Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Remembering Bill Watson by Charlene Watson

William George (Bill) Watson

William George Watson, better known as Bill, was born on February 22, 1934 in Lincoln County Kansas, to Emery H. Watson and Hazel A. (Loy) Watson. He passed away on December 30, 2014, at the Mitchell County Hospital in Beloit, Kansas, after a lengthy illness.

Bill spent the first five years of his life on a farm west of Barnard, Kansas. He attended Rocky Point Country School, located across the road from his home, for the first year of school. This was during the Kansas Dust Bowl years and was not an easy time for the family.

In 1939 or 1940 the family moved to a farm northwest of Barnard, where Bill lived for the rest of his life. He attended grade school in Barnard and graduating from Barnard Rural High School with the class of 1952. While in school he participated in baseball, basketball, and football, school plays, and was an active member of the Salt Creek 4-H Club. He became the 4-H Club livestock leader as the years went by and his own children joined the club. Bill had fond memories of walking or riding his horse to school with other kids throughout his freshman year of high school. After graduation Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army Active Reserves in 1953 and was in the QMCUSA through May 31, 1961.

Bill met his future wife at a surprise birthday party at the home of his parents in February 1952. Two years later on June 11, 1954 he married Charlene May Rawlings at the Presbyterian Church in Beloit, Kansas. In his words, she became his wife, his lifetime partner and the love of his life. The couple made their home on the family farm near Barnard where they raised their five children, Vicki, Beverly, Dwight, Jeana and Ginger.

When he graduated from high school, Bill’s parents gave him three registered Hereford cows and this was the foundation for a lifetime in the registered Hereford business. Seeing that the future of the Hereford breed was in the Polled Hereford segment, Bill and his new bride switched to the Poll’s in 1954-1955 and continued to raise them for the next 60 plus years.

Bill’s “love for raising and showing cattle” continued throughout his life as he and his family showed in local, state, and national cattle shows all over the country. He also raised Registered Australian Blue Heeler dogs. The Watson’s had an enjoyable life with a host of cattle friends they made throughout the U.S, Canada, Australia, and the world. Bill was proud of being the Lincoln County Wheat King and later named the Outstanding Farmer of Lincoln County.

Bill was baptized and became a member of the First Baptist Church of Barnard, where he served as a Deacon in later years. He was a member of the Barnard Masonic Lodge, Barnard Chapter 360 Order of the Eastern Star, Barnard Lions Club, and the Lincoln County Hereford Assn. He was a lifetime member of both the American Hereford Assn. and the American Polled Hereford Assn. He served as a director on the Salt Creek Watershed Board for over 30 years and was active in county and state Republican organizations.

Bill enjoyed attending his children and grandchildren’s activities and sporting events over the years. He celebrated his 80th Birthday on February 22, 2014 and the Watson’s celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on June 14, 2014.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife Charlene of the home, five children: Vicki (Doug) Lebien, Lincoln; Beverly Boling (Rob Daniels), Tulsa, Oklahoma; Dwight (Tracy) Watson, Barnard; Jeana (Mark) Eckhart, Lincoln; and Ginger (Steve) Sedbrook, WaKeeney. Also, seven granddaughters, seven grandsons and six great grandchildren, all of whom he loved dearly.

Barnard Community Garage Sale Aug. 28-29, 2015

The annual Barnard Community Garage Sale will be held on Friday August 28th and Saturday August 29th.  It will run from 4-7 pm on Friday and 8 am until noon on Saturday.  There will be various sales around town and some will be set up in the Barnard Lions Club Community Building.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Voting for Election 2014

Due in part to staffing and equipment issues, the polling place at the Barnard Community Center has been closed.  People who would normally vote there will need to go to the Finch Theater in Lincoln on election Tuesday.  Early voting is currently taking place at the Lincoln County Courthouse.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pete Saunders

Keith D. "Pete" Saunders, 87, Minneapolis died Monday, September 22, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society in Minneapolis.  Pete was born in Barnard on March 19, 1927 to Otto and Eva (Loy) Saunders.

Pete was united in marriage with Pat Beck on November 8, 1947.  Pete worked various jobs including at El Dorado and Ottawa County State Lakes.  He was an avid golfer.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Pat; son, Mike; grandson Tyler Vishnefske; and brother, Dale.

Survivors include his children, Mitch Saunders and wife Lynne; Monte Saunders and wife Marie; Shelly Vishnefske and husband John; daughter-in-law Jan Saunders; siblings Beth Holcomb, Jerry Saunders, and Peggy Blanding; grandchildren Nick Saunders, Dakota Saunders, Deuce Sunders, Megan Vishnefske, Jenny Saunders, and Levi Saunders; and great-grandchildren  Liby Vishnefske and Emma Saunders.

It was Pete's wishes to be cremated and memorial services will be announced at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Minneapolis Golf Course and may be left in care of Wilson Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 166, Minneapolis, KS 67467.

John Wesley "Wes" Pepper 1932-2014

John Wesley Keith Pepper "Wes", 82 of Redding, California, passed away of heart failure due to complications from surgery, on September 12, 2014, at the Shasta Regional Hospital in Redding.  He was  born on May 18, 1932 in Lincoln, Kansas to John Prouty and Reita Geraldine (Bishop) Pepper.

Wes moved around in the earlier years of his life with his family, living for a while in Lingle, Wyoming and in Clorado near Colorado Springs.  The family later moved back to the Pepper family farm in Barnard, Kansas and that is where he spent most of his growing up years.

He lived in and around Barnard, off and on, until he jointed the US Air Force in the fall of 1951.  We graduated from Barnard High School in 1950, along with his cousin Lloyd Jackson.  Wes was the older sibling of Duane Pepper, Judy Pepper, Frank Pepper, Gene Pepper, and Cheryl Pepper, all of the Barnard area.  Wes had many Bishop, Wallace, and Jackson cousins in and around Lincoln County, KS.

Wes served in the Korean War and flew 18 bombing missions over Korea as a right gunner on B-29 bombers.  He met and married his wife of 59 years while stationed in Roswell, New Mexico.  Wes and Evelyn (Roork) Pepper had three children there before moving to California in 1962.

Wes worked as a harvester in his teen years in Barnard and traveling up to the Dakotas and down south as well.  He also later worked on missile sites and became a building contractor in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1960's.  Wes built solid homes on strong foundations and Steve Jobs, of Apple fame, lived in one of his houses.  It held up nicely in the 1989 San Francisco earthquake and Steve Jobs praised the craftsmanship of John Pepper Properties in the San Francisco Chronicle.

In the late 1990's, Wes and Evelyn followed their son, John, down to San Jose del Cabo, Mexico and have lived there since.  Wes always loved the ocean and enjoyed the beauty and freedom found in that area.

He leaves behind his wife Evelyn; children Teresa, John, and Terri; twelve grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials can be given to the Northern California Veterans Cemetery at 11800 Gas Pint Road, Igo, CA 96047 wher Wes was interred.

Teresa (Hamilton/Pepper) Rust

Bill Watson in Salina Hospital

Following a long stay in the Lincoln County Hospital, Bill Watson has been transferred to the Salina Regional Health Center for an extended stay.  Cards can reach him at W.G. (Bill) Watson, Salina Regional Health Center, Room 423, 400 S. Santa Fe Avenue, Salina, KS 67401.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Melvin Hart Will Celebrate 90th Birthday

An open house for Melvin Hart will be hosted by his family on  Saturday, August 2 at the Barnard Lions Community Center.  The reception will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  He will be celebrating his 90th birthday.

Melvin Hart has been a lifelong resident of Barnard.  He is a farmer and along with his wife, owned Hart's Grocery Store in downtown Barnard for many years.  Mr. Hart is a charter member of the Barnard Lions Club.  Though he is mostly retired now, he still helps his son, Leon, on the farm.  He is also still quite the dancer and has a smile for the ladies on Wednesday nights.  Mr. Hart is a wealth of knowledge on Barnard history and keeps up on the happenings around the community.