Affiliation being sought between CRMC, Mercy

Plans are underway to seek an independent third party to evaluate a possible affiliation between Mercy Hospital of Independence and Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.

David Steinmann, Mercy chief executive officer, said Monday that a community task force group that was created to examine the future of Mercy Hospital, approved a plan late last week to work with CRMC in evaluating the feasibility of an affiliation. A third-party consulting firm would be hired to evaluate and investigate such an affiliation, Steinmann said.

“Our task force is solidly behind the idea of pursuing this research and wants to fully understand the opportunities of a relationship with CRMC,” Steinmann said. “There was a great deal of optimism expressed at our meeting that this type of arrangement could greatly benefit the residents of our entire county in terms of assuring high-quality health care remains available and sustainable for many years to come.”

Steinmann said the consulting firm would review a variety of data from both hospitals and assist each party in assessing the strengths and opportunities of a potential affiliation.

From his office at CRMC, CEO Jim Chromik also shared his organization’s outlook on the process to come. “The CRMC Board of Directors has been very supportive and enthusiastic about collaborating and working with Mercy for the benefit of both hospitals.” 

Steinmann said a potential consulting firm has been identified to complete the evaluation, and the next step is to establish expectations for the scope, timeline and cost of the study. Steinmann said he will work closely with Chromik, along with legal counsel and the governing boards of both organizations, to facilitate the process.

He said the group anticipates a completed study by early spring.

Both CRMC and Mercy Hospital have been been hit in 2014 with the losses of several key medical doctors, either through retirement or relocation to other medical facilities in the region.

Mercy’s discernment process, which began in 2014, had examined a possible merger or affiliation with the St. John Health System based in Tulsa. However, those discussions ended in late 2014 when St. John chose not to pursue an affiliation.

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Swift action tests off-duty firefighters from Johnson County


THAYER — If a story could be written about being at the right place at the right time, look no further than the journey of three Johnson County firefighters, one of whom is a native of the Liberty area.

Swift action combined with years of professional training by firefighters Ryan Felts and David Wolff of the Shawnee (Kan.) Fire Department and firefighter/media Josh Parrish of the Olathe (Kan.) Fire Department were instrumental in resuscitating an Oklahoma semi-truck driver who was involved in a freak mishap in Thayer last Friday, Dec. 12.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, David Ryan, age 56, of Locust Grove, Okla., was traveling northbound on U.S. 169 highway when he became unconscious. His northbound semi veered off the roadway, hit a pick-up truck that was parked at the Thayer Fire Station and Thayer City Hall (and damaged a portion of the fire station building), crossed Neosho Street and slammed into another parked pick-up truck in front of the Acorn Valley Custom Cabinet Company. The semi then came to rest after it hit the cabinet company building.

Seconds away from the crash scene were the three Johnson County firefighters, who were southbound on U.S. 169 as they were en route to the Liberty area for a weekend of deer hunting. Felts is a native of the Coffeyville-Liberty area and the son of Richard and Shirley Felts of Liberty. Felts and the two other firefighters have made an annual deer hunting trek to the elder Felts’ property near Liberty for the past several years.

Ryan Felts picks up the story:

“We were southbound on U.S. 169 and noticed a number of people were running across the highway, which we obviously thought was odd. When we came up on the area in front of the Thayer Fire Station, we could see the semi trailer and the crushed pickup truck against the Acorn Valley building. People were gathered around the cab of the semi. We also saw a portion of the Thayer Fire Station was part of the damage path. So, we immediately pulled over and offered assistance.”
Wolff is a captain at the Olathe Fire Department, where he serves as a firefighter/medic. Felts and Wolff, besides being firefighters, are EMT trained.

Because ambulance service was another 15 to 20 minutes from arriving, the three men put their years of training to work. Seeing that the semi-driver was unconscious, they immediately began applying CPR in an effort to pump air into his body and regain his pulse.

Felts, being familiar with the ways of the emergency services and having some knowledge of Thayer, spotted the fire station and ran to it in hopes of locating an automated external defibrillator, or AED, which is standard equipment in many fire stations. Felts searched the several vehicles inside the damaged fire station and found the device (the fire station is empty of personnel as it is staffed by volunteers only during emergencies). He returned to the crash scene with AED in hand and helped Wolff and Parrish apply the device to the semi-driver.

The AED device allowed Ryan to regain his pulse. By that time, the fire emergency service crews from Chanute had arrived and transported Ryan to Neosho County Memorial Hospital for medical treatment. He was later transferred to another hospital.

The three Johnson County firefighters then returned to their own vehicle, grabbed a collective sigh of relief, and continued their travel to Montgomery County for a weekend of hunting.

“Thank God no one was in those two pickup trucks when the semi hit them,” said Felts in recounting the incident. “If there was a good thing that happened, it was that the pickup truck actually absorbed the force of the collision. Had that truck not been parked there in front of the cabinet company, there is a chance the semi would have slammed into the cabinet company building and caused a lot of damage and injuries.”

Felts said the firefighters’ years of emergency services training were instrumental in allowing himself, Wolff and Parrish to keep their wits in a time of an emergency.

“This is one of those rare cases where the situation develops in front of your eyes, and the sequence of events progresses,” he said. “In most cases, we are paged out from a fire station and have several minutes to mentally prepare. But, this is a situation where you render the aid as the situation unfolds in front of you. I have to also say that the bystanders in Thayer were very helpful.”

Felts scoffs at the term “hero” being applied to them. He also says he, Wolff and Parrish would have done the same thing — regardless of where they were.

“We are just glad to hear there were no injuries to bystanders and that the semi driver was transported to the hospital,” he said.

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Exhaust fan manufacturer to locate to Coffeyville


COFFEYVILLE — In the same year in which two Coffeyville major industries announced their plans to close local plants, the Coffeyville community got some good news on Wednesday: a new industry will relocate to Coffeyville, bringing with it 10 to 20 jobs.

Steve Burney, president and chief operating officer of the Loren Cook, has announced their company will open a new manufacturing facility in the former IBT building in the Coffeyville Industrial Park. The Loren Cook Company, whose corporate headquarters is in Springfield, Mo., manufactures ventilation equipment for commercial and industrial buildings.

The Loren Cook Company has recently acquired the 38,500 square foot IBT building and is expected to open the facility in the spring of 2015. They will employ between 10 and 20 metal fabrication and light assembly operators.

In announcing the acquisition of the building Steve Burney stated, “Loren Cook will be manufacturing the Gemini line of small exhaust fans in our Coffeyville facility. These fans can be found in the Disney Hotels and Resorts, and our company also designs and manufactures custom blowers for projects like the new One World Trade Center in New York City.”

Mayor Jim Falkner said Loren Cook purchased 15 acres of land from the City of Coffeyville to accommodate future expansion.

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Coffeyville woman killed in collision

Friday, Nov. 21 (6:30 p.m.)

COFFEYVILLE — A Coffeyville woman as killed and a 3-year-old boy was injured in a two vehicle collision on U.S. 169 highway about one-half mile north of Coffeyville on Friday morning.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said the collision involved a 2001 Dodge Stratus and a 2007 Freightliner semi-truck at the intersection of county road 2800 shortly after 11:30 a.m. The Dodge Stratus was driven by Rachel Nacole Baker, age 29, of Coffeyville and was eastbound on county road 2800. According to the crash log, Baker failed to stop at the intersection with U.S. 169 and entered the highway, where the vehicle was hit by by the northbound semi driven by Kenneth Petrey, age 58, of Commerce, Okla.

Baker was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision. A 3-year-old passenger, Kylan Baker, was injured and taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla. Petry did not sustain any injuries.

According to the crash log, the two occupants in the Baker vehicle were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the collision. Petry was wearing a seat belt.

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Montgomery County Delinquent Tax List and Notice (Townships Only)

AMIR K ADIB-YAZDI, DELORES A ADIB-YAZDI CO-T, Havana Country Club Add, Lot A-21, AT 001665, 18-34-14, $388.44
LONNY W & DIANA L ALLEN, AT 000283, 16-34-14, $337.39
LONNY W & DIANA L ALLEN, AT 000283A1, 16-34-14, $286.98
LONNY W, DIANA L & JACOB E ALLEN, AT 000250, 10-34-14, $1,695.78
DON A. ARMITAGE REV LIV TRST; TRSTE, East Side Add – Caney, AT 001615, 07-35-14, $44.96
DON A ARMITAGE, Bradleys 2nd Add, Lot 1-3, Block 13, AT 001631, 07-35-14, $443.03
CYNTHIA A BAYS, Griffin Sub – Wayside, Lot 7 & 8, Block 1, AT 000628, 03-34-14, $20.69
CYNTHIA A BAYS, Griffin Sub-Wayside, Lot 6, Block 1, AT 000627, 03-34-14, $24.78
KENNETH & STEPHANIE BRAGG, Griffin Sub-Wayside, AT 000635, 03-34-14, $28.76
KENNETH W & STEPHANIE M BRAGG, Griffin 2nd Sub-Wayside, Lot 9-11, Block 3, AT 000696, 03-34-14, $212.16
CHARLES G BRIGHT (1/2 INT), ROBERT J & RUBY BRIGHT, AT 000327, 22-34-14, $222.76
TERRY LEE & KIMBERLY JOAN KNIGHT, AT 000117, 01-35-13, $736.31
CHARLES E BUNCH, Havana Country Club Add, Lot C-2, AT 001710, 18-34-14, $633.64
RALPH G BURRIS, TERRI L ERBE, AT 000225, 07-34-14, $1,365.57
BOBBY LEE BUSH, THERESA D WILLIAMS, AT 000460A1, 03-35-14, $1,548.45
GARRY GENE & JANICE A BUSH, AT 000566A1, 12-35-14, $717.78
JEFFREY A & RHONDA L RUSSELL, AT 000279A1, 16-34-14, $372.03
ED & JUDY COOTS, Stones Add-Caney, Lot 6-10, Block 2, AT 00142A2, 13-35-13, $1,847.33
FRANK J & BARBARA A CREBASE REV TRST (1/2);TRSTES, Havana Country Club Add, Lot A-32, AT 001676, 18-34-14, $510.17
ELIZABETH S CUTSHALL, AT 000565A6, 12-35-14, $626.11
JACK J DENTON, AT 000434, 36-34-14, $358.17
PATRICIA K DONLEY, Havana Country Club Add, Lot A-22 & A-23, AT 001666, 18-34-14, $1,884.47
DONNA LEE OIL CO, AT 000289L1, 17-34-14, $87.15
NYOKA & JOSHUA EASTMAN, MOTHER & SON, Griffin 2nd Sub-Wayside, AT 000672, 03-34-14, $182.94
BETTY FENN, JUSTIN BAYS, Hillside Add-Caney, Lot 1, Block 3, AT 000969, 01-35-13, $26.40
ARTA JEAN FILKIN, AT 000454A6, 02-35-14, $515.54
KENNETH FOBIAN, AT 000474A2, 04-35-14, $104.35
JOE D RAY FAMILY LTD PARTNERSHIP, Havana Country Club Add, Lot A-12, AT 001656, 18-34-14, $985.80
BALDEMAR L GOMEZ, Freemans Sub-Wayside, Lot 16-18, Block 2, AT 000683, 03-34-14, $26.56
BALDEMAR L GOMEZ, Griffin 2nd Sub-Wayside, Lot 1-3, Block 2, AT 000667, 03-34-14, $219.83
BILL J & LANA J GRAYUM, AT 000477, 04-35-14, $1,766.83
HARDWOOD PALLETS LLC, AT 000484A1, 05-35-14, $2,529.58
HARDWOOD PALLETS LLC, AT 000482, 05-35-14, $39.08
JAMES J & PATRICIA A BROWN, AT 000332, 23-34-14, $270.07
DONALD P & JENNIFER L HODGES, AT 000032, 13-34-13, $664.14
JACK H & PATRICIA A HORTON, AT 000206A2, 04-34-14, $1,442.41
JANE M ISERN L EST, GAIL L CARPENTER-L EST; DALE C, Havana Country Club Add, AT 001686, 18-34-14, $388.44
PHILLIP C & BARBARA A JAY, East Side Add-Caney, Lot 12, AT 001609, 07-35-14, $74.00
RAY JUDE, Griffin 2nd Sub-Wayside, Lot 13 & 14, Block 1, AT 000663, 03-34-14, $447.78
RAY JUDE, Griffin 2nd Sub-Wayside, Lot 15, Block 1, AT 000665, 03-34-14, $35.99
FRANK & JENNIFER ALLISON KEIM, AT 000447A2, 01-35-14, $101.55
FRANK & JENNIFER ALLISON KEIM, AT 000448, 01-35-14, $43.46
FRANK J & JENNIFER E ALLISON KEIM, AT 000567, 12-35-14, $164.39
DOUGLAS L LARKIN, AT 000571A4, 12-35-14, $1,219.28
GINGER A & GREGORY L LARKIN, Stones Add-Caney, AT 000171, 13-35-13, $761.50
JOSHUA B LONG, West Side Add-Tyro, AT 000729, 01-35-14, $365.42
LAURA D LONG, AT 000041, 13-34-13, $106.60
CAROL B MANGAN, Havana Country Club Add, Lot A-24, AT 001668, 18-34-14, $511.9
5ELIZABETH E MAYFIELD, AT 000541A2, 09-35-14, $34.60
CLINTON W & BONNIE L MCGAUGH, Griffin 2nd Sub-Wayside, Lot 16, Block 1, AT 000666, 03-34-14, $180.22
STEPHEN E & SHERRI D MELANDER, AT 000337A1, 24-34-14, $269.56
CLAUDE E OR DWAYNE E MESSNER, AT 000397, 31-34-14, $177.74
CLAUDE E OR DWAYNE E MESSNER, AT 000493A3, 06-35-14, $124.09
DWAYNE MESSNER, AT 000401, 32-34-14, $30.42
DWAYNE MESSNER, AT 000401A5, 32-34-14, $1,716.25
DWAYNE E MESSNER, AT 000493, 06-35-14, $1,298.04
GREGORY C & BEVERLY J METCALF, AT 000228, 07-34-14, $2,863.91
BONNIE OWENS, Griffin 2nd Sub-Wayside, Lot 1 & 2, Block 3, AT 000686, 03-34-14, $27.29
BONNIE OWENS, Griffin 2nd Sub-Wayside, AT 000688, 03-34-14, $23.15
BONNIE OWENS, Griffin 2nd Sub-Wayside, Lot 1 & 2, Block 4, AT 000699, 03-34-14, $24.78
BONNIE OWENS, Griffin 2nd Sub-Wayside, Lot 3 & 4, Block 4, AT 000701, 03-34-14, $52.79
RICHARD W ROBBINS, AT 000485A2, 05-35-14, $607.57
VIRGIL B & DONNA R ROPER, AT 000460, 03-35-14, $315.26
DARRELL LEE & MELISA SIMMONS, AT 000605A1, 18-35-14, $578.07
EARL D THOMPSON, AT 000525, 08-35-14, $454.50
DONALD B & AMBER L THORNTON, AT 000284, 17-34-14, $262.54
ALAN L TIDWELL, West Side Add-Tyro, Lot 12, Block 7, AT 000801, 01-35-14, $451.03
BRUCE S & E ANN VANATTA, AT 000377A1, 29-34-14, $707.30
RICK VAUGHAN, AT 000512, 07-35-14, $392.56
WALNUT CREEK LLC, AT 000264A1, 13-34-14, $83.82
MICHAEL S & CVETTE SJ WARD, Griffin 2nd Sub-Wayside, AT 000690, 03-34-14, $118.66
TIMOTHY B & TERRIE L WELTON, AT 000351A2, 25-34-14, $529.75
REBECCA L & JERRY L WHEATLEY, AT 000466A4, 03-35-14, $1,886.91
JOHN & SHANNA WILSON, Griffin 2nd Sub-Wayside, AT 000670, 03-34-14, $23.15
JOYCE M WRIGHT, Cheyenne Add-Caney, Lot 8-14, Block 7, AT 001325, 07-35-14, $633.04

BIG CHIEF LAND COMPANY, BT 000057A2, 07-34-17, $72.20
JONATHAN BRYAN, BT 000177, 30-34-17, $302.47
MARY ANN BYRNE, BT 000150A1, 28-34-17, $500.06
DAVID P & MEGAN M CAMP, BT 000059A2, 07-34-17, $285.82
DAVID P & MEGAN M CAMP, BT 000105A1, 18-34-17, $212.48
JOHNNIE JR & HELEN IRENE CARESIO, BT 000111A1, 19-34-17, $1,136.82
JIM D COLVIN, BT 000059, 07-34-17, $2,214.84
CRUDE MARKETING INC, BT 000172A1, 30-34-17, $119.32
ROBERT S DEATHERAGE, BT 000237A5, 04-35-17, $1,407.89
JAMES A FERGUSON, BT 000234A2, 03-35-17, $19.55
JAMES A FERGUSON, BT 000234, 03-35-17, $672.51
LEE O FERGUSON, BT 000233, 03-35-17, $151.59
LEE W FERGUSON, BT 000236A1, 03-35-17, $54.05
FLAT ROCK CONCEPTS LLC, BT 000138A5, 27-34-17, $27.25
BILL & LINDA GUINN, BT 000252, 05-35-17, $937.22
BOB & CYNTHIA MARIE HENDERSON, BT 000278A1, 06-35-17, $505.16
DARRELL M INGRAM, BT 000311, 08-35-17, $64.68
DARRELL M INGRAM, BT 000350, 17-35-17, $39.18
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK NA, (VENDORSCAPE), BT 000152A1, 28-34-17, $1,445.07
JACK W & RHONDA LEWIS, BT 000353, 17-35-17, $828.03
CHANCE BAKER, BT 000218, 33-34-17, $512.16
PAT MERRIMAN, BT 000127, 21-34-17, $288.09
JOSEPH M & JOYCE GAYE MILLER; OSCAR C, BT 000302, 08-35-17, $1,368.98
JOSEPH M & JOYCE GAYE MILLER, BT 000304, 08-35-17, $655.16
BRENDA D & WILLIAM J MOCK, BT 000260, 05-35-17, $857.34
CLINT & RACHEL PERKINS, BT 000360A2, 18-35-17, $119.65
RENCH INC, BT 000111, 19-34-17, $1,148.71
ALVIN A ROBINETT, BT 000326, 09-35-17, $634.46
IRENE D SHIELDS, BT 000131A1, 22-34-17, $558.17
GRADY A SMITH, BT 000288, 06-35-17, $1,142.31
IVAN & RUTH SMITH, BT 000354A2, 18-35-17, $1,234.87
IVAN D & RUTH A SMITH, BT 000354A1, 18-35-17, $184.32
RUSTY WATTS, BT 000156A1, 29-34-17, $291.34
JAMES W & SHIRLEY J WISHALL, BT 000030A1, 04-34-17, $220.09
HERMAN, SANDY & MATT WITWER, BT 000200, 32-34-17, $272.49
MARVIN D & GLENNA L WITWER, BT 000117, 19-34-17, $927.95
PAT MERRIMAN, BT 000126, 21-34-17, $287.84

BRIAN D BENTSON, County Clks SubSW 4-32-17, CT 000223A2, $568.40
MARCY L BROOKS, CT 000174A1, 32-31-17, $52.36
LEW JR & JASMIN FORMAN, CT 000233, 05-32-17, $83.74
MICHAEL E GOODWIN, CT 000320A1, 15-32-17, $66.99
ADAM L GREVE, County Clks SubNE 4-32-17, CT 000211A2, $185.08
JAY D & SHARON HICKS, Cnty ClksSub SWNW16-32-17, CT 000366, $758.71
DOUGLAS E HOLLOWAY, CT 000133A1, 27-31-17, $1,111.13
KIRK E & ROBERTA HOUSEL, CT 000330, 17-32-17, $967.62
VIOLA A LONG, Sunny Slope, Lot 5-10, Block 2, CT 000530, 08-32-17, $473.52
MIDWEST PLASTICS CO INC, CT 000307A4, 10-32-17, $6,541.87
ALLEN LEE MYERS, CT 000193, 34-31-17, $334.76
MARGARET SHULL, CT 000180, 33-31-17, $1,068.32
BRETT A STRICKLAND, CT 000299A1, 09-32-17, $1,437.75
BRUCE STRICKLAND, CT 000299, 09-32-17, $1,536.09
DORIS E COATS, CT 000197A1, 03-32-17, $354.72
BILL J & DELLA F WOOD, County Clks SubNE 4-32-17, CT 000211A1, $34.98
BILL J & DELLA WOOD, County Clks SubSW 4-32-17, CT 000223, $705.28
BILL J & DELLA WOOD; DEBRA ANN WOOD ELLIS, County Clks SubSW 4-32-17, CT 000223A3, $95.66
BILL J & DELLA WOOD; MARSHA RENEE WOOD, County Clks SubSW 4-32-17, CT 000223A4, $100.91
JOHNNY L DOUGLAS, Sunny Slope, Lot 11-14, Block 2, CT 000536, 08-32-17, $451.90

LOUIS L SR & IDA V BOLIN, DT 000117A1, 34-32-16, $677.62
ROBIN BUTLER, DT 000060A1, 27-32-16, $186.91
WAYNE D & CASSANDRA L CAMPBELL, DT 000258A2, 33-32-17, $1,469.72
ROBERT A CLAPP EST, DT 000084A2, 29-32-16, $915.52
DEAN & ELIZABETH CRAWFORD, DT 000423, 31-32-16, $26.05
CHARLES C & SUSAN J ENLOE, DT 000205A1, 27-32-17, $24.36
CHARLES C & SUSAN J ENLOE, DT 000205A2, 27-32-17, $20.61
STEVEN E & PRISCILLA J LINDSEY, DT 000262A1, 34-32-17, $43.27
KATHRYN E HURST, DT 000232, 30-32-17, $2,380.08
CHARLES FRITZ % RICHARD FRITZ, DT 000084A4, 29-32-16, $65.65
PAUL & LISA HINKLE, DT 000265A4, 03-33-17, $304.96
CLIFFORD E HOGAN JR, BARBARA J ELLISON, DT 000175, 20-32-17, $1,781.56
NAOMI MARTIN-NTC, JOHN L & LIEN K MARTIN, DT 000087A1, 29-32-16, $161.16
TIMOTHY A MYERS, DT 000255, 33-32-17, $252.13
AMOS L SR & KAREN L RILEY, DT 000110, 33-32-16, $1,934.41
KENNETH J & CHARLOTTE L ROWELL, Corbin City, Lot 1-3, Block 3, DT 000310, 21-32-17, $1,041.25
KENNETH J & CHARLOTTE L ROWELL, Corbin City, Lot 5, Block 3, DT 000314, 21-32-17, $49.18
KENNETH J & CHARLOTTE L ROWELL, Corbin City, Lot 6, Block 3, DT 000315, 21-32-17, $49.18
JOHN H & CONNIE J SCAMMEY, DT 000114, 34-32-16, $1,151.77
JOHN H & CONNIE J SCAMMEY, DT 000221, 29-32-17, $184.88
MITCHELL K & CHRISTINA A SHAW, Cedar Springs Sub, Lot 2, DT 000409, 29-32-16, $1,081.45
ELMER E KINGSBURY LIV TRST, DT 000106A4, 33-32-16, $1,628.12
ELMER E KINGSBURY LIV TRST, DT 000098A2, 32-32-16, $38.34
JOHN H & BETTY L VANDYNE, DT 000230A3, 30-32-17, $422.33
RICHARD A JR & BRANDY L VERGE, Corbin City, DT 000291, 21-32-17, $1,011.95
SHARON K WINKLEMAN REV TRST; TRSTE, DT 000024A1, 22-32-16, $463.90
DONALD B YAUS, CAROL MCLAUGHLIN, DT 000006, 20-32-16, $588.11

DON A & CARMEN J ALDERMAN, Oakwood Sub, ET 001135A1, 01-35-15, $1,178.81
ALBERT H ALLEN & VELDA P ALLEN REV LIV TRST, ET 000533A1, 18-34-16, $690.61
STANFORD AUSTIN, RA MON N AUSTIN; THEAYRE S, ET 000533A5, 18-34-16, $424.42
PEDRO M II & RISA L SEGURA, Oakwood Sub, ET 000331, 01-35-15, $1,928.45
TIMOTHY S & DENISE BAKER, ET 000088, 10-34-15, $47.35
BILLY J & LORENE A BEAN, ET 000480, 17-35-15, $78.19
BILLY JOE & LORENE BEAN; CHARLES A WALLS, ET 000478, 17-35-15, $157.75
BILLY JOE & LORENE ANN BEAN, ET 000476, 16-35-15, $525.55
JASON C COLLINS, ET 000230A2, 26-34-15, $111.14
ROBERT & LINDA COOPER, ET 000626A1, 06-35-16, $245.92
ROBERT & LINDA COOPER, ET 000626A2, 06-35-16, $155.49
MARK L NASH, ET 000539A7, 19-34-16, $1,343.03
JOEL W & EMILY J LEWIS, ET 000628A5, 06-35-16, $2,266.58
FLOYD & RUBY JO DICKINSON, ET 000264A1, 30-34-15, $586.69
DEWAYNE & MARGARET DIXON, ET 000350A1, 02-35-15, $745.74
JOHN M & ROBERTA Y DULIN, ET 000298, 35-34-15, $799.90
GREGORY S FERGUSON, ET 000002A5, 01-34-15, $159.78
DEVLIN W & RUTH ANN FIELDS, ET 000468, 15-35-15, $245.69
FLAT ROCK CONCEPTS LLC, ET 000079, 09-34-15, $84.33
FLAT ROCK CONCEPTS LLC, ET 000648A3, 08-35-16, $35.32
ROBERT EUGENE FOX, ET 000334, 01-35-15, $414.53
DAVID H GARNER, H ELIZABETH MCBEATH, ET 000309, 36-34-15, $270.79
HAZEL HARDING, ET 000316A6, 36-34-15, $113.40
ROBERT L JR & CYNTHIA M HENDERSON, ET 000343, 01-35-15, $637.95
HARVEY J & NANCY C HENRY, Reads Add-Tyro, Lot 4 & 5, Block 1, ET 000963, 31-34-15, $59.19
MILTON R & CHRISTY LYNN HERSHEY, ET 000426A1, 11-35-15, $1,902.55
RANDALL & LAURA HILDERBRAND, ET 000329A1, 01-35-15, $1,637.62
GINA L HOLLAMEN, 08-35-16, $300.96
TED R JONES, SARAH JONES; ANTHONY JONES, ET 000520, 08-34-16, $104.14
THERAN J & TABITHA K JOPLIN, Butlers Add, TC 000829, 31-34-15, $327.69
JUDY L KING, STEPHEN S STRASBURGER, ET 000643A2, 07-35-16, $1,491.72
ROY O & DOLORES G KITTERMAN, Oak Hills Sub, Lot 11, Block 1, ET 001109, 06-35-16, $880.13
DELORES J MYERS, ET 000261, 30-34-15, $413.27
OLIN DALE HAMLIN REV TRST, ET 000126A1, 14-34-15, $480.95
LINDA LOFFER, ET 000611A3, 05-35-16, $126.58
AMERIC MARTIN, EDWARD GASTON, ET 000618, 05-35-16, $83.35
MIKE L MCCARTNEY, TAMMY L SPEARS, ET 000130A2, 15-34-15, $710.89
JOE R & JEANNIE J MCDOULETT, ET 000578A6, 31-34-16, $437.15
MOBILCOM PITTSBURG INC, ET 000528A6, 18-34-16, $416.20
VIRGIL E MORRIS, PATSY P HANEY, ET 000123, 14-34-15, $367.25
VIRGIL E MORRIS, ET 000129A2, 14-34-15, $59.13
XIAOYONG AN O’NEAL, ET 000084, 10-34-15, $28.57
ERIC ODEN, ET 000018, 03-34-15, $122.89
JEAN ODOM, COREY TRUITT, ET 000282A1, 33-34-15, $538.26
JOHNNIE E & SELMA L PEYTON, ET 000623B3, 06-35-16, $1,855.68
DWIGHT POLLETT, ET 000435A2, 12-35-15, $324.70
DOYLE W POWELL, ET 000283, 33-34-15, $679.90
WILLIE D & LULA B RAINS, ET 000422, 10-35-15, $425.51
ROBERT RENCH, ET 000616, 05-35-16, $187.47
ROBERT RENCH, ET 000610, 05-35-16, $391.30
ROBERT RENCH, ET 000645A8, 08-35-16, $79.81
ROBERT M RENCH, ET 000645, 08-35-16, $70.26
MELVIN C & MABLE ANN REXWINKLE, ET 000344B2, 01-35-15, $874.53
ADRIAN M RILEY, ET 000370, 04-35-15, $654.50
JO ANN FRENCH, ET 000582, 31-34-16, $716.22
CASSANDRA ROBERTSON, ET 000340A3, 01-35-15, $445.07
GRETCHEN A RUTHERFORD, ET 000578A4, 31-34-16, $725.93
FRANCIS JOSEPH III & CHRISTINE L SCHILL, ET 000524A1, 17-34-16, $1,401.85
ROBERT WAYNE SELLS, ET 000648, 08-35-16, $639.26
RONALD JOSEPH SELLS, ET 000648A2, 08-35-16, $108.13
SIX (E) TRADING CO, ET 000503, 06-34-16, $17.77
JAMES DAVID SMITH, ET 000608A5, 05-35-16, $1,612.15
NANCY E STODDARD, ET 000222, 26-34-15, $22,120.46
GARY R & CAROL F SWEPSTON, ET 000408, 09-35-15, $214.04
GLORIA SUE SWIFT, ET 000539A6, 19-34-16, $831.65
WILLIAM JAMES GRAYSON TATE, Oak Hills Sub, Lot 2, ET 001100, 06-35-16, $1,571.33
DONNIE R & JOYCE L WALLACE, ET 000307, 36-34-15, $528.99
JERRY LYNN WHITE, ET 000547A9, 20-34-16, $1,142.79
MARSHA H WILMOTH, ET 000386, 06-35-15, $859.74
KEVIN & MARLA YEUBANKS, ET 000324, 36-34-15, $1,246.68
KEVIN L & MARLA J YEUBANKS, ET 000325, 36-34-15, $665.87
LUCAS L YEUBANKS, ET 000666A1, 18-35-16, $1,145.38
RONALD L & TREVA C YEUBANKS, ET 000645A3, 08-35-16, $663.73
RONALD L & TREVA C YEUBANKS, ET 000647, 08-35-16, $2,159.08
RONALD L & TREVA C YEUBANKS, ET 000648A1, 08-35-16, $544.19
RONALD L & TREVA C YEUBANKS, ET 000666, 18-35-16, $35.10

A & B PLANTFARM LLC, FT 000236, 34-32-15, $1,227.10
CALVIN & LINDA J ALLEN, Woodland View Acres, Lot 55, FT 002736, 06-33-16, $2,014.22
LONNY W & DIANA L ALLEN, FT 000407A1, 12-33-15, $1,353.93
MICHELLE ANDERSON, FT 000093, 25-32-15, $23.50
JOHN DANIEL ANDRES, Fruitland Sub, Lot 42, FT 001380, 01-33-15, $793.24
TIMOTHY S & DENISE H BAKER, FT 000502, 19-33-15, $620.09
TIMOTHY S & DENISE BAKER, FT 000485A4, 19-33-15, $169.77
TRAVIS R & BARBIE R BAKER, County Clks Sub of Blk100, FT 000280, 36-32-15, $77.60
GEORGE B & CAROL A BATH, FT 000316, 01-33-15, $1,481.38
NORMAN BLUMER, FT 000279, 36-32-15, $59.90
CASEY LEANN & PATTY D BOHR, FT 000854A3, 30-33-16, $57.24
FRED BROWN, Woodland View Acres, FT 002722, 06-33-16, $1,272.32
PATRICK H BURTON, FT 000275, 36-32-15, $111.18
PAUL VERNON CARROLL III, Richardson & Teals, Lot 4 & 5, Block 4, FT 001204, 36-32-15, $32.47
PAUL VERNON CARROLL III, Richardson & Teals, Lot 1, Block 1, FT 001167, 36-32-15, $30.14
THOMAS A & DIAN L COMBS, Fruitland Sub, Lot 40, FT 001378, 01-33-15, $951.28
RONALD & REBEKA HALE CRAWFORD, FT 000668A3, 19-32-16, $1,885.67
FRANK J CREBASE REV TRST; TRSTE, FT 000803A1, 17-33-16, $2,229.89
DALE V & JOAN E DARBY, FT 000116A5, 26-32-15, $120.29
DANNIE W & LINDA S DOUB, Richardson & Teals, FT 001196, 36-32-15, $39.06
DANNIE W & LINDA S DOUB, Richardson & Teals, Lot 1-3, Block 3, FT 001190, 36-32-15, $32.33
GUY EARLE, Indep Imprvmnt Clb 1stAdd, Lot 7, Block 5, FT 001029, 36-32-15, $44.55
SAMUEL E & GLORIA M FORD, Suburban Hghts Add, FT 000888A1, 12-33-15, $596.93
PAUL FOWLER, FT 000278, 36-32-15, $25.17
DENNIS L FRAZIER, FT 000154A1, 27-32-15, $645.36
FLOYD E GARMAN, FT 000643, 34-33-15, $172.02
JUDY GERSTENKORN, McAnultys Sub, Lot 15-17, FT 001240, 24-32-15, $880.77
WALTER L GIBSON, South Highland Sub, FT 001546, 01-33-15, $3,802.40
LAWRENCE E GIGER, County ClksPlt SunsetVlge, Lot 18, Block 2, FT 002612, 12-33-15, $886.81
JANICE & KEVIN GOLDEN, Fruitland Sub, Lot 44, FT 001382, 01-33-15, $693.51
BRADLEY J GORDON, MIKE AINESWORTH, Fruitland Sub, Lot 17, FT 001353, 01-33-15, $177.77
CHRISTOPHER P & TAMISHA J HASTINGS, FT 000085, 25-32-15, $358.91
CHRISTOPHER P & TAMISHA J HASTINGS, Indep Imprvmnt Clb 1stAdd, Lot 8-14, Block 4, FT 001016, 36-32-15, $173.38
W ROY JR & KRISTA L HEIMBERGER, FT 000787A3, 07-33-16, $2,191.78
LEWIS C & VERA N HENRY, Mains Add To Electric Hgt, FT 001100, 01-33-15, $575.07
ARIANA M HILLS, South Highland Sub, FT 001647, 01-33-15, $515.88
CASEY F HOLT, FT 000389A1, 11-33-15, $674.57
GLENN H & SUSAN HOPKINS, Woodrow Sub, Lot 7, FT 002662, 06-33-16, $862.12
HSBC BANK USA NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Elk Lake Estates Add, Lot 9, FT 002510, 33-32-15, $911.87
JOHN B & WHITNEY C KNIGHT REV TRST, Independence Township, FT 000229, 34-32-15, $216.18
LEWIS & SUZAN LANDSAW, FT 000703, 31-32-16, $69.30
RUSSELL D & CHERYL L LANDWEHR, FT 000342A2, 04-33-15, $916.71
SHERRY LYNN LARSH, Co Clk Sub(SESE31-32-16), Lot 2, FT 007658, $67.32
STEVEN R & LINDA R LEAKE, FT 000297A1, 01-33-15, $338.75
LARRY J LIMING, FT 000873A1, 32-33-16, $347.53
RANDALL D LINDEN, South Highland Sub, Lot 1-6, Block 2, FT 001502, 01-33-15, $1,090.55
CASEY EUGENE LONG, FT 000452A2, 15-33-15, $485.54
FRANK EDWARD LONG, South Highland Sub, Lot 6-22, Block 8, FT 001810A1, $625.04
JEFFREY R & DANA D MCCOY, FT 001443, 36-32-15, $124.65
GREGORY HOLT & LAURA ANN MEARS, Woodland View Acres, Lot 29 & 67, FT 002708, 06-33-16, $1,386.10
TIM D MITCHELL, FT 000392A1, 11-33-15, $765.95
JARL RICHARD MORELAND, FT 000334A2, 03-33-15, $588.51
JERRY L & BARBARA BETH NEAR, Whispering Hills Add, Lot 2, FT 002516, 19-32-16, $2,485.06
HARRY D & MARTHA J RICHARDSON, FT 000154A3, 27-32-15, $528.35
RICHARD A JR & TINA M NICKLE, FT 000720, 32-32-16, $126.00
DONNA M ORTIZ FKA DONNA M POTTER, South Highland Sub, Lot 40-44, Block 7, FT 001785, 01-33-15, $319.36
ED & PAT OYLER, FT 000230, 34-32-15, $523.25
QUALITY WRECKER LLC, FT 000695, 31-32-16, $784.41
SKYLER LEE RAIL, FT 000701, 31-32-16, $148.57
ELTON D & JUDITH A SMITH, FT 000674A1, 19-32-16, $1,704.04
JOSEPH R & JENNIFER D REYES, McAnultys Sub, Lot 4, FT 001228, 25-32-15, $489.22
JONATHAN W SCHAPER, FT 000311, 01-33-15, $1,049.09
PHILIP R & NETTIE L SCHAUB, FT 000531, 22-33-15, $983.90
CHRISTOPHER P & TINA R SCHICKE, FT 000855A1, 30-33-16, $208.61
JERAD SCHULTHEISS, Mains Add To Electric Hgt, FT 001111, 01-33-15, $1,416.90
SEK TREE SERVICE, Woodland View Acres, FT 002759, 06-33-16, $86.95
VERNON JR & SHAWNNA SHAFFER, FT 000810, 17-33-16, $160.51
VERNON JR & SHAWNNA SHAFFER, FT 000810A1, 17-33-16, $746.44
CHRISTINA K SLATON, FT 000665A1, 36-33-15, $139.72
TERRANCE L & MARGIE L SMITH, Fruitland Sub, FT 001371A1, 01-33-15, $414.47
RANDALL M & MEGAN M SORAH, FT 000750L7, 06-33-16, $255.55
JOHN STEWART, SERENITY & STANLEY PHELPS, City View Hghts, FT 000945, 11-33-15, $384.97
JOHN WALLCE STEWART, SERENITY & STANLEY PHELPS, City View Hghts, FT 000946, 11-33-15, $469.75
MARTY L SUTTON, MICHELE C ORTIZ, Fruitland Sub, FT 001370, 01-33-15, $980.91
MIKE L & CHARLENE L SUTTON, McAnultys Sub, Lot 10, FT 001235, 24-32-15, $591.86
TIMOTHY J & KASSAUNDRA M SUTTON, Fruitland Sub, FT 001344, 01-33-15, $174.59
DONALD C VINING-NTC, RANDALL D LINDEN; ANGELA D GERSTENKORN, South Highland Sub, Lot 11-16, Block 2, FT 001512, 01-33-15, $888.46
DEBRA WHEATON, FT 000871A1, 32-33-16, $329.94
KENNETH W WILSON, PHILIP J GROTH, Indep Imprvmnt Clb 1stAdd, Lot 8-14, Block 5, FT 001030, 36-32-15, $520.77
KENNETH W WILSON, PHILIP J GROTH-DBA SEK CONSTR, Indep Imprvmnt Clb 1stAdd, Lot 4-6, Block 5, FT 001026, 36-32-15, $26.70
KENNETH W WILSON, PHILIP J GROTH-DBA SEK CONSTR, Indep Imprvmnt Clb 1stAdd, Lot 1-7, Block 4, FT 001009, 36-32-15, $1,157.82
KENNETH W WILSON, PHILIP J GROTH-DBA SEK CONSTR, Indep Imprvmnt Clb 1stAdd, Lot 1-5, Block 9, FT 001072, 36-32-15, $28.63
KENNETH W WILSON, PHILIP J GROTH-DBA SEK CONSTR, Indep Imprvmnt Clb 1stAdd, Lot 6-10, Block 9, FT 001077, 36-32-15, $58.25
KENNETH W WILSON, PHILIP J GROTH-DBA SEK CONSTR, Indep Imprvmnt Clb 1stAdd, Lot 1-5, Block 8, FT 001069, 36-32-15, $28.63
KENNETH W WILSON, PHILIP J GROTH-DBA SEK CONSTR, Indep Imprvmnt Clb 1stAdd, Lot 6 – 10, Block 8, FT 001061, 36-32-15, $28.63
BRIAN L & NANCY G WINEBRENNER, FT 000787A2, 07-33-16, $1,674.54
LARRY WINT, FT 000102, 26-32-15, $46.05LARRY WINT, FT 000114, 26-32-15, $677.18
RODNEY R ZINN, Woodrow Sub, Lot 6, FT 002661, 06-33-16, $863.68

SUSAN RAE BROWN, GT 000348A1, 31-33-17, $636.20
SUSAN RAE BROWN, GT 000347A2, 31-33-17, $46.14
NIKKI D OR TAMARA G CASH, GT 000292A1, 20-33-17, $855.29
COYOTE ENTERPRISES LLC, GT 000295, 20-33-17, $1,745.06
ROBERT D FOSTER, GT 000157A1, 33-33-16, $816.26
GARY LEE FRAZIER, BECKY R KAUFMAN, GT 000172, 34-33-16, $144.89
MARY J & GARY LEE FRAZIER, GT 000179, 34-33-16, $1,064.88
RICHARD C & JILL E GASTINEAU, Liberty Hghts Add, GT 000540, 19-33-17, $1,317.29
RICHARD C & JILL E GASTINEAU, Liberty Hghts Add, GT 000539, 19-33-17, $20.48
RICHARD C & JILL E GASTINEAU, Liberty Hghts Add, GT 000514, 19-33-17, $20.92
RONALD D OR JOSEPH A HALE, Liberty Hghts Add, GT 000449, 19-33-17, $73.11
RONALD D OR JOSEPH A HALE, Liberty Hghts Add, GT 000450, 19-33-17, $864.92
GARRY L & MARITA KERNS, GT 000337, 30-33-17, $1,041.87
RICKY D & KIMBERLY LEE, Liberty Hghts Add, GT 000409, 19-33-17, $403.82
CAROLYN S LOFFER, GT 000362A1, 32-33-17, $434.65
GERALD R MARNELL, GT 000176, 34-33-16, $891.45
RONALD G & DEBORAH L MOORE, GT 000356, 31-33-17, $339.77
CHARLES E & JUDITH A PETERSON, GT 000294, 20-33-17, $220.11

WAYNE L CHISM & JAQULYN R CHISM REV LIV TRST, HT 000400A2, 33-31-14, $232.76
CITY OF BURLINGTON OK, HT 000051U1, $69.40
CITY OF BURLINGTON OK, HT 000050U1, $41.30
CITY OF FORD KS, HT 000057U1, $38.99
CITY OF FORD KS, HT 000056U1, $26.86
JERRY OR JOSEPH RAY DAVIS, HT 000231, 13-31-14, $114.86
RONALD S OR GLENN R FLORIO, HT 000375A2, 32-31-14, $1,601.08
DENNIS L HAGAN, HT 000224A1, 13-31-14, $373.61
CURTIS N JR & MOLLIE HEAPE, HT 000406, 34-31-14, $138.52
CARL E JESSE, HT 000308A1, 23-31-14, $243.58
CHRISTOPHER W MEADOR, HT 000406A1, 34-31-14, $445.75
REX E MORSE, HT 000528A1, 10-32-14, $1,337.39
TARA NOFTSGER, HT 000476, 05-32-14, $504.35
BILLIE D & BONNIE E OLIVER, HT 000403A1, 34-31-14, $418.21
RONALD N & MARTHA C RICE, HT 000155A1, 03-31-14, $651.68
RITTER FAM TRST-REV LIV TRST, TRSTES, HT 000449A2, 04-32-14, $888.80
DANNY L & JUDY K SHAUGHNESSY, HT 000437A1, 02-32-14, $1,032.47
ARTHUR DUANE & KAY A TRIEBEL, HT 000578A1, 16-32-14, $382.00
L A WIDICK, HT 000121, 12-32-13, $28.24

NORMA J ASHLEY, HARVEY B ASHLEY-NTC, IT 000323A1, 09-35-16, $1,188.72
DANIEL J & AMBER ATKINSON, Southern Hill Est Sub, Lot 36, IT 002449, $101.73
JACK S & ROBBI A BELL, Southern Hill Est Sub, Lot 12, IT 002425, 10-35-16, $210.26
BRIAN & LARRISA BENNETT, IT 000197, 26-34-16, $125.27
KRAIG E II & LAUREN BERTRAM, Indian Vlge Acres15-34-16, IT 001249A4, $687.80
DAVID & DEB ANN BLUMENSTEIN, IT 000015A1, 03-34-16, $203.84
DAVID & DEB ANN BLUMENSTEIN, IT 000015A4, 03-34-16, $935.67
HAROLD A BROWN JR, BRENDA DUMLER-BROWN, IT 000025, 04-34-16, $1,344.65
BRADLEY W & JOYCE ELLEN BUCKNER, IT 000022A1, 04-34-16, $2,766.45
GREGORY M CAULKINS, IT 000119A4, 21-34-16, $563.17
TONY CLOKE, Meadowbrk AcresPt16-34-16, IT 001269A7, 16-34-16, $212.89
REBA R COX, IT 000345, 11-35-16, $110.52
REBA R COX, IT 000343, 11-35-16, $140.88
REBA R COX, IT 000342, 11-35-16, $21.71
REBA R COX, IT 000342A2, 11-35-16, $1,981.80
REBA R COX, IT 000342A1, 11-35-16, $417.05
CLAY RUSSELL & ELEANOR DOWNING, IT 000333A8, 10-35-16, $1,077.97
MARY ANN ERNE % MARY ANN FREEDLE, IT 000339, 10-35-16, $1,594.78
ANGELA M EVANS, ANDREW C JAIMEZ, IT 000027, 04-34-16, $1,081.43
FLAT ROCK CONCEPTS LLC, IT 000331A3, 10-35-16, $378.26
FRATERNAL ORDER OF EAGLES, Hillcrst AddE/2SW22-34-16, IT 001224, $1,090.82
GARY LEE FRAZIER, IT 000018, 03-34-16, $748.86
RAYMOND L & FRANCES D GALLAUGHER, Sinclair Gardens, IT 001210, 22-34-16, $657.11
JEFFREY DEAN & MICHELLE GILLMAN, Maplbrook AddPtSW22-34-16, IT 001205A2, $2,142.51
TARIN JO GILLMAN, ROGER D GILLMAN, IT 000096, 15-34-16, $928.97
ROLAND R & PATSY KAY GREER, IT 000112, 16-34-16, $2,758.73
PHIL A & MARIAN S GRUNDY, Riverside Hts&Shadow Lake, IT 001283, 26-34-16, $38.55
PHILIP A & MARIAN S GRUNDY, IT 000140A1, 23-34-16, $642.38
PHILIP A & MARIAN S GRUNDY, Riverside Hts&Shadow Lake, IT 001282, 26-34-16, $19.53
HAROLD R HERRING, Maplbrook AddPtSW22-34-16, IT 001204A1, $1,736.99
GINA L HOLLAMEN, IT 000182A3, 26-34-16, $17.75
R CARL HOSENEY REV TRST, (1/3 INT); JOLENE TOSCANO, IT 000102A1, 16-34-16, $233.95
JOHN L & ETHEL W JONES, IT 000290A1, 02-35-16, $94.92
JOHN E & DIANE R JUSTICE, IT 000294, 03-35-16, $682.69
CHARITY MARIE KAUHI, IT 000206A1, 27-34-16, $154.17
BARBARA K LEMOS, IT 000107A1, 16-34-16, $1,775.20
JOHN LOCKABY, IT 000386, 16-35-16, $855.05
SHANE L MCFALL, DANIELLE LEOFFLER, Indian Vlge Acres15-34-16, Lot 12, IT 001237, $492.48
MICHAEL D & KARLA F MONGAN, IT 000105A1, 16-34-16, $2,319.15
ANDY D MOORE, ROBIN A MOORE VALDEZ, Meadowbrk AcresPt16-34-16, IT 001269A8, $44.14
BEVERLY J MOORE-DEC’D, Meadowbrk AcresPt16-34-16, IT 001269A2, $449.91
GEORGE L & MARY L NOLAND, IT 000328A1, 09-35-16, $921.83
LOUISE OSKISON, Indian Vlge Acres15-34-16, IT 001233A1, $807.40
CLINTON & RACHEL PERKINS, IT 000357, 12-35-16, $68.90
CLINTON & RACHEL PERKINS, IT 000357A4, 12-35-16, $163.56
SHANE A SELLS, Woodland West Sub, Lot 17, IT 002309, 28-34-16, $550.28
RODGER D & KAREN SHUFELDT, Southern Hill Est Sub, Lot 1, IT 002414, 10-35-16, $689.22
FRANKLIN E & DURLETTA M SMITH, IT 000024A3, 04-34-16, $96.50
FRANKLIN E & DURLETTA M SMITH, IT 000024A4, 04-34-16, $1,007.89
ARTHUR L STARK JR, Woodland West Sub, Lot 15, IT 002307, 28-34-16, $1,080.42
JAMES ORVAL STATON, IT 000234A1, 33-34-16, $340.90
DEREK SULLIVAN, JOHNNIE MCGILL, IT 000310, 04-35-16, $1,118.15
DAVID E & STEPHANNIE D TEMPLETON, IT 000111, 16-34-16, $732.78
RAY F TESH, KELLIE R NEWTON, Meadowbrk AcresPt16-34-16, Lot 14 & 15, IT 001276, $1,951.55
TESSENDERLO KERLEY INC, IT 002290A3, 36-34-16, $46,788.56
LINDA L WAGGONER, IT 000129, 21-34-16, $2,296.29
TARA & JAMES D WALTON; MELANIE E WRIGHT, IT 000039, 09-34-16, $311.63
DAVID A & LISA M WRIGHT, IT 000323, 09-35-16, $1,469.94
THE MAC & LUVINA WESLEY TRST INC, IT 000050A1, 10-34-16, $779.02
MARVIN D & CARMEN L WILHELMS, Southern Hill Est Sub, IT 000332A8, 10-35-16, $795.23
CHARLES L & LAWANNA A WYANT, Hillcrst AddE/2SW22-34-16, IT 001222A1, $793.95

JEFF ALLEN, JT 000373A1, 13-33-14, $991.64
LONNY & DIANA L ALLEN, JT 000373, 13-33-14, $275.40
LONNY W & DIANA L ALLEN, JT 000374, 13-33-14, $321.18
LONNY W & DIANA L ALLEN, JT 000371A1, 13-33-14, $362.37
LONNY W & DIANA L ALLEN, JT 000378, 13-33-14, $153.34
DON A ARMITAGE REV LIV TRST; TRSTE, JT 000397, 15-33-14, $2,138.26
DON A ARMITAGE REV LIV TRST; TRSTE, JT 000396, 15-33-14, $430.78
MARY KATHLEEN BABCOCK, JT 000210, 27-32-14, $47.20
MARY KATHLEEN BABCOCK, JT 000208, 27-32-14, $229.02MICHAEL W & BRENDA K FRYE, JT 000440A1, 20-33-14, $934.69
ANITA C BAKER, Johnstons Add-Wayside, Lot 3-6, Block 2, JT 000574, 34-33-14, $51.89
ANITA C BAKER, Johnstons Add-Wayside, Lot 7-9, Block 2, JT 000578, 34-33-14, $179.02
WARREN T BLANTON JR, JT 000416, 17-33-14, $48.25
DAVID WILLIAM BURRUSS, JT 000552, 35-33-14, $931.49
DANIEL & CATHY COPE, JT 000406A1, 17-33-14, $2,092.43
DANIEL & CATHY COPE, JT 000412A1, 17-33-14, $23.95
THOMAS M DAY, JT 000554A1, 35-33-14, $2,180.40
DUKE MINERALS LLC, JT 000555A1, 35-33-14, $40.96
NYOKA EASTMAN, Johnstons Add-Wayside, Lot 1 & 2, Block 2, JT 000572, 34-33-14, $60.99
NYOKA EASTMAN, Johnstons Add – Wayside, Lot 10 & 11, Block 2, JT 000581, 34-33-14, $364.61
NEIL R & NORMA J EDDS, JT 000446, 22-33-14, $213.55
NEIL R & NORMA J EDDS, JT 000491, 27-33-14, $271.47
NEIL R & NORMA J EDDS, JT 000496, 27-33-14, $167.36
WILLIAM J & NICOLE J ELLIS, JT 000492A1, 27-33-14, $2,073.24
WILLIAM J & NICOLE J ELLIS, JT 000502, 28-33-14, $42.93
WILLIAM J & NICOLE J ELLIS, JT 000501, 28-33-14, $45.10
WILLIAM J & NICOLE J ELLIS, JT 000502A1, 28-33-14, $50.44
WILLIAM J & NICOLE J ELLIS, JT 000501A1, 28-33-14, $50.85
WILLIAM J & NICOLE J ELLIS, JT 000539, 33-33-14, $198.06
ERIC EVERLY, JT 000462, 23-33-14, $27.75
KOLE FINNEY, JT 000529A1, 32-33-14, $489.16
GEORGE A GOODWIN JR, JT 000169A2, 23-32-14, $29.63
HOGSETT INC, JT 000503, 29-33-14, $204.40
HOGSETT INC, JT 000499, 28-33-14, $141.80
TONY R & CAROL J HOLT, JT 000535L1, 32-33-14, $47.60
KATHRYN & CLARENCE G MORROW; RITA ANN, JT 000169, 23-32-14, $176.54
BILLIE D & BONNIE E OLIVER, JT 000139A1, 20-32-14, $224.45
THE PALLET CO INC, JT 000038A3, 36-32-13, $111.61
THE PALLET CO INC, Rutland Township, JT 000403, 16-33-14, $3,718.45
PAUL THOMAS E POND, JT 000503A1, 29-33-14, $990.47
ALVIN G MIESSLER JR, MARY M BOYLE, JT 000300, 03-33-14, $197.57
ALVIN G MIESSLER JR, MARY M BOYLE, JT 000302, 03-33-14, $335.84
TREVOR DANIEL TOW, JT 000182, 24-32-14, $88.85
CARL ALLEN WARD, JT 000180A2, 24-32-14, $291.96

MILDRED L BARNES-NTC, LANCE DARNELL, KT 000392, 10-32-15, $130.82
RODNEY W BELL, A LIFE ESTATE, KT 000641A1, 18-32-16, $172.91
CHARLES D BERTIE, KT 000641A2, 18-32-16, $1,448.30
CLINTON D & CONNIE B BISCHOFF, KT 000080A5, 13-31-15, $1,741.89
L WAYNE BLAKE, DONNA S REYNOLDS, KT 000208, 26-31-15, $1,300.29
ROBERT M & LAURIE K BOORIGIE, KT 000111, 17-31-15, $294.82
JACQUES E BROWN, KT 000110, 17-31-15, $165.93
SAMANTHA R BYNUM, River View Sub, KT 001072A1, 07-32-16, $159.34
LORAN W CRANOR, KT 000615A1, 07-32-16, $403.48
WANDA DEAN ENGLAND, Runyans Add, Lot 3, Block 3, KT 000977, 24-31-15, $34.09
WANDA DEAN ENGLAND, TYREE FRAZIER, Runyans Add, KT 000953, 24-31-15, $62.18
BRIAN EYTCHESON, TAMMY GRIMES, River View Sub, KT 001080, 07-32-16, $931.33
BRIAN G EYTCHESON, TAMMY R GRIMES, KT 000609, 07-32-16, $1,633.28
RANDY L & MELISSA A WINEBRENNER, KT 000266A1, 33-31-15, $538.58
CHARLES P SMITH, KT 000270A2, 34-31-15, $1,641.01
DEANNA L GOODLOW, AVANA POUNCIL; D’LONDREA L, KT 000447A3, 14-32-15, $107.39
TERESA GREEN-NTC, LILLIE TERESA L GREEN, KT 000580A1, 31-31-16, $4,602.60
KENDRA K & PAUL J HARRIS, KT 000502A1, 05-31-16, $854.66
SARA M & RONALD L HARRIS, River View Sub, Lot 13 & 14, KT 001076, 07-32-16, $800.81
JEREMIAH 29:11 INC, KT 000345A1, 06-32-15, $18.52
RONALD LEE JONES JR, KT 000451A5, 14-32-15, $334.33
KANSAS OASIS LP, KT 000577A1, 31-31-16, $931.42
EDWARD PATRICK & JESSICA ANN MACIAS, KT 000444A3, 14-32-15, $742.63
MARY L MONTGOMERY % MARY PUGH, KT 000391, 10-32-15, $257.79
CLARK MOORE, KT 000299A2, 01-32-15, $530.44
WILBUR L & BEULAH F OLSEN, KT 000180, 25-31-15, $1,223.73
DAVID L PLISEK, Stevens Add, KT 000801, 24-31-15, $272.58
BARNEY D PONTIOUS TRST; TRSTE, KT 000583A2, 32-31-16, $85.58
AVANA POUNCIL JR, KT 000447A4, 14-32-15, $1,348.53
AVANA POUNCIL JR, KT 000447A5, 14-32-15, $59.27
STEPHEN L PROFFITT, SHELLI A HARLIN, Haversticks 2nd Add, KT 000178A3, 24-31-15, $263.32
FREDERICK D & TRUDY JANE RINNE; TERRY ELAINE, Haversticks 2nd Add, KT 000917, 24-31-15, $661.18
RONALD G & PHYLLIS K SHAFER, KT 000009, 02-31-15, $1,005.77
TRAVIS D SHAFFER, KT 000607A1, 06-32-16, $6,080.63
BETTY J SHERLEY, KT 000571A1, 30-31-16, $2,935.01
E JOE SMITH, KT 000224, 28-31-15, $111.60
E JOE SMITH, KT 000139, 21-31-15, $1,027.18
EMANUEL JOE SMITH, KT 000068, 11-31-15, $72.89
EMANUEL JOE SMITH, KT 000070, 11-31-15, $117.85
FRED E SMITH & ELEANOR J SMITH-DEC’D LIV TRST, Stevens Add, KT 000769, 24-31-15, $779.61
KEVIN L SNYDER, KT 000452, 15-32-15, $169.23
KEVIN L SNYDER, KT 000446A1, 14-32-15, $3,312.86
KEVIN L & CLARENCE B SNYDER, 14-32-15, $131.13
SPIRITBANK, KT 000476A1, 16-32-15, $638.99
STEVE & TONYA TANNER, Sycamore Village, Lot 1-4, Block 2, KT 000671, 24-31-15, $660.69
STEVE & TONYA TANNER, Sycamore Village, Lot 22-25, Block 2, KT 000692, 24-31-15, $22.98
DANIEL SCOTT & PAULA J TOW, KT 000431A5, 13-32-15, $2,702.29
ANTHONY F & JANICE J VAIL, KT 000299A3, 01-32-15, $702.97
MICHAEL & TAMMY VONKOEHNEN, KT 000553A1, 19-31-16, $2,628.72
TERRY WADE, LISA COLLINGSWORTH, KT 000176, 24-31-15, $140.60
GARY L & KAREN S WINKLEMAN, KT 000451A6, 14-32-15, $1,550.51
LARRY WINT, KT 000227, 28-31-15, $97.59
RONALD D & LORI E WOLDUM, Sycamore Village, Lot 5-13, Block 2, KT 000675, 24-31-15, $79.89
WILLIAM H & ANNIE M WOOD, KT 000409A1, 12-32-15, $588.12
WILLIAM H & ANNIE M WOOD, KT 000410, 12-32-15, $36.48

TERRY R & CAROL ANDERSON, LT 000040, 10-31-16, $1,620.48
TYLER V CLAIBOURN, LT 000046, 11-31-16, $1,331.51
WILLIAM G HOLLAND, LT 000256A1, 14-32-16, $1,574.45
CHRISTOPHER & DEANNA MYERS, LT 000242A1, 12-32-16, $1,674.74

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Montgomery County Delinquent Tax List and Notice (Cities Only)

(Published in the Montgomery County Chronicle on Thursday, Aug. 14, 21 and 28, 2014)


Notice is hereby given that so much of each tract of land or town lot described in the following list located in Montgomery County, Kansas, as may be necessary for the purpose, will be on the first Tuesday of September, 2014, for the taxes and charges thereon for the year of 2013 be transferred by the Montgomery County Treasurer at the treasurer’s office at Montgomery County Courthouse in Independence, Kansas, to the tax sale book, pursuant to Kansas Statutes 79-2302 and 79-2303. State law requires a publication fee of $16.00 be assessed against each of the names listed.
Nancy Clubine , Montgomery County Treasurer
August 14, 2014
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Pvt. Leonard Kittle to be buried with full honors

Full military honors set for Saturday

CANEY — A Caney soldier, whose body lay on an ice-covered mountainside in Alaska for over 60 years, will finally be laid to rest in his hometown on Saturday, June 21.

Pvt. Leonard Kittle, U.S. Army, and 51 other military personnel, died when their C-124 Globemaster airplane crashed into a mountain north of Anchorage on Nov. 22, 1952. Although the site was found within days, there were no survivors and the wreckage immediately became covered with snow and ice.

It was melting glacier ice that eventually caused the wreckage to be found by the Alaska National Guard in 2012. That discovery brought back a painful day in history for family members who never knew exactly happened to their Army and Air Force brothers, fathers, husbands or uncles.
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Caney Valley, Indy, Field Kindley track athletes post strong showing at state

In a rewarding weekend at the Kansas State High School Activities Association’s state track and field championships in Wichita, Montgomery County track athletes brought home medals and several state titles.

Here is a brief rundown of the medalists from Montgomery County high schools. Complete details will be printed in the June 5th issue of the Montgomery County Chronicle.

• The Caney Valley High School boys’ track team had its best-ever performance at a state meet, securing 49 team points to finish in fourth place in the class 3A division.

• Two Caney Valley boys took the top two medals in the discus and shot put events. Kenny Brown won the state title in the shot put (56 feet, 3.5 inches) while Levi Wyrick was the silver medalist at 54 feet, 6 inches.

Wyrick would win the discus throw (172 feet, 5 inches) while Brown would be less than two feet behind (170 feet, 7 inches) to claim second place overall. Wyrick’s gold medal marks the second one he has earned in the discus event in his high school career.

• Nic Camper, a Caney Valley senior, moved into the status of legend when he won his third state championship in the boys’ high jump. Camper won the event with a mark of 6 feet, 6 inches — the same height he attained at the state championships in 2012 and 2013.

• Camper also placed in the triple jump with a distance of 42 feet, 8 1/4 inches.

• The Field Kindley High School girls’ track team placed third in the class 4A division with 42 team points. Meanwhile, Independence girls were a few paces behind with 32 team points — good enough for fifth place overall.

• The Field Kindley High School boys’ track team placed fourth in the class 4A division with 33 team points.

• The girls’ 4×100 meter relay teams at Field Kindley and Independence have been rivals throughout the season. However, Independence got the faster step when it finished the 4×100 meter relay in second place at 50.01 seconds (trailing Kansas City-Piper, which finished with 49.70 seconds). Just a mere half step behind Independence was Field Kindley, which finished in third place. IHS team members are Tyra Welch, Shalei Matthews, Shania Vannoster and Kalei Vannoster. FKHS relay team members are Randee Johnson, Andrea Newton, Amunique Downing, and Devin Cosper.

• The Independence girls’ 4×400 meter relay team placed second overall with a time of 4:04.24.

• Independence’s Shalei Matthews, a junior, placed third in the class 4A girls’ triple jump (36 feet, 2 3/4 inches).

• Field Kindley’s Andrea Newton, a sophomore, won first place in the class 4A 200 meter run with a gold-medal time of 25.16 seconds. In that same race, Independence’s Kalie Matthews, a junior, placed fourth (26.30 seconds).

• Newton also won second place in the class 4A girls’ long jump (16 feet, 4 inches).

• Devin Cosper, Field Kindley senior, won first place in the class 4A girls’ 100 meter run with a time of 12.34 seconds. Andrea Newton placed second in 12.41 seconds.

• Also in the class 4A girls’ 100 meter run, Kalei Matthews of Independence placed seventh (12.78 seconds).

• Independence sophomore Danielle Berry won eighth place in the class 4A girls’ javelin with a throw of 117 feet, 10 inches.

• Elijah Jones, a Field Kindley senior, settled for fourth place in the class 4A 200 meter run (22.47 seconds). He also placed sixth in the 400 meter run (51.41 seconds).

• Justus Towery, a Field Kindley senior, placed fourth in the class 4A boys’ 300 meter hurdles (40.48 seconds).

• Field Kindley’s James Newton, a senior, placed fifth in the class 4A boys’ 100 meter run (11.28 seconds).

• Field Kindley’s Destin Downing, a junior, placed second in the class 4A boys’ long jump (21 feet, 8 3/4 inches) and also was a silver medalist in the triple jump (44 feet, 8 inches).

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Independence teenager runs into traffic, hit by motorist

INDEPENDENCE — An Independence teenager suffered severe injuries when struck by a vehicle near 14th and Main streets on Tuesday afternoon.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said Jewel Houk, age 14, of Independence was crossing Main Street from the south side of the road when she as struck by a 1992 Corolla driven by Rakesha R. Rowe, age 36, of Independence. A witness to the mishap told the Montgomery County Chronicle that Houk ran into the street, allowing no time for the motorist to stop.

Houk was immediately taken to Mercy Hospital and later flown to a Wichita medical center for treatment of injuries.

Rowe was not injured in the collision.

Traffic on Main Street was temporarily blocked while law enforcement investigated the collision.

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The story of Lt. Lester J. Pearsall Jr.

(Originally published for Memorial Day 2005)


For weeks upon weeks, Lester Pearsall Sr., would buy a daily newspaper and sit in a booth of a downtown Caney, Kan., coffee shop, reading every name of U.S. servicemen and servicewomen who died in recent battles in World War II.

He was searching for the name of his son.

Yet, deep down in his gut, even further than where his coffee settled, the elder Pearsall hoped that the name of Lt. Lester J. Pearsall Jr., would never appear in print.

The reality of war in 1944 was as sharp and biting as the piping-hot coffee that the senior Pearsall was sipping: his son, a promising young officer in the U.S. Army, was a captive in one of Japan’s horrific prisoner of war camps, where the chances of survival was as remote as a snowy day in the South Pacific.

It had been months since Lester Pearsall and his wife, Beatrice, had received any word of their son’s condition. The seven telegrams the Pearsalls received didn’t provide any details, other than he was alive . . . somewhere in a prison camp . . . and far away from his hometown of Caney.

News of those prison camp atrocities were slowly coming back to the United States, and the Pearsalls realized that their son’s chances of survival were scant. Only the hope and faith that the U.S. military would liberate the Philippines kept their hopes alive.

Yet, the daily call of the war dead beckoned Lester Pearsall every morning. And, he continued to scan the names and headlines, sipped coffee, and searched for the name that he knew so well.

* * * *

He was simply known as Junior.

That’s because he was the junior version of his dad.

Lester “Junior” Pearsall spent his entire youth growing up in Caney, a town on the border of Oklahoma, where he played high school football with his younger brother, M.L., and did all of the things that teenagers of the mid-1930s enjoyed.

When the school year ended in late May, summer vacation meant work . . . usually helping at the grain elevator that his father owned on the far end of Caney’s main avenue. Wheat harvest in mid-June meant long hours of sweat and thirst in the stifling bins that stored the golden grain.

And, when not working at the elevator,
he and his brother tinkered with machinery and gadgets of all kinds.
Perhaps that penchant for working with mechanics is what led “Junior” Pearsall to enroll Park College in Parkville, Mo., following his graduation from Caney High School in 1937.

Although he was destined to pursue some kind of mechanical trade as a profession, he knew that his nation would need his talents and labor. The whispers of war were blowing across the continent when “Junior” Pearsall and his brother decided to enlist in the Kansas Army National Guard in 1939. They attended the weekend training and meetings in nearby Coffeyville, however the Pearsall brothers knew that the impending war would require more of their time and attention.

And, just one year before graduation from Park College, “Junior” Pearsall and his younger sibling returned home to Caney to inform their parents of their intent to enlist as full-time soldiers in the U.S. military.

There ensued several nights of family discussions where the two Pearsall boys-turned-men would agree — with their parents’ blessings — to follow their desire to aide their nation should war come to America.

Junior enlisted in the U.S. Air Corps and graduated from the Air Corps’ technical school in Denver, Colo., in June 1941. It was the first class of laboratory commanders to graduate in the United States, and “Junior” Pearsall was ranked second among 52 graduating officers.

Shortly after graduating from the Air Corps school, Pearsall made his last trip to Caney before departing for the Philippines — a chain of islands that was another galaxy away from the scrubby oaks and cattails surrounding the rural Caney haunts that the Pearsall boys would visit as ornery boys.

He arrived at Nichols Field in Manila in late August 1941 and began to instruct a group of Filipino military scouts in the art and strategy of photo reconnaissance. He later hand picked his own group of photographers and set up a photography detachment based at Clark Field in the Philippines.

It was on Dec. 8, 1941 — the day after Japan’s ambush on Pearl Harbor — that Lt. Pearsall got his first taste of war. Japanese forces bombed Clark Field, forcing U.S. and Philippine forces to retreat to a peninsula called Bataan. However, all supply lines leading to the peninsula were cut off by the Japanese navy.

Although the U.S. tried with all of its might to hold Bataan, it finally fell to the hands of Japan. Pearsall and thousands of others were now considered prisoners of the Japanese.

And, thus began the agonizing demise of the once-proud officer from Montgomery County, whose term of service in active duty lasted a little more than three months.

* * * *

The U.S. and Filipino prisoners of war at Bataan were forced to make the long trek to a prison camp at Cabanatuan in early 1942. Already faced with lack of food supplies, the prisoners were nearly famished when they arrived at Cabanatuan. Many concocted slings in which to carry their fellow wounded prisoners. Many who tried to escape the clutches of the unforgiving Japanese either were tortured . . . or killed.

The heat and humidity were as barbaric as the mosquitoes that drained their blood, which led to the spread of malaria.

And, once they arrived at Cabanatuan at the end of the infamous Bataan Death March, their private holocaust began.

Conditions at the camp were beyond horrid: they were hellish. Food wasn’t given in regular rations; it often was not given at all. Dysentery and malaria killed off hundreds of prisoners while starvation finished off many others.

For Lt. Pearsall, two and a half years at Cabanatuan was an eternity in hell. He was nearly starved because of the lack of food. Malnutrition led to beriberi, a tropical disease that can rack the human body with anguishing cramps before leaving the limbs totally worthless.

He also was nearly blind, saved only by the generosity and quick action of a fellow prisoner who also was a medical doctor.

But, during those two and a half years at Cabanatuan, the war’s tide had shifted. The United States methodically gained the strength of the Pacific by hopping from island to island, taking away the once-firm Japanese strongholds.

As Japan noticed the approaching U.S. forces, Hirohito’s government began moving prisoners to the Japanese mainland.

That desperation for food — something that can almost make the most-sane man turn into a rabid animal — led Pearsall to beg prison guards to take him to the Japanese mainland, where a prisoner labor camp would, the prisoners were promised, provide ample food in exchange for hard labor.

In October 1944, Pearsall and more than 2,000 other prisoners were marched to Bilibid Prison in Manila to await eventual transport to Japan.

However, Bilibid was worse than Cabanatuan. The food ration at Bilibid consisted of two canteen cups of watery lugao and one-half cup of miso soup per man per day.

The prisoners’ weakness was more than some could handle, and many prisoners didn’t have enough stamina to fight off the mosquitoes and flies that hovered around the prisoners’ sweaty bodies.

On Dec. 13, 1944, 1,619 emaciated prisoners — many too weak to walk — were forced to walk three hours through the streets of Manila. Their destination: the naval piers in Manila Bay, where tied to Pier 7 was the Oryoku Maru.

Lt. Lester J. Pearsall Jr., was taking his final march.

* * * *

They were nicknamed “hellships” . . . and for good reason.

Conditions on these former luxury liners were far from luxurious. They were pure hell, far worse than the cramped conditions at Cabanatuan and Bilibid.

The Oryoku Maru was intended to only hold several hundred passengers. But stripped of its luxury to expose only bare-metal hulls in several cavernous holds, the boat could hold about 1,500 people.

It was somewhat like the grain elevator bins that Junior Pearsall worked in during those hot summers of the mid-1930s in Kansas. He was used to the conditions, tempered by his able-bodied youth in pouring freshly-harvested wheat kernels into hot bins.

However, this was war, not peaceful Kansas. And, any thought of returning home was quickly dashed by the pain that was unleashed by the Oryoko Maru’s crew.

The Japanese military used bayonets to push and prod the dying and weak prisoners into the large holds. One hold held about 600 men, all of whom had to stand because of no room to sit. Another hold held 250 prisoners. A third hold — hold #5 — held 860 prisoners.

Lack of ventilation made some of the prisoners go crazy, and there were reports of prisoners reacting with sheer terror. Some resorted to biting fellow prisoners, not just in a show of insanity but to gain a few drops of liquid blood to quench their unyielding thirst.

Latrine facilities were nothing more than five-gallon buckets, which overflowed quickly. And, the only way to remove the contents was for the prisoners to pass the sloshing buckets above their heads and drain them through a small porthole.

Suffocation killed 50 prisoners in the first hours of the trip from Manila to Japan.

And, to make matters worse, the Oryoko Maru’s crew were as crazed as some of the food-deprived prisoners. The crew used the butts of their guns to hit prisoners in the head or the testicles. Fresh water was never given to the prisoners, and the crew flaunted food — a crisp apple or a loaf of bread — in front of the prisoners, only to cruelly eat the food and throw the scraps overboard as a show of humiliation and cruelty.

As the Oryoku Maru left Manila and entered Subic Bay, U.S. aircraft carriers were seen on the horizon.

Among them was the USS Hornet.

* * * *

The Hornet spotted the Oryoku Maru as it entered international waters. However, the Oryoku Maru wasn’t marked to indicate it was a prisoner ship. To the U.S. Navy, the Oryoku Maru was no different than the many other former Asian luxury liners: converted into freighters to transport the ammunition and supplies for wartime battle.

So, when the U.S. Navy dive bombers took off from the U.S.S. Hornet with torpedoes firmly affixed and plenty of large-caliber rounds in the airplane’s gunnery system, the Oryoku Maru became nothing more than a sitting duck.

Attacks on the ship occurred throughout the day on Dec. 14, 1944, and the prisoners in the crowded hulls were deafened by the sound of the Oryoku Maru’s gunners, who tried to fend off the American planes.

Finally, one of the dive bombers dropped a torpedo into Subic Bay. The torpedo was aiming right toward hold #5 of the Oryoko Maru, where 860 prisoners were stacked like logs.

When the torpedo exploded into the boat, more than half of the boat’s total prisoners died immediately . . . or eventually drowned in the Subic Bay waters.

The boat began to take on water, and the Oryoku Maru captain ordered all prisoners and ship crew to abandon the ship.

However, the prisoners were so desperate for food and water, that they stormed the ship’s crew deck in search of food. What they found were stolen Red Cross rations intended for the prisoners. The prisoners used whatever strength they could muster to pry open the sacks of crackers and canned milk.

In the cacophony of mayhem that ensued, the Oryoku Maru captain ordered the ship crew to use their rifles to kill any prisoner who was not abandoning the ship.

One crewmen opened the hatch that led to the hold that contained 260 prisoners. The rifle was pointed into the hold, and several dozen rounds were fired at random.

After the smoke cleared, the scene in that ship’s belly proved horrible. Mangled bodies and dead prisoners lined the deck. Only 10 of the 260 prisoners in that ship’s hold survived.

Other prisoners jumped ship, revived not by a sense of freedom but by the refreshing warm water of Subic Bay. Ironically, a strong current in Subic Bay pulled many of the prisoners away from the nearby shore. The ship captain, believing that the fleeing prisoners were bound for oceanic freedom, ordered guns to fire on the prisoners, who were pulled away solely by the tide.

The U.S.S. Hornet’s dive bombers made one final pass over the Oryoku Maru to unleash its lethal blow. However, when the pilot noticed the prisoners bobbing up and down in the waves of Subic Bay, he knew that the Oryoku Maru was a lie. It wasn’t a freighter, except to haul death and despair.

The pilot waved his wings overhead and then headed back to the Hornet.

Of the 1,619 prisoners on the Oryoku Maru, only 300 survived. All of them were captured by the Japanese and placed in another prison camp.

Lt. Lester J. Pearsall was among the 1,300 who perished in the waters of Subic Bay.

News of battle casualties took weeks, sometimes months, to reach home. And, it was not until early spring 1945 that the Pearsall family in Caney was made aware of the death of their son.

It came in the standard form of communication of that era: a Western Union telegram.

It read, “The Secretary of War deeply regrets to inform you that your son, Second Lt. Lester J. Pearsall Jr., was killed in action in the Pacific area 15 December 1944 while being transferred aboard a Japanese vessel. Confirming letter follows.”

Junior Pearsall’s dad would no longer have to buy a morning paper each day to scan the names of the war dead.

The elder Pearsall finally knew that his brave son had paid the ultimate sacrifice.

And, the pain was doubled for the Pearsalls as their other son, Lt. M.L. Pearsall, was recovering from wounds he received in battle in Europe.

With one son dead in the Pacific and another son critically wounded in Europe, the Pearsall family was beset with grief.

Caney resident Polly Pearsall, wife of the late M.L. Pearsall, remembers the somber tone that hung over the Caney community when news of Junior Pearsall’s death reached his hometown.

“It was extremely sad for everyone in the family,” she said. “For the many years after the war, M.L. wouldn’t talk much about Junior, knowing that his death was just so sad.”

Junior Pearsall’s body was never recovered, and Polly Pearsall said she cannot recall any type of memorial service in his honor.

The anguish of waiting on news from overseas was painful enough, she said.

“The information that Junior’s parents got about his condition in prison camp was pretty scarce,” she said. “They knew he had contracted beriberi. And, only after the war were they able to talk to a soldier from Coffeyville who was in the same prison. That soldier said that Junior’s condition was so terrible that he likely would not have lived had he reached Japan.”

Ironically, had Lt. Pearsall not taken that fateful trip from Cabanatuan to Bilibid and eventually to Manila to board the Oryoku Maru, he and many others could have been among the thousands of prisoners who were liberated from Cabanatuan in January 1945.

However, the tragic end to the life Lt. Lester J. Pearsall Jr., is like so many of his fellow soldiers and sailors — thousands upon thousands who gave their life, either in battle or through brutal imprisonment, in defense of their nation.

Today, Lt. Lester J. Pearsall’s name is permanently etched into history as he is among the honored dead at a memorial in Caney’s Veterans Memorial Park. The names of other Caney-area servicemen who died during World War II also are etched into that stone.

However, that stone doesn’t weep, nor does it show a face of war.

Those things can only be seen and felt by the people who were there . . . and the memories they share some 60 years later.

Perhaps the sorrow of the Pearsall family on Memorial Day 1945 was best told in a poem that Beatrice Pearsall wrote for her son. Simply titled “Son,” the poem was printed in the Caney Daily Chronicle when news was reported of Pearsall’s death.

The poem read:

“Son of my heart, the days seem long
since you packed your gun and started on
that journey that led you into woe,
But your spirit was light and you wanted to go.
You seemed such a youth, to march away
to defend your country in such a day
Just yesterday you were in our room,
modeling airplanes and bombs that boomed.
Never dreaming a war so near
that would kill and shatter all that was dear.

“But things have changed, you have gone away,
You slipped from childhood to a man in a day,
You took your place with those Heroes brave,
who fought on Bataan, democracy to save.

“Oh, Men of Bataan, we humbly bow
In silent reverence to you right now.
You gave your youth, your life, your all,
That democracy might rein, not fall.
We pray that all this was not in vain,
that men might see their sin and shame,
And God shall be enthroned at last,
And, His banner flown from every mast.’

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