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Fall 2015 Issue

Fort Bissell's Mission Impossible
By Dorothy Rieke

My husband and I often travel Highway 36 to Norton, Kansas. On these trips, we are always anxious to learn more about Kansas history. Recently, we discovered Fort Bissell at Phillipsburg, Kansas. There is a small segment of Kansas history at this location with the story of how and why this fort was established.

Kansas history is a narrative of exciting events consisting of great feats and shattering disappointments. The colorful cattle towns, pioneer settlements, stagecoaches, Conestoga wagons, gun fights, outlaws, and sarsaparilla were all part of Kansas history.

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Lloyd Henderson: Kansas Aviation Pioneer
By Dave Henderson

As I get older, history, especially personal history, becomes more significant. Now that I am retired and my children are grown and married, I have a new appreciation for what my father accomplished, endured, and contributed during his life.

Lloyd Henderson loved airplanes and airports. Even 40 years after he quit flying he would look to the skies when he heard an airplane overhead. “Looks like a Cessna 180 headed toward Wichita” or the next time he might say, “That’s an Aeronca Champ. I used to be pretty good in that airplane.” Lloyd couldn’t get airplanes and airports out of his blood. They were as much a part of him as the wrinkles and arthritis.

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