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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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