Column published in Smith County Pioneer, June 26, 2014

HOME ON THE RANGE
By El Dean Holthus

If I don’t write this tonight (Saturday) there wouldn’t be a column this week.

Today, the 21st, Kathy and El Dean Holthus, representing the Trustees of the Ellen Rust Living Trust, had the opportunity to host 19 Boy Scouts, with 7 leaders from Troop 524, Wichita, Ks. Dr. Ty Schwertfeger, formerly of Smith Center is their Scoutmaster.

Troop 524 was in route to Scottsbluff, Nebraska on their way to camp in the Grand Tetons in Wyoming; Ty called earlier in the week wondering it they might stop at the HOR Site to eat a sack lunch and if someone might be available to tell a little about the Cabin. I told him yes and I would find someone.

The Troop and their leaders are special to Kathy and I as they have bold letters on their support trailer that read, “A Christ Centered Troop”. They are men and boys who know Jesus Christ as their Savior and in their salvation can serve and witness to others around them.

Ty had time for a short visit with his parents, Ken and Marilyn Schwertfeger who greeted he and the troop as they arrived.

Ty presented a 3 X 5 US flag to the Cabin Site as a supplement to the DAR flag given us last week. The Trustees presented a commemorative HOR belt buckle to Ty and the Scouts and their leaders were provided water to help with their lunches and as they left were given souvenir HOR items (brochure, song, 8 wonders map and a pen).

The second point of the Mission Statement of the Foundation/Trust is, “to provide historical educational information”; this is why we strongly urge schools, Boy and Girl Scout Troops, church youth groups, 4H clubs, etc to visit us.

Trees and branches from the storm a week ago have not yet been cleaned up.

Tami Holthus, Basehor, Ks and Laura Holthus Pittsburg, Ks are re-designing the HOR web site and Tami is working to establish an application that will allow us to have an email newsletter and accept payments and donations using credit cards. This is all new to me so am left to the mercy of my daughter-in-law and grand daughter.

Hope to share more exciting news next week; stay tuned.

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