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Notable Kansans’ group includes Earhart

September 8, 2011

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— The latest group of “Notable Kansans” announced by Gov. Sam Brownback recalls the state’s aviation, livestock and agricultural heritage.

Brownback began releasing the list of 25 “Notable Kansans” in groups of five last month, with the final five to be announced Sept. 15 at the State Fair.

Among those announced Wednesday are Clyde Cessna, who started Cessna Aircraft Co. in Wichita in 1927, and Atchison-born aviator Amelia Earhart, who disappeared in 1937 over the Pacific Ocean after setting numerous flight records.

Also named are Samuel Crumbine, who moved to Ford County in the 1880s to practice medicine and served 20 years as the state health secretary; Joseph McCoy, who established Abilene as a railhead on the Chisholm Trail; and German-born C.B. Schmidt, who influenced thousands of German Mennonites to settle in Kansas in the 1870s.

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