Osage City fair packed with new events

OSAGE CITY—The Osage City Osage County Fair kicks into high gear today, with a slew of new events scheduled throughout the weekend.

4-H events began last weekend with the horse show at the Lyndon Saddle Club, followed by the opening of exhibits and the bucket calf, dairy and beef shows June 29 at Fredrickson Arena.

The 4-H events continued at 8:30 a.m. this morning with the sheep and goat show, also at the arena. At 7:30 p.m., the swine show begins in the arena.

Dorothy Mae Finlay

June 28, 2016

OVERBROOK—Dorothy Mae Finlay, Carbondale, died June 28, 2016, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook. She was 106.

She was cremated. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. July 5 at Carbondale Community United Church of Christ, Carbondale. Inurnment will follow at Carbondale Cemetery.

Thad M. Hess

June 1, 1976 – June 27, 2016

ROSSVILLE—Thad M. Hess, Rossville, died from injuries he received in an auto accident June 27, 2016, near Topeka. He was 40.

He was born June 1, 1976, at Topeka. He grew up in the Rossville community where he graduated from high school. He also graduated from Washburn University, Topeka.

Bad News: Schools will open on time

I start this update to you with some bad news for our kids who are out enjoying swimming pools, ball fields and snow cones, and some good news for parents; our schools will open on time this fall.

On Thursday last week, we returned to Topeka to address the mandate that we ensure our schools were constitutionally funded. As I wrote to you in an earlier update, this fix was about equity and ensuring that school children received similar educational opportunities without regard to the relative property values of the land in their school district.

Mary C. Hilding

Oct. 19, 1937 – June 27, 2016

OVERLAND PARK—Mary Carlene Hilding died June 27, 2016, at Lakeview Care Center, Lenexa. She was 78.

She was born Oct. 19, 1937, at Emporia, the daughter of Carl Ephraim and Myrtle Grace Powell Hilding. Her early childhood was spent on the family farm five miles northwest of Osage City and then later, with parents, to the southwest edge of Osage City.

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John Wayne Samples

Dec. 30, 1950 – June 23, 2016

OSAGE CITY—John Wayne Samples, Topeka, died June 23, 2016. He was 65.

He was born Dec. 30, 1950, the only child of John W. and Naomi “OMA” Elizabeth Parscale Samples, Mattfield Green.

He grew up in Mattfield Green and attended school in Cottonwood Falls, graduating in 1969. He later attended Emporia State University.

He married Carol Samples. They later divorced. He married Debbie Samples. They later divorced as well.

John Wayne Samples

Dec. 30, 1950 – June 23, 2016

OSAGE CITY—John Wayne Samples, Topeka, died June 23, 2016. He was 65.

He was born Dec. 30, 1950, the only child of John W. and Naomi “OMA” Elizabeth Parscale Samples, Mattfield Green.

He grew up in Mattfield Green and attended school in Cottonwood Falls, graduating in 1969. He later attended Emporia State University.

He married Carol Samples. They later divorced. He married Debbie Samples. They later divorced as well.

Elizabeth Myers

Oct. 18, 1917 – June 26, 2016

CARBONDALE—Elizabeth Myers, Carbondale, died June 26, 2016, at home. She was 98.

She was born Oct. 18, 1917, at Carbondale, the daughter of Archibald and Mary Erskine.

She married Cecil Kinnett. He died April 19, 1970. They farmed near Auburn most of her life. She married Jim Myers. He died shortly after.

She was employed at Harry’s IGA. She was a member of Carbondale Church of Christian Fellowship.

She was preceded in death by two infant sons.

Marguerite Beatty Gray

May 1, 1917 – June 26, 2016

OSAGE CITY—Marguerite Beatty Gray, Lyndon, died June 26, 2016, at Osage Nursing Center, Osage City. She was 99.

She was born May 1, 1917, at Lyndon, the daughter of Carl and Vesta Burkdoll Beatty. She grew up in Lyndon. She lived in Wichita and Chicago before moving back to Lyndon.

She worked in the aircraft plants in Wichita during World War II and then worked as a waitress and restaurant manager most of her life.

She married Tom Gray Sept. 23, 1982, at Chicago, Ill. He preceded her in death.

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