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The Halstead Times
Halstead Historical Society                        December 2008
Barn Doors Swing Open to Welcome Visitors

Halstead showed off four of its interesting barns on October 18th when the Halstead Historical Society hosted its first -ever Barn Tour.
    The Warkentin barn located adjacent to the City of Halstead along the Little Arkansas River is still a working horse barn owned by horse lovers Gere and Mickey Dean.  Horses of every size and color stuck their heads out of the stall doors as visitors walked along the brick floors in the grand old barn.  Its original owner, Bernard Warkentin, called the place the Little River Stock Farm and raised fine blooded horses.
    The huge barn east of Halstead now owned by John and Judy Eddy impressed visitors with a hay loft large enough for a basketball court.  This barn and another on the place were built by Dr. Arthur E. Hertzler who used one as a dairy barn and another as a hog production facility.


 BARN DOORS SWING OPEN TO WELCOME VISITORS

 Halstead showed off four of its interesting barns on October 18th when the Halstead Historical Society hosted its first -ever Barn Tour.
    The Warkentin barn located adjacent to the City of Halstead along the Little Arkansas River is still a working horse barn owned by horse lovers Gere and Mickey Dean.  Horses of every size and color stuck their heads out of the stall doors as visitors walked along the brick floors in the grand old barn.  Its original owner, Bernard Warkentin, called the place the Little River Stock Farm and raised fine blooded horses.
    The huge barn east of Halstead now owned by John and Judy Eddy impressed visitors with a hay loft large enough for a basketball court.  This barn and another on the place were built by Dr. Arthur E. Hertzler who used one as a dairy barn and another as a hog production facility.
    Picturesque red and white barns, newly restored, greeted barn enthusiasts at the Haury farm north of Halstead cemetery.  Now owned by Kent and Myrla Haury, the earliest barn on the place was built in 1874.
    The old Penner barn on the Pat and Bonnie Wendling farm northeast of Halstead leads a contemporary life filled with collectibles and available to groups and families as a social center.
Visitors were able to climb into haymows and imagine the days when those mows were filled with the aroma of fresh cut hay.
Thanks to four generous barn owners who allowed their historic barns to be part of this neat fund-raiser for the society.
Many visitors were heard to remark, “It was great fun to explore the old barns.  I sure hope you do it again sometime.”  Thanks to the generous barn owners who allowed their historic barns to be part of this neat fund-raiser for the society.

RECENT DONATIONS
Continue to be added to our archives and collections.  Thanks so much for
∑ The Echo, Halstead High School newspaper, 1932-35.  Donor Rob Krehbiel,
∑ Photo albums of early Halstead scenes, Donors Cliff and Irene Sommerfeld,
∑ Student nurses wool cape, Donor Angie Krehbiel,
∑ Wedding dress and accessories from the wedding of Dr. Lloyd and Helen Peckenschneider from the Peckenschneider and Polson families
∑ Halstead High track jersey from Dick Peckenschneider.

Pete Hauser, forgotten football player
Never heard of Pete Hauser?  You aren’t alone.  A small article in the Halstead Independent of November 1908 mentioned this former resident of the Krehbiel Indian School who was a leader on the Carlisle Indian Institute football team that defeated Harvard that season.  After a year of research on Pete Hauser, Carolyn Wiliams presented a program on November 18th detailing his rise to football fame, first at Halstead, then Haskell Institute, then to Carlisle in Pennsylvania.  Pete and his brother Emil were both stars on the team along with a more familiar name, Jim Thorpe.  But somehow the story had faded from the memories of local residents.  Two books published in the last year make fascinating reading about the Hauser brothers.  They are The Real All Americans by Sally Jenkins which has dozens of references to the Hauser boys and outlines the development of the game of football in the 1890’s and 1900’s as well as describing the effort to educate Native American children in school settings.  The second book has photos of Pete and Emil Hauser and several pages on their football success.  It is titled Doctors, Lawyers, Indian Chiefs by Tom Bengey.   One Halstead friend remembered Emil Hauser in the Independent in 1937:  “My when Emil got hold of the ball and ran for a touchdown, his straight black hair stood up and his eyes glared like a demon’s and one punch of his right arm sent us sprawling.  We sure were scared of him.”

My, Advertising has Changed
remember when free matchbooks were given out by businesses to all the smokers?  the depot museum recently received matchbooks from farmer’s corner café & truck stop, the murat hotel (air conditioned, mr. and mrs. harry eaglen), the halstead bank, harris lumber company; w.f. yung (special agent); ben’s service & repair (at 320 e. 6th) and even from kaufman’s funeral home.  donor:  richard basore

Mounts Family Genealogy
Jill Mounts Marcelli of Roswell, NM sent us detailed genealogy, photos and Civil War records on several of the Mounts family who lived near Halstead and are buried here including Jonathan Clark Mounts (section 20, Garden tnp. 1880), James Newton Mounts and Alonzo Tucker Mounts.   James Newton Mounts (section 24, Lakin tnp 1880) is said to have shot buffalo for the family’s meat for the first few years.  He traded his land to George H. Harroun for a team of mules and operated a store in Halstead.  His brother, Alonzo Tucker Mounts, had a barber shop and both operated liveries.  After James’ death his land was purchased by Harvey County for a park.  Details can be researched in the Family Information File at the Depot Museum under “Mounts”.  Thanks to Jill for a generous donation!

Annual Meeting
Tues., January 20
Where:          1st Mennonite Church
Stauffer Hall        3rd & Santa Fe
Time        6:30 covered dish supper
Followed by:
Election of Officers
Business meeting
Volunteers of the Year
Bring:  a covered dish and your service (or we’ll be willing to wash dishes if you forget)
We’ll provide:  Bread, drinks, good company

Our Volunteers of the Year will be quite special this year.  We want to honor the four families who hosted our very successful Barn Tour.  We are inviting Gere and Mickey Dean, John and Judy Eddy, Kent and Myrla Haury and Pat and Bonnie Wendling.

Please plan to attend as we wrap up a very successful year and start another exciting one.


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Officers and Directors nominated for 2009 are:
Marge Talbott, President
Helen Collins, Vice President
Donald Decker, Treasurer
Ellen Klover, Corresponding Secretary
Carolyn Williams, Recording Secretary
Margaret Kraisinger, Parliamentarian

It’s Chicken Noodle &  Chili Time Again

Saturday              December 6
Tibbott Building       225 Main
Serving hours    5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Marge Talbott and Irene Sommerfeld will be cooking up the best chicken and noodles around.  The chili will be steaming and the pies will be irresistible.  There will be a Bake Sale as well.  If you are willing to volunteer a pie or goodies for the bake sale call Marge Talbott at 830-3308. 

This is our major fund raiser for the year so bring your friends and support the society.
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DEPOT MUSEUM SPECIAL HOLIDAY HOURS
The Depot Museum will be closed on Dec 20-21 and Dec. 27-28 but will be open by appointment if you have family in town who would like to visit.  Call Marge at 830-3308, Helen at 835-2475, Carolyn at 830-2844 or Kimberly at 835-2770 and we’ll be happy to open for you.
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Directors nominated to serve for 2009 & 2010 are Phi Adams, Donald Decker, Kent Haury
Jim Loflin, Marge Talbott, Carolyn Williams.

Directors currently serving whose terms run through January 2010 are Helen Collins, Marjorie Hensley, Donna Jones, Margaret Kraisinger, Ellen Klover and Joe Trego.


 
PLEASE RETURN THE ENCLOSED PROXY
Inside you will find a proxy to be completed and returned prior to the annual meeting on January 20th along with a stamped envelope for its return.  Please take a minute and drop it in the mail today so that we will be assured of a quorum for our annual meeting.

TIME TO PAY YOUR DUES FOR 2009
January 1 is renewal time for your dues for 2009.  Please fill out the enclosed form, include your check and send it on its way back to us to show your support for the Halstead Heritage Depot Museum.    Your support is what keeps us going.  We receive no tax dollars so we really  appreciate your annual support.  




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