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Fri, Dec 11, 2009 8:01 PM
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Through the years, Joplin has been blessed with many local clubs and organizations. Seventy-one years ago, the Merle Evans Circus
Tent No. 27 was established at the Connor Hotel. This historic ceremony occurred in the Connor's Colonial Room on Dec. 17, 1938.
To create the tent, members of the Circus Fans of America (CFA) met to formalize the organization. At the time, Joplin had only two
members who belonged to the CFA. They were Paul Van Pool and Warren E. Cogilizer. Additional representatives of the CFA were asked to participate in the
inaugural ceremony. CFA members from Kansas City, Wichita, Kan., Houston, Texas, and Shreveport, La., were present at the afternoon business meeting and the
Cogilizer presided over the business meeting, in which a cabinet of officers was elected and the organization formally established.
Van Pool was elected president. Other officers were H.W. Fields of Picher, Okla., as vice president; S. Warren Cogilizer, Joplin, as secretary-treasurer; O.N.
Walters of Kansas City, historian; and George Potter, Joplin, chaplain.
The group took its name from Merle Evans, the band leader of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Evans, a
legendary band director, was the guest speaker for the dinner. At the evening banquet, Evans told members of the newly formed "Tent" that the circus
probably would not become extinct but would change its form in accordance to the times. As he stated in The Joplin Globe, the next year (1939),
"Circus-goers will see motorized vehicles taking places of horses, the circus tents will be air conditioned and the circus acts will conform more with the
Merle Slease Evans was born one day after Christmas in 1894. A native of Columbus, Kan., Evans received his big break in December
1918. According to author Gene Plowden, in "Merle Evans, Maestro of the Circus," a telegram signed and sent by Charles Ringling read: "Have
position for you as leader of the Ringling Circus Band. Report at your earliest convenience."
The timing could not have been better for Evans, because one year later the Ringling Circus and the Barnum & Bailey Circuses
merged to form "The Greatest Show on Earth." Evans would continue to direct the band for the next 50 years.
And what an exciting and exhausting job that would be!
The band would travel 15,000 miles per season. The massive musical score book contained 226 sections, with each one carefully
chosen to fit every minute of every act precisely. Each circus day consisted of two shows, with two introductions as well as a street parade. The band would
play a total of seven hours every day except Sunday.
In 1938, Evans came back to the area to spend the Christmas holidays with his mother, Mrs. S. E. Evans of Columbus. He also was
accompanied by his wife, Nena. At the banquet, Evans was presented with the official charter of the tent and a number of congratulatory telegrams and
In today's fast-paced, high-tech modern world, we tend to forget the power of the circus and what a cultural phenomenon it
represented. For decades, Joplin residents relished the days when the circus was in town. The entire production was worth seeing. Obviously the show itself -
death-defying acts accompanied by an entire zoo of animals - was a visual spectacle. But from the initial parade to the setting of the tent, culminating with
the incredible show, a circus was an unforgettable experience.
At the turn of the century, with so few entertainment venues in some communities, schools closed when the circus was in town. Even
the electric light was introduced to Joplin residents in 1882 when the Cole Circus came to town. According to Joel T. Livingston, in his "History of
Jasper County," the Cole Circus tent and grounds were illuminated with lights generated from a dynamo and apparatus carried by the show.
For many years, members of the Merle Evans Circus Tent No. 27 and their spouses would travel annually to Tulsa, Okla., St. Louis
and Kansas City to watch big traveling circuses.
One tradition still continues every December - a handful of club members meet for dinner at Twin Hills. The evening is always full
of conversation about the good ole days when club membership was strong and involvement was high. Unfortunately, as time passed, so have many of the members
and their spouses.
Last year the club celebrated its 70th anniversary. After dinner, we participated in a customary toast to honor past members.
"May we recognize our club forefathers as well as our recently departed fellow club members and spouses. For all of us who
remain, may we savor the gentle spirit of our club and this special holiday season."
Happy Holidays to everyone!
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Sat, Dec 19, 2009 3:46 PM
Aracely Aguilra, 35 of Pittsburg, was killed when the 2002 Hyundai Accent she was traveling southbound on U.S. 69 and went left
of center, striking a semi-truck.
State Trooper J.L. Burns said that there was one witness who confirmed that the car went to the left of the center line and hit the truck, which
became engulfed in flames after the impact.
One in the car was ejected from the vehicle, according to Burns.
Aguilera was the passenger in the vehicle and, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol, was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the accident.
The driver of the vehicle, Ana Evalin Salvin, also of Pittsburg, was not restrained and suffered serious injuries. She was
taken by Eagle-Med to St. John's Regional Medical Center. Her age is currently unknown.
The driver of the semi-truck, which was traveling northbound on U.S. 69, Jeremy Eugene Pippin, 27 of Muskogee, Okla., was
transported by Crawford County EMS to Mt. Carmel Regional Medical Center in Pittsburg with injuries.
The incident closed a five-mile stretch of U.S. 69 from the Crawford-Cherokee County line south.
Burns said that a forensic investigator from KHP Troop H headquarters in Chanute responded to the accident.
Personnel from the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department and EMS along with Baker Township Fire, Crawford County Sheriff's Department,
Crawford County EMS, KHP and the Columbus Fire Department all responded to the accident.
The incident remains under investigation by the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Matthew Clark can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 140
MATTHEW CLARK/THE MORNING SUN
The front-end of a semi-truck shows significant burn damage as a result of a two-vehicle accident two miles south of the K-171
intersection on U.S. 69 highway on Thursday night. The Kansas Highway Patrol confirmed that one person was dead and another was transported, with serious
injuries, by EagleMed to St. John's Regional Medical Center. The driver of the semi-truck was taken by Crawford County EMS to Mt. Carmel Regional
Sat, Dec 19, 2009 4:15 PM
Mon, Dec 21, 2009 9:13 PM
Tue, Dec 22, 2009 2:43 AM
Mandy and Kathia Aguilera, students at George Nettels Elementary School in Pittsburg, opened approximately 50 Christmas presents Monday
thanks to donations from the school's staff following the death of the girls' mother, Aracely Aguilera, who died from injuries sustained in a car
accident last week.
Wed, Dec 23, 2009 9:28 PM
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Mon, Dec 28, 2009 10:57 PM
Wed, Dec 30, 2009 3:55 PM
Smoke pours from the back of a semi trailer Tuesday afternoon. At about 12:23 p.m. Tuesday Columbus Fire Fighters responded to their 365th call of the year
with one engine and three firefighters. The Baker Township department was on scene at NE Star Valley and Highway 69 when Columbus firefighters arrived to
assist Baker Township in extinguishing the fire. The trailer was considered a loss. The Galena Fire Department also responded and assisted in the fire and
Thu, Dec 31, 2009 11:18 AM
The Bourbon County Sheriff's Office said that the inmate, 39-year-old Robert Short of Fort Scott, was found dead on Dec. 24. Results
of Saturday's autopsy showed that Short died by hanging himself.
The sheriff's office will not comment further. The Bourbon County attorney's office also declined comment. Messages left for the KBI have not
yet been returned.
When reached by The Morning Sun on Wednesday, Short's mother, Marilyn Short of Frontenac, said she has concerns with how her son was treated while
in custody at the SEKRCC. Because of the ongoing investigation, however, she declined to comment further.
"All I can say right now is that we are looking into some things and that we are seeking some answers," she said.
Robert Anthony "Tony" Short 39, of Ft. Scott, KS formally of Frontenac, KS died
Thursday December 24, 2009.
He was born November 13, 1970 in Pittsburg, KS the son of Robert E. and Marilyn R. (Walker) Short.
Tony graduated from Frontenac High School with the Class of 1989.
On September 12, 1992 he was united in marriage to Wendy Stewart in Pittsburg, she survives him of the home.
He worked Carpentry and Construction for several years.
He was of the Christian Faith.
Additional survivors include two sons: Kyler and Kaden Short and two daughters: Myca and McKaleigh Short all of the home, Bob and
Marilyn Short of Frontenac, a brother Adam Short of Ozark, MO, a sister Heidi Mitchell of Frontenac and a nephew Dionte' Short.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents: John and Alma Short and Frank and Gertrude Walker, an Aunt Cheryl Rapp and three
cousins: Sariah Cochran, Jeremy Rapp and Shawn Kissane.
Funeral services will be 2 pm, Saturday, January 2, 2010 at the Friskel Funeral Home with Pastor Jan Veatch-Yoger
officiating. Burial will follow in the Frontenac City Cemetery.
Family will receive friends at the funeral home 2 hours before service time on Saturday starting at 12
Condolences may be left at www.friskelfuneralhome.com. Services by
the Friskel Funeral Home of Frontenac, KS.
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