Tuesday, August 15, 2017

And, Oscar Helped to Built The Hotel Lassen in 1918

Copyright 2017, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

From the Arkansas City Daily Traveler, Arkansas City, Kansas,  4 Feb 1918, Page 8:


Former Arkansas City Man Does His Bit in The War.

Speeding Arkansas Cityward from Wichita, last night, Oscar Lashbrook was happy because he had some money in a bank in this city that would help Uncle Sam win the war against the kaiser.  He went to the bank this morning and invested a neat sum, several hundred dollars in Baby Bonds.

Oscar is working on the new Lassen hotel, a ten story building going up on  Market street in Wichita.  He said Witchita was not stopping public improvements on account of the war and that considerable building would be done there this spring.   He said Arkansas City seemed more active to him than it ever had before and he believes this city is going to give Wichita a big race for the metropolis of Kansas."

As frequently happens while I am consolidating, linking and cleaning, I see some article, like this one, and the next thing I know I am off somewhere in the deep tunnels of research and find some little jewel.  Like a photo of the building taken in 2012:

Photo was found on a Wikipedia page, and tells us:

"The Lassen Hotel in Wichita, Kansas, also known as Market Centre, was built in 1918. It was designed by architects Richards, McCarty & Bulford. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984."

And, Oscar helped build it in 1918.

* Photo By By Judy Handley - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21288202


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Accepting My Own Challenge

Copyright 2017, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

It's my birthday.  I am not much for the hoopla.  This morning started out bad and went downhill from there.

I was woken from a dead sleep about 8ish with the house shaking and a loud sound.  It felt and sounded as if it came from the walls/roof surrounding my bedroom.  Man felt it and heard it too.  He went out and did a full walk around and found NOTHING.  No feathers, fur or blood anywhere. With that much sound, if a living thing hit the house, one would think there would be evidence??  We can find NONE.

We did see 2 or 3 turkey vultures ON the roof on that end of the house several hours later.  

After that rude awakening, hoping for a quieter day, it went downhill more.  I'll save you from that ranting, but, it got so bad around here that Man actually turned on some house hunting show before I shot out the television.  Actually, I would have had to toss a rock through it, as we don't own guns.

And, the BD wishes started on Facebook, bless my friends and thank you.  

And, then, I issued the challenge.  

Here is what I want for my birthday.
I want for you to take the energy and the time spent wishing me a happy birthday to go do or say something wonderful to someone who is in desperate need.
My problems are all first world ones, and my birthday is just a day to me.
THAT is how you can wish me a happy birthday!

A few minutes later, while getting ready to go out for my BD lunch, I had this moment, and this is what I did, I accepted my own challenge.  Blessings to Children With Hair Loss.

Her comb is 6 inches long, so I donated about 10?  Give or take.  Children With Hair Loss need 8 inches minimum.

And, that is how you turn a bad day into a day of giving.  Lemons to Lemonade.

Peace - -