John Vermillion was born 4/1/1922, in Osawattomie, Kansas. He came to Independence, Kansas in a Model T Ford with his family when he was about 4 years old. Their first night in town they slept in the car at Riverside Park. John is the owner/editor of the Independence News newspaper.
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.
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.
Dr. Fay Bradley was born January 13, 1938, at the home of his parents in Independence, Kansas. This interview took place January 27, 2015 as part of a grant called Created Equal that was given to the Independence Public Library. Dr. Bradley has run in marathons around the world.
Sydney H. Andrews was born March 30, 1926, in India, the son of medical missionaries. This interview took place March 31, 2014 in his home in Independence, Kansas. Sydney passed away March 20, 2015. He is survived by his beloved wife Wilma Andrews.
This oral history interview took place soon after Melvena Hazen's 100th birthday, June 3, 2016. She resided at Eagle Estates Assisted Living Center in Independence, Kansas. Melvena passed away January 1, 2017 and she is missed by all.
The story Bonnie Wannabe has not yet been published. Other books by J. L. Warnock, can be purchased at Magnolia Scents by Design, 106 N Pennsylvania Ave, Independence, KS 67301 or by calling (620) 331-8900. Check out their website: Magnolia Scents by Design
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This informal book talk took place on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at the Independence Public Library. We were privileged to host author Jan Sumner from Denver, CO and author/baseball player Ralph Terry.
This interview took place on 4/30/2015, at the Independence Public Library. MC Lars came to Independence as part of the Big Read Grant, April-June 2015, a community-wide celebration of Edgar Allan Poe. He gave a workshop with students at Independence High School and performed that evening for the community.