Eunice Boeve

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Abraham Lincoln meeting Grace Bedell Posted 4/12/17

Dancing in the Rain posted 1-31-17

Hate/Prejudice Posted 1/3/17

The Angel Behind "It's a Wonderful Life" posted 11/30/16

"A Poll" - Which Would You Rather Be? Posted Nov 9, 2016

Fiorello LaGuardia posted Oct 4, 2016

The Hostage's Daughter (The Church of the Locked Door, part II) posted 9-4-16

The Church of the Locked Door posted 8-6-16

Coach Lou Little posted 7-3-16

Temple Grandin: The woman who helped make the world a kinder, gentler place posted 6-6-16

The Better Angels of Our Nature posted 4-28-2016

William Allen White Posted 3/3/16

There Was a Beaver Once posted 2/5/16

Swaddling clothes.... Posted 12/28/15

The Santa Claus of the Plains Posted 12-2-15

Our American Language posted 11-3-15

Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog posted 9-3-15

The Evil That Men Do posted 8/2/15

The Centering Corporation posted 6/2/15

A Holocaust Mother posted 4/30/15 Hilter's "Brave" Nazi soldiers Rounding up Women and Children posted 4/30/15

American Sniper, the movie, and Ben posted 2/28/15

Illustration for the Newspaper in Education Story, In the Shadow of Evil. Artist: Julie Peterson-Shea .... blog posted 2/1/15

Our Mothers, Edith Boeve and Hazel Goyen posted 1-1-15

An Old Christmas Card posted 11/21/2014

A block from Jimmy's Life Quilt posted 9/3/14

Emily Morgan photo courtesy of the Kansas State Historical Society posted 8/9/14

Dr, Edith Eva Eger posted 7/11/14

Daisies are viewed by some as flowers, by others as weeds, depending on where you live. In Kansas, daisies can be tamed, in Montana, they are totally invasive, taking over fields and grazing lands. Posted 5/20/14

The top for this quilt was pieced by my grandmother and great aunts in Wyoming about 1915. My sister, Mabel, quilted it in Montana in 2003 (for me) and I have had it in my home in Kansas ever since. Someday it will go to my daughter, Kelly. Posted 4/22/14

Rosie the Riveter (She epitomized the women entering the work force in WWII) posted 3/17/14

The Fugates of Troublesome Creek posted 1/10/14

Orca Whales -- posted 11/13/13

Carmen Peone, Young Adult Author -- posted 10/5/13

Stealing Watermelons posted 8-15-13

Pet Crows - posted 7/25/13

The Next Big Thing - Books by Lee Rostadt and Janet Squires posted June 20, 2013

Robert Louis Stevenson "Some Fascinating Stories Concerning Life's End" posted 5/4/13

Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel posted April 7, 2013

Phillipsburg, Ks Photo by Shelia Roberts. posted Feb 28, 2013

Abraham Lincoln ---- posted 2/13/13

Emanciaption Proclamation posted 1-1-13

Santa in the window posted 12/7/12

Seth in "A Home For Us" artist Julie Peterson-Shea posted Nov. 7, 2012

"Betty Crocker" Ladies posted 10/8/12

My blue-eyed mother, Hazel E. Cline at 16 Posted 9-3-12

An Interview with Andrea Downing posted 7-31-12

In Cold Blood, a Kansas Murder Posted 7/1/12

Two Versions of an old Nursery Rhyme posted 6/4/12

Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart -- Posted 5/2/12

Boeve's Super Service Posted 4/3/12

Meg Justus, author of Repeating History http://mmjustus.blogspot.com/ Also see quick links on my Home page for Meg's website Posted 3/1/12

Boys of Baby Lager Camp playing chess, Photo by Ralph Morse, Life Magazine, posted 2/3/12

Hypnosis, once thought to be a sham, can be a vaulable tool to improve our lives. Posted Jan 2, 2012

Title: Atheists and Christmas ....... The painting of Jesus by Akiane Kramark age 8 posted Nov 30, 2011

Title: Autograph Books........Ron (my hus) then called Ronnie 8th grade 1945-46 - posted Nov 7, 2011

Title: Hobo Nickels........ carved by "Bo" George Washington Hughes - posted Oct. 2, 2011

The Buffalo Nickel

Title: Chief Standing Bear Posted 9/6/11

Title: Animal Meteorologists ........ Muffin age 6 posted 8/12/11

Title: The Sleep That is not a Sleep... Rip Van Winkle posted 7-4-11

Title: The Surviving/ Grieving Child - posted May 26, 2011

A Native American Tale posted April, 2011

Title: Embalming Bottles House - posted Mar. 29, 2011

Title: Memoirs and the "Now"in our lives - posted 2/21/11

Title: Even a Sparrow - My son, Ronnie, and the sparrow circa 1975 (note the dirt on Ronnie's chin) posted 1/27/11

Title: Women's suffrage Susanna M. Salter, age 27 Courtesy of the Kansas State Historical Society, posted 12/28/10

Title: Home on the Range - Brewster Higley's Cabin courtesy of the Kansas Sampler Foundation posted 10/7/10

Title: My sister's Dog - "Sadie" Posted 7/22/2010

Title: Comanche posted 6/28/10

Title: Moses Stocking - Mari Sandoz, 1896-1966 Library of Congress photo, posted 5/14/10

Title: Providence Spring, posted April 18, 2010

Title: Mary Fields - photo courtesy Wedsworth Library, Cascade, MT posted Mar. 17, 2010

Title: The Orphan Trains Photo courtesy of the National Orphan Train Complex, Concordia, KS - posted Feb. 21, 2010

Title: A Nez Perce Heroine -Lewis and Clark: Posted Jan. 2010

Title: Our Immigrant Ancestors - The SS Zaandam: Posted Dec. 29, 2009

Title: The Lowly Pencil - Some pencil pushers: Bro Larry (circled) & class 1946-47, Libby, Mt : posted Dec 7, 2009

Title: The Old Time Cowboy - Me with my Cowboy Daddy Posted Nov. 14, 2009

Title: Did you know? - A Hubble photo of the stars in the universe posted Oct 14, 2009

Title: The Year Without a Summer - Mary Shelley painting by Rothwell 1800-1868 Posted Sept 30, 2009

Title: Early Day Hunting Stories - posted Aug 28, 2009 - Buffaloed by Fairlee Winfield

Title: The Legend of Bad Medicine ( Mountain in the background) July 29, 2009 post

Title: Ally and the Wolves - My granddaughter, Ally, and me with a wolf pup Ally and the Wolves, July 10 , 2009 post

Title: Old Glory The Number Thirteen - July 2 post

Title: Geo Caching - Daughters Kandy and Kathy and son-in-law, Tom, on a geo cache hunt Posted June 23 post

Title: The Free Enterprise Radon Health Mine - Location Boulder, MT May 29, 2009 post

Title: My Birthplace, Libby, Montana April 28,2009 post

Title: Kathleen Sebelius - Ron and I with Kansas Governor Sebelius, now Health and Human Services Secretary May 12, 2009 post

Title: My friend, Angela - A descendant of slaves who settled Niccodemus, Kansas April 10, 2009 post (photo by Carol Yoho)

Title: A Trip to Kentucky - (Kandy's cat) March 2009 post

Title: Margaret Borland, Texas Rancher - (Borland's Tombstone, Victoria, TX) posted March 2009

Title: Synsethesia (A special kind of color) - Our daughter, Kathy then and now posted Feb. 2009

Title: What Is This Thing Called Death? - posted Jan. 20, 2009 My late brother, Dan, and his wife, Lindy

Blog Archives are located below row of pictures on the left. Date of each blog is listed below the picture that corresponds with the story.

Where Have All The Pranksters Gone?

April 3, 2012

Tags: April fool, small town fun, Phillips County sheriffs, Dr. Mary (Townsend) Glausen

This year April Fool’s Day fell on a Sunday. We were greeters in church that day and at my husband's suggestion we played an April Fool's joke by handing out blank bulletins. That small joke generated a lot of laughs and made it fun for us too. As kids nearly all of us loved to play tricks on each other, but grown ups usually lose their tendency for pranks and silliness, but not always. Although maybe in the days before TV, You-tube, and the Internet to entertain and make us laugh, jokes and pranks might have been more common. My husband’s father Louis “Lou” Boeve was one who enjoyed a good joke or a prank. In the 1940s, he owned and operated the Champlain Filling Station in Phillipsburg, Kansas, called Boeve’s Super Service. Like the barbershops of those days, the filling station was mostly a man’s domain where discussions centered on local news, weather, crops, and world news, especially during WWII. But it was also where jokes, practical, ribald, and otherwise flourished.
As a boy my husband Ron, known then as Ronnie, spent time at the station, enjoying the good humor and delighting in the tricks his dad and others who hung around the station, played on each other and on friends, relatives, and acquaintances. One such prank always left a man with wet pants.
Cars used to need water for the radiator and after taking care of the car, Lou would, if the opportunity arose, hook the hose on the back pocket of some guy standing around and flip it on and make for the station door.
Visitors often perched on Lou’s wooden desk innocent of the fact that he’d wired it to deliver a shock when he pushed a button on the wall. Much to the delight of the onlookers, the man would leap from the desk with a yelp and a few choice words. One day Sheriff Bill Hobbs came into the station, and to Ronnie’s horror, sat on the desk. As his dad moved toward the button, Ronnie started for the door, certain of the ugly scene to follow in which his dad would be handcuffed and dragged off to jail.
Of course Lou pushed the button and of course Sheriff Hobbs yelped and leaped off the desk and of course everyone in the station laughed. And much to Ronnie’s relief so did Sheriff Hobbs.
Also at that time George Townsend ran a grocery store over on Main Street. The front of the store faced the street, the back opened out into the alley almost directly across from Lou’s station.
One afternoon Harold and Floyd Capps, who worked for Townsend Grocery, where in the back of the store candling eggs. These two brothers were also perpetrators of mischief and on this day one of them went to the telephone and called Lou.
They asked him to come over by way of the alley to the back door as they had something to show him. So Lou walked across the street and up the alley to the back door.
The second he stepped inside, the Capps Brothers hurled raw eggs at him. He ducked and ran back out the door and across to the station, the two brothers after him, gleefully pelting him with eggs.
Now Harold and Floyd knew they were in for it and they moved through the rest of the week and the next with a wary eye. Then one afternoon Lou called and asked them to come over to the station. He had something to show them.
Knowing this was it, the two went out the front door, hurried across the street and sticking close to the buildings on the opposite side, eased up the block to Lou’s station. Next to the station was a restaurant, at that time called Clinks’. Unbeknownst to the Capps brothers, Lou was waiting on the roof of Clinks’ with a washtub full of water and when Harold and Floyd eased out of the protection of the building to approach the station, Lou dumped the tub of water on them.
Now they were even, but probably not for long.
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In 1962 Louis Boeve was elected sheriff of Phillips County and served in that capacity for ten years.
One of George Townsend’s daughters became a doctor and for many years ran a clinic in Phillipsburg. They called her Dr. Mary.

I just read the Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, a well written magical tale of the improbable, indeed the impossible, made real. A lonely couple build a snow child and the next day sight a little girl among the trees and the snow child they built in a rare moment of gaiety has disappeared.

The love of books is a love that requires neither justification, apology, nor defense. Langford
Happy reading ! Eunice Boeve