Beloved collections and treasured objects can hold stories all their own. All you have to do is listen. And there’s no better way to start getting to know someone than a classic round of Show & Tell. We’d like to introduce you to a few of our favorite people as they share stories and mementos from their lives.
Rose shows off her election coat full of badges she earned serving on the election commission board. Her passion for civic service was sparked to life in 1984 as she stood in line to cast her vote in Marion, Kansas. A close friend was behind her in line and was worried about being late to work, she gladly swapped him places so he could vote. All day the voting line stayed on her mind as she tried to work out a better, faster way to vote. The incident prompted Rose to volunteer on the election commission board. During her time with the commission, she helped install early voting options, longer hours, and early written ballots.
Pauline shares a picture of herself as a young woman, just a few summers before she met her future husband. The photo reminds Pauline of that time that was full of excitement, love, and possibility. The pair met at a wedding when Pauline was 15. Parted by distance, she from Missouri and he from Nebraska, the couple didn’t see one another often but corresponded by letter for the first six months of their relationship. When they did meet again, this time at a dance, Pauline and James slipped away to spend some time alone. He asked her to marry him and she said yes. The pair lived with his family for a year before they bought their own farm. Together they raised two children, Linda and Jack. Reflecting fondly on this time in her life, Pauline says “He was a wonderful man, husband, and provider. He loved to eat and I loved to cook for him. We were married for 64 years.”
Peggy shares an angel figurine from her collection. She has always loved angels and finds they give her a sense of peace and serve as a reminder of her faith. This angel was a bargain find at a thrift store and is one of her favorites. The figurine reminds her of Psalms 91:11-12 which reads, “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands.”
John grew up hearing stories of the railroad as both John’s father and grandfather worked for the Frisco Railroad. It seemed only natural that John would follow in their footsteps. After his honorable discharge with the military, John pursued an education that would eventually take him back to his first passion. John worked for the Frisco Railroad as a machinist for 30 years. John shared with us a link and pin given to him by his grandfather, who found it working on the railroad. The artifact has been in his family for many years and will continue to be passed down through the generations.
Rosie has been a cat lover for as long as she can remember. One of eight children growing up on a farm, Rosie spent her time playing with the kittens and cats. She now enjoys collecting figurines of her favorite animal as well as spending time with her favorite feline, Missy, who lives with her at Homestead of Olathe. Rosie finds joy in the playfulness and companionship that cats offer.
Mary Ann’s pig collection began 30 years ago in a somewhat unusual way. She was teaching in a Boston suburb and some of her friends thought she would like pigs since she grew up on a farm in Iowa. So they started giving her pigs of all sorts, stuffed animals, magnets, cards, and pins. The collection soon took on a life of its own. Over the years, Mary Ann’s students, friend, and family all added to the collection.
Mary Ann has traveled extensively and has pigs from as far away as Australia, most of the states in the United States and many countries in Europe. When she retired from teaching, she let her students select a pig to keep. Her most recent pig was received this year and the collection continues on!
Jewell showed us a piece of history. She has treasured and taken beautiful care of this letter that she received from her brother during in 1943. Jewell’s brother was serving in WWII and they wrote back and forth, keeping one another company. After being reviewed, the letter would be copied and reduced in size, which they called v-mail.
Jeanie got married at The Little Brown Church in her grandmother’s emerald green wedding dress. The tradition was passed on as Jeanie’s daughter was also married in the stunning dress. Janine loves to show people her wedding dress and tell the story of this family heirloom.
Dorothy shares the story of how she met her husband, Tuck. On the day of her brother’s graduation, Dorothy and a friend relaxing when they were startled by a rogue grasshopper. They let out a scream and Dorothy’s brother and his friend, Tuck, came running. After a few laughs at the silly situation, the foursome went for a walk through the park. As they approached the house, Tuck pulled Dorothy in for her first kiss. Remembering the moment, she says “It was love at first kiss.”
Tuck was getting ready to leave for the war, but before he left he picked up a stick, broke it in half and told her, “As long as you have this half, we’re still together.” They each kept half of the stick and married when Tuck returned on a three-day leave. They were married 71 years and she still keeps her half of their stick in her scrapbook.
“Once you’re an Eagle Scout, you’re always an Eagle Scout,” says Jerry.
Jerry joined the Boy Scouts when he was 16. To get promoted, he quickly achieved three badges; the lamb, wolf, and lion. With his hard work, he made it to Eagle Scout by 18. As an Eagle Scout, he also achieved his tender foot, second class, and third class badges. Jerry made the newspaper for his achievements and is shown here with his badges and newspaper article he has framed and hanging
on his wall.
As an adult, he became a Scout Master. He passed on the lessons that the Boy Scouts taught him.
Helen turns 95 this month and has been making beautiful, colorful embroidery greeting cards for 20 years. She enjoys the craft because it keeps her mind and hands busy. She also loves sending them, knowing that she gets to share beauty with her closest loved ones who cherish her work.
Helen enters her cards in the county fair and like years past, we expect she’ll win the blue ribbon once again.
Walt and Marian have enjoyed gardening together for all of their 68 years of marriage. Before moving into our community they spent much time cultivating beautiful flowers as well as a huge garden at their home. Here at Eaglecrest, they take care of our flowers and have started a few plants of their own. They’ve recently harvested a few perfect okra. They told us about their passion and showed us their handy “watering wagon.”
Mary takes a little time to sew every day. She loves to keep busy and is currently sewing table runners for her daughter. She is wildly efficient and made nine runners in two days. Mary started piece quilting in 1998 and quickly fell in love with the craft and colors. She also enjoys embroidery, which she works into her quilts as well.
Al shared his woodworking with us. Al and his wife are retired barbers. Their barber’s shop was next door to a wood shop, so when Al had free time he would work and play there. He worked to make various items including quilt racks and wood lamps. The first wood sculpture he made was created from a log he found in a pasture and holds two small candles around a central figure.