Wet/Dry Routes Chapter
Quarterly Newsletter
Vol. 5 "1998" No.3

     The Chapter will conduct it summer meeting at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center on August 16, 1998. As usual the business session will begin at 2:00 followed by the program. Speaking will be Joel Walker, State History Day Coordinator, Kansas State Historical Society. Many of you will recall that Joel previously spoke at one of our meetings concerning the Pawnee Indians. He formerly was a teacher with the Pawnee Heights School District and a seasonal employee of the Fort Larned National Park Service.

Spring Meeting
     The Wet/Dry Routes Chapter conducted its spring meeting on April 19, 1998 at the Fort Larned National Historic Site. Announcements were made with regard to the Fort Larned Old Guard meeting, the Santa Fe Trail Rendezvous; Santa Fe Trail Days in Larned, and the Boot Hill Museum Ruts dedication.

     Reports were given concerning the Survey of the Road to Santa Fe Seminar, the ice cream social scheduled for the evening of the seminar (June 13), and the dedication of the Chavez marker on June 12th.

     In other business, the chapter voted to pay registration fees for the president to attend any major meeting which requires representation from the chapter and approved an additional $100 fee for Dr. David Sandoval for his presentation at the Chavez marker dedication. Also approved were the transfer of the Civil War gravestone project to the Pawnee Camp No. 15, Sons of the Union Veterns of the Civil War. Richard Ford reported on the progress of the mapping project and recommended that Lee Kroh be sent a letter of appreciation for his many hours of assistance in the project.

     Two members at large for the Faye Anderson Award Committee were appointed: Lon Palmer and Larry E. Mix.

     In a special ceremony, recently departed individuals who had made significant contribution to the Chapter's work were recognized: Arthur Sayler, John Warner, and Bruce Kenyon. Family members were in attendance to receive plaques honoring their husbands and fathers.

     The program, well received, was presented by Lawrence Hart from the Cheyenne Cultural Center in Clinton, Oklahoma. Seventy-five people were in attendance.

Proposed Amendment to the Chapter's Constitution
Article V: Officers-to be amended as follows:
     The officers of this chapter shall be a president, vice-president, secretary/treasure, a program chairman, and a past president as advisor, to be elected at the first regular meeting of each year, and to fulfill the customary duties of their respective offices. The text in "Bold Itlic" is the addition to Article V: Officers

New Members
     Florence VanKleeck, Arlington, Ks -- Jack Henshall, Lubbock, Tx -- Cecil Merkel, Wichita, Ks -- Ken & Barbara Koester, Great Bend, Ks -- Ralph Hathaway, Chase, Ks -- Betty Romero, Lyons Ks Beverly Howell -- Leonard Aufdemberge -- Pat & Anita Thomas, Larned, Ks.

Thank You
     A motion was made and approved at the last meeting to purchase a printer for my use as secretary/treasure. I purchased a Hewlett Packard 722C. And at this time I would like to thank the Chapter for purchasing this printer. I hope you notice the change in your newsletter.
Thank you again.
Ida K. Yeager

More Markers Placed
     Markers removed east of the Kansas Soldiers Home during the time K-154 was being improved have been replaced. The single exception is the marker one mile east of the Soldiers Home. Recent research indicates that the orginal western terminus of the Wet/Dry Route was at the Caches some four miles west of present Dodge City. Such information will necessitate the rewording of the plaque one mile east of the Soldiers Home. Also placed was the new marker at Fort Dodge which has better information than the original plaque. In addition, three markers which identify the location of campsites for the Santa Fe Trail Survey Team in 1825 were placed. Placing the markers were, Chester Smith, Mildon Yeager, your editor, and the Chapter's newest member, Leonard Aufdemberge. The Wetzel brothers provided their truck for the job.

Second Annual Seminar a Success
     Registrants from Houston, Santa Fe, Denver and Kansas City were among the many who attended the Second Annual Seminar of the Wet/Dry Routes Chapter on June 13, 1998. The seminar titled the Survey of the Road to Santa Fe, a Great American Drama in Three Acts conducted at the Community Center in Larned, Kansas featured presentations by Leo Oliva, Editor of Wagon Tracks; Craig Crease, Kansas City historian; David Clapsaddle, Program Director for the Wet/Dry Routes Chapter; and David Sandoval, University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo, Colorado.

     On the evening of the 13th, participants were treated to an ice cream social at Sibley's Camp in Larned; and on the 14th, a field trip was taken to survey related sites in Pawnee, Edwards, and Ford County. The Wet/Dry Routes Chapter would like to thank the speakers and others who contributed to a well received seminar.

     All sessions of the seminar were videotaped by Mildon Yeager. The tapes are available from Mildon, 416 Wichita Ave, Larned, KS 67550, 316-285-3032. Also available is the videotape of Lawrence Hart's presentation at the April 19, 1998 Chapter meeting.

From the President
     Thanks to all of you for all the help. This past June added another successfully seminar and the credit goes to all of you. The help and support you have given to the large projects we have taken on have made them a great success. The job of being in charge can sometime be overwhelming, but with all of your willingness to help with either making bread, jelly, to setting up and or cleaning up makes all of us look good.
Thanks again.

Chavez Dedicated
     On the evening of June 12th, a sizable group of trail enthusiasts assembled at Jarvis Creek in Rice County to dedicate a marker placed near the location where Antonio Chavez was robbed and killed by Missouri mercenaries of the Republic of Texas in 1843. The marker of native limestone inscribed with the single word "Chavez" is intended to replicate a stone of that description located on Jarvis Creek as late as the 1880's. What was the origin of the marker and what was its fate remain moot. Regardless, the landowners of the Jarvis (Owl, Chavez) Creek property, Don and Lillian Zwick, have long been interested in replacing the marker; and in cooperation with the Wet/Dry Routes Chapter they have finally seen their dream come true.

     Participating in the dedication were Wayne Smith, President of the Quivira Chapter; Margaret Sears, President of the Santa Fe Trail who read a congratulation letter from Dr. Marc Simmons; Don Zwick, property owner; and Dr. David Sandoval. Dr Sandoval, a descendent of Antonio Chavez, gave the dedicatory address.

     The Wet/Dry Routes Chapter wishes to express its appreciation to Mr. & Mrs. Don Zwick, also to Bob Rein who inscribed the stone, and to Mildon Yeager who engineered its setting.

     As an adjunct, the provisions box from the Chavez wagon which was acquired by David Clapsaddle in recent months has found it way to a permanent home at the Coronado-Quivira Museum in Lyons, Kansas, only a few miles removed from the scene of the 1843 incident which took the life of Antonio chavez. Museum officials promise that the box, one of the Santa Fe Trail's premier artifacts, will be appropriately displayed.

Stein Selected as Master Teacher
     The Chapter is proud to report that Shirley Stein of Ulysses, Kansas has been selected as one of the 1998 Master Teachers by Emporia State University. The Following was taken from the Larned's Tiller & Toiler. Stein, a native of Edwards County is a Wet/Dry Routes Chapter member.

     Shirley Stein, a fifth-grade teacher at Sullivan Elementary School, has been selected as one of the 1998 Kansas Master Teachers. Emporia State University established the Kansas Master Teacher awards in 1954. The awards are presented annually to seven teachers who have served the profession long and well and she typify the good qualities of earnest and conscientious teachers. The seven teachers are selected from 40 of the state's best teachers. Local teacher associations, educational organizations, and school faculties nominate candiates for the awards. Then on February 18th, a ten member committee representing educational organizations from across Kansas selected the winners.

     On April 1st, the winners will be honored at Emporia State University.

     Stein has received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Fort Hays State University in 1957, a Master of Science in Counseling from Fort Hays State University in 1960. Stein also received graduate hours and certification endorsements from several universities.

     In 1954-1963 Stein taught third grade at Joyce Elementary, Ulysses, Kansas, and in 1985-1998 she has taught fifth grade at Sullivan School, Ulysses, Kansas. She has also received many honors and awards such as the National and Kansas Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year, National Presidential Excellence Award in Science, National Freedoms Foundation Valley Forge Medal of Honor, and was the Kansas Conservation Teacher of the year in 1989 and 1994. She is on the Board of Directors of KATS (Kansas Association Teacher of Science), served on the Science Advisory council in 1995-1997.

     Her social studies program includes many historical/civic understanding, such as mock elections, Kids Vote Programs, tour, History Character Day. Veteran's Day Programs, candidate/student forum, and a mock trial in the local court room.

     She utilizes a video performance portfolio assessment of the students accomplishment for each 9-week period. Mrs. Stein was honored with a reception on Tuesday, March 10th at the Sullivan School.

Refreshingly Candid
     This story was written about the Indian Scare that took place in Osborne County in 1878 and the little girl who caused it, Cristena Trexler Brown. It was published in the Osborn County Farmer. We are putting this story on our research page so that it doesn't get lost in the newsletters, as it is a real good story.

An Incident in the Early Life
of the Late Christena Brown

By H. P. Tripp

Dues are always Due to the
Fastest Hand in the West

     Chapter dues in the amount of $10.00 per family, are due at the Winter meeting or may be mailed to Alice Clapsaddle, 215 Mann, Larned, Kansas, 67550. Checks should be made out to the Wet/Dry Routes Chapter. Dues and email addresses are welcome.
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