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Sarah St. John

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OldHomeTown (Sarah St. John) says...

I'm sorry to hear this. I'm glad I got to see him at the Lawrence Arts Center.

OldHomeTown (Sarah St. John) says...

Thanks, Ron! Do you know if the children got in trouble?
It's interesting -- I never knew about Volga Germans until I moved to the Midwest (which was in the mid-1980s). One of those things I never learned in east-coast History classes!

OldHomeTown (Sarah St. John) says...

Bryan, Linda, thank you both so much for your kind comments! I'm glad you're both enjoying this series!

OldHomeTown (Sarah St. John) says...

Oh dang -- and when are my work hours on Saturday? -- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Love my job, but so sorry to miss this! :-(

OldHomeTown (Sarah St. John) says...

"A fellow by the name of Joel Magee [...] is hosting a two-day event [...[ where he will appraise and possibly buy old toys of all different sorts.... Magee makes his money by buying the toys, restoring them, and selling them to collectors."

One important thing I learned when attending the Antiques Roadshow this summer -- an ethical appraiser will not appraise, and then offer to buy, your items. It is a conflict of interest. The appraisers at the Antiques Roadshow are not permitted to offer to buy participants' items. (If the participant wants to contact the appraiser later on, after the show, that's their prerogative. But by no means should the appraiser initiate the contact.)

So now I'm wondering about the professional ethics of this appraiser that is visiting Lawrence.

OldHomeTown (Sarah St. John) says...

Hi Bryan!

I have the page set to "Public," meaning that you don't have to have a Facebook account to view it. If you click on the link, you'll be taken to a page where you can either sign in to your FB account (which you won't be doing, obviously) or type a little string of letters/numbers into a box, to prove that you're a person. Then you will be taken to my history page.

If this doesn't work, take heart! I am working on a separate page with the same content which will be available for anyone not on FB. I hope to have it ready later this summer.

Thanks so much for your interest!

OldHomeTown (Sarah St. John) says...

Thank you, Bryan! As I'm sure you've noticed, the Kansas troops began to organize and train in late spring and early summer, 1917. The "home front" news up until now has mostly concentrated on Red Cross activities, food conservation, keeping a sharp eye out for "slackers" and possible spies, etc. As time goes on and Lawrence people begin to move to the front and be involved in the battles, I hope to include information on those as well.

I'm so glad you are enjoying the series and I welcome your thoughts! If you're on Facebook, you might also enjoy my history page at which includes timelines from 150, 125, 100, and 50 years ago in Lawrence. Thanks again for reading!

OldHomeTown (Sarah St. John) says...

"Previously the company operated in Lawrence as CTBI, which I think had been in operation in Lawrence since the 1980s." Yes, I remember it well! It was located over on the south side of town, off 23rd on "SIlicon Ave." which at that time (if I remember correctly) dead-ended into some woods. I attended there in the late 80s to gain some office skills. Actually that's where I learned to type properly! Before that, I was a pretty fast hunt-and-peck typist, and I was worried I wouldn't be able to pick up touch-typing when I started so late instead of learning it in high school, but it turned fine!

Just to show you a snapshot of the late-80s -- in addition to typing (or I guess now we'd say "keyboarding"), basic accounting, and general office stuff, we also learned word processing on WordPerfect. Ha!

I remember a few people from my class and I wonder what became of them. I recall at least two of them were from a factory that had just closed -- I want to say Levi-Strauss, maybe in Ottawa KS or something? -- and now their occupation was gone and they needed to train in something entirely different.

OldHomeTown (Sarah St. John) says...

"And prior to that, in December of 1977 or more likely 1978, the former Pier One store, on Massachusetts Street at I think 8th St, blew up from a tragic gas explosion...."

Ron, the event you're remembering was in mid-December, 1977. Here's a link to the original story:

And a follow-up the next day, with a stunning photo:

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