Long Time Gone

LONG TIME GONE and the lessons of Capra, the Coop and “Meet John Doe"

| Priscilla Waggoner | Long Time Gone
Stories have great power in our lives. For as long as human beings have had language and the cognitive ability to express thoughts and ideas—whether those thoughts were written or spoken or drawn ...

Long Time Gone - Scary Stories That Aren't (Better Not Be) True

| Priscilla Waggoner | Long Time Gone
Being scared has never been a sensation I enjoyed. I’m not talking about the “scared” some people feel when getting on a horse they don’t know (which has never been a problem for me—although the h...

Long Time Gone - The Lingering Love For Cottonwood

| Priscilla Waggoner | Long Time Gone
There are some eras in Kiowa County history that linger on in people’s memories to such a degree that they have taken on that special hue reserved for the wistful, “Those were the days, weren’t the...

Long Time Gone - Sweet Sweetwater

| Priscilla Waggoner | Long Time Gone
For the first time in too many years, people have good reason to find their attention drifting south of town toward the Great Plains Reservoirs, those bodies of water that have been a source of lif...

A Legacy Of His Own Making: A Tribute To Jack Gardner

| Priscilla Waggoner | Long Time Gone
I knew one thing about Jack Gardner before I met him. He used to own the Kiowa County Press, which meant, to me, he was a newspaper man. And that’s exactly what I saw when he walked into the office...

Long Time Gone - Marvin Hasser's "The Great Escape"

| Priscilla Waggoner | Long Time Gone
Several months ago, the Kiowa County Independent let readers know that we would be periodically printing original stories by Marvin Hasser, selected from his book titled “Oscar Hasser Cow Puncher ‘...

If you liked the October 19th article about the Disappearance of the Great American Buffalo, You Might Be Interested in What Happened at Standing Rock Last Week

| Priscilla Waggoner | Long Time Gone
A herd of Buffalo appear out of nowhere during Lakota Sioux peaceful protest of the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline project.  The project crosses sacred land and could potentially threat...

Head Em' Up, Move 'Em On

| Priscilla Waggoner | Long Time Gone
     The Civil War has just ended.  The North is experiencing a boom of industrialization and growth, and an expansive market has opened up for beef.  Meanwhile, down in Texas, there are between 3 ...

Long Time Gone - The Old Wells

| Priscilla Waggoner | Long Time Gone
Most people who grew up watching Westerns were swept away by the romance on the big screen. It’s a natural enough reaction.  Spend enough hours in a dark theater munching (preferably buttered) popc...

Coral Hickman and a Hero's Accidental Fall from Grace

| Priscilla Waggoner | Long Time Gone
In my opinion, one of the more unpleasant aspects of an election season is the never ending quest of the media to find “dirt” in a candidate’s past.  While it may be—and, at times, probably is—impo...

The Confession of Mr. Dargy

| Priscilla Waggoner | Long Time Gone
When first learning the history of this area, it’s natural to focus on the big events as being those that tell the story of the past.  The bloody conquest and banishment of indigenous people who ha...

The Killing of Coral Hickman

| Priscilla Waggoner | Long Time Gone
     Just before noon on March 14, 1930, three men walked into the Manter Bank in Manter, Kansas. Several minutes later, after brandishing “rifles, shotguns and six-shooters”, John Walker, Andrew H...
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