Wilma "Jean" Schenk, 83, died July 27 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born April 18, 1930 in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Joe and Zora (Zinn) Stukey. On May 5, 1965 she married Clemith Burton in Hoisington. He died on Oct. 21, 1994. She married Harold Schenk on Dec. 14, 1996 in Olmitz. He survives. A long time resident of Great Bend, she owned and operated a beauty salon.
We have a special bird in our area at the present time. The upland sandpiper is a beautiful bird. We see them sitting on fence posts. They are very well camouflaged when on the ground. This bird has been called "The Shorebird of the Prairie" since most of it's relatives are never far from water. This bird thrives on the grasslands. It was previously called the upland plover and Bartram's Sandpiper after the American naturalist William Bartram (a very interesting fellow - Google him up some time). The bird has been in decline for some time due to loss ...
Hundred degree days coupled with 30-40 mile-per-hour winds and little moisture spells crop and pastureland failure for western Kansas. It's like putting the corn and grass in a giant outdoor oven and turning a fan on.
July 28, 2013|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau