Saturday, March 31, 2012


I had posted this 7/3/08.  It was pointed out to me this past week so I decided to bring it to the top to see if I could get any more comments about it. 
Don't ask me WHY some things are in black, some in blue and some in red. Some are large print and some are small print. 
The editing of my posts are not my editing.  Millard carves renegade elves and I am thinking that the elves are assisting me.  If so, they are quite frustrating. 
On the editing page everything is black.  Not so when you view it here. 

Can you answer these?
If you choose not to Comment, please email me.

Thank You for all of your comments.
Very neat memories in each of them.

As I have said before, technology puzzles me some times. In fact, it not only puzzles me, but it gets the best of me.
I have tried to get this posting all the same color. I wanted all of the answers below the Nicknames in black. I have edited it, done it again . . . and again. But why the printing is sometimes in blue and sometimes in black, I will never know. And . . . yes - I go to the color chart and have tried to make everything in black, over and over again. No rhyme nor reason, but I have given up on keeping the colors consistent.
One thing about it - if I want to look at the edit preview, it is exactly how I wish it were. That is how I set it up.
Can you put Names with these Nicknames?
Teeny - John Albrecht
Sleepy - Day "Loren" (Pat answered)
Bunny - Dodson "Walter" (Pat answered)
Snort - Wilcox "Norris" (Pat answered)
Hoot - Burger "Harold" (Anonymous answered - no signature)
Frosty - White "Forrest" (Pat answered)
Tub - Weller "Randall" (Pat answered)
Spud - Whitman (Pat answered) I found out at the reunion that Spud's name is "Elbert"
Ducky - Albrecht "Donald" (Pat answered)
Butch - Laughlin "Norman" (Anonymous answered)  Or -  Alex Thacker
Swede - Loreg "John, Jr"
(Pat answered)
Skeeter - Dwinelle "Marvin" (Pat answered)
Exy - Rodgers "John" (Pat answered)
Peg - Mr. Webster (Pat answered) Carl Webster (Anonymous answered)
Fritz - Joe Kvasnicka Father in law or his mothers dad (Anonymous answered)

That might be correct, but we know Fritz as Fred Whitman
Mim - Millard (Millard answered)
Millard said that some of his friends called him Mim.

Do you remember more?

Who were the Laughlin's?
Norma Hutchcraft Williams said . . . . "The Laughlins were Howard and Lucille"
What did they do?
Norma said . . . . "He was the depot agent and she had a beauty shop in her home."
Where did they live?
Norma said . . . . "They had two children, Iva, and Norman "Butch", and lived on the hill west of the old grade school in the basement house."
Millard received an e-mail from Iva Laughlin Byrd before this comment was posted saying . . . ."I have been trying to be able to post a blog, but I am not having any luck. I wanted to enter an answer to 'Who were the Laughlins and where did they live.' I'll try a few more times, then I may just have to email my comments to your wife."

I don't know Iva, but I'm sure when she saw that Norma commented before she did, she was kicking herself.
Oh! Well! Iva, you can add anything you want to. Technology can be a bummer sometimes, can't it?

Sturtevant's . . . .
Who were they?
Anonymous said... (No name) "The Sturtevants were Rev. Clyde and I don't remember her name. He was the pastor at the Church of the Nazarene and most likely lived in the parsonage, but I have know idea why he passed out."
Where did they live?
What Baccalaureate or Graduation did he pass out on?
Why did he pass out?

Where was the oil depot located?

Who ran the depot?

Where did all the pumps and pipe go?

There was a pipeline for rail cars to haul oil.

Where did the pipeline run from?
What is the last date that the steam engine went through Paradise?

Where was the stockyard located?
Pat said . . . ."The Stock yards were down by the Wholesale place -Rodgers and Hoisington."

Where did all the wood go?

Where was the drugstore located?
Pat said . . . ."The Drug Wholesale was in the Lumber Yard.
Joe Kvasnicka ran it. My Dad, Lee Hoopes worked there."

What was the name of the Drug Wholesale Company?

Where did all the wood go?

Anonymous said. . . . . "Wilson Lumber yard"

What were the walls of the ice house made of?

What year was the Paradise Main Street first paved?
Millard said . . . . "1958"

What year was the Auditorium built?
Iva said . . . . 1951 - The vo ag was built in 1952
What town did the first Paradise Band Uniforms come from?
Pat said . . . . "The band uniforms I thought came from Hoxie -
Gold and Black - none of them fit right but we were proud of them."

Millard said . . . . "No, they came from Palco. The reason? They had a PHS on the arm."
Onnalee added . . . . "Paradise got new Band Uniforms the second year I was there. They were awesome. I will post some photo's later on."
What years did Paradise go to the State Basketball Tournament?

What subject did these teachers teach?

Mr. Girkin
Pat Hoopes Preston said . . . . Band     Iva said . . . . Band and Vocal Music

Miss Eva Sire
Iva said . . . . Band and Vocal Music

Mr. Spear
Anonymous said (in the Comments below Paradise Water Tower - Landmark)
. . . . High School Math Teacher and Basketball Coach

Mrs. Richardson
Pat said . . . Bookeeping
Anonymous said . . . .
Mrs Richardson taught at Fairport Grade School
Iva said . . . . First and Second grades at Paradise Grade School

Mr. Richardson
Anonymous said . . . . Mr. Hugh Richardson was the typing and bookkeeping teacher
Iva said . . . . English, typing and Bookkeeping

Mrs. Komark
Pat said . . . . 7th & 8th grade teacher. She also coached 7th and 8th grade
Millard said that she had two boys - Lyle and Larry?  Does anyone know where they are?

Mr. Herrick
Millard said . . . 5th & 6th grade teacher.  He read a Bible verse every morning.

Mrs. Ringler
Pat said . . . . Home Ec 
Iva said . . . . Mrs. Esther Ringler taught Science and Home Ec

Mr. Thomas
Iva said . . . Mr. John Thomas was the instuctor of classes in the vo ag and he also taught Driver's Ed

Pat also added . . . . . . "These teachers as teachers for the 1958 kids."  
Miss Virginia . . . . . . . 1st and 2nd grades (Married to Cliff Robertson)
Miss Pericaval . . . . . . 3rd & 4th grades (Married to George Welling)
Mr. Oscar Herrick
. . . 5th & 6th grades
Mrs Lila Komarek . . . . 7th & 8th grades (Married to Fred Komarek)
Jake Anschutz . . . . . . Coach for Grade School

Dick Woodall . . . . . . . High School Coach

How do you play Pum Pum Pull-away?

What town was the biggest athletic rival when you were in high school at Paradise?
Pat said . . . . "Natoma was my biggest athletic rival - still don't like them."


Sunday, March 25, 2012



Ruth Wilma Bricker, 85,
Russell, Kansas,
died on
Friday, March 23, 2012,
at the
Golden Living Center in Wilson, Kansas.

Wilma was born on January 4, 1927, in Dorrance, Kansas, the daughter of Paul W. and Ida M. (Bachman) Petty. She grew up in the Dorrance and Fairport area and graduated from Paradise High School in 1945. She met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Jay H. Bricker on August 20, 1946 in Salina, Kansas. From this union they were blessed with three children Michael, Jerry and Susan. Her husband Jay preceded her in death on April 24, 2006. During a time in Wilma’s life she worked at Smith’s Grocery in Luray and the Coop Grain Elevator in Waldo, but most of her life was dedicated to taking care of her family as a homemaker. She was a member of E.H.U. and enjoyed reading, puzzles, sewing, and card games. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving family include her sons Michael Bricker and wife Kathryn of Fort Collins, Colorado and Jerry Bricker and wife Darlene of Frontenac, Kansas; daughter Susan Gaito and husband Anthony of Great Bend, Kansas; brothers Paul Petty of Olathe, Kansas, Francis Petty of Weaubleau, Missouri and Donald Petty of Luray, Kansas; sisters Leona Boyer and Shirley Unruh both of Hutchinson, Kansas and Ina Petty of Russell, Kansas; grandchildren Michelle, Daniel, Andrew, Brice and Dustin; great grandchildren Lane, Katelynn, Amaya, Addison and Avery.She was also preceded in death by her parents and two brothers Kenneth and Duane Petty.

A Gathering service to celebrate Wilma’s life
will be held from
2:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M.
Thursday, March 29, 2012,
at the
Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell
with family present to greet guests during that time.

Burial will follow around 4 P.M. to 4:15 P.M. at the Luray Cemetery in Luray, Kansas.
Viewing will be from 9 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. on Thursday March 29th at the mortuary.
Memorials may be given to the Waldo Senior Center or Russell County Veterans Memorial and sent in care of the mortuary.
Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, are in charge of the funeral service arrangements.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012



Elbert Glenn “Spud” Whitman, 88,
Paradise, Kansas,
passed away Sunday, March 18, 2012,
Wesley Medical Center
 Wichita, Kansas.

Spud Whitman was born February 23, 1924, to Alexander and Mary (Patton) Whitman.
He grew up in rural Russell County and joined the United States Navy in March of 1943.
Spud met the love of his life Donna Beth Luder at a country dance while home on leave, on May 5, 1945. Spud continued to serve as an anti-aircraft gunner as part of a Navy crew placed on Merchant Marine ships for the remainder of World War II.

After returning home after the war, Spud was united in marriage to Beth on December 21, 1946.

This union was blessed with four children; Denny, Sandy, Patty and Fred.

Spud worked as an oilfield pumper. Later, because of his love for being on the water he took a job as a tanker man on the Mississippi River boats. “Papo” as he was known by the family, liked to tease and have fun with all, he especially loved the “little ones”. His sense of humor and his love of horses were precious to all who knew him. Elbert Glenn “Spud” Whitman died in the arms of his wife and leaves a loving family with countless cherished memories and stories.
Spud is survived by his wife Beth of the home; son Denny Whitman and wife Sheila of Belle Fourche, South Dakota; daughters Sandy Mead and husband Allen of Kismet, Kansas, and Patty Lund and husband Rick of Lincoln, Kansas; son Fred Whitman and wife Kristi of Paradise, Kansas. His greatest legacy lives on in his twelve grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings Charly, Freddy, Opal, Florence and Henry.

 A Celebration of Spuds life will be held at 11 A.M. on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at the Paradise United Methodist Church in Paradise, Kansas, with Pastor Sharon Thomas officiating.
Burial will follow at the Mt. Herman Cemetery in rural Paradise.

Visitation will be from 9 A.M. to 8 P.M on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at the Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell, Kansas with family greeting guests from 6 P.M. to 7 P.M. Wednesday evening March 21st at the mortuary.

Memorials may be given to the Paradise United Methodist Church or to the Disabled American Vets and can be sent in care of the mortuary.
Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, Kansas, is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.      

Saturday, March 10, 2012


Click on the photo to make it larger.

This photo was sent to me with the following description:

"I don’t have the exact date.
Caption said it was Dwight Hardman Construction Co, working on what would later become K 18, between Waldo and Luray."
Can anyone identify any of the men in the photo?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


75 years ago on March 4, 1937 at age of 64, Iva Marr McGuire died.
She was well known in the northern part of Russell County.
The town of Paradise was first known as Iva Marr and was later changed to Paradise.


Monday, March 5, 2012



Lorraine (Trapp) Anschutz,
Bunker Hill,
formerly of
Paradise & Russell,
died Saturday, March 3, 2012,
at her home.

Lorraine was born Dec. 1, 1922, on the family farm south of Bunker Hill, KS. 
She was the daughter of John Matthew and Nora Alice (Penix) Trapp.
She attended country schools.

Lorraine was united in marriage to Jacob Anschutz Jr. on Nov. 15, 1939, in Ellsworth, KS.
This union was blessed with three children: Gary (Class of 1958 - graduated from Luray), Dianna (Class of 1961 PHS) and Rebecca (Class of 1969 PHS).

Lorraine and Jacob made their home in Paradise, Russell and finally in Bunker Hill.
Jacob preceded
her in death July 1, 2002.
Lorraine was a devoted homemaker and farmer's wife.  She was always by Jacob's side.  When she was younger she also helped run the grocery store in Luray.   
Lorraine was a member of St. John Lutheran Church of Russell.  She helped as a 4-H Leader when her children were growing up.  Then after she and Jacob retired, they loved attending Antique sales and collecting antiques.

Survivors include a son, Gary Anschutz, Galatia, KS; two daughters, Dianna R. Wise, Seattle, Washington and Rebecca Keil (David), Russell, KS; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother: Wilmer Trapp and three sisters: Ida Mahoney, Clara Kaps and Julia Urban.

Celebration of Lorraine's Life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, March 8, 2012 at St. John Lutheran Church with Pastor Roger Dennis officiating.

Burial will follow at the Bunker Hill Cemetery in Bunker Hill, Kansas.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday with family present to greet friends from 6 to 7 p.m. at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, Russell.

Memorials are suggested to St. John Lutheran Church or Russell County Relay For Life in care of the mortuary.

Gary Anschutz taught at PHS in the late 60's and early 70's.   He was also the Sponsor of the Senior Class of 1971.