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Son of Doug Keesling, Class of 1987
Track meet held May 18, results posted later if I get them.
Cinda Kilgore Herrera, Class of 1993
Gene Short, Class of 1988
Altho they didn't mention her by name we all know the manager in Chase is Elsie Sells, age 92
Sorry I chopped off part of the article but hope
you get the gist of it.
Glenna Grinstead, Superintendant USD 401
Kat spirit alive and well in Chaseamerica
Beth Coldwater, Class of 1976
September 1, 2017
The CHS cheerleaders and yell leader are ready for the Spirit Spreader clinic.
Top photo Karen Dellinger
Lyons Chamber are doing the banners again, they
are really nice, our family got one for our Dad Paul Raymond Bliss Sr
and our brother Vince Bliss and the alumni got one for the Veterans of Chase, KS. They flew them last year and again on the 4th of July weekend.
Son of Doug Keesling, Class of 1987
Mitch Light, Teacher
I thought this was interesting, anyone remember
Article says she might have been from Chase.
Doug Keesling, Class of 1987
Phil Bryant house
Debbie Easterling, Class of 1969
Gene Short, Class of 1988
Colby Keesling is the son of Doug Keesling, Class of 1987
Story of the Cross between Chase and Lyons
Here is a photo that I took before it was moved.
Raymond Jump posted this on facebook and I don't
think he would mind me putting it on here.
This is Brandon Clarks Dad Billy?, Class of 1986 with Raymonds daughter as flower bearer. Year 1985?
Photo shared by David Peebler, we can't tell if that year is 37 or 57.
Many of our alumni will remember Charles and Bernice Day
Found this in the Lyons News Archives. Couldn't find Class of 2024
Who remembers the re-opening of the Chase Theater in 1963?
Shannon Stallings McEachern, Class of 1982
Probably the last on the Chase/Ward Century Plant, it has
been an adventure for sure.
Taken from the Hutchinson News.
The following article was in the Wichita Eagle, brought to my attention by
My Granddaughter Tia and I was in the area Monday and naturally had to take a look.
While we were there the KSN news was interviewing Ed and Joyce--Sherry
CHASE — After 53 years of marriage, Joyce Ward says Ed is one of those husbands who don’t give presents often. But the ones he does give are doozies. Take that plant he gave her for Mother’s Day 1976. She’d already given birth to three children by then and it was the first Mother’s Day gift he ever gave. “I said, ‘What is it?’ I wasn’t sure what it was,” Joyce Ward said Friday. “It’s a cactus,” Ed Ward said of the tiny plant. But just like that plant in the Broadway musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” Ward’s plant began to grow. And grow. Each summer, she faithfully set it out on the family’s patio. In the winter, she’d bring it indoors. And, in the meantime, “I kept putting it in bigger and bigger planters until finally I said, ‘It’s not going in and out of the door again,’ ” Joyce Ward said. Twenty years ago when Joyce issued the ultimatum, Ed took the plant to the Farley Machine Works, an oil field repair shop on the edge of Chase where he works as the shop foreman. The Rice County town, about 90 miles northwest of Wichita, has a population of 477 residents. “He put it in one of those big lined things they make booze out of,” Joyce said. A whiskey keg, Ed Ward said. “I put that big old thing on wheels and rolled it in and out of the shop,” Ed said. And he’d wheel it out of the shop during the summer and into the shop each winter. The Wards estimate they’ve put the plant, a succulent native to the Mexico known as agave Americana or the American aloe, into 10 different containers over the years. The last one is an 8-foot-by-8-foot container built into a trailer that their grandson, Jaron Miller, made in his welding class at Chase High School. By Ed’s calculations, the plant, trailer and soil weigh about 7,000 pounds now. He seldom feeds it. It is watered by Kansas rains — except last summer when he broke down and watered it a couple of times when he noticed the leaves beginning to shrivel. In mid-March, the Wards began to notice a change within the plant. “We left on a Friday evening and the plant was normal,” Ed said. “We came back on Monday morning and there was 4 to 6 inches of stem sticking out of the plant.” After that, the stem grew about a foot a day. When it was 15 feet and 6 inches, Ed said they could no longer wheel it in and out of the shop. The door of the machine shop is 16 feet tall. On April 14 — the night nearly 100 tornadoes touched down in Kansas — damaging winds came within three miles of Chase, but the plant remained safe. Ed had safely parked the plant on the north side of the machine shop and anchored the top of the stem with ropes. “We just pray,” Joyce said. “There have been a lot of prayers said for that plant through this weather. A few months ago, the Wards began receiving national media attention for their plant. It was featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Since then, more than 900 people have stopped by Farley Machine Works located off U.S.56 highway at Chase, talked with Ed, taken photos of the plant and signed his guestbook. He estimates an additional 2,000 people have stopped and simply snapped pictures of the plant. At last count, the plant’s stem measured 37 feet tall. Any day now it is expected to bloom yellow and white flowers. The buds are the size of small bananas. Some people have nicknamed the Agave Americana the century plant because it lives about 30 to 40 years, blooms, then dies. Or not, Ed Ward said. “It remains to be seen,” Ed said. “Some people say it will die; some people say it won’t. I think we just have to wait and see. I hope it will live.” Joyce Ward says she’s grown fond of her present. “He’s not a big present giver, let me tell you,” she said. “But the ones he gives, last.”
Well of course we had to visit the century plant while in Chase,
Mary Johnson, Tamara Madden, Tracy Wood, Joyce Ward & Sherry Cole
Mary Taylor Johnson, Gerald & Sherry Bliss Cole went to Chase to hang a wall
for display during the Chase All School Reunion for open house at the High School,
and came upon paw prints left by Felix on his last visit.
We followed them up the street---
Right to the intersection---and around the corner
Had to get up on the fire escape to get a better look---
(Thanks to Mary Taylor Johnson and her band of merry men,
Here is our future Class of 2023
This was in the Hutchinson News awhile back and thought we would share it in case you didn't see it.
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