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Santa Fe Wet/Dry Chapter conducts summer meeting, ice cream social
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Courtesy Photo David Clapsaddle, president of the Wet-Dry Routes Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, presented appreciation awards Sunday at its chapters meeting at Country Place Living. From left, Mike Gilmore, Larned Tiller & Tolier; Doug Springer, Larned; Lupe Perez, Sr., Larned; Steve Durler, Larned; and Jim Misunas, Great Bend Tribune. The recognition included a lifetime Wet-Dry chapter membership for helping with construction, fundraising and publicity of the historic marker featuring Facundo Melgares and the Spanish contribution to the Santa Fe Trail history. The historic marker, four miles west of Larned on U.S. 56, will be dedicated Sept. 18 during the 2014 Rendezvous.

LARNED — Eighty members and guests of the Santa Fe Trail Trail Wet-Dry Chapter met Sunday at Country Living for the summer meeting and ice cream social.
During the business meeting awards of appreciation were presented to Doug Springer of Larned; Mike Gilmore, Larned Tiller & Toiler, Jim Misunas, Great Bend Tribune, Steve Durler of Larned, owner of the property where the Melgares Marker is placed; and Lupe Perez, Sr. family of Larned.
Dr. Leo Oliva announced Rendezvous 2014 with details of the event.
Wet/Dry President David Clapsaddle invited members to come to the dedication of the Melgares Marker during Rendezvous at no cost and encouraged members to attend other sessions as well.
In addition, over the Labor Day weekend, Fort Larned will celebrate 50 years of acquiring the property from its ranching and farming days. Several new members were welcomed.
Alice Clapsaddle and Lorna Singer presented a program of period music from the 19th century which included solo pieces by Larned Middle School eighth-grader Nate Bauer, Alice Clapsaddle and Lorna Singer as well as a Sing-a-Long with the group followed by free ice cream.
The next meeting will be on Sunday, Nov. 2 which will include a meal, place to be announced.