(Frank) Today Around Kansas starts with a fun event you won’t want to miss, the 64th Annual Eskridge Labor Day Rodeo on September 3rd and 4th starting at 7PM both nights! Next learn how catalogs were the eBay and Amazon of their day, and then enjoy a poem from Ron Wilson. We’ll end with a look at weather folklore. Stay tuned!Closed Captioning Brought to you by Ag Promo Source. Together we grow. Learn more at agpromosource.com.
(Frank Chaffin) Good morning. It’s Wednesday. I’m Frank. (Deb Goodrich) I’m Deb. (Frank): And it’s Around Kansas. It’s where you get news about people, places and things that just make this state a great place to live and to come visit. (Deb) Well, news, its kind of maybe a misleading word. Maybe information would be accurate, but news, we’re not as serious as the news. The news is boring, but we’re fun, aren’t we Frank? (Frank) Yes. (Deb) We’ll have a good time. We’re a lot more fun than the news about people, places and things. (Frank) So edit that news. (Deb) Yes. Edit it. Take it out. We’re just all about fun stuff. And speaking of fun stuff, and I guess this actually would be news, because this is a coming event, got to go to Abilene, first weekend in September, you know Labor Day weekend, if there’s anything, that’s not happening on Labor Day weekend, but this is a really big deal: 150th celebration of the Chisholm Trail. The Chisholm Trail, of course, where would Kansas history be without the Chisholm Trail? Our good friend, Ron, is going to be over there, our Poet Lariat, and just lots of good friends that will be in Abilene for this celebration, lots of great events and 2016, 2015 marked the 150th anniversary of a lot of things. 2016, lots of anniversaries. 2017 folks, get ready for next year, because I’m involved in planning several events myself. 2017 will mark the 150th anniversary of more than 30 Kansas counties. Basically, everything west of Salina started really getting organized in 1867, after the Civil War, when all the guys headed west and we got the Cattle Trails, which the Chisholm Trail of course it’s a big piece of, and all this stuff. There’re going to be so many anniversaries next year, so start looking online and mark in your calendars for next year. We’re going to do a big event out at Fort Wallace, Fort Hays, will be marking its 150th anniversary, so you want to be there for that. The Kidder Massacre, 150 years, the Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty is 150 years, the Hancock Expedition. So many of the things that make Kansas interesting happened in 1867. It’s like the third of the big years: 1854, 1861, and then there’s 1867. (Frank) We’ll have to use some of Randy Sparks Kansas songs for that. (Deb) Absolutely. (Frank) Because one of them is get out of Dodge and move to Medicine Lodge, which is what they were trying to tell the outlaws. (Deb) The people in Dodge would try to say that to the people in Medicine Lodge — but we had another thing, some of it good: “Get the heck back to Dodge”. (Frank) Well, it’s got the Chisholm Trail and to get along with a little doggy you’re gonna get to ride on the train, and that is cool. (Deb) So we got theme music for everything, don’t we? (Frank) Yes. When the course the song Abilene, Abilene came out. (Deb) That’s right. (Frank) I was disc jockeying on KSAL in Salina when that song came out, and of course everybody in Abilene, Kansas thought it was about Abilene, Kansas. (Deb) No. It’s really about Abilene. Texas stole it. But it was written about Abilene, Kansas. So no, Abilene Kansas has the fair claim to that song. (Frank) Hey, that’s going to be a story. (Deb) That will be a story. That’s right. We’ve got lots of good stuff, so stay with us.
(Frank) And we’re back again. (Deb) We’re going to the Flint Hills today. We gave you all the educational thing last week. I hope you took notes and were paying attention where not all of Kansas is the Flint Hills, but the gorgeous peaks of it is, and we’re going to a beautiful town in Flint Hills today, Eskridge. (Frank) I don’t think there’s a song about Eskridge. There probably should be, because I can say it’s kind of the Gateway to the Flint Hills…Scenic Byway. (Deb) Yes, the Scenic Byway is through there, and Eskridge of course is a really pretty little town, and I’ve got a Rodeo coming up, and of course the Rodeo — I’ve been fortunate to attend several Rodeos around Kansas this year. The talent is amazing, absolutely amazing, you will be blown away. If you haven’t been to a rodeo, if you’re a hardcore fan, I know you’re going to be there anyway, but if you haven’t been, it’s a great time to go see Flint Hills and take in the Rodeo, and take your kids. Great little family atmosphere, so it will be a lot of fun. We’ll see you at the Rodeo in Eskridge. (Frank) Ye Haw! If you love the sights, sounds and smells of a Rodeo, stop what you’re doing and mark your calendar right now for the upcoming 64th Annual Eskridge Labor Day Rodeo on Saturday, September 3rd and Sunday, September 4th. Both nights start at 7PM in the Eskridge Rodeo Arena! This is entertainment for your whole family, so plan now on making a day trip on the 3rd and 4th of September, the weekend of Labor Day, to Eskridge, Kansas. You and your whole family will NOT be disappointed! Sanctioned by the URA and MRCA, the Eskridge Rodeo is provided with stock by the C. R. McKellips Rodeo Company. The Rodeo will feature bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer muggin’, calf roping, Cowgirl’s barrel racing and breakaway roping – and everybody’s favorite – bull riding! Advance tickets are available at Rush-In Convenience Store and the Eskridge Market. Adult tickets are $10; children 6 to 12 are $7 and kids 5 and under are free! No matter where you are in Kansas, Eskridge is easy to get to! It’s in Wabaunsee County along the Native Stone Scenic Byway on Highway K-4, south of I-70. Founded in 1869, the town is rich in history and prides itself as being the Gateway to the Flint Hills. So grab your boots and Cowboy hat and map out your route to Eskridge for the 64th Annual Labor Day Rodeo on Saturday September 3rd and Sunday September 4th. C’mon now, let’s Rodeo!
(Frank) And back again. We have way too much fun on this show. We hope that you enjoy it and kind of get into it. We’re pretty silly here. (Deb) This is a serious story about merchandising here, Frank, and how we built a consumer class in America, and yet where do you go with this story? Right to the outhouse. (Frank) Yes, we’re talking about catalogs folks, you know the Sears catalogs, the Montgomery Ward catalog, and there were probably others. But the Sears catalog actually really made Sears Roebuck and Company. But the thing is that you flip through it and ordered everything you threw it over in the outhouse. (Deb) You wore down the pages until they were real soft. [Laughter] (Deb) But those of us, yes, long before Charmin, those of us of a certain age, we grew up with outhouses. The house I grew up in had indoor plumbing, but my grandparents had an outhouse. Yes, the catalog in the outhouse, yep, there it was. (Frank) Those catalogs, those Sears catalogs were about that thick, and it was nice, thin, slicky paper. (Deb) That would last what? Like, as long as a 12 pack of Charmin, something like that? [Laughter] (Frank) We’re writing commercials here now too. Montgomery Wards had one too, but there were other catalogs too. But of course the most famous was Sears. (Deb) Well I think it’s so interesting Frank, and I thought about this coming full circle in a lot of things, but people talk about, “Oh, well nobody goes shopping anymore. They buy everything online.” It’s the same principle. It’s the same principle, you sit there in your parlor or there at your kitchen table and you look through the catalog and figure out what you need and it comes to your door. (Frank) You know you could buy a house. You could buy a house in the Sears catalog. It would come in packets and– (Deb) And I’ll bet you a bunch of– there’s nobody in Kansas that hasn’t seen one of those houses. They’re still standing. They were great kits, and you may not realize it, but there are a lot of them around. A lot of them around. I remember one in Osawatomie. A big Victorian in Osawatomie that was ordered out of a catalog, a gorgeous home. You could get them from dollhouse this big to a mansion, and everything in between. So yes, there was value in the catalog before it went out back. (Frank) Oh my. Okay, I’m going to go take a nap now. Before eBay and Amazon, there was the catalog, and for rural America in the 19th and early 20th Centuries, it was a godsend. Retail establishments were far away for most of rural America. Catalogs brought everything they needed to the comfort of their parlors. They could order anything from a house to a mousetrap. Sears-Roebuck and Montgomery Ward were among those to capitalize on the desires and pocketbooks of a new consumer-driven America. What kinds of items could be found on those pages? Literally everything to set up housekeeping or business, or to dress fashionably, drive or live comfortably. An ornate cast-iron cook stove could be had for $13.95. A Victorian lady’s hat, looking something like a bushel-basket full of flowers and ribbons, was a staggering two dollars and 83 cents. Collars for men’s shirts were 7 cents. A Sears motor buggy was $395. Banjos, guitars, harmonicas, plates, cups, saucers. Buggy harnesses and thumbtacks. Nails and saws, ribbons and combs. In 1902, the United States Post Office instituted Rural Free Delivery. That meant those packages ordered from catalogs might arrive at the front porch. True to human nature, as people leafed through the catalogs, they saw what was available, what the latest styles were, and even though they had not realized they needed those things, they sure wanted them! Even barns and houses could be ordered by catalog. Scattered throughout Kansas are numerous kit homes purchased from the catalog. Lumber, windows, trim, and fixtures were pre-cut and shipped by rail and then delivered by wagons to building sites. For areas where timber was scarce, the homes were very popular. Prices ranged from a few hundred dollars to more than a thousand depending on the size of the home. When you hear people complain about folks shopping online, perhaps they are simply coming full circle to the way things would have been done more than a century ago.
(Ron) One of the joys we have is a good ranch dog. But those ranch dogs sometimes get into misadventures. This poem is entitled Lost and Found. I have a good dog, his name is Jake. Australian Shepherd is his make. He roams around our ranch with pride, and goes with me when I walk or ride. One day he went with me to chore, as he’s done hundreds of times before. I went to the granary to get some feed and proceeded with my usual deeds. That night I put dog food in Jake’s bowl; but I didn’t see a single soul. I wasn’t worried about where he went, he was probably at Grandma’s or chasing some fence. But the next day I didn’t see Jake at all. He didn’t come when I yelled or called. By the third day I was really worried. Around to all the neighbors we hurried. We called the Shelter, put posts all around but results were the same, no Jake had been found. With a heavy heart I went to chore when I heard a scratching inside the granary side door. I found Jake in the corner bin. Where unbeknownst to me that silly dog had jumped in. Jake and I had a joyful reunion and rejoined the family in happy communion. I’ve got to tell the neighbors but it will be kind of hard that the dog I was looking for was in my own back yard. Happy Trails.
(Frank) Oh my, don’t run over a woolly worm. (Deb) You know, we got such a great response; we had so many suggestions about the weather old wives’ tales that we did, and we just ran out of time so we had to add some more. And of course, the most popular predictor of the weather apparently is the woolly worm. (Frank) The thing is right off hand, I can’t remember if it’s dark or if it’s light, which it’s going to be. (Deb) Well this segment will tell you. So pay attention. (Frank) Yes, I’m going to watch this one. (Deb) The segment will tell you. One of the funny things is, this was hilarious, my sister, and this was funny to me because you’re separated by 1,200 miles, so I’ve got folks back home that I grew up with and my relatives who were posting comments, and then I get the same old wives’ tales in western Kansas and it’s like, “There must be something to it.” All right, so my sister posted the one about hanging out the snake. You can kill a snake and hang it up and make it rain. We’ll talk about that in a little bit in the segment too. So I had forgotten about that, and she and I were talking about it, and she said there was something about keeping it hanging until after a little after sundown, and it may have been just to make sure that it was dead honestly. So then Dr. Jake starts, “Yes, I know that.” And he said, “And it always works too.” So he starts listing the incidents where he and a buddy were putting up a fence or something, and killed a rattlesnake and hanged it on there. And it rained that day, and it rained so hard they could hardly pass the road up to the fence line, where the snake was hanging, and on the other side it didn’t even have a sprinkle. We tested that and it is proven. We’ve got lots of testimony on that one. (Frank) Move over I’m going to come sit with you and watch this one. (Deb) There’s so much cool stuff in here. Just keep posted on our Facebook page, friend me on Facebook, and Frank, and look at our Around Kansas Facebook page, and we’ll keep sharing some of those, because it’s just not enough space on air to put everything. And then there’s some not even related to the weather. There’s about your hand itching when you’re going to get money, or someone is coming, and whether is the right hand or the left hand, and if your nose is itching, company is coming. (Frank) Yes. Find a penny and if its face up… (Deb) Yes. We can just go on and on. (Frank) We could write a book. (Deb) We should write a book. (Frank) She’s right (Deb) In the meantime. (Frank) She writes books. (Deb) In the meantime, let’s take a look at this. You’re going to learn a lot. Old Wives Tales predicting the weather have been around since Old Wives. Some have stood the test of time because they are colorful, but there is often a kernel of truth in those old sayings. Others remain unproven. A couple of those old tales seem to offer insight into the behavior of Satan. Like, if it rains while the sun is shining the devil is beating his wife. Or, if it thunders while snowing, the devil is beating his mother-in-law. There are lots of concerns about the coming winter. If trees are full of acorns, it will be a hard winter. If the sunflowers are unusually tall, there will be a hard winter. The sunflowers have to be tall enough to peek over the snow so that the birds won’t starve. If the squirrels are building nests lower in the trees, it will be a hard winter. But the greatest indicator of the weather is the woolly worm, and his power to predict the weather is amazing! Where the black ring is located on the worm indicates the most severe part of winter. If the ring is close to his head, early winter will be worse. If the worm is ALL black, watch out. It’s going to be a really tough winter. If the worm is all brown, a mild winter is forecast. If the moss on the bottom of the stock tank rises to the top, it will rain. If it rains and the sun shines, the devil’s domestic problems aside, it will rain the next day. Predicting rain seems to be the skill of not only flies and cows, as previously reported, but crows as well. Charlie Rainwater offered this little poem of prediction: Crows on the fence, rain will go hence; Crows on the ground, rain will come down. Turtles scurrying for higher ground is another indication of rain. But as for making rain yourself? Simple. Kill a snake and hang it on the fence. Foolproof. And how long before it rains or how long will it last? If the sun goes behind a bank on Friday, it’ll rain before Monday. If the sun goes behind a cloud bank on Monday, rain before Friday. If it rains on Monday, it will rain for three days. If it rains at 7 a.m., it will be done by 11 a.m. If the raindrops are big, it won’t last long. Thanks to our viewers for all these tips and more. Whether scientists have proven them or not, we are willing to bet there is some country logic behind them!
(Frank) Out of time again. I’m Frank. (Deb) I’m Deb. (Frank) And we’ll see you somewhere — (Deb and Frank) Around Kansas.
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