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October 19, 2017
Harvey County IndependentOctober 19, 2017 Harvey County Independent

Dolls Depict Cultures Across The World

Posted 10/19/2017

THE Sedgwick Historical Society houses a collection of WPA dolls made in the 1930s and 40s representing costumed figures from around the world.THE Sedgwick Historical Society houses a collection of WPA dolls made in the 1930s and 40s representing costumed figures from around the world.By Pilar Martin

SEDGWICK—During the era of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Works Projects Administration or WPA was formed to help provide work for all kinds of people throughout out the United States.

Most people identify the WPA as mainly constructing bridges and buildings. Roosevelt was a big supporter of arts and education, too.

WPA dolls were commissioned throughout the country in the late 1930s and early 1940s, some even in Kansas. The dolls were made of plaster and cotton, representing cultural figures from all over the world. The dolls were meant to provide a visual representation of people from around the world for education.

Sedgwick School District has a number of the WPA dolls, but when the dolls were acquired is a mystery. Board Clerk Deniece Richardson remembers seeing the dolls at school as a second-grader back in 1960s. The dolls were housed at the grade school and then the high school up until about 10-15 years ago. The collection was then loaned to the Sedgwick Historical Society and remains in their care today.

The WPA doll collection consists of 48 dolls, or 24 pairs. The dolls are 10-12 inches tall and each pair has a man and a woman. Much detail was used in painting the features of the dolls, with nationalities taken into account. The clothing or costume on each figure reflects the national costume of its country.

On display are dolls representing Austria, Old England, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Mexico, Sweden, Scotland, Romania, India, England, Norway, France, Ireland, Czechoslovakia, Wales, Greece, Russia, Hungary, Spain, Holland, Denmark and Yugoslavia.

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EDITORIAL: (R), (I), (D) Greg Orman Is Back

Posted 10/19/2017

Independent Publisher Robb ReevesIndependent Publisher Robb ReevesBy Robb Reeves

Folks, I couldn’t believe it last week. I pick up The Wichita Eagle and there is Greg Orman.

He is running for governor, maybe.

Just when you thought everyone was running for governor, someone else stepped in. By the way, are you running for governor?

OK, Greg Orman. Dysfunction and bizzaro followed him the last time he ran for office. In case you did the proper thing and forgot about Orman, here is a brief refresher on when he was last in our thoughts. He ran for U.S. Senate in 2014 against Republican Pat Roberts. Orman lost.

Orman was part of a Democratic Party game of subterfuge that happened that fall.  That year, the Democrats had a candidate ready to run against Roberts. If you can name the man, you are entitled to a tough steak at Montana Mike’s, if it were still open.

So the Democrats had this candidate, Chad Taylor, and suddenly he quit. The Kansas Democrats then refused to put anyone else on the ballot, which was a snub to democracy in our state.

Orman was lurking and declared himself an Independent and ran some TV ads saying he would be different and better than anyone else we had in Washington, especially Pat Roberts.

All this time, the Democrats and Kansas Secretary of State Chris Kobach, a Republican, are fighting in the courts. Kobach was trying to find a way to make the Democrats put someone on the ballot and the Democrats went to court to not, I repeat to not, put a person on the ballot in a U.S. Senate race.

Man, the Democratic Party in this state can do some weird things and that was a low for them. They essentially told their supporters our brand isn’t strong enough to win with. And Democrats were going around saying how smart Orman was. That tipped me off. Prior to that, I was open to Orman.

When Democrats say someone is smart, they really, really like that person. When they say someone is dumb, they want to spit on them. Oh, and Orman is a rich one-percenter. I looked it up and he had a lot more net worth than Roberts, who has essentially worked in government all his life, something Democrats generally admire.

That was so ironic. The Democrats were supporting the richest person in the race.

The Republicans were scared, as they usually are. This was all pre-President Trump. The Republicans weren’t sure what Orman was or exactly how to defeat him. Orman wouldn’t say whether he would caucus with the Democrats or Republicans. The polling was tight and anti-incumbent sentiment was high. Roberts seemed to be heading to the recliner.

And then Vice President Joe Biden blew it like he has so many times. On Nov. 4, a few days before the election, Biden boasted that Orman would caucus with the Democrats and that would give his party 52 seats in the senate. He was half right.

“We have a chance of picking up an independent who will be with us in the state of Kansas,” said Biden.

The Democrats’ game of deception was over. Roberts is an old campaigner and this was the opening he needed. Orman lost the voting 53-42.

It wasn’t over, though, because a lot of Democrats really believed Orman would win and they were crushed and mad. Then people said the voting machines were rigged and it went from strange to kooksville and I stopped watching.

Orman is still “exploring” his options, according to the story. The story also says the multi-millionaire is so far self-funding his campaign. The Eagle story used the word campaign. Wait, I thought he hadn’t declared? But he has a campaign?

See, the deception already. So will the Democrats dump Carl Brewer, Jim Ward and Josh Svaty for Orman? Don’t shake your head, they have a precedent for this.

You know, Greg Orman really is a smart man…

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Zongker Finishes 13th At National Horticulture Judging

Posted 10/19/2017

HALSTEAD—Halstead resident Carter Zongker represented Harvey County well at the National Horticulture Identification and Judging Contest two weeks ago, finishing 13th out of about 60 competitors.

“It was better than I thought originally,” she said about her placement. “After the competition I was feeling pretty bad,” The test was really hard, she added.

It was divided into three sections: a written test, an identification portion, and a judging portion of plants based on criteria like condition, quality and uniformity. Zongker said she had one of the highest scores in the judging portion of the test.

“Judging I felt pretty good about when I was done with it,” she said. “The (written) test…a lot of the kids said a lot of the questions didn’t seem to match up with the reading materials, but I thought it was pretty easy.”

She said the most difficult part was the identification section where they were asked to identify plants from across the country off a list of 45 species, whereas at the state level they only had to identify Kansas ones, forcing Zongker to hazard some wild guesses.

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