True Tales of Kansas

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The historic tales of the Sunflower State and its people are as interesting as the days are long. A pair of brothers went from making airplanes to tractors and soon became part of John Deere. Kansan Captain Donald K. Ross won the first Congressional Medal of Honor through his actions at Pearl Harbor. The first telephone exchange in the area was invented by a Mr. Strowger because a rival funeral director had a girlfriend who was an operator for the local telephone company and kept sending his business to her friend. Nannie Jones, who stood up to Jim Crow racism and won her case in court, is memorialized by a headstone at Highland Cemetery. Author Roger Ringer details these stories and more.
ISBN: 9781467146845
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Kansas
Series: Forgotten Tales
Images: 50
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Roger Ringer is a lifelong Kansan. He is a member of the Western Music Association and the Cowboy Storytellers Association of the Western Plains. He has also served as a historic interpreter at the Old Cowtown Museum in Wichita. In addition to his poetry, Roger has published two volumes on little-known Kansas history, Kansas Oddities and Eccentric Kansas. He still lives in the Gypsum Hills of south-central Kansas and continues to research and find stories of Kansas that have been forgotten and need to be saved.
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