Long Time Gone

Long Time Gone and Four of the "Original 40" Tell Their Story at the Kiowa County Fair 40 Years Ago

| Betsy Barnett | Long Time Gone
The Kiowa County Fair & Rodeo held on the second weekend in September each year has become the one time of the year that people who have moved away from Kiowa County come back to reminisce with...

Long Time Gone and Power of Media in Deciding What Narrative is True

| Betsy Barnett | Long Time Gone
Prohibition is a topic that is barely remembered among citizens of the United States unless they are fans of mobster movies such as Bonnie & Clyde, The Untouchables and Scarface. Prohibition b...

Long Time Gone: Haswell Celebrates the Glorious Fourth

| Lloyd P. Johnson | Long Time Gone
If there is one holiday that seems to call for being celebrated in a small town located on the wide, open plains of Southeastern Colorado, it’s the fourth of July. Just the thought conjures up imag...

Long Time Gone and the Summer of the Three Rattlesnakes

| Betsy Barnett | Long Time Gone
It’s early summertime and the kids are out in force helping with chores and the many brandings going on at the ranches across the area. It is time to enjoy the long hours of daylight and the warm—s...

Long Time Gone and the Harrowing Life of Leland Frost: A Memorial Day Story

| Betsy Barnett | Long Time Gone
As the country celebrates one of the most important holidays we can observe, Memorial Day, it is only right to take a few minutes to reflect on those people who gave their lives in military service...

Long Time Gone: Stories of a Life Well Lived as Told by Hazel Krueger

| Priscilla Waggoner | Long Time Gone
Publisher’s note: This Long Time Gone piece by Priscilla Waggoner was originally published in the Kiowa County Independent on May 18, 2016. With the loss of Hazel Krueger on Friday, we felt it only...

100 Years of Fortitude

| Priscilla Waggoner | Long Time Gone
We were saddened to hear this week that Zelda Peterson passed away just short of her 102nd birthday. As early as last year Zelda was still getting around amazingly well and chalked up her longevity...

16 Paces: The Story of Polly Collins Johnson and the Collins Ranch

| Priscilla Waggoner | Long Time Gone
social social social Ty Lin Williams Polly Johnson is pictured in 2016 at her home on the historic Collins Ranch near Kit C...

Long Time Gone and the Tigresses of Cheyenne Wells

| Betsy Barnett | Long Time Gone
social social social 1978 CHEYENNE WELLS GIRLS TEAM - STATE RUNNER-UP: (Top Row, l to r) Robin Howland, Mgr., Kelly Ackerman, ...

Long Time Gone: The Lassie, on Main Street

| C.J. King | Long Time Gone
While on the train, Beverly must have imagined trees and mountains. She was headed toward the lush vegetation and clean air of Colorado with its mountain run-off lakes, rolling ...

Long Time Gone and Especially at Christmas

| Administrator | Long Time Gone
The first time a visitor happens to come to the small town of Eads in the sprawling, southeastern county of Kiowa, it’s easy to imagine what life was like a hundred years ago. Granted, there may be...

CELEBRATING THE THIRD PLACE: Tracy’s Place was our Great Good Place

| Betsy Barnett | Long Time Gone
It was known as Tracy’s Place.  That little yellow building located just west of Eads on the highway where a hidden, and sometimes tricky, left turn would lead hundreds of people-- through the year...

LONG TIME GONE and FOR THE LOVE OF CANNING

| Betsy Barnett | Long Time Gone
The pandemic caused many aspects of our lives to drastically change.  The mask mandates, the social distancing, the closing of churches and businesses and schools was enough to make us crazy with f...

In Memory of Memorial Day: Long Time Gone Presents The tragic story of a Rainbow Girl, a heroic man and a community’s oath of “Never again”

| Priscilla Waggoner | Long Time Gone
One hundred and fifty one years ago, as the Civil War came to an end, an informal practice began in the late spring where women honored those who had given their lives in service to their country...

LONG TIME GONE and the All American game that brought people together (unless it started a fight)

| Betsy Barnett | Long Time Gone
Baseball.  The all American sport. The national pastime that, along with apple pie, has come to define part of our country’s identity and has permeated our language in ways we don’t even notice any...

Long Time Gone and the Life of Marie Krentz Thyne

| Priscilla Waggoner | Long Time Gone
Appearances can be deceiving in these High Plains of Colorado.  A small gathering of snow clouds on the horizon can, within just a few hours, become a blizzard killing hundreds of cattle.  The quie...
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