Bissell Buzz 2015/11

The first yellow leaves have started falling to the ground and there’s a definite coolness in the air.  This tells us that the Fort’s 2015 season will soon be coming to a close.  This has however not stopped us from picking up speed and still having fun.  The past week has been an extremely busy and eventful week, hosting not one, but two wonderful occasions bringing a great group of visitors to the Fort.

A younger Betty Berney

A younger Betty Berney

On Thursday we had a wonderful turnout for the Wall of Fame function, when we honored Betty Berney for her contribution to the community as well as her personal achievements. Thank you to everyone who came and added to making this evening a great success.

Saturday had a slow start to the day when KPRD (Kansas Praise Radio) came and did a live remote broadcast from the Fort, but as the wind died down the people came in. It also was good to meet the faces behind the voices of the station that hosted the Top Wonder of Midwest competition, the award which we of course won through the public’s support and votes.  We also received our plaque from the station for winning this competition.  The president of Phillips County Historical Society, Connie Cox was dressed up in her period costume and gracefully accepted this award.  Each visitor had the chance to play a ring toss game and win a prize from an array of CD’s, books and other items.  All in all it was a fun day!

Connie Cox receiving the KPRD Award

Connie Cox receiving the KPRD Award

The KPRD Award for the Top Wonder of Midwest Kansas

The KPRD Award for the Top Wonder of Midwest Kansas

Our last fun-filled function will be our Chili Cook-off, which will be held on September 27 at 5pm.  We want to invite all to come and try the various dishes and vote for your favorite.  We will be providing something sweet and also some music.  For those who wish to show off their chili cooking skills, why don’t you enter a team?  Entry forms can be obtained at H&R Block, Phillipsburg.

We have a gravestone at the Fort that has been here for a considerable time and we are in the process of trying to relocate it back to its original and rightful place.  It apparently was found in a ditch alongside a road that was being repaired by a construction crew and turned in to us.  We have in the meanwhile ascertained that it belongs in the Marvin (Glade) cemetery.  We are however trying to see if we can locate any relatives of the persons.  It is Michael Sutley – born 1819 and died 1890 (served in the GAR and his wife Mattie (Lawrence) Sutley born 1850 and died 1885. They got married on 29 March 1881. Her father was Dr Lawrence from Logan.  We would be grateful for anyone’s help in this regard.

Please note that we will be closing the Fort for daily visitors on Labor Day, i.e. September 7, 2015.  Until then our hours remain Tuesday to Friday 9am – 4pm and Saturday 9am – 2pm.  Closed Sundays, Mondays.  Regular updates and photos are posted on our Facebook page.

We can be contacted on (785) 543-6212 or by email at ftbissell@live.com

Remember entrance is FREE. See ya at the Fort!!

Ruby Wiehman – Curator