, and was a three-year basketball letter man for the Wilson Dragons.
As of 2008, he lives in McPherson, KS

A note from Onnalee . . . .
Thank You Vada for this information.
We have a signed copy of Steven's book "Title Towns" which he signed 9/15/08.
Steven had enclosed a note . . .
"I need your help! I am looking for the first name of _______ Hertschmidt, a great basketball player for Paradise in 1963. Do you know this person or do your readers? If so, please let me know. It is for my next book.
Best Wishes"
(Unreadable signature.) Ha!
Thanks to our Paradise Reunion Directory, I found Rodney Heitschmidt's (class of 1963) name and address and sent both to Steven.
It is great to hear that he has another book in print.
Congratulations, Steven Farney!


I received an anonymous comment today. It was short and sweet.
There was nothing wrong with it. However, I did not publish it because it was "Anonymous".
One of our readers said that students/people get together to see who can get the most comments published on blogs. My Goodness! What a challenge! Perhaps they should get out and see who can run around the block the most times.
The many Viagra comments are way too much. Several a day.

We appreciate your comments.
If you are unable to leave a comment on the blog, please feel free to email me at . . . .
Thank You!

Some of you have said that it was hard for you to make Comments, that the blog didn't let you do what you wanted to.
Hmmm! Tell me about it! This blog really has a mind of its own. I know it can be very difficult at times.
I am asking that each person sign your name at the end of your comment, if it won't let you do anything except be anonymous. I will no longer accept anonymous comments without your name on it in some way.
Thank You for your support and your many email's. We love hearing from each of you.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Our "Angel" is leaving Paradise

Garnett Angel's new home in Olathe, KS

She will be living seven houses from Janette & Richard
and is in the same housing area as they are - Shadow Ridge.
She will be a mile from Lake Olathe.

She is in the process of packing but first of all
Garnett is, as usual, keeping her clients in top priority.
She will not be moving until after tax season is over.
All five of Garnett's siblings and her children
graduated from Paradise High School.
Her grandchildren also graduated from Paradise until the time that Paradise unified with Natoma, then they had to graduate from Natoma.
Garnett's mother - Ula Ann White - graduated with the
first class at Paradise High School.
Garnett's last grandchild will graduate from Natoma
(which would have been Paradise)
May, 2010
She is waiting until this milestone before moving to Olathe.

A note from Janette . . . . . . .
"Richard & I went to Paradise this past week end, Valentine's week end, to get a start on Mom's BIG move to Olathe. We began at the top: the attic!!!!
Mom & I worked in the cold attic, which warmed up really quickly as we worked diligently to rediscover & unpack items & treasures hidden up there for almost 60 years. Rich met us at the top of the attic stairs, hauled down hundreds of boxes, packages and/or junk down to her basement or to our van. We brought some items with us to Olathe to await the March 2nd closing date on her new home, then we will move these items to her basement.

Some of the actual junk in the attic, Richard burned as we had called in a "controlled burn" and got rid of what we could.
We had a quick lunch and then up to the Charles White house where we used to live! We worked at getting our hutch & cabinet emptied out so the movers could bring this furniture back to Mom's new home. Also, the matching table with 6 chairs. She has a perfect place for this furniture in her dining room and we do not have room for these items. So this will work great for her!!

We are planning to fix the White place up so that when we go back to visit in Paradise, we will have a place to stay. However, we have been gone from that little home for 13 years this August and it does need work done inside and out for sure.
Mom has deeded her home place to grandson, Brian Angel. He will farm the ground and continue to rent this land from his grandmother.

Though exhausted after a busy day, Sat. night we took our Mom's out to dinner at Meridy's in Russell to celebrate Valentine's Day!!
Richard's mom, Mary Catherine Ross, lives in Russell and it was a wonderful way to end the day. We enjoyed visiting and seeing lots of people that happened to be out that very same night - The Tom Maupin's and some Ross nieces & nephews. That is what I love about small towns and the comfortable/slower lifestyle! It was such fun!
I know Mom will adjust to the action, excitement and convenience of the city - I have learned to love that lifestyle too!
I have contacted, KC's ALL AMERICAN MOVING, a small moving company from Gardner where owner, Keith Curtis, guaranteed that he would charge much less to move Mom to Olathe, than any of the national syndicated mover's such as Mayflower, United Van Lines, Two Men & A truck, etc. I am, however, checking different companies as per Aunt Merilyn White's suggestion. However, after hearing from Onnalee about their good experience with a "small moving company" from Garden City - moving them from Elkhart to Emporia, I am certain that we will go with KC's ALL AMERICAN MOVING. The owner & a couple of other guys are going out to Paradise, either the 6 or 13 of March, to give us an estimate of the cost to move and at the owner's advise, they will take a truck with a trailer with them on that trip and bring some items/furniture back to Olathe. Therefore, it will be a constructive trip that includes the estimate of the move.
The BIG MOVE date is scheduled for May 22. However, that date is subject to change as circumstances arise back in Paradise, with her tax accounting and all.
As with Onnalee, I love the personal touch of a smaller moving company. I explained to them, of course, where Paradise is located (4 ½ hours back on I-70) in Russell County and in the country. I have wondered if the larger van lines could even make it out to the farm on possible muddy roads! ??? Mr. Curtis assures me that KC's ALL AMERICAN MOVING can do it!
If any of you reading this have talked with Mom, you know she is excited about moving to Olathe and she is ready for a change in her life. She is tired of muddy roads, feeding umpteen stray cats, chasing cattle on foot, thistle in the pasture, etc. but, at the same time, she is struggling with the thought of leaving her home of 60 years, lifetime friends and the Paradise Church - everything about life on the farm that is difficult, yet familiar. She needs your daily prayers and prayers for each of the family members, including each grandchild. Please pray that they will be helpful and understand the difficulty of this move for her, but also be able to share in the happiness she is anticipating as she prepares for her new life in the big city.
She especially grieves about leaving little great-grandson, Beau - almost 3 years old - who loves her so unconditionally as all babies love their grandma's. Also, Andrea's 3 children who love Grandma too, as well as other family. We have assured her that they will visit her in Olathe. Luckily, she will have 3 little great grand boys - ages 2 to 8 - (Jeff & Sara's boys) living close by and a great granddaughter, Haley (Michele's daughter), about 30 minutes away in Mo. We will be taking Mom to more summer and fall ball games than she will want to attend. Mom will just have to learn to say "Thank You, but you know, I would just like to stay home for a change!"
Mom also has a sister in Overland Park - Violet Parsons - and other nieces and nephews in this area. Together these sisters are making lots of fun plans together. Her brother, Forrest & Sue White recently moved to Houston, TX, but visits his daughter's, Trudy & Stasha and a granddaughter, Lauren, on a regular basis. Another brother, Vernon & Merilyn White, zip down from Wichita frequently. So, Mom actually has more family down this way than back home in Paradise."
(A note from Onnalee . . . Janette is doing a good job convincing her, wouldn't you say? Ha!)
"I want to Thank the loving friends and members of the Paradise Methodist Church who were at church on Sunday - Feb. 14. After the service, the minister - Pastor Sharon Thomas - brought Mom (tearfully) to the front of the church. Pastor Sharon asked the members of the congregation to come forward and lay hands on Mom as she (Pastor Sharon) prayed for Mom, asking God to bless her and be with her as she struggles with the process of leaving and yet anticipates the happiness of a new life ahead. I don't think there was a dry eye in the church. It was absolutely wonderful to have everyone hug and love on her and offer their help as she prepared for her move. I know she felt this love and support. We all did! It was a definite act of God's love through His dear church people! And, I do love that little church and those dear people within, just as much as she does. Olathe may be our address, but Paradise will always be our home! Love to All, Janette"
A note from Onnalee . . . . Wow! I sure hope they like their small moving company. When we moved from Elkhart, we checked different moving van companies, but the local company from Garden City was highly recommended to us. They took so much interest in us. This was a very stressful time, to say the least. I had just had my liver transplant the year before and was still quite weak - we had a large place that was our home and funeral home too - we had never had a garage sale. We had so much "stuff" that as we were packing we just became so overwhelmed with the MOVE! We had been there for 32 years, our children were raised there, we had many memories there - and yes, a lot of "stuff". The moving company changed our moving date a couple of times for us and they were so kind, considerate and understanding.
To sum it all up - we never want to move again and we are still sorting through "stuff" as we had to down size a lot. For us, the small and local moving company was what we needed - for the move and for our time of much stress.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

A Visit with Karen (Hudnall) Jakub

I had a delightful visit with Karen Jakub
(class of 1960) yesterday at McDonald's
in Emporia.
She met her daughters from Kansas City for their Christmas exchange at Carlos O'Kelly's in Emporia.
They were unable to have Christmas together because of the snow and winter weather at Christmas.

Karen and I only had 45 min. to visit, but let me tell you . . . . we talked very fast. In fact, it was so fast, at one time we forgot where the conversation was going. Didn't bother us at all! We just started a new subject.
This is the first time Karen and I had met but we keep our computers busy with emails. She seems like a life time friend and I enjoyed her visit very much.
Thank You, Karen, for coming early for the short, but wonderful visit.

Friday, February 12, 2010


On Valentine's Day
I wish you . . .
Comfort in difficult times,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow your dreams,
Laughter to kiss your lips.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Gentle hugs when spirits sag,
Friendships to brighten your days,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Confidence for when you doubt,
Faith to comfort your soul,
courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
And love to complete your life.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


The Paradise Sunflower

This is the first edition of the Paradise High School Sunflower
which was an annual publication of memories.
Like the Sunflower of Kansas, the first is only the beginning,
and they become more beautiful as the summer goes on.

This is so neat to be able to share this with you.There are 35 pages and they will be added a few at a time.

The new pages will be posted below the previous posting so that the pages will be in order.
You may be able to read the pages better by clicking on each picture.
I have worked with each picture to make it larger and this has made the larger picture fuzzy. I'm hoping this is more readable than being too small.
I did each picture the same way. Don't ask me why some of them are larger than others when they are clicked on. That is a part of technology that I have a problem with.
Here is another solution that might work for you - a suggestion that was brought to my attention.
Windows has a magnifier built in.
Usually you have to go to Start → Accessories → Ease of Acess → Magnifier
I did this on my computer and it works.
After clicking on Start at the bottom of your screen, then I had to click on "All Programs" to be able to click on "Accessories"


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