Kleio Historical Society Newsletter
Vol. 3, No. 1 Winter 2010
Mission Statement: To preserve, promote, and protect the history and legacy of rural communities (population 2,000 or
less) in Northeast Kansas. Our immediate focus is on the towns impacted by Tuttle Creek Dam and Reservoir.
Vision: To inspire and serve the rural communities of Northeast
Kansas by connecting the past with the future.
The President’s Quill
By Cynthia Harris
The biggest reason for the lack of programs in 2009 is that each Board member was busy with personal things.
For me, I moved during the summer from a home I lived in for nearly 25 years to a farm north of Randolph. I had hoped
to be completely unpacked and settled by now, but we found that the outbuildings were in worse shape than we originally
While we were lacking in programs, it does not mean that we were completely idle. We continued to promote the
society and did fundraising. Two board members hosted a table at the August 15 Leonardville Hullaballoo, the October
31 Riley Resurrection, and the December 12 Magic of Christmas in Riley.
We have also been working hard on our 501 (c) (3) paperwork to get it finalized and working on a grant
Our hope is that 2010 will be a much better year!
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The historical society is focusing on the following towns and areas that were impacted by the Tuttle Creek Dam:
Bala Cleburne Mariadahl Stockdale
Barrett Fancy Creek area Mayday Swede Creek area
Bigelow Garrison Peach Grove area Waterville
Blue Rapids * Irving Randolph Winkler
Bodaville Lasita Riley
Cleburne Leonardville* Shroyer
Note – Blue Rapids has their own Historical Society and Jim Olson is compiling the Leonardville history. We do
not know every area yet, so please let us know the towns/areas that should be on this immediate list.
March 14, 2010 – Sunday, 2:00 p.m. – Waterville Public Library
Kleio Historical Society to Host Its Annual Meeting
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Kleio Historical Society invites the public to attend its annual meeting on Sunday, March 14,
2010, at 2:00 p.m. at the Waterville Public Library, 129 E. Commercial Street. Following a very short meeting,
Library Director Heather Dreith will present “Hidden Treasures @ Your Local Library.” She will pull from the
historical trunk information relating to the Central Branch railroad towns from Atchison to Beloit, the library’s
collection of Kansas History, and other research resources in the Library. An interactive activity includes viewing
cool things from digitized Telegraph newspapers. Refreshments will be served.
TBA – Visit the Sparking Anvil – home of Joe & Cynthia Harris
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If you have photographs, newspaper clippings, etc. the Board would like to set up “your” collection. We will scan the
items and return them to you, unless you donate them to the society. Once the items are scanned they will be put on the
web for the public to view. See some of the collections posted to our web site at www.museofhistory.com
My Nine Years In An Orphans Home! Or The Best Years Of My Life (transcribed verbatium)
By Raymond Linn
“It all started on September 3, 1926. That was the day two of my sisters and myself left Enterprise, Kansas as
to go to the Mariadahl Receiving Home at Cleburn, Kansas.
“If I remember right, the morning was cloudy. It looked like it could rain. Two of my sister, Evelyn and
Bernice, and I were to leave. That left my mother, my older brother, LeRoy, and four sisters, Anna, Ruth,
Lillian and Lucille, to stay on the farm.
“Miss Amelia Johnson was to take us there. She was driving a new 1926 Model T Ford coupe (one seater).
Our clothes, which weren’t very many, were loaded into the trunk. The car had a ledge behind the seat, which
was just big enough for me to sit on. Miss Johnson, Evelyn and Bernice sat on the seat.
“On the way to Mariadahl, which was about 70 mile away, we had to pass through Chapman, Junction City, and
Fort Riley, of which, I remember nothing about them. When we got the Manhattan, Kansas, we stopped for
dinner at some restaurant. This was the first time I had ever eaten in a place like that. After dinner, Miss
Johnson has some business to take care.
“What I remember of that afternoon is, we were taken upstairs and had to wait. The walls, which were made of
stone, were thick and I could sit in them and watch the streetcars go by. It, also, rained and the streets were wet.
That was the only time I ever saw streetcars in Manhattan.
“After all the business was taken care of, were left for Mariadahl, which was another 30 some mile to go. We
arrived at Mariadahl around 4 o’clock. It was still cloudy, but not raining.
“When we got there, we saw a big stone house – bigger than I had ever seen before! There was two parts that
were three stories tall and one in between them, that was two stories tall.
“In the backyard, was an old wooden garage, and old wooden shed and a chicken house. Also, there was a
stone barn and stone grain building. Next to the barn was a wooden corn crib.
“There was a few children there. Wesley Peterson, age 15; the Valin children, Ester, age 15, her brother Enoch,
14 and Erick, 11. There was Lester Anderson, 12; Helen Dailey, 8, and her sister, Mildred, who was 7. Also,
there was Carrol Trulson, 8. That was eight and with us three, there was eleven.
“Being my first time away from home, I was lonesome. That didn’t last too long, as Carrol stated to show me
around. He hadn’t been there very many days and wanted someone to play with. Carrol took me out to the
barn, the chicken house and cow shed, which was out past the barn. He showed me the cows. There was only a
few of them at that time. Carroll stayed at Mariadahl until May of 1930.
“I always like Carrol Trulson. In school he was always drawing Indians fighting the whiteman. The Indians
would shoot their bows and arrows and the whiteman would shoot his rifle and pistol.
“A few days after we got there, a boy named Marvin Gaither arrived. He was the same age as Bernice and in
the same grade. Then came Dolly Buck. Now, Dolly was a lonesome girl. She was kind of shy. They would
put her to bed at night and next morning, they’d find her asleep in the corner on the floor. She hadn’t slept in a
bed before coming there. After a few nights, though, she would stay in bed.
“A few days after Dolly came a boy named Donald Thowe. Donald and I were the same age and same class in
school. We became best of friends. You might say, we were brothers.
“A couple of months later, the Morris childred came to the home. Dale was a tall boy for his age and a year
older than me. Virginia was my age and in my class. We were to be together in the same grade in school for
eight years. Lucille was a couple years younger.
“A couple days later, the Sundberg’s were to arrive. There was four of them. Florence was the oldest. She was
13. Pearl was 10, Elmer was 8, and Carl was 6. The reason I have mentioned these people by name is because
a lot of us were to be at Mariadahl for the next six to eight years.
“By the end of 1926, there was twenty seven of us ‘Orphan’s Home kids.’”
**The above is only the first couple of pages of Raymond’s book. Hopefully, it gives you a longing to know
more about the Mariadahl Orphanage Home. If you know someone who grew up in the home, we would love to
hear from them. Raymond Linn now lives at Stoneybrook Retirement Center Assisted Living, Manhattan, Kansas.
How would you like to ride a horse or take a buggy or wagon
to church? This is where you would tie up the horse to keep it from running away
and to park your buggy or wagon.
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