June 23-24, 2007

See photos and read stories and memories from the centennial celebration.  
This will be updated many times throughout the next few months. 

If you were unable to attend and would like to order a very moving 2 DVD set which includes interviews,
Franklin history and the centennial events please visit  "FRANKLIN COLLECTIBLES" 
for the DVD and many other items available to order. 
The DVD contains several of the activities carried in their entirety
(Opening ceremonies, Saia dedication, Veterans ceremony,
Baby Contest, Will Rogers, Wilma Pearl, Jody Phillips Dance Students).
Other activities are carried as smaller clips.   The DVD is very entertaining and informative. 

Follow the links below for photos, memories and information about the events.  
If you have additional photos or stories to share please e-mail them to me and I'll be happy to post them on the website.
Set up,  Planning &
Event Co-ordination
Opening Ceremony
Kids Fest
Reunion Tent & Visitors
Dance Contest
Car Show
SEK Mining & Amazon Army

Church Services
Motorcycle Show &
 Blessing of Bikes

Best Decorated Bike Contest
Art/Coloring Contest
Polka Party
Baby Contest
We Salute Our Veterans
Historic Displays
Celebrity/Silent Auction
Patriotic Pet Contest
Event Sponsors
Media Coverage
Raffle Drawing
Vendors & Activities

Letters of support Visitors

Centennial Committee
Phyllis (Liposek) Bitner, Chairman
Harold White, Marion Kobak, Gay Kranker, Candy Pitts, Judy Musso, Don & Jeannette Cukjati, Bev & Percy Turner

2007 FCCI Board of Directors
Craig Stokes, Chairman
Henry Ashbacher, Vice-Chairman
Mary Ann Hamblin, Secy-Treasurer
Board Members
Norine Laird, Margaret Kennedy, Frances OBlak, Ray Hamblin

Brought to you in cooperation with the Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Contact Information

Travel Information: Craig Hull, Director, (CVB)
Crawford County Convention & Visitors Bureau  (800-879-1112)
General Information & Sponsor Requests:  Phyllis Bitner, Chairman
Centennial Committee  (620-249-9333)  
Vendor Information
Keep watching for further updates. 


Details of activities

Thanks to the US Army Reserve Unit, 1011th Quartermaster Company, Detachment 1.  We appreciate their support. 
They will be providing tents and personnel for the weekend.

Read about organizations who join hands to make Crawford County
a great place to call home.  Visit the "Crawford County Showcase" to say thanks.

Thanks to our generous SPONSORS who are making the centennial celebration possible!!  Read how you can be a sponsor!

Special Thanks to Kelly Seeman, Kelly Entertainment
for providing the sound system for the event and for his help throughout the weekend!


Craw-Kan Telephone Coop, Inc.











“Army of Amazons  - An Oral History of Southeast Kansas"  by Linda Knoll

A Visit with Will Rogers





Arma American






Essay Contest



Round Table Discussion


508 N. Broadway
Pittsburg, Ks. 66762

See a list of businesses and individuals who have donated to the centennial celebration .

The remainer of this page is information about the events leading up to the centennial.  (contact information, times, description of activities, etc.)
(Watch as new items are added)
Many autographed Celebrity items as well as other donated items such as a beautiful sofa donated by Pittsburg Interiors.
December 1, 2006:  New York Jewelry Designer, Joan Hornig,
designs and donates jewelry for Centennial Celebrity Auction.


Centennial and Franklin Collectibles to Order 
(Great Christmas Gifts)

More information coming soon.

Celebrity Auction
(Sat & Sun)
Final Tabulation at 4 pm Sunday
Many great items donated by celebrities, sports heroes (i.e. K.C. Chiefs, NASCAR, Kansas Jayhawks), political figures and other interesting people will be going up for auction.
This will be a silent auction so come early and bid often. 
For those unfamiliar with a silent auction the process is as follows:
  • Items are listed on the website for preview.
  • Items will be on display all day Saturday.
  • Bidder may register Saturday or Sunday (must have valid drivers license)
  • Bidders will be assigned a #.
  • Items will be displayed throughout both days.
  • A clipboard with bid sheets will be displayed with each item.
  • Bidding progresses throughout the day until 4pm. 
  • Bidders place their bidders # along with the amount of their bid on the sheet.
  • The last person to sign the sheet with the highest bid at 4 pm wins the item.
  • Bidder pays for item and receives receipt to pick up item.
Watch for further announcements and list of items that will be up for auction.
Historic Program
(Presented by Linda Knoll)
Friday and Saturday (7-8:30 pm)

Visit the Franklin Centennial Celebration and attend the historic drama and musical performance relating to our coal mining history and the nationally known Amazon Army March, which began in Franklin

The original performance play “Army of Amazons  - An Oral History of Southeast Kansas" by Linda Knoll will be presented on June 22nd and 23rd.
Linda will direct the performance which will include some of our area’s finest talent.

The performances will be on Friday, June 22nd at 7:00 pm. and on Saturday, June 23rd at 7 pm.
 Admission is free.   Donations accepted.

Read more about the Amazon Army. Thanks to Linda Knoll for sharing these stories and photos with us. 

Prize Drawing
Sunday (6 pm)

Grand Prize: $1,000  
2nd Prize
:  $500    
3rd Prize:  $250   
4th Prize:

(Winner need not be present for top 4 cash prizes)

Huge assortment of other prizes 
(winner must be present)

Donation:  $1.00 each or 6 tickets for $5

All proceeds go toward the rebuilding of Franklin, securing the future of the community, park building and programs that benefit residents of the entire county.

Tickets available through Franklin Community Council, Inc. members or by calling 620-249-9333.
No purchase required
Drawing Sunday, June 24, 2007    
Horseshoe Tournament
Saturday (11 am-5pm)
Sunday (to be announced)
Doubles Tournament
Partners picked by draw
Saturday June 23, 2007  *   11 am
Entry fee:   $5.00 per person
Contact Information:  Dave Bierbrodt  620-347-4325
Entries will also be accepted the same day of the tourney.  Registration begins 30 minutes before game times.
Pre-registration is recommended.  Tournament will begin on Saturday and continue through Sunday if needed.
Entry Form
Bocce Tournament
Saturday (11 am-5pm)
Sunday (to be announced)
Entry fee:   $5.00 per person or $10.00 per team
Contact Information: 
 Henry Ashbacher at 620-347-4070  or send e-mail to h_ashbacher@hotmail.com
Entries will also be accepted the same day of the tourney.  Registration begins 30 minutes before game times.
Pre-registration is recommended.  Tournament will begin on Saturday and continue through Sunday if needed.
Entry Form
Kids Fest
Saturday (9am - 5pm)
Lots of fun for the kids.  Free games and activities that will entertain kids of all ages. 

Face painting,  softball toss, duck pond, candy bar walk, bean bag toss, milk bottle throw, ring toss.

Lisa Martin @ lisamartin@liberal.k12.mo.us or call 620-347-4053
Dance Contest
Saturday (11am-5 pm)
Are you the best dancer in the area? 
 Come on out and show the world.
Dance Contest: $10 per couple per category
Prizes awarded in each category
Judging by Jody Phillips Dance Company

Charleston  "Ain't She Sweet"
Swing "In The Mood"
Rock 'n Roll "Rock Around the Clock"
Tango  "Por Una Cabeza" (from "Scent of a Woman")
Waltz  "Vienna Life"
Twist  "Let's Twist Again"
Disco "Funkytown"
Polka  "Just Because"
Salsa  "De Todo Un Poco (From 'Dirty Dancing')
Country/Western "Small Town Satruday Night"
Current Dance (to be announced)-teens & young adults be sure to enter this one
Entry Form

Jody Phillips Dance Company students will be doing a pre-show performance in celebration of their 20th Anniversary and Franklins  Centennial Celebration.   The Jody Phillips Dance Company is proud and excited to be a part of the rebuilding and The Spirit of Franklin Remains Centennial Celebration.

This is the 20th Year Celebration for Jody Phillips Dance Company.  JPDC teaches 3 years of age to adult in jazz, hip hop, tap, lyrical, and Musical Theatre.    "Our mission is to instill the passion of the art of dance and teach the values of discipline, self-esteem, confidence and respect.  By sharing our love for dance, we hope to encourage and develop your child's full potential as a peformer and as an individual.  At the Jody Phillip's Dance Company we stress "Rhythm of Excellence" in all aspects of life".    Jody Phillips
Classic/Antique Car Show   
(9am - 4pm)

 All makes and models welcome
 $15.00 donation to FCCI
Lots of Door Prizes

Trophies Awarded for best of era (teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, etc.)
 and Best of Show.   Prizes awarded at 4pm

 620-347-8387 or 620-249-9333

Car Show sponsored & judging provided by
Rollin' Nostalgia Car Club

Entry Form

Motorcycle Show
Sunday - June 24, 2007

  All makes and models welcome
 $5.00 donation to FCCI
Lots of Door Prizes            Trophies  
  620-347-8387 or 620-249-9333

Motorcylce Show sponsored & judging provided by
Fort Scott Community College
Harley-Davidson Technology Training &
 Professional Development

Antique ( 1971 & older)
Classic ( 1972 - 1986)
Metric - Touring
Metric - Sport
Manufactured Custom
Mild Custom
Full Custom
Special Interest
Scooters ( if needed )

Entry Form

Blessing of the Bikes

Father Robert McElwee of Frontenac Sacred Heart Church, who has been blessing motorcycles in southeast Kansas for the past several years, will bring his famous blessing to the Centennial Celebration.   This event will take place at 4 pm Sunday afternoon.

Start the riding season with a Blessing for a safe year.
Promote a sense of community & fellowship among riders.

Historic Programs and Miscellaneous Activities
Saturday & Sunday (9-5 pm)
Watch for a list of activities that will be taking place the entire week-end througout the park, community center and surrounding area.
Saturday (9am - 5pm)
Sunday (to be announced)

David Chandler will be available to take photos both days.  Perfect time to get those family photos.  Be sure to stop by his tent Saturday morning to schedule a time for large family photos. 
We Salute Our Veterans
Saturday & Sunday (9-5 pm)
Stop by the veterans tent to honor our Crawford County veterans.
Say thanks for their service to our country.   
This veterans area will be for
ALL Crawford County veterans and their organizations.
American Legion Riders/Patriot Guard will be joining us for this special event.
More information soon regarding our special program.
Contact Information:  Bob Peternell
620-457-8032; Cell 620-249-9311 taz_melster@hotmail.com
Saturday & Sunday (9-5 pm)
 We will have a "reunion" tent set up in a convenient, easily accessible location next to the community center which will make a great meeting place for former residents to gather.  
 We'll have lots of  photos on display.   

 Please call (620-249-9333) or e-mail memrylane@yahoo.com to let us know so we can reserve a space for your family.
Saturday & Sunday (9-5 pm)
Crawford County Communities - Working Together for the Good of All

Read more about this showcase of Crawford County

Communities/organizations can use this form to reserve their space at no cost.
Saturday & Sunday (9-5 pm)

This will be centrally located and will be full of information (brochures,maps, etc. regarding all the events taking place.)

Sales of collectible centennial items will be in this tent.

Raffle tickets may be purchased the entire weekend.
Be sure to stop by and say hi to the girls and learn about all the activities.
Best Decorated Bicycle Contest
Sunday (noon-4 pm)
Grades K-1
Grades 2-3
Grades 4-5
Registration 11am-noon                 Contest:  noon-4   
Trophies & Prizes awarded at 3:30 
Bring your decorated bikes to Franklin just south of the park.

Church Services in the Park
Sunday (9 am)

Conducted by Pastor Ted Wynn
New Life Baptist Church

Church Services in the Community Center
Sunday (10 am)
Ministers:  Brian Thomason and Greg Strickland
Meeting is very casual, has a band and messages that
relate to your life in 2007 straight from the Bible.
Meetings normally last around an hour.
Saturday (2-5 pm)

Spend an hour or the entire afternoon enjoying a game of bingo.
The ladies of the Arma American Legion Auxiliary
will be hosting this event. 
Art/Coloring Contest
Sunday (noon-4 pm)
Age 2, 3, 4 - Coloring
Age 5, 6, 7 - Coloring or Art
Age 8, 9, 10 - Coloring or Art
Age 11, 12 - Coloring or Art
Age 13,  14, 15 - Art
Age 16, 17, 18 - Art
Trophies & Prizes awarded at 3:00 

 Brought to you in co-operation with the students from
Northeast High School.
 Northeast High School students will also be displaying
their own art work.  
Polka Party
Sunday (1-4 pm)

Free Polka Party.  Relive the happy sounds of lively polka dancing at the new community center. 
Music by Johnnie Zibert and band.  Johnnie made his first start playing the accordion at this exact location.  
Spend an afternoon enjoying this toe-tapping music.
Cutest Baby of the Century Contest
Sunday (2 pm)
  0-6 months
6-12 months
1-2 years
2-3 years
 Registration: 1 pm          Contest:  2 pm
Attire:  Swimwear only       Trophies & Prizes awarded  
Held at the shelter at Franklin Community Park.

Photo submission only - DO NOT bring pets with you
(Crawford County Residents – past and present)

 (Submit photo no larger than 8 x 10  prior to June 15)
Mail to:  FCCI, P. O. Box 43, Franklin, Ks. 66735
Please put name of pet and owner's name, address,
 phone and e-mail address on the back of the photo.

Judging by Search and Rescue Team who came to Franklin after the tornado to help with recovery efforts
Awards at 1 pm Saturday

Contact: Veda Maxwell  620-347-4747

Essay Contest

Categories:  (ages 50 and up)   (age 20-49)   (under 19)

Show your love for America and the red, white and blue.

Submit essays (250 words or less)  prior to June 15
Mail to:  FCCI, P. O. Box 43, Franklin, Ks. 66735
Please include name, age,  address, phone and e-mail address.

Judging by local veterans
Awards at 11:30 Sunday
Three top winners will be presented with the
"American Patriot Award"

presented by Great Plains Search Dog Team
Great Plains Search Dogs team members will be presenting a program that teaches children proper behavior if they are ever lost in both a rural or urban setting.  Based on the popular HUG-A-TREE program children will learn valuable skills that can help searchers locate them in the event they are lost.
Great Plains Search Dogs team members will also talk with children about how to behave around dogs.  These skills can be important and may help save a child from injury.

GREAT PLAINS SEARCH DOGS is a volunteer driven search organization that began in Sedgwick County approximately 9 years ago.  The group specializes in recovery work by training human remains detection dogs. Attending today's event are:
Maria Ciski, Director has been a dog handler for the past 15 years and has trained dogs for obedience, agility, search work and therapy work.  Ms Ciski also leads a local effort in the Wichita area rescuing and rehoming unwanted dobermans.
Ms Ciski handles a 5 1/2 year old red Doberman Pinscher named Rose.  Rose is certified as a human remains detection dog and also works as an archeological k9.

Vickie Shingleton, Call Out Manager/Incident Commander and Weather Advisor has been involved with drug dog, protection, tracking and searching for 14 years. Maria and Vickie were the team on site during the
aftermath of the storm. Vickie is from nearby Lamar, MO. and was familiar to the area that night.

Marilyn Vandergriff, team member has been involved in search for approximately 4 years.  Marilyn and her Golden Retreiver, Katie, also specialize in human remains detection.  Katie was certified in 2006.       
Great Plains Search Dogs partners with search organizations in Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma to work on searches in those states.  Team members have participated in numerous searches with law enforcement looking for lost and missing people.  The group has worked a number of tornadoes in Kansas including those in Franklin, Hoisington, Greensburg and the Emporia Labor Day Flood event.
Great Plains team members have also worked on historical grave yard reconstructions in Michigan, Virginia, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.
Round Table Discussion
Plans are being developed for a round table event
with guardsmen, search team, sheriff officers and the vet that worked all night to secure life and property
in Franklin. Residents are urged to attend if they have questions about what happened during those first
few hours to property and animals. Further time and location will be announced.
A Visit with Will Rogers

Doug Watson as Will Rogers
This program is provided by the Kansas Humanities Council, a non-profit organization with 30 years of experience promoting the understanding of the history, traditions and ideas that shape our lives and build community.

Doug Watson is a professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He received his Ph.D. in American literature from Texas Tech.  Professor Watson served as a Fulbright lecturer in American literature in the West African nation of Nigeria in 1988-89. From 1991 to 1997, he toured Kansas and neighboring states with the Great Plains Chautauqua, portraying authors Nathaniel Hawthorne and Stephen Crane. Professor Watson has participated in the KHC History Alive! program since 1993. 


Crawford County Sheriff's Department will be set up on Saturday in the children's area to provide this valuable service.

Be sure to bring your children by to complete the Ident-A-Kid kit.
Lots of surprises throughout the week-end
Watch for Micky Mouse, Donald Duck and other characters throughout the week-end.  Bring your cameras or walk with them over to the photographer for some great photos. 
Plan to spend the entire week-end as you won't want to miss a minute of the fun.

Art, Crafts, Antiques and Collectibles
Food Vendors
We will be hosting our centennial celebration and invite you to be a part of the festivities.  
Our community has gained national recognition for it’s rebuilding efforts and inspiring spirit of its residents.

While we cannot anticipate the number of visitors to the community during that week-end we know the interest has been extremely high.    When actor/director Paul Newman made a generous donation to us news spread across the nation and to foreign countries.  Our community was mentioned nationally and internationally on television, radio and newspapers.   An associated press writer continues to follow our efforts and articles can be seen frequently on the AP wire.   With this in mind we feel that our event will be a very well attended celebration.    As the press has been so gracious to carry our story they plan to do so during our centennial activities.      We hope you will want to be a part of that. 

Please use the following link for a registration application form.   Please fill out the application and return with your fee at your earliest  convenience  as we anticipate a large response and space will be reserved on a first come/first served basis. 

Please visit the rest of our website to find photos and stories of other events and you will see the capacity crowds.    All our events at the new community center have been “sell outs” and we have a waiting list.  

We look forward to seeing you in June of 2007.
Gay Kranker, Co-Chairman, Vendor Registration   (620-347-4305)
Marion Kobak, Co-Chairman, Vendor Registration  (620-347-8444)


E-mail: franklinkansas@yahoo.com