The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 30, 1998 · Page 19
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SATURDAY MAY so, 1998 THE SAUNA JOURNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / C2 CLASSIFIED / C4 c BRIEFLY V EVICTION Two California men may face drug charges Criminal charges are pending against two men from Modesto, Calif., who allegedly were carrying 800 pounds of marijuana through Saline County Sunday on their way to Tennessee. Lt. Stephen Ragan of the Kansas Highway Patrol said the incident still was under investigation Friday. The motor home the men were in was stopped about 1:30 p.m. Sunday ahout four miles east of Ohio Street on Interstate Highway 70 because the driver allegedly was speeding, Ragan said. The trooper smelled marijuana, Ragan said, and the occupants consented to a search of the home. The 20-pound bricks of marijuana were found in various storage compartments in the motor home. The street value of the marijuana was estimated at $1.6 million. The names of the two California men were not released, as they hadn't been charged as of Friday. Squirrel knocks out power in parts of Salina A squirrel scampering on a power line knocked out electricity for 73 KPL customers in the Sunset Park area early Friday. Russell May, spokesman for the electric utility, said power was out from about 6:15 a.m. to 6:55 a.m. The squirrel, which was found dead near a main power line, apparently bypassed a protective device on the line and a fuse blew, May said. Ambassadors praise Kansas after tour WICHITA — About two dozen trade ambassadors from around the world wrapped up their three- day tour of Kansas on Friday with high praise for America's heartland. "We came, we saw and you conquered us," Egyptian trade ambassador Mahar El Sayed said. He said he and the other trade officials had expected to see only wheat and cowboys in Kansas. They saw not only wheat but also many other things they didn't expect, such as high-tech industries and aircraft manufacturing. The group first toured businesses in suburban Kansas City, where members visited Black & Veatch, the global engineering firm, telecommunications giant Sprint and a Farmland Industries experimental farm. Secretary of state files for re-election TOPEKA — Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh filed Friday for re-election on the Republican ticket, becoming the first in either party to declare candidacy for the job. Thornburgh, a native of Burlingame, started working part-time in the secretary of state's office in 1983 while he was a student at Washburn University. He worked his way up through the ranks and was elected to office in 1994. Democratic headquarters said former lawmaker from Pottawatomie County Don Rezac will announce his candidacy Tuesday. Thornburgh said his campaign will focus on saving taxpayer money and making government more accessible to Kansans. From Staff and Wire Reports T GREAT PLAINS Evicted man says he'll go peacefully He criticizes as excessive the show of force used to serve his eviction notice By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal HUNTER — A rural Hunter man who was served an eviction notice Thursday by Mitchell County Sheriff Doug Daugherty with the help of three sheriffs departments, the Kansas Highway Patrol and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said Friday that the show offeree was excessive. Matt Schroeder also said he planned to leave the residence five miles north of Hunter as soon as he had his possessions packed. He has until midnight Sunday to leave the property. He was leasing the land from Lonnie Wilson of Salina. Schroeder said that he wanted to purchase the property but that he and Wilson couldn't agree on a price. "We're working on it," Schroeder said. "When my last piece of stuff is moved, that's when I will leave. I'm just going to get out of here." Schroeder was evicted Thursday by Daugherty with the help of sheriffs offices from Lincoln, Jewell and Osborne counties and other authorities. The Highway Patrol brought a helicopter. The authorities confiscated three weapons from his home, two shotguns and a semiautomatic rifle. Schroeder said he has been told he could have the guns back when he leaves the property. The incident lasted several hours and ended when Schroeder told Daugherty he would leave. "It was a total waste of taxpayers' money," Schroeder said. "I've never threatened the sheriff. There was one point that I thought I might leave in a box." Daugherty, who couldn't be reached Friday for comment, said Thursday that he wanted to make sure that he had enough personnel to handle a violent situation if one erupted. Schroeder, Daugherty said, has been associated with militia groups in Kansas. Schroeder said Friday that he doesn't belong to any militia groups but does sympathize with their beliefs. "I agree with all the militia organizations," he said. "It even says in our Constitution that we need them to protect the people. I believe in that. I'm pro-militia, but I don't go to militia meetings." Schroeder said he was forming a group, the Kansas Coalition for American Rights, to be a "watch eye of the justice system." "We're just wanting the courts to know that we're watching them," he said. "We want justice for all." T MOTORCYCLES Motorcycle riders plan Hays stop They'll visit on the way to Harley Davidson anniversary celebration By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal STEVE ZUK / The Associated Press A functioning Dutch windmill sits along Fourth Street in Wamego. The windmill, the only one of its kind in Kansas, was built in 1879 outside the town, dismantled and moved 12 miles to Wamego in 1924. Windmill turnaround Initially a flop, Wamego landmark turns into tourist, commercial hit By CARL MANNING The Associated Press ' AMEGO — Atop a city park hill with brightly colored tulips surrounding it, the Old Dutch Windmill at first seems a little out of place in this farm town just off the Oregon Trail. But a quick history lesson from Ralph Fane puts it in context and explains how the 40-foot limestone town symbol still grinds out whole wheat floor by the bagful. "It's wonderful they preserved this. Most time they just let things like that get away," said Fane, a 77-year-old retiree and the town's volunteer windmill meister. Regarded as the only authentic stone Dutch windmill in Kansas, it was built in 1879 in the pasture country north of town by John Schonhoff, who immigrated from Holland. But the mill wasn't the commercial success Schonhoff had hoped, and it was abandoned around 1890, said Fane, who shows the mill to 10,000 visitors each year, includ- ing busloads of senior citizens and students. The mill fell into disuse, but it became an attraction for sightseers who would climb it and carve their initials in the limestone. In 1924, city officials decided to move the mill to its current location. Relocating the mill wasn't simply a matter of lifting and moving. It had to be dismantled and each limestone block numbered so workers could reassemble it like a giant 3-D puzzle. The meticulous effort was done "so we wouldn't have the leaning tower of Wamego," Fane said and chuckled. The blocks and machinery were hauled in horse-drawn wagons to the picturesque park where the mill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. The mill remains functional — grinding out what Fane estimated is about 9,000 pounds of whole wheat flour a year. He said 60 pounds equal a bushel, and it takes about 20 minutes to convert a bushel of wheat into flour. "Nothing is taken out and nothing is added. It's the pure thing," Fane said, rub- bing his palms together to illustrate the action of the grindstones. Grinding is done with pair of 18-inch granite stones turned by electricity. The original 36-inch round stones are in the town museum and the mill shaft and gears are useless from age. The windmill's four white wooden blades remain as decoration. The blades are adorned with multicolored lights during the Christmas season, and the mill is a favorite site for weddings in the spring and summer amid the beauty of the tranquil park's trees and flowers. Fane said the mill earns about $5,000 a year in flour sales and all the money is used for windmill upkeep. A 2-pound sack with a drawing of the windmill sells for $2. A 25-pound sack goes for $11.25 and 50 i pounds for $20. When he moved here 25 years ago, Fane had no plans to run a windmill. "They asked me to help out one summer, and I have been doing it ever since," Fane said. "It's a wonderful way to meet people, and it helps pass the time of day." "It's getting bigger by the day. That's a lot of riders for a small town." Deanna Doerfler part owner of Harley Davidson business in Hays HAYS — A huge group of motorcyclists is planning to ride through Hays, and the town couldn't be happier. That's because the riders are a part of the Harley-Davidson 95th anniversary celebration. At least 2,500 riders and as many as 5,000 will make an overnight stop A in Hays June 6 as a part of a weeklong ride that will converge on Milwaukee for the reunion celebration. The riders will begin their journey in Riverside, Calif., and travel about 300 miles a day to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. "It's getting bigger by the '*' day," said Deanna Doerfler, part owner of Doerfler's Harley Davidson in Hays. "That's a lot of riders for a small town. We're pretty overwhelmed by it." The bikers will leave Hays at 9 a.m. June 7 and probably reach Salina by 10:30 a.m. along Interstate Highway 70. At Hays, the Doerfler dealership is acting as host of the event. Camping will be available for the motorcyclists, but it's up to them where they stay. Showers will be made available. A German meal will be served by the Hays Medical Center at 6 p.m., and food vendors will be on hand. A beer garden will open at 4 p.m. The event is open to the public and free. Most of the events will be located in Frontier Park. "The only thing they'll have to pay for is the food and beer," Doerfler said. Ivory Star, a rock band from Omaha, Neb., will play from 7 to 11 p.m. The riders generally like to mill about and talk to the townspeople, Doerfler said. "It's a family atmosphere," she said. "Hays is really excited about it. We're trying to make it special." Colby man preaches cooperation among Kansas towns He often promoted projects that benefited not only Colby but also his part of the state COLBY — Several years ago, as residents of the small community of Atwood worked to restore the town's old movie house, Colby theater owner Don Phillips pulled out his checkbook and sent his neighbors to the north a $75 donation. Phillips practices what he preaches. "We've got to build one another. We can't fight one another," he said of the communities that dot the prairie landscape of rural Kansas. "These towns out here can't continue to exist — and that includes Salina — unless we work together. You can't survive by always taking something away from someone else." LINDA MOWERY- DENNING Tlie Salina Journal * For most of his 88 years, Phillips has promoted his corner of the state. As a newsman, an attorney and a theater owner, he worked on many projects, including a community college for Colby and northwest Kansas. If Thomas County had royalty, the Phillips family would be included. Don Phillips' father, J.P. Phillips, worked in education in Sherman and Thomas counties before becoming editor- publisher of the Colby Free Press in 1918. "At that time the little small-town newspapers were very political," Don said. The Free Press, a reflection of its owner, was the Democratic paper in town. The competing Colby Tribune was the Republican paper. Less than a decade later, the Phillips family purchased the Tribune. Don, who was born in 1911, attended school at Hays and the University of Kansas before hard times forced him to find a job. He worked in Washington, D.C. — first as an aide to Hays Democrat Kathryn O'Loughlin McCarthy, the first woman to represent Kansas in Congress, then as doorman at the U.S. House of Representatives and finally with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Also in Washington, Phillips earned a law degree from George Washington University. After three years, he returned to his hometown, where from his law office on the second floor of a bank building on Franklin Avenue Phillips saw the dust storms and other calamities that tore apart the Great Plains during the 1930s. "When I was city attorney, we only got paid when there was a conviction," Phillips remembered. "We never lost a case." He seldom saw his father. In addition to his newspaper duties, J.P. was elected to the state Legislature in 1936. Around this same time, he also spearheaded efforts to build a hospital at Colby. Another project was the movie theater, which J.P. opened in the teens. Don booked movies in high school and later. Those were in the days when Kansas had a board of censors — "three little old ladies in Kansas City" — and the Catholic Church had its Legion of Decency to rate films. -1 COLBY "The only picture I can remember being censored starred Jane Russell, and she was in a haystack. We ran it in Colby," Phillips said. And also at the family's drive-in theaters in Nebraska and Colorado. Those movie places are gone now. And the paper was sold more than two decades ago. All that remains is the downtown theater with two screens that stands across the street from Don Phillips' old law office. And an occasional column in the Colby Free Press. In his low, gravely voice, the man who spent much of his life pushing northwest Kansas toward the future talked about the job he thinks awaits the region's younger citizens. Instead of closing schools, he said, centers should be reopened to pump life back into small towns such as Menlo, Gem and Levant. Smaller is better in his world. Most of all, Phillips thinks rural Kansans should take another look at a court decision in the 1960s that based representation in the Legislature on population. He said the decision was the worst thing that ever happened to western Kansas because it shifted political power to the more populated regions of the state. "We've got to get a representative back in each county," he said. "If we don't, things are going to get worse instead of better. That's also important to towns like Salina and Hutchinson. They can't survive without western Kansas." How can these goals be accomplished? "I don't have the slightest idea," Phillips said. "That's for you young folks to decide and work out." Linda Mowery-Denning can be reached at 1-800-827-6363 or by e-mail at sjlin- damCa^saljournal.com. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbwearing@saljournal.com

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