Oral History: Ralph J. “R. J.” Osborn

July 30, 2017

This interview took place July 8, 2014, at the Independence Public Library. Ralph J. "R. J." Osborn was born 10/26/1923, in Pawhuska, OK. He lived there until he was about 10 years of age. He graduated from Independence High School with the class of 1941 and attended junior college in Independence as well. He served in the United States Navy during World War II from June 1943 to February 1946. He now resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Oral History: Alfred James Baden

July 27, 2017

Alfred James Baden was born September 8, 1924, at 600 S. 4th St., in Independence, Kansas. He was known as Bud to his friends and as Opa to his grandchildren. He served in the United States Army during World War II and he loved fly. He graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and was employed by Sinclair Oil Corporation (later ARCO) for 33 years. Bud always had a smile and was ever curious about the history of Independence; the Baden family was a founding family. This interview took place on May 11, 2016.


Oral History: Gary Edward Hunn

July 26, 2017

Gary Edward Hunn was born May 6, 1944, in Wellington, New Zealand. Many years later he discovered that his birth father was an American Marine who had been killed in action on Tarawa atoll in the Pacific Ocean, November 20, 1943. His birth father was Jack Edward Miller of Independence, Kansas. Gary and his wife Nora came to Independence to discover his American roots in June 2016. This interview took place on June 12, 2016.