Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Lawrence Finch will be 100 - August 13, 2011
His 100th Birthday Party will be
in Russell at the Fossil Inn
Aug. 13, 2011.
Friends are invited to stop by and wish him

Lawrence Finch  was born just south of Natoma on the Harsh place in Rooks county. He is the oldest son of Gavin and Pearl (Clair) Finch. He met his wife , Nellie Sanders , when she was teaching at a country school. Lawrence's little brother and sister was in Nellie's school. They married March 2, 1929 and was married almost 75years when she passed away about two weeks before their anniversary.

(←  Photo taken at the Paradise Reunion - July, 2010)

Lawrence supported his family by farming and when the dirty 30’s hit he moved his family to Arizona and got a job in the gold mines there. Norma was just a baby when they moved out and Dixie was born in Oatman Arizona 1937. They returned to Ks when Dixie was about 4. Lawrence had a few small jobs but ended up working for Sohio.. He retired from Sohio which became B P. He and Nellie moved up south of Natoma on a little farm. They later moved to Natoma, but Lawrence kept the farm for awhile. He and Nellie had a small camper and traveled quite a bit.

This is a 6th Generation of Lawrence.
It is a 5th Generation Photo of Dixie and Roger Thompson.

This photo was taken last year at Lawrence's 99th Birthday.
These are Norma's children and grandchildren.

Lawrence  played polo on the Sohio team and he also had greyhounds and loved to coyote hunt.

Nellie had a stroke and so Lawrence took care of her, although she did recover from the stroke. They went to live with Dixie (Eggleston)  in the winter and at their home in the summer. Nellie died at the age of 95 and Lawrence was 93. He continued staying with Dixie through the winter then he decided he wanted to learn how to bowl. They bought him his own ball and bag and he did pretty good. His highest score was about 128. Because of his failing health,  he had to quit. Dixie, Lawrence and Norma did some traveling.   They are so thankful the time they  had with herNorma at that time.

He has been with Dixie now since Norma died and they sold all he had last summer. They just didn't think he could stay by himself anymore. He is still doing pretty good.

There have been 18 presidents in Lawrence Finch's lifetime. 
They started with William Howard Taft (1909-1913).



Elmer Rageth, 57,
a former Russell resident,
died on Saturday, July 23, 2011
Rogers, Arkansas.
He and his family were there on business,
when Elmer became ill and passed away a few days later.

He was born on October 29, 1953 in Plum City, Wisconsin, the son of Dale and Ruby (Bignell) Rageth. He was a longtime resident of the Waldo and Russell areas before leaving the state of Kansas in order to travel and work construction with his brothers. He was a skilled carpenter who loved using his skills to build homes, businesses as well as other wood working projects. He will be deeply missed by his loving family and close friends.
Elmer is survived by two daughters, Lisa Schreiner of Russell and Marina Rageth of Topeka; two grandchildren Lillian and Olivia; six sisters Dorothy Litchfield, Marie Gavin, Irene Hatt, Betty Gooden, Mary Doody, Nancy Hammett and six brothers Ed, Glen, David, Larry, John and Dale, also by several nephews and nieces.
Elmer was preceded in death by his parents Dale and Ruby Rageth and two sisters, Doreen and Elaine Ramsey.
A funeral service of remembrance will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at the Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell. Burial will follow at the Russell City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 A.M. to 8 P.M. on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at the Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell with the family present to greet guests from 6 P.M. to 7 P.M. Tuesday evening. Memorials may be given to the KSU Basic Cancer Research and sent in care of the mortuary. Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.

Most of the Rageth's went to Paradise High School.  Waldo still had a grade school.
They had the restaurant in Waldo - along highway 18.

Monday, July 25, 2011


Randall responded . . . .

"Hi---Those are interesting. I do not remember doing that. I responded but not sure I did it right. Hope you are doing well after your surgery. Randall"

Jon responded . . . .
"I don't recall whether it was Randall or Van but it was a traumatic experience that profoundly changed my life both for the better and the worse. Or maybe not.

I don't think Roger "biked off" the loading dock. It seemed to me to be his normal way of bike riding, as I recall the incident. Jon"

So . . . now I need to get Van involved.  Surely if Randall would have sat (fallen) on Jon's head, he would remember.  How about it Van?

Saturday, July 23, 2011


We are going to start posting "Do You Remember!"  Hopefully, we will get some reactions and discussions of memories that were made years ago.

Our first post has 2 . . .  

Do you remember when Randall Weller sat on Jon Anderson's head? 
Millard says YES!    (No, Jon!  This is not another delusion!)

Do you remember when Roger Pruter biked off of the railroad loading dock?

Please send your memories of these and other memories to my email. 
Thank You!    Onnalee@foundwoodcarvings.com


Friday, July 22, 2011


Thank You, Evelyn, for your email.
"I have been having trouble with my computer this spring so have not been able to keep up with all of the Paradise news. I really enjoy it. You do a great job finding information.
When we lived in Fairport and taught in Paradise there was a man living in Paradise named "Spence". I don't remember his first name but he died in 1954. Do you or anyone remember anything about him? We have just found out that he was our son-in-law's grandfather.
I have been interested in Millard's carvings. I would really like to see them sometime. I have a cousin living in Emporia so maybe we can visit someday.
We are doing as well as can be expected for "old folks". We really don't get along very well in this heat, but fall will come.Onnalee keep up the good work. Thank you so much. One day soon I will get my computer up and running properly.
Hugh and Evelyn Richardson"


Monday, July 18, 2011


Veta Lorene Landis,
age 88,
of Wichita, Kansas,
former Russell resident,
died Saturday,
July 16, 2011,
at the
Wesley Medical Center
Wichita, Kansas

Veta was born September 23, 1922, in Portis, Kansas, to Charles May and Sadie (Ramage) Robertson. She married Delbert E. Landis on September 7, 1940. Veta lived in Osborne and Russell counties nearly her entire life. She attended the Diamond School District near Covert, Kansas and also Covert, Kansas High School. She received her GED in 1975. She moved to Fairport, Kansas in 1939 and moved to Russell, Kansas in April of 2002.

Survivors include her husband of nearly 71 years, Delbert of Wichita; her four children, Charles of Bethany, Oklahoma, Virginia Maddox and her husband, Kenneth of Wichita, Kansas, Donald of Bethany, Oklahoma, and Delmar of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; a sister, Betty Fraizer of Shreveport, Louisiana; four grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and one great, great granddaughter.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 20, 2011,
at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home,
20th and Pine in Hays, Kansas.
Burial will be in the Fairport Cemetery north of Gorham, Kansas.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday
from 2 until 5 p.m. and on Wednesday from 9 until the service time.

Our prayers are with each of you at this time -  Charles, Virginia, Donald & Delmar.
We pray for your Dad too and we understand that Charles is not doing too well right now.
Please know that we are very concerned for each of you and we pray for your Trust in God and His Strength to carry you through this time of sorrow and anticipation.


Monday, July 4, 2011

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