Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Vinland Fair

The Vinland Fair's been going on for over 100 years. The Hobos played at a good many of those.
It was everybody's favorite gig.

Fair Buttons
The Seamster's Union makes about 40 pies.
Piemakers in 1990

Sometimes a pie has your name on it.

There were always fresh tomatoes and pie for dinner on Thursdays, plus Hood's famous burgers featuring meat and non-meat.

Selected Hobos also barbecued chicken for dinner for a while,
but vegetarians and people concerned
about the proper cooking temperature of chicken
put a stop to that multitasking.


Kids played in the talent show.
The Hobos had graduated from talent to main feature.

The kids walk in the pet parade and unwary adults are asked to judge the pet parade.
About 1950

For the last few years Joanne's been blogging from the Fair. Click here:

The Smith/Hemphill sisters by Mike Yoder
Mike Yoder's published a picture book of the Fair.
Buy the book here:
See his photos for the Journal World here

Cooks 1990
Piemakers 2009
See Angie Babbit's photos by clicking here: 

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Banjo Jokes

What's the best way to tune a banjo?
With wirecutters.

The Westmoreland Fair, a band from the 1930s

The 1990s
It's always good to have a banjo player so you can tell banjo jokes.

Most banjo jokes have to do with destruction.
What's the difference between a banjo and a trampoline?
You take your shoes off to jump on a trampoline

What is the definition of perfect pitch?
Throwing a banjo into a dumpster without hitting the rim.

The 1990s

The 1970s

See a list of about 275 banjo jokes by clicking here:

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Long Photo

Lee had a friend from Toronto named Thaddeus who came to Kansas in the mid-1970s to photograph the landscape with an old-fashioned wide camera. He stopped by the house on New Hampshire Street and took this photo in the alley.

Bob on the left, unknown guy, then Lee sitting, Dalton, James and Jan. The unknown guy giving the peace sign was either a friend of Lee's or a guy walking down the alley.
It's so long it's hard to scan so here's the left side and the right side.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Drawings from the Files Labeled Keep These

Maybe by Dalton, maybe by John

Blue Roy's Blue Boys Blues Band from the Funky Brothers Lodge Newsletter (only issue)
By James?

Trophy by John?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

More Motorcycles from the 1960s

Peter K
More pictures from the motorcycle races in the 1960s

Ferrol and Peter D

Every weekend we'd drive the racing team
 to Neodesha or Cottonwood Falls for races.

Ferrol (or Pharoah) was Tom's white German Shephard.
Someone lost him in Kansas City one day and he was never heard of again.

Peter K is still mad.

Ernie who ran the motorcycle shop
 out at the intersection of the Wellman Road, the Midland Junction

A party on Rhode Island Street about 1966

Peter and Fran before the mood adjustment

Motorcycle guys after mood adjustment.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Phoenix Awards

Each fall the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission awards artists in various fields. Kate nominated Dalton and he was given a posthumous special award on November 7th.

Janet accepted for him.

The Arts Commission asks local artists to create an award in their own media.
This year glass artist Vernon Brechja created two pieces, one for the desk and one for the wall. The buffalo print was an etching done on a glass plate.

Josh and canape
Afterwards there was a reception in the Arts Center lobby.

Saralyn, Deb, Richard and Sue

Ray and Bill


Jim and Ray

Janet did a brave job of accepting and while we all sniffled it was a nice afternoon.

Kate made us laugh with stories of how Dalton would get a book from the art library and wait for gallery patrons. If they seemed interested he would engage them in a discussion about art. He redefined the job description of security guard, adding the public dialogue category.
The award was for both his painting and his music.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Wilma Howard Jones

Brand writes to say that Wilma, Dalton's and Brenda's mom,
 died this morning, November 2nd.
She was 89.

And on Wednesday, the 3rd Janet wrote:

Just wanted you all to know that Dalton's mother, Wilma, died yesterday, November 2 at 5:15 AM. Brenda and I were with her and she passed away peacefully. She had been so lonely and her heart was broken after she lost her husband, Don and her son, Dal in a three week period. She will be missed by her family and friends but I'm happy she is a rest. Services will be in Hiawatha Saturday at the Methodist Church at 2 PM with family visitation just before the service.