OCT. 25, ’14 PART TWO OF OUR FIRST TRIP IN OUR NEW/ USED RV/ MY SAFE HOME ON WHEELS!!!
GOOD MORNING– FROM BEAUTIFUL BRANSON, MO. USA!!!!! DID IS SAY TODAY HOW MUCH WE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LIVING IN BEAUTIFUL BRANSON, MO USA?????????????????? AFTER A TRIP BACK TO KANSAS WHERE GARY & I SPEND 90% OF OUR LIVES SO FAR-BEFORE MOVING TO BEANSON, MO.- KANSAS IS A GREAT PLACE TO BE FROM & HAS WONDERFUL PEOPLE-- BUT BRANSON, MO. IS HOME NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(WELL I HAVE MCS BRAIN FOG THIS MORNING– & I JUST HAD TO GO RUN A WOODPECKER OFF– FROM MAKING HOLES IN THE NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR’S SHED– NOW TO REMEMBER WHERE I WAS & WHAT I WAS GOING TO SAY!! EVERYONE WITH MCS CAN RELATE TO THAT I’M SURE!!!) :) DAMNED WOODPECKER IS BACK— EXCUSE ME– I’LL BE RIGHT BACK———
OK— BACK AGAIN— NOW FOR ANYONE WHO MISSED PART ONE OF OUR FIRST TRIP IN OUR MCS SAFE HOME ON WHEELS — HERE IS THE LINK BELOW—
OCT. 24, ’14 PART ONE OF FIRST TRIP IN NEW /USED RV/ MY MCS SAFE HOME ON WHEELS!!! | sondasmcschatter
OK– FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS– HERE WE GO AGAIN— IF I CAN REMEMBER WHERE WE WERE ON THE TRIP– & –& –&–
BUT I’LL GIVE IT A SHOT— (DAMNED WOODPECKER IS BACK) —- :)
OK– SO WE LEFT COUNCIL GROVE, KS. & VISITING MY ADOPTED SISTER MARY LU –THERE– & GOT TO ADMIRE, KS. CEMETERY & DECORATED GARY’S FOLKS GRAVES & HIS AUNTS– ETC– ETC– AND IT IS GETTING SUPPER TIME & WE NEED TO GET TO OUR CAMPING PLACE TO SPEND THE NIGHT– WE CHOOSE LYON STATE FISHING LAKE– AS GARY GREW UP IN THIS AREA– & MY “PHILLIPS FAMILY” (MY MAIDEN NAME IS PHILLIPS) WERE THE FIRST HOMESTEADERS IN THIS AREA!!
SO IF I CALL THE LYON STATE FISHING LAKE– THE READING LAKE– GARY & I GREW UP CALLING THIS LAKE THE READING LAKE!!!
GARY GOT MISSY & MANDY & MOLLY’S PENS PUT ACROSS BOTH ENTRANCES TO THE SHELTER HOUSE– & THE GIRLS HAD THE WHOLE SHELTER HOUSE TO RUN– WHICH WORKED OUT WONDERFUL!!! WE HAD A PICNIC TABLE– & SOMEONE HAD LEFT THREE PIECES OF WOOD FOR THE FIREPLACE– WE COULD PARK RIGHT NEXT TO THE SHELTER HOUSE– & WE ONLY SAW ONE OTHER PERSON THE WHOLE TIME WE WERE THERE—
THIS SHELTER HOUSE WAS BUILD BACK IN THE THE 1950’S–
Lyon State Fishing Lake / Region 5 / Fishing Locations – Public Waters / Where to Fish in Kansas / Fishing / KDWPT – KDWPT
Lyon State Fishing Lake
Lyon State Fishing Lake and Wildlife Area is located near Reading, Kansas, and features a 140-acre lake surrounded by a 442-acre wildlife area. The property is situated on the eastern fringe of the scenic Flint Hills of Kansas, and Native tallgrass prairie comprises most of the habitat.
The lake was built in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). “Their work is most visible today in the native limestone guard posts on the dam and the inlaid riprap on the face of the dam and spillway. A native stone shelterhouse was constructed in 1951.”
Lyon State Fishing Lake provides free primitive camping in designated areas. Picnic tables, grills, and pit toilets are provided. Potable water is not available.
MY DAD TOLD STORIES OF HIM USING HIS TEAM OF MULES & WAGON TO HAUL OFF THE GARBAGE– BACK DURING THE WAR — AT THE WPA CAMP- WHEN THE WPA WAS BUILDING THE LAKE– & BACK THEN– THE “FOOD GARBAGE” HELPED FEED THEIR PIGS & OTHER LIVESTOCK– PLUS DAD GOT TO KNOW PART OF THE WORKERS WELL- & THEY WOULD HIDE GOOD FOOD DOWN IN WITH THE GARBAGE THAT HELPED KEEP MY PARENTS & MY OLDER BROTHERS ALIVE!!! I DO WISH I COULD REMEMBER MORE OF THOSE STORIES DAD TOLD—- BUT MY FAMILY ALL LIVED CLOSE TO THE READING LAKE–AS I SAID- MY GREAT — GREAT- GREAT GRANDFATHER OLIVER PHILLIPS WAS THE SECOND SETTLER IN WHAT IS NOW LYON COUNTY KANSAS!!!
GARY MAKING COFFEE ON THE CAMP STOVE— PRAISE GOD FOR COFFEE & CAMP STOVES!!!!
IT WAS A PERFECT CAMPING PLACE FOR US– WE WERE THE ONLY ONES THERE– WE HAD THE LAKE– THE SHELTER HOUSE– & IT WAS LIKE A TRIP BACK HOME FOR US!!!! :) NO TOXIC CHEMICALS– WE SLEPT LIKE LOGS THAT NIGHT– & ENJOYED THE STARS– & NO LIGHTS & NO ELECTRICITY & NO TV & NO WIFI– JUST QUIET & NATURE!!! :)
THE PHILLIPS CEMETERY IS LESS THEN A MILE AWAY– WHERE DAD & MOTHER & ALL THE REST OF MY PHILLIPS FAMILY ARE BURIED———
Oliver PHILLIPS, who was the second settler in Breckenridge County, (now Lyon County), made settlement on Duck Creek early in the year 1855, a few miles south of the Santa Fe Trail. The only wagon trail at that date in this part of Kansas Territory.
Mr. PHILLIPS was a surveyor by trade. He surveyed Emporia in 1857, laying out, as he traveled to the proposed town site, a road which later became a Government State Route to the southwest.
The kindly and generous hospitality of Oliver and his wife, Calista, grew into the making of their home into a State Route Tavern. The house they built in 1856 was a stone structure. In 1874 this house would not hold the many over-night guests traveling through so a wing was added. Today, the PHILLIPS home stands in good repair and maybe found four miles west and four miles north of Reading, Kansas. (Note: good repair at the time this was written in the 1950’s)
Marion PHILLIPS, five year old son of Oliver and Calista PHILLIPS, died Nov. 27, 1856, he was buried near the home. Settlement of this fertile creek land increased, deaths in families began to be numerous causing a demand for a burial place. Mr. PHILLIPS seeing the need, gave for public cemetery use a plot of land on a pretty knoll to the south of the creek, a short distance from his home, and moved his son’s body to this cemetery.
The Cemetery Plot given by Oliver and Calista PHILLIPS and described to contain 84 square rods of land was filed for record by F.R. PAGE, Register of Deeds in Lyon County, on May 5, 1877. On the 4th day of Dec. 1928, Mattie PHILLIPS, widow of Frank PHILLIPS, (youngest son of Oliver and Calista), deeded to the Reading Township a similar sized plot, one half acre, for the same usage. Compensation to be the removal of an old Osage Orange hedge fence and perpetual care to be given the Cemetery, by the Reading Township. These two plots as one, consisted of one acre of land, are located in Section 23, Township 17, Range 12, southwest of the Road U and Road 270 intersection, 3 miles north and 4 miles west or Reading, Kansas.
Phillips Cemetery has been in constant use since its beginning, and is under the maintenance of the Reading Township Board.
OLD PHILLIPS INN AS IT LOOKS TODAY———- ON THE SANTA FEE TRAIL—
Oliver H PHILLIPS & Calista WILCOX
MY DAD & MY MOTHER—
Emporia Gazette - June 3, 1991
Cottonwood Falls - The funeral services for Walter Phillips of Cottonwood Falls, who died June 1, 1991, will e a 2 PM Tuesday at Brown Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. The Rev Michael Benson, pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene in Emporia, will conduct the service. Burial will be in Phillips Cemetery near Reading.
Memorial contributions to the Home Health Services of Chase County may be sent to the funeral home.
Phillips' family will meet friends at the funeral home from 7-8 PM tonight.
Phillips was a farmer and rancher and had worked for Santa Fe RR for 15 years before he retired in 1976.
The son of William Irvie and Mary Swartout Phillips, Walter Phillips was born Oct 10, 1913, at Admire. He married Mildred Campbell at Americus on March 17, 1934.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Gerald 'Gary' Phillips of Howard and Warren L Phillips of Kansas City; two daughters, Sharon Dupruis of Cottonwood Falls and Sonda Bruce of Strong City; and nine granddaughters; one grandson, and seven great grandchildren. Three sisters, Josie Wamser, Bessie Briggs and Ethel Pyle, died earlier.
Phillips was a member of the United Methodist Church in Cottonwood Falls.
MY DAD—- WALT PHILLIPS
MILDRED ANN CAMPBELL PHILLIPS
Mildred A. Phillips, age 97, of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, died Sunday, June 19, 2011, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls. A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, June 23, 2011, at 2:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. The Celebrant will be Susan Alexander. Burial will follow in the Phillips Cemetery near Reading, Kansas.
The daughter of George Thomas and Lida Thomas Campbell, Mildred Ann was born December 5, 1913, in Council Grove. She attended and graduated from Americus High School. She worked at a hardware store in Americus and for a telephone service in Council Grove before she was married. She and Walter W. Phillips were married on March 17, 1934, in Americus. He died June 1, 1991. They moved to Chase County in 1952. She was a homemaker, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was a member of the First United Methodist of Cottonwood Falls, United Methodist Women, Kensington Club, and morning coffee group.
She is survived by her children: Gerald W. “Gary” Phillips of Elmdale, Sharon Phillips Dupuis of Cottonwood Falls, and Sonda Phillips Bruce of Branson, Missouri; ten grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son, Warren Phillips; three brothers; and six sisters.
The family will meet friends Wednesday, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls.
Friends may call Wednesday, from 9:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. and Thursday, from 9:00 until service time, at the funeral home.
MY MOTHER & DAD AT OUR WEDDING–ALMOST 40 YEARS AGO—
I WAS NOT — NOT– NOT — MY MOTHER’S FAVORITE CHILD!!!!!!!!!! :) IT WAS NOT EASY BEING MILDRED’S LEAST FAVORITE CHILD IN HER LIFETIME!!! I WAS ALWAYS WALT’S KID!!! :)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KANSAS!!! | sondasmcschatter
In April, 1855, Oliver Phillips settled on One Hundred and Forty-second Creek, and is, without doubt, the second permanent resident of the county. He moved to his present location on Duck Creek, in 1857. Under the Leavenworth Constitution of 1858, Mr. Phillips was elected a representative from the county, and in 1859, was sent as a delegate to the Osawatomie Convention, which organized the Republican party of Kansas. He has been Commissioner of his county, and Assessor repeatedly, and is generally respected.
OLIVER PHILLIPS, farmer, Section 23, Township 17, Range 12, P. O. Emporia, is probably the oldest settler now living in Lyon County. He was born in Luzerne County, Pa., June 21, 1816. With the exception of a residence of twelve years of his early youth in Columbiana County, Ohio, he resided in his native county until he came to Kansas. After attaining his majority he was engaged in carpentering and running saw mill most of the time. In March, 1855, he took a claim of 180 acres located on One Hundred and Forty-second Creek in Waterloo Township, upon which he built a log cabin and made some improvements. His nearest neighbor was Charles H. Withington, ten miles north on One Hundred and Forty-second Creek. Several families settled in abut him, but as their claims afterwards proved to be located upon the Sac and Fox Indian reserve, they were all compelled to leave except A. L. Watkins. Two years later Mr. Phillips sold his claim and pre-empted 160 acres of land situated on Duck Creek in the same township. Upon the organization of Reading Township his farm came within its limits. Here he has ever since resided. He has since bought and sold various parcels of land, and now has in the present home farm 360 acres, all under fence, and about sixty acres under cultivation. He raises many cattle and hogs, feeding all his crops to his own stock. He has made valuable improvements upon his farm, including a fine and commodious stone residence, begun in 1870 and finished in 1874; a large barn and other buildings. From 1857 until a few years ago his place was a public house, and for seven years was a change station on the stage line between Lawrence and Emporia. Mr. Phillips has been a Justice of the Peace eighteen years. Has held the office of County Commissioner of Lyon County one year and County Assessor four years. He has also been Trustee of Reading Township one year and has held other local offices. He is a member of the Christian Church. He married Miss Calista Wilcox, of Springfield, Pa., September 20, 1838, by which marriage he has had nine children, of whom Wm. H., Martha M., Arthur M., Caroline, Minnie B. and Frank are now living. Minnie B. and frank were born in Kansas. All the children are married, and with the exception of Martha M., who resides in Emporia, are all settled within three miles of the home farm.
THIS IS THE PHILLIPS CEMETERY AT DUCK CREEK IN LYON COUNTY–
MY GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHER OLIVER PHILLIPS & HIS FAMILY ARE HERE- & WILLIAM HENRY PHILLIPS MY GREAT GRANDFATHER & HIS FAMILY ARE HERE & WILLIAM IRVIE PHILLIPS MY GRANDFATHER & HIS FAMILY ARE HERE & MY DAD- WALTER WOODROW PHILLIPS & MY MOTHER ARE HERE—–
I’M GOING TO BE CREMATED— & I DON’T CARE WHAT THEY DO WITH ME! –WE OWN SEVERAL BURAL PLOTS IN THE PHILLIPS CEMETRY–BUT OUR FAMILY CAN USE THEM IF THEY LIKE—-
AS GARY & I WERE DECORATING GRAVES & WALKING AROUND THE PHILLIPS CEMETERY– SINCE THE CEMETERY IS FENCED– WE LET MISSY & MANDY & MOLLY OUT FOR A RUN— WHEN WE WERE READY TO LEAVE– WE CALLED THE GIRLS– MOLLY WAS FIRST BACK INTO THE RV– & MANDY OUR BABY WE SAVED FROM A PUPPY MILL– HER HEALTH HAS NEVER BEEN GOOD– & SHE WAS WALKING TOWARD US AS FAST AS HER LITTLE TINY SHORT LEGS COULD CARRY HER— & WE CALL MISSY– OUR OLDEST DOG WHO IS NORMALLY PERFECT– & NO MISSY– WE CALL & NO MISSY— WELL SHE WENT EXPLORING– GOT OUT UNDER THE FENCE– & SHE HEARD US CALLING HER– AS WHEN GARY FOUND HER– SHE WAS HEADED BACK TO US– BUT GOT TIRED & HAD TO LAY DOWN UNDER A TREE TO REST WHEN GARY GOT TO HER!!!!!
WHEN WE LEFT THE CEMETERY– WE DROVE PAST THE PLACE WHERE GARY GREW UP– OUTSIDE OF EMPORIA, KS. & THERE IS NO HOUSE OR BARN– OR ANYTHING LEFT OF WHERE GARY GREW UP– NOW THEY HAVE BUILT A NEW HOME IN THERE—-
NEXT WE STOPPED AT KARR’S ORCHARD–ON HWY 99 OUTSIDE OF EMPORIA, KS. AND BOUGHT APPLE CIDER & APPLES!!!
THE ORCHARD— GARY GREW UP IN THIS AREA– & ALL THESE PEOPLE WERE HIS NEIGHBORS!!!
NEXT WE HEADED INTO EMPORIA, KS. THE AREA WHERE GARY & I BOTH GREW UP– & SPENT A LOT OF YEARS OF OUR LIFE IN THIS AREA OF KANSAS!!!!
Welcome to Historic Downtown Emporia, Kansas!
Red Rocks – Kansas Historical Society
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