The service of these four men during World War II contributed to the Allied defeat of dictators Hitler, Mussolini, and Hirohito in their goals for territorial expansion across the globe. Without the sacrifices of thousands of young American soldiers, the lifestyle we know today would be nonexistent. We should continue to fight for the freedoms and rights our country was founded upon and guaranteed in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
These four servicemen all grew up in southeastern Edwards County, Kansas.
The World War II era in the communities of Trousdale, Fellsburg, and Centerview was a period of change, sacrifice, and growth. From the high school boys drafted out high school to all the women left behind, every resident played a role and every role was significant. Let’s remember all those people who contributed to the war from the home front as well.
The Chickens Survived – Community & Cooperation: Offerle and the Flood of 1965 was produced as an introduction for the Kinsley Library portion, Navigating Rough Waters, of the Kansas Humanities Council’s series, Talking Points: Stories of Change.
The video is an edited, round-table discussion with current and former residents of Offerle, Kansas about their experiences during the Arkansas River Flood of 1965. Includes vintage newsreel footage and Google maps for illustration.
This clip is from “South of the Parallel – Part Two”,
A Living History of the Trousdale, Fellsburg and Centerview communities. Today’s concrete grain elevators have been dubbed Kansas Skyscrapers and can be seen across the state. They store wheat, corn, milo, sunflowers, barley and many other grains grown by Kansas farmers.
Grain elevators used to be constructed of wood and they were a lot smaller that those you see across Kansas today. In this clip from “South of the Parallel – Part Two”, Jake Roenbaugh remembers skunks in the old Fellsburg elevator.
Due to declining population, recording the history and memories of the Trousdale, Fellsburg and Centerview communities, located in southeastern Edwards County, became a priority for the members of the Franklin and Trousdale Family and Community Education Units.
“South of the Parallel” was released in December 2010 and “South of the Parallel – Part Two” was released in December 2013. These videos are a living history of these communities and the history is shared by the descendants of the original pioneers. Since these videos were released, several community residents have passed away.
“South of the Parallel”
received the Award of Distinction in the 2012 Videographer Awards competition.
If you’d like more information on these videos please go to www.SunflowerShowcaseOnline.com.