Welcome Sign
Dianna Morrison and Margaret Kennedy, Co-Chairpersons

Read the Dedication Speech

Sign was built by John Nepote with the help of Ray Hamblin (Chairman of Planning and Land Use Committee). 
 Blocks were donated by Joplin Building Material Company, Joplin, Mo.  Bricks were donated by John Nepote. 
Lettering material donated by Poli-Tron, Pittsburg, Ks.    Lettering made by Ron Wilbert and installed by Ron and Butch Maxwell.
  The footings were dug by Henry Ashbacher and Rick Ryder.
  Dianna Morrison tackled the paperwork involved.  
Community volunteers maintain the property.  Thanks to Harold White, Leo Kobak, Ted Wynn and Ray Hamblin. 

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May 11,2005
Community Volunteer (Leo Kobak)
cutting grass
Thanks to Leo Kobak, Harold White and Ted Wynn for keeping this area looking so nice

Footing poured
May 12, 2005

Delivery of Blocks
July 8, 2005

July 11, 2005
Construction begins
Thanks to
John Nepote and Ray Hamblin
for donating their time and talent
to construct the sign

John Nepote
July 12, 2005

John and Ray

Cleaning it off

Project complete except
for lettering

August 12, 2005

August 12, 2005
Dedication of Sign

Dedication Speech
August 12, 2005

Franklin has welcomed residents and visitors with open arms for almost 100 years.  This  sign is an example of the spirit of the residents that continues to welcome visitors to this wonderful community.

Today marks the beginning of another phase of the rebuilding of Franklin.  Each of our accomplishments would not have been possible without the help, dedication and hard work of our residents and friends. 

We always feel it is hard to name one single individual for making something possible but we would like to publicly thank the individuals who made this sign a reality.   John Nepote built the sign with the help of Ray Hamblin who is chairman of our Planning and Land Use Committee, Ron Wilbert made the lettering which he and Butch Maxwell installed,  the footings were dug by Henry Ashbacher and Rick Ryder.   The materials for the sign were donated by John Nepote, Ron Wilbert and Joplin Building Supply.  

We also thank the volunteer crew who work so diligently to keep this corner looking nice by keeping the grass cut - Harold White, Leo Kobak, Ted Wynn and Tim Foxwell.   Thanks to Dianna Morrison for tackling the paperwork involved.   There are many others who have spent countless hours in the planning and paperwork involved with making this sign a reality and we thank all of them.  

We would like to thank everyone for working so hard to make this day possible. We also want to thank each of you for coming. 

We dedicate this sign to those who have made Franklin their home throughout the years.  

 You can be assured that the spirit of Franklin remains!!!!

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