Royce (Kyle Gerstner)

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Kansas wildfire destroys home of Lawrence man's parents

Ken a little more background... the house started out as dugout around 1896. We have a picture of the house in the early 30"s when it was just a simple rectangle shape with maybe 3 rooms. My folks bought the place around 1960 and they were just the 3rd owners. The house had been extensively remodeled and added on to by Dad and I as I got older. It was a wonderful place to grow up. It was located about a half mile from where the Peace Treaty of 1867 was signed.

Surprisingly to me it still feels like home even in its burn out condition. There was a windbreak of cedars on the northwest side of the house along the drive way. I'm guessing ciders from that caught the wood roof on fire since the yard was not burned northwest of the house. By the way I've always enjoy reading your post over the years here on LJW.

Darin, I can't speak to all you bring up but I can tell you growing up there, at that time, there were hardly any cedars. I heard the red cedars where introduced to the area as windbreaks and they have been taking over ever since. The cedars have been a real problem for the ranchers as they help dry up the small creeks in the area and displace the native grass. This is mainly ranching county and don't mow the tall grass because this is not tall grass county. It is mainly middle to short grass. They want the grass here!

March 28, 2016 at 3:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Important film

The people that need to see this film the most will of course will not because as deniers they don't like to have their preconceived notions challenged.

Spoiler Alert:

When the glacier calved a chunk of ice the size of Manhattan island ( in real-time it took 75 minutes) it was kind of like witnessing what the end of times might look like. The scale was so huge it was more than my mind could wrap around.

February 13, 2013 at 1:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU student arrested on felony drug charges Wednesday night

His dad is a lawyer...I hope he is a good one.

January 25, 2013 at 9:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Where is the most exotic place you’ve traveled?

Since Buster died a few years ago the place has never been the same. I was just there for supper after a Christmas bird count. It has new ownership yet again. The hamburger I had was alright but of course when you are out in the boonies even so so food taste a bit better.

January 12, 2013 at 1:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )