Mineral Creek Historical Society of Leeton    400 N. Main St.   Leeton, Missouri 64761        
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Interference Online

     For the past six months the Leeton Museum website was assaulted by an outside source that sent individuals looking for the site to a "search" part of a telephone company site. An investigation continues to locate who or what caused the trouble. The outside troublemaker is now blocked and we are returning to our regular museum website publishing of Leeton information. We apology for the inconvenience it may have caused anyone. Our thanks to all of you who have contacted us over the past six months and expressed how much you enjoy the site and wanted it to continue. Hopefully we will have no future troubles.


     The Leeton High School Marching Bulldog Band took top honors at the Central Methodist University Band Competition last Saturday. Not only did the band take first out of 13 in their class, the drumline and color guard took first in their competitions.
     “The drumline scored an impressive 85 out of 100 points possible and topped all 1A and 2A bands,” according to band director Andy Weldon. “The drumline was amazing in their super performance.”
     The band's performance on the corner earned a big lead that helped them march away with the top honor. Congratulations on an outstanding day. Their next performance is at “Missouri Day” at Trenton on October 18.

Lion's Club Sponsored Event

     The Leeton Lion's Club sponsored a 5K Run/Walk with many people in the park early to sign up for the race. The runners were quickly making their way through the town on their journey toward the finish line.
     Money from the event was primarily donated to LeeAnn Binder for expenses for her lung implant. Some of the funds will be used for other local charity work in Leeton. The very successful event brought in over $1000.

Sponsored by Leeton Lounge

     The Leeton Lounge was involved in the success story of the Leeton Fall Festival with their sponsoring of a Car Bash. For $1 a swing of a sledge hammer the people destroyed an old car donated by Beth. The event raised $140 which was donated to the LeeAnn Binder Fund. In addition, Tennie Seward, owner of the Leeton Lounge, donated another $100 to make the total nearly $250. He thanks all for their participation in the event.

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     The Fall Festival sponsored by the Leeton Community Betterment Committee brought a lot of people to Grinstead Memorial Park recently. The event featured many crafts, games, bake sales, and music by a variety of people. Our thanks to the LCBC for their hard work in putting together the event. Also a thanks to Mark Moser and Layne Brooks of Windsor for providing musical entertainment during the day.

National 4-H Week

     National 4-H Week was the first week of October. In Johnson County there are ten organizations including the local Mineral Creek 4-H. The local group meets every second Wednesday of the month in the Christian Church basement. At 6:30 Clover Kids have their meeting followed at 7:00 by the regular meeting. For more information contact Kelly Fleming (kfleming@iland.net or call 660-653-0128) or Tricia Fleming (660-653-4100).

"Riding Away With Memories"
812 E. Young, Warrensburg, Missouri 64093
John Meyer - 660-422-7177 - Helen Meyer


     The Leeton Senior Citizens Organization is preparing for their monthly meeting scheduled for October 22 in the Leeton Community Building. Ham and Cheese sandwiches with a variety of soups are planned for the meal. The program for the day will be a presentation by the Leeton R-X School vocal music department under the direction of Mrs. Amy Weldon. Blood pressures and sugar levels will be tested by the nurse for those desiring to have them checked.


13 – Leeton Lion's Club meets
15-16 Jr. High team to East Lynne Tourney
16 – Board of Education meet 7 pm
17 – Jr. High team hosts Lakeland 6 pm
17 – Football team host KC East Christian
18 – MO Day Band Competition in Trenton
19-20 DECA to Leadership Conference
20 – LHS Cheerleader Red Cross Blood Drive 2 to 7 pm in Willcockson Auditorium
20 – Jr. High team to Kingsville
21 – Jr. High team to Strasburg
24 – Jr. High team to East Lynne
25 – UCM Festival of Champions for Color Guard and Drumline
27-30 Jr. High Mid-State Tourney
29-31 FFA National Convention, Louisville
30 – Halloween Parade

"Complete Home Furnishings"
108-110-112 N. Main Street, Windsor, MO 65360
Mark Moser - 660-647-3113


     Thanks to Mike Myers for mowing the museum yard for the second time this summer. Every volunteer helps the museum stay within its budget.

Food Distribution

     Harvester's Food Distribution will be Saturday, October 25, at 11:30 am in the Christian Church parking lot in Leeton. Plan now to attend if you need food. Last month it was reported that many families took advantage of the opportunity to get food. There are no requirements and no paperwork to fill out except revealing how many are in the household. Anyone wanting to pick up food for another individual is required to fill out a form and have signed by the individual(s) for which the person is getting the food. Those wanting to get food are to line up east on Summerfield from the entrance to the Leeton Christian Church parking lot at 11:30 am.

October 25 at 2 pm

     The Mineral Creek Historical Society will be hosting their annual membership meeting on Saturday, October 25 at 2 pm. Business will include the election of two board members.

     The program will include a presentation by Bob Wyatt entitled “Finding History in a Shoe Box” as well as the unveiling of some new display items that have recently been obtained.

     All Leeton citizens or those with a connection to Leeton are encouraged to attend this meeting. Membership dues are $10 a year which allows the individual to vote on society business, tour the museum for free and receive special invitations to other events throughout the year. Send $10 to Mineral Creek Historical Society, 400 N. Main, Leeton, MO 64761.

Election Nov. 4

     The office of Sheriff of Johnson County is being contested by three candidates this year and Independent candidate Bill Brasel was in Leeton October 9 at the community building to meet the voters. The hot battle for the office also includes Scott Munsterman (republican) and Billy Wilson (democrat). Bill Brasel held rallies Thursday, October 2, in Knob Noster, Tuesday, October 7 in Warrensburg besides the rally in Leeton on Thursday, October 9. Bill is the former police chief of Leeton currently completing the unexpired term of Chuck Heiss who resigned earlier this year. The election is November 4. Plan now to vote.

Ended Oct. 15

     The Leeton High School DECA and FBLA have been selling nuts since the first of the month. The products are from the Miller Pecan Farms. The sale ends October 15. Contact members immediately to make a purchase.

Sponsored by Sunflower Bank

     Edwina Moon of the local Sunflower Bank will be making a presentation October 14 to students at Leeton High School explaining the bank's excellent program designed to prepare future business leaders as well as provide scholarships. The program introduces students to businesses in the area and explains what has been successful and what is to be avoided. The students if they accept the program will attend classes and keep notebooks on financial challenges they will face.

October 20

     The Leeton High School Cheerleaders are sponsoring their annual blood drive in connection with the Red Cross. The event is October 20 from 2 to 7 pm in the Willcockson Auditorium. Everyone is invited to come give blood to insure that a supply is available in case of emergencies.


Veteran - UCM Alumni

32 Years with Johnson County Sheriff's Department




Last Year's

     Yearbooks at Leeton High School from last year are available for a limited time at a price of $37 each. Orders may also be placed for a yearbook for 2015 which will be issued in August 2015. Anyone wanting to remember the past year should consider purchasing a yearbook today.

Former Leeton Baptist Minister

     Cletus Wayne Smith, 83, Kansas City passed away October 7, 2014. He served the Leeton Baptist Church as minister in the 1960's and was one of the original staff when the Leeton Shield was founded. His involvement in the community was significant in helping to build a better town.

     He leaves his wife of 59 years, Myra; children Melanie Wray, Marcia Whetsel, Marisa Quinlivin, and Carey Smith; five grandchildren; and two sisters.

     Funeral services were held in Charter Funerals Northland Chapel in Gladstone on Friday, October 10, 2014. Burial was in Leavenworth National Cemetery. Wayne was a veteran of the Korean War.


     Dorothy McGirl Roberson, 83, Greenville, South Carolina, passed away October 7, 2014. She was born near Leeton in Johnson County, Missouri on December 22, 1931, the daughter of John E. and Emma (Bodenhamer) McGirl. She married William “Bill” Roberson.

     Surviving are her husband, Bill; three children, William Roberson, Debra Foster and Cheryl Jimenez; four grandchildren and one great grandchild; her brothers, John McGirl and Ralph “Bud” McGirl, both of Missouri; and sisters Bernice Kreuger and Shirley Feyen both of Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. She was preceded in death by her brother Kenneth McGirl.

     Dorothy was a world traveler living in France, working as a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho, and teaching English in China. Dorothy was a member of the Christian faith and a member of Rocky Creek Baptist Church.

     A memorial service was held for her on Saturday, October 11 at 2:00 pm at Rocky Creek Baptist Church, 1801 Woodruff Rd., Greenville, SC.


     HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Jim Thompson on his birthday October 5.

     HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Donna Morris who celebrated on October 13.

     PRAY for Stephanie McCoy as she serves in the Peace Corps in the Philippines where volcanic activity has begun.

     PRAY for those serving in the military from Leeton including David Fleming (Marines), Andrew Lavender (Air Force), and Caleb Britnall (Marines). Please notify us of others who are currently serving in the military.

     HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Fay Etter whose birthday is October 16.

     HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Lacey Ludrick whose birthday is October 17.

     HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Nicole Willeford who celebrates October 18.

Do you remember 1955?

     1. Who was the Worthy Matron of the Leeton Eastern Star in 1955?

     2. What special group did the F.F.A. entertain in January that year?

     3. What was the name of the 4-H Club in Leeton at in 1955?

     4. Who was presented the first Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow award which became an annual award presented to the girl from Leeton who had the top score in the General Mills statewide competition?

     5. What high school student was sent as the representative by the Leeton Study Club to Jefferson City on the Sophomore Pilgrimage?

     6. The Leeton community had a very active Women's Christian Temperance Union in early days. Did that organization exist in 1955?

     7. Did anyone qualify for the state music contest from Leeton in 1955 by receiving a “I” rating on their performance at District?

     8. Who was the delegate from Leeton who attended Boy's State in 1955?

     9. What disease was threatening the youth of Leeton in 1955?

     10. Who was serving in the Board of Education in Leeton in 1955?

     Answers located on this page.

Good Overall Season

     District Softball play began this past week in Hermitage at Pickering Park. The first game saw Hermitage knock off Wheatland 7-2 enabling them to meet Leeton on Saturday. Hermitage was 13-11 on the year while Leeton was 11-6.

     In the second game of the tournament, Macks Creek (13-10) dominated Climax Springs by a score of 15-0 to move into the semi-final game against Montrose (8-10).

     Leeton unfortunately came up short against Hermitage losing 4-1 while Montrose knocked off Mack's Creek 5-2.

     In the championship game Hermitage continued to dominate winning 8-0 over Montrose. They will take on the winner October 24 between Fair Play and Walnut Grove who will play October 13 at 5:30 for their district championship.

     Leeton finished the year with a respectable 11-7 record.

Chili-Dogs Set to Challenge

     The Chili-Dogs took on Hardin-Central, the top ranked team in the district and almost pulled the upset of the year. Chilhowee/Leeton fought hard and were edged in the final seconds last Friday night in overtime 56-54. Good job Chili-Dogs.

     Tough Southwest Livingston was upset solidly by North Andrew and Norborne and Hughesville had a battle. Check out the scores and standings below. The Chilhowee/Leeton team's next game is against Kansas City East Christian at home as they close out the regular season.


Hardin-Central (Dist. 4-0 All-Games 7-1)

Southwest Livingston (Dist. 3-1 All-Games 6-2)

Norborne(Dist. 3-2 All-Games 5-2)

Northwest Hughesville (Dist. 1-3 All-Games 4-3)

Chilhowee/Leeton (Dist. 1-4 All-Games 1-7)

     FOOTBALL SCORES (October3)

Norborne 80 Chilhowee/Leeton 16

Northwest Hughesville 36 Greenfield 28

Southwest Livingston 34 Stewartsville 14

Hardin-Central 52 Tarkio 20

     OCTOBER 10

Hardin-Central 56 Chilhowee/Leeton 54 OT

Norborne 56 Northwest Hughesville 28

Nor. Andrew 50 Southwest Livingston 6

     OCTOBER 17

Chilhowee/Leeton hosts KC East Christian

Hardin-Central hosts Norborne

Stewartsville hosts Northwest Hughesville

DeKalb hosts Southwest Livington

Season Underway

     The Leeton R-X Jr. High Basketball season continues with the team preparing for the upcoming East Lynne Tournament October 14-16.

     The East Lynne Jr. High Basketball Tournament will be held October 14-16. Tuesday night it begins with Leeton girls taking on Kingsville II at 6 pm and East Lynne girls taking on Kingsville I at 8 pm. The losers of these two games will play Wednesday night at 7 and the winners at 8 for the championship.

     In the boys division, Tuesday at 5 pm (Game 1) Chilhowee takes on Strasburg and at 7 pm (Game 2) Kingsville plays East Lynne. The winner of (Game 1) plays Leeton Wednesday at 5 pm (Game 3). The losers of Games 1 and 2 play Wednesday (Game 4) at 6 pm. On Thursday the winner of Game 4 and loser of Game 3 play at 6 pm for 3rd place. The winners of Game 2 & 3 play at 7 pm for 1st with loser receiving 2nd place.

117 S. Wasington, Clinton, MO 64735
Shawn McIntyre - 660-885-7088 - Jerry McIntyre


     Cabinet holds ten guns with two drawers and lower storage area. $220.00. Call 660-653-4629.


     Just to let everyone know I get most of my recipes out of books that churches, organizations and similar have put together. Some are quite old as you will see from some of the ingredients. If someone has a recipe they want to share send to Bob Wyatt or me (Kathy Lutjen). Hope you enjoy this wonderful cake recipe.

½ cup buttermilk
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cloves
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup buttermilk
1 Tablespoon molasses
2 cups brown sugar
½ cup half & half
1 Tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

     Cream together 1/2 cup butter and 1 cup sugar. Add 1 egg, beating well. Sift together: 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon each of cloves and nutmeg. Add alternately with 1 cup buttermilk. Add 1 Tablespoon molasses. Pour into 2 well greased 8 x 8 in. cake pans. Bake 350 degrees approx. 30 minutes. Cool.

     When cool ice with following: 2 cups brown sugar, 1/2 cup half & half. Cook stirring constantly until forms soft ball in cold water. Add 1 Tablespoon butter. Cool slightly. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and beat until spreading consistency.

"Be as Independent as Health Allows"
400 Care Center Drive, Warrensburg, MO

By Mary Bond

     As we get into October days of autumn, I am aware of the changing of the seasons. I see the beauty of the fall about us and feel the crispness in the air. The foliage is turning to its beautiful fall pallette, like nature's one last hurrah before winter. The pumpkins, squash, walnuts, persimmons and hedge balls are repining.

     I wonder what the perimmon seeds will predict this year? Will the seed look like a knife, fork or spoon or as a neighbor suggested, a back hoe signaling major snow.

     Marigolds and chrysanthamums are in full bloom in all their splendor. Our diets are switching to root crops like turnips, parsnips, and sweet potatoes and to the comfort foods like soups, stews and beans.

     Cattle and squirrels are busy growing warm coats for winter and gathering stores of nuts.

     We are treasuring these golden days while they last. One night soon Jack Frost will be nipping at our noses. Soon temperatures will drop below freezing. We will get up to frost on our windshields and windows. Leaves may still be hanging, but frozen. The gardens will be finished, flowers turned to brown stems.

     We will start a roaring fire in the fireplace or stove and dream of roasting chestnuts, popping popcorn, or sipping hot chocolate in the quiet before the rush of the holidays. It is time for a good book, knitting, starting a puzzle or playing cards, chess, checkers, dominoes in the long quiet evenings of fall.

     Another year is rapidly coming to a close, but somehow autumn with all its beauty is like a climax in nature that surrounds us with good feelings and memories.

Working for Leeton Over 50 Years

     For over 50 years, the Leeton Lions Club has invested thousands of volunteer hours and been the driving force behind hundreds of community projects. The Leeton Lions Club strives to better the community of Leeton through service activities, youth sports programs, and support of Lions International projects.

     The Leeton Lions Club meets twice monthly on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 6:30 pm in the Leeton High School conference room. If interested in joining the Leeton Lions Club, contact a member, send a message on Facebook, or simply attend the next meeting to learn more. They look forward to having new members. Plan now to attend.

     In September they had a BBQ and Recruitment night at the Leeton Community Building when several members were added.

     At the Leeton Festival October 4 they sponsored a 5K Run/Walk with over $1000 raised for various Leeton charities including LeeAnn Binder for her bills from having a 3rd lung implant.

     Founded April 25, 1961, the organization has been a vital part of the Leeton community and continues to organize and oversee the summer recreation program, a 5th & 6th Grade basketball tournament in March, sponsorship of a boy to Boy's State, flipping pancakes for suppers and holding their BBQ rib dinner at the Leeton Fair.

     Here are pictures of various members helping to clean up the downtown. The lot used to be the home of Downing Motors but when the building collapsed it became an empty lot. Weeds and the dumping of some trash made the area a distraction from the beauty of the Leeton community. The Lion's endeavor to improve Leeton in many ways.

     They also restored the building originally used as the headquarters for the Leeton Electric Company in 1906. Later it became the Leeton Post Office, Ward Funeral Chapel and the Cold Springs Lodge and is intended to be used as the Lion's headquarters in the future.

     Leeton citizens are urged to consider becoming a part of the Leeton Lion's Club to continue the effort to provide activities for the youth of Leeton and to become a part of the on-going effort to make Leeton a better place to live.



     DINNER AT BUTTRAM'S: The Church in the House meets Sundays in the home of Tom Buttram (formerly Fiorella's west of the curve on highway 13 south of the junction). Services begin at 10 am and last all day including a noon meal. The public is invited.


     The Harmony Baptist Church has a lot of activities taking place each week. The CIA (youth group) has a meal on Sunday nights at 6 pm. Vickie Chambers is the contact person for this group.

     October 25, the church is having a work day from 8 am to 1 pm. Members are encouraged to bring their tools. Lunch will be provided. For more information contact Jerry Arwood.

     November 1, the congregation will have a Hayride and Chili Cook-Off. Hayride begins at 5 pm. For more information contact Vickie Chambers.

     Services are 9:30 Sunday School and 10:30 Worship every Sunday.


     The Baptist Church continues to gain in enthusiasm as the congregation studies the Word of God together. Chris Emerson, minister, preached during the worship service.

     The members encourage citizens of Leeton to come join them as they study God's Word. Sunday school starts at 10 am.


     The congregation met for their regular services Sunday, October 12, with a good size crowd on hand. Rev. Harvey Beach provided the sermon using Exodus 32:1-14. It was entitled “Who Do You Follow?.” Invitation hymn was “Jesus Calls Us.”

     CALENDAR OF EVENTS: October 13 – Project Connect in Warrensburg; Oct. 15 – Leeton Methodist Women meet at 1:30 pm; Oct. 18 - Festival of Sharing at State Fairgrounds; Nov. 6 – United Methodist Men at 7 pm; Nov. 11 - Women's Outreach Group at 7 pm; Nov. 13 – Methodist Women at 6:30 pm; Nov. 16 - Charge Conference at Windsor Methodist Church at 2 pm


     Rachel and Tom Lake, Jr. had their baby honored at the beginning of the worship service as the baby was introduced to the congregation.

     Dr. Dan Lowry continued the study in the book of II Corinthians for Sunday School. Prayer was by Travis Fleming. Sunday school attendance was 85 and 87 for worship.

     For worship: greeters were Greg and Lori Lankard; nursery workers were Cheyenne and Raegen; pianist was Melinda Fitzgerel; song leader was Mataya Lowry; Scripture and prayer by Alex Glaze; communion meditation by Steve Clear; offering prayer by Dan Lowry; and closing remarks and prayer by Charlie Fitzgerel.

     CALENDAR OF EVENTS: Oct. 12 – Youth group at 6:30 in basement of church; Oct. 15 – Beginning of Mid-Week Bible Study at 6:30; Oct. 19 – Worship Team in charge of service; Oct. 25 – Harvester's Food Distribution at 11:30 am; Oct. 26 – Annual Congregational Meeting.


     The High Point Baptist is ministered to by Pastor Cliff Dudley. Services are Sunday school at 9:45 and worship at 10:45 am.

How Well Did You Do?

     1. Mrs. Edith Sewell was installed at Worthy Matron in January that year. Roy McAllister was the Worthy Patron.

     2. The Future Homemakers of America were entertained by the Future Farmers of America with the gymnasium decorated in corn yellow and national blue (the FFA colors) and red and white (the FHA colors). Games were played and ice cream, doughnuts and soda were served. Clyde Robbins, FFA President, chairman of the committee, planned the event with. J.C.Wolfe, FFA advisor, and Mrs. Thorburn, FHA advisor.

     3. The Leeton Busy Beavers met at the high school for educational programs and games.

     4. Patricia Ann (Smith) Clear received the award and qualified for entry in the state competition where a $1500 scholarship was to be awarded by General Mills. The state winner went on to be entered in the national for a $5000 scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C.

     5. Wilma Fleener was selected to represent the Leeton Study Club to see the government in operation and to tour the state facilities. She later made a report to the Study Club.

     6. The Women's Christian Temperance Union met at the home of Mrs. Walter Wyatt in February with organization president Mrs. G. F. Boyd presiding over the business meeting. Entertainment was provided by Bonnie Jordan and Gene Wyatt. During the social hour tea and mints were provided by Mrs. Mary Seevers.

     7. JoFrances Mohler received a “I” rating at the Spring Music Festival on her vocal solo.

     8. Those from Leeton who participated as delegates in the American Legion sponsored Boy's State were Don Harclerode (sponsored by Jr. Chamber of Commerce), Kenneth Brown (sponsored by Leeton Businessmen) Raymond Smith (sponsored by Matthews Crawford Post of the American Legion). Robert L. Cooper was a representative for Warrensburg though he had a strong connection with Leeton. He was sponsored by the Warrensburg Lion's Club. Leeton was just organizing a Leeton Lion's Club which has sent delegates for many years.

     9. Polio was the culprit. Leeton had several who suffered with the crippling disease. In 1955 the first vaccine was created and tested. It was found to be 80% safe and affective. In 1955 children in Leeton were bussed to Warrensburg where they all received the vaccine at the Reese School. It was cautioned that children should be in good health before receiving the vaccine. Parents were given the responsibility of making sure their child was well before the giving of the vaccine. In a previous year because of the outbreak of cases of polio the school, churches, and all community activities were shutdown.

     10. Board members in 1955 were president Irwin Lynde, vice president Carl Siegfried, secretary Dean DesCombes, director Norman Cox, director J. W. Burford, and director Estil Harris. Superintendent was Earl Brown.

Clears Donate

     This past week Pat and Buzz Clear donated more pens to the collection of memorabilia and advertising collection. Pens and Pencils were donated from the following organizations or businesses.

     Show Me Christian Youth Home

     Christ's 40 Acres in Kiamichi, Oklahoma

     VFW of the USA

     Missouri Dept. of Conservation


     Missouri Veterans Cemetery

By Bob Wyatt

     Last weekend the annual Terry Awards were presented in Branson to the Outstanding performers. I'm often asked who I recommend and this list pretty well sums it up as I agree with most of the choices.

     A special congratulations to Randy Plummer on receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. He and his family helped raise money for the Leeton Museum in 2006 and he has been a contributor to the museum ever since.

     Best Gospel Quartet: New South

     Best Morning Show: Doug Gabriel Show

     Matinee Show of the Year: Patsy Cline Remembered

     Production Show of the Year: Hughes Brothers

     Tribute Show of the Year: Mike Walker

     Show of the Year: Baldknobbers

     Entertainer of the Year: Buck Trent

     Comedian of the Year: Terry Sanders

     Male Vocalist of the Year: Kenny Parrott

     Female Vocalist of the Year: Megan McCombs

     Best Duet of the Year: Rankin Brothers

     Vocal Group of the Year: SIX

     Steel Guitar Player of the Year: Dean Holman

     Fiddle Player of the Year: Wayne Massengale

     Lead Guitarist of the Year: Barry Bales

     Bass Player of the Year: Kevin Breshears

     Best Piano Player of the Year: R. P. Harrel

     Drummer of the Year: Robbie Blackwood

     Best Band of the Year: Grand Band

     Instrumentalists of the Year: Dutton Family

     Humanitarian Award: Barbara Fairchild and Paul Pluto

     25 Year Award: Clay Cooper

     Pioneer Award: Mike Patrick and Jamie Haage

     Lifetime Achievement Award: Randy Plummer

     In addition to these shows I highly recommend the “Texas Tenors”, “Haygoods”, “Jonah”, “The Brett Family”, and “Marco Polo.”

     Of course the “Grand Jubilee” would be a good choice since a number of individual winners, the Grand Band, New South Quartet and Pioneer Award Winners Mike Patrick and Jamie Haage are a part of that show. Congratulations to all.

2014 Sochi Olympics

     Bryan Price, 2000 graduate of Leeton High School, competed in the 2014 Sochi Olympics taking 19th in the 15 kilometer cross-country ski event and 9th in the USA Relay team.

     For those who don't know Bryan Price, while he was in high school nearly 15 years ago he was recognized as a pretty good athlete. He participated in cross country and track and was named to the All-State baseball and basketball teams.

     After graduation, like many young people, he turned to the military for a possible career. His drive for excitement and physical challenge was a perfect match for this work.

     He was sent to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina where his training began. He quickly found success and was promoted to sergeant by 2002. He was involved in Operation Enduring Freedom that led him to the front in Afghanistan.

     As a part of the 82nd Airborne Division Price led thirty men into the treacherous mountain regions of Afghanistan fully aware of the dangers they faced with a concern about the safety of his fellow soldiers.

     In 2003 he returned to the Middle East as a part of the team that deployed in Iraq. Surprisingly many of the platoon were the same group he had in Afghanistan. They became connected as family.

     In 2004 they returned home but by 2005 were sent a second time to Iraq. During this tour of duty he was a substitute sergeant for the 101st Airborne Division when that division had heavy casualties.

     PRICE INJURED: He was in a three vehicle convoy making its way south of Baghdad toward the Euphrates River when it happened. His Humvee hit an explosive device which exploded underneath the vehicle. It knocked Price and two other men into the cab.

     Price quickly realized his injury was serious. Despite seeing one of his legs bent and twisted under him he still managed to pull himself back up to the gun turret to defend the others.

     Thankfully there were no enemy soldiers in the area and he could relax. This injury left him in shock as he waited nearly an hour for medical attention. In less than two days he was transferred to Germany where he had surgery.

     A month later, in an Augusta, Georgia, Hospital, he began to pull his life back together despite not being able to use his legs.

     With the same determination he had shown running cross county in high school he approached rehabilitation with a drive that inspired many around him. For 3 ½ years he pushed himself to the maximum. When his physical therapist said he couldn't do anything else for him Price found another physical therapist to push him further.

     SEEKS NEW DIRECTION FOR LIFE: In 2011 he moved back to Missouri where he found himself searching to find a new goal or challenge. He quickly located a competitive softball and basketball program in Topeka, Kansas, for disabled athletes. Here Rob Rossner noticed Price's abilities and encouraged him to tryout for the national Paralympic Team. Price listened to the advice and took the encouragement.

     In a short time he was involved in the program and was being pushed and directed in tougher physical therapy. For two years Price prepared for professional events which included two hours riding a ski simulator, forty minutes in target practice and an hour and a half in the gym for additional workout.

     His success resulted in his going to the qualifying competition in Utah to become a part of the World Cup team. Amazingly he made it and participated in the 2014 Sochi (Russia) Paralympics having qualified in the 15 kilometer cross country skiing category and the 4x2.5 kilometer open relay event after just two months of training.

     PRIZE OF LIFE: Bryan reports that he was thrilled at participating in the Paralympics and hopes to continue training but the prize of his life is his daughter, born in 2005 just before he left on that last tour of duty. Ashlynn Jaide Price brought the smile back to her dad's face.

     He reports that in the near future he will be moving to Colorado to be closer to mountains as he prepares for the World Cup Biathlon to be held later this year. We wish him the best of luck and thank him for his positive approach to life.

Grinstead House is 140 years old

     On a map of Leeton in 1898 there are only three houses on the map. One was the house where Bruce and Linda Moore live. It was called the R. Wall house. The D. L. Wenrick house was located where the Sunflower Bank is now located. The third and oldest was the Grinstead House located at the northwest corner of Nickerson and Fewel. Judge Grinstead owned all of the land that had been the Brysons at that point in time. From his house to the western side of Thad Fleming's was the Grinstead farm. At the location of the house he had a vineyard, huge barn, chicken houses, coal house, smoke house, summer kitchen and a few other outbuildings. It was a very nice farm. One other house close by was the Francis Kelly house located south on highway 2 just outside the city limits on the east side of the road.

     The city council is discussing bulldozing additional "junk houses" in town if not restored or brush is not cleaned from around them. That would include the historic Judge Grinstead House located at the northwest corner of Lee and Nickerson.

     Judge Grinstead built the house well before 1895 when his fellow town founders John J. Lee built his house at the southeast corner of Fewel and Moulton and Henry Fewel built his at the northeast corner of Fewel and Moulton.

     These houses helped to attract a couple hundred people to move and build in Leeton thus firmly establishing Leeton as a town.

     The Grinstead house is in major need of repair. Could there be a community effort with volunteers to restore the house? It is a shame to see this landmark eliminated because of neglect.

     The Habitat for Humanity house brought that area of the community to life. This house just a block from the downtown could stimulate improvement to the entire surrounding area if restored. There are already several vacant lots in that area from city eliminations and fires.

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