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Relates to the City of Vermillion

Boys’ basketball team

Judy A. was kind enough to send 20 or so photos our way that relate to early Vermillion. These will broken up over several posts, so be sure to check back. This is the first of them.

Boysâ?? Basketball team, 1940

Back Row: John Carlson (soph), Francis Johnson (jr), Roy Isaman (jr), Coach Grover Eddy, Jay Herring (sr), Jim Marcy (did not finish at Vermillion)
Front Row: Ernie Evans (sr), Ernie Florence (jr), Bob Cooke (soph), Byron Isaman (soph), Byron Knipp (sr)

From the size of the trophy it must be a first or second place Marshall County League Trophy. The plaque is the 3rd place Kansas District Trophy.

Grover Eddy coached and taught shorthand, typing, and commerce courses at Vermillion two different times. Grover was elected to the Kansas State High School Activities Association Hall of Fame. He never coached at large high schools but did coach at Havensville, Vermillion, and Wheaton.

Boysâ?? basketball team, 1941

Back Row: Robert Knipp or Barney Knipp (soph), Rex Johnson (sr), Roy Isaman (sr), Marvin Knipp (sr), Rob Isaman (soph)
Front Row: Coach Grover Eddy, Byron “Doc” Isaman (jr), Ernie Florence (sr), Francis Johnson (sr), John Carlson (jr), Bob Cooke (jr)

Boysâ?? basketball team

Back Row: Doc Isaman, Rex Johnson, Roy Isaman, Coach Eddy, Marvin Knipp, Robert Isaman
Front Row: Ernie Florence, John Carlson, Francis Johnson, Bob Cooke

Trophy – Little white one must be for the Marshall County League. Brown trophy is for 3rd place in the County Tournament

Vermillion Area News for 8-13-2008

Six TOPS memberâ??s weighed in and all stayed for the meeting. Thelma Gaddis and Marylyn Wenzl split the TOPS diet basket, Martha Thompson lost the most weight in July, we all enjoyed Marthaâ??s, Alaska trip, pictures. Marylyn Wenzl had the program on â??Heal Yourself With Foodâ?, we will have no weigh in and meeting next Monday August 11, as the room will be occupied, Martha read a letter from our TOPS coordinator.

Eleven people attended the August, â??Birthday Coffeeâ? at Lees Café, Wednesday morning, August 6th, those having birthdays are Marylyn Wenzl, Martha Ross, Loyal Shirley, Duane Dannels, Jane Stowell, Joan Dannels, and Ralph Mars.

Thelma Gaddis, Jim and Lois Jean Harper had supper at Valentinos, in Seneca, Wednesday evening, after supper they visited Lawrence and Lydia Potter.

Daisy Schober attended the first birthday party for Mackenna Schober in Centralia Sunday, afternoon.

Mabel White and Kathryn Sprague visited at Eastridge Care Home, Sunday afternoon.

Seven Hotsie Totsie Red Hat ladies, and our chauffeur Ernest Wenzl, were in the Harvest Festival parade, in Axtell, Saturday morning, August 9th . We won first even if it was awful wet and soggy. We did well this summer, in five parades we won first place three times, at Frankfort, Blue Rapids and Axtell, we had fun through heat and we got wet in Axtell. Some had lunch at the café in Axtell after the parade.

Brenda Bransetter and daughters of Kingman spent the weekend with Glen Iseman, on Sunday they were all dinner guests of Kenny and Sanday Vernon in Centralia.

Ice Storm of 2007

A driving rain and snow storm blew into the Vermillion area the evening of December 9th and covered the area on Sunday the 10th. No one had a plan for the disaster that followed. On Monday night, the 11th, it started to rain after midnight and rained all through the night with an accumulation of around three inches in many areas. The temperature began to fall. In the early hours of Tuesday morning, one could hear the cracking of tree limbs heavily laden with ice and thought it to be ice sliding off of the buildings. By dawn the world was surreal. It looked like a war zone. Everywhere one looked one could see the trees twisted, torn and broken down. Power lines were down throughout the countryside. Everything had come to a standstill. Neighbors began helping neighbors and for many days the town of Vermillion was closed down with wall heaters and generators only, keeping the town folks warm. Some folks even moved to their friends or family’s homes where heat and cooking were available. What a blessed relief on Saturday night, December 15, to see the light of the city restored. It was as though civilization had returned to the world. Due to lack of heat, church services were canceled everywhere. Interestingly enough, many of the farmers had some sort of heat in their homes that kept their water pipes from freezing and gave them a certain amount of warmth in the home. Most people thought they would just wait for the crewmen to come and reestablish the electricity. This just didn’t happen. In many areas the electrical poles were all broken over and down for miles and miles and miles with no lights visible anywhere. As the days turned into a week and more, many of the people began to realize that they needed to fend for themselves and drove miles to purchase generators to use until the electricity was restored. Many of the areas were without power for eight to fourteen, to twenty one days and longer. Old time farmers said that they had never seen anything like it in their lifetime. Even after the towns were restored with electricity, may farmers patiently waited while powerline crews from the adjoining states worked into the night many days to complete the setting up of a section of poles before retiring for the night. It was with rejoicing that most of the towns and farms electricity was restored by Christmas Day. Everyone was truly thankful for being able to rejoice and share Christmas dinner together around the table this year.
by Audrey Broxterman

Can you help?

The library has received a e-mail asking about a building in Vermillion.

Happy New Year, dear Librarian–
Would you happen to know the name of the building in Vermillion, Kansas, where touring theatrical productions were shown during the late 19th and early 20th centuries?
The INDEX TO MUSIC IN THEATER [a not-for-profit academic theater reference database] carries several citations for touring productions that were seen there but we have been unable to attach the name of the venue to each of these citations [i.e. opera house, town hall, high school auditorium].
Your response is very important to our research.
Thank you, Ed Chilcott–INDEX coordinator

If know anything about this, please comment on this post, email the library at, or contact the library directly.
Thank you

Post Script:  Information from the 1969 Centennial book indicated that the name of the building was the Vermillion Opera House and it was built in 1904.