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Fall 2009

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Marshall County

Full circle – There and back again for Marysville journalist

By Tom Parker
She doesn’t bleed ink though there were days when she thought she must, her hands blackened and stained, nails pale haloes luminous within their individual darker frames, the crevices and whorls spider-webbing her fingers and the backs of her hands an ancient roadmap across uncharted territories, the accumulation of words and sentences and phrases, of grafs, charts and halftone images, all smeared into one indecipherable text no amount of soap could banish.

Hamilton County

High Plains Banker Finally Returns Home

By Michele Boy
International banking took him around the world. But, eventually, after so many years working for Citibank, it was the High Plains, his hometown, and his childhood home that drew him back to Syracuse. Bill Royer, now retired, returned in 2007 to the house of his youth—but only to fix it up for sale, not to live in. Seated in a warmly decorated living room surrounded by his loving wife, Martha, three dogs, and one cat, he shared why he went away and why he came home, and why he's going to stay in this small town of 1,600 in Hamilton County.

Washington County

Brad Portenier
(Photo by Tom Parker)

A Very Good Move
California professional couple trade the fast life for the country life

By Tom Parker
Brad and Angie Portenier’s friends thought they were nuts.

No, not nuts as in the funny-jacket-with-the-extra-long-sleeves and squalid-one-room-dormitories-in-industrial-strength-block-houses-where-the-doors-are-all-locked-and-the-inmates-shuffle-around-with-slackjawed-expressions, but nuts in wanting to trade the sun-drenched California beaches, cloud-snagging Sierras and wind-hallowed deserts for, well, for what—Kansas?

Hamilton County

Nick and Sra in Maine(Photo supplied by Nick and Sara)

The Long Way Home
Sometimes the longest trail always leads back home

By Michele Boy
A lifelong Kendall resident, Sara Grusing Kviatkofsky returned home plus one—her husband—Nick Kviatkofsky.  Sara was born in the tiny town of Kendall, on the line between Hamilton and Kearny counties in Southwest Kansas.  She graduated from Lakin High School, and then pursued her degree in Social Work at Texas State University.   While there, Sara met her husband at a boxing class in Austin.  Shortly after their graduation in 2007, they married. 

Riley County

Memoirs of John W Bartleson

Chapter Three, Part Three: Havana

By Tweed Ross
We continued our journey to Jacksonville. It was a most enjoyable visit. We visited the old city of St Augustine and dinner in the grand Flagler Hotel. We reutrned [sic] and later met brother Warren and his daughter, Maggie, bought tickets for Key West, Florida, and Havana, Cuba. We were on the second train that went over the Keys from Miami to Key West, over the East Coast line.

Flagler, who achieved the great undertaking of building the East Coast line and building the mammoth hotels at St Augustine, Palm Beach and Miami, was on the first train. The road was built over the water, from small island to island, some on trestles, some connected with rocky fills. It was wonderful! At Key West we secured tickets on a steamer with good berths, to go 90 miles across the gulf. My wife and niece, Mrs Allen, were very seasick. They did not enjoy the waters and missed a grand breakfast on the boat. The roughness of the sea did not affect myself or my brother

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