Franklin, Kansas Guestbook


fred.w.bogatay@spiritaero.com

Phyllis, I want to tell you and the staff of Franklin Community Council,  that I think you all did a wonderful jobof putting the centennial celebration together and making it happen.    Everything I saw was first rate.   Thanks to all of you for a great job and thanks for letting me be a part of it.  I thoroughly enjoyed that!!   Fred W. Bogatay

-Monday, June 25, 2007

I lived in Franklin from 1985 to 1991. When Rust & Dust Antiques had the pink (originally red and intended to stay that way) and white stripes facing the highway, that was my idea. I had thought to paint one side of the corrugation white and one side red, so the building would seem to change colors as you passed it on the highway, but frankly, I was lazy.
I hope Jim Reed's sculpture "The Crossing Point" remains intact before the smaller Franklin Mini-Storage building.

I am therefore happy to see that the continuing residents are not being lazy about rebuilding. It's good that you have a community center again--I recall going to political caucuses at the old one.

Certainly having a post office was convenient for my mother (Carol Doss, now dodging tornadoes in Mulvane, Kansas), as there was a good deal of mailing involved with her antiques-and-collectibles business. In Japan, we're beginning the process of postal privatization, so within a few years Japanese communities of the size of Franklin are likely to be post-office-less, too. I rather wish Japan and the US would spend more time trading their good ideas and less time trading the bad ones back and forth.

I recall being told once that that stretch of sidewalk from Franklin to Arma was the longest continuous stretch of sidewalk in the US when it was laid. I have no corroboration of that, but it's an interesting factoid or pseudo-fact. It was a wonderful place to walk of an evening, though. I will long remember a lot just east of business 69 ("Main Street" in my mind, though I'm uncertain what it was called when the street signs went up) where lightning bugs (or fireflies, if you prefer) would gather in the summer--it was incredibly beautiful. I hope the fireflies continue to inhabit Franklin.

I received reports and pictures of the aftermath of the tornado from friends in the area within days of its occurrence, but I've only now come across this website. It is regrettable that the most recent postings have spam attachments. I hope posts after my own are more substantive.

Congratulations on your new community center, and thanks for providing a very nice community for me for a few years of my life.

Thane Doss
-Thursday, November 17, 2005 at 07:20:41 (PST)
tomandmuriel@juno.com
South Easton, MA USA
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Born in "Camp 42" just off highway 7 at Scammon in 1930.
Nephew to John and Vi and Frank and Irene Ascanio of Cherokee....
-Tuesday, November 08, 2005 at 04:21:14 (PST)
Frances Kacsmar nee Femec
fkacs46239@aol.com
New Cumberlalnd, WV USA
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-Sunday, November 06, 2005 at 08:38:39 (PST)
Karol Faxon (Kranker)
akfaxon@hotmail.com
Springfield , MO USA
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It was so nice finding this site. I've done a lot of reading! It brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my face. I read about so many notorious people. I am Paul Krankers youngest daughter; I believe I've heard the "last name" of every one I read about today. The stories I've heard from my dad, my grandmother (Frances Kranker) my uncle and my cousin (Donny & Aaron Kranker) It felt like I knew everyone. What a nice feeling.
One last note: To my Uncle Donny, Your struggle is over...yet the journey has just begun...You will be missed by all that knew you.
Special thoughts of You... will put a smile on so many faces, and cherished memories will be held tightly in the hearts of those who loved you....Memories last forever, You will be with us...Always
-Sunday, October 30, 2005 at 06:44:54 (PST)
Ed West
mr.ed@earth1.net
Charleston, Wv USA
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My friend Ray Hamblin from Franklin Kansas i use to work with in Raphine Virginia sent me the Website,it is real nice.Iput it in my Favorites File............. Mr.Ed
-Monday, October 17, 2005 at 15:44:13 (PDT)
Tom and Michelle Pack
wheatjumpers@yahoo.com
McCune, KS USA
My name is Michelle Pack and my husband Tom Pack is the construction superintendent for Tri-State building in charge of the Community Center project. I've seen the building in several stages along the way and I have to say, it is a beautiful space that I know will bring years of enjoyment to the citizens of Franklin as well as any visitors. The design is practical but also respects, and pays tribute to the history of Franklin. I am very proud of the part my husband has played in rebuilding this community, and I know that he has enjoyed his time working there. I know that when this project is completed it will be something that Franklin will be proud of for a long time to come. Franklin is a wonderful community that has worked hard to overcome a terrible setback and I'm sure the community will continue to grow and prosper.
-Wednesday, October 05, 2005 at 16:05:18 (PDT)
Kim Strickland Bennion
lehikoreanmomma@hotmail.com
Lehi, UT USA
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I am the daughter of Betty Jean Kissee Strickland Lawson. I learned to Polka at Grandaddy Troy Kissee's when in Franklin. I loved walking to Kolinger's Grocery store for candy and ice cream in Arma. I, like my brother, miss the Italian sausage, bread sticks and hard crust bread. When it comes to Kansas for me, I have found that you can always come home just by visiting your memories. Thanks for the memories!
-Tuesday, October 04, 2005 at 23:13:51 (PDT)
John Partin
partin@charter.net
St. Louis, MO USA
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I used to visit with Henry Mariotti at his old grocery store every chance I got back in the 60's. He was a lovely man. Too bad his old store was whisked away with the tornado.
-Tuesday, October 04, 2005 at 04:40:47 (PDT)
Marc Strickland (Oldest son of Betty Kissee)
magnoliasprings@cox.net
Niceville, Fl USA
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My earliest childhood memories are going to visit my grandparents in Pittsburgh and my grandfather, Troy Kissee, in Franklin. I still crave the hardcrust bread...Mom brings some with her from Salt Lake City when she comes to visit. You are such a wonderful group of people...truly the GREATEST GENERATION! Mine could learn a lot from yours.
-Sunday, September 25, 2005 at 18:09:49 (PDT)
Greg & Stefanie Beesley
beesley1@cox.net
Salina , ks USA
-Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 20:09:11 (PDT)
Mary Carter (Chelesnik)
mkc@sbcglobal.net
Fair Grove, Mo USA
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Hi, I think this site is wonderful. I have tears still going down my face, after looking at the destruction. My grandparents' home was hit. John and the late Gena Chelesnik. My dad, John Chelesnik, also grew up in Franklin. I spent much time there also as a child. My aunt and cousins still live there, as well as my Grandpa. My heart goes out to those who will forever mourn their loss. God Bless you all and I look forward to visiting this site often.
-Friday, September 02, 2005 at 20:44:01 (PDT)
Logan Collins
loganc@ckt.net
Arma, KS USA
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Wonderful Site!
-Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 15:59:28 (PDT)
Natalie Bartos
flwerbaby3900@comcast.net
Batavia, IL USA
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Hi!! My name is Natalie Bartos.i really want to be a storm chaser when i grow up or study about tornados. they look scary but cool!!!!
-Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 15:11:30 (PDT)
cheerchik92@cableone.net
neodesha, ks
USA
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yeah hey.. my great grandparetns were in this tornato.. gene and cathy
McDaniel.. they r great ppl....i was deistated at the news. my mother
and i came to help asap..i am glad every one is sticking together i am
very well known there.... good luck with new consrtrucksion.. love
foever. angel cordray
-Saturday, July 23, 2005 at 14:15:54 (PDT)

Nicola
nicola.bottazzi@virgilio.it
Mantova, ITALY
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I found yer web site surfin' on the web lookin' 4 some pics of
Tornadoes.
Terrible is what happened to yer town, I hope you rebuilt your city
even nicer than before!
Greetings from Italy, God bless you all

Nick
Mantova, North Italy
-Sunday, July 10, 2005 at 05:49:53 (PDT)

kathy
camillus, ny
USA
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-Saturday, June 25, 2005 at 21:42:39 (PDT)

Pam Reid
cleanair25@yahoo.com
ft. worth, tx
USA
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I love your website. It is very informative. Looking forward to
visiting your town in the near future.

-Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 21:23:40 (PDT)

rn_lisa@classicnet.net
Fort Scott, KS
USA
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Hello everyone!

I am so glad to see the web site. As a child, I spent my early years
growing up in Franklin and I have quite a few family members that lived
and still lives in the community and surrounding area. My father built
our first home in Franklin. His name was Robert Peternell. It was a
beautiful brick home with a small brick courtyard in front that was
located (and still is today) a few houses north of the old post office.
I just want you to know that my heart goes out to each and every one of
you for the hard times you have had to endure because of the tornado.
My prayers are with you and just remember to keep the faith that one
day Franklin will be bigger and better than ever!

God Bless,
Lisa More
-Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 04:33:50 (PST)

Ted & Sue Wynn
twyn@ckt.net
Franklin, KS
USA
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New Life Baptist Church is proud to be part of the Franklin
Community.
-Friday, February 18, 2005 at 16:34:19 (PST)

Makenzie Stansbury
Kenzielane@msn.com
Mulberry, KS
USA
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-Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 23:55:35 (PST)

Chris
New York, NY
USA
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Its the second time I visited your web site. Looks interesting.
-Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 19:15:56 (PST)

gbazin@swbell.net
Katy, TX
USA
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My parents are from there. My grandfather build the post office that
was hit by the storm. His name was Sam Manci. I just drove through
there the other day and I was suprised by what had happen. It was the
first time since the storm.
-Friday, December 24, 2004 at 16:58:01 (PST)

frank@syswiz.com
Elizabeth, CO
USA
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I stumbled across this site while looking for information on my family.
I was devastated to hear about the Tornado as names I recognized. Names
Marie Shaffter and the Pichler’s were my Great Grandparents
neighbors.
My Great Grandparents (Earl and Muriel Shopmier’s) house was
between
their houses. I visited them many times as a child.
I also have found out Joseph and Ameila Wimler lived in a house on the
main street of Franklin, they had five children, Joesph Jr., Irma,
Andrew, Frank, and Fanne. If any one has any information, please drop
me a note.
Thanks,
Frank Wimler III
frank@syswiz.com

-Thursday, December 02, 2004 at 17:50:15 (PST)

Ms B Kinabrew Rusco
Wyandotte County, KS
USA
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-Sunday, November 28, 2004 at 05:50:45 (PST)

csdietz@ckt.net
Weir, ks
USA
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Born and raised in Arma to Andrew & Beatrice Ashbacher, love the
area and the people.

-Sunday, October 31, 2004 at 16:53:14 (PST)


Frank and Anna Leban, My Grandparents, Lived in Arma and Franklin For A
Long Time Before Their Deaths. My Father, Frank Leban Went To The Old
School.We Always Went Past The Post Office And The School To Visit.

-Monday, September 13, 2004 at 18:11:27 (PDT)

Tulsa, OK
USA
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-Sunday, September 05, 2004 at 21:39:12 (PDT)

Margaret Beasley
mbeasley40@aol.cpm
Mesquite, Tx
USA
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I live in Texas..have relatives in Franklin and hope that the
rebuilding is going well.
-Sunday, September 05, 2004 at 01:34:39 (PDT)

abelliveau@wi.rr.com
Kenosha, WI
USA
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I really enjoyed visiting your website. I have 3 cousins and their
families
that live in the area. I was visited last year on May 10th, 2003 and
saw
the devestation the tornado left behind. I'm so glad everyone is
putting
Franklin back together. I think St. Philip Neri saved my cousins home
from
the tornado. I too was in the church many years ago and hate to see
history
torn down. However the inside of the church was terrible condition and
it
would have cost my cousins a fortune to refurbish it.
-Wednesday, August 25, 2004 at 01:41:33 (PDT)

Rissy
Wichita, Ks
USA

-Monday, August 23, 2004 at 10:02:17 (PDT)

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-Thursday, July 29, 2004 at 02:39:22 (PDT)

I stumbled across the website by searching on my mother's
maiden
name (Lipasek, Louise) and Kansas. I was hoping to get in contact with
my mothers family. I was saddened to hear about the tornado and the
devastation that occurred in Franklin. I have a lot of fond memories of
Kansas. When I was younger, my family would visit, usually around the
Fourth of July. We
would drive from California to Kansas, a long and tiring journey. But
oh
what a fun time it was when we finally made it Kansas. Visiting with
all
the aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. Everyone was so friendly and
hospitable. I long for those golden days. Since finding this website, I
have gotten in
touch with Phyllis, and Betty Jean. What a great website this is
Phyllis. You have done a great job. I hope to hear from more family
members. Would love to come back to Kansas for a family reunion, should
one be organized. God Bless Franklin!
-Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 20:13:11 (PDT)

Alexey
New York , NY united
states

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-Wednesday, June 09, 2004 at 05:06:23 (PDT)

Larry Bishop
ve3lab@msn.com
North Bay, Canada
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Just stopped by to say Hi.
-Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 01:14:13 (PDT)

mrjeffries@jasperffa.org
Lamar, MO
USA
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Jasper FFA
Website

Really good to hear that the spirit lives on. The same tornado that
destroyed your town destroyed the farm of my grandparents, Don
and Jane Miller in Irwin, MO. This is the 3rd time that their home had
been destroyed by a natural disaster.....2 tornadoes, 1
fire...
-Friday, May 07, 2004 at 14:43:30 (PDT)

smokin_shane@hotmail.com

mulberry, kansas
USA
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frankln
kansas

-Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 19:56:19 (PDT)

Kayla L.
missmarie_12304@yahoo.com
Arma , ks
USA
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franklinkansas.com
I love the site ~!~ it's great to remember Franklin ~!~ i will always
~!~ you guys who founded this site are great citizens ~!~ im in 7th
grade in northeast jr. high and im very thankful of the luck of the
storm that didn't harm more people than it did ~!~
-Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 19:53:38 (PDT)

kurtis
arma, ks
USA
msn
im rerally sorry about every thing hope it gets better
-Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 19:50:24 (PDT)

Joyce McGeorge
shanslady54@yahoo.com
Pittsburg, Ks
USA
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-Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 04:36:48 (PDT)

Joel Hurley
jhurley8@cox.net
Frontenac, KS
USA
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Veda Maxwell is a very smart and bright person who helps me, so, I know
Franklin with her help, will be on their toes again.
-Thursday, April 29, 2004 at 12:35:36 (PDT)

jeffheffernan@comcast.net
Aurora, IL
USA
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-Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 11:36:38 (PDT)

Frontenac, Ks
USA
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I saw the supercell go over my house and then it touched down five
miles away.
-Wednesday, April 21, 2004 at 00:24:06 (PDT)

Blake McCracken
blakem21@hotmail.com
loveland, COLORADO
USA
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its all good. who wrote that quote. credit to them.
-Saturday, April 10, 2004 at 23:25:29 (PDT)

becky.pace@envisionus.com
Pittsburg, KS
USA
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My aunt and uncle were Joe and Josie Maghe.
-Monday, April 05, 2004 at 14:50:12 (PDT)

Findlay, OH
USA
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Hello Franklin! We are the Aunt and Uncle of Craig
Stokes. We are so proud that he is serving your community. Three
cheers for your recovery since the storm.
-Wednesday, March 24, 2004 at 00:13:35 (PST)

gail Panalsek
trevillian1@aol.com
rock springs , wy
USA
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My aunt in law said that her aunt Francis O'Blak told her about this
site and that she has been donating photos and info to the history of
Franklin,Arma. So I am copying photos off for Lucille and Tony
Panalsek, whose family left this area when they were young uns. to come
up here to Wyoming for work. They remember the area and
the people left behind most fondly. and will enjoy seeing photos of the
days gone by and even current photos of everyone that is still holding
down the forts in Kansas. anyone who wants to say hi to them just
e-mail
me and I will gladly pass them along. God Bless
-Monday, March 22, 2004 at 15:59:40 (PST)

Jackie Tassi Grigsby
jsgrigs@everestkc.net
Shawnee, Ks
USA
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Franklin, Kansas
Guestbook

What a wonderful web site, and what a trip down memory lane!!! It
brought tears to my eys when I saw my deceased grandmother in one of
the pictures at a New Year's eve party at the community hall. My
parents, Veto and Roberta Tassi, still live in Franklin and I visit
quite often. I have lived and raised my own family in the Overland
Park, Kansas area for the last 35 years, but Franklin, Kansas has
always been 'home' in my heart. After the May 4 tornado, the people
in the Franlin and Arma area were so helpful, kind, resourceful, and
strong.
-Sunday, March 21, 2004 at 15:58:08 (PST)

screpinsek@usd246.org
Arma, KS
USA
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This is a very good site. My mom and dad Henry & Virginia
Pichler
has moved back to their new home built on the site of their old home.
They are very happy to be back home. I grew up in Franklin during the
50s and 60s. Franklin Grade school was a school where 3 grades were
taught in 3 rooms of the old school. Mr. Ryder would be the equal of
todays junior high teacher. He was a great piano player and I remember
all the kids begging him to play the 12th Street Rag as this was our
favorite song. Going to Hank's store and Bruffy's was part of our
everyday life. Visiting Aunt Stefina & Uncle Sam
Manci. I remember how he would play his mandolin for us and sing. Going
to the post office and Eddie selling all the kids stamps for their
collections. I remember how the girls, Carol Krasovec, Phyllis, Linda
Septak, and
I would walk by the old company store and be scared half to death. Get
times. Franklin is on the road to rebuilding. Thank God a lot of the
folks survived.
-Thursday, March 18, 2004 at 01:01:30 (PST)

Sherry Pichler Crepinsek
screpinsek@usd246.org
Arma, KS
USA
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Growing up in Franklin in the 1950s and 1960s was a wonderful time. As
a child I was sent every day it seems to Hank's grocery store for
someting and Bruffy's was a place of great mystery. Mr. Bruffy gave me
stamps when I was young as it seems all the kids got into stamp
collecting. Eddie at the post office sold us all stamps for our
collections. Franklin Grade school was a great place. We had 3 grade in
a room. Mr. Ryder was what would now be called the junior high
teacher. He was a wonderful piano player and all the kids would beg
him to play 12th Street Rag. He would play for all of our Christmas
plays. We all had to graduate from Girard in a county seat type of
graduation. Kids today can't even imagine being in a room with 3
grades. Mom &
Dad lost their home in the tornado and as of Feb. 26, 2004 have moved
back
into their newly rebuilt home at the same site. They are very happy and
hope Franklin continues to grow. Thanks for having this site.
-Wednesday, March 17, 2004 at 23:27:36 (PST)

Jennifer Ramirez
cheetah_1_2003@yahoo.com
Atwood, Illinois
USA
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-Friday, March 12, 2004 at 19:12:53 (PST)

Scott, La.
USA
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Nice
William Martin Leonard and Nettie Lake Merchant are my grandparants.
Would like to hear from someone about my
mother being a twin Born on April 28 1888. Her name is
Clara B. Leonard. The B. she took after the couple that raised her
Frank J. Baldwin and wife Lena May Leonard. Lena is Williams sister.

Thanks Jim
-Tuesday, February 17, 2004 at 00:13:30 (PST)

Fernando
f_ausar@yahoo.com
Lawrence, KS
USA
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I am from Argentina and I'm interested in Agentine Community located in
Kansas City. Has it any relationship with
my Country? Do you have additional information about it?
In adition I would like to receive a Tornado photo!!
Thanks a lot
Fernando
-Monday, February 16, 2004 at 21:10:50 (PST)

William
USA
Olathe Ford
RVS

I love the Tornado photo! Thanks for providing them.
-Wednesday, February 11, 2004 at 22:46:08 (PST)

Franklin, Ks
USA
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I simply want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and
to thank a couple of special friends who took the time during this busy
holiday season to send checks to
a town so far away from Illinois. It is because of people like them
that keeps Franklin's volunteers going forward despite the huge
undertaking we have before us. We are more determined than ever to turn
around a disaster into a positive movement for the future of Franklin
and
its children. God Bless Everyone!
-Saturday, December 27, 2003 at 03:40:11 (PST)

supermommy-2003@hotmail.com
Franklin, Ks
USA
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-Tuesday, December 02, 2003 at 14:35:02 (PST)

Victoria Maciulski
toria@mumbojumbo.com
Ventura, CA
USA
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I was born in Eureka and so was my mother, Beverly Gamblian. We still
have relatives in Eureka, Emporia and other places, including Missouri.
I just want to wish everyone there the best and God Bless you all as
you find the strength to rebuild your lives.
-Sunday, November 16, 2003 at 10:57:47 (PST)

Ona Pitts
onapitts@hotmail.com
Baxter Springs, KS
USA
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-Wednesday, November 12, 2003 at 20:45:34 (PST)

Robert Craig Stokes
rcstokes@ckt.net
Franklin , Ks
USA
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Franklin Community Update
November 10 2003
Six months have passed since the May 4, 2003
tornado which destroyed or damaged approximately 80 homes in
Franklin, Kansas. The loss of the homes and community buildings
has had a tremendous impact on the community and many families.
Many of those families were relocated with the help of surrounding
communities and wonderful people in the area.

In the last six months there have been many challenges that Franklin
has faced or is facing. The rebuilding progress
is moving right along although it is very costly to all involved.
The loss of the post office has crippled the community by taking
communication alternatives away from all who patronized the post
office. The
goal of the community is to bring the post office back to the residents
of Franklin and volunteers continue to work on that project.

The Community Center lost in the tornado will remain in the minds of
all for many years. It fostered the growth and community spirit of
Franklin. Many lives were tailored and touched by it’s
presence over
the years. The Community of Franklin is in
the process of rebuilding the Community Center. The architects and
engineers are in the process of developing a contract for services.
Construction should begin in the spring or before if progress continues
to move forward. Once it is rebuilt it will begin the process of
tailoring and touching the lives for it’s residents once
again.

There have been homes rebuilt or repaired in the past 6 months. Growth
is at a steady pace and continues to move forward. The Water District
is preparing to start improvements also in the spring. With the
addition of a 12’ diameter 133’ tall standpipe and
infrastructure
improvements it will enhance the quality of the Water District in many
aspects.

The Sewer Project is another key component for rebuilding the
community. It will enhance growth in the area
of homes and increase the value of land. It will have an environmental
impact that will insure a safe environment in which to live.

There are many plans in the future for the community some of which have
already begun. Future plans include the addition of a Community Park,
Landscaping Projects, Welcome Signs, as well as other projects. Many of
the projects will rely on monetary donations and donations of physical
items. Some item that are needed consist of landscape equipment,
materials for the landscaping, furnishings
for the Community Center, playground and park equipment such as
basketball goals, park benches, swings, etc.

The community is very grateful for all donations thus far and thanks to
all for their physical efforts as well. Anyone wishing to make a
donation can do so by sending their donation to: Franklin Community
Council, Inc., P. O. Box 43, Franklin,
Ks. 66735-0043.

Franklin has a website that has all the information on the community.
It contains information on how to donate, current projects, a guest
book, the history of Franklin and much more.
It has been designed so people can learn about our community and
relate to the sprit that has played a very important role in the
community. The website address is (www.franklinkansas.com). Please
visit the website and enjoy the diligent efforts of it’s
designer. The
community is proud of the website and hopes that you will enjoy it
.

There have been many sad times and some times that have been rewarding
as well. The devastating tornado has touch many lives and hearts but
continues to build spirit and community between all that have been
involved. With the continued help of corporations, individuals and
surrounding communities our goals will be accomplished.

-Tuesday, November 11, 2003 at 09:39:39 (PST)

Stefanie Hohl
DodgeAvenger97@hotmail.com
Pitts, KS
USA
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-Tuesday, October 28, 2003 at 12:19:36 (PST)

Henry Ashbacher
h_ashbacher@hotmail.com
FRANKLIN, KS
USA
* Word of Mouth *

Well more memories to tell all, Grandpa Steve
Prasniker didn't know a stranger, he loved kids, all kids. If
a child would enter his station they would leave with a pocket
full of candy. I can still see him crying over the pot and grinder
where he would be grinding horse radish. I remember Sunday morning
mass at St. Philips Neri Catholic Church, early mass-hard pews-long
sermons-Ashbachers all lined up like little soldiers- and yes the old
famous songs sang week after week, I can go to mass today and not even
look at a music book to sing the songs. My parents were married
there,me and my brothers and sisters where baptized there. Who can
forget Rudy
Karlingers Store and Rudy himself. That was one of the most friendly
places to go as a child or a adult. Franklin sure looks empty, things
are starting to take shape but we have a very large hill to climb to
get her back together. With all your support and prayers Franklin will
come back to life BIGGER AND BETTER THAN SHE ONCE WAS. GOD BLESS ALL
AND
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT. Henry Ashbacher

-Tuesday, October 21, 2003 at 19:32:59 (PDT)

John Hollingshead
f5chaser@cox.net
Broken Arrow,, Ok
USA
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My name is John Hollingshead and I am a storm
chaser who was out chasing the day of May 4, 2003. I was in
Independence when the Franklin storm went up in Osage County in
Oklahoma. Just east of Independence, the storm began to rotate
and by the time I reached the Cherryvale area, it was producing a
ragged wall cloud. I came upon a gentleman north of Cherryvale who had
lost his windshield to baseball sized hail. I was behind the storm
on US 400 until I was east of Parsons. There I encountered a 50 m.p.h.
crosswind as the storm matured and the inflow increased. Even though I
was about six miles away from the storm I could see the wall cloud.
North of McCune, the inflow strengthed even further. I finally saw the
tornado southwest of Girard. In over twenty years of chasing it was
the strongest upward motion I had ever seen. I followed the tornado
until
I lost it east of Franklin near the Missouri line. I went back to
Franklin
afraid of what I would find.
I pulled off of 69 and interviewed Sandra Napier. Even though she had
just lost her home and all of her belongings, she made me feel as
though I was a welcome guest. I called the television station I
freelance for in Tulsa. After the satellite truck arrived, her husband
and another relative stopped by to see if they could bring us back
something to drink. Even in the midst of what happened, they were
thinking of others.
I just wanted the people of Franklin, Ringo and those who were in the
path of the tornado, that I pray for you each day. There is not a day
goes by, that I don't think of you guys. It is small town America that
helps keeps America great. I look forward to visiting your town again
soon.
-Sunday, October 19, 2003 at 18:03:52 (PDT)

Henry P. Ashbacher
h_ashbacher@hotmail.com
Franklin, Ks
USA
* Word of Mouth *
Living in Franklin for
decades.

I live on the corner where my grandparents (Steve and Josephine
Prasniker)had their home and business ( Steve's Place ). My mother
(Beatrice Prasniker Ashbacher) worked for Dobrauc Grocery store for
years. My mom and dad (Andy Ashbacher Sr.) helped with bingo on Sundays
at the Community Hall for years. I as a child can remember working in
my dads garden at my grandparents place, taking a break over at
Karlingers Store and going fishing in the afternoon with Paul Kranker,
Leo Kobak, dad, Rudy Widmer Sr., and my brothers Mike and John. One of
the most memoriable times where the all day
horse shoe pitching contests held beside grandma's house and if it
got to dark than they would put aluminum foil on the pegs and hold
flash lights to see them. My childhood days where full of laughter,
smiles, hugs, parties, friends, family, church, and yes the old thing
called work (gardening and grass mowing were pure hell for a 60#
weakling).
One more thing I can still see my grandma and Aunt Jennie Chebultz
arguing
and fussing over a friendly game of cards and grandma watching the
world turn on t.v. More to come !!!


-Thursday, October 09, 2003 at 21:15:19 (PDT)

Henry P. Ashbacher
h_ashbacher@hotmail.com
Franklin, Ks
USA
* Word of Mouth *
Living in Franklin for
decades.

I live on the corner where my grandparents (Steve and Josephine
Prasniker)had their home and business ( Steve's Place ). My mother
(Beatrice Prasniker Ashbacher) worked for Dobrauc Grocery store for
years. My mom and dad (Andy Ashbacher Sr.) helped with bingo on Sundays
at the Community Hall for years. I as a child can remember working in
my dads garden at my grandparents place, taking a break over at
Karlingers Store and going fishing in the afternoon with Paul Kranker,
Leo Kobak, dad, Rudy Widmer Sr., and my brothers Mike and John. One of
the most memoriable times where the all day
horse shoe pitching contests held beside grandma's house and if it
got to dark than they would put aluminum foil on the pegs and hold
flash lights to see them. My childhood days where full of laughter,
smiles, hugs, parties, friends, family, church, and yes the old thing
called work (gardening and grass mowing were pure hell for a 60#
weakling).
One more thing I can still see my grandma and Aunt Jennie Chebultz
arguing
and fussing over a friendly game of cards and grandma watching the
world turn on t.v. More to come !!!


-Thursday, October 09, 2003 at 21:10:21 (PDT)

Tena and Russ Taylor
rtdstaylor@yahoo.com
Pittsburg, Ks
USA
* The Newspaper *

Russ and I lived in Franklin for 9 years and when we heard that the
tornado had hit Franklin, we had to come and make sure some of the
people we knew were ok. There was damage
and there was pain, but nothing will break the spirit of
Franklin!
-Monday, October 06, 2003 at 19:42:58 (PDT)

doris morlock
blacfairy@hotmail.com
franklin, ks
USA
* Another Web Page *

on may 4th the tornado hit me and my 3 children were in the
bathroom,when it was over the back half of my house was gone except the
bathroom, god it was bad to look at but when
i made it outside i looked across my neighborhood and many houses
where gone not there anymore i then sank to my knees and thanked
god as we were one of the lucky ones thanx to all those who donated
ther time in helping me as my husband was over the road at the time
and was not home god bless franklin and all those who reside here (i
couldn't talk about this till now and just now started driving thru
town instead of taking the long way around)
-Monday, October 06, 2003 at 12:36:52 (PDT)

Henry Paul Ashbacher
h_ashbacher@hotmail.com
Franklin, Ks
USA
* Word of Mouth *

-Sunday, October 05, 2003 at 22:15:19 (PDT)

Lee R. Cunningham
lcunning@gte.net
Goshen, KY
USA
* Word of Mouth *

I am 64 years old and gone from the area since 1956. I have roots in
the area. Cunningham, Hadley, Hefton and others. A very nice
site.
-Wednesday, September 24, 2003 at 14:26:42 (PDT)

Chanda VanDorn
spoiledbrat69420@msn.com
Franklin, ks
USA
* Word of Mouth *

Hey i just thought i would write and tell everyone hello. I seen the
float in the arma parade it was pretty cool. We have a video tape of
the day after the torando but were tryign to get it all on another tape
when that gets done theni will try to put some of the things on the web
site so everyone can see them keep up
the good work franklin lives forever in my mind love everyone
chanda

-Monday, September 15, 2003 at 13:00:45 (PDT)

Ronald Cattelino
Lenexa, KS
USA
* The Newspaper *

Pete Battitori was my great uncle and I remember many visit to his
garage in Franklin. We lived in Arma until 1962 and when I returned to
attend college in Pittsburg, I would visit my great uncle Pete often as
he was a great guy.
-Sunday, September 14, 2003 at 17:50:56 (PDT)

Robert Craig Stokes
rcstokes@ckt.net
Franklin , Ks.
USA
* Word of Mouth *

I wanted to comment on a few issues that I feel are important to me. I
have had the opportunity to work with
some real Heroes over the last 6 months. What a pleasure it has
been.Working with all of them daily helps to keep me working diligently
on these projects as it gets tiring at times.As I watched the Weather
Channel last week it brought tears to my eyes as always when I think
about the May 4th tornado. Like many others that were not as fortunate
I'm sure they were and still are moved emotionally to this day and
rightly so.I did not grow up in Franklin, but I can assure you I care
because my children are. I still pray and continue to do so for the
power to
complete projects to get Franklin back on it's feet.There are still
many
good and positive things progressing along.The Community Center, Water
District, Sewer projects are moving ahead in a positive direction
towards completion.Please keep the Post Office in mind also contact
everyone you
can think of to get it back.There are many contacts (contact link) on
this
web site to do so.I would like to see a multi family project somewhere
in
Franklin that will allow living for the seniors in the community.That
will
come after the Sewer project the good Lord willing. We as a community
must
keep working together in a timely manner and this will all come
true.Thanks to all those Heroes. You know who you are.If anyone would
like to help
please contact me (620-347-8519)anytime.The more Heroes the better
it will only make us stronger!!!
-Saturday, September 13, 2003 at 03:47:43 (PDT)

Evelyn Bryant
evelynbryants@hotmail.com
Franklin, ks
USA
* Word of Mouth *

May 4th.... What a day to remember. Sundays were always the day for my
kids and I to stay home and get caught up with the past weeks tasks.
The night before was Arma Prom and my to oldest ones had plans to go so
I and there little brother also went to take some pictures. THe
following morning my son wanted to take my youngest son and I to a
movie and out to eat which we never do on Sunday's Brandon wanted to
use the coupon's he had won at the Prom the following evening or we
would of probally of been home. We went to Walmart
and had gotten his pictures from Prom developed and finally got home to
get
everything that I hadn't got done for the day started when my Daughter
pulled
in the drive upset because I hadn't gotten her pictures developed.
Needless
to say something just told me to go ahead and get it done after we did
some things around the house. It then was around 4:30 and we were
heading
into Walmarts once again. While waiting to get Amber's pictures done in
the one hour photo center we were all told to go the middle of the
store.
I have never taken Tornado warnings serious. Not even thinking of our
home
after the warning stopped we went ahead and headed towards the house
and
was stopped in the parking lot at Trapper Jacks too be told my house
was
gone............. I couldn't believe it!!!!!!!!!!!! While we drove
towards
Franklin it was such a mess debris every where. People scearming and
crying
it was so hard to find where my house was supposed to be. A few momemts
later
which seemed like forever we found what was left which was only the
front
porch. We lived at 702 South Broadway. The picture in the Pittsburg
Morning
sun the next day of the man holding the young boy is actually my oldest
and
youngest son... the dark spots on my oldest son's shirt is my youngest
son's
tears after finding his dead puppy in the yard. We spent the following
few
days in a Motel in the Pittsburg Area we finally found a home in Arma
which
I am going to purchase because my 9 year old just can't bear the
thought
of living in Franklin again. One thing I can tell anyone who may read
this
don't ever take life for granted and don't think that a Tornadao is the
worst
thing that can happen to you. On June 20th just a few weeks later my
oldest
son died from Natural causes the Doctors say. One thing I have learned
is
to make sure not to go to bed angry at anyone you love and don't take
live
for granted. Live every day like it's your last and always tell your
kids
how much you love them. Don't let the small things consume you so much
that
you don't have room to reason. Live love and be happy. We love you
Brandon
David Bryant 12/04/84-06/20/2003
-Monday, August 25, 2003 at 13:21:17 (PDT)

Kara Harman
Pittsburg, KS
USA
* Word of Mouth *

My Family has lived in Franklin their entire lives. My mom was raised
there. I have my grandpa,Raymond LaSota,my great aunt and uncle,
Virginia and Henry Pichler,my uncle, Andy
LaSota, and my great-great aunt Julia LaSota who also reside there. I
would just like to say thank for everything that people have done
for my entire family. No matter what happens to Franklin it will always
remain the most beautiful place to me in my heart.
-Thursday, August 14, 2003 at 14:23:46 (PDT)

Veda Maxwell
Ghost_Dancer@ckt.net
Franklin, Ks
USA
* Word of Mouth *

Phyllis, again you've outdone yourself on the
website... your
coverage of the Arma Homecoming parade with photos is great!
Thank You doesn't begin to cover what all you, John and Mary-
Ann Houck have done for Franklin... what assets you three
are. This community is fortunate to have such valuable
volunteers the likes of you three and of course, Craig Stokes
and Henry Ashbacher. Because of the efforts
you all have put
into this tragedy, the Spirit of Franklin remains and our
future
is looking brighter.


-Wednesday, August 13, 2003 at 11:31:13 (PDT)

Josephine Barton
dagiefer@carrollsweb.com
Girard, Ks.
USA
* Word of Mouth *

Phyllis, I'm at Betty's house and she showed me the site and really
enjoyed it. I have lots of school pictures if you come by to see my you
can have to copy.
Aunt Blondie
-Wednesday, July 30, 2003 at 14:07:37 (PDT)

Elizabeth Bedene
bizzygirl90@yahoo.com
Franklin, KS
USA
* Word of Mouth *

I think that Franklin is the coolest town, and I am SO SO SO SO SO glad
that Arma is not annexing us!!!!!!!!!!!!
-Thursday, July 17, 2003 at 11:35:31 (PDT)

Kip Kennedy
fhclub@mobil1.net
Pittsburg, KS
USA
* Word of Mouth *

"I'm still shocked by the devastation. Five generations of my
family
have lived in Crawford county.
Immediately following the tornado in our county on May 4th, I
wanted
to come out and help with the clean-up. Sight problems restricted
me
from doing so. I went to the Salvation Army and volunteered my
social
work skills instead. I've been serving as their Disaster Site
Coordinator
ever since. I want to say thank you to the many people, both
tornado
victims and other community members who have
helped me to provide
services to our fellow county residents. I'm
proud to live here,
because this county is populated by generous
and caring people."



-Sunday, July 13, 2003 at 20:16:52 (PDT)

Lynn Morrison
ladylovealot59@yahoo.com
Topeka, Ks
USA
* Word of Mouth *

Like many of you, Franklin was and always will be home and you are all
in my prayers. My mother, Dianna Morrison sent this site to me thru
e-mail and I am glad to see many of
you signing the guest book. Some of you I haven't heard from or
seen in years. Good luck and God Bless all of you.
-Sunday, July 13, 2003 at 13:16:53 (PDT)

Patty (Steinbauer)
pmcdonald@terraworld.net
Chanute, KS
USA
* The Newspaper *

Thank you, Phyllis, for all the time and effort you have put into
creating this site and keeping it current.

To the citizens of Franklin, even though I grew up in Arma, Franklin
plays a significant role in my memories of "home." Your losses touch my
heart, and I'm sickened by the devastation of that horrible tornado. I
also know the pride, strength and spirit of the people in that area.
With the work ethic that we inherited from those original "foreigners"
who bravely settled there from "old country," I'm sure Franklin will be
rebuilt--different, but still a good place to live, a great place to
grow up, a place we can all be proud of. Please know, too, that we
think of you, pray for you, and wish you well. --Patty
-Monday, June 30, 2003 at 21:52:07 (PDT)

Patty (Steinbauer)
pmcdonald@terraworld.net
Chanute, KS
USA
* The Newspaper *

Thank you, Phyllis, for all the time and effort you have put into
creating this site and keeping it current.

To the citizens of Franklin, even though I grew up in Arma, Franklin
plays a significant role in my memories of "home." Your losses touch my
heart, and I'm sickened by the devastation of that horrible tornado. I
also know the pride, strength and spirit of the people in that area.
With the work ethic that we inherited from those original "foreigners"
who bravely settled there from "old country," I'm sure Franklin will be
rebuilt--different, but still a good place to live, a great place to
grow up, a place we can all be proud of. Please know, too, that we
think of you, pray for you, and wish you well. --Patty
-Monday, June 30, 2003 at 21:50:39 (PDT)

Frankie
frankie@umfi.com
Franklin, KS
USA
* Word of Mouth *

I would like to thank you Henry Ashbacher and
his family for giving us a place to stay while rebuilding our
home. I also want to express my appreciation to the Craig Stokes
family for the help and support.
-Monday, June 30, 2003 at 16:35:38 (PDT)

sarah
cancer_cancer2004@yahoo.com
pittsburg, ks
USA
* Another Web Page *

i was going to move here with my parents.and my dad was there, then my
oldest brother went there and got him
20 min. before the thing hit.
-Monday, June 30, 2003 at 14:43:13 (PDT)

Tasha Reeder
tladybug03@yahoo.com
Mulberry, KS
USA
* The Newspaper *

I have family in Franklin and some friends there.My boyfreinds family
is Raymond and Patti Lasota and Courtney and Landon Williams. We would
all like to say thank you for any help
that was done at the house or the trailer. May God Bless You
All.
-Saturday, June 14, 2003 at 10:00:29 (PDT)

Michelle Orlovetz
jewleit@yahoo.com
Welch, Ok
USA
* Word of Mouth *

I can remember going to church on Sundays with my best friend. I hope
and pray for a fast recovery
-Friday, June 13, 2003 at 16:52:36 (PDT)

Amy Russell Sauchuk
Dreams0625@comcast.net
Naples, Fl
USA
* Word of Mouth *

-Friday, June 13, 2003 at 11:05:01 (PDT)

JoAnne McCamey
JoAnne@SecurityTrustRealty.com
Chino, ca
USA
* Word of Mouth *

I visited my mother's Aunt Stefena and Uncle Sam in Franklin, Kansas 35
years ago on my honeymoon. I have fond memories of the little wood
plank floored general store with pot belly
stove, the post office, the lovingly cared for homes and yards (with
flowers and fruit trees) and the kind, friendly people. Seeing the
devastation of the May 2003 tornado through this website has saddened
my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with all the townspeople and
those
many others who were effected.
-Friday, June 13, 2003 at 09:13:30 (PDT)

Howard Sr., Howard Jr. and Kristen
Whitehead

VMG@USWEST.NET
Arma , KS
USA
* Word of Mouth *

May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble.
May the Name of God defend you
May He send you help from the sanctuary
And strengthen you
May He remember all your offerings
Peace be with You
-Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 12:15:22 (PDT)

chanda
franklin , ks
USA
* Word of Mouth *

i live in franklin ks my house was hit by the
torando but it was not as bad as wveryone elses it hit are house
with the tail as it was going down i live on ninth st in franklin
we rebuilt are house i was very good neighbors with the lady that
died she was very noce i just want to say i'm really sorry to her
family she was very much loved in this neighborhood. thanks to everyone
who has prayed for us in this time .
-Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 11:52:08 (PDT)

chanda
USA

-Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 11:48:11 (PDT)

Valleria Steele
steelebuster@aol.com
St. Joseph, MO
USA
* Word of Mouth *

I have a friend that grew up in Franklin. She
sent me this.
-Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 07:15:07 (PDT)

Katrina Vaughn
kat_696969@hotmail.com
Front Royal, VA
USA
* Word of Mouth *

my mom sent me the site through an email. You
might know her as Terry Fletcher/Vaughn. I'm so sorry that the
town had to go through this devastation. Hopefully everything can
be replaced in some way

-Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 00:47:45 (PDT)

Dianne Neal
kdn@peoplepc.com
Farmington, AR.
USA
* Word of Mouth *

-Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 20:56:41 (PDT)

Terry Fletcher Vaughn
tvaughn@ckt.net
McCune, Ks.
USA

-Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 13:24:35 (PDT)

Lorene Martins
lorenemarykay@hotmail.com
Perry, KS
USA
* Word of Mouth *

You are all in my prayers. Through Christ all things are
possible.
-Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 09:07:19 (PDT)

Carrin Ketchum
ChristianBookstore@sbcglobal.net
Baxter Springs, KS
USA
* Word of Mouth *

Psalm 34:18 NLT
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
he rescues those who are crushed in spirit.


-Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 08:41:15 (PDT)

Whitney
Glitter142005@hotmail.com
franklin, ks
USA
* Word of Mouth *

I live in franklin to. I grew up here and the
storm shelter door flew open. When I saw that thing I cried! It was
truly was the ugliest thing ever!
-Tuesday, June 10, 2003 at 22:14:17 (PDT)

Cathy & Gene McDaniel
catmc@ckt.net
Franklin, Kansas
USA
* Word of Mouth *

I would like to thank everyone who help out. We lost our garage and
some of the items in it by the storm. I would like to give a special
thanks to my brother Jim Wood and his son Pat and his son-in-law big A
for helping us do the clean up as my
husband has a health problen and wasn't able to help.Also I would like
to thank Phylis for the web site. God bless everyone and FRANKLIN WILL
BE BACK.
-Monday, June 09, 2003 at 18:34:59 (PDT)

Denise Ledford
Lfelena@wmconnect.com
Joplin, MO
USA
* Word of Mouth *

I applaude the courage of the people of Franklin. I lived in Franklin
from 1970 to 1978 and still feel as if it
is my hometown. If I thought it would be of any help I would gladly
sign a petition for the Post Office to be rebuilt or any other petition
to help Franklin rebuild.
-Saturday, June 07, 2003 at 17:31:53 (PDT)

Clementine Bardazone Stafford
cds@ckt.net
Arma, Ks
USA
* Word of Mouth *

Thank you Phyllis for setting up this page. You have done such an
excellent job. I have e-mailed to some of the people on here who I
hadn't heard of for years. Thanks, Clem
-Friday, June 06, 2003 at 20:51:53 (PDT)

Mark Couch
Ripper2504@aol.com
Joplin, Mo
USA
* The Newspaper *

As a former resident of Franklin, I came back
to check on former neighbors and friends and to offer my assistance in
whatever way I could be of help. The destruction is beyond description.
It is a miracle there was not more loss of life in the storms that hit
the area. This site is a great tribute to the people of Franklin and to
the human spirit!
-Monday, June 02, 2003 at 23:42:18 (PDT)

Joe Lee Maghe
the_cw_collector@yahoo.com
Riverton, KS
USA
* The Newspaper *

Thanks to all for contributing to this page and paying tribute to a
"Hometown like no other". Thanks too for
the many prayers and good wishes to our family in the loss of Mom.
God bless.
Joe Maghe
-Monday, June 02, 2003 at 20:42:30 (PDT)

Janis Priest
jrpriest712@hotmail.com
Lamar, mo
USA
* The Newspaper *

The Franklin community will be in my prayers.
-Monday, June 02, 2003 at 12:48:36 (PDT)

linda slifka
heartof5@hotmail.com
pittsburg, ks
USA
* The Newspaper *

franklin,kansas what a fine place to call home.let's not stop calling
it home.we all love the small towm and the people.
-Monday, June 02, 2003 at 09:23:53 (PDT)

Jenny
Arma, ks
USA
* The Newspaper *

i know it is almost a month now but i just wanted to say everyone is
still on our minds and in our hearts. you
know a lot of people don't realize how bad it is in Franklin because
to be honest i didnt i knew it was bad but...my sisters and i (we grew
up in arma,franklin area) drove up to the main street there in franklin
that is when it really hit us how bad it was. we could NOT even picture
what was there it is just so unbelieve. my heart goes out to everyone
that had (and still is) going threw the losts and stuff...God bless you
all and remember EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON WHY? we sometimes
NEVER know...but you all are thought about each and every
day...
-Thursday, May 29, 2003 at 16:04:06 (PDT)

Elizabeth Bedene
bizzygirl90@yahoo.com
Franklin, KS
USA
* Word of Mouth *

I think that the makers of this page have done a really good job thank
you for all the hard work you have put into this
-Wednesday, May 28, 2003 at 13:52:11 (PDT)

Janet Bedene
jbedene@hotmail.com
Ratcliff, AR
USA
* Word of Mouth *

It looked even worse on site.
-Wednesday, May 28, 2003 at 06:58:36 (PDT)

Kaplan College Students
Davenport, ia
USA
* Word of Mouth *

You are all in our thoughts and prayers... GOD BLESS YOU
ALL....
-Tuesday, May 27, 2003 at 19:05:41 (PDT)

Dianna Morrison
wrmorrison@ckt.net
Franklin, ks
USA
* Word of Mouth *

Thank you so very much for the web site. We were only hurt a very
little. We do still have an address in Franklin. Our hearts go out to
our neighbors and friends who lost so much.
Our love to all & our town of Franklin. Dianna
-Monday, May 26, 2003 at 19:34:45 (PDT)

Bryan E. Tobiason
ubet426@hotmail.com
Shawnee , KS
USA
* Word of Mouth *

I hope the Bedene Family well in there overcoming of the
Tornado!
-Monday, May 26, 2003 at 14:01:12 (PDT)

Pastor Dale Carter
pastr7@yahoo.com
Vancleave, Ms
USA
* Word of Mouth *
www.franklinkansas.com
we are sorry to hear and see all that has happend in your
area we have prayed for your familys before the storm came and as they
hit and the aftermath thank god that his hand of protection spared more
then this this magnatude could have destroyed. are sympanthy goes out
to all the lives that was lost and are prayer will continue for your
strenght tfor the days forward.
-Saturday, May 24, 2003 at 06:36:58 (PDT)

CATHY BEARD
beardcathy@hotmail.com
joplin, mo
USA
tornado
I AM PRAYING EACH AND EVERY DAY FOR ALL THE PEOPLE THAT LOST ANYTHING
IN THIS TORNADO. BUT REMEMBER GOD WAS WITH YOU AND YOU ARE STILL ALIVE.
THAT IS SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR. WE NEVER UNDERSTAND WHY THINGS
HAVE TO HAPPEN. BUT KNOW SOMEHOW IN THE END IT ALWAYS WORKS OUT AND GOD
IS CARRYING YOU THR ALL THESE TOUGH TIMES.

GOD BLESS YOU
CATHY BEARD
-Friday, May 23, 2003 at 07:08:30 (PDT)

Jackie Sims
ksangel66712@hotmail.com
Arma, Kan
USA
* Word of Mouth *

It is hard to believe all those homes are gone! My husband, son and I
were in Granby Mo. when the tornado hit
franklin. We had just driven through Carl Junction about 15mins before
a tornado hit there. My son's grandparents live in Franklin in Dr.
Kellers house and office and when we got to franklin and found out
what happened we were panicked! We were able to get to their house and
found their old garage gone and all the devastation, we were sick. I
just thank God that Mr. and Mrs. Morrison was at KU hospital with their
youngest daughter when it hit. Our hearts go out to everyone that was
a victim of nature. Thank you for this site and all that you have put
into it.
-Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at 20:44:35 (PDT)

bobby mcdaniel
bmcdaniel2@cox.net
Franklin, Kansas
USA
* Word of Mouth *

Thank you for all the Info. about the disaster in Franklin and
elsewhere. It is hard to believe this is happening to us. I was one who
had only slight damage but it realy made a
beliver out me. Thanks Again For the fine work.
-Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at 13:25:51 (PDT)

jeff and becky gibson
jcnblgibson@comcast.net
olathe, ks
USA
* Word of Mouth *

are prayers to all in frankin god bless u all
-Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 18:29:27 (PDT)

Rosilyn Wells
All4Roz@yahoo.com
Arma, KS
USA
* The Newspaper *

My heart and prayers go out to everyone in Franklin. It's good to know
in times like these we can all come together and help. God Bless all
who where touched in some way by the tornado, I pray that God keeps you
strong during these times and that you are all able to rebuild your
lives as well as homes with the help of
caring people in our comunity. God Bless You All!!!
-Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 06:50:55 (PDT)

peter shead
sheadp@tpg.com.au
thornbury, vic
australia
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hi from melbourne australia we were there last month in pittsbugh when
the storms hit hope everything is gettting back to normal now bye from
down under
-Monday, May 19, 2003 at 23:31:42 (PDT)

LISA JAMISON
PANDA30@CABLEONE.NET
NEODESHA, KS
USA
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MY NAME IS LISA JAMISON.MY DAUGHTER AND SON ARE THE GREATGRAND CHILDREN
OF GENE MCDANIEL AND HIS WIFE CATHY MCDANIEL.MY CHILDREN HAVE ALOT OF
YOUNG MEMEROURS OF FRANKLIN,KS ,IT IS SAD
TO SEE WHAT HAD HAPPENEND TO THE TOWN.MY DAUGHTER ANGEL TELLS ME
ABOUT A DANCE SHE HAD WENT TO THERE AT THE CENTER IN FRANKILN AND
AUTIONS AND X-MAS PARTIES .ECT SHE IS OINLY 10 AND REMEMBERS GOING
HONKEY TONK WITH HER GRANDFATHER GENE AS THEY WOULD CALL IT ANYWAYS I
AM GOING TO END THIS WITH GOD BLESS ALL OF FRANKLIN AS WELL AS THE
OTHER TOWNS AND CITYS THAT WERE HIT.
-Monday, May 19, 2003 at 19:40:17 (PDT)
-Monday, May 19, 2003 at 19:35:23 (PDT)
-Monday, May 19, 2003 at 19:45:03 (PDT)

LISA JAMISON
PANDA30@CABLEONE.NET
NEODESHA, KS
USA

WITH HER GRANDFATHER GENE AS THEY WOULD CALL IT ANYWAYS I AM GOING TO
END THIS WITH GOD BLESS ALL OF FRANKLIN
AS WELL AS THE OTHER TOWNS AND CITYS THAT WERE HIT.
-Monday, May 19, 2003 at 19:40:17 (PDT)

LISA JAMISON
PANDA30@CABLEONE.NET
NEODESHA, KS
USA
* Word of Mouth *

MY NAME IS LISA JAMISON.MY DAUGHTER AND SON ARE THE GREATGRAND CHILDREN
OF GENE MCDANIEL AND HIS WIFE CATHY MCDANIEL.MY CHILDREN HAVE ALOT OF
YOUNG MEMEROURS OF FRANKLIN,KS ,IT IS SAD
TO SEE WHAT HAD HAPPENEND TO THE TOWN.MY DAUGHTER ANGEL TELLS ME
ABOUT A DANCE SHE HAD WENT TO THERE AT THE CENTER IN FRANKILN AND
AUTIONS AND X-MAS PARTIES .ECT SHE IS OINLY 10 AND REMEMBERS GOING
HONKEY TONK
-Monday, May 19, 2003 at 19:35:23 (PDT)

Dori Garrison
dorigarrison@hotmail.com
Arma, KS
USA
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Great site for tornado pictures! Thanx to craig Stokes!
-Monday, May 19, 2003 at 12:55:52 (PDT)

Brian & Guyla Curl
agapeentertainment@yahoo.com
Pittsburg, KS
USA
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Anyone looking at these pictures and reading about the memories knows
that we have to help all our neighbors. Agape Entertainment/Heartland
Records from Pittsburg KS will be putting on Country Storm Benefit at
Foxtown City Limits on June 7, 2003 with all ticket proceeds and area
business donations to be donated to the tornado victims. This should be
a fun evening, which the victims truly need after this tragedy. Our
hearts go out to all who are affected from this disaster and Brian
& I hope we can raise enough to make a difference in your lives.
God Bless everyone who has helped.
-Monday, May 19, 2003 at 10:18:40 (PDT)

Nancy Fedell
nanfed@180com.net
Cody, WY
USA
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Have been watching stories about the destruction caused by the tornado.
My mother, Mary (Cukjati) Fedell grew up in Franklin, my dad's family
lived at Breezy Hill (Felix Fedell). My cousin Dr. Joe Cukjati lives on
the old home place now, and cousins Jean Elnicki, Rick Elnicki and the
Mark Blanchos still live in the area. I made my First Communion at St.
Philip Neri Church, and have downloaded photos for my mom and dad to
look at. What a terrible shame, we think of everyone there and pray for
you.

-Monday, May 19, 2003 at 09:20:11 (PDT)

R.J. Wilson
wilson@house.state.ks.us
Pittsburg, KS
USA
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Thank you for putting this site up on the web. I have enjoyed learning
more about your community and I hope to
continue to be of assistance as you rebuild. Good luck with all of
your endeavors.
-Monday, May 19, 2003 at 06:39:35 (PDT)

Frank Dernosek, Jr
genafee@msn.com
Blue Springs, MO
USA
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I grew up and went to school in Franklin and Arma HS. To drive down the
highway in Franklin and see all the destruction is unreal. To drive
down the highway in Franklin and see, makes a person wonder how so many
people were saved from injurys. My sisters live there; Rose and Harold
Goyette, Margaret Lakey and nephew David Lakey, Aunt Emma Maghe were
all safe, although damages to their homes, they are alight and we are
so thankful for that.

My cousin, Emil Maghe lives in Argentine, Kansas here in KC area also.
Saw Eva Palango while there, she is alright, had damages. Mary Sullivan
slept through the storm, she is alright.
-Sunday, May 18, 2003 at 14:29:25 (PDT)

Frank Dernosek, Jr.
genafee@msn.com
Blue Springs, MO
USA
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I grew up in Franklin and have fond memories of the place. It is sad to
actually see down the highway, and see all the destruction there.
Pictures are okay, but to see for yourself and be there is unreal. My
sisters, Rose and Harold Goyette, Margaret Lakey and her son David
Lakey all took cover from the storm, and
my aunt, Emma Maghe made it through the storm in a hallway at home.
Their homes are damaged, however they are alright.

Thank you for the website Phyllis. I live in Blue Springs, the KC area.
My cousin Emil Maghe lives in Argentine, KS, the KC area. Good to hear
from all of you who have written.
-Sunday, May 18, 2003 at 14:17:15 (PDT)

Kathy (Gartner) Lamb
katlamb@ckt.net
Farlington, KS
USA
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Thank you so much, Phyllis, for all the work,
time, and thoughtfulness that went into this
web site. It means a lot to me especially. You've answered a lot of my
questions, and I am
making copies for my Mom Eva (Montee) Gartner. Just one question she
would like to know about
Eva Palango?
I can't thank you enough, and my heart and prayers go out to all who
are effected by this damage.
Franklin is just unrecognizable, I was lost on the east side of town,
and am wondering about Mr. & Mrs.
Tassie and
Emma Maghe?

Thanks,
Kathy (Gartner) Lamb
-Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 11:28:49 (PDT)

Edward Hagler
ehagler@cableone.net
Oxford, Al
USA
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My best buddy lives in your town (Cecil Lovelady). My prayers are with
all of you.
-Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 10:22:49 (PDT)

Sam Manci
lmanci@tampabay.rr.com
Valrico, FL
USA
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My grandfather was Sam Manci who built his home in the 1920's. It was
next door to Pete's Garage, just south
of the post office. I have many fond memories of summer vacations
in Franklin. I was very sad to know that my grandparents home as well
as the home my father grew up in, is gone forever. I can remember as a
little boy going across the street to Hank's store to get a pop, candy
or just to talk to Hank about baseball.
-Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 09:38:18 (PDT)

Jill and Dennis Bedene
djbedene@ckt.net
Franklin, KS
USA
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Veda told us about this site, so in turn we are telling everyone we
know. Thanks for all the hard work you are putting into this. You are
doing a wonderful job.
-Friday, May 16, 2003 at 22:33:31 (PDT)

Billie Jo McCloud
mccloudcrew@cs.com
Shreveport, la
USA
* Word of Mouth *

My Mom did a wonderful job putting this website together. I know it had
to be hard seeing the town in that condition. I don't live in the area
anymore, due to my job, but home is still home and Kansas will always
be HOME (and where my heart is). I
felt that I needed to do something from Louisana to help,(since
I was unable to be there), so I contacted my Company's HR Corporate
office and asked what we could do,as a company, for Franklin. They made
a nice donation to Red Cross fund to help Franklin, as well
as getting employees to donate as well. I hope that this will help in
rebuilding the town.
Please stay safe and know that all of you are in our prayers and
thoughts.
-Friday, May 16, 2003 at 08:35:30 (PDT)

David and Alice Friskel
Frontenac, Ks.
USA

Veda Maxwell sent it to us--how very nice- I lived one mile east of
Karlinger's till I was eight yrs. old-shopped many times with my
grandparents at the grocery stores and remember the Bruffy Grocery very
well. Attended St. Neri's Catholic Church on occasions and know the
pride of the Franklin Community. We are sending a donation. Thank you

-Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 10:19:16 (PDT)

David and Alice Friskel
Frontenac, Ks.
USA

Veda Maxwell sent it to us--how very nice- I lived one mile est of
Karlinger's till I was eght yrs. old-shopped many times with my
grandparents at the grocery stores and remember the Bruffy Grocery very
well. Attended St. Neri's Catholic Church on occasions and know the
pride of the Franklin Community. We are sending a donation. Thank you

-Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 10:18:05 (PDT)

Al Pier
reapier22@yahoo.com
Buffalo Grove, IN
USA
* Word of Mouth *

Phyllis,

We had heard that Pittsburgh had been hit by
the tornado, and my dad thouhght he heard that Frontenac had
also been hit. I'm just glad to hear you're okay, and I apologize
for contacting you so late. I'll email soon. -- Al
-Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 19:27:12 (PDT)

Jo Ann and Ron Pfeiffer
jobyannpfeiffer@netzero.net
Leavenworth, KS
USA
* Word of Mouth *

Our daughter and I drove down to Franklin last Sunday. We went on the
by-pass around town as we were not allowed to enter the main road. We
could see the damage from the by-pass, and the many trees that were
damaged near a place that my dad (Joe Setina)picked blackberries each
year. Our hearts go out to each and everyone of
you that were affected by the tornado. We will be sending a donation.
We hope that it will help in some small way. Thanks Phyllis for all
that you do!

-Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 17:14:30 (PDT)

Vanessa Scott
Hepler, KS
USA
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I feel very sorry for the Franklin people

-Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 16:54:14 (PDT)

Joe "Jody" Lessen
jlessen@mindspring.com
Germantown, MD
USA
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I am the oldest son of Bob and Betty Lessen of Arma. I remember many
things about Franklin, especially my senior graduation party at the
Community Center. I now live in the Washington, DC area and am very
thankful this site has been established so I could get an idea of the
devistation. I intend to send a donation as I feel as much a part of
the family of Franklyn as many of you may. My brother Rob Lessen still
lives in Arma. I will miss not seeing many of the "old" sites I used to
see driving through Franklin to Pittsburg, it just will never be the
same coming back home now.
-Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 12:57:25 (PDT)

John and Mary Ann Houck
Houck@ckt.Net
Franklin, Ks
USA
* Word of Mouth *

Phyllis; You have done as well on this site as on your Arma site.
Thanks for all the effort.
-Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 11:37:56 (PDT)

Veda & Stuart(Butch)
Maxwell

Ghost_Dancer@ckt.net
Franklin, Ks
USA
* Word of Mouth *

Thank you so much Phylis for donating this web site
plus all the hours you've put in helping the people
of Franklin... God Bless You !!!
-Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 11:05:01 (PDT)

Robert Craig Stokes
rcstokes@ckt.net
Franklin, Ks
USA
* Word of Mouth *

You are doing a very nice job on the web site. Your efforts are
appreciated very much. Once again Thank You!!!
-Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 11:03:25 (PDT)

Phyllis
USA

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-Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 08:31:58 (PDT)

Brandon Riffel
USA
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-Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 08:31:08 (PDT)