Category: History

Karen Dobbin

Work ethic stuck early in East Mt. Vernon neighborhood

July 1, 2021 | By Pat O’Connor

Article and photos by Pat O’Connor The East Mt. Vernon neighborhood runs from Harry to Pawnee and Oliver to Woodlawn. Many of its homes were built for working and middle-class families in the post-World War II housing boom. The natural setting at the edge of these neighborhoods colored the adventures. Karen Dobbin “I lived on […]

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From our archives

| By The Active Age

40 years ago Plans for Wichita’s first Senior Olympics, to be held in Linwood Park, were announced … A support group for families of people with Alzheimer’s was organized in Wichita … Bob Fletcher, 81, and Pat Van Dyne, 86, married six months after meeting at Hillhaven Nursing Home. 25 years ago Wanda Groves, 74, […]

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Future of McCormick School Museum in doubt

May 20, 2021 | By Joe Stumpe

Correction: A headline on an earlier version of this article said the McCormick School Museum is closed. Tours are still available by appointment on Wednesday and Sunday. To schedule one, call (316) 841-6198. The future of Wichita’s oldest school building, which houses McCormick School Museum, appears shaky. According to a memo that museum curator Paul […]

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Tales of the Innes Tea Room

April 29, 2021 | By Bonnie Bing

Ask many longtime Wichitans if they ever dined at the Innes Tea Room and you’ll see a big smile and hear a resounding, “Yes!” Especially if they’re female. Next you’ll hear the word “special” many times while they describe the experience.  I wholeheartedly agree with them. The first fashion show I saw was when my […]

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Author tells story of great aunt’s eventful

| By Joe Stumpe

Cindy Entriken was helping her grandmother clean out the house she’d lived in for 55 years when she came across a “ratty pile of papers tied with dirty string.” “I said, ‘What is this?’ She said, ‘Those are the letters your great aunt wrote during the war.’ ” Nearly three decades later, Entriken has turned […]

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Country Overlook: ‘Everybody knew each other’

March 31, 2021 | By Patrick O’Connor

The Country Overlook neighborhood was built in the late 1940s. Wichita had jobs and workers wanted to buy homes, often through the G.I. Bill. JAMES HAYS and his family shared a duplex with his grandparents. “We were right across the street from MacDonald Golf Course. We would hop over the fence and go sledding on […]

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Films tell story of Butler County’s past, town by town

March 1, 2021 | By The Active Age

EL DORADO — Butler County history is being brought to life through a series of short documentaries produced by the Butler County Historical Society. Each episode in the “Rural Crossroads” series examines a different community. So far, segments have run on El Dorado, Augusta, Towanda, Douglass, Cassoday and Rosalia. More are planned for Beaumont, Benton, […]

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Peace work

February 5, 2021 | By Debbi Elmore

When Lakshmi Kambampati arrived in Liberia, the schools had been closed for 14 years due to Ebola and a civil war. It was just the kind of challenge the retired Wichita teacher was looking for when she signed up for the Peace Corps. “I wanted to help and I was looking for adventure,” she said. […]

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Santa Fe trail spotting

| By The Active Age

Some Kansas women are hitting the Santa Fe Trail to celebrate the 200th anniversary of that famed route. It’s actually not the first time that they’ve done so. Back in 1906, the Kansas Daughters of the American Revolution raised money and placed 89 granite markers along the trail throughout the state. As a result, Kansas […]

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South Central remembered for music, bikes and watermelon

| By By Pat O’Connor

The South Central neighborhood is one of Wichita’s oldest. The Orme and Phillips Addition was platted in 1876, six years after the city was incorporated. In the early days, travel to work downtown was a quick walk or streetcar ride. Some of the city’s grandest homes were built among the many middle-class and more modest […]

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