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The journalist farmer

The journalist farmer

Farmer Doolittle was Wichita's original citizen reporter.

On Dec. 19, 1872, The Wichita Eagle ran a short, humorous letter sent from the nearby village of El Paso (now Derby); its author signed it with the simple pseudonym "Farmer Doolittle." It would prove to be the start of a relationship that would last nearly 50 years.

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Sisters of Mercy

Sisters of Mercy

The early days of St. Francis Hospital

For a century and a quarter, the medical center today known as Via Christi Hospital, St. Francis Campus, has served this region, always staying up-to-date with the latest in technology and treatment techniques. Yet through the decades, the hospital has managed to continue to be guided by the spirit of charity and service upon which it was founded by a band of scrappy European nuns.

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Hate off the presses

Hate off the presses

The Jayhawk Nazi and the Defender.

The recent death of Topeka's Fred Phelps unleashed a perhaps understandable wave of schadenfreude among decent folks in our fair state and abroad, but the Westboro Baptist Church's patriarch was far from the first Kansan to use Christ as a shield while preaching hatred and bigotry.

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The other School on the Hill

The other School on the Hill

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a concerted and diligent effort was made to establish Wichita as a beacon of higher education. A surprising number of public and private schools, academies, institutes, colleges and universities were founded between the city's beginning and World War I (see Jan. 16, 2014 edition of F5), some of which survive today.

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On an island in the sun

On an island in the sun

Ackerman Island's Wonderland Park was a smash hit in early Wichita, until blue laws took it down.

Enough time has passed since the closing of Joyland to see the maturation of a generation of young Wichitans who have neither fond memories of its creaky wooden "Queen of the Prairie" rollercoaster nor terrifying nightmares of Louie the Clown at the Wurlitzer Band Organ.

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On an island in the sun

On an island in the sun

Ackerman Island's Wonderland Park was a smash hit in early Wichita, until blue laws took it down.

Enough time has passed since the closing of Joyland to see the maturation of a generation of young Wichitans who have neither fond memories of its creaky wooden "Queen of the Prairie" rollercoaster nor terrifying nightmares of Louie the Clown at the Wurlitzer Band Organ.

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