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If you get hungry in Chaseamerica check out these menus from Kats Korner.

Met sister Paula Bieberle in Chaseamerica to take some of the Chase Kats and Felix items we have for you to purchase in the newly reopened Kats Korner. Our thanks to Jimmy the new owner for allowing us to do this and giving us a glass case to put them in. Love the improvements he has made and wish him every success. Also thank you to clerks Paula and Missy and customer Larry for their help.  Check out the store and while there get you some much needed Chase Kat sweatshirts, tees, hats or hoodies ( and a few other odds and ends) to start the school year for you and the kids. We do have kids tees. Sizes vary and only have what is in stock but I can special order if you need a size we don't have. Only stipulation is you need to pay me in advance and the cost will vary with what is in the store because I bought them in volume. The more I can purchase the cheaper I can get them. Thank you.
PS excuse the scratches on the photos, they are in the glass.


Son of Doug Keesling, Class of 1987


Track meet held May 18, results posted later if I get them.


Cinda Kilgore Herrera, Class of 1993

Gene Short, Class of 1988

Altho they didn't mention her by name we all know the manager in Chase is Elsie Sells, age 92

Sorry I chopped off part of the article but hope you get the gist of it.
Glenna Grinstead, Superintendant USD 401

Kat spirit alive and well in Chaseamerica

Beth Coldwater, Class of 1976

September 1, 2017

The CHS cheerleaders and yell leader are ready for the Spirit Spreader clinic.

Top photo Karen Dellinger

Lyons Chamber are doing the banners again, they are really nice, our family got one for our Dad Paul Raymond Bliss Sr
and our brother Vince Bliss and the alumni got one for the Veterans of Chase, KS. They flew them last year and again on the 4th of July weekend.

Son of Doug Keesling, Class of 1987

Mitch Light, Teacher

I thought this was interesting, anyone remember this family?
Article says she might have been from Chase.

Doug Keesling, Class of 1987

Phil Bryant house

Debbie Easterling, Class of 1969

Gene Short, Class of 1988

Colby Keesling is the son of Doug Keesling, Class of 1987



Story of the Cross between Chase and Lyons

Here is a photo that I took before it was moved.

Raymond Jump posted this on facebook and I don't think he would mind me putting it on here.
This is Brandon Clarks Dad Billy?, Class of 1986 with Raymonds daughter as flower bearer.  Year 1985?

Photo shared by David Peebler, we can't tell if that year is 37 or 57.

Many of our alumni will remember Charles and Bernice Day

Found this in the Lyons News Archives. Couldn't find Class of 2024

Who remembers the re-opening of the Chase Theater in 1963?


Shannon Stallings McEachern, Class of 1982


Probably the last on the Chase/Ward Century Plant, it has been an adventure for sure.
Taken from the Hutchinson News.

The following article was in the Wichita Eagle, brought to my attention by David Peebler.
My Granddaughter Tia and I was in the area Monday and naturally had to take a look.
 While we were there the KSN news was interviewing Ed and Joyce--Sherry

Three-story cactus in Chase on the verge of blooming
By Beccy Tanner

— After 53 years of marriage, Joyce Ward says Ed is one of those husbands who don’t give presents often. But the ones he does give are doozies. Take that plant he gave her for Mother’s Day 1976. She’d already given birth to three children by then and it was the first Mother’s Day gift he ever gave. “I said, ‘What is it?’ I wasn’t sure what it was,” Joyce Ward said Friday. “It’s a cactus,” Ed Ward said of the tiny plant. But just like that plant in the Broadway musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” Ward’s plant began to grow. And grow. Each summer, she faithfully set it out on the family’s patio. In the winter, she’d bring it indoors. And, in the meantime, “I kept putting it in bigger and bigger planters until finally I said, ‘It’s not going in and out of the door again,’ ” Joyce Ward said. Twenty years ago when Joyce issued the ultimatum, Ed took the plant to the Farley Machine Works, an oil field repair shop on the edge of Chase where he works as the shop foreman. The Rice County town, about 90 miles northwest of Wichita, has a population of 477 residents. “He put it in one of those big lined things they make booze out of,” Joyce said. A whiskey keg, Ed Ward said. “I put that big old thing on wheels and rolled it in and out of the shop,” Ed said. And he’d wheel it out of the shop during the summer and into the shop each winter. The Wards estimate they’ve put the plant, a succulent native to the Mexico known as agave Americana or the American aloe, into 10 different containers over the years. The last one is an 8-foot-by-8-foot container built into a trailer that their grandson, Jaron Miller, made in his welding class at Chase High School. By Ed’s calculations, the plant, trailer and soil weigh about 7,000 pounds now. He seldom feeds it.  It is watered by Kansas rains — except last summer when he broke down and watered it a couple of times when he noticed the leaves beginning to shrivel. In mid-March, the Wards began to notice a change within the plant. “We left on a Friday evening and the plant was normal,” Ed said. “We came back on Monday morning and there was 4 to 6 inches of stem sticking out of the plant.” After that, the stem grew about a foot a day. When it was 15 feet and 6 inches, Ed said they could no longer wheel it in and out of the shop. The door of the machine shop is 16 feet tall. On April 14 — the night nearly 100 tornadoes touched down in Kansas — damaging winds came within three miles of Chase, but the plant remained safe. Ed had safely parked the plant on the north side of the machine shop and anchored the top of the stem with ropes. “We just pray,” Joyce said. “There have been a lot of prayers said for that plant through this weather. A few months ago, the Wards began receiving national media attention for their plant. It was featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Since then, more than 900 people have stopped by Farley Machine Works located off U.S.56 highway at Chase, talked with Ed, taken photos of the plant and signed his guestbook. He estimates an additional 2,000 people have stopped and simply snapped pictures of the plant. At last count, the plant’s stem measured 37 feet tall. Any day now it is expected to bloom yellow and white flowers. The buds are the size of small bananas. Some people have nicknamed the Agave Americana the century plant because it lives about 30 to 40 years, blooms, then dies. Or not, Ed Ward said. “It remains to be seen,” Ed said. “Some people say it will die; some people say it won’t. I think we just have to wait and see. I hope it will live.” Joyce Ward says she’s grown fond of her present. “He’s not a big present giver, let me tell you,” she said. “But the ones he gives, last.”



Well of course we had to visit the century plant while in Chase,
Mary Johnson, Tamara Madden, Tracy Wood, Joyce Ward & Sherry Cole

Mary Taylor Johnson, Gerald & Sherry Bliss Cole went to Chase to hang a wall hanging
for display during the Chase All School Reunion for open house at the High School,
and came upon paw prints left by Felix on his last visit.

We followed them up the street---

Right to the intersection---and around the corner

Had to get up on the fire escape to get a better look---

(Thanks to Mary Taylor Johnson and her band of merry men,
  Tamara Madden, Tracy and David Wood, Diane Nye and Bo Messick
for making the paw prints possible!)

Here is our future Class of 2023

This was in the Hutchinson News awhile back and thought we would share it in case you didn't see it.



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