Fall is almost here y'all!
Hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend. We traveled to a Wagner family reunion in Seneca, Missouri. My grandmother, Mary Fisk was a Wagner. It's always fun catching up with cousins and each time we meet new ones!
On the way to the reunion, we traveled through a small town named Picher, Oklahoma. We thought maybe they had had a huge fire as it looked like the town was totally deserted. Thank goodness for Google! We learned that the excavation/mining, which is what most residents worked in, created huge piles of toxic metal-contaminated mine tailings (known as chat) around the area. They then had cave-ins, groundwater contamination, and health problems, especially for the children. It was later determined 34% of the children suffered from lead poisoning. The EPA and state of Oklahoma agreed to a mandatory evacuation and buyout of the entire township, including Treece, Kansas, and Cardin, Oklahoma. in 2006, 86% of the buildings were condemned, and in May 2008, 150 homes were destroyed by an EF4 tornado.
On 9-1-2009, the state officially disincorporated the town of Picher. The population went from 1640 in 2000 to 20 in 2010. As of 2011, 6 homes and 1 business remained.
We later learned that baseball player, Mickey Mantle, grew up in the area. Looking at his biography, we learned he married his wife, Merilyn Johnson, in Picher, Oklahoma! What are the chances???
Please fly an American flag of any size on Monday, September 11, Patriot Day. Honor those who lost their lives, their families, and those who are still fighting today, at home and abroad, to preserve our freedom.
Don't forget Grandparents Day, Sunday, September 10!!!
Don't forget Fire & Rescue meet Monday night, September 11. Have you driven by and seen the progress on the Fire Station?
We hadn't had any activity on our oriole feeder for a few days and thought maybe they had left, but this hungry guy showed up this morning!
BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
9-6 Emma Porter, Roger & Carolyn Kastens
9-7 Christie Brehm, Lori Boone, Cheryl Hopp Bohling
9-8 Tom Lewis, David Maloy
9-9 Ron Vodicka
9-12 Jeanie Steinkuhler, Ruth Hogancamp Platt
NEWS FROM 100 YEARS AGO
Friday, 9-7-1923, The Otoe Union:
Roy Weeks moved his family from Nebr. City to Unadilla. He was the new Burlington agent. School teachers were named: Prof. & Mrs. Beaty, high school, Eva Sackley, grammar room, Nora Rodaway, intermediate room, and Lizzie Doyle, primary room. At the Village Board meeting, it was reported it would cost $9.20 to install a street light by the telephone office. Carl Fey left for school in California. Cecil & Neva McDaniel, North Russell, would attend high school in Unadilla. Alvan Reimer and Joe Wiles registered at Syracuse school, so they could enter the 12th grade.
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Friday & Saturday
Sept. 15th & 16th
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UPCOMING SATURDAY EVENING SHOWS
Saturday, September 9, 2023
2 - 10 pm
Vendors & Food Trucks!
Color Guard by Henry Neuman Post 353 Legion
Pledge of Allegiance
Kids' Bounce House
JAM SESSION, 2 - 10 pm
Bring your instruments and/or singing voice and join in!!
Jam session in Pinnacle Bank parking lot.
Jam can be either acoustic or electric.
Festival Bands inside Theater
2:30 pm ~ Midnight Wanderers
3:45 pm ~ Down Home Band
4:45 pm ~ Pie and Cake Auction
(15- 30 mins)
5:15 pm ~ Jacob Austin Band
6:30 pm ~ Rayne Magill and Friends
7:45 pm ~ Silver Wings Band.
9 pm ~ Night Riders Band
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