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Ira and Shir;ey were tremendous people.  Alex Thomas, Ira's dad, was a jewel.  I have an article from the Topeka Capital Journal about Kyle Thomas, Ira's grandson, (Raymond's son) about his life and death.  If this appropriate for the Elk County Forum, I would put it on.  Kyle's grandparents and parents were from Moline.  Kyle was raised in the Topeka area. 

Obituaries / THOMAS, Ira Lee - b. Oct. 6, 1926 - d. November 15, 1998
« on: June 10, 2007, 08:15:31 am »
                                        In Loving Memory of Ira L. Thomas

  Ira Lee Thomas passed away Sunday, November 15, 1998 at Via Christi St. Francis Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas.  He was 72 years of age.  Ira was born October 6, 1926 at Wellington, Kansas to Alex and Ada (Hines) Thomas.  He attended Pink rural school near Wellington as well as Wellington schools, before moving with his family to the Moline community where he graduated from Moline High School in 1944.
   On September 20, 1944 Ira enlisted in the United States Air Force at Shepard Field, Texas and sevrved as a papachute rigger while stationed at Santa Anna, California.  He was honorably discharged on November 16, 1945.
   On December 19, 1946, Ira married Shirley Jean Porter at their current home in Moline.  Ira was employed at Concrete Materials in Sedan, Kansas until serving as parts manager at Ames Chevrolet in Moline for 17 years.  In 1964, he became associated with O & B Oil Company in Elk Falls, Kansas and continued in that business until he retired in 1985.
   Ira enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.  He was also interested in automobiles and caring for his favorite dogs, "Sam", "Red", "Fifi" and "T-John".  He was a board member of the Moline Community Rural Health Clinic and was instrumental in constructing the clinic building.  Ira was also active in the Shalom Workshop and Residence at Moline.  He was former mayor and councilman of Moline, former president of the board of Southeast Kansas Economic Development and was a former member of the Moline School Board.  He was a long time member of Fergueson-Spease American Legion Post #388, Hope Lodge #155 A. F. & A.M., Ladonia Chapter #243 O.E.S. and the Moline United Methodist Church.
   He is survived by his wife, Shirley; sons, Raymond Thomas and his wife Deborah, of Topeka and Tyson Porter of Round Rock, Texas; a daughter, Teressa Kirkpatrick and her husband, Rodney, of Longton; and 3 grandchildren, Kyle and Craig Thomas and Crystal Kirkpatrick.
   Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 18, 1998 at the Moline United Methodist Church with Rev. Larry Boyer officiating.  Shae Watkins was the organist with congregational singing of "Because He Lives" and "When We All Get To Heaven".  The casket bearers were Clarence Carter, Gene Corle, Chris Clyde, Merle Hey, Dennis Hogan, Fred Osborn, Rob Shore, Gene Williams and Mike Wilson.  Interment was held in the Moline Cemetery.  Memorials have been established with the Moline United Methodist Church and the New Beginnings Workshop of Moline.  Contributions may be left with the funeral home.  The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


The Coffee Shop / Re: Hello & Good Morning!
« on: June 09, 2007, 10:10:07 pm »
I do remember the Tamarack bush.  We had to go pick our switch.  It made you want to be good.  Believe it was good for us.

The Good Old Days / USA MSgt. Harrod Decorated
« on: June 09, 2007, 07:47:23 am »
From The Elk County Citizen-Advance, October 5, 1994

Army Master Sgt. Carl L. Harrod has been decorated with the Meritorious Service Medal.

The medal is awarded for outstanding non-combat meritorious achievement for service to the United States.

Harrod, a combat engineer senior sergeant, is the son of Kenneth and Ann Harrod of Severy.

He is a 1970 graduate of Howard High School.

Obituaries / MAY, Melba Hope (Lyster) - d. March 8, 2005
« on: June 09, 2007, 06:55:38 am »
Melba Hope May, 86, homemaker and retired dental assistant, died March 8, 2005.  Preceded in death by her husband Norman and sons, Karlton Mac and Johnnie.  Visitation 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Hillside Funeral Home West; service 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Bethany United Methodist Church, 1601 S. Main; graveside service 2:00 p.m. Greenwood Cemetery in Eureka, KS.  Survived by sons, Lynn of Maiden, NC, Tony of Emporia; daughter Jane Armagost of Wichita; 6 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Bethany United Methodist Church, 1601 S. Main, Wichita, KS  67213  Hillside Funeral Home West. 943-2929
Published in the Wichita Eagle on 3/10/2005.

The Coffee Shop / Re: Howard rocks for sale on ebay.
« on: June 06, 2007, 04:34:09 pm »
I checked the other items this man has for sale.  A few coins but mainly rocks from many different states.   Some look like road rock.  My kids, myself and grandkids have always enjoyed finding rocks with shells, bugs etc. in them.  Maybe since we are use to seeing these type of rocks, they are not unusal to us.  I don't think I would pay for them but have bought gold ore and pyrite in Colorado.

The Coffee Shop / Re: 36 inch rattler
« on: June 05, 2007, 10:41:17 pm »
I have heard the baby rattlers have more venom that the larger ones.  Big or small it is still scary!

The Good Old Days / "Elk County Morning"
« on: June 05, 2007, 12:07:26 am »
No date or author for following article from the Wichita Eagle Editorial Page.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I have over the years.

                                              " Elk County Morning"

   "The sounds of an awakening Elk County morning echo crisply through the still-damp summer air.  As warm jewels of light welcome the birth of a new day, minute droplets of moisture obediently disappear from slender blades of grass.

   Colorful valleys tucked in between the subtly rolling hills of Southeast Kansas already are stirring with activity.  Bushyy-tailed squirrels scamper from tree to tree.  Peeking out from burrows, rabbits can be seen surveying for greenery on which to nibble.  The flurried sounds of brightly-colored locusts can be heard as the insects leap and bound, blending into the variegated surroundings.  In the pasture, cattle graze freely, swishing their tails at flies and mooing occasionally. 

   The freedom and open beauty of this farm country are a credit to Kansas, a state too often regarded as being modest in scenery.  Residents and visitors to this area know better.  The open-air freshness of the land provides insight as to what it is to be at one with God and his creation.

   All too soon, the day melts away in the intense heat of mid-July.  The day that started out long has become all too short.

   As the sun embarks on its journey beneath the horizon, and intangible blanket spreads across the land, leaving a trail of darkness in its wake.  Sleep beckons to natures's weary creatures who unconsciously await another dawn.  With unhurried calmness, nature remains in abeyance until the hour of a new birth approaches, revealing a new and beautiful Elk County morning."

Genealogy / Re: Lyster Family Gathering
« on: June 04, 2007, 01:00:54 pm »
I have been lurking long enough!  I do believe the Lyster's property was southeast of the old highway to Severy on 99 before the turn east.  House burned, believe it was lightning.  Now they could have lived somewhere else too.  This was before they moved to Howard.

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