The fourth annual "Pioneer Mixer" of the Clark County Historical Society was held in Ashland, October 20, 1945. The society' snewly-elected officers are: John E. Stephens, president; Mrs. Ethel Gardiner Wilson, vice-president; Mrs. Effie Walden Smith, first honorary vice-president; Mrs. Ruth Clark Mull, second honorary vice-president; Mrs. Melville Campbell Harper, recording secretary; Mrs. Lillie Skelton Nunemacher, corresponding secretary; Sidney E. Grimes, treasurer; Sherman G. Ihde, auditor; Mrs. Dorothy Berryman Shrewder, historian, and Mrs. Bertha McCreery Gabbert, curator. The township directors for 1945-1948 are: M. G. Stevenson, Ashland; Frank Pittman,Appleton; Miss Lena E. Smith, Brown; Mrs. Ruth Harvey McMillion, Center; Mrs.Grace Wright Randall, Cimarron; I. Jennison Klinger, Edwards; A. L. Roberts, Englewood; John E. Stephens, Lexington; William J. Weikal, Liberty; Mrs. May Seacat Jackson, Sitka, and Mrs. Ruth Clark Mull, Vesta. Mrs. Mull was also the retiring president.
Dr. O. P. Dellinger of Pittsburg was elected president of the Crawford County Historical Society at the annual meeting held October 22, 1945, at Pittsburg. Other officers elected were: Ralph Shideler o fGirard, vice-president; Mrs. C. M. Paris of Pittsburg, recording secretary; Mrs. C. D. Gregg of McCune, corresponding secretary, and Mrs. George Elliott of Pittsburg, treasurer. Directors named for three-year terms were: H. W. Shideler, Girard; Mrs. L. H. Dunton, Arcadia, and Mrs. Grover Exley of Pittsburg. George F. Beezley of Girard was the retiring president.
Two hundred persons attended the old settlers' reunion of the Kiowa County Historical Society at Greensburg, October 27, 1945. New officers of the society are: C. Morford, Mullinville, president; Herbert Parkin, Greensburg, Mrs. Bruno Meyer, Haviland, and Mrs. Sam Booth, Wilmore, vice-presidents; Mrs. Benj. O. Weaver, Mullinville, secretary, and Mrs. Charles T. Johnson, Greensburg, treasurer.
The Protection Historical Society was organized November 5, 1945, at a celebration in observance of the anniversary of the founding of the town. The following officers were elected: Fred Denney, president; Claude Rowland, first vice-president; Maude Carpenter, second vice-president; W. T. Maris, third vice-president; Nell Riner,
fourth vice-president; Pirl Baker, fifth vice-president; Blanche Towner, recording secretary; Theo. Shrauner, corresponding secretary, and Harry Large, treasurer.
Officers of the Hodgeman County Historical Society were reelected at the annual business meeting held at Jetmore, November 9, 1945. They are: L. W. Hubbell, president; Mrs. O. W. Lynam, vice-president; E.W. Harlan, secretary; Mrs. Ora L. Teed, treasurer, and Margaret Haun Raser, historian. The directors are: E. W. Harlan, S. H. Pitts, Ora L. Teed, L. H. Raser, Mrs. O. W. Lynam, Elfrieda Kenyon, Mrs. Mary E. Newport, Lee G. Jackson and L. W. Hubbell.
Members of the Pawnee County Historical Society held their first meeting in nearly four years November 10, 1945, at Larned. The genesis of the public schools in Pawnee county was reviewed by Miss Bertha Marymee, county superintendent, who said the first school was held in a saloon. Mrs. Jessie Grove spoke on the county's contribution to the armed forces in World War I and the Spanish-American war. The society elected the following officers: A. H. Lupfer, president; A. A. Doerr, first vice-president; Charles Peterson, second vice-president; Mrs. Jessie Grove, secretary; Mrs. Leslie Wallace, treasurer, and Miss Lois Victor, custodian. Directors chosen were: E. E. Frizell, Dr. J. A. Dillon, Mrs. A. H. Moffet, H. L. Reed, Mrs. George Bindley and Harry Hunsley. Lists of recent donations to the society, including relics, photographs, books and documents, were published in the Larned Tiller and Toiler, November 29and December 27, 1945, and in the Lamed Chronoscope, December 6 and 20.
Facts concerning the proposed marker at Lamb's Point, east of Detroit, near the Union Pacific right-of-way and Highway 40, were presented at the annual meeting of the Dickinson County Historical Society held November 15, 1945, at Abilene. Officers reelected were: Mrs. Carl Peterson of Enterprise, president; Mrs. Elsie Rohrer of Elmo, vice-president, and Mrs. H. M. Howard of Abilene, secretary and treasurer. The society took under advisement the proposal of John Cregan of Chapman that the Dickinson County Pioneers and Dickinson County Historical Society be merged. Cregan is president of the Pioneers group.
Doris Fleeson of Washington, D. C., was the featured speaker at the twenty-eighth annual meeting of the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas held in Topeka, January 28, 1946. Newly-elected
officers are: Native Sons-Frank Haucke, Council Grove, president; Warren W. Shaw, Topeka, vice-president; Will T. Beck, Holton, secretary; William Ljungdahl, Menlo, treasurer; Native Daughters_ Mrs. John C. Nelson, Topeka, president; Mrs.C. I. Moyer, Severance, vice-president; Mrs. Kenneth McFarland, Topeka, secretary; Miss Abbie Bellport, Abilene, treasurer. Judge Homer Hoch, Topeka, and Mrs. W. H. von der Heiden, Newton, were the retiring presidents.
The erection of a Peace Memorial auditorium inManhattan was favored four to one in a recent city-wide survey conducted by theRiley County Historical Society.
Facts You Should Know About Kansas is thetitle of a 29-page booklet by W. G. Clugston which deals largely with thepolitical background of the state. The booklet was issued by the HaldemanŠJuliusPublications of Girard.
A 566-page biography of Gen. Dwight D.Eisenhower, Soldier of Democracy, by Kenneth S. Davis, was recentlypublished by Doubleday, Doran & Company. The author describes the moving of theJacob Eisenhower family from Pennsylvania to Kansas, the marriage of thegeneral's parents in Lecompton, his birth in Texas, and childhood and youth inAbilene. Eisenhower's military career, beginning with West Point and World War I,was traced step by step to his appointment as the commanding United Statesgeneral in the European theater and to his subsequent leadership in the alliedconquest of North Africa, Sicily and the all-out invasion across the channelthrough France and into Germany.
Santa Fe-The Railroad That Built anEmpire is the title of a 465-page book by James Marshall describing the dreamof Cyrus K. Holliday of a great railroad linking the Southwest which wasfulfilled with the creation of a system extending from the Great Lakes to thePacific coast and the Gulf of Mexico. Many pioneer figures and Western charactersof the period are mentioned as well as the land-run to the Indian territory. Theauthor also describes the introduction of the diesel locomotive. An appendixshows names of towns derived from those of officials, employees or members oftheir families, and a historical list of Santa Fe trains showing date ofinauguration and when discontinued, if not now operating. The chronologicaldevelopment of the system is traced step by step in a section comprising 54pages.