TOPEKA — The Kansas House of Representatives on April 5 recognized recent archaeological research pointing to Arkansas City as the site of the huge ancestral Wichita Indian settlement of Etzanoa. House members applauded after approving a resolution read by Anita Judd-Jenkins, the Republican representative from Ark City. Standing behind her as she read from a podium were several Ark City residents, archaeologists, and archaeology enthusiasts who have promoted and participated in the studies of the prehistoric Native American site. “Based on the evidence, the Etzanoa archaeological site of a 5-mile-long settlement of an estimated 20,000 ancestors of the Wichita tribe thrived from about 1425 to the early 1700s,” Judd-Jenkins said in prepared remarks. “Archaeologists agree that a city of this size would be the second-largest prehistoric Native American site ever discovered in the U.S. and Canada, making it a possible candidate for being designated as both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark.” History of Etzanoa Judd-Jenkins noted that Spanish explorers in 1601 followed up on a previous search for Quivira, the land of the “lost cities of gold.” Francisco Vazquez de Coronado led an earlier expedition to central Kansas in the early 1540s. In 1601, Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate, the first governor of New Mexico, led 130 men on the trek northeast from New Mexico into Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. Oñate and his...Read More
Day: April 7, 2017
Ann Long has been a fixture at Traver’s Furniture for 10 years, but this is the last week she’ll work for Traver Herman — she is officially retiring. “I’m sad that she’s leaving,” Herman said. “It’s going to be hard to replace her.” During her time at the store, Long has handled many aspects of retail. “I manage; I help keep the store clean … I’m a bit of a janitor,” she said. “Whatever needs to be done, I do it.” Long has plans for her retirement, but nothing has been set in stone yet. Her husband, Gary Long, has been retired for eight years. Between visiting family and friends and a potential home renovation, she is likely to stay very busy. Herman family She said the beauty of working at Traver’s was being like part of the family. Long worked for Herman’s father for more than a decade when he owned the furniture store. “I watched Traver grow up,” she said. Herman’s two sons have grown up in the store, as well. “They’ve been up here, running through the store,” she said. Her favorite part of the job was the people. “I love my customers,” she said. “Absolutely, it has been fun.” Delivery capers Long said her funniest memories are about the delivery boys that the store has employed through the years. “Traver worked for me as a...Read More
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